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Bears Add Paul Pasqualoni & Reggie Herring to Defensive Coaching Staff

| January 23rd, 2014

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Bears have added two veteran coaches with tons of experience to their defensive coaching staff. Paqualoni will coach the defensive line. Herring will coach the linebackers.

Adam Jahns adds another wrinkle to the hire, which I present without comment:

So the #Bears two new defensive coaches (announced soon) have a history in 3-4 and hybrid defenses…read into it what you want.

Well, one comment. There is clearly a philosophical change happening on the defensive side of the ball.

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  • Trac

    Let the prognosticating begin!

  • Ososfan

    From what I’ve read, these guys seem to be good hires. What sucks is that a lot of fans will be impatient while the players learn the new scheme because of being accustomed to defensive greatness…….

    • a lot of fans accustomed to defensive greatness are still in shell shock from last season.

      • Ososfan

        Well, that was a new experience and patience should be another. Lets. Give these guys some time. PLEASE.

        • nope. they’re already on the hot seat. do you realize we don’t even have 1 QB pressure in 2014?!?

          • NewBearInTown

            That’s an overstatement. We had several sacks. The numbers aren’t good, but we did get pressure occasionally.

          • Cormonster

            Not in 2014.

          • i appreciate your reading comprehension skills. thank you. =]

    • Johnathan Wood

      judging from last year, the fans will blame the DC and find one defensive player to scapegoat.

      • Ososfan

        Yup, but that’s almost everywhere in the NFL. Being from NJ, all you hear is that the Giants coach should be fired almost every other year. Fans very quickly forget how he’s won 2 SB. SMH. I have no live for the GMEN or Jets.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Ditto Jerra Jones. No love. 2 rings.

  • Johnathan Wood

    Two things that stand out to me about these hires:
    1) the scheme. As Jeff mentions, they both have experience in 3-4, hybrid (and 4-3, I’ll add).
    2) they both have NFL experience but also a ton of experience coaching in college. Given that both the DL and LB should have a bunch of kids just out of college (already have Greene, Bostic, Bass, Washington, will likely add 2-3 more to that in the draft), this seems like a smart move to me. The position coaches here should be familiar with working with kids of this age and helping them improve.

    • Irish Sweetness

      But Mel Tucker is exclusively a 4-3 man is he not ?

      • Johnathan Wood

        nah, he ran a 3-4 in Cleveland. He’s done both as well.

  • gpldan

    SOURCE: Browns interviewed John Shoop for HC vacancy. Secretly. At Chevy’s in Trenton, NJ. Lombardi gave pat down hug, checking for wires.

    That’s sarcasm, right?

    • Ososfan

      Hahaha, I’m crying. The only reason people from Jersey go to Trenton is to replace their birth certificate or pay a ticket.

      • JerseyBear

        Or to buy drugs! I actually work in Trenton but the city is beyond fixing at this point. Pretty sad considering what it used to be….

        • Ososfan

          It is sad, there some nice parts of Trenton. I don’t mind living in the far easy NJ area though. Alright, that makes two bears fans from Jersey, awesome!

          • Cormonster

            I would rather punch myself in the face 20 times than fly or have a connecting flight out of Newark.

          • MB30SD

            I might pay to see that corm

            Start @ 2:09

    • johnnywad

      I like the headline currently up on NFL.com. “Browns Attempting to Hire Pettine as Head Coach”. That’s the first time I’ve seen it described as “attempting to hire”. I’m imagining somebody in personnel over there laying on the ground with both arms wrapped around his lower leg, muttering “please don’t go” as he labors to drag them and his leg out of the building.

      • EnderWiggin

        What is weird to me – I think Kromer or Tucker would be a better fit in Cleveland than Pettine or Shoop.

        • johnnywad

          They would be. But that job is radioactive

      • Still a Doug Plank Fan

        Hilarious!

  • gpldan

    Sherman actually says “good game” and tries to shake his hand, and gets a punch in the face in response:

    http://extramustard.si.com/2014/01/23/richard-sherman-michael-crabtree-micd-up/

    • MB30SD

      He is a badass. Saw him interviewed… bad. Ass.

      • NewBearInTown

        Yeah, a little over the top, but I have a hard time blaming Sherman for ill will toward Crabtree. A more mature man would rise above it, but we’ve all had times when we just get sick of being pestered.

        • Still a Doug Plank Fan

          I don’t care about him being mature after a game like that. I want rage. Barely constrained rage.

          • Ososfan

            Preech, sir!

          • AlbertInTucson

            “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”

            Unfortunately, that post game tirade was a lot of folks’ first impression of Richard Sherman.

          • johnnywad

            It’s certainly mine. Not a fan. You can be a great athlete without behaving like an idiot. See Charles Tillman for how a professional cornerback should conduct himself

          • Still a Doug Plank Fan

            I agree that Tillman is the epitome of class. I think Sherman is just wired differently, Johnny, and I don’t think that makes him classless.

            He did try to be classy with Crabtree immediately after the play – SI has the actual audio, they were both mic’d up – and all it got him was a push to the head by Crabtree. I think he can go off a little on that.

          • johnnywad

            I didn’t see that. But I still don’t care. Anybody that will scream into the camera that they’re the best corner in the game, etc. is automatically on my asshole list. How about last year when he got in Brady’s face after a game. “You mad Bro?”. He’s a blustery jackass. He’s a very good corner, I just don’t like him. All of this will come back to him sooner or later.
            And for the record, yes I would love to see him playing for the Bears. I just think he’s a jackass. I’ve learned to separate the two. Otherwise who could even watch the game?

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Sherman’s a jerk. I have never seen any wide receiver get a “nice try” handshake from any corners after an interception, so why should that happen now? For all the trash talking that went on the whole game, why would Crabtree be expected to receive a handshake? Sherman instigated this whole thing by APPROACHING Crabtree as he walked away. You save the handshake and “Good game” spiel for after the game is over. Besides, the way Sherman is, I bet that even if Crabtree attempted to shake his hands, Sherman would do a “Whoops! Too slow!” and move his hands.

            Also, Sherman was first interviewed immediately after the game by some Hispanic network and said almost the SAME EXACT THING that he said to Erin Andrews a minute later, and he didn’t even know what the Hispanic network reporter even asked him….he was saving that up to say no matter how the game played out when Seattle won. Feels even moreso a publicity stunt.

          • MB30SD

            “Sherman would do a “Whoops! Too slow!” and move his hands.”

            Common maings! Really!?

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Uh, yeah, considering his act as of late? Why wouldn’t he? Again, I’ve never seen any defender come up to a receiver to shake their hands after a play such as that. WHAT IS THE POINT? How else would anyone take it? To be an ass. Save the handshake after the game is over.

          • MB30SD

            uhhhh… ok. smh

          • burntorangenavyblue

            You make the plays and celebrate with your teammates after it happens, get off the field for next play to occur. Shake opponents hands after the game.

            Sherman is a clown and he would have said what he said on national television regardless of that last play happening or not.

            Shake your head all you want, but I have never seen a defender trying to shake anyone’s hands to say “nice try” just to show good sportsmanship after game-defining play like that. Sherman should have just let it be.

          • MB30SD

            I’m not shaking my head at your core disdain for the way he behaved. I very much understand and would usually agree with that POV. Yes, I’m giving RS a pass because crabtree is also a fucking asshole AND a dick.

            I’m shaking my head at you because now you’re playing fantasy and making up an outcome in your head that didn’t happen.

            The FACTS are that he did go over to try and be a good guy (watch the vid… to my eye, there’s NO pretence, he was honestly trying to be a good guy not a douche), and he got smacked in the face for it. I would be fucking pissed off too. So while sherman did act like an ass… he did back it up and has been all year, and he was provoked.

            Again, I agree that doesn’t make it right and he did look like a tool, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s part of the game these days and that RS is the one of the best football players in the NFL.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            Dude, I like Sherman MORE after he did that.

            Tired of everyone being all buddy-buddy after games. Need some good smack talk to liven up the rivalries.

            It’s not as if Crabtree is some classy ambassador. By most accounts, that dude’s a douche.

            I think I was the only one on twitter who said he liked it. Suddenly, everyone turned into Joe Buck.

            http://youtu.be/5dmqGg6Ccvw

            Lighten up, Francis. It’s football, not figure skating.

          • MB30SD

            fuck joe buck… did that guy ever play a single fucking down of football his entire life?! SMFH.

          • Paul Stuart

            Totally agree, if there weren’t at least some maturity out on the field I would totally stop watching. Last years SB had some really trash egos staring down the crowd …felt like I was watching a fucking “wrestling” pantomime at some points. Like this year…one minute I catch a clip of Kaeperknickers kissing his bicep, the next he is choking a play-off game away. I thought it was sound karma…until Sherman took a shit on his own intellect. He made a fucking great play though. Conflicting.

          • MB30SD

            this is a good point johnny. If sherman were on our team we’d all be happy to have him but I’m sure there would be a LOT of teeth gnashing over him not doing things the “Bears way”… but he’s not on the Bears, he’s on a young aggressive team with that kind of attitude and character (if I can call it that). He fits perfectly into that D personality.

            Now, how many of us would take the smack talking if we could trade Ds with Seattle next year? Any hands? Yep, thought so.

          • MB30SD

            the people that matter have gotten a big ‘ol impression of him every game, all year Al… as by far the best corner in the NFL.

            If sherman was a douche like haquib talib (or whatever his name is) talking massive smack and then getting abused/injured, I’d be with you on this, but sherman has been backing it all up every week.

            ..and again, this comes from someone who’s usually old skool on this and never talked smack when he played. Sherman has the credentials in my mind.

          • Irish Sweetness

            And clean violence, unmitigated and brutal force. Right in the face, and across the back of the legs.

          • Still a Doug Plank Fan

            ….well, as long as he helps him up afterwards…lol

      • Ososfan

        Agreed. I like him trash-talking. That’s football.

        • johnnywad

          No it isn’t. Blocking and tackling is football. Trash talking is for assholes.

          • Ososfan

            Yea it is man all players talk, some, more than others.

      • johnnywad

        Maybe. But he is absolutely classless. I can’t stand the self aggrandizement. He just played a great game, sealed the win with a great defensive play. Promptly walks over to Erin Andrews and screams in her face like a jackass. No thanks. I like guys like Peanut that let the play on the field do the talking and remember that 13 year old boys all over the country are watching and will mimic what he does. I know from watching my son’s reaction. Now my son thinks that shit’s cool.
        Fuck Richard Sherman.

        • MB30SD

          Johnny, we usually agree on things.

          Watch the miced up video. After he wins the game for his team, he goes over to crabtree and says, “hell of a game! Hell of a game!” and put his hand out… crabtree slap/pushes him in the face.

          I don;t agree with super trash talk, but crabtree got what he deserved. Sherman should have kept his cool, but if I had tried to be a good guy and the dude smacked me in my face, I’d probably do the same.

          For the record, in HS I never spoke a single word of smack. Our coach didn;t allow it. Talk with your pads not your mouth was his thing.

          RIchard sherman did both. I’m cool with him maings.

          • johnnywad

            Your coach was right. I like that philosophy. Sounds like Crabtree is a dick and probably has some big hits coming his way two to three times a year. I still think the issue would have been better handled in Crabtree’s face than the post game camera. Especially if they’re mic’d up.
            My son would be a perfect safety for JA and Lovie. Don’t know about corner.

          • MB30SD

            Hahahahaha… please god no. I don’t want to be sad that I pissed you off ranting about your son.

            Maybe give lovie a call down in tampa to set up a combine run.

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      I thought I was one of only 5 people on earth that actually LIKED Sherman’s post game interview. His “L.O.B.” reference….that kind of intensity, focus…we need someone just like him in Navy and Orange.

  • BillW

    I like the hires for the aforementioned reason that they are both proven teachers.

    I wonder how much input Tucker had.

    Yes – it will be a huge transition year on D; I’m OK with that as long as we see impovement by the last 4-5 games. I had previously said they’d finish about 22nd in D and that sounds realistic for what will be a very large change in personnel, coaching, and probably scheme.

  • Still a Doug Plank Fan

    I think everyone is still trying to shake the schizophrenia that having one of the most efficient and high-scoring offenses in the NFL while simultaneously having a defense that was hobbled to the point of being depressingly ineffective in most games. That’s just not the Bears anyone knows.

    I’m giving Emery, Trestman, Marshall, and damnit, yes, Josh McCown, high marks for their coaching/mentoring last year. And I’m sick of peple not mentioning Matt Forte in the same conversation as Desean Jackson, et al. Matt’s a shit-kicker, and as good as anyone anywhere. He’s just not a line-buster.

    I think Tucker and his new duo have a lot to deal with this season. Briggs, Tillman, Peppers. Once marquee names, now on the other side of their career trajectory because injuries at their age take such a toll, plus the allure of F/A money/reunion looming for Peanut down in Tampa.

    Ground up. That’s where the D is. And it’s just not something we’re used to bracing for.

  • Ososfan

    I don’t agree with Jeff’s opinion of positional coaches. I believe they are awfully important. Can’t really expect all good players coming out of college to acclimate to the NFL right away and potential can only get them so far if no one is there to teach and help then develop along the way. I stated it before, with how horrible I believed Daryl Drake was, and now Phair, etc. I hope Emery can go ahead and hire another coaches are two as quality control guys and help out the DBs as well! Then, after all that, free agency players and drafting the best fit for the team is the next most important matter for this off-season. Btw, MB, I still think Conte can contribute help the team win…….

  • gpldan

    Roger is going to devise something “more epic” that possibly involves a hot air balloon entering the stadium and the use of foam.

    http://mmqb.si.com/2014/01/23/nfl-extra-point-elimination/

    • Sactowns#1

      I say at any time during the 2 point conversion an offensive player can drop kick the ball through the uprights.

      • MB30SD

        fuck it, let’s make the game safer by taking the pads off and make football like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8v-qZFVYnc

        We can call it something else… hmmm… how about rug..by?

        • Sactowns#1

          I like where you’re going here. We have to make the game safer though. How about we eliminate folks moving off the line of scrimmage. Everyone has to start at the line and then they just push eachother in a big pile.

          • MB30SD

            common maings

          • Irish Sweetness

            Yes, it’s true … every Rugby team has its own hooker.

          • MB30SD

            and a loose head.

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      Yeah I read that earlier. Something will happen because ol Rodg has a bug up his ass about it.

      For all the rule changes to make the game more interesting, the NFL still ignores the fan base. They are like politicians and their constituents. So many things the league could do, but don’t give more than a perfunctory nod to.

  • DaMurph

    Whats with the baby Andy Rooney eyebrows?

    • MB30SD

      hahahahaha… I was going to post something similar Murph. Great (immature) minds my man!

  • Still a Doug Plank Fan

    Jeff’s tweet on Michael Bennett being lobbied to come to Chicago…

    Is there a petition somewhere we can sign to convince Emery we would like that?

    http://www.isportstimes.com/articles/10378/20140123/nfl-super-bowl-michael-bennett-cliff-avril-preview.htm

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/seahawks/2014/01/21/cliff-avril-michael-bennett-seahawks/4734643/

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’m sure it starts and ends with his brother being on the team. A ring with the Seahawks this year, get one with the Bears next year.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Funny like a clown? If you’re like me, you love “Good Fellas” way too much. Well, they caught some of the made fellas from the infamous Lufthansa heist.

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/23/justice/new-york-organized-crime-arrests/

    • CanadaBear

      The book Good Fellas is based on is awesome.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    “Bears biggest target should be Byrd in Buffalo.” -Jeff

    The problem with Byrd is that he wanted to be the highest paid S. Not top 5 or even top 3, but the HIGHEST paid.

    He’s viably Only if we switch to a hybrid look, and even then I’d still prefer a Dlinemen like Bennett over him.

    • SC Dave

      You know what I’ll say…

      Football starts with the lines.

      • MB30SD

        what happens when you have a great line and a shitty QB?

        • George Hernandez

          you’re the Bengals

          • MB30SD

            very nice george. exactly my point…. takes a good line AND a good QB.

            In this case, a good free safety.

        • SC Dave

          Run the ball?

  • Johnathan Wood

    Bears hired Louisville’s Clint Hurtt as assistant DL coach. Solely a 4-3 guy both as a player and coach.

    This suggests to me hybrid for sure. No reason to bring him in if they’re going to a full-time 3-4

  • MB30SD

    I am going to go on record and say that I seriously hope the whole ‘only focus on the dline’ faction on the blog doesn’t get what they’re screaming for.

    Because while I agree with the basic premise, we better fix our safety issues or I’m going to have another one of my, ‘i fucking told you guys’ posts after next year.

    Can’t just fix the line and leave guys like conte and wright back there… they WILL fuck you out of a game or four no matter who’s up front.

    • Johnathan Wood

      I’m not saying ONLY focus on DL. I’m saying PRIMARILY focus on the DL. Big difference.

      At S, my ideal would be to draft a guy in round 2 or 3 and sign two cheaper safeties with experience (guys like Malcom Jenkins of NO). Let those 3 guys and Conte duke it out for 2 spots in camp.

      They have limited resources this year. If you can either get a great DL + decent safeties or a decent DL + great safeties, I’m taking the former every time.

      • MB30SD

        yes, again, we’re on the same page Jon.

        I’m ok passing on guys like byrd and rhodes if they want silly money, but we simply HAVE to do better than conte and wright no matter what. Keeping those two back there shouldn’t even be a fleeting thought for tucker, no matter what we manage to get done to rebuild the line.

        …and no matter how much easier having a real dline and LBing corps will make their jobs, I saw way too much bad football mechanics and basic geometry murdering by those two to know they can’t be our safeties no matter what.

        • MB30SD

          oh, and a side note… next year we need to draft a franchise FS like Mike Brown. We haven’t addressed the safety position (well) for what, like 7 years now?

          • Johnathan Wood

            certainly not for a lack of effort in the draft…

          • MB30SD

            Well, it was more like lack of skill at knowing how and what to draft at safety.

            Lovie’s mould was white safeties from smaller schools (a lot from the Pac-10/12) and many had injury history.

            I just don’t get it. Why would you keep doing that? If you don’t draft a guy in the 1st he’s usually not going to be your super star… unless you get lucky like getting a Kam Chancellor in the 5th (but he’s a SS, which are easier to find in my estimation). You want an earl thomas, kenny vaccaro, eric berry, eric reid, etc… you take them in the first and you get your franchise FS for the next 5-10.

            You want a constant revolving door of dogshit, you do what the Bears have done for the last 7 years. How can anyone want more proof that we’ve all been smacked in the face with for those 7 years?

            (side note: maybe it’s all fucking hoke’s fault?!?!)

          • Johnathan Wood

            in the same time period Hoke has helped some CBs develop nicely. So either they just haven’t had the right safeties or Hoke is good with CBs but not safeties.

          • MB30SD

            Hmmmm… of who do you speak jon? Peanut? Timmyj?

            Both those guys came here with the skillz to pay the billz. Who else?

          • Johnathan Wood

            Jennings’ play improved notably in Chicago compared to IND. Tillman’s best years came late in his career under Hoke. Bowman has developed nicely and had the best year of his career this year. Moore and Frey have both provided solid play at times as well under his tutelage.

          • MB30SD

            Mmmmmeh

          • Irish Sweetness

            All true – it may just be that Conte and Wright suck and one cannot polish turds. Running horrible angles isn’t bad coaching, that’s your brain not being very good at trig. At some point it’s down to what the player is good and bad at. I don’t know if either of those guys is good at anything.

          • MB30SD

            I would like to suggest line cook. I think they might be able to pull that one off. Maybe.

          • MB30SD

            btw, for all the conte hate I bring. I keep forgetting to mention that a good friend of mine who’s a very solid dude that can read people very well, knows conte and he says the dude is a stand up guy and a stud.

            I always tell him that I don’t doubt any of that for a second, he just shouldn’t be playing NFL football free safety for the chicago bears.

          • Irish Sweetness

            TJ sucked ballz not so long ago as recall ?

          • MB30SD

            he had a turrible stretch of about 3-4 games after a blazing start… it turned out he was injured. I might be wrong, but I THINK that was the same year he had 9 INts and a pick 6? He’s a very good corner… unfortunately not good enough to usurp the laws of physics or physiology. Homie is gonna be 5’8″ no matter what.

          • Irish Sweetness

            nah, 2010 and 2011, he started in all 32 games and had a total of three INTs and two FF, no sacks. Obviously he got better, but I do vaguely remember him being toasted on a regular basis those two years, particularly 2010.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            I noticed that too.

            But Daniel Manning became a decent S. Developed then let go to the Texans who played a totally diff style of D.

            I still can’t shake the stat that showed when Conte/Wright started, the turnovers and wins spiked (before 2014).

            But that was with an effective rotation of Melton, Pepp, Woot, Izzy.

            Need to somehow reproduce that while upgrading S.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            Emery has to show he can draft D period, not just safety.

            I honestly don’t know if he can. He hasn’t shown any knack for it. Greene and Bostic don’t look like gems. Don’t even get me started on Hardin and Shea.

            Frey looked solid for a rook, esp for playing nickle which many argue is actually harder than L/RCB.

            Emery can’t afford to miss. That SEA and 9er D was built on late rounders (Navarro Bowman, Chancellor, Sherman…)

          • Irish Sweetness

            Are we dragging Bostic and Greene out back and shooting them already? Did Bostic go from good to bad in a year? They get at least another season to improve and adjust to the pros in my book.

            Are we blaming Shea for not being able to overcome his size? He is not and never was an NFL defensive end, he’s built to play LB. I don’t know how we can label Hardin anything, we haven’t seen the guy play – I know Urlacher said he could fly around and he was ‘built’. I won’t be surprised if he shines on the Jets.

            It’s dangerous to write these young guys off due to inexperience, injury or being played out of position. I’m sure if Emery goes DE in the first that he won’t look anything like Shea.

          • MB30SD

            hardin will fly around in the first preseason game and get hurt for the season again, then you might just see him in 100 bracelets a cowrie neck choker and one or two white guy dreadlocks working as a barback at your local ClubMed irish. give him a bear down from all of us when you do.

          • Irish Sweetness

            We’ll see.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            I’m not done with Bostic and Greene, but HOLY SHITE MUSLIM did they look completely lost.

            Shea was always miscast, but Emery was right in one thing about him: other DEs have been just as small as Shea.

            Bostic flashed at times when he didn’t watch HBs cut back into his gap and run 40 yards for a TD. Greene was benched as soon as they could.

            Now they’re going to be learning new terminology in perhaps a hybrid (a D not easily mastered)? I’m not getting my hopes up.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I don’t think they would have looked so lost with Lac in there telling them what’s up. We had no leader on defense. period. Briggsy is not the man.

          • CanadaBear

            This was Frey’s second year.

          • Irish Sweetness

            What he said.

            Although John Lynch was a third rounder, I think it’s high time we spent a first rounder on FS. Just not this season.

          • SC Dave

            There is that old thing about doing the same thing over and over and how that relates to sanity…

            But in fairness, how many so-called “franchise” free safeties picked in the draft have not panned out? A real question, as I don’t know. My guess would be that the probability of a ‘bust’ trying to pick free safeties is not significantly different from other positions, except perhaps QB.

          • MB30SD

            I don’t know dave, picking in the draft is brutal no matter which position. I’m just looking at the last 5-6 drafts and the first safety taken is now starting for at least 4 teams (didn’t look up actuals). SO you gotta pick him in the first half of rd1 in my mind.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Mike Brown was the eighth overall pick – so if you want your Brownie, you’re forgoing getting a premier DE/DT this season. Can’t have it all. Draft DE #1 – maybe sign Bennett to send this shit stellar – and then sign the vet safety …. and go #1 pick on safety in 2015. Deal?

            That way we have the two young studs and two senior players to mentor them inside two seasons.

            I am also available for children’s parties.

          • CanadaBear

            Mike Brown was drafted in the second rd. He was the 39th pick overall that year.

          • MB30SD

            that was 10+ years ago canada… things haven’t shaped up that way for the last 5ish. You are def going to find diamonds, but those are on gambles. If you want a guarantee (as much as possible in the nfl draft) year-1 bad ass FS like eric reid for SF this year, you gotta go top half of round 1. Just the way things have gone.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Just looked up Fencik – drafted by the Dolphins in the tenth round, 281st overall. Doug Plank was drafted in the 12th round. I guess it can be done. There are guys out there in college who may have excellent football brains that don’t show obvious deliverables in college, then they hit the pros and the penny finally drops. guys who spent a lot of time injured in college etc.

          • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

            I’m sorry but you are not allowed to use Fencik, Plank, Richardson or Frazier as examples since the linemen and linebackers that played in front of them were a god damn wrecking crew. How many seconds would elapse before the entire pocket collapsed on the opposing QB? 1.5? Less?

          • Irish Sweetness

            So Fencik and Plank were just ordinary guys in extraordinary situations? Let’s throw that open to the floor …
            .
            I’ll counter with : Put Conte with the ’85 front 7 in front of him and he’d still run bad angles – your team-mates can’t change that. Fencik was smart – many have attested to that.

          • CanadaBear

            I don’t doubt it but they wear out so quickly. Really a ton of injuries at that position.

          • Irish Sweetness

            You are correct sir. My bad.

          • MB30SD

            yes, deal. That’s basically what I said above or below in another post. Your post above is spot on… get us a vet FS on a one or two year deal this year so we can go big on the DL, then trade up and use our #1 on the best bad ass FS in the draft next year. Not worried about finding a serviceable SS somewhere along the way, they’re much easier to find.

        • johnnywad

          Conte is the inverse square of Pythagoras himself.

          Maybe we’ll get D Manning back. Is he 30 yet? Fucking Lovie. The Bears started a Super Bowl with Al Afalava. And guess what? Manning ate his lunch. You remember ……..member? Its been the Safety Circus since ’06. Chris Harris, Adam Archaslownuts, some dude I can’t remember. Ramble, ramble, ramble

          • MB30SD

            do I remember!??!?! DO I REMEMBER?!?!?!

            I cain’t fucking forget my maingses.

            Ps. You forgot major Payne

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’m sure we’ll sign a vet safety, no time for coaching up babies. Let somebody else coach em up. If you’re drafting a safety he needs to be drafted in the first round, and our first round pick this year needs to be the best DE available.

      • MB30SD

        exactly irish. I just don’t think that jon fucking hoke is that man,

        I mean, http://www.footballnewsnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/hoke-sm.jpg

        …are you kidding me? He looks like a fucking brooklyn butcher… or maybe a croatian mobster. jesus hoke, have some self respect, you’re the coach of the most athletic guys on the field.

  • MB30SD

    GP…

    http://www.rimac-automobili.com/

    built in his garage. Crazy croats

    • Irish Sweetness

      0-100 kmh in 2.8 seconds?

      Doc, can we get a g-force calculation here please. Make-up application and hot coffee are not advisable in an otherwise very sexy motor.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Ah. “This top-fuel dragster can accelerate from zero to 160 kilometres per hour (99 mph) in 0.86 seconds. This is a horizontal acceleration of 5.3 g.”

        So the Rimac is really for girls on a girls night out.

    • gpldan

      I like that it has no rear window.

      (Best Russian Track Suited mob voice)

      “Vee don’t needz za window. Never will you look behind, it for weaker men to do.”

      • Irish Sweetness

        Or … “In Soviet Russia … window looks through you …..”

  • Ososfan

    MB, please use your birthday magic to get The Black Unicorn’s brother to sign a deal with the beloved. It worked last year when we got that mythical creature. BEAR DOWN!!

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      No, I think his cosmic karma did better. I think Numb Nuts Angelo got canned on his Bday if I remember correctly.

      Other than winning the SB or the Honey Bears making a glorious return, that’s about as good as it gets.

      • MB30SD

        Lovie was also fired the day after my birthday $… Please give credit where credit is due sir!

        Oso, I didn’t get anything this year from the bears. I was hoping it was going to be tucker gone and some badass in, but maybe it takes a few years off after a big gift. I think the Angelo and lovie gifts were 3 years apart? 2 years? And lovie’s firing was a BIIIIIG gift.

        So maybe next year?

        • Irish Sweetness

          Happy birthday mang. You 40 yet?

          • MB30SD

            thanks my maingses. turned 40fucking1 on the 3rd. smfh

          • Irish Sweetness

            Ah-ha! Yeah. It does indeed suck. 7 years ago I was 34 … and looked like a teenager. Now I’m 41 and look like Nick Nolte in Warrior.

          • gpldan

            Ahhh – you Mel Gibsoned.

            It happens. It happens.

          • MB30SD

            hahahahahaha

        • Ososfan

          Haha, alright. I’ll be patient.

  • MB30SD

    Hey, anyone interested in seeing some pics from africa (animals, not night life)? If I get enough interest, maybe I’ll put some up somewhere for you guys.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Absolutely.

    • Cormonster

      For sure.

    • DaMurph

      me me me me me me me me me (enough?)

    • Trac

      Only if there’s one of you kneeling on the carcass of a dead lion, Putin style. He he.

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      Yeah, that would be very cool. I’m a wildlife guy.

      Know what else I’d really like from you? Stories. No offense meant here at all man – I hear all the boobs/bikes and vid games stuff – but your college playing days – talk to us. I’m still not organized yet in my off-season studies of team chemistry, etc., but I’m getting there, and would like your perspectives.

      My favorite posts from you are the ones when you dive in to the game and start riffing on the dynamics of it all. You played D, right? Would really enjoy more.
      I went the thug/delinquent/dumbass route once I left Jr. High, so my H.S. football days were numbered. Wish I’d been a little smarter. Would like to hear more about those when you feel like it.

    • EnderWiggin

      I’d be interested in the animals AND nightlife pics…

    • CanadaBear

      Fuck Yeah!

  • MB30SD
    • Irish Sweetness

      See the other cat doing a photobomb in the background?

  • MB30SD

    johnny, maybe this will make you feel a little better about it.

    • johnnywad

      24 seconds in. There’s a kid about to smack “Baby Sherman” in the head with an aluminum bat. That’s me.

  • FQD1911

    Reggie Herring was the DC at Arkansas when Houston Nutt still sucked it up there. Let’s just say I’m happy he’s dealing with a specific position set…

    • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

      holy shit, where you beeeen?

      • FQD1911

        lol, like i told @MB30SD:disqus…it’s been a pretty busy time period at work. i’ll stop being useless on here one of these days haha

        • Irish Sweetness

          What’s your handle about, man? I call GPLDAN… GP … but I don’t know what I’m actually calling him. What’s the deal with 1911?

          • FQD1911

            it’s a salute to my fraternity: Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. 1911 is the founding year and FQD is my line name.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Thanks.

    • Irish Sweetness

      The Cowboys led the league in sacks under him in 2008. Here come Da Blitz! Enter Messrs. Greene, Washington and Bostic.

  • gpldan

    Herring (on the right) sorta looks like Conrad Bain from Different Strokes.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Whatchoo talkin’ about Willis ?

  • Sactowns#1

    Harbaugh is the Rodney Dangerfield of the NFL. The man gets no respect. (possibly deservedly) http://tracking.si.com/2014/01/23/brandon-jacobs-rips-49ers-jim-harbaugh/

    • gpldan

      He called him a b—- -.

      What is that?

      It’s like hangman. A bronco? A brigand? A bumblebee?

  • Still a Doug Plank Fan

    What is a one-gap scheme, exactly?

    • gpldan

      That’s where you concentrate on the vagina because, as Pat Robertson said, there’s “just alot more there.”

      #alleyoop

      • Still a Doug Plank Fan

        God, I was HOPING that was the answer….time to research this thing from web wall to web wall……

      • Irish Sweetness

        I prefer the one-gap .. .too much chafing with the other one.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      On a non-porno note, one gap is basically the system the Bears have used under Lovie.

      All it means is that Dlinemen only worry about one hole (that’s what she said?), one “gap”.

      So for example, Tommie Harris only had to penetrate one gap, didn’t have to worry about holding up the Olinemen, or be responsible for two gaps (on either side of the OG).

      I actually wrote an article on it how the Bears can easily switch to a 3-4 ONE gap D before the season even started, and I referenced a few articles that explain it more in depth.

      It is mistaken to believe only 4-3 Ds are one gap. 3-4s can be one gap too, like the Texans with Wade Phillips.

      But any 3-4 requires a monster DT to occupy to Olineman no matter what from what I’ve read.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        Also, it’s really hard discussing one gap/two gap penetration without sounding like a thai hooker.

      • Still a Doug Plank Fan

        Yer last point, “monster” d-lineman… Can monsters lack size, but make up for it in strength and speed? Been reading about a couple like that in this year’s sr. Bowl. I can provide links if that would help. Trying to see all of this more clearly. Can you post a link to the piece you wrote? Thanks man.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          I’ll find it and I’ll post it. Maybe here, who knows. It’s slowww in the offseason.

          DT monsters must be big, IMO.

          Paea holds the benching record. Many scouts thought him undersized, but since he was very strong, some envisioned him as a NT in a 3-4.

          However, there’s a reason he earned the nickname “Flatbread” on here.

          He’s sorta a tweener. Not quite Tommie Harris, but not quite Holotie Ngata.

          If we go to a hybrid, I can’t see Paea or a Paea like prospect (undersized for a true NT, but strong/disruptive) manning the NT.

          I’d much rather go the route of the Cheifs with Poe, Ravens with Ngata (who is going to be an FA more than likely), or Steelers with Hampton.

          Just gigantic men (340+) who can take on double-teams and free up the DEs and LBs.

          Usually one of the other DEs (LDEs) are pretty stout too.

          • Still a Doug Plank Fan

            Okay. That answered my question perfectly. Lots of articles about smaller, faster strong d-lineman this week. Maybe they are agent-inspired. NFP has run a few. Look forward to reading your piece. Thanks again man. Big learning curve at my age…lol.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Urlacher was at his most detructive when Ted Washington and Keith Traylor clogged the middle and left him free to roam and use his speed.

          • Still a Doug Plank Fan

            So bigger is better. Lotta press over smaller this week. Wonder why?

          • DaMurph

            Im guessing becuase of the trend of QB’s playing now. The Kaepernicks, Wilsons, Newtons. Probably becoming more concerned with quickness rather than the ability to clog the middle up.

          • Still a Doug Plank Fan

            Damn, that makes sense. Occam’s Razor makes a blog appearance. Thanks Murph.

          • DaMurph

            Had no idea on the Occam’s Razor reference, maybe I need to get out more!

          • Still a Doug Plank Fan

            Technically, your solution of getting out more also falls under the rule. It can get really cyclic if you aren’t careful…

        • Irish Sweetness

          I guess if you’re a short NT you don’t need to be 340+ because of the leverage advantage you’d get. Anyone know of any really short NTs? There is a point where you’d just get bull-rushed if you’re too much under 300 though ….

  • FQD1911

    @MB30SD:disqus busy man, busy. corporate world won’t let me be on here as much as i would like, so i lurk more than post nowadays

    • MB30SD

      damn dude… I posted that to you like 2 months ago! Hope all’s well. don’t kiss too much ass at corporate, tends to kill a man.

  • Shady
    • MB30SD

      $5 please. smh.

      • Shady

        What??

        • MB30SD

          you owe me $5 for posting something I already posted like 2 threads ago. Let’s just call it plagiarism, le boof. smh.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    While discussing Hybrid D, if we do go that route, then I suspect we’d follow the Seahawks/Pats/NO blue print.

    NOs is a bit more exotic because they used a lot of 3 safety looks, and considering we have 0 right now, maybe we follow more the SEA/NE format.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Can’t believe you guys haven’t posted this. Maybe I like Sherman cuz I grew up watching WWF

    http://youtu.be/LoZKoW-JXUs

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      and on that note, Ric Flair, whoooo!!!

      http://youtu.be/ZeR78GY4ekc

      • AlbertInTucson

        We need Dick the Bruiser & his “cousin”, “The Crusher’ against Assassin # 1 & #2 managed by “pretty Boy” Bobby Heenan.

        • AlbertInTucson

          As I recall, WMAQ, Channel 5,aired “Wrestling” on Friday or Saturday nights at midnight int he early 60s. The Bruiser, The Crusher, Verne Gagne, Ernie Ladd, The Assassins, Baron Von Raschke, et. al.

          • CanadaBear

            Our circuit had the same guys. Billy “Superstar” Graham was in town for a match and ended up in a tiny little town on the Mississippi River (Buffalo, Ia). My buddy happened to be in the bar at the time. Billy was hammered and made everyone in the bar arm wrestle him. Apparently he was crazy fun and bought all the drinks while he was there. He was always hilarious in interviews.

        • SC Dave

          Damn Al… Dick the Bruiser. Talk about a blast from the past! Rematch with Blackjacks Lanza and Mulligan!

          • AlbertInTucson

            My two brothers and I would “wrestle” on the sleepr couch in the TV room while that was on. The younger & I would “Tag Team” against our older brother.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Jack Brickhouse did some Wrestling “play by play” from the International Amphitheatre in his early days on the air.

    • CanadaBear

      That killed me!!!!!!!!

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    DT?

    Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald received the 2014 Senior Bowl’s most dominant practice player award.

    Incredibly disruptive from the interior despite a 6-foot-1,
    288-pound frame and 31 3/4-inch arms, Donald earned the 2013 Bednarik,
    Lombardi, Nagurski, and Outland Trophies in addition to ACC Defensive
    POY. “He’s short in stature by NFL standards and doesn’t maybe have all
    the measurables,” said Senior Bowl North Squad coach Mike Smith, “but
    he’s one of the more explosive guys we have.” It’s worth noting Bengals
    All-Pro DT Geno Atkins measured 6-foot-1, 293 coming out of Georgia.
    That precedent can’t hurt Donald’s chances of warranting a top-15
    selection in May’s draft.

    – Rotoworld

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      NFL Draft Insider Tony Pauline passes along “word in
      Mobile” that USC C Marcus Martin could be the first center selected in
      May’s draft.

      Listed on USC’s website at 6-foot-3, 310, Martin is a
      plus-sized center with size to block bigger nose tackles. He was a
      three-year starter for the Trojans, declaring for the draft after his
      junior season. Just one center (Travis Frederick, Dallas) was selected
      in the first three rounds of the 2013 draft.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I’d pull the trigger on him in the second round. Especially if he has a beard. How scientific is that?

        I didn’t watch all of his snaps, but he looks to be everything Garza isn’t. Nice fast snaps.

        • Ososfan

          I Like that some of you guys arent forgetting the fact that O needs some help as well, can’t only draft defense and not help clog up some of the holes with the O-line.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            We absolutely need a C. Garza’s older, and gets no push up the middle which doesn’t help Forte in short yds.

            I think we were training a back-up longsnapper at C, which would be awesome because that kills two birds with one stone and frees up a roster spot, but I’d rather have a 3rd round C stud.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Auburn DE Dee Ford has reportedly been a “terror” in Senior Bowl practices.

      One of the nation’s top pass rushers this past season, Ford
      measured in at a hair over 6-foot-2, 243 earlier in the week and has
      drawn raves from Senior Bowl teammates. “His first step is amazing,”
      observed Virginia’s Morgan Moses, a highly touted offensive tackle.
      Ford projects as a 3-4 outside rush linebacker or sub-package down
      linemen early in his NFL career. He should be a top-50 pick.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Stupid question, but is there a Dent/Peppers in this year’s draft? Is our end in there when we’re picking?

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          Clowney. He’s Pepp’s heir, even down to the questionable motor and work ethic.

          http://youtu.be/BdCaHa8xC6o

          • SC Dave

            I posted the video of Clowney when the Gamecocks landed him in 2011. The guy is a monster.

          • AlbertInTucson

            …when he feels like it.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Mmmmmmm. i guess he’s gone by the fifth pick?

          • AlbertInTucson

            At least. And for sure long before the Bears might have to worry about his work ethic.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I believe Warren Sapp’s draft stock dropped due to concerns over his work ethic (and of the firld issues?) as well.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Do NOT forget that nobody but NOBODY even knew Dent was “A Dent” when he was drafted by the Bears. Peppers was the 2nd overall pick while Dent was selected in a draft round (8th) that no longer even exists.

          From that ’85 D-Line Dan Hampton was a 4th overall pick, but Steve McMichael was a 3rd rounder (73rd overall), of NEW ENGLAND’S before landing Chicago as Free Agent a year later.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Jim Finks got quite a few picks right, I hope Phil is of the same cloth.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Emery as Jim Finks? You make my mouth water. We can only hope even APPROACHES that level of personnel success.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      According to the National Football Post, three general
      managers with a “serious interest” in this year’s quarterback-draft
      class compare it to 2011’s.

      Per reporter Jason Cole, one GM added “except there’s no
      Cam Newton.” Aside from Newton, the 2011 class included Blaine Gabbert,
      Jake Locker and Christian Ponder. In other words, a bunch of flops. All
      four players went in the first 12 picks. Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater
      is generally considered the top talent in this year’s class, followed in
      varying order by Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, UCF’s Blake Bortles
      and Fresno State’s Derek Carr. With as many as seven QB-needy teams
      picking in the top 10 this May, reaches like 2011’s are a definite
      possibility.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Louisville had a pretty rosy schedule and managed to underachieve and didn’t Bridgewater look less than stellar against boy” competition?

    • Ososfan

      This is the dude I hope Emery picks in RD 1. Looks to be a solid pick and probably won’t last for RD 2.

  • MB30SD

    ask and ye shall receive ma bitches.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/115411468@N03/

    Just a couple to get you guys started. Maybe I’ll add more later. Enjoy

    (oh, and sorry about the shitty quality, these were all taken with my phone. I have hundreds taken with my D5, but those are a pain in the ass to process and upload.)

    • CanadaBear

      Nice!

    • Ososfan

      Pics and vids are dope! You’re an artist, sir. The elephant farting had me cracking up more than it should have, hahaha.

    • EnderWiggin

      I love the panoramic of the cove/inlet. Awesome place. How close are you to the feeding lions?

      • Irish Sweetness

        Me too. And that was a phone camera?

      • MB30SD

        About a 2 hr flight then a 3.5 to 10 hr drive depending on how far north you want to go before you need a visa

        • EnderWiggin

          lol, nice. Maybe i phrased the question wrong; how close are you to those feeding lions while taking that picture? I see no evidence of a fence, so my first reaction is “Too close! Too close, man!!”

          • Irish Sweetness

            I can’t remember if it’s Lions or Tigers that you’re not supposed to stare directly in the eye, or they’ll deem it a challenge and fuck you up. Whichever it is, it’s the other one that you’re supposed to stare directly in the eye.

            I realise this is useless information and potentially lethal. MB?

          • MB30SD

            If you’re close enough to look either in the eye and you’re not in a vehicle, you’re already proper fucked and you just hope for it to be very quick and painless.

            The better one for all cats dog and bears is DON’T FUCKING RUN!!!! EVER!!!

            you’re welcome mate.

  • MB30SD

    I meet grannies all the time

  • Irish Sweetness

    New thread please. Damn. It’s like looking at two ex-pats with two 19 year old hookers just off-camera. Let’s go!

    The ‘How I lost my virginity’ thread. C’mon Jefe. Who was he?

    • Ososfan

      Jeff should admit and post that Good teachers to compliment the DC and make the talent better in the future was a damn important move in this off-season.

  • johnnywad

    Clint Hurrt. That’s what she said.

    The last paragraph is the most important. I like what Trest is doing.

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/01/25/bears-fire-another-assistant-hire-louisville-dl-coach-clint-hurtt/

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      “Louisville ran a 3-3-5 defense”

      Just like the Saints did for a lot of this year.

      • johnnywad

        I don’t know how much that history impacts what the Bears are planning. All though it is certainly significant that they made this change after stating everything was in place and more importantly, after the Senior Bowl scouting. I like that Trestman is filling out his staff with guys well versed in assessing college talent. Good move.

        • Johnathan Wood

          not just assessing it, These coaches are used to teaching college age kids. The front 7 is soon to be full of guys just out of college, so about that age.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          I like that we got assistant coaches with all kinds of backgrounds (3-4,4-3,3-3-5), and like Wood said, young and with their pulse on the college players.

          I’ve said it before, but coaches influence the draft TREMENDOUSLY, and I know Emery didn’t bring these guys up from college just to sip tea.

    • Irish Sweetness

      He’s 35?? I could call him ‘son’.

      Love the name name though.

  • BerwynBomber

    Peanut is a class act and would probably never go negative like Lach in the press. But I do wonder if, like Lach, he feels a bigger loyalty to the former coaching and management team than the franchise itself. Again, I don’t expect Peanut to ever say that but I wonder how many of the old guard D truly embraced the Trestman and Emery regime change.

    • Trac

      Let’s face it, Emery blew the wad on Cuttler. Not enough money left to sign top heavy contracts with aging vets no matter how good they are. Yup, it’s rebuilding time boys…….Emery’s crack at the house he built. Lets just hope he knows what he’s doing. No more Chicken Dinners, pleeeeeze.

      • johnnywad

        Signing top heavy contracts with aging vets is a bad idea and likely wasn’t going to happen whether Cutler was signed or not. The two are not related. Phil has said repeatedly he’s going younger. Aside from being old, Peanut was beat to hell last year. I’m afraid he’s played his last game as a Bear. He’s been my favorite for a long time. Class act. But its time.

        • CanadaBear

          He’s my fave too. I’m hoping he comes back on a 1-year prove it deal. I haven’t a clue what his market will be. Hopefully he will give PE a chance to match his best offer.

          • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

            He’s a Lovie/Marinelli guy and he will take less money somewhere else not to play for the Bears this year.

          • CanadaBear

            Hope you’re wrong. He’s gotten 3 contracts out of the Bears so he’s made a lot of money. Who knows?

          • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

            those guys hated that Lovie got canned because they all felt it was the offense’s fault. Cutler is the face of that offense since 09 even though Angelo set them up to fail . Briggs hates that Emery sent Brian packing. It all ties together.

          • MB30SD

            fuck it. I love peanut, but if our guess is true, blow it all the fuck up and get rid of pep and if the nut isn’t on board, let him walk too. Tell briggsy he’s on fucking double secret probation. Crush shit or you’ll sit.

          • bearsfantillend

            i don’t think you are supposed to tell someone they are on double secret probation… kind of defeats the purpose of the secret.

          • MB30SD

            Dude… how old are you?

          • johnnywad

            I don’t think age is even a legitimate defense here.

          • CanadaBear

            Peanut was dinged up all year before he went on the shelf. Even dinged up he played above avg. Before Briggs got hurt he and Woot were the best players in the front 7. They may have been pissed but they still played well before their injuries. Pep sucked balls in the majority of games. Didn’t even crack the stat sheet numerous times.

            Who knows what Peanut is worth? No doubt the years and injuries will catch up to him. Is this the year? Same with Briggs. At some point they will fall off the cliff like Pep. Even with all that, I’d take a shot on a 1-2 year contract for Peanut. Briggs is signed for 1 more year. Pep is gone.

            Why would Peanut be desperate to get out of his adopted home for the last 11 years? I get it if he follows the money. Yeah they were pissed when Lovie got canned. These guys aren’t kids. They know the business. I’d be shocked if he would be willing to take a lower offer from Tampa vs staying in Chicago.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Say it ain’t so ….

      • Johnathan Wood

        I just did the homework on their cap situation. Not as dire as you might think. They can pretty much do whatever they want, with the caveat that it requires them to make moves that will kick the can down the line a little bit.

        I’ll be publishing it next week, can link it on here if anybody’s interested in reading it.

        • johnnywad

          Post it

        • AlbertInTucson

          Good info!

        • Trac

          Do we have room to sign a player on the market looking for his 2nd contract who is a 1st level stud on the D-line or Secondary?

          • Johnathan Wood

            Trac, they have the flexibility to do whatever they want. The could literally create up to $40M in cap room if they wanted to. It’s just a matter of balancing the here and now with future concerns.

          • Trac

            This is good news if true. Show me bro!

          • Johnathan Wood

            Can save close to $14M just by cutting Peppers as a June 1 cut.
            If they wanted to could save $18M by turning Cutler’s entire $22.5M hit in 2014 into signing bonus.

            But those moves push more money into the future, so you want to balance it out a bit.

        • Still a Doug Plank Fan

          Absolutely, link it up.

      • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

        sorry Tracster, not correct. The wad has not been blown. Stein knows exactly what he’s doing.

        • Trac

          Let me be more direct. Cutler though good at times is not who I would build my franchise upon. In Trestmans system, you don’t need a multimillion dollar gunslinger. Having said that, what’s done is done.

          • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

            i am amused at your “good at times” comment. Especially when you put in it the context of 2009-2012. It’s all a joke. You are who you play with. If Steve Young stays in Tampa not only is he not a hall of famer, he would be considered a bust. Same as Bradshaw, others ,etc
            Who fucking cares what we all think? You don’t think Jay would have liked to have a real NFL offense around him for 4 years instead of the fucking trash lineman, coaching and “weapons” we surrounded him with?
            What’s done is done so let’s all just sit back, shut the fuck up and enjoy that the Bears finally have a real QB, Offensive Coordinator, Line, Weapons and administrative accountability…..all at the same fucking time.

          • Trac

            Personally Johnny, I don’t think Cutler earned the contract he got. That’s my whole gripe with inking him to a new 7 year deal. I get your loyalty to the guy but that’s immaterial in my opinion. I’m just being pragmatic.

          • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

            he earned it with what he did when he had nothing Trac. This year just cemented it.

          • Ososfan

            He and Forte were the reasons the offense did sorta well, back in before he broke his thumb against the chargers. Everyone anchor was on the cusp of being on Cutlers bolas……. And then Caleb happened, uggghhhh…….

          • Trac

            I understand your position, really, but when it comes down to it, that is a de facto mindset.

            “Exercising power or serving a function without being legally or officially established”

          • Irish Sweetness

            He wasn’t even the best QB on the team though … if McCown is 30, we’re signing him instead. It’s not even debatable. The numbers speak for themselves, and on top of that he looks after the ball.

          • Johnathan Wood

            Yes and no, Irish.

            In McCown’s 5 starts, he only had one outing where he led the offense to more points than the opposing defense gave up on average this year (the magical Dallas night). The other 4 were right around average (2) or below average (2).

            In Cutler’s 9 complete games (I’m ignoring the 2 they split), he led the offense to above average 4 times, average 2 times, and below average 3 times.

            McCown put up better stats, but the offense scored better with Cutler.

          • johnnywad

            Yeah. That and its a five game sample size directly opposed to his previous 11 seasons. He’s just not that good. He played better than his mean for three games.

          • Irish Sweetness

            But what he did in the past is irrelevant … he was very very good under center for us most recently. You cannot throw 13 TDs to 1 INT and have a QBR rating of 104+ if you’re not very good, you just can’t.

          • Still a Doug Plank Fan

            McCown is the smartest backup QB we’ve had in years. His value has to be calculated based on his off-field/off-season work as well as his games. You cannot underestimate what he brought to the table from behind the scenes. It was extraordinary.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Bare stats. 13-1 TDs-INT. 104(?) QBR

            That’s getting it done, 5 games or no. Now it’s just personal opinion, but I recall drives not stalling as much as they do under Cutler and his imaginary powers of completion.

          • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

            it’s a 3yr deal Trac. The duration is 7 but it’s structured as 3

          • bearsfantillend

            good point, it is front loaded and only gets better as far as the cap is concerned.

          • Still a Doug Plank Fan

            “…enjoy that the Bears finally have a real QB, Offensive Coordinator, Line, Weapons and administrative accountability…..all at the same fucking time.”
            +100

          • MB30SD

            see jon’s post below for ‘pennies”.

    • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

      i guarantee you that you hit it right on the head. Briggs, Peppers and Tillman were the ones that didn’t buy in.

  • Shady

    Reggie Herring looks to be giving one solid air BJ.

    Waffle. Your thoughts on the technique?

    • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

      lol, it looks like he going to angrily throat that meat missle. Like how Biggsy stares down an italian sausage sandwich from Portillos.
      #withaggression

    • AlbertInTucson

      Wonder if he had once red hair? That would have made him a…

    • Irish Sweetness

      Jesus – it’s Waffle! How do you guys all magically know it’s Waffle when he changes his pic AND his handle ?? I kinda miss the Badger with Cutty’s head. Sickly wonderful.

  • Ososfan

    Anyone watch the senior bowl? Any thoughts? I read Donald was solid and so was the DE from Auburn…….

    • BerwynBomber

      Apparently the NIU safety impressed. Ward?

    • AlbertInTucson

      THE SENIOR BOWL needs to “Wake up and smell the coffee.” and include worthy declared-for-the-draft underclassmen like Manziel and Clowney.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “You know why reporters keep telling you finalists for Miami GM gig? ” I neither know why nor care. Kind of like The Pro Bowl.

  • MB30SD
    • gpldan

      Perhaps, but all of this year’s cars look fantastic. Bernie’s in prison, Max is still heading up his Eyes Wide Shut sex parties with Nazi costumes, but the tech – the tech is solid.

      Thankfully we had a Texas oil billionaire throw down to build a circus down near Austin. The billionaires boys club world tour marches on.

  • Viva

    The best way to apply pressure is to disguise where the pressure is coming from. The best way to do that is to run a 3-4.
    High powered offenses need high pressure defenses.

    • Johnathan Wood

      Top 3 defenses this year were Carolina, SEA, and SF. None of them run solely a 3-4.

      Having a good defense is more about having quality players than some magical scheme. Sooner or later opponents will get film on you and be able to figure you out schematically. You need to win with talent (though scheme can help supplement that at times).

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Yes… but if you have poor quality or only decent one the best D is a Hybrid kind of D. It’s pure logic..if you can’t beat them straight up, you have to be creative. The best examples are New Orleans and San Diego.

      • Ososfan

        May I also add that, good coaching of that talent goes a long way as well! Lets hope these new guys help!

  • Ososfan

    Where in the world is Artoo?!??!

    • johnnywad

      Has his own blog now. Too big for his britches

      • ErikGrogan

        Too big for his britches? I wear only wear tights. I have just been busy and working.

        I know it’s hard to just say “I miss the guy,” but it’s fine. I still love you.

        • johnnywad

          I knew you were still out there. Peeping.

  • Cormonster

    Irish, I got a good link for you. Check out and listen to the January 18th show about the Tall Whites. If you go through the archives, the show talks about them on several other occasions. One that I really enjoyed was the January 8th show the asmymmetrical war on words. Compares today to the book 1984 with all the news speak and double think.

    http://www.groundzeromedia.org/

    • Irish Sweetness

      Wow, thanks man. I am not alone!

      Former Canadian defense minister Hellyer recently reffed some material on TV that I had sent him on the Voronezh case and the subsequent kerfuffle surrounding the book. I was chuffed. Just goes to show, you can change a little bit of the world with just an email. People need to talk more about this stuff. We share this planet with many superior ‘alien’ races, we have free, clean energy being kept from us, and it remains the greatest secret in the history of mankind.

      We are already in the denial stage, then will come acceptance, then everybody will say “Oh I always knew there were aliens, and that they’ve been here all along … the crop circles … it was so obvious ….”

      Hold the front page – this is the clip! Although he forgot the Yuri’s name and the name of the place where the landings took place – Voronezh – but I knew!

      http://www.groundzeromedia.org/finding-the-tall-white-hope/

      3:45 in … he refers to a Russian incident (voronezh) and the French acquiring the rights to Yuri’s book, which he found out from me. I showed Yuri the clip and he pointed out that actually the French government tried to acquire the rights tot he book, but it fell through. So I provided some disinformation there – but as I told Yuri, “never let the truth get in the way of a good story”. Nine-foot tall beings capable of trans-dimensional travel landed in Voronezh over a 2 week period in August 1989, and that’s all that matters.

      • Cormonster

        I like listening to shows like that at night before bed. I just find it interesting, but that’s about it. I don’t get too worked up about aliens. The more political shows like the 1984 one I mentioned can get my blood boiling a bit.

  • Still a Doug Plank Fan

    Yep. Watching the Pro Bowl. Also, caught Collinsworth’s 30 minute run-down of the best plays they saw on Sunday Night Football all season – Cutler’s hit on Golden was #4.

    NBIT – you come up with a SB bet yet?

    The whole thing about Peanut, Briggs, and Peppers…man, the Halas Upheaval is mind-boggling. Like Jeff said in his tweet, we get ONE guy in round 1. F/A is everything this year, isn’t it? All that, with a Defensive unit that may be in complete disarray. Whew….gonna be a long 2014 if we can’t get some of that resolved, I said, overstating the obvious.

    Garza. Yeah, that’s a tough one isn’t it? I think he and Cutty have bonded, and that relationship is important as hell. Took us a LONG time to recover from losing Kreutz. But it makes sense to get a young, beefy badass to start sticking it to Cutty.

    • AlbertInTucson

      They haven’t done too badly in round 2 with Forte & Jeffrey.

      • Still a Doug Plank Fan

        Wasn’t doubting their ability in other rounds at all. I’m just anxious. That’s all. And a little wierded out.

        • AlbertInTucson

          “..anxious and weirded out..” with good reason.

          Would that the Bears could be as successful with FIRST rounders as they have with the likes of Forte & Jeffrey and that #1 selections who have the impact of Ryan Long were the NORM instead of the exception.

        • johnnywad

          You see Irish’s post down there? That, my friend, is why you stick around for the off season

          • Irish Sweetness

            It’s too important not to look into Johnny. There’s a lot of BS and BS-ers on youtube, all adding to the dis-information, but check out the old skool military guys like Philip Corso, Clifford Stone and Bob Dean and what they have to say on the stuff they were involved in.

          • johnnywad

            I’m just not interested Irish. But I love that you are. Its great. You’re stuff brings flavor to the blog and I enjoy it. It
            may or may not be true and I’m fine with
            either. I’m busy trying to live my life as comfortably and joyfully as possible. I spent a good deal of my 20’s and early 30’s very politically charged and giving a shit about the common good. I arrived at a point where I was angry over it for far to much of my day. What I came to realize, is that none of it matters. A hundred years from now, I’ll be dead and nobody will remember me or care what I
            did or thought. So why bother? I noticed that no matter how firm I was in my stance, how diligently I persisted in my point with those that disagreed, nothing changed. Literally nothing. War, taxes, health care, abortion, gay marriage . . . . .I changed nothing. So what I discovered is that if I can spend a little time at my cabin, get on the lake, have sex with my wife, watch my kids play their respective sports, and occasionally try a new beer . . . . . .I’m happy. So fuck the rest of it. But I do like reading your stuff. Its interesting to think about briefly and move on. I’m just not going to spend any real time or energy on it. There are fish to be caught and my wife just brought home some new “bedroom heels” yesterday. Mmmmmmm hmmm.

          • Cormonster

            What do you like to fish for?

          • johnnywad

            Love fishing for just about anything but Smallmouth Bass are my favorite. Can’t wait for May.

          • Cormonster

            Same here. Smallies are the most fun to catch. They get really big on the Upper Mississippi where I live. The Bass masters had a big tournament down the road from me in La Crosse last year.

            Had my best bass fishing day 2-3 years ago on a sweltering summer afternoon. Me and a buddy canoed through some really thick weedy areas in some backwaters and found a nice little opening surrounded by weeds and lily pads. We were trying out his homemade weedless frog molds. Over the next 3 hours or so we caught one smallie after another, with an occasional Northern. We must have caught 30 each, and all nice sized. At least 10 were over 4 lbs, and a couple over 5 pounds.

            It’s great catching fish, but I do it more for the peacefulness and beauty of nature. I grew up fishing on lakes in northern Wisconsin and upper Michigan. The fish don’t get as big, but I still prefer that over the river. More secluded, and some of the lakes are really clear and clean. Better swimming and snorkeling. I can cheat then and find out where the fish are hanging out.

          • johnnywad

            Same here Car. I just love being on the water.
            A year and a half ago we bought a little place on a lake in Northern Michigan. I’ve been up there fishing a lot since then. Finally caught my first five pound smallie last July. In may and Jjne you can see bottom in 15′ of water and really get the smallies hanging over the beds. That’s a blast.
            But the best place I’ve been is on Grand Traverse Bay. You can see bottom out there in 45′ in May and 25′ the rest of the year. Me and my uncle took our boys out a few years back and probably caught 35 fish. At times we had three fish on at once. My son was even in the water with goggles on when I caught one and watched the whole thing. Great day.

          • Still a Doug Plank Fan

            On a side note (and I’m not making this up), there are an unusually large number of people in Thailand willing to do odd things for you for $5.00 online. I’ll let you navigate it…

            http://www.fiverr.com

          • Still a Doug Plank Fan

            On the UFO stuff, though, I’m a happy idiot.

          • Still a Doug Plank Fan

            Excellent. But will there be hazing? I’m not a rookie per se, but, this being my first OTA on the Blog, I was worried y’all were going to make me get a .gif avatar and sing…

          • johnnywad

            There will be no hazing, bullying or jackassery of any sort. Da blog is an inclusive, safe, loving and emotionally accessible place……….

    • AlbertInTucson

      Part of the reason it took so long to get past Kruetz was that he was washed up AT LEAST two seasons before he departed.

      • Still a Doug Plank Fan

        With all the d needs looming like a falling building, do we also put a premium on a center in, say rd. 2-3? They seem on short supply every year via f/a.

        • AlbertInTucson

          It’s only my guess, but Long gave a LOT of credit for his & Mills’ success early on to Garza which may have bought at least another season for Roberto.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Draft analysis is silly pre-FA. ”

    Motion seconded.

    When does the Free Agency free-for-all begin?

  • TheBigCheesy

    Jeff – your ideas about a consolation game affecting the draft order are pretty interesting. Very appealing for organizations or fans. The only problem is that most of the players don’t give two shits about draft picks. In fact, I’m sure that many players would balk at the idea of playing hard so some rookie stud can come in and take their job. Players need more than draft picks to motivate themselves for a consolation game

  • Still a Doug Plank Fan

    Okaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyy….

    First, a weird story about Shorts being hired to be DC of the Browns, pending GM approval – which I thought was bizarre, since I thought, you know, GM’s DID THE HIRING…maybe it was that they were waiting to see if their new HEAD COACH wanted him, or, something….

    Anyway, now, he’s the DC for the Buffalo Bills: http://nfl.si.com/2014/01/25/bills-hire-jim-schwartz-defensive-coordinator/
    Think he and Mario will get along? Hmmm?

  • Irish Sweetness

    More NFL Bad Lip Reading.

    And thank you for re-tweeting this one Jefe :

    @RickGosselinDMN

    Just arrived in NYC for Super Bowl week.
    There’s no better airline approach in America than up the East River to
    LaGuardia, NYC on left.

    Yup. Thanks Rick. Thank god you had your phone with you, we might have missed it.

  • gpldan

    Since the Browns have the most incompetent front office and ownership in football, is this movie some sort of PR vehicle for the team?

    Couldn’t Costner have been Emery and use the Bears? The Chicago location shots would have been much prettier.

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/draft-day-trailer-kevin-costner-667623

    • gpldan

      Also Terry Crews plays a linebacker on the Browns named Earl Jennings.

      Earl Jennings?? What is that, the Bears player name auto-generator?

    • Cormonster

      I thought Mike Lombardi was an “expert”? Are the Browns going to try and hire a coordinator from one of the Super Bowl teams?

  • Johnathan Wood

    Here’s the first part of my writeup on the Chicago salary cap situation, for those interested (part two coming tomorrow, hopefully).

    http://watercoolersportsnetwork.com/2014/01/27/current-cap-situation-chicago-bears-part-one/

    • gpldan

      Why don’t you call your column “Morning Wood” or “Got Wood?”

      Anyhoo – could you make a table in the column showing potential savings for cuts and salary negotiations? Nobody has done that yet, and it would be helpful to visualize the possible scenarios.

      • Johnathan Wood

        that’s coming in part 2.

        • gpldan

          Dunka Shane

    • CanadaBear

      Nicely done. Looking forward to part 2.

    • SC Dave

      Definitely agree on your comments on Earl. I sure hope the Bears find a way to keep him.

    • EnderWiggin

      Good stuff. I hope part two discusses how much of Cutty’s $ can be given as a signing bonus to free up space.
      Also, I am going to start disagreeing/arguing every time someone suggest Peppers be cut to save money. I’m not convinced. What somehow everyone has forgotten that Julius Peppers left Carolina because he wanted to be a 3-4 OLB. Remember? Everyone throughout the league shit a collective brick when Orange Julius signed with the Bears. Because they KNEW Peppers would go somewhere running a 3-4.
      Naturally, The Lovie Smile worked its magic, along with a QB salary, which surely didn’t hurt.

      If we sign a fat-ass NT, and a good DE (Bennett?), then Wootton could hold his own in any scheme. Why not give Peppers a try at OLB.
      Maybe, just maybe, Peppers could be dominant in that spot. He’d be like Clay Matthews, but more athletic, more durable, and much, much scarier.

      • bearsfantillend

        so, you want the guy that during his entire career takes plays/games off while playing on the line, where you can slightly get away with it as long as you take up space, to move to the LB core where he will be required at times to drop into coverage. And at age 34, he has definitely lost a step. I just don’t trust him to play every down.

        • Johnathan Wood

          I am not opposed to having Peppers still a Bear, but no way in hell does he stay in Chicago when they can save $14M by dumping him.

          With $14M you can pay Ratliff, Wootten, Michael Bennett, and Linval Joseph. That’s an entire starting DL (assumes you can backload the two bigger contracts a bit like they did with Martellus and Bushrod last year).

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Hey, while posting write ups, here’s the rough draft I was gonna post on Artoo’s blog, but then it began getting too long lol

    I’m just gonna post it in its entiriry here (if it ends abruptly, it’s because I never finished it). More importantly, if you want to learn more about the 3-4 (like one gap) and hybrids, check out the links I included (warning. those referenced articles are also long and hardcore).

    Well, here’s the 3-4 article that never was:

    “3-4, you say?”

    The rumblings started April 26th, 2012 around 9ish.

    Bears fans were wringing their hands while licking their chops.

    “Gotta be Chandler Jones”
    “The local product form Illi Mercilus won’t have to move far.”
    “Reiff. Cutler’s getting murdered”
    “Can’t believe DeCasro has fallen in our laps!”

    Then, “With the 20th pick of the 2012 draft the Chicago Bears select…Shea McClellin, Boise State.”

    And the fans reacted much the same way I did when one Christmas I unwrapped a Go-bot when I was expecting a Transformer.

    “Oh. Ok.”

    Other reactions were far more…re-actionary.

    “Who?”
    “What?”
    “WHY!?”

    And other one word expletives which would not make this article PG-13.

    The last one especially prompted the immediate conspiracy theory.

    “Emery’s getting rid of Lovie and eventually installing a 3-4”

    And one year later, half of that hypothesis has proven true.

    The question is, will the second part also happen?

    Sort of (and obviously, not in 2013).

    “Talk about riding the fence, Butch!”

    Well, let me explain.

    I expect the Bears to run more of a hybrid defense, ala Billichick last season.

    We witnessed a little bit of it on a few plays even under dogmatic cover-2 proselytizers of Marinelli and Lovie.

    And who was standing up rushing? Shea, naturally.

    So, no reason to believe that the Bears won’t implement more of those 3-4 looks this year. Here is my evidence thus far.

    Exhibit A. Chicken Dinner

    Shea McClellin is a natural 3-4 rush linebacker. Only Lovie’s obstinance tried to convert him into a 4-3 DE citing other underweight precedents like Mathis/Freeney.

    But that argument is fallacious. FALSE ANALOGY. McClellin played 3-4 LB mostly, with some DE, while Freeney/Mathis came out of college as a pure 4-3 DEs.

    As a matter of fact, the Colts switched to a 3-4, attempting to convert both Mathis and Freeney into 3-4 LBs. The experiment didn’t really take. Mathis fared a little better and was kept, while Freeney struggled and was let released. It’s almost ironic because Freeney was always a better 4-3 DE than Mathis, but when the schemes switched, so did their value (at least to the Colts).

    Moral of the story: don’t squeeze a square peg into a round hole, even if that square peg is a perennial pro-bowler.

    And this is exactly what the Bears were (are?) trying to do with McClellin.

    McClellin came into camp this year weighing and additional “5-7 pounds per team request” then almost immediately shed the extra weight. First question: why would the Bears ask Shea to bulk up if they were ok on draft day with his weight, even citing it as an advantage for speed and explosion?

    Answer:

    Because they saw what we all saw. – Shea getting man handled at the line, with only one spin move.

    Second question: why did Shea then proceed to immediately lose the extra pounds?

    Answer:

    Because his natural weight is never going to be 260+ no matter how much the Bears want it to be. You can’t strap a 10 pound backpack on a marathoner and expect him to run as effectively. In fact, some first hand accounts observe that Shea is much closer to 240. That means that Urlacher had about 10 pounds on him, and could we imagine Urlacher, even in his prime, at DE? That’d be idiotic.

    True, Shea lined up at DE at Boise ST, but Shea isn’t in Kansas anymore (or Colorado). This is the NFL. And when reports sprout that Webbnation is stonewalling you, Houston, we got a problem.

    All this leads me to believe that the Bears might finally relent and realize that Shea is indeed a 3-4 LB, which would mean more of him in that role this year.

    Exhibit B. Code Word – positional flexibility.

    Here are some words of Emery describing Kyle Long.

    “fast, tough, dynamic” – “We’re extremely ecited about having him [due] to his versatility”

    About Bostic, “We brought him in….felt verty good about his football aptitude…his positional flexibility”

    About Greene.

    “Look at the things you can’t deny: athleticsim, production…ability to change positions”

    About Mills

    “Big part of the reason we drafted him was his versatility”

    http://www.windycitygridiron.com/2013/4/29/4280690/chicago-bears-2013-nfl-draft-lessons-phil-emery

    About Shea

    ““You will see everything that Shea can do as a football player,” Emery said. “I know he’s been criticized that he wasn’t good enough at the point of attack. He had three tackles at the point of the attack, going through blocks.

    “He had chase tackles. He was used as a spy. He caused two disruptions on the throw as a spy. He dropped in coverage with [receiver] Doug Baldwin 20 yards up the field.

    “There’s not a whole lot he can’t do. So when I said in the spring that this is a very versatile player, that’s what I meant.”

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/17352539-419/bears-gm-phil-emery-happy-with-his-first-first-round-pick-shea-mcclellin.html

    Notice any trends here? Athleticism, versatile, positional flexibility, ability to change positions, one might assume that Emery is only referring to a 4-3 scheme, but these could easily apply to a 3-4 transition.

    What does that mean? To me, that means he has one eye towards a 3-4 scheme. You rarely heard such emphasis on versatility form Angelo or Lovie. They were quite opposite. Lovie wanted his Cover-2 CBs to press and tackle (Peanut), his Cover Des/DTs undersized, but explosive (Mark Anderson, Chris Harris), his Lbs to cover more than blitz, and his safeties zone savvy at the expense of cover skills.

    Angelo/Lovie had a very specific template that was not “scheme versatile” at all, and to their credit, they made it work for the most part.

    But Emery seems to be all about “versatility” and his acquisitions prove it.

    D.J. Williams played in both a 3-4 and 4-3. Sedrick Ellis too (before retirement). Zibowkski.

    Then we turn to his drafts picks. Shea (obvious). Hardin has the size/speed for a 3-4 S, even played CB so that he can line up against TEs one on one. Bostic and Greene can easily fit into a 3-4 scheme (Greene at LOLB, Briggs-Bostic ILB, D.J./Shea at ROLB). It’s worth noting that Emery considered Bostic a “three position linebacker” (http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4683414/rapid-reaction-second-round-pick-jon-bostic) and Greene was a former safety (versatility, you say?)

    Exhibit C. Current roster.

    Peppers can easily play a 3-4 DE. Wooten too. They’re both 6’6 280 and have lined up at DT, so those could be the DEs. Peanut is overwhelming a cover-2 CB, but he is so good, that he might be able to transition to a 3-4 CB. Besides, Peanut might not even return to the Bears given our cap limitations, and I seriously believe we let him walk, especially if we switch to a 3-4. Jennings would excel in a 3-4 because he’s a great man CB and can blitz. Conte, like Hardin, played some CB in college, so he would fit into a 3-4, while Wright is athletic enough to make it work, but perhaps he too is more suited to a cover 2. It’s no coincidence that Emery drafted Hardin and that Wright is in his last year.

    The one GLARING hole would be at NT, since neither Paea nor Melton are big enough to be NTs, but it’s not as if Melton received a huge contract extension, now is it? I can easily envision a tag-and-trade with Melton going to the likes of the Cowboys, and with that extra draft pick, Emery could scoop up a NT. After all, NTs are much easier to find than 3tech DTs. Typically a great one goes in the late 1st, but many can be drafted in the later rounds. Paea can relocate to DE too since he’s close to 300 and broke the bench record at the combine, so that move might actually help his career. Peae’s always been more of a “tweener” anyways.

    Exhibit D. Mel Tucker, the switch hitter.

    Many think that Tucker is a pure 4-3 DC, while forgetting that in Cleveland, he used a 3-4. Moreover, Tucker learned under Nick Saban, a 3-4 maestro (,http://www.thekeyplay.com/content/2013/june/17/alabamas-3-4-defense-d-line-basics) so it wouldn’t be much of a revolution for Tucker to switch to a 3-4. Curious how Emery just let Marinelli and Urlacher walk, isn’t it? Hmmmm…Emery used the Obi Wan JedI mind trick on them, “You will not work for the Bears anymore. You will leave of your own accord and save me the blowback from the media and the meatheads.” Waves hand. “

    Conclusion:

    If Trestman came in with a scripted 13 month plan, from the first minute of practice to the SuperBowl parade, imagine how far Emery’s calendar extends to. He doesn’t think in days, or months, but years, as was evident by the Lovie firing. Emery probably had Trestman in his rolodex when he was getting interviewed for the GM position.

    Much like last year, I argue that Emery subscribes to the “win now, change later” philosophy. He won now with Lovie, but missing the playoffs was not enough winning in his book, and mine. The same will likely take place with the D. Emery will give it a chance to succeed, but barring a superbowl win, he will most likely switch to a 3-4.

    Emery discussed changing to a 3-4.

    “For somebody to move from 4-3 to 3-4, they’re going to have to convince me that we have the players with the skill sets and the body types to move towards that defense,” Emery said. “A lot of people in this league are running one-gap systems and calling it a 3-4 front. What we ran in Kansas City was a 3-4 with a two-gap [system], three down linemen, big nose tackle, big ends. We don’t have those people [on the Bears].”

    Notice how Emery distinguished a one gap from a two gap 3-4. True, at the time of the article (last april) the Bears DIDN’T have the personnel to run a two gap 3-4, but one draft and one FA class later, they certainly moved much closer to a ONE gap-3-4 where the DEs do not have to be behemoths. Just think Texan’s D with Peppers filling in the role of Watt.

    In addition the most convincing argument for converting to a 3-4 Emery might face is the bottom line.

    It will be nigh impossible to re-sign all the 4-3 “Tampa 2” studs who are set to become Fas: Wooten, Wright, Peanut, Jennings, Melton. (Briggs and Pepp might get released too because of their cap hits in 2014). Emery might have already decided to simply rebuild that side of the ball, and if you’re going to make it over, might as well do it all the way. All the evidence points to it.

    Footnote:

    I find an odd phenomena among Bear fans when discussing switching to the 3-4. It’s been my experience, that many, WANT a 3-4 defense, which is somewhat strange because the 4-3 “Tampa” in place was top 5 last year, and consistently ranked high under the Lovie tenure.

    So, what’s going on?

    I postulate that many Bear fans, conditioned by the swarming 46 of legend, find Lovie’s 4-3 “cover who” too passive. That “bend but don’t break” no matter how effective innately repulses SuperBearFans, and as such they’re somewhat longing for a more aggressive style of defense that befit’s the Monsters of the Midway, not the “Meh of the Midways”.

    – Saban 3-4 Philosphy

    [Our] philosophy on first and second down is to stop the run and play good zone pass defense. We will occasionally play man-to-man and blitz in this situation. On third down, we will primarily play man-to-man and mix-in some zone and blitzes. We will rush four or more players versus the pass about ninety-percent of the time.

    “In all situations, we will defend the inside or middle of the field first – defend inside to outside. Against the run, we will not allow the ball to be run inside. We want to force the ball outside. Against the pass, we will not allow the ball to be thrown deep down the middle or inside. We want to force the ball to be thrown short and/or outside.

    “… Finally, our job is to take the ball away from the opponents’ offense and score or set up good field position for our offense. We must knock the ball loose, force mistakes, and cause turnovers.Turnovers and making big plays win games. We will be alert and aggressive and take advantage of every opportunity to come up with the ball … . The trademark of our defense will be effort, toughness, and no mental mistakes regarding score or situation in any game.”

    http://www.thekeyplay.com/content/2013/june/17/alabamas-3-4-defense-d-line-basics

    – Saban plays 20% 3-4

    “Some people would argue a change already has come. Gradually, the Crimson Tide has morphed away from three linemen and four linebackers.

    “We probably play 80 percent 4-3,” Coach Nick Saban acknowledged in December”

    http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2013/01/nick_saban_says_hes_still_comm.html

    – One gap 3-4

    “The “Phillips 3-4”, a one-gap version of the 3-4, was also brought into the league by Bum Phillips, head coach of the Houston Oilers in the 1970s. The Phillips 3-4 defense is currently run by the San Diego Chargers as well as the Dallas Cowboys formerly coached by Wade Phillips, the son of Bum Phillips. Wade Phillips replaced Joe Collier as defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos in 1989. The modern Phillips 3-4 is largely a one gap 3-4 system, meaning that the defensive linemen are often only responsible for one gap between the offensive linemen. The linemen can afford to be more aggressive because they receive more support from the linebackers in performing their roles. This system generally prefers relatively lighter, more agile lineman better able to perform aggressive slants, loops and gap charges in order to directly attempt to sack the quarterback and make tackles.

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

    3-4 Billichick

    http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7537225/bill-belichick-vince-wilfork-new-england-patriots-defense

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      I should add that I wrote this article on AUG 6th of 2013, so if it seems a little dated, that’s why. Then again, my crystal ball seems to be working properly.

      Forgive some of the typos or choppiness. Like I said, it is simply a rough draft.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    WTFudge? DId my article just disappear? hmmm….

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Hey, Jeff, if I copy and post from works/words, does that make the post disappear? Or maybe that’s a Noah question.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead.

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