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Calbrooks wrote:

Bears' offensive line plan seems pretty smart

n 2016, the Bears drafted Cody Whitehair as a tackle with the intention of moving him to guard but ended up starting him at center. That’s some travel schedule.

But the good news was that Whitehair played well at center in his rookie year, and it would’ve been great if he could’ve stayed there. But no. Last year, he played all over the interior of the offensive line because of injuries and depth issues and whatever John Fox was doing over there.

But Whitehair played center well enough that the Bears plan to start him there this season even though they drafted Iowa center James Daniels with the seventh pick of the second round. Daniels was regarded as the best center in the draft, but he won’t compete at center. He’ll compete at guard while also cross-training at center, to use GM Ryan Pace’s term, which I’d never heard in football but I get the idea.

It seems curious to spend that kind of draft pick on the top-ranked player at a position and immediately move him out of that position. Pace said positional versatility is important to the Bears, and I’m thinking, find a position Hroniss Grasu can play, go ahead, dare ya.

And now you’re thinking this is the portion of our program where I criticize the Bears for weakening a player’s value and hurting the team, but surprise, you’d better sit down for this, I get this move and think it’s pretty smart.

First, it gives quarterback Mitch Trubisky some continuity, an important consideration when you remember that a year ago Trubisky had almost never worked under center. Also remember that everything starts with what’s good for Trubisky.

Second, it reflects confidence in the magical abilities of new offensive line coach Harry Hiestand. He’s a legend. Former players swear by him. He just left Notre Dame, where he had two linemen drafted in the top 10. Hiestand would seem just the guy to turn Daniels and his second-round price into an NFL player. That’s what coaches do. That’s part of the raging enthusiasm about the coaching staff that rookie head coach Matt Nagy has put together.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/rosenblog/ct-spt-bears-james-daniels-rosenbloom-20180501-story.html

I have to admit, I had the same thoughts. Why the heck draft a top center if you wanted a guard? But I have read several variations of the same thoughts that Rosenbloom states here. I have to admit, it does make sense. As with all the other changes, I guess we will just have to wait and see.

There is a long time until Week 1.  I think by then Daniels will be the Center and Whitehair the LG. Just a feeling I have. This is a way to ease the Rookie in. It is not easy calling the protection key at the pro level. Depends on how fast this kid can learn the position at this level.

I am not a fan of drafting a player to move him to a new one.

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Calbrooks wrote:

 

 .........magical abilities of new offensive line coach Harry Hiestand.

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Why It’s Finally Time to Buy Into the Hype Surrounding the Bears

I tried, guys. I really did.

I held out longer than I thought I would be able to. After they hired Matt Nagy as head coach, bringing the Ried-Pederson scheme that had just won the Super Bowl to Chicago, I liked it, but I wanted to wait until we saw what the rest of the coaching staff looked like.

After they brought back Vic Fangio and retained continuity on defense (and his excellent sense of humor), hired the best offensive line coach in the country in Harry Hiestand, and built a quarterback incubator on the offensive side, I said: “Alright, but let’s see which players they bring in.”

After they signed Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, and Trey Burton to put some much-needed weapons around their quarterback, and they re-signed Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara to refuel the secondary, I even wrote an article maintaining caution in my optimism, saying that championships are won in April, not March, and let’s see what they do in the draft.

And then they absolutely nailed the draft. And I can’t do it anymore. I’m finally giving into the hype that has surrounded Halas Hall since January. Because if the quarterback who I identified in December of 2016 as a sure-fire franchise signal caller and QB1 in the 2017 draft, Mitch Trubisky, does what I expect him to do, this is a dangerous team. A very, very dangerous team.

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Once September comes, and the Bears face Green Bay on Sunday Night Football, they have a real chance to make a statement that they’re here to stay. And I am entirely aware that winning that game would mean a city that is more excited about its football team than it has been in over 10 years. And there is a huge difference between now and then.

It’s that now, we (hopefully) have a quarterback.

The ghosts of 2014 are still here, but they’re struggling to keep up. After Pace knocked this draft out of the park, they’re on their last legs.

It’s time to believe in the Chicago Bears once again.

https://theloopsports.com/2018/04/30/why-im-finally-buying-the-hype-with-the-2018-bears/

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Calbrooks wrote:

Why It’s Finally Time to Buy Into the Hype Surrounding the Bears

I tried, guys. I really did.

I held out longer than I thought I would be able to. After they hired Matt Nagy as head coach, bringing the Ried-Pederson scheme that had just won the Super Bowl to Chicago, I liked it, but I wanted to wait until we saw what the rest of the coaching staff looked like.

After they brought back Vic Fangio and retained continuity on defense (and his excellent sense of humor), hired the best offensive line coach in the country in Harry Hiestand, and built a quarterback incubator on the offensive side, I said: “Alright, but let’s see which players they bring in.”

After they signed Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, and Trey Burton to put some much-needed weapons around their quarterback, and they re-signed Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara to refuel the secondary, I even wrote an article maintaining caution in my optimism, saying that championships are won in April, not March, and let’s see what they do in the draft.

And then they absolutely nailed the draft. And I can’t do it anymore. I’m finally giving into the hype that has surrounded Halas Hall since January. Because if the quarterback who I identified in December of 2016 as a sure-fire franchise signal caller and QB1 in the 2017 draft, Mitch Trubisky, does what I expect him to do, this is a dangerous team. A very, very dangerous team.

*****

Once September comes, and the Bears face Green Bay on Sunday Night Football, they have a real chance to make a statement that they’re here to stay. And I am entirely aware that winning that game would mean a city that is more excited about its football team than it has been in over 10 years. And there is a huge difference between now and then.

It’s that now, we (hopefully) have a quarterback.

The ghosts of 2014 are still here, but they’re struggling to keep up. After Pace knocked this draft out of the park, they’re on their last legs.

It’s time to believe in the Chicago Bears once again.

https://theloopsports.com/2018/04/30/why-im-finally-buying-the-hype-with-the-2018-bears/

We will not know for sure Pace knocked this draft out of the park for another 3 years. Do not count your chickens before they hatch! Remember, when Pace drafted Kevin White to team up with Alshon, after showing Marshall the door? How did that draft turn out? The Bears received an overall A for that draft too!

1st Kevin White WR West Virginia =always hurt
2nd Eddie Goldman DL Florida State =good pick
3rd Hroniss Grasu OL Oregon =always hurt
4th Jeremy Langford RB Michigan State =gone
5th Adrian Amos S Penn State =good pick
6th Tayo Fabuluje OT TCU =gone

So an over all A grade draft produced 2 players after 3 years......just something to think about.

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As a side note....this (2015) was gonna be the year that the Bears returned to the top of the division! They knocked the draft out of the park, killed it in Free Agency and hired proven HC John Fox (the Turn Around King)! This is it fellas. book those hotel reservations now!...........hhmmmmmmm. So much for Hype.

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It's called the daily koolaid thread. 

 

I think you meant to post here Shadow: http://www.chicagobearboards.com/node/9573

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The Shadow wrote:

 

We will not know for sure Pace knocked this draft out of the park for another 3 years. Do not count your chickens before they hatch! Remember, when Pace drafted Kevin White to team up with Alshon, after showing Marshall the door? How did that draft turn out? The Bears received an overall A for that draft too!

1st Kevin White WR West Virginia =always hurt
2nd Eddie Goldman DL Florida State =good pick
3rd Hroniss Grasu OL Oregon =always hurt
4th Jeremy Langford RB Michigan State =gone
5th Adrian Amos S Penn State =good pick
6th Tayo Fabuluje OT TCU =gone

So an over all A grade draft produced 2 players after 3 years......just something to think about.

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That is some funky tasting koolaid bruh....

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The Shadow wrote:

 

 

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As a side note....this (2015) was gonna be the year that the Bears returned to the top of the division! They knocked the draft out of the park, killed it in Free Agency and hired proven HC John Fox (the Turn Around King)! This is it fellas. book those hotel reservations now!...........hhmmmmmmm. So much for Hype.

Oh good a side note....... maybe the sugar just all sank to the bottom here, let me try this:

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King says Bears had best offseason in NFL

Larry Mayer Bears Senior Writer

Sports Illustrated’s PFT's Peter King is the latest national football analyst to give general manager Ryan Pace and the Bears rave reviews for what they accomplished in free agency and the draft.

Roquan Smith was named MVP of the SEC title game last season after leading Georgia to a win over Auburn.

Since the end of last season, Pace has: 1) Hired an energetic young offensive-minded head coach in Matt Nagy; 2) Signed 10 free agents from other teams, including receivers Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel and tight end Trey Burton; and 3) Selected a draft class led by three potential impact players in linebacker Roquan Smith, guard James Daniels and receiver Anthony Miller.

“Overall, the Bears had the best offseason of any team in football,” King wrote. “GM Ryan Pace totally revamped the wideout corps, with vet Allen Robinson and rookie Anthony Miller the keys there. On defense, there’s a new-style monster of the midway, a rangy 235-pound sideline-to-sideline force, linebacker Roquan Smith. The Bears were fortunate to get him eighth overall, and he should be perfect in the middle of Vic Fangio’s defense.”

King doubled down on his praise of the Bears this week during an appearance on the “Waddle and Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000, calling Smith “the perfect modern-day NFL linebacker.”

“If you’re looking for a Chicago Bears linebacker sort of in history, a middle linebacker, would you think you’d be taking a guy who’s 6-1, 235?” King said. “I wouldn’t really think that. I would be thinking that the guy would be 6-2, 255, sort of classic NFL linebacker size.

“But the reason you don’t do that now is because the game has changed, even from the [Brian] Urlacher era. Now it’s much more important to be an athlete and to [run] sideline-to-sideline and to be durable. We’ll see if [Smith] holds up at the point of attack and if he is as physical as he appeared to be at Georgia. But I think he’s the perfect sort of modern-day Monster of the Midway.”

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Bears In Uncharted Territory With Latest Power Rankings

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Offense

Last year, the Bears offense couldn’t have been much worse. Running an archaic form of football under head coach John Fox, the Bears posted all-time lows for this historic franchise.

After the hire of Matt Nagy as head coach, an offensive mind from the Kansas City Chiefs, the arrow seems to be pointed in the completely opposite direction. (That’s a good thing)

Chris Roling likes what the Bears have put together this off-season and has them ranked at #11 overall.

“Trubisky is franchise-quarterback material and now gets to throw to Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and second-round wideout Anthony Miller, one of the 2018 draft’s steals. Jordan Howard not only returns as the primary runner and is coming off two 1,100-plus-yard seasons, but Tarik Cohen is also one of football’s most explosive weapons and should see a bigger role.

…Mark Helfrich’s arrival tops it all off. The former Chip Kelly understudy and Oregon head coach will know how to squeeze the most out of mismatch nightmares like Cohen.”

For years, the Bears have seen themselves at the bottom of offensive rankings. With the incredible off-season they’ve had, it’s not a stretch to think the offense might finish this high at the end of the year!

No games have been played yet, these players have no chemistry together right now and Trubisky has yet to prove himself in this league…but for the first time in a long time, there’s reason for Bears fans to hope.

http://sportsmockery.com/2018/05/bears-in-uncharted-territory-with-latest-power-rankings/

Now that's some tasty freaking Kool-Aid! For years we've all said, if we could just have an average offense to help the D, How about one tapping at the top tens door!

 

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