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If I Made the 2014 NFL Schedule…

| March 31st, 2014

I have never lied. (Is that true?) I enjoy the release of the upcoming schedule far more than the NFL draft. I am someone who travels with extensive itineraries, does vast amount of research, knows the oldest bar in every town I’ll find. The NFL schedule is like a treasure map. The booty is football.

Here’s what should happen this year.

THURSDAY NIGHT OPENER

Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks

No brainer of no brainers. When you have an opportunity for a Super Bowl rematch, involving Peyton Manning, to kick off your season, you do it. I have also been an advocate for the NFL opening the season with non-conference games (with no tiebreaking implications) and this game fits the bill.

SUNDAY NIGHT OPENER

New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers

I like the idea of the Sunday night opener at Lambeau and I don’t know a single serious football fan who isn’t interested in seeing Darrelle Revis’ first game as a Pat.

MONDAY NIGHT OPENER I

Tampa Bay Bucs at Chicago Bears

Lovie’s return to Chicago, Josh McCown v. Jay Cutler…etc. The league may want to save this game for later in the calendar but I wouldn’t. What if McCown is a dud in Tampa? What if it takes Lovie Smith a year or two to implement his plan? You don’t want to save this game for November and have a 2-5 Bucs team in primetime. I would hate the scheduling of this game as it would rob me of my favorite day of the year (first football Sunday) but it would be the perfect remedy for fans who start to feel a bit footballed out by Monday night of opening weekend.

MONDAY NIGHT OPENER II

Kansas City Chiefs at San Francisco 49ers

The league seems to always put an AFC West dud in this slot and I’ve never understood why. Is their belief that the audience won’t hang on for a second game? Since it has to be a west coast team and I’ve taken Denver and Seattle off the board, go with the second best team in the sport and bring back their former quarterback.

THANKSGIVING SLATE

Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions

Because the NFL refuses to abandon the ridiculousness of having the Lions and Cowboys play every Thanksgiving, we’re forced into this game. (League will probably put the Dolphins here but I think the Bills are the more exciting team.)

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

I don’t trust the 2014 New York Giants and the NFL doesn’t want the Redskins anywhere near Thanksgiving because it will open them up to the “redskin conversation” at full volume. Stick the Eagles here. Even a blowout will be entertaining.

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks

This slot, the primetime Thanksgiving game, should always be reserved for the best rivalry in the sport. Niners and Seahawks is it.

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  • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

    Is it bad that this post by Jeff is more exciting and thought provoking to me than the thought of the entire Cubs/Sox season?

    • CanadaBear

      Being a Cubs fan, I totally understand.

    • Big Mike

      Just
      to add facts to the fire… Over the last three years, Chicago
      baseball teams have had a 425-547 W/L record. That’s a .437 winning %.
      Or an average of 92 losses per season. Last year, the Cubs and Sox
      were even worse than the 3year average with
      a winning percentage BELOW .400. 129-195 W/L.

      Has this much bad
      baseball ever been played in one city?

      On the Northside, we’ve also
      been robbed of hope, as we field a team that I think might be challenged
      by our AA and AAA team

  • gpldan

    Excellent video of Devin’s pimped new ride:

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      rick roll’d cock blocked by a Re/Max ad.

      • gpldan

        damn you Youtube ads!

        Besides, it’s Brick Rolled. That’s like getting extra hot peppers on your Italian beef.

  • tobijohn

    Sort of off-topic but the Dolphins should play their first eight games on the road and not return home until November when the temps down here are getting close to tolerable. A few years back, a Packer friend of mine took me to a Packer/Dolphins game. Great seats, down close on the fifty but half way through the first quarter, I just couldn’t take the heat/humidity combo any longer and spent the rest of the game at a bar under the stands, in front of one of those big industrial fans, watching the game on television. I have no idea how the players do it as it’s even hotter on the field..

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      Same thing happens here in Tampa, been to several Bears/Bucs showdowns and a couple of Bucs/Lions games all with 1PM starts and all before December. You can’t wear a Jersey or you’ll suffocate. I honestly don’t know how the players on the field do it.

  • totally off-topic unless it can be argued that bill murray makes it on topic with his tshirt:

    http://thechive.com/2014/03/31/bill-murray-makes-double-amputees-night-the-only-way-he-knows-how-10-photos/

    • CanadaBear

      How awesome is that! Gotta give it up for Murray. That young man was grinning from ear to ear!

    • MB30SD
      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        “Bill Murray doesn’t have an agent, just an 800 number where you leave a voicemail and pitch your movie”

        I don’t suppose anyone knows the number?

        If you’re reading this Bill, I do have a screenplay in mind for you and it involves pot, golf and the Bears, so it’s win-win for you.

        It’s called “The Golfer : or, The secret of playing golf and the coming of Jay Cutler to the Chicago Bears.”

        It’s about a senior who tries smoking pot one day, and then realizes the secret of playing golf and perfects the swing. He gets really good at golf, obviously, and eventually gets his tour card as a pro and becomes this aging hippy enigma on the circuit – the anti-Tiger – espousing his simplistic philosophies to the media and entertaining the crowds with his unique antics. Wars are replaced by golf tournaments and … um …. ‘Bill’ represents the USA, beats everybody and brings about world peace.

        If anyone reading this knows Bill, please pass this on to him … I can be reached …um …. here.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Nobody cooler than Bill.

      That link had another on it, and well, um …Burn your bras for science …. I’m sorry … MB, you might want to sit down for this …..

      http://thechive.com/2014/03/27/burn-your-bras-for-science-35-photos/

      #1 is my favorite. Good Lord.

      • MB30SD

        Have I ever mentioned to you guys that I like boobies? Hmmmm?

        And of course you do. SMFH… glutton for punishment huh? Haven’t you learnt your lesson yet?

  • EnderWiggin

    Niners and Seahawks are the “best rivalry in the sport”? Where have I been?

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Well, they’re the oldest teams in the …. wait ….

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Lovie’s return to Chicago, Josh McCown v. Jay Cutler…etc. The league may want to save this game for later in the calendar but I wouldn’t. What if McCown is a dud in Tampa?”

    EXCELLENT choice! I wouldn’t wait on it, either.

    Always iffy to set up a game with a Certain QB vs. another certain QB and gamble on BOTH being healthy if you wait until later in the season.

    • gpldan

      Let’s face it, this is a media circus waiting to happen. That week the media will have a field day asking how much Emery offered Josh.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I don’t see the Circus coming to town for that.
        The Bears were never in a position to offer McCown as much to backup vs. any other team willing to pay him to start.

  • MB30SD

    May please.

  • Viva

    The BT needs to put an offer in on D. Manning. He can play S and return kicks….
    Should be a no brainer.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      He seems destined for Dallas from what I read, we’ll see. I’d like to see him back here.

    • el_caney

      it would be a waist of time, he was released by denied to take a pay-cut and played 6 games last year by an injure.

  • MB30SD

    according to SI.com, we’re taking a DL @ 14… 1 of three of them.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nfl/news/20140226/2014-nfl-mock-draft-database/

    • Big Mike

      None of these have been updated since Allen acquisition. I don’t think. Nix is an interesting choice. Some say he is the top DT, but injury question leaves doubts. I wouldn’t take him, unless I was certain. In general, no injury history for a number 1 is a good rule.

      • MB30SD

        so you take jernigan then?

        • Big Mike

          The variables are so vast. Walter Football, NFL.com, CBS Football and draftek.com all have a different take on the best 4-3 DT. Donald, Jernigan, Nix, Hageman, even Tuitt the injured underclassmen that Irish loves, could be 1,2 or 3 on the Bears’ draft board at DT. So my answer is, if it is one of the Bears top 3 DTs (assuming clowney is #1), I’m taking the DT.

          • CanadaBear

            Unless there is a run on them, we should be good.

          • Big Mike

            If there is a run on DTs and one of the Bears top 3 guys isn’t there and if that Ha Ha guy from AL is, I’d be torn about what to do. Wish I knew who the Bears top 3 DTs were. Wouldn’t have had Kyle Long on their board at OT where they took him, Wouldn’t have had Shea McClellin on the board where they took him either.

          • CanadaBear

            Good points about both players. I’m just hoping PE gets off the defensive schneid when it comes to picking D.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            When Isaiah Frey is your best defensive pick, you’ve got some shortcomings. That being said the jury is still out on Bostic and Greene, I still think they are starters down the road, especially if we add some girth on the D-Line to free them up to make plays. If that happens, all of a sudden the only abject failure would be Shea, unless he turns into a perennial all-pro at the Mike (doubtful), because of the opportunity cost of getting Jones or Mercilus.

          • CanadaBear

            That’s how I feel. At this point, I’ll be shocked if CD turns into a + performer. Bostic and Greene could be good … or not. Haven’t given up on them..

          • SC Dave

            Neither Jones nor Mercilus are “perennial all-pro” players yet, so your requirement for Shea to be is at this point nonsense.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Let me clarify, because he busted out at the position he was drafted to play, he now needs to make up for the production that Jones (mainly who we ALL wanted) has already put up in 2 years over Shea. Of the 2 Jones is more likely to be an All-Pro next year than Shea, and my comment was more directed toward the future because Shea wasn’t a LB last year. So to say my comment was nonsense is nonsense.

          • MB30SD

            and the likelihood he is an all pro at a new position is small. Would be nice if it happened, but I ain’t counting on anything but a bust by next year. Prove me wrong cracker.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt
  • MB30SD

    from the not about fb file.

    My god, hockey without helmets or masks. Terrifying (and about as tough as it gets): http://siextramustard.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/howe.jpg?w=562&h=600

    Fucking All Blacks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv172d8xfjs

    • SC Dave

      The All Blacks – that’s the shit man

  • Big Mike

    More than the draft? Don’t see it. But to each his own. The schedule comes out, Big Mike books 1 trip to Chicago for a Bears game and 1 trip to see the beloved on the road. All the other games are of no meaning to me.

  • gpldan
    • Bear Down in Tampa

      Kiper has him at 16, he moved him up from 21.

      • MB30SD

        dallas. figures.

        he have us taking jernigan?

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          It’s not a mock, it’s just his draft board, he has AD as the #16 ranked prospect. The #14 ranked prospect is Justin Gilbert. He has Jernigan ranked at 18.

          Here are his comments on Donald:

          “No player has jumped as much during the postseason, and he moved up another five spots in our rankings this week. He led the country in tackles for loss, then went to Mobile and was a star at the Senior Bowl against very good competition; then he went to Indy and ran 4.65 in the 40 at 285 pounds, and also threw in 35 reps in the bench press for good measure. And the combine totals, athleticism and power match up perfectly with how he played in 2013, with a blend of quickness and power to run through and around blocks, creating constant problems for offenses. Now, he’s a likely mid-first round pick.”

          Comments on Gilbert:

          “Gilbert’s athlete credentials are strong, and he also had a great season. On the field, he combines short-area quickness to adjust to routes and open-field speed to run with (or past) any receiver. He has enough size and strength to redirect routes at the line and can then flip his hips and run with anybody; he rarely allows much separation. Good ball skills and hands are evident both in coverage and the return game. Given the need at the position, it’s not out of the question that he lands in the top 10.”

          • MB30SD

            got it, thanks BC.

          • Our DB coach used to make the WRs and CBs backpedal up/down hills.
            One time, I fell.
            He just spat his seeds and adjusted his oakleys “Had to be a corner back…”

          • MB30SD

            yep.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            That’s incredible. Shame Youtube wasn’t around back then.

          • Trac

            I’m thinking Gilbert will drop to the 2nd round.

  • gpldan
    • MB30SD

      My god he’s fat.

      Question: Do you think Biggsy smells more like Portillo’s iBeef, or Lou’s deep dish?

      Answer: D, both

      The more I see things, the more I think our edges will be scary this year, what about beefing up the middle now? Murph’s Jernigan calls starting to look a bit more natural to me now. (especially since your post about aaron shooting up boards might not be there for us anyway, as we’ve discussed)

      • CanadaBear

        Gotta be DT or CB if we don’t move. Too early for these safeties. I don’t care who they take as long as they make an impact.

        • MB30SD

          I won’t at all be sad if we take Dix (love’s me some dix $!) canada. I agree on DT or CB, but there’s only one guy at CB that’s worth it at our pick and I think he’ll be long gone. Besides, we have two PB CBs on the roster right now, so it’s a little bit of a luxury, even though it’s doubtful peanut stays healthy for all 19 games.

          • CanadaBear

            If we end up taking Dix at 14 and he’s the end of our issues at FS for the next few years, I’M IN!

          • MB30SD

            did you see what I did there… 19. not 16…. 19.

          • It’s not a luxury if we pick #32 next year, MB. Then what kind of CB will we have oppopsite Jennings?

            (I’m not counting on Peanut in 15). We get Gilbert, break him in for a year at nickle (which will play a lot of snaps) while he balls out on specials.

            Next year, at 32, we won’t have to worry about drafting slow/injured/undersized/character CBs at 32.

          • MB30SD

            100% agree. Problem is that there’s no way gilbert’s there at 14 for us my maings.

          • I think the Lions are eying him like a Juggalo eyes a bag of blue meth.

          • MB30SD
  • Bear Down in Tampa

    The 49ers have 1 1st Rounder (30), 2 2nd Rounders (56,61) and 3 3rd Rounders (77, 94, 100C). That makes them the ideal trade partner because I don’t think all those rookies will make their team. They moved up 13 spots last year to get a player at a position of need; maybe they move up 16 spots this year if the right player fell to 14? Phil loves to get appropriate value for his picks though, so I don’t know if the 49ers break out the war chest unless the player that falls to us is Sammy Watkins.

    • gpldan

      http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2014/3/28/5521124/2014-nfl-draft-sammy-watkins-video-scouting-report

      You see this guy as trans formative?

      I see him as Percy Harvin. A fast weapon, yes, but a #4 overall?

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        I think the 49ers would like to have that guy and if he fell to #14, they would be hitting the phones hard trying to get him.

        At #4? I don’t know, but after DE Clowney and OT Robinson who else are you taking in front of him? Barr and Mack are 3-4 OLB’s plain and simple, unless you run a 4-3 where you send your Sam after the QB on every snap, they have a limited audience. Also, like I was saying on another thread, those guys (super athletic DE/OLB hybrids) come along every year. Ask the Dolphins how that Dion Jordan thing is working out? None of the QB’s are worthy of being Top 5 picks. In this particular draft Sammy Watkins is justifiable as the #4 pick given what he brings to the table. Jacksonville (Blackmon and Shorts III) and Cleveland (Gordon and Cameron) would have respectable receiving corps if they took him. I just hope for his sake Oakland doesn’t nab him, THAT is where receivers go to die (uh, suck it Moose)!

    • Johnathan Wood

      I could see somebody making a play if Mike Evans somehow falls to 14, but it’s tough to see that happening.

      Maybe if there’s a WR they love and just have to have with teams at 15, 17, 18 possibly looking in that direction

      • I think the 9ers would absolutely move up for Evans. I think Evans is a top 10 pick in the eyes of many.

  • MB30SD

    I’m no draft guru, but I see us having our pick of the following @ 14 if we use it:

    DL: Jernigan, Nix III, Hageman

    S: Pryor

    CB: Dennard, fuller

    LB: Mosley (maybe), Borland

    I personally think donald, gilbert (finally getting it right), and dix will be gone. I also think you take them in this order: Jernigan > Pryor = Mosely > Dennard (and you might even take mosely over pryor just because I think pryor is more of an NFL SS, and we need a FS. that said S in general is much more a position of need this year)

    The net-net for me is that if we pick any of the available guys listed first above, phil has done well.

    So if we go with jernigan @ 14, do you shoot for another seminole at FS in RD 2: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1737623/terrence-brooks. Sounds pretty good to me.

    Or do you go pryor @ 14 and trade up to get tuitt in 2? Whatever the order, I think we have to go S/DL in 1 & 2.

    • gpldan

      I like Pryor the more clips I see. He’s very Todd Bell or Tony Parrish to me. Strong safety who brings the size. The Kam Chancellor effect. We need that, since right now we have a converted free safety playing strong who is bad at contact.

      Because we were sold Pringles was this:

      http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/xQuElXh3Ngw/maxresdefault.jpg

      And got this:

      http://media.trb.com/media/photo/2011-08/64168390.jpg

      • MB30SD

        Hahahahaha… I still have faith bostic will turn out to be a starter at some point down the road. I really liked what I saw at IMLB from him in college. As the pic proves.

        That shot of pringles made me laugh… in his defense, that is brandon Jacobs in the pic.

        Oh, and please never compare pryor to chancellor GP, he’s NOTHING like him in size. Here’s the breakdown (yes, I get over protective)

        Pryor: 5’11” 207, 4.58 40, 18 reps on bench

        Kam: 6’3″ 231, 4.6 40, 22 reps on bench

        Deeeeeum, slight size diff. Speed’s about the same.

        They both bring the wood. My biggest issue is that we’ve already paid for mundy at SS (and the packer guy), we still have conte at free. we need a free this year. If we got danniel back, I’d be fired up to go jernigan @ 14 and Ward in rd 2.

        • CanadaBear

          A beast. Give Vernon Davis credit for getting up after getting blown up. That was a brutal shot.

          • Davis had a rough year. Some dude pulled him down by his wang. I’m not sure which hurt more.

          • MB30SD

            he should probably be the real pringles.

          • Who needs a penis pump, eh? (looks around, checks mail box).

        • Johnathan Wood

          the Packer guy is a FS, and a really truly horrifically awful one at that.

          • MB30SD

            one word for you data….

            Chris…… Conte.

          • Johnathan Wood

            Conte is a better safety than Jennings, and it’s not even close IMO

          • MB30SD

            that’s sad

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Danieal Manning – is he healthy? What’s the beef? Whatever happens, or whoever we draft, our pas rush is already better this year (barring injury). There is already more competition at safety, and our safety play won’t need to be as spot on anyway, so I think we can wait ’til next year to draft one.

          Problem: Likely we won’t be drafting so high next year, so if you want a FS, then 14 is the spot to do it. Is Pryor the Franchise Guy?

          Problem #2 : You draft Pryor, then he’s starting. Do we want a rook FS? Or do we spend some dollars next year on a FA :

          Nate Allen, Chris Banjo, Brandan Bishop, Omar Brown, Sergio Brown, Stevie Brown, Antrel Rolle … oh jesus there’s a lot of ’em …

          http://www.kffl.com/static/nfl/features/freeagents/fa.php?option=DB&y=2015

          • MB30SD

            Nick reid, kenny vaccaro, earl thomas, eric berry, marc barron, etc… etc…… all taken top 15, all started and kicked varying levels of ass as rooks and beyond.

            When you draft this high you get what you pay for usually irish. We’re not talking about some 3rd round project or a fucking converted corner from some shitty pack-12 team.

            You want a franchise guy, this is the cost baby. Pay to play. After 10 years, I think we’re well overdue.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      If Borland is the pick, I’m out on Emery.

      • MB30SD

        agree

      • Cormonster

        Is Borland slated to go in the first round? That doesn’t sound right.

        • Johnathan Wood

          he’s supposed to be a 2nd or 3rd rounder. So about in range for Emery in round 1.

          • MB30SD

            Hahahaha… stop it.

            He was listed by one site as the #2 LB in the draft, hence the listing.

          • Dee Ford. Emery will draft Dee Ford, or Coco Shea.

          • MB30SD

            you guys are killing me. My heart couldn’t take that man. i honestly won’t know what to do if he blows this.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            We won’t know if he’s blown it for about three years though. I have never given up on Shea, he was playing in the wrong spot for us, that’s all. He’s a LB who played end in college, that’s all. The dude looks like a mike.

          • MB30SD

            nah, we’ll know right off the bat on this one.

            Like we’ve all been sayin, there are 4-5 guys that will be there for us at our pick… if he pulls a shea and picks up some fucking total no name, we’ll know. Kyle long came with a guaranteed pedigree of greatness.

            If he pulls what the barbarian has been saying and picks up a fucking TE @ 14, we’ll all know. You can’t go wrong with a 1-2 of any combo of the following: gilbert, donald, jernigan, dix, dennard, pryor… and then make tuitt or ward happen in 2.

            That’s it for me – DL/DB or DB/DL. Anything outside of that and I think he’s going to outsmart himself again and put his skill at drafting D in serious question.

            It really is easy this year Phil, just take the red fucking pill.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        He’s the 5’11 sparky spunky smart guy, right? This ain’t the seventies, that won’t work. Bullough will in a lower round, a nice solid non-flashy guy who gets the game by all accounts (in case Bostic or Shea don’t work out at that position).

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          Yes, he’s the ILB from Wisco. 5’11” 248 4.83 40.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      The way I see it, Emery will draft the best TE or the 2nd WR before third DL and ILB.

  • MB30SD

    looks like the vikings won’t continue the circus sideshow: http://nfl.si.com/2014/03/31/johnny-manziel-red-flags-2014-nfl-draft/

    See, I keep saying it… this stage will be too big for manziel in my opinion. I think all that shit eats him up and he becomes an average QB that gets injured a lot. I think he’s RG III lite… and I think he ends up suffering the same fate/path.

    Manziel is the anti-Andrew Luck.

    • CanadaBear

      Have no idea if Zimmer will be a good coach but he certainly sounds like he’s a no-nonsense kinda guy. Ya never know, could be a smoke screen.

      • MB30SD

        yep, had that thought too.

        • CanadaBear

          I do like the fact that Zimmer finally got a HC job after all these years. Hope he’s successful in his second stop!

    • CanadaBear

      I know this sounds weird but the reason I tend to agree with ya about JM is because Barry Switzer talked about him being such an “arrogant prick” I always kinda liked Switzer because of that Good Old Boy, aw shucks facade. If anyone has seen a bunch of arrogant pricks in his life I’m guessing Switzer has seen more than the average person.

      Your offensive players don’t have to love the QB but they have to respect him. If they don’t, you have Cade McNown.

      • Some “arrogant pricks” succeed though (Jordan). By a lot of accounts, Marino was an arrogant prick.

        I’m more worried about Manziel’s size than his character. He’s one of those players that seems to always get hit, like Vick. I think he’ll be Romo-ish, but if he begins darting around getting happy feet, his projectory will mirror Vick’s (hopefully without the dog torture).

        • MB30SD

          R….G….III

          • He’s another one of those QBs who invites contact. On the one hand, I respect the competitiveness. On the other hand, duck, go out of bounds, SLLIIIDE, mofo.

            RG3 gets hit more in one game than Wilson all year.

          • Johnathan Wood

            Manziel reminds me of Wilson in that he scrambles while keeping his eyes downfield looking to pass. He opens himself up to a lot more shots than Wilson though. My biggest thing with him is that somebody’s gonna get a clean hit on him mid-throw and break him in half.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Did Marino succeed though? He got close once, but I never liked him. As dumb as Bradshaw, but without the defense around him. Throwing for a bunch of yards doesn’t mean a lot, people count your rings, or if you’re Jim Kelly, your consistency.

          • Bender McLugh

            Marino never had a good team around him, and he still managed to make it to the super bowl once.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      I don’t watch amateur sports, but I smelled bust all along with this guy. Just like Tebow – not in style or passing, just bust-a-ability factor. The smell of it is all over him.

  • MB30SD

    it hasn’t gotten much press around here but what in thee fuck happened up in washington with that mudslide man. Jesus man.

    • Doc Nitty

      Something like 180+ unaccounted for. Around 30 bodies found last heard. Sad shit. Apparently some geologist/surveyor submitted two reports in the last 15 years or so, documenting the instability of the slope and such. Deaf ears apparently…

      Traffic.

      • MB30SD

        jesus maing. sucks. crazy how mud can do something like that.

        Mother nature is truly a force.

  • CanadaBear
    • MB30SD

      sadly, that wasn’t hard this year. that said, I’m def excited about the improvement.

    • “only San Diego’s fronts were more vulnerable against the run, and the
      Bears allowed a ghastly 5.34 yards per running back carry (the league
      average was 4.10 yards allowed)”

      SD was that terrible? Didn’t they make it to the 2nd round of the playoffs in a division that had two 10+ win teams?

      Am I missing something?

      • MB30SD

        yeah, there were turrible… but rivers had an insane year. My buddies are moaning and bitching already because san diego did literally NOTHING in FA. They resigned butler… i think that’s ALL they did on D.

        I was pretty impressed with the new GM and HC last year, but man… nothing in FA? I hope that GM turns into david fucking copperfield in May. Good luck guys!

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          They got RB Brown from the Colts. Thay have no cap space that’s why they didn’t do much in FA. PS: Last year they were hit by lots of injuries on the front 7.

          • MB30SD

            I wasn’t sure about their cap situation barbarian… thanks.

            I thought the brown move came in-season or just after it? There hasn’t been a single thing on local news about the chargers in a few months. Figured they would have dobe something to free up some cash.

        • bearsfantillend

          San Diego’s GM was too busy following leads he got from Manti Te’o. but after hours on the phone and text messaging they found out all the players and their agents they were talking to did not actually exist.

  • MB30SD

    careful…. you can get stuck watching these: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OubvTOHWTms

  • MB30SD
  • You guys are slacking. I heard the sequal will top the original, much like the Godfather.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2551034/Sharkando-2-Tara-Reid-Ian-Ziering-signed-sequel-megahit.html#v-2540448584001

  • MB30SD

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Source-Ryan-Clark-joins-Redskins-on-oneyear-deal.html

    always liked clark, but he’s 34. league min? I would have taken him.

  • I’m not sure which will be weirder. Seeing Allen in a Bears’ uni, or seeing Pepp in a puke uni, or seeing Hester in a Falcon’s uni.

    • Shady

      It’s going to take a while before I get used to seeing Jared Allen in a Bears uniform.

      • gpldan

        I think the last guy to wear #69 was Lance Louis. Who Allen put down. Weird.

  • Cliff Stein, going to work. When Allen jokes, “Can’t change my mind now” Cliff chuckles, “Hmm hm. Just sign my contract, Hillbilly.”
    http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/videos/Behind_the_scenes_Allen_signing/5cf6693a-9211-42f9-889c-295e792f3cc3

  • Cormonster

    I love Charles Barkley’s college basketball commentary. He tells it like he sees it, and he’s funny. Here’s a little story about him from 1985 or 1986.

    After an Armored Saint and Stryper concert in Milwaukee my sophomore year, we stopped at McDonald’s to get some food. When we walked in, there was this enormous black guy sitting on the counter and making everyone laugh. At first I didn’t know who he was until I seen the 76ers bus on the other side of the parking lot. Not much work was getting done because Charles was occupying the time of most employees. We were patiently waiting to place an order for quite some time. We were the only other people there. Then this old, diminutive guy comes in wheeling what looks like his mother. He stands in line for a minute or two before he gets mad. Charles is talking away the whole time. This old guy who can’t weigh much more than 110 pounds walks up to Chuck and just starts chewing his ass out. He tells him to get off the counter and show some respect, and also scolds the workers to pay attention to the other patrons. Instead of getting mad, Charles immediately got off the counter and started apologizing to this guy with a guilty look on his face. I couldn’t believe it when I seen that go down.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      (Stares at Cor, completely ignoring the Barkley story)

      Dude, you were at a Stryper concert? On purpose?

      (beckons security by wiggling his index finger)

      Take a seat over there by the Crue and Poison fans, I’ll let you know when the testosterone comes in …
      (turns head to the side and spits out tobacco juice)

      Exhibit A for the prosecution :

      http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/dc9/2012/05/michael_sweet_of_stryper_we_ha.php?page=all

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        hee hee

      • Cormonster

        Yeah, that’s pretty sad. I’ve gotten teased for that show over the years. In my defense, it was a free ticket and last minute decision after school. I dubbed it the Heaven and Hell tour.

        It was quite the interesting crowd and show. About 30% of the kids were metal heads, there see see Armored Saint with their Metallica and Slayer shirts on. Those kids crowded the stage while the band drank beer and cussed on stage and played their shitty version of metal.

        When Stryper came on, all the metal heads moved to the back and the Christian faithful, dressed like bees or in Izod shirts, crowded the stage. All the John 3:16 signs went up in the crowd, along with other bible verses. It was kind of a surreal show. Stryper threw large quantities of bibles into the crowd. They actually put on a pretty good show. The drummer was really good.

        • MB30SD

          good marketing ploy. Christian rock bands get huge I’ve read. Kinda funny.

          • Cormonster

            Kind of like the band Skillet from my home town that I mentioned a few threads back. Biggest band that no one heard of. They have a video with 63 million hits on YouTube.

          • MB30SD

            wow. Ratt went to my HS

          • Cormonster

            Ratt! Ratt was huge for a while. I seen them in concert a few times and then they kinda disappeared. Cheap Trick opened for them.

          • MB30SD

            Boom!

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            MWAH! Not hard to see why they only show a few cuts to the band – look at the shapes they’re throwing !! SMH.

            They’re probably selling insurance now.

      • johnnywad

        Oh but that Poison album cover with the red high heels and black stockings up in the air……… hold up, I have to adjust my pants

        • MB30SD

          awesome.

  • One interesting tid-bit from Allen’s presser. The first person he mentioned he was excited to play with was Ratliff. Said a healthy Ratliff is a force. I hope so.

    I’m going to be really excited about Houston, and whoever Emery drafts in the 1st (not named Dee Ford).

  • MB30SD

    Hey GP, have you seen this one?

    They have a name for those taxis in SA that’s not flattering. But they are indeed horrific. they are not only insanely aggressive and bad drivers, but they PACK people in. When they crash it’s like 32 killed in african taxi crash. They did a sting and found some of the taxis (usually those bus thingys) had shit like, cardboard stuffed into tires in place of brake pads, a monkey wrench in the place of a steering wheel, etc… etc…. Frightening.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt
      • MB30SD

        I can tell you with certainly that those are fake

        …I am a trained professional, please don’t try this at home folks

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Really? Rather pleasant though.

    • gpldan

      I saw the episode.

      Taxis in Chicago have gotten out of hand. I use search engines to look for stories of people being killed or robbed being picked up from O’Hare and Midway. Yellow Cab is the worst, it’s like trying to die. I used to take American Taxi to the burbs but it’s gotten pretty bad, as well.

    • AlbertInTucson

      What? No CHECKER MARATHON in the race?

  • Trac

    Going to the Shedd aquarium today. Yesterday I took GP’s recommendation and went to Al’s in the village. +1. I was tempted to scribble a message on the bathroom wall for him.

    The weather has been great so far and my nephew is coming up from the burbs to spend a couple of days with my son and I, having a great time.

    • gpldan

      I’m glad you liked it. It has the distinction of being across the street from the most famous Italian Ice place in the city.

      Everything on Taylor is usually good, there is so much quality competition. I had an Al’s combo there and had a Todd Swerski moment, had to hit my chest a few times to restart my heart.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Shedd. Adler Planetarium. Field Museum. Museum of Science & Industry,

      Man, THOSE were all COVETED field trips in elemetary school.

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        agree completely Al.

  • CanadaBear

    If you have time check out this vid. It’s worth watching to the end. Every Bears fan lived this against the Fudgies last year.

    http://nhl.si.com/2014/03/28/si-com-nhl-fan-misery-rankings-no-1-toronto-maple-leafs/?eref=sihp

    • Big Mike

      It aint over til it’s over. I had seen this clip before. It really reminded me of the 2003 NLCS game 6. Thinking the Cubs were 5 outs away only to be crushed.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4691346/turf-grass-dont-matter-for-allen

    This article makes me feel better about the grass/turf thing with Jared Allen.

    The last part gets me, Emery says about Allen “Some guys can rush the passer, but can’t finish consistently relative to their ability to get past the blocker. But he always knows where the quarterback is. He has a sixth sense for him.” Allen is the Anti-Shea…

    • That has been the criticism on both Young and Houston too. They have a lot of pressures, but should have more sacks.

      Allen is “the closer”.

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        Young “touches” the quarterback often and isn’t afraid to take shots. He’s aggressive and has an edge to him. Houston is just a solid, enormous, quality D Lineman.

  • MB30SD

    this guy’s an idiot and obviously hasn’t been listening: http://nfl.si.com/2014/04/01/2014-nfl-mock-draft-johnny-manziel-3/

    • gpldan

      If they fucking cut to the Tark on Draft Day, I’m turning it off and just watching the web feed on the 4-letter website.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      “Dennard would give the Bears the athleticism and ability they need, and possibly allow Tillman to move to safety, killing two birds with one stone.”

      This guy is an idiot based on this, Tillman has publicly stated that he isn’t moving to safety and he’s a borderline hall of fame CB. But meathead Bears fans will read this and think Tillman is moving to safety when they come up with their ridiculous team improvement ideas. They’ll be like, “ONCE WE MOVE TILLMAN TO SAFETY, WE CAN TRADE JENNINGS FOR REVIS AND A 1ST ROUND PICK AND THEN USE THAT FIRST ROUNDER TO ACQUIRE JOE HADEN, BEARS SUPERBOWL CHAMPS 2015.”

      • MB30SD

        yes, that’s why I said what I said. Dude obviously hasn’t done any research and didn’t read peanut’s quote about never moving to safety.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      He says we’ll draft a CB and move Peanut to safety.
      (which was just stated right below me there ten hours ago)

      I’ll get my coat.

  • gpldan

    Should call it the Aventa-dork. Dude, nice baseball cap.

    • gpldan

      MB –

      17 minutes in, I fell in love with that car.

      • MB30SD

        dude… gp…. you couldn’t fucking fit into that thing with a crowbar, a can opener, and a shoe horn.

        Also, jay leno is such a massive douche.

  • gpldan

    Hey Jeff –

    When is Disqus getting Emoji? Because this blog is incomplete just using letters.

    • MB30SD

      Holy shit… this is so fucking (pardon the expression)… gay.

      Are you fucking kidding me?!!?! Jesus, the apocalypse is most certainly upon us.

    • SC Dave

      yawn

  • NewBearInTown

    Know who I feel bad for? Adrian Peterson. The Vikings are just determined to not do anything with that offense. And now they’ve traded Jared Allen for Corey Wootton. Woot’s a good dude, but that is not what I would call an upgrade.

    • Johnathan Wood

      he and Megatron are this generation’s Barry Sanders. All time greats wasting away on a series of bad teams

      • MB30SD

        sad, they should come to chicago.

        Holy shit, can you imagine that O? Bmarsh, Megatron, Alshon, AP, and matty?

        My god, we would terrify everyone.

        • NewBearInTown

          That’s why we live in the age of the salary cap.

          A team with Megatron, Peterson and Peyton Manning would have a cap number of over $40M for those three players alone. Without a cap there are very few teams that could afford to maintain that roster, but the Bears are probably one of them (Cowboys, Skins, Giants also come to mind). But whatever team could make something like that happen? Wow.

          • MB30SD

            I’d settle for just AP. Can you imagine that backfield (and our current WR corps)? sheesh

          • Johnathan Wood

            AP/Forte is way redundant. I’d rather have Megatron to go with Marshall and Jeffery.

          • MB30SD

            I disagree wholeheartedly sir. Matty cannot run between the tackles to save his life, and that is where AP lives. With matty on the outside and catching passes and screens and AP tearing up the inside. We’d be unstoppable, and that would open up the pass SO much more… and put years on cutty’s NFL life.

            Adding megatron would be insane, but then you have three 6’4″+ guys and you;d still need an oline that excelled at pass blocking… besides, would they do RPS to decide who plays slot every play?

            Ahhh a girl can dream, both nice problems to have.

          • Johnathan Wood

            you can’t really play AP/Forte at the same time though, at least not consistently. 3 dominant WRs is much more valuable than 2 dominant RBs.
            And you put Marshall in the slot. Problem solved.

          • MB30SD

            why the hell not!?!? Splitback set, forte does a waggle or runs a loop or goes into the flat… take your pick… hand off to AP up the middle or toss it over the blitzing corner or SS and let him run in space. BOOM!

          • NewBearInTown

            The lack of a fullback would present some problems with base running schemes. But I suspect that most offensive coordinators when faced with the problem of how to effectively use three HOF Wrs and two arguably HOF (jury still out on Forte) RBs at the same time would find a way to make it work.

          • Johnathan Wood

            Forte will not be HOF. Marshall could go either way depending on the next 5 years. WAAAAAY too early to say with Jeffery.

          • NewBearInTown

            Forte would get a lot more press if the Bears were more competitive in the playoffs. He’s been one of the most productive running backs in the league pretty much every year since he was drafted. Gets a lot of receiving yards as well, so he never challenges for the rushing title.

            I tend to agree that his lack of pure running back stats would hurt him, but he’s as good as, say Marshawn Lynch. Lynch gets all the press because the Seahawks started winning.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Lynch can run people over. Forte can run out of somebody’s way, but not hammer through them or really dance around them. He won’t be remembered. He doesn’t make you go ‘WOW!’. A Bo Jackson deserves it, but not Matty.

          • SC Dave

            Lynch can run people over, we’ll see what that does to his longevity. In one fewer season, he has 200 more carries than Forte and it seems that a lot of big backs hit a plateau about his age. But Lynch is definitely a player so we’ll have to see.

            On production, here are some numbers.

            http://www.pro-football-reference.com/leaders/yds_from_scrimmage_active.htm

            If Matt has two more seasons like last season (1900+ yds from scrimmage) his totals for 31 year olds will look pretty strong versus the current active players of that age.

            BTW, I was noticing that Matt has never had a season of less than 1,400 yards from scrimmage. Not shabby.

          • Johnathan Wood

            the advantage of Forte is that he does everything well. Catching, running, blocking. So he adds versatility to your offense, makes it tough to predict.

            AP is just a pure runner.

            Putting them both in the backfield would be a bit of a waste, IMO. You’re not handing to Forte much then, so he’s basically a slot WR. I’d much rather have 3 top WRs than 2 top RBs.

            Not that it couldn’t work at all, just that in terms of added value I’d think Megatron adds more to Chicago’s offense right now than AP.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            He’s good running off tackle to sweeping, Woodsy, but I never thought he was much use up the middle, and I still don’t trust him in pass pro. Good point about the slot receiver, he should serve in that role if we don’t pick someone up. Have looks where he’s in the slot, Ford comes in at HB. You can do a lot of stuff with that. Hand it off to Ford, or throw a mid-screen to Forte, send BM and Alshon long. Mmmmmm. Tasty.

          • Johnathan Wood

            I think we’ll see a lot of looks this year in 3 WR sets with Marshall in the slot and Wilson outside with Jeffery.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            I’d rather have a good fullback. What the hell ever happened to the I-formation? You can do so much out of the I. It’s so balanced.

          • SC Dave

            The numbers from 2013:

            Location Att Yds Avg
            Left end 44 212 4.82
            Left tackle 173 32 5.41
            Left guard 207 55 3.76
            Middle 96 40 2.40
            Right guard 311 51 6.10
            Right tackle 57 14 4.07
            Right end 198 29 6.83

          • MB30SD

            Yep, looks right.

            Now let’s see mr. Petersons #’s david.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Scenario: You wrap up 40M in 3 WRs … and lose an OT in week one.

          • Johnathan Wood

            this is a no salary cap hypothetical

  • gpldan

    Jeff –

    See? We’re not stupid commenters, we are vanguards of Google’s latest analytic!

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Tiger Woods not playing the Masters is the only non-Bears news that can break my heart. Was never prepared for his becoming mortal”.

    Not prepared?

    Seriously?

    Sorry, but if that is the case then you just haven’t been paying attention.

    Tiger’s body has been breaking down on him starting back when he was in college.

    Knee issues back to his days at Stanford. I believe he’s up to 4 knee surgeries. Not immpressive by NFL standards but for a golfer? Bad news.

    Then came Leg issues. Ankle issues.

    Elbow, Neck, BOTH Achillies tendons and, of course, back issues.

    Not to mention he’s pushing 40.

    Another thing, he’s got a lot more competition for those majors these days than Jack & Arnie had and it’s mainly because Tiger demonstrated to the up comers what they had to do to complete with hime on the tour in the 21st Century. He’s getting beaten at his own game because he’s broken and they’re not.

    He had AMAZING run. The fact that he couldn’t catch Nicklaus shouldn’t diminish his greatness but he’s just not going to be healthy enough anymore. He’s never going to be 25 years old again and a lot of issues you can play thru at 25 are a who different ball of wax at 38.

    It’s over.

    Father time wins, again.

    Don’t act so surprised.

    • SC Dave

      I remember years ago when everyone was annointed Tiger as the best ever and the “certainty” he was going to pass Nicklaus. Nicklaus was asked, and said something along the lines of “don’t you think he should do it first?” I liked that.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I believe that qualifies as “Easier said than done” ???

    • johnnywad

      Tiger was playing alright until his wife found out he was into porn stars. I imagine that has as much to do with it as his body. Hell, he won a major on one ACL right before his marital “issues”.

      All that said, he was, for a stretch, still the greatest ever. Jack did it longer, but Tiger would have eaten Jack’s lunch were the two able to play each other in their prime. Even with all the young guns going right now, these guys are not consistently hitting impossible shots and putts like he was. In the the trees, on the pine straw, 235 left to the green with two trees to bend around? No problem. Watch me knock this to 4′.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I took great pains not to minimize Tiger’s greatness.

        On the other hand, I can recall experts who who analyzed his mighty swing and said way back when that his back could not sustain that kind of torque for long without negative consequences. Those consquences have manifested themselves in more knee issues, a broken leg and these inevitable back issues.

        • johnnywad

          Jack is Emmet Smith to Tiger’s Barry Sanders

      • Cormonster

        I beg to differ regarding Tiger being the GOAT. I believe that title belongs to Kim Jong Il. The first time he played golf in his 50’s he shot a 34; he was 38 under par with 11 aces. He routinely had 6 or 8 aces every time he played at North Korea’s only 18 hole course.

        • johnnywad

          I forgot about him. Dude has game. I heard he killed his first caddy just to send a message. “Now gimme a 1 on that hole.”

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          This is true. Harry Varden, Ben Sneed … none of those guys could hold a candle to a guy making all those aces. That’s just taking the game to another level. All hail Kim Jong Il. Incredible God-given talent.
          (shakes head in wonder)

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        There was Seve. Gary Player. Arnold P. Lots of great players that were all as talented as each other. There’s a lot of baloney talked about who’s the greatest. There isn’t one. Does Tiger win every tournament he’s in? Of course he doesn’t. Most days there’s somebody better. Whoever wins, was the best over that tournament.

        I don’t play golf anymore, but I grew up on golf courses. Phil Mickelson is a consistently better golfer than Tiger IMO. That’s what makes you great. Consistency. If you’re just talking flashes of brilliance, then it’s Seve for me. He did stuff Tiger wouldn’t dream of doing. Not saying Tiger couldn’t do it, or play those shots, he just wouldn’t think of it.

        • johnnywad

          I just disagree Irish. Over an 8 year stretch, he won 13 majors. Given there are 32 of them in that stretch, he was winning MAJORS at a .400 clip. He won one of those majors by 15 shots. He entered many of those majors as the 3-1 or 4-1 favorite to win. This is just majors now. Think about that. One guy against the very best in the world in the most prestigious tournaments there are. 40% win clip, 15 shots better than 2nd. That’s like boxing with your kid brother’s girlfriend. How does Seve stack up? No, it’s Tiger and Jack and then everybody else. Tiger sprinted it and Jack ran the marathon. Turns out Tiger is a really bad guy, so I’m glad Jack holds the record for majors still, but for a decade Tiger was the best there’s ever been. Maybe at any sport.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Over a period of time he was dominant yes, but I did say ” If you’re just talking flashes of brilliance, then it’s Seve for me. He did stuff Tiger wouldn’t dream of doing. Not saying Tiger couldn’t do it, or play those shots, he just wouldn’t think of it.”
            ….but that’s a good one. Who was the most dominant at their sport ever?

            I’ve got pole-vaulting. Sergey Bubka.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      I’ll bet he did most of that in the gym. Lou Ferrigno went through hell with his back. The body is only designed to take so much before it says ‘enough!’

      • AlbertInTucson

        Nah. I give the credit to that swing. Plus, Tiger certainly wasn’t lifting in anywhere near the same neighborhood as Lou Ferrigno who was tyring to beat out AHH-NOLD for Mr. Olympia.

        • MB30SD

          Roads and hgh… Period. That shit catches up to you after a while

  • SC Dave

    No Zach as back.. up

    Bowman signs one year deal with Giants

    • I’m not sure why we signed Hayden over Bowman. Money?

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        possible drafting of 1st round corner?

        • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

          these guys have me thrown for a loop. Shit is so crazy I would not even bat an eye if Emery pulled some crazy shenanigans and moved up for Clowney. It won’t happen but I would not even be surprised.
          I have no clue what direction we will go and I think that helps us going into the draft. If we had picked up more mainstream safeties in FA I would have said DT or CB. We just let Bowman walk which makes me think CB but then we’d have to pick up another FA DT or FA S.

      • Johnathan Wood

        I’ve heard $$ (dunno how much Bowman got though, both 1 year deals). Also heard versatility (Hayden can play nickel and outside, Bowman only outside).

        I would much rather prefer Hayden over Bowman, especially considering Hayden’s long injury history, but apparently the Bears felt otherwise.

        • MB30SD

          you guys know how I feel about hayden.

          Dog. Shit.

      • el_caney

        It smels a CB in round 1 or 2: Darqueze Dennar or Kyle Fuller

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      that sucks. he was quality backup depth.

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    I hope this is an april fools day job: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvRsg9hPU5c

    Whacky sweeds. btw, it’s worth watching just to pretend like your the sweedish chef muppet and mimic him as he talks.

  • DaMurph

    Just met up with Trac for lunch at Portillos on Ontario. Our schedules weren’t matching up and he said he was grabbing lunch after the Shedd, I asked where and hopped in the car and was there in 40 minutes. We had lunch ( Trac bought) and after an hour visiting was time for him to go. After trying both Als and Portillos he had a slight preference for Portillos but his teenage son couldn’t pick one over the other. Hopefully next time blog regs come to town we can get more guys together to visit and shoot the shit and solve all day Bears problems.

    • MB30SD

      well done Murph. You are officially the julie McCoy of the blog.

      Btw, murph texted me a pic of trac and his offspring… trac has loooooong flowing white hair, his son long brown hair both with beards and gowns to match, trac’s is white, his son’s is brown.

      Ok, ok… they looked like normal guys. Well done murph and trac!

      • Shady

        You forgot to mention the sandals and crown of thorns.

        • MB30SD

          I didn’t want to overdo it.

        • DaMurph

          Lmao. You bastards are bad!!!

    • Shady

      Pretty sure that Portillos location is the unofficial DBB meeting place. Good food to enjoy, large enough crowd to not worry about online meeting gang rape, etc. etc.

      • MB30SD

        or getting a beer purchased for you. smfh

        • Shady

          Didn’t you notice the out-of-towner purchased a beer for the local? Hmmm? Hmmm?

          • MB30SD

            shouldn’t the local be a gracious HOST to his city?

          • Shady

            Meh

  • NewBearInTown

    The discussion below sparks an interesting debate. If you have no salary cap and everybody is available, what does your 53 man roster look like this season?

    To make it more interesting, add the caveat that players can only play the position they play on their current team and only backups can be backups. So slot receivers have to play slot, nickel corners, special teams, backup QB, etc.

    • Shady

      Pretty sure that’s called fantasy football.

      • NewBearInTown

        No, fantasy football is a stats game, with a draft. I’m talking about a real football team. If you can have any players you want, what kind of a roster do you build?

        • Shady

          Smh

        • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

          one with no white defensive backs.

          • MB30SD

            that’s definitely my football… fantasy.

            Ah ha hah ha…. uhhhh.. ha.

    • Johnathan Wood

      if we’re just looking at this year, I’d go:
      QB: Peyton (backup Cousins)
      RB: McCoy (backups Bell and Woodhead)
      WR: Megatron and Marshall (backup
      slot WR: Welker (backup Edelman)
      OL: I like to work with units here, so just give me SF’s OL
      DEs: Watt and Quinn. Backup: Michael Bennett (technically a backup for SEA last year-HA!)
      DTs: Suh and Atkins
      OLBs: LaVonte David and Thomas Davis
      MLB: Keuchly.
      CB: Revis and Sherman. We’re going man press, baby. all that well.
      slot CB: give me Casey Hayward
      S: I’ll take Seattle’s duo.

      • Johnathan Wood

        oh yeah:
        kicker: Gould, just because
        punter: I’ll take the guy from IND
        return man: Cordarrelle Patterson for kickoffs (and backup WR), Patrick Peterson for punts (is that cheating? I’ll use him as a CB too)
        Long snapper: Patrick Mannelly, just because

      • NewBearInTown

        See, using your Bennett trick I’d take McCown as the backup QB.
        As much as I love Marshall on the Bears, I’d take AJ Green or Josh Gordon. Probably Gordon.
        I have not issue with that RB group (though Ben Tate is also a solid backup that just signed to be a starter).
        I would have said KC’s O-line until they played SF in the playoffs. Wow what a difference.
        For slot WR you could also say Jimmy Graham (see what I did there?), but he’s your starting Receiving tight end.
        Your starting blocking TE is Dwayne Allen
        Your starting fullback is Mike Tolbert

        Interesting that you opted for a 4-3 defense. Watt is a great player, but I always wonder if guys like that will be as good playing in a different style of front. Here’s my 3-4 front.

        Up front I’d put Wilfork at nose tackle. Watt and Calais Campbell.
        OLBs would be Alson Smith and Demarcus Ware (not sure who #3 would be, can’t think of who the backups are in the league).
        Cornerback is probably the easiest decision on the list.
        Safeties. Jairus Byrd is arguably the best FS in the league. SS can be Kam Chancellor.

        Punter would be Shane Lechler (you will recall him completely shutting Hester down a couple of years back).

        Kicker can be Gould, he’s solid.

        The issue with this team though, is you need backups for special teams and you still might run out of roster spots. Maybe Corey Graham as backup cornerback is one.

        • NewBearInTown

          For inside linebacker you take Kuechly and add Brian Cushing. Then you add either Bowman or Willis from San Francisco after Cushing gets injured in the week 3.

          • MB30SD

            Hahahaha… I was going to comment on cushing… well played.

            Hands down I’d take bowman… but I hope he comes back the same after his knee. That really sucked.

        • Johnathan Wood

          see, Marshall is every bit the WR those guys are but a significantly better run blocker, so I’d take Marshall.

          Bennett as the 3rd DE is a bit of a cheap trick. In regards to Watt, anybody who gets 20 sacks as a 3-4 DE is perfectly capable of playing 4-3 DE at a high level in my book.

          • Johnathan Wood

            in regards to ST, you can fill out with end of the roster STs guys from the Bears for all I care. Not really an issue. Just find a functional unit and keep them there.

            As for P, I like the IND guy because he delivers a hit. Call it personal preference.

          • NewBearInTown

            Nobody gives any respect to special teams. You have to wonder if the elimination of the salary cap would make specials get better or worse in the league. The way things are now, playing solid coverage is a hallmark of savy roster management.

            I’m going to get killed for saying this, but that was one of Angelo’s strengths. He took guys with high floors – and he got solid play from the bottom of the roster.

            The problem is the top half of the roster. He couldn’t put that together to save his life.

          • Johnathan Wood

            the tradeoff with Angelo was ST vs. O/D depth. He drafted guys to either start or play ST.

            I’m saying you can fill out the bottom of this roster with 8-10 core ST guys from a good special teams unit and be fine. I don’t know enough about STers to name individual ones, so I’d just pick a unit. So give me KC’s ST guys with Toub as coach.

          • MB30SD

            so with you here. A buddy asked me the same thing last week. I told him marshall over megatron in a heartbeat for me. Not only is marshall as bad ass on the field, but he’s turned into a monster leader for us off it.

            Marshall marshall MARSHALL!

          • Johnathan Wood

            I’d probably take Megatron over Marshall, but Marshall is clear-cut #2 for me right now.

            Though it’s telling that Detroit has had a bunch of high-draft WRs wash out while Marshall is bringing a bunch of them along for Chicago. Megatron doesn’t seem to offer much for leadership.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Peanut took Megatron OUT …

            Optimus. Prime.

          • NewBearInTown

            So that’s another big strength for Marshall that you need when you’re working within a salary cap.

            Megatron doesn’t need Marshall to mentor him or encourage him to come to Florida to work out over the summer. Megatron is going to do just fine by himself. But we don’t have a vet like that, we have Alshon Jeffery. We have a new set of rookies every year to motivate. For that, we need leadership.

            I’ll take Marshall on the Bears over Johnson. The extra $10M in cap space, the locker room leadership, the solid production. Heck yeah. But that is not the game that was proposed.

          • Johnathan Wood

            but if you’re ignoring salary cap and just looking for on-field, Marshall is arguably the best run-blocking WR in the game. This is why I chose him.

            FYI, that’s why I chose Gronk over Graham too. If you assume this is Madden and you can turn off injuries, Gronk is 95% of the receiver Graham is and 500% the blocker. He’s a run-blocking beast.

          • MB30SD

            that dude’s never going to be the same maings. And now you’re just making up rules as you go. turn off injuries. smh.

          • johnnywad

            Yeeeaaaaahhh. No faaaaaaiiiiirrr.. Data is quite obviously breaching the accepted code of conduct for composing super awesome teams. The no good, sonufa……

          • MB30SD

            bingo!

          • Johnathan Wood

            fine, if we factor injury history in I’m going with AJ Green over Megatron and Graham over Gronk.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Start doing things like that and Bo Jackson was the greatest running back of all time. Never started more than 11 games in a season, averaged 5.4 YPC (6.8 in his rookie year!)

          • bearsfantillend

            if we are ignoring the salary cap, I say screw the TE position, Graham’s basically a WR and he rarely ever stays in to block on the run game, Gronk won’t stay on the field because of his brittle bones. so why not take AJ Green or Gordon, along with Marshall and Megatron. Let Megatron play the TE position.

          • NewBearInTown

            It would be interesting to watch football with literally no running game. So you’ve just got the offense lined up with 5 WRs on every play. You’ve got the D with 5-7 DBs on every play and just 4-6 (or more) monster pass rushers. Who wins that game?

            Well, it’d be interesting for like one game. Then I’d miss the complexities of the game we watch now (and the one they played 20 years ago)

          • bearsfantillend

            ever hear of a draw play?

          • NewBearInTown

            If you’re referring to a QB draw, I think the pass rushers would pick it up. But yeah, the thought crossed my mind. How often do you see those work for more than a couple of yards in the NFL?

          • bearsfantillend

            does not have to be QB draw. you can hand off to a RB with a draw play. it is actually a fairly common play its been around for 50+ years.

          • MB30SD

            I’m not playing… can’t invest right now, and not smart enough

          • johnnywad

            And Megatron gets his knee drained once a week. That’s going to turn into another contract the Lions just can’t deal with. As good as he is, in another season or two, he could well be a huge problem for them.

        • Cormonster

          Watt was a great 4-3 DE at WI. I was actually surprised the Texans took him for a 3-4. I wasn’t sure he could transition to that spot in the pros. Obviously I was wrong.

          • NewBearInTown

            That guy is a defensive animal. They could have him play cornerback and he’d do okay.

          • Cormonster

            His motor in college was amazing. Borland has the same motor. He could be a great pick for a 3-4 team. If he slipped to the Bears in the 2nd I wouldn’t mind that pick. He can play any LB position.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          How about all-time?

          Is punter the only position where there wouldn’t be an argument? Would everyone go for the same guy?

      • NewBearInTown

        Belichek is your HC. I’d probably take Rex Ryan as my DC if he wasn’t a head coach. If we stick with guys who are DCs now, I’d take Ray Horton.

        OC doesn’t really matter with Peyton playing QB. He runs a really simple scheme with a lot of audible options. But that aside, probably Norv Turner or Kyle Shanahan. Obviously Toub would coach special teams.

        With all of that said, I would love to see Trestman/Lovie and OC/DC.

        • Johnathan Wood

          seeing as I’m running a 4-3, I’d take Marinelli as DC. Toub as ST. Let Peyton pick his OC (just go with the guy in Denver now)

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I’d take the Safety pair McCourty-Weddle and go Bowman-Willis at LB.

  • gpldan

    She’s (kinda) hot, with weird horse teeth, and she sports an assault rifle that she totes around!

    I give her +5 over Cavalleri who is anti-science and carries no assault weapons around.

    http://www.hngn.com/articles/22145/20140116/ryan-tannehills-wife-leaves-ar-15-rifle-in-the-back-of-a-rental-car-in-south-florida.htm

    • MB30SD

      not a fan… but she does get .5 for the AR

    • DaMurph

      She definitely can eat an apple through a picket fence!

      • johnnywad

        “Baby’s ass through a park bench.” That’s my
        version. You tell somebody “She can eat a baby’s ass through a park bench.” You immediately have their undivided attention.

        • MB30SD

          wow.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          She could eat an apple through a letterbox.

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      There is something about her that screams “I will blow you every morning”. She is cute but in a couple of years I think the cuteness will fade and the teeth will overshadow all else.

    • Shady

      Somewhat related info Jeff might appreciate, but one reason why Mark Sanchez had NO chance of coming to Chicago is because he once dated (bang banged) the wife of a current Bears player. And not just ANY Bears player, a rather SIGNIFICANT Bears player…

      http://pacrepublic.com/is-mark-sanchez-dating-kristin-cavallari/

      • DaMurph

        Guess she really wanted an NFL QB.

      • MB30SD

        ooooops!

        hee hee

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        haha that is classic.
        Trestman: Matt, I think we could do some great things with Mark to back up Jay, whaddya think?
        Matt Kavanaugh: Well, uh…he’s got some good qualities….it could work but I just don’t see him jelling the way Josh did…
        Trestman: nonsense Matt, give him a call and gauge his interest.
        Matt Kavanaugh: I don’t know coach. I’m pretty sure he put his penis all the way in Jay’s wife’s mouth.
        Trestman: I see, that would be problematic.
        Emery: (slowly taking off glasses and hanging them around his neck using those gay Croakies) Cliff, draw up a contract in red crayon for Jordan. Pay him 2,344.65 and give him free access to the Halas Hall gift shop.

        • MB30SD

          hahahahahaha

        • Cav is a typical OC girl. Cute face, nice legs, b-cup, b-butt. Not a handful, just enough to barely cup.

          I believe she was the anti-thesis of Sir Mix-Alot’s masterpiece.
          Pass.

          • MB30SD

            I think she’s cute, but agree about the boobs and butt part

          • She’s cute. I would’ve totally fallen for her…in Jr. High.
            Give me voluptuous, fiery, kinky. Keep the change.

          • MB30SD

            yeah… tough to find. was just thinking how much of a grind dating is down here.

          • Fuck. FOREALS, Maing. My friend told me about plentyoffish.com. Might seriously give it a shot.

          • MB30SD

            nah, that site is ghetto.

            Sign up for http://www.okcupid.com

            Much better quality.

          • Wow. File this under things I didn’t know. Clicked on the link, and got this:

            “Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay
            couples. We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla
            software to access OkCupid.”

            Do I now switch to Opera? hmmmmm

          • MB30SD

            damn. what’s wrong with people. who fucking cares who wants to be miserable? Cue tosh.o skit.

            How about switching to PC. Apple…. smh.

            Man, I’m screwed… I’m finding that I tend to mostly find the 24-28 year olds most attractive right now. oh well.

            Tell me how okc goes. I’ve dated at least 3 chicks from the site.

          • My type: brunnette, boobs, b-personality.

            Alliteration, baby.

            Oh, and BONKERS.
            In bed.

            Maybe I’m more of a Craigslist creep lol

          • MB30SD

            yeah, man. I don’t know. I’ve found some cute girls but nothing special… and none bonkers in bed.

            I find I get most of the best ones in person, although I’m actually better online than in a crowded bar with chicks getting bombarded by dudes every 10 seconds.

          • I’m sorta burnt out on women and dating right now. I have about 3 girls I kinda talk to, but haven’t boinked yet. I’m sure we’re 1 whiskey/mimosa night away from it, then it’s back to ‘dating Butch’ which I’m really not looking forward.

            But what’s the alternate? Jacking it to Redtube every night? Shite, man.

          • MB30SD

            yeah. I’m with you maings

            I took a 6 month break and I just started back into it. Been kinda rough. Just need to get back in the zone. Once I’m in the zone and shit’s going on, it’s a blast, but getting there is hard.

            Seems like it’s feast or famine… and doing that plus the single dad thing, plus dealing with the ex, plus a start up. Brutal sometimes. Then a smoking hot 26 year old with perfect tits and ass gets on your jock and it’s all worth it. Hahahaha

            Just have to fight through the tough times and bask in the good ones.

          • gpldan

            It is feast or famine. After I got divorced in ’06, I went on about 25-30 online dates over the course of a year. Had some weird stories. It was fun at times, it was weird at times, it was bad at times. The 29 year old with the smoking bod was batshit loon in my story. It happens.

            I agree with HappyHub, the most fun is a rack, an ass that isn’t too big to fit in a Recaro bucket seat, and bonkers in the sack. Easily the most fun.

          • MB30SD

            agree… now, let some ‘o them best stories fly please.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Try this. I know it’s radical, but …. don’t date girls that hang out in bars to get drunk. Damaged goods. Getting drunk isn’t normal or healthy, it just seems that way because everybody else is doing it. It took me 36 years to figure that one out.

            Ask a chick out when you’re sober and she’s sober, and not in a bar.

            If it’s just sex your after … then bar sluts … go for it.

          • MB30SD

            It’s just sex I’m after… bar sluts work perfectly.

            But yes, my new goal lately has just been to talk to people. find out a little about them. Everywhere I am, just talk more to people. Works great without any pressure or expectations.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Thing is, when you’re 70, you’ll still find that age group most attractive. Life isn’t fair.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Hookers use thailovelinks.com to hook foreign ‘boyfriends’/sponsors. I was friendly with a lady of the night and used to help her with emails when she was at my place. Her and her friends would even rent nurses’ uniforms and take photos together so their multiple ‘boyfriends’ could see that they were funding their beloveds’ “nursing school”. She was on the phone to her main benefactor once while I was ‘dining below’. Sorry Roland.

            They make serious money feeding guy’s fantasies from abroad. Otherwise smart guys. When it comes to women, men are very gullible and very stupid.

            Do americans use badoo.com? That’s fuckbook over here. Rate ’em and date ’em.

          • MB30SD

            dude. wait. you munched the box of a thai hooker?!?!? Jesus man.

            No badoo. Match.com is the big one with a couple other peripherals. Then there’s sites like millionairematch or some shit.

          • CanadaBear

            That was my reaction too. Nothing registered in that post after he dropped that bomb. I’d need a dental dam slightly thicker than the Great Wall of China to go down on a hooker.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Dude, purses of vanilla. No smelly dirty western boxes here.

          • MB30SD

            uh huh. smh.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            And remember, all that shit’s gone south since the baby.

  • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

    20 friendliest / unfriendliest cities

    Some nice places here ….

    http://t.co/jPUvGTngsT

    • Cormonster

      That’s actually not a bad list. Newark, New Jersey as the least friendly place makes sense to me. It’s definitely the “unfriendliest” place I’ve ever been.

      Sorry Butch, but after spending 3 or 4 days in the LA area many years ago, I have no desire to ever visit there again. Outside of the weather, I don’t get the appeal.

      • MB30SD

        La sucks corm. Jump in a rental and head down south for the real so Cal money shot. Bah!

        • gpldan

          I went to Staples arena for a business conference once. I stayed in some hotel down the road. Walking there was like The Living Dead. I am serious. There were homeless who lived in the shadows in DROVES, and would shamble toward you as soon as you stepped away from the center.

          • CanadaBear

            With the great weather you’d think they lead the nation in street people. Now the street people in Chicago (to say nothing of the ones in Canada) are a much heartier breed.

          • MB30SD

            brutal. can’t even imagine. Sucks.

          • CanadaBear

            Most of them stay in shelters on the coldest nights. Otherwise, I see guys sleeping in the alleys downtown (near heating vents) and under the bridges year round. Most of the panhandlers seem to be somewhat normal so I assume most of them could mix back into society. Some of the street people are completely nuts and there’s no coming back.

          • MB30SD

            yeah. life is tough.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Some of them have an amazing clarity and perception of the world though. They’ve seen things from both sides. Not many folk give them the time of day, never actually sit down and talk to them, so they never get their perspective. They’re a lot more interesting than most people with ‘normal’ lives. Programmed consumer-robots who have had their comfortable lives handed to them on a plate and have never experienced hardship/adversity. There but for the grace of God go I, as they say.

          • MB30SD

            yeah, can’t really stand that whole place. Manhattan beach and huntington… or at the other end up near ventura are much nicer with a small beach town feel… everything in between you can keep. If I HAD to live ‘in the city’ it would probably be san mo.

        • Cormonster

          I have a friend who wants to move back to San Diego. He lives in Virginia Beach right now. The only thing stopping him is cost of living. He said him and the wife would need to make about 100 grand more per year just to have a similar standard of living.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        NJ was on there twice on unfriendliest, and towns in Morocco three times. 3 out of 20! I guess it costs money to live in Savannah or Charleston?

  • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

    This puts Tiger missing the Masters in perspective. Jim Kelly in conversation with Peter King :

    “There is no way I’d be here without my faith,” Kelly said. “It’s been
    such a roller coaster. So many things. The Super Bowl losses, the
    fabulous career, my son born sick, making the Hall of Fame, my son
    dying, two plates and 10 screws in my back after major surgery, one
    plate and six screws in my neck after another surgery, a double hernia,
    the cancer, surgery on my jaw, the cancer coming back, now what I’m
    facing.”

  • Trac

    I got to meet Murph yesterday. What a truly nice guy and a pleasure. He told me a great story about running into Jamarcus Webb that was priceless. Tell it again Murph. Lol.

    I showed Murph a picture of my ride MB. I believe you’d approve. He he.

    • DaMurph

      I did tell it on here Trac, I think you were on a sabbatical at the time. Hahaha! I know MB would definitely approve of the ride. Bring that baby to town when the boys are here, I can see Waffle fully charged with vodka, riding in the bed while making the lead story on the local news. Bwahahaha!

    • MB30SD

      great choice trac. I had forgotten that you’re now a texas boy. That would explain a lot. My parents lived in houston for 8 years…. nice place to visit.

      He also showed me a pic of you and your boys. Good family you got there maings. You look very normal and very white and very texan. Kinda cracked me up cause I had a different vision of you in my head. I always picture SAs looking a bit more rough though. Was cool to finally put a face to the posts.

      Thanks Murph!

      • DaMurph

        One boy was his nephew, really nice guy too. Trac and son really good people too. Was a pleasure to meet and eat with him. That Raptor he’s cruising in is mighty fine!

      • Trac

        Murph showed me a pic of you and I am impressed. That is one fine haircut. It looks great on you. Beautiful man, just beautiful. Lol.

  • Bender McLugh

    Re: Tiger……………does anyone besides Jeff think he really will win another major?

    • CanadaBear

      No offense but I’m guessing the majority of us on here never think about Tiger or the PGA.

      • MB30SD

        I’ve been thinking the exact same thing canada… who gives the tiniest fuck.

        • Shady

          I’ve been using Golf and NASCAR on Sundays to fill the void inside of me left by the NFL. I will be watching the Masters regardless of whether it not El Tigre will be playing. I’ll also be watching the Duck Commander 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday. Yes, that’s the actual name of the race, you can’t make this shit up. I know what you’re thinking, but let me just say this: Wagering on anything makes it 100x more interesting than it would be otherwise.

          • MB30SD

            no, no it wouldn’t. Jesus man, and here I took you for a renaissance man.

            Fucking NASCAR!?!? Every time I see danica patrick on tv I want to reach through the screen and slap her. What an idiot.

            There is almost NOTHING worse than a chick without a sense of humor. Oh, wait… maybe a boyfriend who’s so whipped he follows her lead. what a coupla tools.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Wow. That’s a boy in a little girl’s body. Speaking of which, has anyone see that Almodovar/Antonio Banderas move “The Skin I live in”? Wow.

          • Cormonster

            The Masters is one of my favorite sporting events of the year, along with the US Open. Those guys are better athletes than they are given credit for.

      • Bender McLugh

        Good point, but I saw the tweet from Jeff. No offense taken.

        • CanadaBear

          Good. I saw the tweet too. As you can probably guess I don’t play golf.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    An interesting read off Yahoo this AM…Yeah I know Yahoo’s reports usually suck rocks but I did find myself actually interested in this one…

    http://www.csnchicago.com/bears/emery-bears-close-pulling-rare-three-part-strategy?p=ya5nbcs&ocid=yahoo

    • MB30SD

      Good find b4.

      Kony e?!?! First time I’ve ever heard him mentioned at 14. Hopefully just an example. We def need a dt over another De at this point.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        I have mentioned him at 14 a few times and I’m sure someone else on here has mentioned him too. Data, NBIT?

        • MB30SD

          sheeesh, what are you, a nun? I’ll pay more attention in class from now on.

        • NewBearInTown

          Had a good showing in the Cotton Bowl. SEC pedigree. Pure 4-3 DE. He tries to use his speed on an outside move a lot in this game, which doesn’t translate well in the NFL. But the first play I see him move inside, he gets a sack.

          I see him getting stood up straight a lot. He has great vision, wraps up well, jogs rather than runs when the play goes the other way. Was solid in limited action against the run.

          He’ll be on an NFL roster with playing time next year for sure, but I don’t know how productive he’ll be against pro OL guys with significantly better footwork.

        • Johnathan Wood

          I thought he might be a target back before FA when DE looked like a huge weakness. Right now they have 6 guys they’d probably like to keep on the roster for DE, and will likely keep only 5 or 6, so it’s tough to see them spend a 1st on it.

          They have their top 3 DE under contract for the next 2+ years, and have two young guys from last year they’re trying to groom.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          He was my first thought of a drat at 14, until Senor Hernandez enlightened me to the existence of Tuitt. Then I only had eyes for Steph….. xxx

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        We should have signed Byrd, and drafted a guy like Ealy. Younger on the DL, vets in the D-Backfield. Allen is solid, but he’s not getting any younger.

    • gpldan

      If Emery elects defensive tackle at No. 14, does Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald, a potential designer three-technique, easily beat out Ratliff? Not based on Allen’s assessment on Monday:

      “I know Jay Ratliff,” Allen said. “If he’s healthy, he’s a beast. He’s an absolute beast.”

      An elite cornerback may be the choice at No. 14: better by Opening Day than Tim Jennings or Tillman? If he is, Emery has hit a home run. Safety? A more fluid situation, but the positions in front of that typically are addressed that high in drafts.

      That’s why we leap at Gilbert,if he’s there. I don’t think he will be, though. He’s what we need in a secondary that got shredded last year. I doubt Kelvin Hayden can beat out Isiah Frey at the nickel spot, but I seriously, seriously doubt that both Jennings, who has suffered some shoulder issues, and Peanut stay healthy this season. Gilbert would assuredly start at some point.

      • MB30SD

        no way he’ll be there for us. So if Dix is also gone, do you take dennard over pryor… and then move up for a tuitt in 2?

        • gpldan

          Yes, that’s what I would do. I like Dennard and some Mock’s have him ahead of both Dix AND Pryor.

          • MB30SD

            wow. need to do some looking.

          • MB30SD

            So much for dennard

            “WEAKNESSES
            Has been slowed by injuries and durability needs to be examined closely (double hernia surgery). Was not asked to play a lot of zone coverage.”

            Not phil’s bag.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Double hernia? Tuitt had the hernia op before last season, I don’t know how that repairs itself or what it spells for a career? Bueller?

          • MB30SD

            I had one in the offseason my freshman year in college – squats too low and heavy. Didn’t have a single ounce of an impact in ANY part of my life. The two days after the op sucked ass… so fucking painful and uncomfortable… after that not a second since.

            I’m more worried about knees/shoulders (for DBs), backs, etc…

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            So it’s not a serious thing for a guy’s future .. .sweet.

          • MB30SD

            I’m not a doctor, but it didn’t at all for me.

            The double compound tib/fib fracture to my left leg had a liiiiittle more impact.

          • Big Mike

            no injury concerns for #1 pick. Never, never, never. (SEE JA resume)

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Chris Williams had a back thing – anyone remember what kind? – but if a hernia is sorted once it’s sorted then okay. And that was almost two years ago now for Tuitt. Had that not happened and he was fit last year, likely he’s a top-half first rounder this year.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I wrote this 1 month ago. Before the Allen sign. It’s not nuclear atom stuff. You can’t draft a guy that’s on the sidelines on 3rd down. DT is a hit or miss position and Emery never drafted one as a GM. He now goes and picks up a 1st rounder with a key 14th position? Bullshit. The CB and S thing is stupid at best. The Bears need a CB for the present (nickel, injuries) and the future (2 Cb under contract next year) and have no clear starters at S. Also it’s pretty false saying ‘the positions in front of that typically are addressed that high in drafts’. It’s so false that’s it’s rather blatant… 6 teams played the conference finals the last 2 years… 4 of them have/had a S drafted in the 1st round, 2 have/had S drafted in the 2nd round. Also…the 5 best S in all the NFL are 1st rounders (Thomas, Berry, Byrd, McCourty) or 2nd rounders (Waddle). The lesson is as clear as it gets….if you want top S you have to draft them as high as possible.

        • MB30SD

          100%… I’ve been beating this drum (or flogging this horse) for many years now.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          I think that’s the way I’m leaning. We have starters on DL, like ’em, hate ’em, whatever. We have starters at LB, ditto. We have two PBers at CB. We don’t have one safety I could point at and go “He’s okay”. Not one. They’re all backups IMO. I know I said we could go another year without drafting one if we beefed up the front 7 (well front four specifically), but if we need a top safety then that’s a first round pick, and not a low one either I we do well this year, it’s going to be a low pick next year.

          I’m just wondering if we could trade down to #20 and still get Pryor?

          And I wonder if we shouldn’t have signed either Byrd or Ward, and then gone with two DL in the first two rounds. Get your vet safety in FA (like Byrd) so there are no rooks in there at DB this year, and then go young in the draft, build that line for the future. Get Bucannon in the third, or whoever. That DL isn’t looking so young now, and we’ll have youth where you don’t want it – in the D-backfield.

          • NewBearInTown

            We will draft at least two safeties. One in the first three rounds. One in 4-6.

            There is not one defensive position that we are so set at we can’t draft. We take the BPA on defense. That’s it.

      • Johnathan Wood

        the nice thing about Ratliff is that he could easily handle the nose role as well. He’s been a 3-4 nose in the past, the 4-3 nose is not an issue.

  • gpldan

    Do you think Dan Snyder called up RG3’s agent today and said “bitch, you got no more excuses now!”?

    • MB30SD

      yes.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Dan Patrick & Tony Dungy discuss Desean Jackson this morning. They both say things like “Well, it MUST be more than about money, blah, blah, blah, yada, yada, tada.” NEITHER mentions the PLETHORA of pictures that show Jackson flashing “Crips” gang sign every chance he gets including ON the field in his Eagle uniform.

    I truly hope this is another FA signing that blows up in Daniel Snyder’s face.

    On second thought, Snyder could kill two birds with 1 stone and just rename the Redskins “THE CRIPS”

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      This crips signs story seems stupid for me. They should tell us what he said in those videos-photos or cut the crap ?

      • MB30SD

        I think it’s bullshit too. Besides, the REDskins have RED in their unis… crips colors are blue, their most hated enemies, the bloods, are red.

        see my logic there?

        He should have come to us… blooooood.

      • AlbertInTucson

        He IS speaking. That’s what flashing the signs is all about.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Well…what did he say in those signs. Was he ordering tacos or what ? Transcribe that shit for me…please.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Now you’re being obtuse. If you don’t get it by now, I guess you aren’t going to.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Look..if there are videos and signs… they should transcribe them using crips code. If they don’t do that I’ll continue to give a shit about their accusations. This is serious stuff…can’t throw them around just because he is black and has a ‘hood’ public persona. He could be acting you know ? PS: Did you ever see a Brooklin Nets game ? Those morons on the bench act like crazy when a 3 is made. Some pretty awful sign are made. Disgusting shit. So what’s up with that ?

          • AlbertInTucson

            Ohh, they do it in the NBA so that makes it OK.

            You can stop replying now. We aren’t going to convert each other.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Stop writing unsubstantiated accusations. I’m not trying to convert you…I’m just responding at your post. It’s the reason you wrote it. Try and understand that other people think differently. Accept it.

          • AlbertInTucson

            “Picture is worth a thousand words.”

            The photos are the reason I posted and there’s nothing unsubstantiated about the the gang sign photos.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I want proof these are gang signs. They should tell me what those signs say in crips language. My NBA example was just that… making signs is a cultural thing… everybody uses them.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            “unsubstantiated accusations”

            DUDE! You’re the ESL MASTER !!!
            Casually drops that shit into his second language. DAMN!!!
            (standing ovation)

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Hahhah. Just win baby !!!

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Guys…I have some thoughts and I’d like to put them down. It seemed strange to me that the Bears didn’t o to Manziel pro day. I love it, but these guys don’t operate much like that. So the question is… could Emery play the long game in case he has the chance to draft that tall WR from Texas A&M ? I see him draft a WR and pick secondary help the second day, don’t you ?

    • burntorangenavyblue

      If the Bears got someone like Jeffrey in the second round, I dont think Emery would use a pick for WR in this years 1st rnd. We need to address the D and get some depth. We surely could find a diamond in the rough for a WR in rnd 2 or 3, but we need that stud D player for the first pick.

      • MB30SD

        Agree with BONB barbarian. I think the chi press and fans would drop a fucking brick. And feel like emery misled them.

        I also feel like there are potentially 2-3 D homeruns at our pick and that’s going to be too hard to pass up. When you pick in the mid 20s like we have been, there’s some play there. You’ve already missed on all the true known top rd 1 talent so there’s room to try some crazy shit.

        I don’t think emery has that wiggle room at 14. It’s the first time in a long time we’ve picked that high, and the 2-4 guys that will be available to us are almost guaranteed rookie starters on a D squad that desperately needs help at S and CB (if you follow your logic that emery won’t pick DL @ 14). You just HAVE to take one of the top 2 CBs or Ss if they’re there. Then fill out and finalize a total dline revamp with a DT like tuitt in rd 2

        In my mind, if phil goes top CB/S left @ 14, then moves up to get tuitt in 2, and then goes back to get the top CB/S/ILB left at our pick in rd 3, and then gets creative with some o picks in the 4-6 range, that will be a homerun draft (from a positional pick standpoint)

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          The press and fans are clueless, so that’s not a problem. Emery can’t and doesn’t think like that. My ultimate question is this… if he has only 2-3 secondary players he thinks are worthy of that 14 pick and they are all gone could the 2nd WR or 1st TE be in his plans ? Like… if you don’t want DL,OL, LB, RB help that high and can’t draft down.. what then ? Is the 2nd WR and 1st TE his 4th and 5th choice ?

          • Johnathan Wood

            I could see TE if he loves Ebron. Trestman has a history of utilizing multiple TEs.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            well, we can kind of figure that if in the next month we pick up another younger FA DT we could go CB, S or TE (if Ebron available)
            That’s overthinking it though. When it comes down to it, it’s all about Fendi man. Fendi.

          • Johnathan Wood

            Fendi is a huge wild card. I’m not expecting anything from him though.

            But they did bring back Rosario and sign Zach Miller from Jacksonville. Those 2 are adequate backups, IMO, but I don’t trust either at all if Bennett goes down.

          • MB30SD

            “Fendi Onobun is the poor man’s Kellen davis”

          • AlbertInTucson

            Except Davis actually CAUGHT a ball now and then.

          • tobijohn

            And the F’er has a Super Bowl ring…

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I’d love some Kevin Williams.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Yes, but would he draft him at 14 instead of a D player… and if he can’t draft down. PS: 12 th pick is Giants, 13 are the Rams. I’ll bet he Giants pick a TE adn the Rams could pick a WR.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Wouldn’t there be some sort of riot if we drafted a TE at 14?

            Look at the offense : Two top WRs, top pass catching RB, Martellus … that’s four decent targets right there. WE spend our first pick on a 5th? That’s redundancy, especially considering we need help almost everywhere on defense. It’s either a D pick or trade-down.

          • johnnywad

            He would likely trade out of the spot and get an additional pick or two depending on the trade partner.

          • MB30SD

            agree with this… I think he’d take mosely before a WR or TE… especially since I read the TE class this year isn’t all that.

            And don’t be fooled barbarian, in america the fans/press have a a HUGE impact on impression and can DEF have an influence on a coach’s/GM’s career

          • Big Mike

            Fuck the chicago media. Haugh, Rosenbloom, good god..

          • Big Mike

            BEST CASE SCENARIO for the Bears is a run on EITHER side of the ball!!! If that happens there will either be frantic teams behind us, or the guy Emery wants the most sitting right in front of them.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            The the many loser Gms, sure. The best ones don’t give a fuck. Emery isn’t there yet, but that’s his class, you know ?

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            I still can’t believe that the Browns gave Michael Lombardi a job.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I didn’t mind his work. He got them a competent QB and traded Trent Richardson for a 1st round pick. They went big for the coach, also if all those Harbaugh rumors are true.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Of course he would, but it’s not that simple. You can’t bank on that pre draft.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            It’s the most sensible thing to do for us at 14. Depending on how far he trades down, you’re still picking in the first round, with likely a high second rounder plus our own second rounder … or an extra mid second rounder and an extra third.

            So that’s a 1st rd, 2x 2nd rd, 2 x 3rd. Emery could pick 5 good players there before we hit the 4th round … and if he packages the lower picks to move up in any of those first three rounds, we could do really well. Let’s solidify the roster where it needs help, instead of hoping some guy is a HOFer at 14.

            I looked at that tape on Kony Ealy – all I saw was a guy consistently getting swallowed up in the run game, and then getting manhandled by a J’Marcus Webb in the passing game. The one sack came on a complete brainfreeze by Omelette/Webb. We screw the pooch drafting him at 14 IMHO.

            Then I looked at more tape on Tuitt. He was beating double-teams in the run-game (admittedly not often), but in the passing game he just pushes those guys straight back towards the QB consistently. Bearing in mind he wasn’t fully fit last season, and he’s not a projected first-rounder, he would be a monster at 3T (even though he was playing left and right end in those two games against USC and Stanford, he’s not a classic outside-rusher). In the run-game, he’s a road-block. In the passing game, he just collapses that pocket.

            #TRADEDOWN4VALUE

          • Big Mike

            I believe that his draft board is weighted on the defensive side. However if there is a huge run on defensive talent, to the point where he’s looking at his best option being his third choice at any of the key defensive spots, and having a shot at the player he wants the most at a key offensive spot, he’ll draft offense

          • MB30SD

            that literally can’t and won’t happen. It would mean almost everyone in front of us went D

          • Big Mike

            I said “IF”. My point was to show a scenario. There is a point at which Emery could be facing a huge unexpected opportunity on offense. See my later post, where I state my opinion is that if such a run happened, the Bears are in a great position.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Offense or DL ? The best options at ALL defensive positions can’t be gone. The Bears pick 14 and 7 offensive players will be drafted before that, at least.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            I don’t see how he couldn’t trade down from 14, somebody is going to want a QB that hasn’t gone yet, like Bridgewater, or whoever. I would think you can always trade down from 14, there’s bound to be a guy somebody wants badly.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Well the Rams pick at 13 and they are clear trade partners. They say is a deep draft and everybody wants to trade down. I don’t know about that, but if it’s true the price for trading down isn’t going to be that mind blowing. The ‘price’ for trading down last year was crap, this year it could be horse shit.

        • Big Mike

          Who gives a shit what the Chicago press thinks. Emery has always talked about value and improving the talent level.

        • burntorangenavyblue

          Guys, I never mentioned the media in my first comment about the new regime’s way of doing things. I’m just saying that it is nice that there is a sense of competency among the upper management and that they have at least acknowledged that they goofed up for a long time, and that they know that in order to make things work in the modern NFL, they need to get their ducks in a row and start making common sense decisions. That to me at least is some kind of service to us paying customers/fans.

          • MB30SD

            It was my mention, not yours…

            and I think it’s naive to think it has no part in the overall equation. Pop percep bends everything in this country. Enough pressure and the McCaskey’s will do whatever it takes to alleviate it. May take a few years, but it does have SOME impact.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Thing is, the top round 1 talent is a matter of opinion. Trading down, Emery can get guys who are ‘top round talent’ on his board … in the second round.

          • MB30SD

            we won’t know that until things start shaking out the day of mate.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        But if he doesn’t see the secondary value in the first round ? Like…on their board the CBs and Ss could be late first round value. There could be instead 2nd and 3rd round steals from Emery’s point of view. What then ? will he reach or draft the best play maker at 14 ? PS: This is not my desire, guys. I don’t want a WR in the first round. I think that Wilson ‘kid’ could become a beast. I ‘love’ him.

        • burntorangenavyblue

          I think gone are the days where we are expecting head scratcher moves by the GM moreso than the common sense moves. Chicken Dinner was one, but almost all of Emerys moves have been light years ahead of fixing holes than Angelo’s tenure here in Chicago. Emery will pick a D player and everyone knows it. If there is something that gets your fanbase back on track, it is addressing what everyone knows that needs to be fixed and getting their trust back. He will not pull a fast one and draft a WR first rnd.

          • Big Mike

            Kyle Long was a head scratcher as well. His inexperience was undeniable. There were 2-3 OL prospects consistently rated in front of him. The selection of an OG was also a bit of a surprise.

            I have not been following offensive draft prospects this year. But lets say one of the top 2 WRs in the draft fell to 14 somehow.. Then what?

          • MB30SD

            Kyle long comes with a pedigree and a guarantee by a HOF father that his son is the real deal mike.

            I can assure you that if his last name wasn’t long there’s no way emery would have taken him.

          • Johnathan Wood

            let’s not forget the Kromer impact there. Best OL coach in the game, give him a guy with all the tools to mold. Long was ok last year; another year or two with Kromer and he’s gonna be an absolute beast.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Kromer is full time OC now. Sure…he is very good at OL coaching, but it’s not his gig anymore. All part of Trestman’s plan…take one year o teach the Offense then become more of a HC… get more involved with the D also.

          • Johnathan Wood

            Trestman still calls the plays, and as far as I know the Bears don’t have another OL coach. Going to look that up…

          • Johnathan Wood

            apparently they promoted Pay Meyer to OL coach on February 12. Missed that one.

            Still, I expect Kromer will be heavily involved in the OL. He’s the OC and OL coach.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            He is full time OC. Sure Trestman will cal the plays, but Kromer will be involved in that, not in the OL play.

            Bears make Pat Meyer offensive line coach, shift Aaron Kromer to offensive coordinator only
            http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/02/12/bears-make-pat-meyer-offensive-line-coach-shift-aaron-kromer-to-offensive-coordinator-only/

          • Big Mike

            He was still a head scratcher. I love Kyle Long. I was shocked when his name was called. I never put much in the pedigree aspect. Although this time, he’s just like his old man.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            That was my question. And it make me come to it by the fact that the Bears didn’t go to the most known pro day in history. Could it be somo kind of smoke screen ?

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            The fanbase argument is for bad GMs. The better ones never think like that. Look…Emery drafted an OLB hybrid dude when the OL was the worst in the league and the defense played a Tampa scheme. Emery is a clear cut risk taker. PS: By the way…selling the idea of a 3rd ‘big time’ WR is like taking candy from a baby. It’s the wet dream of every fan. The 4th tall stud target weapon for the gunslinger QB ? They’ll eat it raw. Everybody wants a long dick.

          • MB30SD

            We all know shady does.

          • Shady

            You’ll get your comeuppins tonight sir, get ready to get fucked up twotime dood. Better start preparing now…

            And Murph, don’t think I didn’t see your little up vote you sonofabitch.

          • MB30SD

            Hahahahaha!

            Have the kids. They go down at 8. I’ll be on at 8:05 PST.

            Oh, I’ll be ready for you…

            …you and your already entered cheat codes that allow you to kill me with one bullet, from behind, while running away from me, through a rock wall… all while I’ve shot 2 direct hit grenades right on you, and have had my reticle (that’s what she said) right on you shooting a rapid fire automatic weapon at you for at least 3 continuous seconds already before you even see me.

            SMMFH.

          • Shady

            Oh, you think the darkness is your ally?

          • MB30SD

            You merely adopted it.

            I was booooooorn in it. Moooooolded by it.

            …we both know that I’m going to have to kill you now.

          • MB30SD

            perhaps he was wondering why someone would give him a treeaat, before throwing him into that caaage.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Some owners and GMs care about fanbase and getting their trust. If not, then most teams would be like the Browns, Raiders, Lions and Cavaliers….Yes not all fans are the smartest and that GMs cannot make all decisions for fans best interest….but when your bosses are making peoe accountable and that making smart business decisions does ultimately help icrease fans loyalty (aka more money), then it matters for the smart business people. I dont know how ppl are fans of certain teams that have been making such colossal bad decisions decades after decades.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            the Browns, Raiders, Lions and Cavaliers are exactly the ones that make business/team decisions based on fanbase desires and selling points. Plus… any other D position rather than DL is not a fan dream. If he doesn’t get sacks it’s low profile as it is. Get me the WR ‘that made Manziel’ and the fanbase will celebrate the pick even if you have to play 10 UFA rookies on Defense + a big name sack DE (got to have that piece). PS: You don’t think so ? Case in point: the Atlanta Falcons.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            You make some excellent points, Barb.

            I think that Emery and current heads at Bears ownership have found that perfect balance of what they are doing for the organization. When you have the 3rd largest market in the United States for t.v. ratings as well as population, the media and fan base is going to be a small part of what matters for business decisions.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            It’s all based on results. The Offense at historical levels gives you a lot of leverage. The PR is vital, but I think they are in ‘win a Super Bowl’ mode.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Right, so getting that key D player is vital to this “Win Now” mode because everyone and their mothers know if we upgrade the Bears D from almost bottom last to at least into the rank of the mid teens in stats, then it will vastly help. Adding another WR from a 1st round pick isn’t going to vault the Bears much higher in the O category especially if we ranked 2nd in scoring and top ten in receiving.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I agree. But only because I like that Wilson ‘kid’.

          • bearsfantillend

            “the Browns, Raiders, Lions and Cavaliers are exactly the ones that make business/team decisions based on fanbase desires and selling points.”

            how so? I can almost see this statement being true for the Lions. But the other 3 teams I will need to know your logic and get examples to believe it.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I just used his examples. And they mean ‘bad managed clubs’ in general.

          • bearsfantillend

            i understand they are bad managed clubs, but you stated they are basing their decisions on fans desires and selling points. I can not think of any decisions they have made in the last 5 years that were for the fans. Have you ever been on any message boards for those teams. No fans are happy with the choices the teams have made.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Its’ not what fans think…it’s about what management thinks they would like. And they often don’t get that far… they think ‘what media wants’. It’s all a clusterfuck like drafting WEEDen or Gabbert. My point is that they don’t think just about making the team better with a clear plan & vision. It’s day by day using more time for PR stuff than actual football decisions.

    • CanadaBear

      Nope.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      That or an OT (Matthews if he falls) wouldn’t shock me at all.

      • Shady

        Matthews is my dirty little secret wish of a hope to come true.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          This is the Lovie effect. There is no need for such a ‘piece’.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            Barb, adding dominating offensive linemen that can turn a good offense to great isn’t the Lovie effect. It’s called the “getting Emmitt Smith to the Hall of Fame” effect.
            Look what badass lines did for guys like Emmitt, Terrell Davis, Terry Bradshaw, any running back or the Redskins in the 80’s, etc. These guys were talented but also played behind lines that changed games.
            I don’t really want an OL in round one based on what we need right now but you can NEVER go wrong with a consensus top 1 or 2 Tackle. The need is always there, it’s just that we may need to address D first.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Sure they are. Dominant OL are perfect and OL play is my favorite. I just don’t think it’s in the plans at the moment. They’ll want a 2nd year with the same OL. From a game plan long term point of view I see them giving more value to stability instead of pure quality of the players. It’s almost like the plan is to not improve the line at an individual level.

          • Johnathan Wood

            IMO the improvement comes from 3 things:
            1) Time together. Last year was the first time any of the guys on the OL had played-or even practiced-together. Long and Mills particularly grew close and seem to work well together.
            2) Growth of the young guys. Biggest leap is usually between year 1 and year 2. I expect both Long and Mills to be significantly better this year than last.
            3) Physical improvement at C. But that won’t be until 2015, barring injury. For now Garza is the leader who helps the young guys.

          • Shady

            Not only for run blocking but more importantly to protect the franchise. Look what happened to Brady and Manning when their blocking broke down. Disaster. I know its not a top priority for Emery because they’re brining all of their starters back on O and the cluster on D, but they’re going to need a swing tackle capable of starting and a guard/center to replace Robocrap. In my mind, you can never have too many quality lineman.

            Also, and I’m getting into the need v. BPA argument here, if I were to tell you Matthews would become a 12 year starter and HOFer and Dix or Nix would be average for 4 or 5 years, the decision would be a no brainier. But because of the gaping holes and needs on D (and the inability to lookin to the future) Emery doesn’t have the luxury of going BPA.

          • MB30SD

            Dude, how many fucking kids do those people have!??!

            There’s another fucking mathews coming into the NFL? And he’s not a lean roid monster but a big fatty?!? What the fuck did they put in those people’s water man. sheesh.

          • SC Dave

            Hey, at least they can afford them…

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            I wouldn’t mind if they drafted a great OT in round 1, eve if he rode the bench, nothing wrong with having a great OL. We could still get a badass DL guy in rd 2.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Good NFL bloodlines, for sure.

          • Shady

            Exactly. Long and Matthews on the same line? Won’t happen, but a girl can dream.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        That doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. Why change the OL ?

      • Johnathan Wood

        I would be shocked by OL early. Don’t forget Kromer has made a career out of turning guys like Mills into good players, but usually they redshirt first year. Mills played last year, but should take a significant step forward in year 2 IMO.

        Also don’t forget the system they use places more value on interior blockers keeping a clean pocket so the QB can step up. They just want the OTs to push the guy upfield past the QB. They have the G spots solidified (huge under Kromer), both starting tackles locked in for next few years. Only OL need is depth and a C to groom for 2015, both of which are late round selections if anything.

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          I dont think its probable, I just said it wouldnt shock me.

          • Johnathan Wood

            it would absolutely shock me.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Me too.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          But we haven’t signed Eben back have we? So if we lose Bushrod or Mills, we’re fucked. We need an OT. We know what it looked like around here when Cutty was on his back all the time.

    • Big Mike

      Based on his 2 first rounders, othing would surprise me, except not being surprised.

      • Johnathan Wood

        the position is usually pretty easy to predict though.

        In 2012 he wanted a DE for opposite Peppers and WR was a need… lo and behold, McClellin and Jeffery are the first 2 picks.

        In 2013 LB and OL were the needs… first 4 picks spent on LB and OL.

        The positions are not hard to predict, but the players are.

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          I have been wanting to say something like this but haven’t known how to formulate it, thanks Data!

        • Big Mike

          Agreed. But still surprised. He has a lot more flexibility this year

          • Johnathan Wood

            the needs are DT, CB, and S. Will be shocked if first 2 picks aren’t on these 2 positions, maybe first 3.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      With Wilson and Tolliver on the full roster – and I can’t believe I’m writing this – we actually need a small guy now. Being tall and skinny in the NFL is useless, I don’t get the Wilson love. Even if we kept Chris Williams, we need a nippy little slot guy.

      • SC Dave

        Evidently not, as they let ours walk

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        We could have snatched Edelman last year for 1,5 mil a year. That being said I don’t know about that… for me Trestman’s system doesn’t ‘need’ someone like that. He’ll want guys that can do everything. Multidimensional, similar types are perfect for him so he can mix and match. The slot WRs have key run/screen blocking responsibilities. They all have, but the slot sometimes gets in there with S, LB and sometimes DE. Plus, Marshall in the slot is a weapon as it is. PS: I like the Wilson ‘kid’ because my instinct made me like him from the start. He ‘cost’ himself a lot of money by rebelling against his coach in college, so I see something special there. And he got a lot of snaps last year…proof that Trestman trusted him, or at least his route running, playbook understanding and physicality (he has many run/screen blocking responsibilities)

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I think he wants guys that have a size/speed advantage by design in running ALL these routes, rather than quickness in some of them.
        http://cdn.bleacherreport.net/images_root/article/media_slots/photos/001/470/222/cb401e7f06de4ead0e1e8bd8090c603b_original.png?1396619323
        That’s what I think…I don’t really know for sure.

  • CanadaBear

    Reading around the web about the free agent signings makes me laugh. PFF wrote a long piece about Peppers decline with the Bears. Last year he graded out in negative territory against both the run and pass. Then they turn around and praise the Fudgies for signing him. HUH? The comments always make me smile. One Fudgie fan was talking about all the veteran leadership Peppers will bring. REALLY?

    • DaMurph

      He was never any kind of leader. Apparently that fudge never saw Julius do an interview.

      • MB30SD

        Puck the fackers murph!

      • CanadaBear

        I thought he might become a leader over a time. Nope. For 3 years he was worth the dough. Not last year.

      • SC Dave

        Several bears said differently, in that they did not know what practice really meant until julius came to camp.

        • MB30SD

          How fucking sad is that. God I’m glad lovie is Tampa ‘ s problem now. Smh.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Who didn’t know Clowney was the most remarkable athlete in the draft? Question is whether he’s a lunatic or not. Whether he gives a shit.”

    Yup. That’s a couple of BIG red flags.

    Will he want to be great after he gets his pile of first round money?

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      That’s ludicrous. People get very paranoid about this kind of black male. I think Clowney has more than a couple of white flags. It’s funny because he’ll be drafted 1st overall. They just tear him up before he can answer. Some low level shit. I bet he knows that and that’s why he doesn’t play ball. It’s the ‘beat them, never join them’ attitude you have to ‘love’.

      • AlbertInTucson

        The guy went on cruise control last season and basically disappeared. I think you introducing race as factor in why there are concerns about him is what’s “ludicrous”?

        • MB30SD

          I love having a guy on the blog who doesn’t follow our rules and doesn’t give a rat’s ass about saying what he feels. awesome.

          • AlbertInTucson

            BTW, even with all the supposed “Red Flags”, If I had the #1 pick, I would HAVE to take a flyer on Clowney’s obvious physical gifts ESPECIALLY if I’m the Texans and could pair him up with a guy like J.J. Watt.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            It would be ideal for him. That team is really good and he would be protected from the pressure by not being the savior/the best on Defense. I bet JJ Watt lobbies for his arriving. They scheme against him non stop…whole game plans are being created against JJ Watt as we write this. Hah.

          • MB30SD

            agree al

          • gpldan

            We have rules?

          • MB30SD

            and this give you… pooower… over me?

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            So you love Clowney !!!

          • MB30SD

            I love his skills. If he plays the rest of his career with the passion and motor of a jarred allen (strange I can say that now and not throw up a little in my mouth), THEN I will love him.

            I’m a team player/captain type barbarian. I don’t like guys who dog it… that said, I do agree with your post up top about him being smart about loafing his last year in college to make sure he can cash his check next month. Do I like it, no… do I get it, hell yes.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I don’t like it either. I do like the interior power to tap the break when driving that Ferrari with everybody telling him “push it’ . You need a lot of balls to do that… makes you look weak. I don’t know why, what and how, but those are leadership traits.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            What kind of blockers was Clowney up against? Can he do whatever it is that he does, against bigger meaner no-mess-takin’ NFL vets?

          • SC Dave

            SEC blockers, the best in college football. Ask any SEC fan…

          • Trac

            Oh yeah?

          • MB30SD

            oh, you want some of this? YOU WANT SOME OF THIS?!!?

            COME AT ME BRO!

          • Trac

            lol. How much time did Rocky need to get ready for Apollo Creed? hahaha

          • MB30SD

            hahhahaha

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Ok… so he doesn’t give a fuck about his alma mate, all the Roll Tide (?) fans and the white motherfuckers who cash in the checks. I’ll live my life in disappointment. Maybe he only cares about himself, his family, his legacy and his back account. Me, I respect him more for his lack of effort. The point is…he cares. maybe not about what other people want him to care, but that’s what is “ludicrous”. People telling other people what they should care… for free. My response post wasn’t ‘against’ you, but against the experts that you copy /pasted. PS: Remember…the real money are in the second contract. So the risk of him losing it “after he gets his pile of first round money” is minimal by design.

          • AlbertInTucson

            “I respect him more for his lack of effort”.

            You’re kidding, right?

            BTW, I appreciate what you went back and edited out.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            It’s all in good spirits. If I read what I wrote and see some kind of possible ambiguity about that…I cut. About the lack of effort… yeah I respect him. He has the brains to go along with that special talents and body he has. It makes no sense for me going after it for free… specially when you already banked a Top 2 pick. I mean… what should matter more for a man ? His family and future family or the crazy fans and all the other dudes that gain a lot of coin over his ass. The fact that he is black only makes it more so, you know ? You have to care about what’s important, not about the cheap adulation of others. It’s like his ego told him to go make history…his IQ, his true self told his not to fuck around. And he did that playing the long game..the winning one. He is a big time fucking leader man.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Man… you should have told us this was a Jeff tweet. It’s the second time this week I called a Jeff opinion-thought as ‘ludicrous’. Now I seem like a dude looking to go against the ‘boss’ at any cost…picking fights with the host. Hahaha.

      • AlbertInTucson

        NAH! Blogafather’s a big boy. He can take it. Lord knows I disagree with him more than just occassionally.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Yeah…well that’s why I called it like that the first time. 2 times in 4 days is one to many, though.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Polarizing Blog Poll Alert:

    How many of you guys would do this again?

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4691380/jury-still-out-on-cutler-trade-anniversary

    • Bender McLugh

      Yep, without hesitation.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I would.

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      Why are we even talking about this?
      Reading the names of the Offensive Linemen and WR Corps from 2009-2012 is actually entertaining.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        5 year anniversary, I would do it again in a heartbeat!

        • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

          That is just a reminder that the Bears wasted 4 years of Cutler’s life by actively deciding NOT to address the WR position and Offensive Line position, use outdated ill matched offensive schemes,etc
          What a waste of a quarterback, Hall of Fame returner and All Pro caliber D.
          Thanks Jerry you incredible piece of shit.

          • gpldan

            Jerry knew his head was being lined up on the tee by Teddy Ballgame, so he made his case to move big. Had Teddy not dropped Jerry, then the mcCaskeys would have been looking to see if Teddy needed to go.

            So he let Jerry make his splash with Cutler, and let him follow it up with Pep. They almost got there in Pep’s first year. Then, it was time to wipe the slate and regroup.

            Jerry drafted TURRIBLE. Awful. He inherited his Pro Bowlers and never picked another one. So Ginny asked for somebody who knew how to draft, was a polite, neat young man (they are all young to her), and voila – The Phil Era.

          • CanadaBear

            Good call!

          • MB30SD

            I’m ALL in so far. He hits at least a triple come may and I’m in his hip pocket.

          • Johnathan Wood

            Jerry got Tillman, Briggs, Harris in his first few drafts. His drafting went downhill right about the time Lovie’s influence started to grow.

            But generally his O drafting always sucked and his D drafting sucked after those first few drafts.

          • NewBearInTown

            I dunno, the draft that first year was all Lovie. The Bears had holes all over the offense, but they drafted nothing but defensive players? Set the tone for the offense in Lovie’s tenure, but it was the beginning of the monster defense that took the Bears to the Superbowl.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Three players in 10 years Woodsy, Hester if you like …. not good, in fact it’s terrible.

          • Big Mike

            +1000

    • MB30SD

      God angelo is a moron. yes jerry, it will never in the history of the nfl ever happen again.

      I know I’m being overly critical, I hate that buffoon.

    • Big Mike

      10 times out of 10. JA would have fucked up all of those picks.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      I don’t think I would. As they point out, the broncos clearly won in the deal. And it’s a straw-man argument to say “well, look at what Cutty had to deal with in Chicago ..” – yeah, he had to deal with a shitty line and no receivers … because we gave away the picks to get those necessary players.

      The only way I do that deal again is if I get Brandon at the same time.

      • MB30SD

        That’s bullshit irish. See mike’s comment below. As long as Angelo was the guy making picks they might as well have given them all up for cutty… same basic outcome

        The more interesting question is whether emery does that same deal.

  • gpldan
    • CanadaBear

      I’d be shocked if those are the ten hottest football wives. 2 or 3 of them were borderline plain janes. I should probably take this time for full disclosure. I don’t find Giselle hot at all. Killer body, not crazy about her looks. Pretty sure she wouldn’t be too impressed by my looks either!

    • MB30SD

      Agree with you and corm.

      Gates wife is pretty fucking hot too.

      Can’t get over Mrs. Tanny-hill’s seta choppers maings: http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/eGjXwDYpOLE/hqdefault.jpg

  • MB30SD

    now THIS looks like a sport I can get… into… hee hee

    http://www.uproxx.com/sports/2014/04/lingerie-fighting-championship-exists-course/

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    For shady… somewhat inconsequential… except for the 3rd paragraph after the tweet.

    http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/04/redskins-photo-marines-dog-desean-jackson-signing/

    Wait for it……..

    • Shady

      You’re my boy Blue!

  • Johnathan Wood

    So the way I see it, the Bears’ biggest 3 needs, in some order, are CB, S, and DT. Therefore I think it’s likely they go with some combo of those 3 with their first 3 picks.

    I put together some options (assuming no trades) of guys expected to be available around their picks in each round. What do you like best?

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AiXNpJle4ZdddG5fT3lhdEFBWGtWZmxudUhhZklzb1E#gid=0

    • Johnathan Wood

      not that this is an all-inclusive list, it just helps me see where value might be at. For me, the safety dropoff is pretty steep after Ward and Bucannon, so I want to make sure I have a S in the first 2 rounds. There are some good CB and DT who should be there in round 3 though.

      I think my ideal would be Donald, S, CB, but that requires Donald to be there at 14 and Ward or Bucannon to be there in round 2, neither of which is a gimme.

      • Johnathan Wood

        If I had to guess, I’d say Emery goes secondary in first 2 rounds and picks up a DT round 3. Secondary is definitely the weak link of the D right now.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Then he should have bought the vets. Any rook we draft at safety will take a while, maybe a couple of years to cut his teeth.

    • MB30SD

      I personally think they go with option 6 or 4, in that order.

      what happened to tuitt data? Is he a DE… I thought he was a DT?

      I personally think they go pryor or fuller in rd 1, then best DT at our pick (or trade down to get someone they’ve targeted), then CB in 3. I think if gilbert is somehow there we HAVE to take him at 14 without question, but I highly doubt he’s there from what I’ve read.

      • Johnathan Wood

        I think Tuitt is more of a DE, but also he’s a massive reach at 14 and highly unilkely to be there at 51, so I didn’t include him. He could probably do 4-3 DT, I guess.

        • gpldan

          Tuitt is exactly the kind of guy that Emery would pop at 14, thinking he knows better than the pundits.

          Oh, and he breaks 3 bills and could play 3T fer sure

          • Johnathan Wood

            to be fair, that would have seemed reasonable before Tuitt’s injury-plagued 2013 season

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            I see him at 3T, he’s a bull rusher, just a load. If he gets fitter, then with time he might be something special on the outside. I’ll applaud him if he has the balls to take him at 14. That’s big hairy balls.

        • MB30SD

          I was actually thinking option 4, S (or gilbert if there) in rd 1 and trade up for a tuitt in 2

          • Johnathan Wood

            I’m looking at options not involving trades only.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I’m for getting some quality youth on that DL so I would go for Donald.

      The better the defensive line gets, the better everything behind it becomes by default.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        Which is why Allen’s cash should have gone to Byrd (or Ward) and we drafted DL in round 1 and 2.

    • Shady

      Fucking Data, look at you.

    • CanadaBear

      Work, work, work.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Looks like Chris Johnson will be moving on from the Titans in short order (NFL Live).

    • gpldan

      Pure speed/slash runners like that fade fast.

      • MB30SD

        but he did beat a cheetah… oh wait, devin beat the cheetah, CJ lost. ; (

  • AlbertInTucson

    MORE good news for the Blackhawks!

    http://voices.suntimes.com/sports/blackhawks-captain-jonathan-toews-out-for-the-rest-of-the-regular-season/

    And the NHL turns a blind eye to another illegal hit that puts one of their marquee players on the shelf.

    • Shady

      Technically yes, he left his skates to make the hit, but it wasn’t THAT illegal, was it? Shades of legality? The real shame if it in my mind was the fact no iter Blackhawks came to Toews defense an no one retaliated. I mean, c’mon. It’s hockey. It’s what these guys do. Defend the honor of your star player and fuxking throw down!

      • MB30SD

        I peeeeed in it.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Disagree. Orpik hit Toews in the head, with his elbow and launched Toews into the boards. All illegal.

      • AlbertInTucson

        “Upper Body Injury”. I’m betting, the way he was carrying his arm, he separated a shoulder.

  • MB30SD

    duuuuude, they finally found El Chupacabra!

    http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/us/2014/04/02/dnt-tx-possible-chupacabra.kavu.html

    (there is no fucking way that’s a K-9. See the way he uses his hands to eat. That’s a raccoon with mange. Or someone’s pet wallaroo or some other marsupial.

    Crackers is fuuuunny.

  • Trac

    Well guys, tomorrow the boy and I leave the wonderful city of Chicago and head for home. It’s been a great trip.

    Check this out, it’s pretty cool.

    Chicago City Flag Meaning

    The three white background area’s of the flag represent from top to bottom, the North, West and South sides of the City. The top blue stripe represents Lake Michigan and the North branch of the Chicago River. The bottom blue stripe represents the South branch of the river and the “Great Canal”, over the Chicago Portage.

    The first star represents Fort Dearborn. It was added to the flag in 1939. It’s six points symbolize transportation, labor, commerce, finance, populousness, salubrity(promoting health or welfare). The 2nd star stands for the great Chicago fire of 1871,and is original to the 1917 design of the flag. It’s six stars represent the virtues of religion, education, aesthetics, justice, beneficence, and civic pride.

    The third star symbolizes the Worlds Colombian Exposition of 1893 and is original to the 1917 design. It’s six points stand for the political entities Chicago has belonged to and the flags that have flown over the area: France 1693, Great Britain 1763, Virginia 1778, the Northwest Territory 1789, Indiana territory 1802, and Illinois 1818.

    The fourth star represents the century in progress Exposition(1933-34) and was added in 1933. Its points refer to bragging rights: the United States 2nd largest City at the time, Chicago’s latin motto “Urbs in Horto-City in a garden”, Chicago’s I will motto, the Great Central Marketplace, Wonder City, and Convention City.. It was ranked 2nd greatest city flag in the U.S. next to D.C.

    http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/us-il-ch.html

    • NewBearInTown

      Trac – I’m downtown for court in the morning tomorrow. Would love to say high before you depart. Murph has my info.

      • Trac

        Thanks for the invite NB but I’ve run out of time. Peace be with you my friend, there WILL be a next time.

    • Cormonster

      Did you get to see the wonderful Picasso statue?

      • Trac

        Nope but I had Italian beef’s 3 days in a row. Mmmmm

    • Cormonster

      How many kids do you have Trac? Sorry for the dumb drug comment the other day. I thought your kid(s) were grown up
      . Glad to hear you enjoyed yourself.

      • Trac

        No problemo. Hopefully all in good fun, right?

        • Cormonster

          Of course

  • NewBearInTown

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Holes-to-fill.html

    Interesting argument in favor of taking a cornerback in the first round. In a nutshell:
    1) Cornerbacks are a lot cheaper on the cap when home grown.
    2) There is more top tier talent available on the D-line in round 2 than at CB (not sure I agree with this).
    3) The Bears have signed several young, talented players to multi-year deals on the defensive line. Other than Jennings, they don’t have any young talent in the backfield and all the FAs they signed are older. They need to get younger at DB more than at DL (not sure I agree with this either, they need youth at DT to allow them to shed expensive FA contracts if guys aren’t being productive).

    He mentions Mosley at linebacker and then moves on. Personally, I think Emery takes Mosley if he’s there. We need a true middle linebacker and there’s really nobody comparable after Mosley is off the board. If we can get him, we take him.

    • Johnathan Wood

      DT is a problem for the future though. Only Ratliff under contract for 2015.

      And they literally only have 3 DTs on the roster right now. After what happened last year, don’t you think they want to address that? I know Houston and Idonije can play DT some too, but that didn’t work so well last year.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      I completely disagree that anyone should go young at DB. Wily and veteran at DB, get young and hungry on the DL.

      Rook safeties and aging DL … or young and hungry DL with safeties who know what’s up?

  • MB30SD

    20 – 9

    you know who you are.

    • johnnywad

      Skilz rounding into form, eh?

      • Shady

        LIES!

  • Johnathan Wood

    Deone Bucannon visited the Bears yesterday. This kid or Jimmie Ward are 100% the guys I want Chicago to get in round 2.

    • MB30SD

      not all that interesting

      WEAKNESSES Average speed — struggles to recover from missteps and will not track anyone down from behind. Some tightness in his hips. Man-coverage limitations (struggles to match with slot receivers). Can be overaggressive and miss tackles. Does not always arrive under control in space. Misjudges angles.

      BOTTOM LINE Although he’s built like a cornerback, Bucannon’s style of play makes it easy to identify him as a tone-setting strong safety. Has coverage limitations, but brings the aggressiveness and physicality to carve a niche as a downhill box defender and core special-teams player.

      • MB30SD

        here’s ward

        WEAKNESSES Size is just adequate — lacks ideal bulk and is built more like a cornerback than a safety. Can be a tick late diagnosing pass, gaining depth and digesting route combos. Lacks elite top-end speed. Has man-coverage limitations. Inconsistent downfield ball reactions with his back to the throw. Limited functional strength to discard blockers when he gets snagged. Shows lower-body stiffness in space. Has some maturing to do and needs to learn what it means to prepare like a pro. Could rub some people the wrong way.

        BOTTOM LINE Wiry, active, aggressive strong safety at his best playing downhill and reacting to plays in front him. Lacks starter-caliber size, instincts, range and cover skills, but could serve as a backup and special-teams contributor.

        Sheesh… neither of these guys sounds decent. I know you don’t like their analysis, but man. Oh, and dude did 9… NINE on bench?!

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Anyone regret not signing either Byrd or TJ Ward yet?
          Could we have signed both, passed on Allen and just gone hog wild on DL in the draft?

          • SC Dave

            Line first

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            We could have gone DE round 1, DT round 2, and had vet solidity at FS in Byrd. We’ll see.

        • Johnathan Wood

          IMO Ward is the best coverage safety in this draft. And go watch some of Bucannon’s tape… the guy is all over the field. NFL.com only lists like 5 guys they think will be starters. Their grading is really really weird for some reason.

  • MB30SD
    • gpldan

      Justice is him beaten bloody in prison.

      • johnnywad

        There is no justice to be found here. There is nothing that can be done to that animal that even begins to square things up. Convicted on 45 counts and this mother fucker claims its because his lawyers were rushed to trial. I am so sickened by this piece of trash.

  • johnnywad

    Can we just draft somebody now?

    • bearsfantillend

      NO!!!! you know you have to wait just like all the other kids.

  • Shady

    I feel like if Emery is going DL 1st round, he’s going to be hoping this guy is available:

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1664241/ra

    STRENGTHS: Alternately lining up over the nose or as a three-technique, Hageman consistently pushes his counterparts deep into the backfield, demonstrating rare upfield burst for a man of his size, as well as impressive strength. A brute in the middle, combining excellent size and power to push blockers deep into the pocket.

    WEAKNESSES: At times struggles to locate the football quickly, can appear a bit stiff changing directions and shows just average speed and determination in pursuit, despite being subbed often. Had two potential big tackles for losses negated by facemask penalties against Minnesota in 2013.
    –Rob Rang

    PLAYER OVERVIEW

    They don’t come much more physically imposing than Hageman, whose broad shoulders, long arms and trim waist have generated comparisons from J.J. Watt to John Henderson.

    Hageman’s physical tools are exciting and his rise from a tough childhood is inspirational, but best of all is his DL versatility. Hagemen looks more like a modern day offensive tackle, possessing broad shoulders, long arms and a relatively trim waist. He remains a bit raw but possesses first round traits.

  • gpldan

    Palin keeps looking more and more like an aging porn star, but she’s still got something for an older gal…

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