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How Tim Jennings Got Cut

| August 31st, 2015

Tim-Jennings

On the surface, the Bears cutting Tim Jennings didn’t make any sense, but it appears Jennings made it clear he was just as ready to move on, which led to the release.

Jennings was clearly a part of their plan in 2015, but maybe not as big of a part as he wanted. He doesn’t fit what Vic Fangio typically looks for in cornerbacks, but Jennings was the best he had. Jennings started the first two preseason games and took nearly every rep with the Number One defense throughout camp. He wasn’t getting cut, so…how did he get cut?

Most of what Jennings has said since the move doesn’t make sense. He said the team told him they wanted to go younger, even though they replaced him with a  30-year-old. He also said he saw the writing on the wall when the new regime came in, but they didn’t keep him as a starter this long with the idea that they were going to cut him.

In an interview with The Score, Jennings offered a few more clues as to what may have happened. Jennings said that moving on from the Bears was “kind of” his idea when he “seen things were starting to change around a lot.”

What kind of changes? For starters, Kyle Fuller was in Jennings’ usual left cornerback spot. We know the Bears had wanted to move Jennings into the slot earlier this offseason, but had backed off of that idea. Were they trying to move him to the right side now? That wasn’t answered, but Jennings did make it known that they were trying him in different spots and he didn’t like it.

“Once you started moving all over the place and they don’t know where they want to fit you at, it starts to become a headache for the player and the team and you don’t want that,” Jennings said.

So, what happened? A good bet is that the Bears wanted to try Fuller elsewhere, considering how much he had struggled on the right side. Jennings has been the Bears left corner for the last five years and didn’t want to play a new position along with the new scheme.

If Jennings was motivated and at his best, the Bears would be much worse without him. But, Jennings made when Jennings made it known he didn’t want to move around in their defense, they didn’t have much of a choice.

The Bears secondary was going to suck with or without Jennings. When he made it known he didn’t want to be there, they granted him his wish. At that point, it was in the best interest of both sides. That, in a nutshell, is how a starter gets released.

  • beninnorcal

    I’m thinking it’s no good for the Bears. I know he isn’t a perfect fit for the scheme but we aren’t exactly deep at the position and he’s not exactly terrible.

  • chipramsey

    This year could be 1969 all over again. For those of you under 45, the Bears went 1-13 that year, then blew the coin toss for the #1 pick and had to watch the Steelers draft some.guy named Bradshaw…

    • MB30SD
      • Waffle

        Haha

    • Waffle
      • You know, no matter how many times I see your avi, it still makes me chuckle.

      • SC Dave

        You seem to have a crush on that guy.

    • Waffle

      Chip, i typed out my response about Terry Fucking Bradshaw and included about 20 All Pro and Hall of Famers that allowed the Steelers to have one of the greatest Offenses and Defenses of all time for several years in a row, incredible All Pro and HOF consistency at both RB positions, both WR positions, almost every single OL and DL position, etc. I deleted most of it out of sheer disgust of your post.

      I will simply say this.

      Your post will go down as one of the fucking dumbest posts in the history of the internet.

      • chipramsey

        Sure, if you take it out of context. FACT: The Bears went 1-13 in 1969. That was the worst Bears team of my lifetime. FACT: they had a chance at the top pick and blew it again. That’s how bad they were. I did not present any hypotheticals. I fully understand it was in subsequent drafts that the Steelers added many of the great players that carried them to dominance. However, even a troll can see that Terry Bradshaw would have been much more effective at quarterback than either Jack Concannon or Bobby Douglass.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Bradshaw blew chunks and was as dumb as a box of frogs.

      51.9% completions and he threw 212 TDs and 210 INTs.

      • Waffle

        my grandpa told me about one of the Steelers teams that had their backup QB win like 6 or 7 games in a row because the defense gave up 30 pts in fucking 9 games to finish out the season heading into the playoffs and the afc championship.

        #itwasbradshawthough

        nothing fucking makes me more mad than when idiot fucking sports “fans” ascribe the success of one of the ultimate examples of insanely effective drafting and player development and defensive fucking excellence combined with the running game of the Steelers to fucking Terry Bradshaw. It’s fucking insulting to the game of football. Chip has pissed all over football…..

      • SC Dave

        Bradshaw – four rings
        MacMahon – one ring

        ’nuff said?

        The one thing you have to give Bradshaw is that the p.o.s. could stay on the goddamn field. And hence all the rings.

        Well, that and Noll >= 100 x Ditka

        • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

          That and a dominant players at every position.

    • Sactowns#1

      Barb…is that you?

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        no not Barb. If it was he would be talking about the Patriots.

        • Johnnywad

          And saying “What a fuck?”

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            and calling someone a “Fart Knocker”

  • BerwynBomber

    Bears final preseason depth chart lists Fuller and Alan Ball as the starting CBs.

    • Irish Sweetness

      They must be keeping McMannis and Mitchell for Nickel and Dime backs ?

  • willbest

    Hope somebody picks up, would be nice to get the full 4.4 mil cap back

  • Let’s face it, he had stone hands. Hit the jugs machine in a on a contract yr. Cashed in. Sucked since for various reasons.

    He kept getting burned again and again, and I kept saying to myself, “Eh. He’ll regain his form” but he never did.

    I’ve always wanted to give McManis a shot, and now Mitchell is looking like a baller.

    Fangio has proven he’s good at scouting and coaching up CBs, perhaps more than even pass rushers, so gotta defer to his judgment.

    Also, we gotta ask, “Is Jennings going to be a liability on our SB run in a yr or two?”

    What I don’t get is why we couldn’t get any trade offers for him?

    Surely, someone is hurting at CB? (Marinelli, Dallas?)

    Was it the contract?

    • And don’t call me Surely.

    • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

      Had to be. And also a reason to cut him.

      • If no one picks him up off waivers, it might make me feel a lil better cuz the rest of the NFL would have concurred.

        Then again, we’d be stuck with his tab if he clears, I think.

        • NewBearInTown

          If nobody claims him, it will explain why the team didn’t try to get some value for him before cutting him. I figure Jennings is good enough to merit a sixth rounder or something from another team – or maybe a right tackle that was being made redundant elsewhere…

          • willbest

            Bears get to offset his salary. So he can go sit on a couch this year and make 4.4 million, or if he signs with another team he is going to get say 2 million from them and 2.4 million from the Bears. Basically, any team that picks him up is going to have to really want him because they can negotiate a better deal with him later.

        • Sactowns#1

          Pfff…Lovie is already on a plane ready to make a house call.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      I think it was the Tuesday deadline to get down to 75 that played a big part, I think instead of cutting someone we wanted to get a closer look at in order to keep Jennings to ultimately trade him, we let him go knowing that his contract had offset language and that someone would pick him up.

  • oh, and for those of you who missed Steve Smith going all Steve Smith, here ya go.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000517896/article/steve-smith-chris-culliver-ejected-after-fight

    • Irish Sweetness

      Harbaugh was a real dick in the ‘interview’ after the game.

      • AlbertInTucson

        My follow-up question to him would havebeen “Coach, do you have to WORK at being this rude and unprofessional or does it just come NATURALLY?”

        Maybe John H. ISN’T a bully, but he sure behaved like one.

        I hope the Ravens stink.

        • BearDown100393

          Real shame Jim didn’t learn from Ditka how to be classy and eloquent for the media.

  • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

    Now can we afford Chancellor? I know, I know, we have nothing of worth to offer for trade. Jared Allen, Alshon Jeffery, for cam chancellor and draft pick(s)? Sorry but I’m still not sold on Alshon and his stock is still high around the league. And the Seahawks love pash rushers.

    • The Seahawks need Oline, but so do we!

      Other than that, I don’t see any glaring needs for them. If they believed in WRs, maybe Alshon, but their formula doesn’t prioritize WRs.

      Barring inj for them, we got lil to offer, unless they still want Allen (which I doubt) or maybe even Young?

      • AlbertInTucson

        Who DOESN’T need O-Line would be the (much) smaller list.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Fkn A brother ! Now that’s the shit I’m talkin about !! Kam Chancellor to the Bears, single-high safety. Yessir. Surround him with ballhawks like McMannis and Mitchell. Oh yes.

      Whatever the cost.

      • SC Dave

        No. He won’t get to cheat here.

        • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

          ??

          • Scharfinator

            Adderall reference?

          • Sactowns#1

            We just had 2 High School football players go to the ER with brain bleeds. They suspect both kids took unprescribed Adderall before the game.

  • Shady

    Isn’t this more of a why than a how?

  • Shady

    Is this the most unlikable Bears team of all time?

    • BerwynBomber

      I would vote last year w/out thinking: Kromer, Trestman, BMarsh. Some would even say Briggs but I was willing to cut him slack for his service. Didn’t Robbie Gould even come off like a douche at some point?

    • Last year’s was by far.

      This year it doesn’t even feel like a team. What jersey should a fan even wear? I feel no connection to any of them like I did with Lach, Olin, Peanut, even fucking Hester.

      This team is like Frankenstein. A mishmash of dead parts: UFDAs, Rooks, Waiver Wire scraps, Emery leftovers and alien FAs like Allen, McPhee and Rolle under a whole new regime with no chemistry or pride.

      And much like Frankenstein, the town’s folk are keeping their pitch forks and torches very close.

      • BerwynBomber

        You know what worries most? Not Cutty’s possible TOs. Not more dink and dunk three and outs. Not the swinging gate Leno/Mills. Not an LB crew that is deep but with no 1st team talent. Not Fuller potentially regressing. Not the fact that we are still questionable at safety. Hell, not even that a fucking wizard named Rodgers is in our division.

        Nope what worries me most is that Fox and Fangio are old and have lost their coaching edge. We have seen it before with older coaches. Not saying I have seen any sign of yet from them; in fact, maybe the opposite. But the possibility is still out there. Even if odds are against it.

        • I hear ya, the ole Schottenheimer/Gibbs syndrome.

          But Gase is young, and Fangio as recently as last year fielded a fearsome D with subpar players, so it’s not like Fisher who’s been living off his “success” from 10 years ago.

          Plus, Pace is young too, so that is somewhat refreshing from that aspect.

          • Scharfinator

            I would hope that Fox is still hungry since he still hasn’t gotten that ring. If he had already won the big one, I’d be much more concerned about him coasting.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I think folk are creeping lemming-like towards the edge of the cliff again. It’s a new season, I get it. But we haven’t seen our 2015 Bears yet. We haven’t seen that front 7 unleashed at game time. We don’t even know who the DBs are yet. There might be as-yet-uncovered diamonds on that defensive roster.

          My optimism does not stretch to thinking there are any offensive tackles on the team other than Kyle Long, and a fervent prayer that Tayo works out some day. That’s a real killer if we have no bookends. That’s our kryptonite.

          • BerwynBomber

            Oh, I still think we can compete for the division. I’m just saying worst-case scenario (among all others) is that Fox and crew aren’t the coaches we thought they were. And again, I think there is slim chance that is the case but the chance still exists.

        • Trac

          Smh. Fox was the best HC candidate by a country mile. He and Pace got us Fangio and Gase. I think you’re watching too many scary movies. Hee hee.

        • Fangio is 57, not young but hardly old. And he’s been the best DC in the NFL the last few years, it’s not like you’re hoping he reclaims glory from 5-10 years ago.
          I’m not worried about Fangio. He’s not scheming much in the preseason, just putting guys in basic looks to see what they’re capable of.
          I think what the preseason is showing us is how much Fangio’s schemes are going to have to cover up. Sooner or later, scheming can only do so much.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Work in progress brah. A Sam Acho is more Bear to me than a pretender like Jennings or a moocher like Hester or Briggs. Mercenaries and phone-it-ins. Can’t win with ’em as Mike would say.

      • willbest

        Pretty sure by length of tenure its Gould, Forte, Cutler, and then Shea McClellan, and Alshon Jeffery.

        • That’s sorta what i mean. It’s hard for me to feel like it’s our team when i dont even know if they’ll be around next yr, yet alone 4

        • Go for a rookie? Or hope they pony up to pay Alshon, though I have a sinking suspicion he’ll be gone in 2 years tops.

        • CanadaBear

          Throwback jersey. Can’t go wrong with Butkus, Sweetness or Sayers!

      • BearDown100393

        So when do Pedro, Wild Thing, Dorn and Mays Hayes get their invites?

      • Big Mike

        This team has no identity.

        • The GP

          Chicken Dinner!

        • Scharfinator

          Yeah, someone needs to step up. There is a leadership void.

        • Trac

          Of course not. New staff, new players, no expectations yet. That will come. In the last 2 years, they didn’t have one either outside of injury plagued gutless wonders. When you think about it, no identity is an improvement.

          • Big Mike

            Don’t disagree. Also agree that not only does it not have an identity, it hasn’t had one since Lovie left.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Tim Jennings got cut because he was into us for 5.5M a year. We basically paid him 11.8 million dollars to play last year, because that was when he signed his new contract, and the guarantee was 11.8.

    http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/chicago-bears/tim-jennings/

    • willbest

      So that makes him, not Cutler, the most overpaid Bear in 2014

      • SC Dave

        You did mean to end that with a ?, right?

        • willbest

          Jennings was at least overpaid by 8-9 million. You aren’t getting Cutler, Dalton, Tannehill, Palmer, etc for 13.5-14.5 million.
          People need to stop living in the past. Average QBs make 16-18 million good ones make 20 million and great ones make 22+ mil these days.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      Spot on. Cut bait on a big contract with a guy that was injured and had a strike against him with the league office.
      The time with the starters in the first couple of games was “prove it” time. He didn’t and they moved on.

      • CanadaBear

        The bad thing is I read his 2015 contract is fully guaranteed.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          My understanding is that’s true, but so long as he signs somewhere else, the Bears don’t eat the whole $4.4…and he got paid 7+ last year, so I guess that’s a win?

  • Johnnywad

    Good Lord. Da Blog got dark today.

    8 months ago this team was coached by Marc Trestman, Mel Tucker, and Aaron Kromer.

    Get a grip people, the arrow is most decidedly pointed up.

    • Irish Sweetness

      This is it, Johnny. It’ll be at least another year before the roster is in anyway Fox’s. We couldn’t be thinking about making a run with this roster. We don’t know who our offensive line is at either end. We don’t know who our best linebackers are yet. The roster is incomplete, but the clown car is currently going in the right direction.

    • NewBearInTown

      This is a tough time for a team. Emery seemed to have a plan for this roster, then he was fired and that plan was thrown out the window.

      Pace has a plan too, but it basically starts with throwing everything out that was successful before.

      • CanadaBear

        All I can think of is Mike Tyson’s quote about everyone has a plan until they get hit. To me, that sums up Emery’s tenure with the Beloved.

        • NewBearInTown

          Emery had a decent, though not stellar, track record with bringing in talent. He had an absolutely terrible record with evaluating coaches and, apparently, with creating a good culture.

          Its not surprising he hasn’t been hired elsewhere. He basically alienated that whole building. And he came from a Chiefs organization that pretty much saw the same thing happen.

    • Shady

      In theory.

      However, it seems every time I think, “OK the Bears have hit rock bottom” they find a way to sink further down the abyss.

      • BearDown100393

        Never underestimate Ted and his shovel.

    • RenoBear

      This. Exactly. Here’s the thing… It is gonna be a scary, brutal, but once in awhile fun thing to watch POX etc make this team respectable. This season in particular, I’m looking forward to seeing some building blocks emerge. I know there’s one or two that Fangio, Fox will unearth (Mitchell looks like he’s moving that way, you never know). I knew we had some terrible terrible drafts in the last 5 years… but fuck me… 3 starters out of our last 40 picks or so??? fucking ridiculous. But I know we’ll at least see guys playing like they care… Baby steps i guess after the insane shit-show we saw last year

  • NewBearInTown

    Was Jennings the last player on our defense that had a year under Lovie? I think Shea might be the only one left, but he wasn’t successful under Lovie. Jennings was the last Lovie success on the team.

    • willbest

      Yes. And Shea was an Emery guy not a Lovie guy.

      • Trac

        I agree 1000%. To this day MB still blames Lovie though. For me, the proof was in the pudding because Emery scouted CD heavily while he still worked for the Chiefs.

  • SC Dave

    Holy moly, one pointless preseason game and a blog full of chicken littles are ready to jump off a fucking bridge. Get a goddamn grip, eh?

    • Shady

      I can’t speak for anyone else but I’ve felt this way for about 9 months now. This team is hot garbage. But I suppose it’s our hot garbage. So embrace it.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Tough to tell TOO much with so many front liners out of the offense but a week ago, the Bengals couldn’t get out of their own way and this week they roll right over the Bear defense like we saw last season.

        I’v e come to expect the opening opponent drive to result in a TD and I see nothing lately that changes my mind.

        And right now, the gash in the right side of the Bear offensive line looks like the one that sank the Titanic.

        • Shady

          Al, I didn’t even really watch the game on Saturday. I knew what was going down. I just feel sorry for White Sox fans cause at least the Cubs are finally giving fans something to be happy about.

          • AlbertInTucson

            We went to dinner so I rolled record on the Redzone Free Preview. Saw enough of the Bears to not bother recording the game replay at Midnight last night.

        • Irish Sweetness

          The Bengals can run it, Al. In week one we had a good test generally from the Dolphins. We faced a good offense in the Colts (or what will be), then a rushing team in the Bengals.

          Can’t wait to see how it all turns out against the Pack. For the first quarter of the season that’s all I want to see – gash the Pack.

        • EnderWiggin

          We can call Mills… Iceberg!

      • You can feel thats way when i step on ur throat again in ff

        #Weinedogs

        • Trac

          I claimed Kap today. He he

          • Irish Sweetness

            Kirk Cousins is the starter in DC now, Trac. Try him? Kap looks brutal.

          • Trac

            The problem with Cousins is that it’s going to be a see saw between him and RG.

          • I don’t think so. I think RG3 gets dealt. It’s a lil awkward otherwise.

          • Trac

            I’m thinking Kap will be running for his life. I’m screwed if Kap performs on the waivers and I’m stuck with Cousins after he gets benched in 2 weeks.

            FF beasts don’t have to be playing behind good lines.

          • He’ll definitely be running, that’s for sure.

            But his accuracy is abysmal.

        • MB30SD

          And ghost

          #addyrules

      • SC Dave

        There you go. If you could make it through Gibron and Trestman, you can make it through this.

    • Big Mike

      It’s not that. We just don’t have a lot of good players

    • if only we traded forte for a 5th round pick back when he wanted his new contract. then none of this would be happening now. 😉

      • MB30SD

        Evan!! how’s the mustache lad…. and the married life…are you dead inside yet?

        • mustache is gone. shaved it 3 weeks ago. we had a good run, but i thought it was time i was able to drink a glass of water without needing a napkin. married life is good so far, and we’re 5 weeks away from bringing a new little bears fan into the world. he already has the requisite onesie waiting for him.

          as far as being dead inside, not yet. but i certainly have learned to hit the “doooooon’t care” button on the inside while wearing the “i’m concerned and i’m listening” face on the outside.

          • MB30SD

            hahahaha… attaboy!!!

            Hey Mazels my maingses! Awesome. Maybe he’ll come out with a mustache? I was going to say you should try to come out for the chargers game, but never mind, you’re not going to have a life outside him for the next 3 years. it’s awesome. where do you live again? some midwest shithole right (everything east of cali is a midwest shithole to me, fyi)

          • i’m out in brooklyn, the shittiest midwest shithole one could image.

          • MB30SD

            Ahhh, krooklyn. So you’re a metropolitan socialite hipster. I hear that’s the best kind!

          • CanadaBear

            You’ve already learned an important lesson that many married men never learn! Well done!

          • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

            You are so so so much quicker than I was. Well done lad.

  • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

    It seems fitting that I’m reading these comments about rebuilding our team whilst watching We Are Marshall.

    • Waffle

      Wish mcconahey was our coach.

      • Scharfinator

        • Trac

          Had to laugh at the nose booger.

  • Big Mike
    • Trac

      I’ll just blame the naming of his dog on the brain tumor and leave it at that.

      • MB30SD

        I soooo wanted to make a million jokes about that… damn it, you are bad.

        • Trac

          Meh, it was mild. Hester isn’t even a Bear anymore.

    • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

      That is so awesome. tumor Rodgers: dead.

  • The GP

    I thought Andrew was going to write about Jennings’ circumcision.

  • Frank Schoenburg

    I remember one of Fuller’s strengths coming out of college was versatility. I don’t blame Jennings for not wanting to move around. Hopefully everything works out for us and him.

    • Trac

      Since Fangio arrived, it was only a matter of time.

  • Roman F

    Good post, Andrew. Good insight. IMO, if you’re going to be bad, be bad. The Bears have no hope of contention this year so out with the old, in with the new. I’m not advocating losing games but the W-L record is irrelevant.

    • Frank Schoenburg

      Who says cutting Jennings means we are going to be bad? I still like us for 10-11 wins.

      • Trac

        Mmm…koolaid!

      • CanadaBear

        I like your positive attitude Frank. I think we’re more likely to be 6-10 but who knows?

        • MB30SD

          With you my Canadian brother. I’m thinking 6-10 or 7-9, but I’m open to 16-0.

          Hope the retirement is going well. asshole.

          • CanadaBear

            It’s going really well. Other than my arthritic knees. I’m riding the bike about 2-2.5 hours every other day using easy gears. I can’t toque the pedals. I can only walk or stand on my feet for a few minutes due to the pain. Oh well, I’m still getting around and a lot of people have it way worse than me. I’ll probably have one knee replaced next year and go from there. I was involved in a 3-day Blues Fest this weekend and had a good time. I was in charge of security. That should give you an idea about the demographic of Blues fans. Old Farts for sure!

            How’s things with you? The family all good? Still chasing the young lovelies?

            Life on Vancouver Island is great. The weather isn’t as good as San Diego but it’s the best weather Canada has to offer. 7.5-8 months of fabulous weather and 4-4.5 months of rain. Beats the shit out of snow! Glad both of us are back on the blog!

          • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

            What’s up with the knees bro? Just old knees or a new injury?

            Still planning on coming up to see you one day. …

          • CanadaBear

            Old knees. It’s been coming on for years. The diagnosis is severe osteo-arthritis. It would be great to see you Doc. There’s no way I can take in the Bears/Seattle game this year. Lots of cool things to see and do here on the island.

          • MB30SD

            Glad to hear it canada. Things are ok thanks. Everything moving along.

            Sounds like you’re enjoying it to the maximum. Excellent. Me too. Stay on it… the second you stop it will get worse.

      • BearDown100393

        16-0

        • Frank Schoenburg

          I like it.

  • RenoBear

    Surprise surprise… Lovie rescues a former Bear again… Jennings going to Tampa for a visit

    • Frank Schoenburg

      Shocking!

      • The GP

        Frank: I want to go on record as loving your avatar.

        It’s Uncle Fester meets Charlie Brown vibe perfectly intersects sincerity and creepiness.

        Well done!

        • Frank Schoenburg

          It’s my facefart photo.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I approve this message.

    • Trac

      I read a great comment on the PFT piece.

      “Lovie Smith making great football decisions 5 years ago today.”

  • Sactowns#1

    Once upon a time there was a CB named Tim Jennings. he was pretty decent. Then he got fat.
    The end

    • BearDown100393

      This should be a daily.

  • Jennings was a guy who seemed like he had a terrible attitude under Tucker. Not the only veteran defender to do so (Urlacher, Briggs are 2 who jump to mind).

    Apparently it wasn’t turning around very well.

  • willbest

    Does Clausen make the team? Bears still carrying 4 QBs despite the drop to 75 and he has now had a second concussion in less than a year.

    • beninnorcal

      Very good question that I hadn’t pondered myself. Not to say Jimmy’s that experienced, but the experience level down to the next guy behind him is pretty bad. But maybe one of those guys shows something.

    • Waffle

      Clausen makes team easily despite concussions.

    • Sactowns#1

      Unless we get the Bills cast offs then yes he makes the squad.

    • Irish Sweetness

      There’ll be a few more concussions if we don’t find two tackles.

      I’m still flying the party streamers here down at the David Fales Fan Club by the way.
      There’s lots of seats and plenty of food …. anybody …. Bueller?

  • MB30SD
    • beninnorcal

      Wow. That guy didn’t last long at all.

      • NewBearInTown

        Its weird. He had a great rookie year when Holmgren drafted him in Cleveland. Then the Browns fired Holmgren and traded Richardson to Atlanta and the guy has done nothing ever since.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          Artoo and I debated him pre-draft…I thought he would perhaps be as good as Mark Ingram, maybe…Artoo thought he was a lock to be a star.
          His rookie numbers were OK, but completely underwhelming for what Cleveland traded to Minnesota to get him at number 3. Considering Minny got the guy they were going to take anyway (Kalil), that was an epic fleecing.

          • NewBearInTown

            Oh it was definitely a stupid move by Cleveland to make that trade. But Richardson was basically the entire Cleveland offense that year. He looked like the guy the team was going to build around going forward. Then the twilight zone happened.

          • MB30SD

            Twilight zone = weed + $$$$$$

          • I once offered Lynch for Richardson to Artoo in his Yahoo Writer’s League (in which, I scored highest once more, but lost the championship barely).

            I think I even offered him another player to sweaten the deal, but he loved T-rich.

  • MB30SD
    • MB30SD

      if that doesn’t make you smile, you’re dead inside.

      • beninnorcal

        That’s some fast weiner outta El Paso.

        • Shady

          Yes, it’s the elusive Texas long haired weiner.

    • Trac

      You mean the greatest RB to enter the NFL since Jim Brown got cut? Say it ain’t true Joe, say it ain’t true!

  • Waffle
    • NewBearInTown

      Well it’ll suck if he’s done for the season, but I drafted a backup. Part of my strategy this year was to put a lot of emphasis on QBs and TEs because they’re impossible to get on the waiver wire. A lot of guys focused on WR/RB, which is the traditional strategy, and I should have managed my money better so I could have made some third act moves on that front, but its still not clear going big at TE was a bad plan.

      • Waffle

        we may have to discuss Mr. Larry Donnell of the New York Football Giants and what it would take for him to end up in your organization.

        • NewBearInTown

          I’ve got Jason Witten as a backup there. Not gonna happen.

          If you want to upgrade your QB situation, you’re going to need to offer one of your primo RB/WR players.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Bugger.

      I thought Jimmy Graham was a solid second-rounder where possible, but the drop-off at TE is huge. Kelce would be solid this year, but Smith is already building a rapport with Maclin.

  • Waffle

    My gut is telling me that Alshon plays no more than 5 total games this season.

    http://chicago.suntimes.com/bears-football/7/71/924932/time-worried-bears-wr-alshon-jeffery

    • Trac

      So Jay will have a WR that has historically been a secondary target and a guy that’s been a bubble player for 3 years. Maybe.

      • Waffle

        MIllerTime.

      • willbest

        Wow that is some Alshon hate, he was getting the safety more than Marshall last season when they were both playing and was getting some #1 CB love after he posted his first 200 yard game back in 2013.

        • Waffle

          He’s referring to Eddie Royal and Marquess

    • willbest

      Well I drafted him as my #1 WR, which have historically been horrible and have never finished in the top 10 (going back to 2006). So it wouldn’t surprise me.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Well, tell your GUT to stop sending messages to that little voice in my head.

      Dammmit!

      Where’s my tinfoil hat?

      • The GP

        Irish stole it. He needed another layer against the men from Saturn’s moons sending thought sapping rays into his head.

        • Irish Sweetness

          They’ve stopped now. I can’t hear the voices over my kids screaming for My Little Pony or fucking dinosaur videos.

    • Irish Sweetness

      If we went to war with Lawrence, Bellamy, and Meredith, I would not cry. They can catch footballs that are thrown at them. I’ll bet Tom Brady or Big Ben wouldn’t have any trouble finding those guys. Joe Montana would put them in pro bowls.

      Now those two OT spots …..

      • Waffle

        Lol, irish, if the bears have Lawrence bellamy and Meredith at WR even the biggest cutty haters would acknowledge that it was catastrophic.

  • MB30SD

  • BerwynBomber

    Bears waive Shane Carden and claim QB Zac Dysert. Senorise Perry placed on IR.

    • Waffle

      that sucks for Perry. He was running HARD this preseason.

      • The GP

        They knew Perry was fucked and they STILL wanted no part of Carey.

    • Bender McLugh

      The new Big Ben to replace Cutler. I can dig it.

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zac_Dysert

      • BerwynBomber

        Hah! Doubtful. But he does have the previous Fox/Gase connection out in DEN.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Perry? That sucks, he’s an ST guy who could have done a job.

      Fred Jackson sign with Seattle yet?

  • Waffle

    phil taylor released by Browns for $$$ reasons. Would cost about 4mil, any takers?

    • Sactowns#1

      Well we just saved that much cutting Jennings so sure, why not?

      • Waffle

        did we have to eat his salary or does another team pick him up and it means Bears don’t owe?

        • The GP

          WE HAD TO EAT HIS SALARY!

          No shit. Mully was crazy over this on the am wavez.

          Dallas will pick up, by the rules they will have to pay him league minimum, and he still collects his $4M against our cap

        • TheBigCheesy

          I’ve heard that there is offset language. The Bears will have to pay whatever they owed him minus what he gets from L̶o̶v̶i̶e̶ ̶S̶m̶i̶t̶h̶ his new team.

          • Sactowns#1

            That’s what I thought. So we’ll get at least $4million back against the cap + the 8 we already have so we could easily make a run at a decent CB or tackle.

          • TheBigCheesy

            The only way to get $4 million back is if Tim Jennings gets paid $4million dollars by his new team? That’s extremely unlikely……….especially when you consider that Tim Jennings is going to get his money no matter what, so he doesn’t care how much of that is paid by his new team.

      • Irish Sweetness

        We paid him over 11 million dollars guaranteed to play football for one year.

    • NewBearInTown

      Wouldn’t spend that on a DT right now. I’d rather have the cash for next year and use it to get a DB.

      • Waffle

        but with Rat out for at least 3 to 4 games if not more we’ll need beef….and Taylor is beefy.

        • NewBearInTown

          Don’t disagree. Not worth the $4M sticker price.

          We’ve got problems all over right now; the defensive line is not the weak link.

    • Irish Sweetness

      We’re saving up for Kam!

  • The GP

    I can’t tell you how to spend your money. Nothing is worse than trolling a sports forum for donations. But, I will anyway. I have a candidate I think is worthy of your consideration.

    The kid’s name is Miguel. He lives in Indiana. He has a brain tumor. He is a huge Bears fan. One day he had a seizure. That’s how he knows.

    He named his brain tumor Aaron Rodgers. So that he could beat it.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/miguel-reyes-brain-tumor-aaron-rodgers_55e5d128e4b0aec9f3549604

    Is there a sentiment more worthy of your time and allegiance than this? Because if there is one, I really can’t think of it. He named his brain tumor after Rodgers. Yes, in fact it would be ironic if his parents has State Farm insurance.

    It doesn’t really matter. HE NAMED HIS TUMOR AFTER RODGERS. The kid doesn’t appear to come from any means. And if he goes down, he goes down fighting and wearing GSH on his fucking sleeve.

    Is there REALLY a better use of your donation? Some of you spend your time with friends and relatives who are fighting. We all know somebody who is fighting. But this kid wears the colors of DBB, straight up.

    I put in 3 figures, can’t do 4. Let’s double his take to date guys, it’s pathetic as of right now:

    https://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/all-in-for-mighty-miguel/255674

    Andrew, call Jeff up in Ireland. Tell him the topic of your next post: Miguel.

    Like I said, I can’t tell you what to do. But I can point out what you might do. You can just vote this up, even if you gave the kid five bucks. If you don’t donate, don’t vote it up.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I saw that. He named his pain. Fight the fight, kid.

    • RenoBear

      Got it. Put what I could towards his fight. It all helps. I, too, think he should be written up.

    • Waffle
    • Waffle

      GPS,post this on the new thread. Let’s raise some caish for this kid. I’m send it around work today and tried to get it on the bears facebook site.

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