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Knee Jerk Reaction: No Seven Step Drops for Bears This Season

I’m not sure if the headline “No Seven Step Drops for Bears This Season” is supposed to be a joke or if it’s real.  Second year right tackle Gabe Carimi was making an appearance Sirius XM NFL Radio and told hosts Alex Marvez and Zig Fracassi that the Bears have gotten rid of all the 7-step drops from their playbook.



By all accounts, the Bears have shredded Mike Martz’s old playbook and removed the plays that threatened to get Jay Cutler killed but what if there’s a 3rd and 20 (no thanks to a J’Marcus Webb holding penalty) and the Bears need to convert to keep a scoring drive alive?  I get that the Bears need to greatly cut down on the seven step drops, but do you really think they won’t have a 7-step drop to try to get downfield?

If Tice did take all the 7-step drops out of the playbook, I think it’s a bit of a knee jerk reaction and shows little faith in the group he helped put together.  Shouldn’t they at least see what this group can do before completely bailing?

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  • UCF_Bear

    Truthfully speaking, all the preseason hype should be taken as hyperbole and a knee jerk reaction to the failed expectations of last season.  Let’s let the coaches evaluate when training camp starts.

  • WayThompson

    The bears have done many things in this offseason, all of which have been exciting.  This news made me take notice.  There were many 7 step drops that didn’t result in a sack.  So, why this reaction.  This makes me think that Tice is rolling over.  Tice, don’t eliminate anything.  There will be a time this year when the opposing team will have no pass rush, and these plays need to come out of the play book.  Everyone wants to follow the path of least resistance, but a good manager must guide others to the path that gets the job done, and done right.  Bear down Tice….

  • City

    Hey Boomer… I think he was just making a point about the offense being different from Martz’s. 
    But, I also wanted to let you know that AM 1000 had a couple subs for Waddle and Silvy yesterday that gave BGO credit for your write-up about the WR stats (ie catchable passes and drops.). 
    So a little love for you and the BGO team coming from the sportscasters in Chitown! Grats!

  • MassBear

    If anyone thinks that all this preseason jibber-jabber is to be taken seriously, they’re pretty naive. I’m never convinced when any coaching staff completely eliminates a series of possible plays. Usually never happens. Is the seven step drop going to be less frequent, sure! But completely eliminated, I’ll believe it when I see it. Cutlet bootlegging and improvising out of the pocket is a take on less conventional drop backs, and less predictable than 7-steppers.