Why The Bears Drafted David Fales...............

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  1. soulman

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    Why Bears invested in rookie quarterback David Fales

    June 28, 2014, 1:15 pm



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    Before eventually signing the more experienced Jimmy Clausen to compete with Jordan Palmer and the even-less-experienced (and now-departed) Jerrod Johnson, there was a legitimate case for General Manager Phil Emery to use a late-round draft pick to add to the quarterback mix.

    Eleven quarterbacks were selected before Emery went with San Jose State's David Fales with the seventh pick of the sixth round after Quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh put him through his own workout the week leading up to last month's draft.

    "Before the pre-draft visit, just watching his tape, I saw a lot of throws that we make in our system. There was some carry-over from some of the concepts they were running that we do, some of the reads we have he understood, some of the throws we make, he made," Cavanaugh said during minicamp at Halas Hall, concluding four weeks of work with him before everyone scattered prior to the July 24th training camp reporting date. "That was a big head start, and then when we came in, he was able to communicate it."

    While Fales would seem to be a candidate to be stashed away on the practice squad this fall, his progress will be watched closely in Bourbonnais and whatever exhibition action he'll see. If Cavanaugh, Marc Trestman and the rest of the braintrust see enough and either Palmer or Clausen just aren't getting it done in the preseason, using Fales as the emergency number three can't be ruled out, especially if injuries create other 53-man priorities.

    At 6'1, 228 lbs., he's a shorter, thicker backup candidate than the other two. There are reasons he lasted 183 picks, similar to sixth-rounders of the '70s like Bob Avellini and Vince Evans. Guys like Tom Brady, Bart Starr, Brad Johnson and Kurt Warner were drafted lower (or not drafted at all), and are a rare species. There's no way he's expecting that kind of longshot success with Fales, but there appears to be something that Cavanaugh can at least work with, and hope to mold and shape to have greater value.

    "He had a real good understanding of defenses, coverages, where to go with the ball, based on what the coverage was. He has a good understanding of protections — he’s figuring out ours right now. But I thought just a real good core understanding of offense and defense. If you have that, you can learn the language and be productive.”
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    Fales Combine Scouting Report. Is there some reason why writers can't seem to get players measurables correct. Since they're done independently these Combine measurements are considered to be the most accurate available. So did Fales shrink an inch and gain 16lbs of fat or muscle since February?

    David Fales

    QB San Jose St.

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    Grade

    5.18?
    • 4.99 SEC

      Top Performer
    • 28.0 INCH

      Top Performer
    • 103.0 INCH

      Top Performer
    • 7.55 SEC

      Top Performer
    • 4.50 SEC

      Top Performer
    • 6'2" Height
    • 31 3/4" Arm Length
    • 212LBS. Weight
    • 9 1/4" Hands
    Overview

    One of two quarterbacks (Derek Carr) with 4,000-plus yards in both 2012 and 2013. Two-time second-team All-WAC (2012-13) selection. 2013: Started in all 12 games. 2012: Started in all 13 games, and led FBS in completion percentage (72.5). Threw 24 of his 33 touchdown passes in the last eight games. His 467 passing yards against Utah State tied for the sixth best single-game total at San Jose State. 2011: At Monterey Peninsula Community College, was named first-team All-Coast Conference. Led his team to a 2011 Coast Conference co-championship and a berth in the Sierra Central Credit Union Bowl. 2010: At Monterey Peninsula Community College, was named first-team All-Coast Conference. 2009: At Nevada, but saw no game action.
    Analysis

    Strengths

    Well built (works hard in the weight room). Sets up cleanly and with balance. Nice play fake. Compact, three-quarters release with clean, quick arm action. Throws a clean spiral with good short-to-intermediate accuracy. Flashes touch. Confident and competitive. Tough and durable. Sparkling intangibles -- outstanding personal and football character. Leads vocally and by example and is universally respected. Intelligent, passionate, motivated football junkie who takes pride in his craft and puts the time in to improve.
    Weaknesses

    Lacks ideal height and has relatively small hands. Average foot athlete and escapability. Can improve maneuverability in the pocket. Not yet sophisticated with his eyes. Tends to stare down his primary. Arm strength is just functional -- struggles to drill velocity throws on a line and is not a natural deep thrower. Accuracy wanes downfield. Needs to improve against the blitz. Just a two-year starter.
    Bottom Line

    Burst onto the scene as a junior-college transfer in 2012 when he led the nation in completion percentage (72.5), executing a quarterback-friendly system and putting himself on the NFL radar. Concerns about his height and arm strength will limit his appeal, but at worst should be a quality backup in a precision-matchup system.
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    I liked Vince Evans as a kid. Wasn't into all the stats I have at my disposal now, hehe.
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    Well we can't be right about everything. LOL

    The guy was quite an athlete and he had a gun for an arm but man anyone who played QB for the Bears in those days had problems.
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    Oh man, Vince Evans. Remember Howard Cosell? One of my earlier Bears memories, Howard was talking about how great an athlete Vince was, going on and on and on just like John Madden gushing over Brett Farve, while Vince was running in for a TD and tripped over his own two feet and fell like 3 yards short of the goal line.
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    It was those raised hash marks that did it. I'm sure of it. :rofl2:

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