White Injury Changes Little for 2015 Bears

| August 19th, 2015

ct-kevin-white-bears-draft-pick-20150430Losing a top-10 pick to a likely season-ending surgery sucks for any team. But Kevin White’s injury alone won’t change what the Bears 2015 season will be.

White wasn’t going to start. At least not right away after missing so much time in camp and with the way Marquess Wilson was playing. As physically talented as he may be, White enters the NFL raw and was drafted to a team full of polished receivers. The Bears were going to have packages for White, similar to how the Vikings used Cordarrelle Patterson as a rookie.

The Bears didn’t draft White for 2015. They drafted him for 2016-2026.

In some ways, having Wilson on the field instead of White will be more beneficial to the Bears. Adam Gase was going to be limited with the plays he could run with White because the rookie is going to take a while to develop a full route tree. Wilson isn’t anywhere near the athletic freak that White is, but he should be able to run every play they call.

The Bears are going to run the ball more in 2015. That doesn’t mean they’re not going to throw it a ton too, but with Alshon Jeffery, Eddie Royal and Marty Bennett, there isn’t going to be a lot of targets to go around. White was going to be the sixth-most targeted Bears player, more of a specialty player than anything else. The Bears would have benefited from his ability to make things happen with the ball in his hands and threaten defenses deep, but his absence shouldn’t have a big impact on what they accomplish this season.

The biggest issue the Bears have with the White injury is timing. They made two separate wagers on wide receivers in the offseason. The first was that White is going to be a star that demands double teams. The second was that Jeffery isn’t that caliber of player, a bet they made by not extending him before the deals for Dez White, T.Y. Hilton and Demaryius Thomas upped the price by a few million dollars per season. They were safe bets because they had two years to see if they were right.

Even if Jeffery dominated in 2015, they could tag him in 2016 and watch White develop alongside him after he took a starting role. Now, they’re losing a year of evaluation with White. The Bears may be forced to bite the bullet on Jeffery and give him a lot of money up front. If he proves not to be up to the challenge, it will make moving on from him easier.

White’s injury cost the Bears a negotiating chip. It put a wrinkle in their long-term plan, but doesn’t necessarily change what they will accomplish right now.

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  • The GP

    Rg3 has told a reporter that he is the best QB in the NFL

    The Foreskins banned him from any more interactions with the media

    • Trac

      He must be related to Ali.

    • AlbertInTucson

      A legend in his own mind.

    • Trac

      I still think the skins should change their names to the pig skins if they were smart but all the good replacement names are probably trademarked already by enterprising entrepreneurs.

      I do commend Snider for sticking to their name though but that’s a whole other argument. All the political correctness over it is ridiculous. Their name is even being compared to the Confederate flag racists. What a bunch of intellectual know it all’s this country has become.

      • Bender McLugh

        And how is it NOT racist, exactly?

        • DaMurph

          noun: racist; plural noun: racists
          a person who believes that a particular race is superior to another 2.having or showing the belief that a particular race is superior to another.
          I dont see either of these applying to the naming of the team.
          They are very proud of their team and the name. I guess some may think it derogatory, but by definition no fans of the team think of them in that way either.
          Personally Id love a team named “The irish blue eyes”

          • How about the New England Micks?
            Or the NY Wops?
            Or the the Detroit Jiggaboos?
            Or the Hawaiian Japs?
            Or the SF Queers?
            LA Kikes?

            “Redskins” is INHERENTLY derogatory. It was originally intended as a racial slur putting an entire ppls down (usu based on belief of superiority). PPl who were genocided.

            Don’t believe me? Go to a reservation and call them that.

            I understand that political correctness seems to run amok, but in this case, I think its warranted.

            On that vein, I think the name differs from say “The Braves” or “Aztecs” or “Indians”/”Blackhawks” cuz those weren’t meant as slurs, IMO.

            But Redskins, for sure.

          • Trac

            I’ll tell you what Senator, you initiate a bill that exposes abortion as infanticide and I’ll throw in your “pork” bill as a compromise.

          • One issue has nothing to do with the other.
            I don’t know whether or not the gov should get involved in forcing the owner to change the name, but it def should be changed.

            And I’m not exactly the PC police. With my pals we joke around a lot, throw around bitch and other slang (my good bud has been calling me homo for so long, I almost feel obliged to become one NTTAWWT).

            But the Foreskins are multibillion globally recognized corporation, in DC no less!

            Heck, maybe we should keep it as a dark reminder of what this country was built on. Just ask the Nazis!

          • Trac

            Did you know our space program was built by Nazi scientists after WW2? The red carpet was rolled out for Von Braun and his associates.

            Talk about rabbit trails. Hahaha

          • SC Dave

            Actually, our space program was *founded* by the US Government. It was *staffed* with many German scientists, some significant percentage of which were in fact (ex)Nazis.

          • Trac

            Hahahaha. You didn’t know NASA was a privately owned Federally funded company from the get go? It’s true, check it out for yourself.

            What a deal! As long as there’s a U.S. mint, you never go outta business.

          • Irish Sweetness

            It’s funny. The Germans built the rockets that got the USA into space, and now private enterprise is relying on the old Soviet N1 boosters built in the 60s and 70s.

          • Trac

            Because its better physics Irish. The Russians always knew that was the better way to launch a spacecraft. It took NASA 50 years to capitulate and admit their system was too inefficient and too costly .

          • Project Paper Clip, I believe.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Operation Paperclip. And supposedly quite a few Nazi scientists held security clearances higher than the POTUS.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Washington Redskins ….. New York Niggers ……. no difference.

          • Matt F

            the Arizona Wetbacks

        • Trac

          It’s not to me. I have a life though, so that probably has a lot to do with my opinion on the matter.

    • BearDown100393

      As long as Dan Snyder believes that statement. That is all that really matters in the RGIII Zone.

  • Irish Sweetness

    At least we’re not the Bills. Their first FIVE running backs are out/injured.

    • BerwynBomber

      Saw a report last night that said the Cheese have ELEVEN guys injured — their starting LT among them.

      • Trac

        I still think everyone who is crowning the cheese before the start of the season are rather short sighted. Quite!

        Any given Sunday boys, any given Sunday. Don’t count our boys out just yet.

    • Trac

      The million question for Bills fans? How many games will they win in a row before they implode? Hee hee.

      • Hey, trac, you want me to try to find another player for #FF?

        Irish said he was down, but his Thai time might make it rough for him to do the auction draft.

        There are others though.

        • Trac

          I offered up my spot the other day. I will join if you need me to. FF ranks way down there at this point in time but I’ll join if you have a spot left.

          • Alright. Irish showed interest, so I’ll ask him.

          • Irish Sweetness

            If it’s in the morning time (the bit when the sun is visible from your locale), then I’m down. Evening your time, no can do.

          • How about 10am pacific, 12am central on april 30th (sun) sound?

            If it sounds good, shoot me your email, and all aboard to Alpha Centuri.

          • Irish Sweetness

            That’s Sunday midnight for me – my beauty sleep …..

            Also, we’ll miss the season if we do it April 30. Tee-hee!

    • Irish. Yo! The Tall Whites sent me a message last night, “You must have Irish join Da League. The universe depends on it”

      So, you’re interstellarly obligated!

      Ok, HOWEVER, I’m leaning towards having the draft right after the 3rd PS game, at about 7-ish civilized time.

      If you can swing that from Bangkok, shoot me your email and all aboard the mothership.

    • SC Dave


  • The GP

    Irish –

    You download the Ashley Madison database yet? Fun for everyone when you find people you know! I figured you would be on it like white on rice.

  • Trac

    The best laid plans of mice and men Jeff? Welcome to my world. He he.

  • Scharfinator

    Amos is getting first team reps on Saturday. Nice. I hope this kid is a baller.

    • Trac

      Welcome to the discussion Sharf!

      • Scharfinator

        Thanks, Trac. I’ve been poking my head in for the last few weeks, but had been staying away after the Season of D…isappointment.

    • AlbertInTucson

      We should be pleased if he can get thru preseason without a shoulder popping out of it’s socket.

  • BearDown100393

    In other words. White sucks. The pick was a waste. And this is another already injured “project”. So what exactly has changed?

    • Trac

      There’s a team to the north that is much more deserving of your ridicule. I wasn’t in love with the White pick either but give it a rest man, you’ll be better for it.

      • BearDown100393

        I really would like that, honestly. But I find it frustrating. Deja-vu stuff. Nothing personal against White per say. I have a dream. The Bears have a decent top draft pick. Consensus decision is made. The pick is from a school I actually know. The guy is healthy. And plays a position that can immediately help the team. A gap is filled. No contract drama. Goes to camp. Impresses. Learns. Shows budding leadership. And contributes. Doesn’t have to be a GOAT. Just does the job. And the team can move on to improve another position. That’s it. Simple stuff. No fuss. No complications.

        • Trac

          I hear ya.

        • BerwynBomber

          Sounds like Kyle Long. But yeah, point taken.

        • I know what you mean too. I know it just SEEMS like the Bears always bust with top picks, but a lot of teams do.

          Check out the Pat’s draft history since Bill arrived (since 2000).


          It’s filled with such powerhouses as:

          Brandon Merriweather (AKA the swole…right out of the league)
          Daniel Graham
          Ty Warren
          Laurence Maroney
          Jerod Mayo

          Those aren’t exactly household names, and those are only the 1st rounders.
          The more I think about it, the more I value great coaching over GM or talent.

          (Cheating helps too, I suppose).

          • Trac

            Now you know the real reason Bellicheat likes to accumulate picks.

          • SC Dave

            The parenthetical part pretty much sums it up. Data’s post on the fumble numbers made is abundantly clear that NE has been systematically cheating for a decade or more.

          • Yeah, I’m with ya on the Pats cheating.
            Two things I never understood with competition: cheating and quitting.

            I think I once took an extra $50 from Monopoly and still bad about it.
            But in my defense, my friends are scoundrels and if I went to the restroom, they’d take a few $100s.

          • SC Dave

            Tom Brady is the Barry Bonds of the NFL. His statistics are forever tainted and hence meaningless.

            And if Shoeless Joe is still banned from Cooperstown, there is NO FUCKING WAY that Tom Brady should ever get a bust in Canton.

        • Irish Sweetness

          And had Leonard Williams fallen to us, he could have been run over by a bus by now. White’s injury has nothing to do with POX, it was just unfortunate, and probably due to lack of knowledge on how to train. There should be a Walter Payton manual at Halas Hall on how to train/warm up.

          • SC Dave

            And how to pop pain pills.

  • J_mo8

    And the curse of #13 continues.. Wishing K. White a speedy recovery & J. Knox a healthy life off the field.

    • EnderWiggin

      I think Knox got an assistant position somewhere.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        i wander if he had to kiss ass to get that job.

        • The GP

          oh…. so bad.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            too soon???

      • BearDown100393

        Yoga instructor.

  • The GP

    Looks like NYT may break a story that Subway knew Jared was a pedo for some time and did nothing….

    WaPo says it was going on for a long time, he was hitting up Subway franchisees for names of people.


    • BearDown100393

      No plea deal. Screw that crap. Just bring John Doe into the interrogation room. Force feed that pervert one sub at a time until his insides explode.

      • The GP

        Cyaaaanide….cyaaanide…fooot looooong…..

    • Waffle

      GP, if Jared doesn’t get 20+yrs in this case the prosecutor should be tarred and feathered. Plea deal for what????

  • chitownproud85

    Did I read that correctly? White joined a team full of “polished receivers” ? Alshon Jeffery? Maybe. Eddie Royal? Yeap, at least as far as we’ve heard. So thats two.

    Who are these people and when did we sign them? We need a talent like White now, even if its just to start his development in a league where the competition is far different than what he faced before. They DID expect him to contribute, and stated that was a part of the reason they drafted HIM in the first place. The only reason this doesnt affect the Bears “much” is because they were already going to be bad. Whtie going down just means they will likely be worse.

  • FF Alert

    Hey, Fres, did you receive your FF invite? I sent it. Check you email, even the spam.
    (also, does your email begin with a capital letter?)

    MBHP reserving a spot for you, but don’t have your email. I emailed Artoo, but he hasn’t gotten back to me. So if you can post it here, I’ll take it down then you can erase it or edit it off the comments.


    Thus far Shady, GP, Artoo, Ender, Waffle, NBIT, Bear505, Sac(?), Moi, Trac are in.

    Continue on, ladies.

    • Sactowns#1

      What’s up with the question mark yo?

      • Are you the Bern , or the ABCD team? That’s what confuses me. Put a (Sac) next to you team name so we all know who’s who!

        • Sactowns#1


        • Sactowns#1

          I would think you would be able to tell which one I am by my political leanings.

          • I thought that was you, but you never know. Maybe you like sesame st and were ABCD…
            Plus, your team has to be a cheezy bear pun!

            (Cruz-ing for Cutty. That one’s on me)

            MB loved coming up with them (though he never played FF). Maybe I’ll text him and see what he’s got this year.

            But name it what you will. I see Shady is superstitious and is going with the lame Scoregasims again SMH.

          • Shady

            MULTIPLE… scoregasms.

    • The GP

      when is the draft?

      • That is to be determined. I was thinking of kicking off the draft in the 4rth quarter of the 3rd PS game (Sat, 8/29). We’ll all be watching it, so we should be free that day (like last year). But I think it lands on a SAT, and NBIT don’t roll on the SHABBOS, I don’t think.

        And if Irish joins, gonna see what Thai time best fits, but it’s def gonna be after the 3rd PS game.
        Maybe the sunday right after the game. (8/30) around noon or so. We’ll see. Once everyone’s in, I’ll ask if a playa def CAN NOT make either, eliminate that first.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I’m 12 hours ahead, so I can do anything that happens early morning over there.

  • AlbertInTucson
    • Johnnywad

      When are GM’s going to learn? Probably exercised until he broke his ligaments.

    • RenoBear


    • SC Dave

      Draft Olson for your fantasy team

  • Hubby worried about WR depth with Alshon ailing and White out.


    I’m not so worried for whatever reason.

    Alshon will be back, Wilson will man the outside, and Royal will move everywhere.

    Also, I know it was only the first game, but Lawrence and Meridith showed a lil something.

    Maybe Cruz will get the Sanzenbacher slot.

    If all else fails, bring back Joe Anderson son!

    • Hub does have one point though. Our deep threat is gone now, which means we might see more of that Tresty small ball crap.

      • Johnnywad

        Never say that again. Let’s call it something else. Just no Tresty anything.

        • SC Dave

          We all loved Tresty in 2013

          • Then we’ll love him again in 2015! From Campbell on the Trib:

            1. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler spent most of team
            drills checking down and otherwise throwing short. That might have been
            by design, but the overall takeaway was that the Bears’ did not or could
            not stretch the field.

            Such is life without top receiver Alshon Jeffery (strained left calf)and seventh-overall pick Kevin White (left shin stress fracture), especially as Cutler gets more comfortable in the offense.

            “I thought they got after us,” Cutler said. “They won the day. We’ve got to fix a lot of things, I’ve got to fix some stuff, O-line, receivers, so we’ll have some good film to watch tonight. We’ll make some corrections for tomorrow.”

          • BerwynBomber

            I’m convinced some of that is due to Cutty being gun shy. The guy’s not stupid. He knows of his own TOs, specifically the picks.

            I just don’t think he is ever going to be an efficient QB and trying to transform him into a game manager is a mistake. I would rather live with the picks but have him go for yards. That’s why Luck and even Brees (occasionally) get away with their relatively high TO #s: they produce like mad. Rivers, I believe, has a little of that in him as well. Throws the wince-inducing pick a little too often but also puts up 3 and 4 passing TD games to often offset it.

    • Waffle

      I thought Lawrence showed more nfl chops than Meredith but Bellamy is better than both of them. We are proper fucked if it even matters one bit.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I haven’t seen Bellamy doing anything terrible whenever I’ve seen him. Same with Perry. That was an incredible run he peeled off last week. Dude has wheels.

    • beninnorcal

      We’ve been much worse off in the past at wideout. Much more glaring needs on the other side of the ball.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Plenty of targets for Cutty and Claws. Plenty. Got no problem if we can run it all day either. It’s not sexy, but it’s football. We look built to run now.

    • AlbertInTucson

      You’re not worried.

      No problem, I can worry enough for 2 or 3 Bear fans.

      • haha, If an alien were to look at stats, they’d be hard pressed to know when Cutler had Hester as a #1, or Alshon/Bmarsh/Bennett.

        Cutler always seems to rack up the same yds/tds/ints/fumbles regardless of personnel, system, local, year or natural disaster.

        In the worst case scenario, Alshon is hobbled. Royal is still better than Hester, and I’m assuming Gase is superior to Tice and the other dummies (Martz…tbd though)

    • SC Dave

      The key of the offense, as it has been for more than half a decade now, is Matt Forte.

      • BerwynBomber

        I would say the keys are two things: Forte and Cutty’s TOs. The ying and yang of the O.

    • BerwynBomber

      We also have excellent RB receivers in Forte and potentially Jizz or Langford and we have a Pro-Bowler TE in Bennett.

      Receiving options will be fine, just no huge deep threat that apparently White was to provide. But hardly a bare cupboard.

      • One aspect I really liked about Langford’s tape was his screens. He’s a natural. He sets them up nicely, soft hands, then turns and accelerates quickly.

        And the very first play Gase calls? A screen to Lanford.

        That shows me Gase knows what’s up.

        • BerwynBomber

          Agreed but he looked a little over his head that first pre-season game. I was high on him coming out of college but I am reserving judgment for now.

          Good news is Carey looked decent, though he was getting it done against second and third team guys.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Cutty can’t hit the deep routes anyway.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Cardinals are kind of snakebit, too. They go out and sign Iupati to help keep Palmer upright and now he’s gone for 6-8 weeks with a bad knee.

  • SC Dave

    I’ve disliked the Steelers for a long time, but James Harrison has slanted me hugely towards neutral.


    Participation trophies have made a pussy of America.

  • BearDown100393
    • BerwynBomber

      Non life-threatening gunshot wound? Sounds like a classic cry for help.

      • BearDown100393

        And I hope he gets that help.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Bummer. Probably never got over the loss of his HS QB son.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Anyone watching Hard Knocks?

    Is there a bigger asshole on the planet than Brian Cushing?

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