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Fifty Prognostications, Pontifications & Ponderings on the 2014 NFL Season

| August 25th, 2014

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Last year’s column saw my predictions ONCE AGAIN surpass the 50% mark though down slightly from the previous year’s 67%. But as my daddy always said, “If you’re right half the time, that’s better than being wrong a bunch.”

Here are 50 prognostications and thoughts for the 2014 NFL season. Every team gets their moment. The Bears get more.

1. If Jay Cutler stays healthy he’ll throw for 4,000 yards but come up short of his career high 4,526. 

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2. In a deliciously dramatic moment, Devin Hester will break the all-time return record not against the Chicago Bears but against his former head coach Lovie Smith on week four’s Thursday Night Football installment.

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3. If the Broncos beat Seattle the third week of the season I give them a more than plausible chance to go undefeated. The offense is a machine. The defense is going to be terrific.

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4. Bears tied the Jacksonville Jaguars for fewest sacks in football last year with 31. (Carolina had 60 last year. That is DOUBLE!) This year they move to mid-table and finish the season with 45.

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5. Kelvin Benjamin will win offensive ROY because of this depth chart:

Panthers WR

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6. I completely agree with Brandon Marshall’s assessment on Jay Cutler. If he stays healthy he is going to have an MVP-type season this year. But there is no way the writers will give Cutler the MVP. None.

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7. Never rent an apartment from a guy calling himself Tom Benson! From Scambook:

The so called Tom Benson claims to be the doorman of an apartment complex that is situated just across from the Crowne Plaza. He mentions that he is the doorman and that the owners are away for vacation but that they rent the home. He then goes on to send you pictures and says that he will even offer a free airport shuttle. This is an illegitimate offer and the Department of Homeland Security has already investigated this crime. I sent out a money transfer, only to then quickly cancel. I was lucky and I hope that this helps other people as well.

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8.  Sammy Watkins (and all NFL fans) will wake up midseason and wonder aloud, “Why did he have to end up in Buffalo?” Bills will be forced to get Watkins the ball on bubble screens and underneath when they realize EJ is both afraid and unable to get him the ball over the top.

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9. Every season a team goes from worst to first they tell me. This season that will not happen. I repeat: this season that will not take place.

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10. Tampa Bay will have them some…

11. Martellus Bennett’s last two seasons: 55-626-5  & 65-759-5. This year? 68-810-9. I’d expect Trestman/Cutler to target Bennett far more in the red zone this year than a year ago.

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12. My prediction for breakout seasons?

Offense: Ryan Tannehill. Last year Tannehill quietly improved in almost every statistical category with the exception of interceptions. (I’m a firm believer that interception total is an overrated stat. If TDs increase, INTs will too.) I believe he’ll eclipse the 4K mark for yards and see each of his other numbers improve as well.

Defense: Blue Island’s Rob Ninkovich. He’s improved every season under Belichick and this is the season he receives Pro Bowl/All Pro consideration.

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13. A lot of us wanted the Bears to select De’Anthony Thomas. The reason is illustrated well by our old Bear buddy and current Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub:

“His burst, his ability to make the first person miss—he’s got that,” Toub said. “The same thing that Devin Hester had. The thing that we need to work on with him right now is his catching and his ball reads. You’ll see him in practice occasionally have to run late to make a catch and it’s just a matter of him seeing the ball where it’s going to be and have the ball chase him and him not chase the ball.”

Couple those skills with Toub’s guidance and Thomas should have a massive year in the return game.

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14. If the Bears beat the Niners as the Niners open their new stadium in primetime, I will firmly believe that THIS season they are capable of a Super Bowl run.

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15. Linval Joseph was struck by a stray bullet exiting a bar in Minneapolis during the preseason.

I am thirty-two years old. I have gone to bar, barring illness, at least once a week since I turned twenty. That adds up to probably high hundreds when it comes to bar total. At no point have I been struck by a stray bullet. At no point have I been in danger of being struck by a stray bullet. So I ask this. Why are millionaire football players drinking at establishments where this is a possible issue?

Where’s the prediction? I say Minnesota will lead the NFL in number of players hit by stray bullets, preseason and regular season combined.

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16. The fulfills my obligation to say something about the Green Bay Packers.

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17. Will Hill is going to be a productive safety for the Ravens over the second half of the season. (Bears note on this: Emery made a mistake here. Bears have sound leadership and an orderly locker room. They would have easily handled Hill and Hill would have thrived at the back of this defense. Signing Santonio Holmes and NOT Hill doesn’t make sense to me.)

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18. One of the worst takes on the Redskins name change comes from former Skins player Gary Clark:

“If it really bothered Native Americans, do you not think they would not be like blacks, gays, Hispanics, and march on Washington?” Clark asked at one point. “Of course they would. Of course they would. You say the word ‘Redskins,’ most people think of the Washington Redskins football team. You’re talking about 90 percent of the population does. The Washington Redskins is the only team in the National Football League whose name actually has meaning to it. And [that’s] why we played so hard to represent that brand.”

Ummm…the only team name with meaning? Cleveland Browns? Pittsburgh Steelers? Houston Texans? San Francisco 49ers? New England Patriots? Should I keep listing teams with meaningful names?

But Clark is right about one thing. Washington has the most unique name in the sport. They have the only racist one since the West Texas Wetbacks were removed from the league. This name changes before the start of the 2015 season.

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19. I was in a bar in Denver, talking football with a guy wearing a Tennessee Titans jersey. I asked him what he thought of the club this year and he responded, “Well, Whisenhunt should make them a lot better.”

I followed up, “Why?” He didn’t have a reason.

This sums up my 4-12 Titans prediction this year.

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20. I get the power of Stafford-to-Johnson. But Nick Fairley is checked out. Ndamukong Suh is pricing houses in 30 other cities. Still no secondary. New head coach I don’t quite believe in. Lions finish below .500.

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21. The Dallas Cowboys will be one of the worst teams in the NFL this season.

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22. Great point made by Bart Hubbuch on Twitter. In the first seven weeks of the season the Jets face Rodgers, Cutler, Stafford, Rivers, Peyton and Brady. Their best corner is Dee Milliner. They’ve got a great defensive line but I don’t think it’s great enough to get them out of that stretch at any better than 3-4. (2-5 may be more likely.)

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23. Brandon Marshall will have more catches and yards than Alshon Jeffery.

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24. Jeffery will have more touchdowns.

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25. MVP prediction: Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts.

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26. The most surprisingly productive wide receiving corps in the NFL will be Kenny Britt, Brian Quick and Tavon Austin in St. Louis. (Disclaimer: Sam Bradford must stay healthy for this to be the case.)

Note: It takes me a few weeks to create this post. This was written about a week ago. I am leaving it up to show much I believed in a Bradford-led Rams.

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27. The best tight end in the NFC this year will be Greg Olsen.

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28. I don’t think the Giants are going to be any good. The last two times I didn’t think the Giants were going to be any good they won the Super Bowl. So…go to Vegas?

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29. Charles Tillman will be responsible for at least a half dozen turnovers.

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30. Chris Johnson will have a terrific year for the New York Jets.

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31. Offensive Player of the Year: Matt Forte. Cutler will have a magnificent season but Forte seems primed to thrive. He almost broke the 2,000 yard total yard threshold a year ago. If he stays healthy he flies by it this season.

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32. Someone explain to me what Gus Bradley needs to see from Chad Henne we haven’t seen every day of his career to this point. Even a productive season from Henne is counterproductive to the Jaguars future. But Jags open at Philly, at Washington, home Indy, at San Diego, home Steelers. There’s a legitimately good chance they don’t win any of those games. Blake Bortles starts no later than October 19th, at home, Cleveland.

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33. Matt Schaub has been just about the worst player in the league this preseason but that’s of no concern to the Raiders.

“I seem to get that question a lot, but I’m confident with where we’re at offensively,” Allen said. “I know our group is confident with where we’re at. I know Matt Schaub is confident with where he’s at.”

Derek Carr should start opening day but that would deprive the football loving public of Schaub vs. Texans the second week of the season.

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34. Rest in peace, Sweetness.

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35. Defensive Player of the Year: J.J. Watt, Pass rusher, Houston Texans. Once offensive coordinators start seeing Clowney destroy tackles on tape, they won’t know who to block. Watt will prosper.

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36. By the middle of the season the Bears will be doing everything possible to get Jeremiah Ratliff and Will Sutton on the field at the same time.

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37. Tony Romo’s back is in such bad shape he has given up his passion: the game of golf. From a column at PFT:

Romo was once a good enough golfer that he won amateur tournaments and came close to qualifying for the U.S. Open, but Romo says that his offseason back surgeries the last two years have caused him to give up on the sport.

It’s been awhile,” Romo told the Dallas Morning News of his golf hiatus. “Almost a year and a half.”

Romo said he doesn’t view forsaking golf as a sacrifice, just as something he wants to do to become the best Cowboys quarterback he can be.

Romo didn’t play golf like you or I play golf. He played golf competitively which means he practiced golf religiously. (I play multiple times a week and I have an elaborate stretching routine to just keep the pain minimal.) No part of the body breaks down quicker on competitive golfers than the back. Couple that with taking hits as a quarterback and you have a recipe for a wheelchair. What does this mean? I think it means Romo has no chance of playing sixteen games this year.

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38. If Russell Wilson gets hurt the Seahawks will miss the playoffs. Tarvaris Jackson is still in the league? How is that possible?

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39. You know who might be the most important player in the NFL this season? Darrelle Revis. Think about it. Pats have fielded one of the worst secondaries in the sport for a half decade and still find themselves winning playoff games. If Revis finds form and eliminates half the field the Patriots could be a contender for the title.

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40. Pat O’Donnell will make the Pro Bowl (of my heart).

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41. Look at how the Cardinals end their season: at Seattle, at Atlanta, home Kansas City, at St. Louis, home Seattle, at San Francisco. If they’re not 7-3 heading into that stretch I think they are in trouble.

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42. The most underrated acquisition of the off-season was Stevie Johnson in San Francisco. He is one of the best route-runners in the sport and has a history of beating the elite corners, i.e. Revis twice a year for a half decade. He’ll make Kaepernick better in the pocket. (And Kaepernick needs it.)

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43. Kyle Fuller will lead the Bears in interceptions.

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44. Shea McClellin will have 4-6 sacks and 2-3 interceptions on the season.

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45. Top five picks in the 2015 NFL Draft: (1) Tennessee Titans (2) Oakland Raiders (3) Dallas Cowboys  (4) Houston Texans (5) New York Giants

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46. AFC Playoff Teams: Denver, New England, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Miami. (San Diego is the team I just can’t figure out at this stage. Just a basic lack of information but wouldn’t be surprised to see them make a serious playoff run this year.)

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47. NFC Playoff Teams: Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, New Orleans, Green Bay. (Atlanta is the team worth watching over the first six games or so. The organization was happy to write off last year’s futility to injury but it would be interesting to see how they handle some early adversity. Either way I rate them as second best in that division and a playoff contender.)

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48. The Chicago Bears will win at least ten games.

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49. The Chicago Bears will win the NFC North.

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50. The Chicago Bears will win a playoff game.

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DaBearsBlog would like to firmly apologize to the Cleveland Browns organization and fans for not mentioning them in this post. The reason is simple: they stink. And for a stinky team they’ve already received far too much air time.

 

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  • bearsfantillend

    first to say great disclaimer on point #26 – Bradford already out for the year, torn ACL

    • Trac

      # 26 is a Classic example of revisionist history. Also, you can’t prove a negative?

    • MB30SD

      I feel badly for the kid. I think he’s a mid pack QB, but still. Sucks for him… and the rams (and fischer) who looked like they had a pretty damn strong team on paper.

      • For your consideration….

        I was counting on them giving SF and SEA each a loss this year. Their D can still rough those 2 teams up though.

        • MB30SD

          right… it’s all about their D now. They will def rough people up.

  • For your consideration….

    Very entertaining list Jeff.

    I’ll say this. The best team in the league doesn’t necessarily win the super bowl every year. The Bears are winning the super bowl this season because they don’t play the Seahawks 16 times this year and i’m completely fine with that. The Hawks, Rams, 9ers and Cardinals will beat each other up all year and every will benefit for it.

  • SC Dave

    Of all I most want to see, it’s #31. Because if that comes through, it means that the entire offense will be crazy good. And also that #1 may be in danger on the high side.

  • Trac

    48-50 are worthy predictions but could be laughable by week 6 if Tucker doesn’t crap us a Defense.

    Thank you, that is all.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Chris Johnson? For reals?
    Terrific. OK.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    So, I’ve been re watching the Seattle game. Things I saw:

    – I don’t know what the O wanted with this game, but it was not much. All they wanted was to get out without injury. Good for them.
    -Sutton was pushed around in the run game big time in the first Seattle drive of the 2nd quarter.
    -Mulligan didn’t know the play call when he allowed the Cutler sack. I think he played zone run to his side.
    – On the Earl Thomas big punt return the Bear responsible for that hole was Craig Steltz. I mean…really ? He’s a core ST, but it was his first game so you can’t judge him very harshly. Still…very, very bad news.
    -The D was in good position numerous times. The call was on point, but they were late/slow executing, didn’t work in sink or just fucked up plays (examples Paea on Wilson’s run TD, Briggs-Bostic both defending the RB in the flat). They where thinking to much and the veteran Bears (Jennings, Tillman, Briggs) were in survival/preseason mode.
    – McClellin looked way faster mentally. Good signs from him.
    – Great blitz pick-up by Carey at 6.06 left in the 3rd quarter. Mixed night for him in PP. I think that we he reads it correctly he’s great, but he must evolve in his understanding the protection scheme. He has good/great potential in this PP, slip it, screen game/check downs.

    • Sutton has struggled against the run this PS. IMO he’s a pass rush specialist. I think their pass situation DL will be 3 DEs and Sutton.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I only saw him struggle against Seattle. They are great running the ball and be was over matched and bullied at times. Nothing our of the ordinary..he’s a rookie and he did make some plays against the run. It was a give and take, just that when he lost it has bad. They said he’s a 3T. Well he’s not playing that in the Bears scheme. It takes time.

        • Seattle was his best preseason game by far, IMO. But really both rookie DTs are suited for situational roles right now. Ferguson as a run stuffer, Sutton as a pass rusher.

          I want to see looks with Paea and Ferguson together in run-stuffing situations.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I’d like to see some 3-4 looks using Houston’s versatility.

          • the last thing I want is to put more LB on the field right now. DL is a strength, so use it.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I said the exact opposite. I said put 5 DL on the field playing Houston at SLB. Or slide him inside and have McClellin standing at OLB.
            The point is use everything you can. Never be predictable because you don’t have the value to take on Offenses straight on.

    • a lot of big SEA plays came because Wilson escaped the pocket, extended the play, and bought time for his WRs to work open. A QB who wasn’t so damn good at escaping would have been sacked a lot in that first half, and the D as a whole would have gotten the key stops then. But the Bears just couldn’t bring him down.
      Close but not finishing is the rep on Young and Houston, which is why they both have really good pressure numbers but not many sacks. That’s why they need Allen: he’s a finisher.

      • MB30SD

        horseshoes & handgrenades

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Well I took a lot of heat after the game in saying that I liked how the D looked. After re watching I liked it even more. The defensive calls were on point, they just couldn’t finish or they made stupid mistakes. On one 3rd down Briggs and Bostic both covered the RB opening the middle of the field… 1 st down.
        There’s something there no doubt. It’s a matter of execution. It will come.

        • The LBs worry me. The S will be adequate. The DL and CBs will be really good.

  • Guest

    3. The Broncos play the Patriots at Foxborough in Week 9. They will not win that game.

    9. Washington could very well win NFC East this year. They seem like the only viable option.

    12. Rob Ninkovich is a beast. The problem is that if he has a better year, Chandler Jones will have an even better one, so he’ll become the breakout candidate at elite status. Great pick from Jeff… Revis Island is real and Belichick is a defensive master. They’ll be Top 3 Defense.

    14. The Bears will not beat the Niners and they are not a SB team this year.

    17. Will Hill wasn’t an option for the Bears for so many reasons. Holmes makes sense because he’s Offense and isn’t a pathological liar, just a ‘diva’.

    19. I’ll tell you why… because he brings in Ray Horton and is in the perfect spot.They have player talent and want to win. It’s Arizona from last year. I see a 8-8 season for the Titans, if not better. It all depends of course on the QB injury. They were 3-1 last year before his injury. Underrated team on D, OL and WR.

    • MB30SD

      nice post, coward.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        there’s the better version upstairs. It’s better because there’s more. The more – the better.

        • MB30SD

          Oh that was you. Hahaha… I mostly said it because you posted as a guest who signed out. If you’re going to make prognostications like #14, put your name on it.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            That’s what happens when you delete a post. If you didn’t already knew. I didn’t.

      • ErikGrogan

        Still hazing?

        • MB30SD

          Never stopped. It’s a very exclusive club… just ask anyone who’s stuck around for the off season

  • CanadaBear

    Welcome back Jeff. Your replacement was on point. Well done. Hope your last 3 predictions are correct. Until I see our D actually stop a good O, I’m not convinced.

    • DaBearsBlog

      I’ve never been on the “defense will be great now” bandwagon. I think they’ll be improved. And that will lead to a few more wins.

  • Trac

    There is only 1 prediction that matters.

    Prediction: The Bears season will depend on Mel Tucker.

    • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

      from the beginning I told that he is the most important bear this season..but I have a feeling that he will flat…

      • Trac

        I also happen to think that our ILB’s are gonna suck this year.

    • MB30SD

      I think the three of us are prolly the biggest tucker detractors.

      The fact is that we just don’t know right now and that the preseason is probably not at all a good predictor of reg season schemes or successes (unless you’re pete carol, who says, fuck it we’re going to play the preseason like it’s the playoffs and bust everyone’s ass because… well… we have better football players than the rest of you, so fuck you).

      By the 4th or 5th game we’ll know if tucker is a decent DC. Same with DeCamilis. By then those squads should be running on all cylinders and we’ll see if they’re worth a shit.

      • Trac

        I have that sinking feeling of impending doom when I think of Mel Tucker.

        • For your consideration….

          At some point the actual players need to step up. We have talent on D. Some guys are better than others this is true but any D with Houston, Young, Allen, Briggs,Peanut, Jennings, Ratliff should be able to stop a team on 3rd down once in a while.

          • For your consideration….

            I mean shit, at least during the reg season we’ll be throwing creative blitzes at offenses all game long. I’d rather get burned going for the kill shot than to let someone convert four 3rd downs in a row including 3rd and goal.

          • MB30SD

            I agree with you both, I just think having a dynamic creative DC could make our squad of misfits actually pretty good. Covering up talent deficiencies with scheme and all that.

            Tucker hasn’t been that guy at all so far, and I get the same feeling as trac… but I want to be reasonable and give the dude the first 4-5 games to prove us wrong.

          • For your consideration….

            I have to believe that any blitz schemes from Shea or Bostic or from the nickel with Fuller haven’t been unwrapped yet. I’d have Fuller coming in like Woodson all game long

          • For your consideration….

            Fuller’s fucking tape from VA Tech is like watching mini Charles woodson, jumping over the center, flying over Guards from jumping the count, etc

          • MB30SD

            dude, his tape from the philly game is the same way. Kid is a grown ass man.

          • we have yet to see Chicago’s defense with their starters this preseason. Fuller only played against PHI, Allen only played against JAX.
            I still think the DL + CBs are good enough to make this an average D. But they need Briggs to stay healthy and play well.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            The Philly game was the confirmation of what we already knew the moment after they drafted him.
            Some -like ME, thank you- knew about him before the draft and without knowing anything about him. Just knew Emery will draft a big, versatile, smart, physical CB with that high pick. Enter Kyle Fuller.
            PS: Still disappointed Donald wasn’t on the board and see Emery pick Fuller instead. It would have been a spectacular kill shot win… laughing at those who thought he’ll go for the 3T, while using a scheme that plays without a classical 3T type. Predicted that also. Damn it !!!

          • MB30SD

            agree. I think the D line, if healthy, will be beastly… the LBs will get better (they HAVE to right), and our corners (and nickle) are all serious badasses.

            If the LBs and Safeties can just keep thing in front of them and not constantly give up big shit, I think we can be a mid-ish pack D.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I agree, but it doesn’t look likely. He’ll play outside. I would have kept him inside so he could cover the big time TE instead of Jennings who’s smaller, send him blitzing and all that good stuff. I also see him as a Woodson type player.
            On the other hand I understand why they would use him on the outside. and I’m ok with it. Maybe the plan is just that. Give him a year to sink into the league before starting to move him around.

      • who’s the third? because if it’s not barb, you haven’t been paying attention.

        • MB30SD

          I just threw out a number, I’m sure there are more of us.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          evantonio you look like you’re paying attention. Hah
          I actually think he’s doing a way better job than I thought he will. I like this year’s Defense. So now I’ve become patient and open minded. Not a clear cut detractor anymore.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    3. The Broncos play the Patriots at Foxborough in Week 9. They will not win that game.

    9. Washington could very well win NFC East this year. They seem like the only viable option.

    12. Rob Ninkovich is a beast. The problem is that if he has a better year, Chandler Jones will have an even better one, so he’ll become the breakout candidate at elite status. Great pick from Jeff… Revis Island is real and Belichick is a defensive master. They’ll be Top 3 Defense.

    14. The Bears will not beat the Niners and they are not a SB team this year.

    17. Will Hill wasn’t an option for the Bears for so many reasons. Holmes makes sense because he’s Offense and isn’t a pathological liar, just a ‘diva’.

    19. I’ll tell you why… because he brings in Ray Horton and is in the perfect spot.They have player talent and want to win. It’s Arizona from last year. I see a 8-8 season for the Titans, if not better. It all depends of course on the QB injury. They were 3-1 last year before his injury. Underrated team on D, OL and WR.

    22. The Jets D is not the problem. They can dominate without an elite CB (Rex Ryan). When Rex Ryan talks Defense I listen.

    23. I love 23. I lobbied for a poll on this topic. I think Jeffery will have the yards, with Marshall the catches.

    “According to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), the 6’4″, 230-pound Marshall was utilized in the slot on 43.8 percent of his snaps last season. Jeffery lined up in the slot 21.1 percent of the time. Also 60 of Marshall’s 100 receptions came inside the numbers.”

    27. Nobody can be better than Graham at the TE position. Plus, he’ll have to earn his price, now.

    31. I agree…if Matt Forte doesn’t have a huge year something went bad big time. He’ll be open non stop with those WR beats and is in a contract year. Let’s hope Cutler agrees and feeds him the ball like a maniac.

    35. Defensive Player of the Year: J.J. Watt. He should have won it clearly last year also, but he didn’t. So the nomination is a travesty. He’ll be the best again, nomination or not. Clowney or not. My prediction for DPY is Revis. He’ll be the 2nd best by merit, but it’s the Patriots, it’s sort of a comeback year and there will be the hole new bucks Sherman & Co against the veteran Revis showmanship, with moments of ‘controversy’.

    36. I disagree completely on the Ratliff-Sutton pair by mid season. If there’ll be change it will be Ferguson. My prediction is that by mid season the Bears will become a 5 DBs base D, so the DL will be run stop oriented. So Ferguson.

    38. Russell Wilson can’t get hurt/ he’s superhuman. And even if he does go down they are to good to miss the playoffs. Their system is Defense, run and save/easy pass plays. Even Pryor can be successful with them, damn it.

    42. Stevie Johnson is a fantastic WR (love him) and he stood his ground better than anyone against Revis. That being said he never ‘beat’ him, he just did better than the others. The only question mark I have with him is that he’ll be the 4th option and 3rd WR (not his thing, he’s a No. 1 type, feed me all day type) and he’s a right sided WR at his best. That’s Crabtree’s favorite spot also. So… I fear problems for him.

    46. I have Baltimore winning their division.
    AFC Playoff Teams: Denver, New England, Indianapolis, Baltimore, San Diego, XXX

    47. NFC Playoff Teams: Washington, Seattle, New Orleans, Green Bay, Bears, 49ers.

    Great article. I’ve enjoyed it very much. Thanks.

    • agree so much on Will Hill. The offensive leadership of this team is strong. The defense… not so much.

      • DaBearsBlog

        Will Hill would be in Charles Tillman’s secondary. There’s no stronger leader on the team.

        • Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler are the team leaders. Tillman is the closest thing the D has, but he and Briggs (who should be the strong D leaders) spent most of their careers in Urlacher’s shadow, where he worried about all the leadership.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Will Hill has nothing to do with Tillman. He’s from another movie. Tillman could write him a book and all he would see is ‘an angle’.

          A little history on Will Hill. “Hill was suspended in college for an undisclosed violation (pot) and was rocked when his Twitter account, dotted with references to sex, illegal drug use and hiring prostitutes, was made public. In each of his first 3 seasons with the Giants, he failed a drug test — first for Adderall, and twice for marijuana.”

          I don’t give a fuck about any of there things…college suspension, his twitter, his PEDs that he took while he was an undrafted rookie desperate to make the team, smoking pot. Issues yes (addiction susceptible?), but I’d take him regardless. He’s a very good player and why don’t try and help him if you can.

          Here comes the real problem. And it’s a huge no-no.

          Antrel Rolle is a leader for the Giants and he was Will Hill’s mentor, friend, ‘big brother’.
          So Will Hill returns from his second suspension. He goes and trains with the guys at OTAs.Then word comes out of a failed drug test.

          Here’s Antrel Rolle: “It’s always tough. Will Hill is a phenomenal guy. Not only an athlete, but a guy. A great teammate, like a little brother to me. You don’t like to hear those things — my main concern is for Will Hill. We’ll keep encouraging him and try to lift his spirits up.” (APRIL 23, 2014)

          Then on MAY 14 Antrel Rolle goes before the journalists and tells them this:
          “”Right now, I’ve spoken to Will several times and he’s said, ‘Antrel, I’ve been clean.’ Right now, I have no choice but to go off what he says. Until we find out otherwise …”
          “I’ve been speaking to Will quite frequently in the offseason,” Rolle said. “I’m sure other guys, like Deon Grant, have reached out to him. You just check up on him and make sure everything is all right, just make sure he’s taking care of himself.”
          “As far as I know this offseason, he was pretty good, he was staying straight and he was taking care what he needed to. He was training hard, working out hard, so we don’t really know anything until we know.”
          “At the end of the of the day, an adult has to be an adult,” Rolle said. “Will has to be accountable for his own life. Will has to be smart enough and alert enough to know the dos and don’ts of this league.”
          “Like I said, he’s told us he’s been walking a straight line, so that is what I’m going off right now.”

          So he’s a leader and a friend and does what a great leader and friend does. Tries to have faith in his (team)mate, put in a good word and help as much as he can. Great stuff from him in this interview.

          Then on JUNE 2, 2014 Will Hill is suspended (along with Jayron Hosley) for the 3rd time and on JUNE 5 the Giants cut him.
          Here’s Antrel Rolle:
          “Will knew the situation he put the Giants in and he forced their hand .For him to keep moving himself in the wrong direction, it’s not a good thing . . . We know right from wrong. It’s too easy to do right to keep doing wrong. That’s something we don’t need around here,” he said. “It’s a bad reflection. It doesn’t look good.”
          “I tried to encourage him to keep his head up,” Rolle said. “Will knows what position he’s put himself in and he’s taken full accountability for it . . . It might not be over for him. I’m hoping that it’s not. I’m hoping that he finally understands that no matter what happens, if he’s given another try, that it will be his last time.

          “There’s only so much talking that another man can do to another person.”

          So… Will Hill couldn’t be part of Emery’s defense. Especially this year. Maybe never. He’s the type that has problems, but doesn’t think he does. And if he has to con his friend and team leader he’ll do it. That’s why I called him a pathological liar.
          What could Tillman do better than Rolle or the Bears better than the Giants, not a weak club by any means ? The Giants didn’t cut him after the first suspension as an undrafted rookie, sent him to rehab, didn’t cut him after his second suspension, did just that after the third, but not before he told his team mates and friends he was clean.

  • MB30SD

    44. I agree with the 4-6 sacks thing since they seem to insist on keeping this lost boy (The Lost Boys – CD, Bostic, Washington), but there’s no way in hell he gets more than one lucky INT that’s throw directly to him when he’s totally out of position. hahaha… well, maybe he could get lucky and bat one up.

    Dude is more lost in coverage than hansel and gretel. smfh.

    40 made ma lalz

    • CanadaBear

      I could see 4-6 sacks as long as the QB doesn’t see him coming. Otherwise, he will step up and CD will once again become “a tackle-whiffing savant”. 2-3 INT’s … HA!

      • MB30SD

        yeah, I’m with you. He got, what 4 last year? We know who he is… he’s still the same guy, just not rushing EVERY play now.

        The INT thing made me chuckle. He and bostic are so lost in space it’s pretty bad. I just hope it clicks for bostic at some point, cause the kid brings the noise on the run. If he could put his game together, he’d be dangerous… in the good not bad way.

        • For your consideration….

          it was a little unnerving to see Briggs so lost in coverage as well.

          • MB30SD

            hopefully it’s just the ‘i don’t give a fuck about preseason’s.

            He is learning a new spot though.

          • For your consideration….

            the key to stopping Wilson is to “rush with no fear” like Jared Allen was telling the guys. you can’t be afraid of a penalty or of making a mistake. Just do it at 1000 miles an hour….

          • MB30SD

            I don’t know man… I think with guys like him and kap you HAVE to maintain VERY strict edge and contain control. can’t let those slippery fuckers break contain, that’s where they make their salary mainj.

          • GPLDAN

            You need a safety that can spy him and close on him and put him on his back.

            Ryan Mundy is not that guy.

          • MB30SD

            none of our safeties are.

          • Kyle Fuller is that guy

          • MB30SD

            I’d buy that for a dollar.

  • I think Tillman forces at least 8 turnovers (or 1 for every 2 games he plays). He’s done almost 1 per game the last 2 years.
    I also agree on Sutton. Been pumping him since before the draft, so psyched the Bears got him. Gives them more pass-rush depth.

  • beninnorcal

    The whole Washington name change thing is getting beyond old. Media-driven all the way. Almost 100% of the people who are offended are a bunch of whiny and PC-obsessed white people. By definition it’s a term that describes warriors. Name isn’t changing.
    But you could always join others in the media and choose not to say it I guess.

    • MB30SD

      I honestly couldn’t give a smaller fuck if I was a midget about any of this bullshit.

      I’m interested in football (and vajazzling).

      • please. vertically disaligned.

        • MB30SD

          Quite right. Sorry

      • johnnywad

        This this this. My God. Who fucking cares? None of the Native Americans I know……… Wait I don’t know any. Hence, the lack of giving a fuck

        • MB30SD

          not that I don’t care about their plight mind you, I just don’t give a fuck about any of this PC grabasstic shitpile.

          With that said, I have HUGE respect for the AM Indians and their traditional ways, beliefs, and ‘religion’… the recent stuff not so much, I don’t gamble.

          THAT said, I dated a Nat Am girl (a lot of them are super hot), and she was getting like $4k/month from the government. I was like holy shit, everyone in your tribe… she was like, yep. Did not know that… not like they don’t deserve it for what the white man did to their proud peoples, but I didn’t know that was going on.

    • Sactowns#1

      Funny. A California tribe spent $2 million dollars to play this ad durring the NBA playoffs. You may think it means whatever you want it to mean but to these folks its offensive. So to me it sounds like youre the white person sticking his nose in where it doesnt belong, not the “pc-obsessed” folks.

      • beninnorcal

        How do you know what race I am, Sac? Everything I’ve read over the last year or two when it comes to Native American polls show 90% approval rates if the name.

        • Doc Hamstring

          http://www.buzzfeed.com/lindseyadler/native-americans-offended-by-racial-slur

          That 90% number people like to toss around is from a BS poll.

          Why don’t Native Americans march on DC? There isn’t a more impoverished, politically marginalized group.

          • beninnorcal

            http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/redskins/2004-09-24-redskins-indians-poll_x.htm

            Your probably right, as I was just thinking back to something Goodell was quoted as saying it turns out. I still think the whole thing is dumb. If this makes me a racist than I guess I am, along with 4/5 of the rest of the country. Although I’ve never been called a racist, and have never referred to a Native American as a Redskin or ‘Chief’. Cheers.

          • beninnorcal

            Also the first comment on your buzzfeed link pretty much summed it up nicely:

            “I’m a Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux and I don’t find it offensive. What I find offensive is white people telling me what should offend me. White people: “Oh, you’re not offended? That’s ok, we’ll be offended for you.”

    • Peanut FTW

      I think Redskins is a bit over the top in terms of being a racist term and is should be changed. However, I also see it as a bit of a slippery slope; where does it stop? If people start pandering to have the Seminoles, Chiefs and Braves names taken out of sports, then I would agree with this viewpoint that it is over PC BS. However, I think Redskins is enough derogatory and inflammatory that a reasonable person could be offended by it, therefore I would be fine with a change. Redskins is not even their original name so.. change the damn name and move on.

      • MB30SD

        change it to the Washington Warriors, and work with reps from all the tribes to design a respectful, badass logo that they all love.

        Stop being a douche snyder. It’s inevitable now… just get it done you tool.

        …then let’s never ever mention this shit again.

        • Peanut FTW

          Someone should make a youtube video where they dress up as pirates and discuss how Buccaneers is acceptable but that the Raiders name is derogatory slang and the Raiders should be ashamed and change their name. Arrrr

          • MB30SD

            Hahahaha… that would be fucking hilarious (not to make fun of native americans, but because the concept is awesome). YOU should do it!

            Love pirates (for some reason): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8Z3Q0Ln_sU

      • wasn’t Yankee a derogatory terms for northerners?

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          I’ve never heard of this race. The Northerners. What happened to them ?

          • went the way of the 3 piece bathing suit.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            into the trash bin of history.

            Wait a second… are you talking about the nazis. Please, do…it’s my area of ‘expertise’.

          • MB30SD

            regale us… there’s your entree!

          • bearsfantillend

            hmmm. anyone else not surprised Barb is a nazi.. i mean is into nazis.

          • MB30SD

            my guess would be he’s against, but what the fuck do I know.

          • MB30SD

            I LOVE my 3-piece bathing suit. The bloomers are to die for.

    • DaBearsBlog

      It was driven by Native Americans actually.

      • Trac

        It’s a beautiful world we live in, a sweet romantic place. With beautiful people evrawhere , the way they show they care, makes me want to say…….it’s a beautiful world!

        • EnderWiggin

          Dude. Did you just go DEVO on our asses?!

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      After the physical and spiritual genocide on those people these liberal wannabes want to change my teams name ? Let’s kill them all already so I can enjoy my Bud while watching a TD from RGIII that trained house slave…

      • beninnorcal

        So have you always been offended by this name, Barb, or just for the last 2 or 3 years like the when the rest of the media decided to be?
        When did I say anything about killing anyone?
        Should we tell all the Native American schools with this Mascot that they are also to change the name?
        This is America, let people decide with their wallet, if everyone is so offended, don’t go to Skins games, then surely Snyder will change the name.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          I’m a foreigner and I only watch NFL for 6-7 years so I first heard it about that time. It never bothered me as I always saw it as a stupid american ‘thing’. A naive effort to give bombastic meaning to the most stupid, frugal shit.
          It’s not enough to just have a sport game, you have to have ‘meanings’ behind it. Think big. It’s about the show. It’s about the PR. Here’s the Cowboys battling the Redskins, here are the Patriots fighting against the Kamikaze, the Bears against the Lions. It’s like those fucking Discovery shows… who’ll win the bout? The Panther or the Doberman, the Samurai or the Russian Mobster ?

          In Europe there’s no mascots or childish crap like that so i might be culturally off base.

          When I think about America the first 3 things that pop into my mind are the indian genocide, the killing of buffaloes and Martin Luther King. The first 2 are all about the wallet, the third one is about burning it.

          • beninnorcal

            Well outside of MLK, what a fine view you must have of us Yankees over here.
            Guess I’m a racist bigot as you seem to imply.
            So now that we’re at it Chiefs, Indians, and Braves are next.
            A group of large furry gay men here in CA may take offense to our Bears’ twam name. They’re gay and have faced pers

          • Cormonster

            Ben, no point in responding to childish, ignorant posts like this one. I like reading some of Barb’s posts, but at times he comes across as a know-it-all that reminds me of college students who think they have everything figured out after taking some classes and reading a few books.

          • beninnorcal

            Seriously man, talk about a narrow point of view. First three things that come to my mind when I think of America are things like electricity, the inernet, and football.

          • Cormonster

            Whenever a person mentions Native American genocide, I immediately dismiss their argument, unless they are talking about a place like Hispaniola or Jamaica or some other Caribbean country. Peoples, races, whatever have been displaced for millennium.

          • beninnorcal

            Exactly. I don’t think our ancestors handled things as good as they could have, however, I think the natives would have been worse off with the Spanish of old. Heard they were some hard motherfuckers.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Well they redeemed themselves by being so nice with those black tourists that came by sea a little while after.

          • beninnorcal

            Like Americans are the only folks to ever have had slaves. Again, what a nice view of Americans you seem to have. Judgement based off the actions of some people 200+ years ago.
            I’m suprised you slum it up on this site with the likes of us racist rednecks.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            You use weak arguments and it doesn’t bode well. You can’t say that ‘native americans genocide’ is bullshit and then say ‘everybody does it’.
            And it’s not my view. It’s plain reality. Facts. You are the one with ‘views’ because you are the one that thinks changing the ‘redskins’ name is a ‘thing’ started by liberal, white bored politicians. Or something like that.
            You see… your view of America and Americans is the negative one.

          • Sactowns#1

            Handing out small pox infected blankets to children is just “not handling things as good as they could have” lol

          • Cormonster

            That’s largely a myth. The only case that seems plausible was the Brits recommending that as a tactic before the USA was ever formed to defeat some tribe out east. Most of the other stories have been debunked.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            “Bison slaughter was further encouraged by the US government as a means of starving out or removing Native American populations that relied on the bison for food. Hunting of bison became so prevalent that travelers on trains in the Midwest would shoot bison during long-haul train trips.
            Once numbering in the hundreds of millions in North America, the population of the American Bison decreased to less than 1000 by 1890”.

            http://i.imgur.com/HITYk.jpg

            You naive snowflake.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Yes… and there first 3 things that come into your mind when you think about Germany are…

          • beninnorcal

            The fuck if you know what I think of Germany. Have relatives there and have travelled there twice. Piss off.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Yeah… don’t start arguments you’re not prepared to finish.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I’ve read those books from 10 and 16 years old. Used collage years for pot smoking and other such endeavors.

          • Sactowns#1

            Ah yes …the slippery slope argument. One of the oldest fallacious logical devices. It’s like Jedi mind tricks, they only work on the weak.

          • beninnorcal

            You disagree? You don’t think that Cleveland Indian is next?
            I honestly don’t really care either way but don’t try to sit here and tell me the PC police will be satisfied and just go away after the Skins change their name.
            I’m not using mind tricks either, I love how you and Barb the Impaler act like you know me or something.

        • Sactowns#1

          Ah yes…voting with our wallets. The oligarchy will take care of it all. lol

  • mediabandit

    “Last year’s column saw my predictions ONCE AGAIN surpass the 50% mark”

    Can you please show how you came to that assessment? Or are we just to accept it without question?

    • EnderWiggin

      Do your own research.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Good point , Ender.

        I have provided him with the raw data.

    • MB30SD

      smfh. you’re a dbag

      • AlbertInTucson

        No, I think it’s a fair question.

        • MB30SD

          fair, sure… but, pedantic and boring. yes.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Meh, I have to disagree, MB. If on’e going to throw out stats on predictions, I don’t think it’s unfair to review them and justify the stats. Blogfather claims he was “Slightly down from last year’s 67%.”

            Now that I checked, I’d like to know what “slightly down'” is.

            Another none of contention, some of the “predictions” are a bit nebulous.

            “I almost feel bad for Terrelle Pryor. He’s not good. He’s just not Matt Flynn, who is wretched.” Is there a prediction in there I am missing?

            Likewise with this

            “The Jaguars play in Jacksonville, Florida. My brother lives there. (This fulfills my obligation to discuss every team.)”

            I don’t give credit for predicting that the sun will rise in the East tomorrow and or that the Jags were going to be bad last year.

          • MB30SD

            I get it Al, just not a deets guy. I like big picture myself.

            btw, pretty sure the jags are going to be bad again this year… you know… in case you’re going to vegas anytime soon.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Here’s the list from 2013…Dive in and come up with your score.

      Blogfather’s 2013 Predictions:

      I think the Bears win the NFC North.

      Without Nicks and Cruz healthy I don’t see the Giants as more than an 8-8 team. And Nicks and Cruz are never healthy at the same time. Also, I think it’s odd that Victor Cruz signed a lucrative contract extension and a week later: “I think the No. 1 wideout is Hakeem Nicks,” Cruz said. “I mean, he’s been here longer, he understands this offense. He’s our big-play guy, he’s on the outside. So I definitely think he’s our No. 1 receiver, there’s no doubt about it.” To use the Andrew Brandt approach, translation: Yeah I’m rich but don’t expect too much.

      Second point on the Giants. What’s their aversion to having talented linebackers? In the late 80s/early 90s the Giants had Lawrence Taylor, Carl Banks and Harry Carson playing LB and now they have Mark Herzlich, Keith Rivers, Spencer Paysinger, Jacquian Williams…etc.?

      Enough on the Giants, Jeff! Okay.

      Cowboys have an offensive head coach (Jason Garret) whose been stripped of his play-calling duties (in favor of Bill Callahan) and has a legendary defensive coordinator (Monte Kiffin) put in place. Find me any time in the history of football where this kind of setup worked.

      I’m rooting against Chip Kelly because I just don’t like him. I think these college coaches who cheat the system, leave their programs to be ravaged by the NCAA and flee to the NFL are one of the lowest life forms in the sporting universe. And his quarterback is a dog killer. And his team plays in Philadelphia. Has there been a team in recent memory this easy to root against? 4th place in the NFC East.

      If Robert Griffin III plays 12+ games in 2013 the Redskins win the division. If he plays fewer it’s a crap shoot.

      I think Matt Forte will eclipse 1,750 yards total from scrimmage this year. If he gets to 2,000 he will be a top two or three candidate for MVP.

      The Bears need eighteen sacks out of Shea McClellin, Corey Wootton and Henry Melton. I say they get it.

      Norv Turner is probably the modern era’s finest offensive coordinator but I’m not buying the preseason Brandon Weeden hype.

      I think Jarvis Jones is going to be one hell of a Steelers linebacker.

      When Joe Flacco drops back to pass and Torrey Smith is covered downfield…where is he throwing the ball? Dennis Pitta and Anquan Boldin are the reasons Joe is much, much richer these days. I don’t see the replacements on that roster.

      There is no more important in the whole of the NFL than Andy Dalton. You think that’s an exaggeration? It’s not. The Bengals lineup is loaded with talent on both sides of the ball. If Dalton plays well they are title contenders. If he struggles, they struggle.

      I think Devin Hester finds the end zone three times year.

      I think the Bears offense will finish the season ranked 14th in the NFL.

      I think Jay Cutler will throw more than 30 TDs and less than 15 INTs.

      How does the Detroit Lions buzz start each year? Do all of the national writers look at their roster, see the talented guys and declare them ready for the postseason at once? Where are they better in 2013 than they were in 2012? Reggie Bush? That just isn’t enough for me.

      I think Matt Cassel starts more games than Christian Ponder at QB for the Minnesota Vikings. I don’t think injuries will be involved.

      The reason Brett Favre never missed a game in all that time: luck. Not toughness. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are every bit as tough as Favre but you can’t out-tough a torn ACL or dislocated neck. And Favre was a big fan of playing poorly whilst injured and blaming the injury after the fact – because he’s an asshole. If Aaron Rodgers keeps taking hits the hits will take their toll. And this looks to me like a worse offensive line than he had a year ago.

      Brandon Marshall will catch 106 passes.

      Matt Forte will catch 67.

      Alshon Jeffery will catch 48.

      Martellus Bennett will catch 44.

      Earl Bennett will catch 38.

      The Jaguars play in Jacksonville, Florida. My brother lives there. (This fulfills my obligation to discuss every team.)

      From our friend Jim Wyatt at The Tennessean: “Several others are also having an impressive camp, but [Chris] Johnson has been turning heads since the first practice. He’s in good shape, looks explosive and re-energized. Early signs are he’s going to benefit greatly from having Shonn GreenFPRIVATE “TYPE=PICT;ALT=” around to help shoulder the rushing load.” Why do I think the Titans won’t be too bad this year?

      My prediction for Breakout Player of 2013: Colts WR T.Y. Hilton. Reggie Wayne was excellent in 2012 but I think Andrew Luck passes the baton to his new favorite target in 2013. I say 82 catches, over a 1,000 yards and over 10 touchdowns.

      It is not easy to be the Houston Texans. They won’t play a game that truly matters this season until January. Eventually these Super Bowl or Bust teams either win the fucking thing or implode. It’s usually the latter.

      Adam Podlesh will cost the Bears in a big spot this year.

      Bears will struggle to defend the middle of the field early in the season due to a severe learning curve for Frey and Bostic.

      The most important statistic for Jay Cutler this year will be average completion (sans YAC). If he is completing a majority of his passes within the 3-10 yard range he is executing this offense and not taking reckless chances from a collapsing pocket.

      There are three teams in the AFC East who did not lose their best wide receiver to free agency. There are three teams in the AFC East who did not lose their best tight end to another in a long line of debilitating injuries. There are three teams in the AFC East who did not lose one of their most valued weapons because it turns out he’s a mass murdering fuckhead. And I didn’t even consider picking one of those three teams to win the division. #TomBrady

      Peyton Manning with Wes Welker is the most perfect pairing of veteran quarterback/receiver since Randy Moss signed to catch balls from Tom Brady.

      Why I like the Chiefs this year: (1) They’ve erased their two most significant issues by replacing the head coach and quarterback. (2) They have four games against the Raiders and Chargers.

      How long ago was it Phil Rivers was being discussed as one of the best quarterbacks in the sport? Probably back when he had Darren Sproles and Vincent Jackson and good players around him.

      I almost feel bad for Terrelle Pryor. He’s not good. He’s just not Matt Flynn, who is wretched.

      Seahawks GM John Schneider has been rightfully lauded for his recent drafts but this is the same man who traded for and paid Flynn millions based on one game. NFL personnel decisions are 8% analysis, 92% luck. Seahawks should have paid for that decision for years but instead the whole league – including them – passed on Russell Wilson twice.

      San Francisco is just good everywhere. If they are not in the postseason they’ve been ravaged by injuries.

      When is the last time Larry Fitzgerald had a professional quarterback throwing him passes? Expect one of those eye-opening statistical performances from him in 2013. I think this year’s Carson Palmer-to-Fitz targets will make last year’s Cutler-to-Marshall targets look puny.

      Has anybody mentioned the name Tavon Austin this preseason? No. The reason is simple: Jeff Fisher is too smart a coach to risk a potentially game-changing superstar for the sake of what naive fans call “reps”. I hear it all the time on Twitter. THIS GUY NEEDS REPS! THIS GUY NEEDS REPS! You know which players need reps? Fringe ones.

      The biggest surprise on the Bears defense this year will be the emergence of Chris Conte as one of the game’s best safeties.

      Robbie Gould will not miss a field goal of less than 45 yards all season.

      Bears will no longer be futile on third-and-one because they’ll hand the ball to Michael Bush and tell him to follow #75.

      I was watching a Broncos preseason game and after Peyton Manning had been pulled from a game, he kept his helmet on. When a trainer came by and take it from him Peyton pointed to his ear. He was listening to the play calls in his helmet and watching the execution. This is what Cam Newton was doing when he was pulled from a recent Panthers exhibition: GOOFING AROUND. Does it mean Newton is not good? Of course not. But Thomas Davis – a linebacker and leader – reportedly brought it to his attention. The knock on Newton is maturity. And he doesn’t seem to have matured.

      I’m already bored by the 10+ win Falcons.

      Why I like the Bucs this year: (1) Darrelle Revis – healthy – takes away Julio Jones, Steve Smith and Marques Colston. He c an seriously debilitate some explosive passing games. (2) Josh Freeman showed flashes of brilliance in 2012. Another year in Mike Sullivan’s offense will do him wonders. (3) I like them to take three out of four from the AFC East. Split the division and they are 6-4 while drawing Philadelphia and Detroit based on 2012 finish. (4) I’m willing to overlook the influence of Dave Wannstedt.

      I make playoff predictions and try to throw a few curve balls into the mix. Anybody can pick the favorites. I like to mix it up.

      AFC Playoffs: Broncos, Texans, Bengals, Patriots, Steelers, Chiefs

      NFC Playoffs: 49ers, Falcons, Bears, Redskins, Seahawks, Bucs

      AFC Wildcard Round : Bengals over Chiefs, Steelers over Patriots

      NFC Wildcard Round: Bears over Bucs, Redskins over Seahawks

      AFC Division Round: Broncos over Steelers, Bengals over Texans

      NFC Division Round: 49ers over Redskins, Bears over Falcons

      Championship Games: Broncos over Bengals, 49ers over Bears

      Super Bowl: 49ers over Broncos

      • DaBearsBlog

        IF any of you think I’ve gone back and looked at predictions and then tallied a score, you might be a bit more insane than I think you are.

        • MB30SD

          hahaha… exactly why I called the guy below a dbag for his dumb ass comment.

          • DaBearsBlog

            Half of them aren’t even predictions.

          • MB30SD

            creative license. entertainment.

            #shockingconcepts

          • AlbertInTucson

            Then stop calling them “Predictions”.

          • Trac

            Pssst…….you got something on your nose pal. Hee hee.

          • MB30SD

            I don’t do drugs trac… and if you’ll notice, I was the first one to crack that guy’s ass for being a tool. You might want to tell jeff the same thing about me. hee hee

            (ps, I don’t kiss ass… anymore. I’m done with that shit)

          • Trac

            Hahaha

          • MB30SD

            #beingmarriedsucks

            #beingmarrieddoesn’tsuckifyouknowwhatImean

          • Trac

            There’s a once in a million gal out there for you somewhere my friend.

          • MB30SD

            Ahhhh trac. I LOVED that scene. Was my favorite scene of that whole movie… and I did enjoy that entire movie.

            GREAT scene. Amazingly visceral. Loved it. Great find.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Then don’t post stats you’re making up.

        • mediabandit

          As I suspected, you’re just makin shit up. Kinda disappointing. Some of your stuff is actually on point and worth reading. Really diminishes your credibility when you just pull stuff out of your ass.

  • Trac

    There. Evra one gets a trophy today. Up votes all around. He he.

  • MB30SD

    lovie taking a look at incognito: http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11406262/tampa-bay-buccaneers-richie-incognito-visit

    I think we should have. Replace Garza with DLP if he’s ok, and put incognito at RG. Mauler.

    • they already have a guy named Kyle Love at RG…

      • MB30SD

        they? long? Meant LG.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Lovie is a bum. Asked about his OLine after the first preseason game he said not to look very hard at these games. Next day he removed his RG for eternity. Hah. Such a loser.

      • MB30SD

        you know I agree wholeheartedly with you on this point.

        • Trac

          loviely, just loviely!

          • MB30SD

            All’s fair in Lovie and war

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          how couldn’t you ?

      • SC Dave

        Lovie is a winner…. just enough of one to stick around being mediocre

        • MB30SD

          bingo!

          Have fun with that Tampa!

  • AlbertInTucson

    Among 2014 predictions: “The Chicago Bears will win the NFC North.”

    As that was also on LAST years predictions, LED them, actually, I am going to disqualify it as a “Prediction” and demote it to a “Hope”.

    Especially after seeing that train wreck in Seattle Friday night when I happened to be IN the Chicago area.

    • DaBearsBlog

      I’ve also “predicted” the Bears to win every game they’ve played since 2007.

      • AlbertInTucson

        So your score there is also well below 67%.

        • Peanut FTW

          Technically he said above 50% on past predictions, and the bears have won over 50% of their games since 2007 so… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WH8YPXi1FI8

          • AlbertInTucson

            Yes. And NOT techically, he made it all up.

    • Big Mike

      There is no such thing as a pre-season train wreck, except an injury to one of the top 40 guys on the roster. Got beat in all three phases. So what. Everything we liked about the Bears this off season is still in play.

  • AlbertInTucson

    OK. Yeah, Pete Carroll takes those games VERY seriously. What bothered me most was, when Seattle got pressure on Cutler, “Bad Jay” often appeared.

    Show of hands, be honest:When Bennett was (properly) ruled short of the endzone, you KNEW the Bears weren’t going to get it in for 6.

    • DaBearsBlog

      They got it in on the next play or two except for a phantom PI call.

      If you have any issues with the Bears offense you’re officially unpleasable.

      • For your consideration….

        agreed. That was a travesty. I was very pleased. They were even high fiving on the sidelines after the turnover. They had just gone 80yds in 50 seconds.

      • AlbertInTucson

        “They got it in on the next play or two except for a phantom PI call.”

        Well, thank you for clearing that up, Pollyanna.

        And if your aunt had a pair she’d be your uncle.

        You going count TDs scored in the pregame warmup, too?

        Last time I checked, TDs called back for penalties, phantom or otherwise, don’t count on the scoreboard. So , they DIDN’T get it.

        The Bear ones played a quality defense and posted zero points.

        ZERO.

        The Bears gacked it up in the redzone. My support for Cutler is well established here but “Bad Jay” threw the dreaded redzone INT and Marshall had to save him from another pick on a bad throw earlier in the half.

        Yes, I have concerns.

        I don’t think that makes me unreasonable.

        OR “unpleasable”.

        Anybody else is concerned?

        • his aunt has a pair.

          OF BOOBS.

          • MB30SD

            hey hey hey… jeff’s (and his family’s) weight is off limits man. Low blow, low blow.

          • moobs and boobs are two totally different things. and i didn’t say moobs, yo. i didn’t say moobs,

          • MB30SD

            Oh. Ok.

            Damn… that was even harsherer

        • SC Dave

          Well stated, Al. Zero points does not do it

      • Guest

        They don’t have an NFL-worthy Center.

    • For your consideration….

      Bad Jay did not appear. He stepped out of a huge rush , kept his head and dumped it off to Morgan one time. Stepped up other times and hit his checkdowns, etc. On the goal line after going 80yds and hitting Rosario for the TD and then having to go for TD #2 Garza snapped it to him prematurely and he should have thrown it away instead of going for TD #2 but whatever.

      • Bad Jay appeared on 2 throws that he absolutely forced and no QB who’s been an NFL starter for 8 years should even dream of throwing. One was intercepted, the other knocked out of the DB’s hands by Marshall.

        • For your consideration….

          Wood, i watch a lot of ball, those passes are attempted by other vets. It’s not bad jay to throw a non perfect pass, it’s called being a human.

          • GPLDAN

            Chicago Media disagrees with you, Johnny Luft Balloon.

            They have been roasting his breakdowns all week.

          • For your consideration….

            they’ve been roasting those 2 passes out of the whole preseason? jesus.

          • For your consideration….

            this is the same town that would have applauded a rookie 1st round QB pick this past draft.

    • For your consideration….

      Jay had the rush in his face on 3rd and 15 on the first drive and said fuck you and bombed it to Alshon stepping to his left. 7 if not 8 times out of 10 that’s a TD and a dagger in the heart of the Seattle Fans or any other fan base. This offense is going to do just fine. Seattle had 2 sacks, one because some Canadian named OLA ole’d his guy like Carimi and the other because it’s fucking Seattle.

      • the other because Matthew Mulligan is not the blocking TE people think he is.

        • For your consideration….

          i’m glad someone said it, i kept it open so i didn’t sound like a homer making excuses.

        • he’s no malamualugagoalmauga.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Both sacks came “because it’s fucking Seattle” in a certain way. On the Ola sack he has super late of the snap and it’s almost natural. His first NFL away game, loud crowd for him. The second one was Mulligan’s. He had no idea what the call was. Again maybe a mental error or maybe he didn’t hear. You look at him and he was tying to set the edge like it was a zone running play on his side. Instead they ran a bootleg after a play action.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      The only time Bad Jay appeared was on the INT in the red zone. He just didn’t give a shit about the game. None of the skilled O players did. You could see it. Trestman didn’t care either. The game plan was. Just don’t get injured. The OL was very good.

      • SC Dave

        Hug that dream, Barb. They cared. They got their asses kicked. Simple, really.

        But its preseason, so no big deal

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          No they didn’t. It was obvious from their body language and play calling ( no runs, no screens, few passes inside the numbers and the WR ducked both times knowing the Ss where coming)

          Watch the 3rd and 6 play with 13 minutes 33 seconds remaining into the 2nd quarter. You watch that and things will be blue sky clear.

          So it’s 3rd and 6 and Cutler throws to Marshall who dives for the ball behind him, but doesn’t catch it. Watch Forte and Jeffery. Forte is at the 1st down marker and the LBs are 10 yards away from him. He is free as a bird and Cutler has direct line of view on him, but doesn’t even bother to look. On the outside Jeffery literally jogs to the 1st down marker and stops playing while Cutler still has the ball in his hands for another 2 seconds. You’d think he was one of the bench players.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Any fan still using the “Good Jay” and “Bad Jay” references are losing credibility with how they treat and view their sports knowledge. In this case, you should start referring all players with the “Good” and “Bad” words before their name if it matters to you that much with how they played. The “Good” and “Bad” labeling is reminiscent of the Grossman days of what the media wants you to view the players as because it is sensationalism and just downright stupid.

      Plus, it’s preseason…you think Jay is going to give it 100 percent in a preseason game? Against the Superbowl champs? Who for some reason had it out to just give it their all on every snap? I am ok with how shitty Jay played as long as he did not get hurt.

      • MB30SD

        this

  • ErikGrogan

    I totally agree about the Tony Romo back issue but I’m insanely surprised that Peyton Manning can still take hits.

    That being said, I don’t think Fuller does that well but he should be solid. If Shea does that well, we might have lucked out then.

    If this Bears defense is going to survive, they need to hit hard and quick because I can’t see them hanging in close games. But hey, preseason doesn’t tell us everything and I could be totally wrong.

    Is Johnny Football the son of Brett Favre? Seriously.

    • MB30SD

      well well well….

      fuller was a BOSS against philly… CD is exactly what we know he is, nothing more (nothing less)… so that pipedream’s already gone poof.

      • GPLDAN

        A Bosssss 302, bitches!

    • Big Mike

      I think Shea is going to be nice surprise as the season goes on. Fuller’s a rookie, albeit one with a pedigree and high football IQ. He looks the part. Sadly, Safety is again a weak spot. I think LB play will look considerably better week 1.

      • Kyle Fuller kind of looks like Mike Brown. I mean, not really, but kind of. That’s got to be worth something, right?

      • MB30SD

        No clue at all what you saw that makes you feel that way mike… I guess there’s no place to go but up.

        I haven’t reviewed the Hawks tape yet, but his first two games were atrocious. Once I check the tape I’ll come back with a fair appraisal.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    The Vikings and Jaguars have just tasted the 1st round QB bust experience. They are just extra careful. Schaub is many things, but not a preseason type of QB. He’ll be alright when real football starts.

    • For your consideration….

      Bortles is a bust already?…ok then.

      • Big Mike

        No, Jags drafted an early round guy a few years back who was a bust. Forgot his name…

        • AlbertInTucson

          I believe you speak of the not-quite-immortal, Blaine Gabbert. Now trying to be the Back up in,,,Frisco?

          • AlbertInTucson

            Didn’t the Jags move up to get Gabbert….?

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            “Jacksonville acquired this pick from Washington for Jacksonville’s first- (16th overall) and second-round (49th) selections”.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Can you say “Adding insult to injury” boys and girls?

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I’ve never seen such a poor QB. Granted I’m not an NFL historian, but man I as literally shouting at the screen ‘Take him out of the game !!! Please take him out”. I think it was Jaguars-Rams this season.

          • AlbertInTucson

            And yet, the 49ers took him on.

          • AlbertInTucson

            And, apparently, he’s won the backup job there.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Gabbert and Ponder No. 10 and 12 respectably in the 2011 NFL Draft.

          • Big Mike

            OUCH!!

      • AlbertInTucson

        Bortles raised his stock against the Bear twos. Unfortunately, Henne raised HIS stock against the Bear Ones.

    • bearsfantillend

      Not sure how you can say Schaub is not a preseason type QB… i did a little research over the last 5 years because i was pretty sure that was an obviously wrong statement. I only looked at 1st 3 preseason games each year, mainly because the 4th doesn’t matter.

      He has a completion rate of about 72% and threw more TDs than ints. He was actually really efficient in the preseason with the Texans.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Wow. Great work. I didn’t mean it in the sense that he was garbage in his preseason carer. He’s just not the type of QB that takes over games. He needs a system working around him. He needs to get the run game going, build momentum, stuff like that. Not one that does well when things are sloppy as they are in the preseason.

        • MB30SD

          except him I guess

          Hahahahaha

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Or it was a Huston-Kubiak thing. Maybe they didn’t play vanilla in preseason.

          • MB30SD

            I doubt that but it’s possible

    • AlbertInTucson

      QB first round busts.

      Bear fans know THAT’S a taste that NEVER goes away.

      I STILL have to spit when someone says “Cade McNown.”

  • AlbertInTucson

    Blogfather Tweet: “I’d love to hear the NFL rationalize fans paying FULL PRICE for a game the Bears have deemed too risky for Jimmy Clausen to appear in.”

    Here is the NFL rationale for that:

    “Because we CAN.”

    It’s the same answer to “How can they CHARGE performers to appear at halftime of the Superbowl.?”

    • AlbertInTucson

      Yup.

      The NFL charges it, fans pay it.

      Oh, you DON’T want to pay it?

      Fine. No season tickets for you.

      I’d say “there’s a line around the block for those Bears seats” but its more like a line around the Field Museum, The Adler Planetarium, The Shedd Oceanarium and probably all the way to Buckingham Fountain.

      Yo, Attorney’s, is there a polite latin term for a kind of extortion that’s legal?

      • GPLDAN

        pre-season parking is $46.

        Get it? 46? Ha!

        • SC Dave

          Wow. Fucking WOW. Take the cta, i guess

          • CanadaBear

            Parking in downtown Calgary Mon thru Fri is between $25-$40/day or $6/hr if you can find a spot on the street.

      • Scharfinator

        I think the phrase you’re looking for is “In Rapius, we takius”

  • AlbertInTucson

    “The so called Tom Benson claims to be the doorman of an apartment complex that is situated just across from the Crowne Plaza. He mentions that he is the doorman and that the owners are away for vacation but that they rent the home. He then goes on to send you pictures and says that he will even offer a free airport shuttle. This is an illegitimate offer and the Department of Homeland Security has already investigated this crime. I sent out a money transfer, only to then quickly cancel. I was lucky and I hope that this helps other people as well.”

    I bet whoever posted that also thought he’d struck it rich in the Nigerian Lottery and just needed to send $200 to claim his millions.

  • CanadaBear

    Since I was the one that posted SI’s NFC north review that didn’t say anything about the Bears, I bring to you a video version from Don Banks at SI. This time they literally never mention the Bears.

    http://www.si.com/nfl/2014/08/25/nfl-division-previews-nfc-west-afc-east

    I get it we aren’t all that but we are in the division.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Really, Canada, how long SI’s actually been relevant?

      • burntorangenavyblue

        Yeah, their yearly NFL team and division reviews have shown a lot of biased analysis in the past decade. Usually they’d focus on pumping up the teams that most likely represented the market size of people reading them, New England/New York, Dallas/Texas (state), and the West Coast. Still amazes me that people get paid to write that stuff.

        • CanadaBear

          You forgot rule #1, Green Bay always gets positive press. Always.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            That rule was repressed for some reason, although I’m sure it’s a good one, haha

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            True that.

      • CanadaBear

        No argument here Al but even the most inept outfit should at least mention all 4 teams in the division when they are doing a review. Banks literally doesn’t mention the Bears. The print review by some other schlub at SI did mention the Bears (he mentioned they were in the division).

        I hate ESPN so I do go to the Chicago site but not the mothership. The Tribune has re-doubled their efforts to make the paywall less porous. It’s taken me out since you can’t be a subscriber in Canada. I’m sure there are other ways around it but I’m not savvy enough to pull it off and at some point it’s “Fuck it, if you don’t want my clicks.” The Sun-Times, CSN Chicago are a couple of my stops. Pro Football Focus has 10 zillion stats but usually I don’t care what Cutler’s QB rating was on the fifth Sunday of the month in odd numbered years, when they play more than 2 home games in 11th month of the season.

        • MB30SD

          82.5356%

        • AlbertInTucson

          I’m not even sure SI’s good for their old “Cover Curse” .I think they do regional covers these days, no?.

          • CanadaBear

            I have no idea. The only time I ever even open the paper copy is the swimsuit issue if I happen to be in a store. Unlike a lot of people on here, I actually like Peter King. I don’t think he’s the last word on pro football but he seems like a genuinely nice guy and I enjoy his work.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I actually once had subscriptions to SI and, for several years, THE SPORTING NEWS.

          • CanadaBear

            I was a huge baseball fan when I was younger and had a subscription to The Sporting News for years. Even visited the offices in St Louis about 35 years ago.

    • Trac

      Don Banks? His dreamworld is just about to end. Hehe

  • Trac
    • MB30SD

      Yes.

      • Trac

        Oh my.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Apparently the answer is “Yes”. Gotta love all the comments about how this suspension is the same as the one Ray Rice got ofr HIS “illegal Hit” on the then girlfriend/now wife.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Remember that Meriweather was once a Bear?

  • GPLDAN

    No Cutty, No Clausen. 4Q of Fales-Your-Analysis

    Shit like that usually means Fales will make the 53. Which would be unusual. If he kicks ass and takes names, the Bears know he won’t stay on the practice squad.

    • Shady

      Cereal?

      • MB30SD

        tooootally cereal.

  • GPLDAN

    Anybody know the severity of Conte’s concussion?

    • MB30SD

      torn labia… 4-7 weeks.

      wait…

      • SC Dave

        No doubt any woman that has borne a child would just sfh at that. My mother in law likened it to shitting a watermelon…

        • johnnywad

          I watched both of my kids’ births. Front row, center. Your Mother In Law hit it on the head.

        • MB30SD

          Hahahaha… yep, I watched both mine. FUCK that. So glad we have the dangly thing that lets us pee standing up, and not the baby tube. Yikes!

        • AlbertInTucson

          My lovely wife had a C-section.I was with her during the procedure and her Doc invited me to observe from HIS side of the screen to which I politely said “No, thank you.”

          • MB30SD

            good call.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Face it, boys, if MEN had to bear the children, the species would have gone extinct EONS ago.

          • SC Dave

            Perhaps, but we only think about the pain part. Imagine the joy of growing a new life inside you… well, yeah we can’t, but you know what I mean.

          • MB30SD

            I do that erra night, and give birth erra morning dave. It is indeed miraculous

    • SC Dave

      I’m curious/ concerned too. I know mb hates him, bjt we dont have any better alternatives

      • MB30SD

        Naw, if he’s the best guy then he is… it is what it is.

        For the record, my buddy in Chi (the boys met him at dinner last time) is friends with conte’s family and he says he’s a great guy. I don’t doubt that. I also don’t doubt his athleticism… I just KNOW he can’t tackle and takes bad angles.

        It’s really nothing personal over and above the fact that there were other better options and emery decided to fix other spots. I’ve accepted that, and may the best FS play… even if that’s CC.

        • SC Dave

          In the end, we want what is best that we can do right now.

  • johnnywad

    Bayou Scud gone. Didn’t see that one coming.

    • GPLDAN

      No more Anti-Plank Missiles?

      • johnnywad

        No. And no more friendly fire on our own Pro Bowl corners. Peanut’s job just got a little safer.

    • MB30SD

      meh, no tears here. It’s a bizniz and it’s rough, but we have McCray, Vereen, Conte, and Mundy… he was an emergency option at FS and wasn’t all that spectacular on specials. they obviously feel like they found a better anti-plank missile for his specials duties.

      • SC Dave

        In the end, he made the roster and played on “our” team for six seasons.

        Thanks, Craig, and good luck.

        • MB30SD

          i get it. you’re very emotion/feel personally abut it.

          I’ve become the opposite and feel it’s def a bidniz tho and the second you’re not performing… chop.

          • SC Dave

            Perhaps so, MB.

          • MB30SD

            It’s admirable dave.

            my heart has shrunk the older I get I guess.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      they cut their best 3 ST players the last week. I hope Emery has a viable plan. Or he really wants to have a historically bad unit every year.

      • SC Dave

        That would be an odd plan to be sure.

  • GPLDAN

    I think that during the season, when Cutler does something bad and gets cracked here and Johnny hits them full force with a strafing run… that we all break out into singng 99 Luftballoons in German to celebrate the spirited defense.

    Hast Du etwas Zeit fur mich
    Dann singe ich ein Lied für Dich
    Von 99 Luftballons
    Auf ihrem Weg zum Horizont

    Denkst Du vielleicht g’rad an mich
    Dann singe ich ein Lied fur Dich
    Von 99 Luftballons
    Und dass so was von so was kommt

    Dunta-da-dunta. Dunta-da-dunta-doo-doo.

    • Trac

      As long as they aint out to get my lady. Come get you some Canada.

      • CanadaBear

        Gotta love the O’Jays!

    • SC Dave

      Though I gave this the thumbs up, it’s sobering that this is from the same stock that brought us the Three Bs…

  • MB30SD

    DaBearsBlog
    Seahawks safeties are Earl Thomas and Cam Chancellor. Bears safeties are Ryan Mundy and hopefully somebody else. #OneMoreOffseason

    This… wow, that’s a little bit of a discrepancy. Brutal.

    And I don’t know my maingses… I might have been ok rolling with peanut and timmyj (and McManis and Frey), if we would have taken HaHa or Pryor…. in hindsight of course. Anyone else feelin that same twinge?

    • johnnywad

      Maybe. Easily forgotten though if Fuller really is a badass and Peanut’s age shows this season.

      • MB30SD

        yeah, I know… I’m already a huge fuller fan based on the philly game. I was seriously impressed.

        I’m going to watch McCray again closely when I review the seattle tape. I don’t see the same thing yonny is… at least not to the same degree. the guy obviously isn’t a star playmaker, but he was reasonably solid in the first two games (in the first 3ish series at least)

        • johnnywad

          I think McCray is your Day 1 starter

          • MB30SD

            agree 100%. he’s not as aggressive on runs as conte, but he also ‘gets’ angles and is a sure tackler. He keeps things in front of him, unlike conte.

            the choice is more of an occasional playmaker who misses critical tackles in conte, or a guy that probably won’t get any INTs, but that won’t whiff on 2-3 last-man tackles a game either. I’ll take the latter every time.

          • if Conte’s over his concussion, it’s gotta be him. He had one week of practice and was the best safety on the roster.

          • johnnywad

            I believe you. But a two week turnaround after a concussion on one week of practice for the entire off season sounds like a lot to ask. I wasn’t able to watch the Seahawks game, but it didn’t sound like McCray shit the bed from what I heard. He may just be a place holder until Conte gets back.

          • that’s certainly possible, but a concussion-if not a tremendously serious one-usually means one missed week. I think Conte could very well be back by week 1. We shall see.

          • For your consideration….

            If Danny McCray is our safety we will not stop 1 third down this season.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Hindsight is always 20-20 but that particular personnel comparison is both brutal and depressing.

    • SC Dave

      Honestly, the line was more important. There has never been a great defense without a great line. Well, never is a long time, but I don’t know of any.

      • this year was about the DL. Next year will be rebuilding the back 7.

        • MB30SD

          Man… we’ve got a loooooot of spots to fill. Not to get ahead of ourselves, but in order of importance (without knowing what will shake out this year):

          * IMLB
          * SAM
          * FS
          * SS
          * RCB
          * Back up CB

          • Ososfan

            I’m still on the fence about the O-LINE. I’d take one in the early rounds to shore up that side of the ball for a long time. No TE, btw?

          • MB30SD

            We need one more, but more than any of the lb or saftey spots… mmmmmno.

            I think we can find vet ol and te in fa… harder for lb and s

        • CanadaBear

          I’m still not convinced PE is great at drafting D. Fuller looks like he’s a keeper but I can’t think of another D player PE has drafted that looks like a baller. I’m not giving up on Bostic or Greene but it’s time they stepped up. CD might pan out but right now I’d say that was a terrible pick.

    • seeing as HaHa isn’t gonna start in GB, who had worse safeties than CHI last year (MD Jennings started all 16 games for them), no thanks. Fuller appears to be the real deal.

      • MB30SD

        agree fuller’s the real deal, but that’s somewhat orthogonal to the point of my question.

        Do we know how’s pryor doing?

  • Shady

    Jordan Palmer going full meatball on the twit machine:

    “I’ll be wearing #bears gear and supporting the bears for the rest of my life. Regardless of what happens. This is the best org in the NFL.

    Coach Trest didn’t want players to make predictions about this year. As a former bear I can say that I believe this is a SB team w an MVP QB”

    • MB30SD

      wow. easy there tiger. Damn, homie sounds like a stalker ex that you just broke up with. yikes!

      • Shady

        According to the Score, Jordan Palmer is now a Buffalo Bill.

        • MB30SD

          wow, what a kick in the balls. that org is a shitshow already.

          Btw, did you see that hacker attack on the network last night? Couldn’t bang bang all night. fuckers.

          • GPLDAN

            #fuck_sony_hackers

      • GPLDAN

        #palmjob

  • Trac

    I’m going crazy….. are we there yet daddy?. Can’t wait to see whats under the hood this year.

  • AlbertInTucson

    I did not know the Romo was such a good golfer. The fact that he has given up a game he ecelled at in his 30s WOULD seem to be telling.

    Agree. I can’t see 16 games in 2014 campaign, either.

    • MB30SD

      I’ll go even further… I think he’s close to being done if his back doesn’t heal completely this year… and I’m no doctor, but being an NFL QB… especially with that oline, doesn’t bode well.

      • Trac

        What’s this about a 3 piece bloomer?

        • MB30SD

          mmmmm, yes…. quite. it’s fabulous. just like the old days at the vaal dam.

    • Trac

      Jerra came oooh sooo close to drafting Johnny Shithead. Too bad his son stepped in to stop the madness, I would have loved to see Jerra draft him.

      Here are some of Romo’s not so fine moments.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Trac, I tend to view Romo along the same lines at Cutty, They’ve both had their bad moments but they’ve both had to perform with some truly AWFUL offensive lines and he’s put up 90 TD passes in the last 3 seasons. He puts up 48, his defense surrenders 51. He had 31 TD psses to 10 INTs last year. All while taking the kind of beating we had to watch Cutler take before last season.

        And when he’s screwed up, he’s dodged responsibility and I’ve never seen him get pissy with reporters.

        I’d be more than happy to see Cutty put up 31 TD passes with only 10 INTs this season. I just hope our rebuilt defense doesn’t negate the success we all expect to have from this offense.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Yes, supposedly it took everybody else with any rank in the organization to prevent him from selecting Johnny. who’s looked so-so against 2s and 3s who haven’t game planned to keep his short self in the pocket.

  • AlbertInTucson

    From the “Let’s not get too bent out of shape over an exhibition game” file, yes, at least the Bear offense didn’t look like they had just been introduced to each other before the game.

    The 49er offense in general, and their starting QB in particular, have looked pretty inept thus far.

    They’ll probably get it together in week 2 of the regular season though.

  • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

    I put my money that the two next to cut are Hayden and Fiammetta.

    • MB30SD

      not fiammetta… we need a real fullback. Our SY/GL sucks.

      • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

        or an OL

        • MB30SD

          I hope it’s hayden, there are a bunch of other names I’ve never even heard of… plenty of cut fodder before we get to starters.

          • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

            or the “list of inactive players” filled out

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Hayden won’t be cut.

      • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

        he´s been outplayed by Mcmannis… his only chance would be beating Frey´s performance against browns.

  • AlbertInTucson

    So, SI seems to complete overlook The Bears, then comes with this…

    http://www.si.com/2014/08/25/cover-two-surprise-playoff-teams-bears-jets-ravens?xid=si_topstories

  • AlbertInTucson

    Well, you COULD be a Bear fan and grouse about Friday’s performance.

    On the other hand, you COULD be a Rams fan.

    It’s one thing to have to go to your backup QB and it’s another to have to go to him for an entire season.

    Which begs the question “Who do we have if Shaun Hill goes down?”

    Last time this happened to the Rams they had to go to a guy with “Grocery Packer” and “Arena Football” on his resume’.

    Have to doubt if this time’s going to work out quite as well.

  • GPLDAN

    The Bills making Palmer a Bill to spill the playbook is pretty crass stuff. It’s been done before; still classless.

    • MB30SD

      They need ALLLLL the help they can get.

  • Paul Stuart

    The Vikings totally need to simply go back to their classic uniform with stripes over the shoulder. It doesn’t really matter, but those sleeve stripes look crappy. I’m happy enough with the bears having shoulder numbers as the sleeves have the space for a decent width of stripe on those short and trim cuts. (what’s the proper term for stripes? can’t remember) Anyway, nothing has changed enough on the Vikings uni to warrant doing anything – the horns included. It only matters slightly as they play the bears twice hehe. And the Jags…JESUS. There are many more but I can’t be arsed now…maybe I should go do something.

    Sorry, pre-season, out-of date, off topic, random thought. Kinda getting impatient with it all now…

    • GPLDAN

      The matte helmets are what looks bad.

    • MB30SD

      purple.

      (‘nough said)

    • Paul Stuart

      Yeah matte purple is a little too satin sheet for a football helmet. looks like a hutch replica.

  • GPLDAN

    I actually watched Jeff Tuel play against Lovie’s scrubs. He was AWFUL.

    Oh and Lovie is signing Richie Incognito. So much for character when you need to win now, eh Lovie?

    • Bender McLugh

      I dunno, I agree with Lovie being a no-nonsense guy in the locker room as Wilbon said last night on PTI talking about this. Icognito is a douche, but who better to handle a douche than Lovie?

      • MB30SD

        you watch that wretched show. Jesus, talk about two guys who viscerally know less about actually playing the game of football.

        A geek and a blimp. (what movie?)

        • Bender McLugh

          I love some PTI, it’s the best when they get pissed at each other.

          (movie…….stumped)

          • MB30SD

            can’t stand the little weasle douche kornholer… fucking nerd. The black dude is ok.

  • Frank Schoenburg
    • MB30SD

      $5 to whomever broke it below.

  • MB30SD

    Damn, N.Bowman officially on PUP

    Adam Schefter
    49ers also placed LB NaVorro Bowman on PUP, meaning he officially will miss at least the first six games this season.

    Bummer, guy’s an animal.

    • johnnywad

      Silver lining. He doesn’t kill any Bears

      • MB30SD

        true story.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      That was known from the moment he got injured. Not even Peterson would have returned for Week 1. The question was PUP or IR. The truth is they don’t really know if he’ll play this year. You’d guess he is, but nobody really knows.

  • Sactowns#1

    FANTASY FOOTBALL QUESTION- which one of these auction leagues are we actually drafting in? I see both of them are still up and active.

  • For your consideration….

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-jay-cutler-jordan-palmer-bills-20140826-story.html
    When asked his feeling about Palmer signing with the Bills:
    “It’s not an ideal situation”
    Very diplomatic way to say, “what an asshole”.

    • GPLDAN

      I picture a scene where as Palmer is walking out the door at Halas, it’s all handshakes and smiles.
      “Love ya baby!”
      “You’re Great! No YOU, you are great!”
      “The door is always open for you here at Halas, we love you and your brother.”
      “You guys are going all the way, I just know it”

      (backs out the door, turns around, walks to his car, pulls his iPhone up to his ear)

      “The Bills GM? Awesome. Let’s fuck’em sideways.”

      • MB30SD

        the bills need all the help they can get.

    • he’s not an asshole at all. He was offered a job and took it. what’s wrong with that?

      He owes the Bears nothing. They just fired him.

      • For your consideration….

        it was a tongue in cheek comment that didn’t translate in my post. Jay addressed it in his presser and his reaction was the tone of my comment. Lost in translation.

  • GPLDAN

    Dear Markie Marc,

    How ’bout… one half of Fales and one half of Lynch as a wildcat QB. Give the people something for their money, know what I mean?

    Your friend,
    GP

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    The Patriots trade Logan Mankins to the Bucs better know as the Lovies for a TE and a 4th rounder. He’s 32 and his cap numbers for the 3 year contract are 10,5M, 11M and & 7M. His dead money are 8M, 4M and 0.

    • GPLDAN

      Lovie has Mankins and Incognito.

      (wait for it…..)

      He gets off the bus running.

      (Martin even wears #22)

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Not a bad pair by any means. The loser should have shown at least 10% of this determination to bring in Offensive help while in Chicago. 1st round WR, All Pro OLinemen, 2nd round TE.

  • For your consideration….

    Zach Zaidman ✔ @ZachZaidman
    Cutler when asked about #Bears first team defense: “I feel like you guys are kind of bored, trying to get something to pick at here.”
    I love that our QB would rather start a war with the media than throw a teammate under the bus. He could just play nice and keep getting treated well by the beat-offs but …. naw. Fuck the press and their angles on the Bears. That’s disrespectful to ask the QB about the D as if Jay would fall for the us vs them shit that he had to endure in his first couple years here. That is a question for the coaches.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    The Bears cut James Brown and Isaiah Frey. I liked James Brown. I’m disappointed

    • GPLDAN

      THe Godfather of Soul was backing up at LT.

      So who is going to be the swing tackle for both sides?

      Ola? O-O-O-Ola? I think they met him in a club down in old Soho.

    • MB30SD

      WTF!?!? Frey instead of Hayden!?!? What am I fucking missing!??

      • Bender McLugh

        thought I heard Frey wasn’t as versatile….at sucking.

        • Frey is hurt. Hayden is not.

          • Bender McLugh

            ah, makes sense

          • Bender McLugh

            I did like Frey though

          • MB30SD

            I did not know this. That’s too bad. fuck me, we need a DC who knows what the fuck he’s doing and can own that side of the ball.

            Come home young ryan.

  • For your consideration….

    http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/videos/Uncut-Cutler-Presser-82614/ca176a9e-5120-4af1-9bef-bf8aae888d20
    lol, at the end of the presser a beat reporter asks Jay if he plays Madden and what he thinks about his 86 rating and 98 arm strength.

  • MB30SD

    who was the 3rd guy? Do we know?

    Brown, Frey, and ?

    • they only had to cut 2 after cutting Steltz last night.

      • MB30SD

        Ah, right. Forgot. thanks.

        down to 53 by sunday night.

  • For your consideration….

    I know that people chuckle when the concept of Jordan Lynch making the team is brought up. Here’s why I think he should make it.
    1. He’s a tough motherfucker
    2. He’s 6’0 217 and doesn’t shy away from contact
    3. He can play quarterback, running back, specials
    The only drawback is that he lacks experience at the position. Carey, Draughn and Perry have a ton of experience at the position but that didn’t stop them from missing blocks, getting their asses kicked, falling down, fucking up assignments, etc.
    The kid almost won the Heisman so maybe he’s actually a good football player and we shouldn’t just write him off because he’s white. It sounds weird but if Jordan Lynch was black and did the same shit white Jordan Lynch did they’d be talking about a team giving a solid football player a shot because of past performance. I’m a huge football racist for certain positions but I actually want Lynch to get a shot.
    #reversefootballpositionracism?

    • GPLDAN

      Fales will probably grab his spot on the final roster. It would be an odd choice with a proven QB like Clausen to go ahead and keep Fales active, but that seems to be the media thinking today.

      #whiteonwhitetheft

      • For your consideration….

        Well, let’s see what he does in the last game. Let the guy play specials, run down the field and fucking plug someone. Let him catch a ball in the flat or block on a pass play. I don’t know if he can whiff a block as well as Carey or Perry but we won’t know until he tries.

    • MB30SD

      is he that good? I think his 40 was like a 4.7, no?

      http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/jordan-lynch?id=2543833

      Ouch… 4.76. (that and his picture looks like he cooks meth in a trailer down by the river)

      • GPLDAN

        Jordan Pinkman?

        • MB30SD

          Jordan Slowpinkman (it’s a traditional polish sirname)

      • For your consideration….

        normally i’d agree with you but there is something about this guy. he makes those other RB’s look fucking puny. I know it seems crazy but I wouldn’t be asking him to break off a 75yd run, i’d be asking him to put his fucking helmet through a LB’s chest to get 1 yard and risk brain damage to do it….and this guy would.

        • For your consideration….

          and my inside source says that Carey is a lazy fucking piece of shit with no heart and no discipline.

          • MB30SD

            Oh, I’m up for it, if he is.

            love those guys. smh.

    • bearsfantillend

      Jordan Lynch is the poor mans Tim Tebow.

      • For your consideration….

        we’ll have to agree to disagree.

        • bearsfantillend

          how much more similar do they have to be… QBs with poor accuracy, known for their running abilities, one won won the Heisman the other was a finalist, both ran an option style offense in college. both were known to be tough and could take a hit. The only difference is that one is willing to be a rb and play specials and the other was not.

  • MB30SD

    DaBearsBlog
    Just received email breaking down reason I should root for Packers to beat Seahawks in the opener. Responded with: “No.”

    So this. FUCK the packers. I hope seattle blows up that entire fucking team. Fuck them.

  • MB30SD

    I think i’m in love again (yeah, check #10 in the slideshow bitches!): http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/list/201407/alexandria-morgan-slideshow#1

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