• CanadaBear

    Nice job Jeff. i was hoping you would ask him about his workout routine because he’s a beast, esp for a punter.

    • SC Dave

      I like this connection; would be awesome if Jeff can keep it working.

  • Of course he talks to the punter. Jeff has a thing with them.

    • SC Dave

      Well, punters need love too!

      • “Punters are people too”
        Jeff should market and sell shirts with that slogan.

        • AlbertInTucson

          BUT, are they Football Players?

          • SC Dave

            Ask this guy…

            … or this guy

  • NewBearInTown

    Nothing too interesting in the O’Donnell interview, but I do think its interesting to hear him describe last year as a “directional scheme” year. I think a lot of coaches in the NFL would say that directional punting is a must to deal with the caliber of returners on some teams. But I do wonder if another coach might have said “you took the biggest leg in the draft and had him punt directionally?” I’m trying to form an opinion about the where the talents of our coverage units would have fit better, but frankly I think they would have stunk either way.

    • coverage units were actually not terrible last year.
      Return units were.

      • willbest

        The coverage teams play against Carolina was inexcusable. As was the FG unit.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      i never thought about the “directional scheme” of punting through out the year. i think that sheds some light on performance, especially when we saw several posters mockingly comment on the success of Tress Way(still love that name). Was the Redskins scheme different that led to his success?

    • O’Donnell really does need to learn how to pin opponents inside the 10.
      Even when he was punting from optimum “coffin corner” real estate, he was still unable to pin them.

  • NewBearInTown

    I’m picking the Patriots. The general safe pick is the better defense (which seemed to work every year except when the Bears lost), but the Patriots ALSO have a really good defense. Lynch isn’t somebody that gets stopped by packing the box. He is the prototypical “they know I’m coming, but they can’t stop me” running back. He’ll get his yards and maybe a couple of touchdowns. But I think the Patriots will be better at stopping the Seahawks defense than the Seahawks will be at stopping the Patriots’. I’m thinking something like:
    Patriots 23
    Seahawks 19

    • Irish Sweetness

      Wilson’s mobility and the Hawks superior runner and superior defense should put that score the other way around. At a minimum, Wilson will run one in, so will Lynch, and there will be at least one passing TD, and at least one FG. The Pats will have to put up more than 24 against the Hawks, and when the Superbowl-winning defense turns it on …. that’ll be a tall order.

  • Doc Hamstring

    Everyone’s missing one point about the Super Bowl:

    If the Seahawks drub the Patriots, we can put the ball inflation controversy (largely) to rest.

    On the topic, does another Bears blog get to interview Tress Way?

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      i don’t see it that way. if Brady has a bad game in the SB and Pats get drubbed, i think the questions will only intensify on the ball inflation and the impact it had on the Patriots success through the regular season and playoffs so far.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Good point, HBP.

      • GPLDAN

        You should change your handle to Huge Bear’s Brain.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Why? Aren’t most guys brains “down there” anyway?

      • SC Dave

        Exactly, because they are not going to get away with cheating Sunday.

    • Glad someone else brought up Tress Way.

      Also, I would have asked Pat if he ever envisioned opening an auto shop.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Another endemic indictment of Emery’s tenure. We had two punters … and he got rid of the wrong one.

        • CanadaBear

          Little early to pass judgement. I’m really having a hard time trying to objectively judge the players from last year. Everything was a disaster. I thought the rookie did a decent job but he definitely got off a few Podleshian punts. Same with getting a couple blocked. Was he slow getting the punt launched? I know one of the blocked punts the guy that blocked it wasn’t even touched at the LOS.

    • Trac

      Say whaa…..?

  • AlbertInTucson

    Met Tedy Bruschi once years ago when he was a senior at the UA.

    Came in to do a Public Service announcement (which he did well) and was a very nice, personable, unassuming guy.

    That said, I am really tired of hearing him play Rank Apologist/Defender of the Patriot Faith on the Ball Deflation issue.

    Tedy, you should recuse yourself and just be quiet because we KNOW you are never going to say a cross word about Belicheat, Kraft or the organization you played 13 seasons for.

  • GPLDAN

    See, in the radio world starting with heavy breathing and four long rings of the phone is bad radio.

    But on DBB, it totally works. It’s Jeff’s thang. Keep it up Jeff. Your breathless enthusiasm in these interviews is what makes it great.

    • Trac

      Hahahaha

    • It would be awesome if Jeff ate an apple too, like George Costonza, you know, to keep it casual.

    • GPLDAN
      • How he made two hot daughters…boggles the mind.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          i am wandering if they are even his daughters.

        • BearDown100393

          Hatched.

      • Irish Sweetness

        How the fuck did THAT guy ever get hired to be the head coach of the Chicago Bears, the Monsters of the Midway? SMH.

    • CanadaBear

      Hey Butch I linked 3 songs from Richard Thompson in the last thread. Didn’t know if you saw them. No big deal but you might like them if you haven’t seen them.

      • I haven’t had the chance yet, but if I will listen to it pretty soon. Maybe even tonight if I stay in.
        Thanks, man!
        I’m gonna make a Tom Waits, Cohen, Cave playlist and sprinkle in whatever you linked lol

        • CanadaBear

          I’m a much bigger Richard Thompson fan than Leonard Cohen fan. If you like him let me know and I’ll give you the names of a bunch of great songs by him. If you don’t like him, no biggie. I’ve met him once and he’s a really nice guy. He’s totally upbeat and friendly. His music can be very dark.

  • GPLDAN

    Eddie Murphy is floating a movie idea about playing this guy in his life story:

    That 71 T-bird is just the best batmobile EVER.

  • Trac

    Seahawks 6, Patriots 3. Just like the good Ole days at Soldier Field. Hahaha

    • WP4Life

      I miss those game.
      I got – Seahawks 13 pats 9

      • Trac

        First Bears game I ever went to, Bears 6, Cheese 3. The Bears kicked the winning field goal while I stood in line for an hour to use the John. I missed all the excitement. Lol.

        • WP4Life

          shit – thats funny.

          I enjoy defensive battles I guess more than – NBA like offensives, where if they don’t get a play they want, expect, try to get a flag/penalty.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I would LOVE that. It would make me a winner in our Fantasy Football Post Season tourney!

      • Trac

        It will never happen because the refs wouldn’t let it happen. I strongly believe that.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I can’t really believe we’re ever gonna see a 6-3 Super Bowl game.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I don’t really WANT to see one, either.

            Lowest scoring Super Bowl to date:
            SB VII. Miami 14 – Washington 7.
            The Garo Ypremian Super Bowl.

          • Cormonster

            In 1999 “The Greatest Show on Turf” put up a whopping 11 points to beat the Bucs 11-6 in the NFC Championship game. Down 6-5 with less than 5 minutes left, Warner threw a TD pass to Ricky Proehl to take the lead. Dungee was coach of the Bucs at the time and Lovie was the LB coach.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    Gronk and Lynch playing ‘Mortal Combat’ on Conan
    it is the most Lynch has ever said.

    http://nesn.com/2015/01/rob-gronkowski-marshawn-lynch-on-conan-is-must-see-televison-video/

    • Shady

      I give it 9 out of 10 shadeballs. Very funny.

    • CanadaBear

      Funny stuff! I can see why the Squawks fans love Lynch. Besides his running ability he’s a funny dude. Gronk is a typical jock but at least he knows it and has fun with it.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        i loved when he asked Conan “What are you on?”

      • Irish Sweetness

        Marshawn’s pants be on the ground.

      • DaBearsBlog

        Two great characters the league needs. Lynch is a dick with the media stuff but the media plays along. If they don’t surround him and ask questions, non-story.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Jefe – here’s our Jersey boy’s college reel. Have a butcher’s and tell us if you’ll recant on the ‘Cutler’ is the greatest Bear QB’ mantra.

          And if Jake is reading …1:14 is how you throw into triple coverage.

          Stud.

    • NewBearInTown

      I thoroughly enjoyed everything about that video.

  • CanadaBear

    Good article about Goodell. Hint; it’s not kind to the commish.

    http://www.si.com/nfl/2015/01/30/roger-goodell-press-conference-super-bowl-xlix

    • AlbertInTucson

      ” NFL Roger Goodell’s press conference proves the public has lost faith in him”

      Waste of space in my opinion, Canada.

      First of all, SI.COM should have headlined it “We hate Roger Goodell and want you to,too.”
      Second of all, any well informed twelve year old could have written that pablum.

      Like, Roger Goodell CARES or that it actually MATTERS what the public thinks of him?

      His only “public” is the 32 guys who pay him multi-millions of dollars, annually.

      If David Stern or Bud Selig had any public faith it’s news to me and they held power for decades.

      Likewise Gary “Butt-of-Many-Jokes-and-has-overseen-two-disastrous-work-stoppages”” Bettman.

      Like Goodell, the leagues they headed thrived financially during their tenure so, as far as Roger and the NFL are concerned, the the public, and SI.COM, can go piss up a rope.

      On the other hand, if you are the CEO of McDonald’s and nthe former fast-food king is in steady decline, you are shown the door.

      No doubt with a golden parachute from the golden arches, but shown the door nonetheless.

      • DaBearsBlog

        Here is the other issue with the SI article: no one will read it. Everyone WILL read SI’s most popular football writer, Peter King. And he’s become a mouthpiece for the league.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Peter knows where his bread is buttered.

      • CanadaBear

        I thought the writer made some good points. As far as making money for the owners, I’m pretty sure you or me could have been the commish and they would have made the same money.

        • SC Dave

          ‘cept we ain’t in the club, which is all that matters. Just like the Federal Reserve.

      • BearDown100393

        Hal 4000 is downloading the abort dissenters program to Goodell bot asap.

    • NewBearInTown

      “Why does the NFL believe this? Well, the Super Bowl is Sunday. Some people say it’s the most controversy-filled Super Bowl ever, at the end of the NFL’s worst year ever. And it is. But the TV audience could break records.”

      I believe that Roger Goodell will make the owners money for another decade or so and then bad things will happen very quickly one after another.

      Cities without football teams will start spending more time on other sports; that will ultimately hurt the TV contracts. Once the TV contracts start hurting, the salary cap will become a serious issue. That may lead to a strike year. If the NFL has a strike year, they will lose a ton of viewers, and 10 years of mistrust will make it much harder to get a lot of those folks back. Eventually, another sports league (NBA, NHL, maybe MLS) will start taking significant market share and the best athletes may start looking elsewhere. By then, the league will be like MLB today – great for nostalgia, still a good time, but ultimately a bit dated.

      It will take a while, but eventually the owners will realize that seasons like this one are the reason for the decline. Chicago will always have a big fan base, Green Bay will too, so will the Pittsburghs and Dallases of the league. But the NFL’s position as the true national pass time will wane. Goodell’s screw-ups will hang over the league for a generation like doping allegations have hung over the baseball. And the owners will likely never get the same dominance again.

      Or they could fire Goodell and bring in a successor. The trouble is, who?

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  • burntorangenavyblue

    I think that pass interference calls should be reviewed because it gets called quite often and it may be the difference to the outcome of the game. The biggest reason is because the penalty is spotted at the location. If it were college’s 15 yard penalty for PI then I’d say leave it alone.

    • NewBearInTown

      I agree with Bellichek on this point. Make everything reviewable. There is still a 2-3 review max per game and a standard requiring clear evidence to overturn.

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    #Scapegoat RT @jasonjwilde #Packers announce they’ve fired special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum

    Well, we knew SOMEBODY had to take the fall.
    .

    • DaBearsBlog

      I thought not being prepared for the fake field goal was the worse offense.

      • AlbertInTucson

        It certainly kicked the door openfor the Seahawks

  • Big Mike

    A punter might be one of the bravest guys out there. Usually they are HS level football players at best. Yet they are put out there with the 1500 best football players in the world, running the risk of getting run over at full speed by the hungriest guys on the opposing team.

    • CanadaBear

      Fortunately for us we have a punter that’s bigger and stronger than the some of the guys coming at him. Although if you get blown up as a punter you never know how that will turn out. It’s nice to know our last line of defense on a punt return has the physical makeup to make a play.

      • Johnnywad

        Too bad he doesn’t punt better

        • CanadaBear

          I was a little disappointed in his punting this year but certainly not ready to close the book on him.

          • Johnnywad

            Same here

    • SC Dave

      What? Seriously Mike? Really? HS-level football players?!?

      They are NFL-level football players by *fucking definition*!

      They are in the goddamn league. They ARE members of the 1500 best football players in the world.

      • Big Mike

        I should have been more clear. The last time most punters played a non-kicking position was in HS. now they are being blocked and to into by far superior football players

      • Trac

        Relaxce! Jeez Dave, what happened today? Are you ok? Lol

  • Irish Sweetness

    So Fox have an astronomer on saying they’ve found a new dwarf planet out past Pluto.

    The Phil Hartman unfrozen caveman Fox idiot goes “Really? You can see that FAR ?”

  • Irish Sweetness

    SNL Deflategate.

    I own all the copyrights because I own the network and the people.

    But it’s not funny, cos SNL hasn’t been funny in about ten years … so here’s Louis C.K.’s SNL monologue, which is.

    • TheBigCheesy

      Interesting you say that. I feel like SNL is kind of funny again, and has been for the last 5 years or so. 10 years ago I thought it was atrocious. It was great in the early 90s obviously

  • NewBearInTown

    Bruce Arians wins coach of the year for a second time.
    Gotta say, if I’m the McCaskeys, I fire Phil Emery for one reason and one reason only: Why did you not hire that man?

    • Scott W.

      The answer, sadly, is that Phil Emery thought he was the smartest man in the room, never noticing he was the only one in it.

  • Scott W.

    Jeff, thought your interview went pretty well overall. I’ve heard you do better.
    It’s hard to interview someone you admire though, I get that.

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