• Scott W.

    Not a big fan of the rants, but let me be the 1st to say I don’t think HS football should ever be nationally televised.

    Let em be kids for crying out loud.

    • SC Dave

      No shit.

    • Ososfan

      I agree completely. The only thing that should be televised is if HS students and athletes receive scholarships to great colleges. I’ll rooting the heck out of that…….

      • Trac

        Sounds like a plan but look how smart society is today. I’m not sure you know what you’re asking for.

        #snarkycommentoftheday.

        • Ososfan

          Haha yea I do Trac, I know it’s beyond impossible. I’m just speaking hypothetically, sir.

          • DaBearsBlog

            Unfortunately everyone is content crazy. So it’s not a question of high school football being televised. It’s how much MORE will be televised.

          • Ososfan

            Jeff, excuse me if I’m being rude but, how do you know people from North Bergen and the surrounding areas of you lived in Kearny?

          • Scott W.

            Unfortunately is right.

    • Big Mike

      My son’s team was featured on Sept 5th on ESPN. Centreville HS vs Gonzaga. It was cool for our community. The schools are less than 30 miles apart, but had never played. Centreville is Public, Gonzaga private. The game was scheduled because they are considered two of the best teams in the region. Both are/were top 25 nationally. ESPN came up later and made it an even bigger deal. It was fun.

      • MB30SD

        dude, are you serious… Who fucking won!?

        • Big Mike

          Gonzaga 31-14. No excuses. They were very good. Centreville had a top guy out. Kid is a RB/CB with a commitment from South Carolina. That game had 7 kids in ESPN 300 on the field. Gonzaga had 4 Centreville 3. My boy is a Junior, can’t crack the starting lineup. He got in on special teams made 2 tackles. He’s played a fair amount since, with the 2s as centreville has blown out next 4 opponents 138-14.

  • MB30SD

    • johnnywad

      So when do the sharks show up? Surely somebody in the video is eaten by a shark. Or at least a deadly jelly fish attack.

  • Ososfan

    Thinking about next year (no matter the outcome this year, hopefully SB win) With the Cap increase next year, Emery will have more of a chance to snag some decent FA’s. Most of the guys are signed to long term contracts with Alston and Briggs being the most likely to get bigger contracts. We should be alright next year. I still recommend we get he best mauling OL in the draft or in somewhere in the first three rounds. I have LB as the third most priority tbh, more Dline depth and another TE. Emery and Trest will lead us far, let’s get it bears down! Panthers= destroyed!

    • MB30SD

      Thank goodness we don’t need a FS oso.

      • Ososfan

        Hahaha, I forgot about FS. You are most deff correct. That should be priority number one. I hear they’re won’t be must DE talent in the upcoming draft. Let’s hope Emery creates more magic.

      • Trac

        Yes kind sir, thank Him indeed.

    • Trac

      In my limited capacity, football business should be conducted in the following order.

      1: shore up the front 4.
      2: inside LB’s
      3:DE’s.
      4: secondary.

      • Ososfan

        Yes. I agree 100% but it’s great that a lot of people here played and they have different biases towards what’s most important atm. I agree with your order, btw.

      • Big Mike

        The front 4 includes the DEs, in a 4-3. I believe CBs need a higher place in your rankings and should be separate from Safeties.

        Getting strong AND deep up front is indeed where you need to start. Whether you go after LBs or Corners first, is a pick’em. Exceptional play from your safeties, can make up for average LBs, and vice versa. Nothing makes up for a shitty d-line, or terrible CBs

        • Trac

          Yes I saw that after I posted but didn’t feel like changing it. I put the DB’s last only because if you fix our problems up front and our LB’s, the pool of DB’s we can choose from increases dramatically. Look at how good Conte, Jennings, Wright and Peanut looked when we were getting pressure up front and filling the gaps with our LB’s. They were getting it done except when we failed to get pressure on the QB.

          • Big Mike

            If you’re talking about the Bears. Yes. Because we are set at CB for a while it looks like. My point was that if you have Pro Bowl safeties, you don’t need Pro Bowl LBs, We are weakest in the middle. Assuredly Emery will focus on that in FA and the draft. I think next year’s draft goes down in history as one of the great ones in Bears history, simply because I love the Bears, but also because he’s no longer has so many holes to fill.

          • MB30SD

            Peanut and timnyj were pro bowl corners trac. You highly undervalued that in your assessment

          • Trac

            They were pro bowlers because of our D supporting cast is my argument. Look up.

          • MB30SD

            Oh, well I disagree with that assessment sir.

          • Trac

            Yeah, we don’t have the same perspective obviously but that’s what it’s all about here sometimes. Here’s a fun read from 2012.

            http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1397072-chicago-bears-is-the-2012-defense-the-most-dominant-in-franchise-history

          • MB30SD

            Oh, I 100% agree about the safeties, but our corners can stand on their own… when they’re not on season ending IR.

    • GPLDAN

      Emery wasted the money he had this year.

      The Houston, Allen, Young trio in $/pressure may be the worst ratio ever seen in Chicago. Throw what we pay DJ Williams vs. what we get and Emery should have his purse strings removed.

      • Ososfan

        I see what you mean GPL, but I think it’s still too early to know if that money was used wisely or not, Houston is great stopping the run, Young has more sacks this year than he did the whole last year he played in Detroit and Allen is still up in the air but he’s a proven vet who opposing offense still plan for. Come on now. DJ is on a one year vet minimum contract. Not a lot of money spent on him……

      • Trac

        But he loves the press conferences more than the signings I think. The Bears have got to stop spending their money on fools gold. Gotta build through the draft(yes I know, it’s a boring mindset). I blame the big money FA signings we’ve had just as much as poor drafting as to why we are in a constant flux of team needs in key positions. The Marshall and Bennett signings are yesterday’s news and its a what have you done lately league. So far we have one promising draft(overall good draft) and THAT needs to continue.

        NFL Draft Chicago here I cone.

      • Big Mike

        It’s game 4. Disagree strongly. Bears defense much improved. 2/3 of that trio was out.

        • MB30SD

          agree with mike here gp. that’s way too harsh, way too soon.

          • Trac

            We “may” have signed some guys that will be long term mainstays and yes, it prolly is too early but here’s my take, we don’t have one player that we can clearly say we hit it out of the park when it comes to FA’s.

    • Big Mike

      The Bears’ arrow is up, for the next few years. The question is can they grab the trophy?

      • Trac

        2010 Bears: 3-1 after 4 games(69 Points for, 68 Points against) 11-5 Won the North.
        2011 Bears: 2-2 after 4 games(94 Points for, 98 Points against), 8-8 3rd Place in North.
        2012 Bears: 3-1 after 4 games(108 Points for, 68 Points against), 10-6 3rd Place in North.
        2013 Bears: 3-1 after 4 games(127 Points for, 114 Points against), 8-8 2nd Place in North.
        *2014 Bears: 2-1 after 3 games(92 Points for, 100 Points against), 3rd Place in North.

        *denotes only 3 games played so far.

        The Bears arrow is up? I…don’t…see…it…

        • johnnywad

          They would never have beaten the Niners and probably wouldn’t have beaten the Jets in any of those seasons. We’ll know more in a month, but this team is stronger in my opinion.

          • Trac

            What jumps out at me is our D. Couple that with s dip in offensive production and we get ho slapped by the good teams evra time. The San Fran game was a gift. I’ll take it and that’s football. I’m excited to see what happens against the Panthers.

          • Trac

            We beat the Jets in a shootout in ’12 I think.

  • johnnywad
  • GPLDAN

    Guaranteed money. Forget everything else.

    Houstion – $15M in 3.

    Willie Young – $4M in 2.

    Allen – $16M in 3.

    $35M/3 = 11.6. That is commit money against the cap if Cliff spreads it evenly, which – according to this:

    http://overthecap.com/salary-cap/chicago-bears

    is not being done. Total D commit is $42.4 in ’14. 11 of it is those 3.

    So about 25% of every dollar spent on D this year is spent on Houston, Allen and Young. And that percentage will rise slightly in 2015.

    • johnnywad

      Young’s been pretty solid for the money. I am holding out hope Allen reverts to form. If so, I can live with the signings. What would you have done differently GP?

      • GPLDAN

        We hung Glitchy out to dry because he would draft abysmally, and then go to Teddy and ask for big $ to make a splash, like trading for Cutler or getting Peppers. It was a way for him to stem criticism, like the dad who can’t fix the furnace and lets the house run down, but buys flashy toys for the kids.

        Emery’s drafts have been better. CD is still on the team, ERod was a shitbag, but Long and Fuller have produced as #1s. But he’s not a draft guru, like somebody else said, he’s not like the Seahawks GM who keeps picking up value up and down the line.

        The “win now” big payday with those guys has been something of a bust. I would have gone harder at Bennett, I think 3/36/15 is high for Houston given his figures in Oakland. Allen was straight bullshit, and I said it when he was picked up. Young is more productive than what he was in Detroit, ok, but he’s not a consistent 3-down starter.

        I expected a draft guru, somebody who was more informed than most in the draft. I don’t see Emery as that. I think he made a big mistake with his DC choice. Huge.

        • johnnywad

          We did hang Glitchy out but not 4 games into his third season. CD and Mel are probably his biggest mistakes. I think the draft record is improving year over year. Long and Fuller seem to prove he can sort the wheat from the chaff. Alshon and Mills are solid picks. I’m also thinking Sutton and Ferguson will pan out. Ratliff, Marshall, Slauson, Matty’s deal (when HB’s were mugging their teams) Bushrod instead of Long ( better player for less money) hell even bringing in Ola as a backup proved to be valuable. If the arrow on Emery’s performance is pointing up, and I believe it is, we’re in good shape. If we’ve seen the best he can offer, then we’re probably going to see lots of slightly above average teams

  • CanadaBear

    The D line has been good against the run for the most part. That’s a major improvement from last year. Playing 3 read option QB’s makes some difference on the sack totals. Last week was just pathetic. Kept Lacy in check but the pass rush reminded me of Bass, Cohen, etc. Still gotta give them more time in my book. Hopefully they were embarrassed by last week and come our firing on the D Line. I’m hoping but not expecting Tucker to coach better. Last week was a disgrace.

  • BerwynBomber

    Finally a slate of decent college games five or six weeks into the season; appropriate given that the weather here today is worthy of Thanksgiving. But the old “every Saturday is a playoff” argument by those who support the bowls and resist a larger playoff system is yet again exposed as bullshit. As if winnowing down a hundred teams to eight or sixteen wouldn’t provide enough regular season drama.

    • Scott W.

      Watching Ole Miss and Alabama. Ole Miss is exciting to watch today.

      Dunno about the bowl and playoff system, because I don’t care enough about College ball.

      So, I’ll vote yer sentiments up.

  • GPLDAN

    My kind of flick

    • MB30SD

      That looks excellent

    • Ososfan

      Thomas Pynchon is one of my favorite authors, should be a very good film….

  • Shady

    Mmmm. Yes. MB, I’m sure you can appreciate Rev’s Angelo rant.

    • MB30SD

      Mmmmmm, yeees. Quiiiite.

      (Disclaimer: I haven’t had time to even listen to it yet.)

      But I will tell you this. .. when I saw jeffs retweet of Angelo saying he shouldn’t have traded Olsen it made my fucking blood boil. Know why?

      • Shady

        Because it was common knowledge?

        • MB30SD

          Because the fucking asshole didn’t even know what he had (good or bad) and had/has no fucking clue about why or how or what he could have done better. He’s just making the obvious statement based on what Olson’s done at Carolina.

          He has zero fucking football knowledge and don’t know his ass from his elbow. Even in hindsight I get the distinct feeling he just doesn’t get any of it. Like a dude who’s given the key to the test. In hindsight he can make these statements, but I bet you $100 he’d make the exact same mistakes again and fuck it up all the same if he was given the chance again.

          The buffoon shouldn’t be allowed to even mention the word football, never mind have a blog talking about football strategy.

          Btw, I’ll be online later if you’re up for it

          • Shady

            Quite.

          • Trac

            What I would have preferred Angelo to say would have been, “I shouldn’t have hired Mike Martz.”

          • MB30SD

            he’s not smart enough for that, and he doesn’t give a fuck what he did to this org for years and years… even after he left we’re still struggling to fix his mess.

            He should be arrested for grand larceny and fraud and thrown in fucking jail as far as I’m concerned. I don’t even want to know what he made out with in salary and incentives.

  • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

    Saw Gone Girl tonight. Good flick, I’ve always been a huge fan of David fincher. Kind of a downer watching a 5yr old girl get scarred for life right before my eyes. Seriously, some people should be fucking sterilized. And you know I called out the ghetto trash mom in front of the whole theater afterward. Jericho style.

  • SC Dave

    I’ll be in Section 136, row 7, seat 11 or 12. About the 5 yard line in the southwest corner. I’ll be wearing #9. 🙂

    Anyone else going?

  • Big Mike

    fire Dave Toub now

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