• Trac

    The Blog has been blacked out.

  • MB30SD

    So bummed if he leaves. He’s the shizz.

    • NewBearInTown

      Would love to see him retire a Bear. We’ll see what happens.

  • Trac

    That sound “trac” ……. uh meh!

    • AlbertInTucson

      “Meh” is being kind. That soundtrack needs some pace .

    • SC Dave

      No shit… it’s too bad that so many of these videos are put together by people that have no conception of what music is.

      • Trac

        hahahaha. Revisionist music? lol

  • CanadaBear

    Loved the video! Soundtrack not so much. Oh well, that’s why they put volume control on a computer. Sure hope he comes back for a couple more years.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Much prefer something from NFL FILMS music library. For sure something more upbeat. Always wanted to edit some defensive video to Glenn Frey’s
      THE HEAT IS ON.

    • SC Dave

      Mute all the way on that shit.

  • TheBigCheesy

    that vikingsworld guy is the tits. His highlight videos are really well done.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Yeah. It’s real professional. I’ve been checking him out the past two years for all my draft vids.

    • SC Dave

      Except that he knows nothing about music

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        Can’t have it all!

      • TheBigCheesy

        I wouldn’t choose that music (or any music at all) either but it could be a lot worse.

  • Shady

    Nutttttt

    I’ve decided 1st round picks should always either be a QB, a player to protect the QB or a player to destroy the QB.

    • SC Dave

      And yet we love to hate Suh.

    • Johnathan Wood

      unless you have a guy who is a surefire stud (aka a Kuechly, AP, Urlacher), then I agree. If there’s nobody there you absolutely love and you can’t trade down, you take the best guy at those positions.

  • bearsfantillend

    my favorite Peanut highlight of all time

  • gpldan

    MB –

    This car has a huge, huge penis. The aero rules for 2014 have made these cars look insane.

    http://jalopnik.com/scuderia-toro-rossos-new-f1-car-is-hung-like-a-horse-1509934145/@travis

    • MB30SD

      wow, beautiful.

    • Cormonster

      I’m sure Ace and Gary would approve.

  • MB30SD
  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    OK, I’m gonna try this until it sticks. Maybe I just have to break it up into two parts. This is the 3-4 piece I said I was going to post up.

    “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 from 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 instead of 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 obstinacy
    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.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Part 2:

      Exhibit B. Code Word – positional flexibility.

      Here are some words of Emery describing Kyle Long.

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

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

      About Greene.

      “Look at the things you can’t deny: athleticism, 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

      • Shady

        A for effort there, but I’m surprised you didn’t mention the 3-4 history that Pasqualoni and Herring bring with them to Chicago.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          I wrote this in August before the 2013 season (hence the ref to Webbnation stonewalling Shea in camp). I kept wanting to update it, but our D became so horrible that it demoralized me lol

          I actually thought we were going to run a bit more hybrid this past season, but injuries derailed the best laid plans.

          I strongly encourage anyone who wants to learn more about 3-4s and hybrids to check out the links.

      • NewBearInTown

        Its a nice piece Butch. I posted a similar setup a few threads back. Paea – High Draft Pick – Wootton is a solid front three. Paea could probably learn to two gap pretty well and we can draft a true two gapper to play nose.
        If we wanted a hybrid offense, we could allow Wootton to continue one gapping together with McClellin or someone like that on one side (check out smartfootball’s grantland piece on Seattle’s D to see how that would work). You put Bostic and Greene on the other side at MLB and OLB respectively (Bostic playing covering more ground, again as a two gapper). Then you plug DJ Williams in the other Mike position to one gap and cover TEs on the post. It can be done. The big question mark is whether these guys would perform better or worse with that setup.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          Thanks. The format’s a bit choppy because for some reason, it wouldn’t let me copy/paste it from words to here (or maybe it was too long?)

          Like I wrote, Emery left the door open for a one-gap 3-4, but that was last year with Pepp.

          Next year, if Pepp, Melton, Peanut, Wright are gone, then we really can run anything. 3-4 two gap, hybrid, maybe even a 3-3.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Where’s Briggsy? I’d have Briggy and DJW as the ILBs – with Bostic and CD/Greene as the OLBs.

          • NewBearInTown

            Not sure where he’d fit to be honest. I don’t think he’s the pass rush specialist type, but he’s so talented there’s no reason he could try to move in to that role. He’s always played outside, so you could put him on the “one gap” side of the hybrid, or have him one gap to set one edge and let a DE, MLB and NT two gap. Or he could move to MLB in a 3-4. He’s got a ton of talent, and is a HOF 4-3 player, but its hard to tell where he would fit to be a HOF 3-4 player as well and not just average.

            My instinct is to agree with you though – I think he slides to MLB.

      • Still a Doug Plank Fan

        Good piece Butch. I feel smarter just for replying to it.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          Thanks. Did some research on 3-4 and hybrids when Tucker got hired. Those links are well written, though long and very Xs and Os.

          Like I said, I wrote that BEFORE the 2013 season in August, but it might be even more relevant for this offseason.

  • MB30SD
  • NewBearInTown

    For those interested in trading Briggs to Lovie, I think the Anquan Boldin deal is a good comparison.
    You have a solid to great vet, in the last year of a deal that’s maybe a drop too expensive for the team and who wouldn’t mind a change of scenery. You have another team that needs him, but could look elsewhere and just wait until the contract expires to make the signing. What do you get? A sixth round pick.
    If the Bucs get Briggs from the Bears, I doubt he goes for more than a 5th round pick. Worth it? Depends how good your crystal ball thinks Briggs would be in Chicago’s 2014 defense.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      I would prefer tagging and trading Melton to the Cowboys. Might be able to get at least a 2nd.

      Heck, we can give them a two-for one. Briggs and Melton for Ware (who seemed to struggle in a 4-3).

      • NewBearInTown

        Melton is a different animal. The point of my post is to get a true value on Briggs. He’s a lot more valuable to Chicago than he would be to another team. Plus the age and contract status don’t make the trade desirable with other competent FA linebackers on the market (4-3 OLBs are not in high demand right now). I think a 5th rounder would be the best would could do. More likely a 6th.

        • Johnathan Wood

          no sense in trading Briggs. I re-watched a couple of their early games this year. He showed up making 4-5 big plays a game.

          I know people talk about him mailing it in last year, but before the injury people were saying he might be having his best year yet in the NFL.

      • Trac

        Jerra would probably be a great trade partner. He he

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          Absolutely. I think the Girls are $23M over the cap.

          So what do they do? They hand out the largest salary ever to a kicker.

          I know he’s good, but when you’re over the cap like that…

      • IBNO

        You cannot tag-then-trade. That violates the idea of the tag, and the NFLPA would absolutely lose their shit and try to block it. It’s never been done before for a reason. While on paper you look at it and say, “It’s not against the rules, is it?” the result completely violates the idea of the tag and if the NFLPA (or the player’s agent) didn’t block it, every owner not part of the deal would file a grievance.

        So please, let’s stop talking about tag-then-trade for ANY player.

        Oh wait, after looking into a bit more, “trading franchise-tagged players is prohibited.” That’s from Bleacher Report, so take it with a grain of salt. But the point remains–it’s never been done, and there’s probably a reason for that.

        • tobijohn

          Didn’t the Pats do that to Cassel a few years ago and then trade him to the Chiefs?

          • NewBearInTown

            Was going to say the same thing.

    • Trac

      Would Lovie actually be able to propose a fair trade? Emery probably wouldn’t want to go there, I mean he did fire the cat after a 10-6 season.

  • NewBearInTown

    SDPF. I’m still working on some ideas. A few fun betting questions?
    Pick the higher number:
    – Completions by Peyton Manning or number of times the announce crew mentions his “legacy.”
    – Points scored by Percy Harvin or minutes of game time missed due to injury.
    – Length of the time singing the national anthem or length of time discussing Richard Sherman rant.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      -Number of mentions of the stadium actually being in Jersey or number of decibels the stadium can actually get up to from the “12th” man. (Do Seattle
      -Number of scuffles between Sherman and whoever he is guarding or number of times the cold weather is mentioned as being a part of the gameplan/possible reason of game’s outcome
      -Rushing yards by Wilson or number of times camera crew will look in on the Manning family.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Number of references to the temperature.

        • Still a Doug Plank Fan

          Triple digits. That’s my guess there.

      • Still a Doug Plank Fan

        Wilson rushing vs. Manning Passing plays. That’s going to be a topic.

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      Well, option #3 would require the use of a stopwatch (or two hour glasses).

      Option #1 seems the most viable, but BONB’s “Look-ins” on the Manning’s should be factored in somewhere – that one could be integrated somehow.

      Number of Sherman Rants/attitude references vs. Manning’s Omaha’s is also a possible player? Nah, too complex.

      On a side note, this game is starting to remind me a lot of the Bronco’s vs. Colts game from earlier in the season in press-philosophical ways. Everyone projected Manning to come in and own it, and Luck sent him home with a loss. Starting to wonder if Seattle isn’t going to steal the ticker-tape.

      • NewBearInTown

        Funny, I was thinking this game reminds me of the last time Peyton played the #1 defense in a Superbowl. And that made me lean toward the Broncos when I’ve been favoring the Hawks for the past week or so.
        Defense generally wins championships, and that still holds true. But I often say, if you have an offense and defense both playing perfect football in the modern NFL, the rules are designed to let the offense win. I think that’s what we see on that side of the ball.
        If the Hawks win, it’ll be Lynch and Harvin that make it happen.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Hey, NBIT, would you target 3-4 NTs in FA? (guys like Wilfork and Ngata?)

    Which FAs would you look to target given our cap?

    • NewBearInTown

      Honestly? I like BJ Raji. He dropped off in Green Bay toward the end, but he has said in interviews that he wanted to get into a scheme where he could rush the passer more. No way to tell if a fresh start would give him the shot in the arm he needs, but I could get behind bringing him in on something like a one year, $2-4M deal, to help lead a transition. Would want the coaches to have him run some strenuous drills first to assess his drive and conditioning.
      Wilfork and Ngata are both pretty old and probably want too much money. If the plan really is a conversion to a 3-4/hybrid type scheme, we’ll likely draft and sign a FA. If we draft a NT in round 1 or 2, say Louis Nix or DaQuan Jones, then we won’t pay more than vet minimum for a FA.

      • George Hernandez

        Man I was thinking the same thing about Raji.

      • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

        Louis Nix will be a bust. His knees can’t support his weight. A guy like Stephon Tuitt is who the Bears should look at. The guy is 6’6 305 and has room for more muscle. The next Cullen Jenkins. Can play end or tackle.

        • NewBearInTown

          You don’t someone who can play end or tackle to be your nose tackle in a 3-4. You want the biggest guy on the field, and by a lot. Needs to swallow the center on every play and force a guard to come help if the team runs up the middle. But you could be right about Nix, its really hard to tell that stuff without a lot more fitness and medical knowledge than I have, and probably with more information than fans get to see.

  • TheBigCheesy

    So this is largely unrelated to the post but….

    I was watching replays of the decisive 4th & 8 play from Week 17 last night and I noticed something interesting. Once Aaron Rodgers rolls left and escapes Julius Peppers, the only defender that is in good position to prevent him from scrambling for the 1st down is Chris Conte. I think if Conte runs with Cobb instead of sitting at the marker, Aaron Rodgers has an easy opportunity to get the yards himself. All he would have had to do was outrun Jeremiah Ratliff (who had an angle but was a few yards behind). There is a chance that Major Wright could have mayyybe gotten there after he finished tackling Jordy Nelson.

    I’m not sure if that was part of Conte’s thought process (I doubt it) but I do think it’s interesting to look it over. You could also (maybe) make the argument that giving Rodgers 10-15 yards on that play would haven been even worse than giving up the touchdown. That would have put Green Bay at the 35-40 yard line with 40 seconds and 1 timeout left. At least the quick strike left Chicago (and Devin Hester) 40 seconds and 2 timeouts to comeback and win it the other way (which they had the opportunity to do had Marshall not dropped that pass).

    This just reinforces my belief that the blame ultimately lies with Julius Peppers. When you call a zero blitz, you have to get to the QB within a couple of seconds. It’s one thing for Peppers to whiff on the sack, but for him to lose contain on the edge is just inexcusable. Even if Conte runs with Cobb and Rodgers can’t scramble for the first down, #12 has all day to connect on one of FOUR 1-on-1 matchups. Once John Kuhn neutralized Peppers on the blitz, that game was all but over.

    • TheBigCheesy

      With that said, I guess it’s also a fair point to argue that Chris Conte would have whiffed after taking a shitty angle even if Rodgers would have taken off and run.

    • gpldan

      That’s true for Conte on nearly every play.

      Point is, Pep left his feet when he shouldn’t have – he came in gangbusters and Kuhn cut him and it was over – he lost contain. His responsibility there is contain. He knew Wooten and Ratliff or whoever it was inside wasn’t going to collapse, so he tried to make something happen – Kuhn made a great diving block and contain was lost.

      Speculating that Conte could have come up and filled outside is pointless. In no scheme would that have been his responsibility.

      • NewBearInTown

        You’ve got to give Kuhn a lot of credit though. Peppers and Kuhn each had the opportunity to make a play, Peppers took his shot, but Kuhn came out on top.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          Well, Kuhn moved us up 7 spots in every round in the draft, at least. So now we could steal the guys the Packers want.

          Thanks, Khhhuuunnn!!!

  • gpldan

    Sunday’s forecast for East Rutherford NJ is fucking 36 degrees and cold rain, but only 20%.

    Ugh. Instead of having anything fun like snow in a Super Bowl, you get grey shitty drizzle. Cold drizzle.

    One more reason to skip it.

    • Ososfan

      I live 15 mins away. The temp is not bad at all right now.

    • Cormonster

      I’d rather work outside in sub zero blizzard conditions any day over 30 something degree rain. It’s nearly impossible to stay warm in that weather once you get wet.

  • Johnathan Wood

    Man this post is just making me miss Tillman. It’s gonna suck so hard if he ends up on another team.

    is hand/eye coordination is incredible. Puts his hands where they need to be to punch the ball out (either to force a fumble or prevent a catch) better than anybody.

    • Johnathan Wood

      Ed Reed in 13 seasons: 75 turnovers forced (64 interceptions, 11 forced fumbles)
      Champ Bailey in 15 seasons: 61 turnovers forced (52 interceptions, 9 forced fumbles)
      Charles Woodson in 16 seasons: 88 turnovers forced (56 interceptions, 32 forced fumbles)
      Charles Tillman in 11 seasons: 78 turnovers forced (36 interceptions, 42 forced fumbles)

      The first 3 are all going to the HOF while Tillman probably won’t despite the fact he could well end up forcing the most turnovers of any of them. I know there’s more to playing defense than forcing turnovers, but Tillman has been good in coverage as well. Highly underrated career.

      • Johnathan Wood

        An insane stat: Tillman has forced NINETEEN turnovers in his last 24 games. And that’s despite playing 7 of them on one knee.

        • Ososfan

          He is a beast, I will cry if he leaves..

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        Doesn’t he have the most run back for TDs too? I know Reed ran more than a few turnovers back – not sure how Peanut stacks up in that department but it sure seems like when Peanut got the ball – he gone with a convoy of Bears.

        • Johnathan Wood

          he has the most defensive touchdowns in Chicago Bears history. Which seems relevant for an original NFL franchise with arguably the proudest defensive tradition of any in the NFL.

      • NewBearInTown

        Victim of his team’s record. If he had a few more turnovers in playoff games, he’d be more of a national figure.

  • gpldan

    Tweet:Jane McManus

    I was trying to find the player without a lot of reporters around him, BUT THERE WASN’T ONE.

    Tweet: DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog

    Media Day tomorrow. Thousands of journos descend upon Newark to interview linemen. What if they walked ten blocks & reported the violence?

    Nobody is reporting the details of the HSBC scandal.

    Nobody, not even a gloating WSJ, bothered to report that the defendants in United States of America v. Carollo, Goldberg and Grimm walked on a Civil Procedure technicality that allowed them to essentially get away clean after price fixing Muni bond auctions. It’s like robbing a bank of a billion dollars and getting away with it.

    The overnight blog reported three people shot and killed in the frigid cold last night in Chicago. Just another night.

    But right now – right now there are 1,000 reporters lined up to ask Peyton Manning what is his favorite color for socks.

    • Johnathan Wood

      I saw a tweet today that there were over 6300 people with official media credential for the Super Bowl. What a joke.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        That’s why I wrote last week that the Conference Championship is like the real SB for real NFL fans.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Like they say, if you’re going to steal, steal big.

      If you kill one person you’re a murderer. If you kill about 10, you’re a serial killer. If you slay millions, you’re a conqueror.

    • Ososfan

      Did founder that YouTube clip where a congresswoman was interrupted in an interview for MSNBC so that they could report that Justin Bieber had been arrested?

      • gpldan

        I saw that.

        It was Andrea Mitchell to boot. A “serious” journalist, having to kowtow to what her producer is telling her to do in her earpiece.

        Edward Murrow would have quit journalism and started a Bait and Tackle store by now, if he were alive in this era. The next Murrow probably did just that.

      • NewBearInTown

        I’ll never forget when the state of the union address was interrupted to show footage of a window where someone was holding up signs to report the OJ Simpson verdict.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          I think they did the same when Michael Jackson went to court in his pajamas.

      • Irish Sweetness

        $2,500 for driving without a licence, high and drunk? Is that about right?

  • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

    Man, love watching those highlights. Peanut and those D’s were special. Hope he stays but it feels like it’s over.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Peaaanuuuttt noooo!

    Take a discount, end your career how it should end and not unceremoniously like Kruetz.

    Peanut has all the intangibles a team needs. That D feeds off his swag, and we need swag on the D badly after last season.

    • Ososfan

      Lets start a petition, show Peanut how much he means to the fans and the franchise……..!!

  • Johnathan Wood

    part 2 of my cap breakdown (complete with table, for whoever it was that wanted that)

    http://watercoolersportsnetwork.com/2014/01/28/current-cap-situation-chicago-bears-part-two/

    • Johnathan Wood

      my best guess for what happens:

      Pep cut June 1

      Bush cut June 1

      Podlesh cut

      Weems sticks

      Bennett takes $1M pay cut

      Cutler moves $10M of his salary to signing bonus, saving them $8M this year and adding $2M to his cap hit each of next 4 years.

      That would buy them a total of just under $25M, which would be what they have to spend over the minimum ($500k per player). That’s enough for 2-3 big contracts on D (Bennett and Linval Joseph?) plus you sign some decent vets (Ratliff, Wootten, Williams, a few cheaper FA CB/S) to short-term deals to compete for PT with rookies.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        I don’t really like adding $2M every year for the next 4 with the Cutty move. Then again, I really don’t like restructures for the same reason: don’t like pushing off bills to future seasons.

        That’s how the Lions got into cap hell.

        I understand one or two restructures and the such, but I generally don’t like it.

        I’m also curious if Marshall will be extended this year, or if Emery will go the “not extending anyone til the end of the season” route again.

        You think Joseph will be cheaper than Melton? I think they’ll actually end up in the same range (esp since Melton is coming off a torn MCL and taking down 4 cops).

        Woot is a must. I think he’s going to be the leader of that D eventually.

        Williams I like, but he’s too inj prone. If he’s cheap, then yeah, but solid MLBs are always cut from other teams (DeMaco Ryans, etc).

        Earl the Pearl needs to have an incentive based contract, agreed. Although I love Earl, we also need a deep threat, a burner, who can possibly also replace Hester on returns.

        Great articles. Enjoyed reading them. You get more comments than I do!

        • Johnathan Wood

          99% of the comments on there are completely not football-related. People just hang out. It’s not my site, just a site I write for.

          I think they choose Joseph over Melton. Joseph is a different type of DT. I think the choice comes down to Melton or Ratliff, and either one will likely be short term and eventually replaced by their 1st round pick this year.

          • Johnathan Wood

            and in regards to the Cutler restructure: all that would accomplish is making the contract be structured more or less how most QB contracts are. They could certainly decide not to do that and bite the bullet this year. We’ll see.

            Everything I’m saying in these comments are just guesses. The article with options is fact. This is what I would do with those facts, but Emery may take an entirely different route.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            I think we’re paying a lot for Cutler so that Emery COULD cut him (after 3 years) with no dead money. But having to pay an extra $2M if he’s not around in year 4 is not backbreaking.

            Just depends if Emery is going to go ALL IN this year. Emery and Stein are both very methodical with an eye to the future, so I expect some cuts like Pepp, Bush with maybe one restructure/extension.

            I’m very curious who Emery targets in FA. So far, I think he’s done a better job in FA than the draft, which is somewhat ironic.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Pep and Melton for me – maybe Melton comes back fine after hsi surgery, but do you risk the big bucks ??

          • Johnathan Wood

            one more thing about Joseph (and the 1st round DT pick, should they do one): if they’re going to a hybrid front, they need big DTs who can clog things up. That’s why I think Joseph (340 pounds) and Hageman (318) make sense. Throw them out there with a 270+ pound DE (which both Wootton and Bennett are) and you have 930 pounds of beef with 3 down linemen.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            Yes, Joseph is a different type of DT, and one that Tucker might prefer.

            The Gmen also played a lot of 3 safety look, if I remember correctly. I just think that Joseph might get paid as much and possibly even more than Melton.

            Do you think Ngata, Hampton or Raji would be expensive in FA?

          • Johnathan Wood

            I’m sure they’ll all be expensive, and I’d rather have Joseph than any of them. Hampton and Ngata are old, and Raji is highly overrated IMO.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            I prefer Joseph too, esp for our new speculated hybrid-3/4.

            But word is the Gmen are gonna throw a trashbag of cash at him. We’ll see.

            Emery is talking up getting young, so I could see him re-signing Ratliff and drafting DT (thus saving $).

            That ONE BIG FA signing would then be a DE like Bennett, with a bunch of other smaller ones like DJ Williams and the such.

            Paying for a high-priced DT or DE will come down to which position Emery judges deeper in the draft. If Emery deems this draft deep at DT, then he might sign a DE in FA and vice versa.

            Right now they’re crunching the scenarios about which prospects will realistically still be on the board when we’re on the clock.

          • Johnathan Wood

            the talk about getting young is exactly why I think Joseph could fit. He’s 25 or 26.

            Unless they believe in Paea, they need 2 good DTs for long-term. Could easily sign one in FA to a bigger contract and still spend a high pick on another.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Yes, Bennett would be nice, and that signing shouldn’t put us off drafting a DE in the first either. If we hit on a good DT in the second and re-sign Ratliff, we’ll be set. Between Collins, Paea, Wooten (if needs be) plus draft-boy, we should even have a little depth on the rotation and start causing havoc on opposing offenses.

          • Ososfan

            It be great if Joseph comes and Melton signs a “prove it” type contract. Nate Collins must deff stay as well. He’s been a team players for three years now!

  • Ososfan

    It’s pretty safe to assume that Jeff is a wizard, he knows all the cool spots to visit in ever damn city, wow! 🙂

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      He’s like John Candy in Planes, Trains and Automobiles…

      • gpldan

        Orange Whip? Orange Whip? Three Orange whips.

        Whoops, wrong Candy reference. Still my favorite though.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I like how his favorite bar in Chicago changes every time he tweets a photo of the place he’s in. I’m guessing a free beer per tweet. And why not ….

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Since we’re pretty much in off-season, draft, socio-politico mode, two teams are going to be our main competition for DE/DTs in the draft.

    The Lovie Bucs draft at #7.

    Who knows who the hell will still be available at 7 but from what I’ve been reading, there’s really no clear-cut Top 5 DE/DT outside DE Clowney. So even though Lovie loves him some DT/DEs in the first, I think there’s too many talented players at other positions for them to reach for a DT/DE who’s graded lower (than again, it is Lovie).

    The Gmen at #12.

    As discussed, they may not re-sign DT Linval Joseph, so drafting his replacement would make perfect sense. Unless an offensive lineman falls on their lap, I can see the Gmen snagging the DT we really want.

    • Johnathan Wood

      I would also throw in the Falcons at #6. They need either OL or DL.

      And whoever drafts Clowney before any of those teams come up to the board.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        I agree, but I think that the Falcons are looking for a rush specialist LB. Currenlty Walter Football mocks OLB Anthony Barr going to them, and I think that’s where the Falcons are going on D.

        I don’t think the Bears will draft a rush OLB (unless Barr falls to them). I think Emery’s going to give Shea a chance to be that guy.

        The Bucs and Gmen I view as our main competitors in the draft (for a DT/DE).

        But like Jeff said, it’s all speculation until after FA. Still, it’s better than watching the SB hype….

        • Johnathan Wood

          fair enough. Barr or Mack could both be the guy for Atlanta.
          But the more offensive guys who go before 14, the better. I count 4 QBs, 2 WR, and 3-5 offensive linemen who could go in that range right now.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            I was scanning through the draft order, and so many teams need QB, WRs and OTs that the Bears will definitely land a top 2 DT/DE/S. For sure.

          • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

            that is the beauty of only needing one side of the ball addressed. Other teams have big needs all over. We just have big needs on one side. If a team before us makes a mistake we may have a big name available for either side of the ball and then just hit FA for the one we didn’t go with.
            Super Bowl.

          • Johnathan Wood

            FA is before the draft. The top guys will all be signed before Chicago grabs somebody in round 1. I expect them to fill most needs to the point that they could go forward with who they have without drafting somebody before the draft starts.

            Then anything you get in the draft is just gravy.

      • Johnathan Wood

        The Giants have a reputation for filling in their DEs with round 1 picks and DT with round 2 or later. They also have bigger needs at OL and LB, IMO. I could see them going for a guy like Mosley or one of the OTs more than a DT. It’s highly possible the Bears have their pick of the DTs at 14.

        My ideal would still be that they trade down to somewhere closer to 20 and pick up an extra 3rd round pick, but obviously that doesn’t happen until on the spot when you know who’s available (and that might change what I want them to do anyway).

    • Ososfan

      Aaron Donald looks like a total stud!! Probably has a chip on his shoulder for not being recognized like the other guys, even though he’s performed better, I believe…….

    • Irish Sweetness

      Then it comes to scouting ability, and I’ll take Emery over LDL every time in that department.

  • MB30SD

    http://mmqb.si.com/2014/01/28/richard-sherman-seattle-seahawks-super-bowl-xlviii/

    #5 is utter bullshit in my mind. Stop fucking falling back on that dude, you acted like an brash asshole (to much of the world), own it without blaming it on something else. I personally think this is an excuse and a cop out.

    • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

      I hate that he just played the race card. If a known instigator and cocky fuckhead takes a team victory and cheapens it during a crazy assed post game rant like a little kid then there is going to be backlash.
      If Montana did something like that there would be WORLDWIDE discussion because most people would not expect a professional to act like a spoiled fucking pussy child. If Cutler did that it would make International news because he is hated already and not because he’s white from Indiana.
      Fucking race card bullshit.

      • SC Dave

        The saddest part of it is that it’s “okay” because Sherman is black, You know, “those people” cannot be expected to act properly.

        As I recall, Bill Cosby talked about this once, and the Al Sharpton/Jesse Jackson crowd basically called him Uncle Tom and probably would like to have lynched him for it.

        • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

          I know that football players in general are expected to be gladiators on the field and ambassadors off of it. I believe that he got caught up in the moment. I believe part of his outburst stemmed from his coach and harbaugh having a tense history. I believe that Sherman works himself up to gain an advantage. He’s just a fucking tool to begin with and the fact that he had a hand in the last play was just the icing on the cake.
          Compare Sherman to Tillman and understand my point. Clown vs Class.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I’ll grant the “in the moment” point after a HUGE game.

            But on the other hand, if you QUACK like a duck, etc, don’t be surprised when people who don’t know you THINK you’re duck.

            And th play ofhe race card is incredibly weak for this supposedly “oh-so-intelligent” young man.

          • Sactowns#1

            Funny that I’ve heard more about this mans words than I ever heard about Romanowski beating up teammates, spitting on people, intimidating them etc. Dont recall him ever being called a thug. There is certainly a tinge of race to the nations reaction to this young man.

          • CanadaBear

            Anyone that seriously thought he was yelling at Erin Andrews is nuts. He was amped up and should have just kept walking. I thought it was uncalled for but I’m also in my 60’s. Tempest in a teapot.

      • Trac

        He owns everything he feels. Not worried about his feelings there. It is what it is and the whole article is about him. That’s really no departure from his post game comments.

      • MB30SD

        I’d like to hear FQ’s thoughts on this one. FQ… you out there maingses?

    • johnnywad

      You already know how I feel about the rant. But I tend to agree with him here. Not in general terms, but there are people out there that saw a black dude screaming at a white woman and they reacted to it. This, despite none of it actully being directed at Erin Andrews. I would have called bullshit here as well but I’ve heard this very perspective twice in the last week from people admitting openly that that is exactly what they felt. There’s still plenty of racism out there to go around. Doesn’t bother me enough to change my mind though. He needs to act like a pro if he wants to be seen that way. Professionalism transcends race for all but the most bigoted.

      • MB30SD
        • johnnywad

          Good gravy. So it would appear.

        • Sactowns#1

          Yes, all men with dreads look the same. Smh. People losing points left and right on this thread.

          • MB30SD

            Dude, really? They have similar facial features. And I said they could be brothers. smh.

            I got likened to jessy the body ventura. Don’t be a pussy and play the race card man.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Fat, bald, with a little piggy ponytail?

            We should hang out and neck some ludes …

            Love

            Nick N.

            I’ll meet you down at the Whiskey – I’ll be wearing the worst Hawaiian shirt you’ve ever seen.

      • AlbertInTucson

        And MAYBE a lot of folks are just FED UP with athletes who, at their convenience, happily climb aboard the “Let’s kill the concept of sportsmanship” wagon.

    • NewBearInTown

      I think the “thug” label is less about the color of his skin and more about the “gangbanger” style he adopts when talking about the “L.O.B.” Maybe that would be less identifiable without the dreds and skin tone, but I still think Sherman is going for the thug image. There are guys are every major university in the country going for that image, but it still rubs people the wrong way.

      • Sactowns#1

        Ah yes the good old “gangbanger style” Man I hate when I go someplace and I see some guy dressed all in slave owner style. Ya know, cowboy boots wranglers etc. I mean when Rivers got up there in his bolo tie I thought “that man wishes the south had won”. Maybe that would be less identifiable without the tie and skin tone, but I still think Rivers is going for the slave master look. There are guys are every major university in the country going for that image, but it still rubs people the wrong way.

        • NewBearInTown

          Not sure I’d say that about the Bolo tie specifically, but you’re not wrong. The Dukes of Hazard with the Confederate flag on the back of the truck are totally going for a look that I can’t imagine doesn’t offend some people of color in the South.
          And don’t tell me its racist to bring up the gangster thing. I worked in a juvenile hall, I’ve seen the little gangbanger wannabies and who they try to emulate. Look at the rap videos from the 90s, Snoop Dog and Ice T were wearing colors in those videos for a reason. All the mannerisms, the style of dress, the style of speech, that style was popularized by celebs specifically trying to look like they ran with gangs (some legitimately, some not). And the kids were all over it.
          Now, there are plenty of kids (of all colors) who think its just funny, but still put work in to get ahead. Richard Sherman is one of those kids all grown up and successful. He’s still learning to be less childish when the cameras are on, but he’s smart enough to know what’s real and what’s fantasy. But a person who turns on his TV for the first time and sees the dreds, the tattoos, the yelling out what sounds like a gang sign – they’re going to associate that with the 90s rap videos and the wannabe gangsters. Sherman is creating a situation where he has to overcome a first impression.
          And for an example of another color, look at Justin Bieber. Has the tats, has the funky hair, has the pals with rap names. But Bieber didn’t go to Stanford, didn’t learn the value of hard work, isn’t learning to be childish. He won’t overcome the first impression. But in those first 5 seconds, I have the same first impression from both of them.

      • CanadaBear

        I’m hopelessly old and white. What does L.O.B. mean?

        • Cormonster

          Legion of Boom, referring to the hard hitting of the secondary.

          • CanadaBear

            Thanks Cor. Unfortunately we get all of Seattle’s games and I avoid all of them.

  • MB30SD

    Everyone please take 3 minutes to sign this critical government petition. Do your part to keep America safe.

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/deport-justin-bieber-and-revoke-his-green-card/ST1yqHJL

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      I’m sure Canada would love that. Take Seline Deion while we’re at it.

      • MB30SD

        Seline dion bloodies your ears, but that’s a choice YOU get to make.

        Justin beiber should be banished to fucking mars, never mind back to canada.

        Let him gnarfle the garthok!!!

        • AlbertInTucson

          +1 CONEHEADS reference! A movie was not bad at all but it RARELY plays on TV.

      • CanadaBear

        At least Celine Dion can sing. Don’t get me wrong, I hate the stuff she does and she’s crazy overly dramatic, but she can really belt out that horrible shit. She’s quintessential French Canadian. The absolutely adore her in Quebec.

        Bieber is just awful. My favorite was him in London when he jumps out of his SUV to get all tough with some photog. Of course, he had a half dozen bodyguards with him that outweighed the SUV but that’s another story. We used to tease skinny little weenies like him by saying you could use his arm to clean our one-hitters. What a fucking bitch!

    • Irish Sweetness

      Bieberman? Really? I’d start with every crook in Congress who oversees the Fed scam continuing for a hundred years now. Start with them.

      Revoking someone’s card is unnecessary – just apply the law as it would be applied to anyone else (who is not protected by the illuminati/NWO, as he clearly is).

      • MB30SD

        I’m just being realistic

        • Irish Sweetness

          Why should Congressmen be above the law? Aren’t they the very ones that should be held accountable first?

          • MB30SD

            100%, but like I said… I’m just keepin’ it fo reals.

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    Jeff…

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Followers. I am a jackass. But my first kittens (brother/sister) go in tomorrow for spay and neuter. Overnight. I hate it. Talk me down.

    Do it man. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTpolOR0kQo

    • Irish Sweetness

      Seeing them back home after the op is funny. I had a cat that had to walk leaning up against the walls to prop himself up he was so fkn high.

      • MB30SD

        Cats suck

        • johnnywad

          This, this, this. I’m making a T shirt because it is so true.

          • MB30SD

          • johnnywad

            Precisely. And don’t forget they shit in a
            a box inside the house. Then some sorry bastard has to dig out the chunks of shit and take them outside. Even if cats were awesome and actually liked their owners, that’s a deal breaker.
            Had to put my lab down last year. He was a sweet boy 99% of his life but had a screw loose. Twice in three years he bit a child. Completely unprovoked. It was like a lightning strike. The first time we actually took him to a behaviorist, ($350.00), who said there had to be something we missed and it was likely just a fluke. Second time I watched it happen. No wiggle room. Had to do it. That dog broke my heart.

          • MB30SD

            “some sorry bastard” = husband.

            Bummer. sorry maings.

          • tobijohn

            Sorry bastard checking in. I did the math a while back and I buy (and subsequently scoop) over a TON of cat litter a year…

          • johnnywad

            Couldn’t do it. You have my sympathiesTobi.

          • tobijohn

            Believe me, I got drafted into this cat army, I didn’t enlist. Sometimes you just have to play the hand you’re dealt…

          • CanadaBear

            Tobi you aren’t admitting it but you like cats. You wouldn’t do all that if you didn’t. I love cats and dogs both. Totally different but both are great companions in their own way. Cats are just way more low key about it.

          • MB30SD

            Gross tj… so gross.

            My ex used to try and make me do that. That’s where I drew the line

        • Irish Sweetness

          There you go Jefe ……

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    Ok, it’s official. The Apocalypses is definitely upon us.

    • Bender McLugh

      Looking forward to this one very much…

      • MB30SD

        uhhhhh… iiiiiintereeeesting.

        SO this is basically a medieval version of true grit, right?

  • Irish Sweetness

    Halfway through The Wolf of Wall Street but need a blog intermission since the fkr is three hours long.

    Thoughts so far.

    1. This is a good flick – pees all over the Douglas flick.
    2. Do we have any stockbrokers on here ? Seems like a solid job if making money is your thing and you have no morals.
    2a. Be a stockbroker.
    2b. Do not buy shares (I’m a teacher, so this is not a problem).
    3. Be a stockbroker .. . y’know … if you’re into making lots of money and having sex and sniffing coke off hooker’s chests and making money …. whatever floats your boat …..oh ….. and having boats …. y’know … if that’s your thing.
    4. (looks in mirror ) “Teaching is a solid, worthy, worthwhile profession ….” Repeat to self ….

    (sound of shotgun …. a chair falls to the floor followed by a heavy thump)

  • Irish Sweetness

    2:00:00 into TWOWS. Apparently you should only take one of the no-longer available Lemmon 714 quaaludes AKA Methaqualone . DiCaprio and that fat Jewish kid from Moneyball knock it out of the park.

    • CanadaBear

      714’s were the shit!

  • Irish Sweetness

    Yo MB –

    “Methaqualone is one of the most commonly used recreational drugs in South Africa.[17][18] Commonly known as Mandrax, M-pills, buttons, or smarties, a mixture of crushed mandrax and cannabis is smoked, usually through a smoking pipe made from the neck of a broken bottle. Methaqualone is one of the preferred drugs of the lower-income, mid and upper sections of South African society.[17]”

    Next time you’re doing pan-shots of beaches … just sayin’……. Just say ‘no’. Ahem.

    • MB30SD

      I say nope to dope irish.

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    You still haven’t told me who you look like irish

  • gpldan

    Next year’s Pro Bowl captains:

    Strahan and Sapp

    • MB30SD

      roge should say fuck it and just get on the horn with dana white and get it over with. Mix the pro bowl with The ultimate FIghter…

      The NFL presents…. The Ultimate ProBowl!!!!

      (game to the death)

      • AlbertInTucson

        Goodell still thinks a London Franchise is a good idea, too.

        • MB30SD

          not a fan Al, not a fan.

          I get it’s a business, but common, ruining the game for cash just doesn’t sit right with me sir.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I didn’t mean that post as an endorsement. I don’t even like the 1 or 2 games a year they play there now.

          • MB30SD

            Oh I was just making a general comment about roge… was actually somewhat disengaged from your actual comment

    • EnderWiggin

      I was hoping for Urlacher vs. Lewis in next years ‘Bowl’.

  • MB30SD
    • gpldan

      Those fuckers ripped Jimmy Mac and Namath? I can almost live with that, but then they rip Kenny Snake Stabler. They are fuckhead 20 somethings that never saw the Snake play. It wasn’t pretty, but he WAS that team. He absolutely commanded them against the Vikes in that bowl. Alan Page couldn’t touch him, he was too slippery.

      • Irish Sweetness

        GP, my brutha frum anutha mutha … took the words right out of my mouth. Not Namath, no time for Broadway …. but Jimmy Mac and the Snake ? Purleeease! Kenny was the man, Jimmy was the man. End of.

        Left a comment on there … it’s always the same :

        “Jim McMahon broke over 70 records in the NCAA and has the fifth highest winning percentage of any QB all-time. A-L-L…..T-I-M-E. Steve Young said he learned the game of football sitting on the bench behind Jim McMahon … not Joe Montana. Ditka called McMahon the smartest player he ever coached, and that the Bears don’t win a Lombardi without him. Yet another blogger who can’t have seen him play.”

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/10367373/josh-mccown-envision-return-chicago-bears

    “So it’s not so cut and dry that this team will give you an opportunity to be a starter so let’s go there. I think it’s weighing what all is there and what that opportunity entails. It’s going to have to look really good for me to go someplace else because my heart is in Chicago and that is where I want to be.”

    Great kid. I wish him the best wherever he goes, but I hope he stays.

    • SC Dave

      “As I look back on that, I’m pleased about that, no doubt. But still I have a bitter taste because we weren’t able to get into the playoffs and get that done. As a quarterback and you look at the games I started — we went 3-2 — I wonder what I could have done differently in those losses to have helped my team. That’s my focus.”

      • Johnathan Wood

        He could have not sucked against Minnesota. If he plays even halfway decent in that game they win by 10+

        • SC Dave

          That’s the point. He’s thinking like Rice.

          • MB30SD

            Sydney, Jerry, or conde?

        • johnnywad

          And they were giving up more PPG than any team in the league at that point

    • Irish Sweetness

      One reason he might stay – he maybe knows the rigours of a full season might be beyond him, or certainly a medium-term contract would be beyond him. He sticks around a good program and maybe sneaks himself a ring, with a possibility of being the starter by that point due to injury to Cutler. Nice swansong. In with a shout.

      And to his detractors who judge him on his career to date – judge him on his last five games :

      “In relief of the oft-injured Cutler, McCown finished the season with 1,829 passing yards, 13 touchdowns and one interception for a 109.0 passer rating, the third highest in the NFL.”

      That’s called getting it done. We went 3-2? Is the defense his fault too? I’m glad we get a higher pick instead of somebody handing us our ass in the playoffs.

      We draft a decent center, sign McCown, and we’re set on offense. I don’t see how we can fail to improve the defensive roster in the off-season, and with a less-injured defense the sky is the limit for ’14/’15.

      • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

        oft injured Cutler.
        I’ll let you guys do the research into how many games he’s missed in his career with the beatings he took.

  • MB30SD
    • gpldan

      He thinks he’s putting pressure on Emery and company to get a favorable deal done quickly for Peanut.

      But it won’t work.He thinks WAAAAYYY too much of himself in his little Fox pulpit and his ability to apply pressure. Nobody cares. And the reason fans don’t care, and there is zero pressure on Emery to do ANY deal, is:

      A. Urlacher pissed on the fans by saying he doesn’t care what they think. SO the converse is also true now. That’s what happens Brian. You don’t care? WE don’t care.
      B. The Bears underperformed and Peanut was sidelined for many snaps due to nagging injuries.
      C. Tillman is not in that special breed of players going to Canton. Arguably, Urlacher might go (I don’t think he deserves to go, but there’s a case to be made for him) but there is no reasonable case for Peanut to make Canton. The stats over time just are not there.

      So with A-C, Emery feels ZERO heat to do anything with Tillman. This isn’t like Ryan and Revis back when that went down. It’s not even close.

      • SC Dave

        Hard to say. GP. From that article;

        “Since coming into the league in ’03, Tillman ranks in the top 10 in the NFL in interceptions (tied for fifth with 36), interception return yards (fifth with 675 yards), interception return touchdowns (tied for second with eight), forced fumbles (second with 42) and pass breakups (fifth with 133). ”

        Good enough numbers IMO. but I don’t have a vote for Canton

        • MB30SD

          who’s first on FF Dave?

          • Cormonster

            Don’t know, but probably a d-lineman or 3-4 linebacker.

          • MB30SD

            I thought we were talking dbs?

        • AlbertInTucson

          The NFL’s idea Hall-Of-Fame material is often anybody’s guess.

          Prime Example: It took 18 years for them to enshrine Redskins/Vikings Free Safety, Paul Krause, who retired as, and REMAINS to this day, the NFL’s all-time leader in interceptions with 81.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Yeah, it’s okay for him to be a great Bear – they can’t all get in the hall, and they shouldn’t. He was great at stripping the ball – maybe the best, but that’s not enough. It’s just one aspect of playing corner. I will remember him though for being Optimus to the Megatron ….

    • Trac

      In all fairness, he did state one reason for getting rid of Lovie’s players is that they’re getting old. Also, lets face it, new GM’s rebuild in thier mold. Let it be I say.

      • MB30SD

        Agree, but it’s the way he’s doing it trac. I agree with GP’s take, but there’s a distinct undertone of, ‘fuck you bears!’ to me.

  • gpldan
  • gpldan

    All I can think of after looking at Slide 6 in the photo group is:

    People in Atlanta are all pussies.

    Ditching the car on the interstate for 2 inches of dusting? Are you kidding me?

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/29/us/winter-weather/

    • SC Dave

      NO fucking shit. What’s worse is all the government people get ANOTHER paid day off. Like that ludicrous “furlough” shit on the government “shutdown”. They all got paid, and did not have to show up for work.

      We are the slaves of the federal government.

      • MB30SD

        oh god… iriiiiiiiiish…

        • Irish Sweetness

          What he said, MB.

          And I am stunned recently to find out that the ole US of A actually has it pretty good compared with the land of shamrock and …erm … lucky charms. 4 million people … owing 1.7 trillion Euro to the banks. T-R-I-L-L-I-O-N.

          The debt five years ago? 65 Billion.

          Now tell me something’s not rotten in the state of Denmark.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Snow/Ice storms are NOT at all that rare in Atlanta so, yes, GP, you got THAT right!

  • MB30SD
  • gpldan

    You know what? Fuck the internet. I worked hard and did a year of therapy to erase this from my memory Eternal Sunshine style and then I see some fuckwad link to it and I am torn back, like Chris Reeve finding that penny in his pocket and being torn from that epic trim named Jane Seymour via some kind of god damn time portal.

    Watching this, I am forced to be ashamed of Chicago roots and must admit I actually heard that dirt was pushed up at John’s grave from his rolling over…

    By the time the master of Funk rolls in, it’s too late.

    • AlbertInTucson

      “Somewhere in Time.” A true oddity. A time travel chick flick.

      • Irish Sweetness

        … and a pretty good Iron Maiden album as I can barely recall …

    • AlbertInTucson

      I am trying to even REMEMBER the last Super Bowl halftime I actually sat thru.

      Case in point: The year of the “Wardrobe Malfunction” I was watching the game at my local sports bar. NOBDOY in the place was paying ANTYattention to halftime. Probably because of the free buffet the place was offering during halftime but you’d think SOMEBODY would have said ” Hey did I just see Janet Jackson’s right one get exposed?” But no, I didn’t even find out about the incident until I got home after the game.

      • Cormonster

        Tom Petty was the last good one I seen. They are few and far between. The Who and Rolling Stones were painful to watch.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I wish I’d seen Janet Jackson’s ni- …ni-…. ni-…..

      • Irish Sweetness

        Trying to remember the last superbowl I watched, it may have featured Timmy Smith and a quarterback that would have had Governor Lepetomane going “Look ….there’s a Ni- … a Ni- … a Ni-…”

        I might watch this one.

        • MB30SD

          Yuck

    • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

      why did I watch that? I just ruined my whole day.

  • MB30SD
    • gpldan

      ’68 Renault Alpine

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Renault_Alpine_A_110_(Sp).JPG

      Watching cars slide around in artic Chicago temps this week always reminds me of the advantages that AWD brings.

      • MB30SD

        Great looking car. Never seen one before.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I like to keep it real on this, MB.

          http://www.jrmotor.com/wave110i.html

          Honda engines really can’t be beaten. I just hit the gas on this thing and I’m off …. at a really great value mpg ideal in the city or the open road.

          I’ll get my coat ….

          • MB30SD

            You’re in that space my man. Can’t use that shit around here… too much space to cover.

            I’ve never been a 2 wheel guy… escared. People don’t know how to fucking drive so your life is in the hands of morons. No thanks

    • Irish Sweetness

      Ah, yesh ….

  • Ososfan

    Fellas, there’s alot of talk about bears drafting A DE in the first round but I’m not so sure it’s needed. We HAVE to be excited with the developmentbof #91 David Bass, he did his thing with a crappy D-line coaches. He’s more valuable than any first round prospect imo, because he has accumulated NFL experience, I’m also excited for Greene and Bostic, man oh man! Can’t wait! Plus, Cornelius Washington has year under his belt too, I can’t wait to see his development, I thought Zach Minter would be able to do something but oh well. Aaron Donald is my fav for round 1 lets see what happens

    • Johnathan Wood

      Bass and Washington are wild cards.

      I could see a scenario where DT is a much bigger need than DE in the draft. What if they re-sign Wootton, add big-name FA DE, and don’t get Melton or Ratliff back?

      Then again, what if they get Melton AND Ratliff back, lose Wootton and don’t get a big-time DE in FA?

      The picture should clear up some come early to mid March.

      • Ososfan

        I think DT is deff. The number one need right now. I know I didn’t make that very clear. I think someone here said that the best strategy for a round one guy is “A QB, a dude that protects the QB or a dude that wants to destroy a QB”, I like that too. Lol. DT in round 1 for sure for that sir.

        • Johnathan Wood

          also looking at possible guys in the draft, there is only one DE who should possibly be in play for Chicago at 14, and that’s Kony Ealy. Clowney will be gone, and nobody else is worth considering at that spot IMO (although Emery certainly isn’t afraid to buck convention).

          At DT you have Hageman, Donald, and maybe somebody like Nix. A greater chance somebody you like is there for you at 14 than DE.

          • Irish Sweetness

            If we sign Ratliff and Melt do we then go for one of those DTs .. or do we get MB down off the ledge and get him a fucking safety already? Surely we get the #1 FS in the draft at 14? If he’s your guy for the next ten years, is that a reach? Maybe one of those DTs is still there in round 2, you get your center in 3, and hope that Bass/Wooten/Paea or whoever works out at DE. If it’s a 3-4 hybrid, we can get pressure from elsewhere from guys like Bostic or Greene or Washington – any of whom might be a revelation as pure pass-rushers.

          • Irish Sweetness

            And maybe CD is the revelation at OLB pass-rusher where he’s not fighting with big tackles all day.

          • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

            won’t he still be trying to rush against Tackles as a 3-4 OLB? He gets swallowed up because he’s not strong enough to disengage or bull rush. That is the issue.
            He is a really solid college football player.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Are we set with Jordan Mills? I have no opinion on the guy.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I tend to agree.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I like to think of those guys as my backups.

      But it’s too early to say DE or DT without knowing who we get signed first. If they sign Ratliff and Melton, can we really go DT in round 1 after paying those guys? Even if we only sign Ratliff, Wooten could beef up a bit and go back inside .. .Collins, Paea …. drafting an end would be a good move there, but a top tackle might still be on Emery’s draft board if everyone else goes QB/WR/OL crazy. Clowney will be gone by then anyway, so maybe he likes an End that he thinks he can get in round two as great value. Center in three and I don’t care after that.

      Even if we sign Michael Bennett we should draft an end in the top 2 rounds. Have a quality roster of DL to go with your Ferrari offense. Superbowl talk. NFCN sewn up for a few years. It’s time.

  • gpldan

    Anybody remember this place? Al?

    https://www.facebook.com/HegewischRecordTapes

    Famous record store in Calumet City.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Can’t say I have, GP.

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