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.
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.