• willbest

    I guess at this point who is left? No Ryan, No Bowles, No Harbaugh. You are going to have to fight Atlanta for Quinn. Gase is a horrid idea. Its basically Terryl Austin or Fox.

    • NewBearInTown

      Nobody “hot” left that I’m really excited about, but there are names out there. Dave Toub is the blog favorite, but there are others too. Plus, this cycle seems to have largely ignored the college ranks – we’ve actually seen a couple of guys go the other way.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Vic Fangio, Josh McDaniels, Dan Quinn, Sean McDermott, Tom Clements, Darrell Bevell.

        These are as hot as they come. Only 1 of then hasn’t coached in a Super Bowl…Panthers DC Sean McDermott

        • Irish Sweetness

          Josh McDaniels my arse.

    • Big Mike

      Fox has more wins than all of them. He’s taken Denver as far as Harbaugh took SF.

      I don’t get why Fox being the Beats next HC doesn’t have everyone jacked up. He’s done a helluva lot more than Rex Ryan

      • John Doe

        But he is not a loud-mouthed, showboater like Rex Ryan. hence public is not as jacked up about Fox.

        • Big Mike

          I know, can we stop trying to recreate 1985.

          • bloomie1937

            Why would we?

          • Big Mike

            Because it’s not happening. It was lightning in a bottle. It takes away from enjoying anything except total domination.

      • Trac

        I’m so with you on this post. Don’t sweat it though, he will get the job. I don’t think the Ryan screw up the hire.

        • Big Mike

          If we get Fox, the Bears have grown up. It means they brought in Accorsi, one of the best Football men there is and listened to him.

      • BerwynBomber

        Fox would be a damn solid hire. My only issue with it (and I would have the same issue among any of the experienced HCs — Ryan, Shanny, Del Rio, etc) is that it suggests more of a “win now” than total rebuild from scratch move. In some ways that makes sense. But in another it could come with limitations and only delay the inevitable.

        • Big Mike

          Pace/Fox represents a rebuild of the front office. The Bears hired a football man whose credentials are among the very best in Accorsi. There is no way they get to Pace/Fox without him. The front office down to the HC was what has been wrong with the Bears. All we need now is to not hear or speak of Sweaty Teddy until he stands on the stage with the big trophy.

          Fox can be a rebuild coach. See what he did in Carolina. Also, in my opinion the Bears have more talent than they are being given credit for. Just like last year they were being called a superbowl contender was an overreaction to an 8-8 season. Fox wants his ring.

          Last thing, think of the alternative now, if the Bears don’t sign him…

      • Eddie Barra

        I’m jacked Mike! I totally agree. Make him an offer he can’t refuse … now!

      • bloomie1937

        Mentioning Rex Ryan is treason.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      If you take only those interviewed.

      There are other very successful coaches available.

  • Scott W.

    I’m nearly indifferent at this point.
    Fox falls into the retread category for me, sorta.
    Also do not see him as long-term at all.
    I do like him, and there’s certainly upside, but I’d rather have a coach that’s likely to be here for 5 years or more, building our shiny new dynasty.
    John Fox is not that guy.

    • willbest

      John Fox won’t be here less than 4 years. They might get away paying Tress $3 mil/yr. Fox will command 6 mil+

      • bloomie1937

        I’d take Toub in a heartbeat over a retread that we’ve seen doesn’t build winners.

    • bloomie1937

      Dynasty? This mess is about ready for the scrap heap.A guy like Fox might get us to .500 if the old cow will open that purser for some beef.

  • beninnorcal

    It’ll be funny in a couple years when Toub is a successful head coach somewhere and everyone here’s gonna be like ‘What the hell?!!’

    • willbest

      I doubt he will get a HC shot. Special Teams doesn’t get any respect.

    • BerwynBomber

      Outside of Chicago is Toub that highly considered as an HC candidate. Far as I know he didn’t drum up one interview did he?

      ST coaches get hired as HCs (Cowher and John Harbaugh come immediately to mind) but those guys were younger. Toub turns 53 this year. Time might be ticking on the HC dream. Might be an ST lifer.

      • beninnorcal

        Just a Murphy’s law kinda thought. If we actually hired him it’d probably go down like Trestman or something.

      • Harbaugh worked as a DB coach for one year prior to getting his HC gig. Did that specifically to give himself a chance to get hired as a HC.

        Cowher served as the DC in PIT for 3 years before getting promoted to HC.

        Toub has never done anything but ST in the NFL. If he wants to get consideration for a HC gig, he’d be wise to resume his DL coach post from Missouri for a year.

        • BerwynBomber

          Thanks for the clarification/correction. I know that Cowher was once the ST coach for Schottenheimer in Cleveland.

        • NewBearInTown

          It is my understanding that Andy Reid has Toub working with the linemen (I think offensive linemen, but maybe it was D-line) in addition to coaching special teams. This is apparently specifically designed to get Toub more experience and make him more attractive as a HC hire.

          • Big Mike

            It is interesting that Toub is under Reid. Harbaugh was also under Reid and he had Harbaugh work for a year as a DB coach, to improve his chances of getting a HC job.

          • haven’t heard that. Would make sense if true.

        • Irish Sweetness

          He may be happy being a ST coach, not everybody wants to be top banana. I don’t want a noob HC. IF we bring in a HC then it stands to us if he’s been there and done it. Fox has been to the dance a few times, so at last we know he can get there. If we give him a defense then we may actually win one.

          • bloomie1937

            Any of those veteran coaches has proven he can’t get it done. A newby is a crap shoot. Why not? While Tampa and Oakland are around we’l finish ahead of someone. One can make arguments for any of 8 or 10 guys with no head coaching credentials. All the ones with, stink.

    • Professional Journal

      Toub would be solid, but for some odd reason ST coordinators don’t get their due respect. Looking at how well his units have played consistently well, makes me think of Arians. He had consistently good offenses, but never got a shot until he proved his worth when he filled in for the coach in Indy. Some could argue that Toub units have been even more consistent than Arians.

      However, with older people, myself included, they are less flexible and more set in their ways. A young GM may not like nor want to deal with that.

  • RenoBear

    Well… The blog had Ballard at 80% in the poll too… So if history tells is anything, that tool Marrone will prob be HC.

    • Big Mike

      Oh no.. take it back.

      • RenoBear

        I wish I could man. I honestly wouldn’t even wat to watch this team if he was HC. Everything I’ve read about the guy is terrible. I would HATE having him lead the beloved

        • Big Mike

          Not the Marrone part. The part where the blog was wrong about Ballard and is going to wrong about Fox as well. Marrone is a tool.

  • GPLDAN

    Jed York and the nepotism spoiled brat express makes Mike McCaskey and his cardigan sweater Ivy League asshole routine look tame.

    This kid just oozes the kind of Domer asswipe that needs a groin kick. Fuck the Niners. Jim Tomasula. What a fucking joke.

    • TheBigCheesy

      Everyone keeps calling him “Tomasula”. I find it hilarious. The fact that no one can pronounce or spell his name emphasizes what an underwhelming hire it is.

    • I called it a few threads back that the 9ers were going to totally hire a “yes man”. They didn’t get rid of Harbs for no reason. They have the Jerra Jone’s syndrome.

  • BillW

    Oh well. I guess my sources (the voices in my head) were wrong. No announcement of John Fox tonight.

    Some article mentioned how nick saban and Dave McGinnis deals were essentially done and then fell apart. Hope George and teddy aren’t mucking this up

    At this point I will be upset if he doesn’t sign. Not that I think he is that great but it would seem to indicate some failure on the Bears part

    To be continued…

    • John Doe

      These are high-stakes, million dollar deals. So a lot of games get played.

      Just look at Atlanta. They moved up their 2nd interview with Teryl Austin after Todd Bowles got hired last night. Then they moved it back to Thursday again today. May be they got more assurance from Quinn.

      So we don’t know exactly what is going on between Bears and Fox. Some drama is to be expected.

      vaughn mcclure @vxmcclure23 · 4h4 hours ago

      Falcons coaching candidate Teryl Austin is in Atlanta now. We’ll see where things stand later in the night.

      vaughn mcclure @vxmcclure23 · 4h4 hours ago

      Austin won’t go through the actual 2nd interview process tonight, source tells me. It will wait until tomorrow, as originally planned.

    • Trac

      It could be that Pace has offered Fox the job contingent on who Fox can get to commit to him for OC and DC.

      • Big Mike

        I think that’s a stretch. Maybe if Pace was the guy with 30 years of experience and Fox was the young gun. Most likely (and hopefully) it’s about logistics. Go home, get the family, do the presser. Bears, go get permission from Mom etc. 🙂

        The prospect of not signing Fox is now a real downer. Will take a few gallons of kool-aid to get revved up about the back up candidate.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I hope so – it’s about time we had a coach who we can tell when he’s angry because he’s throwing his headset on the ground and shouting at the official to go fuck himself. Someone who you can visibly see that he cares about what’s happening.

    • Big Mike

      I like to think the are dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s so as not to repeat the past. Also, they may not have wanted to wake up Virginia McCaskey.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Not wearing the tinfoil hat to shut out the voices lately?

      • BillW

        You’re just jealous because they only speak to me.

  • Eddie Barra

    There are absolutely ZERO “sure things” when hiring head coaches, but John
    Fox seems to represent the best combination of low-risk and high-reward
    of any candidate available.

    For the first time since 1964 the
    NFL draft will not be held in NYC, as it returns to Chicago and we
    have the highest pick we’ve had in many years @ # 7. Add John Fox to the
    mix and that give the fans a well deserved shot of excitement, optimism
    and enthusiasm, GO BEARS!!!

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      I don’t care about the fans.

      I think Fox is low-risk and good-reward. There are people that would instead want a high risk-high reward hire. I understand their point of view.

      My low-risk and high-reward option is Josh McDaniels. The problem is that no GM wants to hire him.

      • Irish Sweetness

        He made really terrible decisions in Denver though Barb. Tebow over Orton? Kyle had a thing going with Brandon. He screwed the pooch and put it on youtube.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          He didn’t chose Tebow over Orton. He chose Orton over Cutler. He drafted Tebow before his 2nd year as a HC in the hope of grooming him for 1-2 years behind a ‘manage the game QB’. Tebow started only 3 games for McDaniels.

          From a strategy point of view it wasn’t anything out of order. He was in the situation the Bears are right now !!! He didn’t believe in Cutler, but there weren’t any better solutions. He pulled the plug on Cutler and banked on his coaching ability to get a young QB ready for NFL. Problem is there were not even average QBs available in those 2 drafts, so he went with one who might/maybe get it done at some point.

          Don’t get me wrong…Tebow was a big mistake (from a perception pov more than anything), but it’s oversold. Late 1st rounders QB aren’t incredibly valuable. You can cut them after 2 years and it makes no difference.

          Here’s the 2009 and 2010 drafts QB classes… you’ll see why he took the Tebow risk, there really weren’t any other choices. All Ds.

          2009 QB draft class:

          Matthew Stafford QB
          Mark Sanchez QB
          Josh Freeman QB
          Stephen McGee QB
          Rhett Bomar QB
          Nate Davis QB
          Tom Brandstater QB
          Mike Teel QB
          Keith Null QB
          Curtis Painter QB

          2010 QB draft class:

          Sam Bradford QB
          Tim Tebow QB
          Jimmy Clausen QB
          Colt McCoy QB
          Michael Kafka QB
          John Skelton QB
          Jonathan Crompton QB
          Rusty Smith QB
          Dan LeFevour QB
          Joe Webb QB
          Tony Pike QB
          Levi Brown QB
          Sean Canfield QB
          Zac Robinson QB

          PS: Brandon Marshall was a lunacy. He had to get rid of him. Started a fight, got a team mate killed, plus numerous other infraction and suspensions on and off the field. A controlling type of HC has to trade/cut him to make a statement. Plus… he was in his contract year.

          Some/many want a 100 times better Marshall out from Chicago today for some twitter beef and a press conference.

          Think about it… lots want Culter-Marshall out of Chicago today for pennies. But when McDaniels got 1 1st rd, 2 2nd rds,1 3rd rd and Kyle Orton for them he ‘screwed the pooch’. That’s ironic.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            If you don’t see a QB on the list worth a shit, you don’t draft them. Great decision-making.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Mmmhhh… i don’t know. If you don’t have a future QB you have to find one whatever the cost is.

            I mean…the Seahawks paid a waggon of cash to Matt Flynn, but who gives a fuck ? Finally they found their franchise QB.

            I’d rather draft a QB with the 25th pick for a five-year, $11.25 million contract with $8.7 million guaranteed than sign a FA QB for $26 million, with $10 million guaranteed.

            I’m okay as a general rule with the constant drafting of OBs until you find the real deal. I hate teams that insist on 1st rounders just because he’s a 1st rounder.

            The Broncos might have gone…Cutler->Orton->Tebow->Manning with or without McDaniels.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            My point was…and is…you don’t just constantly draft QBs, especially high-round ones because you need one. If the options are shit, you don’t draft shit. You do something else with the pick AND the position. Doing otherwise is wasting the 2nd most valuable resource to an organization (the first one being cap flexibility and the cash to spend on it).

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            yeah…but if you have 4 1st rounders, one of them, a late 1st round, you’ll use on a QB. See what’s what.

            You kind of have to after you trade Cutler. You can’t just not draft a QB in the next 2-3 drafts. If Pace trades/cuts Cutler next week and doesn’t draft a QB for the next 2-3 years…they’ll kill him.

            He can write a book titled ‘If the options are shit, you don’t draft shit’…he’ll get torched.

            PS: He had the roster, it’s not like he had a collection of bums.
            They went to the playoffs and won a game with Tebow the next year so the roster was mostly ready.

          • Irish Sweetness

            You can absolutely not draft a QB for the next three years, Barb. You wait til you’re dealt two aces in blackjack, split them, and push all your cash forward. Build the roster, and if by some happenstance a QB that you like is there for the taking, then take him. But investing 1st round picks as some kind of annual lucky dip is wastage – have to hit on those picks and draft Joe Montana every ten years.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I’d love to see Pace make it for 3+ years if he goes with bums at the Qb position.

            You’re right…that’s what’s best for the franchise. But the personnel man (GM or HC) is fired well before they can use that high quality roster.

          • SC Dave

            Or that QM quits when the owner picks a loud-mouthed coach without even bothering to consult said GM.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Oh, they won the trade all right, no arguments there. He’s just not a guy that professional warriors are going to die for on the field. I’d leave my body out there for a Ditka because I’d be afraid of what would happen if I didn’t. I don’t see how any player would respect McDaniels – if you believe that respect is earned and not given.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Well… seems to me he’s respected by the Patriots players, starting with Brady.

            If you can split the power between him and the GM, make it a team work, they can gain split respect from the players.

            At the end of the day it’s all about results. You win – you’re good.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I like to think we’ll have the option of the SECOND overall pick Eddie, and perhaps a little trade down after that. Now is the perfect time to trade Matt, and although I love Brandon – my favorite Bear – if he garners a 3rd rounder then so be it.

      Starting afresh we’d already have our own top three picks, plus maybe a second rounder for Matt, a third for BM and with a fervent prayer hopefully the #2 overall from the Titans, a little Belicheat trade-o-rama and that all gets packaged into a bunch of top tier picks with the cash to pay them all.

      • Scharfinator

        If we trade Matt, it better be to a SB contender. That guy has put up with a lot of shit in Chicago.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          If we trade Matt, I’m going to wonder who the hell we just hired as GM.

          • Scharfinator

            Yeah, that’s a better way of putting it.

        • SC Dave

          Given the avatar and screen name, perhaps Irish is so gung-ho on trading Matt because he has a very real chance to pass Walter in yards from scrimmage. As to him being too old, one should note that three of Payton’s four best years were when he was in his 30’s. Big difference was MacMahon – no telling how good Forte could be playing with a guy like that, and more to the point, behind a line remotely close to as good as Covert, Bortz, Hilgenberg, Thayer, and Van Horne.

          Overall, Matt Forte has averaged just less than 107 yards per game from scrimmage, and Payton just less than 112.

          • Scharfinator

            It is always a shock when he fumbles. I just assume it is automatic for him to hold onto it. Guy is great.

          • CanadaBear

            Walter was quite the fumbler early in his career. Don’t have the stats just remember it seemed like more of an issue when he was younger.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Simple economics. Matt cost us a second rounder, if you can get a second rounder back for a 29 year old running back then that’s good business on a depreciating asset. Are we winning anytime soon? No. Ergo we trade in what we have to build a roster for the coming years. Just business.

          • SC Dave

            The real question is will you get someone in the second round who has a career that will contribute as much to the team as Matt will over the remaining duration of his career. The answer – probably not. *Very probably not*.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Bananas.

      • Cormonster

        Irish, you wanted to trade Matt two years ago because he was getting older and you figured he was on the downswing. All he’s done since is lead the league in total yards over the last two years with around 3,800 yards.

        • Irish Sweetness

          And what has it done for us, cor ? I’d rather have a roster of guys than a star running back who’s wasted on a losing team. We trim the wages of Allen, Cutty, BM and Matty and there’s a lot of cash to go around. It’s not because he’s not good, just that we’re not good, and the only way we can build a roster is by capitalizing on guys already on the roster.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Fox is probably the only guy we’d have no questions about. Quinn has a great defense – but how would he handle HC? Foxy is a known successful quantity who’s got some sand. Been there done that. No learning curve. He’s not going to turn around after a season and go “This gig really isn’t my cup of tea…”

    Fox as HC. Defense as priority in the draft. Kyle Orton under center (after he un-retires again)… and maybe 4.5 yards and a cloud of dust. Happy out.

    • Scharfinator

      Our offense isn’t built for 4.5 and a cloud of dust. We have weapons and I think with good coaching, Orton could put us in the middle of the pack. But he probably is retiring, for real, this time.

      • GPLDAN

        The Guardian has a nice profile of Orton. An actual progressive, the son of a union leader, he embraces his working class roots and wants to see things change for the underclasses. Once of the reasons he got along so well with the rank and file in the locker rooms.

        • Trac

          You’re not gonna find a more solid guy than Orton. I really love the guys approach to the game. Find a QB that has that and a good skill set and then we have us a leader. I’m all for that.

        • Scharfinator

          He’s also awesome because he was a huge partier in his younger years, but never got in trouble for it.

          http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2014/12/kyle_orton_drunk_photos.php

      • Professional Journal

        Maybe, just maybe Orton and Fox relationship had soured with the Tebow thing in Denver.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        We’re maybe a lineman or 2 away from 4.5 yards and a cloud of dust (sign one, draft one). I remember Shanahan the elder was able to pull guys out of homeless shelters and make them 1,000 yard rushers. Maybe the younger has the same touch look at his stops: in WAS he had Alfred Morris (a 6th rounder) who averaged 4.8 and 4.6 YPC in his first two season with Kyle S. as his OC but dipped to 4.1 YPC last year. Then in CLE this past season he had Isaiah Crowell averaging 4.1 YPC as a UFA with a decimated OL.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Three brah. No RT (Jordan Mills is borderline J’marcus Webb). Garza – I need say nothing more. Are we sold on Bushrod? O-lines go either backwards or forwards and we don’t seem to win that battle against anybody.

          But I always bear in mind that KC went worst to first without new personnel, just through scheming of their OL. So with a crafty OL coach we could improve a lot – but on D there definitely needs to be new faces in there.

      • Irish Sweetness

        That’s the thing, neither our offense nor defense is built for anything other than losing games. The OL is no good. Willie Young is okay on the other side, but Allen is in that part of his career where the arrow is pointed down.

        Big Mike is right though, looking for the lightning in a bottle leads to annual disappointment.

  • GPLDAN

    Are we just going to take the entire Broncos coaching staff as an in-tact unit? Since Elway told them all to GTFO?

    Fox, Gase – the whole nine yards. Just transplant everyone. Awesome.

    • Professional Journal

      Maybe Dennis Allen as DC and Kyle Shanahan as OC. I’m ok with that although I would prefer Perry Fewell as DC.

      • Peanut FTW

        Fewell always seems like a fill in type of hire. I would rather have nearly anyone else. Maybe Fox could talk LeBeau out of retirement. 🙂

      • Perry Fewell? May I ask why? The only defense in the NFL that seemed to get torched as much as the Bears the past couple of years was the Giants.

        • Professional Journal

          ’14 the Giants were hit with a lot of injuries. ’13 the Giants were a top ten. I, admittedly, am partial to the 4-3 defense, Fewell and Schwartz run two of the better 4-3 defenses. I don’t know if I would want to deal with Schwartz.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          I don’t like him and don’t see him as the top, but I really liked what he did the 2nd part of last year(2013). They were dreadful at the beginning of the year, but he then changed scheme and philosophy.

          Went with nickel D, DL that played the run (2 gap) all the way , press coverage and DB blitzes.

          I always thought that bum Tucker would do that this year. The personnel was perfect for doing just that.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    Voted yes based on what’s out there now and it seems to be the logical consensus.

    If not Fox who could it be?

  • BillW

    OK – so I’ll be patient and let Ryan Pace do ihs thing with Ernie and the gang.

    And it’s ludicrous to think fan opinion should play any part in this whatsoever. But…

    if it’s not Fox, I do hope they understand they have some ‘splainin to do. Since it will appear to be “same old Bears”, fair or not.

    Fox wants the job; has a good resume, sure he’s expensive but the Bears aren’t cheap anymore.

    And then (say) we get Maronne who told the Bills to go to hell after a stellar career there (sarcasm), and the fans are supposed to believe that was the best candidate? Better than Bowles?

    This has “bad situation” written all over it. But the lack of information leaking out one way or the other says there may be something personal going on – that Fox wanted to speak to his family first or maybe potential assistants or who knows.

  • BillW

    “Love that @danpompei is learning an essential lesson of Twitter today: sarcasm doesn’t read.”

    Neither do obscure references without context.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    I’ll take Fox, but if he just hands the D Coordinator position to Dennis Allen I’mma gonna be pissed. Why not bring in Mike Trgovac, who is Mike Trgovac? He is the DL coach from the Packers, but he was also the DC when the Panthers were at their best during the Fox years. I don’t know the current state of their relationship but if it’s good I say bring him in. Allen hasn’t ever really coordinated good defenses, why all the love?

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/AlleDe0.htm

    • not much of a track record with him. Only been DC one year, 2011 Denver, when Broncos jumped from 30th in DVOA to 19th. 19th isn’t great, but they were taking a step in the right direction.

      I’m really not gonna judge him at all-good or bad-based on his time in Oakland. He was there while the GM was purging the roster of bad contracts, so it was an impossible situation with nothing to work with.

    • Big Mike

      Upgrade from Tucker 🙂 My opinion is that Fox has a list of coordinators. Sorting them out, may be the delay. He needs to have salary parameters from Pace/Phillips talk to the coaches about interest, and fit etc.

      Spagnola, Schwartz, Fangio, Singletary all should be considered.

      • AlbertInTucson

        “Upgrade from Tucker”.
        “Left Handed Compliment” or “Damning with Faint Praise.”?

        • Big Mike

          All of the above

  • beninnorcal

    They’re saying on the score that Fox took the job. Mayb this has already been mentioned? If so, Doh!

    • burntorangenavyblue

      News to me so you’re all right

    • Big Mike

      Praise the ghost of Halas!

  • beninnorcal

    But If it hadn’t been mentioned, congrats to all us on a bonified HC!

  • bloomie1937

    This is a guy that just got fired. If he iisn’t good enough for the Broncos , why would we want him? Jeff Fisher would be our best choice. This organization simply has no compass. You’ll have to give something up to pry him loose. I suppose he’s too smart to work for this pack of cheapskate losers.

    • Bender McLugh

      he wasnt fired, he wanted out.

      • John Doe

        “mutually paritng ways” is the new polite form of firing.

        But make no mistake, Elway fired him.

        • Bender McLugh

          I didn’t make a mistake, he wanted out period. Can’t fire someone who wants out.

          • Scharfinator

            Well you can… it’s a race to see who can get out their sentence faster.

          • Bender McLugh

            HAH Chicken Dinner avatar. awesome.

          • Scharfinator

            Glad someone noticed! Or at least mentioned it 🙂

          • CanadaBear

            I’m so old and the avatars are so small I wasn’t paying attention. Love it!

          • John Doe

            If you are buying that face-saving line, then ok.

          • Bender McLugh

            but I hear ya, and I’ll back off (don’t you badmouth our new coach!!). Obviously Elway wanted him out because Fox didn’t like the direction Elway was taking….

          • John Doe

            I am not bad-mouthing our new Coach at all. Sometimes two people cannot get along and it worked to our advantage.

            Bears needed a Coaching upgrade and Fox provides that. I don’t care if he was fired or walked out as long he is helping Bears turn around a dismal 2014.

          • Bender McLugh

            agreed

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      If the Bears trade for Jeff Fisher I’d destroy my PC. Throw this shit out the window off the 4th floor flat.

      That prick fucked all the fans his year with his PI rule changes. Only to then cry like a baby when his D was called for a soft one against the 49ers. Motherfucker…

    • AlbertInTucson

      Jeff Fisher? He’s not available. He was NEVER available.
      Our BEST choice would probably be Bill Belichick, except he’s not available, either.

      • Jeff Fisher hasn’t had a winning season since 2008. In 20 years as a HC, he’s been above .500 6x.

      • bloomie1937

        Everybody is available to the right organization. Fisher may think he’s headed to LA, That’s a long shot. I’m thinking that somebody should be talking about a significant pay cut for Cutler, to create some room to get some very large gentlemen for the line of scrimmage. Not that I feel Cutler is the problem. I think his salary is. We could get both lines for what we’re paying him.

        • BillW

          Why would Cutler agree to a pay cut? Would you?

          • AlbertInTucson

            And he’s already restructured once, no?

          • Johnnywad

            And isn’t he getting $15.5M next year? Hard to get two lines for a share of that these days.

        • Irish Sweetness

          If we pay him less will he look after the ball, read defenses better and be more accurate?

          • bloomie1937

            I’d hope that with some Bears on the O line, he might be better at his job. I expect that even he knows he’s being paid for who he and his agent think he should be, but the results are not bearing that out.

    • Bears-4-Ever

      Jeff Fisher? Seriously? If he was available I’d take a pass…he’s not done very much with the Rams and is a mediocre coach at best. Sorry, I thought we (The Bears) were DONE with mediocre. Fisher! OMG NO.

    • BillW

      They fired two multi-mullion earning guys with two years on their contracts. Going to hire an experienced HC who will likely earn 5-6 million.

      And that sounds like “cheapskates”? Here’s a clue – don’t be lazy in your criticisms and you have a better chance of being listened to.

  • John Doe

    Done deal..

    Jason Cole @JasonPhilCole · 30m30 minutes ago

    #NFL exec source says John Fox is getting the #Bears job.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      rumor, not done deal

      • Bender McLugh

        you’re a rumor

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          Keyser Soze is a Patriots fan.

      • more credible than the guys reporting it yesterday, but still not official

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          that’s the thing… he says ‘NFL exec’ not ‘Bears exec’. So it’s a league rumor.

      • Bears-4-Ever

        Rumor is your from Romania…I don’t buy it.

        Anone can talk por engish and say I’m a Romanian…

        • Johnnywad

          I’m with you. If we’re wrong, he posts all night long. I like to still think he’s there though, hiding from Dracula and werewolves, fashioning silver bullets and wooden stakes and so forth.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I think of you as a dude roaming the fields with a white cape on your head hunting blacks and killing them in the streets.

            Oh…wait… [inset links]

          • Bears-4-Ever

            How in the hell did you know Johnnywad is from Alabama?

            j/k any real Alabamians out there!

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Alabama ? Right !

          • GPLDAN

            Barb just went Triple-K all up in this here blog!

            Represent!

          • Johnnywad

            No shit? So I’m gay and violently racist? That would make me pretty extraordinary.

    • willbest

      Still only Jason Cole is reporting this.

      • BillW

        Right. Nothing out of the Bears beat reporters yet. Something going on – not saying a hang up of any sort but there is something delaying this.

        Or Jason Cole jumped the gun. a lot of bad reporting going around the last couple weeks.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          He didn’t jump any gun… the vice president of the IT department from the Houston Texans told him this…not the Bears PR department.

          • BillW

            As I said, a lot of bad reporting going on the last couple weeks. People using “sources” that are no more a source than we are.

            But the fact for example that Brad Biggs has tweeted nothing all day indicates something is going on. The beat reporters are there trying to get info and the Bears are being tight about it.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            sure.

            the done deal will be probably announced by the Bears like they did with Pace.

            or Pace will tell a reporter to buy himself a friend.

          • Jay Glazer, who broke Fox being fired if losing and speculated him to Chicago on Sunday morning, will likely be the one to break this. He just tweeted there was nothing to report yet.

    • Irish Sweetness

      How would an NFL exec know anything about the Bears next hire?

  • Bender McLugh

    come on Georgy boy, announce Fantastic Mr. Fox already

  • Bears-4-Ever
  • GPLDAN

    So Jim Tomsula was the DL coach on the Niners staff, gets head coach gig & fires all of his former colleagues. That’s gotta be awkward.

    Tomasulu is that kiss-ass in the business who goes out on weekends to wash the Board’s cars, and then gets a strong directed CEO fired (i.e. Harbaugh) and self-promoted to the job.

    The Niners are run like a petty 3rd rate dynasty. Like that Empire tv show about the record company.

    I’d short the Niners, if that were possible. That is a club that won’t see the playoffs for awhile now.

    • BerwynBomber

      Not to mention they may have an albatross of a QB contract if Kaep’s play doesn’t improve.

    • beninnorcal

      I think they’ll go back to being pretty much like they were pre-JH: good D and decent run game but not really contenders.

    • CanadaBear

      Man I hope you’re right. Not many things piss me off more than working with people that kiss up and kick down. Having to work for someone like that is the horrible. Only happened once in my career and it was the worst span of my career. I’d like nothing more than to see the Forty whiners go back to the Samurai days. That was endlessly entertaining!

  • WP4Life

    My vote is for Fox. He has been there. Given our past year – at this point I want stability and hopefully playoffs, and in 2/3 contend for SB. I thought the bears played the unknown card with emery and tres. Then unknown, hence marrone scares me. Sounds like 9ers recently fired dc is solid as a dc.

    Pace @ 37… Come on bears, as J wood baseball analogy – Personally I will take doubles all day long instead of striking out while swinging for the fence.

  • John Doe

    Now this will be interesting addition to this year’s draft. This is kid is worth a gamble..

    ProFootballTalk @ProFootballTalk · 6m6 minutes ago

    Cardale Jones to make NFL draft announcement at 3 p.m. http://wp.me/p14QSB-9GzV

    • GPLDAN

      Just go gt Terrell Pryor. He’s basically the same guy.

      A gamble in URFA maybe. Anything higher than a 6th on this kid is pissing in the wind.

      • Scharfinator

        Yup, he looked good because he was bigger and stronger than his college opponents.

        He will rarely be bigger and stronger than most NFL players outside of DBs and safeties.

        • John Doe

          He will be bigger and stronger in NFL too.

          Cardale Jones is 6’5″, 250 lbs. That is huge for a QB…a running QB. He is bigger and stronger than Chicken Dinner or any of Bears LBs and Safeties.

          • GPLDAN

            Granny on the Beverly Hillbillies was bigger and stronger than Chicken Dinner.

          • Scharfinator

            Whatever you say. I’d love to know which *running* QB has truly become an elite player.

          • John Doe

            Russell Wilson

          • Scharfinator

            Nope. He’s a pocket passer who can use his legs, but doesn’t rely on them.

            Besides, you take away Lynch and he’s pretty average. He won a SB? No, he showed up for a SB that Denver gave him.

          • John Doe

            Nope. Russell Wilson is even more of a running QB than Kaep..or RGIII when he used to run.

            Wilson has more rushing yards than any other QB since he entered the league. He is a read option QB first and a pocket passer second.

          • Scharfinator

            Good point about the rushing yardage – I hadn’t realized it was that high.

            Do you think he is elite?

          • John Doe

            Yes, I think he is. He delivers in the clutch. He is damn good at running with the ball but he invariably delivers the key pass on important 3rd downs.

            Plus, I think he is very good throwing on the move..very good accuracy. may be second only to Rodgers when throwing on the move.

          • Irish Sweetness

            He’s about to win his second superbowl in a very short career, and probably win one next year or the year after. I think he takes Peyton’s spot on the elite list. Peyton Manning is not elite now.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I love Russell Wilson. But I’d say he’s a pocket passer first and a runner second. He only really runs when there’s nothing on. Something Cutty should have done a lot more by the way. McMahon didn’t think twice about getting crushed for a five yard gain, and there was no sliding either.

          • CanadaBear

            And look at McMahon today.

          • BerwynBomber

            He will be … but … I don’t think his athleticism will translate well. In terms of his arm, he has a cannon but his delivery looked a tad slow (what little I saw of him) and who knows how well he can read defenses.

            Lastly, I’m a little skeptical of QBs who played on college teams whose talent was almost always superior to that of their opponents.

            I recall when Craig Krenzel played with the Bears. It looked like he had never seen a pass rush in his life, and he probably didn’t see one often at Ohio State.

          • the guy’s a physical ringer for Cam Newton (6’5″, 245). That’s the comp. I see. But he’s a really risky pick because of so little experience.

          • Scharfinator

            Agreed, and Cam hasn’t shown us elite status yet. Good, but not great.

          • if he turns into Cam Newton, he will be a great pick, because he won’t go in round 1, and any time you get a starting QB outside of round 1 that’s a steal.

          • Scharfinator

            That is a fair point. It is a big “if”, but I will give you that should he become a consistent starter, it is a good pick.

          • definitely a huge if. I’m not sold he will. But I’ve seen a lot of talent evaluators I trust on Twitter (including Matt Miller) say he’s their #3 QB if he declares. Obviously wouldn’t be ready to start from day 1 though.

          • BerwynBomber

            If he turns into Cam Newton you would take him with the seventh pick in the draft.

            Btw, I don’t think his athleticism compares to Newton, albeit he might be a better passer than Newton was coming out of college.

          • Doc Hamstring

            People are projecting him going Round 3 at the earliest. Round 4 more likely. He’d be worth a flier to sit behind Cutler’s contract for a year, then see if you have a starter in 2016. If not, he’s no more a bust than Evan Rodriguez.

          • staying in school anyway

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            So draft him at TE, or DL, or whatever.
            An NFL QB, no matter how big and strong he is, has to understand defenses. I see no way that guy is prepared for NFL competition, mentally. He could be Andre the f-cking Giant back there, but if he can’t read what’s coming at him, he’ll never get off the bus.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Middle linebacker, he’s probably got some smarts. Safety? Fifth round safety. Urlacher II. Do it.

      • John Doe

        Yes.. although he could be a better pocket passer than Pryor.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      I heard on Waddle&Silvy he has about 60 passes in his entire amateur career.

    • Irish Sweetness

      In which round is he worth a gamble?

  • AlbertInTucson
    • BillW

      Already being discussed above (or below – depending on how you sort the responses.)

  • GPLDAN
    • Bmarsh went from predicting Cutler would be MVP, to writing journal entries on the sideline, blowing up in locker-rooms, and challenging twits to boxing and wrestling matches.
      CuttyBadger has that affect.

      “But Cutler still lazily threw off his back foot, recklessly forced the ball into double coverage and continually deflated Soldier Field with soul-crushing INTs, all of which had precious little to do with blocking, catching or coaching.

      “Cutler’s problems — horrible footwork, a lack of field vision and anticipation, and a penchant for game-killing turnovers — continue to haunt him,” says Stoltz.”

      • GPLDAN

        Jerry Springer was the Jay Cutler of Talk Show hosts.

        • I’m not sure who would be offended more in the comparison – Cutty or ‘Melo?

        • Irish Sweetness

          The outstanding show of Jerry’s for me was “Daddy, will you marry me?”

    • CanadaBear

      Not a lot new in that piece. Also, factual errors (big surprise on the internet). Just one more guy piling on Cutler.

  • The only real question is – do you wait and gamble for Quinn?
    This is where the Bears’ espionage network must bear fruit.
    No matter what though, taking a shot at Fangio for DC is a must, and perhaps Shyle Shanny at OC, though I’m not entirely sold on the latter.

    • John Doe

      Bears are not on Quinn’s priority list. So why would Bears wait for him? Quinn expressed interest in Jets and when that job was gone he expressed interest in Falcons.

      Most importantly does he have ties to Ernie Accorsi? If no, then he is no shot.

  • beninnorcal

    http://fansided.com/2015/01/15/jay-cutler-still-jay-cutler-will-always-jay-cutler/

    Interesting read, found John Doe over there cheating on DaBearsBlog. But I guess I was doing kinda the same thing, reading and lurking.

    • BillW

      As I’ve said before, this is the best Bears fan site out there. I’ve looked for others and this is best. JWood has GREAT content, but for whatever reason the very little fan discussion.

  • John Doe

    Jeremy Stoltz of Bear Report heard from his source that John Fox has already scheduled an interview with Paul Pasqualoni to retain him as DL coach. He might be the only coach to be retained.

    I would retain Mike Groh, the WR coach. He did a good job I thought.

    • you don’t put anything on groh for bears being among league leaders in drops?

      • CanadaBear

        Why would you blame the coach for drops?

        • beninnorcal

          Cuz he should be telling them that they really need to be catching the ball.

        • same reason people blame a coach for poor tackling, i suppose. but as i said to berwyn, i was wrong. they were in the bottom 3rd in drops. http://www.sportingcharts.com/nfl/stats/team-receiver-drops-percentage/2014/

          • BillW

            There are times when tables are unclear in rankings. As in, does #1 mean they had the most, or the least?

          • BerwynBomber

            It is a pretty easy table to read. You don’t want to have the highest percentage of drops in the league. Bears were, as evan said, 23rd. Chiefs had the dubious distinction of having the highest percentage, which makes sense given their WRs never caught a single TD all year. Also of note was how high Indy’s were and relatively high NO and GB were.

          • BillW

            Right – if you glance right and look at the numbers. If you go by the rankings, I can see room for confusion. Traditionally being #1 in something means you are the best, not worst.

          • CanadaBear

            No problem here. For me, poor tackling is also on the players. Not trying to give you a hard time but these guys have been playing football all their lives, they should be able to tackle by the time they get to the NFL. I know, I know, every week players show this is BS.

          • they should be able to tackle. they should be able to catch. they should be able to know it’s dumb to bring the kickoff out when you’re fielding it 9 yards deep and the return team is already barreling down from your 20. but here we are.

          • Johnnywad

            Don’t forget “Don’t move before the ball is snapped.”. That one, particualry from the wide receivers, kills me.

          • Johnnywad

            Oh and when the Center does it too.

          • well, that one i can understand. they were very excited to run 20 yards downfield to try and block for the 3-yard dump off.

      • BerwynBomber

        They were the league leader in drops? What were the final stats?

  • Doc Hamstring

    Might be premature… (ok, definitely premature), but here’s what I’d like to see in the draft for the Bears this year.

    Round 1: Trade down, pick up an additional 2nd-round pick. With later 1st round pick, get the studliest LB (OLB/MLB doesn’t matter to me) available.
    Round 2a: FS
    Round 2b: RT
    Round 3: MLB/OLB (whichever wasn’t picked in Round 1) or CB
    Round 4: Cardale Jones
    Round 5: Center
    Round 6: Fastest WR/KR available
    Round 7: DE/LB depth for ST

    • CanadaBear

      If their guy is there at 7 take him. If they have numerous guys in mind at 7 and they are all still there, trade down.

    • John Doe

      Bears don’t have 5th round pick. Emery traded it away to Broncos for Brock Vereen.

      • bah, you beat me to it

      • Irish Sweetness

        FML. Really?

        Plus, there’s no trades figured in there. Cutty has to be gone, every dog in the street knows that. We need to get ahead of the curve on drafts and that means finding extra picks. If Pace doesn’t pull the trigger on Cutler then why did we hire him?

        It then becomes a matter of opinion, is Cutty worth a first rounder to somebody? He certainly is IMO. If it’s somebody with picks 1-6, then trade that one back, and we pick a stud with #7.

        If the Titans gave us their #2 we hit the holy grail. That spot is worth 2600 points. That’s worth (almost) the 9th and 10th overall, certainly the 10th and 11th. Nobody has the 10th and 11th picks to give you, but you’re sitting on gold.

        • SC Dave

          It is pure fantasy t suppose that Cutler would get us a swap of #2 for #7. Ain’t happening.

    • they have no 5th round pick. Traded it last year in move up for Vereen (and 7th that turned into Leno)

    • Bears-4-Ever

      I think 2b should be a Center…if a beast…then Tackle or Guard in round 6.

      • John Doe

        I think next Center is on the squad. They had Conor Boffeli on practice squad last year and have signed him to reserve/futures contract.

        Conor Boffeli is a UDFA guard/Center from Iowa and played under that famous O-line coach Ferentz. He was Scherff’s teammate.

        He is great for zone blocking scheme. Very promising. Keep an eye on him.

    • GPLDAN

      It’s a DBB tradition: every year the members say trade down out of the 1st round.

      • Doc Hamstring

        Given that the Bears have the 7 pick and some QB-hungry teams might get jumpy, I think it’s more of a possibility this year.

      • DaMurph

        Angelo was famous for trading down,it didn’t serve us well.

        • Irish Sweetness

          He was also a fkn moron Murph. Pace might actually have two brain cells to spark together.

  • BillW

    “Would anybody be surprised if this John Fox deal DOESN’T get done? This is, after all, the Bears.”

    At this point it no longer matters what anyone thinks of Fox. If this deal does not get done, the Bears are back to being laughingstocks in the media. Fair or not – it will be spun that they tried to squeeze Fox since he had no other viable option. Good luck selling the fans on whoever they end up hiring.

    Fox probably realizes that and may in fact be squeezing the Bears. If so, good for him for knowing where his advantage is.

    • Bears-4-Ever

      Don’t make me nervous! So far everything is not the usual Bears “traditional” so so moves. But you’re right, if Fox somehow is not our HC…shits gonna fly and fans will be scratching their heads..

      • willbest

        Fans only have themselves to blame. Considering nobody at Halas Hall has lead them to believe anything other than the search will be thorough, with no time table, but with a sense of urgency.

        • John Doe

          Well, if you like to play game of pretend and believe fox was just one of the guys interviewed..

          • BillW

            Exactly. Fans aren’t stupid as much as we may act like it. we know this one counts – and not signing him will be a black mark on Ryan Pace.

    • BearDown100393

      He should be squeezing the Bears for everything they’ve got. Manning to Cutler is not going to be a picnic.

  • Trac

    Is there a reporter in the house? Ya feel me Jeff?

    What’s up with Fox? Amy news yet?

  • willbest

    Kyle Shanahan already the politician. Gotta maintain the trade value all the way until the trade is announced.

  • BerwynBomber

    Conference Championship Predictions

    SEA 27 GB 13
    NE 24 IND 20

    Don’t see the Cheese having much of a chance with a one-legged Rodgers. Even a full-strength Rodgers might not get it done against that D and in that environment. Plus, the Cheese’s run D could get gashed by Beast and Wilson’s occasional scamper.

    Would like to see the Colts spring their second upset in a row but I sense the Pats were vulnerable last week and the ‘chick will have things shored up this week. Luck has also been extra turnover-prone against NE.

    • GPLDAN

      Would there be anything more boring than watching Seattle roll the Pack, and then roll the AFC in the Bowl ? – just like they did to Denver…

      I guess the NFL has been missing a really forceful dynasty in the Landry Cowboy, Noll Steeler or Walsh Niner mold – and maybe having that one team that moves the bar is fun if you are a fan – but if you are not then watching them steamroll is boring.

      • CanadaBear

        As soon as they have to pay Wilson the playing field will be levelled.

        • BillW

          True and filed under the law of unintended consequences. The rookie wage scale was intended in some sense to level the playing field so teams didnt’ get stuck with large contract for draft busts. Now we see it works the other way too.

          So should a team NOT sign a great QB to a large contract? (Leaving Jay out of this one). Does a team with a great QB on a rookie contract have an unfair advantage?

          • BerwynBomber

            I assume teams will get incrementally smarter regarding QB contracts. We rightfully focus on Cutty’s but Kaepernick’s and Alex Smith’s aren’t looking that fantastic either. (Eli Manning’s and Romo’s are a bit dubious too, but with Romo’s it is more about long-term health than productivity.)

            For the future Cuttys and Alex Smiths of the world, I assume we will begin to see more contracts that strike a balance between elite and journeyman.

            All that said, Wilson will get paid a ton, and one can’t fault SEA for doing. Kid has earned it AND he’s young.

          • Irish Sweetness

            They have the advantage they earned by picking him in the first place. Hardly unfair.

          • I did some basic work on this last year. Found that teams with established QBs on rookie deals fared about as well as teams with highly paid elite veterans (the top 4). Teams w/o QBs fared like shit, while teams with highly paid non-elite veterans ranged from bad to good, but none were horrible (aka top 3 in the draft) and none were true contenders.

            So paying big $$ to a Cutler/Romo/Stafford/Ryan/Flacco/Ben/Rivers/etc. seems to lock you into some sort of middle class, while the elite teams that will win the championship either have a top QB or a good one who’s on a rookie deal so they can be loaded everywhere else.

            Of course, that’s just based on one year. It’s too early to say long-term if that continues to be true due to how rapidly QB deals have escalated in the past 6 or so years (Cutler’s $10M/yr was a huge deal at the time, now he’s at $18M/yr and that will be about 10th highest by start of next season after Cam, Wilson, and Luck are signed).

      • Bears-4-Ever

        You’re saying the Bears 1985 Season and 1986 SB game were boring since they pretty much steamrolled everyone except Miami? I might not like Pete Carroll, I think he’s kinda a goof, but that Seahawk team is very good on both sides of the ball, not to mention it’s very unlikely ANY NFL team these days keeps it together to go to the Super Bowl back to back seasons. My hats off to them…”boring” or not, watching a good football team dominate is at least impressive, especially vs a good or equally talented team.

        Oh and just to be clear…no way am I comparing the Seahawks to the ’85 Bears. NOTHING will ever compare to that team of teams.

        • GPLDAN

          I said “if you are NOT a fan”

          • BillW

            Watching someone roll the Pack could never be boring to me.

          • Bears-4-Ever

            I know, but you didn’t have to be a Bears Fan to enjoy watching them that year. Hell my wife’s family are all from New Yark and they still talk about that Bears team with respect. Hell my wife had the Superbowl Shuffle 45..She’s bit younger than me. I guess my point is if you are a “football fan” you can still get something out of it even if your team didn’t make it.

          • GPLDAN

            I’m just not that interested in a Super Bowl like the Seahawks-Broncos – where it was clear when Manning blew the opening center snap that they were not going to make this a game – they were overmatched and even intimidated and Seattle then spent the rest of the game dismantling them slowly.

            That was a snoozer. Once the commercials starting repeating, I stopped watching it.

          • BerwynBomber

            Personally, I enjoyed it. But I’ll admit I enjoy just about any game in which either Peyton or Brady go down in flames. Mad respect for each but I’m beyond being tired of their reigns. Plus, in this day and age, it is refreshing to see a badass D kick the shit out of a Vegas aerial show favorite.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Michael Bennett doesn’t agree with you. He thinks his defense is all-time great ….. although not a single stat supports his opinion. It’s not even anywhere close in any category.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I like dynasties. Parity is boring. Dominance is sexy.

      • that’s going out the window after this year when they have to pay Wilson $20M/year. Then all of a sudden some of those other pieces depart.

        Lynch will be gone. We all saw how vital Bobby Wagner is to them this year, but I don’t know if they’ll have the money to re-sign him after 2015. Just like when NE had that ridiculous 4 year run (winning 3 SB), all good things come to an end. This is year 3 for SEA.

    • Irish Sweetness

      That would mean GB and IND against the spread. Only SEA covered the spread last week (@#$%!)

  • GPLDAN

    Pace wants to sign a contract with Fox, but Fox had to go home because Sweaty Teddy doesn’t let Ryan keep pens with ink in his drawer.

    • John Doe

      LOL! Can’t be spending too much on pens in every drawer.

  • GPLDAN

    Doomer says:

    Ryan, you better fucking sign Fox. He’s your version of Arians.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/rosenblog/chi-bears-john-fox-bruce-arians-20150114-column.html

  • John Doe

    Doooon’t Caaare…..

    http://instagram.com/p/xudGcItQx5/

    • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

      let it go John. Jesus.

      • CanadaBear

        Are you rooting for any HC candidate in particular? I’d like to see a younger guy get the job and energize the org but not sure if the DC from Seattle is that guy or not. Won’t bitch if they hire Fox. After Nessman, you couldn’t blame the Bears for going conservative.

        • huntinbare

          I like how this is the train that everyone is following through town.The circus is always media driven…c’mon Mr. P.T. Barnum…..I wanted someone new to get a chance and I was willing to let them cut their teeth on the Bears…Really wanted Toub…now I can’t get Quinn out of ny head…Y’know I figured the least that would’ve happened; when he left town we wiuld have one hilluva good D…and that is my favorite part of a game because I got Butkusized……And I loved Seattles D since I don’t know when….so I got selfish and hoped for the best with this philosophy: out wit the old …in with the new…

    • CanadaBear

      Obviously you do because you linked it.

  • GPLDAN

    Cardale Jones press conference is officially the weirdest sports thing of 2015. No way its getting topped.

    He hates school, hates going to class – but is going to stay and make Urban Meyer money instead of himself.

    Nonsensical.

    • Trac

      Why leave school as a 2nd or 3rd rounder now when he could hone his skills and go at the top of the draft. I’d stay.

      • Doc Hamstring

        Except he’s got two guys coming back from injury who played more good games than he did. Miller & Barrett both come back, Jones is back to riding the pine.

        • Miller will likely transfer, as he could do it without sitting. No saying if Barrett will be healthy to start next year or not.

          • Doc Hamstring

            Miller has said that he’s not transferring.

            If he’s dissembling, or changes his mind, he needs to do it fast.

            There’s been no indication Barrett won’t be healthy.

            If you’re Urban Meyer and you think that Miller might transfer and Barrett won’t be ready, you probably tell Jones right away that he should stay–and then there wouldn’t have been any of the drama.

            Personally, I think that Jones was going to declare, called the press conference, and then when the NFL’s people gave him the appraisal that he’d be a 3-4 rounder, he changed his mind and opted for returning to school to get more “seasoning”.

  • BillW

    Do we even know if Fox is in Chicago? The word yesterday is that he flew back to Denver.

    The silence of the media is strange to me. The assumption is he’s here, but I’ve never read that he is back in Chicago. Except Jeff’s joke Portillo’s tweet.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Cardale back to school.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Some of you are being whiny vagina’s about this Fox thing. Be patient, we are talking about a multi-million dollar deal here. They may be waiting until they have pen to paper to announce the signing. Besides, you don’t know what Fox said in his interview, he may have rubbed Pace the wrong way. The media invented this Fox being the ideal fit narrative. No one from the Bears has said anything about liking Fox.

    • BillW

      Of course they are waiting to have pen to paper to announce the signing. Because it’s not a signing until it’s actually – you know – signed.

      The way the media works these days if Fox said something to rub them the wrong way, we’d know. In that there would be no negotiations going on.

      How do I know there even ARE negotiations going on? Because again if there weren’t – we’d hear that. The silence is information itself.

      The media did not “invent” the Fox fit narrative. That quite likely came from Fox himself (via Glazer) and quite possibly triggered by or filtered first through Ernie Accorsi.

    • Bears-4-Ever

      I have never heard a vagina “whine” and if I had I would run.

      • BearDown100393

        Maybe not “whine” but the verbiage was “pissed off” right?

      • Irish Sweetness

        … ever heard one ‘rustle’ ?

    • BearDown100393

      I care as much as Jay on the beach cares.

      • Irish Sweetness

        … and checking his bank balance online. That’s what that smile is all about. And hers, because she knows she’s taking that AND the kids in about 3.5 years.

        #TheBigTicket

    • WP4Life

      I agree with be patient but not your reasoning. From what has been heard… it sounds like Fox/Bears are trying to lock in DC OC DL. This would be great. The Bears could announce them all at once thus, shutting down any poaching. This would be professional hence the skepticism.

      Given our situation I think Fox would be an ideal fit.

      • Trac

        That’s pretty much what I said but some bozo(i forgot who it was) poo-pooed my post.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I like it. We name the trifecta.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Or maybe the Bears rubbed Fox the wrong way. As Pace said…while the brass were interviewing him, he was interviewing them.

      This is just a concept…he’ll be the Bears next coach,,, there’s very little doubt about that.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Blue balls, BDIT. Blue balls. If this was Angelo he’d fuck it up. A fax would have fallen down behind the fax machine and it would all get fucked up somehow. Hopefully Mr. Pace is just doing his due diligence. He’s got his list and he’s checking it twice.

  • BillW

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-john-fox-bears-coaching-job-20150115-story.html

    Dan Weiderer from the Trib – addresses the McGinnis fiasco and says nothing to worry about “just yet”.

    Lining up assistants like WP4Life suggests? Could be – that’s mentioned obliquely . A story like this maybe came from a “leak” from the Bears to address all the “whiny vaginas” out there.

    You know – the fans that actually care.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Shanny’s Kid and Dennis Allen as coordinators…?

    • Johnnywad

      I’m guessing this all means you’re keeping your PSL’s? Have to now don’t you?

      • BillW

        Oh yeah. I need to love the Bears

  • Scharfinator

    This nEEDS TO HAPPEn! DO IT FOX!!!

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B7RPpd9IUAAjwSX.jpg

    • AlbertInTucson

      Cute but, only Ditka can be Ditka.

  • John Doe

    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter · 2h2 hours ago
    Last Big 10 QB drafted in 1st-rd was Kerry Collins 1995. 2016 Draft Class possibly has 3: Hackenberg, Cook, Jones (If he wins starting job).

    • AlbertInTucson

      1995? That IS a bit of a dry spell. Even for the Big 10.

      • willbest

        2 of the 4-5 elite QBs in the NFL are Big 10 in Tom Brady(UMich)/Drew Brees (Purdue). Also Russell Wilson (Wisconsin). Of course neither Brees nor Wilson clear 6 feet which is why they got the shaft. I didn’t follow Tom Brady’s college career well enough to know why he went in the 6th round.

        You also had Kyle Orton (Purdue), Chad Henne (UMich), and Brian Hoyer (MSU) playing in 2014.

        • BerwynBomber

          Brady only began to play well his senior year. Started as a junior but looked unimpressive. Plus, he was rail thin and limited athletically.

          Still, there were hints of what was to come, specifically in UM’s bowl game against Bama (and Shaun Alexander) in Brady’s final year. He (and Alexander) put on a show.

        • Irish Sweetness

          It kills me that Big Ben never gets in the ‘elite’ bracket.

          Nobody threw for more yards than Ben this season.
          Only two QBs, Romo and Rodgers had higher ratings than him.
          +23 in the TD-INT ratio, better than anyone except Brady and Rodgers.
          Hit the magical 6 passing TDs in one game stat. 2 superbowl rings.

          If the others are elite then so is he.

          • willbest

            But his first 4-5 years were middling, and this was his best year and he still only managed 5th in QBR

            Last year he was 16th in QBR, 2012 he was 12th, 2011 10th, 2010 he was 7th.

            By contrast Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, and Drew Brees are never not in the top 10 and usually are in the top 5.

            I just don’t see a lot separating him from Tony Romo or Philip Rivers other than the Super Bowls rings which were got the same way Seattle got theirs.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      53

  • John Doe

    Brad Biggs13m
    READ THIS. RT @Rich_Campbell#Bears GM Ryan Pace believed to be in Denver as pursuit of John Fox still on track: http://www.chicagotribune.com
    Beat Writer / Columnist

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      say what ?

    • BerwynBomber

      Hate to say it but it smells a little of desperation; Fox knows Bears are “all in” and he is playing hard-to-get; Pace as the suitor who is beginning to develop flop sweat.

      One thing I wonder: will Fox be an Accorsi hire, a Pace hire or both?

      • John Doe

        Bears have never had $6+ million a year coach. so some hesitance and delay is understandable considering they just paid Lovie $5 million for sitting at home and will pay $8 million to Trestman and who knows how much to Emery.

      • willbest

        Or it could be Pace is interested in meeting Fox’s staff and flying them to Chicago is a big Fing tell.

        • John Doe

          More likely working out $$ numbers with Fox’s team including agent.

          Nothing will happen, including meeting with Fox’s staff, unless $$ issue is settled.

  • BerwynBomber

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog “Aren’t these guys from Bama’s secondary a bit like offensive playmakers at Oregon? Clinton-Dix, Barron, Milliner…are any producing?”

    Dix has been halfway solid for the Cheese as a rook. Nothing spectacular but stats show him second on their team in tackles.

    • willbest

      He shows more promise than Vereen. At the time I was a bit annoyed we went with Fuller with Dix and Pryor on the board, but we chose wisely. Mosley had a better year than Fuller, but then getting a franchise CB with your #1 is nothing to sneeze at.

      • ILBs always drop in drafts. that’s why the chart proritizes rushers, ots and corners

      • BerwynBomber

        I agree about Fuller over Dix. Not sure about Fuller over Mosely. But either way, can’t complain about Fuller. One of PE’s best decisions as a GM.

        • John Doe

          If Fuller stays healthy..

          That was the knock on Fuller before the draft.

          His rookie year confirmed that he is on the fragile side. Hope he overcomes that in year 2 and beyond.

          • Doc Hamstring

            A broken hand does not make someone “fragile.”

    • This is why bama safeties scare me, and why I doubt we’ll draft one that high in thus draft.
      Then again, Vaccarro got benched this year too. Never know

  • GPLDAN

    Rest easy. Sharknado 3 was greenlighted.

    http://tinyurl.com/ooaqz5r

    • willbest

      That is a relief. The uncertainty was keeping me up most nights.

    • They need to incorporate some has beens from save by the bell, and Melrose place

      • Bender McLugh

        what’s Freddie Prince Jr. up to these days

    • Irish Sweetness

      We may get the Episode VII + Sharknado Christmas double happening. Can you imagine?

      BTW – what’s up with the african-american stormtrooper ? Doesn’t look anything like the Jango Fett clones – he must have stolen the suit right?

      Finally they have a prominent black character in star wars … turns out he’s a petty thief. SMH.

      • Doc Hamstring

        You’re assuming that stormtroopers have been only Fett clones for the entire ~20 years, which would mean the clone contract would be ongoing and they were making enough replacements for all the clones KIA and mustered out.

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