On to the Second Meaningless Game...

On to the Second Meaningless Game...

As starved football fans in football cities across American reach their incorrect conclusions based upon the incomplete data of the first preseason game, organizations carry on. Cuts start Monday and rosters/depth charts begin to take shape.

What will change this week in Bourbonnais? Who knows. But here is what I'll be monitoring.

Left Tackle

Is there really anything else Bears fans care about? J'Marcus Webb struggled against non-elite pass rushers Thursday night and Mike Tice publicly flogged him by leaving him on the field until sometime early Friday morning. Now we wait to see if Tice decides to give Chris Williams an earnest chance to challenge for the position.

Personally I think it's a must. Even if the coaching staff has every intention of allowing Webb to start the season at LT, he must feel his starting role is in question. He must feel he's legitimately challenged. More playing time with scrubs can only send half the message. Competition sends the other half.

Shea McClellin

Will his performance Thursday night be enough to earn him work in the defensive line rotation? Will his performance against second and third-stringers be enough to supplant the thunderous Corey Wootton hype from last week? I know I'd be interested to see what McClellin can do lined up opposite Julius Peppers but that might not be possible for several weeks.

Injuries

Nothing else really matters. A fully-healthy roster for practice on Wednesday September 5th would mean the Bears had an entirely successful preseason.

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  • Totally agree with ya Jeff about Williams starting next game.

  • On the previous blog entry I made a snide remark or two about the media waxing Peyton Manning's bayonet. Check out this from SI. "That bit of good early fortune started a drive that would end with Major Wright's interception near the goal line. The turnover wasn't entirely Manning's fault. It was a tipped pass thrown slightly behind former Colt teammate Brandon Stokley."

    I'm guessing if Cutler had thrown the same pass the description would be slightly different. Who's gets the rest of the blame for the INT? Stokley for running slightly faster than PM anticipated? Fuck me!

  • I want to see J.T Thomas do his thing in the next game. I was watching some of his film from college and it seems to me that the dude is relentless. I was worried last year that he would be cut or something due to his arrest but it seems he has a chip on his shoulder and wants to show Lovie and especially the org that he has what it takes to start. Of course this is all bias talk so please take it with a grain of salt.......

  • In reply to OsosFan:

    I thought he played well the other night. He looked fast.

  • In reply to OsosFan:

    It was the night of the under-dog wasn't it? Hardin, Jeffrey, Brian Price .... who's to say we shouldn't start James Brown for a half and CW for a half? Let McCown and Blanchard take the flak. CW and JB play for the job.

  • I'm all for it man. i'd rather Blanchard get more reps. it's awesome that it's just the pre-season so it'd be great to give some reps for the backups to get their confidence up...... who knows maybe somewhere the D could become like the '85 Bears D where they all competed against each other to see who would get to the QB. That, would be awesome! SPACE MOUNTAIN!! :P

  • In reply to OsosFan:

    A friend of mine is a big WV fan. He told me last year when we drafted him that he could be the next Urlacher.. I had to remind him that Urlacher never got red-shirted/practice squadded (or busted for reefer)

  • Bear Nation : PHEW!

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-urlacher-returns-to-bears-training-camp-20120811,0,2031117.story

  • Damn, I'm the same age as Hardin but compared to him, I look like a baby. The dude looks older than he is.

  • CW is back competing at LT, according to the Trib.

    I am the voice in the wilderness re: Webb, I guess. I did not think he was the weak spot on the line - I thought the right side was obviously worse against the Broncos starters on D.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    But I'm just a mook watching TV - so if CW ends up winning the starting job, hey, kick ass sea-bass. Just keep Cutty's backside off the ground.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Possible scenario - Tice is giving CW, JW and JB a full game each at LT to see what's what. Winner starts game 4. What say ye?

    Interesting info from Roy's podcast on the first practice after the game.

    CW took the first snaps, and most snaps, but Tice spent a lot of time talking to JW and the body language was good.

    Wooten is performing so well that Izzy was moved inside where he was blowing up Garza, Carimi and Spencer. Roy said Izzy obliterated Spencer when playing defefensive tackle.

    Wooten's spin moves were getting oohs and aahs. He 'schooled' CW and Webb. MClellin looked good too.

    Alshon be the man.

    The no-huddle offense looks really good and all strings marched up and down the field. Yes. The no-huddle offense. As in, we have one. Sweet.

  • Wooten, Izzy, Paea, Pep ?
    Briggs, Lac, JT ?

  • I think a starting d-line of Peppers, Melton, Izzy, Woot-Woot...with Shea getting a good number of 3rd down snaps....that should frighten teams.

    Hypothetically, a starting LB lineup of Briggs, Roach, JT would be OK too. I look forward to seeing what Thomas and Hayes do the rest of preseason.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Prediction: Geno Hayes will be starting SSLB by game 1 whether Urlacher is in the middle or not..

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I asked Zach Zaidman the same basic question, and he went with Hayes over Thomas.
    My question to him now is: why? What's the skillset that Hayes possesses that Thomas doesn't?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Hayes is a proven entity that has made plays in this league and is still only 25yrs old. He is a more aggressive version of Roach and will supplant him by the beginning of the season. He's got some attitude to him and plays fast and aggressive. Maybe Thomas will pan out and maybe he won't but he certainly can't play at the expense of one of the best linebackers on the Bears roster currently until he proves that he deserves a shot. Breaking up a pass in the preseason doesn't qualify him to start over Hayes.

  • Glad Forte signed when he did. Carolina just shelled out a crap load of money for a backup RB. Forte would have definitely jacked up his price after seeing that contract.

  • In reply to 505 Bears!!:

    Forte is a Bear. That's all that matters - that young man is a hell of a football player and I'm really happy he's playing for the good guys.

  • http://www.windycitygridiron.com/2012/8/7/3224147/mvk-most-valuable-knee

    A nice read. If you can't read all of it and want to get the point then just go to the summary.

  • Great article. Did NB have something to do with it?

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I had nothing to do with that article, and it looks to have been written by a doctor or other medical professional. I don't know how many casual fans would read something like that, but for me I'm at an absolute loss why he doesn't have a job writing articles like that for NFL.com. Excellent link Artoo.

  • Desmond Bishop will have to have surgery on his injured hamstring.

    Ocho is in trouble for head butting his wife. Taken to jail.

    Why did Miami trade Marshall away again?

  • Headbutted his wife? LMAO...hopefully, it looked a little something like this...

    http://youtu.be/GlugOciyJEs

  • Can we still thrive in a season without Urlacher?

    I'm becoming fearful that we'll have to find out. But unlike with some fears, instead of fear boner I have fear flacidity.

  • I don't know. Nick Roach said he would rather have Urlacher playing MLB so.. that doesn't inspire much confidence. Neither does Dom playing horrible and hurting himself.

    If we get enough pressure we might be able to make it but I really doubt it. The best we can hope for if Urlacher is gone for the season is that we find out we have a MLB on the roster.

    The Texans lost their best pass rusher last year and found out they had enough replacements and good enough coaching to make it. They finished a top ten unit. Let's hope we can do the same.

  • The Texans defense was better *without* Mario Williams, go figure.

  • Gotta agree with Roach - I'd rather have Urlacher in the middle too.

  • Nope, that's a negatory good buddy. No Defense no championship. No Brian no defense. No Brian no championship. QED.

    Anyone see Burfict's diving interception? Somewhat spectacuar, no? He wasn't worth a 7th rd pick apparenty. Nah, we're good with Dom DeLuise, cockroach and Bonanza.

  • In a few years, we might regret not drafting or picking him up but I don't think we will.

    I am waiting to hear about his next failed drug test. I hope he proves everyone wrong but I don't know amigo.

  • I don't care whether he proves anyone wrong or not. But it certainly would be his better choice.

  • Erik, he isn't and never will be bears material. Just not a bear in the head no matter how good he turns out to be.

  • Luck's first NFL pass is a 63 yard TD.

  • Dude is good.

  • JaMarcus Russell looked amazing in his first preseason. Not saying they're the same, but let's see how he does in a game that counts when the defense shows its stuff.

  • Against which secondary?

  • So Paea is in a walking boot?
    Looks like Izzy might be in at DT for a good long while this year.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Nate Collins and Brian Price better step up. Oh, and someone better call AA and apologize.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Brian Price is being looked at right now.

    It's going to be either Toeaina or Indonije at the DT position if we lose Paea to injury

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I can't see Izzy starting at DT. Wootton and McClellin are good DEs, but Izzy is better and needed in that rotation. There are also too many other guys we want to give time to in the middle.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Izzy is a helluva run stopper. It also comes down to whether Paea's ankle is a lingering problem or if he'll really be ready to go by week one. I'm sure we'll see alot of the young fellas at DT over the next three weeks. We know what Izzy can do there if need be.

  • Paea out for 1 to 2 weeks with ankle sprain.

  • 7 mos and Urlacher's knee isn't 100%. Either he's done or they are playing possum with him to throw the other teams off.

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    7 months ain't shit to fix a knee. Especially when you're over 30.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Could be Dave, but still best be prepared for him to not be available!

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    Exactly my point - I would not be at all surprised if Urlacher is not really ready to go for another two to three months. It would be nice to have someone that could hold down the fort for the first four to six games, but there isn't one apparently.

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    Nah, if they knew Urlacher was done they would have moved mountains to get Kuechly (who had a great first game) and loons ike Burfict become acceptable risks. Get well soon Brian.

  • Assuming they wanted Kuechly as much as you and I did. Or maybe that was just me :-)

    Either way it did not happen, so Emery et al have to go with what they have and see who becomes available.

  • Isn't Gary Brackett a FA? 32?

  • My god, what a shit-show: http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/12/sport/chad-johnson-arrest/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

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