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Mel Tucker Will Return as Defensive Coordinator in 2014

| January 13th, 2014

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From Adam Hoge at CBS:

Head coach Marc Trestman announced that Tucker will return for the 2014 season, but defensive line coach Mike Phair and linebackers coach Tim Tibesar have been let go.

The remainder of the coaching staff will remain in place for next season.

“We thank Mike and Tim for their effort and dedication,” Trestman said in a statement. “They are men of high character and integrity. These are not easy decisions and we do not attribute our lack of success on defense to two individuals. We need to improve in all areas defensively and that will be a focal point for us this offseason. The process starts with me as the head coach. Our search for a defensive line and linebackers coach has begun and we will be looking for the best candidates whose experience can bring the most out of our veteran and young players in both areas.”

I don’t blame the defensive deficiencies of the 2013 season on Mel Tucker. I blame the defensive deficiencies of the 2013 season on the guys playing defense. I am players first, coach second when it comes to the complicated riddle known as the blame game.

Tucker was brought to Chicago in an organizational attempt to achieve status quo. Same system in place. Same calls in the huddle. Same results expected. But major injuries at every level of the defense left Tucker’s defensive unit scrambling for live bodies and saw the unit plummet to depths rarely seen in the city with the sport’s most storied defensive history.

Will there be pressure on Tucker in 2014? Absolutely. But that pressure clock doesn’t start ticking until Emery & Trestman have provided the proper personnel. This decision is about the Chicago Bears leadership, not Tucker. They are taking responsibility for the major problems 2013. Now they have tasked themselves with finding solutions.

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  • NewBearInTown

    First to welcome Tucker back.
    Also, SDPF, I’m looking forward to your post 🙂
    Interesting that its the linebackers and linemen. More fuel to the fire suggesting we’re moving to a 3-4. Let’s see who come in as replacements.

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      Me and my fat fingers…

      Look for some Purple Prose, as soon as I can get my hands to understand WHY they have to type such a post……

  • IBNO

    I guess Tucker gets 2013 as a Mulligan (I don’t golf; did I use the term right?), but if 2014 is anywhere near as defensively dreadful as 2013, there WILL be a new DC in 2015.

    • AlbertInTucson

      “…if 2014 is anywhere near as defensively dreadful as 2013…” .

      Is that even POSSIBLE? Let us HOPE not. (Shudder)

  • Irish Sweetness

    Turned off the game when Denver went 24-7 up but was well happy when I arrived into work. On behalf of my family, thank you Philip Rivers for your mini-comeback to cover the spread. 4/4 in the playoffs, I think we’ll call it a day for the betting this year.

    Tucker’s back? So be it. At least they got rid of the coaches – too many missed tackles etc. for my Bears.

    Pats running game v Turtlehead should be a good one, as will SEA V SF.

    Okay, we might have a sneaky look at the spreads then ….

    • johnnywad

      Congrats Irish. I was pulling for you to cover there
      in the fourth.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Then that’s what did it! Cheers.

    • Viva

      $$

  • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

    Jeff, no one is really complaining about the NFL being an offensive league. They complain (and rightfully so) when rules are put in place that cater to the worldwide gambling community more than the sport, don’t address the issues at hand and then those same rules are applied in no consistent or reasonable fashion resulting in game changing penalties, advantages to the Offense, etc.

    • AlbertInTucson

      “… rules are put in place that cater to the worldwide gambling community…”

      Please explain.

      • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

        that would be fantasy football. The kinder, gentler “interactive” NFL experience. Not your daddy’s dirty back alley bookie situation but a nice, clean, shiny, sanitized experience.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Still don’t see how NFL rule changes cater to that.

          • johnnywad

            The rule changes have all been implemented to generate more offense. Hence the nod to FF. Its mostly predicated on scoring from what I understand. Though I don’t play. I’m sure one of our fantasy friends here will bash my knuckles in with a yard stick if I’m mistaken.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Still do not see a correlation. FF Leagues create their own rules to set the bar as far as scoring goes.

          • johnnywad

            Sure. They value yards and points differently. Still, more scoring chances in the real game means more action in the fantasy game, regardless of value. More overall touchdowns and yards means something to the fantasy guys as well as the “Modern Era” casual fan. At least that my take on it.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          haha gambling is gambling. As much as I think Irish gambles, his FF is gamble free. I haven’t won one (whatever currency they use in Thailand) in his league, even though I just won it this year, again.

          Oh, did I mention I won the standard Bears blog FF league? I didn’t? well, I did.

          Bwahhaha

          Saying that is almost as good as money.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I paid you the props earlier bro – well done. I wouldn’t play FF for cash though. Out of nine leagues this season I won two, came 2nd in two, third in two. Came second in the DBB pickem league somehow. Somebody called Barely Something won it – you out there?

          • tobijohn

            That would be me…

          • Irish Sweetness

            Good man, Tobi!!

  • AlbertInTucson

    Just my impression, but, the Zebras seem to in a LOT more of a “Let’em Play” mood when it comes to the defensive backs now that it is in the post season.

    • BerwynBomber

      And that is a good thing. The league has too many ticky-tack PI calls as it is. And the spot foul should go the way of the drop-kick.

      • AlbertInTucson

        We are in 100% agreement there on BOTH counts. As WRONG as the NCAA has the concept of Overtime, they DO have it RIGHT when it comes to Pass Interference.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      That’s ALWAYS been the case. That’s why the Rams lost to the Pats.

      That’s why the Seahawks got big CBs. They know the zebras won’t call PI on EVERY play.

      That’s also why I said that our team is built for the playoffs. Alshon and Marshall teabag “physical” corners. Marshall did it by himself two seasons ago. Black Uni too doesn’t shy from contact. Our O is built to defeat that (though we do need a power HB and a power C/G).

      • BerwynBomber

        Good point BUT as pro-bowl-ish as a campaign Alshon turned in I’m not convinced he’s quite as physical as Marshall and might rely more on his height and hands, which is most often good enough, but might not be as effective against big, physical corners as it is against average-size or below average-size corners. Whereas Marshall has more of a Boldin-type physicality to his frame.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Panthers got jobbed. I’m not saying it was the difference but the Zebras nailed their DBs early and often for chippy stuff (no problem with that) and then let Anquan Boldin run his mouth at will (They nail DBs for anything approaching what he was spouting) AND get away with a post-play head butt right in front of an official. As Aikman correctly pointed out, he’s a great receiver but we’re “tired of seeing that.”

    • BerwynBomber

      The Panthers got worked … by the Niners … in the second half. And if you are upset that Boldin’s head butt went unpunished the zebras more than made it up for it with the ridiculous roughing the passer call on a what would have been a drive-killing sack on Newton in the middle of the fourth Q. The game, IMV, was otherwise fairly refereed.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I conceded it wasn’t the difference, but cheap 4Q roughing call notwithstanding, they should have put a sock in Boldin’s pie hole the first time he opened it after a play was dead.

        I’d have stopped the game early on. Gone to each coach and said
        “If your guys don’t stick to football I will turn them into spectators.”

        When coach starts to get huffy back he gets …

        “Shush. This is not a discussion, it’s a lecture, Clean it up or I WILL .The lecture is now over. I am headed to the other side of the field to deliver the exact same message. Test me at your peril.”.

        Sorry to be so “Old Fogey School” but make your play go back to your huddle and let your teammates pat you on the back and tell you how great you are.

        I don’t need the trsh talking, the finger-pointing, the sack dancing, the throat-slashing, the “first down” pointing, the goal post stuffing, the embarrassing TD dancing and the whole “Lookit Me! Lookit Me!” attitudes as if you did it all by yourself.

        And that goes for you too, Ed Hochuli.

        These tenents will both Stop killing sportsmanship AND sppedup the games

        • BerwynBomber

          No disagreement here. Weird thing is I don’t remember Boldin being such a mouth in his AZ and Baltimore days. Much as I am impressed by Captain Comeback’s coaching job out at SF, I wonder if it is a culture he encourages. Though then again, and as you implied, it wasn’t like some of the Carolina players weren’t doing a lot of yapping too. Oh, and though you didn’t bring this up, I had no problem with Kaepernick mocking Newton’s “Superman” act in the EZ. Sorry, but if you do those sorts of things yourself, you can’t complain when others mock them.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Keenan Allen’s first points for the Chargers – you’d swear they were shutting out the Broncos 40-0 they way he was acting. Ridiculous.

        • Still a Doug Plank Fan

          Oh, good post.

        • johnnywad

          +1. Remember Roy Williams stint as a Bear? A first down every other game apparently justified a big time first down point.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I had completely fogotten all about the Roy Williams experiment. Yuck. As I recall, every too-few-and-far-betweeen first down was punctuated with a key drop.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            You don’t miss these?

            http://youtu.be/2shVrjliF3U

    • Irish Sweetness

      The Chargers got called for 5 neutral zone infractions – never saw that happen before. Something needs to be done about P.I. – but CBs need to learn about looking back for the ball, it’s amazing how few guys bother to do it.

    • beninnorcal

      Al thats not to mention the 12 in the huddle for SF before the Vernon Davis TD that was missed by the refs as pointed out by the announcers just before halftime. Probably woulda cost them that TD. The refs were awful.

      • SC Dave

        S.f. brings higher ratings that charlotte would… end of story. I expect seattle to get jobbed next week… pats and broncos probably better, but only cause belichick will not habe advantage over peyton

    • Johnathan Wood

      the refs called it tight the first drive and then let everything slide for the rest of the game. Only after the whistle foul they called after those first few drives was the blatant punch on the last drive.

      Carolina got away with just as much shit as SF, if not more. They were taunting on pretty much every play, which was why Boldin snapped and started doing it right back at them.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I disagree and I just hate ALL of that extracurricular crap.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “My birthday just began at midnight on east coast. And COCKTAIL started on Showtime Women at the same moment. Coincidence? Think not.

    Happy Birthday, Blogfather.

    Remember:

    “Beer is for breakfast around here, drink or be gone.”

    – Douglas Coughlin (Bryan Brown), “Cocktail”.

    • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

      “Coughlin’s diet: Cocktails and Dreams”

      Douglas Coughlin, “Cocktail”

    • NewBearInTown

      Happy Birthday Jeff. May all your dreams come true…
      Especially those that involve multiple Bears Superbowl victories 🙂

  • TheBigCheesy

    The Big Cheesy approves of this decision. Here’s hoping Conte, Wright and Julius Peppers stay on the books!

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Don’t get your cheese graded panties wet yet.

      Conte and Peppers are on a precipice, while Wright will most likely start, but really, what SS is a stud without a pass rush anyways?

      • AlbertInTucson

        Please , do not feed.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Just watched ‘Lone survivor’. Great flick. I guess all SEALs have beards then …

    Based on Operation Redwings, an Afghani village took in and protected the lone surviving SEAL, Marcus Luttrell, against the Taliban, because of a 2000 year old tradition called Pashtunwali. This requires a tribe to undertake the responsibility of safeguarding an individual against his enemies and protecting him at all costs. They knew there would be repercussions against them and their families from the Taliban. His three fellow SEAL team members were killed along with 16 others that were killed in a downed Chinook.

    They looked like decent guys – there are photos at the end – they were mostly in their thirties, and I guess a lot of them had families. Nice tone in the movie – shows you the sacrifices made by SEALs and the normal Afghanis alike. Rough business.

    • gpldan

      Just watched ‘Lone survivor’.

      And how, pray tell, was it on the big screen? *ahem*

      • Irish Sweetness

        Oh yeah … ummm … I uhhh …. I’m a member of the academy and I get to view the screeners for voting purposes ? Anyone? Bueller ?

  • Irish Sweetness

    Okay, so I might have sneaked a look at the spreads ….

    The Pats get a +4.5 start on the Broncos. That running game against the Broncos defense looks interesting. Brady with a chance to put the kibosh on Turtlehead’s legend.

    The Niners get +3.5 on the Seahawks in what should be a close game.

    Two road winners ?

    • johnnywad

      Tight spreads Irish. Just remember a hand in the bush is far better than two birds.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Bush … tight spreads … two birds …stoppit !

  • Trac

    Tucker being retained is no surprise. Yawn.

  • George Hernandez

    Are we going to have to wait until FA to get an idea of what kind of front we are going to employ?

    • NewBearInTown

      No. We’re going to have to wait till training camp.

  • Trac

    Happy birthday Jeff. You were fearfully and wonderfully made.

  • BillW

    My take on the Mel Tucker retention:
    I stand by my comment made a few weeks ago – we will be calling for Trestman to be gone this time next year. This was a bad decision in my mind – akin to some of his other head scratching in-game decisions during the year.

    Simple point – how is it that the DC is not responsible but the underlings are? And if that’s really true, why did it take weeks to figure that out? Simple answer – Tucker snowed them by throwing his staff under the bus.

    Call me pessimsitc (or worse, which has already happened) but as I’ve said too many times, I’ve seen this movie before and it doesn’t end well. Giving someone who failed another chance almost always leads to another failure.

    By one measure I read, we were 18th in games lost by starters to injuries. An average year for injuries, other than the obvious fact it hit almost all on one side of the ball.

    So an average year next year may well hit the offense harder. Are we equiped to overcome that? Probably – but my point is it’s not realistic to expect a better year on offense than we had this year. In fact, it may be realistic to expect a drop off (which could stil put us in the top 10.)

    But on defense – I have zero confidence we can survive even an average number of injuries. So our “hope” for next season relies too much on “luck” regadring injuries and not talent / coaching on the defensive side of the ball.

    I don’t know all that much about Mel tucker, but I think it safe to say he’s not a defensive equivalent of Marc Trestman’s offensive abilities.

    Finally – Jennings supported Tucker saying he didn’t think the defense was all that bad. I’m serious. The disconnect is so great I think Tucker has sold everyone a bunch of garbage. And if Trestman and Emery can be sold a bunch of garbage, I have zero confidence they can bring the Bears up to the level of the four teams still in the playoffs.

    You guys want to be optimistic and think it will all work out; go ahead, drink the kool-aid if it makes you feel better.

    • Trac

      Tom K. almost got canned in NY before bringing home 2 Lombardi’s. not saying you’re wrong. Lets face it, our D sucked bad and injuries where a big reason. Tucker will get another year which in this case is fair. Not because I think he’s a genius, but because he had his hands tied from the start. In my humble opinion, it was a BAD decision to not let him install his D at the start of the season. That is on Trestman and Emery. Losing strategy in my book. Murph may be onto something. I also think Bill W made some rather provocative statements but by Job, I think he may be into something.

      • Irish Sweetness

        But it looks like the pieces we have fit a 3-4 …

        We signed a nose tackle. Likely we’re going to cut Pep (or at least we should/need to). I don’t know. Maybe they’re going to sign Melton back. If they do, then we can draft : (1) DE (2) DB (3) C (4) DB etc.

    • Irish Sweetness

      It’s not exactly a positive move, is it? It hardly supports the move to a 3-4 either. Keeping Tucker means not hiring the SF, SEA, NE and GB coaches I mentioned earlier. The Jags didn’t run a 3-4 did they? I know it’s not ballisitic science, but it would be nice to have a guy around who’s run it before.

      Where’s our dominant 3-T and pass-rushing end?

      Potentially available in the first two rounds of the draft, i know, but we’d have to strike oil twice.

    • Irish Sweetness

      If we signed Josh McCown and drafted a center we’d at least have a chance of surviving a rash of injuries on the offensive side of the ball. It all comes back to the golden fleece of having a solid roster full of talent. I don’t really care who runs the coaching show as long as we have talent. That’s Emery’s job, and he was exposed on defense this year – Brian Urlacher being the prize banana skin. Once again, tell me the name of one starting MLB in the NFL that earns two million dollars a year.

  • DaMurph

    Terrible decision by Trestman! The problem I have with Tucker is, as bad as we were on D, I saw no change. He seemed satisfied with the status quo. We were getting beat up, DO SOMETHING! No idea why the two position coaches get canned, If any I would have fired the backs coach, that’s where two promising young players from last year both regressed.I see this situation mirroring Lovie, now we will have and awesome O, but stick with horrible D coordinators. I hope I’m wrong Mel, you seem like a good man, I’m just not convinced you’re OUR man!

    • BillW

      I saw a distinct change – even after the injuries stabilized, they got WORSE!

      • SC Dave

        I agree, and it definitely concerns me. I am skeptical that they kept the DB coach (Hoke) but I guess they see something in him, or are kowtowing in some way to certain players.

    • SC Dave

      Well, I guess Tucker’s the guy for at least one more season. I’m going to avoid despair; there is something about Trestman that I just think is right. I know we disagree on that Bill, but it’s just how I feel.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Maybe it’s fair to give him another season and hope we don’t get devastated by injuries again. Plus, it was the first year without Lac at the helm, and that was always going to be a difficult transition. There was no real leader on the field. Pep keeps his mouth shut and picks up his paycheck, and maybe Briggsy doesn’t have the smarts to see/call a defense.

  • George Hernandez

    Here are Tuckers defensive ranks since he became a D-Coordinator in 2008:

    Year TEAM PPG RANK YARDS/G RANK

    2008 CLE T16(W/CHI) 26TH
    2009 JAX 24TH 23RD
    2010 JAX 27TH 5TH
    2011 JAX 11TH 6TH
    2012 JAX 29TH 30TH
    2013 CHI 30TH 30TH

    There is improvement in Jax from year 1 to year 2 but it was probably because his players were learning his system. Here Mel had to use Lovie’s system in year 1, now he is going to have to use his system this year which if you look at his 1st year w/CLE and JAX the ranks are bad. So we wouldnt see any of this miraculous improvement until year after next.

  • Johnathan Wood

    It’s easy to hate on Tucker, but then you consider that they played a large part of the season without what was expected to be 3 of their top 4 DTs (remember Ellis was supposed to be top backup but walked away in camp), 2 of their top 3 LBs, and 2 of their top 3 CBs (remember they lost Hayden in camp).

    That includes three Pro Bowl guys, one of whom was All-Pro, their defensive captain, and what could be argued as their best player at each level (Melton would have been this year with Peppers slowing down). It’s tough to see any defense succeeding given those limitations.

    With that said, this was more than just a lack of talent this year. It was a lack of execution as well, and at times effort, and that falls on the coaching. Apparently the Bears decided that is more on the position coaches for the front 7 than Tucker. TIme will tell if that proves to be the correct decision.

  • gpldan

    Dashing through the snow
    In one back open set
    Over the marker we go
    Laughing all the way
    Kahlid Bell got his bobtail rung
    Making his vision bright
    What fun it is to ride the Vegas line tonight

    Jingle Mel Jingle Mel
    Jingle All the Way!
    Oh what fun is to slide coverage
    In a one back open set

  • SC Dave
  • BillW

    My guess is that Zachery Bowman’s performance saved Hoke form joining the other two. Thee was at least ONE case of a player im[roving as the year went on.

    And I get that Tucker was forced to keep the cover-2 scheme; and that probably saved HIS job (Emery needed to be consistent in admitting he didn’t put Tucker in the best poistion to succeed either.

    But I am more than a little disappointed that he was able to avoid responsibility for the the assistants that failed. I see this in business all the time – and it works but you can only play that card ONCE. The pressure is really on Tucker next year.

    Jeff – how do we determine if / when the Bears have the proper personnel in place? In the salary cap era, it’s unrealistic to think you can be top ten on both sides of the ball. So what constitutes “peoper personnel”? That’s highly subjective. We need upgrades obviously and no more experiments. But I highly doubt we will see stability in every position on D like we did on offense. I think we set the bar a bit higher than saying he gets a free pass until every position has a solid player in it.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Tucker is a D-backs coach, maybe he thinks he can micro-manage the backs. Plus, with a mauling, brawling new center, perhaps the offense becomes so stellar that any relief in defensive injuries has us in with a shout in every game.

  • gpldan

    Against the Panthers, seven of Kaepernick’s 11 passing first downs went to Boldin. Kaepernick was 4-for-4 passing in the second half. All four passes went to Boldin.

    Tell me again why Boldin isn’t THE free agent acquisition of the 2013 season?

    Funny how John Harbaugh worked that trade out with Jim. Weird stuff.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Well, TECHNICALLY he wasn’t a free agent. I think 49ers traded a #6 for him.

    • MB30SD

      maings crush.

      Saw your post right before I blew this Popsicle stand for a while GP. I don’t know man, we’ll see what happens. He looks like a prototypical IMLB in the mold of samurai to me. guess we’ll see how he does.

      Also just saw the FXX episode where Stig is schumacher (hope he’s doing better), my god that car is frightening. Rocket. shit. Beat the course record by 7 full seconds. yikes!

      • Irish Sweetness

        MB, ‘sup brah, everything okay ? I was thinking “he’s got the kids for a week” …..

        Yeah, hope things work out for Schumey …..

        • MB30SD

          Shup ‘rish.

          Naw maings… just got tired of the tone and crew around here for a while there. Lot of whining and negativity and a lot of the normal crew wasn’t around and the talk got really boring and stale.

          Just took a break, but thanks for asking my maings

          • NewBearInTown

            Let me try to help.

            GIRLS! CARS! DL DL DL DL DL! Packers suck! Lovie sucked! I hate white safeties! DL DL DL DL!

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            You know I brings the freshness

          • MB30SD

            I do. I do!

            Now text me some new pics… or is this one going to be #2? If so, don’t send them. I don’t want to see various and sundry pics of your future ex wife.

          • MB30SD

            OH and get the lkids for a full week!??!! They would perish… she’s sure of it.

            Maybe in 2034 mate. ; )

  • EnderWiggin

    Going into his 8th season, I was wondering. Would Jon Beason be affordable? I think he’d look just fine in navy/orange.

    • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

      I like how he plays. I would imagine he would be asking a pretty penny.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      I think Beason has been inj prone in the past though, just like DJ Williams.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Yes, Beason is the Chris Chandler / Mike Brown of linebackers.

        That said, the Giants defense firmed up as soon as he joined it this season.

      • Irish Sweetness

        We should have jumped on Poz when he was a FA …..

  • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

    I’m torn boys. I watch the Seahawks play D and the football player in me like the physicality, the tenacity, the swagger, the intimidation……etc.
    However, I get a little pissed off that they hold or interfere with WR’s on EVERY SINGLE PLAY. A play doesn’t go by where they don’t initiate contact with a WR in their route past 5yards down the field. They grab, hold, push, ride, molest on every play and it’s a known fact. They lead the league in both penalties but they are willing to accept those penalties because they figure that there is no way a ref would call it on every single play right??? So the refs let them get away with shit that no other team can get away with. They have that advantage for some reason and it’s fucking bullshit….even though I like it.

    • SC Dave

      Thats those great safeties mb loves to rave about. Now that they are all “stars”, it will only get worse.

      Kinda like Jordan playing defense… never saw a guy get away with more fouls

      • MB30SD

        HAHAHAHAHAHA…

        http://www.nfl.com/stats/team?seasonId=2013&seasonType=REG&Submit=Go

        Yeah, that Jordan guy totally sucked too dave. Excellent example sir!

        Look, I get it is ridiculous of me to love the league’s best, most aggressive dbackfield (stats don’t lie right?), no matter how they got there. And to love guys like earl Thomas over chris conte and Kam Chancellor over major wright… I get you have, and are still, having trouble figuring that whole thing out. So, I really wouldn’t know how to help you with that… you are obviously well beyond help. Here’s another one… as you know I’ve also had a man crush on Anquan Bfor years – he sucks too right. I’ll let you figure out what they all have in common besides all being big mean jerks.

        Honestly Dave, you have become just so so… terrible… this year. What happened to you? I even had to take a break because of you and some of the other middle-aged gentlemen were constantly coming on to whine and only be negative (just read down for plenty of wonderful examples). Couple that with the lack of the normal crew here to act as a buffer and make it… wait for it… yes, actually…. fun. uhhh, just turned my stomach a little. I’d come on at bed time to get put to sleep with you blokes running the joint. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

        Can I make a friendly suggestion? You guys should really get your estrogen levels checked… STAT! Do that for me and I won’t even bring up your excellent cutty rant on game day. SMMFH. Hey, how’s the glee club coming btw?

        • Shady
          • MB30SD

            Hahahahaha. Rabbit’s going to love that one.

            Man I miss the old crew. been brutal around here lately.

            Get back from africa end of the month, then I’m going to best buy and it’s back OWWWN!

        • SC Dave

          *Knew* that would get you going. But I suppose if you can get away with cheating, might as well, eh?

          • MB30SD

            simply couldn’t resist the unsolicited pot shot… it’s a character flaw of mine. but I’m in therapy trying to get better every day.

            My dirty little secret is that… I actually like you dave and I’m sure we’d get along and like each other in person.

          • SC Dave

            Clearly, I have my foibles as well.

    • BerwynBomber

      I’m all for it. The league is extremely slanted toward the offense and passing game as it is. In fact, I’d like to see the chuck rule extended five yards, eliminate the spot foul aspect of PI, and truly let DBs have as much right to play the ball as receivers.

      • SC Dave

        Beat? Diving tackle before the ball gets there and take the five yards. Terrible idea IMO.

        I would rather they even up with the head (pretty much never called on the offense) and the ability of offense players running the ball to essentially punch tacklers in the face, put hands all over their facemasks, etc, with impunity.

    • MB30SD

      I’d give tucker’s left nut to trade ALL of our DBs for all of theirs. Period.

      If you wouldn’t, you’re a fool.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Not saying a I wouldn’t take them but they DO seem to get away with an awful lot.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Thing is, if you DON’T mess with WRs then they’ll eat you alive. Any defense that played by the book would be last in the NFL.

  • Sactowns#1

    I dont get the Jay reference unless theyre talking about the “I dont care” chorus. http://deadspin.com/deadspin-up-all-night-i-dont-care-1499576970

    • AlbertInTucson

      I bet his brain hurts after writing THOSE great lyrics and that classic collection of musical notes.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Whisenhunt takes the TennesseeTitans job.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      I wonder if he views Locker as a franchise QB.

      Titans snatched Whisenhunt from the Lions apparently. Funny.

      • BerwynBomber

        Though I wonder if the Kittens might end up with a better hire. I’m not completely sold on Whisenhunt if only because those last couple/few years at AZ turned so ugly.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          I’m not sure who’s left who’s better though.

          the Raven’s OC Caldwell? I’m less sold on him than Whisenhunt and some of the other coaches who’ve been hired already.

          It’s odd that Whisenhunt picked the Titans over the Lions. The Lions have a franchise QB, a top 5 WR/DT and a decent HB.

          Then again, it is Detroit.

          • SC Dave

            That last sentence, Butch.

          • Johnathan Wood

            Detroit has a TERRIBLE cap situation going forward. Because of the old CBA and high draft picks, their “big 3” (Stafford, Suh, Megatron) are all paid well more than they’re worth.

            I can think of a lot of reasons Whisenhunt wanted to go to TEN:
            1) Location. Has lived there in the past
            2) AFC weaker than NFC, and AFC South weaker than NFCN, so easier path to playoffs
            3) He watched film and doesn’t want to be stuck with a highly overrated Stafford. Either likes Locker or was told he can draft and develop his own guy this year
            4) Supposedly he wants to run a 3-4, but Det obviously told him no on that since they’re all set for a 4-3

          • Irish Sweetness

            Yup, Stafford might be the #4 QB in the NFL yardage wise or whatever, but he’s still a knob-end.

          • CanadaBear

            It’s funny that all the talking heads bag on Cutler because of the winning percentage and little playoff experience but Stafford always gets a pass (pun intended of course). Stafford has to lead the league every year in padded garbage stats. +100 on the knob-end.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Once Kurt Warner left Arizona, so did the Whisenhunt Magic.
          Remember, He was the SUPPOSED “Heir Apparent” to Bill Cowher in Pittsburgh until the Steelers interviewed, and were wowed by, Mike Tomlin. After Warner, things got ugly out here in the desert rather quickly.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Did Cowher retire for good? I’d be interested in him and a 3-4. No questions, no “can he transfer from the CFL to the NFL?” … just a guy that could do it.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Nothing more can be said. Ken Whisenhunt turning down Lions shows that job is not as desirable as the organization thinks.” – Blogfather.

    “Hmmm…work in Detroit or …in Nashville… hmmmm? – Ken Whisenhunt.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    I thought it was April 1st or something. Never thought about it, but no HC has long hair. Hair-ism?

    “Appearing on ESPN’s NFL Insiders Monday, Chris Mortensen reported Saints DC Rob Ryan’s long hair is considered an impediment to landing a head-coaching job.

    Mort’s report is via “several NFL executives,” including an
    owner. Although Ryan’s flowing, silver locks are unusual for an NFL
    coach, we highly doubt it’s the reason he’s never risen to the ranks of
    head coach. The 2013 Saints are the first team Ryan’s coordinated to
    reach the playoffs, while he’s been with four clubs since 2008. Like his
    brother Rex, Rob is a strong defensive mind, but we expect him to be
    back as Sean Payton’s coordinator for 2014. He hasn’t been linked to any
    head-coaching vacancies.”

    – Rotoworld

    • AlbertInTucson

      Or, MAYBE they looked at Buddy and Rex and said, “Yup. Coordinator.”

    • johnnywad

      Its not his hair. I just dont think he has all the tools to be a HC. He reminds me of a buddy in high school. Kid could whip anybody’s ass in a second. He just needed a little guidance. You would have never wanted him picking his own battles. I always think of him when I see Ryan. Just not HC material. But given a little direction, looks like he’s the goods. DC is about as high up the food chain as he gets.

      • Irish Sweetness

        When I think of the Ryan brothers, I see nepotism in all its ugly glory. It’s not what you know it’s who you know or who your daddy is. They took daddy’s playbook and couldn’t make it work because they didn’t have Hampton, Dent and McMichael with three top linebackers to boot, combined with the fact that the NFL moved from a running to a passing focus. Even Buddy couldn’t make it work when he left the Bears.

        I would like to see a new defensive philosophy that mimics water. As my master Bruce Lee was fond of saying, “Be like water, my friend.” WTF does that mean? A defense that changes its formation depending on what the offense presents on a play-per-play basis. Instant adaptation to what’s put in front of them.

        The ‘Borg’ defense, if you will.

        • johnnywad

          After this year, I’d settle for tackle the fucker with the ball.

          • SC Dave

            What he said.

        • SC Dave

          It would be too hard to get enough sufficiently versatile (and perhaps more to the point, smart) players on one team to do that.

    • CanadaBear

      Don’t buy the long hair theory. Seriously, does anyone give a shit if someone has long hair in this day and age?

  • AlbertInTucson

    ” Corey Wootton – a player the Bears should bring back.”

    You mean it makes more sense than playing a guy out of position most of the season and then having him go someplace else and blossom at his natural spot?

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Came across this scrolling through Rotoworld…

      “Impending free agent DL Corey Wootton underwent arthroscopic hip surgery last week.

      Wootton’s operation repaired a torn labrum and
      “decompression of a terminal femoroacetabular impingement.” A timetable
      hasn’t been provided, but Wootton is expected to make a “full recovery.”
      A defensive end by trade, Wootton spent the majority of his time at
      defensive tackle this season. He logged 862 total snaps, 535 of which
      came on the inside. Wootton registered 28 tackles and 3.5 sacks”

      • Irish Sweetness

        “”decompression of a terminal femoroacetabular impingement.”

        I hate when that happens. Normally when you least expect it too.

      • CanadaBear

        862 snaps = 54/game. No wonder he was dinged up. Woot is the only DL FA that I’m sure Emery is going to bring back.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Manziel in the Factory of Sadness? Say what you will about Manziel, but he does have ‘swag’ (see Kapernick supermanning than kissing his bicep). Maybe that’s exactly what the Browns need to break their Soviet-like doldrums.

    Manziel + Gordon, TE Cameron and HB Ben Tate (?) would be fun.

    “Sources tell CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora that the Browns are “very high” on Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel.

    NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport passed along similar information
    on Monday morning, and SI’s Peter King recently wrote “I hear Cleveland
    really likes Johnny Manziel.” Either the Browns are attempting to use
    these reporters are a tool of pre-draft manipulation, or they’re
    suddenly football’s most transparent franchise. La Canfora suggested
    pairing Manziel with Auburn coach Gus Malzahn to replace Rob Chudzinski.
    Malzahn prefers mobile, dual threat-type quarterbacks.”

    • AlbertInTucson

      Oh yeah, GREAT work by La Canfora.

      The draft is now in MAY, Malzahn’s still at Auburn and Manziel hasn’t worked out for anybody yet.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Maybe Cards release Dockett if he doesn’t accept a paycut. He’s 33 though, and Trest might want to go young and cheap.

    “The Cardinals may approach LE Darnell Dockett about a pay cut this offseason.

    Dockett is owed $5.75 million in salary and bonuses after
    struggling as a pass rusher in 2013, recording 4.5 sacks. He turns 33
    in May. The Cards do not have a viable in-house replacement, so GM
    Steve Keim will have to tread lightly with Dockett, who remains a
    critical piece of Arizona’s stout run defense.”

    • AlbertInTucson

      Realistically, isn’t Dockett just Julius Peppers in a red jersey?

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        Would be cheaper though. MUCH cheaper.

        • CanadaBear

          It will be interesting to see if Peppers comes back. Anything beyond 3-4 mil/year is too much. I think he had a shutout on the stat sheet at least 4-5 games this year. Haven’t seen much of Dockett.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      On the DT tip, anyone know anything about DT Linval Joseph?

      “The Giants “feel good” 2013 second-round pick Johnathan Hankins can replace free agent Linval Joseph at nose tackle.

      The 49th overall pick in last April’s draft, Hankins toiled
      as a rotational run stuffer during his rookie year, playing under 200
      defensive snaps. He did play exceptionally well versus the run and
      looks to have a bright future. Joseph is going to be a wildly hot
      commodity if he reaches the open market.”

    • A7Xthebest

      FUCK Dockett. He is a classless piece of shit who I wouldn’t want on the Bears even if it made then better.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    You guys all know I’ve wanted a violent HB for a while now. Maybe HB Darren McFadden? He’s inj prone, but Forte is going to carry the load, so that should save McFadden from inj. Also, should be cheap. At this point in his career, McFadden is only going to get complement HB money.

    • AlbertInTucson

      “He’s inj prone…” – That’s all I need to hear.

    • BerwynBomber

      But does McFadden run violently? I haven’t seen a ton of his NFL career, but I don’t remember him as that type of RB at Arkansas.

    • Shady

      No more FA RBs. Not since Thomas Jones has there been a RB brought in to effectively carry the load. Forte has done the job no matter what clowns they’ve paid.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        Not to replace Forte, just to spell him in those short yardage and goal line situations. It was ridiculous that it took like 11 plays to score from the 5 in that Ram’s game.

        • Shady

          RB is just not a big enough need to justify spending any cap space in FA especially for an injury prone guy like Run DMC. That position in particular seems to improve more through the draft than in free agency. Weren’t you the one calling for Ford this season? Give him a shot.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            I would love more Ford, but it always worries me a bit when the coaching staff doesn’t play someone who’s been on the roster the entire season. Then again, Wilson and Ford were both buried behind PBs.

          • SC Dave

            Perhaps had the team had a few more comfortable leads, Wilson and Ford would have seen more reps.

            One thing that is different now is that our backups don’t play when we are “hopelessly” behind, because “hopelessly behind” does not happen much with Trestman’s offense.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I think Ford is a diamond that just hasn’t been given his show yet. Maybe a Neal Anderson type. Love me some Neal.

          • CanadaBear

            Don’t think Ford has Neal’s top end. Early in Neal’s career he had that top gear that made EVERYONE on D very nervous. Like they say about fast WR’s, “If he’s even, he’s leaving”.

      • NewBearInTown

        I agree with this sentiment. I’d qualify it by saying “No more FA RBs for more than the vet minimum.”
        Running back is a devalued position in the draft right now, though that will change when folks look at what the Patriots have been able to do, and to a lesser extent what Carolina and Kansas City have done. Either way, Emery should not be afraid to pull the trigger on a high value running back in the middle to late rounds.
        That’s how you build a dynasty, you focus your draft on need but you take great players when they become available. If we spend 5 picks on the defense but use our 3rd rounder on a stud running back that should’ve gone at the top of the 2nd round, you can’t be too upset.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          That’s what I was thinking, for Vet min.

          I would love for the Bears to draft a violent hungry HB in the late rounds, or even priority UFA (or at least give Ford a shot!), but if we can get McFadden for cheap, I’d be cool with that (naturally, letting Bush go).

          • NewBearInTown

            Bush was McFadden’s backup in Oakland a few years back. They’re both getting a little past their prime, though Bush still has some moves and I imagine McFadden does too. Still it wouldn’t be a significant enough upgrade to justify the extra cash.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Exactly, look what scheme and line can do for you. Who was a Blount fan before he went to the Pats? Hands up.

          • MB30SD

            I was… since I obviously like all the mean guys… the mean guys who are great football players.

    • Johnathan Wood

      The RB draft this year is supposed to be really really deep. Cut Bush to save $1.8M ($2.8M with June 1 designation) and spend a 5th or 6th on a backup RB to compete with Ford and maybe be ready to start in a few years when Forte is winding down.

    • Irish Sweetness

      All I know about McFadden is that you do not draft him in fantasy football.

      We should draft our RB. Retreads are not a good idea at that position. Ten a penny.

  • Shady

    Looks who’s back trolling the boards…

  • Shady

    Irish, what’s the O/U on the number of times Manning yells “Omaha” this Sunday?

    He yelled it 44 times against San Diego.

    http://deadspin.com/what-does-peyton-mannings-omaha-mean-1500350494

    • Irish Sweetness

      I noticed that! You think they would have figured it out.

      I hope Brady gets another ring and the Manning blowjobs can stop. Brady deserves the blowjobs. And dammit, so do I.

      • CanadaBear

        Brady might be in BJ withdrawal. He’s no longer the shiny new toy with the media and his wife doesn’t strike me as much of a care-giver!

        • MB30SD

          agree… there’s no way that chick sucks his dick. That’s over for him… with her at least. She makes more money than him, if anything she straps one on and he gives one to her. (too vulgar?)

          • CanadaBear

            Not too vulgar for me!

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    One of my wish-list archetypes for a few seasons now has been to get a BIG FAT DT in the mold of Ted Washington. According to some mock drafts, we have a very good chance of drafting just that.

    Louis Nix 6’3 340 seems to be an immovable object who can also disrupt in the mold of Haloti Ngata.

    If we pair him with Melton, Ratliff and Paea + Woot (and some 2nd round DE), that would be a MAJOR upgrade.

    Here’s the waaay too early skinny on Nix, Notre Dame:

    http://walterfootball.com/scoutingreport2014lnix.php

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      I think NBIT already posted some info on DT Ra’shede Hageman, Minnesota, but here’s a quick scouting report on him.

      http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1664241/ra#146;shede-hageman

      The way I see it, we have some big decisions to make with our Dline.

      Now that it’s Tucker’s D, I wonder if he sticks to the Melton type DTs or if he prefers the bigger run stuffing types. If Tucker and crew want to replace Melton, Hageman might be the guy, and Ratliff will most likely play nose (with Paea).

      Who knows? Maybe the Bears keep both Ratliff and Melton and go the route of DE in the first round, or if we switch to a 3-4, a pass rushing LB/DE like OLB Anthony Barr.

      • Johnathan Wood

        I would much rather Hageman than Nix. Nix is more of a body, Hageman is a more explosive pass rusher who’s also 310 pounds and a solid run stuffer.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          From my prelimary reading of scouting reports, Hageman also can fill out his frame more. He’s 6’6 and played both NT and 3-tech. He seems to have massive upside, and I wonder if he can even eventually play DE.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Is keeping Tucker not the kibosh on a 3-4 ?

        • SC Dave

          I would take either, I think. Depends really on whether we intend to go 3-4; while it sounds so funny to say it, is 6’6″ and 310 pounds big enough for a 3-4 NT?

          • Irish Sweetness

            I’d say too tall and not heavy enough. Hard to get leverage when you’re 6’6.

    • George Hernandez

      I 2nd this, especially when it comes to resource allocation. One scenario floated out there is for us to grab the S Clinton-Dix at 14. If we did that, the need for a fat boy to plug up the middle would still exist and unless you want to overpay Raji or Melton, there’s not a lot out there. Instead we can grab Nix and pair him with Woot, Paea, 2nd round DE, Bass, Washington and maybe Ratliff (tho I would be scared to pay this cat after how he acted with the Cowgirls) and dedicate the FA resources to the S position (Ward, Byrd, Bethea) where the cost wouldn’t kill you.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    More draft talk…MB would love this…Both because he’s a safety, and because of the name.

    SS Haha Clinton-Dix, Alabama.

    http://walterfootball.com/scoutingreport2014hclintondix.php|

    Would this mean moving Wright over to FS, or can Dix play some FS?

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Apparently, he’s also listed as a FS. Here’s another breakdown of him (CBS mocks DIx going to us).

      http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/2028292/hasean-clinton-dix

      • MB30SD

        He’s a fs my man. Watched him very closely during the bowl game. Didn’t have a big night but Def has the skillz.

        I’d love to get him at 14… unless there’s a Super high-value beast De or dt that we’d be stupid to pass up.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          So what you’re saying, is you like Dix? (NTTAWWT)..bwahahaha.

          • gpldan

            What he’s saying is that he likes to watch Dix closely on the big screen tv.

          • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

            He loves to see Dix press aggressively on man. He has to see Dix in HD to completely immerse himself in the experience of Dix.

          • MB30SD

            I do loves me some HD 70″ Dix viewing pressed in man

          • MB30SD

            I don’t LOVE this dix… I like him. But supposedly he’s the best there is in the draft, so if he’s anything like an earl thomas or eric berry or kenny vaccaro… I’ll take him in a heartbeat maings.

            Love me some dix early… in the draft. (NTTAWWT)

          • NewBearInTown

            I thought Dix was the only first round candidate, but I’ve seen like 4 guys listed as 2nd round caliber. After the senior bowl, shrine game, combine and the rest, I suspect we’ll see someone else come up to challenge. There are a lot of teams that need an upgrade at safety.

    • Johnathan Wood

      Wright is a FA who is unlikely to return, IMO.

      • gpldan

        +1

      • CanadaBear

        If he is re-signed we’ll have to put MB on suicide watch.

        • MB30SD

          as long as we get someone better to compete for the spot I’ll be ok

          I’m already on the record as not a tucker fan. I do get why they brought him back though, but like some of the other boys I didn’t see a lick of player improvement throughout the year and the lack of discipline, fire, and cohesiveness as a unit was VERY troubling and is ALL on the coaches.

          Those are my biggest issues with the rehire. I guess we’ll see next year if those were just elements of ‘shit, we lost everyone… we’ll just do the best with what we have’ syndrom.

          I’ll go on the record again as saying the tucker rehire worries me quite a bit. I wanted a young aggressive guy to come in and own the D and make it great.

          Oh, and how the HELL does Hoke get out of a trip to the gallows every time?!?! Wonder what pics of who he has. guy sucks.

          • SC Dave

            I wonder about Hoke too. Clearly, he did a great job of coaching up Wright and Conte in 2013, developing Zach Bowman, settling on a position for Danielle Manning, etc. He’s another Daryl Drake it seems.

            For what it’s worth, I agree entirely with you on the shortcomings of the defense w.r.t discipline, fire, and unity.

            Calling on your playing experience, how much of the fault lies with the players themselves versus the coaches? I would think that the responsibility is a shared one. Granted, the coaching staff has the authority to directly act (moving people off the active roster, changing starting assignments, and/or playing time), but as professionals the players must be held accountable too.

            Perhaps come training camp, they will.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            A good coach can make up for a lot, IMO. I don’t think Billichick’s D was ever as horrible as ours, and he’s been coaching a while now. Ditto for some other good coaches (Coughlin? hmmm).

            The third component besides injuries, coaching – Scouting.

            If Emery had drafted Chandler Jones instead of Shea, and another S besides Hardin, I imagine our D would’ve been better.

            My issue with sticking with Tucker is that both Wade Phillips and Horton were available. Those guys IMO are clear upgrades.

          • MB30SD

            agree with this… especially about jones, hardin, and phillips. Was very disappointed that we didn’t blow that entire D coaching staff up. We’re starting over with tucker’s real D scheme now anyway.

          • MB30SD

            here are my personal thoughts Dave… and keep in mind I came from a time where team was much more important and the individual (twitter/FB/online personality was less a factor)…

            The coaches, from the top down, set the culture of the entire unit and each individual position unit. There def have to be player leaders who take that charter and push it forward on the field and in the locker room, but without it being set by the top man and his general and enforced every day, there isn’t a culture. Players will just do what they want by nature. They’re rich, young, famous, and will usually take the path of least resistance from my experience.

            That’s what has me so worried. It’s very scary to think that either tucker doesn’t have that personally and never instilled those elements in this D, or he just gave up because he was babysitting someone elses’ scheme and all the injuries hit.

            In either case, I personally don’t want a guy like that owning my D… especially when the HC is really only an O guy. I’m escared.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            I also don’t think Briggs is a leader. Urlacher said Mike Brown was the leader. Now we’re down from Mike Brown, Olin, Urlacher, to Briggs –

            Briggs just doesn’t strike me as the type, but maybe I’m wrong (though Briggs might not even be on this team in ’14).

          • Trac

            We got Tucker from Jacksonville and you’re surprised? Haven’t they been drafting at the top since they joined the league basically? Meh. This was an uninspiring hire to begin with. I don’t think Phil was fully prepared for Nelli to bail and it’s obvious to me that Tucker was the wrong guy from the get go. Like I’ve said before, our D is going to take a while to come around.

            News flash…………Emery may not be who we thought he was. I hope I’m wrong, really.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            Emery IMO already is better than Angelo. He just needs to show that he can draft D.

            He’s excellent in drafting O and FA; combine that with Stein’s acumen, and we have a good foundation.

            Just can’t afford to miss on D in the draft.

          • SC Dave

            Got it… thanks for the insight.

          • MB30SD

            most welcome, thanks for listening to my bullshit. what the fuck do I know. ha.

          • Still a Doug Plank Fan

            Your second graph there… +1. I don’t understand what happened, and why there wasn’t more fire in their bellies, and ESPECIALLY in the subs who had to come in post-injury. You’d think the 2nd’s would be busting their ass to light it up and make an impression.

    • MB30SD

      looks like he didn’t have a great final college year (statistically speaking): http://espn.go.com/college-football/player/_/id/513125/ha-ha-clinton-dix

      Oh, and who in thee fuck names their kid that. SMFH

    • AlbertInTucson

      Alabama’s defense got lit up pretty good this season when they faced good QBs.

  • BerwynBomber
    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      hahahaha…I might be wrong, but that seems like like a very uninspiring choice. It’s like going to buy “The God Father” but they’re sold out, so instead you buy the “Double Feature: Tango and Cash + Cobra DVD”

      • BerwynBomber

        After Whisenhunt took a pass I wondered if they might wait to interview some of the assistants still working in the playoffs. Maybe Minny will avoid the mediocre retread route that Detroit and Tenn went.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          Hope not. Hopefully Minny hires Chud as HC lol

          I don’t remember the last time two NFCN teams needed a new HC in the same offseason. Kinda odd.

          • Johnathan Wood

            MIN seems fairly locked in on Zimmer, the DC from Cinci. 2nd interview today.

      • Doc Nitty

        Hey! Go easy on Cobra. Tango and Cash is shit. But Marion Cobretti is a man not to be trifled with.

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      I think that hire was made primarily to change the culture. Caldwell is not a whine bag bitch like Schwartz, and he’s not going to foster and defend borderline dirty play. He’s the opposite there.

      This is an image/culture move, with a guy experienced at being a Head Coach. He also might fix Stafford a little while he’s there.

  • gpldan

    Rodger Goodell made a startling announcement today. Beginning in the 2014 campaign, the Chicago Bears will be allowed to run a special defense previously unseen, the 3-4-5.

    As part of a special Breast Cancer Awareness program, the NFL has chosen Chicago due to it’s tradition of proud defenses yet woeful 2013 campaign to run this special defense. It features a twelfth player on the field at DB, and that will be Deion Sanders – whose uniform will be predominately pink for awareness – to play in the Bears secondary.

    “I’m thrilled to inaugurate the 345 defense. Chicago has a proud tradition of exotic defenses being the home of the 46, now we could call this the 39! I will be wearing number 21, of course, however. I will break up passes and try and make spectacular picks, gambling like mad. I will not, of course, do any tackling.”

    The move is seen as a positive by analysts who realize the league must do more to appeal to women. “Deion will make a huge impact.” He will be step to the sidelines on long completions to give public service announcements for NOW, which have the added benefit of allowing Bear defenders to regroup. It’s a win all around.

    • johnnywad

      Will he be returning kicks in lieu of Captain Fair Catch?

      • gpldan

        I think Deion is also capable of fair catching, or – when he does run with it – fumbling it away in key situations.

        I think he can also handle that duty.

      • MB30SD

        another great FF team name.

  • MB30SD

    shady, did you ever get that Vajazzling you were thinking about?

    • MB30SD

      what is a Vajazling you ask rest of the blog besides shady who already knows all too well exactly what a vagazling is, does, and feels like to get?

      http://killingbirdswithstones.com/2013/05/07/look-frances-goodman-vajazzling-nsfw/

      look in the link Jokey… it’s NSFYW

      • Shady

        ahahaha yesssss

        • MB30SD

          eeeeeeexcellent!

          Knew you’d enjoy the ‘ol vajazzling. In fact, that needs to be one of your FF names next year, “Vajazzle fo shazzle”

  • MB30SD

    and I just found out the real reason Kluwe threw his boss under the table: http://www.blogcdn.com/slideshows/images/slides/214/426/1/S2144261/original.gif?v=1

  • BillW

    Random comments:
    – Biggsy said the 3-4 idea was never seriously considered. OK by me.
    – Briggs is no leader; I won’t miss him when he’s gone. Never liked his contract complaining.
    – Glad to see the four best teams in the playoffs and hoping it’s a trend. They are what I hope the Bears aspire to (long way to go) instead of 9-7 and then hoping to get hot/lucky in the playoffs.
    – Yes, I realize the double meaning of getting hot/lucky. I’m not THAT old.
    – MB and I actually agree on Tucker.
    – Far be it for me to be optimistic, but I DO like Emery / Trestman consistency on accountability. That said, I assume Tucker (and McClellin) have one year to prove themselves. my fear -another wasted year giving someone another chance to fail instead of taking action to fix the mistake.

    Finally – my prediction based on my sense of how things typically go (and not based on more than that):
    Bears offense will finish around 12th by yards (plus or minus 4) vs. 8 this year.
    Bears defense will finish about 22 by yards (plus or minus 4) vs. 30 this year.
    Record: 7-9 to 9-7.

    Unless both the offesne AND the defense perform at the high end of my guesses. Unlikely – but then the record woudl be a solid 10 or 11 wins. But that relies too much on luck and perfect drfting I’m afraid.

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      Bill, I’m REALLY not clear on how you can be confident in any of your predictions here.

      –We’ve done absolutely nothing for player personnel yet – that’s “Coming Soon”.

      –We’re making 2 coaching changes, neither of which has happened yet.
      I get that you keep reaching back and predicating your sense of doom on oh, just to pick one at random, the Dave Wanstedt regime, or pick another. But it makes no sense to me.

      Think maybe you can wait to call the 2014 season a bust until, you know, sometime after it starts?

      Just suggesting. Bear down man.

    • johnnywad

      http://m.pfref.com/m?p=XXyearsXX2010XX

      Bill,

      Click on that link and scroll down to the NFC West. Just 3 years ago the Seahawks won the division at 7-9 and were bounced out of the playoffs by the Bears. Niners were worse. Last year rhe Niners were in the Super Bowl. This year the Hawks are the one seed hosting the Niners to decide the NFC Super Bowl representative. Think about that for a minute. Given what Trestman did on offense in one season, there should be a reasonable expectation for success next year on the defensive side of the ball.

      • MB30SD

        Besides what happens will happen might as well not be negative about it every single chance you get… bill. Chin up tiger!

        If the o stays pat but the d just gets to mediocre we should get into the playoffs

        • johnnywad

          Find some pass rush and a pair of safeties. What if Bostic makes the traditional year 2 step? Don’t know which spot he’d end up playing but he could be a boost. Or (I hesitate to say this out loud cuz its doubtful) what if CD is actually a solid 3-4 OLB like most of us have been saying right here in the old Brain Trust? A unit can turn around quickly. We’ve seen it all over the league. Not sure why Bill has no hope of that.

          • MB30SD

            see that’s the thing johnny… if tucker’s home grown D scheme has little core/traditional lovie cover-who… then you don’t need a 1000% bad ass D line and only decent DBs.

            If he uses a lot of different combos and creative blitz packages and goes in and out of nickle then you don’t absolutely need what the cover who does. Your dline definitely has to be good, but you can also bring much more pressure from LBs and DB blitzes. Yes, you ALWAYS need pressure in this league these days, but there are other ways to get some extra sauce.

            The downside is that your safeties become much more important and they need to actually be able to cover and tackle. So in theory while tucker’s scheme might not necessitate as good a dline as we’ve needed before, we’ll def need better safeties no matter what. Wow, rambled on that one.

          • johnnywad

            Safeties gots to go no matter what. Where you been? SA? Long time no post.

          • MB30SD

            read down in my reply to irish… and dave.

            Leaving for SA on thursday morning my maings. I’ll bring you guys back something.

          • johnnywad

            Ooooohb. Get me one of those Teddy Bears from the Kiosk in the Johannesburg airport that just says “Johannesburg”. Those are sweet.

          • CaptainAmerica

            ..My prediction: Peppers gone, Tillman gone, Melton gone, Wooten gone. FA signing: Brian Orakpo, BJ Raji. 1st rd pick at 14 – Louis Nix.

            Bears will go with Briggs and Bostic in the middle, provide them with 2 huge defensive tackles for cover to make plays; Shea and Orakpo on the outside.

            The 3-4 is coming. Too many signs point to it in Emery drafting. Bostic played a lot of ILB in a 3-4. Emery knew Shea couldn’t play with his hand in the dirt, but is a prototypical OLB body in a 3-4. NT is the key. With a couple free agent NT’s, plus a couple in the draft, this is the year to do it.

  • MB30SD

    WOW. might be a bombshell right.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1923005-updates-on-approval-of-nfls-concussion-settlement-with-former-players?utm_source=cnn.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=editorial&hpt=hp_t2

    “Judge Brody: “In the absence of additional supporting evidence, I have concerns about the fairness, and adequacy of the Settlement””

    • gpldan

      Given how easy it is to run up a quarter-million dollar medical bill – it will take 3-4B to square away former players bills.

      • tobijohn

        I spent four days in the hospital this past summer for a little A-Fib and a badly infected dog bite and the raw numbers before my insurance was applied was $40K (my bill was $7K+ after insurance) so yeah, you’re right….

        • AlbertInTucson

          “Would you like a couple of more $50 aspirins?”

  • gpldan
    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      You know, there’s a car musuem in L.A. that I always passed by, but never went to. It used to have this big ass Monster Truck hanging above the door, if I remember correctly. Gotta check it out one of these days (It’s also right next to Hustler Publishing).

      • gpldan

        With the vague smell of Axe body spray and Fish tacos?

      • MB30SD

        Been there. You should go. It’s not bad

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          Hustler Publishing? Why am I not surprised!

    • tobijohn
    • MB30SD

      that new stingray is seriously bad ass. especially for the price.

  • gpldan
    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Oh, the Detroiters are demoralized beyond hope. I love it.

      Some say that Caldwell was actually the FOURTH option on their list.

      Cleveland – balls in your court….

      • gpldan

        I honestly think Cleveland has become a cautionary tale to most GMs and it’s why Tucker isn’t gone.

        Tucker had a shit D at the end. He also was:

        – Not using his system
        – Not using his terms
        – Had some malcontents from the previous regime
        – had key injuries to the foundation of the Tampa-2
        – Had his impact Pass rusher go into coast fuck-you mode

        If Phil shit-canned him, it would make Emery into a Browns sized douche.

        The way they never really have Chud a chance is why they can’t find anybody.

        If we did that to Tucker, no way does Wade Phillips or anybody good even return Phil’s call. I wouldn’t. Tucker is respected in the league – to piss on him and make him the fall guy would have made Chicago off limits, and Chicago ALREADY suffers heavily from the perception of inept management.

        • MB30SD

          These are fair points and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter

        • NewBearInTown

          I don’t always go for your conspiracy theories, but I do agree with this assessment. One an done is not an attractive prospect for a coordinator. Its also not attractive to position coaches, who don’t get paid very much to be asked to uproot their families.

          Firing Chud was a very bad move. I have to wonder what made them think it was a good plan.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Doesn’t firing Chudzinski after a year (and after 3 OTHER head coaches in the previous 5 years) just SCREAM “Incompetence” ?

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            Firing Horton and Norv Turner was a WORSE move IMO. I thought they would keep them, and just get a better HC. Outrageous, Thinking outside the box, but it is the Browns.

          • NewBearInTown

            Yeah I remember Chud putting that group together and being really impressed. Turner and Horton are about as good a team of coordinators as you can ask for without getting lucky promoting a position coach.

            Nothing about the firing makes sense except the Browns record. But when you think about how bad they’ve been for the past few years, and how many great coaches historically have failed to put together a winning season in year 1, and how unstable the QB position is… basically that’s not an excuse.

          • BerwynBomber

            Though hiring Chud was a bad move too. The Clowns are a mess.

        • Trac

          Bingo. You are right but that still doesn’t mean Tucker is a good DC. Not being a jerk but can you present a case Tucker has what it takes? I really have no idee about the guy except what we all witnessed this year.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Can you say “Square Peg vs. Round Hole” boys & girls?

      • gpldan

        Also, Martin Mayhew is a bit of a tool. I don’t see the Lions getting together under his reign. He’s drafted competently, but his roster and cap management and his delegation to coaches isn’t good. He’s been forced to shitcan Gym Shorts, so that’s strike one on his tenure as that was his guy initially.

    • AlbertInTucson

      If you’re a Lions Fan, can you honestly say this hiring excites you?

    • MB30SD

      the author lost me (and every shred of credibility) at, ‘every coach except for lovie smith wasn’t a sure thing’

      • BerwynBomber

        The author used the conditional “maybe” in that sentence (which you left out), and I tend to agree with him. Lovie was the most proven, safest hire on the market this year. A guy who is in that Andy Reid and Jeff Fisher realm of coaches, which is to say solid dudes who will field a competitive team, most likely build a winner but might not provide ultimate deliverance to the promised land. Marty Schottenheimer was the king of such coaches: a guy who could always be counted on to put a winner on the field but never quite deliver in the post-season, though in semi-defense of Schottenheimer he was somewhat cursed by one-man wrecking crew/Jordan-like performances by Elway (during Schottenheimer’s Cleveland years).

  • Doc Nitty

    Happy Birthday, Blogfather.

  • gpldan

    http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/14/jelly-sees-100k-questions-in-first-week-says-rjmetrics-of-which-25-received-answers/

    I say it’s a week tops, before people mainly use it to post closeup pictures of their genitals with the caption “what is this?”

    Actually, that’s unfair. Tying Jelly to your social circle in Google+ or Facebook makes that less likely, unless you are already the black sheep of your social circle.

    Instead, answers will come from people attempting to court favor with the asking party, so it becomes a method to essentially formalize kissing ass.

  • gpldan

    Since the Cubs released “Clark”, the new mascot bear yesterday – apparently there has been a rash of photoshopping Clark into disgusting and inflammatory pictures as well as funny memes degrading the Cubs.

    I, however, using my mad Googlez skiilz, have not seen any of these funny pics.

    I shall be eternally grateful for links to funny pictures of Clark and will gladly pay you Tuesday for a link today.

    • gpldan

      Found this:

      https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bd5Em-HCEAEfFNP.jpg

      That brings the Lulz

    • AlbertInTucson

      +1 for the “Wimpy” reference, GP! Wonder how many here caught it?

      • gpldan

        I knew you would, Al. I knew I had one.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I was a big Popeye fan as a kid. And yes, I ate spinach because Popeye did.

          • tobijohn

            Me too!

          • AlbertInTucson

            “…I’m strong to the finish, ’cause I eats me spinach…”

          • johnnywad

            Make that three. Olive Oil was an ugly leading lady. Never got the feud between Popeye and Brutus

    • gpldan

      Also, on the subject of the Cubs and how badly this blog hates Jay Mariotti:

      Mariotti was the only sports columnist to write in the following days that Steve Bartman had it coming. That Moses Alou WOULD have made that catch.

      Nevermind the entire city tried to kill the guy.
      Nevermind that despite being offered $150k to be in a Super Bowl ad, Bartman declined.
      Nevermind that Alou admitted he wasn’t going to make that catch anyhow.
      Nevermind that two other fans reached for the ball.

      Mariotti torched the kid, who has been in exile for a decade.

      That was the day, I think, despite being a born and raised Chicagoan, despite countless hours of listening to fucktard fan opinions on AM radio – that I really despaired for Chicago as a city.

      I think the collective hate this city rained on Steve Bartman is to this city’s shame and a disgusting chapter in it’s history.

      • tobijohn

        He lived in Northbrook at the time which is where I grew up and where two of my sisters still live. I remember one of them calling me the next day to tell me his front yard and street were swarming with reporters,TV trucks and a crowd in the hundreds. I asked her what the hell she doing over there, that she was an ass for even being there in the first place and to just leave the poor guy alone…

        • AlbertInTucson

          I think he was in Denver when he was charged with assaulting his wife or GF.

          No coincidence the paper he worked for there went belly up not long after he was hired.

          • tobijohn

            I was talking about Steve Bartman….

          • AlbertInTucson

            That’s OK. It doesn’t make Marriotti any less of a jerk.

          • tobijohn

            As a friend of mine would say, “That’s for shit sure”…

      • AlbertInTucson

        Jay Marriotti.

        He would make a good mascot.

        For a team called THE WEASELS.

        He torched the Sun Times when they called his bluff and let him walk and the late Roger Ebert’s subsequent rebuttal of Jay’s “farewell” was just outstanding.

      • AlbertInTucson

        You forgot “Nevermind the Cubs in general and SS Alex Gonzales in particular wet themselves when they still had plenty of opportunity to win that game and that series.”

        • BerwynBomber

          Yep, it was an epic, historical and team-wide collapse.

      • BerwynBomber

        +1000 on your last sentence. In particular, Alou and Baker could have defused a majority of that situation with a few choice words following the teams game 6 and 7 meltdowns but neither did so. Known Cub fan and ex-IL governor Blago also had some unforgiving words for Bartman. Cub nation ruined that unfortunate dude’s life. Or at least a few years of it.

    • Shady
    • AlbertInTucson

      Think they should they have named the mascot “Bart” ?

  • AlbertInTucson

    “While they struggled early, Joe D’s kickoff coverage units ended up statistically the best in the league.” – THAT is a big surprise to me.

    And yes, not only was A-POD bad, he always seemed to save his worst efforts for the worst times to have them.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      When was the last time a punter was drafted in the first round?

      • AlbertInTucson

        Ray Guy?

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          The Raiders…

          • johnnywad

            You’re posting elsewhere as “Hans Downherpants” aren’t you?

  • BerwynBomber

    As superb as Brees and Rodgers are, I wonder if these playoffs aren’t providing further evidence that the hierarchy of NFL QBs is still P. Manning and Brady and then everyone else, or more precisely Manning and Brady as Group A and Brees and Rodgers in Group A-1 or B. Also interested to see if Kaepernick and Wilson can take advantage of these (early career) post-season opportunities. Both QBs benefit from playing on run first/rely on your D teams, but then again so did Brady early in his career. Anyway, should be a fascinating Championship Sunday. The four best teams remain standing.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    That’s stupid !!!

  • CaptainAmerica

    My prediction: Peppers gone, Tillman gone, Melton gone, Wooten gone. FA signing: Brian Orakpo, BJ Raji. 1st rd pick at 14 – Louis Nix.

    Bears will go with Briggs and Bostic in the middle, provide them with 2 huge defensive tackles for cover to make plays; Shea and Orakpo on the outside.

    The 3-4 is coming. Too many signs point to it in Emery drafting. Bostic played a lot of ILB in a 3-4. Emery knew Shea couldn’t play with his hand in the dirt, but is a prototypical OLB body in a 3-4. NT is the key. With a couple free agent NT’s, plus a couple in the draft, this is the year to do it.

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