• Bender McLugh

    Phil Emery was the first to go…..

  • Big Mike

    A new era of ownership. I’m surprised. I expected half measures.

    • Bender McLugh

      same here, was not expecting Phil being the first………..

      • Big Mike

        Would not do that without a solid set of options

    • Scott W.

      No. Trestman was Emery’s wedding dress. So Emery was a very logical firing.

    • Frank Schoenburg

      Same here. I like Emery, but not sad to see him go. He hired Trestman.

    • john wrona

      Yep, I’m right – you even look like a LOSER. “lets go have fun and give the McKaskey’s a few hundred dollar every week to watch them field a second-tier team with second-tier coaches and, if we’re lucky, we’ll see an 8-8 record in a so-so division. You’re getting HALF MEASURES you IDIOT – are you blind and stupid????

  • Big Mike

    Need to hear about Ted Philips being made business manager of Chicago Bears

    • huntinbare

      They say that this has to have Georges hand all over it…he is starting to assert himself
      I thank the New Orleans lawyer who shoved him as he tried to retrieve his seat

      • I think that was a physical manifestation of the entire season, and might have pushed him to make radical changes (see what I did there?)

        • huntinbare

          Yepper

    • john wrona

      LOSER…..just like the bears will be as long as IDIOTS like you demand nothing of their owners but mediocrity….. when they look at people like you they see big SUCKERS.

      • Big Mike

        Fuck you troll

        • john wrona

          BIG MIKE: you get a lot of people calling you “LOSER”, don’t you? Know why? Because you are one….hahahahahahahahaa…..LOSER.

          • Big Mike

            Nah. Pretty successful. 2 great kids a great wife, nice big ol house, fat retirement account. I’ve built and sold a couple companies. I’m the managing partner of a great digital marketing firm, my biggest problem is simply not being able to ignore idiots.

          • john wrona

            Right….talk is cheap…..you sound like a PISS-ANT who manages the fry station at the local Wendy’s…..hahahahahahahahahaaa…………keep on dreaming, maybe you’ll hit the lotto… Know why I know you’re lying? Because your blind loyalty to a losing franchise like the bears is a clear indicator. I love them too but I’m a realist and bright enough to know why they’re losers….. you’re just a dumbo who revels in watching them from your barstool at the local tavern with the other boozers…..and dreaming of 1985…..

          • Big Mike

            Nope it’s all true. Don’t even watch from a barstool.

          • john wrona

            Well then we might be neighbors…..bet you’re a Cub fan too…… Wait, I know, you’re in that tiny house down the street on the ‘lower’ end of the block.

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    Axe? Feels like McCaskey is going Full Paul Bunyan here.

    Feels like Cutler might get unloaded with the Bears paying half his salary next year. TN, Houston, and St. Louis need a quarterback, the rest of the teams in the NFL look set or willing to work with the young talent on hand.

    • Bender McLugh

      Jets, Arizona too

    • huntinbare

      They need to call King George quickly …
      He is in full demo mode right now
      The sledgehammer is swinging madly with full force

    • Big Mike

      Had the same thought.

  • huntinbare

    Once again…from the manure pile of 2014 the roses are starting to sprout

    • Scott W.

      Keep bumping this huntin. Best recap so far.

  • Cutler just lost his two biggest supporters in Emery and Tresty.
    How could Cutler not be gone too? (Unless George blames them for “ruining” Cutty, which would be absurd).

    • Big Mike

      See below. Same thought just hit me.

  • Reports are that Raiders are meeting with Harbs before he goes to Michigan.
    We need to knock down that door and come with suitcases of money

    • Bears-4-Ever

      Yes that and send Ditka in with an orange bears bandana and a M60 spraying bullets…then extract Harbaugh in a black helo…

  • Big Mike

    I half expected Emery to stay, I fully expected cutler back. Quick decisive action has me re-thinking Cutler’s fate. I’ve agreed with Jeff that keeping Cutler is the right move mostly because of how shitty the alternatives are. But this might be the time to go full rebuild

    • huntinbare

      That time has arrived…he has just been declared …not the future…he has become servicable at best

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      Even with a full rebuild, the team will be more interesting to watch next year then this one.

      I made a sad comment weeks ago with the way things were going (before expecting EVERYONE to get fired) is that Jacksonville Jaguars fans had more to look forward to then Bears fans. A young team is more fun to watch then an aging team in Purgatory.

    • I have measured optimism. It would be totally Bears to hire Shanahan and keep Cutler, which needless to say, would be DISASTROUS.
      I’ll wait and see.
      I wouldn’t mind keeping Cutler if a new GM/HC decide to do so for only one more year while they look for better options.

      • Big Mike

        Exactly. Cutler as a bridge QB because the new GM / HC. Sees it that way.
        “Totally Bears” might have a new meaning now that King George is being a bad ass.

  • FantuzPhysics

    If Cutler remains, then the Bears will have hired 2 new GMs, 2 new head coaches, a slew of new OCs, brought in his best bud WR, and nothing beyond making the NFC title game with a defense that played at a possible HOF level that year. Cutler has to be gone?

    • Scott W.

      Interesting thing about keeping Cutler, is that of the entire bunch of weeds, he’s the only one with the ability to redeem himself.
      No one else suits up on Sundays. The press is going to brutalize the Bears if they keep him, but technically, he CAN shut them up by around late October 2015.
      Whether he will or not, well, the over/under ain’t pretty.

      • FantuzPhysics

        He absolutely can redeem himself, but I can’t say I want to take that risk.

        • Scott W.

          Might be tough to replace him, much moreso than the others.

        • Frank Schoenburg

          I’ll take the risk. Strongest arm in the NFL.

      • Cutler hasn’t shut up any of his critics in 9 years in the league. He just turned it over 24 times in what many considered a QB friendly system/personnel. I wouldn’t hold my breath.

        • Scott W.

          I know. I didn’t say it was plausible, just possible.

  • Bender McLugh

    Harbaugh to be announced as Michigan’s coach…….oh well

    • Fuck.
      On to Rexy?

      • Bender McLugh

        have to be right? who else would be a better option?

        • Scott W.

          No offense, but right now, even you are a better option than the guy packing up his desk at Halas.

          • Bender McLugh

            aw HELL YEAH. I’m on a plane to Halas right now!

      • Frank Schoenburg

        Yes, let’s hope so.

  • huntinbare

    I wonder if back in the good old days ..1985…if King George had any type of relationship with Buddies kids and if he had any feelings toward the kids…

  • 6,000, then 9,000, then 11,000 NO-Shows at Soldier field towards the end (According to the Score). More opposing fans attending.

    Still think not showing up to Soldier Field didn’t make a difference, Jeff?

    I think that got George’s attention (and I’m pretty sure merchandising is down too)

    • tomburg

      I was at the Vikings game in Chicago on 11/16, and talked to a guy in the main merch shop after the game. They open gamedays at 8am or so, and he said that day was the first time he ever saw noone come in for the first two hours the shop was open.

  • FantuzPhysics

    Does anyone know when the press conference is scheduled?

    • Scott W.

      11:00 CST.

      • FantuzPhysics

        Thanks!

  • Big Mike

    Ted Philips why are you not fired ?

    • That’s what I’m waiting for, or for Philips to be moved to some accounting room.

      • Big Mike

        Yes.

    • huntinbare

      The boys say he knows where too many bodies are buried

    • Also, these swift moves are NOT Philips.
      Even if Philips keeps his title, it’s pretty obvious this is now the George show.

      • Big Mike

        Correction. The King George show!

  • John Doe

    This signals end of Jay Cutler experiment. 2009-2014. One of the worst trades and second only to the RGIII trade. Trade for Cutler + Big contract last year = complete disaster.

    Cutler is now not only a coach killer but also a GM killer.

    Nobody is giving Phil Emery a GM job again after that stupid Cutler contract.

    Back to scouting, Phil.

    • willbest

      Yes I saw what Lovie’s offense would look like without Cutler when the Bears went 1-5 after he broke his thumb. It is nowhere near the worst trade made.

      • Big Mike

        Exactly

      • John Doe

        When you give up 2 first round picks + 3rd round pick + Kyle Orton, you hope you get a special player that will cover up a team’s many deficiencies.

        Cutler is not that special player who can overcome several weaknesses.

        As I have said before, if Cutler was Bears original first round pick (i.e had Bears had only spent 1 first round pick on him) I would be perfectly happy. But Bears did not get good return from Cutler based on how much they gave up for him in the trade with Broncos.

        Broncos won that trade hands down.

        • Big Mike

          Don’t think @willbest was saying it was a good trade. But you made a claim calling it the worst trade ever.

          • BlameAngelo

            Hard to beat Herschel Walker

        • willbest

          I am not even convinced it was a bad trade from Chicago’s perspective. You would have to believe that Angelo would have found talent in the first round and the evidence seems to indicate he would have wasted both of them. I am pretty confident Cutler has provided far more value than whatever would have become of those picks.

          • BlameAngelo

            Value? It was a Lombardi or bust trade. We bust. It’s not overly hard to find talent in first rounds.

          • willbest

            It was for Angelo

          • BlameAngelo

            Touche.

    • BlameAngelo

      Would Shanahan swap RGIII for Cutty? Don’t want him, but would he?

      I see Kyle Orton is “retiring”. Again.

      Just Ted and Jay to go ….

  • SC Dave

    The whole thing brings to mind the whole “be careful what you ask for…” cliche.

    • Scott W.

      I was careful. The safety was on the whole time. But it was loaded.

    • Shanahan and Cutler out there making overtures to each other (Darwinian self-preservation for both) makes me shiver and wake in a cold sweat.

  • Big Mike

    I am now fearful of an overcorrection and ending up with Rex Ryan or any other HC as GM etc or being given too much control in order to get them on board. Need to hire people who have done the job before.

    • I’m very curious what GM crop will be interviewed and WHO does the interviewing.
      “Consultants” got us into this mess, and now we’re going to rely on them to find the solution?
      Maybe George will be indeed king here, and do his own thing, which is good? hmmm

  • Bears-4-Ever

    Keep Cutty for now. When “good cutty” shows up he is actually decent. there is no better option out there for 2015.
    Get Rex in Here NOW…unless there is someway to kidnap Harbaugh and convince him he should be a Bear again.

    Get Rob Ryan in here for DC..yeah that’s right get BOTH Ryan boys in here and I bet you they can turn things around. We might even see them fist fight each other on the sidelines…I’m all for it!
    We need heart and fire again in this organization.

    Treatman gone…Emery gone…so far 2 out of 3 NOT bad!

    The number 3 is Philips being out or moved to a meaningless & powerless position.

    • Big Mike

      Kroner gone. But that is really not news. It was recently made official

      • Scott W.

        Charles Tillman for DC.

        • Bender McLugh

          CB coach he would be good I think

          • Scott W.

            Yeah. That too.

      • Does any team hire Kromer after what he pulled?
        I mean, we all felt the same way about Cutler (well, except for the silent majority I guess), but can’t have OCs leaking to national media.
        That sorta thing turns off teams and coaches.

        • Big Mike

          College 1aa

        • willbest

          He goes back to NO

    • BlameAngelo

      Cutty doesn’t read defenses well, and he makes bad decisions. Without an OL he will always hurt us. Contrary to popular belief it seems, we do not have a good OL. We have Kyle Long, and a defense that needs restocking before the offense gets a look.

      • Bears-4-Ever

        I agree, but who would replace Cutty in 2015? I’m just saying, is there anyone else out there that can do the job? I think you have to keep Cutty one more season and hope we can find a replacement if that is what the new GM and HC want at the time.

        • BlameAngelo

          Do what job? Win five games? Plenty!

          Available or not hard to get a hold of ; Orton, Fitzy. Both good QBs.
          Pay them cheap, spend your pick on defense. Happy days.
          If we can send Cutty to Tennessee we have a gamechanger at DT in Leonard Williams.

  • John Doe

    I am convinced Cutler will be moved before March 13, 2015.

    George McCaskey wants a complete reset.

    I have no doubt Tennesse, Bills, Rams, and Jets will be interested.

    • willbest

      Unless you win the Mark Sanchez sweepstakes, you don’t trade Cutler in 2015.

      • John Doe

        George McCaskey clearly wants a complete new start. A complete reset.

        Cutler will get swept in these thorough house cleaning.

        • Agree, but depends on WHEN Cutler will be gone.
          I could easily see them keeping him for another year while they look for a new QB.

          • John Doe

            No, you do not cramp new coach and GM with Cutler. You give them a free hand.

            If it is a complete rebuild, they know it will take time and they will not be worried about who is QB in 2015. Plus, they can use the cap space that will come with Cutler gone.

          • But that is up to the new GM and HC.
            What if the Bears do indeed hire Shanahan?
            Trust me, I want Cutler gone too, but the Bears need to give the new GM/HC that power.
            I think the ideal situation would be to keep Cutler for one year while they draft/groom someone like Grayson in the 2nd round.

          • BlameAngelo

            Cutler, and allen and forte … there’s your rebuild cash and some prime picks for your QB/HB. We don’t need Matty now. We’re building the pyramids.

        • willbest

          You bring a gun to a gun fight, and a QB to an NFL football game.

          • John Doe

            If I am a new coach and new GM of Bears, I do not want to be saddled with Cutler baggage at all.

          • willbest

            No but when George says “Whats your answer at QB?” and you shrug. He says. Whelp, you get to roll with Cutler.

          • John Doe

            “Whats your answer at QB?” In worst case, Jimmy Clausen is good enough for a rebuild year.

            What is so special about Cutler?

          • willbest

            There is no such thing as a rebuild year in the NFL. The average NFL players life is about 4 years. They are not interested in a long term process.

          • He didn’t embarrass himself when he showed up in that episode of The League.

          • BlameAngelo

            Precisely. Why do we need to pay him 20M to win us five agmes, when any fool can do that for us for less.

            Give Kyle his little retirement fund. A least we know he knows hot to get the ball to BM. NFL record style.

          • BlameAngelo

            Games? The superbowL is the only one that matters. Singular. And for that you need a defense. Reference any year you like.

            Eli. Flacco. Dilfer ….. D.E.F.E.N.S.E > offense

      • Scott W.

        LOL

      • Sanchez is a weaker-armed Cutler, but at least he’s cheaper.
        I wouldn’t want to go that route.

        • willbest

          He has less of an ego.

          • Sanchez might have more intangibles than Cutler (who wouldn’t?), but the results are still the same. Too many turn overs.
            I’d rather go with Clausen or Orton-ish type in the interim.

          • willbest

            Lol Orton? He managed 13 turnovers in 12 games on a run first team with a power D. You are going to get him to do what exactly back in Chicago again?

            And Clausen can dink and dunk down the field with the rest of them, which would be good enough if you had a top 10 D, and a power run game.

          • Big Mike

            Clauses had a 1 yr deal. Just an fyi/reminder

          • All we’re gonna get at QB at this point are dink-and-dunkers, or inj prone QBs (Bradford/Locker), or” gun-slingers” who turn it over too much (Cutler/Vick), or guys who can’t read defenses, throw accurately, little intangibles, etc etc

            That’s why those guys are available to begin with.

            Dink-dunking kept us in the game vs the Lions, and before that, McCown didn’t do too shabby.

            Gotta be realistic though. It’s not as if another Peyton is gonna come to the rescue of the Bears.

            Only a gem at QB in the draft can save the Bears at QB.

          • willbest

            No what kept the Bears in the Lions game was horrible Lions ST play (which cost them the packers game too) and an inept offense.

          • Clausen moved the ball, thus keeping the D/SP teams off the field, thus giving them more rest/energy/hope.
            Clausen also didn’t throw it into the hands of opposing defenders till last minute heave.
            It’s not always about scoring on O. The Lions also have a very stout defense. Moving the ball on them with a back-up is not easy.

          • BlameAngelo

            Exactly. Being a QB is like being a Doctor. First, do no harm. Jay has made his dollars and good luck to him, but he can stick his cannon-arm up his ass. I’ll take a journeyman who protects the rock any day of the week.

          • BlameAngelo

            And how many turnovers did Cutty have for 4-5 times the money? I’ll take 13 from 12 – twice as good as Cutty for a quarter the price. Sweet deal.

      • BlameAngelo

        QB is over-rated. Defense isn’t. I’ll play QB while we build the D – who cares who’s at QB.
        We could have Aaron Rodgers under center and we’d still get hosed with that line.

        • willbest

          This is the first year GB’s line hasn’t been garbage in the Rodgers era

        • CanadaBear

          Says the guy that posted 100 times about Cutler yesterday.

  • huntinbare

    The clanking you hear at Halas Hall is Mr. T packing up the practice tapes

  • John Doe

    David Haugh @DavidHaugh · 53m53 minutes ago

    Emery hired Marc Trestman and gave Jay Cutler a whopping contract extension, not to mention draft misses. Too much to overcome.

    David Haugh @DavidHaugh · 51m51 minutes ago

    Emery was a quirky but fascinating guy, prone to long-winded idea to analytics but big weakness came in not gauging marketplace wisely.

  • Scott W.

    From my random nonsensical neuronal files…Let the campaign for Charles Tillman as DC begin.

    • Bears-4-Ever

      Whoa…

      I LIKE it.

      • Big Mike

        No. On so many levels. Every position that gets filled, needs to hav someone in it who has done that job before. No more of this training wheel bullshit

        • Scott W.

          Stop being rational. Outside the box, all that. Sheesh. It’s dream day. And I don’t think it’s that bad of an idea.
          Tillman is not Urlacher. His IQ is high on and off the field.

          • Big Mike

            He may someday make a great DC. But he’s not even close now. Would love to have him on staff.

          • QB Coach?

          • Big Mike

            CB

        • Bears-4-Ever

          Hold up Big Mike, look at Mike Tomlin. He’s a great coach in my opinion and he was young when he started. It might work and Tillman has the knowledge. That being said, if he is done playing then the defense back coach position should be handed to him if he wanted it without hesitation.

          • huntinbare

            For sure

          • Trac

            Tomlin inherited Cowher s coaching staff.

          • Marc E.

            Didn’t quite work out for Singletary or Frazier though. At least not yet.

    • huntinbare

      I thought that too…

  • huntinbare

    Emery……….you’re fired
    Trestman….you’re fired
    Kromer………you’re fired
    Tucker………
    King George….has blood on his sword
    ” Bring me the head of Mel Tucker”

    • Big Mike

      You are on fire today

    • willbest

      Nah Tucker will get the HC interview for Rooney Rule purposes. Next HC will have to axe him.

  • Big Mike

    Take a play from the Blackhawks playbook. Fire up an ambassador program. Tillman, Urlacher etc etc.

  • Viva

    Dave Toub for HC.

    • Big Mike

      Nope. Bears need to hire a man who has actually had the job before. HC needs to have been an NFL HC. Same for OC,DC,ST

      • Bears-4-Ever

        Let’s be realistic…who would you go after then Big Mike?
        Cowher? Gruden? Who has done it before and is available?

  • huntinbare

    Would it be ironic if Cutler gets traded for draft picks…..and…..our rebuilding years begins…..
    With a quarterback named FALES

    • BlameAngelo

      More ironic would be doing it with Orton.Get him a big cake from the McCaskeys that says “Welcome home Kyle – we were wrong”

  • CanadaBear

    I thought George might have a pair! Bless you my very rich son! Pretty sure Teddy Bear will be in pencil pushing mode only from here on out. Go George! Please hire a great Prez/GM.

  • John Doe

    Dan McNeil @DanMcNeil670 · 13m13 minutes ago
    Emery’s Mt. Rushmore of transgressions: 1) Hiring Trestman; 2) Cutler contract; 3) drafting Shea McLellin at 19; 4) Signing Jared Allen

    • willbest

      A lot of teams would have signed Jared Allen. And really the only problem with Allen is he overpaid. But guess what he stole Young and Ratliff, Christian Jones. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

      • Big Mike

        He was a decent GM. Bears deserve great.

        • SC Dave

          Can’t argue with this.

      • Bmarsh, Alshon, Fuller (yes, too early, but looks studly), Long, etc…
        Emery wasn’t HORRIBLE, but hiring Trestman was a gamble…that didn’t pay off. And much like going all in on red, gotta pay the house.

        • Bender McLugh

          agreed. Cutler contract and Trestman/Kromer/Tucker decisions did him in.

      • BlameAngelo

        We went after every other HC first, then signed Trestman. We went after Michael Bennett, failed, then signed Allen. Emery settled for soppy seconds on everything.

    • Hiring Trestman over Arians…wow. That’s like dumping Scarlet Johanson for some waitress at Norms.

      • BlameAngelo

        The waitress might not be fat ….

  • John Doe

    Dan Bernstein @dan_bernstein · 1h1 hour ago
    #Bears source: George McCaskey “extremely upset,” and has identified a short list of candidates for top football spot, possibly above GM.

  • Big Mike

    Bears need to hire a well connected “magnet” of a GM who. Can “recruit”. Bears franchise has strong appeal, great market, but brand has been tarnished.

  • John Doe

    Jimmy Greenfield @jcgreenx · 57m57 minutes ago
    Cutler’s day:

    1) Sleep in.
    2) Wake up to read news.
    3) Shrug.
    4) Go back to sleep.

    • Big Mike

      Grab a smoke

  • John Doe

    Ross Tucker @RossTuckerNFL · 1h1 hour ago
    I picture Bears ownership showing Phil Emery the Cutler contract and saying “Is this your signature?”

    • Big Mike

      LMAO

  • huntinbare

    Twitter report …Ted Phillips is moving sideways….over by the bean pot…

    • Big Mike

      Long live king george

      • huntinbare

        Hah

    • huntinbare

      This is per bernstien & hampton…king George is looking for a czar

  • John Doe

    Albert Breer @AlbertBreer · 1h1 hour ago
    Said this over the weekend … Phil Emery’s issue in Chicago not dissimilar to John Idzik’s in NY. Compartmentalized the building too much.

  • Bender McLugh

    holy CRAP I never knew George McCaskey is a body double for John Waters

  • Jack Lacan

    MARCO? Polo!

    • Jack Lacan

      I’ve got to look at the tape and all three phases…

  • huntinbare

    With Phillips moving his chair over to the abacus
    King George has rolled the stone away from the tomb
    The resurrection has happened
    This is the equivalence of the new birth
    As they say in the scriptures…
    Old things are passed away
    Behold ALL THINGS ARE NEW

  • Bender McLugh

    Orton retiring. Long Live Neck Beard.

    • willbest

      You mean in helping Chicago out for a possible Cutler trade partner?

      • Bender McLugh

        sure, why not?

  • Wow. The Score reporting Phillips indeed getting moved.
    This completes the trifecta: Phillips, Emery, Trestman.
    I said it before, but the other moves are almost moot without removing Phillips because the same system that hired them to begin with would still be in place.
    It’s like a girl who gets beat always choosing the same type of men.

    Now, true change can take place.

    • huntinbare

      The era of THE CZAR is upon us

    • Big Mike

      More than could have been hoped for. King George “KG” has a mandate. He is exercising it well.

      • George the Just, George the Dragon Slayer.

        • Shady

          George my avitar.

        • huntinbare

          George of the Jungle
          who knew he was a street fighting man
          This day will go down in city history
          it’s the equivalence of the St Valentines day massacre

    • BlameAngelo

      Change was never going to happen without the head of Philips. He’s the one hiring all these clowns, and been doing it a long time. I’ll bet Ditka would love to be Prez, and he’s got the credentials with the family. No bullshit, and losing would not be acceptable.

      • BillW

        The mccaskeys did not like ditka

  • huntinbare

    Cutler gets moved for draft picks before 12-31…
    Per the bean counter….he is parlaying the loss into a nifty tax write off for the King

    • willbest

      Don’t think you are allowed to trade players until the start of the next league year.

  • Bender McLugh

    Sean Payton was mentioned as a possibility for Bears HC?? YES. PLEASE.

    • Is Payton even available? I’d take him.
      The funny part is that he might be the ONE HC that would most likely hire Kromer!

      • Bender McLugh

        hahaha now that would be damn funny

        • huntinbare

          Painfully so

      • Bears-4-Ever

        OMG that would rock…Payton is a great coach and knows how to use his QB to full advantage.

        • Big Mike

          Sorry we need a defensive minded coach. Nothing can fix Cutler . Oh wait. 🙂

  • Bears-4-Ever

    I’m as giddy as a little girl. It’s time to dance on sprockets!

    Seriously, I cannot believe this is actually happening! All my Bears Christmas wishes are coming true!!!
    Are the days of half measures really over?

  • CanadaBear

    Interesting story about how Old Sauce ended up leaving the Beloved. From CSN Chicago’s Moon Mullins;

    “Emery’s search in January 2013 to replace Smith narrowed to three finalists: reigning 2012 coach of the year and Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who has taken the Arizona Cardinals to seasons of 10-6 and 11-5, the latter getting the Cardinals into this year’s playoffs; Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who was behind the drafting and development of quarterback Russell Wilson and the NFL’s No. 11 scoring and No. 9 yardage offenses this season; and Trestman.

    [NBC SPORTS SHOP: Gear up, Bears fans!]

    At the time, the plan was to retain the highly regarded Marinelli to run the defense. And he had planned to, remaining on even after close friend Smith was fired. But back in mid-January 2013, as part of their final selection process for a head coach to replace Smith, Emery and the organization wanted had Marinelli interview the three finalists for the head-coaching job.

    Marinelli was asked to rank the three. He did. Arians was his runaway first choice; Bevell was the second; Trestman was a distant third.

    Emery selected Trestman.

    When he learned of the decision, Marinelli abruptly angrily resigned and left Halas Hall for Dallas and a de facto demotion to defensive line coach.”

    • GPLDAN

      Wow.

      Great post.

    • Scott W.

      A bell ringer.

    • Bears-4-Ever

      Wow had I read that 2 years ago I would have raged out. Glad Emery is gone even more now.

    • Ironically, Arians didn’t want to be saddled with Marinelli.
      Bevell, who knows?

    • huntinbare

      Amazing….we never heard that before and it is funny now that the waters are calming it is easier to see into the depths of this pond

    • BlameAngelo

      Jesus ! We could have had Arians AND Marinelli !! FML.

      • BillW

        Maybe that played into George decision. In fact if true given Asians success and marinellis that may have been the deciding factor

        • johnnywad

          What do Asians have to do with it Bill?

  • Bears-4-Ever

    …”and what happened next? Well in Chi-town they say, that the George’s small scrotum grew three sizes that day.”

  • GPLDAN

    Marc Trestman will never even get a whiff of a QB coach job in the NFL. Bank that.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    I’m going to say it first hand so there will be no ambiguities:

    George McCaskey is a fucking bum.

    This motherfucker hired Emery and forced him to keep Lovie. That totally fucked Emery, by wasting the last year of good D and delaying the O build.

    Also he left Emery without support as he was the only one with football experience in his first GM job.

    Now this puck ass motherfucker comes with crap like ‘a football mind above the GM’. Bitch ass bum…why didn’t you do that in the first place ? It would have helped Emery…instead you gave him the bean counter Phillips.

    This is pathetic. The moron fired Emery, the Bears best asset. He now has to get rid of Culer also. If he doesn’t… what are the basis for firing Emery ?

    PS: I see a lot of anti Emery ‘leeks’ in Chicago media world. Very classy… way to represent the Bears.

    • GPLDAN

      Shae McCellin. Bitch.

    • Bender McLugh

      LOL

    • John Doe

      LOL! Emery Apologist. Is this a new thing??

      Emery was a scout who was lucky to be made GM of a franchise like Bears.

    • Bender McLugh

      just shows you how much this is now George’s team, Emery was definitely the best of the bunch but it didn’t matter to George. ABCYA.

    • Scott W.

      “Leeks” are actually tasty.

      • SC Dave

        Great in soups of many kinds!

    • Big Mike

      Be quiet. This chain of command stuff is ridiculous. Chase it all the way up to Virginia McCaskey for having stupid kids. Makes no sense. Full accountabily in play. Can’t start over without cleaning house

    • BlameAngelo

      All the McCaskeys are bums, Barb. The Bears died with GSH. Nobody likes to admit that.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    This is how Emery was set to fail by bum George McCaskey when they forced bum Lovie down his colon.

    Today on the Bears roster there are 8 players that were there before Emery’s first year in office, 11 that were there after Emery’s first year in office.

    That means from his first year in office 3 players are on the roster: Jeffery, Marschall, McClellin.

    Only 3 from his first year. 42 the other 2 years. That’s 21 players on average.

    This is how the Lovie presence fucked Emery. He delayed the reconstruction of the team… by wasting the last year of good D and delaying the O build.

    • GPLDAN

      Not sure how prepositions work in Romania but in US, it would be “George McCaskey when they forced bum Lovie UP his colon.”

      • Scott W.

        LMFAO

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Not sure how conjunctions work in ‘the’ US, but in Romania there should be a comma before a conjunction if it joins 2 independent sentences.

        Also ‘in United States’ ? It’s ‘in The United States’ as ‘the’ is used to accentuate a proper noun.

        PS: Go take a dump, so you can clear your head.

        • huntinbare

          Coma schmoma…in “todays” world of on line commentary it is all about direction…
          And Phil Emery was given the direction…
          Towards the EXIT
          Some are happy some are bitter; but the owner has spoken ….and in the end it is his ball we play with…
          Be happy and work towards a better future

          • BillW

            Barb thinks mccaskey is a bum. That opinion alone renders anything else he says irrelevant

          • BlameAngelo

            They’re all losers Bill, silver-spoon sucking losers each and every one, who have dragged down the greatest franchise in football to the murky depths of mediocrity on an annual basis.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I have doubts about your IQ.

            george mccaskey hired Emery. If Emery is bad….common logic says…..

            well fuck it…I give up on you…. I’m wasting my time.

    • Scott W.

      Soooo…just curious. Will you be joining the team blog where Emery gets hired as a scout?

    • BillW

      I’m saying this respectfully. I have no interest in your opinions since you can’t express them logically

      He put 45 players on the roster. And they went from 10-6 to 5-11. And hired the coach who oversaw that. And he’s a beast?

      Sorry. I can’t follow you and won’t bother trying.

      George blew it up as anyone could see needed to be done.

      Maybe you are related to Phil. If so just admit it. That at least would make sense

    • BlameAngelo

      Barb, I was watching when we had a best-ever defense, back when we were pummeling your beloved Pats at the dance and making them look like a HS team. I was also watching the last two seasons with a worst-ever defense. If that’s not Emery’s fault …. and don’t blame injuries. Every team deals with injuries, great teams have great rosters. People step up.

      Mike Ditka was a winner, in football and in life. Jim Finks was a winner, he built the purple-people-eaters. Emery? Tucker? Trestman was a winner … in Canada.

      It’s a movie, but here’s my point. Any Given Sunday. Tony makes his speech, the players burst out of the locker room like the 300 at Thermopylae, ready to die for him. Can you imagine them doing that for Mr. Mackey, I mean Trestman?

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Stop the ‘He hired Trestman instead of Arians !!!??? Emery is stupid.’ chants.

    That’s naive. Like Arians would have chosen the Bears instead of the Cardinals !!! If he would have done that than Arians is the moron. Why would he ?

    • Scott W.

      It was reported that Arians wasn’t interested because Emery didn’t want to concede hiring the assistants to him.
      See: Internet.

      • SC Dave

        That would be a dumb thing for Emery to do, unless the comment was in the context of keeping Marinelli. Then, it would just be wrong instead of stupid and wrong.

        • Scott W.

          Yeah. I thought it was stupid then, and now. What a price was paid.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        FOR FUCK’S SAKE….. THAT’S THE POINT !!!

        Show me the idiot that thinks Todd Bowles would have chose to run Lovie’s dying D instead of the Cardinal’s Ray Horton D ?

        • BlameAngelo

          Doesn’t matter who runs the D when all you have is turkeys.

        • Scott W.

          Thanks Barb. But all caps should be reserved for … well, something else.

  • GPLDAN

    Right now, somebody is pulling all of Marc’s plays out of 3-ring binders and shredding them so the binders can be re-used.

    • Scott W.

      I’m doubtful they would keep the binders. DNA has been proven to transfer.

  • BillW

    This thread will hit record number of posts. Too many to keep up. Most of us are ecstatic. Some like Barb are angry. I’m still wondering if I’m still sleeping. I’ve wished that George was disgusted and would say enough. And by all appearance he did

    Teddy moving is the key. George has had a plan for some time

    We are in for a methodical rebuild. We are essentially an expansion team now with some decent players. Three seasons before we contend. It will be done before the Centennial

    And Jeff. Rethink your assertion that no shows don’t matter. The mccaskey don’t care about money. George at least is fed up with the Bears being a national laughing stock.

    Thank you George. And Papa Bear!

    • SC Dave

      I must say that I’m pleased George at least seems to understand that everyone in the chain of command had to go. Whether any position coaches remain is unclear, but I expect most of them to be gone.

      So far as players are concerned, expect big turnover too.

      • John Doe

        I wouldn’t be opposed to keeping Reggie Herring, Paul Pasqualoni and Clint Hurtt. Will help youngsters on defense with continuity…especially if they hire Wade Phillips as DC.

        • Nah. We went the “continuity” route before, and we ended up with this defense.
          Just gotta sweep it all out, like Noah’s flood, start over again.

          • BillW

            Let the right people make those decisions. I can tell as Bears fans we’re not used to seeing things being done the right way

      • Big Mike

        Up to the new head of football operations and the new HC.

  • John Doe

    LOL Lovie..

    Roy Cummings @RCummingsTBO · 17m17 minutes ago

    Black Friday has yielded some new OC candidates for the Bucs. have to think they will at least look at the likes of ex ATL OC Dirk Koetter

    Roy Cummings @RCummingsTBO · 17m17 minutes ago

    Bucs may also look at former Bears HC Marc Trestman, former Bears OC Aaron Kromer and Tony Sporanao. Wanted Sporano as O-line coach last yr

  • John Doe

    Please no.

    Adam Caplan @caplannfl · 32m32 minutes ago

    Former #49ers HC Mike Singletary would be interested in interviewing for the now vacant #Bears head coaching job, a league source said.

    • Bender McLugh

      Tucker’s replacement interview for the race-rule (whatever it’s called)?

      • Bender McLugh

        meaning interview Singletary instead of Tucker…

      • GPLDAN

        Rooney Rule.

    • GPLDAN

    • SC Dave

      Absolutely not Singletary.

    • Bears-4-Ever

      Well everyone can redeem themselves. As HC i’d say no way..been there done that…but as a Defensive Coordinator I think there are possibilities there. Seriously. Singletary miss-managed SF no doubt, but smart people learn from their mistakes and Samurai is no dummy.

      • GPLDAN

        Samurai is no dummy.

        You sure about that?

        • Bears-4-Ever

          Yeah I am. You cannot coach a team with a player mentality and I think Singletary learned that the hard way. He is an intelligent guy and he knows defense. I think given the chance he would surprise a lot of people. There would no repeats of any of the SF issues. That being said there are several candidates I would put in front of him.

          • I would take Samurai as LB coach, but nothing more. He can work his way up from there.

          • Bears-4-Ever

            Well he did that with the Vikings under Fraiser. Anyone got info on how that went for him?

          • BlameAngelo

            Wouldn’t even trust Samurai with the DC job. He was a linebacker that could run downhill and was surrounded by greatness. That’s it. He is not a smart man.

          • Bears-4-Ever

            Well no one ever claimed Ditka had a full six pack either but he took us to SB XX. But everyone is probably right Samurai would not fit. I guess it’s Rex Ryan or bust for HC…and Toub of course since Trac is on his wagon.

          • SC Dave

            Didn’t Buddy Ryan call him an “idiot”?

      • Big Mike

        Rex Ryan

      • BlameAngelo

        No dummy? Read above.
        S.T.U.P.I.D.
        Buddy Ryan’s words. not mine. HArbaugh was in the playoffs every year with basically the same team.

    • BillW

      Rooney rule

      Too soon for hc talk. First the head of football operations needs to be named. Then player personnel structure (gm if not the football head)

    • Big Mike

      No

    • BlameAngelo

      LB coach. I woudn’t leave him alone with a box of matches though.

      Buddy Ryan’s nickname for Samurai? “Stupid”. Took him three years to learn coverage assignments.

      • Big Mike

        Buddy Ryan was a racist asshole

  • GPLDAN

    Cutler hated Pep Hamilton so much that when he was on the Bears, he outright refused to speak to him.

    Pep is now coaching Andrew Luck, and Luck is tearing it up.

    • John Doe

      Trade or cut punk-ass Jay Cutler.

      Enough of his high-maintenance douchiness.

      • BillW

        That will happen and that will be the reason. The key phrase starting today is “enough is enough”

        • SC Dave

          We can only hope.

    • SC Dave

      But it never has been Jay’s fault, right?

      • huntinbare

        DRAFT PICKS here we come…YAH!

        • We’d be lucky to garner a 2nd for Cutler.
          Some team would really have to be desperate.

          • Big Mike

            And they usually are when it comes to QBs. Makes it more likely. Not saying it’s going to happen, but QBs are rare and teams overpay.

    • willbest

      Andrew Luck has plenty of turnovers.

      • BlameAngelo

        He scored zero FF points a few weeks ago. That’s hard to do.

  • willbest

    Everybody heralding George now, will be cursing him next year for making all the wrong replacement moves. He has shown he can be angry like a fan, but can he hire like a professional?

    • GPLDAN

      He has ONE hire to make, one person to get right. He will hire a President of Football Operations and Ted will be relegated to filling the M&M jars at meetings.

      If George goes and gets Mike Holmgren, then that would be a good start.

      • huntinbare

        Ted’s new conundrum..
        Plain or peanut on the M&M’s

        • GPLDAN

          He can count the cash from the concession stands if he wants to.

      • That’s why I’m still holding my breath.
        I want to see who he brings in as “czar.”
        It’s yet to be determined if George the Dragon Slayer can transform to George the Genius.

      • willbest

        Sure but why do you think he knows how to hire that guy?

        • Big Mike

          Because he just fired everyone moved Trddy and showed some balls.

    • huntinbare

      Life is never a sure thing…
      but today I like our odds for a better future

    • BillW

      Bears blog: can I pass my eeyore label to willbest?

      I am VERY optimistic. The man would not have made these bold moves without consulting someone with football knowledge and formulating a plan

      • willbest

        The plan still needs to be executed. And hopefully quickly because other organizations don’t need to hire 3 layers (pres, GM, coach) and so they will get first crack at the best coach prospects.

        • BillW

          I agree. But with this move the Bears are showing the league a commitment to winning

          With the right headof operations o ours will clearly be the prime job of the bunch

        • Big Mike

          Not necessarily. Coming in with a new GM is a strong position to be in. Lock step contracts, common viewpoints, agendas etc. Top down first choices. No odd fits or holdovers. Bam

      • johnnywad

        Yes. Yes you may.

    • Bears-4-Ever

      You never know what is happening behind closed doors. George has someone or a group of someones in the shadows and I doubt he’s going to do all the hiring on his own…something big is happening we just haven’t seen it all yet.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      ahahhahahah. He hired Emery.

      That tells you a lot about him and about the ones ready to suck his dick for ‘planing the return to the 85 Bears era’.

      It’s funny and embarrassing.

  • Big Mike

    Rex Ryan please.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    Jeezus I need to work…I’ve been typing in the blog more than ever…must…resist…reply…button…

    • BillW

      I took a vacation day anticipating this!

  • GPLDAN

    At the Vikes game yesterday, George sat next to Phil during the game in the box.

    Everybody assumed this was a sign that Emery was safe.

    WWWRRRRRROOOOONNNNGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Do you think, as the clock ran out, he leaned over and whispered in Phil’s ear, “fuck you” ?

    • John Doe

      they did not sit right next to each other. I believe they were two seats apart. Emery had “fired” look on his face. I knew he was gone when I saw the pictures.

      People said when Garza was extended that Emery might be safe.

      Garza extension had more to do with reaching out to hispanic fan base. It was a cheap contract considering fan outreach.

      • I’m not sure if Garza extension was political.
        Remember the brief time Garza was out? The Oline did suffer, to my surprise.
        If the Bears do indeed dump Cutler, some guy is going to have to call the protections, and that will be Garza. Plus, it’s not that big of a contract.
        “Continuity” on the Oline is actually very important, but no doubt I wouldn’t mind a huge upgrade there.
        I was thinking maybe even Slauson could take over C while Groy gets a crack at OG.

        Almost all this is conjecture anyways. Some HC with non-zone blocking beliefs will retool the Oline anyways.

        • Bender McLugh

          remember when Garza DIDN”T play center? One of the best O-lineman we had at his normal position.

          • That was with Olin who was like a decade PB.
            Nice to have another one, no doubt.

          • BlameAngelo

            Olin was getting long in the tooth, nothing happened to replace him (in fact we lost a guard doing it).Same with Urlacher. Kingpins for a decade .. and we did NOTHING to replace them, or prepare for the inevitable. Inexcusable, and stupid.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Yawn. Still on holiday.Slept late. Anything happenin’…?

    • huntinbare

      Hold onto your heart…

    • CanadaBear

      It’s like the comedian that followed Michael Richards (Kramer) on stage after his racist rant. The first thing he says, “I was out having a smoke. Did I miss anything?” True story.

  • huntinbare

    Harbaugh just called King George and asked to be Czar…..so did Ditka….

  • GPLDAN

    “She (Ginny) told George that she was embarrassed,” a source told 670 The Score on the condition of anonymity. “It was in no uncertain terms. She made it very clear how she felt about the current state of the team, and that resonated deeply with George.” -Bernstein on CBS Site.

    • Bender McLugh

      Boom.

      • GPLDAN

        Like the scene in Foxcatcher.

        • Bender McLugh

          not sure which scene……..cant’ wait to see that movie tho

    • O mamma, mia!

    • BillW

      When you are very rich then money and concession sales matter not. Reputation and legacy does. I hope Jeff realizes his source on this was not representative

      • Empty seats, or worse, seats with opposing team’s jersey + paper bags DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

        • Big Mike

          42-0 to the packers, empty seats all add up. Empty seats not because if revenue loss. Not 1 bit. Damage to brand is what drives the decisions. Damage to brand impacts the value of the franchise

    • BlameAngelo

      Ginny: “Who was that nice man with the mustache that …. ahhh .. coach Ditka …. Daddy loved him so …. is he working now ?”
      George: “I’ll give him a call momma.”
      Ginny: “Would you dear ?”

      • Bears-4-Ever

        Please don’t kid. Ditka is WAY TO OLD now to coach…sometimes I cringe to even hear him speak as a commentator these days.

  • GPLDAN

    Score reporting that Mel Tucker will stay and return as DC, and will be mandatory for the new HC to adopt.

    • Bender McLugh

      holy wow………I hope this means they will let the new GM decide his fate

      • GPLDAN

        I’m just kidding.

        • Scott W.

          Fucker.

        • Bender McLugh

          LMAO.

        • Big Mike

          Damn . In hindsight wtf. How were we duped

          • Bears-4-Ever

            We’re just to excited and it’s all so surreal still.

        • Bears-4-Ever

          Bastard I nearly spilled my coffee.

    • Scott W.

      WOW. No shit?

      • GPLDAN

        No… I’m full of shit.

        • BillW

          I promised no more bathroom comments but you nearly made me….

    • Bears-4-Ever

      I wish someone could explain the logic in this?

    • AlbertInTucson

      This post will NOT make you popular.

      • Big Mike

        Anyone that believes it should be banned for 12 hours

        • Bender McLugh

          awe come on…..we’re sensitive today, all of us

          • Big Mike

            Which is why I suggested a 12 hour ban. :). Call it a cooling off period

    • AlbertInTucson

      “Never throw water on a grease fire.”

      • GPLDAN

        Burma Shave us, Al. We need it.

    • Hire Shanahan, and Shanahan trades Bmarsh, Alshon and Bennett for not being tall enough to catch Jay floaters into triple coverage. And Forte for always being open in the flats.

      Shanny, “How can Cutler NOT dump it to Forte 3 yds short of 1st! He’s just sitting there, wide open!”

  • GPLDAN

    However…. right now Big Doug is on the Score….

    • huntinbare

      Should be a hoot

  • Bender McLugh

    Listening to the Score stream online, for those who need it:

    http://2343.live.streamtheworld.com:3690/WSCRAMDIALUP_SC

    link not working………nevermind

  • huntinbare

    Trestman would make a good neighbor
    not a good coach….Buffone

  • GPLDAN

    Jeff tweets

    Why does Phil Emery WANT to address the media? I’d be at a McDonald’s drive-thru on my 11th depression Big Mac.

    LMAO. This should be awkward bad.

  • “Bears weren’t cheap; they were stupid.” – Buffone
    Not sure which is worse.

    • Frank Schoenburg

      stupid is worse

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Maciej @YesMoreMaciej

    the fact that the Packers have an RB that they put in solely to let their fans yell a racial slur is pretty impressive roster construction”

    Big deal.

    The Bears used to have a starting tight end where the crowd could cheer a sex act

    “MORE HEAD! MORE HEAD!

    • GPLDAN

      Poor Emery (the other one). He sells Real Estate in Winnetka now.

    • BillW

      I loved doing that cheer. Of course I was a lot younger and usually drunk

      • AlbertInTucson

        Wasn’t itdone with 1 section of the crowd yelling “MORE” and another section responding “HEAD” ?

        Would that make the Cheer a (wait for it) SECTIONAL ACT?

        • huntinbare

          Brilliant

        • BillW

          We weren’t that sophisticated. I always wondered if the guys in the first few rows addressed it directly to the honey Bears

    • Big Mike

      That was hilarious and fun.

    • BerwynBomber

      Back in the 1970s Austin Peay had a prolific hoops scorer by the name of Fly Williams, who inspired the student body’s humorous chant, “The Fly is open. Let’s go Peay!”

  • huntinbare

    King George and Squire Ted will address the faithful from the balcony at 4p.m.

  • john wrona

    Can someone tell my why, with the Bears down 4 with 2+ minutes left in the game & Cutler ran them out to the 25, Trestman decided that it was time to ensure that Forte got the single season catches record for running backs??? He got 4 balls thrown to him for ZERO yards – all 4 passes were caught on or behind the line of scrimmage……and after he got the record the Bears didn’t have enough left to move down the field for a potential winning score. I thought the object of EVERY game was to win and not to sacrifice the team goal of winning for a mediocre players’ personal goals. It was an embarrassment to see. I sure hope Forte, Trestman and the McCasky’s are proud of themselves for the bonehead decision.

    • BerwynBomber

      That might be more on “checkdown” Jay than “toolbox of concepts” Trestman.

    • CanadaBear

      It wasn’t Forte’s decision. What was he supposed to do? Drop them? I’m guessing Nessman wasn’t trying to get Forte the record it was just more of his dinking and dunking. Not to mention they had a couple more penalties thrown in for good measure.

    • johnnywad

      Did you just refer to Forte as mediocre?

      • GPLDAN

        He did.

        • johnnywad

          That means I get to ignore the rest of it.

          • SC Dave

            Indeed.

      • SC Dave

        Restraining myself from responding to that dude’s nonsense, Johnny, but it ain’t easy I’ll tell you.

        • huntinbare

          Let all the good that is sprouting keep you from interfering with your joy

        • johnnywad

          Dude’s got some screws loose somewhere

    • willbest

      Because the oline decided to back them up and made winning highly unlikely so cutler did forte a solid

    • BlameAngelo

      I’m still trying to work out why nobody jumped on that loose fucking ball.

    • john wrona

      Come on everyone – so the bears are putting personal goals ahead of team goals? I can’t buy that from any professional team. 4 passes to Forte for ZERO YARDS with the game on the line and enough time left to at least try!

      • Bender McLugh

        seasons over dude.

  • huntinbare

    No all the pink at Halas Hall is not support for breast cancer dear….today the pink is from slips and it is for fan support

  • GPLDAN

    Jeff –

    You were a big, big Phil Emery jocker over the last two years. I think the words brilliant and decisive and Emery have been linked quite a few times here over the last three seasons.

    Would you care to re-frame your overall opinion of Phil Emery upon the demise of his reign?

    • huntinbare

      I believe that Gearge may have the plan all laid out and the new leadership wanted a clean slate thus the pink slip…he seemed reasonable in the begining but spending Georges money like a “”drunken sailor” from the naval academy; he sunk under the weight of the Cutler contract.

  • AlbertInTucson

    This SCORE link is working for me.

    http://player.radio.com/listen/station/670-the-score

    Emery presser coming up.

    • willbest

      Kind of shocked they would let him do that on bears property

  • john wrona

    Why do the Bears management and the Chicago media constantly pump up Forte as a great player? He cannot break a tackle, EVER. He leaves the Bears with more 3rd-and-1’s because he is not big enough to blast through anyone. He’s not particularly fast, at all and it seems to me that over the past two seasons he picks up a good percentage of his yards, both running and catching, just before halftime or at the end of a game where the outcome is not in question……am I watching a different game than everyone else? Help me with this one…….I think the bears should trade him away while he’s got some worth left and get a real NFL running back – someone who can run with authority and power. Heck, the Bears have an abundance of great wideouts and tight ends! We don’t need our running back to catch a record number of passes.

    • BerwynBomber

      “am I watching a different game than everyone else?”

      Yes.

      • SC Dave

        This. Thanks for responding to wrona’s plea for enlightenment.

    • GPLDAN

      He’s a smooth back who needs the blocks set, but accelerates into open space very well. He’s the modern Marcus Allen.

      He’s 29 now. He may want a new deal this offseason, though he has a year left. It may be time to trade him, but as we have seen with Richardson in Indy, good backs are hard to come by. They ended up making hay with Ahmad Bradshaw and the guys feet and ankles are full of pins.

      • BerwynBomber

        Forte’s contract is team-friendly. Considering he is the best player on the team, he is way underpaid in comparison to the likes of Cutty, Allen, Bushrod, etc.

      • willbest

        You think the cutler contact is bad? 8 mil to a 29 yo RB is horrible

        • BerwynBomber

          Compared to the Cutty and Allen contracts, yes Forte’s a steal. But I get your overall point. But remember not much guaranteed money in that thing. $13M total.

    • willbest

      You do when your WR1 & 2. Have leg injuries and can’t out run a lineman

    • look away. nothing to see here. certainly no broken tackles.

    • Bender McLugh

      you don’t watch the game with your glasses on. Forte breaks several tackles every game. EVERY. GAME.

    • john wrona

      GPLDAN: without even thinking I can think of great running backs at Dallas, Pittsburgh, Denver, Seattle, Green Bay, SF (sort of), Minnesota (good enough without Petersen), Kansas City – and that’s just me off the top of my head since I only really watch the Bears closely. Those guys (and I’m sure there are a few more) break tackles, move the pile when they hit it and can be counted on to get an extra yard with effort pretty much every time. Matt does not have any of that ‘tough & strong guy’ in him and consequently the Bears lacked much of a running game. If they keep Forte it’s going to be the same thing next year no matter who the head coach is. Pretty fast and pretty quick got some moves is good for your off-running back these days but your primary guy has to average 5 yards a carry to let the passing game come into its own…..opposing teams never have to worry about the run with the current backfield and that translates to much better coverage on the wideouts.

      • GPLDAN

        That’s why they went and got Michael Bush. Who only had a few good runs left in him. Lovie always tried to get a short yardage back to compliment Forte.

        I doubt Marshall Faulk could move the pile, either. I get you want a Eddie Lacy bruiser, they wear out quick. If you think he should be traded, you may get your wish.

    • Scott W.

      You derailed completely at “…it seems to me…”

      • john wrona

        SCOTTW: you’re just buying into what the McCaskey’s want their fans to buy into. A team with a great running back never finishes 5-11.

        • Bender McLugh

          HJAHHAHA.

          see B. Sanders, Gayle Sayers

    • john wrona

      BENDER MCLUGH: He breaks NO TACKLES – anyone can bring him down with an arm tackle. When he does make someone miss or gets away from someone it is cause for celebration. You might get 5 minutes of highlight reel of forte breaking tackles in a season, maybe one a game and there’s no guarantee of that. Any highlight reel of him, to be long enough, has to include runs from his entire career. Everyone seems to believe what the McCaskey’s want to sell to the fans (they sold us down the river with Trestman instead of Arians) – the media praises him to high heaven and he doesn’t do much of what an NFL running back should do – get tough yards, hit hard, move the pile when needed and fight for that one extra yard on every carry.

      • Cormonster

        Your comments about Forte are quite ignorant. Forte has more yards from scrimmage than any player in the league over the last two years, averaging over 118 yards per game. He is easily the best player on the Bears, and he’s gotten better with age. Forte is extremely durable and he’s been the best back in the league over the last seven years outside of Adrian Peterson. In his seven year career he averages over 1,600 yards per year, and most of those years with terrible offensive lines.

        • john wrona

          CORMONSTER: You are an IDIOT. A big part of the reason the BEARS and a mediocre team is that forte gets the ball more than any other player in the league. Gets 15+ runs a game (no yards when it counts, big runs at the ends of the half and game when they mean nothing) and almost 10 passes/game (same deal, short yards except for one or two after the game is out of reach and the other team is playing prevent). DO A LITTLE RESEARCH. Guy NEVER breaks a tackle, NEVER – and often the tackle is a one handed reachout that stops him cold. Remember the game last year late in the season against Minnesota? Last drive, bears had a chance to win – Forte needed 5 catches to set some single season record for backs – the Bears gave up on the game to toss him ZERO-gain passes to get the record….he ought to be embarrassed except that in a year or two nobody will remember and he’ll have a record. One of the biggest problems the bears have.

    • Big Mike

      Shut up

      • john wrona

        BIG MIKE: Typical ignorant reply from a STUPID fan who has no clue what professional sports are about. Do you find yourself saying “Duh” very much? You’re an IDIOT and it’s LOSER like you and your MORON buddies that keep forking money out to the McKaskey’s even though they don’t even try to field a winner…..YOU ARE A LOSER.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Emery speaks…

  • BlameAngelo

    Final thought. If Emery has fallen on his sword then most probably that is for Cutler’s contract – it being the biggest expenditure – ergo Cutty is not in good favor with ownership and will be traded …with a fervent prayer … to the Tennessee Titans … or guess who’s stoopid enough down in Tampa bay to go for seconds on the Cutty-burger. Either way, a top two pick could be ours. A savvy GM who’s rebuilding can trade down and snatch us some talent.

    As Yazz and the plastic population wittered back in the Eighties .. the only way is up, baby.

    Go Bears.

    • John Doe

      don’t count Bills out in punk-ass Jay Cutler sweepstakes. their defense is ready. Neckbeard has retired and EJ Manuel is not going to carry them.

  • GPLDAN

    We stand breathless on the clean edge of change? -Carrie Newcomer

    Well, I guess he should go out with the weird that defines this whole era.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Emery thanks organization and fans.

    That’s it. That’s the list.

    Short and sweet.

  • GPLDAN

    Hey Phil, you dumb ass oddball, I have ANOTHER Carrie Newcomer lyric for you:

    I am the fool whose life’s been spent
    Between what’s said and what is meant.

    That us, Phil. Good bye, we hope we never see your face again.

    • Bender McLugh

      HAHAH harsh!

      • AlbertInTucson

        The Mamas & The Papas “Monday, Monday” possibly a more recognizable reference?

    • AlbertInTucson

      Hoist on his own petard.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Blogfather Tweet “Does @nflnetwork honestly think this Social Command Center nonsense is interesting? What jackass in their social media dept concocted this? ”

    That would be “Yes, they do.”

    News Departments LOVE “Franchises”:

    “BREAKING NEWS”

    “DEVELOPING STORY”

    etc.etc.

    Some consultant probably got a bonus for working in the phrase

    “COMMAND CENTER”.

  • AlbertInTucson

    George McCaskey & Ted Phillips presser at 4p CST, per THE SCORE.

    • Bender McLugh

      George points to Ted, says “I will ask this guy what he thinks we should do on every and all things, and then I will do the opposite”.

      • AlbertInTucson

        That sounds like SEINFELD’s “George Costanza”.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      important PR event… got to somehow ‘re-hook’ the clients for next season.

      Easy work… fans are very naive by definition.

  • Bender McLugh

    someone telling the Cutler at the hotel story on the Score now

    • GPLDAN

      wasn’t that weird?

      • Bender McLugh

        yeah, wth are they ripping on him for? Cutler was an asshat to a legit fan…..

        • huntinbare

          If I was an athlete that did not want to stop and sign…just have a nice thank you sentiment for fans on a card and sign a stack and keep them in your pocket… Give them some love

        • AlbertInTucson

          The hosts made the point: Sorry your feelings were hurt but, we don’t really care. Signing autographs is not the issue. Turning the ball over is the issue.

          • Bender McLugh

            still makes me want to slap them in the head for being jerks

          • GPLDAN

            But I loved that the guy then goes and tells George McCaskey that Jay refused to give him an autograph.

            How fucking awkward was that?

          • huntinbare

            It can only help

          • Bender McLugh

            right? I almost missed that piece of the story…..oddly fitting for this year.

    • AlbertInTucson

      And being ripped by the hosts for it.

    • huntinbare

      He is lobbying the new deal to jetison JC

    • John Doe

      What is the story?

      • Bender McLugh

        Cutler in the lobby, fan asks for an autograph after saying he’s his biggest fan, Cutler simply says “no.”

        • GPLDAN

          Then the guy goes and whines to George that Jay didn’t sign his balls.

        • John Doe

          Thanks.

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    Kyle Orton just announced his retirement. So the Bills could be another potential suitor for Cutler if the Bears decide to move on.

    • huntinbare

      C’mon draft picks

  • GPLDAN

    Trestman didn’t even address the press. He issued a statement. Phil stood there for 30 seconds and quoted a folk singer from WISCONSIN.

    There’s your “growing the man” right there. No accountability at all. No willingness to admit failure or take the hard questions.

    Flaccid.

    • Bender McLugh

      our best asset!

    • John Doe

      To be fair neither did Rex Ryan or Mike Smith

      fired head coaches do not address media.

      Lovie did not either.

      • GPLDAN

        Harbaugh stood there yesterday in front of the press to tell people he was gone.

        • BerwynBomber

          Was Harbaugh technically fired?

        • willbest

          Harbaugh has people backing up trucks with stacks of money into his driveway

        • AlbertInTucson

          That was Harbaugh’s regular post gamer and the cat was out of the bag.

          Trestman was still deluding himself that he was going to continue.

          • CanadaBear

            I think Nessman knew he was history. There really wasn’t much he could say. No comment would have been the smart way to go.

    • willbest

      The obligation to talk to the media goes away when the contract is terminated. Why would you fall on an Fing sword if there was no benefit to you

    • Scott W.

      A folk singer, we might add, that is having every song she ever posted downloaded by Barb, and being added as the composer to the soundtrack of his life.

      • GPLDAN

        LOL

    • AlbertInTucson

      Do you really need statements? They got fired. That says it all.

      Fate accompli.

      • Doc Hamstring

        Fait accompli

  • huntinbare

    A childrens rhyme seems to explain why Mel Tucker has yet to be released….
    Three blind mice
    Three blind mice
    See how they run
    See how they run
    He cut off their tales with a carving knife

  • GPLDAN

    A caller made a good point.

    This is a 10 year decision. We delude ourselves that teams can become contenders in a few years, when in fact it’s a 10 year culture thing. Teams like the Chiefs and the Bills can never seem to leave the level they are on. Texans can’t seem to do it.

    Once your franchise falls this far and crashes this spectacularly, it’s a long, long way back.

    • willbest

      Football is year to year, not decade to deacde

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Emery was sacked after 3 years… the roster has changed at 85 % in 3 years while he was there.
      It’s was a proper reconstruction…yet he was given 3 fake years, 2 in reality.

      • GPLDAN

        Shae McCellin.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          what ?

          • Trac

            Exactly. Um hmm.

      • CanadaBear

        If it was a proper reconstruction how did we go from 10-6 to 5-11 on his watch? 17 rookies on this year’s team. How many of them are even considered decent prospects? Maybe a half dozen. The rest, cannon fodder. Get rid of all your best ST’ers for all of these rookies. The result? Calling it a disaster would be under selling it.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          That’s why it’s called a reconstruction. You go from 10-6 to 8-8 to 5-11…

          We went from 10-6 to 5-11 as fast as Briggs went from All Pro Briggs to Double Nickel Briggs.

          It was all Lovie’s D in that 10-6. They all died at the same time. Didn’t you see ?

          • CanadaBear

            Emery’s replacements were underwhelming to say the least.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Of course they fucking were. What did you aspect ?

            But still…what about Jeffery-Knox, Marshall-Hester, Bennett-Kelen Winslow, Long and Slauson-X and X. These replacements seem on the money wouldn’t you agree ?

            PS: When you reconstruct Manning’s Offense in Indy it’s going to take time. Even if you have Luck.

          • CanadaBear

            For every hit there was at least one miss. His 2 biggest decisions, by far, were Nessman and re-upping Cutler. He couldn’t have fucked those up any worse if he was trying.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            That’s false. His biggest error was accepting the Bears GM spot in the first place. If keeping Lovie was a must, he should have passed.

            That’s why in theory his sacking is only logical and natural. As is the Jets GM firing.

          • BillW

            OK – that’s a good start. I see that point – but then after he sacked Lovie he had two more years to improve the team. They regressed, in no small part due to the coach HE selected.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            Bill its all about ‘beasts’ and ‘bums’ and a ‘system’ what are you not understanding?? LOL

          • BillW

            I saw your explanation recently and a light went on in head. Doing the Italian translation next.

          • BillW

            I “aspect” the GM to bring in good players. Jerry Angelo is NOT my benchmark. I also don’t “aspect” a regression in the second year of his carefully chosen coach.

    • AlbertInTucson

      The Colts had an even MORE spectacular fall. They seemed to have taken less than 10 years to recover.

      • GPLDAN

        Does Andrew Luck have a little brother?

        • AlbertInTucson

          If he did, and the Bears got him, his first name would be “Bad”.

          • huntinbare

            Good shot…belly laughed all over that one

        • Big Mike

          Second most turnovers in the league

    • Big Mike

      DItka

  • AlbertInTucson

    Mannelly is on THE SCORE with a crappy phone connection.

    • huntinbare

      He is on a cruise and the waves are spilling his drink on the phone

  • huntinbare

    Trade the offense for a defense?

  • AlbertInTucson

    THE SCORE just used a SYPHILIS analogy.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Ew.

  • CanadaBear

    PE to Mrs. PE; “I think I’ll quote a folk singer tomorrow”.
    Mrs PE; “Which one? Woody Guthrie”?
    PE: “No I was thinking about that folk singer that we saw in that tiny little town last year.”
    Mrs. PE; “I think she went back to working at the Safeway.”
    PE; “FML”

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    So just woke up… Did i miss anything?

    • AlbertInTucson

      Well, you missed me using that line already.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Other than THAT, though, nothing much.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        sorry -haven’t read through everything yet. next time i will remember to give you credit.

        • CanadaBear

          It’s a bitch around here if you don’t get here early!

        • AlbertInTucson

          Well I’VE certainly NEVER posted a line or link or report that someone already had posted…. he said as his pants burst into flames.

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  • huntinbare

    I hope no future includes the reasoning of what Jay Cutler would think..

    • SC Dave

      Amen, brother.

  • huntinbare

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!

  • AlbertInTucson

    The Score:

    “There was absolutely no reason for him (Cutler) to be there yesterday.”

    “Dave Fales can’t hand off and throw screens?”

    • SC Dave

      I disagree. Cutler was paid over a million dollars to be there.

      • BearDown100393

        A little over $333,333.33 per field goal.

  • huntinbare

    King George pulls this off…he become the messiah in this city and fans will swear in 20 years they saw him walk to the games at Soldier Field on Lake Michigan

    • AlbertInTucson

      Rocky Wirtz : Two Stanley Cups.

      • huntinbare

        Shot…AND A GOAL!

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Bears matriarch pleased with hiring of Emery
    George McCaskey feels reassured having mother Virginia’s approval
    January 30, 2012|By Fred Mitchell, Chicago Tribune reporter

    Bears matriarch Virginia McCaskey is said to be quite pleased with the selection of Phil Emery as the organization’s general manager.

    The daughter of Bears founder George Halas was kept apprised of the circumstances by one of her sons, team Chairman George McCaskey.

    “I told her about the process that was being laid out by Ted (Phillips),” George McCaskey said Monday at Halas Hall. “And then when we got down to the two finalists (Emery and Patriots director of pro personnel Jason Licht), I said: ‘Do you want to meet with the two finalists?’

    “She said: ‘No, I want to know what you think about them.’ And then when I told her about selecting Phil, she was very pleased.”

    McCaskey said he felt reassured to have his mother’s approval.

    “When the boss is happy, that’s a good thing,” McCaskey said with a smile. “It made me feel pretty good. I think she was impressed with the thoroughness that Ted brought to the selection process. And the entire family is very happy with Phil as our general manager.”

    Completing the process: McCaskey detailed his personal involvement in the process of hiring a replacement for Jerry Angelo.

    “Ted did an outstanding job. He and I sat down and he laid out for me how he intended to conduct the selection process,” McCaskey said. “He came back to me at each step in the process and we talked a lot about it. We exchanged ideas … projections and so forth. I was very impressed with the thoroughness of the process.

    “I interviewed each of the candidates. It was part of the process in the first go-around. Then when we narrowed it down to the two finalists, it was a little more involved at that point.”

    Emery worked as an area scout for the Bears from 1998-2004.

    “I’m not sure that was very much of a factor,” McCaskey said. “It wasn’t because he was here before that he had a leg up or that some other candidate who hadn’t been here before would be looked at as a disadvantage. We wanted to get the best possible person to lead the Chicago Bears. And we think we did.”

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-01-30/sports/ct-spt-0131-bears-bits–20120131_1_bears-matriarch-emery-and-patriots-director-daughter-of-bears-founder

    PS: Fool me once shame on you, foll me twice…fuck you, cunt.

    • CanadaBear

      Barb you’re throwing a temper tantrum for the ages. Please proceed!

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Don’t kid yourself. You want to see a temper tantrum ? Watch the 4 p.m presser.

        Me ? I just don’t like bullshit. So… here’s ‘King George’ for all the motherfuckers that talk accountability, until we’re talking about the rich guy.
        ‘That dude has money ? Oh, oh…Let me suck his dick, maybe he likes me’.

        • huntinbare

          Have fun with language…
          all language is bullshit
          it is the emotion of division and anger underneath it that is the bullshit

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            negative. no. niet.

          • huntinbare

            Look closer
            Language is a map
            Territory is experience
            Settle for the reality of the moment
            It is all you ever have
            Language is what you use to describe the sensations of reality

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Non capisco le tue fesserie. Parli l’italiano ? Ma che cavolo dici ? Ma vaffanculo vai.

          • huntinbare

            Just cause it’s italian doesn’t change a thing
            If it flows from the mind
            In the end
            It is all bullshit
            But I will google it for the fun of it

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            when you have to google it… you know you lost. And that ain’t no bullshit.

          • BillW

            So if we don’t know Italian we’ve lost? Jesus, you are getting real weird now.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Look closer
            Language is a map
            Territory is experience
            Settle for the reality of the moment
            It is all you ever have
            Language is what you use to describe the sensations of reality

        • CanadaBear

          Barb you’re talking crazy. None of us give a shit about the McCaskey’s personally. We’re all just happy to see someone in the family stand up and show they have a pair. From all accounts it looks like Teddy is finally where he belongs and the Emery/Nessman mistake has been corrected. None of us, including you, have any idea if George knows football but after the last 3 years are willing to roll the dice that he does. Simple as that.

          • huntinbare

            He is showing wisdom plowing it all under and replanting…

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Are you fricking kidding me ? He is responsible for the last 3 years !!! HE HIRED EMERY !!! Clear as that.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            but to quote you (dont want Al to get upset with me)”Emery is a beast”. And you have been touting not firing him for the last couple days. Are you going with the “Blind Squirrel argument”? What changed your mind about him? One day you are spouting off that he should not get fired, the next day you are using him to try to prove some inane point about how a McCaskey is a bum. something is not making sense here.

          • Trac

            Hahahaha.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I think it’s a pretty natural leap. I supported Emery and I think that who fired his is stupid. the best rebuild is the one around your best asset.

            What makes McCaskey a bum is this PR job they’re doing where they blame him for the franchise’s failures (which are clearly organizational failures from Top to Bottom… things I’ve said for months now) with tons of leaks.

            Plus… they’re selling the ‘King George’ storyline.

            PS: Going ito last year I said Emery is a beast (he brought in the Best Offense in franchise modern history last year, in his 2nd year), but I also pointed out his weaknesses. I asked for help.Bears, help him. Put him in the position to succeed and fix his weaknesses. Bring in somebody with experience that can help Emery install a winning culture.
            ALSO CUT SOMEBODY IMPORTANT !!!

          • CanadaBear

            The only thing worse than making the mistake is not correcting it because your ego won’t allow it. George realized he made a mistake with Emery and corrected it.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            True. 100%.

            He doesn’t seem to own it, though. We’ll see with facts. Lets see if he changes the way the Bear operate as a franchise.

            This wasn’t a GM failure. Or a Head Coach failure. Or a QB failure. This was a system failure.

          • BillW

            I still don’t get what that means to you. Please explain “the system” that failed and what “system” would be better.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            You’re like a frigid virgin.

            PS: Nothing man. Ignore me. The Bears are the best franchise in US sports, so best sport franchise in the world. Go on and think that.

          • BillW

            You see you keep using simple phrases but I don’t think any of us have any idea what you mean by them. So yes – I’m being polite and asking you to explain. Even at 62 I’m very open minded and want to hear other’s reasoning for opinions I disagree with.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Yeah… whatever.

            How can you disagree with something you don’t understand ?

          • BillW

            I thought Emery was a beast and George a bum for letting him go. I’m so confused. I promised myself I wouldn’t read you anymore but something makes it irresistible.

        • “i don’t like bullshit. i only like beasts! and the patriots!”

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            patriots are indeed beasts. So you see… I’m consistent in my rationale.

            what.who do you like ?

          • i like the ny mets. it’s rough.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            that’s the one sport I don’t follow. It’s beyond me.

          • BillW

            Too complicated?

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            stupid and boring ?

          • sometimes it seems football is beyond you, too.

            zing! =]

    • John Doe

      all that is fine.. good story..

      But emery is still just a scout and not a GM.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        hhahah. Well good luck… the dudes that selected this ‘just a scout’ as their GM will soon bring you the ‘winning team’ so we can ‘reenact the 85 Bears’ !? hahahahahh

        • Scott W.

          Which carefully photo shopped picture of you and Phil do you like best, Barb?

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Not everybody has abused by his grandfather and his ‘hunting’ buddies like you did…

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    I bet Trestman’s daughters are devastated by the news. Some one should get over there and help console them. anyone got an address?

    • CanadaBear

      MB’s already over there! Sneaky bastard!

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        i was thinking that same thing. Thats what he has been doing since he has been gone. Tracking down the daughters waiting for this day.

    • BearDown100393

      1st daughter who tweets about her dad will be challenged by Brandon Marshall to a fight. For charity of course. You know, to end domestic violence.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        lol – the under card for that will most likely include Ray Rice

  • NewBearInTown

    Rex Ryan would essentially be a more media-friendly Lovie Smith. I liked Lovie Smith and I would like Rex Ryan, but I do wonder if George and Co. will look for a third option. Take someone who isn’t totally focused on one side of the ball and instead bring in a leader that attracts balanced coordinators for each phase.
    Dave Toub is one option. I also like Gary Kubiak for an interview. Shanahan could be intriguing as well – though you’d need to believe the dysfunction in Washington wasn’t his fault (which is a tough sell).

    • Bender McLugh

      Dan Snyder is not a tough sell to convince anyone he is the cause of the disfunction

    • Big Mike

      Next Bears head coach must hsve NFL head coaching experience

  • huntinbare

    Harbaugh for czar
    Let him build the empire

    • BearDown100393

      He’s doing that in Ann Arbor.

      • huntinbare

        Did he say yes to his alma mater?

        • Bender McLugh

          not officially but it’s been reported that he has

          • BearDown100393

            The press conference is tomorrow.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          I’m confused. It’s Ann or Alma. Are these bitches hot ?

  • Doc Hamstring

    Think jettisoning Emery clears room for a coach who wants GM power, too? Like Shanahan or Cowher?

    Not that I want Shanahan, but I’m wondering if George does…

    • NewBearInTown

      I think that’s the main reason Emery was sacked. He made some bad moves, but a lot of good ones as well. I think George wants a heavy hitter like Rex Ryan to come in and name his own personnel guy.

      • CanadaBear

        His two biggest decisions turned into an unmitigated disaster. He would have had to hit on all his draft picks and FA signings to make up for that. Needless to say, he came up short on the picks and FA signings.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          I still don’t understand why the Cutler resign is a disaster. It means nothing if they trade him for 8th round pick in 2060.

          It only becomes a disaster if the new GM and new HC don’t want him, try and trade him, can’t do it and they end up cutting him.

          Long way to go…

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        The Sanchez-Vick combination land in Chitown.

    • John Doe

      Jettisoning Emery only means that some McCaskey – George or Virginia – is really pissed at Emery for Cutler contract and that all the reports of buyer’s remorse were true.

      So that makes Shanahan hire much less likely IMO. They are not going to throw more good money after Cutler bad money.

      Cutler will be moved before March 13, 2015. Cutler lost his biggest supporter in Halas Hall today when Emery was fired.

      Cutler is as good as done. It is just matter of time.

      • CanadaBear

        Pretty sure they are pissed about Nessman and a bunch of stiffs that PE signed and/or drafted, too.

        • John Doe

          Not more than their $$ that emery handed out to Cutler.

          McCaskeys lost most money on Cutler contract..easily.. even after you take into account eating all the contract money of fired coaches.

          • CanadaBear

            Your one note response to every Bears problem seems a tad simple.

          • John Doe

            In business the number 1 problem is the one that causes business to lose most money.

          • CanadaBear

            Thanks. No wonder your last name is doe.

          • John Doe

            Bears is a business to McCaskeys. It is their only source of wealth. they don’t have other businesses and have this Bears thing on the side as a play toy.

            So any waste of money would be a huge deal to McCaskeys. As it should be to any business owner.

          • Big Mike

            You are mistaken about how the Bears make the Bears wealthy. It is about the balance sheet not the income statement

          • willbest

            Now you are just being stupid. McCaskey’s did not lose money on Cutler. They are obligated to spend the salary cap.

          • John Doe

            You are beyond stupid if you think McCaskeys don’t think they lost money on Cutler this year by paying him $22.5 million of their money for his league leading turnovers.

          • willbest

            You might feel you didn’t get your money out of him. But the NFL is setup such that you can’t lose money on players.

        • BerwynBomber

          Yep, I think it is both: have to credit SCDave as months ago he said PE will be defined by the Trestman hire and the Cutty contract. The “buyer’s remorse” thing, by all accounts, was truthful. Still, that decision will most likely be left to the new GM, HC and Pres of Football operations (if they create the latter role). But I can’t imagine another Cutler Reclamation project will go over well in the George part of the interviews.
          Anyway, Cutty is TBD.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        And when than doesn’t happen and Cutler will stay in Chicago.. we’ll see the new bread… the ‘George Revisionists’.

        • BillW

          Cutler has wore out his welcome in the locker room in my opinion. Too divisive – again in my opnion. Too much revolves around him, which would be great – if HE were.

          A QB needs to be a leader, not a follower or worse, a “don’t care” kind of guy. I want the next QB to care first.

          I realize that QB will not be on their roster next year. That’s OK – it’s gonna take three years to rebuild anyway.

          I will say this a few times the next several months – think of the Bears as an expansion team with a proud history they are going to get back to.

          • willbest

            Robbie went to bat for him, Long seemed confused.

          • SC Dave

            Robbie *did* get an extension this year, don’t forget.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            That’s the shooting fish in a fish tank game, isn’t it ? The Bears new brain trust must come with results immediately.
            They’re ready to win now !!! This was the mantra last year and it must be this year more so.

          • BillW

            Again I respectfully disagree. Short term fixes will not get to the Super Bowl.

            “Results” are relative. Given what we saw last year to this, I want year to year progress.

          • BillW

            Put it another way. They were NOT ready to win now and they are further away now. That’s OK as long as we get people with a vision, identity, plan, and the leadership to execute it.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Emery had all that and was doing a pretty food job. Not the leadership part… there was clear room for improvement. That’s when the ‘leadership’ from the top finally intervened… and sent him packing.

      • willbest

        You could fire Emery solely because of how shockingly bad Trestmen was. Irrespective of your feelings on Cutler

        • John Doe

          Many GMs get two bites at hiring head coaches.

          Stupid Cutler contract eliminated any chance Emery had at the second bite.

        • BerwynBomber

          You can (and maybe they did). But both the Trestman hire and Cutty extension define PE’s GM tenure above all else.

          • willbest

            I have argued that the Cutty contract is not really a big deal under the new TV contract which is seeing the salary cap jump 9 mil a year. The going rate for a 10-20 rank QB is 16-18 million with at least 30 million in guarantee Cutler might have gotten 54 mil, but then again, for trade purposes he now is at market level for his talent.

            The deal isn’t as bad as people think because there isn’t a lot to compare it to. All the people you want over Cutler (Rivers, Big Ben, maybe Eli) are on 4+ year old contracts. Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, etc all make more than him.

          • BerwynBomber

            Cutler’s guaranteed money is the horrendous part of it. He was the highest paid player in the league this year. He has the fourth highest guaranteed number of all existing NFL contracts. I honestly can’t see how you defend that except by saying there are other horrendous QB contracts, which is like defending Trestman by comparing him to the worst coaches in the league.

            Btw, the guaranteed money on Flacco’s contract was $29M. Well south of Cutty’s $54M. Miles apart actually.

          • willbest

            But its not 54 mil guarantee anymore.

          • BerwynBomber

            Right, and Flacco’s isn’t $29M anymore. So what’s your point? That Cutty’s is a little less horrible now? Sorry, but it will remain a terrible move unless you believe Cutler is more than a bridge guy. Or to put it this way: if you unload the contract for a 3rd round pick you will essentially have paid $23M for that third round pick.

            Now if you think Jay is the Bears future like Waffle does, all the power to you. If not, it is as bad a contract as Trestman was a hire.

          • willbest

            No you will have paid $5 million for that third round pick. If you franchised him you were paying him 17 mil and you wouldn’t get that 3rd rounder.

          • BerwynBomber

            Fair point.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    interesting read but I still think keeping Jay in 2015 still makes sense.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2313339-no-coach-or-gm-can-save-the-bears-as-long-as-jay-cutler-is-their-qb

  • Bears-4-Ever
    • Hub mentioned Tom Gamble from the Eagle’s as a possible GM candidate. Could be paired with Harbs since they have a connection, though Harbs is a loooong shot at this point.

  • Bender McLugh

    next GM?

    Eliot Wolf, Packers director of pro personnel

    Considered
    young at 32 but two lieutenants of Ted Thompson that have struck out on
    their own have had success in John Schneider in Seattle and John Dorsey
    in Kansas City. The son of highly regarded personnel man Ron Wolf, he
    has worked in Green Bay for the past 11 seasons, the last three as the
    director of pro personnel. While he has a background heavy on the pro
    side, the Packers also involve him in college scouting during the season
    and he plays a role in the draft.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      I vote for Barb as our new GM, only for the simple fact that the news conferences would be fucking hilarious.

      • Bender McLugh

        lmao

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I could have been HC-GM of the Tampa Bay Bucs instead of bum Lovie.
        Lower than last I wouldn’t have ended up.

      • Big Mike

        Fuck everyone THIS IS SUCH BULLSHIT. EMERY SHOULD STILL BE HERE

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          because he is a BEAST.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      John Dorsey has had success in Kansas City ? Give me a break !!!

  • John Doe

    Machine Marshall @BMarshall · 41m41 minutes ago
    Very sad day. Feels like a funeral. Phil Emery was a great leader, and these coaches some of the best I’ve been around. #BearDown

    • BillW

      He’ll get over it.

    • huntinbare

      Emery is a quality human being who should use his skills in another line of business. His approach towards the structure of a system needs selfless components to participate. Modern day athletes have proven that they cannot put team first mentality into practice easily. It is hard to let go of the ego; and pay your utmost to an individual who leaves you to the devices of your personal desires; one who is trusting you will participate in the betterment of the whole above all else. It is a mercenary mentality that populates the locker room landscape; and honor is just a wird for the weak.
      Modern athletes are takers that want all the priveleges and that was Phil’s downfall. They hung him with the rope he gave him. Now that he and Marc are gone I hipe the next group has short leashes and makes them earn favor.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    i think i understand this now, Barb correct me if i am wrong. It’s all about the the ‘system’ not failing because of ‘bums’ and if the ‘system’ does fail even ‘beasts’ can’t save it. It’s not the ‘beasts’ fault for the failures because ‘bums’ hired the ‘beasts’. And its also not the ‘beasts’ fault for hiring ‘bums’ because the ‘system’ is a ‘loser’ from the start, because the ‘system’ is run by ‘bums’ and apparently a ‘cunt’.

    • BearDown100393

      Beast of Burden @ Halas Hall

    • BillW

      Thanks. Now I get it. (sarcasm)

      • BillW

        Though it almost makes sense. Try it in Italian next.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      That’s the Chicago Bears right there !!! Hahahhah

      PS: you should get into historical books writing. You just perfectly described Nazi Germany.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        and the Catholic Church.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          oh no…hell no.
          those motherfuckers might be the most successful organization there is.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            sure with a vast history of war, corruption, persecution, racism, pedophilia, sexism, killings, greed…. so on and so on.

          • CanadaBear

            Oh sure, bring up that stuff! Everyone has a bad century or two!!!!!!!!!!

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            or 8 or 10.

    • huntinbare

      Somehow it is like a wheel…circular travel the ends at the begining?

  • BerwynBomber

    Hub trying to give CPR to the fading Harbaugh hopes. Says his agent is still taking calls. Says Bears could have hope if they offer Tom Gamble, a Harbaugh bud, the GM job. Bernstein thinks it is a pipedream.

    • At the very least, Harb’s agent is taking calls to drive price up.
      Who knows? Maybe Bears make an offer he can’t refuse? Maybe Virginia tells Georgie, “I want to win a SB before I expire.”
      How much is that worth?

      • Bender McLugh

        how’s she going to get a SB over the summer?

        • EnderWiggin

          Owie.

  • Hub: George always had the balls, the question now – does he have the brains?
    That’s the billion dollar question.

  • CanadaBear

    Suh got suspended for a game. GOOD! I saw the play. I think the first time might have been unintentional. The second one was definitely not unintentional. I’m surprised the Fudgie lineman that was right there didn’t blast Suh. Rodgers is a diva and a league darling but that cheap shot shit from Suh is beyond old.

    • Can’t have NFL’s darling Vadgers getting an owie cuz of a dirty hit.
      It that were Cutler, Suh would have gotten a bonus.

      • CanadaBear

        Can’t disagree that Erin gets preferential treatment but that fucking shit from Suh has to stop. I’d love to see his next cheap shot earn him some real down time. He’s due.

        • underway

          It will stop when an OLINEMAN kicks him in the fuckin balls. Thats the job of the line, protect the QB. Suh has been a bully his entire career. he has not come across the right o lineman yet…

          • Bender McLugh

            Olin would have knocked his ass out

          • CanadaBear

            Pretty sure Suh stopped fucking around against us once he faced Long. He schooled Kyle the first game, he outplayed Kyle the second game, the third game Suh was pretty invisible. I’d take Kyle 10 times out of 10 in a fair fight against Suh.

        • huntinbare

          Does he sharpen his cleats?

          • CanadaBear

            Ty Cobb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      That’s lame.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        whats lame? the fact he got suspended, or the fact that it was only one game

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          the fact he got suspended.

          It was football dirty. That’s it. No big deal. You suspend for that you’re a joke.

          If that’s the standard that Paker DL should get suspended for hitting Stafford in the head… It was intentional and the ball was long gone.

          • CanadaBear

            The guy has a bad calf and Suh intentionally steps on his ankle. If Suh had a clean record it’s a fine only. With Suh’s history, the suspension was well deserved.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            exactly he was suspend because of his history. he has been fined many times for ‘dirty’ plays. Evidently fining him does not get the point across. he was suspended once already for stomping on a player. I was surprised it was only 1 game this time.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            he didn’t intentionally steps on his ankle, his natural momentum made him step on his ankle and while on his ankle he didn’t do anything to ease the pressure of his body weight, the contrary.

            He didn’t step on him intentionally, which would be a dirty play. What he did was increase the pressure while ending up -unintentionally- on top of him, which is football dirty.

          • CanadaBear

            Yeah, OK.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            https://usatthebiglead.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/suh-steps-on-rodgers.gif?w=1000

            You can clearly see the 2nd step wasn’t an intentional step on his ankle. Just natural movement.

            While on top of him, he applied pressure, which is the only dirty part. The 2nd step is not dirty, it was just a natural step.

          • CanadaBear

            Agree to disagree. He knew he stepped on Rodgers’ ankle the first time. May or may not have been intentional. The second removed any doubt. You see it differently.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            And what’s the natural movement when you go backwards and step on something ? Take anther step back. So, the 2nd step back wasn’t intentional, it was human body natural momentum.

            The dirty part is the lifting of the right leg, so his entire body would sit on his left leg.

          • CanadaBear

            Agree to disagree.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I disagree

      • CanadaBear

        Is that a pun about Rodgers?

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          never thought of that. i bet Barb writes everything in puns. it might help some of us understand what he is saying if that is true.

          • CanadaBear

            Unless you’re a die hard Kitties fan, I don’t know how anyone can defend Suh.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            agree – 1st step was understandable. 2nd step was intentional.

          • CanadaBear

            With Suh’s history even the first step makes you wonder. I thought he cleaned up his act this year because of impending FA. I guess you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Hopefully this will cost him some money in FA but probably not.

          • I just read on PFT that the Browns might throw a Watt like contract at him. You’d figure if the BROWNS don’t mind overpaying for Suh (given their experience with Manziel, Gordon), that a lot of teams won’t care either.

          • CanadaBear

            Yeah, I know you’re right. If there was any justice in life the team signing him would get stuck with him being suspended a bunch of times.

          • huntinbare

            Take away his livlihood for a bit
            $….they got so much it is not a deterant

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            It’s wasn’t intentional..he just didn’t do anything not to step on the QB. You
            can’t fucking suspend for that.
            That’s like suspending a DE for smothering a QB even if he sees that the ball has left his hands. The DE sees the QB getting rid of the football, takes 1 step, buries him. It’s legal.
            OR you can see him taking 2+ steps, buuum, smothers the QB under his 300 lb body. Personal foul…15 yards.

            No fucking suspension for those.

          • huntinbare

            A game for each step. .
            See you next year
            Your season is over

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            It’s not about defending Suh. It’s about suspending a player for nothing.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            apparently Barb has some Monty Pythonesque view of ‘nothing’, kinda like the Black Knight ‘Just a Flesh Wound’

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I just think this is ‘something’. That from last night is child stuff….crying for bubu

            http://guycodeblog.mtv.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/dalton.gif

    • huntinbare

      After Riola…I would have given him 2
      They are not getting the message.

  • Bender McLugh

    is that still Hub talking on the Score?

  • underway

    The easy part is done. NOW what football mind comes in to help make better decisions? Because nobody there has a clue or we would not be in this situation to begin with. We need a consultant of some sort….

    • SC Dave

      lol… you are looking for trouble, ain’t you?

      • underway

        I like trouble, as long as it wins football games!

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          is this Trouble a Free Agent ?

      • underway

        careful guided steps can get us back to where we need to be. We need a Bill Parcells type guy to come in and make some decisions. Screen GM’s/Coache’s. Ted/George have to admit that they aint got it! We need help!

        • SC Dave

          I meant the hiring consultants – that’s what they did last time and we can see how that turned out. Was just warning you that you might get mugged around here for that comment.

          • underway

            Hire different Consultants… lol The previous firm has to be out of business. Is sad to say but they dont know football. If my family was built around football, I would know it in/out. Not the case at Halas. So they gotta bring in outside help.

          • huntinbare

            We will consult them
            for a view from the cheep seets….

    • huntinbare

      Turn the Chicago Bears around…
      Your name will be linked will the Halas name
      Should be some quality knocking on George’s palace door…
      Along with a few crazies
      He may have this lined up…
      Will be interesting

  • BearDown100393

    Brandon Marshall called Carmen DeFalco a clown on the air and challenged him to a fight.

    • willbest

      It was less awkward than his domestic violence presser.

    • CanadaBear

      Oh no, BMarsh is out of control! If only we had Nessman back to keep him in line!

    • CanadaBear

      What did CDF say to him to get him to react this way?

    • GPLDAN

      A twitter fight?

  • NewBearInTown

    Choosing a coach seems a lot easier than choosing a GM.
    Coaches are highly visible and are developed in a clear hierarchy. Maybe there are some deep picks you can make from teams with otherwise losing rosters. Maybe there’s a retired guy you want to bring back or a position coach who can skip the coordinator level. But the big names that the press points are generally the big names that get hired.
    Look at the top offenses, top defenses, top college programs, recently fired head coaches from other teams, and former greats with media jobs that might want to return. You get about 12 names. You select 3-5 to interview. You pick the guy who sells himself the best.
    I don’t even know where to start deciding on GM candidates. Good scouts obviously, but how do you know who’s got the tools to come in and manage a whole organization? Its a much less visible role, so the names are less obvious as well. Emery – to my mind – was as good a possibility as anyone. But I didn’t even know he existed till the Bears interviewed him.

  • GPLDAN
    • They just mentioned him on the score. We would have to give some sort of compensation though?

      • GPLDAN

        Couple people mentioned him. He’s a young turk who is kicking ass. A Theo Epstein like pick. I think Irsay would want picks for him. Maybe he’ll take Cutler in a trade to ride the pine behind Luck and learn some character.

        • SC Dave

          Hug that dream.

          • GPLDAN

            George has money and a prestigious position to give away.

            We have to pay Trestman for two more years, the fuckin weasel, but there is no salary cap for GMs and Presidents and coaches. He can offer Grigson a promotion to GM quickly.

    • CanadaBear

      That Trent Richardson trade really stands out on the other side of the ledger.

  • GPLDAN

    Jeff jocks:

    Leader of the Chicago Bears for the next decade on the field will be remembered as Phil Emery’s greatest gift to organization: @Ky1eLong.

    Sigh.

    • CanadaBear

      I have to agree with Jeff. Do you not agree or just under whelmed?

      • GPLDAN

        I think Long is a natural leader and a big stud OG. His size means he will eventually need to move to tackle or face back issues.

        It’s just that Jeff has been a Marshall jocker, a Emery jocker and he just moves onto the next thing. I get being a homer and a fan, but today a tiny bit of contrition about those guys may be in order. We won’t see it, I know, but it gets frustrating.

        • CanadaBear

          I really enjoy Jeff’s writing and the way he let’s us run amok. He certainly doesn’t suffer from false humility. I pretty much give him a pass on some of this stuff because if the steak is shitty you gotta sell the sizzle.

          • GPLDAN

            I agree on the amok thing.

      • SC Dave

        I’ll guess the latter.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    What is the Blog record for most posts in a single thread…we gotta be getting close. 🙂

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      i think there have been threads with 800+ posts

      • CanadaBear

        Pretty sure we went over 1,000 once, It was in the offseason, Jeff hadn’t posted anything new for a few days and we were all discussing something controversial (not football related, of course).

    • When Lovie got canned, it got pretty high I think.

    • SC Dave

      Yeah, I think we’re at least a couple hundred short. Some of the game threads have more than this one. But won’t for long it seems.

  • We need to move swiftly, but prudently. We’re competing with the Jets for GM and HC, so Chi-vs-NY and they have like $50M in cap space too, I think (and no Cutler, which some top candidates consider a liability).

    • Bears-4-Ever

      Good point. I’d be more worried if the Giants were against us than the Jets…but there is a ton of money backing them I’m sure. We really need to hit the ball out of the park on this one…it’s going to drive us into the next decade.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      according to overthecap.com -Jets have about $11 million more in cap space next year than us, and about the same number of players signed through next year. I also found it very interesting that the Jets actually spend more money on their Offense than the Bears.

      • Ha. I wonder if that’s because of the late addition of Harvin.
        We’re also going to have to give Alshon a big extension sometime during the next year in all likelihood.
        I think when it comes to GMs/Coaches, it’s a lot of Kevin Bacon: six degrees of separation.
        Someone knows someone that worked or is related etc etc
        That is why I’m somewhat hoping the Bears get a guy that has little to no connections to the Bears. Truly go against the grain.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          my guess is Alshon will have a ‘prove it’ year this next year and the deal won’t get done until after the season. Too many Drops and mistakes this year.

          I agree with hoping the Bears go with someone with no history with the bears. Unfortunately that is not usually how family run business are run, the McCaskeys like the familiar people who they ‘know’ they can trust in the hire up positions. Thats why Philips has been their so long. thats why they probably initially liked the Emery pick.

        • huntinbare

          He keeps drooping balls his value won’t hurt the cap that much. Wonder if he can get us a first round pick?

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Really… then you know what? Lets sack Emery !!!

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          why not the Jets got rid of Idzik.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Good comparison…Jets = Bears.

          • Well, we did win ONE more game than the Jets, but it can be argued that they were much more competitive in 2014, which is why we became clown shoes.

    • CanadaBear

      One thing we have going for us is the McCaskey’s have a history of being patient. Woody, not so much. I still think PE would have survived if Nessman hadn’t lost the locker room. That Kromer shit was the final nail in the coffin.

      • Agreed. I think the Kromer fiasco added insult to injury.

      • huntinbare

        That and the fact that the rabble angrily shoved him. Power elites fear that the most…that does not happen in their world. I think the aggression shook him.
        It all seemed to be unravelling so fast…he was willing to give the masses what they wanted to silence the threats…

        • CanadaBear

          Not sure if that was the tipping point but it was certainly another brick on the load. I’m just glad a fan came to George’s aid. If that happened in Dallas the Texas justice system would have the guy on death row waiting in the express lane.

        • Bastille flashback?

    • huntinbare

      I think our currency is the franchise link to Halas…a league founder…
      The allure of having this feather in your cap if you turn this around is priceless.

    • DaMurph

      The Jets will always play second fiddle to the Giants, a coach can come here and own this city for the next 30 years.

  • GPLDAN

    George about to come on the radio.

  • huntinbare

    I do not want someone who is in it for the $ ; so if we move fast just to steal them away with a higher bid…I am out..
    What we need is a qualified indicidual who is more interested in restoring an attitude of pride.
    We carry the flag of the founder; that Bears a greater responsibility than a one and done whoopie for me man mentality.
    We have lost our way, our heart and soul was wounded….RESTORE IT PROPERLY.
    It should not be for sale…think higher calling
    King George needs to watch the Blues Brothers
    He is on a mission from God the Father
    Mr. Halas

  • Shady

    Lost in all of this noise is the fact I took home the official blog Fantasy Football Championship. See Butch, you CAN win a Championship with Heath Miller as your tight end. Booya!!

    • haha, Damn. I gotta update Da League and create a proper trophy.
      Congrats (on not playing me in the finals cause you would’ve been blown out worse than Jericho missles from rusty Romanian tubes)

    • huntinbare

      Congratulations
      You sir are having a great week

  • GPLDAN

    Ernie Accorsi heading the panel to find a new GM for Teddy.

    • huntinbare

      Wicked Uncle Ernie’s
      Gonna fiddle about….fiddle about

    • Shady

      Does that mean Tom Coughlin is going to be the next head coach of the Chicago Bears?

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    “Career Development Advisory Panel” sounds like who you would talk to from the Department of Labor when unemployed….just saying.

    Damn consultants. Sounds like management has no idea what they’re doing.

    But maybe they just don’t know how to entertain fans during a press conference.

  • GPLDAN

    I like that Ted says he brings a lot of experience in picking GMs because he just did it 3 years ago.

    Uh… Ted…

  • GPLDAN

    I want Biggsy to rush the podium and tackle Ted.

    • Biggsy crushes him then immediately suffers heart attack.
      Hub offers the monologue, “Goodbye sweet prince…”

    • CanadaBear

      Where’s Rob Ford when you need him?

  • huntinbare

    The retention of Mr. Tucker is puzzling
    What does he know?

    • AlbertInTucson

      That HE’S the next head coach?

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        Rooney rule, don’t fire him until you interview him for the next HC job.

    • Scharfinator

      You’d imagine they would leave this up to the replacement GM/HC?

  • Cutler is NOT playing a role in hiring the next guy who’s going to get fired because of him.
    Sounds rational.

    • GPLDAN

      LMAO. Well… I’m laughing through the tears…

      • I am so happy right now. I like what I’m hearing from the presser.
        I was luke warm about Emery cuz he did do some good things, but if they’re moving Phillips and cleaning house, then fuck it, I’m all in.

        • GPLDAN

          Ted is the one talking, saying how involved he will be in decision making.

          • But he keeps refraining that Accorsi will be the one getting them through. I’m thinking Accorsi will be doing what Phillips used to do.
            Accorsi and the “Panel”.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            ahahhahhahahah…. King George and his fuck buddy are at it again.
            They’re delegating to some very successful ex GM who didn’t win shit in his entire career.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            ??? didn’t the Giants win a SB with Accorsi as GM?

          • Big Mike

            Two

          • huntinbare

            Any idea how many of those players he brought in to get the job done vs. talent already present when he arrived?

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            according to wikipedia

            “Accorsi was also responsible for drafting Osi Umenyiora, Chris Snee, Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka, and Brandon Jacobs, as well as signing] Antonio Pierce, Kareem McKenzie, Plaxico Burress, and Fred Robbins as free agents”

          • Big Mike

            He was there from 1998 forward. So all of them. He retired in 2007. So he actually was not GM when they won in 07 or 09. It was the team he built. He was responsible for the trade that brought in Eli

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            sure… Superbowls for everybody !!! Who wants a Superbowl ? It’s a Superbowl sale.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      That means Josh McDaniels should be interviewed. Right ?

      • I actually am very curious if McDaniels will get an invite.
        I wouldn’t mind him getting an interview, I just don’t believe in Bill assistants.
        He’s the genius. Once they leave his brilliance, they dim like coal.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          There isn’t much to work on… only 4 of his assistants got HC jobs.
          O’Brian from Huston is the 4th.

        • johnnywad

          He gave away half a draft to move up and get Tim Tebow. That might be worse than hiring Trestman.

  • huntinbare

    Why would people around the league want the Bears to succeed…
    Wouldn’t they sabotage you…?

  • huntinbare

    When is Ted gonna talk anout the practice film?

  • “Hierarchy of Pain” That’s the 2014 shirt, Jeff!

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      Hallas Hall = House of Pain

    • GPLDAN

      Also Megadeth’s 3rd LP.

  • huntinbare

    Ernie’s current occupation on his wickpedia
    Consultant Chicago Bears

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Evaluation of the body of work.”

    or in this case, the corpse.

    • GPLDAN

      “Honestly, once we picked Shae, I felt I may have had an assclown on my hands. I needed to play it out, though.”

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      The autopsy revealed the patient died from a lack of will.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Couldn’t find the heart, either.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Cue Ray Bolger:”…if I only had a brain.”

  • huntinbare

    Ernie graduated with a journalism major…first NFL job was PR…worked with Rozelle…became asst. GM ….then GM….
    Its the PR stuff that is shaky…he will control the info and leaks…

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      That’s it… they fucking hired a PR consultant !!!

      • huntinbare

        Scary isn’t it…
        This should help cement the language … bullshit connection I try to develop occasionally

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    How long has this family owned the Bears?

    Because this is the type of press conference that is reminiscent of the ones given after announcing a corporate merger.

    • huntinbare

      Been there from the start of football

    • AlbertInTucson

      They’ve only owned it forever. Literally.

  • Accorsi only going to recommend GMs, Teddy and George will make the final hire.
    Hopefully, more Georgie than Teddy.

    • huntinbare

      Anybody can tear a building down…
      Gotta have some skills to rebuild it to the roof

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      LOL.

      It’s what they did the last time around… 3 years ago.

      I told you this is a PR stunt to fool the clients, but this is way to obvious.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    So, this Panel guy will be the next QB, but he won’t be part of the Head Coach hire ? Is that it ?

    • GPLDAN

      Exactly right. Ernie Accorsi will take over for Jay Cutler at QB.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        He is a BEAST!!!

        • Scharfinator

          Lombardi next season, guaranteed.

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    He said “Advisory Panel” again. Drink!

  • Scharfinator

    I appreciate how angry George looks. Or is that just his look?

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      Billionaires aren’t used to being humiliated publicly.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Oh, c’mon now. It doesn’t seem to bother Donald Trump or Jerra Jones.

        • CanadaBear

          Two of the biggest asshole, douchebags on the planet! Well played Al!

        • KentuckyBearsFan

          But those guys have been acting like public figures for decades. And besides, they are arrogant enough where they don’t care about anybody else’s opinion but their own. But incredibly rich FAMILIES that have been around for a century? They are used to being historically respected, publicly.

        • johnnywad

          Justing Beiber thrives on it.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Donald Trump does it every time he doesn’t wear a hat.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Ginny is “Pissed off’!

    • huntinbare

      That was awesome
      I give her credit for setting her son straight in no uncertain terms

      • burntorangenavyblue

        Well yeah, if you ran the Bears and the martriarch of the family keeled over from being pissed off and upset about owning a team that is laighed at nationally I dont think I could live with that on my conscious

  • Virgina is “pissed off”. At 91! You go girl.

    • GPLDAN

      Yay!

    • Big Mike

      Quite of the day

  • AlbertInTucson

    My Mom’s 90. Believe me, you DON’T want to deal with pissed off 90 year old.

    • Irish Sweetness

      …or a 90 year old pissing herself ….

  • GPLDAN

    Hiring the best people we can would have involved Arians.

    • Scharfinator

      Sure. But looking in the rearview only gets you wrapped around a tree.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Arians would have wanted his DC, who then would have wanted his own Defense.

      I love being the messenger of bad news: Mission impossible !!! It was Lovie’s washed up old Defense or nothing.

      • GPLDAN

        Actually that is utterly wrong. Old Sauce wanted to work with Arians, and I’m sure they could have worked that out.

        • AlbertInTucson

          And he LOVES being the bearer of bad news. Even if he has to make it up.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I LOVE being the bearer of bad news, because I’m a Bearrr.

            But it’s not made up. That’s a strange comment.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Well… decide on a version already. This one is the 15th on the subject.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Hopefully, they’ve learned from the fallacy of the “we’ll tell you who your assistants will be” concept.

  • Viva

    “People need to know that when they get done playing the Chicago Besars they feel like they’ve been through hell.”
    George doesn’t do flaccid either.

  • “It’s unfair to attribute Ditka’s success to his fiery demeanor”, George

    in other words, the Bears don’t want another fiery demeanor.

    • GPLDAN

      “We want independent thinkers that aren’t afraid to share their opinions.”

      Which means: we want people who know their place.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        haaahhahha.

        That souds a lot like like Lovie and Angelo.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      This sounds a lot like Emery’s ‘study project’ on Urlacher a couple months back.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I don’t think he meant that at all.

      • burntorangenavyblue

        Second that. That’s not what I got out of that comment

      • He also cited Landry, a “calm” demeanor.
        Given the choice, they’re going the Lovie route.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Trestman made Landry look apoplectic.

  • burntorangenavyblue

    They’re definitely going to hire a coach with prior headcoaching experience with the way they’re talking in this presser

    • Scharfinator

      Yeah, I can see that. Particularly since we had a brand new HC who is no longer employed.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      that would be the first time in Bears history.

      was this the idea of that Panel dude ?

    • AlbertInTucson

      That would eliminate Dave Toub.

      • Viva

        I will not give up until the new HC is hired, and then I will fully support, unless, of course, they hire Josh McDaniels.

        • huntinbare

          Could Toub become the new defensive coordinator

          • Viva

            I don’t think so. If I were him I would play to my strengths. He is a world class STC. Ditka, Ried, Harbaugh (John) have all been successful STC and HC’s…

  • burntorangenavyblue

    Any inkling why they’d keep Tucker around?

    • CanadaBear

      Somebody earlier mentioned the Rooney Rule. HC interview is the only thing I can think of. I’m sure they wouldn’t hire him but it would cover their asses.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I think interviewing Tucker as a possible head coach would NOT be a good idea.

        Fans would be horrified and it would be an making an even bigger mockery of the Rooney Rule than is routinely done.

        • CanadaBear

          Can’t disagree. WB above probably said it best.

        • burntorangenavyblue

          Yeah it would be a fail in what the Rooney rule is supposed to accomlish. If you are part of a group of coaches that all had a terrible year and they get canned but not the other guy bc of the Rooney rule? Thats leaving him alone bc of simply race and not acknowledging his actual performance results

          • huntinbare

            He has his wifes family living in the city…
            Not good to let him go around the holidays …let him enjoy the celebrations with family and freinds…

    • willbest

      There is nothing to be gained by firing people early. Kromer needed to go because he was toxic

    • AlbertInTucson

      Especially since he was the universal choice to be used as an example after the 2nd Green Bay game.

  • Scharfinator

    It sure sounds like Rex Ryan is going to be a main target.

    • Scharfinator

      “Toughness, monsters of midway, fearing to play us, personality”

      • I hope so. But they harped on “fiery personality” quite a bit, on how it’s not necessary.

        • Scharfinator

          I think this was still in an effort to part ways cleanly and professionally with the prior regime. If George had said yes, we don’t want the crypt creeper waiting for our players on the sideline, he may have looked bad…

        • Viva

          That comment about Ditka was more George saying Ditka’s rep as a fiery HC didn’t paint the whole picture of his coaching abilties. I think it was a sincere pat on the back to Ditka.

      • Bears-4-Ever

        Best thing I heard…When Phillips said they wanted the teams coming in to “fear playing the Bears” I had visions of Dick Butkus with steam pouring from his nostrils about to destroy someone waiting for the ball to snap.

        • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

          then getting a penalty for destroying that same person.

          • Bears-4-Ever

            15 yards is worth it if that person is Rogers or Stafford.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            my philosophy as well.

        • KentuckyBearsFan

          uh…J.J. Watt ain’t walking through that door. Or Singletary. Or (young) Urlacher.

          Conte inspired fear…in the hearts of every single Bears fan when he tried to tackle.

          • Bears-4-Ever

            LOL Conte….

            No but a person like the players you mention are out there and if we get some decent football minds in the GM and HC spots all bets are off. It just takes a few game changers to set the fire.

    • Viva

      Roger that……

  • Hub very impressed with Accorsi.
    I wonder if old money Maras felt bad for McCaskeys and did them a solid.

    • GPLDAN

      You mean the Rooneys?

      • AlbertInTucson

        Rooneys are Pittsburgh. Maras are the Giants. Accorsi’s history is with the Giants.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Panel has history with the Rooneys.

          • And they both have won multiple SBs recently, so we got the blue-blood and rings covered.

          • AlbertInTucson

            He DOES? Because the Steelers are not mentioned anywhere on his resume’.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernie_Accorsi

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Jokes aside… I’m just fucking around with this Panel concept.

            If it’s a total fucking joke why should I be serious.

            PS: there are 2 different entities… Assisi and a Panel. They’re different things. Or something.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Mind Blown

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      They did. And the new GM of the Chicago Bears will be…Kata Mara.

      (Hey, at least the press conferences will be worth watching from now on.)

  • AlbertInTucson

    “I’m VERY disappointed insome of the other things I heard” – Hub Arkush. At this moment, the happiest man on earth.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Seems like they already have their guy and are now fucking around saying shit that will prove to be true.

    Holly fuck… it’s a con job.

    • Bears-4-Ever

      Is it you Barb? You do have the fiery personality and all.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        No… it’s Lovie.

  • Viva

    Now what?
    Oh.
    Dave Toub for HC.

  • Viva

    GP…you nailed this 6 months ago.

  • burntorangenavyblue

    Jim Miller throwing it out there that Coher is the guy he thinks should be the headcoach

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      that Jim Miller is plain awful.

    • AlbertInTucson

      With all due respect to Jim Miller, who I like, I would have thought if Cowher was going to come back to coaching he would have done so already.

    • Viva

      ugggh. I’d honestly rather have Brian Billick.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    To recap: Viginia was pissing so King George decided to fire his GM hire and so he and Teddy brought in a guy called Panel to be the next QB, but he isn’t going to be part of the hiring of Tom Coughlin ?

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      how much do you drink during the day? seriously as the day has gone on your comments get weirder and weirder. time to put the bottle down.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        it’s night time here, Huge Dick !!! And I only drink beer or votka from the bottle.

        • Viva

          You tell him, Barbra.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Thank you Ursula.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Ursula (n.) – queer woman who hangs out with “bears;” also called a “Goldilocks.”

          • burntorangenavyblue

            I learn something new everyday, damn

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            you’re welcome…hahah

        • Bears-4-Ever

          Votka is for pussies and Russians. Grow some balls.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Votka and pussy brings me back to my youth years. No russian pussy unfortunately.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Barb you were better off just not watching that presser, haha

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        hah

  • Bender McLugh

    so how do any of you deal with Packer Fans today? I just dealt not so well…..

    • willbest

      The only Packer fan I see regularly works for me. Don’t poke the tiger so to speak.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        I have two.

    • Bears-4-Ever

      Easy just say two words. Buffalo Bills.
      Actually the Packer Fans probably expected what most of us here expected out of the Bears Organization..a pile of half measures….thank goodness we were wrong. If I was a Packers Fan I wouldn’t say a word…this might be very bad for them and their beloved Rogers & company.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I think they are all too busy A) Worrying about how long it takes a calf muscle to heal and B) Forming a lynch mob to go after the boy named Suh.

    • Luckily, I live in L.A. so not many, and the ones who are, not that hardcore. Adopted, like a weenie dog from the pound.

      But, on the interwebs, many of them actually pity us.
      Holy shit, I’d prefer Romanian insults.

      • Bender McLugh

        “but don’t get aggravated, because then the enemy has you by the short hairs”

  • AlbertInTucson

    Ndamakong has been …wait for it… SUHspended for the Dallas game.

    • GPLDAN

      His hit on Rodgers was not serious, but we cannot be SUHprized that the NFL would knee jerk like that.

      • AlbertInTucson

        “Not serious.”

        Easy to say when 319 pounds isn’t stepping on YOU.

        The message from the NFL, as always, is clear.

        “Mess up a QB, especially THIS QB, and we are going to mess up YOU.”

        Suh is a bonehead.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          I love Suh. He’s all in for the money. Just like Revis. DIfferent styles, same goals.

          • AlbertInTucson

            That you love Suh surprises no one.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Suh him

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            He has Nigerian origins and played european football. I’m a fan of both.

      • johnnywad

        You may have just out AL(ed) AL. Well done.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    So this is how all this went down. They have an agreement with Rex Ryan. So what they did was use his traits as what the Bears are looking for.

    Then after a ‘fake’ search with the Panel and the Rooney rule and all that, they’ll say ‘we’ve found our man’. And people will say… “look, George found his man. Everything he said he wanted, Rex has. George identified what he wanted and he went and got it. What a stud George is !!!”

    They did it backwards… first they found their man and then they said what traits they were looking for.

    • CanadaBear

      As long as the hire is successful, who cares?

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        And if he isn’t…. they’ll fire him and George and Teddy will do another presser. Of course… only after Virginia gets pissed off.
        Lets hope she never ends up in a coma or goes on a long vacation to rediscover her sexuality.

        • huntinbare

          That can be accomplisged vie DVD
          Meet the Fockers…1&2

    • huntinbare

      Isn’t that what all great political enterprises use to sell the world what they think they want…Why am I not suorised….your analysis is spot on…that is why they hired Ernie as the manister of manufactured consent.

  • burntorangenavyblue

    Holy Shit did you see the Texas A&M coach hit the players on the sideline today? Twice?! What an ass

    • AlbertInTucson

      Haven’t seen it. Think it might show a a time or two on SPORTSCENTER? (smirk)

      • burntorangenavyblue

        Other major headlines are taking sportcenter time up, but just caught the highlight of that game. SUH would be proud of that dirty bastard

    • DaMurph

      He used to play linebacker for A&M, from the Woody Hayes line of coaching.

  • “If Rex gets interviewed he will blow George & Ted away. He preaches the “nobody wants to play us” ideology ownership craves.” – Jeff
    Rex can only get hired IF we get a top notch OC to pair with him. If not, it’ll be the Lovie regime all over again.
    So the real question is – what OC should we get with Rex?

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Still not sold on Rex….dont really get the appeal of him….he’s had just as awful of a season if not then several.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        He’s a top coach.

      • DaMurph

        He has history, he understands it, he’s a successful coach, the City would love him.

        • johnnywad is a beast

          All good stuff. Think he can win here Murph?

          • DaMurph

            I do, with the right coordinators and GM drafting, I truly believe he can win

        • His teams try, and he did compete with Sanchez at QB, who is Cutler-light, but Rexy definitely needs an OC to overlord that side of the ball, much like Lovie.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Do you think that Rex will have too much fire in him that it will cause friction with upper management?

          • DaMurph

            Nope, I think they want that. It was the old man that kept Buddy and made Ditka live with it. She knew them as kids.

          • DaMurph

            Unlike Lovie, he gets Chicago. If we lose a game they will know they played The Bears! He’s what this city loves. He was raised here, he gets it!

          • I get it Murph. I like him too, and think he would be perfect personality wise with da Bears (the city, maybe not the management), but man, I don’t want to go through low scoring losses again like under Lovie, though now it doesn’t seem so bad compared to getting blown out consistently.

    • DaMurph

      No HC is successful without good coordinators. He was successful when he had the horses.

    • that dude Marc Trestman from the CFL seems to be available. but his offense would translate to the nfl…

  • huntinbare

    What did we learn from the presser?
    In all my years of rooting I have not heard the Bean Counter speak with such volume. Listening to him tells me he has quite a stable of real estate…
    I did not see the broadcast; only heard it; but from what i gathered he had a Bears jersey with a capital A above the left breast….and I am sure it wasn’t signifying assistant; but the A was for accountant.
    He used the word foreclosure liberally when talking about the firings….
    He sees the world in dallars and cents; they were foreclosed upon not fired, or let go, or terminated.
    He must be one helluva real estate banker.

  • AlbertInTucson

    You should hear the excusifying coming from Suh’s teammates.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/12093617/ndamukong-suh-detroit-lions-suspended-playoff-game

    The SUHspension, of course, sets up an absolutely HILARIOUS scenario if the Lions somehow now manage to go to Dallas and beat the Cowboys.

    • johnnywad is a beast

      That can’t happen. Please don’t let that happen

      • AlbertInTucson

        Can you IMAGINE the media crapstorm in Big D if the Cowboys manage to lose?

        I DON’T see it happening, even if Suh played.

        Stafford’s track record in this situation is less than inspiring.

        His NEXT win on the road against a team with a winning record will be his FIRST.

        • johnnywad is a beast

          I can’t imagine it. And while I don’t want success for Jerry Jones, I want it less for Detroit.

          • huntinbare

            I wish Marinelli well

          • johnnywad is a beast

            As do I Hunti. And knocking his old team out of the playoffs would prove very rewarding, I’m sure.

    • willbest

      I am pretty sure Dallas is the only other playoff team that has a prayer of winning in Century Link. Not just because they have done it once this season. They are the only team that has a functional offense on the road against halfway competent defenses

      • AlbertInTucson

        “My Favorite Marshawn” Lynch is looking quite beastly.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    The Bears are also hiring Ernie Accorsi to consult during the G.M. search. He helped the Panthers two years ago when they hired his old assistant Dave Gettleman, so that might be a good sign for previous suggestions such as Marc Ross. (PFT)

    So… all this to hire Assisi’s assistant ?

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Report: Tom Brady restructures contract

    The Patriots have reportedly created some additional financial flexibility.

    According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has reworked his contract. According to Schefter, Brady’s contract is now guaranteed only for injury.

    The maneuver will free up $24 million for the Patriots to spend this offseason, ESPN reported.

    Per Rotoworld.com salary data, Brady is slated to make $7 million in salary in 2015, $8 million in salary in 2016 and $9 million in salary in 2017. His cap numbers for 2015-2017 were slated to be $13 million, $14 million and $15 million, respectively.

    Come on Assisi… beat that !?

    • NewBearInTown

      I might be wrong, but as long as the Patriots don’t cut Brady mid-year, this basically just means they get to pay him in game checks rather than at the start of the year. It frees up cash, no effect on the cap.

    • BerwynBomber

      Nice move by Brady but not a huge sacrifice when your wife is the breadwinner and makes $50M a year.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    And while Suh hasn’t exactly earned the benefit of the doubt over the course of his penalty-plagued career, there are plenty of neutral observers who don’t think Suh was actually attempting to step on Rodgers. Rules experts including former head of officiating Mike Pereira and former NFL official Jim Daopoulos have said they don’t believe Suh was intentionally stepping on Rodgers and don’t believe a suspension is warranted. (PFT)

  • burntorangenavyblue

    Haha espn’s “High Point” in Tressy’s Bears stint is being one play away from being in playoff against Green Bay last year….a game they lost, wow

    • I think winning with McCown and almost winning with Clausen are his highlights since they can get him a job at OC someday.

      • BerwynBomber

        Funny enough, Cutty strengthened Tresty’s argument with his going-away present in Minny yesterday. Made Clausen look a little McCown-ish circa 2013 by comparison.

    • huntinbare

      They did not do much research; any Bear fan knows it was the practices

  • ChiBears34

    Not really sure what the Blogfather’s infatuation is with Rex Ryan? Bottom line – it comes down to wins and losses, it really is that simple. Just because the Jets had a decent defense does that make Rex a great coach? What was the Jets final record this year? You want to go stats, how did the Jets offense do overall? What about special teams? I will never understand the amount of comments and “tingles in legs” (Chris Matthews) that blogfather and other here have on NFL retreads (Ryan and Shanahan). There are way better, young, talented and proven candidates available, unless you want more of the same.

    • DaMurph

      Like??

      • ChiBears34

        Plenty of proven OC’s and DC’s available that come to mind, even some quality college coaches as well. However, I would rather stick to guys that have proven their worth in the NFL. Saints and Broncos on the O side of the ball, Detroit and Seattle on the D side of the ball, Arizona and numerous others. Plenty of young talent that want the chance and will ensure success. Shanahan’s sun was setting in the late 90’s and Rex just showed his true abilities in New York.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I believe DaMurph was requesting specific candidates..?

          • DaMurph

            Thanks for the clarification Albert, though I thought it was clear.

        • DaMurph

          I think Rex showed his true ability when he arrived there, one game away from the Super Bowl two years a row. Who can win with Geno Smith, no running game and no receivers?

        • willbest

          I wasn’t aware that Peyton Manning was interested in taking a pay cut. I mean come on. Who cares about the OC when you have an elite QB. Anybody can win with Rodgers etc. You want a Bowles who can lose his best player and still coach his team up.

          That is why Toub is so appealing. Everywhere he goes the Special Team is awesome, but can that translate to a team level?

  • Ososfan

    Being from NJ and seeing how the media and fans alike mostly like Rex, it’s hard not to like the guy. The NY media is pretty stupid and cocky and they try every angle to get at Rex and he still continues to root for his team with a lot of fire. So, I guess like I said, it’s kinda hard not to like him as a coach.

  • Trac

    Marc Ross was who I had hoped the Bears hired as GM. Since his name has surfaced again, I hope they hire him.

  • huntinbare

    I wonder if Rex and King George wandered around the scene on Rush st. back in the ’80’s
    together? Rex was just coming of age and George owned the city…

    • GPLDAN

      Creepy

  • Trac

    Elliot Wolf is an intriguing prospect for GM. His daddy Ron might disown him. Haha

    • AlbertInTucson

      Well, bloodlines don’t seem to have helped the McCaskey kids.

      Even George, Jr. (“Muggs” Halas), who died before Papa Bear at only age 54, was known for not being the the brightest bulb in the box as a football man

  • AlbertInTucson

    With regards to Rex….Belicheat first failed in Cleveland. Pete Carroll first crashed & burned in New England. The Giants weren’t Coughlin’s first team. Just sayin’.

    • willbest

      I am not opposed to Rex, I would just be interested in what his thoughts are on offense would be. I don’t care how good your defense is, your offense still needs to be able to score 25 points at home if you want split with Green Bay

      • AlbertInTucson

        Wasn’t endorsing Rex, necessarily, but he DID get to a couple of AFC title games with Sanchez at QB. Also, wasn’t a LOT of finger pointing aimed at the Jets GM, Idzik?

        • And the Pats possibly at their apex (well, at least they had very good cameras).

          • AlbertInTucson

            I don’t care if the video he obtained was completely, utterly, useless in game planning for his opponent.

            The point was intent. He was trying to gain an adventage in a way that was clearly against NFL rules by the spirit AND letter of the law.

            It SHOULD havebeen

            Case closed, you’re suspended for a year, Bill.

            Do it again, you’re banned.

            Have to figure Robert Kraft had enough clout to tell Goodell

            “Not if you want to STAY commissioner, Roger.”

  • Scott W.

    Hell with it. I’m all in with Viva.
    Dave Toub for Head Coach.

    • Viva

      I like the way you think.

  • GPLDAN

    Brian Billick says he is fine working for CBS and stuff since he feels the NFL is now a “GM’s league” and that coaching is really a mitigated role in the org.

    He may want back in, and not want to say it – but he’s not wrong in saying the coaches league went out with Joe Gibbs and that ownership has left good coaches to twist in the wind to cover up the fact they are being cheap and just want to maximize profit.

    In the Bears case, getting GM right is more important than getting the coach right. Ryan would be fine, if he was paired with a guy who could fucking draft. No more McCellins.

    And beyond that, while Ted didn’t sit and spin like we wanted him to – I am hoping George finds his guy and then cuts Ted out of the equation at the end and relegates him, and we have a President of Football Operation above the GM.

    So the Bears need THREE big hires, starting at the guy who will eventually de-lever Ted.

    • Viva

      You nailed this 6 months ago….

      • GPLDAN

        I said Emery was a moron in the summer, and took a fair amount of heat for not being on board the bandwagon or being a “true fan”. But he was such a corn cob, I couldn’t keep my mouth shut.

        As the year went on, and the Arians interview story broke and the other stories that made him seem more and more like the out of touch weirdo he was, it started to turn. People started realizing he wasn’t quirky, he was just a tool.

        I had no idea the season would unravel, although I was pretty negative after Seattle. I quit the blog in disgust after the Pats game, because I thought this was the worst and it would NOT CHANGE. Because there was WAY too much money put out.

        Then the MSM *really* started to burn down Halas Hall in the papers, and I came back – because I miss the blog (and I miss MB and Irish) but because I really started to think that the McCaskeys were getting ROASTED and they may react.

        And today we heard it. Ginny was pissed. She made the call to boot Lovie, nobody can convince me otherwise, because she wanted a championship before she kicked off into the great whitebread endzone in the sky. And now she realizes she won’t live to see another Bears Super Bowl. And she really wanted to.

        Asswipe Bernstein hung up on any caller who deemed to take the line that things wouldn’t change BECAUSE Ted and George are making the calls. Hub was like “they own the team, what do you want?” and then hung up on callers before they could respond.

        The answer Hub, is we want the McCaskeys to sell. It’s gonna happen. You know it, we know it. The kids are ALREADY selling their shares to private holders. And then there will be a multiplicity of ownership and the NFL rules say one person needs to own 60% and then the lawsuits will break out and a court will decide who rounds up all these outstanding shares into a voting block majority.

        We KNOW it will happen, and it will happen SHORTLY after Ginny croaks. So fine – let’s dance once more with the Ted knows shit and looks like Jon Favreau’s bigger, dumber brother – fine, let’s go again and spin the fucking wheel but I agree that until this team is owned by an ownership group not made of John E. Dupont types, it may not get better.

        It’s sad that the Maras sent us one of their old consigliere in Ernie to help us out. It’s like Robert Duvall being sent over to help one of the other five families not be stupid in the Godfather.

        • I thought I was jaded!
          Cheer up, GP. If Jerra Jones can field a competitive team, surely we can?

          • GPLDAN

            It’s ALL going to come down to who they hire to go OVER the GM role, and push Ted away.

            I honestly would take False Face and his creepy ways over Ted.

          • Viva

            Fucking flag me. Who is false face?

          • GPLDAN

            False Face from the 1967 Batman villain

            http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v651/KirkJarvinen/FalseFaceBatmanOhara.jpg

            He looks like Jerry Jones. Jerra may a have a bit more plastic in his face.

          • Viva

            So this…

          • Yeah, I agree. Without Teddy out of the pic (and the right Overlord in), the Bears will continue to flounder about like a virgin on prom night.

            The thing is, it’s so hard to get the right Czar.

        • Viva

          Mark Cuban for HMFIC.

          • Cuban Nostrodamus? Didn’t he predict the NFL would fold in a few years?

          • Viva

            Buyer’s always try to drive the price down.

          • Ahhh…he only LOOKS like he should star in Dumb and Dumber…

          • Doc Hamstring

            Cuban is an insane Ayn Rand devotee. He would be worse than Dan Snyder.

          • Viva

            I have a degree in philosophy – and love Ayn Rand, Aristotle, Locke, and Aquinas. Does that make me a devotee?

          • huntinbare

            Ayn Rand seems a bit too focused on Samsara

          • You’re Rand-y for Philosophy, eh?

          • Doc Hamstring

            I have a PhD in Comparative Studies, and love Aristotle and Locke, too. Doesn’t make me a devotee. Nor you.

            Mark Cuban has a 270-foot yacht named “The Fountainhead” because he loves the book so much. He reads it multiple times a year, for “motivation.”

            So yeah, he’s a devotee.

          • huntinbare

            Our vouce would be neutered
            Infiltration

  • Most surreal moment of George and Teddy presser.
    Reporter barely audible, “Brandon Marshall challenged yet another person to a boxing match…”

    Close 2nd, Virginia McCaskey is “pissed.”

  • BerwynBomber

    Not a huge fan of the Suh post-season suspension. Would prefer to have seen it carried over to beginning of regular season next year. Sucks because it denies us the chance to see Kitten’s D-line (sans Farley) face Cowgirls’ O-line. Also probably kills Kittens’ chance — not that I am rooting for them but generally like competitive games in the post-season.

    Wonder if Suh has played his last game in the Motor City. Can’t see the Bears pursuing him. Too many holes on D to dump so much money into the one player. But he is one F of a player.

    • Doc Hamstring

      Given that his contract with Detroit is over, and there’s a pretty good chance he’s going somewhere else, suspending him for a regular-season game next year isn’t exactly fair. It would reward Detroit instead of punishing them.

      • BerwynBomber

        It would punish Suh, which is the point. Any team, I assume, would take into account the suspension when negotiating with his agent.

      • John Doe

        Heard yesterday Browns are really interested in Suh and willing to pay him what he wants.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Because after they dump Josh Gordon they’ll need a replacement moron?

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            If you’d waited a few days that would’ve been a 2015 quote of the year candidate.

    • John Doe

      I would have suspended him for 3 games total. So 2 games next season with where ever he lands.

  • John Doe

    Wouldn’t it be iron if the Panel and the Consultant bring in this guy to straighten out Cutler..

    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet · 3h3 hours ago

    The #Falcons aren’t alone for #Patriots OC Josh McDaniels. I’m told the #49ers have also requested permission to interview him.

    • That would be the ultimate pimp slap to Cutty.
      Might as well bring in Tebus.

      • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

        McDaniels drove that Broncos team into the ground.

        • Viva

          FUCK Josh McDaniels.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            Josh McDaniels should stay in NE and just milk it. Any team he goes to he’ll try to duplicate NE but you can’t duplicate what the Patriots have had since 2002 nor can you duplicate the quarterback.

        • John Doe

          He saved Broncos from Jay Cutler.

          And now he is getting his second chance.

          Two of the teams with the most attractive head coaching opportunities are interviewing him.

          He is a douche no doubt. But he was right on Jay Cutler.

          • BerwynBomber

            He was right about Cutty but he was also wrong about Cassel. I wouldn’t consider McDaniel a serious HC candidate until he is near 50. Came off as way too immature while in Denver.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            He was not trying to “be right” about Cutler, he was trying to duplicate New England, didn’t even stop to consider how it would affect multiple veterans on the team, failed at it and fucking ruined everything.

            He was bringing HIS offense over to Denver, wanted HIS quarterback that already knew the system and it didn’t work.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            typical answer. Can’t even be objective about a guy who botched a coup to bring his old backup quarterback to his new team, lie about it to the existing qb, lose out on that backup, end up with Kyle fucking Orton, then draft IN THE FIRST ROUND Tim Tebow, get fired almost immediately and go crawling back to NE.

            And drive Brandon Marshall and Scheffler out at the same time.

          • John Doe

            Broncos have had more success since dumping Cutler.

            Josh Daniels has had more success back in NE.

            The only losers have been Bears with Jay Cutler. Broncos won that trade hands down.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            even douchebags on the Score have taken that poor argument and blown the lack of logic to bits. If david Haugh can rip that idiotic statement apart and he fucking hates cutler then you know you’re grasping. You are grasping.

          • AlbertInTucson

            David Haugh? People still read that drek?

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            even Haugh knew better than to try to judge the Cutler trade. It makes no sense. As if Denver’s master plan was to jettison Cutler, squander the picks they received for him, have Orton suck, go 11-17 with McDaniels, get him fired, get Fox, have Tebow play so badly that they go get Manning and the rest is history. Sounds like a great plan.

          • John Doe

            No grasping. Objective fact that Broncos as an organization and McDaniels as an individual had more success than Cutler.

            Nobody in the league thinks of cutler as a success. He is just a guy at best.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            alright John, we’ve gone from your initial comment of McDaniels saving Denver from Cutler to this. I like banter as much as the next guy but come on dude. You have drifted from your original inflammatory statement to stating that Josh McDaniels has had more individual success than Cutler.

            Josh McDaniels is the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots and his head coach is Bill Belichek. His quarterback is Tom Brady. What are we fucking talking about now. Maybe we should just keep going and you can compare how tight McDaniels’ wife is compared to Kristin….

            i’m going to just do my best to not interact with a select few of you guys from here on out. It’s absolutely apparent that when the word Jay or Cutler is even partially associated with something you’ll revert to your schtick. You’ve now resorted to defending Josh Mcdaniels.

          • AlbertInTucson

            The “more success” came AFTER they dumped McDaniels, with John Fox,managed to actually WIN a playoff game with Tebow. Then Elway had the brains / guts to roll the dice and sign Peyton Manning when the jury on Manning’s health was still out.

            I thought the neck issue had finished #18.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            8-8 with Broncos no playoffs in 2009
            3-9 with Broncos fired before end of season in 2010

            Bears in NFC Championship in 2010.

            stop yourself.

  • Viva

    Got all night to hit 1000.

    • Let’s get to 1,000 folks! Viva will be here all night picking up the phones. Barb will juggle heads, while GP will explain the economic collapse of Burma, volume 1.

      • GPLDAN

        I’m here a week now… waiting for a mission… getting softer. Every minute I stay in this room, I get weaker, and every minute Irish squats in the bush, he gets stronger. Each time I looked around the walls moved in a little tighter.

        • Viva

          Charlie don’t surf.

          • AlbertInTucson

            “I love the smell of napalm in the morning…Smells like, victory.”
            – Col. “Bill” Kilgore. US Army Air Mobile.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Is there a better, living, American actor than Robert Duvall?

          • EnderWiggin

            He can make a crappy movie good (Days of Thunder, Phenomenon, etc.)

          • AlbertInTucson

            Yes, but HE was the best part of both of those movies.

          • Oh god, Phenomenon…

          • EnderWiggin

            Good Will Hunting for old folks…

          • Viva

            No.

  • Viva

    Da Bullsce!

  • Viva

    900th!

  • Viva

    Any word from MB?

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      He texted me this morning with the news. His birthday usually brings glad tidings of joy.

      • Viva

        Great to hear!

  • AlbertInTucson

    Blogfather Tweet: “Applaud Woody Johnson & George McCaskey. Acknowledge knowledge limitations, hire experts to find coach/GM. Saying “I dont know” is okay.”

    Point taken.

    George McCaskey made the point a couple of times about the media.

    If ownership doesn’t step in, they don’t care.

    If they DO step in, they’re meddling.

  • Shady

    Only two short years ago, but it seems like an eternity.

    http://www.chicagonow.com/da-bears-blog/2013/01/marc-trestman-named-head-coach-of-the-chicago-bears/

    Self deducting 1 blog point for ChicagoNow link.

    • BerwynBomber

      Funny. Especially seeing the difference between JWad’s take and Al’s right below the article.

      • johnnywad is a beast

        I remember being very excited they hired a “cerebral” offensive coach. Proof I’m an idiot.

        • BerwynBomber

          You were far from alone.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Well, move over and put on your “I’m with Stupid” T-shirt when I sit next to you.

          I was GIDDY that he was an OC.

          The QB Whisperer!

          Hey! Bud Grant came down from Canada, too!

          Yada, yada, yada. Blah, blah, blah.

    • In the year 2,000 (13 Butch)

      “I should also add that it’s a deeper class at TE both in the draft and FA.

      Our two biggest needs (OT, TE) just happen to be balls deep this year.

      And if we need an ILB because Lach doesn’t return, we’re almost
      certain to be able to draft Ogletree, which I’d be thrilled with.

      Just glad we don’t need a QB or WR this year. Sucks to be in that boat in 2013…”

      We ended up with Bushrod and Bennett, respectively.

      Also, Waffle had pimp avi.

    • More from the time capsule,

      MB, “Is DeCamillas any good?”

      ’13 Butch,
      I don’t know. Emery worked with him in Atlanta I think, so there’s that connection.

      “Highly regarded for his work in NFL circles, DeCamillis has been a
      special teams coach since 1988 when he broke into the league with the
      Denver Broncos. DeCamillis followed a five-season run in Denver with
      stints with the New York Giants (1993-96), Atlanta Falcons (1997-06) and
      Jacksonville Jaguars (07-08) before arriving in Dallas in 2009. ”

      http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4682033/source-bears-st-job-may-interest-decamillis

      However, Cowboy fans seem to be happy he’s leaving, which raises a bit of a red flag for me.

  • Shady

    Ted Phillips reminds me of the archetypical character who controls and manipulates power players for his own gain. He has the ear of the king and he is up to no good. I simply don’t trust him.

  • Scott W.

    Sooo…why haven’t we hired Toub yet?

    • AlbertInTucson

      A) They have a search committee, er, panel.

      B) The Rooney Rule. Mr. Toub is not a minority.

      .

  • AlbertInTucson

    Apparently getting to the 2010 Championship game doesn’t count for Cutler. Nor the 7-3 start that had bright promise written all over it in 2011 before he broke his thumb .

    I’m not here to defend his complete lack of ball security since those days nor his apparent “I no longer give a damn” attitude of late but it’s not like the Bears got absolutely nothing for their trouble.

    He also endured the kind of horrible beatings, sack-wise, that has destroyed other QBs completely as well as a set of pre-Marshall / Jeffrey / Bennett receivers that

    A) Couldn’t have started for any other team in the league and

    B) Majored in breaking off pass routes and turning them into INTs. One of which led to that infamous broken thmb.

    And, of course, Mike Tice as OC.

    That said, his attitude seems to have gone south along with any concept of QB mechanics and I don’t know hpw you fix that at this point in his career.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Did he ever set his feet properly even ONCE on Sunday?

      • huntinbare

        Matbe that is why Ryan is coming…
        Isn’t Rex a foot fetish guru

        • AlbertInTucson

          That’s what they say. If he and the wife are into it, more pwer to ’em.

    • BerwynBomber

      The 2007 Super Bowl doesn’t count for Grossman either, largely because that team as well as the 2010 squad were built on D and STs.

      Cutty had his best stretch in 2011 as a Bear under Martz. I subscribe to Jim Miller’s take that Cutty has done his best under OCs and HCs (Martz and Shanny) who basically denied his option to audible (run the play that is called). Having Cutty think at the line of scrimmage seems like overload.

      In terms of any future, Cutty seems to play in fear. I don’t think he trusts himself much anymore. Hence, the endless dump-offs.

      • Whether ppl like him or not, it was sad seeing CuttyBadger turn into a constipated dump-off machine ala Campbell.
        Almost tragic, really. Like Doc Holiday taking up selling insurance policy.

        • johnnywad is a beast

          Val Kilmer as Doc Holiday. One of my favorites.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Dennis Quaid is not a bad “Doc” in the “has it’s moments but is just too, PONDEROUSLY long” WYATT EARP but TOMBSTONE is Kilmer at his finest.

          • BerwynBomber

            “Thunderheart” gets my Kilmer at his best vote. But “Tombstone” is damn fun for what it is.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Helluva cast in TOMBSTONE.

            I’ve seen THUNDERHEART. Thumbs up. Another good role for Graham Greene, too.

            “You had yourself a vision”.

          • BerwynBomber

            Yeah, Greene steals that movie, to a degree, which was fine by me. Was always fond of that flick. A little like “Witness”, which is even better.

          • AlbertInTucson

            He’s good in a another good movie, HEAT.

            You BETTER be if you have share screen time with Pacino and DeNirodoing roles MADE for them.

          • huntinbare

            Give Cutty some if Doc’s tonic and he will get comfortable in the pocket again…
            Laudanum is great nerve tonic

        • BerwynBomber

          Tend to agree (and I’ve never been a Cutty fan). Seeing Cutty try to become a game manager seems a waste. Do you know his YPA this year was 29th in the league? That is incredibly weak.

          I would rather see Cutty throw 25 picks while heaving it down the field than what he showed this year.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I think it’s obvious that confidence in the pocket has become an issue.

    • huntinbare

      Physics says that the universe is speeding up at ever increasing rates…
      For me Cutty came to help us work through the current roster of Mgmt. failures quicker than usual..Without him some of these folks could have kept us spellbound as ling as the Angelos
      For a decade or mire…
      I salute yoy JC for being the catalyst for sudden change…

    • You don’t fix it at his point.
      (and in case there’s any Rams/Cards/Titans GMs infiltrating)
      I mean, you just need the 95 Cowboy’s Oline, and Bill Walsh resurrected, and no injuries AT ALL.

    • John Doe

      No 7-3 or 2010 NFCC do not count for Cutler.

      It counts for your homegrown first round QB pick.

      The only thing that counts when a team gives up as much as they did for Cutler is Superbowl.

      No Superbowl = failure.

      • AlbertInTucson

        We disagree.

  • Frank Schoenburg

    Let’s welcome Rex Ryan to Chicago. Sooner the better

  • Ososfan

    Toub for HC and Rex for DC please. Decamillis should have been shown the door today as well.

    • NewBearInTown

      Rex will be head coach somewhere. And likely have his choice of personnel guy as well. That somewhere could be Chicago, but he’s not going to be DC.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I don’t think Rex is going to be satisfied with just DC these days and I suspect he MAY feel it’s HIS destiny to get the HC job he feels that Buddy should have had.

        • NewBearInTown

          Or he just knows he can be a head coach in probably 3-4 cities this year and likely a couple more next year if he wants the job.

        • Rex will take a year off like Lovie if need be, except he’ll be in high-demand for TV gigs, and once he gets a taste of that, I don’t think he returns to coaching, much like Gruden, the Chin, etc.

          • AlbertInTucson

            You really think so?

            I think Rex still has the coaching fire burning hot in that, much reduced, belly of his.

            I DO agree that he could make an easy transition to TV analyst.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Relax, he is as GOOD as “gone”.

      For those who didn’t/couldn’t listen in after the presser on THE SCORE, here’s the deal with the assistants:

      Kromer was publicly fired because of his leak and the organization wanted the “YOUR FIRED” stamp on his forehead.

      The rest of the assistants are still under contract but have been told “Seek employment elsewhere”. It’s money thing. If/when they get hired elsewhere, the balance of their contract goes to their new team.

      The Bears handled Lovie’s assistants in the same way two years ago.

      • Yes, George and Ted made it a point to single out Kromer, ‘Other than Emery and Trestman, the only other contract terminated was Kromer’s’

        Ouch, babe.

        • AlbertInTucson

          In my mind though, that doesn’t excuse the Bears for not blowing Kromer out the door as soon as his breach of locker room protocal was revealed.

          I was wondering about Tucker still being around before I heard the situation explained.

        • NewBearInTown

          Ironically, Kromer ends up getting more money for his trouble. He’ll get next year’s salary from the Bears and from another team as well if he can find someone to hire him. And I think its fairly likely Sean Payton takes him back.

      • AlbertInTucson

        And I am just regurgitating what Hub Arkush said on THE SCORE because they were getting calls and tweets galore about Tucker not being fired.

      • huntinbare

        Thanks for clearing that up…my phone started buffering alot during the aftermath of the Balcony Presser from King George

  • AlbertInTucson

    Blog Tweet: “If I’m Denver, I’m calling Rex Ryan yesterday about a consultant role for the playoffs, based on his history defending the Patriot offense.”

    Good call, Mr. Breer.

  • NewBearInTown

    I do wonder about Toub. He’s definitely a representative of the “Bear way” (which just means, stuff we did when we were winning). Emery would have been the biggest reason not to bring him back. He’s a great coach.
    Why not?

  • AlbertInTucson

    I think we have 1,000 KNOCKED cold. Hell, I may post another 20 myself.

    • Viva

      I got dibs on ringing the bell!!!

    • Shady

      There’s no “i” in post, Al.

      • Viva

        stop (see what I did there) it.

      • AlbertInTucson

        No, but there sure is one in FINED.

        Also FIRED while we’re revisitng THAT dead horse.

    • huntinbare

      I heard Suh only got 1game because Rogers wasn’t in the prone position
      Prone = 2 games
      SUHpine =1 game

  • Viva

    Da Hawksce are in OT.

    • huntinbare

      Started slow tonight
      only about 14 shots on goal into 2nd period

  • Viva

    Shootout!!!!

    • huntinbare

      1 point well taken
      Gimme 2 now

  • SC Dave

    995 ish posts now

  • Viva

    Hawks Win!!

    • huntinbare

      Two

    • AlbertInTucson

      “Doot, doodle oot doodle…

    • huntinbare

      Who scored in the shootout

      • Viva

        Toews.

  • Viva

    1000th!

    • Ding! Ding! Ding!
      Toub says, congrats.

    • beninnorcal

      Congratulations, sir. You win 1 blog point.

    • beninnorcal

      Actually only showing 990 comments on my browser at this time. -1 blog point. Sorry, Viva.

      • Viva

        No way, Ben. Mine says 1006 now…this will be 1007.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Oh no, Ben, Viva may have evn been 1001 or 2.

    • AlbertInTucson

      That’s the downside of success.

  • Viva

    New thread. That blows.

  • BlameAngelo

    Is this a record number of comments?

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