The road to Minneapolis starts in Bourbonnais.
Why are you looking at me like that?
“Come on, man.”
Okay, the road to maybe, like, 8-8 starts in Bourbonnais. Anyway, here’s what I gathered after taking in the Bears’ penultimate practice before their first preseason game.
The defense looks really solid. They weren’t getting gashed on the ground and the secondary looked markedly better than it did a year ago. Prince Amukamara, in particular, had a nice day.
On offense, Cameron Meredith looked like the top performer at receiver. Kevin White showed signs of the potential that led the Bears to draft him seventh overall in 2015. And, yes, he really did sign a baby. After practice, as the players made their way back inside, a fan shouted out to White “Will you sign my baby?” White couldn’t say no, and signed the baby’s onesie.
Mitchell Trubisky had the best day of the quarterbacks both in drills and game situations. Trubisky was consistently on-the-money during 7-on-7 play. He’s got a little work to do adjusting to the NFL and gaining total command of the offense, but what I saw was very encouraging. Less encouraging was Mike Glennon not separating himself much from Mark Sanchez. Glennon was steady on short routes and didn’t make many bad decisions. He nearly tossed one pick on a route that Amukamara jumped during 7-on-7, but that was much a great play by Amukamara as a bad one by Glennon. Accuracy on longer throws remains a concern. Sanchez threw a couple really pretty balls on deeper routes, but was just okay otherwise and had a bit of a tendency to throw passes like he’s throwing a dart. Connor Shaw was out after getting a screw removed from his leg.
Overall, the quarterback play should at least be better than it was a year ago. The various jabronis the Bears had there a year ago are all in Miami and San Francisco now. In their place, Glennon appears to be solid and smart and Sanchez looks like a serviceable backup while Trubisky prepares to take the reins. In addition, Glennon has embraced the mentor role, which he talked about in an interview with ESPN 1000 after practice. Hopefully, there’s also room for Shaw; I liked what I saw from him last year prior to his injury.