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Bears Introduce New General Manager Ryan Pace

| January 9th, 2015

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The Bears will be introducing their new GM, Ryan Pace, at an 11 am CT press conference.

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  • Viva

    Dave Toub for HC.

    • Frank Schoenburg

      Leslie Frazier

      • Viva

        That would constitute a bad decision IMO.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Maranelli !

      • Johnnywad

        Dude. What could you possibly have seen from Marinelli to want him as a HC?

        • BearDown100393

          “16”

          • BillW

            From 0-16 to 16-0!!!

        • Irish Sweetness

          I want the shuffling sideline Yoda back. Toughness. Players dropping and doing twenty when they ‘loaf’. Hoping he delegates everything else and goes back to coaching the D-line. But mostly toughness.

  • Viva

    Enjoy your vacation, Jeff.

  • Big Mike

    Viva, on autoresponse. Keeping the pressure on. Way to go.

    • Viva

      Early bird gets the worm.

      • Frank Schoenburg

        Yes. Good morning.

      • Big Mike

        What time is the press conference with the Pace?

        • BillW

          11AM Central

  • GPLDAN

    Jefe Twaddles:

    Don’t blame Ballard camp. They put themselves WAY out on ledge. It was risky maneuver & it didn’t pay off. Have to save face. Human nature.

    What maneuver is this? Like that Han Solo immelman from the new trailer? Did he demand Cutler go? What?

    • Irish Sweetness

      + 1000 for getting ‘immelman’ in there with ‘Han Solo’.

      • Scharfinator

        Yeah, good thing the chess set is a hologram.

      • Irish Sweetness

        JJ Abrams better fkn get this right.

    • John Doe

      Aaron Leming @AaronLemingNFL · 14h14 hours ago
      This “Pace got the job because Ballard wanted Cutler gone” stuff needs to end. It’s a pile of BS. #Bears

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        it doesn’t need to end…it’s on Pace to make it stop at this point.

    • BillW

      The story coming out of the Ballard camp is that he scared the Bears by wanting to change things up. As JWood said in the other thread, if it’s true they passed on him simply because he wanted Teddy out of the football side, then we may have a problem.

      But seems very possible is that Ballard went all in on the Bears job, was beaten out fair and square, and now is trying to rationalize things.

      I’ve done that myself when passed over for jobs I wanted. Human nature.

  • Johnnywad

    I want to hear Pace speak at 11:00. I want to hear a sharp, articulate dude. One that walks into the room and owns it. I’m tired of looking at Bears GM’s (and coaches while we’re at it), and listening to their press conferences, and wondering why they sound so awkward and dumb and detached.

    I want Pace to be like “The Most Interesting Man in The World” or one of the dudes from a Heineken commercial. Cool, smooth, in control.

    • BearDown100393

      What was your impression of Phil Emery after his introduction press conference when hired?

      • Johnnywad

        I don’t even remember at this point. But of the recent ones he conducted, none sounded like the guy in my post. Cheesy’s right. Emery was a marble mouth.

        • BearDown100393

          Maybe others can chime in here but I recollect Emery’s initial press conference was well received by fans and media.

          • Bender McLugh

            yep, it was. When desperate any change seems good at first, but once bitten twice shy, babe.

          • BillW

            I remember being impressed but I also thought he rambled a lot. If I recall it was very long and he seemed to be the kind of guy when you ask him what time it is he builds you a watch.

          • Irish Sweetness

            What most impressed me about Emery was his pressers. I didn’t think that it would be what he was actually best at.

          • Scott W.

            I remember wondering who the hell Phil Emery is.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            agree, his first presser was great. i had all kinds of excitement after it.

    • Big Mike

      where will the conference be streamed?

      • Johnnywad

        I think you’ll be able to hear it on 670 The Score on line.

      • CanadaBear

        Probably on chicagobears.com.

  • huntinbare

    I hope “Young Pace” is not easily influenced and intimidated his superiors. I hope he has the ability to stand up for necessary change; and move us out of our current malaise. Stand up for what you believe in kid and don’t be detered by “the way we do things around here” mantra. I am sure you have noticed we have been doing things poorly around here; so do not be afraid to bring the change. Be the change we want to see.
    I read in one article thay Ballard may have said too much regarding internal structural issues he wanted to address. May have shot himself in the foot.

  • Trac

    Jeff didn’t cover the GM hiring in depth. Oh well, there’s always Google.

    • huntinbare

      It may be that Mr. Pace will not have much in the “googlesphere”. All the stuff I am reading is positive; it is mostly quotes from New Orleans personnel. Anything negative I see is just speculative…mostly regarding experience or lack of and the youth factor.
      I only can root for him to succeed and hope…
      I hope we are not crash test dummies out for a ride with unproven youth at the wheel. The good news is I survived training 2 teenagers learning to drive and have lived to tell about it.

      • BillW

        “Anything negative is just speculative”. BINGO! The guy simply has no obvious faults EXCEPT those people project, mainly due to his age.

  • huntinbare

    We have a Stanford connection with Mr. Pace.He is a graduate of the NFL Stanford Business School Executive Education For Managers. He received his schooling in 2008 and will now put his education into practice. I hope he graduated with honors.
    I wonder who his professors were?

    • Irish Sweetness

      Mickey Ds and Tommy Wank.

  • John Doe

    Ballard may be believed his own hype and started asking for things that he could not get. The story planting in the media by his backers and how he has the job was pathetic and deseperate.

    George had announced in Black Monday press conference that Ted was not going anywhere. If he had wanted to take any powers away from Ted, he would done it on that day. That was the day to do it.

    May be it is as simple as Ballard thought they really want him bad and tried to drive a hard bargain. Bad miscalculation on Ballard’s part.

    Also, bad mouthing Bears after not getting the job is low class. Ballard may have hurt his chances of getting GM job elsewhere by taking cheap shots and burning bridges with Bears. George will sure to let other owners know about this guy..

    Here is what the Ballard side fed to CSN:

    Put another way, Ballard, the candidate most familiar with the organization’s functioning, first wanted to establish how operations would go; presumably, exactly whom does he report to, for example. Who controls the money, for example.

    “Chris may have scared them a little bit,” former Bears college scouting director Greg Gabriel told “The Boers and Bernstein Show” on 670 The Score, a few hours after Pace’s hiring was announced. “Chris knows the problems that are within the organization and had ideas on how to clean them up, and I’m hearing that they didn’t necessarily like hearing that.

    “Chris worked here in Chicago a number of years, so he’s obviously got an opinion of how things are done. Not necessarily talking about the structure of the roster, but just the organization as a whole. Chris has a very strong mindset. If he wasn’t going to have things exactly the way he wanted them, he’s not going to put himself in a situation where he’s going to fail. He doesn’t want to go into a situation and be like Phil Emery and two years later be fired.”

    http://www.csnchicago.com/bears/bears-general-manager-hiring-process-leaves-one-red-flag

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    • Johnnywad

      Its stunning to me how far you’re willing to run with a comment like Greg Gabriel saying “Chris may have scared them a little bit.”. You then turn that into McCaskey blackballing Ballard within the league.

      This is the same predilection that had you convinced Ballard and Toub were all but decided before he had interviewed. Perhaps these comments, sources, and stories are just out there trying to turn nuggets of ” he said she said” into page views and short radio spots.

      Ballard was a hot commodity in the GM search this week. I doubt a difference of opinion with the Bears will have any long term ramifications for his future employment. Hell, half of this blog isn’t convinced he’s the right hire. And Barb is already convinced the whole new administration is behind the curve because the Bears fucked up yet again. I don’t get it.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        What do you mean ‘already convinced’ ?

        I think I wrote 200 posts the last 10 days about this Ballard-Bears thing. I was raising legitimate questions as it turns out.

        So if you follow my reasoning, the opinion that the Bears fucked up is a logical conclusion.

        It’s not a ‘out of nothing’ statement just to be negative or contrarian. I just follow my thought process, which admittedly so has distrust and disgust about Bears ownership at its birth, but still. It’s my opinion and a legitimate one. And I express it without forcing anybody into convincing or ‘converting’ stance.

        So, please, try and not insult me with ‘troll like’ remarks when we’re talking on a serious note.

        • Johnnywad

          These are your words.

          “Sp whatever version is the real version (the hype came from Ballard camp or Bears camp) the Bears fucked up and now Pace has to clean after them. This is like a welcoming gift, Chicago Bears style.”

          So I’m somehow wrong in stating that you’re “already convinced” the Bears fucked up? How can your statement, which is plain wrong, be read in any other way? Do you even know what you’re writing? What’s trollish about stating a fact? Are you not convinced they fucked up? Seems as though you are. You’re impossible to understand. I don’t give a shit that you think they fucked up. But I do disagree with you. We won’t know if they fucked up or not until January of 2017 or later. Once again, you’ve proclaimed your thought, which is thin at best, to be fact. It isn’t. That’s what rubs me the wrong way.

          • BillW

            Not to pile on Barb, but how did “the Bears” fuck up? How do you know they leaked that Ballard was the front runner? We had everyone in the media saying it was – group think I believe it’s called. Took on a life of its own – but there is no indication that the decision makers (George, Ted, Ernie) tipped their hand to anyone.

            And if it came from Ballard;s camp, how is that the Bears fault? Are they supposed to hold press conferences addressing every rumor that gets circulated?

            Sorry – in this case the Bears in my mind handled the search just as it should have been done. Thoroughly, but quickly and decisively.

            I’m quite sure no matter who they hired and no matter how it happened, you would be ranting about their broken system and how now Pace is “set to fail”.

            Time to give that up.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Bill…don’t be naive. Bears have their reporters… ALL the reporters.

            Don’t give me the “hold press conferences” crap. Bears sources >>>>>> Ballard’s sources.

            You can’t let it ‘take on a life of its own’. Puts the new GM in a defensive position.

            PS: Again… Bears PR was part of the hype campaign.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Yeah, but don’t paint me like a ‘troll’.

            As having a negative opinion just to be a contrarian.

            My opinion is not a preconceived one. It follows a thought process going back 10 days and 100+ posts.

            What does January of 2017 have to do with anything. I support Pace at 360 degrees. He’s now labeled as a ‘yes man’ and I think it’s Bears PR fault. That’s all we’re talking about.

            PS: I didn’t call you a troll, I said I don’t want to be called a troll when we’re talking ball on a serious note.

            PS2: If I’m impossible to understand you should avoid my posts. Don’t mention me and my opinions if you don’t understand them.

          • BillW

            Who is labeling him a yes man? Or I should say who of any importance is labeling him that way?

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Why did the Bears fire Trestman, Emery and Kromer ?

            Nobody of importance ever said anything about it.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            no one needs to paint you like a ‘troll’ anymore thats been taken care of a long time ago, we all just take turns when the paint needs a little touch up

          • Johnnywad

            A.) When you proclaim your misguided opinion as fact, I’m going to address it. If you don’t want your thoughts debated openly and can’t handled somebody disagreeing with you, don’t post them.

            B.) The only person labeling him a “yes man” is you.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            a) if you don’t understand my opinions how can they be misguided. how can you debate them, how can you disagree with them ?

            Look man… stick with one version and go along with it.

            b) I’m labeling him. ? Dude… I hope you’re on weed or something.

          • Johnnywad

            Your words again.

            “He’s now labeled as a ‘yes man’.”

            Nobody has said that but you. Hence, labeling. Shall we go around again?

      • CanadaBear

        Keep in mind Greg Gabriel has been all over the Chicago media the last week telling everyone Ballard was the best choice. Now he’s in damage control.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      ” he’s not going to put himself in a situation where he’s going to fail.
      He doesn’t want to go into a situation and be like Phil Emery and two years later be fired.”

      That’s like vintage Barb UMihai Mar.

      PS: It seems I’m not Emery’s pet bunny after all. At the extreme side of things… I might be Ballard’s PR guru.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    This is what I wrote after I found out that it will not be Ballard the new GM

    “They also pumped up Ballard like it was going out of style. That’s potentially dangerous.
    I hope for Pace they didn’t fuck up.”

    That’s what happens when you pump up a guy and make him a ‘clear favorite’. When he loses he looks very, very bad. He then has to come with a defensive story that, most likely, makes the one that actually got the job look bad.

    And then there’s the ‘media’ side… when you leak to them that X is the favorite, they’ll jump on the bandwagon, because that’s human nature..everybody want to be right and on the winning side. When that X doesn’t get the job they’ll ‘react back’ and so you have ‘backlash’.

    That’s how the ‘Ballard the change voice and Pace the yes man’ version is/will gain steam. That puts Pace in an awkward position even before he starts… for nothing that he has done.

    PS: Jeff’s twitter feed says “Ballard camp put themselves WAY out on ledge.”

    I don’t think it was only Ballard camp, I think it was Bears camp too. Jeff had reports on Ballard and I don’t think they were Ballard camp. Similar to the other media involved.

    But even if all the hype was coming from Ballard’s camp, the Bears PR should have cleaned the shit up. Why ? Because it puts the new GM under pressure and on a defensive position from the get go.

    GENERAL/STANDARD RULE OF PR… BE THE ONE THAT CONTROLS THE MESSAGE.

    Si whatever version is the real version (the hype came from Ballard camp or Bears camp) the Bears fucked up and now Pace has to clean after them. This is like a welcoming gift, Chicago Bears style.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      I also wrote this 2 days ago:

      “I do want to raise a problem, instead, with Ballard’s own process. I think he’s been ‘playing his cards’ in a very, very dubious manner. Word on the street is that he’s ‘all-in’, ‘set’, ‘passionate’, ‘decided’ on the Bears GM position. Also the Bears are infatuated with him for a period now, going into Emery’s last days.

      It’s basically a fucking orgy waiting to happen. The teasing and prelude are hard to handle at this point in time…it’s become the ‘worst kept secret in US sports’.

      The problem… what a hell is Ballard doing, man ? Why the fuck doesn’t he play this situation to his future advantage ? Why is he settling and playing the docile card ?”

      It seems now he played his card in the wrong manner, even if at the time the hype was muy grande, including Jeff

      DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
      So Chris Ballard officially turned down opportunity to interview w/Jets. He’s all in for the Bears job. How can a Bears fan not love that?

      • Scott W.

        Barb, you’re repeating yourself. We get it.

      • Bears-4-Ever

        Barb, we don’t need your cut and paste text from other threads..your windy already. Jeez!

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          you should… it was future reading.

          plus I write whatever the fuck I want. I don’ care about what you want.
          I love to be blunt.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Mwah! I love it!

            Do you have an army of minions, Barb?

            When Barb walks to the shops Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ is playing everywhere as his theme music.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I haven’t been looking, but I do have a 2 year old niece… and she loves Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ song.

          • Irish Sweetness

            The minions are cool.

      • DaBearsBlog

        Ballard wanted this job. Went all-in. Didn’t get it. Doesn’t mean he now wants Jets, Philly. Some people don’t mind losing if they know they gave it their all.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          I get what Ballard did. I don’t get why he was allowed to do it.

          That being said I agree… “some people don’t mind losing if they know they gave it their all”….they just leak a lot of crap the day after…. “Have to save face. Human nature.”

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            mark it up to a sociological difference between US and Romania. which probably explains your need to think there are negative connotations behind every decision made.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            it’s a psychological issue as a matter of fact.

            plus… behind every decision there are negative connotations

    • huntinbare

      Hopefully he was well prepared to use his broom on the mess that was 2014 and that his broom he packed for the flight north is big enough to handle the “speculation” that will surely lay at his feet until after 2015 draft day…..
      Listen I think I hear Robert Johnson’s .”I believe I’ll Dust My Broom” playing at Hals Hall

    • DaBearsBlog

      Nobody in the Bears camp leaked a drop about Ballard. I have a terrific source inside Halas Hall that continually told me Ballard was not a foregone conclusion. Encouraged me to spread that message.

      • BillW

        Thanks Jeff!

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Poor job .

        PS: Nobody told Jeff Dickerson from ESPN Ballard wasn’t the ‘favorite’. With all the respect in the world for your ‘status’ Jeff, he might have been a slightly more important and effective ‘message deliverer’

  • GPLDAN
    • Scott W.

      That will be a can’t-miss press conference from Marshall if true.

      • willbest

        Pace will say “Marshall is an incredible talent who had a down year, along with the rest of the Bears offense, and we expect big things out of him next year”

        Why do people think that Pace will give any level of honesty with regards to the current roster? It will tank their trade value.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Niagara falls.

        • CanadaBear

          Slowly I turn, step by step … (3 Stooges, the originals, not PE, Nessman, Kromer)

    • BillW

      I’m starting to think Ginny is behind some of not all of the changes happening.

      • GPLDAN

        Let’s get T-shorts that say “grandma is pissed” on the front with Ginny’s face and DBB on the back.

        • BillW

          I’m in!

          • huntinbare

            Print me one…but make my grandma ..granny

    • Bears-4-Ever

      If this is true then I think the writing is on the Wall, Cutler might be gone once the HC is chosen and if he (Whoever he is) agrees. Unless it’s Shannahan.

    • CanadaBear

      I’ll believe it when it happens. Some crappy blogger doesn’t hold much water with me.

    • TheBigCheesy

      LOLWUT

      That blog post is kind of ridiculous. Honestly, did that guy just listen to the score and put Terry’s words in print? No only that, but then he just embeds audio from the score into the post… not just the relevant quote, but the ENTIRE radio hour.

      Is that real? Can you just spit something like that out and call it a piece?

      • GPLDAN

        Welcome to the 2015 Interweb

      • Scharfinator

        That’s the problem with the internet. Everyone has space to voice their opinion. Even ME! BWHAHAhaha

        • TheBigCheesy

          well, yes that’s true. But in this case, my point was that this wasn’t even his own opinion or work or source. He just transcribed something from the radio.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      That would be a HUGE mistake!

    • Irish Sweetness

      Dang. Sad, if it’s true. Hands down the best we ever had.

      But hold up – isn’t that Pace’s decision? we don’t even have a HC yet. If the decision to get rid of the most beastly receiver we’ve ever had has already been made … then Ted bastard Philips is running this gig for sure. That’s why no big-name GM names were bandied about. It’s Ted’s gig and they all know it. Maybe. What the fuck do I know … honestly, I’d love Ditka as GM. A 78.5 MPH Ditka, not the full tank.

  • GPLDAN

    Mannelly is saying that Ballard wanted to rip up the Scouting department and toss all the Emery hires out, and that he scared Ted and George with how aggressive his re-org was going to be.

    He also wanted to tear up some of the other departments like video production that have long time Halas people there.

    • BillW

      I feel more and more that Ballard is pissed he didn’t get the job and he and his contacts are leaking stuff to make the Bears look bad.

      Barb somehow blames the Bears for that. Unless we know that George and Ted and Ernie leaked the fact Ballard was the favorite, that’s not fair to them. And they are a very tight ship – I doubt they leaked anything. I simply think people below them jumped to conclusions and never considered Pace at all.

      “Sources” can be anyone. And even if what they hear is true at the moment, it doesn’t mean the decision has been made.

      Remember Peter King being convinced Saban was not leaving the Dolphins? And that Favre was (or wasn’t) coming back from retirement?

      I hold ANYTHING coming from Ballard or his supporters to be simply revisionist to save face.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Bill…I’m disappointed. If anything all I’ve wrote the past days about Ballard should be considered a ‘win for crazy Barb’.

        I was raising questions and suspicions about how Ballard was being hyped. And if it was dubious to me, it should have been dubious to the Bears. So they should have acted into controlling the events better. That’s all I said.

        If you’re saying that I think it’s Bears fault that Ballard’s camp is pissed and leaking negative stuff that’s naive and insane.

        I am saying the Bears should have anticipated this and acted accordingly. They didn’t and Pace is already being labeled in a negative manner.

        PS: And I’m going to steer clear of the version that it was all Ballard camp in hyping him. I think it’s pretty obvious it was Bears PR also. I mean… are you fucking kidding me ? All that hype only from Ballard ? Who is he ? Superman ?

        PS2: Go after Jeff…he was hyping Ballard. He’s Ballard camp. He’s now “leaking stuff to make the Bears look bad”. The enemy.

        • BillW

          To be fair to you, I may be misrepresenting your thoughts given that I’ve not read everything. If so, I apologize. Let me sum up my feeling and correct me where I’m wrong:

          It seems you still feel the Bears are a messed up organization. I think there are signs of that changing.

          I really don’t think it’s the Bears responsibility to anticipate what the media may or may not say about candidates and who is likely to be hired.

          However you seem to think the Bears PR is at least partly responsible for the Ballard narrative. We simply disagree there. Maybe some lower level person trying to build cred as a source at best. Certainly not anyone close to George or Ted or Ernie.

          Most importantly,how Pace is labeled is completely irrelevant. It was have ZERO impact on his ability to do the job. Do you think he should care what the media or even the fans think? If he does his job well, it won’t matter if he had negative views originally. And if he fails, it wouldn’t matter if people thought highly of him.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            My opinion is that Bears PR failed and it matters.
            Your opinion is that Bears PR is powerless and it doesn’t matter.

            Lets go with that.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          i got to question who is already labeling Pace in a negative manner? nothing i have read so far has even came close to doing that. Can you provide a link to show this negative labeling?

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            ask Jeff. or do you he’s tweeting about fantasy land ?

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            i am asking you because you keep saying Pace is being labeled in a negative manner. I read almost all of Jeff’s tweets and i don’t recall him ever labeling him. So i am asking you to expand on your claims that he is being negatively labeled and give proof.

      • CanadaBear

        Ballard would be insane to do that Bill. He would never get another GM interview. I’m guessing the vast majority of info is basically reporters guessing. With all the bloggers and newspapers on thin ice, people write anything they want. There’s no fact checking or multiple sources. People write whatever they want and just list an unnamed source.

        • BillW

          If true, then if I were Ballard I’d want that cleared up pronto. Because it LOOKS like his camp is advancing that story, and whether true or fair or not, it could impact his ability to get another GM shot.

    • Irish Sweetness

      If that’s true then I wish we’d hired him. Re-building can mean tearing down, and quite possibly, pouring a new foundation. Plus, he had a beard, which is good.

  • GPLDAN

    Emery, even after being GM, still acted like an area scout. He would leave the building and go scout a player.

    Pace will not do that. Pace will act like a GM, not like his former jobs.

    • Trac

      I happen to be one of the few posters who happen to like the fact that he’s young. He’s gonna make some mistakes but I love the energy he brings.

      • GPLDAN

        Pace is the kind of GM who walks up to a player in the hallway and tells them they are not playing well and why.

        Emery was the kind of GM who only issued praise in the hallways.

        (I’m just saying what the radio is saying here)

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          before yesterday nobody knew who the fuck pace was…today we have theextended biography, psychological profile, modus operandi all figured out

          • GPLDAN

            Pace thinks Romania is a backwater country only good for producing porn stars and credit card hackers.

            The info is coming fast and furious at this point…

          • BearDown100393

            All that proves is that Pace reads this blog.

          • Bears-4-Ever

            LOL! Hey I like Romanian Porn!

          • GPLDAN

            We all do. I thought Pace was totally outta line there.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Link?
            Personal faves : Promise, Daisy Marie and Lupe Fuentes. And that crazy Monica chick from a couple years back. The black pornstar, not the bitch from Friends.

          • Scott W.

            We do? Did I miss the FBI briefing?

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Spoiler Alert: Roger didn’t do it.

          • Scott W.

            Highly dubious. I think Rodger had Pace jerseys made last week.

      • Scott W.

        Are you sure you are in the minority Trac? I think everyone is just waiting to see what he does with the next 24 months of his new career.

        • Trac

          I’m not sensing the excitement I have. Imo

      • Irish Sweetness

        Yah, for a GM that might be cool. HC, no. But let’s give him his due, three years.

  • GPLDAN

    Pace is used to the southern congeniality of the Saints and the NO Press.

    I think he’s being briefed that the Chicago media likes to throw haymakers and his presser may put him on his heels.

    • willbest

      In listening to the Chicago presser I find the press pool out at Halas to be mostly incompetent nitwits asking questions that won’t be answered, rather than ones that will be and would provide insight.

  • BillW

    Question 1 – was this Ernie’s recommended candidate?
    Question 2 – will he report to Teddy?

    If the answers are yes and no respectively, then I’m satisfied.

    • GPLDAN

      The answers seem to be yes and no. From what I am hearing.

      • BillW

        GREAT!

        • DaBearsBlog

          Every GM reports to Teddy. He represents ownership. But Ted has no influence on football decisions. It is the GM’s show.

          • Bears-4-Ever

            Only with a King George Nod though.

          • BillW

            I hear what you’re saying and realize the importance of that. I myself would prefer to see both Ted and Ryan report to George. But that may simply be window dressing without any real substantive difference.

      • SC Dave

        Yes and yes

    • Irish Sweetness

      “No Teddy … I AM the one who picks …”

  • GPLDAN

    My first question to Pace is “when will you package Jay up to the Titans?”

    • BillW

      I’m sure those questions will be asked and he’ll likely say they will make those decisions with the new HC

    • willbest

      Pace is going to come out today and tell you that Jay Cutler is a great talent and you can win a Super Bowl with him, and that he figures prominently in the Bears plans moving forward. And if he says anything else he is a bloody moron and should be fired on the spot.

      What Pace actually thinks of Cutler won’t be known until the new league year in March and he decides to trade or keep him.

    • Irish Sweetness

      That’s the shit I’m talkinboutrighttheresee ….muddafuckabedowwwnwidIrish ….

  • Scott W.

    So. Kyle Long was on no one’s radar when we drafted him. McClellin was kinda noticed.
    Who is this year’s Bears surprise?

    • BillW

      Ryan Pace

      • Scott W.

        That was quick. Are you in the kitchen Bill? If so, can you grab my cane? Thanks.

        • BillW

          Leaning back on my recliner “working” from home

      • Scott W.

        …and did I just see a scroll that we are interviewing Mike Shanahan? ???

    • Irish Sweetness

      I hope it’s fucking Leonard Williams after we wave a magic wand and turn Cutty into Tennessee Williams.

      But I guess if he drafts a tranny kicker in the third then that would take the biscuit.

  • BillW

    For comparison sakes – anyone know how old Ballard is? Can’t seem to find it.

    I did a very quick search of GMs and find there are at least a few in their early 40s. Without knowing when they got that job, it’s certainly possible that hiring a GM in their late 30s is not unheard of.

    (Of course when I was in my late 30s I thought of myself as in my early or mid 30s. I was in my late 30s until I was about thirty-twelve.)

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      37

      • BillW

        Ballard, not Pace

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          my bad

  • GPLDAN

    Hubbo-Dubbo gets a slam in on Emery.

    “Ryan Pace is 37 years old. Unlike the previous team, he didn’t HAVE to take this job.”

    Ouch.

    • BillW

      WOW! Good one for Hub.

    • willbest

      Maybe, maybe not. There are only a couple GM openings a year. He might have to compete with other bright stars next year or the year after and before you know it he is on the other side of 50.

      • BillW

        He was said to be in line for the Saints job when their GM retired. Though as I look it up that guy is only 58 and may not have retired for many years yet.

        • Johnnywad

          A 58 year old NFL GM is like 90 in regular people years isn’t he?

  • GPLDAN

    Pace turned down not only the Dolphins and the Jets, but other jobs last year.

    • BillW

      Actually I think I read Loomis (?) – the NO GM, refused at least one request to interview Pace – I think that was the Dolphins.

  • huntinbare

    So it begins…
    Lighting the incense and praying the prayer of faith….” Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”…..
    So tell me this; was Consultant Ted supply inside information that he derived from direct contacts within the organizations just before each interviee. Or, was his knowledge of each candidate based on “generalized chatter” that floats around the league and is categorized into some sort of file that clubs and “this NFL consulting consortium” have been keeping?
    Just wondering what kind of service we were paying for…

    • BillW

      I’ve though about this league consultant thing and in a way it’s pretty condescending.

      The league realizes there are 32 teams whose fans have to be given at least some semblance of a chance to compete – if not every year than at least within a few years. Else the stadiums are empty and the interest in those cities go down and teams threaten to move etc.

      Now the draft, free agency, rookie salary caps, and overall salary cap do a great job of leveling the playing field. Every team gets an equal shot.

      But not if their coaches and GMs suck. So now the league is stepping in with “special ed” classes for the learning disabled as it were.

      We may even see the day when the league centralizes scouting so teams make less draft mistakes.

      • willbest

        You have two competing interests though. The league has an interest in maximizing competition. But each individual owner has an interest in getting his own team an edge. Keep in mind that NFL teams are pretty crappy investment. They are basically toys for billionaires.

        • BearDown100393

          Uh so why do franchises go up in value when appraised?

          • willbest

            Its not just Sports teams. Famous art work has been breaking records the last decade too. Its the scarcity relative to demand that is driving franchise values, not the revenue they generate.

          • SC Dave

            The appreciation of art, football franchises, vintage automobiles, etc, are primarily the result of continued concentration of more and more wealth in fewer and fewer pockets.

          • Scharfinator

            I guess the question is what is their rate of return compared to other types of investments you can make. Sure you can make 2% on NFL, but 5% on gold? (I’m making up these numbers to help explain my point – I don’t know what they really are.)

      • Scharfinator

        Ack let’s hope not!

      • huntinbare

        Sort of a reverse “planned obsolescence”
        Watch out for genetically modified NFL franchises…

    • CanadaBear

      I think you meant Ernie. Not to argue with you HB but I like Archie Bunker’s description of faith (remember this is coming from a recovering catholic) “Faith is something nobody in his right mind would believe”.

      • huntinbare

        Thanks…how could I forget “uncle ernie”…
        Well that faith line is from the book of Hebrews I believe and I think Arch nailed the interpretation of that verse…
        Call me crazy for believing this will all work out perfectly…
        I got B+ blood coursing through my viens..

      • Johnnywad

        Confession time. I love Archie Bunker.

  • Scharfinator

    I can’t catch the presser live, anyone know where it will be available early afternoon? I know the Bears website will put it up…. eventually.

  • GPLDAN

    If you want to listen to the Pace presser

    http://player.radio.com/listen/station/670-the-score

  • GPLDAN

    Da Boss twiks:

    NFL in a nutshell. Both Denver & Tampa Bay spent a lot of money on the free agency market last spring. One is a 2 seed. One has 1st pick.

    Yeah but Tampa is coached by Lovie.

    • Scharfinator

      I don’t think the HC’s are the big difference between those two teams. It’s the QB.

      Fox and Lovie have both lost super bowls.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        Fox has lost 2.

        • Scharfinator

          Note that my sentence does not specify an exact count for either coach.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            For sure, I just wanted to point that out…

    • Doc Hamstring

      Here’s something that surprises me. We got a lot of Lovie, so we see his faults first. But in the end, he wasn’t BAD… he just wasn’t good enough. Was Tampa that much of a train wreck after Schiano that they look so bad under Lovie?

  • Maddbearfan

    Boy is he nervous! Have to put ego’s aside: Cutler gone!

    • GPLDAN

      He’s so breathy, like a matinee idol.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      He was tallking about Ego Ferguson.

  • Irish Sweetness

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog

    Every team has exact same game plan: (1) Find QB. (2) Draft well. (3) Fill holes w/free agency/trades. Football ain’t molecular chemistry.

    (coughs out hairball)

    (1) Draft well (2) Draft well (3) Draft well

    That will be all.

  • GPLDAN

    Oh fuck – he dropped Ted’s name when talking about controlling the 53.

    • The Pats have Billichick deciding 53 and practice squad, we have Sweaty Teddy and handed picked goon.
      Then we wonder why the Pats are successful year in, year out, and we keep losing.

  • GPLDAN

    UGH!

    He went to Ernie and Ted when talking about picking the HC.

    • willbest

      You don’t shit on your boss before the ink dries on your contract

      • GPLDAN

        I want to hear that he has been given full control.

        • BillW

          He said he had final say.

        • Irish Sweetness

          He said he had ’empowerment’, and then sounded like he wanted to cry. Like a girl.

        • John Doe

          the only GM with full control is Jerruh Jones the owner.

  • BillW

    Ted said he Pace has complete control of the football operations; and he has FINAL say on the HEad Coach.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      where ???

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        right at the beginning of the press conference.

      • BillW

        Are you listening? The transcript will be up eventually.

        However Pace will report to Teddy

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          I haven’t. Am now. It’s 19.20 hours here.

          • BillW

            Reminds me of a joke. Old man says I haven’t had sex since 1945. Young guy says that’s incredible. Old man says “Why? It’s only 19:55 now!

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            funny enough

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        fount it… official site

    • BillW

      Meaning Pace has final say on HC

  • GPLDAN

    Telander drops the BountyGate line on Pace; he deflects it.

    • CanadaBear

      Typical of that douchebag. Like Pace was behind it or something.

  • BillW

    Sounds like Jay is gone; damning him with no praise at all “have to get to know him”

    • Doc Hamstring

      Sounds like he either hasn’t made up his mind, or has made up his mind and doesn’t want anyone to know.

      The worst thing he could do is come right out and give Cutler the kiss of death–then what would Cutler’s value on the trade market be?

      • TheBigCheesy

        it might be the worst thing but he basically did. His cutler non-answers were pretty revealing

        • Doc Hamstring

          How so? What do you get out of a non-answer?

          • BillW

            If he thought Cutty was the man, he’d say it. He doesn’t. Doesn’t mean he’ll get rid of him. But he’s no Cutty fan.

          • Doc Hamstring

            Again, what benefit is it for him to give Jay a vote of confidence on day one? If anything, he pisses off the fanbase and prejudices the HC search (because he ends up telling potential HC candidates that they’re “stuck” with Cutler).

            Seriously, sometimes a non-answer is just that: a non-answer.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            well said.

          • BillW

            Could be. Good point.

          • willbest

            Who cares about the fan base. If he wins games you won’t give a toss what he said, and if doesn’t win games, you won’t give a toss what he said

        • BillW

          My take too. It’s not like he didn’t expect the question. And it certainly came up in the interview and in his preparation for it.

    • willbest

      If he can say Jay is gone right now with any certainty he can also tell you the name of his QB, and that seems exceptionally unlikely considering he doesn’t know who is HC is going to be yet.

      You or I can get to say “It’s above my pay grade”, but that is his pay grade if he is throwing out the QB he has to have a person in mind to replace him.

    • Didn’t Emery and Tresty go out of their way of NOT calling Cutler a “franchise” QB at first?

      How did that turn out?

  • BillW

    Not real strong at the press conference. And I don’t care at all. The last thing I want is a smooth talking incompentent

  • BillW

    “Build through the draft for sustained success”. I love this man.

  • Bender McLugh

    “we need to BUILD through the draft” – I like this guy, we shall see

  • Maddbearfan

    Reminds me of Rocket: I have a plan!

  • BillW

    Relies on Stein for Cap issues; admits what he doesn’t know. he is a good evaluator he says.

    • Doc Hamstring

      Anyone who isn’t stupid shouldn’t mess with Stein’s expertise. He is the best in the NFL at his job.

      • Johnnywad

        I’ve always thought that but what’s his responsibility in the contracts handed out last year that contributed to Emery’s firing?

  • BillW

    “They were interviewing me but I was interviewing them”,

    Another great line

  • Maddbearfan

    Good sales job!! He wants this real bad..

  • GPLDAN

    An old Irish South Side joke:

    Patty Flanagan is on his death bed, he knows he’s at the end. But in his bed he smells the aroma of some savory Irish stew. He calls for his son, Shamus.

    “Shamus, my boy. I am at the end. But before I could go, could you get me a bowl of that stew?”

    Shamus leaves and comes back a few minutes later.

    “Mom says you can’t have any. It’s for the wake tomorrow.”

  • Peanut FTW

    OMG not pidgeon holing players and adjusting the scheme… that kinda smells like Toub 🙂

    • Big Mike

      explain?

      • Peanut FTW

        They asked him what he looked for in a HC, more OC or DC… he replied that that didn’t matter as much as the ability to adjust their schemes to the players they have. He doesn’t want someone who will pidgeon hole a player to force them into their scheme but someone who will alter their scheme to fit their players.

        • Big Mike

          What, that’s hypocrisy. 🙂

        • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

          like taking a basketball team of WR’s and TE’s and trying to make them into Tim Brown? And taking a QB that can run AND gun and make him throw 3 yard bubble screens?

    • GPLDAN

      I liked that too.

  • Trac

    Did you hear that WIL?! Best player available over need. Mmmhmmm! Hahahaha. I like this guy, welcome to Chicago Ryan.

    • willbest

      Actually he said, ideally you do enough in FA that you get to BPA during the draft.

  • BillW

    Kissing up to Teddy. What is with Teddy?

    • John Doe

      Got to kiss up to the boss..especially on day one.

      Wouldn’t be wise to antagonize the boss right away.

      • GPLDAN

        He’s gonna give Sweaty Teddy a sponge bath.

        • John Doe

          He should do whatever he needs to do.

          Once he has 2-3 good years, he can launch his power struggle with Teddy and get more control.

          Win first. Build your cred in Halas Hall and amongst fan base. Then wrest more power.

          Ballard was stupid trying to fight org structure right there in the interview.

          • GPLDAN

            Unless meddling is keeping you from winning.

          • John Doe

            There is always some level of politics and meddling in any organization and job.

            If he is good, he will have to overcome that, work around that and succeed inspite of Ted.

          • BillW

            Makes sense to me. Good post

    • willbest

      Because he will probably legitimately rely on Ted this year as he gets things up and running. Its not particularly easy to transition an entire organization during its busiest time of year.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    He seems smart and competent.

    He’ll have help on the financial side, but not on the football side. Did I get that right ? No ‘football guy’ ?

    • willbest

      He is the football guy.

  • GPLDAN

    Jeff is back beating that Rex Ryan drum again.

    • Doc Hamstring

      Rex Ryan could walk on water, but he’d be a colossal bust if the offense isn’t in the top 5 in the league next year. What good OC’s are out there whom Rex could realistically get?

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Bears O has most of the pieces in place for a Top 10 O.

        He could attract quality OC.

        • Doc Hamstring

          They were Top-5 last year. I would realistically expect a new coach and OC to get them there next year. I don’t know that Ryan comes with that built-in.

  • Maddbearfan

    Interesting comment: Have to set ego’s aside and work together. You listening Jay?

    • BillW

      And Brandon?

  • BillW

    Score talking to Ryan Pace right now

  • Frank Schoenburg

    I thought the press conference went well. I’m happy Pace is the GM.

  • BillW

    “When it comes to football, it’s ALL MY decisions”

    • BillW

      Just said that to Mannelly

      • Doc Hamstring

        I get the impression Mannelly is gonna have a nice media career. Certainly seems to have good access and gets guys to talk.

        • BillW

          Agree. He asks “no BS” questions in a non-threatening way.

      • Frank Schoenburg

        I like it!

  • BillW

    My sense is that Pace really prepared himself for this job.

    • Doc Hamstring

      From what I’ve read, he’s been preparing for 5+ years.

    • Maddbearfan

      Then it be safe to say he already has his head coach in mind?

      • BillW

        I’m sure he has opinions. He told Mannelly he won’t limit himself to people he has had dealings with though.

  • John Doe

    I like that he is honest about his strengths and where he needs help and where he will lean on others.

    He did not bullshit his way through all the questions. Said he will have to learn about salary cap. Liked the candor.

    • I was surprised about the cap stuff, because he’s been director of pro personnel since 2007, which should deal with contract signings and stuff some.
      But I’d rather he learn about the cap from Cliff Stein than Mickey Loomis.

  • John Doe

    Dan Wiederer @danwiederer
    George McCaskey says it’s a 5-year contract for new GM Ryan Pace.10m
    Beat Writer / Columnist

    • BillW

      Good find. I don’t think that came up in the presser

      • Frank Schoenburg

        It came up, Ryan didn’t answer.

        • yep, then McCaskey did in his presser.
          That’s what Emery had too. Must be pretty standard for new GM

  • Maddbearfan

    Well, McCaskey did promise change..he musta felt that Ballard was just a little too close to the same ole same ole. So begins a new chapter.

  • BillW

    I hope we can lose the idea that Pace is a yes man. I heard nothing at all to indicate that. And if the Bears become consistent playoff contenders in the next few years I suspect – as mentioned earlier by someone – that Pace will be “promoted” and report to George directly.

    BEAR DOWN!

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      there is only one guy so far on here that is labeling him already, and honestly i think he is full of shit with half his inane comments.

      • BearDown100393

        Dave Toub for GM!

      • CanadaBear

        None of us know shit about any of this. There were only 4 people in the room when all of this went down and none of them are talking. It’s all conjecture and BS. Still can be fun but let’s not make any more of it than that. This isn’t aimed at you HBP.

  • burntorangenavyblue

    I wouldn’t go down the rabbit hole trying to over analyze the whole presser. Actions speak louder than words. Let’s see who he hires for HC and then we can see what direction the Bears are going

    • Doc Hamstring

      Yep. Actions speak louder than words. I remember Emery sounding like a breath of fresh air compared to Angelo.

      • BillW

        Well, wasn’t he? The bar was set low. And Emery did bring in some great players. And built the offense in one year. And tried to do the same with the defense. He really was an OK GM. If not for the Trestman hire he and whatever other coach would still be here.

        But happily the Bears are no longer satisfied with mediocrity.

      • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

        he did sounded like a breath of fresh air until he started over explaining the fuck out of everything which in retrospect felt weird. Then he proceeded to pick Shea McClellin with the first pick of his first draft as GM. I just want to see no brainer picks and excited Football coaches with innovative and aggressive ideas come in. I don’t mind kumbaya and love your neighbor like Tresty but would rather have Fuller blitzing off the edge like a young Charles Woodson and piles of dead bodies lying around after every game no matter win or lose.

  • GPLDAN

    I really think it’s gonna be Bowles.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      I don’t know about that, they talked about bringing more guys in. If Bowles was their guy they wouldn’t let him go on anymore interviews.

      • BillW

        Not sure. I still think the Bears situation has the highest potential upside for a coach – though also a large risk as well.

        But assistants in the playoffs are now off limits until their team is out. That has an unfair dynamic on the process for them. The league might want to consider making some type of change to that. You have ot wonder how often a team settles for what turns out to be an inferior coach rather than waiting until after the SB.

        • BearDown100393

          Should be no hires at all until after the Super Bowl.

          • willbest

            That is idiotic. So every team that doesn’t fire its staff gets to start prepping for the next league season in Jan, but if you do, you don’t get to start until Feb? We watch the game Sept to Feb, but the behind the scenes guys work year round. And so do the players who take a few weeks before getting back in to training

          • BearDown100393

            Quite often the best candidates cannot interview because they are still involved in the playoffs. No interviews for those folks beyond the 2nd round. Not idiotic at all.

          • BillW

            That’s my point and they may actually be the best candidates.

            Though the Eagles waited fro Buddy. Not that it worked out.

          • BearDown100393

            I guess that understood point makes both of us idiots.

          • willbest

            Alright here is what teams do between first week of Jan and March 1.
            1) evaluate own roster, sign own free agents
            2) work on trades for people under contract he might not want to keep
            3) evaluate other pending free agents, negotiate get wink wink nudge nudge agreements in place.
            4) evaluate college prospects.

            Under your system the GM isn’t allowed to hire a coach before the 2nd week of Feb giving him little time to build an understanding with the HC in terms of player selection in order to do his evaluation process and execute his strategy. You are either asking the GM to wait for the HC, or to basically go it alone without his future HC’s input. The former harms the organization, the later could harm the relationship between the new HC and GM.

          • BearDown100393

            So? Go ahead and rush to hire a scrub from an equally bad organization that missed the playoffs in order to “keep pace” with the rest of the teams out of the playoffs.

          • willbest

            No doubt the OC, DC, STC for all those non playoff teams sucks because they couldn’t carry the entire team on their shoulders.

            And no doubt that the reason those playoff teams are where they are entirely because of that coordinator

        • willbest

          They can conduct 2nd round interviews with the Coordinators during pro bowl week if they conducted first round interviews during the bye weeks. So less than 10 days from now.

  • BearDown100393

    Fire Ryan Pace. Am I first? 🙂

  • Sactowns#1

    So am I the only DDBer going to Mardi Gras this year?

    • CanadaBear

      I’m too old for Mardi Gras but a full report would be nice. I’d love to go down there for the Heritage Festival. That’s a little more my speed these days.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        get in touch with Pace. i have a feeling he loves spending time on Bourbon Street.

      • full report, complete with photo evidence :). Hand out lots of beads, sactown

      • Sactowns#1
        • CanadaBear

          I’d still get a kick our of Mardi Gras but I don’t drink, have a low tolerance for foolish drunks and my knees are so shot I can’t stand for long periods. The only way I could do it is to rent a balcony. I’d have to go back to work to pay for that!

      • Sactowns#1
  • BillW

    From the Trib:

    – When asked about specific draft mistakes, Pace cited the rushed development of “a defensive tackle in 2003,” likely first-round pick Johnathan Sullivan, who recorded just one sack in his NFL career.
    (end of Trib quote)

    Pace did say he learned to take best player available and not reach based on need. But here’s the thing – if Sullivan been drafted in the third round, would he have been any better? He wasn’t a reach – he was a bust.

    But most of all it was smart of Pace to reference something that happened almost 12 years ago! I don’t think Sullivan can be blamed on a 25 year old guy in the draft room.

    • willbest

      I understand the idea of BPA. But its pretty hard to violate it unless you are locked into one particular position, which is invariably QB. Because if you look at the Bears and you need a DE, OT, Mike, Sam, FS one of those five guys will be in BPA discussions with the WR or CB or TE who is still available.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        What if Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama is still on the Board? He would almost certainly be BPA at that point, do you take him?

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          trade back a little and get more picks.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            You win. I like the idea of trading back, even if you get less than ideal value according to the chart. We never traded back in the 1st under Phil.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            just more bullets for the rookie GM in case there some miscues in later rounds

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            More picks=better odds of finding a gem.

          • Irish Sweetness

            IFF we traded Cutty to the Titans and got number 2, what’s that worth in a trade down ? We could possibly get two to three starters by trading down. Kevin Costner for GM !

          • Big Mike

            Everybody wants to trade back. (more than not, makes it a buyers market).

        • Irish Sweetness

          If he can play DE I’m all for it.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            I heart Leonard Williams, especially now that Willie Young tore his Achilles.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Shit, I forgot about Willie. So we need TWO defensive ends then ….

        • willbest

          You saying you can’t make an argument for Brandon Scherff if they were both there?

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            You could but scarcity demands Cooper, this years WR crop is weaker in relation to the OT crop.

          • willbest

            Okay, but you are no longer arguing BPA. You are saying the WR class is poor this year, and so you buy Cooper in the 1st because whatever WRs you are going to find after that won’t be good value.

            Your strategy is really best draft value, not best player available.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            I do prefer value based drafting, in this scenario Cooper vs. Scherff, if their grades are equal than positional scarcity is the tie break.

          • willbest

            Huh? If they grade out the same (although I am dubious this would be true for any players receiving thorough evaluations as you expect from your first 3 rounds) why wouldn’t you select the one you need more?

            The other thing I will point out is scarcity is a need based argument. How rare quality WRs are this year is irrelevant unless you have a need at WR.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            That’s fair, I was using an equal grade to prove a point, if you use need as a tiebreak between two equally graded players (who would be the “best” on the board) then you are favoring a need based approach. Also:

            1) I think Cooper is better than Scherff at this moment in time. We’ll have to see how they do during the process and who comes out of nowhere to supplant them.
            2) I think Cooper will be gone before we pick.
            3) I don’t really like Scherff, he seems a little heavy on his feet at times (bad for a LT). He would kill it in the run game, but on 3rd and 11 against a speed rush he might give way to a few strip sacks.

  • BillW

    Jeff = saw your tweet. Cancelled fights? Weather bad out east?

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Damn…that sucks

      • yeah, that’s brutal

        • BearDown100393

          Moments like this make me realize how fortunate I am to simply go to work instead.

          • BillW

            Right. Rarely is work cancelled, and if it is – GREAT

          • BearDown100393

            Missed one day due to weather in 14 years.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’d fight in the rain, me. I’m proper hard.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Where in Florida were you headed Jefe?

  • Pace is going to watch EVERY play of the Bears 2014 season, probably on all-22, probably on a big ass screen, rewinding, fast forwarding, pausing, analyzing, taking notes.
    Then he will wake up at 3am in a cold sweat, crying in a fetal position.

    • willbest

      Excellent, he will be able to empathize with every Bears fan. What a true leader.

  • “Bear Down in Tampa Huge Bear’s Penis • 3 minutes ago

    More picks=better odds of finding a gem.”

    I’ve been thinking about how to look into this lately. Want to see if any stats back that up. So far I started by just looking at total number of draft picks for each team from 2002 (1st year of 32 teams, 1st year of current playoff format) to 2014, to go along with number of playoff appearances and playoff wins in that time span.

    I found that there was less than a 10% correlation from # draft picks to team success, and that’s over a 13 year span. Of course, just number of draft picks doesn’t factor in where those draft picks are (the value of each pick is not the same, but this blatantly ignores that). Still, I found that interesting.

    • overall not a ton of variation. Everybody was between 7 and 8.5 picks per year.

    • TheBigCheesy

      Maybe you can do the same research over again, but instead of using “# of picks”, use the total Value number of the draft picks (using the league draft pick trade value numbers).

      Also, if you go back all the way to 2002, it might be different then as opposed to now because of what we were talking about last night with the change in rookie salaries (making top picks more valuable these days)….although, perhaps the draft pick value numbers take that into account?

      • I wouldn’t use the draft value chart, because that was just a made up system that has been shown to be inaccurate as to actual value. There have been studies done that assign value to each pick, and I would use those.

        Problem is, that’s a LOT more work than just counting # of picks and moving on. Not sure if I care enough to do all that.

      • and that’s an interesting point about the really high picks having a lower value. I hadn’t considered that, but there is at least some circumstantial evidence to think that’s true when you were having to pay JaMarcus Russell and Sam Bradford more than Peyton Manning before they ever took an NFL snap.

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          That hurt the Lions and Rams a ton!

          • yep, and Raiders. There were the same couple teams drafting high every single year, and this had a big part to do with it.

    • The Rams and 9ers, and I think the Pats, had a lot of draft picks the last few years. Might be able to see how they compare to others who had less.

  • As for Pace’s non-Cutler-answers…

    “Cutler, I served with Drew Brees. I knew Drew Brees. Drew Brees was a friend of mine. Cutler, you’re no Drew Brees…”

    • Cutty, the Dan Quayle of QBs.

      • CanadaBear

        Cutler kinda sucks but there is no way he’s as dumb as Dan Quayle.

        • Missing the Analogy. Meant in terms of quality. Quayle is not the worst politician ever, but he’s no Jack Kennedy either.

          • BearDown100393

            Quayle got elected. Will Jay likewise to get his “C” back?

          • “C” for cig, yes. “C” for Captain, dubious.

          • CanadaBear

            Quayle was as dumb as a post. Compared to some of the idiots in congress now, he wouldn’t be the lowest hanging fruit. He was Sarah Palin before the Talking Bumper Sticker came on the scene.

          • BearDown100393

            Quayle in the tank vs Palin with a rifle. Who wins? (other than America….)

          • CanadaBear

            Depends if Palin had another family gathering the night before. If she did, she’d be too hungover to hit the tank.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Quayle was Joe Biden before Joe Biden.

          • CanadaBear

            Biden’s no Brainiac but there is no way he’s as dumb as Quayle.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            This disagrees with you…

          • CanadaBear

            Go back and look at some of Quayle’s quotes.

            Here’s the tip of the iceberg.

            http://politicalhumor.about.com/cs/quotethis/a/quaylequotes.htm

          • EnderWiggin

            “For NASA, space is still a high priority.”

          • willbest

            Any objective analysis of the two demonstrates you are mistaken.

          • BearDown100393

            The post wins out when compared to Biden.

          • 7source7

            You have got to be kidding.

    • BillW

      Yeah – who are we crappin? Pace knows the difference between a good and mediocre QB.

      Again – doesn’t mean he dumps Cutty. But if he’s going to keep him he better be coachable.

      • BearDown100393

        After 9 seasons, still holding out hope for being coachable? 🙂

        • BillW

          I guess I’m in a fog today.

          What I mean in some way keeping Cutler better be not be a net negative.

  • If the Bears do indeed fire Bmarsh, will they give him a green slip instead of a pink slip?
    (Think about it)

  • GPLDAN

    Should we say that Rex Ryan should be allowed to get a foot in the door?

    • BearDown100393

      Any truth to the rumor about Rex Ryan dry humping Dr. Scholls machine at the Walmart?

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        it wasn’t exactly dry when he was done with it.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Looking at a graphic on Pace’s presser. Starters drafted in the last two seasons.

    Bostic. Mills. Long. Fuller.

    Wow.

    • if you consider 3rd WR a starter (I do), add Wilson to that list. And I wouldn’t be shocked if either Ferguson or Sutton ends up starting next year. But yeah, not an impressive list overall.

      A big part of that, I think, is that Emery habitually took the players he felt had the best long-term potential over guys he thought would be best right away. So some guys might take 3-4 years to develop into starters (if they ever get there).

      • Yeah, I mean, Emery KNEW Sutton/Ego wouldn’t start over Paea/Ratliff (barring inj), so this whole “only drafted X amount of starters” is dubious.

        If rookies start, it’s usually because of inj, not talent.

        Though other draftees from previous drafts should have probably contributed more.
        Shea, Hardin, Rodriquez were all busts.

        Bostic, Greene etc are at a cross-roads.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          he took Sutton/Ego because the D-line was in desperate need of depth.

        • Irish Sweetness

          But take out Mills and Bostic, and we’ve drafted two ‘good’ starters in two years. Ratliff/Paea are currently better than the two boys.

          • Yes, but Emery did get Ratliff. We often forget that.
            And Paea is a Blind Squirrel special. I think the only one left on D.

        • CanadaBear

          I think Greene has already gone past the fork in the road. He’s gone.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            He’s a special teamer now…

          • CanadaBear

            He wasn’t active most Sundays, esp in the last half of the season.

  • Amari Cooper can be our best friend, in many ways.
    1. Odell Beckham has given many GMs hard-ons. Antonio Brown also had himself a hell of a year. Those type or WRs seem to be the trend now to counter the big CBs (SEA struggle against those types more than the big bodied). Come draft time, everyone is going to crave their own ODB (Dolla dolla bill y’all!)

    This could mean that many WR needy teams might hand over the bank to us if he’s still sitting there at #7, much like when the Falcons traded up for Julio Jones (as a matter of fact, many “draftniks” compare Cooper to them).

    Maybe not as much, but something in the proximity, which would be a gold mine for us. Ding Ding!

    Hub is emphatic in drafting him if he’s still at #7 no matter what. “No brainer.”

    2. If we DO trade or let Bmarsh go, we can draft Cooper, and we’ll have a pretty dangerous WR corps still.
    Alshon will slip into the Bmarsh role, Amari will be the speed/slot/shifty guy, and Wilson can provide whatever the hell he’s supposed to provide.

    Best case scenario, Wilson improves, him and Alshon line up on the outside while Amari lines up on the slot and causes major havoc.

    • there were a bunch of high-impact rookie WRs last year. Maybe teams fall in love with some this year and think that continues.

      I’m still hoping Cooper, both QBs, and a couple OTs go before Chicago. Drop as many of the top D players to them as possible.

    • GPLDAN

      Wilson. Ha.

      • didn’t look like much late in the year, but he came in after the offense was falling apart, so it’s tough to evaluate much, IMO.

        • I’m not willing to hand Wilson a role on the offense, but I still want to see what he can do when not jumping onto a sinking ship halfway through a season.

          • Wilson did drop too many, though. I still think he needs about another 10 pounds, and ow that he’s a lil older, maybe his frame filled out more, but doesn’t excuse drops.

            Though he’ll have to learn a new system, which might retard his progression.

    • Irish Sweetness

      …… whilst the defense doesn’t get looked at until round 2, then maybe we pick up a defensive starter in round 3 … if we’re lucky?

      I don’t believe we can build a great offense AND a great defense. We need to decide which side of the ball gets the treatment. There are so many holes on defense that we have to say no the guy even if he’s jerry rice.

      • It may come down to classic BPA vs Need.
        Cooper is an A+ prospect by many expert analysis. A Julio Jone’s/Green type of talent.
        Do you skip on that for a B-defender like Collins or Shane-Ray?

        It’s a good question.

        The dreams about Leonard Williams or Gregory (who are about A, though not A+, prospects), are just that. Doubt they fall to #7 and even if they do somehow fall, something would have to be up for them falling (health risk, questionable character, startling combine, etc).

  • GPLDAN

    OSU or Oregon?

    • Scott W.

      Oregon. OSU can’t stop the QB Golden Child of 2015.

      • Big Mike

        OSU

  • GPLDAN

    Listening to Terry Boers brown nose Bernstein, laughing at all his jokes and repeating the last thing he said – for an entire show – is nauseating.

    Can’t do it.

    • willbest

      I can’t listen to B&B.

  • GPLDAN

    “I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future.” – Dan Quayle

    Words to live by. For Pace and the rest of us.

  • If the Ravens upset the Pats and Broncos, go the SB, and Will Hill intercepts a Wilson pass and runs it back for the winning score as the clock reads 0:00, will Jeff have an aneurism there and then?

    • John Doe

      If Ravens win, Kubiak won’t be available to interview.

      I think Kubiak would be great HC hire. Good offense in Baltimore this year, has HC experience. May even bring along Wade Phillips.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        He’d probably keep Cutler and take away his ability to audible.

        • willbest

          Martz was getting pretty good production out of Cutler like that and at the time it was just Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, and 9 guys they found playing flag football in Grant Park.

  • GPLDAN

    I can’t cut & paste Crain’s Chicago Business here w/o retribution, so I will paraphrase:

    The Bears endured the largest LOCAL market drop in ratings in the nation this season. They pulled a 27.5 Rating (I guess this is Neilsen, it’s not stated) which is down 13% from the next lowest town, KC.

    that’s abysmal. If you are 13% less than KC in gross tv’s watching, consider how much bigger Chicago is than KC.

    However, this year the new TV deal kicked in and the Bears got $158M from CBS, NBC, FOX & ESPN. That is up 21 percent from 2013.

    Short story: people in Chicago tuned the Bears out in record droves, such that we are double digit percentage lower in viewers than a much smaller city like KC.

    And….. it doesn’t fucking matter because the national shared revenue pool is so damn sweet.

    • Big Mike

      I believe that this means Chicago’s local rating was down by 13%. Which doesn’t mean KC drew more viewers. It means more of their viewers watched.

      • GPLDAN

        I don’t know the relative nature of the Nielsen system. It said it was a 27.5 on average this year. You are saying that’s down 13% for Chicago, and not compared to KC?

        I read it the other way.

        • willbest

          When you said that Chicago is bigger than KC you are implying more people watched in KC than Chicago. Nielsen ratings translate roughly into percent of households. What it is saying is 27.5% of households in the Chicago market watched the Bears game. If it is down 13% it means that last year 31.6% of households in Chicago watched the Bears.

          Chicago’s metro area is over 3 times the size as KC. Therefore nearly every household in KC would need to watch the Chiefs play in order to beat Chicago in raw numbers.

  • CanadaBear

    Here’s a nice take on the Mueller Report. From SI:

    http://www.si.com/nfl/2015/01/08/nfl-roger-goodell-ray-rice-robert-mueller-report

    • Bill Simmons had a fantastic takedown of it.

      The report spent an inordinate amount of time trying to disprove an Associated Press article from April 9 (and yes, the AP announced that it’s standing by the story) that painted the NFL’s investigation as incompetent and naive (but apparently blameless), and, of course, neglecting to answer questions including:

      Are we really supposed to believe that key Ravens executives knew exactly what happened in the elevator but Roger Goodell and his key reports had no idea whatsoever? It seemed improbable in mid-September and even more improbable now.

      If the NFL’s security team handled everything as incompetently as the Mueller Report lays out, then why hasn’t that team been overhauled? Who was to blame? Shouldn’t multiple jobs be lost here?

      Are we really supposed to believe that the Associated Press fabricated its report, which would mean it made up not just its source but an imaginary taped phone call too? And if the AP made it up, then why? What would be the AP’s motivation for irrevocably tainting its own credibility?

      Goodell sent a September 10 memo to the owners specifically stating that the league asked all the appropriate law enforcement parties for the tape, only the Mueller Report specifically states that the league never asked ANYONE for the tape (not the Atlantic City Police Department, not the Ravens, not the Revel Casino) … so doesn’t that mean Goodell lied to the owners on September 10?2

      Why wasn’t the friendship between Goodell and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti examined more thoroughly if the Mueller Report made it clear that the Ravens knew everything you’d ever want to know about the second elevator tape and even had copies of it, only Goodell and his team went out of their way not to find it or ask for it?

      Why did Goodell make it seem like Rice lied to him in their June 16 meeting when Rice told the truth — as we found out during Rice’s appeal hearing — and like there was a “starkly different” sequence of events?

      Why was Goodell’s “pursuit” of evidence so uncharacteristically lackadaisical compared to other incidents (like Bountygate) that he pursued so doggedly in the past?

      • CanadaBear

        Simmons got a couple of weeks off for calling Goodell a liar. Not surprised he’s all over this. I don’t really like Simmons but he was on point from the beginning.

    • “The truth is, we still don’t know if anybody in the NFL saw the tape. But we know enough to know that Goodell lied.”

      Accurate and succinct. I like it.

      • willbest

        Good for him. It was a bloody witch hunt from the get go. No point in him participating in good faith. The 2 game suspension was more than enough. If the criminal justice system couldn’t bring itself to punish the guy, and the girl friend couldn’t bring herself to do it either, what bloody business is it of the employer to come down hard on his ass?

        • Trac

          I actually think your comments are reasonable.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          his girlfriend now wife will be punishing him for YEARS over this. Rice will be hearing “So what you gonna do knock me out?” from her until he’s dead.

        • Johnnywad

          So you could write that guy a check every week if he worked in your business? I couldn’t. No way. Fuck Ray Rice.

          What business is it of the employer? Well he’s an employee of the company and his image really isn’t good for business. If you go to McDonalds and the guy making your cheeseburger wipes his ass with his hand and then slaps on your extra cheese, while you’re watching, well, who gives a shit right? Wrong. The image of Ray Rice punching his wife in the face and dragging her carcass into the hall like a big game animal is just as bad for business as my cheeseburger guy.

          Aside from being morally objectionable to any sensible person, the guy is bad for business. I’ll go further, if you punch women in the face, you don’t deserve to cash fat paychecks and live like a rock star. I know it goes on all over the place. But the world has irrefutable visual evidence that this guy is a piece of shit. And one guy has the power to stop the circus. Just say no. I’m not paying people who knock out their spouse.

          At least that’s my take on it.

          • willbest

            1) Strawman. Your McD’s guy’s behavior clearly makes him bad at his job. Ray Rice punching his girlfriend doesn’t affect whether he can pound the rock on Sunday. They are nothing alike.

            2) Congrats you aren’t paying him. No doubt the one person that was harmed by it cares so much for your moral high ground and appreciates you stepping in. Oh wait, she doesn’t because you just F’d her and her child over. Way to pile it on the victim. Your attitude, which prevailed, caused her and her child far more harm than anything Ray Rice ever did to her. Not to mention the hell that kid is going to go through when his peers in middle school google Ray.

            3) Why are you still consuming NFL content? Brandon Marshall didn’t pay for his transgression. Not in any meaningful sense. And neither did dozens of others. The only difference with Ray Rice is he got caught in a manner that you couldn’t pretend to ignore. And to that I ask, so what?

          • Johnnywad

            1.). Not a Strawman. Guy can still make a GREAT cheeseburger.

            2.). Yeah. She never could have divorced him and been all set with the money available. Your right. Far better to stay married to a guy that beats the shit out of her.

            3.). Charles Tillman, Drew Brees, Payton Manning, Thomas Jones, Kyle Long, Patrick Mannelly. All great guys. All guys that have charites and still managed to be amongst the best in the world at a sport I enjoy watching. That’s why I watch. Who said I have ignored Brandon Marshall? I haven’t.

            And further, his wife’s inability to understand domestic violence has nothing to do with my understanding of it

          • Trac

            Did the guy have a change of heart? To me this is the million dollar question. There’s been plenty of people thrown in jail for worse that never repented. Life has a way of setting people straight that are redeemable. I believe that we should judge others in a way that we ourselves are willing to be judged. Alcohol may have played a part here and let me tell you, there are plenty of good people that have done what Ray did or worse when they made a bad decision.

          • Johnnywad

            I agree Trac. With some of it. We have to make room for people to repent.

          • Trac

            Emotions johnny, Emotions. They can be dangerous thing.

          • willbest

            1) Somebody who defiles your cheeseburger in front of you isn’t doing the job he is paid to do.

            2) You know nothing about divorce law, but that isn’t particularly relevant. She was a girl friend. She married him after he hit her. She could have opted to sue him in civil court for the battery instead if she wanted to. Stop trying to protect a woman who doesn’t need your protection. She doesn’t want it anyway.

            3) Hard to watch all those great guys with the thugs on the fields as well. Do you have some sort of special software that blurs the thugs out? Incidentally, all those guys you think are good guys, go out every day and have working relationships and even friendships with those thugs you don’t like. So obviously they don’t share your zero tolerance attitude.

            As for where my line is. If the State/Federal government doesn’t prevent them from doing XYZ as part of a punishment, and whatever it is doesn’t affect their ability to do XYZ, then I don’t care to prevent them from doing XYZ. I don’t have nor will I ever have all the facts unless I end up on a jury for one of them. Even with video evidence, I still have no idea what his mental state was when he hit her (and it does matter, its called mens rea).

          • Johnnywad

            You make some good points. And you’re right, I know nothing of divorce law.

            For my part, its far less complicated than you paint it. You’re missing the point if you think I’m trying to protect her. Further, the law should be considered a minimum with regard to your employees conduct. It doesn’t need to be your standard.

            If Ray Rice is my employee, and I have film of him knocking a woman out, I’m firing him. Legal and illegal…..right and wrong, are not always the same thing. At times its okay to exercise common sense in place of legal standards. I don’t think you and I are discussing the same issue. You believe he has the right to continue working. I would agree, I just wouldn’t allow it in my company.

          • willbest

            Well that is debatable. Anybody with 4 functional limbs and a room temperature IQ can work at McD’s. Ray Rice is a top 20 guys at his position in one of the most competitive games in the world. You don’t just find those guys. People with special skills get longer leashes, because the positives out weigh the negatives.

            You and I may talk about thugs playing sports, but what brings eyeballs are fierce competitive battles played at a high level. You start nixing everybody with character flaws and you are going to lose the high level aspects of it. In fact, there appears to be a strong correlation between the gifted among us and mental illnesses.

          • Johnnywad

            I hear you. I understand your position. I just disagree. I don’t pretend to assume to league is full of altar boys. Nor would I try to nix everybody with character flaws. But two things come to mind. People with elite skill do in fact get longer leashes, but they shouldn’t. Secondly, if you just simply removed obvious known offenders from the game, like Ray Rice, the NFL would survive. I would prefer to watch a very slightly watered down version of the sport with guys like him off the field. I do realize that’s wading into a pretty gray area.

            Don’t we, at some point, just have to fix easy and obvious problems and do what we ought? This isn’t based on conjecture. The whole world saw what he did. Somewhere along the way, we have lost our way a bit. I actually heard my son’s teammate say the words “Just Ray Rice her ass.” at practice while the two of them were bitching about a Language Arts teacher. That’s the message that’s out.

          • CanadaBear

            The odd thing about all this is that by all accounts this was way out of character for Rice. The Ravens org loved him as a person and whenever they got a last-minute request for a player appearance at a charity event, Ray was the go-to guy. I hate what he did, no doubt about that. I’m guessing they were both drunk, they got into it and he lost his shit. He’s been punished and it’s time for him to try to get his life back in order. Everyone deserves a second chance (unless it’s murder). Forgive but never forget.

          • “his wife’s inability to understand domestic violence”
            So Rice beats her up physically, and you knock out her psychology.
            Maybe she just understands love and forgiveness more?

          • Johnnywad

            I’ve seen it. Up close and personal. She’s making a huge mistake.

          • willbest

            But its her mistake to make. You aren’t her brother or father. You can’t do anything but rob her of her agency. If she is mentally incapable of making her own decisions then go through the process of getting her adjudicated as such. Stop excessively punishing others because you don’t like the decisions she makes.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    oh hell no! Jennings was caught drunk while speeding to a Parent Teacher Conference

    http://deadspin.com/bears-db-arrested-for-dui-while-speeding-to-parent-teac-1678568492

    • CanadaBear

      He said he was up ’til 2 AM the night before. I’m guessing he pleas this down to reckless driving or some lesser charge. Jennings has no history of being a drunk/partier as far as I know so I’d give him the benefit of the doubt on this one.

      • DaMurph

        They didn’t get a BAC from him, so being drunk is conjecture.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          thats true but in the state of Illinois your guilty if you refuse the tests.

          • willbest

            This was Georgia

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            my bad, just checked out Georgia law – almost identical to Illinois

    • In his defense, those Parent/Teach conferences are tolerable only if you’re drunk…

  • GPLDAN

    Read the facebook comments, they are funny

    http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz306/MikeD-2010/unnamed.jpg

  • Here’s for all you Fewell backers

    Giants fired DC Perry Fewell.
    Fewell, 52, worked under coach Tom Coughlin for 10 seasons, spending five in Jacksonville from 1998-2002 and the last five as the Giants’ defensive boss. Fewell’s Giants units were top-10 in yards allowed in 2010 and 2013, but were bottom-five the other three seasons. The G-Men were particularly bad against the run this past season, finishing 30th and surrendering a league-worst 4.9 YPC. – Roto

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      didn’t they have a lot of injuries on their dline this past year?

      • The way I read it, 2 times they did OK, esp in the playoffs.
        The other 3 times they were bottom 5.
        I don’t really like those odds, esp since we don’t have Eil.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          I think Lovie tried to get an interview years ago with him for DC but the Giants would not allow it.

    • willbest

      Outstanding. Horrible run D is what we are known for in Chicago. We should go get this guy.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        This run against thing is very debateful. Lots of things could come into play here:

        -opponents: their division is run oriented with Dallas, Philly and Washington. They played NFL West… also a run first division.

        – bad Offense. They went down in a lot of games so the opposition ran the ball in the 2nd half controlling the game.

        -scheme and injuries: They were a nickel D. They played a lot of 5DBs, but had ton of injuries at LB and DB.

        I liked what he did last year…they were awful in the first half of the season and then he changed the scheme, playing the run with the DL and becoming much more aggressive with the Secondary in coverage and blitzing. Become Top 10 D. I always thought the Bears would employ a similar tactic this year.

  • Draft talk!

    Here’s the skinny on a LB/DE Pace might target. Randy Gregory.

    Some compare him to Von Miller, but also Dion Jordan.. I guess split the middle and Ziggy Ansah?

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000455212/article/nebraska-de-randy-gregory-needs-substantial-improvement

    • willbest

      Sounds horrible against the run. Also, doesn’t sound like we would get much out of him in year one as he needs to bulk up

      • Yeah, I’m always a bit leery of “tweener” types unless they’re very physical/explosive/violent (like Miller was out of college).

        The rest is a crap shoot (like Dion Jordan).

  • Here’s the dope on S Landon Collins.

    http://walterfootball.com/scoutingreport2015lcollins.php

    I don’t know why experts keep mocking him to the Bears at #7. They always mock Safeties way too high. Every year they get amnesia.

    Top safeties rarely go top 10. I predict he goes in the teens, esp those who can’t cover.

    • willbest

      Yeah I expect Williams, Cooper and Scherff to be gone by #7 and at this point in time there isn’t anybody else I am particularly interested in spending #7 on. Its still early though.

      • I’m not sure about Scherff being gone at #7. Some prefer OT Ronnie Stanley from Notre Dame.

        One of those guys will be free at 7, and if the Bears do indeed follow the Cowboy’s blueprint of ball control (to mask poor D) punishing O, limiting Cutler, and grinding it out, then that may very well be the best route to go instead of reaching for the next bust at DE/S.

        • willbest

          If we want to compete next year we almost have to go that route. I don’t think the D is as bad as the elite QBs made them look. The communication breakdowns weren’t a skill issue. And the injuries and Briggs phoning it in put a lot of pressure on rookies and 1 year vets. But anything more than a 10-15 point jump in the rankings isn’t going to be realistic in 1 year.

  • Jack Lacan

    More evidence that Joe Buck is soft…
    He mentions that Romo is from Wisconsin…which is like saying Romo is an American from the United States…he uses the word “albeit” far too much…

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