Now as the Bears enter into a one day break from training camp, here’s what we know. Sunshine and drier field conditions opened the backstage door on day 4. How about a sneak peek to the show called mopping the floor? The ability that speed offers playmakers, and the overall improvement of talent gives this offense a varied attack. This progression in time may just keep opposing defensive coordinators having many late nights for sure. Ok I’m drinking the Kool-Aide a little to heavy, but this is not your granddad’s Chevy. More like a high-powered machine with room to grow like we have never seen. The last practice before the break was more controlled and certain players were given time off to re-charge.

This whole thing reminds me of one of the funniest parts in a movie. Craig: “We ain’t got no sugar” Smokey: “YOU GOT NO SUGAR?” “Man y’all ain’t never got two things that go together; Kool-Aide, no sugar; peanut butter, no jelly; ham, no Burger, Damn!” Well this ain’t Craig’s house and this offense has something for everything. Let’s say 1st and 10, 2nd and 6, 3rd and long, or 4th and no matter how the scenario plays out. Receivers built for run after the catch, mixed with plays and players designed for the field they’ll stretch.

The defense continued to show all in attendance how continuity allows players to play. Pro-active anticipation, situational awareness, gap penetration and player accountability will serve them well as they enter into pre-season. Now we cannot concede that there isn’t room to grow and improve. I have heard multiple reports about veterans on this D taking time and talking with younger players on technique and coverage identification.  Mentoring the youth bodes well for the present and future for all who are involved.836737592

Roy Robertson Harris looks like the guy who, after signing with the Bears in 2016, I hoped he could become. I remember watching his play for UTEP against New Mexico State on Sept 19 2016, he turned from the 1 yard line and ran down a very good RB who had 17 yards on him only to be tackled by Harris on the opposite 15! That motor and will to compete has always been there, and now his ability and effort are becoming simpatico. Kylie Fitts is another guy like Roberts who really looks the part given his height, weight and speed to frame ratio. Technique will define each players’ growth to performance learning curve ultimately that allows for success. Coach Nagy said about Fitts, ” He plays extremely hard”. He continued, “I have to sometimes remind him to make sure to stay away from the quarterback and the throwing motion, and he actually came up to me (Monday) and apologized to me for it”.

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The offense finds it, self somewhere between all that’s new and reaffirming the bash and smash running game that make opposing defenses stay honest. Cody Whitehair said to reporters ” The thing you’re going to see a lot more of is physicality up front. And just guys that are not going to be beat themselves. We’re going to come off the ball and really maul guys.” Power Blocking. Pulling guards. Rich Campbell wrote. “This isn’t the sideline-to-sideline zone blocking scheme that the Bears ran the last three seasons.” So yes, expect the RPOs and the all-out aerial assault. But that will only happen with an effective running game.

So far, all the new free agents look like quality additions to the roster and will establish themselves as important cogs in the 2018 Bears Matt Nagy-led machine. Everyday we see growth taking place amongst the rookies either drafted or not. Josh Daniels, while getting most of his reps with the second team, looks good; and in 1-on 1 drills has been mentioned by others to be ” Sticky As Glue ” in blocking drills. Anthony Miller, while never lacking his own version of swag or grind, benefits by playing well and running sharp routes. Toliver shined early and just might make the team as an undrafted free agent. I will not be optimistic that the Bears can hide him on the practice squad. My Ryan Nall hype-bubble got a little deflated the other day after video surfaced of him getting a welcome to the NFL moment via Kwiatkowski. It was a true “hello you’re not in college anymore” drill that all the defense truly loved. I’m sure he will recover and return the favor, if not to another Bear surely it will happen to the opposing team!

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Recently there has been a certain narrative gaining traction regarding Trubisky and certain throws he has made or not made. I and some others have said he is not hitting the deep ball like he should, or throwing the ball inaccurately more than expected. To that point, let me just say that if any guy has had to absorb more changes than him I’m sorry their name escapes me. New offense, new players, line changes and soggy conditions most days is a lot to digest. Here is the good part: Players are faster at getting to their spots on crossing routes, post and slant, that a few of his throws are a little behind. I’m sure he will make appropriate adjustments. Deep routes: the ball might be coming out late for timing to work on every pass. Mitchell can and will improve with quicker delivery and anticipation by knowing proper release points that match the receiver’s stride.

This year may at times have moments that resemble what we have seen in the past. I cannot say or predict the win-loss record or disguise some utopian narrative without revealing; no one truly knows. But I will say with total confidence, that watching or reviewing football all my life that it starts at the top, and continues with the roster striving for one singular goal. Every player on record that has chosen to speak publicly is in unison with the Head Coach. Every one is riding on the train towards a future goal that appears brighter than any amalgamation of the Bears constructed since the resurgence by the Lovie/Urlacher Super Bowl team. And the 2018 Bears have one caveat brewing that the previous era didn’t have: A more balanced team with an offense capable of matching the defense punch for punch.

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I would like to conclude this article with another one of my favorite movie moments by true Chicago area icon Bill Murray, who shows there is always something grander to come.

  • Carl Spackler: “So I jump ship in Hong Kong and I make my way over to Tibet, and I get on as a looper at a course over in the Himalayas.”
    Angie D’Annunzio: “A looper?”
    Carl Spackler: “A looper, you know, a caddy, a looper, a jock. So, I tell them I’m a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald… striking. So, I’m on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one – big hitter, the Lama – long, into a ten-thousand foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier. Do you know what the Lama says? Gunga galunga… gunga, gunga-lagunga. So we finish the eighteenth and he’s gonna stiff me. And I say, “Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know.” And he says, “Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.” So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.”

 

 

 

 

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