The Bears claimed linebacker Jabara Williams off waivers today from the Rams, and he will take the roster spot left by safety Chris Harris, after Harris was released today.

Williams, who is 6'2", 238 pounds, was a seventh round pick by the Rams in the 2011 NFL Draft, and played in two games for them this year. The rookie becomes the sixth linebacker on the Bears' roster, and is expected to be a contributor on special teams. It also sounds like he could be a nice find as a Tampa-two weak side linebacker for the future with his skill set.

In college at Stephen F. Austin, Williams had 411 tackles, seven sacks, and four interceptions. He was a two-time Southland Conference Player of the Year.

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After playing poorly against the Lions in week five, the Bears made veteran safety Chris Harris inactive for their week six game against the Vikings. Angry about this, Harris requested a trade, but Jerry Angelo was unable to find any takers for Harris' services before last Tuesday's trade deadline.

And last week's game against the Buccaneers, the Bears made safety Major Wright a late scratch due to a hip injury, after he was listed as "Probable" to play. The Bears chose to not just make Harris active for this game, but even started him. This gave him a chance to at least show that he deserves to be active weekly, if not starting. And again, he played poorly. He was burned badly for a passing touchdown, and looked very slow in coverage all day.

Well today, the Bears decided to finally move on, as Harris was released. The Bears feel more comfortable with rookie safety Chris Conte(who had an incredible interception against the Buccaneers and overall, looked great over the last two weeks), and second-year safety Wright. They want to be more athletic at the position, and to get their "future" going at safety now with Conte and Wright. Additionally, Harris is not a contributor on special teams, so if he's not going to start, there's more value found in backups that can at least help out on special teams.

Here's some of what Lovie Smith had to say today about Harris' release:

"We'll talk about Chris. Chris Harris helped us win a lot of football games around here. One of the guys.

"But, it is a business, and for us, it's about production. We felt like we had some other options that we felt pretty good about, at the safety position. Had a chance to talk to Chris this morning.

"That's never any fun, when you have to go a different direction again, from one of the guys who's been around here for a while. But we did.

"We're excited about the safeties we do have here. You don't make a move like that, unless you feel good about it, and we do."

Chris Conte we moved him into the starting lineup a couple of weeks ago, we've been very pleased with what we've gotten from him -- as a tackler, just a guy in the middle of the field with a lot of range, we drafted him to some day be our safety. That time is now. The same thing with Major Wright. Major is a good tackler. He's a good player. These aren't veteran players, but they'll get better each rep. We feel like we can play winning football with them. Brandon Meriweather, moving into the third safety slot also. Craig Steltz, Anthony Walters. We still have five safeties on our roster. No team has six safeties on their roster. This is the right thing to do and we'll see how it turns out.

The Bears worked out six free agents at Halas Hall yesterday, including safeties Tom Nelson and Darcel McBath. As you can see in the above excerpt, Lovie pointed out that the Bears "still have five safeties", and "no team has six safeties on their roster", so they may elect to fill out the roster with a player at another position.

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The Bears and Buccaneers have made the trip across the pond to London for the annual NFL game at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

And today, the Bears had practice at the Surrey County Cricket Club. Before practice, some of the players gave a cricket a try.

Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times took a few videos to prove that:

Jay Cutler Vs. Brian Urlacher

Lance Briggs Vs. Brian Urlacher

Peanut Tillman Vs. Brian Urlacher

You could always tell Jay Cutler played a lot of baseball growing up(he was an honorable mention All-State shortstop in Indiana by the way) by the way he throws a football. And you can tell that even more by those nice left-handed hacks he took against Urlacher.

But Peanut... those are Sally swings. Come on man.

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Chris Harris Requests A Trade

Posted by Matt Clapp | 10/17/2011 01:29:00 PM |

Yesterday when I wrote about Chris Harris being inactive, I suggested that it could be because the Bears intend to trade him before tomorrow's trade deadline(and go read that post if you want to see why I thought he could be dealt).

Well, today he's only enhanced the chances he's traded, by REQUESTING a trade:

Chicago Bears safety Chris Harris has formally requested to be traded after being benched for Sunday's 39-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

Albert Elias, Harris' agent, tweeted Monday that the Bears have granted him permission to explore a deal for his client in advance of Tuesday's NFL trade deadline.

On his Facebook page, Harris wrote: "Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do for the sake of yourself and your family."

Now, were the Bears trying to trade him anyway? We may never know, but again, that's what I suggested could be going on. And if they were, it may have been better for Harris' reputation to stay quiet and let things work out. Of course he could've been completely unaware on what their intentions for him were. Lots of questions here.

But, will the Bears find any takers for Harris? That remains to be seen. I think for a 6th or 7th round pick, there's a good chance there's a team out there that would take a chance on him.

The issue is that he's of course a free agent, and there's only 11 weeks remaining in the season. And you have to remember that it's unlikely he comes right in and is a big factor for a team. It would probably take him at least a couple of weeks to get used to the system and/or move ahead of somebody on the depth chart. So then we're talking about two months at most that he'd be much of a factor for a team this season, and with that in mind, would anybody want to give up a draft pick for him?

Additionally, he's been a great fit in the Bears' Tampa-2 system, but he's certainly not a very good fit for the schemes of many teams. Everybody saw him get burned last Monday night and his coverage skills are very much in question these days.

Anyway, we'll know by tomorrow if he's still a Bear. And even if he is, that doesn't mean he's going to play a game for the Bears again. So, things could get awkward.

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Video: Jay Cutler Takes Out Jared Allen With Block

Posted by Matt Clapp | 10/17/2011 02:28:00 AM | , ,

Yes, this was only a one-yard run from Matt Forte, but it would've been even less had Jay Cutler not taken Jared Allen out with a terrific block:

You have to love seeing that from your quarterback.

H/T: ChiCitySports

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The Vikings were kind enough to kick right down the middle of the field to Devin Hester tonight in the third quarter of the Bears' 39-10 victory. And predictably, Hester ran it back for a touchdown:

The 17th career return touchdown for Hester. Pretty decent.

Also, the Vikings punted right down the middle to Hester minutes after that. Had he not slipped up when he caught the ball, he would've been gone again.

I really hope teams never learn.

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Here's video of the beautiful 48-yard touchdown bomb that Jay Cutler and Devin Hester just connected on:

Cutler sure can do some nice things when he has time to throw.

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If you had told me an hour ago that Julius Peppers was active and starting tonight after being listed as "Doubtful" all week, I would've thought for sure that it would be the biggest pregame surprise for the Bears. But instead, it has to do with safety Chris Harris.

I informed you on Friday about the Bears benching Harris and fellow safety, Brandon Meriweather, in favor of safeties Chris Conte and Major Wright. Well, not only has Harris been benched, but he's INACTIVE tonight. And he's not injured(or at least that's what I've read so far).

So, why is he inactive? There's not an answer to that yet, but you can be sure that it will be brought up in the postgame interviews.

Here's a possibility though: The Bears intend to trade Harris by Tuesday's trade deadline.

He's a free agent after the season's over, and Jerry Angelo drafted Wright and Conte in the last two years. And here they are starting tonight. Clearly, the Bears, or at least Angelo, plan on these players being starters going forward.

Chris Harris seems to know that too. Look at these excerpts from the Chicago Tribune on Thursday:

"They are going with their future, and I'm not the future or in their future plans,'' Harris said. "So they have to see what they have in Major and Chris. It's a business, and I will treat it as such.

"We all know I'm not going to be here next year, so that's always a possibility,'' Harris said.
So, it would seem very possible that a trade could be on the way. And if the Bears don't think Harris helps them much this year, it would make sense. Get a draft pick of some sort(probably round 5-7) rather than nothing at the end of the year when they let him walk.

However, from what I've seen since the beginning of last season, Harris is the best safety on the roster. And most people around the team seem to feel the same way still. Yes, he looked very bad against the Lions, but that was his first game back after missing the previous three games due to injury, and against the Stafford/Megatron combo. So I think it's unfair to come to any conclusions solely from that performance.

If Harris has indeed played his last game as a Bear, and Conte, Wright, Meriweather, and Steltz struggle at safety, there's no doubt there will be a ton of criticism headed Angelo and Lovie Smith's way.

As For Other Active/Inactive News:

Defensive tackle Matt Toeaina, offensive tackle Gabe Carimi, wide receiver Earl Bennett, defensive end Corey Wootton, and defensive end Nick Reed are inactive for the Bears.

Anthony Adams starts in place of Toeaina at nose tackle, and Wootton and Reed being out must have the Bears thinking Peppers' knee will not be a big issue tonight. Also, it's worth noting that Bennett will apparently be good to go fully in practice this week and could return for the game in London against the Buccaneers next Sunday.

For the Vikings, #1 wide receiver Percy Harvin is active after being listed as "Questionable". Cornerback Antoine Winfield headlines their group of inactives.

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1. Slow down Jared Allen

The Vikings' defensive end has 8.5 sacks on the season, and a whopping 7 in the last 3 games. J'Marcus Webb(who was terrible against the Lions) going up against him scares the crap out of me. The Bears would be wise to bring a tight end or fullback Tyler Clutts to help in blocking frequently to at least slow Allen down, or he may end Cutler's season before the night ends. This is going to be an incredibly difficult task for the Bears, and may be the difference in the game.

2. Prevent Adrian Peterson From Getting 20+ Yard Runs

In a prime time game, I expect Peterson to bring his A-game, and he's coming off a 122-yard, 3 touchdown performance. And he's likely going to get 20+ carries. So, he's going to get his yards, but the Bears can't allow him to hit the home run, like they have frequently allowed to happen against running backs this season(Ex. Jahvid Best's touchdown run on Monday night).

3. Give Matt Forte 20+ Carries

One way the Bears can make it easier to prevent Jared Allen from being a huge factor is just giving the ball to Forte. And why shouldn't they anyway? He's averaging 5.4 yards per carry, and had 326 rushing yards in the previous two games. He's the offense right now. Until the passing game looks at least average, ride Forte.

4. Big Game From Israel Idonije

Julius Peppers is active and will start, surprisingly(and thankfully). He was listed as "Doubtful" due to a sprained MCL he suffered against the Lions. And when he returned to that game after being injured, he didn't look anything like himself.

So, it's likely that he's still not 100%, and it's hard to expect a big game out of him. The Bears need other players on the defensive line to step up, especially defensive end Israel Idonije. Donovan McNabb is a below average quarterback these days, but he can still wing it if he gets time to throw. Additionally, the Bears will likely load the box frequently to slow down Peterson, so they'll need pass rush from the front four or else McNabb will find holes in the cover-2, which he's done frequently in the past against the Bears.

5. Get Solid Play From Safeties Chris Conte And Major Wright

Not only was Chris Harris benched, but he's inactive(I'll write about that in the next post). Rookie Chris Conte, and second-year player Major Wright start at safety for the Bears. I honestly have no idea how it's going to go, but both have looked poor in coverage so far this year. McNabb will surely test them out early on, and if he has success, will attack them a lot over the rest of the game. Just stick to your assignments and prevent the big play at least, guys.

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After looking terrific in week one against the Falcons, the Bears' defense has been complete crap since. Two of the main problems on the defense have been the lack of a pass rush from the front four, and downright terrible play from the safety position.

Well, I'm not very confident either of those things improve on Sunday. That's because defensive end Julius Peppers is "Doubtful" after spraining his MCL against the Lions(although he returned to play), and the Bears are benching safeties Chris Harris and Brandon Meriweather. Second-year safety Major Wright, and rookie safety Chris Conte will replace them in the starting lineup.

The benching of Meriweather is not a surprise. He's struggled to pick up the Bears' defensive scheme since signing with the Bears on September 4th. He's been burned on some big plays, not stayed with his assignment on plays, been hardly impressive in stopping the run game, etc. Oh, he's also been fined for hits the last two weeks and played like a punk.

Harris' benching is shocking to me though. Yes, he played poorly against the Lions. But it was his first game back from injury that caused him to miss the previous three games. And he had the dreaded task of trying to stop Calvin Johnson.

I'm not excusing his play, but I think at least one more game from him as the starter would be fair. If he continued to struggle, sure, demote him to second-string. But this is a guy that was a second-team All-Pro last season, started for the Bears in Super Bowl XLI, etc. Is his play slipping? Possibly. But I still have much more trust in him than Wright and Conte at the time being.

Still, as I wrote about before the Lions game when talking about how the Bears need Peppers to play better, secondary play looks much better when the pass rush is good, which it hasn't been. And with Peppers likely out for the Vikings game, it's hard to see that improving this week. Thankfully, the Vikings' passing attack is very weak, so the Bears may be able to get by without a very good pass rush and/or safety play for this week anyway.

Peppers isn't the only (likely) big loss on the offensive line this week. Defensive tackle Matt Toeaina(knee) is officially out for the game. So with these two out, the Bears are going to need backups to step up and produce. One of of these players is rookie defensive tackle Stephen Paea, who is expected to get around 25 snaps. Additionally, second-year defensive end Corey Wootton is listed as "Probable" and will likely get a fair share of snaps.

In other Bears injury news, wide receiver Earl Bennett is listed as "Questionable" with a chest injury. It was thought he'd miss at least another game or two and I still expect that to be the case, even though he's finally practicing. Offensive tackle Gabe Carimi is still out, but could be back to face the Buccaneers next week in London.

For the Vikings, cornerback Antoine Winfield(neck) is "Doubtful", and wide receiver Percy Harvin is "Questionable", but the Vikings think he'll be good to go. Former Bear wide receiver Bernard Berrian is expected to be active and start after being inactive last week following a couple of missed team meetings.

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If anybody knows how much of a force Julius Peppers is when he plays like he's capable of, it's Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.

In week one of last season at Soldier Field, Peppers dislocated Stafford's shoulder on a sack in a 19-14 Bears win. Stafford would not return to game action until Halloween of '10, and re-aggravated the injury in the following game.

Stafford's healthy this season, and he's playing like the quarterback the Lions hoped they were getting when they selected him with the #1 overall pick in the 2009 draft. He's tossed 11 touchdowns compared to just three interceptions, has a 62.1 completion percentage, and a 100.4 QB rating.

However, so far this season, Peppers hasn't played quite as well as he did last year(and that's difficult to do do anyway because he was arguably the best defensive player in the NFL last year). Yes, he has two sacks, two fumble recoveries, and blocked a field goal last week against the Panthers.

But, he hasn't been putting as much pressure on the quarterback as he usually does. The Bears need him to be in the backfield and disrupting Stafford many times if they want to win tonight. Chris Harris is active after missing the last three games and will start at safety, which will be a nice boost to a secondary that's looked bad in the games he missed. However, if Stafford gets time to throw, he will pick the secondary apart, and Megatron will likely put up another double-digit touchdown game(something he's done in every game already).

A great pass rush will hide flaws in the secondary, and Peppers is without question the key to the Bears' pass rush. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli doesn't want to have to blitz Stafford much; he wants the front four to generate pressure. Getting pressure from the front four keeps the linebackers and defensive in their usual coverage assignments, and gives them a better chance to slow down Megatron. If Marinelli has to dial up the blitz from linebackers or defensive backs, receivers are going to be open, and you don't want that against a Lions passing attack that is on fire right now.

So, let's hope Peppers can get a sack or two, and at least get Stafford uncomfortable in the pocket.

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The Bears' safeties struggled greatly in pass coverage the last three games. And don't think for a second that the absence of safety Chris Harris didn't play a major part in that.

Well, Harris practiced for the second straight day(although in limited fashion), and is expected to be able to go on Monday night at Detroit:

So, that's great news, especially since the Bears will have to face the Stafford/Megatron combo.

In other Bears injury news, defensive end Corey Wootton missed practice due to a hand injury after injuring it in practice on Wednesday. He was able to practice yesterday, but today suffered a setback with it and his status for Monday night is very much in question.

Limited in practice were cornerback Charles Tillman(hip), guard/center Chris Spencer(hand), and tight end Matt Spaeth(calf).

For the Lions, former Bear wide receiver Rashied Davis, and safety Erik Coleman did not practice.

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In what I considered a must-win game(You can read why here) today, the Bears were indeed able to win by the score of 34-29 over the Carolina Panthers. It was far from a convincing win, but a win nonetheless. And in the NFL, you'll take a win any which way you can get it.

The main reason they won this game? Mike Martz actually committed to the run! No, seriously.

Matt Forte ran for a career-high 205 yards and a touchdown over 25 carries, and Marion Barber added a touchdown run in his first game as a Bear(He also added a backflip celebration fail).

Forte had several large gains on the ground, with his longest run being 46 yards. He made some great cutbacks to gain extra yardage throughout the game, but the run-blocking was very good throughout the game as well, which was nice to see after the offensive line gave Forte nowhere to run last week against the Packers.

On the Bears' first drive of the game, they ran nine plays which led to a field goal to tie the game at 3-3. All nine plays were running plays. In fact, in the second quarter, when the Bears got to 24 points, they had only thrown one pass in the game. Of course, they weren't just getting those points by running the ball.

With the score 3-3 in the first quarter, defensive back D.J. Moore picked off a tipped Cam Newton pass and returned it for a touchdown to give the Bears a 10-3 lead.

And with the Bears leading 17-10 later in the quarter, the Panthers made the same mistake every team seems to: They punted to Devin Hester. This was soon after he had a 73-yard kick return that would've been a touchdown if he could've gotten a block on the kicker from Chris Conte. Well, got all the blocking he needed on the punt return, and took it to the house for a 69-yard touchdown(You can see video of it here). With the punt return touchdown, Hester set an NFL record for career punt return touchdowns with 11.

So, all of that was fun. But, the Bears struggled in many areas in this game.

Aside from the Moore pick-six, the defense really wasn't that good today. Cam Newton threw for 374 yards(although some of those were in "garbage time"), and he, along with DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, combined to run for 169 yards and two touchdowns over 25 carries.

The Bears did do a good job at forcing the Panthers to settle for five field goal tries instead of scoring touchdowns, but still, the constant space the Panthers found in the Bears' secondary and defensive line was troubling. Brandon Meriweather missed an assignment badly that left wide receiver Steve Smith(who had eight catches for a whopping 181 yards) wide open for a 53-yard reception. Chris Harris could not return soon enough.

And offensively, while the run game was sensational, the Bears weren't able to do much at all in the air. Jay Cutler completed nine of 17 passes for just 107 yards, and threw a bad interception to Panthers safety Charles Godfrey on a pass intended for Johnny Knox.

So, it's great to get a win, but the Bears are going to need a much better performance defensively if they want to have a chance to beat the Lions next Monday night.

But, for right now, enjoy the win.


Quarterback: C-

With only 17 pass attempts, it's hard to take too much away about Cutler's performance in this game, but the interception was a bad one in the fourth quarter in Bears territory. Additionally, he threw off of his back foot and was jumpy in the pocket a few times, which is probably because he's still expecting to get hit, even if he has time to throw. I'd be jumpy back there too with the offensive line he's had to throw behind the last couple of years.

Running Backs/Fullbacks: A

Forte was sensational, and Barber found the end zone. 224 rushing yards was the most rushing yards the Bears have had in a game since 1988.

Tyler Clutts made some great blocks at fullback to create room for Forte.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: C

Knox was the only wide receiver with over a single catch. He had three catches for 48 yards, and made a nice jumping catch with a defensive back about to hit him. Something we didn't see much of last year.

Dane Sanzenbacher had a 16-yard catch for a first down, but dropped another third down pass he shouldv'e caught(but it was also a pass Cutler should've set his feet on and tossed in a place where Sanzenbacher would easily catch it).

Kellen Davis and Kyle Adams didn't have a catch. Davis had a drop, but it was on a low throw that would've been a nice catch.

Offensive Line: B+

Maybe it wasn't as good as I graded it, but it sure seems that way after what we're used to seeing. And especially after how unbelievably terrible the run-blocking was last week. Today, it was terrific.

As for pass protection, it was decent. Frank Omiyale got blown up a few times at right tackle, and Lance Louis apparently replaced him at the position for a bit(I'm not totally positive as I was so caught up in everything else going on in the game, but Brian Billick mentioned on the broadcast that Louis was in for at least some plays). But, Cutler had time to throw for the most part.

Defensive Line: D

Cam Newton did an incredible job to get away from pressure on a few occasions when it seemed the Bears were going to get a sack, but still, not getting a single sack against a rookie quarterback in your house is pretty disappointing. And the Panthers ran right through the line with ease all day. This group needs to play much better and is certainly capable of it. The front four are what makes this defense go, and if the quarterback isn't rushed much by them, there will be holes found in the cover-two scheme.

The good news is you know Rod Marinelli will make sure they're busting their asses to improve. And I can't see Julius Peppers letting this continue either.

Linebackers: B-

Lance Briggs or Brian Urlacher tipped the pass that Moore intercepted. Both players made some nice tackles(especially Briggs on a big third down play), but they're better than letting an opposing run game go right through the defense like the Panthers did today. Still, it's hard to stop DeAngelo Williams when he gets through the defensive line at full burst so I'll give Briggs, Urlacher, and Nick Roach a pass here. They're the least of my worries.

Defensive Backs: D

Nobody played well. Steve Smith was routinely wide open, and the safeties had blown assignments multiple times. This was one of the worst games I've seen Peanut play in a few years. If they play like this against the Lions and their Matt Stafford/Calvin Johnson combo? That won't go well. Much improvement is needed here, although I fear that won't happen until Chris Harris returns.

Special Teams: A

Obviously, Devin Hester was amazing. Robbie Gould was two of two on field goals, and Adam Podlesh had a 51-yard punt, as well as two punts inside of the Panthers' 20-yard line.

Game Balls

Offense: Matt Forte

Easiest call ever.

Defense: D.J. Moore

That was not an easy interception. It took quick recognition of the deflection and good hands to catch it. Then a very nice return for the touchdown. He has a nose for the ball and is a very valuable player in this defense.

Special Teams: Devin Hester

Second easiest call ever.


Michael C. Wright is hearing that guard(and backup center) Chris Spencer broke his right hand today, and Spencer played in the second half with the injury. I'll keep you updated on that story as more is revealed.

Devin Hester walked off the field in the second half hanging his left arm as though he had a shoulder injury. It sounds like it's nothing serious though and he should be good to go next week.

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With the Bears leading the Panthers 17-10 today in the second quarter, the Panthers had to punt on fourth down. And for some reason which none of us will ever figure out, they chose to kick to Devin Hester, and as is frequently the case, he made the opposition pay:

11 punt return touchdowns for the Windy City Flyer. That's an NFL record. As you probably knew, he already had the NFL record for combined touchdowns on kick and punt returns, and he now has 15 of those. He's pretty good.

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I hate referring to any games this early in the season as a "must-win". But, realistically, today's game against the Panthers at Soldier Field is indeed a must-win for the Bears.

The Bears are coming off of two terrible losses against teams in the NFC(Saints and Packers) that will both likely be in the playoffs. So, those losses hurt for tiebreaking scenarios, both in head-to-head matchups, and conference record.

Now the 1-2 Bears face another NFC team in the 1-2 Panthers. This is a team that went 2-14 last year. It allowed them to get the #1 overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, which they used to select quarterback Cam Newton.

On the surface, this seems like a much easier game than any of the previous three the Bears have played so far. And without question, it should be. But the Panthers are definitely not a team to sleep on.

The Panthers went into Arizona in the season opener and kept the game within a touchdown in Newton's NFL debut. In week two, they had a 13-0 lead on a Packers team that just dominated the Bears for all four quarters. And this past week, they finally got into the win column with a 16-10 win over the Jaguars.

The Panthers are a dangerous team, especially with Newton sure to improve(and he's already third in the NFL in passing yards) as the season goes along.

Still, this is a team the Bears need to beat at home(and they beat this team by the score of 23-6 in Carolina last year with Todd Collins starting), or else the season could quickly slip away.

A loss would put the Bears at 1-3, with the Lions to follow in week five for a Monday Night Football game in Detroit. Not only do the Lions(3-0) look terrific right now, but this will be the first game they've played on Monday night in 10 years, so Ford Field will definitely be rocking. And say the Bears lose at home against the Panthers, how are they going to have the confidence(or the offense cleaned up enough) to go into Detroit and win that game? Quite unlikely.

So, lose against the Panthers, and the Bears are looking at a 1-4 start in all likelihood. Win the game, and they're 2-2, with some good vibes headed into Detroit, followed by a favorable home game against the Vikings in week six to follow.

P.S. Hopefully Mike Martz got the memo that Matt Forte ran for 166 yards and two touchdowns over 22 carries in Carolina last year. Maybe the run-blocking will stink as it did last week(I'm not kidding when I say it's the worst run-blocking I've ever seen from the Bears), but call a fair amount of run plays in the first quarter to find that out first.

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