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Audibles From the Long Snapper: McCown, Peanut’s Payton Award, Longsnapper.com & More

| January 20th, 2014

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PFT: McCown Set to Play in 2014

From Florio at Pro Football Talk:

It’s unclear whether McCown will return to Chicago.  Because he signed a one-year deal under the minimum-salary benefit in 2013, the Bears can’t sign him until he actually becomes a free agent on March 11.  That now follows a three-day period during which McCown’s agent can engage in discussions with other teams.

With the Bears devoting $22.5 million in cap space to Cutler for the coming year, the Bears likely won’t have much in the budget for McCown.  Any team that views him as a potential starter would surely outbid the Bears.

Josh McCown is a different kind of guy and I don’t see him jumping to a terrible team for a few extra million dollars. Does he really want to be the caretaker quarterback in a place like Jacksonville or Minnesota, tutoring a rookie and waiting to be replaced? I think McCown has found a home in Chicago, in that quarterback room. And I also think he knows there’s a good chance he’s going to see the field in 2014 with a contender if he sticks around.

PEANUT FINALIST FOR PAYTON AWARD

From an article on the four-letter website:

Carolina linebacker Thomas Davis, Arizona kicker Jay Feely and Chicago cornerbackCharles Tillman have been selected as finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

The award, named in honor of the late Hall of Fame running back, recognizes a player’s community service and performance on the field. The winner, who’ll receive a $20,000 donation in his name to his favorite charity, will be announced during the NFL Honors show on Feb. 1, the night before the Super Bowl.

Is this award a big deal? Not really. Nobody gets into Canton for the number of Payton Awards they’ve accumulated. But if I were to give out a Man of the Year Award in the NFL this season my list begins and ends with a single name: Brandon Marshall. Marshall raised the level of discourse on the subject of mental illness and inspired me to write what I believe is the best piece I’ve ever written for this site. (To read my piece on mental illness, CLICK HERE.)

Side note on Tillman: If I were the Bears I would work to re-sign him. The Bears need help at every level of their defense but re-signing Tillman would enable Phil Emery to focus on the defensive line and safety positions as the offseason begins. I can’t imagine Peanut is looking for a lengthy deal or a ton of money but, hey, I’ve been surprised before.

LONGSNAPPER HAS HIS OWN WEBSITE?

He sure does and you can visit it by clicking here. But I am re-posting the entirety of the Longsnapping FAQ section of the site.

Q: Are there any other drills that you do besides the ones you have listed?
A: No I don’t, everything that is listed is what I do to get better.

Q: How do I get better and more accurate?
A:
 Practice, Practice, Practice. The only way to get better is through repetition.

Q: Is there anything you do different snapping in the rain?
A: I grip the ball a little bit lighter. Not a whole lot but just a little. I
do not squeeze the ball as tight as I do on a normal snap.

Q: Is there anything you do different snapping in the wind?
A: No. Just make sure you have a tight spiral. A tighter spiral will cut
through the wind easier. In my mind wind can alter the snap the most.

Q: Do you have any tips to attain a tighter spiral when snapping?
A: 
The best way I work on my spiral is to throw the ball like a QB. Just work on throwing the ball. I grip the ball when snapping like I throw it. So if I am having any trouble with and inconsistant spiral then I just throw the ball more. I do not have any specific things to work on a spiral. Just try to throw a better spiral when tossing the ball aroundAnother reason you’ll usually see me and Brian Urlacher tossing the ball around before games. 

Q: When snapping, do you find its best to always keep your head down and looking at the target until you have released, or is it better to keep your head up so as to see blockers?
A: 
When I snap I keep my head down and look at the punter and holder. It is a little harder to block this way, but you can compensate by backpedaling after release.

Q: What is the average size of professional longsnappers in your estimation?
A: 
I do not know if there is really an average size of an NFL
longsnapper. We vary from say 6’5” to 6’1” and 300lbs to 235lbs.

Q: What is the best way to quicken my longsnaps?
A: 
I think that improving your entire body strength will help you quicken your snap. One exercise that I like is the Hang Cleans . I think snapping takes your whole body and the Hang Clean work your entire body. My snap time is around .70. You start the time of the snap once the ball moves and stop the clock once the punter touches the ball.

Q: What type of weight lifting should I do as a longsnapper?
A: 
There are a few lifts that I think are best for longsnappers. First off, I think total body strength is the best. So use these lifts a supplemental lifts to your normal work out. If you are not already doing Hang Cleans or Power Cleans , I believe these are the best lift to do. Also work on your back muscles with pulldowns andseated rows. Longsnapping involves your entire body when doing it, so make sure you are also strengthening your legs. There is no perfect lift for longsnapping so maybe you will find out something that is better for you.

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  • IBNO

    First to say…

    I’m first!

  • AlbertInTucson

    Wes Welker: Deliberate cheap shot against his former team ending Aquib Taleb’s day and worthy of fine/suspension OR just unfortunate incidental crossing pattern contact?

    • NewBearInTown

      Either way, if Talib had done the same thing to Welker, he would have been fined.

    • Ososfan

      I think that hit was deliberate, I posted before but something went wrong with my browser, Smh.

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      O’s and D’s hate each other when they are on the same team as an over-generalized rule. So if it was intentional, there may have been a little history there. Either way, NBIT is right – fines valued in pounds rather than denominations if it went the other way.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I played football at the lowest organized level on planet earth. We didn’t even talk to the offense. The Defense was a bunch of long-haired metal-head smokers in Bears’ jerseys … the offense all had short hair and wore Niners and Cowgirls jerseys. There was nothing to talk about. Ever.

    • Doc Nitty

      There’s no way they have Wes Welker, who’s coming off a concussion, run that pick. No way. And if Welker did that intentionally then maybe he’s had one too many concussions already.

      • NewBearInTown

        Brian Billick states that its clearly an intentional pick play. I don’t think you can watch the tape and think anything else. The routes clearly cross and Welker clearly sets himself up to make the block.

        Billick thinks there shouldn’t be a fine because you don’t have your 5’8″ star WR try to injure a 6’1″ CB. There’s truth to that thinking. But both coach and player knew they were running an illegal play, which has been made illegal due to the potential for injury.

        It wasn’t intentional, but it was reckless. And certainly more deserving of a fine than a lot of what they flag defenders for (like Briggs taking out Megatron).

    • BerwynBomber

      Welker’s always struck me as a douche, so I’m definitely in the it-was-cheap-and-intentional camp.

    • SC Dave

      Let Belicheat whine. Fuck him

  • Doc Nitty

    Great game yesterday. Should be a great SB. #1 vs #1. Classic AFC West matchup. Best D vs Best O. Richard Sherman’s mouth vs Payton Mannings knob slobbing.

    Go Seahawks

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      I’m guessing this is Manning’s last season as a football player. Look for him to come out playing in two weeks like it’s the last game of his life, because I think it is.

      • NewBearInTown

        Posted before and it got lost in the blogosphere.

        I disagree. It would be awesome for him to go out this season. Passing record for most yards, most TDs, most playoff wins, first QB to win the big one for two different franchises, tie his brother’s 2 rings, tie Elway’s two rings, and still be clearly able to come back if he wanted.

        But… he’s Peyton. He’s got more to do. There are more records to chase (a lot of which belong to Favre). There are more rings to get (gotta go match Brady’s 3, Montana’s 4, etc). And he can still get it done, which as many players will tell you is the greatest feeling in the world.

        Sam Farmer from the LA Times, among others, opined that Peyton is setting himself to buy a piece of team when he retires. I think that sounds about right. I don’t know if he wants to coach, but I think he’ll stay in football and I don’t mean just broadcasting.

        One thing I think would be great for the sport if he does retire. Have Manning replace Goodell as commissioner. Think about that for a minute.

        • Still a Doug Plank Fan

          Will respond more later…on the road. But my guess is his neck will be a major concern. Tests to be done in off season. I know how that sounds, but this is just a hunch. Manning as commish? Maybe…

        • SC Dave

          Love the commish idea, though replacing Goodell is the big thing.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Peyton certainly has the douche qualities for the job. I can’t see this being his last season though – his ego’s too big to let it go. I don’t think Joe Cool’s rings and MVP count are in any danger though, for starters he has the not inconsiderable obstacle of the Seachickens to overcome.

        • Still a Doug Plank Fan

          Okay, here’s the other thing. I think Manning, if he wins this SB, will be a lot more open to hanging it up, based in large part on the results of those off-season tests. Why risk paralysis for a few extra records, when you’re Payton Manning?

          It would take herculean efforts to keep the team built around Manning for another 1 or 2 rings. He’s more marketable than Brady, Favre, and Montana combined off the football field, and though the extra records would be nice, at his age, they may be unrealistic based on factors stated above.

          Grab a microphone at one of the networks for a while, then maybe pick up a headset and a HC title somewhere on the NCAA circuit (ala the Harbaugh route), with one toe in the NFL waters. Owner? GM? Coach? He could write his own ticket.

          Records or no, there’s a lot of appeal in that, and it actually cracks the window on your larger dream of flushing ‘ol Rodger the Lawsuit Dodger into retirement.

          • Still a Doug Plank Fan

            Changing my mind just a little…I think Manning is NFL through and through – I don’t see him coaching the Vols in 1-2 years. He’ll stay on the top shelf.

          • Irish Sweetness

            He’d be a good OC.

          • NewBearInTown

            The biggest argument against Peyton as an OC is that he might be too good. Sometimes the best players make terrible coaches because they don’t understand why the guys they coach can’t do what they did. Michael Jordan got so frustrated with the Wizards, he actually started playing again.
            Logic suggest Peyton would be a good OC, Lach would be a good DC. But you just never know.

          • Still a Doug Plank Fan

            He’s been one for years. He just happened to also play QB.

  • Still a Doug Plank Fan

    So, this is what the off-season looks like on Da Blog.

    First, nice run-down, Jeff. That was a good Audible piece for the off-season. The Pasqualoni article was a good read. Makes me wonder what kinds of players he prefers. Another x’s and o’s guy. Gee, think Emery has a theme going?

    Well, now, I’m just sitting here in the room, wondering if I should tell jokes or something…nah.

    • Ososfan

      I didn’t like that article, it seemed like they were calling Pasqualoni a loser.

      • Still a Doug Plank Fan

        Think of how Rod Marinelli came to Chicago. His track record was beyond horrible. So many variables to consider.

        • Ososfan

          I mean, I didn’t like it because they were bad-mouthing our potential LB coach….

          • Still a Doug Plank Fan

            Ok. Gotcha. Did seem like some of the compliments came out sideways, but I think he liked him overall. Hear what yer sayin’ though.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Oh, it’s coming 46, it’s coming ….

      • Cormonster

        Irish, thought you’d like this song.

        http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=L-X86oJVe9U

        • Irish Sweetness

          I never saw these guys before – and by the looks of it, the lead singer hasn’t seen anything in a while either. I’ve never heard of them, I must have been very, very drunk. It was the nineties though. That’s a big gap in my memory. Very Maiden-ish at the start.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Kinda what I was alluding to yesterday. The 9ers have a lot of core players they need to pay, not least of which is Kap. I wonder how much the 9ers pay him. It’s gotta be $18M per year, right?

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/01/20/niners-need-to-get-out-the-checkbook/#comments

    A lot of critics are wondering about Kap’s decision making and accuracy. Joe Montana said as much BEFORE the game, arguing that Kap needs to stay in the pocket more. That implies improved decision making, pocket presence, and accuracy. Three areas which KILLLED the 9ers yesterday (Throwing it right to Kam Chancellor, not feeling the pass rusher from behind who stripped him, that last play which lead to yet another INT).

    Lots of teams are going to start poaching their talent. The only saving grace for the 9ers is that they still have a surplus of picks, not to mention some ‘redshirts’ like Lattimore and Tank Carradine.

    But it remains to be seen if Harbaugh and Kap can close the deal. They may very well become the Eagles of the 2010s…

    • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

      The more Kap runs the better the result…
      The more he tries to be a QB the worse the result…

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        You don’t think Kap can improve his pocket presence, decision making and accuracy?

        If not, can a primarily ‘running QB’ win a SB in the modern era?

        It seems like the team would have to carry Kap if that’s the case.

        • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

          I think Kap is a phenomenal athlete that can destroy teams with his legs and outside of the pocket. He can also destroy his own team by staying in the pocket and trying to improve his pocket presence, decision making in the pocket and accuracy.
          49ers win if they just keep him out of the pocket in the second half.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            But there’s gonna be times in the game where the QB will HAVE to stay in the pocket. Like when the time was running down at the end of the game yesterday, or like last year in the SB which ended with an overthrow in almost the same exact spot.

            I’m not on the “need a pocket passer to win SB’ bandwagon, but I”m beginning to come around to it.

          • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

            i agree with you. That’s why i can’t see Kap doing well without San Fran’s exact team makeup. Crazy ass D, awesome line and run game , etc that puts less stress on the qb to be a good well rounded qb.

          • Irish Sweetness

            A quarterback that isn’t a passer is a halfback. Fair comment?

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            Some 9er fans were actually suggesting Kap just become a RB lol

        • Irish Sweetness

          IMHO – I don’t think anyone can improve their accuracy that much. You can either throw the pigskin where it needs to be or you can’t. Spatial mechanics, feel for the throw, it’s all hard-wired. These guys have been throwing footballs since they were still pissing their beds at night. If they haven’t figured it out by now ….

          Cutty’s 30. I saw him overthrow a receiver by a clear five yards recently. His decision making hasn’t really improved that noticeably. Compare him to Manning who threw it out the back of the endzone yesterday when Cutty would have waited another few seconds and then tried to force it in somewhere, risking (a) a redzone pick (b) the sack. Manning waited about 2 seconds, didn’t feel it, and just threw it into Row J.

  • Trac

    Jeff??? “don’t see him jumping to a terrible team for a few extra million dollars”? Didn’t you just say he received the league min. last year? Hmm, I just don’t think this is realistic.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Can McCown even expect to GET a “few million extra” in light of guys like Matt Flynn and Kevin Kolb and Matt Flynn, AGAIN cashing in and then being found wanting?

      If I’m an NFL GM, I see a guy who was a really nice fit in Chicago’s system but NOT somebody, especially at age 35 with stops prior to Chicago weren’t exactly awe-inspiring, I am prepared to pay millions for.

      • NewBearInTown

        McCown has a better resume than Flynn. He played multiple games and continued to put up numbers even after opponents had tape. He’s also not an over-reach. Nobody is paying him to be the franchise – he’s too old and a lot of the 2013 success was due to monster receivers.

        But if I’m the Vikings, Raiders, Bucaneers, Browns, Texans or Jaguars, I’m interested. Here’s a guy that can come in and start for as long as needed while you bring your rookie along. He can come in as a high paid mentor and safety valve for a team like the Bucs with Glennon or the Raiders with McGloin. For something like a 2 year, $15M contract, you have someone that can bring stability to the team.

        McCown is probably already set in terms of retirement. This money will do three things for him: (a) Its sets up his kids too. (2) It funds whatever the next project is; and (3) It means a nice donation to his favorite charities, which I believe he’s pretty heavily into. And all of those things will also benefit from the relationships forged in another franchise with another set of coaches and highly paid athletes.

        $15M is a lot of money to walk away from because you like your teammates. And I just don’t think the Bears have $3M to pay him like they paid Campbell. Cutler’s salary is just too big now.

        • BerwynBomber

          Exactly. Let’s admit what we don’t wish to admit: at McCown’s age (and his place on the depth chart here) he would be a fool to stay unless the Bears can match what other teams will cough up, which is doubtful.

          • CanadaBear

            I could see him staying for $3 mil/yr. He also has to know if he goes to a crappy team with a terrible OL or OC he could get beaten up/knocked out on a semi-regular basis. This is a super friendly O for QB’s that takes their health seriously (Cutler coming back too soon aside).

        • AlbertInTucson

          Sorry, I just do not see McCown commanding interest from anybody at $7.5m per.
          and His “better-resume-than-Flynn” resume” includes “Out of the NFL” before the Bears called him back.

        • SC Dave

          Maybe I’m idealist/naive, but at Josh’s stage, I would think the biggest prize is a ring. So, if Emery can get pieces in FA to convince everyone that the D will be good enough to let the O win the Super Bowl, maybe Josh will stay.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I hope he does, Dave, sincerely. I’d almost be praying for Jay to get injured.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Yup. Exactly. it’s his nest egg. He makes 10 million this year easily. That’s a lot of skittles.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Absolutely he can. Josh was excellent when called upon after how long of an absence? He’s got to be the #1 FA QB …..

        How much is a starting caliber QB worth? Answer 10-20 million depending on X, Y and Z. We need to forget about his history – were any of us paying close attention to those situations. NFL is wha-have-you-done-fro-me-lately, and in Josh’s case, that’s fairly blinking impressive. He can play another year easily.

        Point being, we’re paying him 2 million to stick around, when he can make at least another six somewhere else.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I’ll believe he can command “another 6M” when I see it.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    And on MLK day, here’s a very thoughtful and personal perspective on the man. It’s not long, and not “political” per se.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/08/29/1011562/-Most-of-you-have-no-idea-what-Martin-Luther-King-actually-did

    • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

      Dr. King seemed like a truly great man. I wouldn’t know to what degree because I didn’t know him. I do know that he helped end some truly terrible times in America and is a national treasure.
      All of the people that stood for White Oppression in this country are all but fucking dead. There is nothing on the horizon but achievement if you’re willing to work. I wish this last sentence was true. This is not the case. It seems as if the plight of the African American is turning sour yet again and the trend is a starkly negative one. This time the oppression is at the hand of other African Americans.
      Louis Farrahkan is a fucking joke but he did get one thing right. The time is ripe for African Americans as a culture to put themselves in a position to succeed since the white man no longer holds them down. The only thing that can hold down the blacks in America are the blacks in America.
      I know that we could talk forever about the impact of this policy or that policy in the past on crime, poverty, etc but at it’s core the issue remains that the destruction of the family core, the absence of religion and faith and the culture of violence and hate in urban areas is the roadblock to the positive growth of the African American today.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        A lot of scholars argue that the lack of family structure in the Af Am community is one of the legacies of slavery (selling off children to different plantations, ripping mom/dad/son/bro from each other).

        It’s in stark contrast to Africans from Africa who are ‘tribal’ to the death.

        It is definitely a complex issue. I know I’ve seen outright racism with cops and af am in L.A. firsthand. I never used to believe so, but I really do think cops (at least in L.A.) are just more scared of Af AM and Latinos, so the situation is ALREADY tense beforehand, and shit tends to go downhill from there.

        I would like to believe that the younger generation (what are they called now? Generation Z or something?) doesn’t have to put up with it as much, but who knows what goes on in gradeschools and highschools.

        • BerwynBomber

          Getting rid of the most ridiculously punitive aspects of our drug laws would probably go a far ways in helping impoverished minorities improve their lot. It would also go a ways in helping the prison system in our country, which always is facing overcrowding and seems on the point of breaking.

          • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

            I can’t see how making drugs legal in combination with an eroding familial structure would be a good thing.
            Less overcrowding would be the only issue addressed.

          • BerwynBomber

            Who said anything about making drugs legal?

          • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

            my misundertanding, you were just referencing the actual monetary penalties?

          • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

            or were you thinking that the drug laws are too harsh?

          • BerwynBomber

            Yes, the drug laws/sentencing are too harsh.

          • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

            What I find amusing is the outrage over the drug laws and not the recidivism of criminals resulting in needless murders and major crimes.

          • BerwynBomber

            Well, for the record I’m not “outraged” by it but the “War on Drugs”, IMV, has been a monumental policy failure and the thing is the pols on both sides of the aisle are so afraid to be branded “pro-drug” or “pro-crime” that they have been well behind the general public’s opinions on, say, recreational drug usage. In terms of recidivism of criminals, I wouldn’t disagree but I don’t know if there is any easy solution to that issue; i.e., seems a rather complicated knot to untie.

          • Irish Sweetness

            As Bill Hicks’ said “..there’s a war on drugs … and people on drugs are winning it …”

          • Irish Sweetness

            Is it right for anybody to take up space in prison … for smoking weed? We let rapists and murderers out … to make room for people who smoke weed ?

            Get me off this planet.

          • Trac

            Repentance has miraculous qualities.

          • BerwynBomber

            Nah, the harshness of the prison sentences. Even getting beyond some of possession stuff I’ve never felt a dealer should be treated as harshly as, say, a rapist or murderer. But in terms of legalizing pot — if that’s what you were implying — I’m all for it provided it comes with the same restrictions we place on alcohol. I see your point about potentially eroding family structure but it already happens illegally, and if you’re talking just pot in and of itself, I tend to think alcohol is more dangerous.

          • Trac

            Prison is meant to serve as a deterrent. In most cases, people end up in prison because they failed to change their behavior after the first, second or third time they were arrested. Very few prosecutors want jail time for first time offenders. Most parents that have uncontrollable and defiant children are relieved when their child is arrested because nothing else they did worked while trying to change their behavior. Prison is meant to protect society from bad citizens. Are there travesties of injustice that occur? Yes. The problem we see in our society today is not because of an unjust legal system though, they are a direct result of people failing to love their neighbor as themselves.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Why not? Alcohol is legal, and that’s the most widely destructive poison on the planet – yes, poison, go check it out – and also the most damaging drug on the planet in terms of families affected. Bar none.

            Then again, it’s tax-able, so it’s good.

          • Trac

            Two wrongs don’t make a right.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Touche.

          • Trac

            DuPont is meticulously designing their genetically engineered reefer and every poor stiff that yields a crop of cross pollinated gangee will be sued. You can take that to the bank.

          • Trac

            If every living person in the world stood asshole to bellybutton, they would fit in Manhattan. World wide overcrowding is a myth and so is today’s public school systems.

          • Irish Sweetness

            When we hit 15 billion in 40 years, with no trees to give us oxygen and take out the CO2, dead seas, scarce clean water, food shortages, outrageously expensive oil if there’s any left …. we’ll see ….

            Zero point energy must have been cracked by now. Nikola Tesla showed us the way and Westinghouse bought and buried his patents. They have it, and many people are willing to testify to that fact – but they have too many interests in oil. We’re being played.

          • Trac

            Oh, a reckoning is coming Irish. Yes indeed.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            For sure. I just see and hear so many stories, and they’re unbelievable.

            Just last week (not in the 80s) my co-worker told me her cousin went to prison for two years.

            For what? For pirated movies.

            What happened? Well, she herself admitted that her cousin looks like a scary looking guy. He’s bald, has tats, and wears baggy clothes.

            HOWEVER, he’s no ganster, never was a gangster, never will be. He smokes weed, that’s about the extent of his criminal activity.

            Well, what happened? Cop pulled him over, probably looked him over, made some B.S. excuse to search his trunk, and what do you know, he had some pirated movies.

            So he went to federal ass-pounding prison for bootleg copies of Inglorious Basterds and the Dark Knight. And it was probably a felony, so now good luck for him on his job searches.

            And for what? I wonder if a was a white hippy in a yugo if that would’ve happened.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            And here’s another first hand story from a former co-worker.

            She lived in Virginia, and she said it’s still VERY segregated over there.

            How so, I asked.

            Well, she told me that at her Senior Prom, there were TWO proms. The richer white kids had their prom on some boat or something.

            The poorer Af Americans went to prom at the HS gym. She said that BOTH parties wanted it that way.

            Mind you, she graduated from HS like in 2005, not 1905.

          • Trac

            The Bible tells us that there is one race, one blood.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Albeit genetically engineered by the Annunaki. The virgin birth … the chosen people … actually makes sense from that perspective.

          • Trac

            Almost anything makes sense except those that propagate we evolved from black rocks and white rocks. When you follow the evolutionary chain, that is where you HAVE to end up if you are intellectually honest.

          • Irish Sweetness

            My white ass is in the gym breathing in the doobage at the fire exit before making my move on Shaneeqwa who came without a date, and is shy about her braces.

            The boat thing sounds very James Spader circa 1984.

          • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

            if a shit ton of rasta smoke was coming out of his ride maybe…..

          • Trac

            Sounds like that was the only thing they could nail him on. I talked to a policeman a couple of years ago who said that even the federal authorities don’t prosecute that. He did tell me that the police dept. kept getting complaints about a guy selling something out of his car all over town and one lady in particular made such a stink about them not doing anything about it that they eventually stopped and arrested him for the same thing. Me thinks there is more to the story.

          • Trac

            Or, the green light will ensure that more of today’s youth are enslaved to drugs.

            See how I did that?

          • Irish Sweetness

            No more than the “This Bud’s for you..” advert at half-time in the superbowl …….

          • Trac

            All things are permissible but not all things are profitable. Ahem, except for the ones peddling their wares. No wait, the taxman too. But what about the pharmaceutical Corporations? Phew, that’s right, not that kind of “profitable”.

        • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

          sorry man, can’t get behind that first part of the post. A gangster getting 3 different chicks pregnant and skipping out on all 3 so the teen can raise them alone isn’t channeling his inner slave. That’s white elitist scholar bullshit.

          • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

            I can definitely understand the others parts you speak of.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Racism is not a whites-only issue. Most Af-Am comedians I’ve seen are blatantly racist, and if it was a white comedian saying those things their careers would be Dixie-Chicked.

          it’s just one of a long list of things the NWO have used to divide and conquer. And it’s working.

          Black America was boiling over under Bush – the current spawn of a very dubious, very fucking evil blood-stained bloodline that stretches right back through American history … and then they produced a guy nobody had ever heard of … with no birth cert .. and he was just black enough to make them all sit back down again. How very convenient. How very brilliant, I must admit.

          I don’t know where Sir Evelyn de Rothschild sits at that table, but he’s very close to the dinner bell.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Then again, I guess it’s just a coincidence that George Herschel was Prez when the first volley of the modern era was fired into the Middle East … and that his idiot son was Prez when – for the first time ever – fire caused two steel towers to fall to the ground at free-fall speeds pre-empting a non-U.N. sanctioned assault on the oil … I mean Iraq, sorry … and the place with the Exxon pipeline running through it … oops … I mean Afghanistan.

            Just coincidences. All of it.

            CAN YOU FEEL THE OFF SEASON ???
            HOOOOOOOOOOO-RAAAAAHHHHHH !!!

      • Irish Sweetness

        I have no problem as a caucasian in saying to Black America that it’s time to let it go. 400 years of slavery … so …and … what? And who sold the Africans into slavery ? Their own people. My country was 8 to 900 years slaves under the British, millions murdered .. yada yada … you move on. Living in the past solves nothing, you take what you have and you build it back up again.

        Stop pointing fingers at white people .. and start pointing them at the RIGHT people … and that starts – but does not end – with every one of those crooks in Congress who preside over the scam.

        The people around today are not responsible for what went before. Modern Germans are still paying today for what Hitler did. Most white people – most people in America – are not wealthy, they’re getting fucked over the same as every other poor soul who pays his taxes to pay off an un-repayable debt to a bunch of private banks that control the money system …. for the maintenance of 135 standing armies around the world and a network of very expensive underground bases that they don’t even know exist. $2.4 trillion goes missing from the military budget in ONE YEAR ? MISSING? NASA is basically defunct – and do people think the military just gave up on space? Did they fuck. They just don’t need rockets any more, they’ve got ‘new’ shit now that they’ve been working on since … oh, I don’t know … 1947. Why was the NSA and all of that secret shit started in 1947? Why was the military re-jigged? What happened in 1947 that scared the shit out of them all? Can’t be Roswell, that was just a weather balloon …….

        But we’ll get to that.

        • Trac

          These are very bold statements Irish. The remedy to every social ill in the world is very simple though. Love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you and do good to those who spitefully use you. Now is the time for the world to do good to those that suffer and to forgive those who they are incapable of healing themselves.

          • Irish Sweetness

            It’s a touchy subject for sure, Trac, but my people were enslaved for twice as long and treated a lot worse than the Africans brought/sent over to America – who were for the most part, protected as property. Nobody was protecting us and you were hung from the nearest tree for things like speaking Irish/Gaelic, and when the ships came to take our men, and the women came to the dock to appeal for mercy for those men …. their babies were piked onto their chests. These things don’t appear in the history books, because the Irish didn’t write the history books – you were killed for trying to educate anyone, so priests risked their lives by teaching in hedges.

            African slavery and the Jewish holocaust are very, very well documented – the 800 year long genocide in Ireland is not, and so I feel entitled to speak on the subject of slavery and shout it from the rooftops if I want to, because nobody else has done it, nobody outside of Ireland knows or cares because it’s not on the History channel, so it didn’t happen.

            Slavery is not the sole domain of people with dark skin.

            I’m not of the WASP elite who rule America, my people suffered a lot worse in many respects, so I feel justified in telling black America to let it go. I’m not a white American who has perhaps been afforded privileges off the back of slavery. We were the slaves – slavery is not about color when you look at the overall picture. If you don’t like being a slave, don’t bitch and moan about it and say “poor me” …. strike back with whatever you have and say “no more”.

            I hear what you’re saying about peace and love, Trac – but it’s more relevant to personal relationships than nation building. We tried the peaceful approach for almost a millennium, and it didn’t work. The strong only understand strength.
            The peace thing worked for Gandhi and India, but that was a one-off. To get the King of England to listen to us, it took guns and explosions.

            You can pray for the bully to stop beating you, but the only thing that will make him stop is to kick him square in the nuts … or for you to stop breathing.

          • Trac

            Yes you are right. An eye for an eye but with the object being restoration and reconciliation. The problem with an eye for an eye is that it’s easily misinterpreted. I think you know that and I get where you are coming from. The guilty will in no way go free. Slavery is still around but it’s a crafty devil and takes many forms.

          • Irish Sweetness

            and an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind …..

            But ultimately, yes, love, peace and forgiveness are the model for us all. One day ….

          • Trac

            But the whole world is blind my friend.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I do basically agree with your sentiment Trac. Love and forgive thy enemy .. but that’s after you’ve bloodied their nose a bit and told them not to do it again. I think that’s fair. Let’s face it, the church knows how to spill a bit of blood, as the crusades and inquisitions showed.

          • Trac

            That was not Gods people that did that. Just men playing God.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    From the Wright article above:

    “I’ve said it before: Tucker isn’t to blame for Chicago’s demise on
    defense. He wasn’t the one missing tackles, busting assignments, failing
    to leverage blocks correctly or being manhandled physically by
    opponents in 2013.”

    Isn’t it Tucker’s job to teach proper tackling, to line up the players correctly, to teach them proper block shedding techniques and to get more out of the players, to make them play aggressively and hard, to put it all on the line for him?

    Seeing the 9ers-Seahawks game yesterday makes me acknowledge we’re light years away from the talent to pull off an elite D, but we weren’t just bad, we were HISTORICALLY worst, and the Bears have been around a looong time.

    I guess we’ll find out if it was the chicken or the egg.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I place no credence in the concept that any other coach could have markedly improved that defense given the players available.

      Rod Marinelli couldn’t perform that miracle in Dallas, either, when he was forced to play 17 different defensive linemen.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        That’s a good point, about Marinelli in Dallas; however, Dallas not only suffered significant injuries, but they also switched from a 3-4 to a 4-3.

        Also, I would have no problem sticking with Tucker IF superior options weren’t available, but IMO Horton and Wade Phillips were superior options.

        And I think we can all universally agree that that GB BS play where the entire D stopped – wouldn’t have occurred under Old Sauce.

        • NewBearInTown

          I firmly believe Lovie and Rod would have produced better results on D. But nothing like the first half of 2012, probably more like the second half.

          But that change had to happen. If you’re going to move on, you’ve got to make a clean break. Players were going to be angry, there was going to be a dropoff. Emery knew that too. He knew he was trading a top D for a top O. Now let’s see if he has more success bringing the defense up to the middle of the league than Lovie did with the offense.

        • CanadaBear

          Butch I don’t disagree Phillips and esp Horton are better choices at DC but it does send a terrible msg to the coaches (one and done under a perfect storm of D disaster, with a large portion out of his control). It might come back to haunt them the next time their looking for a new hire.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            I get that (like what the Browns did), but it’s not unprecedented to fire assistant coaches after one year. It’s not as bad as firing GMs or HCs, esp when better options are available.

            If Horton or Phillips weren’t in the market, I would have no problem with Tucker. I am actually curious what he can do with bodies, but the Bears were just SO TERRIBLE this year.

            Leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Frazier was on the market too, as were the guysfrom NE, SEA, SF – Kevin Greene (could we hire a Fudger?) and not to mention Samurai as the LB coach.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Egg. we need to remove that question from the public psyche when it has a logical answer.

      (IRISH! NO!)

      Sorry.

  • Max

    I think the Bears NEED to sign McCown. He is not just a luxury. I would say a necessity. Cutler has started every game in a season ONCE in five years.

    Campbell wasn’t so hot. Hanie was an absolute disaster. And the Bears have absolutely no one waiting in the wings should Jay go down again next year (Jordan Palmer… Really??)

    I don’t think McCown will warrant $7 mil a year but I do understand the defense needs a total makeover, and that wont come cheap (at least, not if you want to improve)

    But the Bears have to try and pony up some cash because there will be a time in the next season or two where the Bears second string QB is going to be starting a couple games, and god help us if it is Jordan Palmer.

    Off subject, I also think if Manning wins the SB… he retires on top, cementing himself in the top five QBs of all time.

    • BerwynBomber

      I don’t totally disagree about McCown but I wonder if the Bears are at liberty to offer him a competitive salary. Frankly, a bit hard for me to imagine they can offer market value. The dude will be in high demand as a short-term caretaker or reliable back-up/mentor. In terms of Manning, I don’t see him retiring and already consider him top-five all-time. But I don’t see him as the GOAT, even if he wins a second SB. Give me Montana or Elway. With Unitas, Brady, Manning, Marino and Farve right behind those two in some order.

      • Cormonster

        What about guys like Bart Starr or Terry Bradshaw?

        • BerwynBomber

          I couldn’t speak for pre-70s guys like Starr except in the obvious case of Unitas. In terms of Bradshaw, aren’t guys like Staubach and Tarkenton generally considered superior from that era?

    • NewBearInTown

      Okay Max, you’re Phil Emery. The Texans offer McCown $5M a year for two years to come be Teddy Bridgewater’s mentor and maybe start a few games if Teddy needs some time to step in.

      What do you do?

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        It’s been nice, McCown…enjoy Texas.

      • Still a Doug Plank Fan

        I hear the money argument loud and clear; I know cash has it’s own vocal chords. But may I counter…?

        I have become more and more interested in team chemistry since Marshall brought Alshon along, then expanded the camp to include a lot more players this year. I’ve been banging that drum for a while, I know.

        So on McCown….how much value do you place on a backup QB – with emphasis on QB – that arguably held the team together and even put in many extra hours with rookies and F/A’s in preseason to help what became one of the most dangerous offenses in football become a reality?

        Is Matt Cassell that guy? Was Alex Smith the 49ers McCown when Kap took over? There are better examples I’m sure, but when one thinks of Josh McCown, you have GOT to look beyond the stat sheet and the W/L column.

        He was gracious, smart, and unshakeable in interviews when the press was going all-out for a QB controversy in Chicago. He worked his guts out to learn, then teach, then execute Trestman’s complex playbook.

        I think it’s incumbent on Emery to keep McCown out of Texas or anywhere else. I think his value goes way beyond the average F/A QB, and I think he’s critical to our success next year.

        I know, I know man – the money the money, the money, and then there’s the money.

        In Stein I trust.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Surely we can afford Kyle. Let’s bring back the man who got us the Cutler problem in the first place.

          Assuming somebody pays Josh what he’s worth – which they will ….

      • AlbertInTucson

        That sounds a lot more plausible/realistic than the $15m for 2 years that you floated earlier.

        • NewBearInTown

          Flynn got $10M. QB salaries these days are crazy. But either way. We don’t have that kind of cash to float at McCown. We just don’t.
          Its the reality of the salary cap – good players leave good teams every year to get paid.

          • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

            didn’t flynn get that money because they thought he was going to be the starter in Seattle?

          • AlbertInTucson

            Yes. And then Oakland pulled a “Those who do not learn from history…” and signed him after Russell Wilson beat him out.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Flynn got silly money because he threw six touchdown passes in one game. Angelo drafted a guy because he could jump out of a pool. These things happen.

            As Harry Truman said, “the world is run by C students.” – and he would know because he was one dumb cunt.

          • Irish Sweetness

            As Joan of Arc said :”Man, I’m on fire tonight.”

    • Irish Sweetness

      I don’t understand how everyone thinks Cutty is definitely worth $18 million, but the guy that outplayed him – and who looks after the ball – isn’t worth at least 8 million. How is Cutty worth ten million more? For one year, I’m not talking long-term, but if you are a team who wants to shore up their QB roster and don’t want to pull the trigger on some younger guy long-term like a Josh Freeman .. how is Josh not worth 50% of an NFL QB’s salary? Did he not play like an NFL QB this season? Did he not entertain Caesar?

      • johnnywad

        You ever handicap horses Irish? Its the same with Josh. He had a five game sample size this year. If he were a race horse, and I were betting the next race he’s in, I’m lookingat the previous eleven years. And throwing out last season He had two good games this season and 3 mediocre
        ones. Plus he’s old and non-commital about his future.

  • Still a Doug Plank Fan

    While we’re talking about long-snappers, how about this gem from Goodell, on changing the extra-point rule:

    “There’s one proposal in particular that I’ve heard about. It’s automatic that you get seven points when you score a touchdown, but you could potentially go for an eighth point, either by running or passing the ball, so if you fail, you go back to six.”

    For the love of God….really? Go back to six points if you opt in for the run/pass extra point and fail?

    Candy Land, a game for all ages!

    • Jokey

      Seriously, the offense should not be able to recover the ball forward. If I missed the thread on this I apologize.

  • Irish Sweetness

    “Josh McCown is a different kind of guy and I don’t see him jumping to a terrible team for a few extra million dollars.”

    Duuuuuuude.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      What if the Bears told him that the entire organization wouldn’t beat off if he signed for $2M?

      Done and Done bwhahaa

      • Irish Sweetness

        Butch, I’d beat you off and guzzle the proceeds for $2 million. There is very little I wouldn’t do for $2 million right now.

        (thinks)

        Anything related to my children, or razor-blading my nob and corneas is not one of them.

        • johnnywad

          Now that’s just lying. That last one there. How do you feel about a woman Fed Chair?

  • Ososfan

    On another note, I can’t believe I got to play against Kyle Long in highschool, as well as Russel Wilson, man, I suck at life…….

    • NewBearInTown

      That’s awesome Osos. What position did you play?

      • Ososfan

        I played both DE or DT depending on what was called. I normally played Left DE and Kyle played on the right side like he’s playing in the NFL. I remember he talked a lot of trash but hey, thats football. His father was soooooo quiet and hardly talked to anyone Cus he was always analyzing his kids. I was cool with that though. Overall I think he’s changed a bunch from the dude I remember Heck, who cares, he with our Bears!!

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Didn’t Kyle Long make the PB this year as an alternate?

      • Ososfan

        Yea, still he worked hard and got recognized for doing his thing. 🙂

    • Irish Sweetness

      Let’s see. I sit in the seat of the guy who was kicker on Randall Cunningham’s HS team. That’s all I got.

      • Ososfan

        Would you be mad that I had to Google his name? I became a true blue football fan back like in 2008, really. I only played football in HS Cus the girls liked it and the coach always hyped me up that knead decent (even though I had no idea what I was doing half the time)

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      Man, that beats the hell outta my son–in-law seeing Jay Cutler in the grocery store. You win.

      • Ososfan

        Haha, seeing Jay Cutler is pretty dope though.

  • Johnathan Wood

    Great article on Marshall. I too feel passionately on this subject, partly due to family members who suffer from mental illness, and have written a few articles about it myself. Marshall was my favorite non-Bear for the year before Chicago got him, and he is hands down my favorite NFL player now. I just love rooting for the guy on and off the field.

  • AlbertInTucson
    • AlbertInTucson

      Short version; Darren Sharper was arrested for investigation in 3 sexual assault cases. $200K bond and, of course, he’s been suspended by the NFL Network.

      • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

        man, that’s a lot of rapin’

  • burntorangenavyblue

    Jeff, I know that you’re not a big fan of the Pro Bowl, and neither am I in the sense of the media circus and lack of empathy that players have in actually playing it….but to some of these players, being selected has been a life dream (other than getting a SB ring) for them, but at least say “congrats” and be positive. Most, if not all, players’ contract incentives partly depend on being selected for their hard work. I’d say that in my view of just being a rookie selected, that’s great and I’m happy for him.

    And as for the Tweets…..again, you are an AWESOME blogger and article writer…..you seem to be getting waaay too weird and unpredictable with your posts on twitter….YOU ARE BETTER THAN THAT! What you post on Twitter does not feel like the Jeff that we all know as the founder and writer of this blog. I think that you strike a perfect balance of straight up fact writing with your emotions on this blog and that’s why I love being here as a regular. However, your tweets seem too back and forth and have too much emotions to be considered a “@dabearsblog” name standard and should probably be more “@jeffhughes”.

    • Shady

      + a lot

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      You should’ve read my tweets after the Richard Sherman “interview”. I posted a bunch of quotes Richard Sherman (should have) said. Some include…

      “I am a golden gooooddd!!”
      “I invented the phrase, ‘ the greatest thing since sliced bread.”
      “NASA renamed their Doc ‘The Right Stuff’ – “Richard Sherman: an ode”

      Some people take twitter waaaay to seriously.

      • burntorangenavyblue

        Do you mean people that read it take it too seriously? Or the posters themselves?

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          The posters and the readers. I understand if you’re a journalist, but you should read some of the stuff tweeters post.

          It’s hard to have any meaningful conversations or debates on twitter because or the brevity, but some twits tweet the most outrageous things.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            When people I know get carried away with some of their “tweets”, I just say, “Ok, you’re just being a twat”

      • Irish Sweetness

        Screaming “I am a golden gooooddd!!” when jumping off someone’s roof when you’re ripped on acid is soooo september 10th ….

    • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

      agreed, the tweets make him sound like a whiny vagina. We all know he’s not a whiny vagina but his tweets make it feel weird.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Jefe is entitled to tweet what he wants, but the one referring to fringe players in the English soccer leagues the other day, you just know he’s watching sports TV with the thumb ready …. and the irish coffees ….

  • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

    Normally I don’t think backup qb discussions are warranted but when you need your offense to carry your D or face certain death then it is a special situation.
    McCown will be re-signed. it will have almost all guaranteed money that can be spread out over the cap because the likelihood of him getting hurt is fucking tiny. In Stein we trust.
    However, the braintrust could be sick of the constant qb controversy talk and that may be the reason why he doesn’t come back. Because you know idiots would talk about it for as long as he was here. it won’t be a money issue if he doesn’t come back.

    • Ososfan

      I hope that’s not the case. McCown is very valuable to the team and petty QB controversy started by meatball media should never be a factor in resigning him.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Was it petty? I think he played football better than Jay does. His ball-security and numbers when Jay was out support that. Long term, there’s question you go with Jay. But for one season if you want to transition somewhere or draft a guy … Josh is a good option … just sayin’…. all moot now.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      I hope the $20M a year ends that convo, though some simply aren’t sold on Cutler no matter what. Never mind that McCown already stated he might retire.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Maybe it’s possible – just possible – that nobody else other than Bears fans was watching Josh when Jay was out … like “Ah, Cutler’s out for the Bears …fuuuuk them.” and they tuned out. Maybe.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Tom Brady has more overthrows today than Somalia.”-Rick Reilly

    Talk about a guy straining to be relevant.

  • BillW

    I stopped reading the Wright article early, when he said: “Tucker isn’t to blame for Chicago’s demise on defense. He wasn’t the one missing tackles, busting assignments, etc.. ”

    I hate that line of reasoning – it’s senseless because every failed coach has players making errors. Isn’t that one of the coaches MAIN jobs – to assure the players play to their ability? You could excuse every bad coach in the history of the NFL by saying it’s the player’s fault.

    Or are we saying we had a roster full of terrible players that had no business being on the field? That the best coaches in the world would have ended up with the 30th ranked defense with that roster? I highly doubt it.
    It makes more sense to point out his VALUE in arguing to keep him. I have read ZERO articles defending Tucker based on his value. All I hear is “it wasn’t his fault” – not “he’s a proven talent and we need to keep him”.

    Jauron kept Shoop for similar reasons. Trestman = Jauron in my mind.

    And if they bring back Conte and Podlesh into camp it further proves that point. Give them another chance? They had SIXTEEN of them!
    The Bears are VERY far away from the four teams that played this weekend. While I dislike the extent several of the teams carry it, I’d sure like to see some Bears players have some FIRE

    • BillW

      4ever85: just saw that you posted essentially the same thing. Sorry I didn’t read before posting.

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