Hi there Chicago sports fans! Super pumped to be blogging today on the new and improved SDI website. The website revamp happened just in time too, treatment because football is back and so are the Bears! Since last season, see the Bears have made a lot of changes to the roster and to their line-up. USA Today also projected the Bears to have the worst record in the NFL this season. Since nothing motivates a fan more to watch this season’s games after hearing how horrible their team will be, I’m trying to look on the bright side and keep my focus on the roster… Today’s post focuses on the injuries and some of the old and new faces before touching on this week’s match-up against Green Bay.
Injury plagued – what else is new?
Lots of big names have been mentioned this off-season, but not necessarily for reasons fans hoped to hear. New Bears Head Coach, John Fox has been vague when discussing many of these injuries to the media, making it hard to really grasp how severe some of them had been and how they may affect the season. However, at this point it’s obvious that a few Bears will not be playing and I’ve listed some of the key injuries here.
White IR; Ryan Mundy Out; Clausen concussion; Jeffery to play the Pack?
- Let’s start with Kevin White. If you’re not familiar with the name, White was the first round pick by the Chicago Bears. He played college ball at WVA and had impressed the Bears at the combine – making him a huge part of their rebuilding strategy and efforts for the team. Apparently he injured his shin back in June and re-aggravated the injury in August. Most recently, he had surgery to repair the stress fracture. At this time, the Bears have offered no timetable on his return and have placed him on injured reserve (IR). However, just because he’s on IR doesn’t mean that he will come back this season.
- Another name on the IR is Ryan Mundy who was last year’s star safety on a dwindling defense. Last season, he led the Bears in tackles and interceptions. He’s out with hip injury and will miss entire season.
- While Jimmy Clausen might not be on the IR, he might be bumped to third string as he suffered another concussion against Cincinnati last week. This is Clausen’s second concussion in 8 months; his previous one occurred in December when he took a helmet-to-helmet shot against Detroit.
- The biggest name on the roster with the most questions right now is Bears star wideout, Alshon Jeffery. Suffered calf injury earlier in the pre-season and it appears the Bears are unsure if he will play but are reported “optimistic” about his status. Keep in mind; he was out Monday’s practice.
3rd String QB update
Following-up news of Clausen’s latest concussion, GM Ryan Pace signed 3rd string QB, Zac Dysert from Broncos a week ago. This development could be promising, seeing as Dysert is familiar with the John Fox and Adam Gase offensive program and would be a great supplement to Cutler if needed.
Who is Zac Dysert? He had 2 years with the Broncos under offensive coordinator Gase (4 preseason games – 24 for 41 with 285 yds and 2 touchdowns and 0 turnovers. You read that right, 0.)
We have to talk about Sunday’s game since it is the oldest rivalry in the NFL but I’m going to keep it brief. Last season versus the Packers, Bears lost both games. The worst loss against the Packers was the final loss of the match-up, when the Packers pummeled the Bears 55-14 in week 10. However, there have been 190 games between the two teams since 1921 and the Bears still hold overall wins with 93 to the Packers 91.
Naturally, there wouldn’t be a football rivalry if there wasn’t some smack talk involved. Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy told his season-ticket holders last week that Green Bay was going to “kick Chicago’s ass”. Those are some pretty hefty words and it doesn’t help that our own coach doesn’t disagree with the statement. Fox was asked about McCarthy’s comments and he replied that he’s seen their tape and they have a right to be confident.
Bear beating. Pack-27, Bears- 14.
Either way, Bear down Chicago, we’re in for a really interesting season. Be sure to check out the home opener against Green Bay this Sunday at 12PM on FOX and check back with me weekly for more Bears gossip, player profiles, previews and recaps.