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Depth Chart Analysis

The NFL is it. 

We've got between five thousand and fifteen thousand fans at training camps all over the country.  Beat writers Twittering detailed play-by-plays from the practices.  Those same beat writers reporting initial depth charts as if they're news worthy (and fans like me caring).  The minutiae of the NFL off-season has officially usurped baseball's pennant races, golf's fourth major and NASCAR's build-up to the Chase as the preeminent sporting event of the summer.  It's an NFL sandwich.  Everybody else is the condiments. 

Here is my reaction to the Bears' release of the initial depth chart:

1. What happened to Craig Steltz?  There have been no stories in any of the dailies regarding particular struggles by the LSU safety.  Steltz, only two weeks ago, was slated to start at free safety and now has fallen behind Josh Bullocks to third on the depth chart at the position. 

2. The Bears kept 9 defensive linemen on the initial 53 last year.  Assuming Jarron Gilbert is the ninth man, does this leave Texas' Henry Melton on the practice squad?

3. Because I'm a football nerd, I'm excited to see Richmond McGee - currently listed as both the backup placekicker and punter.  I've often wondered why there aren't any successful guys doing both duties and why teams don't actively develop that kind of talent.  It would immediately free up a roster space. 

4. If one thing has become clear through early camp, it's that Brandon Rideau is going to be on the field this season.  The team kept six receivers a year ago and Rideau is currently listed in the top four.  Here's hoping he has some nice preseason performances.

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  • Is football more popular this time of year than it is in October/November?

  • Why not just put Tommie harris, Vasher, and Peanut on the IR list now. Would'nt that open up three spots on the roster? Sorry couldn't help it. First

  • MaddBear, that's the old Mike Brown joke.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Well, just trying to make room for some of the guy's that might actually contribute for more than a couple of gamess. Just thinking ahead here.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I made this comment on the previous thread regarding Steltz. I think this has more to do with Afalava than Steltz. Al missed a lot of time completing his course work at Oregon. The staff is getting a good look at him and like what they see.

    A lot can still change after the Bills game.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    I cannot wait to see Afalava put Terrell Owens into next week.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    Not only did I get word that my Bears/Broncos tickets are finally in the mail.....but the guy is throwing in two -TWO- extra tickets for the same game.
    I will be the guy on tv wearing the Cutler jersey while being chased by an angry mob with pitchforks.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    According to the depth chart, Al is competing behind Payne and not Steltz. I'm wondering how he fell behind Bullocks.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    RapidReports from CBS:

    August 12 2:15 ET
    LB Lance Briggs joking about having coach Bob Babich back in charge of linebackers after a demotion from defensive coordinator: "Bob is very detailed and it

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    The entire depth chart is here:
    http://www.chicagobears.com/team/depthchart.asp

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    WI'm with you on Rideau, Jeff. I would like to see that young man make the team. He's paid his dues.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I'm not in the Chicago area but I belive I read that the Fox affiliate (WFLD?) would be carrying the game live.

    I don't know if the NFL is MORE popular this time of yearor not,Shady, but Sunday's HALL OF FAME GAME, yes an NFL EXHIBITION game, pulled a 4.9 rating and tied for 10th place in last weeks TV ratings. By contrast, the MLB All-STAR game drew and 8.9 rating and last year's WORLD SERIES did an 8.4.

    Bears and Orlando Pace are featured in today's USA TODAY.

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/bears/2009-08-11-orlando-pace_N.htm

  • Wfld(32) for Bills, Giants and Browns...NBC for the Broncos go here for schedule. http://www.chicagobears.com/team/schedule.html

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    Anyone know if the NFLN and ESPN games will be carried locally?

  • I'm not in the Chicago area but I belive I read that the Fox affiliate (WFLD?) would be carrying the game live.

    I don't know if the NFL is MORE popular this time of yearor not,Shady, but Sunday's HALL OF FAME GAME, yes an NFL EXHIBITION game, pulled a 4.9 rating and tied for 10th place in last weeks TV ratings. By contrast, the MLB All-STAR game drew and 8.9 rating and last year's WORLD SERIES did an 8.4.

    Bears and Orlando Pace are featured in today's USA TODAY.

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/bears/2009-08-11-orlando-pace_N.htm

  • Mea culpa on the DP.

    While we're on the subject of Mr. Steltz., Fess up. After seeing him excel at LSU, who among us hoped, or perhaps deluded themselves, that he might be the next coming of a John Lynch, Gary Fencik, Doug Plank or Ritchie Petitbone?

    Yeah, you can count me among the guilty.

  • Albert, I wrote about it. A full column. And took a beating from some of ya'll.

  • While ur at eliminating a roster spot with the P/K, why not teach your back up Center to long snap???

    Kick the fuckin ball....

  • I think its a good idea to keep a kicker and a punter. Look at it this way. If Robbie gets hurt then Brad could prolly come in and kick a 30 yard field goal. If Maynard got hurt Gould could probably punt half way decent. Although, if you got one guy doing both jobs and he pulls a muscle, then we have a scrawny cornerback trying to get us an extra point.
    I'm also happy for Rideau. It sucks to see that kind of talent on the practice squad.

  • as long as Rideau gets a chance i'm happy

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