No Bears Were Injured During the Pro Bowl

Brandon Marshall at Pro Bowl practice/pic via @ChicagoBears

Brandon Marshall at Pro Bowl practice/pic via @ChicagoBears

Last night featured a plethora of television viewing options: Sherlock, Downton Abbey, WWE’s Royal Rumble PPV, the Grammy Awards (which seemed more forced and manufactured than the WWE thing did, from what little I saw of each.) Oh, and of course, the NFL’s Pro Bowl.

Seeing as how the majority of you are probably very much interested in football (the alternative being that you’re very much interested in me; frankly, I’d rather not explore that alternative) I’d guess you tuned in for at least a portion of the game. And if you did, you were actually rewarded a bit more this year than in prior games! I received multiple texts expressing amazement that the players actually seemed to be competing this year.

Granted, the fact that “actually seemed to be competing” is a step up says a lot about the lowered expectations some of us had for the game, but whether it was the new fantasy draft-style twist (with teams picked and overseen by Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice) or just a new attitude from everyone involved, it was a more watchable game. Jerry Rice’s team won 22-21 after a late touchdown and two-point conversion; Deion’s team had a final chance, but Justin Tucker missed a 67-yard field goal attempt.

If you’re curious as to how the Pro Bowl Bears performed, their numbers are as follows:

  • Matt Forte: 6 rushes for 31 yards, 3 receptions for 24 yards
  • Brandon Marshall: 1 catch for 21 yards
  • Alshon Jeffery: 2 catches for 22 yards
  • Tim Jennings: 3 tackles
  • Kyle Long: (not really sure; I didn’t catch glaring mistakes, but that’s not scientific.)

It was a sloppy affair, as you’d imagine. Modern NFL offensive football is such a precise thing that throwing people together for a few days is going to lead to a defensive advantage. The game’s six quarterbacks combined to throw six interceptions (and five touchdowns), and the teams combined for just 650+ yards.

Injuries are also a concern in that sort of environment, and this year LeSean McCoy of the Eagles left the game with an ankle injury, while Buffalo safety (and potential Bears free agency target) Jairus Byrd was forced to leave early with an unknown injury. According to this Twitter update, though, it shouldn’t be much to worry about going forward.

But considering that after 2012’s debacle some were calling for the cessation of the event altogether, I’d say that any positive trend in terms of watchability and/or competitiveness is a good thing.

(I’d still prefer Sherlock, though.)

Jay Rigdon is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation Bears, and can also be found @BearsBN on Twitter.

5 responses to “No Bears Were Injured During the Pro Bowl”

  1. mdavis

    i like byrd as a target. jenkins, whitner, ward also. theres some good depth in the draft as well. unless they take Clinton-Dix or Pryor first round, i think they’ll be targeting a 3rd round guy. jimmie ward had a strong sr bowl week. but def hope they go after one of the better ones in FA to help transition and strengthen that back half.

  2. JB88

    I’m still not really certain where I’d want to see FA dollars allocated for the Bears on the defensive side. When a case could be made to replace pretty much all of the starters, you are in a bad place.

    I guess you have to look at it holistically (what is available on the roster, in the draft, in FA). From that vantage point, if you could bring back Melton and Ratliff on team friendly deals, I’d rather go that route for d-tackles than spending significantly in FA. D-ends seems to be the biggest price tag in FA usually. From a FA standpoint, I can see the argument for targeting safeties and linebackers as good value pickups. Maybe, trying to trade for a DE, rather than sign one in FA as well.

    All that said, I think the safeties on the team need upgrading, but I think Wright and Conte would both look a ton better if there was a significant pass rush.

    1. mdavis

      right, lots of holes to be filled for sure. i’m not so sure bout conte and wright. even in the years the D was solid, they still were suspect in my opinion. i think melton and ratliff and collins too, could be a good place to start. the draft is pretty deep in talent with jernigan, donald, hageman, nix. there’s some good corners with gilbert, dennard, jean-baptiste.

      LB i’d like to see them bring back Anderson and maybe DJ Williams. Bostic has potential, and i feel towards the end of the year he was looking more comfortable, but i wouldnt mind giving him another year to grow and learn the pro game.

      stil a huge fan of trying to draft Gilbert out of OK State, but i think he’ll be long gone by 16. I think they need to sign 1 safety, and you can find solid safeties in the mid rounds of the draft. DE is certainly a concern. If they are gonna throw a bunch of money, that’ll be where it goes. Greg Hardy is a FA from carolina, but i’d be surprised if they didnt resign/tag him at the very least.

    2. frank

      It’s hard to say without knowing the scheme they want to run–and I think that the scheme will determine how they prioritize the offseason personnel moves. The new assistants have both 3-4 and 4-3 experience, if I’m not mistaken, and that might indicate a hybrid. That said, I think DJ Williams did a good job for the limited time he was in, and he’s also played both a 4-3 and 3-4. Andeson was good enough as well. Bostic may become a good player, but right now, he’s not–though he was improving.

  3. Greenroom

    “Kyle Long: (not really sure; I didn’t catch glaring mistakes, but that’s not scientific.)”

    This is awesome. Cracked me up this morning. I appreciate the honesty, Jay.