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Three Thoughts After Two Games

| September 16th, 2014

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Thought 1

The Bears are 1-1 through two games. Exactly where everyone thought they’d be. But if they had achieved this record in the conventional manner – beating Buffalo at home and losing to San Fran on the road – the team would currently be shrouded in questions regarding their status as contenders. Instead they endured a media storm of criticism and responded by playing their most complete half of football in the Jay Cutler era. Now they are being showered with praise on the pages of the dailies and on radio airwaves. They should be 1-1 after two games, no question, but how they’ve reached that mark should inspire them through this difficult stretch of the 2014 schedule

Thought 2

I have often stated Charles “Peanut” Tillman is my favorite Chicago Bear of the modern era. And I can’t remember a more difficult-to-watch sequence in my football viewing than Tillman, tears pouring down his cheeks on a Santa Clara sideline, coming to the brutal realization a second consecutive season and perhaps career had been ended by a flukish injury.

Tillman is a great player, an even better man, and his revolutionizing the way defensive football is played in the NFL should land him in the Hall of Fame. (Once he retires this site will spend a great deal of time advocating for his candidacy.)

The NFL is fittingly receiving a great deal of negative attention for its woman beaters and child abusers right now. It is nice to take a few moments to acknowledge one of the men making the league a great place.

Thought 3

When Brandon Marshall says things, it’s probably smart to listen. And per Patrick Finley’s piece in the Sun-Times, Marshall is saying lofty things about Kyle Fuller:

“I told him it’s not about starting, it’s not about making the Pro Bowl,” Marshall said. “For him, he needs to have Hall of Fame on his brain — because that kid can play.”

“He has no fear,” Marshall said. “There’s no wide receiver, there’s no moment that’s bigger than him.

“He has a great skill set. But better yet, his attitude is amazing, and his approach to the game is amazing.”

Those were not just two game-changing interceptions by Fuller Sunday night. They were two instinctive, athletic plays, rarely seen from rookie corners. Will Sunday night be looked at as a changing of the guard at cornerback – the end of the line for a legend and the emergence of the next great Bears star? That will be up to Fuller now.

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  • Rory O’callahan

    First!

    • MB30SD

      Worthless!

      • http://www.upitpuppet.com/ evantonio

        birthless.

        • CanadaBear

          Tough and ruthless or is that rough and toothless?

          • MB30SD

            Both?

          • http://www.upitpuppet.com/ evantonio

            none of that rhymes with worthless.

            but i’m guessing you were going for something else =]

          • CanadaBear

            Just working off the less part of it. It’s actually a quote from Kentucky Fried Movie. Zucker and Abrhams did that movie before Airplane. A lot of it is really dated but if you’re an old fart you’d still get the references. When it’s funny, it’s crazy funny

          • http://www.upitpuppet.com/ evantonio

            KFM. I’m familiar with it but have never seen it. Perhaps I should amend that mistake.

          • johnnywad

            Is this just another arm of the Spelling Police? Wreckinball is gonna get you.

          • http://www.upitpuppet.com/ evantonio

            the rhyming army is much more powerful than the spelling police.

          • SC Dave

            Well, at least you were not mirthless about it.

        • MB30SD

          Possibly

    • bearsfantillend

      Who?

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd YoungFlyFish’nAllDay

        Rory O’callahan’s, long time competitor to O’donell’s Auto Parts. Back in HS, one of them knocked up the other’s sister, but the details are murky.

        • MB30SD

          it’s reportedly all heresay. Neither can confirm nor deny any of the various and sundry details.

          it’s all very…. hush hush.

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      Lol

  • Peanut FTW

    I love Peanut, think he is a great person so this is in no way a slam on him nor his charity. But the write up on chicagobears.com says “Since its inception in 2005, Tillman’s efforts have impacted over one million Chicago-area children and raised more than $1 million.”
    So, the charity is raising 1 dollar for every child it helps. I could go out this weekend and impact kids more than that; something is wrong there.

    • Bender McLugh

      I prefer to see that as 1 million kids, not just 1 dollar per kid.

      • Bender McLugh

        but absolutely more could be done.

      • Peanut FTW

        I think that there are more like thousands of children that are directly affected and receiving the lions share of that money, the million kids number is probably inflated by families that used an app on an Ipad or went to a seminar… not directly affected. I think the work he is doing is great I just don’t think they thought that statement through. The overly analytical part of my brain just can’t get beyond the fact that when you state the numbers the way they did, it makes the charity look fairly limp.

    • Big Mike

      Typo? Or the typically aggressive over counting of a non-profit. They spent $1million and by counting siblings, cousins, neighbors and school mates got to 1 million children. Sometimes that’s just how non-profits roll.

      • Peanut FTW

        Im guessing that is what happened. Someone starts just throwing numbers together trying to inflate a number not realizing that they are making the math look really silly. I mean this guy is helping kids have life saving surgery and they make it out to look like he is buying them all a sweet tea at McDonalds.

        • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

          Peanut actually had a hand in getting the Berlin Heart through the FDA red tape minefield. He was in front of congress I guess from what Mannelly was saying this morning on the radio. That is bad ass.

    • bearsfantillend

      check out his programs. you can affect a lot of lives with a little money if it placed properly – ie his ‘Charles Locker’ program.

      http://www.charlestillman.org/page.aspx?ID=1135

    • SC Dave

      Buy one basketball for $35, and 40 kids play with it. There you go.

  • GPLDAN

    Another kid steps up to accuse AP

    • GPLDAN

      And the Rick Spielman press conference got REAL ugly and one reporter said to him “if you were 2-0 you wouldn’t be doing this”

      The Nfl is really sucking right now

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        That presser got real awkward real fast.

  • MB30SD

    So sad about peanut. The first bear my daughter ever liked.

    and one of my favorite bears of all time. I hope he takes this entire year to either rehab and repair his lower half… or decides he’s ready and coaches for us.

    Love you peanut!

    • CanadaBear

      Yeah, it’s not even close between Peanut and my next favorite current Bear. After Nut it’s probably BMarsh and Kyle Long for obvious reasons.

      • MB30SD

        Mmmmmmmmmmike brown?!?!?!?!

        • CanadaBear

          Current. MB is one of my all-time faves.

          • bearsfantillend

            i think he meant to say Chris Conte. Even behind all the hate he expresses toward him, i think MB30SD has a secret man crush on him.

          • MB30SD

            V.davis, kchancellor, willis and bowman.

            Not…. c.conte.

          • johnnywad

            Hardin

          • MB30SD

            possibly

          • Scharfinator

            He is LEADING the league in interceptions.

            Then again, so is Fuller.

            HOW FUCKING SWEET IS THAT

    • Viva

      PEANUT!!!!

  • GPLDAN

    BM also followed those comments Jeff posted by saying “I told the kid he shouldn’t be thinking Pro Bowls or Defensive Player of the Year. I told him he should be thinking about Canton and the Hall of Fame.”

    So you know, a bit of hyperbole. The rook played great, but let’s hold off on talking yellow jacket just yet.

    • Viva

      If thinking big helps the lad play big I’m all for it.

      • MB30SD

        This.

        • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

          theeeece

    • johnnywad

      GP, you’re becoming the new Hub. Wet Blanket.

      • Viva

        Someone needs to keep it real around here.

        • johnnywad

          That’s Woody

          • GPLDAN

            Waffle keeps it fresh. MB keeps it titillating (what I did there, you see it)
            Butch keeps it moving, Sac keeps it to the left and Viva keeps it vaguely annoyed.
            I’m just looking for a role like Cliff on Cheers.

          • johnnywad

            What about Dave and Bill?

          • GPLDAN

            BillW is a stats graduate from the 70s at U of C. He’s clearly the Frazier Crane of DBB.

          • BillW

            Thanks (I think)

          • johnnywad

            I’ve got you down as Wilson from Home Improvement.

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            Reading Hunti makes me want to sit by a lake at sunset with a nice cool breeze and eat a bag of shrooms.

          • CanadaBear

            Smokin’ a Big Fatty, listening to Toots and the Maytals and hopefully a beautiful topless woman finding you endlessly fascinating!!!!!!!

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            now that’s what i would call retirement. I wouldn’t be riding bikes to exhaustion.
            Doc’s retirement would be very similar except he wouldn’t be riding bikes to exhaustion, he would be beating off to topless girls on bikes riding around him to exhaustion.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            That’s only because beating off WHILE riding bikes is extremely difficult and dangerous.

          • MB30SD

            I can atest to this… uhhh, I mean… I’ve read this is true.

      • GPLDAN

        Jeff said “If BM speaks, you best listen up.”

        But come on, BM says lots of nutty things.

        • johnnywad

          I know. He’s got Cutty as the NFL MVP too. Never happen.

          • Peanut FTW

            That would be my favorite thing ever. I mean if Cutler is the MVP, not only would that mean the Bears somehow made the playoffs (at least) but watching every media outlet Ive ever read figure out how to eat that shit sandwich would be … awesome.

          • johnnywad

            I would pay good money to be present and watch Rosendouche actually write that piece

          • CanadaBear

            The only way he could win would be if we won the SB and Cutler’s stats were so eye-popping they couldn’t vote for someone else. It was like McMahon in the SB. Merlin Olsen hated McMahon so much he was actively lobbying everyone that voted on the award to give the game MVP award to Dent.

          • Big Mike

            McMahon was a pedestrian QB. He had no right to the MVP trophy in the Super Bowl. If he was beloved, he might have gotten it, but that performance was so overwhelming they could have given it to 1/2 dozen different guys.

          • CanadaBear

            No doubt but how often does a non-QB win the award? McMahon had a good game. Look at Peyton when he won. That award could have gone to a bunch of other guys but Peyton was media gold.

          • Big Mike

            But McMahon was a douche. He was our douche, but c’mon. He was Manziel, before Manziel was born. Of course he didn’t get the MVP. He practically flipped the commissioner off in the SB. He mooned a helicopter, he was the anti-NFL guy.

          • CanadaBear

            Oh, I totally agree with ya. In Mac’s defense, he was fined $25,000 for wearing a non-approved headband. Charles Martin was fined $5,000 for the dirtiest play I’ve ever seen in pro football.

          • Big Mike

            Charles Martin’s play was criminal. His Coach was and always will be in the Hall of Shame in my book. He should have been kicked out of the game and suspended. I’m sure there was a “bountygate” associated with it.

        • MB30SD

          buck up camper. Haven’t seen you this non-excited in a while.

          Talk to me goose.

    • Peanut FTW

      I think Marshall just wants the kid to realize his full potential. You know Norman Peale stuff.

    • Big Mike

      Marshall is a visualization kind of guy. He as a “brain coach”. Nothing wrong with that.

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd YoungFlyFish’nAllDay

      BM also said Hester would make the PB and have a bigger year than him last season.
      Love his optimism, but I’ll reserve judgement until a few seasons for that. Heck, even Peanut is a “borderline” HOFer.
      I’ll be happy with Defensive Rook of Year. That is really hard to achieve for a CB.

  • CanadaBear

    Did you guys see #54 gave up his day job? No more Fox Sports for him. I’m not sure if he tired of all the phoniness associated with the job or he realized he really isn’t very good at it. Either way, I’m glad he pulled the plug. I’m guessing he will be around the team a lot more now. Not to mention he won’t feel compelled to take shots at the Beloved. I knew some of it was sour grapes but I always thought most of it was due to his bosses goading him into it. Hope I’m right. I know he’s a muscle-head but overall I always liked him.

    • MB30SD

      grumble grumble grumble

    • Peanut FTW

      Urlacher will probably always be my favorite mike linebacker, ever. I know there are tons of arguments for guys like Butkus or Lambert or even Ray Lewis, though he is more of an ILB as opposed to a true Middle. But I digress, Lach will always be my favorite because I saw him in person, I watched the intimidation he caused on opposing QBs like Favre. And I watched him in Arizona on that Monday night as a defender, decide to take over that game and win it, without any help from the offense. I love him for similar reasons to why Mike Brown would be my all time starter at FS and Peanut would be holding down the other corner opposite Neon Deon.

      • CanadaBear

        Having watched all of Dick Butkus’ career, #54 isn’t my fave MLB but I always liked him. At times, his small town rube/roots would appear and he would say some stupid shit. With a little media polish he could have been an advertising magnet. It’s too bad he was the poster boy for Lovie’s D when it ran out of steam. I felt he kinda got swept out the door along with Lovie. He said some things that were beyond stupid and was too proud/stubborn to back track. Unfortunately that’s what a lot of people remember and don’t hold him in very high regard.

        • BillW

          Butkus felt he had to sue the Bears for bad medical treatment so he wasn’t on the best of terms with them either for a while. Eventually got his jersey retired.; I know they said enough with the jersey retirements since they are running out of numbers but I would think he’d be next in line (over Singletary even).

          Again – why no Ring of Honor? The only “reason” I can see is they’d lose advertising space. Next game I go to I have to look at where it could go.

          • CanadaBear

            Totally agree about the Ring of Honor. Both Dick and Gale had a prickly relationship with the Bears due to horrible medical support provided by the team. Both guys tell stories about the medical staff telling them they were in no danger of making their injuries worse by playing. That couldn’t have been a bigger lie by the doctors.

      • SC Dave

        There is really no competition on the intimidation front – there was Butkus and all the other LBs.
        Unfortunately, I don’t remember Doug Atkins. Too bad he didn’t finish out in Chicago.

  • GPLDAN
    • MB30SD

      He is playing because the Minnesota Vikings’ owners are weak men with no moral compass. And he is playing because our society has become so obsessed with celebrity it will provide refuge to a man that beats his 4-year-old son bloody and threatens to punch him if he tells anyone.

      • Bender McLugh

        What did Fran Tarkenton say about AP getting reinstated?

      • SC Dave

        Not to compare the two, but somehow Saints fans writing about having a morale compass loses a bit of potency in the memory of the bounty scandal.

    • MB30SD

      also, here you go GP. little too much for my liking, but here it is: http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/09/15/rutgers-fans-wear-ped-state-t-shirts-penn-state-football-game/

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd YoungFlyFish’nAllDay

    We all know how this AP fiasco is going to end. The media smells chum in the water. They’re in a frenzy, and they’re going to pick at it until the powers cave.
    The only power greater than billionaire owners are the media. It’s like a pack of starving piranhas nipping at a shark.
    The only tricky part is the “due process” hurdle, but when pictures, texts or video pop-up, game over (literally).
    It’ll take a wrongly accused player to get suspended for jumping the gun policy to cease.

    • BillW

      The “due process” stuff is getting old. When he freely admits doing it, “due process” is simply a legal technicality.

      And Big Ben was suspended without even being charged with anything.

      You see, it’s this “make up the rules as we go along” mentality that is creating the firestorm.

      And you are correct that the Vikings will feel forced to sit AP.

      But I don’t see how the league can get away with saying nothing. I mean I understand they are worried about the response they’d get – but they can’t act like there isn’t an issue to deal with. Same with the the Panther guy.

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd YoungFlyFish’nAllDay

    PFT power ranking…

    “4. Green Bay Packers (No. 3; 1-1): They lose a spot for flirting for
    too long with a lesser team, but the Packers are still a top-five
    franchise.”

    Have they WATCHED the Pukes play? That’s their rational, they’re a “top-five franchise”? WTF does that mean. Even the Puke fans aren’t that delusional. They’ve been wanting a new DC and maybe GM for some time now, esp after none other than the 9ers whoop their ass time and time again.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/09/16/week-two-power-rankings-5/

    • CanadaBear

      Oh, there’s still plenty of delusional Fudgie fans. After they got smoked by the Squawks opening Thursday a bunch of them were crying in the comments that the refs jobbed them and they would beat them in Lamblow. REALLY? The Squawks intensity was about 5 times that of the Fudgies.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        Sad part is that the Seahawks started off kinda slow in that game.

        • Big Mike

          Like the Refs helped them against the Jets?

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd YoungFlyFish’nAllDay

    “It should be noted that it is illegal to even spank your child in Minnesota..”

    Is this true? I think the law in Texas is that you can beat your kid within ‘reasonable limits’ something or other.

    • MB30SD

      I think the actual law states, “to within inches of his/her young life… as long as he/she lives… and you don’t spill your beer and/or chicken fried steak.”

      (Disclaimer: These claims have not yet been verified by an independent legal representative from the state of texas, or any other.)

  • MB30SD
    • Scharfinator

      That’s golden!

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd YoungFlyFish’nAllDay

    Rambo, anyone?

    “Washington drew First Blood.

    With safety Brandon Meriweather back from his suspension, they needed to clear a roster spot.

    According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, that spot was created by releasing safety Baccari Rambo.

    The Redskins chose Rambo in the sixth round last year out of Georgia, and immediately installed him as a starter.

    But he mostly gave up big plays, and was benched quickly, starting
    just one more game (when Meriweather was suspended last year) the rest
    of the way.” PFT

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd YoungFlyFish’nAllDay

      Upon further review, nevermind.
      Apparently, Rambo’s like Conte but without the INTs.
      Next.

  • Bender McLugh

    “3 of 10. No four year-old child’s behavior or decision making has ever
    been improved by being bloodied with a weapon. Not one. Ever.”

    That’s simply not true. My mom told me so.

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd YoungFlyFish’nAllDay

    “Well Bears have trailed 17-7 at half of both games thus far. In both
    games they allowed only 3 second half points. That is coaching.”

    And the offense actually put the D in bad spots by starting slowly early in both games.

    Our O needs to come out firing next time. Can’t let the Jets hang around.
    And forget trying to run it up the middle, esp vs the Jets and our inept run-o.
    Get Forte in the perimeter, pitches, counters, sweeps. From time to time run it up the middle with some one other than Forte.
    The rest should be the Aerial Assault Show, with an occasional scramble by Cutty.

    • MB30SD

      theeeeece!

  • MB30SD
    • GPLDAN

      We need one for Irish.

  • Sactowns#1

    So we had about 15-20 people over for Sunday’s game. In honor of the Bears I made Chicago style Italian beef sandwiches as well as chicago style brats. Being we’re in California two thirds of the guests were Niners fans. The first half we were pretty quiet and when it was 17-0 we Bears fans had migrated to the small Tv in the bar area. 17-7 at the half and Niners getting the ball after the half, I was worried. But slowly you could see the momentum shifting. As quickly as folks ate the crab cakes the tide had turned. Now the Niners fans were the quiet ones. They slowly migrated to the TV in the backyard and soon the living room was Bears territory once again. Spirits were raised along with many a glass. We won! I ran down the street shirtless, waving the Bears flag and yelling “Go Bears’. It was a sweet victory.

    • MB30SD

      you. didn’t. go. to. the. opening. stadium. game. in. your. own. back. yard.

      The principal needs to see you in his office right now. SMH

      • Sactowns#1

        Cheapest tickets were north of $300. There’s no tailgating unless you’re a season ticket holder, beers are $13 and the place is a traffic nightmare. No thanks. I spent about $80 on food and beer; raged at my house instead.

      • Trac

        I’m sure the prospect of blowing. 300 plus at a bloodletting wasn’t to appealing.

        • MB30SD

          how’d that end up?

    • Peanut FTW

      Scary thing about this team for me, is I thought we could win going into the 4th. We get a turnover, make it 20-14, then the d may hold and we get the go ahead with time expiring and win 21-20. That was my mindset. When we scored to go up 21-20, I was actually more worried. I just knew they would let SF march down the field, whittle the clock away and kick the FG to win. I was way more worried about protecting a lead than getting a TD with a couple minutes left. Luckily, they got another pick and got up by 8, then I felt a bit better.

      • Big Mike

        I did not think 21 would win the game when we were up 21-20. I was very happy that Trestman/Tucker did not go into a shell and stop doing what had gotten them the lead and shut down SF for most of the second half. Lovie would have left us in dime coverage, with a soft 15-20 yards, given up a score and then not had any timeouts left to try to score to win. We didn’t do any of that. We played D, got the ball and punched them in the face.

        When the Fuller intercepted his 2nd ball, there was 9 minutes to go. Lovie would have tried to run out the clock.

        BTW on that pick, Kapernick had to throw because there was a big 93 closing off his throwing lane and chasing his ass down,

        http://i.imgur.com/Jg46gKU.png

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD
    • Peanut FTW

      I mean, I get the gist of it being suicide, she willingly jumped into the pit. But, cause of death is going to be killed by a crocodile! So, I wonder if that gets you a pass in the afterlife. I mean maybe she can say she just wanted to pet one.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHphS_vXMis

      • SC Dave

        lol… dunno. Trac?

    • CanadaBear

      Man, I did a double take for sure. Not exactly sure what they were going for there but it seems odd.

  • GPLDAN

    Conte injured his OTHER shoulder, not the chronic one. This is the first time this one has been injured.

    So he told a reporter he expects to play against the Jets.

    • Bender McLugh

      what role was McManis playing?

    • MB30SD
      • SC Dave

        Yeah, his injury history is starting to look like Mike Brown’s.

        • MB30SD

          and since MB had more skills in his little finger than all of conte, that bill is becoming a bit much to foot. wouldn’t you say? Hmmmmmm?

          • SC Dave

            Consider yourself goaded. That worked even better than I expected.

          • MB30SD

            I figured. I actually was just curious to see the stats again.

            I kinda still have a mancrush on MB. Damn he was good. Those three years sucked to see though.

          • SC Dave

            He was damn good alright. It’s such a shame. Especially the last one… it still pisses me off.

          • MB30SD

            yeah, I’ll always hate that fucking charger’s FB (can’t remember that cunts name) for doing what he did. total cheap shot. fucken a.

            I do remember watching him play for KC his last year and he was still a damn good FS man.

        • AlbertInTucson

          He’s making Mike Brown look like Lou Gehrig.

          • SC Dave

            MB, you mean?

          • MB30SD

            Hhahahahahaha

  • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

    Attention Bears Bloggers:

    Michael L has asked me to use my tremendous weight around this place to hustle up some competitors on our annual pick em league. It’s way cooler than fantasy in my not-so-humble opinion. it’s a confidence points league and it’s rewarding of actual football knowledge rather than fantasy football which is clearly a joke. You pick the games against the spread and award confidence points based on your confidence levels in the picks you make. So if you’re really confident, you assign it 16 points, if not, fewer points (1-16). It’s pretty cool actually.

    If anyone is interested drop me a line at docnitty34@gmail.com and I’ll pass on the details.

    We have two options. we could join Michael L’s existing league which is already two weeks old (we drop everyone’s lowest three weeks so this wouldn’t be quite the disadvantage of starting late as it may seem). Or we could start a new one for Bears Bloggers only.

    Who’s with me?

    • MB30SD

      Michael L? Fuck that… he left us.

      No soup for you!

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        I say this with love so don’t get upset, but don’t be a bitch dude. Some of us are busy mang! Plus, I’ve seen him around from time to time.

        • MB30SD

          I was just kidding maing. I don’t give a fUCK!

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            So….you’re in then?

          • MB30SD

            aaaahno

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            bastard.

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        This one’s for you, mang. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0lKVFcTZoA

        • MB30SD

          Nice!

          you hate the frat thing. Hahaha

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Can we take a break from the FAP fest to ask, “When will S. Perry be cut and Chris Williams asked to return kicks?”

    Also, would you cut Sinorice Perry for LaMichael James?

    And Finally, Isaiah Frey or Kelvin Hayden?

    • MB30SD

      Hopefully soon
      Fuck yes (wait… what’s wrong with james?)
      do you really have to ask?

    • MB30SD

      FAP… fat upper pussy?

    • Shady

      Stop fapping? But that’s MB’s favorite pastime!

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        Haha, to JLaw nudes no less, let’s at least give him some credit.

        • MB30SD

          he’s like…. sooooo hot!

    • Scharfinator

      We also cut Draughn…. Can’t say I blame the staff after that game.

  • Jokey

    Re-watched the game a couple times. Didn’t grade everyone but here’s what I saw.

    De La Puenta – sucked on the run and was not aggressive, quick-snapped the ball into Cutler’s shin. C-
    Ola – also horrible in run game and didn’t create any holes. In pass game, was bullrushed by Michael Smith for a sack (on same play Mills is called for holding Lynch). C+
    Why is Shawn Draughn on the edge trying to block a DE one on one on the blocked punt? Also Draugh and Jennings need to be positioned wider. Decam C-
    No big mistakes from Shea, he’s doing the right thing. Stretched out Kap’s rollouts to the sideline, didn’t crash down and leave big escapes. Could have done better shedding blocks, covered shallow routes on QB rollouts. Pretty much as Collinsworth called it. Solid B. If he stays at this level, he’s no longer a bust. If he gets better, bonus. Is at this point comparable to AJ Hawk – not a huge difference maker, but can fill an assignment, be serviceable, and not a liability that needs replacing.
    Also as Collinsworth called it, Briggs played waaay better. He was ran through/past blocks in the hole to get to the line, he slipped through gaps to get to the runner, was serviceable in coverage and was moving faster, A-. He was first hat on Gore on their failed 3rd and 2.
    Mundy – I don’t have all22 footage, so in coverage I can’t comment unless the broadcast shows a wide view, but he was involved in run blitzes often. Whiffed on a sack, but made a couple good tackles otherwise. B-
    Martellus – I think he dropped one, but made a few seam catches and fought for 3-4 YAC on each while protecting the ball. His TD catch was way too easy, veteran hand check in plain view of 2 officials: A-.
    Jeffery: B. Contributed even though had 3 gears. Drew a couple key penalties.
    Marshall: A. Looked stiff early, but 3 TDs. One-hand TD the play of the game.
    Holmes: B. Maybe should have been targeted more, but that’s not his fault?
    Conte: Good pick, but he’s gotta stay on the field.

    Cutler: A-. Showed growth. Forced it 3 times, only 1 should have been an INT. Of the other 2, one would have been as good as the ensuing punt, the other was a high throw Jeffery maybe makes for a TD if healthy. (Jeffery btw makes a good break-up on the play). I wonder how Cutler’s solar plexus feels today. Too much staring-down at targets for my liking. I’ve never seen him intentionally pump fake.
    Bostic/Williams: Didn’t have time to isolate these guys. Don’t remember them making any big plays. Briggs definitely more effective.

    • MB30SD

      I don’t get all the hawk hate. I ALWAYS see that dude around the ball. CD is not even close yo.

      • Jokey

        Not hating him, not loving him. He’s average. He does what he’s supposed to do, he just isn’t an impact player.

        • MB30SD

          fair enough.

        • Big Mike

          I believe CD’s impact will continue to increase.

          • SC Dave

            I hope so. Actually, I imagine most of us do.

      • Big Mike

        Better each week.

      • Cormonster

        A lot of my Packer friends don’t like him because he was the 5th pick in the draft and has never been more than average, as Jokey stated. He arguably had his best year ever last year, but had a couple bad years where a lot of fans were calling for his head.

        • MB30SD

          wow. every packers game I watched last year, seems like they called him name every other play. Ah well, wtf do I know.

          • Cormonster

            Some of the best games of his career happened last year. I noticed the same things you did. I watch 10-12 Packers games each year, so I’ve seen a lot of his play. He always makes a lot of tackles, but too many of them are 6-10 yards down field, and he’s not very good in coverage. He has great straight line speed, but his lateral speed and movement is not very good. He whiffs on a lot of tackles by getting juked by a RB in a big hole, resulting in long runs. The Packers were smart to resign him to his last contract, because he’s been the only reliably healthy LB for them for quite a few years.

        • SC Dave
      • SC Dave

        I agree. Although people always want something exceptional out of a #5 pick, AJ Hawk has started for Green Bay for 8+ seasons now.

        In my book, you’d have to be pretty fucking harsh to call that a wasted pick.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    Tillman is a class act on and off the field. He should be held up as an icon on what a Bear Player should strive to be. If he is done, so be it. Football careers end abruptly and never last forever. One thing I do know, Peanut will never, ever, be forgotten by anyone past, present or in the future who call themselves a “Bears Fan.” Mr. Tillman, I salute you.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Bears have signed DB Isaiah Frey & WR Rashad Ross from practice squad & released RB Shaun Draughn, WR Chris Williams & TE Matthew Mulligan.

    Bears also have re-signed DT Roy Philon to practice squad; they have 1 spot open on 53-man roster and 3 on practice squad.

    Those are from the Bears Twitter feed.

    • AlbertInTucson

      So it looks like Shaun has Draughn a blank…?

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        or he’s shooting them, either way….he gone!

      • Big Mike

        Shawn Drawn Gone. Trestman don’t mess around. Physical errors he tolerates a bit, mental errors will get you cut. Should’ve kept Hester… hindsight is 20/20….

        • MB30SD

          jesus

        • Peanut FTW

          I don’t know that Hester makes that block to prevent the punt block either, since he wasn’t on FG, KO or Punting units. Personally for the much lower rate I would keep Holmes over Hester, which I think is a better comparison. If anything I would like to have Corey Graham back right about now.

          • MB30SD

            theece. love me some CG

          • Big Mike

            Yeah a bit of a non-sequitur in my thought process on that. I see him with 7 catches for 120+ yards and averaging 30+ yards per return in Atlanta. So he’s on the roster as a 4th receiver, and that makes room for a ST gamer. But hester would not have made that block. ST is a train wreck right now. BM, AJ, Holmes and Hester as your top 4 wideouts. I think that’s a nice group. Is he overpriced for what he’s giving Atl? He was overpriced for what the Bears thought he could do. Corey Graham… yeah that would be nice.

          • Cormonster

            Graham leads the league is passes defensed right now with 7. The next closest guy has five, and a few others like Conte and Fuller have 4.

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd YoungFlyFish’nAllDay

      We need to bring in Seastrunk.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATV13gzocN0

  • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

    I can’t wait to go home tonight to put a “whoopin” on my son. Nothing will strengthen him more than to beat his tiny body until it’s bloody. If he doesn’t cry he’s a real man….a real 3yr old man.

    • GPLDAN

      and I’m the grim one.

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        I finally reached my lunacy threshold.

        • GPLDAN

          finally?

          • MB30SD

            threshold?

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            I see red when I see innocent little kids suffer at the hands of people that should have been sterilized very early on in their lives if not exterminated altogether.
            Kids get raped, starved, poisoned, ignored, exploited, tormented, etc at the hands of adults and it will continue to happen until our punishments for those crimes become so severe and terrible that even the sickest of individuals 2nd guesses what they are about to do.

          • MB30SD

            it will still happen. Those people’s brains aren’t normal and don’t work like yours or mine. Been going on since humanoids evolved.

            Look at great apes man. Brutally violent society

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            dude, i’m talking “terrible” here. Shock and awe terrible. Trust me, it would work.

            Like, if prison was fucking North Korea prison do you think motherfuckers would want to work 17hours a day hard labor for shooting up a homeboy that dissed him?

          • MB30SD

            I was talking about the pedos and… cereal killers (noooo, not the captn cruuuunch!!!!)

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            i didn’t want to go to deep into detail about what my legal system would do to those guys. Let’s just say that it’s pretty fucking primal.

          • Scharfinator

            The worst fucking part is that it perpetuates itself.

    • BillW

      I read something that implied AP is not acknowledging those pictures as being from his “whoopin'”. Or something like that. I can’t find where I read that – but it seemed like he was trying to bring it into doubt enough so all the “due process” people including the Vikes brass have a reason.

      And that Reggie Bush wouldn’t discount doing the same thing to his ONE YEAR OLD daughter “if she deserved it”.

      These football players better simply shut up before every game is faced with organized protests.

    • BillW

      Seriously – where is the league going to go from here? There are coming across as saying some level of wife and child “whooping” is acceptable to them. While other are claiming beating your kids is DESIRABLE!

      You think I’m a grumpy old man when it comes to the Bears and their coaches – you need to see me over something important like this!

  • GPLDAN

    I kinda wonder why Chris Williams got cut.

    In the Niners game, they lined him up at SE twice, to at least get the safeties to back a bit off so they could run draw to Forte again. I don’t think he fooled anybody. But he had wheels, maybe just too small to truly credible out there.

    • BillW

      I wondered the same thing but your explanation makes sense.

  • MB30SD
    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd YoungFlyFish’nAllDay

      Gotta love the Pee Wee dance.
      The Ravishing Rick Rude I could do without, especially on slow-mo.
      No Young fly-fishing? Cmon, man! Two sacks!

      • MB30SD

        yeah, it was there. second page. I thought you’d love it.

        • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd YoungFlyFish’nAllDay

          Oh yeah! It took a while to load. Was actually looking for the GIF of that.
          #TakingGenoFlyFishing

  • GPLDAN

    Shaun Draughn may have been the worst kick returner in the last 20 years.

    He either brought it out when he shouldn’t have, or – in the Niners game, he came razor thin close to stepping out of the endzone, THEN taking a knee, giving the refs pause and probably Trest a heart attack.

    Here’s how bad he was, on deep deep kicks where he is in the back of the endzone and you KNOW you are just going to catch it and take a knee – he dropped the ball. Twice.

    • bearsfantillend

      that was Senorise Perry returning kicks not Draughn

      • GPLDAN

        Sorry.

        Oh god, are we keeping him returning kicks? Chris Williams is gone. He is awful

        • johnnywad

          No way Perry returns kicks Monday night. No freaking way. Trest wouldn’t even back him today in his presser. He hasn’t been cut, but he won’t return any more kicks

  • GPLDAN

    Raddison Hotels is pulling it’s ads and billboard at Vikings Stadium over the decision to play AP. That should get Zygi’s attention.

    Now, the Big Bud is sending out a missive. Next comes a warning shot. I don’t think Rodger can weather a warning shot.

    http://tinyurl.com/lfho9u6

    • MB30SD

      wow

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd YoungFlyFish’nAllDay

      I was watching the Vikes adressing the media, and behind they have those boards with the team logo + radisson hotel name. (I think ours is verizon).
      And WHILE the media session was going on, NFL network cut in, “this just in. Radisson Hotels have pulled out of their affilation with the Vikings.” It was surreal.
      I’m surprised a Radisson Hotel team wasn’t taking down the backdrop while the Vikes were on the microphone.

  • MB30SD

    Trac, did you see this (Jeff’s) tweet?

    DaBearsBlog
    7 of 10. Many people said the Bucs were playoff ready and all they needed was leadership like Lovie Smith? That doesn’t seem to be true.

    Extra dry
    Sticks
    2 lbs

    Hmmmm…. wonder who these, “peoples” are. hee hee

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd YoungFlyFish’nAllDay

      It seems like everybody except Bears fan (the non-lovies idiots calling into talk radio) knew this was coming. He’ll make the play-offs, just not this year, then he’ll miss them, then he’ll make them, then he’ll miss them again for about 2 years, then get close, then they’ll give him one more year, and boom, back to being a D.C. in 2020…

      • MB30SD

        that’s really what he should be. Stick to what you’re good at. He’s robbed the bears and bucs of amazing HC money now… go back to being good now (when you’re done with the bucs).

      • Scharfinator

        “Congratulations, enjoy being good but never great.” What I told my Tampa fan friend when they signed Lovie.

    • Trac

      Lovie’s teams in Chicago started slow often. McCoy being hurt doesn’t help.

      • MB30SD

        extra dry

        • Trac

          Hahaha

          Lost to Carolina by 6 and in a squeeker to the lambs. Not so fast top dog.

          • MB30SD

            Carolina – Their star franchise QB out. they played who?

            Rams – I have no idea who their QB was, I don’t think i’d ever heard of him before. I believe he was their 3rd string guy?

            Now they start playing teams who have their real QBs playing. they are going to get stomped.

          • Trac

            There will be roadblocks no doubt. It was a fun pick and will be even more fun if Lovie gets lucky, I mean if he starts making some noise. His first year is a gimmie so if he does tank he will get a high draft pick. The bucks are going to be interesting. Admit it, you want to light the fireworks and crack the champagne, I want to be right here watching you when he gets lucky. Her hee. It’s worth the risk.

          • MB30SD

            he’ll get lucky once or twice a year. He always did.

            I think they’ll be 8-8 at best this year if something drastic doesn’t change. You never know, and it’s only been two games, but damn. They should beat teams without QBs.

          • Shady

            Q: What happened at the end of the Rams game?

            Lovie: We just didn’t handle that situation as well as we needed to. Our receiver took a hard hit and was not totally with it at the time, but we had time . . . .if we could have some way got him off the field or at least been able to get him up, we would have had a chance to win it there at the end. But we lost that game before that. Whenever you have a blocked punt, a blocked field goal and you have a turnover and an interception and you have a first-and-goal on the 9. . . .you are probably not going to win many of those games. We’ll play those things up and hopefully put ourselves in position to finish the next time.

          • MB30SD

            You have…………. noidea

          • Shady
          • bearsfantillend

            and this is news how? he has always been that way and will not change.

      • MB30SD

        sticks

      • MB30SD

        2 lbs

  • Cormonster

    Calvin Pryor got burned bad on Jordy Nelson’s 80 yd TD catch Sunday. He was also involved in a couple other big plays by the Packers, whiffing on the tackle or late in coverage. Kyle Fuller had two huge picks. Only two games, but it looks like the Bears got the better player. We’ll get a close look at Pryor next Monday.

    It may be trivial, but I noticed something right away when the Bears drafted Fuller that impressed me. While most of the 1st round picks were either celebrating or crying and giving big hugs when they got drafted, Fuller just acted calm, cool, and collected. He shook some hands, gave a few half hugs, smiled, but for the most part he was just cool and looked all business. It made a statement to me that he is ready to ball and the hype and enormity of the moment didn’t phase him one bit.

    • GPLDAN

      Pryor can have a career on par with Ryan Mundy, but Fuller appears to have a much higher upside.

      Let’s be honest, he won the game for the Bears.

      • Cormonster

        Sure did.

      • Trac

        Take cover ! Great team win where leaders emerged and Fuller was one of them. Does Tresty make him a captain if he comes through again next week? He should.

  • EnderWiggin

    My question: Do the Bears give Frey the nickle spot? He played the run decent at times last year, and he could have a chip on his shoulder for losing his job. OR do you stay with the out-of-position Vereen. Brock showed good instincts for a headless chicken.

    • GPLDAN

      The media keeps pushing this Vereen pinched into nickel story.

      The kid played nickel his sophomore year for the Gophers. It’s not like he never played it before.

    • MB30SD

      I think you come up with a smart rotation and play them to each of their strengths. See if we can be smart about which guys are good at what, and then exploit that

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd YoungFlyFish’nAllDay

      I don’t know why they released Frey. He looked good to me considering how young he is.
      We have a few options.
      We can put Frey in the nickle and move Jennings back outside.
      OR, we can get Hayden put him and Fuller outside, and keep Jennings inside.
      Or, we can move Frey outside (don’t know how he projects), Fuller at R/LCB and keep Jennings inside.
      Still don’t know why we decided to keep Hayden then cut him when Bowman would have been the better option.

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd YoungFlyFish’nAllDay

        Is McManis still out? maybe give the kid a shot if he doesn’t completely blow in practice.
        Corey Graham started off as a stud special teamer, and became a nice CB.

      • MB30SD

        you know I’m the same here. Hayden is turrible. We totally should have kept bowman who was a baller.

        Oh well, spilled milk

        Fuller – Frey/Vereen/McManis – TImmyj

        • EnderWiggin

          I like the idea of rotating them. We have a bunch of young guys, get ’em on the field when they can excel. For all I know though, Frey could have been called up just to block for our punter.

        • Scharfinator

          Bowman, Graham, McBride (maybe?). For being a defense first team, the Bears gave up on a few quality players.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      There shouldn’t be a clear nickel starter. Everybody should play using different packages. Use everybody, so all players are involved and excited. It also creates confusion and makes it difficult for opposing D to plan for player related miss matches.

  • GPLDAN

    I just realized I fucked up on the Shaun Draugn thing and confused him with Senoris Perry and we may get another week of Perry as KR.

    THat would be bad. Hopefully Josh Morgan can do it. Somebody else.

  • Sactowns#1

    Where’s Barb to tell us we dont know anything about football and that the Bears didnt actually win that game?

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd YoungFlyFish’nAllDay

      Don’t forget that us Americans are capitalistic pigs that dip our balls in pools of oil while scarfing down fried oreo burgers.

      • MB30SD

        mmmmmmmmm… oooooreooooo buuuurgers

        • bearsfantillend

          you should try the bacon wrapped oreo burgers.

      • GPLDAN

        I tried a Bourgeois Burger and a Stalin Shake in Romania, it sucked.

        • Cormonster

          I believe a few areas of Romania haven’t entered the 1940’s yet. They use scythes for cutting hay. It takes the hard labor of 80 men to do the same work of an old man, a young teenager, and a tractor and baler in the US.

          • SC Dave

            Nightmares like Ceausescu do not dissipate for a long time. It is telling that he was machine gunned to death on live tv when finally overthrown

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Everybody wants to to live the American Dream. They must have watched those JFK documentaries and decided it’s the right way to do it.

        • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd YoungFlyFish’nAllDay

          Did you sprinkle your Stalin Shake with sawdust?

      • SC Dave

        What a country!!!

      • Shady

        Nothing better than a nice ball dip at the end of a long day.

        • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd YoungFlyFish’nAllDay

          Liquid. Gold.

      • Cormonster

        One of my favorite appetizers is Chef’s famous Chocolate Salty Balls.

      • SC Dave

        You mean oil stolen from the Arabs, of course. ..

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        You wish americans were capitalistic pigs.

    • Shady

      He’s just upset RGIII dislocated his clitoris.

      • MB30SD

        He did?! How many weeks is that?

        • Shady

          I’ll be online later to brief you.

          • MB30SD

            and i’ll be briefing a personal trainer in ‘proper form’

      • Trac

        I’m with him. I think the skins are a better team with Cousins. RG has some growing up to do. He’s finding out.that you have to be more than an athlete to play QB in the NFL.

        • Shady

          Racist.

          • Trac

            What? Because of their name or not oohing an ahhing over a black white man.

          • Shady

            It’s OK, I forgive you.

          • MB30SD

            hahahahaha!

            You could see how happy gruden was in the post game presser.

            Like, ‘thank god I don’t have to be the one to bench RGIII for cousins’

          • Shady

            Yeah, RGIII ain’t getting that job back.

          • NewBearInTown

            Cousins has to actually win some games first. He’s a capable backup, but not necessarily a true starting quarterback.

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd YoungFlyFish’nAllDay

            That franchise will be cursed until they move from the Indian burial ground.
            Oh, that’s “The Poltergeist”, never mind (however, if Cousin goes down…)

    • http://www.upitpuppet.com/ evantonio

      he’s trying to come to terms with the fact that tucker may not be the jon schoop of defensive coordinators. this is a hard time for barb.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        This is pathetic. I ‘read’ the first 6 picks of Emery’s draft, including the Fuller pick. tried telling you for months is not going to be no 3T. Loved the FA picks Houston and Young. Liked what I saw from the Defense in the preseason while everybody was bashing the unit. Stated that I’m willing to not criticize Tucker by default.
        You’d better learn.

        • http://www.upitpuppet.com/ evantonio

          I’m having a hard time tracking what you’re saying here. Are you saying you’re a Tucker fan?

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I bashed him last year from the start until this preseason when I liked what I saw from the D. At that point I said I’m not going to talk bad of him just because.
            What I’m saying is that the changes that the Bears made I called for long time ago. i don’t want recognition because it’s all fun here, were not gaining credit card history, but I will not accept people playing the ‘I told you so’ and ‘where’s barb’ cards.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      They won by doing what I always said they should do. What I thought they’ll do from Week 1. Strange how that happens. Close to stupid calling me out when I was right all the way.
      I understand you want to you fault me for losing confidence in the coaching staff and Cutler against the Bills ? You know that Willie Young played 17 snaps, right ? You know the Bills converted 2 long key down with the same play down the seam ?
      The Bears are only 1-1 and be certain…I’ll never come here and call you out if they miss the playoffs like they do in 4 of every 5 years.

  • SC Dave

    Was just reading… after the hit, Cutler was 15 of 16 for 138 yards and 4 TD.

    Lesson?

    Spear Jay at your peril!

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd YoungFlyFish’nAllDay

      Someone made the joke that the 9er hit Jay’s “On” button.

    • BerwynBomber

      Not only that but I believe the “spear” play was preceded by Cutler’s 25 yard run from scrimmage. Anyway, I said immediately after the game (and I’m sticking to it): best game of his career. He looked like one of the top five QBs in the league Sunday night.

    • Scharfinator

      I would also like to remind everyone of how on fire he was after he lit up that Steeler’s DB last year.

      He’s a masochist and we need Young to slap him around before the games I think. 🙂

  • Trac

    http://m.bleacherreport.com/articles/2200524-brian-urlacher-resigns-from-analyst-role-with-fox-sports

    Gotta give the guy credit for realizing it ain’t gonna happen in the booth.

    • NewBearInTown

      That guy can make a nice career for himself selling financial planning products or something. A lot of these former stars just can’t get into working hard at anything else. I appreciate his desire not to travel, but I hope he doesn’t just waste away his savings trying to “spend time with his family.”

      • SC Dave

        Waste away his saving?!? How much money does is frigging have? $40M? How the fuck do you waste away that much money.

        • NewBearInTown

          I could make an off-hand comment about “look at all the bankruptcies.” But I’ll give a more specific guess.
          $12M spent on a house that eventually sell for less than $5M. (-$7M)
          $1M on cars that sell for a pittance. (-$1M)
          $1M on jewelry
          $3M on lavish partying
          $3M on gifts to family members
          $15M to the IRS
          $10M on businesses that fail because you don’t want to work
          $5M on other luxury items, real estate and junk
          You are now $5M in the hole.

          • CanadaBear

            You make a good point NB but #54 doesn’t strike me as one of those guys. No jewelry for sure. Don’t think he’s much of a partier (at least in public). His mom has passed and I think his brother lives with him. Who knows about the other stuff?

            It always bums me out when athletes you really like and respected go tits up financially.

  • MB30SD

    Shady, rabbit…

    27 – 8 -2

    that just happened bitches

  • Shady

    I know you guys saw Cutler’s chest hit his backbone, but did you guys catch this hit?

    https://vine.co/v/OaDi6Vjq7vw

    OH MY.

    • MB30SD

      meh, wasn’t that bad. dude was stumbling

      for the love of the game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-T85N79t6A

    • NewBearInTown

      What was the flag for?

      • Shady

        I would assume for destroying the QB after the whistle.

        • NewBearInTown

          There’s no audio in the video. Didn’t hear it the whistle. I guess the blitzer didn’t hear it either. And if the QB heard it, he probably doesn’t remember.

          • Shady

            hover the mouse over the upper left hand corner of the vine. should be an audio button you can click.

  • johnnywad

    With Peanut gone, Briggs is the only player left from the 06 Super Bowl defense. Gould and Garza are the only other current Bears that played in that Super Bowl.

    More surprising, only six Bears remain from even the 2010 team. Add to those three, Forte, Jennings and Cutler.

    • johnnywad

      What you’ve done against San Francisco for the last thirty years does not mean one god damn thing. Nothing.

      • CanadaBear

        Thought you guys were insane. Show’s what I know.

        • johnnywad

          Well I still am. Just not on this one

    • BerwynBomber

      I wonder if this is Garza’s swan song. Btw, as much as Angelo gets bashed for a variety of draft selections, picking Forte in the second round has probably never garnered him the rightful appreciation it deserves. That was a helluva pick.

      • Shady

        #Trac’sblindsquirrel

  • BerwynBomber

    Long-time, dedicated admirer of Tillman too (and not everyone in this city always was), but I can’t see him making it to Canton. Sorry, but one All-Pro selection and two Pro Bowl appearances won’t cut it. And yes, the Pro Bowl is often bullshit but a player still needs six or seven of those on his resume along with three or four All-Pros (which is much less BS and a whole helluva lot harder to make). But hey, he will be in select company of superb players if he doesn’t make it, even among CBs. One off the top of my head is Lester Hayes. Hayes is unfortunately known more for his stick’um these days than anything else but he was a tremendous fucking football player. Much like Tillman, and for that matter both Woodsons (Chaz and Rod) and Mel Blount, the dude was a superb tackler and absolutely stellar at run support, which is one thing that has always annoyed me about the Deion Sanders as the greatest CB ever nonsense. Best cover CB ever? Sure. But he was crap at run support (though I have no problem giving him massive credit for his return game). Anyway, Peanut offered us a ton of memories and if the Bears ever built a team HOF, he’d be a first ballot guy from this era. Bears would also be smart to see if he’s interested in coaching.

    • GPLDAN

      He’s sort of like Pat Fischer of the Redskins. That’s whose career I think best emulates Peanut.

    • CanadaBear

      Unfortunately I agree with ya BB. One thing that might work in Peanut’s favor is he changed the game DB’s play. With the Peanut Punch he was more valuable to the Bears than almost any other CB of his day. Hope he stays with the Bears in some capacity.

  • AlbertInTucson

    For Your Consideration:

    No NFL rookie had a BETTER week than Kyle Fuller.

  • Debi Scott

    My husband’s real father is Doug Atkins which he recently found out. It was kept a secret from him until 1994.He had a horrid life growing up with a step-father that hated him. He did talk to Doug a few months back but on the 2nd phone call his wife answered and said you are too late honey why did you wait so long and told him not to call back! I think he deserves to meet and talk to his real Dad after what he has been through in his life.Talk about skeletons in the closet. You wake up one day and find out your real Dad is a NFL legend. But what can he do about meeting him nothing I guess!

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