Bear Essentials

Bear Essentials

Trestman gets scientific

Posted by Bob LeGere on Thu, 01/17/2013 - 23:52
I’ve heard of boxing referred to as “the sweet science,” and I’ve seen the classic film “Weird Science,” starring Anthony Michael Hall and especially Kelly LeBrock. I’m even old enough to remember listening to Thomas Dolby’s obnoxious new wave/synth-pop recording of “She Blinded Me With Science,” in 1982. But until Marc Trestman’s press conference on Thursday I had not heard of “the science of football.” And I was not alone.

Cutler needs to know Trestman's the boss

Posted by Bob LeGere on Wed, 01/16/2013 - 21:04
Of all the talk radio I listened to Wednesday concerning the hiring of Marc Trestman as the 14th head coach in Bears history, one comment stood out for its stupidity. It was the notion was that general manager Phil Emery, president and CEO Ted Phillips and chairman George McCaskey didn’t hire Trestman until they had the “blessing” of quarterback Jay Cutler. Really? Could there be a better/worse example of the tail wagging the dog? I’ll spare the offender in question by not identifying him, but his last name rhymes with Shmefter. Hopefully for the sake of Bears fans and the success of the franchise, the opposite is true. Hopefully Trestman gets the go-ahead to take Cutler to the woodshed and demand that he start improving his god-awful mechanics immediately.

Pass game no better with Marshall Plan

Posted by Bob LeGere on Thu, 12/13/2012 - 23:08
The Bears’ dependence on Brandon Marshall has reached ridiculous proportions. Marshall’s 1,342 receiving yards are more than the next seven Bears combined. The next seven. Combined. Rookie Alshon Jeffery has 256 receiving yards, which is No. 2 on the team but less than one-fifth of Marshall’s total. Marshall’s 101 receptions are as many as the next four teammates combined. The first-year Bear has 9 touchdown catches, the same number as the rest of the team combined. Marshall’s having the best season a Bears receiver has ever had – by a wide margin. He’s already topped Marty Booker’s old single-season record of 100 catches, and he’s on the verge of Marcus Robinson’s single-season mark of 1,400 yards with three games to go.

Offense must limit the laundry

Posted by Bob LeGere on Tue, 11/13/2012 - 23:54
One of the quickest ways the Bears can improve an offense that threatens to jeopardize their playoff plans is to reduce their overabundance of penalties. The Bears’ total of 61 penalties isn’t terribly egregious, but they’ve been flagged 56 percent more often than their opponents. The alarming number is the 37 penalties that have been whistled on the offense, including a ridiculous 18 false start penalties.

Offensive shootout a possibility

Posted by Bob LeGere on Thu, 10/25/2012 - 19:50
The Bears have talked a lot this week about the Panthers’ two-pronged rushing attack of Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams. But quarterback Cam Newton is Carolina’s leading rusher with 273 yards and a 5.9-yard average. Newton also torched the Bears for 374 passing yards last season, so they can’t overplay the run too much. But all three Panthers rushed for more than 700 yards last season, the first time that’s ever happened in NFL history. Even more impressive, all three players averaged at least 5.4 yards per carry in 2011, when the NFL average was 4.1

Not what we expected

Posted by Bob LeGere on Thu, 10/25/2012 - 00:03
It’s interesting to think back to the start of training camp three months ago. Just about everyone, myself included, was convinced that the Bears’ offense would be more explosive with the addition of Brandon Marshall, Michael Bush and Jason Campbell. And many feared the defense would begin to drop off because of the advancing age of its Pro Bowl players – Charles Tillman, Julius Peppers, Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher. Through seven weeks, the opposite has been true. The only impressive aspect of the team offense has been the run game, courtesy of Matt Forte. He has been every bit as good as he was last year when he was voted to his first Pro Bowl, and Bush has helped with some of the short-yardage chores.

Dad gum right Bears looking good

Posted by Bob LeGere on Tue, 10/02/2012 - 23:29
If Hawk Harrelson covered the Bears, he would say they’re “in the catbird seat.” That’s because, after humbling the Cowboys, the Bears are 3-1. Over the next month, simply by winning games they should, they’ll be 7-1 by the time they host the undefeated Texans on Nov. 11. After what should be a pleasure trip to Jacksonville this week to face the 1-3 Jaguars, the Bears have their bye. They don’t have any significant injuries that need to heal up during the off week. But it will provide an extra week to prepare for the Lions, another reeling 1-3 team that comes to town the following week for yet another Monday night game.

Forget Waldo, where's Hester?

Posted by Bob LeGere on Thu, 09/20/2012 - 23:10
Whatever happened to Devin Hester? Not Devin Hester the greatest return specialist in the history of the NFL. That guy is still around. He led the NFL with a 16.2-yard punt-return average last season. He had a 23-yard punt return in the season opener. But Devin Hester the wide receiver seems to have disappeared. He caught 2 passes for 27 against the Colts in Week One but was blanked against the Packers, when he was targeted just once. His virtual absence from the passing game has been a fact for much longer than two weeks, though. In his last 11 games, Hester has a total of 7 catches for 88 yards and no touchdowns.

Okoye upgrades DT depth

Posted by Bob LeGere on Mon, 09/03/2012 - 12:06
The Monday morning signing of free agent defensive tackle Amobi Okoye gives the Bears proven depth in the interior line and is an upgrade over Brian Price, who was waived. The Bears acquired the 6-foot-1, 303-pound Price for a seventh-round draft pick early in training camp, but he was clearly not in football shape. The former second-round pick struggled to recover from hamstring injuries last season and a recent knee injury, and from the tragic death of his older sister in a hit-and-run traffic accident last spring.

Cowboys' Bryant should be embarrassed

Posted by Bob LeGere on Mon, 08/27/2012 - 12:17
If Dez Bryant isn’t embarrassed, he should be. The Cowboys’ talented but clueless wide receiver apparently cannot be trusted to get himself to and from team functions, including practices and games, without a support staff. He cannot be trusted to stay out past midnight and, before he attends any nightclub, he must get team approval. Strips clubs and alcohol are also prohibited under guidelines instituted by the team to keep Bryant from destroying a promising career. The Cowboys say the guidelines have been established with the purpose of helping Bryant be more accountable, something that might be expected from a supposedly grown-up man of 23 making millions of dollars.