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Audibles From the Long Snapper: Tru’s Team, Shaheen Excites, LongJahns & More!

| July 27th, 2018

Three Quick Player Thoughts

  • Adam Shaheen. He’s not getting a ton of attention from those circling the barren wasteland of Bourbonnais but I’m told by highly reliable folks Matt Nagy is as enamored with the potential of Shaheen as any other offensive player on the roster. The young TE had an almost-impossible transition from Nowheresville, Ohio to the NFL last season and it made harder by an offensive coaching staff uninterested in aiding that transition for a raw rookie. This staff sees big play potential from their big tight end. Immediately.
  • Mitch Trubisky. His early camp results? Up and down. Throwing too many picks but displaying all the explosiveness and ability that made him the second pick. It’ll be very interesting to see how much of this new offense Nagy rolls out in the preseason, especially with Green Bay in primetime to open the campaign. But the most important thing happening to Tru this summer is simply being allowed to BE the damn quarterback and make the important mistakes.
  • Kevin Toliver & Kylie Fitts. The Bears are a very strange roster right now, with a ton of potential up and down it. But these two players, both off to impressive starts, have the ability to elevate an already good to elite level if they make a significant impact in 2018.

It’s Cold. Put On Your LongJahns.

In Adam the Legend’s camp takeaways column, there was a passage that caught my eye:

From Allen Robinson to Marlon Brown at receiver and from Trey Burton to Colin Thompson at tight end, every skill player has gotten a chance to play with Trubisky or backup Chase Daniel. Running back Tarik Cohen has even caught passes from third-stringer Tyler Bray in camp.

At some point, the constant rotations will end. Robinson, Burton, Cohen and other starters will settle in for more advanced work with Trubisky.

But those rotations are part of the learning process for all players right now. Nagy wants it that way. Kevin White seemingly has benefitted from it. He has been targeted plenty throughout camp by Trubisky and Daniel.

“Right now, there’s zero game-planning going into this thing,” Nagy said. “It’s, ‘Everybody learn everything,’ and then what we do as evaluators and coaches is we see who does what well.

“There might be somebody that runs a route really well but can’t run another route to save his life, so we don’t do that. We put those guys in the right spots, and then we try to time it up with the quarterbacks.”

Hallelujah. Too often new coaches come to an organization with their pre-designed cargo pants and try to fit players into the pockets. They acquire a player who can do X, a player who can do Y, a player who can do Z. Matt Nagy and Mark Helfrich, along with Ryan Pace, went out this offseason and acquired a ton of offensive talent. Guys who can do a ton of different things. Now they’re allowing that talent to show them what works and what doesn’t. Rather ingenious if you ask me.


Team Trubisky

There was a quote in Adam Hoge’s 10 Bears Things column that made me very happy. It is bolded below:

Trubisky’s passion for the game of football and eagerness to win over his teammates was evident even a year ago in Bourbonnais, despite being forced to work with the third-stringers in practice. Now that he has 12 starts under his belt and is the clear-cut QB1, he appears to have won over the entire group — offense and defense.

“Mitch doesn’t look like a rookie. He looks like a veteran,” cornerback Prince Amukamara said. “I’m just looking at his stage presence, just how he coordinates everybody, how he calls plays, his presence in the pocket and everything like that.”

After years of storylines about the locker room’s support or lack thereof for Jay Cutler, it doesn’t appear that will be a major topic during the Trubisky era, no matter how long it lasts.

The theatrical allusions continue! Maybe this will be a new trend in football writing!


James Fox Tweets From Camp

Fox has does an excellent job communicating his camp experience but these two tweets stood out for me.


Meet James Daniels

One of the early reports I’ve been given from Bourbonnais is just how easily Daniels is transitioning to the professional game. He very much looks the part and it’ll be a surprise if he’s not starting on day one (and for years to come).


Links

  • Anthony Miller is not going to be surprised if/when he breaks out as a rookie. He basically told the world he’s going to in this blog post on his website. (Side note: he’s been the Bears best camp player thus far.)
  • Jerry Jones has insisted upon every one of his players standing for the national anthem, while at the same time criticizing Trump’s involvement. Jones is a dunce who has employed known criminals for years, while turning a blind eye. (I’m staying away from this topic moving forward, as I’ve said what’s needed to be said.)
  • A young Chicago Bears fan’s reaction to getting tickets went viral. You won’t be wondering why when you see it.

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  • SC Dave

    “Hallelujah. Too often new coaches come to an organization with their
    pre-designed cargo pants and try to fit players into the pockets. They
    acquire a player who can do X, a player who can do Y, a player who can
    do Z. Matt Nagy and Mark Helfrich, along with Ryan Pace, went out this
    offseason and acquired a ton of offensive talent. Guys who can do a ton
    of different things. Now they’re allowing that talent to show them what
    works and what doesn’t. Rather ingenious if you ask me.”

    I’d call it obvious. But since I’ve essentially never seen it on offense in Chicago, I share your enthusiasm.

    • BenderMcLugh

      with you on Miller since seeing his tape too. Didn’t know of him at all before that

    • Irish Sweetness

      Well, White hasn’t looked greta thus far … A-Rob has to prove he’s healthy. Miller might be the surprise player this year.

      If Mitch balls, that’s no surprise. That’s what he was drafted to do.

      • BenderMcLugh

        where did you read that White isn’t doing great? the opposite of everything I’ve seen

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          It’s in a special newsletter that only Irish gets called “The Running Back Express”. Normally it is just stories about running backs but they have been expanding coverage the last couple years.

        • CanadaBear

          I think Irish has seen a couple vids of the INT’s and read about them. If this was the same O and coaching staff, I’d be a lot more worried.

          • BenderMcLugh

            agreed

      • AlbertInTucson

        “That’s what he was drafted to do.”

        But, in Chicago, when it actually works out like that, it IS a surprise.

  • That Guy

    I didn’t realize the lead singer of Nickelback played for the Bears. And he was the long snapper, and not the nickel back?

    • Irish Sweetness

      Great to see Pat again.

  • That Guy

    As a guy who is pretty left of center, I don’t have a problem with an NFL owner setting rules about guys standing during the national anthem. It’s his team, his business, and they’re his employees. That guy should be prepared, however, for how the players react to the rule.

    At the same time, I think the players have the right to protest, and their protest (which was suggested to Kap by a military guy, let’s remember) isn’t magically disrespectful to the flag or to veterans. Seriously, when did the national anthem become The Song That Shows Respect To Veterans? Anyway, they have the right… but as with any right, there are consequences when you exercise it.

    And it’s deeply hypocritical of Jerrah to have linked arms with his players and done the kneeling pantomime last year, only to ban them from doing anything similar this year. Jones is a gigantic piece of shit and deserves zero respect — for lots of acts and words, not just this anthem crap.

    • willbest

      Jones is in Texas, he has to contend with Texans. And he did that pre-anthem as some sort of compromise. So I don’t no how hypocritical he is being by telling them it’s off limits because it’s bad for business

      • AlbertInTucson

        I think it’s pretty clear this stuff is costing the NFL eyeballs which is what the Networks are paying for. The players don’t seem to realize that, in the long run, this is going to cost the NFL money which, in turn, will cost the players money. When the Networks don’t deliver the projected number of eyeballs, advertisers want “make goods”. Anyone who has worked in media knows “”make good” is the dirtiest 4-letter word combination in the business.

    • As always, goes back to the first rule of philosophy. If two parties do not agree on a premise, they likely won’t agree on the conclusion.

      The premise.

      Kneeling during the anthem disrespects America
      Kneeling during the anthem brings attention to social injustices esp for minorities

      “right” interprets kneeling as the former, “left” as the latter

      Doubt either camp will cross over.

      I was hearing a commentator last night who made a good point. He said that democracy, born from the enlightenment, was based on persuasion not coercion. Persuasion is based on a common agreed upon “premise” or namely, agreed upon empirical evidence, facts, news – REALITY.

      But when that vanishes, how can you persuade another?

      You can’t. And that begins the disintegration of democracy into anti-enlightenment primal tribalism [NBC/CBS/ABC/BBC/CNN etc vs Fox/Info Wars].

      The kneeling issue is a good case study on this.

      There might be some superficial compromise, but much like the 3/5ths compromise, it will only mask the division temporarily until some other issue brings it to the surface.

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      I’m not sure that left and right mean anything anymore as far as policy EXCEPT for something akin to manners and mannerisms and ways of speech. Most of what’s up for public discussion are distractions. It’s rhetoric and sentiment. And I get caught up in it more than most, but at the end I know nothing really seems to change anymore and it can only get worse since now the discourse is so combative now compared to the 1990s.

      I think my politics have wavered over the years to the point it looks like a vertical seismograph during the Apocalypse.

  • CanadaBear

    It’s all unicorns and rainbows now (except for Smith not signing and a bunch of LB’s that can’t seem to find the field). Actually interested in watching the HOF game just to see some of the roster and the new O.

    • Johnnywad

      The rainbow supply dries up quickly if the quarterback keeps throwing the ball to the defense.

      • SC Dave

        Truth.

      • CanadaBear

        Not too worried about it at this point. If MT is still getting picked off a bunch in the reg season, uh-oh.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          Agree. Let him make the mistakes. Let him learn from them. And it is nice practice for our stonehanded DBs, getting a chance to catch.

        • John F

          More passing = more INT’s, especially from a QB with bad foot placement, arm angle, and balance

          • CanadaBear

            Apparently you’ve never seen anyone improve from year 1.

      • BenderMcLugh

        “kicking the tires” I believe Nagy described Trubs approach right now

        • Johnnywad

          Oh I’m a big fan. Just saying, we’ve been through the rosy glow of training camp and all of the positive vibes that come with it too many times.

          I believe in Pace, Trubisky, Nagy, Helfrich, and Fangio. But if Trubs starts giving it to the D in real games, that’s a cancer that can’t be fixed. We’ve seen it. It can’t happen or we reset the clock.

          • SC Dave

            Or stumble into a miracle quarterback stocking groceries somewhere.

          • Heard that Jimmy G was pretty good!

          • John F

            He beat the Bears ass pretty good last year …….

          • CanadaBear

            5 FG’s. BFD.

          • AlbertInTucson

            And Fox conceded the game.

          • If Trub becomes a TO machine, I may just start watching Curling.

            At least Cutler came w cool memes

            https://goo.gl/images/HD9SMQ

          • John F

            It is a mathematical certainty that more passing = more turnovers. The only reason Trubs didn’t have a lot more last year was because they intentionally (and correctly) kept him on a tight leash

      • Maybe we have backup HOF CBs!

      • willbest

        It took quite a few years to give up on Cutler

        • Not for SC. Maybe we should defer to his QB eye

          • SC Dave

            I’m going to fork another $100 over the NFL for GamePass, so I will be watching.

  • willbest

    It’s good to see that Nagy has been saddled with making Kevin White work. I was afraid for a second we would have to contend with 1st round, thrice aborted picks having to climb the depth chart

    • Irish Sweetness

      He ain’t lookin’ good.

      • BenderMcLugh

        where are you reading this? I’m seeing only reactions like this:

        “The team needs to see what the heck they have in him and are using the extra reps to see it. White has lived up to the increased chances so far. He has looked sharp, and has made contested catches over the middle, down the sideline and has run after the catch.”

        https://beargoggleson.com/2018/07/26/training-camp-rumblings-wide-receiver/

        • SC Dave

          Shit, that article loves everyone. Goggles indeed.

          • BenderMcLugh

            True just one source tho

  • Irish Sweetness

    Toliver and Prince having interceptiosn galore. Nice.

    Our Kevin has had some terrible drops on uncontested balls. Mitch seems to be getting it out quick enough but he doesn’t seem to be looking off safeties and he’s homing in on one receiver a lot.

    But then I went back and looked at stuff he did in real games and it really does bode well for this season.
    He’s so dangerous on the run.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Ah, Terry Crews on Hot Ones. How can you not love that man.

    “God will not have his work made manifest by cowards.”

    – Ralph Waldo Emerson

    • BenderMcLugh

      that’s a great series of vids. I want to try Pepper X badly!

    • Sactowns#1

      Man I love me some Terry Crews. Great video Irish, thanks for posting.

  • leftcoastdave

    I read Nagy’s comment about all the picks in practice to be interesting. He’s not concerned and he wants Tru to “air it out.” He wants that deep threat to be there and he wants it practiced early and often. He also hinted at it being good for the DBs to be challenged and get used to stepping in for the take away. Tolliver has really shined with this as well as Joseph putting a ton of pressure on earning slots back there.

  • leftcoastdave

    Fun live Twit feed here on practice on windycity gridiron from robert zeglinski for those of you who, like me, do not Twit. Some good play taking place.

    https://www.windycitygridiron.com/2018/7/27/17621296/chicago-bears-training-camp-live-stream-friday-open-thread-matt-nagy-ryan-pace-robert-zeglinski

  • Malice Halice

    Hopefully Roquan sign a contract for Golden Birthday today! Come on bruh!

  • Malice Halice

    I hope Fitts arm ain’t too bad. Just saw he’s out as well as Grasu. Damn damn damn

    • leftcoastdave

      Damn is right. He’s been shining bright.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Grasu is out DAMMIT!!! Well there goes the season.

    • Sactowns#1

      Out 6-8 weeks with a wounded pride.

      • Johnnywad

        Probably that name finally catching up to him. “Kylie Roy”. Ugh.

    • Been saying Fitts is brittle since draft day. It’ll be a miracle if he lasts a whole season.
      But hey, who needs pass rushers…

      • Johnnywad

        Well. He’s a 6th round flyer. So it goes.

        • Yeah but we shouldn’t be in the position of depending on 6th round fliers and Acho

          I think Pace will trade for an OLB b4 it’s all said and done, maybe Shane Ray

          He should at least sign Houston who was our best pass rusher late last season

          • willbest

            Too many holes… After 4 drafts

          • ButtonShoes

            Almost like Pace has no strategy and is mostly flying by the seat of his pants. I’d be willing to bet the offensive overhaul that was done this offseason was more the work of Nagy than Pace.

          • SC Dave

            Are you suggesting that Pace should have found 22 starters with 27 draft picks?

          • willbest

            And 4 free agencies. Yes

          • Malice Halice

            Yea it’s bout time we get ol dude from da bills, idk man. Can we steal Aaron Donald?

          • The fucked up part was that we had a shot to trade up for Donald. But no, Emery got Fuller one pick later. Fucking Bears.

            Instead, we draft White – not Beasly, then trade up for Floyd.

            (and I won’t even mention skipping on Harold Landry…)

            Oh well.

            Apparently Nagy is gonna post 40 points per game, so fuck it, put Acho in there.

      • CanadaBear

        REALLY? Way to go out on limb.

  • Sactowns#1

    I know this is a football page but, YOU GUYS, the A’s have been HELLA fun to watch!!! They’ve won 6 straight and 27 of the last 34. The come from behind wins this last week have been nothing short of amazing. Down 10-1 in the 7th and ended up winning 13-10.
    Best part is, the salary for Mike Trout and Justin Upton combined is more than the entire payroll for the A’s.
    hope you guys jump on board because its been a blast!

    • CanadaBear

      I knew they were on a tear but I didn’t realize it was that good. I catch the Cubs a couple of times/week but that’s about it. Even then I record them and watch later.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Good for you and good for the A’s BUT…

      If Baseball thinks having more strikeouts than base hits, 5 or 6 pitching changes per side / per game, players who don’t know a how to slide, bunt, hit the other way or hit a cutoff man and having a handful of teams headed for 100 losses in a season is all good for its game, I beg to differ.

      • CanadaBear

        After the Cubs broke their streak, all the shitty teams want to tank. The Cubs starting pitching has been mediocre at best but at least Chili Davis got through to the hitters to go the other way and take what they give ya at the plate. They still aren’t great at getting runners home from 3rd with less than 2 outs.

        • AlbertInTucson

          GFrom what I see, NOBODy is great at getting runners home from 3rd with less than two out.

          Another thing I forgot is a preponderance of players who do not know to run the bases.

  • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

    I have prayed on this a minute and have come to the conclusion that Roquan will sign by the end of the weekend….and if he doesn’t may he die a thousand deaths.

    • Malice Halice

      Fa shizzle

    • How long will it take for Chicagoans to start burning Roq’s jersey in effigy?

      • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

        there will be grumblings on Monday and then when he strains his first calf muscle because he wasn’t ready….well, then shit will start to go downhill.

        Opening day starting ILBs : Timu and Kwiatkoski

        • Malice Halice

          He’s just raising the bar for himself. If he don’t lead the league in a atleast 1 category I’m considering him a bust. Not top 5 but LEAD da LEAGUE

        • Maybe it’s not too late to bring Shea back.

          • SC Dave

            Super Bowl Champion Shea, you mean.

        • SC Dave

          Trevathan and Kwiatkoski

    • leftcoastdave

      Maybe we can get some Imam’s together and stone the beatch.

    • AlbertInTucson

      “May the fleas of a thousand camels infest his underwear.”
      – Carnack, The Magnificent.

  • I don’t interpret them playing White so much as a positive. It’s the equivalent of playing a lot during the PS .

    They want to give him every chance and be absolutely certain b4 they cut a top 10 pick.

    And I agree w Irish. He hasn’t looked good to me in those practice vids.

    Still early, but I don’t think Pace brought all these WRs in for no reason.

    Arob, Miller, Gabriel, Bellamy are locks
    White, Fowler, Gentry, etc are battling for roster spots , though White will has the advantage due only to his draft status

    • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

      lol, Gentry? You mean Javon Wims right? The enormous power forward WR we got from Georgia?
      It’s either Kevin White or Javon Wims. Gentry is white and can fall off of a bridge for all I care.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      I heard they were bringing Braverman back into camp.

      • Well, I think Braverman actually has been more productive than White.
        Maybe making those $5 footlongs has improved his hands

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          footlongs are at Subway. Braverman is so fast you will freak so he works at Jimmy Johns.

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      Meredith >> White

      • SC Dave

        Meredith draft status <<< White draft status

        Sux, but there it is.

    • leftcoastdave

      I think getting White all the reps you can is very positive, both for him and the coaches. The dude has not done it in how long? He was a consensus first round pick who got hurt, and got hurt, and got hurt. Hopefully the reps will help get whatever bad you think is in his head out of there. Catching a long ball for a T has to make one feel better about oneself, don’t you think?

      • SC Dave

        Shit dude, have you watched any of the reps? The guy has NOTHING.

        • leftcoastdave

          And when best to learn that or possibly change that?

          • SC Dave

            I’d rather Bellamy get the reps. If that guy can learn to catch well, he will be the bomb. He didn’t need a fancy offense to get open all the time.

          • leftcoastdave

            You forgot his hand transplants last year. They took. He can catch! (And I, too, love Bellamy.)

  • Juan Stone

    “Mitch doesn’t look like a rookie. He looks like a veteran,” cornerback Prince Amukamara said. “I’m just looking at his stage presence, just how he coordinates everybody, how he calls plays, his presence in the pocket and everything like that.”

    Yeah well… he’s not a rookie anymore and I hope Prince isn’t just handing out some candy because Mitch is making him look good at camp.

    Jeff thinks preseason is meaningless, I think preseason prognostications are meaningless. Show me da money baby.

    • leftcoastdave

      It might be said that last year’s preseason was meaningless due to how it was conducted, unless the “meaning” attributed to it was negative, but the installation of a new offense is anything but meaningless. Neither do I consider it meaningless to hear credible information that the D kicked butt on the O initially, but that the playing field has leveled. The same can be said about how Miller broke Amukamara’s ankles on tape I watched, or that several DBs are stepping in with picks, even knowing that the ball is being thrown. That is experience which is much needed and will translate to the big stage. Also there are the comments that Shaheen simply cannot be covered in the red zone. Sure, this cherry flavored Kool-Aide is rose colored and quite refreshing, but I do not think what is happening is meaningless.

    • Malice Halice

      Everything we’ve done in Training Camp n PS literally mirrored how the season played out. The past 3yrs alone.

    • SC Dave

      Candy stores are always open in camp.

      Just sayin’

      Edit: Oh wait… was that candy whores?

  • AlbertInTucson
    • Well, at least White has biggest bust competition.

      Achilles. Yikes. That’s worse than ACL/MCL.

      Chargers always seem snake bitten when it comes to INJs.

      I still remember Tomlinson watching the playoffs from the sidelines.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Verrett Career: 25 games played. 55 games missed.

        • SC Dave

          FFS. Cut him.

        • Malice Halice

          SHEESH! That was expected to happen at that rate!

      • Malice Halice

        As far as I can tell White is the bust of da top 15 of his draft year. All he got for his pro highlight reel is the 1 handed catch against the Cowboys. He got a knack for doing his best when his back against da wall. So I’m looking forward for White to stunt dis year.

        • SC Dave

          A knack? Based on what evidence, exactly?

    • Malice Halice

      Didn’t know he was pro bowler, that sucks, n I’m bitchin about our 2 LB’s n C

      • SC Dave

        Pro bowler for what? Bench riding?

    • CanadaBear

      Ouch.

  • willbest

    “Fix the subways.” – Jeff

    I don’t know about NYC public transit, but uber is going to costs you a good $10+ more than the CTA for most things. At that price point, uber isn’t directly competing with public transit, because people are paying for the convenience. If that option didn’t exist they would resort to other methods, but its not a given that you can make the subway more convenient. At least not in a cost affordable manner.

    • Malice Halice

      In the Twin Cities it’s really nice. Except for events and they surcharge, we got Uber Eats up here as well n some others

      • willbest

        As we live in the suburbs, I primarily use uber to get to the airport. I have done the 3rd party delivery thing a couple times. Grubhub, uber eats… even Amazon is in that business with amazon restaurants.

        • Malice Halice

          Haven’t tried amazon food delivery yet. U try Hood Uber yet?

          • willbest

            After googling what you were talking about… heh. no, no I have not.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Guess I would have to upgrade from my my flip phone, first?

          • leftcoastdave

            You can take my flip phone when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.

    • SC Dave

      Well, you have to remember Jeff is talking about NYC. A union-dominated cesspool where things are unlikely to work.

      Maybe the bitches need to take a trip to Moscow and see how a *real* subway works.

      But then again, it would take a law-abiding citizenry to make the happen.

    • AlbertInTucson

      NYC better start with the steam pipes like the one that exploded under 5th Avenue, recently.

  • Malice Halice

    Looks like we cut our Local Matt Fleming for some other WR that the Falcons dropped. Finna look at his tape now, Malachi Jones is his name.

  • BuddhaJoe

    Bears need to bite the bullet and sign Roquan already. They’re squabbling over chump change and they can afford it.

    I was originally on their side but further reading made me think they’re just being assholes about the offsets.

    • CanadaBear

      It’s all about the precedent for both sides. If I’m Smith I’d say get it done. His agency is the only one that will benefit from this pecker-pull. If Smith is as advertised (and there’s no reason to believe he isn’t), he will be around for years and make plenty of extra cash with endorsements.

      • leftcoastdave

        Yes, but sadly, Smith’s agents are using him to advance their careers. It don’t really matter to Smith in the grand scheme of things, but it matters to the blood suckers. (And hey, I personally have nothing against blood suckers. Some of my best friends . . . and I’m no racist, etc., etc.)
        Roquan would do himself a solid (ok, antiquated) if he said “f’off agents” and just ink the paper because he has nothing to worry about regarding “offsets” unless he plans to be a loser which I do not think is in his head right now.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          I read that part of the sticking points is on the pay out of guaranteed money. Where the team is not on the hook for guaranteed money if the player is suspended. However, with the new helmet rules that allow players to be suspended for hits on the field. If I was a player, I would be fine with losing guaranteed money if I did something stupid off the field. But I would not be alright if I lose it over something that may be fairly subjective on the field.

          • SC Dave

            That makes sense, and if that is the case, I don’t blame him too much. Maybe they need to compromise and give Smith a couple of mulligans, and after that start hacking away at guaranteed money.

        • AlbertInTucson

          They represent several top 10 picks, no?

          How much career-advancing to the need?

          • leftcoastdave

            The agents are the ones leading this fight. Why other than to attract other players? That’s career advancing.

    • SC Dave

      Fuck Roquan. Or perhaps more his agents. Get to fucking camp, diva.

      • BuddhaJoe

        I’ve gotta side with the players, especially in a situation like this. I’ll take the guy who’s putting his body on the line over the inherited money any day of the week. Especially since they’re trying to sqeeze him over a negligable amount of money in offsets.

  • SC Dave

    Listen to what a real coach says from here to about 3:17

    https://youtu.be/LfFmoQNbSoM?t=159

    Throw the ball *in the right place*, Mitch. Please.

    • JAB

      It’s all about reps and getting the timing down. I think he can do it. That being said, I still think they missed out not drafting Watson.

      • SC Dave

        Time will tell on both counts.

      • SC Dave

        Time will tell on both counts.

    • CanadaBear

      MN said more in this piece than Foxy did in 3 years.

  • leftcoastdave

    This is what I love to see. Changes of latitude, changes of attitude.

    “BOURBONNAIS — When was the last time you heard someone say the Chicago Bears’ secondary was the focal point of the defense?
    While the Bears have suffered through a dearth of talent up and down the roster over the last decade or so, nowhere has it been more desertlike than in the defensive
    backfield.
    It appears, however, the times, they are a-changing.”

    This says much about the difference in style Nagy has brought to preseason. The O is learning the system, formation by formation, play by play and, Tru is encouraged to air it out. None of this mamby pamby play it safe stuff. Air it out! Implicit in this, is the challenge to the DBs to try to stop them. We’re coming at you, try to stop us.

    This has been great for both sides of the ball with the focus on learning the new O by playing the 7 on 7 game. The DBs now are talking trash and showing swag backed up by picks. They believe in themselves and the fact that they will do it again after pre-season when the games matter. Similarly, all the receivers are getting their reps with White seemingly getting two or three seasons worth of work and Tru is smiling on the long ball connections and shrugging off the picks, fixing it after seeing the tape, but taking that chance and putting it into the memory banks.

    This is good stuff.

    • JAB

      I’d be interested in seeing which receivers are in when trubisky is throwing his picks. Everything I’ve read so far says all the receivers are getting time with the first team.

  • BerwynBomber

    Bears Camp Day 7.

    • Butch reflections.
      O looked much sharper. Trub is still kinda staring down recs, but he did go through his progression in a couple plays. Made that nice throw on the move to the back of the endzone. I swear he throws better on the run than in the pocket (let’s hope that’s not always the case ala Manziel).

      Opened it up with a bomb to White, who caught it. Nice anticipation throw at 1:45 lobbing it over the head of the defender b4 the reciever even broke to look at it. That’s what throwing open means.

      The D might be working on some blitz packages cuz I saw the RB call out his assignment.

      I expect the D in general to be doing more advanced stuff since it’s the same core group and system.

      Speaking of HBs, Howard made a nice catch in the flats. Encouraging to see.

      Shaheen also made a nice catch. The ball sorta dove on him, and he stopped, went on his knee, and caught the ball.

      All in all, they looked more vertical and crisp on O, and the receivers must’ve got chewed out cuz only like 1 drop

      (which turned out to be a heads up INT by Fuller, since the ball bounced off the hands up, right to Fuller, who looked to run it back)

      Here’s a report from a boot on the ground

      • BerwynBomber

        Did you catch the INT that bounced off White’s hands? Didn’t look to see who picked it but looked like Bray (or whatever our 3rd string guy’s name is) was the QB.

        • Was that White? Yeah, can’t have balls bouncing off your hands on out routes.
          #23 picked it off, figured it was Fuller unless some other scrub has that # too (Bears pretty much have run out of #s, so they sometimes double up.

          • BerwynBomber

            Well, the WR looked to be wearing #11 and had a braided ponytail coming out of the back of his helmet, so I just assumed …

      • SC Dave

        ARob looked good, but when you are cherry picking plays from a practice, it’s to be expected. Note that there were no incompletions shown, which I’m sure was not representative of the whole thing.

    • CanadaBear

      Good stuff. I’ve read a few times that MT has just an avg NFL arm. He doesn’t have Cutler’s cannon but he puts plenty of RPM’s on it. I think some of those guys don’t have a clue. Shocking!

      • BerwynBomber

        Hmmmmmm … never heard the “average arm” crit of Bisky. But can’t say I have scoured the internet reading stuff on him.

        But yeah his arm looked above average when I watched him last year. In fact, I would say his arm strength, speed afoot and potential durability seemed the best things going for him.

        • CanadaBear

          Every time I’ve read it, it came from an out of town writer (mostly on ESPN).

  • BerwynBomber

    Wouldn’t be shocked if Aaron Donald’s sits out the year.

    And gotta believe L. Bell bolts PIT next year. Their public offer was insulting compared to what Gurley just hauled in.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Donald may sit out PART of the year, but he is not sitting out ALL of it.

      If he sits out ALL of the year he doesn’t get paid.

      HE doesn’t get paid, AGENT doesn’t get paid.

      I don’t see that happening.

      As for Bell, he may well bolt but, unlike Gurley, Le Veon is one failed drug test from being TOLD to sit out a year and that gives a lot of teams pause.

      • BerwynBomber

        Gurley is definitely the safer bet, and Bell won’t see that type of money on the open-market. But PIT’s offer, IMO, poisoned the well. At least for now.

        (And don’t get me started on the League’s outdated view on pot.)

        Donald? You are probably right. But as I said, wouldn’t shock me. (Surprise yes, but not shock.)

        • AlbertInTucson

          A guy sitting out an entire season, voluntarily, WOULD shock me.

          I have come around on the pot issue. I think It’s a better option than opioids or booze.

          Saw a recent medical segment with former NFL guard, Kyle Turley.

          He has been able to replace a laundry list of RXs, including opioids, with cannibis.

          • They all huff-and-puff then sign the tag last minute.

            I don’t even recall the last true star who held out an entire year.

            Cousins threatened to do it for like 3 yrs straight.

          • willbest

            And in the end he got the first 100% guarenteed contract.

          • CanadaBear

            People have to get over the old notion that these guys are all just getting high (not referring to you, Al). Sure lots of them are, but there is real pain relief from Mary Jane, esp the edibles. Not like it makes the pain go away but it takes the edge off of it so you can deal with the dull ache instead of shooting pains.

          • willbest

            As long as they aren’t driving I don’t give a shit

          • CanadaBear

            No doubt. If they are using CBD there really isn’t a “high” component to it.

          • leftcoastdave

            The keyboard dude at church where I play and sing had a knee replaced. Bad pain. I suggested he look into a topical cannabis gel which he did and it was miraculous. Yep, off the opioids.

            That I would call a no brainer.

        • willbest

          What was offensive about pitts 14.5mil a year offer

          • BerwynBomber

            One year offer. Players almost always want long-term deals. Especially in football where careers can end on the next play.

          • willbest

            My understanding was it was effectively a 2 year 33 mil deal with team options on 3, 4, and 5.

            The Gurley deal incidentally seems nuts to me. But then there has been new respect for the RB position the last couple years that had been missing for the better part of the QB era

          • BerwynBomber

            I get it with the true 3 down guys in today’s NFL — Bell, Gurley, Zeke, maybe David Johnson, etc.

            Still dealing with the shortened career, injury risk equation of the position. So that would give me major pause.

            But I can also see teams thinking those type of dudes are as valuable as anyone on the team but the QB.

    • Depends if Donald sees his contract dispute as a cause and not just $ grab.

      If he sees it as a cause to rectify the “unfair rookie 5th yr option” for those who lived up to the hype, maybe he takes one for future rooks. He’s got the star power (and $) to pull it off.

      But if it’s just another $ grab, then yeah, he’s likely signing and playing like everyone b4 him.

      • BerwynBomber

        He’s 38th in annual salary among all NFL DE’s.

        I am NOT saying he will sit out. But I am saying it could happen.

        He could reason that age really isn’t a limiting career factor as much as snaps, games and seasons played. So he could say fuck it, I’m not going to put my one huge chance at a payday at risk to play for what, comparatively speaking, is peanuts.

        Having said that, those peanuts might be too hard to pass up, and he and the Rams could agree to something tomorrow.

        But … interesting story thus far ..

        • I think what always happens is this logic

          If I don’t play, I miss out on, say, $15M

          My next contract would have to pay me $30/yr to make up for it, which isn’t going to happen.

          In other words, they don’t think they’re gonna make up the $15-$20M by holding out, so they just play.

          That’s why Cousins kept playing on the tag.

          Most humans can’t live with flushing $15M down the toilet.

          That’s like over $100K a day (during football season)

          Imagine, you’re just sitting there Netflix binging, and thinking, “Wow. I just missed out on $100K today”

          • willbest

            That is only true if you lose a year though. If you are burnt by 32 instead of 33, then you aren’t missing all that 15 million. And maybe taking a year off to heal allows you to play till 34.

    • willbest

      Bell was offered a great deal, he should have taken it.

      • BerwynBomber

        I don’t necessarily disagree with you but after the Gurley deal I can also see him thinking it was crap.

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    Jeff’s Twitter: “The Chicago accent is the least attractive in the country.”

    I’m pretty sure the least attractive accents are in half-broken English.

    Unless your a hot girl, then…it’s the most attractive accent.

    • willbest

      I find it amusing that what Jeff most likely refers to as the Chicago accent is only spoken by about 5-10% of the metro area.

      • BerwynBomber

        Exactly. And 10% might be way high.

        I fined it lamentable that the Chicago accent seems to be dying. It’s alive among a few hoods in the Southside and that is about it. I have been told that I have a little of it, but of course I don’t hear it.

        I do think the accent contributed largely to Mike North’s success. Jackass or not, it lent him an air of authenticity that very few had.

    • Malice Halice

      I think Minnesota is kinda bad ya know?

      • Irish Sweetness

        Kinda funny lookin’?

    • beninnorcal

      I’m originally from the east coast and I would contend that those accents are the most annoying(New York/NJ, Philly, New England).

      • CanadaBear

        Whenever I hear a couple of guys from the deep South saying Y’all about 50 times in a paragraph, I tune out completely.

  • SC Dave

    https://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/bears/four-reasons-feel-optimistic-after-first-week-bears-camp

    The last sentence about Trubisky is a good one:

    “Being the face of one of the biggest sports franchises in the world isn’t too big for him, and that’s a great sign.”

  • Fisherman695

    A coach who uses player at position he can play best. What a great idea, Haven’t done it in 33 years, nice to see us try it again.

    • SC Dave

      Who would have done that 33 years ago? I can’t think of a head coach back then who would have done such a thing. Maybe a DC…

      • Irish Sweetness

        Indeed. Ditka never used the passing genius he had at QB. He was going to run it no matter what.

  • Made it down to camp this morning. Was gonna write up some observations, but I already tweeted them out and I’m lazy. So if you’re curious, here you go.

    https://twitter.com/Johnathan_Wood1/status/1023248285614727168?s=19

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