Bears Minicamp Mania

The Bears wrapped up their minicamp, completing five practices in three days,  on Sunday.  What have we learned?  Let’s see if I can boil it all down for you.

  • TE Brandon Manumaleuna and WR Earl Bennett both had offseason knee surgeries.  Both seem minor, but a couple of points.  First off all, can’t we be informed about these minor procedures without finding out when players are in sweatpants on the sidelines?  And second, didn’t Manu have to pass a physical before signing for big money?  Just sayin’.
  • Tommie Harris is only practicing once on double session days.  I thought he was healthy?  If he is, get your ass out there and practice; if you’re not , stop telling everyone you are.
  • Marcus Harrison missed a few practices with an undisclosed illness.   Normally, this wouldn’t be a big deal, but when the guy in question showed up to training camp last year out of shape and overweight, you have to worry that’s he’s passed out under a pile of KFC Double Down wrappers somewhere.
  • The Bears are playing musical chairs in the secondary.  First, they’re switching Charles Tillman from his usual spot on the left side and moving Zack Bowman there.  Of course, the coaches will tell you that it’s to add versatility and to mix it up, but a lot of people are saying it’s to ping Peanut for missing some of the voluntary workouts.  He’s been a warrior for you out there – stop messing with him.
  • The other odd secondary move is to have Chris Harris play free Safety and Danieal Manning at the strong.  Huh?  Didn’t Harris excel at strong?  Didn’t you draft Major Wright to play the free?  Get the guys in their correct spots and move on.
  • Jay Cutler loves Mike Martz.  Martz love Jay Cutler.  Jay loves the new offense.  It’s not hard – it’s just different.   Time will tell.
  • Julius Peppers is a BEAST.  Helmets and shorts or not, he’s all over the field.  Who said he takes plays off?
  • Devin Hester and Johnny Knox are the projected starters at wide receiver, but don’t count out Devin Aromashodu .
  • Brian Urlacher is back and the other teams are gonna be in trouble.  Hey la, hey la – Uracher’s back!  OK, that was a bit gay, but it gets the point across.
  • I’ve read in a couple different places – namely here and here - not to count out Craig Steltz in the mix at safety.  Duly noted.

Let’s take this for what it’s worth: a bunch of guys running around in shorts and shells.  I remember of a lot of guys that have been standouts when no one is trying to hit them.

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  • Windy Cynic

    Boomer reviews camp, let’s review Boomer.

    Lovie Inc is more secretive than the Bush Administration…. and Jerry loves signing big money coming off or into surgery…. stay the course.

    Tommy Harris isn’t full strength…. I’m shocked.

    Marcus Who isn’t on the field, but loves buckets of chicken… man, that doghouse of Lovies at least has a pantry.

    Loive is such a savant that he takes our one proven corner and converts him… so much for the logic that Peanut couldn’t learn FS. Maybe Daniel Manning could take a shot at corner, he is our “best” athlete. Bowman is a good player. Once Tillman gets pardoned from Lovies doghouse, maybe he’ll wake up at running back!

    As for Major Wright Boomer, the spin cycle has Steltz suddenly escaping his Archuleta shadow and Bullocks is the real deal to Lovie…. let the kid play, the others have already failed.

    All the rubbish about our WR’s is just that…. they’ll do fine and Martz’s offense will do fine once they figure out how to block for Jay. That equation remains the same and is the only question that somehow escaped an answer. Line play is the one aspect of football that never changes and sub par units lead to sub par results, no exceptions.

    Peppers and Urlacher are all pros, they are supposed to be doing well, that’s their job. In the Tribune today, another fluff article quotes Mark Anderson as stating that he’s ready for a big year…. Sounds great in May, but at some point he’ll have to defend the rush and we’ve heard his song before, but before we had Alex to start in September.

    All you faithful may read me as being cynical… but maybe you should look up the word “pragmatic” and realize I want the same results, I just see the keystone cops of our management for what they are and I’m not happy about it.

    One things clear, the Larry Mayers of the world will sell you fools gold all summer and the Gale Sayers of the world will sell you uninvested opinion. Buyer beware.

    • Boomer


      I like you turning the tables on me -good stuff. Don’t misconstrue my posting the information as me BELIEVING in the information I’m posting. I’m putting it out there to distill a bunch of different posts/articles in one place so the readers can make up their own minds (with some added wise-ass comments when I can get them in).

      I am with you – there is a lot of spin and BS being put out there. It’s only May, so let’s take all of it for what it’s worth.

      That said, I think you should change your moniker to Windy Pragmatist. Thanks for keeping me on my toes.

      BEAR DOWN!!!

  • Windy Cynic

    Hey Boom… I wasn’t clowning you for the post, just adding my english to their spin. Obviously, we’re all in need of a Bear fix so we read all the stuff, but I can’t just pull out a pair of Rose Colored Glasses because it’s all been sold before… sometimes ver batum.

    As you know, my moniker is a sign of frustration that we didn’t have a new organization this year and the fear of another “Dick Jauron” extension looms like an ax. I see the other teams in our division making strides and all we get is recycled hope.

    Thanks for the good reads bro.