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Audibles From the Long Snapper: Bears Sign Snapper

| March 18th, 2015

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Per a report from Brad Biggs in the Chicago Tribune, the Bears will not be waiting until a few weeks prior to the coming season to sign a long snapper. They have agreed to terms with Dave Toub’s long snapper, Thomas Gafford. From the article:

Gafford, 6-foot-2, 250 pounds, spent two weeks with the Bears during training camp in 2008. The University of Houston product had two stints with the Green Bay Packers and one with the Seattle Seahawks before sticking with the Chiefs. He’s been credited with 13 solo tackles, four assists and one fumble recovery in his career.  Assistant special teams coach Derius Swinton was on the staff in Kansas City in 2012, so he has worked with Gafford.

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  • first to wonder if the long snapper will be able to bring toub’s knowledge back in house.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Tonight I go to my first hockey game in twenty years. Blackhawks & Rangers at Garden. It will be the only time I Tweet about hockey…ever.”

    Not a good scenario for the ‘Hawks.

    They knocked off the Islanders last night at the UC but have to on the road back-to back tonight while the Rangers were idle last night.

    Plus, Cam Talbot OWNED them a week and a half ago in Chicago.

    Toews-Hossa-Sharp IS line clicking.

    • I want to see this team stay alive until Kane is back so badly. Imagine those first 3 lines:
      Hossa-Toews-Sharp
      Saad-Vermette-Kane
      Versteeg-Richards-Teuvo

      That’s just plain nasty. But it would require them to win at least 2 playoff series without Kane, and I don’t know how realistic that is.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I agree but I just don’t see that happening.

        • Big Mike

          If they can stay hot, they can still get the 1 seed in the West. While that’s not as likely moving up to have home ice in the first round is very possible. Home ice in the second round, is also not out of the question. This group keeps playing better. Q is pushing their buttons. Guys are being benched, moved to the 4th line and they are responding. I also see a bit more physical play. Crawford’s finding a rhythm. The big question in the playoffs, is always about depth and getting goals from guys who aren’t big scorers.

          Tonight will definitely be a big test.

          • getting goals from the non-scorers is what worries me. Yet again their role players have all but disappeared in that regard.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Bickell re-emerging as an offensive force would be nice.

          • Big Mike

            That’s the thing about playoff hockey. You don’t know who is going to fill that role until you get there. Dustin Byfuglien had 17 goals in 82 games in 2010. He had 11 goals in 22 games in the playoffs. In 2013 Bickell had 9 goals all season and 9 goals in the playoffs.

          • you also don’t know how your D will perform. They lost to LA last year because their D men collectively decided to hang Crawford out to dry by letting the Kings camp out in his crease.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            That and the no call when Leddy got slashed on the Martinez game winner.

          • I’m not gonna blame the refs. If the Hawks hadn’t played with their asses up their heads for most of that series, they win in 5 or 6 games.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            They didn’t lose because of the D, but because of 4th line poor quality and play.

            3 lines aren’t enough in this NHL amazing playoff level. There’s nothing more competitive and exciting than NHL playoffs.If you have weak spots you’re going to pay at 100%.

            It’s not a coincidence the series winning Kings goal was signed against the Hawks 4th forward line and 3rd D pairing following an offensive face off lost clean by Handzus, a chip and chase by the Kings and a lost board battle.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I’d stay clear off the 1 seed in the West. That team might be playing the Kings. With Kane that’s not a problem…without him it’s highly risky.

            1 or 2 seed in the Central is the objective. They can beat 2 of Minnesota, Nashville and Blues without Kane. Tight, but very doable.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Versteeg-Richards-Teuvo isn’t a line that makes sense all that much.

        I’d rather see…
        Versteeg-Richards-Kane
        Saad-Vermette-Tuevo

        although Tuevo’s playoff presence is all but certain.

        Of course…all these line combinations and options wound be a wet dream for Coach Q.

        • Tuevo will definitely be playing until Kane gets back. We’ll see about after that.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            He’ll play, but I’m not sure if he’ll play every game. Without or with Kane.

    • cam talbot has been owning everyone. 13-2-3 since hank went down.

      • AlbertInTucson

        They don’t seem to have missed a beat with “King Henrik” sidelined with that nasty puck to his throat.

        • rest of the team stepped it up. it’s cup year here in ny.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    Interesting. Also ironic that “Audibles From the Long Snapper” is actually about a long snapper. Amazing how these guys are able to stay healthy and still be viable over the years.

    • Sactowns#1

      Well when youre only on the field for about 5% of the plays it kinda helps your longevity.

    • NewBearInTown

      It has always surprised me that no team for the last 20 years (to my knowledge) has had the long snapper do anything but longsnap. No centers, no linebackers, no former QBs now playing safety, nobody.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        too important of a position to risk injury playing other positions. we have seen the impact of a long snapper going down in the game. very specialized position and unique skill, it affects field goals and punts. how would fans/media react if the “long snapper” got injured at another position in the third quarter of the game, and the team loses the game because a backup botched a snap on a last second field goal?

  • GPLDAN

    They should include this: “Football is a dangerous game. We are working tirelessly every single day to make it less dangerous.”

    Maybe what they should say is: “Football is dangerous to the brain in ways that many scientists have tried to bring to light. However, we stacked our committees with doctors we bought and paid for such that for years we could railroad and discredit any and all science regarding CTE. When we tried to get Dr. Bennet Omalu’s medical license revoked because of his study on Mike Webster, we knew exactly what the fuck we were doing: covering our ass and protecting our golden goose.

    When popular players like Dave Duerson and Junior Seau starting putting guns to their chests, it became a problem for us. So now we’re going to all pretend like we are just learning about this instead of the truth, which is that we knew about it for years. We’re going to make donations to the NIH that come with all of our usual strings attached. And now that top players are choosing to walk away from the game rather than play it for the fears exposed by men and women like Dr. Omalu, you bet your ass we will get our PR machine oiled up and ready to fuck with the naysayers. It’s the beginning of the end, we get that, but rest assured, we are going to stretch this motherfucker out best we can so there will be more years of big dollars for this popular sport whose popularity is still high despite these revelations.”

    But somehow, I don’t think they will say that.

    • That’s the issue I have.
      Barb says, “Make a decision. Live with the consequences.”
      That’s a nice american sentiment and all, but how about when the “experts” mislead you, when there’s a systematic disinformation campaign to hide the consequences, what then?

      Ppl in retrospect will say, “Well OF COURSE hitting your head repeatedly will result in brain damage” but that’s revisionist history.

      It wasn’t so obvious. I played football and concussions were NEVER viewed in that light, and I’m sure that went from the top (NFL) down.

      That’s like if 20 years from now every one develops a brain tumor, and our grandkids will smugly retort, “Well OF COURSE grandpa, you talk on some cell inviting all these cosmic radiowaves to go through your noggin and expect NO consequence? C’mon, grandpa, use common sense!”

      • Trac

        What about marsh mellows? The Ghostbusters tried to warn Evra one.

    • Trac

      I wonder if either of them were on meds?

    • willbest

      If football really wanted to reduce injuries they would start mandating weight maximums by position.

  • Speaking of long snappers, I heard a funny story from above that once he got in a scuffle, and I think may have thrown a punch, but that once the refs figured out it was Mannely, they said, “Oh, it’s only the long snapper. No need to eject him.”

  • A 4rth for a former top 10?

    The New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta reports teams have asked the Jets about Dee Milliner’s trade availability.
    Mehta didn’t specify which teams have inquired, but it makes sense given the Jets’ recent upgrades. The new regime also didn’t draft Milliner. The Jets don’t seem to be actively shopping the former No. 9 overall pick, who is still recovering from a torn Achilles’ suffered in October, but their ears are open. Mehta pointed out that Milliner could still be of value to Gang Green, as coach Todd Bowles used a lineup featuring six or more defensive backs for 619 snaps last season. – Roto

  • Trade Cutler for Rivers and flip #1s straight up?

    Walk-year QB Philip Rivers intends to play out the final season of his contract without a new deal.
    “Honestly, nothing,” was Rivers’ response when asked if there was anything that would change his mind. Rivers has also changed course on the Chargers’ stadium issue. Previously, he said it wouldn’t affect talks. Now he says it will. “What we’ve established here with my growing family is hard to recreate,” Rivers said. “The good thing is I’m not under contract in a year where we’d potentially be in Los Angeles.” For his part, Chargers GM Tom Telesco declined to unequivocally say that Rivers wouldn’t be dealt. “I don’t like Philip as our QB, I love him,” Telesco said. “And I’ll go to war with him.” Per reporter Kevin Acee, there’s been speculation in league circles that the Bolts could target Oregon QB Marcus Mariota. Rivers’ San Diego status is a back-burner issue that could begin to boil. – Roto

    • Obviously, we can just wait a year and bid on him next year.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        No because then we’re still on the hook for $13M in dead cap for Cutty next year if we cut him to sign Rivers, a trade now only means $4M in dead cap, plus the exclusive right to negotiate with Rivers this year and tag him next year if we want.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          I am curious. Does anyone have a history of ‘Dead Money’ by year for each team? What is the NFL average for ‘Dead Money’ each year? It would be interesting to see how ‘Dead Money’ compares to success of a franchise. How well do teams bounce back after getting rid of large amounts of ‘Dead Money’?

          • Scharfinator

            Seconded, that sounds pretty interesting to see.

          • Bears had about $15M in dead money last year, I believe.

            nope, over $18M: http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/chicago-bears/cap/2014/

          • NewBearInTown

            That was something of an anomaly though due to the Peppers cut.

          • Still $8M from other sources than Peppers.

          • that would be interesting. Maybe I should do that. I just did stuff with cap numbers, so I could just look at it as a % of cap. Spotrac only goes back to 2011 though, so I’d only have 4 years of data. But that is 128 data points, which is a decent enough set.

            It’s officially on my “to write” list, which was getting a little too short anyway. Should have time to do that in the next few weeks. Thanks for the idea.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            Great, i look forward to reading it. I looked around to see if anyone had already did it and could not find anything of substance as far as history.

    • BearDown100393

      Rivers has a lot of mouths to feed at home.

      • willbest

        Yes but they are all with the same woman so its abnormal for the NFL

        • BearDown100393

          Practically makes him an outcast.

    • I’d be all for the trade you proposed. Don’t see why SD would do that though. Rivers is much better than Cutler. Putting him in CHI would be great, especially when they can keep a 1st round pick and look at adding a player like Dupree, Landon Collins, or one of the OTs there.

    • EnderWiggin

      I’m a Cutty fan, but I’d be happy with it.

    • NewBearInTown

      I would do that trade if Rivers agreed to an extension prior to the trade. If he wants $20M a year guaranteed or something crazy like that (which are the numbers being thrown around in Seattle right now), I think we hold off given his age. If he’ll do a deal for a similar cap hit to Cutler, I’d do it for sure.

      • willbest

        He will get as much as Big Ben did.

    • willbest

      See I read that as Rivers saying if he isn’t going to play in San Diego, he isn’t going to play. The guy doesn’t have to worry about money, and it isn’t worth disrupting his kids lives over.

      Because SD to LA isn’t even a crazy commute. Hell they might even spring for a helicopter, and that is assuming they bother to move the training facilities anyway. They might even keep those in San Diego.

  • GPLDAN

    No ESPN on the Vue. What say you, Playstationers like Doc Nitty, who I see on PSN all the time, will you pay the $600/yr and cut that cord?

    http://mashable.com/2015/03/18/sony-playstation-vue/

    • willbest

      Does that price include the surcharge my ISP is going to want for going over my data cap?

  • GPLDAN

    False Face and Da Boyz pick up Greg Hardy.

    • Scott W.

      Saw that. Guess Jer-ah has an in with God.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Doesn’t he have a 6 game “vacation” coming from the league?

        • Scott W.

          All expenses paid. Prepaid, actually.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Actually, UNpaid.

  • GPLDAN
    • Scott W.

      WOW. Guess that’s why they call them mocks…

      • AlbertInTucson

        It IS a form of the word MOCKERY.

        • Scott W.

          …with a nod to Harper Lee…

          • AlbertInTucson

            A lot of buzz that Truman Capote ghost wrote TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD.

            Just watched the movie again a week ago Sunday.

        • Scott W.

          Wife and I have begun to plan our October vacation to your place, Al.
          Ok, we won’t actually be THAT close, but we are returning to Canyon de Chelly. Going to spend a few days there, as well as the North Rim. But the Canyon de Chelly visit will be the highlight.

          • AlbertInTucson

            That can be “Canyon De CHILLY in October,”

          • Scott W.

            Just talked to the folks out there. They actually recommended we switch to late November/early December. No crowds, and much more personalized service, etc. Said last 2 winters have been very mild, and we’d enjoy it more.
            We are actually considering it.

  • Scott W.

    Okay, I have to ask…does anyone know where the best place is to put down a bet on sports?
    And yes, it’s a serious question, but I can’t fly to Vegas. I’m talking about from the comfort of my recliner.

  • Scott W.
  • EnderWiggin

    28 new rules purposed. I like the Colts suggestion,at first glance.

    “Under the Colts’ proposal, if a team converts
    a 2-point conversion it would then line up from the 32-yard line to
    attempt a 50-yard field goal. If the kick is good, the team would
    receive a total of nine points on that possession — six for the
    touchdown, two for the 2-point try and a point for the extra field goal.”

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/12507975/significant-replay-rules-changes-proposed-owners-meetings-next-week

    • NewBearInTown

      I don’t like it for two reasons.
      1) While it does give extra incentive to teams to go for the 2 point conversion, I’m not sure that’s something the NFL needs to be encouraging. Teams can do whatever they want to do, rather than adding an extra point, the league can change the dynamics of the play (like the starting yard line).
      2) 9 points has traditionally been a two score lead. That means three field goals is better than one touchdown, two field goals is worse. That distinction is a good one and shouldn’t be changed.
      Still, fun to talk about stuff like that.

      • EnderWiggin

        Your 2) is the reason I like it. Could you imagine? Being down by 9 – score, 2 point conversion, commercial break while Gould and the gang take the field. The boner would be heart attack inducing!

        • Trac

          How but making the team that wins the coin toss drink boiler makers before kickoff.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Irsay would come down from the owners box to get in on that.

        • NewBearInTown

          Meh, I don’t think it will help the game as much as hurt it. It makes close games less exciting by increasing the amount the score can increase on a given play.
          Its kind like family feud’s last round being worth double (or triple). It makes the last round fun, but it also cheapens everything that comes before.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Yeah! Let’s add MORE untimed plays!

      No, thank you.

    • BillW

      It starts to smack of a game show. Trying too hard to make a game competitive to the end. Even bad players on jeopard can make up ground in double jeopardy round.

      By giving teams an incentive to try for 2 we’d see more failed attempts too. Making scores closer and giving the team scored on some small momentum back.

      How about point values are doubled in the 4th quarter? How about the NFL equivalent of the three point shot? . Longer fgs or tds worth more.

      No thanks. . It’s a great gane as is. 2 vs 1 is strategy enough. No need to keep over thinking this.

  • BearDown100393

    Jim Irsay needs to go the way of Donald Sterling.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      a little odd… what did he do now?

      • BearDown100393

        Probably a lot of drugs to suggest that rule change.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Payback’s a bitch and turnabout is fair play. Way to go Blackhawks. 1-0 overthe Rangers in The Garden.

    • BearDown100393

      Darling recorded his 1st shutout in a very tough building.

      • AlbertInTucson

        That’s “Chicago Native” Scott Darling, BTW.

        Game’s only goal: Former Ranger, Brad Richards.

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          Former Lightning too. 🙂 Hawks are my first love (in Hockey, Bears are my overall first love), but I am a Bolts apologist so I was happy when the Hawks signed Brad Richards.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Against a team on a roll.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Still convinced they’re struggling without Kane in the regular season ?

      • AlbertInTucson

        I AM a bit more encouraged (and I’ll take the quick whistle that cost NYR a goal, thank you) but the playoffs is a whole different matter. Still don’t think they can win a cup without him.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          In our previous discussion we talked about them struggling without Kane in the present. I argued they’re actually hot since losing him. The record is now 8-1-1 i believe, including the Florida game he went down early.

          The playoffs are another game…almost.

  • willbest

    I hope to hell the Bear’s proposal to extend overtime to each team getting a possession is their way of kicking the Packers when they are down rather than attempt to claim the monkier minnows of the midway.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Blogfather: “Hockey live really is unbelievable.”

    HD was an improvement, but Hockey is one of the LEAST TV friendly sports if not THE least.

    • Big Mike

      Soccer.. terrible live and on TV. Sorry entire rest of the world. I know, I know. Most popular game in the world, you just have to give it a try. I have. Don’t like it.

      • SC Dave

        And 1.5 billion people don’t care that you don’t like it

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          and 6 billion people don’t care what those 1.5 billion people think either.

        • Big Mike

          I know all the retorts. I’m an open minded guy. I’ve tried to like soccer. I’ve gone to an MLS match at RFK stadium, when I was a kid I tried to like the Chicago Fire. I went to a couple games at Soldiers. Spent the whole time day dreaming that the Bears would be coming out of the tunnel.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            What a fuck !?

            You’re comparing the atmosphere of an MLS game to the one of an NFL game ?

            That’s like comparing a 2nd Division Polish Basketball game with the NBA playoffs.

    • Scott W.

      They need to figure out a way to get cameras under the ice.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Not a that far-fteched a concept. Hockey just did cozy up with GO-PRO Cameras. Those little things are terrific. We use them in news, promotion and commercial production where I work.

        • Scott W.

          I’m thinking of getting a nice one for vacation, but fact is no one would watch it but me.
          Unless I caught something cool like a lightning strike to the top of my head.

          • Sactowns#1

            I bought the JVC Addixion. Love it. Works like a charm and doesn’t need the dumb plastic case.

          • Scott W.

            Does it hold up in tje rain okay?

          • Sactowns#1

            I took it skiing in freezing rain and it worked like a charm.

          • Scott W.

            Thanks man. I will take the plunge based on your recommendation. You got any other tips or things I’ll need with it?

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    holy crap Tennis does not fuck around when it comes to PEDs.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/odesnik-career-over-receives-15-ban-190457788–ten.html

    • Scott W.

      Ranked 267th in the world…no one in tennis will notice he’s even gone.

      • AlbertInTucson

        2nd offense, too.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          look at that punishment for a 2nd offense and compare it to the other sports punishment for 2nd offenses.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Can you say “Zero Tolerence” boys and girls?”

            Easy opportunity to make a statement with a nobody your sport won’t miss.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      They’re using PEDs in tennis like it’s going out of fashion.

  • Big Mike

    This is really the silly season for the NFL. They have run out of ways to manufacture news. They concede the throne to “March Madness” for a couple weeks.

    • willbest

      They could have Rodgers come out. That would put an end to the 4 weeks that are the college basketball season.

    • BillW

      When the tourney really heats up, expect the “deflategate” findings to be released.

  • So I ran the numbers for dead cap % vs. win %. Not much there.

    Looking at each season for each team 2011-2014, so 128 data points, r^2 is 0.004. If I look at average team win % vs. dead cap %, it lowers the data set to 32 but increases r^2 to 0.008. Still basically no correlation.

    Interestingly, they both had a negative correlation. But r^2 is so small that it’s really just no relationship.

    • BillW

      Professionally, my rule of thumb for R^2 is 50% or more before you say you have something. I base that on the literal definition – percent of the variation explained. If a model can’t explain at least half of the variation, it’s not meaningful.

      • there are differing opinions on that, but nobody is going to believe something less than .01 is meaningful, because it’s obviously not.

        • BillW

          Of course the relationship may not be linear. Or it may have better strength for certain data ranges.

          Like education v income. Having five college degrees is no different than four, but having 1 rather than none is.

          • I see absolutely no relationship there

            http://i.imgur.com/GFOF2nl.png?1

          • GPLDAN

            Hence:

            Managing money slightly tighter to be able to offer marginally more than the competition in FA bidding is essentially a non-issue. You don’t win/lose because you have that wiggle room to slightly outbid because your balance sheet is tighter: you win because the FAs you do pick have heart and play hard because they believe they are on a winning organization and play for something bigger than themselves.

            This tends not to happen on the Bears where FAs often underpeform. This can be attributed to the “Glitchy constant” or the multiple one must multiply performance against when factoring in that Glitchy and Emery were not good at evaluating character.

          • I still say drafting well is the most important. That gets you guys performing for cheap, and you can re-sign them to reasonable contracts usually. Also avoids dead $$ from when 1st round picks bust.

          • GPLDAN

            MB has a Ph.D in McLovin.

            Fun fact.

      • I didn’t expect a huge correlation, but I expected something more meaningful than this. Kind of surprised it has basically no relationship.

        Fun fact: Seattle and New England are both in the top 6 in terms of most average dead money over the last 4 years. Also both in the top 5-6 in terms of win % in that timespan.

        Another fun fact: average NFL team has about 8.7% of their cap used on dead money over the last 4 years. That seems really high to me.

        • BillW

          Yeah – there is probably not a significant relationship. Good management and scouting and coaching can overcome the handicap of dead money.

          • the best teams over the last 5 years, in order of win %, have been NE, GB, DEN, SF, SEA
            They rank 6th, 32nd, 20th, 30th, and 5th in terms of having the most dead money over that span.
            Next 5 in win % rank 31st, 14th, 19th, 22nd, 2nd in total dead money. Teams from all over.
            Still have to look at teams’ improvement the year after their dead money drops by a significant amount.

          • AlbertInTucson

            “Good management and scouting and coaching…” goes a long way towards minimizing “Dead Money”.

          • sometimes. Like I said elsewhere on here, Seattle and NE were two of the most successful teams of the last 10 years, and their dead money has been among the highest in the NFL.
            On the other side, SF and GB have also been very successful, with some of the least dead money in the NFL. Multiple ways to skin the cat.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            wow i would have thought there would have been some kind of correlation between dead money and success. thanks for looking into it.

          • Big Mike

            OR, it means dumping dead weight is strategically valuable. Replenishing the team with new/younger talent.

      • Sactowns#1
    • Big Mike

      The absence of a correlation is as interesting, as a R^2 of >50%. It says the 2 things have absolutely no impact on each other which is a finding in its own right.

      • yeah, I’m still gonna publish this. Negative results are still results.

        • SC Dave

          Even in climate “science”

  • GPLDAN

    Pace FUD

    http://www.hngn.com/articles/78574/20150319/chicago-bears-rumors-team-looking-at-wrs-for-jay-cutler-in-free-agency-and-nfl-draft.htm

    He’s quoted here, which cements it as FUD. He’s picking Danny Shelton at 7, bank it. Yes Beasley may be on the board with his compro to Bruce Irvin, but Fangio wants a NT for that scheme. But keep that wideout rumor churning.

    • John Doe

      Shelton will be a wasted pick at #7 IMO. He is not even as good as Poe and he went #13.

      • GPLDAN

        You can’t compare draft slots across drafts like that. The talent in this draft drops off after the top half of the 1st round. Everybody in the latter half of this 1st round would have been graded a 2nd rounder in last year’s draft.

      • Big Mike

        based on what? What I’ve read and the 2 youtube clips I watched tell me Shelton’s a player.

  • GPLDAN

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog

    . @AaronLemingNFL People disagree with me but I think Jared Allen could be rejuvenated under these coaches. Double digit sacks.

    Ahhhhh-hahahahahahaha. Funny.

    • Scharfinator

      I don’t think coaches, I think scheme might help. As well as someone else to take the pressure off him.

      • GPLDAN

        Come on. He’s a turf edge rusher with swim and speed moves. He’s a classic 4-3 edge guy. Stand him up and move him around in a 3-4? His entire career has been spent with his hand down. He’s perfected a small set of moves that need turf to work. When he lost that, tackles easily stoned him.

        He will be utterly lost in Fangio’s scheme. Trib talked about a uncomfortable meeting when they told him they were going 3-4. I’m sure his next call was to his agent asking for a trade.

        • SC Dave

          I just can’t take your posts seriously since you chose that picture for your avatar. Yeah, it’s stupid of me, but there it is.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I love that beautiful bastard’s bald head on every post.

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          It sucks because it’s too late to trade him now, his roster bonus ($11.5M) was paid so if we trade him now the $11.5M is dead money. Should have shopped him to Lovie.

    • I think fewer snaps will help. He played too much last year. Situational pass rusher will be allowed to stay fresher and just do his thing.

      Double digit sacks seems like a bit much, but he’ll get more in 2015 than he did in 2014 in less than 2/3 of the snap, I’m guessing.

      • GPLDAN

        Just not a fan of Jared I guess. His bout of diphtheria or whatever it was didn’t help but I just see him as over the hill and overpaid.

        • it was pneumonia. He is over the hill and overpaid, but that doesn’t mean he can’t contribute.

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          +200 for diptheria.

        • Sactowns#1

          Did he get that right after caulking his wagon to ford the river?

          • GPLDAN

            No, he drank Uncle Jack’s magik elixir which he bought from a travelling salesman and warded that off.

        • Jack Lacan

          cholera??

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I think they could get 30+ sacks from their Top 4 pass rushers…McPhee, Houston, Young and Allen.

  • AlbertInTucson
  • Cormonster

    It amazes me how terrible all the “experts” at ESPN and CBS Sports are at predicting winners in the NCAA tournament. I’ve been keeping track for at least the last 6 or 7 years, and EVERY year I have a better record through the 1st two rounds than EVERY expert at those two sites. So a casual fan like me, who watches a lot of Big 10 and a little bit of the other teams around the country, routinely spanks the top 15-20 analysts at those two sites. I figured someone would beat me today because I had a bad day (5 losses), but every single one of those dimwits had at least 6 losses. The Predictalator did tie me with 5 losses, so I don’t feel too bad about that.

    • Big Mike

      That’s interesting. But not surprising right? They all regurgitate the same common themes. They read each others opinions to come up with their own. None of them goes through the season like a fan of the game does. But even still, good job by you. You’ve got a keen eye for the game it seems.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        it’s like they are just reading someone’s twitter feed in order to know what to talk about.

      • Cormonster

        I think the “experts” over-analyze and get cute with their picks, trying to pick the right combination of upsets that never materialize. Kentucky is the big favorite, but Wisconsin has a legitimate shot to win it all. It sucks that Arizona got put in the same region as Wisconsin. I think those two teams have the best shot at beating Kentucky. As usual, Duke is given a one seed when they didn’t deserve it, gets two home games, and has a cupcake schedule to the Elite 8. It’s ridiculous how much the seeding committee favors Duke every year.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      They might be god damn terrible, but you did follow them for 6-7 years…and seems you still do.

      That’s the whole point, right ?

      PS: I’d say bad picks from them are actually required. That way the client/fan can pat himself on the back when his record is better than that of the ‘experts’.

      Are there stats about that tournament ? Surely there are. Bet on the easy points… free throws % (that’s surely premium), second chance points and transition point differential. When everybody is crappy and awful in half court execution those are gold. Much more than shot %, rebounding and turnovers like in the pros game.

      • Cormonster

        It only takes a couple minutes to check the sites and see their records. I don’t watch the shows where they make the picks or look at their brackets before the tourney because I don’t want to taint my own judgement.

        One of the beauties of college ball is all the different styles of play and differing ways to win. The elite teams that make it to the Final 4 usually have really good guard play along with one or two big studs underneath. Most of the top teams in college ball have a better shooting % than any team in the NBA.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          I have no clue about any of that. My point was…don’t bet the players and styles. Bet on who’s best at ‘easy points’.

  • GPLDAN

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog

    Sea change? RT @ProFootballTalk: Pat White retires from football after a season in Edmonton http://wp.me/p14QSB-9JF0

    I read in a science mag today that near realtime CTE tech is only a year away. They thought they couldn’t do it for 5 years, but it’s here soon. Currently, they need a cadaver and cut the brain open and analyze tissue for the protein tau. But Cat scan tech and adjusting wavelengths can allow them to scan a live head and isolate it in the machine.

    Once players can scan themselves and see how much tau plague they have, then there will be sea change. It will come in a very Gladwellian tipping point manner. There will then be a fundamental change in the type of people who play. The Chris Borlands will never approach the sport, and the Chris Contes always will.

    Depending on how you feel about that, the society will either reject football as death sport, or becoming fully Roman and elevate the warrior mentality even higher than it does today. Either way society will shift as the schism of self-preservation goes full tilt.

  • Sactowns#1

    Happy Friday folks. Here are a couple up and coming artists. Hope you dig it.

    • Shady

      2/3 ain’t bad. Like that SOME new music is reaching back in time for inspiration.

    • Cormonster

      KEXP is such a great place to find new music. I’ve got into several artists from watching their performances in that studio.

      • Scott W.

        I wander over to them about once a month to listen up.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Antrel Rolle is coming off one of his worst seasons as a pro, highlighted by his 17 missed tackles which were more than either Chris Conte or Major Wright in 2013.

    Pro Football Focus

    • John Doe

      Antrel Rolle is here to provide leadership in the locker room and on the field. There is no leader on defense and all the Lovie guys are now gone.. Briggs, Tillman etc.

      Rolle had a sterling reputation in NY on leadership front and he will assume that role right away on Bears D. Most of the guys on defense are from 2013 and 2014 draft classes or FAs. He will be able to lead that unit and groom someone like Kyle Fuller for future leadership role.

      • GPLDAN

        Plus we’re all just fucking sick of Conte and his obtuse angles of pursuit. He looks like a junkyard dog chasing cars out there.

        • BearDown100393

          A junkyard dog with a tendency to whack its head on the rear bumper.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          The Bears paid 5 M to someone older who played worse than that last season.

        • Scott W.

          Junkyard dogs are excellent car chasers, just fyi…

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I’m not against his signing.

        But I don’t want to hear people bitching about Allen, who was signed for similar reasons and financial costs.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Marcus Mariota took 5 snaps from under center last season.
    All 5 were Kneeldowns. – Tim Hasselbeck.

    • GPLDAN

      And so his dropback footwork is an unknown? Is that the point?

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        For me it’s more than that.

        All this high level sports are based on muscle memory and instincts.

        It might be a huge weakness. It’s one thing seeing the field from back there against college players and it’s a different thing being in tight at 1 yard of some huge mean humans who’ll surely destroy you.

        And it’s not only about the young QB. You need a team around him who’s able to manage that type of a game. You don’t only have to change the young QB, but also the other pieces of your Offense.

        • willbest

          Muscle memory really is a big deal. You don’t even need to get to professional sports. Just look at something like typing. Only way to get yourself to 90 wpm+ is to drill the crap out of it.

          • Scott W.

            +100 blog points for using typing drills as analogous to football practice.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Of course.

            Sports are different, just like combat or other dynamic situations in the sense that there’s an enemy with a mind of himself.

            So it’s muscle memory coached to react to instinctive and non predictable situations.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Would seem to be somethingthat needed to be considered.

      • Scott W.

        He wowed the scouts at the combine with his fast – learned 3, 5, and 7 step drop backs.
        It was also noted by Bryan Fischer (college sports writer, nfl.com) that when he red shirted in 2011, he memorized and mastered the Ducks offense then came out from 2012 on and dazzled the hell out of everyone. Awards followed.
        He has zero character issues. None.
        Winston, conversely…well, you know. Doomed to screw himself and his team.
        Gil Brandt thinks Mariota is the far better long term answer as an NFL QB than Winston, no contest. He learns fast, and he gives a shit. Winston? He already knows everything he believes, and will give coaches fits.
        All that said, I’d be stunned if the Jets didn’t take Mariota at 6th.

    • NewBearInTown

      Honestly, if he falls and a team like San Diego takes him, a year or two as a backup could overcome some of the experience issues. The bigger questions for me are the arm strength and accuracy issues.

      • IMO he def needs two years, but at a minimum, one. If bit he’s just going to. Be reverting back to 15+ yrs of old habits.
        Mariota needs to rrelearn how to pay qb esentiallly , unless chip gets him

        • Scott W.

          …or the Jets.

      • Scott W.

        There’s something very franchise-esque about Mariota, I think.
        Yeah, he’s got a way to go, but I’d love to have him as a Bear.

      • Scott W.

        It’s kind of puzzling that you don’t think he can improve to an NFL level on your last 2 concerns.

        Maybe he can’t, and you and others are right about him, that he’s a failure out of the draft.

        I just don’t agree at all. Are y’all watching the same tapes I am?

        • NewBearInTown

          Accuracy can be improved, but its a low percentage play.
          Arm strength, as I understand it, is mostly about genetics at this point. You can improve a bit, but you’ve either got it or you don’t.

          • Scott W.

            I went back and watched more tape earlier this evening.
            I have to admit, the replays I watched (over 30), it seemed like his receivers had to either slow down or reach back for 70% of his longer throws.
            I was really surprised. I guess I wasn’t looking for it before.

    • This us why i view him more as a late 1st, early 2nd. If traditional pocket passers get destroyed right off the bat (peyton in his rook yr had a bunch of INTs), imagine shotgun, pistol, read option.
      Plus, his arm strength isn’t exactly Kapish, and his downfield touch questionable.
      Add how he’ll control a huddle, and that’s a lot of question marks for a top 2 pick

      • Scott W.

        How he’ll control a huddle? Where’s that worry coming from Butch?
        It’s interesting that ever since he got mock’d to us, he’s gotten downgraded, picked at, nearly written off as pedestrian here on the blog (sorry; I meant to say Da Blog of blogs) and almost tossed into the same bin as neck beard.
        We would be better served, I think, if we asked what he brings to the table as a development project, and if Chicago is even capable of helping him get where he wants and needs to get.
        If the Bears can do an Aaron Rodgers on him, I think he can become a dangerous QB in the NFL.
        I hope we draft him, but chances, realistically, are near zero that we do.

        • Well, to control a huddle, a QB has to literally be IN a huddle.
          Obviously he was running a lot of fast paced no-huddle drives, getting the call from the sidelines through big posters.

          It’s not necessarily a critique on his “leadership”. No one really knows about that. He can be like a Flacco type – he’s definitely no Bret Farvre or Peyton when it comes to that. He’s not “vocal” – so again, a team would most likely have to make someone else the “captain” of the team, the mouthpiece.

          Do we we really want to go down that route again? It’d be nice if our QB can also be the captain and face of the franchise for once since Luckman.

          • Scott W.

            How sure are we that he’s not a Rodgers or Brady type?
            Seems he doesn’t wow anyone, especially here on Da Blog, but he’s not ranked top 10 because he has nice eyebrows.
            There has got to be a core there that’s getting missed or blown past.
            What can’t he become?

          • Scott W.

            Hell with it, I’ll just ask you and everyone else flat out:

            What do you LIKE about Mariota?

          • He really does resemble Kap on that front too. He’s got great size, speed. He’s dedicated, and while he might not be boisterous or “fiery”, he seems to lead by example (ala Flacco). He can be accurate, however, in some ways he’s like Cutler. He doesn’t exactly hit receivers in stride on a consistent basis. His arm is decent.

            He can show touch, and his legs (like Kap) stress defenses.
            A team would have to bet that Mariota’s work ethic (which is not in doubt) will somehow overcome his ingrained instincts of one-read-and-run. (basically he’s been playing in the same system since HS).

            I’m not sure if he can learn how to do all the stuff a pocket QB, esp on the fly.
            He would be the first ‘running qb’ to do so. Just look at Kap.

            If he had a bit more touch/accuracy, they’d definitely have a ring, maybe two.

            Mariota as is can be successful as long as a team plays to his strength and remains patient developing him, but whether or not a running QB can be consistently successful in the NFL is still very dubious (not counting the higher inj risk).

          • Scott W.

            Bingo. Your eval is why the question of whether or not the Bears were a good fit for him kept nagging at me. It’s why I broke my personal rule and did a scatter shot tweet to various writers, etc.
            I think he can develop, but with who? What team would take the 2-3 years it would take?
            It’s so much a win now league, I wonder if the days of developing good QB’S into great ones may be gone. If they don’t come out of college 70% ready for the NFL, the game can ruin possibilities I think.
            I really like him as a down the road option after a lot of (re) training. But Jahns inadvertantly said it: Gase will likely be gone before he could get a guy like Mariota up to speed.
            It’s a new NFL, I guess, isn’t it?

    • Scott W.

      Don’t fall into the scheme trap, Al. There is talent to be developed in that kid. Only thing I can’t say with any degree of confidence is that Chicago can teach him to translate and mature his basic skills. Our history isn’t comforting in that regard.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Yeah. And who was the last QB the BEARS “developed”?

        Bob Avellini?

        Had the Bears not beaten the Steelers in 1969, they could have had Terry Bradshaw.

        Bradshaw was NOT an immediate success in the Steel City being replaced , temporarily, by “Jefferson Street” Joe Gilliam. In the end it all worked out niced for TB

        BUT>>>

        Anybody think Bradshaw lasts long enough in Chicago to enjoy the kind of success he did in Pittsburgh?

        As a Bear, I think he just becomes remembered as “The Right-Handed Bobby Douglass.”

        • Scott W.

          That says it.
          Yep.

  • willbest

    I get the feeling that Pace and Alshon’s agent are in deep negotiations which is why there is still 15 mil in cap space.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Negative.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      After factoring in the draft it’s about $12.3M

  • Scott W.

    Just clocking in to keep my off season blog card current.

  • (un)lucky us!

    The top three unsigned defensive players in PFT’s free agency rankings — Brandon Spikes (Buffalo), Rolando McClain (Dallas) and Mason Foster (Tampa Bay) — are all inside linebackers. PFT

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/03/20/brandon-spikes-among-top-unsigned-defensive-players/

    • GPLDAN

      McClain was arrested some obnoxious amount of times in Oakland. The precinct was his 2nd home. He got busted for pot again and again in Baltimore. Spikes is getting long in the tooth. Don’t know much about Foster.

      I was shocked to see how used up DJ Williams was when he hit the Bears. His pectoral ruptured but even before that, he seemed like he was broken down and slow. I gave Emery another negative grade on that.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Are we not signing Sharpton back?

        • John Doe

          No. Sharptons was a Reggie Herring guy. I am sure the new coaching staff will bring in their guys.

      • Waffle

        DJ was already released.

  • GPLDAN

    How broke is Chicago? Pretty fucking broke.

    (video in frame)

    http://tribads.chicagotribune.com/microsite/presson/brokenbondsB.html

    • Scott W.

      Most revealing line: “We heard from a ton of people asking, ‘Why are we just learning about this now?'”.
      Well, ton of people, you live in Illinois.

      • Cormonster

        That was my immediate reaction too. Last line “We are telling stories that haven’t been told, that need to be told”. What the hell have they been doing at the Trib the last 25 years? I was reading about a future pension crisis in Chicago and elsewhere since the dotcom bubble when overly generous promises started being made. I didn’t read about it in the Tribune or Sun Times. I read about it in an obscure (at the time) California magazine called Reason.

        The elephant in the room is Chicago’s underfunded pension obligations, which are at over 20 BILLION! To comply with state law, a $550 million dollar payment is due for the pensions this year, and is expected to average over 1.1 billion a year through 2020. I don’t know how they dig their way out of that hole without drastic spending cuts, huge tax increases, or reneging on their promises to retired city workers. Daley really left that city in a mess. Chicago has a lot more going for it than Detroit economically, but Detroit’s debts pale in comparison to Chicago. Whatever happens, one thing is certain: a lot of people are going to be royally pissed off.

        Maybe Chicago should elect Che Garcia. I seen one of his Che type campaign posters, with his Stalinist mustache and all. Just go full on Socialist. He wants to balance the budget by adding 1,000 new cops and not cutting any spending, in fact increasing school spending. That sounds like a reasonable solution. Oh, and I heard he wants to or is considering imposing the La Salle Street or “Robin Hood” tax on every transaction at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board Options Exchange.

        • Scott W.

          The Daly family (Emanuel is Daly-light) really fleeced Chicago – and the entire state – for all it was worth. They took it down because they knew they’d be long gone by the time the so-called media grew the balls to call him on his shit.
          Chicago is on the cusp of performing the Fannie and Freddy dance, while hitting the feds up for bailout cash. Coming soon, no doubt about it.
          Obama can’t let too much go too far there in his front yard, because like R & D politicians from the Land of Lincoln, the corruption levels are too much for the citizenry that’s enabled it to deal with head on.

          • Cormonster

            That would be a dangerous precedent to set. There are large cities all over the country on the verge of bankruptcy. If he bails out Chicago, cities around the country will have their hands out.

          • John Doe

            they bailed out big banks and their corrupt CEOs who literally brought the world economy crashing down. And no one went to jail for the biggest legalized heist. they got away paying pennies on dollar in fines.

            And bailing out a city like Chicago would be worse than bailing out Citigroup and AIG?

          • Cormonster

            What the fuck are you talking about? Your reply to my comment makes absolutely zero sense.

          • BerwynBomber

            Why are you so angry?

          • Cormonster

          • Scott W.

            Priceless…

          • Scott W.

            I firmly believe that if Rahm wins the runoff, he’ll lean hard on the feds for backdoor cash, specifically because of the pension fund.
            He will be eaten alive if he doesn’t get some unearned deferred payment dough from the feds. School problems are going to kick his teeth in, too.
            He has no where else to turn.

          • GPLDAN

            You men eat your dinner, eat your pork and beans
            I eat more chicken, than any man ever seen, yeah, yeah
            I’m back door cash, wha, the Trib don’t know
            But the mayor he understand

        • Scott W.

          “What the hell have they been doing at the Trib the last 25 years?”.

          There it is. Noted their “I’m an Investigative Reporter” intros, and thought, Thanks for waking up! Did they all just get there?

        • BearDown100393

          Build a casino. Problem solved – Tom Kane.

      • willbest

        In fairness, the trib reports on the pension issues with some regularity. Most people under 65 that read the trib don’t read the front section past scanning the front page headlines, and those that are over 65 don’t care that the city/state will be bankrupt in the 10-20 year time frame.

        I don’t watch a lot of nightly news, but I have never heard them cover it once.

        • Scott W.

          NYT has a piece coming out tomorrow reporting many states are loading up their pension funds with high risk stocks (UBER, etc).
          Can’t verify Chicago is included, but regardless, wonder if that’s why NJ is fighting for sports books to open there.
          Next step, stocking the funds with scratch-off lottery tickets…

          • willbest

            The Fed’s zero interest rate policy (ZIRP) has been straight murder on pension plans which were operating under fantasy math to begin with (ie. 7.5-8.5% annual returns). The only way to achieve those rates these days really is with straight gambling. You are looking at 4-4.5% if you want something with balanced risk. Which would more than double the unfunded liabilities these pension plans have.

          • Scott W.

            It’s the same, sorry, tired story. People get greedy, feed their narcissism relentlessly, and obfuscate with aplomb.
            And people go hungry and die.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            That’s BS dude, I have been investing in solely Mutual Funds for almost 15 years and I have 3 that have averaged over 10% returns. It really isn’t that hard to do, the problem is that Harvard educated financial planners advocate a more complex investment strategy that in lots of cases are wayyy to risky but they are trying to justify their 6 figure salaries so they set up complex derivatives and hedges and end up breaking the portfolios they manage.

          • GPLDAN

            You do know that those Mutual Funds you have been investing in probably are invested in derivatives, right?

          • Irish Sweetness

            Ah, the Fed. Those happy, carefree pranksters. How they laugh and jape at our serious frowns. How they fatten their bellies on the marrow of our bones, oh happy day!

    • AlbertInTucson

      How can anyone be surprised? That’s why Richie Daley gave it up.

      Guess what? Illinois is broke, too.

      • willbest

        broke is a term used for people. Governments fail in far more spectacular fashions.

  • Scott W.

    Jeff Hughes, blogfather, playwright, Twitter King:

    Requesting an off-season article, or well-reasoned response (would also like to hear this explored by my fellow posters: I think it’s a legit and compelling off-season question):

    Do you think the Bears have the right personnel, and the right environment, to bring in a QB like Mariota and develop him to become a top tier QB?

    Why or why not?

    • It’s tough to say with regards to coaches. OC has worked with Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning. QB coach has worked with Locker, Manziel, and Hoyer.

      Nothing really stands out there, but it’s a tiny sample size, so it’s tough to draw any conclusions.

      • Scott W.

        I just don’t think we are that team.
        Ah well. As I age at breakneck speed, I had hoped to see a hell of an offense AND defense.
        I’ll just wait till my dementia sets in.
        And yeah, I’m old enough to make that joke.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Well let’s look at that from a purely statistical perspective,eh, Cmdr. Data?

      “Hrrrm. Well, after a hundred years of trying to develop a top tier QB … the Bears have only managed it once – albeit in spectacular fashion – with perhaps the greatest quarterback to have ever lived …. James Robert Mc –

      [Irish ! NOOOO!]

      Sorry.

      • Scott W.

        Yeah, the more I’ve made myself think it through, the more I hope Mariota goes to a team that will do right by him.
        We ain’t it.

  • Scott W.

    Just tweeted with Adam Jahns, Sun Times. Sent question about Bears ability to develop Mariota to several writers, his response is that it depends on how long Gase stays in Chicago.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      I may be in the minority here (no pun intended) but we should see if Denver wouldn’t mind parting with Brock Osweiler. Of course that would be contingent on Fox/Gase actually liking the dude, but if they do then that would be the QB you groom as they have already started the process. I’m thinking a 2016 conditional 3rd that could become a 2nd based on playing time.

      • Scott W.

        Hell man, truth is, I’d be great with anyone that could become what we hoped Cutler would, but that conversation has been flogged past death.
        It takes a whole team culture I think, and we haven’t had a QB-centric team in forever.
        We’re the Bears. We “get off the bus running”. Monsters of the midway, all that…

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    what are your guys thoughts on the new veteran combine? here is the list of attendees. no one jumps out for me. not sure if this is beneficial for the players or just more of a PR ploy by the NFL. couple former Bears on the list but looks like just a bunch of nobody’s and has beens that have failed the cut on multiple teams already.

    kind of interesting with the news of the early retirements there are still 100 players trying everything just for the chance to get into the league.

    http://www.ganggreennation.com/2015/3/20/8262473/veteran-combine-roster-set-100-players-to-attend

    • NewBearInTown

      If one player makes a team because of the vet combine performance I won’t be surprised. If more than one does, I will be.
      Its probably somewhat useful for veterans if it cuts down on the number of workouts they have to do following redeye flights to get to a new facility. But I suspect that, combine or not, the legitimate contenders will still go for private work at individual teams.
      Its another event for the NFL to sell ads for. That’s the main reason they’re doing it.

    • BerwynBomber

      I thought Tebow was participating in that thing? Is he blowing it off now because of his Philly workout?

      Still think that dude could have made it as a TE or FB. Credit college QBs who are willing to switch positions in the pros and contribute. Guys like Tebow and Terrell Pryor would have been wise to do that. Even Kordell Stewart would have arguably had a better pro career as full-time Slash than qbing. Always makes me question whether it’s more about them than the game when they refuse such a move.

      • willbest

        Tebow got $10 million for his 36 NFL games played. And is probably pulling down mid 6-figures for his broadcasting gig. He did alright for himself.

    • NewBearInTown

      Wow. Judging by the 40 times I’m seeing on twitter, this its a total joke. Average running back time is in the 4.9s. There are rookie linemen doing better than that.

    • It’s very interesting to see some of those RBs fall off so much speed wise. Felix Jones ran a 4.48 out of college, now ran a 4.8.
      Michael Sam ran a 5.10 and 5.07. Good lord. I ran faster than that in HS without any training and with pads on. It’s hard to believe he was SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

      Adam Carriker however benched did 40 reps of 225 though, so maybe players get slower but stronger? (and savvier).

  • Irish Sweetness
    • GPLDAN

      How the MGM roar is made

      http://i.imgur.com/c0JY3Ei.jpg

      • Scott W.

        Okay….that has to be humor ala photoshop…

    • Cormonster

      Irish, I heard that Jack Cassady and Jorma???(The Finlander) from Jefferson Airplane are going to play a 50th anniversary show with Rachel Price from LSD singing the Grace Slick vocals. I think it’s going to be a one-time performance at Lockn Festival this fall. That should be cool to see. I’m sure it will be recorded, so hopefully some pops up on youtube. I bet she rocks that shit out.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Ah, Rachael ……

  • BerwynBomber

    Haven’t seen much of the tourney but just watched WVU vs. Maryland. Boy is Maryland a stupid team. If you beat a FC press you have to attack, not pull the ball out and let WVU re-set their D. Attacking a press once it is broken is pretty much Hoops 101.

    • AlbertInTucson

      There was much rejoicing at demise of Virginia and their “ugly ball” style from the tourney as well.

      • I was pissed yesterday. 6-0 through first 6 games. Called both 7/2 upsets to climb back into contention in my bracket pool. Then missed on both the 4/5 games to end the day. Bah humbug.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I took pity on myself and my wallet and did NOT fill out a bracket for the office pool.
          I’ll “donate” a fin, but not a double-sawbuck.

          • damn, that’s steep. Ours is $5, and you get money for first after 1st round, after 1st weekend, and last at end.

            I won the whole thing last year and ended up with a profit of about $50. Oh well, it was fun.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Yeah, $20 kind of took the “fun” out it for me. Plus, it’s “Winner Take All”. I like YOUR concept with multiple payouts. JW.

          • not my pool. I would probably run it a bit differently if it were. But for just $5 it’s more fun than anything.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Yours or not, I think the multiple payoffs concept is a good one.

  • AlbertInTucson
  • Richard Nixon will not abide black-outs!

    The Wall Street Journal reports the league will no longer black out non-sold out games on local television for the 2015 season.
    Per reporter Kevin Clark, the league will “evaluate how it goes after the season,” but it’s hard to see this policy coming back. It’s been under fire for years — including from Richard Nixon — and was under attack in Congress as recently as December. It’s an outdated policy for a game driven by television ratings. – Roto

  • I always felt like “fringe franchise” QBs like Cutler should do this every off-season, but perhaps it’s too demanding?

    Colin Kaepernick has made “tremendous strides” this offseason, according to quarterbacks coach Dennis Gile.
    Kaepernick spent 10 weeks in Arizona training with Gile and fellow QBs coach Mike Giavondo, occasionally getting help from former MVP Kurt Warner. Gile says Kaepernick has become much “more consistent” since arriving in Arizona, a good thing for a player whose passer rating has dropped each of the last two seasons. – Roto

    • talk is talk until it plays out on the field. That want to is often what turns good players into great ones.

      FWIW, I’ve never gotten the impression that Cutler is a particularly hard worker, but I’ve also never heard that he’s lazy or uncooperative with coaches who have him work on improvement.

      • Yeah, I feel like if Cutler drills keeping the ball high-tight, timing routes, foot placement, scanning the field, etc just little tweeks to reprogram some of his bad habits, that it would make a world of difference.
        But perhaps it’s too late for him – old dogs new tricks and all.
        Ideally, I would like him to take over Bmarsh U and lead the WRs to Florida, and let them do their thing, while he works on his details, then perhaps doing some drills together.
        It’s probably not happening, but a gal can dream…

        • Scott W.

          …that might fall into the fantasy category…

      • AlbertInTucson

        Really. In light of the exodus of coaches and players this off season what would you EXPECT them to say about Kaepernick?

        • But I think Kap even before this whole shitstorm happened already had stated that he was gonna get extra help in the off-season to become a better pocket passer.

          Bringing in Warner can’t hurt.

          We all know the story of what happened with Cutler when Elway met him.

          He was texting on his phone and looking at the clock with his hat backward.

  • Adam Carriker at 3-4 DE for cheap?
    He did 40 reps of 225, so he can at least hold up.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/03/23/former-first-rounder-adam-carriker-wants-another-shot-in-nfl/#comments

  • NewBearInTown

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/03/23/browns-deny-suggestion-haslam-would-trade-for-titans/
    Okay fun question. You can own any NFL franchise other than Chicago. Which franchise do you buy and why?
    I have a hard time imagining a bad franchise to own, but personally I would want the Giants because of the connection to the New York Jewish community. It would give me the most personal options to do cool stuff for the community and to enjoy running the team myself. (More profitable too obviously)
    Putting that aside, I think owning a team like Denver or New Orleans, with supportive media market and awesome city for events would be great.
    Given the article above though… I would take Tennessee over Cleveland in a heartbeat.

    • Indianapolis. Just because they’re well positioned for the next decade with Luck.

      First move would be to fire Grigson and hire a good GM.

    • In Berman voice…Dahhh Raiders in L.A. sans any Davis.
      Fire everyone (from GM down).

      Personally, I would like to create a NEW team in L.A. kinda like in Madden Franchise.

      I think every single sport’s team in L.A. has been imported. Dodgers Brooklyn. Lakers, Minny. etc.

    • Oh, and I would have a perfect name for your team, NB.
      The Gotham Golems!

      Dang. That would be pretty bad ass name, actually.

    • Big Mike

      The Packers. I would destroy them from the inside. I’d fire the coach, (like York in SF), hire Jerry Angelo as GM, bring in Phil Emery as Director of College Personnel. Tucker would be my d-coordinator. I’d stop drafting any OL, or be sure to draft guys with known leg problems, because they had “high floors”. Oh and in the 3rd round, the Brandon Hardin legacy pick of slow/fragile safeties.

      • you can’t really say Hardin was slow. The guy was a physical freak, he was just always hurt and never really showed that he was a good football player.

        • Big Mike

          Which is why I said slow/fragile. An implied and/or..

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      Titans, the wifey is from Clarksville, the stadium is always packed, the uni’s are great, it’s a cool city to live in, no state income tax (which would help my pocketbook and help me attract players) and the weather varies unlike here where we have Summer, Fall and Spring. It would suck to be in the same division as Luck for the next 10 years but you don’t have to win your division to win the Super Bowl.

  • This is what worries me about Randy Gregory.

    The Dolphins are contemplating moving DE Dion Jordan to linebacker full-time.
    Philip Wheeler’s release gave the Dolphins an opening at strong side linebacker. Jordan has experience playing linebacker from his time at the University of Oregon and was used in speed packages throughout his first two seasons. With Cameron Wake standing in his way at defensive end, Jordan’s best chance to start would be at “Sam” ‘backer. In two seasons since the Dolphins took him third overall, Jordan has contributed a total of three sacks and 46 tackles while often looking overwhelmed on the field. – Roto

    • He’s Shea McClellin, only the Dolphins gave up the 12th pick and their 2nd rounder to grab him.

  • BearDown100393

    Is there anybody out there?

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Ray McDonald? Hopefully he can keep his nose clean.

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