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Thoughts on George McCaskey Cleaning House Following Dismal 2014 Season

| December 30th, 2014

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I didn’t have one concrete theme from Black Monday but instead several distinct thoughts. Here they are.

Thought #1 – Emotion Not a Bad Thing

Football is a game of strategy and emotion. The strategy has spawned an entire industry of newfangled NFL writers who believe the $50 they spend for All-22 access makes them the heir apparent to Vince Lombardi. (X & O writing is quickly supplanting Combine analysis and salary cap breakdowns as the most surefire way to put me to sleep.) Strategy is why coaches are paid millions, why they sleep on their couches as their families fall apart at home and why play sheets now look like Greek diner menus in Clifton, New Jersey.

Emotion is the far less dissected issue, the far simpler issue and, in my estimation, just as important.

Here is a Tweet I received yesterday from follower @CowenJosh:

I think what Bears fans want is someone as passionate about the franchise as we are. We had years of emotionless sidelines.

This is not uncommon. Fans want emotion and an NFL franchise needs an emotional leader. They need someone to show fire, show desire, show passion. Mike McCarthy is fiery on the sideline. So are Mike Tomlin and Tom Coughlin and John Harbaugh. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady and Phil Rivers lead emotionally from the field and their teammates would walk through flames for them. The game requires constant inspiration and someone must tangibly provide it throughout the sixty minutes.

Football fandom is not, for the most part, a cerebral experience. It is an emotional one. Fans want emotion from the competitors because the fan’s biggest fear is those coaching/playing for his/her team  don’t care about winning and losing as much as he or she does. Pete Carroll paces the Seahawks sideline like a 25 year-old writer backstage at opening night of his first play. Nervous energy. Intense focus. If he stands still for a moment, he’ll spontaneously combust. Players feed off that pacing. Fans embrace him because of it. You might think this a minor detail but you’d be dead wrong.

2014 was a season defined by a lack of competitiveness, a lack of competitive fire, a total and complete lack of desire on the field. When the 2014 Bears were put into a hole they reached for the nearest shovel and buried themselves further. In a league where the rules are designed for teams to eradicate big deficits with the passing attack and equipped with a high-priced quarterback and passing coordinator as coach, the Bears let 14 points deficits become 30 deficits and did so with smiles on their faces.

George McCaskey tired of those looks. Those looks pissed off his 91 year-old mother.

Thought #2 – Re-branding the Bears

Kyle Long described the right coach for the Chicago Bears:

kyle long kyle longGeorge McCaskey put it a bit differently:

“People need to know that when they’ve played the Chicago Bears, that they’ve been through hell.”

The Bears changed the mentality of their organization under Emery & Trestman. They wanted to out think their rivals in the talent acquisition game and out think their opponents on the field. One resounding theme from McCaskey? He’d rather out hit people.

Thought #3 – Accorsi Hire a Savvy Move

Ernie Accorsi is a legend, one of the truly brilliant football people in league history. Hiring him is a admittance by George McCaskey that the organization can no longer depend on the “expertise” of Ted Phillips to conduct searches for genuine football people. It is a mature decision by an owner coming into his own.

For those upset that Ted Phillips is still in a position of power, think about it. What other choices does McCaskey have? The family is completely incapable of running a hot dog cart, let alone a multi-billion dollar business. Phillips is a great businessman and the family’s most loyal servant. By hiring Accorsi, McCaskey has cleverly found a way to strip Phillips of the influence that infuriated Bears fans while allowing him to retain his authority inside Halas Hall.

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  • Viva

    First

    • johnnywad is a beast

      LOL. I was just trying to post “Holding first for Viva.”.

    • Damn, you!

    • According to Aristotle, there is only one, the unmoved mover.

      • Viva

        Prime mover. Father of logic.

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        According to Highlander, there can be only One.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Is God so great that he could create a rock so large that even he could not move it?

        I love the smell of the off-season in the morning ….

        …have we fired Ted Philips yet? Did we hit 11-5 ? Wait ….. really?

    • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

      hawksce

      • Viva

        Toews comes through again.

        • AlbertInTucson

          But Bickell had to tie it up, first!

          • Viva

            How can you not love, Bicks?

          • huntinbare

            Bickell promised to be relevant before the playoffs this year ..he has strung together some good games going into january.

          • AlbertInTucson

            If he’s as relevant in the playoffs as he was 2 years ago, I don’t care.

    • GPLDAN

      FUCK First!

      • Viva

        If you’re not first you’re last.

    • DaBearsBlog

      By the way Viva, I hear Ballard/Toub is a real thing being packaged to the Bears. Don’t see it happening but it’s actually an option.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Ah HA!

        I posted a link to an article referencing Ballard as a GM possible and someone pooh-poohed it as just some writer’s imagination!

      • Viva

        Toub has all the ingredients to be very successful.

        • huntinbare

          One success after another..hard to ignire that…plus there was a spark to the way his Specials came onto and exited the field…
          Get it done Ernie..put the bug in their ear…

  • AlbertInTucson

    Hawks came back from 3-0 and 4-3 deficits. Bickell tied it with 1:13 to go in the 3rd. Winter Classic on New year’s day in D.C. is next!

    • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

      great game!

    • AlbertInTucson

      Nice luxury to have Patrick Sharp on your THIRD LINE, a move precipitated by the return of Brad richards who promptly scored a goal.

      Coach Q knows what the hell he is doing.

      Does he have a brother working in the NFL?

  • huntinbare

    What a day…
    After the A.M. firings I heard that King George was not allowed to ROAR before the masses until 4p.m. due to the absence of Squire Ted whi was seen heading towards the Mercantile Exchange with a wheelbarrow filled to overflowing with the coin of the realm to plunk them down in the commodities market…
    BEAR FUTURES ARE UP

  • “I only know my ignorance” – Socrates
    “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing” – Pope

    • AlbertInTucson

      “Knowledge is Power” – Francis Bacon

      • AlbertInTucson

        And bacon makes almost ANYTHING taste better!

      • “And absolute knowledge, absolute power”

        • AlbertInTucson

          “Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” – John Emerich Edward Dalberg

        • Sactowns#1

          Absolute bacon is absolutely delicious!

      • Shady

        Also a Wheel of Fortune puzzle answer tonight.

        • AlbertInTucson

          HAH! KISMET!

      • “a truth that’s told with ill intent beats all the lies one can invent.” Francis Bacon

        not sure how that applies, but it’s my 1 baconism (non-kevin)

        • AlbertInTucson

          Don’t worry, I have to look up all the sources.

    • huntinbare

      There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth. Not going all the way and not starting….buddha

    • AlbertInTucson

      “Ignorance is Bliss” – Thomas Gray.

      Didn’t want to leave any out.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Posting on topic, finally…

    Whatever you think of today’s moves, SOMETHING had to be done, NOW.

    At least the Bears didn’t let this open-sore-of-a-regime fester like they did with Jauron or Wanny.

    • dwhnt47

      Cheers to that!

    • AlbertInTucson

      That reminds me, I have go smear antibiotic on the boo-boo on one of my hounds.

      Bassets are the LUMPIEST dogs…

      • huntinbare

        Manuka honey works miracles

        • AlbertInTucson

          I fought it for weeks but had to go for the meds. She’s on a pill as well.

          Same thing happened to the older one a few months ago.

          Subaceous Cists.

          Normally not an issue other than a lump but occassionally one erupts at the surface.

          Doesn’t seem to bother them but they are messy. I think this one is on the mend.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Maunuka Honey. Sounds like a Hawaiian stripper, no?

          • huntinbare

            Good call..
            It is a bee honey that is sourced from New Zealands South Island…it has a rating system for potency…16+ is what we used to heal a palm sized open wound on our cat …vet said put her down…went to a vet who is into natural cures …learned about the honey and the stuff did the trick…all the skin closed around the wound and the fur came back in a couple months…I have used it on many of my own self inflicted cuts and gashes with great results…only cut ointment in my house now.
            Wedderspoon.com

          • AlbertInTucson

            Wow. Seriously, I will definitely investiagte that.

            And I bet you can still use it to sweeten you tea,too!

          • huntinbare

            It is a bit pricey for me to put in my tea…but if $ is not an issue it would be tasty…although I don’t know if heat would alter the healing properties.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Bet it’s still cheaper than a couple of dggie antibiotics and a vet visit.

          • Irish Sweetness

            What, like scrape the pus-infused honey off the scab into your tea? That would have some kick. That’s oldskool, Al.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Now I know why Denzel was sitting there slapping that shit on cuts in The Equalizer !

          • huntinbare

            Hey man..good to hear from ya…hope you and you youths are well …all I can say is…
            Aint this some shit…anxious to see it all through your perspective…

          • DaMurph

            I’m meeting her for a drink in two weeks!

          • DaCoaches Mustache

            Subaceous Cists smell like bigfoots wang when they pop. Nasty.

  • dwhnt47

    Literary Genius! Well done my fellow Compatriot! Go Bears!

    • Viva

      Fuck off.

      • Viva

        just kidding.

      • dwhnt47

        Didn’t waste any brain cells on that comment did you? Have another vodka, moron.

        • BillW

          He said he was just kidding.

          • dwhnt47

            Got it.. My apologies.

          • AlbertInTucson

            You boys play nice now.

          • dwhnt47

            Timing is everything

          • BillW

            Yes. It’s been a dizzying day trying to keep up with the posts

  • huntinbare

    Thabk you for the Butkus rush…

    • AlbertInTucson

      I was looking for my Avatar to appear in that clip. I must have appropriated it from the longer version.

      • huntinbare

        Do they limit the size of the shoulder pads…there must be regulations…Just standing in them makes him menacing

        • AlbertInTucson

          He looks like a train wreck about to happen.

      • huntinbare

        A fitting avatar for what we are trying to relocate…his highlight reels are all the film any defense needs to use to get ready for the next game.

    • SC Dave

      Sometimes, being older is a good thing. I got to watch that guy play.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Ooh! Ooh! Me too! Me too!

        And live and in person on 3 occassions!

        • dwhnt47

          Congrats dude!

        • BillW

          Me too. Told this already but at Wrigley I still remember a hit he made and instead of a cheer it was 40000 people saying. “Butkus” almost in a hushed reverence

          • huntinbare

            It was in the Bleachers at Wrigley in the dead of winter that I saw a fan reach into his topcoat and pull out a flask, unscrew the cap and take a long pull…I tugged on my dad’s coat and asked …what is that guy drinking? ….warmth…. my dad replied…

          • AlbertInTucson

            Your Dad sounds like a wise man.

          • huntinbare

            He was street wise…but he left high school in his senior year to join the navy; had his leg and foot blown up; spent a year out in Farragut getting re-hab and came back to Chicago; settling into a gig at the stockyards. Never got a H.S. diploma until the V.A. gave all the WWII vets a G.E.D. equivalent in the ’90’s I believe. Hardest working hunan I ever knew. He was like a bull. Worked for Jewel as a meat cutter and restaurants at night.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Wrigley was a great venue to watch a fooball game. Unless, like WBB/WLS news anchor, Fahey Flynn, you had a seat behind one of the upper deck support beams. I kid you not.

            We were in the first base side endzone twice in ’67 and 3rd base line box seats i=for the Steer game in ’69. The latter were like sitting on one of the team benches!

          • BillW

            My dad and uncle gradually upped their seats to the 50 in the temp stands in right field. Incredible seats

          • AlbertInTucson

            Yes, those would have been unbelieveable seats!

          • huntinbare

            Fahey Flynn…loved his look…haven’t heard a Fahey call in years

          • AlbertInTucson

            It’s my understanding that Flynn left WBBM, Channel 2 because they wanted him to switch from his trademark bow ties.

            Fahey had the last laugh.

            WLS, Channel 7, hired him, launched the EYEWITNESS NEWS format with co-anchor, Joel Daly, future Weather Channel creator, John Coleman and sportscaster Bill Frink. They dominated local Chicago newscast ratings for years.

            Flynn’s weatherman at WBBM was P.J.Hoff, famous for his weather maps that he would do, each with a little, mechanically-animated-by-pulling-a-string “Vice-President-In-Charge-Of-Looking-Out -The-Window” character. Hoff would then send the day’s map to an area school. I remember we got one of them in my 5th grade class in Oak Park.

          • huntinbare

            PJ Hoff was a classic icon
            The city ever sets up a hall of fame his bust is there…
            All these gentleman were my first impressions of role models to choose from…they had a style that today’s world has long since buried…

          • huntinbare

            Loved the beam seats…I was a restless kid and I used the beams as an excuse to get up and wander around

      • huntinbare

        True; we got a different perspective watching him and Sayers and others by which we measure todays athletes…I consider us very fortunate

  • AlbertInTucson

    “2014 was a season defined by a lack of competitiveness…”

    Maybe an HISTORIC lack of competitiveness because, and I repeat myself, but, the Bears looked MORE competetive going 1-13 in 1969.

    Of course a Butkus on one side of the ball and a Sayers on the other helps that assertion.

  • BillW

    Hi guys. Went out today to rj grunts and the Lincoln Park zoo lights with my family including my granddaughter. Great time

    Managed to hear most of the presser. Happily surprised at the “pissed off” quote. Knowing she is fed up makes me feel even more optimiatic.

    But wow! What pressure on George. His almost 92 year old mom wants a super bowl before she dies!

    Echoing other comments:make no mistake – ted is no longer making fotball decisions. But as Jeff said he has done a great job running the business. And George said if ernie suggests a change in structure they will consider it

    Finally again as others have said. Tucker staying for now means nothing. Kromer being singled out as the only assistant fired means Virginia wanted to single him out

    Congrats on the over 1000 posts. Sorry I missed so much of it

    • SC Dave

      Be glad you missed that wacko talking about Forte being mediocre… smh.

      • BillW

        I saw it. Skimmed it fast

      • Irish Sweetness

        I saw that. Agreed with him on not breaking tackles, and Matty doesn’t really have any breathtaking moves, but that season right there was far from mediocre. That’s production.

        As Roy Batty says in Blade Runner : “Time … to trade.”

        I’ll keep the two Kyles, The Beastlies, Magic Mundy, Christian Jones, our DTs, The Fisherman and you can have the rest ….

        • SC Dave

          Far out! Welcome back!

          But no trade of Matty, my man.

    • GPLDAN

      RJ Grunts was Rich Melman’s first restaurant.

  • Shady

    Nice post Jefe, but your argument for keeping Ted Phillips is weak. The same I hear from people defending the Cutler extension. There are ALWAYS other options in the NFL. Great businessman? Really? He negotiated a horrible deal for an underwhelming Soldier Field and hasn’t even come close to unlocking the true value of this proud franchise. The McCasky’s need to rid themselves of that parasite.

    Trestman said he was the most qualified candidate to turn things around because he’s lived this nightmare for the past two years. How’s that for logic. That’s like letting your drunk friend try to clean up the bathroom they just destroyed.

    I’m not sure if you noticed but Phillips basically said the same thing as Trestman. He’s most qualified because he’s held the position for this long. Ridiculous.

    Sure he’s contracted a football guy to help find more candidates, but Phillips made it clear HE and GEORGE would ultimately make the final decision. He has been a part of the problem, not the solution. What he’s done to ingratiate himself to the McCaskey family I’ll never know, but it must have been pretty damn special for him to keep his title as President and CEO of the Chicago Bears having done such an underwhelming job.

    • BillW

      I can’t disagree at all. But maybe getting rid of him seemed too much for now.

      I truly doubt they will do anything other than take ernies suggestions. I hope I’m not being naive

    • dwhnt47

      Ted has a job to keep as well, and as all of you out there know, he needs to keep the boss happy.

      That being said. We know nothing of those requirements, but we did learn today something I for one have never seen before. The McCaskey family are FANS too! And George is here to hold people ACCOUNTABLE dammit.

      Great Day to be a Bear fan after a season like this.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Phillips has never bothered me because I understand his role. I don’t think Phil Emery was a bad hire and his other candidates were all solid as well.

      “Can’t miss” guys have failed and long shots have worked. I think if the Bears get the right GM nobody will give a shit about Ted.

      • SC Dave

        I hope you’re right, Jeff.

    • Viva
      • Shady

        THiS! Exactly this! Bingo Viva. Bingo.

      • Scott W.

        GP has been posting that one as well at various points in the season. Great reminder.
        Oh, and Dave Toub for HC.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Interesting point. The Bears are the McCaskey’s only real asset – so winning is not necessarily an objective. Profit maximization, cutting costs is all that matters. Bottom line.
        Jerra’s got cash from elsewhere, so all he wants to do is have his football team win.

        Moving forward, as always, it will be interesting to see how they fuck this up.

    • huntinbare

      He probably helped with investmenrs and they owe him

  • BillW

    Instead of Black Monday can we call this Orange and Blue Monday?

    • dwhnt47

      Right ON!

      • dwhnt47

        Just hoping now that things move along at a professional pace. And decisions get made in a timely manner. Not like the Emery, two-month-long-outthinking myself-toosmart for my pants and let the best candidates pass me by f-in search.

        Sometimes a good deal staring you in the face…. is actually a good deal.

    • huntinbare

      With all the anger from ownership I had a vision of Virginia standing like the Queen of Hearts in front of George screaming ; ” Off with their heads”
      Thus for me it has become…Bloody Monday

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    not sure i agree with the “Emotion” aspect in Chicago with respect to players. Fans and media all claim they want an emotional leader, or a fiery person on the sideline, yet they grill players that show emotion. Maybe it needs to be someone that the fans and media don’t have any preconceived notions about. For instance, Cutler pushes an O-Lineman or yells at a coach and he is viewed as a petulant punk, while Brady and Manning do it and they are heralded as Leaders. If he doesn’t show emotion he gets the moniker of ‘Not Caring’. Marshall goes on a tirade and people question his mental stability. Gould yelling on a sideline and he is dismissed as just the kicker what does he know. Long showing emotion during a game and the the reports were the rookie needs to calm down and keep his emotions in check. As for the defense, the team has just lacked any type of leadership, emotional or otherwise, especially when Tillman got injured. At times this year the defense appears to play with a little passion but once something goes wrong it all falls apart, no one steps up to make sure there is accountability or to keep the passion throughout the game. Unfortunately some of the criticism players get is directly related to the persona the coach puts forth.

    We have gone so long with the stoic/non emotional coaches on the sidelines, that players seem to be berated when they go against the “personality” of the coaches. Maybe having a fiery coach like Ryan or Harbaugh will actually help. It will allow the players to show that emotion and not be dissected or berated by media and fans alike, and give the team an identity that it desperately needs. This emotional identity needs to come from the coaches FIRST.

    • CanadaBear

      The only part I don’t agree with is the D and ST’s showed a ton of emotion under Lovie/Old Sauce/Toub. Every player used to say Lovie would just look at you and you felt like you let your parents down. That would motivate the shit out of me. Much more so than someone yelling at me and frothing at the mouth for the millionth time.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    #1 write off Bill Belichick, Ron Rivera, Mike Smith, Chip Kelly. These dudes are in the ‘don’t show emotion’ category.

    #2 this sounds a lot like ‘we’ll get off the bus running the rock’.

    #3 If ‘the family is completely incapable of running a hot dog cart’ that means they’re completely incapable of hiring the right consultant, who can help them get their winning HC-GM combination.

    When you rebuild you do it around your best asset. Phil Emery was the Bears best asset.

    • Trac

      Barb, I have a suggestion for you. Now I don’t want you to take this the wrong way but I think it’s time for you to start your own football blog. You’re ready!

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I’m sorry (not) for busting your bubble. I also think YOU should start your own blog if you want everybody to have the same opinions.

        • Trac

          Just sayin! hahahaha

        • DaCoaches Mustache

          A not joke! You are Borat. ikshamesh!

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            who ?

        • i would read both of your blogs.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I use my FB page as a blog. Free to read it.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I just did. You dig ice hockey ? And slavic-looking chicks, lots of slavic-looking chicks.

            Like UFC? Get your shekels on my boy Conor McGregor winning the FW belt this year. Aldo is getting car-bombed. Guaranteed Irish. Money for nothing.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Oh yeah… NHL is the bomb ?

            UFC ? I don’t follow UFC at all. I do watch boxing. I’m a boxing ‘fan’… not an expert by any means.

    • DaMurph

      You need to look at some sideline film of those coaches if you think they show no emotion.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        ?

        • Irish Sweetness

          As my favorite, most incendiary, most insulting ESL student, Barb, I hereby grant you a belated Christmas present … the gift of grammar. What you need to use there my son is the adjective modifier ‘reigning’ with the noun.

          Go Pats – I mean, Go Bears !

          • Emery ain’t no Beast

            The true beast returns! Hip hip hoorah!

          • Scott W.

            WELCOME. HOME.

          • Trac

            Ha, Gilgamesh returns! Glad to hear from you, fill us in on your travels.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Hi Trac. Travels? I wish. Crazy insane new ownership at the university … military junta installed itself as government making it impossible for most teachers to stay here …. postgrad-studies … four year old twins. Something had to give and it wasn’t going to be World of Tanks.

            Besides, it’s the off-season (for us), and you know what that means ….

          • SC Dave

            So, how’s the banking cartel doing these days? 🙂

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            It was a spelling error. Pretty innocent one.

            That being said I erased the message because I misunderstood DaMurph post. It happens when you’re posting while working.

            I love how your ‘come back’ post was a ‘grammar’ reply to ‘je’.

          • Irish Sweetness

            We know it wasn’t spelling Barb, homonyms catch out native speakers too. But as previously stated, I am very impressed with how you picked up a second language and will continue to point out every error – not to be a grammar Nazi – but to perfect your insults. ‘Tis the Queen’s English (a German, God bless her), and we must treasure it … until the day we must all learn Chinese.

            I might be moving to China soon, so I’ll put in a good word for you lot. Americans, that is, I’m afraid Romania could be fucked forever. Sorry.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Romania and fucked are synonyms.

            Man, I’ve studied English in school for 10 years, intensive class. Better said I was in the intensive English class. Of course I stopped ‘studying’ it after a while.

            Plus it’s the universal language, so you hear it all the time. And it’s a very basic language. Very poor in sheer volume and creativity. Truth is I find it rather horrible if not for swearing and music. Very singable language.

          • Irish Sweetness

            It’s certainly good for poetry and swearing .. the more words etc.
            You should see what the Irish did it to it … slang.ie. I made more than a few contributions to the Dublin section.

            But Italian, what’s the story?

    • Irish Sweetness

      So Barb, you think he was correct in assigning almost a quarter of the teams’ salary cap on two risky players like Cutler(ability) and Allen(Age)? That’s a lo of eight-balls and hookers … I mean money.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Look… I mean… these are both debatable decisions.

        I’ll tell you what. I was against Allen’s signing from the beginning. I think Emery is a beast and a possible Top GM, but there are a lot of things I criticized him about. Sometimes months before anybody.

        Lets talk about Cutler and Allen:

        Cutler: what are you saying ? that he should have let him go in FA a year ago ? And do what ?

        Allen: When he got Allen it was late in FA. The only way to bring other important players was by trade. It was Allen or nobody. It’s not like he removed value from other positions in order to make a ‘splash’ move.
        I always thought his signing had a ‘lack of leadership’ sense to it. Bring him in so there’s an image to the D, take pressure off of the youngsters out there on D.

        At the end of the day 1) there indeed was a huge lack of leadership on the D side and
        2) the DL was the Bears best unit… if you subtract HB because of Forte.

  • BuddyR

    So X’s and O’s are boring, they just determine the outcome of any play. And who need’s talent evaluation, it’s not like the guys on the field acutally have any impact on the execution of play calls. Oh and bad salary management just got Emery fired (the cutler deal), slows down the progress of at least a quarter of all NFL teams while the best gain huge advantages from good management to build Super Bowl rosters (Seattle and Russell Wilsons salary). And of course those elements don’t have to work together to create more than the sum of its parts to ultimatly achieve long term success. It’s 2014 and the bears Def is bad because they are all pussies who don’t want to hit, it has nothing to do with a bad vanilla scheme, poor talent evaluation, wasted draft picks… If only the Bears had more emotion! Where is Ditka? Oh, and DaBearsBlog is first to talk about it, its not like every talking head on espn and nfl network does nothing else because they think their audience is that stupid and it’s the easiest BS to write about!

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Phillips: “This was Phil’s third year. We didn’t make the playoffs a single year. That was a problem.”
    — Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) December 29, 2014

    This dude had 1 playoff appearance in 7 years. Talk about accountability from the top down.

    • johnnywad is a beast

      Morning Shithead.

      You understand that Phillips is being moved aside for this hire right? They brought in a respected football mind to help rebuild this thing. Everybody has been fired or moved aside except the owners. The only people of consequence left are the direct descendants of George Fucking Halas. What more do you want? Perhaps Virginia should off herself and leave the team to the Kraft family and Belichick would then run the Patriots AND Bears. Would that be enough?

      Stop being stupid.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        BTW – love the new name.

        • johnnywad is a beast

          I’m enjoying it for a bit.

      • DaMurph

        Get out the the way, The Wad is in the house!

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Look.. Johnny… you can call yourself straight, but if you’re sucking dick…

        Phillips was clear that, while Accorsi will aid in the vetting process, the ultimate decision on the team’s next GM and head coach will be his.
        “Ernie’s going to be hired just as a consultant to get us through this entire process in finding the right head coach and general manager,” Phillips said. “Ernie is going to make recommendations is the way we look at it and [the decision] ultimately on the general manager it will be George and myself.”
        http://chi.scout.com/story/1496806-bears-hire-ernie-accorsi-as-a-consultant

        Also
        http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/12095065/jon-greenberg-why-trust-management-chicago-bears-future-some-suggestions?ex_cid=espnapi_public
        http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20141229/sports/141228582/
        https://twitter.com/davidhaugh

        Maybe you were informing yourself about the Bears while being of the shitter dealing with post holidays ‘business’, but that’s no excuse… for being the pathetic cunt that calls informed people ‘stupid’.

        PS: And you got voted up !!! Man.. that kind of tells you where we’re at…

        • BillW

          Do you work in corporate America? A solid piece of advice:don’t believe everything an exec says.

          Or did you also believe there was no meeting after the Dallas (or was it saints?) game? They said that too and everyone laughed. . It’s simply part of the game

          • BillW

            And of course the final “decision” is theirs since they are the ones who ultimately sign the contract. Ernie cant.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Look Bill…. there’s no reason to go with that farce. Why save Ted ? there’s no value in the PR move. And if there’s no value it’s not worth it.

            Last 2 times they hired consulting firms, now it’s just a dude. It’s the same thing all over again.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Scott W. ,Huge Bear’s Penis, DaMurph and 1 Guest voted up on this nonsense:

        “You understand that Phillips is being moved aside for this hire right?”

        Smart. Very smart.

        • BillW

          He has. They just are saving face for him for some reason

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Look… this is your opinion and it’s not based on any tangible proof.

            Starting with the fact he was not only present at the presser yesterday, but he spoke at length.

            There are 10+ statements yesterday by both he and george that said he’s part of the decision.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Ted on difference of hiring process from Emery & Trestman hires: “Bringing in an expert consultant like Ernie Accorsi” is a huge difference.
    — Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) December 29, 2014

    This is ridiculous. He’s the one responsible for the hiring process from Emery & Trestman hires’ !

    • Right. Ted was the one responsible for Emery and, as a result, The Tresticle. And now Accorsi will be responsible. Not sure what’s ridiculous about that.

      Unless you’re saying, “Ted is responsible for Ernie, so Ted will be responsible for Coach XX and GM YY.”

      If that’s the case, good for Ted. Because Ernie will make a much smarter decision than Ted would have.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Look..guys… put down the pipe.

        You guys need to start learning how to read some english. Or buy some glasses. Or hire somebody to read to you.

        Most of you are living in your own fantasy worlds. I don’t want to insult you guys… I’m just saying… step up your game.

        • BearDown100393

          It must be such a burden being the most meritocratic troll in the cyberspace. May you forgive us sinners as ignorant and lesser standing.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            there was 1 question that needed answering yesterday. Who’s going to hire the new GM ?

            I think the ‘trolls’ are those that after a 40 minutes of press conference, 100 web articles and a 1.000 comments Da Bears Blog post, didn’t understand who’s going to do the hire.

            Look man, you can be ignorant and not very bright, I have no problem with that, but own it, don’t be so defensive.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          with so many of us not understanding what you are trying to say maybe it is your grasp of the english language that needs to be questioned.

          because basically from what i gathered(and i am sure others have too) from what you are saying is that no one at Halas Hall is qualified to hire anyone because they were somehow responsible for hiring some one that failed at some point in time or another. And hiring a ‘consultant’ is the wrong thing to do because we might get stuck with one of his past assistants, of whom was on his staff that put together a super bowl team. oh the horror.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Oh no. Look… I’m was ahead in the discussion. Leave me be. It’s not my english you’re not understanding… let me assure you of that.

            Lets focus of the basics for now. Lets recap…

            Question: Who’s going to be responsible for the hire of the new GM ?

            Your answer here…….

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            George McCaskey and Ted Phillips. Accorsi is going to make recommendations to them but it will be their final decision.

          • Scott W.

            Not you.

          • Emery ain’t no Beast

            Bill Belichick?

          • Accorsi, if you believe what you read.

            But as I understood your logic from your message above, Accorsi was hired by Ted, so by the law of syllogisms, Ted is responsible for hiring the GM.

            That’s what we’re all having a problem with, Captain. Ted hired a guy to hire a guy. We applaud that move. You position it as just another sign of the Bears being losers.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            God damn it !!! It’s not Accrosi !!! Fuck… I feel depression in my immediate future !!!

            Phillips was clear that, while Accorsi will aid in the vetting process, the ultimate decision on the team’s next GM and head coach will be his.
            “Ernie’s going to be hired just as a consultant to get us through this entire process in finding the right head coach and general manager,” Phillips said. “Ernie is going to make recommendations is the way we look at it and [the decision] ultimately on the general manager it will be George and myself.”
            http://chi.scout.com/story/1496806-bears-hire-ernie-accorsi-as-a-consultant

            Also
            http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/12095065/jon-greenberg-why-trust-management-chicago-bears-future-some-suggestions?ex_cid=espnapi_public
            http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20141229/sports/141228582/

            PS: No… Teddy fired the guy he hired 3 years ago and now he hired a guy to make recommendations on who he’ll hire next.

            It’s the same guy that does the hiring !!! And of course it’s a sign of the Bears being losers. Because the dude that hired Angelo and Emery will hire the new GM.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            God damn it!!! it is different this time around!!! Fuck… They hired someone to help. They hired a very respected ex-GM to help out in the process. If you think that they are just wasting money and not going to take into consideration any thing Accorsi recommends then you are an idiot.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            The NFL has gravitated over recent years toward use of search firms in hirings of coaches and, in particular, general managers. The Bears have used that mechanism in the hirings of both Jerry Angelo and Phil Emery.
            Rather than an outside firm casting a wide net for as many options as possible, the approach used by the New York Jets, grabbing former successful NFL personnel legends Charlie Casserly and Ron Wolf makes more sense for how McCaskey thinks. Using a rifle rather than a shotgun.
            http://www.csnchicago.com/bears/consultant-approach-gm-makes-more-sense-bears-firm

            PS1: They hired someone to help the other time also. God damn it!!!

            PS2: It is different this time around !!! It’s the rifle way, not the shotgun way !!! And the Jets use it, so surely it will work close to perfection.

          • Sigh.

            Yes. Ownership has final say. That’s how businesses work, I think.

            BUT. The fact that they’re bringing in a consultant to tell them who to hire is a sign that they recognize their shortcomings.

            In the end, George and Ted are the ones who will say, “Hire Dave Toub!” But from everything they’re saying, they’ll get to that decision based on Accorsi’s recommendation.

            And based on how they botched the Emery pick, I’d be shocked if they ignored Accorsi’s reco.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Ok… so finally you’re up to date. Now you have to go back and re-read my comments. Because we were talking while being of different ‘levels’:

            Because your initial phrase while replying to me was:
            “Right. Ted was the one responsible for Emery and, as a result, The Tresticle. And now Accorsi will be responsible.”

            I responded by getting ‘pissed off’ with the offensive, but ‘friendly’:
            “Look..guys… put down the pipe.
            You guys need to start learning how to read some english. Or buy some glasses. Or hire somebody to read to you.
            Most of you are living in your own fantasy worlds. I don’t want to insult you guys… I’m just saying… step up your game.”

            King George and Teddy will be responsible for the new GM hire, just like they were on the ex GM hire.

            I’M BAFFLED THE FANS NOT ONLY ARE NOT DISGUSTED BY THIS, BUT THEY’RE HYPER ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT IT. How does that make any sense ? Just because there’s a ‘consultant’ in the house ? That’s all that took from ‘lets revolt against the McCaskeys’ to ‘King George is The Man’. A fucking consultant ?

            And people insult me when I say the Bears fans are to blame about the state of the Bears as an average franchise.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    The Bears hired a consultant who’ll ‘promote’ his old assistant for the job.

    That’s meritocracy at it’s best… don’t hire the best guy, hire the guy that best kissed ass of your consultant (who’s never won shit in his career by the way).

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      do you know what meritocracy means? Because the definition is basically rewarding people based on their talent and abilities.

      maybe it means something different in Romania.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        meritocracy means that the guy in charge of the “hiring process from Emery & Trestman hires” can’t be in charge of the hiring of the consultant that hired his old assistant the only other time he was a consultant.

        another form of opposed ‘meritocracy’ -though I can’t think of the correct term- is that the franchise owner for 20+ years can’t be ‘pissed off’ and ‘sick of the mediocrity’ of her franchise.

        I think the correct term is lunacy… not sure it’s the proper one.

        • Scharfinator

          That’s more a conflict of interest than meritocracy…

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            hah…I just got it… guys I was ironic of the “That’s meritocracy at it’s best” part.

            That was the point… in the sense that “here is meritocracy for you fans… hire a consultant that has a history of ‘conflict of interest’ in his only previous consulting gig.”

          • Scharfinator

            SSShhhh!!! WE ARE ALL DRINKING NAVY AND BURNT ORANGE KOOLAID RIGHT NOW!

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          here’s a dictionary use it.

          http://dictionary.reference.com/

      • Jack Lacan

        It means “nepotism” there — and then you post “obscure reference”…

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Ted Phillips: “I think what we have now with Ernie coming in is someone consistent, who is giving us a voice on a daily basis who’s on our side and doesn’t have any other agenda to try to push their own people,”

      This naive snowflake…

  • NewBearInTown

    Saw on twitter an article by Moon Mullin about Marinelli. The Bears let him interview all three finalists for head coach to try to get him to stay on. He liked Arians by far as his number 1. He liked Bevell second. He liked Trestman as a distant third. Emery hired Trestman anyway; Marinelli took a demotion to go to Dallas.
    As stuff comes out, you start to understand the Emery firing more. I think the Trestman hire would have been fine if (a) Arians hadn’t done so well in Arizona, and (b) there weren’t so many signs that Arians was the smarter hire at the time. Emery was a good GM, but he did outsmart himself sometimes. That led to his undoing.

    • Trac

      Not to be argumentative NB but the most important hire a GM will ever make is the HC. After 2 years, Trestman was so defective that Emery was fired for it. Personally, I would not use the word “good” to describe Emery. On the job training should only apply to assistants.

      • Scott W.

        Yes. This.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Man… decide on the bullshit already !!!
      I understand all the anti Emery PR moves (very classy by the way), but weren’t there 2 other completely different/opposing leaks a month ago ?

      1. Marinelli wasn’t going to remain no matter what, him being a Lovie faithful. Emery insisted on him being the DC even after Marinelli said it clearly: ‘I’m leaving’

      2. Emery wanted Arians to keep Marinelli as the DC, but Arains wanted his own DC…Todd Bowles.

      I mean…for fuck’s sake… this shit is so ridiculous I almost feel sorry for those who buy it.

      • Emery ain’t no Beast

        Yes, you are correct sir. I never intended for old sauce to leave and that is exactly why I didn’t hire that loser Arians.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Love when one was no answer at my post and replies some unrelated crap about me.

          Talk about the post. Analyze the information. What’s your opinion about these Emery disinformation. I don’t care if you like him or hate him… it’s not about him.

          These are Chicago Bears ‘leaks’ !!! Emery is gone, dead. Move on from him.

          • Emery ain’t no Beast

            I will live in infamy. How dare you sir!

          • Jack Lacan

            Re-read your opening “sentence” here. Make “english” now your fiftieth language.
            Please do not do any translations from whatever is your “first” language into English.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            ahahhahah. Translations !?

      • Scott W.

        Barb, we all appreciate you, really. You’re a good boy. You remind us all of what we could have been, if we’d been dropped on our heads repeatedly as a child.
        You attack posters on this board nonstop, routinely calling them stupid, etc., for not agreeing with you, or not seeing your idol, PE, in the same way you do.
        Post away, by all means, but because of your attitude, no one really takes you very seriously. You can fix that by toning it down, or you can reap what you sow.
        That said, have a nice day. Seriously, have a nice day.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          send me an email with your complains.

          nothing to say about the actual subject of what the user posted ? Clearly no… because you have no clue.

          carry on…bringing nothing useful to the ‘table’.

          • Jack Lacan

            That’s spelled “complaints” — at the table…

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            note that english is my 3rd language…

            understand how lame you look while stalking my spelling errors….

          • Jack Lacan

            Your “english” reads like it’s your ninth language — try subject-verb and shut the fuck up once in a while…

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Hah!

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I understand you have high standards as you’ve learned ‘english’ from the doors and walls of the public bathrooms while hoeing yourself, but all you’re proving with this conversation is that you’re never changed…. you still are a buttom feeder.

          • Jack Lacan

            Well you know —we farmers must keep “hoeing” so the crops will grow.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            You redneck kkk hoe !!! You’re the gift that keeps on giving.

          • GPLDAN

            Redneck KKK Hoe.

            Ted Nugent’s 2nd LP!

          • Irish Sweetness

            I was down at my local vinyl shop GP, he’d sold his last copy of Sammy’s ‘Attention on the holidays’ five minutes before I got there. What a gyp. Luckily he had the Christmas version by a bastard son of Frank Sinatra. Thanks for the heads up.

          • GPLDAN

            His version of Steven Stills “Long May You Run” brings tears to my eyes every time.

          • Scott W.

            But, when hoeing one’s self, one must also beware of the plow…

          • Irish Sweetness

            Third language? I am thoroughly impressed. Number 2 is Ukrainian or Russian?

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            pussy licking

            PS: Italian. But I was just showing off, kidding around. It’s really my second, probably. I know English better, but I use Italian much more offen.

            See how I used capital letters ? When in front of the teach’…

            PS 2: Ukrainians or Russians are different races. Romanians are half ‘latin’ and the language even more so.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Both Slavic languages I believe, I thought their proximity to you would make you a speaker. ‘Roman’ …’Romania’ … I can’t believe I never put the two together. I assumed it was from ‘Romany’ or ‘Romani’ … gypsies.

            Wikitrip : Aha! The Romans legged it in 270 A.D. …”Eastern Romance languages, like the other branches of Romance languages, descend from Vulgar Latin.”

            VULGAR ! Brilliant !

            See boys? He can’t help it! He’s culturally entitled to rip the piss out of you!

            Why Italian Barb? Not that one needs a reason – beautiful language …

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            aahhahahahhahahahah. Now you get it. ahahahhahahhahah

            Well.. it’s super easy to learn Italian for a Romanian. But I didn’t learn it
            for that reason. I’m just a huge fan from a young age of Juventus Torino… it’s an european football team. So while following them I learned it, make ‘friends’ online, stuff like that

            PS: As I told you in another post Romania and fucked are synonyms.

            Here’s an example:

            Romania comes from Rome as it become a Rome province because of the gold and salt mines (i can’t remember the actual term).

            So, a genocide later, the population got mixed up, the language highly influenced.

            Pretty pacific people the Romanians. That’s why a lot of ‘Romany’ or ‘Romani’, gypsies ended up here in the 1900, when they were persecuted in Western Europe, where the superior nations reside.

            So after the Romania entered the European Union all these gypsies flooded Europe. But gypsies is some kind of a slur, not politically correct and so they were using Romani while bashing them with racist campaigns in the european media.

            And at some point everybody -people in general have little knowledge and lack basic culture- started thinking Romania is the country of the Romani, of the gypsies. Which is so stupid on so many levels…seeing that the gypsies are a migrating ‘people’ just like the jews are.

            What ended up happening is that whenever a gypsy made some stupid shit, it was the fault of the romanians, even if the gypsy was danish or whatever.

    • Scott W.

      Gosh, NBIT, do you not read ANY of my posts (*sniffle*)…I’ve been posting that all season long, except for the Marinelli details.
      Emery tired too hard to be clever. That has been my theme since game 2.

  • Harold Bryant

    My best moment of the 2014 season was watching the film clip above of Dick Butkus. Second only to the ouster of two dead personality i.e. Emery and Trestman

    • CanadaBear

      The only real highlight for me this year was the SF game. After they put a cheap shot on Cutler it lit a fire under the team and they responded.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Version 1: Emery wanted Arians. Arians didn’t want Marinelli. Marinelli didn’t want Arians. No deal.

    Version 2: Marinelli wanted Arians. Arians wanted the Bears. Emery wanted Trestman. No deal

    Version 3: Emery wanted Arians. Arians didn’t want Marinelli. Marinelli wanted Arians. No deal.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      what does it really matter? All the people involved have been fired or was never hired. Let it go.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        “You have to know the past to understand the present.” Dr. Carl Sagan
        +
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Futures_studies

        Most of all it’s about Knowledge.

        • Trac

          Wasn’t he the bad hair cut guy?.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          “Whatever we think of the past, we must not be prisoners to it.”” Barack Obama

          • Trac

            Most prisoners have a troubled past.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            … while speaking in front of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) about the Drone Strike Campaign ?

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            Cairo University in Egypt.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            What ? A drone hit the Cairo University in Egypt !!!

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            idiot.

          • Irish Sweetness

            One of them hit a pyramid at Giza … and it turns out Despicable Me is more than just a movie … it really was inflatable. Conspiracy theory? I don’t think so. Just wait til ‘Minions’ comes out, then the shit will really hit the fan.

    • Emery ain’t no Beast

      Let me enlighten you. I wanted to hire Marc Trestman all along and that is the reason I got fired.

  • Scott W.

    This should have been added to your post, Jeff. Okay, coulda shoulda woulda, all that, but still…
    ENJOY folks. Damn, the boy could HIT.

    • Trac

      Loved that video Scott. Bitter sweet because on every one of those hits Plank would have been called for “hit on a defenseless receiver”. Man do I miss football!

      • Scott W.

        He recently said in an interview that now, his “…entire career would have been a penalty”.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Those hits also shortened his career.

          • CanadaBear

            If he speared Hampton one more time, his career would have been even shorter!

  • Ososfan

    I read a while back that the reason Arians wasn’t selected, (even though he impressed Emery and everyone ) was because Arians did not want Cutler….

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      The consensus is that he wasn’t given carte blanche to pick his own assistants, and that they made him prove he could hold a presser.
      Never heard Cutler mentioned as having anything to do with it.

      • Trac

        That to me is huge. No way Emery was going to get a pass after doing that and failing. I also happen to think he was on borrowed time after firing Lovie. Ginny liked him(lovie) a lot.

        • CanadaBear

          If Lovie’s successor was any good Ginny would have been fine with it. Since he was way worse than Lovie, damn right she pissed off!

          • Trac

            That was my point. If you rearrange the furniture, you better produce a bigger diamond ring.

      • Ososfan

        Glad to see you around again, mike!

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      that’s the 4th version.

      • Ososfan

        I guess there are many..

  • GPLDAN

    In tribute to Ginny and her pissed off ways:

    • Trac

      That song kind of pisses me off too.

      • CanadaBear

        Stones do disco. Keith had some funny shit in his book about Mick’s fascination with disco.

  • Trac

    On Jeffs tweet about league coming a long way I have these comments: 1) I didn’t even think about race when I threw my hat in for Ross, 2) How far are we really to feel the need to mention it? There is only one race in my opinion, the Human race.

    • Scott W.

      …and in other news, Oprah Winfrey has openly questioned the NFL on whether or not Michael Sams was given a fair opportunity to make a team. Because we don’t notice if people are gay, what race they are, or what religion they choose.
      I’d say “You can’t have it both ways”, but then some Bisexual organization would sue me….

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        that’s crazy. One has to be a ST contributor if he’s going to be a reserve DE/OLB.
        That’s what he has to do. Improve his reserve value and then work his way into a starting role.

        These PR stunts from people with agendas ‘ain’t going to help’.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Just be glad you don’t live in a country where you don’t notice if women are actually men, Scott.

        • Scott W.

          I shudder at the thought..

      • AlbertInTucson

        Oprah for GM?

    • Irish Sweetness

      Apparently we’re the splicing together of 12 inter-galactic races on a hominid base, Trac, a cosmic road map for peace if you will –
      {IRISH! NO!}
      Too soon? Oh, the playoffs, right ….

  • Irish Sweetness

    ‘Sup bitches !
    Jeez, just got through a thousand comment thread, have you boys been on the meth ?
    Seems like a lot of back and forth about whose fault that clusterfuck of a season was. That was hard to watch, especially two fifty-burgers back to back. It boils down to a shitty roster for me. Apportioning blame to coaches, management and players is all moot now – nice to see Ginny still has balls and cleaned shop.

    I hope whoever comes in guts that roster. Allen’s signing was crazy – maybe not yet a spent force, that dude only motors on the carpet and we’ll need his salary. No doubt somebody will overpay us for Cutty, Emery’s booting suggests that he too will be off-loaded. No way Cutty should have been signed after his CV for the Bears – I used to think it was jut his propensity to throw fuck-you-passes …. but to see him stand in the pocket when he has 5 seconds (albeit a rarity) and a bevy of talented targets within vision, he’d still force it in where it didn’t belong. He seems incapable of reading a defense and making appropriate adjustments. Who knows, maybe David Fales is a smart guy who’ll tide us over as we rebuild?

    Picks. The accumulation of. Bellicheat style. It’s not unimaginable to think that either the Bucs (Lovie in win-now-mode?) or the Titans (win-anytime mode) reach for Jay? Washington at #5, Jets at #6 ? Trade down and rebuild the monsters of the midway, or stand pat and take the two best D-linemen? Might even have to throw Mr. Forte on the block after his record-setting season.

    It’s a long road back to where we were thirty years ago. Jebus – THIRTY YEARS MANG !!

    • GPLDAN

      There he is, emerging from the jungle like Arnie at the end of Predator.

      • Bender McLugh

        after setting off a nuke

    • Trac

      I see a great opportunity to get the D back where it needs to be next draft. To me, that is the key to any future success on the horizon for the Bears.

    • Trac

      Give me a recap of your take on last years draft Irish.

    • CanadaBear

      IRISH!!!!!, you old rattlesnake, how the hell are ya? Great to see ya back here! Can’t imagine Lovie wants anything to do with Cutler. I’m sure someone will take him but who knows what the return will be. BTW, you were right. We would have been better off if we kept Orton.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      Where’s the probe???

    • johnnywad is a beast

      Missed you Homeslice. Don’t pull that stunt again.

  • Trac

    I would love for the Bears to hire DeCosta. He would be my #1 choice but I don’t think the Bears will be able to convince him to come to Chicago.

    http://southtownstar.chicagotribune.com/sports/9833190-419/bears-gm-search-focuses-on-ravens-eric-decosta-maybe.html#.VKLQsP9IA

    • John Doe

      It will be one of Accorsi’s assistants from the past. That is how this consultant game usually works.

      • Trac

        DeCosta has been groomed by one of the best GM’s in football. Hands down best candidate that will hit the streets running if hired.

        • John Doe

          Agree completely. But his handicap might be he did not work for Accorsi in the past.

          The last time Accorsi had the same consultant gig with Panthers to find their next GM, he gave the job to a guy who worked for him when he was GM of Giants – Dave Gettleman.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Know what rhymes with ‘gig’? ‘Wig’, and he wears one. Really?
            Can we trust a man who wears a wig outside of the Old Bailey?
            We’re going to trust a man who wears a dead ferret on his bonce?

            Trestman’s barnet, look where that got us …. Lovie was bald, but honest bald … he didn’t wear no microphone cap and pretend it was a ‘fro.

          • was he honest bald? do you know for a fact he didn’t shave his head every morning to remove the final traces of hair that had yet to fall out?

          • Irish Sweetness

            I did not consider that. It would have been Immac though, I don’t think Mrs. Smith would let Bubbagump near sharp blades unsupervised.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        The Bears are ‘pissed off’ about all the mediocrity, so they’ll change stuff up and they’ll now hire based on ‘nepotism’.

        • Jack Lacan

          I’ve had another teaching moment.

  • BillW

    Barb, you DO understand that the only people who can hire the gm are Bears employees right? A consultant cannot hire. And the only people who can hire the consultant again are Bears employees. Right?

    So short of selling the team fiest, how do you propose they do the gm hiring?

    • John Doe

      Hire President of Football Operations – Bill Polian or Mike Holmgren or someone like that.

      Then let them hire GM.

      Ted Phillips and George McCaskey failed miserably the last time they hired on their own. So they hired a consultant this time around.

      If they pick the wrong guys again, Ted and George will say the consultant did not recommend great candidates. Next time we will hire a better consultant who will bring us a better list of candidates.

      • BillW

        I would have rather they did that too. But Barb could still say George and ted picked the head of football operations who will then hire a gm based on nepotism

        At some point we have to be satisfied that they at least got a football guy to do the search. I am being trusting that they will hire ernies recommendation

        • BillW

          And by the way there are no guarantees. There are 31 other teams after the same prize. All I want is a vision plan and leadership to execute it. Far better than what we’ve seen since finks vanissi and ditka

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Bill, you know I fuck around, try to keep things moving. A mix of everything.

          On a serious note… for a long time now I ‘asked’ for a football person that could help Emery with his weaknesses. A bigger picture guy that can help guide Emery into installing a winning culture.

          So while I really appreciate Emery as a possible Top GM I’ve never said he could change the dysfunction that is the Chicago Bears, a ‘losing franchise’…remember that statement ?

          So i would applaud the hiring of a “head of football operations who will then hire a gm”. I was claiming for such a figure while keeping the GM (Emery).

          Emery, in his first GM job had nobody to help him football wise, had to reconstruct the roster (42 new players the last 2 offseasons), had to change team identity, sace his franchise QB while dealing with a dying D that no decent HC or DC wanted to have anything to do.

          I think he did a pretty good job considering. Guilt the best Offense in modern Bears history in his first year and tried to build a middle of the pack D, only to have his O die on his in the meanwhile (not for lack of newly acquired potentially solid depth… De La Puente, Leno, Ola, Carey, Santonio Holmes).

          These are skills you just don’t throw away. You might learn from the poor results, bring in another football mind and continue the rebuild with an experienced HC.

          Whatever man… whatever. We’re in the hands of ‘The Consultant’. That’s pathetic.

          • BillW

            We agree on most everything. Emery did in fact do a good job considering the task at hand. If he had any real failing it was swinging for the fences a few too many times

            A football czar (though still hired by George and probably teddy) would be the best thing if the czar was right. But the Lions did that with Matt Millen lest we forget. That’s not foolproof either

            I’m tired of being so pessimistic. Hiring ernie was a move unheard of for the mccaskeys. The fact they recognize in effect they don’t know beans (get it?) about hiring a gm is a huge move

            So while not perfect it’s at least a 135 degree turn in the right direction

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            sure.

            the thing is I dislike and distrust them even more than before. I don’t trust them in the slightest.

            when they’ll do their hires, I’ll make my own opinions of the guys they hire without judging them as Ted-George hires, that would be unfair. Until then all I can do is share my feelings and views on their managing style, which is a disgrace from my pov.

            PS: I’m tired of being pessimistic too. I’ve been labeled as a Patriots fan on this blog for fuck’s sake. But if I’m pessimistic, it’s how I am so I’m not going to change my thoughts because it comes easier.

      • GPLDAN

        Nobody will say Ernie got it wrong. It would be his first miss.

        Look at his track record. He built the Clay Matthews (Sr.) Browns into a Super Bowl team. He then made a crazy run with the Giants and capped it off with the 2007 team that beat the undefeated Pats in the Bowl.

        His track record is stellar.

        I’ve been saying what you are saying: we need THREE hires. Somebody who will send Ted to the snack bar to sell hot dogs.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        John Doe just bitch slapped BillW… with his eyes closed.

        Didn’t see that coming did you Billy Bill?

        • BillW

          Did you even read my response to him?

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            no… I’m not interested in your excuses.

        • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

          he did not bitch slap anyone. He just suggested that they strip Ted Phillips of his power and position as team president, somehow realize that they need to do this and THEN hire a President of Football Operations, THEN let the PFO hire the GM, who THEN hires the Head Coach.
          That is simply not realistic for this franchise and is therefor not “bitch slapping” anyone and nor do I believe he was trying to do anything of the sort.

          • BillW

            Wow. Johnny defended me (sort of) . This really IS a new day!

  • BillW

    Ps. Welcome back Irish!

    • Irish Sweetness

      Yeah, it’s not free though Bill – I’ve got a pay-per-click thing going with Jefe. I get half a cent every time your webcam detects you reading one of my comments, but deducts a cent every time someone rolls their eyes. If I owe Jeff money by the end of the playoffs I’m gone.

      • BillW

        I’ll chip in if need be

  • GPLDAN

    Jeff –

    Any chance we will get some contrition from you on 3 years of Emery jocking?

  • BillW

    In answer to jeffs tweet
    The reason for 3 African American candidates already per the trib is that the fritz pollard Alliance stepped up quickly with their recommendations. They probably did the same to the jets

  • In some sort of Lynch-ian twist of story…

    “I think Marc’s an outstanding coach and a great offensive mind,” McCown said. “In regards to here? Yeah, I would keep that conversation between Lovie and I, but I just think Marc is an outstanding coach and an outstanding person, and has a great sense of offensive football, especially quarterback play. I just know, for me personally, I played the best football of my career under him.

    “Just as I’ve been around, like you said, a bunch of different [offensive coordinators] in my career, He’s probably one of the most detailed, as just with our gameplan and stuff like that, I really felt like was on top of it.”

    • GPLDAN

      Tresticle to the Bucs as OC?

      He’ll have an excuse to keep his hat on with the hot Florida sun.

      • It would be interesting if they keep McCown AND draft Mariotta with Marc there. I think he would be able to make them very productive. Mariotta doesn’t throw INTs, but WCO is very difficult for spread option QBs to learn, so a year behind McCown might be what the DR ordered.

        • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

          let’s be honest. Mariotta doesn’t do ANYTHING in the NFL because he’s not in the fucking NFL.

          • I have my doubts about all those spread option QBs.
            Not sure they can learn how to make reads, diagnose defenses and go through progressions quickly enough. They never really had to work out those muscles, and by the time they get to the NFL, it’s too fast and too late.

            Kap seems to be the case in point, though some point to Cam’s relative success, but I’m not entirely sold on Cam either.

            He usually just throws it up to Kelvin Benjamin or Greg Olsen and prays they come down with it.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            Mariotta might end up being the real deal….or Pat White.
            You bringing up Kelvin Benjamin makes me think of the one guy that I thought would be the biggest steal of the 2014 draft that we decided not to pick. We picked Kadeem Carey and ONE pick later the Steelers picked Martavis Bryant at WR. I mean come the fuck on Emery you fucking jerk.

      • John Doe

        Makes a lot of sense.

        Bucs will have 3 QBs on the roster.

        1. Josh McCown – Trestman has worked with him well and I bet he wished he still had him in Chicago for 2014.
        2. Mike Glennon – Trestman worked him out before the 2013 draft and liked him.
        3. #1 pick Mariota

        Sure Trestman will like working with that QB room. Plus the Bucs offense has identical weapons to Bears offense. Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans, Simms, ASJ etc.

        Lovie once interviewed Trestman back in 2005 or 2006 but did not hire him. May be he will this time.

        • What the Bucs lack is an offensive line. They really need to rebuild it, so it might be good to do that this season and next off-season before throwing Mariotta to the wolves.

          That Oline has sucked so much, that even Muscle-Hamster is all but irrelevant now.

          • John Doe

            Well, as luck would have it, Kromer is available too. Bucs could do a lot worse than Kromer as O-line coach.

          • GPLDAN

            If Lovie picked up Trestman and Kromer, that would be such a FU to the McCaskeys.

          • BillW

            Why? Trestman was the head coach. That’s where he failed. Lack of ability to lead. Could well have been a fine oc where he isn’t called on to do discipline. And from what I understand he had no desire to be an oc. He would have stayed in Canada

          • BillW

            I guess if a lovie trest kromer combo made the playoffs it would be ironic. But unless trestman was willing to take the oc job rather than Tice I don’t see it as directly comparable

          • I was thinking that too, and under Lovie, they don’t have to worry about that ship leaking, so to speak.

          • John Doe

            And no punk like Cutler to drive them nuts.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            an elite quarterback doesn’t need an offensive line.

          • If the Bucs had our Oline, Kromer and Trest, I think they would do alright.
            Granted, Muscle Hamster is no Forte.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            I have to disagree.

          • We’re probably going to find out. Right now, their Oline is Tice level.
            Heck, I even think Carimi is their OG.

            Say what you will about Bushrod, but he’s definitely an upgrade over Webb, and the other hot option at the time was Long, who has been injured a lot during that same span.

      • Tresticle! It’s catching on!

    • He further added, “I mean, C’mon, I suck, and even I produced. Same with Santa Clausen, and heck, I bet if Fales played in that last game, he would have won.”

      “How about Cutler, then?” An interviewer asked

      “Well…I’m against masturbation, so I can only concluded that Cutler has masturbated so much that it has affected his mechanics and blurred his vision and is beyond redemption.”

  • John Doe

    Jags just fired their OC. Trestman is on their short list for new OC.

    • BillW

      I hope trestman succeeds as an oc. Will prove firing him was the right move

      • John Doe

        I am sure he too will be extra motivated to succeed as OC and prove that Cutler was the problem in his offense.

        • BillW

          And I suspect he was. But it was deeper than that. He lost the team. For whatever reasons we can cite. As an oc he won’t have to deal with player discipline

          Biggsy wrote today that Ratliff caused a “disturbance” at Fridays practice with no consequence.

          Trestman is too soft and cerebral to be a head coach. And I’m sure he agrees

  • Part of the reason I wanted us to have a high pick was so that we can trade down.
    We’re in full blown off-season mode, so draft talk is now acceptable.
    My first plan would be to trade down and pick up an extra 2nd and 4rth.
    So, the first pick (in the teens) get:

    1. S Landon Collins (Safeties typically don’t go top 10, esp if they’re not Berry types)
    2. Top of the 2nd, The best QB, maybe Grayson

    3. second #2pick best ILB left, that could be

    Denzel Perryman
    http://walterfootball.com/scoutingreport2015dperryman.php

    Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State
    http://walterfootball.com/draft2015charlie_2.php

    Shaq Thompson, I/OLB, Washington

    4. in the 3rd, Defense, possibly another S/CB or steal Dline

    5. In the 4rth, two best available, with a strong inclination for C/RT and returner/speed WR.

    • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

      with the 7th pick you don’t trade down. You draft a starter.
      with an early 2nd round pick you don’t pick a QB, you pick a major contributor at a position of need.
      with a 3rd round pick you select line or LB depth.

      • Trust me, Landon Collins will start.
        Many actually are mocking us drafting him at #7, but I don’t like drafting S in the top 10, esp projected strong safeties from Bama.

        I’d have no issue with a stud pass rusher at #7 though

        • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

          at 7 I think only Angelo and Emery could fuck that pick up.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            probably only Angelo

          • CanadaBear

            You underestimate Emery’s ability to ignore the obvious.

  • Just heard on the Score that DeCosta wouldn’t consider Bears because of Phillips.
    That HE would need to become the new Phillips (when it comes to football operations), and that the Bears likely won’t totally banish Phillips to the accounting department.

    So at this point, is Phillips just trying to be a football guy so he could be the coolest accountant on the block? Does that give him street cred in the financial world? This seems cruelly Shakesperean.

    • What needs to happen is that in no uncertain terms, George needs to announce to the world that he’s looking for a new Football Czar, and as soon as the hire is made, Phillips will be re-assigned strictly to a financial position.
      This needs to happen NOW and with no ambiguities. That’s the only way to relieve the doubts from possible candidates.

      • GPLDAN

        +Everything in Santa’s Sleigh

      • John Doe

        This is not going to happen. Ted Phillips and George McCaskey announced it yesterday.

        Phillips is not going to give up any of his powers. And George will not take any away from him. The best opportunity to do that was yesterday. They clearly decided against it.

        • I was hoping they were just saying that, and that AFTER this new hire, George would quietly whisk Phillips away from the football operations (as opposed to effectively doing it nationally). But maybe not.
          Maybe they’re just going to keep hiring Accorsis perpetum as long as Phillips is alive.

          So instead of a permanent conseiller, one that is with the family and KNOWS football, the McCaskey’s are happy with a for-hire part time conseiller from another family who could give a shit.

          Nice call, assholes.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I mean…really ?

            I’ve been saying this shit for 2 days… where’s the love ?

            Where are the Barb the Czar chants ???

          • johnnywad is a beast

            Phillips will sit in and nod along with Ernie. Just because they didn’t out Phillips publicly doesn’t mean his role won’t change internally.

    • John Doe

      Jason La Canfora reported this more than 2 weeks ago. People discounted it because he is a known Bears hater but seems he was right.

      “Bears ownership is generally very conservative, and firing a second-year coach and general manager is not in their nature, but the outrage by fans (burning Cutler jerseys, etc.) and Kromer’s incident this week could change things. Many top candidates would have trepidation about the organization with team president Ted Phillips in charge, however, and if nothing else there is expected to be changes at the coordinator level, though the nature of the unrest and failings of this franchise run much deeper than that.”

      Melissa Jacobs @thefootballgirl

      @PigskinPaul @JasonLaCanfora Emery hired Trestman and signed Cutler for long term.

      Jason La Canfora ✔ @JasonLaCanforaFollow

      @thefootballgirl @PigskinPaul also picked trestman over Arians. Ted phillips is a problem there too. Multi-layered dysfunction

      8:49 AM – 12 Dec 2014

      • BillW

        I don’t think we’ll ever understand the love they have for teddy. I can only hope if ernie says teddy is a detriment that they listen. They didn’t “foreclose” that possibility yesterday

  • GPLDAN

    Barb, you are like letting a honey badger loose at a tavern. It’s gonna run around under the tables, hiss and spit at the patrons, and bite ankles and drive everyone to drink more until the owner gets a broom.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      That’s my role. I do my job. DO YOUR JOB !!!

  • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

    in a development that is simply too juicy to ignore Moon Mullin from CSN Chicago is reporting that not only did Arians pretty much turn down the Bears, he did it because he would be forced to keep Rod Marinelli, who had agreed to stay on even after Lovie was canned…..
    But I guess that wasn’t going to happen since Emery had MARINELLI fucking interview ARIANS!!!!! Then Marinelli reported to Emery that Arians was far and away the best candidate followed by Darrell Bevel and then Trestman….and Trestman was still chosen. Marinelli then proceeded to quickly resign once he found out that Trestman was chosen.
    Holy fucking shit. Good fucking riddance simply from that story alone. Jesus.

    • John Doe

      Ted Phillips wasting no time to leaking stories and put all the blame on Emery. Typical corporate games that get played at high level.

      George also nicely shifted blame on the Cutler contract on Emery but did not endorse or commit to Cutler.

      “[Signing Cutler] was a decision that Phil made with our approval,” McCaskey said. “It was considered at the time to be the best decision — at that time — and we’re going to go forward from there.”

      “At that time” are the operative words.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      This is so confusing I don’t know if I won’t lose my mind in the process. What version is this ?
      And didn’t this Mullin report a contrary version yesterday ?

      I mean… I get the idea of leaking anti Emery stuff, but try keeping the story straight at least for 2-3 days.

      PS: Th truth is Arians never would have chosen the Bears job. NEVER !!! AND NOT BECAUSE OF EMERY !!! THINK HIGHER… THINK ‘PISSED OFF BY MEDIOCRITY’.

      • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

        just what I heard from that old windbag. Reporting on multiple outlets at this point.

  • Has anyone kept up on who the Raiders are interviewing for HC? HOLY SHIIITE.

    I mean, Mangini, Pat Shurmur? Christ.

    I notice Rex is invisible from other team reports, which leads me to believe he’s on the Bears’ radar.

  • Hey, Artoo, Ender, or someone with pull in the Twitterverse…start a campaign to remove Phillips from ANYTHING football related.
    I’ll even give you the hashtag

    #PUCKphillips

  • John Doe

    Bears will have to get lucky in the draft and hope one of the top defensive guys fall to #7.

    Matt Miller’s latest draft is out today. Miller has:

    Tennesse Titans taking the best DE at #2 – Randy Gregory, Nebraska

    Jaguars taking the best DT (and may be the best defensive player in the draft) Leonard Williams at #3

    Washington taking the best safety Landon Collins at #5

    Miller has Bears taking Shane Ray DE/OLB Mizzou at #7. But he looks like another 3-4/4-3 tweener and we already have enought of those.

    Really hope we get Randy Gregory or Leonard Williams.

    Matt Miller @nfldraftscout · 6h6 hours ago

    Who goes No. 1 overall in the 2015 NFL draft? Full Round 1 mock updated here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2312440-2015-nfl-mock-draft-matt-millers-post-nfl-season-projections

    • I’m not entirely sold on 3/4 tweeners either, but if Rexy comes over, he loves them.
      I’m with you though, Randy Gregory and Williams seem a cut above the rest.
      That’s why I wouldn’t mind trading down, picking up the best ILB, then in the 2nd a QB and best S if Collins get swooped up earlier than expected.

  • CanadaBear

    New thread.

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