Chicago Bears head to Seattle with major roster questions

Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte

The Chicago Bears enter arguably the most important week of the NFL preseason with more questions than most teams would want to have answered.

The Seattle Seahawks are the perfect test for a Bears team trying to gauge how likely it is for the team to be considered a real threat in a stacked NFC. Heading out on the road to one of the toughest NFL stadiums to play in, to take on a very good conference foe is no easy task, and the Bears will be going into Friday’s game with major questions in all three phases of the game.

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Chicago Bears S Chris Conte has done some soul searching

Chris Conte

Less than two days after the 2014-15 NFL season with a 34-28 preseason win over the Philadelphia Eagles, the Chicago Bears returned to practice.

Sunday afternoon’s practice also included the return of safeties Chris Conte and Craig Steltz to the practice field. Conte lined up on the third unit, while Steltz watched the majority of practice from the sidelines. [Read more…]

Bears Chris Conte rips fans in Tweet; channels George W. Bush

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Remember after 9/11 when then President George W. Bush proclaimed “you’re either with us, or with the terrorists” to the entire world? Well the NFL version of that came today after the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears and put the Bears in serious jeopardy of making the playoffs. Bears safety Chris Conte turned on his own fans by tweeting the following:

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Statistically Breaking Down the Chicago Bears Defense

Tim-Jennings

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: the Bear’s defense is the key to their success.

 

I’m not a guy who relates every sports argument back to stats. We all know that guy, though. He can usually be found saying ignorant things such as:

“Well, the stats say X so you guys don’t have a chance tonight.”

It’s so gratifying to me when their statistically based predictions go wrong. That’s why the game isn’t played on paper.

But I’m aware stats do have a place in sports, that’s why we keep them. 3 games worth of information isn’t really enough to make long term projections, but I want to take the stats that we have so far and give some context to this up and down season we’re witnessing.

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Don’t Underestimate the Chicago Bears

Celebrations like this should be frequent this year for the Bears.

After the dust had settled following the Bear’s third consecutive season opening win at Soldier Field, there was only one thing going through my mind:

“The Bears are WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE!”

But this time, it wasn’t as if Denny Green and the Arizona Cardinals “let us off the hook”.

The Bears couldn’t have had their opening 3 minutes go any worse if they planned to. But the following 45 minutes showed everyone what this team has the potential to do: hang points on people in a hurry, play suffocating defense, and dominate lesser opponents.

People may be quick to point out that the Colts were the worst team in the NFL last year, and that the Bears have gotten out to fast starts before only to flame out when it counts.

But Sunday’s game provided definitive signs to why this success will stick going forward.

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Chicago Bears Training Camp Position Battles: Safeties

Steltz Interception

How will Craig Steltz factor in to a depleted safety rotation?

The mix at safety is always interesting for the Bears. The team hasn’t had any player return as a starter for more than two consecutive years at safety since Mike Brown was in town… the first time around.

In my last post, I mentioned how the safety rotation took a hit with the injuries to Chris Conte and Brandon Hardin. It looks like defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli will have to play musical chairs again this year to make ends meet.

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Chicago Bears week 2 success; overshadowed by injuries

Brandon Hardin

Brandon Hardin is the most recent Bear to go down with an injury.

Following Saturday’s performance by the starting unit, Bears fans everywhere should be exhaling a huge sigh of relief this week.

Cutler-to-Marshall was finally on display, the line actually protected Jay (gasp!), and Israel Idonije led the first team defense in their solid effort to contain RG3.

Instead, fans and the Bears front office are forced to keep an eye on an ever-growing injuries list.

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