• Sactowns#1

    FIRST- to say I want Michael Johnson from Natty and Jairus Byrd from the Bills this off season!!

    • Sactowns#1

      Add Michael Bennett to that list. I think thats about all we could hope for in the free agency market. Dont want to spend a bunch of money on someone like Jarred Allen unless he’s willing to sign a one year deal for reasonable cash. After that we get some depth in the draft and go to work!

      • Cormonster

        Allen is done. He can rush the passer, but does nothing else well.

        • DaMurph

          I’d be happy with that Corm, someone who can consistently put pressure on the passer.

          • Cormonster

            Allen didn’t even do that this year. He had a couple spurts, and the rest of the year he was invisible.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Frankly, Cor, I didn’t even see much “…rush the passer…” from him down the stretch. I DID see a lot of “ONLY TRYING TO RUSH THE PASSER” from the Calf-Roper this season.

          BTW, how is all that sack dancing crap (and not just his) not “Taunting”?

      • Irish Sweetness

        Yessir. Michael Bennett .. .but that was before Emery spilled the beans on the 3-4 transition which is now likely. He’s no nose tackle, but we do need ends if Pep gets the boot.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Good call coach – it might be better to get our Ss from FA – don’t have the time to coach em up.

      Awful lot of DBs avaialble : Byrd, Whitner, Talib etc. ….and most of our DBs not named Jennings, Conte or right. As is Trumaine McBride of the Giants … did we like him?

  • gpldan

    Jeff’s comments that “Peppers tried to do too much” is not aligning with the reality most people saw.

    I think what many of us saw was that Pep at times played disinterested and half-hearted. Many some of it was foot/leg injury, there was talk about him having a bad bout of the flu that I think (personally) was Trestman’s smokescreen for him – whatever it was – at least I agree with Jeff’s assertion that he won’t be back.

    • SC Dave

      Well, if you were playing against the Chicago Bears dline this year, who would you focus on?

      I’m less convinced than most seem to be that Pep is gone. Assuming he’ll play for a lot less money to get a shot at a championship.

  • Viva

    Jeff –
    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/laces-out/vikings-players-come-out-to-defend-special-teams-coach-010214
    What if Pfiefer isn’t a “piece of shit” after all? Jumping, or Tweeting, to conclusions can undermine your credibility and cause at the same time. You need to be more thoughtful.

    • SC Dave

      Twitter and thought do not go together. Everyone knows that.

      • Viva

        Even if Courtney Cox had done something to her face, why Twit about it? Is that adding value to your Twitter reputation?

  • CanadaBear

    I gotta say Jeff saw a different Pep than me. I saw a once great DE look old and disinterested in more than a few games. Don’t know if he was dinged up but other than a handful of games he was pretty invisible. No issue with Pep coming back but it has to be for way, way less money.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      I saw the same Pep as you. Disinterested at worst, hurt and old at best.

      To Peps credit, he did admit age has somewhat caught up with him.

      Emery will offer him less. Pepp will get his ego hurt a la Lach, Olin, etc bolt and get a rude awakening in FA.

      • SC Dave

        With all the money he has, and on a shitty defense, I can sort of understand the disinterest. But he needs to be a professional or be gone.

        • Irish Sweetness

          For that kind of money he needs to be playing like JJ Watt. The thing people defended him on was he took up a lot of double-teams … didn’t see it this year, he was easily enough handled, plantar fascitis or no. He gone.

    • tobijohn

      Maybe playing on a lousy D bored him. I wonder how far back towards elite status the defense would have to get to pique his interest if, in fact, that was the reason for his drop off in performance?

  • SC Dave

    Ohio State sure can’t play defense worth shit.

    • Cormonster

      Dave, I’m gonna be in your territory next week. Going to my friends house in Greenville, and a concert in Atlanta on Friday.

  • BerwynBomber

    I don’t agree with blogmaster’s trade up idea but I have to admit Watkins is damn tempting. Kid looks like the goods.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Yeah, there’s just too much risk trading up if you really need to plug up the defense. Bears are in the middle of the pack of the picks, they should get at least be able to a great player 1st round, and then should be set for the rest of the rounds getting pretty decent to good players.

      • burntorangenavyblue

        Wow, I’m ashamed of my horrible typing right now

        • tobijohn

          With the EDIT button, you no longer have to live in shame….

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Oh well, haha

    • Irish Sweetness

      The only guys in recent memory I would have traded up for are Suh and Kuechly. We don’t have the picks to move up. That’s why you have to be prepared to move guys like Forte. Cash em in while they’re worth something. I’m not saying trade Forte, but you know what I mean. Marshall and Baby Beast are off the table, as is Long.

      Hey, now we’ve signed Jay ….we can trade him ….

      {IRISH! NOOO!}

      Sorry.

      • Cormonster

        Irish, were you ever a Queensryche fan?

  • burntorangenavyblue

    We don’t need to worry about anything WR-related right now. And if Alshon has proven anything, any 2nd, 3rd, or lower pick on WR would be servicable with the way BMarsh has groomed Alshon. If the Bears trade up, it better be for in immediate impact player, on DEFENSE.

    But I gotta ask: Blogfather, are you that bored and perhaps been drinking a little? Don’t let those college games on tonight lead you astray

    • tobijohn

      I’m OK with Hester back as strictly a ST guy as long as his salary is commensurate with his production. Give him a contract with a respectable base and loaded with incentives. That being said, I’m very curious as to what that former CFL guy we poached of the Saints’ PS can do….

    • BerwynBomber

      Agreed. All D at this point. Maybe a C but that would be, for me, a late round priority. But Watkins is damn impressive. He’s much stronger/more bullish than I thought. Hands and speed were as advertised. Someone’s going to get one F of an WR prospect.

      • burntorangenavyblue

        Yep, all defense the first several rounds, a Center after that, and perhaps the best available player last (can’t really be choosy at that point, haha).

        Just like the O-line, it all starts from the line on both sides of the ball (proven this past season)…you fix those, then other problems can be diminished, and our safeties and linebackers will be able to complement the D-line’s effort if we find the right guys to do their jobs.

        From FA: Get 1 mega-star defender (DT or DE but not for Pep $$$), and 1 or 2 decent veterans at corner/safety positions for grooming the young uns

        • SC Dave

          “it all starts from the line on both sides of the ball ”

          This. So. This.

  • AlbertInTucson

    A combined FOUR consecutive losses for Nick Saban and Urban Meyer?
    Isn’t that SPECIAL !

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Made my night, haha

  • A7Xthebest

    Guys I think people are letting the lack of depth with which Angelo left the Roster slip under the radar.
    People are already saying “Oh yeah, 6 Rounds to the D and then 1 for a Center.”
    The Bears need at the very least another RB, more OL depth, and on my wish list was a 3rd pure speed guy.(PLEASE come to us J. Gordon)
    I just hope that the D is serviceable. If they could get maybe 2 solid D guys from the draft and get some of the things they need on the O, move over Broncos.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      So basically, almost no defense and mostly offense in the draft?….you do realize that we have no depth on our defense, right?……At a loss of words here….

    • AlbertInTucson

      Sorry, but Josh Gordon to Chicago doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of happening and it’s silly to even float the concept.

      • A7Xthebest

        And if you guys think that the Defense is going to turn around from one even GREAT Draft you are sadly misguided.
        Their best(Albeit not great) Pass Rusher is not going to be back and they have ONE good LB signed to the roster as well as ONE good DB(Although I WILL say that I like Frey).

        Between needing 2 Starting caliber safeties, 2 DEs(Including an insanely good Pass Rusher), another starting DT, another LB(Assuming they re-sign Anderson) and ANOTHER CB what makes people think the Bears Def is going to move up more than a few rankings points next year?

        • AlbertInTucson

          I don’t recall anybody saying they expected “greatness” on defense next season. Certainly nothing as ‘misguided” as the “Josh Gordon to the Bears” suggestion.

          • Trac

            I think he was referring to a “Great” draft Al, not a great D.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Meh, I still think he was justy reaching for a concept to criticize that might defelect the utter stupidity of his complete out -of-left-field Fantasy of Josh Gordon coming to The Bears. “Yeah, I’ll go to CHICAGO where they already have 2 guys with over 1100 yards each, not to mention Martellis Bennett and Matt Forte.”

        • burntorangenavyblue

          Because any smart decent picks that they make in the draft addressing defense will make the Bears move up at least into the middle of the pack among the NFL rather than being almost in the bottom tier of it.

          You just listed that the Bears needed 7 position on the D needing to be filled..that’s way more that is needed than what the offense really truly needs right now (1-center). Use 4 or 5 picks for defense, get the rest through FA, it’s not that far-fetched.

          The Bears went from the bottom middle on Offense in the NFL 2 seasons ago to the top 2 in points scored…I don’t care about the yardage because you have to score to win games. For that kind of results, I’ll take it.

          Yes things won’t miraculously happen overnight with the D becoming “great” but if you just at least get some competent picks made as well as those being competent people playing in their positions correctly and smartly, then just moving at least 10 spots up in the NFL for the defense will be marginally good enough to keep the Bears from allowing the other team from at least “snatching” the lead away hopefully moreso than last season.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Look at what KC were doing on defense before their injuries. No real marquee names, just guys doing their job under good coaching, like the year their OL went from worst to first – just through coaching and system, not by adding players. Though obviously we need to add players on D.

        • Trac

          Even with good depth on defense, there is a transition time required with a new scheme. Tucker will be implementing his D next year if he wants a future with the Bears and there will be growing pains, no way 2 or 3 rooks will right the ship out of the gates. I predict another year of struggling on defense.

          • SC Dave

            Agreed, but that does not change the fact that the off-season organizational focus needs to be on acquiring defensive players.

          • tobijohn

            Theoretically, if the Bears could have reduced the average number of points they gave up in 2013 by 10%, they would have been 10-6/11-5. There’s a learning curve alright, but I think it’s doable. There might be a few other teams but KC definitely turned things around on D in one year albeit they had talent..

          • Irish Sweetness

            If we go 3-4 Trac we won’t even recognise the D. Think about our LBs :

            Khaseem Green is fast, although would probably be just depth.

            Bostic is a kid, he’ll learn, he’s got something and was thrown in at the deep end this year.

            Cornelius could be anything, but good depth as OLB.

            Briggsy is Briggsy.

            I think CD will be a revelation as OLB in 3-4.

            Wooten played inside this year and was a terror at times, so he can play end in 3-4, leaving us just a 3-4 DT and DE to draft. Sign Soliai at NT please.

            Sign at least one CB and safety (Taylor Mays is a FA, MB!). Seen enough of Conte and Wright. This is the team of Doug Planks, Gary Fenciks and Mike Browns, these two boys just don’t belong.

            We can do it in one season.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Is DJ signed up?

            If not :

            CD Briggsy Bostic Greene/Washington

            Wooten Ratliff/Soliai TBA

            We need to sign DJ back.

            But we look to have work to do at DB.

          • Johnathan Wood

            Cornelius Washington couldn’t play OLB at Georgia in a 3-4 in college. What makes you think he can then do it in the NFL?

            McClellin would fit better in a 3-4 at OLB, but would still have the same issues with holding the edge against the run.

            They could line up Briggs with Bostic at ILB and be ok there, even though you generally want 3-4 ILBs to be bigger than Bostic a little bit.

            That would leave them with needing two more OLBs (one to start) as well as your entire DL (could re-sign Wootton, but remember he’s never played 3-4 at any level; neither has Paea).

            If you’re gonna switch to a 3-4, this is the year to do it. But it would require a massive change and would most likely take at least 2 years to pay off.

            From Emery’s comments, most of the beat writers seem to think they’re going to a more attacking 4-3/3-4 hybrid, like what Seattle runs.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I don’t think Washington starts, but can he play end in a 3-4? He’s a nice size for the outside at 6’4, and he’s got legs.

          • Johnathan Wood

            he doesn’t fit in a 3-4 at all. That’s part of the reason he fell so low in the draft. Got lost in the shuffle when Georgia switched from a 4-3 to 3-4.

            Of course, you don’t base a decision like this on a guy like Washington who may or may not have a future with your team anyway.

        • johnnywad

          It only needs to rise to the middle of the pack to make the Bears a contender. I contend that just having a healthy starting group this year would have positioned the D between 15th and 20th in the league. That would have been good enough for at least 10-6. While the depth everywhere is bad, I think enough progress can be made in one off season to make the D good enough to make the team a real threat.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Yup, it’s a long list – requiring us to spend our draft all on the D and still make a couple or 3 FA signings on D.

          I htnk we move up next year just because we can’t get hit that badly twice in a row, can we? Plus a new DC.

          I would have been fine with Lovie and Sideline Yoda coming back to Chicago. Failing that, Frazier or Samurai – love to see some folk who have been there and done that bring the Monsters back ….

    • Irish Sweetness

      Ford is easily as good if not better than Forte (on the ground), so it would only require a late-round pickup for a bruiser. RBs are ten a penny IMHO, and we did get lucky on O this year regarding injuries. If we draft the center and D everywhere else, then Garza gets preserved on the bench as a swing G/C. But that NT has to come first (or from MIA) and then a big DE. Like to see us get DBs in FA though, no projects to school up.

      Defense has to come first, the O is almost set.

      • Johnathan Wood

        How can you possibly say that? If he was that good he would have been drafted or gotten some carries this year.

        I like Ford, but to say he’s a better rusher than Forte is just plain stupid until the point he goes out and proves that to be anything remotely true.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Interview @ 8:55. Couldn’t agree more. Peppers leaving his feet and flying INSIDE and making a gift of the outside contain to Rodgers’ left was proably as bad a gaffe as Conte’s brain cramp..

    • Trac

      Yep, if Peppers doesn’t lose contain there by getting beat by Kuhn, the Packers lose that game.

      • tobijohn

        If anybody on D hadn’t been put into a momentary trance by some sinister GB necromancer and had played to the whistle and picked up that funky fumble, Packers lose that game. If poor Chris Conte hadn’t had his atoms scrambled momentarily by some sinister GB transporter beam and a sure INT passed right through his body, Packers lose that game. It goes on an on. The Bears were vexed and hexed by Packer induced bad juju. There’s an evil sorcerer lurking in the WI north woods….

  • Trac

    “one day Devin Hester look back his career and be frustrated by the number of return touchdowns Lovie Smith cost him”. – Jeff Hughes

    This is silly. Just plain silly. Hester wanted the payday and he was all in on the Hester experiment. I warned against him serving double duty from the get go and Hester leveraged his status to the hilt to his detriment. He wanted it all. Choices Jeff, life is about choices.

    • SC Dave

      I blame (gawd, who was that dunce…) Darryl Drake more than Hester.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Think anyone in the league was going to pay Hester #1 WR money .. .never having played the position. I think Jeff is right on that one, regardless of what Hester wanted (he’s just property, who cares what he wants), his job should have been to return kicks. ALL kicks/punts. I don’t even think he has the record for TDs yet, he should have far surpassed that by now, and he’s lost a step.

      Remember when Hester said he didn’t do ANY legwork under Lovie? smh

      • CanadaBear

        How often do i have to tell you he didn’t make anywhere near the money you keep talking about. It was all about production. He didn’t produce as a WR and didn’t cash in. He made just slightly north of $2mil this year. Overpaid, probably. Grossly overpaid, no. If he comes back it will probably be for less money. He has the record for most KR/PR TD’s and is tied with Deion for most return TD’s. A bunch of Deion’s were INT’s.

        • BerwynBomber

          Yep, I got burned by not looking at the contract more closely just last week. On the surface it averaged out to 10M a year but it was so incentive-based (on WR production) that it was only a couple/few million per year. Btw, it was much closer to three than two this year. 2.9 if memory serves.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Wow. Back up. The following DL gentlemen are now free agents :

    Shaun Rogers, NYG …. and Soliai of the Dolphins. Soliai would look great in a Bears uni at NT.

    Kevin Wilson, MIN. Justin Tuck, NYG. Christian Tupou. BRooks and Bennett from SEA.

    Take your pick : http://www.kffl.com/static/nfl/features/freeagents/fa.php?option=DL&y=2014

    We lost Zach Minter to Cincy, Nate Collins and Cohen are still FAs of course.

    Which team will be the first to offer Josh $10M? I’ve got JAX ….

  • CanadaBear

    How did Matt not make the all-pro team? Not even the second team. I get not making the playoffs has to hurt but he had more rushing yds than everyone but Shady. Lacy and Peterson were 2nd team. I get Adrian as a legacy pick but Lacy? Fewer yds than Forte and lets face it, Forte out performed him by a mile in the last game. Oh well.

    • BerwynBomber

      Do you have a full list of the second team? I always thought only a first team was selected and given that it includes both conferences it is very tough line-up to crack. (There are no-brainer HoFers who only make it three or four times their entire career.) But yes, if there is a second team I would have Forte above Lacy. I also thought the Josh Gordon selection was dubious. To me the two best WRs in the league are Megatron and AJ Green. And I don’t know if both of our guys aren’t as good as Gordon.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      This is why I don’t pay attention to this stuff bc there are way too many varying degrees of opinions trying to somehow make a final agreement on a decision such as HOF and pro-teams across all levels of college and pro sports. It is like trying to command a fleet of ships that are actually in different oceans, you just can’t steer them all the same exact way….way too much variances of valid and invalid opinions on who thinks what and it will always be that way.

      I think we as fans truly know who is special in our hearts and having that is more important than the way the national writers and media do things in picking who deserve to be in the HOF and whatever other all american/pro team committees decide. When the teams do their own # retiring and honoring, that’s the best.

      • BerwynBomber

        Agreed, though both All-Pro and HoF selections are gobs more trustworthy than Pro Bowl selections.

        • burntorangenavyblue

          And how much better is “gobs”? Haha

    • AlbertInTucson

      These lists rarely get it right because nobody’s feet are held to the fire for not doing any homework.

      Considering that any info one might need is a mouse-click away makes that fact even MORE insulting.

  • AlbertInTucson

    So, corporations stepped in and bought the tickets to sell out the games in Green Bay, Cincy and Indy. Shame on you Indy “fans”. Your team play indoors. I hope they get rolled.

    Think the Bears would have has trouble selling out Soldier Field this weekend…?

    • Cormonster

      Nope, but not sure I would tailgate this weekend. I’d probably take a train downtown and consume large quantities of beer on the way.

  • johnnywad

    Why is there even discussion about trading up before knowing who’s left on the board? Isn’t trading up a measure of last resort based on the flow of the draft? The Bears have so many defensive needs, I can’t imagine a scenario where there won’t be an compact player, better than the current roster guy available at 14.

    • bearsfantillend

      if anything i think we should be willing to trade down to get more picks because we have a shit ton of needs.

      • johnnywad

        All depends on the players taken. If Emery’s guy is gonna be there a bit farther down the board, why not grab the extra pick? Or two depending on the move.

        • bearsfantillend

          exactly!!!

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Now the Eagles have to let the Saints score'”.Right call at the right time, Blogfather. Totally. In a “Lose by a Field Goal” situation such as this, the Eagles should have been letting the Saints score as soon as they could no longer stop the clock. Hell, I’d have done it with a T.O. in my pocket.

    The Blog has discussed the “let ’em score” concept here and I think we all pretty much agree.

    It amazes me that a supposed “innovator” like Chip Kelly stayed so “Old School” when it counted most. In today’s NFL, in a 1 possession game, just get my offense the ball with a reasonable amount of time left and anything over a minute qualifies as reasonable. At the most , your defender should put all of his effort into slapping the ball free. Plus, it was pretty obvious the Saints defense was depleted to the point that stopping the now-in-rhythym Eagle offense was not bloody likely.

    On the other hand, if I’m Sean Peyton, I’ve told MY guys “DO NOT, under any circumstances, go into that endzone. Take a knee at the two and we will take our chances on the equivalant of a conversion kick to win this as the clock runs out.

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  • AlbertInTucson

    Trey Wingo is one of the few ESPN talking heads that I do not dislike, but his prediction on NFL LIVE that “All 4 home teams would win this weekend” was just stupid.

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