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Washington buying more time with Bears

| August 20th, 2014

Just when I was ready to write Cornelius Washington off as nothing more than a workout warrior, he showed actual skill on the football field last week, something that could be a big long-term benefit for both he and the Bears.

When the Bears drafted Washington, one of their scouts referred to him as “avatar” because of his freakish athletic ability. That ability didn’t always show up on the field at Georgia and there was no sign he could play for the Bears last year. We still don’t know if he’s ever going to be a decent defensive end, but he has the look of a standout special teams player. If he continues to standout in the third phase, it will give the Bears more time to develop him as a defensive end.

Washington only had one tackle, but it was an impressive one. After the Bears’ go-ahead touchdown, Washington flew down the field faster than anyone his size should, evaded a blocker and and took whoever the hell the Jaguars return man was. On their previous kickoff, Washington was the first player down the field and blew up their return without making the tackle.

Wearing number 94, Washington looks like a much larger version of Brendon Ayanbadejo. If he ends up being nearly as good as Ayanbadejo was, he would have been a steal in the sixth round.

In 2014, the Bears can ask Washington to be a heat-seeking missile on special teams. It’s something he has the ability to excel at and fills a need. There is still the potential for more and the Bears can keep trying to tap into that potential, as long as Washington has value on special teams.

It’s hard to remember now, but Israel Idonije barely played on the Bears defense his first few seasons with the team. He was a special teams specialist, even being used as a gunner at times. By providing value there, Idonije got to work with Rod Marinelli and eventually became a solid defensive lineman. By playing special teams, Washington will get extra time with Clint Hurtt and Paul Pasqualoni. He’ll also get to study Jared Allen for the next couple of seasons.

Washington showed more than just special teams ability. He was dominant at defensive end in the fourth quarter, but it’s hard to know how much stock to put in that, since he was going against a guy who may never play in the NFL.

The second-year end out of Georgia blew Jacksonville tackle Josh Wells up for what ended up being a tackle for a loss by Tracy Robertson. Then he got pressures on a few other plays and also got a tackle for a two-yard loss.

Washington isn’t better than any of the Bears top four defensive ends and may not even be a better end than David Bass. But if he’s able to be a great special teams player, he could earn his roster spot just like Ayanbadejo was able to do for his entire career and Idonije did early in his career.

The Bears are going to keep 10 defensive linemen. Jared Allen, Willie Young, Lamarr Houston, Jeremiah Ratliff, Stephen Paea, Will Sutton and Ego Ferguson are locks. Trevor Scott and Nate Collins appear to be pretty sure bets. Their fifth defensive end hopefully won’t play much, if any, defense this year, if Washington is a special teams stud, they have to keep him over Bass.

As long as he’s on the roster, the Bears coaches can continue to work on turning him into an every down player. Even if that doesn’t work out, it appears he has a good chance to be a special teams ace, that alone would make him a worthwhile pick.

  • MB30SD

    ThankyousirmayIhaveanother!

  • MB30SD

    also… special teams…. we’re talkin’ bout special teams!??!

    (yes, I know we’re bad at it right now, but there have to be more pressing players to profile right this second. mmmmmMMM? Andy? You out there?)

    Ps. I would love washington to work out for us, on paper, the dude looks like a huge freakish version of vernon gholston… wait…

    • GPLDAN

      +50 blog points for name dropping Vernon Gholston.

      • MB30SD

        nuthin for the ivey reference?

  • GPLDAN

    Dear Chicken Dinner,

    Please burn this GIF into your available neurons for Friday night.

    http://cdn2.sbnation.com/impor

    Thank you.

    Signed,
    All Bears Fans

    • MB30SD

      whoa, xml meltdown.

      • GPLDAN

        Fixed.

        • Shady

          Why was his comment awaiting moderation? Down votes adding up?

          MB you watch the tape yet? We’re waiting!

          • haha. I downvoted MB, just to test the theory.

          • GPLDAN

            He used the word scrotum as a verb.

          • MB30SD

            Actually, I believe I used it as a dangling participle.

          • Shady

            Boom!

          • MB30SD

            (that was a down vote btw.)

          • SC Dave

            Nice

          • MB30SD

            no, was preparing to drop my baby off at her first day of school. Zero tears, walked right in and sat down with a smile. My ex was crushed. SMH.

            #thankgodfornomoredrama

            I will try today. and I will be honest and fair… in fact, I’m just going to list the outcome and what each of those two did for each play.

          • MB30SD

            look up. you’re welcome.

            Confirmation of both CD and DM in my mind.

    • For your consideration….

      lol, Shea watching bootlegs unfold is like me doing the disappearing thumb trick with 2yr old

    • Doc Hamstring

      Only problem is that McClellin would line up on the right side of the defense–the play side–and it would be Briggs who would need to read the bootleg, stay at home, and flow to his hook zone to break up the play. McClellin’s zone would be on the other side of the field.

  • GPLDAN

    Washington had some awesome 4th Q plays last year. Didn’t translate into him getting on the field. Since Izzy was cut, he’s a good candidate to be a wedge breaker but he needs to be on receiving kickoffs as well so he has to block.

    On obvious passing downs he’d potentially be a rushing specialist, but I didn’t sit through the 4th and break down his rushing moves. Perhaps Allen can teach the kid technique. Allen says he wants to be a team leader, that’s one way he could be.

  • GPLDAN

    Is anybody watching Hard Knocks?

    http://tinyurl.com/oq8zdgy

    The idea that Tice is using the show to posture and preen for a head coaching gig is too rich. I really want to see that.

    • Big Mike

      Hard knocks quote of the night “we was so bad we might be practicing on the plane”

      • GPLDAN

        Are you watching the series?

        • Big Mike

          Yes. This was an aside from one linemen to another after the 2nd preseason game.

    • CanadaBear

      I read the other day Tice is trying to make their OL tougher. Next year they will need to be bigger and tougher. The next year Tice will be retired.

      • MB30SD

        that guy is brutal, and for the good of football, should already be retired.

        • CanadaBear

          And to think I was actually hopeful that he would be a decent OC. Pollyanna indeed!

          • Cormonster

            Viking fans around here used to laugh and make fun of the Bears having Tice as a coach.

          • CanadaBear

            As well they should. Fuckers! I liked him at first because he seemed like a great guy and had a good rep for OL work. He’s almost personally responsible for the J-Webb Nation era. Good god did he ever suck at OL coach and sucked big hairy moose cocks as an OC.

  • For your consideration….

    I’d take Bass over Washington at this point.

    Collins is making the 53 man roster so they might try to hide Washington on the PS.

    • For your consideration….

      they may call Washington a freak but they also call him Octopus because he has no technique and his arms flail around with no effect.

    • Shady

      As AD pointed out, the bubble roster spots are going to go to the guys who can play specials. If CW, or any other bubble players are going to make the team, they’re going to have to do it by playing special teams.

  • Shady

    Cornelious Washingbeard or Christian Jones? Discuss.

    • MB30SD

      CJ

      • Big Mike

        Always the new guy….

        • MB30SD

          mike, again, get off my dick dude. getting tired of it.

          Yeah, better try the new guy where there’s hope than constantly pine for dude’s who’ve already proven to be dogshit. I’m a science guy, not a blind faith guy. there’s a reason it’s called BLIND faith.

          • Big Mike

            No worries.

        • GPLDAN

          +1

          • MB30SD

            this hurt my feelings a little : (

    • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

      CJ

  • MB30SD
    • GPLDAN

      Better start playing DayZ now, brush up on your skillz.

  • MB30SD
    • GPLDAN

      Washed up in the surf of history, one rusted old Iron Mike.

      • Sactowns#1

        I hate when they trott some old timer out there and ask him questions about modern day concerns. “Why in my day we didnt have the internet! We had card catalogues and phone books!” It just makes them sound silly and it exposes the news for what they are, hucksters looking for a soundbite.

  • MB30SD
  • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

    HOw I hate players like Washington, they are so freakish that they entince any one with their potential

  • O’Donnel and Dannehy Auto Parts…buy a clutch for your Fierro, and you get 10% off any accessory.

    • Shady

      Where’s my 2QB PPP Fantasy League?

      • If I build it, they will come…
        I’m gonna do that today actually. Just figuring out when’s the best time for the draft.

        I’m thinking around the 4rth quarter of the Bears’ 4rth ps game.

    • GPLDAN

      And remember, our favorite drink is O’Douls

  • You, FF Jabrones. I’m gonna start a league since Irish seems like he’s off the reservation for good.

    I will force Ender and Underwear man, AKA, Artoo to be in it.

    So when is the best time for the draft? I was thinking around the 4rth quarter of the Bears’ 4rth PS game, or maybe right after the 3rd PS game (NO starters are gonna play in the 4rth game anywhere, so don’t have to worry much about injuries).

    Let me know if these times don’t work for any of you inevitable loser.

    • GPLDAN

      I will play.

      I think I’m zeroing in on my FF Team Name. Right now I am liking “80% Physical, 40% Mental”. I self gloss 90 blog points for a Steve Entman reference.

      • MB30SD

        60% of the time… works…. eeeevery tiiiiime?

        • Shady

          Remember my up votes for you are just down votes you can see.

          • MB30SD

            yes, I remember… fuck you very much for each and erra one.

        • Are you going to finally play FF and start liking Seinfeld!?
          And while you’re at it, stop drinking Mimosas and eating karot sticks at bars.

          • MB30SD

            maybe

      • I haven’t decided on my FF name yet. No inspiration. I’m waiting for it to come to me in a dream, or maybe a vision quest on peyote…

        • GPLDAN

          In Chicago, you use Ruffles, Kools and Johnson Brats to do the Morrison Chautauqua.

      • Sactowns#1

        I’m game.

    • MB30SD

      I don’t roll on shomer shabbos maings.

    • Shady

      Any time outside of normal biz hours.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      I’m in.

  • MB30SD

    ahhhh, china. A veritable bastion of civility and humanity. Guess this is what you get when you think killing and then eating a tiger’s (or sub ‘tiger’ with any/all almost extinct beautiful wild animal’s) penis will make your little winky bigger.

    http://www.aol.com/article/2014/08/20/passengers-flee-subway-as-man-faints/20949650/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl5%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D517751

    • GPLDAN

      Within the last year at Metra, there are DHS and CPD now stationed at the entrance (up the stairs, away from any danger) with dogs at the downtown stations. They may have been there longer than that, but now they are more visible.The dogs run the trains after everybody gets off, if you loiter a bit you can see them do it.

      The SWAT types carry heavy arms, AR-15s and H&K MP5s.

      We members of the train are perhaps more sensitive than we used to be that these trains are a target.

      I get routinely at stops with men wearing Muslim caps and sporting long black beards carrying large backpacks. They do not go through scanners, unless there are somehow hidden scatterplot scanners or guys in plain clothes using detectors that we don’t see.

      If I saw a guy fall over and puke up or something – would I run, fearing it was an Ebola man? I like to think the types of people that populate Chicago are made from the character that wouldn’t freak like that, but it would really depend on how it went down.

      The train loads are becoming lighter. More people are choosing to brave the Ike and find parking. Not a lot – it ebbs and rises, but at least where I am you can now get parking passes at the lots.

      So it’s a tough question. I went to see that damn movie with Jake Gyllenhall where he has a Groundhog Day life aboard a exploding Metra train. I probably shouldn’t have seen that film. Besides being a lousy movie.

      If there is contagion in the city, or any city, I have a hard time knowing how it will affect large scale public transportation. The Chinese are paranoid, you often see them at OHare wearing surgeon’s masks just walking through the terminal. But it could get worse for westerners as well.

      • GPLDAN

        Oh, and if you are thinking A Most Wanted Man is a good flick, to check out Phil’s last role (or one of his last roles), you may want to save it for the cheap rental night when you are VERY bored.

        I won’t spoil the twist, but it’s very slow and very boring in the middle, and the payoff is oh so predictable.

      • MB30SD

        I get all that, but still. really, the whole train evacs?!? just fucking weird

  • hmmm…off the top of my FF head:

    The Young and the TressLess
    Glutton4Sutton
    Let-go-of-my-Ego
    GlassHalfFuller

    • Sactowns#1

      You Phil Me?
      Houston is causing your problem.
      Young&Allen LLC
      The Bennet Bodyslam
      Comeback kid Conte
      You Conte be serious
      Rappin Forte

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    http://mmqb.si.com/2014/08/20/green-bay-packers-julius-peppers-outside-linebacker-transition/

    Honestly, I think his career will end with a whimper this year. He was barely mobile last year with his foot problems and now he’s going to be dropping into coverage?

    • Shady

      He’ll be good for two games this year, and you can probably guess which ones.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        If Ditka’s shining down on us, it’ll be the Lions.

        • MB30SD

          FUCK peppers!

        • Shady

          Haha, shining down from where? Ditka isn’t dead YET. He’s actually feeling much better. (Somebody please post the Monty Python clip for me.)

          • MB30SD

            read my review… boy.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            From the glowing TeeVees at the sports bar…duh.

          • SC Dave

          • Shady

            There it is. Thank you.

  • MB30SD

    Ok, just completed my play by play review of the first 3 D series (FG, FG, TD).

    Who wants some!?

  • MB30SD

    Ok, here’s my review:

    First, I only followed 2 players on every play CD (SAM) and Danny McCray (FS).

    Second, I only looked at the first 3 D series… 29 total D plays

    Summary:

    CD is *horrible*. It’s not that he’s always out of position unless he’s the edge rush guy, something he should be VERY comfortable with… it’s that he’s always out of position and he’s totally and completely useless and ineffective. He was taken totally out of the play run right at him by their fullback 4 times, he got totally pancaked onto his back twice, and almost a 3rd time. He gets blocked out of plays, is totally lost on anything but a run right at him or when he’s rushing off the edge, but even then it just takes a fb to put him on his back. I see zero upside except for saving $2M in dead cash to keep this guy. He’s a crash test dummy at best and a bad liability at worst. Yes, it’s only his 2nd game at SAM, but then I continue to ask myself why we’re doing this experiment on the outside shot he might turn into a mediocre SAM!?

    Danny McCray:
    McCray is a little slow to bullrush up and make tackles sometimes because it looks like he’s either being cautious not to allow for a cutback lane or missed tackle in front of him, or he’s just still trying to get his positioning. He was played pretty far off the ball a lot of the time, but when they played him close to the line he wasnt afraid to get into the olinemen fray and even made a couple tackles doing just that.

    He’s not bad in coverage, but could have been in not great position some of the time. Is this just badness or because he’s in a new system? My bottom line is he made some really good plays, had a ton of tackles, and was never beat deep and kept everything in front of him. I confirmed that I liked what I saw… at least in the first 3 series.

    And here’s my play-by-play breakdown… any CD fans (dave, mike), feel free to do your own review and refute my findings. Same with you re: McCray yonny.

    SERIES I

    Play 1: Tailback dive left 35 hole.

    Play Outcome: gain 7 yards few yards into a pile.

    CD – Got taken out of the play by the lead FB and ended up
    on the ground pancaked

    DM – Came up after play was basically stopped at the line

    Play 2: throw incomplete to go route

    CD – covered the RB in the flare out

    DM – Other side of field, no contact

    Play 3: broken pocket, scramble, 11 yard first down pass

    CD – not in

    DM – in deep coverage, tackle made before he could come up

    Play 4: run to the right

    CD – on a blitz, gets stonewalled, but flows to the play (to
    his side) and is 2nd or 3rd guy on. Timmyj makes tackle
    for no gain

    DM – out of picture in cover

    Play 5: throw to right, 11 yards and 1st down

    CD – on coverage to other side

    DM – Makes tackle. Had deep ball, timmy J’s fault… he didn’t
    sink deep enough and TE split him and DM.

    Play 6: Misdirection pass to crossing lee underneath… like a
    weird cross screen thingy

    CD – He was getting stonewalled at LOS, but got very faked
    out by misdirection and didn’t notice it till lee was already outside the
    hashmarks

    DM – on opposite side deep

    Play 7: Dive to 36 hole (that’s what she said)

    CD – looks like he’s sent on a blitz and is getting stoned
    by 2 linemen, but the one who’s supposed to seal him gets rolled up on and
    falls letting CD get to the rb 2nd or 3rd since he’s
    already being held up by Houston and isn’t moving

    DM – comes up from deep. No contact

    Play 8: run to the left

    CD – No in on this play… but bostic knifes though smashing through
    the lead guard with a GREAT read and makes the tackle for a 5-6 yard loss. If
    this kid can pull his shit together, I am 100% redoubling my call that he can
    be good. He’s got GREAT instincts and athleticism.

    DM – deep cover. No contact

    (this just in, jesus weems sucks. Thank god he’s gone.)

    SERIES II

    Play 9: Buttonhook route from the RB in the middle

    CD – No in.

    DM – Comes up from deep to make the tackle at 8 yards

    Play 10: RB dive up the middle

    CD – move up to the line to blitz, and gets totally taken
    out of the play by the fullback… was his tackle to make

    DM – comes up from deep cover to make the open field tackle

    Play 11: 11 yard pass into the middle of the field

    CD – drops into the middle and is between 2 receivers, the
    QB throws to the one furthest from CD… he is the 2nd or 3rd
    guy to grab him

    DM – comes up from deep cover to end the play since the
    receiver was still on his feet

    Play 12: run play to the left hash

    CD – manhandled by the guard then finished by the FB
    (pancaked again)

    DM – deep cover. No contact

    Play 13: Long pass

    CD – not in

    DM – deep cover other side. No contact

    Play 14: deep pass middle

    CD – Not in

    DM – Comes up from deep cover on the opposite side to make
    the tackle

    Play 15: Quick out to the flat (timmyj flashes in and blows
    it all up. Badass)

    CD – Not in

    DM – deep cover other side

    Play 16: Deep pass left side (this was the mundy break up,
    he got called on it – bullshit call)

    CD – totally lost in coverage, and recognized it late. Went one
    way then switched direction and went the other

    DM – Deep other side

    Play 17: screen

    CD – Not in – but again bostic knifes through the line on a
    A-gap blitz and is juuust tripped up by the diving RB as he gets a hand on the
    QB’s foot as he throws the completion

    DM –deep cover opposite side

    Play 18: run to the right

    CD – on the opposite side playing rush ‘end’, but totally
    stonewalled out of the play

    DM – comes up from deep to finish the tackle. 2nd
    or 3rd guy there

    Play 19: incomplete pass in the middle from the 5 into the
    endzone

    CD – Not in

    DM –middle cover – was in perfect position to blast the guy
    in the chops if he caught it

    Play 20: Pass left

    CD – on opposite side playing rush end, stonewalled out of
    the play. Zero penetration

    DM – finishes the tackle that peanut started

    Play 21: Pass left again

    CD – on opposite side playing rush end, stonewalled out of
    the play. Zero penetration

    DM – finishes the tackle that peanut started – I watched him
    closely on this play. He does hesitate a bit, but it’s because he’s make sure
    there’s no cutback lane and that he maintains his angles. He didn’t just bomb
    in, which he could have. Not sure if this is because he’s just being a cautious/good
    tackler, or if he’s still unsure about lining up.

    (jesus fucking christ weems!???!?)

    SERIES III

    Play 22: Sack

    CD – Not in.

    DM – deep cover. No contact

    Play 23: 34 Dive

    CD – Not in.

    DM – deep cover… bit bostic makes the tackle between two
    olinemen

    Play 24: Sack (henne slipped)

    CD – Rush end totally stonewalled again by the FB. No impact

    DM – deep cover

    Play 25: 34 dive

    CD – Blitzes and the RB turns into him and he makes first
    contact and tackle for a loss (YAY!!! Finally an actual contribution on the 25th
    play of the game!!!)

    DM – deep cover

    Play 26: Misdirection pass to the out

    CD – confused and goes one way then another. Pass to the
    outside, no impact

    DM – deep cover on opposite side

    Play 27: Pass to left

    CD – not in

    DM – deep cover on opposite side

    Play 28: 34 Dive

    CD – run right at him, but again the fullback singlehandedly
    totally takes him out of the play and almost pancakes him

    DM – comes up and oles a olineman’s block and makes the
    tackle

    Play 29: underneath pass to lee again (guy’s a weapon btw)

    CD – not in

    DM – middle cover, pass is thrown underneath him so he has
    no play on the ball…. But guess who’s man it was… fucking hayden. He’s
    horrible. That play was ALL his fault.)

    • Shady

      Look at you! Prepare your Angerer for PSG3.

      • MB30SD

        well? thoughts?

        • Shady

          Well I don’t actually READ any of your posts (cover… and cover), but the size is certainly impressive.

          • MB30SD

            that’s ok, I hear the same thing from the chicks I date all the time.

            Next time I’m in town, maybe I’ll make you my bitch.

          • Shady

            You are a habitual line stepper.

          • MB30SD

            yes. but you knew this and you love me anyway.

    • “CD is *horrible*. It’s not that he’s always out of position unless he’s
      the edge rush guy, something he should be VERY comfortable with… it’s
      that he’s always out of position and he’s totally and completely useless
      and ineffective.”
      Tell us what you really think.

      • MB30SD

        sorry man. I watched VERY closely. It is what it is. I was hoping to see a glimmer, but it’s like GP wrote a couple threads back… it’s not that he’s just lost (something that could be remedied with time/experience… that we don’t have), it’s that he’s lost AND he gets owned almost every play… and not just by 320lb linemen, but by a 5’11” 250 LB fullback… it’s bad news man. One play out of 30? really?! I didn’t see any glimmers, but maybe you guys who like him do… can you point me in the right direction at least?

        Just searching for a little science here guys. Gimme something!

        • For your consideration….

          I saw improvement from game 1 to game 2. i’ll be watching closely in game 3

          • Join the FF league! Don’t make me knock on your door on Sat 7am and pass out pamphlets about the glory of my league.
            You won’t be able to snatch Alshon for a bag of chips this time though.

          • For your consideration….

            I should be able to have first dibs simply because of my loyalty to our boys. Hometown discount.

          • MB30SD

            me too. I’ll do the same review.

          • MB30SD

            Still feel like McCray is doggiepoopie?

            I honestly feel like he can be solid with a bit more time.

        • Bender McLugh

          Biggsy just wrote an article praising CD, couldn’t read it though because of pay wall. Don’t you trust that big lug?

          • Cormonster

            I didn’t read the article, but heard Biggs on the Score today praising CD. Said he was involved in 4 tackles and was starting to take better angles.

          • As long as no one blocks Shea, he’s great.

          • MB30SD

            basically, this.

            be interesting to see if there’s improvement next week. If I have time I’m going to do a full quarter. Might also do Bostic instead of McCraycray

          • MB30SD

            I don’t know how I can take that seriously. Maybe if you watch the whole game? I’m sure he started looking better as the numbers assigned to stringers kept falling as the game went on.

  • FF ALERT
    I created a balls-to-the-wall 2 QB, Punter, IR, 12 points for a shut out, 6 points for blocking a FG/P, bonanza auction league. 12 teams, first come, first serve.

    http://games.espn.go.com/ffl/leagueoffice?leagueId=1172026

    The auction draft is set for the 4rth Bears PS game (you should have made time to see the scrubs anyways!).

    That’s Aug 28th, 8:30 est. [Thurs]

    [game actually starts at 8, so half-hour into it, the REAL scrubs ought to be playing].

    Read the scoring system to make sure what’s what. I didn’t give the QBs too much power [get penalized for sacks], while giving Def/SpTeams a bit more.
    I gave safeties and blocked punts/kicks a lot more points because they’re much rarer. Same with shut-outs. I would have given 60+ fgs more points, but that wasn’t an option.

    The one big key is that you can ONLY draft/stash 2QBs, so there should be plenty of McCowns on the waiver wire should your QB go down.

    Also, an IR spot, which I have no idea how it works, but fuck it.

    • MB30SD

      Talk Softly but Carry a Bostic

      or, Rock Out with Your Brock Out

      • I like Brock Out. For you, it can be Mimosas&Brockalli.

        Bwhaaha

        Get some. JOIN THE LEAGUE. Wouldn’t it be sweet to beat Shady for ONCE!?

        • MB30SD

          I actually like that one.

          And fuck both of you.

      • WhaddupHolmes
        NoSafetyDance

        Are also acceptable.

    • GPLDAN

      I’m in with “Giant-Sized Ego.”

      I’m only drafting pricks with inflated opinions of themselves. Unfortunately, Mark Sanchez does not start anymore, so I guess I’m gonna have to draft either Cam Newton or Big Ben.

      Defense? Yeah, you guessed it…

      http://img.pandawhale.com/98460-Richard-Sherman-meme-imma-let-IuRl.jpeg

    • Sactowns#1

      I’m hoping this ends up being 10 teams. With 2 QB’s and 2 RB’s startng its gonna be slim piickins.

      • But a team can ONLY draft/stash TWO qbs. That means roughly 8 QBs available on the waiver wire in case of inj (or suckage)
        The rest is the usual 12 team strategy (except a P and IR spot). You can always start a TE or WR in the flex.
        Plus, ppl ALWAYS splurge early in auctions. If you know how to spend, you’ll get plenty of late round gems for CHEAP.

  • GPLDAN

    Maybe we should call Shae “Not so Hungry Jack”

    Because he creates so many pancakes.

    • MB30SD

      I kinda like the simplicity of, “Ain’t Jemima”

    • mmmmm

    • Shady

      How about flapjack? That way we could have flatbread and flapjack combining for the most disgusting breakfast you’ve ever had.

  • GPLDAN

    Who did the Auction League last year? The one where Erik blew his payroll on Adrian Foster?

    That was an interesting league draft. Can we switch to that payroll draft?

    • Shady did the auction last year. My league is along the same line. 2QB madmax thunderdome. NO “trade reviews”. Late trade-deadline (till Dec). Points for coffin corners and blocked anything.

      $200 auction
      $100 of which, Johhny will spend on Cutler and O’Donnell (Punters are now in play).

      • For your consideration….

        #truth

  • GPLDAN

    Hubby Bubby says Chris Williams will be back for the Seahawks game. He didn’t say if he will be returning kicks.

    • On the one hand, I want to see what he has before we reserve a spot for him that we DESPERATELY need for returner/LB/S.

      On the other hand, I don’t want him pulling up hand on hammy forcing us to ride with [fill in the blank] at returner.

      • GPLDAN

        This is Williams shot to make the roster. I don’t want the guy shooting up his hammy and then tearing a muscle, like the running back in North Dallas Forty or something.

        But if he’s good to go, he’s gotta go now.

  • bwhaha…I’m really not on Twitter all that much, but if you’re on there, you should follow me to get gems like this…

    “If Clowney is a blind dog in a meat market, what does that make Cornilius Washington? the Helen Keller of dogs?” (Feb 25).

    • Shady

      • MB30SD

        is that HD video? Nice.

        • Shady

          Kenny fucking Bania. Take note MB.

          Classic.

          • MB30SD

            uhhhhggggg… brutal.

            God I hate that show.

            But this i like: http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/

          • Shady

            It’s the same fucking show. Seinfeld, the show, is literally filmed on two sets. One is Jerry’s apartment, and the other is in a coffee shop.

            Just join Butch’s league already.

          • MB30SD

            I went to join, then I had to register first… fuuuuuck that. you guys are on your own.

            That said, I am logging on to bang! Bang! a little right now if you’re home.

          • Shady

            Don’t be such a joto. Use a fake e-mail and register already. It’s fucking ESPN.

          • MB30SD

            fuck ESPN.

          • Escared.

          • MB30SD

            jes

          • Yeah, join already.
            There’s only 5 spots left, and NBIT, Ender and Johnny are gonna join soon I’m pretty sure.
            Who knows, maybe even Irish if he’s still lurking.

  • GPLDAN

    Bender –

    Go to Biggsy’s Tweetz

    https://twitter.com/BradBiggs

    About 3/4 of the ways down, he’s got a link that says:

    LB Shea McClellin made strides in 2nd preseason game as he settles into what will be starting role

    The link there will hop the Trib paywall.

    This “should” also work, but they do a clever thing where trib.in sets a cookie and t.co looks for it, so it may not

    http://t.co/UzYZ6ebJIV

    • Bender McLugh

      thanks man!

  • Sactowns#1

    My suggestions for the FF league- 1st place gets some sort of Bears swag from each participant. Last place has to wear a fudge jersey for a day..in public.. and take pics for proof.

    • That would be cool.
      And if you happen to win with Rodgers as you’re QB, you must get beaten with a soap-socks by DBB.

      • Cormonster

        Soda cans work better.

      • Frank Schoenburg

        Rodgers should languish on waivers all year.

  • Frank Schoenburg

    I like the Idonije analogy. The thought never crossed my mind, but it makes good sense. I had Washington being cut in my mind but didn’t take into account the special teams factor. I’d like to keep him over Bass. Washington fills a need now and has more potential down the road.

    • dude. bass had more pick sixes in 12 games than conte has in his entire career (45 games). you can’t cut that kind of talent!

      • Frank Schoenburg

        Well, it’ll be an interesting decision. I like Bass a lot, but I don’t see a roster spot for him.

  • FF Alert.
    SIX teams in already. That fills up the JimmyMac Division.
    IronMike Division needs six more. Get in while there’s still a spot.

    And “MultipleScoregasm”, really, Johhny? I don’t even have to look, I already know it’s you.
    “King-sizedWeemsical” should also get disqualified for lameness.

  • Trac

    What the heck happened to Trent Richardson? Why does he remind me of Ced Benson ver 1.0?

    http://espn.go.com/blog/indianapolis-colts/post/_/id/7083/trent-richardson-has-gotten-off-to-slow-start-rushing

    • AlbertInTucson

      The Browns must have had to stifle their euphoria when the Colts agreed to give them a #1 for Richardson.

      • MB30SD

        For once they were on the winning side of a trade. But that never lasts long for the factory of sadness.

        #draftmanziel

  • Trac

    Will Sutton and Ego Ferguson are locks? Pray tell, are they playing well?

    • MB30SD

      duuuuuude, give them time (they have 3 years in my mind, then if they’re not studs, GTFO)

    • Frank Schoenburg

      Yes they are. I expect one of the two will be inactive most weeks.

  • MB30SD

    http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/single-shots/aziz-ansari-mel-brooks-larry-david-bob-einstein-tina-fey-ricky-gervais-sarah-jessica-parker-carl-reiner-don-rickles-sarah-silverman-comedians-love-eating

    jesus, Mel Brooks, carl fucking riener, sienfeld in the same shitty little apartment… jesus, it’s like comedy royalty.

    BTW, anyone notice a common thread with all these famous comics? They’re literally all jews. WTF is wrong with us?!?

    • Shady

      Your girl Erin Burnett is pouring out of her top on CNN right now.

      #hercuprunnethover
      #anythingforratings

    • AlbertInTucson

      Mel Brooks got Ann Bancroft to marry him. Now THAT is what I call GENIUS!

      • AlbertInTucson

        Make no mistake, Carl Reiner is a genius as well.

    • AlbertInTucson

      If you look at the first season of Seinfeld (The Seinfeld Chronicles, I believe it was called) it is

      A) Almost unrecognizable as what eventually became SEINFELD and

      B) AMAZING that there WAS a second season.

      I know for a fact that some TV stations that run the syndicated SEINFELD shows REFUSE to air season 1 episodes during sweeps periods.

  • Shady

    Bears readying to unleash their (not so) secret weapon for PSG3…

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago-bears/post/_/id/4693786/chris-conte-ready-for-preseason-debut

    Winter is coming, prepare your Angerer.

  • Trac

    Ok, I’m in the league office page, how do I select a team?

  • Trac

    I’m in! GPs in dis league? Oh yeah! Boom!

    • So far in the league: GP, Sac, Artoo, Frank, Shady, me, you and a mystery guest (MultipleScorgasms).

      Only 4 spots left, and I’m sure Doc, NBIT, Ender, etc and maybe even Irish will want some revenge.
      (Oh, and Johhny and MB are having tech difficulties).

      • Ososfan

        Is it a auction league?

      • MB30SD

        Yes my tech diff is having to register and get shitbomb spam from my millionth site. Uhhhggg

        • Doood. I never get spammed by ESPN. The only time they send anything is when you join, when you make a trade, and that’s it.

        • Trac

          The 85 is telling the truth, unlike his tall tales about his night life. We all know he dates in the below 5 zone. Hee hee

      • Shady

        Artoo hasn’t finished a full season in years.

        • That is true. And he plays like in 4 leagues.
          He better finish. I joined his Yahoo league and teabagged everyone.
          YAHOO. It was like bizarro world.

  • MB30SD

    My 3.5 yr old boy just suggested a fs team name to m.

    hot air balloon aligator

    • Shady

      I’m going to be legitimately pissed @MB30SD:disqus if you don’t join.

      • MB30SD

        really? Legitimately?

        Wow, that sounds serious.

        • Shady

          Oh I’m super fucking cereal.

    • Did you look him straight in the eye and whimper, “but I’m escared”

    • Trac

      If you join, I’ll draft McCown. He he.

    • Trac

      Go for it.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “But if he’s able to be a great special teams player, he could earn his roster spot just like Ayanbadejo…” – Lord knows, those Special Teams NEED someone to emerge as another Ayanbedejo.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    My bet is on 9 DL. Washington is pretty clueless on D and I don’t know how good he was/is on ST. Big risks will be taken at other positions such as going into the season with 2 QB, 9 OL, 5 WR just to try and have decent ST. No WR on Bears roster plays coverage ST. Those roles are played by CBs and Ss. So you have to stack those positions.

    • You think Trestman will risk trying to stash Fales on the practice squad? If so, it would just be another Martz-ian wasted draft on a late round QB.
      I seriously doubt we roll with Fales as the #2.

      After the d-line devastation last year, I don’t see how we don’t go with 10 of them, but perhaps we risk stashing both Bass and Washington on the practice squad. Our Dline would then be:
      Allen, Paea, Ratliff, Houston, Young, Scott, Ego, Sutton, Collins (?)

      I could see 5WRs.

      • Frank Schoenburg

        Either 5 WRs or 2 QBs. My guess is 5 WRs. I think Washington makes the club based on ideas from this article.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        The practice squad has a lot of myths. You can’t just take on players like there’s no tomorrow. Plus it doesn’t matter… at this point he isn’t even the 3rd QB of the Bears. Of course 10 is ideal, but the ST will dictate that. That was my point. I could also see 5 WR if they put Wilson on IR designated to return. 6 if they don’t.

  • GPLDAN

    Conte says he is here to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and he’s all out of bubble gum.

    http://www.chicagofootball.com/2014/08/20/conte-excited-for-return-against-seahawks/aazke2x/

  • FF Note. Need to know who Ravillize, England and Warnock are. Are you guys DBBers?

    If so, change your name to something Bear related OR something with your handles. Since it’s a “public” league, I fear intruders. There’s only ONE more spot left, but if those 3 guys are random ESPN dudes, I’ll close that league, create another clone DBB league (same exact everything) and make it private (giving out the password here).

    1.NoSafety Dance! (moi)

    1.Giant-Sized Ego (gp)

    1.Rappin Forte 916 (sac)

    1.King-sized bed Weemsical (?)

    1.Team grogan (artoo)

    1.Multiple Scoregasms (shady?)

    IronMike1.Da Bears Pooper Scooper (Frank)

    1.8 TracDaddy (Trac)

    1.Team Ravizzle (?)

    1.Team England (?)

    1.Warnocks Wallbangers (?)

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