Running back Garrett Wolfe is entering his third season with the Bears and he will be the number two guy behind Matt Forte due to Kevin Jones’s injury. Wolfe has carried the ball 46 times, for 154 yards and caught nine passes for 117 yards in his first two seasons as a Bear.
Wolfe is very excited about his opportunity to play more, here’s what he had to say:
“I’m very ready, this is my third year. I played more my rookie year as a running back than I did last year. But it’s something I embrace and something I’m excited about, and I can’t wait for the opportunity.”
“It’s a great opportunity for not only me but for Adrian as well, I’m very excited, and that’s the only thing that’s changed. I’ve prepared myself for these types of situations. So has Kevin and so has Adrian. The only thing that’s changed is just the increased opportunity that Adrian and I will have.”
“Granted, I may be a little unproven because of a lack of experience at that position at this level. But Adrian’s a guy who’s done it at this level. I think the only thing that could be an adequate question is that I’m unproven doing it at this level. But I think with time everyone will see that I’m more than capable of getting it done.”
In other News:
The Bears filled their final practice squad spot with tackle Jim Marten, a third-round pick from Boston College in 2007 by the Dallas Cowboys.
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Bears veteran wide receiver Rashied Davis made a bold prediction Monday before practice, here’s what he said:
“We’ve got enough to win a Super Bowl, we’ve got enough people, enough players to win a Super Bowl. That’s how I feel. I believe that everybody on this team feels that way, as we should. But, you know, all 31 other teams feel the same way, or at least they should.”
“You never want to get beat like we did last year in Lambeau, we wound up beating them when they came here [20-17 OT on December 22], but no one remembers that one.”
“We all have egos, we all try to remain humble, and we are for the most part a humble group, but at the same time, we have egos as well. This is a manly sport, and all of that other stuff. No one wants to be perceived as a weak link, or being told flat out we’re not good. It’s time for us to go play.”
I hope this bold prediction by Rashied doesn’t come back to bite us. I remember in 2007 during the weeks heading into the season, all of the Bears players were very confident that they were heading back to the Super Bowl, and they disappointed everyone that year by going 7-9. Anyway, I hope Rashied is right with his prediction, but a lot of things happen in one NFL season and I hope he didn’t just jinx us.
all quotes from espnchicago.com
Sports Illustrated writer Peter King predicted the whole NFL season in his recent article on SI.com here.
He believes the Chicago Bears will win the NFC North with an 11-5 record, while Green Bay and Minnesota will both make the wild card at 10-6. Also in the NFC, King has the Giants, Seahawks and Falcons all winning their divisions.
He believes the NFC Championship game will be the Bears against the Packers, where the Bears come out on top.
In the AFC, King belives the New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers and the Houston Texans winning their divisions. Thats right the Houston Texans. He also has the Colts and Ravens being the wild card teams.
He has the New England Patriots and San Diego Chargers battling it out in the AFC Championship, where the Patriots win.
Thus meaning the Bears and Patriots will be the Super Bowl teams according to Peter King, and he believes the Patriots will win Super Bowl 44 in Miami. Thus, meaning the Bears would lose the last two Super Bowls that took place in Miami, if Peter King is correct. Hopefully he is right about the Bears making the Super Bowl, but hopefully the come up on top this time in Miami.
The Bears have the talent to do it, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
Many people believe if Bears quarterback Jay Cutler goes down with an injury than the Bears are in serious trouble. Knock on wood that Jay doesn’t.
I’m here to tell you the Bears have a very good backup quarterback. His name is Caleb Hanie. The Bears signed him as an undrafted free agent last season and spent all season behind Grossman and Orton as the third string quarterback.
Sports Illustrated ranked all 32 backup quarterbacks recently and Jeff Garcia is number one and Caleb Hanie is #32. Don Banks of Sports Illustrated says this about Hanie:
“With no veterans like Kyle Orton, Rex Grossman or Brian Griese around to fall back on, Bears fans everywhere will hold their breath this season and wish nothing but perfect health to Jay Cutler.”
I truly believe Caleb Hanie will shock a lot of people if he gets to play at all this season, hopefully not for injury reasons.
The Bears have never had two quarterbacks who are so athletic in Cutler and Hanie.
Trust me NFL fans you will know Caleb Hanies’ name sooner or later. Hanie is ranked last because he has never thrown a pass in his short NFL career.
Bears players Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs and Adewale Ogunleye spoke up about Brett Favre’s return to the NFC North with the Minnesota Vikings, here’s what they said:
Urlacher: “What will he bring to the division? The same thing he did last time, it doesn’t matter [that he's getting older]. He’s still Brett Favre. I don’t think it’s going to be that big of a change. Better running game, obviously, than he had in the past. Other than that, he’s the same guy, he’s a great competitor; he likes to compete, man. He’s going to go out there and give it his best every Sunday; you know that. He’s won a bunch of games, thrown a lot of touchdown passes and broken a bunch of records.”
Briggs: “I hope he’s going to change his mind when he’s going to throw the ball away [and] throws it into coverage, the bottom line is, Brett Favre’s a great quarterback.”
Ogunleye: “I really thought he probably was going to come back anyway, so I’m glad the saga’s over, now I guess everybody can rest , we know Brett Favre. We’ve played him a lot. He’s a hell of a competitor, a [future] Hall of Famer, and anytime you get to play against a guy like that, we’ll be up for it. We play him two times this year, so I’m excited. But I’m really just trying to focus on what we need to do to get better.”
all quotes from chicagobears.com
According to the Chicago Sun Times,
Mikal Smith, Lovie’s son is going to serve as an assistant to the head coach and he’s also helping his father with the nickel defense. Smith had been a defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator at Trinity International in Deerfield.
Mikal had this to say:
“I’m very excited, I’m getting a chance to learn from the best in the business — not just him but the whole staff.”
Lovie had this to say:
“He has been around the game all his life, I needed an assistant, somebody I could trust, knew a little football.”
This is an interesting move by the Bears, I guess they have plans to keep Lovie for many more seasons.
Don’t get me wrong Lovie is a good coach, but he is too much of a nice guy, the Bears need a coach who takes charge in certain situations. This is a big season for Lovie because he took over the defensive coaching duties.
all quotes from chicagosuntimes.com
David Terrell worked out with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs brought Terrell, D.J. Hackett and Amani Toomer in for workout.
But, Toomer was the one who signed a one year deal with the Chiefs.
David Terrell, who hasn’t played since 2007 (Broncos), played for Todd Haley in his days with the Bears. Terrell was the #8 pick in 2001, but couldn’t stay healthy. It’s a shame he couldn’t sign on with the Chiefs. It would have been pretty cool to see Bobby Engram, Mark Bradley and David Terrell, all former Bears on a team together.
In other news the Bears added undrafted free agent guard Maurice Miller.
This is what the Chicago Sun Times said about Miller:
The 6-foot-4-inch, 330-pound Miller, who played college ball at Mississippi, joined the Bucs as an undrafted free-agent in April. The 23-year-old Miller started at both right guard and right tackle at Ole Miss.
Finally last years 3rd round pick Marcus Harrison has returned to practice, he is back in shape after spending the last four days working extremely hard in the weight room.
Marcus Harrison looks to be the favorite to start at nose tackle next to Tommie Harris but will need to get rid of solid contributors in Anthony Adams and Dusty Dvoracek.
Cedric Benson has decided to talk trash about the Bears once again, here’s what he had to say:
“I’m sure they know they made a mistake [releasing me], after the way I finished last season. But I’m not worried about them. It’s in the past and I’ve moved on. I had a career-high in touches and yards in a little more than half a season, more than I ever had in Chicago. That tells you the story right there.”
The other RB when Cedric Benson was here was Thomas Jones got into an on-field fight Monday in Jets’ camp.
Benson said this about his former teammate:
“Typical, that’s the kind of guy he is. I don’t pay attention to what is going on in his world.”
Benson also said this about the Bears:
“I think the only person that wanted me there was Lovie [Smith], the Bengals sure hit the jackpot.”
I love how Cedric is so cocky, his stats were about the same last year as his in the past with the Bears.
I doubt the Bears would want Cedric, because he would refuse to split time and he wants to be the feature back. Luckily the Bengals think he is a feature back.
I would much rather have Kevin Jones and Garrett Wolfe behind Matt Forte. Sorry Cedric, but we made the right move by releasing you. You were a cancer for our team for too long and probably one of the worst first round picks ever.
all quotes from chicagosuntimes.com
With training camp 2009 underway, everyone wants to know what exactly is going on at the practice field.
Well if you want to know Jay Cutler and the offense are starting to gel quickly.
Zack Bowman is really shining as a starting cornerback across from Nate Vasher.
Orlando Pace looks to be in top shape.
Brian Urlacher picked off a Cutler pass and took and all the way for a touchdown.
Danieal Manning left the field with cramps, but returned later in the day.
Josh Beekman is working with the first team offense, while new guard Frank Omiyale works with the second team.
Marcus Harrison is working to lose 14 pounds before the start of the season.
Johnny Knox faked Trumaine McBride out of his own shoes.
The most important note is Matt Forte is receiving less time, while Kevin Jones and Garrett Wolfe get some needed practice.
Bears leader and star linebacker Brian Urlacher has been selected to six pro bowls in nine seasons with the Bears. He recently spoke up about the talent around the team, this is what he had to say:
“I think this is the best team I’ve been on going into training camp since I’ve been here, there’s no doubt about that. If you look at each position, we stack up pretty well versus every team in the NFL. We’ve just got to stay healthy, have a good training camp and get to the season.”
“We’ve made some good additions on both sides of the ball—not just with the coaches but with the players too. We’ve just got to put it together and have a good training camp.”
“I was able to train this year, last year I had the neck surgery. I was trying to get ready for the season and rehabbing that. But now I was just able to train hard and lift weights and do things I normally have done throughout my career.”
all quotes from chicagobears.com