• TheBigCheesy

    I’m excited for the annual maturing-cutler-is-turning-the-corner human interest piece.

    http://www.csnchicago.com/bears/no-1-dad-jay-cutler-shows-bears-camp-dad-van

    • BearDown100393

      Yes there is still hope for Jake. After all, Favre hasn’t been caught taking pics of his dong since what? his retirement?

      • TheBigCheesy

        Actually, since 2008.

        • TheBigCheesy

          Which was in between his first and second retirements

    • http://www.dabearsbeat.com/ Johnathan Wood

      he turned the corner as a mature adult a while ago. Hasn’t turned the corner on the field, likely never will at this point.
      But all the “Cutler is selfish/immature/doesn’t care” bullshit hasn’t even been close to true for a few years now.

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd POX!!! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

        “Cutler is selfish/immature/doesn’t care” image is self-inflicted. Jay has no one to blame but himself for that. It’s his body language, plain and simple, and it’s not just fans who feel that way, but former players, coaches, teammates…

        No one wants him to feign enthusiasm and leadership, but he should at least stop pouting.
        And before others point out Peyton/Eli/Brady body language, they DO show leadership and enthusiasm to balance it out, and have rings to show for it.

        Even so, they too whine and bitch too much a lil for my taste. I guess that’s why Favre was different. I don’t think I ever seen him act like a 3 yr old, though perhaps I’m not remembering correctly.

        • BearDown100393

          Actually I’d love to witness Cutler lose it on camera and feign exuberance.

        • Johnnywad

          Who gives a shit? If he just throws it five or six times less to the guy in the wrong color jersey, suddenly he’s a hometown favorite again. That’s all there is to it.

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd POX!!! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

            It matters to teammates (and more than one former Jay teammate has said as much).

            When you look at your QB and you feel he doesn’t give a shit – it’s demoralizing no matter how “professional” a player is – which in turn affects the win/loss column.

            Can players look Cutler in the eye in the huddle in the 4rth on a game winning drive and rally behind him, or do they just shrug like him?

            I suppose it’s ok to whine and bitch or look apathetic when a player has rings, but I’d still prefer my Qb not to act like a big baby (which has nothing to do with toughness – just demeanor)

      • TheBigCheesy

        I’m not talking about the “Look jay cutler is finally maturing” pieces as much as I’m talking about the “look jay cutler is finally maturing and this means he’ll stop making mistakes on the field”.

        And to go one step further, I’m really talking about the articles that try to find one or two things that are different each year (new coach, new personnel, OC rapport) that are used to manufacture hope that he’s going to finally fulfill his potential.

        • http://www.dabearsbeat.com/ Johnathan Wood

          that’s perfectly fair. You’d think people would accept that he is what he is after 9 years in the NFL

          • BearDown100393

            And with a little more driver’s ed behind him, Jay can park his new shiny car a bit better also.

        • beninnorcal

          Why do you care at all, Cheesy? If Cutler is as terrible as you say, as a Pack fan you should be his biggest fan and a cheerleader for him to stay in Chicago forever.

          • TheBigCheesy

            Is that not what I am doing?

  • Reverenddave

    Injuries

    • AlbertInTucson

      Always waiting (fearing) for THAT shoe, or cleat, to drop.

  • http://thebeargarden.blogspot.com/ Perno

    Just football coming back, smelling those hot wings or homemade meatballs or simmering beef, or smoked pork butt every Sunday, getting nice and buzzed by 2:30, talking to friends about how their team is looking this year…..good times!

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd POX!!! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

    I’m very much pumped what Fangio can do with a roster that on paper has some talent. I wonder if we have a superstar on D.

    The 2nd thing I’m most looking forward to is the play calling and how Jay executes and looks without Bmarsh hounding his ear, or Kromer digging knives in his back. There should be a small “honeymoon period” there.

    • Shady

      “Talent”

    • Irish Sweetness

      Yup. The thing I’m most looking forward to, is seeing what Terry Williams and Goldmember bring to the middle of the line, and what magic Fangio et al can work on the CF that is the Bears’ defense.

      Second is seeing how our new Center plays out, with hopefully big Tayo coming into his own, and we should finally be able to run the ball.

      Third, is waiting to see how Cutty fucks it all up.

      • Big Mike

        who?

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd POX!!! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

        Third. Word.

      • Sactowns#1

        Yeah I’m interested in seeing the combination of some big bodies inside for a change with improved DB’s providing some modicum of coverage. Can we get our sack total up into the high 40’s or even mid 50’s?!

        • SC Dave

          Not much to ask for, eh Sac? The #1 team in the NFL had 54 sacks in 2014.

          • Sactowns#1

            A boy can dream cant he?

  • Artoo

    I just know this season will be a season in transition. It’s not going look polished or ready for awhile.

    But.. it can surprise people, sometimes. Best enjoy those games as much as possible.

  • NewBearInTown

    Fangio’s defense is by far the most interesting change this off-season. I’m really excited to see what that develops into this off-season.
    Cutler’s drama doesn’t excite me, or him, which is why we both have the same look on our face when the media starts talking about it.
    The rookie class could be great or terrible or whatever. White could be pretty exciting, but he’s expected to be raw this year. So I doubt he’ll turn heads in his first 16 games, let alone training camp. Grasu, Goldman, etc. are meat and potatoes picks that don’t really get me jumping about a specific player. But I am excited to see the D and Olines improve with new blood.
    I understand Jeff’s lethargy, but I do wish he would find something to talk about. Bears history, football politics, whatever.
    One thing Jeff missed is Pernell McFee, who was our big off-season acquisition. It’ll be interesting to see how he turns out.
    I’m never super excited about training camp. But I am excited to start talking football again. Let the games begin!

    • DaBearsBlog

      Yea but what are you going to see from McPhee in training camp that matters?

      Also there just isn’t anything to talk about. I look around what the other blogs are using to fill space and that’s all it is: space filler. How will this guy do, how might this guy fit…it’s all just guessing.

      I agree with the Rev. No injuries are all I even care about when it comes to camp.

      • NewBearInTown

        Like I said, I’m never super excited about training camp.
        As I said, I wouldn’t mind seeing something from you that is more retrospective. Lance Briggs hasn’t gotten a farewell column yet. I don’t think I’ve ever seen you write about pre-85 Bears history. Also, I’d be curious to see you try to rustle up an interview with a retired player or some such.
        Not as exciting as actual games sure. But still fun to read about.

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd POX!!! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

        Here’s what a blogger from your olde stomping ground did (thx GP!).

        http://www.chicagonow.com/bears-backer/2015/07/exclusive-interview-david-bass-talks-confidence-level-firework-incidents-brandon-marshall-and-much-more/

        I think if you do have access to fringe players, that would be cool.

        1. Bears fans love camp under dogs, the Joe Anderson, Michael Fords. Maybe you can interview a player on the fringe like Washington or Zach Miller. Esp if they were on the practice squad. I would actually be very curious how a Bears practice squad works compared to the usual 53 (esp under the new regime.

        2. It should be easier to interview fringe guys.

        3. We might not hear from them again, so some nice tidbits while they’re still relevant would be interesting.

        And I would remind everyone that almost ALL football talk is just guessing. The team does its best to keep everything secretive, afterall.

        But guessing, projecting, surmising, is FUN! Roll with it!

        Or, like NB said, a retrospective on Lance Briggs might ingnite serious hits. He’s a bit of a lightning rod. Some love him, respect his body of work.

        Others think he’s a fat mercenary who couldn’t do shit without Lach.

        etc etc…

        • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd POX!!! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

          OR, how about the other 55, Buffone retrospective. A personal piece. If you’re too young (I know I am), maybe get an older guy to write one about his life and career. Seems like Da Blog should send him off to Halas in style.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Breakout players. Or rooks who become studs within weeks. Tayo? Amos?

    • BearDown100393

      It parallels the energy level of the guy running the huddle on game day. No biggie.

  • Big Mike

    I have come to the conclusion that I really won’t GAF about this team until Sept.

    • SC Dave

      Normally, i dont get excited in the offseason. Once Stein is done and people are signed, its just hoping there are no serious injuries before opening day.

  • Shady

    Deadspin’s annual Why Your Team Sucks begins with the worst team in the league last year: The Tampa Bay Bucs.

    http://deadspin.com/why-your-team-sucks-2015-tampa-bay-buccaneers-1718991122

    Some pretty good shots at the ole Love Hound in there.

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd POX!!! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

      haha. Good stuff:

      “Yes! In that way, I’m GLAD he was accused of rape! Really steels you for
      the rigors of pro football. If only EVERY prospect were accused of
      rape. It’s the Oklahoma Drill of legal entanglements. TOUGHENS THE BODY
      AND THE MIND.”

  • The GP
    • BearDown100393

      RG3 got Kromered

      • beninnorcal

        I doubt it was an anonymous Redskins coach. Also, I thought media outlets like Wa-Po swore they’d never print that awful word again.

  • Waffle

    Let’s talk about Offensive Weapons! Yay!

    The Bears head into this season with some interesting and usually pretty effective weapons. They boast a pass catching running back who suffered no major injuries in Forte, who despite growing a little older, somehow obtained Michael Jackson’s hyperbaric sleep chamber. This amazing contraption allowed the King of Pop to somehow stave off the mummifying effects of the intense drug cocktail that he was on at all times and kept him in the molesting game well beyond any normal molesters career.
    Forte is a solid running back but lacks the power, burst and straight up barbaric anger that allows seemingly unknown rookies and late round draft picks to thrive at the pro level, get that impossible yard and move the pile. I really like Forte if used correctly but his blocking is suspect, especially on the blitz, his inside the tackle running blows moose wang and he’s got old saggy balls now. I think he will be used in the right way though. I think it’s important to use him creatively which is the absolute fucking polar opposite of the way he was used in 2014. Trestman was such an asshole that he saw how effective Forte could be used outside the tackles, in the slot, matched up against LB’s and even as a goddddamnnnn receiver and still proceeded to say fuck that noise, let’s do none of that….at all in 2014. Thanks Marc.

    Langford is an interesting prospect who has a nose for the endzone and Jizz Rodgers could be a nice change of pace, chain mover on 3rd downs or in specialty situations since he poses matchup problems with LB’s as well. Langford and Carey will duke it out to show who is the guy that will suit up to sit on the bench while Forte kills it…if the Bears simply do the opposite of what Trestman would do with him.

    Martellus Bennett is total headcase let’s be clear. Let’s also be clear that he is not a WR and is not a Tackle. He blocks like shit as an inline guy and was misused by the Trestman monster in 2013 and then unbelievably yet again in 2014. Don’t let the pro-bowl appearance and numbers fool you. He disappeared when needed and played like an all world stud when it didn’t fucking matter. I sense that he will be used effectively running vertical TIGHT END routes but nothing deep and routes that allow him to settle into a zone quickly rather than as an ineffective split end or awkwardly getting jammed off the ball and working the seam route that would get fucking picked EVERY TIME as he had no fucking clue where he was. Trestman for heavens sake, don’t run the seam route unless the only one covering Martellus deep is the fucking back of the end zone. Simply doing this would have given the Bears 1 if not 2 more victories last year. Look for Gase to put Bennett in a position to succeed more often this year…hopefully not trying to win “worst tandem block of the year” award again by pairing him with Bushrod. That illustrious pairing resulted in negative 17yards in just the Cowboys game.

    Zack Miller is simply the greatest white TE who will never make it through a pro season. His body is not built to play TE professionally and some part of his leg or foot will snap at some point in the preseason or first 2 games. Irish and i will be heartbroken. There are other bad white TE’s that may round out the practice squad or who will be used to ineffectively block on 3rd and 1.

    The WR’s excite the shit out of me. Alshon is going to have a great year. White is a burst of energy and can take the top off of the D which is what we’ve needed for a couple of years. He will help open up things underneath for Forte, Bennett, Royal and Alshon. Royal is a legit slot guy. Earl the Pearl with a burst of quickness underneath, vet savvy and a route running technician. He will benefit from having tons of attention being paid to Alshon, White and Bennett and Jay will benefit from having a nice short dumpoff option that doesn’t stand 2.3yards past the line of scrimmage with is back turned to the D to make sure that some random LB….any fucking LB will look like Junior Seau…..sorry Matty but it’s true but to defend you Tresty didn’t help you. Who will step up behind Alshon, White, Bennett, Forte and Royal? The question should actually be….”why would you need anyone to step up big after 5 other big time options?”

    QB is an easy one. We have a 2nd Tier QB that can win with a competent scheme and talent along with some consistent OL play. No QB has ever won consistently without some meaningful combo of a competent scheme, talent, O line, etc. Gase’s job is to set up an offense that doesn’t try to get the ball out of Cutlers hands so fast that the D knows exactly what is coming and one that is not afraid to goes balls deep if a team gets all ballsy and confident and starts jumping routes like teams know they can do against weak O lines.

    I would like to see a bad ass fullback somewhere on the roster. A good fullback helps move chains and put points on the board.

    The offense is exciting because there a lot of pieces that are very good. Not perfect mind you but weapons that cannot be ignored by other teams. If Gase can maximize the weapons he has and can use them to create matchup nightmares then teams can’t act like the Bears are so predictable. There were times that Trestman was very creative and good things happened. There were times where the Bears were so painfully predictable that it had defenses salivating.

    Offense will be a strong suit this year.

    • The GP

      I’d like to see Gase and Fox realize that Unicorn is most effective as a weapon when his hand is NOT down. He can be a real problem in the slot, and take on that big target role that Marshall vacated. Getting him to go over the middle might be a problem, Fox will have to appeal to his manhood to get the tough yards inside, but Jay just LOVES that slant in route, and Unicorn is the man to play it up, especially if Jeffery and White show up.

      If White is anything near a new Fitzgerald, even as a rook – he can cause problems on matchup and teams will run nickel and try and put a LB on Unicorn in the big slot and the other DB on Royal in 4 wide. That is something Unicorn should eat up.

      We need a smash mouth back and I don’t know if Jizz can get those Marion Barber yards or not.

      As for specials, well… bring back Steltz.

      • Waffle

        Steltzy had the best Roman Nose. Ahhhhhh, Steltzy.

      • Waffle

        I would love to see Martellus slightly off of the line in the shallow slot….just enough for D coordinators to take pause and thus have to make a small adjustment. Maybe an adjustment just noticeable enough to be exploited….

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd POX!!! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

      I think Forte and Langford will be the key.

      Forte is a bit of a paradox. A workhorse back (since college) who doesn’t thrive between the tackle. However, every once in a while, he shows a lil burst and bruiser, but not nearly consistently enough to be a Lynch/AP or even CJ Anderson, those bowling ball types that put the hurt and wear D’s down. This is why I’ve been wanting a bruiser back for a while now, but Marc was too pussy to get a real one (he drafted Carey, who may be cut this ps).

      That’s why I wanted Yeldon this year. Reminds me of Gore. Instead, we got an explosive all around back – Forte but with more acceleration. However, his body build gives me pause. Those type of bodies in HBs rarely last (McFadden?). But, he’s young, so he’s got Wolverine blood for now.

      I seriously believe that THIS time, the OC will operate a run oriented attack, and that will depend on large part on Forte/Langford/Jizz committee.

      From time to time, he’ll unleash White, Bennett and Alshon (while Royal will be a 1st down machine), but it will be after the run is set up (hopefully).

      In that vein, I think this is Forte’s last year here, even if he gives a discount. I think Data broke down the HB history, and I think Fox/Gase will bring in young HBs that fit their mold and platoon it going forward.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Who are you and what have you done with Waffle?
      With you on Martellus, and I hope Terry Williams is the FB.

      • Waffle

        Why do i think of Terry Crews every single time someone mentions Terry Williams?

    • TheBigCheesy

      kewwwwl. I especially liked the part where you pegged Earl Bennett as a “big time option”.

      • Waffle

        Cheese, I know you guys like to live in the past like it’s 2010 again but I was referring to Martellus Bennett and not Earl Bennett as the big time option.
        The Earl Bennett reference was part of the skill set comparison of Eddie Royal to show the kind of upgrade he is. I can create a section in the bottom of the posts to clarify various talking points in the future to make it easier. Maybe bullet points…..

        Cheesey Notes:
        Earl Bennett is no longer on the Bears.
        Eddie Royal is not Earl Bennett. They are in fact, not the same person.

      • beninnorcal

        Cheesy, I’v asked at least a hundred times but I’ll as again: Why do you come here, why do you care?

        Your like Nelson from The Simpsons.

        • SC Dave

          Its obvious… we’re way more interesting than Packer fans

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          what else is there to do for a Packers fan? tip cows, pick up fat women, get arrested for fighting at some lame ass country concert at Lambeau?

  • Waffle

    Read my first part of an article that is pondering whether Cutler will be cut by the Bears and that calls him a bust in the NFL. It’s like being a recovering alcoholic and having to go to a party that has an open bar……
    Breathe Waffle…..he’s going for pageviews Waffle….he’s desperately trying to make it as a “new wave” journalist Waffle….
    Okay, i’m good.

    • SC Dave

      Good man, Johnny. There’s so much of the bullshit around.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Heard this on one of the Sirius XM sports channels last Sunday afternoon while headed back to Tucson from the Phoenix area.

    “The Bears have a chance to be the worst team in the NFL”

    – Steve Fezzik. Las Vegas Handicapper.

    I’d never heard of the guy, but naturally when the host mentioned the Bears I stopped channel surfing and eventually that statement was made.

    I think it MAY have been the Maddog sports channel that had him on.

    Near is as I can tell, Fezzik was or is one of RJ Bell’s stable of pick-sellers on pregame.com.

    Just throwin’ it out there since the thread is discussing expectations.

    • SC Dave

      Many teams have a chance to be worst in the league… injuries,morale breakdown, and a team can go from decent to dogshit

      • AlbertInTucson

        Yeah, but SOME have a running start.

    • BearDown100393

      And I have a chance to be the starting quarterback. Means nothing.

      • AlbertInTucson

        A gross overstatement.

        You starting at QB does not exist as a real possibility whereas the Bears being the NFL’s worst actually does.

        • BearDown100393

          Come on now Albert, there is always a mathematical chance. You should have witnessed me sling that nerf ball to my kids on the beach over the weekend.

    • Shady

      Speaking of Vegas Handicapping, here are the odds to win the Superbowl:

      http://sports.bovada.lv/sports-betting/football-futures.jsp

      Bears sit at 50-1 (worst in the division) with the Texans, Jets and Rams. Only 6 teams have longer odds.

      Current over/under win total is 7 (also worst in the division).

      http://sports.bovada.lv/sports-betting/football-team-props.jsp

      • AlbertInTucson

        I wonder what the odds on the Bears were going into the ’85 Season?

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    No idea what loss to Jamaica means in bigger USMNT picture. But we have no real defenders. No legitimate strikers. Shaky midfield.”

    But other than THAT they’re fine.

    • Waffle

      I find it amusing when Jeff goes off of the deep end for American Soccer. He is probably at the bottom of a barrel of Jameson right now, unshaven, bleary eyed, despondent….

      The way i get after a Bears loss.

      • Trac

        I also love to see Jeff twist in the wind. He must sound so bloody stupid talking usmnt at an English pub drinking those nasty ass Guinness beers. Hahaha

        • Waffle

          As an American of irish descent I am contractually obligated by Diageo North America to respond harshly to anyone that denounces the Black Gold.

          • Trac

            I totally understand Yonny but it still sucks. Lol

          • Johnnywad

            I asked for a Black and Tan at a local watering hole recently. They attempted to use Labatt Blue as the “Tan” without telling me. I’ve filed suit demanding revocation of their liquor license.

    • Bender McLugh

      Klinsman needs the boot

  • BerwynBomber

    CSN Chicago’s “Sports Talk Live” had four media guys on the other night, all of whom espoused a “Playoffs or bust” standard for the Bears this coming year. Said it would be a major disappointment if the Bears were not in the post-season.

    • Johnnywad

      It’s always a disappointment if they’re not in the playoffs.

      That said, they sound like a band of idiots. “Playoffs or bust” would indicate sweeping change upon failure. We’re already past the first and biggest step there.

      I have all but given up on “news”. Whether it be sports, politics, or just human interest stuff, it’s all beginning to feel like it’s based on “clicks”. I miss the days of bitching about the newspaper. Most newspapers were at least forced to make an attempt at putting out quality stuff. The customer had to buy the whole damn thing, so it had better be good.

      On another note…… I’m becoming my father.

      • Scharfinator

        Congratulations!

      • Waffle

        Wad, i agree that it’s always a disappointment when the team doesn’t at least get to the first round of the playoffs. I think the All or Nothing mentality is a product of the kind of culture we live in now.
        We live in the land of QB lists, Top 10 this or that, Elite or not elite….blah fucking blah.

      • beninnorcal

        Congrats, Johnnywad, I haven’t mentioned yet on the blog that I’m joining the club as well. Baby girl is due on November 20, I’m going to be someone’s pop.

        • Johnnywad

          Congratulations Ben. Kids are the best life has to offer. Keep us posted on her arrival.

          I didn’t mean I becoming “a” father. I have a 13 and 15 year old. I meant, I’m becoming “my” father. Bitching about how the old days were better days. I literally miss buying and reading the newspaper. I am an old codger now.

          I wondered what Scharf meant. Now I see it.

          • beninnorcal

            Ha! Even better that I misconstrued that. And Thanks, I’ll keep DaBlog posted

          • Scharfinator

            My reading comprehension isn’t what it used to be!

          • Sactowns#1

            Kids are the best life has to offer? I might as well stop living.

        • Trac

          Aw, it’s a girl? Bummer. Hahahaha. Just kidding ben, congratulations.

          • beninnorcal

            Thanks, Trac. Wild times ahead for me

        • Irish Sweetness

          Congrats man. It’s all over for you personally of course, but there will be a bundle of joy to offset that.

  • BearDown100393

    “I hate sports.”
    It shows lately.

  • Sactowns#1

    NFL Network recapped the NFC North last night- 30 minutes each team going over each game. I’m glad I missed it.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    The most important aspect right now has to focus on Our Defense. It’s going to make or break the Bears this season and give us a good picture on where they will be in 2017. I voted on the first choice. Though Jay would get my second vote since the QB can also make or break your season even with a half way good Defense.

  • burntorangenavyblue

    Hey guys! Hope everyone is having a great summer (or winter depending if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere)! Haven’t been on here in quite awhile, glad to see most of you still doing well!

    Geez Jeff….get outside more. The yoyo-ing of your emotions on Twitter sounds depressing. You are doing EXACTLY what the common denominator of Twitter users use that place for-spewing irrational thoughts. Your level-headed mind goes out the window on it.

    On another note, you just need to start keeping Da Bears Blog Twitter feed to just football (american-don’t try to get sneaky on me). Being away for awhile and then just coming back and reading all of that nonsensical stuff, if I were a brand new person, would have been a deciding factor on whether I’d follow along to this site or not. I WANT more new people to follow along to your awesome site, but nowadays, people are probably using Twitter first and foremost to gauge on whether to follow this site or not.

    • Predict Pic Six

      Agreed , Jeff keep the twitter feeds to football

  • Trac

    What excites me about training camp? Ah yes, the musty smell of jock straps in the morning.

    • DaMurph

      Sounds soooooo wrong!!

      • Trac

        Hahaha.

        • BearDown100393

          I love the smell of tiger balm in the morning. You know, one time we had a practice , for 3 hours. When it was all over, I walked in the locker room. The smell, you know that
          menthol smell, the whole locker. Smelled like victory.

          • AlbertInTucson

            For the Bears recently, it just smells.

          • BearDown100393

            Some day, this war’s gonna end.

  • Waffle

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog

    DBB working through some tech/installation/update elements this week. Will be live again and posting just about daily as of Monday.

    haha, is Jeff using the old, “sorry I didn’t get back to you, my computer crashed and tech support was working on it all weekend”????
    Classic Waffle business response after a long hard weekend of the drink.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I never pooh-pooh computer technical difficulties except as an excuse from Trolls who tend to disappear when their team loses in which case I classify it as a “The Dog Ate My HomeWork” excuse.

      When it comes to computers & software, “Upgrade” is a dirty word.

      It should be spelled with 4 letters.

      If you’re lucky, UPGRADES are ONLY a major inconvenience as opposed to being a complete nightmare.

      • Waffle

        Computer Upgrades are almost always followed by Computer Issues that need to be fixed as a result of the Upgrade….

        • Bender McLugh

          keeps us techs flush with caaeeeesh

          • Waffle

            haha, I should have studied code.

  • AlbertInTucson

    ESPN is done with Keith “I’ve become a complete Buffoon” Olbermann as of July 31st.

    Hasta la vista, K.O.

    Colin Cowherd is also leaving The Mothership, apparently for FOX.

    • Sactowns#1

      Listening to Cowherds show I would have thought he was already working for Fox News. That guy is a tool.

    • BearDown100393

      ESPN – Olbermann is a Steinbrenner – Martin oddity.
      He’ll be back.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Proabably, but on a much less visible venue, I suspect.

    • http://www.dabearsbeat.com/ Johnathan Wood

      Simmons going to HBO, that should be interesting. More freedom of speech/expression than he ever had at ESPN, and I can’t WAIT to see/hear him air ESPN’s dirty laundry.

      • AlbertInTucson

        “Dirty Laundry” Cue Don Henley…

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zof07-6LOyE

      • BerwynBomber

        I don’t know if KO will have as many ESPN bridges to burn this time around. Plus, it would most likely involve management, which is rarely exciting as it sounds.

  • Waffle

    I’m not going to lie to you, I’m excited about the Defense this year. I certainly don’t think they are going to dominate but I think with Fangio and some of these new pieces/upgrades the Bears will be much more competitive.
    You’d have to be a total douche of a player not to be excited to play for a D coordinator with the chops of a Fangio.
    Pernell McPhee is not Richard Dent but he’s certainly a breath of fresh air on this team. He brings that Ravens mindset which ironically is the old Bears D mindset. He’s a killer and will bring intensity and enthusiasm to this D. I think that veterans on this D new and old will raise their game simply by having more guys like this around that expect to do well and to perform. No one wants to look like a puss next to the new badass.
    Lamarr is a fucking dork but the guy can play. I just hope they don’t try to put him at OLB. IMHO that would be a mistake. If he’s healthy I think he’ll be a force in the run game. Part of me can’t see him coming back this early from that injury….or at least coming back at full strength.
    Sam Acho has flown under the radar but I’m excited to see what this kid, when healthy, can do. He is smart and super athletic. Pairing him up with Fangio may be a shot in the arm to the D.
    Kyle Fuller is another year older and wiser and now has a full season under his belt in the NFL. I know he flashed ball skills, aggression and swagger in only his first year and played most of that year pretty banged up. I expect further honing of his skillset and I think he’ll become a Woodson type player for us.
    We have some big young guys in the middle of that D line this year and even though no one can predict what Goldman can do it’s important to get these young guys in alongside your Ratliff’s and even a Jarvis Jenkins. Jarvis is a known quantity and maybe getting out of Washington is exactly what he needs to be a productive player with the Bears and old Vic F.
    I can’t sugar coat ILB. I’m a bit scared about Bostic, McClellin, etc as none of our guys have flashed the ILB prowess needed to anchor the middle of that D. What position does C.Jones even play? Is he too long and lanky to play the middle? Is the outside too packed with competition? ILB is my biggest concern on this D going into camp. I desperately wanted the Bears to select an ILB in the draft in the 3rd round as there were a couple of guys left that could be decent pro players.
    OLB is going to be the strength of this team and Fangio better have those guys coming at all times. I want to see Allen on top of a QB, not dropping his awkward white ass into coverage.
    Safety has been upgraded with a veteran presence but as we all know drafting a rookie at that position doesn’t mean anything unless that rookie is a certain Mike Brown who simply kicked the ass out of everyone that he ever played against in college.
    FANGIO IS THE KEY. Tucker leaving is addition by subtraction. The players respect Vic Fangio and will play hard and will be put in the right positions.

    • The GP

      It’s too bad Ray McDonald was a fucking douche. We really needed one of those long armed 3-4 LDEs that could apply pressure. Jenkins won’t do shit out there. With McDonald in the mix, the line looked like it could really press QBs.

      • Waffle

        McDonald would have been an impact player but he was too busy getting fucked up and being a fucking creepo abuser. Ray, you’ve got money now………………..get someone to do that for you.

        #millionairesoutsourcethatshit

  • AlbertInTucson

    From the “Open Mouth – Insert Foot” department:

    Colin Cowherd would appear to have stepped in it BIG time with his unflattering comments about the collective intelligence of the Dominican Republic

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/25/sports/baseball/colin-cowherd-tries-to-explain-remarks-on-dominicans.html?_r=0

    Cutting his stay at the 4-Letter short by a week is no big deal, but he MAY have put his move to FOX in jeopardy, too, Even though his move there is primarily linked to football, FOX, being a major partner with MLB, may have to “punt” “Uncle Colin” (as he liked to refer to himself when doling out pearls of wisdom and advice) because the many Dominican ballplayers in the majors (one-third of the league by Cowherd’s own estimate) are up in arms over the comments.

    Toronto’s Jose Bautista has already offered to “tear him a new one”.

    I think FOX probably now wants him about as much, or less, than NBC wants Brian Williams back.

    Irony: Cowherd excused Brian Williams embellishment of his record.

    For sure, Cowherd has just made himself RADIOACTIVE as an product endorser.

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