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Episode 27: Week 4 Preview vs. Raiders — Goodbye, Jared and Jon

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It’s been a busy week for the Bears following the embarrassing 26-0 loss to the Seahawks.

At least the offense and special teams embarrassing. The defense, led by Pernell McPhee, put forth a respectable performance, allowing just one first down before Seattle’s final drive of the first half.

Since then, the Bears traded both Jared Allen and Jon Bostic and released Brock Vereen. They also brought in another punter after Pat O’Donnell wore out his leg punting on EVERY SINGLE DRIVE against the Seahawks.

Joining the podcast as a guest host this week, to discuss all these topics and more (like why the Bears shouldn’t be afraid to trade Alshon Jeffery), is the The Bear Jew. He’s the man behind the Twitter handle @ChicagoBearJew and never minces words. You can follow him here.

We also discuss the awfulness of Jimmy Clausen, Kyle Fuller‘s woes and what The Bear Jew will be keeping his eyes open for in Sunday’s game against the Raiders.

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Episode 26: Week 3 Preview vs. Seahawks — It’s Jimmy Clausen Time!

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QB Jay Cutler is out at least two weeks with a hamstring injury, so that means, unfortunately, it’s Jimmy Clausen time.

Jordan and I discuss the merits of both Clausen and third-stringer David Fales. We also talk about the recent performances of players like RB Jeremy Langford, CB Kyle Fuller and OLB Pernell McPhee. Oh, and the fact that the Seahawks are 16-point favorite in this week’s game.

Our guest for Episode 26 is repeat visitor and friend of the show, James Neveau. James writes about the Bears (and other Chicago sports) for NBC Chicago. You can find all of his work here. You can also follow him on Twitter.

James and I debate whether or not turning to Clausen is the right move, both for the short term and long term, and if there are any viable free agent options available. Kyle Orton? Rex Grossman?!?!

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Chicago Bears on National Signing Day

Today is National Signing Day or College Football’s Draft Day. Each high school recruit is given a ranking on a star scale with 5 stars being the highest. Then each school is graded by the number of recruits they signed and the number of stars those recruits were given, similar to Draft Day grades. Many times, the star ratings end up meaning nothing. For example, JJ Watt was a 2 star recruit out of high school and many 5 star recruits go undrafted in the NFL.

Throughout the years, the Bears have drafted some 5 recruits and currently have 3 on the roster.

2002 Devin Hester (28th overall) Miami

2003 Greg Olsen (10th overall) Miami

2005 Martellus Bennett (8th overall) Texas A&M

2007 Jimmy Clausen (1st overall) Notre Dame

2010 Christian Jones (20th overall) Florida State

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6 Things to Watch for: Preseason Game 1

Tonight, the Bears play their first preseason game vs. the Eagles at home in Soldier Field. The Bears have had a fairly eventful training camp so far and with many offseason changes, the preseason games will more meaningful than in years past.

In honor of our favorite #6, here are 6 Things to Watch for in tonight’s preseason opener

1. Shea McClellin – Shea McClellin was drafted in the 1st round in 2012 to play defensive end. Besides his game against the Packers last year, he has been a disappointment. This offseason, Shea transitioned from defensive end to linebacker where he is currently listed a starter at. He has all the physical traits to play linebacker, but can he put it all together while fighting off undrafted free agent rookie, Christian Jones?

2. Jimmy Clausen vs. Jordan Palmer – The battle for Jay Cutler’s backup is between Jimmy Clausen and Jordan Palmer. Palmer was the backup last year while Josh McCown was the starter, but was never needed. Jimmy Clausen was a 2nd round draft pick in 2010, but struggled as the starter in Carolina. Palmer has had some minor injuries this offseason and Clausen has done fairly well in his short time with quarterback guru, Marc Trestman.

3. Defensive Line – What a difference a year makes. Like wide receivers in 2012, when Phil Emery brought in Brandon and Alshon Jeffery, and the offensive line in 2013, when Emery added Bushrod, Slauson, Long, Mills, and Bennett at tight end, this year’s offseason focus was on the defensive line. In 2013, the Bears defense gave up the most rushing yards in the NFL. Corey Wootton, Shea McClellin, Julius Peppers, & Henry Melton are no longer there. The Bears brought in Lamarr Houston, Willie Young, and Jared Allen at defensive ends and then added rookies Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton to go with Stephen Paea, Nate Collins, and Jeremiah Ratliff at defensive tackle. All of these players should give the Bears some much needed talent and depth along with a very dangerous rotation.

4. Jonathan Bostic vs. DJ Williams – This is a battle that I expect to go all the way until the 3rd preseason game. Bostic and Williams are currently listed as co-starters at the position that one thinks about when they think of Chicago Bear Greats, Middle Linebacker. Bostic will likely be there during nickel packages, but can he play all 3 downs? Can Williams stay healthy for the year and has he recovered from his previous injuries?

5. #3 WR – or the WRs not named Marshall or Jeffery. This position was handed to Marquess Wilson when the Bears released Earl Bennett. Wilson spent all offseason training with Marshall and Jeffery in South Florida, but broke his collarbone earlier this week and will likely be out for the start of the season. There are a few guys looking to take his spot, such as, Chris Williams, Eric Weems, and Josh Morgan. Who will step up to be the #3 receiver or will the Bears have to sign a free agent like Santonio Holmes or Earl Bennett?

6. Martellus Bennett – Will Martellus Bennett be suited up on the field tonight? Bennett was fined and suspended indefinitely after body slamming this year’s 1st round pick, Kyle Fuller in practice. In his interviews following the incident, he wasn’t exactly apologetic about it either. Bennett had 65 catches last year, for 759 yards, and 5 touchdowns and is a big part of the Bears’ offense. There isn’t much depth behind him either, so it will be interesting to see if he is back on the field tonight.