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dating advice rss feed It’s been a long time coming but it’s finally here, the 2013 NFL Regular Season. After blowing an epic 7-1 start in spectacular fashion, self destructing 1-5 in the second half of the season before finishing with two late wins that still weren’t enough for the post season, an offseason for the ages has resulted in a playing and organisational overhaul and a new offensive mantra at Halas Hall, with the first offensive minded head coaching appointment since Iron Mike Ditka.
http://nkbosna.ba/?myravey=rencontre-femmes-en-algerie-je-contacte&1f3=a8 The question, is this going to be a fresh start or a false dawn for new head coach Marc Trestman’s Bears? We’re going to try and figure it out as we head into the first installment of the 2013 season of the Beardown Chicago Bears Game Previews.
here Chicago Bears vs Cincinnati Bengals Regular Season History
sitio de citas para testigos de jehova The Bears vs the Bengals is a rivalry that is still in its relative infancy. While the Bengals came into being back in 1966 as part of the AFL, the two teams have only met nine times since Cincinnati joined the NFL in 1968. The Bengals hold a noticeable lead in the series, winning 6 to the Bears’ 3. Out of all of the teams that joined the league prior to 1995, the Bears have played fewer games against the Bengals than against any other franchise. And if you’re looking for a Bears home win, you’ll have to go back to one solitary game way back in the Mike Ditka & Tom Waddle years, 1989. This might just be coincidence, but it was also the season opener, and the starting quarterback, Mike Tomczak, threw a pick on his first play. Hmm, seem familiar?
click here So what about the recent trends that could be more of a factor on Sunday? Well, here’s an interesting stat from @ZachZaidman, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is 7-1 against NFC North teams, including sitting pretty at 2-0 vs the Bears.
5es rencontres parlementaires sur les énergies renouvelables Incidentally, no team has yet won three straight in this series.
rencontre evidence One such previous matchup that sticks in the throat of Bears fans, especially those in the UK & Europe, is a 45-10 rout on a miserable International Series weekend back in October 2009.
While suffering a one sided affair between the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, punctuated by big plays from Pats safety Brandon Meriweather (remember him?), the many Bears fans in attendance had to suffer scoreboard updates of former fourth overall pick RB Cedric Benson, running all over Lovie Smith’s defense on an characteristic off day for the unit.
Although not helped by an offense that turned the ball over four times, including three Jay Cutler interceptions, Smith’s signature Cover 2 defense was torched by the Bengals, with their Carson Palmer led offense scoring on their first seven possessions, only held by the Bears to a field goal on one of those seven drives.
The Bears D failed to create any turnovers or register any sacks, while back on the offense RB Matt Forte could only muster 24 yards, albeit on just six carries as Ron Turner went to the air trying to play catchup.
The good news is that, with Forte, Cutler and Roberto Garza the only remaining offensive players from that debacle, it should be a much different story on that side of the ball. And, as for the defense, they are no longer having to contend with Palmer and Benson having career days or with WR Chad Ochocinco there to victimise the secondary. But that’s not to write off the offensive firepower that the 2013 Bengals have in abundance. But more on that later.
Bears who were Bengals
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Two very notable names, but for different reasons. Firstly, Bengals WR Dane Sanzenbacher. Originally a UDFA for the Bears that made the final 53 by virtue of good hands, great effort and striking up a relationship with his QB (not easy to do by all accounts), Dane was poised to become the Tom Waddle of his generation. Anyway, GM Phil Emery came in the next offseason and went WR crazy, trading for Brandon Marshall, drafting Alshon Jeffery in the 2nd round and adding Eric Weems in free agency. While Sanzenbacher made the final 53 as a sixth receiver, he didn’t make an impact on the depth chart and was released, later being picked up by his home state Bengals on Christmas Day.
The second and final ex Bear is on the Cincinnati coaching staff as their defensive backs coach. And what a role model to have. Former Bears safety Mark Carrier was drafted sixth overall in 1990, was named Defensive Rookie of the Year after a record setting 10 interceptions, and was named to three Pro Bowls after three of his first four seasons.
Still on the subject of Carrier, he played for the Detroit Lions in 1997, a landmark season for the Lions that ended with a rare playoff berth plus the great Barry Sanders becoming the third running back to break the 2000 yard barrier. It would have been 4000 if they added him going backwards and sideways. Best back to play the game other than Sweetness. Anyway, also on the Lions payroll during that season as their QB coach was one Marc Trestman.
There are also some links between new Bears OC Aaron Kromer and Bengals assistant DB coach Adam Zimmer from their days on the New Orleans Saints staff, plus Bears GM Phil Emery was in the front office in Atlanta while Bengals assistant coaches Hue Jackson (RB’s) and Mike Zimmer (DC) were the Falcons’ offensive and defensive coordinators, respectively.
Bears/Bengals Plotlines & Keys to the Game
Before we can move onto the players and some of the matchups, lets get one thing out of the way. While we’re all thrilled to be able to see our latest draft picks and signings put on the pads and stride proudly out onto Soldier Field in the navy and orange, this game is really all about Marc Trestman. After having to watch the product of horrendous drafting and questionable offensive appointments result in only one post season appearance in six seasons, it was obvious that change had to come. We’ve gone from a man of the people, defensive guru at head coach to a cerebral, quarterback whispering appointment out of left field.
If he’s good enough for Steve Young, good enough to coach Rich Gannon to the NFL MVP, and good enough to win in Cana(scrub that, moving on…), that’s good enough for us, right? We’re hopefully about to see the offensive training wheels come off. While it’s more likely to be later in the season as the new system gains a head of steam, who’s to say Trestman can’t start his regular season tenure in Chicago with a bang? Even a few less blown timeouts and headscratching challenges would be a start.
Okay, now that’s out of the way, lets talk about the guys that will define Trestman’s success. First up are the two rookie starters on the right side of the offensive line, 19th overall pick OG Kyle Long (Oregon) and 163rd overall pick OT Jordan Mills (Louisiana Tech), who will be the first opening day rookie OL starters since Jimbo Covert and Rob Fada manned the left side in 1983. That’s quite an achievement for the pair, regardless of the combination of injury (OT Jonathan Scott) and sub par effort (JWebbNation) that helped pave the way. It’s going to be a tough challenge for them, with standout Bengals defensive tackle, former 4th round pick Geno Atkins (12.5 sacks) coming into the season opener off the back of the richest contract extension in team history, plus Estonian man mountain and former discus junior world record holder DE Margus Hunt ready to try to make a name for himself off the back of any mistakes or miscommunication. Factor in veteran DE’s Michael Johnson (11.5 sacks) and Carlos Dunlap (6 sacks) and it’s a baptism of fire for the new blood.
Still on the offensive line, out of the 9 players that suited up for previous OC Mike Tice on the 2012 offensive line, only two remain, one of them being center Roberto Garza. The OL has seen a terrific turnaround under second year GM Phil Emery from the stinking mess that Jerry Angelo left behind. But, and not writing off the importance of the two new free agent additions manning the left side, the glue that needs to keep all of the new pieces together is one of Angelo’s few OL success stories. Allowed to hit the free agent market by the Atlanta Falcons (ironically while Emery was in their front office) over concerns over his lack of an ACL, Garza has gone from a footnote alongside quality Bears linemen like Olin Kreutz, Reuben Brown, John Tait and the first in a line of Angelo induced turnstiles, Fred Miller, to being a locker room leader in his eighth season in Chicago. The tough question that’s about to be answered is, has he got it left in him to go out on a high, or even potentially stave off the drafting of his successor? Sunday will be the first indicator against a tough and productive Cincinnati defensive line.
Now we’re out of the trenches and onto Jay Cutler’s new toys. Last season WR Brandon Marshall blew the Bears fans out of the water with an incredible debut season (118 receptions for 1,508 yards & 11 TD’s). While a lot has been written about the need for Cutler to spread the ball around, I’m all for him going back to Marshall early and often to strike up a rhythm with his favourite target if it gets him comfortable in his 2013 skin.
Regardless of if he gets the ball in the first few drives, developing 2nd year WR Alshon Jeffery is poised for a breakout year, as is madcap Twitter sensation and free agent signing TE Martellus Bennett. The receptions for both will come, but whatever gets Jay settled early and hopefully keeps the ball out of Bengals hands, I’m good with that. Either way, it’s going to be interesting to see who finishes top of the receiving charts after week one, not forgetting that Matt Forte should be factored back into the passing game by Kromer and Trestman, more than under previous OC Mike Tice.
Now it’s time to turn our attention to the defense. First up on the agenda is the secondary, for which it could either be the end of an era for the veteran starting group or a career defining opportunity for the younger talent on the roster, with contract years for three out of four of the every down starters.
Looking the guys entering the last year of their deals, we have corners Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings plus strong safety Major Wright. Tillman still appears to be at the peak of his career and, if that continued, would be an even bigger void to fill than retiring middle linebacker, Brian Urlacher. Tillman has a big battle on his hands to pick up where he left off in 2012, in the shape of Bengals franchise WR A.J. Green (97 receptions, 1,350 yards & 11 TD’s). Green finished top in the All Pro voting for the AFC, finishing behind only Detroit’s Calvin Johnson and our own Brandon Marshall in the league wide honours. If Tillman can lock Green up like he did Megatron, then the Bengals will be looking towards Tim Jennings and Bengals #2 WR Mohammed Sanu, who is keen to bounce back after an injury marred 2012.
But more likely to be of threat to the Bears secondary is their dual threat at tight end, Jermaine Gresham (64 / 737 / 5) and their dynamic 2013 first round draft pick, Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert. After a disappointing preseason removed 6’3″ 2012 third round pick Brandon Hardin (waived/IR) from the equation at strong safety, Major Wright now has a clear run to prove that he belongs as a Bear for the long term, or play for a deal elsewhere. It’s going to be a stiff opening test for #21.
Another player facing a stiff test is starting nickelback, Isaiah Frey. Elevated to starter after a season ending injury to Kelvin Hayden, Frey has been one of the feel good stories of camp. Emerging as a ball hawk to rival Peanut and Jennings, Frey has made attention grabbing plays in camp and in preseason, and it will be interesting to see if he can sustain that now that the stakes have risen. All this coming after a rookie season spent on the practice squad, it’s a story of hope for the other players that found their bubble bursting in the last round of cuts.
Heading into this week, the starting left defensive end spot was reportedly still up for grabs, with Northwestern’s 2010 fourth rounder Corey Wootton (7.0 sacks) and Boise State’s 2012 first round pick Shea McClellin (2.5 sacks) going head to head.
Well the first depth chart has now been released by the Bears, with the superior 2012 sack total counting for something with Wootton continuing as starter in his contract year. If Gresham and Eifert are the Bengals’ dual threat, then our left defensive end platoon is the Bears’. But the returning 2009 first round right tackle for the Bengals, Andre Smith, won’t be out to make it easy for either of the Bears’ young ends. It will be interesting to see which, if any, of those two players can make more impact in the hurries, hits and sacks stakes to put some pressure on Bengals QB Andy Dalton, while RDE Julius Peppers works on veteran left tackle (and first time Pro Bowler), Andrew Whitworth.
We started the player portion of the Lucky(?) Seven with our first round pick, so we couldn’t leave out our second rounder. After Mike Singletary waited seven games in 1981 before getting his first rookie start, and after it took a Barry Minter injury plus a benching at strongside linebacker for Brian Urlacher to get his first start in the middle in Week 3 of the 2000 season, this is the first time since 1965 (and the even more legendary Dick Butkus) that a Bears rookie linebacker has started in the middle for the team that created the position.While that’s partly due to an injury to free agent signing D.J. Williams, there’s no ignoring the explosive preseason plays from the Bears’ second round pick out of Florida, Jon Bostic, and the fact that the Bears had former Carolina Panther LB James Anderson who could have stepped in the middle if there was any doubt about the rookie.
A Hall of Fame bloodline in the offensive trenches, a rookie MLB ready to write the next chapter in a proud defensive folklore, plus a bright and well regarded offensive mind ready to erase memories of wasted timeouts and incompetent play calling… what’s not to like? 2013, bring it on.
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