Press Release from the Chicago Bears. Two Chicago Bears Wide Receivers at the pro bowl? Think Satan may well be skating to work tomorrow :) BEARS WR ALSHON JEFFERY NAMED...
site de rencontre gratuit 02100 Lets start off by saying that last week’s closing summary really bit me on the ass… “you kind of feel that this is might be right time to fly into Michigan and try to win with some smack-mouth football on the offensive line, a quarterback in tune with his head coach and on one of his hottest ever starts as a Bear, especially in the 4th quarter, and a defense eager to prove that it doesn’t just need turnovers to get the opposing offense off the field”.
http://kopuamonastery.org.nz/felmor/7229 Okay, so Bears QB Jay Cutler was once again Mr 4th Quarter, but not until after he’d regressed to Bad Jay for the first three. Couple that with a Bears defense that surrendered over a hundred yards in the first half alone to Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush with his yards per carry comfortably into double figures, and you are looking at the reason that the hot start has been extinguished.
source link So are we talking about an isolated shower for the 3-1 Chicago Bears, or could the visiting New Orleans Saints, with their unbeaten 4-0 record, be about to bring a monsoon into the Windy City? We’re going to try and figure it out as we head into the fifth installment of the 2013 season of the Beardown Chicago Bears Game Previews.
http://brander.fi/?macriot=le-site-de-rencontre-tinder&ff1=5e Chicago Bears vs New Orleans Saints Regular Season History
go to link The Bears hold a slender 15-12 lead in a series that started in 1968, one season after the Saints’ creation. If you factor out from that record the Bears two wins in the only two postseason games between these two franchises, then the regular season rivalry is even more in the balance, with the Bears holding a one game edge.
http://backyardgardensjoseph.com/?bioener=windows-hookup-app&23c=fe The longest winning streaks for the two teams in this match up are three consecutive wins for the Saints (2000, 2002 & 2003) and four for the Bears (2005-2008).
club rencontre le mans In the most recent years of this rivalry, the home team has won five out of the last six games, with the Bears coming away with that solitary win on the road in 2005, 20-17 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge while New Orleans and the Superdome were feeling the devastating aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. As far as the games played at Soldier Field, that’s where the Bears have had by far their most success so far in this series, holding a 10-5 record in Chicago.
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The last game between these two teams came in New Orleans in 2011, and wasn’t such a happy memory for the Bears. Despite a first quarter dominated by the Bears’ Matt Forte gaining 50 yards on just seven carries, with the running back also totaling during the game what was a career high 10 receptions for 117 yards, it was a game of few high points for Chicago.
This was one of those games that Bears QB Jay Cutler would surely choose to forget, after getting tortured by a Saints defense that took him down six times, five while chasing the game late on, while spending the rest of the time limiting him to only 19 completions from 45 attempts. Key in this ineffective offensive display was the Bears failure to get into the red zone in any of their final 11 possessions after taking an early 7-0 lead off a 8 yard Cutler touchdown pass to WR Dane Sanzenbacher.
So why was the offense so bad after such a good start? Well, that could be explained by two key injuries on the offensive line, with Chris Spencer and Frank Omiyale replacing Lance Louis and Gabe Carimi (back when he still had promise and at least some health) respectively.
What finished the Bears off in this one was their inability to get to Saints QB Drew Brees, with former Bears DE Israel Idonije recording their only sack, while Brees was afforded the time to end with 26 completions from 37 attempts, including three third down touchdown passes, the worst of which being a 79 yarder to Devery Henderson while the Bears were still defending a lead.
Bears who were Saints
Thanks to the new front office regime, the Bears are lucky enough to have two key members of the Saints’ 2009 Superbowl winning team in the building, Pro Bowl left tackle Jermon Bushrod and his offensive line and running game coach, Aaron Kromer. Since their departure, despite their strong start to the season the Saints are struggling to get it done on the ground, even with a first round pick (Mark Ingram) in the backfield. The Saints are currently 25th in the league in rushing yards per game (81.2) and have only 3.4 yards per carry.
Meanwhile, in the passing game, the Kromer and Bushrod deficient Saints are enjoying much more success, second overall for passing yards per game, at 338.2 compared to the top ranked and inhumanly good Peyton Manning led Denver Broncos at 363.8 yards per game. And all this despite squeaking into the top ten for most sacks allowed, with 12 for the season. Compare that to the 6 conceded by Kromer and Bushrod’s current offensive line, which is good for the 29th least allowed in the league, trailing just the Lions and the Broncos.
Saints who were Bears
There is currently just one ex Bear in the black and gold, and he’s very much a prominent one. In the strike impacted 1987 season, current Saints Head Coach Sean Payton filled in for the Bears at quarterback as part of the strike busting “Spare Bears”, after going undrafted out of Eastern Illinois, failing to crack an NFL roster in Kansas City before bouncing around between Chicago, Pittsburgh and Ottawa in the Arena and Canadian leagues. In his three seasons as a Chicago Bear, Payton posted a not entirely ground breaking 8 completions from 23 attempts for 79 yards and an interception. And who did the interception come against? A very early gift for his New Orleans Saints.
Another thing about Payton, he made a 1988 appearance for the semi pro Leicester Panthers in the UK’s Budweiser League before heading back to the US for a college coaching position, the first of several coaching roles that culminated in a 2009 Superbowl win for a historically unlucky Saints franchise for whom success was previously a pipe dream.
Staying on Saints head coach Sean Payton, his aforementioned coaching start came at San Diego State, which was at the same time that Bears defensive backs coach Jon Hoke was the defensive backs/special teams coach for the Aztecs.
Still on the coaching connections, Bears head coach Marc Trestman was the quarterbacks coach for the 1997 Detroit Lions, joining current Saints assistant special teams coach Stan Kwan on the coaching staff, who at the time was an offensive and special teams assistant for the team.
Trestman’s current QB coach, Matt Cavanaugh, also coached the quarterbacks for the 1994-95 Arizona Cardinals, and was on the same staff as the New Orleans defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. At that time, Ryan was serving under his father, Buddy, as Arizona’s defensive backs coach. Buddy Ryan was of course the Bears defensive coordinator from 1978-85, and we all know how successful that era turned out to be. Back to Rob, he was also Oakland’s defensive coordinator in 2004, which was while the Bears offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Aaron Kromer oversaw the OL for the Raiders.
Finally, back onto some player connections, current Bears backup QB Josh McCown will hopefully be observing the action from the sideline opposite his younger brother, Saints backup QB Luke McCown, who will hopefully see more action than his big bro’. Okay, one more. Still on the subject of Josh McCown, he and New Orleans CB Chris Carr and DE Jay Richardson were teammates for the Oakland Raiders back in 2007.
Bears/Saints Plotlines & Keys to the Game
Last week at top spot we looked at how the Bears, and primarily rookie first round guard Kyle Long, were going to contain Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. While we could get back to the progress of the rookie offensive linemen and their protection of Cutler, which despite one mixed performance is still a highpoint compared to 2012, this week we’re going to quickly switch our attention to the other side of the trenches.
An interesting stat was tweeted earlier by the Bears sideline reporter, Zach Zaidman. At this point in the 2012 season the Bears defense had restricted opposing passers to a respectable and relatively ineffective 71.3 quarterback rating. It’s been well documented so far this season how the Bears pass rush has failed to generate any consistent pressure on opposing signal callers, and that is evident from the fact that the opposing QB rating up to this point of the season has now risen to a much more useful and damaging 87.7.
So what’s different between this year and last? Well, first off is the personnel. At defensive end, Phil Emery was confident enough in the potential of his first draft pick, Shea McClellin (2.5 sacks in 2012), and the production of his fellow young end, Corey Wootton (7.0 sacks in 2012), to release veteran Israel Idonije (7.5 sacks in 2012). After four weeks of the season, the sack production between the two supposed future starters in the possibly impending post Peppers era is just 1.5 sacks. That’s not 1.5 sacks each over 4 games, that’s 1.5 sacks in total. For a promising young player that became a starter in his own right out of a backup role (Wootton) and a second year first rounder (McClellin) that’s just nowhere near good enough. Add Julius Peppers’ first sack of the season that was recorded last week on Matthew Stafford, plus the other half of McClellin’s sack earlier in the season (shared with NT Stephen Paea), and the four sacks from the Bears defensive line has been equalled by just one Saints defensive lineman, 3-4 end Cameron Jordan, with their 3-4 OLB and edge rusher Junior Galette just one sack behind him and the Bears DL.
The rumblings out of Detroit was that McClellin, in addition to failing to get enough pressure on Lions QB Matthew Stafford, he was also getting bulldozed in the running game by the opposing tight ends. Nobody likes hearing the B word when discussing the high draft picks of the Chicago Bears, as it’s something that has happened far too often under the previous regime. So for now lets give this still young player the benefit of the doubt and hope that he is poised to prove the doubters wrong with a long awaited breakout performance right when the Bears need it the most.
At two we are looking at the other part of the problem, and possibly someone that is under even more pressure than Shea McClellin, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.
This isn’t just the pass rush, it’s pretty much extending to the whole defensive package. We’ve already mentioned the way that Detroit RB Reggie Bush carved open the D almost at will in the first half and that, coupled with the inability to consistently pressure the opposing QB has resulted in a scrimmage yards per play (6.1) that ranks among the worst in the league (5th worst), and a similar story for points conceded (6th worst with 114).
If it wasn’t for the way that the Bears defense have continued to generate turnovers and points, even more questions would be asked of Tucker’s D, and a lot more yards gained by the opposing offenses. Talking of big plays, how have Tucker’s Bears compared to the 2012 Rod Marinelli variety? Well, simply looking at plays where 20 yards or more have been conceded, Marinelli’s D were giving up 2.9 per game. Compare that to the 5.2 currently being coughed up per week by the 2013 defense and it’s obvious that there are a few issues that need fixing.
This week is going to be one hell of a challenge for a defensive leader that needs his troops to make a stand. One of the most dangerous passers in recent memory, Drew Brees, is heading into town with an average of over 300 passing yards per game and a total of 254 touchdown passes during his Saints career, and off the back of an MVP season in 2012 that was secured via a league leading 5,177 yards and 43 TD’s, all this topped off with a staggering 30 of 39 (76.9%), 413 yards and 4TD, and interception free, performance against the previously unbeaten Miami Dolphins.
It’s not just about the quarterback either as, just like for Jay Cutler, there is an impressive array of weapons on offer that will all need covering. With Pro Bowl WR Marques Colston third on the team in receptions (21) but just two yards shy of 300, and Darren Sproles in second for receptions (23) and third for yardage (277) out of the backfield, the main target for Brees is his tight end, Jimmy Graham. Graham has just become the first TE to win offensive player of the month, thanks to ranking second overall in the NFL for receiving yards (458), with a league leading 6 TD’s from his 27 receptions (which are tied for eighth overall with Chicago’s own Brandon Marshall).
That’s enough negative for now, as the sky isn’t falling yet after only a first defeat in four games. Let’s factor in other side of the coaching coin, the Marc Trestman, Aaron Kromer and Matt Cavanaugh infused offense. Not forgetting the defensive contribution to the following statistics, with the defense’s league leading 14 takeaways generating 55 points overall for all three phases, with four weeks out of sixteen in the books the Chicago Bears are third in the NFL in points per game (31.8), with their 127 points scored the best in over two decades of Bears football, when the 1989 Mike Ditka coached team posted 129 after the first four weeks of their season.
It’s not all sunshine and roses for the offensive side of the ball though, they are still very much a work in progress, as demonstrated by their standings in the ranks for rushing offense (16th at 111.5 yards per game) and passing offense (19th at 240.8 yards per game). What can’t be overlooked though is the progress in those standings from the Martz and Tice years where the only thing that the Bears offense seemed to excel at was ineptitude.
Okay, so Cutler had one of those days where his mechanics were reportedly off, missing high, low or wide on several throws and coughing up three picks in addition to a fumble, but enough has been seen from this group of offensive coaches, and from the on show demeanor of the face of the franchise, to believe that Bad Jay can be corrected. But can that be done against a Saints defense that ranks 5th overall for points allowed (55) and for passing yards (769)? The one defect in their armor appears to be their run defense, 22nd overall in yardage (449) and last overall in yards per carry (5.5).
So keeping things close on defense and being able to have a balanced attack on offense could just be the key in this one.
Now for the other set of weapons that are going to get a workout in what could be a high scoring shootout. One of the particular bright spots for this evolving Bears offense is young WR Alshon Jeffery. It wasn’t all plain sailing vs the Lions, with a couple of key drops, but the second year pro did come away from the game with a team leading 107 yards. Thanks in part to a game high 44 yard reception, Jeffery averaged over 20 yards per catch, as well as registering his first touchdown of the season plus 27 rushing yards on an end around.
Jeffery now has 18 receptions for 211 yards, plus three rushes for 57 yards, over the first four games of the season. Jeffery may statistically still be a fall back option for Jay Cutler, behind WR Brandon Marshall (27 receptions for 348 yards and 2 TD’s), RB Matt Forte (23 receptions for 160 yards) and TE Martellus Bennett (20 receptions for 225 yards and 3 TD’s), but he has easily emerged as the standout pick of Phil Emery’s first draft, justifying the Bears’ GM’s decision to give up a 4th round pick to move up in the second round to grab a player that initially had a first round grade according to many experts. After a rookie season blighted by injury, Jeffery has shown that he has come into 2013 ready to make the next step, and on what seems to be a weekly basis is growing in both stature and the confidence of his quarterback.
Finally, still on the receivers, the fifth leading Bears receiver, slot WR Earl Bennett (7 receptions for 66 yards and 2 TD’s) is about to return to the zone coverage of Saints safety Roman Harper. Remember that in the 2011 match up it was Harper that launched his helmet into the sternum of Bennett (around 30 seconds into this video), removing the Bear from action for several weeks while failing to draw a flag in the process, and all this around the time that the same player coming under the spotlight as part of an investigation into bounties that were offered under the Gregg Williams regime to take out and injure opposing players.
The last thing that the banged up Bears (starters CB Charles Tillman, NT Stephen Paea, TE Martellus Bennett and WR Brandon Marshall have all sat out training sessions this week) and their coaching staff need is more injuries. But what about the prospect of some karma from Bennett or any of his teammates? Now that would be interesting.
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