NFL  > Chicago Bears  > Free Agency/ training camp Offensive +'s and -'s.
August 3, 2011, 04:02 AM
Mike Martz is "giddy" on the improvement of Cutler's footwork and fundamentals. (I hope that includes Jay learning not to throw off his back foot.) Saying his footwork/fundamentals were "perfect".
With the loss of Owens, people have wondered about the impact of losing his height in the "red zone". Just an observation, but the Bears have added 5, (yes FIVE) Wide recievers over 6 feet tall since last season. Sam Hurd 6'4", Andy Fantuz 6'4", Roy Williams 6'3", Kris Adams 6'3", and Jimmy Young at 6'1". They also added TE Matt Spaeth 6'7" 270lbs to play H back and TE and they resigned TE Desmond Clark 6'3" 249lbs tuesday. Possibly most interesting after the Roy Williams and Andy Fantuz signings, is the signing of the WR 5'11" 180lbs Dane Sanzenbacher from Ohio State. He's simular to Tom Waddle with his hands of glue and fearlessness in catching.
With the players that have been added to the OL Martz says the OL is much bigger and stronger than last year. The most encouraging thing to me is that Tice has them all from the beginning of camp and can hopefully get them all working together as a single unit by the first game of the season. Worrisome to me, is that even though they have bigger players to open up holes for the running game, will these same players be agile enough to block in the passing game?
At least they are paying attention to the short yardage game where we were 29th in 3rd and 1yard offense, and 26th in 4th and 1yard offense. They have added both Harvey Unga (Supplimental draft pick last year but never played a single down in 2010.) and Marion Barber (FA this year) to run the ball in these situations. With the larger line hopefully we will be better in this area.
Lastly I have to add this even though it's on the defensive side. Tuesday in practice 3rd round pick Chris Conte had two interceptions. Let us hope it's a sign of things to come. Go BEARS!!!
August 3, 2011  10:21 PM ET

Anyone interested in the fact that Amobi Okoye 6'2" 292lbs DT FA Texans is only 24 years old!!! He came into the league at 20 years old!
Another tidbit, who on this Bears team has been in Mike Martz's system of coaching the longest? Answer; Roy Williams. Hopefully he knows it pretty good too.
Someone said; "Ok it makes sense that you signed all these cheap ex high draft pick prospects, but why didn't you at least sign ONE good Guard prospect with all the money you had???" That's our JA!!! As much Money and prospects they had at WR, CB, DT, and especially OL they better show that the players we had are better than we (The Fans) think. I know that the coaches and JA get paid the big bucks to think, but this one looked like a no brainer before the FA signings started! Is there an chance that if they fail we can get rid of JA or Lovie? Or both? lol.
It looks to me that the Bears Management expects this to be a very good team, that will be able to defend their division championship. Maybe with some offense this year.
Does anyone remember the last time the Bears went to two NFC championship games in a row, and what they did the second time? It was the 84 and 85 Bears. Pretty good team to try to copy. Go BEARS!!!

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August 4, 2011  07:56 AM ET

That would be so perfect to meet the Bengals in the SuperBowl. I would hate for you to loose, but hey they are "my" Bears!!!

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August 4, 2011  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I hear Cultlers back to his prom night weight>>> jenny craig?

I heard it was that new Kristin Cavallari diet.

August 5, 2011  04:18 AM ET

With Cutler and the Bears offense so hungry this year, I think they will win at least two of their first three critical games. Their record for the season will be 10-6 or BETTER!!! With us winning the NFC North AGAIN this season, because I don't anticipate a drop in our defense, and I expect a rise in our offense.
Just remember this bear fans, the preseason means NOTHING. The preseason is to get players on the same page and to see how good your backups are. Even if the Bears go 0-4 in the preseason I expect a very good year. Are you ready for some football??? Go BEARS!!!

August 5, 2011  10:02 PM ET

How could my above post not gotten some of you guys' blood boiling? Or haven't you found my predictions yet? Barring injuries that's what I think and am going to stand by. Or maybe EVERYONE AGREES with me and feels there's nothing to discuss. lol. Go BEARS!!!

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August 5, 2011  10:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

With Cutler and the Bears offense so hungry this year, I think they will win at least two of their first three critical games. Their record for the season will be 10-6 or BETTER!!! With us winning the NFC North AGAIN this season, because I don't anticipate a drop in our defense, and I expect a rise in our offense. Just remember this bear fans, the preseason means NOTHING. The preseason is to get players on the same page and to see how good your backups are. Even if the Bears go 0-4 in the preseason I expect a very good year. Are you ready for some football??? Go BEARS!!!

The Bears will be respectable but the Packers just have too many weapons and will win the NFC North. Sorry bearsfan.

August 6, 2011  06:30 AM ET

That's why they play the games though right? Everyone is talking about Phily's "dream team" and they haven't even won a preseason game yet.
Roy Williams said, "This is the best Offense I've ever been on." Huh!!! Say that again Roy???
To everyone out there just remember this, the Bears don't have to score 35 points a game with how their defense can limit opponents offenses. All they have to do is score 7 to 10 points more than they did last year (Averaging 20 to 25 points a game.) and good things are going to happen this year. I really think that if their offense can just become an average offense it will be enough to really make things better and possibly bring home the bacon. In almost all catagories the Bears ranked 28th or worse on offense in the NFL. If we can just improve to 14th or so position it will be huge.

August 6, 2011  06:38 AM ET

Think about this Packer fans, the Bears back up QB is more well known than the Packers back up QB. If anything would happen to Aaron Rogers, they are dead meat! We don't know how the injuries, age and mostly over confidence from winning a Super Bowl will effect the Packers yet. On paper yes the Packers are superior. At the end of the season it's anyone's guess.
I for one think the Bears are hungrier than almost any team in the NFC though. Especially the offense who is tired of not pulling their weight and want to prove that they can play.

August 6, 2011  06:47 AM ET

Ez do you think/hope the Bengals will try to get into the Andrew Luck contest in the draft this (2012) year?

August 6, 2011  06:52 AM ET

The Bears OL took a major hit losing Kreutz.

August 6, 2011  11:28 AM ET

I agree with you mostly DJroxalot knowing we will miss Olin's class and leadership, but several times during last season and the year before people from other teams said the major thing wrong with our OL was Kreutz. I wanted to scream, he's playing injured idiots!!! But others got there before me usually.
Reconsidering though, maybe it's in the best and Chris Spencer can turn the position into a real strength this year. Making our double teams against who's usually the biggest and strongest man on the field DT/NT a place we can run better this year. Remember Green Bay and Detroit both have gigantic and great DTs. And one of the Williams wall is still in Minnesota.
We shall see won't we. I do however like Spencer's attitude saying he is aiming for the Pro Bowl this year. Go BEARS!!!

August 8, 2011  01:19 PM ET

Today I just read that the Bears are bringing in CB Kelvin Hayden who wants to join the Bears. (6 year pro from Indy, who the Bears tried to sign two years ago.) With luck he might be the answer to our prayers at CB Bear fans.

August 10, 2011  04:06 AM ET

Kelvin Hayden was not offered a contract by the Bears. A little bird tells me that he isn't physically capable according to team doctors.

Now he will probably go from team to team until a team doctor has a different opinion and says he can play. Just one more reason to have a centralized medical staff for free agents in the NFL. There is no reason to endanger a players life over this kind of thing.

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August 10, 2011  11:21 AM ET
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The Bears OL took a major hit losing Kreutz.

Kreutz is old and well past his prime.

August 10, 2011  11:24 AM ET
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Your O-line sucks...Aaron Rodgers is a marked man...you will be every teams Super Bowl...I think they will nut up under the pressure...lol

The Packers returned all their key personnel and will be very dangerous again. Their OL is much improved and they've added another offensive weapon in Cobb.

 
August 10, 2011  12:40 PM ET
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Think about this Packer fans, the Bears back up QB is more well known than the Packers back up QB. If anything would happen to Aaron Rogers, they are dead meat!

The Packer's backup QB is Matt Flynn who gave the Patriots all they could handle last season. He is very capable of leading this team into the playoffs if called upon.

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