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As Free Agency Approaches, In-House Questions at Defensive Tackle Might Be Answered First

| February 26th, 2014

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I don’t think Josh McCown is going to sign a contract to be a backup quarterback anywhere else in the league. Rumors of his drawing interest from the Jets in New Jersey make little sense as McCown would struggle mightily to throw the ball in the swirling Meadowlands winds. (These winds are actually more difficult to throw in than those of Soldier Field.)

I think Phil Emery legitimately wants Charles Tillman to return to Chicago but wants him to do so on a team-friendly 1-2 year deal. But if rumors are true and Darrelle Revis may be dealt out of Tampa in the coming weeks, Tillman would make a lot of sense as a de facto coach for the Bucs, bringing his patented punch to a second state.

I think Pat Mannelly ends up coming back for a final season in Chicago and Roberto Garza ultimately does the same. But if the Bears end up giving Taylor Boggs a shot in the middle of the offensive line and bring in Jeremy Cain on a full-time basis, I think the difference will be negligible at best.

Are these important players at important positions? Sure. But they are not the types of decisions that make or break an NFL campaign. The decisions Emery makes at defensive tackle might be. And those decisions start at home.

The Bears don’t possess any professional defensive tackles. None. And before the Stephen Paea Tabernacle Choir begin serenading me with his potential, I’d like to point them to several years of invisible tape. (It just isn’t there.) Paea is the type of player fans defend until he leaves for another organization and then they – and the league – instantly forget about him.

Phil Emery needs defensive tackles…and ends…and corners…and safeties. But only one of those positions can be filled – at least from a depth perspective – with individuals from the 2013 Chicago Bears roster. Henry Melton (health considered), Jay Ratliff, Nate Collins and perhaps even Corey Wootton are more-than-able to be part of a successful rotation at the tackle spot.

Henry Melton has the most upside. At times he’s resembled the second-coming of Warren Sapp as an interior pass rushers and at other times he’s disappeared for quarters at a time. Couple that inconsistency with health and off-field concerns and the Bears are faced with far more risk this off-season than last when it comes to Melton.

Signing both Jay Ratliff and Nate Collins might give the Bears the ability to look for three-tech explosiveness in the first round of the draft. (Something they should do anyway.) Signing one or the other would leave the Bears susceptible once again to an injury hindering production from the entire position. When Emery is mentioning Sedrick Ellis in post-season pressers, it’s not a good thing.

Corey Wootton is versatile. He can play both on the outside and inside. But ask yourself this question: is his versatility enough to compensate for his lack of production? Sure, he can play both end and tackle but does he play either of them particularly well?

How Emery addresses these four players in the coming weeks will vastly determine the Bears outlook for the duration of the 2014 off-season – free agency, draft…etc. If Emery does not address them at all, the Bears may be in for an even more significant rebuild than fans originally expected.

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  • CanadaBear

    It probably is the same as the contest to be the world’s tallest midget but Woot was by far the best D lineman last year. Pep had more sacks but Woot was consistent all year and switched positions. Re-sign Woot and keep him primarily at DE. If Melt wants too much money, C-Ya. He has to be on a 1-year prove it deal. Nate and Ratliff should come cheap. If they do, re-sign them. Those moves would really add some clarity to the rest of Free Agency and the draft.

    • Johnathan Wood

      I would love Wootton to be signed to a 3-4 year deal at a reasonable salary (maybe $2-3M a year). That gives them at least one competent DE.

      Remember, he was a solid pass-rushing DE in 2012. Struggled last year because the DL needs to rush as a unit, and they just couldn’t do that. Can be a solid 5-8 sack guy year in and year out.

  • Johnathan Wood

    I find it hard to believe Emery lets all 4 of those guys-Melton, Ratliff, Collins, Wootton-walk. Some of them will be back.

    Melton will be back if they can agree on a price. A one-year prove-it deal seems likely to me.

    I think Ratliff is probably back if they can’t re-sign Melton. But he’s 33, so hopefully it’s just a one-year deal for not much money. Heck, on a one-year deal for not much money, I’ll take him back regardless of what happens with Melton.

    Collins will cost no more than veteran minimum. Would like him back for that, depending on how rehab is going. He was a very solid rotational player in 2012.

    A 4-DT rotation of Melton, Ratliff, Collins, and Paea (who is good enough for a rotational DT) would be just fine for 2014. Basically 2012’s group only better. Of course, the problem with that is that none of them will likely be signed long-term, and it’s possible all 4 could have deals expiring after this year, meaning the Bears go through this all over again one year from now.

    But in a season in which you have needs all over the defense, keeping status quo at DT and pushing the change there off by one year might not be the worst thing in the world. Lets you use FA and the draft to focus on finding long-term solutions at DE, CB, and S, hoping you will then be able to focus more on DT next year.

    Remember, Marshall is the only offensive player of note whose contract is up after next year, so the Bears are pretty set there (in terms of devoting major resources) for this offseason and the next. Fixing the offense took 2 years, the D should be the same.

    • Johnathan Wood

      With that said, this appears to be a good year for DTs in the draft, so I wouldn’t be torn up if they looked to grab one fairly early. Aaron Donald looks like a stud in the making, and it’s hard to pass on that, especially at a position of need.

      I wouldn’t mind grabbing a guy like Linval Joseph in free agency either, as I think having him as a big run stuffer in the center of the defense would do absolute wonders.

      • CanadaBear

        I’m with ya on drafting the best DT/DE at our spot, depending on who we signed before the draft. Totally with ya on the Linval Joseph signing.

        • Johnathan Wood

          I would love Joseph/Donald at DT, only problem is that leaves them looking pretty damn weak at DE without much $$ to throw at the problem in FA. Tough situation all around. Too many holes on the defense.

          • el_caney

            I´m in the Joseph´s bandwagon also, don´t expect Melton´s back and you are right, it is going to take 2 drafts to mend defense at least if we draft in all rounds, it´s time to pack picks 1-3 rounds.

  • gpldan

    Hageman, Hageman, Hageman.

    • MB30SD

      you take hageman over donald huh? Pls write a 200 word compare and contrast both supporting… and refuting your position.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Why would we risk anything on Melton? I mean anything ?

    • Johnathan Wood

      He seems destined for a one-year deal this year no matter where he signs.

      Nobody is gonna give him the big $$ he wants. So he’ll look to be able to play now like he did in 2012, then get a big deal next year.

      So any risk would be somewhat minimal, with potentially a good bit of reward to it as well. It’s not like they’re sinking $15M guaranteed into a speed DT coming off a torn ACL.

      • Irish Sweetness

        He also has a history of being arested for drunk and disorderly .. .but it’s a torn ACL that shoeld have us saying bye-bye to the next Tank Johnson/Tommie Harris. I can’t believe people are even talking about Melton. Move on.

        • Johnathan Wood

          I was thinking a one year deal for $3-4M would be best of both worlds. Get a chance for an $8M player for half the cost, give Melton a chance to earn big $$ next year.

          • MB30SD

            have to agree with irish on this one. Don’t think that knee is going to be good.

            Butter Harris 2.0

  • Weren’t we promised a Tillman article a couple weeks back? I was looking forward to it. Now all I have is this turkey sandwich on rye.

    Don’t get me wrong, it’s a delicious lunch, but it will be gone in three more bites. The Tillman article would’ve lasted longer.

    • Johnathan Wood

      this mentions Tillman… ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED???

      • It also mentions the J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS

      • MB30SD

        watched gladiator last night on the tv. good flick.

        • Irish Sweetness

          There’s a new one. Pompeii.

    • gpldan

      In this clip, the part of Colonel Custer will be played by Jeff Hughes.

      • never knew this movie existed. am i missing out?

        • gpldan

          It’s a film with a 1972 Buick Centurion convertible.

          • CanadaBear

            Kurt Russell’s speech pattern sounds like Tarantino talking. Of course, this movie was out long before anyone ever heard of Tarantino.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I’m calling QT’s career over. It ended with Kill Bill. His taste in movies is terrible, he’s out of gas.

          • CanadaBear

            I really liked Basterds. No issue with altering history. Found the movie highly entertaining. Django was fun. Nothing great but it still beat the shit out of 90% of the movies released by the major players. Has he lost his fastball? Who knows?

          • Sactowns#1

            First you talk bad about alcohol (that thing thats responsible for the written language and half of my hook-ups) and now youre talking bad about Quentin?? Wth is wrong with you man? See the joy in life and homages in his movies.

        • CanadaBear

          YES! It’s crazy funny. If you didn’t like the clip you might not think it’s that funny. Who knows? Comedy is very subjective. The set up is Kurt Russell has a used car dealership across the street from his hated rival. His buddies jammed the signal for a presidential address and put in this commercial. They have a couple more commercials in the movie and one of them has a naked, hot blonde rolling around on the hood. Not to mention, who doesn’t like blowing the shit out of that over priced MF’er?

          • Irish Sweetness

            Imagine pitching that to an exec.

        • Sactowns#1

          Uh yes you are missing out. I dont even think I was alive when this film was made but I must have seen it a dozen times on UHF.

  • gpldan
  • gpldan

    Hernandez’ first prison rape attempt. Won’t be his last.

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2014/02/26/aaron-hernandez-and-inmate-clash-jail/v8NrxxI7KcOBYkUZMnbCKP/story.html

    Aaron – just get some old pants from the laundromat and fashion that noose now. It doesn’t get any better.

    • MB30SD

      have to agree man. Fuck that life. Not worth it.

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    Hahahahaha… switzer! throws his hat in the manziel ring. Awesome.

    http://tracking.si.com/2014/02/26/barry-switzer-thinks-johnny-manziel-is-arrogant/?eref=sihp

  • MB30SD

    yonny, don’t watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9nihOJ5x6Q

    O…M…G… something about thigh-high socks. Grrrrr…

    • CanadaBear

      You are truly obsessed.

      • MB30SD

        meh, not really. i dont have an addictive personality. i just come across this stuff and post it for fun.

        but yeah, her in those knee highs is WAAAAYYYYY my thing.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Dude … nobody ‘comes across’ the stuff you do … I want to see your search box list in google, it goes something like this

          Kate Upton
          Boobies
          Breasts
          Titties
          Blondes
          Lingerie
          Underwear
          Safties NFL draft 2014
          Vergara
          Vagina
          Ammunition
          AR-15 ……

          • CanadaBear

            Better throw some cars in there.

          • MB30SD

            Hahahaha… I only go to a couple sites that aggregate this stuff, so once or twice a day they post a page with links to tons of stuff. I take the best and share with you guy.

            That and my yahoo mail homepage. Common maings… the innernness does it all for you!

  • George Hernandez

    i have a feeling that we are going to have around $28MM in cap room between Peppers and Bush being released and a Cutty restructure. That money can go a long way by Emery and Co. I think we could afford Joseph and Willie Young, plus resign Rat and Collins to one year deals and Woot to a modest extension then draft Donald (honestly think Lovie reaches at #7 for TB) or Ealy. A lot of Defensive UDFA’s will have an opportunity with us this year.

    • MB30SD

      DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
      . @DaBearNecess @ESPNDallas Agent: Melton would have interest anywhere that’ll sign him for more money than Bears.

      well, down goes melton anyway. take him off our 2014 boards. Some idiot team will take a flier and give him a better deal.

      • George Hernandez

        Agreed. We can still make him an offer though, our only real competition is the Bucs in my opinion (Cowboys can’t afford him), let them pay him this year while he struggles to return to form. ACL injuries are a 2 year injury before you gain all your explosiveness back.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Add to that his drunken assault and biting of a abr manager, and subsequenty arrest. He’s aTank Johnson temper with a Tommie Harris knee. We don’t need question marks on the line. Collins, Ratliff, Paea, FA, draftee … why bother with Melton? I haven’t heard any good response to this … there is no upside to an ACL with D&D issues.

          • CanadaBear

            You’ll welcome back Collins, Ratliff and Paea but not Melt due to a knee injury. Newsflash Irish, all 3 of the other guys have had knee injuries in the recent past. Tank had 3 strikes, this is Melt’s first. Who knows what happened at that bar? So what if he bit a guy during the rumble. Have you ever been outnumbered in a fight? Trust me, you will use anything at your disposal. Not saying Melt’s innocent but it’s far from a foregone conclusion that he is guilty.

            His agent said he’s going to the highest bidder. If a team ponies up the cash Melt is gone.

          • Irish Sweetness

            We can’t let ALL our DTs go man. The one who wants the most cash and causes the most trouble because he has an alcohol/violence problem, yes. No smoke without fire. It’s the 8.5 million that moves me more. Let’s see him get ten sacks somewhere when Julius Peppers isn’t lined up beside him.

          • CanadaBear

            You have no idea if he has an alcohol/violence problem. As far as I know, this is the first time he’s ever been in trouble. Was he hammered? Probably. Does that make him an alcoholic? No. Did he start the fight? Who knows? Most NFL players aren’t going to back down if someone challenges them or gets physical with them. It’s in their DNA. You’ve always had a hard on for Melt for some reason. But you’ve consistently backed great players like Brandon Rideau, Mike Haas and Terrance Tolliver. Hmmmmmm!?!

          • Irish Sweetness

            How many times have you been arrested for D&D C-Bear? I was a drunk, and never got arrested once.

            I have never mentioned Mike Haas. Ever. Brandon Rideau was a receiver on the Bears, so he gets mentioned. Tolliver is currently on our PS. Why can’t I hold an opinion on a guy who has been arrested, had an ACL tear, and he wants $8M plus a year off my team? I don’t think we need to risk anything on this, guy – so what?

          • CanadaBear

            There’s no way in hell anyone is going to give him $8 mil this year. I’m not even beating the drum for Melt but on a 1-year prove it deal sure.

            To answer your first question; never been arrested for drunk and disorderly. Could I have been arrested for D&D? Oh yeah. Was arrested twice for DUI. That’s why I no longer drink. I was just yanking your chain about those marginal WR’s. Nothing personal.

    • Johnathan Wood

      I think Emery would rather not use the Cutler restructure if he can avoid it.
      If you cut Peppers now and all his dead money goes on 2014 cap, and don’t restructure Cutler, all of a sudden they’re looking really good with the cap going forward. Cutler is eminently affordable 2015-2018, Briggs’ big deal is off the books, and you have no bad contracts.

      • George Hernandez

        I suspect you’re right, but can’t a man dream about signing all these FA’s? You’re killing my fan buzz Woody!

        • MB30SD

          Data…. it’s Data.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            hahaha…Data.

    • DaMurph

      Cutler just signed a new contract Jan2, why would he restructure now without playing a down?

      • George Hernandez

        He has to, there is an automatic conversion clause in his contract.

      • MB30SD

        MUUUURRRRRPH!!!!

        How are the balls my maings? Hope you’re all healed up now.

      • johnnywad

        They can turn some of his money into bonus money. Apparently bonus money doesn’t count toward the cap.

        • tobijohn

          It counts but I think it’s spread out over the length of the contract…

  • John Vassar

    Wooten, Ratliff and Melton re-sign. I like going after Willie Young, cut Peppers. McCown and Garza will be back. The same NY reporter that said the Jets were interested in Josh, came out the next day and said the Jets want Vick to be the back up. Let Tillman go, old and injury prone now, good draft selections at DB and re-sign Bowman. Emery is a shrewd operator and don’t believe for a minute they won’t draft offense early and often. 14th pick is a wicked good place to be and wouldn’t surprise me to see them trade down for more picks. http://beardownnation.blogspot.ca/

    • MB30SD

      john, the crack seems good where you are… yes?

      ” Emery is a shrewd operator and don’t believe for a minute they won’t draft offense early and often”

      • John Vassar

        LOL … all I am saying is if they can sweep up during UFA and a Sammy Watkins (like player) is sitting there at 14, Emery will grab him. Who wouldn’t with the depth in this draft. Actually, if he re-signs who he wants and needs and signs a DL FA, he will trade down. If they get short changed during UFA then they go D in the first 4 rounds. Just expect the unexpected.

    • Irish Sweetness

      If he’s that shrewd he’ll wave bye bye to Melton.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Enjoyed the articles, especially the one exploring later options at QB and C for the Bears, but no way we draft offense in the first, and I doubt we draft more than 2 players on O. I suspect we’ll draft a QB/C and maybe HB

  • MB30SD
    • MB30SD

      $, Data… your thoughts gents?

      • Johnathan Wood

        not a huge fan. He’s a good player, but injury history and doesn’t do much to rush the passer. First round pick has to be somebody who scares QBs.

        • MB30SD

          so we’re on the clock at #14… we haven’t traded down. Dix gone, Donald gone.

          Who do you take?

          • Johnathan Wood

            ask me again after FA. But Jernigan, Ealy, Hageman, Dennard, Gilbert all under consideration there (I know, the last two don’t threaten the QB). At least one of those guys will still be there.

            Also possibility of trade down. teams picking 15, 17-20 all likely going offense in round 1. Could look to trade up.

          • MB30SD

            you take dennard and gilbert over pryor?

          • Johnathan Wood

            absolutely. I like some of the safeties available (potentially) in round 2 more than the CBs. Those 2 CBs are both lockdown guys, IMO.

          • MB30SD

            hmmmmm… I’m intrigued and I might like to subscribe to your newsletter.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Ealy/Hageman … if they’re gone, maybe take a flyer on Pryor and grab an end in round 2.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          I’d have to agree. Like I said in my article, fat boys with knee issues worry me. I’m still torn between Hageman, Donald and Pryor. Hopefully we can trade down 4 spots with the Jets and get an extra 3rd AND add one of those 3 players.

          I also wouldn’t have an issue drafting CB Justin Gilbert. he’s 6’0 195. ran a 4.37 and returns kicks (good bye Hester). I think he’s going to be a stud.

          • MB30SD

            I’ll ask you what I just asked data… you have your choice between the two at our pick (and no DL is possible), you take gilbert or Pryor?

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            probably Gilbert because after him and Dennard, the drop off in CB talent is steep.

            Pryor is good, but I don’t think he’s as good as Gilbert. Also, the fact that Gilbert also returns kicks adds value because that clears a roster spot for our D (no more Hester).

  • MB30SD
    • tobijohn

      Did you read the entire article? I’m going to be checking back on that that writer…

      • tobijohn

        Although judging from the comments on his page there, nobody else seems to care for him or his writing…

  • MB30SD
    • tobijohn

      He won’t be on the street long. I’ll bet he’s signed within a week…

      • MB30SD

        I was thinking if we aren’t planning on bringing DJW back, he might be a good option if he’s not too expensive. Would we have to absorb his costs?

    • Irish Sweetness

      Your friend Johnathan Martin might be straight-up cut by the Dolphins …. I don’t think we have 8 million in the booty for a linebacker though. We have to accept we’re going into battle with the LBs we’ve got. It’s DL/DBs that need to be invested in this time – I think we’re all agreed on that.

      • MB30SD

        we do, we do!

        Wasn’t sure how much of his nut we’d have to eat… if you know what I mean.

      • el_caney

        LB is packed with almost any player we have in defense, If you consider the LEO, Bostic,Greene, Briggs, McClellin, Franklin, Williams (Maybe), Wilson, Washington, Bass and Ozougwu. the last 3 are DE now but size-weight ratio fits more LB. Don´t count Costanzo & Anderson because former is ST only and latter won´t back.but have 4 spots to 10 players!! so it´s the only position can ignore.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      I was thinking about DQwell Jackson, but Irish is right. DL/DB.

      We can draft a high-upside LB project (heck we already got on in Shea).

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        came across this comment

        “I hate to be the party pooper here, but while he once was one of the
        best LB in all of the NFL his play has really fallen off the past two
        seasons. In 2012 Pro Football Focus had him rated as the #41 ILB in the
        NFL with a -8.6 overall rating and last season he finished #42 among
        ILB with an overall rating of -11.6. In fact, he was rated the 7th
        worst ILB against the run in all the NFL last year.

        I get that he’s a name and was once great, but I’ll let your team
        sign him on name recognition and hope my Chiefs are smarter than that.”

  • MB30SD

    sigh… just me here again. Found this really in-depth and very good analysis on CD, on none other than the BR!

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1907821-2014-chicago-bears-offseason-is-there-any-hope-for-shea-mcclellin

    • tobijohn

      I’m here but I’m going to run downstairs and boil up some tortellini for dinner. Just give a few minutes and I’ll be back…

      • MB30SD

        yummy!

        • tobijohn

          That’s right, you’re the “celery and carrot sticks but only look at the wings” guy. Not sure if I should go with the Pesto or the Pomodori Aromatizzati for the sauce. Any suggestions? And “Go fuck yourself” doesn’t count…

          • MB30SD

            Ha!

            I just try not to eat any processed grain or sugar. I do sometimes, like having a mocha once a week or once in a while I’ll have a bite of a quesadilla my kids have just asked me to make and taken one tiny bite of and left the rest. Buy yeah, mostly carrots and celery… and lean meats/fish.

            Personally, I’m a huge fan of Bolognese. I kind of hate cream-based sauces. Too rich and I’m allergic to lactose.

            This is one of my favorite restaurants in SD: http://www.piatti.com/lajolla/#menu

            One of the best pasta dishes ever, check out the shrimp Saffron Pappardelle. Amazing.

          • MB30SD

            …oh, and go fuck yourself!

          • tobijohn

            And just in case you’re interested, I went with the basil pesto….

          • MB30SD

            I was going to say the other… pesto is also not my fav. Just too much. Great for dipping bread, but slathered all over an entire plate of pasta is too much for me. I tend to be a light sauce guy.

          • tobijohn

            Looks delish. Another advantage of pasta based meals is that I don’t have to share it with the cats. Unless there’s a ton of chicken or shrimp in it, they have no interest and leave me alone..

          • MB30SD

            Hahahahaha… look at you trying to bait me. I support you and your very generous and kind gesture of not killing them once the ex left. You are a true humanitarian TJ.

          • tobijohn

            I’m so transparent…

          • Irish Sweetness

            I eat sugar like a motherfucker.

          • MB30SD

            = cancer

            Scientific fact. Worst shit you can eat maings. Processed white gain is basically just another form of it.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Sweet-tooth like you wouldn’t believe. My house was like Willy Wonka’s factory growing up because of my dad’s job.

            My uncle was a doc, he’d always ask me if I was still smoking. I’d say yeah. He’d say “Watch the salt. That’s what puts people in boxes….” Sugar is energy, salt kills.

          • MB30SD

            Old medicine and wives tales. salt is needed by the body maings… sugar, not at all.

            Science has proven that sugar is 10X more addictive than coke.

            I grew up with the same. My mom LOVED sweets. JUst have to be strict and cut it out. It’s really hard at first (cause you’re actually really addicted), but after the first week you won’t miss it at all.

          • Trac

            Not good for brain function Irish. It might explain the little greys and tall whites.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I’m contemplating stopping for a month, just to see what happens to my body.

            Do you really not eat any sugar? Trac? MB?

          • MB30SD

            I do, but stay away from anything processed and white (cept mah bitches). I NEVER add sugar to anything… but you can’t totally avoid it. food companies put it in EVERYTHING. literally everything. I try to go organic and non-processed whenever I can, but it’s just not physically possible all the time (especially with 2 little ones).

            I can PROMISE you that if you cut out sugar and all processed grains for one full month, and you’re very strict you’ll feel 10000% better in every regard. Seriously.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I’ll try that, I’ve never ever done it, but I’ll try. Man I love chocolate.

          • MB30SD

            chicks love chocolate (nttawwt)

          • Irish Sweetness

            Hold up there, Trac, just so we set the record straight – you believe the fire and brimstone of a 2000 year-old book … but the alien phenomenon, for which there are thousands of living witnesses, including HUNDREDS of military whistle-blowers who have come forward to tell their stories …. that’s crazy?

            Faith. Okay. I have two questions for you :

            1. Do you believe that the 509th bomb group are so clueless (these are the people in charge of dropping nuclear weapons remember), that they mistook a downed weather balloon for an alien spacecraft on day one, released the information to the press, and then on day two realized their mistake?

            2. Do you believe that 400 military witnesses/highly-qualified private sector employees are just looking for attention so much that they are willing to testify in front of Congress and then lie through their teeth on the matter?

            If the answer to either is yes, then may your God be with you.

            You’ve got your faith, I’ve got mine. But on my side is a whole bunch of visual evidence and thousands upon thousands of living witnesses, including myself.
            On yours, just a whole bunch of faith. If you were born in Saudi, you’d be singing from a different hymn sheet.

            Waffle, I don’t believe I’ve seen your answer to #1 above, either ….

          • MB30SD

            agree 100%… on the last paragraph at least

          • Trac

            Sorry, I did pause before sending that. It was really more in jest than anything else. I respect you views. Really.

          • Irish Sweetness

            No, honestly, Trac – the 509th bomb group, I can’t get anyone to give me a straight answer on that. Please.

            Alien-believers need not apply.

          • Trac

            Look, you have a major problem. There is no evidence to support your theory. Only conjecture and ambiguous references to a possible coverup. There is nothing more to say on the subject from my point of view. We all know that the military has been conducting top secret projects for decades and that in itself does not prove a thing concerning aliens.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Cornflakes/frosties and milk. Dice a banana in. That’s all I got.

    • tobijohn

      Good stuff…

    • Irish Sweetness

      “He has great burst off the line of scrimmage and an excellent motor—McClellin relentlessly pursues the ball-carrier and never gives up on a play. He really does have sharp football instincts and a nose—most of the time—for where the ball is going.”

      And he was second fastest DE of his class?

      This guy is a middle-linebacker. I assumed that’s where he was going once Brian Retired. We’ll see.

      • MB30SD

        I’d be VERY pleasantly surprised and will happily eat the following prognostication….

        McClellin is a 2-position BUST in the NFL.

        • Irish Sweetness

          The beef on him is he can’t shed blocks of guys who are bigger than him … no crime … Lac had his critics. But Shamus is fast, does have a spin-move and a nose for the ball .. and he’s built to be a linebacker. That’s where he should have been from day one I felt. We’ll see. I want him in the middle too, not outside, right in there, Bostic and Briggs outside .. .Greene and Washington coming in for effect. DJW/JA backing up.

          I have no idea what the DL is going to look like, but I’m not sure I’d sell out my draft to get it right. DB and C needs to be addressed. If we get the DB help through FA then we can go DL-crazy in the draft and get our Center in the 3rd/4th. It would still take another draft to get a Superbowl-run defense together though. Can’t fix Angelo’s buffoonery of ten years overnight.

          • MB30SD

            irish… do you know what lach ran the 40 in…. 4.4 man.

            you are fucking dreaming. mcclellin is fast FOR A D END… for a lb he’s below average to average. he’s gonna bust at a second position very shortly here… my gut feel, backed up by the fact he’s never played the position full time in a normal scheme.

          • George Hernandez

            Only 4 other LB’s ran faster than Shea’s 4.63 at the combine in 2012 (when he was drafted) and only 2 LB’s outran him this year. The 40 time isn’t the limiting factor, it’s going to be whether he can mentally handle the coverage responsibilities of a ILB and fill in against the run. We could push him outside on passing downs and let him rush or cover, there are options for Shea but I don’t know if he is ever going to return the value of the #19 pick.

          • MB30SD

            I will get back to you on this with some numbers from this year.

            Grumble grumble grumble

          • CanadaBear

            I hate it when that happens!

          • MB30SD

            Oh settle down you!

            We’ll see what happens after camp

          • Irish Sweetness

            4.4?
            BRI-AAAANNNNNNNN!!!

  • MB30SD
    • NewBearInTown

      I can’t say I’d be upset if this was Phil Emery’s plan. Haven’t watch Justin Gilbert tape, but assuming he’s a truly dominant cornerback, he’s a good pickup at #14.
      I think the key here is that we are not set really anywhere on defense except 4-3 OLB, where we have too many bodies to spend a first round pick. We need to draft the player that can do the following:
      1) Be absolutely solid at his position with the potential to grow into a really special player.
      2) Have a personality to lead by example and by stepping up in the huddle after a season or two.
      3) Have a skill set that fits whatever scheme Emery/Trestman/Tucker have in mind.
      Kyle Long was that pick in 2013 for the O-line. Most folks said the same thing then as I say now – don’t care if its the obvious pick or not, don’t care what the media thinks. If he plays well, it was a good move.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        Gilbert reminds a lot of Patrick Peterson. Tall, lanky, fast, ball-hawk, and great KR. If he gets an INT, chances are, he’s gone, which would work really well with Peanut’s punch and Jennings knack for INTs.

        http://youtu.be/Y89_Kmdn9Wk

        If he’s sitting there, we might just have to take him even if Peanut does return.

        Gilbert will be a star, not sure I could say the same about Jerningan, Hageman.

        If Gilbert and Donald are there, that’ll be a tough choice.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert led the 2014 cornerback class in the forty-yard dash, registering a time of 4.37.

          His fastest “unofficial” hand time was 4.35. Gilbert goes
          5-foot-11 3/4, 202, so he has an outstanding size-speed combination at
          his position. He also has lengthy 33 1/8-inch arms. Gilbert led the
          Big 12 with six interceptions in 2013, though his pass coverage was more
          spotty throughout his college career due to inconsistent technique.
          Gilbert is still a projected first-round pick.

          – Rotoworld

          • MB30SD

            no way he’s still there at #14. He’s the #1 CB in the draft according to… everyone I’ve read

        • Irish Sweetness

          You really want a 270lb DT?

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            285, but yeah, he’s small.

            But Harris was 295. Is ten pounds really that much of a difference (though Harris was taller)? It reminds me of the Wilson is too small debate.

            Wilson had all the tape, all the intagngibles, and all the measurables aside from height/weight (hand size for example).

            Donald won’t fall to round 3, and I suspect that some team will actually draft him before us.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I thought I saw Donald was 270 …

        • Irish Sweetness

          Not for me, Donald is an under-sized DT in the NFL, I’ll take your word on Gilbert. Donald’s best football years are over unless someone trims him down and uses him outside in a 3-4. JJ Watt is the prototype and he’s 4 inches taller and 20lbs heavier. We need to do something ballsy like making him a 25 year-old Chicago Bear. Make cap space for him.

      • Irish Sweetness

        As long as we got a good DE out of the draft (and a center, obviously), I’d be cool with a top CB. I trust Phil.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    If the Bears do indeed re-sign both Ratliff and Melton (which by most accounts, is a real possibility), then I expect them to splurge on a DE, maybe even DeMarcus Ware (DeMarcus might want to join his old pal Ratlff. These little connections often make a huge difference).

    I haven’t heard anything on the Peanut front, which doesn’t bode well for him being a Bear.

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      Melton will simply not be a Bear. He fucking hates Emery for canning Lovie. He will play for any other team that offers him even close to what the Bears are.

      • CanadaBear

        First Peanut now Melt. I had no idea how much the defensive guys hate PE.

        • MB30SD

          fuck em all. Buh bye (and that takes a lot for me to say about peanut).

          Let them all go languish in small faux successes like a top 10 D while being turrible against any team over .500 and never getting anywhere but rd 1 of the playoffs… unless he gets lucky and gets to the big show, only to piss it down the drain by doing things like not putting the right QB in and mysteriously pulling your best rb who’s been getting 5 yards a run.

          if that’s the way they feel, good riddance. I want to win not have a fucking kumbaya lockerroom. Done with that bullshit.

          • CanadaBear

            You and Johnny have absolutely no idea if any of this is true. Nothing like jumping to conclusions and running with it.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            Canada,
            Pep, Melton, Briggs and PNut are the last vestiges of the Lovie era. They view him as a father and believed in the RUSHMEN philosophy. A new GM came in and cut Urlacher, fired the beloved coach and D coordinator,etc. Now all these guys talk about is “I understand now it’s just business”. That’s code speak for “I fucking hate these guys because they think i’m expendable”
            Guess what? They are expendable, especially when they are old, hurt and butthurt. Corporate life is the same way. If you don’t contribute get the fuck out because there is a guy that is younger and hungrier than you because they don’t have what you do and they fucking want it badly.

          • tobijohn

            Always…Be…Cobbling

          • CanadaBear

            Everything in life is that way. Everybody loves you until they don’t. Any player that has been around the league for more than 3-4 years knows exactly what the score is when it comes to getting paid and who has the leverage.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            but that’s why it’s not jumping to conclusions. These guys don’t love the Bears, they loved Lovie and Sauce and getting paid and being the big dogs. Now they are hurt, and humbled so now it’s about the money since the other stuff is gone.

            Melton would play for cheese if it’s on a 2yr contract rather than a prove it one year with the bears. Pep has fuck you money so he’ll be like “fuck you”. Peanut is gone and Briggs will try to muscle out this last year to get into HOF status so he doesn’t go too broke in retirement.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Well said, Peanut’s a legend, but do we want him in a Bears jersey when he hasn’t got it anymore on a huge salary? Or do we spend wisely on guys that will bring it for a few years to come?

            But like c-Bear says below, this is all just water-cooler talk until the signings are all done, or not. I’d be flabbergasted if they brought Pep back, but who knows what will happen with Peanut or Melton? I know what their agents are thinking, the fucks.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Good.

        So …. 509th bomb group, Waffle, give it to me. See my Q to Trac above.

        • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

          small tin flying saucers can’t travel between galaxies at the speed of light.
          Have you ever noticed that the stories, images and descriptions of aliens and alien technology have changed with the trends and styles of popular culture in addition to the capabilities and styles of our military aircraft? it’s pop culture man.

          • tobijohn

            Hold on there. I have a very good friend who also saw a flying saucer hovering directly over him out in the woods behind his house one day. He happened to be inhaling Freon out of a balloon at the time but I doubt that had anything to do with it…

          • Irish Sweetness

            Still haven’t answered the question Waffle. Why do they coem out with ‘flyind disk’ story one day, ‘oops …it was a balloon!” the next?

            And in response to your statement “small tin flying saucers can’t travel between galaxies at the speed of light” … with all due respect, how would you know?

            1. Can you point out why time-space cannot be folded?

            2. Who says they came from other galaxies?

            a. They could be terrestrial based entities, or live on Mars/Venus/Titan/whererever.

            b. They could be trans-dimensional beings i.e. they share the same ‘space’ as we do, but they have the ability to switch between dimensions – so no FTL travel is required e.g. TWs.

            3. Gravity travels faster than light … although this is not universally accepted, but is as-yet-to-be proven science.

            Premise : imagine for the purposes of this thought experiment, a giant sun appears on the outer limits of our own solar system. Say for example, light took 12 minutes to travel from the new sun, to earth. Would the gravitational effect of the new sun start acting on earth (and everything else) immediately, or would it take time?

            I suggest, the gravitational effects would begin immediately, and not take light 12 minutes ergo Gravity travels faster than light.

            Point being?

            If you can control gravity (by understanding the laws that govern it – unlike Einstein) then you can create a gravity well and travel inside it, avoiding the effects of inertia etc.
            Just because we, allegedly, cannot control gravity, does not mean that other smarter species can’t. They can, and they do.

            3. Is your only response to ‘Why can’t we travel FTL?” … “..because Einstein said so …” then I respond to that, Einstein didn’t buy QM. He was wrong, ergo all of his photonic-related opinions are incomplete/wrong.

            Stop thinking like a human, Waffle!

            That’s enough for a Friday afternoon …

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            Irish, a species so advanced that they can alter gravity to traverse millions of light years could only do so back in 1947?
            Look what our engineers did with cell phones in less than 5. Please tell me that in the last 60+ years this brilliant and advanced alien culture somehow never made it back to earth through their “gravity wells”. Did their space program funding get cut or something? Is there an alien version of Obama in a distant star system that was like “nah, one tin saucer is all we can afford with our current budget crisis”…..

          • Irish Sweetness

            There could be a whole civilization beneath our feet and we wouldn’t know it. Center of the earth kinda stuff. Then there’s that incredible underground city they found someplace in turkey that I can’t for the life of me remember the name of.

          • Irish Sweetness

            And you think they’re not here now – in their thousands? Check out ‘the tether incident’ filmed from STS-48(?) … literally hundreds of the fuckers … caught on camera.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Actually Waffle, you may be right. They might do the interstellar trip on their massive motherships ….

          • Irish Sweetness

            Jacques Valee would agree with you Waffle. They don’t travel between galaxies, but dimensions. He’s an interesting guy. A computer scientist and novelist that helped out on Arpanet, mapped Mars etc. before turning his attention to the UFO phenomenon. He’s the guy Spielberg based his Francois Truffaut character on in CE3rdKind.

  • Trac

    Trying to think like Emery. Let’s see, biggest need is DL so I would have to imagine Emery might trade out and select a dark horse 4 or 5 spots back or will he draft a known commodity this year? I’m guessing Emery will try to find a trade partner and select Hageman if Phil’s guy isn’t on the board at #14.

    • bearsfantillend

      Emery is going to channel his inner JA…. need a DL so lets draft a fullback, or if we do draft a DL, maybe someone like Louis Nix who has knee injury concerns.

      • MB30SD

        way to stay positive. wtf man?! smh.

        • bearsfantillend

          it was a joke… but forgive me if the 10+years of JA’s drafting and last years 1st round pick does not make me a little cynical.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Why would Phil do that? He’s smarter than the average Bear.

        • MB30SD

          the average bear… you mean lovie? He’s a buc now maings.

    • MB30SD
      • gpldan

        “He had no form or majesty that we should look at him/nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity; and as one from whom others hide their faces he was despised, and we held him of no account.” (Isaiah 53. 2-3.)

        So, basically, more like this:

        http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-P7ZLu2GKbJY/UgrlZUYBwPI/AAAAAAAAPpw/5nYSJvQrQ2I/s1600/456468697.jpg

      • Trac

        Doesn’t matter. The question should be, does he like you? Hmmm……

        • gpldan

          I scored a 3 on Find the Pope in the Pizza.

          So, I got that going for me…

        • MB30SD

          He’s one of… us… sooooo…. yeah. I have a get out of the apocalypse free card… by birth.

          You have to hope you’ve earned yours. Baaaaaaaahahahahahahaha

          • Trac

            Not by works but by faith alone, in Christ alone, through grace alone so that no man may boast of his own efforts.

            How do you like them apples?

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            devil’s advocate: what if I have faith in Christ but do no good works? Aren’t I useless to society?

          • gpldan

            That makes you a Republican.

          • MB30SD

            Hahahahahaha… THAT was funny.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            What’s worse? A republican because all they care about is using meaningless issues to garner votes from the base or a democrat that just lies to their base about fixing the most meaningful issues that can’t be fixed by legislation?

            boom.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Both Reps and Dems are drinking from a poisoned chalice. They offer only the illusion of choice in a rigged game, where the real gamesmaster isn’t even visible.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            That’s an old Christian debate.

            Some think it’s faith.
            Other’s think it’s works.
            And some like Calvinist think it’s by grace (meaning, God already pre-determined who will be saved before you were even sperm in your dad’s dong).

            Also, many Christians don’t care about “society” or “this world” per say. All that matters is the afterlife.

            You can always pray to Joe Pesci though…

          • Trac

            Faith is the root, works is the fruit, not the other way around. Works can be anything from character to benevolence. Kindness, compassion, temperance, long suffering etc. Good fruit and bad fruit, yes?

          • Irish Sweetness

            Faith is the abandonment of questioning – the basic function of the human mind. It is the antithesis, counterpoint and complete bypass of logical thought. It is scared by, and nullified by rational reasoning. Thought is acidic to Faith – it is the anti-matter in the universe of Faith. Nothing solid is offered by Faith, only the name of a man. Jesus of Nazareth. Once cast under the light of logic and reason … the supernatural events and sophistry that the Bible offers up for Christians to believe in … simply blow away like fine dust in the wind.

          • Trac

            The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
            Jeremiah 17:9

            Faith in Christ questioned Bloody Mary and Rome. It questions the very nature of our flesh and thoughts that are blinded to truth when left to it’s own desires and it is faith that questions the sinful nature of man and his propensity to do evil when left to his own desires.

            Thought is acidic to Faith? Really, pray tell. Faith in Christ allows a man to dwell outside the box of limited possibilities, faith in man chains the soul to the confines of this worlds depravity.

            To not believe in Christ and to say one has not faith in something is deception at best and a lie at worst. You have faith Irish, oh you do have faith.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Oh, I’m looking for salvation, Trac. I am. I’ve asked religious friends about it, one moral, one not, but both have faith. It very much came down into them in an almost mystical/magical way. I’m all up for that – but it just never happened … and I’ve been on my knees many times. Oh, I’m waiting for it Trac, I’d love the comfort of faith … but it doesn’t stand up to reason. I’m stuck on reason, that’s it. hat’s the barrier.

          • Trac

            God is timeless. I was 39 when I received the promise. God see’s the heart, man only see’s the outward appearance. This is where the Lord has been moving me from the beginning. I don’t judge anyone that does not accept my faith but I do believe that I have an obligation to speak to misconceptions and errors concerning it though. I get a lot of ribbing because of it but that’s ok. I understand your desire to find a better way.

          • Irish Sweetness

            That’s what I’m talking about !! You were 39?! I can only assume it was during a low point? People never seem to find God when they’re happy, ever notice that?We as people are supposedly not supposed to make important decisions when we’re upset.

            No call from Jesus yet. Maybe I’m the son of Lucifer.

          • Trac

            Seek Him and you will find him. Seek something else and you will find that too. Jesus is the call for me.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            Irish, i’m not super religious but I think it’s safe to say that you’ve proved that you’ve taken “questioning” and made it acidic to common sense. You’ve taken scientific principles and distorted them to fit a mold of your own belief in fucking aliens.

          • Irish Sweetness

            No, I’ve applied them. It’s mathematically impossible, that we are alone as intelligent beings in the universe. The evidence that they are already here is enormous. I’m mean ENORMOUS. Buzz Aldrin, told us that they were accompanied part of the way by by a UFO on Apollo 11. They captured the same type of craft with a video camera on a later mission. So the second man on the moon is a liar? Dr.Edgar Mitchell? Gordo Cooper? American heroes are lying to us? The evidence is everywhere, it’s just that there are those, like yourself, that refuse to believe it and just filter it out.

          • MB30SD

            this… but you’re welcome to it, just don’t try to force it down my throat and use it to make yourself better instead of to put yourself on a pedestal and talk and act down to those who don’t believe in the exact same thing.

            Unfortunately, it’s the latter as much or more than the former.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            ” Kindness, compassion, temperance, long suffering etc. Good fruit and bad fruit, yes?”

            I knew you were Buddhist!

          • Irish Sweetness

            “For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.” Romans 7:14-25

          • MB30SD

            Hos… be trippin’… 24:7

            BOOM!

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        ha. Early Jesus images portrayed him as clean-shaven. Resembling Apollo.

        http://www.messiahmatrix.com/Apollo%20Jesus%20shepherd.jpg

        Buddha was supposedly fit too, but of course the west fattened him up a bit because that’s what we do. Fatten everyone up.

    • Irish Sweetness

      If it’s as deep a daft as they say, then 14 isn’t a bad spot to trade down from, trading away your lowest picks in return.

  • Big Mike

    Not looking at any of this until the day before free agency starts. I think March 8th, Bears can make offers to their own guys and March 11th, is time to raid the cookie jar. I’m hoping for a Brandon Marshall size free agency surprise. I’d be very happy with a Sauson sized grab. (of course on the defensive side of the ball. Then we can go to sleep for a month and half. Start following the draft in May. By then the rankings will have been solidified. Opinions will be set in concrete and then we can have the draft, which will be something different than the rankings and opinions.

    • Johnathan Wood

      Bears can sign any of their own guys except Josh McCown (or anybody else who was on a one year minimum contract) at any time.

      March 8 is when teams can officially start talking to any free agents and discussing contracts, March 11 is when they can be signed with new teams.

  • George Hernandez

    Ok, so I found this site http://thesidelineview.com/columns/draft/advanced-trends-nfl-draft-2004-present it chronicles some of the physical traits of players drafted from 2004-2012 and determines which ones are most likely indicators of future success (all-pro selections). Here is the trend for DE’s:

    DEFENSIVE ENDS
    When reviewing 4-3 scheme defensive ends drafted since 2004 who became all-pro players, the following tendencies stood out:
    Sub 4.8 40-yard-dash
    Minimum 34.5” arm length

    The guys who meet those parameters in this years class are Clowney, Kareem Martin (UNC) and William Clarke (WVU). Now obviously the tape is king and the physical stuff is just a confirmation but if Martin or Clarke have decent tape they may be good pros and will probably be late Day 2 (Martin) or Late Day 3 (Clarke) selections. Both are 6’6″ 272 so they would bring good size to the position as well. Prefer Martin to Clarke based on collegiate production. I’ll probably go back and look at DT’s tomorrow.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Interesting, we might find our DE in a later round, freeing us up to trade down and beef up, and allowing ourselves to take a few fliers on an RB and a WR, maybe a TE.

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        we don’t need to beef up with more college draft picks. we need 1st and 2nd round bullseyes and cheap vet FA depth that has NFL experience. We also need Martellus to be allowed to run vertical routes once in a while instead of that 3 yard out bullshit.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          It felt like Marty Rex was hobbled a lot last year. Maybe that’s why he didn’t stretch the seams as much. Plus, McCown doesn’t exactly have a canon, so that was probably taken into consideration.

          We do need to get more vertical though, esp now that our Oline has proven capable. Small ball can be effective, but against good Ds like the Seahawks, teams gotta be able to threaten the whole field. Hopefully, Wilson and Marty Rex are unleashed.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Uni was hobbled. On McCown, Joe Montana didn’t have a strong arm, don’t need one. McCown is accurate, Cutty isn’t. Josh can get it downfield just fine, and at an angle that’s more conducive to catching the ball IMHO. A burner is fine, but I like our tools on O as long as they stay healthy. O is not the problem facing us in the draft.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            McCown is not accurate. Every writer admits that. He didn’t push the envelope so he didn’t make many mistakes on paper. That doesn’t mean we didn’t piss away some games. He was the dump off king because that’s what Trestman wanted him to do.

          • Irish Sweetness

            You don’t get the rating and TD-INT ratio he had if you’re not accurate. He went downtown when he had to, and he’s definitely more accurate than Cutler FWIW.

  • gpldan

    Fun fact:

    Roberto Garza’s senior year at Miami his QB was Bernie Kosar.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I liked that Brown’s team. And he had his own video ….the Louie Louie one.

      • gpldan

        • Irish Sweetness

          They couldn’t have made a more basic ‘thing’ than that, other than doing it acapella.

  • gpldan

    Oh Happy Day! Today’s Mock Draft has Johnny Football in the NFC North.

    Oh yes. Yes…please. He’d be perfect as Ponder 2.0. Just perfect.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/draft/2014/02/27/mock-draft-johnny-manziel-jadeveon-clowney/5860817/

    • MB30SD

      Exactly. Dude’s going to go apeshit with all the money fame and end up flaming out HARD.

      obviously not a fan over here

  • SC Dave

    No time to see if already posted but Garza signed for one year…

    http://www.csnchicago.com/bears/bears-bring-back-veteran-center-roberto-garza?p=ya5nbcs&ocid=yahoo

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      Irish, will not be pleased

      • Irish Sweetness

        (shrugs)
        He can backup the guy the we draft, coach him up, no biggie.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      The timing is curious. The Eagles also signed up their C Kelce who was the #1 ranked center by PFF. Wonder if the Bears had their eye on him, and once he got signed, then they signed Garza.

      Or maybe both teams thought it was time. Hmmmm.

      One year…translation…we’re drafting a C, and maybe as high as the 3rd.

      • CanadaBear

        I read they based the deal on Raiola’s contract in Detroit.

  • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

    There are a lot of Defensive studs in this draft and it is a foregone conclusion that we will end up with a solid prospect. I woke up this morning and read some articles and have now convinced myself that Shea is going to be a badass blitzing SAM this year.
    mmmmBearssssss

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      lol, just writing that about Shea made me vomit a little in my mouth. I swallowed it back down.

      • Irish Sweetness

        What reasons are there to think he won’t make a great mike? Physically, he’s almost identical to Urlacher.

        • CanadaBear

          Did you ever see them standing next to each other?. #54 was much bigger. The Bears have been lying about CD’s weight. He’s 240 tops and I’m guessing a little less.

          • Irish Sweetness

            He could put on 10lbs of muscle easily being 6’3. Bostic is a little short maybe for dropping back in the cover 2, I like his size for OLB though. CD is really only 240? And he was playing DE ? That was just doomed from the start.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            His frame is just not built that way. Guys like Chandler Jones were measured by scientists and they determined that he would easily get 20lbs put on him in the pros. The Patriots got 15 on him in less than 8 months of pro training.
            Shea doesn’t have a frame to support that. He’s a pretty big dude just not NFL big.

          • CanadaBear

            I agree with Irish that he could add some muscle. I was kind of shocked this year when he looked the same as his rookie year. Usually rookies come in and think they’re in shape until they find out what the NFL is all about. The next year they usually look noticeably different.

          • MB30SD

            Exactly… so does that not throw up a big red flag for you??

          • CanadaBear

            I’ve hated this pick ever since I saw him play DE for the Bears. He still gets the benefit of the doubt about LB but I’m not expecting anything. Honestly I was blown away when he physically looked the same in year 2. I was sure he’d bulk up some to anchor the end.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            agreed Canada, they even admitted that he played last year under 247. That is about 10-20 lbs of MUSCLE that other guys have on him. I don’t care how big your fucking motor is if backups of backups can stonewall you.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            Lach was fucking GIGANTIC dude. He was 6’4 260 as a middle linebacker with a nasty disposition. His frame was enormous. I saw him hunched over a poker table with some tramp and his back was probably fucking 3 and a half feet wide.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            his neck alone has more girth than Shea’s thigh.

        • MB30SD

          HE’S NEVER FUCKING PLAYED THE POSITION IN HIS ENTIRE FUCKING LIFE IRISH!!!!!!

          You are infuriating some times.

          • MB30SD

            …but I still love ya

  • gpldan

    More playoffs being fast tracked for 2015

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/24458844/report-lot-of-momentum-for-2015-nfl-playoff-expansion

    Because more is more, right?

  • AlbertInTucson

    Listening to SVP & Rusillo the 4-letter on the way back from lunch. Van Pelt took Pitt DT Donald with the 8th pick of a mock draft

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    My biggest Bear concern is if Emery can actually draft defense.
    Shea at DE made fans collectively groan.
    Hardin in the 3rd made fans scratch their head.

    Tucker advising doesn’t exactly inspire faith. That’s probably why Emery hired college heads fresh from the ranks.

    This is the draft which will foreshadow how our organization will be. Emery now has his guys at almost every level. This is truly his team now.

    Will we be one of those teams that are always looking to shore up the defense, like the Falcons, etc and be perennial wild-card fodder, or can Emery draft both sides and create a power house for years to come?

    Stay tuned.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Does the sound of fans groaning actually mean anything? Nope. Three years down the line does though, and if Country turns out to be our MLB for the next ten years?

      Has anyone here actually seen Hardin play football ? Most football fans spend their whole lives scratching their heads anyway, through fleas or stupidity.

      Emery get 3-4 years before we can evaluate him. He drafts the seeds, and meato fans (not you Butch) immediately think they know what the flowers are going to look like? I can only judge him on his pressers, which are sensible, sound and ultra-professional. too early to pick the fruit from the tree though, his team isn’t ripe yet.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        CHANDLER JONES was available when we picked Shea.

        Groan #1.

        Then, Emery and gang insisted on making Chicken Dinner a DE, instead of a LB like everyone with eyes thought he should be.

        Groan #2.

        I must admit that I initially didn’t like the Long pick (especially when DT Floyd was still on the board). But Emery was right there. As he was with Alshon (I loved that pick).

        Point is. Emery might be excellent in evaluating the offensive but not defensive side of the ball. He wouldn’t be the first GM that’s only good at evaluating one side. The Saints and Packers always seem to struggle to field a decent D, but it only takes ONE year to get somewhat lucky at D.

      • MB30SD

        The alien shit is actually funny/in the realm of possibility…. but you mother fucking lose me when you actually fucking say with a straight face… Did anyone actually see hardin play football.

        Irish, my brother, are you mother fucking serious?

        The answer is no… he’s always fucking injured!!!!!

        The bears entire d coaching staff saw the guy play all through camp and the pre season. They fucking threw him on the trash heap man.

        Aliens are fine, please don’t say stupid shit about hardin again though. .. that’s taking it too far.

        • Irish Sweetness

          That’s my point. No one saw him play, yet everyone’s down on him. He got injured. It happens. It didn’t work out for him.

          • MB30SD

            No… He was bad AND he’s always injured man. BOTH not just the one.

            And not just injured, the dude hasn’t played a full season since his sophomore year in college!!!!!!

  • bearsfantillend

    Incognito hit his ferrari with a baseball bat…. i was almost willing to give this guy a slight pass on the hazing/bullying thing but now he went out and beat up a poor defenceless but beautiful car. the guy is batshit crazy.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/02/27/report-incognito-vandalized-his-own-car-with-a-bat/

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Maybe Incognito is a performance artist. Or maybe smashing a Ferrari was a statement against the social-political inequalities…or maybe, Incognito became existential…

      http://youtu.be/m9gjW9RmkpY

      Nahhh…Roid Rage.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        Jebus…Incognito must have read me…

        ““Oh that was that was just me venting,
        that was self expression, that’s a piece of art. The happiest day of my
        life was when I got that car and now the second happiest day will be
        when I donate it to charity,” Incognito said. “The Ferrari is a story
        unto itself, the Ferrari is one entity, but I will tell you this the
        Ferrari is going to be for sale through my mission which is helping the
        brotherhood, whatever brotherhood it is.”

        Now he’s checking himself in to some shrink. Maybe he’s a misunderstood genius?

        Nahhhhh. Roid Rage.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Still want this guy MB? He’s so fucking stupid … he vandalized HIS OWN CAR.

      • MB30SD

        no. he’s a fucking law suit/homicide trial waiting to happen.

        Roids have obviously fucked this dude’s head. He done.

  • George Hernandez

    FYI Chandler Jones was 6’5″ 266 with 35.5 inch arms although his 40 was 4.87.

  • Cormonster

    Anyone here like Jeopardy!? Here’s an interesting article about a contestant who is kicking ass right now and how he prepared for the show.

    http://www.avclub.com/article/controversial-jeopardy-champ-arthur-chu-tells-his–201355

    The interview was after his fourth show. Now he’s won 8 shows for a total of $238,200. Today he won $58,200. A month or two of “training” and devising a strategy have really paid off.

    • NewBearInTown

      Really fascinating read. He doesn’t give himself enough credit as that is a lot of memorization he did in those 2 months, and a lot of well planned strategizing. But very impressive.
      I rather enjoy the game theory discussion about “betting to tie” as well. I had to go to a different article for that explanation, but its really fascinating.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Von Neumann. All his baby.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Fascinating indeed.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Snoop Lion, Adiddas and collusion at the combine, oh my…

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/3-things-you-didnt-see-at-the-NFL-Combine.html

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    This isn’t a bad piece by Blind Squirrel. You may want to take a shower afterwards.

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/NFL-Draft-101.html

    • MB30SD

      Oh hell no

      • NewBearInTown

        The piece is fine. You can’t deny that Angelo has a ton of experience and first hand articles are usually nice to read to get perspective. I didn’t learn much reading it though, he doesn’t give anything in the way of anecdotes or unique experiences. Just a basic outline of how teams grade players.
        One thing I am very interested in, from a business perspective, is the organizational structure teams use to scout literally thousands of players. That’s a lot of information to synthesize. And its even tougher for the colleges scouting high school players. I want to hear a former GM explain that job.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Even one that sucked ballz at it? I’ve never been a senior manager, never been near professional sports, and I would bet my life I would have done a better job than him roster-wise. He never got us in a position to win the big one (don’t mention the superbowl, Grossman was our QB), and left the squad in tatters.

          • CanadaBear

            He did some things well but not consistently. There were always glaring holes in the roster. He got worse and eventually had to go. His strong suit was offensive line (according to him). He did well with OL FA’s for a few years but he couldn’t draft an OLmen to save his life. Everybody rags on Lovie (for the most part rightfully so) but I was always impressed he could do as well as he did with JA picking the players.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Oh, Angelo was the demon no doubt, Lovie could only play the cards he was dealt. When Rex Grossman is your QB, there’s only so much you can do. The Arizona miracle was the epitome of that whole era.

          • MB30SD

            bullshit. a fucking blind bat could see that neckbeard was the better QB. LOVIE stuck with rex, not angelo.

            That said, they’re both worth a bag of dicks… a very small and very dirty bag at that.

          • johnnywad

            You know its late February when the thread contains Orton/Grossman comparisons. Amiright?

          • MB30SD

            you are, you are

          • Johnathan Wood

            both Orton and Grossman were better suited to be top-end backups than starters though.

          • MB30SD

            yeeees, and the other, better option waaassss….?

            My point wasn’t that they were both mid-level game managers (they are), it’s that orton was the much better, safer choice of the two mid-level game managers in my mind. As proven by his play while rex was out.

          • Johnathan Wood

            I wouldn’t say Grossman was a game manager. He was a worse version of Cutler. Gunslinger with risk/reward, only he had too much risk and not enough reward.

            Orton’s game-managing style was definitely a better fit for those defense-led teams that were trying to copy Baltimore and Tampa Bay, both of whom won Super Bowls with dominant defenses and game managing QBs.

          • MB30SD

            I proffer that if TJ had been kept in the game… why in God’s name he was taken out I’ll never know (except that lovie is a buffoon who has no idea what he’s doing on o) and orton was in instead of grossman, we’d have won that game.

            We got spotted 7 right off the bat for christ sake.

          • Johnathan Wood

            Jones averaged over 7 ypc and Peyton couldn’t throw deep due to the rain.

            So what did the Bears do? Take away the deep ball and give up the underneath stuff readily, stop running Jones to let Grossman chuck it around in the rain.

            Fucking brilliant.

          • MB30SD

            yep. exactly. unfuckingbelievable.

            And people wonder why I hate lovie so much. Really you don’t get why? Really?!?!?

          • johnnywad

            Been saying it for years. Still pissed.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I watched the highlights for the first time last month. It took that long.

          • johnnywad

            Did you seek therapy afterwards? Are there Bears Anonymous groups over there?

          • Irish Sweetness

            Throw in Mike Brown and Tommie Harris, no fucking question we win that game …. and Turtlehead would have retired like Marino ….0 rings … FUUUCK!

          • Irish Sweetness

            Orton was/is a good QB. Rex Thalidomide should not be in the NFL period.

          • gpldan

            He did some things well but not consistently.

            Masturbate? Piss the Ravens off?

            Anything worth doing well he sucked at.

          • MB30SD

            this and only this.

          • CanadaBear

            He actually had pretty good success for a few years in the mid to late rounds. There was enough depth on the roster for good ST’s (at the expense of an offense). Also, the OL FA’s were good for 3-4 years. I didn’t hate him for the first few years and then it all went the other way.

          • johnnywad

            And masturbating doesn’t even count. Everybody kicks ass at that. So its really just the Ravens thing and making up new sayings like “We’re not gonna get into that hand basket.”. He said that.

          • Johnathan Wood

            Canada, he simply couldn’t draft offense to save his life. In 10+ years on the job, the only above-average offensive player he ever drafted was Matt Forte. Not a single WR, OL, TE, or QB.

            OK, I guess you could say Olsen was above-average. But he then dumped Olsen after only a few years for some inexplicable reason. And Colombo was a fine RT, but not for Chicago.

        • MB30SD

          want to know the truth NB. I couldn’t even bring myself to actually read it. I know, immature and unreasonable.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)
        • Irish Sweetness

          Shit-eater.

    • CanadaBear

      I like the comments. Shocked to find JA apologists. They love the guy! Stunned!

      • Johnathan Wood

        he totally got screwed. His exemplary draft record over 10+ years totally speaks for itself.

        Oh wait…

  • gpldan

    Sharper turned himself in.

    The DA’s filing is very unpleasant. Says Sharper was Mr. Roofie, spiking the drinks and then hitting it while the ladies were passed out.

    • MB30SD

      I don’t get why though. Famous NFL player, tons of money, I’m only into white guys, but he’s a good looking dude (http://sportsmasher.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/DarrenSharper.jpg)…

      Just don’t get it.

      • johnnywad

        Its because he’s fucking dumb. See Aaron Hernandez

      • CanadaBear

        It’s not about the sex. It’s about power and control. He has some serious issues. Pretty sure he’s going to have a looooooooooong time to work on those issues.

  • gpldan

    Is Switzer fucking senile? In a weird case of reverse racism, he says white QBs suck.

    http://college-football.si.com/2014/02/28/barry-switzer-on-johnny-manziel-id-never-recruit-a-white-quarterback/

    This despite Tim Tebow being one of the great running QBs in history. And notable others being drafted solely on their arm strength and pocket passing, like Bridgewater.

    He’s like a dinosaur reinforcing stereotypes, even ones that are positive to the minority.

  • MB30SD
  • gpldan

    Jeff re-tweets:

    @EricBandazewski Well if u know football, you’d know a nickel is just as important as your SAM backer. Plays as much if not MORE.

    So by making Chicken Dinner a SAM, we take him off the field when Isiah Frey is in – which is a lot – so Chicken Dinner will only be playing on 1st down situations mostly – and mostly against the run.

    So, in essence, we spent a #1 pick to replace Roach, except this guy can’t backfill at Mike. Awesome.

    • MB30SD

      yep. busty bust… and not the kind I love.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        Your new nick name is McHater!

        Eat your Snickers already.
        OR in your case, one gram of sugar.

        • MB30SD

          Settle the fuck down. Just kidding.

          How about mcrealist instead? Actually I’m fine with mchater UNTIL I’m right.

          I was right about conte, about hardin, and I will be right about cd.

          …oh, and I have magic bears birthdays. It skips a year, but next year is gonna be good. I’m hoping for a title.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            McHATE-rade.

          • MB30SD

            That’s a good one

          • Irish Sweetness

            HATORADE !!!

          • MB30SD

            Hateasaurus

        • Irish Sweetness

          McHatin’ ! MWAHH!

          The one-word I.D. ….

          McHATIN’

          (dances around like a little leprechaun)

          Spock/Data …. McHatin’ … ALL IN ONE WEEK !!!!

          It’s me pot o’ gold !!!!

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Shea will play some SAM and MLB, and every so often, a LEO/ROVER AND DE (Yes, he’ll prob line up at DE on 3rd and 40s).

      I still contend his best position would be MLB, but what do I know?

      • johnnywad

        So he’s the Swiss Army Knife of shitty first round busts. Nothing like a guy with no true position and horrible instincts to go with it. I just realized I hate him.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          In his defense, it’s not HIS fault the Bears (Emery, Lovie, Marinelli?) cast him at DE.

          What’s he going to do, tell them, “Fuck you, I’m a LB”? Two years later, he now has to learn how to become an NFL LB in a totally new scheme.

          If he were drafted by the Pack or the Pats like many thought originally, he might have become a lot more productive. Guess we’ll find out.

          • johnnywad

            Chicken Dinner’s Dad

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            I prefer Chicken Supper.

            Sometimes draft picks get mis-cast by over ambitious GMs.

            I don’t blame Hester for sucking at WR either.

          • MB30SD

            I don’t give a fuck… If he can’t play and be good at what he’s asked to do, cut him.

            ~ hatey McHater

        • MB30SD

          Just now… you just now realized that.

          • johnnywad

            Somehow it just blossomed. I can’t explain it.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I concur, Butch. It’s you and me in the Shamus@Mike boat. Just the two of us, in a very small dinghy.

    • Johnathan Wood

      they’re gonna look to run some hybrid nickel fronts that go with a 3-3 formation instead of 4-2. So that keeps the SAM on the field.

      • Johnathan Wood

        everybody keeps making the Bruce Irvin comparison. Irvin played just about half the snaps for SEA last year.

    • SC Dave

      We’ll see

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Dion Jordan combine #s.

    http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/dion-jordan?id=2539288

    Weaknesses.

    “Might be an end/linebacker ‘tweener for some teams due to his tall, lean
    frame. Must improve upper-body strength to get off blocks and gain
    leverage against NFL-caliber linemen. His height will make it more
    difficult for him to get low to stop ballcarriers’ momentum or corral
    them in the open field. Inconsistent working through initial contact to
    chase plays and finding the ball in the backfield. Susceptible to cut
    blocks in space, must learn to see and beat them with his hands. Can get
    knocked off his pass rush route by a strong punch.

    bottom line:

    Jordan’s 2012 season ended on a down note, aggravating a shoulder injury
    during the team’s bowl game. He will miss the Senior Bowl and part of
    the draft process because of it, but Jordan offers a unique blend of
    comfort in space, length, and pass rush ability. His box scores may not
    appeal to everyone, but Jordan was frequently asked to cover receivers
    or tight ends after lining up in the slot opposite them. His future
    appears to be at strongside linebacker in a four man front, with the
    ability to rush the passer, or as an outside linebacker in a three-man
    front.”

    • Johnathan Wood

      He’s in the Shea mold, only probably a better version. Miscast as a 4-3 DE.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        I wonder if they would be open to trade Shea for him straight up.

        The 9ers and Chiefs traded their 1st round bust WRs like that, if I remember correctly.

        Grass is always greener…

        • Johnathan Wood

          I would do that in a heartbeat if I was the Bears. Dunno why MIA would do that though. Sounds like they want to stick in a 4-3.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            Because they’re Miami.

          • Johnathan Wood

            the only organization that offered a promotion to a front office guy from Cleveland and was denied.

            That still cracks me up.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            When I come across some of their headlines, I have to make sure it’s not from The Onion.

            Dion Jordan came off a shoulder inj his rookie year. And then he was buried in the depth chart. I wonder what round pick he would garner?

            I would give up a 3rd, or like a 7th and Shea.

  • Shady

    Red Bryant is now available? Uh, yes please! Emery get own that bat phone right meow!

    • Irish Sweetness

      Shady’s Catwoman.

      We need more trans-genders, Muslims and queers on the blog.
      Or is there a Da Bears Boutique ? Founded by Greg Olsen and Hattie Hillenmeyer.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Well, Hardy got franchised, and since Bryant was let go, I assume Michael Bennett’s going to get re-signed by the Hawks. The DE market just got slimmer.

  • MB30SD

    for all you guys who haven’t played organized FB and asked for a real perspective… Balwdwin just served it up on a platter for you: http://mmqb.si.com/2014/02/28/connor-barwin-nfl-locker-room-culture/?eref=sihp

    Nice read connor. well done.

    • SC Dave

      Thanks, MB.

      • MB30SD

        Welcome dave. We’re you been?

    • Irish Sweetness

      Great piece. I don’t know what an icy-hot is …. but it was a great piece.

      • MB30SD

        Icy – hot is the age old first haze tool of the trade.

        Football teams use the professional grade stuff. It’s basically thicker than normal petroleum jelly infused with a chemical that makes your skin ‘burn’ with ‘heat’ but that feels cold if you blow on it.

        Industrial strength Bengay basically.

        • CanadaBear

          OUCH! Practical jokes, Geesh. I had a bicycling friend that would come up behind you and dump as much water as possible down the crack of your ass just above the chamois. Guaranteed to cause a rash if you’re on a long ride. My favorite trick of his was a beauty. He would come up behind someone (male or female) on the bike, grab the elastic on the back of their shorts, pull them down and hook the elastic on the underside of the seat post bolt. He was a funny fucker and in really good shape. He would half-wheel blowhards constantly.

  • MB30SD

    some FA fodder.

    http://nfl.si.com/2014/02/21/nfl-free-agency-rumors-2014/?eref=sihp

    Hey look GP, we could get your favorite on SWOOOOOLE back!

    • gpldan

      Let’s sign Mark Sanchez if we lose McCown.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I fuckin’ see what you’re at, GP.

        (goes back to newspaper)

        • MB30SD

          News…. paper? What’s that?

  • MB30SD

    some of you guys might find this funny: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwPg2oarG_c

    My ex says this all the time, and I’m like… wanna trade?!

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      tarring a roof in july as a redhead…yeah, that would be pretty rough lol

      • MB30SD

        hahahaha

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3OkaJnlWFQ (jerry angelo… you’ll know when you hear it)

        • tobijohn

          Why have I never heard of this guy? He’s hilarious. I’ll be up now too late watching all his bits on YouTube…

          • Irish Sweetness

            “there is no reason to hit a woman”. Check that one out.

          • Irish Sweetness

          • tobijohn

            It’s in his HBO special. Just as I thought, I was up until 1:00am watching his stuff. I was laughing so hard at some of it, I had trouble breathing:

            Jesus, I must be living in a cave. The guy’s been around for almost a decade…

          • Irish Sweetness

            He was in Breaking Bad for two years. Quite the little actor.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          haha…women can act retarded, and NO physical ramifications.

          That’s why you gotta have a sister or girl cousin who can whoop some ass. Regulate.

    • tobijohn

      That was f’n funny. Bookmarked….

      • Irish Sweetness

        Ah, that bit on lotion was funny. “Ever wondered why your dick looks brand new, but the rest of you looks like an aging pirate …?”

    • SC Dave

      I was going to post this in response to Irish’s baptism of Burr to the blog as I thought it was hilarious. On his theme, I’ve been talking about it for 30 years – there are NO feminists that want to give up their spot on the lifeboat to any (here said with the ultimate disdain…) man.

      • CanadaBear

        I do think being a stay at home mom and doing it well, is as important as the bread winner. I don’t think it’s any harder and oftentimes, easier, but it’s still a hell of job if you’re doing it well. That Bill Burr clip IS hysterical!

        Of all the things that women bitch about as part of the housework, the one job that I never understood why they bitch so much is laundry. As long as you have a washer/dryer at home, how is this a big deal?

        BTW, I do laundry all the time.

        • DaMurph

          Me too Canada, every damn load!

        • MB30SD

          it’s just something to bitch about. Try taking out the trash in the rain in the cold at 11 at night. sucks.

          My least favorite chore…. vaccuming. God I hate vacuuming.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I love Bill Burr. I’ve been watching a lot of Burr/Louis CK recently. NOTH.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Word. I have to do the ‘mother’ job AFTER I finish work. Those three or four hours where I get to do nothing but sleep are my most cherished and prize possessions. People are afraid of death? I can’t fucking wait. All that doing nothing. Awesome.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Corey Wootton should be resigned. If Tucker is what we know he is the Bears will look for another DC in a year. Wootton could be a DE in a 3-4 or hybrid D if that’s what the next DC wants to do. We need run stopping DT big time… our LB corp is so poor against the run that poor doesn’t cut it.

    • Cormonster

      Barb, your right next to Ukraine. Can you give us some insights on what’s going on and why.

      • MB30SD

        he’s already bailed… or battened down the hatches. Fuck with that history, I’d be outta there already. Next comes the genocide.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I’m very busy at the moment with the pussy and NFL, soccer and NBA. Don’t know and don’t give a shit about politics. Cause I don’t watch TV I didn’t know there where problems over there until 2 days ago. My read on that stuff is pretty clear… the ukrainians (with foreign/western help) got all anti-russian during the Olympics (naturally the right chess move). As the Games ended the Russians did what they do… the upped the ante. It’s all bullshit… remember The Cold War wasn’t real. PS: Why do you give a fuck ? It’s all propaganda…you should defend your IQ and ignore.

  • MB30SD

    uh oh: http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/28/health/cte-soccer-rugby/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

    (but we knew this already… didn’t we? DIDN’T WE!?!?!?!)

    • johnnywad

      Wonder if anybody is looking for it in runners. Does bouncing up and down do it? If so, time to stop worrying about it.

    • Cormonster

      I’m not buying the reason for CTE (tau) until more research is done. Right now it’s just a hypothesis with anecdotal evidence and the “disease” has been given a name. The press loves this shit so they make a big deal out of it, even though most of them are meatheads that have no clue what the hell they are talking about.

      • gpldan

        You didn’t watch the the Frontline special, did you?

        • Cormonster

          Yes, I did.

          • Cormonster

            The meatheads comment was directed towards sports reporters.

          • gpldan
          • Cormonster

            I didn’t say she’s full of shit. I said it’s anecdotal evidence and a hypothesis. From what I can recall of the program only 2 or 3 doctors were interviewed. That doesn’t prove shit.

            I rewatched about 20 minutes of the interview you posted. Same conclusion.

      • MB30SD

        Hmmmm… Although a small sample size, 45 out of 46 brains donated so far. I would call that statistically significant.

        • johnnywad

          Only significant if compared to all other athletes. If the researchers look at 45 brains from marathon runners, hickey players, soccer players, basketball players, etc. I think they will find CTE there as well its not being looked at as far as I know. Here’s a theory I’m kicking around in my head. I started thinking about it after CTE was discovered in the brain of a baseball player. If its truly caused by movement of the brain inside the skull to the point of micro-injury, what is the threshold for the occurrence of injury? What if it can be caused by running on hard surfaces bouncing the brain up and down? (See basketball and long distance running.). A prevalent line of thinking in the CTE field is
          that a significant portion of the damage is caused by repeated sub-concussive hits. (Think Oklahoma drill). Okay fine. If that’s so, then why don’t we see the symptoms of CTE in guys like yourself? Or guys that only played through high school? Surely a
          kid that starts playing in 4th grade takes enough hits to the head by the time he leaves high school to because a problem in this scenario.
          I think there’s a very important component
          to all of this we’re not seeing. Not all of the brains that were shown to be full of CTE belonged to people that exhibited outward symptoms of the disease. They weren’t all depressed, suicidal, moody, angry, etc.
          So I’m entertaining the possibility that the root of the symptomatic problems lies somewhere else. I’m wondering if maybe there is some precursor to Tau that exists at a higher level in the guys that struggle with mental illness after finishing the game. What if the vulnerability to the disease lies within the brain before they ever play a down of football? What if its not just the presence of Tau isn’t the cause of the problem but the body’s reaction to it? Are some people “allergic” to it and others not?
          I’m also very curious to find out where else we can find the problem. What other athletes have it and why aren’t they killing themselves in proportion to football players. Maybe you have to be a little crazy (susceptible to tau related health issues) to start with to play football in the first place.
          Bottom line for me is two things. They have only begun to crack this nut so let’s not light our hair on fire just yet. And as our good friend Doc Nitty said, “You gotta die of something “. I’m paraphrasing there but you get the point.

          • DaMurph

            Already tying it to soccer and the “header”. Its the hot story right now. I agree, Ill wait till more research is done on other sports and jobs.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Headbanging – there’s another one. Anyone ever do that here? Your average metal bash is about three hours long, a large proportion of that is ramming your brain around inside its case, repeatedly, incessantly, as fast as you can.

            SMH (slowly)

          • Irish Sweetness

            How many of the brains belonged to heavy drinkers? Do they know that? I’ll bet they don’t. Alcohol kills brain cells, brain cells don’t regenerate.

          • gpldan

            Tau plaque is not caused by drinking. There are plenty of alcoholics with brain autopsies. Christ, at least LOOK at the fucking research.

  • George Hernandez

    I’m a little upset Brewer vetoed that Bill in AZ, not because I’m for discrimination, but because the only other city that bid on the game was Tampa (my neck of the woods) and I would’ve enjoyed seeing the Bears win the super bowl in my backyard. Oh well, hope AZ finds a way to screw it up.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Looking through the FA thing there :

    The Jets are looking at McCown (as everyone should be).

    James Jones might walk out of GB.

    Michael Bennett is not getting franchised. Go Phil.

    • MB30SD

      McCown won’t go to that shit show.

      Why?

      Bennett is getting a deal. They cut red specifically to make room for it.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Did the Packer miss Jines much when he was out?

      • Johnathan Wood

        No. Jordy and Cobb are clearly better than Jones, and they have another young guy who played just as well as him last year. They have the $$ to keep him, just not the need to.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Can you say “No leverage”, Mr. Jones?

      • Irish Sweetness

        He had 14 TDs in 2012.

        • MB30SD

          this is 2014… what has he done for them lately?

  • MB30SD
  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    alright, some of you are car guys. I propose a car-fa game. It’s pretty simple. Name an FA, and compare him to a car.

    Peanut? hmmmm…

    a 1972 Camaro.

    It was bad ass. It was underrated. You had tons of memory in it, including drunk bangings. But it’s been breaking down, and you just don’t trust it to get you from point a to point b anymore.

    You can look super cool in it, revving up its motor, being a badass. But you can also easily look the fool waiting for AAA to pick you up by the side of the road.

  • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

    Briggs:
    A 1990 Land Rover Defender 90.

    A highly durable all purpose all terrain vehicle that can survive African Genocides, machine gun fire and multiple child support lawsuits. This car still fetches sizable amounts of money because it rarely breaks down and still gets the job done in style. it still feels that it can perform like it did when it was a 3rd year player. This car loves to impregnate chicks in River North and also to read comic books.

    • Johnathan Wood

      Cutler: Dodge Viper that was driven by a stupid teenage girl for 5 years

      Car looks like it should be amazing, has an incredible engine (all the physical tools), but never quite puts it all together into what it should be due to questionable decision making (letting a 16 year old girl drive).

      Still good, but not quite as good as you’d expect.

      • Johnathan Wood

        ok, it’s a stretch. I’m not a car guy.

        • MB30SD

          smh….. data.

      • gpldan

        The tendons in his body seem to have Dodge build quality.

        +396 blog points for you, the displacement of the Challenger in cc.

  • Cormonster

    The situation is getting dicey in Ukraine. Russia sending in lots of troops.

    http://reason.com/blog/2014/03/01/russia-sending-troops-to-ukraine-may-rec

  • MB30SD
    • SC Dave

      Perhaps the last four words of the article have something to do with it?

      • MB30SD

        smfh. I mean at some point, you should be asked as an entire group… are your sum positive participation/investment into the global bank of moving things forward and upward outstripping your sum negatives… oh, they’re not? Since like Algebra was invented in like the 11th Century… really? Oh, terrorist attacks, suicide bombings, beheadings, indentured servitude, women beaten and killed, mass riots… hmmmmmm…

        What do you do with that? At some point, someone has to say enough. Add some fucking value and stop killing innocent people as your only major add to this earth or get dealt with. Jesus fucking christ… hey trac, can you talk to your guy? Can he deal with these animals?

        • CanadaBear

          I’m guessing the Chinese authorities probably won’t treat these people with kid gloves. Watching the Tour of China last fall I noticed a cop about every 100 meters on the route. They have A LOT of cops. Hope they put them to good use and kill these fuckers.

          • MB30SD

            agree… yes. they have a lot of… cops… and firemen, and factory workers… and….

  • MB30SD

    here you go rabbit: http://www.jarre.com/aerobull

    And it’s only 1000 pounds sterling (about, what $1,700)

  • MB30SD

    not a motorcycle guy, but this thing looks amazing: http://www.banditnine.com/fleet/eve/

    • Irish Sweetness

      I can see a slot for a vagina …..

    • CanadaBear

      Form over function for sure.

      • MB30SD

        yeah, I was thinking more than 30 minutes riding that thing and you’re taint/sack will be screaming for a break…

        …but you’ll look like a badass version of spacesman spiff right up until your scrotum explodes.

  • MB30SD

    josh mccown… prius

    • tobijohn

      Bill Burr…Prius

      • MB30SD

        Although he drives one… he’s the Dodge Ram with the hemi of recent ccomedians

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      the car you want to replace a gas guzzling 800HP vehicle?

      • MB30SD

        no, the car that’s either driven like the person is an old fucking grandmother, or like they are trying to prove that just because they bought a prius that don’t drive like an old fucking grandmother and almost run everyone off the road.

        There’s no inbetween with those cars. One extreme or the other.

  • MB30SD

    omg… bill burr IS irish

    • Irish Sweetness

      Angry, ex-alco, red-head ….. dude …..

      Lemmy’s on keyboard ! WTF?

      • MB30SD

        he’s funny as fuck. You just wish you had his paycheck right?

      • tobijohn

        Was that him? I was thinking that guy sure looks a lot like my Motorhead hero…

        • Irish Sweetness

          It’s totally Lemmy.

  • AlbertInTucson

    In weather fit only for REAL Penguins, 62,000+ plus showed up tonight at Soldier Field to watch the Blackhawks beat Pittsburgh.

    • Cormonster

      That game was fun to watch, especially in the 1st period.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Reminded me of my days as a kid, playing hockey on the frozen Fox River.

        • SC Dave

          I’m sure that’s a big part of the appeal; bringing back at least the open-air part of the game. Actually, playing a game on a river or pond where a city had an improved waterfront might be even more successful, although mounting the board might be a little tricky. Not sure how the rink is made… hmm…

          .. maybe they could use the Rideau Canal in Ottawa? Not sure it’s wide enough, but both teams would be playing on the same surface, so why not?

          • CanadaBear

            They make a fortune on these outdoor games. Normal attendance at rink is around 15,000. These games it can be up around 40-50,000. All about the money!

          • Cormonster

            62,000 at Soldier Field last night.

          • CanadaBear

            I knew it was a big crowd but I didn’t want to exaggerate. The first one in Edmonton a few years ago had an opening game of the oid Oilers vs old Canadiens. Then the current teams squared off. The actual temp was -30 C (-16 F). I couldn’t imagine sitting outside in that temp for 3-4 hours. It’s one thing if you’re moving around but sitting there, YIKES!

          • johnnywad

            Imagine 65,000 people sitting on a frozen river and all of them going through the ice at once as they’re swept under the edge at the break line by the current. No thank you.

          • SC Dave

            Okay, dumb idea, Not enough space for the viewers.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Hockey ….. at Soldier Field ….?

      That’s a joke, right?

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Cutler is that car GP posted on here on top gear. That death trap with a slit for a back window and like 800HP which was too powerful even for Stig.

    Ah…the Koeninigsegg CCX.

    http://youtu.be/Vyau3VUVVtI

    • MB30SD

      Jesus… that show is such car porn. Talk about a fucking job. Yes please!

      • gpldan

        The dirty little secret of the Dodge Challenger is that it’s a nice rental in the R/T form, with the 5.7L V8. It’s built on a Mercedes E-Chassis, and it’s a lovely highway car.

        You just feel the tool for being “Challenger Guy”, so it’s only recommended south of the Mason Dixon line.

    • gpldan

      Like the Swedish death trap, Cutler is also prone to having outings in which he bursts into flames.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        exactly. “Who needs smoking when you drive one of these!?”

  • CanadaBear

    Chicken Dinner is a Chevy Citation. Looks super versatile. Should be able to do it all. Sadly does nothing well and is out of production.

    • MB30SD
      • tobijohn

        I know, what were they thinking? Possibly the ugliest production car ever. That being said, were there others in the last thirty years or so if not surpassing the Aztek’s ugliness, have come close?

        • MB30SD

          MAYBE the gremlin… but it’s kind of a sweet car… but maybe that’s just the nostalgia talking.

          • Cormonster

            AMC made some awesome cars. The Pacer, Gremlin, Rambler, Javelin, Matador, Concord, and Jeep.

          • CanadaBear

            And to think they went out of business????????????????

          • Cormonster

            I grew up about 30 blocks away from the main assembly plant. 52nd Street ran adjacent to the plant and was known to have the most bars of any street in America. Workers would head straight to the bars on break. For some reason Renault and Chrysler couldn’t make it work.

          • CanadaBear

            Growing up In the Quad-Cities there were a ton of farm implement factories. In the late ’70’s to early ’80’s they lost 30,0000 UAW jobs and a bunch of the job shops that were providing things for the factories. Of course, they had the insight to legalize riverboat gambling to bring in the tourists. It worked, busloads of little old ladies still go to gamble. None of them ever spend any money other than gambling but who could have guessed that? Other than anyone with half a brain.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Looks like the newest version of Walter White’s trusted POS ?

    • gpldan

      I’m willing to go full Pontiac Aztek for him. Because he looks so ugly while doing it.

      A car so bad, it sunk the manufacturer. Like Shae, who probably sunk Boise State for NFL Scouts.

      • MB30SD

        Dude… Did we make that call at the same time?! That car is terrifying

      • CanadaBear

        The only problem with that is Walter White made the Aztek cool.

        • MB30SD

          no, no he didn’t. James Brown couldn’t make that ridiculous POS cool.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Waltfootball is really draft-porn.

    This is who the Bears met at the combine, according to them.

    Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson (SR)

    Aaron Donald, DL, Pittsburgh (COM)

    Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois (COM)

    • MB30SD

      Tajh fucking Boyd?!?!?!?!

      What in THEEE fuck?!?

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        haha…we all know the Bears are drafting a project QB. But I think one has to fall to them.

        Jimmy Garrapolo from East Illi is intriguing, but probably won’t last very long.

        • MB30SD

          yeah, I get that, but not fucking boyd. Clemson was my first favorite college team from back in the day so I always try to catch a few games a year.

          He wasn’t great. Not the guy I’d want to pick up at least.

          • SC Dave

            Maybe they want him for Hester’s job

          • MB30SD

            he ran a 4.85.

            He’s exactly like devin, but in slow motion.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      ILB Smallwood met with the Bears too, according to one of the commenters
      And OC/OG Ikard.

      http://www.suntimes.com/sports/25813347-419/oklahomas-ikard-may-be-wise-pick-if-garza-leaves-bears.html

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Patrick Mannelly, 1995 Volvo Station Wagon, beige.

    It’s the car you were handed down to go to your prom. You were hoping for something cooler, but “it’s safe, and you should be grateful.” said your parents.

    20 years later it still sits in your garage, and runs. And now, you’re about to to give it away to your kids, and when they text you, “Thanks. I guess.” You’ll get all indignant, “When I was your age I would have killed to even have a car!”

    • Irish Sweetness

      Patrick Mannelly? Toyota Hilux. Virtually indestructible, drive it to the moon, and the chariot of choice, apparently, for your tinpot African Warlord. The .50 cal fits quite nicely on the back.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Checking out who teams met, one name keeps popping up that is very under the radar.

    HB Andre Williams.

    I did a little research on him, and dude is a beast. 5’11 220, runs angry. He doesn’t catch it much, but we got Forte for that. Hopefully, we can get him in the 5th.

    Here’s the scouting report on him. http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/college_player_scouting_report.html&player=164
    Here’s the tape (he was faster than I expected for a bruiser type). http://youtu.be/Ujt1S9P2XHE

    • Trac

      Only if we trade out for more picks. Half backs are a dime a dozen on practice squads all over the league.

      • MB30SD

        and we already have what seems to be a good one of those models already under contract.

    • Johnathan Wood

      I’ve had my eye on him for a little while. He’s actually gotten Forte comparisons from some in the scouting community. But the good speed at the combine helped bump his stock a little, supposedly, so he’s not supposed to be there in round 5 anymore.

      Really want them to look for a RB in round 5-6. Get a guy under contract for 4 years who can be your backup for the first 2 and then is solid, cheap, and experienced depth to give you options when Forte’s contract is up.

      RB is supposedly really deep this year. I’ll be somebody who’s supposed to be a round 3 or so guy falls to the 5th. Hope the Bears snatch him up.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        Is that the guy? I heard someone was supposed to be like Forte, but other than size, I don’t see much similarities.

        Did you see that vid http://youtu.be/Ujt1S9P2XHE

        at 0:17 and 1:22? He bulldozes and That’s a stiff arm from the Chappell Show when he’s clubbing.

        He also had ZERO catches, though maybe that was system? (Hard to imagine with zero catches).

        Still, I l really do like him. Apprently a lot of other teams do too since he’s getting interviewed like crazy.

        5th round (cross fingers).

    • Irish Sweetness

      Yes please.

    • MB30SD

      Article on him…. sounds like a beast and a great lockerroom guy: http://mmqb.si.com/2014/02/25/andre-williams-rookie-journey-the-mmqb/?mobile=no

  • MB30SD
    • CanadaBear

      As Ron White says, “You can’t fix stupid”.

  • MB30SD
    • Trac

      Yuk! Besides, nobody will get. Do they still teach geography?

      • MB30SD

        yes, but the kids are too busy texting and/or playing angry birds to listen/learn

        • johnnywad

          Flappy Bird. Angry Birds is for dorks.

          • MB30SD

            I thought flappy birds got taken offline… by the owner… who was making $50k A DAY… or was it a week. Anyway. smfh.

          • johnnywad

            My kids are still playing it. Not sure how that works. I played it for about two minutes and was ready to throw the iPad into the fireplace.
            Secondly, can you believe the money being made on the apps? Angry Birds was a cash cow.

          • MB30SD

            look up the real numbers on angry birds.

            mind. boggling.

          • Johnathan Wood

            you can’t buy it anymore. They can’t uninstall it from people who paid for it while it was on the market.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Wtf was the story there? I’m sick of making money?

          • MB30SD

            I think he felt guilty about turning young minds to mush.

            …I’d be like, ‘I feel really guilty about this. … so as soon as I have $5-$10M in the bank I’m going to discontinue this horrible game I invented. ‘

  • MB30SD
    • RenoBear

      Mmmmmmm… Byrd. If we can somehow land him I’d be in shock… Actually, no I wouldn’t. Maybe Emery has a knack for these kind of big signings, ie Marshall etc… But while I think Byrd going to be ridiculously expensive, buffalo has offered him a huge contract and he declined sooooo … Maybe he just wants to play for a team that has half a chance to be successful, and the Bears are firmly in that camp… A girl can dream

      • MB30SD

        yeah reno, I was thinking something similar. I do think he’ll still want big money, but I also think taking big cash to languish in fucking buffalo isn’t anyone’s idea of an ideal situation. At some point, if you love football and love wining (and aren’t just in it for the cash), you have to think, fuuuuuuck this. I want to see the inside of the playoffs at some point in my career, and maybe even the title game… and I’m willing to take a little less cash to make that happen.

        So yeah, us girls can dream.

        • SC Dave

          Wait, do we need any safeties?

          • MB30SD

            no… we’re totally good.

            ~ Lovie Smith (2004 – 2012)

          • MB30SD

            “fuuuuck… this is what we’ve gotta roll with?! These are the guys I’m stuck with till I fox your mess Lovie?!”

            ~ Phil Emery 2012/2013

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Too much money for Byrd.

      Let the Raiders pay him $10M a year. Fuck that.
      Good safeties are almost always hurt too.

      • MB30SD

        hater

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          I love Shea!

          Bwhaha

    • Trac

      What’s a few extra million? Sorry Jeff, couldn’t resist.

      • MB30SD

        yep

  • MB30SD

    Since we’ve been on bill burr lately.

    Check out ralphie may. He’s hilarious too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OfQi6zIlzE

    • Irish Sweetness

      Watching now … does he eat on stage?

      • MB30SD

        Yeah, he’s fat as hell… but funny.

  • MB30SD

    alright… all you irish theory haters.

    Time to eat crow. He was right. Aliens on earth DO indeed exist: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-66b6pCSO1Sw/UtwjyBPVkAI/AAAAAAAALow/00I10CWTxSg/s1600/Liza+Minnelli+at+The+Sag+Awards+2014.jpg

    Proof positive, right?!

  • Trac

    Likely scenarios don’t you think?

    McCown walks, Peanut chooses Lovie, Peppers gets cut.

    Could emery go after a guy like Randy Starks.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/player/randy-starks/news/200387?q=randy-starks

    He got into a little trouble but I think he’s salvageable.

    • Irish Sweetness

      First three are likely, but why would Emery make that guy the big vet signing? Might be best to pay Byrd and draft the DE and DT we need. Fresh DT knees and a vet safety, sign Jimmie Ward … hopefully Peanut stays.

      • Trac

        Emery needs to avoid going after the big fish that require big contracts while he rebuilds the D. Players like Starks are guys you can sign to 1 or 2 year deals that give Phil the flexibility he needs for cap space while allowing him to make the team better at the same time. This guy has been consistently good for a long time. Marshall’s and Alshon’s contracts are going to have to be renewed soon. Signing a guy like Byrd is for teams that are looking for the final pieces. We are not close by any stretch.

        • Johnathan Wood

          That’s why I like Linval Joseph. He’s only 25 and can be a building block for the future.

          • Trac

            Word is Joseph might be sniffing around for a 5 year $55 Mil deal and the Redskins are verrrry interested in him. I don’t see us out bidding that idiot Skins owner, do you?

            http://www.sportsmedia101.com/newyorkgiants/2014/02/13/washington-redskins-may-target-linval-joseph-in-free-agency/

          • Johnathan Wood

            anybody giving him that much $$ is really stupid.

            NYG beat writer predicted he would get 4/$24. I’d be cool with something like that.

          • Trac

            What about the Skins? How bad do they want him?

          • George Hernandez

            They just got out of Cap Jail, now they are going to overpay and go back? I hope not, but you never know. They’ll have about $17MM in cap room after they franchise Orakpo. We’ll have roughly the same after Pep is jettisoned. They already have Barry Coefield making Top 10 money at DT and they’re going to allocate more to the position?

          • Trac

            Don’t you remember how badass the Giants DL was when they won the SB? I remember them tossing Collins around like a rag doll when we played them. I still think Defense wins Champeeingships.

          • George Hernandez

            I do, but it was their ends wreaking havoc on people. Also, Washington runs a 3-4, no? Why do they need two baller d. tackles?

          • Trac

            It’s what made the Giants so strong for years. Stop the run and the spice will flow.

          • Johnathan Wood

            he’s a run-stuffer, not a pass rusher. Run stuffers don’t get paid pass rusher money.

    • CanadaBear

      After reading that article on the nfl site, it doesn’t sound like McCown’s coming back unless the money is about the same. Oh well, can’t blame him. It will be interesting to see what kind of offers Peanut gets.

  • MB30SD
    • gpldan

      It’s pretty hard to bust out worse than Purple Drank.

      But I think Johnny Football is up for it.

      • MB30SD

        I’m really hoping so… is that evil of me?

    • CanadaBear

      Who would want to take on Romo’s contract? From what I remember it was about $20 mil/year for 6 years. Have no idea how flexible it is.

      • MB30SD

        they’re saying trading up to a team in the top 5 of the draft. Texans or browns maybe?

        Although if they texans took him it would be like taking schuab plus.

  • MB30SD

    for those of you who already have a little land outside the city and are thinking of building something… and don’t have a wife and a bunch of kids to consider, this thing is seriously bad ass for about $130k turn-key and fully loaded.

    http://www.canoebayescape.com/

    Don’t know about where you live, but $130 in san diego gets you a broken down doublewide on a parking space sized lot in BFE.

    • DaMurph

      Do you have a backyard I can park it in? Or just out front like Cousin Eddie?

      • MB30SD

        MURRRRPH!!!

        I definitely picture you as more of an cousin eddie type. MUWAHHH!

  • Trac

    New Yucks uni? I could come up with better looking uni’s. What do you think MB?

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/10544255/tampa-bay-buccaneers-unveil-new-bolder-uniforms

    • George Hernandez

      I know you didn’t ask me Trac, but I live in Tampa and they are not well received. They have been compared to XFL uni’s.

      • Trac

        Thanks George. They look like dog shit to me.

        • MB30SD

          is dogshit one word or two… I’ve always spelled it as one for phonic effect… but I’m a huribl spelur.

          • Trac

            I guess it depends how fast you talk. Based on the amount of posts you send(actually thankful for this), I’m sure it’s due to time constraints. Hehe.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Dictionary.com has it as one word.

          • MB30SD

            excellent! thank Al!

      • gpldan

        Wow – the Bucs unis were one of the best, now they go to one of the worst.

        Kinda a metaphor for Florida, but geez.

    • MB30SD

      They’re not great. Personally, I’m not a white guy (I mean, I am a white…. guy… I just don’t like white cars, bikes, unis, etc…).

      I think if they would have made that front panel the same pewter as the rest of the uni, it would have been much better. All in all, 6 out of 10.

      Agree with george down there too… they look like one of the new college unis.

      Ps. They’re going to need a lot more than new unis to turn that shithole of an org around (especially with their new pick at HC).

      • George Hernandez

        The biggest problem to me is the Orange, it doesn’t belong.

        You should hear Buc fans rave about what the team needs to do in the offseason. My favorite, which makes me want to uppercut them, is when they discuss their needs at CB and mention Peanut Tillman as a “cheap option”. If $6-7MM/year is cheap then please take me on a tour of your vault, because that is what it is going to take to sign Peanut IMO. Buc fans here think that they’ll be able to offer him chump change and he’s just gonna go just to play with Lovie–he’s going to get paid. And this… http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/03/03/grimes-deal-suggests-market-for-cornerbacks-is-rebounding/

        • CanadaBear

          Interesting about Peanut. I was hoping for a $3-4 mil/year 2-year deal. After seeing Grimes get $8 mil/yr for 4 years, YIKES. I’m guessing you’re not too far off at 6-7.

  • MB30SD
  • gpldan

    Phillip did not meet with Shae 2 years ago. He did not meet with Long last year, although he worked some back channel conversation through Kyle’s trainer or some shit like that.

    So this year he meets with Donald.

    I take it as a sign he’s NOT drafting him. Cray-cray Emery Voodoo mind fuck sammich with extra pickle.

    You are playing checkers. Phillip is playing Mr. Spock 3D chess.

    • MB30SD

      and I like pickles

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