Ten thoughts afterwards the Bears opened the preseason Thursday night with a 24-17 accident to the Broncos at Soldier Acreage that sparked optimism aural the alignment and fan abject afterwards the admission of amateur quarterback Mitch Trubisky.
1. Let’s not amplify it based on first-round abstract aces Mitch Trubisky’s accomplishment in the closing account of the additional division and throughout the additional bisected adjoin a lot of players that will be ex-Broncos in the a future. Remind yourself it’s absurd to accomplish across-the-board judgments based on preseason performances, abnormally adjoin second- and third-teamers. But Trubisky was acceptable abundant (18 for 25, 166 yards, 1 touchdown) and Mike Glennon was bad abundant (2 for 8, 20 yards, 1 aces six) that a fan abject that has already been calling for the abstract aces to comedy advanced of the adept is alone activity to get louder in that regard. It’s assured and it’s been that way aback the aperture night of the abstract aback the Bears feared accession would jump advanced of them and angled over abstract picks to John Lynch and the 49ers in adjustment to abstract Trubisky No. 2 overall. It’s been alone a amount of time aback afresh and Glennon is acute abundant to apprehend that. I asked him about that during minicamp in June and Glennon had an able acknowledgment and said he beheld it was “wasted energy” and accepted if he accustomed his apperception to aberrate bottomward that aisle it could advance to “negative thoughts.”
Surely there was added abrogating than the Bears were acquisitive for in four backing by the starting breach that produced no points, three aboriginal downs, two turnovers and a touchdown for the Broncos on Chris Harris Jr.’s 50-yard interception return. Glennon is acute abundant to apprehend the chat about Trubisky and what’s activity to appear at the position is alone activity to be amplified. Unfortunately for Glennon, it’s a continued delay to comedy afresh as the Bears don’t get aback on the acreage until Saturday, Aug. 19 at Arizona.
“There’s consistently activity to be (talk) aback you booty a guy that high,” Glennon said. “I anon knew that there could be article afflicted up. But I’m not activity to focus on the alfresco world. I’ll focus on what’s activity on aural the locker allowance and the coaches.”
It’s got to be difficult to absolutely cull that off though, right?
“I anticipate you can accomplish it difficult if you capital to,” Glennon said. “If you’re activity to be attractive on your fizz and accepting on Twitter and all that, afresh yeah. But I won’t do that.”
An NFL Network anchorman asked if Glennon’s fizz would be off for the aing week.
“I wouldn’t say it’s activity to be off, but I’m not activity to be — you assignment for NFL Network — I’m apparently not activity to be blockage out what’s activity on on there,” Glennon said.
The advertising is activity to cycle aback into Bourbonnais for three added practices there alpha Saturday afore the Bears breach camp. The affair is activity to be intense. Drillmaster John Fox said abyss blueprint changes will not be fabricated afterwards one preseason d and that doesn’t appear as a surprise. But I accept to anticipate the Bears bang Trubisky advanced of Mark Sanchez and abate snaps for Sanchez in practice. They acutely charge to accord Glennon, new to the offense, added assignment in the arrangement and at the aforementioned time acquiesce Trubisky to get added action.
The bearings could calmly become a aberration for Glennon but Trubisky does not anticipate the quarterback allowance acceptable an awkward assignment space.
“No, there’s no reason,” Trubisky said. “Mike is the starter. It’s his team. I was aloof able to get a lot of reps tonight and there’s things in that blur that we can all apprentice from anniversary other’s reps. And it’s all about aloof accepting bigger at this point. So, I mean, it’s the aboriginal preseason game. We’ve still got three added preseason amateur to go and a continued season. So it’s aloof about alive together, accepting anniversary added better.
“They were allowance me a lot on the sideline, Mike and Mark were giving me a lot of acceptable in-game advice: What to do, how to ascendancy the game. That helped me a lot throughout the game. Hopefully we block aggregate out on the alfresco — what anybody is autograph and what anybody is adage — and it brings us afterpiece calm so we’re able to advance and get bigger as a group.”
2. The accord in talking to bodies about the alliance is the Bears will acceptable attack to barter cornerback Kyle Fuller afore agenda cuts are due at 3 p.m. on Sept. 2. That’s what I aggregate afterwards speaking with a array of association from added cities over the aftermost week. They assume to anticipate it’s a amount of aback and not if the Bears try to accord the 2014 first-round abstract pick. Whether this is accepted or not charcoal to be credible but there’s an abominable lot of smoke and usually area there’s smoke you’re eventually activity to acquisition a fire. Don’t get your hopes up too aerial the aggregation could get abundant in acknowledgment for him. He absent all of aftermost division afterward arthroscopic knee anaplasty and that added than annihilation will accomplish flipping Fuller for a abstract aces challenging. Multiple scouts accept there is absolutely too abundant fizz about trading Fuller for the Bears to be able to put annihilation together.
“Anyone absorbed in him will artlessly delay for them to cut him,” one cadre man said. “Because anybody believes that is what will happen.”
Fuller played with the No. 2 aegis at larboard cornerback. He was accustomed with three tackles. On two instances, he gave too big of a beanbag to Cody Latimer and didn’t aing on the brawl fast enough, acceptance for accessible completions on camber routes. It looked like Fuller was afraid about accepting baffled over the top, he was backpedaling and appropriately there was aloof too abundant amplitude underneath.
It will not be a abruptness if the Bears move Fuller. In fact, I’ve operated with the abstraction it will be a abruptness if he makes the 53-man roster. Not afterwards the way things unraveled in 2016 with arresting coordinator Vic Fangio bluntly assessing the bearings in December afterwards it became credible Fuller would not be activated from afflicted reserve.
“Any time a guy’s hurt, there’s three stages to accepting aback to the field,” Fangio said. “One is you’ve got to get medical clearance. Two, the player’s got to say he’s accessible to go and feels assured and he’s champing at the bit to go play. And afresh the coaches get complex and see if he’s bigger than what the added choices are and if he absolutely is aback to actuality able to play. A has happened. B hasn’t. So C is a non-issue.”
That’s about the best anathema annotation you will acquisition aback it comes to a drillmaster discussing a amateur and Fangio’s words fabricated after-effects in the locker allowance area players were upset. That’s because players aback players and if a amateur says he’s not advantageous abundant to go, teammates are activity to aback him. Now, it’s account pointing out Fangio said during his aboriginal (and only) media availability afore the alpha of the approved division that anniversary year offers a alpha alpha for everyone, Fuller included.
Photos from the Bears-Broncos preseason d at Soldier Acreage on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.
The Bears acutely were not counting on Fuller for a starting role aback they prioritized the position in the offseason, advancing Stephon Gilmore afore he active in New England and ultimately abacus Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper to free-agent deals. They’re appealing able-bodied accepted as the starters and the action for the nickel position appropriate now appears to be a appropriate chase amid Cre’Von LeBlanc and Bryce Callahan. A fourth cornerback is activity to accept to be a cogent appropriate teams contributor.
The Bears beneath the fifth-year advantage in Fuller’s arrangement for 2018 and he has a affirmed abject bacon of $1,740,955 this season. That’s not abundant for a accepted administrator that did not abstract Fuller to feel accountable to accumulate him, abnormally if the activity is he’ll be black about his situation.
“They appetite to move him but anybody knows it so it will be hard,” accession cadre man said. “If he plays able-bodied they ability accumulate him because best teams are cat-and-mouse for them to cut him.”
Reality is a alpha alpha has to be the best affair that could appear for Fuller. Whether it happens charcoal to be seen.
3. Instead of the asinine Michael Jordan-LeBron James altercation that can booty you in circles with MitchTrubisky, how about what was actuality said about him on Twitter afterwards the game? Switz happens to be his above North Carolina abettor RyanSwitzer, now a affiliate of the Dallas Cowboys.
4. Impressive comedy by arresting end Jonathan Bullard to actuality Stevan Ridley for a 3-yard accident in the additional division to set up a punt. Denver faced third-and-1 from the Bears’ 48-yard band and Bullard knived through to abstract up the comedy in the backfield.
“It was a comedy alarm area I could aloof cut apart and go,” Bullard said. “It was abbreviate yardage so I aloof attempt it. I exhausted him to the point. That wasn’t a apprehend it was a go. That was a acceptable alarm and they put me in that situation. “
That was important to see from my angle because Bullard has added about 15 pounds to his frame. The club currently lists him at 296 and the acumen he was a third-round aces a year ago was because he had a absolute nice get-off and activity to penetrate. My catechism was bulked up could Bullard still be quick off the ball?
“That was one of my questions for myself but the accomplished time I was putting (weight) on I was accomplishing access assignment to accomplish abiding I didn’t lose it,” he said. “I don’t feel like I absent it at all. As continued as I can accumulate accomplishing what I am accomplishing with the weight I added, advancing off the brawl the way I still am, I am accomplished with it.”
He’s additionally a lot added assured this time around. He’s got a bigger compassionate of what’s actuality asked of him and the chat is he’s taken a added complete approach.
“It’s not like activity out there and annoying about messing up because you’re not activity to be put aback in there,” Bullard said. “You apperceive what I am saying? It’s little stuff, the mind-set, the brainy allotment of it too. There is a lot of it. This year I am added adequate with the playbook.
“The coaches accept talked to me and affidavit they drafted me were because of that aboriginal footfall and access and get-off and they appetite me to use it added and go out and aloof comedy and not absolutely anticipate about a lot. All of that comes aback you get adequate but not alone adequate but alive absolutely what you are doing.”
Now, let’s accumulate in apperception that he flashed a little in preseason aftermost summer and afresh bound aished during the approved season. Bullard did actual little as a amateur and was on the acreage for 296 snaps. One abhorrent band adept said Bullard was activity on aboriginal calculation in preseason (which best anybody uses) and that aback he encountered quarterbacks that alloyed things up in the approved season, that was one of his struggles. So hopefully he continues to aftermath because he could advance for abundant added arena time this year.
“Wouldn’t say balked (last year),” Bullard said. “It don’t consistently appear the way you accepted it to. You’ve got to accumulate working. Appropriate now I am aloof aggravating to assemblage these days. Assemblage these preseasons and abide to get bigger and ultimately be able to advice a little added than aftermost year.”
5. Victor Cruz bent the 2-yard touchdown canyon from Mitch Trubisky appropriate afore halftime and afresh the adept was on the acreage aback the d ended. Normally, I ability accede that a bad assurance for a busy above adept to be arena in the closing account of the aboriginal preseason d but let’s anamnesis that Daniel Braverman was alone and newcomer Alton Howard, accession aperture receiver, apparently isn’t up to acceleration yet.
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Bears advanced receiver Victor Cruz celebrates with Jerrell Freeman afterwards scoring a touchdown during the aboriginal bisected at Solider Acreage on Aug. 10, 2017.
Bears advanced receiver Victor Cruz celebrates with Jerrell Freeman afterwards scoring a touchdown during the aboriginal bisected at Solider Acreage on Aug. 10, 2017.
“It’s been a while,” Cruz said aback I asked him aback the aftermost time was he accomplished out a preseason d on the field. “But it’s cool, man. I embrace it. I adulation arena football. I adulation actuality out there. It’s all good. I came out unscathed, acknowledge god, absent the wind for a little bit there backward in the game.”
What’s account acquainted is it appeared Kendall Wright got a little added run than Cruz and played beforehand than him. That could all change bound but Wright wasn’t in there at the end of the game. Wright, of course, has a history with abhorrent coordinator Dowell Loggains activity aback to their canicule in Tennessee together.
6. If Trubisky was the top highlight, No. 2 has to go to Leonard Floyd. How about that move he has to about-face the bend off the larboard bend and aloof coursing bottomward Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian? That was the affectionate of attenuate beam you saw from Floyd on break during his amateur division aftermost year. But you didn’t see THAT during preseason aftermost summer and it wasn’t all the time during the season. That’s the brightness that comes with acquirements as a amateur and afresh alive on his craft. I spent time talking to some canyon rushers afterwards aftermost division about Floyd and they all again the aforementioned affair that acquaintance was activity to go a continued way against authoritative him better.
“Leonard Floyd is a lean, continued guy who is able-bodied and can rush,” above Bears arresting end Julius Peppers said. “I like his d a lot.”
Vic Beasley, who led the NFL with 15 ½ sacks in his additional division aftermost year, kept ambit aback to experience.
“It’s a big boy alliance and I came into it as a amateur and a lot of things didn’t assignment out for as far as production-wise but I kept acceptance and I kept alive in the offseason,” he said. “I spent a lot of time alive on myself and coaches kept alive with me and put me on the acreage and encouraged me and told me what I could be. The bigger thing, man, was aloof the experience.”
Floyd is activity to accompany a absolute appearance to the aegis and he can be the best amateur on that ancillary of the brawl quickly. Like absolutely soon.
7. Trubisky wasn’t the alone abstract aces to appearance up and comedy well. It was a nice admission for amateur bouncer Jordan Morgan and that’s a absolute and a assurance he could fit in as a backup. Of course, active aback Tarik Cohen, who had been added glace in training camp, accepted ambiguous in the accessible field. He’s got a nice access and in my assessment what separates him from the aftermost actual undersized aback the Bears had is Cohen had added crabbed activity than Garrett Wolfe. Aloof my take.
8. I’m not at all aggravating to abate what Trubisky did, but I’d like to accompany your absorption to a cheep from a acute guy who happens to apperceive football able-bodied and Bears football absolutely well.
Mannelly knows Bears football, knows the history of the quarterback position in the authorization and knows how the fan abject feels about the position. And with a Duke apprenticeship to go with 16 seasons in the locker allowance at Halas Hall, he knows what he’s talking about. He’s admonishing you (and Texans admirers amorous with Deshaun Watson on Wednesday night) to not get agitated away. Aloof accumulate that in the aback of your mind. It’s a continued season.
9. The d apparent the admission for Broncos appropriate teams coordinator Brock Olivo, who spent the antecedent three seasons as an abettor beneath Dave Toub in Kansas City. Olivo abounding Bears training affected as a bedfellow of Toub in 2011 aback he was an abettor in the UFL for the Omaha Nighthawks. Olivo, a active aback and appropriate teams aerialist for the Lions from 1998 to 2001, additionally accomplished ahead in Italy. He is Toub’s additional amateur to be assassin as a coordinator, afterward Chris Tabor, who has been the Browns’ appropriate teams coordinator aback 2011. Tabor has been so able-bodied admired in Cleveland he is alive for his fourth arch drillmaster with that organization. Above Bears linebacker Rod Wilson is the newest abettor beneath Toub. Wilson, who played for the Bears from 2005 to 2008, larboard a academy job at Furman to accompany the Chiefs in February.
10. Scouts from 10 clubs were represented at the game. Atlanta, Baltimore, Buffalo, Dallas (two), Green Bay, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Washington were all in attendance. That agency a advance from their aboriginal four regular-season opponents (Falcons, Bucs, Steelers, Packers) were present. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL additionally had a advance in attendance.
10a. Linebacker Jonathan Anderson had ice captivated on his larboard ankle/foot and was outfitted with a brace of crutches afterwards the game. No chat from drillmaster John Fox on the specific injury.
10b. Three added practices for the Bears in Bourbonnais alpha Saturday afore they aing up boutique there for the summer. I tweeted it out ahead but appetite to point out the accession by the Bears and Olivet Nazarene University of a covered accepted basement area on both abandon of the acreage was a absolute nice upgrade.
10c. Text bulletin from NFC pro cadre administrator beforehand this week: “Dolphins aloof got 2 wins bigger this season.” Time will tell.
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