Today, unofficially, begins the 2016 season. There is a “game” this week. Big injuries have already altered the game plan. August feels like it just got started and will end any day now.
Three thoughts to start things…
SLAUSON SHOULD BE HERE
I tweeted about it this weekend while on mini-vacation and incessantly when the move initially happened. Matt Slauson being let out the door was one of the most foolish moves of the Ryan Pace/John Fox era. Why?
- Slauson was cheap.
- Slauson covered three positions.
- Slauson was a leader and great locker room guy.
- Injuries are too commonplace, especially along the offensive line. In a league of teams STARVING for quality depth, the Bears essentially passed on having a tremendous depth on one of their most problematic units.
Now that Grasu is done, the Bears have a question mark at center. And I keep arguing, for years at this point, center is the most underrated position on the entire roster.
I LIKE THE FIGHTING
If you think teams fighting in training camp is an issue, I get it. But since the Bears are only a season removed from the 2014’s heartless, soulless, gutless, passionless, lifeless performance…I’m willing to say punch away.
FREEMAN / TREVATHAN WILL CHANGE THE TEAM
Here is the sentence you need to read:
The Chicago Bears middle linebackers will be the most improved unit in the entirety of the NFL.