Two Little (ex)Bears

Call it "The Anti-Cutler"
Kyle Orton, a player I like quite a bit, was routinely booed by a record-Broncos practice crowd after throwing a couple bad interceptions.  I wrote it when the deal was made but I'll say it again: Orton is not going to do well in Josh McDaniels' offensive system.  It is deep drop, read-the-field, quick delivery stuff and Orton needs an uncomplicated, first-look approach.  I'm going to root for him but I see some bad days ahead.

Booker in the ATL
Marty Booker signed with the Atlanta Falcons - the team I'll be predicting to finish in last place in the NFC South.  Roddy White isn't coming to camp.  Harry Douglas is lost for the season.  Michael Jenkins is Michael Jenkins.  Tony Gonzalez isn't young.  In the last two days, the Falcons have signed Robert Ferguson and Marty Booker.  This would be a banner week in 2001.


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  • sweet im first

  • i always cheer for ex-bears that i wish we still had and left on good terms, guys like orton, mike brown, and chris harris.

  • incidentally it would seem that ogun has a blog on this site

  • I'm interested Max...

  • Peanut - recovering from back surgery
    Z-Bo - hammy
    Manning - hammy
    Payne - hammy

    Current starters:

    - Josh Bullocks/Al Afalava?
    - Nathan Vasher (still recovering from previous stuff which is why he is getting regularly faced? Maybe getting burned so often will make him better too? I am going to keep with the positive up thoughts)
    -Trumane McBride?/Corey Graham?

    Can I get a ham sandwich? are such a ham...pigs in a blanket anybody?...spider pig spider pig, he's the amazing spider pig...pork, the other white meat...let's get hamstrung on the all the details...

    Alright, I'm thinking that whatever the science is that causes or prevents hamstring injuries ought to be considered when we order up our next coach hiring.

    My positive spin is that it's still early in preseason and if it's going to happen, now is the time. hammys are usually 3-4 week recoveries, so the other guys get to work with the #1's, they improve our depth and when the "real" #1's return, the team ends up better in the long run.

    Problem with this thought process is that aside from the receiving corps, the secondary has been our biggest weakness concern and now that they apparently dropping faster than Cade McNown would get sacked. (Insert funnier analogy here...) I am concerned, but not completely stressed yet, so let's hope that in 2-3 weeks these guys will start getting back in the mix.

    The other thought is the secondary is getting their ass kicked by J-cut and the high powered high flying offense. Right?

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to shonbear:

    Jesus said.."The poor will always be with you.....and also, bad Hammies".

  • In reply to shonbear:

    I abhor booing at football games. Nothing can unsettle a player more than being booed, because he then feels the need to try harder, putting more pressure on himself, and in most occassions he will fail. Do you guys remember when Orton went down against the Lions? Every single incompletion, Rex was booed.

    I implore each and every one of you...if you go to Soldier Field this season DO NOT BOO THE BEARS!

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Being booed by your own fans is a discouraging and harmful practice. It's childish and the crowd loves to follow everyone elses lead.
    When Derek Jeter was in the worst slump of his career the fans started giving him a standing ovation every time he came to bat...and he broke out of it with a quickness. If we make Soldier Field as hard to play at for our own boys as we do to the opposing team you really hurt the team. Encourage your players and berate the hell out of the other team. That is the job of the fan that goes to the stadium.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    are both Brad Biggs and Haugh now off of Twitter? I tried to use the links on an old post and nothing came up.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    I saw some video of Gilbert. He's got the tools, but he's really wild and uncontrolled in his movements, though he plays at a good pad-level. He's going to have to be a lot smoother. Though to be honest, w/the injury issues, I see him supplanting T. Harris at the 3-technique either next year or the year after. If anybody can mold Gilbert, it's Marinelli.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    One last thought before we head into the weekend:

    The Bears establishing the run with our revamped o-line will be sweet.
    Cutler keeping defenses honest by utlizing Olsen and Bennett will be sweeter.
    Hester burning down DB's like Gault will be the sweetest.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    O-line is kinda giving me chills. Beekman is not a top-tier run-blocker... neither is Garza, and Olin is past his prime. Pace is one of the best pass-blockers around, but it's widely acknowledged he can't really fire off the ball much anymore. Chris Williams is a finesse player... at RT...The position where you want your mauler. Omiyale is supposed to be a good run-blocker, but if he's not on the field (he hasn't been so far), it won't matter. I have a feeling we'll be seeing a loooot of the passing game this year. St. Clair could run-block a bit, though he was a swinging door in pass-protection. I hope it works out...

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Max - absolutely; I shot you an e-mail earlier from my work address
    Let me know if you don't get it.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Im am down Max shoot me the inf my email is

  • In reply to shonbear:

    On rare occasions, however, booing has it's place.

    See: Grossman, Rex 12/31/06 vs. GB Packers

  • In reply to shonbear:

    Anyone heard anything about J Gilbert in camp? Good, bad, average? Just curious.

  • In reply to shonbear:

    Good luck on that, Ghost. Many fans nowadays (regardless of age it seems) are too immature to understand what you are talking about. Hell, I imagine a lot of them would have booed Walter when he dropped a pass.

  • In reply to shonbear:

    I've heard both good and bad.

    One reporter (haugh, mcclure or dickerson) twittered that more than one d-lineman has mentioned how impresive the Sea Monster has looked, even reminding one player of Richard Seymore.

    Another reported following the team at camp for cbs said that the rookie still has a lot to learn and has looked average at best.

    not sure what to believe, but I take ALL reports from camp with a grain of salt. Outside of serious injuries, nothing you read about camp, or preseason for that matter, is going to tell you much about what the regular season is going to bring. Regardless, it's fun to keep tabs on the goings on in camp. Go Bears!

  • In reply to shonbear:

    Shady...thanks for the update. Although, I feel like no news is not good news in this case? We'll see. BEAR DOWN.

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