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Updated: 2017-09-23T12:59:01-05:00

 



Bears vs Steelers: Game time, TV schedule, previews, odds and more!

2017-09-23T12:59:01-05:00

This is literally everything you need to know about the Chicago Bears vs Pittsburgh Steelers game this Sunday. On paper, the 2-0 Pittsburgh Steelers visiting the 0-2 Chicago Bears appears to be a mismatch of epic proportions. But that’s why you play the game. No one expected the Bears to hang with the Atlanta Falcons, so there’s a chance the Bears pull off the upset on Sunday. To get you guys ready for the game, we have everything you need to know about the game, but before that, check out this stuff we’ve done this week. Sam has our weekly Week 3 Game Preview: Bears-Steelers. Andrew has a preview of his own with his What to watch for. The injury report for Sunday’s game is right here. Jack peeks back in the history books for his favorite (and least favorite) Bears-Steelers games. Jeff has his weekly Five Questions With, and this time he spoke with Behind The Steel Curtain, to get the skinny on the Steelers. Robert and EJ tag teamed WCG Radio this week and they spoke with editor of Behind The Steel Curtain, Jeff Hartman. src="https://percolate.blogtalkradio.com/offsiteplayer?hostId=1064253&episodeId=10284009&referrer=twitter" style="border: 0; width: 100%; height: 180px;" allowfullscreen=""> TV Schedule Date: September 24, 2017 Time: Noon - Bears’ Time Channel: CBS, and if you live in the blue, you get the Bears game. (Image from 506sports.com) Announcers: Greg Gumbel and Trent Green Location: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois Radio: In Chicago, WCFS 105.9FM and WBBM 780AM (Full list of radio affiliates here) Sirius Radio: SIRI 81 (Internet 805) Online Streaming NFL Game Pass Odds Bears +7.5 - Over/Under 44 according to TopBet History Lesson Jack nails the history lesson every week (see his article linked above) but for my nugget... The Bears lead the all time series with 18 wins, 7 losses, and 1 tie, with an average score of 23 to 15. Social Media Information WCG Facebook Page: Click here to like our page WCG Twitter: Follow @WCGridiron WCG Contributors that are on Twitter: (Just click on our names to follow) Jeff Berckes; Patti Curl; Kev H; Sam Householder; Jacob Infante; Andrew Link; Ken Mitchell; Steven Schweickert; Jack Silverstein; EJ Snyder; Lester A. Wiltfong, Jr.; Robert Zeglinski [...]



Are the Bears Giving Cody Whitehair a Bad Case of DMS?

2017-09-23T11:00:02-05:00

Infamously, the Chicago Bears derailed the promising Danieal Manning’s career by moving him around. Is that happening to Cody Whitehair now? Way back when, 2006 to be exact, Danieal Manning was a second-round pick of the Chicago Bears. He was an instant success as a kick returner but having come from tiny Abilene Christian University in Texas, there were some question as to where Manning would play in the NFL. He was definitely a project coming out of a non-FBS school and having played multiple positions in college. The prevailing school of thought was that he was a cornerback. Surely at a shade under 5’11” and 202 pounds, he was caught in-between that and safety. He had the speed at 4.46 to play corner in the NFL but he was built more like a safety. Lovie Smith clearly had this internal debate with himself as Manning switched between free safety and his pet project — the nickel back — throughout his career. Manning never quite found a true home and this led to the coining of the term DMS or Danieal Manning Syndrome. In short, DMS is the relentless switching of positions of a player which, in many cases, negatively affects a player’s ability to learn and grow in the NFL. Enter Cody Whitehair... The DMS’ing of Whitehair started in college where he was moved from right tackle to left guard, back to right tackle, and finally to left tackle for his last two seasons at Kansas State. Catch all that? That is 3 positions (4 switches) in 4 seasons in college, none of which being the position he played as a rookie last year (center). Initially, I thought that we were going to see him settle in nicely once he was switched to center after the signing of Josh Sitton prior to week 1. Whitehair started all 16 games at center and many believed that he had all-pro potential at the eminent position. Fast-forward to the 2017 off-season and you started to get an uneasy feeling about the offensive line. Kyle Long was recovering from ankle surgery and his ability to start the season was in doubt. Couple that with the positional swapping of Long and Sitton, the injury to Eric Kush, and you can sense there’s trouble-a-brewin’. Because of these developments — and Josh Sitton’s training camp availability following the birth of his daughter — John Fox and crew were forced to shuffle their lineups quite a bit to experiment. The prevailing thought on offensive lines is that a team needs to find their lineup quickly and allow them to “jell” together in camp and the preseason. Whitehair began the off-season as the team’s starting center. With Long and Sitton out to begin training camp — and Long’s availability to start the season in jeaopardy — we eventually saw Whitehair shift over to left guard and Hroniss Grasu come in to play center. Once Kush was lost for the season, this appeared to be their “best five” offensive lineman — which just so happens to be another prevailing thought in the NFL, play your best-five lineman and worry about the rest later. The Bears were in a precarious position from the onset and there was some sense in what they were doing (in moving Whitehair around). But the question I have is this: are they thwarting the young player’s development by moving him around so much early in his career? In order to do this, I wanted to make note of his snap counts at various positions this season. To this point, 91 snaps have come from center (67 of which were in the opener), 16 snaps at left guard (after Tom Compton was injured) and 26 snaps at right guard (after Sitton was injured). Does this strike anyone else as odd that Whitehair backed up 2 different positions in the same game? Let us enter the film vault to see how he faired at each position he played versus the Buccaneers. Keep in mind that Whitehair was universally thought of as having a poor game against the Falcons week 1 while playing strictly center*. *Cody Whitehair was given a 33.1 overall grade from Pro Football Focus Let’s take a look at the first snap of the game, when Whitehair wa[...]



How should these Bears game-plan?

2017-09-22T12:00:07-05:00

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The manner in which the 2017 Chicago Bears are currently constructed leaves them with some limitations. The injuries are a concern, but even if this team was 100% top to bottom, the margin of error would still be small. They need a lot to go right for them, and a lot to go wrong for their opponent, in order to have success.

In the latest edition of my T Formation Conversation podcast (Subscribe now on iTunes for free!), I discuss what I think the Bears need to do moving forward. Since it seems like there won’t be a change at the quarterback position, there are a few tweaks I think the offense needs.

Here’s a basic outline of my show.

  • Injury recap - Who could be back this week and what does that mean.
  • Run / ratio - Would you believe the Bears are starting off each game fairly balanced?
  • Run game scheme - Where should they be running.
  • Offensive formation options
  • Defense
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