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Postby Kensat30 » Thu Jul 27, 2006 11:26 am

Duh.

Please continue to chalk this up to coachspeak so Benson continues to last until the middle rounds.

Regarding Thomas Jones... did I not tell you guys that this guy is a turd or what? I hope you sold high in your keeper/dynasty leagues.
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Postby steelerfan513 » Thu Jul 27, 2006 12:24 pm

thank god i traded for the benson handcuff of jones last night in a redraft. ;-D
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Postby Sixxgunn » Thu Jul 27, 2006 12:44 pm

Kensat30 wrote:Duh.

Please continue to chalk this up to coachspeak so Benson continues to last until the middle rounds.

Regarding Thomas Jones... did I not tell you guys that this guy is a turd or what? I hope you sold high in your keeper/dynasty leagues.


Yes, and this proves it. ;-7
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Postby 34=Sweetness » Thu Jul 27, 2006 12:53 pm

Beware of everyone in the Bears backfield. A lucrative starting spot, but it looks like its going to be a heavy RBBC to begin with.
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Postby Cover 2 » Thu Jul 27, 2006 1:09 pm

Don't ignore the thread, Jones can't win his job back while he is not in camp, Jones has not reported the TC, and Briggs has. You talk all you want about open competition, but the competition is going to be between Benson and Peterson until Jones decides to show up.
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Postby The Miner Part 2 » Thu Jul 27, 2006 1:26 pm

yea and leon joe is playing with the starters now too. the only reason is because jones and briggs missed "voluntary" workouts earlier this month, so briggs and jones are technically second string, but it's more or less punishment for missing the "voluntary" workouts. bears defensive coordinator was on the radio yesterday saying that he and lovie smith realize that briggs is a better football player than leon joe, but players who miss "voluntary" workouts are demoted. how i interpreted the convo is that briggs is basically getting slapped on the wrist. they didnt discuss jones/benson, but after the year jones had last year, i assume that it's also a slap on the wrist for jones.
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Postby Sixxgunn » Thu Jul 27, 2006 1:34 pm

Not to mention Lovie has stated that everything has been smoothed over with TJ, and his bitching is done.
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Postby Sixxgunn » Wed Aug 02, 2006 1:02 pm

This is starting to look like TJ is going to fall and be a great steal this year. Benson is starting to show a great propensity towards putting the rock on the carpet, and everyone knows that's the fastest way to the pine. Of course I have to cut him a bit of slack since he is playing the best D in the league everyday, but it doesn't excuse spiking the ball without being downed before you cross the goalline (STUPID!). :-B
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Postby Kensat30 » Wed Aug 02, 2006 1:38 pm

The Miner Part 2 wrote:yea and leon joe is playing with the starters now too. the only reason is because jones and briggs missed "voluntary" workouts earlier this month, so briggs and jones are technically second string, but it's more or less punishment for missing the "voluntary" workouts. bears defensive coordinator was on the radio yesterday saying that he and lovie smith realize that briggs is a better football player than leon joe, but players who miss "voluntary" workouts are demoted. how i interpreted the convo is that briggs is basically getting slapped on the wrist. they didnt discuss jones/benson, but after the year jones had last year, i assume that it's also a slap on the wrist for jones.


http://chicagobears.com/news/newsDetail.jsp?id=16244

With Jones not participating in the offseason program, Smith had the veteran working primarily with the No. 2 offense behind Benson during the Bears' mandatory minicamp in June. The scenario would have remained the same Thursday had Jones been able to practice.


Mobbed by the media, Thomas Jones was the center of attention following Thursday's practice.
"He's the coach," Jones said. "He makes the decisions. Obviously it was one he felt like he had to make and that's what he did. There was nothing much that I could do about it.


Seriously, do you really need to read between the lines to understand this situation? Common sense says that the Bear's put their 30 million dollar RB on the field. Logic dictates that when Thomas Jones misses a "voluntary" camp, the opportunity is there to demote him. Surprise, surprise he was demoted. And he sure is hell is not gonna get the job handed back to him.

Fastforward to training camp and TJ suffers a "slight" hamstring pull and is immediately placed on the PUP on the 1st daybefore practice. That right there is your changing of the guard. Take a backseat Turd, your 300 carries are now Benson's. That is the definition of a soft landing, TJ's 14 on the wonderlic probably has him as optimistic as some of you guys about his chances of getting the job back. IT AIN"T GONNA HAPPEN. It's reported on the freaking Chicago website CHICAGOBEARS.COM, Thomas would have been #2 on the depth chart even without the "ego protecting" injury.

Some people make a big deal out of analyzing situations when it's clear as day what is going on. If you pass up on drafting Benson in the middle rounds because you believe Thomas Jones may start, you are a fool. The information is all sitting right there, all you have to do is believe it.
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Postby Billsbacker » Wed Aug 02, 2006 2:12 pm

Interesting read here:

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/5838286

Seems many of the Bears were/are behind Jones, and Benson is still having difficulties with the passing game (receiving and blocking).....and if he keeps getting dinged up, it may not take much at all for Jones to reclaim his spot.
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