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The Most Important Bears: Offense

| July 11th, 2018

Unlike the defense, the Bears offense is going to feature a bunch of new players expected to fill big roles. Nearly half of the club’s Week 17 starters are being replaced, some by high-profile acquisitions. But it’s the returning soldiers who figure to be essential to the team’s success this coming season.

Before getting into the list, the name you won’t see here is Tarik Cohen. Cohen is a very talented player and one they’re sure to use 12-to-15 times a game. He’s going to make big plays but the offense isn’t going to be dependent on his skill set. The guys you will see on this list are guys who are going to be more crucial to the functionality of the offense.


5. Jordan Howard

Johnathan Wood did a great job breaking down the Bears running back duo a couple of weeks ago and two of the biggest takeaways were:

  • Kansas City ran between the tackles a lot more than the Bears did last year.
  • Howard was terrific running between the tackles.

There is a general thought the Bears are going to be more pass-oriented in 2018 and that may very well be true. But they’re also going to have to run the ball effectively. Historically, Andy Reid’s offenses have always struggled when they failed to move the ball on the ground.

The other issue is that the Bears don’t have a true backup for Howard. Cohen is a different kind of player and not one they really want carrying the ball 20 times a game. Benny Cunningham has carried the ball a total of 30 times the last two seasons.

It’s been popular to say Howard is overrated, but before he came into the lineup in 2016, the Bears couldn’t run the ball and there’s no real reason to think they could without him two years later.


4. Trey Burton

Making a player with just 63 career catches one of the five highest-paid tight ends in the league doesn’t make much sense unless the team knows they need his skill set. Matt Nagy made it known the Bears absolutely needed a player like Burton. Now that they have him, they absolutely need him to be good.

Tight ends have been target monsters in the offense the Bears are going to run. They need Burton to be able to destroy linebackers and make defenses give him extra attention.


3. Kyle Long/Cody Whitehair

OK, call me a cheater, but both interior linemen are crucial.

In the seven games last season Long played more than 20 snaps, the Bears averaged 138 rushing yards per game. (That includes the game against Philadelphia where they managed just SIX yards.) Without that game, they were at 192 yards per game.

The offensive line changed when Whitehair got rolling as a rookie in 2016. He took a small step backwards last year, largely due to the fact that he was switching back and forth between center and guard.

The Bears are also going to be in the gun a lot more under Matt Nagy. They need Whitehair to be precise with his snaps and being a full-time center this year should help that.

Part of what makes these two specifically so vital is that the left guard spot is still a big question mark. Ideally, James Daniels will take that spot from Day 1, but you never really know how well a rookie will do until he gets on the field. Eric Kush, Brad Sowell and Earl Watford are OK, but not ideal starters.

If the Bears were to lose either Long or Whitehair, the entire interior of their offensive line would become a question mark – not good for a team that likes to run up the middle and needs to keep a young quarterback clean.


2. Allen Robinson

With Robinson in the lineup, the Bears have an exciting group of receivers. Without him, they don’t. At least, there’s far more doubt.

Consider this: The projected top three guys outside of Robinson (Taylor Gabriel, Kevin White and Anthony Miller) have 187 fewer receptions than Kendall Wright. They have 378 fewer than the 2017 Bears Week 17 top three of Wright, Josh Bellamy and Dontrelle Inman. There are a lot of variables that go into that, but the point is the Bears don’t have a really proven receiver outside of Robinson.

When Nagy was in Kansas City, they didn’t have a receiver with Robinson’s talent, but still averaged 105 targets to their top receiver. Robinson has rare combination of size and explosiveness that make him a threat down the field and in the red zone.

Teams will have to give Robinson extra attention, opening space for the rest of the receivers and allowing Nagy to create mismatches. It will allow Gabriel to do what he did in Atlanta and give White and Miller the chance to work against single coverage.

Robinson makes everybody’s life easier. It’s why he got the big bucks.


1. Mitch Trubisky

You didn’t expect anybody else did you?

For just one second forget that Trubisky is the most important player on the team and that they spent an entire offseason trying to make sure he can be successful. His backup is going to be 32 years old in October and has one career touchdown pass.

So, yeah, Trubisky is pretty important.

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  • SC Dave

    No argument with this list, since you acknowledged cheating.

    I think Anthony Miller will surprise. Not Steve Smith (yet), but damn good.

  • Kush has a chance to be more than ok. Just needs his knee back.

    Is there anything more Chicago Bears than overpaying for a tight end and just hoping he pans out? Have the Bears ever scored a good TE via free agency? Who was the last solid TE for the Bears, multi year staple at the position? And don’t say Unicorn.

    Call it the curse of Ditka.

    • Kush had a hamstring issue, not knee.

      • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

        haha, yes, i’d say that the hamstring tearing off of the bone was definitely an issue.

      • sorry that is correct, knew it was the leg but got it wrong

    • SC Dave

      Olsen should have been.

    • Bob Doll

      I think Daniels will have to beat Kush out…hope he does, but i don’t see it as a given. Daniels, from what I’ve read, was a better collegiate center than guard…this will be interesting to watch play out, as I could see a Whitehair flip to guard as a possible outcome. Time will tell, it always does.

      • I would be extremely surprised if Daniels isn’t just handed the job over Kush due to draft position.

        One of those things to watch cuz I prefer the Petey philo of letting them truly compete regardless of contract or age

      • leftcoastdave

        Don’t know where you read Daniels was a better C than G but I do not think it is the case. Ferentz (his coach) said he was their best lineman, period. If you see how the Hawkeyes zone block, you will see how good Daniels was even with the snap responsibility and his ability to get to the second level after his initial assignment. The dude is quick and gets to where he needs to be. I’d be shocked if Kush wins the spot over him and believe da Bears want him at G in their own zone blocking scheme because of his quickness, especially his quick feet.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Desmond Clark

      • Johnnywad

        Seconded.

      • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

        fucking loved Dez Clark. Watching him lumber down the seam was a thing of beauty.

      • Under rated.
        Those teams always had good not great players who just put in the work like Alex Brown, Ongunleye, HH, Tait…

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          underrated and under utilized.

      • BuddhaJoe

        Dezzy was the shit! Most underrated guy those years IMO.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Class act.

        34 yard TD catch from Griese on 3rd and 2 with 2:05 left to beat the Packers at Lambeau in 2007.

        Lovie’s 4th straight win at Lambeau.

    • Pace likes his FA part timers like McPhee (who never played more than 800 snaps in BAL) , Cooper, Sims, Glennon…let’s hope Burton actually lives up to his potential, unlike those guys

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    I am conflicted about the goddamn game today. It’s between screaming ENGLISH as William Wallace and slightly more sensible things.

    • willbest

      Its been a while since I watched Braveheart.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Mornay: “You dishonor a banner of truce?”
        Wallace: “From HIS King? Absolutely!”

  • Bob Doll

    A significant “chink in the armor” of the Bears offense is the lack of depth behind Howard…there isn’t any….at least in a form that resembles Howard. Cunningham will do in a pinch, but should Howard go down the Bears will be on the waiver wire pronto! Better to address it now so that the player can learn the offense. I’m hoping the Bears pick up one of the many veteran rb’s sitting at home right now for depth…of course, that is predicated on said running back being ok with a back up role.

    • AlbertInTucson

      The Thought Police will soon be kicking in your front door for using the word “chink”.

      And no, context does not matter to them.

      • CanadaBear

        I’d be shocked if anyone on here made a big deal about it.

  • CanadaBear

    I just don’t see a lack of depth at RB. No there isn’t an obvious replacement for Howard but Nall is big and a banger (although he looks like it takes him a while to get up a head of steam). The Bears have 3 useful RB’s. That seems about right. You can’t plan for every contingency with only 53 guys.

    • Johnnywad

      No team in football has a #2 guy on the bench that could come in and replace Howard. I was completely fine with Cunningham and Cohen there rounding out the RB group.

      • Plus, there’s always a decent vet (isn’t Demarco Murray still free?) Or hungry UFDA who can come in and bang.

        HBs aren’t that hard to find

        • SC Dave

          Or Nall to promote off the practice squad.

  • AlbertInTucson

    You think politics is rough THESE days?

    July 11, 1804: Sitting Vice-President, Aaron Burr, shoots and kills long-time political opponent, Alexander Hamilton in a duel.

    • Yeah, politics have always been venomous.
      I think Thomas Paine tried to make the argument that the Amish should be hung on treason for cowardice (not entering the revolution).
      The Amish!

    • AlbertInTucson

      BTW, Burr then COMPLETED his term as VP.

      Turns out, he was damn near became President instead of Jefferson.

      Then he tried to steal the Louisiana Territory.

  • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0
  • Somewhat related, kinda curious who will emerge to fill certain archetypal roles. Seems like any time guys work together as a team or military unit , they fall into archetypes

    The enforcer. Aka the Kreutz role

    This is the guy who keeps everyone in line off and on FBI gun ranges.

    Lately this was McPhee’s role, but he gone.

    So who’s gonna emerge as the enforcer to make sure everyone stays in line, and opponents don’t punk Bears?

    Long? Like McPhee kinda hard to regulate from tub.

    The Joker.

    I think this is all Cohen aka Mocha Ninja

    He’s just a funny lil dude.

    The Leader

    Sometimes the enforcer but not always. This team really hasn’t had a true franchise leader since Lach, so it’s about time.

    We’re all hoping it’s Trub, but being a QB doesn’t automatically make you a good leader, as we have all witnessed.

    Trub could be more of a Flacco quiet guy, in which case, another MB or Lach will have to emerge

    The high energy dude.

    Usu an underdog type. In someways Bellamy, Acho and MCMannis functioned in this role, but every PS presents us w new ones (Joe Anderson!)

    There’s other archetypes, like the asshole, the overly religious zealot, the kiss ass, the flamer, but for now, curious to see who will become what on this young buck team

    • Johnnywad

      If Trubisky flounders for some reason, I could see Roquan Smith becoming the leader. Of course I’m projecting a ton of upside here for Roquan as well as the unlikely event that Mitch doesn’t command this team ( I think he will ). But I think Smith has a pretty good chance to be the real deal. He seems to have the right mentaility/personality to lead a team provided the production is there. And everybody loves em some Bears Linebackers.

      • Irish Sweetness

        If Trubisky ‘flounders’ … we’re fucked.

  • willbest

    Did not expect Croatia to win.

    • Really? England ALWAYS chokes.

      Croatia was my dark horse all along.

      They are efficient. Aggressive. Creative.Energetic. Resilient. Opportunistic.

      That 2nd goal was a perfect example of all that.

      Just out of nowhere, header. Teammate realizes it right away, runs, kicks it in with his left foot.

      England was caught with their pants down.

      Not a set play, schemed out, or fancy brazilian dribbling through 3 guys or 20 passes.

      Just see ball. Get ball. Score ball.

      Love it.

      And most importantly, they play as a team and not like a bunch of diving pussies.

      I think they’re gonna put it on Le Bleu.

      • willbest

        Yes that “street” ball feel from them didn’t seem like it would play well against teams this late in the tourney that would be more disciplined and less likely to provide them with opportunities. And I didn’t feel Russia was outmatched against them.

        Admittedly the only game of England’s I caught was their victory against Sweden. So I am perfectly willing to say I misjudged their talent.

        Regardless, I do like an underdog story. So I will add the World Cup finals to my calendar, which I probably wouldn’t have done if England had won.

        • It’s gonna be interesting see France play them cuz they’re the epitome of a traditional ‘dream team.’ They’re basically European Brazil IMO

          Gonna be fun to see the scrappy Croats try to beat them.

          • Irish Sweetness

            And they probably will.

        • SC Dave

          Russia played very well overall. Uruguay spanked them, but the beat Spain, and gave a finalist all they could handle.

          From what I watched, I would have predicted a Russian victory over England.

      • leftcoastdave

        Go Cro, Go Cro, Go Cro!!!!

        Let them dogs have their day and get hired to some nice paychecks.

        • SC Dave

          Luka Modrić and Mateo Kovačićare arestars for Real Madrid, and Ivan Rakitić plays for Barcelona. They certainly get big paychecks.

          Subasic seems likely to head on to a better team.

    • Irish Sweetness

      They can play football. England were banging in set pieces the whole tournament without actually playing any decent football.

  • It’s gonna be slooow today. So, just re-watched “Casino” last light. Awesome.

    So, mini-debate. Best “gangster” movie?

    Godfather
    Godfather II
    Good Fellas
    Casino
    Bronx Tale

    Non-italian

    American History X
    Scar Face
    American Me
    Boyz in the Hood
    The Departed

    —-or a write in…

    [I could only think of Eastern Promises for russian mob, and Black Rain for Yakuza, but I’m sure there’s better movies about both]

    • EnderWiggin

      I like your list, but you left out ‘The Outsiders’.

      • Sactowns#1

        Ralph Machio used 100% of his acting talent in that movie. After that the tank was dry.

        • Irish Sweetness

          There’s a TV series on now with the original characters played by the original actors …

          • Sactowns#1

            Calling Machio an “actor” is a stretch for sure.

      • Oh yeah, LOVED the Outsiders, the book and the movie (talk about an all-star cast)

        Stay gold!

        Though I’m pretty sure I missed a TON of gangster movies from the black and white age. Maybe Al our local classical cinema expert can fill us in on a few.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I don’t see THE OUTSIDERS as a “Gangster Film”.

    • Sactowns#1

      Additions to your list:
      Menace II Society
      Sicario
      Malibu’s Most Wanted
      Judgement Night
      Warriors
      The Last Dragon
      High Sierra
      White Heat
      Public Enemy
      The Untouchables
      Millers Crossing
      Once Upon a Time in America
      Harlem Nights
      Eastern Promises

      • Sactowns#1

        I would contend Millers Crossing is the most under rated of the group.
        Special shout out to Once Upon a Time in America for being written by one of the greatest Americans of my lifetime, Shel Silverstein.

        • AlbertInTucson

          But it suffers from Sergio’s concept (or complete lack of) pace.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Most of you know, I am a old movie buff (and feel free to read that BOTH ways) but I have never, ever sat completely through any of the “Fistful of dollars” trilogy or Once Upon a Time in The West.

            I just don’t don’t get them.

            The interminable closeups just turn me off.

            Sometimes Eastwood’s direction leaves me cold since he was weened in directing by Leone.

            I love …JOSEY WALES but found PALE RIDER a giant bore.

            I find UNFORGIVEN overrated.

            Classic climax but it takes forever to get there.

            LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA is outstanding.

            Better than FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS.

            Just sayin’.

            Movies, like music, so subjective.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Once Upon a Time in The West.is worth watching.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I’ve tried. It just doesn’t work, for me.

          • I’m surprised you find Unforgiven over-rated. Thought it would be right up your alley.

            How about Gran Torino?

          • AlbertInTucson

            Again, for me, it’s the “Sergio Leone” pace of the film.

            Some great moments, for sure.

            “Deserves’s got nothin’ to do with it”.

            “Well, he shoulda armed himself if he was gonna use my friend to decorate his place.”

            Gran Torino is decent.

            I also like HEARTBREAK RIDGE.

          • CanadaBear

            I watched the trilogy of spaghetti westerns a coupe of months ago (they were on TCM) for the first time in forever. Totally agree about the closeups and pacing but still enjoyed watching them. While I think Unforgiven moves slow at times I’m totally OK with that and love the film. I liked Gran Torino up to a point but it always felt like less than genuine. That scene in the barbershop is pathetic.

      • AlbertInTucson

        White heat STILL packs a wallop.

        Cagney came up with the headache idea.

      • I was thinking of Menace II Society, but figured most thought Boyz was superior (like American Me over Blood in Blood Out).

        Warriors a gangsta movie? I guess. But kinda like Escape from L.A., almost a fantasy-fiction type gang movie

        Public Enemy and Untouchables were great. Haven’t watched a few others you mentioned like High Sierra, Judgment, White Heat or Millers Crossing. Have to check them out.

        I actually googled a list on the Yakuza movies. Have no clue if any of these are any good, but a few look interesting (like Boiling Point)

        https://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2011/12/the-25-best-yakuza-movies/11

        • Sactowns#1

          Boiling Point is good. Black Rain and Rising Sun were a bit cheesy but fun.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I found THE UNTOUCHABLES disappointing.

          Maybe my expectations were too high.

          Not a big Brian DePalma fan.

          The climactic shootout in THE ROARING 20s was ground breaking.

          Albert Finney and Gabriel Byrne did great work in MILLER’S…

          • Irish Sweetness

            Carlito’s Way and Scarface make him a legend.

          • Carlito’s Way! Damn. How could I forget about that.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I like Warren Oates as DILLINGER.

      • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

        Watched Public Enemies again last night. Fucking great movie, great casting and great director.

        • Sactowns#1

          The 1930’s Public Enemy or the 2009 Pulic Enemies?

          • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

            2009, I’m a Michael Mann fanatic.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I enjoyed PUBLIC ENEMIES.

        • Great soundtrack too

      • Irish Sweetness

        The Last Dragon! Classic.

      • BenderMcLugh

        Miller’s Crossing has to be in the top 5

    • AlbertInTucson

      Not Casino. I think it’s a GREAT 2 thirds of a movie but loses its way down the stretch.

      I am a big GODFATHER proponent.

      I will have to mull this over a bit.

      • You’re totally right, Al. My friend loves Casino. But like you, thought it kinda ran long. I’m more of a Good Fellas guy.

        In some ways it’s the Godfather 3, what happened to the mob after the 60s, and how the deterioration of omerta due to drugs and life sentences essentially broke the mob, like the Godfather predicted when he turned down the Turk’s offer.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I find G-III damn near unwatchable.

          • Oh, for sure. Joe Rogan was talking about how under rated it is, so I decided to watch it again recently. Just over dramatic. I get what they were going for. In the first two, they were trying to critique the hypocritical state, so the 3rd wanted to take on the hypocrisy of the church, but it was simply inferior on every level.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I DID like Andy Garcia as Vincint.

            I think HIS character has the makings for a G-4.

          • Same here. I love that he was a hot head like Sonny. But Michael groomed him, and tempered him. His graduation test was to leave his daughter.

            He did. Showed Michael he had the discipline to be better than his dad.

            In some ways, it completes the circle.Vito had a good balance of heart and reason. Sonny was all heart. Michael was all reason.

            Vicent kinda restores both like his Grandfather.

            Wonder if Andy would be up for G4. He’s older now. Would be a cool angle.

        • AlbertInTucson

          2 more things that weigh against CASINO for me;

          Ace & Jennifer.

          He knew she was whore and worse, he knew she was addicted to that hipster/junkie/pimp, Lester.

          At the LEAST he should had Nicky put lester in one of those holes in the desert they referenced.

          Also, you don’t FIRE Joe Bob Briggs for screwing up the slot job.

          Yes, he was dumber than a box of rocks but he was CONNECTED, politically and Ace would have / should have known you don’t mess with the politicians.

          He should have just transferred the idiot to Men’s Room Attendant at the same pay rate instead of pissing off L.Q. Jones.

          • But that’s the thing. As brainy and calculating as Ace was, he was still flawed, and it ended up costing them everything. That’s the origins of all tragedies – Shakespearean flaw.

            He said it himself, in spite of calculating all the odds, he took the biggest gamble on love. And like some junkie gambler, he lost. Big time.

            He also knew he couldn’t just kill Lester cuz he knew that Jennifer would never forgive him. Look how mad she got when he simply beat him up.

            It’s crazy, but Ace really did love her, and it cost him.

            [edit. And it’s also not an unrealistic character. I know a lot of men who love women that cheat and disrespect them, but they put up with it]

            Reminds me of the saying “Lucky at cards, bad at love”

            As to firing the nit-wit, again, one of the things that made him a great manager was his micromanging. One of the bad things about him was his micromanaging like with Briggs (and the muffin scene).

            He also had pride (like him going on TV instead of keeping a low profile). And as they say, pride cometh…

            That’s the way I took it at least.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I DO enjoy the first part of the movie. All the behind the scenes casino stuff. “The dealers are watching the players, the box men are watching the dealers…”. Ferreting out the cheaters. Warning off the rip-off crews. Even explaining what made Jennifer such a hot commodity.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I will concede that Ace thought he could redeem her.

          • classic ” make an honest woman”/”knight in shining armor” syndrome

      • Irish Sweetness

        The ending is rough. Hard to watch.

        • AlbertInTucson

          At least Ace survives.

    • CanadaBear

      Overall I’d go with the Godfather because it was such a big deal when it came out and lived up to it. My favorite to watch is GoodFellas (the book is great). Same with you guys on Casino.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Part of it’s attraction to me is that THE GODFATHER is also. probably, my favorite novel.

      • Godfather or Godfather II?

        • AlbertInTucson

          1.

          No contest.

          2 veers from the book drastically, IMO.

          It’s like Coppola felt the need to apologize for making the Corleone Family seem heroic in 1.

          The book is clear.

          In the end, Kay KNOWS who/what Michael is and what he’s done INCLUDING pushing the button on brother-in-law/traitor, Carlo.

          She leaves with the kids but, after a heart to heart from Tom Hagen, she returns to the fold.

          The “It was an abortion, Michael” is utterly out of character from Puzo’s take in the book.

        • Irish Sweetness

          WHY?! Part one, part two, part three. It’s all good, and technically, the same story.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Not if you read the book.

        • CanadaBear

          1. I liked 2 but 1 set the standard.

    • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

      Do yourself a favor and watch State of Grace.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Question: Is Pulp Fiction a “Gangster Movie”?

      • eh….not really. That’s why I put “Training Day” and “Colors” with a question mark.

        The thrust of the story is not the crime syndicate. They kinda circle around it but doesn’t really reveal to the audience the gangster subculture.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Yes. Marcellus Wallace is a bigtime gangster.

      • Sactowns#1

        No. it’s a buddy film.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Once upon a time in America count?

      City of God for gangs? Once were Warriors? Romper Stomper? La Haine was great.(The Hate)

      • BenderMcLugh

        Romper Stomper is an odd movie, I liked it but only for it’s kitsch

    • AlbertInTucson

      Movies.

      A MUCH more satisfying, civilized blog tangent than politics.

    • BenderMcLugh

      Boondock Saints
      Reservoir Dogs

      But these aren’t italian mafia so not sure they fit here

    • BerwynBomber

      Miller’s Crossing above everything on your list except Godfathers I and II.

      Might also replace Goodfellas or Casino with Scarface. (I am in a very small minority who thinks Goodfellas is overrated.)

      The Untouchables is a tremendous old-fashioned movie, but I don’t know if it would be considered a mob movie. Really, more a cop movie.

  • leftcoastdave

    NOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    Yes, MT must be number 1 but HoJo will prove to be number 2. With the box opened up, HoJo will lead the league in total yards and yards per carry.

    Count on that!

    I also say HoJo over any receiver because the RPO scheme will spread out the D with any one of three guys being the hot read so I don’t see how any one receiver can be picked as 2 over HoJo.

    I’ll stay with you on 3 if it is the entirety of the O line. Yes, getting KL back and Whitehair anchored back at C will matter, but Leno is underappreciated as is Massie and I believe you will be shocked by how good Daniels will be coming out of the O line factory known as the Iowa Hawkeyes.

    Also good with number 4 because of how Trey Burton will puzzle the D and put things in motion. All a part of making HoJo the man and the other receivers open targets, not to mention Burton himself finding mismatches.

    Number 5? I’m taking Tarik the Freak Cohen and Taylor Gabriel because they could break one to the house any time they touch the ball.

    I hope Mr. Robinson shows up in the hood, but that turns into frosting on the cake. Both he and Anthony Miller should have an impact (what a plethora of targets), but hard to put them in the top five as they are higher risk/reward targets, not the go to bread and butter set up by the RPO. Call them the second and short options to stretch the field and further open up Cohen and Gabriel underneath.

    • Johnnywad

      If Robinson is #6 then Pace is a God Damn fool. And so am I.

    • SC Dave

      I suspect that by season’s end we’ll be talking more about Miller than Gabriel.

      • leftcoastdave

        Perhaps, but the point I was making is that I anticipate more of a dink and dunk passing game with HoJo runs as the bread and butter whereas the longer passes will be opened up on favorable down and distance plays which will be less frequent. I too love Miller and Mr. Robinson could become the long yardage go to guy. I just do not expect to see da Bears in as many of those spots after HoJo runs for 6-8 yards every first down or MT passes for same to any one of four other players.

        Of course that is speculation, but it is based upon Nagy, RPO/WestSpread style offense run better than anybody because of HoJo and da Bears kick butt O line.

        There, I said it.

        YUGE points will be put up on that board and Fangio’s unit will be kept fresh by successful long drives.

        • CanadaBear

          Definitely a best-case scenario. I do think it’s going to be a potent offense, just not sure when they will be in sync.

          • leftcoastdave

            I like it that we start in Lambeau. First reveal, big motivation, D should be at full strength. Then at home with an extra day. Watch the film, adjust and add more material. Then its Cards, Bucs and Fish who should all be easier games. The schedule is MUCH easier to begin this year than last which provides five easier games to gel the O along with a bye week. I may be full of Kool Aide, but this sets up for 5-0 with the Pats coming to town to play a new look offense which, while on a roll, has yet to even open up the entire playbook.

          • CanadaBear

            You definitely are all in! NICE!

          • Johnnywad

            I’ll have what he’s having.

  • BuddhaJoe

    Howard is as of now the best player on O so he’s gotta be number 2. Tanner Gentry is of course 3 (ducks).

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    I am happy with the list. However #2 should be All WRs. After the shit show last year, this new group needs to make big strides and actually catch passes. Make teams respect them. No more 8-9 man boxes.

  • Wait, Asbestos is made in the Russian city of Asbest? Seriously?

    And the whole town died of lung cancer ? This sounds like a bad Funny or Die skit

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/11/asbestos-trump-face-seal-uralasbest-russia?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Copy_to_clipboard

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      LOL, you just can’t make this shit up.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Trubs. Absolutely.

    All roads go through Mister Biscuit.

  • Betta negroes, Betta pizza
    Papa John’s

    Does this mean .he is not invited to Peyton’s house no mo?

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/12/papa-johns-founder-john-schnatter-resigns-over-racial-slur?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Copy_to_clipboard

    • CanadaBear

      The old adage about finding yourself in a hole and stop digging seems to apply. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. If only those pesky players hadn’t taken a knee he would still be the pizza king!

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    England vs. France in the World Cup final.

    Goddamn that makes no sense. Saying it out loud makes no sense to me.

    unrelated song:Foo Fighters, Sky is a Neighborhoood.

    • It didn’t happen so you can chill.

      France v Croatia is a snore. Won’t watch

      • BenderMcLugh

        hahahah snore okay….

  • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

    Marcel Dareus getting sued for plundering some chick and giving her herpes. Can you imagine if it was your daughter? That would suck!

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      I don’t have children, but if I did, I would make sure my daughter knew she had to take precautions before plundering some chick especially if she already had herpes. Other than that plunder away.

      • CanadaBear

        The story makes it sound like she was either drugged or super hammered when they had sex the first time. She doesn’t remember.

  • CanadaBear
    • BenderMcLugh

      from #1, good stuff:

      And some of you cynics might say, “Wasn’t Marc Trestman an innovative offensive mind, too?” And I will tell you to shut your damn mouth.

      • leftcoastdave

        Darn right.

    • SC Dave

      I’m looking forward to the Deadspin about why we suck. It should at least be different this year.

  • BenderMcLugh

    • CanadaBear

      John Turturro does some freestyle begging in that one. Loved the movie.

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    I’m going to be yelling CROATIA like a stupid bitch in a few days.

    • SC Dave

      Being a fan of the underdog, I’m inclined to root for France 🙂

      Just kidding – Croatia, the least populous country since Uruguay (1930; Uruguay has more people than Croatia now) to be in a final has to be the underdog. Especially since they have played three 120 minute games in a row.

  • Sactowns#1

    Is it weird that the Emmy’s are now more interesting than the Oscars? Television series have just gotten so much better and movies, by-in large, have gotten so much worse. Rooting for Jesse Plemons and Rachel Brosnahan. Henry Winkler still killin it after all these years too.

    • Scharfinator

      I think its due to the shift in how television series tell their stories. It used to be strictly episodic and somewhat rinse and repeat. Now you have these big arcing plots that span seasons.

      If it’s a bad show, it’s still bad – but every once in a while you get some truly captivating stories with detail a movie cannot provide.

      • Sactowns#1

        Black mirror doesn’t span seasons but damn is that show good.

    • CanadaBear

      I love movies and haven’t been to the theaters in years. Every time I look there are 2 chick flicks and 5 super hero movies playing. Uh, no.

      • Sactowns#1

        Seriously. That why the only movies I’ve really been excited about lately have been horror films. Quiet Place was solid. Hereditary was ok. I also really liked Shape of Water. but yeah… I am beyond over both Star Wars and all the Super Hero movies.
        Hey AL- was it like this in the 60′ with the glut of war, western and spy movies? Was everyone sick of them?

        • CanadaBear

          When a movie is good, the genre isn’t really that important. War movies seem to always be on the fringe of being popular. Westerns and spy movies definitely fell out of favor. Any time a good Western or Spy movie was made the audience still came out for the most part. At least, that’s how I remember it.

          • I missed out on those grand historicals like Spartacus, Gone With the Wind or even Moses. The kind that needed intermissions. Think that would’ve been kinda cool watching when they first came out.

            Spielberg says that Lawrence of Arabia got him into directing, and that all his movies were to try to match that grandeur.

    • Seems odd to say, but perhaps movies have run their course.

      There’s an old writer’s saying that there’s only like 5 stories ever told, just in different ways. I feel like this about movies.

      The thing is, movies have about an hour and 20 minutes to tell it, as such, there’s only so much a director can get across, so it tends to become VERY formulaic (Star Wars is rather open about relying on Jungian Hero story).

      And there’s so much $$$ invested, that Hollywood doesn’t like taking chances on avant garde scripts.

      Which was the last truly experimental movie that was a “hit”? Pulp Fiction? Lost Highway? Memento?

      Those are like 20 yrs old. Hollywood would rather roll out comic book flicks, romantic comedies, animation, or buddy dude shit.

      Of course, someone can still come up with a great script, but it’s still going to be crammed into that formulaic frame.

      It’s just hard to get to know the characters in such a short amount of time. That’s why comics have become gold tickets. The audiences already have a built in relationship since childhood with Wolverine, Spiderman, Ironman.

      But someone like Vincent Vega has to make an immediate impact on his own, and that ain’t easy.

      • Sactowns#1

        Take it even further- 3 story types
        Character goes on an adventure
        Stranger comes to town
        Comedy/tragedy

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        You have a good point about only so many ways to tell the same stories.

        However, I think it’s all about money and ROI. Even low budget movies cost 10s of millions. That’s the same or greater than the budgets TV series have for a season. The difference is TV series have an easy out, they can be canceled mid season, and still recoup some money.

        Look at the Solo Movie from Star Wars. It had a budget of $300 mill, it made $80 mill in profits. Even at 80 mill profit it was considered a failure. Studios make big investments, and in turn want big profits.

        The original Deadpool movie had a budget of $60 mill which is considered a low budget made $700 mill.

        Like you said, both movies originally had built-in audiences and back stories that people already knew. So studios were willing to make the investments, knowing that consumers would show up because of it.

        Studios have to rely on people willing to go to theaters and fork over $10-15 for tickets. While TV series rely mainly on advertising to make its money meaning ratings need to be good. However fans only really have to invest time when it comes to TV shows.

        • willbest

          Low budget movies are being made for under a million with shockingly good production value thanks to advances in camera and computing technology. That doesn’t do much to feed the talent, but if you can sell it to netflix for $5 million or get a distribution company to pick it up you can get paid on the backend.

          As for Solo’s financials. Keep in mind that is $380 million in worldwide gross. That is what consumers pay, not what the studio collects. For the first couple weeks it can be a huge percent upwards of 90%, at least in the US. In other countries they get less. But figure that a good $50-60 million of that is going to the theaters worldwide at this point. Then there is also the issue that the Studio budget for Star Wars was $250-300 million. That is the cost to Lucasfilms division at Disney. But Buena Vista also has distribution costs which often times rival the production costs. So from Disney’s perspective the movie had a total production and marketing cost of nearly $500 million, but they only made $330 million. That works out to a loss on the movie of $170 million. Of course, they also have merchandise sales, and DVD sales, and streaming rights income and all the like that will close that gap.

          • I wonder if a movie like “Clerks” can be made nowadays.

            I knew a guy who was an amateur director who used to try to do scenes around L.A. like guerilla hits, just go, set up really fast, shoot the scenes, and get out before the cops came around asking for permits.

            Maybe in a few yrs, cells videos will match Hollywoods, and there’ll be as many “directors” as wannabe rappers and photographers now.

        • willbest

          The relying on advertising is an issue for TV. Keep in mind that the advertisers are the customers. They want eyeballs, and they those eyeballs making a negative inference from what they are watching to their product.

          Netflix and the premium channels by contrast are there to cater to the viewer, because they are collecting from the viewer directly.

          But those guys have low cost overheads on distribution. Which allows them to take much more risk than movies. Also, the streaming format expands the time to tell the story from 90-120 minutes to upwards of 1000 minutes.

        • Yeah, it’s more $ than creativity. There’s a doc about Tim Burton’s Superman (starring Nic Cage!) that takes a person behind the scenes of creating a movie.

          Everything was pretty much set, and they spent a lot of time and $ getting ready to make it, but it pretty much got botched, and it never materialized.

          The producers deemed a Tim Burton/Cage Supes too “risky” (this was b4 comic movies were vogue), so they decided to invest their $ into what they thought was a sure summer BlockBuster – “Wild Wild West” with Will Smith and Hayek (oops).

          Needless to say, that movie tanked, and “Superman Lives” is now just hollywood lore.

          https://imagesvc.timeincapp.com/v3/mm/image?url=https%3A%2F%2Fpeopledotcom.files.wordpress.com%2F2016%2F08%2Fnic-cage-435.jpg%3Fw%3D435&w=700&q=85

          • CanadaBear

            Smith and Hayek had zero chemistry. Each scene she had fewer clothes. It didn’t help!

          • Yeah, you can see the producer brain churning, “hmmm. Hayek in a corset busting out, or Cage in a tight superman suit. Think we’ll go with the former”

            That’s exactly the problem with contemporary Hollywood. When given options, they’re always gonna go with the “proven” over the riskier choice.

            The funny part is that big monstrous mechanical spider that came out in Wild Wild West was originally pitched to fight Superman.

            Wild Wild West just recycled it.

          • CanadaBear

            I was shocked how bad it was. I’ve only seen parts of it because I kept turning it off or switching channels.

    • The Fonz may have jumped the shark but Henry never did.

    • willbest

      I hope you mean who gets the award and not the pageantry of the show

      • Sactowns#1

        Of course will. I’m not watching either but I’m way more interested in who is winning an Emmy than an Oscar. Btw- Marc Maron got robbed!

    • Johnnywad

      I agree. And it feels like it REALLY accelerated the last several years with Netflix originals, et al. The delivery system is finally able to compete with movies in terms of quality and content. Think how cumbersome TV used to be. House of Cards? No way. Mindhunter, Mad Men, Ozark? Nope. None of that could have been done like it is now. One could argue HBO or another “premium” channel could have done something like this way back when. But those premium channels weren’t really that popular then. Rich people stuff.
      And now, people are abandoning cable TV in droves and just relying on internet based stuff.

      I go to maybe one movie a year. So I’m no expert. But I definitely agree with you.

      • willbest

        HBO/Showtime didn’t have on demand capabilities until relatively recently. They were limited by the cable companies distribution abilities. the last time I had cable the on demand was pretty primitive too. It was a very limited quantity of movies. And the premium channels, because of when they were created, are married to the cable companies. They didn’t have the ability to venture into streaming or else they would lose their access to the cable networks.

        Netflix was a market disruption that has freed them.

  • Pauly bang bang – his roots are showing – but the Bosley hair stayed put.

    https://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/180712121426-01-manafort-mugshot-exlarge-169.jpg

  • Master B back on the mic…

    Papa Pawn dropping N words like hot plates
    Says the colonel dropped them so don’t hate
    Swears he’s no racist
    Or Trumpian fascist
    Just make those sonsofbiches jig for his Z28!

    Word.

    • (swoons)

      Now his next job is working in the Cowboys front office with False Face. Director of Camaros.

  • willbest

    NY is a closed primary. I guess Crowley was running in both the Dem party and
    the Working Families Party. I presume he won the nomination for the
    Working Families Party so, by law, he is still on the November ballot unless he
    leaves the state, dies, or the Working Families Party nominates him for some other position on the ballot. This has Jeff’s gal Ocasio-Cortez hopping mad
    claiming he is trying to mount a 3rd party run.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/12/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-joe-crowley-twitter-feud-714983

  • leftcoastdave

    I hate to go off topic to football, but any suggestions on where best to look for tickets to the game against the Cards week three? (no, not St. Louis at Bush, Phoenix)

  • Better call Saul beginning of August

    #deathToJimmy
    #bringmeSaul

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