By Jonathan Okanes
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 at 12:35 pm in Training camp.
–Happy scrimmage day. In today’s paper, we took a look at Chris Guarnero, who is in position to become the Bears’ starting left guard. Guarnero switched from center, where he was stuck behind Alex Mack on the depth chart.
–Cal fans can relate to this. Maryland, whom the Bears play on Sept. 13, has been going through a quarterback battle as well. The Terps named their man yesterday.
Once again, tonight’s scrimmage is closed to the media, so I won’t be able to provide as many details as usual. But Jeff Tedford will be available to the press afterwards.
I’m not totally sure just how much will be settled tonight. Or put another way, I’m not sure how much of what has been settled will be made public tonight. Tedford and the coaching staff may want to review the film of the scrimmage before they make any ultimate decisions about the depth chart. Wednesday morning’s practice may be more telling, when the Bears begin preparing for Michigan State and we can see who is taking reps with which teams. But even with that, Tedford has been careful to stress that the depth chart will remain fluid, and it can easily be tinkered with while they are game planning. Still, I think most of what we see at Wednesday’s practice will be pretty solid.
There are two wildcards here. One, of course, is the quarterback situation. Will Nate Longshore and Kevin Riley continue to split reps with the first team even though practices are now geared for preparing for an actual opponent? Or will the coaching staff have made a decision by then? Also, the Bears have a number of injuries, so there definitely will be some elements of the depth chart that will be subject to change.