Payton Presser: The Bears are making me nervous

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Nick Foles (4) celebrates a touchdown during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Chicago Bears, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Nick Foles (4) celebrates a touchdown during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Chicago Bears, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

This is the week I’ve been waiting for since the Bears took the practice field back on July 28th down in Bourbonnais.  The 3rd preseason game is considered by many as a “dress rehearsal” for the regular season. It was a chance for me to watch the starters get more extensive time together as they gear up toward the season opener. All I ended up seeing was the Bears starting offense (the players that were healthy) not able to get anything going and a defense that was gassed because they were on the field all day. Sounds like a recipe for disaster or a 4-12 season. I’m trying not to buy into that the 3rd preseason game will determine how the season will end up, but I am a little nervous about this squad. the 3rd preseason game is supposed to gives us a better picture of schemes, plays and the direction this team will be heading. I saw what this team can be defensively, but I’m still trying to paint a picture offensively. The biggest thing for the Bears was to find a way to finish the game without any serious injuries…didn’t happen. The Bears have experienced plenty of owies since camp has started. Even with all of the injuries there are still a few issues that this team needs to patch up before they kick things off for real versus the Texans. Let’s get into some of the other things I saw Saturday this week’s Payton’s Presser. Let’s go!

 

Commitment to the run

The Bears have shown this preseason that they will not shy away from running the football this season. I can’t tell you if the Dowell Loggains is going to truly have a running back by committee, but I do know that Jeremy Langford is the guy that has been able to separate himself from the pack. They will have to be better than they were last season. Ranked 24th in the NFL averaging just 86.5 yards per game. I’ve told anyone that would listen this past offseason that the Bears would implement the stretch play into the playbook this year and they have. Langford has shown they he understands the the concept, has the patients and the ability, to plant his foot in the ground to get north and south. Last season the Bears kept 4 running backs on the roster, but with all the injuries on this squad I see them keeping just 3. so who will those three be? Jacquizz Rodgers, Jordan Howard and Ka’Deem Carey need to show this Bears coaching staff who is worthy of carrying the rock this season. If it was my choice I would choose Carey and Howard.

 

Secondary please!

The Bears Secondary has been a big focal point coming into this season and coming into this 3rd preseason game as well. With Kyle Fuller out after having his knee scoped last week and in yesterday’s game Tracy Porter would be taken into the locker room for concussion protocol. That’s both of your starters out so the secondary is put on the shoulders of young and inexperienced players. Of the 16 DB’s on the 90 man roster, 11 are either rookies or 2nd year players. So it’s up to De’Vante Bausby, Deiondre’ Hall, DeAndre Houston-Carson and Kevin Peterson and Jacoby Glenn. Any way you look at it the Bears front 7 will have to generate constant pressure to help these the DB’s out no matter who’s healthy and out on the field.

 

The offense is missing…again.

Has anyone found the Bears offense? Not sure, but I don’t think they got on the plane after the Patriots game. The number 1 offense looked out of sync all day. Anytime they would get something going they would stall out.  You don’t have to be a rocket scientists to understand why they stalled out, you just have to look at the 3rd down stats, 1-7 for the 1st offense. This team has to get better at keeping drives going. The defense was on the field forever yesterday and they could never catch their breath because once they go to the bench, they were headed back on the field.

 

I have to see progression with Floyd and White

If you read my presser every week then you know how I feel about Leonard Floyd and Kevin White. I really like the potential of both young men and what they can bring to the table for this team. One thing that bothers me about both guys is not seeing progress every game. Floyd wasn’t able to go today as he has been dealing with a hamstring problem. It’s unfortunate because this preseason I’ve seen him make some plays and show flashes of what he could be then injuries take him a step back. Yesterday White was targeted 4 times and he ended the day with 1 catch for 4 yards. Listen, both guys are going to be good players, but when you are a number 1 draft pick the expectation are so high.

 

Two plays before Connor Shaw went down with a leg injury I tweeted, “Connor Shaw is showing he can run this offense”, then the young man gets hurt. In some ways it’s kind of like this preseason for the Bears. Just when you think things are coming together something happens to set them back even farther from where they want to be. I would be lying if I told you how I thought this season was going to go because I can’t figure out who this team is. The worst part about all of this is game 4 against the Browns the starters will be in street clothes. The truth of the matter is injuries are happening to key player on both sides of the football. We knew coming into this season that this team couldn’t afford any key losses. They have depth, but that depth is young, so that means the youth movement might be upon us. Keep your heads up Bears fans…it will get better. #Beardown

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