"Smith is coaching as if his job depended on it. . . ."
Steve Rosenbloom takes a look at Bears camp and makes a point I've been waiting for a local columnist to make. Lovie Smith is showing offensive ingenuity, making tough decisions, keeping the guys in pads and having those guys tackle each other. I think anyone who believes Smith can keep his job in Chicago without a trip to the postseason isn't reading the tea leaves.
Beekman v. Omiyale Update
From Brad Biggs:
"I would say it's the plan," Smith said. "You can't start moving guys
around. We have done very little live, I'm talking about finishing
plays and things like that. Both guys are getting good work right now
and we'll let it play out. Once we start playing preseason games, to me
that is when you get a legitimate depth chart. Until then, we're just
working the guys in and going from there.''
I would think the second preseason game, against the New York Giants' brilliant defensive line, should give the coaching staff an opportunity to evaluate this position.
Brad Biggs writes that the Bears made an attempt to acquire Andrew Walter for the backup quarterback position. I've written it before but Caleb Hanie is the player I (and hopefully the organization) will be watching closely over these four fake games. When you're organization's hopes and dreams are a rolled-up-on ankle away from washing down the drain, I think the situation warrants attention.