• Bears-4-Ever

    Have fun!

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    we were already at 1 topic per week.

  • John Doe

    QB carousel still not done. Browns still want Bradford – the injured player who considered retiring in 2014 seriously and was talked out of it. Chip Kelly may need #12 and #19 to give up Bradford and Browns may give up those two first round picks.

    Pace should call Browns and offer Jake and #7 for Browns #12 and #19.

    ProFootballTalk @ProFootballTalk · 3h3 hours ago
    Browns may make a move for Mariota, or try again for Bradford http://wp.me/p14QSB-9K0N

    • GPLDAN

      Sonny Weaver them, Cleveland. Awesome freak show in the dawg pound.

  • John Doe

    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet · 10m10 minutes ago
    Free agent RB Jacquizz Rodgers, mostly recently of the #Falcons, is visiting the Chicago #Bears, source said

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Exactly the type of RB we need. One that can’t run trough a tackle to save his life.

  • GPLDAN

    Hey guess what? MORE Cutty analysis! Yay!

    Jay is now the poster boy for a whole syndrome. Getting Cutler’d is now a thing in the NFL.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2411228-the-jay-cutler-quarterback-solution-model-overpaid-and-all-too-common

    • John Doe

      Good article.

      Cutler has most INTs per pass attempt. More guaranteed money than Dalton, Kaep etc.

      But soon J Wood will be here to tell us how Cutler contract is great for Bears. What a deal Emery got!!

      • actually, Eli Manning has more INTs per passing attempt than Cutler over the last 5 years. Slightly more total turnovers too, though Cutler is close to the worst there.

        http://dabearsbeat.com/2015/03/31/putting-jay-cutlers-turnovers-in-context/

        BTW, you’ll notice every QB on this list save Fitzgerald is on a contract paying him comparable money to Cutler going forward. My argument with Cutler was never that he was on a great deal. It was that his deal was reflective of a bloated QB market, which is pretty much the same thing that B/R article says, albeit with far less numbers to back it up than I’ve already published.

        • John Doe

          But Eli did his part in winning two Super Bowls, didn’t crumble in the big game and made some throws.

          Win two Super Bowls against Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and you get a lot of slack for those regular season INTs.

          Jake Culter, on the other hand, has repeatedly crumbled against the Packers. Every year we hear how bad Packer defense is and yet Cutler has 20+ INTs against Packers since 2009. Charles Woodson, Tramon Williams, Sam Shields have feasted on Jake Cutler.

          • EnderWiggin

            If you believe Cutler has crumbled in big situations since 2009, you sir, have been wearing blinders. Hell, he was “Mr. 4th quarter” from 2010 – 2012.
            If we fix the defense and get some leadership on the O, Cutty will be just fine, and you will eat crow.

          • John Doe

            He has crumbled against Packers. And that is what matters the most to Bears fans.

            You can pretend he did not but just watch a video of all his INTs against Packers that some one had created on internet before the second Packers game last year.
            Cringeworthy how bad some of those INTs were.

          • EnderWiggin

            Man, how can you grasp a game by watching highlights? Watch a whole game, or even a whole season.
            Cutler makes his share of mistakes. But if we are down by 14 in the 4th or 21 in the 3rd, hes gonna heave it.

          • heave it… to Forte for4 yards.
            I would prefer he heave it to Alshon 40 yards downfield into triple coverage like he usually does (now that Bmarsh is gone).

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            I’m pissed about his shortcomings against the Pack record wise. However, look at his last 3 games against them, we got 126 points (or 42PPG) hung on us, who the flip else can overcome that? And we should all be pissed that Cutler blew that coverage on the 4th and 8 that kept us out of the playoffs. You know the same game where he was 15/24 for 226 yds 2 TD/1 INT, and QB rating of 103.8. You know, a rating that was higher than Manning’s rating in Superbowl 46. Last year was tough to see but basically he’s 1 year removed from a successful season.

          • BerwynBomber

            So you point out one GB game where Cutty had an above average QB rating? Selective much? And then compare it to Manning’s QR at SB46?

            Re-litigating this stuff is silly but it is not ONLY about the record when it comes to Cutty against GB. His stats have been next to horrid too.

            He could turn it around this season — CB might be GB’s weakest position heading into camp — but an uncomfortable truth it remains.

        • BerwynBomber

          Decent metrics. My only issue with TOs in a vacuum is that they do not to take into account production. Brees and Luck are good examples (I’m guessing R-berger is one too). High TOs but also very high production.

          The Rodgers/Brady model is the optimal one — high production/low TOs — but a more realistic hope/expectation of Cutty might have been as an inferior version of Luck or Brees; that is, a guy who will cough up the ball more than he should but also produce above the average in terms of points.

          Just look at Cutler last year. As frustrating as the TOs were, even more so was the lack of offensive production. Or to put it another way: add six or seven more TDs to Cutty stats and suddenly the TOs aren’t near the eyesores that they were.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I think Ben only threw nine INTS last year, whilst throwing for exactly the same number of yards as Brees on about the same # attempts. He protects the ball, Cutty doesn’t. The only thing that makes me hesitant about writing off Cutty is that it’ll be his tenth yer. Elway turned it around in his tenth year.

            It’s been said that if we fix the defense, fix the OL (to the point here we can run at will) and reduce his pass attempts then he’ll be fine. This may be true, but …

            1. We could have paid a guy like Fitzy to do that for half the money, and been sitting on an extra first round pick to boot.

            2. None of that will make him an accurate passer all of a sudden, or rid him of the desire to launch that thing into no man’s land.

            There are no more excuses to be made, he was very lucky with his receivers last season and he still led the league in INTs. Was that due to playing from behind so often? Possibly?

            They’ve made their bed, and we’re all going to have to lie in it.

            So be it.

            Aside: So Demarco Murray asked Tony Romo to take a pay cut so he could get a bigger slice of the pie.

            #cojones

        • Big Mike

          Stop publishing facts. It ruins the arguments.

          • Johnnywad

            Christ on a bike. Let’s talk about Cutler s’more.

            How’s the lacrosse season going Mike?

          • Big Mike

            My boys team is 4-1. He worked his way into some playing time. Playing D-pole and long stick middie. It’s a great sport.

    • BerwynBomber

      I suspect NFL teams will get smarter about these “pretty good/best alternative” QB contracts in the future. Sooner or later a team will let a Cutler/Dalton/Kaepernick walk during negotiations and the overall strength of the team will improve because of it.

      • it’s a gamble. If you can find a decent QB on a rookie deal, you just saved yourself $16-17M a year for 4 years.

        If you can’t, your ceiling is 9-7 like the Texans and Bills last year.

        • BerwynBomber

          It will be interesting to see a WAR-like metric is developed for the NFL, especially in regard to QB play. I suppose to a degree it could be done by averaging the league’s collective QR or QBR of a given year.

  • GPLDAN
    • John Doe

      Baby Jamarcus Russell??

      • GPLDAN

        Lovie is going to draft himself a time bomb

    • BearDown100393

      Can’t speak of recent condition, but the much flaunted shirtless photograph was debunked as Winston was wearing a restraining belt as part of a passing drill. The belt tightens around the mid waist resulting in the gut popping out a bit.

      • Irish Sweetness

        His face is puffy, got some jowls there. There be bust in them there veins …. he’ll be down in Betty Ford with Manziel and Vanilla ice.

  • John Doe

    Aaron Leming @AaronLemingNFL · 8m8 minutes ago
    WR Amari Cooper is in Chicago today for a private workout. #Bears

    • GPLDAN

      BPA vs. Shelton? Assuming Cooper is BPA? Gotta go D.

      • why is that? Bears have as many holes on O (C, RT, WR, LT?, depth) as they do on D (S?, ILB?, DE?, CB?), if not more. The bulk of the FA moves have been made to shore up D, so between those guys and the youngsters competing for spots, they’re mostly ok on D (though they need players to emerge as studs to build around).

        I’ve been saying it for a while now, but it bears repeating again: just grab the best player. Get a guy who will be part of your core for the next decade. It doesn’t matter what position he plays.

        • BillW

          As the draft gets closer I’ll start paying more attention. I don’t follow college football enough to form an opinion. I’ll ignore Mel Kiper and his ilk and probably pay more attention to you guys than anyone else.

          We are in position to draft the 5th best non-QB. Looking at JWood’s list – which is very accurate – we have 7 or 8 positions to fill (treating LT/RT as somewhat the same.) No matter how the picks above us go, we are in line to get the best player coming out in one of at least 2 positions.

          As JWood said – Pace’s first #1 pick has to be a core guy for the next 10 years. At #5 (ex QBs) that should not be too much to ask.

          • to me, it comes down to one of three guys: Amari Cooper, Leonard Williams, and Vic Beasley. All have outstanding tape and outstanding measurables, which to me says they should all be outstanding NFL players.

            Unless Mariota falls and the Bears think he’s a franchise QB, one of those three should be there. Grab him.

          • You like Beasly over Fowler, Ray (or even weed head Gregory)?

          • definitely. I see Fowler as more of a McPhee/Houston type (good solid all around player, not a great pass rusher). I don’t think Ray is very good, and I think Beasley is better than Gregory (and won’t start 1 slip-up away from a 4 game suspension).

          • I like Beasley’s measurables, obviously – and solid production. If we draft him, I just hope he can stay at 240 +
            Ray to me is more “quick twitch”, but his measurables aren’t to par (though his production and mentality are through the roof).
            Just worry if he’s more of a Bruce Irvin type – can’t get a “situational” pass rusher at #7.
            I think Fowler has potential, plus I’m not entirely sold on McPhee.
            If Fowler turns out to be a Justin Smith type, that might be worth it, but naturally a stud pass rusher would be preferable.
            I don’t trust Gregory, at all. I see him as a bust. Could be a Taylor, most likely he’s a Dion Jordan.

          • Cormonster

            I agree on Gregory. I only watched him in a few games in college, but he didn’t impress me in any of them. He got mauled in the Wisconsin game this year.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Beasley needs to be locked in a gym and pumped with anabolic. Hopefully if Mariota is there, then we trade don and get an extra pick.

          • Bender McLugh

            THIS. I really like Mariota, but a trade down would make the best sense.

          • Mike Mayock’s “Top 5 at every position” tends to reflect how the GMs think most accurately (not necessarily who indeed are the best players).

            Mayock is pretty good with safety and CB evaluation in specific (thought Earl Thomas was better than Berry – thought Fuller best CB last year in draft, etc), and notorious for his QB projection (Jamarcus Russell), so I guess he’s as lost as some GMs in that department.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Defense. Pass rusher.

          PS: I disagree on the RT hole. There are 3 talented players there. Coach them up, find the best one, play him.
          Similar with the CB position on D.

          • I would love Beasley if he’s there, but outside of that I don’t see an edge rusher worth taking at 7.

            I wouldn’t be shocked if one of the RTs (Mills, Ola, Leno) pans out, but I would not be upset at all if they add a solid OT in the first few rounds of the draft. If anything, Bushrod might be a cut candidate in the next 2 years.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            They have 4 OT who aren’t top class, but who also aren’t the type of bums you can see them cutting. You have to see what you have there. No rookie is going to come in and be better than them. At max you’ll have a 5 man equal competition, which seems like overkill. Actually a 4 man competition for the RT as Bushrod will surely start on the Left side.

            At G they have only 2 players. So I’d rather see a G being selected or maybe fill the spot with a cap casualty.

          • I think Mills might be a better OG than OT. Wonder if they make that move. They’d need a RT to emerge first though. I also wonder if Long is moving to OT this offseason; wouldn’t be shocked if he does.
            I wouldn’t be at all shocked if a 2nd or 3rd round OT comes in and is instantly better than the trio of Mills, Leno, and Ola. I also wouldn’t be upset if they add a G or C in the draft instead. One way or another, I think they’re drafting an OL in the first 4 rounds at some point.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Name me rookies that played decent, not even great at T. I’ll give you the last 2 years.

            This idea that a rookie comes in and goes in with successful results is rarely seen.

          • it is tough, but I’m also not confident anybody currently on Chicago’s roster will provide decent RT play this year. I wouldn’t be shocked if one of them do, but I’m not counting on it.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I prefer each one of them to any rookie, even a 1st rounder.

            That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be on the lookout, just don’t invest important resources on that. Do it at G and try Long at RT.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Although I largely agree with your premise; here are two names, Justin Pugh (NYG) and Leadrian Waddle (DET). Just wanted to be a smart ass.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Justin Pugh has been awful. Waddle did good. He was an UFA, nobody drafted him. My point was…yeah, my mind land a stud on your lap by chance, but there’s no need to invest high draft pick for one.

          • Bender McLugh

            Ola had a very good if not great year by many accounts, when he was in there. I agree with those assessments from what I saw (through beer/Jameson glasses).
            He’s not the answer?

          • Irish Sweetness

            Then we trade down. Why should we draft a receiver at #7 just because we’re drafting at #7? We can get another pick by trading down, and still get two good players if your scouting info is any good. The only remotely intersting thing otherwise is if Williams falls past #2.

          • It’s hard to trade down. You need somebody who wants to trade up and is willing to pay what you consider a fair price.
            Again, I don’t give a shit what position they draft at 7. Just get a damn good player. To me, those are the 3 damn good players who I think might be there at 7.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Somebody’s got to want Mariota, and there’s a fair chance he could be there at 7.

        • Irish Sweetness

          If one wants to get better on defense, you can’t be drafting O in the first. BPA is very subjective anyway – complete matter of opinion who that is at #7. What use is Cooper to us with a QB who isn’t accurate? Jerry Rice gets drafted by Cleveland, then what? Who decides that Cooper makes more of an impact than Shelton?

          Defense wins champs. Gotta have it. Don’t have it. Only got one first round pick. We need a guy who can create havoc in a pocket, not some kid who’ll take three years to learn his job receiving.

      • SC Dave

        OL, as always. The only SB champion the Bears had was because of the superiority of their offensive line.

        Yeah, go ahead and call me stupid. Then think again.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          really it was because of the OL????

        • Irish Sweetness

          If you’re referring to the 1985 Chicago Bears and then suggesting that their record-breaking (to this day) defensive stats had less to do with it …

          The OL was very good, but the defense has never been bettered. The Seattle D of today doesn’t even come anywhere close. Pedestrian in comparison when you look at those numbers side by side. Dominant in an unrepeatable sense.

  • EnderWiggin

    I wish we could have read another FQD article. Anything, really.

  • John Doe

    Brad Biggs @BradBiggs · 7m7 minutes ago
    #Bears sign RB Jacquizz Rodgers to 1-year contract.

    • Bears signed RB Jacquizz Rodgers, formerly of the Falcons, to a one-year contract.

      A four-year veteran, Rodgers owns a lousy 3.65 YPC for his
      career, but has caught 155 passes in 63 games. He also holds his own as a
      blocker despite standing in at just 5-foot-6, 196 pounds. Rodgers will
      start out as the No. 3 back behind Matt Forte and Ka’Deem Carey, but
      could carve out a role in the Bears’ passing game. He’s unlikely to hold
      any value in PPR leagues. – Roto

      • John Doe

        End of Senorise Perry with Bears if you ask me.

        Given the strength of RBs in this draft class, I am sure Pace will pick one. They will carry 4 RBs: Forte, Carey, Rodgers, and draft pick.

        • NewBearInTown

          I wouldn’t assume that Jenkins’ 1 year deal is a guarantee he makes the roster. Sounds like an interesting guy that could be useful, but could also be upgraded if the draft plays out a certain way.

          • John Doe

            Jenkins? Did you mean Rodgers?

            Anyways, both are making the roster. Jacquizz Rodgers will be useful on ST too as a returner. Another option. Plus, he is a very good pass blocker which is important for 3rd down back. And a good pass catcher. He check all the boxes. He will beat Perry but also have NFL experience over the rooke they draft.

            If you meat Jarvis Jenkins, the DE, he too will make the roster as the only specialist 5-tech on the roster. He was good when he was healthy. And he is exactly the kind of guy Pace wants on the roster- young, cheap, and hungry to prove and get a better deal next year.

          • John Doe

            only specialist 5 tech other than McDonald.

          • NewBearInTown

            I meant Rodgers. I agree they both likely make the roster. I also think there’s at least one veteran every year that gets signed by a team, seems a sure thing, then doesn’t make the cut. Izzy Idonije coming back to Chicago a year or two ago comes to mind as an example. He was a depth signing, good teammate, good specialist, good experience. Then we went through an off-season and signed/drafted a bunch of D-linemen and all of a sudden he didn’t have a spot.
            They’re both likely on the roster, but its not a lock by any means.

    • BillW

      And Fox’s open competition at all positions heats up!

      • SC Dave

        I’m sure Matt’s quaking in his cleats over this.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Useless signing.

  • Scott W.

    I have no real knowledge of this year’s defensive draft class. I rarely do, actually.
    Because college football is so different than the NFL version, I have to rely on others to sift that out.
    I’d love to see another Lach, Mike Brown, Peanut, etc. fall into our lap, but those guys don’t grow on trees.

  • Cormonster

    Yesterday burntorange referred to an article about Cutler that gp posted as a “click bait” article written for the purpose of obtaining hits. Another example of that is the one The Blogfather tweeted about the other day by Ian O’Connor at ESPN on why everyone should root for Kentucky to go undefeated in college basketball. To root for the “overdog” and “history” of being the first 40-0 team. It was designed to get an emotional response from college hoops fans.

    As much as the sports press has been pushing the Kentucky storyline all year on why everyone should like this team, most people outside Kentucky can’t stand them. There is nothing great or magical about this team or the coach. It’s a team of hired guns that are going pro after one or two years of college ball. They play unselfishly is the best thing you can say about them They have 9 McDonald’s All Americans on the team. Most college teams don’t even play 9 players. There are 24 McDonald’s All Americans each year coming out of High School. This Kentucky team is the equivalent of having 40 top 10 draft choices on one NFL roster. What is special about going undefeated with a team like that? Nothing.

    Yet all year sports reporters at ESPN and CBS have been trying to feed this garbage about how special this Kentucky team is, along with Duke, and why everyone should root for a National Title game between these two teams. Personally, that game would have no interest to me. Those schools represent everything that’s wrong with college hoops and the sham that is the NCAA and “student athletes”. The NBA should just let these guys go straight to the pros out of HS.

    While I’m ranting, I’m also amazed at how clueless and uninformed the majority of so called “experts” are when it comes to Wisconsin basketball. I’ve heard countless comments over the last two years about how they like to play close to the vest and play a boring style of basketball. Why do they say that? Is it because most of their players are white, and they take their time to get a good shot? Do they ever watch the games? Wisconsin has averaged the most points per game in the tournament each of the last two seasons, and this year they had the 6th highest margin of victory in the country. They have arguably the best offense in college ball in the last 15 years based on efficiency ratings.

    Anyways, I need to stop listening to and reading the so called experts, just like I quit listening to the SCORE last year. All it does is get me riled up over the stupid and asinine “topics” and made up controversies that they talk about over and over again. I would rather watch Days of our Lives.

    It should be a good game though on Saturday if the refs don’t get too foul crazy. The historically great offense of Wisconsin against the historically great defense of Kentucky. I can’t wait.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      all mainstream media and their experts are being controlled by Alien overlords who smoke crack.

      • Cormonster

        I heard that on the Clyde Lewis radio show yesterday.

    • Shady

    • SC Dave

      The guarantee is that the officiating will do whatever is not entirely obvious to ensure that it *is* Duke v.Kentucky. You know, the “storied program” bullshit.

      Fuck them. Wisconsin v Michigan State. Stuff that Big Ten in your fucking pipes and smoke it, no matter how acrid you media cunts find the taste.

      • I am pulling for Kentucky and MSU. Mainly because I found out this week that somehow I win my office bracket pool if those 2 teams win Saturday night. This really surprises me, because my bracket was not particularly good this year, but hey, I’m not complaining.

    • GPLDAN

      • Cormonster

        Oliver really nailed it. I remember a guy who led my High School (Tremper) to two football State Championships in the late 70’s/early 80’s named Mark Hujik. He was a great football and even better hockey player. He had lots of scholarship offers for both sports, but chose football at Northwestern for two reasons: the great education and a guaranteed full ride even if he got injured. It turned out to be a smart move, because he had lots of injuries that derailed his football career. It’s a crime to take away a scholarship for injuries. I can’t believe it’s allowed.

      • Cormonster

        College Player of the Year Frank “The Tank” Kaminsky is from Lisle in your neck of the woods. The main guy off the bench Duje Dukan is from Deerfield. His Dad is the European scout for the Bulls who was responsible for signing Tony Kukoc.

    • Johnnywad

      And The Irish let them off the hook.

  • Is it me, or does it seem like Pace/Fox (POX) is getting rid of all the Emery/Tresty (Eresty in peace) “projects” or providing them with solid vet FA competition?

    • GPLDAN

      Other than Washington being Tucker’s project, are you referring to specific people?

  • Irish Sweetness

    Jefe’s gone way for a week, eh? Let’s try and break the new blog.

    I shall start by not closing a HTML tag

    • GPLDAN

      Irish always walks on the dangerous side of the street.

      This ain’t gnome code, pal!

      • Irish Sweetness

        It didn’t work then. Ah well, God loves a trier.

        • Bender McLugh

          New Trier? No way, eff that school…..

  • BerwynBomber

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog “Just amazing how great sport websites render themselves useless w/ pointless redesigns. Simplicity of http://ESPN.com made it great.”

    Yup. May have to find a new go-to sports site. Been using espn.com for 15-20 years but the re-design may have ended our relationship.

  • GPLDAN

    Just amazing how great sport websites render themselves useless w/ pointless redesigns. Simplicity of http://ESPN.com made it great.

    Wow. The new website is terrible. The groupthink for these web companies pitching media strategy must be “let’s make the web site look like a phone app”.

    Despite the fact that mobile apps make huge concessions because they can’t render the way web browsers do due to size limitations. But let’s take that crippled aesthetic and extend it.

    Brilliant. Way to fuck up ESPN. Not that we didn’t know you had it in you, after all: you’re ESPN.

    • BerwynBomber

      Scroll down and it never stops loading. Talk about frustrating. And your groupthink suspicions are exactly it: a lot of the net’s worst re-designs are aimed at the mobile user.

      • NewBearInTown

        That I don’t get. I go to nfl.com or whatever on my phone and I get redirected to m.nfl.com, a site specifically designed for phones. I understand you want some similarities, but why does it have to be identical?

        • Bender McLugh

          ease of upkeep for the support techies

          • that plus more familiarity regardless of which way you log on. Greater continuity, plus they’re probably finding more and more are using mobile, so they want the main thing to be mobile-friendly.
            I look at it this way: the new format is better than their old mobile version, but worse than their old actual version. That’s a tradeoff they must be willing to make.

          • NewBearInTown

            So I don’t see any change to nfl.com compared to what I’m used to for the past year. I stopped using the site when they updated the look maybe 2 years ago because (1) the writers I like went away, and (2) the game updates developed lag issues.
            I really liked NFL’s game center, but the ads have made it very hard to use. I would probably pay like $3-5 a month or something like that to get an ad-free game center with a slightly better interface.
            I actually like the espn.com I’m seeing now. The scores are easier to read at the top and the endless scroll actually means there’s less clutter at the top of the page.

          • Bender McLugh

            agreed on the clean-up at ESPN.com. Plus they had to move away from buggy/oft-vulnerable flash.

          • Cormonster

            I had the same problems before. Hopefully some of that is fixed.

    • They’re moving to a point where the mobile version of the site will be the same as the regular version. SI did the same thing a few months back. It sucks, and I stopped going there.

    • Bender McLugh

      HA! I had the exact opposite reaction, I think it looks and feels and navigates much faster and simpler. Seems like they switched over to all HTML5…..

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      The new site is obscene. My Blackhawks and Patriots reading will be affected.

    • WTF is THAT!?
      And I thought NFP went full retard.

  • GPLDAN

    Anybody going to the draft?

    There’s an extra seat there now that Marcus isn’t going.

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/25130998/report-marcus-mariota-will-not-attend-nfl-draft

    Maybe he knows something we don’t. Like he’s dropping like a stone.

    • Bender McLugh

      highly doubt he drops….not sure why some on this board don’t like him except for his lack of height.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        He’s 6′ 4″

        • Bender McLugh

          whoops….I read he was short somewhere, maybe behind my eyelids whilst dreaming of the draft

      • I think the worry is the whole “system QB” thing. What he’ll have to do in the NFL is very different than what he did in college, and it’s tough to project how well that transition will go.

        • Bender McLugh

          gotchya. I’ve read some say he’ll bust out like a Tebow, but he seems much smarter than Tebus and has the arm accuracy (in pocket & on the run) that one would think projects well to the NFL. Not the case?

          • he has a better arm than Tebow (both power and accuracy) for sure.

      • Johnnywad

        RGIII, Vince Young, Johnny Manziel, etc.

        • Bender McLugh

          Mariota should be better than those three, but I get your point.

          • Johnnywad

            It might not even be a fair point. So many quarterbacks don’t pan out it’s probably unfair to categorize “system” types as more likely to be a bust. Almost all of them are a “bust”. Seems like half the quarterbacks in the league are old men now. Its just an impossible position to get right for most of the league.

      • BerwynBomber

        His height is fine. Both he and Winston check-off the standard 6’3″ or above box.

  • Bender McLugh

    Saw a mock yesterday projecting Beasley being taken by the Saints at #13. He can’t fall THAT far can he??? What other great LBs are in the draft?

    • Irish Sweetness

      Mocks are set to randomize methinks. Bucky Brooks had Mariota going at 17.

  • Bender McLugh

    The more I see of Landon Collins the more I’d like Bears to draft him…….no way he’s there in Round 2 right? If not, trade down in the first and land him and then best ILB available. Need the middle of that D shored up.

  • GPLDAN

    It would be funny if somebody downloaded this onto Jameis Winston’s iPad on draft day.

    Has anyone seen this? It was directed by Better Call Saul’s own Saul. It looks like a modern version of Stripes but with more anal rape humor.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Totally missed it. Nice call.

      Loving the new show, especially Mike. The pimento-sandwich-in-a-bag scene was classic.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Sam Acho is now a bear.

    • Bears signed OLB Sam Acho, formerly of the Cardinals, to a one-year contract.

      Acho, a 2012 fourth-round pick, has been a
      highly-ineffective pass rusher across four seasons, generating just two
      sacks the past two seasons, but he did receive positive marks from PFF
      for his run defense in 2014. The Bears are transitioning to the 3-4
      defense and need capable bodies to bring to camp. – roto

      • 14 LBs on the roster right now, by my count: Young, Allen, Bass, Washington, McPhee, Houston, Acho, Jones, McClellin, Greene, Brown, Bostic, Foster, Lattimore

        Though Young and Houston are coming off injuries, Washington might be a DE in this defense, and McPhee and Houston will both play some DL too.

        • Like a monkey flinging crap at a wall to see what will stick.

          • pretty much. THe guys I’d say are roster locks are McPhee, Allen, Young, Houston, Jones, and Foster. Bostic and Shea both extremely likely, IMO. That’s 8 (though Young could start season on PUP).

            They say typically about 9 LBs for 3-4 teams, but Bears might go 10 since they have a couple here who will play a good amount of Dl too.

          • John Doe

            Word is that NFL will expand the roster to 55 given Thursday games and injuries and might do away with game day active 46.

            But even then, I don’t see Bears carrying 10 LBs. DB group is the weakest on defense right now and Fangio defense plays with 3 CBs or 3 Safeties 60% of the snaps.

            6 CBs + 5 Safeties + 9 LBs + 7 DL = 27 on defense. that will leave 25 on offense and 3 ST.

          • why would they carry 7 DL on a 3-man front with 2 OLB who will play a good amount of DL in sub packages? I would not be surprised by only 6 DL on the roster.

          • John Doe

            I am counting on Pace to draft a DT (because Ratliff is in his last year and they need a long-term plan) and also a 5-Tech.

            Ego, Ratliff, Jenkins, Sutton and Macdonald are a lock. Plus two draft pick add up to 7.

            Some imbalance will be created by having player like Ratliff (in his last year) and having to carry his future replacement via draft on the roster too.

          • I wonder if we can trade Sutton to a 4-3 team (Cowboys?)
            Can he DE in 3-4?

          • John Doe

            That is one of the many questions to be answered. Can Sutton play DE? Can Cornelius Washington switch to 5-tech DE?

          • GPLDAN

            Sutton is classic 3-tech. He’s been coached up on inside moves to penetrate. He can’t play NT and as a DE/DT in a 3-4 he’d essentially be starting over.

            He should be traded to a team that wants a penetrating 4-3 3-tech. And there are plenty of those.

          • John Doe

            Well, I have been calling for Sutton for Glennon straight up trade. Lovie will like Sutton on his DL. Both are 3rd rounders. Lovie gets extra year of control because Sutton is from 2014 draft.

          • GPLDAN

            Mike Glennon replacing David Fales would be a giant move, it would make camp much more competitive. Won’t happen though.

          • As the draft inches closer, GMs and coaches get itchy fingers. I think they bluff up to that point, then they realize, “Holy shit, we’re not gonna carry both Winston and Glennon. Might as well get something for him”.

          • John Doe

            In that case why not throw in Fales as well.

            Sutton and Fales for Glennon. Get it done. Lovie ain’t getting better deal than that.

            Glennon and Clausen will provide good competition for Cutler. And John Fox won’t have to think twice about benching Cutler if the situation warrants such a move. Glennon can be a capable starter in this league…especially in a run-heavy offense that Fox is planning.

          • I don’t want to get rid of Fales though. I can’t get it out of my mind that the Pats wanted to poach Fales.
            They must see something in him.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Fales could be a diamond in the rough. I liked the little I saw of him, and if the Pats were trying to poach him ….

            We already have the developmental guy in Fales. We don’t need to be drafting another until you decide he’s not the guy.

          • Bender McLugh

            hmmmmmm

          • it’s possible. I’d be fairly surprised if they spend two draft picks on DL, but I guess it’s not out of the realm of possibility.

          • John Doe

            I imagine if Marcus Hardison (Arizona State, 6’3″, 307) or Henry Anderson (Stanford, 6,6″, 294) are available in 4th/5th rounds, they will be hard to pass up. Great value there.

          • agree. I’d love a guy like that in the middle rounds. Anderson is one of my favorite players in the draft.

            I don’t see them spending an early pick on a NT though. They already have 2 NT on the roster and only need a combined 450 snaps out of them. Why not see what they have in Ego and wait til next year to get a NT, if they need one?

          • John Doe

            Yes, I don’t see early NT pick either. Not the most value. CB or edge rusher or WR is most likely in the first.

          • John Doe

            And, by the way, Ego is going to be good. He made tremendous progress last year. I remember how raw he was in the rookie mini camp and how well he played by the end of the season. He will make a big jump this year.

          • I think Ego ends up good, but not sold on how soon. He was losing snaps to Brandon Dunn late last year. Fangio might need some time with him, but IMO by 2016 at the latest he’s a really good player.

          • Yeah, and it’s a deep NT class, as odd as that sounds. That would be my draft philo as a GM – draft in the middle rounds deep positions.

            So getting guys like Hardison/Anderson in the 4rth/5th in other drafts might be like getting 2-3rd round value.

            Drafting a HB like Duke Johnson in the 3rd might be getting late first round value in another draft.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Exactly.

  • Waffle

    I just saw the list of 12 free agents the Bears have picked up recently. Needless to say, the Bears D will look very different come preseason.
    Ray McDonald, Jarvis Jenkins, Alan Ball, Sam Acho, Pernell McPhee, Antrel Rolle
    It’s like an allstar team of guys who aren’t allstars yet are better than what we’ve had in the last 2 years. Very interesting offseason.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      Even after all the player additions, Fangio is the most important addition to this team hands down. Solid coaching is what’s going to bring the D back to respectability.

      • I’d rec this 100000000x if I could.

      • Waffle

        no doubt. Fangio brings a coherent vision to the D which was sorely lacking. Players like knowing what the fuck they are trying to accomplish and like playing for guys that have experienced success.

        • I think the reason we’re signing up all these guys because of that, Fangio.
          CB Ball had a chance to sign elsewhere for more, but I’m sure Fangio sold him.
          Could probably say the same for some other defensive FAs – I’m sure McPhee, etc had their choice of teams, but playing for Fangio plus Bears Dlore still means something.

    • Cormonster

      Waffle, is this you after some Tradewinds? Sorry if this has been posted already.

      http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/744648-honey-badger

  • From what I’m reading, would love to snatch this guy up in the 2nd, but top ILB will go in the late 1st I think.
    Here ya go, Barb, and others aching for an ILB. Top 5 according to NFP.

    1) Benardrick McKinney – Mississippi State

    In my opinion, McKinney is easily the best inside linebacker in this draft and the only one that I see going in the first round.

    At 6’4 – 246, McKinney has great size to go along with excellent speed (4.68). At the combine, the only thing that disappointed me was his bench press, where he only did 16 reps, which is poor for his position. On tape, he plays with strength and shows explosive hitting ability. That explosiveness was shown with his 40.5” vertical jump and 10’1” standing long jump.

    McKinney is a four year starter and highly productive versus both the run and pass. He has top instincts, is aggressive at the point, and shows he can be a blow up tackler. He is an instinctive linebacker who controls the middle of the field. He should start right away and be very productive as a rookie. He can play in either a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme which increases his value.

    In my opinion, McKinney is easily the best inside linebacker in this draft and the only one that I see going in the first round.

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/the-top-5-inside-linebackers-in-the-2015-nfl-draft/

    • I still love Eric Kendricks. Head and shoulders the best ILB in this draft, IMO. Most instinctive coverage LB.

      • The only question about him is his size (or lack thereof). 6’0 232 (played at 220 with frame to support not much more).

        Heck, I think Kam Chancellor is bigger than that.

        But he does check the other boxes. He’s like the Russell Wilson of ILBs. He’s got everything, except size.

        • I don’t care if he’s small. CJ Mosley is 234. He’s not much different than that. The guy can flat out play. If he’s there at 39 he’s most likely BPA, IMO, and I hope the Bears grab him.

          • yes, but CJ Mosely is 6’2, so his 234 is more natural. Like NFP mentioned, Kendricks played at 220, which is probably his more natural weight, keeping his strength, agility and explosion.
            Shaq Thompson is in the same dilemma. He’s 6’0 228, and that is why Mayock projects him more at safety.

            http://www.nfl.com/draft/2015/profiles/shaq-thompson?id=2552447

            However, in the 2nd, I think Kendricks is in the convo. If anything, his older Bro has shown a blue-print for success.

          • Bender McLugh

            can’t imagine the BEST ilb isn’t taken by 39. would be an awesome gift.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Didn’t harm Samurai any, he was six feet and 230. Leverage.

      • GPLDAN

        I see the guy as a Khaseem Greene type.

    • More ILB draft talk.

      http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000482454/article/five-most-instinctive-linebackers-in-2015-nfl-draft

      Paul Dawson ran a 4.93 at the combine (ouch), but ran 4.80 at pro day.

      Apparently, 4.8 is the cut off mark for LBs. Some good LBs like Bowman and Suggs ran a 4.8 – as long as a LB has instincts, which everyone agrees Dawson has.

  • Top 5 Interior Big Men. Naturally, Scherff leads the pack, but some other possible gems.

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/the-top-5-interior-offensive-linemen-in-the-2015-nfl-draft/

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      I like the sound of Cam Erving at C (obviously with our 2nd rounder), that would make the Bears interior linemen Slauson (6’5″ 315) Erving (6’5″ 313) and Long (6’6″ 313). With all that size, we can certainly implement the power running game Fox wants to see here and those guys can hold up in pass pro creating a clean pocket that Cutler can step into.

      • In some ways, what we do in the 2nd will reflect our team philo going forward more than our #7.

        At the top of the 2nd, we’ll most likely have our pick and some studs across the board.

        ILB, S, C/OG/OT, WR, QB…

        I think that 2nd rounder will clue us in more into the POX© vison (Pace/Fox)

        • Irish Sweetness

          POX !

  • Wouldn’t it be something if Shea became a good player under a familiar scheme with quality coaching?

    Sometimes being miscast at the wrong position makes a world of difference.

    Remember how sucky Urlacher was at OLB? Then, he moved 3 feet over, and HOF.

    • GPLDAN

      Could happen. Hit the HGH, kid.

      • At least he no longer looks like a math teacher. Maybe he can look as buff as that butch girl’s gym coach.

        • GPLDAN

          You know who I thought had another level in his game but couldn’t show it?

          Woot-Woot.

          We’d have been much better just keeping Woot-Woot and leaving the Hillbilly in MN. The swap via FA worked badly for both parties.

          • If we had a 4-3 still, Woot and Paea would have been interesting to watch.
            I almost want Lovie to sign both just to see what happens, like a comic alternate universe timeline.

            The guy I thought could become a PB was Lance Louis, but after that Hillibilly tonia Hardy special, he’s never been the same.

          • GPLDAN

            He was lit up.

            http://tinyurl.com/qyy3pdh

            Blew his knee out if I recall. Never the same guy.

          • GPLDAN

            I also want an animated GIF of 0:56 to 1:05

          • Seems like Bears take out NFCN QBs periodically. I think Pepp took out the fat lesbo twice. Shea. SHEA, took out Vadgers.

            Maybe it’s karmic retribution for Charles Martin, though that has yet to be fully repaid on the Pack.

          • Bender McLugh

            Chicken Dinner takes out Vagers.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Don’t forget when Woot Woot ended Favre’s career on the frozen field at TCF Stadium.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Ah Lance …..

        • Big Mike
          • Irish Sweetness

            If that guy gets drafted #1 …. just SMFH ….

    • Big Mike

      A dream scenario for me. It would be something. I hate seeing guys miscast and then washing out of the league. Shea strikes me as a good kid, working hard and doing his best. The Urlacher reference was something. He looked like an OK rookie in his first camp.

  • AlbertInTucson

    NFL Radio’s Pat Kirwan & Jim Mller were talking up Leonard Williams on my lunch break today.

    They like him a lot. Said he’s probably best suited for a 4-3 but they’d take him in a 3-4 as well.

    They also think he’ll be long gone (Top 3) before #7.

    Cowherd and his guest expert said this morning that they consider that the only SURE bets are Williams and Amari Cooper.

    As I said before, I saw a lot of immature moments from Williams at USC.

    That said, he is 6-5 with moves, bull-rush power and the ability to slide up and down along the D-Line.

    • GPLDAN

      His swim move when the Trojans went 3-4 and he slid to pure 4-tech is drool worthy.He’s got inside swim power and outside pursuit speed. His arm length defeated the doubles in the clips. He has Reggie White upside.

      • Big Mike

        me likey. Now this is why I love the blog. Looking at football, talking about players and swim moves. !!

        • GPLDAN

          I can’t see the Titans not taking him. Unless there are character issues we don’t know.He can be a DT in a 3-4 or a DE in a 4-3. Pep like.

          • Big Mike

            That’s ok. He pushes another guy down to us. Shelton? One of the pass rushers. A top WR.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            If you can get 12 and 19 for 7, you do it. You can then get Shelton at 12 and Landon Collins at 19, Sign Wiz (now that Garza’s gone) draft a top ILB with the 2nd rounder and BAM!

          • Big Mike

            BAM is right. Don’t know if those guys last to 12 and 19. Given the FA load of LBs, from which we will find a competent group, who I’m hoping will surprise people and be more than competent as a group, picking up 2 first round draft choices with one of those in the top 15 would be a grand slam. Even if the back half of the first round has been graded as below average, 19 is still a high quality player, (if you nail your choice).

          • Big Mike

            You just know Mariota is going to end up available at 7. It’s my nightmare scenario. 2nd best guy in a weak QB class. Bears either have to take him, or pick from a pool of guys that is one less deep because nobody took MM.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Cleveland is, supposedly, interesting in moving up to snatch Mariota.

          • Irish Sweetness

            He ‘falls’ to 7 and then we go wham-bam-thank-you-maam, trade with Cleveland and grab a pass-rusher after we grab Landon Collins, then maybe a RB or G/C. Long to RT.

          • BillW

            I’d rather see Pace pick at 7 but that assumes Mariota is gone. If he is still there then I hope he trades down. We need too much help in other positions than to take a chance on a QB now,

      • Irish Sweetness

        Yeah, I get the Suh/Keuchly vibe about him. If I was Pace I’d have tried to shift Cutler to Tampa or Tennessee for the chance to nab him. That one move would have been a stellar sea-change for us.

        • Bender McLugh

          fuck me. first time I’ve agreed with any Cutler trade idea.

  • Food for thought.

    Coach Mike Zimmer said he’s excited to get Teddy Bridgewater into the Vikings’ new indoor stadium in 2016.
    Although Bridgewater performed well in his five cold-weather situations as a rookie, he has relatively small 9 1/4-inch hands. Playing more games under perfect conditions is a boost to all quarterbacks, not just Bridgewater. Note that QBs playing indoors since 2007 have a 64.1 completion percentage, 7.37 YPA and 60.0 QBR. QBs outdoors since 2007 have a 61.6 completion percentage, 7.18 YPA and 56.6 QBR. There’s also a strong negative correlation between passing stats and declining temperatures. ” – Roto

    • BerwynBomber

      That’s always been part of the Brady > Peyton argument. Brady played a lot of his game outdoors; Peyton played a lot of his indoors (while with Indy). I suppose once could make the same argument in any Rodgers vs. Brees comparison.

      Bridgewater played reasonably well last year but two of his worst games were against us — which is odd considering how bad our D was.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        we were so bad on D that the game film could not give them any ideas on where we would suck most from game to game.

        • Like that line from Full Metal Jacket. Our D was ugly it could’ve been a modern art masterpiece.
          It takes a certain connoisseur to whiff it all in.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Yeah, if you can play in the snow then you’re a baller in my book. There was never any comparison between the two for me, Brady’s a winner, Peyton’s a choker. I haven’t seen all the superbowls yet, but his MVP was easily the worst.

        Anyone here seen all the SBs? What’s a good one to watch?

        • BillW

          I hear SB XX was pretty good.

        • Sactowns#1

          That Rams vs Titans Super Bowl was a good one. Great defensive 1st half and some real smash mouth football at the end. If you don’t remember how it ended I wont spoil it for you but it’s one of the best endings to a game.
          Bills vs Giants was a good one. There’s so much emphasis on the kick the rest of the game gets lost. It was close right down the line. Kelly was on fire at times in that game.
          And if you grew up in California you couldn’t help but watch the Niners vs Bengals at least a few times. I think the VCR had hit its zenith at this point and everybody had this damn thing on tape.

          • Irish Sweetness

            The ones that stick out in my memory are the Niners dismantling the Broncos 52,10 or whatever, and the hogs making Timmy Smith a one-game wonder.

  • GPLDAN
    • Bender McLugh

      hmmmmm…. soon Safety with the first pick

      • Big Mike

        It’s both a reach and a safe bet. Getting the top S in the draft, but overpaying at 7 for him. Comes down to this. If he is a ROY contender and becomes a pro-bowl safety BAM huge win. If he’s just a guy that’s a bit better than what we’ve had. BOO Pretty much could say that about any position or guy you draft. But conventional wisdom is Unless Landon Collins is a once in a generation S, you don’t pick him at 7.

        I think he might be that guy. Tough call. If it were me, I’d take the speedy WR or a top flight 4-3 DE.

        • Bender McLugh

          or trade down in the first and get Collins & Kendricks. BOOM!

          • Big Mike

            The question is this. Are Pace and fox filling the shelves with quantity in FA in order to get 1 diamond in the first round, or do they want 2 gold nuggets later on.

            The past few years trading down has been hard. This year might be a perfect storm with a draft that is thin in the bottom 1/2 of the first round and some clubs who are close, might see the 1 piece they think they need sitting at 7.

        • No way would I draft Collins at #7, not when other better prospects are there even if we don’t “need” them as desperately (like WR).

          Collins is not a generational player. IMO, he’s just a JAG – like a solid B, but a SS who can’t cover should never go top 10.

          • Big Mike

            Some say he’s the best safety in a long while. After following the blog and the draft closely for a few years, I can honestly say we have no idea who is worth what when.

          • IMO, he’s about equal to Pryor from last year (a big SS hitter with limited coverage skills), and Pryor went #18 to the Jets and didn’t exactly blow up the league.

            If I were to bet, I think Collins goes in that range too (though he might go sooner because of the dearth of safeties in the draft – at least last year Dix was a first rd option) .

            Then again, who the hell knows. I thought Vaccarro would be a stud, and he’s underwhelmed thus far.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      give Fangio all he can handle. He’ll make it work.

  • Shady

    Mock. YEAH. Ing. YEAH. Please. YEAH. Ditka. YEAH. Sausage. YEAH!

    http://www.drafttek.com/2015-NFL-Mock-Draft-Round1.asp

    7Chicago
    Dante Fowler Jr
    Florida
    OLB34
    Reach/Value: -1
    Height:6’3″
    Weight: 261

    Alternate Pick #1 Trae Waynes
    Alternate Pick #2 Brandon Scherff

    Inheriting a team that was not only lacking in talent on Defense, but also facing a complete scheme change, GM Ryan Pace was tasked with a complete overhaul on a humble budget. The results have been promising, especially up front where holes at 3-4 DE and 3-4 OLB (positions that didn’t exist in Chicago last year) were filled with affordable, proven talent. However, the team needs two of each this season, and it’s not a sure thing that the current personnel can make the switch successfully. Adding Fowler would help solve this conundrum. At 6’3, 261, Fowler is the ultimate hybrid defender in this draft, equally adept at getting to the QB from a two- or three-point stance. A bit raw in his technique, Fowler gets by on athleticism and guile at this point. But under the tutelage of Fangio and Fox, Fowler could discover his All-Pro ceiling.

    • Fangio, Fox and Fowler Law Firm.
      Here to launder your dirty biz since 1902.

    • NewBearInTown

      So in that draft my favorite sleeper Eric Kendriks falls out of the first round. If he’s still on the board around 26 or so, I really hope Pace starts working the phones. I would totally trade a third day pick to move up and grab him.

      • Big Mike

        don’t we have 17 LBs?

  • Irish Sweetness

    I know, I know, enough already – but another great upload from IronworkerJeff.

    ESPN special from back in the day on the 85 Bears you-know-what.

    • Scott W.

      Hell Irish, keep em coming. 85 is the last time I understood football.

    • Big Mike

      I’m so over that team. Sorry Irish. I believe it ruined Chicago sports fans who could never fully get behind good or even very good Bears’ teams because the 85 Bears set the bar higher than any team ever set the bar. Perhaps with the exception of the 72-10 Bulls Team.

      • BillW

        I see your point but not sure that’s really true. The town certainly got behind the Lovie Smith SB team. I know the year Jauron had a few strong comeback wins the town was excited.

        It’s just that the very next year after each of those we all saw it was fool’s gold. A couple exciting wins this year and the town will be on the Bear’s bandwagon yet again even if they end up below 8-8.. And then with a solid 2016 that keeps them pointing up, the will rule the city again.

        • Big Mike

          The 06 team was buried under the shadow. The whining about that team during the season you’d have thought they were an 8-8 squad.

          • BillW

            You’re probably right and my memory is different. I know it was an incredibly fun time for me that year – and the NFC Championship game ranks as my absolute favorite game that I attended – even better than Bears/Rams in the 85 season.

          • Big Mike

            The win against NO that year was a great feeling. Lasted for two weeks and through Devin Hester’s return. I thought that was the 1 break we needed to win the SB. Something special. Than Daniel Manning and Rex Grossman happened.

  • Scott W.

    Thursday.

    I’m going to miss Peanut more than any other player.

    I hope he writes a book about his time with the Bears.

    • BillW

      Me too. He seems like the kind of guy that was smart with his money and therefore he and his family should be well set. I say that because I’m sure one of the other 31 teams would offer him a contract, and I’d rather see him retire than play for another team.

      Lance, on the other hand – I really don’t care. Loved him as a player on the Bears overall, but that’s it.

      • BerwynBomber

        Although national-rep wise, Briggs was the better football player; i.e., he will get closer to Canton than Peanut does.

    • Bears-4-Ever

      Tillman will go down in Bears History as “Iconic”. He deserves all the accolades he gets. I will miss him. Still think he’d make an awesome Defense Back Coach.

      • BillW

        Said a few times he won’t coach because it would take too much time away from family. Made me like him even more.

    • Trac

      A buddy of mine does business with peanut. He is as advertised and a true stand up guy, genuine class act.

  • BillW

    I realize that many of the players we’re signing to 1 year deals won’t even make the team. And maybe I’m wrong, but it seems like we will have a LOT of Free Agents and contract decisions to make after the first year of the Pace/Fox show.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      One of them being Garza:

      Brad Biggs ‏@BradBiggs 3m3 minutes ago
      #Bears have informed C Roberto Garza he will be released.

      • BillW

        WOW! Just WOW! Never saw that coming. Sure, he needed to be replaced but I figured he’s be on the team one more year.

        • John Doe

          He should have been replaced 2 years ago. He was bad. And Phil Emery signed him again in December.

          Tells you all about the difference between Emery and Pace.

          • BillW

            Emery will never sniff a GM job again. Same as Angelo. I think George looks back and thinks “man, what a crappy job we did.”

            Is that all on Teddy? I assume so, Don’t hear much about him anymore. I predicted Pace will report to George after his first good year – as soon as the end of 2015 I would expect.

          • Waffle

            I’m thinking Emery may have been giving him a “thank you for being a stand up Bear” knowing he could be cut and out of football in the near future.

      • John Doe

        Wisniewski???

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          That was my 1st thought when I saw this.

        • Guest

          Rich Campbell ‏@Rich_Campbell 11m11 minutes ago
          Plan is to sign veteran C Will Montgomery today. RT @BradBiggs: #Bears have informed C Roberto Garza he will be released.

          • John Doe

            I still think they will sign one of BDLP, Satele or Wisniewski.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Campbell is reporting that Montgomery is the guy but he agreed to terms with the Broncos yesterday, would be bad if he reneged on his word to sign here. Plus I really wanted Wiz.

          • BillW

            I don’t see that anywhere. All I see are stories dated early April last year when he joined the Broncos.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            LOLOLOL! It’s 2015…not 2014.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            And with that I am done for today, see you guys tomorrow (unless something HUGE breaks, I reserve the right to come back and make an ass of myself).

      • Bears-4-Ever

        I was never happy about Garza at Guard, thought he was mediocre. At Center, I thought he was worse, but at the time the Bears didn’t have much of a choice. We need an anchor at Center and an absolute beast, Garza didn’t come close.

    • John Doe

      Almost all or most of the players signed to 1 year deals will make the roster. Why? 1) because talent level on Bears roster was abysmal 2) All these players are being signed because they fit a specific need/role in the new offense and defense.

      The reason Pace is doing these 1 year deals is because it doesn’t tie Bears financially beyond next year while getting the best out of these players looking for big paycheck in next year’s free agency. Pace will not need many of them next year because he will have the 2015 draft and the 2016 draft to get their long-term replacements.

      But the other important reason for these 1 year deals is compensatory picks. Pace has signed all these players with upside and if the perform really well they will ask for big paychecks next year. Pace will sign some of them and some teams will over pay some of them. By signing some of his own players, Pace will not have to be very active in next years free agency. And losing some of these players in free agency will earn Bears a compensatory pick or two in 2017.

      Pace is playing a good long-term game. Hope it works out.

      • BillW

        Good points. I do trust he has a plan. I lost count but it seems we have at least more LBs/DLs than we will keep.

        • John Doe

          The newly signed are in a good place because the new regime brought them in. the players who were here last year are in trouble.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        The majority of them are Over 30, so none will sign mind blowing deals in order for you to get compensatory picks in 2017. Lets be serious.

        Almost all or most of the players signed to 1 year deals will make the roster. Why? 1) because talent level on Bears roster was abysmal

        That’s factually, blatantly false.

        Mason Foster isn’t better than Lance Briggs, Rolle isn’t better than Chris Conte, Will Montgomery isn’t better than Brian De La Puente, Ball isn’t better than Charles Tillman.

        Rodgers is better than Perry, Ray McDonald might be better than Paea, debatable, but possible.

        Lets stop the nonsense, please. They signed 1 year deals, because the majority are bums, had no other offers and many are old and/or injured.

        • they might get a 7th round comp. pick or two, depending on what falls out, but in reality the ones who play well will be re-signing in Chicago. Bears have a lot of $$ to spend next year. They’re signing guys to one-year auditions.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            1 McPhee type sign clears 7 of those guys, if they leave & if they get paid more than the veteran minimum with other teams.

          • yes, that is definitely true. They would have to avoid outside FA next year (which doesn’t seem likely to me, but we’ll see).

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Well, what’s the point of having ships full of cap space if you don’t use them in FA ? It’s not like they have many FA to re-sign next year. Actually, there’s only 1, Jeffery.

          • Yeah, depending on what the 1 year deal guys do. If Foster and McDonald play well, I could see them both getting contracts in the $3-5M range. Could extend Long a year early. Re-sign Ball, etc.
            But I’m not expecting comp. picks for the Bears for a few years still.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Long enters his 3 year. He can’t be locked up for 2 years, still. In the 2017 season.

          • 2015 will be his 3rd year. So he can get an extension after the 2015 season. Just like Jeffery is eligible for an extension now.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            You’re right. He can get an extension after this season, but he’s under Bears control for another 2 year.

            So, yeah, it’s possible, but very unlikely.

        • Irish Sweetness

          This is my feeling, we’ve signed a bunch of bums and got rid of our stud receiver.
          Color me unimpressed.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            you’re in the minority.

            Me, I’m neither impressed or unimpressed atthis point in time.

            I am surprised about those who are impressed, though.

  • John Doe

    Aaron Leming @AaronLemingNFL · 9m9 minutes ago
    #Bears could opt to start Montgomery in 2015 while they draft and develop a replacement. Wisniewski unlikely due to injury concerns.

    • Other teams like the Hawks and Pats also seem to be worried about Wisniewski’s shoulder, esp for what he’s asking.($4M/yr).

      I’m glad the Bears are remaining patient with that front.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Hasta Luego y Vaya Con Dios, Roberto Garza.

    • BillW

      How do you say “don’t get pancaked on your way out” in Spanish?

      • AlbertInTucson

        “Vaya con cuidado, Roberto.”

    • Irish Sweetness

      A la mierda … él no es bueno … pero … él era un oso !

      • AlbertInTucson

        Lo siento,mucho.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Will Montgomery is worse that De La Puente and even the Garza we’ve seen last year.

    The position has been weakened big time.

    • John Doe

      Not according to PFF.

      Montgomery was rated 15 out of 41 with a positive score of 3.6. He was rated 4.9+ against the pass and a virtually even -0.1 against the run. His biggest knock was penalties.

      Garza was rated in the red at -1.3, 21st out of 41. Garza was a whopping -6.7 against the pass and a +2.3 against the run. 1.1 positive on penalties.

      You are the worst negative Nelly. You really think Fox and Pace are chumps and you know more than them?

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Put up De La Puente also. Don’t be a child….cherry picking is lame.

        Also…wake up… even the most casual NFL fan in the world knows Manning elevates the OL play.

        So you have Mannings C against Cutler-Trestman’s C. The difference should be abysmal.

        Also… newsflash everybody… this just in…. the new C is worse than Garza against the run and is a penalty menace.

        Just what we were looking for… in out 65-35 run-pass Offense, allegedly !!!

        • John Doe

          Ok. Keep crying.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Stop masturbating at telenovelas.

    • I’m guessing it’s mostly a wash. They’re both meh guys who aren’t long-term solutions. The advantage of Montgomery is that he’s 4 years younger (though still old) and knows the system (which will help for making OL calls). I’m still expecting a rookie C added at some point to groom for year.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        My post wasn’t about a comparison between Montgomery and Garza as much as one between De La Puente and Montgomery.

        De La Puente is younger and better.

        Point is… the C position right now is much weaker than last year.

        • weaker in depth for sure. IMO those 3 guys are all just guys. Had 2 of them last year, 1 now. But not done yet. 1 more should be added in FA and/or the draft.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            tons of over 30 just guys.

          • But if POX (Pace/Fox) are trying to win NOW, or maybe even next year, 30 yr old guys can win a SB while theoretically they replenish their long term replacements through the draft in the meantime.

            I think that’s the plan (to win in 15/16), whether we agree with it or not.

            The Bears are first trying to “re-tweaking” through FA while trying to “rebuild” through the draft.

            GM/Coaches realize that the “honeymoon” period is a year or two at most, and they’re not gonna squander a season or two because that might mean their job. The media turns against them rather fast, just ask Emery/Tresty.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            You ain’t winning anything with those guys.

            POX are on a 4+ year plan, also known as the ‘wait for the Rodgers retirement’.

          • Irish Sweetness

            POX is now official. It’s a thing.

            Keeping Cutler on board is a clear statement that they will not forego the possibility of winning this season. I’d have preferred the pick, plus the sour shrugging pussface be gone, but what the hey. I’ll support the fucker because he’s my QB for another year. Maybe he pulls an Elway.

        • Irish Sweetness

          How we didn’t draft a dude for Olin to mentor I will never know, same for Urlacher. One would think at some point the center of the line would be addressed but it never was, we just stuck a guard in the position and ran him into the ground.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            because there were the other 4 OL positions to constantly fill in, depth included.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Speaking of NFCN QBs getting knocked out by the bears…it’s Throwback Thursday!

  • Kyle Long with some powerful words about Garza on his Twitter page. Copied and pasted here:

    “Some things are hard to believe. Can’t say I’ve been around a more humble hard working guy. Roberto Garza will always be a legend. From the first day I got to the Bears he showed me and told me what it took to be accountable and respected in the NFL He did it right all the time. First man in, last man out. A lot of people claim that kind of thing but he lived it. Luchadores for ever brother. Love ya bro.

    I promise to carry the torch with the same charisma and dedication that Roberto Garza did for so long in Chicago. LUCKENBACH TEXAS

    I understand that it’s a business, but this is family I’m talking about. He took a broken dumb kid and turned him into a man. Grateful 4 him

    Los Hermanos Para Vida (brothers for life)”

    • BearDown100393

      Roberto Garza is a legend?

      • I think he meant more off-field than on. I just find this type of stuff interesting… shows a side of the game fans rarely get to see.

        • BearDown100393

          “He took a broken dumb kid and turned him into a man”
          I find this odd as well. Kyle considered himself “broken”? Broken how?

          • he had a long history of off-field problems prior to his time at Oregon. He stayed out of trouble for that year, but apparently credits Garza for being a mentor who taught him how to be a professional.

          • BearDown100393

            Okay, got it. Wasn’t aware of his college time. Thank you for clarifying.

          • he started out playing baseball at FSU. Had some legal issues, transferred to a junior college and started football.

        • BerwynBomber

          When Mannelly was on the Score the first guy he said was a true leader in the Bears locker room was Garza.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Hmmm. I just wish he could have blocked somebody out on the freakin’ field though.

      • Big Mike

        Absolutely.

    • BerwynBomber

      Happy trails to Garza. His quality of play obviously fell off of late but he was a true pro during his tenure here.

    • Via con dios, Garza.
      He was dreadfully weak at C, but he was originally an OG. Plus, father time.
      However, if I recall, when he wasn’t at C the line play was worse, so there is that. His brain compensated a bit for his lack of youthful vigor.

      Does this mean that Cutler will make the line calls, or is someone else going to be given that responsibility?

      Do we WANT Cutler inheriting Garza’s responsibilities? I thought we were all on board on limiting Cutler as much as possible a la Martz to prevent him from turning it over…

      • they brought in the C who was with Fox/Gase in Denver last year. Guessing he’ll be making the line calls, since he’s probably more familiar with this offense than anybody else on the roster.

    • Irish Sweetness

      This just in. Roberto Garza is a legend. Apparently. If legend means ‘old’ then I get it.

  • Waffle

    I have to post this because it’s simply comical the burst this guy has. It’s absurd how Devin runs and takes angles.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2015/04/02/qbs-and-the-screen-game-2014/

    Interesting article about QB’s that used the screen game the most.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      One very telling thing is that Clausen isn’t on this list, which is sorted by yardage with the low man only throwing for 10 yards on screens. Clausen played that entire Lions game and didn’t have at least 10 yards via screens when screens made up 12% of Jay’s overall yardage. Did the playcalling change for Clausen? Or did Jay use the screen pass as a crutch?

      • BerwynBomber

        The latter. When Fox came out about Cutler’s lack of confidence a couple of weeks ago that was the first thing I suspected he saw on the game tape: Cutty’s over-reliance on Forte, especially in third and long, where it was glaring.

        Doesn’t surprise me Cutty led the entire league in screen attempts even in only 15 games. His YPA was also near the bottom of the league: 30th if memory serves.

        Hopefully he begins chucking it downfield again. Might result in a couple/few more INTs but it plays to his strength, which is his arm. Cutty as game manager was the worst of both worlds.

        • Waffle

          that is all on Trestman because you’re referring to checkdowns and Tampa Bear’s list is about the use of screens which is an actual playcall and not an option or alternative to a called play. It has nothing to do with Cutler.

          • BerwynBomber

            Fair point. I was lumping checkdowns in with screens. Jay did audible though so who knows what percentage that would comprise.

          • Waffle

            I have to believe that the reduced use of more vertical type routes was because of the WR corps being hobbled and unable to create separation for much of the year, the line regressing and Trestman trying anything to find a way to inject rhythm and confidence into the team while maybe trying to get the ball out quickly to redcue fumbles, sacks and downfield INT’s except that it backfired horribly.

          • BerwynBomber

            I wouldn’t argue that much. You and I differed on the quality of pass protection, but yes, the checkdowns could have been for a variety of reasons.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Exactly. Matt Forte should not be having 100+ receptions in a season. There’s a reason he broke that record – it’s not a record you’re supposed to have. Es no bueno.

      • Waffle

        jay can’t use the screen pass as a crutch if the play call is screen pass. Also, when you have badass WR’s that are huge blocking on the edge and have Forte who is a better pass catcher than RB you have to use the screen or else you are not intelligent.
        The hard part is that other teams run the ball well and use fake screens to be all crafty and shit and we seem to just call the most obvious screens ever just to see if we can be successful even though the entire stadium knows what’s about to happen.

      • BillW

        I didn’t read the article yet but I never thought Jay used the screen as a crutch. Now he may have checked down to Forte more than he should have – but a checkdown is NOT a screen pass.

        A screen has to be called so the linemen know when to release. A screen can’t be improvised or used as a fallback. A checkdown can.

      • Waffle

        I actually just looked at the list. C’mon bro, some of those names on that list near the top are some of the most prolific passers in the league. MANNING??? RYAN????? STAFFORD???
        Look at the yards per play as well. If your team sucks balls at screens like you can tell by the numbers why would you run them often. If you average almost 7yds per play on them i’d run them more often. The problem is that the Bears screen game is predictable whereas other teams disguise where the screen is going, sometimes run a screen on each side (Eagles) and incorporate the screen or fake screen into setting up teams to give up other routes. We don’t do that which is unfortunate, especially if you believe Trestman is a great offensive mind.

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          He had audible authority, so he could have checked to them. I’m one of the bigger Jay Cutler apologists out there, I’m just wondering what it means when Clausen doesn’t crack this list despite playing a full game and the low mark to get on this list is 10 yards. Just wondering what the numbers really mean.

          • Waffle

            so cutler can now just randomly check into screens at the drop of a hat?….no matter what was called, he can just say no off tackle run on this one and no corresponding pass play that coach called either, we’re going with the screen because I need a crutch???

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            No Waffle,Dammit, just asking a question. I heart JC.

          • Waffle

            i hear you man and I don’t mean to get crusty, it just gets everyone off of the point though and when we do that here it ends up with guys acting like we have some fucking bum at QB and acting like some college kid will somehow make the real issues fix themselves.
            We look into these stats and all of a sudden we have guys purporting themselves to be Bears fans actually comparing him to Blake Bortles and revising history to make him out to be the worst QB we’ve ever had and somehow not repeatedly pointing out that we had the 2 worst D’s ever in the history of Bears football, injuries to our top 4 WR’s, a coach that couldn’t hold a locker room together and about a decade of some of the worst drafting in the league, etc.

          • Scott W.

            Damned well said.
            Perspective, The Feast of Kings.

          • GPLDAN

            Awwww. Waffle acolytes. Cute.

          • Scott W.

            I was just trying to use my “feast of kings” line.
            It worked!

          • Waffle

            GP, it’s just common sense. The turnovers have to be reduced without a doubt but Wilson and Luck throwing pick after pick after fumble after fumble is completely disregarded because the outcomes were different, because the teams are different, the divisions different…etc.
            Cutler has to be better. The coaching has to be better. The injury bug has to not hit as hard. The D can’t be complete bullshit….but let’s not pretend like the Bears would have won any of the games they lost last year even if they had Rodgers, Manning, Montana, Young, etc

          • Waffle

            they don’t mean anything. Numbers don’t mean shit when you are winning. Wilson threw 4 picks in the NFC Championship game. FOUR. When the team wins no one talks about numbers, just outcomes of plays.
            If Forte breaks a tackle on one for 80yds after the Bears are forced into 3rd and 15 because Mills missed a block on 2nd down or had yet another penalty no one is mentioning crutch or bad playcall. They are just mentioning how awesome that effort was by Forte.

      • I think they filtered by a minimum % of snaps played, and Clausen didn’t hit that minimum.

      • I’m not Cutler apologist, but Forte’s forte is not turning dump off passes into big gains.
        He’s very good at route running and catching, but almost immediately gets tackled after the screen/dump off (usually well short of the first).

        HOWEVER, Cutler knowing this and EXPECTING Forte to somehow turn into Shady McCoy or Jamaal Charles on screens/dump-offs shows that either he was oblivious or apathetic to down/distance – strenghts/weaknesses.

        To me, it just looked like he just shrugged, dumped it off, strolled off the field and lit one up.

        • Scott W.

          “…strolled off the field and lit one up”.

          Lines like that are what keep me logging in over here.

          Well, that, and GP correcting my spelling.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Actually, Matty’s average per reception is comparable with anyone good, he’s not the Greg Olsen of the 0.7 YAC average.

  • GPLDAN
    • BerwynBomber

      Paywall …

      • it was a mailbag Q for Brad Biggs asking if Cutler could be benched this year.

    • Reading down, one asks about bootleg, which I found how Biggs feels about Cutty. He argues bootlegs cut downs options, but Cutler has a habit of locking unto one receiver then immediately dumping it off, so basically he’s limiting his own options anyways, so might as well…

      “The best coaches adapt to their personnel and tailor the playbook and game plans to the strengths of their players. So offensive coordinator Adam Gase isn’t going to bring the Peyton Manning playbook to the Bears and expect that to be the offense. He’s going to look to utilize Cutler’s strengths and certainly his abilities as an athlete will be a major consideration. Will the Bears use more rollouts and bootlegs? It’s certainly a possibility. But the idea that the Bears didn’t do that under Marc Trestman, Mike Tice, Mike Martz and Ron Turner is flat out wrong. Everyone runs the boot game. It reduces the quarterback’s reads to two or at most three options. He’ll have a target in the flat, a player on a comeback or some type of outside route and a receiver crossing over the middle of the field. To expect Cutler to change dramatically as a player with more bootlegs in the offensive scheme would be a miscalculation in my opinion. Look at how many offensive coaches he’s already worked with. Do you think every offensive coach the Bears have hired as been inept and incapable of coaching offensive football? The answer to that is no. Cutler is going to be who he’s been. If he can cut down on the number of turnovers, he has a chance to remain on the field.” – Biggs

      • Big Mike

        What will be different with this coaching staff is that they will have limited expectations of Cutler and their futures are not tied to him. That is a BFD.

        • willbest

          Which is what Mike Martz did with Cutler, but then pretended he had the offensive line to run his playbook.

          • Big Mike

            Agreed. O-line and offensive talent much better now. trade off is defense much worse.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I was surprised at how little we have used Cutty’s legs. Peyton’s a pussy, I get that he doesn’t use his legs, but Cutty should be extending plays/drives with his, and he just rarely does anymore.

  • John Doe
    • Charles Leno is a name to watch. He impressed me last season. Seems to play with a meanstreak too. I thought he would get first crack at RT, but maybe they are planning on moving Long to RT, Mills to RG, and having a competition at C.

      I still think Mills should get a shot at OG. He’s been inj some, but he’s still a solid draft pick IMO.
      His weakness (even in college) has always been speed rushers, and inside that should be minimized.

      We definitely need to draft an Olineman though. I posted the list of some interesting prospects above/below.

      • John Doe

        TJ Clemmings of Pitt would be great at #39. He is a future left tackle and can be replacement for Bushrod. He has limited number of games as a starter and that may keep him outside the first round. But his athleticism given his size is off the charts.

        But there are so many needs in the draft. Bottomline, Bears need more picks. Hope they trade with Browns for their #12 and get an extra 2nd round pick.

        • In order for us to become a powerhouse, we need to hit gold on those mid-rounders, whether it’s a guy like Clemmings, or OL Marpet, or S Tarrt, or some other under the radar gem.

          We gotta find our Kam Chancellors, Jaimie Collins…

  • GPLDAN
    • Barb UMihai Mar

      same cunts that bashed Josh McDaniels at the time.

      • Well, he did draft Tebus…

      • Irish Sweetness

        Deservedly so, he dumped two pro-bowlers (albeit fleecing us in the process).

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          He didn’t dump them, especially not Marshall. He tried to make it work with him, but he was an off field menace ,diva WR, entering his contract year.

          He got two 2nd rounders for him and drafted Thomas and Decker to fill the position.

        • Waffle

          he didn’t fleece us Irish, Angelo did that by impersonating a GM. You don’t bring in the first franchise QB since whenever and then surround him with guys that are fucking punchlines. OL punchlines, WR punchlines, RB punchlines, TE punchlines, coaching punchlines…etc

      • Reality

        McDaniels killed that team.

        If he really had a hard-on for Tebow, he could’ve had him in Round 3. No team wanted him in the 1st. He was projected to go Round 3 at the earliest. A lot of teams were calling him UFA.

        McDaniels jettisoned the two most talented skill players he had, drafted a ridiculous bust, and poisoned his lockerroom. He was a complete, total, abject failure.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          The roster he constructed went to the playoffs after his firing in each and every year.

          I’d say he was poor, but not failure.

    • Interesting re-watching the draft day analysis on Cutler. Few take aways.

      1. Diabetes Cutler in full effect.
      2. Cutler was getting beat up in Vandy too – wonder if he got David Carr-ed before even entering the NFL.
      3. Kiper’s two biggest concerns…accuracy and mechanics…10 years later – accuracy and mechanics (though the latter might have been an instinctive reaction to #2).
      4. Jaws outlining how Cutty is not afraid to throw into into double/triple coverage.
      5. Lauded for his toughness and intelligence, which frequently come under attack now.
      6. “15 year starter” – Steve Young. I was actually quite surprised by how high Young was on Cutler coming into the NFL since he’s one of his biggest critics now.
      7. Cutler didn’t exactly react ecstatically on draft day “ddoooont caarreee” and a legend is born.
      8. ESPN was trying to trap him into admitting his teammates sucked at Vandy, but Cutty didn’t bite. He’s always been media savvy, IMO.

    • Trac

      Tic tac toe! There can be no winner, both clubs lost on the Cutler deal in my opinion.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Raiders sign J”Marcuss Webb.

    If this was yesterday I would have assumed it was a joke.

    On second thought, it’s STILL a joke.

    • Irish Sweetness

      GTFOOH! Really? MWAH!

      Where’s Al Davis ?

  • willbest

    The thing to keep in mind about player contracts is it does not benefit the player at all to be signed for a longer contract than his guaranteed money. Those years are entirely for the team’s benefit. If he under performs he will get cut anyway, and if he over performs he will be making less than he could make if he got to negotiate again.

    • This is why if I were GM, I would only sign 2-3 yr deals on the cheap for certain players I believe in (Young is a prototypical example).
      Imagine if Young was only on a 1 year contract, and he didn’t get hurt?
      He’d probably demand a lot in FA this year.

    • that’s why you rarely see veterans signing minimum deals for longer than one year.

  • GPLDAN

    Go get fucked Sheffield business owners. Get fucked.

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/260737115/Wrigley-Opinion

    • NewBearInTown

      Its funny, I’ve practiced in front of Judge Kendall. She’s usually not so colorful with her language. I think she’s a baseball fan.

  • In Bears lore, there is the Pantheon…Sweetnes, Ditka, Halas…
    Demi-gods…Peanut…
    Nymphs and various other colorful entities…Mannelly, Garza….

    • SC Dave

      You so totally left out butkus… – lots of blog points. Dick is *not* a …

      • hence, the ellipsis – there’s more in the Pantheon. Sayers, Lach, Samurai, Bill George, Grange….
        Same for demi-gods and nymphs…Waddle is somewhere in there, Olin, a bunch of guys from the 60s-70s I’m sure that were before my time.

  • Waffle

    My neighbor is a huge MSU freak and was talking about Trae Waynes last weekend. Come to think of it I would have loved to take the top corner in the draft but only if we would have addressed ILB, S or Nose a little more in Free Agency.

    This is going to be a weird draft because we are going to either pass up a plug and play Corner, OL, DL, ILB, S or OLB. We’ll get one of them. I think that the key to this draft will be hitting a triple or homerun with our 2nd and 3rd rounders.

    • Shady

      I’d settle for singles and doubles at this point, just no pop outs or double plays.

    • SC Dave

      MSU > Duke is all that matters with the Spartans right now.
      And Badgers > Kenfucky…

    • SC Dave

      Yeah, kinda like that second rounder that so many chumps want the Bears to trade. You know, like the best player on the team.

      • Waffle

        There is no reason to trade Forte and he doesn’t seem to be slowing down. I think he was misused last year and that a creative coach would have had Forte all over the field, splitting out wide, dragging LB’s around everywhere, etc.
        Instead we had to keep him in to chip and then dump it off to him for 3 yds. He should have been torching dudes underneath and running wheel routes being trailed by slow LB’s.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      pass up a plug and play Corner, OL, DL, ILB, S, OLB… seems like an exaggeration.

      Last year the first CB, OL, ILB, S weren’t plug and play players. They were rather disastrous in fact.

      Justin Gilbert CB
      Greg Robinson OT
      Calvin Pryor S
      Ryan Shazier ILB

      • Waffle

        i’m talking about the quality in the draft this year at multiple positions in the top 10. It’s not a knock, i’m just saying that we have our pick of real talent at #7 and it’s just a matter of what position we go with.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Who says that the quality this year is elevated ?

          This main post seems to say that the OLB aren’t all that good and all the draft talk was about how great these OLB are.

          Frankly I have no idea, but I doubt you can draft plug and play players at such many positions.

  • NewBearInTown

    On the Garza move:

    1) We may not hear the answer outside the locker room, but I wonder who leads that position group now? Does Kyle Long step into the vet role? Or is it Slauson (a very respected vet already)? Or is it Bushrod, the highest paid player on the line by a lot?

    2) Emery signed Garza to an extension days before he was fired. People assumed the authority to make that signing was an indication that Emery would stay and Trestman would be fired. Instead, Emery was fired. Now Garza has been cut without so much as a practice after signing the new deal. I have to wonder what happened. Either the McCaskey’s should have told Emery to hold off doing the deal till the season ended; or Emery just didn’t need permission and made the move before the McCaskey’s knew what happened; or they may have been genuinely planning on keeping Emery until they had an exit interview and realized he needed to be replaced. Another possibility? The whole building liked Garza as an valuable veteran and supported the move, but Pace convinced them to let Garza be cut anyway.

    3) Top center in the draft? Cameron Erving, C, Florida State. Could go in the first round, but if he falls to the second, he would make a lot of sense for the team to draft. That would create a solid trio in the middle of the offensive line and create even more youth on the offense. But it would also bring a Florida State guy in the mix, and there are a lot of character concerns with that bunch lately.

    • SC Dave

      I think (2), and maybe Ginny decided that parting with a few bucks to pay a guy that had been an uncomplaining, hard-working BEAR was a good plan?

      • GPLDAN

        Ginny doesn’t get involved with personnel decisions Dave. You know that.

      • As crazy at it sounds, college production is not the be-all-end-all. Arguably the greatest college football player of all time – Tebus – can’t even get a back-up job in the NFL.
        But let’s skip the usual suspects.
        Even on D, recently. Manti T’eo was insanely productive. Some had him going top 5 before everything else went down.
        But then all that stuff happened. But more importantly, he went to the combine and underwhelmed.
        Now many dismiss it as the under-wear olympics, but sometimes it can give a team a better feel for risk-reward. Needless to say, T’eo did not go top 5, nor has he impacted the NFL like his college production would indicate.
        Even Michael Sam, two time SEC player of the year, might not even cut it in Canada.

        Looking at prospects is holistic. Character, combine, college, and even then it’s still more of an art than a science.

        My only issue with Kendricks is that he’s 6’0 230 (at most). Those NFL 6’5 320 pound mammoths might be able to stone him.

        From a risk/reward stand-point, I would feel more comfortable taking him in the 2nd and beyond as opposed to #7.

        • Johnnywad

          Michael Sam blows

          • I see what you did there…
            Still, check out some of his profile…

            “COMPARES TO: Elvis Dumervil, OLB, Baltimore Ravens – Few undersized pass
            rushers are capable of beating the odds like Dumervil but he’s the
            model optimists will point to in projecting Sam to the NFL. Like
            Dumervil, Sam has an explosive burst and is more powerful than his
            relatively short frame might suggest.”

            http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1700418/michael-sam

          • Johnnywad

            Explosive burst.

            Ok. Switching Juvenile Mode off now.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            he sucks balls too.

          • yess, that was implied, Penis!

          • Irish Sweetness

            Literally.

      • Irish Sweetness

        He is a tackle, has the dimensions of one anyway.
        What’s stupid is drafting a guard in the first round .. unless you move him to tackle.
        I’ll bet not one guard is drafted in the first round this year.

    • 1) Bushrod strikes me as very thoughtful,like Peanut, but meatheads like Lach and Olin tend to rule locker rooms – so….
      2) It had to be a farewell gift to Garza. Doesn’t Stein hammer out the contracts? I’m sure he would’ve informed his mastas about this dubious contract.
      3) Haven’t watched the tape on Erving (though with Oline, that’s almost a futile endeavor for most), but I’ve heard good things about him and a few others. I think scooping up a top 3 OG/C in the 3rd is a very realistic possibility for the Bears esp at the top of the round.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        i honestly didn’t expect Garza to start this year, i expected him to be around for depth. but by cutting him i think it freed up $1mill in cap space.

        • The thing is, it’s hard to keep “captains” as back-ups. Often times, they have pride, and rather go elsewhere than go from captain to riding pine.
          That’s what happend to Olin in New Orleans. He was benched, and he essentially said, no thanks, keep the $, I retire.

      • 1) Has to be Long.

    • regarding the re-signing I’m guessing this: signing when they did put most of the dead money on last seasons’ books. It was a way to take care of a respected guy and have him there as an option for the new GM. If the new GM doesn’t want him, he can be dumped with almost no dead money thanks to the timing of the re-signing. If he does want him, he’s on the roster for a smidge cheaper than he would have been thanks to some of the money getting pushed into 2014.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’m cool with Erving in the second. Got to have a manchild in the center of the line. Been too long.

  • Irish Sweetness

    The Titans QB Roster :

    QB1 Zach Mettenberger
    QB2 Charlie Whitehurst
    QB3 Alex Tanney

    How did we fuck that up ? That should read …..

    QB1 Jake Cutler
    QB2 Zach Mettenberger
    QB3 Charlie Whitehurst

    … and Leonard Williams would be a Bear … or at the very least Eric Kendricks or Bernardick McKinney, or a top RB.

    For the future of the team.Yay or nay?

    There’s nothing to stop us ditching Cutty on draft day is there?

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      So… I gather you want Clausen as the Bears 2015 starter, or what ?

      • BillW

        We are going to be talking about Cutty all year for a disproportionate amount of time. That’s why I wanted him gone.

        But Irish brings up a very interesting point. Exactly why is Cutler not a Titan?

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Very important reasons I must say.

    • BearDown100393

      Oh I dunno…. Tanney might battle Jake for that #3 spot.

  • I and my lady shall be venturing to Ireland for a time.

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