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Around the League Tweets – April 3rd 2014!

| April 3rd, 2014

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Around the League Tweets has our Pro Day Monday. No Tweeting that day. Will instead display our ability to eliminate apostrophes & articles.

2 of 10. There must be a dearth of corners on market if Champ Bailey still has interest from teams. 2013 tape made 1 thing clear: he’s done.

[Side note: I love when people make statements like, “Bailey should retire now.” Champ Bailey is thirty-five years old. Thirty five! And the morning after he retires he’ll enter a period of irrelevancy he hasn’t experienced since he was about 10. He won’t be a football player. He won’t be a star. He won’t be receiving a massive pay check weekly. Bailey should retire whenever the hell he wants.]

3 of 10. Urlacher didn’t learn from Tiki. Fans ma love ya in team’s uniform but they love TEAM far more. Best not criticize em post-career.

[Side note: If Urlacher continues to complain about the organization, he’ll start hearing boos at Soldier Field. ESPECIALLY if the Bears win without him.]

4 of 10. Release of Desean Jackson far too convenient for the Eagles. Wanna bet they had say as to when the DJax gang piece would come out?

5 of 10. Dont know if they’ll gel but Giants quietly went about fixing their biggest issue: porous offensive line play. Big, veteran bodies.

 6 of 10. Draft prediction: Derek Carr goes off the board before AT LEAST one of the perceived Big Three quarterbacks. And maybe two…

7 of 10. If Texans take Bortles he’ll be trivia answer for years to come. “Who was the player taken BEFORE Jadaveon Clowney in the 2014 draft?”

8 of 10. NFL must open ’14 season with Denver at Seattle. Rare that Super Bowl rematches are possibility, let alone possible for opener.

9 of 10. Mets’ Daniel Murphy is taking maternity leave. Can you imagine Cutler missing a game on a day where his kid WASN’T born? Crucified.

[Side note: Maternity leave is the biggest bag of horseshit around. It may be un-PC of me but I had no problem with women being women and men being men. We accept that they have a complete inability to tell a story without going off on 5-7 inane tangents and they accept that any sporting event is a decent enough excuse for us to go to a bar.]

10 of 10. Stat NFL needs: Injury Impact Percentage – weighing how greatly a team is negatively impacted by injury. Not easy but helpful.

[Side note: I may undertake this statistic for the upcoming season within the NFC North and see how it flies. There is so much statistical analysis happening in the league right now but this seems to be one of the league’s most important elements which few people are monitoring in a serious way.]

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  • Shady

    Sometimes, he looks right into you. Right into your eyes. You know the thing about him, he’s got… lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll’s eye. When he comes at ya, doesn’t seem to be livin’. Until he bites ya and those black eyes roll over white. And then, ah then you hear that terrible high pitch screamin’ and the ocean turns red and spite of all the poundin’ and the hollerin’ he’ll come in and rip you to pieces.

    • gpldan

      Urlacher or Goodell?

      • Shady

        Twitter bird.

  • Shady

    Where’s ATLT #1?

  • Shady

    Nobody is going to boo Urlacher. Ever.

    • IBNO

      All the women’s he’s knocked up or given Paris Hilton’s herps to already do!

      • gpldan

        Daaaaaaa herps.

        • IBNO

          If Las Vegas ever gets a major professional sports team, they’ll be called The Herps.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Buffalo to L.A.

            The L.A. Hookers.

    • DaMurph

      Really? He should get booed for coming down on the fans like he did. I bet there’s plenty of people that would boo him, I would!

      • Shady

        Really. Urlacher is never going to get booed at Soldier Field. Ever.

        • DaMurph

          Man, even Buddy Ryan got booed at Soldier field. You are so wrong on this one Shady. He keeps up his shifty comments and bad attitude, he WILL get booed.

          • Shady

            Of course there will be more shifty comments, he’s a Fox analyst now. I just think when he comes back to Soldier Field to get honored for being one of the greatest Chicago Bears of all time, nobody is going to give a fuck about his post retirement commentary.

            Where’s Artoo to back me up on this?

            Tell you what, if he’s commemorated and not booed, you owe me a beer and beef at Portillos. If he’s commemorated and booed, MB will buy you a beer and beef. Deal?!?

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Will you fuckers please stop mentioning Italian beef. Myself, and perhaps starving Ethiopians are reading this.

            All hail Urlacher. It still remains to be seen if this defense can play without him. All these additions, and who’s calling the defense? Briggs? Good luck with that.

          • DaMurph

            Come to Chicago Irish, and you’ll get a ton of regs flying in and probably wouldn’t need to spend a dime!

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Yeah, pissing on my beef!
            Ahhh, the Chicago dream is just that, Murph. .Money, mangs, money.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Can I just have the money instead?

            (btw- that’s a very Irish thing to say in a pub when someone offers to buy you a pint)

          • DaMurph

            Tell ya what Shady, if he is still acting like an ass around the time of his ceremony ill make a bet. Chicago fans are forgiving and have short memories. That being said, I’d buy you a beer and a beef any time, no bet needed.

      • CanadaBear

        After all he did on the field you’d boo him for being a dumb ass talking head? Wow. I wish he’d keep his yap shut about the Beloved as much for his own benefit but I just don’t get too excited about it. I know he bitched about the fans late in his career but I always thought that was blown way out of proportion. He actually had a good point but he should have been more specific and said “drunken, loud-mouthed fans”. Either way, #54 has actually been positive since they signed Allen (and they talked about honoring him this year).

        • DaMurph

          Look, he was a great player, but pretty much an asshole with his comments and behavior outside of the game. Chicago fans value loyalty and good behavior and they will boo you for the lack of.

          • Big Mike

            Gayle Sayers has been a gloomy Gus and critical of the Bears for decades now. He wouldn’t get booed AT Solders Field. Dick Butkus reviled the Bears for the better part of a decade, he would never be Booed at Soldiers Field.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          If he was talking about meathead fans or gung-ho chicks who wear Bears’ jerseys and just go ‘Yay Bears!’ without knowing what a first down is, then good for him. He did praise the Allen signing so he’s clearly not just having a go at the Bears for no reason, he’s just speaking his mind, which is what Fox pay him to do. He’s a legend, and the way the fans turned on him so quickly after he was pooched out of town was nothing short of tragic.Thirteen years he was solid for us and they just suddenly shit all over him. Pathetic.

          • CanadaBear

            His dumbass comments as a player had him on thin ice with a lot of fans. Didn’t take much to get them to turn on him. It’s a fickle world out there. Esp with all the media (social and otherwise) it’s tough to be young, famous and not esp bright. Oh well. I don’t get it but I don’t feel sorry for #54 either.

          • MB30SD

            he was SPECIFICALLY talking about a game that doc, rabbit his bros, and I went to a couple years ago. the second packers game at soldier I believe.

            Can’t remember exactly what happened, but it had NOTHING to do with the players and what THEY did on the field.

            I remember VERY clearly everyone was booing about yet another dumb fucking ass thing that lovie did. I think he called two time outs in a row, or one before a challenge flag, or some ridiculously stupid shit that no NFL coach should ever do… never mind do a few times every fucking year.

            We all booed at lovie and the coaches for doing whateveritwas they did. It had nothing to do with the players.

            Urlacher is an idiot. It was pretty obvious it wasn’t about them because they weren’t actually playing football at the time. The picture in my head is the clock had stopped all the players (from both sides) were standing near their sideline and then lovie made a totally idiotic call, THEN all of us booed.

    • johnnywad

      I just booed him. Just right now. I did it.

      • Shady

        I’m pretty sure you said boo-urns.

      • Big Mike

        are you at Soldiers? If not doesn’t count.

  • IBNO

    I take issue with #9. First, there are 10x as many games in MLB as there are in the NFL regular season. Missing 3 games at the beginning of the MLB season is like missing the 1st quarter of the 1st NFL game.

    Second, MLB players routinely take games off for ludicrous reasons (compared to other sports): blisters, too tired, “soreness,” etc. The sport and league is much more forgiving when it comes to time off, so overall, it’s apples and oranges comparing to football.

    Third, maternity leave is a “bag of horseshit”? Have kids, then get back to me on the horseshit.

    If you’re talking about PATERNITY leave, that’s a different animal. And yes, I think there is a bit of over-sell. But when push comes to shove, how do you identify yourself as a person, as a man? As a(n) [insert occupation here]? Or as a father & dedicated husband? Sure, one earns you your paycheck, but the other earns you a sense of purpose, a lasting emotional and family attachment, and your man card.

    • MB30SD

      this

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Surely he meant Paternity leave. Saying a woman should give birth and then leave the baby in a box and go straight back to work is indeed horseshit. She needs to be home giving the man his milk .. .I mean the baby. Yeah, the baby.

  • IBNO

    And regarding #3… it became apparent from the day #54 stuffed his junk in Paris Hilton’s diseased hot pocket that the guy isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer.

    At first, I thought that his criticism of his one-and-only NFL meal ticket was just a strategy for “making a splash” in the media and not being in the shadow of God’s (Stabby) Linebacker after they both retired. Now, I think it’s just #54’s less-than-stellar IQ combined with some lingering bitterness. Fans will always love #54 the player, but #54 the man is burning bridges.

    Ask the dozens of ex-Bears who still make good coin in Chicagoland trading on their time with the team. Hell, when Otis Wilson goes out to a bar, does he buy his own drinks? #54 would do well to think on that, and start some serious reconciling with his former team.

    • MB30SD

      dude’s a ahole.

    • gpldan

      Fun fact: Diseased Hot Pockets is the Ukraine’s answer to Russia’s Pussy Riot.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        I saw DHP back in ’89 at a sex-trafficking convention in Vietnam. I’ve still got the t-shirt. Their first album ‘Fungicidal Fanny’ was good, but after that they sucked. There were a few good tracks on ‘Cankerous crotch’ though : ‘weeping death’, ‘leak and destroy’ and ‘leper vagina’ all rocked, and of course the seminal ‘pus in mouth’.

        • Shady

          This deserves an up-vote.

    • bearsfantillend

      54 made stupid ass statements when he was a player, did anyone really think he wouldn’t make stupid ass statements as an “analyst” or outside of football?

      • gpldan

        Frankly, we’re surprised he can assemble sentences.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      She didn’t deserve #54’s cock.

    • SC Dave

      Urlacher does need anyone to buy his drinks. He probably made more money in a single year on that last contract than Otis did his entire career.

  • IBNO

    #7 Clowney maybe the NFL’s Greg Oden, though.

    Knowing who his head coach was in college, I’m betting whoever takes him in the NFL and has a halfway competent coaching staff turns him into a star. That means if he falls to Oakland, he’ll crash and burn.

    • gpldan

      NFL’s Greg Oden? Dude, you En Fuego today.

      • IBNO

        Heh. Thanks. Clowney will probably end up in the Factory of Sadness (Cleveland), get some good coaching, be pretty good, and then either flee flee flee after his first contract expires (a la Lebron), get busted for drugs or other bad behavior (Josh Gordon), or get his knee destroyed early on and be a Footnote of Sadness.

        • gpldan

          Tonight on ESPN’s 30 For 30: Scott Norwood, Footnote of Sadness.

          • IBNO

            Jim Kelly: Jawbone of Sadness

            too soon?

          • gpldan

            Amy Winehouse: Crooning Skank of Sadness.

          • CanadaBear

            What a waste. She was very talented but what a drunk! Unlike a lot of drugs, if you’re fucked up on alcohol your motor skills go to shit and it’s totally obvious. When I found out Dr John was a 30+ year heroin addict (his auto -bio) I was shocked. I was leaning against the stage watching him perform and had no idea.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Keith Richards is still going.

          • CanadaBear

            Richards credits that to shooting into the muscle only, not the veins. Who am I to argue? He’s a tough bastard for sure.

          • MB30SD
          • CanadaBear

            Considering everything he’s done, I’d take that in a heartbeat. Where’s the devil with that contract?

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Bill Hicks reckoned it was directly into the eyeball.

          • Cormonster

            Dr John played a song on the new Mule album, along with a bunch of other artists. Good article about it. Great concept.

            http://m.billboard.com/articles/news/1569443/govt-mule-shout-out-to-all-stars-on-new-album

          • CanadaBear

            Great set of artists on the 2nd disc.

          • johnnywad

            I think you’re in the clear until he’s actually dead. Then there’s a window, then you’re in the clear again.

          • MB30SD

            damn, that is fucked up you guys.

            WAY too soon. Wow, brutal.

          • Cormonster

            Popular golfer Payne Stewart died a few days before Halloween weekend in a plane crash a while back. Some guy was dressed as him with a golf club going through his body and shirt covered in blood. There’s about 25 bars in a three block area downtown. Him and his friends were getting kicked out of one bar after another. People were pissed, with fights nearly erupting all night. Lucky that guy had about 10 friends with him or surely he would have gotten his ass kicked.

          • MB30SD

            what an ahole.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Grown men get dressed up on Halloween and go into bars? Wow. Yup, assholes love provoking attention, as opposed to earning it.

            And not only is it too early on Jim Kelly, it will never be appropriate. Here’s a guy that made four superbowls in a row, buried his 8 year old son, got cancer, beat cancer, and got it back again. He’s seen it all, he’s a top man, hope he pulls through it.

  • CanadaBear

    If I was going to draw a line in the sand about women and horseshit it wouldn’t be about maternity leave. Up here women can take off work for up to 9 months (don’t quote me on that, it is somewhere between 6-12 months) and receive 60% of their pay for maternity leave. That seems excessive but I don’t have kids. However, the more time a parent spends with their kids at that age, the better for everyone involved. There is certainly some shit that women get away with in the corporate world that makes me crazy but maternity leave isn’t one of them.

  • MB30SD

    “Maternity leave is the biggest bag of horseshit around. It may be un-PC of me but I had no problem with women being women and men being men. We accept that they have a complete inability to tell a story without going off on 5-7 inane tangents and they accept that any sporting event is a decent enough excuse for us to go to a bar.]”

    Spoken like a young man who’s never had a kid.

    I’m not all upity about it… and it is ridiculous in pro sports where dudes are paid insane amounts of money to play a child’s game a couple times a week… but in the normal workplace, it’s totally necessary and a great thing. Men are men is great and all that, but if you’re a family guy, it’s amazing.

    • NewBearInTown

      Yeah I wasn’t sure where Jeff was going with that one. Especially if its not kid #1, Mom is literally hospitalized for 2-3 days after having a kid. At a minimum, Dad needs to be home being Dad to the other kids. And that’s saying nothing about the need to be there for Mom and the new baby.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        C-sections are all the rage – they call it “too posh to push” back home. They’re fucked for months after that (although not literally).

  • TheBigCheesy

    Haha Jay Cutler taking paternity leave? He doesn’t even vaccinate his kids.

    • IBNO

      Yeah, don’t get me started on the stupidity of anti-immunization nuts.

      I started to kinda like Cutler as a person, given how he’s handled things the past few years, but I lost respect for him because of the anti-immunization thing.

      Not that they would, but his kids wouldn’t be allowed in public schools in Illinois without their shots.

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        The anti vac shit is all his wife. She’s all organic and all about clean foods but doesn’t know the science behind anti vac and why it’s a hoax. I guarantee she’ll come around after some people talk to her. My wife was concerned about it a couple years ago before our first but eventually when we talked to a couple of doctors old and young about why they vaccinated their kids we felt way better about it.

      • DaMurph

        That’s definitely Mrs Cutler making the vaccination call.

        • IBNO

          Sure it’s his wife making the call.

          But he’s not fighting it. Maybe he doesn’t care, maybe he feels like she’ll come around eventually. Maybe he doesn’t want to make a “thing” out of it.

          But to me, that’s like naming your kid “Apple,” or feeding your kid nothing but Ho-Ho’s and Yoohoo. Sure, the kid might turn out just fine, but you’re potentially fucking up your kid just because your wife’s an airhead taking advice from a glorified stripper.

          • DaMurph

            Hey, not a lot of men stand up to their wives anymore. He’s just trying to keep the peace and she is joining the celebrity fad of anti vaccination stance

          • MB30SD

            so much this I can’t even tell you.

            I am NEVER doing that shit again. NEVER. My way or the highway from here on out.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Some vaccinations are obviously necessary, but they’re getting up in the double digits now, it’s ridiculous. God knows what they’re doing to us. God only knows.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        When they start culling the world’s population to get it down to 500 million they’ll do it through vacc-

        {IRISH! NO!}

        Sorry.

      • Cormonster

        My sister is a doctor and the anti immunizations crowd drives her nuts. I gotta agree with her. Here’s a good article about the topic that just came out. It’s pretty long, but worth the read.

        http://reason.com/archives/2014/03/25/should-vaccines-be-mandatory

    • gpldan

      So… when do you think your Quarterback will adopt a kid with his life partner?

      • IBNO

        I like Aaron Rodgers. I’d be happy to trade Cutler for Rodgers. I’d throw in Conte as an incentive.

        And if Rodgers is gay, whoop-de-doo. In fact, GB fans should HOPE that he’s gay: then he’d never miss a game while his wife is giving birth.

        Do they use cheese-flavored lube in Wisconsin? Oh yes, they do: http://jeffhite.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/can-of-cheese1.jpg

        • gpldan

          -21 Blog Points for saying you would trade Cutler for Rodgers.

          Those are inside thoughts.

          • Trac

            Yes, one should never double down on sixes no matter what the dealers face card is.

          • IBNO

            You wouldn’t? Seriously?
            Aaron Rodgers is, without a doubt, one of the top 3 QBs in the league right now. Included in that Top 3 are two guaranteed HoFers, two guys who are arguably in the Top 5-10 QBs of ALL TIME. Rodgers is damned good. So good that I, as a rabid Bears fan, covet him and praise him despite his Packerhood.

            Plus, get him and Michael Sam in the same lockerroom, and you’ve got a great Harlequin Romance novel.

          • gpldan

            “A Roll in the Green Hay of Green Bay”

            Boy gets boy. Boy loses boy to Sebastian Janikowski. Boy wins boy back.

            A Packer tearjerker.

          • CanadaBear

            Mano a Mano, the KY Connection!

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Again, “The skin I live in” – Almodóvar. Watch it.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Rodgers is the bitch in that couple.

            (Thinks to self: could we get a trade done, really? Cutty and say Briggsy and Matty for A-vadge and Clay Matthews… hmmmm)

            So … uhhhhh … anyone see any really great tits recently?

          • MB30SD
          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Blondes. Smh. I’m like a dog looking at a calculus book with blondes I’m afraid.

          • MB30SD

            I know.

            But she’s SOOOOO my type. Just fucking blazing hot with an insane body.

            She’s prob a total uppity biatch who thinks the world owes her everything… but I’d still put up with it for a few months and wear her like a horse’s nosebag every night and morning.

            I apologize for being selfish.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            You could lose yourself in a drink/drug haze and just go to town on her without ever really listening to a thing she says? Yup, that can be fun.

  • IBNO

    OK, draft thoughts:

    Looks like Aaron Donald is a foregone conclusion at #14 to da Bears. Barring trades or surprises.

    So does that mean a safety in Round 2? I know “BPA” is a mantra, and there is basically no position on defense that wouldn’t be upgraded even in Round 2. But there is a need at safety, and there are a number of guys who would be available and could be good FS fits.

    So… Pryor might not be there at #51. But Brooks, Reynolds, and Joyner (I know, he projects more as a CB/SS, but I look at him and I see a lot of Mike Brown in him) could be. Reynolds could very well be available in Round 3, and the ACL history is off-putting (don’t want a second Brandon Harris).

    Are there any FS prospects to fall in love with? I want to put Conte out of my mind. But then again, with some quality personnel up-front, maybe Conte sucks less (e.g., 2012 Conte vs. 2013 Conte), and the Roudn 2 pick can further shore up the DT/DE rotation. Or pick up a quality LB.

    I’m thinking Round 3 is the only offensive pick of the draft–Richburg or Swanson to replace Garza.

    Then Rounds 4-7 are guys who can run on ST and/or provide depth at LB & CB, or a short-yardage RB. MAYBE a WR or TE project.

    • Johnathan Wood

      the 2 guys I would love for round 2 safeties are Jimmy Ward (who’s more of a FS in my mind) or Deone Bucannon (more of a SS). Both could be gone, but both could be there.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        Not liking what I’ve read on Bucannon. Doesn’t sound like a guy who’s anything more than a run stuffer. You don’t really want to take a flier on your second round picks, you’ve got to be thinking “yeah, this guy is the shit”.

        • Johnathan Wood

          I do think that with Bucannon. He had 15 INTs in college. To me he’s more than a run stuffer. Very athletic and can cover a lot of ground.

          I’d prefer Jimmy Ward over him because IMO Ward is the best coverage S in this draft, but I’d be happy with either of those guys in round 2.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Safeties in first two rounds? What say ye? And in that case, who starts? Two rookie safeties starting or no?

    • DaMurph

      There are no forgone conclusions with Emery drafting.

      • gpldan
      • IBNO

        This is true. But I don’t see any big surprise at #14. Donald will likely be available. He’s good enough to draft at that spot. There probably won’t be a trade offered for the Bears’ pick (to move up or down). Granted, even if the likelihood of each of those criteria was ~80%, that means the odds of the Bears actually Donald are only about 50-50 (.8 * .8 *.8 =.51), but I don’t see any “sleeper” moving up the board at a position Emery would covet.

        Last year, Long was the last highly-rated OG on the board after a first-round run on OGs, and it was a position of need.

        Two years ago, CD was going to GB a pick after the Bears, and Emery thought he was a better prospect (than we know now) for a position of need.

        This year, DT and FS are probably the most glaring needs. Especially DT, as there really aren’t enough bodies on the team, or in the league for the Bears to pick up. FS at least has a guy there who has started and played well in the past. And Dix will likely be gone by the Bears’ pick.

        So yeah, Emery might have a surprise. But barring that surprise, I can’t see the first round pick NOT being a DT. Unless Dix falls.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Paea, Collins, Izzy and Ratliff – I’d hardly call DT a glaring need. Safety, yes, We’ll need a CB by week six. We may need an OT in short order, and if Martellus goes down, then we need to radically rethink the offense.

          • MB30SD

            zach miller can fill in ok

          • SC Dave

            Or Brandon or Alshon.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Then Double-T gets unleashed !! Skinny Biafran-boy needs to bulk up first.

    • Shady

      Not sure Donald is a forgone conclusion, first of all he may not be available and second because I’m not sure Donald fits what Emery is looking for. As an undersized tackle, Donald could end up getting manhandled. I think Emery would prefer more size in the middle to allow his young LBs to attack the QB and ball carrier. Hageman, IMO, fits that mold. Nix would be the other option for serious size, but he’s got injury issues and isn’t nearly as versatile a player as She’de. Jernigan is an interesting player with similar versatility as Hageman, but I can’t get the image of him sitting on the sideline with his gut hanging out during the final Auburn drive of the National Championship Game. That wasn’t a good look and pretty much all I need to know about the guy.

      As much as I dislike the idea of drafting a player in the first round who doesn’t get after it in the trenches, I think if the Bears are serious about drafting a starting safety this year they’re going to need to pick one in the 1st round.

      • IBNO

        OK, I don’t disagree on Nix or Hageman. But my original question is still valid. Just swap out “Aaron Donald” in my first sentence and put in “Defensive Tackle.”

        One way or another, unless Dix is available at #14 and/or there’s a very appealing trade (or a crazy run on a position that leaves highly-rated players from other positions available at #14), I cannot see Emery passing on the Best DT Available in Round 1. Which means S is the position of greatest need in Round 2, and hey, there are some good Round 2 prospects at S who will be available. Best PLAYER Available? Maybe not. But if the Best PLAYER Available in Round 2 is a QB, we all know that there’s no way Emery takes him over someone who can contribute THIS year, especially on defense.

        So yeah, I’ve got assumptions piled on top of assumptions. But that’s the fun, isn’t it?

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        I think Emery’s smart enough to pass over Donald and just go with Tuitt if he wants that pocket-crushing 3T. Donald is NOT a pocket-crusher. He’s a guy that did great in college but physically may find it a lot tougher in the pros. Nobody .. .NOBODY is going to push Tuitt around. Guards will get pushed back like dummy-sleds.

        • MB30SD

          injury risk.

        • Trac

          I don’t care how smart Emery is. Is he lucky?

      • RenoBear

        +10000 pts… I have never been able to get that image out of my head either… Final drive, crunch time, and he’s on sideline outta gas with that huge ass gut hangin out? Ugh. GM’s across the league had to notice that

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        Agree with all of that, and likely that gut is what threw up flags in Kirwan’s mind. Give me a man made of muscle. In a football-related way.

  • Trac

    Was Jeff the author of #9?

  • Trac

    #3. Totally got it wrong. Tiki is in a class all by himself.

    • IBNO

      It sucks more because he has an identical twin. How do people tell him and Ronde apart? Tiki’s “the scumbag/asshole twin”

  • IBNO

    I don’t get why the Texans covet one of the QBs available. Yes, they need a new QB. Yes, they’ve got the #1 pick. Take Clowney and have a terrifyingly good defense. Then get a QB in Round 2 (there’ll be good ones still available!) and you don’t feel so shocked and flattened when your starting QB throws multiple pick-6s a season.

    • Trac

      Miami took that approach when they drafted Henne I think. You gotta take the BPA.

      • IBNO

        And is Bortles better than Clowney? That’s my point. BPA at #1 probably isn’t a QB. I’ve seen pretty good draftniks who rate the best QB as #8 or so. And many don’t even rate Bortles as a first ROUND pick.

        • Trac

          I’m not disagreeing with you. Miami has a good team in my opinion. They do still need a QB though.

    • NewBearInTown

      Look around the league. How many quarterbacks taken in the second round turn into long term starters? Seattle and San Fran both got incredibly lucky draft Wilson and Kaep outside of the first round.

      QB is different from every other position in that way. If your franchise guy is there at #1, you have to take him.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        Brees was a 2nd rounder.

        • NewBearInTown

          Well we’re up to 3/32. And throw in Brady. That’s 4/32. Shall we count first rounders?

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        Is Kaepernick a good QB? He’s a nice runner …

      • bearsfantillend

        Brees – 2nd round
        Brady – 6th round
        Romo – not drafted
        Dalton – 2nd round
        Schaub -3rd
        Foles – 3rd

        Projected for 2014(probably not long term starters)
        McCown/Glennon – 3rd
        Cassel – 7th
        Henne – 2nd

        not sure but kind of looks like you can find talent throughout the draft.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Exactly, Watt and Clowney, jeez. Sign Kyle Orton, who cares who’s at QB.

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        Clowney could be special as he is a physical specimen. The thing about the NFL that makes it a crapshoot is that he will be going up against the best of the best O linemen. he will be going up against O coordinators that will scheme to fuck with him. He will be forced to play nicked up every single game of his career after that first year. Much like prison, the biggest and strongest don’t always run the yard. It’s the meanest and most bad ass that do that don’t give a fuck how they get the job done.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Yeah, that’s why I was asking what kind of O-linemen he goes up against week in week out. It’s like being the tough kid in the small yard, then you graduate to the big boys’ yard and you’re just another schmo. Does he have the moves, or is he one of those guys that just looks good against college opposition?

      • I would draft BPA if I were the Texans, and get Vick and some late round QB.

        If Carr or Garrapolo are there at #33, then I would go that route.

        • CanadaBear

          Vick signed with the Jets.

  • EnderWiggin

    You may have mentioned this in last night’s thread. Eben Britton 1 year deal. ~ https://twitter.com/ChicagoBears/status/451762037065277441

    • Johnathan Wood

      this makes me very happy. Return top 8 OL guys from last year now.

      Still would like to see a C added in the later rounds of the draft. Personally like Gabe Ikard a lot.

      • they interviewed Gabe, so it’s just a matter of how high the Bears deem him.

        3rd-4rth-5th?

        • Johnathan Wood

          I think 5th or 6th is likely. From what I’ve seen, he’s projected round 6 to UDFA, depending on who you ask.

          • SO Jerry Jones swoops in in the first?

          • MB30SD

            JJ can suck my bozak

    • CanadaBear

      Great! That should make Irish happy.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        That is great news! That’s a load off, wow. Now we can draft a center or one of those 5’9 210lb dumpy little HBs that can pass block.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Britton was a contributor when called upon.

      • gpldan

        He was part of Trestman’s double left tackle run formation. A non-eligible TE.

        It was always a strange formation, I can’t really see what it bought us. He wasn’t going to catch a pass, we knew that, and it allowed defenses to sell into the run w/o a counter move.

        But Trestman loves that formation, with Forte offset split and running that quick draw or pitch sweep to the left side. Several times it worked, so I can’t fault it – but I always wondered why we didn’t pursue proper twin TEs. Perhaps because Onabus sucked.

        • Shady

          “#62 is reporting as eligible.”

          • gpldan

            OK, then. Maybe this year he will run a seam route and go for a 45 yard gain with a touch over the shoulder grab. It will look like bigfoot stomping through the woods.

            Then again, his hands can’t be any worse than Kellen Davis.

          • MB30SD

            NO ONE’S hands are wors…. wait… what? fendi on-a-bun is still in the NFL? What’s that… he’s on OUR fucking team!?!?!? SMFH.

            And yeah, I don’t think we got more than 50 yards in that formation the whole year (yes, that’s a total exaggeration… anyone care to provide the real stats?). It was worthless from all the plays I remember.

          • EnderWiggin
          • MB30SD

            damn! thanks end.

            Maybe I’m thinking just of goal line where we seem to be miserable a lot of the time. I liked him and like the pick up.

            btw, when did you say you’d post pics of eric in his underswears?

          • Johnathan Wood

            the offense was really effective when they starting using him as a 3rd OT (“TE”) at first, then teams adjusted and it tailed off down the stretch.

            He gives them depth and flexibility for cheap. Nothing wrong with that. He’s the top backup at both OT and OG spots, and IMO if Garza got hurt they would put him at LG and slide Slauson in to C. So he’s basically the top backup on the entire OL and gives them a 6th guy they feel comfortable with as a starter.

          • MB30SD

            yes, I’m way on board about him… just not necessarily the formation.

          • EnderWiggin

            I like the idea of Slauson playing center. He played Center in a handful of preseason games for NY. In fact, Britton/Slauson/Long may be a better interior than Slauson/Garza/Long. If that is our 2-3 year plan, then it opens up another defensive pick in the draft.

          • Johnathan Wood

            I don’t think that’s their long-term plan. I think their long-term plan at C gets drafted in the later rounds this year.

            But they practiced Slauson at backup C last year some. Many games he was their backup because Boggs was not on the active roster. So I believe that was the emergency plan-Slauson at C and Britton at LG.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Probably better than Boggs going in. Maybe we should be going with that lineup NOW rather than waiting for the wheels to come off Garza. Maybe Slauson gets more push in the run game than Garza (wouldn’t be hard). Then Garza is your backup G/C – he backs up three positions for you – a vet ready to come in to the heat of battle who’s seen it all before, not some rookie shitting his pants.

          • at least twice a game.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          He was our RT in the last game wasn’t he? He didn’t suck.

      • Glad he’s back on board. I thought it was odd that Trest/E talked him up BEFORE he was signed. That’s what agents are for.

        The “Eben” package lives on. My bet. He gets a TD this year. Feed the biggies.

  • gpldan

    MB –

    Did you say CO-CO-COLD?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2596054/Grandmother-80-declared-dead-awoke-hospitals-freezer-struggled-FREEZING-death.html

    Grandma got frozen in the Walk-In
    Dragged from the morgue on Christmas eve
    You can say there’s no such thing as Frostbite
    But as for me and Grandpa, we believe

    • MB30SD

      Damn man. that’s fucked up.

      Totally unrelated, here you go GP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okuwB9zrncg

      The best part about this video is seeing the jacked up names the finnish give their dogs… and the sheer anticipation of hoping the hot finnish dog owners will step into the camera shot.

      • SC Dave

        I’ve had occasion to tell people to chill, but that’s taking things a bit to far.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        Yeah, you noticed that girl with the really fit legs, right?

        Try that magic shit with cats. They wouldn’t even look at you. “Magic? Really? Loser.”

  • MB30SD
    • Bender McLugh

      Duncan Keith took a puck to the mouth during a playoff game of the first title run (I think, or second title run…). Lost all of his front teeth, came back in the 3rd period. Hockey players are cray cray

  • MB30SD

    And this made me laugh. You’re welcome

    http://www.mandatory.com/2014/04/03/todays-funniest-photos/7

  • Shady

    Sometimes I read what I post on da blog and I wonder how I ever graduated high school.

    • MB30SD

      OHHH YES… I WAS WONDERING WHAT WOULD BREAK FIRST!

    • thank god for the edit button, though sometimes I look over my post and think “wow. that was incredibly awkward sentence structure and why does ‘doneypunch’ get a red sqwiggly line under it” but I’m too lazy to change it.

  • MB30SD
    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Dr. Steven Greer – head of the Sirius disclosure project – used to brief Clinton on the alien question (at Clinton’s request). According to Greer, Clinton asked Bush if he could be ‘brought up to speed’, and Clinton was told to ‘back off or you won’t see a second term’.

      Clinton would tell us if he knew something ? Really? Didn’t go too well for Secretary Forrestal (former MJ12 member and Secretary for Defense), JFK, or Marilyn.

      BTW -I have a confession to make. Those things that landed in Voronezh in ’89 were ‘Nordics’ not Tall Whites. TWs look like the greys, but they’re … uh …white. Nordics look like tall scandanavians with fine blonde hair.

  • MB30SD
  • Bender McLugh

    re: #9 – what if your wife joins you at said bar to watch said game? All the time? Because you and her both enjoy it and get along?

    • SC Dave

      So much the better, IMO. Especially if she buys the beer.

  • Johnathan Wood

    Chris Conte had shoulder surgery in late March. Rehab will last 4-5 months, which puts him back sometime in camp or preseason. Makes winning a starting job that much harder, and getting a starting S in the draft that much more important.

    • tobijohn

      So do they put him on IR designated to return or the PUP list? Does it matter?

      • Johnathan Wood

        can’t do that until final roster cuts, I believe. PUP could possibly be an option if he’s not ready yet, keep him around as insurance just in case injuries pile up.

        • tobijohn

          Despite the consensus, after last year’s injury parade, I’d definitely keep him around…

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            If we’re drafting a safety or two, do we really need 5/6 safeties on the roster?

          • NewBearInTown

            Yes. We’ve got 90 spots right now. Bring in 7-8 guys to camp and figure out who’s going to earn the 4 spots on the final roster. Plus, low draft picks can always go on the practice squad for a year.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            90? Then just cut the guy. We can’t be that desperate we need to rehab Chris Conte.

        • SC Dave

          With Tobi here, and I don’t give a shit what MB thinks about it 😛

          • MB30SD

            dave, after next year you’ll probably be able to pick him up as a free agent yourself. Just have him hang around you and be your buddy, cut the lawn maybe, get you a beer… nothing too tough though ok?

            And make sure you negotiate his contract hard. the MOST i’d do is 2… MAYBE 3 ham samiches, and maybe a coke… no… a diet mountain dew, one of the small european ones. MAXIMUM!!!

            Just have fun with it man, you know?! Enjoy his company.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      You crazy man ? A 3T can’t play S ?

  • gpldan

    I posted my first “selfie”

    http://www.health-lifestyles.org/imgs/oldmu3.jpg

    • MB30SD
      • Shady

        Dat azz tho…

        • MB30SD

          dude, that shit looks grotesque to me. SOOOO not into that. The top looks great, from the sternum down… no thanks.

          Looks like she’s allergic and got stung by a bee. It’s all about gravi-tay. That shit’s gotta go somewhere maings.

          • Shady

            Don’t be too hard on yourself. On a related note, I AM allergic to bee stings and those Asian hornet pictures still freak me the hell out.

          • MB30SD

            oh god. you carry around an inhaler always at the ready too don’t you? your first name is moshe isn’t it? ISN’T it!?!?!

            You mean these little guys: http://i.huffpost.com/gen/1383149/thumbs/o-GIANT-ASIAN-HORNETS-facebook.jpg

          • Shady

            Fuck! Jesus! Those bastards haunt my dreams. I also discovered in college I’m now allergic to penicillin. So I’ve got that going for me…

          • MB30SD

            They are way gnarly man. They don’t have bee venom though… it’s more like poisonous spider venom. MUCH more destructive.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        This year’s selfie, is the ‘Gangnam style’ of two years ago. Then there was ‘planking’. Why do people need weak shit to grab onto?

        There’s a fine line between built … and being fat … she’s just entered the twilight zone.

        #SUREWOULDSLAMITTHOUGH

    • Shady

      I see Santa has been laying off the milk and cookies.

  • MB30SD

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Mayer reporting Chris Conte is out 4-5 months. 5 months means through August & entirety of off-season. Can’t see him on opening day roster.

    Rejoice!!! Ok, so we’re going dix or pryor @ 14 then.

  • Sactowns#1

    What?!? 4-5 months without Chris Conti? Whatever shall we do?

    • MB30SD

      Hahahahaha… BOOM!

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      I think the only thing to do is draft a DT at 14.

      • MB30SD

        Stop it.

  • Crown their ass

    https://www.google.com/search?q=one+does+not+simply+play+chris+conte&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari#biv=i%7C1%3Bd%7COMtLd_ITkY4RIM%3A

    What up dudes?!? Been a while. Wow, things have gotten really serious and substantive over here. Lots of new peeps with heavy football knowledge. Like what you’ve done around here with place. Is that the green mill sign? Baller.

    Fuck Chris conte.

    Crown

    • MB30SD

      MOTHER FUCKING CROWN!!!

      Fuck chis conte indeed my brother.

      • Crown their ass

        My dad’s favorite tribe joke: there was this moyel who took all the extra skin from his ceremonies and sewed himself a wallet. When he took it out of his pocket it turned into a suitcase.

        Thanks boys. Ive been busy boosting my cock pushups (with my pads) for my pro day, running a drug ring at underground nightclub with John Moffit (SC-wasn’t that your boy?), and inpregnating rich bitches for alimony. Looks like the site is going strong. I’m still fuming that conte wasn’t even on the 60 inch screen on that last Hail Mary to boykins. 1 play, you know it’s coming and still can’t stop it. Fuck conte. He takes the worst angles, isn’t fast enough, and is a poor tackler. I would have booted Pringles and his ass before they got to the locker room. I think out outside d line will be strong enough this yr with country boy (what’s Allen’s blog nickname?) and Houston to make inside guys like paea, izzy and Ratliff look better than they are and give them opportunities to make plays on 1 on 1s. Thus, I’d go safety with that first pick. I like dix’s game.

        Can mundy ball? Is he starter worthy with or without the lack of depth now? Haven’t seen enough tape on him.

        • Other than that, Conte’s good, right?

          • MB30SD

            i’ve never heard that about him??

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Who’s nickname …. Cracker’s? Nah, he doesn’t have one, the Cracker.

    • NewBearInTown

      Welcome back to another member of the tribe.

    • SC Dave

      Holy shit… look what the cat dragged in!

      Howdy, you irascible old fart… we’ve missed you ’round these here parts. Pull up a chair, open a beer, and stay a while.

    • CanadaBear

      CROWN! Stick around. We need the variety. Never hurts to go off topic!

      • Crown their ass

        Canada!! Headed to Nola jazz fast in a couple weeks. Seeing Clapton, winwood, funky meters, Robert plant new and, John clearly an many others. Looking very much forward to party! I hope all is well with yo my man!

        • Cormonster

          Lucky bastard. Have fun in NOLA. I was the stooge who was big on Moffitt. I think gp was pretty high on him too.

          Good to see you back.

        • CanadaBear

          Awesome! Wish I was going with ya! I saw John Cleary play piano with Snooks Eaglin in Baton Rouge back in the ’80’s. He held his own with Snooks so that should tell you something. George Porter was on bass and Johnny Vidacovich on drums. Killer show. Give us a full report when you get back!

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      CROWN~!! Sup!
      Yeah, we’ve been hangin’ with the Barbabrian – I’m hoping he’s a Romanian black chick, then we’re getting married and moving to Mexico.

  • NewBearInTown

    People saying the Texans should wait till the second round are underestimating the value of a franchise QB. Nobody talks about how the Bears took Cedric Benson at #4 and missed out on Antrell Rolle or DeMarcus Ware or Roddy White. Everybody remembers that we could have had Aaron Rodgers.

    And the list goes on.

    2006 – Houston would have surely taken Cutler over Mario Williams. Likewise the Jets with D’Brikishaw Fergusson and the 49rs with Vernon Davis.

    2007 – Houston swapped a bunch of picks to get Schaub from Atlanta. Oakland could have had him for the #1 overall for sure. How often do Raiders fans lament missing on Calvin Johnson, Adrian Peterson and Darrelle Revis? Not nearly as often as they wish they could have not missed selecting JaMarcus Russell. And the other teams that missed those picks? They don’t complain either, not nearly as much as you hear teams (like the Bears) lament that they could have had Aaron Rodgers or Russell Wilson or even Joe Flacco.

    And the list goes on. If you see your guy and you believe he’s a franchise QB, you take him. The Colts had it right with Peyton. It didn’t matter if he was staying or not, they were drafting Andrew Luck.

    • Johnathan Wood

      the question is if they are convinced any of these guys are franchise QBs. Could be better off grabbing a safer piece elsewhere and looking for a chance down the line at a guy you believe in more.

      Or, if you think Zach Mettenberger is the best QB in the draft, why not grab him in round 2 and use your 1st pick on Clowney?

      If there’s a guy you feel is a franchise QB, you absolutely grab him. If they draft Clowney, that means there was no franchise QB in their estimation.

      • NewBearInTown

        This is a “weak” QB class. So if you’ve got your true franchise QB, I don’t think you can assume that 31 other teams won’t let him go by in the first round. Maybe the Browns would spend their time on Manziel or Bridgewater, but a savvy team like the Steelers, Patriots or even the Broncos might be smart enough to figure out who the real talent is and scoop him up.
        But your thinking isn’t wrong. If you’re taking risk on whoever you think has the best “odds of success” you temper your enthusiasm. But if that’s your assessment, you better bring in a vet backup while you see what you’ve got.

        • Johnathan Wood

          Different teams will have different grades for guys. Maybe they want a QB but feel Mettenberger is just as good as the round 1 guys.

      • gpldan

        You have a time machine. You are Bill Parcells.

        You can draft LT or you can draft Phil Simms. If you take LT, you are stuck with Jeff Hostetler the whole way. Do you do it?

        Of course you do it. Clowney is the pick.

    • If Luck or even RG3 (who I’m less sold on) were in the draft, I would draft them hands down

      But according to MY eyes, Carr and Garrafolo have about as good a chance as succeeding as Manziel, Bridgewater, Bortels.

      So, do I believe FIVE QBs will go in the first if I’m the Texans? I would bank on NO. One of those guys should drop to #33.

      If not, then sign Vick and wait till next year which should be a stronger QB class. We all know Vick is going to get injured, but that would only guarantee a high pick.

      Build a solid team like the ‘Hawks and 9ers, then get the QB you believe in

      • I would also seriously consider Mettenberger and Logan Thomas later to try to mold for when Vick goes down. Never know, could get lucky.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Gabbert, Weeden, Locker,… PS: there are also the Bengals and Seattle ‘lessons’ to be learned.

  • gpldan

    Interesting D

    RE: Jared Allen
    LE: Lamarr Houston
    NT: Stephen Paea
    DT: Jay Ratliff

    MLB: DJ Williams
    WLB: Lance Briggs
    SLB: K. Greene

    LCB: Tim Jennings
    RCB: Charles Tillman

    FS: Ha-Ha Dix
    SS: Ryan Mundy

    Oh, and here’s my fuck BR post:

    They graded Long a D+ and Greene an A. Stupid fucks.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1614949-bears-2013-draft-picks-results-analysis-and-grades/page/2

    • NewBearInTown

      That article basically looks at the nfl.com mock draft and grades you based on whether the guy you picked should have gone lower or higher in the draft. Our low picks were all good grades because they were mocked higher. Our high picks bad grades because they were mocked lower.

      Surprised that you put Paea in over Collins. Others on the blog disagree.
      Also surprised that you think McClellin won’t find a spot in the linebacker group. I figured you’d have put him at MLB.
      Oh, and Mundy probably won’t start. We’ll likely draft two safeties and I could see both of them get the starting jobs. Just like Long and Mills last year.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        I’d have Bostic instead of Greene I know, MB, I know…), but I’d have Shea behind DJW, just watching. I’d rotate the whole DL and keep guys fresh, with your starting DEs getting most of the looks.. keeps the OL on their toes too, so they don’t get used to the guy in front of them.

        • MB30SD

          We’ll find out about all of it soon enough my maings.

          We’re all just speculating. The older i get the less i know.

    • el_caney

      McClellin would beat Greene with a hand tied in his back, Paea when healthy is a beast, but when is he healthy?

      • gpldan

        Maybe if he comes into camp back at 255. He’s just not fast enough and he can’t pick up the Tight End and cover the outside zone.

        I will go ahead and bet now that Chicken Dinner ends up as a situational blitz guy only, he is NOT a 1st and 10 guy. At all.

        • MB30SD

          And this again!

          Hmmmm… What color shirt am I wearing right now?

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I would rather try Bass at OLB instead of Green even if I think McClelin is going to be more than solid in that ‘natural’ spot.

        • gpldan

          You would rather have David Bass play Sam, knowing that the Sam side has responsibility for the TE, than K. Greene?

          That’s insane. The kid was a rook. He showed excellent speed but, at times, his assignments and reads were poor. Because he’s a rook. I like his talent.

          • MB30SD

            This

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I want him setting the edge on run plays so I can get my 3 new DE on the field so they can get 94 sacks this season.

  • gpldan
    • Shady

      I thought Collins played well before injuring his knee. His ability to split gaps and get into the backfield stood out to me. Obviously we won’t know how the knee injury affected his game until he gets back onto the field, but I think the Bears would still like to add depth at DT. They’re probably not expecting a whole lot from him anyway.

      • Crown their ass

        I’m was a big Collins fan before the injury as well. He should recover quickly at 26. Gp my man. I agree with your line up except I try bosic on the outside. I do believe in Greene. He looked rely low to he ball last year. Writing with. Funking iPad lead o lots of selling errors.

        • Crown their ass

          Wow. That is, I don’t believe in Greene. Slow instead of low and shit. iPads are worse Han fucking typewriters

          • Shady

            I know, I try to blog on my phone during the day. Even with the edit feature, it usually ends up looking and sounding like hot garbage.

          • MB30SD

            a good artist doesn’t blame his tools

          • Shady

            Don’t use my own quotes on me, only I can use my own quotes on you! Nobody makes me bleed my own blood! Nobody!

          • MB30SD

            I ain’t got time to bleed.

            20-9

    • Johnathan Wood

      both positions are needs, especially for the future (Mundy only S under contract in 2015, Ratliff only DT).

      It really comes down to who they have higher on their board, IMO, although the lack of depth at S relative to DT in the draft could mean they go S if the grades are close.

    • el_caney

      The dumass of Conte forced Emery´s hand… Ha ha/Pryor or trade for picking later. go for Hagemann first round, second Buchannon and CB & MLB in thrid rest go offensive

  • MB30SD

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    One year, $3.5M brought Peanut Tillman (still a solid CB) back to Bears. One year, $2M “insulted” Brian Urlacher (a fading, non-solid LB).

    irish, are you listening?

    • Shady

      I’m going to need you to write up an essay comparing and contrasting the following music videos for Lil John’s Turn Down For What:


      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tf_ZJ0II5I

      • MB30SD

        i noticed you didn’t respond to my invite. eeeeescurd?

        • Shady

          I was AFK – Please wait until at least the 1:40 mark on that first video you impatient bastard.

          • MB30SD

            good looking gal

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Saw that. The idea that Urlacher was non-solid is laughable. He never let us down. Not once. The year he went down with the wrist injury we had a worst-ever defensive performance that season. The year after his retirement, we were worse again. Lac was always solid, there’s no shame in getting older. Nobody on our defense can call it like Lac did.

      • gpldan

        The idea that Urlacher was non-solid is laughable.

        THis is a joke right? You want me to start lining up Youtube clips?

        • MB30SD

          Please do so it will be the last of it.

          While we’re at it, might as well tell him about the truth about the tooth fairy too gp.

          Sorry lad.

          • gpldan

            I always like to kick-off using this one:

            But maybe that’s not fair. How about this one?

          • MB30SD

            Oh my goodness!

            Gp! Be gentle!! You know how sensitive the boy is… start slowly and build up to it. You don’t want him running to lock himself in his room to cry for a whole day again.

            Let’s work up to the sad truth gently.

          • gpldan

            No problemo. Start slow.

            Irish – let’s watch here in slo-mo how Brian typically handled a downfield block:

            Watch closely as the Eagles RT puts him flat on his back.

            Here’s the truth, son: Once his back gave out and he had the pins in his neck inserted, he could not shed a block. At all. Ever. He had no leverage. He could still play smart, and was still able to drop into the middle deep zone and break up slants and seam passes with his instincts as a safety.

            After he blew his knee out, he couldn’t do that anymore. He was done. Everybody knew it. But even PRIOR to his knee, he was a shell of himself, because his back and neck injuries gave him NO ability AT ALL to fight off the block.

            Shed double teams? Dude. SLOT RECEIVERS could pancake him, much less a OT that got his hands on him. he was DONE. He woulda been KILLED out there. At least Bostic avoided getting pancaked when he got blown out of the lane.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            Seattle debacle starring Urlacher

          • gpldan

            His pursuit of Wilson at 2:26 makes me vomit a tiny bit in my mouth.

            This was the guy who 0wn3d Vick in his prime. I think Butkus at age 67 would have pursued with more aggressiveness than that.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Let’s take these cherry-pickings one by one.

            1:33 Who is that absolutely whiffing the angle on the receiver? Blog favorite Briggsy?

            1:43 Who is that deep downfield as the last man, bringing down a WR? Oh shit, it’s Brian!!

            GP’s ref to 2:26 ?? C’mon, you can’t hang the guy for being juked by a fast young QB running right at him.

            Nothing to see here. Next.

            One by one. Let’s go.

          • bearsfantillend

            “GP’s ref to 2:26 ?? C’mon, you can’t hang the guy for being juked by a fast young QB running right at him.”

            he got juked a couple years before that by Brady – not young and not fast.

            so i guess that means Lach just couldn’t tackle any QBs in open space. {sarcasm}

          • MB30SD

            please god don’t post the link of him letter rodgers (RODGERS) tackle him to save the pick-6… plllleeeeeaaaasssee!

          • MB30SD

            thank you for being gentle GP… uhhh… kind of.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Whoa.

            1. Urlacher has to first determine whether it’s a run or a pass, then he’s got a huge tackle running at him when the RB is going out of the backfield and heading away from him, so the tackle runs into him. There isn’t a LB in history that blows off the RTin that scenario – simple physics.

            2. No one is saying Brian was a spring chicken, but didn’t we win that game and contain Vick? Who’s largely responsible for making that happen? What’s that worth?

            3. Show me a slot receiver or ANY receiver pancaking him.

            4. He was always in the right place. How many times was Bostic or any of those guys out of place last season?

            You can cherry-pick plays, but EVERY linebacker looks silly at some point. It can be no coincidence that our two worst ever seasons on D came when he wasn’t in there. Are you saying we’d have been worse last season if he was in there? If he really was done then they wouldn’t have offered him a job.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            All you need to do is watch Urlacher in the Seattle Game in 2012 to know what it became at the end:

          • MB30SD

            that’s sad.

          • Big Mike

            Ouch my eyes. Man, he was trailing every play by yards and yards. Gotta, put this one out there to relieve the burn.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            See? That’s how he should be remembered! Not like Elvis on the toilet.

          • Big Mike

            Amen

          • That was the game Waffle. That was the game when I realized it was over for Lach. Point of no return. Not sure which game he “arrived” (blog poll?), but he peaked like Bruce Lee in “Enter the Dragon” in the Crown their ass miracle, and went out with a whimper in that Seattle game.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            How many LBs go out on a high? Was Ray Lewis the MVP in their 2012 SB? Jeez Louise!

          • MB30SD

            yes.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            The Brady fluff was terrible, Lac didn’t slow down to make a tackle, but not speed-related.

            Brandon Jacobs is about 260 I think, so the RB will nearly always have the advantage as he knows where he’s going and the LB doesn’t. It was an awkward angle where you’re never going to bring down the momentum of a guy that big from that position.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Every player loafs occasionally, but come on, Urlacher? He was responsible for getting people in the right places – there’s a trade-off between speed and leadership at that point of your career, yes – but we never lost a game where fans were saying”Man, we could have won that only for Urlacher!”

          • MB30SD

            sigh. I give up.

            You know the saying… those that can’t do (anymore)…………….

  • MB30SD
    • MB30SD

      awww shit. I just realized. Dave… you probably love letterman (and leno) don’t you?

      Sorry man. I can never get it right.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      He was a classy guy though. He had Bill Hicks’ mom, Mary, on the show recently to make amends for cutting Bill’s last appearance from the show. I have a lovely little hand-written letter from her somewhere. Great lady.

      Leno? Meh.

      • MB30SD

        I’m sure they’re both great guys… Their shows aren’t funny though

    • DaMurph

      I always liked Leno, he must have been doing something right to stay #1 for more than 20 years. Letterman, meh.

      • MB30SD

        It’s all just personal preference anyway murph.

        I just think the new guys are so much more talented and entertaining. Those guys just sit behind their desks reading jokes someone else has written for them. Old guard man.

        Kimmel is similar but he’s actually funny… and I personally think fallon is in a league of his own. Funny and really talented. His bits are great and super entertaining

        • DaMurph

          I like Kimmel alot,Fallon some stuff, other stuff, meh. Guess old guard likes old guard!

          • MB30SD

            more like old fart!

            HAHAHAHAHAHA!

          • CanadaBear

            I don’t watch any of them unless they have a musical guest I want to see. For my musical tastes Paul Schaffer always got the best guests. Whenever you see one of those old fart’s tribute shows, more often than not, Paul’s the bandleader.

          • MB30SD

            I know he’s huge in the space canada, but I actually can’t stand him. He has a really annoying voice and he just seems like a little weasle

          • CanadaBear

            Oh, I get that but that’s his schtick. Check out the guitarists in this clip (Paul S. is the bandleader). That’s a young Anton Fig playing percussion. He was formerly with Link Wray.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Love Fallon’s riffs with Timberlake. Justin is a mensch. The Michael McDonald bit was legend.

          • MB30SD

            yeah, his rap battles and sip sync skits are awesome. As are his unplugged jam sessions with the roots and selected stars:

            Awesome.

          • MB30SD

            I mean, come on!

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        I don’t know if appealing to the masses is a good thing. Mediocrity abounds. What most people laugh at is never funny for me. What about you guys? Same with movies. Most people would rather watch Hangover III than The Elephant Man. Fuck that. Fuck mediocrity.

        Bill Hicks and Leno used to be best friends, back when Leno was young and edgy, but he turned on him when he ‘sold out’. Good for Bill. Never accept the lowest common denominator .. unless you want a huge garage full of expensive cars.

        • MB30SD

          exactly. if it’s making herb and Irma in omaha laugh their asses off, it’s most likely turrible.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Idiocracy was a great movie – watching shows where people are getting kicked in the balls is exactly where we’re headed.

          • MB30SD

            you mean we’re not there already? You’ve obviously never watched american TV.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            And you do have the Terry Crews of Wall Street as Prez …..

          • Cormonster

            Brawndo, it’s what plants crave, because it has electrolytes. Put water on the plants? Like from the toilet?

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      Letterman is brutal. A comedian from my neighborhood was on Letterman, which was pretty cool of Letterman actually, but he actually made the audience laugh. They actually made our guy pause to do laugh and applause tracks even though they were not needed. Dave needs them, talent does not:

      • Cormonster

        Letterman was funny in the 80’s and early 90’s, then he seemed to get bitter and not funny.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Happens to us all, Cor ….

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Jeff is always 100% right. His words are law.

    • gpldan

      Oh yes. You’ll find that we CONSTANTLY say that.

  • gpldan

    In this video:

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000290566/Khaseem-Greene-picks-off-Matt-Cassel

    1. Who comes from the Strong side of the formation to the weak side and makes the pick?
    2. Who loafs it and fails to make the downfield block that would have sprung the TD?

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      3. Who makes a late break and if Ellison catches it can only hit him while Ellison already crosses the goal line? Fucking Conte.

      • MB30SD

        don’t get me started… again.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      I’d like Greene to be on the field for obvious pass plays, and Bostic on obvious runs. Greene would be a great situational pass-rusher too.

      • MB30SD

        green isn’t a pass rusher mate, he’s much more of a true 4-3 OLB. He can be a blitzer, but not a pass rusher.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          That’s what I meant, blitzing LB .. .which is … um … rushing the passer isn’t it?

          • MB30SD

            not really. there’s a big difference in my mind. His primary job isn’t to rush the passer, which is what I took your comment to mean. In a 4-3 the DEs rush the passer the OLBs blitz occasionally, but primarily they are run/pass support.

            In a 3-4 the outside guys rush the passer more… I think of a mathews or a kerrigan from DC there.

            Anyway, splitting hairs I guess.

  • CanadaBear

    After reading Crown’s going to the Heritage Festival in NOLA I had to post my all-time favorite Bluesman doing the best version of his famous song. The video is from 1960 at the Newport Jazz Festival. Check out Muddy dancing with James Cotton at the 6 minute mark. Francis Clay’s drumming is stellar. BTW, it’s Muddy’s birthday today!

    • SC Dave

      Plus many on Muddy… used to watch him play occasional freebies in Westmont

      • CanadaBear

        I got to see him perform twice late in his career. He was past his prime but it still affected me deeply.

        • SC Dave

          Talking later 70 s here… before johnny winter got with him to make muddy some $

          If you dont know that stuff, check it out

          • CanadaBear

            Oh yeah. Same period for me.

          • tobijohn

            Johnny Winter And! The memories! One of the first big concerts I made. He and his band who were basically the McCoys of Hang On Sloopy fame (Rick Derringer et al) headlined. The openers were Humble Pie followed by Emerson, Lake and Palmer. The show ran until about 4am…

          • SC Dave

            Hell of a show, tj. Damn.

          • CanadaBear

            If you get the chance go see Johnny again. In the last 2-3 years he’s completely clean. He even stopped smoking cigs. I saw him in the last couple of years and he was awesome. Great band (2nd guitar, bass, drums). At one point Johnny got up and was strutting around with his firebird, playing slide like crazy. The last time i saw him before that he was in horrible shape and it was not a very good show. Of course, he was still on drugs at that point. Since he’s cleaned up he’s put on about 25 pounds and looks great (for a 70 year-old albino).

          • tobijohn

            Links both go to the same video – the CB tribute. BTW, who’s the big dude with the white Telecaster?

          • CanadaBear

            Sorry about that. The big guy is Steve Cropper (Booker T and the MG’s). He co-wrote a ton of songs on the Stax label (Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay). Booker T and the MG’s were the house band at the Stax label.

            Here’s Johnny.

          • tobijohn

            LOL, I know who Steve Cropper is. Jeez, you think I came into town on a load of melons?

          • CanadaBear

            Not trying to insult you. Just a little background. This is a killer DVD if you’re into Stax music. The whole time I watch Sam and Dave all I can think is “all those people that thought the Blues Bros were the shit should watch this”. Killer lineup and the sound is good. Steve Cropper and Wayne Jackson (Memphis Horns) talk over the directors cut with some good insight. It”s great that you can turn it on or off.

            http://www.amazon.com/Stax-Volt-Revue-Live-Norway/dp/B000UB054U

          • tobijohn

            Na, just teasing you a bit. A LOT of those people who were into the Blues Brothers probably thought that’s where that sound started. I remember years ago, my youngest brother telling me about this great Van Halen song “You Really Got Me”. Um, Timmy, that song is older than you so how’s about you go listen to the guys who actually wrote it….

          • CanadaBear

            Exactly. If the original guys made a bunch of $ in their careers it doesn’t bother me but when people rip off the originals that never made much $, grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

          • tobijohn

            Nice clip. I guess if you’re 70, it’s ok to sit down while you’re playing…

          • CanadaBear

            I really see the wisdom of it these days. That’s the nice thing about playing piano, people don’t expect you to stand!

          • SC Dave

            Here… damn I wish I’d been there…

            No slam on the others, but it picks up big time about halfway through when the best white – really white :-). blues man I know of shows up. It both sucks, and is cool, how he makes it look so damn easy.

          • SC Dave

            Hell, or this one, with a better cast…

          • CanadaBear

            Awesome shows. I saw that Soundstage show when it first came out. If I remember correctly it was produced by the local PBS station in Chicago. Great stuff. The Chicago Blues Fest is cool but it’s a pisser too. Since it’s free there are about 100,000 people there and about 10,000 of them are there for the music. The other 90,000 are there to party or cause trouble. During the day at the side stages can be really cool but the night time stuff at the Petrillo Band shell is too crowded for me. The Fest originally started at Navy Pier and included lots of styles of music. I loved that venue. Among others, I saw Koko Taylor and Albert King do a show together.

  • CanadaBear

    Here’s an interesting piece on Robert/Jim Isay. A little back story to the arrest recently.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/10718294/jim-irsay-father-son

  • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!
  • Johnathan Wood

    Stat of the day I just realized that makes me hate Jerry Angelo even more (who knew that was possible?):

    The Bears currently have 2 players left on their roster from their 2004-2010 drafts (aka guys who should be in their prime and are past their rookie contracts). Matt Forte and Craig Steltz (a ST who has never been a regular starter and hardly counts).

    In total they have 5 guys on their roster they drafted and have past their rookie deal, those 2 plus 3 old guys (Tillman, Briggs, Garza). Years and years of Angelo drafts being a total wasteland. SMH.

    • Johnathan Wood

      to be fair, some guys from those drafts are still in the league elsewhere and are ok players. But ideally the core of your team is guys you draft that are on their 2nd contract for you (in their prime). They have an entire generation of drafts where that’s missing.

      • MB30SD

        don’t get me started.

      • gpldan

        One of those guys was Justin Gage. That was a clear case of a guy with talent emerging as a kind of young Marty Booker, and the Bears coaching staff just shit him away and he does to have a decent career with the Titans. Those are building block guys, and the guys like that Glitchy did draft were often terminally mis-coached.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        The Broncos got Decker and Demariyus, and were in the SB last year. We went all-in on Cutler and stunted our growth as a team. We’ve got three years to get to the show, or it was a busted flush IMHO.

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          They are only in the SB because of Peyton Manning…period, if they don’t sign him we aren’t talking about them fleecing us. That is irrespective of the Cutler trade, there is absolutely no correlation. Meanwhile we went to the NFC Championship in our own building. We didn’t get the short end of that deal. At worst its a draw.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Peyton makes that SB with our OL of a few years ago and no receivers? We built their team with the Cutler trade – certainly polished it up. No draw, they’ve been to a SB, we haven’t. 1-0 Broncos.

          • SC Dave

            Yes… manning makes receivers. On thebears, marshall gets It and tries

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            look what happens to Manning when his line is outclassed and his badass WR’s can’t even get down the field against Seattle. He can’t move in the pocket. Imagine what happens with Manning in Chicago in 2009 through 2012. Does he even make it through the fucking seasons? Is he able to brush himself and jump up from the most sacks and hits in the fucking league? Don’t you think it would have fucking helped to not have a team of #3’s and #4’s at WR? What about linemen that are thought of as decent fucking players? Did you know that until this past year the fucking combined salary of our offensive line was the equivalent of 2 of our fucking linebackers?????
            use your fucking head.

          • SC Dave

            While I’ll never lick Jay’s feet as you so love to do, be sure that as a Bears fan I want him to have the best year of any QB in the NFL. For as many in a row and we can get.

            But the time for excuses is over.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            that’s another saying that pisses me off. What fucking excuses? whose fucking excuses? 2nd in the league in scoring last year bro. fucking 2nd. what fucking excuses?

          • SC Dave

            Good god, man… we could start with the excuses you made last season how Jay did not produce as well as Josh did.

            And to date, Rex Grossman has more Super Bowl appearances than Jay Cutler.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            Dave, Jay and Josh had great seasons and combined they pretty much had one of the best seasons in Bears recent history. Why would i make excuses for a guy that played well, won games in the last minutes, led by example, played hurt, put us in position to win against our biggest rival in the biggest game,etc? He did everything we want our quarterbacks to do.
            Rex Grossman had a solid vet line, 2 solid running backs, TE, allstar specials and all star D…in their PRIME. They did well and went to the superbowl. how is this an indictment of Cutler? Why are you such an incredible vadge sometimes?

        • SC Dave

          Manning should get earl

        • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

          Irish, that is not what fucking happened. Also, if you post this insane logic one more time i’m going to go fucking postal. Even the fucking cockheads at the Score have come to realize that it makes no sense to break down “who won the trade” because the events that transpired since then and on separate teams have nothing to do with the fucking trade itself.
          Cutler didn’t stunt the motherfucking team. Angelo and his inability to draft starting caliber impact NFL players did. No LINE, NO WR’s, etc. HOLY FUCKING SHIT DUDE.

          • MB30SD

            HAHAHAHA… there’s the yonny we all know and love. Hee hee.

            Dude, slide the panties down and kick them off your stilettos… get yo self a PS4 and get (back) in the (motherfucking) game!

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            no ps4 for me my man

          • MB30SD

            in a program huh? Have you already apologized to all those you hurt?

            Good man.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            It’s tough but sometimes I just want to play MW2 and run around the board at top speed knifing guys

          • MB30SD

            yep. if i was still married, i wouldn’t be playing either.

            hee heee… I am happier now. ; )

        • bearsfantillend

          Broncos would not be in SB without Manning. Can you imagine how bad they would be if they would have stuck with Tebow? It doesn’t matter who your receivers are with Tebow in the backfield.

    • CanadaBear

      He signed Garza in FA. JA had some skills as a GM but drafting wasn’t one of them.

      • Johnathan Wood

        yeah, I always forget that. Was thinking the GM before Angelo (forget his name, I was young at the time) drafted Garza.

        • CanadaBear

          I think it was Mark Hatley before JA. He drafted #54. Garza had 4 years at Atlanta before he came to the Beloved.

    • NewBearInTown

      In fairness to Angelo, you have to give him Cutler as well. Cutler was a trade, but he’s a guy we got with draft picks and is a key player on our roster.

      • MB30SD

        he doesn’t get credit for a no brainer slam dunk NB. Give credit to… oh jeez… the mccaskey’s for greenlighting it.

        • SC Dave

          While I’m not upset we got Cutler. we did pay a lot for him. Now that the offense s there, he has all the opportunity to prove he’s worth it. Unless, of course, another backup comes in and plays better than he does.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        No, sorry NBIT, nothing whatsoever to do with Angelo. Kyle Orton got us Cutler. The redskins had Campbell, we had Kyle, and that’s what sealed the deal. My mother could have signed Cutler if she had Kyle Orton on her roster. Angelo also got hosed.

        And here’s where he actually fucked up.

        1. McTard was trying to offload Marshall too. Angelo got us the gunslinger without any receivers. Marshall was there in Denver with a target on his head. Epic fail.

        2. The Broncos knew Campbell sucked and only had eyes for Kyle. Angelo should have seen this instead of getting hosed in the trade. Kyle + rd1 + rd1 + rd 3 + rd 3 … is that fair? I would have held out for Kyle + rd 1 + rd 3. Or Cutty + Marshall in return for what we gave them for Cutler anyway.

        So not only does Angelo not get any credit for the Cutler trade, he totally fucked it up.

        • CanadaBear

          You’ve got an extra 3rd in there. Also, we received a fifth that turned into your favorite WR Johnny Knox.

        • johnnywad

          Kyle sucked then, has sucked since, is probably sucking right now and will continue to suck as long as he thinks about throwing footballs. I do not understand your infatuation with him. He won games throwing for like 1800 yards in a season. He played behind an above average to excellent line with TJ running the rock and the 05-06-07 Bears D. He only needed 17 points to win games. He is not good and never has been. He can’t hold a starting job anywhere in the NFL. This, in a league that starts Christian Ponder, Chad Henne, and Brandon Weeden.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            He still got us Cutty, and he is good. Kyle Orton is not a bad QB.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      I used to write reams on Angelo, post them on other sites (preaching to the converted here) but the main thrust was that it would take years to overcome the effect of such massive incompetence and poor drafting. Even never having stepped foot in America or been near professional football, I know I could have done a better job with the rosters and getting consensus opinions from my scouts. He was terrible for ten years – but it will affect the franchise for fifteen. How he wasn’t fired long ago – or that the twat was even hired, does not speak favorably of the McCaskeys either.Jim Finks was the last good hire the Bears made, and that was no doubt Papa Bear himself. The jury is still out on Emery for about two more years, ditto Trestman.

      People think of Mac and Ditka as opinionated assholes, but winning was all they’d ever done or known in life. Winning is contagious, and it’s to be expected, not something you hope to do, or “we’ll try and do the right things .. and see how it works out ..”

      What worries me about Trestman is that he didn’t come in like Ditka and tell the players he was going to win the superbowl, just as Lovie’s goal was to win two games a season. You have to see it before you do it. Tresty? We’ll see.

      • MB30SD

        you know I’m 100% with you on the angelo stuff my brother.

        I think emery and trest are a winning team. We should have a pretty good understanding of emery by the time may closes out. He’s either going to make the right, smart choices or go rouge and do something fucking dumb again.

        Yes, we won’t know if the players taken won’t work out for 2-3 years, but his picks at our spots will tell us all we need to know about how he drafts D this year. He’s already proven he’s a laser focused long-term plan oriented very smart and strategic guy who is consistent. The plan was going gangbusters until the whole fucking D went out.

        Take us home phil… then it’s trest’s turn.

        (btw, I’ve LOVED everything done to this point, including letting lach and pep walk… the ONLY item that I really wanted changed was tucker. We’ll see next year)

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Wasn’t there an itsy bitsy part of you that wanted to see Lach in there last year? He had a year left in him, and it would have been great for Bostic etc. to feed off him for a year, just watching and learning and listening. Pep was a waste of space as a teacher, and Briggsy reads comics. SMH.

          • MB30SD

            no. not a single cell in my body wanted him anywhere on a football field while the plays were running. He was done a year or two before he got off it anyway.

            Now, if he weren’t as dumb as a bag of hammers AND an asshole, I would have loved him to be a LB coach for us last year, yes.

            I get it’s hard to hang em up… I went home to my then gf and cried like a baby for hours when I quit… but man. This guy could (and will I imagine) be a legend in Chi with unlimited optys to make bag fulls of money off his glory days for the rest of his living days. Why put that at risk for $1-$2 extra million dollars that only you think you’re still worth, but that no one else does.

            It’s just dumb… and too much pride.

          • SC Dave

            Pride and confidence is a big part of why he was an nfl star, mb. Certainly one who played as far as you knows that

          • MB30SD

            100% dave, but man. You’d think he’d have someone calming him down saying, “dude, take the $2M gift and think of it as a down payment on the rest of your life in Chicago. They’ll have a fucking parade down Michigan Ave. and you and your kids will never need money again in your life. ever. Take the cash with a huge smile on your face and blow kisses to the crowed the whole year whether you actually play a single down or not.”

          • SC Dave

            Yeah, yeah, definitely. While I completely agree, I cannot condemn people who have trouble adjusting from the adoration of millions to becoming a guy in the street whose name everyone happens to know. While not to excuse douchebaggery, those are moccasins I’ve not worn.

            On the “have someone” to advise him, maybe he’s just not that lucky. Or not willing to listen.

            In the end, it’s sad. Maybe he should watch what Butkus is doing with the I Play Clean thing…

          • MB30SD

            yeah, I agree.

            To be honest, I thought about it and my disdain actually comes more from being angry at him for tarnishing his name and the potential he threw away. Kinda wanted it for him and his actions really disappointed me. Anyway, a fw more years and everyone will kiss and make up and everything will be fine anyway.

          • SC Dave

            Let’s hope so. That would be a better end than what we’re seeing now for sure.

        • Johnathan Wood

          I think Emery is a good GM. Need more time to fully evaluate his drafting, but he has the potential to be great IMO.

          We’ll see with Trestman.

      • SC Dave

        Given that the average tenure in the nfl is four (at most) years, fixing disaster should take no longer than that

      • SC Dave

        Oh, and bullshit on. ditka and winning being all he knew

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          HOFer. Won as a player and as a Coach. Winner. Okay, on the Saints, not so much.

    • SC Dave

      Does Robbie Gould count? Yeah, I know it wasn’t a draft, but still.

      It’s like not crediting the Rams for finding Kurt Warner in arena ball. Kinda.

      • Johnathan Wood

        he was with the Giants before the Bears.

        • SC Dave

          He was out of the league when we got him… according to the wikipedia article…

          “After going undrafted in the 2005 NFL Draft, the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots signed Gould prior to the 2005 NFL preseason even though they already had established Super Bowl winning kicker Adam Vinatieri.[4] Following his not unexpected preseason release from the Pats, Gould signed with the Baltimore Ravens only to be waived three weeks later. He then took a sabbatical from football, working construction for M&R Contracting in Mill Hall, Pennsylvania.

          The Bears signed him on October 8, 2005, following the Week 3 injury of their starting kicker, Doug Brien.”

          lol… does anyone remember Doug Brien?

          • Johnathan Wood

            oh, I thought he had come from the Giants. Either way, wasn’t really their original find.

            Not too shabby… former construction worker will end up making over $25M in his career (pre-40)

          • AlbertInTucson

            Wasn’t Brien Tampa’s kicker for a while?

          • AlbertInTucson

            Wow. I checked. A busy boy.

            Doug Brien kicked for 7 teams in 12 seasons. His longest stint was the Saints from ’95 to 2000.

            The Bears were his last stop in 2005.

  • fivetoseventangents

    Longtime lurker/reader, first-time caller.

    First off — Jeff, I love your blog. It’s usually a nice safe place on the internet away from the ESPN and Tribune columnist insanity. I appreciate that.

    Secondly, I apologize in advance for going off on 5-7 inane tangents during this comment. My female brain just can’t break free from the weight of these gender stereotypes. But since this was the stereotype you assigned all women, I’m assuming you want our comments this way too.

    Third, thank you for letting me know where my man heads off to whenever there’s a sporting event on TV. He obviously wasn’t taking a nap or working in the other room. Now I can just check our local bars. Though you’d think if he was off watching football all this time, he’d know the diff between a first down and a touchdown by now!

    Fourth… was that 5-7 inane tangents yet? It’s so hard to count! Numbers are LIKE SO HARD. I’m gonna go back to thinking about clothes and makeups.

    Fifth. “Maternity leave is the biggest bag of horseshit around.” I can’t with this. Have a baby first, then you can talk.

    Sixth, I agree on #2, #5 and #10.

    Seventh: Did I meet the tangent quota? Did I miscount? It’s hard for me to count because of the VAGINA. I guess I’ll get back in the kitchen now?

    • Shady

      Well played, noob. Well played.

    • DaMurph

      Hey, while you’re there can you make me a sammich and grab me a beer? Tanks dear! (Nice first post)

      • johnnywad

        Well done Murph. Well done. I’m pretty sure this one has a sense of humor and laughed too.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      Welcome to Da Blog!

    • gpldan

      Oh yeaaaahh

    • MB30SD

      Oh god. Irish, just keep it tame man.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        This is totally GP havin a larf ….

        • gpldan

          No. Not me.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Exactly the one sir!

      • SC Dave

        Why did you think i’d be nasty ? Are you in such a need to harras me?

        • MB30SD

          Oh stop it!

          I thought the opposite. The second a woman posts, you and Irish bum rush the show and start putting the moves on.

          I was just being playful. Wasn’t trying to ruffle your feathers maings. I actually thought you and I were just funnin’ at this point.

          • CanadaBear

            I don’t remember Dave ever snaking on female posters. Irish on the other hand…

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            How do you know it’s a woman? I call bullshit on the poster.

          • fivetoseventangents

            Still praying for the chocolate nubian queen, Irish?

    • A lady on the deck? Clean up your language, gentlemen, and Irish.

      • MB30SD

        Hahahaha

    • CanadaBear

      Well ain’t that a kick in the nuts! Welcome aboard.

      • Trac

        look up

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Hey bebbe. How YOU doin’? (winks)

      Are you a chocolate nubian queen?

      (crosses fingers and prays fervently to the 8lb baby Jebus …)

      Sort out the avatar – badonkadonk shot with an orange ‘C’ tattoo is cool ….

    • SC Dave

      Hell of an intro… you go girl, and welcome aboard!

  • gpldan

    Expendables 3.

    Bad guys are Harrison Ford and Mel Gibson. Ahnold is back.

    More bad guys played by Antonio Banderas and Wesley Snipes.

    MORE bad guys with… Kelsey Grammar and Ralph Macchio. (!)

    Macchio has a karate fight with Jet Li where he channels Mister Miyagi’s lessons.

    Yes, this shit be real.

    • NewBearInTown

      Are you just clowning or is that legit? If that’s the plan, that sounds awesome.

      Would love to see Michael Dudakoff (American Ninja) do a cameo.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Is Sabotage worth watching? I turned off the last one he did with Sly, I tried to watch it twice.

      Again, ‘The skin I live in’. Worth a look-see. But not ‘A Serbian movie’. No, not that.

    • johnnywad

      I just watched “Nebraska” last night. Anybody here seen it?

      • CanadaBear

        Yeah. Really liked it.

        • johnnywad

          Bruce Dern was excellent. He allowed me to believe he’s actually the character he played. Really nice job.
          I don’t known if you ever listen to WBBM on game day or not, but did you pick up the boys calling the game in the middle of the movie?

          • CanadaBear

            Yeah I did. I forgot about it until you mentioned it. If it’s a good movie I’m all in. That’s why I still like to go to the theater. Glad you liked it. His wife was crazy annoying but funny at times.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            I’d love to watch the games with Joniak’s commentary.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        Looking forward to that, the old dear looks a scream, I saw the graveyard scene.

        • CanadaBear

          You’ve seen the best part but it’s a good movie.

  • MB30SD

    dude, manute bol looks like a human fucking spider: http://siextramustard.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/bol.jpg?w=563&h=600

  • Jim Brown said you can’t name 7 great running backs in today’s NFL. Soo…I’m taking the Pepsi Challenge:

    1.AP
    2. Shady
    3. Jamaal Charles
    4. Lynch?
    5. Forte?
    6. Spiller?

    There’s a lot of up-and-coming ones, but those are the ones who can carry the rock 20+times and take over games. But eventually, they break down. Rice and Foster might be two examples.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Foster, Morris, Rice could be in the mix.

      • I ike Morris, but he has BRICK hands. I know AP isn’t the greatest pass catcher, but he’s hands are like pillows compared to ALF.

        As an FF owner, it was frustrating watching ALF get taken out of 3rd downs, 2 min drills, and come from behind games (which were a lot for the forskins).

        Foster and Rice might be done. Something we should keep an eye on with Forte.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          I don’t know anything about FF. He is a good/great back.

          • Do you take a great back out on 3rd down? Sweetness wasn’t getting benched on 3rd.
            That’s one measure of a great back in my book. Coincides with succeeding in FF too. Not mutually exclusive.

        • SC Dave

          Matt will be around for some time, assuming people stop expecting him to do stupid shit like Lynch, who won’t be doing what he does.

    • Johnathan Wood

      Doug Martin looked great as a rookie, was out hurt last year.

      But depends on your definition of great, I guess.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        I don’t think there’s a definition. When you look at their career – I mean when it’s over. Then you you know. You could look at Bo’s career which only lasted four years, and say, yes, he was great.

    • SC Dave

      Only one, ap. Brown speaks from an historical perspective…

      • Cormonster

        Off topic, but have you heard the band 2Cellos? What do you think?

        • SC Dave

          My daughter pointed them out to me some time back. I listened to a couple of tracks and thought they were cool. But then got distracted by someone else – might have been Over The Rhine.

          Thanks for the reminder, Corm. Mayhaps I’ll go listen to some.

          • Cormonster

            No offense Dave, but after about 4 songs from Over the Rhine I wanted to put a bullet in my head. It was as annoying as one of my cousins poetry festivals.

          • SC Dave

            It’s all good.

            “Truth is disputable; not taste” (or thereabouts) – David Hume

            How about this one?

          • SC Dave

            Or perhaps this (ignore the subtitles… )

            The Mrs. once had a disk with a version of this one it, and I’ve listened to dozens of others since no where near as good. This one does not make it either…. bah.

            I want to hear Chanticleer do this one before I die.

          • Cormonster

            The latter two songs are more up my alley. Ford rocks, and I really enjoy choral and a capella music. I don’t listen often, but I have at least 10 Mozart discs.

            I have a couple versions of that song, but probably not the one your looking for. Did your wife used to sing with you? How long has it been since she passed?

    • bearsfantillend

      you can’t name 7 “great” running backs in any era of the NFL. at best in any given year there 1-2 RBs who put up HOF type numbers, 3-4 RB putting up great numbers and a bunch of good/decent backs. The problem is like you stated, RBs break down easily. several years ago Chris Johnson looked like he would be unstoppable for years, look at him now.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        Exactly. Not so long ago, Arian Foster was “the best back in the NFL”, or was it Chris Johnson, oh it’s AP again ….. nah. None of them are great. Career first please. Wait for the results to come in.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Spiller? I don’t THINK so. He flunks the durability test.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Dude, he said ‘great’. AP needs to retire first, then I’ll think about it.

      When you say ‘great’ that’s putting them into the Walter, JB, Bo Jackson, Earl Campbell, OJ Simpson, Barry, Emmitt class.

      AP to date :

      Rushing yards 10,115
      Yards per carry 5.0
      Rushing TDs 86
      Receptions 206
      Receiving yards 1,697
      Receiving TDs 5

      He’s on his way to greatness, certainly not the HOF.

      The rest are just having their careers right now. Great? No.

      Over to you Danica…..

      • Cormonster

        You forgot Red Grange, Beatty Feathers, Bronco Nagurski, and Gale Sayers.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Post ice-age Cor, post ice-age.

  • MB30SD

    DEEEEUUUUUMMM!!!!

    http://nfl.si.com/2014/04/04/desean-jackson-chip-kelly-philadelphia-eagles-locker-room/

    Now kelly should do something about those nasty fans.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      As I thought – he just ‘wished’ he was in a gang. What a fkn arsehole. Spoilt idiot child.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        It’s a huge risk for Kelly. This is the NFL, not some shitty college/plantation/farm. Even super clubs like the 49ers or Ravens think twice about cutting play makers when they fuck big time with a lot more serious offenses like starting gun fights, drinking, driving, crashing, going to practice drunk or beating women into a light coma. My take ? He’s sooo fucked it won’t even be funny. It’s like he played high stakes poker with the money of the crazy fans…while on PCP. It’s going to be a bloodbath. But not everything is for the worse… he’ll go back at banking $8 mil a year bossing around not payed, hungry, naive boys.

  • tobijohn

    Well, you won’t have Major Wright to kick around anymore. Lovie just scarfed him up…

    • MB30SD

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA… I never thought I’d say this, but thank god for lovie smith. smh.

      • tobijohn

        It will be interesting to follow the careers of all these former Bears, seeing if they do any better with their new teams…

        • MB30SD

          yeah. I think lovie is probably a much better DC than tucker TJ… but as a HC…

          • tobijohn

            I know that there are a lot of variables in terms of comparing performance but if they do no better with their new teams or they don’t live up to the big dollar contracts they might have signed then I’ll be further impressed with PE/MT and the rest of the Bears talent evaluators…

          • Trac

            10 lbs of biltong the Bucs make the playoffs this year? 4 to 1 odds of course. Mmm

          • MB30SD

            that much would kill me. Tell you what Trac.

            2LBs of biltong to me is they don’t make it past the first round, the same to you if they do.

            http://www.800biltong.com/thestore/

          • Trac

            Game on. If they go to the Championship game can I get a flakie?

          • MB30SD

            I’ll throw in a flake, a crunchie, AND a peppermint crisp!

          • Trac

            Woo, I got candy in my heels tonight!

          • Johnathan Wood

            not with Josh McCown as their QB, IMO. Years and years of below-average play will prove to be who he is, not last year IMO.

        • DaMurph

          They usually do.

      • Trac

        Which part? He he.

        • MB30SD

          the part where he takes all our shitty/old players that he drafted. That’s one of the only good parts (again, I’m sure he’d make a good DC)

          • AlbertInTucson

            Was it not Lovie who snarfed up the immortal, Adam Archuleta, for the Bears?

  • Trac

    @dabearsblog-“Can we get details on this Conte shoulder surgery? Like, I don’t know, why is it happening three months after the season ended?”

    Ask Conte’s agent? I’m sure there is some kind of financial benefit somewhere.

  • Cormonster

    For any of you guys who watch the final 4 tomorrow, Wisconsin has a pretty big Chicago connection. Three of the eight guys who play grew up around Chicago. Frank “the tank” Kaminsky is a south side boy from Lisle. Guard Ben Brust is a north side guy from the Mundelein area. Backup forward Duje Dukan grew up in Dearborn, and he used to be a ball boy for the Bulls. His dad has been the international scout for the Bulls for about 20 years. Croation dude.

    • Johnathan Wood

      and somehow Northwestern didn’t get any of them.

      • AlbertInTucson

        The Academic standards for Northwestern might be a tad tougher than Wisconsin’s/

        • Johnathan Wood

          Apparently Kaminsky wanted Northwestern-had family connections there-but the coach at the time (Carmody) never showed to the recruiting visit they were supposed to have. Their current best player, Drew Crawford, had to sell himself to Northwestern as well. He only started all 4 years and is in the top 3 in the college record books in every category.

          Carmody was notorious for bad recruiting and not even trying. He found his guys who he wanted and had no interest in anybody else, even if they were better.

  • Trac

    Here you go Canada. Lets do it.

    What you got my friend?

    • SC Dave

      I know you didn’t ask, but I got’s nuthin….

      • Trac

        Anyone can play Dave.

        • SC Dave

          I can sing

    • CanadaBear

      Since I play piano I’d like to be JLL but I can’t play like that and I REALLY can’t sing. I’d love to be able to sing like Solomon (may he RIP) but I’d rather not be 400+ pounds (literally). I spent about 30-45 minutes with him after a show we put on. He was unbelievably nice to me. One of my most cherished memories. Never met JLL but I have it on good authority that he’s not so nice.

      • Trac

        Yeah Canada. Solomon seemed like he was genuinely nice and a standup guy based on everything I’ve heard about him.

    • MB30SD

      I’m BLACK!?!??! HOLY SHIT!!

      • Trac

        Just ribbing you. The cat can bring it though.

      • DaMurph

        You would make a good black guy. Lol

        • Shady

          Technically he IS African American.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Blogfather tweets: “Today is a holiday for me. I celebrate today because for the next 8 days I have to listen to more of Jim Nantz than anyone ever should.”

    Remember how Nantz absolutely embarrassed himself doing the Jets at Bears a couple seasons ago? It was OBVIOUS, to even any CASUAL Bears’ fan (does such a creature exist?), that Nantz must have done about 30 minutes of preparation on the Bears that day and that would include the 25 minutes spent on his hair, makeup and a quick trip to the buffet.

    Hester was back returning kickoffs against the Jets and Nantz reported it as it were breaking news when, in fact, Hester had been back on the kick return team the prevoius 2 games.

    Can you tell he’s not a favorite of mine, either?

    • Trac

      hahaha. Yeah Al, he’s a turd.

  • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

    So Lovie signs Pringles, not once, but twice …. sign me once, fool on me …sign me twice … uh … well, just don’t sign me twice.

  • Trac

    3 things I’m going to look for this season.

    1. The wow factor on offense. Two or three blowouts by the Bears would go a long way in accomplishing this. Cutler picking and choosing his targets at will should tell me he’s grown in Trestmans system.

    2. Better decisions by Trestman when it comes to game management. I’ve given him a pass for last year since our defense sucked so bad that I think he felt his only chance at winning was by him taking risks. No more 3 incomplete pass attempts inside the 5 yard line please.

    3. Our middle round picks have to be contributors and a steal in round 6 would be an added plus. Any GM can draft a starter in the 1st or 2nd round. I need to see more than what he shown in this area so far. Emery has to do better in the war room come draft day.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Is this 3 in 2 ? I’ll watch instead:

      1) The Foxborough game. Key test.

      2) What a fuck does Tucker with that defense ? Can he do well enough to save himself or will he be sent packing mid season ? There is a natural substitute on the D staff ready to take his place, so there’s no joke about it. He is coaching his future.

      • Trac

        The defense will be a work in progress. It takes time for players to learn how to work together. I’d love to see a top 15 squad this season but I can live with growing pains on D this year if our offense kicks ass.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          I don’t buy it. Excuses are for losers. 7 starters are returning Bears. 7 depth guys also. 2 new starters get $8 mil a year and really don’t need much time. I’ll give time to the Safety pair. More than anything there has to be right scheme, leadership and aggressive mentality from the start. I’m telling you… he has until the bye week.

          • Trac

            That fair. I agree.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I cannot recall the Bears firing a coach during the season.

          • Trac

            It’s a bad deal for sure. Can’t remember the last time a move like that worked. It probably only happens when the season is toast.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            The ravens changed their OC with 3-4 games to play in the regular season of their 2nd Super Bowl trophy. The Bears are ready and want to win now. It’s ‘perform now’ time.

          • johnnywad

            New sheriff in town though. Not sure I would expect that from Phil or that he even has that kind of pull. But if the run defense in the first month or so of the season, looks like it did last season, you can bet the conversation will at least be had.

          • Johnathan Wood

            I would be shocked if the run D looks like that again.

            It looked like that only after injuries, when your starting DTs were Corey Wootton (265 pound DE who had never played DT before) and some chump who got cut by Dallas that they signed off the street. They had Shea McClellin starting at DE.

            Then their starting linebackers were James Anderson (calling plays in a scheme he had never played before) and two rookies who were only supposed to do ST as rookies.

            Until all their DT go down again (and they are starting McClellin on the DL), their run D should not get anywhere close to that level. It was historically bad, like worst NFL run D in 50 years, from about week 6 on.

          • johnnywad

            Completely agree. If the run D doesn’t improve considerably, as it should, we’ll know Mel isn’t capable.

          • Johnathan Wood

            it was a top 10 run D before guys got hurt last year. Doesn’t have to improve so much as revert back to normal, IMO

          • EnderWiggin

            There is no way possible Tucker gets canned before the season ends. Way to early for that discussion.

          • Trac

            I have to disagree on that point ender. No way Tucker survives the season with a repeat performance of last year. Emery has given him the weapons, there will be accountability this year. You Betcha!

          • EnderWiggin

            I agree with that! I’m saying no way he gets fired during the bye week.

          • Trac

            Gotcha.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            The Paul Pasqualoni hire makes it a possibility.

      • SC Dave

        On point 3, i still want morr focus on the dl… lines should always come first. Ask jay

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Sure. That’s key. The problem is that rookies take time at that position if they are not top guys. I’d take Kevin Williams for 1 year instead of any of the rookie DT. Like, he’s not going to be the beast he once was, but he would be solid with some great moments and -most importantly- few errors. Plus the secondary starters would play right away, so my wish is a practical one…of course I would like 9 starters every draft. AHhah.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Shutting out the Packers, with a 10 sack pile-up on Dirk Diggler.

      • AlbertInTucson

        His Rep for dealing with fans took a beating in at the NCAA Regional Anaheim.

      • SC Dave

        Dirk fucking digler?!! Lol… aint seen that movie in forever

    • Johnathan Wood

      “Any GM can draft a starter in the 1st or 2nd round”

      Jerry Angelo likes this

      • Trac

        I don’t think anyone Jerry drafted in the first round never started. Not sure about the 2nd round. They started alright, but not for long.

        • Johnathan Wood

          he actually did ok in the 2nd round… Tillman, Forte, Manning, Hester.

          • SC Dave

            Hard to bitch about those four

          • Johnathan Wood

            given that he made maybe 8-9 2nd round picks in total, that’s a pretty good track record.

            But he didn’t have a single good 1st rounder outside of Tommie Harris.

  • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

    Joking Bad.

  • Trac

    MB, my Mom just called to tell me my Cousin and his wife were found shot to death in thier house in S.A. Thank God thier 2 kids were visiting relatives in Canada at the time. I never met them but its crazy man. What was your feel for the happenings down there last time you visited?

    • johnnywad

      I know I’ve posted this before but just stay in the States man. It crazy enough here and most of us are actually trying to stay alive. Doesn’t sound like you were close with your cousin but I’m sorry for your loss anyway. Thank God their kids weren’t there but man that’s going to be rough for them.

      • Trac

        I have no compulsion to ever go back there. I adopted America as my country the first year we moved here. MB must really love his relatives back home to visit as often as he does. Most of my close relatives either died or moved to different countries a long time ago.

        • CanadaBear

          Wow. Really sorry to read that Trac. Glad you’re not going back. Take care my friend.

        • DaMurph

          It’s his mom and dad back there, not really a choice not to visit and moms not well so travel this way isn’t an option

    • DaMurph

      Sorry to hear that Trac.

    • NewBearInTown

      That is just a genuinely terrible story. Sorry for your loss.
      I was in South Africa maybe 15 years ago (wow, long time). My aunt drove us through Johannesburg and pointed out the building she used to work in. She pointed to the park they used to sit at and where the café on the street corner used be they could buy lunch at. These were 10-20 story office buildings if memory serves.
      When we were there, on that same street she used to walk on to get her lunch, we didn’t stop at red lights. You just coast toward the intersection and keep your foot on the gas pedal in case someone makes a move for the car as you slow down.
      Its terrible what was done to the black population there for all those years. Apartheid had to end. But as I look at what has happened to that country since Mandella took office, I have to wonder if there wasn’t some other way they could have gone about it. It seems like the only way would have been to be more gradual in the changeover, which essentially means extending apartheid, and that was unacceptable. But wow that country is suffering ever since they made the change.

      • Trac

        Yes NB, back in the 70’s my dad was at a red light in traffic in Joburg when a woman stopped at a red light was approached by a brick wielding offender. When he raised his hand with the brick to smash her drivers side window, he was shot dead by three citizens carrying concealed weapons. It was bad in certain areas even back then.

  • Trac

    Thanks for the condolences gents but let me clarify, I never knew these cousins and the emotions are akin to reading a headline in a newspaper. Sad but no emotional connection.

  • Barb UMihai Mar
    • Trac

      Lets face it Barb, some things are still shunned by society. You gotta pay to play. I don’t get what you’re really trying to say.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I think it’s a funny post. It’s not philosophy.

      • I’m pretty sure Barb is Irish’s Romanian alter ego.

    • bearsfantillend

      not sure you understand the NFL’s stance on gangs or why they are worried about gang signs. The NFL is a business that wants to portray a certain image. That image is one that does not offend, it is one that does not scare, it is an image that does not want to bring undue attention to itself. While the NFL has a lot of players from questionable backgrounds where gangs, drugs, and crime play a big part. These players come from poor areas and there are certain stigmas and stereotypes that people have toward these areas. The NFL does not care if they offend or scare people from these areas because that is not where the money is. The NFL cares mainly about the middle/upper class people because these are the people who can regularly afford to come to games, buy $100+ jerseys, and spend money on the companies that sponsor and advertise. That is why Roger “Don’t Hurt the Shield” Goodell and the NFL cracked down a couple years ago on crime, by punishing players for altercations and arrests or any bad publicity. The NFL does not want people to have the perception that its players are just a bunch of thugs and gang members because that is bad PR. They will lose money because of it. There is a reason you see so many ads for Investment/tech/Car/Shoe companies. These advertisers are focused on the people that spend the most money. Unfortunately the people that spend the money are also the people that tend to believe stereotypes and are swayed by public images. The issue is not whether a player like Jackson showed a gang sign or even what that sign actually means. The NFL does not care about that. The issue is how it is perceived by the public that spends the most money. It is sad that even the least GHETTO player out there Peyton Manning is linked to gangs even if it is just through his jersey number.
      http://www.cbsnews.com/news/peyton-manning-jersey-banned-because-players-no-18-is-too-close-to-name-of-local-gang/

      This is not the image the NFL wants.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Philly fans don’t give a fuck about none of that. PS: Your post is telling the truth, but it has nothing to do with the actual facts. The signs were there since forever and the suits decided to put it into the front page. It happened the opposite way you described up there.

        • bearsfantillend

          While I agree Philly probably had something to do with the release of the gang sign information to distance themselves from a player they deemed as a locker room pariah. Just another reason to make the decision a little more palatable to the public. The NFL has been warning players for years about the use of gang signs. It most likely would have come out eventually.

          • The cameras cut off Sherman pretty fucking fast when he started yelling “L.O.B.” all the middle aged white execs were like, “Isn’t that Snoop Dog’s hood? I still have the cassette when I was a wigger! Cut him off. Protect protestant white middle aged america!”

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        18 street gang. I know. They banned his jersey from schools in Colorado. To maintain peace. Crazy stuff.

        • SC Dave

          Wow, crazy indeed

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        “The NFL does not want people to have the perception that its players are just a bunch of thugs and gang members because that is bad PR. ”

        Then they’re fighting the truth. 1 in 5 NFL players will be charged with a serious crime. Not a misdemeanor or a DUI, but a serious crime. Many more will not be charged, or will get ushered through the green channel because of who they are. Men like Denny Green or Ray Lewis should be in prison, but they’re celebrities, so they’re not. Goodell wants to sell a thug-free product to white affluent Americans, problem is, that’s exactly what they are : spoilt, entitled thugs.

  • MB30SD

    Trac,

    First let me say that even when my moms and dad are gone (thanks for filling in the blanks for them murph) I will go back at LEAST twice a year. If I did not have kids from my marriage, I would probably live in cape town 6 months out of the year and Del Mar the other 6 (endless summer and all that).

    Africa is in my blood. Period. There is no way to remove it. I love africa with every cell. I can’t explain it, but when I step off that plane into the african air, there’s just something there that isn’t here in america and I feel comfort like I’m ‘home’. Now, I’m pretty much american. I was raised here, I know it here, I love it here… I don’t have a SA accent any more and I would be totally lost in any other city besides Cape Town (or the wine country) at this point.

    But Africa is a part of me that will never die and I love it.Yes, the story that NB told is normal and part of africa too. And I had the same discussion with a couple girls last night. About the fall or apartheid and the seismic change that happened WAY too fast. Going from an unacceptable oppressive social system, but one that was established and economically successful, to something akin to anarchy and essentially tribal rule… family and friends who’s the week before never had a job, were suddenly in charge of the ‘dmv’ or what have you. It was always going to be chaos… and in africa, everything returns to what it always has been. I don’t and never supported apartheid, I’m not racist and I played with and still have many black friends, but as NB suggests, there was a better way to make the change over that would have benefited the country much more in the long-term.

    Now, back to you. I feel sadness that you feel the same way you do. My bro and I have been back to Africa to visit at least once a year (usually twice) every year for the last 6-8 years with regularity. We’ve seen ONE act of crime (someone broke our dads car window to get a camera he left on the front seat… something that you NEVER do in SA, so it was basically his fault). That’s it. One. I have 3 young beautiful cousins who live in CT, and nothing has ever happened to them in their 29 years.

    The bottom line is that you are afraid of something that is wholly and completely avoidable by using simple common sense. And by being afraid to go back, you are missing out on a place that’s in your blood and that is amazing. I’ve traveled a lot, and there is nothing like africa… anywhere. I go into the bush (that’s what she said) a lot, it’s a passion of my dad’s and now mine, and hopefully my kids soon. I’m convinced that the delta (Okavango) in Botswana is what they were talking about in your bible… garden of eden.

    You haven’t lived life until you’ve slept in a ten with lions and hyenas and jackals all around you making their amazing noises. There is no other place on earth where you can very viscerally know exactly what our distant ancestors felt like every night. something WILL change in you when you EXPERIENCE what it’s like to not be top of the foodchain any more.

    Anyway, I wouldn’t go walking in some parts of downtown san diego maings. I can also send you clippings of random home invasion/killings from around america every day.

    Get out of texas trac. Go home… just once. Fly into joburg, stay in the airport, and then connect to botswana for a safari, take your son, then go to cape town. That’s my only advice.

    You’re not living if you’re not living… and you’re much much much more likely to get killed or maimed driving that monster truck you have.

    (btw, you know what they say about guys who drive monster trucks right?)

    • DaMurph

      Sounds awesome MB, but ill pass on the tent with lions and hyenas. I’d prefer some hard walls around me. Can we rent a trailer? Dude, you really afraid to walk.around parts of San Diego at night? I gotta tell ya, I’d pretty much walk any city with YOU at night! Hahaha

      • MB30SD

        Sure. in any city there are places a nice jewish boy doesn’t want to be.

        thanks murph but I’m a lover not a fighter… any more. I’d rather chase tail than get myself in bad situation.

        • SC Dave

          Good damn plan, maing. Dont change on that shit

    • Shady

      Footage from MB’s last trip to Africa:

      http://www.youdubber.com/index.php?video=iPdGYVNd2qQ&video_start=32&audio=8zLx_JtcQVI&audio_start=0

      (Sorry, couldn’t resist)

    • Trac

      To each his own MB. Get out of Texas? Dude, I’ve been all over the world. I was just asking how good/bad it was when you were there. My parents went every year when my grandparents were alive and came back with a report every year. It’s been about 4 or 5 years since they visited and my Mon refuses to go back because of the anarchy you speak of. Acknowledging the amazing wilderness was not what I was asking. Thou protest a little too much I think. Lol.

      If any point is to be made, it’s that it is no longer nor will it ever be the SAFE beautiful country it once was. Thats great you like to go camping in the bush, really. Just don’t lay your experience on me in an attempt to shut down what’s really going on there mate. Let me finish with this.
      WALLED GATED COMUNITIES WITH ARMED POSTED GUARDS! Those are the safe zones.

      • Trac

        Don’t mean to be a dick MB but the isolationist redneck thing gets old. By the way, climate wise, SD is as close to SA climate you’ll find in the US, I know why you chose it.

        • MB30SD

          I wasn’t saying that at all actually trac. I was specifically speaking about your refusal to go back to SA. We’ve actually never spoken about any other travels. I assumed you had, but don’t see how it’s different than traveling in some of france, italy, or spain where they’ll jack you for your money as fast as in SA.

          And I wasn’t shutting anything down. You obviously have zero connection to it… which to me is really strange, but I wasn’t pushing anything on you but a ‘try it, before you hate it’ suggestion.

          Yep, to each his own. Oh, and for the record, my parents lived in the woodlands for 8 years, so I’ve been to a lot of texas.

          • Trac

            The no connection thing can be explained.

            I moved from SA to Australia when I was 6. Moved back to SA when I was 9. Moved to the US when I was about to turn 13. I’m more of a Gypsy than Barb will ever be. He he.

            We are all a product of our early experiences in life to a point I guess. I’m actually still a SA citizen by the way. My dad was an engineer and we were constantly being moved from one country to the next so I actually never got to grow deep roots in any one place or with any of my relatives.(which I hated by the way). I was on the go my whole life, specially when I joined the marines and when I moved to Texas and got married, I gladly welcomed settling down and raising a family. To me, that’s what life is all about now. There is a part of me that wants to hold onto my SA citizenship just in case I want to move back after the kids leave home.

          • DaMurph

            You can stay at MB’s house while he’s in San Diego those 6 months. Then the three of us can go on Safari, ( rabbit, you in?) No tent though MB.

          • Trac

            Hahaha. Murph, you are a genius. Lol

          • MB30SD

            I expected more from you murph.

            I guess you can take the boy outta the city……..

          • MB30SD

            interesting. You should go back and at least check it out.

          • Trac

            Try catching up on 3 years of Afrikaans in 4th grade. It was brutal man, still have bad memories of that. Most people don’t know that SA required a student to be proficient in both languages back in the day. The teachers I had were without mercy and I got whacked on more than one occasion for not being up to standard. lol.

    • I feel like watching the Lion King now.

      MB probably still has this suit.

      http://bingenow.com/video?vidid=529

  • BearFanInDE

    Bears sign former Saints center Brian de la Puente

    • NewBearInTown

      Wonder if that means we didn’t like Gabe Ikard. Or maybe it means we draft him and stick him on the practice squad.

      • tobijohn

        Maybe it means they don’t like Taylor Boggs…

    • DaMurph

      Irish will be happy they signed a center. He’s started every game the last two years and 12 games the year before.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        (googling)

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        He went undrafted – like Jay Hilgenberg – Jewish on his mother’s side … he’s got a beard … yup, we’re good. Immediate starter please.

    • I like it. Garza can always play OG if necessary, so this move really solidifies our interior. De La Puente is also familiar with Kromer’s system, and rated the top C in FA.

      “De la Puente, who supplanted former Bears center Olin Kreutz in New
      Orlans, started 44 of 48 regular-season games from 2011 through 2013.
      He also started all four Saints postseason games in the last three
      years”

      http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/04/06/bears-sign-brian-de-la-puente/

      I just find it odd that De La Puente accepted a back-up role when a lot of other teams make him a starter. Bears will still be in the market for a C in the draft IMO. That might be the last piece to complete the Kromer make-over

      • NewBearInTown

        So you think a Slauson injury (for example) might lead to Garza playing guard and DLP stepping in at center? That would surprise me.

        If Garza isn’t playing center, he isn’t playing.

        • I don’t think it’ll happen either (only way is through injuries), but it’s interesting. Maybe Kromer would like De La Puente at a C over Garza (Puente has tons of experience) and Garza was originally an OG.

          We have Ebon too who I think can play OG. We have really good depth in there, regardless; however, I do wonder why no one else snatched up De La Puente, and why he accepted essentially a back-up role (unless they’re releasing Garza).

          • johnnywad

            He played almost two seasons with Bushrod too. The more I think about, the less I think Garza is your starter in September. One minor injury in camp will give them the chance.

          • tobijohn

            Does Garza ever get hurt? I think I recall maybe once he missed a few games but that was when he was still playing guard…

          • johnnywad

            Well, he doesn’t have any ACL’s. I don’t know when that happened so it must have been long ago. But you’re right, he’s been durable. He’s also been a good Bear. I don’t wish I’ll on him, I just want a better center. To be fair, I don’t even know that much about Puente, other than he played in front of Drew Brees for a pretty good season.

          • I’ve read that De La Puente is a better pass blocker than run blocker, which comes as no surprise. Would still want a mauler in there, but if he can keep Cutler upright, I’d be good with that. Slauson also graded out as a better pass blocker. Seems to be what Kromer prefers.

            Can’t just keep running to the right though.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Why not? We’re awesome at it!

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            IMO opinion he plays hurt. Two knee braces? How can you be effective when all of your power goes through your knees? If people were so down on Urlacher, then how does Garza get a free pass ? Toasted AND playing out of position. I don’t get it.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Kromer knows Garza is toast, he’s not blind. We just got a great deal – I was wondering who we could shift off the roster to pay for Mack, but here’s our guy. We can still draft Ikard. Maybe Matty’s woes up the middle had more to do with Garza than anything else.

            How times have changed – De La Puente/Garza are 60lbs heavier than Hilgenberg was, same height.

          • tobijohn

            There was some mention of how they spoke with Garza and reassured him that he was still the starter. Don’t know if they want to mess with the chemistry there even if hypothetically Puente might be an upgrade. Maybe they whispered in his ear something about good things coming to those who wait…

        • Johnathan Wood

          I agree. If a G gets hurt, then they have Britton, de la Puente, or even Brown to step in.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            No, Get Brian in there NOW. The only reason Garza was in there was because we didn’t have anyone else – now we do. Garza becomes a 35 year old backup,G/C and is cut at the end of the season. No country for old men.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          I’d bench Garza right now. Keep him fresh as a backup g/c, get Brian in there now. That Saints offense broke records with him as center after Olin retired. He’s 28/9, let’s do it.

          And according to this article, Garza was never a vocal guy.

          http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-09-18/sports/ct-spt-0918-centers-bears-chicago–20110918_1_kevin-mawae-jay-hilgenberg-olin-kreutz

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      … not Alex Mack …..

  • NewBearInTown

    So we have Cutler, Palmer and a practice squad guy named Jerrod Johnson at QB.

    Teams traditionally bring 4 QBs to camp. Who do we pick up for the fourth spot?

    It could be a UDFA who would compete with Johnson for the practice squad spot. Or it could be a more talented player to compete with Palmer for the backup role.

    I’m a big fan of Jimmy Garrapolo for the latter, but I’m worried he’s going to get drafted too high. I can’t see us taking a QB before the 4th round at this point. I saw a mock recently that had Cleveland take Garrapolo at #24 (the pick they got for Richardson).

    • tobijohn

      I think they do the same thing this year as they did last year. They bring in someone with NFL experience maybe to put a little pressure on Palmer but more so to give him some experience with the system and then keep his number in the Rolodex in case of an injury down the road. There might be a new face on the PS but I’ll bet they start the season with two QBs…

      • That’s what I’m guessing too, unless their targeted QB falls to them.

        If Manziel miraculously plummets to the 2nd, do we draft him?hmmmm

        • tobijohn

          I don’t think so…

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        I’m fine with starting the season with 2 QBs .. .as long as one of them isn’t Jordan Palmer.

        Week one, Jay breaks his leg :

        Are you:

        a) Happy to have a guy like JP, and trust he will do as well as the coaching staff thinks he can do even though he’s only thrown for 59 yards and 2 interceptions in his ‘career’.
        or…
        b) Glad that we paid Kyle an extra 2M to be around for this exact eventuality?

        • tobijohn

          If you’re referring to Orton, he’s under contract to the Cowboys. Of the available FA QBs out there, who do you suggest they sign?

          • CanadaBear

            Don’t muddle the argument with facts. Irish wants Orton and that’s all there is to it.

          • bearsfantillend

            probably could trade Jerry a couple raisinets and tell him they are magic beans for Orton.

          • tobijohn

            Ha! Do you think he’d settle for Rex? He’s available…

    • SC Dave

      How about Conner Shaw out of South Carolina?

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        Any of the children being bandied about as potential draft picks at the QB position are not going to be able to help us if/when Jay goes down. It will be miraculous if Palmer can either.

    • Garrapolo will be gone by our 2nd pick IMO.
      AJ. McCarron, Mettenberger, and Logan Thomas are guys we might draft later which interest me.
      We also interviewed Boyd, but who knows what that means.

    • Johnathan Wood

      My guess is they draft a QB in round 4+ and/or bring in a priority UDFA or two.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Kyle Orton, and I don’t care who gets fired to pay for it. We cannot seriously envision a guy like Palmer – the 30 year old rookie – leading this team anywhere but down the toilet.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Kyle Orton is under contract with the Cowboys. you ready to give up draft picks for him ?

  • Johnathan Wood

    I’m guessing that de la Puente is viewed as depth for 2015 and will be given a Slauson-esque deal next year to slide right in as the starting C. Not bad given that he’ll have a year of practice to get familiar with these guys, and familiarity is huge on the OL. Especially for C, who makes all the calls.

    Plus they now have 7 starting-quality OL guys, which is great depth if/when injuries hit.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      The OL is a point of force now. It’s the position most set on the roster. The DE position is out there also, but the unknown makes you be more patient in saying that. I don’t think it’s a move for 2015. If Puente is better he’ll start at some point.

  • Johnathan Wood

    “Folks the PFF grades for offensive linemen are uninformed. Taking them as scripture is a terrible mistake.”

    I could not agree more. PFF’s grades make the least sense to me at RB, OL, and front 7 of the D.

    If you trust PFF, Garza was Chicago’s OL last year went Slauson…. big gap… Garza…. big gap…. Long/Bushrod…. HUGE gap….. Mills.

    Not buying it. They also said GB had a better OL than Chicago, which is a bunch of hogwash.

    • MB30SD

      hogwash?

    • Yes, I was really confused by their low grade of my boy Mills. Offensive lines are very hard to quantify since no one really knows blocking assignments. In my eyes, we had a Top 5 oline which improved with the addition of De La Puente, and re-signing of Slauson, Boggs, and Ebon.

      We’ll draft a C, and another year with continuity digesting the playbook should yield better results.

      I think we still have James Brown on board too, who I still like.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        That’s naive. You know the blocking assignments is you watch a play. It’s not rocket science, you know. My eye test on Mills was this: decent, but gave up a lot of fucking pressure especially against speed moves. Now the offensive system calls for a clean middle pocket, so you are susceptible at being beaten over your outside shoulder as a OT. In Mills case it happened too fast, many times. He’ll get better, that’s for sure.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Clean middle pocket … like directly behind Garza? Wait … we’ve just signed a center from the record-breaking Saints’ line ….. hmmmm …. I think I see a way out of this ….. let me look into my crystal ball …. yes …..yes …. Roberto …… I see pine in your future ….. lots of pine ……

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I don’t have any problems with the play of Garza last year. I’m happy they didn’t take it for granted and make a move for a possible improvement.

          • SC Dave

            Its always possible that garza will become the backup for all three positions in tbe middle of the oline. Last year, injuries showed insufficint depth on the dline and having the same thing happen this season on o would make emery look stupid

          • This would be ideal, but Garza being a team captain might muddle the situation. Also, although Garza can’t really pancake anyone, we can only assume he did a good job of calling out the protections/audibles and getting the oline (including two rookies) on the same page.

            Is Garza’s brain and leadership (and durability) worth the price of NO push up the middle and some off-sides? that is the question.

        • I would think it is difficult to quantify. So, how does one measure a “pressure”? How close does a defender have to get to the QB in order for it to be considered a pressure? How about if Garza decides to help out Long and leaves Slauson one on one, and Slauson’s DT gets a sack/pressure. How would you know that was on Garza? What if Long pulls when he wasn’t supposed to pull? Do they discard pressures when it’s a screen? what if the DE jumps right on top of the screen, how do you grade that? What if a rb runs into the wrong lane or gets arm tackled? Doesn’t a good rb/qb change how the Oline performs? Maybe Mills allowed pressure because Cutler held on to the ball too long (which he tends to do), but how does an evaluator deem that Cutler held the ball too long? Does he have a cut-off. I’m sure the Viking’s line probably graded out in the + but how much is that because of AP? etc etc

          Also, for the avg fan who doesn’t comb over every play with a 22cam, it would be hard to see all the little intricacies. They also function as a unit on top of the variable of RB/QB. It’s a lot of moving parts.

          That being said, pressures/sacks and RB yds is a pretty good indicator overall of how an offensive line performs. I just don’t know how PFF and other sites get very detailed grades on individual linemen, but I’m sure they (and phil) have a convoluted system of grading.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            To many examples for me to answer. The pressures are a general stat; everybody uses pressure as a measurement. NBC & Co uses them during games (sacks, pressures, hits, knockdowns). So it doesn’t matter how they quantify it if as long as they use the same parameters for every play & player. If Garza leaves a double team without the G being in control he’ll get the negative grade, the G will get 0,0 (did his job). Of course they ‘discard pressures when it’s a screen’; they’ll give a negative grade if the pressure comes to early (if you need 1,5 seconds for the screen to evolve and the QB is hit in 1 sec, the guy who didn’t impede that Defender for that 0,5 will get a -). If the DE jumps the screen everybody on O gets 0.0, the DE gets a +.It’s basic logic. THAT’S WHAT THEY DO !!! They don’t grade the result of the play, but what every player did on hat play. If you do you job you get 0.0. If you make a key read/play you get a +; if you make an error or get beaten you get a-. If ‘Cutler held on to the ball too long’ he’ll get a -, Mills will get a 0.0. Mills will get a + if Cutler holds to long on the ball and he stops the pressure. There are 3,4 OL schemes. If you analyze every snap from every game, take 4 minutes for snap, you’ll know what the principles are and understand who fucked up and who did his job. I do that with every Bears game. Watch a snap 3-4 times when I see an error or a great protection. PS: ‘pressures/sacks and RB yds’ are a good indicator for basic level thinking. If you want to know more…that’s what they do. Pressures/sacks could be on the TE, the RB in blitz pickup or the QB who keeps the ball to much time. The RB yards are also questionable… they have stats about where the RB was hit. A RB could create a miss or run trough a tackle at the line of scrimmage and go for a 70 yard TD. Great OL play, right ? Fuck no. They grade as they should. Give a – to the one that lost his man and a big + to the RB.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Come on, man {edit}. The OL and D front 7 are the easiest to grade. And there’s where they make their money. They are doing a fantastic job. Love them. PS: They had Michael Bennett like a Top 15 DE in 2011 and Top 5 DE in 2012. Nobody knew who the fuck he was… and his 1 year contract with Seeatle is the proof. One SB later… he got payed ?

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        The skill positions are difficult to grade. At times it’s not easy to know what route a WR had to run and what would the CB had to do in that case. Also they didn’t have ALL 22 tape until 1 year ago. The RR are the same. Also…when they grade and don’t understand what a player had to do they I think they grade it lightly… give a 0,0 or +/- 0,5 depending on the outcome.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Exactly. You watch Garza sometimes, quite a lot this happened, and he was just standing there in space, not hitting anybody. That goes down as a good grade but he wasn’t beaten for a sack or a pressure, but man, if your space is clear and there’s nobody looping around on a stunt, THEN FUCKING HIT SOMEBODY!

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            The OL scheme calls for that sometimes. Keep the middle clean at any costs rather than help and risk pressure. PS: That doesn’t ‘go down as a good grade for PFF if that’s what you are saying. My take is that they grade the majority of the plays with 0,0. You have do do something positive or negative to change that.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Thank you. People saying Garza was our best lineman last year was a joke. While you guys were all rubbing your penises over Long/Mills, I just watched the center of the line go the wrong way. It was the 310lb elephant in the room all season. “But he graded out so well….”
      SMH.

      This is a great signing by Phil …. and if they REALLY want to win, he’s in there from week one. Garza was only ever a stop-gap, but he’s out-stayed his welcome IMO.

      Kromer/Trestman are not emotionally tied to Garza, they know what’s up and why every run up the middle was an exercise in futility. All those 4th and 1s we passed on, the goal-line situations. All comes down to Garza and his jellied knees. Time marches on.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        He had a good year in Pass Protection. Give him his due. The fact he had a rookie pair on his right made it that much ‘impressive’. You have to take the standard of the previous year… he was the only returning OL, so it was easy to compare and understand the progress of the unit Bears fans have been crying for years… by watching and praising the leader of that Line. Nothing wrong with that.

        • MB30SD

          He did have like 4 false starts… or maybe that was last year.

          How in thee fuck does your center false start?!?!?!

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            He’ll try to fake the snap in order to get the D hump the gun. They do it all the time.

          • CanadaBear

            I think that was the year before.

        • Johnathan Wood

          I think Garza’s main value was in his leadership in pulling an entirely new OL together, especially including the 2 rookies. Physically on the field he got manhandled by bigger DTs and had trouble snapping the ball in shotgun.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            He was much, much better than 2 years ago. PS: The Bears played well against 3-4 teams, so I don’t know if he was manhandled…at least not in pass protection.

          • Johnathan Wood

            I’m talking about when they were consistently unable to build any push up the middle in obvious running situations despite having Kyle Long right next to him.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            The run is another thing. But if he is ok in all other facets of the game (except power run) I’ll live with that. I remember our OL play from previous years. It’s a process that takes time.

  • MB30SD

    burleson to the browns on a 1 year deal

    • do they have good pizza in Cleveland?

      • Cormonster

        I actually had some really good pizza in Cleveland a few months ago.

        • gpldan

  • MB30SD

    mickey rooney died. not unexpected, but RIP.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Mickey Rooney was alive?

      Loved him in “Bill”. I’ll watch that tonight in his memory.
      Happy trails Mickey.

      • gpldan

        Bang, the world!

    • AlbertInTucson

      :0(

      Andy Hardy is gone.

  • Bears signed C Brian De La Puente to a one-year contract.

    The deal contains $165,000 guaranteed. It’ll be a seamless
    transition for De La Puente, whose old position coach in New Orleans —
    Aaron Kromer — is now the offensive coordinator in Chicago. De La
    Puente, 29 in May, was Drew Brees’ starting center the past three
    seasons, and graded out 12th, second, and 16th in Pro Football Focus’
    center ratings in each of those years. Incumbent C Roberto Garza, 35,
    is expected to keep his job, but could be on an increasingly short
    leash. So late in free agency, this was an excellent value add by GM
    Phil Emery. – rotoworld

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Emery is a beast. When he gets something in his head, he gets it done. He is a risk taker with the appearance of a mathematician. Very dangerous.

      • bearsfantillend

        the only way he is a risk taker is last year when he decided to take the risk on D-Line depth. How did that work out for us?

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          He takes risks all the time. The D-line lack of depth was caused by one of his few ‘low risk’ moves…tagging Melton.

          • bearsfantillend

            sorry i just don’t see the risks you are talking about. please tell me what moves he has made that you deemed risky.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Marshall trade, Trestman sign, Long pick , McClellin pick, Mills starter, kick out Urlacher and keep the same Lovie D, go into the 2013 season with a ton of FA, resign Cutler very, very late, resign Cutler for a ton of money, Allen sign, not overpay McCown. These are only some examples that paint a clear picture. He takes calculated risks non stop.

          • bearsfantillend

            Marshall – need offensive weapon, one of the best WR for the last 5-6 yrs
            Trestman — very successful CFL coach, highly regarded offensive mind, highly regarded NFL position coach, great with QBs, hell he made Rich Gannon a Pro Bowler, HOFer Steve Young said he was one of the smartest and best coaches he had.
            Long — need to rebuild O line. Extremely athletic and strong player.
            McClellin- was a risk, but reeks of Lovie request. and when he was drafted a majority of us assumed he would be Urlachers replacement instead of a DE. we will find out this year with the position switch.
            Mills – 5th round pick that beat out vets.
            Urlacher – he was done he had clearly lost several steps, still offered contract.
            Lovie D – cant fix everything in one offseason, – i will give you this one but the D was top unit the year before and would have been close to top unit without injuries
            2013 FA- 2 D starters and 2 o- line starters. would not say a ton, We have more FA signings this year than last year.
            Cutler – wasnt going to let him walk. signed him for a ton but very cap friendly and contract is easily void after 3 years. and could have Tagged him.
            Allen sign – the guy averaged 13 sacks a year for 10 years. Needed a pass rusher.
            McCown – why overpay an average backup QB

            so McClellin, which reeks of Lovie, and the lovie D which would have been better without injuries. I would still argue that these were not risks, he was filling needs and making shrewd decisions. So IMO nothing you have mentioned were really risks, accept for the fact that any decision has some inherent risks involve but the upside on all the decisions clearly outweighed the inherent risks.

            I see Emery as something we haven’t had in YEARS, someone that knows the needs/issue of the team and finds a way to fix them. Someone that does the research necessary to make the best decisions possible to limit the risk.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Barb UMihai Mar- rookie UFA; great locker room presence, can tell quality jokes and talk shit like he is high while not really being under influence. PS: These ‘moves’ are all risks. It’s the definition oh ‘risk’…Marshall, Mills, Trestman, Lovie D without Urlacher or/and Lovie, Cutler, McClellin the DE are all unproven elements for what the Bears wanted from them. Question for you…why weren’t the other 29 teams fighting each other for Brandon Marshall -one of the best WR the last 5-6 years- for peanuts draft picks & normal salary/cap hit ? Shiiiiiiit !!! PS2: When I’m talking about going ‘into the 2013 season with a ton of FA’ I’m not talking about Bennett, Slauson, Bushrod, DJ Williams and Anderson. I’m talking about going into the 2013 and ending the 2013 season risking these players becoming FA and not returning: Gould, Jennings, Tillman, Melton, Wootton, Major Wright, Slauson, Garza, DJ Williams, Anderson, CUTLER. That’s 11 of the 24 starters + other key depth guys (Bowman, Britton, McCown). He said ‘no negotiations until the end of the season’. Huge risk !!!

          • bearsfantillend

            by your definition of ‘risk’ every GM in the league is a ‘risk’ taker. heck even the safest of draft picks are risks because they are unproven elements. Marshall was only a risk due to his mental issues, which scared teams off. But Emery had an ace in the hole called Cutler, BMs favorite QB. Hell BM and Cutty were talking publicly for 2 years about BM joining up with the team.

            In response to your clarifying FA’s comment, the Bears were up against the cap and literally did not have the money to give out new contracts during the season without dipping into their emergency fund. when it was determined they could afford to sign players they signed Gould before the season ended. BTW the way Free Agency works it is that teams actually have a couple months after the end of the season to negotiate with their FAs before any other team can talk to them as long as the FAs weren’t signed for minimum salaries like McCown. Emery also had the Franchise Tag to utilize in negotiations, so if they really did not want to lose a player like Cutler they could Tag them. They were going to get deals done with the players they wanted, hence Wright/Wootton/Melton were allowed to test free agency. Also Slauson/DJ Williams/Anderson were under 1 yr contracts to start with so why give them an extension during the season, Melton was a Tagged player with a serious injury- it would be stupid to give him a new contract during the season. I just don’t see this as a risk, its the way the business works. A lot of teams operate the same way.

            What it boils down to is that we definitely have widely differing views on what we consider ‘risks’. so we can agree to disagree.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            We are using NFL standard… that’s how you judge a move as a risky one or not. EveRy move has a degree of risk, that’s normality. Some moves are RISKIER. That’s what we are talking about. Desean Jackson is a riskier move than Erik Decker. Eric Decker is on his own a risky sign. Making a star with mental issues that nobody wanted his FIRST MOVE AS A GM is a high risk move. I don’t understand why you negate this. Cutler or no Cutler. An old coach that that never was HC in the NFL is a riskier move than the veteran HC or the new hot assistant (example Gruden). Starting by DESIGN a rookie right side of the OL in a risk by NFL standards (the G with 7 starts in college & a 5th round pick from a second rate conference). Give me other examples or such ‘decisions’ in the NFL last 5 years. It’s almost unique. Why don’t you see it every year ? Because HCs and GMs get fired if they gamble like this and fail. PS: About your FA comments. That’s nonsense. It the Bears made it to the Superbowl (won or lost) they would have been unable to resign all those players they resigned. And signing players to future contract can give you MORE cap space IF YOU WANT. Jered Allen has a $3 mil cap hit this year. So it’s not that the Bears “were up against the cap and literally did not have the money to give out new contracts during the season without dipping into their emergency fund.” NFL teams create cap space by giving extensions/new contracts. Plus… going into the season with many FA is a risk itself. Guys do their own thing. PS2: The way you see it there is no risky move in the NFL. None. Ever. Every move has it’s justification and there is a reasoning behind it.

          • bearsfantillend

            I never said that any move did not have its inherent risk associated with it. I am saying that if the upsides to the move outweigh the risk I don’t really consider it a risk. As far as the rookie right side, yes Mills was drafted in the 5th round, no i did not expect him to start, hell Emery probably did not expect him to start, but he beat out the veterans so he played, same with Long, he beat out the competition thats why he played. that is not a GM move that is a HC move. Also a veteran HC or hot new assistant is just as risky as an ‘old’ coach that was never a HC. Did I question the hiring of Trestman? Damn right I did. But then I did the research myself to figure out why they would take him and i was extremely impressed and figured that his experience with QBs and NFL offenses would work great with Cutty and the offense and so the risk was limited. The history of the NFL is littered with hot coordinators and veteran coaches that did not pan out as coaches, so any coaching move has its risks. Also to correct you, no team is allowed to negotiate with other teams FA or their agents and no team is allowed to make offers to those FA between the time of the end of the season and the start of Free Agency. That is called TAMPERING, teams would be punished and lose draft picks. So the team that has FAs at the end of the season has first crack at resigning their own players before they even can talk to other teams. If that player decides to wait for the beginning of Free Agency then they take the risk of not being offered as much as their team offered and they risk the team moving on to some other Free Agent. So yes the player might get a little annoyed or mad that they weren’t offered an extension during the season, but that is business a lot of teams function this way. When Emery said he was not going to negotiate contracts through the season, he was essentially saying prove you are worth a new contract, I don’t have a problem with that. Was it risky? a little but you had a bunch of FAs that were aging(Tillman, Garza), already on 1 year deals(Slauson, Williams, Anderson, Melton{tagged}), coming off injuries the year before(Gould), not worth an extension(Wright), easily replaceable through free agency(Wooton, Bowman), or just unsure of (Cutler).

            Like i said before all moves have inherent risks associated with them, but you also have to take into account the benefits of the moves. If a GM consistently makes moves that truly don’t outweigh their benefits then i would deem that GM as a risk taker. The Bucs GM made a risky move signing McCown to be their starter, i don’t believe he is a starter, based on his history. he was in the perfect situation last year. Signing a 30 yr old running back is a risky move. Signing any injury prone player is risky, signing a player coming off a major injury is a risky move. Signing veteran players to be starters that have been inconsistent throughout their careers is a risk, Drafting a player that has a history of injuries or troubles with drugs or with the law is a risk, that’s why players fall in the draft, teams deem their risks as too great for the draft position. But drafting those players later in the draft is not as risky because their contracts are not that great, no guaranteed money, and you are not expecting them to make immediate impacts. Drafting a healthy player is not inherently risky, there are just too many unknowns even with the so called safest draft picks.

            I don’t see Emery at this point as that big of a risk taker. From what i have seen, I believe he has great risk management skills. Has all his moves panned out no, but were they moves he would make again, i believe he would. And just because a draft pick doesn’t pan out does not make someone a risk taker because that is the nature of the beast called the draft, even the most highly touted players in the draft have become BUSTS. And just because Emery puts a policy in place to not negotiate during the season does not make him a risk taker because a lot of teams work this way, if a player outperforms expectations and deserves a big contract that is a risk all GMs take, ie Flacco and Baltimore. I just would not deem Emery at this point in time as a huge risk taker.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            My initial post was “Emery is a beast. When he gets something in his head, he gets it done. He is a risk taker with the appearance of a mathematician. Very dangerous.” . So I see him as a potential great GM. He is a beast. The fact is his O risks were successful… that’s why you don’t see him as a huge risk taker. His D risks not so much, but people let it slide as pure ‘done D’. It’s the truth at the end of the day. You say “he has great risk management skills”. Well that’s what I’m fucking talking about… a risk taker with the appearance of a mathematician. And I love it.

  • Man, I hope Mack-daddy doesn’t end up in Minny. I guess others like Mettenberger like me.

    “NFL draft insider Tony Pauline reports LSU’s Zach Mettenberger is the Vikings’ “signal caller of choice” in May’s draft.

    Pauline expects the Vikings to draft a linebacker at No. 8
    overall, ideally Buffalo’s Khalil Mack, and to target a quarterback in
    round two. Minnesota holds the No. 40 pick, where Mettenberger is
    tentatively expected to be available. A big-armed pocket passer,
    Mettenberger is considered a “perfect fit” for new OC Norv Turner’s
    vertical attack. Mettenberger is holding his Pro Day this week.” – Rotoworld.

    • Last time the Pack were rumored to be interested in someone…

      ESPN’s Rob Demovsky believes the Packers will definitely select a safety in the draft, perhaps even as early as the first round.

      Rumors had been second-year CB Micah Hyde would be
      transitioned to safety in Green Bay’s base packages, but the selection
      of a player like Louisville S Calvin Pryor in the first round would
      change those plans. The Packers gave up the fifth most passing
      touchdowns in the league last season.

      • Johnathan Wood

        I hope they spend their 1st on Pryor. Don’t like him. He’s Merriweather 2.0 to me. Headhunter who will draw a ton of fines/suspensions and is a liability in coverage.

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      we have Zach Mettenberger on our team already, his name is Jerrod Johnson. The 6’5 250lb all time passing leader from A&M. Solid QB that is just a guy in the NFL.

  • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

    So BDLP chose us over the Lions AND returning to the Saints as a starter (an undrafted guy is now their starting center) ?

    No way is this guy our backup, somebody’s told him the job is his .. .THIS season.

    • Trac

      Could Emery possibly be moving Garza back to guard?

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        Musical chairs at that point though, if Garza moves to G, then Long moves to RT and Mills goes to the bench, why do we have to tinker, let’s just bring the same 5 guys back and let’s see what this line can do in year 2.

    • CanadaBear

      No way they told him the job is his. It’s all about competition unless there is a ton of money invested or a very high draft pick.

  • Johnathan Wood

    I would be shocked if they bench Garza because he’s a team captain and the leader of the OL. That would not go over well in the locker room. The only way I can see that is if he’s playing like absolute shit.

    • Trac

      Then maybe Garza is history?

      • Johnathan Wood

        my first thought when I heard about the signing was to wonder if Garza had told them he was considering retirement or something. But if he has, none of the guys with inside access have heard anything about it.

        So I’d guess it’s just that de la Puente had a soft market this year, decided to reunite with Kromer assuming he’ll have a good chance to be the starting C here in 2015.

        • This is what has me scratching my head a bit, Data. WHY was there such a soft market for De La Puente? It’s a bit odd considering he’s not terribly old and has a lot of experience, while grading out well in most sites.

          Meanwhile, someone like Mack might get $7M+ per year. That’s a huge disparity.

          • Johnathan Wood

            not to mention Chris Williams just got 4 years, $14M. I don’t get it either. Not that I’m complaining.

  • gpldan

    When Clinton Portis loses his mind and kills his ex-wife, he can roll down the LA Freeway in one of these:

    http://www.trucktrend.com/future/concepts/1404_2016_ford_svt_bronco_coming_soon/

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