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With the Dawn of 2015 Comes the Opportunity to Purge the Poison of 2014 From the Bears Organization

| December 31st, 2014

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Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang syne!

And surely ye’ll be your pint stowp! And surely I’ll be mine! And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet, For auld lang syne!

-Robert Burns

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Johnny Brogan is a bartender at the Copper Kettle, an Irish neighborhood bar in the Irish neighborhood of Sunnyside, Queens. “Brogy” is not what you’d call a healthy-looking man, measuring well under six feet from the soles of his worn down off-brand trainers to the tip of his meticulously-parted coif and three feet from the rear of his spine to the furthest reaches of his jolly pot. But every year, from January to April, this one-man cider receptacle gets off the drink. Not a drop. And when you ask him why, he responds with a phrase he should have trademarked, “Right for the system.”

There’s something noble about Brogy’s pious dedication to this annual ritual, whether it be medically astute or not. He believes, as all who engage in any cleanse or diet or purge believe, abstaining from the sauce over this period of time will help him live longer. He’s also Irish. And Catholic. So there’s the guilt-inspired penance factor at play. Brogy sins for nine months. He apologizes for three.

For most the beginning of a new year is a time for resolutions, a listing of actions one must take in the desperate name of self-improvement. I’m only gonna eat ribs on Fridays. I’m gonna buy an elliptical. I’m gonna read more Dickens novels, even Dombey and Son. The same can be said for every NFL franchise not in the postseason tournament. The beginning of a new year is an opportunity to make your team better. Get rid of that secondary coach not pulling his weight. Sign that blocking tight end from Pittsburgh who’ll sure up the power run game. Draft that kick returner out of Louisiana Tech who’ll flip field position and make the difference in those three-point divisional losses.

The Chicago Bears are celebrating New Year’s Eve Brogy-style. (Brogy style is also a Kettle option for wings half buffalo, half barbecue.) They are not seeking to make club improvements for the coming season in an attempt to get into the playoffs and compete for a championship. They are purging the sins of the previous season, the previous four months. They are attempting to dilute the poison in their bloodstream.

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Because the 2014 Chicago Bears were not guilty of “not winning enough games” as George McCaskey repeated endlessly during his year end address to the media. The 2014 Chicago Bears had a contaminated bloodstream and the individual hoisting the hooch bottle to the organization’s mouth was head coach Marc Trestman. That’s why he’s gone, why his top lieutenant is gone and why the man who hired him is gone. Not because he didn’t beat the Packers but because he was was in charge of the most poisonous Chicago Bears locker room since the whole thing started in 1920.

91 year-old ladies don’t get “pissed off” by a 5-11 season. The Bears have had plenty of 5-11 seasons in Virginia McCaskey’s lifetime. They get pissed off when the most important entity in their life becomes a national embarrassment.

With the coming of the new year comes the promise of better days ahead. But also present is the opportunity to wash away the sins of yesteryear. Will the Bears be better than 5-11 next season? It doesn’t matter. Because the most important attribute of the 2015 Chicago Bears will be the fact that they’re not the 2014 Chicago Bears.

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  • BearFanInDE

    First!

  • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

    1769 comments in two days since the season’s end. I’d say the fan base is pissed off!

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      I personally tried to stir shit up as most as I could and in any matter that crossed my brain.
      You’re welcome.

  • EnderWiggin

    Great… Now, ‘Unskinny Bop’ will be in my head all day.

    • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

      “What’s gotten you so jumpy?
      Why can’t you sit still?
      Like a gasoline you wanna pump me.
      Leave me when you get your fill, yeah….”

      Thankfully, that’s all I can recite by memory.

    • johnnywad is a beast

      Try replacing it with ZZ Top’s Tubesnake Boogie. That should take care of it.

      • Cormonster

        Yesterday I was rocking out ZZ Top’s Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings.

        • johnnywad is a beast

          You listen to any Texas Country at all Cor?

          • Cormonster

            Does Willie Nelson count? I don’t listen to much country music.

          • Johnnywad

            I love Willie. But I was thinking about some younger guys. Casey Donahew, Kevin Fowler. I listen to other stuff too. Just curious if you were into anything like that.

  • BillW

    Last thread I said barb was making sense to me. Not that I necessarily agree with him but his comments have a lot more logic behind them than his vague complaints of systems and organizational structure. In other words I finally get most of what he is saying

    Happy New Year to all my Bear fan buddies! . Be safe tonight!

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Fucking Jeff is talking about ‘system’ while talking about some ‘alcoholic’ from an irish bar.

      But when i talk about it in the context of the bears franchise… mine are ‘vague complaints’ from a Pats fan.

      Get the fuck out of here…. at the end of the day the ducks will get in order.

      • Irish Sweetness

        And if you want to remember stuff … don’t go with the weed (unless you’re in the music business). Peace and love. Peace and love.

    • Scott W.

      That should frighten you just a little, Bill.

  • Scott W.

    Virginia McCaskey showed everyone something this year. Not one of us outside – and probably most inside – Halas Hall didn’t imagine her with so much fire.
    I think there will be a deeper commitment to turning things around than we’ve seen in years. No one is going to want to disappoint her, not in what is arguably the last stretch of her life.
    I think this will go far beyond bean counting and best available. I believe the organization is going to bust their ass to show her – and then us – what they can do.
    I look for 2015 to be an extraordinary year. Not necessarily measured in wins and losses, but most certainly by focus, heart, and unstoppable determination.
    I’m more revved about the next 5 months than I am about September through December of 2015.
    A first.
    Thank you Virginia McCaskey. You’ve restored my hope.

    • SC Dave

      Nice post, Scott, though I’m not quite with you. At least not yet.

      It seems that my sentiments are shared by many – i.e. until something definitive comes out telling us that Ted Phillips is no longer going to be making FOOTBALL decisions, I’m adopting a “show me” attitude.

      • johnnywad is a beast

        I don’t think we’ll ever hear that. Even if it has occurred, they aren’t the type of people to embarrass him by announcing it. He can keep his job, his title and his daily activities intact outside of hiring people. Why announce it to the world? Just fix it.

        Seems to me like George is far more assertive this time around and the fact that they brought Ernie in rather than a “search firm” are hallmarks of change.

        I’m with you on “show me”. Its early, maybe too early to tell, but I think they’ve already begun to show us.

        • That’s what I was hoping, that the Bears are simply being polite. They’re not about to drag Phillips out nationally and demote him.
          But what they could have done is not bring him out at all. I would have liked George up there by himself, or George and Accorsi.
          That would have sent a strong message to prospective GMs who are leary of coming on board because they don’t want to account to a bean counter, and I don’t blame them.

          • tobijohn

            I’m seeing that scene from the Godfather when Michael Corleone tells Tom Hagen he’s still part of the family but out as consigliere. Ted has value to the organization but his strengths are elsewhere…

        • Irish Sweetness

          Embarrass him? They should have chained him to a pillar and death by a thousand cuts … nay, the blood eagle! Literally nothing has changed, faces in the front office, but the bean counter and chief architect of failure is still in there.

          • BillW

            There is something about teddy that endears him to the organization. We will probably never know what. Maybe ginny is a cougar and teddy is her stud

          • johnnywad is a beast

            We have no way to know what their role is moving forward. The meetings will be closed. If they hire another dipshit, or two more dipshits, then I will have been duped.

            But let’s say they get this right. What then? Will you still say Ted Phillips made the hires? Or will you come into the fold with Scott and me?

        • SC Dave

          One thing I will credit the organization for is that for the most part they keep team business in house. So perhaps I should be more optimistic that you have nailed the reason behind the ambiguity…

      • Scott W.

        I hear you. It’s why I’m anxious to “see” what’s next.

      • Scott W.

        I answered you in my most recent post (reply to 85Nears4eva!) inre Phillips. You have a good point.

    • BearDown100393

      If one takes George McCaskey at his word, yes I agree. This anger sentiment would have been far more powerful had she relay it in person.

      • Scott W.

        Strangely and unexpectedly, I do.
        I don’t think putting her in front of the press or a microphone, though, is necessary at this stage of her life.
        I can live with the message being relayed.

        • It would be a sad parody of “Bert and Ernie’s Vacation”

        • BearDown100393

          Won’t say you are wrong. Simply hope McCaskey’s message is sincere and accurate.

          • Irish Sweetness

            If he was serious about the winning thing, then Phillips had to go. He’s been the top dog throughout all this, how does he not take the fall?

          • GPLDAN

            He needed to.

            Two reporters outright asked him, “why are you still here?”

            He dodged the questions.

          • CanadaBear

            That’s kinda the same as “Do you still beat your wife?”

          • Irish Sweetness

            For real? MWAH! I love it.

          • Scott W.

            He may well be “gone”, Irish. Just not physically removed.

    • Long live the Queen!
      The problem is, Phillips is still whispering into King George’s ear, and I would venture to argue that most ppl on this blog know at least as much about football as Phillips.

      • Scott W.

        Not arguing that you’re wrong about this. Not at all. However, I suspect that Phillips is experiencing one of those in-house demotions in terms of influence. He’ll be heard, but not like before.
        That George made the Virginia statement is, to me, very telling, and unusual to say the least. That was a far more serious nod to her than it sounded, and by extension, to GHS himself. I believe the Emery/Trestman combo experiment did indeed bring embarrassment and anger to the Queen. I also believe there is a deep level of respect for her, one that will influence every decision going forward. Not that she’s a football guru and should be hiring GM’s, but that they will not want to disappoint her.
        I could be 100% full of it, and reading too much into it. But I don’t think I am. I think that was a true game-changer, and again, I am very, very excited to see what the next 5 months bring.
        What I have not figured out is Mr. Polarizing, but I’ll venture a guess since I’m sitting here anyway…

        I think Cutler will be taken to the woodshed, and given only the necessary amount of time to speak on his own behalf once the coach and GM are in place. I believe he’ll be told that this is it, and he’ll be measured right then and there. He will have to convince everyone he’s worth another chance prior to March 3rd. He’s had 6 years to prove he can rise above coaching changes, scheme changes, and o-line problems. The question he’ll be asked is if he’s just pulling a con on everyone while he sings all the way to the bank, or if he wants to be the QB of the Chicago Bears. Just saying he wants to stay and do better won’t be enough. He’ll have to do the sell job of his career to keep his job. I think he’ll be told in no uncertain terms that without dramatic changes across the board, they’ll happily take the cap hit and put him on the next Greyhound to Jacksonville for their equipment manager and an extra football, and it will happen that day unless he can convince them otherwise, in full view of every media outlet they can summon to film the perp walk.

        I believe, folks. I really do. I’m sold on the Hope and Change the McCaskey’s have told me is mine to have and enjoy. I still think Toub would be a brilliant hire, though I know Jeff disagrees. I don’t think Dave Toub would put up with Cutler’s here-this-series, gone-next-quarter performances, and I think he would bring instant credibility and again, HOPE, to this disheveled organization.
        However, I do believe that Toub or no Toub, the Bears are not fooling around anymore. Because I believe that, I don’t think anyone but Kyle Long and a few (okay, several)others can count on wearing that uniform next year. So whoever is hired to coach, be the GM, and whether or not Phillips is allowed to keep his parking space is in that sense irrelevant, because I think that finally, at long living last, they are going to bust their ass to get it right.
        Because Virginia is pissed off.

        • Erik Schrader

          Love your posts. And I agree, I think Toub should be HC.

        • Viva

          Great Scott!

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      I just pucked in my mouth…

      • Scott W.

        Goal!

        • johnnywad is a beast

          LOL

  • SC Dave

    From Al in the last thread. I just liked it so much for capturing the mood of the past couple of days:

    “Fortunately, we have some VIRTUOUSOS at talking out of their ass here so make yourself at home!”

    I’ve been trying to stay out of the trap.

  • willbest

    I tend be more cynical than that. I think the Bears finally managed to get their estate plan sorted out and now have the cash flow to fix problems they were ordinarily resigned to live with.

  • FantuzPhysics

    Hopefully 2015 is better. i think we need to purge players though if we want to really get rid of the poison.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Did we need the photo Jefe? What a bunch of girls. Yet they’re the perfect analog for our season. The 2014 Bears, if they were a band, would be that bunch of queens. SMFH.

  • Irish Sweetness

    CC Deville, Jesus christ, lookat’im ! If I was only given one glam ‘metal’ mincer whose head I could stove in with a pipe and not face jail time ….. BTW – he’s the girl on the left of the four girls, for those not familiar with the blight on music that is Poison. 4’2 in his heels.

    • RenoBear

      Irish ! Holy crap! Thank god you’re back, I miss your kind of crazy maing. A lot of these newbies are killing this blog…

      • NewBearInTown

        Hey! We were all newbies once. Some of us took handles that won’t let us forget that fact…

        • Scott W.

          I was born old.

          • CanadaBear

            I was born on probation!

          • Scott W.

            Isn’t everyone in Canada given a probation officer at birth?

          • CanadaBear

            YES!! Fortunately for me I was born in Iowa! Still on probation, though.

          • Scott W.

            Iowa, Canada, you say tomato, I say tomato.

          • CanadaBear

            I moved to Canada to get married. My friends were quick to point out I had to leave the country to find a woman that would sleep with me. Nice Friends!!!!!!!

          • Scott W.

            LOL!

          • SC Dave

            Some friends.

          • CanadaBear

            Gotta love ’em! In fairness to them, I would have said the same thing.

      • Irish Sweetness

        It beats WCG, man. BearFanDucheynes.com. Somebody should take a flamethrower to that thing.

    • EnderWiggin

      So, if Poison were a rose, CC would be its thorn?

    • Cormonster

      Welcome back Irish. In honor of your return, it would only be fitting for me to send you a few music videos. Here’s a few songs from a DVD I got for Xmas with Gov’t Mule doing a Floyd tribute set on Halloween 2008. They definitely do Floyd some justice. The background singers for the show actually used to tour with Floyd. The sax player played in Dizzy Gillespie’s band for a long time. I watched the DVD on Xmas with my brother and Mom. Even my Mom loved the Floyd stuff. She said it was very pretty music, especially Shine on you Crazy Diamond.

      • Viva

        You are a good man through and through.

        • Cormonster

          I dig your style, Dude.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Rock on, Cor. Rock on.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Wow, is ‘Us and them’ on the DVD?

        • Cormonster

          No, and my brother mentioned the same thing. Pretty sweet version of Comfortably Numb though.

    • CanadaBear

      He looks like Cameron Diaz after a week-long bender.

      • johnnywad is a beast

        Cameron Diaz looks like a man so around and round we go.

        • CanadaBear

          It’s so weird. When I first saw her in The Mask I thought she was crazy hot. Every movie since she looks less and less hot. Now she just looks kinda freaky but not in a good way.

          • johnnywad is a beast

            Yeah. I don’t get it. Stand her next to Charlize Theron and tell me what you see.

          • CanadaBear

            Charlize is bad ass. Her dad was a violent drunk and threatened her mother and her when she was 16. Her mother grabbed a gun and blew his shit away.

          • johnnywad is a beast

            Damn. That’s rough. Good for mom.

          • CanadaBear

            I was stunned when she told the story to Larry King. I’ve had a ton of respect for her ever since (that and some wood).

          • Irish Sweetness

            A dolphin standing beside that serial killer Aileen Wuornos.

          • willbest

            She always seemed a little bit off, even in her early 20’s, but she did not age well at. Excessive nightlife will do that too you.

          • Irish Sweetness

            See her in The Counselor? She slaps her vagina against a windscreen and slides down it. I imagine from the inside of the car it looked like the gaping maw of a giant squid, or a facehugger from Alien. Yeah, a facehugger.

  • NewBearInTown

    2015 Chicago Bears New Years Resolutions
    (1) We Will Gain Weight – We will gain more size and power on the offensive line and commit to a stronger, more consistent run game.
    (2) We Will Be Less Faithful to Our Beloved – We will move the ball around more in the passing game and put less emphasis on our big 4. Marty, Marshall, Alshon and Forte will still be our focus, but we’ll commit to flirting with more secondary receiving targets on the side.
    (3) We Will Ditch People Our Own Age For Someone Younger – We will move on from the veterans that are slowing down our defense and constantly getting injured in favor of developing healthy young talent.
    (4) We Will Not Worry About Saving Money – We will not go into rebuild mode and be afraid to spend money. Rather we will spend what we have to to get top coaching talent and a talented roster that can win now.
    (5) We Will Smoke, We Will Drink, We Will Party – We will smoke all opponents who stand before us. We will drink the Kool-Aid once again. We will party when we give Virginia the tenth championship for this great organization.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Good stuff. We’re a long way from win-now though. Win a few games, or the superbowl? There’s not even the bones of a good roster there IMO.

      Long term keepers on offense? ; Alshon, Long, Miller(?)

      Long term keepers on defense? Fuller …eh ….that’s it for me. Keep Paea – on the cheap. We’ll see how Ego and Sutton work out, but even Willie young is 29.

      The only way forward is to cash in the vets we have, and that includes the record-setting RB. Cashing in Cutty and Matty could get us three solid players in a draft.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    This post from Jeff sounds a lot like his post before the Patriots game. A chance to save the season.

    The wishful thinking option is optimistic, but the definition of insanity is ‘expecting different results by doing the same thing over and over again’.

  • GPLDAN

    Bears have a surefire solution to keeping expectations high & maintaining relevancy. Hire Rex Ryan.

    Jeff is a one man Twitter war, jocking Ryan like crazy.

    • Viva

      Fuck Rex.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Yeah, Bowles or Quinn. Bowles has had some HC experience in Miami, and anyone who could come up with that plan for the Broncos in the Superbowl gets my D-boner hard. And neither got in the league because their dad lucked into the greatest front 7 the game had everseen (Steelers conveniently aside).

    • John Doe

      I think he is wrong on Rex Ryan just as he was wrong on Harbaugh to Bears. Bears did not even try to make contact with Jim Harbaugh.

      Rex Ryan has interviews set with Falcons and 49ers. Falcons owner had interviewed with him back in 2008 and is reportedly likes him this time around.

      Bears are set to interview Gase, Quinn, Bowles and interested in Kubiak. But no word about interest in Rex Ryan so far.

      Jeff thought Emery was safe too. May be he needs to fine tune his Bears radar a bit to pick up the signals better.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Maybe Ginny remembers what little turds those Ryan boys were.

  • John Doe

    I like this guy as a GM candidate. Worth a look by Bears..

    Matt Eurich @MattEurich · 3h3 hours ago

    Surprised to hear the Eagles fired Tom Gamble. He should be another candidate added to Chicago’s GM search.

    Albert Breer @AlbertBreer · 3h3 hours ago

    Gamble was a close confidant for Chip Kelly. One of the more well-respected scouting types in the business. Helped build the Harbaugh 49ers.

  • Scott W.

    So what’s up in Buffalo? First Orton retires, then, their head coach takes the opt out on his contract, and boogies on out.
    Doug Marone. New name in the hat.
    What’s next, Watkins demands a trade, Williams renounces his citizenship and resurfaces in Brazil?

    • SC Dave

      And Orton un-retires to play for Chicago?

      • Scott W.

        God, the irony….LOL

      • Irish Sweetness

        It has to happen. It’s the third act of the play “The coming of Jay Cutler to the Chicago Bears”. It would be so fitting. He ‘retired’ to get out from under Romo. Maybe he’s ‘retiring’ again to come back home.

    • EnderWiggin

      I wonder what is up with Marone. His team loves him and they seem to be heading in the right direction.

      • Scott W.

        He either got wind of a better job, or things went sour behind closed doors.
        Worst case scenario involves a warrant, but we’d have heard about that by now.
        I’m guessing option #1.

    • CanadaBear

      He had the leverage in his contract to opt out and still get paid $4 mil in 2015. There is no offset language so when he gets another job he will be double dipping.

      • Scott W.

        Yeah, read that. Trying to restructure my contract with myself to weasel the same deal.
        We got any contract savvy posters that can dot my eyes?

        • CanadaBear

          I got nothing! I think Marrone was worried about the new owner and recently hired Bill Polian sending him down the road too late to land another HC job. Who knows?

  • SC Dave

    From Da Site (http://www.chicagobears.com/news/article-1/Bears-consider-Accorsi-a-perfect-fit/8c6dcdaa-9fdc-43d1-a584-1c2d7b760c24)

    “McCaskey was asked why he and Phillips and not Accorsi, will make the final decisions.
    “I think Ted and I understand the history of the Bears,” McCaskey said. “One of the things that Ernie said right away—and this is why we thought he would be such a good fit—is that at least on paper he once worked for George Halas. When George Halas was president of the National Football Conference, Ernie was assistant to the president. He mentioned he was a suitemate of Brian Piccolo’s at Wake Forest University.

    “I think he gets what we’re looking for. It’s an appreciation of the history, the legacy of the Bears. But Ted and I have lived it—Ted for the last 30-plus years; me for my entire life—and we feel that a collaborative effort is the best way to go.””

    Hmm… that last clause is far from encouraging.

    • Irish Sweetness

      ” But Ted and I have lived it—Ted for the last 30-plus years; me for my entire life”

      Yeah, and we haven’t won a superbowl in 30 years.

      Nothing’s changed. The Colonel has switched out a few musicians in Elvis’ band. That’s all.

  • Viva

    Make good choices tonight, lads!!

  • NFL Network’s Mike Silver considers Texans director of
    college scouting Mike Maccagnan the “frontrunner” for the Jets’ GM
    vacancy.

    Maccagnan is a favorite of Charley Casserly, who is a
    primary consultant in the Jets’ general manager search. Maccagnan spent
    six years as a scout under Casserly in Washington, and followed him to
    the Texans in 2000. Our guess is Maccagnan will be the Jets’ new GM and
    Doug Marrone will be their new coach.-roto

    • John Doe

      LOL! Jets fan base already up in arms over Marrone being frontrunner..

  • John Doe

    Happy New Year all!!

    Looks like Jets are all set. Bears can have their pick of GM from the remaining candidates.

    Michael Silver @MikeSilver · 2h2 hours ago

    As I said on @nflnetwork Sunday & Monday, I consider Texans college scouting director Mike Maccagnan to be frontrunner for Jets GM job…

    Michael Silver @MikeSilver · 2h2 hours ago

    I believe Maccagnan would remain Jets GM frontrunner even if Doug Marrone were to be hired first (which I expect he would be…)

  • Perhaps one final thought before I go kill some brain cells with Fireball…
    I was listening to the score whilst cleaning up (New Year and all), and Hub was quite adamant about Phillips indeed being relegated at a later time. He cited some precedent years ago when another pencil pusher was essentially demoted by another McCaskey (can’t remember their names now, anyone else remember?)

    Hub also argued that of all the McCaskeys, George was the best one to lead the team. He commented that other McCaskeys would have just allowed the situation to fester for a few more years, but that George demands results.

    The fact that Emery and Tresty were hires at the very least proves he’s not timid about out-of-the-box guys, unlike his predecessors.

    Hub also defended the McCaskeys relaying that he called Bears game for 17 years and that next to him were the McCaskeys, and that in those 17 years they were as passionately involved into the games as most diehard fans. Last week was not an aberration; 17 years is no fluke or PR stunt.

    Hub assured the fans that the McCaskeys do indeed want to win, but that WANTING to win is not the same as KNOWING how. That’s the McCaskeys main Shakespearean error, not lack of passion, but misguided action, much like Othello.

    Hub essentially argued that George has balls, but we’re going to find out if he has brains.

    That’s what our future Sundays are dependent on. If his brain, instincts, acumen, much like Indiana Jones in that last scene in The Last Crusades, chooses WISELY.

    So, lets hope so. Trac, pray to Jebus. NB, sacrifice a goat. Irish, tune your intergalactic communicator

    and lets get us a real GM/HC to usher in a new year.

    Go Bears.

    Happy New Years

    #Fireball

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Chicago media is ass kissing the McCaskeys like it’s nobodies business.

  • huntinbare

    Happy New Year
    may this feeling last all year

    • Trac

      Feelings…..nothing but feeeelings….hahaha

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog

    “2 things that crack me up. (1) Panic over speed of Bears moves. Its been two days. (2) People undervaluing Bears job. Its highly attractive.”

    “Haste makes waste”.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Happy New Year!

    Took the bride to dinner with some friends and we’re back in for night before 8!
    Yep, just call me “Mr. Excitement.”.

    TCM’s showing A HARD DAY’S NIGHT.

  • FourFeathers

    George McCaskey needs to stand tall and get both these hires right. The Bears are a mess and this will absolutely be a rebuilding job. I think we kid ourselves as fans when it comes to level of true talent right now. We need a lot of pieces on both sides of the ball and also need to get younger. A lot of journeyman junk is in place right now. Too much.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      the projected starting lineup today has… 9 players with less than 4 years experience in the NFL. 9 of 22. The ST unit has 3 players with more than 2 years of experience max… and 1 is Gould.

      There are 6 starters over 30, excluding Garza…Bushrod, Marshall, Mundy, Jennings, Cutler, Ratliff, Allen.

      • Irish Sweetness

        If Garza is starting on the OL next season, it’s a joke. Actually, maybe not. If we’re off-loading the blue-chips then won’t be winning anyway certainly not with Mr. Turnstile in place.

        • John Doe

          Garza will be just back up next year. May not even survive final cuts.

          Conor Bofeli will easily beat him out for starting center. He is UDFA guard from Iowa. 6’5″, 305. the comment on him last year was he needed to bulk and increase strength even more for NFL. He has played Center and Guard at Iowa under famous OL coach Franz.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Signed him in October, eh?

            Seems like a nice guy, needs a beard and he’s good to go.

            ‘Blofeld’. I like it.

          • John Doe

            Imagine if they draft Scherff in the first round and put him at RT. Bushrod, Slauson, Somebody better than Garza, Long, Scherff.

  • Bearman68

    I remain bothered that TP was not removed from this process, however the hiring of Accorsi does reflect a change from years past, and I am not bothered that they aren’t having Ernie make the hires himself. I do believe that George McCaskey is passionate about winning and I think this guy deserves our support.

    While I was pleased to hear that Virginia was “Pissed”, what took so long Mrs. McCaskey? If the ultimate goal is winning a championship, since 1990, exactly how many Bear teams have had a legitimate shot at winning the Super Bowl? What were you waiting for Mrs. McCaskey? Secondly, while I can understand your loyalty to Mr. Phillips, and his various successes in other areas for the team, his track record with GM’s has been dismal. He most certainly should bear responsibility for Mr. Emery and Mr. Trestman, and Mr. Angelo before them. If the desire was to win championships, all of these men failed miserably in their task. If your serious about changing the culture, Mr. Phillips should have been removed as well, if not from the team, at least from making football decisions.

    All do respect to Ms. McCaskey of course, but I have been regularly “pissed” with the Bears since 1986 when they got cheap with Wilbur Marshall. Come on, the Wanny era? She wasn’t pissed then?

    • EnderWiggin

      Woah! Dissing da eldest family member makes me nervous.

    • GPLDAN

      Come on, the Wanny era? She wasn’t pissed then?

      She was wild and care free in those days.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Getting diddled by Ted Phillips, clearly.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      George McCaskey may be passionate about winning, but that doesn’t make him competent and deserving of our support.

      I’m passionate about pussy, but that doesn’t make me a gynecologist.

      • Bearman68

        Unfortunately, it’s George’s team. He doesn’t have to be competent, but he isn’t sitting on his hands and he is trying. Your passion for the Bears in this and other posts- means he already has your support- grudgingly, but clearly you are as helpless as the rest of us.

        The guy cares and he is trying…what more can you want in an owner?

    • Irish Sweetness

      Well said. We had a worthy roster in 05/06 but any GM trying to do it with that short-bus rider under center needed shooting.

      BTW – Wilber Marshall made a quarter of a million in 1985. Richard Dent? 90K

  • Scott W.

    Happy 2015 Bears Fans. I hope it’s yall’s best year yet, in whatever way you want it.

    • EnderWiggin

      I would love to make it to 2016.

      • Scott W.

        Any reason to doubt it?

        • EnderWiggin

          Not foreseeable!

          • BillW

            How to live to 100: get to 99 and be real careful.

            Hoe to live to 99:……

      • Irish Sweetness

        The planet will be in chaos by 2040, just when our roster is starting to look good.

        • Scott W.

          Well, yeah. But will Virginia get pissed off about that too? Could save the world you know.

          • GPLDAN

            Ginny will be a Robocop like borg then, dispensing justice with her sirens.

        • Trac

          The Rothchild’s will be living on Mars by then.

  • Viva

    Happy new year!

    Dave Toub for HC.

  • Trac

    Dallas, Panthers, Steelers, Colts. Write it down girls but don’t call your bookies. I don’t see one lock this weekend, every game could go either way.

  • BearDown100393

    “In announcing the massive housecleaning Monday at Halas Hall,
    President Ted Phillips called the Bears’ head coaching job prestigious.

    He stands nearly alone in that opinion in light of a Tribune poll of NFL
    front-office employees and coaches who ranked the Bears barely above the
    Raiders in terms of attractiveness.” – Biggs

    Damning article on the current state of affairs

    • John Doe

      My fear is that Bears might already be in or heading towards a Cubs type situation..

    • Scott W.

      It ain’t over until Virginia’s singing happy songs.

  • John Doe

    Comcast SportsNet @CSNChicago
    Jerry Angelo: “Jay Cutler might have played himself out of Chicago” — http://www.csnchicago.com #Bears #BearsTalk

    • John Doe
    • Trac

      I disagree. Jay Cutler “played” Chicago.

    • depends entirely on the new coach and GM, IMO. If they want him, he stays. If they don’t want him, he goes.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I agree. But it he stays, because the new GM and HC want him the stupid shit said about his re- signing by Emery must stop.
        I’ve heard a lot of ‘a GM has to be fired when he makes mistakes with the HC and the QB’.

        If the new Gm and the new HC keep him that means his re-sign wasn’t such an error as the Bears ‘leaked’ out and their ‘buyer remorse’ was just a fake reason for justifying their ‘house cleaning ‘.

        • Emery’s firable mistake was botching the coaching search.

          • John Doe

            Don’t kid yourself. It is common for a GM to get two bites at Head Coach apple. Emery could have easily survived Trestman mistake if it was his only big mistake. If had franchise tagged Cutler, he would still be Bears GM today.

          • it’s one thing to miss on a coach. It’s another to miss as epically as Emery did. That cost him his job.

          • NewBearInTown

            Agreed. If Arians isn’t such a smashing success, Emery probably keeps his job.

          • it’s not even about Arians, though that certainly doesn’t help. It’s about the epic failure Trestman was. Not just on field (though that was bad, especially with all the blowouts), but all the off-field stuff. Emery hired a coach who lost control of his team and made the franchise a national punchline in less than 2 years.

    • Scott W.

      I think he’ll be given one hell of an ultimatum soon.
      The thing is this. Does Jay Cutlet care about his legacy, his career. Not in how he’s perceived, but does he care for himself? For his sense of what he did with his career, what he achieved or can achieve?
      I think that, above all others, is the 26 million dollar question.
      I think he has to make a decision here. The status quo isn’t going to cut it. I think he can be a LOT better than he has been.
      But, does he want to?

      • Irish Sweetness

        If I had his cash …? I really don’t think I’d care.

        • Scott W.

          That’s what I was implying without articulating it.
          Some players rise to higher levels when they are recognized via dump truck loads of cash.
          Others semi-retire without outright quitting, some just ride the wave.
          I don’t think he was playing, or has played, at a level befitting his contract. He’s come close a few times, but there’s always some outside reason, according to the team and Jay himself, that he didn’t quite clear the bar.
          He’s at a real crossroads right now in terms of his legacy, whether he cares or not.

          • John Doe

            He may want to play up to his contract but he knows he cannot.

            The fact is he is simply not that good. He cannot play at a high level consistently. He cannot read defenses. His decision-making will always be suspect..too late to change such a basic thing.

            Nothing will be gained by wasting another year or another game on Jay Cutler. He is a known commodity in Chicago.

          • Scott W.

            You may be absolutely right. Certainly there’s enough circumstantial evidence to convict.
            I’m not ready to decide he can’t improve, and become top 8 instead of mid-pack, but I’m damned close to joining you at the table.

    • GPLDAN

      Oh Jerry… you fuckface….

  • CanadaBear

    Early in Angelo’s career with the Beloved it looked like he was an OK GM. After the loss in the SB, it all went downhill. His decent picks leading up to the SB were Anthony Thomas (01), Alex Brown (02), Peanut and Briggs (03), Tommie, Tank, Bernard Berrian, Nate Vasher (04), Cedrunk and Neckbeard (05) and D. Manning, Devin, Mark Anderson (06). We went to the SB that year and it seemed the arrow was pointing up. Of course, we know the end of that story and it wasn’t pretty.

    Before everyone kills me about the Cedrunk pick (trust me, I hate that one as much as anyone on the blog) he did stay in the league for a while and had some decent years for Cincy.

    After the SB appearance, it seemed like Lovie was a good hire. Granted he shit the bed on the biggest stage but he got us there after 20 years wandering around the desert. Same thing with JA, after that, it all went to shit.

    My point in all this is that Teddy Bear looked OK as Prez until it all went horribly wrong. Does that give me a warm fuzzy going forward? Of course not. Just thought it was an interesting angle.

    • GPLDAN

      That Super Bowl caused a rift between Lovie and Chico. I think Chico felt with more aggressive play calling they could have rattled Manning. Didn’t happen, and so he worked the Bears over methodically.

      • CanadaBear

        No kidding. That was so frustrating. I remember Briggs getting fed up with it and blitzing (and getting home). Lovie got so spooked by D. Manning’s fuck up early in the game, he tried to protect from the downfield shots the rest of the night. The way it was raining the only way P. Manning was going to complete another long pass like that was on another total fuck up. Totally agree it led to Chico leaving.

        • Trac

          Lovie had already started leaning towards Babich and Chico was in the dog house for criticizing the dependence on the cover two.

  • John Doe

    Connor Cook looking good in Cotton Bowl. I know he is returning to MSU next year. He could very well be a top 5 pick in 2016 draft.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    The hawks better start winning more puck battles. They’re soft and slow in those situations and that’s why there were so many odd am breaks for the caps. The score is manageable… that’s the good news.

    • Jack Lacan

      Keep in mind the long 86 game season…That’s a lot of work at the boards and hits.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        nah… it isn’t that. They have games like that, but you can see it very early in the game. The 1st period was about execution.

        Examples when the long season fatigue was present: at Vancouver and at the Islanders.

        The 2nd period was the proof it wasn’t a physical issue.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      they found their groove… and when Saad starts rolling everyone starts rolling.

  • Jack Lacan

    This may have been sent earlier but has anyone considered an O.C.D. line instead of an O line…you know…for details…

  • John Doe

    Don’t understand why Bears are interested in Doug Marrone. His offense was anemic. Bills did well with their defense and have to tip the hat to Gym Shorts.

    On the other hand, I am pleased that there is not even a word linking Rex Ryan or Mike Shanahan to Bears HC job. I don’t want those two guys at all. Both have been on the market longer than Marrone and still no word. Looks like Consultant and George/Ted don’t have them on their short list.

    Brian Costello @BrianCoz · 2h2 hours ago
    Doug Marrone also has interviews lined up with the Falcons and Bears, according to a league source #nyj

    • NewBearInTown

      Ryan and Marrone aren’t coaching in the playoffs. We can only interview assistants on their teams’ bye weeks. So we lose our chance with some of those coaches after this week.
      Next week, the teams that lose in the wildcard round may put some new names in the ring, but there are several guys that might not be available again till February. That’s why Ryan and Marrone are on the back burner.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Damn it. Well…at least it was a highly spectacular game.

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog; “If Bears don’t line up interview with Rex Ryan it would be huge mistake. Don’t have to hire him. Have to hear him.”

    Agreed.

    • John Doe

      No to Rex Ryan. No to Mike Shanahan. No to Doug Marrone.

      • EnderWiggin

        Weird. I find ALL 3 intriguing.

      • NewBearInTown

        Shanahan I might pass on without the interview because he’s such a known quantity. But Ryan and Marrone? Why wouldn’t want to hear what they have to say? These are two guys (Marrone maybe not as much now) who have exactly what the Bears need: players who will go out and die on the field for them.
        For all the problems Lovie had, he brought that loyalty to the locker room and Trestman lost it. We must get it back if we want to be a great team again.

        • Scott W.

          I’d definitely pass on Shanahan. I think he’s on the down side of his career arc.
          I’m a Dave Toub groupie, myself. He’d bring Lovie 9n steroids to the team. He settles for nothing but excellence, and makes mediocre players extraordinary.

        • SC Dave

          We weren’t a great team under Lovie.

          • Trac

            How many teams can say they went to the Super bowl and scored a game opening KO return Td? Huh, huh, huh? Stop hating mang.

          • Scharfinator

            Eh I’d say a few seasons were. You have to be pretty great to make it to the conference championship games.

      • Johnnywad

        Who do you like for the job?

        • John Doe

          Dave Toub, Gary Kubiak, Dan Quinn, Todd Bowles, Darrell Bevell, Bill Cowher.

          • Johnnywad

            I haven’t heard a peep on Cowher. Is that even a possibility?

            I’d like to see Toub run an offense or a defense first. How many Coaches have gone directly from ST to HC successfully?

          • Scott W.

            Mike Ditka and John Harbaugh, to name two.

            …and let me add, I’m stunned you didn’t know about Ditka. Weren’t we all required to memorize his biography before getting our fan badges?

          • Trac

            Mike Tomlin did as well I think.

          • Johnnywad

            I had no idea. I hereby remove any objection I may have held against Toub.

          • Scott W.

            Yeah he did.

          • Johnnywad

            Harbaugh was a head coach prior to coaching the Niners.

            I failed the fan badge exam twice so I stopped trying.

          • Scott W.

            John, not Jim.

          • Johnnywad

            Noted. See why I stopped taking exams?

          • Scott W.

            Ok. I want 500 words on why Virginia McCaskey is the reason for the season of new hope, by tomorrow at 10 p.m.
            Until then, you have to play catch with yourself using a Jack Concannon autographed football.

          • Johnnywad

            Just googled Jack Concannon. Holy shit.

            I can’t do both at the same time so I’ll just repent by napping and watching TV.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Boston Jack. Helped Dick Gordon make 1st team all-Pro in 1970.

          • beninnorcal

            The one who WON the SB..

          • Scott W.

            Not a bad list Mr. No Name.

    • Shady

      What does that even mean?

      • Trac

        It means Jeff should limit his twats. Hahaha

  • NewBearInTown
    • CanadaBear

      Nope!

    • Scott W.

      No dissing Matt. He’s got one stat no RB in the league has right now.
      He hung tough for us through all the BS.
      For that, he gets a HOF nod.

      • NewBearInTown

        Was not a diss on Forte, more an exclamation at how amazing Charles has been.

        • Scott W.

          I know. I’m just still a little surprised at how little recognition. Forte gets.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Matty got used as Jay’s outlet bigtime this season. Barely made the thousand yards and had an average of 3.9 YPC. He’s only broken 1100 yards twice in his career. As a running back he cannot be called special.

            Jamaal Chaarles has never averaged LESS than 5 YPC in any season – and in two of those seasons he was over 6YPC. That’s truly amazing.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Also interesting about the KC OL. They went from worst to first through scheming, not by personnel change. Get THAT guy.

    • Scott W.

      I’ll just go watch my lawn freeze.

  • GPLDAN

    We need to know who the President of Football Ops and GM will be prior to the head coach. It’s a GM league.

    If you want the Bears not to be the Midwestern Raiders, these are the BIG hires.

    • NewBearInTown

      Unless our coach is the de facto GM. Which I’m fine with if its the right guy.
      And I have no idea who that right guy is.

      • Scott W.

        This.

  • John Doe

    Lovie will have the best QB of his coaching career in Mariota. Kid is looking good in Rose Bowl. Makes the right reads.

    • Trac

      How does crab leg boy look?

      • John Doe

        Missed a few throws, held on ball for too long and lost it. IMO, Mariota is more NFL ready…looks to be a good decision maker.

        • Trac

          You remind me of a buddy I know that played safety in college.

  • Shady

    Wouldn’t draft either of these QBs in the first round.

    • Johnnywad

      Glad Winston is finally getting his. Karma settling up a bit.

    • John Doe

      Both Mariota and Winston are better than Bortles, Manziel and Bridgewater – all first rounders last year.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Chip Kelly offers a bunch of picks to Lovie for Mariota. He is not sold on Foles and he is certainly not sold on Sanchez, Barkley. He is looking for QB.
      Chip Kelly’s offense + Mariota will be something to watch.

      • Shady

        Those guys might have been 1st rounders, but it doesn’t mean they should have been.

        • John Doe

          the reality is that because of the importance of QB position, QBs will always be over-drafted.

          Few will live up to their draft position.

          Andrew Luck has lived up to his billing. Russell Wilson and Kaep have exceeded their draft position.

          • NewBearInTown

            Kaep’s been great in some places and suspect in others. I think the Niners actually got him in exactly the right spot.

          • Scharfinator

            Seconded.

          • Scott W.

            Thirded.

          • NewBearInTown

            And as I think about it, it worries me that Bridgewater seems to also have gone at the right spot. That’s good enough to give us trouble for the next five years.

          • Scott W.

            This sort of goes to your point. In a round about way…
            We went to the SB in ’06 with Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton. Neither of them exactly franchise QB’s.
            But what got us there was ST and defense, both units that enjoyed the occasional miracle. But they got us there without much need of the offense other than to move the ball some and not turn it over.
            Now look at us. The Cutler conundrum is huge. Our QB issue is mystifying. What do we do?
            And we have to do something, because Emery’s decisions cost us the other 2 units. Coaches just left – great coaches. Players quit but kept their roster spot.
            What ARE we going to do?

          • NewBearInTown

            Colin Kaepernick is a lot better than Grossman or Orton. I’d put them as successful mid-round pickups (basically solid backups, like a Kirk Cousins).
            If Bridgewater plays like Kaep, at that sort of “bottom of the 1st, top of the 2nd” value – that’s like Eli Manning or Joe Flacco. Will hurt you sometimes, but capable of stepping up in the spotlight so long as the team steps up around them,

        • AlbertInTucson

          Christian Ponder. Ew.

      • FourFeathers

        Mariota doesn’t have an NFL arm. Unlike Russell Wilson. And Winston is little more than a mid-round gamble pick.

    • Scott W.

      …and the morals clause in Winston’s contract would take up 10 pages.

      • FourFeathers

        Winston seems like he has an IQ on par with Vince Young and will likely be a massive bust in the NFL in my view.

        • Scott W.

          Bingo.

        • Trac

          MB?

        • Trac

          I’d draft him in the 4th round. If I’m the jags.

          • Scott W.

            That high?

      • AlbertInTucson

        That would be the IMmorals clasue.

        • Scott W.

          4feathers nailed it too. He’s a mess waiting for enough dough to ruin himself.

    • John Doe

      Chris Burke @ChrisBurke_SI · 45m45 minutes ago
      If any NFL front office folks are watching this thinking, “Mariota doesn’t really fit our offense” … there is a problem with your offense.

      • Shady

        Isn’t Chris Burke the guy who played Corky on Life Goes on?

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Is he a running type QB ? I think it’s impossible to have success as a high draft pick QB if you’re the running type.

  • Jokey

    I knew the season was over when…

    • Jokey

      Garza watched a cheap shot happen, bent over to help teammate off turf.

      • Jokey

        in Miami game

    • beninnorcal

      ..we lost to the Bills.

    • BearDown100393

      Marshall boasted Cutler would be the MVP.

      • AlbertInTucson

        So did Brian Billick.

        • Shady

          And Michael Irving.

          • Trac

            He rests his case. Hahaha

    • Johnnywad

      When the Packers didn’t have to punt.

    • Trac

      When we lost to Bill. I mean the Bills. Hee hee.

    • Scott W.

      Marc Trestman became enamored of practices.

      • NewBearInTown

        That was really it for me too. I posted before about how frustrating it got for Trestman to say “we had a great practice and we feel good,”
        Just say what the players are thinking. “We’re working hard, but nobody feels good and nobody will feel good till we see it translate on game day. If that doesn’t happen, we’ll find a way to work even harder next week.”

        • Scott W.

          I remember the post. You know, I don’t think he had any idea about the words coming out of his own mouth.
          He was like a carnival barker, yelling “Step right up!” to a crowd that knew the tent was empty, and about to collapse.

    • AlbertInTucson

      …Marc Trestman started to sound like Abe Gibron.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      they approached the Bills game the same way they did things in 2013, on both sides.

  • Shady

    Ohio State had no business being in this playoff game. The Big 12 screwed over both Baylor and TCU by naming them them conference co-champions.

    • Trac

      Based on the other game, Florida State was not worthy either.

    • Shady

      Maybe I spoke too soon.

      • BerwynBomber

        Might be Bama has no business. Ohio State is on pace for 700 yards of O.

        • Johnnywad

          With their third Quarterback on his second start who also happens to be 6′-5″, 250 lbs. with an NFL quality arm.

          • John Doe

            this Cardale Jones dude is trucking Bama guys whenever he runs. Not a bad passer as well.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Bears Head Coach History time:

    Abe Gibron.

    Surprisingly, he was only head coach for 3 seasons.

    I say surprisingly because, having LIVED thru it, it seemed MUCH longer.

    The Bears fired Jim Dooley, the first real successor to GeorgeHalas, after 1971 after 4 seasons and his 2nd consecutive 6-8 finish.

    Statistical Source: Pro Football Reference

    The Bears were actually 6-3 at one point in 1971 but then finished with a DREADFUL 5 game losing streak in which they scored a mere 29 points total and never more than 10 in a game.
    That skid included one of the worst games in Bears (and NFL history). The 6-3 loss at Denver. Bobby Douglass was 4 for 25 for 50 yards and 2 INTs. Kent Nix added 1 for 6,13 yards and another INT that day.

    That finish also finished Dooley.

    The Bears promoted from within. Abe was Dooley’s Defensive Coordinator.

    3 seasons under Gibron produced an 11-30-1 mark with a
    “best” of 4 wins in a season. Twice.

    It also produced an NFL films short filmed during a game on the Bears sideline that the producers thought was SO unflattering, it was never aired out of deference to George Halas. NFL Films didn’t want to embarrass Papa Bear. Yes, even the gifted producers at NFL Films could not edit the footage they shot that day and somehow NOT have the Bears look like the proverberial Chinese Fire Drill. It CAN be viewed on the HISTORY OF THE CHICAGO BEARS DVD. Ironically, it was a game the Bears actually won.

    Footnote: As a player, Abe Gibron was 4 time Pro-Bowler.

    • Scott W.

      Good reminders all.
      But I liked Bobby Douglass.

      • Johnnywad

        Did he coach special teams too?

    • NewBearInTown


      I don’t think this is the footage in question, but apparently this was similarly too embarrassing to show.
      Have to say I appreciate the sensitivity. I’ll take a little missing footage now and then over dave damashek’s “shame of the week” garbage.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Not the footage in question, but well worth a look.

  • John Doe

    Ohio State has made this a game and now can beat Bama. Great week for Big Ten.

    Bruce Feldman @BruceFeldmanCFB · 7h7 hours ago

    Not a bad week for BigTen: #MichState beat Baylor; #Wisconsin beats #Auburn; #PennState won a bowl & #Michigan reels in Jim Harbaugh.

  • BerwynBomber

    Blake Sims is horrible.

    • John Doe

      Cardale Jones >>> Blake Sims

  • BerwynBomber

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog “Winston is a jackass but he is far superior to Mariota when projecting to next level.”

    Winston is running a pro offense, which will give him a huge advantage over Mariota at the next level, but Mariota goes through his progressions better than I thought. Big question about Mariota is arm strength. Can he throw that far sideline route if called upon.

    • Trac

      The road to the NFL is littered with physically gifted football players that couldn’t learn the playbook or had football I.Q.’s of a 7th grader. Winston will be an accident waiting to happen. Whoa to the team that thinks they can change him. Whoa I say!

  • AlbertInTucson

    SEC Haters should be a pretty happy bunch.

    • Doc Hamstring

      Why yes, I am. Thank you very much!

  • GPLDAN
    • Barb UMihai Mar

      I ‘love’ Suh. He’s overrated , but he created this aura on his own. His plan coming into the NFL was to become overrated and make the maximum money he can make.
      He’s playing the ‘business’ side to perfection. Very, very smart. I love black individuals that play the system in their favor.
      Revis is another one like that, he just does it in a different way. Both are probably very nice people, guys you’d like to have as friends.

      • GPLDAN

        Yeah. Suh and me, just rollin dirty and hatin. We could crack up some vintage muscle cars and smoke some doobs.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Suh is a cool guy man.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    I follow less American College football then I follow the gay scene in my town and I’m stunned people watch that amateur crap.
    That being said I have 3 things I’d like to say:

    1. I’ve ‘read’ the best WRs in the last 3 drafts by watching those 1 minute NFL Network clips: Jeffery, Allen and Beckham.

    2. Who gives a fuck about Winston’s pocket presence ? He’s a fucking rapist ! If the Bears draft him I’m no longer a fan. He’ll get drafted, because as a rule NFL executives are clueless and incompetent (see Manziel)

    3. What’s the rule about being able as a college player to declare for the draft ? How many years you have to play for free in college ? Can you go pro after only 2 years ?
    I ask because Kyle Fuller’s brother is a DB with 2 years of experience and he seems like the real deal, just like Kyle is.
    That would be a dream pick. But can he go pro this year?

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      part of me now wants us to draft Winston. lol

      i dont think kyle’s brother can declare for the draft. I am pretty sure the rule is you have to 3 years of college.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        ok… thanks… for both ‘thoughts’. Hah.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    I’d be happy with having either Rex Ryan and Josh McDaniels as the HC, but the ideal HC-OC pairing would be Vic Fangio HC-Greg Roman OC.

    I think one must be a moron GM if they don’t bring these 2 guys together if possible. Now, maybe these guys don’t want to work together anymore, but if they do they’re the best option out there without any doubt. I’d also bring in Brad Seely as the ST coordinator and be set for life.

    You’d just hit the trifecta with these guys. Bring in Haurbaugh’s coordinators… that’s the winning move.

    PS: Why Vic Fangio as the HC ? Because he’s the only one you can’t hire just as a DC.

    • FourFeathers

      There is no indication that Chicago has interest in Rex Ryan, or vice versa. Looks like Atlanta or Oakland.

  • FourFeathers

    Report that DeCosta is not interested in Bears GM job. Which is concerning. Have we really fallen that low as an organization that some football executives and coaches don’t want to interview here? I guess so. Not saying DeCosta should be the hire by any stretch but it does concern me to hear news like this.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      DeCosta is in line to take over when Ozzie Newsome retires. he has also turned down several teams over the last couple years. no big deal, he is happy where he is at. so no need to read into it to far.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    I want this guy as the HC of the Bears. I’m set on my preferred option.

    Vic Fangio’s career.

    1986–1994 New Orleans Saints (Linebackers Coach)

    1995–1998 Carolina Panthers (Defensive Coordinator)

    1999–2001 Indianapolis Colts (Defensive Coordinator)

    2002–2005 Houston Texans(Defensive Coordinator)

    2006–2008 Baltimore Ravens (Special Assistant to HC/Defense)

    2009–2010 Baltimore Ravens (Special Assistant to HC/LBs)

    2010 Stanford University (Defensive Coordinator)

    2011–2014 San Francisco 49ers (Defensive Coordinator)

    PS: His expertise is Defense and LB play especially. You think that’s useful for the Bears ?
    I hire him and he has to come with at least 1 of his 49ers colleagues. I’d demand both, but I’d settle with one.

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