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Around the League Tweets! – March 20th 2013

| March 20th, 2014

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Around the League Tweet, Sponsored by Advil Cold & Flu. 1 of 10. Brandon Weeden & Tony Romo is officially my favorite position room in the NFL.

2 of 10. When the Colts released a statement following owner Jim Irsay’s arrest, who was “the Colts”? Wasn’t “the Colts” in a Carmel clink?

3 of 10. Would pay to see March scrimmage between Panthers current WRs and Jets current cornerbacks. Best play: Dee Milliner.#Serious

4 of 10. Hey James Jones. Aaron Rodgers ain’t walking through that door in Oakland. I’m not sure who is but I’m pretty sure he’ll stink.

5 of 10, Two Parts. Pro days are to NFL what agent showcases are to professional theatre actors. You do the monologue well, you get an agent. You get a guy to help find work. You don’t get lead in Goodman Theatre’s Iceman Cometh. Because the showcase isn’t real.

6 of 10. Why is media surrounding NYJ acting like losing DRC was season-ending? Spoiler alert: its not. Not calling Revis back was failure.

7 of 10. Carolina Panthers are starting to remind me of USMNT. Nothing has gone right since wrapping their greatest season in a generation.

8 of 10. Amazed w/all the serious issues facing NFL – brain injuries, economic injustice, poor refereeing – the PAT gets so much silly attn.

9 of 10. Draft class being lauded for its depth; called best in decade or more. Yet so much attn being paid to 3 underwhelming QBs at top.

10 of 10. Maintain belief draft will be hugely altered by team wisely recognizing Sammy Watkins is generational talent & acting accordingly.

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  • gpldan

    Blogfadder squawks:

    Draft class being lauded for its depth; called best in decade or more. Yet so much attn being paid to 3 underwhelming QBs at top.

    Does anybody think Teddy Bridgewater is really going to start this year for somebody? I must just be missing this kids Pro potential on his film, he was chucking it for the Cardinals and yeah, his arm strength is okay, but so was Terrell Pryor’s. I also see Blake Bortles as the 2nd coming of Chad Henne.

    http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2014/3/20/5527822/nfl-pro-day-blake-bortles-teddy-bridgewater

    • DaBearsBlog

      I watched Bridgewater play maybe a dozen times in his semi-pro career and never once thought, “Man, this guy is going to be a star.” And that was against mediocre or worse competition.

      • gpldan

        If the Vikes draft Bridgewater or Johnny Football; the Bears win.

    • MB30SD

      I see another emmanuel

    • Johnathan Wood

      that’s the nice thing: loaded draft and 3-4 mediocre QBs likely to go before Chicago picks at 14. Good place to be for a team looking for a stud who doesn’t need a QB.

    • Trac

      If one of the top 5 QB’s falls into the 3rd round, Phil will draft him. Watch!

  • gpldan

    I think this year’s 1st round draft will be one of least predictable in history. I think there is a whole helluva lot of subterfuge going on with mock drafts and I’ve seen Johnny Football go anywhere from #1 overall to the 2nd round.

    In short, this draft is going to be a hoot to watch with more stupid twists than even M. Night could conjour.

    So, here’s the poll question: Justin Gilbert falls to 14. Donald is also there, as is Pryor. Who do you take?

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      Donald and I am sprinting up to the podium to do so. I wasn’t convinced about him when I first saw how big he was, but after the combine and seeing the tape, this dude is the real deal.

      • Johnathan Wood

        I’m in the same boat. Saw his college stats, got giddy, then saw his size and moved on. Then when he dominated the Senior Bowl (chalk full of day 1-2 interior OL guys), I went back and watched the tape. Good Lord.

        Then the Combine happened… holy shit. Elite production in college + off the charts athleticism. That’s typically a very good combo.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Gilbert is fast, but has flaws in his coverage skills, bites too easily on pump fakes and he’s soft on the run? Nah. Don’t watch college ball, but that doesn’t sound good.

      Donald is under-sized and will get his lunch eaten on run plays. Period. Can’t beat a double-tram being that small in the pass game.

      Pryor? Clinton-Dix? We need a FS more than we need a CB. We have two decent starters at CB, none at S. Both guys sound very similar. Both aggressive in run-pursuit, Dix the better closer. Not so much about their pass-coverage. Dix sounds like the guy at 6’1.

      I’d prolly go with one of the safeties, but I haven’t seen either .. then pray that Tuitt is there in Round 2. I think we’re a significantly better defense just after 2 rounds at that point. Bigtime.

      • MB30SD

        solid.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Apology first! Something like …

          Sorry Irish, I didn’t realize you played 3 years with the juniors of the Dublin Celts, premiere American Football team in Ireland at the time, winner of multiple Shamrock Bowls. And you were coached by the Miami Dolphins’ coaches? That’s awesome! The low level in comparison to the American equivalent is really a minor issue and I admire your tenacity, sacrifice and dedication to such a ridiculed minority sport in your country! Well done!

          And your list of 20 NFL players that played other positions in college and HS really makes me question my assumptions and doggedness.

          Yours, etc.

          MB

          • MB30SD

            Already did. Check last thread. And my retort to your cornucopia of examples was that pretty much every player on your list is a much better player than cd could ever hope to be… Most of them are/will be hofers.

            And I never once said I wouldn’t fully admit I was wrong. I even called it a sloppy blowjob you were right I was wrong post

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            I’ll admit that not many players can switch positions, and that our Shamus could just as easily be another one that doesn’t. I’m pulling for him though.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Can’t bring myself to drill down through that thread again. It’s brutal.

            Jefe – we need a ‘Go to last page’ button. Purleeease!

          • MB30SD

            JUst click on the little red bubble thing at the top right of the thread, it lists all the responses to you post in chronological order.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Mr. Techie ….. eh?

    • MB30SD

      I might be tempted to take gilbert GP.

      He’s the best player available at the pick… and that’s me passing up what i think could be our franchise tommy harris-like DT, but with all the immeasurables that tommy didn’t have. AND passing up the franchise FS I’ve wanted for 10 years. In all honesty, while I think pryor is going to be good in the NFL, based on draft scouting I’ve read and tape I’ve watched, I think he’ll end up getting moved to SS… and we need a franchise FS. I think Dix might be the guy, but he needs to put on weight and sounds like he’s not the whole package either.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        It doesn’t sound like either of the top two FS are anything special, so maybe we hang on another year and hit it in the first next year if there’s a suitable guy, and grab our CB this year?

        • MB30SD

          I think dix can be a franchise FS and I think Pryor looks like he could be a damn good ss… just don’t know if you take either over the by far and away best cb in the draft and by all accounts a sure thing.

          That said I do think Donald will be a star and if we take any of those 4 guys I’ll be pretty ecstatic. And Hageman or Jernigan won’t be bad either.

          I’m mostly worried about Phil pulling another wtf cd player moment. Anything but that sheite

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            We’re drafting that high, that pretty much he can’t do that. It’ll have to be one of the supposed semi-studs there. Or can he? Does he draft a projected 2nd rounder and come out with “Well he was top of OUR board …”

          • MB30SD

            he took CD over chandler jones maing. Anyfuckingthing is possible after that garbage.

            Like he said himself… I hope to god he has learned not to do that shit. Just take the easy layup. There are 5-6 guys you literally can’t miss on. Just pick one. If he busts there’s no culpability because everyone had those guys going top 15-20 and drafting is always a gamble at one level or another.

          • Trac

            It’s seems that all you ever talk about is Dix.

          • gpldan

            That’s because Henry Boobz is projected a 4th rounder.

          • Trac

            hahaha

          • MB30SD

            I would love to get some Dix in my first round to plug my hole trac. Let’s see how it all rubs out.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Would it really be ‘falling’ to thirteen? I don’t get the feeling he’s a Patrick Petersen kind of hype?
      If a dude like Watkins fell to #14, then what?

      • gpldan

        BOTTOM LINE A big, fast, athletic, man-cover corner capable of locking down receivers and creating big plays in the return game. Is the most physically gifted cover man in this year’s draft and has the athletic talent to walk into a starting job and match up with big receivers from Day One if he continues to work at his craft after a big payday and prepares like a pro

        So basically, Gilbert is the heir to Peanut. He’s the lockdown corner for Megatron and would have one year to season with Peanut, who is unlikely to stay healthy the whole way.
        You gotta be REALLY high on Donald to pass on Gilbert which is why I asked the question the way I did.

        And, to me, this is a “no way do you pass” kind of guy, a guy with Champ Bailey like upside. Taking Donald over him says you think Donald has Tommie Harris like talent.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          I’ll trust your take if you’re that high on him. I really don’t want to draft an under-sized DT and then hope he magically doesn’t get eaten up by run-blockers and disappears behind double-teams.

          If Gilbert is the best corner in the draft then we need to draft him, go Free safety next year. We can still get a top SS this year.

        • I really like Gilbert too, but I would compare him more to the Card’s Peterson, though apparently the scouts say he’s not as pro-ready as him (and Peterson took about a year to really improve).

          Also, Gilbert kick returned, but didn’t return punts…but can’t he learn that?

          If Donald and Gilbert are there, that would be a really tough call. Donald’s only drawback is his size, and we desperately need a disruptor inside. It’s hard to believe he’s the next John Randle, but maybe he is.

  • tobijohn

    Np time to read the article this minute but saw the headline over at PFT that Melton might be playing for the Cowboys for as little as $2.25M. I can’t believe the Bears wouldn’t have beat that contract if given the chance. It must have been something personal on Henry’s part…

    • Johnathan Wood

      that contract has heavy incentives that Chicago didn’t want to match, I would guess. If he plays out the whole year with a healthy # of snaps he’ll be paid about $5M, I think.

      • gpldan

        ATTENTION BLOGGERS:

        Do not try and be on top of the information. Data is on top of the information. He is so on top of the information, you will just look silly trying to be that on top of the information. You want to stick to marginally informed opinion, like me. Because data? data is on top of the information.

        • data

          Logging in at different CPU at work, but this is data. Ender has the better info below.

          • EnderWiggin

            Better than J. Wood? You be trippin’!

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Affirmative Captain.

          (Next week, Data cracks a joke in his ongoing mission to explore humanity)

        • johnnywad

          That’s what I was thinking. I still in, check out Data’s stuff, check out MB’s booby link, laugh with Irish a bit, scrap with Dave and check out. Its really the true one stop blog.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      I believe Emery questioned his commitment. Then there’s his penchant for biting bar owners.

      • tobijohn

        Come on now he only bit one bar owner. It’s not like he has a habit of doing it…yet

        • AlbertInTucson

          “A Bear walks into a bar and bites a guy…”

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            ” …guy goes :”Yo, what the fuck?” … Bear goes :”Sorry, I thought you were a ham sammich.”

          • MB30SD

            Bear walks into a bar… walks up to the counter and says I’ll have a gin and…………………………………………………… tonic.

            Bartender goes, “what’s with the pause?”

            Bear hold up his hands and says, “what these… had ’em all my life?!”

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Thanks for coming out everyone, drive safe, don’t forget to tip your waitress!

    • EnderWiggin

      Looks like $5mill this year, and if he makes the team next year it bumps up to $8mill.
      https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/446267941646905344

  • Shady

    This is still a Bears blog, right?

    • Johnathan Wood

      after last night we’re transitioning to Blackhawks until June.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Possible Pirrhic Victory over the Blues last night. I think thye’ll be lucky of Kane misses only 2 weeks.

      • Shady

        Fair enough, I was at the game last night in the luxury suites… ‘Cause that’s how I roll… On occasional luxury. I was so fixated on the dessert cart I didn’t even notice Kaner went out with an injury. Mmmmm dessert carttt.

        • data

          nice! My wife got to do that through work last year. She brought some of the dessert home. Didn’t stop raving about the food for weeks.

    • Bender McLugh

      the Romo pic is…..disturbing.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Sorry, Milo, but you’re no “Otter”.

  • Trac

    @dabearsblog “Who killed Kennedy? I read the first draft
    of the Warren Report, said he was killed by a drunk driver.” Great
    Mamet line from Wag the Dog.

    Easy one Jeff. JFK was talking about doing away with the Fed, ask Irish! I’m not Joshin but Lovie is.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      He went as far as to print up five billion dollars of debt-free government issued money, not the un-constitutional paper that the privately owned cartel of the ‘Fed’ issue. So it was either that or the fact that he wanted to buddy-up with the Soviets over the issue of little green men, big fucking grey, and tall white ones. I’d probably go with the former since there’s more money involved and Lincoln was also shot in the head – in public – for the same reason. Either that, or Boothe just really hated the play.

      A few years after being suckered into signing the Federal Reserve Act, Woodrow Wilson wrote :

      “I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.”

      (winks at Trac and slips him a fiver … tiptoes off stage and runs out the exit)

      • gpldan

        One small problem with that Wilson quote: It’s fake.

        http://www.salon.com/2007/12/21/woodrow_wilson_federal_reserve/

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          “Frequency of repetition doesn’t make for reliable sourcing, however, and convincing documentary evidence that Wilson uttered such words, in reference to his role creating the Federal Reserve, is hard to come by. In fact, the available evidence suggests that the quote is an after-the-fact fabrication made by splicing together passages of different Wilson statements that have nothing at all to do with the Federal Reserve.”

          Hmm. Disinformation? Social media intern on the Fed’s gazillion dollar payroll?

          (drums fingers on table, pulls out drawers…..)

          Hmmm.

          “It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and money system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.” Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company.

          “If congress has the right under the Constitution to issue paper money, it was given them to use themselves, not to be delegated to individuals or corporations”. -Andrew Jackson

          “The Government should create, issue, and circulate all the currency and credits needed to satisfy the spending power of the Government and the buying power of consumers. By the adoption of these principles, the taxpayers will be saved immense sums of interest. Money will cease to be master and become the servant of humanity” -Abraham Lincoln

          “Let me issue and control a nation’s money and I care not who writes the laws.” Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744-1812), founder of the House of Rothschild.

          “The few who understand the system will either be so interested in its profits or be so dependent upon its favours that there will be no opposition from that class, while on the other hand, the great body of people, mentally incapable of comprehending the tremendous advantage that capital derives from the system, will bear its burdens without complaint, and perhaps without even suspecting that the system is inimical to their interests.” The Rothschild brothers of London writing to associates in New York, 1863.

          Can you get the brains trust down at Salon.com to check these out for veracity, GP? Thanks.

  • Trac

    The thought has occurred to me that Trestman is definitely going to want a viable backup for Jay who he can groom. Trestman’s whole system is predicated on the QB being able to protect the football and run his offense. Can Jordon Palmer be that guy? If so, why did Trestman drop him in lieu of McCown last year? Seems to me that Palmer ain’t all that. What happens if a QB Trestman has his eye on falls to us in the 2nd or 3rd round? I think the odds are pretty good that the Bears may select a QB sooner than we would expect this year. Emery did say for two years running that they are looking to draft a QB.

    • EnderWiggin

      You are not alone Trac. I would actually be surprised if we didn’t take a QB between 3 and 5.

      • gpldan

        If we offer Dirty Sanchez two hot Chicago models and a ham sammich, he’ll come play for us.

        Cause I can think of no other two guys who would get on worse than Mark Sanchez and Jay Cutler. Sanchez would be the Anti-McCown. It would keep the Trib Reporters happy.

        • EnderWiggin

          If that were to happen, then yes, no QB draft pick.

        • CanadaBear

          I’m kinda shocked Lovie hasn’t signed Sanchez. He got them to the AFC title game twice using Lovie’s formula.

        • CanadaBear

          I’m not sure MB could deal with a Kate Upton fucker on the Bears roster!

          • MB30SD

            He gets a lot of respect for that canada. Kudos to him, let’s bring the ol buttfumble in for a tryout.

          • CanadaBear

            To be honest I don’t think he can handle the big city spotlight. It got to him in NY and I’m reasonably certain the Chicago Press is just as moronic as their NY counterpart. Who knows if someone like Trestman/Cavanaugh/Kromer can get through to him?

          • MB30SD

            He’s just a guy that’s been a starter. That’s it

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Been a starter and failed horribly. He was very lucky to make millions from football, he should thanks his lucky stars. Jefe saw more of him, I wonder what his take is, but Sanchez just doesn’t seem like a guy who gets or can play the position of pro QB. Like it’s all too much for him …

          • MB30SD

            him or palmer… that’s all we’re talking about right?

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Why do we go with Sanchez rather than say, Orton or Vick?

          • CanadaBear

            It’s not like I’m beating the drum for the guy. After seeing McCown come into his own after all these years makes you wonder if they can fix someone else.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        (Irish scans the faces of the blog members discussing Sanchez to see if they’re serious. They are. He motions to the bartender that he wants his chit, he pays up in change and leaves silently. Outside in the piss-stinking alley, he closes his eyes and lets the sun warm his face as he decides just how drunk he is. Frank’s friend. The number in his pocket. Some chorus line guy was going to get pile-driven tonight …….)

        • CanadaBear

          THAT is one of the reasons I’m proud to call you my friend!

        • johnnywad

          You are beautiful

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Why did he drop Palmer instead of McCown?

      I’m going to go with the fact that even though he was drafted in 2007, his career passing yardage is less than sixty – that’s about 25 feet per year – his QBR is 34, and he doesn’t know what it feels like to throw a touchdown pass…..
      .
      But I don’t know what goes on in the mind of a guy like Trestman, I may be reaching here….

      • CanadaBear

        Too simple.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          (tips hat-rim with index finger)

          Pleasure.

  • Frank

    I love that Houston pick up, I think it can really help out our defense, they had him ranked top 4 in top 101 free agents!

    • Trac

      This year is going to be fun getting used to all the new players. Houston, we have a problem! Sack the dam QB.

      • hopefully we won’t have a chance to get used to the new D players because they’ll only be on the field 3 plays at a time.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Bow chicka-wow-wow !

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Hi Frank.

      Are you a chick?

      (just in case)

      Hey Beb-be …

      • EnderWiggin

        Never “Hey Baby!” a chick named Frank…

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          It’s a numbers game ….

          • CanadaBear

            Double agent in the battle of the sexes!

      • frank

        hey are u gay just in case I have a gay friend for u.

  • Sactowns#1
    • johnnywad

      Angelo. Jesus. I love the fact that he points out Pepp will do well because they’ll be dealing with Matthews first. So the guy you just paid like a primary rusher succeeds because another dude on the field is better. Precisely.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        … and if they signed Jared and traded for JJ Watt, Pep could have a stellar year!

  • bearsfantillend

    wow what is with the Romo pic up top_ HORRIFIC. I vote if Jeff can’t find a Bears related pic to his articles he should the default to a pic of Kate Upton.

  • bearsfantillend

    I would hate to be in Goodell’s position when it comes to the Irsay drug situation. What are we to expect to happen here? Goodell telling one of his Bosses, “Boss i am going to have to fine you for the drugs, and suspend you from football operations.” Why is everyone expecting Goodell to penalize Irsay? Should it not be up to the other OWNERS to come up with the discipline?

    • NewBearInTown

      It is up to the Owners. But Goodell is their mouthpiece.
      There will be a fine. Irsay will pay a substantial sum of money. The Colts may be hurt in some way by a disruption in operations. But the owners will decide on a penalty which satisfies the angry mobs without upsetting the 32 wheeled apple cart (or gravy train, as the case may be).
      But it is a first offense. He’s in treatment (assuming that’s legit). I wouldn’t drop the hammer too hard just yet. NFL network has a host they just fired for being a serial rapist. There are worse things in the world than a man with a drug problem.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        The rehab’s for show anyway. He’s doing that because his lawyer told him to do it. Unless it’s your own idea it’s a waste of time. The night he gets out .. .eightballs and hookers. NTTAWWT.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Shouldn’t the courts take care of Irsay? Why is it Goodell’s job? Irsay is a big boy now.

  • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

    Oh dear.

    Martellus Bennett ‏@MartysaurusRex 16h

    Homegirl built like an ice cream cone. 3 scoops. pic.twitter.com/M4CvHsAOAf

  • Data on a work computer

    I’ve mentioned on here before how Emery is setting things up for 2015 and beyond. Here’s the full breakdown of how he’s doing that, and what he needs to do for that plan to work.

    http://watercoolersportsnetwork.com/2014/03/20/phil-emery-positions-chicago-bears-future/

    • CanadaBear

      Nice job JW.

  • Data on a work computer

    Hester to Atlanta. Chicago now plays Peppers (2x), Melton, Hester, and Lovie next year.

    • https://twitter.com/D_Hest23/status/441665832788451328

      i like how how mentions 2007-2008 as reason he’s sad the bears didn’t re-sign him. why not focus on the the years after that? oh. right. because he admittedly gave up.

    • I wonder if Hester’s going to play WR/CB over there.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        They’re going to have to list him as a DB or RB if he wants to keep #23.

        • Data on a work computer

          apparently they have said they’ll be “creative” in how they use him on offense. Sounds awfully familiar…

          • NewBearInTown

            Know what could be a cool idea? Bubble screens…

          • MB30SD
          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Creative. Yup. They’ll draw up the plays, then Devin will improvise and do his own interpretation. He’ll riff on the routes.

    • MB30SD

      who cares. least of out worries maings.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Allen to the Seahawks, don’t have to worry about the calf rope dance here.

    • Man, so Seahawks get everyone dirt cheap, huh? The Heat of the NFL.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        That’s what happens when you’re the champs.

      • Cormonster

        Weed is legal, so there’s that benefit.

        • Doc Nitty

          +1

          • Cormonster

            Headbands is still my favorite. Perfect blend of saliva and indica. Just sayin’…

          • Doc Nitty

            saliva? 🙂

          • Cormonster

            Must have been auto – correct on the phone. Sativa.

          • Doc Nitty

            I know. Just funny.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            MWAH!

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Can Players smoke weed in states where it’s sold legally?

          • MB30SD

            No. Roge already shot this down. Players live in the United states of the NFL

  • Bears interviewed Jordan Lynch and Tajh Boyd supposedly. Here’s the latest list from Watlerfootball.

    Walt Aikens, DB, Liberty (PRI)

    Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson (SR)

    Aaron Donald, DL, Pittsburgh (COM)

    Marqueston Huff, DB, Wyoming (PRO)

    Gabe Ikard, OL, Oklahoma (COM)

    Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois (COM)

    Kevin Norwood, WR, Alabama (PRO)

    • NewBearInTown

      We’ve got seven picks, we’re not taking more than 2 offensive players. That’s 4 interviews right there that the press knows about.
      Ikard is the only one that has a shot IMO.

    • gpldan

      Please do not forget that Emery didn’t interview Kyle Long last year. I can’t remember who he did interview, but this is part of the game.

  • Viva

    The more former Bear free agents that land with new teams, the more compensatory draft picks we get.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      We signed several as well though, it’s a net thing, if we get a comp pick it’ll be a 7th and it wont be until next year.

    • data on a work computer

      except Bears signed their fair share of outside FAs, so they won’t get any.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Walter Football RE: Jimmy Ward

    3/8/14: Ward isn’t the biggest safety, but he is adept in pass coverage. Ward showcased his nice coverage ability at the Senior Bowl. He could help to defend slot receivers in the NFL. Ward totaled 95 tackles with seven interceptions and 10 passes defended in 2013. He has nice instincts and ball skills to defend the deep part of the field. Ward didn’t run at the Combine.
    Even though Ward isn’t that big, he is a reliable tackler. In 2012, he led Northern Illinois with 104 tackles and three interceptions. Ward had 100 tackles in 2011 with an interception and four passes broken up.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Weems refused a paycut…

    • MB30SD

      buh bye

  • gpldan

    Jeff tweets:

    More I thought about Allen to Bears, less sense it made to me. Bears defense is another off season from being great.

    I know everybody here thinks this. I know everybody is sipping this Kool-Aid so please, by all means, let me play Scrooge McDuck here.

    Guys, this really looks like post Bill Tobin Bears to me. I think Emery is basically going to usher in a era that is similar to what Rod Graves and Wanny brought from 93 until Mark Hatley showed up in what, 98? Trestman is just Dick Jauron redux, except with an offensive rather than defensive predilection.

    You guys really think Lamarr Houston, Wille Young and DJ Williams are going to be a middle of the pack defense? You really see the building blocks here to greatness? Even if we picked up Donald AND Dix, do you see this team being a defense that wins the division?

    Stop saying “we’re just one more year away from dominance”. It’s depressing. Take this season at face value, root to win now, and hope for the best, but this whole mentality that the NFL fan has developed where they are all looking at dynasty building in 3-5 year timeframes – stop it – just stop it. People in Arizona have been playing that game for 20 years, ever since the Cards busted outta Saint Louie.It ain’t shit.

    As a fan, you have the right to want to win now. Please stop saying “ok, well, we will maybe make the playoffs this year and next sure the title, fer sure.” It’s a terrible way to be a fan. It really is. You lower expectations for yourself for the fact the Bears will disappoint.

    This is the 5th (shit) year of me going through this on the blog, I think I have the gist of it now. But every year this time we usually have HIGH expectations, we don’t concede this rebuilding shit. Why could we not win it all this year? The offense has all the weapons. By saying that shit, you give yourself an out when you shouldn’t. You should expect the team to build and win now, that is the NFL. Two years ago we had the D, last year we had the O, so why can’t this year we have both again? Because Julius Peppers left? Fuck Peppers and his sore foot. We should be thinking win now.

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      Agreed, everyone plays GM now like they are building the fucking Cubs or Bulls. This is football and almost any team can go deep every year with some FA’s , draft picks and a bit of luck. The Bears have a great chance to be special on offense. They were going to be sufficient on D last year until injuries. Everything will work out.
      Fuck 2 or 3 years from now. We are going to win ballgames this year you pussies.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        You have to play the cards you’re dealt. We’ve got a KQ suited, strong hand but there are still a few better ones out there, could we win the hand? Sure, but it’s not likely when Seattle is holding pocket aces. Allen isn’t gonna play for what we’d be able offer, we are still putting pieces together with limited cap room (we were in cap purgatory), the defense got old and there was no young talent in the pipeline thanks to injuries and poor drafts, this is a year for evaluation. As long as Phil can prove he can draft defensive talent this is nothing like those teams from 94-03 (2001 excluded). We knew going into most of those seasons there was no hope. Not everyone can win the Lombardi. The Eagles destroyed us 54-11, let’s close that gap a little before we start talking superbowl.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Mike Vick to the Bears anyone?

          I’m still holding out for Kyle. He started here, be nice to see him finish here, the guy that got us Cutty in the first place.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          The Hawks got lucky with injuries, but their offense isn’t exactly explosive. Lynch got shut down in the SB. Wilson puts up game manager stats. Who are their receivers again? Now if their defense gets a few injuries, they’re not a scary team by any means.

          Phil has the bones of a contender. This year and next, we put on the meat, the kind of roster that can absorb a few injuries.

      • Cormonster

        Fuck the Cubs. I don’t follow baseball any more, but whenever I hear talk on sports radio it sounds like they’re on about a 7 year “rebuilding” period. WTF. Why would anyone even waste their money going to way over-priced Cubs games?

        The last time the Cubs won the World Series the Middle East was part of the Ottoman Empire and sliced bread hadn’t even been invented yet.

        • CanadaBear

          Anyone can have a bad century!

    • MB30SD

      Here’s my $.02.

      I think the D is already a 15-20 D. If emery does well in the draft, it could be closer to 15. If injuries are normal/minimal this year on both sides of the ball with another year of our O… I def think we go to the first round.

      After that it’s all about who’s hot, who’s least injured, and who’s the luckiest… and that can literally be anyone.

      Like I’ve said many times, getting to the playoffs takes a certain level of performance, once there it’s as much luck as anything.

      • Johnathan Wood

        the D last year was 10-15 before about 2/3 of their front 7 went down and gave them a historically bad run defense that torpedoed them.

        They have upgraded DE from last year to this year. With healthy DTs and LBs this is an average defense.

        Of course, that’s just it: health. Lotta old guys they’re relying on (Briggs, Williams, Ratliff, Tillman). They either need those old guys to stay healthy or the young guys to step up better than last year.

        I absolutely think this team should be in the playoffs this year. I just think they’ll be better set up to win a SB in 2015.

    • Trac

      I’ve been hinting a sucky season is just around the corner. Cutty better be flawless, that’s all I gotta say.

      • EnderWiggin

        Cutty does not need to be flawless. Cutty just needs to be a healthier version of last year’s Cutty.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          I’ve always said this about Cutty. If he learns to throw the ball away four times a game, into Row J, he becomes an elite quarterback. It’s that simple. That’s all he’s missing.

        • Trac

          If bad Jay shows up like times of old, there will be blood in living rooms all across Chicagoland. The mob will not be denied. A lot of Bears fans are on the fence with him and right or wrong, they expect his game to be elevated.

          • MB30SD

            Why would he regress to 3 years ago jay.

            He’ll have 2 bad jay games a year… He just will. Every qb does… just hope he’s not Payton Manning and one of them isn’t in the sb

          • Trac

            He needs to show marked improvement, yes? Fan’s won’t put up with the 3 T.O. games anymore, specially if our win/losses don’t improve. No more excuses Yonny. Know what I mean jelly bean?

          • MB30SD

            I don’t know about marked improvement. .. If he only has 1-2 badjay days and the rest of them he wins most games no matter what, and he stays healthy the whole season. .. that’s all that you can ask for, no?

            Get us to the playoffs and then win a couple BAMN and you never know… then don’t shit yourself in the big show

          • Trac
          • MB30SD

            every player, every year.

    • Johnathan Wood

      to be fair, this team was right there in 2010-2011. Just never had the right luck.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      With luck in injuries we can. We’re two home runs in the draft away from a solid defense. Say they grabbed one of the top two safeties, and I’ll say Stephon Tuitt. Our corners stay healthy(!) … we generate a serious pass rush by not carrying gimps like Pep and using Houston and (for example) our new star Tuitt, lock down the run by bringing in Young etc., a hopefully more effective LB corps – all making things easier on the safeties and giving them more chances to make plays. More three and outs leads to more time for our boys to do some damage on offense.

      No reasons there not to win now …. other than the spectre of injury. The depth required to be confident of a superbowl run will come next year when the roster is polished up and ‘completed’.

      With a good draft and no serious injuries, absolutely we can win now … but next year we’ll be able to absorb those injuries. This year we can’t.

  • MB30SD
  • Shady

    Peppers to the Pack now Woot to the Vikings? WTF mate?!

    • MB30SD

      meh

      • Shady

        Curious if the Bears made any attempt to re-sign him.

        • MB30SD

          honestly maings. out with the old. emery doesn’t like broken labrums on 6’7″ dudes

          • tobijohn

            Is that something that you can’t effectively come back from?

          • MB30SD

            of course. depends on the person obviously. Sucks to lose another good young guy, but I’m done crying over spilled lovie milk. New regime baby.

            And yeah, on a guy his size, can be rough. I tore the labrum on my right shoulder wrasslin… used to be able to huck a football a looong way. can’t now and it still bugs me doing shoulder workouts. It’s tendon/ligament/whateverthatshitis and it don’t heal.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            and hip surgery

          • MB30SD

            yes.

          • tobijohn

            Man, under this new Emery regime, if you get hurt., you’re dragged out to the woods and you don’t come back. No stragglers…

          • MB30SD

            doesn’t seem that way. I’m kind on board so far. Let’s see how we do in the draft UDFA and the season. should be interesting nonetheless

          • tobijohn

            I think they might have only sold thirteen Wooten jerseys in the last three years. Could that have been a factor?

          • MB30SD

            Hahahahahahaha… probably. dude looked like a human pez dispenser. Always kinda freaked me out.

            http://msn.foxsports.com/fe/images/NFL/Headshots/140×170/24084.jpg

          • tobijohn

            Go to 2:05 but the whole bit is funny:

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joXwnG6_nL4

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            I like that. Produce … or fuck off.

          • MB30SD

            Just like real life…. shocking concept eh?

          • johnnywad

            He was injured at Northwestern too. Spent his first season as a Bear trying to get his knee right. I think Phil probably learned how lesson on your boy Hardin. Fingers crossed.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Bingo. And the Bears know it. Why don’t the Vikes??

          • MB30SD

            Because they are the vikings

        • tobijohn

          He was one of the few consistent and competent D guys last year. What are Emery/Trestman/Tucker seeing that I don’t or not seeing that I do?

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            His MRI/X-rays ……

    • tobijohn

      Where did you hear that about Wooten?

      • Shady

        On the radios.

        • MB30SD

          meh

          • gpldan

            I wonder if he passes the physical.

          • MB30SD

            exactly

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Geronimo? Is Jimmy Mac coming back?

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Do the Bears know something we don’t re injury? Couldn’t afford him? He wasn’t bad. He was all upside.

  • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

    expect another D free agent signing to replace Woot. He was young and….always hurt. He was a good guy but is replaceable. I would have liked to see him healthy for a full year but I also want to bang that fat pig Upton so we can’t always get what we want. Roll her in flour and find the wet spot MB, AMIRIGHT???

    • MB30SD
    • tobijohn

      Oh sure, she looks all sultry but Mark Sanchez said she just lays there…

      • MB30SD

        Did he?!?!?! Noooooooooooooooo!!! Don’t crush me like this my maings.

        Unlike Jessica “Napalm” Simpson… who is supposedly, well, secxual napalm in the sack.

        • tobijohn

          I recall hearing that too….

          • MB30SD

            Transformers dark side of the moon is on right now… man that blond is so hot.

            Man there’s a lot of beautiful women on this planet. Sheesh.

            http://jeweell.com/data_images/out/77/1154351-rosie-huntington-whiteley.jpg

          • tobijohn

            There are also no free lunches. You’re going to pay for it, one way or another. And usually, you pay too much…

          • MB30SD

            yep. agree. Already have once… from now on for a while now, I’ll just rent it.

            Nice dinners and wine. Nice weekend trips… and lot’s of ‘payment’ in return. The second there’s too much bullshit, pull the ripcord and onto the next. I’ve learned my lesson (until it happens again).

          • tobijohn

            As a customer of mine once said: “If it floats, fucks or flies, rent don’t buy”…

          • johnnywad

            Classic. Sounds like something my old man says. “If it has tits or tires, its going to give you fits.”

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        …because he sucks in bed?

    • CanadaBear

      Slap her thigh and ride the wave in!

      • Trac

        Lol. A chuckle broke loose while reading that and my wife said…what, what’s so funny? To which I said, “oh nothing, just idiot bear fans.” Lol.

        • CanadaBear

          I resemble that!

    • Johnathan Wood

      They signed their starters (Houston/Young), 3rd DE (Idonije) and have 2 young guys (Bass/Washington) and 2 journeymen vets (Lane Austen/Tyler Scott).

      They could look to add a DE in the draft, but otherwise they’re set IMO.

  • MB30SD

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Interesting how fans develop affinities for players who aren’t very good because they’re used to em. Corey Wootton was mediocre at best.”

    THIIIIIIIIS!

    • Shady

      It’s not interesting, it’s obvious. Fucking Twitter has ruined this blog.

      • MB30SD

        Still getting killed. Thinking about giving my discussion to a disadvantaged child. Fml

  • johnnywad

    It feels like something in the NFC North is slowly shifting. Our division rivals have taken two ex Bears this week that the Bears no longer wanted. Our rivals are picking up our castoffs. Thats good right?

  • tobijohn

    OK, I’m beginning to get the Wooten thing. But I don’t understand the Weems thing. The guy was only slated to make $1.1M so how much of a pay cut could he been asked to take? And how much are the Bears going to save by cutting him? They still have to pay his replacement. Plus he was one of the standouts on ST, wasn’t he?

    • johnnywad

      They already signed him. I think its Hixon.

      • Johnathan Wood

        yep, Hixon is younger, cheaper, and better WR depth too.

        • tobijohn

          He’s cheaper by $200K but the WR thing I did not know…

          • Johnathan Wood

            Weems has about 30 career receptions. Hixon has a couple seasons with over 500 receiving yards.

          • NewBearInTown

            Weems was a special teams pickup from the day they signed him. The extra money was for kick and punt returns.
            Hixon is better wide receiver depth, but it will be interesting to see how the return game shapes up now that Hester is gone. We’ve singed some good coverage guys, but who’s returning kicks?

          • Johnathan Wood

            Michael Ford and Chris Williams would be the guys right now. Might add a guy in the draft.

          • I can’t remember, but does Ford return punts? I know he return kicks. Either way, I feel Emery’s looking at later CB/KRs in the draft, which means in the earlier rounds, pass rushers.

          • Johnathan Wood

            I don’t know that he did punts at all last year in the preseason. That would probably be more Williams. Or maybe a late round WR/RB.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Williams should return both. Speedy little guy. Quicksilver.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Kickoff might be moving to the 40 yd line now, KR are going to be obsolete.

            http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/03/19/nfl-owners-will-vote-on-moving-kickoffs-to-the-40/

          • Johnathan Wood

            why not just save time and spot the ball at the 20? And save time on the XP too. Just remove ST from the game completely. Geez.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            They need kickoffs though, if there is no onside kick then once a team gets down in the 4Q there is absolutely no hope as opposed to the slight glimmer. It affects the end game too. If there is no onside kick then what incentive does a team have that is down two scores and takes possesion of the ball with less than 2 minutes left to move the ball and try to score?

          • Johnathan Wood

            I agree. I’m saying these rule changes they’re trying to do are dumb.

      • Joe Anderson just got released by Philly too. I really expect him back after the draft. Kick the tires on him.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Hmmm. For what though? If we’re keeping Williams, and we should, then there’s no room for Joe. TT should come off the practice squad.

          Hixon. BM. AJ. MW. CW. TT – that’s our/my 6. CW can return, so can Ford.

  • Johnathan Wood

    Interesting theory on what Palmer’s role with Bears will be. He’s been helping QBs prepare for the draft the last few years, so it’s thought he could be a sort of player/coach for a young QB from the draft.

    http://beargoggleson.com/2014/03/20/jordan-palmer-prepping-new-role-bears-mentoring-young-quarterbacks/

    • EnderWiggin

      Poor Man’s McCown.
      or
      Poor Team’s McCown.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      What does he help them with? Different ways to sit on a bench? Outline all the different kinds of coffee and xerox machines?

      Seriously. I’d be embarrassed picking up my paychecks. 59 career passing yards and he’s turning 30.

      • Johnathan Wood

        Ken Dorsey did this for a long time too. Can help young QBs even if you weren’t a great QB yourself. Help them with mental aspects of game, fine-tuning footwork, etc.

  • NewBearInTown

    Know who we haven’t signed yet? Patrick Mannelly. What’s up with that?

    • Johnathan Wood

      he’s recovering from injury and is waiting to see if he wants to play again this year. If he decides to play, he’ll be back.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        Do I want to make a million dollars playing professional football? Hmmmm.

        • MB30SD

          He’s done it for 16 years or whatever maing. He’s prolly set… and sick of getting his ass kicked by bigger faster dudes.

    • tobijohn

      My understanding is that he wants to see how he rehabs from off season surgery. If he’s not good to go, he’ll retire. If he’s OK, the Bears said he’s got a spot…

  • NewBearInTown

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/The-draft-When-131.html

    NFP has been crashing my browser as of late, but this is a good read. It tends to reinforce the notion that trading up would not be a wise move if the goal is to get a good starter *somewhere* on the defense.

    But, it also reinforces a move I’ve seen Emery and Angelo both make in the past few years. And that is the trade up from the middle of the second round to the top. There are usually 40 or so “first round” players – meaning players that are regularly mocked in the first round. The variance sometimes is due to different teams rating players different ways, but its also due to runs happening at certain positions.
    Last year, there was a run on offensive linemen in the first round. So the Bears took Kyle Long, a guy frequently left out of the first round in mock drafts, because he was the best offensive lineman left and we rated him as worth a first rounder. As a result of that run on OL talent, there were a couple of other positions that saw players slide. One great example was Alshon Jeffery – a first round talent available at the top of the second. He would not have made it past 45, but we got him by trading up into that tier.
    We did the same thing for Paea a few years back. Paea hasn’t been quite as outstanding, but he has been a consistent starter when asked.

    Given the amount of “first round” talent in the draft this year, I’d favor a trade up in the second round. A simple example? Irish’s favorite. If Truitt slides and we go safety at #14, we could trade up with a team like Houston (who may have taken Clowney #1 and then seen their chosen QB drafted elsewhere). I wouldn’t want to give more than a fifth (or maybe swap our fourth for a fifth), but I’d be down to make a move there.

    • Very true. However, unlike in previous years, we’re now at #14 which is right around the edge of players who slip beyond the first round, whereas to before when in the #20 range, many of those guys were projected 2nd rounders.

      Usually a team can get good value in the 2nd in these positions:

      TE, ILB, S (especially strong), HB, C/OG.

      We really don’t need any of those (except S, which is why Ward comes up frequently), so we might actually be doing the trading back if someone like Tuitt doesn’t’ fall (and I’d be all over that)

      • NewBearInTown

        The year we took Jeffery we were at 50 and we moved up to 45. This year, we’re at 51 in the second round.

        • True, but by all accounts, this is the deepest draft class in a decade. I think in this draft, we’re in a pretty premium spot to collect fallen talent, or even trade back. Let’s say someone like TE Amaro is still there when we pick, I can see various teams like the Pats, Seahawks, etc wanting to trade up with us.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          The AJ move was genius.

      • Johnathan Wood

        Bears are 19th in the 2nd round. Rotate to the back of the line of 8-8 teams they’re in front of in round 1.

    • NewBearInTown

      I just completely screwed up that story. Long was 2013, Jeffery was 2012. The run in 2012 was on both offensive and defensive linemen though.

      • Got the gist, and I was thinking about the same issue.

        • NewBearInTown

          Thank you Jeff for allowing editing on Disqus.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            …. but please add a ‘Go to last post’ button, Noah.

          • MB30SD

            Irish… do it for him. Go to disqus and see if the func is available, then just tell him to add it and where he can find it

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Love to see them do that for my boy. Likely won’t go in the first, but mightn’t be there for us in the 2nd.

  • Here’s a draft hypothetical:

    If ILB Mosely, or Skov fall to us in the 2nd, and all those other guys at DE/DT/S got gobbled up, should we draft either even though it’s not an immediate need?

    • Shady

      Absolutely.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        I think we’re set at OLB. No standouts, but plenty of bodies.

    • NewBearInTown

      I’ve posted that Mosley fits Emery’s pattern of out of the box first round picks. He’s also the only first day prospect at MLB this year.
      Skov is supposed to be too short to play MLB at the pro level because TEs will torch him. But if Emery thinks he sees the instincts to make that work, why not? But I think Skov is probably a second round choice.

      • NewBearInTown

        http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1895661-2014-nfl-draft-full-breakdown-of-shayne-skovs-game
        Very detailed look at Skov (amazing how much BR has improved in the past year or two). He’s a 3-4 Mike or a 4-3 Sam according to the article and I agree. On passing downs he’s basically going to rush the QB because his coverage skills are suspect.
        Reminds me a lot of Bostic, which isn’t really an insult. But we already have a Bostic.

        • Johnathan Wood

          B/R has hired some incredible writers lately, but still has the filler shit they used to.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        If we’re drafting anyone for Mike then they’ve got to be similar to Lac in size/height. Got to be able to roll with the TEs and compete in the air. Bullough moreso than Borland.

        Whoa – Skov is 6’2 – I just looked him up expecting to see 5’10 – and he’s too short? The TE possie is definitely one area of evolution in the NFL, they’re getting bigger and faster. Lac was the sign of things to come at Mike which is why I like Shea at Mike rather than Bostic. Height – pure and simple.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      If it’s not the immediate need then I’d go with a Bullough/Borland later on. Cement the S/DT/DE possies first. There’ll always be S/DT/DE guys high on Emery’s board that we haven’t mentioned.

  • NewBearInTown

    Why does everybody think that we shouldn’t trade up because this year’s draft is super deep, but that other teams will be willing to give us good value to trade down? Isn’t everyone going to want to trade down this year?
    Supply/Demand suggests we could get good value on a trade up.

    • Johnathan Wood

      I think a trade down is possible simply because the teams at 15 and 17-19 are all likely looking offense in the first round, with emphasis for many of them on WR and/or OT.

      So if somebody projected to go higher falls to Chicago at 14, with Baltimore looming at 15 looking to scoop them up, somebody could want to move up and snag him.

      But it is most likely they are sitting pat.

      • It’s a deep WR class too, which is why some teams might not want to trade up.

        But if a certain team really falls in love with say, Marqise Lee or Kelvin Benjamin, and they fear the Ravens might draft him, then yeah, we might get a trade down partner.

        • Johnathan Wood

          I’m thinking more Mike Evans, should he somehow fall to 14. Highly unlikely, but you never know.

    • For me, it’s simple.

      I see mock drafts regularly mock Pryor, Hageman, Nix, etc to the Pack. Those are guys that others mock to us, which tells me that this really is a deep class.

      But the flip side of that is, who is worth trading up for?

      Clowney seems like a beast, but he’s got question marks.
      Mack? Are we really going to trade the house for a LB?
      Watkins is legit, but we got two WRs.
      Jake Matthews might be worth it, if we didn’t sign Busrod, and have Mills and even Long.

      So really, besides Clowney, I don’t see anyone worth trading up for (for the Bears at least).

      Now, in the 2nd, if someone like Tuitt falls, then absolutely trade up -for the right price.

      • NewBearInTown

        Aaron Donald?

        • I can go back and forth on that all day. I like everything about him, but his size (that’s what she said?)

          It also depends who we have to jump for him. If we have to give up a lot, like a 2nd and 4rth, then no way jose.

          If we have to give up a 3rd…then that’s more doable, but man, Emery would really have to believe in him.

          I like him, but I would seriously have to ponder that price.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Trade up for him? I wouldn’t draft him at 20 … 30 … 40 …

          I’ve yet had this explained to me. I don’t know the guy, I don’t watch amateur sports. Love horse racing, but never felt the need to watch a field full of ponies. Life’s too short, so help me out.

          1. Running plays : How does an under-sized tackle not get swallowed up in the run-game, fighting a battle he cannot possibly win due to the laws of momentum?

          2. Pass plays : How does an under-sized tackle beat a double-team?

          Disclaimer : If you already have a DL full of studs, he does not get doubled, and can have success. Suffice it to say we are not in this category.

          • MB30SD

            These are not the droids you’re looking for?

          • johnnywad

            He weighs 10lbs less than Tommie Harris did on draft day and is 2 inches shorter. He’s also faster. He could easily add the 10 lbs by September and being 2 inches shorter is actually an advantage at DT. Better pad level and leverage. Not sure he’s all that undersized.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      There’s always a team who has their eye on a guy you couldn’t care less about, like the top TE. If you can still draft the guy you want AND get a 2nd/3rd round pick as a bonus .. no-brainer.

      If I’m the GM for a day and I want Tuitt, I know I can draft him at 25. Then I trade down, and have my CB in round 2, plus 2 x 3rd round picks (where I get my SS and maybe a C/G). I’ve got a guy who can play anywhere on the DL, and addressed my DB situation adequately – getting a starting safety and a CB to groom, plus a key backup for my OL.

      My DL is now built to fuck, and my D-backfield gets completed next year in the first round when I draft my FS, but has solid depth generally in the meantime, as does the OL

      Your 4th rounder might be a Michael Bush, and you’re 5th/6th/7th are just value shots from your board, including a TE. BTW – I’m not wasting a lower pick on Nathan Enderle. We need a vet behind Cutty. If you’re drafting a QB, it needs to be in the first round or it’s a wasted pick.

      Six million is greedy. I’ll take two.

      (Irish arrives into the gogo bar after having visited Pattaya Properties and purchased a nice penthouse on Jomtien beach with patio jacuzzi. He points at the three sexiest minxes and motions them over. He throws down the condo photos, three sets of keys, and his bank book. Like a priest blessing communion, he raises his hands and eyebrows. The girls squeal and stamp their feet before cuddling their new daddy. And that, gentlemen, is how we do that.)

  • NewBearInTown

    And here’s a write up on Mosley.

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/steelers-nfl-draft-prospects-scouting-video-2014/2014/1/10/5282310/2014-nfl-draft-prospects-cj-mosley-Alabama

    This guy is clearly a first round talent. But he also might not be a true Mike for our 4-3 base defense.

    • Trac

      If I’m Emery and Mosley is still on the board at 14, that’s who I’m drafting. None of these other guys everyone is talking about has the potential to be our defensive Captain for the next 10 years. Emery needs to draft someone that will be hands down the face of our defense for years to come.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        ” Emery needs to draft someone that will be hands down the face of our defense for years to come.”

        Why? All we need is a starter in a key defensive position. Why the Wheaties box guy?

        • Trac

          How influential do you think Ray Lewis was in Baltimore’s 2 Championships? It’s the Chicago way bro.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Oh, we absolutely, at some point, need an icon at Mike. It just doesn’t need to be this year. That guy is likely a 1st rounder. Mosley doesn’t seem to be that guy physically. 6’2 234 isn’t exactly imposing.

          • Trac

            I disagree. The timing is perfect. Briggs will be gone soon, DJ ain’t the one, what better way to build your D than drafting the best LB in this years crop who can accomplish 2 things, 1) Anchor the D, 2) Make the Chicken Dinner pick look better. Phil ain’t going down on the CD pick without a fight.

        • NewBearInTown

          Its a problem. We need starters, but we also need home-grown talent to create the culture in the locker room. That’s why Long is so great. He’s a solid guard, and that’s wonderful, but he’s the heir apparent to lead the offensive line.
          We need anchors on defense.

  • So who are some 2nd rounders we would love as Bears?

    S Ward? CB Kyle Fuller? LB Skov?

    • NewBearInTown

      Fuller is a guy I would trade up in the second round to get. I would give a fifth rounder to grab him around 40-45 in a heartbeat. The guy can play and he is perfect on this roster.

    • Johnathan Wood

      I’d love Ward or Fuller, but would be shocked if either are around at 50.

      Another S I’d like is Deone Bucannon, SS from WSU. Great player.

      • Johnathan Wood

        my dream draft right now would be
        rd 1: Donald
        rd 2: Bucannon (Ward pipe dream, not likely to be there)
        rd 3: McGill/Desir (big CBs to groom behind Tillman)
        rd 4: Charles Sims (dunno if he’ll be there though)
        rd 5: Aaron Colvin (if there), otherwise Aaron Murray (if there) or best QB
        rd 6: Gabe Ikard and BPA OL, WR, or LB

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          If you trade down to 25 and draft Tuitt, you could have Fuller and Ward or Fuller and Bucannon too ( Do it your way and your first round pick just disappears on game day plus zero tier 1 players).

          Donald is a white elephant unless he takes on a serious weight program, which would reduce his explosiveness,

  • ‘Interesting how fans develop affinities for players who aren’t very good
    because they’re used to em. Corey Wootton was mediocre at best.” – Jeff

    Maybe ending Favre’s career had something to do with it?
    Tell you what, Shea takes out Rodgers again and I’m buying his jersey.

  • Shady

    Might be the best fail I’ve ever seen.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_uPpzDgZ9Y

    • MB30SD

      why Ike, whateveah do you mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35hOPD3IxSg

      • Shady

        That is classic.

        • MB30SD

          I’m on getting destroyed right now where are you?

          • Shady

            Watching the Louiville Cards getting upset by the Manhattan Jaspers. I also just watched that awful Actors Showcase video above. Some clown with an orange beard butchered a classic Chirs Farley scene and another goof did an overly dramatic version of the Brady Bunch theme song. smh

          • MB30SD

            yeaaaah, uhhh… sounds…. fun.

            My god, what happened to me in a year. I literally haven’t had one game where I got more than 18 kills. that was my best. Usually in the 5-10 range. Can’t run 5 feet without getting earholed. brutal.

          • Shady

            Well you got that going for you…

          • MB30SD

            yeah, I’m about done. Not enjoying it as much as I used to anyway. Will prob give it away.

          • Shady

            The ultimate rage quit.

  • NewBearInTown

    So team needs, excluding special teamers, in order of how weak we are at the position if the season starts today are as follows:

    – DT (3 tech)
    – FS
    – SS
    – MLB
    – C
    – DE
    – RB/TE
    – QB
    – DT (Nose)
    – OT
    – OLB
    – WR
    – G

    • Johnathan Wood

      I’d say SLB over MLB.

      DJ Williams is a solid MLB starter (when healthy; that’s the concern). Starting SLB right now is Bostic or McClellin.

      • NewBearInTown

        I can see that argument. But my thinking was that if Williams goes down, we’ve got nobody that we really want in the position. Bostic probably would slide back over, but that’s not who we want there.
        Meanwhile at Sam, we’ve got two or three guys that we want to see getting significant playing time. Either Bostic or Shea will start the season, but if that player goes down, the other is automatically getting plugged in. So we’re two guys deep, even if the overall talent is less exciting.
        Another issue is that Sam has two high draft picks (sunk money) that we’re committing to the position now. MLB has one vet on a one year deal. We want somebody to come in and take Williams job. We’re hoping one of the guys we’ve already got cements himself as the starting strong side linebacker.

        • Johnathan Wood

          I can see that, but if you’re ok with Bostic at SAM, then Bostic at MLB isn’t all that different.

          For my $$, I’m ok with Bostic at MLB as long as Briggs is at WILL. I thought Bostic acquited himself just fine until Briggs went down too (albeit that was a very small sample size).

          • MB30SD

            Wait, wasn’t bostic a MLB his entire HS and college career? why wouldn’t we be ok with him there?

          • Johnathan Wood

            he was a S in HS and early college before moving to MLB. Same with Khaseem Greene, though he moved S->OLB

          • MB30SD

            I think the kid needs a chance at MLB. He got lost last year, but I really think he can be good given some time and good coaching… and a dline.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            I like the 3-4 thing where (if DJW goes) Bostic and Shea are ILBs. Moving forward.

          • johnnywad

            Yes. This. He was not ready for the starting job yet. I think he can play the spot over time. This is not Kuechly. He was not drafted as a starter. He was drafted to learn the position behind DJ and didn’t get the chance. And most of his starts were next to Anderson and Greene. Had he more games next to Briggs things would have looked different. He’s the heir apparent for the MLB spot.

          • MB30SD

            thank you sir. It’s like we’re attached at the brain lately.

            Ok ok, what number am I thinking about right now?

          • johnnywad

            69

          • MB30SD

            uncanny!

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          DJW goes down … Shea moves to Mike. He’s got the physical requirements at least. But we start losing players and we’re always going to be in trouble.

          Maybe we see more 3-4 at that point?

          Tuitt Ratliff Houston
          Briggs Bostic Shea Greene/Bass

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        Drafting LBs at this point is a waste of time. We should address OL somewhat – no depth there. S n more room for LBs. Have to roll with what we have.

  • MB30SD

    thanks TJ, I hadn’t seen this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joXwnG6_nL4

    Hilarious! I always called wooten a human pez dispenser, but fallon’s is better I think. Awesome.

  • MB30SD

    Good article data… you should repost up here

  • Trac

    What in thee heck is this guy talking about, we’ve been Missing Hester for the last 2 or 3 years.

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/26340446-419/devin-hester-agrees-to-3-year-deal-with-falcons-wootton-to-vikings.html

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    They sold me last year the idea that the 3 OT they took in the first 5 picks are new Jack Longs and Joe Thomases. Now hey tell me the best 2 OT in this draft are better. Get the fuck out of here.

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