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GM Jerry Angelo on Chris Williams' back surgery

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General manager Jerry Angelo spoke briefly following the game about Chris Williams' back surgery Wednesday night to correct a herniated disc in his lower back:

THOUGHTS ON CHRIS WILLIAMS HAVING BACK SURGERY?

Well, you know the good news is we'll get him back in the season, at some point during the season and you know, everything right now is ... we have to wait and see probably for a few weeks and see how the rehab is. We were hoping it was muscular, meaning it was spasms. When they gave him another look they determined it was a herniated disc and so, but the good news is we're going to get him back.

ARE YOU CONFIDENT THERE WAS NO PRE-EXISTING CONDITION WITH HIS BACK?

What the doctors told me, this was a new injury. He had injured his back approximately three years ago. He missed two or three days of practice. He had no symptoms of any kind of herniation when that injury occured. He had no missed time in the last three years so it's a new injury. It's unfortunate.

ARE YOU COMPLETELY CONFIDENT HE WILL BE ABLE TO PLAY FOOTBALL THIS SEASON?

It's a medical issue and they're very confident they will be ready to go during the season. You know, we had it with Marcus Robinson, we had it with Charles Tillman. It's a herniated disc. They're a little bit different. The time frame might be a little bit different than theire timetable but he's going to be healed and ready to go.

WOULD YOU TALK TO THE COACHES ABOUT MOVING JOHN TAIT BACK TO LEFT TACKLE?

Ah, we'll get into all that in the next few days I am sure. Right now, at least we have closure with the injury. We know what it is. It's been very frustrating to be going day-to-day and then a week so we now know what it was and took care of it and we'll look forward to getting him back.

ARE YOU CONFIDENT YOU CAN GET YOUNGER GUYS UP TO SPEED?

We're very confident that that is the next step for us. That's the thing we can control so right now we're going to play on the positives.

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Hmmm, I predicted Williams would be a bust to whoever took him in the draft. When the Bears got him, I hoped I was wrong. It may be too early to validate that prediction, but at least we know he won't be of much help this season.

Anyway, my thoughts on the first preseason game.

It was another close game where the defense fell apart in the final minutes. Could I really be back in the 2007 season??? No, please, no!!!

Pre-game 1 Notes...
MVP Offense: Caleb Hanie/Garrett Wolfe

Garrett Wolfe - While some continue to dismiss Wolfe b/c of his size, (Westbrook, Dunn, Hello?) he showed his superb football instincts and playmaking ability. He did the same throughout his college career and in the final games of the 2007 season. I know he lacks breakaway speed, but he does have incredible agility to make defenders miss and find the open space.

Caleb Hanie - Just look at his face: serious and focused. Just what you want out of a leader. Besides that, he has ridiculous pocket mobility and scrambling skills. I mean, how many times did the O-line fail him and he still NEVER, I repeat, NEVER got sacked. At first it seemed like his throws were lacking accuracy but later on he put the ball right on the money; almost making the comeback. Just think of what he could do with competent receivers who can actually catch. Oh, he also didn't fall to the ground after the snap or fumble the ball against his thigh. I know it's one game in the preseason, but Hanie showed up both Rex and Kyle. Ummmmm, don't stand there with your mouth open Lovie! This is actual talent. Give him a shot to start!

MVP Defense: Brandon Mcgowan - All over the ball. Made all his tackles. Fast, instinctive...glad he's on our team.

Say Goodbye to: Marcus Monk - This is your shot to prove yourself. Your buried on the depth chart and coaches have been skeptical of your speed and abilities. So why not drop a crucial pass in open space? Sounds like a plan!

Misc: Let's finally get Mike Hass on this team and actually let him play. When the ball is thrown in his direction, he gets it no matter what. Our supposed possession receiver, Marty Booker, showed nothing but drops and misses. Hass has(s) convinced me that he's the real deal.

-Well, the line didn't look as bad as I had thought it would be. But this was KC. Still...

Mike I agree with a lot of what you are saying but at for Wolfe you need to remember that was the Bears second team players and some starters vs. the Chiefs practice squad, I actually would expect them to run wild on the practice squad and they really didn't take away Wolfe's big run against third stringers and he was averaging around 3 yards a carry, so was Forte against the first team. Lets also remember this is KC and the Bears should have made them look horrible, instead they made the Bears look really bad. Oh and Wolfe is smaller than Westbrook and Dunn. He also got caught from behind in the open again in full stride. He's not that fast in pads. Remember dude he was playing against third team players. Hanie was really fun to watch I agree, Kiper really liked this kid and I am wondering if we are seeing another Hodge pick by Kiper.

SHAME ON YOU Jerry Angelo. Shame on you. Wash up and get out.

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