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    Scrimmage Notes From A Bears Fan

    The following report was posted on the Herd board. I cut out the Bears part. Good read.

    Posted by Isiah 58 on the RamBeat Mail List-

    Although this is from a Bears' fan's perspective, it
    is pretty interesting but long. The second half is
    Bears' stuff, but I didn't edit the post. Note his
    characterization of Stephen Jackson!
    Isiah 58

    Made it to Macomb in time for the afternoon practice
    on Friday. Stayed overnight and attended the scrimmage
    with the Rams today. Here are my observations. They
    are uncluttered. I have not read the home page. I
    tuned in WSCR on the way out of Macomb, as it was the
    only AM station broadcasting something other than pork
    belly and grain futures. However, the contradictory,
    rambling, self-serving opinions quickly became
    background noise. I have no idea what the heck those
    guys were talking about.

    Please remember that these are lay observations and
    they are from memory. I wish I had video-taped the
    scrimmage or had taken notes. There was an
    extraordinary number of substitutions, with varying
    combinations of personnel. It was really tough to keep
    track of everyone. The plays were run very quickly.
    Additionally, it was a beautiful day and there were a
    lot of beautiful, comfortably dressed females in
    attendance. I would like to take this opportunity to
    say a special 'Hello' to the bleach blond in the
    pink top and white SHORTs sitting with the skanky
    looking dude by the south end zone and the 'Mom'
    from the Quad Cities (with her 'father-in-law' over in
    Section N ).

    With that disclaimer, I begin this somewhat unedited
    post (note re: Friday's practice - We watched the
    Bears Offense play the Rams Defense. However, we sat
    high enough in the stands that we could see the
    adjacent field where the Rams O played the Bears D.):


    -- The staff was extremely cordial and helpful. They
    seemed delighted to be hosting this weekend. The
    stadium was immaculate, the practice facilities
    excellent, and everything seemed to go smoothly,
    including Will-Calls and last minute general admission
    sales. Traffic flow, 'signage', and police protection
    was first class. They even had rent-a-cops standing
    guard on the hilltops in case al-Qaida decided to
    attack Hanson Field.

    The place was completely packed. My son just came down
    to tell me that ESPN reported 14,000 fans. I dunno
    about that, but I am sure there wer ove 10,000. There
    seemed to be an equal number of Rams and Bears fans.
    Everyone seemed to get along quite well, even though
    we were completely intermingled. Rams fans are
    actually very nice people, I was disappointed to
    learn. I was hoping it would be as easy to hate them
    as it is, ohhh, say, Cheeseheads.

    My only gripe is that there are only two (count
    'em-2!) water fountains and bathrooms for the whole
    stadium. Both water fountains had broken handles, so I
    had to spend $2 for a small bottle of water. A pretty
    minor gripe. We ate before coming to the stadium, but
    the grilled pork sandwiches smelled delicious.

    Am I glad I went? Yes. Was it fun? Yes. Would I
    readily do it again? Probably not. It was quite an
    investment of time and money to watch second-stringers
    beat the crap out of each other for 90 minutes.

    The Rams D

    -- They are loaded at the defensive back positions
    with the addition of fine rookie CB prospects 20
    Dwight Anderson from South Dakota and 27 Corey Yates
    from Southern Miss. Rookie FS 30 Jason Shivers from
    ASU looks like he will stick. He can hit. At SS, I
    liked the way Rich Coady covered the field and did not
    seem to miss assignments against the Bears deceptive
    offensive scheme. However, I would be surprised if he
    takes Adam Archuleta's starting spot.

    Dwight Anderson seems to be the best of the bunch of
    the new D-backs, although I am sure he is still
    adjusting to the size and speed of NFL receivers. I
    don't think he saw too many like this at South Dakota.
    He had no problem with covering any of our guys. He
    has excellent technique, contains his bumps to the
    five-yard zone instinctively and seems to anticipate
    cuts. I did not see any of his guys 'get open.' The
    long catch that Bernard Berrian made against him in
    the scrimmage was a combination of an excellent
    NFL-caliber throw by Jonathan Quinn and a great
    leaping adjustment by Berrian. I don't think Anderson
    could believe that Berrian caught the ball. He had
    very good coverage on the play. It was a very
    impressive leap and catch.

    -- LBs 50 Pisa Tinoisamoa and 51 Tony Newson looked
    great and sounded dangerous when they hit things. Like
    opposing human beings. All-in-all, this is a young,
    fast athletic group. I would be very surprised to see
    rookie 54 Brandon Chillar UCLA make the team. They are
    just too deep. Trev Faulk had a sack in the scrimmage,
    but I wouldn't make too much of that. OC Terry Shea
    and OL Coach Pete Hoener were mixing assignments and
    positions up at that stage.

    -- DL The guy that kept standing out was Tyoka
    Jackson, the 10th year vet (Miami, Bucs, Rams) who
    played a lot of the practice and the scrimmage at LDE,
    although he can play DT, too. I wasn't really looking
    for him when I went down there, but he seemed to be
    around the ball every play. Valuable guy. Bryce Fisher
    and Sean Moran also looked good. Fisher got tagged
    pretty good at one point by Brock Forsey and left the
    game limping. It was kind of hard to tell, but it
    looked like his knee gave out right before Brock
    slammed him. Fisher is a big guy and if it were his
    knee, he could need a long rest.

    Note from Rams Camp on Fisher - the coaches and
    players said they, too, thought his injury was bad
    when he went down. Trainer said it was just a
    twisted/sprained ankle and the Fat Guy will be back
    soon. revised - 8/9/04

    The Rams O

    -- First, the bad news. Chris Chandler is better than
    any QB we have. Now the really bad news - he's the
    back up to Marc Bulger, who took away 2-time NFL and
    1-time Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner's job and got him
    shipped to the Giants. Chandler is throwing great. I
    am here to predict that Chandler will step in without
    missing a beat the second Bulger stumbles this season.
    In the practice session, I saw Chandler make at least
    three throws on 15-20 yard 'outs' that were smack on
    the money. He had NO trouble victimizing Nathan Vasher
    or Peanut Tillman. Chandler had an awesome throw TD to
    Torry Holt, I believe in the scrimmage. Bulger is
    still, deservedly, Da Man. He's like a machine. MSU's
    Jeff Smoker looked like the rookie that he is. Hoffman
    Estates' very own Russ Michna, the rook QB out of
    Western Illinois, played behind a basically rookie and
    free agent OL (Phillips, Kennedy, Heyer). I think it
    was the Rams way of saying, "Thanks for stopping by
    for the cup o' coffee."
    Rams coach, Matz, stated on Sunday that he likes
    Michna, that he is "not just a 'camp arm'", and that
    he is receiving serious roster consideration. Hey,
    Mike, it's your team, Man. revised 8/9/04

    --Now for the REALLY, REALLY, REALLY bad news. Steven
    Jackson is a friggin' load-and-a-half. The guy can
    catch, run inside and outside, block, hit and take
    hits. He's a nightmare. Get his rookie card - and get
    it signed. Ten years. HoF. Period. I was very happy to
    see Jerry Schmacher and Cameron Worrell laying some
    lumber on the guy. More on those two guys in a bit.
    They nailed him a few times, but he kept coming and
    coming and coming.and falling forward. Marshall Faulk
    better be ready to start picking splinters out of his
    bobble-head (they gave them away free on Friday) arSE.

    --At FB, Joey Goodspeed (Our Lady University of the
    Golden Domes) seems to be playing very well. He had a
    couple of nifty catches and was not afraid to block
    any of our big, bad D-linemen.

    --At wide receiver, they have Tory Holt and Isaac
    Bruce. I wish that were the end of the story, but it's
    not. They also have this tough little bas-tid Mike
    Furrey, a second year guy out of Northern Iowa. He
    catches, he runs after he catches and he returns
    kicks. He doesn't look like much either on paper or in
    pads, but this guy is a football player. He left
    Nathan Vasher looking for his jock about ten times.
    And McQuarters is still trying to find the guy. He
    seems to be very hard to bump off the line, for some
    reason.sneaky little pr*ck.They have pretty good depth
    at WR with Dane Looker, who does not appear to be
    capable of dropping passes.

    At TE, Brandon Manumaleuna looks to be as good as they
    come. I know he is listed behind Cleeland on the depth
    chart, but I fail to see why. He runs well, blocks
    like a beast and catches anything he can get to. He
    made some of our LBs look pretty slow, including Leon
    Joe and Marcus Reese. He seals off the DE on sweeps
    very well, but, then again, Steven Jackson doesn't
    need much of a seal.

    --I know the Rams starting OL is a bunch of beasts. I
    did not spend as much time watching the Ram OL as I
    usually do because I wanted to watch the skill players
    and our D. Orlando Pace is not in pads. He is a
    'franchise player' and, as such, doesn't have to get
    dirty-wirty or any owwie boo-boos during training
    camp. They gave our DL a lot of trouble, suffice it to

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    Re: Scrimmage Notes From A Bears Fan

    Man, I've heard Rams homer reports that have been less flattering.

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    The best compliments come from your adversary - well done! Off to a good start.

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    It's all Good!!

    I was hopng to hear about the patchworl o-line. But that's OK.

    ARF :king:

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    --Now for the REALLY, REALLY, REALLY bad news. Steven
    Jackson is a friggin' load-and-a-half. The guy can
    catch, run inside and outside, block, hit and take
    hits. He's a nightmare. Get his rookie card - and get
    it signed. Ten years. HoF. Period.

    This is a good read and this guy is funny. He saw and rememberd a lot about the players. Very impressive.

    I went to Redskin camp this weekend and my recount goes more like this ....saw the cheerleaders performing in the distance. Watched the band play. Was surprised that "Hail to the Redskins" did not have more crowd participation. Waited around for Joe Gibbs to speak. Saw the Chief. Saw some guys dressed in tights with capes and masks... Joe Gibbs finally shows up and gives a short and quiet speech that I pretty much could not hear or see. Saw some players running drills, catching balls. They had the football launcher going for the return guys. That was cool. I recognized one player, Patrick Ramsey. notes are not very good :redface:

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