145 Comments

Bears Have Defenders To Do Things. Fox & Fangio Must Make Hitting Rodgers One of Them.

| June 1st, 2015

fangio

Jared Allen showed in 2014 he is still more than capable of being an every down 4-3 defensive end (when not battling the effects of a debilitating illness). Willie Young was arguably the entire team’s MVP – providing the pass rush that was sorely lacking the year previous. David Bass continued to display his penchant for making the big play. Christian Jones showed he’s a professional linebacker. Jay Ratliff played a few of the best games a Bears tackle has played in twenty-years. Lamarr Houston was the best run defender and most idiotic celebrater for half the season.

The Bears defense has guys who can do some things. But how those things are utilized by John Fox and Vic Fangio will make or break the Bears defense in 2015.

The key word: aggression.

One can spend hours dissecting what the Bears need to accomplish in 2015 in order to contend for a postseason berth. One is not writing this column. If the Bears want to challenge for the NFC North they have to do one thing: hit Aaron Rodgers. Hit Aaron Rodgers with an alarming frequency. Make him consistently uncomfortable. Make clear to him that sitting in the pocket and throwing the deep post to Jordy Nelson or sideline go to Randall Cobb comes with the price tag of a painful grimace and the extended hand of an offensive lineman.

Fox and Fangio know this is a transitional season on the defensive side of the ball. Hell, half the defensive roster will basically be on one-year deals. With expectations for 2015 being as low for this franchise as they’ve been in more than a decade, the defensive coaching brain trust should set their sights on disrupting the balance of power in the NFC North by physically disrupting its best player.

Tagged: , , ,

  • BearDown100393

    Last season was a complete washout for Jared Allen. The guy was sick, dropped weight like crazy and gutted out what he could do for a crappy defense run by a crappier defensive coordinator overseen by the crappiest head coach. Really want to see Allen contribute this season in better health and with the new coaching staff.

    • willbest

      amen

    • AlbertInTucson

      Jared Allen as linebacker. I have a tough time visualizing that.

  • The GP
    • BearDown100393

      Over/under 20 turnovers this season for #6?

      • willbest

        I will take the under, I feel he is going to miss 3-4 games.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I don’t think John Fox will stick with him long enough to turn it over 20 times.

        • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

          So you’re predicting Cutler is out by week 8. Got it.

          • AlbertInTucson

            He showed he WAS capable of not being a turnover machine during the Season-Of-The-Broken-Thumb.

    • Irish Sweetness

      They wrote an ‘article’ on Jay Cutler throwing a pass in practice. Jeez.

      Has the season started yet?

  • The GP
    • Bear Down in Tampa

      Should I go to Game 2 or Game 5?

      • Bender McLugh

        won’t be no Game 5… Hawks in 4!

      • Viva

        Both.

      • burntorangenavyblue

        I can’t believe the owners in Tampa are pulling the Nashville 2.0 style of limiting tickets to only Florida residents. I don’t have a business degree and I know that’s a turrible business decision

  • Doc Hamstring

    Hit the QB? What a revolutionary concept! Hopefully no one figures out this nefarious plan!

    • BearDown100393

      The trick is making QB contact and not getting flagged 15 yards. Good luck.

    • NewBearInTown

      Plan for the offense? Score touchdowns.
      Plan for the defense? Don’t let the other team score touchdowns.
      Pretty straightforward right?

      • Doc Hamstring

        I’ve heard the super-secret strategy for winning is… to score more points than the other team.

        Hopefully the Bears will achieve that strategy this year.

  • Trac

    The hopes of Bears fans will hang on Jay Cutler once again. No matter what happens on defense this year, a good Jay on game day is a must if the Bears are to put pressure on Greenbay for the division title.

    • beninnorcal

      Actually, I propose that it DOES matter what happens on defense. Namely, that we don’t allow GB to march and score EVERY time they touch pig skin.

      • Trac

        If bad Jay shows up, it won’t matter.

        • BearDown100393

          If?

      • Trac

        For what it’s worth, I will be drafting the Bears defense if I play FF this year.

  • NewBearInTown

    I share Jeff’s sentiment that hitting opposing quarterbacks is a good thing. I do not agree that that should be the sole focus of the defense.
    Lovie Smith built a defense around the concept of generating takeaways in a very well known, but perfectly executed scheme.
    Buddy Ryan built a defense around the concept of generating sacks and pressures in a new and unknown scheme.
    Vic Fangio built a defense in San Francisco around the concept of stopping the run.
    John Fox in Denver built a defense around putting some decent players on the field that didn’t get in Peyton Manning’s way when he was scoring 50 points a game.
    There are different ways to win on D. The strength of the D this year will likely not be the pass rush (though we do have some guys that can rush). I suspect we will be better at forcing offenses to pass and hoping our DBs can generate turnovers. That’s sort of hybrid of Smith and Fangio.
    The key, in my mind, is to develop a defensive identity. We haven’t had one since Lovie left. We need an offensive identity too, but that’s not the point of this article.
    If Fangio can create an identity for our defense. If he can create a culture that Goldman, Fuller and the next round of recruits can seize onto and develop. Then we will be a better team.
    Then it won’t matter who’s playing quarterback for the other team. They can talk about stopping us instead.

    • The GP

      We’re going to be a 3-4 team for the first time in team history. At a time when teams are moving hybrid, even the Steelers will be looking at some 4 down looks this year – and they are a staunch 3-4 club.

      Hybrid is the future – and so I hope our identity comes in the Pats mold of extreme flexibiliy and adapting to the other team’s strengths. That is what made the Pats D what it was.

      Well that – and cheating by having the other team’s playbook. That helped too.

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        Actually, we were 3-4 after week 7 last season, right?

        (I know)

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      we had an identity the last couple years. unfortunately that identity was INCOMPETENCE.

    • I think Fangio will continue his philo of stopping the run first (Goldman, Terry Williams) and confusing with multiple looks (basically everyone on D can play multiple positions).

      D coaches don’t really change much, for better or worse. Lovie will die with the Cover who in Tampa, Buddy Ryan tried the 46 in philly (Cautionary tales?) and Fangio will likewise try to recreate his success in in Chi with the SF formula.

      Fangio’s scheme might take a while for the players to learn though since it is more exotic than the traditional cover 2 base.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Shame about Willie Young, but it will be interesting to see if they can generate a consistent pass rush. Shea and Jones inside stuffing the run? That hardly inspires confidence.

      The only way I see anything interesting happen is if they go with a lot of 2 linebacker looks, and stack the line with big bodies. Lovie’s bend-don’t-break defense didn’t cut the opponent down, and we need to be doing that. We haven’t given the offense a break in a couple of seasons now.

      Here’s hoping Goldman, McPhee and Terry Williams can change the game for us.

      • NewBearInTown

        Say whatever you want about Lovie, his defense worked. We were at or near the top of the league in defense almost every year he coached here. And we had some lousy rosters during those stretches.

        • Johnnywad

          It really only worked against slightly above average offenses and worse. In the Golden Era of quarterbacking, it was not enough to bend but not break. The good ones just took what Lovie’s defense gave them and moved the chains without much trouble. His defense was ideally suited to keep the score low against ordinary quarterbacks, which most are, which led to a successful, but not championship level defense. IMHO

          • dale

            and you are one hundred percent correct! The defensive ranking looked good only because as an average the Bears only played six teams with winning records, while winning 8,9,10 games. Looks good ranking wise but the ugly truth was we were never good enough to win a playoff game. The offense was average with the likes of Hester, Knox, as our big weapons. Lol, add that to an average defense and, presto! One and done! I think fangio will turn this d around rather quickly, to be respectable. And that will be a welcome change indeed!

  • The GP

    Trac –

    I have summed up the West’s decline into the heathen fire pit of depravity and Godlessness in two simple images. Thank me later…..

    http://tinyurl.com/qjf2tap

    http://tinyurl.com/o33363k

    • Bender McLugh

      Caitlyn Jenner?

    • She would be a 9 in Wisconsin.

      • The GP

        Zing!

      • BearDown100393

        “Ms Packer”

        • AlbertInTucson

          Double “Zing”!

      • Irish Sweetness

        Covered in fleece ….

    • AlbertInTucson

      Call me “Disillusioned.”

      I remember cheering him (her?) on to victory in the 1976 Olympic Decathlon in Montreal.

    • AlbertInTucson

      A testament to the art of makeup, lighting and the skill of photographer, Annie Lebovitz.

      • SC Dave

        Related to Leni Riefenstahl?

        • AlbertInTucson

          I don’t believe Ms. Lebovitz was ever a Nazi Propagandist.

          • SC Dave

            I should never post when drinking. Associations become too free.

      • BearDown100393

        …. & photoshop & animatronics & CGI & Frank Oz….

      • Doc Hamstring

        And surgery, too.

    • Irish Sweetness

      (Vomits on self)

    • Big Mike

      I’m open minded, but this shit turns my stomach. Which in turn makes me feel like a jerk. I just wish he/she was quiet about it.

      • Doc Hamstring

        The reason she’s NOT quiet about it is because trans people have been hidden so long.

        Either that, or being exposed to the Kardashians has made Jenner as much of a fame whore.

        All that surgery she’s had so far to feminize her features is expensive, and someone’s gotta pay for it. Residuals from 1976 Wheaties boxes weren’t doing it.

        • Big Mike

          I don’t disagree. Making it more visible, makes it more acceptable. I was sharing my honest reaction to it. My choice is to ignore it and look away.

  • It seems like POX had a plan for the D. As crazy as it sounds, Lach and Shea have some similarities (not least of which sucking out of position).

    One of the major similarities (besides size) is struggling with disengaging blockers. As great as Lach was at many facets, he struggled with shedding blocks. So, the brain trust put some big boys like Ted Washington in front of him like to gobble up blocks and free him. (later, Harris essentially did the same in a different way by being so disruptive he freed up his LBs like Atkins over in Cincy).

    So the Bears rave about Shea at ILB, and in then load up on girth at DT.

    They draft a very stout 335 pound Goldman, then later sign 330 pound Terry Williams for insurance.

    I think this was to free up the LBs, but specifically Shea.

    And if they struggle in their first year, Ratliff has made the PB at NT in a 3-4, so he can come in a pinch (though likely they’d prefer him at DE).

    Shea lacks the “quick twitch” and power to be DE, but hey, Lach would’ve sucked there too.

    Maybe Shea can utilize his long speed in chasing down HBs and dropping back, and even occasionally blitzing (Shea is actually superior to Lach in that).

    The MAJOR question is whether Shea has the football acumen and instincts to anchor the ILB like a professional NFL starter, never mind HOF Lach.

    Fangio and gang seem to be more optimistic than me, but I’m looking forward to seeing if Shea can succeed in his natural position.

    • DaCoaches Mustache

      If they are really designing the defense around Shea we are fucked in the ass this year.

      • No winner winner chicken dinner?

        I think it’s a bit of both. Ideally, the Dline keeps the LBs clean to make plays no matter what. Every D coach adheres to this.

        It also just so happens that Shea REALLY needs that since his weakness is disengaging (unlike say Wagner who can shed them like flies)

        But Fangio is going about it a different way. Instead of relying on a Tommie Harris, they’re relying on the Ted Washington model (as yours truly has been advocating for a few seasons now).

        If a team snags a Tommie Harris, that’s great because he knifes up field so fast that it frees up the LBs. But to paraphrase the great squirrel nut, there’s no dominant 3 tech tree .

        It’s much easier to land a fat boy who can occupy space and hopefully collapse the pocket. (this past draft alone there must have been like 5 decent ones)

        On a related note, it’s much easier to find a a 3-4 edge rusher than a 4-3 DE (again, every team would love a Watt but nature doesn’t just roll those of the assembly line).

        So going forward it will much easier (theoretically) to draft. The Bears should have more options.

        Like always, just gotta hit on the picks, and the rest is coaching.

        Christian Jones might be the emergency plan though.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Sigh. Harris was never the same after the injury.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Screw the 3 down linemen thing. I want to see a LOT of the following :

          Allen / Rat / 8-ball Williams / Goldmember / Houston and I guess Ego or Sutton, although I love neither but they’re on the payroll. 5 man chaos on the line methinks.

        • Doc Hamstring

          I thought a “penetrating” D-line DIDN’T keep the LBs clean. Which is why a “gap-control” scheme (like Jauron ran, or like most odd-man fronts are) lets the LBs range free–which is why Urlacher was such a terror when he had Traylor and the other fat guy at DT.

    • SC Dave

      An excellent analysis, Butch.

    • Johnnywad

      Are you high Butch?

      • Just a lil, why do u ask?

        • Johnnywad

          Doc beat me to it. Lach had more ability to play the position, or any position, in his ball sack than Shea possesses on his best day. They just don’t belong side by side in any comparison.

          I hope your estimation of where this is going is even in the ball park of being accurate. I just don’t see it. I don’t see one damn thing Shea has done consistently that would suggest playing in a different defense is going to make him salvageable. As you stated, he’s got no “quick twitch”. Its not just important for DE’s.

    • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

      I disagree with your paragraph 8. The only thing for which Shea is superior to Lach is sucking.

      • BearDown100393

        And hair.

      • The sack part? I’d be surprised if Lach had 10 sacks in his career. I know the system didn’t call for him blitzing much, but when lach and Briggs for that matter crowded the gaps, I’m pretty sure offenses weren’t losing any sleep over it

        • SC Dave
          • AlbertInTucson

            Close.

          • True, I looked it up to double check, and sure enough, he wasn’t bad at sacks esp early in his career when he was more athletic and had a dominant Dline.

            I think I was just remembering the last few seasons when he had 9 sacks in seven years.

            Still, I do think that Shea edges him in rushing the passer just from watching games. Shea does have a knack for getting pressure, however, he’s sort of a one trick pony and rarely closes the deal..

    • Irish Sweetness

      It’s been a long time since we’ve had some fat bastards on that line. Let’s go.

    • Big Mike

      I’m on record as being possibly the most hopeful Bears fan out there for Shea. But he simply lacks explosion. It’s hardly mentioned, but I’ll say it. He tackles like a p***y. Always chasing, ending up under the guy he tackles, rarely is he squared up and tackling through a guy. Go watch tape. You won’t see it.

      That doesn’t mean if he’s kept clean he can’t be effective. He’s just never going to drill anyone and I don’t see him meeting a guy in the A gap and dropping for a loss.

      • Doc Hamstring

        I think we all WANT Shea to become good/great. It’s just that many of us think he was a poor fit at first, and then never developed into whatever skill-set he might’ve had.

      • AlbertInTucson

        What? You don’t think he’s suddenly going to show “Explosive” at this point in his career?

        Me, neither.

        • Big Mike

          Always going to be a chaser, grabber type tackler. What’s interesting while projecting who will be a chaser/grabber type tackler is very difficult at a young age, a characteristic that is apparent as early as 6th grade are kids who explode through tackles. Every year I have a few boys who do that. Almost without question they turn into very good HS ball players.

      • True, he lacks explosion/violence, but Lach was never a hammer either. I remember him getting trucked by “the bus”. But Lach got bigger, and that helped out.

        Maybe Shea can pack some more pounds and not have the body of a substitute teacher.

        I think at this point I’m just hoping he’ll be salvageable, but Fangio and crew are definitely giving him every chance to succeed.

        • Big Mike

          I’m hoping. Lacking explosion and violence isn’t a death blow. Just like with Urlacher. He rarely stuck a guy and drove him back. It happened, but we’re comparing a HOFer with a 1st round bust..

  • AlbertInTucson

    One hand washes the other. Changes on defense will mean little or nothing if the offense doesn’t take care of and move the football.

  • SC Dave

    Now that’s more like it, Jeff!

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Multiple Rangers fans were asked to remove their jerseys upon entrance. https://twitter.com/kerrysayers/status/605400503741227008
    What a pathetic, cowardly policy.

    • BearDown100393

      Florida. Enough said.

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        The armpit of Florida at that.

        • BearDown100393

          Yep.
          Nastier than Olin’s unwashed jockstrap.

        • went to Tampa every January from 7th grade through senior year of HS for a choir thing. Stayed in a nice hotel, which had 3 obvious strip clubs within view of the lobby.

          I’m sure plenty of people could find a way to enjoy Tampa. (for me it was Busch Gardens, which is awesome)

      • Doc Hamstring

        “Florida, where we don’t have a state income tax because we tax the bujeezus out of tourists instead. What, we’re discouraging tourism? Oh well, we’re fuckin’ Florida!”

        • Bender McLugh

          and even that doesn’t slow tourism down

    • series hasn’t even started and the lightning are already publicly announcing their fear of the Blackhawks. Love it.

      • BearDown100393

        Steve Yzerman should be embarrassed over this policy. This was not how Ilitch rebuilt the Wings.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Guess AP took Zimmer seriously…

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/12995316

    • BerwynBomber

      Saw that. Not good news for us. Was thinking maybe another HOFer, a’la Suh, might leave the division.

      Btw, how many future HoFers play in NFCN? Rodgers, AP, Megatron, Matthews (maybe)? Is that pretty much the list? Maybe Forte?

      • BearDown100393

        Does anyone know how much is left in the tank for AP anyway?

        • history suggests he has one year left as a high level starter. Then he’ll be 30+ and have 2,400+ career touches, which is typically when the wall hits, and hits hard.

          But maybe missing a year helps with that, as it let him rest. Or maybe it hurts, as he lost the football game shape. Who knows.

          • willbest

            Dude was 4 yards away from breaking the all time record 9 months after an ACL injury. The general guidelines clearly don’t apply to him.

          • everybody said the same thing about LDT, who was a once in a generation back, only… they did.

      • Jared Allen.

        • BerwynBomber

          Ah, good catch. And Peppers too.

          • Kyle Long? Way too early, but could he be headed in that direction?

          • BerwynBomber

            Yeah, I was only thinking of established guys — either in their prime or even long in the tooth.

          • Mathews is an intriguing one. Just about 10 sacks every year (barring injuries), but never more than 13 so far. Gonna have to do that for a long time or have some monster years to really have a shot IMO

          • BerwynBomber

            Yeah, I was thinking Matthews and Forte were kinda similar. Borderline guys.

          • I don’t think Forte really has much of a shot. He’s consistently good, but not truly great IMO. Like Hines Ward, he belongs in the Hall of Very Good.

            You could say the same about Matthews, I suppose. But he has more career left, and therefore more of a chance to make a claim still. It would help him tremendously if GB can win a few more titles instead of consistently being undone by a mediocre to bad D.

        • BearDown100393

          Cutler

          • NewBearInTown

            So obviously that was a joke, but let me throw out a hypothetical.
            Let’s say that in the next couple of years we have some very lucky hits in the draft and all of a sudden we’re running one of the best defenses of all time. Meanwhile Forte continues to be productive for a few more seasons and Langford, it turns out, is a HOFer himself. So the Bears win 2 superbowls in 4 seasons, win a playoff game in the other two and win 40+ games in that stretch as well.
            Cutler continues to be the same QB, and his stats over that stretch track his career stats to date. Except now he’s got two rings and is part of a “dynasty.”
            In that scenario, he’s basically Eli Manning right? Does two time Superbowl MVP Eli Manning go to the HOF?

          • BerwynBomber

            Whoa …

          • BearDown100393

            Cutler’s HOF bust would be awesome.

          • willbest

            He wouldn’t care.

          • willbest

            I think Eli would stand a better chance if his last name wasn’t Manning. But considering how much HoF gets thrown around for QBs these days, I think perhaps its time to reassess what we consider truly great about that position. The rule changes and focus of the game are facilitating a lot of gaudy numbers, so historical comparisons become problematic. This also affects running backs, because nobody gets more than a couple years of feature play anymore. Nobody is going to catch Emmitt Smith. Hell its unlikely any RB is ever going to catch LT to break into the top 5.

          • SC Dave

            Rb may still get there if one considers yards from scrimmage rather than rushing yards.

          • willbest

            LT is also #5 in yards from scrimmage at 18456.

            Shaddy McCoy is the best situated. He is 26 so he realistically has 6 years, but he would need to average 1550 a year to get there. He shouldn’t have a problem with that the next couple years but 30+ when his productivity wanes?

            Lynch at 28 has ~4 years left and would need to average 1965 a year to get there. That isn’t going to happen.

            AP most likely would have but the defacto year suspension ruined any chance of that unless he is magically still productive at 33+

            I don’t see a lot of RBs following LT into Canton

          • Big Mike

            So, in this scenario, I came out of college was drafted by the Bears and have a SB ring?

      • willbest

        Forte’s shot at HoF glory went out the window when John Fox came to town. He needs about 4.5k more yards from scrimmage (and a ring wouldn’t hurt) to be in serious consideration, and he isn’t going to get it in a John Fox offense.

  • In response to this article, that definitely has to be the goal when you play GB. The only teams that can compete against them are the ones that can harass Rodgers without sending more than 4.

    I’m not sure the Bears can do that, but I hope I’m wrong. They have a lot of solid defenders, but none who I would say are great. That’s a problem. It’s also a problem that GB has a really good OL when fully healthy.

    • BerwynBomber

      First time GB has had an outstanding O-line since Rodgers has been their starter. That Lindsey kid was a heckuva pick considering where they got him in the draft.

      But as you said … contingent upon health. Except for Raji (and Rodgers’ torn calf), GB was relatively healthy all last year. Would be surprised if they had that sort of luck in ’15.

      • The GP

        They stuck with Beluga despite injuries.If they protect as well as last year, Rodgers will be a top FF pick again.

        • BerwynBomber

          But isn’t Beluga still the weak link of their line? Was little surprised they rewarded him so in the off-season.

          • he’s a very good player when healthy. The issue has been health. Played 12 games in 2011, 9 in 2012, 0 in 2013, then 15 last year.
            When fully healthy, they don’t have a weak link on their OL. They have 2 good T, a good guard, a great G, and a good C.

      • especially at OT. Their 3rd OT is a turnstile who got Rodgers hurt in 2013. They were competitive at Seattle in week 1 last year until Bulaga went down, at which point Rodgers started getting killed and the blowout was on. They NEED Bulaga and Bakhtiari to stay healthy, and Bulaga has an injury history longer than Ray McDonald’s arrest record.

        • BerwynBomber

          Matthews usually misses a few games too.

          And as great as Rodgers is, his one weakness is that his durability isn’t much better than Cutler’s; i.e., somewhat average.

          • Scharfinator

            I’d argue they’re both quite durable. Granted they have both missed time, not many QB’s have been sacked more than those two.

          • BerwynBomber

            Hmmmm … maybe JW can provide some info but Rodgers and Cutler are nowhere near as durable as the Mannings, Brady, Rivers or even Flacco.

            My guess is R&C have started about 75% of their teams games the last five or six years, which I assume would be about average for starting QBs. In fairness, their mobility works against them as most of the durable guys are of the classic tall, pure pocket build/type.

            The main reason, I suspect, Rodgers will have shorter career than Brady or Peyton.

          • Big Mike

            Manning never gets hit. Same for Brady.

          • Scharfinator

            In the last 15 years, Aaron Rodgers led the league in being sacked twice and Jay once. Brady and Manning have never had that honor. Big Ben has also had it once.

          • Scharfinator
          • Peyton gets the ball out fast. He’s a master of avoiding hits. Rodgers doesn’t do that, so he gets hit a lot more and therefore injured more.
            I’ve looked up numbers on this before, but am too lazy to go pull them up again. But I 100% guarantee they’re true.

    • and technically, we can lost to the packers by a combined scored of 180-5, and still win the north by going 14-2.

  • Big Mike

    As a fan of all Chicago sports teams (except the White Sox), with the Bears being far and away my favorite of these teams. Reading about the Bears feels hollow, as I go through the playoff season following and cheering for the Blackhawks. This organization is championship grade from their farm teams, prospects draft choices up to their owner. The Hawks consistently challenging for the Stanley Cup since old man Wirtz died, is even more impressive in the NHL where the salaries of stars and salary caps are the toughest of any sport.

    I’m so thankful for the Blackhawks. I’m thankful for the resurgence of the Cubs, who are now watchable. I’m shamed by the Bulls ownership, feel both empathy and frustration with Derrick Rose, and the Bears it’s always hopeful. Hope that has been dashed for nearly a decade.

    • Windy City Gridiron had a debate about this yesterday: are the Bears the worst run sports team of the big 5 in Chicago?
      I think it has to be them or the White Sox, likely the Bears.

      • Big Mike

        I would say it is the Bulls and Whitesox, with the common denominator being Reinsdorf.

        • The Bulls have actually been fairly well run for the last 5-6 years though. Can’t say the same about the Bears or White Sox.
          Bulls have drafted/homegrown almost all of their talent (all of their key contributors last year save Pau and Dunleavy) and have remained competitive despite a terrible string of injury luck. Sure, I don’t really like how they handle coaches, but the Bulls IMO are the 3rd best-run team in Chicago right now (1 obviously Hawks, I’d say Cubs 2).

          • Big Mike

            Bah, I’m just bent out of shape because of cutting Thibs loose while that asshole Gar Forman sits there. He’s the spawn of Jerry Krause. Reinsdorf is still he guy that backed Krause. They are both still the “organizations win championship assholes”. Reinsdorf is still the guy that just kicked Thibs out and belittled him on the way out.

          • BerwynBomber

            My guess it was more about a Paxson/Thibs power struggle than a Gar/Thibs one.

            It’s still Paxson’s show. Pax is the one who wants to control the HC.

          • Big Mike

            Yeah, but Forman’s got a face you want to punch…

          • I think it was probably time for Thibs to go, just like it was with Lovie, but the way the Bulls did it was beyond classless.

          • Big Mike

            and that’s the point.

    • Bender McLugh

      Fox-Fangio seems to be the proper way to right the ship. Hope springs eternal baby.

      • Big Mike

        There is always hope. But we’re on this blog and others fretting about this re-tread player and 1st round busts like Shea McClellin and our 3rd HC in 3 years and 3rd GM in 4 years, simply dicking around.

        I am so hopeful for Gase, Fox, Fangio. But equally frustrated. The owners are doing their best. I don’t ever get the sense that they are really football fans, or love the team they way we do. Oh sure, they love it. But not the same way. It’s their birthright, it’s their job. Maybe the new McCaskey gets it.

        I’m telling you a Bears Super Bowl parade would make the Blackhawks celebration look like a team party for a little league squad.

        • a Bears or Cubs title celebration might actually burn Chicago to the ground. I’m very grateful I’m moving to the suburbs this summer, won’t still be living on the North side when the Cubs win the WS (which I firmly believe will happen in the next 5-10 years).

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            you worry too much the Cubs are never going to win a WS.

    • The GP
  • The GP

    Le Buff makes you laugh

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Greatest moments in history of U.S. Soccer. (3) Donovan’s goal against Algeria. (2) U.S. 2 – Mexico 0 in 2002 World Cup (1) Blatter. Out.”

    Giving new meaning to the phrase …

    “Emptying your Blatter.”

    • AlbertInTucson

      Of course, once again, like all the financiers who crashed the economy in 2008, he gets away with stilling Millions and saunters off into the sunset.

      • The crash revealed that the “American way of life” is dependent on greedy, corrupt, amoral bastards on golden yachts while joe-schmo is huddling around the kitchen table sorting out bills.

    • The GP

      Sepp SAPPED FIFA of legitimacy.

  • 505Bears

    Random throw out there/convo point….Bennett for Weddle? Thoughts? Yes, I understand the Bears would have to give Weddle a new contract, but would some of Bennett’s contract account for some of that?

    • The GP

      Chargers’ Defensive Player of the Year three of the past four seasons, and wants 2X what Matt Forte makes.

    • I guess it’s a philosophical question, and since POX are rather fresh to the Bears, I don’t know where they stand on it.

      But the previous Bears regime (Lovie included) didn’t believe in paying safeties or drafting them high. They weren’t valued as much as pass rushers (gottta choose where to allocate the funds).

      However, in a 3-4 the safeties are usually asked to do more, so I guess we’ll find out going forward.

      Weddle will cost more against the cap than a re-structured Bennett.

      Than we gotta ask if Jarius Byrd was worth his money on the Saints.

      I think at this point, since we’re not making a run any time soon, maybe give POX a chance to draft one for cheap or maybe even pick Weddle up if things for him go sour and he hits the market.

  • AlbertInTucson

© Da' Bears Blog