Enderle may be the tipping point on Martz

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Enderle may be the tipping point on Martz

Something about the Bears backup quarterback situation is still not making sense. And it has nothing to do with Caleb Hanie, Josh McCown, Donovan McNabb or any of the usual suspects. And it has nothing to do with Jerry Angelo.

It has to do with Nathan Enderle and Mike Martz.

If indeed events transpire as expected and Martzs tenure as offensive coordinator ends shortly after the first of the year, one significant factor will be Enderle.

The problem is not Enderle, unless he is the only quarterback in the 2011 draft who cannot play even a shred of NFL football. It is that the rookie quarterback was a draft pick advocated by Martz, who was worked out personally by Martz, but has not developed to the point of being consistently up on game days.

So either Martz is unable to assess or unable to develop a young quarterback.

And failing to develop young players arguably ranks above even game coaching in the job descriptions for assistant coaches. Players are where franchises place their money and their futures.

Nathan will have his time, coach Lovie Smith said. Hes a good quarterback for the future. But that future isnt now.

So, in a year that has seen Cam Newton, Andy Dalton, Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder, T.J. Yates, possibly Ricky Stanzi and even Colin Kaepernick (3-for-5 passing, 35 yards, for San Francisco), get on the field for their teams and just for the record, only Yates team, Houston, is making the playoffs, and that from a beyond-dismal division....

Is Enderle seriously the only quarterback from the 2011 draft who cant play?

That question is likely to be posed to Martz in the post-season evaluation meeting with Smith and Angelo. It may be the one that ends his time in Chicago.

2017 NFL Draft Profile: California QB Davis Webb

2017 NFL Draft Profile: California QB Davis Webb

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Davis Webb, QB, California

6'5" | 229 lbs.

2016 stats:

4,295 YDS, 61.6 CMP%, 37 TD, 12 INT, 135.6 QBR

Projection:

Day 3

Scouting Report:

"System quarterback with more than 65 percent of his attempts coming inside of 10 yards. Webb has enough raw talent to be considered a developmental prospect, but his decision-making and accuracy issues beyond 10 yards is a big red flag that might be tough to overcome in the NFL." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Video analysis provided by Rotoworld and NBC Sports NFL Draft expert Josh Norris.

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Owners to consider on and off field changes this week during NFL meetings

Owners to consider on and off field changes this week during NFL meetings

Give the NFL credit for, at least this one time, genuinely putting the interests of its fans first. Or at least proposing to.

Among the matters expected to come before this week’s owners meetings in Arizona will be one from Washington that coaches have the ability to make unlimited replay challenges as long as the ones they make are correct. The idea is not likely to pass, in part because the NFL is endeavoring to improve the pace of its games, particularly for fans seated in stadiums, particularly outdoor ones. (If you’re watching at home, replay reviews are enough time to fill the chips bowl and grab a cold one.)

Along that line, the plan is for tablet computers to be run out to game officials for their review and consultation, while the final decision is reached at league officiating headquarters in New York, according to current proposals to be considered for votes this week. Additionally, a 40-second play clock is suggested after extra points when there is no commercial break scheduled, and halftime to be limited to 13 minutes 30 seconds.

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Actual in-game changes are also under consideration.

No one is likely to label it “The McClellin Rule” but a proposal is there to ban players leaping over offensive linemen (read: long snappers) to block field goals and extra points. Former Bears linebacker Shea, as a special-teams rusher with the New England Patriots, successfully vaulted Ravens blockers to knock down a Baltimore field goal try last season.

The proposal is likely to pass ostensibly as a player-safety measure, although cynics might suggest that the impetus behind the ban is general irritation that Bill Belichick’s group came up with with kick-block gambit.

More directly aimed at protecting players from gratuitous violence in a game that has enough violence just by its nature is a move to remind officials that players can be ejected for egregiously illegal hits. The situation is not considered dire because of frequency but the league clearly wants to send a message/reminder to not only officials, but players, something likely to be reinforced during officials’ tours of training camps in August.