Chicago Bears News: Preseason Opener, Depth Chart and More


Welcome to Bear Dawn, the latest Chicago Bears news and notes for Thursday, August 13th. The wait is over Bears Nation! It seemed like it took forever but football is officially back! Sunday afternoons just aren’t the same with a little bit of tailgating and watching our beloved Chicago Bears. After an off-season that sent us all on an emotion roller coaster of change, today is the day we will get to see a live a Bears game.

The first preseason game will give insight into who the Bears will be this season. Let’s hope that we see a new and improved team that will be ready to take on the Packers in the season opener. Check out our very own Andrew Poole’s preview of the match-up against the Miami Dolphins.

With a completely new coaching staff and revamped defense, the anticipation is high, and the internet is buzzing leading up to tonight’s game.

So let’s dive right into it, here’s the latest news, events and updates out of Halas Hall.

On Wednesday, the Bears released their first depth chart of the season. Jacquizz Rodgers beat out Jeremy Langford and Ka’Deem Carey for the number two running back position behind Matt Forte. On the defensive side of the ball, Jared Allen and Pernell McPhee were listed as the starting OLBs. Based on reports and what we have seen from the team in training camp the details of the depth chart is no shocker.

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However, things can change after today’s game. Head coach John Fox stated that training camp practices can be considered quizzes and this week’s game can be a midterm. So, it will be interesting to see what adjustments he makes as the preseason progresses. He also stated he would like to see a 12 play drive ending in a touchdown.

Hopefully for the guys on the field they can live up to his expectations or they might find themselves at the bottom of the depth chart the next time around.

Fox Sports Mike Garafolo recently reported on Jay Cutler taking on more of a leadership role.  Much has been said about  Jay Cutler’s attitude this offseason and how he will respond to taking direction from the new coaching staff. Thankfully, Cutler seems to be receptive to the suggestions made by offensive coordinator Adam Gase.

Cutler now has a better understanding of how his body language can rub some people the wrong way. His is willing to work on making the necessary steps to change the current perception that many fans and people around the league may have of him.

Speaking of what people think about Jay Cutler, a former teammate not named Brandon Marshall had a few comments recently. During his appearance on NFL Network former Bears linebacker Lance Briggs joked about wanting to punch Cutler but “out of respect” he didn’t do it.

It may have been said in humor but considering Briggs didn’t leave Chicago in the good graces of the fans, his Cutler joke didn’t go over too well. To Briggs defense, he was on television and Cutler wasn’t that the only name he mentioned.

Ever wonder what a vegan 300-pound defensive player would look? Well, look no further than Bears defensive lineman David Carter. Carter recently spoke with GQ magazine about his vegan lifestyle, and what it takes to live on a plant-based diet while maintaining the weight need to be a defensive lineman in the NFL. His daily meal plans didn’t consist of the typical tailgating food but it was still an interesting and inspiring story.


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