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Three Thoughts on the Bears Stealth Signing of Defensive End Jared Allen

| March 26th, 2014

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Sean Jensen received a text from Jared Allen stating the Bears push “came out of nowhere”. We’ve gotten used to that approach from Phil Emery during his short Chicago Bears tenure. Here are a few thoughts on the signing.

  • The Bears added two defensive ends in free agency who excel in run support but are a bit lacking when it comes to pressures, disruptions, sacks. Now they’ve added one of the best 4-3 pass rushers in the sport. I’m not a huge of fan of big contracts to veteran defenders but the Bears needed sacks and they bought some. With the welcome return of Izzy Idonije Bears now have talent and depth at end.
  • I’ve said many times I thought the Emery/Trestman regime would yield a championship contender in 2015. I still believe that, which is why I think it’s important to note the Bears gave Allen a second guaranteed year. Bears still have two gaping holes at safety and question marks at both linebacker and defensive tackle. But expectations for 2014, barring major injuries, should be no less than a playoff appearance.
  • Kyle Long in 2013. Jared Allen in 2014. The Bears have added something I always thought they lacked in the Lovie Smith era: tough guys. They added some bloody noses. Some alley fighters. And while I can’t stand Jared Allen off the field, I’ll have little issue rooting for him on it.

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  • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

    Still first to say … WTF ? It’s……. Jared ……. Allen …

    • Shady

      What is the Thai equivalent or translation of “cracker ass cracker”?

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        ‘Kwai’ or ‘Buffalo’. The only thing worse than that you can be is a ‘lizard’. Being a foreigner isn’t good either. They call us ‘farang’ or ‘French’. All foreigners are ‘French’.

        • Shady

          Buffalo ass lizards. French ass buffaloes.

  • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

    On the plus side … if it’s a likely run-down, we bring on Houston and Young, give Cracker a breather. Emery might still grab us a Tuitt if he’s there in two, leaving us to go safety/CB in rounds 1 and 3. The trade down is an option if he wants to get extra value. Bring it on.

  • Johnathan Wood

    I wonder if Idonije just became expendable.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      Think the plan is to have a rotation of Allen, Young, Houston, Izzy and Bass. Plus Izzy can play specials and costs nothing.

      • And Izzy can also move inside. He’s a nice can opener to have around.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        There are Austin Lane & Washington also. I see Bass as a OLB like McClellin. It would be an interesting battle that one.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          So we have 7 DEs now, not including Shamus.

          We’re drafting a DT in the first. Fuckit, I’d pull the trigger on Tuitt in the first. In a few years it will have seemed like a no-brainer. If he’s top of Phil’s board … projected draft positions are irrelevant. Physical specimens are rare enough. I’m off to look at tape of Mosely though ….

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I am not in that band wagon. Out 3rd down unit is in place Allen-Ratliff-Houston-Young. With Izzy as a DT or DE option. Or Collins who can pass rush. Putting aside the 2 OLB who’ll have the chance to pass rush. For me the DT is less likely now than before…. and I had Emery pick a DT at very low %.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Safety it is then. Phil is prolly looking down Angelo’s shit-picks and wondering – why didn’t you draft a Safety? You cock.

          • MB30SD

            I have been VERY close to posting on angelo’s site for the last few months. A tome about how he fucked us for years to come and thank god emery is undoing his cancerous mess. You get on watch lists for shit like that though

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            HE HAS A SITE ??! REGULATORS .. .SADDLE UP!

            (Irish and horse speed off in a cloud of dust, the report of his Smith& Wessons becoming fainter as he becomes a speck on the horizon. First, there was a posse to be rustled up, some sharp-shootin’ cowboys down at the Blog, then headed for a town called Asshole … and a man called Angelo)

            Cue Ennio Morricone music.

          • MB30SD

            beautiful. I may be persuaded.

            go do some escouting first: He has a blog… I couldn’t find it. seriously.

            And here’s his twit account: https://twitter.com/RealJerryAngelo

            Like he needs the real in there… like anyfuckingone within his right mind would like to impersonate that douchecriket. SMMFH

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Jesus, Tom Waddle follows him. That account looks like a please-hire-me cry for help. Just thank your lucky stars you made millions of dollars from somehow being employed as a GM in the NFL, you incompetent joker.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I see it like that for a while now… S or CB. DT in the second round.

          • Johnathan Wood

            IMO if Bass shows up in camp Idonije is gone. Bass DE4, Washington DE5.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            they should try him as OLB. If they go with McCleelin there, they should also dive Bass the same chance. They are very similar in size and body. PS: Remember: We only have 4 LB + 2 ST type.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Izzy retires a Bear.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Not after the Sedrick Ellis debacle, no way.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Izzy. Blocker of kicks. Bleeds burnt orange and navy blue. Solid depth.

  • Sactowns#1

    We’ll see if Jared can do what we all hope Peppers doesnt, be reinvigorated by a new contract, new city and new chance to solidify your legacy as one of the greats. He’s 2 years younger than Peppers and he’s going to be rotated in and out with such depth at DE. I think this year is going to be mighty interesting.
    So now does everyone agree that we draft a safety in the 1st round? Or are a lot of you still thinking tackle? Clinton-Dix or AAron Donland?

    • MB30SD

      if we can get gilbert, that would be the pick. Save that, I think you have to take dix if he’s there.

    • el_caney

      Rebuilding always starts with the lines, stronger the lines, everything suits faster..

  • AlbertInTucson

    Here’s Dan Patrick’s take on the signing this morning, and I am paraphrasing a bit:
    Jared Allen got his money by signing with the “Psuedo-Contender” Chicago Beasr. Had he settled for less, he could have signed with a REAL contender. like Seattle.

    “PSUEDO-CONTENDER” . That’s a direct quote.

    • I hope the Bears make t-shirts out of that. That would piss me off something awful.

      • MB30SD

        and while you’re at it… fuck that douchenyne patrick. nerd.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        Locker-room pin-up material. Start the collection. I love it.

    • 505 Bears

      The Dan Patrick Show…. He has a pseudo-sports show that nobody watches. Last I saw, they were showing it on Cartoon Network..Douche ass clown shoes!!

  • “Out of no where” – That’s E’s new nickname. “NoWhere Man”.

    Needless to say, I like the signing. Whoever doesn’t think he’s a tremendous upgrade over Chicken Dinner needs to put down his tampon. To be honest, I’ve always kinda liked him because of his backstory of getting over alchohol. I always like rooting for players a little rough around the edges. Plus, he does a lot of charity.

    Was that hit on Louis dirty? Sure was. But remember when Sapp took out that Packer back in the day? Dlineman must walk a fine line of mean/dirty. He takes out Rodgers the same way, none of us will be shedding a tear.

    As for his rodeo dance – gitty up!

    Reminds me of the movie “Major League” when the Indians sign that bad ass, and he has that little shimmy, and all the fans love it, then he goes to the rival, and Bob Ueker confesses, “God, I hate that shimmy!

    I guessed correctly that they gave Cutler that bonus to sign Allen. I knew it couldn’t be to sign the draft class. We already had money for that. The only other possible option was an FA like Allen, or extension to Bmarsh.

    Glad to have Allen on board. Cowboy up! Yeee-haaaa!!! If we’re going down, we’re going down in a blaze of glory.

    http://youtu.be/JlSQAZEp3PA

    • MB30SD

      worst… nickname…. ever.

      Come on maings, you can do better.

      • I did try to coin another one “EMO” (as in Emery Modus Operandi) but that didn’t fly either.

        I like “The Wolf” (not from Wall Street, but from Pulp Fiction). I’ll put on my thinking hat.

        • MB30SD

          I like the wolf. MUCH better

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Are we nicknaming our GM ?

            Phil ‘The Skill’ Emery.

            Not quite up there with Ashton “The Difference” Kutcher.

          • MB30SD

            AK is an avowed Bears fan. He’s often seen in pics wearing his bears hat… oh, and he’s banging kunis.

          • He actually has some sweet 85 memorabilia. Does he live in L.A.? I think it’s time to pay his pad a visit…after hours…

          • MB30SD

            Hahahaha

            ($ saunters into the bathroom where mila is washing her supple vagina on their expensive european bidet…. “so… how’s it going? Nice vagina.”)

          • I was thinking more along the lines of jacking all his Bears shit, but yes, yes, that’ll work too.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Being a huge Walter fan gives him some brownie points, admittedly.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      “Put down his tampon” !!

      MWAHHH!

      Is he a recovering alco? Well that’s good.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      But if we made the push for Byrd or TJ Ward, we could have gone young and studly at DE, and have a good vet presence at SS or FS. Now we have an aging Allen and the safety we draft will be a rook. I think I’d prefer Byrd + Tuitt at DE, instead of Allen + Rook FS.

      • 505 Bears

        True, but I like the Allen intangibles. He will fire up the D and hold mofos accountable. Unlike Pep just doddling around the field like a one nut squirrel last year. I think Allen will provide more leadership/motivation than Ward/Byrd would have.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Yeah, Pep was an anti-leader. Steinbeck’s Lenny.

          • 505 Bears

            Homer’s Lenny…. D’oh!!!

    • 505 Bears

      As I ranted last year… Get someone that gives a damn in there on that D…For all his redneck antics, this ol boy has a fire!! He may not get 10 sacks, but he will kick the D into gear to give a shit, or so I hope.

  • Trac

    We now how a legit core of players on D. That is going to allow Phil to draft Best player Available come draft time. I likery.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Well… the DE should be out of contention at this point. Isn’t it ? He signed 5 FA with 2 clear starters (status and money).

      • Trac

        Yes. I really think we need to draft Moseley now. The position will need to be addressed anyway and now is as good a time as any.

        • For some reason, I like Skov more, who might fall to the 2nd.

          MLBs, like HBs, have taken a hit in drafts, and they tend to fall more than they should. Mosely is also 6’2 232. Seems a little smallish for the middle esp when we don’t boast a fat boy to gobble up Olinemen.

          • Trac

            The guy is a baller though. If he falls to Green Bray we will be reminded twice a year on why we should have drafted him. He’s on their “Big Board”.

          • MB30SD

            meh, can’t draft for the other team. Personally I think we need to go Dix/pryor this year @ 14 even if he isn’t the next reid, we just need good at FS not great.

            But for MLB, I think that needs to be our #1 next year… and since we’ll be picking in the high 20s or low 30s, we’ll need to trade up for him.

            If we’re going MLB in rd 1, he needs to be a Kuechly caliber guy, and lach’s heir… this is fucking chicago after all!

          • Trac

            That’s who he’s been compared to. Butkus loves the guy.

          • MB30SD

            i have not seen that, once. I’ve read too small, great instincts but get’s swallowed up, etc… etc…

            Phil may surprise trac. if dix and gilbert are gone by our pick, you never know,

          • Trac
          • MB30SD

            he’s old. have you seen his son BTW… mailman?

            http://multivu.prnewswire.com/player/40845-old-spice-i-play-clean/images/40845-iplayclean1-hi.jpg

            BAAAAAAAAAHAHAHHAHAHA (sorry, that was mean)

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            234lbs?? If people thought Lac couldn’t get off his blocks at 260 ….

          • Johnathan Wood

            For my $$, Mosley is the best defensive player in the draft.
            But the Bama thing scares me a bit. He has a medical history.

            Unless they draft Donald, I honestly want them to trade back. Could go with SF if they want a WR (Evans?) 14 for 30, their 2nd rounder (they have 2), and a 7th.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Trading down gives us more value methinks. Let Phil go to work drafting value, with an extra top pick. Not to mention I think it increases our chance of snagging Tuitt. Let everyone else reach first, then we pick up the ‘fallers’ for value.

          • Johnathan Wood

            if they trade back to 30, I want Jimmie Ward.

            Then a CB (ton of solid guys, I particularly like Stanley Jean-Baptiste) and DT (I am a fan of Will Sutton) in round 2.

            Then round 3 you can go BPA. Maybe a QB or RB?

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Might be able to land Sutton later (3rd), his 2013 tape was rough.

          • Johnathan Wood

            Sutton reminds me of Jeffery. Incredible 2012, lackluster 2013 after putting on weight. Has already lost most of that weight.

            FWIW he was still P12 DPOY in 2013.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            I like him too, he’s a good 3T if we don’t draft Donald, I like Caraun Reid from Princeton too as a later round guy.

          • Johnathan Wood

            yep, if Donald is gone at 14 I 100% want to avoid DT because the options at that point aren’t much better than what’s there in round 2, IMO.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Bullough can be had later on, right? Shore up what needs to be shored up (DT/CB/S) and take a flyer on him in the 4th. Happy days. Then we’d have DJW/Bostic/Bullough, all of whom could play mike. Depth at the position, finally. Probably play Bostic outside, but he’d be there in case of injuries.

          • MB30SD

            you are starting to fucking come around again. I was really getting worried about you there for a couple months.

            DId the wife’s hot friend give you a sympathy BJ or something?

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            I wish. But I think we’re all coming to similar conclusions here. The signing is done, just the draft to polish off the roster, and then the wait ….

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Can this guy play OLb. because I could see such a pick. Drafting a pass rushing OLB is more likely now than a 4-3 DE.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            We have 19 pass-rushing OLBs now.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            We have 3. Pick another one ? Sure. The 4-3 is not set in stone.

  • As for the Bears now being in the market for Dix or Pryor, here’s Walter Football’s “rumor mill” on that scenario.
    “There is an interesting dialogue among some teams regarding the NFL
    Draft’s top two safeties, Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Louisville’s
    Calvin Pryor. Both are the only consensus first-round prospects at the
    position. Many fans and draft analysts believe that at least one of the
    safeties will go in the top 16 picks, and both could go in the top 20.
    However, we have spoken with sources from playoff teams who believe that
    both safeties could get to their picks.

    The main reason that teams feel that Clinton-Dix and Pryor could make it
    into the 20s is because neither one is considered to be a rare athlete
    with elite speed. As one source said, “Neither one of these guys is an
    Earl Thomas-like athlete.” That was proven at the Combine when they had
    solid, but unspectacular 40 times at 4.58 seconds. Clinton-Dix looked
    better in the field drills, but neither dominated the Combine.

    Multiple sources also pointed out that defensive backs from Nick Saban’s
    programs have disappointed in the NFL. As one source said, the best
    defensive backs he produced could be Roman Harper and LaRon Landry, and
    even the latter didn’t live up to his billing. Perhaps Dre Kirkpatrick
    or Dee Milliner will break that mold, but multiple staffers from around
    the NFL feel that Alabama defenders have been overhyped and haven’t
    validated those expectations at the next level.

    However, one source had this to say about Clinton-Dix: “Ha Ha had a
    so-so workout, but his film is too good for him to drop too far. He’s
    safe in the top 25.”

    Clinton-Dix and Pryor could also be hurt by teams prioritizing other
    positions over safeties like quarterbacks, linemen, cornerbacks and wide
    receivers.

    This is a loaded 2014 NFL Draft class with a lot of quarterbacks,
    offensive tackles, edge rushers and wide receivers expected to be chosen
    in the top 20 selections. It will be interesting to see if these teams
    are correct and the top safeties make it into the 20s.”

    http://walterfootball.com/nfldraftrumormill.php

    • gpldan

      Good stuff there.

    • Shady

      Ha-Ha is so-so?

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      All perfect for the Emery super-move. Trade down and pick up the manna from heaven.

  • reposting this since I didn’t know the contract details.

    NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the contract is for $32 million,
    although the contract voids to three years for $24 million. The deal
    includes $15.5 million in fully guaranteed money. There is a large
    guaranteed bonus due next March along with fully guaranteed salaries in
    the first two years. We’d expect this to turn into a two-year deal.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000337069/article/jared-allen-chicago-bears-strike-fouryear-contract?akmobile=ios&akcarrier=other

    • Johnathan Wood

      if they can get out after 2 years and $17M or less without any guaranteed money, I’d be cool with that.

  • MB30SD

    http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/10675534/jared-allen-chooses-chicago-bears-agrees-4-year-deal

    John clayton: “a guy you can almost count on year in and year out to get 11… 11.5 sacks”.

    Boom!

    • DaMurph

      Would you happen to know how many sacks per year he averages? Huh? Would ya?

      • MB30SD

        I don’t know murph, but let me take a totally off the cuff flier on it…

        THIRFUCKINGTEEN!!!!!

    • Shady

      Ma! The meatloaf! Fack.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        Now that was a funny movie. That was LOL-watching-it-alone shit.

      • MB30SD

  • tobijohn

    Man, stunning. I think I might have said before but if not, I’ll say it again: Phil Emery does not fuck around…

  • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

    Allen is the only cracker ass cracker that I would accept on our team. That’s the only cream I want in my coffee. His play transcends his pale white skin.

    • Shady

      I’d be OK with JJ Watt.

      • gpldan

        JJ Watt
        Jared Allen
        Cody Larsen
        Paul Kruger
        Danny Ainge

        The all Cracker DL

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        Ah, we can sign JJ next year if Phil clears enough space. He’s a young fucker too. Play with that. 2015. Monsters of the Midway. Thirty years on.

        • JJ Watt, FTW!

          Houston will franchise him 3 times before he ever sniffs FA. It’s not like they’re going to be paying $20M a year to a QB anytime soon.

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        ok, i’d be ok with JJ. He seems like a dumb cracker but I like his cracker ass cracker hillbilly aggressiveness.

  • Doc Nitty

    My initial reaction was elation when I heard of the signing. As a bit of a country boy myself, I’ve never had anything but respect and admiration for Jared Allen. So I was jubilant.

    Then I remembered how fired up we were to sign Pep…how sure we were that bringing Cutler to Chi would bring a Lombardi to Halas.

    I like this move, I really do. But I think I’ll stick with sugar free kool-aid this time. For like GW likes to say, “fool me once, shame on you….fool me twice, won’t be fooled again.”

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Doc! Sup?

    • Johnathan Wood

      to be fair, Pep made the team better, as did Cutler.

      It’s just that they never got over the top due to continual bad drafting. Need to combine good moves like that in FA with consistent good drafting.

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      Doc, please remember that Angelo brought in a highly talented quarterback and then proceeded to REFUSE to address issues that even the fucking dumbest of fans knew to be huge problems.
      1. Offensive Line ineptitude
      2. Lack of WR talent including a number 1 type WR
      He brought in Peppers and failed to address crucial offensive pieces and coaching pieces for 8 years. Emery has a plan and he is executing it….and he’s not sticking his head in the sand about the problems. he is addressing the problems.

      He is the anti Angelo.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        McTard wanted both BM and JC gone (for some retarded unknowable reason). Angelo should have nabbed both of them. He held the key piece in Orton.

        Hey, is all the cash gone now? No lids left for Kyle?

        This is where Phil has left us weak. QB #2.

    • gpldan

      “the best laid plans are… plans that are made.”

  • The ILB rankings are all over the board after Mosley (who I see more as a 3-4 ILB).

    Here’s the CBS ranking

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/prospectrankings/2014/ILB

    Here’s the NFP ranking

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/scouting_department.html

    The size-speed prospect which really catches my eye is FL ST Christian Jones. 6’3 240, played for a big program. He actually ran a slow 40 (4.74), but he looks much faster on tape. That might be a guy worth a flier in round 2 if we go S/DT/CB in first.

    • gpldan

      Don’t be shocked to see Moseley fall to us, and we have our pick of Bama players.

      I think there is something of a “Saban ruins these guys” feel about Bama amongst some Pro GMs. Moseley does not have a clean bill of health. I also agree that he’s a 3-4 ILB, so if he did, I would think we would still go with Dix.

      • MB30SD

        and you know I loves me some Dix to plug my holes.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          I knew it! NTTAWWT.

  • el_caney

    Now drafting Donald IS A MUST!!

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Also a must… resign Major Wright.

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        re-sign or resign?

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          don’t care

        • el_caney

          whatever, Wright is a lost cause

          • MB30SD

            Hahahaha… you have to come around more often or you’re going to ambush yourself.

      • MB30SD

        Haha

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      And still, no one has answered the huge questions over Donald. Running-downs, he gets blown up because of his ‘light’ weight. Passing downs – he hasn’t got the size to beat a double team. This is the Pros. How does he overcome the weight issue. Are there any effective 3Ts out there playing 285? At 6’1 he can’t get any heavier without losing the one thing he’s got – explosiveness.
      Yay or nay?

      • It’s analogous to the Wilson debate a few years ago.

        All the scouts raved about his footwork, his accuracy, his pocket presence, his intangibles, etc. They loved everything about him, except his size.

        Those that did love him, pointed to Drew Brees and Flutie as smaller QBs who succeeded.

        The critics countered, “Yeah, well, how often do THEY come along?”

        Wilson went in the 3rd.

        It’s the same argument with Donald. Everyone loves everything about him…except his size.

        His supporters observe, “Atkins and John Randle are/were undersized” the critics counter, “Yeah, but how often do they come along?”

        I say Donald is worth the risk. At worst he’ll be a rotational pass rusher, but look at the Hawks drafting Irvin that high, or the 9ers drafting Aldon Smith as rotational pass rushers. It seems to be the trend. As long as you have a deep rotation of Dlinemen (which we now have), the risk should be minimal, and the upside tremendous.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Atkins was 10 lbs heavier than Donald at the combine and then put on 10lbs. Randle played in a different era.

          Then again, we do need a DT … but as I’ve been saying for a while now .. . he won’t be there at 14. Forget him, he won’t be a Bear.

      • Yay.

      • el_caney

        Two words: John Randle.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Well okay, if you got back to the eighties, all tackles were 270/280. Let me rephrase the question ; How many 3Ts currently play in the NFL at 285?

          Time’s they are a-changin …

          • el_caney

            According to wiki-answer, an average DL in NFL, without DE, is 310 lb. that sounds reasonable, he is 275 lb according nationalfootballpost.com, it´s a 35 lb difference, but he is still adapting to pro body & weight and can put up 15-20 lb at least, narrowing the range.

            But don´t get fooled by this number alone, you must consider: Fat body %, times in combine; better than most attendance in last 20 years. and kid plays with low leverage, by his size, and his technique is sounded.

            And if you want a nowadays reference, can have Geno Atkins, several experts compares them. according to pro-football-reference.com, he is 6-1 and 286 lbs. and as you know a 2-time Pro Bowler & 1-time First-Team All-Pro

            I´m not trying to change your mind, but showing you that he is a solid pick even more right now if he can play along Houston, Ratliff, and now Allen. the four incumbents.

        • MB30SD

          my buddy that I mentioned last thread told me a story about john randle. Said the guy is a huge cocksucker. Talked all game long. Would spend the week researching the tackles he’d play against and talk shit all game. About their school, their wives, their kids, everything. SMH.

  • Barb UMihai Mar
    • EnderWiggin

      That is a ton of green. Compare that to ANY of our DL last year – not even close.

  • “Dont be surprised if Tucker uses Allen, Houston & Young at same time
    in Bears equivalent of NASCAR package. Houston naturally slides inside.” – Jeff

    Speaking of NASCAR, NASCAR has now become a little gayer.

    http://www.empiresports.co/jeff-gordon-and-stephen-rhodes-confirm-homosexual-relationship-nascar-fans-outraged/

    Giving new meaning to the term “NASCAR package”

  • DaMurph

    Jeff, I can see why you dont like him off the field. Who would like a guy that has a Foundation for Wounded Warriors!
    http://jaredallen69inc.com/h4ww/home.html

    • Bender McLugh

      admittedly he does very good charity work and supports the troops like a BOSS. It’s kinda messing with my head that I still hatez the guy

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      How about a guy that builds homes for innocent people who’ve had their kids blown up and their homes flattened by 500lb cluster bombs? Where’s THAT guy?

      {IRISH!}

      Sorry.

      I love the little people. The little brown people that everyone loves to shit on. These guys go half way around the world to places they have no business being in, blow the shit out of innocent families and then get called heroes by Fox news. I don’t get it.

      • Cormonster

        The US media has watered down and sanitized news coverage of the wars. If there were actual programs that showed the destruction and death in Iraq, I think people would change their minds about supporting wars. I’ve had to look around, but have read that over 5 million Iraqis were left homeless or as refugees after the latest invasion. It’s hard to find death totals for Iraqis or Afghans from the wars.

        With that said, what Jared Allen is doing is a great thing.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        You act like US servicemembers formed a posse, went overseas and killed a bunch of people then asked to be called heroes. They were sent over by the US government to perform the business of the US government. Yes, it’s a volunteer force nowadays but you get no say in where you end up. They get used as pawns for the agenda of the US government, because for most politicians it’s not their son or daughter going overseas.The boots on the ground are getting shot at, you expect them to sit there and take it? They are heroes, you assume every “little guy” just sits in his house and is a victim. Far from it! Now we can debate whether our government should poke its head where it doesn’t belong, but don’t ever debate that our servicemembers are heroes.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          I’d say it’s earned George. On an individual basis. Since when do we blanket an entire industry as heroes? And no, I know they don’t ask to be called heroes, that’s all the media. I know there’s good folk in the forces, they’re people too. I just hate wars. Saddest thing on the planet.

      • DaMurph

        You be that guy Irish, the Irish foundation for housing for little brown people whose homes have been blown up by 500 pound cluster bombs.

  • And in honor of our new addition, one of the best songs to one of the coolest movies eva. Get out your Aqua Fina and Coyote Fur Coat!

    http://youtu.be/MfmYCM4CS8o

  • AlbertInTucson

    Waddle (on Colin Cowherd) endorsed the signing and doesn’t think the Bears overpaid.

    • MB30SD

      Nice breaking of the story on the last thread btw Al. Well played.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Thank you, MB.

        “Even a blind acorn finds an occasional squirrel.”

        Dogs woke me up and I heard the story break on MIKE & MIKE.

  • 505 Bears

    Not that I want it to happen, but all the new characters would make the Bears on Hard Knocks must watch TV.

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      you listen to the Score as well my man?

  • MB30SD

    and now for our goot marketeen of the dee: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Go9rf9GmYpM

    Nice if you have a multi million budget to pull it off.

  • Trolling the comments section, I found this one which would have been funny in the 90s. Still, wish we could invite him over to Da Blog…

    “Now that the Bears have a solid defensive line, Monica Lewinsky thinks they should draft a safety. She likes Clinton-Dix! HaHa!”

    • MB30SD

      niiiice.

  • Johnathan Wood

    BTW: I still REALLY want Aaron Donald in round 1.
    http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/cfb/46653/349/peshek-dt-metrics-10

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      How does a maxed out 285 not get eaten up in the run-game and double-teamed out of it in the passing game?

      • Johnathan Wood

        if he draws consistent double teams and does nothing else, I would be happy with that.

        He’s a very strong 285 and is short, meaning his frame is not skinny.

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          His height helps him get better leverage on even bigger defenders and he is explosive. If you double him up though, you got singles on Allen, Ratliff, Young/Houston and your LB’s are no longer covered and can make plays. One can only hope he’s drawing a consistent double.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            The leverage is great if he’s pass-blocking, but he needs to be getting around guys, not into them. nice he does that, they get a good legal hold on him between the shoulders.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          So the run game then .. how does he not get bulldozed by a guy who outweighs him by 40lbs ? That’s no double-team, just one on one.

          • Johnathan Wood

            he is very strong and held up against the run quite well in college, even against some OLs with multiple NFL prospects. His run stuff % was better than all but Jernigan of the top DTs, and his pass-rush #s were off the charts.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            All that’s fine … I’m sure he was great in short trousers … but in the NFL .. in the pros …. that’s where I’d be concerned with an under-sized tackle.

          • Johnathan Wood

            plenty of DTs have had success at close to that weight. Melton was 290-295, Collins is 293, Ratliff is 290.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Geno Atkins was 293 at the combine.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Listed at 303 now. No way oDonald can pack on 20lbs without slowing down – is his technique good enough to overcome a decrease in explosion? I’ve never seen him play other than highlights, but it seems like he’s all about speed. It’s a concern. Do we want concerns at the 14 spot?

          • Donald has all the technique you want. He is perhaps the most polished DT tech wise who has come out in several drafts. He has bull rush, swim/rip, counters/punches and even spin moves. Dude knives into the back field with a great first step and relentless motor. He’s the real deal, except for the frame.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Ratliff is well over 300lbs, he’s a NT, or was. And there we have it …. nobody at 285 …295 is not 285 … and I was never a Melton fan to begin with, he wasn’t getting it done IMHO. Admit it, there’s no 285lb 3T out there, and he hasn’t got the frame to get heavier. Simple physics, Woodsy.

          • Maybe he’s a trail-blazer, like Tesla?

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Blasphemy! Poor old Tesla. Got fucked at the drive-thru.

          • Cormonster

            Tesla was a trail – blazing band with hits like Modern Day Cowboy.

          • Johnathan Wood

            he’s pretty close to plenty of other DTs. A typical 3-technique in a 4-3 D is 290-300 pounds.

            FYI: Ratliff is consistently listed between 285 and 290

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            303lbs on the 5 links out of 7 I saw before I stopped counting ….he might have trimmed down since his Cowboy days, but are we holding up Jay Ratliff as the model. Did he blow it up for us last year?

          • Johnathan Wood

            Ratliff himself stated he has consistently played between 290 and 295 (and this was even as a 3-4 nose sometimes). He was a 4x Pro Bowler and 1x All Pro. I’d be happy with that from any 1st round pick this year.

            You can make up for being a little underweight if you’re strong and quick. Donald fits the bill.

            http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/cowboys/post/_/id/4681244/jay-ratliff-dont-worry-about-my-weight

          • johnnywad

            Donald is two inches shorter and weighs 10 lbs less than Tommie Harris did on draft day. He can make up the pounds quickly and has better pad level and leverage at his height

          • MB30SD

            short trousers… hee hee

  • Johnathan Wood

    My thinking on Idonije:

    He’s 33. He’s on a one year deal with no guaranteed $$. He’s clearly behind 3 other players on the depth chart, with two young guys with 3 years left on their deal behind him.

    You keep 5 DEs. Do the #s. If Bass and Washington both look good in camp, Izzy is gone.

    • Johnathan Wood

      He still has a chance to make the roster, but those odds definitely took a hit today IMO.

    • I heard Washington/Bass was working on his footwork (theoretically to stand up). The more athletic one might very well end up playing LB/DE.

      Plus, if we roll with only 2 QBs and no Hester taking up a spot, that gives us an extra slot for a Dlineman.

      • Johnathan Wood

        I guess I could see Emery keeping 10 DL guys after what happened last year. But I think 3 QBs likely. Cutler + Palmer + rookie

        • I think Trest will draft a QB ONLY if it’s the one he has targeted (and I know he has one in mind). IF not, I can see them riding with 2QBs. Trest was impressed by that other guy that came in with Palmer too. What was his name?

          That dude would be like the ghost emergency 3rd QB.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Trent Edwards I believe.

          • Yeah, I think it was him. Or was it Roger’s bro? No, I think it was Edwards.

          • MB30SD

            rodger’s bro is a fucking bartender at a restaurant down the street from me. SMH.

          • Johnathan Wood

            Palmer has worked to help prep QBs for the draft the last several years (including working with Bortles this year).
            I think part of the reason they want him is to help groom a young guy.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Really? Palmer? Grooming QBs? He literally, practically, has not played in the NFL.

          • Johnathan Wood

            but he’s been around a while in meeting rooms and such. He has spent the last several years helping guys prepare for the draft. Working with top QB in draft this year, guy who has supposedly improved his footwork tremendously last few months

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Don’t you want a guy who’s been there and done that, though? There’s no substitution for actual game experience. He literally doesn’t know what he’s talking about. It’s all theory for him. He might talk the talk, but he hasn’t walked the walk.

          • johnnywad

            I wonder if any real quarterbacks will work with new qb’s. They may not want to deal with it.

          • DaMurph

            Neither has Trestman, you don’t need to play to be a good coach

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Fair point. has he really not played ANY football?

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            I just can’t see a team picking a QB in rds 4-7 and expecting that guy to come in to play in any real fashion.
            There are too many vet guys that have experience that will play for vet min to take a risk on a QB that is not considered a top talent.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Exactly. Unless we’re going 1st or 2nd rd QB, it’s a wasted pick.

    • Shady

      Had a dream last night that Izzy got injured on the field and Peanut stood over him and said “Yep, you’re done for the year.” Weird.

      • MB30SD

        And then pulled out his….

        amiright?

        • Shady

          smh sir, smh.

  • Max

    Olin Kreutz bloodied noses…. Shit, he broke jaws.

    • Shady

      Kruetz makes Incognito look like Ellen Degeneres.

      • Max

        True, except the whole racist part. Pretty sure Kreutz hated equally

        • Shady

          I forgot, that’s your boy! How is Hawaii treating you these days?

          • Max

            It’s not unfortunately. I’m back down in central Illinois for a while. Got into town bout Christmas and a couple days before the vortex hit…

            I never was very good at timing

          • Shady

            Brutal maings.

    • SC Dave

      You mean teammates’ jaws!? You cannot possibly be lauding a douchebag move. like that??

      • Max

        It wasn’t like he sucker punched him. Go read the reports. Both admitted they fought and that it was stupid. Plus Fred Miller had 30 pounds on him.

        Stupid? Yes. Douchebag? No

  • Bender McLugh

    Now the pressure is on Mel Tucker to show he can truly handle being the defensive coordinator for Da Bears. Not a second-rate team. Da. Bears. Emery promised to attack the D issues head-on and he’s done that and more prior to the draft, and it’s so damn refreshing. Assuming he hits this draft as well, Tucker should have the pieces in place for success. BEAR DOWN!

    • ugh. Tucker. Buzz kill.

      • gpldan

        Tucker commenting on the Jared Allen pick-up

        • Oh, come on!

          • gpldan

            What can I say, when I was a kid, the cat kept trying to cover me up.

        • MB30SD

          Bang! Bang!

      • MB30SD

        I am so with you $. I was NOT happy we resigned him. Wanted a star, not the guy who did nothing with our rooks to at least hold it together. No D identity or pride last year. It’s when you lose your entire starting D almost that shows what the DC is about… and I got that he’s sheite from last year.

  • Anyone know how many artificial turf games Bears play this year? Vikes, Lions, Falcons, I think that’s it, right?

    • Man, we got some brutal away games this year: Packers, Panthers, 9ers, Pats (on top of Lions, Vikes, Falcons and Jets which may not be as difficult, but division games are always hard fought).

  • BerwynBomber

    Huge signing. And coupled with the others from the off-season this puts us as a solid contender for the #3 spot in the NFC (and who knows from there). We are also now a more talented team than the Cheese — actually we might have been last year too despite how putrid our D was once Briggs went down. Yeah, the Cheese still has Rodgers — and that’s no small thing — but I see us as the favorite in the NFC North. PE fucking rocks. Can’t wait to see what he does in the draft. Dude is ensuring there are no more excuses.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      Long way to go but I love the direction for sure, you see a plan and it’s more focused than throw a bunch of mud at the wall and see what sticks.

      • SC Dave

        Yes, emery is soooo much better than angelo

      • bearsfantillend

        i always pictured Angelo getting a monkey and a bingo wheel to make his choices for him.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Good Info on Peppers decline here, pretty much sync’s up with what we all saw.

    https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2014/03/19/julius-peppers-halting-the-slide/

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      He will provide the Pack with a solid 8Mil effort this year.

    • Johnathan Wood

      I don’t trust PFF grades much at all, especially in the trenches.

      • Johnathan Wood

        IF you’re gonna point that out, also worth noting PFF said ALlen had a negative pass rush grade last year.

  • Trac

    Gotta love Emery. The fudgers sign our DE that we cut loose because he’s over the hill. No problem, Emery goes out and one ups em by signing the Hillbilly. I love it.

    • MB30SD

      puck the fackers trac.

  • Johnathan Wood

    also: it appears between Tillman and Allen, Briggs is one happy dude right now. So much for the public griping a few weeks back.

    Lance Briggs ‏@LanceBriggs 5h

    A changing of the guard in the #NFCNorth. #69 a Bear! It’s looking up for this bunch! Welcome @JaredAllen69.

  • IBNO

    I refuse to root for Jared Allen. I’ll just root for the Bears defense as a unit.

    That said, holy fuck, when Emery puts his mind to something, he does it.

    And now we know why they moved Jay’s signing bonus money around to make some cap room this year, too.

    And so the draft becomes about getting the best Safety or DT available at pick #14. Dix?

    • MB30SD

      Yes please.

    • Johnathan Wood

      still want Donald, personally. He makes this a great DL IMO, which is the foundation for a great defense.

    • SC Dave

      Definitely with Data here… still want *the best dline* in the nfl. Thats what made the 85 team after all

      • AlbertInTucson

        Improving your D-Line improves the rest of your defense by default.

  • MB30SD

    we got a B+ BEFORE today’s blockbuster signing. Guess that gets us an A

    http://nfl.si.com/2014/03/26/2014-nfl-free-agency-grades/?eref=sihp

    • bearsfantillend

      nope read the article. The B+ included the Allen signing.

      • MB30SD

        Ah, I skimmed… didn’t see the allen bit.

    • NewBearInTown

      I think B+ is about right. We haven’t really added any pieces to the offense, just maintained status quo by signing Cutler and Slauson. With a solid offense, that’s good for an B+, but not an A. On D, we’ve done a lot to improve the D-line, but we still don’t have our answer at MLB or at either safety position. Again, not a bad off-season so far, but not A outing either.

      If Emery had brought in someone a bit more talented at one of the safety positions, I’d be more inclined to go A level.

  • gpldan

    Irish – I got some love for ya

    Best pit call in the history of the market. You will LOVE it, it’s like Candy Crush Saga for the Illuminati eardrums

  • gpldan
    • MB30SD

      bucky brooks, you are such a racist! We all know he’s a cracker, but that’s low.

      I keeed I keeeeeed.

      • Shady

        He’s an idiot. Peppers faced plenty of 1-on-1 blocks last year and didn’t/couldn’t do shit with it 90% of the time. Watch some fucking film. It’s your job.

        • bearsfantillend

          Agree, Peppers was barely on the field for half the plays on D last year. Of the 1/2 of plays he was on the field he phoned it in for about 1/2. so Peppers actually only tried on 1/4 of the plays, and of the 1/4 plays he tried most of the blocking was 1on1 which he couldn’t do shit or decided to lose containment costing us the fucking playoffs.

          • CanadaBear

            I remember one game against a backup LT he ended up with zero stats. They started out helping the LT with double teams, help from TE and RB. By the second half they didn’t bother giving the sub any help. Pathetic.

        • MB30SD

          oooohhhh, angry shady. I like that.

    • Damashek weezled out of it, citing “I’m up for most any debate, but once in a while, “both of the above” is
      the right way to go. (See: Brady vs. Peyton, In-N-Out vs. Five Guys, The
      Godfather vs. Goodfellas.”

      This is easy. Brady, In-N-Out, Godfather, and oh yeah, Allen.

      Peppers ADMITTED that age has caught up with him. ADMITTED that he has plantar fasciatis. He’ll never admit that he was injured, upset over Lovie, or dogged it, but the tape don’t lie. And Pepp is also 2 years older.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Stupid stuff. Me as a Bear fan don’t give a horse shit. All this Peppers-Allen is media stuff. Say as much crap as you can think of…maybe something sticks and morons talk about you.

  • MB30SD

    i don’t know why, but I instantly thought of shady when I saw this: http://www.mandatory.com/2014/03/26/todays-funniest-photos/13

  • Cormonster

    Jared Allen spearing an Elk.

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=164_1316567405

    • SC Dave

      Primal!

    • He spears a bear, he better run a 4.2 cuz that bears not going to be running the other way like the Elk.

  • Cormonster

    Jared Allen talking about his (former) mullet.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KkI9axajmT8

    • MB30SD

      even if it is shaped like a heart…. which is pretty tight.

      • Cormonster

        I’ve always liked Allen and thought he was funny in a cheesy way. I like his self effacing humor.

        I never believed that he tried to blow out Lance Louis’ knee on that blindside block, just like i don’t believe Sapp meant to do the same thing to Chad Clifton.

        Only downside is that he sells out to the pass too often on run plays. But I love his overall effort.

        • MB30SD

          • tobijohn

            Great, he’s good in coverage too! That can help mask some weak safety play…

    • MB30SD

      I’ve been around hunting all my life, but I don’t have the stomach for it… anything above the size of a pheasant.

      But props to him man. If you’re going to do it, that is the most fair way to go. Go aboriginal. Not from 400 yards with a high powered bullet (although probably an easier death for the animal)

      (whoops, wrong place)

      Here’s a bonus, my favorite Jackass gag of all time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SxuGbNrCdA

  • Bears-4-Ever

    “but the Bears needed sacks and they bought some.”

    Heh…that’s being a bit matter-o-fact Jeff. I hope you are right. I think Allen is way over rated and this deal might look pretty but we said the same thing about Peppers and in the long haul that was a bust. Allen has more potential at being a bust than getting sacks…folks know how to block him at this stage and he’s really not all that. I hope I’m wrong for the Bear’s sake. If he gets the pressure we need and get those sacks I’ll be standing and cheering I just don’t have the optimism that a lot of folks here seem to have in regard to him.

    We’ll see what happens.

    • MB30SD

      you’re better than that B4.

      13 sack average for 10 years maings.

      • Bears-4-Ever

        I truly hope he can keep that ratio MB, I do. I just don’t have any warm and fuzzies for this deal…He’s a Bear now so I’m in his corner…I hope he blows me aways and breaks Brady’s arm or something Suh-like without the low blow crap.

        • burntorangenavyblue

          I’ve warmed up to the idea of Allen being on the Bears.

          I know Emery’s main point of signing him is to create pressure and get sacks, bottom line.

          However, the intangibles may be just as important with Allen’s presence. I know that we are going to draft a lot of new D guys soon as well as already having some young key players now. With the way Briggs has been lately (w/ Urlacher on speed dial) and him being a good ol’ Lovie boy, perhaps Emery is counting on that fact that you can have a potential HOF leader (Allen) to make men out of some of the boys on the team.

        • MB30SD

          meh, he just needs to give us 9. I will be fired up at that.

        • johnnywad

          He’s getting tips from Shea right now on how to snap the clavicles of vaginal quarterbacks.

          • MB30SD

            because that’s literally all CD knows how to do well.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            He’s got the Wonder Woman move down pat.

          • SC Dave

            From your keyboard to Shea’s ears!

      • DaMurph

        13? wow!

        • MB30SD

          It was just a guess murph.

          MURPH!!!

          • DaMurph

            MB!!!!!!

          • MB30SD

            MyMAN!

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Let’s not forget that Allen was on the Vikings forever, and that team was mostly in the shits run by a bunch of shits. Although he was gonna require some big bucks, I’m sure that Allen will have some fire in him to help a team out that is a potential contender and this is Chicago

      • SC Dave

        Did you mean pseudo-contender?

        (ducks)

        • AlbertInTucson

          Is that a Pseudo-Opinion?

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      saying Peppers was a bust after what he did from 09 to 12 is a fucking shame my man. Julius had an amazing impact on almost every game until 2013. Jesus.

      • Hell yeah he did. Dude played almost every down for three years getting double-trippled team by 300+ sumos.

        He just got old, and his Plantar didn’t help, and neither did the entire Dline falling down around him like GIs invading Normandy.

  • NewBearInTown

    My Jared Allen thoughts:

    1) Jared Allen is a great player and there isn’t a team in the league that wouldn’t have him for the right price. The question is whether we’ve got Jared for the right price or not.

    2) Peppers wouldn’t have taken Allen’s deal and we wouldn’t have offered it to him. He needed to be cut and let the market tell him what his new price tag was. Allen needed the same, which is why we got him and lost Pep.

    3) I have to wonder if Jared Allen can connect with Shea McLellin and get him to turn the corner into a productive pro. I don’t know if his problem was ever attitude, but if it was, Jared is the guy to fix it.

    4) Izzy is still useful because he can play 3-tech. Not sure if Young or Houston can do the same on a regular basis (or if its worth paying them to do so).

    5) I have to wonder if this isn’t Emery basically saying that he doesn’t believe in spending on safeties because they get hurt too easily. BB is like that with running backs – he just has a committee to keep plugging in and let’s the offensive line and passing game make up for otherwise average play. If Emery’s draft is something like 1- Donald; 2 – Tuitt; 3 – Offensive player, then we’re pretty much saying we aren’t going to spend big money or draft picks on safeties. Because, right now, if you look at our defense…

    6) We have three big contracts on defensive ends: Houston, Young and now Allen. Outside of Jennings and Tillman, who both have middle of the road deals, nobody else on D is getting paid big money.

    • SC Dave

      Til we get the right MLB. A great MLB is worth more than a great “any other defensive player”

      • NewBearInTown

        I think that’s probably dated thinking. And if you look at the salaries around the league, it kind of shows where teams put the most value.

        Top cornerbacks are generally hired guns, but they get paid more than top MLBs. Top DEs and 3-4 OLBs frequently are the leaders of their defenses and frequently are the top paid defensive player.

        Top safeties are paid comparably to MLBs. So are DTs.

        I think the 16 sack DE is the most highly valued player on a defense right now. The shift from MLB to DE is probably the result of the shift from RB to QB/WR on the offensive side of the ball.

        • Yeah, on D, def DEs, then followed by CBs and DTs.

          • Johnathan Wood

            all about QBs, protecting the QBs, hitting the QBs, and making the QBs job hard (ie secondary).

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          That’s it right there – Mikes used to be the guys because it was a running league-ish. Now it’s a passing league, so the ends are getting paid. It was just nice to have a guy like Lac in there for so long, you felt safe him just being in that spot. Now you could have the first pick in the draft and you still couldn’t replace him. End of an era no doubt.

          • MB30SD

            Yes… but wouldn’t hurt to find a guy like kuekly soon. I’m ALL for it, just not this year.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      Youngs deal is middle of the road.

    • Johnathan Wood

      Briggs is on a big deal. Though it expires after this year.

      • NewBearInTown

        Did not think of him, that is true.

    • tobijohn

      5) He might not have paid for one in FA but that doesn’t mean he won’t draft one high. Of course, that doesn’t refute your point as a 2nd/3rd round rookie contract is pretty reasonable

    • Johnathan Wood

      The Shea connection is interesting. They’re both farm boys.

      I’m still not expecting anything from Shea, but maybe he can help mentor a bit.

      • MB30SD

        I really don’t think shea’s issue is attitude or motor… it’s skill. As in he ain’t gots enough.

        Go back and look who they played his senior year. I think cheesy’s and my alma mater could have beaten half those teams. smfh.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Well there was the size thing too, dude could have done a lot more in the gym. You’re a pro football player, why wouldn’t you be living in the gym?

          • MB30SD

            Meh, it’s overrated. Ever see lach without a shirt? He looked like a massive spongebob. Some dudes are just born to play and don’t do the gym thing.

            Think guys like Pep.

  • Shady

    Ian Rapoport ✔ @RapSheet
    Make no mistake, part of Jared Allen’s reason for choosing the #Bears was his faith in Jay Cutler as a QB who can win titles.
    Retweeted by DaBearsBlog

    Well, after dealing with QBs like this one, how could he not want the fuck out of Minnesota?

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-cant-miss-plays/0ap2000000305203/WK-17-Can-t-Miss-Play-He-went-to-Jared

    That was his ONE CHANCE AT GLORY Cassel, and you fucking blew it. And now he’s gone. Gone to Chicago.

    • tobijohn

      I don’t know about that, Ian. Seattle didn’t do so bad last year in the winning titles department…

  • tobijohn

    Other than some cheap depth, this has to be it for the Bears in FA, right? Can I now begin my long pre-draft nap?

    • NewBearInTown

      It won’t happen (watch me keep saying that), but a Marshall extension would be the other big surprise still on the table.

      Likewise a Briggs trade. But I think Briggs is a happy camper with all these FAs coming in.

      • Emery likes to wait until the end of the year to do extensions. E and Stein like rattling the piggy bank after the season to see how much they got left, and who to prioritize.

        Bmarsh ain’t going anywhere now that Cutty got his deal.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          He’ll get Marshall re-signed before training camp. Emery doesn’t have a modus operandi. His modus operandi is not having one.

  • NewBearInTown

    So right now, an interesting draft could be:
    1 – CJ Mosely, MLB
    2 – Ego Fergusson (without trading up), DT
    3 – Deone Bucannon, S
    4 – Logan Thomas, QB
    5 – Dezmen Southward, S
    6 – Calvin Barnett, DT
    6 – Tom Hornset, P

    This leaves us without a depth pick at center or running back, but focuses on all of the current weaknesses on D while still taking advantage of a deep QB class and picking up arguably the best rookie punter of the year.

    • gpldan

      If we’re ditching the true C2-High playbook, and are going to morph into a hybrid 4-3 to 3-4 team in the Pats mold, then the Mike becomes less relevant. The plan is probably to have Briggs develop Bostic to take over at Will and transition as the middle zone guy in Nickel, and do all the play calling despite not being in the middle anymore.

      Briggs-Bostic-DJ WIlliams-Shae offer some interesting possibilities in that formation when Shae stands up. On true passing downs, you will see Allen and a true 4-3 set and a reversion to the 3-tech role of getting upfield at all costs.

      Until camp opens, it’s useless to speculate on what we might see – but I do expect Tucker will bring a very very hybrid approach and have a large number of sets and packages.

    • Johnathan Wood

      No thanks. They need to get a RB and C in the later rounds of this draft, and Logan Thomas is a worse passer than Tim Tebow.

      I hate it when people fall in love with a guy because he looks like he should be a good QB. If he’s not a good QB in college (and Thomas wasn’t), he’s not an NFL QB.

      • NewBearInTown

        I thought running back a few times, but they can get one as a vet min FA or UDFA pretty easily.
        As to center, I know you love Gabe Ikard, so have him replace the second DT in the 6th or second S in the fifth.
        But with Emery’s pattern, I think its a safe bet we’ll draft two safeties in the draft. Even if they’re both in the sixth round.

        • Which late round RBs do you like NB?

          Man, I investigated some, and a lot of them look good. It looks like a deep RB class, esp since they’re no longer drafted early or frequently.

          • MB30SD

            funny how that’s all changed in just a matter of years.

          • Johnathan Wood

            they should be able to get a quality backup RB to push Ford and C to groom behind Garza for a year in round 5 or later. I will be upset if those 2 things don’t happen in the draft.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Needs to be a banger. We don’t have a banger.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      We can afford tot ake a hit on Forte, Ford looks good, but Garza? What happens if he’s our starter? Don’t know. Nice looking draft though

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt
    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Our weak spots are S, S , CB…. and we should draft a S only in the 3rd round and no CB ? Letting aside the P and a QB who are thrown picks at this point.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      Rather have Gabe Ikard, C instead of Hornset.

  • I was just watching the Jerry Rice doc on NFL net.
    This might be a bit simplistic, but if the #1 NFL player (Sweetness) and #2 all time NFL player (Rice) ran a hill every day, then why the hell don’t most ppl run a hill every day? Tomlinson had the right idea putting a hill on his property.

  • Aaron T. Starks

    Playoff appearance? The Bears were a mediocre defense away from and 11 or 12 years season LAST year! If this Defense can be a top 12 ‘D’, a playoff appearance is a given. Hell, winning the division is a given.

    This ‘D’ entering the top 12 and the offense taking another step in the second year in Trestman’s system makes them a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

    • MB30SD

      eeeeeasy now aaron. Let’s not start passing out the BJs juuuuust yet. lot can happen during a season, as we saw last year.

      • I like his spunk. Irish has been pissing on our parade, stealing the jelly from our doughnuts lately. Need a nice optimistic pep talk.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          How so? Not passing judgement til the draft is over. And if people are happy with Jordan Palmer leading this team, then so be it.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            before McCown performed last year fans were ready to commit hari-kari when they found out we were going into the season with Jay and Josh as the QB’s. Perspective.

    • Johnathan Wood

      Their best D players are all still on the wrong side of 30, which means injuries are a concern.

      And winning the division is NEVER a given when your main rival has Aaron Rodgers in his prime.

      • Enter, Data.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        But we’ll have the depth on the front 7 to deal with a few injuries this time, and A-Vadge will be prime rib to those boys at dinner time. Their D won’t contain us.

        There. See? Positively positive.

      • Aaron T. Starks

        Aaron Rodgers is good, but slightly overrated. He benefits from a great receiver corps which *gasp* the Bears now have as well!

        And you replace the older players through the draft. The Bears sacrificed their defense in 2013 to fix the offense. Now through FA and later the draft, the ‘D’ will get fixed. You can draft defense again next season as well. 2016 will be offensive heavy to replace the older offensive players (need the next Forte, Garza, etc).

        I’m not dismissing the Packers, but I’ll give you a little martial arts philosophy: You respect your opponent, but don’t go into a fight solely concentrating on what your opponent can do to YOU. You remember what you can do to HIM as well. This stops your from freezing in combat and tune your aggression accordingly. You fretting over the Packer causes you to overlook just how good the Bears offense is now and how a good defense would make the Bears MUCH better than the Packers.

        • MB30SD

          Aaron… sensei. .. I’ve watched rodgers play 3-4 games a year for the past 4 years VERY closely. The one thing that he is definitely not. .. is overrated.

        • Johnathan Wood

          I’m not saying they CAN’T beat the Packers, I’m saying it’s not a given. GB is in the same boat as Chicago: great offense, pretty bad defense. So the team that does more to fix their D is likely to be better this year.

          Right now I think Chicago has done more to fix their D, but GB also has a lot more draft capital than Chicago this year, and young guys in place already who could step up to fill a lot of holes.

          • Aaron T. Starks

            IF the Bears draft a stud safety in the first round (I’m torn between having a MONSTER D-line by drafting Aaron Donald or getting that stud safety), then I don’t think it’ll be close.

            GB still have a crappy O-line and the Bears are poised to feast on it. I don’t think GB can improve their D enough to handle the Bears O at all.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      I’d just love to play the Pack in weeks one and two, do the Lions in 3 and 4. Before the injuries mount up.

  • Cormonster

    So Northwestern football players can unionize now? That would mean they are employees of the University, right? The value of their tuition, food, and lodging alone is estimated at over $58,000. That would put all those single males in an awfully high tax bracket. I wonder how this is going to play out.

    • Johnathan Wood

      still gonna be a whole lot of appeals before anything happens. Most likely scenario is that the NCAA sees the writing on the wall if they keep losing appeals and tries to settle this out of court by conceding some.

  • Trestman knows Bubba Gump is no wizard…

    “To take it from an angle that Lance and Charles are going to have to
    learn all this new stuff is probably going at it in a way that I would
    not describe it,” said Trestman, who promised to be more involved in
    defensive meetings now that his offensive foundation is in place.”

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/26463358-606/numerous-new-pieces-fill-bears-defensive-depth-chart.html

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Told you so. He took one year to teach the new O. Now he gets to be more of a leader on the other side of the ball. AND IT’S SURE AS FUCK NEEDED CAUSE WE LACK LEADERSHIP BIG TIME THERE. It was clear he’ll be more of a all around Head Coach when he gave Kromer a bigger role on O. PS: Great stuff…learning from last years Mistakes.

  • MB30SD

    I was thinking about something…

    I bet one element of allen’s decision to come to us was that he gets to play his old team who threw him away. Kind of like pep.

    • heck yeah that was a selling point. It’s weird, but the NFCN has a lot of “spite” factor with players. The only other division which even comes close is the AFC W. A lot of those ex-Raiders, Broncos, Chiefs, Chargers jump to other teams in the div out of pure revenge.

    • Shady

      Nothing gets by you, does it?

      Allen to Chicago
      Peppers to GB
      Wootton to Minny

      All these guys will have the proverbial chip on shoulder when facing their old teams 2x a year.

      • MB30SD

        why are you so mean to me? You’re still angry about the baby pic aren’t you?

        ..btw, isn’t it past your bedtime?

    • johnnywad

      The good news is that we’ve got Bushrod, Slauson, Mills and Long. We’re pretty well inoculated to the situation. Well, more so than the Fackers or the Viqueens anyway.

      I love Phil for that. Can I get a Bears jersey with “Emery” on it? Wonder what his number would be. Maybe it would be “√π”. You know……cuz he’s smart. Or how about a Cliff Stein jersey? His number would just be “$’

      Your number would be “#π”. So would mine.

      • MB30SD

        I see what you did there… and I like it.

        If we go to the dance next year I vow to get an emery jersey with that on the back

    • Trac

      Or maybe because the Hillbilly wanted to be closer to the Wisconsin women. He he. Turrible, vurr Turrible.

  • TheBigCheesy

    “Make no mistake, part of Jared Allen’s reason for choosing the #Bears was his faith in Jay Cutler as a QB who can win titles.”

    That tweet from Rappaport seems pretty ridiculous considering the team he was the most closely link to was the friggin’ Seahawks. They must have offered him jack shit. Now, I did see “rapsheet” also tweetered that he turned down more from the Raiders…which must be what he’s talking about with the Cutler thing.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    $3M cap hit for Allen in year 1, $12.5M in year two, nothing guaranteed beyond that. 4th year will void if he hits 12 sacks in any of the first three years of the deal. All this according to Biggs.

  • Drroy

    Another potential benefit of acquiring Allen that I’ve not heard yet. Could he be an effective mentor for Shea Mclellin? Desperately needed. I know he’s a little bigger, but where else have you seen two players on the Bears consistently described as having a “high motor?” Maybe the Idaho connection will yield even greater benefits than Allen’s durability and sack numbers.

  • Trac

    Brandon Marshall has proven to me that he’s a stand up guy since being traded to the Bears. Stories like this only adds to his value for the Bears. Gotta love this guy.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago-bears/post/_/id/4691320/marshall-not-worried-about-extension

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