Smith to toughen Bears' practices

Smith to toughen Bears' practices

There are 4 comments on the ChicagoSports.com story from Aug 22, 2008, titled Smith to toughen Bears' practices. In it, ChicagoSports.com reports that:

Bears coach Lovie Smith vowed to make the next few practices more like training camp, with his players competing for positions.

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Since: Aug 08

Des Plaines, IL

#1 Aug 23, 2008
If we have to choose betweeen the worthless McGowan and the lost Payne, then this Coaching Staff needs to be fired!!! Neither of these guys have looked good enough to even be in the league let alone start for the Bears. Very sad to see how Angelo cannot pick up the right type of players yet trade away the guys that can perform.
Walter Butch Brzeski

AOL

#2 Aug 23, 2008
Lovie wants guys 'competing for positions? Whaaaaaaaaatttttt?

Gimme a Break! This is as 'almost' bad as Lovie comparing the Bears to the NBA Champion Boston Celtics

The only 'real' fighting for positions is for roster spots, the practice team, and IR spots.

You have to wonder about 'our' Lovie. Did he eat any of those 'really' hot peppers that made him think he's in another world?

Besides, strong safety and the battle between Brandon McGowan and Kenny Payne, there's really only (2) positions to compete for:

(1) WR spot opposite Rashied Davis with Brandon Lloyd looking to be the default winner over Mark Bradley, Earl Bennett, and Marty Booker

(1) Guard spot with Josh Beekman the 'front-runner' for his consistent play this pre-season over Anthony Oakley, Tyler Reed, and the injured Terrence Metcalf. In fact, all (3) challengers could be cut. If Chris Williams was healthy, John St. Clair would have been the starter, but, that's not the case.

The only other positions with a 'battle' is the DT spot opposite Tommie Harris. And, if Dusty Dvoracek will be the 'man' if he can stay healthy because Anthony Adams spends too much time 'on roller skates' into the secondary on runs and seems to be 'frozen in time' on pass rushes.

And, Greg Olsen is the starter at TE with Desmond Clark hurt.

Maybe, the lack of open competition at all positions made the Bears complacent?

Though, I suggest Lovie stay away from the cactus juice as he starting to sound goofy.
Jason Neag

Pomona, CA

#3 Aug 23, 2008
Oh boy, our defense is weak again, isn't the defensive side of the football what we are known for ...bad "D" and the normally confused and poor offense equal a season record of 5-11 at best!!!!
Jeff Adams

Chandler, AZ

#4 Aug 23, 2008
I think it is ridiculous that Lovie Smith will not allow any tackling. Blocking & tackling are 2 of the main keys to this game. I don't think the Bears need or should be hard tackling in every practice. But I would like to see Smith have a hard-hitting, tackling practice in the next few days to get more proficient here & also to send a message to this "supposed" top defense that any short short of superior tackling is unacceptable !

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