Who's surprising you in a positive way this preseason?

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  1. MPbears68

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    I don't know, JABF, but I'm concerned (and annoyed a bit) that they don't look better by this point. It's too soon to judge but thus far Emery has struggled with finding new production at the position in a way he hasn't at others. Herring is supposed to be a darn good LB coach which we didn't have last year so why we can't get at least Bostic and Shea playing at a consistently decent level is beyond me.
     
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    I also expected them to look better and I am thinking that one of two things is wrong. I am taking Herring out of the equation, but I may be wrong there. Maybe he is not as good as I think he is.

    I'm thinking that either the players are just not up to snuff or that somehow, the overall defensive malaise that gripped us last year is still affecting the team. How do you take the DL talent we have and neutralize the pass rush? I've seen flashes with some of the LB but they are just not really a force out there. Even some of the bright spots like Peanut are just not doing it. I dunno... Did everyone just forget how to play together and all age quickly?

    I mean WTF!
     
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    I'm probably the worst guy to evaluate the LB's because I don't know much about defense in general and this Tucker defense in particular. But here's what I think I see happening.

    1. On coverage where the LB's are needing to defend against a guy, the LB's often look hesitant on where they are supposed to be until it's too late and a receiver is wide open. It's a slow reaction. The opposing QB has a wide open man to get the ball to. I see the LB's "react" way too late to realizing it's THEM that's the guy who's supposed to be defending and they make a late attempt to close the gap and defend the pass, but it's way too late to prevent a completion. I see this over-and-over-and-over again. Nobody is in position to defend.

    2. Then on running plays I see the same hesitation. Instead of instinctively making plays the LB's hesitate a moment before reacting to the play. This just makes them a heartbeat late to being in place to make a play. The tackling needs to be better too.

    3. The third thing I see is that there doesn't appear to be an aggressiveness to making plays. Here's what I mean by that. I'll take Shea as an example here, but I've seen other LB's do the exact same thing. You'll see him react almost tentatively to making a play, tackling the runner. It's like he's not at full speed aggressively flying to tackle a guy. Watch (if you have any of the preseason games recorded) and you'll actually see him pull up letting another guy make the tackle (which may or may not happen) and Shea will pull up and nonchalantly put his hands on his hips or just relax that the play is over. You don't see anything remotely like this on a great defense. LB's are aggressively flying to tackle runners no matter who else is in the vicinity. They all fly to the ball/runner until the play is over they're like crazy men putting the wood to the runner. Yes, the Bears LB's will sometimes to this, but so often it's like they need a stick of dynamite dropped into their underwear to wake them up.

    This is what I think I'm seeing. But I'm not a guy who understands defenses very well. But you add up all 3 of these things and you have an LB corps that is letting teams roll us. I truly believe Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay will feast on this defense and we'll see more games like the Seattle game. People here reply to my posts about Green Bay like I'm just being crazy - but watch them this preseason (the starters) and they sure look like a team that can make a super bowl run this year. We don't.
     
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    Agree JABF, Herring is suppose to be a good LB coach so hopefully something will give. I am going to watch the waiver wire as well this is my biggest concern but in all fairness Herring is only had a short time to teach these guys, but yes was hoping for better.
     
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    I agree. But on a hopeful note (I'm trying to find anything to be positive about) I do see some plays where I think I see 'flashes' of potential in our LB players. Maybe more game reps in this defense will result in the unit playing better. And that could be the case. It certainly should shorten the reaction time for the young players (and Shea who's learning the LB position this year). There's no substitution for game reps. Players, especially young players, need them to reach their potential. So maybe we just need to be patient and endure these early games as they get better. I don't know if this is the case or if we just have bad players at LB. I guess we'll know by mid-season. LOL, it's all making me crazier than I already am :-)
     

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