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In Honor of SNL’s 40th Anniversary…

| February 12th, 2015

…DaBearsBlog salutes the Bill Swerski’s Superfans – the greatest sports sketch in the history of television and the namesake of this website. Saturday Night Live’s connection to Chicago, its deep-rooted ties to Second City, are undeniable. It is just as much Chicago’s show as New York’s. Sunday night the show celebrates its 40th anniversary and DBB celebrates about 22 of the 40 years with rapturous applause.

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  • Bears-4-Ever

    DAAAAA BEEEAARRSSS!

    • Bears-4-Ever

      Dikta in a lounge chair vs. Hurricane Katrina…

      Katrina = “Tree”
      Ditka = 72

  • I love the one where they have Michael Jordan on.

    • BearDown100393

      Priceless.

      • BillW

        Where he’s going on about his charity or something and they are all thinking
        (Ditka… sausage… da bearsss…)

        • and then the hula skirts at the end. Love that. Anybody who can convince MJ in his prime to put on a hula skirt and dance… they’re ok in my book.

          • IBNO

            Props to Al Franken for getting MJ to do the Stuart Smalley skit. That was hysterical.

  • Who wins in a fight: Ditka or God?

    Trick question: Ditka IS god

  • AlbertInTucson

    Nice tribute to Ed Sabol on Dan Patrick’s ABOVE THE NOISE commentary this week.

    Very nice, Right up until misquoting the famed NFL Films piece “The Autumn Wind”

    The opening line is “The autumn wind is a pirate…”, Dan, not “The autumn is a Radier.”

    You fumbled the eulogy at the goal line, Danny.

  • Sactowns#1

    The only time I wish I had a DVR!! Sunday is going to be epic.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      DVR?? i still got a VCR hooked up to my TV

      • Big Mike

        that just cracks me up. Serious?

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          yep. i am finally upgrading my entertainment system, and debating if i should keep it. All my friends make fun of me because i am a computer programmer that hates technology. i am atleast 10 years behind on all technology crap, i got my first smart phone 2 months ago.

          • Sactowns#1

            I’d say if it’s a good VCR keep it. Like vinyl, everything comes back around.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Especially a top-loader – easy to fix.

          • haha! an electronic luddite…the irony.
            I didn’t own a cell for 3 years!
            had a slider before that, and all my friends used to give me shit for never calling back. “Why do you have a cell if you never pick up?”
            So, I stopped having a cell. Next complaint?
            “Why don’t you own a cell!?”
            I got a mid-range smart phone now. MBs pics of boobages make it a sound investment all on its own.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I have two working poratble TV/VCR combo units.

        I don’t have a DVD, but I DO have a DVD recorder.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Also, I have a Dual deck CD recorder and listen to my music on CDs.

          I Do not own an IPOD or anything like it.

          I never owned an 8-track.

  • BillW

    Ditka vs a hurricane – who wins?

    Ditka
    Ditka!
    DITKA…

    Wait a minute – the hurricane’s name is hurricane Ditka!

    (Hmmm…)

  • GPLDAN

    How Chicago IS Mantegna? Pretty damn Chicago. He gets called out in Dennehey.

    Also try 1:50 into the original ’78 airing of Bleacher Bums on WTTW:

    http://www.fuzzymemories.tv/index.php?c=3631

    He also did the stage version at the Gaslight.

    Currently, the right field bleachers where the play takes place are no longer there

    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150117/streeterville/wrigley-field-bleachers-wont-be-ready-for-opening-day-cubs-say

  • GPLDAN

    I thought possibly Dennehey was the ultimate meta-Chicago single but Rib Tips gives it a run

    Rib Tips….
    Rib Sammiches….

    And Chiiiiiiicken Wiiiiiiiings……

    Fuck me, that should be the blog’s signature beat….

  • Big Mike

    Food for optimism. Barb, just shh. Let everyone enjoy it.
    http://sportsmockery.com/2015/02/2015-bears-will-prove-last-year-fluke/

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      In winning the offseason the Bears are a clear dynasty.

      • Big Mike

        Not about anything except some off season optimism. No grade, no win, no lose. Just some positive spin.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          head spinning, rather.

          Obvious things mind you… Fox being 5 steps over Trestman and Fangio 10 over Tucker is basic knowledge.

          I don’t need no spin… I think the Bears are 2 D starters & 3 producers away from being a real contender. The roster is strong and greatly built. All it lacks are 2 quality D backers.

          • BillW

            Optimism is easy for next season. Not setting my sights on anything but righting the ship that took on more and more water as the year went on.

            A lot of unknowns go into any prediction, but I think 8 wins is a realistic expectation and a clear improvement. That’s all I am wanting for next year.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            8 wins would be pathetic.

            I have no record in mind because these are the Bears. Looking at the roster and the situation in general (coaches included) I think the Bears should be a playoff team.

  • This blog is dynamite, babies, perfect…it just needs a little more…cow bell.

    [hulu id=536145]

  • John Doe

    NFLTradeRumors.co @nfltrade_rumors · 1h1 hour ago
    Percy Harvin, Vincent Jackson, Mike Wallace, & Brandon Marshall Could Join The Free Agent WR Market? http://bit.ly/1DK3WcD

    • That’s a deep WR FA class, which doesn’t help us since it’ll be a buyer’s market, esp since last year’s rookie WR class (ODB, Benjamin, etc) did so well.

      Also, both the Pats and the SeaChickens have proven that big time WRs aren’t necessary in the playoffs.

      Heck, even the Chiefs did reasonably well without throwing a TD to a WR all season!

      • Irish Sweetness

        Tom and Russell can throw a ball accurately it has to be said. Even Brandon is semi-lost on us with Jake under center.

  • GPLDAN
    • BearDown100393

      Jake Cutler does not care about ESPN Insider.
      He is too busy right now spreading a measles epidemic.

      • According to Trac, El Cutlero.

        • Johnnywad

          But even if he’s right, they also brought us delicious burritos, which makes us even. Burritos which must immediately be Americanized by smothering them in sour cream, salsa, and guacamole and consumed with two nice glasses of Mexican beer made here.

        • Trac

          We don’t need no stinkin badgers! He he

          • AlbertInTucson

            Si, Si! An Alphnso Bedoya reference! Sorta.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      these morons are so pathetic…

      “Cutler is a bum, but you have to ask yourself: What’s the next-best alternative?”

      Fuck you !?!

    • SC Dave

      Fuck, did you actually *subscribe* to that shit? For all the hate of ESPN, you *subscribed*?!

      • GPLDAN

        No, I don’t have premium or Insider or whatever that shit is. I figured you guys do.

        • Nope. Even if someone did, would they admit it? Closet ESPN Insider…learn from Aaron, come out of the closet already!

          • Cormonster

            I paid for it for one year early on. You also got a year’s subscription to their magazine. The magazine was absolutely terrible, worse that Sports Illustrated. After a couple issues I just gave it to my neighbor and didn’t even open it up. Definitely didn’t get my money’s worth.

          • SC Dave

            This! Come on, GP. We’ll offer free therapy.

    • beninnorcal

      I bet they got that from Jerry Springer’s bodyguard. They have great sources.

  • haha. Jerry Springer’s body guard “Never seen a bigger sour-puss in my life”

    Case in point: Jay Cutler.
    “You know what?” Wilkos asked. “I’ve never seen more of a sourpuss in
    my whole life. You’re an NFL starting quarterback, you’re making like
    $17-18 million a year, your wife (Kristin Cavallari) is smoking hot.
    What are you not happy about here?

    http://tikiandtierney.radio.cbssports.com/2015/02/12/steve-wilkos-never-seen-more-of-a-sourpuss-in-my-whole-life-than-cutler/

    • GPLDAN

      Wilkos says his wife is also hot.

      I say… we’ll be the judge of that motherfucker

      • I think Wilkos MUST say that. It’s written into every husband’s vows in the fine print, Code Section 48-8-3.3, article 4, right under the obligatory, “You don’t look fat, honey” clause.

    • AlbertInTucson

      “Jerry Springer’s Bodygaurd”. Clearly and unimpeachable source.

      • He actually has his own show now. And he was a former marine, who tend to shoot from the hip, so to speak.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Well, there you go then.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I’ll bet the marine was a regular laugh riot.

    • beninnorcal

      I agree with Al, what other positions should we take advice on from a has-been bodyguard?

  • John Doe

    Bears News @NewsBearsFollow
    Raiders, Bears Among Top Potential Landing Spots for WR Percy Harvin http://ble.ac/17p0wQD #bears
    4:15 PM – 12 Feb 2015

    • AlbertInTucson

      Is that supposed to be good news?

      Seattle forked over a #1 for Harvin but, despite his starring role in a Super Bowl win and the fact that the rest of their receivers are a bunch of no-names, they dropped him like a hot potato at mid-season.

      • John Doe

        Seattle had him when he was full of himself. Nothing humbles a man like getting kicked from two franchises, spending a little time with the Jets, and then being cut by Jets.

        It is the right time to take a gamble on Harvin. He knows he won’t get many chances if he acts up again with his new team. Bears need speedy WR who can also be KR/PR bad. Harvin’s price has been driven down because of his behavior. Good time to pick him up, IMO.

        • willbest

          Those of us that spent our early 2nd around pick on Randy Moss in 2010 know a thing or two about spoiled WRs and how well they respond to such things. A stud player hitting IR I can deal with… moss… he is the reason I no longer play fantasy football.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I’ll pass. Besides his rep as a chronic malcontent, he always seems to be a trip to IR waiting to happen.

        • beninnorcal

          ‘Right time to take a gamble’- that’s probably what the last couple teams said. I’ll pass, terrible plan.

      • SC Dave

        Harvin would be a giant mistake, imo.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Under Trestman, maybe … with Cutty under center, he’s a waste.

  • BerwynBomber

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog “By the way, Bears should ABSOLUTELY bring McCown back. Knows and has trust of offensive skills guys. Could step in for struggling Cutty.”

    Stupid idea. McCown was a Trestman creation. Trestman is gone. Plus, Jay needs someone behind him who can be seen as a long-term or at least “bridge”-like replacement. McCown’s not that guy. All McCown provides — at this point — is job security for Jay. The opposite is needed.

    • AlbertInTucson

      “…Absolutely…”?

      I think the Josh McCown ship has sailed.

      Plus, can you see the new regime wanting to look like they are endorsing any part of the previous, failed regime’s modus operendi?

      • SC Dave

        So, are you suggesting that they cut all Emery’s draft and FA signings as part of the “failed regime’s modus operendi”?

        • AlbertInTucson

          Hardly practical.

          But I am suggesting that signing Josh McCown would be a step backwards.

      • Johnnywad

        Al, off the wall question. Are you familiar with an author by the name of Zane Gray?

        • AlbertInTucson

          Absolutely.

          Zane Grey was one on my Dad’s favorite authors along with Edgar Rice Burroughs.

          I could never get into him. He’s famous for western novel like RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE. I once tried to read THE SHORTSTOP about the early days of baseball but never got all the way thru it.

          Dad use to bring books, among other things, home from Maxwell Street all the time.

          Maybe I should try again.

          He had a cabin on the Mogollon rim in Northern Arizona where he spent a lot of time.

          It was burned in a 1990 forest fire but has bee recreated in the town of Payson.

          • Johnnywad

            I’ve been reading a collection of his for a while. Much of it is set in your neck of the woods there. I am drawn to his ability to describe the natural environment of the desert and mountains. These stories are compelling me to visit the desert. I’ve never been.

            For what its worth, The Shortstop is one of his worst. I have read Riders of the Purple Sage as well as half a dozen others. I’m just going to stay in the collection until I’ve finished it.

          • AlbertInTucson

            All I recall from THE SHORTSTOP was as far as I got, there wasn’t much baseball.
            I remember the main character getting chased out of town because he threw a breaking ball.

            I was pretty young then. Jr, High, maybe.

            I DID dead a lot of the Duane Decker baseball novels in the grade school library.
            And one by another called STRETCH BOLTON- MR SHORTSTOP.

            More geared to my age at the time.

          • Johnnywad

            Several years ago, I decided I was going to read nothing but classics, which then turned into anything “old”.
            I am amazed at the descriptive ability of those that wrote prior to the proliferation of electronic media. It appears to be a lost or at least dying art.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Blame Hemingway.

          • Irish Sweetness

            You might enjoy the only two books Robert Pirsig ever wrote. Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance, and the sequel Lila. The first describes backroads America quite beautifully, and the econd fro the perspective of a boat doing the canals out to the Hudson. One is an inquiry into morals, the other values, and are very well-written interesting books. In fact I haven’t read two better.

          • Johnnywad

            Thanks Irish. I’ll definitely check them out.

    • willbest

      Well McCown was around for a bit of Martz and Tice as well as Tress. But I can’t see him being an upgrade from say Clausen at this point. The lightening has left the bottle so to speak.

    • SC Dave

      You and I mostly agree, but not here. McCown is, I think, a better option that Clausen and has demonstrated an ability (regardless of its *his* or not) to make shit happen with the guys that are, at least for now, all still on our offense.

      • Johnnywad

        I’d be looking to spend the least amount possible on a two year deal for somebody, anybody. As much as I want to believe a turnaround is imminent, I think its going to take Fox and Pace some time to rebuild the defense. If Cutler isn’t the answer, and I know your stance there, it really just doesn’t matter. There’s no way they’ll contend with a second string QB and the defense they have played of late. Its unrealistic to expect the defense to play well enough to win games for any period of time with Clausen or McCown at the controls.

      • NewBearInTown

        Comparing to Clausen is a false dichotomy. Clausen isn’t a bridge replacement either and doesn’t do anything to threaten Jay’s job security.
        Ideally we need rookie to come in and get serious practice consideration as a possible replacement. I don’t want to spend #7 on one, but I wouldn’t complain taking someone as early as the second round if the right guy is on the board.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “ESPN’s Keith Olbermann decided to jump into the fray Wednesday on his TV show, where he unleashed a rant of his own, blatantly calling Barkley an “idiot.”

    K.O. got his panties in a wad over Analytics?

    Yeah, what does Barkley know, he only PLAYED the game.

    As for K.O., I was a little surprised to find he’s still on the air.

    • SC Dave

      Well Al, you know all, we old bitches still base our reality on what’s in front of us, not that which is simulated.

    • beninnorcal

      Olberman is terrible.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I disagree.

        He’d have to improve just to get to “terrible”.

  • NewBearInTown

    Prediction for Green Bay game this year?
    Green Bay 6
    Bearssss: 243

    • SC Dave

      What a silly boy.

      • yeah, he gave the Packers about 8 points too many.

        • NewBearInTown

          NBIT says “Bearsss 243 to 6” JWood says “Bears 387 to -2”
          Okay, so we’ve got some disagreement there.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Ditka’s on the team and he tells the official to take the points for a safety off the Packers score.
            “But you’re shutting them out ….”
            “So?”

  • Jake Cutler

    Haha, my coach doesn’t even know my own name. He said Jake Cutler!!! That’s crazy, my name’s not Jake it’s Jay. What a mix up. The media and blogosphere is sure is going to run with this zany story! Jake/Jay, Jay/Jake/ Jake/Jay oh boy this is a doozy. Guys, he said JAKE CUTLER, do you guys understand how funny that is? He said J-A-K-E and my name is clearly J-A-Y.
    I just can’t believe it, he said Jake, Jake of all names to call me. Jake Cutler, so peculiar, lol I still can’t believe it. I just keep repeating it over and it never gets old. It simply never stops being amusing to hear the sound of it and oh the constant reminders, priceless!
    Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake…..JAKE CUTLER!!!!!!!!!!!!! Zany!

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      wow you are an idiot.

      • Scharfinator

        I like his picture though.

        • GPLDAN

          I like your picture…

          Rib Tips…. RIb Sammiches…. and CHiiiiiiiiiicken Wiiiiiiiiings!!!!!!!!

          • Scharfinator

            Chicken dinner to be precise.

          • Johnnywad

            I’d trade Chicken Dinner for the chicken dinner on your plate straight up.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Selfie?

      • CanadaBear

        If i had to guess, I’d say it’s Johnny being anti-Johnny.

    • BearDown100393

      Sad to read that Cade McNown has resorted to troll this site.

      • John Doe

        But does Jake Cutler care that Cade McNown is trolling this site?

        • BearDown100393

          Jake Cutler would first have to care about this site.

          • Jake Cutler

            I can’t stop laughing at this peculiar situation. Jake Cutler…. Coach Fox made such a blunder not even knowing my name. It’s so odd because my name is not Jake. I can’t stop LOL’ing at this pop culture development. People are laughing so much and using the hilarious joke at every possible turn and it’s truly enjoyable. Jake Christopher Cutler. It has a hilarious ring to it. Some people think it’s gets old to repeatedly say it and say it and never stop saying it no matter the circumstance but I can’t blame them because I personally think it makes for silly banter. J-A-K-E.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Ignore Troll….and carry on

  • GPLDAN

    David Carr dying flat out sucks. One of the truly unique voices in American journalism.

    Especially since Maureen Dowd sucks.

    • AlbertInTucson

      At 56? Ouch.

  • GPLDAN

    My personal take is that Wilkos wife is not hot at all.

    http://www.celebrityparentsmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Steve-Wilkos-2.jpg

    • Scharfinator

      She’s good if you look like Wilkos…

  • John Doe

    Opportunity for Bears. From Rotoworld:

    Ahmad Brooks – LB – 49ers

    The Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows considers it “more likely” the 49ers release OLB Ahmad Brooks than Aldon Smith.

    The 49ers have one of the worst salary-cap situations in the league, as they’re currently projected to be about $6 million over the expected $142 million threshold. Brooks carries a $7.055 million cap hit, but the 49ers would clear just $1.5 million by releasing him. Releasing Smith would save $9.754 million. Second-year OLB Aaron Lynch is expected to be a starter after a strong rookie season.

    Source: Sacramento Bee

    Feb 13 – 10:33 AM

    • NewBearInTown

      Funny, the details of the article seem to suggest releasing Smith is the better move for cap reasons.

      • John Doe

        Yes, the reporter messed up and interchanged the names I think.

        • NewBearInTown

          Well Aldon Smith is an interesting prospect. He’s in his final year in San Fran with no residual proration of a bonus, so cutting him is a straight $9.75 loss to him, gain to the team.
          He plays a position that we definitely need help at, for the team that our DC just left, and is probably one of the best in the league at playing that spot. But, he carries a moderate character risk due to the drug history (I call Smith moderate and a guy like Josh Gordon severe).
          I think signing him would come down to the terms. Obviously, he’s be a no brainer for the league minimum, but he won’t cost the league minimum. Would you sign him for $5M? $10M? $10M for 4 years?
          And if we sign him, do we cut somebody? Cutting Allen this year save exactly zero dollars in cap space, but I think we have the ability to prorate that money over a couple of years. We could cut him and save about $6M that way by transferring it to next years’ cap. We could also keep him, prorate the bonus till next year (I think the contract allows that) and then Not a great plan, but where else do you cut to make room?

          • willbest

            Aldon Smith isn’t going to play for the league min. Somebody is going to hand the guy 7+ million a year. It will no doubt be contingent upon him behaving himself and staying on the active roster, but he will get paid.

          • NewBearInTown

            I know. My point is that at the league minimum you sign him, at $10M a year you don’t. Both of those are unreasonable, but somewhere in the middle is the actual number he’s worth. My post was saying that I have no clue what that number should be.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Isn’t Aldon an alcoholic? Like the kind that is still drinking? Sorry, no. He’ll either get in his car and kill himself, or he’ll kill someone else.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        They aren’t going to release Aldon Smith.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Ahmad Brooks is 31 years old and has a 2 years/$16.5 M contract. If they cut him they’ll save $8 M over that period, only $1.5 M this year.

      His contract is a killer. A trade is the only salvation.

      Question…. should the Bears trade a low round pick for Ahmad Brooks & Patrick Willis (30 years old, 2 years/$18 M)?

      PS: I’d say ‘Opportunity’ only in that type of a scenario.

  • NewBearInTown

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/02/13/ray-rice-releases-statement-apologizing-for-the-horrible-mistake-i-made/
    I would absolutely give him a shot in Chicago. Forte/Rice would be a scary tandem and extend both players’ careers. If Rice can demonstrate the same commitment to positive change that Brandon Marshall did, I’m absolutely down.

    • John Doe

      FA running backs are a waste of money. This is a deep RB class. Bears can get a big bruising RB in the draft. Much cheaper. And McCaskeys won’t bring a wife beater and damage Bears brand like that. Not happening.

      • generally, going young and cheap on RBs is smart, especially if you have an established starting guy like Forte. Roll with Carey as the backup and bring in a high-potential UDFA or two to compete with him for touches.

        • NewBearInTown

          You’re telling me you don’t take him for something like $3-4M?

          • Johnnywad

            I wouldn’t. The off the field stuff is more than reason enough. I don’t remember him being that good of late either. I could be wrong there as I don’t watch much Ravens football.

            Young and hungry at RB is where I’d look.

          • I am absolutely saying that. The Bears already have the 4th most invested in RBs for next year with about $10M. Now you want to add $4M to that? No way.
            Not to mention the last time Rice played (2 years ago) he looked like crap (3.1 ypc).

          • Irish Sweetness

            We can lighten that load by $8M real quick, and grab ourselves a third round pick to boot. It starts with a ‘T’ ….

        • Trac

          Totally agree. We need to spend in other areas.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Warren Moon wrapped a phone cord around his wife’s neck. I’d love to have him at QB even knowing that. Not now, obviously …
        ….plus, we don’t know what the bitch said to deserve that. BOOM!

    • Scharfinator

      Depends how cheap he is. If we can get him for a steal, might as well kick the tires..

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      niet

  • AlbertInTucson

    Ranking the Bears’ top 10 comeback wins over the last 40 years. Which one is your favorite? Link: http://chgobrs.com/1zcXuFD

    I would add 12/7/87 at Minnesota. Bears make a late goal line stand to keep the game at 24-23, then win with :40 to play on a Tomczak (Who had replaced an injured McMahon with 11 minutes to go) to Gentry 38 yard TD pass for a 30-24 win.

    • Scharfinator

      I’d have to say the Arizona game… but that’s because I got to witness it.

      • AlbertInTucson

        That is their #1.

        Tough to argue that one.

        I wouldn’t even try.

        • Johnnywad

          Hester and Urlacher had HUGE games. They don’t win that game without both of those guys having career type days.

          • AlbertInTucson

            It was obvious that something went “Click” in Urlacher’s head that night when they fell way behind and he just told the defense. “OK, boys, WE are going to start kicking ass, taking names and win this damn football game.”

          • AlbertInTucson

            Extra sweet being it was a Monday Night game.

          • Irish Sweetness

            He just thought to himself “Fuck Grossman, we’re winning this”.

            I listened to the game on internet radio. Running and jumping around my house in Thailand at 10 or 11 in the morning screaming my head off. The neighbours must have thought I’d lost it. There’s just something about games on the radio. When you can’t see the action … events like that are all the more special. Joniak made it special for those that couldn’t see it.

          • Scott W.

            That 2nd half was filled with defense and ST miracles. Never will forget those 2 quarters.

    • Jake Cutler

      AlbertInTucson, may I ask what in the hell this has to do with Coach Fox calling me Jake Cutler?

    • BillW

      Didn’t look at the list but the McMagic game in ’85 I assume is on it. My favorite. Made the NFL notice the Bears.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Believe it or not, BW, that didn’t make their Top 10.

        Huge oversight IMO.

        The Hester Return game in Phoenix is their #1.

    • Irish Sweetness

      This proves what a complete fuckwit Larry Mayer is.

      He has the week 8 game against GB in 1987 -which wasn’t even a comeback! It was just a close game won by a FG. The two previous weeks were two of the best comebacks I’ve ever seen. They were both televised in GB & IRE. – I still have them on VHS.

      Jesus. Someone explain to me how the two comebacks that occurred in back to back weeks in 1987 have been erased from the psyche of Bears fans and NFL list makers? ,

      October 25, at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 27–26 (Bears go down by 20 in the first qtr, McMahon comes off the bench and wins it for us)

      November 1, Kansas City Chiefs, W 31–28 (Bears go down 0-14 against the great unsung Bill Kenney, then go behind 14-28, still win the game)

      Easily in the top 5 games that would demonstrate the greatness of Jim McMahon to even the most ardent critic, and he leaves out the Minny comeback in ’85?? Tool. Absolute and utter.

  • GPLDAN

    Two of the 11 buildings off the right field line on Waveland have just gone ahead and filed Chap 11.

    I am old enough to remember when those 3-flats were HOMES, owned by regular people. Of course now they are all 3-story bars for corporate events. The new electronic scoreboard is going to freeze them out.

    • CanadaBear

      Hard to feel bad for the rooftop owners. The odd thing is Kenney is the idiot that signed the contract and he still manages to be the biz side prez. Unreal.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      isn’t waveland in left field?

      the rickets also bought 3 of the buildings on Sheffield a couple of weeks ago.

      • GPLDAN

        Sorry Sheffield not Waveland.

    • NewBearInTown

      You have a link for that? I represented a rooftop in a Chapter 11 case a while back.

  • Shelton mocked to Bears on WalterFootball. I know NTs don’t typically go high, but man, read his profile. That’s a very tempting pork chop on the table.

    Given the demand for interior defensive linemen in the NFL, there shouldn’t be any shortage of teams hoping to land Shelton in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. The highest spot Shelton could potentially hope to land would be with Chicago at the seventh-overall pick. The Bears could use a nose tackle for Vic Fangio’s 3-4 set, plus John Fox has used big defensive tackles in his 4-3 as well. Shelton makes sense for the Bears and they interviewed him in Mobile.

    http://walterfootball.com/scoutingreport2015dshelton.php

    • GPLDAN

      This needs to happen

      • Trac

        If Winston falls to 7, do you take him?

        • Johnnywad

          No. Too much risk.

          • Trac

            I highly doubt he’ll be available, would be an interesting situation to be in if it happens though. Word is out that Lovie will pick him. Good luck with that.

          • Johnnywad

            If he fell to 7, I would be thinking about trading back.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I’d have to pass,too.

            He’s been coddled his entire career either by his self-serving Dad or the self-serving administration at Florida State.

            I think it’s a matter of WHEN he derails as opposed to IF.

          • Scott W.

            Well put. Standing ovation, etc.

        • Irish Sweetness

          For real?

      • Basically, his only draw back is that he plays too high (and conditioning, but that’s all 340 pounders)
        If Shelton resembles Dontari Poe in the combine, he’ll definitely be in the mix.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I’m all on board for a fatty …. but lower down in the twenties, pick-wise.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      A NT at 7 would be lunacy.

      • Trac

        I have a hard time justifying that as well. Look for Fangio to get his pass rusher.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          OLB or S.

          An ILB.is also in order if there’s a clear elite name like Luke the Marvelous.

    • John Doe

      Bears need more picks. They have to move down from #7 and get extra pick(s).

      Bears have so many defensive needs and there is plenty of good defensive talent in the middle of the first round and later.

      You want a big versatile DT? You can have Carl Davis of Iowa from 17-25. Another massive DT is Jordan Phillips of Oklahoma who will be good pick in the 20-30 range.

      You want safety? Landon Collins 14-20. Gerod Holliman 25-30.

      You want ILB? Mckinney in 113-20 range.

      Pace has to move back and get Bears extra picks this year. That is the only way Bears will improve fast.

      • Yes, that would be ideal, but EVERY TEAM once to move back, especially once the top #5 players are gone.

        If we’re stuck at #7, and we have to decide between guys like Fowler, Cooper, Collins or Shelton, who would you pick. Just look at the mock draft. Who would you draft over Shelton at #7?

        I’m pretty sure Ngata was worth a top #10 pick, though I understand the “draft chart” devalues NTs in general.

        • Johnnywad

          Suh

          • Suh-Shelton-Ratliff.
            Almost wouldn’t matter who the LBs are behind them.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Can the Bears afford to tie the kind of J.J.Watt money it will likely take to get Suh?

          • Johnnywad

            No. I don’t think that’s in the cards. I was just adding to Butch’s remark about Ngata being worth a top ten pick. Suh obviously was as well.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            If somebody is willing to pay JJ Watt money to Suh, they deserve what they get.
            For better or worse, most likely worse.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Yes. I would not be inclined to tie up that kind of money Suh.

      • Irish Sweetness

        It’s really simple IFF we trade Cutty to the Titans or jets. We could take our two first round picks move into the lower half of the first round, and still have two first rounders and a total of three second round picks. That’s a roster getting improved right there.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        The Bears only need 2-3 starters on D. You are undervaluing the value of the roster.

        PS: Note to self: if the next Luke Kuechly or Earl Thomas are available in this draft TRADE THE FUCK UP.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Trade up from 7 ??

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Stay put of trade up.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I’m on board with this. If we’re not ditching Jake, then it’s more important we get two first rounders than trying to find some marquee guy at 7. There’ll be a QB that somebody down below us wants, or they’re in love with Scherff or whoever.

        Do we want two good players or one?

    • NewBearInTown

      He’s a legitimate candidate at #7. Look at the Packers the year they brought in Dom Capers and switched to a 3-4. They spent two high draft picks on BJ Raji and Clay Matthews – a nose tackle and a pass rushing OLB. There are other ways to do it, but you can’t argue with that formula.
      Jared Allen will be tough to figure out this year. He’ll have to do what Peppers did and move to OLB in the new defense, but he already seemed a bit slower last year so hopefully he can still be effective. Filling the primary pass rusher spot is the other obvious choice at #7, but the 2-3 of those guys may already be gone by the time we pick. In that scenario

  • AlbertInTucson

    What I’m reading / hearing is that this is a “move fown” draft class.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      these many Bear bloggers have no clue about what a fuck they’re talking about.

      I mean.. not even the teams know what’s what. Bill Belichick-John Schneider -the best GMs in american football- started working on the draft….like….yesterday.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Thank you, “Mister Know-it-All” for that wholly, uncalled for, insulting, profane response to this post.

        And as for “…the best GMs in american football- started working on the draft….like….yesterday” ? No WAY is that anywhere close to accurate.

        • Johnnywad

          I’m fairly certain they started working on it about 12 hours after the last draft ended.

          • NewBearInTown

            Actually that’s also too late. These guys started working on this draft when the current players were finishing high school. That’s when the first few prospects got their file started.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          I know nobody knows.

          The Patriots GM said 10 days ago that they’ll start working on the draft this week. If that’s not accurate…

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            And we know that front office would never deliberately say anything remotely misleading.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Come on man. He had Super Bowl and PR on his mind.

            That being said I agree… mine is a bad example. The patriots and the Seahawks have a winning system in place so there’s no need for excessive oversight.

            My point was nobody knows the day of the draft what’s what and who’s who…yet alone today.

            Examples (not that one is needed): last year they said the S class was awful. Then 4 or 5 got drafted in the 1st round. 2 years ago 6 OL got drafted in the first 10 picks…they all suck mightily.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Oh that’s true. I don’t disagree…for all the research already done, there’s still alot of ground between now and the last day of April.
            But you teed that one up. I had to swing.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            well… few say/leak true things when it comes to the draft.

            My mantra was… nobody knows shit right now. Not even the best clubs as they’re in the incipient phase when it comes to the decision makers making actual decisions.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Bob Simon, CBS New.

    So, in the crash that took his life, Mr. Simon was riding without a seatbelt in the back of a Lincoln Town car that was driven by a man who had only 1 arm that actually worked and …

    “..had a probationary license with the Taxi and Limousine Commission that was suspended pending the probe into the deadly wreck at the time of the accident, according to the Post.

    Abdul Reshad Fedahi may have mistakenly hit the gas instead of the brake after sideswiping another car along New York City’s West Side Highway.

    Records obtained by the paper show he also had two moving violations on his regular driver’s license for traveling 70 mph in a 65 mph zone in Ulster County on Sept. 29 and for “disobeying a traffic device” in Manhattan last month.”

    His license was suspended nine times for failing to pay fines and ignoring summonses, the Post reported. ” – NY Post

    1) Bob Simon couldn’t find better driver than THAT?

    2) Some car service actually hired a guy to drive one of their cars with HIS record?

    3) Buckle up.

    • Johnnywad

      I have a difficult time finding sympathy for somebody that dies in a car accident without a seat belt on. This is not a mystery. Its not going to save everybody, but my God, how hard is this?

      • Irish Sweetness

        My best friend fell asleep behind the wheel way back when. The van left the road, went through a hedge and he was thrown out through the windscreen. Had he been wearing a belt he would have been crushed to death, as only the drivers’ side was badly crushed. Every crash is different and it’s sometimes going to kill you if you’re strapped into the vehicle.

        • Trac

          So it’s better to fall asleep behind the wheel than wear a seatbelt? Hahaha

        • Johnnywad

          Glad he made it out in one piece Irish. An uncle of mine had a similar experience when his Jeep ended up wheels up in a small river. He was unconscious at the water’s edge for a bit. He’d have drowned had he worn his seat belt. That said, the evidence is overwhelming that seat belts save lives. Its foolish to ride without one.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Don’t fell sorry for him, he wrote off a bunch of vans. It’s a miracle he didn’t kill himself or somebody else.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          Only aliens wear seat belts. That’s why you never see live ones running around.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        The dead guy doesn’t care for your sympathy.

        • Johnnywad

          He’s too busy thinking about what an asshole you are.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            really ???
            what’s his twitter account !?

          • Scott W.

            Coffee to that. Yep.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Didn’t the driver have a heart attack?

  • AlbertInTucson

    The Cleveland Browns: Explained.

    Their owner says they weren’t aware of any “Red Flags” regarding Johnny Football.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/browns-owner-says-team-didn-t-know-about-johnny-manziel-s-personal-life-215143724.html

    • Trac

      If Jerra Jones had the where with all to pass on him, what does that say about Haslam?

      • AlbertInTucson

        In fairness, Jerra had to be restrained by his staffers.

        That said, Haslem is the Poster Boy for “Owner You Don’t Want.

  • Shady

    Even the Irish pick up on Jay’s body language:

    • Irish Sweetness

      On Jake sitting down on the bench :
      “He’s the saddest man I’ve ever seen playing professional sports.”
      Classic.

      • Jake Cutler

        Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      fairly amusing

    • haha it took me a good year to teach the girl I was going out with the very basics of foozeball.

      Answering such questions as, “he can throw it?”
      “Why is he kicking it?”
      “So, the defense can score too?”
      “Why is he kneeling?”

      Ah, yes, football 101…though I think she now knows more about Football than those Irish cats.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Logged in to encourage everyone to try and see Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last film if they haven’t already … and then I see it.

    “History will remember Manning as what he is: the greatest regular season player in NFL history.”

    So Jim Brown Brown, Sweetness, Jerry Rice, Don Hutson, whoever … can just take a backseat to Turtlehead ? Chyle please.

    • NewBearInTown

      Sweetness, Jerry Rice, Hutson… none of them suffered such a dramatic dropoff in the playoffs to deserve that title. Rice in particular is known for being on a team that won a lot of Superbowls. Likewise Hutson.
      Walter didn’t get to play a lot of playoff games, but it wouldn’t be fair to call him a “regular season player” any more than someone like Barry Sanders.
      Peyton made the playoffs a ton and on many occasion showed that he was vulnerable to a playoff caliber defense. But during the regular season when one loss here or there doesn’t matter? He was truly special.

      • Irish Sweetness

        But how can you be great without being a great regular season player – that’s the only period where all players get to compete. It’s your bread and butter. Manning is not the greatest regular season player because that puts him above all the ‘greats … when … y’know … he’s a chode.

        • NewBearInTown

          Those guys were great regular season players too, but calling someone the greatest “regular season player” carries a bit of a backhanded compliment that none of those you mentioned deserves.
          The truth is, Peyton got a ring and another Superbowl appearance. It might not be fair to call him as much of a playoff choker as someone who never even saw the field for the big dance.

          • Irish Sweetness

            He must be one of the worst SB MVP winners though, he wasn’t very good that day, and then got owned by the Hawks.

  • GPLDAN
    • CanadaBear

      I like that Shady posted on it!

    • Jack Lacan

      Maureen Dowd! Gail Collins? David Brooks? Charles (WWIII) Krauthammer?
      An extraordinary literate blog here then.

  • Trac
  • Revisiting the 2012 draft. Shea and Chandler are ranked. Guess what…

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/a-look-back-at-the-2012-draft/

    • NewBearInTown

      It wasn’t a strong draft class in general, but yeah, the blog was fairly accurate in evaluating the players.
      Folks wanted Chandler Jones and David DeCastro and salivated over Luke Kuechly. Those were all accurate.
      Those who wanted us to take a safety in that draft? Would not have been a good decision. I honestly don’t see it in the first round of this draft either.

      • Harrison Smith has turned out to be a good player.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          that’s an understatement.

          • yeah, probably, but hard to say too much because he’s always hurt. Still, he would have been a good pick at 20 if the Bears wanted a S.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            He has 40 appearances out of 48 games. Only missed time 2 years ago with season ending injury.

            He isn’t always hurt. he got hurt badly once.

            He would have been a stellar puck up at 20.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Folks wanted Whitney Mercilus.

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    “Per @RavensInsider the Ravens will continue running Kubiak’s system w/Trestman. So what does Trestman bring to that job? Don’t get it.”

    Is this a trick question?

    I’ll take a stab or three anyway.

    All that play-calling brilliance he demonstrated in Chicago.

    A reason to sign Josh McCown as your backup.

    It IS a trick question.

    • NewBearInTown

      I’m interested to see how this goes. Harbaugh is a very good coach with a very good roster on a team that makes the playoffs a lot. I have to believe he could attract a lot of talent for an OC opening.
      Either the above statement is wrong, or Harbaugh believes in Trestman. Trestman was not a good head coach in the NFL. But a lot of his errors are probably correctable. The leadership issues will hopefully be fixed by a strong HC above him. The play calling will be tweeked by the experience of 2014 and Harbaugh keeping him honest.
      Still, all of the above is really about Harbaugh being a good HC more than Trestman being a good OC. I’m interested what Harbaugh expects from Trestman in 2015 and whether he can deliver. Some aweful head coaches have had good careers as coordinators. Trestman could be the next guy to fit that mold.

      • The problem is that the Trestman offense always gets figured out sooner rather than later. I guess in retrospect, THAT was the main reason he got booted to Canada, not the “he’s too geeky for men” aspect (though that’s part of it too).

        I don’t think it’s the system, WCO works fine with others, so I have to believe that Trestman is fundamentally flawed – that he lacks a quality that makes his offenses sustainable and effective over seasons.

        Trestman’s offense didn’t do much when the games were close. Just a bunch of junk yard stats. And it wasn’t because of lack of talent, even though Cutler was a hindrance more than a help.

        It’s crazy to think Trestman would except running someone else’ offense. Didn’t he learn from watching Mel Tucker try the same?

        Must be really desperate to coach anywhere.

        • NewBearInTown

          That’s the weird part – he doesn’t look desperate at all.
          This isn’t Doug Marrone taking the offensive line coach position on the Jaguars. This is the offensive coordinator position on a team with a good offense. Trestman is getting a good QB, good offensive line, some decent receivers, and decent running backs. He stands a good chance to make the playoffs this year. This is a genuinely good gig.
          Given the choice between Doug Marrone, Mark Trestman and any of the unemployed guys running around, who do you take?

          • Scott W.

            Yes, but which candidate is more excited about the practice squad?

        • BerwynBomber

          I don’t know. I think we are giving a pass to player performance by merely critiquing Trestman the OC/play-caller. Every OC here has been — surprise — run out of town on a rail during the Cutler era. Were they all that bad or is there another constant? Jay led the NFL in INTs while not playing sixteen games and avoiding one during an otherwise dreadful performance in the last game against Minny. Are all his issues and the O’s on Trestman?

          I tend to think Trestman will be a drop-off from Kubiak in BAL. But I can also see Trestman being a semi-competent to competent OC in the NFL. He can’t lead a team but with a strong HC like Harbaugh he might be okay as an OC.

          • NewBearInTown

            Many have asked the question before BB, but Cutler has had several OCs since he got here. I haven’t seen any of them find success anywhere else.

          • Scott W.

            Maybe they’ve all formed a private group therapy club?
            On another note, I wonder if Trestman played the Cutler card when interviewing. It’s probably tossed on the table often when coaches are thrown out of Halas Hall.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I don’t see how any OC – or offense – could be fluently, consistently successful without a good offensive line. I haven’t seen one in going on ten years.

      • Scott W.

        Occurs to me reading your post NBIT that it must really suck sometimes to be the wife, child, or other close family member of a pro athlete or coach.
        They have far less effect on society’s well-being than elected officials, but they get much more scrutiny for job performance, and more often than not they are getting hammered.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Know what sucks a lot more Scott ? Trying to make ends meet and going without near the end of the month, every month. Just a thought.

          • NewBearInTown

            One doesn’t take away from the other.

          • Scott W.

            Yeah, that sucks more.
            My point was to the fact that we hold politicians less accountable for actions that have a direct effect on our real lives than we often hold coaches and athletes to.

    • I’m guessing Trestman will be fired before he finishes his 2nd season. Whether that comes mid-season this year, after this year, or mid-season next year, I don’t think he makes it through 2 full seasons on a team that’s trying to win SBs.

      Then again, I thought Chip Kelly would have scurried back to the college ranks with his tail between his legs by now, so what do I know?

      • Trac

        I would be highly surprised if Tresty gets fired in two years.

        • he has had 10 NFL stops. 2 of them lasted 3 years, and the other 8 were only 1 or 2.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          Rewind two years ago when he was hired here.

    • Scott W.

      …to improve their practice stats.

      • AlbertInTucson

        THAT’S it! THAT’s the list!

  • BerwynBomber

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog “Maybe I’m just not a basketball guy but reputable journalists Tweeting about a three-point contest feels completely insane.”

    It is a very, very slow sports weekend. Arguably the worst of every year.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Zzzzzzzz….

    • Irish Sweetness

      Jeff you should read your history of out-of-context non-sequitur tweets before saying that.

  • John Doe

    Good news for Da Bears. Coaching staff can meet as many players as they want at Halas Hall without having to schedule one on one visits.

    ProFootballTalk @ProFootballTalk · Feb 13

    NFL to hold extra regional combine in Chicago area in March for draft prospects http://wp.me/p14QSB-9HXE

  • Scott W.

    At least college football is still played just for the love of the game…
    http://usat.ly/1EeATMn

    • and that was at Bethune-Cookman. Who? Exactly.

      Imagine Bama, Ohio State, USC, etc.

      • Scott W.

        Oh I know. In a way, the obscure school isn’t worse, but goes to your point.

  • this might be a mid-range DT

    Free agent DT Jared Odrick has yet to hear from the Dolphins.
    Odrick, 27, started 15-of-16 games this past season, grading out as a top-19 defensive tackle at Pro Football Focus. He received especially strong marks as a pass rusher, although he recorded just one sack. Odrick has 16.5 career sacks and has experience playing 4-3 defensive tackle and 3-4 end. – roto

    • NewBearInTown

      Maybe a cheaper option if Paea gets too much interest in free agency?
      I’d like to see Paea stick around to play 3-4 DE and hopefully continue to improve as a pass rusher. But he’s a UFA this year and a D-line needy team could overpay for him.

      • Paea was always a bit of a “tweener”. His size is traditional 3-tech, but he is extremely strong.

        He seemed to excel last season, the first perhaps that he was actually healthy, but I don’t know if he ever played DE in an odd front.

        I’d be very surprised if Paea returns.

        Knigton would be too expensive, so Odrick might be good insurance and depth for relatively cheap.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      I have no fucking clue when he got that 3-4 experience. He was a 1st round 4-3 DE they started to move around with excellent results after a slow start of his NFL career.

      Jared Odrick isn’t a mid range DT. He’s one of the best available, but you really can’t say if he’d be a good Bears fit because you don’t know what scheme they’ll use.

      He doesn’t fit Fangio’s 49ers scheme.

    • “grading out as a top-19 DT…”

      is it really that hard to just say top 20?

  • NewBearInTown

    Okay, so all the “trade down” guys. We’d all take an extra first rounder next year to move down 2-3 spots, but that’s not happening. What is your minimal trade down scenario that you consider worth it. I’ll go first.
    I would trade from #7 to #15 (top 14 is supposed to be statistically special) in exchange for the Niner’s second round pick. I’d also do a slightly more complicated but slightly cheaper trade of our first and third rounder for their first, second and third rounder and an extra third day pick in 2016.

    • I think trading down with the Browns at #12 or #19 and getting their 2nd round pick (#43 overall, still in the top 50) would be ideal.
      If we have #12 and #43, lots of options.
      at #12, we can still most likely get the best ILB or S
      We would then have some ammo with #39 and #43 to trade up and draft someone who has fallen.

      I think we would be able to get top S with #12, then QB Grayson with #39, then the best ILB with #43.

      If they give us #19 instead of #12, then maybe we can get an extra 6th or something.

      • NewBearInTown

        I think we’re more or less on the same page. So then the question you ask is: what player would San Fran (in my scenario) or Cleveland (in yours) be willing to trade up for? And if he’s on the board, why aren’t we taking him?

        • AlbertInTucson

          I can’t speak for the particulars, but I think you’re in the right neighborhood.

          If anybody’s going to be willing to trade up in a supposed trade down year, it would figure to be The Cleveland “We didn’t know about Johnny Football’s Red Flags” Browns.

        • The first one that comes to mind is if Mariota somehow falls. The Browns are NOT happy at all with Manziel, and Mariota is clean character wise.
          Another possibility (more realistic) could be Cooper. Josh Gordon is a nit-wit, their TE already stated he doesn’t want to be part of that crapfest over there, so they don’t have many weapons, esp when compared to the suddenly high-flying Steelers.

          The 49ers could also be in the mix if Cooper is there for us. They’re in DESPERATE need of an offensive playmaker. I think they’re gonna do everything they can to salvage Kap’s career. They tried drafting a wr, but he busted out. Wouldn’t be surprised if they want to target Cooper.

          Don’t know if another prospect (at this stage) would entice either the Browns or 9ers.
          No stud LT. The top pass rushers might be gone. Maybe if a QB like Hudley makes a surprise rise up the drafts, but I doubt it.

          I’m sure a few athletes will climb up the boards during the underwear Olympics, so you never know.

          NT Shelton might shoot up mocks, and maybe even one of those RBs Gurley or Gordon make a surprise push contrary to recent trends. I think both are game changers.

          • I don’t know what to think of Cleveland. The owner supposedly forced them to get Manziel. Is he ready to give up on his guy yet after only one year in which he barely played?
            That franchise is such a mess, and Haslam seems to be the root of it.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      I either stay put or trade up.

      I need an elite player at LB or S. I ain’t going down to take the 2nd option at the position for depth picks.

      The only way I’d trade down is to then trade up… pick twice in mid range 1st round. Dabble my first 3 round picks for 2 mid 1st rounders… a starting S and a starting LB.

      • you could probably trade down to 15 and still get the top S or LB (not edge rusher) on the board.

        • Big Mike

          I think Landon Collins will be gone by 10. Starting to think this Danny Shelton NT is the move.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            That would be a huge waste.

          • Big Mike

            You don’t like Shelton at 7? C’mon. He’s the consensus best 3-4 NT in the draft.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I don’t know him. Never saw him.

            Only thing… the Bears don’t need a first round NT.

          • Big Mike

            I will disagree with you on that, with the following assumption. 3 of the best edge rushers (3-4 defense), will be taken. The drop off is significant. Landon Collins isn’t a #7 pick.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            That’s guess work.

            If the best pass rushers are gone by pick 7… trade UP.

          • Trade up for who? Leonard Williams?
            He seems to be the only consensus “sure thing” that high, and we’d likely have to trade up to the #3 spot for him.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I never saw these players. I don’t know anybody. I’ll stay out of the names ‘game’.
            Maybe watch some NFL network clips, some columbine.

            Mine are principle thoughts… get me an elite LB or S at #7 or get me 2 excellent ones at #14 and #22 or whatever. The last thing the Bears need is DL or OL.

          • Every draft is different. Can’t just stick to one principle. It’s like war – gotta stay fluid.
            I agree in general – if there’s a guy you really like, trade up for him. Bears are always a day late and a dollar short, but in this draft, not many overly impressive game changers.

            Leonard on the Dline, maybe Gregory (of you believe in upside), Shane Ray (if you don’t mind his small size).

            It’s a strong class for WRs and HBs, but we don’t need those really.

            There are some interesting LBs and Safeties, although none are projected top 10. No Keuchly or Earl Thomas in this draft, which is unfortunate for us.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I know it’s fluid. I posted up about the ILB class in 2012. The last pick in the 2nd round was Levonte David. The others before him… just as impressive.

            Whatever the ‘war’ rules say this year… I ain’t drafting a NT at 7. I’d rather draft a WR or CB than DL or OL.

          • Irish Sweetness

            No way, we need more picks, not fewer.

            Rich Campbell @Rich_Campbell

            Mayock’s take on Cutler/Mariota is particularly interesting bc it exemplifies fact that many around the league continue to see upside in Jay

            Retweeted by DaBearsBlog

            The Jets or hopefully Titans will pay us with a first rounder.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            The Bears don’t need picks. They need starters.

            2 from the Draft + 2 from FA and the roster is complete & very, very strong.

            People are under valuing the Bears roster big time.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          That’s very specific. Also debatable. I’m talking in general.

      • GPLDAN
        • Barb UMihai Mar

          That’s lame, but insightful. You have mother issues. what happened ? Your daddy bailed ?

    • I’d generally love to trade down, as the odds suggest it’s typically a win for the team trading down, but IMO it will be very difficult to do.
      I’m guessing the Bears end up with either Fowler or Shelton at 7. My dream is still Leonard Williams, but I’d be shocked if he falls.

  • Big Mike

    Unrelated post. I watch 1/2 of the NBA All Star game. Haven’t watched it since MJ, Magic Bird were in it. When did they stop playing defense in this game. While back in the day it wasn’t going to be confused with a playoff or even regular season game, it was at least a contested scrimmage.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Levine’s slam dunks were awesome.

  • John Doe

    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet · Feb 13
    Why isn’t Manning’s return done? Among questions: Is a pay cut in his future? Will he run Kubiak’s offense after running his own for years?


    If a guy like Manning takes a pay cut, then Bears better make Jake Cutler take a pay cut. A $3 million pay cut would help pay for that Center from Raiders Wisnewski and ultimately help Jake in doing a better job.

    • They are entirely different situations.
      Denver can cut Manning and save $16.5M on the cap. He has zero leverage. (He also is playing for likely just one more year, so is all in to win a title in 2015).
      Cutler has all the leverage over Chicago financially because his contract was signed more recently. Revisit this in a year or two, when a pay cut might be a more feasible option.
      Manning is in year 4 of his deal. When Cutler is in year 4, guaranteed $$ left on his deal will only be $2M, and then the Bears will hold more of the cards.

      • John Doe

        You are forgetting the only reason Jake Cutler will be on the team is because his contract is albatross aorund the neck of the Bears.

        Revisit after 1 or 2 years? I hope that the sad sob is gone by then and Bears have their replacement ready.

        Forget leverage..the guy did not play up to the level he got paid. No two ways about it. And that gives new GM Pace enough to go to him and say, “You are not a $15 million per year guy. And if you are on this team and continue to suck on the field then the least you can do is help out off the field by taking a pay cut.”

        • teams don’t give players a massive pay raise in this situation if they outplay their contract. Why should a player give the team a pay cut?
          Never forget that this is a business. The player is going to look out for his own financial interests in situations like this, as he absolutely should.

          • BerwynBomber

            It can cut both ways. Holdouts can prove successful. Just look at Urlacher and Briggs through the years.

          • 1) New CBA rules make that much harder, as you get fined for holding out.
            2) Those situations also depend on leverage. You’re not holding out 1 year after signing a long-term contract.

          • BerwynBomber

            Good points. I was only arguing that there is, indeed, a flipside to the player giving the team a pay cut and it is called a successful holdout.

            For the record, I otherwise agree with you. I don’t think any player should be expected to restructure his deal no matter how detrimental to the team it is. But as I said above, I’m also not a fan of holdouts.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    The “Jake” thing has to be one of the dumber memes to ever entrench itself on DBB.
    That being said, yeah, it’d be nice for him to take a restructure. I’m not counting on it, but would certainly be justified by last years performance.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      agree with you on the “Jake” thing.

    • SC Dave

      So did that troll, obviously.

    • Jake Cutler

      HAHA, are you trying to say that it’s not funny or clever to say Jake over and over and over and over and over and over and ruin the blog by being a Bears troll insurgent?
      “All that is necessary for the triumph of trolls is that good bloggers do nothing.”
      This blog has been overrun like Raqqa.

      • John Doe

        He will always be Jake Cutler to me.

        • Jake Cutler

          Abu Bakr al John Doe-y

          • John Doe

            Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake…..

        • Irish Sweetness

          Foxy started it.

    • BerwynBomber

      I can’t blame athletes, including Cutler, for refusing to re-structure. Then again, I’m not a fan of the hold-outs — hey Lance, hey Brian — either.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    i really don’t understand people on the blog claiming Jay Cutler should restructure and take a pay cut. THIS IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE, so quit being morons. 1st after this year they can cut him without a lot of dead money. 2nd, he got the contract why would he take a pay cut, this year is already guaranteed besides if he restructures he will want more guaranteed money and future years therefore leading to more Dead Money in future years if they cut him.

    He got the contract, so good for him. If anyone we should be pissed off at it is management, mainly Emery. We have seen horrible contracts year after year for over a decade from JA and Emery. I just don’t get the blaming of a player for getting a good contract for the player.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      I’m not pissed about his contract, to be clear. I’m saying, hey, if he would take a cheaper cap number for us, hell yes. I’d want that from anybody who is willing to do it.
      For the reasons you gave, I don’t think it’s likely.

    • the point of the contract was to lock him up long term while keeping Chicago’s options open after 3 years. Unlike the deals of players like Brees, Romo, Flacco, and Stafford, Cutler’s deal wasn’t backloaded. Those teams can have fun dealing with the noose that is ballooning cap hits as the deal goes on. Chicago will be able to do whatever they want at QB within 3 years of signing Cutler.
      So that’s why it’s so onerous in the short term compared to those other deals, but the payoff is on the back end.

      • Look at Flacco in 2016/17: http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/baltimore-ravens/joe-flacco/

        Look at Romo this year (and how much dead $$ Dallas will be stuck with if he retires in the next 2-3 years): http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/dallas-cowboys/tony-romo/

        look at Brees the next 2 years: http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/new-orleans-saints/drew-brees/

        Yes, Brees and Romo are both much better than Cutler. Still, those contracts were done poorly and will cripple the team at points in them. They can either restructure, avoiding the crippling now but killing the future, or they can take cap hits close to $30M for one player.

        Chicago avoided that. The trade off was 3 years of Cutler fully guaranteed. Worthwhile tradeoff in my book.

        • BerwynBomber

          But you are not taking into account the efficiency and productivity of Brees/Romo/Flacco vs. Cutler; i.e,, your not factoring in ROI. Frankly, this past year it was not even close in comparing those guys to Cutler. Romo led the league in both QR and QBR and finished in the top five in MVP voting. Brees and Flacco were solidly top ten in both QR and QBR; in fact, Brees might have finished top five in each.

          Hence, your contract comparison are w/out equal context. Better comps (and their contracts) for Cutty would be guys like Andy Dalton and Alex Smith.

          Bottom line, the Cutler contract was horrible because he was paid elite money and he is no more than an average QB. You can put lipstick on the pig and say “well, at least it’s not back-loaded” and yeah it is a valid point, but it is not THE point, which is that the Bears paid elite money for a guy who was nowhere near worth earning it.

          • John Doe

            Well J Wood never addresses whether Cutler deserves the contract or whether he played up to it. He keeps trying to convince us how it is such a great deal for Bears.

            And he has the nerve to compare Cutler to Flacco.

            I remember as late as early December J Wood thought Phil Emery will survive and should not be fired. He does not get the stupidity of the Cutler contract.

            Accorsi, Phillips,and George McCaskey could have overlooked Emery’s mistake in hiring Trestman. But they took another look at Cutler contract in light of how Cutler played in 2014 and decided Emery was stupid and handcuffed the Bears with Cutler.

            Phil Emery will be remembered for two things:
            1) Hiring a guy out of CFL has head coach instead of coach of the year
            2) Giving Jake Cutler $126 million contract when the guy had done nothing to earn that kind of contract

            I doubt Phil Emery will ever get a GM job again in the NFL.

          • BerwynBomber

            I will NEVER understand people defending the Cutler contract (unless Jay lights it up the next two years).

            And yes comparing Cutler to Brees, Romo and Flacco is laughable. Cutty is much closer to guys like Dalton and Smith.

          • Jake Cutler

            Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake…..

          • Cutler and Flacco are basically identical players. Cutler to me is firmly in a tier with Flacco, Stafford, and Eli.
            And I’d rather pay Cutler $18M than Brees or Romo $30M.
            Cutler is definitely overpaid. As are pretty much all veteran QBs not named Rodgers or Brady on these big deals. The market has gotten overinflated for QBs.
            I’m just saying the overpaying was in exchange for long-term flexibility.

          • BerwynBomber

            Stafford, yes. Flacco and Eli no way — mainly because of post-season heroics. Plus, Flacco is younger and his arrow is pointing up. And both were significantly better than Cutty last year.

            Again, Dalton and Smith are better comps. If you wanna toss Stafford in there, have at it.

            Agree about the overpaid aspect of the QB market. But if Romo and Flacco can keep delivering similar years to what they did this past year, I don’t know if you could argue they are overpaid. In fact, oddly enough if Romo can deliver another fine season one could argue that deal was arguably fair value, which would have been surprising to consider when initially penned.

          • ” both were significantly better than Cutty last year.”
            Cool. Cutler was significantly better than both in 2013. Overall, they have basically identical career numbers.

          • BerwynBomber

            But Cutty was not under his current contract in 2013. Remember, you were comparing contracts. Also, Cutty only played half of a season in ’13 so I would take his rankings with a grain of salt.

            But yes agree about the comparable career numbers but most teams are going to reward post-season heroics; otherwise they will have a local PR nightmare on their hands. And both Eli and Flacco have won some damn big games in the past. It gets factored in I assume when negotiating.

          • John Doe

            But Cutler has no post-season heroics like Flacco and Eli. A huge, huge deal which you always down play conveniently and just focus on regular season career numbers.

          • BearDown100393

            It wasn’t heroic to defeat a 7-9 Seahawks team at home?

          • God knows I’m no Cutler fan, and no one denies he didn’t get over paid LAST season, but what is Cutler’s market value (meaning, what could he get in the open market regardless of production)?

            I’m willing to wager that Cutler would get pretty much the same deal he received from the Bears.

            His TRUE value might be in the $15M/yr range, and how much is he going to get next season, like $18 year? $3M is a lot in the real world, but in the NFL world, that’s like half of what it takes to sign a rookie class, or maybe one decent FA.

            We’re not exactly one player away from a SB run anyways, so I don’t see it as crippling.

            The one issue I do have is that cutting him will cost us more than it should – when cutting Dalton or Kap will hurt the teams less cap-wise (I think).

            But we’re going to be stuck with Cutler for this year, and most likely next year too (even if we draft a QB).

            So what’s to be pissed about? That Cutler made about $12M more than he should’ve in those 3 years? He would’ve made that elsewhere; PLUS we would be FORCED to look for a new QB, perhaps reaching (and overpaying) for one out of necessity.

            The contract I think is more cumbersome is Allen’s, especially now with perhaps a new defense.

            It’s worth noting as well that these were Cliff Stein contracts, and we all know he doesn’t exactly splurge.

            Emery was a scout. He left a lot of those contracts to Stein, I’m sure. He might have told him, “Just get it done” and that’s what it took to get it done.

            But all-in-all, that extra $ we MIGHT have saved with Allen and Cutler off the books would have most likely gone to new high profile FAs, and we’ve already been down that route.

            It’s better to build through the draft. Then, when we’re ready (with a new QB), buy a few impact FAs.

            But we’re nowhere close to that right now, so a few $M here and there doesn’t really upset me as much this off-season.

            We still have enough cap space to go after Suh if we wanted to.

          • BerwynBomber

            Look at the Dalton deal. That is what I think would have been fair value for Cutty; in fact, even though Cincy initially took flak for that deal it looks about right in retrospect. Only 17M of it was guaranteed.

            http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/cincinnati-bengals/andy-dalton/

            The Kap deal, thus far, looks horrendous. I guess you could say Cutty’s deal is comparable, but again, (thus far) horrendous.

            P.S. both Kap and Cutty can, of course, turn around how their deals look, but right now both look regrettable.

            P.S.2 no way Cutty would get that same deal now, if that it is what you are implying. I just can’t see a team doing it even if many teams would still want him. Just for not near that money.

          • John Doe

            Kap deal is much better for 49ers than Cutler deal is for the Bears.

            Kap deal is essentially a series of 1 year deals. At the end of each year, 49ers can decide if they want to keep going.

          • I’m guessing most likely Kap will be the starter there for this year, and next though, which is essentially what Cutler is gonna be doing with the Bears.
            If Cuter totally tanks again, well, then, Bears take a bit of a cap hit next season.

  • I try not to spam my site’s stuff on here much, but this is pretty great. Podcast talking with a SF writer for SB Nation about Vic Fangio. He’s on for about the first half hour, and I really think it’s worth a listen. This guy really knew his stuff.

    http://dabearsbeat.com/2015/02/16/episode-6-fangios-defense-with-oscar-aparicio/

    • EnderWiggin

      As long as you aren’t trying to sell us crap, nobody ever cares if you put a link up. If they do, screw ’em.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      yeah… I wanted him BADLY as the Bears HC. Your podcast kind of tells you what and why.

      It’s also proof that NFL people are a bunch of glorified morons… Vic Fangio wasn’t interviewed by nobody. They’re to stupid to understand the Bill Belichick type of a coach.

      His lack of offers becomes a positive for the bars now, because if he didn’t get his shot this time he never will. So he’s not a 1 year DC, like Gase might be.

      PS: I have an issue I can’t get out my head… your guest talks about the nobodies that replaced the All Pro LBs that missed the year. That unit was coached by Jim Leavitt, who surely must be a god damn beast. Instead we got some bum from Atlanta.

      I wished you could could have asked him about it. Were there personal problems between Fangio and Leavitt ? Were they 2 LB gurus that bumped heads ? Or Fox didn’t want him for some reason. I want that info. It’s important to me.

      • I wonder about that too. I wasn’t actually a part of this conversation though.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Yeah…sorry. I figured that later.

          • It’s a great question. I asked him on Twitter and am hoping he’ll respond.

          • he said he hasn’t heard of any discord or anything. Leavitt ended up getting passed over in NFL and going to become the DC in Colorado (a job he didn’t take until 2 weeks after Fangio was hired in CHI). He didn’t know of any reason why. Speculated maybe he wanted to be a DC somewhere.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Thanks man. I fear we’ll never find out this important piece of information

            I doubt he wanted to go be a DC for the Colorado Baggers or some shit like that. The proof is in the timing. He just wasn’t wanted in the NFL. Just like Fangio.

            How stupid is that ? I mean… it’s the NFL the land of stupid. The 49ers DC got the DC in Chicago (should have become a HC), the 49ers DB coach went with him (HUGE piece for the Bears), the DL coach got the 49ers HC coach.

            The LB coach ? The coach of their best and most impressive unit ? He didn’t get 1 interview. Not one. Zero. Had to go coach some amateur kids.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Great !!!

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Great stuff on the podcast. High quality stuff.
      When talking about the Bears D my only fear is that some of those young players became damaged goods after 1 or 2 years with Tucker. Especially Bostic.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    BTW, locals – I get to visit Chicago for work next Sunday night to Tuesday. Coming up with a short list for a few co-workers for dinner options. Will be staying in the Loop, maybe venturing a little north.
    Obviously, Portillo’s is on there…Giordano’s for the ones that have never partaken in real deep dish pizza.
    Any other suggestions?

    • If they prefer thin crust pizza, Pizano’s is amazing. Right off Millenium Park.

    • GPLDAN

      Please choose Lou’s over Giordano’s. Butter crust vs. pure white dough, it’s a night and day experience.

      For Italian Beef, choose any number of the Al’s vs. Portillos. The beef is much better.

      • BerwynBomber

        Yeah, but Portillo’s is so much more than their Italian Beef.

        • Trac

          Stop it! I can’t stand it anymore! This is pure torture.

          • BerwynBomber

            Tell me about it. I’m sticking to a New Year’s heath diet and during the past month and a half there have been a few nights when I’ve googled images of things like Mushroom Swiss Burger or Pepperoni Pizza and then ogled the pics as food porn.

            thing is I’ve never been a fat ass (good metabolism I suppose) but damn I miss the grease. Never knew the depth of the addiction.

      • BearDown100393

        The beef might be superior but Portillos rocks with state of the art defibrillators.

    • Jokey

      Gino’s has great pizza (deep, not stuffed). Pequod’s too but that’s not downtown. If you want to spend more and do steaks, I like Morton’s, Benny’s, Gene & Georgetti’s, Harry Caray’s in that order. Italian, I’d do Italian Village or Rosebud’s.

  • EnderWiggin

    I watched the SNL special last night. Besides the Celebrity Jeopardy it was extremely boring. I even took an hour off to watch The Walking Dead, and wouldn’t ya know it… That was boring too.

    • Scharfinator

      Walking Dead has a pretty different tone this season. I thought the opener was really good, this week was okay.

      • EnderWiggin

        Yeah, it just seemed like I could have watched the last 5 minutes and not missed a thing.

        • Scharfinator

          But…but… but… that girl cried, and that other girl glared at other people. And there were zombies….

        • It’s pretty much a soap opera with zombies.
          A chick I knew kept raving about it, so I began watching it. After about the billionth dude crying, and chick crying, and some zombie bashing, got pretty old.
          Oh the things we do for poon.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I think the writers are devoid of ideas, but I keep watching.

        Better Call Saul is a winner. Anyone seen it? The first courtroom scene was classic.

        • BearDown100393

          Walking Dead is supposedly following a comic book storyline. The writers are simply doing the adaptation to the small screen.

        • BearDown100393

          The pilot was a bit boring on 1st watch. It was better after the 2nd. Episode#2 was good.

        • Scharfinator

          BCS has been good so far. Hard to imagine it would be bad with how Breaking Bad went.

          What I don’t understand about WD is that it’s a comic series, how are the writers out of ideas? The source goes forever, doesn’t it?

          • Irish Sweetness

            I downloaded the comics a couple of years ago, I didn’t really notice them following the comic at all. It just seem to go so slowly.

            I love that Tuco and Mike are in BCS. Looking forwad to seeing how he hooks up with them and then Gustavo.

    • BerwynBomber

      All I can say is Praise the Lord that NBA All-Star weekend is over. Worst sports weekend of the year, and yes, I’m a guy who likes the NBA (second fave league, in fact).

    • BearDown100393

      You were probably just watching SNL segments of Norm MacDonald in a catatonic stupor. Very easy to mix that up with The Walking Dead but equally boring and pointless.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Recorded SNL. Liked some of what I DID see but it also show how funny the show used to be but currently isn’t.

    • BearDown100393

      SNL has been garbage ever since Brian Williams left. Just ask him.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Talking about Emery’s draft fireable offenses… I just realized that the Patriots drafted Jamie Collins out of Southern Miss with the 52nd pick in 2013 draft. Number 50 was Jonathan Bostic.

    Which hurts more ? McClellin 2 picks before Chandler Jones or Bostic 2 picks before Jamie Collins ? Don’t answer !

    PS: Man the 2012 ILB class was awesome. Here are all the ILB drafted in the first 3 rounds:
    1st rounders: Luke Kuechly, Dont’a Hightower.
    2nd rounders: Mychal Kendricks, Bobby Wagner, Zach Brown (Titans), Lavonte David.
    3rd rounders: Demario Davis (jets), Sean Spence (Steelers)

    Setting aside Sean Spence who had 2 major knee injuries, but was strong enough to play well this year the other guys are all real big time players.Not one of them is just another guy. They put in 1st round production careers until now. Impressive ILB class.

    • Kuechly, I loved (who didn’t?)
      Kendricks, Wagner too.
      I really was hoping for David in the 2nd, and I think we barely missed on him.

      Hightower, Brown, Davis and Spence I wasn’t as high on, and I admit , I don’t even remember Collins being in the mix, but then again, I don’t get paid millions to scour every swinging dick, esp when MB volunteers !

      Haha, MB, you bastard. Get back on DA BLOG!

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Collins was the year after. 2013. Well, he was a find. I remember reading a lot about him at the time. The usual patriots reach.
        He played all over the place… started as a S, then LB and DE. Also ST.

        The ST sold Belichick. That makes him pull the trigger every time.

        Collins is a fantastic player. People should have know at that time. A S that ends up as a pass rusher. That’s a lot of skill and potential. You have to invest some time in him, but don’t worry…he can play ST meanwhile.

  • BerwynBomber

    So looked at youtube highlight of Grayson. As with virtually all the college QB highlights on YT, it is hard to glean much from what you see as almost all the passes are to primary receivers. Other than the physical skill set, a lot of the evaluation comes down to reads, progressions, reads, progressions, etc., etc.

    Btw, I’m not convinced the Bears should trade down if Mariota falls in their lap, which is to say I’m not convinced Mariota will be a bust or below average. Big thing for him — beyond the obvious read/progression stuff — is the question of arm strength. He doesn’t need to be Jay Cutler but he can’t be Danny Weurfell either.

    Winston seem, obviously, more pro-ready, but beyond the off-field stuff, he was also a borderline TO machine this past year.

    • Which YT clip did you watch?
      Yeah, it’s a lil hard to evaluate QBs from high-lights cuz one must have the feel of the game they were in, esp if they’re pressure games.

      I’ve read that he may go from high 2nd to late 4rth.

      • BerwynBomber

        I don’t remember which, Butch. It was a couple weeks back when I watched (just getting around to commenting on it now). Also watched clips of Petty and Mariota. Pretty much the same story, although with the latter you obviously get some QB runs sprinkled in.

        Makes me wonder how the professional coaches/scouts judge some of these guys’ abilities to work thru progressions as they are often are not asked to do it much in college. I am sure some spot game tape exists that shows it but again a bit of a needle in a haystack.

        Jaworski also has some “chaos in the pocket” grade he gives draft guys, which judges a QB’s ability to make plays within the pocket while it is breaking down — in other words, sheer scrambling ability isn’t always the answer. A few years back he gave Foles, who was coming out of AZ, very high marks in that regard. Btw, I don’t think it is called “chaos in the pocket” but essentially that describes it.

        • SC Dave

          Interesting notion. I guess leave to a guy that has actually done it to come up with something like that.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Maybe he was toast in any case but Brandon Bostick just joined his ST coach on the sidewalk.

    • BerwynBomber

      He was the 3rd on the depth chart up there. Don’t know if teams ordinarily carry three TEs or not.

      • NewBearInTown

        A lot of teams carry 4, especially with no fullback. They don’t dress them all, but they all have at least three.
        He was cut to make room for young guys to try to earn his spot.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Packers ALWAYS seem to have another tight end to score a TD or 2 against the Bears.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      PR move.

      On the other side of the spectrum Cobb will be re-signed and overpaid.

  • Listened to Data’s podcast. Quality bites.
    Interesting that Fangio doesn’t even watch tape of new personnel, that he likes to see them in person and figure out their strengths and weaknesses personally. I still can’t believe we stole him for DC.

    I’m still more worried about the OC. Don’t want this to be Lovie. 2.0.

    • Yeah, the guy running the podcast is trying different things to try and improve the sound quality.

      • NewBearInTown

        Interesting point on the podcast is that Fangio runs a one-gap based system. That means a few important things:
        1 – We don’t need a monster nose tackle to make it work. The monster nose covers a center and a guard pretty much every play. The one gap nose usually deals with one or the other and needs more help stopping the run. Paea also becomes more of a prospect to stick around.
        2 – We don’t need to swap out quite as many players. Briggs, for example, will not find himself as out of water if he wants to stay another year and play two down Mike or something like that.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Get Briggs the fuck out of the building.

        • 1) no, Fangio didn’t have anybody on the DL over 325 pounds in SF. He could make it work with a guy like Shelton, but it’s not a necessity to have a 340 pound behemoth.
          2) Fangio is known for adapting his D to his personnel. He’ll figure out ways to use guys on the roster who are useful.

          • AlbertInTucson

            “..adapting his D to his personnel”

            What a concept!

            I’ve been on the “Briggs Chjecked Out With Lovie” team but maybe the new regime can/will re-energize Briggs to go out in style as a Bear.

          • I’m firmly on the “Briggs and Tillman are both old and their bodies have given out on them, so they need to go” bandwagon. Not even about attitude for me, just age and injury history.

  • Picking up on Fangio. On record as saying, front 7, stop the run, tackle. Teams only pass when they can’t run.
    Well, I just read a very interesting article on whether SB winning teams do in fact run or pass it more. Takes the trend from the last 10+ years. The results might surprise. Check it out.

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/to-pass-or-run/

    • NewBearInTown

      Brady just set the record for pass attempts this year.
      I think the next discussion is what style of passing works best. A lot of teams are using the short pass the way teams of old used the run. I imagine there’s a yardage mark that would create a natural break between “traditional” passes and “west coast” short passes.
      Martz was criticized for making Cutler throw the long ball too much. Trestman was criticized for calling too many short passes and ignoring the big arm. Is there a winning formula somewhere we’re missing?

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Patriots winning formula is that there isn’t a winning formula.

        Seahawks winning formula is their winning formula.

        Ravens and Giants winning formula is pray the QB gets hot in postseason.

        PS: They all had astounding Defenses. If there’s a winning formula is that one. Be dominant on D.

        • the winning formula for the postseason is winning in the trenches. Not universally effective (NE lost in the trenches in 2/3 playoff games), but typically your best bet.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Front 7 might be a stretch. The 49ers must have been in the Top 3 of nickel Defense the last 3 years.

      It was more of a front 6 really.

      • I’d say more of a front 6.5. He likes big nickel packages where a 3rd S is kind of a S/LB hybrid as the nickelback.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Sure. But they start in a cover 2 look. Also his nickel package involved 3 CBs.

          But you’re right … one of the S was a thumper. They stopped the run by locking the middle and forcing outside runs, so the LBs and the Ss had time to get there.

  • BearDown100393

    A tweet regarding anything to do with Jake Mariotti is cruel and unusual punishment.

  • NewBearInTown

    Here’s the thing at #7. There is no position outside of specialists that is not worth taking at #7 if we get a HOF player out of the deal. Probably our strongest position this year is RB thanks to Forte. If we drafted the next Marshawn Lynch (or Adrian Peterson, or frankly Matt Forte) at #7, does anybody complain?
    If there’s a truly special nose tackle, or middle linebacker, or safety, or QB, or left tackle, or whatever at #7… pull the trigger and don’t think twice.

    • I could not agree more. I don’t really care what position they get (not P, K, or FB), just get a stud.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Disagree. We need game-changers on D, and the first pick must be on D. BPA is a matter of opinion anyway. Thing is we should be angling to have two picks in the first.

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog

    “When I see that I have more followers than @MariottiSports I feel so happy. Nobody was a bigger dick to me when I got started.”

    Well, you were in good company because apparently he treated his peers and co-workers the same way.

    Remember the “love letter” the late Roger Ebert published when the Sun-Times called Mariotti’s bluff and let him walk? Ebert Shredded him.

    More followers than Jay Mariotti?

    Certainly glad to hear it.

    Certiainly you rate more than he.

    But That COULD be a left-handed compliment,Blogfather

    Like

    “I have more hands than Captain Hook.”

    “I fly better than a penguin.”

    “I run faster than a tortoise”

    Seriously, people still actually follow Jay Mariotti?

    That’s a stunner.

    • GPLDAN

      A stunner is when Jay hit his girlfriend with a right cross and knocked her out.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I’m sure it stunned HER.

        • GPLDAN

          He lives in Florida now. The ball sack of America.

          • AlbertInTucson

            “In an interview with ESPN on March 4th of 2013 Mariotti mentioned that he is an avid World of Warcraft player.”

            Probably didn’t mention he was also a “Convicted Stalker”?

          • AlbertInTucson

            Mariotti came to the Sun-Times from the Denver post. He had a long running feud with Woody Paige in the Mile High City.

            When he burned his bridges exiting Chicago, various other Sun-times writers, led by Roger Ebert, took turns saying “good riddance” in print.

            I believe he went back to the Denver Post then jumped to the other Denver daily at the time, The Rocky Mountain News.

            Shortly after Mariotti’s arrival, the Rocky Mountain News ceased publication.
            That’s probably just a coincidence.

          • BearDown100393

            Mariotti went to AOL Fanhouse for a short stint following the Sun-Times. He was dropped after his arrest.

          • AlbertInTucson

            In my research, it mentioned that he smacked her the day he was ordered not to see her anymore. He eventually pleaded “No contest” to 3 misdemeanors and got probation that expired last year.

          • CanadaBear

            He kept saying she was always beating him up. I remember an article in Deadspin that painted a picture of one of the most reprehensible people you could imagine. Pretty sure it was true. I’ve always really liked Roger Ebert so I assumed his piece was 100% true. Not pretty.

          • AlbertInTucson

            When your peers/coworkers cheer as you are shown the door – not good.

  • GPLDAN
    • BearDown100393

      At some point (sooner rather than later), the QB position must be addressed. Not really seeing Marcus Mariota as the answer though.

  • GPLDAN

    Anybody remember Denise Swerski? Miss SouthSide?

    https://screen.yahoo.com/chicago-weddings-beautiful-bride-000000067.html

    She’s a perfect clone of my HS girlfriend.

    • CanadaBear

      I hope your ex-gf didn’t wear the crown and sash!

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog

    “See there’s a Cutler v Mariota debate brewing on Twitter due to a Mayock comment. That will be productive, I’m sure.”

    My assuption would be that with so many teams , supposedly, wanting to trade down, Chip Kelly will be able to trade up to before #7, nab his guy Mariotta and render that debate moot.

    Better Scenario(?): Mariotta’s still on the board at 7 and the Bears see how much the Eagles are willing to cough up.

    • if Mariota falls past TEN, I’m guessing the trade up spot is either 5 or 6. Jets would be next team looking for a QB, and they’re at 6 (unless WAS decides to move on from RG3).

  • Mayock’s take on Cutler/Mariota is particularly interesting bc it exemplifies fact that many around the league continue to see upside in Jay – Jeff

    I heard other scouts actually compare Cutler to Winston, namely, all the physical tools but lax ball security, some inaccuracy, INTs and “character” concern. For Cutler obviously it’s leadership questions, for Winston, well, we all know that.

  • John Doe

    I think this is definitely happening… Marshall replaced with Cobb or Harvin

    Bears Need Cobb More Than Marshall According To Chicago Tribune

    http://sportsmockery.com/2015/02/bears-need-cobb-marshall-according-chicago-tribune/

    • Big Mike

      This wasn’t from the Tribune, it was from Rosenbloom. So that guy is the guy who has a can of lighter fluid and runs around dousing topics that trolls have lit on fire. His appeal is to the Bears fan who spews venom after the first incompletion of the season.

      • John Doe

        The point stands though. Bears WRs in 2014 could not get open because opposing defenses were sitting on their routes.

        It was an obvious flaw in Emery/Trestman plan. They collected all these big,slow targets to make it easy for Cutler and errant throws but forgot they were giving defenses easy way to counter. One of Marshall and Jeffery has to go under Gase and Fox offense. There is no Emmanuel Sanders type WR on Bears and they will get one.

        • Big Mike

          They need speed. I wouldn’t drop Marshall for Cobb. I’d add speed. That’s all. With a greater emphasis on the run, defenses will need to play a bit tighter. That creates a bit of space. Also I love the way our WR group blocks. We need some speed.

          • John Doe

            It has all come together for Marshall exit as much as fans don’t like it. He has been a headache and distraction and the new offensive minds (Gase/Fox) will definitely want WRs with different skills.

            Plus Marshall’s insistence on doing the Showtime gig as late as last week has convinced he won’t be a Bear for long. Gone by March 10.

          • Big Mike

            I believe this is a case of group think, based on the crumbs of data that are out there. Elite WRs are typically a pain in the ass. Bears fans have such short memories. We wandered through the 90s and 00s without a wide receiver. Now we have a couple that can be great, and because our team fell apart last year Marshall’s a terrible guy. He’s under contract. Letting him go doesn’t make sense.

          • John Doe

            You are overthiniking this. He is not worth the trouble for the new management. They did not give him the contract and he does not fit their plan.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            sounds to me like you are jumping to conclusions, especially considering the sources you linked.

          • Johnnywad

            Jumping to conclusions is his forte.

          • Big Mike

            Not over thinking it. No reason to let him go. He’s a quality player, he was a problem under a pansy ass coach. Since when do all pro, hard working, great blocking, WR not fit any coach’s plan. If they do let him go, they need great value back.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            but he yelled in the locker room, and he wants to do a TV show, and i heard he doesn’t clean his finger nails or wash his hands after using the bathroom. Clearly he is a distraction.

          • Big Mike

            And I also heard he left the toilet seat up

        • Captain Obvious

          I heard a rumor that the Bears top 2 WR’s both had leg injuries all season. They were probably just lying.

          • Johnnywad

            This is insane. Now they’re big and slow and one just has to go. One season removed from being unanimously declared as the best duo in the league.

          • BerwynBomber

            If Marshall were moved, I assume it would come down to attitude, money and age/injuries. Anyone discounting his skill and production is off base.

    • The problem with getting a speedy WR, or one who relies on accurate route running, is that it requires a QB to be accurate. That’s not Cutler.

      Same with Mike Wallace. He might become a free agent. Why? Well, Rothlisburg could hit him 50 yds down field, apparently Tannehill lacks that touch on deep balls.

      Cutler might have an arm, but his deep balls are jump balls, not dropped over defenders shoulders.

      WRs like Cobb, Harvin and even Wallace would most likely be wasted with Cutler.

    • Peanut FTW

      Why overpay for speed in Cobb when Harvin will be cheap and if we want somebody who just plain gets open in the slot, Welker will probab;y be close to free? We are soon to face re-signing Alshon which I am fairly sure will be a priority. We NEED a good safety, we NEED an entire LB corps. We can get by offensively with scrap heap guys but FA and Draft focus needs to be on D.

      • Big Mike

        I agree. But if there is some value in a mid round pick for a speed guy, or a cast of FA who has some wheels, I’m all for it. Run the damn ball, and the brandon and alshon will look a whole lot faster. They also block extremely well. Give up a few less points and you won’t be in three wide so often.

        • Peanut FTW

          Totally agree, plus getting out of 3 wide lets you really take advantage of Bennett down the seam, or even shifting him out to see who covers him.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I think Martellus is insane and won’t last long in Chi-town. Looking forward to moe Zach Miller though, and preferably a QB that’s able to hit him in stride.

      • John Doe

        FS Raheem Moore coming to Chicago to re-unite with John Fox. Book it.

    • I actually have an article coming out tomorrow about why the whole notion the Bears need a “fast receiver to take the top off the defense” is false.

      Alshon Jeffery is a better deep threat than either Cobb or Harvin, and it’s not close.

      The Bears need a QUICK receiver who can create separation in tight areas. They don’t have that. But that doesn’t mean he has to be especially FAST (Jeffery is just as fast as Cobb or Julian Edelman, another guy like that).

      • BerwynBomber

        A WR as you describe is less than ideal for Cutler. Those are timing and often small target guys. Jay is talented enough to make some use of one but Jay is not a huge timing/accuracy guy. Such a guy, IMV, will lead to more INCs and INTs. The Marshall and Jeffrey types are ideal for Jay. They mask his flaws as well as any WRs could.

        • I agree with you, but then Chicago has 3 of those guys already. If they’re looking to diversify their WR core a bit, they need to look for smaller, quicker guys. A couple I would like if they fall to round 4 are Jamison Crowder or Tyler Lockett.

          Also have to start thinking beyond Jay. He’ll likely be gone before these current rookies’ contracts expire. Just get good football players.

      • Irish Sweetness

        If you have bunch of good target and it’s not getting done, then the finger must be pointed at the QB. We do not have an accurate QB in Jay Cutler. Fales or Clausen could quit possibly be more accurate, and it wouldn’t be hard.

        • Jeffery was phenomenal as a deep target in 2013, with much of that coming from Cutler.

          He was hurt last year. So was Marshall. That was the biggest problem, along with teams basically ignoring the 3rd WR.

  • draft in review

    http://cbsprt.co/1zztS9R

  • A modest proposal.

    1. #7 Draft the best OT. Scherff. Nasty, pancaking, versatile. Imagine him and Long on that right side!
    2. 2nd round, draft HB Gurley or Gordon, who ever is still on the board
    3. 3rd round, draft Grayson.

    The rest on D/specials

    Crazy, right? Well, this would be the Cowboy blue-print. Just a dominant Oline, power-run game, which would limit Cutler/Grayson. Our receiver core is built for this too. Bmarsh/Alshon/Bennett are beasts run-blockers.

    Just run it down the opponents throat. Ball control. Limit opponent’s O opportunity (thus improving our D). On obvious passing down, we still got Forte. Plus, we could extend his career by splitting him.

    How about our D, Butch!?

    Well, glad you asked.

    F.A.
    1. Suh
    2. Patrick Willis
    3. whatever Safety we can somehow snag.

    This draft and FA class doesn’t offer much in safeties, but hopefully we can find a gem through the draft. We do have Fox and Fangio (and Pace), so finding such gems shouldn’t be as doubtful as under the previous regime.

    That is all.

    Viva la revolucion!

    • If they sign Suh, they would have basically no $$ for anybody else notable in FA, unless they backload the contract (please don’t backload a big contract like that).

      • Could we squeeze some cap space by trading/releasing Allen?
        Also, maybe we can extend Alshon?

        I’m sure we can find a way to get both Suh and Willis. Plus, in my plan, Cutler will be gone after next year, and Grayson will still be under his rookie contract, so that’s an extra $15M in 2017. Put their bonuses there.

        • they can extend Alshon, but that will use cap space, not add to it. There is no way to create cap space from Allen.

          Not to mention I am categorically opposed to putting a ton of $$ on future years’ caps in order to get extra players in 2015. That only makes sense if you’re in a win-now desperately situation (like Denver), which Chicago decidedly is not.

          • I’m usually opposed to back-loading too (reason Suh is even able to become FA), but in 3 years, like I said, Cutler will be off the book under my plan. So that can create some mula. Not too mention, other contracts under my plan might make others expendable.

            For instance, if Gurley/Gordon turn out to be studs, Forte’s $8M could be gone too.

            So, in 2017, getting rid of Cutler/Forte alone clears close to, what, $23M in cap space?

            And I’m sure by 2017 cutting Allen then will clear at least $5M(?) in cap, plus the inevitable cap spike.

            So theoritically speacking, without crunching the Spotrac numbers, we’d free close to $30M in 3 years (plus, Bmarsh would most likely be gone by then too).

            After this year, we can just go draft heavy, but Suhs/Willis don’t pop on the market often.
            Gotta seize the opportunity.

          • yes, those guys would be gone, but that’s at the point that you need to start paying some of your young guys who (hopefully) have established themselves as quality players deserving of being paid by then.

            IMO backloading a contract makes no sense for a team in Chicago’s situation, no matter how you want to look at it.

          • Irish Sweetness

            The 600lb Gorilla in the room is Cutler’s contract. There’s our cap space and draft boner, and if we trade Forte, hallelujah on the cap space.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            If they trade Allen, they can be free of his cap space because his money was in the form of a roster bonus. Allen and a 5th rounder to someone (Pats maybe?) for a 7th?

          • they would be free of his $1M salary. They would not be free of the $11.5M roster bonus, assuming he is still on the roster when it is paid (and nobody will trade for him to take that bonus on).
            Also, I am categorically opposed to trading player + pick for a lower pick for a salary dump. That’s dumb. Just use the player the best you can for now. Bears have few enough picks as it is.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            I had assumed trading him prior to his bonus kicking in because once his bonus kicks in you only save $1M like you said.
            You can’t keep him around if he won’t fit your D and may end up being a negative in the clubhouse especially if he’s taking a reduced role.

          • nobody will trade for him and then pay him that bonus.

      • that said, I do love the idea of focusing on the trenches this offseason. On both sides of the ball.

        Teams that consistently win in the trenches are consistently good. Surest path to a good team outside of having a top-shelf QB.

        • Big Mike

          Big Uglies all around. First pick needs to be on defense. The luxury of the best RT is so tempting. Teaming that guy with Long.. but the defense is nowhere.

          • Irish Sweetness

            That’s the killer, knowing you’re passing up a tackle who will start for the next ten years. There’s only one relief option, selling the family jewels to get more picks in the first. For me that’s Pace’s biggest task – cashing in the Cutty.

          • Big Mike

            Unless they get a 1, I’m not for it. I like Cutler. I’m not getting into the debate about him any more. I think he’s right in between being a coach killer on one side and an elite QB on the other. There’s 10 starting QBs I think I’d take over him. There’s 10 or 12 that I would do everything I could to avoid. Cutler’s in the middle. Of the guys in the middle, I’d say he’s got a better chance than any of them to get into the top 10. If nobody bites, I’m fine with Cutler for the next couple years. A lot of guys on the blog, maybe most disagree with me on this. I’m ok with that. Maybe the damage done to my psyche by Concannon, Douglass, Avellini, Evans, Huff, Walsh, Mirer, Stentsrom, Moreno, Matthew, McNown, Burris, Krenzel, Hutchinson, Quinn, Collins and Hanie have turned me into a victim. My vote is sticking with Cutler and fixin the rest this year and next.

    • Peanut FTW

      Completely overlooking the cap issues that Suh and Willis would bring to any team that tried to have both. They are kind of a Nonbo right?
      Suh is a stud 3 tech 4-3 DT. And Willis is a stud 3-4 ILB. So, one of them is going to be asked to switch roles regardless.

      • I am worried more about Suh then Willis, schemewise. Reading the scouting reports, Willis transcends scheme. He’ll be a stud in a 4-3 or 3-4 (as long as he doesn’t really have turf toe).

        Suh can easily be moved around. I think it’s been pointed out, but the 9ers more or less run a 4-3 under. It’s still a one gap attack, much like the Texans (and look what they do with Watt), so theoritically, Suh could still produce. However, it’s not as “glamorous” as a 3tech DT, and that’s something that worries me – if Suh would be willing to do more of the dirty work. But maybe he sees what Fangio did at the 9ers, and wants to be part of that.

        9ers ran a very flexible D, and Fox has history with both, so I think the Bears’ D will reflect that.

    • NewBearInTown

      If you ignore your big FA signings on D, you might be on to something. This would the opposite of Lovie’s first all defense draft. We take a team that needs players on one side of the ball and basically plug those holes in FA for a year while we put the other side on steroids. New Orleans is also famous for doing this – ignoring defensive woes to feed the beast that is Sean Payton’s offense.
      Adding a second franchise level offensive tackle makes all the sense in the world to me at #7. It will make Jay better, make Forte better, make Bennett better and make all those UDFA running backs everyone loves look better. Its also a position that frequently can only be filled with a top 10 pick. No complaints there.
      Adding a developmental QB in the third round is fine with me if he’s still on the board. Question is whether he’ll still be on the board. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go in the bottom of the first round off a trade up (think Teddy Bridgewater).
      The second rounder on a halfback doesn’t make as much sense to me. But taking someone like Devin Smith (maybe after trading down a bit in the 2nd) would make sense. A speedy deep threat would compliment our existing skill players and add another dimension to the offense – like we’ve been saying for three years. We can get the HB on day 3 and still more or less follow your blueprint.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I don’t see why we should draft another QB. There is literally no point in drafting a 3rd round QB. A project that will never see the field. What’s wrong with Fales? We’ve written him off already? Why?

      I wouldn’t mutiny if we drafted Scherff and the RB, but there had better be plans elsewhere.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Sure… because Fox and Pace are direct descendants of the Safety God.

      It’s not like their teams signed the most expensive Ss in FA last season.

  • GPLDAN

    Maycock (insert Beavis laugh here) said “Go with Jay”

    http://showtimesports.sportsblog.com/posts/1835029/mike_mayock_would_take_jay_cutler_over_marcus_mariota.html

    I watched Mariota get shut down, make bad throws, and bad decisions to run with his feet against OSU. I am simply not seeing what others see in this kid. Fuck the Ducks, those stats are inflated. This kid is the next Joey Harrington.

    • It’s hard to trust spread/option QBs, esp those who have never played under center, gone through progressions, or had to make audibles not based on big ass sideline posters.

      I mean, learning progressions at the NFL level where the game is much faster is like learning how to race in Daytona.

    • BerwynBomber

      Silly “article”. Virtually every QB coming into the league is a who knows-type gamble. I would at least give Mariota a look; that is, seriously scout him, go to his pro day, set up an interview, etc.. etc.

      I’m not sold on him yet either but if we pass on him at #7 and the dude eventually rises to, say, the Joe Flacco level, it will make the Shea McClellin pick seem irrelevant by comparison.

      • beninnorcal

        That’s a BIG if, count me in with GPL.

  • BerwynBomber

    No NBA games until Thurs, which means they will have shuttered their league for 7-8 days in the middle of their season for All-Star weekend. Think the NFL would ever do something like that at the risk of other sports potentially poaching their viewers? Yeah, neither do I.

    The Pro Bowl is as dead as Caesar, but I predict these other All-Star games will eventually die out too. They’re not exotic anymore with all the national exposure on cable and in social media. More and more they have become cartoons and not every entertaining ones at that.

  • SC Dave

    Same thread? Fuck it – goodnight

  • AlbertInTucson

    Speed watched SNL 40 tonight. Mightily disappointed. Having folks IMITATE dead cast members like Belushi, Radner & Farley was painful to watch. Imitation Roseanne Rosannadana especially. I know they wanted to highlight “Live” but, I’d have stuck to quick intros of classic skits. NONE of the monologues made me laugh. Most made me squirm. A few (very few) funny moments. Not near enough to sustain 3.5 hours.

    • I was entertained for the first 1.5 hours or so, and then the last half of it was commercial-one thing-commercial. pissed me off, but I kept watching in case something great happened. The song about breaking was the closest it got.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I found the “Breaking” video entertaining.

        Couldn’t watch the Seinfeld standup.

        • also enjoyed the Wayne’s World bit ripping on Kanye.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Ripping Kanye was (is always) good but the rest of it…meh.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    I did enjoy the “Jeopardy” skit. I’m still puzzled over the Eddie Murphy appearance, why even bother if you are not going to do something, anything, funny.

    • yeah, Chris Rock introducing Eddie was great. Then I was expecting something amazing, and he just said thanks and walked off the stage.

    • GPLDAN

      I get the impression Murphy is a little like Jordan. He bears grudges a long time.

      Did you see Jordan’s HOF speech? He calls out Isiah and Bird for freezing him out during his first All-Star game as a rookie. That guy bears a grudge.

      Same with Murphy. In an interview, he said that when he faltered at the box office, SNL did some skits at his expense and mocked his movie career, esp. Pluto Nash. He did not like that. He felt like they should be like parents, always supportive of their “kids”. He doesn’t really like Michaels.

      Don’t forget that Michaels quit SNL for four years. The years Murphy was there. It’s widely accepted that his stardom kept the show on the air those years. He is butthurt about how they treated him as an alumni. Which is why he sent Rock out there to essentially be his PR man and say what he thinks, and is actually true: SNL does not HAVE a 40th if not for me.

      I remember those times. After Michaels left, Ebersol and the NBC brass wanted to shut the show down. They flirted with the idea. Murphy made NBC a lot of money.

    • BearDown100393

      The Golden Child, Harlem Nights, Boomerang, The Distinguished Gentleman, Vampire in Brooklyn, Holy Man, Life, Showtime, The Haunted Mansion, Dreamgirls, Meet Dave……

  • GPLDAN
    • BearDown100393

      Urlacher always thought Jake Cutler was a dick. Nothing new here. Of course, Urlacher thinks everyone else is dick too. And if we are completely honest, so is Brian Urlacher himself.
      Mr. Brown: I’m talking morning, day, night, afternoon, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick.
      Mr. Blue: How many dicks is that?
      Mr. White: A lot.

      • GPLDAN

        I mean this cat is like Charles Bronson in the ‘Great Escape’, he’s digging tunnels.

        • BearDown100393

          Urlacher dug his in Joliet.

  • GPLDAN
  • John Doe

    I am surprised how non-commital John Fox on Jake Cutler. He would not even say on his own that he met with Jake Cutler. He first said he has met with a majority of players and then the reporter had to specifically ask if had met with Jake.

    Also, he flat out said that he wants players to focus on winning championship when asked if he would allow Marshall to do the show.

    Hard to see Marshall here by March 10th. He sure looks goner.

    Very surprising they are still not ready to call Cutler their starting QB.

    • BerwynBomber

      It is a smart move. Cutler is a coach killer. Fox knows this. The # of Bears HCs, OCs and QB coaches that have been fired since Cutler has been here has reached double-digits.

      Pace’s Ron Wolf-like strategy regarding QBs also seems smart and leads me to believe that they will draft a QB this year AND try to bring a veteran QB who is seen as viable starter/bridge guy to push Cutler. I am still for Sanchez if the money is right. He, to me, is either as good as Cutler or represents little drop-off. And of course as a bridge replacement he would cost gobs less money.

      Anyway, smart thinking by the guys in charge. My impression is they want as much of a clean slate as they can possible manage.

      • John Doe

        “My impression is they want as much of a clean slate as they can possible manage.”

        Agree with this. And it sounds like McCaskey and Phillips have really given them the power to go ahead and do their own thing and not be handcuffed by decisions of the previous regime.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        He’s a HC serial killer.

        • BerwynBomber

          You obviously missed the part about where I also said OCs and QB coaches. The OCs are usually the first to take the bullet for Cutty.

          Again ten HCs, OCs and QB coaches have been fired since Cutler has been here. That is a large body count and we are only talking a half-dozen years.

          Btw, it is three HCs (not two) in nine years

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Yeah…10 bums.

            I will not blame Kyle Fuller because Tucker got fired. He’s manure.

    • BearDown100393

      A red wedding on Game of Thrones survives longer than Head Coaches stuck with Jake Cutler as the starting quarterback.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Hah. Like cutting one of the best WRs in Bears history is child play.

  • John Doe

    Jeff Dickerson @ESPNChiBears · 5m5 minutes ago
    Fox really dancing around Jay Cutler questions. Also non-committal about WR Brandon Marshall.

  • John Doe

    Jeff Dickerson @ESPNChiBears · 3m3 minutes ago
    Fox tells us Charles Tillman & Lance Briggs “have been great #Bears”, but no indication either will be re-signed. Still evaluating.

    • BerwynBomber

      Both all-time Bears but time to move on. Might be interested in Peanut as a potential coach though.

      • BearDown100393

        Tillman insists he wants to play this season.

        • John Doe

          Then let him play elsewhere.

          • BearDown100393

            I like Tillman. He’s a gamer. But that is the heart talking. Ultimately I have to agree with you.

      • John Doe

        Agreed.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Tillman would be a perfect player to re-sign.

  • John Doe

    Adam Hoge @AdamHoge · 14m 14 minutes ago

    It’s official. #Bears will be operating out of a 3-4 base defense next season.

  • John Doe

    Adam Hoge @AdamHoge · 5m5 minutes ago
    Fox said Willie Young and Jared Allen will be lined up at LB. “What they become is up to them.”

  • John Doe

    Patrick Finley @patrickfinley
    John Fox had a chance to throw public support behind Jay Cutler today. He didn’t. Read into that what you will.

    • BearDown100393

      Jake Cutler does not care if his head coach shows any support or respect.

    • AlbertInTucson

      At this point, why should he?

      New regime. No guarantees an any position.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      This is stupid on so many levels.

  • John Doe

    Zach Zaidman @ZachZaidman
    Fox says reason he’s using a 3-4 defense with #Bears is he won’t be locked in to who is rushing the QB.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      what !?

  • John Doe

    Peggy Kusinski @peggykusinski · 29m29 minutes ago
    #Bears Fox on @BMarshall TV show: “regardless of who it is, their focus & energy must remain on what’s going to help us win a championship”

    • GPLDAN

      That means play football now, go be Willie Gault later.

  • John Doe

    Adam Hoge @AdamHoge · 5m5 minutes ago
    John Fox said he’s not sure if Shea McClellin is an ILB or OLB in a 3-4. Said he has to see him on the field first. #Bears

    • GPLDAN

      John Fox said “I’m not sure if she should be sweeping the chicken coops back on his farm or maybe he could be a short order cook at a highway Dennys. At this juncture, we’re just going to play it out and see how it develops.”

      • BearDown100393

        Somebody should have asked Coach Fox if Shea is a NFL football player.

  • John Doe

    Keep an eye on how the Peyton Manning situation unfolds in Denver. Denver wants him to take a big pay cut so they can sign Demarius Thomas etc. Plus Peyton will have to learn Kubiak’s new system and new playbook.

    As Tony Dungy keeps telling us on NBC, “Peyton hates change.”. And he liked the offense under Gase and wanted Broncos to retain Gase.

    If things fall apart in Denver over pay cut, Bears can trade Cutler and Marshall and make room for Manning. I am not saying this is going to happen but it is definitely worth keeping an eye on. The possibility is out there and may be why John Fox did not committ to Cutler.

    • BearDown100393

      Wasn’t the idea floated out there that Manning did not want Fox to return next season in Denver?

      • AlbertInTucson

        Agree.

        Also, supposedly, Peyton’s next “Restructure to help the team” will be his first.

    • Scharfinator

      Do we really want Peyton for a year? Maybe two? He’s almost done and I don’t think we will be a serious contender in the next year or two.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        At least for next year because we’ll be dealing with the AFC West/NFC West and Peyton has prepped for all those teams this past season.

        • Scharfinator

          I just feel like signing Manning would be incredibly short sighted for an organization who needs to take a long term look at itself.

          • this was my fear with the Pace/Fox duo.
            NO has been making short-sighted moves for a while, which puts them in perpetual cap hell. Fox is 60 years old and somebody I could definitely see taking a “win now approach.”
            I am all for Chicago being competitive next year, but not at the expense of the future. This would be a move at the expense of the future.

          • BerwynBomber

            But “win now” is also represented by standing pat with Cutler the next two years. Would you prefer that or a year or two of Peyton Manning?

          • it makes more financial sense to stick with Cutler, so I’d do that, but don’t ignore looking for the QB of the future (same with other veterans with contracts that people want to dump when it doesn’t make sense to, a la Jared Allen, Tim Jennings, Jermon Bushrod, Brandon Marshall).

      • BerwynBomber

        I agree with you. But you have a sizable majority who visit this blog who think that the Bears should play out the string with the Cutler and Marshall contracts — go back and look at how some of those Cutler and Marshall polls broke down.

        So if they are willing to go that route with those two why wouldn’t one do the same with Peyton Manning? Given the choice, I would choose the latter over the former.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Yeah… because Manning loves windy weather.

  • GPLDAN

    Let’s get Mike Glennon!

    • BerwynBomber

      I like him as a Cutty replacement. I NEVER understood why the TB job was immediately handed to McCown after the — comparatively-speaking — positive rookie campaign by Glennon.

  • John Doe

    Zach Zaidman @ZachZaidman · 3m3 minutes ago

    Ryan Pace says #Bears have met with Jay Cutler. He made no commitment.

    Zach Zaidman @ZachZaidman · 2m2 minutes ago

    Pace says he’s still evaluating if Cutler will be the #Bears starting QB

    Zach Zaidman @ZachZaidman · 1m1 minute ago

    Pace on Marshall: “Football needs to be the number one priority.”

  • John Doe

    Zach Zaidman @ZachZaidman · 54s54 seconds ago

    Pace has made no commitments to Cutler, Marshall, Briggs or Tillman.

    Zach Zaidman @ZachZaidman · 16s16 seconds ago

    Pace points out the new #Bears regime needs to make its own decision on Marshall.

  • John Doe

    Zach Zaidman @ZachZaidman · 51s52 seconds ago
    Pace on McCown as a backup or starter: “I think he can be either.”

    • BerwynBomber

      No. Don’t want that. McCown would only provide Cutler job security the next two years, which is the last thing this team needs. Plus, McCown was somewhat a Trestman creation. Trestman is gone.

  • John Doe

    Patrick Finley @patrickfinley
    Ryan Pace stresses #Bears want to use all the time they can to evaluate Cutler. Says Jay appreciates their honesty twitter.com

  • AlbertInTucson

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    How old YOU’D be !?

    HAH!

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