Four offensive starters out. #49ers opening their new stadium. Opponents have a physical running game and the #Bears consistently play like they have eight men on defense. Anyone have any optimism?
Wouldn’t even know where to start. Awesome game day. Pathetic performance on the field #Bears.
We got nothing, and we have to like it. All of a sudden, I face these questions. Anyone have any answers?
- Are Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs washed up?
- I know Jared Allen didn’t play, but is the defensive line, with about $30 million in new money invested, going to be any better than last year’s atrocity of a line?
- Is Mel Tucker the problem and not the solution?
- As good as the offense looked in 2013, will Jay Cutler break down and start throwing interceptions when the going gets rough ala the Ron Turner, Mike Martz and Mike Tice years?
- What happened to the promise of the unpredictable, complex new defense with multiple fronts?
I know it’s preseason with little game planning. But in the dress rehearsal for the regular season, there are certainly more questions than answers.
Just catching the first episode of #HardKnocks tonight. Sad to see Devin Hester in a red # 17. Still glad the #Bears didn’t overpay him though.
And the show says Roddy White and Julio Jones may be the best wide receiver tandem in the NFL. I beg to differ. #Alshon #Brandon
Will have to watch the film on this one. Hopefully the first-string defense getting shredded was due to lack of game planning rather than talent.
Advice to anyone that hasn’t been to Bears training camp in Bourbonnais. Make sure you go once the year before so you know how to operate through the madness.
This is a good sign. Last time I took my son to training camp was 2006.
Invited to this game six months ago; never would’ve thought I’d get to sew Javier Baez’s first at bat and hit at Wrigley. Go Bears!
On the day we get to see the (partial) unveiling of the 2014 Chicago Bears, I am briefly mentioning the change to how I go about my hobby. Not that anyone cares or reads this anymore, but I had to have something to write in my new format.
I created www.BearsHistory.com way back in 2000. Totally hilarious for someone who still thinks he is young to know that some of my readers weren’t born when I started the site back in the early days of the Internet.
I’ve been fortunate to have a great career so far with two different large companies spanning the last (almost) 20 years. Back in the late 1990′s, I began taking technology classes because I used to have the time for those things. One of those classes taught me basic HTML skills, learning which allowed me to launch a great hobby that has been very rewarding. A later class gave me a taste of ASP.net, which I used to revamp the site in 2005. In 2007 I launched www.ChicagoBearsWebLog.com. I updated the blog daily for many years. I will never forget the early days of the Internet (and the earlier days of my adult life) when these sites gained a high degree of exposure, allowing me to do some very awesome things like write a book and appear on local and national television and radio. It’s been a great ride.
I’m not completely abandoning the ride, but do have to slow down and change. Over the 14 years that I have participated in this great hobby, LOTS has changed (in case you didn’t notice!) My Google page rank has fallen, I get much less exposure due to the absolute saturation of media sources, and with my responsible adult life kicking into hyperdrive, I don’t have time to focus on doing anything to try to stay relevant. My adult friends understand this, and kids, it will happen to you someday too. As much as you say it never will!! (As I did).
In the halcyon days of my young(er) adulthood, I thought this all might lead to me doing something with the Bears, or becoming a sports journalist. In the meantime, unfortunately for my friends in the industry, journalism seems to continue a long death. And maintaining a solid career in order to stay abreast of my responsibilities has trumped any further dreams of working with the Bears organization.
www.BearsHistory.com is about 95% finished. There are a few pages I’d like to finish and/or expand. I might get to it, but have no idea when. Going forward, I will focus on posting gameday updates from this Chicago Bears fan of 35 years on the blog. Probably not many Bears news or opinion updates, because there are about a thousand paid journalists and hundreds of thousands of fans posting their own opinions everywhere else. I don’t have time, and frankly don’t care that much to publicize my own much anymore.
Hell, being that this adult with real responsibilities is being priced out of professional sports anyway, maybe I will give it all up someday to focus on family and learn how to play the guitar.
I am still continuing my series of library programs this Fall, and currently am booked at Bensenville Public Library http://benlib.org/ on September 2nd, and Homer Township Library http://www.homerlibrary.org/homer/ on September 22nd. We love to see everyone that comes out.
Thanks to my readers and new fans I have met that have allowed me to enjoy a pretty incredible and fun journey I’ll never forget.
Let’s Go Bears!!
It’s the time of year again when I see friends and family, that they ask me so, how about those Bears? And I’m posting today because I have said to people each and every time that “I am as excited as I can ever remember, but it all depends on injuries. We have to hope that everyone stays healthy.”
While thankfully this isn’t the end of the world by any stretch, it is the first real bad injury news to report that third wide receiver Marquess Wilson went down with a broken clavicle today. Good thing the Bears have a ton of depth at receiver. But it’s disappointing in that everyone from coaches, to the media, fans, and his fellow receivers were lauding the progress Wilson has made. And his potential to be a huge part of the offense.
Let’s hope this is an isolated occurrence and not the start of a trend.
It’s that time of the year again. A lot of people across the country aren’t fans of the draft, and I can see their reasoning. Many say that it’s a total crapshoot and 80 percent of the players won’t ever make any sort of impact in the NFL. They’re right. But, it’s those guys that do that make the NFL the best league in the world. It’s the 5th, 6th, 7th round picks that turn into superstars that make the draft great. It’s the thought that comes into your mind that with any of your favorite team’s selections, they could have just drafted a player who will catch the game winning touchdown of a Super Bowl or a player who will one day be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
As I said last year, mock drafts are no fun without trades. Anyone can look at a team and say “they need a quarterback and a linebacker, so let’s make that their first two picks.” So, here it is. Let’s hope that whatever direction Phil Emery goes in, he can find some impactful players to help the Bears once again hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
Bears trade #14 (1) to the Arizona Cardinals for #20 (1), #84 (3), and 196 (6).
1. Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
—The only thing keeping Kyle Fuller from being the consensus #1 overall cornerback in this draft is his durability. He has missed some time in college with some minor, lingering injury problems. However, Fuller has everything a team wants in a CB. According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Bears have had Fuller into Halas Hall at least twice. Fuller tackles, plays with attitude, can play in any scheme, has the bloodlines, and has a lot of college experience. Phil Emery mentioned that he’s looking for guys who can contribute now and can potentially one day move to safety. Fuller probably won’t contribute this upcoming season unless Charles Tillman or Tim Jennings get hurt. Fuller also has that length to one day play safety if needed. At this juncture, this is just too good of value to pass up.
2. Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State
—Deone Bucannon is another physical specimen, and he is a really nasty player, just ask Auburn RB Corey Grant. Bucannon will probably draw his fair share of penalties, but it would be nice to finally have a safety roaming the Bears’ secondary who isn’t afraid to take a piece of someone. Calvin Johnson, Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson probably wouldn’t be so excited about catching a slant route on the strong side of the field anymore. Bucannon plays much bigger than 6’1, 211 and ran a sub-4.50 forty in Indianapolis. Last year, Bucannon notched 5 interceptions and 3 forced fumbles, so he’s more than just a big-hitter.
3. Caraun Reid, DT, Princeton
—If Caraun Reid played at somewhere other than an Ivy League school, he might be a first round pick. Reid was consistently double, sometimes triple, teamed all season long for the Tigers and still amassed 9 tackles-for-loss and 5.5 sacks in games against fellow Ivy League schools. Don’t worry, because he transferred that dominance to the Senior Bowl, where he made almost any lineman in his way look foolish. He is a natural 3-tech and would be productive from day one. Apparently, Phil Emery is a fan, too.
3. Jordan Tripp, LB, Montana
—Emery mentioned in his press conference a few days ago that only one linebacker currently on the Bears’ roster is guaranteed a starting spot. That is trouble for D.J. Williams, Jon Bostic, Shea McClellin and Khaseem Greene. Jordan Tripp reminds me a lot of Kiki Alonso, a guy who wasn’t highly regarded going into the draft but was very productive in college. Alonso ended up having a terrific rookie season for the Bills. Tripp dominated the Big Sky Conference, and at 6’3 and just under 240 pounds, he can most likely develop into a starting MLB if needed. His best spot now, however, is probably OLB.
4. DeAndre Coleman, NT, California
—DeAndre Coleman is a good, old-fashioned run-stuffing nose tackle. He’s not going to blow through the line and sack the quarterback, but his ability to maintain leverage against guards and centers against the run is going to attract some teams. Coleman dominated the Senior Bowl against two highly-regarded centers in Gabe Ikard and Travis Swanson. He is durable too, as he didn’t miss a game in his career due to injury.
5. Marqueston Huff, FS, Wyoming
—Marqueston Huff played FS during his senior year, but like Kyle Fuller, he has that ability to play almost any position in the secondary; Huff played cornerback during his first three years at Wyoming. Huff had good ball skills as a Cowboy, but his hands are extremely small. He doesn’t really love to tackle, either. Luckily, he has quick feet and the straight-line speed to eventually compete to play safety in the NFL.
6. Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson
—There was a time when Tajh Boyd was considered a first round quarterback. Boyd’s senior year was up-and-down, and because of that, he has fallen down most scouts’ boards. His biggest issue, and maybe his only issue, is his accuracy, but nobody is drafting him to start week 1 of the 2014 season. With a few years, Boyd could develop that part of his game and be a solid quarterback. If anyone can do that, it’s Marc Trestman.
6. Isaiah Crowell, RB, Alabama State
—Once upon a time back in 2011, Isaiah Crowell would have been appearing on 2014 mock drafts as a top 10-15 pick. Crowell went on to get arrested on three weapons charges and was kicked off of the Georgia Bulldogs team. Crowell dominated small-school competition just as he did SEC competition; in 2013, Crowell accumulated 1,121 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns on just 170 carries . Emery has shown that he’s not scared to take a chance on guys with character concerns (see: Kyle Long, Evan Rodriguez), and in round six, Crowell is a low risk-high reward value. The Bears also need a back-up to Matt Forte, unless they’re sold on Michael Ford.
6. Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon
—Another guy with character issues, Colt Lyerla might be the most athletic tight end in this draft. At 6’5 and 245 pounds, he is more of a half-back, as he had 25 catches and 13 carries in 2012. However, he’s probably not all there mentally as his arrests have been idiotic, including a cocaine arrest in which he plead guilty to. There’s no denying his talent though, and the Bears could use another TE behind Martellus Bennett in case of an injury.
–Brian Ociepka (@bjociepka1 on twitter)