DaBearsBlog Interview: Steve Maneri [AUDIO]

DaBearsBlog Interview: Steve Maneri [AUDIO]

Pleasure to have my first discussion with Bears tight end Steve Maneri. Over the ten minutes plus we discuss:

  • His time with Evan Rodriguez and surprise the former Temple star is not currently employed in the league.
  • How one becomes a blocking tight end.
  • Martellus Bennett’s personality.
  • Jay Cutler inspiring the sideline with his first down run in Pittsburgh.
  • Marc Trestman’s offense.
  • Various other things.

I’m hoping to have Maneri back a bunch as the season progresses and we’ll start getting a better hang of our conversation styles. Hope you enjoy.


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  • Great stuff Jeff. Gotta love this kid Maneri. He has been solid to say the least so far this season. Bear down!

    -Bears Backer

  • In reply to Jake Perper:

    Good to see we have been infiltrated by a new Perp. Er.

  • In reply to Viva:


  • Da Jersey boys. Nice interview Jeff, very organic. Good insight. Well done.

  • Mr. Maneri seems like a very sharp guy.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Haven't listened yet, but Steve .... when you're in the endzone can you not leave your QB out to dry and drop back into space please?

  • Never done a twat (twit, tweet, whatever), but that was a good interview, so maybe one of you that does can let Steve know we liked it.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    You should look into doing twats. I highly recommend them.

  • even if the twat is connected to a twit, you can often just close your eyes and pretend it's not.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    I'll keep that in mind.

  • Guess that didn't cum out quite right, did it?

  • Great interview Jeff. Really enjoyed it.

  • When Julius Peppers got the touchdown, one of the people to congratulate him in the endzone was...Kyle Long. That guy is going to be a leader for a long time. He had a couple blocks against a DT during the game in pass protection where he stoned them at the line of scrimmage with just his left arm and was looking for other guys to block in the gap to his right side. That is some crazy strength. I can't wait to see how he plays against Suh and Fairly. He's already played well against Atkins and Williams. Time will tell, but I love what I've seen so far.

    Slauson didn't allow a sack last year and is doing great in pass protection this year. Lobo, I think you finally got your two guards.

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    Slauson was ranked really highly for pass blocking, but him and Garza seem to work well together on runs too.

    Has Garza improved? Maybe he finally learned how to become a center. Two studs around him don't hurt either.

    Long probably out ran Peppers to the endzone. Sad to say, but there were shades of Lach running in slow-motion on that play. I remember last year Pepp running almost stride for stride with some cornerbacks on interception returns. Dang, what the hell happened in the offseason?

    Speaking of freaks, where in the hell did our PS stars go? Washington, Anderson, Minter, Ford...

  • Here's to hoping Pepp took it easy because he knew no one was catching him.

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    Kyle Long is all heart all the time. What's not to love?

  • In reply to Viva:

    Our Urlacher on offense. Brian will bored of palying Golden Tee and making children now I expect.

  • In reply to Viva:

    No shit. He will be The Man on the oline before long.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    You know what scares me is that he's going to be an All-Pro Guard some day, and then be asked to make the switch outside.

  • In reply to Viva:

    I don't see any reason to mess with what's working so well. If he and Mills start going to Pro Bowls together (imagine that!)...

    Remember Viva, this is not Angelo/Lovie/Tice/Martz/loser x

    It's a different world now

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Before Long, I see what you did there!

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    I saw Long's video on NFL.com - he takes his strength training very seriously, said it comes from watching his dad in the off-season.

  • Got a link?

  • I think Washington and Anderson have been on the active roster for special teams. Minter will probably get 20 to 30 plays this week at dt after Melton's injury. Ford will stay inactive as long as Hester is the return guy.

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    Cor, i guarantee you that Minter, if he plays, will get 10 snaps at the most.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    So does Peppers move to DT for some plays? Or do we pl a y the starters the whole game? Not much depth on the DL.

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    Try Pep inside some, and have Wooten and CWashington on the ends. rotate Pep and colins to give the old guy fresh.

  • Irish, I put the bet in. I took the Bears over Lions and the Ravens over Buffalo (without CJ Spiller) and a little Irish Sweetness parlay. Time to watch us go 4-0 and make a little cash at the same time. Both games are locks.


    Season of Destiny

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    Per Trestman, Pep and Woot will kick inside and play tackle when needed. They obviously can't play the whole game so Minter will definitely get strategic reps

  • In reply to Waffle:

    The problem with this is that Shea would then have to set the edges at DE, which he doesn't do well.

    If I'm an OC and I spot Pepp/Wooten at DT, and I see Shea at DE, I'm running right at Shea.

    Shea will get gobbled up, and Bush will be in the open field.

    Unless we go with Cornelius Washington to set the edges. But then, what good is Shea?

  • .... All I can say is HELL YEAH CORNELIUS.

  • Well done Jimmy.

  • long is always the first guy to run up and jump all over guys that score. Really like that kid so far.

  • The Cardinals (DECIMATED on defense by injuries last week) have signed former Bear DE Mark "Rookie Surprise then a disappointment" Andersen.

  • Wow! The 4 letter network had Da Bears ranked #4. Things are definitely looking up boys.

  • Vegas has the Bears as 3 point dogs in Detroit this week. No worries, Bears will be 4-0.

  • Has anyone had the time to evaluate Chicken Dinners play over 3 games yet?

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I don't know about "evaluate" but
    I've been watching him closely. He's not much better than some Dudes without a job right now in my book. His best opportunities have come from Paea or Pepp giving him good looks and he's still not getting it done. I've been trying to give Phil a pass on this since the draft but I'm running out of excuses. That's not what a middle of the first round defensive end looks like on the field in his second season.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    marinelli's pick.

    I'm convinced.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    but we stopped the packers from getting him! it made us stronger while hurt our opponent! you can't put value on those kinds of strategic moves!


  • In reply to evantonio:

    exactly. let's pass on chandler jones and go with this guy.


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    while i don't like the pick, i do like that phil has shown a willingness to admit mistakes. half of the draft class from 2012 is gone.

    so if shea really continues to just be a non-factor, i have to believe that phil will do what he can to upgrade the position. draft position be damned.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    I would think that admitting mistakes on 3rd, 4th, 5th rounders is much easier than 1st and 2nd. Just my humble opinion.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    he had no problem getting rid of carimi and williams. i know they weren't his picks, but they were still bears first round picks. hopefully it's not a case of "i can see jerry's mistakes but not my own"

  • In reply to evantonio:

    well, if Shea is ever traded at least we'll get something from a 3-4 team for him

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    McClellin looks a little better vs the run this year.. Still no push for rushing the QB though - ALL of his pressures come from speed/stunting.

  • I tried this out on my Lions loving brother-in-law:

    Any plans for the game on Sunday?

    I’ll bring the pizza.

    See how I did that?

    Went over like a lead balloon. Moral of the story is don't try your DBB humor with people who do not read this blog. Even worse than that is that he got a ticket for the game.

    I'm going to have to over-caffinate his kids the next time I go over there.

  • In reply to MichBearFan:

    Well done. Over-caffinated kids are unbearable....with crayons, lipstick, sharpies...

  • In reply to Viva:


  • wow: http://nfl.si.com/2013/09/25/josh-freeman-benched-for-mike-glennon-tampa-bay-buccaneers/?sct=hp_t2_a1&eref=sihp

  • Interesting, let's hope he's not ready. Him and Burleson out would be helpful


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Has Bush really been a problem for the Bears? Sure, I'd like Detroit to have fewer weapons, but megatron scares me a lot more than Bush

  • Bush scares me because as a receiver out of the backfield he can destroy the middle of the field after Megatron stretches it out. The Steelers gashed us in the middle of the field. It's up to our LB's to make it very uncomfortable for Reggie to wander around underneath.

  • In reply to Waffle:


    And megatron has been kind of invisible when they play us over the last couple years. The nut has kind of had his number, but he's hurt so.......

    But yes, my basic thought was the fewer weapons they have the fewer ways they can hurt us.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    But we're an *offensive* team now. I know it's kinda hard to get used to, yet I expect us to put up enough points on the Kitties to win.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    But again, are we afraid of RBs hurting the D in the passing game? TEs, WRs, sure, because that's a coverage issue. But RB checkdowns... clock the guy at the LOS, or get pressure on the QB (granted, a problem this year), and the RB can't get into a pattern.

    In other words, the Cover 2 is vulnerable to receivers in the middle, but scheme-wise, not so much to RBs. Granted, the stats are skewed because of old #54, but Reggie Bush hasn't damaged the Bears much, even in the playoff game where he showboated into the endzone.

  • We're going to win anyway but Reggie is on fire this year. Hopefully that injury is nagging him.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I actually think Joquie Bell is more dangerous than a hobbled Bush right now. I fully expect to see a 50/50 split between them. Briggs and Anderson will definitely be tested on the perimeters. Let's see if this "old" D still has some legs.

    I do expect both to get blasted though, and a huge turnover from one or both of them. If we can strip it from the likes of AP, then those small backs better wrap up in space because Bears are going to be attacking that ball from all sides.

  • If say, I wanted to hypothetically put a wager on a game, where would someone hypothetically recommend?

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    I'll hypothetically defer to our resident picks champ Viva, but hypothetically picking Seattle each week and hypothetically picking against the Jaguars each week should be reasonably safe.

  • In reply to Shady:


  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    dude, it's legal.


  • In reply to Waffle:

    I think

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