Turn the Beat Around: Burkett, Bears & Beyond (to Houston)

| August 22nd, 2016

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Dave Birkett of the Free Press wrote a perfect column outlining the meaninglessness of preseason football. Here’s the first few paragraphs

Between forced season ticket buys, unwatchable second halves and pointless season-altering injuries, there are few redeeming qualities to preseason football.

But the worst part about the exhibition exercise that the NFL puts its 32 teams through four or, in some cases, five times a year is the overreaction that comes with every game.

Sure, that happens in the regular season, too. That’s the nature of our instant-gratification society.

But you don’t need to be the 2008 Preseason Champion Detroit Lions to know which games matter and which games don’t.


Adam Jahns with quotes from Cutler:

As for White’s drop, Cutler sounded almost happy it happened. Such plays lead to more dialogue between him and the second-year receiver.

‘‘He handles it well,’’ Cutler said. ‘‘He’s always the first guy to blame himself, no matter what the situation is, so I just try to keep him positive and keep him going. There’s no point or real time for us to dwell on it. We have to move on, and he does that well.’’


Brad Biggs is still the gold standard. From his latest:

I charted the personnel formations for the three series starting quarterback Jay Cutler had. There were a total of 27 snaps from three different personnel groupings:

12 snaps with 11 personnel (called Posse by former Tribune contributor Matt Bowen) – 1 running back, 1 tight end, 3 wide receivers

11 snaps with 12 personnel (called Ace by Bowen) – 1 running back, 2 tight ends, 2 wide receivers

4 snaps with 21 personnel (called Regular by Bowen) – 2 running backs, 1 tight end, 2 wide receivers

What stands out most to me is the nearly even divide between three-wide personnel and double tight end personnel. The Bears ran 198 snaps with two tight ends on the field last season and they were actually very effective throwing out of that grouping as they completed 42 of 57 passes (73.7 percent) for 576 yards with a 116.0 rating. They spent the first half of the year not really utilizing Zach Miller in that role and then Martellus Bennett had hurt ribs and feelings in the second half of the season.

This might be interesting to watch Thursday night. The Loggains offense certainly looks like it will be incorporating some Shanahan-style zone blocking runs but might we also be looking at a heavy load of two tight ends?


Bears open season with Houston.



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  • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts
    • Big Mike

      In no league, on no planet. Don’t even need to look. WTF.. Has the Sun-Times gotten that desperate?

      • they’re just reporting Madden ratings.

        Who also had Stafford at 85 and Cutler at 80, because apparently being the same QB means nothing.

    • SC Dave

      Well, we all know how critical it is that Madden football has the right rankings.

    • willbest

      Apparently only throws under 8 yards and handoffs to HOF rbs were considered

    • Irish Sweetness

      I will not be trolled.

    • disqus_rE3nEiWJk6

      No way,

  • willbest

    Perhaps it was a function of getting a good look at the 2 TE set, but if they plan to take 40% of their snaps that way in the regular season then expect 4 TEs to make the team.

  • Irish Sweetness

    “The Bears ran 198 snaps with two tight ends on the field last season and they were actually very effective throwing out of that grouping as they completed 42 of 57 passes (73.7 percent) for 576 yards with a 116.0 rating. ”

    Why, in the name of McGregor, would you ever come out of that formation if true? You can run from it, pass from it, QB leggit. If you have a winning dish, serve the fucker.

    • willbest

      Perhaps they were using it in 2nd or 3rd and long situation and just taking what they were given?

    • I wonder how much of that is due to better pass protection. I think that’s why they went to more 2 TE looks on Thursday. Keep one in to block.

  • Big Mike
    • willbest

      Lies! We all know its the return of JWebb Nation

    • Bender McLugh

      “Leno looks to be a bright spot for the future as his rookie contract extends through 2017.”

      I thought the consensus on this here blog was that we are doomed if Leno starts. I hadn’t really noticed him last season but I did notice him in last week’s game on a few running plays, getting to the 2nd level very quickly.

      Think this statement by Biggs is accurate?

      • Big Mike

        At the bottom of my post is Leno’s draft profile. I’m going to comment on how I believe things have worked out. In my opinion not noticing him last year is a victory for Leno. If he progresses this year, he can be a cornerstone of the line for years to come. The knock on him out college was he wasn’t a refined pass blocker and his technique, (bend, hands etc) weren’t that good. He came into an ideal situation, not by any genius of Emery, but he sat most of his rookie year. Last year he got tossed into the fire and got valuable experience and held his own. He’s had another year to work on strength and technique. His athleticism was never questioned by scouts, teammates or opponents.



        Strengths Outstanding arm length. (can’t teach that) Solid base in pass
        protection and can bump, steer and mirror (athleticism). Understands fit and
        positioning (intelligence). Can work up to the second level with ease (athleticism) Flashes pop in
        his punch. (raw talent) Very durable, experienced three-year starter.

        Weaknesses Lacks substance in pass protection (can be taught) and can
        be moved off a spot and walked back to the quarterback (technique) . Tends to bend at
        the waist, overextend and lose positioning (technique) — average recovery speed.
        Carries his hands too low and does not shoot them with violence (Technique) Is
        stressed by speed and struggles to cut off the rush. Does not play
        strong and catches too much. (Technique)

        Draft Projection Rounds 5-6

        Bottom Line Long-armed, soft-bodied college (improving) left tackle
        most ideally suited for a role as a versatile, swing backup in a
        zone-blocking scheme. Has not learned how to translate his athletic
        ability and explosion to the field, yet possesses enough length, agility
        and untapped talent (there it is. Tap that talent. I think he is doing just that) to find a role for a patient offensive line coach (didn’t exactly have that, but the effect was the same as if he did)

  • Just the preseason, but I’m not surprised by Osweiler not looking good. He played really well the first 2-3 games last year in a scheme that made things as simple as possible for him and protected him with the league’s best defense, then started to struggle more and more as teams got more film on him.

    The contract Houston gave him based off of that tiny sample size was absurd, but that shows you how desperate the NFL is for competent QBs.

    • willbest

      Yeah, I didn’t have a problem with Elway letting him go at that price point. Though I would have expected him to have looked for something a bit better than Sanchez, but you can’t beat that price

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      If i remember correctly from the announcers during the Bears/Broncos game, Osweiler struggles because he is so tall and throws the ball on a ‘Downward Trajectory’. His WRs just need to get used to the ‘Downward Trajectory’ of his passes and he will be fine.

      • MB30SD

        me cack has a downward trajectory

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          sorry to hear that. They make a pill that should help you out.

          • MB30SD

            thanks. It’s ok, it’s a sharp downwa…. wait….

  • AlbertInTucson
  • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts

    Check out Hard Knocks Rams. Singletary is going to be an asst. coach there.

    In the promo, the players start imitating him, going: “can’t play with him, can’t coach with him, can’t do it”

    Also, Goff looks like a stretch. A big big stretch.

  • MB30SD
  • You’re about to get Jericho’d

    I know the Bears have their reasons for not signing him but are we really going to go into this season with Hall, Bausby, Callahan or some other rook at CB if Fuller can’t go?

    • willbest


      • You’re about to get Jericho’d


        • willbest

          Oh you meant opposite of Porter… I just assumed if they were comfortable going into the season with Fuller they were comfortable going into the season with any of the DB’s they picked up. He isn’t exactly a top 50 talent at the position.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Can’t I just go back to not caring about Ryan Lochte for another four years?”

    Why not? SPEEDO and RALPH LAUREN just stopped “caring”…


    • willbest

      This ranks right up there with Malia smoking pot at a concert in my care-o-meter, but the internet is a fickle mistress, and it has decided to make him its bitch.

      • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts

        Is there anybody going to listen to my story
        All about the bitch who came to play?
        He’s the kind of bitch you want to fail so much it makes you sorry
        Still, you don’t regret a single day

        Ah bitch. bitch. bitch.

  • You’re about to get Jericho’d

    Kobe’s going to become a venture capitalist. Kobe and Jeff Stibel will be the two partners.

    “They hope the fund will offer a complementary combination of their skillsets. Stibel is perhaps best known as the former chief executive of the public tech company Web.com…has also founded numerous other tech/marketing companies and is a brain scientist.
    Bryant…is expected to offer his creative and marketing expertise — he even designed the Bryant Stibel logo himself.”
    lol, he even designed the logo himself. Boom.

    • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts

      He can’t read a balance sheet, but he can dunk wearing New Balance.

      So there’s that.

      • You’re about to get Jericho’d

        today has been a waste. Once I read that aloud my co-workers started the death spiral by providing new content and then emailing it around in press release form…
        Bryant is expected to offer his creative and marketing expertise….and by marketing we mean really jamming the black mamba into every intern possible.
        Bryant is expected to offer his chocolate pringles can to every girl in the creative and marketing department.
        Bryant is known for his creative and marketing expertise and for raping that girl.
        Bryant is expected to market and create many awkward interactions between his mamba and the secretaries.
        Bryant is known for really taking it to the holes.
        …..and 100 more.

        • MB30SD

          I like this one most: “Bryant is known for his creative and marketing expertise and for raping that girl.”

          • You’re about to get Jericho’d

            they’re reading it like news reporters now.

          • SC Dave

            Sounds like a productive day. Thanks for improving America’s competitive position, dude!

    • BearDown100393

      Mr. Bryant, Lenny Dykstra is on line 1. Should I have him hold?

    • SC Dave

      Whenever I see that name, I cannot help but think of pampered bovines.

  • Sactowns#1

    So, who all watched the fight? Thoughts? My opinion, it went just about as predicted. Diaz has high miles and thus a ton of scar tissue which means a few solid punches and his face starts leaking like a 10 year old Subaru. Connor doesn’t have the power to knock out guys in the 170’s but he was able to stay on his feet and didn’t try to roll with Diaz. With his counter punching skills he could easily take the Mayweather fight. Idk if they’ll do a third one. Nate looked pretty wrecked at the end of the fight.

    • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts

      No love for Subaru.

      • Sactowns#1

        I’ve owned 3 of them. Every single one leaked oil at the rear seal. Not a lot but enough to be highly annoying.

    • MB30SD

      Conner the much better fighter, but like you said not powerful enough at that weight. Diaz tough as fucking nails. Correct outcome.

      Oh, and conner needs to fire his conditioning coach yesterday. Ridiculous

  • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts

    Scott Chandler was let go from the Pats since they have Unicorn. Functional insurance.

    • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts

      Ahhh never mind. Exploded ACL. Probably retire.

  • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts
    • AlbertInTucson

      Can you say “Influence Peddler” boys and girls?

    • willbest

      You know, I am starting to warm up to Clinton because of these leaks. She really does come through for all the people that bribe her. And she does plan to stop taking bribes if she wins, probably to ensure she can fulfill all her prior commitments. She might genuinely be an honest politician afterall.

      • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts
        • You’re about to get Jericho’d


      • SC Dave

        “Honor among thieves” comes to mind, so I’m a tad skeptical that Hillary will pay up, as it were.

    • Sactowns#1

      I would say its interesting but I don’t click on anything Fox news of Breitbart.

      • willbest

        Or really any organization that hasn’t pledged fealty to her Empress.

        • Sactowns#1

          Nah. I just respect the work of journalism too much. I also don’t go to clickbait sites like Thrillist.

          • SC Dave

            Well, that would disqualify just about every media outlet in the United States.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            North Korean Central News Agency(KCNA) is the only place you can get the real news from.

          • Sactowns#1

            Christian Science monitor consistently wins awards fro their journalism. The Mercury out of San Jose has done some great stuff too.

          • SC Dave

            And Obama won a Nobel prize. Point being awards don’t mean shit.

            That being said, I have read the CSM and it’s certainly better than most. I consider Reason the same way, although it has been a long time since I’ve read it and standards may have declined.

          • Cormonster

            Wow, another Reason reader. Been a subscriber for about 20 years. It’s definitely slipped. It’s not nearly as thought provoking and cutting edge as it used to be.

            The website has really went downhill during this election cycle. Lots of clickbait headlines and shrill articles. Much of their online content is what I call Progressitarian.

          • SC Dave

            Damn shame, that. Another casualty of the PC-twitter generation, evidently.

  • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts

    Yeah, this is fun


  • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts
    • SC Dave

      This is how addictions start. Break free, GP!!

  • SC Dave

    On a football note, it is interesting how similar White and Jeffrey are wrt size… both 6’3″, and within a pound of 218.

    If White can catch the damn ball, it could be amazing. I want to see him lay out and catch the slight overthrows… the bookend to how Jeffrey claws in the slight underthrows in traffic.

    I feel it coming. And Mariani moving the chains.

    • MB30SD

      Look at you!!!

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  • You’re about to get Jericho’d

    “Following his death, Jady posted photos with the gangster on her
    Facebook page, declaring her undying love for him.

    One post read: “In eternity, I will be with my love the way I always wanted, because in
    heaven all the time is time to be happy. God will take you in, it’s my
    hope that in eternity I will see you.”

    ….uh, but first, i’m going to fuck this dude I met at the olympics. I think he’s Jamaican….


  • AlbertInTucson

    “Todd Marinovich: Former USC Quarterback Arrested After Being Found Naked in Stranger’s Yard, Police Say”

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