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Lovie Not the Only Problem, Angelo Should Agree

Lovie Not the Only Problem, Angelo Should Agree

Monday, December 21st

This is what losing does to a football team. I am sure you all witnessed the build up to this point two weeks ago. Brian Urlacher makes some statements to Michael Silver that were printed on Yahoosports.com. They were candid, honest, and on point. Lance Briggs made some statements this past week that were honest, on point, and he said nothing which one would disagree. Head Coach Lovie Smith, finally, made some statements about this football team that are truthful and should be taken to heart. You only wish he would have made them earlier in the year. Maybe it would have sparked some emotion from his team and organization. Lovie's comments should not be misconstrued as a shot at just the players, but also at General Manager, Jerry Angelo. Lovie basically insinuated in his postgame presser that players are in the right position, but just not good enough to make plays. He clearly took a shot at Jay Cutler and his decision making. We must remember that Lovie was not on-board with the trade for Jay from the start. He constantly praised Kyle Orton, and knew a move at the QB position would effect his locker room.

A few weeks ago, Jerry shot the first arrow at Lovie's staff by stating " he was concerned why players were not farther along in their development ". This was Lovie's opportunity to respond and although short, enough can be extrapolated from his statements, that you clearly get his stance. A lot of moves are made above the head coach that affect the head coach in undermining his ability. I do not think Lovie Smith was consulted on giving Jay Cutler 30 million in new money to a player who was clearly under performing. If that is the case, I should have played worse during my Bears career. Moves to acquire DE Gaines Adams from Tampa, hopefully will be fruitful, but it is looking more and more like Jerry got taken in the deal or even more concerning, pro player scouting is feeding Jerry very poor evaluations for him to make decisions. They missed on Orlando Pace, Frank Omiyale, and trading Safety Chris Harris to Carolina. Now it looks bad for Jerry by paying Jay new money when he should have proven himself in this offense before ever being rewarded.

Everyone has a hand in this. Upper Management, Coaches, and players for not executing game plans. Lovie finally set the tone, and the gloves are off. Let's see how the team responds to his statements next Monday night. The McCaskey family will have the ultimate decision in the evaluation process. Their decisions can go in a lot of different directions. Lovie is owed 11 million dollars and is capable of coaching talented teams to the Super Bowl. Let's not forget, most of that talent was here before Jerry or Lovie.

2020 Senior Bowl: Jordan Love's 1st-round hype is real

2020 Senior Bowl: Jordan Love's 1st-round hype is real

The Detroit Lions didn't gain any new fans after their questionable practice session (North team) on Day 1 of the 2020 Senior Bowl, but despite a lot of time warming up and working against air, there were a few prospect performances worth noting.

Utah State quarterback Jordan Love was the headliner, showing off his cannon of an arm in what was a clear display of starting-quarterback talent. Compared to fellow North team quarterbacks Shea Patterson (Michigan) and Anthony Gordon (Washington State), Love looked like the only quarterback who's capable of succeeding in the NFL. It wasn't even close.

Love has an effortless throwing motion. His passes are crisp, accurate and on a rope. Was he perfect? No. But he had the most impressive arm of the day. His first-round hype is very real and will only continue to build momentum as the week goes on.

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As for Patterson and Gordon? Bears fans need to temper their excitement for both of them. Patterson's quirky throwing motion looks labored and forced while Gordon's slight frame and underwhelming arm strength scream backup at best.

Tight end Brycen Hopkins (Purdue) had a quiet first practice. His opportunities to make plays were limited. But he'll need a strong finish to the week to maintain his standing as the top tight end at the Senior Bowl.

One player Bears fans should highlight as a name to watch is Michigan offensive lineman Ben Bredeson. He looked the part on Tuesday. He has strong hands and the kind of powerful playing style that tends to lead to success in the NFL. He showed pretty good feet, too. He has a chance to rise up the board if he stacks two more positive practices together.

On the defensive side of the ball, Syracuse edge rusher Alton Robinson flashed in drills. He showed a good first step and violent hands at the point of attack. He won several reps with ease. The Bears have to add pass-rush help in the middle rounds, and Robinson looks like a quality prospect worth keeping an eye on.

Ohio State defensive lineman Davon Hamilton had a nice day, too. He was almost unblockable at times and practiced with a level of intensity that scouts are certain to like. While not a need in Chicago, Hamilton looks like a player whose value could trump need come draft day. 

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Jalen Hurts underwhelms in first Senior Bowl practice

Jalen Hurts underwhelms in first Senior Bowl practice

Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, a prospect pegged as a potential option for the Bears in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft, struggled in his first Senior Bowl practice of the week, failing to throw with consistency or accuracy when targeting his South squad receivers.

This isn't an uncommon occurrence for quarterbacks participating in the Senior Bowl. It could take a few practices to develop rhythm and timing with a completely new set of pass-catchers, but there was a marked difference in Hurts' ball placement compared to fellow South team quarterback, Oregon's Justin Herbert.

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Herbert is projected to be a top-10 pick, and while his footwork in bag drills didn't look anything remotely close to that high of a grade, his arm talent was (for the most part) on display throughout the practice.

The Bears' biggest draft needs center around tight end and offensive line, and there were a few obvious standouts from those position groups.

LSU tight end Stephen Sullivan was the most fluid and explosive route-runner on the South team which includes the likes of Jared Pinkney (Vanderbilt) and Harrison Bryant (FAU). His wide receiver background was evident; he created easy separation and flashed the kind of downfield speed that will be an asset in the NFL. 

Pinkney, on the other hand, really struggled. He looked heavy-footed and forced his quarterback to make tight-window throws. It wasn't a great start for him.

One of the really interesting names to monitor over the next few days is Ben Bartch, the Saint John's offensive lineman who's making one of the biggest jumps in competition among all of this year's Senior Bowl participants. You wouldn't know it by how he performed on Tuesday, however. He was quick out of his stance, showed strong hands and a powerful base. He's going to be a riser from this game.

The best player on the field, bar none, was South Carolina defensive lineman Javon Kinlaw. He has a chance to jump into the top-10 with a strong week of practice, and if his first session was any indication of how this week is going to go, his stock is going to skyrocket. He was unblockable, including several reps where he bullied potential Bears target John Simpson (guard, Clemson) in one-on-ones. 

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