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Posted: 9/3/2014 7:44 AM

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I apologize if this has been brought up in any other thread, but is anyone very concerned if not angry at what seems the lack of focus on football?

First Brandon Marshall and his weekly jaunt to New York every week.

Now Lance Briggs is taking the first day of practice off to go to open his restaurant.  The team had the next day off but he took the first day of practice off anyway.  Couldn't he have scheduled his opening on the team's day off?  This is a team that looked confused against Seattle, this is a defense, especially the linebackers that need practice time to work together.  They now have their players set and this was going to be the first practice together.  

I can understand if they were a winning juggernaut but they came off a really bad ending to a season.  Especially the defense. 

How can Trestman even approve something like this?  This does not  give me much confidence entering into the season.  Everyone on that team right now should be focused on only one thing and that is football and how winning!!  

I'm getting angrier and angrier just typing this.  Am I off base on this?  Does anyone feel the same way?
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Posted: 9/3/2014 8:08 AM

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Danhampton99 wrote: I apologize if this has been brought up in any other thread, but is anyone very concerned if not angry at what seems the lack of focus on football?

First Brandon Marshall and his weekly jaunt to New York every week.

Now Lance Briggs is taking the first day of practice off to go to open his restaurant.  The team had the next day off but he took the first day of practice off anyway.  Couldn't he have scheduled his opening on the team's day off?  This is a team that looked confused against Seattle, this is a defense, especially the linebackers that need practice time to work together.  They now have their players set and this was going to be the first practice together.  

I can understand if they were a winning juggernaut but they came off a really bad ending to a season.  Especially the defense. 

How can Trestman even approve something like this?  This does not  give me much confidence entering into the season.  Everyone on that team right now should be focused on only one thing and that is football and how winning!!  

I'm getting angrier and angrier just typing this.  Am I off base on this?  Does anyone feel the same way?
I think you are off base a bit. It is my understanding that the practice Briggs missed was nothing more than a glorified walkthru. I don't think lack of practice is going to be the downfall of Briggs in this defense. It's going to be lack of ability to run fast. And i think Marshall could live in New York, fly in an hour before the game and still be the best WR on the field.
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Posted: 9/3/2014 8:15 AM

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I understand the talent or abilities won't suffer I am more concerned with the communication between teammates.  There are a number of new players on the defense and they need all the time they can together even if it's just a walk through, to learn the tendencies of one another, to go over different situations and how to handle them, to learn to communicate with each other.  

Playing and practicing together is important, but it's the overall mindset that I'm concerned with. Can they be focused with other things going on and where does it end will other players want time off?  How can the coach say no?

Last edited 9/3/2014 8:23 AM by Danhampton99

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Posted: 9/3/2014 8:43 AM

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I had listened to Mannelly on the score yesterday and he was surprised Briggs was given the approval. The next day was an off day. ( He was a former captain so he would provide his input when warranted in regard to these matters).

In the grand scheme I don't think this is a big issue, however Briggs is the
most experienced LB and the leader so I think even in a walk thru he can 
provide valuable help to the LB corp.  Mannelly might have also mentioned this.   
Danhampton99 wrote: I understand the talent or abilities won't suffer I am more concerned with the communication between teammates.  There are a number of new players on the defense and they need all the time they can together even if it's just a walk through, to learn the tendencies of one another, to go over different situations and how to handle them, to learn to communicate with each other.  

Playing and practicing together is important, but it's the overall mindset that I'm concerned with. Can they be focused with other things going on and where does it end will other players want time off?  How can the coach say no?
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Posted: 9/3/2014 9:02 AM

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I would rather Briggs had stayed and practiced, but I don't think this rises to the level to get too upset over.  Trestman might have been a little too "nice" giving Briggs permission, but I'm more concerned about Marshall taking off for NY every week.

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Posted: 9/3/2014 9:02 AM

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I can't wait for games to start so we don't have to hear about stories like this anymore.

Briggs asked. Trestman said yes. He went. End of story. Life doesn't stop happening just because football is a person's chosen profession.
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Posted: 9/3/2014 11:22 AM

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That's not going to stop it. Remember, players shouldn't even be going out to dinner after a loss.
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I can't wait for games to start so we don't have to hear about stories like this anymore.

Briggs asked. Trestman said yes. He went. End of story. Life doesn't stop happening just because football is a person's chosen profession.

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Posted: 9/3/2014 12:09 PM

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I have no issue what Marshall does with his day off. If he flew to New York every off day to be with a child, we wouldn't question it.

Briggs on the other hand missed a day of work. He put Trestman in a bad position to open the gates to future players looking for a day off. They kept Briggs from being disgruntled, he better appreciate that gift.
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Posted: 9/3/2014 12:11 PM

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you don't ever get a day off of work if you ask for one?
"There are two kinds of people in the world, those with a rope around the neck and the people who have the job of doing the cutting."-Tuco
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Posted: 9/3/2014 12:18 PM

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Danhampton99 wrote: I understand the talent or abilities won't suffer I am more concerned with the communication between teammates.  There are a number of new players on the defense and they need all the time they can together even if it's just a walk through, to learn the tendencies of one another, to go over different situations and how to handle them, to learn to communicate with each other.  

Playing and practicing together is important, but it's the overall mindset that I'm concerned with. Can they be focused with other things going on and where does it end will other players want time off?  How can the coach say no?
I'm with you. My first thought was WTH? A restaurant can't wait a day to open? The lost revenue from one day is going to bankrupt the place? Or Briggs? But the real point is not the actual practice, or the "glorified walkthrough" that Briggs missed. We know Briggs knows what he's doing. It's the interaction with the other guys that's important and was sacrificed. The rookies and 2nd years NEED to spend time with Briggs to develop that gelling action we keep hearing about. That's not going to happen if Briggs is too busy taking care of himself.
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Posted: 9/3/2014 1:02 PM

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I get the logic of the whole conversation, however it's pretty much the smallest issue we have to worry about.

Risk management usually revolves around identifying your largest risks and utilize your time and focus on solving those as that will theoretically reap the largest improvements. If the actions of trestman over the course of preseason were analyzed individually under a microscope, you could likely find many things that could have been done differently or had time/focus allotted to them, and produced some minute gain. I'm sure each season, the coaching staff and management go over that post mortem process of pinpointing and adjusting their approach for the next season. 

I find it reasonable to believe that Briggs performance won't suffer. His role in mentoring or communication improvements are likely very minute based on 1 day of practice. So in terms of real effect, it's gotta be so minute. Makes for a good news story though.

Now... in terms of his priorities. Seems like it'd be simple enough to schedule something like that around your practice schedule. I can't imagine he just realized in the past month that he was opening a restaurant. Yep.. makes sense he coulda/shoulda have chose a different path.  Does it really matter enough ? naw 

You also have to keep in mind that there is likely a work ethic to a guy like Briggs that extends outside the parameters of a scheduled practice. His interactions with teammates/coaches on any number of topics, including communication , are very likely far more efficient and comprehensive than your average non pro bowl player.  Those are the types of things a sports writer doesn't have the ability to gauge and weigh. Similar to how Brandon Marshall taking Alshon Jeffrey and Marquess Wilson under his wing during offseason to elevate all of their play level... that goes far beyond the level of value of one scheduled practice. 

So... in my opinion. This mountain of a mole hill is likely moot. Trestman knows it. He likely just doesn't want to make the mountain any larger, so ain't even going to spend time trying to justify it. He's got a limited amount of time to do things that will have a larger effect on their level of success.

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Posted: 9/3/2014 1:29 PM

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Way overblown and factually inaccurate, this ''walkthrough'' was guys lifting weights & walking thru assignments, the game plan wasn't even in yet so there wasn't much if anything to learn. Trestman had no problem so no one else should have one.   If Briggs is too slow to chase down ball carriers, it won't be because he took a day off, but because FatherTime caught up with him.
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Posted: 9/3/2014 2:08 PM

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I don't think it's a big deal.....but could be one. I think Mondays off should be a reward. If they win, the HC should say "I will see you on Wednesday" at the end of his post-game victory speech. If not, you have to come in for extra work on Monday. I don't mind them getting Mondays off, just as long as they are winning.

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Posted: 9/3/2014 2:11 PM

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I remember Briggs complaining that he wanted to be the man in charge and didn't like being in Urlachers shadow (when Briggs was complaining about cash)...  Well taking a day off to open his own restaurant sure doesn't show the leadership he was wanting back then but it does show more about wanting the cash.  I love Briggs but he won't be in my list of all time favorite Bears for things like this.  Sure, it probably isn't a big deal because he has been around so long but still... If the D looked like they were a top 5 D last year and this pre season then maybe I'd feel different.  But it's looked like sh!t and the LBs including Briggs have looked terrible.

No one on this D should get a pass right now until they prove themselves again.  Especially this week... He had all off season and pre season to do this.

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Posted: 9/3/2014 2:29 PM

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Based on the pics of the restaurant opening it seems as if Briggs has already retired. But what do I know? Anyways I hope he doesn't play like a retired guy.

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Posted: 9/3/2014 2:34 PM

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Muntz wrote: Based on the pics of the restaurant opening it seems as if Briggs has already retired. But what do I know? Anyways I hope he doesn't play like a retired guy.
I just don't understand why he couldn't schedule the opening of  HIS restaurant to an off day, or off season? Heck even a training camp day.
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Posted: 9/3/2014 2:39 PM

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chicago23fan wrote: I have no issue what Marshall does with his day off. If he flew to New York every off day to be with a child, we wouldn't question it.

Briggs on the other hand missed a day of work. He put Trestman in a bad position to open the gates to future players looking for a day off. They kept Briggs from being disgruntled, he better appreciate that gift.
My only concern with the Marshall situation is that with the reports of high probability of severe weather this winter, BM might very well find himself stuck in NY on this day off and then miss a regular practice day. Hopefully that doesn't happen.

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Posted: 9/3/2014 3:39 PM

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I think you are a little off base. They just finished training camp and preseason, it isn't like they are total strangers. one day away at the start of the season is not going to make or break this team and in fact refusing to allow it could possibly cause some resentment between players and the coach. If this was week four and Briggs looks like a crap machine then sure, I would say he needs to stay in town and be at every practice but that isn't the case.
Danhampton99 wrote: I apologize if this has been brought up in any other thread, but is anyone very concerned if not angry at what seems the lack of focus on football?

First Brandon Marshall and his weekly jaunt to New York every week.

Now Lance Briggs is taking the first day of practice off to go to open his restaurant.  The team had the next day off but he took the first day of practice off anyway.  Couldn't he have scheduled his opening on the team's day off?  This is a team that looked confused against Seattle, this is a defense, especially the linebackers that need practice time to work together.  They now have their players set and this was going to be the first practice together.  

I can understand if they were a winning juggernaut but they came off a really bad ending to a season.  Especially the defense. 

How can Trestman even approve something like this?  This does not  give me much confidence entering into the season.  Everyone on that team right now should be focused on only one thing and that is football and how winning!!  

I'm getting angrier and angrier just typing this.  Am I off base on this?  Does anyone feel the same way?
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Posted: 9/3/2014 3:44 PM

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ILLINIrob83 wrote: you don't ever get a day off of work if you ask for one?


Briggs has over half the year "off." 

I could see asking off for the birth of a child since that is unpredictable or a sick loved one, but an opening of a business seems like it could have been planned better from his end.   I also don't feel its very smart for some of these guys to get into things that could take their mind off of football because without football, 99 percent of them wouldn't be able to do some of the things they do.  Its all about keeping up with the other guys now though.  This guy owns a race team, so I need to own 5 car washes.  That guy owns 5 car washes, so I need to own 3 car dealerships. 

For crying out loud, wait and do this stuff when your career is over and you can focus on 1 thing.  He has over half the year off and its already affected his real job.  Some may not think thats a big issue and maybe its not a "big" issue, but maybe its a bigger issue than some let on.  These guys need to focus on football.  That is what gives them these kinds of opportunities that the average guy could never get to experience because they don't have the right name or couldn't get a loan to even try.

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Posted: 9/3/2014 3:48 PM

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On second thought, Emery and Trestman are probably happy with this kind of nonsense being the focus as opposed to their much larger issues like our safety situation.
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