Earlier today the Chicago Bears held their annual Family Fest practice at Soldier Field. The big difference this year was the live scrimmage that head coach John Fox decided to do. As expected, the defense was ahead of the offense during all the 11 on 11 sessions. Even when it was the 1st team offense vs the 2nd team defense, Vic Fangio's D came out on top.
That's OK though.
Nothing to be concerned with.
Defense's are more reactionary (see ball, get ball), while offense's have more moving parts in order to be successful. If Adam Gase's offense is struggling in September, then we can start to be a little concerned.
The Bears held out a few players during the live portion of practice. Neither running back Matt Forte nor outside linebacker Pernell McPhee played simply due to coaches decision. Wide out Kevin White, who is still on the PUP list, is set to start working out next week.
I was more interested in who was playing, in particular the starting defensive line. Rookie 2nd round draft pick Eddie Goldman was running with the starters at nose tackle, which kicked Jeremiah Ratliff to defensive end and Ego Ferguson at the other DE spot.
John Fox on Eddie Goldman playing with the 1s: "He’s a big square body. That’s why we drafted him. He’s had a great camp so far." #Bears— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) August 8, 2015
If Goldman can show enough to win the NT spot, that gives the Bears more options with the versatile and dangerous Ratliff.
The starting inside linebackers remain Shea McClellin at the Mike and Christian Jones at the Jack. Think about this for a second; Imagine if McClellin continues his steady play as the defensive signal caller. He could go from a player in danger of being looked at as a bust to a defensive captain for the Chicago Bears.
WCG member BeardownsoHard has an awesome Fanpost up on his experience at Family Fest, be sure to check it out right here.
There are two other Fanposts, both written by Scotter, that cover his observations from the last three days at Bourbonnais. Here's his Fanpost about the offense and here's his on the defense.
Here are a few other quick Twitter hits about Family Fest.
1st photo of new #Bears head coach John Fox at Soldier Field. #BearsFamFest pic.twitter.com/yIsR3HuukJ— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) August 8, 2015
Jeffery beats Tracy Porter deep and Cutler hits him for a TD. About 52 yards. 7-on-7s.— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) August 8, 2015
Bears K Robbie Gould missed half of his 12 FG attempts, which ranged from 30-55 yards. He then stayed after practice for extra FG work.— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) August 8, 2015
One thing I did not expect to see: 332-pound Eddie Goldman dropping into coverage. #Bears— Nate Atkins (@NateAtkinsCF) August 8, 2015
Jared Allen is looking quicker, showing greater comfort in his linebacking duties. His health was the greatest detractor last season.— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) August 8, 2015
David Bass would have sacked Jay Cutler on play 11.— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) August 8, 2015
Tim Jennings just ate up Jimmy Clausen's screen pass to Ka'Deem Carey. He's had a nice, needed camp.— Nate Atkins (@NateAtkinsCF) August 8, 2015
Jennings is starting at corner, but kicking inside to the slot when the Bears go to nickle. Today it was Tracy Porter coming in as the #2 CB, but I have a feeling Alan Ball wins that job.
Kyle Woestmann flashes again, stripping Carden from behind.— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) August 8, 2015
UDFA Woestmann played 3-4 outside linebacker last year in college after being a defensive end most of his Vanderbilt career.
By Trib's count, Bears 1st-string O had 25 yds on 11 plays vs. 2nd D. 21 yards on 5 rushes 1-for-5 passing for 12 yds 1 sack for -8 yds— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) August 8, 2015
By Trib's count, Bears 1st-string D held 2nd O to 12 yds on 11 plays. 27 yards on 6 rushes 1-for-3 passing for -4 yds 2 sacks for -11 yds— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) August 8, 2015
But remember the offense struggling is no big deal...
Practice over. #Bears win first one at Soldier Field under John Fox. pic.twitter.com/Axc0NSNKlm— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) August 8, 2015
What are some of your thoughts and/or concerns about the Bears so far?