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Halfway Point

Well, the Bears have a week off and we are halfway through the season, so it is probably a good time to see what we have cooking so far this year at Halas Hall.

Our defense is, well, improving.  You can certainly see a sense of urgency in the play of Kyle Fuller since this is his contract year.  The line is stout with Hicks leading the way and overall, we seem to be more aggressive and hard hitting.  The loss of Freeman for a while due to his PED bust hurts but honestly we aren’t likely going anywhere soon so in the big picture, who cares.  I am happy to see improvement in any fashion and I don’t think I would get too many arguments on this point.  Elite, no.  Improved, yes.

On offense it has been interesting to see Tittiesss start out this year.  He is making some rookie mistakes, but that is expected.  He does make some great throws and it is cool to see what a fresh arm can do.  The problem is that his line is so bad that he only has one second to work with most of the time and then he is under duress.  A rookie under duress = mistakes.  But he will learn.  The early take I have is that he will be just fine, if we don’t get him killed.

Grabowski has NOBODY to throw the ball to.  I don’t think it will be any secret that the Bears will be using several picks in the next draft on WR’s.  And our O line is, typically, terrible.  Boy do we have running back covered though.  Howard and Cohen are a fantastic tandem.

Special teams have been very Un-special, with several gaffes that have cost us points.  I assume our special teams coach will be looking for work after this year.

Speaking of people getting fired, barring some miraculous finish, I am going to assume Fox and Friends are dead men walking – well, at least Fox himself.  I have a feeling this has all been set up by Pace so he keeps his job (look at our improvement, George, if I just had a real coach blah blah).  But what do I know.  At 3-5 we are sitting better than I thought we would be at this point and if we finish at 7-9 or 8-8, who knows, they might give everyone another shot.

I believe that although we still have so much work to to, that the overall trend is UP, which is refreshing from past years where we all knew what was going to happen every single game.

Bears Free Agent Signings

The Bears have been busy in free agency.

I think everyone reading here will be happy with the signing of Danny Trevathan from the Broncos. This year, the Broncos conclusively proved (like the Ravens back in the day) that you can win a Super Bowl with a hard thumping insane defense with no offense, and the addition of Trevathan now gives the Bears a fearsome duo of linebackers alongside Pernell.

We also signed a solid right tackle in Bobby Massie away from the Cardinals. This is more important than people think, as now Long can move back to his more natural spot at right guard.

Porter got re-upped for three years. He looked solid in the backfield for the Bears. Not a superstar by any means, but solid.

I was surprised to see Jaquizz Rodgers get re-upped for a year to back up Langford.

I will keep adding to this post as more signings come. I think that the Bears may be done in free agency, but we will see. I am very happy with these pickups.

UPDATE 3-14-16 – Wow Halas Hall is a busy place. The Bears have re-upped Mitch Unrein (2 year deal), Marc Mariani (1 year deal) and Sherrick “the Irishman” McManis (2 year deal). We have also picked up Akiem Hicks and Jerrell Freeman, further bolstering the defense.

UPDATE 3-15-16 – Zach Miller re-upped for a two year deal.