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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Bears take a country whoopin' from the Packers: Episode 30.5 of Bill Swerski Sports Talk Chicago

The Chicago Bears took a butt whipping from the Green Bay Packers at home.  We break down the game and discuss where they go from here.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Preview Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers, Paul Konerko retires edition. Bill Swerski Sports Talk Chicago ep 30

Previewing the Bears vs the Green Bay Packers, Paul Konerko retires, and the Blackhawks trade rumors.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago
0-11:40 Blackhawks
11:40 -15:40 White Sox
16:40-26:25 Cubs
26:54-end Bears

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Play Breakdown: Bears vs Jets

This is a feature I'm hoping to do after every game. We will break down a few plays each game.


As you can see from the formation, the Bears are in a heavy package. There is a good chance they run out of this formation or are extremely worried about pass rush. 2 wide, single back, tight end in tight and an offensive lineman in a TE spot.
The MLB bites on the play action fake.  The WLB is frozen.  However, the wideouts have man coverage with two high safeties to contend with.
After the fake, Cutler drops back  7 steps. By the time he plants, the pass protection has broken down completely.  Eben Britton (lined up as a TE), finds his way to a one-on-one block.  And Forte winds up one-on-one blocking DT Wilkerson.
Wilkerson easily beats Forte and is on Cutler like white on rice.
Wilkerson with the sack and no threat of the wideouts getting open.

Again, it looks like the Bears are in a max protect, dealing with the Jets formidable pass rush.

Unlike the previous play, the line has figured out the correct protections.  Jeffery breaks and Bennett is looking like he will be covered by a flat-footed outside linebacker.

The receivers run routes in the flat.

This leaves Alshon in one-on-one coverage deep coverage and the other receivers that ran the flat and a look off by Cutler freezes the safety.

Even though he doesn't make the catch, Alshon draws the pass interference penalty.

The Bears are running a 3 wide set with TE looking like he'll stay in for protection.

Bears line protection funnel the pass rushers into the middle, leaving Cutler plenty of time to pick apart the Jets defensive backfield.

Quickly Wilkerson and another D-lineman head around Mills, collapsing the pocket and rushing Cutler.

Incomplete pass, with the pass rush covering for the Jets defensive backs.

Bears stack the box with 2 linebackers lined up in the A gaps.

The two linebackers in the A gaps drop back into coverage

You wind up with 5 defenders at the first down marker, trying to keep everything underneath.  Even with a caught pass, a solid tackle forces a punt.

The good coverage allows the Bears to collapse the pocket.  Lamarr Houston reaches his paw up.

Bears had good coverage, Houston gets the tip and nearly catches his own tipped pass.

Bears lined up in a tight, bunch formation.  No additional linemen, but receivers tight, a halfback and running back in the back field.

The Jets lined up like they are bringing 5 pass rushers.

The Jets do bring 5.  The WR isn't in position to block the left side rusher and the pulling linemen can't get there.

Both Bears players try to converge on the blitzer.  As you can see this leaves the corner free to come down to the line of scrimmage.

The free corner funnels Forte back towards the interior line where the play is made.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Chicago Bears huge win over the NY Jets on MNF. Episode 29.5 of Bill Swerski Sports Talk Chicago

Bears win a huge one on Monday Night Football on the road against a tough NY Jets team.  We talk all about it on this episode of Bill Swerskis Sports Talk Chicago

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Preview Bears vs Jets, Cubs sweep cinci, DRose doesnt get hurt! episode 29 of Bill Swerskis Sports Talk Chicago

Preview MNF's Bears vs Jets, Cubs sweeping the Reds, Blackhawks training camp opens, and a whole lot more on this episode of Bill Swerski Sports Talk Chicago

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Breaking down the plays: Bears vs 49ers

We will take a look at stills of some of the Bears game and break the play down a little bit.

1. The first touchdown of the game.
The 49ers are lined up with 2 wide right and a third man going in motion towards the right.  The Bears are running man coverage.  The free safety (Chris Conte) takes the man in motion.

 After the snap of the ball, the two receivers lined up wide run routes meant to run a legal pick freeing the motion man.  Conte is unable to move through the pick and the motion man is wide open.

 The 49ers have an easy touchdown and it leaves Conte looking bad.  Playing the package defense, there isn't much room to defend this play.  It leaves the Bears only option is to recognize the pick and make the switch.  Each defender move down leaving all three receivers covered.

 2. Mobile quarterback causing mayhem for the Bears defense.
With the front four, the Bears are able to collapse the pocket and bring pressure to Colin Kaepernick.  Two Bears defenders nearly get to the quarterback.

The Bears defense, as a whole, lacks a ton of speed.  Pinching in or otherwise not maintaining assignment discipline allows the quarterback to role out.  The lack of team speed accentuates the missed assignments and you wind up with a big 49er gain.

 3. Brandon Marshall touchdown.
In a stark contrast to the routes Trestman had Marshall and Jeffery running earlier in the game, the Bears coaching staff realized that with bum ankle and hamstring, respectively, quick cuts and sharp turns wouldn't beat the 49er corners.

 The Bears instead utilize the big bodies of their top two receivers. Here Marshall runs into the defender, makes the turn, and allows his body to shield the defender from the ball.  Result?  Touchdown Bears!

 4. Kyle Fuller interception.
Tim Jennings is a probowler.  Charles Tillman is arguably the greatest cornerback in Chicago Bears history.  However, Kyle Fuller brings attitude, confidence, and a speed the other two don't have.  As his man starts to run his route, you can see Fuller turning his hips from the backpedal ready to either run with the receiver or turning back and driving toward him.

 As the receiver runs his 8 yard route, Kyle Fuller challenges the catch.  He is so confident in his talent that he will either break up the pass, intercept, or make the tackle, he makes his break and takes the ball away for the INT.

 5. Brandon Marshall covered like a blanket.
Earlier in the game, the corners of the 49ers realized Marshall and Alshon were not going to challenge them deep due to nagging injuries.  Here you have Marshall running a curl route.  Typically this is effective when the corner is playing off and you can make a sharp turn.

 Due to his injured ankle, Marshall isn't being given the separation and when he makes a weak turn, the corner is right there on top of him and you end up with an incomplete pass.

 6. San Francisco touchdown run.
Based on the Bears defensive look, they should be prepared to stuff a run.  You have 7 in the box with the 8th looking to cheat down into the box.

 As the ball is snapped, the Bears still look to be in great shape to stop the run.  The DE has contain, Bostic is in position to plug the open hole.

Where the play goes bust is that Jared Allen overruns the play, losing his contain and position.  Then Bostic cheats to the middle of the field.  Since the 49ers formation was heavy to the top of the screen and the safety already cheated in, it left a gaping hole and nobody had the angle or position to stop the run.  Touchdown 49ers.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Huge Bears win versus San Francisco 49ers for first win of the season Episode 28 of Bill Swerskis Sports Talk Chicago

Talking the huge Bears victory over the 49ers in San Fran with Lester Wiltfong of Windy City Gridiron.  Breaking down the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cubs and White Sox fall apart, NHL rule changes, Noah can't throw- Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago episode 027.5

We fill in the gaps from the week, talking with our pal Gary about the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls, and Blackhawks.  We knew we overshadowed all of them with Bears talk over the weekend.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Chicago Bears lose to the Buffalo Bills- Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago episode 027

Talking Bears opening day loss with Lester Wiltfong of Windy City Gridiron.  Breaking down the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

iTunes, domain and RSS issues

First day of the Bears season and we have a complete technology meltdown.  I'm working really hard to fix the issue, but nothing is cooperating. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Bears season predictions

Week 1: Buffalo Bills
Buffalo is not the same Buffalo of the past few seasons.  They have a mobile QB (mobile QBs caused fits for the Bears D in the preseason), a potent running game, and a new Jim Schwartz defense.  Look for a tougher than expected matchup for the Bears.Prediction: Win

Week 2: at San Francisco 49ers
I predict a big drop off in production for the 49ers.  I don't think they bottom out by any means, but I don't see them as contenders for the division nor for the conference.  I think their defense is vulnerable and the Bears will capitalize.  This will be a shootout. Prediction: Win

Week 3: at New York Jets
The Jets offense is going to be bad.  Really bad.  The Bears defense will shine in this game while the offense struggles a bit.  Low scoring game, but Bears prevail. Prediction: Win

Week 4: Green Bay Packers
I wrote this before the Seahawks/Packers game and I went back and changed this.  the Packers are vulnerable.  Their offensive line didn't look hot and the WRs looked mediocre.  The defense didn't improve and Peppers looks OLDER.  I think this game will be close, but Bears pulls it out at home. Prediction: Win

Week 5: at Carolina Panthers
I think this game will be a bit ugly for Chicago.  I think Cam Newton looks like a probowler and gives the Bears a hefty dose of roll outs.  The running game of Carolina should get going and the Bears offense will have a difficult time scoring on the Panthers defense. Prediction: Loss

Week 6: at Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta will be better than they were last year.  But that isn't saying much.  They are a talented team and will put some points on the board, but I think they shoot themselves in the foot and the Bears win. Prediction: Win

Week 7: Miami Dolphins
I think after this game, people will really start talking about the Bears.  I think the defensive ends put up several sacks and stop the run.  Dolphins D will give up good points.. Prediction: Win

Week 8: at New England Patriots
The Pats will have a long week to prepare for the Bears.  That's not good.  The only hope the Bears have is if they can get pressure on Brady.  The Bears always struggle against Belichek coached teams.  I can't see the Bears winning.Prediction: Loss

Week 9: Bye

Week 10: at Green Bay Packers
Despite the debacle against the Seahawks, this is a good Packers team.  Look for them to avenge the loss to the Bears. Prediction: Loss

Week 11: Minnesota Vikings
Jared Allen welcomes his former team to his new home.  The Bears D focuses on stopping the run and pin their ears back versus a rookie QB.  Bears win this one big.Prediction: Win

Week 12: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Lovie can't put an offense together.  They won't be able to put many points on the Bears and their defense won't be able to hold the Bears down too much.Prediction: Win

Week 13: at Detroit Lions
A short week before heading to Detroit.  I think Megatron has a big game and Stafford avoids big mistakes.  A high scoring game, but Bears can't pull it out. Prediction: Loss

Week 14: Dallas Cowboys
Dallas has serious concerns on defense. The Bears will exploit that.  The Dallas offense can score in a hurry.  I think the Bears D will be able to slow them down just enough to get a 8 point win. Prediction: Win

Week 15: New Orleans Saints
I see a complete debacle in this one.  Drew Brees picks apart this defense and Cutler and Co just can't keep pace. Prediction: Loss

Week 16: Detroit Lions
Just like with the Packers, the home team wins this matchup.  . Prediction: Win

Week 17: at Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota will be the punching bag to a pretty good Bears, Packers, and Lions team.  Bears pull off the Viking sweep. Prediction: Win

Predicted Record: 11-5