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Angelo says Collins can beat out Hanie

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Jerry Angelo has told ChicagoBears.com senior writer Larry Mayer that backup quarterback Todd Collins has a chance to win the backup job from injured Caleb Hanie.

"We told him that if he comes in and shows he can still play--all veterans have to show us they can play--that he can win the backup job for the season," he said. "With that being said, however, nothing is set in stone. Caleb hurt his shoulder, so we'll have to wait and see. But he's responding well. We'll monitor Dan [LeFevour] and watch where he's at too. The players are ultimately the ones who determine how the depth chart stacks up. It's all about how they compete and how they perform on the practice field and in games."

In his bi-monthly interview with the team's website, the Bears general manager also said that while he was concerned when the Bears offensive line surrendered five sacks in the first half of a 32-17 loss to the Cardinals on Saturday night at Soldier Field, the beating that Jay Cutler took was not the reason why Collins was signed.

"Hopefully it was an aberration, but it's certainly concerning," Angelo said when Mayer asked him about the offensive line in general and left tackle Chris Williams, who allowed Kamerion Wimbley to sack Cutler three times, in particular. "You don't ever want to see your quarterback get sacked, particularly five times in a half. That's not a positive. We've got to do a better job, in particular Chris, and he knows that. He knows what he's getting paid to do and he's got to do it. It's no more than that. He had a bad game; it happens. We can't have those kinds of performances any time, and he knows that. We're expecting big things from Chris, but no more than he's expecting from himself."

Despite the disappointing performance by the offensive line, Angelo said told Mayer that several players performed well against Oakland.

"Kellen Davis, Lance Louis, Greg Olsen and in particular Olin Kreutz all had big blocks on Matt Forte's 89-yard touchdown run," Angelo said. "I certainly was impressed with the run that Matt made. Frank Omiyale did some really good things in pass protection and as a run blocker. Lance Louis did some really good things to build off of what I thought was a good first game against the Chargers. There were a lot of good things. Defensively, Matt Toeaina did a nice job both as a run defender and as a pass rusher. I saw some great play from Julius Peppers around the goal line and a nice strip on a sack. We had a good handful of players who did some really good things, and we expect that. We want to continue to get more players in the mix in terms of making big plays for us to have a great season. It takes a core of players having big years to have a great season, and we certainly feel good about that core."

Angelo said he considered signing a long-snapper when veteran Patrick Mannelly injured his shoulder but decided he wanted to see what backup Desmond Clark could do instead. Clark had three bad snaps against the Raiders.

"We could have brought in a long-snapper, but we wanted to give Dez a look," Angelo said. "What we're trying to do in the preseason is simulate situations that could occur in the regular season. If something were to happen to Pat during a game, we'd obviously have to find a replacement who was already suited up. We know that Desmond can do it, as well as Greg Olsen. We were able to get Desmond's feet wet. The good news is that while he started out poorly, he finished strong. He had three or four real good snaps on punts. Again, it's the preseason. We're prepping for the season and I thought it was a real good exercise in the event that something happens to Pat during a game. Now Desmond's got the experience and he's gone through that adrenaline rush of doing it, and if we need him to do it, we expect him to do a good job."

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"It takes a core of players having big years to have a great season, and we certainly feel good about that core."

That is SO deep and profound. I had to read it several times just to even begin to comprehend the grand depth of it all. Jerry is a very important intellectual and philosopher for our time, sort of a Deepak Chopra of football. I wonder if we're going to see a book and Oprah-backed tour? Total beast of a GM!

"It takes a core of players having big years to have a great season, and we certainly feel good about that core."

That is SO deep and profound. I had to read it several times just to even begin to comprehend the grand depth of it all. Jerry is a very important intellectual and philosopher for our time, sort of a Deepak Chopra of football. I wonder if we're going to see a book and Oprah-backed tour? Total beast of a GM!

This clown makes it too easy. Sometimes I often wonder if he's not in a different world or dimension than the rest of us. Come on Jerry, really? Let's break this down.
"Hopefully it was an aberration..." Jerry, Cutler had to be pulled from the 1st preseason game because of protection breakdown and then your boy, Williams, was doubling as a Six Flags turnstyle last Saturday night. And let's not forget the seeminly daily beating he gets from both Peppers and Anderson. Of course you and Chris Williams expect better, but if he doesn't have the talent to begin with, then you're not going to get any more than what you see.
And here we go again..."Frank Omiyale did some really good things in pass protection and as a run blocker." When Jerry? Are there other games we're not seeing? he looks overmatched anytime he blocks anything bigger than a LB.
Hey Larry, I have a couple of follow up questions that maybe you don't have the stones to ask.
"Jerry, in light of the poor performance of the O-line, and the fact that they haven't been able to come together as a cohesive unit, wasn't it a mistake to draft a DE and QB when you're needs were so pressing here?"
"Jerry, you seem to have this football infatuation with Omiyale. What have you seen on game film, whether that be with the Bear's or the Panthers, or in practice to support this infatuation?" And can you show us this film?
"Are you concerned, Jerry, that the WR's on this team have not stepped up and made a bigger impact this training camp? After a couple of nice catches in the first game for Knox he seemed to disappear against the Raiders. And When given a chance to have back to back nice games, Aromashodu was noticeably missing against the Raiders."
And a follow up to that question. "Are you concerned at all that your 08 & 09 3rd round draft picks are mired in mediocrity?
Larry, you don't even have to pay me, I will be happy to send you questions any time you like. Trust, me, I could put 3 or 4 more in here with no problem at all.

Another problem with the offense -- why are your WRs dropping so many passes in preseason games?

Deepak Chopra??? How very 90's of you.

Gearheadboy on August 25, 2010 12:49 PM
"Are you concerned at all that your 08 & 09 3rd round draft picks are mired in mediocrity?


Well if he is not worried about what happened with the 05, 06 and 07 draft that landed him Mark Anderson, Devin Hester, and Greg Olsen. Which would be considered a below average draft for one year let alone three then I am pretty sure he could care less about 08 and 09.

Before anyone says anthing about Hester and Olsen, both have been mediocre. Hester is the 8th maybe 9th best reciever in the north, and Olsen is the third best TE.

Creighton,

Once again, sir, I must respectfully disagree with you. Hester was one of the greatest draft steals of all time before the "Halas Hall Mensa Society" decided to change his position. I think as time passes, some people {and this isn't a jab at you, but people in general} forget just how great a returner he was. I have been watching professional football religiously for the better part of 4, now going on 5 decades, and I saw some of the best. Gray, Mitchell, Hall, Billy, "White Shoes" Johnson, and the only one in my mind who even came close to Hester was D. Sanders. He, like Hester, put the "fear" in you to kick to him.
Think about the meetings in the 07 to 08 offseason when the "brain trust" decided on that move. I don't know what any of you do for a living, but I can tell you that in my industry, the whole lot of them wouldn't have had time to warm the seats of their chairs that day before they would have been gone. Imagine if you had the greatest beer bottling machine in the industry and none of your competitors could match your speed, efficiency, and production and one day you, as the owner, came in, looked out over your plant from your upstairs office window and saw your beer bottling machine was now shrink wrapping pallets or something. That in essence is what the Bear's did to Hester. Forget the 5-6 returns a year he averaged in 06 & 07. Let's just say that he got 3-4 the past 2 years, PLUS teams were on average kicking out of bounds 40% of the time. What a huge field position differential that would be. On top of that he would be somewhere around 20 returned TD's in that span. If my memory serves me, Hester was the 2nd of the Bears' 2nd round picks that year and if he had continued to dominate the return game as he did, he would be a top 10 draft steal. As a WR, you are correct. Mediocre.
As for Olsen, for some odd reason, you seem to have a problem with this guy. As i have stated many times on this blog, I want to see Olsen used like he should be used. Running routes lined up next to the tackle and from the slot position. Not out wide where his 4.45 speed is average vs. CB's. This is another brilliant move by the Bear's coaching staff. Against a safety and sometimes a LB, Olsen's blocking is not too bad. It is when the Bear's line him up in the backfield and ask him to pick up a DE that his blocking is horrible. Or when as a TE he's asked to block a J. Allen, or Kampman off the line of scrimmage. Hence, that's why you draft a Joe Thomas, Ryan Clady, or Jake Long in the first half of round 1. If he improves his production 15% from last year he will be right at 70 receptions. And I, for one, do believe that Martz will utilize him. He doesn't have much else.
#1: This isn't the Rams from 1999. Hester and Knox are not Bruce and Holt. {I had to stop and laugh at that one.}
#2: As I have stated prior, this is probably Martz's last "hurrah." There's not much call in the NFL for silver haired offensive geniuses unless your name is Walsh. Martz didn't pick between the Bears and a bevy of teams. This was it.
He's never going to be a Whitten. Although, even he's not the best blocking TE on his team..according to his own coach. But I do think Olsen could be a 70+ reception/8-10 TD/year, tight end in the league if used properly.

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