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Q: Do you think Chase Claypool will make a big enough impact to help the Bears win some games this year? 

A: I think he could bring a nice element to this offense. The problem with winning games isn’t the Offense, it’s the Defense. Chase Claypool brings the size and speed element the Bears were missing. I’d like to get some more 50-50 balls to Claypool. 

Q: What percent of snaps do you see Chase Claypool playing next week? 

A: First game he was at 35 percent of snaps. Second game it dropped a little to 31 percent. Getsy and co, have continuously said that this offense requires a lot from the receivers. Claypool is into his 3rd week of this new offense. I expect him to get around 50 percent. 

Q: I can’t decide if edge or O-line should be the first need addressed in the draft. Do you like one or the other with the Bear’s top pick in the draft next year? 

A: I think you have to go off the prospects available on your big board. I would go with the following in order. Will Anderson – edge, Jalen Carter – 3tech, Myles Murphy – edge, Peter Skoronski – LT, Bryan Bresee – DT, Quentin Johnston – WR, Jordan Addison – WR. The Bears have too many weaknesses on this roster to not take the best available at every position except QB. 

Q: Do the Bears add another weapon at WR? Or maybe trade back with a team needing a QB? 

A: Yes, the Bears have to add more weapons in the WR room. We need playmakers bad at the WR position. I would love it if we traded down with a QB-needy team. Teams like the Colts, Saints, Panthers, and maybe a shocking Raiders. Receivers I would want are as followed. Quinten Johnston, Jordan Addison, Jaxon Smith-Njiba, Jordan Addison, Kayshon Boutte, Jalin Hyatt, and Josh Downs. A late down guy Keylon Stokes from Tulsa.. only because we have the same last name. Another bonus late-round guy, the 6’6 Jalen Sample from Minnesota State, depends on his 40 times, he might need to switch to TE.  

3 Ups And 3 Downs: Detroit Lions Fallout

First Up

Justin Fields took another step Sunday. Accounting for 314 yards and 4 total TDs. He continues to elevate those around him. He set a record for the longest run by a Bears QB last week (61-yard TD run). He broke that Sunday breaking off a 68-yard TD run, breaking away from Lion’s corners and safeties. Truly impressive what Justin does on the ground. 

Second Up

Jack Sanborn might just be that dude. 11 total tackles, 9 solo, and 2 sacks, also had a very nice Interception called back on a bs call. The Bears were again screwed by refs, Jaylon Johnson pressed a guy at the line of scrimmage put his hands on the receiver’s shoulder pads, and got called for hands to the face. I can’t wait to see Jack continue to develop. He played high school football in Lake Zurich went to college in Madison Wisconsin and was a UDFA, who is now starting for the Bears. 

Third Up

Cole Kmet’s breakout continues. Another great story, Cole is from Barrington Illinois, die-hard Bears, and a Cubs fan. Per QB1, Mr. Justin Fields ” Cole has always had it physically, he has grown the last few weeks mentally”. Cole Kmet was never going to be Travis Kelce or Mark Andrews. He is a classic Y TE, hand in the ground, good blocker who runs nice routes for easy completions for QB1. 

First Down

Jaylon Johnson got torched yesterday. I don’t remember him getting targeted in a game this much since his rookie year. Jaylon wants to be the best corner in football, you have to be better than Sunday to even be close to that discussion. Cornerback is a very hard position, you get respect on your name and then barely get targeted. When that happens you lose some of your skills because you don’t get targeted. I still have faith in Jaylon. Let’s bounce back shut down ATL and get a pick next Sunday. Keep your head up Jaylon. 

Second Down

 The whole defensive line minus Justin Jones. No one generates pressure. Trevis Gipson’s breakout season was supposed to happen, but he’s taken steps backward. Dom Rob still needs more reps, but man our pass rush and run d are brutally bad. We get pushed back at the point of contact. The only way we get pressure is to blitz an LB or DB. Need to see someone other than Justin Jones take a big step. Speaking of Justin Jones, he’s been a menace in the run game, need him to step up in the pass rush though. 

Third Down 

The entire receiver room. No one gets separation. No one bails out the QB with a nice catch. Where is Chase Claypool? Where is Velus Jones Jr. ? Where is N’Keal Harry? You invested a 2nd, 3rd and 6th round draft pick into those guys and Velus and Harry were healthy scratches. I’m sick of EQ, yes he blocks well, but he runs bad routes and has stone hands. I’d like to see the Bears come out next Sunday with the WR room looking different. Mooney, Claypool, Pringle, Velus, Harry, and Pettis should all be activated and involved in the offense this week.  

2023 Bears Potential First-Round Picks

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We are officially past the midpoint of the 2022 NFL season let’s take a look at a few guys that could potentially be Chicago Bears next season. As you may remember I wrote a similar article last year and it was one of my favorites to write because the draft season is by far one of the best parts of the NFL season.

The Chicago Bears who are currently slated to pick at number eighth overall, head into the offseason with eight total draft picks after acquiring two from the Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore’s own second and fifth-rounder, and dealing their second to get wide receiver Chase Claypool away from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  1. Peter Skoronski Northwestern OT (no. 5 on my big board)

Park Ridge Illinois’ finest and Northwestern’s top draft prospect Peter Skoronski is what the Bears need in the draft. Standing at 6’4” and 315 pounds Skoronski would immediately slide into the starting role at either left tackle or left guard as he does have interior flexibility. In the 2021 season, as a sophomore Skoronski played roughly 820 snaps while only allowing 12 quarterback hurries, six quarterback hits, and two sacks. Some of his strengths are that he has an insanely strong upper body which allows him to control his opponents. He gets off the ball super quick and prevents opposing linemen from blowing by him. Some of his weaknesses are that he ends up playing high which causes him to lose some leverage, which can be fixed in the NFL so it isn’t a huge problem. 

  1. Myles Murphy Clemson EDGE (no. 7 on my big board)

It isn’t a surprise that the Bears have been struggling defensively as of late. One way to fix that is by taking one of the best defensive linemen in this class which is Clemson edge rusher, Myles Murphy. Clemson runs a 4-3 defense similar to the Bears so he would be a nice scheme fit. Murphy is one of the two Clemson defensive linemen projected to go within the top 10. So far in his collegiate career, Murphy has a total of 106 tackles, 35 tackles for loss, and 18.5 sacks. The 20-year-old pass rusher already has an NFL-caliber spin move along with an intense bull rush. He would be a very good replacement for Robert Quinn, especially opposite a guy like Trevis Gipson. Now, some weaknesses we have seen in his game are that he struggles to shed off blockers while also needing to use his hands better as he lacks violence when using his hands and he doesn’t move laterally as ideally as you would like to see. 

  1. Jaxon Smith- Njigba Ohio State WR (no. 14 on my big board)

Smith-Njigba is one of the top wide receivers in this nation. While he has fallen down my rankings due to not laying much this season because of injury he still is a game-changer that will be taken super high in the 2023 draft. The 6’1” 200 pound wideout broke out on the scene last season in the Rose Bowl game against Utah where he put up a record-breaking performance of 15 catches for 347 yards and three touchdowns. While he and Justin Fields did overlap at Ohio State they only connected for 10 receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown. Smith-Njigba has a great ability to get himself in open space as well as having sure hands making him a favorite of his quarterbacks. One of the few knocks he has on him is that he drops the ball more often than you would like a top wideout to drop.

  1. Quentin Johnston TCU WR (no. 12 on my big board)

TCU’s Quentin Johnston is my favorite wideout in this entire class. Johnston would be a great fit alongside both Darnell Mooney and Chase Claypool mainly due to his size, 6’4” and 215 pounds, and his ability to get up and snag contested catches. He has been a key piece in the TCU offense and has helped the team tremendously to achieve a top-four spot in the Associated Press top 25. Currently, Johnston has 45 receptions with 650 yards and four touchdowns. I believe that Johnston has the highest ceiling in this class along with North Carolina’s Josh Downs. Some of the strengths he has are that he is a crisp route runner and can haul in some incredibly tough catches but he does come with negatives which include a very small route tree as well as not being a great blocker despite his size. 

  1. Paris Johnson Jr Ohio State OT (no. 8 on my big board)

Another potential Ohio State Buckeye to be a Bear is offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr. Out of his 768 snaps in 2021 he only allowed 13 QB hurries, one QB hit, and no sacks. He comes in standing at 6’6” and 310 pounds. It is a tough choice between both he and Peter Skoronski as to who will be the first tackle off the board in late April. His strengths include he doesn’t quit on plays while also being a huge leader in that Buckeye locker room. Johnson also plays with nastiness which is a trait that Bears general manager Ryan Pace looks for in his offensive linemen. He, like all prospects, does come with weaknesses in his game; he can get impatient and start to play with a poor base and he also lets pass rushers get into him rather than delivering a punch to them.  

PODCAST: JustHIM Fields/Motor City Kitties Preview

On this week’s episode of BEAR FORCE ONE, Marty and Brian catch up on this week’s HUGE moral victory over the Miami Dolphins and Justin Fields’ NFC Player of the Week performance. The guys talk about the dumpster fire in Indy before breaking down this week’s matchup with Man Campbell and the Detroit Lions. Lastly, they brought it home with the Dick Butkus Tweet of the Week.

Link to Apple Podcasts

Three Ups and Three Downs versus the Dolphins.

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The Chicago Bears took on the Miami Dolphins Sunday afternoon on a perfect day on the lake front in Chicago. The game was a very high-scoring game that had both offenses rolling. Unfortunately, the Bears could not come out on top as they lost 35-32 to the Dolphins. I will give you my three positives and negatives from yesterday’s game.

First Up

The play of quarterback Justin Fields. The Bears quarterback has continued to take steps week by week, and yesterday, he took a giant step. Justin gave his offense and his team a chance to win with the plays he made time after time. Fields had four total touchdowns. Three through the air and a 61-yard touchdown run as he escaped the pocket and took off for the endzone. Fields broke an NFL record for the most rushing yards for a quarterback Michael Vick held as he ran for 178 yards.

Second Up

The Chicago Bears offensive line. This is a group that had been struggling but it had one of it’s better days yesterday. The Bears led the NFL in most sacks given up and only gave up one to a pretty good Dolphins defensive line, which just added Bradley Chubb. Everything starts up front, which is why the offense had a good day. Keep Justin clean, and good things happen to Chicago.

Third Up

Wide Receiver Darnell Mooney and Tight End Cole Kmet. The two combined for three of the four touchdowns from the Bears’ offense. Kmet had two touchdowns, and Mooney with the other. Our fans have been waiting for Kmet to break out and be a weapon for the past few weeks. Yesterday was his best game. Darnell Mooney had a great catch in the back corner of the endzone that got him off the hook, giving him his first touchdown of the season.

First Down

I will start with the defense. The Bears defense tgave up 42 points last week and 35 this week. Tua and the Miami offense had their way with the Bears. I know the defense needs more talent, but the adjustments that we have seen in the past were not there.

Second Down

The Bears running back room is down this week. Outside of Justin Fields, Herbert and Montgomery were a non-factor. The two ran for a combined 59 yards. Kind of a disappointment because they have been excellent on the ground, averaging way over 100 yards a game. Usually a critical factor in the red zone as well. But not do much at all yesterday.

Third Down

The Bears’ special teams. A unit that has been good this season so far got a punt blocked that led to a Miami scoop and score. The bears had Khalil Herbert lined up as a blocker and he completely missed his block. Confused about why he was on the punt team as a running back, but it hurt the Bears today.

That is it for Three ups and Three downs. I will be back next week after the Bears take on the Lions!

PODCAST: Bear Force One – Bears Deflate the Pats / Dem Boyz Preview 

On this week’s episode of BEAR FORCE ONE, Marty and Brian spend a good chunk of time BUZZING after the Bears big win in primetime on the road against the New England Patriots. From there, the boys move on to this week in Bears news and crack open a preview of this week’s tilt against the Dallas Cowboys. Lastly, the lads bring it home with this week’s Dick Butkus Tweet(s) of the Week. As always, this podcast is brought to you buy bush league takes and Great Taste, Less Filling Miller Lite.

Apple: https://embed.podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bear-force-one-bears-deflate-the-pats-dem-boyz-preview/id1616320633?i=1000584181183

MOTMW Staff Picks Week 8

David Peters (3-4)

Bears 35 Cowboys 17

Marty Wessels (2-5)

Bears 23 Cowboys 21

Aiden Wyatt (4-3)

32-26 Cowboys

Cole Gross (3-4)

Bears 21 Cowboys 17

Brian Decker (4-3)

Bears 28 Cowboys 17

Austin Keeney (3-4)

Cowboys 27 Bears 7

Steven Lambrecht (3-4)

Bears 24 Cowboys 22

Cael Wyatt (3-4)

35-21 Cowboys

Nick Stokes (2-5)

Cowboys 24 bears 13

Matthias Schwartzkopf (3-4)

Cowboys 31 Bears 17

Letter Grades for Bears Offense and Defense so far

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The Chicago Bears are through seven games and are coming off an impressive win over the New England Patriots. Ryan Poles made it clear that this was going to be rebuilt by trading a few key pieces that helped the Bears last season. Also, Ryan Poles did not go out and spend a ton of money this past off-season to make the team better. Made low-risk and hopefully high-reward signings that could help now and for the future. The Bears are lacking a lot of talent on both sides of the football. One of the main reasons why they are sitting at 3-4. I am going go to give a letter grade on both sides of the ball and reasons for it and how it can be better,

Starting with Bears quarterback Justin Fields and the offense. There have been signs where we the fans think that the offense will take another step but it has been one step forward and two steps back. The only bright spot so far through seven games is that the running game has been very good. David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert combined are averaging 5.8 yards per carry. One of the biggest disappointments has been the Bears wide receiver group. Feel like it has been a miracle round of who is going to catch the ball. Production is one of the worst in the league. Fields go to target Darnell Mooney has shown flashes but not to what everyone thought he was going to do.

Now onto the offense line. They say if you do not have an offensive line you won’t have an offense. This group has been on the struggle bus. The frustrating part is that it took the Bears coaching staff to come to the realization that Sam Mustipher is not going to cut it at the center spot a bit too late. Only to have Lucas Patrick go down with an injury against the Patriots. At times that’s what has been some of Fields struggles is having a center that can not do the job the way it needs to be done.

Overall, I would give the offense a C. We just need to see more from everyone. Justin can not be running for his life to be successful. Has he been good? No. Has he been bad? No. He has taken strides but he needs help to take the step we all want him to take.

To the defensive side of the ball. It’s a similar story such as the offense. It has been up and down with a bit more in consistency. The back end of the defense has been the best part on that side of the ball. Yes, they gave up a ton of yards to the Vikings but have since made some subtle changes and got on the right track. Eddie Jackson is back to his old self and the two rookies Kyler Gordon and Jaquan Brisker have proven they belong in the NFL.

The rush defense has made some strides in the last few weeks considering what they gave up against the Packers. Not a lot of popular names on the front but have done a solid job. What remains the weakest part of the defense is that they are not getting much pressure on the quarterback. This only becomes more magnified with the trade of Robert Quinn to the Eagles.

Side note, the second-half adjustments have been excellent from defense coordinator Allan Williams.

Overall I would give the defense a B. Over the past few weeks and being able to make adjustments when needed has been a sight for sore eyes. They have to get the pass rush better and do so without Quinn.

We all know the Bears chances of making a run into the playoffs are slim. They can make this season feel like a positive if they continue to develop the key players that will be here in the future.

MOTMW Bears Picks Week 3

David Peters (1-1)

Bears 24-7

Marty Wessels (0-2)

Bears 17-14

Aiden Wyatt (1-1)

Bears 17-10

Cole Gross (1-1)

Bears 20-17

Brian Decker (1-1)

Bears 17-14

Austin Keeney (1-1)

Texans 16-13

Steven Lambrecht (1-1)

Bears 22-10

Cael Wyatt (0-1)

27-17 Packers

Nick Stokes (1-1)

Bears 20-7

Riley Cole (0-1)

No Pick

Matthias Schwartzkopf (2-0)

Bears 20-14

Bears Mailbag 3.0

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Tough tough loss at Green Bay.. sick of losing to those guys. Anyway, Nick Stokes back for another Bears mailbag answering questions from Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Q: Why didn’t we use Montgomery more. He was tearing Green Bay a new one when he got the ball. 

A: The Bears offense had 41 total plays. Montgomery got 15 carries, Herbert got 4, and Fields had 8. That’s 27 plays right there. I don’t think there was a way to really get him more carries. If they gave him the ball on 1st and 2nd down every drive. People would be complaining about running the first 2 downs.

Q: Why didn’t Fields throw the ball to Equanimeous when he was wide open? 

A: The way the Quarterback progression works didn’t have his eyes going there. Great QBs still see that and make the play. I don’t think Fields misses that throw again. Via the press conference Equanimeous said that ” it was the first time they ever repped that play even in practice “. With how rough this offense is Fields needs to hit those throws. If this continues to happen, it might be time to sound the alarm. 

Q: Is Kyler Gordon bad ? 

A: No he is not. He’s a rookie, growing pains are going to happen. He does need to work on not biting so hard on the run. His 2nd career game he had to go against Aaron Rodgers. Aaron Rodgers probably knows the defense better that Gordon does. I cant wait to see how much Gordon improves by the next time we play Green Bay.