With the long-standing rival Packers coming to town tomorrow night the Chicago Bears are in the news. One interesting fact going on right now is that long-snapper Patrick Mannelly is going to break Steve McMichael’s “games played” record. Mannelly is tied with McMichael having 191 games in which he has played. He will break the record Monday night.
Larry Mayer has posted an article at the Bears’ Website titled “Mannelly set to break Bears record for games played”
Mannelly didn’t expect to be with the Bears this long. He has been with them 13 years. According to Mayer’s report Mannelly was just hoping to “get ahead” by playing a couple of years and then going to the business world where he has a degree. He thought he might be working in the stock market.
Mannelly’s stats as a long-snapper are impressive. He has only missed three games and has 123 games in a row which is a team best. Further he has been the long-snapper on “1,804 of 1,024 punts, field goal attempts and extra point tries, although I’m not sure there was a huge challenge on extra point tries considering the lack of Bears’ offense over the years.
Mannelly is from Chicago and his friends and family will be there to root him on Monday night.
In other Bears’ news Brian Urlacher is very excited to be playing. Last year he was injured. This year he is completely healthy and has registered 20 tackles in the first two games as part of the Bears’ number one defense.
Outspoken center Olin Kreutz is happy also especially with offensive line coach Mike Tice. Tice has nearly three decades of experience as both player and coach even being a head coach.
When assessing the Bears you have to acknowledge their offense and defense so far. They have numerous players that are capable of lighting up highlight reels on both sides of the ball and as far as the kicking game there is none better.
However the real exciting part of the Bears is the coaching with people like Tice and Mike Martz.
Mannelly represents a Bears’ team that is coming together.
Chicago Bears Website, Larry Mayer, “Mannelly set to break Bears record for games played”