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Bears Couldn’t Beat the Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl…

| June 8th, 2015

…so they went out and signed Tracy Porter, a guy who did.

Two questions.

1. Does this move being made reflect upon the current state of the position in Chicago? (It’s not all that good but does this mean the coaches saw something worse than we expected?)

2. Wouldn’t Charles Tillman have been a better option than Tracy Porter?

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  • 1) Alan Ball has been hurt. Porter is insurance in case he can’t get healthy. Likely those 2 compete for 1 roster spot in camp, IMO.

    2) Tillman was a much more expensive option. Ball probably signed for veteran minimum. They chose Ball over Tillman, both had virtually same contract.

    Also, don’t forget they wanted the old guard out to start over. New leadership in place, both in front office, coaching staff, and players. And they didn’t want sentimentality getting in the way of playing younger guys if they’ve earned the PT, and didn’t want to offend the vets in a situation like that.

  • BearDown100393

    Other than Gould & Fote, who is left on that Super Bowl team?

    • Gould is the only one left. Forte entered the NFL in 2008; Bears were in the SB in 2006.

      Last year they also had Garza, Briggs, and Tillman.

      • BearDown100393

        Thanks

      • Scharfinator

        We might have won had we had rookie Forte 🙂

        • I dunno, Thomas Jones was a beast that year, probably better than rookie Forte IMO

          • Scharfinator

            It’s definitely a thought… I was more hoping he’d replace “Run into the backs of my linemen” Benson.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Love-handles couldn’t even figure out Benson v. Jones.
            He would’ve gone full-blown Scanners head explosion with a conundrum like Forte vs. Jones.
            OTOH, we would’ve skipped the whole Trestmannnn era and gone with Rivera had that happened. Not a bad alternate reality.

  • Trac

    This is a Saints connection signing, nothing more. Camp body at worst, depth at best.

  • BerwynBomber

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog “Mike Francesa just described Joe DiMaggio as “the most miserable human being that’s ever lived.” That CAN’T be true, can it?”

    The Richard Ben Cramer biography, which by most accounts is top-notch and well-researched, paints DiMaggio as a rather loathsome human being. Only read an excerpt of it — some years back/forgot where — but it was pretty damning. Joltin’ Joe had a strong Ray McDonald streak in him (he swatted around MM and a few other of his “broads”) and seemed to live his entire life based around a “What’s in it for me?” mentality.

    Mickey Mantle, OTH, was apparently a very likeable guy, just one who became addicted to the bottle during the course of his career and thereafter.

    • BearDown100393

      Ty Cobb

    • AlbertInTucson

      Betting Mantle used the booze as a painkiller. He had knee trouble even BEFORE he REALLY tore it up in the 1951 world series.

    • NewBearInTown

      For athletes? Guys like OJ Simpson, Ryan Leif, or Titus Young all come to mind…

  • Irish Sweetness

    I went looking for highlights, all I got was the SB INT.

    • BerwynBomber

      He had an INT against Favre in the NFCC that year at the end of regulation. Check out the clip. The one Minny announcer is hilarious.

      • Trac

        “This is not Detroit man, this is the Super Bowl”. Hahaha

  • Irish Sweetness

    Props to the USMNFT for that comeback against Holland. That was awesome.

    • Trac

      Blind squirrel?

      • Irish Sweetness

        The Dutch have a WC qualifier next week, so they might have rested a few, I don’t know. Awesome comeback either way, the Dutch don’t have bad players on their squad.

        • Scharfinator

          I dunno, their back line was pretty undisciplined. Led to our 2nd and 4th.

          • Irish Sweetness

            AND THEN YOU BEAT GERMANY !!!!!

            What’s going on?

  • AlbertInTucson

    Um,, OK, Blackhawks, you’ve dug the hole deep enough.

    • Trac

      Down but not out!

    • Stat of the day from Twitter: Blackhawks under Q are 30-30 in games 1-3 of a series and 40-14 in games 4-7. This is usually when they figure it out.

      • willbest

        That is either quality coaching, or one ridiculously long warmup

      • AlbertInTucson

        I hear you JW, but remember, I am a nervous, pessimistic old guy.

        • they’ve been there, done that. And if it doesn’t happen this year, it would suck, but not the end of the world, because they’ve won 2 recently and their best 2 players are both just entering their primes.
          I’d be 10000x more nervous for Bears, because I want to see them win one so badly.

          • BearDown100393

            The Bears will never win a Stanley Cup…. 🙂

          • Viva

            Well done.

        • Big Mike

          Get off my lawn.

      • Big Mike

        From your data sheet to the god’s ears.

  • Trac

    All the angst against the Cheese aside, it’s a crying shame that in this day of technology and replay capabilities, a team can get swindled out of a victory like the Cheese were in this game.

    The Seahawks were coronated by the NFL. Truly an injustice to football purists.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cnGa6ycrYYM

    • beninnorcal

      Puck the Fackers

  • willbest

    “Interesting how people covering NFL teams seem uncomfortable with silence. There is nothing to report right now for most teams. That’s okay”

    Most people like to feel useful. If you report on a team and aren’t on vacation this week, you basically show up and play freecell for a week (or whatever the kids these days play). A situation which can work your mind over even if you know things are going to pick back up in a few weeks.

    • NewBearInTown

      What I would like to see more of in a typical off-season would be to take some of these quiet stretches to go back and review the previous season. I figure, a quiet month would allow four articles, each covering one quarter of the season. Look at what worked, what didn’t, what players stood out for better or for worse. Stuff like that.

      Problem here is that the Bears are a completely new team this year, so a lot of that stuff is gone. Still, you can probably spotlight a few carryover players or plays that worked.

      Would also like to take a three week stretch to zero on the division opponents. Take a week to look at each team’s previous season, strengths, weaknesses all that good stuff.

      But writers like Jeff don’t write about that sort of thing. They don’t like to analyze (because they freely admit there are others that are better at it); they don’t like to talk about things too far in the future (because the stories get stale); they like to write about what fans should be excited about right now. And right now, there isn’t anything.

      Jeff also likes to take the perspective of the everyman fan – the fan that doesn’t really understand route tree concepts or cap management. That fan is watching the Stanley Cup, the NBA finals or some other sport right now. That fan looks at the piece analyzing the third quarter of last season (when we already knew we were terrible) and turns the page.

      • Dan Durkin is great with this, IMO. Does film study when nothing’s going on and publishes what he finds.

  • Sactowns#1

    Yeah I would much rather have Peanut. The guy is a proven leader with the ability to energize the defense. We will miss you nut.

  • Waffle

    Boys, I was watching the hawks game last night with my brother in law and my wife’s uncle (who is only about 5yrs older than us) and it’s was surreal because there is a very real possibility that he won’t make it to the Hawks next Cup appearance next year. He’s got a rare form of cancer and it’s moving so quickly that it looks like they are even taking a stem cell transplant off of the table unless the radiation does the trick and holds the cancer at bay.
    The reason I’m saying this on this blog is because he is my partner in crime for everything from BBQ’s to Bears games to advice on my career. It was and is a blast watching games with him and he understands why we all get so crazy about the Bears. It’s crazy to think that 6 months ago no one knew that this day would come, that’s how fast this has happened.
    Cancer, death, unexpected tragedy has a way of sometimes making you question what the hell is even the point of life and I fear that he is at that point or is starting to let his thoughts creep into those areas as he is starting to understand that his chances may be getting slimmer of even a couple of years of survival. His wife and teen daughter are struggling with the fact that he may be gone very soon but are putting on brave faces. What makes it worse is that he’s actually a great guy and we love him so much that to possibly lose him makes it that much worse. If he was a Packer fan it would make it easier i’d think.
    If you’re a praying man please send up a quick one for him. If you’re not a praying man please do me a solid and hold your kids or other loved ones a little longer today/tonight/whenever and tell them that they are special, you love them and that your life is better because they’re in it.
    Go Bears, Go Hawks.

    • damn, Waffle, sorry to hear that. Cancer sucks so hard.

      • Waffle

        Thanks Wood, this family is South Side Irish, super tightknit and it’s been surreal. I was looking at a picture of some of the aunts in a group picture at some bar after the 85 super bowl and they’re all raising their glasses and right in the middle of the picture is Otis Wilson, drunk to all hell, wearing a fucking fur coat like a super pimp. one of the best pictures of all time.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I hear you. Folks I hold dear are dropping around me like flies these days.

      • Waffle

        Al, over the last month, my co-workers best friend was shot in a cell phone robbery in Chicago, one of my best friends is dying of cancer, my neighbor just lost a kid to pediatric cancer, etc.
        I long for the days when my biggest disappointment was Mike Green at safety.

        • AlbertInTucson

          If they had told me when I was a kid that as you approach your 50s and 60s friends and loved ones would begin to disappear left and right, I’d have run away screaming and never slept thru the night again.

          My last 2 trips to Chicago in August and April were for a dear friend’s (exactly my age) memorial and the funeral for my older brother.

          When they tell you “Gettin’ old ain’t for sissies.” THIS is what they are talking about.

          • SC Dave

            Yup. A woman I used to date once wrote me in response to finding out about her step-father having brain cancer… “We’ll watch this happen over and over as we get older until it is our turn. What a thought. I know we all say live life to the fullest, but I don’t know anyone who really does. “

          • Scharfinator

            The more tragedy you experience, the more it makes you realize how precious it all is. Living life to the fullest all the time is hard, but our lives have potent reminders in them.

          • Joecashflow

            Very interesting. You need to get out more and focus on that.

        • Viva

          My cousin’s 9 month old baby boy just died of cancer. All I do when I see my kids now is hug them and hope little Danny can feel it in eternity.
          Enjoy every minute you can with your friend!

          • Waffle

            I knew i liked you Viva, Rory O is the man. i was heartbroken when Danny Boy left us.

          • Viva

            Small world, Waff. My mom said Rory and Mary’s friends have been amazing, and are sending them and their girls to Disneyland. My Uncle Danny and Aunt Patty are the kind of people I try to emulate in life, they are both broken hearted beyond words. Danny is my moms little bro. Retired Chicago Police Officer.

            My guess is that the next time you see them you will have a lot to talk about. Give them a big squeeze from me. And ignore half the stories you hear…

        • Trac

          To me, life is a gift Yonny. Even taking into account physical or medical condition’s. I try to look at life as a precious opportunity and to see it through the eyes of Christ is a blessing. Sometimes in the face of terrible circumstances, only then can the true value of it be appreciated. For me, there is always the hope of a better place we go to upon the completion of this life. There is no other hope better than that!

    • Trac

      Will do my man.

    • beninnorcal

      Sorry to hear that Johnny, scary stuff. Hope for the best, man. Fucking cancer, I work in healthcare and I’m pretty sure big things are on the horizon to fight cancer. I’d hate to be that guy or have a loved one who was lost by something that would be curable a few years later. Sorry, man

    • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

      Sorry to hear that Johnny. Hang in there brother.

    • Johnnywad

      Sorry Johnny. Never been a hockey fan. I am now. Let’s get this one ‘Hawks.

    • Jack Lacan

      Chin up as they say in the U.K..
      I’m certain everyone on this thing is hoping and praying for the best.
      Best regards – Jack

    • SC Dave

      Bummer… my condolences. While it may take some time to understand, you may ultimately get to the point where watching the decline was the worst of it.

      In the end, what you will be left with is the love you felt and shared. So share on, brother.

    • tobijohn

      FWIW, a prayer for your uncle, John. I watched my mother fight this fight when I was in my early 20s (she was 45 when she lost). It might seem like a losing cause but you have to maintain hope. It might be foolish sentiment but sometimes communal positivity can work miracles. It didn’t work with my mom but I’ve seen it work plenty of times with others who weren’t given a chance. Hang in there…

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      Absolutely, maing. Hang in there and enjoy the time you have remaining with him.

    • DaMurph

      Will do Johnny, enjoy every moment and live it large!

    • Bears-4-Ever

      I’ll keep him my prayers. Watching a loved one suffer is never easy. Stay strong for him and he’ll fight his best fight knowing that you are in his corner. Remember one thing, you would not be the person you are without him in your life. Even when the Big Man calls him home, he’ll still be living inside you.

    • Big Mike

      Sorry to hear this. Defer the sadness, squeeze the juice out of life. Go to a strip club, go to a game. Get tickets for the Bears home opener. Go to training camp. I helped a friend with a couple bucket list items, (he was 70+ with cancer and was given a year). They were uplifting experiences for me. My buddy had a blast. Now I have great memories and no regrets. I miss the heck out of him. But we went out swinging.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Interesting how people covering NFL teams seem uncomfortable with silence. There is nothing to report right now for most teams. That’s okay.”

    The NFL probably can’t stand that the NBA finals is doing well in the ratings.

  • frank

    I was just screaming the same thing what the f–k were they thinking guys

  • Big Mike

    “There’s a reason these coaches are very successful,” Allen said. “I love the way that Vic explains it. And then coach [Clint] Hurtt, I didn’t really get it last year, but he’s phenomenal coach and the breakdown of it. It is [different]. They’re going to teach you where, what, why and how you’re supposed to be there. For me, that makes it easy. And to install something, watch the film on it and then bring out to the practice field and then go back and watch it, it is cool.”

    That’s what I’m saying.

    • Trac

      Yeah Mike, having “proven professionals” running the Bears is huge in my book. I just don’t get the boy scout attitude towards them by some on here. Men coaching men is what it’s all about if we are to have any chance at building a winner in Chicago.

      I just don’t get the sense from Jeff that he’s really impressed with this current coaching staff for some reason. Maybe it’s the lack of enthusiasm that comes across in his threads(or lack of them) recently, at least that’s how it seems. I’ve always been a Lovie fan but I never found myself enamored with his coaching style, not like I find myself looking at Fox’s regime anyhow. To me, the sky is the limit with this group of coaches.

      This blog is supposed to be a support mechanism and catalyst for enthusiasm for Bears fans but recently, it’s seems if there isn’t a social angle, Jeff’s heart just isn’t in it anymore. I’m really starting to wonder.

      • Big Mike

        The off season brings out filler. More social angles during this time period. In season, Jeff’s almost always has a good football topic/angle.

        • Trac

          You’re prolly right Mike. I do remember the early Lovie years on the blog though, Jeff had a lot more enthusiasm back then.

          • Big Mike

            This team can wear on you. I really try to shut down from looking at anything football related from after the draft to until camp. It’s all just speculation and one blogger citing another blogger as a source and projecting a headline that pretends to have some insight into something the Bears have done. In reality, it’s an article that might have a hint of an interpretation of an action that could possibly indicate the direction the team might take.

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Never understood why Montana to Clark is referred to as “The Catch”. It’s one of the most amazing throws in NFL history.
    The legend is that Montana was actually just trying to throw it away (it wasn’t 4th down) and Clark just went up after the ball and made ‘The Catch”.

  • The GP
    • BearDown100393

      So did Albert Haynesworth. I don’t mind players trying to get paid to the max but the rhetoric borders offensive. At the end of the day, these guys still make millions. How much of that remains in the bank at the end of the career is up to them.

      • The GP

        We could really use Mo Wilkerson. But we’re not going to pay him what he thinks he is worth.

        There is a rumor that Suh was overpayed by the Fish because they wanted to:

        1. Get to the cap floor
        2. Fuck other teams by skewing the DT market knowing it would especially hurt the Jets

        • Waffle

          Wilkerson was picked one slot behind Carimi. That ilicited a “fuck” out of me last night as I was doing some draft research.

          • Big Mike

            FUCK, FUCK. FUCK.

          • The GP

            Carimi is a free agent. He could come back.

          • Big Mike

            Whatever.. at a market rate for a back up, no problem. But drafting him where he was drafted for the results he provided. SMH especially since Wilkerson went next.

          • The GP

            I know. Glitchy’s finest hour. Fucking Johnny Harbaugh on that draft got Glitchy his nickname and his ticket out of town as Teddy Ballgame needed to CYA.

            At the time, the logic would have been that Wilkerson was a 3-4 guy not suited to the Bears system.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Except even Suh isn’t worth that “Suh Money” number.

  • Sactowns#1

    For those of you in the Chicago area these guys are coming to town next month. You should check them out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vIIvlg9DoQ

  • The GP

    We need this lady to be a Chicago sports anchor

    http://tinyurl.com/o3nchmp

  • The GP

    A decade later, to avoid arrest for the 1997 torture, murder and gruesome dismemberment of his boss, whose head he placed on a stick in Tonawanda, Richard Matt fled to Mexico, where he was soon locked up for a fatal bar-room fight where he slashed two men across the throat with a razor while they begged for mercy. He tried to escape the police, making it to the roof of a Mexican prison before he was shot in the shoulder, his son, Nicholas Harris, 23, told the newspaper.

    “This guy has bullet holes on his body. He’s been shot like nine times. It’s like they can’t kill him,” Harris was quoted as saying in the Buffalo News.

    I think your pop’s lucky streak is about to end, kid.

    • SC Dave

      Let’s hope so

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Ives isn’t wrong often. And he’s not wrong now. https://twitter.com/soccerbyives/status/608734755060895744 …”

    I think the guy is really stretching a point.

    US Men’s Soccer is still quite a ways off from being a serious World Cup threat.

    • Exactly.

    • Irish Sweetness

      You’re joking. They just beat two of the best teams in the world … including a spectacular comeback against the Orange … and have qualified for every WC since 1990. The USA are a world power in football.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Your cheek going to be VERY sore if you don’t get your tongue out it.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I’m SERIOUS !!

          What’s the serious font?

          (It’s the lack of a sarcastic font, Irish)

          Oh.

  • The GP
  • Miller time? Too bad he’s made of China.

    “The window for Miller swung open last summer when Bennett was suspended for conduct detrimental to the team. So his production in the exhibition against the Eagles wasn’t in the second half against defensive players that were soon to be released. He began to click with quarterback Jay Cutler on the practice field and it was apparent when he made a back-shoulder catch in the end zone with Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans
    in tight coverage…Miller had an impressive offseason and training camp a year ago before catching six passes for 68 yards and two touchdowns in the exhibition opener against the Eagles. ”

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-zach-miller-biggs-bears-spt-0607-20150606-story.html

    • Irish Sweetness

      Loved what I saw of him last year. Skillz.

  • AlbertInTucson

    The Good News: Hawks tie the series.

    The Bad news: Expert concensus is they’ve been outplayed in all 4 games so far.

    • Big Mike

      lets win the series and get outplayed in all 6 games

    • Bender McLugh

      what an incredible last 3 minutes of that game last night……..the epitome of why playoff hockey is just so freakin excellent

  • AlbertInTucson

    Happy Trails, Sir Christopher Lee at 91. One HELL of an acting career!

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