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DE Clermond fills out practice squad

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The Bears filled out their practice squad this afternoon, signing defensive end Joe Clermond to the eight-man developmental squad.

You may recall Clermond was with the team during training camp and preseason, recording one sack and making eight tackles in four games.

The Pitt product made 17 1/2 sacks in college.

The Bears might need a practice body at end. Alex Brown had some back issues during the game Sunday night at Minnesota and it could be they want to take it easy with the veteran in practice this week.


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Too bad you can't put coaches on the practice squad! I'd be calling up a new one by now. I'm sick of watching the Bears get outcoached week after week. Does anyone know how many points the Bears give up in the first half compared to the second half? I bet it's a hugh difference! We can't make halftime adjustments!!!

Hadji,

We can't make half time adjustments. The better teams make adjustments through out the game. The Bears have to wait till seeing the film on Tuesdays.
Gosh...is anyone monitoring this in the McCaskey family? Ted Phillips surely won't do anything about it...like fire everyone below him. Can't take another year of this coaching mentality and inability.
All I want for Christmas....is for Lovie and staff to go away.
The team not only has to beat their opponent but have to beat their coaching staff as well. It's impossible.
Sportcasters on the score and espn radio keep telling us that Lovie has 3 more years on his contract and its too costly to let him go.
I just don't understand that. Doesn't it cost more to pay the players during that same time period and go nowhere. Players have a limited amount of time that they could play before they are forced out or retired. I say...fire the staff and get some good coaching back in Chicago. They can start with hiring Ron Rivera as head coach. It's time.

val--

You're right, you just don't understand.

Let's say you own a business. You make a product that doesn't exactly work as well as your customers would like, but you still sell out every single one. Do you have any incentive to spend a few million to improve the product? Heck no, that would cut into your profit margin.

To the McCaskey's, the Bears are a business. They have no incentive to improve until their product stops selling out. Until it does, they'll continue to hire namby-pamby, good-guy, loyal guys like Lovie, instead of coaches who will win but need the authority to kick butts, like Belichik or Parcells.

Chicago has certainly been active with their defensive ends lately, from Ervin Baldwin's recent promotion, to now signing Joe Clermond to the eight-man developmental squad. This tells me one thing, the Bears need to bring in a defensive end this off-season, free agent or draft wise.
Chicago has a pretty good set of ends starting wise with Ogunleye and Alex Brown, I just think they need to bring in another defensive end, a third end, someone who could develope into a starter and also bring the heat on the QB. Chicago needs some youth at the position also, with Ogunleye being a 10 year vet next season and A Brown an 8 year vet.
Chicago should be picking in the mid first round of this aprils draft, I would like to see them select South Florida's George Selvie, hopefully they will be able to in the mid first round of the draft? Selvie seems like the real deal, Selvie is the active NCAA tackle for loss career leader with 57.5, thats awesome. That means this guy makes a living in the opponents backfield, Chicago needs this, badly. Even Selvie's opposition have nothing but praise for him, take Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano, Schiano said, "He's the quickest d-linemen I can remember off the ball, and not just on the pass," thats not just praise, its legit praise coming from Schiano. Selvie is not just a sack machine, he can play the run, one scouting report on Selvie say's, "teams are only running at him 20% of the time." also, this season coming off a monster sophmore season, Selvie is facing constant double and triple teams, and still getting the job done. Recently vs Louisville & Cincinnati Selvie had a sack against a double and a triple, again, awesome.
I just think Selvie would be a good fit with Chicago, at 6-4 250lbs, Selvie fits the mold for the type of defensive ends that the Bears like. I also like Selvie for his consistency, this is key, if you notice a lot of the great pass rushers were consistent in college, Selvie has been just that. Bottom line, if Selvie comes out, Angelo should go for him GO BEARS!!

Chicago has certainly been active with their defensive ends lately, from Ervin Baldwin's recent promotion, to now signing Joe Clermond to the eight-man developmental squad. This tells me one thing, the Bears need to bring in a defensive end this off-season, free agent or draft wise.
Chicago has a pretty good set of ends starting wise with Ogunleye and Alex Brown, I just think they need to bring in another defensive end, a third end, someone who could develope into a starter and also bring the heat on the QB. Chicago needs some youth at the position also, with Ogunleye being a 10 year vet next season and A Brown an 8 year vet.
Chicago should be picking in the mid first round of this aprils draft, I would like to see them select South Florida's George Selvie, hopefully they will be able to in the mid first round of the draft? Selvie seems like the real deal, Selvie is the active NCAA tackle for loss career leader with 57.5, thats awesome. That means this guy makes a living in the opponents backfield, Chicago needs this, badly. Even Selvie's opposition have nothing but praise for him, take Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano, Schiano said, "He's the quickest d-linemen I can remember off the ball, and not just on the pass," thats not just praise, its legit praise coming from Schiano. Selvie is not just a sack machine, he can play the run, one scouting report on Selvie say's, "teams are only running at him 20% of the time." also, this season coming off a monster sophmore season, Selvie is facing constant double and triple teams, and still getting the job done. Recently vs Louisville & Cincinnati Selvie had a sack against a double and a triple, again, awesome.
I just think Selvie would be a good fit with Chicago, at 6-4 250lbs, Selvie fits the mold for the type of defensive ends that the Bears like. I also like Selvie for his consistency, this is key, if you notice a lot of the great pass rushers were consistent in college, Selvie has been just that. Bottom line, if Selvie comes out, Angelo should go for him GO BEARS!!

How about a community owned team, the McCaskey's have no idea what their doing ( boy is that a hated name in Chicago now ). All i can say is this would not be happening if Jerry Jones was the owner...an owner who cares about the product. I think it's time to start boycotting the games!!!

Kevin

You are right about Selvie being good. Two other prospects that might be there for the Bears are Everette Brown from Florida State and Greg Hardy from Ole Miss. Both of these guys are also 6'3"+ and 250 lbs+ and are very quick off the ball. My preference is Brown over all three, because he's been playing in a big time program against elite competition and has held up. Hardy has been hurt off and on with a foot problem (probably Angelo's pick) and Selvie is at South Florida which plays a good schedule, but not the same caliber as Florida State.

Also, I know there's a lot of talk about WR's, but ORT and FS look to be more pressing.

Wmfights, cool, another draftnick like myself, I also like Everette Brown, he wouldn't look bad in a Bear uniform either. Selvie, Brown, and Hardy are all projected top 25 picks, so Chicago could end up with one of them.
As far as Brown playing against more elite competition than Selvie, thats all good, but remember, Matt Forte didn't exactly come from an elite program either, and he didn't turn out to bad. If you notice, a lot of the leagues better ends have come from smaller programs, heck, our own Richard Dent hailed from Tennesse. St, you just never know where a great end is going to come from, you just have to scout em and hope they can play. In the end, I would take either Selvie or Brown, but they both have to forgo their senior seasons first, so we will have to wait and see GO BEARS!!

Love the draft discussion! I agree that the Bears seem to be grasping for that 4th DE since they reached for Buz from Central Michigan a year ago. I just don't see the Bears passing on O Line help or a WR in the first round. This year has shown me that we seriously need a bigger bodied wideout that wont get knocked off of his route on every play. Perhaps Earl Bennett can be that guy in the next year or two, but who knows.

I'd personally like to see the Bears pick up OT Alex Boone from that one Ohio State University, since its almost certain that Andre Smith from Alabama will be long gone. Smith will have faced better defensive ends in the SEC, but I think O Linemen from the Big Ten are usually pretty solid.

The only problem I see with identifying positions of need with this organization is that we have virtually no idea what our young talent is capable of. For example, let's look at the OL group. Williams obviously was hurt, so there was no way to evaluate him before now. But we have Dan Buenning, Tyler Reed, Cody Balogh, and Williams who will potentially be a part of our OL group next year, and they are complete unknowns. We seem to always sacrifice the future for the present, which is what keeps us from being a premier organization. Instead of getting these players time in place of underperforming veterans, we sign a guy like Fred Miller, who only saw time on special teams. Are you telling me Cody Balogh wasn't fit for field goal blocking?

We see cases over the last 5-7 years where we continually neglect the development of our young talent in favor of getting "adequate" performance from journeymen on the open market. We kept Muhammed on the field rather than giving Hass or Bradley a real chance to play when the playoffs were a long-gone fantasy. We kept Ruben Brown on the field far longer than we should have, instead of getting valuable game experience for Beekman or Metcalf, which could have helped us set draft strategy.

We go into every offseason with way too many question marks, and a lot of "optimism." We know Anderson has done poorly since his rookie season, where he was a force on the edge. Is that scheme, is it the player, or is it lack of solid interior play from Harris and company not pulling protection inside to open up to the speed rush? So if we bring in a stud young DE, that might be an upgrade, or they could end up in the same boat as Anderson. The scheme is supposed to maximize the effectiveness of its players, and we are not getting that right now. So do we have the wrong scheme, or the wrong players?

I do agree that we need at least 1 DE out of this upcoming offseason. We also need a RT, as Tait's deal is up after next season, and he has fallen off badly this year. Other positions of need as I see them:
WR: to replace Rashied Davis, who drops too many balls, and to take pressure off Hester, who still runs too many wrong routes
DT: need someone to take pressure of Tommie Harris
S: Mike Brown can't keep taping himself together. Can Danieal Manning play safety on a regular basis?
RG: Garza is consistently pushed around at the point of attack. Buenning or Addams could be a solution, but we can't answer that question yet.
QB: Grossman is not coming back, and we don't have a full body of work from Orton to bank on him to be the franchise guy. At minimum, we need a strong young player to be a backup.
SLB: Roach is not much better than Hillenmeyer in coverage, so we need a better player there.


We have a ton of needs, and not a lot of answers for them. To me, priority #1 needs to be solidifying the offensive line, which means we need to see what Buenning, Williams, and Balogh can do the rest of the year. If the Vikes win this weekend, or we lose to the Jags, I think we need to go full bore into future mode. That also means getting Kellen Davis more time in place of Clark, and give Ogunleye's shoulder some rest and get Baldwin some time in the rotation. Give Jamar Williams time on the strong side, and see what Roach can do to help special teams, where he was a stalwart last year and early this season.

I think the Bears DE's are decent but are they right for the system is the question. If you are going to rely on generating a pass rush with just four players then those players probably need to be elite in order to succeed.

The Bears D is modeled after the Tampa D, we all know this. But if you look at the most succesful version of that D the line looks very different from ours. RDE Simeon Rice, RDT Warren Sapp, LDT Anthony McFarland, and Ellis Wyms. So basically they were better than the Bears at 3 out of 4 positions on the line. They also had a better secondary. To say the Tampa 2 doesn't work is a mistake it works just fine for Tampa a warm weather team. Most cold weather teams rely a little more on size to help push the pile on those cold windy days. So basically the Bears are trying to use a system that has been most succesful in a warm climate in a cold climate while at the same time using less talent along the line. Unless the Bears plan on brining in a DE that can get them 12+ sacks and a DT who can stuff the run and another DT who can penetrate on a consistant basis they are out of luck. I know some people think Harris can do this but I do not think so. There is something wrong with him, it is either mental of physical or both. But if you look at pictures of him last year and the year before and look at him this year, physically speaking there is a noticable difference. He seems to be out of shape, he is not as tome as he used to be and he is sporting a gut these days. He also looks to be 20 pounds heavier. Anyway I don't think the Bears are going to pay to bring in a top sack creating DE with all the money they have put on defense already which means it is up to Angelo to draft one. Good luck with that happening. Not to mention the help still needed at DT. So for next years draft all the Bears seem to need is a couple of WR studs, depth for the o line at Center, RG and RT maybe even LT but that won't happen, DT help, a stud DE, major help at saftie, and a starting Corner. Lets alos see how Orton finishes cause we may very well need a QB. Oh and LB help almost forgot about that, looks like we may need a MLB and a real SAM would be nice.

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