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Chicago Bears Fans 2012 Mock Draft, #9 – Carolina Panthers

2011 #1 Pick Cam Newton scored alot of points for the Panthers last year, now can they get someone who can tackle somebody?

Previous Picks:
1)Indianapolis – QB Andrew Luck, Stanford
2)Washington – QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor
3)Minnesota – OT Matt Kalil, Southern Cal
4)Cleveland – RB Trent Richardson, Alabama
5)Tampa Bay – CB Morris Claiborn, Louisiana State
6)St. Louis – WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
7)Jacksonville – WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
8)Miami – QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M

The Panthers could not stop anybody last season, every game they played in was like an arcade game. Cam Newton proved in his rookie season that he can be a winning QB in this league, now Ron Rivera should trun his attention to the defense—and more specifically, his pass rush. As a disciple of Buddy Ryan;s 46 defense in Chicago and Jim Johnson’s attacking defense in Philly, you know he wants to get some more guys who can get into the backfield. Maybe if Floyd or Blackmon was available here, you take a long look at one of them—but if they are both off the board, expect a defensive lineman to go here.


Chicago Bears Fan 2012 Mock Draft…#8, Miami Dolphins

If QB Ryan Tannehill is still on the board at #8, don't expect too much thinking from the Dolphins before that card goes up to the commissioner.

Previous Picks:
1)Indianapolis – QB Andrew Luck, Stanford
2)Washington – QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor
3)Minnesota – OT Matt Kalil, Southern Cal
4)Cleveland – RB Trent Richardson, Alabama
5)Tampa Bay – CB Morris Claiborn, Louisiana State
6)St. Louis – WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
7)Jacksonville – WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame

If the draft really falls this way, it would be a dream scenario for the Dolphins, who gets the guy they want WITHOUT having to trade up to get him. Tannehill played under Mike Sherman at Texas A&M, so he has experience in a pro-style offense, and has surprising athleticism. Think Andrew Luck without as much arm strength.
Of course, this is the same team that once drafted Ted Ginn, Jr. with a top-10 pick. So who knows for sure. Vote below on what you think the Dolphins will do:

Chicago Bears Fan 2012 NFL Mock Draft – #7, Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jags 2012 1st-Round choice, QB Blaine Gabbert

Previous Picks:

1)Indianapolis – QB Andrew Luck, Stanford
2)Washington – QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor
3)Minnesota – OT Matt Kalil, Southern Cal
4)Cleveland – RB Trent Richardson, Alabama
5)Tampa Bay – CB Morris Claiborn, Louisiana State
6)St. Louis – WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State

Almost everybody has either DE Melvin Ingram or WR Michael Floyd slotted here. In my opinion, I am not sure I would take Ingram over DE Quinton Coples on shear potential; and I am not sure I would take a defensive end in general over a chance to get a big, physical receiver like Floyd. However, with the state of the Jaguars the way it is, and the high probability that one of those 3 guys will be available at the Dolphins’ spot, this is where I would definitely try to trade down and pick up some extra mid-round picks. Vote on what you think the Jags will do below:

Daily Recap: Wednesday, 9-21-2011

– In spite of all the personnel turnover this offseason, the Bears special teams are maintaining their place among the NFL’s elite.

– The NFL admitted today that the Darren Sproles’ TD against the Bears was not a TD, and should have been reviewedbut blamed a faulty beeper for the missed call.

– I personally believe it is posturing to make the Packers game plan for a few different scenarios, but Chris Harris says he is “50-50” for this week’s game against the Packers.

– In other injury news, Earl Bennett is looking like a scratch for Week 3.

Bears Daily Recap: Tuesday, 9-20-2011

– Following the debacle in New Orleans came the obligatory Monday and Tuesday confessions and self-finger-pointing. For the offense, here. For the defense, here.

– Arguably the greatest center in Bears’ history, Jay Hilgenberg sees promise in our young offensive line.

– Injury updates for OT Gabe Carimi; SS Chris Harris; . Nothing specific on whether WR Earl Bennett will play on Sunday after leaving the last game with a bruised chest. RB Marion Barber and WR Roy Williams are expected back at practice on Wednesday.

– Mike Ditka came to QB Jay Cutler’s defense, saying he needs more help from his entire supporting cast.

Week One Review: Bears Dominate Falcons, 30-12

CB Charles Tillman forces a big fumble in the first half of the game Sunday.

The Bears started off the season just about as well as a team could start off a season with a 30-12 thumping of the Falcons, one of the media’s preseason’s NFC darlings. The media, who have been very eager to write the 2011 Bears off ever since the end of the lockout, have attributed the Bears’ dominance over the Falcons from everything to lucky bounces to early season jitters to playing on real grass. The fact remains, however, that the Bears would have been up 20-3 at halftime (not just 16-3) had Cutler not over thrown a WIDE-OPEN Kellen Davis on a third-and-goal; and the Falcons’ lone touchdown came on a returned interception late in the fourth quarter, when the game was essentially over. With all that being said, here are my THREE STARS for Week One:

1) Brian Urlacher, LB – Finished with 10 tackles, 1 interception, and a 12-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown. Was all over the field in the way that only Brian Urlacher can. Of all the players in the NFL, the lockout might have been most beneficial for him, as it let him rest up for the season—he looks faster than he has in 5 years.

2) Jay Cutler, QB – Completed 70 percent of his passes and averaged 15 yards per completion. Took 4 sacks, but showed improved maturity in throwing the ball away on a couple instances and took a couple sacks instead of throwing the ball into coverage. That being said, he did have a couple potential interceptions dropped and cost us a touchdown on that overthrow at the end of the first half. Overall, if Jay continues this pace and ends with 5,000 yards passing and 30+ TDs, we should be in excellent shape.

3) Henry Melton, DT – Alot of people would put Julius Peppers here, as he had 2 sacks and probably altered the Falcons’ game plan more than anyone else on our defense. However, in his first career start, Melton was UNBLOCKABLE as the “Tommie Harris” 3-technique tackle. He finished with 2 sacks, 2 other tackles for loss, and 7 quarterback hits. At this rate, teams will not be able to slide blockers over to Peppers—which should keep all opposing offensive coordinators up at night.

Now lets look at the keys to the game from Friday; and evaluate how we did:

1) Good Tackling. I said if the Bears tackle well, we should hold them to under 20 points. Our defense did even better than that, holding the Falcons’ offense to just 6 points. We had 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and an interception. There were a couple of coverage lapses—one in particular on a 20-yard seam route to TE Tony Gonzalez—but a really good overall game by our defense.

2. Pass protection. The Falcons had 4 sacks, but overall the line protected Jay pretty good. On the Cutler interception, OT J’Marcus Webb has to do a better job of cutting that DE who batted the quick pass up in the air. I thought Chris Spencer did a great job filling in for Lance Louis—and I think he might keep the starting spot, even when Louis gets healthy.

3. Our WRs versus the jam. Overall, orur WRs did a good job getting open; Roy Williams had a good game before he injured his hamstring. One of the aspects of Williams’ game that wasn; treally talked about upon his signing this offseason was his ability to block—and he had a couple really good blocks—-one on a pass to Hester, one on a pass to Forte—that sprung them for long gains.

4. Punt Coverage. Really good job here—I am not sure why I ever doubted a Dave Toub-coached special teams unit. held Eric Weems, last year’s NFC Pro Bowl returner, to 3.3 yards per return.

5. Cutler’s decision making. I give Cutler a free pass on the interception-turned-touchdown. I am not sure why we were still passing at that point; or why Cutler was even in the game at that point. But he threw the ball away on a couple plays, where 2 years ago he might have tried to force a pass; and a couple of those sacks were the result of him just taking the play for what it was, not trying to be Superman, and living to fight another down.

FINAL PREDICTION: The name of the game in the current NFL is being able to create big plays. I think the Bears are more suited for this than the Falcons, and—especially being at home—-the Bears beat the Falcons in Week One, 28-17. The final score was 30-12. Pretty good, huh?

Observations from the 53-man Roster…Part 1 – Offense

And….we are back baby. Its that wonderful, exciting time of the NFL season—where every team  is undefeated and healthy.  For me, it is about 50 percent excitement and 50 percent nervousness.  Nervous because the Bears historically have followed good seasons with injury-plagued disappointing ones; Excited because we had the ball at the end of the NFC Championship Game with a chance to win the game against the eventual Super Bowl Champions—all with our third-string quarterback.  So we are not that far off, right? Anyways, on to the analysis. We wil start the season off by analyzing our final 53-man roster we will head into the season with.

Due to some of the quirky rules regarding cap space and league minimum salaries in this strike-altered season, there is a good chance the 53-man roster today will notbe the 53-man roster one week from today; or even by the first game against the Falcons on Sunday afternoon  (Since Saturday, when the Bears released their first 53-man roster, FS Brandon Meriweather has been signed and CB Josh Moore has been released).  With this in mind, a few thoughts about the roster decisions as we head into the opening weekend of the regular season:

(starters in bold)

QB: #6 Jay Cutler; #12 Caleb Hanie; #10 Nathan Enderle

QB Jay Cutler

No real surprises here. Cutler is entrenched as the starter; Hanie solidified his grip as a capable backup after his performance in the NFC Championship Game and a solid preseason; and you had a feeling the Bears were not going to risk losing Enderle by putting him on waivers and signing him to the practice squad, after losing Dan Lefevour in the same manner last year.  I think I can speak for all Bears fans when I say if we NEVER see Todd Collins (last year’s backup)  again, it will be too soon.   While on the subject, let me take this time to say that Cutler looks stronger, physically and mentally–not to mention smoother in the pocket and with his reads— than he did last season and I think he is going to make alot of believers this year.

Running Backs: #22 Matt Forte; #24 Marion Barber; #32 Kahlil Bell

RB Matt Forte

You have to figure that:  a) Matt Forte is not going to have a worse year than last year, in his quest for a big money, long-term deal;  b) that a tandem of Marion Barber and Kahlil Bell will average better than Chester Taylor’s 2.4 yard per carry when Forte needs a breather. I will go a step further and say that I think Marion Barber will revert back to his 2007, pre-injury form  when he ran all over us to close out a Cowboys win on Sunday Night Football—as long as the Bears limit him to a short-yardage, goal-line, and 4th-quarter-eat-up-the-clock role.

Fullbacks / Tight Ends: #87 Kellen Davis; #89 Matt Speath; #86 Kyle Adams; #44 Will Ta’ufo’ou

Kellen Davis will be listed as the starter here, but I think you will see alot of Matt Spaeth at the start of games—especially on running downs. Spaeth showed a remarkable ability to seal the edge on outside runs and should definitely open up alot of holes for Forte and Barber.  The Bears showed in the trading of Greg Olsen that they do not see a drop-off in the pass-catching abilities of Kellen Davis compared to Olsen; and I tend to agree with them.  Davis’ size and attitude should make him a beast in the red zone. Kyle Adams was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Purdue, and—if the preseason was any indication—looks like he may be a future star.  Ta’ufo’ou is on the team for special teams and goal-line situations—the Bears do not use too much fullback in their offense.

UPDATE: Bears announced Tuesday (9-6-11) that they have released FB Will Ta’ufo’ou, and have listed TE Kyle Adams as the starting FB on the updated depth chart.


Wide Receivers:  #23 Devin Hester; #11 Roy Williams; #13 Johnny Knox; #80 Earl Bennett; #18 Dane Sanzenbacher; #81 Sam Hurd

WRs Devin Hester and Johnny Knox

Hester and Knox look like they both used the lockout time off to bulk up and improve their route running—both looked impressive to me in the preseason. Roy Williams was signed due to his familiarity with the “Martz System”, and was brought in to bring a more physical presence to the Bears’ passing attack. I am not sure if Williams is too out of shape, or forgot the offense, or forgot how to catch a football—but his acclamation to the Bears has not been as smooth as I, or the Bears’ coaching staff for that matter, would have hoped.  However,  the raw talent of Hester, Knox, and Bennett cannot be questioned; and if by bringing in Williams the Bears’ front office motivated those three to step up and play to their abilites, then the signing of Williams was a success, in my book.  Sanzenbacher looks like a keeper. Hurd is there for special teams—if he plays any substantial time at reciever this year, we have a big problem.

Offensive Line:  #73 J’marcus Webb; #74 Chris Williams; #63 Roberto Garza; #60 Lance Louis; #72 Gabe Carimi; #67 Chris Spencer; #68 Frank Omiyale; #70 Edwin Williams

LT J'Marcus Webb, C Roberto Garza, LG Chris Williams

You will notice two major trends when looking at the offensive linemen on our roster. One, our front office knew we had to get bigger long the offensive line. That’s what happens when you are going to face Suh, Fairley, Kevin Williams, and BJ Raji six times per year. By replacing Olin Kruetz and Frank Omiyale with Lance Louis and rookie Gabe Carimi, we added roughly 10 pounds per lineman—not to mention alot more nastiness and physicality.  Two, you see alot of interchangeable parts. LT J’marcus Webb can play either tackle spot; Chris Williams can play LG or either tackle spot; and C Roberto Garza has started at RG for the last five years. Reserve lineman Frank Omiyale can play either tackle or LG; and Chris Spencer and Edwin Williams can play guard or center.  This allows us to have starter-quality depth at all 5 spots without having to allocate 10 roster spots for the offensive line.