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Three Things I Really Like About Potential Bears GM Chris Ballard

| January 2nd, 2015

Chris-Ballard

WANTS the job.

When the Jets mentioned Ballard in their initial GM search beat writer Manish Mehta Tweeted the following:

Intriguing GM possibility for the Jets: Chiefs executive Chris Ballard. Feeling is Bears might be his top choice though.

This was Monday morning, just hours after Phil Emery had been fired, and Ballard’s camp was already letting media folks in other markets know he had his eyes squarely focused on Chicago. While the Chicago media seems hell bent on convincing fans nobody wants these jobs (completely untrue, by the way) here is a guy who would break down the doors of Halas Hall to take over the operation.

Familiarity with the organization.

Ballard made his scouting bones in the Bears organization which means he understands the hierarchical and bureaucratic structure of Halas Hall. Many folks want Ted Phillips fired and the McCaskey family to sell the franchise but, guess what, neither of those things are happening. The Bears need a GM who knows how to navigate the layers of administration currently in place. Ballard is that guy.

Side note: One of Phil Emery’s first scouting department moves was actually to promote Chris Ballard to Director of Pro Scouting. When I asked a well-connected friend why Ballard left Emery for the Chiefs organization, he responded with the following text: “He wanted to work for someone else.” This is not the first report of Emery being less than easy to deal with.

History as a defensive coach.

Before becoming a Bears scout, Ballard was a coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville for seven seasons, including spending the final season at defensive coordinator. (He is also heavily credited by Greg Gabriel with being bullish on Charles Tillman as a scout.) The Bears need a GM who can identify defensive talent and bring that talent to Chicago. There isn’t another man on the GM wish list with Ballard’s pedigree.

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Two Bonus Things!

Son named Cash.

Cash Ballard is a badass name.

Dave Toub?

Just saying…

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  • FQD1911

    First. let’s do it.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    Second! Great Read! Let’s pick him up NOW.

  • Big Mike

    Happy New Years. Off topic. So the SEC is not invincible and they gave up about 35 points a game in their bowl appearances this year. Also.. went to Trestman school of clock management.

  • Big Mike

    I don’t get the Dave Toub? comment.

    • RenoBear

      Thinking he may bring Dave Toub with him from KC…

      • Bender McLugh

        YES. PLEASE.

        • Big Mike

          My opinion is we need a HC with HC experience.

          • Bender McLugh

            but bringing Toub back even as ST coach again would be great, groom him for HC

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            how often do teams ‘groom’ HCs?

          • Bender McLugh

            agreed…….after I typed it I knew it was my very own little pipe dream.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            lol no worries. in fact teams probably groom HCs all the time unfortunately they are being groomed for other teams.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Todd Bowles has that, got his taste in Miami.

          • Big Mike

            I’m jonesing for Rex Ryan. But I’m also hunger over as fuck from going to the Winter Classic and then watching the two bowl games…

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    is familiarity with the Bears really that strong of an asset for a GM position? after years of ineptitude not sure that we should be looking for familiarity. But maybe going to the Chiefs for a couple years he has gained an idea of what not to do.

    • FQD1911

      Familiarity in terms of what is expected from the defensive side of the ball. Also, it does help for a candidate to know at least a little bit about the organization so things like the past two years do not happen again (the locker room, mostly).

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        familiarity from the defensive side of the ball? the bears have always had the moniker of ‘Monsters of the Midway’ i think everyone knows what is expected from the defensive side of the ball. As for the crap that happened the last 2 years, a lot of the lack of talent was caused by years of bad drafting. and as far as the locker room, if Trestman/Emery would have taken action and fired some people things would have been different. Plus Emery was a familiar entity with the Bears having worked there for years.

  • Mike Fortier

    agree, let’s get him. do we HAVE to interview the other guys because of the minority policy? I am all for diversity (i am creole, BTW) but if we lose him to another team because of some rule i will be PISSED!

  • GPLDAN

    Emery was like Uncel Roger in Monsters, Inc and the Bears are mommy

    http://s838.photobucket.com/user/MikeD-2010/media/MonsterMash.png.html?sort=3&o=0

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      what…the… . . . .

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Wait a second. If he ‘drafted’ Tillman that means he drafted Cedric Benson also. Just saying.

    So he wanted to get away from Emery, but Emery was the one that promoted him in the first place? This is a little bit stupid. If he’s so good, kudos to Emery for spotting the potential.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      nothing stupid about it. Have you never quit a job because you did not like your boss? Basically from the sounds of it he did not like working with Emery.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        yes, but that’s made to sound like a negative for Emery.
        I’m just pointing out it’s really a positive for Emery. If this Ballard is so great, excellent move by Emery in promoting him in the first place.

        I’m also very happy to hear Ballard was happy to work with Angelo… as an area scout FOR 11 YEARS.

        “Ballard was promoted to director of pro scouting by Bears’ GM Phil Emery a year ago (2012). He had been the team’s southwest area college scout for 11 years before being promoted by Emery.”

        Because… you know… who wouldn’t like to work for a guy that doesn’t promote you for 11 years, instead of for a guy that promotes you as his first GM decision ?

        If that’s not the definition of stupid…I don’t know what is.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          i am not trying to discredit Emery for promoting him. all i am saying is that sometimes people don’t work well together personally or professionally. Just because someone promotes you doesn’t mean you have to like working for them.

          • CanadaBear

            There’s few things worse than working for someone you don’t respect and personally can’t stand.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Well… that’s my point.

            Personally or professionally he worked well with Angelo for 11 years.

            I mean who wouldn’t like to work as a scout for 11 years for one of the worst, if not the worst teams at Drafting.

          • DaBearsBlog

            I would love to see you say these things to any of the personnel men or scouts in the league. The amount of laughter they’d spit at your would be enjoyable. You are just so far off…

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Jeff… your ‘source’ told you a different version. You’re going with the

            “He left the Bears to take over pro and college scouting under one of the most respected personnel men in the league.”

            version here. You went with the

            “When I asked a well-connected friend why Ballard left Emery for the Chiefs organization, he responded with the following text: “He wanted to work for someone else.” This is not the first report of Emery being less than easy to deal with.”

            version in the main thread.

            Your well-connected friend never told you -from what you’ve presented us- that he left because it was a better position, working for a better GM.

        • DaBearsBlog

          There are men in the NFL who work as area scouts for 30 years. What a condescending thing for you to say. Maybe, I don’t know, he liked his job? Maybe he was young and gaining experience.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            There are men in the NFL who would never talk bad about the man that promoted them.

            One could make the point he wasn’t ready for the new job, if he couldn’t handle working with the man that promoted him. A very important requirement is finding ways to work with and influence the decisions of your superior.

            He wasn’t able to. Or maybe he didn’t like his job? Maybe he was young and lacking experience as a manager ? Which makes him a rather bad choice as the new Bears GM.

          • DaBearsBlog

            What are you talking about? He left the Bears to take over pro and college scouting under one of the most respected personnel men in the league.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            If that why he left you should just rectify your post from the thread.

            Your Side note from Familiarity with the organization paints a totally different image.

            It’s confusing.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            your points may be valid if Ballard didn’t leave the Bears to take the exact same position with another team lead a very respected GM

    • Bear Down

      Don’t forget Mark Bradley either..

      This guy is just another Emery. History with the Bears as a scout so the McCaskey family wants to bring him back and go the ‘safe’ route.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I like/love Emery.

  • John Doe

    My only worry is that he has been part of Bears and year and years of drafting failure.

    Chris Williams, Gabe Carimi, Jarron Gilbert, Major Wright etc.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    copy/paste from the other thread:

    I want Vic Fangio as the HC of the Bears. I’m set on my preferred option. A Vic Fangio HC-Greg Roman OC- Brad Seely ST trifecta… bring me the very winning coordinators bunch from Harbaugh’s 49ers staff. He had a huge staff so you can bring in a lot of them with you at CHicago.

    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. Also I’d make him be a proper HC and hire a real DC….maybe one of his assistants (DB, LB of DL coaches) from the 49ers job. They’re all excellent.

    • NewBearInTown

      Its not a bad idea, but I have no evidence that Fangio would run a good offense, or that he would make be better than one of the other 2-3 DCs on short list. Plus, I would not be surprised if the Harbaugh tree, like the Bellichek tree, is not such a sure thing removed from the source.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Well… he is directly connected with a lot of guys that ran a pretty good Offense in San Francisco with 2 different/opposed type of QBs.

      • Irish Sweetness

        As long as we build a scary D – I’d be happy with an I-formation offense. Oldskool. Traps, counters, bootlegs. Big old fullback. Play-action passes once they bring the safeties down. Simple football, executed well and smartly. High percentage football based around ball security on the back of an awesome defense, and we don’t need to draft Joe Montana to do it. The top rounds of every draft must be on the D-side of the ball. Got to pick our poison.

        • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

          Irish Sweetness, my friend. How’s life, dude? Oh how you’ve been missed.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    Agree with Jeff, working for the Bears Organization before IS a PLUS. He knows what to expect going in AND this is NOT “business as usual” in regards to the Front Office.

    Basically the Press Conference put George and Phil in a Corner, by making the statements they did, the situation has to improve and things need to be different. Well, the Chicago press is just licking their chops to watch them fail and berate them.

    If Ballard is GM he “should” have more control over the Draft than in his scouting role before. Sounds like the best candidate so far. We need to grab this guy and if we do we will be in a FAR BETTER position to grab Toub if he is willing to talk.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      the Chicago press is kissing their asses like there’s no tomorrow.

      • Bears-4-Ever

        For now…it’s a very fickle group and they would rather report failure than success.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          they’re been pumping the ‘King George’ and ‘Pissed Off Giggy’ images like it’s nobodies business.
          they love to report failures by players, coaches and middle management.

  • John Doe

    What evidence, body of work do we have that this guy is better than Emery?

    He was incharge of college scouting until 2 years ago. Emery was a scout too and a novice when it came to pros and free agents and contracts.

    Dan Shuftan28m

    Today in 2014, #Bears signed Jay Cutler to a 7 year contract. #ShouldHaveFranchisedHimtwitter.com

    • CanadaBear

      What evidence do we have that he isn’t better? The chances of getting a slam dunk for either GM or HC does not exist. They both have risks involved.

    • NewBearInTown

      I disagree actually. We franchise Cutler, we pay even more cap space last year, we don’t have the flexibility to add Allen (which was seen as a good move at the time) and we’ve got not ability now to leverage Jay for trade value.
      It cost the team more in 2014 cash and 2015 cap space, but now we can keep Jay for 2015 or as long after as we please, we can trade him and what would be a very good contract for a new team, or we can cut him after 2015 and let him start one more year.
      It was a good contract because it hedged against exactly what happened. Cutler’s contract is not a serious problem for this team.

  • CanadaBear

    Don’t get the “he worked for the Bears so he understands the hierarchy”. What’s not to understand? George represents the owners (because he is an owner) and Phillips is a prime example of the Peter Principle. Both of those are easy concepts to understand.

    • NewBearInTown

      There is a certain culture to get used to that apparently is turning some candidates to favor other teams, but I agree. There are only 32 of these jobs in the world – people will make adjustments to get one.

      • DaBearsBlog

        There is a culture at Halas Hall that Emery apparently upset greatly.

        • CanadaBear

          I get that Jeff but if you have any people skills at all dealing with the McCaskey’s can’t be that difficult. Frustrating yes, difficult no.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            Emery also worked for the Bears for years. Did the culture change that much between that time and the time he became GM? Did he not remember the culture?

          • CanadaBear

            If you can’t read your bosses you’re not paying attention. Most bosses are right up front with their expectations (usually in writing). If you do your job properly and have even modest people skills, there should be no problems.

          • Bender McLugh

            “most bosses” – not in my experience. Most bosses are closed-off jerks trying to save their own ass.

          • CanadaBear

            Really? Where I worked everything was in writing. The job description, the expectations, the goals, etc. Working in Control Rooms all my life might be different from other places but I worked for 3 different companies and it was the same at all 3.

            No doubt the bosses were different but things weren’t a mystery. I only had one boss that was truly an asshole. Those were some dark days for sure.

            Maybe I should have said direct bosses (supv, mgrs, etc).

          • burntorangenavyblue

            They come in all shapes and sizes, and personality….but most have ‘D’ personality according to the DISC test if you know what I am talking about

          • CanadaBear

            Not really. Can you explain it to me?

          • burntorangenavyblue

            There’s a personality test that many work places have their employees and supervisors take to see what kind of personality you have (it isn’t an exact measurement). You may have personality traits that dabble in different categories or letters for this test. I took it several times over the years and am surprised at the things I found out about myself as well as how I changed.

          • burntorangenavyblue
          • CanadaBear

            Yeah, I took one of those once. Thanks!

          • burntorangenavyblue

            No problem. The one thing I have noticed over the years is most D people almost remain the same, but people who are in the other letters go back and forth between the I, S or C

          • AlbertInTucson

            Most fun job(s) I ever had was in a (TV) control room. Various positions during live Newscasts. Whenever I brought/ bring friends / visitors thru during live broadcasts almost always leave with wide eyes and mouts agape.

          • CanadaBear

            Working in Control Rooms for natural gas companies wasn’t exactly fun but were great jobs. The pay was great and you didn’t have to go to a ton of meetings or play the corporate game (unless you were bucking for a promotion). The downside was shift work. I always enjoyed giving tours to friends. Most of them thought I never did anything but after a tour they had to admit the control room was impressive (and the job was somewhat scary).

            I was a guide on bike tours one summer. That was the most fun job I’ve ever had. I worked in casinos off and on for a couple of years. That was kinda fun until you just can’t take one more disgruntled gambler giving you shit.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Worst thing about working in a TV Control room is, when you screw up,
            EVERYBODY sees or hears it.

            BEST thing about working in a TV Control room is, when you screw up,
            nobody dies.

          • Cormonster

            That pretty much describes my reaction after touring a control room. One of my customers was in charge of the station for the evening news. I was also surprised that almost all the cameras were robotic and the news sets looked so simplistic.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I loved working in live TV on a nightly basis. Ran audio, switched video and did some directing.

            “Sometimes the magic works and sometimes it doesn’t.”
            – Old Lodge Skins (Chief Dan George),LITTLE BIG MAN.

          • AlbertInTucson

            We still have studio cameras manned by operators though there is an overhead robotic, and our set is not “virtual”.

            When I started, the show was two cameras, with an operator for each, and a floor director cueing the talent.

            These days it’s 3 cameras on the floor with only 2 operators and no dedicated floor director.

            Control room has a Producer, Director, Audio Op, TD (video switcher) and a graphics op. Producer often doubles as Telepromter operator.

            In some markets, the director also switches his own video.

            When I started, if you fouled up, you heard about it. Immediately. On the headsets Loud and profanely.

            Directors at our place can’t get away with that anymore.

            We once did a live feed to the TODAY SHOW from our studio. I was on their headset feed awaiting their cue to us and did I get an EARFUL. Their director was absoutely REAMING one of their cameramen doing a (admittedly BAD job) on Willard Scott remote. It was how I imagine Buddy Ryan would direct TV.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Canada…. welcome to the jungle.

            Ballard couldn’t read Emery and resigned after 1 year.

            So… what are we talking about ?

            maybe this dude will become the best GM is the universe… but the story of him:

            a) being a 11 year scout under Angelo

            b) then leaving after 1 year under Emery is a negative on Ballard.

          • DaBearsBlog

            HE GOT A PROMOTION UNDER ONE OF THE MOST RESPECTED PERSONNEL MEN IN THE LEAGUE.

          • CanadaBear

            What? Sorry Jeff, I can’t hear ya. Somebody keeps yelling! What’s that? Oh, nevermind.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            What does that mean ? You talking about the Chiefs job?

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Then set your story straight. You can’t go from:

            “When I asked a well-connected friend why Ballard left Emery for the Chiefs organization, he responded with the following text: “He wanted to work for someone else.” This is not the first report of Emery being less than easy to deal with.”

            to

            “HE GOT A PROMOTION UNDER ONE OF THE MOST RESPECTED PERSONNEL MEN IN THE LEAGUE.”

            …in 1 hour and aspect not to be called on it.

            See… you can’t just pick and choose things in order to make them fit. And we the ‘readers’ of the blog…we’re supposed to look for that. That’s out role.

          • DaBearsBlog

            Both of those things are true. He had to leave Chicago to take the promotion.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            no, no, no, no, no, no, no.

            Don’t give me this ‘technically both statements aren’t incorrect’ stuff.

            Bohhhh…

          • Irish Sweetness

            That would be ‘expect’, Barb. YW.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            corrected. Thanks mate.

          • CanadaBear

            I don’t see it that way. I’d look into exactly what did he do for those 11 years under Angelo? Did he recommend good players or a bunch of stiffs? He left for a better job (in his eyes). Nothing negative about that.

          • DaBearsBlog

            Emery didn’t have much experience inside Halas Hall. He was a road horse, scouting.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            valid points. I am not against Ballard, i just want them to hire the BEST guy for the job. If its Ballard great, but if there is someone better out there and they don’t hire him because he is not ‘familiar’ with the Bears, i see that as a problem.

          • DaBearsBlog

            Ballard is a known commodity in the building.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Yes, in a building full of losers who have never played football, never won at football, and don’t know good football players look like. Bean counters and silver spooners. That’s Halas Hall.

            John Elway mightn’t be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he knows football. Ozzie Newsome ditto. Ditka. Finks. These guys, these people who somehow end up in football, either because they got their MBA or they started off as the waterboy, I don’t know how anyone puts them in charge of finding talent for a billion dollar organization. These guys need to have players names on their CV that say ‘I fought for him’.

            Are we seriosly entertaining the thought of hiring a guy who was scouting here during Jerry Angelo’s stint – when finding talent was something that DID NOT HAPPEN ?

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            that’s why the idea he didn’t like working under Emery is a positive. You have to find/spin things to find positives.

        • Irish Sweetness

          And it’s Ted Phillips’ culture, a professional loser (in footballing terms). If Chicago is an ornery place to work football, then it’s highly probable that Phillips is the problem.

  • CanadaBear

    Here’s some good info from Brad Biggs’ mailbag;

    Bruce Arians was weirded out by Bears interview process. Have you asked if they will change? — @KHit23 from Twitter

    Arians might have found part of the process somewhat peculiar, but let me tell you this: When the Bears made the decision to hire Marc Trestman at about 1 a.m. in the morning, Arians was holed up in a north suburban hotel not far from Halas Hall. Had GM Phil Emery called Arians and offered him the job, he was going to take it.

    Arians didn’t travel to Arizona and interview for the Cardinals job until after he was informed the Bears had made the decision to hire Trestman. The job Arians wanted was in Chicago.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Here we go again with these stupid and contradictory leaks.

      Leave it be… we already know you can’t ever set your story straight for 2 days.

      We get it… Emery was bad. Move along.

      • CanadaBear

        What the fuck are you babbling about? I’ve never posted anything about Arians and Emery before. Get your shit together Barb.

        Of all the Chicago press, I’d trust Biggs over any of them.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          No man. I’m not talking with you..against you… I’m talking about the Bears PR that’s leaking this stuff for weeks if not months now.

          I don’t trust no one, including Briggs. They’re all the same.

      • Bender McLugh

        Biggs isn’t a trusted source. riiiiiiiiiight.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Arians was also skeptical of the Bears’ request that Rod Marinelli remain as defensive coordinator, Mulligan wrote. That sentiment echoed an Arizona Republic report earlier in the week that quoted Arians as saying, “It seemed awkward in Chicago because they wanted me to keep some of their (assistant coaches), which wasn’t going to happen.”
      http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/10/29/bruce-arians-was-bothered-by-several-developments-in-2013-interview-with-bears/

  • TheBigCheesy

    jay cutler for GM. Brandon Marshall for Head Coach

    • CanadaBear

      Is Lindy Infante available?

      • TheBigCheesy

        lindy and the Majik man. What a pair!

      • Cormonster

        One of my all-time favorite polls was after Infante went 8-8. Packers fans were polled on the greatest Packers coach of all time, and Infante won. Lombardi was second, That was after 25 years of ineptitude.

        Amazing how many more people in Wisconsin have become Packer fans in the last 25 years. I constantly hear them talk about being the greatest fans in the world. Bullshit. When they sucked in the 80’s, being a great Packer fan meant bragging about the Charles Martin hit.

        Side note. A friend of mine partied with Charles Martin after a game shortly before the cheap shot on McMahon. Martin had been drug-free for some time, but that night he went off the wagon and started consuming large quantities of cocaine. He went all downhill from then on.

    • Emery ain’t no Beast

      Your work is done here Sir. One more trolly than thou hast revealed himself.

  • FourFeathers

    Ballard has a nearly identical resume to Emery 3 years ago. And it is NOT a badge of distinction that he served for the Angelo administration in Chicago. I am gasping to see what the Bears see in Ballard…smells like the same old Ted Phillips paranoia run failure strategy.

    • Emery ain’t no Beast

      He will bask in the turbulence of my glory.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    So Jeff which one is the true version ?

    “When I asked a well-connected friend why Ballard left Emery for the Chiefs organization, he responded with the following text: “He wanted to work for someone else.” This is not the first report of Emery being less than easy to deal with.”

    or

    “HE GOT A PROMOTION UNDER ONE OF THE MOST RESPECTED PERSONNEL MEN IN THE LEAGUE.”

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      he already answered that below – read comments.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Yeah… I ain’t buying it…. he gave me the ‘technically both are the correct versions’ version.

    • FourFeathers

      Ballard sounds like a joke and someone Sweaty Teddy Phillips won’t be intimidated by. Ernie Accorsi and George had better not let this asshat Phillips rule the day again.

      • SC Dave

        Thumbs up to your own post? Nice.

        • Johnnywad

          #confidence

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Did he leave because he didn’t want to work explicitly with Emery or because he wanted to work with someone better in a better job position ?

      And if he indeed wanted to work with someone better in a better job position doesn’t that contradict his previous career pattern of working for 11 years as a regional scout for Jerry Angelo ?

      Surely he could have found a promotion under a more respected personnel man… if he was so good at his job.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        how can you be so obtuse?

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Why am I obtuse ? For asking straight questions ?

          That’s almost a philosophical question… can you be obtuse if you’re asking straight questions ?

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            sometimes answers are not so cut and dry. They can be ‘D’ all of the above. Just because one thing is true does explicitly mean the other is not true. Ballard could have hated working for Emery, and he could have taken a different job because it was a better opportunity.

          • Emery ain’t no Beast

            Quite!

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Well… that’s not what Jeff’s SOURCE told him… you smart ass wanker:

            “When I asked a well-connected friend why Ballard left Emery for the Chiefs organization, he responded with the following text: “He wanted to work for someone else.”

            He didn’t say “because it was a better opportunity”. He said “He wanted to work for someone else.”

            That’s the actual text from the SOURCE. Literally.
            I mean… I might be obtuse…at least I’m not delusional.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            yep you are absolutely right. Emery is the worst person and GM in the world to allow someone of Ballard’s quality to leave in the first place. Just one more reason he should have been fired.

          • Scott W.

            You aren’t capable of straight questions. It’s out of your league.
            Every question and statement you make is prejudiced by your near restraining-order level of obsession with Phil Emery.
            It isn’t that most on the board don’t like you, it’s that you can’t be taken seriously because objectivity, the foundation of “straight questions”, is beyond your grasp.

            That will be .50 cents, please. Visa and Mastercard accepted.

          • Johnnywad

            You’re about to be accused of repeated homosexual acts by a crazed Romanian.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            only a sinner…

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I understand making jokes, but that’s stupid.

            What happened here is that Jeff has a source with intel about the possible next GM leaving the Bears because he didn’t want to work for the ex GM.

            Sorry if I want to know more about this incendiary -national media level- scoop, Jeff has brought us.

            Your problem isn’t not understanding or taking me seriously … your problem is that you’re not asking these questions or any questions matter of fact.

            PS: Before posting replies to me, one would aspect you post replies about the subject in question. The Bears next GM is much more important than Barb UMihai Mar’s stupid posts. But here you are….

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Waddle and silvy just asked JD about Jeff’s scoop about Ballard leaving because he didn’t want to work for Emery.

            PS: Scott… this shit is going national… but all you can do is ‘profiling’ my lack of sane thoughts ?

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            i was looking for the Shawshank version but could not find a small snippet, thanks for finding this version – its even better.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            found it.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Practice, practice, practice.

    • Emery ain’t no Beast

      I will return!

  • TheBigCheesy

    uhhhh…. Jeff, are you new here or something?? Why are you trying to converse with the Barb? The dude is deranged. #ignore

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      which on the food chart puts me before you… packer.

      1. God’s son
      ………………………
      193. deranged
      ………………………
      212. scat eater
      213. mommy’s panty sniffer
      214. packer fan

      #justsayin

      • TheBigCheesy

        the food “chart”? Really, Barbie?

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          too complicated of a concept for you, Lacy ?

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Lacy (adj.) – used to refer to an very effeminate homosexual male.

      • Johnnywad

        What’s a food chart?

        • Barb UMihai Mar
          • Johnnywad

            So in this metaphor, which food are you, and which food is Cheesy? Is the top of the pyramid better, even if you’re supposed to consume less of it? IMO Cheesy should be in the dairy group.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            there you gooo. Finally… enlightenment

          • Johnnywad

            Definitely. Cheesy is Cheese and Yogurt. Barb is Fruits and Nuts. Cheese and Yogurt is higher up the pyramid so he wins. Cheesy wins.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            LOL! can’t dispute that logic.

          • Johnnywad

            I really had to dig in there to find the true meaning of the metaphor.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            yeah – a lot of what barb says is a little ‘fishy’ but when you look back to the source you realize he’s just ‘nuts’.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            ok.. I’ll help you, even if that means I save the packer wanker from a life long mystery.

            The correct term is ‘food chain’, but that doesn’t include dairy. The ‘food chart’ term does. The metaphor combined both of them.

            PS: I’m eggs, not nuts. LOL

          • Johnnywad

            Wait….was that contrition?

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I don’t know what that means.

          • Johnnywad

            Indeed.

          • Johnnywad

            None of those items exist on your food chart. So which is it? Are we using this food chart to decide whether Cheesy’s opinion counts or not? Your SOURCE and your story just don’t mesh. Can you just pick a lane and get in it?

          • Emery ain’t no Beast

            Time to play big boy food chart. Ain’t not seen a food chart that is as smart as not yours. Hee hee.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Jut watching Don Shula’s A Football Life. Not so sure I’d want a HC who’s been there and done that as top banana. It’s an extra-stressful job, and one that’s hard to maintain. Maybe that’s why nobody has been successful in two places, and why the greats couldn’t do it forever. We need to find a relatively ‘young’ man who knows the ins and outs, somebody who’s hair we will cause to turn grey or fall out.

    Ultimately I’m more interested right now in how many picks we can gather up, we need to get more than our fair share.

  • FourFeathers

    So it looks like Rex Ryan and Mike Shanahan will not be considered by the Bears. I’m fine with that. But it sure seems like the Bears are looking for more of the same non-threatening marginal garbage at GM. Why George didn’t fire Ted Phillips is going to haunt. So long as Ted is there nobody will be hired who is a threat to his power. A very weak and insecure troll is Ted.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Isn’t Ted married into the family? That’s probably why he isn’t gone

      • John Doe

        That might explain it.

    • Irish Sweetness

      As is George, hence the not-firing of TP.

  • John Doe

    I agree with this below. Tom Gamble built up 49ers roster and they have been pretty darn good last 3-4 years. And a not a bad job in Philly as well.

    Tom Gamble has impressive body of work compared to Chris Ballard. But does he know Ted Phillips? Or will he be too much of his own man and too much of a challenge for Ted Phillips?

    Chris Boden @CSNBoden · 17m17 minutes ago

    If Tom Gamble might be interested in #Bears GM job, they should be very interested in him. #BearsTalk

    • Johnnywad

      No GM is really ever going to threaten Ted’s position are they? I can’t imagine a scenario in which he’s actually fired unless he’s caught embezzling. Seems to me he really has nothing to worry about.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Great.

      Top Gamble GM with Vic Fangio HC (he can bring in all the other 49ers assistants who want to follow him to Chicago)

      Lets do it !!! Done !!!

    • FourFeathers

      Makes me sick that Phillips has sign off on the hire of a new GM and HC. This is a really big problem and what led us to the underwhelming Angelo, Emery and Trestman. Sweaty Teddy is easily threatened by actual talent. George McCaskey needs to grow a pair and asserted himself !

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Waddle and silvy just asked JD about Jeff’s scoop about Ballard leaving because he didn’t want to work for Emery.

    Great stuff, Jeff.

  • Viva

    Chris Ballard for GM. Dave Toub for HC.

    • Scott W.

      Yes sir. I’m in.

    • Irish Sweetness

      There’s only one man who would stand up to TP, and that’s Da Coach. We need a man who breathes through his balls. It won’t happen, but I’d love to see TP’s face if it did.

  • Viva

    Jeff,

    I think you should meditate and find your inner Brandon Marshall. Well done….now challenge Barb to a boxing match on Twitter!!

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      I don’t have twitter and I also don’t understand why a boxing math would be in order.
      I think debate enriches the conversations and gifts knowledge.

      PS: Bullshit aside I’m in… as long as he comes to Easter Europe, instead of me going to New York.

      • GPLDAN

        Easter Europe! Magical!

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    I’m decided on the winning team. Bring me these and I’ll be happy.

    Top Gamble GM

    Vic Fangio HC
    Greg Roman OC
    Brad Seely ST

    They all worked for a winning 49ers team and know each other.

    • you know who else worked for a winning team? Josh McDaniels.
      you know who else worked for a winning team? Romeo Crennel.
      you know who else worked for a winning team? Eric Mangini.
      you know who else worked for a winning team? Dave Wannstedt.
      you know who else worked for a winning team? Dick Juaron.

      so. you know. there’s that.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        so a successful GM and a successful HC are not good ?

        • i’m saying being part of a successful organization doesn’t mean you’re going to be a success yourself.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            no… but you’re more likely to do so. And I’m not talking about 1 singular individual.

            I’m talking about a hole crew of coaches and a GM that had direct role in hiring them in their previous job.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Nobody comes with a guarantee of success. Nobody.

      • Butkus

        Your post is evidence that successful coordinators don’t translate into great HC’s. You can put a few more names up there as well. This is my knock on Rex. Great DC but he has been weighed and measured and has been found “wanting” as a head coach.

        • rex did get to a couple of afc championship games. that’s as far as harbaugh got, and everyone had a bear-sized-boner for him.

          • Butkus

            Do you really think it was Rex that assembled the talent that got the Jets to the championship game his first two years as coach. How come it only went down from there then? Rex is a blowhard, I’ll give him that!

          • i’m not saying he assembled the talent. but he led the team. did harbaugh assemble, or did he take over singletary’s squad?

          • Butkus

            I never petitioned for Harbaugh. My point is we have little or no talent at critical positions and hiring a blowhard that hasn’t proven he knows how to build a team is what concerns me.

          • i’m not disagreeing on rex. just saying that he at least had some success as a head coach, while the other coordinators i listed weren’t able to carry their coordinator success over to the HC role.

    • beninnorcal

      Roman? No thanks.

    • Irish Sweetness

      And the most important seat (IMO) … DC ?

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        well Vic Fangio in theory. He can pick his own man to run the D. I don’t know who that might be. The 49ers had excellent DL, LB and DB coordinators. One of them.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Waddle & Silvy baffled about the numerous contradictory ‘reports’ about the Emery-Arians-Marinelli saga.
    They’re confused.

    • Scott W.

      Yesterday’s news. All of it.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        It’s live… as in right now.

        • Scott W.

          It is irrelevant, is my point. All that matters is who we hire to fill the vacancies.
          The rest of it is just air time filler.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I aspect you replying to the other ‘users’ in the same manner when they post information about the ‘past’.

            Also… it’s Bears PR that keep leaking these stuff. I’m not inventing things out of thin air.

          • Scott W.

            No. I was expressing my own view that it doesn’t matter. Consider it directed to the galaxy.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            cool.

          • Emery ain’t no Beast

            You’re falling into line quite nicely.

          • Irish Sweetness

            ‘Expect’. I think ….

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            lol… brain leaking

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Some expert on ESPN Radio: “I’d chose Winston over Mariota. I understand there are questions about Winston being a rapist, but Mariota is only a system QB.”

  • Scott W.

    I like the arguments for Ballard, Jeff. Good points all (especially the Toub potential), and salient.
    Navigational skills at HH aside, I’ll be most interested in how whoever the next GM is handles explaining why he chose Chicago.
    If he uses a minimal amount of clichés, instead elaborating on the kinds of coaches he believes will be successful, and why, I’ll be impressed even if I disagree.

  • Scott W.

    I wonder if the McCaskeys liked Toub?

  • John Doe

    Mike Rodak @mikerodak · 16m16 minutes ago
    Bill Cowher tells @SiriusXMNFL that “you’re not going to see me on the sidelines” — http://bit.ly/1BpFyty

    • Emery ain’t no Beast

      No kidding. Can’t believe any worthy fan wouldn’t know this. Next candidate please.

  • BearDown100393

    The Chewbacca defense murdered this thread.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    I’m wondering if the Bears will or did interview Josh McDaniels and if they did/will would they make it public ?

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      the bears interviewing McDaniels has about as much chance of happening as them interviewing Matt Millen for GM

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        why not ? Falcons, 49ers and Bills seem to plan of doing that.

        • falcons and bills. no losers there.

        • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

          Jay Cutler?

          • Shady

            Fuck Jay Cutler.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            I know but wouldn’t it be funny if the McCaskeys hire Daniels after consulting with Accorsi? With Jay under contract? Even The McCaskeys could see the folly in that scenario.

          • Shady

            It would be certainly be amusing. McD doesn’t seem so crazy for trying to trade Jay out of Denver, now does he? I know it’s Belecheck and Brady, but you have to like what he’s done in NE. Heck, he even did it with Orton in Denver.

          • Irish Sweetness

            But if he traded Jay away … twice. And Brandon too ! That would be classic

          • Butkus

            McDaniels pulled an Emery of his own in Denver. Barb is kk cray cray.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Seems like this Tom Gamble guy would be a great fit not only with Vic Fangio, but also Rex Ryan. Their fathers worked together, so they have a close relationships for a long time now.

    http://cdn.bleacherreport.net/images_root/article/media_slots/photos/000/724/030/tom-gamble_original.jpg?1360791263

    • Emery ain’t no Beast

      Those guys sound like they’re in the mob. I don’t want any mafia guys coaching my team.

      • AlbertInTucson

        If “mafia guys” can turn the Bears into a winner, I’m all for it.

  • Emery ain’t no Beast

    Next GM: Marc Ross NY VP of Operations
    Next HC: Dan Quinn Seattle DC

    • Irish Sweetness

      That’s about the sexiest thing I can imagine happening. Alongside getting a first for Jay, a second for Matt, a third for BM, and cutting Jared Allen. That would give us a draft of 2 firsts, 2 seconds and 2 third rounders. We can build the shit out of a defense with that and still pick up a LT.

  • John Doe

    So why do you need a consultant if you end up hiring Chris Ballard?

    George McCaskey could have announced Chris Ballard as the new GM in the same Monday press conference.

    • AlbertInTucson

      That statement makes no sense to me.

      • Butkus

        Implication being why hire a consultant to point you to a known commodity?

        • AlbertInTucson

          The whole point of the exercise of hiring an outside consultant is that the existing management wouldn’t recognize a good candidtate, even if he WAS a known commodity.

          • Butkus

            I did phrase a question.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Whch, I believe, I answered.

          • Butkus

            Indeed.

          • John Doe

            Do you really believe Accorsi knows more about Ballard than anyone in Bears organization?

          • AlbertInTucson

            The fact that things like that seem to regularly escape the Bears Organization is why they had to hire an Accorsi.

          • John Doe

            We will see who the hires are but I continue to belive that bringing in a consultant is nothing more than a PR exercise to convince a deeply disappointed and skeptical fan base that we are doing something different.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            of course he is… he isn’t going to chose the best choice, but the choice you like the most.

      • GPLDAN
  • John Doe

    Comcast SportsNet @CSNChicago · 5m5 minutes ago

    Tom Gamble is #Bears’ safest bet in search for new GM: http://bit.ly/1tHJxTw (@CSNBoden) #BearsTalk

    • Butkus

      Accorsi has been a guy that is always one step in front of safe.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      This guy seems like the best option out there. He is directly connected with 2 of the best candidates… Vic Fangio and Rex Ryan.

      He’s the man.

  • BerwynBomber
  • Bearman68

    OK, so this guy was in the running last time, lost the job to Emery, got promoted by Emery, and Left for Kansas City. I’ve read the comments….Has anyone considered that not winning the job and working for the guy that did, might be a problem? That Emery promoting him may have more to do with Ballard being a finalist for Emery’s position? If the guy was a finalist for a position two ranks above him in the hierarchy, you can’t very well leave him a scout. Put yourselves in this Ballard guy’s shoes showing up at Halas Hall after Emery was named GM…it’s a no win situation for him.

    I hated Angelo too, that being said, his administration did have great success in the later rounds, you know when the scouts went to work and the front office people got about to slapping each others backs on their difference maker choices in the first two rounds and not interfering any further with the draft. Think about those difference makers they added, if you can remember their names. Tillman, Briggs, Jennings- late round dudes.

    This Ballard guy, he wants this job. While I’m sure all the canidates want a General Manager’s position, this Ballard guy wants the Bear job. This Ballard guy also worked for the Bears for 11 years, and despite that, he still wants this job. Commenters are looking at this as a negative quality, but I don’t. This guy knows what a clusterfuck of a front office they have, and still, HE WANTS THIS JOB. This guy has been privy to what Chicago Media can be like- AND HE STILL WANTS THIS JOB.

    Since they aren’t changing the structure, as long as this guy isn’t a closet pedophile, I say give the man the job. This guy has a passion for the Bears, I think that is his trump card.

    • Johnnywad

      Tillman – Early 2nd round. 35th player taken.
      Jennings- Free Agent

      Angelo- Hit a few early in Chicago, then nothing.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      I don’t care about his passions. Is he competent ? That’s the question.

      Enough with George wants to win badly, Ginny is pissed off, X has passion… what a hell is this ?

    • Irish Sweetness

      Ballard wants a pay rise is what Ballard wants.

      I always smile when I hear that “Angelo hit in the later rounds”.

      1. It’s not true. He drafted for 10+ years and got maybe four or five decent guys out of 70 picks.

      2. Missing out on the higher rounds (where you pay the lion’s share of cash) is what really costs a team, so saying that somebody ” hit in the later rounds” is just another way of saying they failed.

      He’s just an interviewee anyway, I don’t hink anyone believes he’ll get the job. And if he does get the job, then this is clown car #3.

  • BerwynBomber
  • BillW

    Serious qiestion: how or when will we know if the gm hire is a good one? I myself have no idea whatsoever. It took several years before I realized angelo was bad. If emery had made a more conventional hc hire I’d still think he was ok despite mcclellin and the cutler contract

    I don’t see anything good or bad about Ballard. Unfortunately I don’t think we will know anything at all until the first draft

    • John Doe

      But we can see the good done by Tom Gamble. And the results are clearly more impressive than Ballard and other names being considered.

      Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati, Navorro Bowman, Aldon Smith and Colin Kaepernick in 2010 and 2011. He wasn’t perfect: His first- and second-rounders in 2012 were A.J. Jenkins and LaMichael James.

      • Irish Sweetness

        “He wasn’t perfect: ” … Colin Kaepernick being exhibit number one.

        • John Doe

          Colin Kaepernick took them to Superbowl and they almost won.

          That makes Kaep pick a success. Doesn’t matter if Kaep develops into a good pocket passer or not.

    • GPLDAN

      Seconded.

      I really have no idea who is a good GM other than the kid from Indy.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      It depends on the situation he’s given.

      For example Emery failed, but was set to fail. Considering the situation he did rather good.

      But at the end of the day he went along with keeping Lovie and that ensured he’d fail. So he was good at his job, but it was the work job.

      The new GM has to chose the right HC, decide on Cutler, decide if he lets the HC chose his own DC/OC even if this DC/OC runs a different D/O, does he trade important players if they don’t fit the scheme or forces the HC to change his scheme.

      Every situation is different. I think the compromises are a key of evaluating a GM.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Chose = past tense. Choose = present.

        What did Emery do that was good, Barb? He signed about quarter of our salary cap on Allen/Cutler. That is lethal to a club’s success. We have the wort defense in franchise history and have never been in a bad shape as this (in my lifetime).

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Yeah… I know all these correct variations. But when you write them they come in an instinctive manner. It’s like… I’d make the same errors in romanian too…because of brain farts.

          I replied you on this topic a couple days ago:

          Allen: he was brought in late in FA. There was nobody else who could have bolstered the value of the D. You know what I’m saying ? It was either Allen or Cap Space.
          He didn’t cut or not resign a big player in order to have money for Allen.
          i always thought Allen was signed for the leadership role, having a image, a guy that can take the pressure off all the young players on D.

          Cutler: what should he have done ? Let him leave in FA a year ago ?

          PS: The D was historically bad because the DC was a total bum. Why did Emery hire such a bum to be the DC ? Because he was the only loser that accepted Lovie’s dying D in the first place.
          Emery’s error was not sacking Tucker after the first year… but Emery isn’t a wanker. He didn’t want to blame Tucker for the errors he and the Bears combined.
          It’s a form of accountability he paid with his head, but would have tuned successful in the long run.

    • Irish Sweetness

      It took about 2 years to twig Emery, we’d have to give the new guy the same … like we’re going anywhere, or are seriously thinking about becoming Seahawk fans.

  • GPLDAN

    If you combined personalities of Wannstedt, Jauron, Lovie & Trestman they would equal 1/1,000 of Rex Ryan. That’s what Bears need.

    I kinda get the feeling that Jeff is in the Rex Ryan camp. Anybody else sense that?

    • Butkus

      A lot of folks in NY thought Ryan was too much of a distraction with all his antics.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Give him credit, he did knock off a lot of the smack talk that was an issue and good defense seems to follow him around.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Ditka had nothing to work with in NO. They were terrible. I feel Ryan’s antics are a tell. It’ all smoke and mirrors with him. He and his brother lucked into a multi-million dollar career through nepotism alone and he knows it.

        I’d take Rex as DC in a heartbeat, but HC might be a bridge too far.

        • Butkus

          Tell me what positions I should be excited about on the Bears roster. I’m willing to bet than none or very few of the ones that fight in the trenches will be on your list.

  • GPLDAN

    Tre Boston and Bene Benwikere were this last draft’s 4th and 5th round picks for Carolina. Both have stepped into a starting roles and are playing some excellent football right now, one reason that Carolina may knock off the Cardinals 11-5 team.

    I think the Cards still win, the team showed me the toughness that Arians brought in Dallas, but man — it must be SOOOO nice to hit it big on 4th and 5th round secondary players who are playing like that.

    • Butkus

      Cards will be going home early.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Arizona’s Mr. Lindley finally found the endzone for a couple TD passes the first time in his career last week, but he also found opposing jerseys 3 times. On one INT you could see Bruce Arians ask “Where were you throwing the ball? ”

      The Cardinals would SEEM to be in need of huge games from their defense and special teams but their offense can’t keep turning the ball over like that.

      Carolina comes in having allowed no more than 17 points in their last 4 games.

      True, their opponents were all sub .500 teams but the Cards offense lately is really no better than any of those four Panther opponents and as good as the Cardinal D has been to get them this far, they seemed trumped by the mobility of Kaepernick and Wilson the last 2 weeks.

      • GPLDAN

        Must be crazy to be 11-5 and go on the road for a wildcard game. The Carolina factor may be enough to swing this, Palmer was at the helm in Dallas when they pulled off that gutty win.

        Should be a good one.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Cardinal Fans can’t catch a break. Palmer looking good for them and goes down but Stanton comes in shows he can win games.

          Then Stanton goes down.

          It’s tough enough to find a viable #2 in this league.

          Here’s a question I can’t answer off the top of my head:

          Last NFL Team to win a playoff game with their #3 QB as the starter?

          • CanadaBear

            Didn’t Houston win with a 3rd stringer a few years ago? Just looked it up, they beat Cincy with T.J. Yates after the 2011 season.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      That’s all about coaching and the value of the unit in general.

      If you take those and give them to Tucker they’d be pathetic most likely. Give them to Rivera and behind that Front 7 unit and they can perform at a solid level.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Cards are +6.5, money has come for DET, they were +8, now +6.5.

  • AlbertInTucson

    I’m not smart enough to say Chris Ballard is or isn’t the guy for GM but I think he has a solid resume’ and he certainly left the Bears under less of a cloud than Mike Ditka did after the 1966 season.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Are we comparing Ditka and Ballard? One’s a HOFer who won a superbowl as a player and as coach (3 if we count 1963). Ballard is …. some dude who didn’t achieve anything in the 12 years he was here already.

  • Irish Sweetness

    The doors of anti-perception. SMH.

    Manish Mehta @MMehtaNYDN

    Sentiment in league circles is that Chris Ballard would be a natural fit with the Bears, where he spent many years in scouting dept. #nyj

    Retweeted by DaBearsBlog

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      ‘Sentiment in league circles’ is he most vanilla way of pushing for an agenda.

      It’s a strange tweet coming from the main journalist of the Jets, while the Jets plan on interviewing Ballard.

    • Jack Lacan

      Irish – Please send me that joke (which I could not find on Blog) about “sense the presence”…
      I want to tell my grandson that one because he likes Star Wars…Darth Vader was in it wasn’t he?
      Anyway, when you’ve got a moment. Ok?
      Best, Jack

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Why are the Bears interviewing HC candidates ? they should focus all their time/ money on the GM position.
    Basically you are wasting your and their time… the new GM is the man that choses the HC. Focus on him.

    I don’t know what the fuck this consultant is doing… is he payed on the hour ? He was hired to help on the process… well he either isn’t helping much or doesn’t have no fucking idea.

    Think about it… the Jets are interviewing Ballard before the Bears will. And he isn’t the first GM candidate interviewed, I think.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      the only way the Bears nab a good/great potential GM if he has freedom/power in choosing his own HC.
      if the Bears continue doing what they’re doing they’ll end up with a 2nd tier/bum GM. Or someone like Ballard who wants the job no matter what… based on passion rather than rationale.

    • Butkus

      The Bears interviewing candidates is crucial to the process. Coaches need to know that we are interested in them. Arians waited in a hotel room in Chicago for the call that never came.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Arians didn’t want the job as it was presented to him.

        That hotel story is ridiculous.

  • CHARLIE

    JEFF I AM WITH YOU I LIKE BALLARD AND I HOPE THE BEARS SIGN HIM VERY SOON

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