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Thoughts on Entirety of the Chicago Bears Draft

| May 11th, 2014

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Congrats to Scott Vandermoon, winner of the DBB draft weekend ticket contest. He’ll receive a pair of tickets to a Bears home game this year.

The Bears drafted eight players over three days. They were Kyle Fuller (CB, Va Tech), Ego Ferguson (DT, LSU),Will Sutton (DT, Arizona State), Ka’Deem Carey (RB, Arizona), Brock Vereen (FS, Minnesota), David Fales (QB, San Jose State), Pat O’Donnell (P,Miami) and Charles Leno Jr. (OT, Boise State).

They also signed as undrafted free agents: Jordan Lynch (QB?, Northern Illinois), James Dunbar (OT, TCU), Christian Jones (LB, FSU), Brandon Dunn (DT, Louisville), DeDe Lattimore (LB, South Florida), Tana Patrick (LB, Bama), Lee Pegues (DT, East Carolina), Cody Booth (TE, Temple) and Ryan Groy (OG, Wisconsin).

There is a lot to discuss when it comes to this bounty of players. I, of course, am starting with the punter.

  • Explain this to me. The Bears punted 68 times a year ago and fielded the worst punter, both statistically and emotionally, in the league. They are entering the 2014 season with Drew Butler and Tress Way – both wildly unproven – as their only punting options. So what do they do? They draft the best punter available in the sixth round? Why did they do that? Because they did not want to risk losing a player they coveted at a position of need in the scrambled lunacy of the UFA period. Criticize the pick all you want but you won’t be critical should O’Donnell bomb a punt or two out of the end zone against the Bills.
  • Emery’s second and third round selections (Ego and Sutton) define the different between his tenure and that of his predecessor. Emery identifies weaknesses and attacks those weaknesses with players. The Bears could not stop the run in 2013. They lacked size and strength in the middle of their defensive line. These two gentlemen are Emery’s response.
  • We all – and I mean everyone – got the Bears wrong when it came to their running back approach. We thought scat back, speed guy, great in space. We thought a tweener like De’Anthony Thomas fit the bill. Instead they went with a cutback runner who excels at pass protection. If he avoids run-ins with authorities, this pick could end up feeling like a steal.
  • Very interesting how few fans understand the evolution of modern defensive football. I can’t tell you how many emails I received asking why the Bears would use their first round selection on a player who’ll only see the field 25% of the time. The Bears operated out of the nickel on more than half their defensive snaps a year ago. Fuller will see the field. A lot.
  • Zoobilee Zoo (how we’ll refer to Brock Vereen on this site…look it up) may end up being the defining selection of this draft. If Emery manages to have hit on a true free safety in the fourth round of the draft, the Bears may have completely overhauled a terrible defense in one offseason.
  • As it stands, however, I think the Bears are another offseason away from bringing the defense to the level of the offense.
  • I think the steal of this draft was Zach Mettenberger to the Titans in the sixth round. The Bears took David Fales half-a-dozen picks later and I thought the talent gap between the two was extensive. I would have left Fales on the board and added Lache Seastrunk to the running backs room.
  • Charles Leno will need to have a dominant summer to make the roster but here’s the last line of his scouting report at CBS: “has the traits to survive at the NFL level and projects as a down-the-road pro starter.”
  • Did the failed drug test really cost Christian Jones a draft place? When it was announced the Bears signed the former FSU linebacker, I did a double take. How did no one take him in seven rounds? (Also interesting to note the Bears seemingly snaked Jones from the Jags.) I watched a lot of Jones in college and the kid can play. It won’t surprise me at all if he’s on the final 53.
  • I’d heard from very reliable sources the Bears were enamored with Jordan Lynch when they met with him so it made total sense he sign with them. I don’t think they have any idea what they’re going to do with him but they ARE going to come up with something. This was not a novelty selection. They wanted Lynch.

All in all, it was an exceedingly interesting weekend for the Bears. They still have questions at the safety position but few questions elsewhere.

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  • Emery repeatedly mentioned Lynch’s running ability. IMO he’s a RB/FB/HB short-yardage guy, or something like that. Will be tough to make the roster though. Might have to try to beat out Onobun or Ford, but he’s too small for FB IMO

    • Big Mike

      Learn a new position in the NFL? Man those are long odds. Roster spot seems improbable. Practice squad could provide a great learning period at new spot. Like the idea of picking him. But no you have NFL coaches teaching youth league position fundamentals. Stance, alignment, foot work, hand placement etc

      • he was a UDFA, so no pick spent. IMO Practice Squad is most likely destination for him this year, but we’ll see.

        • Big Mike

          I like the signing a lot. Degree of difficulty…. Expert level

    • gpldan waiting on camp

      Word is Onabus has hit the gym hard.

      • he needs to hit the jugs machine hard. Already physically a freak.

  • Trac

    Overall, Emery did well. Glad to know that we snagged some good talent in the later rounds.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Has Vereen got the nouse to start at FS in the NFL in week one? Needs to. I’m glad the DL got better, and I like Fuller. Carey was a steal, but I’d have another DB instead of Fales.

    • Big Mike

      The DBs left were terrible. Let Trestman have his toy. Fales is destined for the 3rd QB designation. I don’t remember if that guy takes up a roster spot or not? Possibly practice squad. Makes the 4th pre-season game vs Cleveland interesting. Will Manziel be the starter? Or will he play in the 4th Game?

  • Irish Sweetness

    So which players are you sick we missed or were there for the taking?

    • DaBearsBlog

      Would have loved to see Emery have to choose between Fuller and Donald.

      • Irish Sweetness

        He’d have gone Donald in a heartbeat, Stanley Jean-Baptiste in the second. 6’3. Damn.

      • TheBigCheesy

        Do you really think there is any uncertainty in that hypothetical situation?

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      Martavis Bryant was there for the taking and we could have gone RB with a later round pick but i guess Emery really like Carey.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Martavis is one player I would have loved. Backup for the Beastly Bros.

        • MB30SD

          beastie boys

          • Irish Sweetness

            The Beastie Boys! Yes.

          • MB30SD

            welcome

    • Sactowns#1

      Nix! The guy just has the body and size. Instead we got a taller, rangy guy and a another guy who’s 30+lbs lighter and still slower.

  • Big Mike
    • 71 yd punt? Damn.
      We should all view the punter as part of the defense like Al Davis did. The one guy on the field who can make make an offense have to get an extra 20 yards 3-5 times a game.

      • Big Mike

        Plus as @johnathanwood:disqus pointed out to me, he punted in crummy weather in Cincinnati, and has been working on direction kicking in Miami and since graduating. From what I’ve read, he’s likely to be a smart good clubhouse guy as well.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I guess it’s not a bad thing getting the best punter in the draft, and maybe one day Fales is crying into Eisen’s hanky about the day he was drafted in the fourth, the week of his fifth consecutive superbowl win.

        • tobijohn

          I noticed on his highlight reel that a lot of the time he was making tackles ahead of the coverage guys. I guess maybe it would be better that he stayed back just in case (and also to avoid injury) but that’s impressive. Also read he transferred back down to be with his family while his father underwent cancer treatment. That shows some serious character…

  • Irish Sweetness

    Now we all need to make our offerings to the injury Gods.

    Has anyone told Garza he’s benched yet?

    • Big Mike

      Garza will play. Our OL is going to be even better this year.

      • IMO Mills was drafted to start this year after sitting behind Webb as a rookie. he just accelerated things.

        Look at Kromer’s history. Late-round OT from small school, sits for a year, then plug and play. I expect a BIG step up from Mills this year (Long too, btw). And an improved OL opens up the offense a bunch–more 4WR spread sets.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Again, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. If you have one weak link … they go at that guy all day as many different ways as they can. Garza’s knee-physics don’t work and they’ve just been waiting for a man with the ability to stand in there and do it. Our guy did it for the Saints. He’s here now and they need to put loyalty and sentiment aside and install the new guy. Now.

    • haha $10 says Garza’s going to get some ‘odd’ injury, and De La Puente will start.
      Garza’s knowledge of protections is invaluable, though his athleticism is a liability.
      De La Puente’s good, but it’s not as if he’s a road-grader either.
      Our line really isn’t going to blast anyone off the line. The only one is Long, and maybe Mills.
      That’s probably why they drafted that new guy in the 7th.

      • Big Mike

        First the Bears don’t really run a drive blocking scheme. So driving guys off the ball has it’s place, but its not the staple of the system. 2nd Slauson is a a beast. Long is a beast in training. Garza is clearly on the down side of things and never was a mauler.

        The guy they took in the 7th is a big athletic softie. He doesn’t toughen up anything. Good value pick, but not going to knock anyone off of anything.

        • I know we run a zone scheme now, so burying ppl is probably not as important as it would be under Tice, and I can’t argue with the results.
          However, I still think 3and1s is our achilles heel, and why Irish wants Garza replaced *no push.
          Slauson is a better pass protector than road grader according to PFF and other sites who track that sort of stuff.
          This is probably why we drafted Carey, so he can make his own short yards.
          Carey may not be flashy, but he shows vision, instincts and fight.

          • Big Mike

            PFF sucks at grading OL play. Bears got better at 3 and 1 as the season progressed. A lot of that is on the fact that their FB last year was terrible. I hate that guy. He missed at least three assignments on short yardage. Which is by all counts his only f’n job. Trestmann also seemed to be too struggle with 3rd and 1 as a play caller. I expect this will be a point of emphasis when the Bears do go live.

          • Irish Sweetness

            No. Push.

            Zackry.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Once the line is acting as it should – with a real set of knees at center – a player like Carey will dance around their ankles and make his own yards with that low centre of gravity and quick momentum. Forte doing his thing … Ford with those little glimpses of Walter he’s shown … I’m pumped.

            Garza’s a great guy to have on the bench for us in a pinch. But day one it’s got to be with the new guy giving the ball to Jay. They’ve got to get that rhythm going ASAP.

      • IMO the new guy will be groomed to be the swing tackle next year so they don’t have to worry about losing Britton next offseason.

        Also Emery specifically mentioned that guy played LT in college, and he wanted somebody in reserve who had LT experience.

  • Big Mike

    @DaBearsBlog:disqus, I have to raise my hand and say I was not for a change of pace back, or a 1 yard and a cloud of dust guy. I wanted Forte light in the late rounds. Pass protection is the key. It’s the one reason I’ve been in the show-me crowd for Michael Ford.

    Love the pick of the punter. 50-100 chances per season to change the momentum of the game. Ego Ferguson pick,is a head scratcher. Not in a bad way, but in the way that says what do they see. Was he the BEST DT available? Plan sounds awesome. Run stuffer etc… Now we wait….

    • Yeah, I DEFINITELY did NOT want Garrett Wolf 2.0. I wanted a masher like Andre Williams who went a few picks before Carey.
      I would have preferred Williams, but I understand Emery’s choice.
      He drafted a cow-bell type who might not be flash, but is competent at everything, especially scoring and short yards. I could live with that. Hopefully Ford can become our home-run hitter, or even Lynch?

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      Forte light 2.0 would have been Marion Grice. He was a prolific pass catching RB that went to the Chargers with pick 201.

    • Shady

      “We all – and I mean everyone – got the Bears wrong when it came to their running back approach. We thought scat back, speed guy, great in space. We thought a tweener like De’Anthony Thomas fit the bill.”

      Jeff seems to believe all Bears fans think with the same brain. I would agrue most Bears fans thought, after losing Mike Bush, Emery would target a bruising RB who would fight for tough yards but who was still a decent receiver. Sometimes I wonder where Jeff gets his opinion of Bears fan opinions…. Twitter. smh

      • Irish Sweetness

        Michael Bush bodies are rare. That was a 260lb running back, and back when I admired and coveted him (as a Raider) he was a dangerous weapon, a load to bring down, and could pick screens out of the air and rumble down-field. Alas, we didn’t see the best of him, but they don’t pop up in the draft every year.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Ealy was there. The #2 4-3 DE was there and Ferguson is rated … .where … on the list of DTs in that draft ? You want Ealy and Sutton or Ego and Sutton?

      • MB30SD

        ego and sutton. We just payed out a lot of cash for DEs. wasn’t a focus this year.

        • Irish Sweetness

          It’ll be a focus if Cracker cracks his pelvis. Allen goes down and our DE roster looks really meh.

          • el_caney

            take in consideration that Washington, Bass are still under contract and his best is coming, and now Sutton in 290 lb can play any place in the line.

      • We were HURTING at DT. Before the draft, we had FlatBread and Old Man Ratliff, and ouch-my-acl Collins. THAT was by far the biggest concern.

        Now, we have Ego, Sutton and Collins as our future foundation.

        We have Allen, Young and Houston essentially locked up for 3 years. If they bomb, Emery can take a DE next year. Done and done.

        • Big Mike

          Plus one of Idonije, Bass, and some other guy at DE.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Could have had one this year. Ealy. ‘Sup?

  • Big Mike

    Here’s a present. I was looking at the Fales video. Intangibles look to be all there, good stats, Made some accurate throws. Then I looked at this.

  • I was hoping for LB Christian from FSU. He ran like a 4.74, but he plays faster than that. He’s also 6’4 235 and long. I was very shocked noone drafted him, as was Walt over at Walterfootball. Might explain why Emery chose him. I think of all the UFDAs he’ll make the team on upside alone. The Washington of 2014. Here’s some of his highlights.

    http://youtu.be/ZLhCeWNpuCA

    • Big Mike
      • I thought he might be a player Emery targeted. Christian Jones played all LB positions, and even some DE. That sort of versatility + size/speed seduces Emery.

        • Big Mike

          Evaluated as third round talent by almost every mock/expert etc. Then he failed his piss test. One quote “when his processor catches up to his physical ability, this kid will be very good in the NFL”.

          So.. give him some time. Definitely a steal.

          • Just keep him away from the pharmacy counter…or, maybe Jones and Shea can began to hang, wink/wink

          • Big Mike

            That’s all on him. Is weed a banned substance in the NFL? What if the player lives where it is legal? The only thing I’m offended by with the kid is that he knew he had a test coming and still failed it.

          • MB30SD

            illegal. suspension. just ask josh gordon

          • If we could get the defensive equivalent of what Gordon did last year, I’ll take it for a UFDA.

          • Big Mike

            Not a fan of that rule.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Although it shouldn’t be illegal for pros, it’s definitely not a performance enhancing drug – unless you’re the Beatles or Jimi Hendrix.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Sam Hurd.

          • johnnywad

            Sam had like 40 lbs of cocaine and some dudes on payroll slinging it for him. Fucking dumb ass.

          • MB30SD

            he never had any coke, was all weed. he was entrapped and framed and it was total bullshit from what I read.

            That said, he was an immense dumbass and a weed addict.

          • johnnywad

            He was attempting to buy and distribute huge amounts of coke. Not sure what he actually had on him I guess. Entrapment or not, he’s on audio agreeing to buy $700,000 worth of cocaine at regular intervals. It’s hard to see entrapment ad a mitigating factor here. Prostitution on the other hand…….. I can get my brain around that one at least.

          • MB30SD

            I get it. He’s just not the big drug kingpin they make him out to be

            http://mmqb.si.com/2013/11/12/sam-hurd-cocaine-bust/

          • Cormonster

            Hurd never sold one gram of cocaine. His friend set him up to meet some guys from the Mexican mafia at a restaurant. When they met, they handed him a briefcase with cocaine. Hurd was probably nervous as hell and bragging he could move a lot. The Mexican mafia guys turned out to be DEA or Homeland Security agents. Entrapment all the way. He would have never got into the business if it wasn’t for government agents. The drug laws in this country are total bullshit and overly punitive, yet millions of young kids are put on methamphetamines at the encouragement of teachers and doctors. SMH

          • johnnywad

            I don’t know Cor. The dude said he would do it. Showed up to take it and took it. You’d rather he got to sell some too?

            If its murder for hire, does the murder have to occur before you’re ready to lock him up?

            At the end of the day, this guy had a pretty good thing going with a really nice income and good future opportunities besides thanks to his position in life. And he’s this stupid? Fuck him. Entrapment sucks, but I don’t have one ounce of sympathy for Sam Hurd. There should have been a little warning light going off in his head somewhere saying “Maybe I shouldn’t go receive a briefcase full of cocaine that I agreed to receive and sell.”

          • Cormonster

            I agree he was an idiot to agree, but I have a bigger problem with the government going out of it’s way to CREATE the crime in the first place. Homeland Security already knew he was peddling weed to his friends and other players. Just bust him on that. Instead, the government wasted huge sums of money setting up this sting for publicity.

    • they have room for 1 more ST LB to make the roster. My bet is on him.

      Don’t sleep on the MLB from USF either. Kid can thump. Gonna be though to stick this year, but maybe PS and a shot at a roster spot next year.

  • BearDownChi

    This was in an article on nfl.com by Kevin Patra

    “He said, ‘Look man, I want you here,'” agent Cliff Brady said, per the Chicago Tribune. “Trestman told him, ‘I have 10 different things I can do with you, come with us. Come here and we’ll make it work.'”

    Sounds like Trestman has some kind of plan for Lynch.

    • Big Mike

      Trestman and Emery always seem to have a plan. It’s refreshing. Had the bridges not been burned, I bet he would have done something very productive on offense with Hester if he had him earlier in his career.

      • MB30SD

        honestly, fuck devin hester. he lost ever shred of cred with me when he admitted he just collected a paycheck for 2 year. disgusting.

        • Irish Sweetness

          This and only this. Immediate dismissal for the lad if I ran that organization. Clear breach of contract somewhere.

        • johnnywad

          This this this.

    • Big Mike

      Here’s the link.
      http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000349512/article/chicago-bears-sign-niu-qb-jordan-lynch
      Not to brag, but my son who plays HS ball does not have a position. He’s listed as “athlete”.

      • BearDownChi

        Nice

  • Big Mike

    Here is @albertintucson’s review of the RB from Arizona. It is very encouraging.

    Here’s what I know from watching Ka’Deem Carey play here in Tucson:

    He
    led the nation in rushing 2 years straight playing in the PAC 12 behind
    Arizona’s average offensive lines and this season, when teams
    game-planned for Arizona, Carey was in the crosshairs. He still rushed
    for 100+ weekly.

    The PAC 12 is a big boy conference that, when
    NCAA schedules expanded to 12 games, added an additional (9th)
    CONFERENCE game instead of an additional ‘cupcake’ opponent. He sat out
    Arizona’s first game (vs. cupcake NAU) and 1 quarter in game 2 in Rich
    Rodriguez’ doghouse for off-season acts of stupidity.

    Fortunately, neither drugs nor theft/robbery/shoplifting was involved.

    That
    he was ranked below the likes of BCs Andre Williams and others by so
    many “experts” is clearly a case of not paying very close attention.

    He
    and Williams both faced USC last season. Carey ran for 135 yards and
    had 6 receptions for 36 yards.. Williams racked up less than 40 vs. USC
    and had zero receptions. For the season.

    When they went head to head in a bowl game last December, it was no contest
    with Carey extending his streak of consecutive 100 yard games to 16 and Williams a non-factor.

    Carey
    ran angry, can catch the ball, had a nose for the endzone and was
    durable for Arizona. He did cough the ball up occassionally but usually
    came back from a fumble running even harder.

    I am sure his off
    field issues along with a pedestrian 40 time at the combine dropped his
    stock. That and the declining overall value of running backs. If I
    recall correctly, Carey had a domestic violence issue in which charged
    were dismissed (as opposed to “dropped” & there IS a difference) and
    he was ejected from the crowd for misbahaving at a UA basketball game
    prior to his Junior year which cost him the disciplinary action. Rich
    Rodriguez suffers no fools gladly and Carey appeared to get the message.

    I like the pick. I’m rooting for him to be a steal.

  • Also, happy Mother’s Day to our silent female audience!

    • Irish Sweetness

      hey bebbes …… I’m gonna put on some Johnny Mathis here …..

    • Big Mike

      We have females on here? besides the one @MB30SD:disqus posts?

      • they come out from time to time. I think Jeff made a disparaging remark about childbirth or something once, and one of them came out from a shack and responded with a manifesto.

        • Big Mike

          That’s funny.

        • tobijohn

          I remember that. She did the same thing to Jeff that Jared Allen did to poor Lance Louis a few years ago…

  • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

    Vandermoon, time to start contributing…even if it’s just titty pics.

    • ESPECIALLY if it’s just titty pics.

    • johnnywad

      Fuckin carpet bagger just rolls in, picks up his tickets and bolts. Probably Emery’s nephew or some shit like that.

  • Now, back to the original programming. Emery is just funny. Even when he’s being serious, you can almost feel the smirk. Some draft day footnotes while watching his pressers on the draft.

    Called our new P “A strapping athlete”. I don’t think I ever heard a P ever be called that, maybe a rugby cast away.
    We drafted the Pac-12 offensive AND defensive player of the year? wow. odd, but me likery.

    http://youtu.be/ZLhCeWNpuCA

    • Also, I think Trestman just compared Fales to Rodgers.
      A reporter asked, “Is that comparison really valid?” indeed.

      • I think a Matt Flynn comp. is valid. Good, productive QB in college who went late in the draft because he has a weak arm. He will learn the system and be a solid backup who should not be your full-time starter but can get you through a few games if your guy goes down.

        • Big Mike

          It will be fascinating to see what Trestman does with this guy. If he turns him into a solid backup, with fill in starter potential how awesome. Maybe he baits somebody into a couple of draft picks…Or maybe, just maybe he’s the sleeper of the decade. Don’t know, but it’s like holding a lottery ticket.

          • MB30SD

            I’d like to start amassing picks a la billetcheater. Can you imaging emery with 2 firsts and 2 seconds? Yikes!

          • Big Mike

            3 pro-bowlers. First pick would be a warm up.

          • i don’t think he has the arm to ever be a full-time starter. But a quality backup is valuable. If he gets a chance at extended PT in a year or 2 (like McCown had this year), I could see him doing well and CHI getting a 2nd or 3rd out of him.

        • He’s accurate, I’ll give him that. McCown didn’t exactly have a rocket, and he was effective. With Alshon, Bmarsh, Bennett and Forte in WCO, just need to hit those windows, and they’ll do the rest.
          I’m not too worried about it. I would have preferred Boyd, but Trestman/Emery have definitely gained my trust when it comes to QBs.

      • Irish Sweetness

        What a dumb question to ask.

        • MB30SD

          fuck rodgers. doucheyen

    • MB30SD

      dude, CJones looks like a total STUD!

      Why did he fall again?

      • Drugs. actually, stupidity – stupidity for doing drugs when he knew he was gonna get tested.

        But man, I’m stoked we got him. I wanted him with one of our 6s. Emery and I are on the same wave length.

        Have you watched the vid of our new FS? Want to know what your take on him is.

        • MB30SD

          I watched a little, but I will and give you my thoughts (if they’re worth anything at all).

      • Big Mike

        by many counts, actually most he’s a third round guy. He’s been called the best UDFA signed. Emery cleaned up with UDFAs. Stole Jones from Miami, Stole Lynch from GB

        • MB30SD

          kinda love emery at this point.

          • Big Mike

            Right.. It’s almost like the first round of the draft gets him warmed up. 3 for 3 with head scratchers. (although you and I agree CD was not his). But Long and Fuller both did not line up with what anyone (save Pete Prisco and the big haired draft guy). But rounds 2+ he is an absolute certified genius. If Fuller pans out, he is a draft genius. If Sutton plays up to his 2012 forecast, Lynch can contribute on ST and learn the NFL game and EGO be .75 of a Wilfork, Emery becomes a draft god.

        • Frank Schoenburg

          Ka Boom!!

  • I’m still chuckling about our punter. Can’t get over that he’s 6’4 220 and ran a 4.67 and benched 24.
    He’s probably more athletic than Shea.

    • Irish Sweetness

      If I had to fight an NFL linebacker to the death, it would be Shea McClellin.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Players you’d fight? When the NFL, TV and consumer demand finally perfects itself … who would you fight on TV for a few hundred thousand dollars?

        Eli Manning. Cortland Finnegan ….. this is fun ……Garret Wolfe …. Greg Olsen … Brian Bosworth ….

        • MB30SD

          finnigan would fuuuuuck you up.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Mr McGee …. don’t make me angry …..

          • MB30SD

            please

          • Irish Sweetness

            No ?

          • MB30SD

            he’d fuck you up

          • Irish has Tall Whites tech.

        • NFL Fight Club. #1 on my list. Grammatica. Pick one.

          • Big Mike

            I’d whip Robbie Gould’s ass. πŸ™‚ Tom Waddle back in the day. Eli is probably a sleeper. All those older brother’s f’n with him all the time.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Oh Turtlehead – the talented brother – how could I forget? That big noggin would open up like a hard-boiled ostrich egg with a perfectly delivered headbutt ….TV needs to enter the next century already. Until the audience is armed …..

        • johnnywad

          Aaron Rodgers.

          • Irish Sweetness

            A-vadge ? Nah, they’d get me on hate-crimes.

        • no way in hell I would pick a fight with Cortland Finnegan. Dude has enough crazy in him to be dangerous.

          Mark Sanchez. Remember the flinch lined up wide?

      • johnnywad

        That’s awesome. I couldn’t stop laughing here Irish. Cracks me up.

    • Frank Schoenburg

      Ka Boom!

  • MB30SD

    I don’t get all the hate for taking the best punter in the draft… and a beast of an athlete? Just don’t get it?!

    The punter besides a QB and a guy like old devin have the potential to have the biggest impact on games week in week out.

    We had abject dogshit at punter last year, if this dude turns out to be a solid year in year out guy for the next 5ish, how awesome a pick will that be? Best 6th round pick… eeeevvveerrrrrr!

    They MUST see big opty in ego. Must. Data and BC (and me) liked sutton in the second and I was kind bummed when we took ego instead, THEN we get sutton in 3. Fuck Emery is a beast indeed! I have a feeling ego is going to turn out to be a wilfork type for some reason. Kid just needs some good coaching… at LSU due to his size I bet he was just told to clog the middle.

    Zoobie zoo?!?!? WTF jeff, worst nickname… eeeevvveeeerrrr!!

    Agree we’re a year off still. Need to use our pick next year to get a new mike brown back there… or pry rhodes outta the gym bar. (NTTAWWT)

    See the link below by $, C Jones looks like a bigtime stud steal. Guy looks GREAT on tape. The new briggsy?

    • Yeah, I like the P. Would have been nice to get him with our 7th, but when he booms it and makes Drew Brees have to go 90 yds instead of Podlesh’s 40, we’re all going to be “ohhhhh”.

      I was ok with Ego where we got him. He’s a two-gap player. Those guys aren’t going to look flashy. Just hold the point of attack, don’t go backwards, try to occupy two fatmen, and stick your arm out and drag down the runner. I do agree that he’s our new Ratliff. Ego is a total Tucker DT IMO. Lovie/Angelo would never have drafted him, so I’m going to blame/credit that pick to Tucker.

      I’m hoping Jones can play some MLB with his size. He’s still pretty slim too (almost a basketball powerforward body), so he can bulk up. We really need an MLB. I just don’t trust DJ to stay healthy.

      • Big Mike

        You hope that he is the new Ratliffe. no knock on Ego. But Ratliffe is going to be a beast this year. You watch…

        • I like Ratliff. But he’s like 33 and on a one year contract? Glad Emery’s trying to at least double-up there. Doesn’t bode well for Paea either, one of the last from the Angelo reign of terror.

          • MB30SD

            buh bye

          • Big Mike

            I said this year. He’s going out with a bang. He’s 33, but he’s rested. Missed better part of 2 years rehabbing. I think Paea is cooked. see what i did there..

          • Irish Sweetness

            Yup, Ratliff and Cracker are no spring chickens, which is why I was hoping Ealy would get taken by the Bears.

        • Frank Schoenburg

          Ratliff is a 4 time pro bowler.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Surely Bullough was worth a pick as mike backup? The Texans signed him.

    • he’s under contract for 4 years for super cheap and will provide above-average punting for a minimum deal. With a 4 year contract. It was a 6th round pick. There is no being pissed about this, IMO

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        you don’t know what he’s going to do. There are kids in highschool that can punt it 47 yards on average.
        Podlesh is garbage but every year dozens and dozens of punters are leaving college and it could have been done as UDFA. I’m more amused by the QB pick than the punter.

        I’ll concede that Punter in the 6th isn’t that bad now that we’ve signed Christian Jones at LB. My point was that there are positions that could have been addressed and luckily Christian is a fucking moron and failed a drug test at combine time.

        6th round QB is a waste and won’t be on the team in 2 yrs. Better off keeping Palmer and stashing Jordan Rodgers or someone like that who did just as well in college as Fales and who already has NFL familiarity on the PS or as the 3rd guy.

        Doesn’t matter at this point as Cutler and Palmer will be solid 1/2 and if it ever gets to Drew Bales or any other 3rd guy it doesn’t matter like it doesn’t matter a year or two from now when some of you are furiously masturbating to another 7th rounder or UDFA qb that we bring on.

        • Big Mike

          Can’t say any of that about drafting a QB with Trestman. The excitement is to see what he can do. Looks like the pick presented the Bears (in their considerably more informed opinion than ours) the most upside at that spot. I’m excited, just to see what Trestman can do with a guy like that. If he Jordan Palmer works out and this Fales guy works out, WOW, what a track record. If one of the two works out that still very impressive. Or was his impact on Josh McCown lightning in a bottle?

          As for the Punter, easier to grade a punter than almost any other position. Did the ball go high, did it go far, did it land where you wanted it to, could he do it in weather. Toss it all in the blender and there’s your rankings. He was ranked #1 or #2 of all punters by almost everyone. Beautiful part about drafting him is, his salary is slotted and the Bears own him for 4 years.

          • MB30SD

            I just want to see him fucking destroy some dude who makes it past everyone else… oh wait, that won’t happen.

        • his punt average would have been somewhere around 5th in the NFL last year. I’d say that’s solidly above average.

          And Fales was a great fucking pick. i’m telling you that right now. Remember I said this. It will be important at some point in the next four years.

    • Shady
      • MB30SD

        ben vereen is… not…. funny.

        • Shady

          Take a look at… those eyes…

          • MB30SD

            get online, let me light you up a bit

  • Doc Nitty

    Love love loved this draft. So many needs filled. PAC 10 O & D players of the year? Guys with production, accolades, intangibles. No pool boy type projects. Emery made this team better on D.

    Now, lets just hope these guys pan out.

    Mmmbearssss

  • Doc Nitty

    The best part about about this draft, Now that its over, I don’t have to hear about the fucking draft for a good long while…

    • MB30SD

      now it all about baseball, basketball, and hockey!

      AAAAAAAWESOME!!!!!

      • Doc Nitty

        Dude, if I had to hear another person debating where Johnny Manziel would go and blah blah blah Clowney, I would have stuck an ice pick in my brain. Besides, summers near, camps around the corner, and it’s time to turn off the tv and get outside. If only I wasn’t so fucking sick right now.

        • Big Mike

          I start meeting with my eighth grade team soon. Unfortunately I think my relative talent is the Bears 2013 defense (post injury) and their Mike Tice Offense. We’re small, but we make up for it by being slow. Might have to run the Single Wing and a Wishbone. Maybe some new kids will move into the neighborhood.

          • johnnywad

            Been there Mike. They won’t. Just keep it fun. Its funny how groups of athletes come and go in bunches isn’t it?

          • Big Mike

            I’m all about teaching fundamentals of the game. Making players compete. Win like you’ve been there and tip your hat to the opponent when you lose. We end practice with “do your best”. Or “better and better”.

      • Big Mike

        Ohh noo

      • Doc Nitty

        Saw that coming

  • MB30SD

    peter king giving lightly fellating the fales pick (man that’s an unfortunate name)

    http://mmqb.si.com/2014/05/11/2014-draft-10-picks-who-stand-out/?eref=sihp

    • He joked that he told ppl his middle name is “Never”. I seriously would change it.

      • MB30SD

        yes.

    • Late round steals, yet he lists 2 guys in round 2. WTF?

      • MB30SD

        He’s a tool

  • MB30SD

    btw, erik (artoo) stayed with me a couple nights and pleasantly didn’t try to roofie and rape me.

    He’s a good kid. You’re welcome at my place anytime Erik. Good meeting you maings.

    • tobijohn

      He’s married now so he probably remembered to put the toilet seat back down. I’ve got five sisters so it’s reflexive with me…

      • MB30SD

        I actually do it for my daughter now. Took one made of my own DNA to make me remember. Never remembered to do it for the gf/wife much… but in my defense, why don’t they put it back up for us once they’re done!??!

        This inequality MUST stop TJ!

        • This.
          It’s sexism.
          I mean, really, when I go take a dump, I ALWAYS look down before I sit. Is that just me, or what? Do chicks race into the restroom and flop their ass on the toilet without looking down.

          how about this. LOOK DOWN. It takes just as much effort and time as putting the seat down.

          #Ihaveadream.

    • Did he autograph your leopard euro-thong?

      • MB30SD

        Yes

  • Carey “definitely” sounds like he can ball. He’s got personality. Listening to our new P was like watching paint dry.
    http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/videos/RB_KaDeem_Carey_on_the_draft/5ef40fb1-2556-45ca-800f-225ecccf5d7a

    • this is a very accurate and succinct summary on Carey.

      http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Cover-3-KaDeem-Carey.html

      • Irish Sweetness

        He’s grown an inch and lost 11 lbs in this one.

    • Big Mike

      I think emery likes low profile guys. Sutton, shy, Ego, didn’t want to talk to much. Punter boring.. The chicago media will turn this into a knock on the organization somehow, because the new guys don’t do their work for them.

  • MB30SD

    emery telling us ‘thinly veiled’ where he feels we’ll get our FS and more S deth, and why he picked a corner in 1 instead.

    http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/videos/Emery_I_feel_good_about_this_group/396aa55f-83f2-4599-8639-7d6258fb49fd

  • Emery relayed that typically a team carries 9 D-linemen, but maybe 10 would be in the cards. Given that, what will it look like?

    These are the locks:

    DE Allen, Houston, Young
    DT Ratliff, Ego, Sutton, Collins

    That means, the rest will have to battle it out for 2-3 roster spots.
    Paea, Izzy, Washington, Bass, and a bunch of other camp bodies.

    • Do you let Izzy go for either Washington or Bass? hmmm…

      • Ososfan

        It’ll be a Heck of a fight, that for sure. I’d stick with Bass and Washington and have Izzybkn speedial. Washington won’t make it to the PS he will be snatched up right away if he gets cut.

        • it depends on how Washington and Bass look in camp. IMO they’re keeping 10 DL, so both Washington and Bass would have to look good for Izzy to get cut.

          Also don’t forget Lane Austen and Tyler Scott. Could beat out Izzy. Long shot, but you never know. One thing working in Izzy’s favor is his versatility. He can dump in to DT, which none of those other guys I’ve talked about can.

          But Houston can do that too, and if you keep 5 DTs how many DEs to play DT do you need?

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        i have a feeling Washington and Bass are going to have a tough road. Christian Jones played 4 positions at FSU. Washington is a spaz even though he looks like a football movie star video game model.
        Bass is a 7th rounder but they like his potential. Too bad he’s got to put up or drown out because there is no time to fuck around. They like him though.

    • Big Mike

      Young guys are going to get a long hard look. Izzy might be done.. Paea… does he have any upside left, or is he simply what he is. (just a guy. professional, etc.. )

      • tobijohn

        You would know best but I’d have to assume at this point, what you see is what you get. Could playing with better ends make his job a little easier?

    • Paea’s a lock, IMO. He wants DT depth after getting burned last year. He’s a capable run defender when healthy. He was a key piece in helping free up Melton and Peppers in 2012. Like Ferguson at LSU, the tape doesn’t look pretty because his task isn’t sexy. He occupies blockers.

  • MB30SD

    dude, check the sutton highlights… guy’s a beast.

    • I just watched them on the site. (saw them somewhere else before too). He’s thick, looks like a bowling ball, short arms too, but he’s pretty quick and has active hands. He’s got upside, that’s for sure. Can be the steal of the draft if he reverts back to form.

    • Big Mike

      the 2012 highlights.. OMG. He’s a first rounder. And by the way, welcome to yesterday’s thread.

      • MB30SD

        tried to vote you up and down at the same time. Didn’t work.

        • I did it for you. Blame MB Mike.

          • MB30SD

            thanks $

          • Big Mike

            Aw man.. that aint right.

  • and the awkward draft interview award goes too…Ego Ferguson…

    http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/videos/Conference_Call_DL_Ego_Ferguson/2edabe1e-d422-46f3-a3cc-a74be8e1e290

    Best part.
    Interviewer: how did you get your nickname?
    Ego: that’s not a nickname, that’s my name. I was named after my father.
    Interview: silence. no transition. next question.

  • MB30SD

    hey $, just looked at a few vereen HL

    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=10913010

    So, on tape not all that impressive at all. Doesn’t seem like an impact, big playmaker type a ton. JUst a solid production guy. Here are some other points:

    * Pretty fluid and fast to the ball most times
    * takes great angles to the ball carrier on runs broken downfield (the anti-conte)
    * He can cover the flat really well and does pretty well on the wheel as well
    * loose hips and good in backpedal
    * He was in the box a TON on that last vid, in fact only saw him back a handful of times
    * he’s not a big hitter at all, but he looked like a pretty sure tackler, even if he did have to pull the guy down
    * but he doesn’t hesitate when he’s sent on a blitz and looks pretty fast
    * In the vid they said he ran their S offseason workout sessions, so he’s obviously a leader with high character

    net-net, I think he’ll be solid, just not a superstar. High character is good, and I think if we’re looking for just a solid, smart, good athlete to keep everything in front of him and not let any runs break behind our monster dline, he’ll be good. Much better than conte if he can pick up the D scheme quickly. The fact that he always seemed to take great angles and was a sure but not big tackler… that’s exactly what we need this year since we spent a ton of focus on dline… we can/should get our 5-10 yr franchise FS next year, then this kid maybe moves to SS once he’s put on some nfl weight?

    • Gotta go. More on this later. But basically, I agree.

      • MB30SD

        hot date? Who’s the lucky guy?

        (NTTAWWT)

    • Big Mike

      I like him at Free Safety. He’s versatile enough to come down and give a different look, but not enough pop. Maybe he can bulk up. In which case his cover skills at SS would be well above average.

      When I look at this pick, I look at the gap between last year’s level of performance and what this kid can do and it may be our most improved position. The bar is set at don’t fall down, run to where the ball carrier will be, not where he was. I saw the Hokies play and this kid is a leader that makes plays and gets other guys lined up.

      So agree, with added emphasis. Thinking about next years’ draft boggles my brain. But Emery being able to focus on playmakers on either side of the ball will be awesome discussion. Just look at this year and we were really only debating about 3-4 positions.

      • Irish Sweetness

        But we don’t expect a rookie DB to come in and start telling vets where to line up – if that’s his strength then we’re plain screwed at safety. We had the choice of ALL SAFETIES (and running backs) in this draft. We got this guy.

        Emery got us a bunch of dogs at safety.

        • Big Mike

          Seriously? The point us that he has a high football IQ.

    • Irish Sweetness

      So it’s Conte and Mundy …. just like it was BEFORE the draft ….. mkay … and Emery is a genius? Mmkay.

      Blog poll :

      Pryor and 6’3 Stanley Jean-Baptiste at Nickel ….. or Conte with Fuller at Nickel ? Bueller ?

  • Ososfan

    What I enjoy about the regulars of the site is that many of you have played the game at some level and can diffrent perspectives from different sides of the ball. I still love OL and DL, MB. Having played in those positions and all…

    • tobijohn

      I wholeheartedly agree. The regulars here (with the exception of perhaps myself) really do their homework before they post. I’ve learned more about football here in the last few years than I did in all the previous years combined. I’ve learned a lot about girls and breasts here too…

      • Ososfan

        Haha, I agree!

      • MB30SD

        You are welcome tj!

        (The latter not the former)

        • tobijohn

          You know what you’re talking about in both departments..

          • MB30SD

            Thanks sir

      • bearsfantillend

        speaking of learning about girls and breasts. lets learn more about the benefits of big breasts.

        http://guyism.com/humor/17-things-only-women-with-big-boobs-can-do.html

        • tobijohn

          LoL, WTF?

      • I still learn a lot about football too, Tobster. Sometimes I’m hearing Bowen talk, and I have to bust out my notes.

        That’s what I love about football. It’s like chess with massive inhuman gladiators wanting to kill each other. It’s perfect. Well, almost, when they bring back the Honey Bears…

  • Aaron T. Starks

    My favorite picks were Fuller, Sutton and O’Donnell. I have a feeling all three of these guys will quickly become fan favorites this season.

    • NewBearInTown

      I called those my safe picks. You know what you got, and what you got is NFL quality. Question on all three is the ceiling more than the floor.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’m thinking Sutton brings more to the table this year than anyone, though Fuller could obviously shine.

  • MB30SD

    here you go guys, happy mother’s day.

    And just remember, life isn’t just about sex: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4Snl7a-lDE

  • MB30SD

    this guy gives more good grades than any teacher I’ve ever known. Pussy

    http://nfl.si.com/2014/05/10/2014-nfl-draft-grades/4/

  • MB30SD

    you guys read this shit: http://guyism.com/sports/manziel-patriots-scounting-report.html

    Awesome. doucheyene

  • btw, looking for any film on a guy go to http://www.draftbreakdown.com. Multiple videos of full games, highlighting specific players. just search the last name.

    INCREDIBLE resource (and where I did most of my pre-draft film watching)

  • I find it funny that, before the draft, people on here were bitching about Palmer as a backup QB and how they wanted somebody better.

    Now that the Bears drafted somebody to compete for that spot, all of a sudden they’re bitching about the pick and Palmer is a perfectly fine backup QB.

    Not saying it’s the same people (I can’t remember). I just find that humorous.

    • NewBearInTown

      I’ve always thought Palmer was a body in the QB room and that’s about it. But I don’t think much more about Fales.

      I don’t think anyone else on here felt different because there is an irrational belief that Trestman can transform anybody into having the season McCown had last year. He can’t.

      Thing is. You either spend $3M a year on a proven backup and maybe keep him for a season or two. Or else you’re going to have to have some unproven talent at camp. The position is just too valuable and there aren’t 32 starting quality guys in the entire league right now.

      Fales and Palmer will get equal consideration and it is entirely possible that Fales will be cut before the season starts. Will the Bears have wasted a pick if that happens? I don’t think so. Minimal guaranteed money in the sixth round anyway.

      Looking at the rest of the draft. I suppose we could have taken another safety (none taken till the bottom of the seventh). We could have grabbed an inside linebacker (a few here and there in 6 and 7). We could have gone a number of directions, but there wasn’t a Marquess Wilson or Vontaze Burfect type that you had to give a shot to this year. The pick was a crap shoot no matter who we took, so why not a QB?

      • The guys I wanted later in the draft wound up being priority UFDAs anyways.
        Bullough, Bailey and Jones.
        The 9ers, Seahawks and Bears snatched them up.
        Considering the company, I think I have an immaculate, and I’m glad Emery agrees bwhaha

        Actually, the most refreshing aspect about Emery is that he SEES the weaknesses we all see. Day 1 Emery knew we needed an actual fucking receiver, and he attacked it and committed grand theft larceny with Bmarsh. He recognized our Oline was utter dog shit, and he totally overhauled it. This year, he knew the Dline needed an absolute remake, and now we have 5 new possible starters. We all knew Forte needed a back-up, he got that shit done too. Knew Peanut was at the back 9, got insurance on that.

        We may not all agree on the cure, THE PLAYERS, he deems seamless fits (cough cough SHEA), but at least he diagnoses the disease correctly, unlike Blind Squirrel who was oblivious to our shortcomings.

        True, Emery didn’t address arguably our biggest need at S this year, but I agree with his logic.

        Paying a S like a DE (like with Byrd) is NEVER a good idea. Just isn’t, unless you’re going to make him your centerpiece like with Revis or Matthews.

        So pass on that in FA.

        The safeties after Bucannon and Ward were utter dog shit, and I’m glad that Emery agreed and didn’t reach for one in the 3rd and 4rth (who would you rather have, Sutton, or some CB/S who can’t really cover or tackle or intercept?).

        Emery’s patient and methodical, and he knows we still need an upgrade at the S position. And if some team manages to suck so much that they’re having a fire-sale my mid-season, and our safeties are still sewer tampons, I trust that he’ll be on it, cuz he’s the Wolf.

        • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

          boom

          • The Wolf is on it, Johnny. He’s probably already scouting some S from Wichita St as we speak.

        • MB30SD

          Good analysis. 100%

        • Irish Sweetness

          Teams will eat our safeties lunches. That’s a big hole right in the middle and back of the defense. Give me the vet stud FS and rookie DE over the grizzly DE and rook/momo FS every day of the week.

          • We can still sign Rhodes right now, for cheap, or maybe someone like Collins (if he won’t get crippled). I know we need to upgrade, but Wright and Conte, let me say that again, Wright and Conte, had a decent year when Pepp and gang were penetrating.

            Mundy might be better than Wright, and it’s hard to imagine that Conte has somehow gotten WORSE. If so, we have bigger issues than safeties, namely, bad defensive coaches.

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      i was on board with McCown at backup because of what he did in 2012 with little prep.
      I’m on board with Palmer because he’s been given the green light by the same coaches and has had even more time to absorb the playbook and get acclimated.

      Just because A GUY was picked in THAT SPOT doesn’t mean it’s the right pick when established NFL vets are available for cheese and crackers.

      With that being said i’m coming around the the Punter pick and my thoughts on the QB pick have been softened because we picked up a badass in Christian Jones as UDFA because he is a fucking moron. We addressed every need except Safety and i think that we even may have done that because this is not your Lovie Smith cover 2 Safety we’re talking about now. This is your Mel Tucker making our guy the next Chuck Woodson type pick and i’m all about it now.

      I’m good with the draft.

      Rodgers Dead.

    • Trac

      It’s not that he drafted a QB. It’s who he drafted and Emery himself said that developmental QB’s don’t pan out in the late rounds. Maybe he had already done the math and there wasn’t a roster spot left for anyone so he said what the heck and drafted the kid.

      • bearsfantillend

        Emery clarified that quote when asked in post draft presser. You don’t expect to find Franchise QBs or long term starters that late. He said nothing of developing a serviceable backup in late rounds.

        BTW Jordan Palmer was drafted in the 6th round. These backup QBs around the league have to come from somewhere because not all teams have top round talent for their QB backups.

        • Trac

          By the way, Josh McKown was a 3rd round pick.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Wanting a better backup means wanting a veteran in my book. You don’t find a better backup for a QB that has hardly any NFL playing experience by replacing him with another QB who has no NFL experience whatsover.

      • SC Dave

        It’s a gamble. You’re betting that a developmental backup is not needed for a couple years so that he becomes that “veteran” while you’re not paying him a rookie contract.

  • FQD1911

    Job well done, Emery.

  • NewBearInTown

    So Ego Fergusson says in the conference call video that they asked him about playing the “2 technique.”

    2 tech, as I understand it, is generally not played by D-linemen in the NFL. It involves a player lining up heads up (sometime with an inside or outside shade) on a guard. The player will then play “two gap,” meaning he is responsible for stopping the run on both the A gap and B gap to either side of that guard. The player will generally have help from another player who is also “half” responsible for each of those gaps.

    You do see Mikes in a 3-4 line up at the position, but it strikes me as a natural spot for a slightly undersized nose tackle (like Fergusson).

    So here’s my thought. You line up Ratliff and Fergusson both in the 2 tech. You put Bostic or even McLellin in the middle doing what Lach used to do – which is step up and bump the center after the snap to discourage a run up the middle, and then drop back to cover the shallow middle. You now have three players covering four gaps. The B gaps are weak because they’ve got only half of a player’s attention, but those players are very strong run defenders that can get off their guard blockers and contain. Meanwhile you have a lot of options with your 1-2 other linebackers and possibly a safety to blitz from any of the inside gaps. The outsides (C gaps) are covered by DEs playing traditional one gap contain. The strong side (with the tight end) has additional help from a safety or cornerback depending on your respect for the TE as a blocker.

    Most hybrid systems, as I understand the current trends, will have the “2 gap” players on either the strong or weak side. This system would put the 2 gappers heads up in the middle. It requires a lot of strength from your DTs (which we have) without a ton of pass rush. It requires a very alert MLB (which we don’t have). And it requires a creative D-Coordinator (which we have).

    Against passing teams with poor power running (like, um, us last year). Its a very effective strategy.

  • NewBearInTown

    Weaknesses in this year’s roster as it stands? We’re still thin at safety. We’re still thin at Mike. We’re still thin at tight end. We still need a fast slot receiver. We need more youth on defense.

    Two years ago Emery did everything but fix the O-line. Last year he fixed the O-line. I think he’s already looking at safety and MLB as priorities next year.

    But hopefully enough of these guys pan out and we can have a more balanced draft next year.

    Emery is addressing the needs, but there is still a long road ahead. We need these guys to produce. The needs will get less glaring every year.

    • MLBs are cheap in FA, and we could probably snag a relatively young one (26ish) if push came to shove, though it would be nice if Shea can become a stud MLB. I still have hope for him at that position.

      TE is very scary. Bennett goes down and it’s Ono-bum, Rosario time. Or more likely, 3WR set time.

      I’m a little surprised we didn’t get a slot WR, but they’re all in on Wilson. If it doesn’t work, an Earl type will be out there for cheap (Earl I think is still an FA).

      I think next draft Emery actually begins drafting BPA. Emery had to clean up Angelo’s mess and perhaps reach for needs at certain spots, but I think our roster is overall dramatically improved enough for a BPA-centric draft. Let the draft come to you as oppose to always chasing it.

      • NewBearInTown

        You’ll say that every year. But every year there are holes to fill. The NFL doesn’t allow enough depth to have total flexibility in the draft. Name one team this year that could go pure BPA, it doesn’t happen.

        As to Wilson and Earl. Neither of them is the player I’m describing. What we need is the next Johnny Knox. Not a superstar, but someone fast and reliable to keep the safeties from crowding our big guys in double coverage.

        • bearsfantillend

          we signed Josh Morgan and Hixon in the offseason. If Morgan can get back on track, career was derailed slightly do to a broken leg then going to Redskins, i see him as a great slot receiver who has sub 4.5 speed. that player we need in the slot. Not sure with Hixon he has had ACL problems.

        • Our roster is much more complete now than it was a when he took over. I don’t think we’ll have nearly as many glaring holes needing immediate plugging.

          We have a lot potential replacements on the roster through two years of aggressive FA acquisitions and drafting.

          Briggs gone, Bostic probably slides over. Peanut gone, we now have Fuller. Garza gone, well De La Puente is serviceable. If Wilson sucks, then yeah, a slot WR, but how many slot WRs go in the first? Yes, we do need a MLB (IF Shea totally busts), but MLBs tend to fall, so we’ll have a shot at a really good one in the 20s if we don’t buy a cheap one off FA.

          If Forte somehow becomes old, we now have Carey, and if he sucks, well, see MLB.

          Allen can need replacing, but if a stud DE becomes available, it’s always a given a team at least tries for him.

          I really think the core of our roster is set. Unless things go terribly clockwork orange this year, Emery should have more flexibility with draft picks, much like the 9ers or Seahawks who can trade up or down at will because they possess a solid roster.

          Maybe we’re another Emery off-season away from that, but I feel this team will be on much surer footing in 2015 than it was in the previous year under Emery.

          • NewBearInTown

            I think the reality of most teams is that you plug all glaring holes in any off-season. If you are successful, you lose guys to FA. If you are unsuccessful, you’re probably weak somewhere.

            Emery has a clear strategy there. You fill all of your needs in FA. That way, you basically improve and get younger in the draft rather than depending on a rookie to start. Obviously draft busts hurt, but you’ve got enough vets around that you’re not without a safety valve.

            I agree, Emery is building a consistent winner. But don’t think that we’re a year away from being without needs. We’re just a year away from Emery switching from rebuilding to maintaining.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I think Emery misjudged the DB situation, namely FS/SS. Byrd / TJ Ward were there in FA … we could have had either/both ….. he went with an aging DE instead – ostensibly with the idea to address the S position in the draft … then gotten two DEs in the draft.

          • I’d rather have Allen/Houston with Mundy/Conte than Bass/Idonije with Byrd/Ward.

            Build from the trenches.

          • SC Dave

            THIS!!!

          • Cormonster

            Emery is not messing around, and making this his team. I skimmed the Bears roster and counted 10 current players left from the Angelo regime, 11 if you count Idonije. On offense the only ones left are Forte, Cutler, and Garza. Gould on specials. On defense Briggs, Conte, Tillman, Tim Jennings, Paea, and Steltz. Major turn around before the start of his 3rd season as GM.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            If Briggs and peanut stay healthy and don’t suck they will sign mini extensions

          • That’ll be two less needs and more BPA.

          • I will be surprised if Briggs is back next year, to be honest. Old guard Lovie guy for SURE. Hasn’t helped himself with some of his public comments either.

            Tillman, I dunno. Very rare for a CB to play at a high level at 34 (which he’d be in 2015), and he refuses to move to S. Maybe if he plays really well this year.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Briggs isn’t getting any better, I wouldn’t bring him back if he has any grand ideas on his salary.

          • IMO Briggs is gonna be Urlacher 2.0 starting next offseason. It will get ugly.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            before Briggs got hurt , an anomaly in itself, he was playing at a high level.

          • Irish Sweetness

            But we could have cemented DE this year with Ealy, then got Sutton and another DT….

            Then again, Superbowl season is the season after this one.

          • And then what happens if Ratliff walks, Paea sucks, and Collins doesn’t recover from his torn ACL? (All very real possibilities). Ratliff, Paea, and Collins are on one year deals for a reason.

            We go into next off-season with Sutton at DT? Fuck that.

            An Ealy-type DE (or better) will be available next year, Irish. Trust me on that.

        • Irish Sweetness

          That’s definitely Chris Williams.

      • Josh Morgan also has experience at WR. He is basically equal to Earl in terms of average yearly production. Hixon has a couple 500+ yard seasons too. Marshall and Jeffery can both play in the slot, especially Marshall. Can also split Martellus out wide or line Forte up there.

        But yes, they seem VERY high on Wilson. And Chris Williams is the wild card speed guy. They had bigger needs than finding that in the draft this year.

      • Irish Sweetness

        We need safeties and DEs top three rounds next year, I don’t think we have the luxury of drafting BPA.

        • It all depends on how this year goes.
          If Allen racks up 12+ sacks, and Houston racks up 8+sacks, and Young racks up 6ish sacks, or if one of the youngins suddenly becomes a maniac (longshot), is DE still a NEED? Perhaps. But like I stated, DE is almost ALWAYS a need for ANY team. It won’t really change our drafting philosophy much. If Clowney somehow landed to #14, we would have drafted him in a NY minute. If Watt becomes available in FA, Emery will be all over that like cheap cologne on an elderly Armenian (sorry, was in little Armenia today). DEs are always in demand.

          Safety I can definitely see, but what happens if Conte/Mundy have a Conte/Wright campaign circa 2012? I didn’t read anyone screaming that S needed to be addressed high in the draft after that season.

          So many variables, but my main point/thesis is that our roster is much sturdier now than it was before. Also, I think this D will rebound this year. Call me a homer, homie.

          • Irish Sweetness

            One has to assume Allen is at the end of his career. Entropy. Next season, that effect is multiplied as he enters the event horizon of old age. If our roster is Houston/Young/Bass/Washington at that point … well, that’s a shit line however you dice it.

            JJ Watt is a FA next season BTW.

          • Allen is guaranteed 2 years. Fully guaranteed $12M in 2015. after that season, he will be the same age Peppers is now, and likely moving on IMO.

            Houston and Young are both locked up for at least 3 years (and in their primes then), but they’re ideally suited as your 2nd and 3rd best DEs, IMO. So DE is likely a need for a guy to have ready for the 2015-2016 season, unless Cornelius Washington can become that guy (unlikely, but you never know).

            I would not at all be surprised to see them look for a guy next year to develop for a year and ideally be ready to take over for Allen as a sophomore.

          • Big Mike

            It only has to be average to have improved DRAMATICALLY.

      • SC Dave

        GOOD MLBs, on the other hand, are NOT cheap in the draft.

    • more youth on D? D players on rookie contracts (not counting the UDFA they just signed):

      DE: Bass, Washington
      DT: Paea, Ferguson, Sutton
      LB: Bostic, Greene, McClellin
      CB: Frey, Fuller
      S: Vereen, Conte

      That’s a lot of youth right there, and you can add in Collins and MD Jennings, who both are young enough that they would still be on rookie deals if they were with the team that drafted them. The thing is that none of them have proven themselves yet. The other thing is that they also have a TON of old guys (Allen, Ratliff, Idonije, Briggs, Williams, Tillman, Jennings, Hayden all 30+).

      So I would not say they need more youth. I would say they need BETTER youth, but that might look a lot different at the end of the year.

  • The rook I think will become a fan fav? Carey.
    2nd fav, Vereen (simply because he’s not Conte)
    Wild Card? Lynch.

    • I’d be pretty shocked if Lynch makes the roster. Could stick on PS though.

      He’s playing RB. Who’s he beating out? Surely not Forte or Carey. Ford seems pretty likely to be 3rd RB, IMO.

      • I think the Bears are going to list him at HB, but gonna try him at TE, FB, WR, Wildcat, heck, maybe even some S. Trestman said as much himself selling him that they have like 10 different things for him, or something along those lines.

        If Lynch becomes remotely successful in that swiss-knife role, that and his attitude will endear him to the fans…if he makes the roster, that is.

        • IMO he’s a prime candidate to stick at PS until they find what he can do for next year. We’ll see though. Maybe he latches on somewhere immediately.

          Too me, he’s a tweener. Not fast enough to be a RB/WR, not big enough to be a FB/TE, not a good enough passer to be a S.

          • but he seems like he has a high FB IQ with off-the-chart intangibles. Maybe they can find a place for that.

          • See, he’s already becoming my fav.
            He’s like Tebus, but without the delusion that he’s a QB. And minus the douche fanbase. He also has softer hands than Jesus, by most accounts.

          • I think the Tebow comp. is a really good one, but he’s smaller than Tebow,. He’s only about 220 pounds.

            If he’s was 20 pounds heavier (like I think Tebow was), I’d say make him a FB and have him beat Fiammetta out.

          • Big Mike

            Tebow is 6’3 240 when he was in N.E. I don’t think Lynch is even 6′.

          • MB30SD

            And couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn with a football

          • Big Mike

            No doubt. But athletically seemed like he would have a better shot at reinventing then lynch. No?

          • MB30SD

            yeah, not a fan of these swissarmy knife guys in the NFL. just doesn’t seem to ever pan out. Great in college, waste of time in the nfl.

            I’m sure emery saw something he liked and has a strategy all mapped out for lynch though. Who knows?

    • AlbertInTucson

      For what it’s worth, Adam Schefter really liked the Vereen selection.

      “Zoobilee Zoo”, Blogfather?

      Not “Chicken George”?

  • George Hotchkiss

    I go to a blog for insight this artitcle looks like Emery wrote it. Nobody knows if these guys can play. Emery’s first two drafts were sketchy at best. I watched Every college game of Sutton and Carey, and I have real questions about their prospects.

    • Who would you rather have taken in the 3rd and 4rth?

      • George Hotchkiss

        I am sorry I haven’t replied, work got crazy. As far as who the Bears should have picked in the third, I don’t know. It is the combo of two very iffy DTs to go with a very average DT roster that has me concerned. Defense has to be strong up the middle, right now we are not. I hope I am wrong, but I am scared that Emery is going to get average players too often. Last years second and third round draftees don’t look promising at this point.

    • Emery addressed needs; whether he got the right guys remains to be seen.

      There, one sentence insight. Is that what you’re looking for?

      • George Hotchkiss

        Actually, that’s not bad. Long time fans have seen GMs give their post draft comments, every pick gets a glowing report, few pan out. In the first two picks I really don’t want to hear words like “good motor” and “upside”. Those are mealy mouthed buzz words. When Emery was describing McClellin after the 2012 draft he said he had a good motor, so I went to the BSU website and watched his highlight real. There was not one highlight of him getting a good rush on the qb. All of his highlights were of him chasing someone down eventually, all the sacks were coverage sacks. The only player that looks like a potential solid pro this year is Fuller, thank God nobody is talking about his upside.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Right. I’m sure Emery, too, would have written “I should have left Fales on the board” and “I drafted Leno but I don’t think he can make the roster” .

      • George Hotchkiss

        Albert, ASU alum here. I loved Kareem in college, as a Devil fan, he scared me every November. U of A ran a college styled spread offense, which the Bears don’t play. He ran a slow 40 at the combine, but he played faster in college. Sutton is quick, but he has never been strong. I think DTs should be like Wookies and rip peoples arms and legs off. I don’t see him stopping the run.

    • MB30SD

      George, you type “yahoo sports” wrong.

    • IBNO

      Last year’s draft was anything BUT sketchy. Two starters on the OL, two solid LB prospects. And a guy in the 7th who is now officially the #3 WR.

      That’s not sketchy.

      Impugn the 2012 draft all you want (outside of Alshon), but last year was unquestionably a good draft.

      • MB30SD

        +5 blog points for the correct use of “impugn”

        • IBNO

          Thanks for the safety love.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      2013 Sutton wasn’t nearly as effective but 2012 Sutton was an animal and if you didn’t see that then I can’t take your comment seriously.

      • George Hotchkiss

        I did see that, in 2012 Sutton earned his PAC 12 def player award. My problem with Will is his inability to get off blocks. In college his first step quickness got him in the defensive backfield, not his skill or strength. Last year he was too fat and lost his quickness. I actually liked him in the fourth or fifth rounds. Like usual, I hope I’m wrong, I always defer to the Bears, I have no ego.

  • Jeff, I got an even better question for you. Are you going to buy a Pat O’Donnell jersey?

  • Whole lotta stupid from national people here.

    http://www.csnchicago.com/bears/nfl-draft-pundits-agree-emery-bears-pass-flying-colors

    A few favorite quotes to highlight the stupidity:

    Kiper: “Ka’Deem Carey has great tape, but the 4.7 40 time puts him in a category of RBs that rarely offer much. Hopefully the Bears get the tape version, but the fourth round is pretty rich.” (So basically he’s saying he puts more stock in a test run without pads or tacklers than two years of tape. “Hopefully they get the tape version.” What the fuck other version are they gonna get?)

    Sportsnation guy: “Fuller should quickly become Chicago’s best defensive back” (either he thinks Fuller is an instant stud, he has a bizarre definition of the word quickly, or he forgets their current best defensive back is Tim Jennings, who’s been to the Pro Bowl 2x in a row. And that’s assuming Tillman isn’t back to the All-Pro form he showed last time he was healthy, which IMO is a pretty safe assumption given his age. Seriously, does this guy bother glancing at a roster before writing this shit down?)

    • AlbertInTucson

      “Haste makes waste”, JW.

    • Big Mike

      A commenter on the site, or from one of the “big media” guys?

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      Or how about when Kiper called the Ego Ferguson pick a “massive reach” then proceeded to say that Bears would have been better off selecting a WR in that spot to help out that side of the ball! WTF Kiper, are you looking at your notes from 2011???!?!!?!?!?! We have two of the top 10 receivers in the sport, plus a 2nd year man that spent the off season training with those two with a proven regimen to make WR”s better.

      He also said we should have selected Anthony Johnson from LSU in that spot, oh really, the guy who went undrafted? Good Call Moron!!!!!!!!

      You know who else was a “massive reach”? Kyle Long….BOOOM! Suck it McKiper!

      • MB30SD

        so you’re saying you like kipper then?

  • AlbertInTucson

    Carey issues: “The most well-documented of them was a disorderly conduct and assault charge against his ex-girlfriend (who was pregnant at the time), which ultimately was dropped..” – CBS Sports.com

    OK, legal eagles. I am not an attorney and I do not want to even PRETEND to play one on this blog.

    Am I wrong or IS there a difference between charges being “Dropped” and charges being “Dismissed.” ?

    I always thought “Dropped” charges were the result of a plaintiff deciding not to pursue the matter and that “Dismissed” charges were the result of a prosecutor deciding there was not enough evidence to sustain the charge?

    • IBNO

      “Dismissed” means the judge/magistrate did it. “Dropped” implies the police told the prosecutor there wasn’t a case, and the prosecutor ended the process.

      • IBNO

        But either word could refer to the other outcome. Reporting isn’t an exact thing.

  • Hey, Lynch not only played for Illinois, but he also turned down an offer from the Pack to play for us. I like him already.

    • Trac

      Hardly a tough decision for the hometown kid. Watch out for his special teams contributions. I doubt he see’s much playing time on offense but if he works out, he’ll be a great option for us.

      • SC Dave

        Yeah, but still. Maybe he hates them fuckers like we do, and will kick their asses hard if given the chance.

  • Trac

    This warrants a fine and suspension? “OMG. Terrible”.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/dolphin-twitter-trouble/story?id=23670999

    • Big Mike

      The NFL is all about its brand. What a stupid thing to tweet. What compelling reason is there to tweet about an issue that is clearly a “thing”. Whatever his beliefs are, i could care less. But why put it out there. Any punishment is a stupidity tax.

      • gpldan waiting on camp

        Maybe his punishment is facing Sam in the nutcracker drill?

        • Big Mike

          Too easy. Still funny. But too easy

        • MB30SD

          Boom!

      • NewBearInTown

        No, there’s a clear double standard. If a player tweeted “OMG” and “Horrible” because Michael Sam *wasn’t* drafted, the NFL would have been very supportive.

        I think its great Sam is getting a shot and that the team isn’t letting their personal beliefs put their teammate down. But I also think people need to stop pretending that all we want is to live and let live.

        • Big Mike

          My comment is only about the irrational urge of someone in the spotlight posting anything at all about a personal feeling to a highly visible topic that potentially damages the value of the golden goose.

          He has a right to say or post what he wants. No doubt. Facing the consequences is a part if exercising that right. That the NFL would come done on such a comment should surprise no one

          • IBNO

            “Facing the consequences is a part if exercising that right”

            So true it needs to be repeated.

        • IBNO

          Of course there’s a fucking double standard. There SHOULD be a fucking double standard.

          The Dolphins organization is fucked up, and a Dolphin player saying/tweeting/broadcasting ANYTHING that perpetuates that fucked-upness deserves a slap.

          You think Sam isn’t going to have adversity enough, being a 7th-round ‘tweener? He’ll be lucky to make the roster. Now add to that the hurdle of being an openly gay ROOKIE on a team that has some serious challenges in the W column.

          Damn right there’s a double standard. Sam would get chewed up and spit out if there wasn’t. And that’s not right.

          Oh heavens to murgatroy! A gay guy is going to get some support a straight guy wouldn’t. It must really suck to be straight.

          • MB30SD

            I kinda enjoy it… you know personally.

            I get the whole thing, I just wish we could all move on to, you know, who gives a rat’s ass what/who the dude likes to fuck. Who fucking cares?! Can he play football, yes… awesome. No… ok, buh bye.

            It’s 2014 people, who cares. move on.

          • Trac

            I’ll make a prediction. This cat will never be remembered for his football skills. He he.

          • MB30SD

            I was shocked when I was reminded he won SEC D player of the year though?! Must be something there, right?

          • Trac

            Ha! Tell that to Tebow.

          • IBNO

            He’s too much of a ‘tweener for the pros, though. Look at his stats. Too big for OLB, can’t cover; too small for DE.

            He’s the gay Chicken Dinner.

          • MB30SD

            Hahahahaha… that was funny.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Go back and look at his 2013 game log, he had 3 3-sack games, two against inferior competition and one against Florida, who I seem to recall had no OL worth mentioning. Plus he was playing on the other side of Kony Ealy who commands plenty of attention in his own right. The voters for the SEC DPOY just got caught up in the #’s and didn’t do any critical analysis.

          • IBNO

            I’ll second you on that, and add on:

            the ONLY way this cat will be remembered for his football skills is if he channels another 7th-round pick (whose name rhymes with “bent”) and becomes a quality NFL player.

            Maybe Michael Sam will be like most 7th-round picks. But you know what? The next guy who comes out might be better, drafted higher… and WON’T remembered as “the SECOND openly-gay NFL player.”

          • IBNO

            Bingo. They’re here, they’re queer.

            Or as Charles Barkley and that retired NFL dude said: if you’ve played high school, college, and pro sports for any length of time, you’ve had a gay teammate. If their germs didn’t contaminate you then, having openly gay teammates won’t pollute you, either.

          • NewBearInTown

            Then say that. Just don’t pretend affirmative action is the same thing as equal treatment.

          • IBNO

            Affirmative action is NOT the same thing as giving a person support.

            Affirmative action is NOT taking a stance to punish people for taking shots at someone just because they’re not part of the majority.

            (If anything, what I’m referring to is a lot more aggressive than simply ‘affirmative action’)

            I don’t see the NFL or the Dolphins saying that they’re doing ‘affirmative action.’

            Let’s be honest–the NFL (and the Dolphins) doesn’t want to be on the wrong side of this issue, from a BUSINESS perspective. So the guy gets fined. Is that abridging his constitutional rights? Not in the least.

            And let’s do a “what if?” scenario:

            What if an NFL player tweeted a pro-KKK statement? Would that be worthy of a fine? Yes? How is attacking a guy for his sexual orientation NOT similarly worthy?

            Bottom line: you don’t have to SUPPORT Sam. You just (as a player in the NFL) don’t get to to take shots at him.

      • bearsfantillend

        Who is Don Jones anyway? 99% of the league doesn’t even know he is even in the league, hell i bet there are a couple of his own teammates that don’t even know he is on the team. he is a 23 yr old kid drafted in the 7th round last year. Many people had the same reaction, or a lot worse, he was just stupid enough to put it on twitter. He did not use any slurs. it was someone asking for his reaction to seeing 2 men kiss. Fine, publicly shame him, send him to sensitivity classes. But does it really warrant a fine and suspension? don’t think so.

        • Big Mike

          Here’s my point. Don’t tweet anything that your boss/employer might find controversial.

  • gpldan waiting on camp

    Back in the world of the Gnomes, this pissant blog hammers the Bears draft, giving Sutton a B-.

    http://www.chicagonow.com/chicago-bears-huddle/2014/05/grading-the-chicago-bears-2014-nfl-draft/#image/1

    • MB30SD

      like you said, just some dude with an oppinion… and a tiny blog. Meh.

      This is my favorite nugget of genius (you’ll love this Jeff): but he is a punter after all, so it’s not like that is going to matter a whole heck of a lot.

      Yes, because as we saw last year, punters don’t influence any outcomes in football whatsoever. SMC.

  • gpldan waiting on camp
    • MB30SD

      I picture him as a feisty fan favorite who makes plays quite similar to Mike Brown from years past.

      I personally don’t see vereen this way. In fact, he’s the opposite from the tape I watched. Just talking about hitting here. Brown brought the WOOD man, this kid is a finesse and sure tackler who would rather wrap up and drag the guy down from the side… and I am 100% fine with that given the (total lack of) tackling ability shown by conte (whiff and horrible angles) and wright (head down no wrap up).

      I do agree that his leadership qualities are huge, and I’m desperately hoping he learns fast because I believe he would be better on the field than conte due to his really really strong angles (it’s the one thing that leaps out of the tape at you, this kid can do geometry). Here’s hoping with a monster dline back, that he can be the last line of defense mid-field keepeverythinginfrontof you ball manager

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        He put up 25 reps on the bench, so he is strong enough to employ the wrap up and drag the dude down technique, you get sure stops that way. Some of the “bigger hitters” tend to either whiff or bounce off the target. I am concerned that he may not make it through a full season. Free Safety is still the most gaping hole on this roster until we draft one in the first round, that being said, our DL went from piss poor to above average which should improve the back 7. Vereen is still an upgrade over Conte. We should at least have a top 20 defense to go along with a top 5 O.

        • gpldan waiting on camp

          We got Craig Steltz. It’s all good.

        • MB30SD

          damn, didn’t notice that.

          He looks so slight in the vids. That’s hugely respectable. Doesn’t change his tackling style… which I said above I am 100% fine with. I’d MUCH rather have the guy down then not. BAMN (by any means nec)

      • Irish Sweetness

        I thought the general consensus before the draft was that there were two guys worth having …. then a large dropoff. We’re supposed to accept this safety roster as having been addressed? Can’t see it. Phil could have done better than that.

        • MB30SD

          no, we got the right guy at the right value. You are supposed to trust in phil at this point. he’s proven he’s worthy of that.

          I posted a link to his presser where he DIRECTLY addressed the safety spot. You should go on da site and watch. Vereen, and guys that come available as the season starts. That’s his plan.

          That said, you and I agree that he got surprised by the run on the top 4. I believe he thought buchannon would be available for an early rd 2 trade down. Once the top 4 came off in rd 1, I think he went to his mapped out plan B… just fix the dline in a big way and try and address safety from other teams cast offs. Till next year, where hopefully we get a top FS in the draft or FA.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Hey, hey HEY! DON’ T come in here and lay that Tap Dance one off on ME! Even if I DID play the “Chicken George” card.

  • gpldan waiting on camp
    • Big Mike

      I don’t know how SI gave the Packers a better grade

    • IBNO

      Prisco is a motherfucking drooling idiot. If he gave the Bears an A, i’d actually be a bit concerned.

  • gpldan waiting on camp

    Wildcat with Jordan Lynch anyone? Vote up if you agree.

    #votewhore

    • NewBearInTown

      Wildcat maybe a bit much. We have the horses to run a traditional passing offense, no need to get cute.

      But direct snaps on occasion? That makes sense to me. Though it didn’t really work with Tebow, so I don’t think we’ll get much mileage from the “running back that can throw” threat.

      • MB30SD

        agree NB. don’t get this pick very much, because I don’t believe this hybrid SA kniff stuff works in the NFL, but knowing emery, he’s got a strateegery all mapped out for this kid. Guess we’ll see.

        • NewBearInTown

          How about just having him be a running back? He’s a big guy, he’ll fight for tough yards. And a lot of college QBs are essentially playing running back on a lot of plays anyway. Let him come in and be the goal-line back.

          • MB30SD

            sure, are we going to keep forte, ford, carey, and him?

            (did I miss anyone?)

            I don’t see him making it out of camp if he’s fighting for a straight up RB position.

          • gpldan waiting on camp

            A 6’1″, 210lb short yardage back?

            #scrappy

          • MB30SD

            216… aaaaand a 4.76 40 (OUCH!) and a 29′ vert (OUCH)

            what did he do on bench, 7?

          • gpldan waiting on camp

            We may as well re-sign Joe Anderson. There’s your scrappy.

          • Shady

            Bingo.

            Bears were hot garbage in shirt yardage situations last year, I would imagine they’ll out in a package for him both as a RB and a QB.

          • MB30SD

            here, let me help you… I know it’s monday.

            * short

            * come

          • Shady

            Luckily there’s an edit button to deal with my most egregious auto correcting spelling and grammar issues.

          • MB30SD

            right-O!

          • Trac

            6’1 isn’t short.

          • gpldan waiting on camp

            …and don’t call me shirley.

        • IBNO

          He’s a UFA. In camp he can throw to WRs when the real QBs need some rest. And if he’s something interesting, then wahoo.

          But signing a UFA is a virtually no-risk, no-loss proposition.

        • SC Dave

          On all the comments on the short-yardage thing, fuck that. We have a punter to do that!

  • MB30SD
  • gpldan waiting on camp

    DL1: Houston – Ratliff – Paea – Allen
    DL2: Bass – Collins – Ferguson – Young
    DL3 (bubbles): Washington, Robertson
    Rotational or 3rd down DT: Sutton

    LB1: Briggs – WIlliams – Bostic
    LB2: Franklin – C. Jones – McClellin

    DB1: Jennings – Mundy – Steltz – Peanut
    DB2: Hayden – McCray – Vereen – McMannis
    Nickel: Fuller
    Dime: Frey

    That’s a much improved D

    • MB30SD

      yeah in a HUGE way… we just need to stay reasonably healthy.

      I did want to thank you for leaving he who shant (shat?) be named out of the line up.

      • gpldan waiting on camp

        Given his injury, and late coming back to pre-season – I honestly think he gets cut.

        • MB30SD

          agree. and will celebrate. I think if vereen is as football smart and as much of a leader as we’re hearing, he’ll be just fine back there and provides a MUCH better option for being the last line. That coupled with the new dline, he should be able to handle it given his great angles and tackling. Still trying to figure out why he wasn’t a big play guy. that’s the only thing that doesn’t really show up on film (although he made a number of great plays)

          That and as BC reminded me, the dude is actually a physical specimen on paper. his 40 (4.47), bench (25 reps), and cone drills were all top of the safety group. Guy’s kind of a stud.

          • IBNO

            Bears find some diamonds in the 4th round. Vasher, Alex Brown, even Orton (let’s be honest, Neckbeard totally outperformed expectations of a 4th-round QB).

            I’m hoping Tucker plugs Vereen in at FS and doesn’t budge him from that position. Let him learn. Don’t fuck him around like LDL did with Danieal Manning. Keep him in one spot, let his instincts sharpen around that position, and let his physical tools shine.

            And fuck. Small hands? Who gives a shit? How many times does a safety lose an INT because his hands are 1/2″ smaller than another guy’s?

          • MB30SD

            thiiiiiis

          • Big Mike

            Short arms, maybe.. but small hands? bah

          • gpldan waiting on camp

            Mundy is your last line of defense, only Vereen if Mundy falters. And don’t be shocked to see us hit the waivers hard for a safety.

          • MB30SD

            Mundy is the SS. he plays short and in the box… why him?

            yep, that’s pretty much what phil straight up said in his presser. I’m fine with that approach. We should be able to pick up a decent FS somewhere.

          • gpldan waiting on camp

            Mundy is on chicagobears.com roster as a free safety. I honestly think they will play him there to begin with.

          • MB30SD

            interesting. yeah, wherever he can be good.

          • gpldan waiting on camp

            I guess I am projecting that MD Jennings doesn’t make the roster, but I guess it could be Mundy – Jennings with Steltz back to being a ST bomber.

          • gpldan waiting on camp

            he backed up Troy P in Pittsburg in year one.

    • Bender McLugh

      So Sutton you see as only a rotational or 3rd down guy? I’m just wondering if Tucker won’t use him like a Wilfork-type big-body run stuffer on 1st & 2nd downs only….. don’t know Sutton’s history though, only his highlight videos….

      • MB30SD

        ego is the wilfork type (6’3″ 320), sutton now that he’s slimmed down to 2012 form (290lbs) should be just a middle of the line bad ass. Google his 2012 highlights, dude was a force. Big, quick, powerful. I’m fired up about both of them.

        • Sutton fills in for Melton.

          • MB30SD

            yes

        • IBNO

          Think about one thing the Bears have been known for, for quite some time now:

          Getting dudes in shape–or giving them motivation to get in shape outside Lake Forest. Think Alshon. Think Urlacher (a couple times, including after his wrist year). Think Izzy moving his weight up and down depending on where LDL was gonna put him. Think CD now.

          Something in the water at Halas Hall gets dudes in the right shape. I have no doubt that Sutton is going to be at the perfect weight and mass for his frame come camp.

    • Big Mike

      Sutton passes Paea. Young or Houston (I can’t remember which one) can also play inside effectively. Can’t count out Izzy, not just yet. Although if he gets cut it speaks volumes about the depth.

      The number of different looks they can go with is impressive. They can line up 4 DEs Allen, Young, Sutton, Houston. 4 runs stoppers Houston, Ferguson, Ratliff, Young, the rotation is very strong 4 guys deep at DT. 5 -6 guys deep if you count the ends that can play inside. The DE rotation lets Allen and Houston stay fresh AND still keep a couple guys out there that are better than who we had last year.

  • gpldan waiting on camp

    This was my daughter’s favorite book to read when she was little.

    http://www.amazon.com/Good-Boy-Fergus-David-Shannon/dp/0439490278

    So now, if he makes a play – I will say “Good Boy, Ferguson! Good boy!”

    Actually, hold up on that. The wisdom of using the term boy in that context is highly questionable.

  • MB30SD

    ummm… yes please!

    Would you trade forte for him straight up?

    http://fansided.com/2014/05/11/nfl-rumors-vikings-looking-way-get-rid-adrian-peterson/#!MH4Iu

    • Big Mike

      I don’t know. I love Forte… but man, what could AP do with a team where he wasn’t the only thing. That’s a tough one. Knee jerk reaction is a yes. It’s AP. But team chemistry, and the gap isn’t as big as the public perception.

      I pass. Not on the trade.. but on having to decide.

      • MB30SD

        not an option. your initial gut reaction was correct. (sorry dave)

        • Cormonster

          Not for almost 4 million more per year.

          • SC Dave

            This. Tell you what, we can do that, and not have money to sign Marshall next year. Still want to do it?

          • MB30SD

            it was a scientific social experiment. It would never actually happen regardless of price.

    • Trac

      Uh…NO. Let the Queens rot in cap Hell. Hee hee. Shhhhhhh…..

    • Shady

      Not a fuxking chance. The Vikes will end up cutting him and he’ll likely join a contender who could use a #1RB.

      • MB30SD

        it was hypothetical! Stop ruining my time!

      • gpldan waiting on camp

        Yep. Hard to imagine, but I can see the Pats or Colts grabbing AP for a run.

    • SC Dave

      I’m not sure. But it’s moot as it ain’t happening.

      • MB30SD

        yes, hence just the mental exercise for fun. come on dave, play along. Don’t be a wet blanket.

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    you’re all welcome: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/video/swimdaily/20140509/swim-daily-btl-saint-lucia-body-painting.sportsillustrated/

    Btw, do you have to be gay to get one of the make up or sun tan lotion guy jobs? I’m thinking about making a career change.

  • gpldan waiting on camp
  • gpldan waiting on camp

    Still not sure why we didn’t match the 3-year deal Malcom Jenkins got with the Eagles, now that the draft is over and it’s obvious Phil had hardwired on Fuller plus tackles.

    Maybe Phil can call Yeremiah Bell, ask him to suit it up one more year for a real team.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Any of you guys high-stakes rollers? I just heard an audio interview with Aidan O’ Brien, a trainer that owns the Epsom Derby. He said this in relation to his main hope, Australia – a horse by Galileo out of an Oaks winner :

    “He’s a Derby horse we’ve not had the like of before. I thought Camelot was the best horse we had for the Derby, but this horse is another step up. I’ve never had a horse like this. I’m not trying to blow him up, I’m just saying how it is. For a horse by Galileo to be doing what he’s doing, we’ve never had that before.”

    To cut short a long explanation of how significant that statement is, the man trains the horses for the owner of the best bloodline in the world.

    5/4. Get on.

  • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

    My dream from last night:
    In the first part I think I was doing it with Cindy Crawford but the ending was fuzzy
    In the second part Trestman has Jordan Lynch line up as a punt protector but 5 yards further back so he’s about 2 yards in front of O’Donnell and to his right.
    The punt gunners are backup wide receivers and the ends of the line are , well, Tight Ends.
    Lynch has chance to run the rock to the outside or pass at any time. I think we scored on the play. I also think Cindy is wonderful.

  • gpldan waiting on camp

    He’s lanky lanky, man. Emery likes his ability to stand up and blitz (hybrid D kind of player)

    He has a Rosie Colvin vibe about him.

    • Interesting comparison. I give Phil credit here. I would have drafted him in the 6th. Phil not only guessed that he wouldn’t be drafted, but also that he would be able to reel him in from the UFDA market.

      The one big area he needs to improve on is his instincts, so I hope they have a specific plan for Jones to develop and not jerk him around from position to position, learning nothing.

      Either way, he’s got way more upside than Constanzo.

      • NewBearInTown

        I feel a lot better about the UDFA linebacker’s chances than I do about our seventh round pick. LB is one of the spots on the team that’s wide open in camp.

        • Our 7th rounder was an OT/OG prospect from Boise, right?
          He’ll probably take James Brown’s spot, if he’s any good.

          All this talk about Dline, I wonder who we carry on the Oline.

          Bushrod-Slauson-Garza-Long-Mills

          Britton-DeLaPuente

          How many OLinemen did we carry last year?

          • Cormonster

            I believe 8, with Boggs, Britton, and Brown as backups. Brown was almost never activated for games.

          • NewBearInTown

            Always good to create competition for the backup spots I suppose. But I still think the linebackers’ chances are better.

  • If the rumors about AP are true, which team can trade for him? The Raiders still have a lot of cap.
    If a contender jumps in, then yeah, a team like the Pats.
    The Cards would be interesting. I would love for AP to go up against those defenses.

    • gpldan waiting on camp

      Remember when the Cards tried to shake one more year out of Emmitt Smith?

      It was like seeing Walter Payton in a Dolphins uniform.

      • haha Wasn’t he still trying to break Walter’s record?
        In the words of another wordsmith,
        “end not in a bang, but a whimper”

        • AlbertInTucson

          Smith had already passed Walter as a Cowboy.

    • SC Dave

      The Colts?

    • NewBearInTown

      http://www.spotrac.com/cap-tracker/nfl/2014/

      Packers have $15M in cap space (that’s a scary thought).

      Seahawks have $10M.

      Patriots have $10M.

      I think a lot of these figures are pre-draft.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Hard to imagine the Vikings sending AP to ANYONE in their own division, especially the Packers.

  • There are some hard core trolls at PFT. Whilst reading a story about the Pats and a fake leaked scouting report, a GB troll decided to post this.

    1. Another Packer Bust in the first round.

    Let’s take a look at their brilliance over the years.

    Sincerely,

    2013 – Dantone Jones -BUST

    2012 – Nick Perry – BUST

    2011 – Derek Sherrod -BUST

    2010 – Brian Bulaga – BUST

    2009 – BJ Raji – BUST

    2008 – NO Pick

    2007 – Justin Harrell – BUST

    2006 – AJ HAWK – BUST

    2005 – Ahmad Carroll – BUST

    2001 – Jamal Reynolds – BUST

    2000 – Bubba Franks – BUST

    1999 – Antuan Edwards -BUST

    1997 – Ross Verba – BUST

    1996 – John Michels – EPIC BUST

    1995 – Aaron Taylor – BUST

    1992 – Terrell Buckley – EPIC BUST

    1991 – Vinnie Clark – BUST

    1990 – Tony Bennett – BUST

    1989 – Tony Mandarich – BIGGEST BUST IN NFL HISTORY!

    • gpldan waiting on camp
    • NewBearInTown

      Wait… where’s the first round pick where they got Rogers? And Raji looked pretty good the year they won the superbowl. Short but succesful careers can’t be called a bust in the city that gave us Gayle Sayers.

      • also tough to call AJ HAwk a bust when he’s still starting 10 years later. And that ignores CM3.

  • Sactowns#1

    On Brock Vereen- Looks like Phil went for another athlete instead of someone who is dominant in their position. His 25 bench-press reps were most among DBs at the combine, and his 4.07-second short shuttle was second among safeties. Dude also has a wopping 4 INT’s in his college career and very few pass break ups. I guess the proof will be in the tasting of the pudding.

    • MB30SD

      read down brutha

    • Shady

      MB loves tasting the pudding. Especially safety pudding…

      [Insert Cosby YTMND here]

      • MB30SD

        Mmmmmmmm… puuuuuddin’!!!

    • Trac

      Pedigree, don’t forget the pedigree!

    • I didn’t necessarily have a problem with drafting him. I did have a problem with trading two 5th rounders to get a ‘meh’ safety. To me, it was just a desperation move. Emery suddenly remembered, “We’re hoping for Conte to be healthy to start? To the batphone!”

      • MB30SD

        now way man. you still have the stink of angelo on you. Emery doesn’t operate that way maings.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Yup – Emery screwed the pooch on safety, and this was his last, desperate attempt to rectify his sin of omission. I call fail.

      • IBNO

        Two fifth-round picks and a buck will get you a donut.

        Seriously. Is your issue giving up two 5th-round picks to get the guy? If a 4th-round pick cracks the starting lineup, that’s a big W in the draft, and worth a slew of 5th round picks.

        • That’s the rub. I DON’T forsee him cracking the starting line-up (barring injury). I have no issue with trading up, or trading our late round picks for a potential starter. But if we were going to go that route, might as well trade up to the 3rd to get a better prospect.

          We’re not going to have a 5th next year because of this dude. Two 5ths is not worth a special teamer, so he better somehow start and not suck more than Conte.

    • Big Mike

      Or did he not get challenged, because he was the best cover guy out there? The tape I saw was impressive.

  • MB30SD

    meanwhile…. in greenbay: http://i43.tinypic.com/v7s0g7.jpg

  • MB30SD

    making daddy proud: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OCVMyl_N9I

    Whoa, dude, take it easy… it’s lingerie football.

    • Big Mike

      Terrible coach. At any level, at any sport. small dick syndrome. Rules violated 1) Don’t scream at players during a game. 2) Don’t provide negative instruction (tell them what you want them to do, not what you don’t want them to do 3) He forgot to pat her on the ass.

  • Early odds. Irish? I find it ODD that the Lions are favored over the Bears. WTF?

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/05/12/oddsmaker-broncos-patriots-packers-among-heaviest-divisional-favorites/#comments

    Best comment: “I just checked Sky’s World Cup odds, which have Italy at 20:1 to win the
    whole thing. If Italy is 20:1 to win the World Cup, the Vikings should
    be no better than 10,000:1 to win the NFC North. Basically, the only
    way Minnesota wins their division is if the Green Bay and Detroit
    charters collide in mid-air directly above Soldier Field, during a Bears
    game.”

    • NewBearInTown

      The only way the Vikings win the division is if Teddy Bridgewater turns out to be the steal of the draft. Odds of that happening?

      If I knew the odds of that happening, I’d be hired as a GM by half a dozen teams tomorrow.

      • Someone commented that the chances of Bridgewater becoming a good Qb is better than 18-1, thus, take the bet. Seems a little specious to me though.

        • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

          ‘spicious?

          • MB30SD

            YES! Yonny! Bringin’ it back.

            Did you ever watch the whole movie? Get fucked up and check it out if not. Good sheite (in a dirty looking at young women’s tities and gratuitous and senseless violence way.

    • Irish Sweetness

      7/2? Mmmmmm.

  • Radical Butch proposition of the day: trade Bmarsh to the Browns for their two first round picks next year.

    Bmarsh is on his contract year. You know how much he’s going to cost? A LOT.
    Meanwhile, Alshon looks promising, and hopefully Wilson takes the next step. Still have Bennett and Forte/Carey too.

    We’ll have THREE first rounders in 2015, plus be saving at least $8M in cap (in just the first year).

    #coldblooded.

    • gpldan waiting on camp

      I somewhat think there is a “give Ginny a title before she passes through that great goalpost in the sky” thing happening, and that Cutler and BM would never be parted, no less than Michael Sam and his wife.

      So I somewhat believe Emery when he says there is a fervent “win now” mentality and that they honestly think they will assemble and take it to the Niners and Hawks this year. Stranger things have happened, I have little faith in Carroll’s ability to keep the Hawks focused for a 2nd run.

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      it’s like I don’t even know you.

      • I know. I felt dirty for typing it. Maybe it was the cut-off hoodie that turned me into Darth Billichick.

        • That being said…THREE first rounders, and $8M to buy a S in FA next year…

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            lol. never my friend. Chicago’s WR’s are the envy of the league and when you throw in Uni and Forte we going playoffs mang, playoffs….with even a top 20 ranked D.

          • MB30SD

          • they can re-sign Marshall AND have $$ to buy a S (if need be) next year

        • MB30SD

          you craaaazy!

          Bmarsh IS this team. I wouldn’t trade him for anything. He’s the heart and soul of that O. (you listening cutler… you dolt! Cad! Ponce!)

        • MB30SD

    • Trac

      Here’s the thing. With all these underclassmen entering the draft, you can snag plenty of talent for your practice squad and train them up. I don’t think most fans realize how much good talent didn’t get drafted this year or went in the later rounds. With all these underclassmen coming out, the winners are the Owners, not the players.

    • no. Just no.

      In true Data fashion, I have several reasons:

      1) He still has 3-4 years left at a high level, based on other WRs and how they age (see Andre Johnson, TO, Moss, Harrison, Wayne)
      2) He’s a mentor for the young guys who will help Alshon and Marquess continue to grow (plus any other young guys they bring in before he’s done)
      3) He opens everything up for everybody else on offense
      4) It sends a TERRIBLE message in the locker room to bring this guy in, let him change the culture of the offense, and then send him packing right away.
      5) He’s the face of the team right now. I know you might say Jay, but Marshall is the leader in the locker room. You don’t dump those guys in their prime unless they are creating problems or you’re trying to change the culture.
      6) They have the $$ to pay him and Alshon very easily. Not an issue. Even after fat extensions for both of them they’ll have more than $20M to work with next offseason and most likely no other big $$ to hand out to their own guys.

    • Big Mike

      I feel dirty having read that. I guess this is what happens in the wake of draftgasms. Marshall can go for 5 years. He’s never been a speed guy. Alshon takes over as the #1 in time. Bears draft a couple top WRs over the next few years, Circle of life… Marshall retires as a 2 time SB champion and SB MVP.

  • gpldan waiting on camp

    Blue Vandermoon, blue Vandermoon, blue Vandermoon,
    keep lurking right.
    Blue Vandermoon, keep on lurking right,
    You’re gonna bring me back my tickets tonight,
    Blue Vandermoon, keep lurking right.

    I said blue Vandermoon of DePaul
    keep on lurking,
    Snag the seat that’s gone and left me blue.
    I said blue Vandermoon of DePaul
    keep on lurking,
    Snag the seat that’s gone and left me blue.

    Well, it was on one moonlight night,
    Stars shining bright,
    Pick blown high
    Fun said good-bye.

    Blue Vandermoon of DePaul
    Keep on lurking.
    Snag the seat that’s gone and left me blue.

    #elvislives

    • MB30SD

      gotta be honest… that kinda sucks. Dude fucking shows up for what 1-2 posts for the contest and hasn’t and still doesn’t contribute a damn thing else to this blog. I’m not big into contest and don’t give fuck about winning stuff, but would have been nice for a chitown local and reg to win it.

      #Murphsturnthistime!

      • fun fact: Jeff doesn’t give a rats’ ass about comments. Page views are what matter. You want as many unique page views as possible.

        So by visiting the site he contributes just as much as any of us.

        • MB30SD

          Yep I get it.

          #itsjustbidniz

        • johnnywad

          Still better if Murph gets it

  • MB30SD

    two names I’d be ok never hearing again:

    Douchie Manziel

    Michael Sam

    • tobijohn

      Add Scott Vandermoon to the list..

      • MB30SD

        Hahahahaha!

  • NewBearInTown

    So NFLphilosophy, a popular independent blogger, is a big fan of Fales. Says he could be THE pick of the draft. You just never know I guess.

    • MB30SD

      interesting.

    • Trac

      I read the piece on Johnny Football on that site. In a nutshell, highly likely he’ll be a bust in the NFL.

  • NewBearInTown
    • MB30SD

      cliff

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        He should have his abacus retired. Cliff Stein is who I want to be when I grow up.

        • MB30SD

          Hahahaha… not many puerto rican jews my maings.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            I’m a Sephardic Jew, did one of those cultural DNA analysis things some time back.

          • MB30SD

            congrats. Welcome to the tribe.

            and it all makes sense now. haha

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            I always had this internal conflict as to why I worried about balance sheets more than salsa dancing, the DNA never lies!

          • MB30SD

            Hahahahaha

          • tobijohn

            I’m not Sephardic but when growing up, you’re the only kid in the neighborhood with an Uncle Akbar, you’re often mistaken for one. It happens when you’re mother was Iranian. Those of us with Middle Eastern genomes all must look the same…

          • bearsfantillend

            hehehe Akbar. “Its a trap!”

          • tobijohn

            A rat trap:

          • Shady

            Some very famous Puerto Rican Jews include David Blaine, Freddie Prince Jr, Geraldo Rivera, Aaron Cecil Snyder, and Nina Tassler.

          • MB30SD

            Holy shit, geraldo is PR?!?

            David blaine is a badass.

          • Shady

  • MB30SD

    dude, they’re remaking the remake of the remake or godzirra? SMH.

    • Bender McLugh

      man the new Godzilla looks to be seriously badass

  • Trac

    To answer Jeff’s question as to which player from the draft will have the biggest impact, it’s simple, Kyle Fuller.

    This is solely based on trust in Emery. 14th Player selected vs the 33rd player selected plus, the latter players selected will only make add to Fullers success if they turn out to be contributors.

    Jeff guessed Ego, I deduced Fuller. That’s how I roll!

    • MB30SD

      agree. fuller has the potential to be the next peanut.

  • Big Mike

    So this AM, with no real football news about the Bears, I ventured to the comments sections of several publications (CBS, ESPN, Yahoo Sports, Chicago Tribune). First let me say, until this blog, I was never much for reading comments. How shall I put this.. The level of conversation on those sites, makes the call in portion of almost any Chicago Sports Radio show, seem like an NFL coaching clinic. I think a great feature for Jeff, would be to simply post the funniest ones of the week.

    So thanks for knowing something about football and sharing it here.

  • From Sports Illustrated’s draft recap: “Minnesota safety Brock Vereen actually projects pretty nicely as a slot corner at the next level, filling another clear need.”

    So does that mean we didn’t actually draft a safety this draft?

    • he’s a FS, IMO.

    • That’s the problem with drafting late round Safeties. As they say in the Departed “more holes than the Iraqi navy”.

      1. You get a CB converted to FS who lacks toughness, can’t bring the wood, and is fragile.
      2. This usually means their instincts are refined, and can take bad angles.
      3. The fact that they were turned into FS means their ball-hawking skills suck.
      4. They tend not to have the ideal “frame”.

      1A. They’re converted LBs who struggle with coverage.
      2. Because they were LBs, they can’t flip their hips, can’t track, are stiff, and lack ball skills.
      3. Slow feet, struggle with change of direction, and lack recovery speed.
      4. Like the converted CB, still honing their instincts.
      5. At least they tend to have size and can bring the wood.

      That’s usually what teams get with late round Safeties. That or pure Safeties who have other glaring weaknesses, like being too small, long injury/character concerns, etc.

      Sometimes a team lucks out, but the chances are slim.

  • Jokey

    Emery on Kap and Haugh said he reads as much as he can about fans’ questions and wants to address their concerns. Also talking about raising money for epilepsy and special needs kids; his daughter April has it and says 1 of 26 people are affected.

  • MB30SD

    data, BC, $, NB, you guys are going to love this: http://sportsnaut.com/2014/05/how-accurate-are-nfl-mock-drafts/

    Basically, kipper is a fucking hack, mcshay is much worse. How much do these guys get paid?!?

    SMFH.

    • I never understand why they don’t include trades. I actually predicted how many trades would go down pretty accurately. I predicted two trades in the top-10, one in the teens, and two after that in the first.

      Not shabby. Now, WHICH teams were gonna trade, I had little clue. In the first, I read that the Lions, Bucs, Falcons and Bills all wanted to trade, but I probably would have guessed the Lions, which would have fucked my mock up right there.

      There are also prospects who seemingly sneak into the first out of the blue (we are intimately acquainted with this phenomena). For example, the Eagles drafted DE Marcus Smith, and everyone was like “who?”.

      Other times there are runs at certain positions that no one can really foresee. This year, it happened to be on safeties (just our luck, eh?) But a shit load of CBs and WRs were drafted in the first few rounds, more than in previous years.

      That being said, I still enjoy reading mocks from certain draftniks. It’s a useful way to get to know some of the prospects who might become future Bears.

      • Oh, and Mayock ranked Fuller as the best CB, and Kiper did mock Fuller to the Bears. #legohead

    • bearsfantillend

      I use Mock drafts to see who is out there, don’t really care what team some yahoo thinks is going to take them. much rather them just give player analysis, and a round grade. ie, expect this guy to go between round 3 and 4, or this guy should be drafted in round 1.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      Thank you for this, Kiper is a toolbag.

    • MB30SD

      lucky it wasn’t 69

  • MB30SD

    new thread guys… come on over.

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