The Chicago Bears and the New England Patriots met on the practice field for the 2nd time this week and both teams were no doubt instructed to be on their best behavior.
After yesterday’s practice got a little more chippy than the coaches probably wanted, tempers were flaring again today. The Bears were fired up and a bit mouthy according to reports, and the Pats weren’t backing down. Chicago’s training camp was littered with skirmishes and these couple of days in Massachusetts were just as fiery.
Today’s practice wasn’t as long as yesterday’s 2 and a half hour affair, but it was just as intense. Things wrapped up in less than two hours and I would expect tomorrow’s practice to be shorter as well, with the two teams playing their preseason game on Thursday night.
I think the extra intensity is good for the Bears, especially coming off a six win season, but there’s a fine line between playing/practicing with intensity and just being stupid. There were head-butts, knock downs, late hits and punches thrown at practice today.
Before we get into some actual football tweets from practice, here are some about the altercations.
Harold Jones-Quartey pops Julian Edelman at the end of the play. An angry #Bears DC Vic Fangio pulls HJQ off the field.— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) August 16, 2016
#Bears DB Harold Jones-Quartey pops Edelman in 11 on 11 and sends him flying. Dobson comes over. J-Q throws Dobson’s arm away. Small scrum— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) August 16, 2016
Akiem Hicks just knocked Martellus Bennett on his backside during full team drills. And Hicks is barking, letting him know about it.— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) August 16, 2016
Hicks is a former Patriot and Bennett a former Bear.
Lamarr Houston getting into it with the Patriots. Feisty practice.— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) August 16, 2016
John Timu is fighting for more than just a roster spot it seems.
The Bears make it pretty difficult not to get in scraps.— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) August 16, 2016
Martellus Bennett and Lamarr Houston continue their rivalry. Bennett ended up on the ground with his helmet off. Both on the sideline now.— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) August 16, 2016
Is it just me or do these numerous altercations with ex-Bear Bennett make you think that the Bears’ players didn’t like him talking crap about their QB?
Now we have to see if this new aggressive and feisty attitude Bears’ head coach John Fox has his team playing with will translate to wins.
The Bears held ILB Danny Trevathan (rest day) and DB Bryce Callahan (muscle strain) out of practice today, and OLB Leonard Floyd left the field with what looked like a knee injury, but he quickly returned after getting checked out.
Tight end Zach MIller was at the doctor today, as he is still going through concussion protocol, although he was limited.
Now for some actual football tweets from the joint practice...
#Bears WR Alshon Jeffery and Malcolm Butler high five before first 1on1 rep after yesterday’s fight, and then Jeffery burns him deep.— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) August 16, 2016
#Bears WR Kevin White with an impressive TD catch against Butler on a corner fade. Used his big body to box Butler out— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) August 16, 2016
Kevin White showing up in man coverage vs. Malcolm Butler, kid making strides working vs. Pats.— Hub Arkush (@Hub_Arkush) August 16, 2016
Not Malcolm Butler's best practice so far. Kevin White caught two touchdowns on him in 7-on-7s.— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) August 16, 2016
Sam Acho high hit on #Patriots TE Clay Harbor, who comes out. Acho seemed apologetic.— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) August 16, 2016
No confusion, Patriots' D wins the day vs. Bears' O, but Alshon Jeffery wearing out Pats' DB's. Soft tissue all good for now.— Hub Arkush (@Hub_Arkush) August 16, 2016
They may have won the day, but the Bears looked better.
#Bears looked a lot better today. Offense was able to move the ball. Jeffery and White were good. Akiem Hicks was very good.— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) August 16, 2016
Brian Hoyer to Josh Bellamy, write it down. Tearing up the Pats' 3rd & 4th D's!— Hub Arkush (@Hub_Arkush) August 16, 2016
After Bears DL Akiem Hicks knocked Martellus Bennett on his ass, he did this;
Hicks follows that up by batting a pass down at the line.— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) August 16, 2016
Brady went 4-8 in 11s, 11-15 overall.— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) August 16, 2016
Jimmy 4-9 in 11s, 9-16 overall.
Cutler 5-6, 14-17
Hoyer 6-9, 9-13
Look at Jay Cutler tearing it up!
Just like yesterday the Bears and Patriots ended practice running hills. Reports were that this was the plan all along and not a form of punishment for all the fighting.
#Belichick says very valuable for his defense to see a passing game of the quality of the Bears. Calls out Jeffrey and White specifically— EvanFitzgerald Fox32 (@EvanWFitzgerald) August 16, 2016
#Bears coach John Fox on the fighting the last two days between Pats and Bears: “Those weren’t fights. Those were just pushing matches.”— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) August 16, 2016
"Animated? Well, I get excited pretty easily," said #Bears DL Akiem Hicks of practice demeanor. "You've got to be able to bring the juice."— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) August 16, 2016
Reporter to #Bears DL Akiem Hicks: Where is the chemistry of the front 7 right now?— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) August 16, 2016
Hicks: "Awesome. You saw it out there."
Thoughts on Day 2 of the joint practices?