An early one today for who knows what reason, but lets hear what you think of the dress rehearsal today.
Should be another sh1tsow tonight but here is a thread for any discussion points you may have.
It is time for us to put out our predictions for the Bears’ 2016 season. Last years’ Bears went 6-10 (if you want to re-live the futility some die-hard Bears fans put up a complete game by game summary up at wikipedia here). This is a modest step up from the 5-11 2014 season which was a widely acknowledged tire fire resulting in the firing of everybody (essentially this site’s mast head).
Dan always lectures me (properly) to ignore the useless and pathetic pre-season results but I have to say that the 22-0 loss to Denver was even below my very low expectations. While little good happened overall, our miserable offensive line of turnstyles led to our QB’s being on their backs or harassed which leads to very bad outcomes for the Bears. This year we invested in defense in the draft and in the offseason and I think our defense will be substantially better (no where to go but up) but I think our terrible O line will be the death of us and it will be like watching our patched-together lines of several years’ ago which I shudder to remember.
Our offense absolutely didn’t get better beyond our bad O line, giving away Bennett for almost nothing and letting Forte go and sticking with a soon-to-be-hurt tight end who had a bit of a break out season. Plus everybody seems to be hurt. But it is good at least having White on the field – maybe he won’t be the bust that he seemed to be last year.
The problem with the Bears in the NFL is that the rest of the league doesn’t stand still. We are definitely either the third or worst team in our division, with the Vikings and the Packers likely to stomp us and we probably would split with Detroit (no more Megatron). There we go 1-5 out of those 6 games. So if we split the rest we are looking at a 6-10 season. I don’t think we will split the rest so I am going with 5-11 instead of 6-10.
I 100% hope I am wrong but watching all those miserable home losses last year puts me in a bad frame of mind. So that’s my prediction right there. Like it says over the comments, let it all out.
Welcome to the pre season to our tens of readers, where the results don’t count, but the injuries do! Let us know what you think about tonight’s terrible game.
I saw this article today which pretty much speaks for itself
Jay Cutler’s Top 5 Targets All Sitting Out Practice
And I know it’s just practice (a little bit of the old Iverson classic press conference) but it is still a horrendous sign given that we let go a few of the top targets (Bennett, Forte and Marshall the prior year) intentionally over the last couple of years.
On top of that we have Long in a walking boot and now the Bears’ starting center gets hurt on frickin’ FAMILY DAY of all things on the horrendous Soldier Field turf.
Our O Line is highly likely to be a disaster this year and our offensive coordinator is going to need to get the ball off quickly (to who? see above) because every play is going to look like a damn jailbreak.
Yeah I think our defense is going to be a lot better (mostly nowhere to go but up) but unless we can really work some magic out of spare parts this trend of our few working parts on offense getting hurt is going to make for a long year of 3 and outs and Cutty on his backside.
Sorry to be a downer and random folks talk about the mystical “second year of the Fox coaching career” with a new team where he wills them to the playoffs but I’m thinking not so much in 2016.
Well, it is time for camp and pre season! Where the games don’t count, but the injuries do. Here is an open thread if our tens of readers notice anything worthwhile. Braverman is getting rave reviews out of the box, but we will see how he does as he gets beat up in camp.
Hey y’all. Been a while – sorry, but things got pretty hectic on my end over the last several weeks and I haven’t had much time for anything, much less this terrible blog. I thought I would just drop an open thread in here for this weekend’s draft, probably the most overhyped show in all the land. For a nice primer, read Jason’s annual draft post on how the contracts are all structured. Let’s hope that our first rounder plays more this year than our first rounder last year.