This should probably be 2019 shouldn’t it.
First pre-season game tonight, with the middle linebacker hall of fame show down. I love middle linebackers, possibly my favourite position to watch and hear mic’d up - Urlacher was a big reason why I now follow the bears, and I could watch Kuechly all day.
HoF game itself is always a bit rubbish though tbf (remember when the paint wasn’t dry :’) ) - someone put it well when they said that they get really excited about the first pre-season game all the way up to kick off, when it usually dawns on you how dull it’s going to be (probably due to seeing the starting line up which is a) very likely the best players on that of the ball that you’ll see all game and b) barely recognisable). That said I am looking forward to seeing some of the WR corps the bears have put together, even if it’s just Chase Daniel lobbing it up to them, and some of the concepts that are being tried out. Hopefully not too many runs against 9 man boxes.
Bears camp has been fairly uneventful so far, thank goodness as that mainly means no positional controversy and no major injuries as yet. Just the Roquan Smith issue, which is very irritating as I’d really like to see an elite M/ILB lining up asap. Latest development (no doubt leaked by bears) is that the issue isn’t game based suspensions (they’ll be paid in full) but non-game based ones, and that apparently the agents are trying to use Smith (who both has an impeccable record and a history of standing up for what’s best for himself) to get the thin end of wedge in for other top talented players who might be in need of the guaranteed money even for non-football based suspensions (eg Reuben Foster). Idk. Just hope it gets sorted in the next week or so.