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  1. GDT 2 post game thread - theories & rants

    This is the price you pay for sitting your starters in pre-season. I understand the concern about injuries and I believe you can get away with sitting your defensive guys because they tend to be ahead of offenses early in the year anyway. However, the offense needs live reps at game speed against an opponent that is actually tackling and not thudding. The offensive line needs the time to build continuity and work out the kinks in the line calls especially with a new center. On the first sack Thursday, Daniels made the wrong call that led to Martinez being a free runner at Trubisky. The QB and receivers need to work on their timing at game speed. I heard a professional gambler on the Action Network Thursday afternoon. He predicted a muddy, poorly played offensive game on both sides. He said he didn’t know who was going to win but it would be ugly and the only wager to make was the under, period. He said neither team had taken offensive reps with their starters in preseason, and the result would be the equivalent of a preseason game. If Nagy had committed to running the football primarily with Montgomery, I believe the Bears could have won this game comfortably. You have to give your o-lineman a chance to build their confidence in each other and allow them to be aggressive. The best way to do that is running the ball. A running back like Montgomery, will wear out a defense because he’s big, has balance and fights for yardage. The Packers aren’t particularly good at inside linebacker, so why not exploit that? Also, I realize this is what Reid and his disciples do but the offensive attack is always too lateral and when they go vertical it’s typically outside toward the sideline. Nagy needs to start attacking the seam and start taking some deep shots down the middle. He has to make the defense respect that he will attack that part of the field. The Packers showed plenty of looks with 8 or 9 guys at the line of scrimmage. Set up some inside releases and make them pay for that over the middle. Also, Trey Burton must be the offensive MVP because both times he has missed a start for the Bears, they have struggled mightily to move the ball and score points. The defense was awesome. Pagano’s first crack at Rodgers was a better performance than anything Fangio did against the Packers in 6 games. His defense gave up less points and sacked Rodgers more times than any of the games coordinated and called by Vic. Fangio’s D actually had two massive breakdowns (one at home and the opener last year) that cost the Bears two different Packer games. I respect Fangio but Pagano is a great replacement. With this talent, he can be aggressive. Rodgers won the game but he didn’t really do a damn thing. It might as well have been Trent Dilfer out there. Last year after Rodgers was injured, Fangio went into a shell and refused to attack Rodgers. Pagano would have tried to punish him. Mitch did not play well but the protection was awful, he rarely had a clean pocket and Nagy refused to run the ball. Most NFL QBs will struggle under those conditions. They both need to be considerably better. There is no debate about that. The game was easily winnable but Nagy panicked after they were behind and called the game like they were down 14 points. This loss is squarely on him. Before that, a commitment to the run could have given him control but he seems to be adverse to winning a game in a fashion that doesn’t meet his desire to score “style points.” Bye the way, Robinson is a stud. I’m happy for him. He’s worked his *** off to regain his form. I’m disappointed but I’m heading to Denver on Thursday for some mountain golf and hopefully a much better outcome on Sunday.
  2. Rank your favorite draft pick ...

    Only being a five player draft, I love what Pace and his team were able to accomplish. The UDFA haul looks promising too with Raymond, Bars, Mustipher and Hall. If I had to pick one guy it's Montgomery. His skill set should help unlock the playbook and make the offense less predictable when he's in the game. I absolutely love his vision, contact balance and his ability to make people miss in a short area. Being able to run the routes Nagy expects from a running back is a major plus as well. I think he'll end up with 2/3 of the carries and will rush for close to 1,000 yards and will have at least 7 TDs.
  3. Is Pace Trubisky Proof

    The guy just finished his second year. He’s already been in two offensive systems. He was considerably better in year two. The team won 12 games and made the playoffs. When the money was on the line in the playoff game, he put the team in position to win. Suggesting Trubisky was a “bad evaluation” is just nonsense at this point. If the Bears were dumb enough to fire Pace, he would be snatched up immediately. History is littered with a lot of great QBs that did not come out of the gate producing at a high level so a little patience and understanding of context goes a long way.
  4. Brad Biggs was on with Bob Papa and Charlie Weis this morning. Weis led the interview. There were some interesting takeaways. On David Montgomery: Biggs said he was impressive and looks like an ideal scheme fit. He said if Montgomery can handle pass pro that he should get significant playing time. He said he looked good running and catching and was in great physical condition. He was also impressed with his attitude. On Kerrith Whyte: Weis let Biggs know he believes Whyte is going to be a steal for the Bears. He said he's biased because Whyte played for his kid at FAU. Charlie Weis Jr. is their OC. Weis said Whyte will stack up with anyone in the NFL from a pure speed standpoint. Biggs said Whyte caught a long pass and turned on the jets and just blew by everyone. He said you can see the timed speed on the field. Weiss said "that is just who this kid is... he runs by people." Anyway, Weiss really likes this kid and thinks he'll carve out a niche in the offense. On Riley Ridley: Biggs said the QB play was atrocious over the weekend so it was tough to evaluate the receivers but sees Ridley as a high floor player that the Bears really like. On Duke Shelley: He said Shelley displayed excellent lateral quickness. He also said he's the smallest guy on the team so he might not project well to special teams. He's trending as the backup nickel that will have to be able to play special teams to be active on Sundays. On Stephen Denmark: Biggs said he's never seen a CB on the Bears with the size and wingspan of Denmark. He said he can press but has no idea if he can play off coverage. He said there is no doubt he can really run too. He could be a core special teams guy to start. Biggs was asked other than kicker what areas of the team that will need improvement or are question marks. Trubisky - He needs to make another jump in his development. Clinton-Dix - What player are you getting? He said Pace has been better drafting the position than signing veteran help. He also said there are some people he's spoken with that think Clinton-Dix is a major upgrade. The TEs - He said Burton was good but not great last year and they need even more out of him. He said Shaheen is a big question mark coming into year three and Braunecker is looking for a chance to prove he's more than a core special teams player. He did not mention Raymond. Last edited:
  5. What I Learned

    Floyd did start all 17 games last year. Once the dust clears they, should have 2 twos, a four for Amos, 2 fives, 2 sixes and a 7 in 2020. One trade down in the second and they could end up with 9 or 10 picks. Pace can do some damage with that.
  6. 7[222] Bears Draft RB Kerrith Whyte

    I graduated from UCF and he had a great game against us last season. He scored TDs rushing and receiving and was effective in the return game. He looked as good or better than Singletary.
  7. Bears sign Cordarrelle Patterson

    Why would they cut Wims? I believe Patterson will function as the 5th WR, KR specialist and occasionally out of the backfield. WR Depth: Robinson Gabriel Miller Wims Patterson They will still need a 6th.
  8. The Combine Discussion Thread

    Running backs that impressed... Sanders Armstead James Williams Henderson ran well but did not participate in drills. Hill ran 4.40 with a 40” vertical. Gaskin was all around solid. I thought Scarlett impressed too. That dude is in great physical shape.
  9. The Combine Discussion Thread

    He’s small and ran a 4.66. He might be there in the 4th.
  10. NFL considering Bears vs Packers for 2019 kickoff game

    I wasn't commenting on his post just the situation to start the season.
  11. NFL considering Bears vs Packers for 2019 kickoff game

    The Packers will roll in with their new head coach in his debut. It's the exact opposite of last season when Nagy opened his head coaching career at Green Bay.
  12. 2019 Draft: Targets

    I didn't see much Iowa football this year so I can't really comment on Nelson. I know the Bears were out in force to scout Hartage. https://bearswire.usatoday.com/2018/10/27/bears-send-multiple-scouts-to-wisconsin-vs-northwestern/
  13. 2019 Draft: Targets

    Singletary and McLaurin would be a nice start.
  14. Fantasy Draft Game

    Prince - Jalen Ramsey Robinson - Julio Jones Gabriel - Tyreek Hill Howard - Barkley Amos - Derwin James