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Bears Hiring Adam Gase as Offensive Coordinator

| January 22nd, 2015

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Two things on this hire.

  • Adam Gase has never actually called plays. He has never told his quarterback to run “X right wide 7 triple diaper dance.” The system in place between he and Peyton Manning was Gase sending in a handful of options to Manning and Manning making the decision at the line of scrimmage. Gase made suggestions. He did not make calls. Should this be a cause for concern? No. Because, and I shall repeat this often, the Bears will be running John Fox’s offense. He is a head coach, not just a defensive-minded head coach. (Spoiler alert: this will not stop fans from placing all their blame on the OC moving forward.)
  • Notion that Gase and Brandon Marshall can not co-exist is poppycock. If the Bears are planning to move on from Marshall – and I’m not sure how that works financially – fine. But if they let a talent such as Marshall’s leave the organization because two adult males can’t get along, they are wrong to do so.

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  • EnderWiggin

    You heard it here, First!

  • John Doe

    Now John Fox and Ryan Pace can also hire Charlie Weis as consultant and help the run game. That is his strength and will help out Gase too.

  • BearDown100393

    Brandon Marshall has lived a good bulk of his adult life not conducting himself like an adult. If the Bears want to unload Marshall in order to move forward, I’m personally okay with it.

    • Johnnywad

      A lot has changed in the last three to four years for Marshall. Getting a handle on an undiagnosed mental illness can pay huge dividends.

      • burntorangenavyblue

        Totally true….my dad is bipolar and as kids we didn’t know why he did what he did until he was officially diagnosed with bipolar disorder and took medication. Boy what a difference it made for him and our entire family

        • Johnnywad

          Glad to hear it worked out. That shit can be awful.

          • AlbertInTucson

            You are lucky. Many Bi-Polars are reluctant to take the required meds, or want to stop taking them when symoms abate. MALE bi-polars, especially, often tend to SELF-medicate with drugs, alcohol or both.

            I was lucky too. I married one and she was/is medication compliant.

            Also, the percentage of marriages/relationships destroyed by bi-polar disorder is about on a par with the mortality rate WWII german submariners.

      • BearDown100393

        Denver and Miami survived without him. I’m confident the Bears under this new management can do likewise. Last season was a disappointment. Marshall’s methods became unsound. He’s out there on Twitter operating without any decent restraint, totally beyond the pale of any acceptable human conduct.

      • SC Dave

        Yes, and we’ve all admire Brandon’s progress. But in my mind, a *huge* factor is to absolutely not give Marshall a pass for any bad behavior.

        • Johnnywad

          I’m willing to give Fox a chance to bring that to the table.

          • SC Dave

            Me too, but will it be enough? I think his peers need to work it too, honestly.

        • Irish Sweetness

          It’s not like he’s out drinking, getting done for DUIs … he openly expressed displeasure at his team losing. He’s a leader. I wish we had another one the team.

          If we want lighten the load of cray cay on the team then trade Bennett. He’s a pharmaceutical grade A lunatic. Insane interviews aside … he dumps Fuller – our first round draft pick – on his head … and he gets a clean slate from the blog?

  • AlbertInTucson

    The dominos continue to fall.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Just asking but, does anyone think Ted Phillips is calling these shots?

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Because of the letter he wrote to season ticket holders?

      • AlbertInTucson

        And for all we know, Virginia ORDERED that.

    • kurt6009

      Too many good calls for Phillips to have any involvement in what’s going on.

    • BearDown100393

      Only when Halas Hall needs takeout food.

    • Irish Sweetness

      What I want to know is how there are rumors of Marshall being moved? Fox is only here a wet weekend, as is Pace. My initial fear is still there – because Ted Philips is still there. Why didn’t they fire Ted Phillips? If they are tired of losing, why keep the architect of it all in there?

      Has TP made the call on BM? We lose our entire passing game if they trade him for some shitty pick. Alshon just disappears in a CB/S bracket – just like that …poof!! . Look at our roster without BM – it sucks. We’d also lose the only passionate player we had on the team. Nobody else seemed to care as long as they were getting paid. I think he was most angry because his QB friend didn’t see to care, shrugging at the pressers and coming out with the same crap every week “Aw y’know we’ll look at the tape…”

      Fuck you Jake. Get thee hence ! Gimme Clausen or Fales any day. Someone who cares. Brandon cares. He stays.

      • DaCoaches Mustache

        I think his hour long gibberish press conference that he called last year really pissed ownership (george) off. That along with him wanting to fight a dude on Twitter and his overall doucheyness. There is a reason why he’s never been to the playoffs. Selfish ass dude. Not a team guy.

        • Bender McLugh

          not a team guy? wow…………completely disagree

        • Irish Sweetness

          He’s the uber-team-guy. He’s the opposite of selfish, in his professional and private life. The reason he’s never been to the playoffs has a LOT to do with Jay Cutler and playing for the Dolphins. Every year but last (injured) the man has caught a hundred balls.

          He’s the ONLY one who seemed to care about how bad we were.

          And fuck George McCaskey, he’s just Ted Philip’s bitch anyway. Fuck all the McCaskeys, we are where we are because of them.

          The Bears died with Papa Bear.

  • GPLDAN

    Gase was Marshall’s wide receiver coach with the Broncos. I know that Gase and Josh McDaniels can’t stand each other and won’t speak.

    I think Gase was pissed that McDaniels benched Marshall and traded him to the Fish, so I’m a bit confused on this Gase and BM don’t get along unless Marshall somehow blames Gase for how that went down.

    Gase puts in the hours. He will have the team prepared, If you have to worry about anything, worry how he gets on with Cutler. He will yell at scream at Cutler. Jay probably won’t have it.

    • kurt6009

      Quit being the media’s handmaiden.

  • Shady

    2015 Blog Shirt:

    “The Band, Back Together.”

    Only instead of a Cutler and Marshall profile, we’ll have one of Fox and Gase.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      All of them in the picture would be fine by me

  • burntorangenavyblue

    Don’t get the whole shipping out the important pieces of our offense out…..it’s stupid. We have no other real choices if they do that. Let’s draft right and coach properly and see what the Bears are made of with having real coaches running this ship

    • Shady

      They won 5 games last season. I’ll let the new GM and coaches evaluate and decide just how “important” those pieces are.

      • burntorangenavyblue

        And the same offense was #2 in offensive production the other season…so somewhere along the way something happened with the unit and it starts at the top. The coaches are responsible for keeping this team united…it is an interesting dynamic and it is ridiculous that people love blaming one player for an entire team’s fallout when there is much more going on from each three phases of this sport.

        • burntorangenavyblue

          The coaches and the staff they employ makes all the difference to making something magical happen. I have coached for a long time and from my experience is that the attitude of the coach is what will make or break your season or team. I have gotten so many under-talented teams but I don’t let that bother me at all because the players will pick up on your attitude of them. Focus on development and giving them the right tools to succeed and they will do great things. I have been told by league directors that they purposely give me bad or trouble players because they know I won’t complain and focus on being positive.

        • willbest

          The problems started when they held Black Unicorn accountable, but then decide Briggs could miss practice to go open a restaurant without an issue. He should have shown up inactive week 1.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Yep, accountability is extremely important…don’t think that Fox would allow a WWE match at camp

          • CanadaBear

            I’m baffled by the venom for Briggs. He requested the day off and he got it. He missed a 1-hour meeting. What could he possibly learn in that hour that was going to make any difference (esp coming from these coaches). Briggs said he told Nessman why he wanted the day off. Nessman kinda, sorta said he didn’t. I’d believe Lance over Nessman.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Because Briggs is an Urlacher jr. He conducts himself very similar to his mentor on locker room drama gossip mill, contract negotiations, and public media approach. I think that he was responsible partly for the Bears D being flat and unmotivated the past two years cuz of Lovies firing

          • CanadaBear

            He was playing really well in 2013 before he was injured. Last year Father Time caught up to him. The reason the D sucked this year is lack of talent in the back 7 and the worst coaches in the league.

          • willbest

            The other thing hurting the D is guys that got their shot and outperformed starters got sent back to the bench. Its one thing if the start is a pro-bowler. Its another if its an already failed DE playing LB, and a couple aged vets that are shells of their former selves.

          • SC Dave

            A huge factor in the suckness of the Bears defense last season was an offense that left them on the field for 2/3 of the first half all year.

          • AlbertInTucson

            An offense that was supposed be better in year 2 under Professor Trestman and carry this team but failed to score as many as 30 points even once.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Then we should have fired him on principle like I would have Devin Hester.
            Be professional. You’re a fucking millionaire, Briggs, so be professional while the rest of us are killing ourselves to make ends meet you spoiled fuck.

          • BearDown100393

            An hour on the treadmill vs an hour of eating ribs

          • willbest

            I don’t believe Lance. He phoned it in last year.

          • SC Dave

            I believe Trestman over Briggs. Categorically.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I think Briggs pretty much checked out, mentally, as a Bear when Lovie was jettisoned.

          • Irish Sweetness

            His ass should have followed him out the door.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Jay wasn’t QB in all of those games in that offensive purple patch. Aha. We had a journeyman QB who wasn’t throwing INTs like they were going out of fashion.

      • kurt6009

        Yeah. let’s forget a defense that kept giving up 50 burgers or a head coach that refused to stretch the field. Think for yourself. Quit parroting the Score.

      • SC Dave

        With you all that way Shady. The talent level on the team (esp. at LB) is nowhere near the fantasy too many Bears fans want to believe.

        • But Marshall was a ProBowler two seasons ago, and a VERY consistent one at that. Last season was his worst since his rookie year, and we know he was probably only playing with one good hamstring, and later in the year when he got bent awkwardly, probably one good knee, and he still went out there.

          I bet he returns to form this year, and this will all blow over.

          • CanadaBear

            Not to mention he is one of the best blocking WR’s in the league.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Those give me chills

          • SC Dave

            Got to acknowledge that. Maybe his most distinguishing characteristic.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Nope. His distinguishing characteristic is being an awesome wide receiver who blocks really well.

          • Irish Sweetness

            No doubt he was playing hurt last season. He’s awesome. He’s the best player we have and talk of trading him for peanuts is insane.

            Again. We can draft anyone to run the ball 4 yards and pay them monkeys. We CANNOT replace Brandon.

    • kurt6009

      Exactly. This same group did pretty darn good two years ago.

      • BearDown100393

        And didn’t make the playoffs.

        • kurt6009

          Riiiight. The second ranked offense (probably better than Denver that year because they played in a tougher conference) needs to be blown up because of inept coaching, inept defense, and inept special teams. That kind of meat head thinking is why some teams continually tinker with the wrong problem and never succeed.

          With direction (that they now should have) the offense should get back on track. But no, let’s blow that up as well because it’s the OFFENSES fault the team didn’t make the playoffs (the rest of the team be damned) two years ago.

          It’s that sort of one-sided, myopic, media driven meme (see how smart you am as you parrot the company line) that dooms teams to mediocrity or less, if they continue to listen to the low IQ quotient fan, forever wanted to be loved by Boers and Bernstein with their go along to get along stepford wife assessment.

          Like yapping puppies looking for some media moron to show them some love. Look at me Boers arf, arf, arf, as I repeat what you just said arf, arf, arf. Aren’t I the coolest!

        • Shady

          Don’t feed the trolls.

  • SC Dave

    I sure as hell hope the idea is NOT that Cutler can make the calls. We’ve seen how that works.

  • Once again, I repeat. According to a few illustrious members of the Chicago media, NOBODY wanted these Bears jobs – Jeff
    Boy, he holds a grudge like a Sicilian. Just don’t bring up Tress Way!

    • SC Dave

      Whatever… al we have on the coaches so far is talk. Come april, training camp, and next season, they’ll have a chance to show me.

  • WP4Life

    Seems like smart move by Gase and Bears. Denver with kubiak, elway, manning there are lots of coaches… Gase can be groomed to fill Foxes shoes after he wins championships, and continue on the winning tradition reestablished in Chicago. Go Bears.

    • Trac

      I actually think Kubiak is a good hire for Denver.

      • WP4Life

        He could be, I always have liked Gary. I personally don’t think it will work out well for Denver. My thoughts are that it is good for Gase to get out from being under Elway and Manning, and continue to grow under Fox, which could be good for the Bears. Who I care about.

  • CanadaBear

    One last thing for all you Junior GM’s. There are only a couple of trades made every year.

    • And VERY rarely is it big names, and usually when it is, it’s clown teams like the Bucs getting rid of Revis.
      How’d that turn out? (well, it might have got them a franchise QB actually, but nevertheless…)

      • CanadaBear

        With the salcap and the fact that most GM’s would rather trade their wife than draft picks, I just don’t see it.

        • willbest

          Actually draft picks move pretty well, GMs look at their board and realize they got 5-6 guys they wouldn’t mind having and all of a sudden another GM calls because he has 1 guy left and then you move down 5 spaces and pick up a 3rd rounder in the process or whatever it is.

          • CanadaBear

            They don’t trade 1st and 2nd’s very often. Usually if they are trading picks it’s for moving up/down in the draft not for player trades.

          • willbest

            Oh for current players no. I meant specifically picks for picks. They seem to all agree on how much picks are worth, but I think picks to players is a confusing issue.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Think trading a #1 for Trent Richardson sends a chill thru that process?

    • BerwynBomber

      “Junior GMs”?

      So you never offer GM-like advice on these pages yourself? Or is it just when an opinion doesn’t jibe with yours?

    • Trac

      You salty dog you. Hahaha

  • John Doe

    I have to say 49ers owner kid dork and GM have looked worse than sweaty Teddy and McCaskey. They are absolutely clueless. They knew they were firing Harbaugh for months but seem totally unprepared. No DC or OC yet.

    And some the things they are doing are comical. They had Eric Mangini, a defense guy, as their TE coach last year. They fired him a few days ago and then brought him back for interview..this time for DC position. They had 2 interviews with Adam Gase, almost made him an offer and then gave HC job to Tomsula. Since then they have been pursuing Gase for OC position. Just weird.

    Matt Maiocco @MaioccoCSN · 26m26 minutes ago

    Source: The 49ers continued to pursue Adam Gase as OC after he finished second to Jim Tomsula for HC job.
    http://www.csnbayarea.com/49ers/source-49ers-continued-pursue-gase

    Michael SilverVerified account‏@MikeSilver

    “@Faizanrefai87: @MikeSilver @RapSheet that’s assuming the niners wanted him” niners wanted him. He rebuffed their interest

  • willbest

    Who is the OL and QB coach, because I think this guy is going to need a lot of help now that he doesn’t have Peyton Manning to lean on.

    • John Doe

      OL coach has been hired. He followed Fox from Broncos. Dave something…

      • AlbertInTucson

        Dave Magazu. And yes, I had to look it up.

    • Bender McLugh

      Gase did fair-to-good with Orton & (choke-cough-spew)Tebus before Manning got there

  • John Doe

    One thing I like about Adam Gase is that he made it in NFL completely on his own. He started out working for free for Nick Saban’s assistants and finally got Saban’s attention and worked directly for him.

    Some well-reputed and highly successful coaches saw something in him and kept giving him more responsibilities. Unlike Kyle Shanahan, Gase earned his position on his own and not on his daddy’s name and using daddy’s playbook.

    • willbest

      Everybody loves an American Dream story.

    • SC Dave

      Didn’t Trestman start out the same way at Miami (or wherever it was)?

    • Irish Sweetness

      Boom! Take that Ryan sisters !

      (Millionaire Ryan sisters shrugging)

  • SC Dave

    Four letter network indicates Gase on for three years. t least long enough to outlast the worst of Cutler’s contract.

    • tobijohn

      Yes, I read that too. Enigmatic is perfect…

      • SC Dave

        Yeah.. I’m pissed I didn’t think of it long ago.

  • SC Dave

    I just can’t help it… gotta say that it certainly appears Pace is not fucking around. Maybe its Accorsi, but… damn!

    • Accorsi’s last day with the Bears was yesterday, according to Adam Jahns on Twitter (I think it was him, one of the beat guys). Only brought in to help with hiring GM and HC.

      • Shady

        Accorsi provided immediate credibility to a franchise that had lost most of it. Same with Fox.

        • Trac

          Even Barb has changed his tune.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            man…you just don’t get it.

    • AlbertInTucson

      George was giving major props to Accorsi in that round table that was linked yesterday.

  • Ososfan

    Well, I read Pace wasn’t agreeing a lot with Gase’s offensive philosophy and ultimately gave the last decision to Fox on hiring Gase. I hope shit turns out well and Gases understands that pace is his boss. Will be interesting…

    • willbest

      Fox should get the last say, its his bloody staff.

      • Yeah, it was Lovie’s staff too, and look at the clown’s he chose for OC.
        Let’s just hope Fox has better judgment with OCs, or is luckier. I’ll take either.

    • Thisguy_justsaid

      That’s a great to see that Pace let’s Fox have last say on his staff.

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog

    “5 of 10. There are 32 head coaching jobs in NFL & they’re all holy grails. Doug Marrone gave one up. He will not have easy road back.”

    Not to mention the several million dollars he flushed.

    • didn’t actually flush money, per se. One year left on deal, got all that money anyway, plus whatever he’s getting to work in JAX this year.

      Where he flushed money potentially is that he might have gotten an extension after this year.

  • One thing I liked when doing some research about Gase for HC gig. Let me set it up for a second…

    Denver lost at St. Louis with a pass/run ratio in the ballpark of 50/10. Pace’s first comment after the game was “we need to run it more.” That sounds awfully familiar, and not in a good way.

    But here’s where it changed… he actually ran it more. In their last 6 games of the season (all that was left after that comment), they averaged 35 passes and 32 rushes a game.

    Hope he can strike a good balance in Chicago.

    • when I tweeted this out, I used Pace instead of Gase… twice. Why do those names have to be so damn similar?

    • It took him two injuries to other RBs to recognize that CJ Anderson was a beast.
      That’s what worries me. Lack of vision.

      • here’s how I see it: either he does well and is gone as a HC in the next year or two, or he sucks and is fired in 2 years at most.

        Either way he’s gone in 2 years.

        • BerwynBomber

          You really think Gase will use his years as Jay Cutler’s OC as a springboard to an HC position? What HC position are you talking about? Outside the NFL, I presume?

  • Trac

    Gase is a question mark for me but this coaching staff is very intriguing on many levels. Dare I dream again?

    • Big Mike

      Here is a fairly detailed article about Gase’s rise to the OC spot in Denver. It’s a couple years old. Written right before last season’s playoffs. This guy has proven doubters wrong his whole career. He built his career on a natural football instinct and insane preparation. After some time as an unpaid volunteer assistant, he got into the scouting side, did a good job, but missed the teaching and routine of being on the field and in the meeting rooms. Worked his way up that side.

      http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/writer/jason-la-canfora/24423163/broncos-oc-gase-keeps-rising-as-coaching-star-with-manning-intensity

      I was impressed and more confident after reading this. Based on how Gase has handled himself, he is taking this job to 1) do what he loves, 2) become a better football coach and 3) become a HC when the time is right.

      • Trac

        Very encouraging.

        • Big Mike

          That’s what I thought. I was glad we landed him, because he was a top guy, and we won and didn’t have to settle for leftovers. I also had the same 2 big negative thoughts as a lot of people. 1) If he’s so good, why didn’t Fox go right after him? 2) How much of his success was Manning related? Upon further review, it looks to me like this is his time now.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Even if Manning’s success was driven in grand part by himself, the fact such a successful QB ‘chose/accepted’ him as his OC is an important sign in his favor.

            Such is the fact that McDaniels brought him to the Broncos and Fox kept him when he arrived and before Manning showed up.

            McDaniels is an elite offensive mind and Fox has great people skills.

          • Big Mike

            Gase is a win for the Bears. Now we’ll wait and see.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        PR puff pieces are good for information, not for making an impression.

        What I like is Manning accepting him as the OC for his 2nd SB run.

        • Big Mike

          Information/ Impression? very subtle and nearly pointless difference when the subject being looked at is someone we will never meet or deal with face to face.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I think there’s a huge difference between gaining basic knowledge about his career path and different situations he has found himself in… and stating about a dude you never met or never will:

            “This guy has proven doubters wrong his whole career. He built his career on a natural football instinct and insane preparation. After some time as an unpaid volunteer assistant, he got into the scouting side, did a good job, but missed the teaching and routine of being on the field and in the meeting rooms. Worked his way up that side.
            I was impressed and more confident after reading this. Based on how Gase has handled himself, he is taking this job to 1) do what he loves, 2) become a better football coach and 3) become a HC when the time is right.”

            Information: went from a volunteer assistant, into scouting and back to coaching

            Impression: has proven doubters wrong, football instinct and insane preparation, do what he loves, become a better football coach, become a HC when the time is right.

            I use the information to make my own opinion… the PR tells you what opinion he wants you to have about him.

  • John Doe

    Glad that Bears dodged that Ballard bullet and hired people from teams that have had recent success.

    Pace – Saints won SB 6 years ago and have been in playoffs regularly
    Fox, Gase – Went to SB last year and have been in playoffs regularly
    Fangio – Went SB 2 years ago, NFCC last year

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      you’d think that after almost 100 years of history they’d have already known that.

      that’s a slight sign of progress, I guess.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Bears roster = dog-link.

      Let’s put the champagne on ice. We were all thinking 11-5 this time last year.

  • John Doe

    Jim Thomas @jthom1 · 3h3 hours ago

    Rams options at offensive coordinator continue to dwindle as Adam Gase reunites with John Fox in Chicago per @rapsheet.

    Jim Thomas @jthom1 · 3h3 hours ago

    Rams coach Jeff FIsher had talked to Gase on Tuesday night.

    • AlbertInTucson

      …”options at offensive coordinator continue to dwindle…”.

      Those are the kind of comments comments a LOT of folks expected to hear regarding the Bears search for a new staff, no?

      • Big Mike

        I wouldn’t say expected. I would say that they were actually hoping for this to happen, so they could continue their whining.

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog

    “Did you guys all want Olin Kreutz kicked off the team when he knocked the jaw off a teammate’s face at a gun range? No? Didn’t think so.”

    Not sure when that happened in his tenure so, I can’t say but I WAS ready to jettison him 3 seasons before the Bears did and said so here often.

    I am also not on the “Dump Marshall” bandwagon.

  • AlbertInTucson
    • Doc Hamstring

      Something wrong with that list if McNown isn’t considered a bigger bust than Enis. A bust QB is always worse than a bust RB, especially considering how quickly McNown flamed out.

  • Trac

    Am I missing something on Marshall? Some of you guys act like he’s the mad hatter. They only reason I would trade him is to rebuild. We need to accumulate some extra 2nd and 3rd round picks if the Bears want a quick turnaround.

    • GPLDAN

      Really? We have to list his crazy stuff?

      • Trac

        I’m not saying the guy was lilly white, just that he’s been more quirky than cray cray. The locker room outburst wasn’t a big deal in my opinion.

        • Big Mike

          I’m keeping him. He works hard in the offseason, will be motivated to rebound. IMHO he had a setback last year based on overwhelming frustration. He (like most Bears fans) thought they would be very good last season. I saw people on the blog act like asshats right after some of our worse losses.

        • Irish Sweetness

          It should be mandatory to be angry when you lose. Not business-as-usual. Brandon cares. He’s our best player – where else do we have a top 3 talent on the Bears? No way we under-sell him.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Stupid morons have this the wrong way… Gase would want Marshall because he’s the fastest way to ‘gain’ the team.

    Only a loser thinks ‘I have to get rid of him because I can’t handle him’. A winner sees an opotunity to impose himself to the whole unit, by using such an individual.

    News flash: That’s what McDaniels did. McDaniels brought Gase in Denver.

  • Big Mike

    Top GM Candidate – check
    Best HC available – check
    Best DC available – check
    Top OC – check
    New STC – check

    I feel our work here is done until free agency.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Best HC available was key.

    • Irish Sweetness

      But none of those guys is on the field next season, Mike.

      If we’re ‘rebuilding’ with only three picks in the first three rounds, then with good coaching alone we only get brought up to mediocrity. We need extra picks. Cutty gotta go.

      • Big Mike

        Of course, but it’s all we can do right now. As for my take on the Bears I have 3 thoughts.
        1) I believe you are underestimating the impact of a quality coaching staff on the players we have.
        2) Free Agency – Bears have plenty of cap room
        3) On Cutler, I think keeping him next season is the right answer and likely outcome. If someone waives a bunch of early picks for him, I wouldn’t be opposed.

        On more of a gut level, I’d like to see him with the new staff and a better defense. If only to increase his trade value next year. Never sell low. That’s what we’d be doing I suspect with Cutler next season.

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