Five Questions Heading To Bourbonnais

Five Questions Heading To Bourbonnais

I am not big on the whole ranking and listing thing that permeates every orifice of the internet these days. Everybody has a five this or five that or three guys that need to do this in order for that to happen. It's all crap and nobody cares. (I may put that phrase on the next tee shirt we make.)

Here are five questions I have as training camp approaches.

#1 Who is going to be the starting left tackle?

Either J'Marcus Webb or Chris Williams is going be the starting LT, with the other sliding into the flex tackle role. For the sake of the organization I truly hope Williams wins the job triumphantly. Not only because I think he's the more talented player but because I think Webb's time spent at both ends over the last two years will be an asset as the season progresses.

#2 Will Alshon Jeffery earn his starting spot in camp?

Simple enough. With rookie receivers there is always something of a crap shoot. Will Jeffery show up? Will he play his heart out? Will he provide that complement to Brandon Marshall the Bears will desperately need?

#3 Is Shea McClellin the answer opposite Julius Peppers?

If he sacks the quarterback, he is. But we won't know if he can sack the quarterback until he meets Andrew Luck in September. So basically this question has nothing to do with training camp.

#4 How will the other rookies factor into the base offenses/defenses?

Evan Rodriguez as a full-time fullback/h-back? Brandon Hardin cracking the starting lineup at safety? With this roster the rookies will be the most interesting collection of players to watch throughout the next six weeks.

#5 Can they stay healthy thru the summer?

Ultimately this is all I care about. Everything we hear and read about Bourbonnais is usually deceitful lies emanating from the highest offices of Halas Hall. All I care about/dread on a daily basis is seeing the phrase, "Urlacher helped off the field" or "Cutler carted off".

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  • The first question is -

    Where can I buy some Bourbonnais?

    Sounds like a great condiment...

  • Second to wonder just how many shirts you have sold so far Jeff.

  • Jeff said earlier that he has sold nearly 4,000 shirts.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The good news is, if you order now and get shirt #4000, then you also win the Brooklyn Bridge. Which is nice.

  • there are only three questions that matter this year:

    1. After 5 years of the same dogshit players and minimal upgrades, will our Oline suddenly go from garbage (bottom 5%) to good (top 3rd would be fine) with just a scheme change and some shufflin’?

    2. Will a bunch of mediocre and brittle strong safeties (and a corner who hasn't played in 2 years) be able to stop the pass?

    3. Do our aging stars on D have just one more A+ year?

    In that order. I don’t worry about the other stuff.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Dude, enough with the safety hatin' already

    Let's see what Conte and Hardin bring. They could be Fencik and Plank Pt. Deux. Give 'em a shot.

    The O-Line? Yeah, fuck that shit. Here's what we get to look forward to: Seeing is Carmini is FUBAR and watching Cookie getting abused by Pep in camp.... again.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    no.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    With you big time on the safety hating. It's the myopia about Mike Brown always speaking...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Not nearly enough safety hate. Bears have had HOW many different S combinations under Lovie/Angelo? 793?

    I'm willing to give the new guys a chance, but I'm not buying the hype anymore until I see results on the field. Too many Payne, Afalava, Swole disasters since 2007.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Exactly. Thank JA for that. Pick a safety every year but never with a premium pick. I don't blame Lovie for the revolving door. It's not like any of them JA provided knocked anyone's socks off. Merriweather was beyond dreadful. I don't remember even one poster being excited about that signing.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    How do you not blame Lovie?? It's his defense!

    I (kind of but not really) get how he skated by while the offense struggled for years, but how do you not blame Lovie for the debacle that has been the safety position? Danieal Manning was Lovie's protege, taking him under his wing and completely fucking up any shot he had at sticking at a single position. One (shortened) offseason with the Texans and Manning is playing the best ball of his career. What the fuck Lovie?

  • In reply to Shady:

    Not that I'm arguing against it being on Lovie too, Shady.

  • In reply to Shady:

    When Harris and Manning played well Lovie didn't change safeties. Manning finally came into his own his last year at strong safety. Before that he seemed to have zero instincts. Then JA doesn't pony up the cash to keep Manning. I can't blame Lovie for that. The next year Harris is horrible, All the 4-7 rounders were lacking athletically. Every time Lovie pulled one of them they had a horrible brain fart on the field. Wright looks like another guy with crappy instincts and can't stay healthy. Can't blame Lovie for that. Conte showed some promise last year and I'm hoping Hardin pans out. JA provided substandard safeties on the roster. You can't polish a turd.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    There were at least a couple all excited about him being a big hitter. As if that has anything to do with being a good safety.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    No kidding. It's not very often Bellicheat cuts a productive player. As if JA was going to get over on Bellicheat. Uh, don't think so.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Let's not forget AA!

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Let's.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Oh... okay.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Al Afalava?
    Adam Archuleta?
    Alan Alda?
    Arn Anderson?
    Alcoholics Anonymous?

  • more than FOUR!!!! arrest's in less than four months????? hahahahahahahahah

    Your 2012 Pussies are taking on the attitude of the 90's NBA Detroit Piston's nice...

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82abf461/article/aaron-berry-released-by-detroit-lions-after-arrest

  • #1 Who is going to be the starting left tackle?
    Wish we could of gone FA our talent in the draft

    #2 Will Alshon Jeffery earn his starting spot in camp?
    yes.

    #4 How will the other rookies factor into the base offenses/defenses?
    competition is always a good thing.

    #5 Can they stay healthy thru the summer?
    With Loviefest and no contact I thinks this is a moot point.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Not to beat a dead horse, but who did you want us to get in FA to play left tackle?

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Could have gave McNeil or Bell a shot but they would have been risk to pick up.

  • We can still get McNeil, for cheap too.

    But the fact that NO team has even approached him, might mean he's too much of an injury risk.

    Let's not forget that we did draft a LT in the 3rd-4rth round.

    James Brown.

    Well, technically we got him as a UFA, but he had a 3rd-4rth round grade to him by a lot of experts.

    From everything I hear about him, Brown is solid. Only real drawback is that he's only 6'4, although he does have long arms, which is important for a LT.

    I'm actually pretty thrilled with the POTENTIAL of our O-line, except with Webb/Williams, but Franchise LTs don't just grow on trees.

  • +1 R2

  • Penn State star players tailback Silas Redd and linebacker Gerald Hodges have been reported as looking to transfer prior to the season start.

    NCAA smacked PSU with $60M in fines and took away 20 scholarships. It's nowhere near enough for a school that should have gotten at least a 3-year death penalty, but it's something.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Took away 10 scholarships a year for 4 years = 40 scholarships. Took away bowl games for 4 years. And don't forget the extra penalties sent out by the Big 10. Penn State's total losses after 5-10 years will be a lot more than $60M.

    But the reason why there was no death penalty is the NCAA wanted a quick and quiet end to this. Penn State consented to these sanctions - which to my mind means there was a conversation about the death penalty. Penn State agrees to take this punishment voluntarily, thereby waiving any future appeals, court cases, media disasters. The NCAA thereby lets them keep playing football.

    This was good for the players too:

    Stars can transfer out and stay on track to get drafted and compete for big bowl game exposure.
    Middle of the road guys can try to transfer if they want to play badly enough, or else they can keep their scholarships and get a great education at Penn State even if they choose to stop playing football.
    And anybody who wants to play, including the non-scholarship walk-on types who just want to have fun at a higher level than intramurals can still play in a first class facility if they make the team (which is now more likely than it was before).

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    DId you read the SI article about how the NCAA handled this?

    This Mandel guy seems to have the mother of all agendas: story after story about how the NCAA circumvented protocol for this case, and Emmert just basically invoked himself to be judge and jury here:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/stewart_mandel/07/23/penn-state-ncaa-sanctions/index.html?eref=sircrc

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Hey gp, was that you on the Mully and Hanley show this morning commenting on the Penn State judgement? Or was it a coincidence the first caller commenting was named Dan who advocated the Death Penalty?

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Coincidence. I don't call radio shows.

  • http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8191512/detroit-lions-cut-cb-aaron-berry-latest-arrest

    lol this clown got cut.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Lions are giving the Bengals a run for there money in the "Rap Sheet" department.

  • #5 should be #1. Always MY biggest concern.

  • I got this in the mail today. Pretty cool. I hope he actually makes a impact this year.

    https://twitter.com/#!/ErikGrogan/media/slideshow?url=pic.twitter.com%2FqX69QCzP

  • #1 My money is on Williams. They're pretty equal (which is a scary thought since one is a 1st rounder and the other is a 7th), but Williams gets the tie-breaker. It's been Lovie protocol that once he benches or demotes or "opens up competition", that usually means the starter is very close to not being on the team at all.

    #2 Barring inj or some spectacular performances from Alshon, Hester will line up next to Marshall for maybe 2-3 weeks of the regular season.

    #3 I have NO clue how McLellin will produce. He looks good on tape, but Boise St opponents ain't NFL competition. Luckily for us, McBraveHeart is actually a pretty polished pass rusher with good hand tech and a variety of moves. The question will be if he is strong and fast enough.

    #4 Out of all the rooks, Hardin is perhaps the most intriguing to me. We've had such a cluster-fuck at S that his size/speed/skill can really turn a weakness in our D into a strength. Think about it. If Hardin pans out, we have our S position set for the next decade with Hardin and Conte - that thought gets my cackles all warm and fuzzy.

    #5 three players need to stay healthy (In this order). Cutler, Peppers, Urlacher. The rest can go down, and it'll hurt, but without that holy trinity, we can almost kiss our SB rings goodbye.

  • If Conte is the safety for the next decade I will feed myself to a shark.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Thank you johnny! Another fucking voice of reason.

    What in thee fuck have you guys been smoking. Otherwise very intelligent men (from what I know of you) come here to devolve into babbling monkeys when talking about our safety situation and personnel.

    Have you guys fucking lost your minds?

    You are talking about our starting line up being a former corner who did OK last year when lining up 50 yards off the ball every snap, and another college corner who’s a) NEVER PLAYED SAFETY BEFORE IN HIS LIFE, and b) Has broken more bones than Evel Knievel and was OUT ALL OF LAST YEAR!!!

    Ok, you man all return to your regular sanity channel. Fucken A.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    may

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hope springs eternal MB. Conte wasn't horrible and who knows about Hardin. Not being horrible at safety seems like a step up. If Conte sucks moose wang this year I'm pretty most of us will be bitching about it. Same with Hardin. I try to stay positive until it's obvious the guys sucks.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Did you see how many big passing plays the Bears gave up last year? I still have nightmares about the pass down the sideline in the Raiders game. These DB's have got to play at a much higher level this year or we aint going to the big dance ladies.

  • bingo.

  • Wright had 3 INT's and about 3 times as many horrible plays. Conte played OK but as MB pointed out he was deeper than deep. Conte was a good tackler. Wright goes for the big hit and whiffs ocassionally. My biggest beef with Wright is he takes bad angles and is undecided where he should be. Numerous times last year the opposing O would flood his zone and he was confused. Hope both guys take a giant leap this year. If not, we'll see Hardin in there for sure.

  • I'd put Peanut in that category (#5) too.

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    The only question for me is this: who will be the number 3 CB in case of injury & for the competition. The other positions are pretty lock and load... starters and fist options. We all know how Lovie thinks.
    Of course the Special 'Special Teams' are the real story for the Bears Training Camp, but it's not like we will learn things before final cuts.

    Mihai (Romania)

  • In reply to Barb Mar:

    Mihai, here are our corners

    Peanut
    Jennings
    Hayden
    Wihilte
    DJ Moore
    2 rookies we drafted

  • In my dreams I long for a time where we draft huge fucking corners and......keep them at corner.

    Conte and Hardin would be nice to see on the corners at 6'2 215 a piece. No more cushions, just jamming the fuck out of people on the line. That is when it helps to have a guy like Major Wright patrolling the secondary. If a receiver gets past the jam and thinks they are open Wright is there to deliver the money shot.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Waffle..I think what you maybe talking about is the Bears 46...

    which I'm not sure LDL would have as a scheme in his Cover Who System....he loves our boys 5 to 8 yards off the line of scrimmage

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Exactly Johnny.

    I was watching on ESPN and one team has like 4 corners all bigger than 6'2" 215... ALL fast and all pretty good. Can't remember who it was... bucs maybe?

    Anyway, you hit the fucking nail on the head man. We keep drafting good colllege corners and try to make them safeties. Can you imagine if we had Peanut, conte, and (MAYBE) hardin at corner, and has two actual, real safeties?! Holy shit.

    Instead, we (still) have the lovie/JA special.

  • a little more BACON...(for you MB) to chew on before Camp:

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/07/24/mike-tice-i-know-what-a-good-offense-looks-like/

    DAMN IT!!! I NEED CAMP TO START TODAY!!!! ugh!@@$#$%!!!#$@!!!!

  • Not to do a beat down on the safety thing, more to echo what Canada said about Danielle:

    You remember when we didn't draft until the 3rd and then we got Pringles. We were all pretty high on Pringles, but we all said the same thing (and almost all of us were here then, too) - the guy is a free safety. We looked at his hits on the Toob when we was a Gator and we all agreed: the guy doesn't have the size to play down in the box, Mike Brown be damned.

    And Lovie decides the guy doesn't have the wheels and puts him at strong. That leaves us with bullshit ESPN highlights like Pringles flopping at Brandon Jacobs feet because he's terrified to take the guy head on and so tense playing in low that he lets the Saints torch him big time.

    So - chalk him up to another safety badly coached. His 2nd year, he pulls out his hammy chasing that little scat wideout the Lions have returning kicks, that little smurf with Knox speed - and Pringles never has the speed or promise he showed in college again. And probably what did he do this offseason? He probably bulked up in hopes to complete at strong. Even though the guy is simply not cut from strong safety cloth.

    So yeah, alot of this is coaching and conditioning. Pringles should have never pulled up his hammy on that Lions kick return if he's getting solid conditioning. He should have worked exclusively on his speed and range, esp. since they knew they weren't going to pay Manning. Instead they told him to hit the weights to play safety and ruined the guy.

    But I am not hating on the Anti-Plank, despite his penchant for kill shots on his own team. He can hold his own in the box. Pringles can't. He's decent backup and may even start out there with Conte behind him. Conte's foot injury may have cost him his range, too - that remains to be seen. He can always go teach high school math.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Wow, one hit on a teammate and it sticks forever. Not like its the first time a guy was hammered by a guy with the same style jersey.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    he almost killed peanut dave. Not nice.

  • uhhhhhh, ouch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zriu2V-uYjU

  • When's your birthday GP?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxn0fCO0J6E

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Much better than the shake weight

  • awwwwww, Fox is so cute... and totally morally bankrupt too. Awwwww…

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/24/fox-and-friends-lemonade-stand_n_1697665.html

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    As reported in that paragon of journalistic integrity, the Huffington Post. The irony...

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