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Audibles From the Long Snapper: Rob Rang’s Draft Grades, Pompei on UFAs & Jordan Lynch

| May 13th, 2014

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 I’M NOT ONE FOR DRAFT GRADES…

…but I gathered a lot of respect for Rob Rang when he released his final mock draft and was the only analyst out there projecting four safeties to the first round. So I was interested to see what he felt of the Bears selections. He likes em. A lot.

For a team that once prided itself for its defense, the Bears were toothless in 2013. General manager Phil Emery did a nice job of patching holes throughout the draft, however, adding a pro-ready corner in Kyle Fuller at No. 14 overall, a talented 1-2 punch at defensive tackle in run-stuffer Ego Ferguson and one of the top penetrators in Will Sutton and one of the more intriguing safeties in the class in Brock Vereen in the fourth. The Bears added insurance behind star Matt Forte with Ka’Deem Carey, who plays faster than he timed and is a strong, determined runner. Watch out for Day Three developmental prospects in quarterback David Fales and offensive lineman Charles Leno, each of whom could surprise in Marc Trestman’s scheme. Fuller and Ferguson come with some medical nicks and Sutton allowed himself to get out of shape in 2013. On paper, though, this ranks as one of the year’s best groups.

Here is what needs to happen for this Bears draft to be successful. Fuller is solid. One of the two defensive tackles sticks. Vereen contributes.

POMPEI ON UNDRAFTED FREE AGENTS

Dan Pompei is as well connected a writer as there is on the NFL beat and he had two interesting tidbits regarding a pair of UFAs.

First, on Wisconsin OL Ryan Groy:

I was a little surprised he was not drafted based on what scouts had told me about him before the draft. I had Groy rated as a fourth round pick, as some of the scouts I spoke with said he could go as high as the third or as late as the seventh. No one I spoke with thought he would go undrafted. One veteran scout even thought Groy could be an NFL starter. The knock on Groy, according to a few scouts, is he needs to get stronger and play more physically. “He doesn’t play as nasty as most Wisconsin guys,” one said. But listen to this from an NFC college scouting director: “He’s a rare player in that he has played every position on the line, and he is a good athlete in terms of mobility and fluidity. He’s smart and consistent. He’s a good player, I just wish he were more rugged.” A few scouts said Groy’s positional versatility will make him an ideal NFL backup.

Then, FSU linebacker Christian Jones:

…would have been drafted, but he reportedly failed a drug test at the combine. Teams had other concerns about his judgment and maturity before the failed test. But they like what they saw on the field. I had Jones rated as a fourth or fifth round pick based on what scouts told me about him. The interesting thing about Jones is most teams thought he would fit best as an outside linebacker in a 3-4. My guess is he likely will be cast in the same type of role Shea McClellin will play on the Bears–outside linebacker on first and second downs, pass rusher on third. “He’s a very good athlete,” a college scouting director said. “He has traits you look for.” Another national scout called Jones a “developmental run and hit guy,” and said he “looks the part.”

When you watch the guy’s highlight reel, “look the part” fits the bill.

RICH CAMPBELL ON JORDAN LYNCH

From his piece in the Tribune:

“Before Saturday, the Packers talked to my agent,” Lynch said. “Come Saturday, I think they were going a different direction, and the Bears were showing strong interest. Either way, I think if it came down to the Bears or Packers, I’m going to go with the Bears anyway, I think. It’s a perfect fit for me”

Bears general manager Phil Emery praised Lynch’s running ability Saturday night.

One of the bigger questions, though, about Lynch’s ability to convert to running back is whether he can pass block. That’s a skill coach Marc Trestman prioritizes in his backup running backs.

“I really haven’t blocked before in my life, but I catch to things pretty quick,” he said. “I think I can do a good job at it.”

There’s no better way to endear yourself to a fan base than to tell Bears fans you would have chosen them over the Packers. But the last point is the critical one. If Lynch can’t block, he’s not making the Bears roster.

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  • Big Mike

    Big Mike first on the thread!.

    • MB30SD

      MB30SD seconding Big Mike’s first-person account of how this all went down.

      • gpldan waiting on camp

        while speaking in the third person.

  • MB30SD

    I’m meh on lynch and very high on jones. I watched some tape, and granted most of it was highlight reels, the kid was a standout on a nat champ D. He is a total stud and if he can keep clean, I think he’s the new briggsy. How’s that for a call.

  • I think Jones, Lynch, and Groh all have a chance to stick. Groh most likely as PS before competing more next year for a backup spot. Lynch seems likely to battle Michael Ford for the final RB spot on the roster. Jones could be a 7th LB who mostly does ST this year.
    The OL depth is unreal. 7 guys seem safe-all 5 returning starters + Britton and de la Puente. (though I guess Britton could be in trouble if Groh, Leno, Long all look comparable and are younger. Still, I think he’s the swing T this year and the hope is Leno can fill that role next year).
    The 8th (and maybe 9th) spot will be a fierce battle. Groh, Leno, Joe Long, Brown, Boggs.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      Gonna be an interesting numbers game this year, we may keep 10 DL this year vs 9 last year, which works because there is no dedicated returner like Hester was last year. 9 OL made the final 53 last year so maybe 2 of the 5 guys you listed stick (think the order of favorites is Boggs, Brown, Leno, Long, Groy) hopefully we can sneak the 3 that don’t make it to the 53 onto the PS.

      Here is the breakdown of last year’s final 53:

      http://www.windycitygridiron.com/2013/8/31/4680718/chicago-bears-2013-roster-final-53-jmarcus-webb-cuts

      • I think Boggs will be much farther down the list. He’s a C only (Garza/de la Puente well ahead of him) and is older than the rest of those guys.

        I also could see Brown getting bounced, more for future thinking than anything. They have their top 7 who they trust. Then the young guys they want to develop (Long, Groy, Leno). Why not keep the developmental guys since it’s likely they won’t be playing this year anyway?

        If it’s close it goes to the young guys, IMO.

        • That’s my thinking, but isn’t Boggs our longsnapper too? Can Groy or Leno longsnap?

          My guess. Leno takes that last spot, over Groy and Brown.

  • MB30SD

    man, no matter how rich and famous you are, one thing holds true… relationships are rough. Oh, and huge men who play gladiator sports shouldn’t use roids.

    http://tracking.si.com/2014/05/13/greg-hardy-arrested-domestic-violence-panthers-nfl/?eref=sihp

  • MB30SD

    reposting from last thread:

    data, BC, $, NB, you guys are going to love this: http://sportsnaut.com/2014/05/how-accurate-are-nfl-mock-drafts/

    Basically, kipper is a fucking hack, mcshay is much worse. How much do these guys get paid?!?

    SMFH.

    Ps. that pic on the linked page above is why i can’t stand that little prick manziel, and why I think he busts. Zero humility, zero leadership. You don’t fall way below where everyone thought you’d go, get picked up by the factory of sadness, and still do that stupid shit. Man, people in his corner must be just as dumb as he is to say, “oh you’re going to still do the money thing… yeah, awesome idea! Go for it!”.

    http://deadspin.com/leaked-internal-scouting-report-the-patriots-do-not-li-1574040417 (hee hee)

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      I liked the post on the last thread and I’ll like it now!!! Screw Kiper and his dracula hair. If he was any good as a talent evaluator, some front office would have scooped him up by now.

      • bearsfantillend

        several teams have tried. He made more money selling his draft books each year than any team would ever be able to pay him. and no team was going to allow him to put out his draft books while he was working for them. Also he is making a nice chunk of change working for ESPN. FYI, i think last year was his last year putting out a draft book.

        • MB30SD

          Would be a fun job

    • Trac

      Johnny F. requires a clean pocket to step up into his throws. He will not get that in the NFL.

    • Trac

      Based on what I saw, we should sidestep PFT if we are looking for accurate insight. Total hacks in the draft.

    • NewBearInTown

      Interesting article, but not exactly a smart criteria for evaluating drafts. For example, by their scoring model, if I completely screw up the first 25 picks – like predicting 25 guys who aren’t even taken in the first round – then get 26-32 correct, I’m the #1 draftnik on that list.

      Here’s how I would score mock drafts, without actually doing the work right now.

      1 point for each player picked to go in the first round that is actually picked in the top 40 picks
      1 point for each player picked within 10 spots of where he is predicted
      1 point for each player picked within 5 spots
      2 points for each player correctly placed in a spot
      2 points for matching a player and team, regardless of the spot
      1 point for predicting that a team will trade up or down
      1 point for predicting that a player will be taken via a trade up
      1 point for predicting the position that a team will target, and half credit for close fits (like Ebron to Detroit is worth 0.5 for those who said they’d take a receiver)

      320 is a perfect score. If you want, you give weight to correct predictions in the second half of the round

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Twitter war between PFT’s Florio and ESPN’s McShay about the whole overselling underclassmen in early mockdrafts who end up not being drafted.

      http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/mike-florio-is-taking-shots-at-todd-mcshay.html

      Interesting points from Florio, but stupid way at approaching the whole thing if you want to make a serious statement.

  • MB30SD

    not that I love hillary or anything, but karl rove is such a fucking cockroach.

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/13/politics/rove-clinton-criticism/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

    Someone should exile that fat useless vermin to unregulated afghanistan or something. jesus, what a net minus to this world… and he should take that evil fuck cheney and the democratic congressional ‘elite’ with him.

  • MB30SD

    ok, last one…

    GP: http://uncrate.com/stuff/2015-cadillac-cts-v-coupe/

    Thumbs up or down?

    • DaMurph

      UP!

    • Big Mike

      My next car…

      Thumbs up. Thing is bad ass. Test drove one last week.

    • gpldan waiting on camp

      I’ve always thought the CTS-V Coupe looked like a cockroach. Sorry.

      The LS9 at 662bhp is bad-ass and all, but clearly not state of the art anymore. I like the new LT1 in the new Vette better, despite it only making 455bhp, when they turbo it for the Z06 it will make as much as the LS9 with Turbos rather than getting blown.

      Yes, it’s crazy to say: getting blown is passe’

      Turbos are where the tech is at.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Emery has what it takes. The prick is able to tell you lies and make sound like the most obvious truth you’ll ever going to hear. You could listen 10 interviews and conferences and never understand what the initial plan was in the draft, did they really get the main man or what. My take is that they did, but he uses the same style when talking about the ones that weren’t fist choices. Good !!! That’s what I want.

    • so he’s a prick, but he does what you want.

      you confuse me. but at least i know you hate mel tucker.

    • Artoo

      He’s the nice version of Bill Belichick. If there is one

      • gpldan waiting on camp

        The nice version of Belicheck is Satan.

        • el_caney

          South park´s Satan

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I love Belichick. He’s an idol.

  • Last year I narrowed it down to Mills and some other late round OT/OG who they would draft. This year I thought the late round gem would be Jones. Hopefully, the outcome is as good or better.

    Ultimately, a good draft is 3 starters.
    A great draft is 4 starters.
    An epic draft is 4+starters with a pro-bowler or two in the mix.

    • MB30SD

      Again, after watching the tape, I REALLY love the jones pick up… for a fucking ham samgwhitch and a diet cherry caffeine free coke.

      • I just drank a cream soda from BJs. Delicious.

        I just re-read that sentence, and it sounds really wrong (NTTAWWT).

        • MB30SD

          exactly.

        • Artoo

          I definitely did not like that restaurant

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        What’s wrong with a diet cherry caffeine free coke?
        Damn, you picky.

        • MB30SD

          oh, don’t you think you can just waltz back into my life.

          … I cain’t quitchu maings.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Like a can of Pringles.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Major Wright – you shall never be forgotten. Not just here, but in quite a few upended ******s.

          • Artoo

            The dude is a very nice guy if you ever get to meet him.

          • MB30SD

            Greeeeat. Too bad he, you know… Sucks at football.

          • bearsfantillend

            thats the same thing all neighbors say about the serial killer living next door. “Man, {insert serial killer}, he is such a nice guy, i can’t believe he could kill that many people.”

          • MB30SD

            like strange… right?

            Oh, never mind. SMH.

    • SC Dave

      Bears 1983 – Epic

      How about two HOFs, like Bears 1965? Does that count as epic?

      • Big Mike

        But yet 3 years later they were 1-13…..

        • AlbertInTucson

          They were 1-0 in the games I attended that season!

      • AlbertInTucson

        The Bears had a THIRD #1 pick that year, Steve DeLong. A pretty good defensive end who signed with the pre-merger AFL Chargers. DeLong eventually ended his career as a Bear.

        • SC Dave

          An they also drafted a dude called Jim Nance, who ended up with a pretty nice career in the AFL.

  • MB30SD

    I know you guys have all been waiting for this with baited breath… especially you Jeff.

    Without further adieu: http://nfl.si.com/2014/05/13/2015-nfl-mock-draft-cedric-ogbuehi/?eref=sihp

    • ANOTHER S from Bama?
      ANOTHER LT from Texas A&M.
      Weird how certain schools churn out prospects from specific positions (like Notre Dame with TEs, Wisconcin Olinemen).

      This Anthony Harris kid from Virginia seems promising.
      “The nation’s leader in interceptions last season with eight, Harris
      really took to the defense implemented by new coordinator Jon Tenuta.
      Harris is at his best when he’s allowed to play a little haphazardly —
      he likes to hit, and last season displayed a nose for the football.”

      Now THAT’s what I like to read about a S. I’ll keep an ear out for him from time to time:

      • MB30SD

        Yeah, let’s get kyle a teammate back. For some reason there are always players coming outta that program.

        Oh, and did you see where he had us picking? #27. I think he’s about 2-3 short, but as long as we get to the show in the next couple years I’m ok.

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          He had us picking a WR tho, no thanks.

          • MB30SD

            exactly. I say we move up BAMN to get our franchise 5-10 yr FS or IMLB… whichever is the man of the draft.

            (barring any catastrophic, unplanned, losses this season)

          • SC Dave

            Maybe he figured we’re not signing Marshall, or that Wilson bombs.

        • Trac

          That indicates a divisional round appearance. No? Don’t think we can make it to the second round ?

      • AlbertInTucson

        Carimi was a Wisconsin O-Linemen so they ain’t ALL winners.

        • Cormonster

          Moffitt also turned into a dud. I thought Carimi was way over-rated coming out of college. Moffitt played next to him at guard and was just nasty his last two years. I thought he was a sure thing. Then he got some injuries early in the pros, got busted for PED’s, got injured again, and retired at like 25. Mike Webster has to be the most celebrated offensive lineman in Wisconsin history, and also the first to be diagnosed with concussion issues.

    • SC Dave

      Not to be the grammar Nazi, but I was curious and looked it up, confirming my suspicion.
      For future reference, it’s “bated” breath, short for “abated”

      • MB30SD

        yeah, I wasn’t sure and was too lazy to double check. Thanks dave.

        Oh and why you gotta bring them into this?!

      • AlbertInTucson

        If you’ve been fishing, it’s BAITED breath.

        • SC Dave

          I’ll go with that.

      • Irish Sweetness

        .. .and I can’t have the Barbarian confused … he’s sitting there thinking ‘without further goodbye’ ? It’s “without further ado” m’luds ladies and gents.

    • Trac

      At least he has the Bears in the Divisional round of the playoffs.

  • Shady

    I really hope “Mr. Fundamentals” Patrick Mannelly decides to come back for another season in Chicago.

    • I don’t think we have room for him anymore. He’s had a good run. Longest Bear ever, right?

      • Shady

        Room? We don’t have room? Well let’s fuxking MAKE some room then!

          • MB30SD

            Oh fuck… that’s harsh. I couldn’t even watch 10 full seconds of that. The first 3 seconds made my eyes well up.

            Damn dude… no need to bring a bazooka to a slapfight!

          • I know. I think that was the first book that made me cry. “It’s my dog; I’ll do it”. Sometimes, it sucks being a man #stiffupperlip

          • MB30SD

            yeah, that and where the red fern grows too.

            I remember the EXACT 4th grade room I was in when we read it (color, mood, lighting, where I was sitting, etc…)… everyone was crying. Jesus, what a shitshow.

          • Cormonster

            Old Dan and Little Ann were some great raccoon hunting dogs. A good friend of mine growing up used to trap when the pelts were worth something. That was fun going with him, learned a lot about the animals. Raccoon hunting at night with his dogs, on the other hand, was kind of disturbing as a kid. That could turn vicious and violent.

          • Artoo

            You..You cry?

          • MB30SD

            When I was 6

          • The Zohan never cries, unless a man wants a feathered hair do.

          • IBNO

            Where the Red Fern Grows. 5th grade. Mr. Myers. Windows in the room look south, towards the baseball field. Round table, seats about 8.

            Yeah, I’m right there with ya.

          • Doc Nitty

            There too mang. Great book. Whenever I had a book report due, I’d just pretend I read that book since I had its memory branded in my brain. Summer of the Monkeys was also quite good by Wilson Rawls.

          • DaMurph

            Was the first movie I cried at, I was like 8 when I saw it at a theater, sumbitch still get me weepy!

          • Shady

            I think the first movie I ever cried watching was the Exorcist. My bro and I must have been particularly troublesome and pops decided it was time to break out an old classic.

          • DaMurph

            After seeing the exorcist, I turned the light on to take a piss for about a week!

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Scott Vandermoon…is that dude still looking for his Wheaties box?

    • MB30SD

      what, did you break up with her?!

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Well played, sir. Well played.

        • MB30SD

  • MB30SD

    MMA anyone?

    http://www.ranker.com/list/hottest-gina-carano-photos/trent-walker?format=SLIDESHOW&page=1

    (Jokey, it’s probably not safe for your work. In fact, just never click on any links I post at all. You know, just to be safe)

  • MB30SD

    Tommy John surgery. Holy shit… do NOT watch this if you’re squeamish. Yikes!

    • Shady

      On a Bears related note, Patrick Mannelly married the daughter of the famous Tommy John.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Tommy John pitched for the White Sox for 7 seasons (1965-1971). He was traded in 1972 to L.A.for Dick Allen and had the pioneering surgery as a Dodger in 1975

  • FQD1911

    Cliff Stein…best in the business.

    • Jeff really should make a t-shirt with Cliff Stein. We can all come up with a catch phrase.
      “Going over the Cliff”? Sorry, it’s been a long hot day. That’s all I got.

    • Viva

      GM in waiting????

      • NewBearInTown

        Probably doesn’t want it. He’s not a football guy, per se, he’s a numbers guy. Probably more interested in Ted Phillips’s job than Emery’s.

        • EnderWiggin

          Interesting thought. Has any non-family member ever had that position, though?

          • NewBearInTown

            Wouldn’t necessarily be with the Bears.

        • If Stein takes Phillip’s job, I wouldn’t shed a tear, that’s for sure.

      • FQD1911

        for who? hopefully not another team.

  • Fuuuudge it’s hot in L.A. It’s 94 right now. On the bright side, more yoga pants and cleavage bras.

  • Viva

    6 out of 8 picks signed. Does that mean 2 are holding out? WTF, Cliff.

    • Viva

      Sarcasm…

  • Shady

    See, that’s why you have to go with the bouncy CASTLE, not the bouncy house.

    http://www.hlntv.com/article/2014/05/13/bounce-house-blows-away-flies-boys-injured?hpt=hln10_2&hpt=hp_t2

    • MB30SD

      Holy shit. No more bouncing when there’s ANY wind. Smfh

      • AlbertInTucson

        That happened here TWICE summer before last. Those things are VERY aerodynamic when the wind kicks up.

  • Shady

    HAWKCE!!!!!!

    Kanerrrrrrrrrrrr.

    • Viva

      DAAAAA HAWKCE!!

    • AlbertInTucson

      Corey Crawford, your table is ready. Wow. The Wild MUST be thinking “How did we not win that in regulation?”

      • Guest

        he always played as well as lundqvist.

        • hmm. weird. thought i deleted the post i made that didn’t have me logged in and wouldn’t let me edit to say “almost” instead of “always.”

          yet here we are.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            The gnome strikes again

          • MB30SD

            indeed

          • And you may ask yourself, ‘Self…how did I get here?”

            http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x12spb_talking-heads-once-in-a-lifetime_music

          • gpldan waiting on camp

            +78 blog points for dropping Talking Heads lyrics in

          • “Same as it ever was…Same as it ever was…”it’s been about 30 years since our last SB (about as old as that song). We should adopt that song until we win one again.

          • gpldan waiting on camp

            I should like to second Butch’s motion to adopt “Once in a Lifetime” for all Bears fans aged 35-75 on this blog, as the most cynical yet oddly poignant theme song for any single NFL fanbase in the league.

            The motion is now put to the floor for a vote…

          • Yea.

          • CanadaBear

            I’m guessing none. If you’ve never seen their live concert movie Stop Making Sense, check it out. It’s endlessly entertaining. Filmed by Jonathon Demme, the sound is fantastic. It’s easily my favorite concert video. David Byrne is an odd duck but crazy talented.

          • Irish Sweetness

            The cameo with Sean Penn in ‘This must be the place’ is great.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            -78 blog points for trying to build on momentum of previous +78 blog points post regarding Talking Heads.

          • gpldan waiting on camp

            Jericho!

      • he almost played as well as lundqvist

  • Big Mike

    ICYMI, Bears draft pick numbers: Fuller 23, Ferguson 95, Sutton 93, Carey 25, Vereen 45, Fales 12, O’Donnell 16 and Leno Jr. 72.

    • Jordan, Sandbert, Hester…Fuller?
      I like #45 for a safety. Nice solid #for a safety.

    • gpldan waiting on camp

      Somebody email Chicken Dinner and tell him to revert to his college #92.

      As a LB, playing 99 was stupid enough and he looks stupid IN that number.

      #curseofhampton

    • gpldan waiting on camp

      Could we give Sutton #88? Does the NFL allow DL to have numbers in the 80s anymore?

      #alanpage

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      Nate Collins screwed out of his number? That will negatively impact his jersey sales. If you have a 93 Nate Collins jersey you’d better hang onto it.

      • Big Mike

        I’m really surprised by that. A rooking getting a veteran who is on the team’s number.. hmmmm

    • NewBearInTown

      Have to be honest. Of all the things about being a sports fan that I can’t get into? Jersey numbers is near the top of the list.

      Do not care.

  • Hardy threw her on a bed full of guns…sounds like an NRA porn. Porn name: Big Hardy

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/05/14/greg-hardys-accuser-says-he-threw-her-on-bed-full-of-guns/

    • gpldan waiting on camp

      Now Kony Ealy can have a role model.

      Panthers are like Davis era Raidahs.

    • MB30SD

      Start at the 2:00 mark…

  • gpldan waiting on camp
    • MB30SD

      100%… also, that’s a SWEET ‘do… rag’

  • I keep getting followers on twitter even though I’m hardly on there. At least, that’s what my phone keeps telling me. Kinda funny. I must be one charming MOFO.

    • Carry on…

    • gpldan waiting on camp

      Think of all the chicks out there whose panties still vaguely smell of Escape by Calvin Klein.

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD
    • gpldan waiting on camp

      When I went to see Neil Young, all the ex-hippies were dragging on cannabis e-ciggys. I guess I missed this development in technology. By Chicago code, while smoking is prohibited, I guess using an e-ciggy is not. Makes the same smoke, smells just the same. I guess I am missing the difference under the law.

      Anyhow, I was time-warped there at the end, hanging out with Cheech and Chong.

      • Shady

        It’s vapor, not smoke. But yeah, still annoying.

        • MB30SD

          I thought it doesn’t smell? Some chick had one and the smoke smelled like chocolate… or whatever flavor you chose?

          • Shady

            I don’t fuxking know.

          • MB30SD

            liar

          • Shady

            The last time I had a chocolate cig was in grade school and I bought it from a candy store. I also purchased a bubble gum cigar and warheads.

          • MB30SD

            nice

          • tobijohn

            Pink Owls!

          • AlbertInTucson

            I actually used to LIKE the bubblegum that came with baseball cards. 5 cents a pack for 5 baseball cards and a rectangle of bubblegum that was probably LESS chewable than the baseball card stock.

          • tobijohn

            Topps was tops…

          • AlbertInTucson

            It never occurred to me to buy any other brand of baseball cards.

          • tobijohn

            You’d never catch me with any of that Fleer garbage…

          • MB30SD

            it was like a very thin pink piece of particleboard when you first put it in your mouth.

            It was so hard that if you weren’t careful you could cut your mouth on that shit.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Oh yes, I remember those. I think the bubblegum cigars came in green too. Very poular because WHITE OWL was a White Sox radio sponsor back then along with RAMBLER/AMERICAN MOTORS.

          • it doesn’t smell. i sit in 10×10 non-ventilated meeting rooms at work with people who smoke them the whole time we’re sitting in there. i smell their deodorant before i smell the vapor.

          • gpldan waiting on camp

            The Cannabis variants don’t smell?

          • Cormonster

            You might be thinking of a vaporizer, which can look like an e-cig, but it’s burning the weed.

          • MB30SD

            you read about them in a magazine right?

          • Cormonster

            How else would one know of such a contraption?

          • MB30SD

            one, would not.

          • Irish Sweetness

            E-cigs are vaporisers I thought. There’s a teacher here that used to use one, he’d smoke it in the office. There was no smell, and the vapor dissipates quickly. I have not smelled cannabis vaporised though.

          • MB30SD

            I must admit that I have… although I was not a participant (although plenty of peer pressure was indeed applied).

            It did smell like weed, but much more faint and it dissipated quickly.

          • cannabis variants have a smell. i thought we were talking about the nicotine e-cigs

          • MB30SD

            weird that your work allows that. Aren’t there studies coming out that prove they’re just as dangerous? (only to the smoker of course)

            God damn hipsters!

          • we have a ping pong table. anything goes.

          • EnderWiggin

            Sure, the studies done by Phillip Morris and Winston/Salem.

          • MB30SD

            haha

        • AlbertInTucson

          E-Ciggers are relegated to the designated smoking areas where I work which means one of the 2 outside locations.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I SAW Cheech & Chong live at Mill Run in like, ’73 right before I hit the road to AZ. It was a great show. Especially when they were doing the dog routine, Ralph & Herbie. They were on all fours and of them ran up and lifted his le on the front row of the audience. Mill Run was a GREAT venue abut very intimate so it was almost like he was in their laps. The opening act was Tony Joe White. Just him and his accoustic guitar and THAT was great. Highlight: POLK SALAD ANNIE, which he wrote for Elvis.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Just always be aware of who authors these types of studies/surveys/polls.

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    btw, think I like girls who look like kate upton: http://instagram.com/alexandriatothemax

  • MB30SD
    • Shady

      It’s called a knuckle ball. Punters often try to create the same effect making it more difficult for returners to field.

      • MB30SD

        gee thanks howard fucking cosell.

        I didn’t know what a knuckleball was. smfh.

        I keed I keeeeed

        • gpldan waiting on camp

          It’s Vapor, not smoke!

          Clearly, MB, we are simply too stupid to go on breathing.

      • Shady
  • MB30SD
    • gpldan waiting on camp

      If the Klown tried this in Chicago, it would be a dead clown.

      • MB30SD

        wow, that is so fucked up

      • tobijohn

        Honestly, I prefer the harmlessness of the old Candid Camera…

      • AlbertInTucson

        Even money the “victims” were in on it from the get-go.

        Except maybe the guy at the gas pumps who reached in and grabbed a pistol.

        Somebody putting a couple rounds between Clown-Boy’s horns would have be pretty funny. Well deserved, too, I might add.

        • Shady

          C’mon Al, you’re better than that.

          • gpldan waiting on camp

            But I’m not, is that what you are saying? I’m just some psycho twat and Al in Arizona is the bloody voice of reason! Well fine. Be that way.

          • Shady

            Why don’t you try posting hundreds of flawless Burma Shaves, huh? Then maybe you’ll earn some damn respect.

          • gpldan waiting on camp

            You may as well have asked me to paint the Sistine Chapel only using a Q-Tip stuck up my bum! Nobody but Al and maybe Dylan can touch that level of brilliance!

          • MB30SD

            I’d pay to see you try that… not for a cheeky view of your bum (see how I did that), but for the mere athleticism of it.

          • gpldan waiting on camp

            You get three. Red, Green and Blue one. Mixing colors is the magic.

          • MB30SD

            the primary colors… of course!

    • tobijohn

      Ha, attack cat! good stuff…

  • gpldan waiting on camp

    Has anyone mentioned how high Todd McShay is on Vereen?

    Called “the steal of the whole draft”. For a 6’0, 200lb safety. If he has a better career than Ha-Ha I guess that is one more chit in the Emery pile of genius.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Last Bear to qualify as “The Steal Of The Draft” ?

      Richard Dent, maybe?

      • Irish Sweetness

        Mannelly? 36th pick of the sixth round ’98.

      • Bender McLugh

        Sweetness was picked 4th overall, that’s kind of a steal…..

        • AlbertInTucson

          The 4th Pick of the draft cannot be a “steal”. Dent was picked years after Walter in a round that no longer exists.

    • Viva

      I need a career change. I would like to be a Mock Drafter (offseason) and a Power Ranker (in season). Hybird.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Fuller is in the fold. Gotta love that rookie wage scale.

    • bearsfantillend

      that just leaves Sutton. what the hell is taking him so long?

      • AlbertInTucson

        Stein can’t be in two places at once.

        • MB30SD

          slacker

          • AlbertInTucson

            Yeah, really.

  • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

    HAWKCE

    • Shady

      Show time.

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        you feel bad for the Minnesota players but not for their fans who forgot that it’s not advisable to taunt the bear. You can yell Crawford all you want bitches….as you wake up sad the next morning.

        • burntorangenavyblue

          Yeah I don’t get that. As many games I’ve attended in my life, I never once thought to say the name of a player on the opposing team. Because ya know, it sounds like you’re cheering him on if you straight up say his name! If the fans were yelling something like “Cock-ford” or “Cunt-ford”, then there you go….

    • Viva

      GET SOME!

  • gpldan waiting on camp

    O’Donnell started his college in Cincy, then became a Hurricane. So he has wind/poor weather skills.

    37 out of 72 kickoffs went for TBs. He’ll probably spell Gould for kickoffs. Plus, with his guns, he’ll crack somebody out there.

    • MB30SD

      Can’t wait fo that

    • I think a lot of time they like to have Robbie kick it directionally and encourage a kickoff. With the new rules he can get air under it and they often can stop the guy before the 20.

    • Trac

      I had to read this several times. I was thinking, what’s so great about a Punter with “poor” weather skills.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Why would they want to convert Lynch anyway ? If you want a running back, and you’re hell bent on getting them as cheaply as possible… why don’t you draft one in rd 6 or 7 ? Why the need to suddenly throw something new at somebody as they enter the NFL when there are plenty of actual running backs on offer?

    • Bender McLugh

      new to running? seriously?

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordan_Lynch

      1,800 & 1,900 yards rushing his last two years. I think that makes him just as good a pickup as a late round RB, wouldn’t you agree?

      • Bender McLugh

        And yeah, this was for NIU, but these records are still very impressive:
        NCAA records[edit]
        Most rushing yards by a quarterback in a season: 1,920 (2013)
        Most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single game: 321 (November 26, 2013 vs. Western Michigan)
        Most 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback in a season: 12 (2012)
        Most rushing yards per game by a quarterback in a season: 137.1 (2013)

        • Jokey

          Wolfe looked good too and had a below average career for a backup.

          • Bender McLugh

            good point, but can’t compare the miniscule Wolfe to this guy, in my opinion anyway. We shall see how he works out in preseason.

          • True. Lynch has size. Wolf was a smurf.

        • Big Mike

          Key point “by a quarterback”. Doesn’t make him a running back. I hope he does well for his sake and the Bears. But odds stacked up high against him.

      • bearsfantillend

        pretty sure he actually ran on more plays than he passed on also

      • Big Mike

        No. Because the threat of him passing, jammed everyone up.

    • NewBearInTown

      Have to remember, college offenses aren’t all like the NFL. In college (like the NFL 60 years ago), the quarterback is often just the best athlete on the field. He’s your best passer, your best runner, your highest football IQ. Guys like that can play a number of positions, but in college they play QB because that way they’re guaranteed to have the ball every play. But that doesn’t mean that passing is their strongest skill.

      • gpldan waiting on camp

        Watching film on Lynch, I just don’t see the Julian Edelman play with him. He just seems like a wildcat QB to me. I’m missing Emery/Trestman’s thoughts on this kid, seems like a Trestman CFL influenced pick to me.

        • MB30SD

          agree with you. He ran almost a 4.8 40. How does a guy that slow get that many yards??

          Ohhhhhh, riiiiight. Be played on a glorified HS team. He’ll get fucking destroyed in the NFL trying that shit.

          Actually before I say that, let me go watch some tape…

          Ok, he runs faster than a 4.8, but still. I see a less athletic Timmy “jesus” Tebow who will get MURDERED up the middle in the NFL where even the nosetackle is faster than him.

          I trust in emery, but until I see his plan, I remain puzzled.

          • He does play faster than 4.8. More like 4.66 if I had to estimate. Shows vision, instincts, toughness. We’ll see how that translates to NFL caliber athletes, but I am curious.

            As long as we don’t cut Ford, I’m willing to give Trestman the benefit of the doubt. He went out of his way to get this guy.

          • Big Mike

            But that’s just an estimate.. not precise like 4.662

          • mmm. quite.

          • bearsfantillend

            he had the fastest 3-Cone drill time out of all running backs. so he can make quick cuts. from the highlight vid looks like he has pretty good vision and is hard to tackle. i agree, i think he will get murdered up the middle, but he’s probably wasn’t going to make it at QB. Besides he is UNDRAFTED, so not worried.

          • MB30SD

            Yep. I’m sure there’s a plan… even if it’s specials swiss armyknife guy… remember Billy bates fo the Cowboys?

    • Jokey

      Lynch isn’t the next Forte. More like a Tebow 2.0 except smaller.

  • gpldan waiting on camp

    A factoid learned about Christian Jones. Not sure if this upped or dropped his stock to Emery:

    He clocked the shit out of a teammate who called him out, fucked the guy up. It was the combination of his drug test AND getting all Olin K on his team mate that caused him to drop off the board.

    #nobodysburfict

    • MB30SD

      I think this kid is the steal of the draft. I REALLY liked what I saw on tape. He is a beast that just needs an NFL weight program and some good mentoring/coaching.

      I’m making the call that he ends up the starting OLB opposite briggsy. BOOM!

      #notfuckingaroundthistime

      #theburfictweapon

      • gpldan waiting on camp

        The guy will put a lot of pressure on McCellin to show something in camp. Or it’s back to Idaho to sweep shit in cages for him. He’s another Sam candidate who can rush the passer and may have better moves and more power inside.

        I see Bostic now being groomed to take over for Briggs at Will. Alot of things could happen at LB this year for the Bears, not even considering that the Bears will be scouring the wire for more linebackers to push this group.

        • MB30SD

          Yeah, I still don’t get bostic to the outside. He’s a MLB and he was very good in college. Just think he got screwed last year because of the circumstances and shitty coaching (still my biggest worry on D this year).

          So, here are my predictions for this year for our LB corps:

          1. Dinner busts out – and is a back up (at best) by end of camp… and is used in rotation to try and rush the passer/get sacks only (since you know, he’s never played a true 3-4 OLB and it’s a much different discipline than pass rushing)

          2. DJW – gets hurt for a stretch and Bostic goes in to cover and does a great job now that we actually have a dline. He might not win the starting position once DJW comes back, but he will next year (he will, get it?!?! Oh the irony!)

          3. Chris Jones – Is the camp shocker and he wins the will spot and/or covers for an injured briggsy. He becomes the next briggsy from next year on and is a multiple pro bowler

          4. Chris Conte – Starts his true job of destiny pumping gas and serving hot-rolled weenies at the local AM/PM (or whatever they call these in Ill) after he’s unceremoniously cut on the field by phil emery himself, 2 seconds after a game ends with him ALMOST giving up another game losing TD because he ‘didn’t hear’ everyone else on the entire D move into man2man… luckily Brock Vereen was also in and came over to tip the ball away from conte’s totally uncovered man at the last second.

          • Bender McLugh

            Gas ‘n Sip?

          • Cormonster

            There used to be a few Pump ‘n Munches where I live.

          • MB30SD

            I like to… ahhhh, never mind

          • gpldan waiting on camp

            I loved Bostic doing this

            http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000230462/Bostic-s-tackle-forces-incompletion

            But he was often confused on his assignments, didn’t pick up on TE underneath routes as often as he should, and got thrown over a couple times. He also looked bad taking on inside blocks, but with Landon Cohen ahead of you, I cut him some slack on his weak abilities to shed and pursue.

            I really Bostic as the heir to Briggs at Will. We’ll see what the Bears do.

          • I’m with you. Bostic looked totally lost playing MLB. It looked like he always jumped the wrong gap, over pursued, got play faked and was oblivious as to defending the pass.

            Unless the game slowed down for him like that Matrix scene, I just don’t see him at MLB. I’ve always viewed him as Briggs’ replacement. A guy who can punish, who can throw at the trash when it’s funneled his way.

          • MB30SD

            I will be happy if he takes over from briggs, but I really think it was the scenario and environment last year. I’m hoping he at least gets a shot to show us what he can do in the middle this year (not because DJW get’s injured, but because we’re blowing motherfuckers out)

          • SC Dave

            Wont watch the vid on phone with sgit netw,but it was pathetic how excited people here got over one play that will more often than not be 15 yds and a fine

          • I think Irish and I are the only one’s who think Shea will do ok at MLB. Tin-foil hat brothers, unite! Actually, even he might be off the Shea wagon after his Subway Jared pictures surfaced.

            I also think Conte regains his confidence (out of sheer shame/guilt) and becomes a decent starter. That’s right folks, you heard it hear first. Put down your pitch forks, ye town’s men. It’s not unprecedented. Both Wright and Conte had competetent years two seasons ago.

          • Big Mike

            No, I’ve got him marked down for a pro-bowl in 2 years.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Shamus? Don’t know if he’ll do okay at this stage, especially having clocked his weedy body – but physically, frame-wise … I thought that was where he was going all along.

          • SC Dave

            I dont get the bostic love, esp in the middle. He sucked last year. Wait, make that Sucked.

          • MB30SD

            Every one on that d sucked because it was a total breakdown.

            Watch his college tape. .. There’s something there dave.

            Let’s see what he brings when olinemen aren’t in his face else condo after the snap on literally ever si single play. They call them LINEbackers FOR A reason. He’s not a dlinemen.

    • Really really hope he becomes our starting MLB. That’s the type of guy you want in the middle. I’ve been high on Jones since the start of draft season.
      Next year, Bostic-Jones-Shea.
      #burfictstorm

      • MB30SD

        I don’t understand this (yes, STILL)

        So you want a guy who played really well as a MLB his whole career through college and make him an OUTSIDE linebacker.

        And you want to take another guy who played really well at OUTSIDE linebacker his whole career and make him in IMLB.

        What in THEE fuck are you doing boyah!?!?!?!

        How about this for a brilliant fucking hypothesis… keep them BOTH where they played naturally their entire careers, and put a real d line and supporting squad beside them and see how they do.

        I want to show you something $… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y80EL6d2peI

        Here’s my 2015 campaign platform

        Jones – Bostic – Greene

        • Jones is mean. He’s also a bit slower than Shea (4.7). Jones played all sorts of position. I think he can shed blocks better than Shea too, which is nice in the middle. Also, the Sside backer only plays like 50%, so I’d rather have Jones out there.
          Shea played all sorts too. In many ways, they’re very similar. It’ll be interesting to see how it shakes out. The one huge area I have no clue about is who has better football IQ. Whoever that is will have a starting job.

          • SC Dave

            A good post, and it will be interesting indeed

  • MB30SD

    jesus, if her accounts are true… this guy ain’t playing much next year (if he isn’t doin’ tiiiiiiime)

    http://nfl.si.com/2014/05/14/details-emerge-greg-hardy-arrest-carolina-panthers/?eref=sihp

    And this of course let’s me repost my fav clip of the week:

    and: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PMbSYcl4kA

  • FQD1911

    Jefe,
    Any chance on a Cliff Stein column? Since I have frequented this blog, he has probably been one (if not the) most important Bears personnel members in the organization.

    • MB30SD

      Since I have frequented this blog

      That’s a massive overstatement sir.

      • FQD1911

        lol c’mon MB i’m trying man.

        • MB30SD

          I see it my maings, I see it.

          Keep coming back, you’ll earn your place amongst the pantheon of DBB reg greats again.

          • tobijohn

            The Pantheon! That’s a keeper…

        • MB30SD

          Oh, and we’re being lied to FQ.

          http://www.mandatory.com/2013/01/02/hot-women-celebrities-before-and-after-the-magic-of-photoshop/

          Hey Irish, you want a real fucking conspiracy, chase this down!

          • FQD1911

            geez…this is why the majority of my girlfriends/exes wear little to no makeup.

          • MB30SD

            scary

          • Irish Sweetness

            Not a fan of makeup, false advertising.

          • CanadaBear

            That ain’t makeup. That’s photoshopping.

  • MB30SD

    the world cup is coming boys! Get ready!

    • tobijohn

      What’s that MB? Oh, you mean where those frail little foreign guys kick around a black and white ball on a big green field to win a trophy taller than them…:)

      • MB30SD

        Yes.

        • tobijohn

          j/k, I know it’s serious business for most of the planet’s human population…

          • Bender McLugh

            went to Amsterdam, landed at Schiphol during one of matches. Everyone was gathered around any and all tv screens, hundreds of people all over the place, in just the airport. Then outside at the taxi stand there is a GIANT big screen with a few hundred more sitting around drinking and partying it up. All at the flippin’ airport. I was definitely caught up in the hooplah, and while I liked soccer before this experience (saw another 4-5 games while we were there & in Dublin) I am an avid fan now. I still don’t know the damn difference in the leagues nor how it’s structured, but the World Cup is awesome.
            Hate the flopping though. Damn Spaniards flop like old lady teets out for a jog without a bra.

          • I was the same, then World Cup landed in Pasadena. It was bedlam. It was nuts. It was awesome. Couldn’t help but getting swept up by the pure jubilee. I was hooked. I was into every World Cup after that.

            Still wasn’t enough to make me like soccer the rest of the year though.

          • Big Mike

            It’s like the olympics for me. I briefly pretend to be a soccer enthusiast once every 4 years.

          • From what I hear, flopping is less prevalent in the World Cup because they don’t want their countries to look like a bunch of pussies. But don’t watch enough soccer to verify that.

          • Big Mike

            I don’t know, but one of the funniest, I mean funniest things I ever saw was this guy getting tapped and reacting like he was double tapped.

          • Irish Sweetness

            (Irish smiles to himself at the yanks calling it ‘flopping’ … wee pets …..)

          • MB30SD

            awesome.

            I don’t give a rat’s ass about the flopping. Part of the entertainment.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I heart Amsterdam.

            Condolences to the USA for sharing their group with Portugal AND Germany.

            There’s always 2018.

          • MB30SD

            Yeah, gonna be rough just getting out of the group play

      • MB30SD

        the sound of my peeoples!

    • AlbertInTucson

      “The World Cup Kicking And Diving Championship. ” The injury faking is very off-putting.
      Hope Brazil is better prepared for the World Cup than they appear to be for the next Summer Olympiad.

      • SC Dave

        A decent assumption,, since they’ve hosted the Cup before

    • Big Mike

      My favorite is how they react to getting touched. Flopping is an event…

  • Big Mike

    Emery on the Radio..
    – Paea struggled in 13 because of injuries.
    – Fales brought in to compete as backup (duh)
    – Declined to comment on Marshall Contract
    – 18 of the NFLs starting punters were drafted

    – McClellin, Bostic, Green will all spend time at OLB and MLB

    • Bender McLugh

      very curious what the D scheme will be

    • gpldan waiting on camp

      Scouts are massively high on David Fales.

      Go here:
      http://chicago.cbslocal.com/audio/988-the-boers-and-bernstein-show/

      Listen to Dan Durkin talk to Holmes. (You can’t direct link to recordings) Durkin has Fales as high as a 2nd round prospect in late 2013. Thinks the kid is money.

      So there ya go. I don’t think this is somebody just to push Jordan Palmer into shape. I think he’ll be given a shot to make the roster, I just don’t know about the tactic. With Cutler’s history, you want insurance, but I would have thought they would have preferred not to carry 3 out there.

      That and the fact no late round or URFA QB has ever really panned out.

      • Big Mike

        History may be wrong this year. Fales was only the 5th or 6th QB taken. So maybe he’s more like a 3rd round guy from a different year. Who knows. They could Practice Squad the guy. My guess is he sticks. Consider it the Hester Bonus.

        • tobijohn

          That’s a very good point..

  • Sactowns#1

    Did anyone else hear Phil on ESPN 1000 about an hour ago? Some highlights:
    Steven Pea- his lack of productivity wasnt due to moving to the outside but rather it was due to multiple injuries
    Ego vs Will- Both can play either 3 technique or over the nose
    Why they went Ego vs Nix and others- productivity, youth, consistency and the ability to push the inside of the pocket
    Jay Cutler- Jay shows that he can be the reason the team wins. Jays mental toughness impressed Phil
    Drafting QB’s- You’re looking at about 26% of all QB’s drafted will become anything more than a backup. So when you have a starter you stick with him. Nobody picked after the 3rd round has been a starter.
    So why pick Fales? To drive competition at backup QB
    A lot of undrafted guys (Jurko included) became pretty good players. So why take a punter? – 18 of the starting punters were drafted. When you see someone who has a giant leg and kicks for distance (avg 40yrds) and a good directional kicker you draft him.
    B-Marsh- No comment on new contracts
    Forte- is he the last RB to get a big contract? The ten year avg for Rb’s picked in the 1st round is 16% of picks. This year was def a change.
    Kadeem- how do you evaluate off field issues? People make dif choices and we’re all on the same path which is imperfection. So did he make any efforts to correct his behavior? The finish was that a position coach and a scout were sent to his house and believed he was honest and moving in the right direction.
    He talked about his daughters epilepsy and the search for a cure.
    Hard knocks- The chicago Bears are a great organization
    Shea- he’s a great athlete and we’ll see if LB is the right fit for him. He walked out of the GB game at 252 and thought he was goingto be a DE. He went up to 262 and once we called him about going to LB he flew out west to get into shape. We’ll see if he can still pressure the QB and he was a great blitzer at Boise
    What should Will Sutton weigh? 285-295 probably not more than 300lbs

    • AlbertInTucson

      Good post. Thanks.

    • gpldan waiting on camp

      So Paea had a pair of broken big toes. Interesting.

      I guess that would make firing off the ball harder. And more painful.

      • yeah, go look at his 2012 film. He’s a guy who’s a lot like Ferguson. Didn’t show up on the stat sheet, but solid against the run and helped free others to make plays by taking up blockers.
        I think rotating those 2 at the nose will help keep Paea healthy and help the run D tremendously. Can even throw both out there in short-yardage/goal-line situations

        • MB30SD

          IMO?

          • don’t follow. If you’re asking what IMO means, it’s In My Opinion, but I don’t think I used that in my post.

          • MB30SD

            hahahaha… classic data.

            It’s one of the idiosyncrasies repeated in your posts. I was just mussin’. I was trying to think what mine are, links to boobies and the gratuitous word “fuck” probably?

            Anyway, I was just teasing you my maings.

          • that started when I used get accused of being a know it all on an old site I frequented. So I started putting that all over the place in my posts so it was clear I was merely offering an opinion

          • MB30SD

            Ummmm… your nickname is data. Maybe just embrace it. Hahaha.

            You don’t need to do that here… we KNOW you’re a fucking knowitall. That’s why we like you. It’s your job.

          • that was an all-NFCN site that was mostly Packer fans. They got bitchy with me a lot

          • Does not compute…

      • Irish Sweetness

        I think Martellus was carrying something too. He was quiet.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Thanks for posting this. I meant to listen to that today but forgot.

    • Link it or it didn’t happen. Damn. Gonna have to hunt it down.

    • MB30SD

      seeeexahy!

    • Irish Sweetness

      Well, she’s black, that’s a good start …..

  • Regardin Carey and past off-field issues: Emery has had a knack for getting guys w/ past trouble at just the right time in their career. Marshall, Bennett (viewed as a bad teammate in Dallas), Long, Wilson are four prime examples that jump to mind. Sounds like Carey might be in the same vein.

    He does his homework on those types of guys. Only one who’s really whiffed so far was Rodriguez.

    Arizona blogger seems to think same thing about Carey. Totally different person in past year.

    http://www.windycitygridiron.com/2014/5/14/5714816/NFL-Draft-chicago-bears-five-questions-arizona-kadeem-carey

  • Add one more reason to like Sutton.

    Apparently, Phil went to go see Sutton in 12 because he was extremely productive. Well, at that game, a little known Olineman by the name of Long was also playing, and the scouts told Emery to keep an eye out for him too.

    Well, Sutton injures his ankle in that game, and Long comes in at LT and receives Emery’s full attention. Emery “Credit Sutton for our drafting Kyle Long”. Odd how these things work out.

  • MB30SD

    yonny.

    Did work from 6-8 today, then went surfing for an hr and a half on my early lunch break.

    Not a cloud in the sky, only me and a couple sweepers out there, glassy, warm, about chest high on the sets, and not a great white in sight (although a couple pods of dolphins cruised through). Glorious.

    Come on dooooown!

    • tobijohn

      Sucks to be you, doesn’t it?

      • MB30SD

        Have to admit that now the divorce is final and the dust has settled… yeah, it doesn’t suck.

        Although this week has been a little scary here: http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/15/us/san-diego-wildfire/

        You looked out my window yesterday and I could count 5 distinct fires throwing flames and ash thousands of feet into the air. Little scary. Kinda felt like your neck of the woods here this week.

        • tobijohn

          Yikes, are you some place that would have to be evacuated or worse, burnt out?

          • MB30SD

            EXwife and kids evaced tj. no damage. thanks

          • Cormonster

            You might want to edit this post.

          • MB30SD

            hahaha… already did. thanks corm. force of habit.

  • I went out with a girl last night. Went to the bar to get us drinks. Came back. She had her I.D. out. I’m like, “did you get carded?” “No. But I usually do.” Oh. So I look at it, birthday. 1992. NINETY-TWO. For reference, one of the greatest songs of all times came out that year, “Baby Got Back”.

    And on that note…

    • MB30SD

      one of the best songs ever! Loves me some elfman!

      Also, you are a pig… now continue your story where you obviously did not mean to stop.

      (and feel free to text me pics. Quid pro quo and all that old boy)

      • MB30SD

        did you vote me up because you agree about Oingo… or that I should be expecting some pics of (young) tits via text soon?

    • tobijohn

      God bless you, Butch. My policy is if they’re young enough to be my biological daughter, it isn’t going to happen. However, a couple more years and I might be forced to revise that to biological granddaughter…

      • I don’t have any daughters, so I don’t have that pesky visualization.
        I won’t go out with girls 18-20 though. Need to at least be able to go into bars.
        That being said, if they look like this, well, nothings written in stone…

        http://media.thehubsa.co.za/forum/uploads/monthly_06_2012/post-24958-0-45348000-1340890475.jpg

        • Big Mike

          Gentleman, the rule for decency is 1/2 your age + 7. If you’re 40, you get to date 27 year olds. If you’re 30 you get to date 22 year olds.

          It’s a good rule.

          • tobijohn

            That IS a good rule but I think at this point, I’d be a little more comfortable adding 10 years instead of 7. You know, just to be safe. Don’t want to be older than her parents. That can be a little uncomfortable. Actually, perhaps that filter can be added to the formula. Sort of an and/or…

          • CanadaBear

            I always used the rule 1/2 my age – 7. Of course, I’ve been married for almost my entire adult life (2 different women) so I’ve never put it to the test.

            My Beloved Bride is 13 years younger and looks 20 years younger. I don’t pay any attention to it but my wife says she gets a lot of dirty looks from older women. When we first started dating a ton of women around my age would just glare at me in restaurants, etc. I would always smile and give them the look. I was trying to convey if they weren’t such bitches their husband’s wouldn’t have dumped them for a younger woman.

          • MB30SD

            bullshit mike.

            i don’t go below 23… weeeell, maybe 22 if it’s in mexico and she’s above a 7.5. I’m 41

          • tobijohn

            Sorry MB, time to revise upward. Be the gentleman we all know you are…

          • MB30SD

            all’s fair in love and war my man

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            In shape 41 is more like 31. You are allowed to go down to 22/23 with impunity.
            Mike, back me up.

          • MB30SD

            thanks yonny. And for the record I look like a fucking pornstar and get mistaken for mid 30s all the time. (I was talking about my penis btw… right Erik?!)

            Hahahaha

            Look, in all seriousness, you guys that have been married for the last…. 7-10 years. It’s different now. new world order.

          • Big Mike

            Same world order. You are just in another part of town

          • MB30SD

            probably

          • Big Mike

            I didn’t read the fine print. Probably a catch and release clause in there somewhere.

          • MB30SD

            theeeeere you go mike!

            see, I only C&R these days. it’s the humane thing to do.

          • SC Dave

            So where does that leave (almost) 56 and in shape?

          • Solid 28yr old.

          • MB30SD

            56 is the new 48 dave.

          • CanadaBear

            By Big Mike’s math your low end would be 35. Using Johnny’s method 25. Woo-Hoo!

          • Big Mike

            I said the rule for DATING. If you could vote when she was a fetus not decent.

          • I’m immature like a 25 year old, so I take that into account.

          • MB30SD

            exactly. me too… that’s worth what, 5-6 years in the formula?

          • tobijohn

            I suppose immaturity could be included in The Formula but I’ll need to work on the qualifiers…

          • gpldan waiting on camp
        • tobijohn

          I don’t have any daughters either. Or sons for that matter. I considered parenthood about as long as I considered the priesthood and that was a little under two minutes. Not a good idea to be somebody’s dad when you’re narcissistic and self-absorbed. Besides, if I had a kid and they gave me half the grief I gave my parents, I’d either have to kill them or kill myself. I’m the oldest of eight and the only one who never had children. However, all my siblings have kids so I’ve got like fifteen nieces and nephews. They’re all great but family get-togethers can be exhausting for me…

    • Irish Sweetness

      Hands up, I would have no idea what to say to a 22 year old white chick.

  • MB30SD

    if I had fuck you money: http://strietman.net/

    • tobijohn

      $1700 for a coffee machine? For god’s sake…

  • FQD1911

    Kyle Long just tweeted me. suck it.

    • Did you suck it? (NTTAWWT)

    • MB30SD

      what was the offending tweet?

      • tobijohn

        Really, of all people, how could you possibly get nasty with Kyle Long?

        • MB30SD

          i doubt that was the case

      • Irish Sweetness

        I’ll bet it was a cock shot …

  • bearsfantillend

    So the Browns signed Earl Bennett and Miles Austin over the last couple days, to go with Nate Burleson. Any bets all 3 miss games due to injury this year?

    • SC Dave

      I’m glad earl landed somewhere, even cleveland. Will always wish him well, jist not well enough to beat us.

    • Didn’t Burleson just break his arm – again?

      • MB30SD

        yes. dude must REALLY like pizza

  • Trac

    A week removed from the draft and,,,,,,this! Sigh.

  • MB30SD

    very quietly, very intelligently, the browns organization has pulled together enough moves to perfectly position their fans for yet another historic total and complete fall back to painful reality this season.

    #factoryofsadness

  • MB30SD

    Also, I hear the packer’s org has reinvented it’s catchphrase and spokesperson. I hear they got her from out of town, but the new catchphrase is perfect.

    http://www.mandatory.com/2014/05/16/todays-funniest-photos/5

  • Big Mike

    This…

    Pro Football Focus: “Brandon Marshall Is the Best We Have Ever Seen”

    Megastar wide receiver Brandon
    Marshall continues to earn praise from Pro Football Focus who rated him
    as the #1 WR in 2013 earlier this year.

    In a recent article, Pro Football Focus ranked Brandon Marshall #32
    overall (offense and defense) in their “Top 101 of 2013″. But that
    wasn’t the important part, what they said about him was.

    “Marshall from a man who would have our fifth highest receiving grade
    to top overall receiver, was his unmatched run blocking. And when we
    say unmatched we mean that in our six years grading nobody has ever come
    close, with it being nearly three times as much as the next highest
    graded receiver. Rarely does a receiver contribute on every down, but
    Marshall was that rarity.”

    “Key Stat: Marshall ended the year with a +17.0 blocking grade, the
    best of any wide receiver and the highest we’ve ever given a player at
    that position.”
    Brandon Marshall is the highest rated blocked wide receiver Pro Football Focus as ever seen. Congrats BMarsh!

    • tobijohn

      The Bears better not play games and f’n sign him for the next (x) years…soon

      • burntorangenavyblue

        That’s def. ammo for B-Marsh to use for him to get re-signed on top of all of the other great stuff he’s done for this organization!

    • That’s definitely worth 2 first rounders from the Browns [ducks head]

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    TJ, WTF??!!

    • tobijohn

      Welcome to my world….

      • MB30SD

        Hahahaha… no thanks.

  • MB30SD

    Adam Jahns @adamjahns
    Most impressive showing at rookie minicamp today was booming leg of punter Pat O’Donnell. Kept drilling the roof at Payton Center. #Bears

    Boo Yah! Looks like we got’s us a real punter this year boys! Yee Haw!

    Also,

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    I don’t get hunches on these things often but I have a hunch the Bears hit a home run last weekend. I expect 6-7 rookies on final 53.

    Let’s not start handing out handjobs just yet jeff, but you gotta at the very least be excited about how emery APPROACHES building this team. It’s the diametric opposite to the angelo lovie era throwing darts fucking blindfolded.

    • I will be shocked if it’s less than 7. IMO 8-9 most likely.

      • MB30SD

        Whooot whhhoooooooot!

        Data! My brother… pass that kool aid on down this way! I’m on board.

        • none of the first 7 picks is getting cut. Not a chance.

          Leno might, but IMO Christian Jones and Groh (the G from WIS) are a real threat to make the team (Leno or Groh could make it, but likely not both IMO). Ergo 8-9

          • MB30SD

            ergo… fuckyeah!

            ‘Murica! Beeeaaarrrsssss!

          • Ergo, Ego?

  • “He’s very athletic. You watch him move around in our offseason program
    and in our coaching sessions and he looks like a linebacker. He looks at
    home. He looks very comfortable. When you go back and look at some of
    his tape from Boise State and the Senior Bowl, he looked comfortable in a
    two-point stance as well as in space as a rusher and in coverage. He’ll
    tell you that he’s comfortable doing that.”

    Tucker on Shea. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/05/16/mel-tucker-super-confident-in-shea-mcclellins-ability-at-linebacker/

    NO SHIT SHERLOCK. I don’t even think I can lay this on Tucker because making Shea a DE predated his tenure.

    • MB30SD

      Hahaha… we’ll see. Like asking Obama how Obamacare is going. Smfh

    • gpldan waiting on camp

      The Bears are looking at McClellin as both a strong-side and middle linebacker this offseason

      Ok. That is the first time I have seen it in print, that Mike is out there for him.

      I honestly hope he gets a god damn chip on his shoulder and learns to bark orders and make reads. He could be a Mike if the coaches don’t blow it with him. He won’t shrink from contact against the pulling guards and can use his arms in space to push off blocks.

      His agent has to be pissed. If he knocks out Rodgers again this year, he’d be the only busted draft choice whose jersey I would wear.

      • MB30SD

        agree on the rodgers thing… I am very skeptical about him making it as LB… I hope you and the rest of the guys are right though. Not having him bust would be really really good.

      • I heard Bostic and Shea both working Mike/Sam, and Greene working Sam/Will.

        Hope they can find places for these guys to fit for the future

  • gpldan waiting on camp

    Chicago Tribune Sports Section today, headline on this weekend’s Bears Rookie MiniCamp:

    “It bears watching”

    BOOM! That, kids, is how real journalism rolls….

  • MB30SD

    you guys want to see what a almost 4 foot vertical looks like: http://static6.businessinsider.com/image/53752cafecad043a12dc9061-1200-1206/andrew-wiggins-vertical-leap-photo.jpg

    Andrew wiggins. Deeeuuum!

  • MB30SD

    look, I started a trend!

    https://twitter.com/DaleJr/status/467331489718222849/photo/1

    Or maybe, I just copied him? SMH… Turible

  • MB30SD

    for you soccer fans out there (TJ?): http://www.buzzfeed.com/jessicalima/the-15-most-important-hairstyles-of-the-2014-world-cup

    These are funny. Guardado’s could also be dubbed, “The Failure” or “The Butt Fumbler” or simply, “The (Dirty?) Sanchize”

    • tobijohn

      Didn’t see my hair style in there. Conspicuous by its absence…

      • MB30SD

        indeed.

  • MB30SD

    just a normal saturday morning ‘after’ a successful night at shady’s house I imagine?

    BTW, who in thee fuck has a pig for a pet?! I know they’re supposedly smarter than dogs, but don’t they stink? Shady… little insight please?

    • Shady

      I thought Rabbit was the one with the micro pig.

    • SC Dave

      Actually, this dude had one at the Old Mecklenburg tasting room in Charlotte and it was the greatest pussy magnet I’ve seen in my life. By a *fucking mile*.

      • MB30SD

        that makes sense to me dave. Again, supposedly they’re really smart and make great pets, they’re just fucking ugly and every time I look at one I think about bacon.

        * I know. Ironic a bit. (shut up shady)

    • tobijohn

      The Ziffels did. But technically maybe not, Arnold was their adopted son:

      • MB30SD

        wtf was that!?!?

        • tobijohn

          What, did you come into town on a load of melons? Green Acres, one of the goofiest, corniest, funniest shows on TV back in the early 70s:

          Mr. Haney was my fave:

          • MB30SD

            Never watched it. Before even my time

          • tobijohn

            Well sprout, get yourself up to speed. There’s all sorts of stuff on YT…

          • MB30SD

            not really interested TJ. This was my thing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzOnufYDhpo

            Tom Selleck could dunk dude. Nuff said.

          • tobijohn

            Loved Magnum. Rick was from the Chicago area (listen to his accent). At one point in my conspicuous consumption phase, I looked into buying a 308 but couldn’t fit in it. I’m 6-3, Tom Selleck is, I think, 6-4 which is one of the reasons the targa top was always off. That and the Hawaiian weather, I suppose…

          • tobijohn

            Simon & Simon was pretty good too…

          • MB30SD

            Filmed pretty much exclusively in San diego! Saw them filming a bunch growing up

            New thread btw

          • tobijohn

            Thanks for the heads up. I don’t want to be confused with Irish…

          • Irish Sweetness

            Always get the last word in, Tobi ….

          • tobijohn

            LOL

          • tobijohn

            The next thing you’re gonna tell me is that you never heard of the Beverly Hillbillies:

          • MB30SD

            come on now. Let’s not get crazy.

            I heard of GA, the plot/storyline just never appealed to me. Always seemed like way too much old skool drama. Basically a chicks show?

          • tobijohn

            What? Old school drama? Chick show?

        • tobijohn

          Arnold gets a paper route:

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    GP: http://uncrate.com/stuff/2015-nissan-370z-nismo/

    Sexy beast (you and the car)

  • Interesting quote from Mel Tucker today: “It’s always a good feeling when you get great players, guys who wanna be here.”

    That sound like a not-so-veiled shot at Peppers and Melton to anybody else?

      • MB30SD

        SAFETY WILL BE WIDE OPEN.

        • MB30SD

          Tucker: “It’s hard to play fast when you don’t know what you’re doing.”

          Read:

          1. Bostic
          2. Greene

          THIS is why I’m still high on bostic Dave. Let’s see what happens this year.

          • see, blind dog…meat market.

          • MB30SD

            We’ll see maings

          • they wasted zero time firing the LB and DL coach from last year. Time will tell if those were the right guys to blame or not

          • MB30SD

            Scapegoating is rampant though. Like any big biz, you almost have to protect the big names.

    • tobijohn

      Rod Marinelli? Well, not a player but he didn’t want to be here either, lucky for Mel…

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