• Bears-4-Ever

    First?

  • Bears-4-Ever

    Wow, is this a dream? Seriously, it seems all the correct pieces are coming together in this new Bears Puzzle. Now we need some serious draft picks.

    • BillW

      NEVER say “all the pieces are in place”. NEVER!

      • BillW

        (see: Wanny, Dave)

    • SC Dave

      In the end, the players on the field have to win games.

  • John Doe

    Doug Farrar @SI_DougFarrarFollow
    Bears go from Mel Tucker to Vic Fangio. That, folks, is what is known as a monstrous upgrade.
    9:56 AM – 20 Jan 2015

  • John Doe

    Jason La Canfora @JasonLaCanfora · 9m9 minutes ago

    I would expect Ed Donatell to be joining Fangio in Chicago as DB coach. They are close and did great work together in San Francisco

    Jason La Canfora @JasonLaCanfora · 8m8 minutes ago

    Nothing official on Donatell yet. He and Fangio have talked about working together again. We’ll see where that goes

  • Trac

    Great addition to the coaching staff. Oh that we still had Peppers.

  • Sactowns#1

    Glad to see we are going with proven commodities instead of failed experiments.
    And did everyone thoroughly enjoy watching Gb implode on Sunday?

  • GPLDAN

    You can easily imagine Vic Fangio walking into Halas Hall with all the current D players on the roster and giving them the Alec Baldwin “coffee is for closers” speech.

  • John Doe

    Matt Bowen ✔ @MattBowen41Follow
    Vic Fangio is an excellent hire as new #Bears DC. 3-4 base in SF. Multiple fronts in sub (nickel/dime). Aggressive, attacking style.
    10:24 AM – 20 Jan 2015

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      49ers base D was the nickel 3-4… that 4-2-5 with OLB at DE

      Lamarr Houston is the perfect Left OLB in Fangio’s scheme and as a 3T-blizer in pass rushing situations.

      If he gets healthy you’ll finally see why he got paid real coin in FA.

      PS: Jones seems like the best fit at MLB thinking about the ideal LB mold.

  • GPLDAN

    Now we just need a good OC.

    Personally, I think we dodged a bullet with Kyle Shanny. Never thought he had the stuff.

    • Bender McLugh

      same here GP

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Nagative. He’s an excellent OC that has his strong suits just what the Bears want to do: run game and experience with average QBs and rookies.

      • Bender McLugh

        his track record while in Washington was horrid, that’s what scares me most.

        • Bender McLugh

          but who cares, we’ll never know him as OC of the Bears.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          They went to the playoffs in the first year with Griffin and would have beaten the Seahawks if not for his injury.

          Everything went to the shitter after that, but that’s far from OC fault.

          He went to the playoffs with Schaub, Griffin and was close to do it with Hoyer.

          People just don’t follow standards in this sport.

    • Big Mike

      Fuck, it we’re going to win games 6-0

    • I was always a bit skeptical of either Shanny.
      Kyle just seems like an entitled douche, which is OK if you have a track record, but he doesn’t.
      Kyle has potential, with some success, and Cutler’s familiarity with Daddy’s system would’ve been a plus, but I’m not losing any sleep over him.

  • BillW

    “My level of excitement for the 2015 Chicago Bears is borderline insane considering where I was a month ago.”

    Me too! It’s my early birthday gift (at the end of January). And we’re not done yet!

    • Big Mike

      It’s a nice feeling. Excellent moves, domino effect, no “WTF?” moves, where you have to rely on saying, “we’ll see, can’t judge him now” like we had to do when they hired Trestman, Tucker, Kromer. Not to mention that we had to do that for 1/2 of the draft picks that were made.

  • GPLDAN

    @mike48007 My problem with Shea McClellin has not been ability. Its that every time he flashes in a game he misses the next four.

    My problem with Shae has been ability.

    • BillW

      My problem with Shea is he’s still here.

      • willbest

        And he probably will still be. He is set to make 775k in 2015 which is guy off the street pay.

        • CanadaBear

          Good point.

          • Big Mike

            Special Teams. Reserve LB. It’s over for him. He’ll need to compete for the new staff.

            Holding out that maybe he was just miserably coached and the 3-4 scheme makes him a baller. Would be like found money at this point.

          • CanadaBear

            It’s not as if I personally dislike the guy. Totally agree that he has to beat someone out to stay on the roster.

          • Big Mike

            As it should be.

    • Shea gets a new start now. Let’s see if a good coaching staff can figure out how to use him in the type of defense he was drafted to play in.

      I’m not holding my breath, but you never know.

  • BillW

    I hate to say this because I’ll sound like a 12 year old, but the talent gap between the Bears and Pack keeps getting smaller every day.

    It started with Pace, continued with Fox, and then unexpectedly we see that the Pack have been winning in spite of McCarthy, not becuase of him. And he’s signed on for 5 more years.

    Then – we realize that Aaron knew the play calling was shit and DID NOTHING ABOUT IT! Nice way to LEAD your team!

    Not greatest of all time, but GOAT in my eyes all the same.

    • willbest

      Aaron Rodgers needs to count to 10 or something. He was playing with a gimped foot. If you watch the Packers in 1 & goal situations they do have Lacy run it up the gut, but they also have Rodgers sneak, and they also have him roll out with a pass to the sidelines, which they couldn’t do because of his condition.

      I don’t necessarily agree with McCarthy’s decisions, but at least it was debatable because Seattle knew what they were going to do and it just boiled down to who was going to execute it better.

      Plus Seattle’s offense had done precisely nothing. Winning the game with FGs was certainly a possibility.

      The other thing, supposedly he calls the plays at the line about 40% of the time.

      • BillW

        One armed cornerback that either McCarthy or Rodgers or both were still scared to death of.

        Audible to a low risk quick pass in his direction and see if he can make a tackle. It’s not rocket surgery. Even Jay could have seen that.

        But he called the plays that were called and clearly was pissed in his post game (watch it if you haven’t). If he was upset at the play calling AUDIBLE!

        (Maybe he was afraid he’d get benched for the Super Bowl? )

        • BillW

          So you understand, I mean when they still had the lead and maybe 2 first downs seal it. they had ZERO first downs in the ENTIRE fourth quarter.

          They can talk about the onsides and the fake FG all they want. Those are tricks or luck. Going out and taking control is what wins the game. Rodgers talked about that specifically in his post game.

    • BerwynBomber

      We may be parsing the Rodgers’ presser a bit much. I didn’t hear him toss McCarthy under the bus — though I’ll admit I only heard the main snippets on ESPN — but more that he was criticizing his and team’s ineffectiveness in the RZ. Hence, more about the players executing than the play-calling.

      Likewise, although Rodgers (by all accounts) audibles as much as P Manning and is purportedly as masterful at it, there might not have been much audibling against SEA simply because SEA pretty much plays a base man-to-man defense every down and dares you to beat them; i.e., there aren’t a lot of exotic looks or defensive checks to audible against.

      And yeah, the Pack O blew chances in the first half and turtled in the fourth Q (and Rodgers himself was sub-par throughout), but come on, your STs and prevent D simply can’t play that poorly at the end of games if you expect to win. Or in another words, they had a 12 point lead with little over two minutes to go. Good for Rodgers to take some responsibility for the loss but if your D and STs can’t secure victories with that sort of lead then you probably are only going to win three or four score blowouts; hence only a couple/few games a season.

  • John Doe

    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet · 4m4 minutes ago
    Former #49ers secondary coach Ed Donatell is expected to join new #Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio in Chicago, source said.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Yeah baby !!! That’s what I’m talking about.

      Next… Jim Leavitt at LB coach.

      PS: I’d keep Paul Pasqualoni at DL coach. He’s done a good job this year and continuity might be helpful with those 2 rookies.

    • GPLDAN

      And yet there were analysts who insisted that Jay Gruden had those 2 guys all but wrapped up.

      • Big Mike

        Snyder factor…

  • GPLDAN

    On the Niners. From Harbaugh-Fangio to Tomsula. How is that possible?

    It’s like going from Gary Coleman to Webster.

    • John Doe

      Tim Kawakami @timkawakami · 8m8 minutes ago
      I’ll repeat: Harbaugh and Fangio are two of the best coaches in the world and both of them wanted to get the hell away from the 49ers ASAP.

      • Big Mike

        Its toxic there. The owner “York”? is giving Snyder a run for his money. Or maybe he is the equivalent of Danny when he was first a dotcom zillionaire. Guy sounds like a complete douche.

        • Yeah, I predicted the 9ers would hire a total “yes man” ala Jerry Jones/Al Davis.
          And they certainly did. Even passing over Fangio.
          Elway is quickly heading that route too, IMO.

          • Big Mike

            I get it with Elway. He knows exactly what he wants. Fox didn’t get him there. He probably pushed a bit and Fox walked. The SF situation is just a spoiled asshole.

    • Jack Lacan

      And DyNOMite!!!

      • GPLDAN

        Jack,

        You’re a weird guy, but you automatically get 78 blog points for a JJ Walker drop.

  • John Doe

    Dan Pompei @danpompei · 20m20 minutes ago

    1. Fangio likes a hybrid 3-4 defense; I’m guessing Bears probably go that route. He favors big and physical.

    Dan Pompei @danpompei · 18m18 minutes ago

    2. Had a talk with Fangio late last season: said he likes to mix up coverages and trying to avoid difficult matchups when possible.

    Dan Pompei @danpompei · 10m10 minutes ago

    8. Fangio is highly respected in NFL circles. Opposing offensive coordinators do not look forward to facing his defenses.

    • I am very curious how Fangio uses our current personnel. How does he see Shea? Bostic? Sharpton? Greene? Does he dare keep Briggs around?
      Does Fuller now become a mainly man corner?
      Does Fangio move the HillBilly out to OLB ala Pepp/Pack to utilize his speed?
      How about Houston? Always seemed more like a 3-4 end to me.
      Paea now as good as gone, or is he resigned to be the other 3-4 end?
      Does this leave Ego/Sutton in limbo, or are they re-trained to become 3-4 ends? Ego would seem more suited for that, while Sutton seems like a purer 3tech DT.

      I still would’ve liked Nix from Notre Dame this past draft, but I understand he had some inj concerns. Still…would’ve been nice this coming season.

      • I expect a LOT of makeover and subpackages given this whole crazy mix.

      • I think Ego can play both 3-4 nose or 3-4 end. He’s strong enough to handle the double teams, but quick enough to play end in a pinch.

  • GPLDAN

    You know who is in the wilderness, now and maybe forever? Aaron Kromer.

    • John Doe

      Aaron Kromer is now the OL coach of Bills.

      Who would have guessed Aaron Kromer would be the first to land a job amongst all the fired Bears coaches and GM and staff?

      NFL is a forgiving league. Ray Lewis, Aaron Kromer all get multiple chances.

      • GPLDAN

        Thanks for the update. Did not hear that.

        • John Doe

          Kinda crazy that Tresticle and Emery are still looking for jobs and Kromer got hired.

          No Cutler trade to Bills, I guess.

          • CanadaBear

            Kromer had a bit of track record of success in the last decade in the NFL. Nessman had a bit of history of short term success but that major fail as a HC isn’t going to go away for a while.

          • BillW

            I heard Tresty never lasted more than 2 years anywhere in the NFL.

          • Kromer is an excellent Oline coach, just not much of anything else.
            Everyone keeps telling me Tice is the same, but I don’t see it.

      • Big Mike

        OL coach is a dirty job. But they are also seen and never heard. Easy to muzzle, because they should never talk.

    • Jack Lacan

      Maybe a sports rumor guy on TMZ?

  • CanadaBear

    Reposting from last thread. Gotta give it up to Fangio for doing the smart thing. You know Napoleon offered way more money. That’s what he does (besides meddle, act like a petulant child and treat underlings like shit).

    • Big Mike

      Or it came down to Fox>Gruden

      • CanadaBear

        I think it’s both. Job security and a much better work environment.

        • John Doe

          It is this…

          dan durkin @djdurkin · 3h3 hours ago

          Pace on Fox “One of his strengths, all of the coaches he’s worked w/ the fact that a ton of guys want to come work for him is a great thing”

  • BerwynBomber

    Wow, what a get. Have to agree with Blogfather that the Bears — coaching-wise — may have the best defensive room in the league next year. Talk about an upgrade from Tucker.

    Btw, still think the NFCN may be one of the best/most competitive divisions in the NFL next year. GB will be down given the hangover from their haunting title game loss but both the Bears and Minny will be up. Wildcard will be the Kittens. Good first year under Caldwell but they could lose both Suh and Fairley, which are gigantic pieces to replace, especially Suh. I honestly could see any of the four teams winning it next year and four 9-7 records.

    • Minny’s season will hinge on two or three monumental issues.

      1. Is AP staying?
      2. Does Bridgewater get exposed his sophomore year, or is he the real deal?
      3. Is Kalil a bust at LT?
      4. Does that D continue ascending?

  • CanadaBear

    You just know Emery is sitting at home thinking that wet behind the ears fucker has a silver horseshoe up his ass.

    • BillW

      I would seriously bet he is wondering
      Marc f’ing Trestman! What the HELL was I thinking??

      He would have survived all else if he had a leader as a coach.

      • Big Mike

        So maybe we have to thank Trestman. Because I agree, had he hired just about anyone else, PE and whomever would still be here and we would not be rebuilding with concrete and steel from the ground up.

  • John Doe

    Matt Bowen @MattBowen41 · 6m6 minutes ago
    If #Bears do make a move to 3-4 scheme with Vic Fangio, here is my breakdown of the Okie, Eagle & Under fronts: http://bit.ly/1dzH5pA

    • Irish Sweetness

      Great piece. Definitely wish we had Steph Tuitt now.

  • BearDown100393

    The Bears are leading the league in the 2015 off season. It is a good start.

    • willbest

      Its bad that the 2015 off season hasn’t officially begun though.

      • BearDown100393

        LOL, you got me there. 2014 off season.

  • T’Challa

    Nice hire. I am 4-3 bias much like the history of the Bears, but Fangio has proven to be consistently good with his defenses.

    • CanadaBear

      I prefer the 3-4 these days just because it’s easier to disguise what you’re doing.

      • BillW

        So long as you don’t do the two man rush thing that Capers did.

        Or the stupid “Times Square Defense” where they all stand around and can’t tell who’s rushing – but then it doesn’t matter because they can’t get a good push off a 2 point stance.

        Capers may be the worst DC of all the playoff teams.

        • CanadaBear

          And he owned us! SMH!

          • John Doe

            More like he owned Jake Cutler. Cutler was perennially confused by Capers defenses. Not that Cutler has much ability to read defenses anyway.

          • BillW

            Like the Jake Cutler reference. From now on I’m I’m using it too.

          • John Doe

            LOL! Foxy coined it.

          • BillW

            I know. I do wonder if it was sending a subliminal message to Cutler. “I don’t even care enough to get your name right. You’re just one of the guys on the roster.”

          • John Doe

            or Jake from State Farm answering phone at 3 in the morning wearing khakis.

          • BillW

            Funny!

          • Big Mike

            No he simply owned Tucker…

          • BillW

            TRUE (ouch).

            OK – the past has been written out, like they used to do in Russia. Didn’t exist.

      • T’Challa

        I can not disagree with you. More than anything, I like the 4-3 because of the traditional MLB that has always been associated with the Bears.

  • John Doe

    Keith Sowa @SowaTheArrogantFollow
    If Fox convinces Rob Chudzinski to come on board – that’s about the strongest possible staff the Bears could’ve landed.
    10:50 AM – 20 Jan 2015

    • T’Challa

      I was thinking the same thing. Although I was liking the idea of Dennis Allen, Kyle Shanahan, and Dave Toub. But adding Chud with the others would be great and a major upgrade.

  • John Doe

    The impact of Fangio’s departure was put into dire terms by another former 49er, safety Donte Whitner, who signed last year with the Cleveland Browns. Whitner posted on Twitter: “Congrats to Vic Fangio on becoming the Chicago Bear d coordinator! Tremendous pick up for the Bears Tremendous loss for the 49ers!”

    http://blogs.mercurynews.com/49ers/2015/01/20/reports-49ers-will-face-chicago-bears-defense-coached-up-by-vic-fangio-ed-donatell/?source=rss

    • BerwynBomber

      Can’t believe SF let Fangio go. I wonder what the entire story is behind Tomsula. And for that matter, Harbaugh leaving. Seems like a mess.

      • Big Mike

        the owner and harbaugh clashed. I think it was a danny snyder type situation

        • BerwynBomber

          Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.

        • GPLDAN

          the owner is a kid. And a dork.

      • CanadaBear

        Pretty sure it’s the same scenario as Old Sauce/Toub. If you won’t consider me for HC I don’t want to stay

  • John Doe

    Dan Shuftan @StateStSports · 24m24 minutes ago
    RIP to the Bears “cover who” defensive scheme. 2004-2015

    • Big Mike

      2007-2015. From 2004-2006 they were equipped to run this and look bad ass doing it.

  • GPLDAN

    Well Bourbonaiss just got back on the summer calendar.

    • John Doe

      Indeed.

      This has been very un-Bears like. 2015 season may not be a complete waste after all.

    • T’Challa

      Yes sir!

  • Big Mike

    The prospect of a 3-4 is somewhat interesting. Matt Bowen did a nice right up on the basics of the 3-4 about a year ago. The primary looks are eagle, okie and under. The difference between these being who had two gap responsibility. 3-4 Okie is the base with the 3 DL each being responsible for 2 gaps. NT over the center and DE’s over the tackles with slight outside shades.

    In his article, it is very, very heartwarming to note that he called out3 players who had not yet been drafted as examples of the prototype 3-4 NT who were coming into the NFL Timmy Jernigan from ND, Lous Nix from Florida State and our very own Ego Ferguson

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2007958-nfl-101-the-basics-of-the-3-4-defensive-front

    • willbest

      Ego Ferguson would need to put on 20-30 lbs to fill the NT role. Sutton is a little short to be a 3-4 DE, and about 25lbs too big to be an OLB so lord knows where he goes. Ratliff and Houston could fill that role assuming they have high enough football IQ to make the transition.

      That gives you Allen and Willie Young at OLB, Perhaps Christian Jones there too. Bostic as one of the ILB (hard to give up on a 2nd round pick after 2 years).

      • Big Mike

        Just saying that was Bowen’s comment. He’s a pretty bright analyst. Allen and Young don’t really fit. Jones and McClellin fit as OLBs. Jones could light it up. Lots of pieces to add. But It was nice to see Ferguson mentioned.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Based on some of Sharpton’s looks this year he’s probably worth re-signing. Seeing him shed a block and blow-up that back in Atlanta was priceless.

          • CanadaBear

            He can’t stay on the field. That was the knock on him coming in and it proved to be correct. He was balling when he was playing.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        You’ve made a mess of it.

        First of all Houston will be OLB (that’s his natural role) and second of all Ratliff played 3-4 all his career.

        PS: Ego Ferguson has 310 lb. The NTs from the 49ers were Glenn Dorsey 300 lb and Ian Williams 305 Lb.

        • Big Mike

          Houston projects to be a DE in this scheme. One that can occassionally drop into coverage.

        • willbest

          I think your love affair with Houston is clouding your judgment of him.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I wathced every snap he’s played in the NFL. It’s called knowledge…and you’re free to ignore it.

            If we’re talking ball, lets do that. Stop with the stupid, useless posts.

          • willbest

            He isn’t covering anybody at 300lbs, and he is not a pass rusher. So what exactly is he doing at OLB.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            covering somebody ?

            He’s a DE that plays 2 stance and does other OLB things. No 3-4 OLB covers people… they might cover a zone .

            If he slims down 15 lb he’ll be a Pernell McPhee from the Ravens. Run stopping OLB with 7.5 sack a year.

      • Ratliff played 3-4 nose in Dallas, though he’s getting older now.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Didn’t Ratliff already play 3-4 NT? We seem to have all the coaches we need, but none of the players – we knew that anyway though. Total defensive roster rebuild. Good.

        Looks like a Randy Gregory draft, then lock him in the gym.

  • Yessss!
    Shit just got serial.

  • Big Mike

    A great article on the lack of offensive coordinators. Trestman is one of the guys who is in most demand. SMH.

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/writer/jason-la-canfora/24980422/why-your-teams-search-for-an-offensive-coordinator-isnt-going-so-well

    • willbest

      Yeah. The thought is if you don’t have an elite QB then somehow you need to find the elite OC to work a miracle.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      I wouldn’t mind Chan Gailey.

    • Yes, the OC cabinet seems pretty bare. Maybe hire some hot-shot OC from college who runs a power-o? The Florida OC seemed to get the most out of a 3rd string QB and a practically no name HB.

      Chud seems like the top candidate, but that’s not saying much. He did squeeze 4,000 yards out of Cam one season.

      • John Doe

        I think Chud was doing great with Brian Hoyer in 2013 until Hoyer got hurt.

        • The problem with Hoyer is that he seems to start strong, then fall off. That’s why he got benched for Johnny Football, though who knows what was going on there since Kyle bolted.
          Either way, Chud seems to be the most proven OC left, but perhaps we can unearth an up-and-comer.

  • As I had speculated for months after seeing Sanchize miss the playoffs, and Foles underperform…only question is – if Mariotta falls to #7, and Eagles off the kitchen sink for him, do we do it? All those picks would definitely come in handy.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/01/20/report-chip-kelly-already-plotting-to-move-up-for-marcus-mariota/

  • Big Mike

    So I was cruising around the interweb and saw an article about redrafting the 2014 draft with hindsight. Here’s the link http://www.si.com/nfl/2015/01/20/2014-nfl-draft-redo-derek-carr-odell-beckham-jr-jadeveon-clowney?page=2&devicetype=default
    But the interesting piece to me, was that even in these types of articles the Bears coaching staff was being questioned. Of all 32 teams, not a single one had their coaching called out. This was about who the Titans should have taken with the 11th pick

    11) The Titans got a lot out of Lewan, but their secondary was an issue all season, as no Tennessee starting cornerback allowed an opponent passer rating lower than 90.8. Fuller struggled with injuries and inconsistency, but one must also consider a horribly-coached Bears’ defense as part of the problem there. Fuller has the attributes to succeed in the NFL.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      That’s so stupid.

      These motherfuckers go with the flow. They suck Jerry’s dick for investing in a G and bash the Titans for drafting their franchise LT.

      • Big Mike

        That wasn’t the point. I think they showed the guy they eventually took may have already been nabbed, but I didn’t pay that much attention.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          I understood the point, but if it’s stupid to begin with, it’s stupid all the way.

          How can they judge Fuller if they think CB is more important than the LT position ?

  • John Doe

    Brad Biggs @BradBiggs · 12m12 minutes ago

    #Bears GM Ryan Pace met with scouting staff last night in Mobile and has departed. His biggest priority right now is helping Fox fill staff.

    Brad Biggs @BradBiggs · 48m48 minutes ago

    Former #Bears GM Phil Emery is at the Senior Bowl

    • Big Mike

      Find me some 3-4 OLBs, Find me an OT…

      • See below/above. Justin Houston (33 sacks past two seasons) might become an FA.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          LOL.

          Emery’s draft pick. That’s irony.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        The Bears have Houston, Bass, McClellin and maybe Jones (I’m not sure about that, he seems more of a ILB type, but is football he smart enough?)

        • Big Mike

          Jones is a prototypical outside LB in a 3-4 scheme. Houston fits at DE. Bass would compete at OLB.

          • John Doe

            so would Cornelius Washington.

          • Big Mike

            yes.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Houston fits everywhere. That’s his value.

            He played OLB with the Raiders. A DE in a 2 point stance with all that it means.

    • BillW

      Former #Bears GM Phil Emery is at the Senior Bowl

      Did Teddy forget to tell him he was fired?

      He’ll probably go on social media criticizing Shea McClellin, like Angelo did with Cutler.

  • Big Mike

    I really like being able to dump on everything the Bears were the last 2 years. It’s cathartic.

  • Great read on what the 49ers ran under Fangio. Technically an under 4-3, looks a lot like a 3-4. Aldon Smith was a “DE,” but he lined up more like a LB.

    http://www.ninersnation.com/2013/5/2/4294242/football-university-49ers-defensive-fronts-vic-fangio-3-4-nickel-4-3-under

    • if Bears wanted to run that, here’s how I see personnel fitting across the front (see the article for descriptions of each role):

      Strongside LB: Christian Jones/Shea McClellin
      Strongside DE: Lamarr Houston/Ego Ferguson
      Strongside DT: Ego Ferguson/somebody not on roster (ideally Ferguson could back up both spots)
      Weakside DT (this is Justin Smith’s role): Jeremiah Ratliff. He won’t be here long and is always hurt, and you need somebody really good for this spot. I’d splurge for Suh here.
      Weakside DE (Aldon Smith’s role): somebody not on roster (maybe Willie Young). This needs to be your best edge rusher. Lot of candidates for that spot in round 1 at pick 7, IMO.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Lamarr Houston —-> OLB.

        • I could see that, but they talk about the SAM OLB needing to drop into both zone and man coverage, and I don’t like Houston doing that. I think he fits quite well as a strongside DE in that front.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            No, because it’s not going to be 3-4, but 4-2-5. The nickel will be the base. So the DTs have to be great run D. Ratliff-Ego is the natural pairing.

          • the standard SF front was a 4-3-4, but the 4th DL is a standup DE who functions more as a 3-4 OLB. That’s how Aldon Smith was used.

            In the base SF front, the OLBs were Brooks (drops into coverage a lot) and Aldon Smith, who is your best edge rusher. Houston fits neither of those roles.

            So if they keep that base package (not a guarantee), Houston would fit best as the strongside DE in front of the strongside LB (likely Christian Jones or Shea, IMO).

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            the standard SF front was 4-2 with Aldon Smith and Brooks as Standing DE.

      • I think Ferguson could end up being a really nice player in this defense at either the strongside DT or strongside DE spots, but it probably best suited to back up both for now.

        • SC Dave

          I like him, and he was the only Bears draft pick I ever I actually called, which probably helps.

      • Big Mike

        I still like Ferguson on the Nose.

        • SC Dave

          When Emery drafted him, I thought that was the point. And I *may* even have said so then,.

          • Big Mike

            Lots of people seem to be disputing this. Saying he’s a bad fit at NT, he’s a DE etc.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Not one of those players is impressive though – like Mike was saying, we got spoiled with the 85 team, but there’s a host of players we just haven’t got on the roster – either to play 4-3 OR 3-4. Some of the players we have may blossom (Jones/Greene?), but none of them scream rockstar at you. Daryl Sharpton seems a little small now, but love to see him come back on ST.

        • CanadaBear

          Give it up about Greene. He couldn’t even make the game day roster over street free agents.

        • the most important players, pass-rush wise, are the weakside DT (Justin Smith in SF) and weakside DE (Aldon Smith). Ratliff can play the DT role for now, when healthy. Don’t have that DE.

          If I was running Bears, I’d sign Suh for the DT spot and draft one of the edge rushers (Beasley, Ray, Dupree) for the DE spot in round 1. That duo could rival the Smith brothers if the rookie pans out.

          that doesn’t talk about the ILBs, of course. And this assumes Bears run the same defense Fangio did in SF, which is no gimme.

  • CanadaBear

    The Skins miss out on Fangio and they hire Old Sauce’s son-in-law. The same guy that was arrested for going through a drive thru nekkid. You just can’t make this stuff up!

  • I absolutely love this hire.

    • WP4Life

      like the new photo.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Many defensive-minded HCs would have too much ego to bring in credentialed DC like Fangio known for running a system different than his own.

    That contradicts yesterday tweet.

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    John Fox has a defensive background. But he is a HEAD coach. The offense and defense both run through him.

    Jeff confuses me. Has done it from the day the season ended.

    • some head coaches want more control over the side of the ball they have a background in, which scares away top coordinators there.

      some head coaches want nothing to do with the side of the ball they know nothing about, which makes it really bad if they don’t get good coordinators there.

      Fox is neither of these. He is truly involved in both sides, but lets his coordinator run their side of the ball.

      • BillW

        Right. No contradiction at all. (Not to say Jeff doesn’t do that unintentionally from time to time. It’s just that he tries to write opinions that need some explanation in more than 140 characters.

      • So that style can scare some coordinators on the opposite side of the ball away, because they want a guy who will give him free reign. That is supposedly why Shanahan chose Quinn over Fox.

        But it makes getting better coordinators on your side of the ball possible, which is how the Bears landed Fangio.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Involved yes (like any other decent HC). But Fangio should have total control on the D side.

        He’s top DC.

        • but a coach like Dan Quinn is going to be more involved on D than Fox, so that would scare a top DC away. Just like Quinn will be less involved on O than Fox, which is why Shanahan went to him.

    • eh. I said it from the start of Fox hire.
      If he hires Fangio, he’ll give him more power, and rightfully so.
      If Fox got someone less successful, he would take more control of the D, including the draft and game-day.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        ok…that makes sense. I support that.

  • Nice thing is Fangio runs the type of defense that Emery’s been drafting for since 2012. Pretty much every pick he put into the front 7 was made for this type of defense, which values versatility, except Will Sutton.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Emery never could do what he wanted to on the D side. Lovie’s dying D and being forced to drag him for a year fucked him up big time.

      That was his biggest and only mistake…accepting the job in the first place.

      PS: His secondary fits this also. They’re versatile, fast and physical… with ST skills a must.

      • secondary can really fit anything, IMO. It’s the front 7 that’s more important. But yeah, versatility is nice. Wonder if Vereen becomes something in this. He can be used a lot of different ways.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          49ers drafted in the 1st round an undersized S/CB that was meant to play the nickel CB role, which means a starter as the nickel was the base D.
          From Illinois or something like that.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Jimmie Ward from NIU. He was a blog favorite, we thought he would slip to us in Rd.2 but obviously 9ers snatched him up.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            that one. i remember him as very similar to Vereen. Didn’t play much because of injuries so I haven’t seen him to much…I remember him playing the Bears, but not much more than that.

          • Ward was a bit undersized too if memory serves, so maybe size won’t matter to Fangio for the S position.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Jimmie Ward
            Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 193 lb (88 kg)

            Brock Vereen
            Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 199 lb (90 kg)

            These are wikipedia numbers, so not officially true.

          • NFL combine measuring had them with these numbers, except Ward was 5’11.

            Ward: http://www.nfl.com/draft/2014/profiles/jimmie-ward?id=2543741

            Vereen: http://www.nfl.com/draft/2014/profiles/brock-vereen?id=2543820

          • and Ward played less than 300 snaps last year (hurt part of year), never played 50 snaps in a game. He was their nickelback, which they played about 60% of the time, it seems.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            that means even more similar.

          • Yes, that’s why they moved Ward to nickle/S.

            Ideally, NFL coaches want 6ft safeties, with long limbs (unless they’re exceptional, like Earl Thomas, and even then, Eric Berry was more the prototype), but perhaps Fangio doesn’t really adhere to prototypes. Willis was a little “short” for LB, and Borland definitely didn’t blow scouts away.

            Fangio seems to like football players first, underwear models 2nd.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            He’s a fantastic coach, leader and teacher. This is not hype, it’s play based proof.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Fuller plays zone, run, blitzes, the run and ST. Big and physical. That’s the prototype

      • CanadaBear

        His only mistake? REALLY?

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          that’s what I said.

          • CanadaBear

            WOW! You’re a Beast!

          • BillW

            I think he means if hadn’t taken the job, none of the other mistakes would have happened.

            But Barb, they DID. He didn’t HAVE to hire Trestman. he didn’t’ HAVE to sign Jake Cutler for 54 million. He can’t blame those on him being forced to keep Lovie.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            lets move on.

            PS: If Fox-Pace keep Cutler I hope you guys will stop fucking around with this Cutler contract being such a mistake.

            Either that or you bash the new pairing for accepting such a contract, which means agreeing with it.

          • BillW

            I’d love to move on, but you keep saying things like Emery only made one mistake.

            And then say that if Cutler stays that means they are agreeing with the contract? It’s not like they can sinply decide to not pay him.

            If they can’t get anyone to get them out from under the 15 million or whatever of course they are going to keep him (unless they thought he was a distraction to the team and worth it to see him go at any cost. That’s doubtful.)

            That in NO way means they think it was a good contract.

          • willbest

            Cutler could be traded tomorrow for a good value, if anybody had any solutions at QB.

          • Doc Hamstring

            Trade Cutler straight up for RGIII?

          • willbest

            Cutler is a pocket passer, RG3 is not. RG3 isn’t an NFL QB now that injury slowed him down and defenses figured out how to cover him.

          • Irish Sweetness

            High on PCP that would be the default trade !

            1. Fitzy.
            2. Orton.

            Neither are available but a girl can dream.

          • BillW

            Well, we disagree hee and that’s OK.

            I don’t think Cutler (AND his contract) can be traded for good value. I agree HE can be traded for as much as a third but the Bears take on most of the salary.

            No one in the league thinks Cutler is worth 15 million, because he isn’t.

          • CanadaBear

            When a player is traded the other team assumes the salary. You can’t send money along to pay part of it.

          • BillW

            First I’ve heard that. Not saying you are wrong, but why the talk about the “offset” clause in the contract? If what you say is true that wouldn’t even be necessary.

            Unless that refers to him being cut and another team picking him up.

            Everything I ever thought on this was wrong. Jake Cutler is here for another year. nobody is going to take on that horrible contract. Fox isn’t agreeing to it – he’s stuck with it.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Offsets refer to him being cut while still being owed guaranteed $ (mainly in terms of base salary). Basically it’s not going to allow him to get paid by two teams at once.

            Offsets don’t refer to trades, also never heard of money changing hands during NFL trades.

          • CanadaBear

            The offset language is for coaches. With traded players, the new team takes on the existing contract and neither team can throw in money. Salcap deal.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Bottom line…it’s a tradable contract.

            You don’t trade him, it means you’re ok with Cutler instead of any other choice. That takes Cutler’s contract out from the ‘error’ box.

            you can’t have it both ways, man.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Where do our picks come from Barb? IMO he’s worth a first round pick to somebody, which can then be turned into two high picks. We cannot build this roster unless we get involved with some Belichick strateegery. yay or nay?

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I think the roster is strong…as long as Tucker didn’t totally ruin many or the rookies on the D side.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Wow. Really? Strong? Man, we don’t have a DE. Not one. Drek for LBs except maybe Jones and Sharpton (who’s a FA I think). Ratliff is getting on, Paea’s just okay. The whole roster looks weak to me top down.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            What does that mean…we don’t have a DE ?

            Look the Bars need a special LB and a good S. That’s the 7th pick and a FA pick up.

            After that everything is extra: another TE, a slot WR, maybe a nickel CB.

          • Ososfan

            Emery was definitely dealt a bad hand and his did his job with as much passion and excitement as any I’ve seen. I’ll miss his long pressers they were awesome!

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I can’t even watch a presser after this last disastrous year.

      • “versatile, fast and physical…”

        i noticed you didn’t say “able to cover someone”

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          because I have minimal knowledge and can’t judge someone asked to cover a zone about his ability to cover someone.

          Here’s a clue: in zone you cover a… z-o-n-e.

          • other teams cover z-o-n-e-s, and they actually cover them.

            but i see i did say cover someone. still, the statement applies. they didn’t cover a thing – not a man, not a zone.

          • This is beginning to sound z-e-n.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            we’ll se what’s what with a proper scheme and teaching staff.

  • John Doe

    Ty Youngfelt @TyYoungfelt · 1h1 hour ago

    If there was an offseason to switch to 3/4, this is it. Draft, free agency stocked full of prototypical 3/4 players- and not just star types

    Ty Youngfelt @TyYoungfelt · 1h1 hour ago

    I also advice Bears fans get used to the names Shane Ray, Vic Beasley and Randy Gregory

    • John Doe

      Also keep an eye on these players in the draft…

      Shaq Thompson, Alvin Dupree, Eli Harold, Danielle Hunter, Lorenzo Mauldin

      DT like Jordan Phillips (behemoth), Danny Shelton (Haloti Ngata type), Eddie Goldman, Malcom Brown

      Leonard Williams won’t be there at #7 but Arik Armstead, Mario Edwards Jr. in later rounds

      • Ososfan

        Shaq seems like he will be a BEAST. He is probably the most versatile guy in this draft. I hope we get him!

    • I would now calculate 90% chance we draft one of those guys, and the draftniks already have their favorites among the 3.
      Shane Ray is the undersized pure rusher, while Beasley seems more like a high upside project, and Gregory is somewhere inbetween – a production guy.
      That’s my initial take on it, at least. Could be wrong.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Gregory has a lot of scope to get bigger, he’s 6’6 240 according to the interweb.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Geys…lets set the record straight. Lamarr Houston was used by Tucker how you’d aspect from such a bum. But what Houston is, where his value lyes, is in his versatility and intelligence.

    If healthy (I fucking hope so) I’d bank him as the left OLB in a 4 man front and 3T in pass rushing situations. Maybe he’ll play DE in the 3-4. Of course he’ll do that also. He’ll do everything.
    Fangio will use him all over the joint.

    refresh your memory a bit:

    http://cbschicago.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/durkin1.jpg

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/03/12/free-agent-spotlight-de-lamarr-houston-film-breakdown/

    • he lined up all over in Oakland and will likely do the same here. I still think DE will be where he spends more of his time, though some of that may come in a 2 point stance.

      • I agree. I see Houston as playing LDE initially (depending on his health).
        If Fangio sees Houston as more RDE (the Justin Smith role), he’s basically going to be asked to hold the O-linemen while the OLB – Allen/Washington/Bass? (other Smith) rushes the QB.

        • Smith did so much more than that though. You need somebody that can hold double teams to free the rush DE/LB behind him or be able to rush and drill the QB himself.

          That’s where I see Suh. Would love that signing.

          • I don’t think Suh would like to do the dirty work for someone else like Justin Smith did.
            Justin Smith was country strong, and he did take up two blockers (and held some for the other Smith to sack), but I doubt Suh wants that role.

            Houston is strong, and big, so I can see him in that role, but yeah, I can also easily see him as LDE too. There will be some experimenting I think.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Every time Houston lined up at DT with the Bears he was double teamed.

          One of the reasons Paea got so many sacks and hits.

          • Paea got 3 sacks in the 8 games Houston played and 3 in the 8 games Houston didn’t play.

            PFF credited him with 3 QB hits in the 8 games Houston played and 8 QB hits in the 8 games Houston was out hurt. 9/22 for QB hurries.

            Paea’s success had very little to do with Houston last year.

          • willbest

            If you squint hard, you might be able to see where Barb’s lips end and Houston’s butt begins.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            At least I’m not wanker that asks if Ratliff is smart enough to play in the 3-4.

            A dude that went to 4 pro Bowls and was 2 time All Pro while playing in the 3-4 Defense…

            That’s you right there.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I never said that Paea’s success was Houston’s merit.

            It changes nothing if Ratliff got double teamed instead of Houston.

            Plus… the Bears played some bad, bad teams in the 2nd half of the season… Tampa, 2 x Vikings, Falcons. Only the Jest in the first 8.

          • Falcons were also in the 1st half of the season. but they did play more traditional passing teams in the 2nd half of the season. GB 1x, DET 2x, DAL, NO. 1st several games saw run-heavy teams w/ running QBs.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            You’re right.

            Look…my point is they double teamed Houston when he went in as a 3T. Paea was just an effect statement…and looks like a false one.

            Maybe that’s just me. I stopped watching and analyzing every snap in the second half of the season. You can’t generalize when you don’t have the proper info.

          • I too stopped doing that towards the end of the season. And I’m sure Paea benefitted from Ratliff tremendously. But Paea has always been a pretty good player, he’s just healthier this year. And he fit that 1.5 gap scheme to a T. Can hold up blockers, can penetrate. Not a true 3T, not a true nose, but when asked to do a little of both, that’s perfect for him.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            He was tremendous this year.

            My initial post was about Houston being a danger at DT and opponents being forced to double team him and that opens up the other DL with single blocking (Paea was the example) and with the DL ‘games’ as well as ‘backers’ blitzing, which didn’t happen at all.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Just based on watching games and not looking at any numbers … Houston was a waste of space for us this season. Certainly not worth the cash he was paid, nor was Allen (who had excuses).

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Ok… maybe. That depends if the Bears get 2 starting OLBs… if they indeed go with what Fangio did in San Francisco, which is not a given. Fangio can run any type of Defense.

        If nobody on the roster is better than Houston at OLB, he’ll play OLB as most used role.

  • BillW

    Did any tell Tucker he was fired?

    • John Doe

      Yes. Mel Tucker and Jon Hoke interviewed for LSU DC job last week.

      Adam Jahns @adamjahns · 3h3 hours ago

      Source confirms #Bears hiring of Vic Fangio. Source also said that Joe DeCamillis and Mel Tucker were told they were out from get go.

      Adam Jahns @adamjahns · 3h3 hours ago

      Sources: #Bears also have parted ways with LB coach Reggie Herring, TE coach Andy Bischoff and special teams assistant Dwayne Stukes.

      • BillW

        So maybe they intend to keep Pasqualli (sp?)

        • Him and Hurtt might remain.

        • John Doe

          Yes.

          Aaron Leming @AaronLemingNFL · 32m32 minutes ago

          I was told last week that the plan was to keep Pasqualoni. Let’s see if that holds true with Fangio taking over the defense. #Bears

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          He did a great job last year. The only 2 players that underachieved were Houston and Allen. Houston for poor scheme usage and Allen for poor snap usage.

          • willbest

            Allen had pneumonia to take him out weeks 3 through about 7, and after that the Bears were playing down 2 TDs most the time.

          • BillW

            I agree. Supposed to be a good teacher too.

  • AlbertInTucson

    They bagged the guy they wanted. Well done Mssrs. Pace & Fox.

  • John Doe

    Heard rumors that Mike Shanahan might be in play as Bears OC. We will see.

    Not sure how long it has been since he called plays.

    He may not get another HC gig. Might as well make a few millions being OC.

    Chud or Greg Knapp or Elder Shanny or some whiz from College?

    • That’s tough. I just want our OC to be dedicated to the run, be creative/adaptive AND selectively aggressive (because Fox is conservative by nature, and don’t want Lovie 2.0).

      Not sure who exactly fits that bill. My only fear if we get a college whiz is that Fox will imprint his conservative nature on the Offense, while a more veteran OC like Chud or Shanny would be given more leeway to be aggressive if need be.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Love some conservatism back. I think I-formation would be refreshing, and it’s about time we had a 300lb+ lead blocker in there on short yardage situations.

  • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

    Love this hire! First we kick their asses up and down there new field, then we pillage their coaching staff. F the niners!

    • John Doe

      And now get some of their free agents. Parrish Cox, Culliver etc.

      I am sure Bears will attract a few free agents from Broncos and 49ers now that Fox and Fangio are here.

      • I was about to mention that. Players are going to want to play for Fangio/Fox.
        Heck, maybe even Briggs cuts back on the BBQ for once.

        • Doc Hamstring

          No, Briggs is done. Have a nice retirement, Lance.

        • CanadaBear

          I’m one of Briggs’ biggest supporters here and I can’t imagine he comes back. Who knows?

        • John Doe

          No Briggs. Thanks. Let him eat ribs.

          He was one of the worst Lovie holdovers. Butthurt about Lovie till the end and actively undermined the coaches.

          There was never going to be easy transition from Lovie.

          Emery had to do the dirty deeds to get rid of Lovie butthurt holdovers.

          Fox/Pace are lucky to now start with a pretty clean slate.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Don’t say that. Emery did wrong by Urlacher and every other decision since.

            The 49ers will most likely cut Brooks. He might be a nice pick up if he’s relatively cheap.

          • John Doe

            Urlacher had to be gotten rid of. And Urlacher would not have accepted any coach period.

            Plus, there was the whole Urlacher and Jake Cutler dynamic. They hated each other. Urlacher had more of a voice in the locker room.

            Emery always wanted to make Cutler the franchise QB and undisputed leader of the team. Cutler told him that Bears will never be “his” team as long as Urlacher is in the locker room. So they had to get rid of Urlacher.

            It didn’t matter. Jake has no voice in the locker even after $127 million contract.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I know that.

            Urlacher wanted to get overpaid just as Cutler become later.

            fans see him as a victim, which is insane and blatantly false.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Julius Thomas.

  • willbest

    Go deadspin. Andy Dalton is the King Ralph of probowls.

    http://deadspin.com/andy-dalton-seventh-alternate-qb-will-play-in-the-dum-1680670962

    Blows my mind that he beat out the 7 QBs with better QBRs than him in the voting. That doesn’t make a lot of sense.

    • BillW

      As Jeff points on on Twitter, Cutler had better numbers.

      But of course the NFL can’t pick him because everyone “knows” Cutler is a terrible QB.

      • willbest

        Well those numbers were better. Andy Dalton had more Y/A (7.06 to 6.8) and was sacked 4.3% of the time vs. 6.7%.

        And Cutler got much more garbage time prevent D, and Dalton occasionally found himself in games with the Bengals up 2 scores.

        • BillW

          Oh – I’m not arguing for Cutler over Dalton over all – though that argument is clearly there to be made.

          I’m just showing how the Pro Bowl selections are obviously arbitrary. And that the game has jumped the shark given they intentionally pick a less unpopular choice rather than basing it on results. You have to wonder where Cutler is on the list. They down to the eighth alternate now I think.

          Flacco declined because his wife is pregnant. Or as someone said, he pulled out because he didn’t.

          Next a QB will decline because he wants his wife to get pregnant.

    • BillW

      Funny comment on that site:

      The beauty of this is that some guy, somewhere, once bet a friend at a bar that “ANDY DALTON WOULD BE A PRO BOWLER BY 2015, DAMMIT!”

      And this guy wins his bet.

    • SC Dave

      What? Andy Dalton is a BEAST!

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    The Bears play San Francisco, Seattle, Arizona, St. Louis, Denver, Oakland, San Diego, Kansas City next season.

    Both Fox and Fangio played these teams this season. That’s 3 games plans for every encounter of scouting material.

    I think this should help. A lot. One’s an expert in one division, the other on the second division.

    • That’ll be rough sledding no matter what, but yeah, their insight should help us not get embarrassed at least.

    • willbest

      Seattle and Arizona are going to be beastly next year.
      Denver, KC, and San Fran will take a step back maybe a dramatic step back
      St. Louis… depends on if they can find a QB.
      San Diego, it depends on which team shows up that week.
      Oakland gonna Oakland.

      TB and Skins are going to be a mess next year. Divisional games should be pretty brutal if the Lions get Suh back.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        they will not get Suh back.

        • burntorangenavyblue

          As much as his presence will help if the Bears got him, I feel that there may be too much friction to what he has done in the past to Bears players. What do you think?

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Suh to the Bears ?

            No way it’s a problem. Suh is a great guy. I mean…I like him, maybe I’m subjective.

            I don’t think the Bears can afford him and I don’t want him. The Bears should stop with the big FA coups. I’m ok with big signings like this only when you’re ready to win the Super Bowl.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Valid points

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            The Seahawls did it last year with Harvin, the Patriots this year with Revis and the Broncos did it with Demarcus Ware.

          • I don’t think so. Allen cheap-shotted Louis, and Allen is now a leader in that locker room.
            Enemy of my enemy is my friend.

  • Doc Hamstring

    So if Fox/Pace bring in a decent-to-good OC, we’ll be able to say that the Bears have a very impressive coaching staff, right? Granted, there will be some significant personnel changes, but it’ll be interesting to see what a good coaching staff can do with the team versus the very weak staff of 2014.

  • Let the NT talk commence! (Although the 9ers used Aubrayo Franklin as NT, 6’1 315). Still, you know me. Wee need at least ONE fat boy.

    Washington NT Danny Shelton measured 6-foot-1 3/4 and 343 pounds at Tuesday’s Senior Bowl weigh-in.
    Shelton reportedly pumped his fist after the weigh-in was announced and elicited oohs and aahs from the Mobile scouting crowd. He’s an absolute behemoth, drawing comparisons to Haloti Ngata from NFL Network’s Mike Mayock. Shelton projects as a top-15 pick in May’s draft. – Rotoe

    • John Doe

      Jordan Phillips, Oklahoma, 6’6″, 334 lbs.

      Oklahoma redshirt sophomore DT Jordan Phillips made his debut at No. 11 on Todd McShay’s Big Board.

      Phillips wasn’t talked about as much as other elite prospects this season because, as a redshirt sophomore coming off an injury-plagued campaign, analysts didn’t enter the year believing he’d leap to the NFL. A big 2014 changed that and Phillips declared for the draft just prior to the New Year. “There just aren’t that many humans as big as Phillips who can move the way he does,” McShay wrote. “His physical and athletic traits are reminiscent of Vince Wilfork. He was inconsistent this season and doesn’t have a ton of experience (he’s just a redshirt sophomore), but the raw tools to be an impact defender are all there.” The 6-foot-6, 324-pounder has the ability to collapse pockets and get into the backfield consistently.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        you lost me at “injury-plagued campaign” I’d prefer Danny Shelton, NT, Washington. Check out what WalterFootball says:

        Danny Shelton*, NT, Washington
        Height: 6-2. Weight: 339.
        Projected 40 Time: 5.29.
        Projected Round (2015): 1-2.

        12/13/14: Shelton is one of the nation’s leaders in sacks for a defensive tackle with nine. He had two sacks against Hawaii in the opener before a four-sack game against Eastern Washington. Not only has Shelton been getting to the quarterback, but he also has been stuffing the run. Besides his nine sacks, Shelton has 88 tackles with 16.5 tackles for a loss and two fumble recoveries in 2014. He battled hard against Stanford, Oregon, and UCLA. Shelton has been a consistent performer for the Huskies.

        8/23/14: Shelton turned in 59 tackles with 3.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks in 2013. He had an excellent bowl game against BYU with seven tackles and a lot of disruption at the point of attack. In 2012, Shelton recorded 45 tackles, .5 sacks and four tackles for a loss. He was an All-Pac-12 honorable mention that season.

        Shelton is a nice fit as a nose tackle who has a burst to get a push on the pocket. He would be a fit as a nose in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense. Shelton is a good run-defender who needs to develop his ability to pressure the quarterback

    • Here’s another name we’ll be hearing a lot:

      NFL Draft Insider Tony Pauline passes along “word from the Senior Bowl” that the Falcons like Missouri OLB Shane Ray “a lot.”
      An “undersized” pass rusher listed at 6-foot-3, 245, Ray could play the “Leo” role in Dan Quinn’s defense. (Quinn hasn’t formally been named Falcons coach, but will be after Seattle’s Super Bowl bid.) In Bruce Irvin and Cliff Avril, Quinn has experience utilizing edge defenders of Ray’s skill set.

      And from the archives of “cautionary tales of high-ceilings experiments”

      Dolphins DE Dion Jordan made his first career start in Week 17.
      Ex-Fins GM Jeff Ireland traded up to select Jordan with the third pick in the 2013 draft. He went 25 games without getting his first “start.” Although DC Kevin Coyle has been ripped for failing to utilize Jordan correctly, it’s fair to wonder just how good Jordan really is. He’s drawn below-average marks across the board from PFF and failed to earn significant snaps.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Come on man. If they use 3-4 system (I still doubt it) you’ll go for a pass rusher.

      The DT/NT is 3rd day stuff.

      • If we hold at #7, it’ll almost certainly be a pass rusher.
        If we trade down (also could be likely), I could see a dominant NT ala Poe for the Chiefs.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          If you have Hali-Houston you might as well go for Poe. The other way around seems like an error.

          • If we trade down, the chances of landing a Hali-Houston dramatically decrease, though sometimes team’s get lucky.

            I don’t want a NT at #7, but let’s say hypothetically we do trade down with say, Eagles, I could see that if Pace thinks a NT is the next Ngata/Wilfork.

            Besides, we don’t really know what the new DCs think. For all we know, they love Washington/Bass – maybe even Shea!

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            the Bears have proper starters on the 3 Dl spots. They don’t at OLB.

            I’m non sure they’ll play 3-4 though. Fangio could run 4-3 hybrid.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Trestman to the Ravens according to Schefter.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Pffft.

  • John Doe

    Holy Shit…

    Aaron Wilson @RavensInsider · 8s8 seconds ago

    Ravens have hired Marc Trestman as new offensive coordinator Trestman praised for cerebral approach to the game solid pick for sure

    • Bender McLugh

      WOW. Well I wish him good luck. ABCYA

    • burntorangenavyblue

      The Roswell alien is now in Baltimore!

      • John Doe

        LOL!

    • BillW

      Holy sh!t. I never thought I’d see him hired again.

      Well, shows how dumb I am.

      • Trac

        I hope he does well. Just thought he was a bad HC.

      • Goes to show who the NFL circles fault for the offense sputtering – hint. Rhymes with Jake Kutchler.

        • burntorangenavyblue

          Haha you had to pick the most awkward rhymes

        • willbest

          There was an article that showed how there were 8 openings for OC and about 3 competent OCs to fill them. It is thus unsurprising that Trest ended up somewhere.

        • Ray Butler is a rhyme that actually rhymes.

    • Trac

      Trestman will turn out to be a solid OC. You bet your bippy! Hee hee

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      The Ravens are smart. They’ll get rid of him before his 2nd season when he historically becomes a bum.

  • burntorangenavyblue

    The whole bringing in former players and coaches and all to camp is cool and all, but the Urlacher slant of this is ridiculous

    • Bender McLugh

      Are there any other former greats that are still Sammy-Sosa-style ostricised from Halas Hall?

      • burntorangenavyblue

        Didn’t realize Sosa was at that level to some…..but to answer your question I am not sure, haha.

        • Bender McLugh

          yeah I’m just curious, I also find it odd if not ridiculous that Fox wants to mend that fence, but I don’t hold it against him at all. I can see it IF there’s a benefit, and this smells like slimy PR benefit and nothing more. Bears brand was obviously damaged the last two years and mending fences with the biggest defensive name for the last 15 years is a start……….I guess.

          • BillW

            Will be interesting to see how he handles Briggs and Peanut.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Well it is cool that they do that but let’s see some wins. However it is unusual because Fox does not have a Chicago resume to make that repair unless I missed something

          • Did come out of left field. Whoever bet Urlacher would be mentioned in his presser won some money.

  • Doc Hamstring

    Now that Trestman has a job, the hit to the Bears’ bottom line will be a lot less, because they’ll only have to pay him the difference between his HC contract and his OC contract.

    • GPLDAN

      because they’ll only have to pay him the difference between his HC contract and his OC contract.

      That is incorrect. Think about it.

      If his HC contract is $27M per year (silly example but you get it), and they wanted him for $2M/yr as OC, in your sentence THEY pay him $25M.

      They pay him what they pay him, and due to the NFL wide agreement regarding contractual obligations, the Bears pay his overage and assign that to their bottom line.

      • Doc Hamstring

        Umm, I’m pretty sure we’re saying the same thing. Maybe I was unclear. The Bears were on the hook for all of Trestman’s pay. Now they will have to pay him less–the difference between his (Bears) HC pay and his (Ravens) OC pay.

        • GPLDAN

          just a wording issue then, sorry

  • I am actually very curious how Trestman does in Balt.
    If Flacco has one of his best years, and their O excels, that will be yet another knock on Cutler.
    If the opposite happens, maybe that saves a little face for Cutler.

    Either way, it’s an interesting little experiment.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Bears vs Ravens In Super Bowl 50, now that would be a fuddyduddy time of a story

    • won’t just be one year though. Can it work long term?

      Will require a drastic change from Trestman. Can’t ignore the run like he has literally his entire career.

      • willbest

        John will keep him in line.

        • but the type of offense Baltimore’s personnel are suited for is literally the direct opposite of what Trestman wants to run.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Different O-line. I think ours sucks and hence no run-game. I don’t know if Baltimore’s line is any better.

  • John Doe

    Michael C. Wright @mikecwright · 2m2 minutes ago

    Fangio deal is now signed & done.

    Michael C. Wright @mikecwright · 3m3 minutes ago

    Expecting an official team announcement soon.

  • BillW

    Back to the Bears – too lazy to look this up. I assume someone knows off the top of their heads.

    Where are we in the OC search? Have we interviewed anyone? Any lined up? Any candidates out of the picture already (due to lack of permission to interview)?

    Is anyone other than Chud being considered according to somewhat reliable sources (not guesses or wishes)?

    • requested to interview Chud. That’s known.

      Haven’t heard anything else reliably that I’ve seen. Other name I’ve heard linked is Gase, but that’s just speculation due to Fox/Gase connection from Denver.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      It’s the “x” factor I assume may be what’s making it take so long for them to decide who to hire

  • GPLDAN

    Flacco and Flaccid. United. Perfect.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Future name of a band?

      • GPLDAN

        Just like Ebony and Ivory…

      • BearDown100393

        Homeland Security pairing at O’Hare.

        • burntorangenavyblue

          TSA up the A

  • GPLDAN

    Maybe the Ravens were just tired of losing their offensive coordinator to head coaching gig every year. With Trestman that’s not a concern.

    Jeff, showing us how the burn looks as a fastball.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Aww Jeff did a funny, On Twitter. I actually liked it

      • BillW

        I stole it and used it on PFT. Got some thumbs up.

        • burntorangenavyblue

          You get a thumbs up!

        • BillW

          Oh crap – I just voted up my own post here. Sorry. I know that’s a venial sin.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Haha I don’t even look because most of the time it doesn’t seem to work

        • Irish Sweetness

          Jeff just blocked you on facebook for that. the first funny thing he’s ever tweeted and you’ve gone semi-viral with it. tchoh!

    • BearDown100393

      Flacco: So what’s Trestman all about?
      Cutler: Who?

      • burntorangenavyblue

        Bennett: Practice?

  • BillW

    Black Uni in the ProBowl as a replacement according to Da Site.

    • BillW

      Old news? Didn’t see that anywhere else but it’s 21 hours old on the Bears site.

    • yes, this was announced yesterday. Get with the times man! It’s all about Fangio!

      Also: Mark Ingram and Alfred Morris in Pro Bowl over Forte… ok

      • BillW

        “Get with the times man! It’s all about Fangio!”

        That’s why I missed it. Given the joke that game is I can see why it didn’t get much visibility.

      • wow. Forte gets NO love.
        Alf couldn’t catch a cold, and I guess Ingram gets the sympathy votes for being a bust all these years.

        • CJ Anderson, too. Forte had about 700 more yards and more total TD than any of those guys. Ridiculous.

        • SC Dave

          Although, there was slight hope of a thaw from Irish in the last week or so.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I apologized on mature recollection of his offensive lines. I would now just like a shorter back with Ben Grimm legs to do the hard yards. Plus a mauling Center type. Samoan brother.

          • SC Dave

            I definitely approve of this plan. And with your pining for the good old days where you’d see the I formation now and then.

  • BearDown100393

    How to Grow Men:
    A. Stay out of elevators.
    B. Don’t stab people.

    • BillW

      Good one.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Men grow from studly staches and beards

      • BearDown100393

        & tough talk on Twitter

    • Irish Sweetness

      Ray Rice and Ray Lewis?

      Don’t call your kid ‘Ray’ …..

  • GPLDAN
  • GPLDAN

    Chud + Fox + Fangio

    Even if you count Wanny’s stache, there would never have been 3 guys who looked MORE like Chicagoans than those three since Ditka and Buddy and Ed Hughes. And Hughes had a Lou Holtz vibe to him which is more midwestern than Chicago.

    These three guys look straight out of Chicago central casting. Like extras on Hill Street Blues.

  • It’s funny the way Rotoworld frames it.

    Ravens hired ex-Bears coach Marc Trestman as offensive coordinator.
    Smarting from the loss of Gary Kubiak, the Ravens have found the best possible replacement. Trestman proved overmatched as the Bears’ head coach, but has worked magic time and again with quarterbacks, from Rich Gannon to Josh McCown. Trestman fell on his face with a stubborn Jay Cutler, but is inheriting a much more “coachable” quarterback in Joe Flacco. Trestman’s arrival should ensure Flacco’s 2014 rebound from a rocky 2013 is not a one-year phenomenon.

    • BillW

      OK – really stretching here but..

      Maybe – if Cutler stays – he’ll want to do well to get back at Trestman for (probably) saying the same things Kromer did to the reporter.

      Nah… Jake don’t care.

      • willbest

        By every account Jay Cutler works hard, and is motivated, he just doesn’t have a particularly high football IQ.

        • I think if Cutler possessed a different demeanor, a Hasselbeck type, Garcia-esque, that he would be seen as almost an underdog, a Charlie Brown.

          But since he comes off as a chain-smoking, beer chugging, cap-bakcward wearing frat boy (the stories about him don’t help either), then he gets more beef then he probably should.

        • SC Dave

          This seems to be the case. Do you suppose Jay was so able to get by on arm strength that he never really learned to see… to anticipate… which guys would get open and when?

          • willbest

            That might have been true in college, but he has been in the NFL for nearly a decade. And its not like you don’t see him go through his progressions. When its McCown or Clausen, they go bam bam bam,

            Jay goes to his first read and almost debates whether or not the guy is open enough, and at that point the safety sees him doing it and all of a sudden its double coverage. And amusingly that invariably leaves people scratching their head because once the safety reads Jay, you often end up with an open receiver at the time of the pass.

  • GPLDAN

    Who really wants to see the Bears 2015 schedule open with a home opener against the Ravens? Anyone?

    • BearDown100393

      Ravens 1st down, 1st offensive series on their 20…..
      Trestman: Joe, kneel down.
      Flacco: Say what?

      • burntorangenavyblue

        Nttawwt

        • BearDown100393

          Playcall: Romanian Swallow

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Playcall 2: The Annexation of Canada

      • Big Mike

        or let’s kick a field goal on 3rd down.

        • burntorangenavyblue

          Or….practice?

        • Johnnywad

          Second down

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Or have more great practice

          • willbest

            In fairness, the Chargers did the same thing in OT against the 49ners in week 16, and it worked for them. Nobody would have questioned it if Gould had hit a 46 yard indoor FG.

      • Well, I guess I know who’ll be leading the ravens in receptions next year. The HB.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Is the schedule cycle lined up for that to happen?

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        No, we play DEN, KC, OAK and SD.

  • GPLDAN

    How many times will somebody bring up the under-inflated balls to Bellicheat during press week?

    The Bill’s soft balls meme is about to begin. And it will rub him the wrong way.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Better traction in the snow I suppose?

    • BillW

      1. Suspected due to past rule breaking
      2. Innocent until proven guilty – but not in the court of public opinion
      3. Reminds me of Nixon spying on Dems even though he had a landslide all but assured
      4. Arrogance of Patriot fans (since it made no difference in the game, it’s apparently OK, in their minds) has me cheering for the Seahawks.

      • I still have a hard time believing it happened. Refs inspect balls 2 hours before game and then they’re kept under supervision until game time.

        • BillW

          There is an allowed 1 pound variation in air pressure apparently. I never knew each team supplies their own and uses their own.

          So conceivably the Pats use the lower limit and the Colts the upper, and the ball felt different to the Colt defender who intercepted Brady because it was.

          Also learned that Rodgers admitted over inflating the ball in an interview because he can grip that “heavy” ball better than the opponent probably can. The quote I read on PFT comments made it sound like he essentially said he did it knowing they don’t check it all that well.

          Appearances for the league are everything these days. Will be interesting to see what they conclude.

          • I’m guessing they find nothing illegal was done.

          • It’s the pats. They’ll incinerate the balls afterwards. Nothing to see here, move it along…

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Thrown into Boston Harbor to either sink or float away

          • Big Mike

            By the way in youth football there is no such rule and when it is rainy I let air out of our balls all the time 🙂 it is a huge difference

  • Shady

    Nice little email I got for winning our blog league fantasy Championship. I’m not goin to use it so one of you guys go nuts. First come first served. Don’t all jump in at once:

    “For winning your league, we’d like to offer you a one-time use coupon code to receive $20 off your purchase of $100 or more at ESPNFanShop.com.

    To redeem, go to
    ESPNFanShop.com and enter code:
    ESFBSEKLr68TJ8Uqv

    Discount only applied to qualifying product and will be automatically calculated at the time of checkout.” Blah blah blah…

    • Yeah, I’ve been meaning to go back and do a proper, “Shady is king of the universe!” post over there, but the holidays, then all this madness.
      It was the most competitive FF league yet. So, tip-o-the hat for winning that one.
      I’m guessing with Fangio now as DC, the Bears D will go for about $20, give or take…

      • Shady

        You did a good job with it this year commish, just kinda lost some steam once your team was out if it.

    • Irish Sweetness

      (acts all prissy)

      I got one of those too. Although NFL.COM didn’t send me any offers for … y’know … the leagues I won over there ….

      (tosses hair, checks lipstick and ass in mirror … exits staqe left)

  • John Doe

    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter · 2m2 minutes ago
    Bears considering handful of OC candidates, including Charlie Weis, SF’s Geep Chryst, DET’s Jim Bob Cooter, DEN’s Adam Gase. Weis intriguing

    • Shady

      Geep Chryst? Jim Bob Cooter?

  • The longer this linger, the less chance I think Chud to the Bears for some reason.

    The Rams have requested permission to interview Colts special assistant Rob Chudzinski for their offensive coordinator vacancy.

    This would be a home run for a franchise that
    has dealt with mundane Brian Schottenheimer offenses for the last three
    seasons. Chudzinski is a talent maximizer, one that emphasizes a
    vertical passing game and the tight end. He squeezed a 4,000-yard season
    out of Cam Newton in 2011, who has since averaged just 3,458 passing
    yards per year. Chud is also thought to be in the mix for the 49ers’ OC
    vacancy, while Packers QBs coach Alex Van Pelt is also getting a look
    from the Rams.

    • John Doe

      Indy could retain him and find a permanent role for him.

      It is not clear if they are giving the permission to interview him.

    • GPLDAN

      Larry the tool. Whatta tool.

      • Irish Sweetness

        His swallowing blowjobs are truly all-encompassing, and his cubic capacity so voluminous.

        Larry’s interview:

        George: Do you love the cock, Larry?
        Larry: I’m all about the cock.

    • GPLDAN

      Damn that was a sloppy wet blowjob for George.

      I haven’t seen that many softballs since I went to see a Pats game.

  • beninnorcal

    My vote is for Jim Bob Cooter, for obvious reasons..

    • AlbertInTucson

      He has a bit of a checkered arrest record.

  • beninnorcal

    Also, R.I.P. ’14 Bears.

    Very exciting hire at DC, this team is going to look very different in ’15.

    • Bender McLugh

      hell yes

  • John Doe

    More troubling signs for Jake Cutler??

    Zach Zaidman22m

    John Fox was Jimmy Clausen’s first NFL head coach. Charlie Weis was Clausen’s college head coach. Fox and Weis are good friends.

    • Pretty sure Fox was instrumental in drafting Clausen too.
      No reason why BOTH Cutler and Clausen can’t be on the roster though, if no one wants to trade for Cutler.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Cannot will not believe nobody wants Jake. Plenty of idiots out there.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    If I can’t have Chud, then give me Weis or Gase (or Weis with Gase as the QB Coach). DET’s offense was barely better than ours last year, pass. Chryst has only been a coordinator for 2 seasons (1999-00) and his offenses were terrible. No thanks.

    • John Doe

      Gase is not happening. You can take it to the bank.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        Which bank?

        • John Doe

          the one nearest to you.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Wells Fargo.

          • John Doe

            yeah that one..

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Mines’ the wifey…she is more than just the money bank for me…wink wink

  • burntorangenavyblue

    I feel like I am looking at Robert DeNiro in that pic

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Looks like Bears and Broncos traded ST Coordinators

  • John Doe

    NFLTradeRumors.co @nfltrade_rumors · 2h2 hours ago
    Broncos To Franchise Demaryius Thomas, Allow Julius Thomas & Terrance Knighton To Test FA Market http://bit.ly/1Bc4TIc

    • Well, unless we want to get rid of Black Uni, Julius is a no-go (not to mention he’s extremely inj prone).

      Knighton might be a nice 2nd tier plug-and-play FA, but we might want to see what Ego has first, and Ratliff is our immediate starter in the meanwhile.

      Just depends on the price I suppose. I don’t expect aggressive FA signings like with Emery who only did so to plug the holes in the sinking ship Angelo captained.

      • wouldn’t it be nice if we had our own gronkowski/hernandez? minus the murderous second life, of course.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          yeah…you can’t have 2 pricey FA as such a duo.

      • need depth on DL. At least 5 to rotate for 3 spots, right now they have Houston (if healthy), Ego, and Ratliff (when healthy). Need another 2-3 bodies.

        Again, assuming run same D as Fangio did in SF.

        • Irish Sweetness

          We don’t have ANY defensive ends. I mean ANY. And certainly no 3-4 DEs.

          • Lamarr Houston is a textbook 3-4 DE. Ego Ferguson could play some of that role as well. In the 4-3 under look Fangio ran in SF, the one end was basically a DT (Justin Smith in SF), and that would be Ratliff.

            But yes, if they go to a 3-4, they would need some new bodies on the DL.

  • John Doe

    Mike Triplett @MikeTriplett · 2h2 hours ago
    Longtime #Saints college scouting director Rick Reiprish has been let go, he said. GM Mickey Loomis told him today. Said he was surprised.

    • WP4Life

      wonder if this has anything to do with it:

      Chicago Bears’ new GM Ryan Pace has hired former New Orleans’ Saints regional scout Josh Lucas to be his director of player personnel, the team announced today(Monday).

      According to multiple reports, Lucas, 35, was considered one of the Saints’ top scouts. He graduated Cum Laude from Harvard University, where he played safety. He went on to intern for the Jaguars before being hired by the Saints in 2004. It’s unclear whether or not Pace will retain the Bears’ current director of college scouting Marty Barrett, who is in his 18th season with the team,

      • John Doe

        This guy Marty Barrett has been with Bears for 18 long fucking years? How has he survived two decades worth of crappy drafting? No wonder Bears have sucked for so long.

        Time to clear the old wood.

        Glad that we have two sharp young whipper snappers from Saints..37 year old GM to go with 35 year old Director of Player Personnel to shake and change things up.

        • WP4Life

          I thought same thing. New blood.

  • EnderWiggin

    Lach’s official Facebook page just wrote this…

    “I’m pumped about Ryan Pace and John Fox. Everyone I know who’s played
    for Coach Fox has loved him. Can’t wait to talk some football with them.”

    • Thisguy_justsaid

      Fox just said that to shut his ass up already.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Kinda skeptical cuz what is there really to talk about? It is so sudden that I find this odd. If this came up after draft and we have an idea of the direction the Bears will take during training camp then it’s all gravy. Urlacher’s history as of late being a drama queen is my reasoning

      • EnderWiggin

        I just think its a matter of the Bears need to respect Lach, and I think they’d like some respect from him. They won’t bring him back to play, and the possibility of The Bears making him a LB coach is just a Facebooker’s dream.
        Just be on friendly terms, with an “always a Bear” mentality. Like Butkus/Ditka.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Love logging on in the morning with coffee and chocolate to see great news..

    “So far so good.” said the man who had just stepped off the cliff.

  • burntorangenavyblue

    Dun dun duuuunnn….Patriots at it again

    • John Doe

      Not surprised at all. Brady and Belichick are constantly trying to get away with something.

      That cheating approach is inherently tied to their consistent success.

      And it works. See Seattle also with rampant drug use.

    • willbest

      I know its asking a lot of reporters to go all the way back to high school chemistry but this is a non-story:

      1) Pat bring 12 balls out of the locker room and give them to the official
      2) Official checks they are 12.5 PSI within regulation
      3) Official gives them to the ball guy who carts them out to the field
      4) 2 hours later the temperature of the ball has dropped from 70 degrees to 20 degrees and the PSI has accordingly dropped to 11.5 PSi below regulation. PV=nRT

      • John Doe

        Coincidence that Tom Brady likes deflated balls.?

        ProFootballTalk @ProFootballTalk · 8h8 hours ago

        Tom Brady said in 2011 that he like deflated footballs http://wp.me/p14QSB-9GS1

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        1. game time temperature i believe was round 50 and did not go much lower throughout the game probably in mid 40s.
        2. it has been reported that the balls were 2PSI low. i am assuming that is 2PSI below the minimum of 12.5PSI.

        so temperature should not have caused that big of an decrease in PSI.

        • willbest

          I don’t know the exact science on footballs because I don’t know how well the football contracts in cold weather thereby shrinking the volume, but with car tires, they drop 1-3 PSI per 10 degree temperature change. So while a 2 PSI drop might cause me to at least call up a chemist, it still doesn’t seem unusual.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Again, he is the anti-Shula, and still about 12 years away from even approaching his win-record.

  • John Doe

    Adam Gase is interviewing for OC tomorrow and it sounds like a done deal.

    How about Adam Gase as OC and Charlie Weis as consultant (may be focus on the run game). Colts used Chud as a consultant this season to help their OC Pep Hamilton.

    Gase is going to get his HC chance sooner than later. He may be gone next year. It will be good to have Weis already in place and maintain continuity down the road.

    • NOOOOO to Weis. I can’t emphasize that enough. Dude not only SUCKS, but is a giant DOUCHE.
      He makes McDaniels look like Bill Cosby, the sweater jello one, not the rapist.

      And unless Gase completely turns our O around (and with Cutty, that ain’t happening), I doubt he gets a shot at HC next season.

      Did any team even give him an HC interview? Seems like he was just given a little tap on the head, and shown the door. His own team didn’t even want him as OC, much less HC. I think he’s two years away from any serious consideration.

      • John Doe

        Adam Gase was told he had 49ers job and then the offer was pulled last minute. Now the the dork owner and GM Trent Baalke are bad mouthing Gase and leaking to the press that he bombed the interview. Feel for Gase.

        And btw, Fox and Weis are close friends. I think Fox can contain his douche behavior.

        Matt Maiocco @MaioccoCSN · 2h2 hours ago

        Source: Adam Gase’s final H.C. interview with #49ers GM Trent Baalke lasted 8 1/2 hours. Bad interviews do not last anywhere near that long.

        • Big Mike

          You know this about the 49ers pulling the job how? I had not heard it before.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      i don’t know if it’s a done deal.

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    “Patriots have one of the greatest coaches and QBs in league history. So…STOP CHEATING!”

    I agree.

    Do I think The Patriots have cheated their way to all their success.

    No.

    But the NFL should be PARANOID about the APPEARANCE of cheating.

    This is what comes from treating the videotaping violation so lightly. If they had dropped a major suspension on Belicheat back then, they wouldn’t have to be dealing with this “deflation” nonsense now.

    • BerwynBomber

      Agreed. I actually thought Spygate was overblown at the time but this brings it all back into question. For those who want to throw an asterisk next to NE’s titles it is hard to argue that they should not.

  • What I would LOVE to see (if we hire Gase) is to bring in Toub back as SP/T coach, assis to DC/OC, which ever he prefers.
    That would be AWESOME. Not only will our Sp Teams rock, but Toub will get on the job training from Fangio/Fox/Gase to boost his resume for a HC eventually.

    Fox is not the youngest spring chicken, and if he retires after winning a SB for us, then have Gase/Toub/Fangio battle it out to inherit the HC job.

    Yup Yup.

    • John Doe

      Toub has no connections to Fox. And Toub is not a hot commodity like Fangio that Fox is willing to pursue without previous connections.

      More importantly, Toub is under contract with KC and they are not letting him out.

      The one coach who needs help is Gase. He has never been an OC without Peyton Manning. So helping him out with a veteran like Weis in a consultant role would make a lot of sense. Btw, Weis was at Halas Hall today. I guess we will know more tomorrow.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      They already hired a ST coach.

    • Thisguy_justsaid

      Ohh gawd everyone needs to get the idea that Toub is not comin back.

  • John Doe

    New Patriots cheating allegation….

    Jason La Canfora @JasonLaCanfora · 3h3 hours ago

    Some Ravens believe kicking balls may have been deflated in their playoff game at New England: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/writer/jason-la-canfora/24981269/some-baltimore-ravens-think-footballs-were-under-inflated-vs-patriots

  • Irish Sweetness

    No Fangio mention on NFL.COM strangely.

    But the mocks are here, oh yes they are.

    http://www.nfl.com/draft/2015/mock-drafts/bucky-brooks/215607

    Any love here for Landon Collins? When and where does the safety thing get addressed?

    • willbest

      Not at #7

    • willbest

      How are we getting 2 first rounders if we are trading up to the titans or jets?

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