• AlbertInTucson

    I voted Linebacker.

    • Sactowns#1

      Same here. If we’re going 3-4 then we need some stud OLB’s.
      BTW- James Harrison is still playing? That’s kinda crazy.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Sit back and save some money? Why is that even on the list?

    • NewBearInTown

      I voted interior defensive line, though I could just as easily have gone linebacker. I’m just hoping we get linebacker help in the draft.
      But I don’t want to see us spending big money on one player. The roster is too fluid to overcommit to one guy, and we have so many holes to fill. Rather than breaking the bank on one guy, I’d like to see us pick up 3-4 value starters. Maybe a right tackle, maybe an inside linebacker, maybe a safety, maybe another running back. We’ll see who hits the market. But I’ll be happy if the Bears aren’t in the newspapers on the first day.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        True, the best signing of last off season was a guy we got for 3yrs/$9M.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Interior DL and S.

    I hate the notion of Free Agency. The Bears should also trade for starters.

    PS: I would draft LB with 1st round pick, so if we’re talking ‘direction’ I wouldn’t go that way.

  • Shady

    Doing the safety dance since 2007.

    • Cormonster

      My first thought as well.

    • Johnnywad

      I’ve been doing it since ’83

      We can dance if we want to
      We can leave your friends behind
      ‘Cause your friends don’t dance and if they don’t dance
      Well they’re, no friends of mine
      Say, we can go where we want to
      A place that they will never find
      And we can act like we come from out of this world
      And leave the real one far behind
      And we can dance, dansez
      We can go when we want to
      The night is young and so am I
      And we can dress real neat from our hats to our feet
      And surprise them with a victory cry
      Say, we can act if we want to
      If we don’t nobody will
      And you can act real rude and be totally removed
      And I can act like an imbecile
      And say
      We can dance, we can dance
      Everything’s out of control
      We can dance, we can dance
      We’re doing it from pole to pole

      • Shady

        Knew that was coming.

  • John Doe

    If Bears want to move Kyle Long to Right Tackle, this is the ideal year to do it. There will be a glut of guards in free agency and the draft is also strong at guard position. Orlando Franklin and Mike Iupati will top free agent guards. But a cheaper option might just be available from Saints. If Pace can work a good deal for Jahri Evans…

    Also, Jared Odrick as 3-4 DE or even DT. He can be versatile and line up all over the line.

    Rotoworld:

    ared Odrick – DL – Dolphins

    According to the Palm Beach Post, there’s a “growing belief” free agent DT Jared Odrick will test the open market.

    The Dolphins are trying to re-sign Odrick, quite possibly their No. 1 priority in free agency. But as a scheme-versatile 27-year-old that can get after the quarterback from the interior, there’s going to be plenty of interest come March. Odrick’s market will get even hotter if interior linemen like Ndamukong Suh and Terrance Knighton re-sign with their respective clubs.

    Source: Palm Beach Post

    Jahri Evans – G – Saints

    RG Jahri Evans faces an uncertain future with the Saints.

    Evans, the Saints’ starting right guard for the last nine seasons and a four-time first-team All-Pro, carries a $9.6M cap number in 2015. The cap-strapped Saints can’t afford that number in addition to the $9.6M cap hit of left guard Ben Grubbs. So they are talking to Evans about a restructure as the threat of an outright cut looms.

    Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune

    • Is Evans much more superior to Slauson at this point? Not sure. Plus, I still want to see Mills at OG.

      Odrick is interesting. He might be a better fit in our new system tha Paea.

      I agree with a few others. Mid range FAs.

      S. Rahim Moore
      DL Odrick, Francois, maybe a surprise cap cut guy
      LB Worlids, Brandon Spikes, David Harris (He’s 31 though)

      These guys are all around 27, shouldn’t go on day 1, so they’ll provide some good years for relatively cheap while maximizing draft flexibility.

      I would be surprised if Young doesn’t start off the season on inj reserved designated to return tag. He tore his achilles late in the season, and those are hard to recover from so soon – sucks up all the explosion.

      If we stay at #7, Fowler seems the way to go – if not, Maybe Shelton, though selecting a NT that high always gives me a little pause.

      If we were going strictly BPA, then why not WR White, or OT Peat/Scherff/Fowlers?

  • beninnorcal

    More LB’s

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Screw it, let’s just blow our free agent wad on Devin McCourty and Pot Roast and Draft OLB Dante Fowler from UF at #7, a CB and Devin Smith from Ohio St. at some point and that’s a wrap.

    • John Doe

      Devin McCourty is not hitting the free agent market. Pats are working on a deal.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        That and they can still tag him, just saying if he hit the market, that’s where i’d blow the cash.

        • John Doe

          I think Bears will most likely get FS Rahim Moore (John Fox connection from Broncos) or Tashaun Gipson of the Browns.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            As long as we avoid Landon Collins, I’m good.

  • John Doe

    This guy was second best OLB after Justin Houston according to PFF.

    Aaron Wilson @RavensInsider 路 4h4 hours ago

    Pass rusher Pernell McPhee expected to leave Ravens, cash in as a free agent http://fw.to/IIasY9U

  • Trac

    What should the Bears do during free agency? Sell…sell…sell…

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wDI6SEIzwNM

  • I would expect a CB, OLB, ILB, DE, and S to be added in FA. Possibly OL as well. Not huge $$ guys, but players more in the Willie Young contract range who can compete for starting spots.

    • CanadaBear

      Pace and Fox talked about analyzing the strong points/weak points in draft and FA and formulating a plan. I keep reading the draft is strong on pass rushers and WR’s so I look at all the other positions in FA. It sounds like safety is not great in either area. Hopefully they can land a good FS somehow. Just not with the first pick in the draft.

      • S is definitely better in FA than the draft, IMO.

        • Big Mike

          We’ve tried a 1/2 dozen picks at safety and have landed squadoosh.

          • CanadaBear

            Of course, it was JA and PE doing the picking. Hopefully Pace can find one. I’m sure Fox recognizes a decent S when he sees one.

          • Johnnywad

            JA once made Adam Archuleta the highest paid safety in the league. Sweet Jesus.

          • SC Dave

            Emphasis on the douche?

    • EnderWiggin

      I’d agree that all of those places should be addressed. I’d go a step further and say another QB would be important too. Someone like Dirty Sanches or Hoyer-Girl for competition.

      • I wouldn’t be shocked to see Clausen back. Let him compete with Fales for backup. Assuming Cutler isn’t traded. They might want to wait for the draft too, wouldn’t be shocked if they draft somebody.

        So if Cutler’s on the roster, I don’t expect a big $$ FA contract handed out to QB. Could be wrong on that though.

  • Jacob Gray

    i would like to see them pick up jason worilds olb from steelers an tashaun gipson from cleveland… then turn around in the draft an pick up dannu shelton dt, denzel perryman ilb from miami, but that just a real bears fan talking

  • John Doe

    Lorenzo Maudlin drafted by Bears would be a great story..

    Chicago Bears @ChicagoBears 路 29m29 minutes ago

    #Bears assistant coach Clint Hurtt helped NFL prospect Lorenzo Maudlin defeat astronomical odds. Link: http://chgobrs.com/1JDvzJo

  • John Doe

    A lot of unintended consequences when both GM and Headcoach get fired and new regime comes in. I am sure Forte would have been safe had Emery and Trestman survived. Now, not so much.

    Matt Forte @MattForte22 路 Feb 21

    A lot of football left in me. I want to play them for the Chicago Bears and retire a lifelong Bear. But they have to want the same thing…

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      It’s about money, not about being safe and regimes.

      Forte ain’t going to play this last year out. He will be extended. They’re negotiating of the parameters with leaks, tweets and all that crap.

      • SC Dave

        I sure as hell hope so. I’d hate to lose the hands-down best player on our offense. Hell, on our team.

        • Johnnywad

          It’d be insane. That said, I think Kyle Long is about to take that title and run with it. Matt needs to remain and retire a Bear, but the wheels will fall off at some point. Let’s just hope for another couple of seasons.

          • CanadaBear

            I’d like to see them sign/draft a banger and prolong Forte’s career.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          That’s how I see it. I think they’ll extend him to lower his cap and pay him more than he would get in FA.

          I also think they’ll acquire a powerful RB and share the carries. The reason being to have a different skill set ‘starter’ and keep Forte fresh and durable to the duration of the extension.

          • SC Dave

            That is, in my opinion, an excellent plan. We’ll see, I suppose.

      • willbest

        I think this. He is going to end up with a 3-year 18 mil deal with about 11-12 in guarantees.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          That’s way to much for a 30 years old RB.

          Nobody’s going to pay that in FA. So neither the Bears.

          • willbest

            I don’t know about that. Frank Gore was getting 6.5 mil at 30 and 31, and he has a worse injury history than Forte.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            True, but that’s not the norm.

            They were going for a Super Bowl with a rookie QB (and his contract).

            When 29 he signed a 3 years/$19 M with $8.5 M guaranteed. That’s not so off track on what I was saying.

            The basis of my thoughts was that they’ll likely use a run game by committee. That wasn’t the case for the 49ers. So less money for Forte, but also less snaps.

  • Colts just released Ricky Jean-Francois, a 3-4 DE who played under Fangio in 2011 and 2012. Could be an option for Bears. He was cut for cap reasons (overpaid at $5M+ per year), but solid rotational strongside DE who could be had for a Willie Young-type contract, IMO.

    • John Doe

      Agreed. Just saw that. At the very least he could camp competition. And who knows he may thrive again with Fangio.

      • never played all that much under Fangio. 300-400 snaps in both 2011 and 2012. But they’re sorely lacking in DE bodies right now, IMO, so somebody who could play half the snaps and not suck would be welcome.

  • Bender McLugh

    S & LB, possibly CB depending on who becomes available.

    • Big Mike

      Free agent interior LBs are the value play.

  • RenoBear

    I know there’s a lot of Cutler hate and even more apathy… I lean more towards apathy… But when I hear Danimal speak like this, he does make a lot of sense… http://sun-tim.es/1D42ldv

    • BearDown100393

      Artie asked the guy, why Jake so fly? Dan said, Funky Cold Medina

    • Johnnywad

      Irish is going to lose his mind

      • SC Dave

        I thought that too, and of course, he’d be absolutely right in his arguments.

    • SC Dave

      Didn’t listen, but Hampton obviously took too many shots to the head. Really? What dimwit would claim that with a QB worse than the one they had that they would not have lost a game in five years… mind-bogglingly stupid.

      • BerwynBomber

        I never bought the Cutler-is-better-than-McMahon argument based on stats. Comparing QB stats from today’s game to thirty years ago is like comparing QB stats from McMahon’s era to Red Grange’s.

        The ONLY way it might work is if someone could compare where, on average, McMahon finished in QR in relation to the rest of the league vs. where Cutler has finished in QR in relation to the rest of the league, but even after that is done, McMahon’s post-season bona fides will be superior.

        If I had to rate all-time Bears QBs, I would go:

        1. Luckman
        2. McMahon
        3. Cutty

        But there is no argument that Cutler has the most tools since Luckman, though I always thought Harbaugh was a tad more talented than he showed here.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Mongo said that Hampton was the only guy on the squad who hated McMahon. It’s just bull-headed gibberish. What a baby.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Good God. Hampton is a moron. He’s lost his mind if he ever had one. I cannot believe he said that. Don’t lose a game with Cutler ? We would have lost a few for sure. Mike Ditka said that without Mac they don’t win a superbowl that year. And how in the hell does having Cutler play against the Dolphins win you the game? Ryan wouldn’t stop blitzing! Mac only threw six passes in that game, Fuller was the QB. Hampton never liked McMahon and this is just sour grapes, what an asshole. Total meathead.

      • Johnnywad

        Just got started on “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” a couple days ago Irish.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Good for you. I must have read it at least ten times now, the sequel too. There’s a completely random chapter in ‘Lila’ where he meets Robert Redford in hotel room to discuss buying the rights for ZMM.

          The battle with his philosophy professor where he starts taking apart Aristotle is amazing. I think that’s what got to Redford. The prologue is a real kick in the nuts too. Enjoy.

        • SC Dave

          I read that book in 1977, and again in 1997. Waiting about two more years to do it again.

          • Irish Sweetness

            And then you read ‘Lila’, get tot he end, realize this guy has the whole universe figured out in some revolutionary new school of thought .. .but couldn’t explain how a week later. The Metaphysics of Quality. I still don’t understand it.

            It’s a shame he never published the third book (on Native Americans).

      • RenoBear

        Just to clarify, the only part I agreed with is the ‘if cutler played with that defense, it would mask a lot of his ills’ paraphrase. Unfortunately, as we all know, Cutler 5% of the gameplan… Any more and we are begging for trouble

  • Sactowns#1

    So if we do resign Lance he’ll be playing inside wont he? Chicken dinner is done.. so we need 2 stud OLB’s.

    • Big Mike

      Chicken dinner will be given the chance to be an edge rusher in the 3-4. Then he will be cut, or be kept as a reserve LB, special team player.

      • Sactowns#1

        Oh there’s too much skin in the game to cut him at this point for sure.
        We could get a guy like Larry English or Jarrett Johnson for a song. Add a big guy like Trent Cole or Mario Williams on the other side and I think your secondary could be made up of 8th grade girls and you’d still have a good chance at winning.

        • Big Mike

          Some would argue we鈥檝e had 8th grade girls playing safety.

    • Big Mike

      I’d like to add an FU to Trestman and Emery.

    • John Doe

      There is only one inside job for Lance – work the cash register of his BBQ joint.

      Enough of that fat, butt-hurt Lovie boy who undermined Emery and Trestman at every opportunity for the last two years while collecting millions.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      they won’t re-sign him. 1 stud OLB is Houston, if he’ll be healthy.

  • GPLDAN
    • BearDown100393

      You are poaching! LOL, read below.

      • GPLDAN

        whoops

    • SC Dave

      Anything for attention.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’d challenge that fat fuck to a fight on Twitter if his dumb ass could switch on a computer.

      Love ya Jimmy!
      (swoon)

  • Irish Sweetness

    OL – I don’t want to see any rooks on that line and we need 3 more good players. Defense built from the draft, but wouldn’t say no to a vet safety.

  • BerwynBomber

    Given that it is a down year for DBs in the draft, one would think it might drive up the price of the DB FAs. Btw, I would not be too worried about CB. It seems the one D position the Bears can be comparatively competent in next season … at least from a starter’s perspective.
    Fuller looks like a keeper. Jennings had a down year but he still looked competent most the last season — the majority of his bad beats seemed more due to communication with the safeties (or vice-versa) than merely poor CB play. The incidents of miscommunication should drastically decrease under Fangio/Fox.

    • you need 3 starting CBs in today’s NFL. I’m expecting Chicago to get one more in FA.

      • BerwynBomber

        Technically, you are wrong. Most teams base defenses do NOT include 3 CBs; that said, I get your point but often that 3rd CB is still nickel quality.

        • many teams are in nickel more than half the time.

          And allow me to rephrase: to beat GB and win the division, you need 3 starting CBs.

          • willbest

            Or Urlacher

        • NewBearInTown

          IMO, the average team these days has about 15 starters on each side of the ball. Offense has a third wide receiver, a second running back, a second tight end. Defense has a nickel corner and/or safety, an extra rotational pass rusher or DT, and sometimes a situational linebacker. Specials have four distinct units that can’t overlap all that much.
          Lovie was into the fact that the idea of 11 starters is really obsolete.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Fangio played nickel with 3 CB way more than 50%. They were a nickel Defense.

      • I’m curious about Hurst.
        And the way I see it, if we can’t find a nickle CB in the later rounds of the draft, then that doesn’t bode well for our future drafts.

        • I don’t know if they’ll even look for CB in the draft. 2 intriguing young guys there in Hurst and Louis-Jean (3 if you count Mitchell). 2 starters in Jennings and Fuller. Add a mid-level guy in FA and you’re pretty set. Due to the youth they have at CB, I’d like to see them look elsewhere in the draft.

          • Yes, Louis-Jean is another guy who flashed but struggled with consistency. We still have the same secondary coach, right? Didn’t read up on that.
            I would want to bring a mid-level CB, but I really want to reps given to Hurst and Jean.
            We also have to allocate resources on other positions, imo.

            Maybe we can snag a CB/KR/Gunner late in the draft or a priority UFA.

            Let those 3 guys compete for nickle behind Fuller and Jennings.

            Also, we have some flexibility because Jennings can slide into nickle, so if we a bigger bodied CB to groom for the outside, can go that route too.

          • no, they have a new secondary coach. Ed Donatell followed Fangio over from SF.

            I’m guessing one of Culliver or Cox gets signed from SF, and they compete with Jennings to be the starter opposite Fuller, with the loser playing more nickel.

            Also wouldn’t rule out Vereen getting a chance to compete at nickelback. We’ll see.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Negative. 49ers DBs were just another guy type. Fangio and Donatell made them. So, there’s no point in spending money for those guys, just give them cheap options and they’ll ‘make them ‘ also.

          • Depends on the money, IMO. If they can get Culliver for about $3M a year, I’d be all in for that. If he’s looking at more of a Martellus Bennett-type contract, no thanks. I’d like to see them have one more solid CB, especially since Tim Jennings is a bit of a question mark and may not be around past 2015.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Rumor is Maxwel is going to get a huge amount of money. Culliver is at that level, if not better.

            I don’t want an expensive CB in FA. Coaches track record says that as long as it’s the right type of CB they can make them perform at a high level.

            A S instead is a must. I’m also super excited about Vereen’s future with this staff.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      re-sign Tillman is more than an option. It’s the smart move.

      Who says it’s a down year for the DBs in the draft ? Nobody knows.

      Malcom Butler -who’s a great player beyond that great play- was a Db nobody knew about. Mike Mayock didn’t know about him… never heard his name, yet alone study his college work.

      So, it’s all bullshit. This class is this, that class is that. Whatever.

  • BerwynBomber

    For anyone interested here is UConn DB Byron Jones’ Beamon-like broad jump at the combine. Broke the combine record by 8″.

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-combine-top-performers/0ap3000000473512/Jones-sets-new-high-mark-at-combine

    • broke the Olympic record by 1″. That’s insane.

      I saw a couple people on Twitter (Daniel Jeremiah, Matt Miller type guys) say his film from 2013 is really good, but he didn’t play much in 2014 due to a shoulder injury. Definitely an intriguing guy.

      CB is one of the positions where Combine performance and on-field success are most directly correlated (http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/which-combine-drills-are-most-important/)

      • BerwynBomber

        Seems Marcus Peters UWA is considered the best CB in the draft but the Huskies booted him off the team in November so there are huge character/off-the-field concerns.

    • Yeah. Saw that. Looked like he was on a trampoline. Crazy.
      I always wondered who would reach that 12. Couldn’t believe it when I saw it.

      Like the breaking the 6min mile back in the day?

      • you mean the 4 minute mile?

        • Yeah, there you go. I must’ve been thinking of me trying to break the 6min mile in HS!
          Though I’m sure breaking the 6min mile had to be an olympic benchmark…in 500B.C.

          • high school? Weak sauce. I ran a 5:40 in 7th grade!

            And then never broke 5, which was always a goal of mine. Alas, it was not meant to be.

          • I never ran long distance. In fact, I hated running for no reason (without a ball). Saw it as pointless.
            So I think I only ran the mile or miles in HS gym class like maybe once or twice a year.

            Although I’m pretty sure with as much basketball as I played, I probably ran miles on the court. Still, my body was conditioned differently I suppose. Basketball, Baseball and Football tend to favor more explosion, power and agility.

            My friend runs marathons now, and I’m tempted to maybe try my hand at it now since my “ball sports” days are over (don’t need to lend father time a hand in ravaging my body).

            However, I think a recent report just came out that serious runners die at the same rate as ppl who don’t run at all. The report said that “light” jogging/walking extended life.

            On one level, seems counter-intutive. You’d figure serious runners would have good cardio/heart.

            Then again, if they’re stressing it so much on a weekly basis for years, I can see how that can wear down the heart too.

            Go figure. I’m sure another study will overturn that one. Seems that’s the way all these new findings go.

            On study tells you eggs are healthy, another says they’ll kill you.

          • supposedly running 4 minutes/walking 1 is best for your heart, for some reason.

            If you were a good HS athlete who could do basketball and such, I’m sure you could have run a 5:30 mile with minimal training.

          • Hmmm. Maybe. I can’t even remember, but I think I got close to 6 mins, like 6 mins, 30 seconds or something like that. But I never really took that run seriously. About 3 mins into it I would be daydreaming about dunking from the free throw like Jordan, or banging the hot teacher.
            I think that’s what they refer to as “the runner’s high”.

            Running 4 mins anr walking 1 mile?

            I think that’s what I saw on the news report, but didn’t follow up on actually reading the finding.

          • CanadaBear

            Unless you want to break your body down I’d avoid marathons. They are hell on your joints/back. No doubt you could have broken 6 minutes. I only ran a timed mile once and broke 6 minutes. Not by much but it was under 6 minutes. To say I wasn’t fast was an understatement. I could run (or bike) all day but like the PE teacher used to tell me, “If you don’t speed up we’re going to time you with a calendar.”

    • CanadaBear

      Of course, the question I have is can he play?

    • Irish Sweetness

      Can he jump out of a pool?

    • Irish Sweetness

      Landon Collins was right after that. See that dude’s legs? I pray to allah that we can trade in Cutty cos it means we can draft a pass rusher as well as a guy that can stuff the run from the defensive backfield …. aw jeez Bill Burr is right ….. this is ridiculous ….

  • Thompson Way

    We need to fill all the holes in FA and fill up on the best talent in the Draft.

    • Irish Sweetness

      We’ve got more holes than Rip Van Winkle’s childhood dartboard, brah.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    Interesting results so far. My reasoning says Secondary first but the Bears have such a long line of good LBs, I’d like to see a good replacement to fill the hole Urlacher Left and the one Briggs is about to.

    • unlikely to find those long-term replacements in FA. FA is for solid players. You find your stars, by and large, in the draft.
      Right now, I want to go best edge rusher in rd 1 and best ILB in rd 2. Several excellent prospects for those positions that should go around those spots.

  • Big Mike

    Vic Beasley… damn…

  • Shady

    It’s important to remember not to focus on the position as much the player. A good football player at any position helps the overall unit. Whether it’s the draft or FA, finding a football player you can depend on is more important than trying to simply plug holes. Ideally, use FA money to complement the majority of the roster which should be made up mostly of players you’ve drafted and developed.

    • Ideally. However, in the (likely) event that Paea, Conte, Briggs, and Tillman all leave this year, the Bears will have a grand total of one player (Forte) who is signed past his rookie deal and was drafted by the team.

      • SC Dave

        wow… think we’re losing Paea?

        • I’m torn on this one, but think he leaves. There are strong arguments to be made both ways, but ultimately I don’t think Fangio values NT enough to justify the contract Paea will demand.

          • I actually came to this conclusion after talking to Oscar Aparicio, a very knowledgeable SF blogger who does a podcast for the 49ers’ SB Nation site. He said SF went cheap at NT under Fangio and never played their NT more than 450 or so snaps in a season.

            I don’t see Paea playing 3-4 DE very well, so it’s tough to justify giving him a big contract then, IMO. Especially when the Bears already have 2 other NTs on the roster in Ratliff and Ferguson.

          • John Doe

            Remember Fox has not outsourced Defense completely to Fangio. It will be a Fox-Fangio hybrid defense.

            And Fox did use a big NT in Terrance Knighton at Broncos. I thought Kevin Vickerson is a big tackle too.

            If they draft Danny Shelton they can have Ego Ferguson and Jeremiah Ratliff playing ends. Imagine Ferguson-Shelton-Ratliff 3 man front. It will be pretty hard to run against those 3 and LBs behind will be free to make plays. Add a free agent 5 tech like Ricky Jean-Francois. Plus Ego and Ratliff can play nose too and will give them a lot of flexibility.

            It really makes no sense to spend money on Paea when there are so many big DTs available in lthe draft that will fit Bears needs perfectly.

            I hope they trade back from #7 and get an extra pick (even if Bears do not win the trade outright). They can then pick a pass rusher and 2nd round DT like Carl Davis or Jordan Phillips.

          • Fangio ran the D as he saw fit in SF with almost no supervision from Harbaugh. I’d imagine we see something similar in Chicago.

          • John Doe

            Harbaugh was from the offensive side of the ball. Fox has his own defensive mind.

            Also, Fox is much more hands on Head Coach.

            In his opening press conference, he made it clear that he does not even concede anything on offense either. He said he watches as much tape on offense as anyone else.

            Bottomline, Fox will have the final say on both offense and defense.

          • Just one of many interesting story lines to eye. How much does fox cede over the D to Fangio?
            Fangio had a top 5 D in many categories and with a lot of missing bodies. If it ain’t broke…
            Then again, HCs (even the ones who SEEM humble like Lovie) have egos and are control freaks. They can’t help it.

          • John Doe

            I am sure Fox-Fangio and Fox-Gase must have discussed this before signing the contracts.

            Fox in his presser made it clear that he will be in charge of offense and defense as far the philosophy is concerned. There will be very little room for Fangio and Gase to freelance.

          • Irish Sweetness

            To paraphrase early Stephen King … we have more tackles than a motherfucker.

          • NewBearInTown

            Really depends on the contract. Paea could be a very disruptive (albeit small) 3-4 nose tackle. I think it was you who mentioned that Fangio does tend to favor the smaller nose tackles because he plays a one gap system. But ultimately you don’t want your starting NT to be a liability in run coverage.
            One big mark in his favor is that he a high character family man and our defense really needs leadership.
            I would sign him for something like 4 years / $15 million / $6M guaranteed.

          • Paea is very similar to Isaac Sopoaga, who was the NT in SF under Fangio for 2011-2012. Also not that different from Glenn Dorsey, the NT the last 2 years. He can handle that role just fine, IMO.

          • I took a look at both sides of the argument in a more in-depth piece. http://dabearsbeat.com/2015/02/24/what-should-the-bears-do-with-stephen-paea/

            I’d be fine with him staying or leaving, but my gut says he’s gone.

          • SC Dave

            Interesting, and you may be on the money. On the other hand, those other Fangio NTs could not bench press like Paea. He may be exactly the guy – same size and quickness, but stronger?

          • I am sure Paea could handle NT just fine under Fangio. But he’d have to be able to do more than that to justify the contract he’ll get, IMO. Not to mention Ratliff and Ferguson can handle nose too, and they just don’t need that many nose tackles.

            That’s the problem, to me. It’s not that Paea can’t fit in the system. It’s that I don’t think they have a need for him because he’s redundant with other guys on the roster.

          • CanadaBear

            Not that I disagree with ya but Rat isn’t going to be around much longer.

          • but Ferguson is, and this is a role perfectly suited for him. He’s younger, cheaper, and more durable. Let him and Ratliff split it this year, and if you don’t trust Ferguson to handle it at that point, you find somebody else.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Good piece Woodsy. Makes me think we’re not drafting Shelton at 7. Much as I’d love that pass rusher at 7, I’d just love to see Landon Collins AND Mundy in there on runs. With a 3-4 ? Shutdown central.

            So with Bill Burr still in my head lambasting me for caring ….

            Jay stays:

            1st four picks in the draft = DL / LB / DL / C
            Free Agency =- OG / ILB / S (Long to RT)

            Jay gets traded: (inshallah)

            1st four picks in the draft = Landon + 2 X front 7 + C (with a boner for Leonard Williams from a titans pick) …

            Free agency= OG / ILB / DL + A.N. Other at QB, Fales, re-sign Clausen

          • Irish Sweetness

            If we have Sutton, Ferguson and Ratliff .. plus the likelihood that none of those guys is the NT Fangio/Fox has in mind … he gone.

          • the important pieces here are Ratliff and Ferguson, IMO. Those are NT, which IMO is all Paea could play in this D.

      • CanadaBear

        That says it all about JA. Not to mention, Briggs and Tilman were drafted 12 years ago. His early drafts had some hits in them but his last few were atrocious.

        • to be fair, some of it was just players getting lost in the shuffle. Guys like Conte and Wright are serviceable players (borderline starters) who just didn’t fit with new GM. Melton a good player who got lost in the shuffle. Paea could be heading that direction.
          But yes, his drafts from 2007 on were absolutely horrible.

  • EnderWiggin

    Ya’ll talkin’ ’bout Paea..
    Read Wood’s article and leave him a comment. (Its the least you can do).
    http://dabearsbeat.com/2015/02/24/what-should-the-bears-do-with-stephen-paea/

  • So, basically, Cutler is the consolation prize.

    Yahoo’s Rand Getlin reports the Bills are “pursuing a trade” for Sam Bradford.
    League sources tell Getlin the Bills’ new coaching staff believes Bradford can “maximize the value of their wide receivers and help them win now.” In theory, Bradford is certainly an upgrade on E.J. Manuel, but he’s an injury-prone mess currently due $13 million. That, coupled with the fact that the Bills only have six 2015 draft picks makes a trade extremely unlikely. Most signs have suggested Bradford will get yet another shot at establishing himself under center in St. Louis. – Roto

    Either that, or the Bears are keeping a tight lid on the Cutler trade.

    • and then there’s this…

      Rams tell me that there is no merit to report that Bills are pursuing trade with QB Sam Bradford.

      This from an ESPN Bills beat writer https://twitter.com/mikerodak/status/570308656832626688

      • no way to know what’s actually happening. This is the time of year where rumors fly.

      • Yes, and the quieter it is about Cutler trade, ironically, the more I get suspicious.
        Bears run a pretty tight ship (except for last year, which is the real reason they all got terminated).
        They tend to do things out of nowhere (like getting Bmarsh or Allen, etc).

        • Irish Sweetness

          You’re spot on about the ‘quietness’ surrounding Cutty. The calm before the storm. Clearly Fox wants to make changes in Chicago and there can be no bigger change made than the one that will be made. Quarterback. If Pace and Fox are ‘looking into’ Cutler then he will be found wanting. Drawing any other conclusion makes them asshats.

          As John Doe points out below, Cutty has a market value no matter what, and we all know that when it comes to QBs, the end result is always “Really? That much?”. So hoping for a first round pick for the scruffy sourpuss who hijacked my team for 120 million dollars is not only realistic, it’s probably under-valuing him, and under-estimating the desperation behind closed doors on certain teams.

          1. Ship Cutler and we’re getting a LOT better this off-season, though I give them (and all managers) two years to change the complexion of the roster.

          2. Trade for a guy like Fitzy and put him under center, and we’re challenging for a superbowl in two years all things being equal.

          3. Nothing happens – and I mean NOTHING happens – unless we get a @$$%! new Center.

    • John Doe

      If Sam Bradford with $14million salary in 2015 and 2 ACL surgeries has a trade market, then you better believe that Jake Cutler has a trade market as well.

      And I would not be surprised if the Bears have kept a very tight lid.

      Remember, there was no word in the media about Bears even making an offer to Fangio. And the media was reporting how Fangio to Washington was a done deal. Pace was even asked straight up about Fangio and he gave a non-answer “we are talking to several people”.

  • GPLDAN

    Al,

    Your favorite human being was suspended for a little PSU name calling

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/espns-keith-olbermann-suspended-for-penn-state-tweets-thon/

    • CanadaBear

      I get not being a fan of PSU but talk about misguided anger.

      • GPLDAN

        Want to know something really odd?

        Spanier, the PSU president who allowed the Sandusky pedo ring to operate unabetted, has a weird oblong face because his father beat it in.

        http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/20/magazine/the-trials-of-graham-spanier-penn-states-ousted-president.html?_r=0

        So here’s a guy who knows abuse, vicious abuse – and so when faced with his great moral test as a human being – fails. Completely.

        The story is so weird, the school should have gotten the NCAA death penalty. The culture needed to be detonated.

        • John Doe

          But..but..what about my Saturday football? What about millions of $$ flowing to the university? Who is going to rock the boat and jeopardise all this? so what if a few boys were abused.

          This is a classic case of football became too big. Many knew what Sandusky was up to but nobody dared to face the consequences a disclosure would bring. So they turned a blind eye eased Sandusky to retirement.

          And many within NCAA knew too. And they made sure no team pursued such stellar defensive coordinator for head coaching job. That was the dead give away looking back. Not one team, not one offer for Sandusky when he retired. It is as if the message had gone to those who need to know “Don’t touch this guy. He is trouble waiting to blow up in your face.”

          • GPLDAN

            And meanwhile kids kept getting abused.

          • John Doe

            And Sandusky almost got away with it. And Joe Paterno almost got away with it too and thought he could die a saint. A small slice of justice was served when he got fired. When the university board was meeting to decide his fate, Paterno still thought he could hang on and dared them and told them he was untouchable. Such arrogance.

        • CanadaBear

          Didn’t know that about Spanier. Berating students for raising funds for pediatric cancer is beyond stupid. KO might just completely KO his career before the year is out. He wouldn’t be missed.

        • AlbertInTucson

          The NCAA “Death Penalty” is dead.

          More than likely, the NCAA eventually will be too.

        • burntorangenavyblue

          The NCAA is also the joke for giving back the vacated wins. Rules are only good on paper apparently

    • beninnorcal

      What an idiot KO is.

      • AlbertInTucson

        After this display, he’ll have to work his way back up to just “Idiot.”

    • AlbertInTucson

      Wrong, GP. He was given the rest of the week off.

      He’s still getting paid.

      That’s a vacation, not a suspension.

      Shame on ESPN for their concept of discipline.

      For those of us who detest Olbermouth anyway, today’s display of abject stupidity on his part was mightily entertaining.

      For a guy who (mistakenly) thinks he is such an intellect to allow himself to sucked into a name-calling contest worthy of a 10 year old is comical.

      Olbermann: PSU student are “morons”.

      Way to paint with a wide brush, Keith, just like other bigots do.

      “Jews are the cause of Germany’s problems.”

      “Negroes are lazy and shiftless.”

      “The only good indian is a dead indian”.

      Etc., etc. etc.

      I admit, “PSU student are morons” doesn’t rank with those other “concepts” but it does demostrate, once and for all, what Keith Olbermann is.

      A Psuedo-Intellectual Bigot.

      For those of you who wonder how “KO” keeps getting jobs in broadcasting despite a track record that “already reads like a bunch of pig tracks” (John Wayne — IN HARM’S WAY), I invoke P.T. Barnum:

      “There’s a sucker born every minute”.

      Apparently at any given moment, at least one of THEM is running a TV Network.

      • Just curious, do you like Dennis Miller more?

        • AlbertInTucson

          I really can’t remember the last time I saw Miller do much of anything. For sure the NF experiment was a failure.

          I don’t recall him being the snob/know-it-all that Olbermann is.

          Did he not disavow his former “liberal comic” attitudes after 9/11?

          • Scott W.

            Yup. Eloquently stated.

          • Irish Sweetness

            It’s strange watching a formerly-semi-edgy standup like Miller become the establishment.

  • Here’s the Top 75 FAs as of now according to WalterFootball:

    http://walterfootball.com/freeagents2015all.php

    S T. Gibson (RFA). Anyone know what a team would have to give up to get him? Like a 2nd?
    S R. Moore Lateral Compartment Syndrome? WTF is that? Will that affect his long term play?
    S Will Hill (Jeff’s fav). Is he going to get suspended for smoking the Ganj?

    ILB Rolondo McClain He played in a 3-4 with Raiders, right? Was last yr just an anomaly?
    ILB David Harris. Seems like a cheap option (he’s 31).
    ILB Brandon Spikes. Only a 2-down LB, but we have a bunch of 3rd down complements, no?

    OLB Worlids why would the Steelers let him go? Will he ask for moon $?
    DT Odrick. Also, like Worlids, will he be super expensive?

    If they’re not too expensive, I would like S Gibson(27) ILB Worlids(27) OLB McClain(26) and DT
    Odrick (27).

    All relatively young, and I’m hoping cap friendly compared to the bigger names like Houston or Suh.

    • In this scenario, then I’d follow up in the draft

      1st, DE/OLB Fowler
      2nd ILB Perryman or LB/S/RB Shaq Thompson, or NT Jordan Phillips
      3rd QB Grayson

      The rest, maybe a S, RT/OG, Speed WR/Returner, NT, etc

      I would even think about trading down in the 2nd, that’s where the most value is. If we can get two 2nds or even a later 2nd and early 3rd, that would go a long way in rebuilding our youth.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Is Grayson the kind of guy you look at and think “he’s going to be a great QB one day, you’ll see …”

        If not, why do we waste a draft pick on him? Frankly, I don’t know why anyone wastes a draft pick on a quarterback. Wait til they’re potty-trained and they’ve done something in the NFL. Kick the tires on them first. Why be the ones to give up your draft pick, give the kid an apprenticeship, then watch him walk off into the sunset if he turns out to be any good? Time to give up the Franchise QB pipe-dream. Most franchises are lucky if they get one or two in a human lifetime.

        • It’s hard to decipher, Irish.
          Did anyone look at Wilson, Brady, even Romo, outta college and say, “Damn, he’s a lock franchise QB”?

          A 3rd for a possible franchise QB is not too great a risk. Shit, it’s better than our previous 3rd round picks, but at least here there will be greater reward than a shitty safety or LB.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I’ll have to check him out. I’d love to see Fales step up though

    • “Only a 2-down LB, but we have a bunch of 3rd down complements, no?”

      That’s tough to say. All of Chicago’s linebackers have been absolutely horrendous in coverage the last few years. They have several guys with the athleticism to succeed there, but none who have.

      • Yes, Bostic and Shea THEORETICALLY can cover, but both seem like liablilites in coverage in spite of their athleticism.
        Jury’s still out on Christian Jones or Sharpton, and I doubt Young or Allen will be asked to cover much and for good reason.

        • the SAM OLB in Fangio’s defense needs to be able to do it all. To me that will be Jones or Shea.

          The WILL OLB is basically a standup DE. That was Aldon Smith, and he pass rushed 90% of his opportunities last year.

        • SC Dave

          Um… coaching?

  • Irish Sweetness

    I was about to post what I hoped the Bears do in the draft and FA … and then I heard Bill Burr talking about the draft.

    4:30 in.

    • As I always refrain. Most joys are irrational, and it’s been my experience that the more illogical, ridicules and outrages the activity, the more entertaining.

      exibit a, Bill Burr getting married.

    • SC Dave

      Best shit runs from 23:50, especially the follow-up at 25:00 to about 30:00

      • Irish Sweetness

        Fkn A. If you’re religious you can’t be laughing at Scientology. He makes a great point, people only laugh at Scientology because they heard the spiel when they were adults. Kids get fed Jesus walking on water when they believe a fat guy comes down your chimney at Christmas, a fairy swaps your tooth for money …..

        • Yeah, but Jesus WAS a Tall White imparting his wisdom to try to save humanity, then walking across water, flying, curing, raising ppl from the dead, and being risen himself aren’t all that ridicules, are they!?

          MIND. Blown.

          Praise Be Fonzee.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I love them all. The Mormon one is a classic too. “God gave me this really important stuff to share with ya on golden tablets.”

            Really? Fuckaduck! Show me ! Show me!

            “mmmmmm … well that’s the thing … that was part of the dealy there … not allowed to show you those.”

            Aw, okay, I’ll buy it anyway. I trust you Joe Smith.

          • CanadaBear

            That’s just the tip of the iceberg. If you haven’t read Jon Krakauer’s Under the Banner of Heaven, you should. It explains the history of the mormon religion and is also a compelling story about a family murder. He’s the same guy that wrote Into Thin Air, Into the Wild and Where Men Win Glory. All of them are fantastic.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Into the wild was great, I read it after I saw Sean Penn’s movie, which was also great.

        • CanadaBear

          It’s not like everyone bought into all that childish crap. I knew Santa was hooey by the time I was 6 (my older brother clued me in) and I never believed the tooth fairy or easter bunny BS. My memory goes back to 5 years-old. By the time I was 13 I knew religion wasn’t for me. I’m the youngest in the family and one of my sister’s and my brother were very helpful when it came to fairy tales.

          • Irish Sweetness

            The tooth fairy money was real. I have no image of a tooth fairy in my head, it was just the image of a coin. And when I found out that Santa was stashing the goods in my parent’s wardrobe I felt genuinely bummed. My old man making me leave out Guinness and cake for Santa despite my pointing out that he clearly wouldn’t have time to partake. SMH.

          • CanadaBear

            We didn’t have the tooth fairy stop by. When I was 6 my brother told me the Old Man was dressed up as Santa. When he came ho-ho-hoing down the steps I got a good look at him. Sure enough, Santa was a dead ringer for the Old Man and he reeked of gin. I was bummed but glad that my brother wised me up to the scam. Couldn’t wait to get to school to tell everyone about the hoax. That didn’t go well.

        • SC Dave

          Yes, that’s all the “follow-up” I was talking about…

          “… while simultaneously believing that a woman that never got fucked had a baby that walked on water, died, and came back three days later…”

  • BerwynBomber

    What a night in Chicago sports. First the news of Rose’s injury/surgery and now Kane may have suffered a serious injury himself.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Bulls will be fine without him….this news barely surprised me

      • BerwynBomber

        I tend to think so too — they may play better without him given his inefficiency this year. That said, sucks for Rose and all his fans. More and more his career is looking like Brandon Roy’s.

        • burntorangenavyblue

          I wanted badly to root for him and his recovery but his sideline attention show drama made me stop caring for him.

          • BerwynBomber

            Me too but it is nevertheless sad. Just doesn’t have the body to sustain his game or handle the game’s wear and tear. I wonder if ultimately is best chance for a long career is to become a dynamic player off the bench. Even then I think he will have to become more of a jump shooter than any slashing to the hole type.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            I believe Thibs is done after this season….great coach but major flaws are grinding players into the ground night after night hence the injuries and his weird obsession with grudges at upper management and not working with the younger promising players on the team as much.

          • Is he the Harbaugh of the NBA?

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Probably….the style of play that he coached produced a winning season year after year but didn’t translate well into the post season

          • and in spite of winning, grinded on upper management and perhaps players.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            I’m already looking ahead to a potential bringing in Kerr….that’d be cool

          • I haven’t kept up with Bball too closely, but I heard Kerr’s style is much more player friendly, and perhaps more modern than old school Tibs.

            The Pete Caroll of the NBA? lol

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Haha….we’re name throwing from all sports

          • BerwynBomber

            Although ironically the team has pretty much coddled Rose since his initial ACL. But yes Thibs treats Butler like he is a piece of equipment.

          • Makes you appreciate Allen Iverson and Isiah Thomas more, even though that notion might make a Bull’s fan vomit in his mouth a little.

          • BerwynBomber

            DWade too. That dude that had entire his meniscus removed in college and he was an absolute kamikaze going to the hole the first half of his NBA career. Often injured now, but commendable to even become the NBA player he was/is.

          • True, but I don’t think I remember Iverson or Thomas ever being inj, and they played when players could still foul hard. Didn’t someone break Thomas’ nose one time on a blatent elbow?

            Gotta give it up to those “small” men going in there without fear.

          • BerwynBomber

            Agreed both Iverson and Thomas were tough as nails.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Don’t pair up Iverson with Tressy about practice….the universe would collapse

          • hahah. I was about to make a smart ass remark about that, but set up on a tee!~

          • Irish Sweetness

            That’s the pen name I want. Allen Saul Iverson. Just throw in Saul to make it a bit Jewish. Wouldn’t you buy a book written by that guy?

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Isn’t your handle name awesome enough?

          • Irish Sweetness

            Yes. Yes it is.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            That’s how Jordan elavated his career…changed his style of play without missing a beat

          • Comparing any modern NBA player to Jordan is like comparing a modern porn star to John Holmes…

          • BerwynBomber

            No one compares to Jordan. Not even Ditka or Walter. 馃槈

          • burntorangenavyblue

            I definitely didn’t compare him to anyone….not possible. Plus I just meant at the time in Jordan’s career

  • BearDown100393

    Matt Forte not a happy camper in Twitter World.

    • He better STFU.

      He gets cut this pre-season, he’s getting squat.

      He’ll have to get the leftovers of AP, DeMarco Murray, (maybe even Spiller, Forsett, Ryan Matthews, Mark Ingram) plus the very deep HB class.

      This is a bad year for bitching HBs.

      • John Doe

        I hope Bears draft David Johnson of Northern Iowa or Tevin Coleman of Indiana.

        • I would not be opposed to Duke Johnson. Love the way he plays, and a “bad Combine” could drop him lower than where he should be. Same for Jamison Crowder, a WR from Duke. Both are good football players, I don’t care if they tested poorly.

          • John Doe

            The good thing is Bears can end up with a decent RB even in mid to late rounds.

            Let’s see what they decide to do with Forte first.

          • Why does everyone always overlook the epic Ka’deem Carey!
            #sarcasm

          • CanadaBear

            Gotta love those 4th rd RB’s. Esp when PE is doing the picking! I love all these trade scenarios where we get rid of our top guys, get amazing return in trade and turn those picks into gold. Has it ever happened for the Bears? Uh, no.

          • SC Dave

            So this. It’s amazing the idiocy you see out of people about RB. Forte was last year, and will again in 2015, be one of the top three RB in the NFL. And there is NO FUCKING WAY you are trading for that, or getting it in the 4th fucking round.

            Matt Forte was the *one great draft pick* of the Angelo era. For FUCKS sake, enjoy him.

          • CanadaBear

            The only real knock on him is he’s not an inside runner. He had a lousy year in pass protection but so did most of the O. Once he’s gone and we’re rocking some stiff at RB, maybe people will appreciate his talents.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Few teams are that much of a CF that they need to be throwing their HB the ball a hundred times.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Get thee hence to endless night, Bitchy. We’ll take a second rounder for you, dump your $8M/year, and draft some guy in the 4th to get your 4 yards a carry. So long, brah. Look forward to shutting you down in Minny twice a year with our new 3-4. This is Landon Collins, say hi! BITCH!

      • nobody is giving up anything more than a 6th or 7th rounder for Forte, and even that is iffy.

      • SC Dave

        Oh fuck off already. He’s the best guy on the team. Extend him.

        It’s amazing how butt-hurt fans get over fucking Twatter.

    • BerwynBomber

      It will be interesting to see what Cutty and the O could do without Forte. Real interesting.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I’d rather have the cap space of what, 25 million, the first and second round pick they’d bring and only have to spend a 4th or 5th on some kid to pound the rock that I can pay peanuts.

        Let Clausen or Fales win us the five games.

        • Johnnywad

          There might be one player on the current Bears Roster that would net you a first rounder in a trade. Kyle Long. Even that is a BIG maybe. Cutler and Forte wouldn’t get you a first rounder together. Nobody is going to give you that.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Blackhawks struggle at home to beat the Panthers in a shootout.

    Patrick Kane goes out with an injury.

    Oh yeah, THAT will help things.

    • and Derrick Rose re-injures same knee as last year. Shitty Chicago sports night all around.

      • burntorangenavyblue

        Rose injury not as bad news as you should take it…

        • Rose has been very up and down this year, but Bulls aren’t winning a title with Kirk Hinrich starting at PG.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            The East is very weak this year, anything’s possible. The thing that ousted the Bulls is that they grinded their asses into the ground all season and come playoffs time the players couldn’t keep enough stamina for the 5-7 game series. One common denominator is Thibs.

          • Have to wonder if it is Thibs approach, or maybe the locker room chemistry?

            Pat Riley was a bit of a grinder himself. Everyone remember the glam behind the 80s Lakers, but most of those players testify that Riley was a bit of a hard ass.

            Popovich seems like he’s cut from the same cloth.

            So is it really Thibs? Or maybe he needs his Magic Johnson, Tim Duncan, a HEALTHY star to captain that locker room and follow his orders without question…

          • Popovich is also the master of pacing his team through an NBA season so they’re peaking in the playoffs. Thibs approaches every game like game 7 of the NBA finals.

          • SC Dave

            The San Antonio Spurs are a great franchise. The worst part about moving away was leaving them behind. Well, that and the fact that Texas has no state income tax.

          • BerwynBomber

            Rose’s PER — last I looked (about a month ago) — was atrocious. But yeah, they had a puncher’s chance with him but that was less because of his play and more because no truly dominant teams exist in the league this year. Unless you completely buy ATL and/or GS.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Conventional wisdom I am hearing says the Bulls will be better off without him. He paralyzes the offense by shooting 40%and doesn’t drive anymore so he doesn’t get to the foul line. He brings nothing special defensively.

      • SC Dave

        Derrick Rose = Mike Brown = not playing = over rated

  • BerwynBomber

    Interesting mock of the first two rounds complete with capsule explanations.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/post-nfl-combine-two-round-mock-draft-155706803.html

    • GPLDAN

      Gregory kicked ass at the combine, but I think the Jets are going to fuck us on Shelton.

      • I don’t think so.
        One, Shelton did NOT have a Dontari Poe like combine.
        He dominated on one-on-one drills at the senior bowl
        And did alright at the combine. But his numbers reflected that of a fat dude.

        No doubt, he’s a baller, but normally for a NT to be selected top 10, I think teams feel better when the combine #s are eye popping like with Poe, and even he was selected #11th overall.

        Also, the Jets have Richardson and Coples on the Dline already, two high draft picks.

        It wouldn’t surprise me if they go Shelton since they have a new regime in town, but still, I think they either Cooper, Shane Ray, or maybe even corner or OT (and if Mariotta is still there…)

      • John Doe

        Shelton will not be the pick at #7. A 2 down player is never selected at #7.

        If Bears want a versatile tackle for 3-4, 4-3 hybrid, check out Marcus Hardison, DT, Arizona State. 6’3″, 311 lbs. Plays DT in 4-3, plays DT in 3-4, plays 5 tech in 3-4, and has played even OLB in 3-4.

        Could be a great pick at #39.

        • I think that’s one thing that might drive Shelton down, the relatively deep DT/NT crop.

          DT Eddie Goldman, DT/NT Jordan Phillips, DT/DE Erik Armstead, DT/DE Carl Davis…to name but a few who are projected mid 1st-2nd rounders.

          It’s actually kinda a deep DT/NT/DE class, luckily for us.

          • John Doe

            Another reason to not spend money on Paea. Paea basically gave Bears one good year and that was his contract year. A disappointment when you consider he was a second round pick.

          • Yup. Check out this profile on Eddie Goldman (plus the vid). Darnell Dockett clone n the 2nd? ? Yes pls.

            http://www.nfl.com/draft/2015/profiles/eddie-goldman?id=2552489

          • GPLDAN

            He was flatbread when his knee was out.

            Modern Chris Zorich.

          • Bears don’t need a NT. They need 3-4 DEs. One I love for that is Henry Anderson of Stanford. Great football player who doesn’t have that coveted “upside” of Mario Edwards or Arik Anderson, but he’s not a bad athlete and is a better football player than either of them right now (by far). I will be so happy if Chicago grabs him in round 3.

          • It really depends. Ratliff has proven he can man the NT in a 3-4 (with the Cowboys), but he’s on his last legs.

            Ego is in the same mold, but hasn’t done it in the NFL, nor was he drafted by the current regime.

            Sutton is a classic 3-tech, unless he gains weight again, though he was ineffective when he last did so.

            Houston can def play LDE in a 3-4, but yes, we’ll need a RDE as neither Allen nor Young would project there, full time at least.

            As always, depends on what we do in FA.

            But that’s one reason I think Fangio’s targeting Fowler. He can play that RDE or Rush LB.

          • SC Dave

            I still hold out hope for Ego.

        • Irish Sweetness

          It’s got to be Collins doesn’t it ? If he’s projected to go lower then so be it, but we’re not drafting lower. If he’s your guy then pull the trigger, Strong safety or not.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Not if they give us their pick for our super-duper big-armed stretch armstrong QB.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis
    • CanadaBear

      Too bad for St. Louis. I hate seeing franchises moving around. If the proposal is correct and the stadium is privately financed, this looks like a done deal. At this point, Goodell won’t do anything about it. He’s hanging onto his job by his fingernails.

      • Yeah, but the Rams were in L.A. since, what, the end of WW2?

        It’s funny cuz the only reason they moved was because they were treated like the redheaded step child of L.A. when the Raiders were also in town.

        They were like the Clippers and the Raiders were like the Lakers.

        Oh, every once in a while you’d find an oddball Clipper fan, kinda like a luge fan. A curiosity more than anything.

        However, now that they’re returning with SBs (And the Raiders not in town…yet), they may actually find a bigger more enthusiastic fan base.

        Only problem is, that city is THE GHETTO.

        Hopefully it helps out the community instead of pillaging it like most stadiums.

        Edit. P.S. Glaaaadd I don’t live in that city (for various reasons), but on top of all that, the traffic now will make it unbearable…

        • SC Dave

          luge fan… good one

      • Bears-4-Ever

        The sad thing is if the Rams leave St. Louis it will most likely NEVER have another NFL team ever again. They lost the Cardinals and the attempt by Walter Payton and others to establish a new team there was squashed by the NFL and lack of investors. St. Louis is not going to build a new Stadium in the sole hope of attracting a team here. Kansas City already did that to attract a NBA team and it didn’t work. St. Louis is notorious for failing to financially support it’s downtown area. They just built Ballpark Village across from the New Busch Stadium…that project has been on the books and in the planning stages since the New Stadium was completed…no one would invest in it and the City dropped the ball so many times in regards to it, it about makes me ill thinking about it. Now add the Ferguson issues that have wrongly portrayed in the national media St. Louis as a ghetto and you end up with a city that is not very attractive to new investors of any sort.

        St. Louis has Cardinal Baseball and always will and the Blues are due for another Stanley Cup attempt. If the Rams leave, St. Louis can basically say goodbye to any NFL hopes and dreams for the future.

        • It’s not about “ghettoness” B4ev.

          I can testify that both Inglewood (who Snoop and Tu-pac rap about) and Carson are VERY ghetto.

          And the old Coliseum (outside of USC) is very Ghetto.

          It’s just about $. L.A. simply has a much bigger market even though many here are transplants with other football allegiances (if any at all. A lot of Angelenos view the NFL like the Winter Olympics…a casual spectacle to be viewed from time to time), by sheer numbers there will be a fan base who spends cash, plus the whole L.A. global marketability (I can almost guarantee the Rams won’t be called the Inglewood Rams, nor the Raider or Chargers, the Carson Raiders and Carson Chargers).

          • Bears-4-Ever

            I agree, money talks and Kroenke has gobs. St. Louis is a very small city compared to LA or even compared to her close neighbors like Chicago (where I grew up), KC and Indie, but it is a truly awesome “sports town” the fan base here rivals big cities. The fans here care and care alot about the Rams. This of course means absolutely ZERO to both Kroenke and Goodell. Just makes me sad.

          • CanadaBear

            Being a Cubs fan, I can attest to the Cardinals fan base. Not only do they always support their team, they actually know baseball.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            that’s cuz we are the “Best Fans in Baseball” LMAO. sorry could not help it, it’s the stupidest thing any fan of any team can say.

        • Big Mike

          St. Louis is a minor league town.

    • It’s funny since the Chargers and Raiders ganged up and now are threatening to move to Carson.

      1st reaction ever Angeleno has about the news, “Carson? WTF?”

      I’m not sure I’ve ever even visited Carson lol

    • BearDown100393

      If LA was that great, the Raiders and Rams would have stayed there. This is bad news to the rest of the owners always leveraging their own local politicians for tax payer covered stadiums. The idle threat was usually re-locating to LA. Another prop city now will have to be utilized.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        there is always another prop city out there. Raiders have brought up San Antonio over the last several years. besides there is going to be an empty stadium sitting in St. Louis after the Rams move and its only 20 years old, (not a bad place to watch a game, just a little utilitarian for my liking). Before L.A. was the prop city, Jacksonville, Baltimore and St. Louis were the cities teams used.

        The problem LA has had in the past with Raiders and Rams was often do to the apprehension to utilizing public funds for stadiums. But now from the sounds of it the new stadium will largely be privately funded.

        • SC Dave

          San Antonio is a pretty good place.

  • John Doe

    NFLTradeRumors.co @nfltrade_rumors 路 1h1 hour ago

    NFL Notes: Cap Casualties, Sam Bradford, Jarryd Hayne, & Patriots http://bit.ly/1EswgAB

    Cap Casualties

    ESPN鈥檚 Adam Caplan (Insider) takes a look at some players could be asked to take pay cuts or be released in the coming weeks. According to Caplan, some of the notable players to watch include:

    Bears WR Brandon Marshall ($9.58 million cap figure)

    Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe ($14 million cap figure)

    Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali ($11.97 million cap figure)

    Dolphins WR Mike Wallace ($12.1 million cap figure)

    Eagles DE/OLB Trent Cole ($11.63 million cap figure)

    Lions RB Reggie Bush ($5.28 million cap figure)

    Ravens NT Haloti Ngata ($16 million cap figure)

    Saints WR Marques Colston ($9.7 million cap figure)

    Saints G Jahri Evans ($11 million cap figure)

    • If Bmarsh takes a paycut, I wonder if everyone will stop bitching about him?

      Wallace, Bush, Colston, Evans will likely be cut, IMO.

      Bowe is the Chiefs only WR, but wouldn’t surprise me if he’s cut too.

      I think the rest will take the reduction and resign.

      • John Doe

        Brandon Marshall, if cut, will not be really be a cap casualty. Bears have plenty of cap space to keep Marshall.

        It is “other” issues that will get Marshall cut. No one can say Bears are hurting for cap space…like for example, the Saints are.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        Chiefs don’t need any WR. i mean did the WRs even score a TD last year for KC

      • BearDown100393

        Not about the money with Brandon.

    • SC Dave

      Bush already cut

  • BerwynBomber
    • GPLDAN

      Steve Smith BALLED for those boyz.

  • NGB

    Any Bears STH get the email about the Grateful Dead at Soldier Field presale? Would love to get that promo code!

    • BillW

      I didn’t get an email and I’m a PSL-STH. I heard it went to club level ticket holders only, but got no confirmation of that.

      • BillW

        Read a few places confirming that it was just to Club Level PSL holders. Up to 4 tickets PER SHOW!

        Very wrong – and surprising. First, a lot of those club seats belong to “legal scalpers”. Second, even more belong to corporations. Not you stereotypical Deadheads for sure.

        So they will buy as many as they can and sell them on the secondary market.

        • So much for being able to exchange tabs of acid for Deadhead tickets.

          I guess those days are gone

          #americaSucksNow

  • Big Mike

    64? more days of this pre-draft shit…SMH

  • GPLDAN

    I thought Cleveland was supposed to rock? It doesn’t.

    • John Doe

      Once they trade for Jake Cutler, Cleveland will rock.

      Jake “Don’ttt Caaare” and Johnny “Rehab” will have the Dogpound rocking..

  • John Doe

    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter 路 3m3 minutes ago
    Lions cut RB Reggie Bush, per source.

    • BerwynBomber

      No surprise. Emergence of Bell and Riddick made him expendable. Plus, Reggie is usually only dressed for 3/4 of the season.

  • Is Dez in a snuff film? Wouldn’t this be a brilliant ploy by Dez to avoid the franchise tag and hit the open market?

    Asked about the rumors of a Dez Bryant video, Schefter said (measuring his words very carefully) that he has heard about the video and that he knows what鈥檚 on it.

    鈥淚鈥檝e been working on this since September,鈥 Schefter said. 鈥淭here鈥檚 a lot involved.鈥

    Schefter also said he doesn鈥檛 know whether the video will come out.

    鈥淚t鈥檚 taken up a lot of my time this season,鈥 Schefter added, explaining that what he鈥檚 been working on isn鈥檛 ready and may never be.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/02/25/schefter-confirms-rumor-of-dez-bryant-video/

    • John Doe

      Much worse… word is it is Ray Rice type video.

      • I heard that he knocked out a chick at Wal-Mart.
        In his defense, it was over the last blue-ray of “Water World”.

        The timing makes it feel like a shakedown. Also, what the hell is Schefty saying? It may NEVER come out because the public will never be ready for it? WTF?

        If he’s watched it, can’t the NFL subpoena him?

        Or maybe he’s taking orders from the NFL to NOT let it out or reveal what’s on it…

        • GPLDAN

          Deacon of the Deez!

          • My guess is that Dez knocked out Irish’s Tall White at Wal-Mart, and the alien was exposed.

            So, he’s gotta keep the cover up going. It’s in his media Bilderberg contract.

          • SC Dave

            Fuck, I should have read ahead! Damnit – I thought the Tall White would work for me… curses!

          • Irish Sweetness

            Hey listen, if he knocked out a chick we need to find out what she said first.

    • BearDown100393

      Probably just his rejected audition tape for Inside the NFL

      • SC Dave

        No. Roger Goodell is a Tall White, and it will be revealed in this *stunning* video.

  • BillW

    Random thought – it will be the 30th anniversary of SB XX. Arguably the greatest single team in NFL history. I’m happy I witnessed all that live and on TV. GREAT memories!

    But not arguably it’s three decades ago. Time for the ’85 Bears to shut up. Football has evolved – rules have changed (better or worse). Your opinions about the current Bears clearly have an agenda that even an old timer like me no longer wants to hear.

    I don’t expect another Super Bowl in my lifetime – only because there are 31 other teams fighting for it etc etc. But in the modern age the 85 Bears are no more relevant now than the Bears of the 40s were back in 85.

    • willbest

      Sadly, I was only 7 and so while I remember watching most those games with my dad, I don’t remember them all that much about them. Though about a decade later I did pull up next to Sweetness’s Ferrari on Barrington Road and rev the engine of my 1980 Pontiac Grand AM. He laughed at me.

      • CanadaBear

        Funny story!

    • Irish Sweetness

      Dan Hampton is the only one who needs to shut up. But based on the 32 team thing, we’re technically due another super bowl within two years. I think Fox can get us there IFF Jake becomes a draft pick or two.

      • CanadaBear

        Hampton always has been an ass. Fabulous football player with a pain tolerance that was off the charts but still an ass.

  • John Doe

    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet 路 1h1 hour ago
    The #Packers released LB AJ Hawk, their former first-round pick. It saves them $3.5M this year, which comes off their cap

    • AlbertInTucson

      Hawk never met expectations.

      • BerwynBomber

        Agreed. Only surprise is that it took them a few extra years to release him.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          we still have Shea on the books.

      • SC Dave

        Well, AJ Hawk started for Green Bay for nine seasons, playing in all but two games in that span. So really, do you think he did not meet expectations? I would be happy as hell if the Bears got a nine-year starter at LB with their #7 pick this season.

        • AlbertInTucson

          He was expected to be star at linebacker but was a popular target for criticism in Packerland for much of his career.

  • John Doe

    Aaron Leming @AaronLemingNFL 路 31m31 minutes ago
    Moves are starting to be made all around the league. With 13 days until free agency, I would expect the #Bears to be making a few soon, too.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      wow this Leming guy you keep reporting must be psychic. who would have thought the Bears would be making moves around free agency. quit wasting our time with this idiots twitter feed.

      • AlbertInTucson

        “Tomorrow, the sun will rise….in the EAST!”

        Remember I told you.

        #ImNostradamus

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          awe crap i just bet my life savings it would be in the west. god i hope you are wrong.

      • Johnnywad

        I’m currently trying to hack DaBlog so I can up vote this more times.

        • SC Dave

          Gawd, no fucking shit. You know John, NO ONE is going to follow your pathetic twitter feed as a result of you posting it here.

  • GPLDAN
    • Haha, this is the best part.

      “In the old days, the draft was an unknown event that took place in hotel
      banquet rooms, sometimes during the season. Old-timers like former
      Cowboys executive Gil Brandt tell stories about teams that used to 鈥減ick up a pay phone, call a school, and say, 鈥楬ey, we need a tackle; you got anybody good?鈥欌

      There’s something nostalgic about that.
      Imagine that now adays? Well, first, you’d have to find a working payphone…

      • This was gold too.

        Screw that now: The new reality-show format subjects the draft entrants
        to a hilarious nine-week stretch of goofball obstacle courses and campy
        personality tests that collectively play out on TV like a cross between Battle of the Network Stars and the Miss America pageant, with a faint but troubling whiff of 1830s slave auction mixed in….

        鈥淚f [Winston] gives a shout-out to ISIS or something,鈥 whispered one reporter, 鈥渉e might fall out of the top 10.鈥

    • SC Dave

      Best football article I’ve ever read. Thanks, GP. My gold?

      “When it comes to domestic violence and the NFL, a strong 40 time goes a long way.”

      • Irish Sweetness

        I don’t normally pay attention to combine stats – last time I checked they didn’t get you into the HoF – but Winston ran a 5 second 40 ??

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    bears signed Hurst to a 2 year extension.

    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/article-1/Bears-sign-Hurst-to-two-year-contract/b4a17606-e4e5-4630-bf40-8e29d8194a50

    who would have guessed the Bears would make moves around the time a free agency?

    • I was just telling Data I was very curious what Hurst could do with more reps and actual coaching.

      Contracts in free agency!? What’s next, sales during the Holidays?

  • Is Center a luxury (for Irish)?

    CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora expects free agent C Rodney Hudson to net at least $7 million annually on the open market.
    Hudson is aiming to become one of the league’s highest-paid pivots. Only Maurkice Pouncey, Alex Mack, Ryan Kalil, and Nick Mangold earn $7 million-plus annually. Hudson doesn’t turn 26 until July and was PFF’s No. 3 center last season. La Canfora reports the Raiders are “looking hard” at Hudson. – Roto

    • Irish Sweetness

      hmmm. He’s part of the reason Jamaal Charles averages 6 YPC. If we’re cap-friendly this year … then why not. Being able to run the football, especially a yard up the fkn middle, is a good thing in football.

    • BerwynBomber

      I’m almost beginning to wonder if they will invest any big money this year in long-term FA guys on the offensive side of the ball. If they are truly shopping Forte/Marshall/Cutler, it could be that the only long-terms offense guys they will wish to invest in (at least this off-season) will be draft picks. Otherwise, the offense FAs will be bridge/stopgap guys.

  • Watching NFL Net, Brett Favre. Lots of nuggets to chew on, but he might be the last great “human” QB, QBs who do not need to be automatons like Wilson or Peyton.

    I also feel that no matter what, Favre will be the Vito to Rodger’s Michael Corleone.

    Michael was more feared, but Vito will be more loved.

    • BTW, that MNF game vs the Raiders after his dad died was probably #2 most inspiring sport’s performance I’ve watched, behind the Jordan “flu” game when they had to carry him off the court.

      Obviously, I was too young for the miracle on ice and a few other sport’s moments.

      • Irish Sweetness

        They carried him off with the flu? Is that like the flu Sweetness had when he broke the NFL single game rushing record?

    • BerwynBomber

      Favre gets “credited” for teaching Rodgers the importance of ball security (basically not throwing Favre-like picks) but I also think Rodgers learned toughness from Favre. Not that Rodgers is any iron man — his durability isn’t much better than Cutty’s — but I sense he has played thru injuries he may not have if it weren’t for Favre’s example. The torn calf thing this year obviously but Rodgers may have also played most of the NFCC against us with a concussion after Pep rang his bell in the 2nd quarter. He also came back and put it on the line against us in the final game of the ’13 season.

      P.S. Don’t agree with you about today’s “automatons”, but I get what you mean in relation to Favre. The asshole was a bigger than life Ditka-like character. Hate to admit this but I will watch his jersey retirement ceremony at Lambeau. Not that the networks will give us much choice in the matter.

      The Vito/Michael comparison was a good one.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Patrick Kane on the shelf for 3 months.

    Damn.Damn.Damn.

    • BerwynBomber

      Saw that. So what does that mean exactly? He would only be back in time for the Cup? Almost makes me think they should shut him down for the rest of the year. He and Toews are still young. They already have two cups in the bag. Why risk half the franchise at this stage of his career.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Regular season ends April 11 and 12 weeks is late May.That would be into the playoffs and after 12 weeks on the shelf, what kind of shape could he get into should the Hawks still be playing. The way they’ve played lately WITH him, they could slip mightily in the standings and exit early.

        • CanadaBear

          At least being an upper body injury he could keep his cardiovascular tuned up. Doesn’t sound like he will be back this year but you never know.

    • Upper body injuries can take months to heal. For instance, I heard regrowing a decapitated head takes at least 6 months…

      • Irish Sweetness

        See where they’re 3D printing human tissue in the labs at M.I.T. ? The perfect woman is close at hand boys. Oh that mute button ….

  • wow. any takers if he’s released?

    CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports coach Sean Payton has “expressed a desire” to release RE Junior Galette.
    The Saints just signed Galette to a four-year, $41.5 million extension in September. He went on to post 10 sacks and three forced fumbles after a 12-sack campaign in 2013. But Galette, 27 next month, got into some hot water with the law after the season, as he was arrested for domestic violence and simple battery before later being accused of sexual assault. Galette is due a fully-guaranteed $12.5 million roster bonus next month that the Saints will have to pay. They’d gain nothing by releasing him. Expect Galette back in NOLA this season. – Roto

  • Late round HBs which might replace Forte (needless to say, I was not a big fan of drafting Carey).

    9. Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon — A gliding, exceptionally quick-footed prospect on tape, Yeldon’s running style reminds of Arian Foster. He is a downhill zone runner with NFL-ready passing-game skills. Yeldon had the same pre-draft weigh-in (6’1/226) as Foster with a superior vertical (36″ to 32″), broad jump (9’9″ to 9’7″), forty (4.61 to 4.69), and short shuttle (4.22 to 4.53). Foster did post a better three-cone time (7.09 to 7.19). Yeldon is a smooth pass catcher and has been pass protecting in Alabama’s pro-style offense since he was a true freshman. Yeldon offers three-down feature back potential and should see the field early in his NFL career.

    – Silva

    http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/nfl/52395/69/dynasty-rookie-top-40

    • willbest

      You think he is going to fall to the 5th-6th round? I guess the position is a bit disrespected these days despite the fact that several RBs (including Foster) have shown the ability to put below average offenses on their shoulder and carry them into the top 10.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Scenario: Shelton/Williams are gone by 7. Do we pass up this guy? A year in the gym and he gives us something.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000474069/article/cosell-randy-gregory-a-better-athlete-than-jadeveon-clowney

    • willbest

      His quickness off the snap is being questioned, which sounds to me that his athletic gifts are compensating a below average reaction time. He is probably going to be a solid player for the first 6-7 years, assuming he stays relatively healthy. I would have to see how he does on the IQ test. Assuming he has an above average ability to learn then he would be worthy of a top 10 pick.

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