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Why This Summer is Different From All Other Summers

| July 26th, 2017

For those who have frequented this site over the last decade plus, you understand a few things about how I treat training camp and the preseason. The basics:

  • Nothing reported from camp practice is important because no team is going to show their fans / media anything relevant. The NFL has become the most secretive league in sports. Teams aren’t going display even an ounce of actual strategy while some rival scout sits with the public in the stands (which happens often).
  • Preseason game reps are the most overrated thing in football. Whether fans want to believe it or not, most franchises know about 45 of their final 53-man roster before the first preseason game is kicked off. The guys who can make an impact and grab those final 8 slots are going to make that impact on the practice field, not in preseason games. (The practice field fans and media DON’T see, where the actual playbook is used.)

This training camp is different. This preseason is different. Because all eyes will be on one player: Mitch Trubisky.

An argument could be made that the Bears fan has never, not one time in the team’s history, been through this process. Since 1951 the Bears have selected four quarterbacks in the first round. The Jims (McMahon and Harbaugh) were of a different time; the level of scrutiny they faced before playing actual games was minimal. Cade McNown was handed the starting quarterback job as a rookie. Rex Grossman was never going to play as a rookie, with that message stated by the organization repeatedly post-draft.

Mitch Trubisky is better than Mike Glennon. Right now. Today. He is the better quarterback. The Bears know this. And while you will hear all the normal platitudes about patience and development and bringing the kid up to the speed of the professional game (including Trubisky pledging allegiance to the backup role) there isn’t a person associated with the Chicago Bears who isn’t rooting for Trubisky to blow them away this summer and make it impossible to keep him on the bench come September.

That would go for any rookie quarterback. But it goes double for a guy drafted in such a bold, unpredictable manner. If reports start emanating from Bourbonnais that Trubisky is the superior performer and if he looks the part once the fake games start, a tsunami of fan support will overwhelm Halas Hall. Bears fans are an impatient lot but they see the right pieces forming up and down the roster under Ryan Pace. The calls to Waddle & Silvy and The Score will be relentless and passionate.

Just ask yourself this: are you willing to sit and watch the Bears slog their way to 6 or 7 wins under Glennon while the better player holds a clipboard?

And what about John Fox’s role in this whole soap opera? Fox knows starting a rookie quarterback comes with growing pains and the chances of a winning season are low. But would he rather risk keeping his gig moving forward by betting on the right arm of Glennon? Doesn’t he have a far better chance of being the head coach in 2018 if Trubisky starts day one and improves over the sixteen-game 2017 campaign?

Prepare yourselves, Bears fans. For over the next two months you will hear about every Trubisky botched snap, every Trubisky deep completion, every Trubisky everything. Every local newspaper writer will have a different take on every practice session. The amount of Trubisky information will be overwhelming.

And unlike the camps and fake games of yesteryear, it all matters.

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  • evantonio

    GUYS.

    Trubs rhymes with Chubs.

    Think about it.

  • SC Dave

    It’s funny how Jeff knows everything the Bears staff thinks. And that Trubisky is better than Glennon right now.

    It’s all kind of comical.

    But truthfully, this summer is no different than the others.

  • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

    Pace just bitch slapped all “Start Trub Now” meatballs. He was very definitive in saying Glennon is the starter this season and there is no competition for starting QB.

    Pace also said Mark Sanchez enters camp as No. 2.

    Jeff, Dannehy, Leming, Wood, Lambert crowd hardest hit. They were fantasizing about Trub beating out Glennon in camp. LOL. Pace pretty much said Trub not ready to operate NFL offense.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      yes because a GM has always told the truth about everything.

  • willbest

    I wonder how much koolaid you need to drink to believe that a kid with 1 year of spread offense starts in college, who has never run an NFL offense style offense, is better than a guy with 20 NFL starts in 2 systems, while backing up in a 3rd system, who has acquitted himself with a career 83 PR and ~ 57 QBR, and a 2 to 1 TD:INT ratio.

    • SC Dave

      Too much.

    • Corporal Clott

      Yeah man. I kinda get the feeling that if Jeff has to cover a team led by Glennon for the whole year, he’s gonna hang up the da bears blog gig for good. I suggest he strongly considers traveling the LPGA circuit.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        Glennon = Hoyer.
        There is no reason for any optimism, nothing to get excited about.

        • willbest

          Glennon is Hoyer plus the ability to throw it more than 7 yards

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            8 yards?

    • Irish Sweetness

      Or Colin Kaepernick ….

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      cherry pick stats. Sub 60% completion percent. Sub 50% completion when 3 down and 6 or more. Has been sacked on average about 3 times a game, meaning slow processing. Record of 5-13 as a starter.

  • willbest

    “The calls to Waddle & Silvy and The Score will be relentless and passionate.”

    Because we know the subset of Bears fans willing to pick up and call into a radio show is representative of all of Bears fandom.

  • willbest

    Also, I love how pre-season is meaningless. Camp open to the press is meaningless. And yet somehow, some way, Trubisky is going to demonstrate he deserves a start over Glennon in the approximately 6 hours of 11 on 11 drills where nobody but the coaches are watching and they can put their plan in place.

  • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

    Johnathan Wood‏ @Johnathan_Wood1 1h1 hour ago

    Johnathan Wood Retweeted Jeff Dickerson
    I hope Sanchez #2 doesn’t stick long. Just limiting Trubisky reps and keeping him from developing timing w/ anybody who will make roster.
    Jeff Dickerson‏Verified account
    Mike Glennon is the starting QB. Ryan Pace tells right now Mark Sanchez is healthy and the No. 2.
    —-

    Let’s think this through for a minute.

    If Trub is No. 2 then that means should Glennon break his thumb during first series against Atlanta in Week 1, Trub enters the game and becomes starter going forward.

    If Pace and Fox have decided Trub is not ready to be a starter right now and there is no starting qb competition then why would they risk this possibility. Sanchez is here to protect Trub.

    Sure they will push Trub hard in training camp but I don’t think they will make him No. 2 at least until late in the season.

  • Corporal Clott

    Nice, Jeff’s still wearing Trubinski’s jockstrap on his head. With a team like the Bears have, you don’t start a rookie QB. Even if he’s the 2nd coming. Nope, ain’t gonna happen.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      START TRUBS! CUZ ‘MERICA! FUCK YEAH!

  • willbest

    “Now imagine someone who has done BOTH. That is one tough SOB. That’s the kind of toughness I want on the front lines, defending my nation.” – Jeff

    You want a person who is pumping themselves full of estrogen and testosterone blockers to defend your nation on the front lines? I don’t even want a person like that defending my QB, and my QB has the Zebras as a safety net.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      if they want to fight, then let them fight.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        I thought about it more. I think we should make a whole Special OPs unit of transgender soldiers. Then have them go on missions to capture people, just to humiliate them. Imagine ISIS reaction being captured by a bunch of girly men or manly women.

    • Corporal Clott

      Facking insane humans sending their kids off to kill and be killed. Smh

      • SC Dave

        Jeff will defend any cause so long as it goes against whatever Trump said.

        • BerwynBomber

          And you will defend any cause so long as Trump said it.

          • SC Dave

            Which is an idiotic statement because I have done nothing of the kind.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Who’s attacking America by the way?

      • willbest

        Well if i believe the WaPo that would be the Russians that installed Trump as their puppet.

  • Malice Halice

    I didn’t know training camp was smoke and mirrors… good to know now. So I guess I won’t feed to much into TC then. BUT preseason will show us ALOT on how our 3 units r doing. I still can’t forget that broncos game last year, our season turned out EXACTLY how that game went. I really do think if we 3-0 during the preseason we winning 10 games this year.

  • King of DBB

    Madden 18 ROTY when sim mode is played through is OJ Howard.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Braverman MVP???

      • Johnnywad

        No

  • Malice Halice

    Heard our Punter drives a Mclaren…. hope that POS helps his ego on the field

  • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

    Trade partner for Grassu.

    Adam Caplan‏Verified account @caplannfl 2h2 hours ago

    Saints placed C Chris Watt on reserved/retired list. Former 3rd round pick by Chargers in 2014 draft.

    Roto: Saints placed C Chris Watt on the reserve/retired list.
    It’s a surprise after Watt just signed with the Saints. He missed all of last year to knee surgery, and has been plagued with injuries since entering the league in 2014. With Max Unger and Senio Kelemete sidelined, the Saints are down to Jack Allen and Cameron Tom at center.

    • BuddhaJoe

      I don’t see them trading Grassu. The guy’s only got one year of tape so nobody is going to give much, plus he was a 3rd rounder so even with Whitehair I think they’ll try to fit him in somewhere.

    • willbest

      If they are willing to trade us their 6th rounder for our 7th rounder I say get it done.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Give up a guy who knows our playbook and can play center … for a worthless pick?

      • ButtonShoes

        A 3rd round pick turning into a pick swap with our 7th for their 6th? Yup. That sounds like the Bears alright.

  • BuddhaJoe

    Holy shit Jeff, lay off the brown acid. I think Trubisky is gonna be good, but he only started 13 games in a spread offense. There’s no way he’s better than Glennon yet. He’s got the stuff you can’t teach, but he needs to learn all the rest.

    • Bender McLugh

      “he’s got the stuff you can’t teach” — you just made Jeff’s point

      • Corporal Clott

        What does that mean? It’s just a carch all phrase much over used when players display certain positive attributes. With as little playing time this kid had in college, its laughable to now claim he’s exceptional. At least not until Fox takes off the training wheels. Lots of hyperbole going on with this kid.

        • Bender McLugh

          much over used, I can agree with that. Much like everyone’s opinions on this here blog, including mine. I don’t think even Jeff is claiming he’s exceptional, unless I missed something.

        • Bender McLugh

          and this will only get worse, as lots of you have said. Guess I’m just coping with a beer in my hand

  • Irish Sweetness

    “Just ask yourself this: are you willing to sit and watch the Bears slog
    their way to 6 or 7 wins under Glennon while the better player holds a
    clipboard?”

    Yes, absolutely. That was how it is intended and how it should be. Mitch does not know the game of football better than Mike Glennon … certainly not better than Sanchez, ergo there is no way he should be on that field until he has served his apprenticeship and passed all his exams. Even then it will be a long road to proving himself on the field of battle.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      horse shit.

      • willbest

        I don’t think Pace had playoff contention in mind for this season. There were just too many holes and he got himself a stop gap QB and drafted a project.

      • Corporal Clott

        Modesty now…modesty…

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          The guys that insist Trubs should sit the bench are just as bad as the ones that insist he should be starting. Glennon will probably start the season but if it apparent he is not getting it done, then throw Trubs in.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Why do we have Mark Sanchez then? He’s the #2, right?

            We put our rook in if Mike goes down? We only put Sanchez in when the greenhorn goes down?

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            It is the first day of camp. You can’t take depth chart numbers seriously on the first day. Almost every team will say that their rookies are currently at the bottom of the charts on the first day.

          • Johnnywad

            Sanchez blows

      • Irish Sweetness

        Which part?

        1. You think Trubisky is better than either pro right now?

        2. You think Mitch is ready for NFL defenses?

        3. You think he’ll pick it up quickly as a starter on day one?

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          I am not saying any of that. But to insist he sit on the bench all year is ridiculous, especially if the other QBs aren’t getting it done.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Oh if they aren’t getting it done, that’s different. Fire them and sign Kap.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Kap will never be a Bear, ownership will not allow it.

          • Irish Sweetness

            It’s unbeleivable he’s unemployed. Freedom of speech … as long as you support the military. How things have changed since Vietnam.

          • BerwynBomber

            Political conservatism, which goes hand-in-hand with intolerance, is the dominant political leaning of NFL ownership (and probably its fan base as well), BUT Kap will be a locker room distraction and most teams don’t want to put up with that unless the player is a star.

            And Kap is a back-up/marginal starter at this point in his career. So — intolerance aside — most teams probably don’t want the hassle.

            That said, Flacco just went down for 3-6 weeks with a back issue. Wouldn’t be shocked if BAL gives Kap a look.

          • Malice Halice

            From 1 bro to the next

          • willbest

            It wasn’t conservatives that ended Paula dean.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Like i said in an earlier post. Ownership will not look to fondly on one of their own players sitting during the National Anthem at a stadium that is dedicated to fallen soldiers.

          • willbest

            In today’s America it is considered legitimate to go after the livelihoods of people who say things you don’t like.

            And to really drive the point home it doesn’t even have to be something you just said. Thanks to the internet you can catch a shit storm for something you did 5/10 years ago

          • SC Dave

            Or 40 years ago.

          • Scharfinator

            It’s madness and I say that being part of the internet generation.

          • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

            Did you know that during OTAs Dowell Loggains had to keep reminding Trub to shout out plays and calls in the huddle louder. The kid has never done this before and is intimidated. He cannot command the huddle and is meek before the veterans.

            That’s how raw he is. Do you think Josh Sitton is going to look at this kid and think ‘yes, this kid is read to lead me and the OL’.

            The reality is Trub has a steep learning curve ahead. And until he develops the confidence that comes with knowing the playbook, knowing the protection calls he will not be able to command the huddle. My guess is they plan to cram as much knowledge into him while running the scout team and then start getting him out on the field towards the end of the season. Injuries may alter that plan.

          • fishing florida

            Loggains used to rub one out with that sexy beast Cutty at half time of games. I am so jealous.

          • Corporal Clott

            “Do you know what it feels like,
            Loving someone that’s in a rush to throw you away
            (Do you know how it feels)
            Do you know what it feels like,
            To be the last one to know the lock on the door has changed”

            Yes, sadly…some of us know.

          • Malice Halice

            If we losing the game n it’s garbage time, let Trub play!

          • SC Dave

            I would prefer he get his garbage time when we’re winning.

          • Corporal Clott

            What a beautiful concept….alas…when was the last time we saw this happen in Chicago?

    • Corporal Clott

      Maybe Jeff’s frustrated because as long as Trubisky sits on the bench, his career as a sports journalist gets put on ice? Nobody’s gonna be knocking on Jeff’s door due to his stellar coverage of Glennon. Hahaha

  • ButtonShoes

    Pernell McPhee’s on the PUP list? Yeah, that’s about his speed, isn’t it. Anyone shocked? Anyone? Bueller?

    • AlbertInTucson

      Pre-season PUP is an easy way to stash a player and save roster space.

      He can come off any time.

      Complain if he starts the season there. Then, it’s 4 weeks, minimum.

      • willbest

        The pre-season active roster is 90-man. If you are stashing players to make room that means you are desperately looking for a needle in a haystack.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “I’m the oldest 35 on earth.”

    I think I have a couple of ties in my closet older than that.

    And at least ONE Bears cap.

    • SC Dave

      Gotta say his position on the curmudgeon scale is coming along nicely.

    • CanadaBear

      I’ve got a Bears stocking cap that’s 45 years old. I love all the young people telling you how old they are in “life lived years”. Not to burst any of their bubbles but everyone feels that way.

      • Johnnywad

        What in the world are “life lived years”?

        • willbest

          Well a 30 year old football player has the brain of a 60 year old. So they would have 60 life lived years.

      • willbest

        Not me I plan to live to 160, not even 25% done yet

      • AlbertInTucson

        It was chance to steal one of my favorite lines from LAW AND ORDER.

        Lt. Van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson) asks Lenny Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) how things are going with his new partner, Rey Curtis (Benjamin Bratt).
        Briscoe: “I got some ties in my closet older than him. Some shoes, too, I think.”

  • Corporal Clott

    “100% disagree with this” surly Jeff

    Wow! I’m shocked. Reminds me of when your typical Biff Snobgrass in HS gets dumped by his hot girlfriend. “You can’t break up with me because I one hundred percent disagree with this”. Haha.

    Lol, Jeff on a Chicago sports piece suggesting the Best thing for Trubinski and Bears is for him to sit this year out.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    Adam Hoge‏ @AdamHoge
    Trubisky with a “wow” throw, flicking his wrist on the run and delivering a 15-yard laser to Braverman.

    BRAVERMAN!!!!!!!!

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