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Halfway Point

Well, the Bears have a week off and we are halfway through the season, so it is probably a good time to see what we have cooking so far this year at Halas Hall.

Our defense is, well, improving.  You can certainly see a sense of urgency in the play of Kyle Fuller since this is his contract year.  The line is stout with Hicks leading the way and overall, we seem to be more aggressive and hard hitting.  The loss of Freeman for a while due to his PED bust hurts but honestly we aren’t likely going anywhere soon so in the big picture, who cares.  I am happy to see improvement in any fashion and I don’t think I would get too many arguments on this point.  Elite, no.  Improved, yes.

On offense it has been interesting to see Tittiesss start out this year.  He is making some rookie mistakes, but that is expected.  He does make some great throws and it is cool to see what a fresh arm can do.  The problem is that his line is so bad that he only has one second to work with most of the time and then he is under duress.  A rookie under duress = mistakes.  But he will learn.  The early take I have is that he will be just fine, if we don’t get him killed.

Grabowski has NOBODY to throw the ball to.  I don’t think it will be any secret that the Bears will be using several picks in the next draft on WR’s.  And our O line is, typically, terrible.  Boy do we have running back covered though.  Howard and Cohen are a fantastic tandem.

Special teams have been very Un-special, with several gaffes that have cost us points.  I assume our special teams coach will be looking for work after this year.

Speaking of people getting fired, barring some miraculous finish, I am going to assume Fox and Friends are dead men walking – well, at least Fox himself.  I have a feeling this has all been set up by Pace so he keeps his job (look at our improvement, George, if I just had a real coach blah blah).  But what do I know.  At 3-5 we are sitting better than I thought we would be at this point and if we finish at 7-9 or 8-8, who knows, they might give everyone another shot.

I believe that although we still have so much work to to, that the overall trend is UP, which is refreshing from past years where we all knew what was going to happen every single game.

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It’s No Coincidence…

These two facts are not unrelated.  I agree with Dan and other sensible fans that it makes sense to leave Glennon in because this season is already lost and we might as well leave in Glennon to get killed rather than start the inevitable process of wearing down Trubisky until he is broken like all Bears QB’s of the modern era.

But I can’t see the Bears dealing well with the continual firestorm of outraged fans who want to see SOME sort of reason for hope; and right now about the only speck of hope is Trubisky.

OTC on the Bears’ offseason

We love “over the cap” – a web site that attempts to explain how NFL teams operate and how they leverage the economics of NFL contracts to construct teams and increase (or not) their chances of success.  It is also ironic that the main guy running the site is a Jets fan because the Jets generally fail to take his advice and do everything wrong.

In a disturbing but seemingly accurate summary of the Bears’ offseason and turnover on their roster…

19. Bears

Snaps Lost Quality Snaps Lost Quality ST Lost Avg. APY Lost Avg. Rank
22.3% 14.3% 9.8% $2,622,083 17.5

This has to qualify as one of the oddest offseasons of all time.  The Bears were relatively average in their turnover despite having a terrible team last season and went out and signed an expensive free agent quarterback and drafted a top QB but sold off their best receiver.  This has all the makings of a front office giving a head coach enough rope to hang himself so that their hands are clean when they fire him next season. When final rosters are set and we revisit the snaps gained and lost I expect everything to cancel out except for Glennon. If Glennon fails expect wholesale changes in 2018 with Fox being the fall guy for 2017. I don’t know if that’s the way to run the team or not.

It is hard for me to improve on that, especially

I don’t know if that’s the way to run the team or not

What Should the Mike Glennon Contract Tell Bear Fans?

There is much wailing and gnashing of teeth on the ‘ol interwebs about the Mike Glennon deal. I would like to take a few minutes to take a closer look at it and what the contract really says (at least what I think it is trying to say).

The reports and people shouting that OH NO THE BEARS ARE PAYING MIKE GLENNON $14.5MM PER YEAR are a bit overdone, imho. Here is why.

The contract actually reads thusly (cribbed from our friends at OTC)

Total value, $48mm, $18.5mm fully guaranteed. After year one, the Bears can cut Glennon with only $4.5mm of dead money.

This is basically a one year “prove it” deal. If Glennon does well, the Bears have a pretty good deal, with the 22nd highest paid qb in the league (as of this writing). If he sucks, he is out the door (along with Pace, Fox and all the rest, but that is a different post).

The contract is basically saying that Glennon is a placeholder. Nobody is under any illusions that Glennon is taking the Bears to great places. He will be out there getting killed like so many other Bear qbs. The reason? The Bears are going to either draft a qb with the #3 pick, or deal that pick down for more picks and draft a qb later in the 1st or maybe the 2nd round. Plain and simple. Let the new guy learn for a while, then he can go out there and get killed or toss Shaw in the mix and let him get killed too.

So don’t hyperventilate too badly over the Glennon deal. It isn’t that bad if I am reading the tea leaves correctly.

Things, For The Most Part, Stay Intact

I have watched a few bits and pieces of the end of season pressers today and have read some things (I plan on watching the full pressers later). Nobody is making excuses for that shitshow of a season, but everyone also seems positive, which surprised me a bit. Well, good for them, I guess.

Also surprising to me was the fact that it doesn’t appear, at least as of this writing, that anyone major as far as coaches and front office will be leaving Halas Hall anytime soon (subject to change without notice). This tells me that George has confidence in the plan (whatever it is) and the people.

I wish I had more to add, but I really don’t. For now, the masthead stays intact. We will see what Pace/Fox have up their sleeves when free agency starts. I may add another post or two after I carve out some time to watch the full pressers.

Thoughts on the Bears’ Season from Afar

I’ve moved away from Chicago and am now following the Bears intermittently.  I did go to one game in person (against the Lions, and we won 17-14) vs. prior years when I went to probably 5-6 home games / year (that’s all I could take in recent seasons since the Bears have been so terrible).

From the West coast I usually can’t get the Bears game and when you watch the Bears on Red Zone they come up like 2 minutes a game since it only shows when you are in scoring positions or if all the other games are on break.

Thus I’ve just seen scraps of the Bears this year and followed them through blogs and stuff and heckling back and forth with Dan.  Really, the ineptitude of this franchise has thrown me for a loop since the disastrous 2nd year of the Trestman regime and I’ve got to wonder why I am attached to one of the laughingstock franchises of the NFL.  But I can’t change now…

Strangely, if the Bears had anywhere the luck of the Lions they’d be .500 or better right now.  The NFL is a trashcan of bad coaching, bad officiating, and incredible injuries afflicting what seems to be most of the stars at one time or another.  The Bears were “in” a lot of games pretty late until they collapsed.

So where do we go from here?  Here’s my 2 cents

  • Cutty is gone.  Hopefully we get a shot to draft a QB and /or mix it up with C grade talent like Hoyer, Barkley or whomever is milling about on a practice squad somewhere.  The team has so many holes we can’t fill em all
  • Jeffrey is gone and we pretty much have no receivers.  We need to cut bait on White too (epic bust) and try to have an offense built around tight ends (of which we don’t have any) and running backs catching the ball because we won’t have a deep threat QB anyways
  • Our O line is decimated by injuries.  I guess we figure some guys come back and we try to pick someone up in free agency or the draft
  • Our secondary is a trashcan fire.  But so are a lot of them in the NFL.  Maybe we can draft someone or get someone in free agency
  • I don’t know if John Fox comes back or not.  We are paying like 10 coaches now I don’t know if it makes sense to fire him again for another lost season

I think most of the NFC looks terrible.  I’ve seen the NFC North and no one is scaring me there.  So maybe we won’t be much worse than the rest of them next year.  Rogers is losing a step and anyone betting on Stafford to carry that team is out of their minds.

I’ll definitely be paying attention at least in the Super Bowl with Dan as we put down some cash in Reno on the big event.

 

Bears vs. Queens

Well, are we going to get a Halloween horror show? My guess is yes, but I will still probably watch to see the funny costumes at Soldier Field.

Rumors are already starting about Fox getting canned – that means work for us here at FJF on the masthead but as always we are up to the task. We will know if the rumors are true if and when Fox gets the dreaded vote of “confidence”.