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Diving Into the Offseason: GM Interviews, Coaching Candidates & the Free Agent List

| January 5th, 2015

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  • Bears set to interview Lake Dawson (Tuesday) and Chris Ballard (Wednesday) for their GM position, per Adam Schefter. You know what I’d like to see from the Bears this week? Once they identify the guy they want, hire him. If Ballard is the guy they’ve truly wanted since even before they fired Phil Emery a week ago (as was suggested in multiple locations), don’t let him leave Halas Hall Wednesday without discussing terms of the contract and scheduling the press conference for Thursday morning. The firings of Emery and Trestman were decisive actions by owner George McCaskey. Let’s keep that decisiveness going.
  • Here’s what worries me about Todd Bowles: his sideline demeanor reminds me of Marc Trestman and Lovie Smith and Dick Jauron. Bruce Arians described Bowles as “soft-spoken” and haven’t we seen how sideline stoicism plays in the city of Chicago? You can call this a non-issue if you like but the lack of fire and passion from the Bears has been a major issue over the last two seasons. McCaskey should be looking for a man to change that.
  • Second thought on this. Jim Fassel coached the Giants to a Super Bowl appearance during his time with the Giants but he was a nightmare off the field and was way too lenient with his players inside the locker room. Longtime Giants owner Wellington Mara wanted to follow Fassel with the polar opposite. He went to Tom Coughlin. Giants won two titles.

  • Bears played three of the four remaining teams in the NFC this season (and the Packers twice). They lost those four contests by 82 combined points. So the Bears might be a few bulbs away from the championship chandelier.
  • Jeff Dickerson at ESPN Chicago provided a list of Bears UFAs for 2015. Here it is:

Lance Briggs, OLB

Eben Britton, OG/OT

Jeremy Cain, LS

Jimmy Clausen, QB

Chris Conte, S

Brain de la Puente, C/OG

Jay Feely, K

Austen Lane, DE

Danny McCray, S

Sherrick McManis, CB

Zach Miller, TE

Josh Morgan, WR

Montell Owens, FB

Stephen Paea, DT

Dante Rosario, TE

Trevor Scott, DE

Darryl Sharpton, LB

Charles Tillman, CB

Anthony Walters, S

D.J. Williams, MLB

Who Would I Absolutely Bring Back: (1) If Charles Tillman wants to play another season the Bears should accommodate him with a one-year, incentive laden deal. (2) Darryl Sharpton is a versatile, professional linebacker and I’m a believer that Sharpton and Christian Jones can be stalwarts in the middle of the defense. (3) Sherrick McManis and Jeremy Cain are essential special teams components.

Who Am I Not Sure About: (1) Is Stephen Paea really worth the money he may command on the open market? I am wary of players having career years in contract years. (2) Brian de la Puente would provide versatility for the Bears offensive line but either he or Garza need to be the starting center if he’s signed. I’d prefer seeing the Bears find a young center in the draft. (3) Eben Britton’s usefulness is entirely scheme dependent.

Who Should Be 100% Gone: (1) I wouldn’t re-sign Lance Briggs if he offered to play for veteran minimum. (2) Chris Conte has to go. He is a terrific athlete but his inability to stay healthy coupled with his propensity to make a big mistake in a big moment has come to symbolize the defensive futility of the last two season.

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  • Viva

    Ballard first Toub second.

  • Viva

    Coordinators need to be in place before we know whom to target in free agency…

    • NewBearInTown

      Plus, most of the capable free agents haven’t hit the market yet. There are a lot of cuts coming in the next few weeks, both stars and veteran talent.

      • also will be a lot of guys pulled off the market after re-signing with their own teams.

  • GPLDAN

    Bowles is a hard ass. He may have a low voice but he is no Nessman

  • I don’t know why you’re interviewing somebody from Tennessee. They haven’t had a good draft or offseason overall in at least 5 years.

    • John Doe

      Interviewing Luke Dawson on Tuesday gets the Rooney Rule out of the way and they can interview and hire Ballard on Wednesday.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        hahah

  • There’s no way I bring Tillman back if I’m the new GM. Fuller and Jennings are your starters, you’re grooming Louis-Jean and Hurst, and Bears need to get younger, not older.

    I love TIllman, but it’s time to move on.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      maybe i am being nostalgic, but i think like jeff said if he wants to come back give him an incentive laden contract. I honestly think he can help out the young talent out their. And as injuries go it would be good to have extra bodies lying around – especially if they are fairly cheap.

      • BerwynBomber

        But that is just it: one can’t count on Tillman to be available as “a body”. You would better off giving his spot a rookie DB or LB low on the depth chart who can contribute on STs.

        • CanadaBear

          And we can count on Hurst, Louis-Jean, etc.? We can count on them being shitty. I’d take a flyer on the Nut.

          • BerwynBomber

            Hurst or Jean were injured for significant time? Half the job is being available. Tillman hasn’t played more then eight games in three years.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            i understand your point, but his injuries the last 2 years were to a triceps. If they were leg/lower body injuries i would be more concerned. I would take a flyer on him just because of the influence he would have on the young DB group in the preseason. I would bet that he had a big impact on Fuller. Also just seeing him on the sideline after the injury coaching up the young guys shows me he is one of those vets that is willing to help everyone out. as long as there is no guaranteed money or if the contract is minimal we can always cut him before the season. Can’t go wrong having him in camp.

    • BerwynBomber

      Exactly. Part of the job is availability. By the start of next season it will be three years since Tillman played a majority of a season.

      Peanut is the best CB in Bears history. His presence as an ex-player should always be welcome, and who knows, he may even want to coach some day, but the CB spots are set and the Peanut-as-safety pipedream is just that. Signing him would signal a pre-Epstein like Cubs move.

  • Also, Cain is 34. I bring him back, but I don’t guarantee him a job.

  • I like Sharpton, but ideally as a top backup/STer more than a starter. Health issues too.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    I would absolutely re-sign Chris Conte. He would be an excellent depth/role player… as long as you know how to use him.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Conte has the heart of a iron but, sadly, the rest of him is made of glass. Time to move on from him.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    I totally agree with you Jeff, especially the 100% Gone List. IF Tillman wants one more year, you give it to him. Without Question. You evaluate his current health and performance. He might NOT start…but you keep him a Bear for his final season. Letting him go to another team for one more season would be foolish. Yeah it’s a business but Tillman in a Bear uniform on the sidelines is worth more than him in another team’s.

  • Bears-4-Ever
  • Barb UMihai Mar

    the Bears will never hire Todd Bowles and not because of his his sideline demeanor. That actually might be a plus for the Bears. It shouldn’t be…one way or the other.

  • BillW

    Wanny was the “hot” coordinator and how did that work out? Buddy Ryan too. And Jauron and Lovie were well respected coordinators. I’d have to look this up but my sense is there are far more failures of hot coordinators than successes. Even those that last a long time (Jason Garret, Jeff Fisher) tend to be just enough above mediocre to last.

    Viva will be hailed as The One when Ballard and Toub come to town at the end of the week / beginning of next week.

    I’m settling in on that idea being the best.

    (Rosy wants Rex Ryan for a bunch of dumb reasons. That got me cured of him.)

    • GPLDAN

      Viva will have called it. Ballard & Toub. Sounds like a law firm.

      It’s a long way back to respectability. Take a look at Biggsy’s list for the most coveted jobs in the NFL. We are down there with the Raiders.

      • BillW

        I saw that poll too and it bothered me. But being in analytics I always want to see how the question was worded first. Then I want to know the reasoning behind the responses.

        But more to the point, who were the respondents? So I don’t take much stock in that and I was surprised Biggsy wrote about it. That’s not like him to stir up the pot.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        I think the entire blog was calling for Toub as HC Lovie had been fired. It will have a galvanizing effect on the non meat head contingent of the fan base.

        • Viva

          Yes we we’re, and yes it will.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            If only George were a regular reader, think of how much better the last half decade would’ve gone.

          • SC Dave

            lol… yeah, really.

          • AlbertInTucson

            George can read?

            JUST kidding!

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Why is Ballard-Toub a better combination than Gamble-Fangio ?

      Nobody has any idea, really, but as a practical matter of fact a Gamble-Fangio pairing could fill the coaching assistant positions with a plethora of impressive names from the now defunct Harbaugh 49ers staff. A very successful staff.

      Ballard and Toub have never worked with successful coordinators if not Ron Rivera.

    • Bears-4-Ever

      You’re right BillW. Another great example of an excellent coordinator failing as a HC is Steve Spagnuolo. Outstanding DC and went to the Sb with the Giants. But OMG did he stink as the HC for the Rams.

    • Viva

      I want 10 plus wins a year, and men with the tools to get me there. A HC who can tactically defeat his counterparts 10+ times a year is the guy we should all be looking at with serious interest.

    • AlbertInTucson

      My fellow dinosaurs will recall that Neill “They sent the Armstong to the Moon” Armstong was ALSO a highly regarded DC. Of course, many of US could have looked good as the Viking’s DC in those days with Alan Page, Jim “Never missed a game” Marshall and Carl Eller anchoring the Purple People Eaters.

  • GPLDAN

    In other news, Pete Morelli is taking his whole family for a 3 week vacation in Hawaii.

    Somebody named Mr. Jones is picking up all expenses.

    http://tinyurl.com/pe2osds

    Detroit has a right to be furious today. Had the Bears been worked over by the refs this way, this blog would be howling.

    • John Doe

      He will be joined by head of NFL Officiating Dean Blandino, a bus full of Cowboys cheerleaders to bang, and Jerruh’s son.

      NFL Execs Pissed That Head Of Officiating Was Seen On Cowboys Party Bus

      http://deadspin.com/nfl-execs-pissed-that-head-of-officiating-seen-on-cowbo-1618048217/all

      • Bears-4-Ever

        Everything and Everyone is for sale if the price is right.

        • AlbertInTucson

          It’s just a terrible call. Conspiracies like that are unkeepable secrets.

      • GPLDAN

        Those lovely ladies look totally legit. for Windsor.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Blandino should have been sent packing for that fraternizing gaffe.

    • Bender McLugh

      wow……just wow.

    • Peanut FTW

      I didn’t think it was a horrible no call, the contact is fairly minimal; if you ever watch Richard Sherman play… if that is PI he would be flagged every other target. Plus the ball hits the defender in the back and the TE doesn’t try to go back through him to make the catch. However, the way they went about the no call, after a conference and announcing it… that is what is awful to me.

      • willbest

        Sherman gets away with a lot of holding. In fact, you could call the crackdown on defensive holding this year the Richard Sherman rule, because he was mugging his receiver seven, eight, ten yards down the field on nearly every play last year. I still see him do it this year, but not as often.

    • BillW

      I stopped reading when he wrote “he never turned to look for the ball”. Still, after all these years, that’s a common error. A defender does NOT have to look for the ball. However, in that case there can be NO contact. There is no such thing as incidental contact if the defender is not looking for the ball. Any contact in that situation is PI. If no contact, then it’s face guarding which is NOT a penalty in the NFL.

      Now it certainly looks like there was in fact contact, and therefore was in fact PI. But under the rules, if the refs did not see the contact, there is no foul. Again, “not looking for the ball” is not relevant.

      Here’s a simple rule of thumb – if the defender puts up his hands signifying “I didn’t touch him”, throw the flag because the only reason to claim you didn’t touch someone is if you did.

      • willbest

        He was tugging on the receivers jersey 5 yards early. It was defensive holding if it wasn’t DPI.

        • BillW

          Tha’s what I heard too. didn’t see it live or on replay – but I beleive from the clip in the link that was PI. And as you say Def Holding at the least.

          My comment was the writer saying “he didn’t look for the ball” as if that was a relevant piece of information.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            It’s relevant because DPI is ALWAYS called when the defender has their back to the ball and there is contact (which there was on Pettigrew). If the defender gets turned around and the contact is minimal DPI is almost never called.

            This whole thing is why penalties should be reviewable (with the main sticking point being coaches must challenge it at ANY point in the game–in other words it never goes to the booth even in the last 2 min of either half or OT, the coach must initiate as part of the 2 challenge system).

        • BerwynBomber

          I would have to view the replay yet again but from what I saw there was one point where he grabbed a bit of the front jersey (before the pass was thrown) and then almost immediately let go. To me the contact was minimal — i.e., if it was defensive holding it would have been a real touchy call.

    • BerwynBomber

      Face-guarding is allowed in the NFL (which I honestly never knew until yesterday’s explanation). But if that is the case, then there was little or no PI.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Crap call to be sure but, still, all they had to do was make a yard against the Cowboys defense. Instead they went with the lame “draw the off attempt” and punctuated that with a that would have had to have been better just to qualify as awful.

      Also, the back judge made the call and then got talked out of it by the side side. Morelli just mucked things up by making a call when he had two officials in disgreement and then making no explanation for the no call.

      Thank heaven it wasn’t Ed Hochuli’s game. He’d STILL been in the middle of the field trying to explain what happened.

  • huntinbare

    There should be strong consideration given to the background of a successful special teams coach when trying to hire a head coach. The ST coach has a mind that has looked at the game from both an offensive and defensive perspective. They develop blocking schemes that are organic and implemented during the constantly changing and fluid conditions of the return game. They understand the importance of unity in motion and it’s power to create consistent results. They learn to analyze and attack weaknesses.
    The ST coach has also spent time analyzing the defensive side of the game with a keen eye on containment, angles of impact, lines of travel to the play, tackling techniques, scheming for star talent, and the importance of field position.
    They have probably had continual conversations with OCs and DCs during their careers to help them develop their philosophy of special teams and to keep them current.
    Plus they have excellent coaching skills; because they are given athletes that may not be the best at a particular skill and help the player learn and become an asset for their role on the ST.
    I think the proven ST coach is best situated to be able to look at a team from a more holistic perspective than a specific OC or DC.
    Toub is the man and we are being given a second chance to do this…we won’t get a third.
    As far as Toub and Ballard as a package….it only makes sense. They have a chemistry together that will begin to restore some much needed unity inside Halas Hall. The GM and HC need to compliment and support one another for this rebuild and they have a history of working together.

    • BillW

      Great take on the aspect of ST coaching and how it translates to head coaching I’d sum it up this way – a good ST coach needs to be a leader. It’s less about scheme and X’s and O’s and more on getting the players to be committed to an often thankless job. That takes leadership to be successful.

      • huntinbare

        Ditka was a special teams coach for Big D when he was hired…he won at a .600 rate ……since he was last coach we are in the mid .400’s.
        Getting players to buy in to the less publicised positions on a team is an excellent point. That shows a unique talent/ability of leadership. It makes me wonder how that talent applied to the coaching staff and assistants and support staff….all buying in and pulling in the same direction…unity is contageous and we are a divided franchice at present.

        • BillW

          But we had GREAT practices!

          • huntinbare

            I just heard a tweet that came into the Spiegs and Mannelly show….the tweeter suggested that they hang a banner in the Walter Payton facility stating…Best Practice Squad Record 2014 Bears…
            Mannelly also brought up Toub and how organized and detailed he was…although he has not been contacted he felt he would be a good choice

  • CanadaBear

    Just look at that list of players. Other than Briggs, Peanut, Paea and Williams it’s not a who’s who it’s a who’s that? Bunch of no names that did nada.

    I’d keep Peanut in the scenario Jeff laid out, also, Paea, Rosario, Shaprton. Only if the money is right for all these players. Otherwise, move along, nothing to see here.

    • Bender McLugh

      replace Rosario with C Jones and I agree with ya

      • willbest

        Christian Jones is on a 3-year league min deal as an undrafted FA

  • Butkus

    1) It’s a waste of time looking at our free agents prior to the draft and before we find out who the next Bears coach will be.
    2) We don’t have the luxury of kicking Cris Conte to the curb……yet!
    3) How can Ballard be a lock if the Bears haven’t interviewed him? Seems to me the report over the weekend is just a little premature.
    4) I love the Tom Coughlin reference. Are there truly any brilliant hard ass coaches auditioning for the job? If so, please enlighten me.

    • willbest

      This must be your first rodeo. The NFL draft is April 30-May 2. The NFL free agency period starts March 10th. Between now and then teams have the exclusive rights to negotiate with their pending free agents. Now is when you think about these things. Not after the draft.

      As to your point about the coach, yes sure. But unless the new HC is going to install a 3-4 defense its pretty easy to evaluate which players provide skills above and beyond the league min players.

      • Trac

        I don’t know if there’s anyone one that list that I wouldn’t let test the market first.

        • BerwynBomber

          Paea: if you have an initial offer in mind and figure he is open to a hometown discount.

          But yes, other than that, wouldn’t be sad to lose any of those guys. Closest would be DLP who I thought filled in decently when called upon.

          • SC Dave

            For some reason, perhaps pure delusion, I just think that Rosario is probably worth keeping.

  • willbest

    I saw enough of Brian DLP to know he isn’t Garza’s replacement.

    Paea had a great year because he was healthy, which he hasn’t been before this year. Its not a lack of effort from him, its whether or not he can stay healthy.

    I would bring Tillman back on a similar deal to the one he got this year, with a little less base pay. I am indifferent to Sharpton.

    Lance and Conte need to go down and play for Lovie. Everybody else on the list is going to make league min.

  • BerwynBomber

    Bringing back Tillman would be a pre-Epstein Cubs-like move: appeasing the fan base while avoiding tough, smart decisions. It is a little mascot-ish at this point.

    Why the love for the Reverend? Honest question. Was It because of the Atlanta game? Open to the idea but just wonder why he is so high on Blogfather’s list.

    Poor Conte needs to hang up his spikes. Good cover safety (when he didn’t blow an assignment) but the guy simply can’t stay healthy. Will be interesting to see if Briggs hangs them up too or latches on to a team for one last go.

    • willbest

      I guess if Tillman can’t run with the horses any longer then you don’t want him. But if you are worried about his injury then I think you pay him his 1 million + 80k/game active roster bonus. You aren’t going to find somebody of his caliber at Corner for that kind of money, even if you only get 3 games out of him.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Guys… I’m absolutely baffled Vic Fangio isn’t the number 1 HC candidate of the Bears. I’m speaking in general…he might as well be the Bears No. 1 candidate, we don’t know.

    What I’m baffled about is the lack of ‘push’ for him from the Bear Universe…media, fans,….

    He is the perfect candidate. I’m unaware of his weaknesses, but his positives are astounding. He has so many positives that are game changers on their own, I feel he seems to good to be true.

    1) very experienced
    2) very successful
    3) last 3 jobs: Baltimore Ravens. Stanford University, San Francisco 49ers
    4) Defensive Coordinator background. The Bears need a great D mind for the worst D Unit in the NFL the last 2 years
    5) background speciality on D: Linebackers. The Bears need a guy that can fix the rorst LB corp in the NFL the last 2 years.
    6) coaching flexibility: has experience with both the 3-4 and 4-3 defense. His 49ers base D was a 4-2 Hybrid.
    7) teaching factor: all you have to do is watch what he did with NaVorro Bowman, Chris Borland, Aaron Lynch, Aldon Smith. Put them in perfect position to succeed. Also he had a lot of turnaround in the secondary without any big names or high draft picks. They were all very sound and aggressive.
    8) he was a lot of connections (worked 1 year in college and he probably has Jim Harbaugh on his side, a guy that knows everybody): He could bring in many of Harbaugh’s assistants. From all 3 phases of the game. Greg Roman made Smith work and made Kaepernick work. He also runs the ball. He’s perfect because he can work with different types of QB. Brad Seely is the ST coordinator and one of the best in the NFL.
    9) can he handle pressure and protect his players from the pressure ? Well, nobody knows, but if you look at what happened in San Francisco with the power struggle fiasco, the Aldon Smith-Clint McDonald cases and the Elite LB injuries I never saw a Defensive Unit that quit, blamed each other or stopped playing hard.

    Bonus:
    10) the Bears play NFL West next year. And AFC West.
    That’s the 49ers Division and the division the 49ers played against this year.

    ***Of all Bears opposition next year Vic Fangio (and all other assistants) prepared for 14 of those opponents last year. So there’s a good knowledge of the opposition and also of the Bears…they played against the Bears 2 times in 3 years***

    THE POPULIST BONUS:

    11) Vic Fanigo’s record against Aaron Rodgers ? 4-0. Greg Roman’s record against Dom Capers ? 4-0. With different QBs.
    Their record at Lambeau Field ? 2-0

    PS: Now…who can beat what Vic Fangio brings to the table ? I have no clue if he’d have success and I have no clue if the Bears don’t see him as the perfect candidate already. My question is… why doesn’t the hole Bear Planet DEMAND this guy as the new HC ?

    • BillW

      Sounds like a fantastic DC. Just like Buddy Ryan was. And Vince Tobin.

      Now tell us why he’d be a successful HEAD coach.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        all of the above.

        -successful personal record while working for successful franchises
        – lots of important connections for his staff
        – great teacher;
        – scheme diverse… based on personnel strength
        – experience and high success while working with pot head players and superiors

        and

        – didn’t you read what I said ? 4-0 against Rodgers !!!

        • BerwynBomber

          Actually Rodgers played well in those two post-season losses to SF (not sure about the reg season games). It was more about the inability of the Cheese D to handle Kaep and the read option.

          • BillW

            Very true – which is another reason why it can be tough to judge coordinators as head coaches. Often the teams success (or lack) on one side of the ball is very intertwined with the other side of the ball.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Again… the coordinator of the other side of the ball could be very likely brought in as coordinator of your other side of the ball. Also the ST coordinator.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            or Alex Smith’s under 10 yards passes; or the 49ers run game.

            Hey… the OC of Kaep would very well be Bears OC.

            Aaron Rodgers was 8 TD/3 INT in those 4 games.
            Sacked 10 times.
            Average points per game for the packer O: 25 points ( 30-22, 45-31, 34-28, 23-20)

          • BerwynBomber

            His TD/INT ratio vs SF in the playoffs was 4/1. And considering how badass those SF Ds were, most people would call such a QB effort next to sterling. (Btw, I think the only time Rodgers shit the bed in a playoff game was that year the Cheese were the #1 seed and lost to the Giants.)

            Fangio might be the guy. Those Ds were awesome out there for a few years. This year they were done in by injuries/suspension and the fact that their secondary was almost a complete turnover. Btw, was very impressed where that secondary was by the end of the season vs. when we saw them. Completely different unit.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            His TD/INT ratio vs SF in the playoffs was 3/1.

            It doesn’t matter if Rodgers was great, what matters is they won.

            Kaepernick threw for more yards than Rodgers in both contests.

            You do that it’s mission accomplished for the D. You can only limit Rodgers, you’re not going to shut him down.

          • BerwynBomber

            Fair enough. My only point is that the outcomes of those games was predicated more on the Cheese’s mediocre D than anything else.

          • SC Dave

            The same mediocre defense that WE have faced for years and years and don’t beat.

  • BillW

    Thoughts on HC hiring:
    The Falcons are interviewing essentially everyone mentioned this year as a prospect. I don’t recall how many we interviewed when Tresty was hired, but I recall it was a very large group.

    In business, I’ve seen the same mistake made. Interviewing a large number of candidates to be sure you get the right one. It’s a fallacy.

    After a while, what happens (in business at least) is your looking for reasons NOT to hire someone. Because the candidate list is too large. So you desperately try to pare it down. And in the process you run the danger of hiring a mediocre person because they have no negatives. And inadvertently eliminate a better candidate just because he (or she) had a negative that made it easier to reduce the list.

    To me it makes more sense to interview a relatively small number of people that appear qualified based on resume (or recommendations) and then look for the best of the lot. In other words – don’t look for a lack of negatives – look for the positives.

    How Atlanta is ever going to choose from their list of interviewees is beyond me. My guess is they will go the elimination route and pass on a better candidate than the one they hire.

  • BerwynBomber
    • BillW

      Good. I never got used to saying St. Louis Rams. Finally the league is doing something for us old farts.

      Complete the circle and get the Cardinals back in St. Louis.

      • the Cardinals originated in Chicago, not St. Louis.

        • BillW

          I know. And before that were called the Racine Cardinals (street, not city in Wisconsin).

        • BillW

          My dad said there were horrible fights in the stands at Bear / Cardinal games back in those days.

    • willbest

      What happens in cases like that. Do all the St. Louis Rams fans continue to root for the LA Rams, or do they affiliate themselves with a closer football team like the Chiefs

      • BerwynBomber

        I agree with BillW: bring back the Cards for St.L. But it would imbalance the league and the owners might not be keen on adding franchises.

      • BillW

        Usually when teams leave the fans get pissed and pick another team. I know my father in law was a Chicago Cardinal fan and then rooted for the Packers after they left. A little different in that the Cards/Bears were bitter rivals and no way would he cheer for the Bears.

        I theorize that’s why there are many Packer fans in Chicago – they are descendants of ChiCard fans who switched allegiance to the Pack.

    • GPLDAN

      Time to break out that VHS tape of Warren Beatty in “Heaven Can Wait”.

      He comes back as the LA Rams QB.

      • BillW

        My favorite LA Ram QB was Dieter Brock.

        • GPLDAN

          Pat Hayden?

          • AlbertInTucson

            Brock WAS the CFL refugee who started that game in ’85.
            A pedestrian QB but the Rams were fuelrd by Eric Dickerson who was in his prime.

        • BerwynBomber

          Vince Ferragamo. Or going way back, Roman Gabriel.

          • GPLDAN

            He got rocked by the Steel Curtain.

          • huntinbare

            Roman was the original RG ….now I know who RGIII is; but who was 2

          • AlbertInTucson

            Gabriel as RGIII?
            No way.
            Much bigger & taller. Mobile yes, but mobile for a big QB, not RGIII mobile.

            Tarkenton or Staubach would be closer comparisons for RGIII except they could read pro defenses.

            Bear Linebacker, Jim Pernell abosultely lit Roman up in 1968, I believe, with a head down, never saw it coming, helmet shot right between the shoulder blades.
            And no, there was no flag.
            I thought Pernell had killed him.

          • BerwynBomber

            Gabriel was sorta a less athletic R-berger, right? Would take a few guys to bring him down? Well, unless it was Butkus.

          • AlbertInTucson

            That IS a closer comparison.

          • huntinbare

            Agreed…two different styles; Roman was all arm…an accurate passer and did not turn the ball over….George Allen made him a starter …must have seen something

          • BerwynBomber

            Damn, Gabriel won the NFL MVP in ’69.

          • huntinbare

            He was premiere for several years…had his chances in playoff atmospheres…

          • SC Dave

            Roman

        • BillW

          So without looking it up, why would Dieter be my favorite Rams QB?

          • GPLDAN

            Because you are a big fan of Sprockets?

          • BillW

            Starting QB for the Rams in the 85 NFC Championship game.

          • DaCoaches Mustache

            Where we dance!

  • BillW

    Today Biggsy shoots down the Marinelli / Trestman story. Says he doubts Marinelli had anything to do with the decision. That Arians was set on hiring Bowles as his DC if hired in Chicago, and that Marinelli knew he was going to leave after Lovie was fired.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/blog/chi-biggs-bears-mailbag-phil-emery-rod-marinelli-20150102-story.html

    There is a lot of misinformation out there on this. Which means several people are advancing different stories for their own benefit.

    The simplest explanation is that the McCaskey’s wanted Marinelli to stay and were too dumb / arrogant to realize he wouldn’t. They passed on Arians because he wouldn’t keep Marinelli. If that was Emery – then that’s yet another reason he was fired. And yet somehow I think he was told to keep Marinelli, like he was told to keep Lovie.

    Barb may well be right in that the “meddling” by ownership handcuffed Emery a couple times.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      I’ve been ‘talking’ about the contrary ‘leaks’ for more than a week. I’ve been calling Briggs a joke for reporting stupid crap. But no, Briggs is the best of the best in the business of the best.

      PS: Nobody forced Emery into keeping Marinelli. Truth is, Marinelli was the only DC that could have delayed -at least for a little bit- the death of Lovie’s D. Emery wanted to buy that little bit, because he was All In on Offense in that offseason.

      • BillW

        It’s Biggs, not Briggs. He’s not reporting stupid crap, he’s calling the “Marinelli chose Arians first and Trestman last” story BS. And yes, I think he is the best. Now the bar is not real high, but he does in fact exceed it by quite a lot.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          The ‘Arians was sitting alone into Chicago Airport room waiting for call, ready to accept the job’ is his. And it’s bullshit…because it makes no sense.

  • GPLDAN

    One has to wonder what the Bears not expressing interest in Mike Shanahan – who is interviewing everywhere else – means for Cutler.

    http://rlv.zcache.com/he_gone_t_shirt-r2e48d95bfaef4e919cca1d6a76e4b92e_va6lr_512.jpg

    • BerwynBomber

      Probably only means they are not hiring a head coach based on Cutty’s needs (as they did to a degree with Trestman). I don’t read much into it beyond that and the fact that he will not be part of the interview process this time around.

      • John Doe

        If you are not trying to maximize the returns from your most expensive player, it only means that the said expensive player is no longer in the plans.

        • BerwynBomber

          Could be. We’ll see. This is the Bears. An illogical approach would not be surprising.

    • huntinbare

      JC gets to sit back and wait like the rest of his teammates and the fans. I hope he is not part of the “reason to hire” . He can get his new assignment or walking papers when the new coaches evaluate his commitment to winning.

    • willbest

      The only coaches the Bears have expressed an interest in were either Rooney rule candidates or ones on playoff teams in a procedural move which will allow the new GM to interview them during probowl week

  • Peanut FTW

    I don’t know what to make of the Peanut situation. In my heart, if he is willing and able I want him in a Bears jersey, but logically, the fact that he had the exact same injury twice in the exact same spot at his age; scares the hell out of me. I think he would be a ticking time bomb of an injury settlement and wasted roster spot. So, I would rather go into the season knowing there is a hole to fill there as opposed to having false hope that he can get you by another year.
    Other than that I think I only disagree with Conte being absolutely gone. He is not great but he is a gifted athlete and for the right money those guys are great on STs and for spot duty. If you get him as a backup for league min, I have no issue with him sticking around another year or so.

    • GPLDAN

      AT the end of the season, Tucker kept starting Conte and the kid would rarely make it to halftime.

      He just doesn’t have the NFL durability. I appreciate the kids heart – he will state publicly that he would give up old age to be a player – and that’s a bit sad really – he takes horrible angles and can’t stand the punishment from even the speed backs.

      • Peanut FTW

        We all would make that same trade. If someone offered me 3 million to have my legs broken… I’d be going home with broken legs. Your going to take the money and deal with the consequences later.
        The durability thing is why I said spot duty, STs guy. He still has great speed and coverage skills. Maybe he’s a nickel corner, I dunno just feels like if you could lower the snap count he could be a good player.

      • AlbertInTucson

        It was hard to watch the guy go out there, make a hit and then stagger off the field.

        • SC Dave

          I’ve always defended Conte on this blog, as I think that in many ways he became a scapegoat and played a lot better than most people wrote. Not great by any means, and only sometimes actually good.

          But he was not, as so many claimed, categorically awful.

          That being said, I have to agree that maybe the best thing is for him to hang up the spikes. I *was* hard to watch that Al. Like GP wrote, you have to like his heart, but the rest of the body just doesn’t seem to heal well enough.

    • BerwynBomber

      Agree about Peanut. Half-agree about Conte. I like him more than most on here — for all his flaws he is a good cover S — but he is a Peanut issue too: can’t stay healthy. Conte, IMO, is tracking toward an abbreviated career/early retirement. I might only be interested in him because safety is such a barren wasteland on the roster.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      sign Peanut to a minimal contract with no guaranteed money. get him in camp working with the young dbs. cut him before the season if not panning out.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Agree on Briggs. I don’t think he wants to be back anyway. He checked out, mentally, in pre-season.

  • John Doe

    Regarding Tillman, tricep tear is very difficult injury to recover from. The chances of tearing it again increase after initial injury. Tillman had tricep tear in 2013. And he had tricep tear in 2014.

    If he plays football again, he will tear his same triceps again in 2015.

    I hope he signs a one day contract and retires a Bear and the new regime creates a unique position for him. Something similar to what Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer did for Ryan Dempster.

    If Tillman insists on playing, Bears should let him look elsewhere. Bears simply cannot waste a roster spot on a 34 year old who will be injured again.

  • John Doe

    Albert Breer ✔ @AlbertBreerFollow
    Per source, Kansas City’s Chris Ballard has turned down the Jets’ interview request.
    12:38 PM – 5 Jan 2015

    Chris Ballard Represents Business as Usual for Chicago Bears
    http://beargoggleson.com/2015/01/05/chris-ballard-represents-business-usual-chicago-bears/

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      it may well be business as usual to hire Ballard, but at least other teams out there have wanted him. He turned down the Jets interview this year, and the Bucs last year. Not sure why you would turn down an interview request. It usually never hurts to hear them out and always good experience, but that’s beside my point. Emery was not on anyone’s radar for a GM position when we hired him same goes with Trestman.

      • John Doe

        Trestman interviewed with Browns for HC before Emery gave him the job.

        My point against Ballard is that I would prefer Bears interview candidates from teams with best drafting records.

        In the article posted above one of the commenters linked to a USA Today analysis of drafting success by teams. 49ers, Ravens have been very good.

        That is why the lack of interest in Tom Gamble is puzzling.

        Bears are absolutely dead last in that graph. And Chris Ballard has been part of that Bears draft team. Not very reassuring.

        People keep saying he is good. On what basis, i don’t know.

      • a few differences between Ballard and Emery:

        1) Other teams wanted Ballard, like you mentioned.
        2) Ballard has done both head of scouting and head of pro personnel, which means he has experience with trades, contracts, and salary cap. Emery did not have that.

        On a semi-related note, I like that Ballard has avoided some past Bears. Ran from Emery, turned Lovie down in TB.

        Also has ties to well-respected Packers front office people who respect him. Wolf is running GM search in NY and has Ballard atop his list, and the GM in KC came from GB and hired Ballard to be his right-hand man.

        No way to know if Ballard works out or not, but I see some things I like.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Ballard has done head of pro personnel for 1 year. That barely makes him an expert in with trades, contracts, and salary cap. And while you say Emery didn’t have any experience in these areas he did a pretty good job in all 3.

          I think people should stop the comparisons between the 2. What’s the point ? Especially those who think Emery was bad as Bears GM.
          You soon arrive at the ‘Cutler is the best Qb in Bears history’ concept.

          • he did it for 1 year in Chicago and 2 years in KC (player personnel there, which puts him over draft and pro). People are trying to say Bears are making the same mistake as Emery because both went CHI-KC-CHI, I’m just pointing out they have different backgrounds.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Of course they do. Emery did CHI-ATL-KC-CHI.

            He was with the Falcons for 4 fucking years…how do people disregard that I don’t know. Don’t ask me.

            PS: 2 years in KC…that’s right. My error.

          • I know Emery was in Atlanta in between. The comparisons are easy because they both had Bears connections and were hired from KC (assuming Ballard gets hired). But it’s lazy.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      this Mike “Boomer” Burzawa seems like Big Mike. They both make the same mistakes while saying easily understandable things.

  • BearFanInDE

    Anyone else catch this on ESPN from Michael C. Wright???

    I do know for a fact that at least two of the candidates who interviewed for the head coaching job prior to the Trestman hiring didn’t want Cutler as the team’s quarterback. One of them mentioned it to Emery during the interview process, which basically squashed his bid for the job.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4696836/twitter-mailbag-pondering-a-mike-shanahan-jay-cutler-reunion

    • BerwynBomber

      Would have been interesting to learn the two names, though there have been suggestions one was Arians.

      • BearFanInDE

        And Emery still went ahead with the Cutler contract extension in spite of that? What do they see that Emery didn’t?

        • SC Dave

          Reality?

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        I bet Arians would have given a testicle to have Cutler on his team the last 5-6 weeks.

        • BerwynBomber

          He would have given a testicle to have Jimmy Clausen on his team the last few weeks.

      • John Doe

        Mike McCoy was the one who did not want to work with Cutler. Arians put no such condition.

        • BearFanInDE

          I think the question shoulndt be WHO, but WHY? Josh McDaniels didnt want to work with Cutler either before the trade to Chicago happened..

      • BearFanInDE

        Wouldn’t it be ironic if the Cardinals traded for Cutler? My buddy (a Cardinals fan) believes that Cutler could be the missing piece in their offense…

        • they just paid Palmer. The teams that could use Cutler (as in a solid QB like him away from contending) are CLE, STL, and BUF.

          • BerwynBomber

            I wonder if STL won’t still turn to Austin Davis as their long-term solution. Can’t see them going for Cutty unless his contract were fair market value or they could re-negotiate.

            But I would add HOU to your list as a replacement for STL.

          • oh yeah, forgot Houston. Another obvious one. I don’t know financials for any of those teams though.

    • Trac

      Ain’t that a pisser. Emery “the beast” strikes from the grave. Obviously Emery had his head up his…

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        well… the new, puffy, shiny GM should trade Cutler as soon as possible. Right ? If Cutler is such a negative entity for the Bears…

        Emery…that bum… didn’t want to hire as HC a guy that wanted to trade the Bears Franchise QB. He must have his head up his…

        • BillW

          If he is a negative entity, then the new GM will certainly trade him. George already gave “permission”. I fully expect that to happen.

          I also read that BMarsh is only a 5 million cap hit next year if he is cut before sometime in March.

          The new GM has to make this HIS team and purging potential distractions has to be part of that.

          We’re not going to the Super Bowl and probably not the playoffs next year even with both of them. So it’s foolish to keep them if the new GM sees them as distractions. Why force a new coach to deal with them, with so many “normal” football related issues?

          • CanadaBear

            Let the new coach decide about BMarsh. Maybe a strong straight talking, no nonsense coach can deal with him. If he doesn’t want the distraction, it will be goodbye BMarsh. Personally I think that’s a mistake. BMarsh is high maintenance but he’s worth it when he’s healthy. Also, BMarsh has to know if he gets sent packing he’s unlikely to get $10 mil/yr on the open market.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Good.. so if the new shiny GM, which is obviously wayyyy better than Emery doesn’t trade him… I expect all the bullshit thrown on Emery to be directed towards him.
            Right ? I think it’s the natural course.

        • Trac

          Any GM that wants his legacy to last will not make any decisions that join him to the hip with Cutler.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Sure… because who’s the moron GM that doesn’t want to hire the potential HC that wants his franchise QB traded just before the 2013 Draft that includes fantastic names like:

            The Elite QB class of 2013:

            EJ Manuel QB
            Geno Smith QB
            Mike Glennon QB
            Matt Barkley QB
            Ryan Nassib QB
            Tyler Wilson QB
            Landry Jones QB
            Brad Sorensen QB
            Zac Dysert QB
            B.J. Daniels QB
            Sean Renfree QB

  • Speaking of Ballard, he was the SW scout for the Bears for 11 years. These are the guys from his region that were drafted by the Bears while he was in that role, as best as I can tell.

    http://imgur.com/eADIqC2

    • BillW

      Wow! Full of grand slam home runs and striking out with the bases loaded.

      • SC Dave

        This. Just goes to show what a crap shoot it all is.

    • GPLDAN

      CedBen is a shit stain on anybody’s resume.

      • yeah, 4 high offensive picks and only one of them (Forte) panned out. D looks pretty good though. And some solid O picks later in the draft.

        • GPLDAN

          Hindsight and all that, and anybody can talk shit on the Webz – but I really was vocally against both Curtis Enis and CedBen when they were picked.

          To balance that out – I thought John Thierry and Michael Haynes were good #1 picks when they were made.

          • BerwynBomber

            I liked Anthony Adams but not Haynes. I remember watching PSU a few times that year and Haynes always stuck me as a specimen type who didn’t do all that much.

            And yes, wasn’t high on Enis and CedBen either but also fell for Thierry.

          • GPLDAN

            I had such a Thierry burn mark, I thought Simeon Rice would be a bust when every Bear fan wanted him coming out of Illinois. To me, it was Thierry part 2.

            Just goes to show that unless you really know these guys character, you can’t predict shit.

          • CanadaBear

            Once Cedrunk’s “character” came to light, I knew he’d suck ass. I liked the part where the D hated him so much they were killing him in practice and Lovie had to call off the dogs. I know some of that was rookie hazing but the D genuinely disliked him and had a ton of respect for Thomas Jones.

          • SC Dave

            And Webb was, after all, a 7th rounder. Unlike a bunch of other early round OL disasters of the Angelo regime.

          • Doc Hamstring

            Thierry would’ve been good with a 3-4 team to start. Haynes… not sure what happened with him. Wrong system? Or just wrong coaching? No one seemed to think that was a bad pick on draft day.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      lets put that into a little better perspective. He was in one region. Thats a pretty good list. How did the scouts in the other regions compare? my guess is not that good.

      • well, look back through Chicago’s draft record in these years, cross off these names. I’m guessing it won’t be pretty.

        Briggs, Tillman, Forte, and Harris were probably the best 4 picks Angelo made.

        • John Doe

          I would argue Tom Gamble has much more impressive list with what he did at 49ers.

          Joe Staley, Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati, Navorro Bowman, Aldon Smith, Colin Kaepernick, etc. etc.

          But he has not worked with McCaskeys and Ted Phillips before. So that is a negative for him.

        • SC Dave

          Hester was not a bad choice, JW, although perhaps not as good as any you mentioned.

    • John Doe

      One of the biggest busts during Ballard’s scouting for Bears, Jarron Gilbert, is missing from the list.

      Every scout and GM miss on draft picks. There is missing on draft picks and then there is Jarron Gilbert who was out of NFL after just 2 seasons. How can you miss that badly?

      • Viva

        How can you miss on a 3rd round pick? Is that the standard?

        • Viva

          I mean they did draft a pro bowler in the 4th round of that same draft…Henry Melton.

        • John Doe

          Difference between miss = not a good player/just back up player and miss= out of NFL in 2 years after being drafted in 3rd round.

          Ballard was part of scouting another 3rd round bust in Emery’s first year.. 3rd round pick Brandon Hardin is now also out of league without ever being selected for a 53 man roster or without ever playing a down in an NFL game.

          And once again, Bears were dead last in draft grades from 2009-2013 – a 5 year period when Chris Ballard was deeply involved in college scouting. Link:

          http://q.usatoday.com/2014/05/07/nfl-draft-best-teams-seattle-seahawks-san-francisco-49ers-tennessee-titans-new-england-patriots/

          • Doc Hamstring

            If Ballard was scouting the SW, how do you get that he scouted an Oregon State player like Hardin?

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        juaquin iglesias was also a 3rd round pick the same year as Gilbert. So 2 misses from same region in the same draft same round.

        also side note – those were our first 2 picks of that years draft.

        • Viva

          Henry Melton. Pro bowler 4th round.

      • I looked at that when compiling this list. Gilbert was from San Jose State, which is central or northern California. Almost certain that was not Ballard’s jurisdiction. Number of players from that area (Fresno State, Cal) who I didn’t include.

  • GPLDAN

    Haugh thinks that Ballard is anything *BUT* Emery Part II.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/columnists/ct-chris-ballard-bears-haugh-spt-0104-20150103-column.html

    Ballard has an established track record of gathering solid assistant coaches into the fold.

    What have the Bears lacked post-Ditka? We have terribly under-coached by position, and that is borne out by how many players left the Bears as busts and established careers in the NFL.

    If he can come in, bring Taub to lead and has a gift for stacking the room with talent at the asst. positions and improving the scouting ranks – we need him.

    If I think ANYTHING about the clown Emery, I think he probably sent any scout who didn’t think like he did about football packing. He probably royally fucked our scout ranks. We need to rebuild it.

    The sign of a good GM is being able to get the talent to come, stay, and work together. I find it sad when we hope to be as good as The Chiefs, but that’s where we are at. I can’t figure the Chiefs out, that team should have been a playoff team for the last two years so they underperform, but here we are – raiding that talent pool.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      This discussion of Ballard being better than Emery seems very similar to the ‘Cutler is the best QB in Bears history’ mantra.

      Especially coming from one that thinks Emery was a really bad GM.

      That means Ballard is better than a crappy GM, but is he a good/great GM ? Can you win with him ? Or he is crappy/average which is better than plain crappy.

    • CanadaBear

      Andy Reid has squandered a lot of seasons with pretty talented rosters.

      • SC Dave

        For some reason, that just reminds me of my favorite Lovie quip, which was very close to
        “It’s hard to win games in the NFL.”

  • BillW

    So Ballard turns down the Jets interview; Dawson up first tomorrow – and unfortunately may simply be a Rooney Rule formality. Ballard on Wednesday and announced late Wednesday night with the presser on Thursday. Toub interviews Friday or Saturday and is announced over the weekend with the presser on Monday.

    Or not. But I think they are likely to have selected Ballard already and are ready tyo move on the HC very quickly unless it’s one of the coordinators still in the playoffs. That is, if Toub isn’t picked a few days after Ballard announced (assuming obviously he is hired) then it’s not Dave.

  • GPLDAN

    Hey Phil,

    Have you kept up your CSCS Certification?

    If so, UNC has a temp-to-hire position. You’d be great for it. Maybe.

    https://uncjobs.northcarolina.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=339958

    You’d make a great Tar Heel. You have the heel part down.

  • GPLDAN

    Jefe:

    Who Am I Not Sure About: (1) Is Stephen Paea really worth the money he may command on the open market? I am wary of players having career years in contract years.

    Chris Zorich had one good year, as well. Pass on the guy.

  • GPLDAN

    Concussion scandal. Check.
    Domestic abuse scandal. Check.
    Doctor shaming scandal. Check.
    Domestic abuse cover-up scandal. Check.
    Nasty lockout results in weakened player union. Check.
    Record profits. Check.
    Flirting with PPV. Check.
    Scab refs almost ruin game after strike…check.
    Most humiliating Bears season in my lifetime. Check.
    Wimpy head coach looks like the Cryptkeeper. Check.
    Saddled with a cancerous, org-killing QB who don’t care. Check.

    Now we have the head of refs partying with Jones and Glazer on a bus full of hookers and blow just after a game that the refs stole from Detroit.

    I was looking forward to the playoffs to take the sting away. But if the fix is in on these games, why bother.

    • John Doe

      That is a comprehensive list.

      Goddell has done a good job of bilkiing billions from fans while effing up the shield.

    • CanadaBear

      Unless there is another bus scandal that one with Blandino was last off season. Either way doesn’t look too good for the league. If I was a Kitties fan (kill me now), that call would make me question why I like the NFL so much.

      The Calgary Flames got jobbed in the 2005 Stanley Cup series when the game/Cup winning goal was not counted that clearly was a goal on replay in the 6th game. It made a lot of long-time NHL fans in Calgary lose a lot of passion for the game.

  • GPLDAN

    My favorite part of the original Fast & Furious is when Vin Diesel says “I live my life a quarter mile at a time.” That always makes me LOL. I wish somebody would autotune that into a Tubez video.

    But my SECOND favorite part of that flick is when Diesel looks at the cop character (the now deceased Paul Walker) and points to a stack of ricer turbos, NOS bottles and chrome headers in a pile in the garage and says “you owe me a sub-10 second car”. LOL.

    For reference, this is what sub-10 looks like:

  • John Doe

    FOX 13 Tampa Bay @MyFoxTampaBay · Jan 2
    RT @ODonnellFox13: @nm2lg spots former Bears coach Marc Trestman w/ McCown and wife. ” http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/27750034/former-bears-coach-trestman-spotted-on-clearwater-beach

  • Sactowns#1
    • John Doe

      Not weird at all. Trestman and McCown hit it off and worked together well. McCown numbers on the field confirmed that.

      During Tampa Bay week, Trestman was asked if he missed McCown. He replied “no comment” which was unofficial yes.

      • Sactowns#1

        Perhaps together they are greater than the sum of their parts. But I see a HC who couldn’t do the one thing he was supposed to be good at, running an offense, and a backup QB. It’s like Tampa is building a team to lose.

        • BillW

          I hope they hire him. I’m interested in seeing if he can succeed as an OC. I suspect not – at least not at the NFL level. But oddly enough, if he does succeed as an OC, that’s even more evidence that Emery screwed up.

          • willbest

            I for one think LovieBowl II next year would be all the more delicious if Trestmen gets hired as Tampa’s OC

        • BerwynBomber

          Mariota.

      • BerwynBomber

        Trestman may have a future in the NFL as an OC. I would lay as much of the O’s troubles at Cutty’s feet this year as I would Trestman’s. That said, a) Tresty does not have the leadership ability to be an NFL HC, and b) though he and McCown concocted some 2013 magic this is all about mentoring/coaching Mariota.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    i don’t want to be left out. so i am also going to link to this report:

    http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/27750034/former-bears-coach-trestman-spotted-on-clearwater-beach

  • BillW

    I wonder if anyone else on the blog saw this…

    http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/27750034/former-bears-coach-trestman-spotted-on-clearwater-beach

    (note – sarcasm; I’ve long suspected many people post before reading the comments.)

  • GPLDAN

    How does Jeff know Ballard is “all in” for the Bears job?

    Maybe he joins Lovie down in Tampa. Lovie was his coach when he was in college. They go way back.

    • he declined to be interviewed by the Bucs for their GM position last year.

      He declined to be interviewed by the Jets for their GM position this year, which is the only GM position other than Chicago that’s open.

      • Shady

        IMO Ballard doesn’t turn down the NY interview unless he knows he has the job in Chicago.

        • John Doe

          What a brilliant find by consultant Ernie Accorsi! What would George and Ted have done without Accorsi?

          • Shady

            At least it’s something different.

  • BerwynBomber

    Mike Glennon could be on the market if TB drafts Mariota or Winston. And Glennon’s contract is fucking peanuts. Would be highly intriguing if the Bears moved Cutty (which I suspect they won’t). Question would be what round draft pick TB would want in return.

    • John Doe

      There will be market for Mike Glennon if Bucs indeed get Mariota or Winston. Trestman worked him out before 2013 draft and liked him. Sean Payton likes him. I think it would take a 5th round pick to get him.

      But I am not convinced Lovie will take Mariota. Especially now that Chip Kelly has complete say over personnel at Eagles. There is no one to stop him to go hard after Mariota.

      What if Chip Kelly offers a boatload of picks to Lovie for #1 and Mariota?

      • BerwynBomber

        Yeah that would be an interesting twist too. So at that point I assume Foles would become available as opposed to Glennon.

      • willbest

        I would think after RG3 a team might be a tad leery giving up 3 first rounders and 2nd. And that is assuming Lovie even wants to let him go that cheaply. The Eagles are drafting 20th. When the Rams gave it up they were only moving down 4 spots.

        As an aside I find it funny that a sub .500 team is going to be drafting no lower than 25th.

  • SC Dave

    Hey. did you guys see this?

    http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/s

    • Doc Hamstring

      See what? Your link is broken.

      • SC Dave

        Teach me to try to be cute. See other posts on this thread…

        • Doc Hamstring

          You’re cute enough… for radio.

  • Doc Hamstring

    Conte will be out of football next year. No team would even take a flier on him, given his catastrophic fuckups on national TV and his inability to finish most of the games he played in this year.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      You forget Lovie Smith is out there. He picked up Wright, and they just signed MD Jennings.

  • SC Dave

    On a totally non-football note, I’ll put in another plug for the sterling renditions, by Ivan Moravec, of the Chopin nocturnes. Piano music does not get any better.

    Ten minutes of your life you’ll never get back. But I don’t care.

    • Shady

      I don’t care… I love it.

  • John Doe

    Ballard+Toub as good as done. Most underwhelming GM/Coach search process ever. Might as well have announced it last Monday. No one else will have interviewed Ballard. And most likely no one else will interview Dave Toub.

    Scout Chicago Bears @BearsOnScout

    #ChicagoBears Source: Ballard to become Bears GM – A league source has informed Bear Report that Chris Ball… http://on.scout.com/2SVtGQ

    • Professional Journal

      It could be a great combo as long as Tour could find a DC from Seattle’s coaching tree and a OC from Shanny’s coaching tree.

  • John Doe

    LoveTrest Bowl in 2015??

    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet · 2h2 hours ago

    #Bucs interviewed ex-#Bears head coach Marc Trestman for their vacant offensive coordinator job, sources says. He does know the QB

    • Shady

      Now all they need to do is trade thier 1st overall for Jay Cutler and complete the unholy trinity.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        they will probably sign Conte.

        • Shady

          … to play QB.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            why not give him a try cuz he sucked at S.

          • willbest

            Whatever. Not saying Conte was a stud, but not even Earl Thomas could play behind those LBs. He is a serviceable safety that just can’t stay healthy.

      • John Doe

        Don’t forget Aaron Kromer.

        Tampa Bay O-line was pretty bad this year and they need a lot of help.

        Kromer may not get a job elsewhere but he will work with Trestman and McCown.

    • Professional Journal

      If they were to hire Trestman, I would not be surprise to see them do well. Kromer could help out their line if he were to come too. The Bucs were in pretty much every game except two blowouts. With a competent offense, the Bucs could be alright moving forward.

  • BerwynBomber

    Mannelly’s HC choice/preference on the Score today? Jack Del Rio. Found it interesting as I believe Mannely played under Toub.

    • John Doe

      That is not good if Toub is indeed going to be hired per most reports.

      • BerwynBomber

        Mannely said he just talked to Toub yesterday. Sounds like they are quite friendly. Didn’t seem as a criticism of Toub as belief in Del Rio. If you are interested in listening it is in hour 1 (1/5/15) on the podcast of the following link — about halfway thru the hour:

        http://chicago.cbslocal.com/audio/the-spiegel-and-mannelly-show/

  • John Doe

    Please, please, make a Jay Cutler trade happen…

    John Middlekauff‏@JohnMiddlekauff

    A source told me Mike Shanahan could take on a GM type role in Buffalo while Kyle became the head coach

  • Irish Sweetness

    No love for Zach Miller. Done nothing wrong …. in the five minutes he played for us.

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