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  1. Bears "best kept secret" Eddie Goldman

    Why are people so excited about a UDFA no one has even seen play a single snap even in a preseason game? I'm not. Comparing Raymond with Shaheen as far as the Combine scores go they were fairly similar yet Shaheen is 20+ lbs heavier and stronger. Raymond failed to get drafted coming out of a Div I program but Shaheen was taken in round 2 after having played only three years at TE in a Div II program. So there must be something about Shaheen that attracted Pace and others to him. And as I recall many of us favored drafting a TE as a back up to Burton not Shaheen since it was losing Burton that most feel hurt us in the playoff game. So in addition to Raymond we signed a few of those "F" type TE prospects too. This summer Raymond's job will be to first beat out Braunecker for his spot before he'll get a shot at dethroning Shaheen from his.
  2. Bears "best kept secret" Eddie Goldman

    Fully realizing that I'm not about to change your mind or anyone else's you should still be prepared to back up what you say with facts. 1) He played in 13 games as a rookie missing 3 in December due to a chest injury. A whole lot more guys than just Shaheen missed time in 2017 so 3 games isn't a big deal. Even when 100% Fox seldom used him as a receiver but despite that he had 3 TD catches on only 12 receptions and an 86% catch percentage. 2) His 2018 was all but wiped out due to his ankle injury in preseason. Bad break for him but then Kyle Fuller missed the entire 2016 season and has come back from it to become and All Pro CB. No one is calling him injury prone even though he chose to sit out once medically cleared to return. Due to the ankle injury and concussion protocol (I don't call concussions being fragile or injury prone) he only played in 6 games last season and from what I saw he was far less than 100% when he did return. Still, he caught 5 passes out of 6 targets (83%) and scored a TD. So far in his two seasons he's started only 11 games but has hauled in 17 passes out of 20 targets (85%) and scored 4 tds so roughly 1 catch in 4 has been a scoring play. Injuries have been an issue. That much I'll agree on, but fragile.....no. I'll also agree that he needs to stay healthy and productive for an entire season or risk being seen as a bust just as Floyd has been on the cusp of and some could claim Floyd was "over drafted" as well. I've seen some good plays come from Shaheen and he does need to progress but I stand by my own opinion. The potential to be a good "Y" TE is still there.
  3. Bears "best kept secret" Eddie Goldman

    So if we use this same logic then Pace should not have traded up for Eddie Jackson, Anthony Miller, or David Montgomery. IMHO these were all moves Pace made to get players he also valued but who may not have lasted beyond where they were taken. We can't say for certain just how well Montgomery will do but one trade got us an All Pro FS and another a good looking WR who had 7 TDs as a rookie. If Montgomery is injured in preseason and helps us very little this year will it have been wrong to have traded up for him? We have no idea of how the Bears valued Shaheen on their board and I don't recall ever having heard Pace say he took him because he would not have fallen much farther. Those comments came from several analysts who also said others were high on Shaheen. But the bottom line is Shaheen hasn't been able to show much in his first two seasons. Fox seldom used him despite his grading out at least as good as Sims as a blocker and far better as a receiver. Last year his injury in preseason more or less wrecked his second year. All I'm saying is Shaheen deserves a fair shot at being evaluated after having played a full 16 game season in this offense. I believe the basic talent is there and he's shown it in rare glimpses but he has to remain healthy and play consistently week after week for us to know whether he was worth his selection or not. He knows this as well. If he fails to "own" the "Y" TE role this year we'll be looking to replace him soon.
  4. Bears "best kept secret" Eddie Goldman

    That's harsh. I think we can all agree that he was a bit of a reach in round two due to the level of experience he had in college but from all that I've ever read he would not have lasted 'til our next pick so we either take him or use the pick on someone else and burn another pick trading up to get him later IF he was still on the board. So Pace gambled. Whether or not he lost still hasn't been determined but yeah, out of all of his 2nd round picks Shaheen has been the least productive.
  5. Nagy calls audible, stages ‘Monday Funday’

    Motivation is IMHO why many teams win and even dominate. The '80s Bears were motivated both by Buddy and by Ditka but in a completely different way. Nagy seems to be tuned in to how to work it in this era by keeping it all on a "WE" basis and allowing them to play hard as long as they work hard.
  6. Bears "best kept secret" Eddie Goldman

    I'd say the jury is still out on Shaheen. Coming from a Div III program we knew he wasn't NFL ready day one and his injury in preseason last year really hurt his progress. No doubt he needs to stay healthy and ascend this year and I won't critique him for good until he's had that chance.
  7. Bears "best kept secret" Eddie Goldman

    As I recall Goldman was first in a line of excellent 2nd round picks all of whom have become top notch core players. He was a guys I favored by miles over Danny Shelton and I was relieved when Pace extended him last summer. I you watch enough game vids you see him either making plays himself or making it easier for others to make them virtually ever snap. Not a guy who can be easily handled one on one and a much better rusher than most NTs. He may not always get home but he typically collapses the pocket and forces throws with his pressure.
  8. Eddie Goldman named a 'best-kept secret' for the Chicago Bears ByMatt Eurich 17 hours ago https://247sports.com/nfl/chicago-bears/Article/Eddie-Goldman-best-kept-secret-132183972/?utm_source=247Sports Newsletter&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_campaign=190520_170458_Chicago Bears&utm_content=Link&liveconnect=C3-52-7D-DF-F0-AF-8E-1A-53-7F-74-41-9D-F1-31-5F190520_170458ChicagoBears It is not easy to fly under the radar as a 6'4" and 320-pound defensive lineman, but Eddie Goldman has done that with the Chicago Bears. That is not a knock on Goldman the player, rather his ability to blend in has a lot to do with the fact that he plays on one of the NFL's best defensive units. The former second-round pick has quietly become into one of the better nose tackles in the league. Even with four NFL seasons under his belt, Goldman is just 25 years old as he heads into his fifth season. Bleacher Report's Kristopher Knox recently took a look at every team's best-kept secret and believes Goldman is Chicago's top candidate. "If you follow the Bears, though, you know that defensive tackle Eddie Goldman helps make pass-rushers like [Khalil] Mack and sideline-to-sideline linebackers like [Roquan] Smith better," Knox wrote. "The 2015 second-round pick doesn't get a ton of national attention because he plays on the defensive interior, but he's an anchor of the front seven and a disruptive player in his own right." The second-round pick saw action in 15 games with 12 starts for the Bears during his rookie season in 2015. He ended that year with 22 tackles and 4.5 sacks. Injuries then got the best of him in 2016. He only played in six contests that year and ended the season with 18 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one pass deflection. The 2017 campaign was a bounce-back year for the Florida State alum. Goldman started 15 games in 2017 and ended the year with 44 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Playing alongside some dominant defenders in the form of Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks opened up more opportunities for Goldman to put up strong numbers in 2018. He started all 16 games for the first time in his NFL career and recorded 40 tackles, three sacks and one safety. The Bears rewarded him ahead of the 2018 season by inking him to a contract extension worth $42 million. What makes Goldman so good, and what forces him to fly under the radar, is that he does not put up gaudy sack totals. He is great at creating pressure up front but that tends to force quarterbacks to move around in the pocket. Guys like Mack, Hicks and Leonard Floyd then are able to take advantage of the pressure Goldman creates and they rack up the sacks themselves. Goldman is also a strong anchor against the run. Just as he is able to free up opportunities for pass-rushers to get after the quarterback he also frees up chances for his linebackers against the run. Both Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan at the inside linebacker position are able to put up staggering tackle totals because of Goldman's ability to free up space for them to make plays. It is easy to get lost within the shuffle on one of the league's best defensives units but there is no doubt that opponents set up game plans to do whatever they can to limit Goldman's impact on Sundays.
  9. Chicago Bears Rookie Film Review: Emanuel Hall

    Submitted without comment. I'll let you all do that.
  10. Chicago Bears Rookie Film Review: Emanuel Hall ByUsayd Koshul 9 hours ago https://247sports.com/nfl/chicago-bears/Article/Chicago-Bears-Rookie-Film-Review-Emanuel-Hall--132018057/?utm_source=247Sports Newsletter&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_campaign=190520_170458_Chicago Bears&utm_content=Link&liveconnect=C3-52-7D-DF-F0-AF-8E-1A-53-7F-74-41-9D-F1-31-5F190520_170458ChicagoBears (Photo: Jeff Curry) As soon as the 2019 NFL Draft ended, the Chicago Bears were active on the undrafted free agent market, signing as many players as they could. The main reason? The Bears only had five draft picks in 2019, so signing a plethora of undrafted free agents was critical to round out the 90-man roster. While the Bears brought in many prospects who could turn out to be solid players, one of the more notable signings was Missouri's, Emanuel Hall. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound target was an essential part of the Tigers offense for the last four years. After posting 2016 yards over a four year period, averaging 20.8 yards per catch, Hall proved that due to his speed he'd fit in nicely with the Bears offense. Despite being loaded at the wide receiver position, the Bears opted to bring Hall in due to the fact that they saw something special in him. While speed is just one of his traits, what are some other reasons that the Bears opted sign Hall? We'll take a look at his film and breakdown why the Bears decided to sign him. Vs. Florida (2018) - 0:01: Although this was an incomplete pass, what's very clear here is that Hall's speed is on full display. As soon as he reaches the 30-yard line, Hall has clearly turned on the jets. Had this pass not been overthrown, it's likely that it would have been a big completion. - 0:42: Hall is at the top of your screen here running an out route. Notice how he plants his foot in the ground and has just enough room to make the catch. What's also worth noting is that Hall tiptoes to keep himself inbounds to ensure that this play ends up being a completed catch. - 1:06: This play really can go two different ways. On one hand, you could say that it was the quarterback's fault for not throwing the ball a half a second early to ensure that Hall would be able to catch it. However, on the other hand, you could blame Hall for not putting his 110-percent effort into what was a clear 50-50 ball. - 2:12: Hall is seen running a go route here. He uses his speed to blow by the defender before using his arms to create some space in order to haul the catch in. - 2:31: Although this is a running play and Hall doesn't get a chance to touch the football, what's noticeable is his lack of effort when it comes to blocking the defender. If he wants a spot on the Bears 53-man roster, he'll need to improve his run blocking. - 3:57: This is probably Hall's best play of the game right here. He's lined up on the left side of the offensive formation and is asked to run a quick slant route to the inside which will result in a touchdown. First, he tries to confuse the defender by making it look like he's running towards the back of the endzone before he quickly switches direction and runs to the middle of the field. This play ends up being a touchdown because Florida's defense has six guys lined up on the line of scrimmage which leaves Hall in a one-on-one situation with the cornerback. As a result, the middle of the field is wide open for Hall to operate and catch a touchdown. -4:20: Hall is lined up on the bottom of your screen here and is running a post route towards the middle of the field. He makes it look like he's going outside before switching direction and going back inside. Notice how multiple Florida defenders get fooled by the run-pass option and automatically drop back into coverage when they see the quarterback getting ready to throw the ball. As a result of this run-pass option which the defense thinks is a run, Hall is able to catch the pass and move the chains despite the pass being thrown slightly behind him. Vs. Wyoming (2018) - 0:01: Hall is seen running a go route here. There are a few things that are worth noting about Hall on this play. First, he's beaten the defensive back solely with speed. Second, the defensive back does make a play on the ball, however, Hall stays composed to the point where he catches the ball. The third thing worth noting is Hall's footwork when there is a limited amount of space available. Notice how he tip-toes once he has the ball in his hands to ensure that he stays in bounds and can score. - 0:33: The purpose of this play is to get the ball out of the quarterback's hands and into the hands of a wide receiver who can make plays. It's a 2nd-and-9, so the offense wants to gain a few extra yards to try to make third down a bit easier. Hall is at the top of the screen and for a split second, tries to act like he's going to run down the sideline before running cutting back inside and running towards the middle of the field. When he's getting ready to catch the ball, notice how there is about 12 yards of free space between him and the safety, who's going to make the tackle at the 31-yard line. - 0:51: Hall doesn't touch the ball on this play however his lack of effort in terms of blocking is noticeable. What's apparent is that he's put himself at a disadvantage as the cornerback can easily get around him. Because he doesn't go straight at the defender, Hall ends up wrapping his arm around the cornerback's face to compensate for not squaring up and blocking the defender at the beginning of the play. - 1:00: Hall's change of direction skills are on full display here. He acts as if he's running a vertical route down the sideline before running back towards the quarterback and catching the pass. He then turns on the jets and turns upfield, jukes out the defender, and picks up a big gain. - 1:21: Hall loses his footing here to begin this play, however once he regains it he takes advantage of the defender having his back turned to him and is looking directly at the quarterback ready to receive the pass before making a nice play to pick up about 12 yards - 1:34: Running down the sideline on this play, it's impressive how Hall turns his body around in order to haul in a pass that is thrown behind him. His body control on this play is impressive as is his start-stop ability. - 2:02: This is a quick go route that Hall is running. A major thing to note on this play is that while the ball is thrown behind him, Hall still turns his body completely to make the catch. Additionally, looking at the situation that the Missouri offense is in, this is a perfect example of how Hall's speed can bail out an offense. - 2:13: This is a simple screen play where Hall is asked to run back towards the line of scrimmage, catch the football, and then turn upfield. This is an excellent play of how he showcases his ability to be a threat with the ball in his hands. In the NFL, he could see multiple plays in a game where he's lined up in the slot or on the outside and is asked to run multiple routes such as this one. - 2:53: One thing to love on this play is the amount of effort that Hall put in. He's running down the sideline and after making the catch, has two defenders around him. However, even then, he's trying to do his best to turn upfield and make something special happen. This competitiveness spirit is one which fits right into the culture that Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace have built at Halas Hall. - 3:02: Hall is seen running a curl route here. Essentially, this means that he is going to run upfield for about ten yards and then turn around and see that the ball is already on its way towards him. After he makes the catch, he tries to gain some additional yards however, there are two defenders waiting to bring him down. This is one example of how Hall can be used in the short passing game in Nagy's offense can operate from either the slot or play on the outside. Vs. Georgia (2017) - 0:10: Although this was an incomplete pass due to the quarterback overthrowing it, what is impressive on this play is how quickly Hall blows past the Georgia defense. You can see that he's at least one or two yards ahead of the defensive backs and extends his arms to try and make the catch. - 0:28: This is probably one of best plays in Hall's college career. He blows past the Georgia defense and when near the goal line needs to slow down just a bit before catching a ball which is placed perfectly. From the time the ball is snapped, the quarterback is looking in Hall's direction and just waiting for the defense to slip up before throwing the ball. A major reason that Hall is able to get so wide open is because the safety (#20) decides to cover the slot receiver (#17) in the middle of the field rather than cover Hall. - 1:18: Hall simply uses his speed here to beat the defender and score the touchdown. He does a good job of tracking the ball and keeping his footing in order to make the catch. - 2:07: Running a quick curl route here, Hall catches the ball but his ball security is a major concern here. He tries to shake off the defender to extend the play however the defender is able to rip the ball away. At the NFL level, cornerbacks will take advantage of this and try to wrestle the ball away from him on every play. - 2:25: This is a short route that Hall is running here with the objective that he can create some yards after the catch. He does exactly that but the defender (#24) is right in his face to ensure that he doesn't burn the defense again for a big play. Conclusion There are a few things to note after watching three of Hall's games. First, he's got speed which means that in the NFL, he should be a deep threat a lot in this Bears offense. Second, Hall has the ability to play on the outside or in the slot. If he's able to make the 53-man roster in 2019, Hall should see limited action from the slot considering the Bears have Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller lined up on the outside. Third, Hall has a fairly limited route tree. He's either running go routes or is running down the seam from the slot. If the Bears plan to use him in the slot, then Hall needs to learn how to run crossing, drag, and slant routes to complete his route tree. Overall, Hall is clearly growing as a player. He won't ever be a true number one wide receiver for any NFL team, but he does offer the capacity to be someone that can be relied on to make a few catches a game. If he doesn't make the Bears 53-man roster in 2019, then the team would be wise to place him on the practice squad as he's likely a year away from showing us what he can really be.
  11. Rank your favorite draft pick ...

    I was thinking along the lines of trading Gabriel this summer to both get out of his deal and to acquire a late round pick in return. I think for certain he'll be released in 2020 saving $4.5 mil of cap. That would cover 80% of Patterson's cap should they decide to keep him. I believe Patterson will prove more productive for us than we may expect right now and I'm lax to promote a 7th round pick as his replacement without having seen what the kid can do other than run fast. NFL camps are full of guys who can run fast and little else.
  12. Nagy calls audible, stages ‘Monday Funday’

    I love how Nagy keeps these guys loose and having fun with some crazy off the wall stuff like this and Club Dub. And the winners even got prizes so it was a true competition.
  13. Monday, May 20, 2019 06:13 PM Nagy calls audible, stages ‘Monday Funday’ Larry Mayer Bears Senior Writer https://www.chicagobears.com/news/nagy-calls-audible-stages-monday-funday Video Link: https://www.chicagobears.com/video/ Bears coach Matt Nagy had a big surprise for his players when they arrived at Halas Hall Monday to begin the sixth week of the team’s offseason program. Deviating from their regular routine of weightlifting, conditioning and position drills, the players were told that they’d be participating in a “Monday Funday” that included an obstacle course, dodgeball tournament and pizza lunch, all on the practice field. “It’s always fun when you go in a team meeting,” said guard Kyle Long, “and you’re about to get ready for your lift and coach says, ‘We’re scrapping it. We’re doing something different today.’ The mood immediately goes up. We’re lucky to have coach Nagy and to be able to do stuff like this. He’s got his finger on the pulse of the team. He does a great job.” Players and coaches were divided into 10 11-man teams. Each squad selected one individual to perform one of 10 challenges as part of an obstacle course. The events consisted of 1) Hitting the crossbar with a thrown football from 15 yards away; 2) Putting a golf ball into a bucket; 3) Doing 50 pushups; 4) Running four sprints across the width of the field (coaches only); 5) Throwing a ball through the goalposts from 55 yards out; 6) Juggling two tennis balls for 10 seconds; 7) Shooting volleyballs into garbage cans; 8) Balancing a baseball bat in an open palm while walking the width of the field; 9) Eating six crackers (with no water); and 10) Knocking a cone off a pad with a football from 15 yards away. The four teams to complete the obstacle course in the shortest amount of time qualified for the dodgeball tournament. Points were also awarded to the teams with the longest pass by a non-quarterback and the longest punt by a non-punter. The team that ultimately won the competition was comprised of players Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Leonard Floyd, Chuck Harris, Ted Larsen, Bilal Nichols, Pat O'Donnell, Ellis Richardson and Allen Robinson II; and coaches Mark Helfrich, Donovan Raiola and Deshea Townsend. The team clinched first place by winning the dodgeball tournament when O’Donnell eliminated Taylor Gabriel with a low laser beam. “No better feeling,” O’Donnell said. “Let me paint the picture: I heard Allen (Robinson) whispering in my ear, ‘Go for his legs.’ I took the captain’s advice and went for his legs.” The top four teams earned the chance to select a special prize. The first-place squad picked a fancy steak dinner at training camp, the second-place finishers chose one fewer rep at a pre-camp conditioning test, the third-place team selected a curfew extension for one night at camp, and the fourth-place squad picked free haircuts from a professional stylist. After enjoying their Monday Funday, Bears players will return to Halas Hall Tuesday for the first of 10 Organized Team Activity (OTA) practices with fresh legs and refreshed minds. “We’re just building that team camaraderie,” O’Donnell said. “All the guys have been grinding in the weight room. Coach Nagy has been saying that since we walked through the door; put in the work and he’ll reward us, so that’s what he did today."
  14. League 2019 off season

    Stop teasing me like that.
  15. Bears RB David Montgomery landed with the perfect team https://bearswire.usatoday.com/2019/05/20/bears-rb-david-montgomery-landed-with-the-perfect-team/ By: Alyssa Barbieri | 36 minutes ago When the Bears traded up 14 spots to draft Iowa State running back David Montgomery in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the belief was that they had found the perfect running back for Matt Nagy’s offense. After all, this is a running back built similarly to Jordan Howard that wasn’t confined to his skillset. His versatility as a three-down back coupled with his receiving skill set makes him a viable threat in the Bears’ offense. Matt Bowen recently compiled a list of 15 rookies that landed with the perfect team — using stat projections from Mike Clay — and it’s no surprise that Montgomery made the list. Clay’s 2019 projections: 215 carries for 950 yards and six TDs; 35 receptions for 296 yards and one TD Montgomery is a part of a new backfield rotation in Chicago after the Bears traded Jordan Howard before the draft. Along with free-agent signing Mike Davis and the electrifying versatility of Tarik Cohen, Montgomery brings three-down upside and a pro-running style to Matt Nagy’s system. With Montgomery’s contact balance and short-area wiggle to slip defenders, I expect him to see steady volume in 2019. He’s a fit to find daylight on inside-zone schemes, and he can also release as a receiver on swings, screens and unders. Montgomery could also quickly emerge as the top back in the tight red zone, getting carries in scoring situations. The expectation is for Montgomery to see a bulk of the carries in a Bears backfield that also boasts Tarik Cohen and Mike Davis. During the 2018 regular season, Howard had 250 carries for the Bears, which is a good indicator of the carries that Montgomery could see as the featured back.
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