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Most Important Defensive Player of 2014: Jared Allen, Pass Rusher

| September 4th, 2014

A bold statement to start.

If Jared Allen has a great year, great meaning relentless pressure week-to-week and somewhere around fifteen sacks, the Chicago Bears defense can be the NFL’s most surprising side of the ball and one of the league’s better units. That’s how important an elite edge rusher can be in the modern game.

Since Richard Dent walked away (and finally into the Hall of Fame) the Bears have never had the 4-3 pass rushing threat Allen is capable of being. Think of the names. Alonzo Spellman. Philip Daniels. Bryan Robinson. Alex Brown. Adewale Ogunleye. Israel Idonije. Good players, all of them. But nobody is confusing them with Derrick Thomas. And while the Julius Peppers signing would be deemed an overall success, his failure to ever be a consistent, dominant pass rusher manifested itself in failing to eclipse the 11.5 sack mark in any season in Chicago. Allen has only had less than 11.5 sacks once since 2007.

Sacks are not the only measure of a pass rusher. But they sure help.

Allen has another task before him in 2014. As Lance Briggs has continued his checked out approach to the Bears organization in the nineteen months since the firing of Lovie Smith, a gaping leadership hole has opened on the defensive side of the ball. There are various new faces to fill that hole but none comes with the pedigree and resume of Allen – one of the best defenders in the sport for a decade. Allen has a limited shelf life in the league, sure, but he’s a real opportunity to win a championship in the next two years with this group in Chicago. He must instill both his professionalism and desperate intensity into the defensive huddle.

Side note on Briggs: I don’t care much that he missed Monday’s practice to be at his restaurant’s opening. But I do wonder why a player would put himself in such a precarious media position. If the restaurant opens a week earlier, nobody cares. Why would you not adjust your schedule around the opening week of the NFL season? I’ll tell you why. You don’t care that much.

This could be Allen’s time in Chicago, his time to scale the NFL’s championship mountain. An elite pass rusher can compensate for strong side linebackers in coverage and weak safety play. An elite pass rusher can cause turnovers, flips scoreboards, win games. An elite pass rusher can put good teams into the playoffs and playoff teams into the Super Bowl.

In that regard an argument could be made Allen is not only the most important defensive player on these 2014 Bears but the most important player on the entire roster.

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  • Allen is important but it’s all about Cutty time. I know Cutler is your offensive guy but it all comes back to #6 maybe for the defense as well. If the offense can put pressure on teams by scoring points, then it will allow the defense to be more flexible and atack.

    • Doc Hamstring

      First to disagree with you, bub.

      If Cutler takes the big step we all expect from last year, the Bears overall aren’t much better. The defense MUST improve for the Bears to run into the playoffs. Green Bay ain’t gonna roll over and die.

      • johnnywad

        But they shall die nonetheless.

        • MB30SD

          They are starting a rookie center…. against that seattle D… in the first game of the year.

          So you know, good luck with that fuckers.

    • GPLDAN

      The thread name is defensive.

      • Yup, I screwed the pooch. Ah well, still preseason. Gotta work out the kinks.

        • bearsfantillend

          NOPE, can’t screw up and blame it on preseason. Everyone must be perfect. Make all the reads, take the right angles, see and hit all the holes and never miss a block, else they are all worthless busts.

          Kidding of course, but thats how some of the posters and most of the media treat the preseason.

    • Trac

      3 words Perno! TIME OF POSSESSION!

    • Sactowns#1

      Stop! Cutty time. Oooooh oooooh oooooh oooooh.

  • GPLDAN

    Pardon my hijacking of this thread, but after watching Daily Show and reading Huffington Post, which has a whole section dedicated to celebrity sideboob write a article about how going and looking at the celeb pictures was the worst thing any human could do, and moralizing that only they knew what it was about – I immediately headed over to 4chan to see what this thing was all about. Fuck HuffPost the moral cesspit that it is.

    But… I’ve never visited 4chan before. But after no less than the New York Times called it the “asshole of the Internet”, I felt it needed checking out. I was escared, I wished that maybe I could call Crown up and he could come with me and kick the ass of the scary people over there.

    Holy shit.

    That is a bad bad place. And the pictures of these celebs? Uh…. here’s what the media isn’t telling you: these aren’t all nude selfies. Nope. Some of these shots of JLaw are pretty damn rough. Definitely makes you watch American Hustle in a new way.

    • MB30SD

      Splain… I don’t get it still?

      • GPLDAN

        Jennifer Lawrence took photos of herself, with men, doing pretty rough things, with her iPhone.

        Those pictures were stolen from iCloud by hackers.

        There has been a kind of media campaign, esp. by lefty sites, such as Daily Show and HuffPost, imploring people NOT to go look at them. But NOBODY SAID they were rough hardcore pictures. But apparently they are.

        I think if she were anything but an A-lister, this would be a story. Such as “Alyssa Milano has hardcore photos leaked on the internet.” Because she is a C-lister. But Jennifer Lawrence is expected to have a A-list career with more Academy Awards, so there is a concerted effort underway to deny the photos exist and try and shut it down. I’m sure some big time law firms and Madison Ave spin firms are working this as best they can.

        At least that’s my take.

        • MB30SD

          I meant how do I find said pics (that site is a fucking morass.)

          Hahahahahaha

    • Link it or it didn’t happen?

  • Shady

    You have to earn the right to rush the passer, and last year the Bears never earned that right. What’s the point of having a pass rusher if teams are ripping off 5 yards a carry? The Bears NEED Ratliff, Paea, Houston and everyone else on that line to stop the bleeding. What worries me about Allen (besides having to watch that dumbass calf rope routine) is the tendency to sell out against the pass. Sure he’s put up sack numbers, but at what expense? Pat and Kevin Williams GAVE him the right to rush the passer, but when Kevin left and Pat got old, Allen became a liability against the run. Don’t get me wrong, destroying the QB is the name of the game, but without the guys on the inside Allen won’t get that chance. So for THiS defense, Ratliff would get my vote.

    • GPLDAN

      +1

      My vote for defensive key this year is my FF Team namesake: Big Ego.

      He’s the ONLY DT I saw that reliably stuffed the opposing run game. And everybody knows I think it’s just a matter of time before flatbread gets hurt again – BECAUSE HE’S TOO SMALL (!) – and so by mid season or even earlier Ego will be starting and it fall on him to do much of the run contain. It all starts inside, not just with Tampa-2 but with all 4-3 schemes. Ego is the most stout against the run that I saw.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I share that concern, Shady. The talk in Minni-Ha-Ha is “Now Bear fans can enjoy watching teams run around that end because Jared Allen lost contain, again.”

    • I think the Bears are going to be a surprisingly good run D this year. Their DL was hot garbage against the run last year. Their DT starters for much of the season were Julius Peppers (already mentally in GB), Landen Cohen (not on an NFL roster), Corey Wootton (3rd DE starting at DT), and Shea McClellin (LB starting at DE). They couldn’t hold anybody up.

      Now let’s look… Paea is a really good run stuffer when healthy. Ratliff too. Ferguson should be. Houston and Young were both top 5 run stuffers in the NFL for 4-3 DEs last year per PFF, and Allen is an average run defender.

      That difference is seismic. Just getting Shea out of there at DE is seismic. Teams could run at him whenever they wanted and get a guaranteed 5+ yards.

      I’ve been saying it for months: Chicago will be in the top 10 for yards per attempt allowed this year.

      • my 1 fear though is lack of depth at DT. Dunno if the rookies are ready yet if Paea/Ratliff get hurt. But Houston can credibly man DT a lot better than Wootton could, so that helps.

      • MB30SD

        I like the sound of this… I like it alooooooout.

      • Big Mike

        No concerns about the LBs? Unlike the consensus I believe we will be happily surprised with our play at safety.

        • the LBs are the position on D that worries me the most. The S will be adequate (health pending) but that’s about it.

          • Big Mike

            I believe adequate will qualify as a happy surprise. LB is just a shock after spending a couple early picks there in the last couple years, to have nothing is troubling.

  • GPLDAN

    Score Slam:

    I listen to the Score on TuneIn at times, on the train because ESPN Radio is so damn bad, even Waddle’s show. Here’s what I noticed after a couple years:

    The Score is the home of the White Sox. They broadcast many games, and so there is a revenue there for the station. As a result, Mully and whomever just won’t touch Sox management. Even the afternoon dorks Bernstein and the ugly guy. They will slam Adam Dunn, ok, but they will not touch Sox management or be critical of them.

    This is simply not true of the Bears. Maybe because WBBM carries them, although I think the Score is owned by the same company. Either way, they slam the Bears pretty hard. Holmes was being very tough on Emery and the picks today. Ok, Carey sucks and is a waste, but can we let Ego and Sutton play some maybe? Fuller may not grow into Champ Bailey but he won’t bust. I mean, the media in this town is hostile to this team. Maybe it’s part of how they feel they are treated, but there is hostility in a way that doesn’t get to the Hawce, Cubs, Bulls and especially not the Sox.

    • NewBearInTown

      Its what the fans like to do in Chicago. The hip thing is to be really into the team, but to spend all your time complaining about them.
      Its the same thing in Cleveland.

      • AlbertInTucson

        When you follow a team for 50 years, suffering thru DECADES of mismanagement and/or downright NEGLECT sprinkled with all-too-brief periods of quality and STILL don’t jump ship as a fan, you have the right to complain/be negative.

        Even the shining moment that was the 1985 team went on to join the ranks of Bear disappointments by being unable to even GET to a second Super Bowl.

        Bill Wirtz let the Blackhawks go to seed. Even with Hall-of-Famers Hull, Mikita and Goalie Hall they could only win ONE Stanley Cup in a SIX TEAM LEAGUE! Bill Wirtz had to DIE so his son could right the ship again.

        The Cubs are a National punchline.

        The White Sox seem to pay for every good year with 2 or 3 bad ones.

        The Bulls are Chicago’s only true, modern sports dynasty thanks to Michael Jordan and that dynasty is starting to grow a beard.

        Then again, you COULD live in Cleveland.

        • johnnywad

          Cubs are on the verge Al. It might not happen next year, but I’m predicting the Cubs become relevant in 2016 and stay there for a while to come. The Theo Epstein Project is beginning to bear fruit. I don’t even watch baseball, but I am interested in seeing if they can actually finish what they so publicly started.

          • Fast-foward to 2046…
            Johnywad, JR…
            “Cubs are on the Verge, Al jr! I know it!…”

          • AlbertInTucson

            They DID make life miserable for would-be contenders Baltimore and Milwaukee this week.

        • DaBearsBlog

          You know why I don’t use this site for the exact negativity you speak of? Because if sports ever become that to me, I would walk away from them. These are the enjoyable escape, remember?

          • AlbertInTucson

            I still root for them all. I don’t even HATE the Cubs. But I’ve earned the right to vent.

        • Big Mike

          The Bears are a contender and rebuilding (getting younger at the same time). The Cublings are going to start being competitive. The Bulls will be in contention, the Hawks are set up for deep playoff runs for years to come. Good times are better after having lived through bad times. We are entering an era of good times for Chicago sports.

          • Big Mike

            Like a true loyal Cubs fan, I have no idea about the White Sox. They still play in Comiskey?

          • The White Sox? I thought they got disbanded in 1919 after the gambling scandal?

          • AlbertInTucson

            No, they’re the Chicago Baseball team that’s actually been to and won a world series IN THIS CENTURY.

          • Oh, the RED Sox. I must be going color blind.

      • Trac

        I can definitely see how Angelee, Tice and Martz contributed to that NB. Their buffoonery was legendary.

      • Big Mike

        The Chicago Bears fan base is enormous. So it includes a little bit of everything from morons, to geniuses. Unfortunately, the morons are more vocal. When they learned to get on the internet and type, it wall went to shit. The guys that piss me off are the guys who wont be happy with the team, and can hardly enjoy a win, until the team feels like the 85 Bears and can’t be beat.

    • RenoBear

      I don’t get it either. Why be so negative towards the team you LOVE? There’s nothing finer than watching the beloved at noon at Soldier. You want them to win no matter how ugly it is, and happier than a pig in shit when they do. EVERY team in the NFL is flawed somewhere, and our media is just ridiculous about harping on it. Mouth breathing, knuckle dragging media at it’s absolute worst. I just don’t get the ‘Fan’ that just bags on their team all day…Is it so they are not as disappointed if they screw the pooch? Cuz guess what… It doesn’t work! In years past no matter how piss poor the Bears were and how inferior they may have been, it still hurt like hell when they lost.

      • Trac

        Don’t ever takes sides with anyone against the family again.

    • beninnorcal

      Is there a team with a harsher home media? I listen to the same stations on TuneIn, not to mention the articles from both papers. The Bears local media loves when they falter, that preseason Sea-Chickens game defined the yet-to-be-played ’14 season for may of them.
      Definitely seems to rub off on local fans. Can’t remember how many callers to The Score said this was 6-10 team after that game. Why is it always 6-10? Why can’t they grow balls and call the Bears a 3-13 team if there so sure of failure?

      • AlbertInTucson

        The New York media has fired Tom Coughlin at LEAST 3 times during his tenure with the Giants.

      • Trac

    • Big Mike

      The Chicago Media covering the Bears are assholes. Pompous, whiny, write my story for me jerk offs. They will turn Trestman into Lovie Smith, whose stoic disdain for the media was a thing of beauty in my eyes. “and we’ll just go from there”.

    • Cormonster

      Spot on regarding the Score’s treatment of the Sox, and ESPN 1000 in Chicago is not listenable. Waddle and Silvy is probably their best show, and I give it a D.

  • I’m fascinated by Allen this year. The DL has 2 other ends who get a lot of pressure but don’t finish and bring the QB down. Allen finishes. That will be huge for getting off the field.

    • bearsfantillend

      agree. but i am interested in seeing how Allen affects the other DEs. Young and Houston have not played with an ELITE rusher on the other side. I am hoping having Allen on one side cause the opposing QBs to have a tendency to roll towards them maybe giving them a couple more sacks.

      • Young played with some really good DTs in Detroit. He’s a good solid player and a plus 3rd DE, but I’m not counting on any more than that.

        The player I’m really excited for is Houston. I think he could break out in a big way. Who was Oakland’s 2nd best defender last year? Nick Roach? Now look at the guys around him on the DL, plus the typical sack bump for guys opposite Allen.

        I somewhat conservatively IMO projected 8+ sacks for Houston in my predictions article this year. I wouldn’t be shocked to see him hit double digits. I also wouldn’t be shocked to see Chicago send 2 DEs to the Pro Bowl.

        • MB30SD

          Speaking of, what would you pay to have roach back at sam now?!?! Hahaha. .. I mean, fuuuuuck.

          • Roach wouldn’t be SAM, he would be MIKE.

          • MB30SD

            I believe he played all positions right? And why would he be in at Mike when we have DJW at mike, and fucking CD at SAM.

            I beg to diffah sir…. I would be willing to be you money that he’d be our sam right now.

        • MB30SD

          Boom! JA with his avg 13, and Houston with 11. Bang! Bang!

        • bearsfantillend

          agree that Young played with some good DTs in Detroit, but they didn’t play under control. Whether they were just idiots and/or bad coaching, too many stupid plays and too many penalties. very undisciplined. Hopefully Tucker shows control and enforces discipline on the line, this year. It was hard to tell his coaching style with all the injuries last year.

    • Trac

      I’m all for Jarred Allen having a monster year but it needs to start week 1!

    • Big Mike

      I am simply baffled by what this defense is actually going to look like. Our LB group cannot be as bad as everyone is saying they will be. Is Briggs done, is Williams a never was and will McClellin not cost games? Pre-season showed nothing about the scheme and matchups, but it still looked bad. Time to take the “looks good on paper” and put it on the field.

      • Do we TRUST Tucker with schemes and match-ups?
        I don’t, but I’ll remain cautiously pessimistic.

        • Big Mike

          We really don’t know. Do we? Pre-season vanilla, last year wasn’t his scheme. Too many injuries in front 7. Would have liked to see the team better prepared lower in the depth chart. That’s on him. But at the same time he had a few practice squad guys in the rotation. So we will see. We’ve got some firepower, if it hasn’t gotten old.

          My guess is, he’s a second tier (please not worse) defensive coordinator. Really would have like to have kept Marinelli. He’s got a 4-8 games interview. If he fails, I’m not sure the Bears will cut him mid-season, but they will know what they need to know.

          • We DON’T know. But NOTHING from last year or PS has inspired any faith for me.
            Obviously, I’m pulling for him, and DeCamillis, but I’m not holding my breath.

    • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

      But It would be more interesting watch Trevor Scott, He was “de man” with Raiders not much time along, if he can get back his “mojo” here….

  • MB30SD
    • Shady

      You’re so weird.

      • MB30SD

        why? It’s hilarious!

        • RenoBear

          awesome….that guy is freakin awesome

          • MB30SD

            see! This… shaaaady!

        • Shady

          Let’s see your tinder profile.

          • MB30SD

            Doooooon’t think so champ.

          • Shady

            Don’t want people to know you prefer the company of men?

          • MB30SD

            No, don’t care about that… my preferences are mine and I’m VERY secure in them.

            You’re just still upset you weren’t my type big boy.

    • AlbertInTucson

      THAT guy has WAY too much time on his hands.

  • Shady

    Oh real football you’re so close I can taste you. The game tonight will be a delicious appetizer for smorgasbord Sunday.

    • MB30SD

      tonight… such a little night owl

      O O
      /

      • MB30SD

        yeah, the beak won’t center… use your imagination.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Alonzo Spellman. Philip Daniels. Bryan Robinson. Alex Brown. Adewale Ogunleye. Israel Idonije.”

    I always liked Trace Armstrong, their #1 pick in 1989.

    He had 42 sacks in 6 seasons as a Bear. He had seasons of 10 and 11.5 sacks for the Bears.

    I think they shipped him to Miami because he made to much noise as a player rep.

    He had 3 double-digit sack seasons with the Fish including 16.5 in 2000.

    The Bears got Miami’s #2 and #3 picks in 1995.

    Yes, boys & girls, THAT’s the #2 (#56 in that draft) they used for the recently invoked on this blog, Todd Sauerbrun.

    The #3 (87th player in that draft) garnered the immortal, Evan Pilgrim.

    They used their own #2 to take Patrick Riley.

    FYI, that year’s Bear first rounder? Rashaan, Salaam.

    Talk about a train wreck of a draft.

    • MB30SD

      Hahaha. .. we just Facebook friended (rashaan) 2 days ago. He was a good kid, but skinny and kinda goofy back then. We always joked with each other that we would kill the other guy if we got to play one another. Alas he played 8 man football at my old small private school and I was on a 10-2-1 cif semi final team that year.

      Funny how it all turned out.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Rashaan actually had a decent rookie season, except that for every one of his 10 or so TDs he also had a fumble. He’s since come clean that he was more interested in weed than football and, I believe, has cleaned up his act so good on him for that.

        • GPLDAN

          I think coming out of UC Boulder does that to a guy.

    • DaBearsBlog

      I LOVED Salaam when they drafted him. And I thought after his rookie year he was going to have a brilliant career. Just didnt.

      • Big Mike

        Stoner

    • Big Mike

      Oh man, I had forgotten about how bad those drafts were. The 90s were the worst decade for Bears football. Simply forgettable.

      • CanadaBear

        The late ’60’s-mid ’70’s wasn’t exactly a day at the beach.

        • Big Mike

          Even worse. I didn’t even realize the Bears were allowed to be in the Playoffs. When they made it (and got crushed by Dallas) in 1977 I didn’t even know what to think.

          • CanadaBear

            Those were some brutal years. If it wasn’t for Jack Pardee there would have been even more losses.

    • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

      Don´t mention Rashaan Salaam again in my luch time please….

      • AlbertInTucson

        Hey, I posted that 12 hours ago. Were you having lunch in Sri Lanka?

        • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

          hahahaha no way, I was having lunch when I read what u posted. I was joking about Salaam because he made me mad each time he fumbled the football.

  • Trac

    Nothing would be finer than for Green Bay to get kicked in the vagina. Booyah!

    Oh and Jarred Allen?………You Betcha!

  • Trac

    Homer Divisional Champ predictions:

    NFC
    West – Seattle(I was going to go out on a limb with the Rams until Bradford got hurt)
    North – Da Bears(never take sides against the family)
    South – Bucs(Sweet treats and Biltong, mmmm)
    East – Giants(Preseason favorites never win this Division. Yeah I’m looking at you Philly!)

    AFC
    West-Chargers(They showed promise last year and the state of Colorado sucks)
    North-Pittsburg(You can’t keep a great football City down forever)
    South-Colts(Only because the division is so piss weak)
    East – Dolphins(This is my Anti-Patriots pick and proof that I should never gamble…..EVER!)

    Super Bowl Champs – DA BEARS!

  • Big Mike

    Oh and fuck the packers.

  • GPLDAN

    The Score was at it again. Matty Bowen with Mully.

    Topic: If the Bears lose on Sunday, is it Trestman’s fault for allowing Briggs to go open his BBQ place?

    It’s unbelievable. That Bowen basically said it was bullshit that Briggs was allowed to go unfortunately drops my opinion of Bowen down a notch.

    Sunday needs to get here, so the media can move the fuck on.

    • Big Mike

      It is insightful about Briggs. But it is not news. He’s never been a team leader, or tried to “set an example”. I’ve never gotten the sense he had any of the “civic pride” that you hear some professional athletes talk about. You know it when you hear Toews or Kane address the media. Whether they really feel that way or not, isn’t the point. They get that it stokes the fan base when players relate to the city they play in. Brigs couldn’t give two fucks about Chicago. Him opening a restaurant on labor day, no big deal, its just Briggs. For all he’s done on the field, he will never be a “beloved” Bear. Kyle Long will be. Brandon Marshall is. Alshon Jeffery could be. Tillman – meh. Urlacher was. Kreutz was. Other than Urlacher, Briggs should be at the top of the list as far as fan favorites. He’s not.

      • GPLDAN

        If Briggs has a Pro-Bowl season this year, he will cusp. He has two more PB seasons, and you simply have to let him into Canton, as his stats will outpace Derrick Brooks. Minus the whole Super Bowl thing.

        So he has a chance to do what Urlacher could not. I agree that it probably doesn’t drive him, though. It might drive Peanut.

        • Peanut FTW

          Pro Bowls don’t mean anything anymore. It is more of a popularity contest of players who are uninjured and not on one of the 2 best teams in the league who want a trip to Hawaii than it is anything else. I do kind of like the picking teams thing for some dumb reason but, still meaningless. If he gets Defensive player of the year, yes.

        • Big Mike

          Don’t see it. Maybe he was dogging it in pre-season. I don’t remember him doing squat before he got hurt last year. Looked lost and slower.

          • CanadaBear

            Not sure if Briggs pissed in your corn flakes this morning but your memory of last year is cloudy. Before he got hurt Briggs was statistically having one of his best seasons. Once he went down the D collapsed. Briggs isn’t a leader but if you think he isn’t a tough guy I have to question how many Bears games you’ve watched. Ask Megatron if Briggs is tough.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0l-r_HVM6k

          • Big Mike

            That’s what I wanted to hear. My memory of everything defense last year is like how you see an ex after a break up. Everything is terrible, nothing was ever good. To be honest, I must have told my fellow Bears fans ” I don’t even know how to watch this team”. Win with offense? What is this blasphemy

          • For your consideration….

            keep the faith Big Mike, the season is almost here. No PED suspensions, no major injuries, no scandals, just a missed 1 hour walkthrough.
            Imagine the shit storm if our guys actually did things wrong.

          • Big Mike

            Always have faith. I love the Bears. Good off season. Game week jitters. Flying in some Portillo’s beef to DC area for game day lunch.

          • GPLDAN

            If you ask for “the Biggsy” it actually comes in a wooden crate.

          • Big Mike

            In fact I did. That’s cool.

          • For your consideration….

            That will calm your pregame jitters and replace them with the temporary but calming feeling of having your Triglycerides spike and your blood pressure rise due to massive salt intake.
            I will be partaking as well. I just have to drive to 95th and Pulaski though, no jets required.

          • Big Mike

            There’s only 1 opening day per year. Usually have a chicken menu. Try to get out on a run earlier in the day on Sunday.

      • Peanut FTW

        You can not be a leader, be a total dipshit and not do any of the charity things and still be a fan favorite though; look at how many Hester jerseys there are. You ever hear that guy try to get a rational thought out? It was like listening to Ozzy talk about opera.

        • Big Mike

          I’m 50% convinced Hester might be borderline “special”. His public persona was based on that superman song and his electrifying returns. But he did play to the crowd well before a return. Briggs, never see him trying to jack the home crowd up. He’s just at work.

          It seems besides saying stuff like “chicago is the greatest city in the world” ” I love the Bears and our fans”, the other way to a Bears fan’s heart, is to the tough guy persona, real (kreutz) or projected (mcmahon)

        • DaBearsBlog

          I interviewed Hester on podcasts here twice. Was he a great interview? Not particularly. But he’s a good man.

    • DaBearsBlog

      He didn’t even miss a practice. He missed an hour long meeting. Nothing was installed until yesterday.

    • For your consideration….

      i listened to that topic be brought up and just turned on Pandora. I’ve had it.
      If I conducted my business in the way that these clowns get to i’d end up in a ditch with a bullet in my head.

  • Peanut FTW

    I would LOVE for Allen to just go off and break the single season sack record. Not only would it be great for us as a team, but I have always had a problem with the way Strahan got the last 1.5 sacks to “break” the record. The only thing I would completely disagree with would be Allen being the most important player on the roster. While he is a great asset to the team, Cutler or Forte going down would lead to less overall wins than the loss of Allen, imo.

    • Big Mike

      Calm down Peanut. 🙂 But damn… if he got close, holy shit.

    • read the headline: most important defensive player. He wrote a similar article for offense yesterday naming Cutler. Though my vote for defense goes to Briggs, just because they don’t have much at LB.

      • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

        Briggs doesn´t bring much of himself neither, D-line must be solid to go futher in january.

      • read the article through to the end:

        “In that regard an argument could be made Allen is not only the most important defensive player on these 2014 Bears but the most important player on the entire roster.”

        • fair enough.

          • i’m nothing if not fair. and handsome. and happy i didn’t buy a carimi jersey.

          • MB30SD

            And a master of the Old timey villan mustache tweeest!

      • Peanut FTW

        Read the last sentence of the post….. there ya go.

  • Sactowns#1

    So taking a day off to ppen a restaurant is an example of not caring? Trust me, opening a spot in Sac requires about 2 dozen hurdles and excess delays. I doubt this was planned to open this late in the summer. Take a look at Der Biergarten, Federalist Public House, Bacon and Butter. All have had crazy long delays for pretty dumb reasons. I see this as an example of a guy who made a commitment and followed through. I see you dont mention all of Jared Allens personal days.

    • Trac

      You know how I feel about this topic? Who really cares! Doesn’t even register on my radar.

    • GPLDAN

      Sac –

      Unclench the liberal panties my man. I said Bowen was a dork for hammering Briggs on this.

      The Chicago Media just needs churn. It’s what they do. Tune 670 for the pre-game with Hub and Zac Zaban. I bet they mention it 3 or 4 times. Is it racist? I dunno. I think they just enjoy taking shots at Trestman.

      • Big Mike

        shots at anybody. Chicago football media is hilarious in their pursuit of nothing.

        • GPLDAN

          Mully and Bowen both picked the Packers to go to the Super Bowl.

          Awful. Just awful.

          • Big Mike

            Just to be dicks. If it’s not the Bears, its not GB. Seahawks, Saints, 49ers, but fuck GB.

          • For your consideration….

            i can see the 9ers taking a monster step back this year if Stevie Johnson and Kap aren’t on the same page and with the beatings, gun and drug offenses they’ll be missing some key guys for a while.

          • bearsfantillend

            don’t know if Stevie Johnson needs to make a huge impact for them, with Crabtree, Boldin, and Davis also being on the field.

          • For your consideration….

            lol, my sarcasm didn’t translate well…and I know that now…since the last part of my comment wasn’t sarcasm. I just pulled a Chip Kelly misdirection comment on you. boom.

          • bearsfantillend

            damn these keyboards need sarcasm buttons…

          • Big Mike

            They will be beatable early with Aldon Smith out. They will be in the hunt for a Wildcard. If they get in, wouldn’t want them.

          • MB30SD

            fuck GB. that well, might as well be someone from out division bullshit is just that… buuuuuullshit. Fuck GB (and the lions and vikings while we’re at it)

          • MB30SD

            what assholes… and that’s absurd.

      • Sactowns#1

        Hu? I was addressing Jeff’s comment above. I know you tea baggers arent sticklers for details or facts but try to keep up.

        • GPLDAN

          Be patient with us Sac. We are but uneducated south siders with a penchant for heavy drink.

          • For your consideration….

            Damn, you know Sac is a hardcore lefty when he is accusing you of being a tea partier.

          • For your consideration….

            tea party’er?

          • For your consideration….

            tea partyiere?

          • GPLDAN

            Derierre Party. That’s me.

          • For your consideration….

            I think I have a gangster rap mix tape from the 90’s called
            “Butt Party”

          • GPLDAN

            MB – this is where you link your Nikki Manaj video.

          • MB30SD

            Whoops, I mean…

            hahahahaha… damn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fv–npievoI

          • MB30SD

            Hahaha… recognize the accent? Any guesses? Hmmmmmm?

          • MB30SD
          • MB30SD

            Hahahaha… I know. That cracked me up.

            Hey Sac, where you been maing? GP is the blog’s tolkien bleeding heart liberal. Sheesh, whada ya been living under the eye of sauron?!

          • Trac

            Rolling. Lol. That was priceless yonny.

  • GPLDAN

    Hub says:

    The Bills will run. Run a lot Spiller and Freddy J.

    http://www.chicagofootball.com/2014/09/03/bears-brace-for-bills-talented-tandem/aiozk9l/

    I think this is a low risk prediction. Watkins has banged up ribs, Williams is not scaring Peanut and EJ Manuel looks like his mechanics have regressed in pre-season. These guys aren’t Peyton and the Broncos, Air Coryell style.

    • I think this game will come down to what Allen said.

      Gap discipline (esp with Spiller); angles; tackle, tackle, tackles.

      Note the above are a DIRECT reflection on Tucker’s coaching. Did he instill fundamentals into his group? Are they fired up? Are they going to play with intensity and purpose? (they looked totally lost in PS). Stay tuned….

      • GPLDAN

        200 yards rushing becomes a referendum on Tucker’s tenure in the papers. Bank that.

      • For your consideration….

        why did you steal kelvin Benjamin from me you bastard?

        • Trickle down economics! I get Benjamin for $2, you get Jerome Simpson (currently on suspension) for $1.
          If it makes you feel better, he’ll be riding my bench.

          • For your consideration….

            ha you bastard. You’d rather him sit and wither away then let the young man play in this damn league!
            I just brought in TY Hilton and Alshon and then picked up Shaun Hill on waivers, who everyone forgot was the starting quarterback for the Rams now. Just dump it off to Tavon Austin you fat white hillbilly!

    • For your consideration….

      If I’m Buffalo i’m running a lot of counters, bootlegs and misdirection screens against the Bears hoping they will over pursue.

      • For your consideration….

        by the way, I love/hate the Philly misdirection screen. How do you stop that?

      • MB30SD

        you mean they might try to run right at the weakest link on this D???

        CD at SAM erra time foo

        • For your consideration….

          running at Shea means you have to run at Lamarr. Ruh Roh.

          • MB30SD

            lamar is but a maings… maings.

      • Trac

        If I’m Buffalo, I’m drinking a lot Gatorade to keep up with Trestmans up tempo pace.

        • For your consideration….

          I like it Trac. I. LIKE. IT.

  • Trac

    Hmmm, Cheesy is rather quiet today. Hee hee.

    • johnnywad

      He’s in seclusion, preparing for the worst.

    • GPLDAN

      Only Nick Wagoner of ESPN picks us to win the NFC North, with EVERYONE ELSE picking the Packers and some picking them to win it all.

      http://espn.go.com/nfl/preview14/story/_/id/11377546/2014-nfl-predictions-nfc-reporters

      What’s not to gloat about?

      Let’s remember Mr. Wagoner’s faith in Da Bears.

      • Trac

        That’s because they don’t have any skin in the game. If I wasn’t a Bears fan I wouldn’t pick them either based on last years performance. I think Trestmans gonna have us in great shape to compete for a div crown. I actually think the lions could finish ahead of the packers.

        • MB30SD

          fuck the lions.

          they’re going from asshole yosemite sam to fucking lovie 2.0. I think it’s going to be a tough year from those idiots.

          • Trac

            Hahahaha. Yeah baby……..yeah!

  • johnnywad

    Can’t wait for tonight. I’m thrilled the Fudge get Pete and the Hawks first. Pete’s gonna lay down a road map for the rest of the league which explicitly shows all Fudge weaknesses. He’s smarter than McCarthy and Co.

    • For your consideration….

      I predict a lot of Wilson using playfakes and read option to keep Peppers taking wide angles and then Lacy going right through that inside gap. That was pretty much every run big run play in the preseason that the Pack gave up to Pep’s side.

      • For your consideration….

        I also predict that McClellin will watch the game and continually fall for the playfake while sitting in his recliner.

        • johnnywad

          He will actually break the inside arm of said recliner off trying to crash down inside in his basement.

          • For your consideration….

            lol

          • MB30SD

            but his recliner will stonewall him easily and he’ll just lie there helpless and useless.

      • johnnywad

        I think defensively they’ll take some risks early and see if they can get to Vadgers. Cut the head off that snake early.

  • For your consideration….

    quick blog poll:
    How many yards will Cutler throw for this year?
    a. 4100
    b. 4200
    c. 4300
    d. it won’t matter because Briggs opened up his bbq place and missed that walkthrough and that caused every subsequent injury and piss poor defensive AND special teams performance during the Bears season.

    • Trac

      I predict Cutler will go to the pro bowl if he stays healthy. Does that answer your question?

      • johnnywad

        No way Trac. Not even with a title and 5000 yards. Not in a conference with Vadgers, Kapernuts, Wilson and Brees. Its as much a beauty contest as anything else.

    • GPLDAN

      I predict the Docs may need to extract fat cells from Biggsy’s thumb and put them into Trestman to keep him from turning to dust.

      • For your consideration….

        that is correct. I also predict that Biggsy in his final moments on this earth will bequeath, to Trestman, the very hair from his chest and back sweater to create one of the most magnificent toupes every to grace a head.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Probably been noted but Sammy Watkins was listed as a full participant at Bills practice yesterday.

  • GPLDAN

    I got my Gabe Carimi jersey, my Ruffles and sour cream dip, a pack of Kools, a 6 pack of O’Douls with a bottle of Trade Wind.

    I am ready for tonight’s game. All I need is an invite to Johnny’s house.

    • For your consideration….

      my kids go to bed early, it’s like a god damn Buffalo Wild Wings commercial in my house during the Bears games.
      ssshhhhh, don’t wake the baby, stop yelling!
      I’m coming to your house. I’ve got some semi flat Diet Coke and a half bottle of Trade Wind that my cousin covered with a piece of white paper and printed a skull and cross bones on it like a fucking pirate bottle from a cartoon.

      • MB30SD

        why the fuck don’t summa you guys who live in chi all hang out for games? Kinda don’t get it?

        • MB30SD

          innerness friends only?

          • I’m gonna come down to your house like a Philipino dressed in camouflage cargo pants and military gear Bwhaha

          • Peanut FTW

            Make sure you definitely look male or MB might try to sleep with you!

          • MB30SD

            I already know what he looks like… we sent dick pics to each other. NTTAWWT

          • Yes, and for the record, I think you might resemble Tito Ortiz more than the Bod Ventura. Your penis, that is bwahha

          • MB30SD

            I izn’t messican’t maing

          • Body Vent isn’t part of the tribe either…or is he? dum-dum-dum

          • MB30SD

            Bring it.

        • Peanut FTW

          It would be cool to get a group of you guys together to watch a few games, I live over 2 hours from Chitown though.

          • MB30SD

            Yonny, GP, shady, MURPH!, Cor, and a few others live in and around the city.

          • GPLDAN

            Cutler would throw an interception, I would throw my drink – and then Johnny would shiv me and bury me in a shallow grave behind the Rainbow Cone.

          • MB30SD

            maybe, but isn’t it worth the risk?

          • GPLDAN

            well, Rainbow Cone *is* delicious….

          • For your consideration….

            lol, first I would justify the interception somehow THEN I would shiv. then i’d have to take my 4yr old with us to Rainbow cone because she can hear me talking about that shit no matter where she is in the house.

          • Cormonster

            I’m about 280 miles away, but I grew up about 50 miles from Chicago.

        • For your consideration….

          lol, I can barely get out of the house to see my friends who I’ve known for 22 years much less dudes that I interhang with.
          Honey, i’m going to go watch the game and get bombed with some guys.
          What guys?
          Oh, the guys I met on the internet…..

          • MB30SD

            this is a bullshit reply. Weak.

            …oh wait, you have 2 with another on the way. Never mind.

            And your wife knows who the original crew is… when you say, ‘hey babe, MB came back into town. I’m going to go to hang with him, shady, rabbit, murph and the boys’… she’ll know what’s up.

        • johnnywad

          You never know which ones are the ones that want to slice you up and put you in the freezer. You show up with a bottle and some snacks and the next thing you know, its all cock soup and you’re chained up in the basement. Gotta be careful.

    • Don’t forget your gambling equations and charts.

      • For your consideration….

        so he can help me justify it to my wife.

        #powerpoint #Trade Wind #sleep on couch

        • two man presentation with excel spread sheets, pie charts, and projector.
          OR, you can just by her jewelry.

          • GPLDAN

            baby, i swear – this spread is unbeatable. unbeatable!

            #Glengarry

  • For your consideration….

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-rt-us-usa-pennstate-20140904-story.html
    Oh well, Sandusky being unfairly and randomly targeted again.
    You know what they say, when 1 kid accuses your of abuse it’s a money grab, when 2 kids accuse you of abuse it’s a money grab, when 3 kids accuse you of abuse it’s a money grab, when 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13 kids accuse you of abuse it’s a money grab. When the administration looks the other way it’s a coincidence. When Paterno and witnesses that know it’s happening look the other way it’s a shame. When adults that Penn State or go there currently willfully and explicitly support this rapist and the rape culture and the rape hiders and the rape facilitators and the piece of shit wife that knew it was happening and the family that knew it was happening all stay silent, look the other way and then defend the fuck face in the wake of so much god damn proof that even the sleaziest of attorneys have to wipe a tear from their eye at night you know it’s fucked up. Just fucking kill that piece of shit. China style dude, right in the yard tied to a post, cheap reload ammo from shitty service revolver and be done with it.

    • GPLDAN

      like some old Colt piece of shit with really bad cartridges so the bullet flies slow and sideways and makes a god damn mess.

      • For your consideration….

        and let a former camper from 2nd mile do it from about 20 yards away so it takes a couple of shots to find the target

        • GPLDAN

          and the first shot hits him in the kneecap square on, shattering it like a Lego diorama of broken dreams but he can’t slide down the pole because of the loop around his neck.

          And his wife Dottie has to give him a sip of tea while the kid reloads.

          • MB30SD

            fuck that, add her to the mix. and make it a really strong pellet gun instead.

            Not sure how many shots it would take to finish the job, but not enough.

            If that was one of my kids it would be this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi3Hyxuf5AE

          • GPLDAN

            helluva nice shot there, although he damn well hit the Sheriff.

            the phone booth ambush. That was fucking Hyman Roth stuff right there.

          • MB30SD

            yep, back in the day that shit was easy I guess. Now, I don’t think there’s any way in hell you’d pull that off.

          • If you can get to the president, you can get to anyone.

          • MB30SD

            when’s the last time that shit happened… regan in the 80’s maing.

          • Gotta go John Malkovich on their ass.

            “Beware the wrath of a patient man.”

          • MB30SD

            hyman… cracks me up they used to name people after a part of the vajayjay.

            (yes, I know the spelling’s not right, but you don’t spell your name to people when introducing yourself)

          • Trac

            Maybe they named the hyman after a guy named Buster. You’ve got it all wrong

          • MB30SD

            well played

          • Only 5 years probation.
            Cocksucker dead.
            #justice.

          • MB30SD

            that is the way it damn well should be when there’s zero question about guilt.

    • Peanut FTW

      They should do the old Poncho Villa, baby calf treatment for a while prior to firing the shot.

  • Peanut FTW

    Jeff you will be thrilled to know that the bears on their site list Odonnell as one of the reasons to be excited about the season and his nickname is Megapunt… but you probably knew that.

    http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/photo-gallery/Top-10-Reasons-to-be-excited-for-2014/a3c26138-c005-49e7-a3b9-103f0178db3b

    • For your consideration….

      Jeff had a special Fat Head poster of O’Donnell made for his room. It’s not a picture from any game though. It’s a picture of O’Donnell in a Maui ’88 half shirt football jersey and a gleam in his eye.

      • MB30SD

        does he have orange dolphin shorts on? The ones with the blue…. pipe.

        (hee hee…. see what I did there…. pipe? Hee hee)

  • MB30SD
    • Peanut FTW

      I like the color combo on the Closer hat, but I don’t dig the Bear face. All my Bear hats have the C and I wouldn’t mind the 47 B but not the big face.

      • GPLDAN

        I like the 47B hat.

    • For your consideration….

      MB, I just bought you a Conte jersey. Cleared to play. Starting FS for the Chicago Bears.

      • johnnywad

        He has a Hardin jersey I bought him last year. Let’s pool our money and get him a collection. Shea, Hayden . . . . . who else?

        • MB30SD

          maybe you guys can make me a couple of those combo jerseys. The ones that are split down the middle?

          One half home with half of one guy’s name/number, then the away other half with another guy’s name/number.

          Contden
          44

          McCardin
          55

  • OK, odd-ball side menu of the day. Best Malkovich character?

    I think it might be this guy, though KGB from Rounders is close.

    • For your consideration….

      what a bad ass movie.

    • johnnywad

      I’ve only watched two episodes of his new show “Crossbones”. Not sure about the show yet, but the character is perfectly suited to him.

      • He has a show? Huh. May have to check that out.

        • johnnywad

          Yeah. He’s Blackbeard. Not sure if I like it or not. But the character is pretty cool.

    • MB30SD

      I kinda like his goofy one in Red, but by far not his best.

      He was good in Burn after reading. He plays a pretty evil/fucked up evil guy.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Final curtain call for Joan Rivers.

    • For your consideration….

      died?

      • GPLDAN

        She can go kick Johnny in the sack now, as she has wanted to do for Lo these many years

        (the other Johnny)

    • MB30SD

      hmmmm… RIP… but she was getting to be a bit horrific in the last couple years.

      • bearsfantillend

        botox poisoning??

  • Official prediction for tonight: Seahawks 24, Pukes 17.

    • For your consideration….

      I’ve got the Packers winning this one. If it’s going to happen it will be tonight.

      • IN SEA? Opening night? With the ceremonial crowning? No way.
        I think the only team to win there last year was the Rams, or Cards.
        I think the pack are gonna rely on Lacy. Power run. That’s the only way to beat them and minimize the crowd impact and pass rush.
        That’s why I wanted a mauler at HB (here’s Butch beating a corpse horse).

  • GPLDAN

    Flash Poll:

    When CJ Spiller jukes Shae out of his Nikes, you will throw:

    A. The Remote
    B. A Tantrum
    C. Your playbill to Puppetry of the Penis
    D. Your scotch whiskey
    E. Your laptop that you blog on

    • For your consideration….

      F. A scotch whiskey fueled tantrum on my laptop that I blog on.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    I get why Allen should be the Bears Defensive MIP.
    How I see things the most important defensive player are 4 players. The Bears rookies. For me the most important D players are Fuller, Ego, Sutton and Vareen. They have to contribute so that you know you’re building something important in the future so that everybody has confidence on the plan, so that everybody can stop with the exaggerations and criticism.

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