Heads up! Tickets for Bears training camp are now available through Ticketmaster. They are free… and accessible via this link from the team. Good luck! And I can’t wait to see you at Halas Hall.
- we are just 20 days removed from the end of mandatory full team minicamps. And only 21 days away from the first open training camp practice. Hopefully the next three weeks will see the Bears address some off-court issues that have surfaced over the past three weeks. ICYMI: Wide receiver David Moore was reportedly arrested in Texas on July 4. This news comes weeks after linebacker Matthew Adams was arrested for possession of a firearm. Additionally, this is the third off-field incident this offseason involving a new Bears player, as wide Byron Pringle also had a court case after an arrest for reckless driving. Ugh. Three unnecessary arrests are three too many.
- I don’t necessarily care if these are low-level free agent signings on one-year contracts. Or that they’re not high-profile names seen as building blocks for the future. But I care about setting a bad precedent. It’s not like I can blame general manager Ryan Poles for these issues. It’s not like Moore, Adams or Pringle had lengthy arrest records before they arrived in Chicago. There were no bright red flags strongly suggesting these players not be signed. But at some point, the GM has to let it be known that this is unacceptable. It’s a learning moment for the first-year GM. And hopefully the lessons will be clear and obvious sooner (and not later).
Summer for these guys is going to be big. And the message I told them after practice was to come back lean, fit and strong. Of course, I left them with “put on your running shoes” – like I started my first press conference – because we’re going to be running once we get to training camp. Boot camp isn’t about getting in shape, you should be in shape already. You should be ready to go for training camp, because we huff and go on day one. And then just to be safe. Be careful who you hang out with and be aware of that, and where you are. And to be safe during the holidaysthis little break we have before training camp.
- Be careful, careful and aware of your surroundings. It’s the little things. The recklessness that led to each of these arrests annoys me. I realize that the players are not perfect. They are human. And humans make mistakes along the way in their lives. But come on, man.
- OK, how’s that for a palate cleanser?
- A pleasant surprise: Bleacher Report’s Maurice Moton gives Bears 2017 NFL Draft class a ‘C’ grade. Generally speaking, five years is the best time to grade drafts fairly. Even still…Moton gives the Bears a higher rating than I probably would have had I been given the mission. Eddie Jackson and Tarik Cohen delivering All-Pro performances in 2018 really bolster this class. And while Mitchell Trubisky didn’t live up to the expectations that come with being the second overall pick (and the first QB taken in his class), he still had a Pro Bowl and led the team to two. playoff appearances in three years. And yet, I will always remember this draft as full of missed opportunities. Even if you take Patrick Mahomes off the table, missed opportunities to sign world wide receiver Cooper Kupp (instead of Adam Shaheen) and All-Pro returning defensive back/ace Desmond King (instead of Jordan Morgan) remain in the game. my throat.
- Eddie Goldman joins the roster of ex-Bears currently on the Falcons. The others: Damiere Byrd, Eddie Goldman, Germain Ifedi, Nick Kwiatkoski, Cordarrelle Patterson, Teez Tabor, Elijah Wilkinson and Damien Williams. Besides that, Atlanta is also home to Ryan Pace, Phil Emery, Dave Ragone, Charles London, Michael Pitre, Ted Monachino, and Jon Hoke. Sheesh. This Week 11 Bears-Falcons tilt in Atlanta is turning into one hell of a reunion.
- It’s a conversation that really took place hours before Aaron Rodgers’ first tattoo was featured online:
“I haven’t seen a lot of pro-style football on his college tape. And if you’re short, you have to be able to compensate somehow, and personality doesn’t do that. I didn’t think he was a great athlete. This guy is kind of like a pocket quarterback who is short and with small hands, which is what worries me.
- Ah, well, now McAdoo can see that personality firsthand when Panthers camp kicks off later this month. Good luck with this drama, Ben.
- Chris Sale is an absolute threat:
- It’s that time of year, folks: