DeCamillis: Mannelly's future unknown

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  1. The Newsman

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    LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Bears special-teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis said on Saturday that no decision has been reached regarding the future of veteran free-agent long snapper Patrick Mannelly, the longest tenured player in team history and perennial special-teams captain. Mannelly told reporters prior to being honored as the Bears’ 2013 Ed Block Courage Award recipient last month that he remained undecided about returning to the Bears for a franchise record 17th season after undergoing offseason hip surgery in January.

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    Which ever way I goes we have it covered. In the interview they did with him after the award presentation it sounded like he'd like to play one more year if he's 100%. Guess we need to wait to see what happens.
     
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    Probably will not be the most popular opinion but I would like to move on from Mannelly. I do not remember if it was Groh or which UDFA I believe, could have been Leno that claimed he could be a long snapper (LS). Keeping younger players who can play Tackle seems like a good way to keep a spot for them to develop. Of course this work on the presumption whoever we keep is capable of being a LS. Mannely was excellent and about as safe a bet you had not to make a bad LS and I guess I could live with a bad snap or two during the season, knock on wood not in the endzone, for a chance to develop another lineman or future LS.
     
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    You really can't use big OL size guys as long snappers on the punt team because they have to run down in coverage. In fact Mannelly is even bigger than many of them. Most of them are more the size of LBs or smaller TEs. As crazy as it may seem that LS is a pretty important guy but we've been so accustomed to Mannelly and how steady he is that we forget what a botched snap could cost us in terms of winning or losing a game. I think the longer it strings out the less likely it is for him to return anyway.
     
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    I would not disagree w/you BS, but Manelly is a leader in that locker room, and I would have liked him to train the next guy. He's been in the league this long, don't think that kind of experience wouldn't work well for a kid coming in to be a LS.
     
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    The new guy can just go to Patrick's website - http://www.longsnapper.com/index2.shtml. Everything you need to know about long snapping is there. It's like virtual coaching but without taking up a roster spot. Ha ha

    Do other teams dedicate 1 roster spot to just LS? Or are they emergency backups in other positions on some teams?
     
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    I believe most teams have a dedicated LS on the roster with another position player (TE, LB, FB) as an emergency backup. I don't know who that was us last year (Clutts did it the year he was a Bear).

    I hope Mannelly decides to come back one more year. It's hard not to love the guy and he's damn good. I can't remember the last time we had a muffed punt or FG due to a bad snap. We take it for granted.
     
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    We got Groy for a reason. He says he can play long snapper.

    Exactly in the draft where you would pick a long snapper.

    Emery just did a textbook pick up of F.A.'s ... the Draft ... and UDFA's.

    Almost ALL of it concerning a certain teams 31 ranked defense.
     
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    We have two LS on the roster, Hartson and Rempel. Rempel is the guy from Canada who looked pretty good. I don,t think we will need to Convert Groy unless they want the bak up to fill multiple rolls.
     
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    If he is 100% I would like him back.
     

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