I’m basing the following impressions on smatterings of video, coach interviews, Tweets galore, first-hand accounts from friends and articles from everybody who has set foot in Bourbonnais.
- The Bears seem completely settled at the tackle positions, with Frank Omiyale set to start on the right side. This immediately becomes the spot to watch for the first couple preseason games.
- Caleb Hanie has impressed people but the Bears have a long line of guys who’ve impressed in the summer. (Does Mike Hass have a professional catch yet?) The back-up quarterback, especially the young ones, are given the bulk of the preseason to show they’re game-ready. Caleb’s about to show us all.
- From all reports, Cutler and the receivers have been sharp. This is a far cry from last summer. Most reports also state that Cutler’s been brilliant in the red zone. If the Bears pull off that miracle, they’re going to the playoffs.
- I’m hearing too much about Rashied Davis. Just way too much.
- I don’t hear anything about Mark Anderson, while Israel Idonije and Henry Melton are drawing praise for their speed and athleticism. I still can’t comprehend letting Alex Brown walk out the door and I don’t imagine Mark Anderson will be able to sustain a starting position for very long. Mark my words: the Bears will allow a big run off the left-edge and it’ll piss me off.