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FrontRowTickets.com Game Preview: Bears & Bucs Play Out the String (Christmas Edition!)

| December 24th, 2015

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THE GAME POEM

THOUGHTS ON THE TAMPA BAY BUCS

  • Bucs offense is simple. They want to hand the ball off a zillion times to Doug Martin and then make plays down the field to Mike Evans off play-action. If their running game is shut down it greatly limits their effectiveness to move the ball/score points.
  • Earlier in the week I paired the Bucs and Bears as two teams that weren’t ready to put themselves in the thick of a playoff chase. Four weeks ago the Bucs were 5-5 and positioned well to make a run at the 6th seed. Since then they’ve lost to a Luck-less Colts, a Saints team playing out the string and were roughed up last Thursday night by the Rams until mounting a late comeback. This is a team with a lot of weapons and a bright future. But they’re not there yet. The question will be whether Lovie can get them over the top in 2016.
  • Tampa’s rush defense is very good, allowing 30 less yards per game on the ground than Chicago. If the Bears think they’re going to control this game on the ground it’s unlikely. The way to attack Tampa is to isolate a couple familiar fellows at the backend of their secondary (Conte, Wright…etc.) and throw the ball down the field. The question will be whether any of the Bears receivers can get any separation.

NEW CHRISTMAS CLASSICS

Each year, from Thanksgiving until Christmas, I (like many) indulge in the joy that is the Christmas movie. And it surprises me that movies and television shows still find their way into the rotation. This last year produced two new additions.

A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS

It’s television the way television used to be made in the days of soundstages and cigarette holders and Dean Martin. Everything about it is a throwback and it’s still completely original. The highlight? George Clooney popping out repeatedly from behind Christmas trees to deliver the chorus of Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’.

DIFFICULT PEOPLE, “DIFFICULT CHRISTMAS”

The best new comedy on television in 2015 was Julie Klausner’s Difficult People and the final episode of the season, the Christmas episode, might have been the best. The highlight? Klausner getting fired from her job as a gift wrapper for reciting the story of Capturing the Friedmans to a customer.

GREAT MOMENT/MEDIOCRE SHOW

MONEY MOUTH: THREE PICKS FOR WEEK 15

money

Seven games over .500. Three more is the goal. Can I get there? Yes. Yes I can. In brief…

ARIZONA -4.5 OVER GREEN BAY & UNDER 49.5 PTS

My theory on this game is simple. I think the Cardinals are a very good team. I think the Packers are mediocre (at best) and the relationship between their coach and quarterback has never been so combustible. Cardinals 27, Packers 10.

DENVER -3 OVER CINCINNATI

The Bengals had a much harder time with the San Francisco defense than many expected. I don’t buy A.J. McCarton and I certainly don’t buy him on the road, against one of the best defenses in the league, without Tyler Eifert. Broncos  24, Bengals 16.

Season Record: 25-18-2

THREE BEARS OF INTRIGUE

  • John Timu had a wonderful debut at middle linebacker and Fox/Fangio would love nothing more than for Timu to thrive over these final weeks. Lovie’s Tampa team is 5th in rushing attempts, 4th in yards rushing per game and 1st in yards per attempt. Timu will have no shortage of opportunities to make plays against the run.
  • Gerald McCoy is still a force for the Bucs and it’d be surprising if he doesn’t spend much of the game challenging Hroniss Grasu.
  • Where the hell is Lamarr Houston in these games (besides offside)? Willie Young has been the Bears only legitimate pass rush threat since Pernell McPhee’s injured and his knee and one can only wonder how much more effective he’d be if someone was getting to the quarterback from the other side.

GAME PREDICTION

Jameis Winston has the ball in his hands, 2 minutes to go, with a chance to win. He spots Austin Sefarian-Jenkins open in the flat on first down, rolls that way and delivers the ball. BUT IT’S TIPPED BY JARVIS JENKINS! The ball floats into the air and is intercepted by Shea McClellin. He slides to the ground.

Chicago Bears 23, Tampa Bay Bucs 17

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  • That Guy

    The fatalist in me says that the score in your game prediction will be Bears 17, Bucs 19, or something like that. The Bears get the pick, make it to the 30 or so, and have to ask Gould to win the game with a 45+ yarder.

    But I’d like to see the Bears win this one. Its comforting to know we’ve got the better situation than Lovie, and its comforting to know we can beat up on the teams that we’ll be fighting for playoff spots next year.

  • That Guy

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/12/24/matt-forte-says-theres-not-much-hope-for-deal-with-bears/

    I have no sympathy for Forte if the Bears are negotiating hard. Forte has historically been very difficult to do deals with and we’re still in the middle of a season.

    Still, I’m curious what the market will reveal for Mr. Forte. If he doesn’t get a deal done in the first 2-3 days of free agency, he risks missing all the big contracts. And there really aren’t a lot of those for running backs these days.

    • SC Dave

      Evidently, the Bears are not negotiating at all. The meathead comments there are sooo PFT. what a waste of disk space. The $200 one would need to store 10,000,000,000 of their spewings would still be too high a cost.

      • CanadaBear

        Yeah, I read a few of them and gave up. I’m afraid next year the Bears find out that Langford isn’t all that, Carey is just a guy and the Bears wander in the woods all next year riding Cutler’s arm because we have no running attack. We all know how that movie ends when the O is put all on Cutler.

        • I get the fear but we have to move on without Forte someday, and Langford and Carey looked more than competent.
          It’s actually preferable to go this route than letting Forte go and relying on some unknown draft pick.
          There is another fear too, that Forte’s wheels come off.
          He’s had a shitload of carries since college

          • CanadaBear

            No doubt. Not re-signing him makes perfect business sense. I’m just not all in on Langford or Carey. I think a lot of guys on here are more about potential than production (the draft nerds) and think Langford is a slam dunk to be a productive NFL back for years to come. I’m not sure. Carey is a change of pace, short yardage guy, nothing more.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Good teams unload a player year early rather than discover it was a year late.

      • That Guy

        Its still the regular season. A lot of organizations don’t negotiate while the team is still playing games because its too much of a distraction. I don’t know that I’d make that a hard rule if I was GM, but I would probably not want to talk with Forte. They’ve got a couple more weeks to see Langford play, to let Forte pad his stats and to make some global decisions about the roster. Then they might want to take a bit more time after that to see what the free agency market will look like in general.

        • CanadaBear

          Forte approached mgmt before the season about an extension to help lower his cap hit this year. He’s still waiting to hear back from them.

    • BearDown100393

      Matt will be just fine. But he won’t be in Chicago next season.

    • Irish Sweetness

      “After the first seven games I think I was top three in rushing and stuff, and still producing,” Forte said.

      Nice cherry-picking. Let’s negotiate with the current numbers, Matt.

      Rushing yards – 16th
      Rushing YPC – 31st (amongst players with more than 50 carries)
      Rushing TDs – 4 – tied 19th

      Let any contract given reflect that i.e. no more than 3M. I’d say 2.5M.

  • BearDown100393

    The Bears have shown absolutely nothing to warrant any prediction of beating Tampa Bay. The fandom might be sincere but the credibility behind a 23-17 victory is questionable at best.

    • MB30SD

      Booooooooooooo

      • BearDown100393

        I know. I suck.

        • DaBearsBlog

          Well after picking them every week for 10 years, I figured I’d keep that up.

          I actually think they’ll lose quite a bit.

          • MB30SD

            to lovie?!? we lose to those clowns and I’ll be sad.

          • CanadaBear

            Gotta keep in mind Lovie usually beat the shitty teams.

          • MB30SD

            ouch

          • BearDown100393

            Head vs Heart. I understand.

          • Viva

            Ohhhh. Now you tell us.

  • The GP

    How about Peanut? Guy may finish his career as a starter on a undefeated team that wins it all

    • BearDown100393

      He deserves all the success in the world.

    • SC Dave

      If Forte goes anywhere, I would prefer the Panthers.

    • Johnnywad

      Almost glad he’s there rather than Chicago. Almost. He deserves a championship.

    • That Guy

      Nothing would make me happier than to see a Peanut Punch fumble run back for a touchdown to win the Superbowl. Peanut is a class act all the way and a great corner. I’ve got nothing but respect for him, and the same goes for Rivera.

      • The GP

        A peanut punch to win a Superbowl would grease the skids for Charles all the way to Canton, Ohio.

        • Viva

          I think Peanut is a HOFer today.

          • That Guy

            It would be close. He never got a lot of national attention.

            Peanut is a Chicago Ring of Honor guy for sure, but I don’t know that the Canton voting body would respect him as much without more playoff exposure.

          • Anonymous

            Briggs will have a better shot (and he won’t get in either). Peanut has only made two Pro Bowls his entire career.

            But definitely would be first-ballot worthy of a Bears HoF.

    • Viva

      I hope he does!!

      • MB30SD

        VIVA!!!

  • 505Bears

    If Cutler does not air it out 5-7 times against Conte/Wright, then the coaching staff/Gase is clueless, regardless of what off-the-street WRs the Bears have lined up on Sunday. Remember when we used to bash these guys for getting burned McNugget style like every other week? Now is the Bears time to reap the benefits of those knuckleheads being back there. Think we will see a patented Wright knockout of Conte this week?

    • MB30SD

      hope so

    • Anonymous

      In fairness, Conte was a decent coverage safety. The problem was his run support and ability to stay healthy.

      Wright just sucked.

      • CanadaBear

        If he knew the coverage that was called.

        • MB30SD

          yeah, that was funny. conte was a decent cover safety. BAAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      • True. Though he threw out his shoulder more than that dude from lethal weapon

  • Anonymous

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog “Love narrative OBJ embarrassed Giants organization. The best player in history of their franchise (LT) is a crack head/child whore monger.”

    Zing.

    Wasn’t there a game where LT couldn’t play because his HR was too high before kickoff? Anyway, best defensive player I ever saw (I’m too “young” to have seen Butkus in his prime), but never understood how cocaine would not be considered a PED.

  • CanadaBear

    Merry X-mas, Happy Holidays and whatever other religious holiday is celebrated at this time of year. Hope all the things that you wished for come true and if not, it’s because of those fuckin’ Fudge Packing Bastards.

  • The GP
    • CanadaBear

      That reminds me of the difference between Tiger Woods and Santa. Santa stops after 3 Ho’s.

    • MB30SD

      OMFG… I SOOO love boobies man. So amazing. don’t get guys who don’y love huge titties.

  • MB30SD

    http://www.mandatory.com/2015/12/24/the-10-most-ridiculous-novelty-products-of-2015/

    Here’s who gets what:
    1. Shady
    2. Fres
    3. Trac (since he like mythical things so much. hee hee)
    4. Huge Bear’s Penis
    5. Yonny
    6. Johnny
    7. Irish
    8. GP
    9. Canada
    10. 85

    happy holidays my bitches!

    • Shady

      Thanks? I think a silencer would be just as useful as the deodorizer.

      Here’s the video I mentioned last night: Christmas Time for the Jews!

      http://www.hulu.com/watch/1373

      Classic.

      • MB30SD

        excellent

    • I already own a stress sausage. It’s called my gooey duck

    • Trac

      Who said a Jewish guy can’t be gracious on Christmas eve? Oi vei! Hahaha

      • MB30SD

        Exacty! Merry dead jewish guy to you and yours my brother!

        • Trac

          Aah but He lives, He lives! Thank you for the platform my brotha.

          • MB30SD

            And you my main. Honestly, I wish you and your family the very best this year and next trac.

            …even your smallpenistruck. Hahaha

          • Trac

            It has been a year, let me tell ya. I’m ready to leave it in the rear view mirror.

          • MB30SD

            I’m with you my maings

    • Irish Sweetness

      Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah to all of you, and especially to the Blogfather – whose sofa we soil – and Cheesy … for sheer persistence.

  • Repost Speaking of quitting. Here’s an insightful discussion. Funny that Jimbo called Waddle, “Slow, small and friendly”.

    http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/videos/Roundtable-Waddle-discusses-career/7b552623-82a7-406b-8398-3914af568198

    • Anonymous

      Those Harbaugh-to-Waddle highlights were sweet. Funny how puny Waddle and his shoulder pads looked.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I recall Waddle taking a beating as a receiver on a regular basis

        • Trac

          And tufts of grass hanging from his face mask.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Cap Boso made THAT famous.

          • RenoBear

            Hence, my avatar haha

        • Irish Sweetness

          Toughest receiver I ever saw.

          • AlbertInTucson

            In the famous Cap Boso / Turf-Face / Monday Night O.T. win over the Jets, Waddle had 8 catches for 102 yards!

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD
    • Trac

      Wow! Ninja ‘ s wore black? Well I nevva! Ugly little bastard.

      • MB30SD

        Jeeees. Why are you posting on the most precious night??!

        • Trac

          I’m even using electricity and ….shhh….I also drove today….and I participated in manual labor on the sabath. Don’t tell NB. Hee hee.

          • MB30SD

            philistine!

  • willbest

    Merry Christmas!

  • AlbertInTucson

    ‘GREAT MOMENT/MEDIOCRE SHOW”

    I watched every episode of Studio 60.

    Also Bay City Blues.

  • Cubsnlinux

    Who wants a star wars spoiler?

    • Irish Sweetness

      Seen it three times. Anyone who hasn’t seen it by now isn’t a fan, but it’s a tricky one ….

      You might bring this response from a blogmember:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTqcS2SP4v4

    • Irish Sweetness

      Give you a future spoiler though …

      Leia talks about how she should never have sent Ben away for training … and Han says that Luke’s training of the padawans was ruined by a rogue apprentice. So ….. Kylo killed all the younglings at Luke’s academy just like Anakin at the Jedi temple. BOOM!

    • Bender McLugh

      ssssssssssSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHUT THE FUCK UP

  • Irish Sweetness

    Irish’s Christmas Day Film Review Show

    ================================

    I’ve decided Star Wars : TFA is officially awesome. Phew.

    Steve Jobs: Good performances by all. Sorkin really is just looking at Jobs though, it’s not the’ story of Apple’ (see ‘Jobs’ or ‘Pirates of Silicon Valley’ for that). Told from the POV of backstage at the launches. Not really a cinematic experience.

    The Revenant: A very a cinematic experience. Not a very uplifting movie, so be warned if you need that. Beautiful to look at. Leo and Hardy are always excellent. Reminded me very much of ‘Jeremiah Johnson’, a great Redford movie from the early seventies.

    Legend: Hardy again, playing both Kray twins. Here’s the thing about the Krays, they were a pair of incestuous dandy crims who ran the London underworld for a while, and not very nice people, so two or three movies is abit too much. But Hardy is good at this London crim thing – though Bronson is far superior a movie, and he’s far superior in it.

    • EnderWiggin

      Jeremiah Johnson is one of my favorite westerns. Right after Toombstone.
      I also like Warwagon, The Cowboys, and The Searchers(as far as Duke flicks go)

      • CanadaBear

        My favorite Westerns are Unforgiven and Blazing Saddles. How’s that for both ends of the spectrum?

        • Johnnywad

          I’m with you.

          That scene at the end of Unforgiven, when Bill Munny threatens any remaining, unseen gunmen, then rides right down the middle of the street is the best.

          • CanadaBear

            Sac and I were talking about this earlier. We both loved the slow pace, cinematography, etc. The slow pace really makes the ending that much more powerful. I loved the part where the writer wants to know the order of the guys that were killed and Clint doesn’t know but he knows who’s next if he doesn’t shut up!

          • AlbertInTucson

            ” ‘Deserves’ got nothin’ to do with it.”

          • Irish Sweetness

            Always worth a re-visit that movie.
            Once upon a time in the West, too.

        • MB30SD

          schwartzes!

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HH-GLn4CU4

          one of the best movies… evah.

          But dudes…. no Good, bad, and the ugly?! come on now!

          • Shady
          • MB30SD

            why must you always mock me because I’m a mediocre jew.

            yetpaks?

          • Shady

            It’s OK I still love you.

          • MB30SD

            I loves you too… YETPAKS?

          • CanadaBear

            I loved the spaghetti westerns when i was younger. Still watch them if they are uncut and no commercials. I love Westerns for two things. The good vs evil is usually very well defined and there is almost always a revenge factor.

          • MB30SD

            you’ll like hateful 8 canada.

        • Irish Sweetness

          UP YOURS NIGGER !!

          • CanadaBear

            My all-time favorite comedy. I tried to get my wife to watch it but she got too upset over the racism. I was trying to explain that all the racists are made to look like fools and that was the point. She wouldn’t relent. Another time Lilly Von Schtoop got up to do her song and I asked her to watch it. She ended up watching the rest of the movie.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Yikes! War Wagon? NOT one of Duke’s best.

        • EnderWiggin

          Bah, I love whatshername though.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Jeremiah Johnson.

      Classic.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Favoite JJ Lines:

        Bear Claw Chris Lapp (Will Geer): You’re the same dumb pilgrim that I been hearin’ for twenty days, and smellin’ for three!

        Del Gue (Stefan Gierasch): [to Jeremiah] You turn down this gift, and they’ll slit you, me, Caleb and the horses from crotch to eyeball with a dull deer antler!

    • Scharfinator

      Oooh someone has seen Revenant! I want to go see it.

    • SC Dave

      So were the Krays the real-world Piranha brothers?

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ygg2KlicnOQ

      • CanadaBear

        Dinsdale!

  • Irish Sweetness

    (41-23)

    Something weird happened this week. My betting site put up the Steelers +9.5. I backed them on their own to beat the Ravens and with Arizona (-4) in a double. They only cancelled and refunded the single bet, so I apparently have Arizona -4 and Pittsburgh +9.5 in a double. Curious to see what happens if Arizona cover …

    Arizona -4 over GB.

    Cards at home. Got to be a sporting bet. David Johnson could beat those guys on his own.

    Carolina -7 at ATL.

    Falcs won last week. So? And? Punishment will be meted out. Liked Jefe’s Denver bet – but they’re -3.5 now, and that 0.5 is a killer.

    PIT -10 at BAL

    It’s never good to give a team a 10 point head start, but I have them +9.5 so don’t care!

    • AlbertInTucson

      “It’s never good to give a team a 10 point head start,…” UNLESS they are helmed by the likes of Jimmy Clausen who threw 2 TD passes last week. How many more could he possibly have left?

      And guess what? The Steeler defense is getting better as the season goes on.

  • Irish Sweetness

    See Hilary signed off a debate with “May the Force be with you” ? She could barely stop herself from making the cringe-face. F@#$ you Hilary.

  • That Guy

    Happy Friday everyone! Hmmm, quiet around here… you gentiles have something going on?

    • Trac

      Jess. No greater love has a man than to lay down his life for another.

      Merry Christmas NB and all my blog brotha’s.

    • MB30SD

      haha

  • RenoBear

    Merry Christmas to the jolliest buncha assholes this side of the nuthouse! And to all the Eeyores too…

  • CanadaBear

    Here’s a nice X-mas tune to get everyone in the mood today. Enjoy!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0f7wfeFjs8

  • MB30SD

    From below… my top 5

    1. Good, bad, Ugly
    2. Tombstone
    3. Hateful 8 (saw it last night, was badmotherfuckingass)
    4. Blazzing Saddles
    5. Brokeback mountain…. just kidding, Fist full of dollars.

    • DaMurph

      ya got me on #5…..for a second

      • MB30SD

        MURPH!!! Merry xmas to you and your fam my brother! was just about to text you!

    • BearDown100393

      Unforgiven

      • MB30SD

        meh

    • AlbertInTucson

      Sorry, I just can NOT get into or through ANY of the Eastwood/Leone Spaghetti dishes.

      • MB30SD

        Really?!?!?! Wow Al, would never have guessed that from you. I actually like all of them, but G/B/U is the best. Try it again?

        • AlbertInTucson

          I know, but Sergio’s concept of pace for a film does NOTHING for me. I wanted to like ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA but it just takes forever.

          • MB30SD

            yeah, they are very slow. I think that was Tarantino’s model for hateful 8. The story wound and wound and unwound… but it’s worth a watch. good stuff.

            You just have to be ok with the purposefully over-the-top violence and gore.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Pace is what holds UNFORGIVEN back for me, too.

            Well crafted, compelling story but GET ON WITH IT, Clint, your Sergio influence is showing.

          • MB30SD

            Yeah, I agree. It just wasn’t good enough for me to combat the length/pace.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Clint should have channeled more Don Siegel (Dirty Harry)with whom he ALSO worked a lot, and LESS Sergio Leone.

            Siegel also directed The Duke in THE SHOOTIST.

          • Irish Sweetness

            3 hours? Man needs to learn how to edit. He thinks his shit is too cool for school.

            I like westerns like Broken Trail, Open Range, The Jack Bull, Jeremiah Johnson. Character driven, not gritty close ups and shoot-outs. But part of me likes Heaven’s Gate for Cimino having the balls to shoot a four hour movie that drove a studio out of business and allowed John Hurt to go away and make The Elephant Man (my favorite movie of all-time) between his scenes.

          • MB30SD

            there was a 10 min intermission yo. it’s aaaaaht.

          • SC Dave

            Desperado is as over the top as it gets

          • MB30SD

            Love that movie. It wasn’t that bad

          • Irish Sweetness

            Great fkn movie.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Too convoluted.

    • That Guy

      I’m not sure if this is supposed to be favorite Westerns… if so my favorite is Open Range. Robert Duvall is awesome in that.

      • CanadaBear

        Costner and Benning are both good in it, too.

    • SC Dave

      True Grit
      Bad Day at Black Rock
      ==> High Noon <==
      Desperado (at least the opening Buschemi scene, and whenever salma was on)

  • MB30SD

    hateful 8 was a very good movie. Classic Tarantino. Go see it. Just be ready, it’s 3 hours long.

    • The GP

      I thought it wasn’t out until Jan 1

      • MB30SD

        Special jewish powers baby!

  • AlbertInTucson

    “GAME PREDICTION…”

    Historically, the Bears make rookie QBs look good to great.

    I don’t expect this Sunday to be any different, ESPECIALLY in light of them elevating Teddy Bridgewater’s game in such a ridiculous fashion last week.

  • Trac

    Favorite video games anyone?

    #1-#5 : FIFA Soccer.

    • MB30SD

      1-5: Call of duty

      I liked timeshift and uncharted too

      • Trac

        Time shift was cool. My all time fave arcade game was Galaga.

        • MB30SD

          Contra

          • Scharfinator

            3 Lives mothafuckahhhhh

    • Irish Sweetness

      Only game I’ve played since 2010 is World of Tanks.

      • EnderWiggin

        I’m about 90k exp from the Maus (I could use a toon).

      • Trac

        Good game.

      • MB30SD

        tanks!?! Get on the ground mate. Kill some bitches with a flamethrower, a heavy machinegun, a knife, your fists, etc…

    • Scharfinator

      I like FIFA, but I think PES is a better game. More fluid, smarter AI, better play.

      • Trac

        I love the commentary and analysis on Fifa. Every time I get a new Fifa game I hate it but after I get used to the changes, I love it.

  • beninnorcal

    Merry Christmas, Bears brethren.

    • CanadaBear

      Back atcha Ben.

  • Trac
    • DaMurph

      Where are we that strong that we shouldnt take the best player available no matter what position?

      • Trac

        Because at all the positions, that may be one of the ones needing the least attention.

        • DaMurph

          If he is heads above the next best….I dont care, take the surest thing to start and contribute NOW!!

  • Trac

    OT at #11? Yeah, I would be luke warm with that.

    http://walterfootball.com/draft2016.php

  • Trac

    How bout a QB at the 10 spot? Again, luke warm but how much longer can the Bears put off drafting a QB early?

    http://mweb.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/nfl-draft-scout/25421454/nfl-mock-draft-titans-ravens-go-tackle-to-protect-mariota-flacco

    • Irish Sweetness

      Paxton Lynch? 6’7 245. That’s the shit. Let’s have a Big Ben back there. Yes, I’m feeling the force with this one.

      • Trac

        It’s a pick that could save or finish off the Bears for another 10 years. He better have the goods is all I’ll say.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        too tall. according to the TV commentators receivers have a problem catching passes on a downward trajectory.

  • Trac

    Now I could definitely get on board with Myles Jack at #11.

    http://www.draftsite.com/nfl/mock-draft/2016/

    If you cats don’t know it by now, I’m a MLB kinda guy. We desperately need to draft a stud at this position. Soon!

    • MB30SD

      He could be the honeybadger/vontaz, or he could be… Shae McClellin. (Shudder)

      • Trac

        I understand the risks with drafting a guy like him but sooner or later you gotta roll the dice. We can go with the low risk low reward players after we get right at LB. The Bears have got to get set at MLB and I can’t think of a better guy than Jack to do it via the draft at around the 10 spot..

        • MB30SD

          shae. mcclellin.

          is in his 4th year with the chicago bears… as a fucking starter. A starter! SMMFH.

          dick butkus and his fat, challenged son are rolling over in their graves right now.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I’ll give him another year to see how he works out at the position. Hard to get that down in your first year doing it, besides, we need backup Mikes too.

          • MB30SD

            wow…. just wow irish.

          • Irish Sweetness

            It’s where he should have been when we drafted him, and you’d give any player a couple of years to pan out, right? He’s had one year at Mike and he’s been calling the defense. That’s hard. Another year. No biggie.

            White Mikes are like a thing now!

          • MB30SD

            He. Is. Dogshit.

            Experiment over dude. If he takes vet min, he can back up… great. Otherwise, kick rocks.

          • Anonymous

            He reminds me of a cut-rate/less stout version of AJ Hawk — which is far from high praise as even the real “in his prime” AJ Hawk kinda sucked.

            Had McClellin been selected in the third or fourth round it would have been forgivable: some tweener LB you don’t know will translate but WTF you roll the dice. But a first rounder?

            Anyway, maybe Irish is right. Another year or two and he becomes semi-competent.

          • SC Dave

            At this point, there is nothing to lose giving him a chance to make the team.

            I think, however, that the Pox regime is *not* going to be like the past where the draft position and saving face was more important than the ability of theplayer.

            And finally, unlike the.past few decades, with periodic exceptions on the defensive side, we have coaches now that i believe can actually make our players better.

          • CanadaBear

            I can never figure you out my Irish friend. You bitch about a productive player like Forte for years and then roll over and want to bring Shea back.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Bring back Barry Minter.

          • SC Dave

            Butkus still lives.

          • MB30SD

            Hence the joke ; )

        • DaMurph

          We been rolling the dice and crapping out. Dont go for undersized but good collegiate stats. Shea Shea Shea! This dude is 6 1 225……Who that size has been successful playing inside linebacker? Coming off an injury? To his wheels! He is safety size and even then on the shorter end of that stick(no offense MB). I gotta disagree on this one Trac man!

          • Trac

            Hahahaha

          • MB30SD

            Damn you… BASTARDO!!!!!

            I’m very comfortable with my height… penis size, now that’s another story. :_ (

          • DaMurph

            The shorter the stature the longer than penis looks!

          • MB30SD

            Hmmmmm…. not sure about the physics on that one.

          • DaMurph

            So if you were like about a foot taller, 6’8ish? LOL the penis you have now would look substantially smaller on that frame…….no?

      • Johnnywad

        I don’t see Pace drafting a Shea. None of his picks really felt like reaches trying to outsmart the league. Hroniss might be the closest thing he has to a reach but a little seasoning and additional off season mass likely corrects that.

        When Shea was selected, there was a collective “Who?”. When Pace picked Kevin White, at least we knew why.

        • Trac

          This! Every year Emery was this.

        • MB30SD

          I know. I was trying to find a better example and you’re right. I don’t think pace is that guy… I was just too lazy to google injured juggernauts in college who busted.

          I was going to use clowney, but it seems he’s starting to come on a bit. I probably should have used him instead.

          • Johnnywad

            Too lazy to Google……me too. The ’80’s are pissed at us

    • Irish Sweetness

      Hmmm. An OLB coming off a season-ending knee injury?

      Let’s get some rush on that line.

      Bosa sounds good:

      6’4 275

      Strengths: Very well put-together with great strength. Torments over-matched pass protectors with size, power, explosiveness, and relentlessness. Stout, impactful run defender who can shed blocks with ease and penetrate explosively into the backfield. Nice closing burst to the ball. Sports an excellent bull rush. Violently disengages with upper body strength. Plays with top level pad level and leverage. Athletic enough to drop back into coverage at times. A devastating interior pass rusher in sub-packages.

      Weaknesses: Lacks elite straight line speed. Not the most fluid athlete – a bit stiff changing directions in the open field.

      Player Comparison: J.J. WATT

      Nkemdiche?

      6’3 290

      Strengths: Unique athlete with top level speed, quickness, and explosiveness. Great flexibility and bend for his size. Has long arms. Great burst off the ball. Plays with nice pad level and shows a strong leg drive. Smooth mover. Able to penetrate and disrupt plays in the backfield. Capable of disengaging with hand use and effective spin and swim moves. Possesses excellent positional versatility, even moonlighting as a short yardage running back on offense.

      Weaknesses: Productivity has not matched his dominant athletic profile. Strong but as an interior player is often driven out of position on run plays.

      Player Comparison: HENRY MELTON

    • AlbertInTucson

      Needs to be a defense-heavy draft, for sure.

      • Trac

        Jess.

    • DaMurph

      Too small!!!!

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  • Irish Sweetness

    From Patra’s Cheat sheet on NFL.COM:
    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000609074/article/week-16-cheat-sheet

    Stat-tastic! The Bengals have not won in Denver since 1975.

    Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Bears have clinched back-to-back losing seasons for first time since 2002-2004.

    Bears offensive ranks: 11th in sacks (28); 14th in rush YPG (112.1); 18th in total YPG (346.1); 21st in pass YPG (234.0); 23rd in PPG (20.6).

    Jay Cutler: 63.3 comp pct, 250.6 YPG, 18 TD, 8 INTs, 92.3 passer rating. Lost eight straight December starts. Cutler has thrown 8 INTs and lost 5 fumbles in 13 games this season — threw 18 INT and lost 6 fumbles in 15 games last season

    Matt Forte: 190 rush, 768 yds, 4 TD; 38 rec, 332 yards, 2 TD — 1,100 yards from scrimmage this year, becoming the 12th running back to do so in each of his first eight seasons. Fewer than 100 rush yards in 10 straight games. 1 TD in three straight games.

    Alshon Jeffery: 54 receptions, 804 yards, 4 TD. Averaging 89.7 rec YPG in nine games played this season.

    The Bears have allowed 279 completions this season, fewest in the NFL.

    Chicago’s notable defensive ranks: 3rd in pass YPG (216.1); 12th in total YPG (342.1); 20th in PPG (25.1); 26th in rush YPG (125.9); 31st in third down percent (45.4).

    No Buccaneer has more than 3 TD receptions this season — Mike Evans, Charles Sims, Vincent Jackson, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Cameron Brate all have 3 TD receptions; 3 TD receptions is T-72nd in the NFL.

    Jameis Winston: 58.4 comp pct, 244.4 YPG, 20 TD, 12 INT, 85.4 passer rating. 20 pass TD is most by a rookie in Tampa history (Mike Glennon 19 in 2013).

    Doug Martin: 256 carries, 1,305 yards, 5 TD; 25 receptions, 205 yards, TD. Second in NFL with 1,305 rush yards (Peterson 1,314). No TB player has ever led the league in rushing yards. 85-plus scrimmage yards in six straight games.

    Tampa defensive ranks: 9th in rush YPG; 11th in total YPG; 19th in pass YPG; 21st in PPG.

    • Trac

      And your point is……

      • MB30SD

        with all that talent, lovie is still a hack?

        Fuck the bucs?

        Lovie and his hapless bucs….

        • Trac

          Hahaha. Brutal.

          • MB30SD

            troof hurts my maings.

        • MB30SD

          DEAD!!!

      • Irish Sweetness

        Patra’s points Trac.

    • BearDown100393

      Clinched losing? Was this authored in Cleveland?

  • RenoBear

    Soooo… Bought the missus and kids a brand new camper for Christmas. She’s been asking me for awhile now, I’ve been acting neutral on it. She said ‘let’s just get s used one like $5-6k’. Have you guys ever looked at many of those? Most of em ain’t very pleasant. I know that shit wouldn’t fly when my wife actually saw it. So I upped the ante and got a smoking deal on a new Jayco. Apparently she wasn’t as excited as I was. I wrapped up the keys in a little box, and when she opened it she was actually pissed. What a great feeling. She warmed up to it a little after she saw it, but fuck man what a downer. Guess I could just hook it up to my truck and go live in it myself! Merry Christmas..

    • Trac

      Let me fill you in on the only words you need to become an expert at if you want a long happy marriage.

      “I’m sorry”. Got it? Capiche pisano?

      • MB30SD

        jesus. Fuck that shit. Looking from the outside in this time, I can’t help be feel badly for you married guys.

        Don’t think I’m ever going back to that shit man. Sorry reno. bummer maings.

        • Trac

          You play to win the game! I’m not gonna tell you again boiykie. Hee hee.

          https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=b5-iJUuPWis

          • MB30SD

            From every single angle and my multitude of calculations…. I *IS* winning the game baby!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zLlIdZikDk

          • Trac

            Big fish small pond syndrome huh? Hahaha

          • MB30SD

            big fish, big pond, small penis?

        • CanadaBear

          If you’re married to the right person, being married is great. Most of the time I’m married to the right person!!!!!!!!!!

          • MB30SD

            Most of the time. Haha

            Taking a quick straw poll of all my friends and acquaintances, there’s MAYBE one in a happy marriage.

            Those are rough odds.

          • CanadaBear

            I know it was that way in my 40’s. Most guys seem happier the second time around.

          • Jack Lacan

            Happiness is an illusion…

    • CanadaBear

      Once she gets used to it and you have some family fun with it, she’ll be all in. Also, gotta go with Trac on the advice. If you can fake the sincerity when you say it, you’re golden!

    • Johnnywad

      Sell it and give her a gift certificate to Target. Fuck it.

    • Jack Lacan

      Every Kiss Begins with Kay…

    • Irish Sweetness

      Hate that, Reno. She’s got to do the Meryl right there.

      • RenoBear

        The Meryl? Sorry man I’m missin the reference haha..

  • Trac

    I just don’t see how 2 QB’S won’t be drafted in the top ten.

    http://www.si.com/nfl/2015/09/03/nfl-draft-2016-big-board-joey-bosa-jalen-ramsey

    Wow. Just saw how old this link is.

    • Anonymous

      None of the guys seem to possess the NFL-ready quality of Winston or the upside of Mariota. But if a Cook or a Goff was available at, say, #9 would Pace take him? Wouldn’t shock me. Dez White was hardly a pick of “need” (considering the historically bad defense of Trestman’s final year).

      Some of it could come down whether Pace feels McCaskey is giving him enough time to build a winner over five or six years. If that is not the case, then he may be disinclined to think of the intermediate future and just ride Cutty as long as possible; i.e. put everything into the D and try to win it all next year.

      • Trac

        I know this but QB’S are always drafted above their grade. Lots of teams become supply and demand casualties of the NFL when it comes to drafting QB’s. .

      • CanadaBear

        I think they will take a QB any time they feel it’s their guy. Every year there will be more urgency to take a QB early. Right now I’d rate the urgency at low trending to moderate in 2017.

  • MB30SD
  • CanadaBear

    This may have been posted earlier but if not … The writer really stretches to make a non-existent point but it’s a somewhat fun trip down memory lane. http://mmqb.si.com/mmqb/2015/12/21/mike-ditka-coaching-tree-ron-rivera-jeff-fisher

    • Trac

      Loved that piece Canada. Brought back great memories. A grand time to be a Bears fan.

      • CanadaBear

        I didn’t want to make too much of it because I think the entire premise is hooey. However, all the rest of the article was great.

        • Trac

          85 Bears team still generating revenue . Cha ching, Cha ching!

          • SC Dave

            Ditka is sooooo overrated

          • Trac

            As far as being a football icon, I can’t think of another HC that shook the football world like Ditka did.

          • CanadaBear

            Not as a player. Give him credit, his team won the big one. Should they have won more? Of course. Once he started to believe his press clippings it was all over.

  • BearDown100393

    Game prediction is in jeopardy. McClellin did not practice (again), and that might be problematic toward providing a game saving interception.

    • The GP

      sarrrrrrrrrrrrrr

      chasm

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    • SC Dave

      Bummer. Guess we lose then.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Apparently, the Eagles did NOT watch film of the Redskins-Bears pertaining to Jordan Reed.

    • BearDown100393

      There wasn’t any time. Chip was too busy showing the Kansas State game tape from 2013.

  • Jack Lacan

    Lovie again…There’s nothing better than watching the Canadiens lose hockey games except Yankees losses. Great moment in comedy — Cher singing O Holy Night – thanks to Paul Shaffer…Now can we not have the following for a while — Silent Night – Hark The Herald Angels Sing – O Come All Ye Faithful – etc.

    • SC Dave

      Esp the Yankees losing

  • BearDown100393

    Jay Gruden vs Chip Kelly. Winner retains job for another week. Loser guards the mac & cheese buffet at Golden Corral.

    • Blackhawks63

      Chip Kelly will have 10 college jobs offers in 8 days. He could care less about the mess he leaves in Philadelphia.

      • BearDown100393

        Champaign.

        • Blackhawks63

          He will do much much better than Illinois. The college football powers with job openings will beat a path to his door.

          • BearDown100393

            Oh I don’t know…. Champaign is currently Bedford Falls and he would have an opportunity to denigrate it into Chipsville.

          • Anonymous

            I’m not convinced he is finished in the pros. At least as an HC. He was 20-14 his first two years. But he will never get GM control again.

  • BearDown100393

    You gotta spike those Cousins!

    • Anonymous

      Definitely a Dumb Play of the Year Finalist.

      • BearDown100393

        Audible was “Custer!”

    • AlbertInTucson

      Who remembers Tomczak spiking theball on 4th down at Denver once upon a time?

  • BearDown100393

    Somebody’s drunk and fell on his head while tweeting.

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