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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.

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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:


Week 3: Packers at Bears – 7 matchups to watch

So the Bears came crashing down to earth after a dominating Week 1 performance against the Falcons by being crushed by the Saints in Week 2. The most disheartening aspect of the Saints game to me was how badly and thoroughly we were PHYSICALLY beaten—our defensive line was swallowed up by their defensive line, their defensive line pushed back our offensive line, their RBs ran over our back seven, and the Saints’ blitzes almost sent our franchise QB Jay Cutler off in four pieces. To add injury to insult, we lose our starting RT Gabe Carimi and 3rd-down slot WR Earl Bennett to injuries. The only good thin I can think of about last week’s game is that it is over.

So, after getting blitzed and spread-passing attacked out of the Superdome, we get to face the Packers—with QB Aaron Rodgers and the king of the zone blitz, Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers. This would be an easy game to pick against the Bears in upon first glance. And, to be perfectly honest, this game has the capability to get away from the Bears really quickly if they don’t improve ALOT of things from last week. But do not forget, that the Bears split the regular season series against the Pack last year; and the Bears actually had the ball with a chance to tie or win in the NFC Championship Game against the Packers—all with a backup quarterback in the game. So theses two teams are not as far apart as last week’s results—or the media—would have you believe.

Here are the 10 matchups that will prove most critical to the Bears’ success on Sunday:

1) Bears’ Blitz Pickup (TE Kellen Davis, TE Matt Spaeth, and RBs Matt Forte and Marion Barber) versus Packers’ Extra Pass Rushers. The Packers sacked Jay Cutler 11 times in 3 meetings last season; however, only 4.5 of those 11 came from what you would call their ‘every-down’ rushers—meaning the front 3 and LB Clay Mathews. Secondary rushers, or guys who only blitz on specialty blitzes, accounted for the other 6.5 sacks. The Bears’ TEs and RBs had a heck of a time blocking ANYBODY against the Saints, and expect the Packers to test this early.
Also, QB Jay Cutler will also have to be quicker to bring the ball down and run, in order to slow down the Packers’ pass rush—for all the Saints’ blitzing, Cutler only ran the ball 1 time, and gained 12 yards. His running ability was causing a problem for the Packers in the NFC Championship before he went out with the knee injury.

2) Packers’ OT Chad Clifton versus Bears’ DE Julius Peppers. Peppers was held by the Saints to one—count ’em—ONE solo tackle; and no pressures on QB Drew Brees. I expect him to come out really put forth alot of effort in this game to make up for last week. On the flip side, Clifton and the rest of the Packers’ offensive line had a heck of a time with Peppers last season—especially in the first game last year, totalling 18 penalties—most of those holding and illegal procedure calls—not to mention the 8-10 holding calls against Peppers that were not called. Peppers has to get Rodgers thinking about his safety and not letting him focus entirely on the coverages downfield.

3) WR Roy Williams versus CB Charles Woodson. Williams will be back after missing last week with a groin injury; I think the Packers will put Woodson, the more physical of their two corners, against him. This will be an interesting matchup not only in the passing game but in the running game—Woodson is one of the better run-support CBs in the NFL; and Williams one of the better run blockers at the WR position. Woodson and the other Packers’ CBs pushed Bears’ WRs Johnny Knox and Devin Hester around in the last two matchups last year—knocking off the timing of our passing game. These are the types of CBs we went out and signed Roy Williams to matchup against.

4) Returner Devin Hester versus the Packers’ coverage units. Devin Hester has 2 of his 10 career punt returns against the Packers. The Packers have had trouble covering punts so far this year, giving up an average of 25 yards per runback. This could be the x-factor between two pretty evenly-matched teams.

5) TE Jeremichael Finley versus the Bears’ LBs. Finley abused the Bears in the first meeting last year, catching 9 passes for 120 yards; he then missed the final two meetings after being placed on season-ending IR. Part of the Packers’ passing philosophy is to bait your LBs and safeties in with alot of slant and hitch routes with their WRs, then gash you up the seams with Finley. The Bears’ LBs have to remain disciplined and keep a guy on Finley, or he can end up piling up huge yardage against us.

6) Mike Martz versus Dom Capers. Much was made after last weeks’ Saints-Bears game about the Bears’ 12 run plays versus 51 pass plays. However, I think the try to cram the ball down the Packers’ throats on Sunday. one thing that does bother me about the BEars’ offense is that e have two of the fastest WRs in the league in Devin Hester and Johnny Knox; yet we almost never run go (or fly) routes or drag routes straight across the middle—the two patterns that BEST utilize a wide receiver’s speed advantage. The Packers’ secondary is NOT known for the blzing speed; their All-Pro safety Nick Collins is out for the season, leaving little-used Charlie Peprah and Morgan Burnett (who is making his 3rd career start) covering the deep half of the field. If I were Martz, on the first play I would run a play-action, leave 8 guys in to pass prtect, and send Knox and Hester on go routes on opposite sides of the field, see where the deep safeties go, nd throw the ball 60 yards down the field for Knox or Hester to run under. In the least, you put the treat in the back of the defenses’ minds.

At any rate, this game will test the Bears’ offensive coaches’ ability to make adjustments. We were very weak on our edge pass protections last week; so you know the Packers will look to test that early on, and we will see what the Bears will do to (hopefully) improve in this area.

7) Matt Forte versus whoever tries to cover him. None of the Packers’ linebackers can cover Forte. So, do they just let him have his yards? Do they put a safety or Woodson on him? Two guys? Can the Bears do enough in the screen game to slow down the Packers’ pass rush?

MY PREDICTION: The winner of this game the last 3 meetings has scored 24, 10, and 21 points. And in each those 2 games with 20+ points, there was a defensive or special teams TD. In other words, alot of defense; not much offense. So I say BEARS 23, PACKERS 17.


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 2 Review: Bears pounded by Saints, 30-13

I do consider myself as die-hard a Bear fan as it gets; but the second half of Sunday’s beating at the hands of the Saints was hard to watch. I started having flashbacks of the Giants game at Meadowlands last year, one which Jay Cutler was knocked out of after suffering 8 sacks. In the first half.

As far as the pass protection goes, people are quick to blame the injuries to OT Gabe Carimi and OG Lance Louis, or the insertion of OT Frank Omiyale as reasons we had some trouble keeping Cutler upright. Upon further review, Omiyale played fairly well for being thrown into the fire against the Saints, and i expect him to do well going forward. The injuries never help, but every team has to deal with injuries—it is not an excuse for performance or execution. I will give my take on why our offense struggled later. But onto the review of the key points from my preview of Week 2, from last Thursday:

1) Bears’ tackling. Our defenses’ tackling was very average. There were a few impressive stops—most notably, a Tim Jennings’ tackle that forced a field goal from the Saints early in the 3rd quarter—but we had trouble bringing down rookie RB Mark Ingram and RB Pierre Thomas; and had a hard time even catching Darren Sproles.

2) Saints’ TE Jimmy Graham versus the Bears’ LBs. Graham finished the game as the Saints’ 2nd-leading receiver with 6 catches for 79 yards, including a 31-yarder.

3) The Bears’ Offensive Line versus The Superdome Crowd. The Bears committed 6 penalties for 47 yards, including 2 false starts on substitute OT Frank Omiyale. Even worse, there were numerous missed assignments on pass protection which led to alot of unnecessary hits on QB Jay Cutler. Whether those missed assignments were not a product of missed audibles, and just crappy blocking, we may never know. But the crowd was certainly a factor.

4) Kick and Punt Coverages. This was actually not a factor on either side, as neither return man really got anything going.

5) The Saints’ offensive line versus the Bears’ defensive line. This was a matchup the Bears HAVE to win in every game for the Cover-2 philosophy to work. They were dominated most of the game by the Saints’ offensive line; and they looked slow in pursuit. Take this for a contrast : In Week 1, Matt Ryan of the Falcons dropped back 48 times and was hit 11 times and sacked 5 times—a sack percentage of 11 percent. In Week 2, Drew Brees of the Saints dropped back 38 times, was hit just 2 times and sacked only once, a sack percentage of 2.5 percent. We must do a better job of creating pressure from our front four going forward.

Now…onto the pass protection troubles. I think there is are many facets to this problem that we need to fix before Jay Cutler gets killed:

A) I don’t know if we will ever know the reasoning behind the play-calling, but Matt Forte ran for 50 yards on 7 carries in the first quarter; and had 3 carries for -1 yards the rest of the way. Now, maybe the lack of running in the second half was a result of being down and trying to catch up…but what about the second quarter? Especially when you take into account the hostile environment…and how scrutinized our offensive line was all pre-season…you gotta get them into a rhythm and build some confidence.

B) Not having Roy Williams and Earl Bennett hurt, but I think it speaks ALOT to the ability of Devin Hester and Johnny Knox as receivers (or Cutler’s confidence in them; or both) that rookie Dane Sanzenbacher got a majority of the ‘clutch’ looks once Bennett went down. It is obvious that Hester and Knox have NO CLUE in the passing game.
– They do not break off routes on 8-man blitzes and get open quickly. They do not beat the jams and give Jay a good targets. There was one play in particular, where the Saints showed an 8 man rush, pre-snap. Jay takes a two step drop and looks for Hester or Knox out on the edge, expecting them to run a slant or a hitch. The only problem? Both Knox and Hester are running go routes and have not even looked back. Which is probably a good thing, because all they would have seen was Cutler getting thrown to the ground. Again.
– They do not make the clutch catches routinely. Hester, Knox, and Sanzenbacher all dropped very catchable passes that would have extended drives, or at least showed the Saints that we could be functional on blitz reads, and perhaps slowed the blitzes down somewhat. One thing I notice in this regard is that Hester, Knox, and Sanzenbacher NEVER come back to the ball to shield the defender and thus give Jay an easier target to throw into. They are always falling to the ground, away from Jay—which allows the defender to easier get in the way of the pass.
– Alot of people will blame this on Jerry Angelo for drafting smurf WRs who are not terribly physical, or not going out and getting a number one WR-type. But Hester and knox have been WRs now for 3 years apiece; you KNOW they have been coached up on how to do these things. There are WRs in the NFL with the same body types that do very well in third-and-short situations—Wes Welker, Steve Smith, just to name a couple—HESTER AND KNOX JUST HAVE TO EXECUTE.
– in other words, if you are going to try to win with those two guys, then you have to alter the game plan. ALOT. Keep 8 guys in to block for Jay, send Knox and Hester on go routes, have Jay chuck it 60 yards, and see if they can out-run the CBs and catch up to the ball. Its what we used to do with Bernard Berrian a few years back, because he had alot of the same deficiencies as Knox and Hester.

C) A coach can draw up the best plays and protection plans in the history of the NFL…but eventually your players have to MAN UP AND BLOCK SOMEBODY. Our OTs, TEs and RBs routinely whiffed on blocks, and nearly got Jay killed. Kellen Davis had a couple; Kahlil Bell had a really bad whiff on an inside blitz. Having Barber back will help there, as he is more of a physical presence than Bell. But again, blitz pickup is more about “want to” than skill. Us Bears fans had the chance to witness one of the best ever, Walter Payton—and he was only 5 foot-10 inches; maybe 200 pounds. As for Davis, maybe it is time to leave Speath in there full-time, or see what rookie Kyle Davis can do; because Kellen Davis looked SOFT in the Saints game.

D) I am not letting the coaches off of the hook on this one. On the 80-yard TD pass to Devery Henderson, credit Saints’ head coach Sean Payton for calling the play. Most coaches have a tendency to not try those deep balls against the Bears’ Cover-2 defense, and just are satisfied trying to 5-yard slant us down the field (eg.- The Falcons in Week One). Payton knew he had to stretch our defense out to open up some running lanes for his RBs and underneath passes to RB Darren Sproles and TE Jimmy Graham. So, even if Major Wright doesn’t get beat and the pass is incomplete, Payton’s purpose would have been served. I NEVER see the Bears doing this anymore. You have two of the fastest WRs in the game in Knox and Hester. You have one of the strongest arms in the game in Cutler. THROW THE BALL DOWN THE FIELD A COUPLE OF TIMES—if nothing else, you will loosen up the underneath stuff, or at least get Hester and Knox a cushion from the CBs, so they do not have to try and beat press coverage.
And please—when we are losing by 3 scores midway threw the fourth quarter and you have 2 backup offensive linemen in the game and your franchise QB has been getting beaten to a pulp all game long, PLEASE TAKE JAY OUT OF THE GAME, RUN THE BALL, AND LIVE TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY. As we learned by the Giants’ debacle last season, it is just one game—we still won the NFC North last season, regardless of that game.

The good news? Our coaching staff made the adjustments last season, after the Giants game, and we went on to win the NFC North. So don’t write off our team just yet—just know they have some stuff to fix before Sunday.