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Best & Worst Case Scenarios for the 2014 Chicago Bears Road Schedule

| April 21st, 2014

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Here are the eight road opponents for the 2014 Chicago Bears: Detroit, Green Bay, Minnesota, Carolina, Atlanta, San Francisco, New York Jets, New England.

Here are some scenarios Bears fans should hope for/dread when it comes to the scheduling of this games. (The NFL schedule is rumored to be released tomorrow but may be delayed another week.) I am not writing a similar column about the home schedule because I’m a firm believer that championship contenders should go 6-2 (at worst) at home regardless of who comes into their building and when.

  • Start with a travel note. I’m hoping the NFL sends the Bears to Charlotte on Sunday October 12th as the NASCAR boys are racing in town the previous night. It would create an amazing sports weekend in an underrated city.
  • With the Bears defense going through a re-definition of sorts, Bears fans would most likely prefer not see the team in Detroit, GB, Atlanta or New England over the first month of the season.
  • Here’s a schedule nightmare: Bears opening Sunday night at San Francisco. New stadium, liquored up fans, physical defense. Hardest possible way to open year.

  • Later in the season for Bears at Jets, the better. By mid-November the Jets faithful may be checked out and that should lead to a Meadowlands more than half-filled with Bears fans.
  • Is it worth rooting for the Bears to travel to Atlanta after Devin Hester has had significant time to break the record? (By the way, it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see the Falcons win the NFC South this year. That organization took the perfect approach to 2013. They acknowledged the impact of injuries and didn’t overreact.)
  • We know there will be a division contest on the final weekend of the season and I’m hoping that means Bears at Vikings. The NFC North belongs outdoors and I’d like to see that game played in below zero temperatures.

It’s not a Pulitzer Prize-winning column but there are certainly important elements to consider as we approach the schedule release.

If you’re interested, Forbes has a piece wherein they guess the ten most expensive tickets at the box office for the coming NFL season. I read it.

 

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  • MB30SD

    Those eyes… those black eyes

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Do you pay Jeff a dollar to tweet you right before he posts? I knew I was getting screwed on 50 cents.

      • MB30SD

        One quid and 50 pence mate. Fucking inflation

  • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

    The only relevance of the schedule to my life is the date on which it starts and my current proximity to it.

  • MB30SD

    come on Hawkce!

  • Caraher

    October 12th, NASCAR weekend shouts for Falcons v. Panthers in Charlotte. Ancillary benefit, possibly setting a Guinness World Record for the most drunken rednecks in a 50 mile radius.

    • Sactowns#1

      Pffff… you obviously havent been to oone of those country music festivals which always seem to have a 4wheelin track nearby.

  • Sactowns#1

    Niners game is the only one I’m really looking for on the schedule. If it’s the 1st game of the year theres no way I’ll be able to get tix. If it’s later in the season chances get a little better espescially if they start to implode at some point. Either way it will be a real debate whether I want to drive 2 hours to a crummy little city and pay $150 to see the beloved surrounded by a bunch of Nortenos or stay home and invite my Niner fan freinds over so I can personally witness their tears.

    • ChiBear86

      I am stoked to see the beloved in San Fran again. My wallet has other ideas tho. I anticipate tickets upwards of $200 for nosebleeds.

      • MB30SD

        it’s the medical bills from the norteno beatings that’ll gettcha

    • Do the Nortenos still sport that little duck tale on their hair? It’s the mexican mullet.

      • Sactowns#1

        Oh yeah. California is an interesting place, as are our gangs.

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    nice compliment for bmarsh (and you got a long way to go kid): http://nfl.si.com/2014/04/21/2014-nfl-draft-mike-evans-compares-himself-to-brandon-marshall/

    • Trac

      Emery nailed the Bears WR position needs in two years. I give him a much deserved A++ grade for that.

      Our stock is pointing up and should the D be where we hope it should be this year, not only will I give him a pass on the Chicken Dinner pick, I’ll give him 1 first round draft bust every three years, no questions asked. He he.

      • MB30SD

        mighty…. christian… of you Trac.

        Yonny, i keeeed I keeeeeed maings.

        • Trac

          You have said it, and so…be it.

          • MB30SD

            yes yes, you saw how I did that! Indeed!

            It’s all in the reflexes. Jack Burton…… ME!

    • Also, NFL Network did a “re-draft” and guess who was the #5 overall?

      Alshon, ahead of Justin Blackmon.

      So even if Shea does bust, it’s a wash, right?

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        (thinks of Shea’s weedy body in those twitter shots)

        Nah – can’t think of anything Bears-related that’s bothering me more than Shamus looking like a white Ethiopian in those shots. I can’t believe he was allowed on the premises with a body like that. He looks like ME! Are you kidding me? With the right drugs in my system do I have a shot? How does he seriously walk around the locker room? He must cover himself in towels. And you want to play linebacker in the NFL? SMH.

        • MB30SD

          Hunter…. Hillenmyer 2.0

          Welcome to my party finally. Smhay

  • ChiBear86

    Saw this on Reddit this morning: https://twitter.com/ScotProhaska/status/456950600236679169

    Shea looking lean, not sure about mean though.

    • Trac

      Oh my! He looks like he has worms.

      • MB30SD

        hahahaha

    • I’m probably as “fit” as Shea is in his “after” pic, and I do not get paid to work out, nor do I have a nutritionist. Something is wrong here.

      • Also, I’m about 15 yrs older.

      • ChiBear86

        I can’t believe our coaches looked at him in the locker room without his shirt and said that is our starting DE. The dude’s chest is deflated and he barely has any biceps.

        • Trac

          “Rod, you’ve got your monster of the Midway” followed by, “let’s get to work”.

          What kind of work was Emery talkin about?

        • MB30SD
        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          It’s unbelievable. He literally has no muscle. Strength trainer should be fired. Hester said he never did any leg work – wtf is going on at Halas Hall ? Exercise optional?

          • Sactowns#1

            Ali never lifted a weight ..said it makes you slow. Perhaps Hester knew that already.

      • MB30SD

        yeah, he’s about 225 now. SMFH.

        • I think GP can take him.

        • Big Mike

          I don’t buy all of this crap about the Bears and the NFL lying about his weight. Just don’t buy it. His height and weight at the combine was 6’3″ 260lbs. These are facts, not media guide stats.

          • CanadaBear

            How do you explain #54 being MUCH bigger than CD? Lach was 260 and CD is shorter and way less stout.

          • Big Mike

            Scales don’t lie. But Urlacher had no neck. His legs were actually very skinny.

    • 505 Bears

      Holy hell..ive seen high school lbs bigger than him…oy

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      O.M.G.

      He has NO muscles !! No pecs, no abs, no obliques, nothing!
      Is this for real?
      So he was playing for us .. .with no muscle.

      He has a receiver’s body!

      I retract everything I said about him becoming a linebacker. That is one lazy fucker.

      • Big Mike

        I don’t know what you’re seeing. But what I read is this:
        Shea Mcclellin before training was

        263lb,18% body fat, 4.74 40 & 320lb bench. and he has improved to

        252lb,10% body fat, 4.50 40, & 365lbs.

        Whether this turns him into a LB or not, I admire the kids approach. Imagine he turns into a great LB and then you have to say WTF was Lovie Smith thinking?

        • MB30SD

          4.5… hmmmm.. where’d those propag…. I mean numbers come from Mike?

        • Sactowns#1

          Wait…is that his max bench? I can max at 300 and I weight 190lbs. My buddy threw up 400lbs and he’s 225. Of course he’s also a crazy strong freak but he doesnt play sports for a living nor does he get paid to work out so I’m thinking Shea should be a bit stronger.
          on the flip side he’s making improvements and working hard so why disparage him?

          • Big Mike

            Afraid so. What’s worse is was 320 coming out of college at the combine and he put up 225 less than 20 times. It was either 17 or 19. Here is a quote from his trainer

            “If he has to get around a guy or kind of jump around a guy, he’s really
            explosive that way. But he’s lacking in another type of strength, which
            is an absolute strength, where you lock onto a guy and can move him or
            then get away.”

            Here’s a link to the whole article. It’s an awesome look into McClellin’s mind set

            http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-trainer-shea-mcclellin-20140422,0,5492404.story

      • Big Mike
  • I don’t get nascar. The idea is awesome. Take a bunch of hillbillies and put them in bad ass cars.

    But like everything else, we manage to fuck it up.

    What I would do if I were NASCAR is buy a little island. Recreate some of the U.S. FWYS OR just come up with your own race course (you know, like when you were little and owned one of these http://www.binbin.net/photos/fast-lane/Fas/Fast-Lane-Tuner-Showdown-Race-Set.jpg).

    It’s BORING just watching them go around in a circle. They can even make it “survivor”-ish since they’re already on an island.

    They can make it a resort and the such too, for NASCAR fans to go to watch and stay with their fams.

    I’d also make the big events pay-per view. Eh.

    • MB30SD

      THIS is what nascar should be: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RU4TUCh-HwE

      Period.

    • Big Mike

      I tried to get into NASCAR. I was in Vegas once and their was a race. All these rednecks running around yellng numbers, Dressed out with stickers from their favorite race team, some even dressed in what looked to me like race car driver halloween costumes. In my mnd’s eye they looked like idiots. But.. they were having more fun than everyone else. So I said to myself, if there is a sport that can make them want to dress up in a leather suit with advertising stickers all over it, “yelling THREEEE”, and howling at the moon, I have to know about this. So I went, sat in the infield and soaked it all in. Needless to say, I had fun. It was a huge picnic, The mother of all tailgates. Naked boobs would show up every 15 minutes or so on top of someone’s RV, or just walking around saying hello. This was all Interrupted for a couple hours by very very loud fast cars going around in a circle. Didn’t much like that part, tried to nap in a trailer.

      Would have been perfect, if someone just called a meeting and said ok, all y’all over here, go drink and getting rowdy, without the big loud cars.

  • Dr. Johnny Nacho

    The league has alternated the GB game home and away the last couple years. Last year obviously being at home(thanks Conte) so I wouldn’t be surprised if they send us to GB for the finale. It doesn’t really matter when you play @ SF, @ NE or @ GB….those 3 games will be difficult no matter when they’re played.

    • I would like NE BEFORE it starts snowing. Last time it snowed and they played us, we got our asses whooped.

      It doesn’t really matter when we play SF because we are perpetually doomed over there. Maybe the ghost of Candlestick Park won’t travel to the new stadium.

      GB is GB. No matter when we play, everyone knows what’s at stake – division and SB run. It’ll be close no matter what.

      What I would love to see is the Bears FINALLY close out games. We’re like a baseball team with a decent pitching rotation, but horrible closers, or like a boxer who keeps losing in split decisions. Bears need to learn how to fucking close out games, go for the knock-out blow when they’re on the ropes.

      Every time I think they’re going to close out a game, it becomes 4rth and 1 and a punt, then cross your fingers time.

      Some blowouts would be nice too, esp for Butch’s heart.

      • MB30SD

        Exactly.

        PUT THAT COFFEE… DOWN!

        • It’s funny because under Lovie, I would expect the DEFENSE to close it out. To get that crucial stop or turnover when the other team was marching down field (oh, god, Not the prevent Lovie, noooooo!!!!).

          Sorry. Just had a flashback.

    • Trac

      Depends whether or not Cutty is healthy for those games. I actually would prefer to play the tough away games early in the season.

      • What, you don’t think Jordan Palmer can beat Brady or Rodgers? tsk tsk

  • Cormonster

    My one wish is that the Thursday game be at home.

  • Johnathan Wood

    Bears signed Josh Morgan to one-year deal. Basically identical player to Earl Bennett, 25% of the cost. Improves roster depth and competition for cheap. Cool.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/11408/josh-morgan

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/11304/earl-bennett

    • I get the feeling that a lot of FAs wants to jump on the Emery/Trestman express.

      Say what you will about Cutler, but guy will chuck it up for his playmakers. As a receiver, I would have LOVED that. Rule #1. I’m always open! Instead, I got stuck with a midget QB who looked and played like Mario from MarioBros.

      On the defensive side, I still the Bears are living a bit off their rep more than reality.

      A lot of players still think the Bears on D are like two years ago. You hear a lot of “tradition of D”, “turnovers” etc when the defensive FAs discussed why they signed with the Bears.

      The Cowboys, on the other hand, don’t have that same tradition on D, and are run by a buffoon with a proxy coach.

      That’s why we’re the Bears, and they’re the Cowgirls.

      • Cormonster

        A friend who’s been a die-hard Cowboys fan his whole life is jumping ship because he can’t stand Jerry any more. He bought a Rams and Titans (? ) jersey recently.

        He’s a big draft guy like you. Makes his own boards every year by round. He was big on Mills last year like you. He also liked the Bears pickup of Long.

        • I have a lot of fam in Texas. That entire state, which is really like a small country, are diehard Cowboys fans (except those weirdos who like the Texans). All my cousins still have those Emit Smith, Aikman, etc posters.

          That was a looong time ago. I almost feel bad for them. ALMOST.

          Maybe we haven’t won the SB in a while either, but at least we’ve been competitive and don’t have to worry about Virgina trying to coach. Imagine? lol

          • Cormonster

            I tagged along with a friend to a big conference in Dallas a few years ago. Pert near every banquet had an ex-Cowboy as the speaker. We even golfed at the beautiful Cowboys Golf Club. The men’s locker room had a separate room where all the Ex-Cowboy legends had their own lockers. It was a cool experience, but not as cool as the Gov’t Mule shows we hit in Dallas and Austin.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          How the fuck does a man jump ship on his team?

          About twelve years ago my lifelong ‘soccer’ team was Leeds United. The bean counters had allowed massive over-expenditure in order to get them to the semi-finals of the European Cup and top of the English league. The club was forced to sell all of its players. They were relegated twice the next two seasons, and were effectively dead as a club. They still languish in a lower division to this day.
          But the thought of picking another team is unthinkable. Haven’t watched top flight football in nearly fifteen years.

          • Big Mike

            You can’t jump ship on your team. You can only say shit like that when you are drunk, right after a loss to a division rival for the umpteenth time in a row, or if said loss knocks you out of the playoffs. SMH.

            I live in the DC area, When I see a fan wearing a jersey or bumper sticker from another team, especially the Cowboys, I ask them how they became a fan of that team, if there answer is anything other than I grew up in that state, my Dad is from that place, or my friend plays for them (maybe a few other reasons are acceptable) I put them in the shithead category. They either gave up on their team, are a front runner fan, or are just miserable pricks that want to be contrarians.

          • Sactowns#1

            7th generation California boy here and I’ve been a Bears fan all my life. You grow up around enough annoying niners fans who liked the mamby pamby finess game of Joe Montana and Steve young and you’ll yearn for the blue collar mentality of the monsters of the midway.
            Plus i sent off for the Refrigerator Perry GI Joe figure as a kid and was the only one of my friends with that awesome gap toothed toy complete with football flail.

          • Big Mike

            Well officially, you are in one of the exception categories “Don’t have a hometown team”. Sacramento is as close to San Fran as Chicago is to Milwaukee. The all my life part is also something that minimizes the stink-eye I throw at Chicago born Packer fans, or DC born Cowboy fans, or anybody that is not from Pittsburgh or New England, claiming the Steelers or Patriots. Where about in Sacramento are you?

          • Sactowns#1

            I live in Midtown. Drive around and look for a 3ft Bears flag hanging out front and thats my house.

          • Big Mike

            I spent time there in 2009. About a week every other month. Stayed in Granite Bay. Nice town.

    • Morgan also ran a 4.40 40. Didn’t view him as a burner.

      • MB30SD

        that’s pretty damn fast yo

        • http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/josh-morgan?id=832

          “Ugly drops” and “underachiever” are never good.

          However, he did apparently improve on his blocking. CBS said he was a plus blocker, which should benefit our specials. He was looking at 6 teams too, and chose us. Aren’t we the prom queen…

          • MB30SD

            yes, always the prettiest bride’s maid… yet never the bride.

          • Johnathan Wood

            I’m not expecting the world of Morgan or anything. But I would be thrilled if you can say Morgan, Hixon, and Williams are Chicago’s 4th-6th best WRs.

          • Yeah, and he returns punts too, right? He couldn’t get off jams, but that’s why he’ll be in the slot. Good blocker, fast, returns and cheap. He’ll be a good addition.

            Seems like the Bears now have a few returners to compete for Devin’s spot.

          • Johnathan Wood

            Weems, Hixon, Williams, Morgan, Ford. Plus possibly a rookie.

          • You should write an article about who you think would win out from them. I would ask Jeff, but…

          • Johnathan Wood

            impossible to predict, IMO, but I REALLY liked what I saw out of Ford as a kick returner last preseason. I went to the Family Fest last August, and he was noticeably faster through the hole than Hester on those drills.

            If I had to guess, I’d say Williams does PR and Williams/Ford KR. But it could end up being a rookie they don’t have on the roster right now.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Yo yo yo, Double-T be on the active roster y’all.

          • Big Mike

            Those three are as good as our top 3 from a few years ago. Makes me feel bad for Jay Cutler.

          • IBNO

            Yeah, scary how quickly things change. The Bears’ top 2 WRs are arguably top 10 in the league. Their non-starters are better than any of the guys they had starting for years and years.

          • Big Mike

            Brandon and Alshon are going to whoop his ass and his brain into shape.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Phil rolls on. I hope he’s seen Draft Day with Kevin Cuntner.

  • Johnathan Wood

    I’m starting to get way too excited about the offense this year. Brandon Marshall is talking about Marquess Wilson like he did Alshon Jeffery last year (From yesterday via PFT/CBS Sports, high praise from Brandon Marshall about Marquess Wilson’s offseason: pic.twitter.com/H1XjNBjUxU), and the Bears have signed two competent veteran WRs outside that. The OL returns everybody, has 2 young guys ready to make a leap, and added another starting-caliber player. The QB will be in the same offensive system 2 years in a row. Ford has promise as a young backup RB, and I think they add a TE and RB (possibly a Sproles-type RB/WR/returner) in the draft.

    • Our offense should be potent. Honestly, I expect some injuries on that side. Law of averages. Maybe Bennett, Marshall, Alshon or Forte miss a few games or aren’t as effective because they’re banged up. Maybe a linemen goes down, but as long as Cutler remains upright, we should still be top 10 no matter what (well, barring catastrophic injury).

      The D is the big mystery. Tucker will implement his new program. What kind of guys does he like in the draft? Are we really going to run hybrid, or is that just smoke? How will all these new pieces, Allen, Houston, Mundy, Young, (plus draft picks) mesh?

      Will we reach a top 20ish D, and will that be enough?

      Not to mention special teams. I was NOT impressed with specials at all last year, and this is the first year without Skunk and Podlesh in seemingly forever.

      • Johnathan Wood

        they’ve got 4 top-level weapons, and Trestman has a history of tailoring his offense to healthy guys. I think their offense will be fine barring absolutely catastrophic injuries across the board.

        ST will upgrade at P. Podlesh was hands down the worst P in the NFL last year. Losing Hester hurts, but not a ton IMO. He was a top 10 returner last year but also put 5 fumbles on the ground in only 70 touches.

        D is the big ?. If they can stay healthy, they should be at least average, IMO. Lotta old guys though. They will need the young guys to step up at some point.

      • Big Mike

        15th ranked D. Smack dab in the middle is where we end up. I think Bears would have been 20th ranked last year without injuries at DT and this year’s D is better and deeper than last years. Plus the offense is going to be on the field a lot.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Brandon used to call Hester the best route-runner on the team FWTW.

      Wilson doesn’t have an NFL body yet, so they’d better be putting Tolliver in for AJ or BM.

      Shea doesn’t have an NFL body yet either, damn.

      • Johnathan Wood

        that’s right, forgot he said that about Hester. Wilson does have an NFL body now, BTW. Look at the group pictures Marshall has tweeted out.

        • Big Mike

          Wilson is up near 195, from about 180 and it looks like all muscle was added.

  • MB30SD

    shady, this is what I picture you look like when we play CODG: http://a.fod4.com/images/user_photos/1391192/924c13b9d83fbcfaa48a2d2e68932919_width_600x.

  • MB30SD

    anyone see The Grand Budapest Hotel yet?

    Taking a chick to it tomorrow night. Looks amazing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Fg5iWmQjwk

    • You can embed youtube on here? ruh-roh…how long before the upton montage?

      • MB30SD

        used to be able to? Why do you say that though… you can’t anymore.

      • tobijohn

        I think that Upton horsey ride cost us the privilege of embedding…

        • MB30SD

          Exactly TJ.

          I still weep for that. Fucking Jokey!

          • MB30SD
          • tobijohn

            Well then, never mind checking your yahoo account…

          • MB30SD

            preciate the thought tj

          • tobijohn

            Man, she looks great now but I’ll bet in a few years she’s constantly be fighting to keep her weight down…

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Like I said – big fat girl waiting to escape from Kate Upton.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Is that like a pony or a two year old?

          • MB30SD

            I don’t care, I’d love those in my face… all. night. long.

            she is so fucking delicious.

          • tobijohn

            Check your yahoo account…

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Heard good things about it. Is that a first date?

      Draft Day is good. The whole Costner/be-atch thing should have been cut out because it’s ridiculous.

      I hope Phil pulls a Costner on draft day though.

      • MB30SD

        No, we’re already all carnal and shit. 5th date I think. I sent $ a pic. I believe he approved

  • MB30SD
    • IBNO

      Anyone who questions Marshall’s commitment is a sack of shit. Once Garza retires, take the “C” of his jersey and put it on Marshall’s. The guy is organizing off-season activities for his teammates, helping Alshon improve, works his tail off. I wish him the best with his illness and hope that he continues to manage it and his life, and retires a Bear.

      • MB30SD

        exactly. he’s quickly become my favorite bear. guy is a leader through and through.

  • MB30SD
    • Cormonster

      Pryor is not a fit for Trestman’s quick hit offense. Bevell could potentially use him more effectively on delayed crossing routes and long developing plays.

    • Pryor wasn’t all that accurate, which is kinda important for the west coast offense. He’s a project, and Petey likes his projects.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        He could have been a project for us for one of our 6th rounders. Trestman, could have helped him, pryor is no bum. He would have been more useful to us than any snot-nosed punk we draft.

        I’m still holding out for Kyle.

        • Big Mike

          Pryor, blah. It’s not like Phil didn’t know he was out there and said, “oh crap, I could have had that guy”. Doesn’t fit what Trestman and he want in a QB. Of all the guys Trestman has “fixed”, do any of them have a resume like Pryor’s? I don’t think so. The one guy in the league that is young and I suspect will become available in the next year or two is Mike Glennon in TB. Pure pocket passer. Some mobility in the pocket, but he’s accurate and has a pretty big arm. I doubt they let him get away, because McCown only has a two year deal.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            I’d love Mike Glennon.

          • Big Mike

            Played youth football on a club I coached. Took local HS to State Championship. Never looked the part, always got the job done. Great mechanics, heart of a champion, tougher than nails, great arm. 5th or 6th best athlete on the team as a 13 year old (translation, not very athletic.) He’s had to work his ass of in College and the NFL .

    • Big Mike

      Phil didn’t like him, is all I can say. Doesn’t think he fits the system. And/or He’s got a plan to do better than Pryor. When I saw this news I also read something where Russel Wilson is the now the 3rd highest paid QB in Seattle. They’ve got less than $3million invested in the position.

      If that doesn’t speak to the advantage of getting a young QB that can play, nothing does. Seahawks are sitting pretty. Young, talented, playoff experience, a SB win, good salary cap situation. The look set for a nice 3-4 year SB window. Almost any team would like to be set up like that. So what could possible go wrong 🙂

  • If you’re the Texans, do you draft Clowney, or Mack?

    Clowney is a freak, but Mack’s no joke either. Either paired up with Watt will be scary.

    • MB30SD

      cain’t loose.

      good place to be…. you know…. this year.

    • Big Mike

      Don’t care. Not being rude, but I’m so done with pre-draft talk. If I was the Texans, I would wish I didn’t suck and pick first.

  • Cormonster

    I’m gonna give some props to one of my all time favorite college football players, LB #44 Chris Borland from Wisconsin. He’s “too short and too slow” for the NFL according to some scouts. Here’s my synopsis of his college career:

    He was a walk-on at WI, from Ohio, who tried out at multiple positions. He performed so well at each position that he was given a scholarship.

    As a freshman he basically started as a situational pass rusher and immediately made a name for himself. He and JJ Watt caused havoc in the backfield. He became a starting 4-3 OLB before the end of the year.

    Sophomore year he played OLB and situational pass rusher, causing lots of havoc.

    Missed a season. I think he had a shoulder injury.

    Junior year moved to 4-3 middle LB. Another kick ass season after he adjusted. Maybe his best year.

    Senior season new coaching staff and played ILB in a 3-4. He played pretty well. He was named Big Ten Defensive POY. Finished his career tied for most forced fumbles in Division 1 history.

    I hope he gets drafted by a smart team that knows how to use his skill set. I really think he can become a dominant player in the right system.

    Anyone who is Interested check him out on YouTube or post it for me. The ultimate highlight reel. He has two Mike Singletary like plays right at the start against Hyde from Ohio State.

    • Cormonster

      Just looked it up. He missed a season after his freshman year with an injury, not after sophomore year.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      He’s kind of Singletary-sized.

    • Big Mike

      I love those kind of players. The reality is they are even more of a crap shoot, than every other kind of pick at the next level. Whether it is from youth football to HS, HS to College or College to the pros. There is a point where great heart and instincts get their ass kicked by size and speed. Not saying it can’t work, but if he was getting by on instinct, football IQ and heart and college, he’s pretty much all in. So where is the upside in the NFL? Sounds like he might be an UDFA?

      By the way, in spite of my comments, he’s a guy I’d like to see have a solid chance in the NFL. Truth be told, I’d almost rather find a guy who underperformed relative to his physical gifts in the late rounds. Hoping the light bulb goes off surrounded by other professionals, seems a better bet than hoping a guy can compete when he’s overmatched physically, but giving it all he has.

      • Cormonster

        Mayock has him listed as the second best ILB going in the second or third round. He’s 5’11 but weighs about 250.

        • Big Mike

          So many options. A candy store full of your favorites, but you can only pick 7.

          • Cormonster

            I personally think he would be a better fit in a 3-4 defense.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Bullough’s 6’3 and 250+. Could be had in the fourth onwards. He’s more the right size size for us.

      • MB30SD

        he’s a big dude.

  • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

    Aaron Donald + Jimmie Ward

    or

    Gilbert/Pryor/Ha-Ha + Tuitt ?

    • Johnathan Wood

      I would be fairly surprised if Tuitt is there at 51.

      But I’d go Donald + Ward/Bucannon. That’s an ideal first 2 rounds for me (assuming no trades). Not sure if either of those 2 S is there for the Bears in rd 2 though.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        Would he have the balls to go Mosely then Jimmie Ward ? Is there a DT with a lot of upside in the 3rd round for us?

        • Johnathan Wood

          a 3rd-4th round DT I absolutely love is Caraun Reid. He’s a small-school guy (Princeton), but he dominated in college and looked good at the Senior Bowl too. If it hadn’t been for Aaron Donald blowing up the Senior Bowl Reid would have been the talk of the show.

          So the DTs I want are Donald (rd 1), Sutton (rd 2), or Reid (rd 3-4). Would be thrilled with any of those guys in those places. (I know you love Tuitt, and I would love him in round 2, but highly doubt he’ll be there for them).

          • MB30SD

            confession… I wish I would have studied a little harder and tried to play ball at an ivy league school. Why do I mention this… because I watch IL games when I find them on.

            I watched him play in two games. Dude. Data. He was kind of a man amongst boys… and I mean that literally. I would no sooner take this guy than believe CD is going to go from bust to star in a year.

            He was decent at the P, but only because he was playing guys slightly bigger than HS players, and it’s not like he was totally dominant. At least against Harvard once and I think the other game I watched was maybe Penn.

            Wasn’t all that impressed man. I can’t even imagine that dude playing against an Alabama. He would get DESTROYED. Anyway….

          • el_caney

            I like more McCullers than Sutton or Reid, a Mamutth in the middle with some skills of pass rushing.

    • el_caney

      Tuitt is a pipe dream at 51 I´ll go McGill, Gains at CB or McCullers DL. and you?

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      Tuitt has the frame to be 6’6 310 or 315 while running a 4’7
      He might be a guy that could really take off with some pro training and nutrition. He is a monster.

  • Big Mike

    Here I make my case for Chicken Dinner: At the end of the post, is his NFL Draft Profile. It just pours gas on the fire of WTF were they thinking… but it plays right into him becoming a good, maybe great LB.

    After reading about his training activity and the results, my confidence has ticked up a bit and my optimism is in full on Kool-Aid mode. Here are 5 reasons

    – The commitment of his off season training effort is the mark of a man who is grabbing a second (maybe last) chance to stay in the league and be a difference maker.

    – The mental toughness, team first attitude he has shown first in playing out of position without bitching, and second for dealing with being labelled a bust while playing out of position is exactly what you want in a LB.

    – Two years of experience at DE in the NFL will pay off in his switch.

    – Faster and Stronger than when he came out of college.

    – Faster and Stronger than he was last year.

    With respect to his draft profile, they nailed it. But now that he is moving to LB, put in the work to lose weight gain speed, his weaknesses have been minimized. ————————————————————————

    Overview
    McClellin has started three consecutive years at defensive end for Boise State. He is an undersized DE who 3-4 teams will value at the OLB position in their schemes. At just under 260 pounds, he can
    struggle at times against bigger linemen, but he is a decent prospect at the position and has fifth-round value, especially as a swing player.
    Analysis
    Strengths

    McClellin is a strong player inside for the Broncos who uses good leverage to get under heavier offensive linemen and jolt them back in their stance. He is aggressive in his slants to get inside and create disruption in the backfield. He is stout despite playing underweight, and can hold off linemen and smother tight ends at the point of attack. He has no problem tackling and is a good pass
    rusher; he employs a quick-trigger off the line and uses his hands to swat and then dip around unassuming tackles. He is good to keep hands off his body, a solid defensive tactic for a player his size. Once in the backfield, he finishes plays with flare and can run down most
    quarterbacks.
    Weaknesses

    McClellin will have a tough time convincing teams, even though he has been productive, to take a shot on him early in the draft because of his size. He has displayed enough athletic ability for teams to consider him at outside backer, but size is his only true, glaring fault and he could absolutely stand to lose weight as he enters the next level. He can get smothered by double teams and
    moved aside be more powerful linemen with NFL talent.

    • Johnathan Wood

      He has slimmed down a lot and is supposedly much quicker now than he was last year. If you’re gonna use him as an edge rusher, I feel like that might help, seeing as his best trait was supposed to be his explosiveness.

      Still not expecting anything out of him this year. Anything the Bears do get is a pleasant surprise for me.

      • Big Mike

        Prepare to be surprised. I’ve gone back and looked at his college film. The guy has LB written all over him. The last two years were a bad dream. The real dilemma and the best competition of the pre-season will be Bostic vs McClellin. One scenario, and the one I assume you would agree with is that Bostic wins the spot, and McClellin is a nickel edge rusher. If McClellin wins, Bostic simply sits, he does not have the skill set to be a nickel edge rusher.

        • MB30SD

          Like I’ve said all along, cd should not be an nfl starter. Bostic looks like a real lb to me…. He just got thrown into a rough situation last year. We’ll see.

          My prognosis is that Bostic eventually ends up at Mike (if we don’t take a kuekly type in Rd 1 next year) and cd ends up back on the farm herding pigs or whateverthefuck They Do On farms

          • Big Mike

            Nooo CD is going to work out. I’m hoping Bostic wins the job this year and McClellin crushes it as an edge rusher. Then Bostic moves to the middle and CD steps in at SAM. That’s the best case scenario for the Bears. Getting off the McClellin rant for a bit, Bostic taking a big step up this year would be huge. Those 2 pushing each other for the start should be a fierce battle and make them both better.

          • el_caney

            He would have a Furious competition if Borland or Bullough arrived in middle picks

          • Big Mike

            Not a good pick. You’ve got two guys Bostic and McClellin competing for 1 spot. Got to give it a shot to work out for at least one of them. Too many other needs.

          • el_caney

            I don´t think it´s a stupid pick realized that besides DJW there is no MLB in the team or someone who can start in any team right now. and DJW is an injury away to left a void in the middle. hope can McClellin or Bostic arise to occasion as you expect

          • Johnathan Wood

            the only 3 LB they have currently under contract for next year are McClellin, Bostic, and Greene (maybe Senn, but he’s a STer). Add in the fact that Williams is likely to get hurt this year (6 and 7 games played the last 2 years), and there’s plenty of room for both of them.

            I’d be very happy if deciding who to play out of Bostic/McClellin is a problem because they both look good. Too much talent to get on the field is ALWAYS a good problem to have, especially when that is young talent.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            Williams got hurt last year but the year before it was suspension I think

          • MB30SD

            yes, he’s a badass and has had a really strong career. If he stays healthy this year, I think he’ll be a badass for us.

            http://www.nfl.com/player/d.j.williams/2505975/careerstats

            impressive.

          • Big Mike

            I can’t remember which one it was DJ Williams, or Anderson, but one of them looked flaccid.

          • MB30SD

            DJW tore his pec, anderson looked like one of our strongest D players to me… when he didn’t have to call the D once lambo went out.

          • Johnathan Wood

            suspension but then injury too.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Having witnessed the frailty of the Biafran McClellin, Bostic has no contest. We have a fkn hunger-striker in the LB room.

          • IBNO

            I’m just worried that Bostic regressed during the season. Looked lost in coverage, took crappy angles and overran plays. Maybe Bostic should be the WILL, so he can chase plays down. CD at MLB.

            Screw the Tampa-2; the MLB-as-centerfielder is obsolete. If CD can cover halfway decently, maybe this hairbrained scheme can work.

          • el_caney

            Sorry but till now Bostic has shown a shit to carry on those expectations. I hope this year can back off what I´ve just said

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        With his top off he looked as about as explosive as a sleeping mouse.

        • MB30SD

          mice can be vicious Irish… vicious!

      • el_caney

        it would better for his sake, there is no three oportunities in life

    • Big Mike
      • MB30SD

        Is that a college D2 linebacker?

        • Big Mike

          Oh c’mon. Give it a rest. Kids working his ass off. Put it this way, if he came out of college with those numbers, in this kind of shape, he’d have gone to a 3-4 team before the Bears took him. Add 2 years of experience, I like his odds now.

          Don’t think there are any 6’3″ 250lb 4.5 40 LBs in D2. Add the work he’s put in, to his draft profile and it looks pretty good.

          He’s going to make it work.

          • MB30SD

            ok

          • Big Mike

            Ahh no worries, that came out worse that I meant. Just trying to get guys to get behing CD. He’s done what he can in the off season to get better. Lots of people thought he’d be a good LB coming out of college. Plus I’m bored.

          • MB30SD

            that’s ok man. You back your guy.

            I just can’t off the top of my head pick a dude who’s totally busted out at one position only to switch and be a star. Are there any examples?

          • Big Mike

            I don’t know, but Brian Orapko was a DE coming out of college, But I don’t think he ever played DE in the NFL. I can’t think of any. But I also can’t think of any guys who were so obviously played out of position.

            McClellin’s only my guy, while he’s got a Bears jersey on and until he has a chance at his correct NFL position. I just love that he worked out so hard to get better.

            I was one of his biggest critics last year. To the point where I annoyed myself.

          • MB30SD

            hahaha… ok, here’s what doesn’t make sense to me. You are a football coach, so it’s not like I’m talking to a guy who doesn’t get it and hasn’t had hands-on experience…

            DE WAS his position… he played it all through college. OLB is something totally new for him. Now, if we were a classic 3-4, I would be a little more optimistic about the move, because I see those OLB as kind of a hybrid pass rusher (orakpo is actually a perfect example of ‘that guy’). But in our scheme, the OLB is more of a briggsy tackle/cover guy and not a rush the passer guy. Basically, much more of a classic LB rather than a pass rusher.

            So he’s going to have to make tackles and cover TEs much more than rush the passer… unless he becomes a situational guy, which is the only way I see him succeeding.

            So my net-net is that he was drafted as a DE because it’s what he was his whole career, and I don’t see him making the jump to a tackling/coverage OLB in our system. My $.02 anyway. We won’t know until we know.

          • Big Mike

            Well, Coach Mike and Big Mike are two different guys. I’m irrational when it comes to the Bears. With that said, He’s got a better chance at succeeding at LB than he does at DE. His length and speed are assets there. His biggest weakness, which is his strength is more of a neutral at LB. He seems to have a high football IQ, he’s played standing up in college a bit. So the view won’t be all WTF?

            But yeah, it’s a big leap. My experience says he either adapts to it right away and it will be a big surprise, or he never picks up the nuances of the SAM position. If it’s the latter, the optimistic view is that he becomes a heck of an nickel package edge rusher. Which would be fantastic. Or.. he’s out of the league after his rookie contract.

          • MB30SD

            yep.

          • SC Dave

            Brian Urlacher?

          • MB30SD

            didn’t we already have this conversation, or was that all in my head. I must be getting old.

            Summary: You just picked a once-in-a-lifetime IMLB that’s going into the HOF, and that blew it up his rookie season and every year onward once he got the chance. That’s who you just compared Shea McClellin to… again… right?

            Ok, got it. Just wanted to make sure.

          • Johnathan Wood

            the size/speed ratio is certainly impressive. But I need to see it translate to the field.

          • Big Mike

            64 million dollar question isn’t it.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            MB, close your ears.

            Bullough could challenge McClellin for an outside spot. Bostic should really be playing study at Mike behind DJW. Greene to back up Briggsy.

          • MB30SD

            Why in god’s name would I not want to hear that??!?! It’s what I’ve been saying all along.

            Bostic behind DJW (and a real fuckign D line), greene behind lambo, and we should have brought anderson back for the other outside spot when CD busts out at his second position. Exactly what I think would/should happen.

            Then if DJW gets hurt and/or bostic doesn’t take a step up, we sell out a little and go ILB with our #1 pick next year (barring catastrophic injury to a necessary O player this year) to get the new lach. Solid FA outside LBs are a dime a dozen. Or maybe phil hits on a late round LB this year.

          • Johnathan Wood

            if you’re looking for a mid-late round OLB this year, I like Jordan Tripp. Small school guy from Montana, but runs like a S and is supposed to be really good in coverage. Really impressed at the Senior Bowl.

          • Big Mike

            who is bullough?

          • MB30SD
          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            Bostic should be given a chance to thump. He is not a middle backer in our old scheme for sure but he’s a hitter and attacks and should be given a chance in position where he only needs to attack and put foot into anus.

          • MB30SD

            indeed. I’ve liked him from the start. He’s not a lach, I think we all got spoiled with his ability to cover the pass like no other IMLB in his time, or since… but that’s not reality. He was a once in a lifetime LB.

            Bostic is much more of a classic IMLB who can bring the wood and be ok in pass coverage. I think with a real DLine keeping pretty much everyone off him, I think he impresses. He’s much more in the mold of a samurai than a lach, and I’m ok with that. Fuck the coverwho.

          • Big Mike

            Why, we already have 2 guys competing for the same spot.

          • MB30SD

            ask irish, I think we should be looking to pick up another diamond in the rough outside guy.

          • Big Mike

            Meh. watched some video. UDFA

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            Big Mike, I think Shea is in the 230’s now. He played at 245LB soaking wet and has since lost 11lbs. I like his size now better than I did before and hope his speed translates but I see him getting plowed and run at consistently. Hopefully Houston is on his side to set the edge.
            I want it to work out for Shea but only time will tell. Maybe he turns into a badass SAM. That would be cool.

          • Big Mike

            Combine stats don’t lie. He was 6’3″ 260 at the combine. He played bigger in the NFL. So I don’t buy what I’ve seen here about him playing at 245 last year.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            it’s documented that he came into camp last year at 258 and promptly lost all of the weight he was told to put on because it was fat and it made him slower. He didn’t not play bigger in the NFL. I don’t mind him in the mid 230’s at LB as long as he is fast like a big dumb white cheetah.

          • Big Mike

            I think the reports of the shrinking Irish Man named Chicken Dinner are exaggerated. But he’s bigger that 230 now.

          • IBNO

            According to http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-trainer-shea-mcclellin-20140422,0,5492404.story , CD went from 263 lbs (18% fat) to 252 (10% fat). That means in 10 weeks his lean body weight went from 216 to 227. The guy took off 22 lbs of fat and put on 11 lbs of muscle. Holy crap. Sign me up for that program.

            Plus, his 40 time is down to 4.5. This could be very, very good. At that size, CD might move into the MLB slot. If he can cover worth shit.

            Otherwise, he might be a very good 2-down SAM, and then on passing downs move into a stand-up DE slot outside Allen. Then the QB gets pasted. Bears win.

            I am very, very optimistic about this move and rejuvenation. It’s the second coming of Shea!

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            I feel good about that. I do not feel good about him benching 320. I bench 300 and I drink manhattans like Don fucking Draper while getting 5hrs of sleep per night because my 4yr old keep appearing in our bed and stealing my fucking covers and occasionally my pillow as well while sleeping perpendicular to my wife and I.
            I would be giddy if he came into camp as an assassin. Rejuvenated with a ton of confidence. El Gato Blanco.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          MB- Lion vs Buffalo. Who ya got ?

          • MB30SD

            Usually it’s the lions that win out, but therein lies the rubbub… that battle is ALL about the #’s brought to the party.

            I’ve seen it go both ways equally. It’s all about who has the bigger posse. Lions are pride hunters, thus they usually hunt with 5+ females (the males don’t normally actually participate in the hunt itself, although they are most times first to the dinning table).

            In the case where a couple/few lions try to attack a big herd of mbogo (swahili word for cape buff), they can get jacked the fuck up (see your vid above).

            Cape Buffs are Vicious animals and are really dangerous. There are ample stories of hunters only wounding a CB, then they try to track it into thick bush and the thing takes out the entire hunting party with like 20 shots in it (hemingway covered this exact scenario in The Snows of Kilimanjaro I think it was). They are tanks.

        • el_caney

          or LB region 4

          • MB30SD

            where you from maings? and what is region 4?

          • el_caney

            hahaha it´s a format´s classification for CD´s, DVD or any form of displayig videos depends the country where are going to play .. region 1 for asia, region 4 southamerica and so on

        • SC Dave

          Not buying the Bostic love. Guy has shown nothing.

          • MB30SD

            we’ll see. I know that he looks the part and was a badass starting ILB for 3 years at florida, who play the best college teams in the nation. Check his stats:

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

            So basically, I’m saying he might not be lach, but he can most certainly live up to his 2nd round value as a solid linebacker (in rotation) and ST guy for years to come. He is a prototypical IMLB not in the coverwho (which as a base full-time D is dead anyway).

            He was thrown into shit last year, which is an excuse until he can prove himself, I agree.

            With him and the shea project, we’ll find it all out this year dave.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        When was that shot?

        • Big Mike

          I’m assuming in the last 12 weeks, while he was training.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Did you see the photo of him with no shirt on?

    • …and has fifth-round value, especially as a swing player.

      Can anyone find the problem with that?

      • Big Mike

        Some other draft websites from that year had him higher, but yeah.. WTF…

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      Mike, I read the whole article and watched the video. His trainer verified that he just got stronger, faster, quicker and lighter all at the same time. It looks like he actually is 250 now which is gigantic for a LB. His analysis of his mental state is what excited me. If Shea can play that big and be faster and quicker too i’m definitely excited.
      I was quick to judge but now feel more optimistic for his chances.

      • Big Mike

        The only question and this is one that @MB30SD:disqus and I have been discussing is, can he play LB in a 4-3. You know the talent/instinct part of the game. Physically, he’s given himself a chance to compete. Can he beat out Bostic? If not can he be an effective situational pass rusher? Either way, he’s going to push Bostic and vice versa. It will be the most interesting battle in camp.

  • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

    So if you’d backed Ryan Giggs as next Man United manger during Moyes’ reign … what happens?

    This Aaron Murray guy sounds a bit like the punky QB from a certain Mormon University that won three quarters of the games he started as a Bear.

    Aaron Murray, Georgia, 6-1, 207:An intelligent player from a major program in a major conference who comes with durability concerns and less-than-ideal size, but he’s someone who deserves serious consideration during Day 3 of the draft.

    Like this from Phil.

    Also, don’t forget what general manager Phil Emery said before last year’s draft: “I’d like to draft a quarterback every year. If we could find the right quarterback, those are very valuable.’’

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/26975052-606/bears-wouldnt-mind-drafting-a-qb-that-marc-trestman-can-groom.html#.U1Z81PmSwZM

    • Johnathan Wood

      Murray to me is a perfect fit for Trestman’s offense. Smart player, more accurate than physically overpowering. Would be a great pick in round 4 or 5, but doubt he makes it there. Too many other needs to justify drafting QB before then IMO.

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        I just don’t think there is a reason to pick a kid coming out of college in the late rounds to hold a clip board when you can actually find special teams guys, backup linemen and LB’s.
        There are too many youngish quarterbacks out there looking for work that have NFL experience of NFL camp experience at least for super cheap. I think it’s insane to even consider that type of draft pick.
        Guys like Josh McCown, Jordan Palmer, etc are always going to be available and even though no one wants them to be needed during a season i’d trust an average journeyman with experience before i’d trust a 21 or 22yr old college kid who played against competition comprised of guys that won’t ever sniff the NFL.

        • MB30SD

          kind of agree with this. If you get a QB in the draft, I think you might want to either be picking a top 2-3 guy to be your future franchise, or as has happened much more of late, you think you can get a kap (the non-rapey version) or a wilson in the later rounds… and you’re pretty confident of the pick.

          Otherwise, have to side with yonny here. Why I thought giving up a 6th for a guy like pryor who maybe didn’t perfectly fit trest’s scheme, but has all the physical skills and the experience to be coached up to a competent back up… for a fucking 6th round pick! A pick that will most likely end up on the practice squad if he does well, and at best stick as a ST guy.

  • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt
    • MB30SD

      gawd, listening to that redneck made me a little sick to my stomach. I agree hillbilly jim, the cowboys need to keep romo as long as possible. Romo and jerrah… just another team not to have to worry about in the playoffs. SMFH.

  • MB30SD

    dip shit 4.0

    Banks new draft. Has detroit taking Dix and us Pryor

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nfl/news/20140422/2014-nfl-mock-draft-jadeveon-clowney/?eref=sihp

    • Big Mike

      Just because you don’t like it, doesn’t make him a dipshit. If Dix, Donald and Dennard or gone, Pryor is a good pick. I’d say it’s my favorite pick. I might even like Pryor over HA-HA. Bigger hitter, more of a strong safety with exceptional cover skills. Who’d I miss that you’d rather have?

      • Big Mike

        Oh,…. Gilbert.. I looked to quick. See him there at 15. Hmmm

        • MB30SD

          yeah, no way he makes it to 15… don. banks.

          • Big Mike

            yeah, that’s why I missed it. Just assumed he was gone. Plug him in at FS for a year?

      • MB30SD

        siiiigh. ok, you play dave today.

        Don banks is a PROVEN dip shit dude. Been posting his garbage here for over 4 years. He’s an avowed bears hater and a total fucking tool. Sorry, that’s fact.

        As far as the pryor pick, yep, he’s going to be a SS in the nfl because of his style of play. And nothing I’ve read said anything close to “exceptional coverage skills”. His big thing is hitting not great mid fielder coverage (which is EXACTLY what we desperately need, not another big hitter a la major penis). He’ll either be suspended forever or dead in 2 years. If we do pick him up the mundy pick up was a waste. We either go Dix, Gilbert/denard or donald @ 14.

        If we go pryor, we still need to pick up a FS somewhere. Pryor in my mind, is not worth a 14 pick. Dix at 6’1″ 215 definitely is.

        • Big Mike

          I didn’t say he wasn’t a dipshit. But at first glance based on who was on the board, I like Pryor. What I’ve read is that his coverage skills are good. Not Ha-HA good, but good. From SI, just for example “Both (ha-ha and pryor) defenders do everything at a plus level, but Pryor is fast enough
          in any direction to make an enormous impact in any NFL defense as a
          center fielder. And he can play everywhere from the box to the deep
          third, as he said at the scouting combine.”

          I retracted my statement. I only saw dix, denard and donald gone. I didn’t catch that Gilbert was still sitting there.

          After all of this fussing, I’m 70/30 that the guy the Bears take in RD 1 has gotten little air time on the blog

          • MB30SD

            that si analysis strikes me as strange because both pryor and dix ran 4.67ish, which is not at all fast for a S.

            …wait, I just checked the combine #s and I SWEAR he ran high 4.6s. I’ve checked that profile maybe 10 times. THat 40 time DEFINITELY changed.

            http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/calvin-pryor?id=2543469

            In fact, I do feel better about him than I did before. 4.58 is a pretty good time for him. I still think he’s a SS in the NFL, and we need a FS… especially with the #14 overall pick.

            http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/haha-clinton-dix?id=2543470

            I feel a lot better about Dix, but I doubt he’s there. Anyway, they BOTH got upgraded 40 times. I SWEAR they both ran high 4.6s. SMFH.

  • MB30SD

    here’s some art for you guys, hey jokey, it’s art so it should be SFW (maybe not?)

    http://www.spiegel.de/video/kunst-oder-pornografie-die-nackte-provokation-video-1341201.html

    Leave it to ze germans. Great tits btw.

  • Sactowns#1

    I like that the second half of thris thread turned into old man shouting at cloud
    Mike- CCD is going to be a pretty good LB
    MB- Nuh Uh
    Mike- Look at his numbers, size stats
    Irish- Nuh uh
    Mike- Have some faith that we didnt waste a draft pick
    Everyone- nuh uh

    • IBNO

      What it comes down to is that people want to believe in Emery. To get there, McClellin has to be a good pick. For that to happen, he has to bust out this year and then maintain that high level for the rest of a long Bears career.

      Wanting that to happen is where the arguments start. Because there is plenty of evidence McClellin is a bust. And if so, you either doubt Emery, or (at best) you give Emery a mulligan–likely his one-and-only mulligan–with his very first pick in his very first draft.

      I want McClellin to work out, because if he does, that makes the Bears that much better. I don’t care if it was JA who drafted him, I want him to be good.

      • Johnathan Wood

        I believe in Emery regardless of whether McClellin pans out. He’s been a damn good GM so far IMO. But D drafting has to get better (could look better after this year though, or worse. Still too early to tell).

        • Big Mike

          That too

      • Big Mike

        Yeah, that….

    • Big Mike

      Yeah, but my idea this morning when I posted was to start the blog discussion off right with Football talk and also Football talk about something besides draft combinations of this position and that position. Don’t hate those, but it was getting very very old.

      Just to be clear, I’m not saying CD is the next LT, or even the next Hunter Hillenmeyer. I’m just excited that he busted his ass to get in shape. He’s going to push Bostic, and he’ll get on the field next year. Even if he’s a special team guy he’s going to make plays for the Bears. So, I just wanted to puff him up a bit.

      Oh, the pick was wasted for sure. But what’s the salvage value? I just want him off the scrap heap.

      Plus, a fan can always dream.

      • MB30SD

        here’s something that I forgot to ask you mike…

        You’re excited that he busted his ass in the off season to workout hard and get in great shape, strength, speed for the season.

        So you’re super excited that a professional football player worked out and busted his ass in the off season? To get bigger, stronger, faster? So that he can play better football and compete amongst the big boys, who all work their asses off to get bigger stronger faster… unless they’re guys like bmarsh who is so physically gifted he doesn’t really need to… but he 100% does anyway.

        See what I’m saying here?

        • Big Mike

          They don’t all show that kind of dedication. What’s exciting is that CD is embracing the opportunity and the challenge. From the looks of it, he did everything he could physically to get ready for the season. Very Brandon Marshall ish. Who sets the bar for getting ready.

  • Johnathan Wood

    Looking back at the 2012 draft, I think the biggest red flag on Shea was that GB reportedly wanted to draft him. Their track record with front 7 guys the last 4-5 years has been AWFUL.

    • IBNO

      Raji? Matthews? those guys aren’t awful.

      • Johnathan Wood

        those were both 2009. Since then… blergh.

        And Raji has been an absolute bust for a top 10 pick.

        • IBNO

          2009 was 5 years ago, so when you said “in the last 4-5 years,” I figured a draft 5 years ago counted.

          • Johnathan Wood

            ok, so last 4 years. Sorry. Didn’t pause to do the math.

          • MB30SD

            the maths

          • Johnathan Wood

            math is hard.

          • MB30SD

            the maths… is indeed, hard.

        • el_caney

          but good enought to bump us from the super bowl.

        • And Nix is often compared to Raj.

  • Johnathan Wood

    a big thanks to whoever it was who suggested I do a writeup on return man possibilities for the Bears. I did the research, and some interesting results. I’ll let you know when I write it up.

    Long story short: Emery is smart.

    • It was me. I’m smart too.

      • Johnathan Wood
        • Johnathan Wood

          so basically here’s the short version:

          Hixon and Weems are both proven average guys at both KO and punt returns

          Williams (punts) and Ford (kickoffs) both have star potential at one return area

          So IMO most likely that Williams/Ford each win the one job, but 2 fallback options for depth (at least one of those 2-maybe both-will make the roster). And they could draft a rookie too.

          • MB30SD

            don’t post the short version or no one will read the long one.

  • Doc Nitty

    You know what, Jefe? I’m going to award you a Pulitzer simply for not doing another tweets column. Thank you sir. Thank you.

    • Johnathan Wood

      it’s a weekly thing. It’s coming…

  • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

    Ok, instead of just looking at a picture out of context and not seeing customary prison tats and “bitch killer” scrawled on his neck I actually read the article and watched the short video. If he can play at 250 with a renewed confidence I have real hopes for him. #ElGatoBlanco

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-trainer-shea-mcclellin-20140422,0,5492404.story

      • MB30SD

        meh, until he proves he can do more he’s not even worth the time. He’s a bust until he proves that to be incorrect, all this other stuff is just mouth diarrhea.

        Good luck kid, I really do hope you add value.

    • I still hold with my original stand. And by original, I mean one second after Goodell anounced him to be a Bear. Shea will be a much better MLB than DE or any other LB position.

      He might compete at SAM initially, but as Anderson said last year, that actually might be the hardest LB position of all because you’re asked to cover zones, cover TEs, shed blocks, and blitz on occasion. You really have to be very balanced. It’s a lot to ask for a converted DE (though Shea played a lot standing up in college).

      I don’t see Bostic as a SAM either. He’s a WILL, but the problem is, Briggs is there this year. So really, I see one MLB and one WILL competing for a SAM, which is not ideal, but SAM is only on the field like 50% of snaps, so maybe they can trade off depending on the opponent.

      Greene is an interesting wildcard in all this. He seems to have more range, but not sure how he will hold up on the run.

      If Shea learns the MLB position at a miraculous speed, then he can start there and DJ can slide to SAM (DJ is much more balanced and lightyears more savvy than either Shea or Bostic). But that’s a meatball dream.

      • MB30SD

        yes. it is. I’m just looking for a fucking ray of reality in all this. You guys are all starting to sound like jabronis.

        I mean, I get he looks lean (if you want to call it that), and he def got fast… anyway, I’ll shut up. Let’s hope he adds some value no matter what this year.

        • Big Mike

          That’s all. Reality, Guy was a bust, now he gets a new shot. He’s faster, motivated, rookie contract, he’s got size and speed. Now he’s learning a new position.

          • MB30SD

            exactly mIke. in the fucking NFL maings. brand new position he’s never played. He’s not a bmarsh or revis with unlimited talent and inherent abilities.

            Read that again. look, if it happens I’ll be as happy as you, I just don’t see it being possible. Hope I eat crow, but not counting on it.

    • You know what’s funny about that article?

      “McClellin moved to Southern California with his wife this winter for the
      training program. He was 263 pounds with 18 percent body fat when he
      started. He finished at 252 pounds and 10 percent body fat, Prohaska
      said. McClellin’s 40-yard dash time quickened from 4.74 to 4.5 seconds.”

      I looked up his combine. He originally weighed 260 and ran a 4.63.

      So, somehow, after two years of being in an NFL program, and becoming a man, he became SLOWER, and not just a little but a lot..

      Shea ran a 4.74? Rich Eisen ran a 5.0 in a business suit.

      • Johnathan Wood

        Eisen ran a 5.9

        • Big Mike

          But don’t let the facts get in the way of bagging on McClellin

          • MB30SD

            jesus, you are the new dave. Care to include conte… might as well.

            Come on man. Rooting for the underdog is great, getting all weird about it is, well… weird.

          • Big Mike

            I don’t know if I should be offended or complimented, because I don’t know who Dave is. I just wanted to get the blog talking about something besides the draft.

            A ton of down time today. Sitting, waiting…. long story.

          • MB30SD

            hahahaha… I’m mostly just tongue in check with you mike. I appreciate your efforts today. Complimented, dave can throw some crazy shit out, but he’s a good man. You know him.

            As you can see, I’m done pulling for the underdog – did it for 10 years under lovie and he ruined it for me. I want us to spend 2 years on a guy… if he smells, sounds, and looks like dogshit, cut your losses and move on because he IS dogshit. No more 4 wasted year lovie projects. I want us to have learned that lesson. I want to follow the billicheat model where he cuts a seemingly good guy and everyone goes “huh!?”, but he usually ends up being right.

          • Big Mike

            The new CBA makes it very difficult to toss out guys you draft. The replacement cost is usually many times more than the guy you tossed, for equal value. Case in point, Michael Bush is now the best free agent running back available…SMH.

            Part of it for me is personal. My opinions are informed by great empathy for the pro athlete. I’ve been around a number of guys that “almost made it” in the NFL. I feel for CD because he got screwed being drafted by the Bears.

          • Johnathan Wood

            next offseason is when it would maybe make sense financially to dump McClellin if he still sucks this year. You can bet his agent has told him as much.

            This year it would be $2M more to cut him than keep him on the roster. Next year? Saves them $800k, which means you can replace him with a solid veteran for free and not waste a roster spot on him (again, IF he sucks this year).

          • Big Mike

            My point exactly? Except with data and facts and stuff

          • It’s hyperbole. If I were going to make a factually correct criticism on Shea’s 40, it would be that Dontari Poe at 346 pounds ran a 4.87.

            But like I said, I actually think he’ll make a decent Mike. In fact, I think only Irish and I thought that, though after those pictures his faith is beginning to waiver, understandably so.

          • Big Mike

            Understood, I was being feisty. It will be real interesting to watch the linebacking corps shape up. Lost in the discussion is Khaseem Greene. Looks like however it works out, we’ll have a couple of decent backups. The bummer is we won’t even have a look at how this all might sort out until the pre-season games and on into Sept. for real.

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        I think i’m a bit excited because his trainer said he mentally evolved and is starting to realize that this is his shot. I think the aggressiveness will be there and I think you will see a new Shea.

      • Big Mike

        4.74 is pretty quick for a man weighing 263 in the middle of the off season. He was most likely timed right before he started this training effort.

      • MB30SD

        going from a 4.74 to a 4.5 flat is a HUGE jump in speed… fucking H.U.G.E.

        Not sure what happened, but that’s a ridiculous program to get 2.4 tenths.

        • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

          maybe he should also stop by Clay Matthew’s house for some…ahem….vitamins?

          • MB30SD

            I was kinda thinking he already did to be honest. Like that is a MASSIVE jump in speed…. if true and not marketing hype.

            One of my roommates in college was a dlinemen. Guy was a total fucking meathead tool, and came into year 1 at 6’2″ and about 265, ran like a 5.2 40 and did maybe 15 reps at 225.

            He got on a HEAVY winstrol and dianabol cycle all off season, came into season 2 at 275, ran a 4.7 (maybe high 4.6s) 40 and put up 30 on bench. ASked me to shoot him up all the time. I said no thanks (cheater)

            Of course he blew out both his knees mid season squatting… and put a knife in the door above his girlfriend’s head one night. Asshole.

    • MB30SD

      it would be a little more convincing with the bitch killer tat to be honest.

  • el_caney

    if his new “sirian camp” look turns him to a better player and translates to a better stadictics so be it…

  • Cormonster

    Well Waffle, Chicago is all over the news again for senseless violence. Will it ever stop?

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      This is like the Murder pre-season. Wait until it’s 80 degrees all night every week. It’ll be a John Woo movie out here.

      • Guest

        After this harsh winter i’m predicting a really impressive kill season.

        • Cormonster

          Growing up watching the local Chicago news I got desensitized to all the violence. It was the lead story almost every night.

          Now where I live a murder is huge news that everyone talks about for days. The lead story half the time is the weather.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            I try not to watch the news anymore. It’s just too sad because I view it now as a dad and it pains me even more to hear about sustained abuse of babies and toddlers, rape, little kids getting shot or living in fear, families going hungry, etc.

  • MB30SD

    so I posted this below for dave and thought I’d post it up here. This is why I’m still so up on bostic.

    Watch this… specifically what he can do when the oline is kept off him, and what he can do in coverage. He’s 6’1″ 245 and runs a 4.59 40: http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/videos/Highlights-LB-Jonathan-Bostic/bb1d93c3-c4e7-46e2-99e4-c9215e298e98

    I bet if we had a dline to keep him reasonably clean and briggs to lead on the field for the whole year, bostic would be a VERY good MLB for us. kid’s got really strong instincts in the run and in coverage. I’m still impressed with what I saw he senior year (he was a 3 year starter at florida)

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    I’m going to go on the record and say that of anything jeff does that makes us groan, this is the biggest for me. It’s inane. Totally and completely inane and it makes zero logical sense to me. This is a fucking football blog last time I checked. Besides actual football, the draft is the biggest event in the offseason… even bigger than FA based on the possible value created in 3 days (granted that concept is new to us)

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    At 4:40 CT I’m on w/ @trentcondon & folks in Des Moines to discuss Bears. Good chance I’ll voice my disdain 4 draft.

  • Bender McLugh

    Well it’s official – chicken dinner will be having a break out year. I’m in Macon, Georgia for business and even here they are talking about the Irish bomb.

    #lookthefuckout

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