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  2. Biggest Surprise on Offense in 2022

    I like Herbert but was less enamored with his performance than others. IMO he has room to grow but he does seem like a better outside zone fit than Montgomery. OTOH for inside zone, which it appears we'll run ~30-40%, of plays is a better fit for Montgomery. The surprise I want to see is that everyone knows where to go and what to do on each play. Then we can better evaluate how well players perform.
  3. Today
  4. Biggest Surprise on Offense in 2022

    Not necessarily. As you mentioned, we have guys we can extend. My guess is if they sign someone, it will be a poison pill deal on an up and coming player.
  5. Biggest Surprise on Offense in 2022

    The bears have an insane amount of cap space next year. They're obviously gonna use a lot of that to resign guys that fit this year but they should absolutely be players in free agency. As far as a breakout goes, I really think Pringle is gonna become a guy who's looked at as a legit top 2 WR on a team and Kmet emerges as a tight end we don't look to replace. If we can talk rookies here, I kinda like Abnar a lot and think he gets a lot more play than people think. I like him more than Herbert honestly.
  6. Biggest Surprise on Offense in 2022

    The team is going to have no choice, they are going to have over 100M in cap space ($97M right now and $25M than the next team). Obviously some of that will go to extensions for guys like Roquan, etc, but Poles didn't eat all that dead money this year not to restock with players him and Flus want next year. I expect one or two top guys to come over via FA next offseason.
  7. Biggest Surprise on Offense in 2022

    I don't actually think we'll be after free agents next year. Poles will probably want all the quality picks he can get. Trading Monty will get us more than comp, so go for it if it's worth it.
  8. I feel like if there is going to be a surprise on offense, it is probably going to be one of the new WRs. However, after hearing about Getsy's offense, and the commitment to the run game and play-action, I think Khalil Herbert may be a breakout candidate as well. It seems like the schene fits him much better than Monty. Additionally, I could see Monty as a potential trade candidate at the deadline as they won't get any comp picks if they bring on several FAs next offseason. Thoughts?
  9. The rookie Dom is quietly getting some first team reps and his athleticism had stood out. But there’s nobody blocking him and I really doubt he has the strength to bend around the edge. On the positive side coaches are saying he’s picking up the defense and is working hard on his new craft. At this point it seems he’s not going to the practice squad without a fight.
  10. Fields Mechanics

    Agree on all accounts.
  11. Under Appreciated

    I was getting bored, I actually watched a highlight film for David Montgomery today, A good football player.
  12. Charles Snowden Being Overlooked ! Another Wildcard

    I haven't heard him mentioned in any camp talk. I didn't expect much from Gipson at first, but he's turned into a player. Hopefully a few surprises happen.
  13. Yesterday
  14. It's hard to say a practice squad player is being overlooked but I do think he has a great opportunity to find a role as a backup. If you've seen his photos from OTAs he's bulked up quite a bit and looks more prepared to contribute at DE this year. If he can earn the backup role behind Quinn I like our rotation at DE.
  15. Under Appreciated

    David Montgomery makes the value list. https://www.nfl.com/news/nfl-s-most-underappreciated-players-dk-metcalf-david-montgomery-among-nfc-picks
  16. Fields Mechanics

    It's just shocking. That is football 101. how would anything work if the timing won't sync. Nagy is a fraud. Ernie Accorsi is a moron.
  17. He is another one. We are going to have a few surprise starters, impact players this year. Watch for the SAM LB position as well.
  18. I remember the buzz about the UDFA signing of Charles Snowden and like Trevis Gipson he was a DE also that the previous regime thought was a LB! I'm thinking that this is another sleeper in the mist.
  19. Roquan accused of rape

    I watch Good Morning Football, Get Up and First Take every morning and I have not seen this story mention period! So, I'll wait but, Roquaun since drafted has exhibited a different approach to life. I don't know if everyone remembers about the stories about Roquan and the adult films star and the pictures that surfaced. I'm not as sold on Roquan as most Bear fans because of his injury history and size.
  20. OTA notes

    I can appreciate Johnson's take on this and shows maturity and professionalism. Rather than whine and pout, he straight up said he knew he'd have to prove himself to the new staff. That's the reaction of a hard worker that doesn't expect to just be handed the starting spot.
  21. Fields Mechanics

    This is what it really boils down to. At this point all we or the media can do is speculate and try to read the tea leaves. As fans we want to look for the positive possibilities because we have a vested interest in it all working out. But till it actually plays out on the field we won't know for sure. One thing for sure is first impressions matter, if there's stumbling out of the gate you'll have the nay sayers being vocal about how they told you so. Likewise if things start off good the opposite will be true. We have to keep in mind it's a marathon not a sprint. It's probably going to take time for the offense to fully find its identity rhythm.
  22. Draft Class Thoughts

    That is awesome. We basically got 2x 1st rounders in the 2nd. No WR was worth those picks that was available.
  23. OTA notes

    Yeah, the speed difference between Morrow and Trevathan/Ogletree/Jones is hilarious. Then you replace Gipson and Vildor with Brisker and Gordon. Those are 3 huge upgrades. Losing Goldman is addition by subtraction, and if Trevis Gipson improves from last year (7 sacks), he can easily match Mack's highest output (9 sacks) in the last 3 years. Jones is at least comparable to a normal Hicks in the middle, though a dominant Hicks was definitely better, so the D-Line is probably the biggest question mark on the defense, but I don't see it being bad. That is definitely a top 12-15 defense on paper. The offense is going to come down to O-Line and Fields. The skill position players are fine.
  24. OTA notes

    There has been so much negative press(mainly do to not grabbing a OL or WR with its first two picks) that the general theme is we have no talent, this is ridiculous. Our defense could be top 10 . Flus has showed those results were ever he has coached. Here he starts with one of the better pass rushes in the league. Our offense has questions but if Fields is the real deal , he has plenty of targets.
  25. OTA notes

    Yep, I like it. If Gordon and Brisker end up as good as they are playing now, this rebuild is going to be much quicker than expected. On Hoge and Jahns, they also mentioned how Jones and Pringle have looked really good so far, which is a good sign.
  26. Draft Class Thoughts

    Watching this it's clear that the way the draft fell selecting Kyler Gordon was never in doubt. First off,, the card seemingly was turned in very quickly and Gordon was the first choice and Brisker was backup option. They'd have taken Brisker at 39 and been happy but they got him at 48. After getting Gordon, Ian Cunningham turns to Poles and says "are you shi**in' me? We did this mock this whole time and we were like, this dude is not going to be there". That is around the 20min mark.
  27. OTA notes

    That's where Darius Leonard plays for the Colts, premium position in Flus defense.
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  29. Fields Mechanics

    It is so funny to see the media so split on Fields. Some think he is already a bust and the Bears have no weapons or no O-Line, then on the flipside you hear how locked in the entire offense is and how the culture is completely different this year. It will be interesting to see how it plays out. I am pretty hyped about this season on par with how I felt going into 2018. However, we have Fields now compared to Trubisky in 2018, and that is a huge difference.
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