Three Things You Might Be Able to See During the Second Meaningless Game Saturday Night

| August 20th, 2015


You read the headline. You don’t need a lede.

#1 Shea McClellin in Coverage

Andrew Luck loves the tight end position and has two pretty good ones in Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen. Luck attacks the middle of the field with both players and McClellin’s physical purview is now that very same region.

Here is a situation where NFL coaches should truly embrace the practice nature of these games. Why doesn’t John Fox call over to Chuck Pagano and say, “Hey Chuck, do me a favor. Once or twice over the first few drives, attack my middle linebacker in the passing game. We’re trying to see what he has in coverage.” Then Chuck could turn around and do the same. This would actually serve to make both teams better.

Instead they’ll all call a bunch of random plays and hope the players they need to evaluate get involved. Someone will get hurt for the year and fans will still argue with me about the importance of summertime reps.

Side note: Rookie Adrian Amos starting is also of interest but what he does Saturday night means very little. The Bears aren’t playing Amos because they want to. They’re playing Amos because, well, what’s the difference?

#2 Bears Pass Rush

For some reason the Indianapolis Colts are hell bent on getting Andrew Luck killed. Their offensive line was a disaster in 2014 and their current offensive tackles – Castonzo and Mewhort – aren’t very good. The Bears should have one goal Saturday night on defense: scare the Colts into pulling Luck after one drive.

Side note: I doubt we’ll see Vic Fangio show much more in this game than he did in the previous. There is absolutely zero reason to do so. The element of surprise on opening day may be the Bears best weapon all season long.

#3 Senorise Perry

Jacquizz Rodgers is on a one-year deal. Ka’Deem Carey is on an easy-to-unload rookie deal. Senorise Perry, if you managed to make through the entirety of the first preseason game (which was not easy), delivered the Bears’ best offensive performance. Yes, he was going against the third stringers. Yes, the game had essentially turned into a high school scrimmage. But Perry did what you’re supposed to do against that level of competition: he looked like a man amongst boys. It will be interesting to see if the Bears give him opportunities earlier in the evening.

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  • BearDown100393

    Hey why not go all the way with a head coach co-op and just agree to switch teams at half-time? How cool would that be, huh?

    • DaBearsBlog

      It’s practice. Why not practice stuff?

      • Big Mike

        Because the NFL sells these as games to season ticket holders. You pay for a 10 game season. Can’t have it look like practice

        • Bears-4-Ever

          What if it looks like the Cowboys & Rams Practice? A few good fights breakout and the fans get their money’s worth.

          • Big Mike

            That’s funny. Personally I’d love to watch a highly organized scrimmage.

          • AlbertInTucson

            “Highly Organized”.

            Something we never saw from The Bears last season.

            Even in games that counted.

          • Big Mike

            That’s funny. So I’ve mentioned before on the blog that I coach an 8th grade football team. I’d love to have an inside look at their drills, play calling, responsibilities etc and then see how that lines up with execution. I live to far to get to training camp, plus even then you don’t have a great view or insight to the purpose of each rep. Too geeked out to matter to most, but I was thinking if they were really innovative pre-season games could be organized to give an insider’s look at things. Way better than trying to sell it as the equivalent of a Monday Night game in December.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Owners: “Nah, just pay the money and shaddap.”

          • BearDown100393

            The practices were apparently the best ever.

      • BearDown100393

        Right and what better way for a coach to practice up the team than to coach against it? Even for just a few plays.

        • DaBearsBlog

          But you’re not coaching against scheme – which is the entirely of NFL coaching. So it’s completely pointless. It’s a random offense against a random defense.

    • Scharfinator

      That would be fucking sweet!

    • NewBearInTown

      Coaches do call each other. Its been reported on in the past. Different teams have different customs, but generally the practice in the league has been to collaborate to a certain extent in a way that makes teams better.

      The 4th preseason games, in particular, are almost always against the same teams. The Bears play the Browns like every year. Those game especially involve a lot of “do me a favor” phone calls.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    “The element of surprise on opening day may be the Bears best weapon all season long.”

    I keep thinking the Pearl Harbor attack was a “surprise” as well. Keeping my season expectations very low, as a fan I want to be surprised by the Bears…but in a good way.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Sneaky German bastards. Truly, a day of ant-farming, as FDR put it, I think.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Like Green Bay won’t have any surprises for the Bears on opening day?

  • Irish Sweetness

    #1 Andrew will most certainly be throwing passes in Shea’s direction. I’d be more concerned about who’s covering Andre Johnson.

    #2 Putting Mr. Luck flat on his back frequently is the best defense for him.

    #3 Master Perry looked like our number one back in that game. Luckily he’ll stick around for ST anyway.

    • AlbertInTucson

      #2 is the Universal defense for any QB, no?

    • BearDown100393

      According to Cutler, the Colts defense shutdown his offense in practice. He wasn’t too happy about it. Of course he was talking about practice and not a game. Practice.

  • Sactowns#1

    I want to see Jacquizz truck a couple people in the secondary. Lets open it up and see what this guy can do.

    • Jizz looked good, but so did all our HBs, even Carey.

      This is a tough choice.

      1. Carey can run it between the tackle, complementing Forte. But he doesn’t play specials
      2. Jizz runs those draws well and is a true 3rd down back, but again, doesn’t play specials
      3. Langford is on the roster no matter.
      4. Perry always looks explosive, can KR, and I think tackle, but how about those goaline and 3rd and 1?

      Assuming we carry 3 RBs, my guess the last spot is between

      Carey, Perry and Jizz.

      I probably would keep Perry cuz of his upside and specials, but the coaches seem enamored with Jizz since he’s a proven commodity, and Carey looks good for now, but he’d really have to show something to not get cut.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Perry gets picked as a STer for sure. His skill as a back makes it hard to chuck him.

  • There’s a lot of stuff I wanna watch besides the above.

    1. Willl a WR look like an NFL starter? Bellamy, Lawrence, Meredith in particular. For that matter, Wilson.

    2. ‘Nacho Libre! will he continue on his PS mission like the terminator? Loved his energy.

    3. Is Mills truly done, and if so, how do our other RTs look (Leno?)

    4. Keeping an eye on Grasu, Terry and Fabs when they enter

    5. Who looks better, Washington or Sutton, Bass or (fill in the blank)

    I like that Luck will stress our D with his arm AND leg. Let’s see who has discipline, instinct and technique.

    As Jeff mentioned, the Colts are a double TE team, and have made it a priority to try to run the ball to save Luck some hit. Let’s see how we fair against a team who’s determined to run.

    Our secondary will also have their hands full. Hilton Dorset, Moncrief, Johnson even Whalen Griff are no joke, esp with Luck at the helm. Might even rival GB in that dept. Nice lil preview.

    • BerwynBomber

      Agreed but for one nit. Luck may not test us with his running ability. An elite/franchise QB should be given a strict “no run” rule in the preseason by his OC and/or HC.

    • The GP

      3. Mills, according to Zach Zaban, looks bad. Bad footwork. Bad desire.

      • like, michael jackson bad, right?

      • Waffle

        Not addressing the O line further in draft and FA meaningfully is frustrating to watch. Jordan Mills will not be the starting RT of this team.

        • Fabulous Fabuluje!

          I actually thought they would try Groy/Mills/Leno at OG and kick Long to RT.

          But we traded Groy to NE, Mills looks bad and who knows about Leno?

          • Irish Sweetness

            Was hoping Tayo to RG and Long to RT ….

    • Irish Sweetness

      Leno was bad last week. Penalties too. Cornwash was getting pressure, nearly had a safety, forced an interception. Grasu, Williams and Tayo are exactly who I’ll be watching.

  • Trac

    These preseason games are soooo hard to get excited about.

    • I still prefer watching PS Football games over.

      1. Soccer (World Cup – tie)
      2. Hockey
      3. Baseball
      4. Basketball (Bulls in playoffs – tie)
      5. MMA (Unless it’s that Irish guy)

      • The GP

        Conor McGregor.

        yaya Ireland.

        • dude had Sinead O’connor open up for him, LIVE.

          How bad ass is that?

          Answer. VERY bad ass.

          • The GP

            Beats that stupid riverdancing

          • hard to believe same country produced both

          • Irish Sweetness

            He’s from Crumlin, he used to train in my town, but more amazing is that Phil Lynott was also from Crumlin. I went to school there for a while.

            Bu don’t actually go there if you’re ever in Dublin.

      • BerwynBomber

        Yup. Watching Bills/Clowns as I type. Who knew Tarod Taylor was BUF’s starting QB. And my first look at the Clowns new unis.

        And yes, Josh McCown is a starter while guys like Sanchez, Glennon and heck even Pickles ride pine.

      • Irish Sweetness

        The Notorious !!

        Get your money on for his TKO of Aldo in December. Guaranteed Irish.

  • The GP

    Guardian is reporting that Kramer spazzed when turning the gun into his chest trying to shoot his chest.

    His suicide note asked that his brain be examined for CTE.

    How many more? How many more will there be? There’s a story for you Jeff. Maybe Art of Men can go visit ex NFL players and see how bad it’s gotten.

    • BearDown100393

      A lot of sadness for that man.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Wife said he’d been in a downward spiral of depression for years.

        Losing his High School QB son to drugs certainly didn’t help THAT situation.

        Who knows if he was dealing with chronic pain from the neck injury that ended his career?

        • Trac

          It’s very easy for former athletes to get addicted to painkillers. Not saying Kramer was but I wouldn’t be surprised. A lot of Doctors really have become drug pushers instead of physicians.

    • Trac

      HS weight rooms and P.E.D.’s transformed athletes into freaks. They were the beginning of the end for the sport.

      • AlbertInTucson

        As Henry Cabot Henhouse III (AKA, “Super Chicken”) once said to his faithful companion, Fred:
        “You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.”

        • Trac

          Yes, if it was good enough for super chicken then gosh darn it, it’s good enough for NFL players.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Seriously, how many players would have passed up football a football career even if the NFL spelled out the possible long term consequences?

            Isn’t it as much of an implied risk as blowing out an ACL?

          • Trac

            But Al, don’t you know that the NFL a slave trade and that the players are forced to play against their will?

          • AlbertInTucson

            Oh yeah, I forgot.

          • Maybe. But the option should’ve been given. Instead, the NFL tried it’s best to hide the consequences of pain killers, concussions, etc.

            It’s the same with the cigarette companies. If they had openly listed the consequences of their produce, would their have been as many “fuck it?” types. Naturally.

            But it’s about the suppressing of info and buying off medical staffs who we’re all conditioned to trust.

          • Waffle

            we can’t just go to CTE on every situation though. It’s not a one size fits all answer for why guys can’t transition through life.
            No one talks about alpha dogs who no one has any use for. Some guys find solace in family….then if the family breaks down the guy failed at that too…

            Also no one talks about what kind of fucking weirdo you have to be to begin with to be truly great at something. The brain is wired differently and no one takes into account what happens when that person experiences the void of being out of the one thing they were truly great at in this world.

          • The GP

            You are right – you can’t.

            It’s been shown that some people simply have the DNA in them, that Tau in the brain heals or has a far lesser effect on them. We don’t know the DNA sequence that makes one’s personality change and get depressed when Tau plague builds up.

            All the players experience the loss of Gladiator worship. Some move on, some can’t. But it’s simply true that for MANY players, their personality changes happen because of Tau plague. SIMPLY A FACT.

            There are guys like Dan Dierdorf who banged as much head as Webster and simply had no effect on him on his personality, except maybe it made some of his in-game commenting even dumber.

            And his hair stayed in his head while Webster’s all fell out on top from the testosterone in his blood. Everyone’s DNA is different.

            But as the Nazi’s proved in death camps when they would open prisoner’s brains up and tamper with them; you can make weird things happen when you start damaging the brain.

          • Waffle

            I don’t doubt the science of brain injury. I also know that a lot of athletes in gladiator sports are already wired for violence, emotional highs and lows, epic amounts of singular focus, etc.
            I have a bunch of guys that I know who are boxers, mma guys, wrestlers and football players. All of them are some sort of crazy and I know it’s not from Tau buildup. It’s because I’ve known some of them from childhood and they were wired differently then as well. When you are practically superhuman and you’ve been blown in highschool bathrooms by 2 girls a day since Freshman year and treated like a god because your body was superior to those around you it gets in your head man. Then you are handed hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars to play football or some other sport?
            Give someone power on a regular basis and see what it does to them. Police, politicians, fucking schoolboard members, priests. Take that influence and power away and shit goes down hill fucking quick.
            I will never fully get on board with the NFL haters but will never get on board with the NFL either because you can’t put that shit past anyone and there is too much money to lose. I’m also not a conspiracy theorist but when there is smoke there is fire.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Folks have been ignoring the warning labels on cigarettes for 50 years.

          • The GP

            Chris Borland.
            Jack Miller
            Anthony Davis
            Casey Cochran

            While Patrick Willis didn’t SAY CTE, it may be why he quit

            So NOW – now that people KNOW Al, people are quitting.

            Saying guys like Kramer and Seau and Duerson knew that a possibility of their brain tissue being scrambled eggs was that they would spiral into a completely new personality and be unable to be normal again? I don’t think they knew that Al.

            It’s kind of offensive of you to suggest.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Sorry, you lost me at “Offensive.”

    • Shady

      Surprised Jeff hasn’t weighed in.

    • Waffle

      So ex wife is saying he’s always suffered from depression. Then his kid OD’s and his life’s not going as well as.it should. Sometimes guys try to kill themselves because they feel there is nothing to live for….

      • Trac

        Joseph was thrown in a pit and sold into slavery by his brothers, spent time in a dungeon for a crime he didn’t commit and then proceeded to become the 2nd in command of Egypt which allowed him to save a Nation. True Historical events.

        Its too bad the world would rather hand a guy a bottle of painkillers and anti-depressants instead of the Bible.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Or the teachings of Buddha …..

          But the depression was most likely from the CTE initially, and there’s no treatment for CTE.

          • Trac

            After ignoring the warning signs I’m sure. Hate the injury but I hate the fact that grown men won’t take responsibility for their choices.

          • Waffle

            i don’t know man, some guys are just depressed. Then the world gets piled up on them.

        • Waffle

          i was referring to trying to hold off blaming CTE for everything since we don’t have any idea of what Erik’s life was like during or after football and the impact of his son’s death on his mental health.

          A girl in my neighborhood just killed herself and i’m pretty sure it had nothing to do with CTE.
          My buddy in college killed himself because he failed to gain entrance to the FBI due to an arrest as a young adult. He felt he had nothing to live for and fucking shot himself. He was an alpha male who never played football but was a total badass. When it came down to it though he couldn’t mentally deal with the disappointment of not attaining his life’s goal …or what he thought his life’s goal was at that time.

          A past business partner of mine lost EVERYTHING due to risky financial behavior….kind of like Duerson. His life went to shit, abused his girlfriend, drowned himself in booze and admitted he thought about killing himself. No CTE, just him thinking that money, or the absence of it, was something worth dying over….he also viewed himself as the best and when it was proven that temporarily he wasn’t he couldn’t fucking deal with it.

    • Irish Sweetness


  • AlbertInTucson

    It’s “Meaningless” but here’s 3 meaningful things to look for?

    • Trac

      Hahahaha. Got love Jeff’s mindset. Kinda reminds me of SGT. Shultz on Hogan’s Hero’s.

      I zee nuzzingk! Hahaha

      • AlbertInTucson

        John Banner as Sgt Schultz.

        A far cry from Sig Ruman’s Sgt. Schultz in STALAG 17.

        THAT Schultz was a Schweinhund!

        • Trac

          I’ll take your word for it Al. Lol

          • AlbertInTucson

            Never saw STALAG 17?

            MUST see movie. One of William Holden’s best, which is saying a LOT.

          • Trac

            Ah yes, William Holden. I think I did see it way way back when I was a wee lad.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Harry Shapiro (Harvey Lembeck) grousing about the moonshine:
            “Mr. Management! Whaddya tryin’ to do? EMBALM US?!

            J.J. Sefton (Holden): “Whaddaya want for two cigarettes? 18 year old bottled and bond? All the management guarantees is you don’t go blind.”

          • AlbertInTucson

            Holden won a well-deserved best Actor Oscar for Stalag 17.

          • AlbertInTucson

            One of the supporting characters, Cookie, is played by Gil Stratton, who later went into broadcasting and was “The Voice ofThe Los Angeles Rams” in the 1960s.

    • BerwynBomber

      Hah! It’s right up there with the “I’m sick of talking about Jay Cutler” whine “but let me semi-obsess over defending Jay Cutler” tack.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Caught Pat Kerwin on NFL RADIO on Sirius XM while out at lunch.

    He was answering a caller about the Bears.

    What I caught was…

    He thinks they’ll be 4th in the division.

    Defensively he really likes McPhee, Ratleff (if they can keep his reps to a reasonable number) AND, he thinks McClellin CAN be effective at ILB.

    • Shady

      Chicken Dinner is the guy who consistently ALMOST makes the play.

  • AlbertInTucson
    • Trac

      Bottom line, the Colts we seemed to have had a better practice.

      • Scharfinator

        And after last season, we all know how important looking good in practice is.

  • Shady
    • Waffle

      lol, writers know they can always fall back on a quick Jay piece to get pageviews no matter what the content. I saw an article about a kids football camp. Jay of course was the picture on top of the article. Inside? Mentioned in a half sentence. His likeness merely used for pageviews from haters and lovers.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Man oh man! watched a few minutes of Lions-redskins. RGIII was getting POUNDED on virtually every dropback..

    • AlbertInTucson

      AND he gets knocked out of the game.

      8 dropbacks.

      6 hits.

      3 sacks.

      1 turnover.

      • AlbertInTucson

        in less than a quarter and a half.

      • Irish Sweetness

        And Cousins seemed to have it pretty easy ? Strange.

        Glad we didn’t get Scherff …

        • AlbertInTucson

          Remember how great Alabama’s DJ Fluker was supposed to be?

          He’s SO good at (Right) Tackle, the Chargers are considering moving him to guard.

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