2011 Chicago Bears Preseason Opener

Your thoughts on the 2011 Chicago Bears preseason opener?  My thoughts are:

- Marion Barber looks like he’s healthy and the real deal.  I loved this signing.  Upon hearing of his availability, once again I believed that the Bears brain trust would not make a bold move and bring someone like Barber in.  Against the Bills, Barber showed that he could be exactly what the Bears need, a bruiser that can pick up the tough yards in short-yardage situations.

- Chester Taylor just needs to go.  I was excited about the Taylor signing in 2010 as I am with Barber now, because Taylor always punished the Bears when he came in for Adrian Peterson in Minnesota.  But he clearly has lost whatever he had in Minnesota.

- Yes, the offensive line still scares me with its potential of being worse than it was in 2010.  But Jerry Angelo says there is still time to make changes.  I’m still in the mode of positivity, so I will give them the benefit of the doubt.  But as I have said before, Angelo has the tendency to make strange decisions at left tackle (Qasim Mitchell, anyone).  I hope J’Marcus Webb will buck the trend of failures.

- I loved the performances of Major Wright, Amobi Akoye and Gabe Carimi.  I’d say the new punter looks good.

- Concerned about Caleb Hanie and Taylor.

Your thoughts?

7 Responses to “2011 Chicago Bears Preseason Opener”

  1. I thought Lance Louis was the worst of the bunch. I expect Spencer to be at C and Garza at RG by opening day. Run blocking was solid. Pass blocking we won’t comment on. Defense looked good. I was very encouraged by the DL and Major Wright. Hanie was shaky, but if the Bears have to resort to their backup QB, it’s not a good thing anyway. Special teams was awesome as always. Hopefully, Gould won’t botch such FG again…

  2. @jdm,

    Gould’s 56-yarder was just barely wide right and he hasn’t been a lock outside 50 yards anyway. The 2nd field goal was held by the undrafted rookie punter, so you know there hasn’t been as many practice reps by that long snapper-holder-kicker trio as with Podcast (or whatever the punter’s name is) at holder. I’m still rolling over having a 4.4-40 punter. “Our punter can outrun your punter…”

  3. I believe the changes Jerry Angelo is referring to may be in his own head where holds on defensive lineman become legal. That or he’s looking into ways on how to bribe officials into ignoring holding penalties, which wouldn’t surprise me after all the sneaky sh*t he’s tried to pull.

    I loved watching Marion Barber run, but when I saw him give his first interview to the media after taking off his helmet I was screaming at him to put it back on. He’s an UGLY mofo! But I won’t mind as long as he’s productive which looks like he will be.

    Oh, by the way, I gave Qasim Mitchell your home address. Not only is he sick of you bad mouthing him, but now you’re spelling his name wrong.

  4. Did I spell J’Marcus right biotch? Seriously, leave it to my buddy Febster to point out all of my misspellings. Yes, I realized it is Qasim not Quasim recently but I fell into the old trap. Common name, you know. Poor Qasim, not his fault a certain GM had him pegged as an NFL left tackle when he wasn’t.

  5. Hey Roy, how about a worse offensive linemen post for the next offseason? Big Q Mitchell would certainly not not be alone in this category.

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