• GPLDAN

    Fun memories:

    Bob Parsons, Bears punter, throwing Buffone a fake punt and Doug running for a 1st down.

    Buffone owned a bar, Bombay Bicycle Club called BBC by Chicagoans.

    BBC was on ABC’s “That’s Incredible” with the bouncer contest. Won by south sider Laurence Tureaud, a big mohawk guy who bounced a south side dance club. Laurence went on to become a tv star and adopted his tv name, Mister T. He got his start at the BBC club owned by Buffone on that tv show.

    It was Doug’s idea to make one the contest events be “how far can you throw a midget?”

    If you can find that TV special on Youtube via that guy that does FuzzyTV memories, it is totally worth it.

    Other memory: Buffone ripping a caller for saying Tebow should be picked up to replace Cutler.

    “you are a jerk! are you a putzo?”

    Classic memories. Shady would always make fun of me for listening to Doug and OB post game. I don’t care. It was hilarious.

    • Listening to Doug is like listening to a Bears version of Sam Kennison.
      What ever else you say about either, no one can claim they weren’t passionate, blunt, and fun as fuck.
      3 qualities sorely lacking in most.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Outstanding post. Did NOT know he was part of that “Mr. T” background mystique.

  • Scott W.

    My favorite DB memory was getting his football card, and holding it in one hand with Butkus’ in the other, just staring. Got it the same day I got Dick Gordon.

    • SC Dave

      Days like this are just around the corner, Scott…

      http://www.humormatters.com/aging.htm

      • Scott W.

        ….around the corner my ass; the first story could be one of my daily journal entries….but damn that was funny!

      • Cormonster

        Nice one Dave. I gotta share that with my Mom and her siblings. That describes my Grandma every day doing “house work”.

    • Big Mike

      It took me months to get Buffone, O’Bradovich and Butkus… Buffone was the last one I needed.

  • Phil Laysheeo

    Ugh.

  • Johnnywad

    Doug was one of the few reasons left to listen to The Score. I am going to miss him.

  • Does anyone have Buffone’s epic rant about how the Bears are a loser organization, about how they hire losers like Manumalua, and how it’s gone back to his days wasting Butkus and Sayers?
    He considered the Bears squandering decades systemic, that it all needed a reboot.
    Lawrence Holmes played it earlier on the Score today, but I’ll try to hunt it down.

  • Well, nice to know other vets besides Forte are not volunteering

    Chargers FS Eric Weddle skipped the first day of voluntary workouts Monday.
    Weddle, 30, wants a contract extension as he enters the final year of a five-year, $40 million deal and is set to earn a $7.5 million salary. “I feel highly, highly disrespected,” Weddle said. “… It is what it is, but there is no reason for me to put out any more effort.” The Chargers have been trying to reach out to Philip Rivers about an extension and, to this point, have ignored Weddle’s requests. – Roto

    • Johnnywad

      These mother fuckers. He signed the damn contract. I can’t stand people like this. You don’t want to honor the freaking deal……..don’t sign it.

      • SC Dave

        I take it you mean asking for more money, and not skipping voluntary workouts.

        • Johnnywad

          I mean this. He says “I feel highly, highly disrespected.”. Disrespected by whom for what? For being asked to play through a contract he agreed to and signed? I don’t mind so much he’s missing voluntary workouts. I would assume a professional athlete can get his body right for the season regardless of where he conducts his workouts. I just think he’s being a douche for not doing what he said he’d do, AND simultaneously bitching that it’s disrespectful, despite agreeing to do exactly that, in the first place. It makes my skin crawl.

          • Scott W.

            Yes.

          • Big Mike

            It’s all a negotiating ploy. You can be wealthy and still be disrespected.

          • Johnnywad

            It doesn’t have anything to do with wealthy for me. It has only to do with agreeing to terms, signing documents saying you agree to terms, then acting like as though somebody is screwing you after the fact, when the terms were clear in advance of signing the contract. He agreed to do this. Now management is being disrespectful for not just generously offering more money to do what they already decided upon.

            I know when I do a job for a set fee, I can’t come back to a homeowner in the last 25% of the project and just say….. “You know what, I really think I’m doing a nice job here. Despite the fact that we’ve each done exactly what we said we’d do in our contract, I want more money.”.

          • Big Mike

            It’s not at all comparable. Players have zero leverage and a limited playing career. Take the zeroes out of the check and the argument changes dramatically. Forte’s not holding out. The game is played differently than it is for you and I. Forte’s sending a message. He’d like an extension. I haven’t seen anywhere, that he is asking for a raise. He want’s something beyond the end of this season. he want’s some guaranteed money. Or is he saying I won’t play this year unless I get a raise this year?

          • Johnnywad

            I have no problem with an employee of any company, going to management, and saying “I think I’m doing pretty well and I believe I deserve a raise/extended contract “. I do have a problem with employees claiming to be disrespected by their own contract.
            Perhaps its a fine point, but it pisses me off nonetheless to hear someone bitch about a situation they put themselves into.

            Also, for me…..Business is business. The number of zeroes does not change the principles at work.

          • Big Mike

            I don’t disagree, but that’s not the culture or the method of how these things get done in the NFL. It’s very predictable. Forte and his agents have very few strategies and almost zero leverage. You can be sure they weighed their options before he put something out on social media. I hate it as well, but I always seperate the posturing from the player, unless the player is simply a douche.

          • Johnnywad

            I know. I just don’t like it. I suppose its about as productive as bitching about my taxes or the weather.

            Weren’t we supposed to tell each other to fuck off and go suck a bag of dicks somewhere along the way here per blog protocol?

          • Big Mike

            That’s not me. I avoid any of that as best I can. I’ve jumped in 2x in 3 years, but only when someone was bagging on a regular. If you bring facts and/or state that something is your opinion a discussion is all that should be allowed. If you state opinion like fact without bringing any facts , I skip it. If you name call, or get personal I avoid the posts.

          • SC Dave

            Okay, with you all the way on that shit.

          • I think that’s the crux the “disrespected” part. It’s natural for players on a contract year to skip voluntary work outs. Heck, it’s even expected. It’s an annual tradition. Just glance at all the players doing it this year. Houston, AP, Gipson, Forte…but they should do it like Forte, just don’t show up and shut your mouth understanding it’s business, but I guess some players take it more personally than others. Gotta remember that the sword that saves the man, slays the man, and often for great players it’s ego.

    • BearDown100393

      Only in the NFL is a contract not a binding one in the truest sense. Players have little to no leverage. I don’t like the tactic to hold out as many others probably do not either. However it is the only real smidgen of power that can be exercised by a player. This is ultimately a failing of the CBA and it should be addressed. Owners can cut players pretty much at will and proverbially tear up a contract as though it never existed. Little is ever protested by the public. However when a player holds out, usually a lot of noise and criticism ensues. That does not seem fair and quite a double standard. This is a multi billion dollar industry. A contract should be a contract. And its $ amount agreed upon should be guaranteed. The argument about a player getting injured or old seems trite. The risk should be shared. End these sensationalistic $100 million type contracts that are anything but a nice signing bonus and a lot of conditional fine print.

      • considering the abuse NFL players take relative to their brethren in MLB or NBA, their lack of rights speaks to how badly their players association has failed them.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Abuse? Dude, they’re millionaires, man.

          • I mean physical abuse. Wear and tear on the body. NFL is much harder on you than NBA or MLB, but NBA and MLB both get more money and far more guarantees in their contracts.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Try getting dis-respected on a teacher’s salary you millionaire FUCK!

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Eric Weddle is an amazing player and leader.

  • Here’s another possibility. Switch draft picks with the Eagles. They give us Kendricks and their #20, and we give them #7.
    We’ll have Kendricks, and with the #20 we can draft – the other Kendricks! Bam.
    Other guys available around 20…

    OT Peat/Flowers/Collins?, DE Gregory (weed), S Collins, DT Jordan Phillips, Gordon/Gurley…

    • Eagles ILB Mychal Kendricks was a no-show for the first day of voluntary offseason workouts Monday.
      While these workouts are “voluntary” in nature, players are expected to attend. Kendricks has been the subject of trade rumors in recent weeks after the Eagles extended DeMeco Ryans’ contract and acquired Kiko Alonso from the Bills in exchange for LeSean McCoy. Kendricks is entering the final year of his rookie deal and may be holding out in the hopes of a trade or long-term contract.- Roto

    • Waffle

      i’d take the two Kendricks brothers in a heartbeat. That’s a cool idea that is too cool to work.

      • Before this off-season, it’d be unthinkable. But suddenly teams are wheeling-dealing, and Chip is leading that trend. If he can ship Shady off, I doubt he’d hesitate to ship off Kendricks if he doesn’t see him in his system, esp if Kendricks isn’t showing up to voluntarily workouts. Chip could just not want to pay him.

        Eagles then can use that #7 plus the rest of their drafts for the next two years to move up for Mariotta.

        Eagles have Kiko now. Maybe that’s what Chip was planning all along.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’ve gone off Kendricks (draft) if we move down, he’s a 4-3 head. Let’s get a consensus number one at his position

  • Joecashflow

    Remembering Doug. He was smash mouth at its best. Never quit.Never surrender. Get up hit em again.

  • AlbertInTucson

    It’s sad he had to go out on the Bears 2014 season of record.

    • Big Mike

      May have killed him.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Sadly, a DISTINCT possibility.

  • Irish Sweetness

    R.I.P. Doug.

    Let the blog return to love and light !

  • GPLDAN

    Listening to OB this morning on Mully was really sad. OB clearly lost his best friend and couldn’t make it all the way through without breaking down

    • GPLDAN

      The other sad part was that OB talked to him 2 days before he passed and they were passing notes about this season and how excited they were that Fox and Gase and the new regime might actually field a respectable team again. True fans, they were.

      The other that Mully said Doug would bring his legal pad filled with 3 pages of notes for every on-air broadcast, that he sat and did TONS of stat homework and applied his football work ethic to being on-air, that he never wanted to be slow on the draw or senile on the air so he prepared and he prepared. All the time.

      • Scott W.

        Good story.

    • Big Mike

      That’s tough to hear about OB struggling with it. Best friends for 50 years. Tough to handle.

  • huntinbare

    Who will be there after the game to help me comprehend that the team the Bears got embarrassed by were in reality …….
    TOMATOE CANS
    What a beautiful difference one life has made….

    Even though this is sad, one of our most passionate fans has pierced the veil. He is now unencumbered by the physical restraints of a bodily presence, and can now do some of his best work in setting us back on a most proper course….With every death look for a resurrection…… Hope springs eternal

  • Scott W.

    Well, the poll is going well. To reassure, the results will be used in a more fun way than just math.

    Would still like to hear from a few more of you:::

    Coach
    Shady
    Viva
    Canada
    Corm
    JD
    BB
    MBHAP
    huntin
    & everyone I’ve missed.

    And all lurking former posters….trying to get this sewn up by the weekend. So hell, post as a guest if you want, no problem.

    Informal poll question is…

    How many years have you been a Bears fan?

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      30 years. Before that, it was all nerd stuff, all the time. Then along came the Fridge, WP, the punky QB, and Singletary’s crazy eyes.

      • Scott W.

        Heh!

      • SC Dave

        It’s funny what people choose, and it’s all good. I’d have to say (and yes, I’m a lot older) but the early 80s were to me Sweetness (of course), Hampton, and McMichael. Though I was kinda partial towards Jimbo Covert because it was a fine redneck name.

    • Big Mike

      Never saw the answer on what the definition was? Could I be born a Bears fan, or is it when someone first watched. Doesn’t matter, just curious. I’m either at 53 years or 47 years. (watched first game as a first grader.

      • Scott W.

        I’m going with conscious awareness, instead of DNA. Seems more…fair, for those of us born to parents who leaned in other directions.

        • Big Mike

          September 1967. Watched first Bears game. Dad and 2 uncles on the sofa. My job was to fetch Schlitz as quick as possible without shaking the can. My instructions were “never cross in front of the TV when the play was going” and “don’t talk except during commercials”.

          My vocabulary was also expanded that fall.

          • “never cross in front of the TV when the play was going” and “don’t talk except during commercials”.
            I wish I could tell some girls that! Zing.

          • Big Mike

            I was trained from the get go. My mom on the other hand would choose to vacuum on 3rd and 3 in front of the Television. She never understood. Now I watch from the Bear Cave. Attendance is very selective. It is not gender based. But the rules of ball busting, respecting superstitions (if you go to the bathroom and something good happens, you have to stay in there, etc) and football interest must be met. So girlfriends, wives, family etc who do not meet said requirements are not admitted, unless it is half time and they are bringing sandwiches.

            And yes, we’ve evicted guys who’s game was just too weak.

          • SC Dave

            Awesome. Broken in just right!

      • AlbertInTucson

        Can’t really say I was BORN to it. In retrospect, I COULD have been a Cardinals fan. Dad was because THEY were the South Side football team but they moved before I was NFL-Aware and my Dad, apparently, had no problem rooting for the Bears after the Cards left for St.Louis after 1959.

    • DaCoaches Mustache

      30 long years. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

    • Joecashflow

      Well, since my Dad took me to see Butkus and the Illini play in 1964 and I followed him to the Bears in ’65, I would have to say 50 years. That explains why I have so much Sayers signed stuff also. Agree with you guys that I have followed some tough seasons, but never a season where they totally embarrassed, like last year. Sooooo looking forward to getting beyond that memory. So was Mr. Buffone, I’m sure.

      • SC Dave

        Despite all the shitty seasons, there was usually someone to watch. Early 70s and a chunk of the 90s were lean, but between Butkus*, Sweetness, several in the 80s, Urlacher, Mike Brown, Peanut, Matt… mostly been somebody worth tuning in on Sundays for.

        * still my #1

        • Joecashflow

          Yes, exactly.And the games were always close and nobody…nobody wanted to come into Soldier Field, because they knew it would be a brutal bear knuckles fight to the last whistle. Bobby Douglas, Bears QB, in early 70’s once threw 4TD passes with a broken wrist. He was a lefty, who set a single season record for most running yardage by a QB, only broken after 34 years by Cunningham, I think.

          Maybe we can get back to competitive football that DB remembered. Establish the run, tough defense. Guess we will find out when we play GB at home, opening day! Anything can happen on opening day. I think a good thing to play GB right away. They will only get better throughout the season.

    • beninnorcal

      30 years here as well.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      25 years

      • burntorangenavyblue

        It dawned on me when I was a little one why my dad was always taking me and my siblings to our uncles’ house every Sunday and random weekday nights. It was to watch the Bears and the Bulls. It’s weird that he isn’t into watching sports anymore and somehow someway my mom out of the blue has recently started wearing a Colts jersey, curse that vile woman!

        • Scott W.

          Maybe she just likes the softer colors, man. Heh.
          As for your dad, I don’t know how old he is, but I struggled with some of the changes to the game over the years. I had to make the conscious decision to stay aboard.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Well my dad doesn’t do that “thing” anymore with his buddies so that may be a reason why watching the Bears in the 90’s was much more tolerable.

    • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

      This year will be my 30th year. I jumped on the bandwagon in 85 and never looked back.

      • Scott W.

        Hey Doc. How. You. Been??

        • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

          Busy. As. Fuck.

    • cut

      38th year

    • Doc Hamstring

      32 years

      • Scott W.

        Hey ya Doc. Howzit?

  • Bears-4-Ever

    A man’s wealth should be judged by the number of his friends and how those friends love him.

    Doug Buffone was a very rich man indeed. Rest in Peace and BEAR DOWN!

  • GPLDAN
    • Trac

      Not surprisingly, I find myself no more informed after having read that. More of the same speculation every other article I’ve read on the subject has offered.

  • bigrobstunner

    What a great Rant! RIP

  • TheBigCheesy

    What a huge bummer. I could listen to that guy talk forever

  • beninnorcal

    Been a fan since I was a kid but I wasn’t turned on to The Score post game until just a few years ago. I loved that guy’s passion. The best post game shows always came after losses. After a bad game a small prize was hearing Doug and OB foam. This is pretty sad.

  • DaCoaches Mustache

    I’ve listened to uncle Fuzzy on the radio for so long this is like losing a family member. He was like the goofy, aloof uncle that always kept the family laughing. No matter how pissed off i was after a Bears game i could always count on him and OB being even more pissed. To me, he represented the old generation of Bears players and fans. Just an old school class act the whole way. Oh stop yourself!

  • Big Mike

    BTW, I’m calling for a 9+ win season. Don’t care. I’m riding a high of Cubs playing above average, Bulls up 2-0, Hawks about to go up 3-1 and spring showing up. I have no facts to back up my statement. But I will be closer to the right answer than any of were last year when asked how many games the Bears would win. I believe the range 9-13.

    • Waffle

      Mike, I know you’re as excited about Fangio as I am. I can’t wait to see these guys attack on D.

      • Big Mike

        I am. If you’ve seen my posts, you know I’m a football junkie who watches the all 22 and who is passionate about the game. I’ve coached 8th graders for the last decade. I believe in leadership and accountability. I believe, no I know, coaching and instruction matter. I know that in the game of football optimal results are only achieved when you are willing to sacrifice for your team, and run through a wall for your coach. Maybe because you hate him, but maybe because you respect him.

        Bears had none of that with Trestman and a talented team became a laughingstock. People on this blog will ride me about this. But Trestman, not Cutler is the guy who should be vilified. Others will look at last year and say the Bears have no talent. I call bullshit. This team has plenty of talent. Now they have a HC, DC and OC to lead, teach and put them in a position to succeed.

        Mel Tucker as the coach of the Bears Defense? Who the fuck is Mel Tucker and why was he coaching our defense. SMH.. Sorry rant over.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I soo want this post to become cold, hard fact.

        • “But Trestman, not Cutler is the guy who should be vilified.”

          I’m 100% on board with that. Trestman made a concerted effort to scapegoat Cutler last year, and it sadly worked on a lot of fans and media.
          I’m not saying Cutler’s perfect, but he was far from the biggest problem last year. It started with the coaches, which included a lack of leadership and accountability and terrible playcalling on both sides of the ball.

          • Big Mike

            Behind that “don’t take my lunch box nerd face”, was a small, self serving man.

        • It’s not an either/or proposition. It was the fault of Trestman AND Cutler AND every other coach AND Emery (for putting that coaching staff together, making some dubious draft choices and contracts).

          But let’s be honest. If we could unload Cutler like we did Trestman, Emery and Marshall, this new “real” coaching staff would do it in a heart beat.

          • Big Mike

            I don’t buy that. But I understand it. I’m keeping Cutler this year. If he has an average or even above average year (vs his own stats), his trade value will be strong, the blame for 2014 will rest squarely on the coaching staff.

            And #$% Phil Emery for giving us Trestman. If you take that decision out of it (and I know you cannot), he was not an awful GM.

          • We GOT to keep Cutler. But POX might prefer a “manager” qb. What’s the point of running the ball, controlling the clock, going on a long drive, only to have your QB turn it over, thus demoralizing the team? Defeats the philosophy.

            Better off with a young Orton type, or even look at what Clausen did vs a stout Lion’s D (a team that could’ve caused more damage in the playoffs).

            His lack of mistakes kept them in the game. If we upgrade the Oline and commit to the run, those games would turn into close wins. IMO, that should be the blue-print.

          • Big Mike

            There are efficiencies to be had by investing about $10-$12 million a year less at that spot and going with a game manager. Something about 25% better than Grossman, build up the O-Line, the defense, special teams etc and hope to find the next Wilson, Favre etc in rounds 2-4.

          • Trac

            Bad enough to get fired after 3 years (Emery) Mike. That’s like saying, take away Watergate and Nixon wasn’t that bad. Both were monumental embarrassments.

          • Big Mike

            Let me be clear. I do not think Emery was good. My point is that compared to Trestman he was Jim Finks. I hated Marc Trestman. Emery brought us Trestmsn. He brought us Shea McClellin. But also got us Alshon and Kyle Long. He needed to go. We upgraded tremendously in my opinion with Gase

          • Trac

            Some people think I’m unfair in my criticism of Emery. I lay the blame of my worst experience as a Bears fan that I can remember at his feet so please forgive me if I sound too harsh.

          • Big Mike

            I’d only ever agree with that if it you felt it was because he hired Trestman. Had Emery hired anyone else, he’d still be the GM and we wouldn’t have been the most disappointing, embarrassing team in Bears history. Like good diplomats, we can find a common ground “Tremery” was an abomination. Good riddance to both.

          • Trac

            What about Mel Tucker? Team Chemistry? You give Emery more credit than he deserves imo.

          • Big Mike

            HC is responsible for team chemistry and culture. HC is responsible for DC. Tucker was awful. His resume was blah. Emery’s drafts were average to slightly below with an incomplete from last year, which I felt was his best. He was slightly above average in FA. But he blew his HC choice. Grade D, D-? Trestman, lost his team, never reflected the franchise values, hired a C- coaching staff, never showed any leadership, couldn’t make game plan adjustments and gutted our reputation.

            I don’t give Emery a pass, but had he not hired Trestman, he’d still be the GM. I don’t think there’s a GM in the world that could have saved Trestman from immolating our reputation.

            As I said before, we are only discussion who was the worst of the worst. I have Trestman as a stain on the franchise that will take time to remove. Emery he just gets a “glad that guys gone” from me. Tucker is simply one of the worst coordinators we ever had. He should have been dumped after 1 year. That’s on Trestman.

          • I think we’re going to see a lot of the defenders he drafted are not actually bad players this year. That will make him look better.

          • Big Mike

            A possibility. Also a best case scenario. Bostic is the guy I see with the most upside. Khaseem Greene is a bust, with little value. Ferguson and Sutton are question marks. I liked their play last year. Hopefully they can progress and fit the new scheme.

            And }%^£ you NHL FOR A 9:30 EST game start in a Tuesday. It’s now 1:15 am 1st OT intermission

        • Joecashflow

          I have no problem with all your statements. But too many cans of tomatos in the locker room and zero leadership. I would give Cutler a pass on last last year (an intercepton.?) , except his lack of leadership, to me was even more glaring than his lack of production.

          • Big Mike

            He’s never been a rah rah leader. He wasn’t even a captain because of trestman’s BS. A players leadership is a function of authority granted by the coach

    • AlbertInTucson

      My hopes can’t climb that high. Even on the heels of the Sox getting off the deck trailing 3-0 in the 9th last night.

    • I think they’re in the 7-9 to 9-7 range. Right around average.

      • Big Mike

        You used the word think. Bleh… My call was what is in my heart. No facts or thinking allowed.

      • Yes, it’s really amazing we even won 5 games last year with all the dysfunction. Just think how shitty a team has to be to win like 2. Yikes.

        I think it’s really important the team gets off to a fast start. It’s psychological. They get a few early wins, that might air out the stink of previous regime, make them buy in and try harder.

        I’m just excited to see the Bears return to “Monsters of the Midway”. Stingy D. Committed run. Discipline. Tough.

        I think one of the things that drove Buffone crazy was that all last season Trestman kept refraining we’d run more, then the bears would run 7 times in the first half.

        I was calling for a battering ram HB to complement Forte since the last draft in order to do just that (and a FB), but instead we went to dump-offs and Hbacks, and that shit makes me cringe.

        Butch’s 2015 Bears hopes.

        Get a battering ram. Get a FB. Upgrade/coach up the D. Don’t fuck up on specials. Be competitive. Beat the pack.

        • Big Mike

          I hate H backs because usually they are just tight ends playing out of position. I love FBs.

        • to be fair, they got 2 of those wins before the major disfunction really kicked in (started in the GB game, IMO). But yeah, all of those except the SF game were based sheerly on superior talent. They beat the Jets, Bucs, Falcons, and Vikings (before Bridgewater started playing well), 4 teams that were bad.

  • BearDown100393

    The Bears are playing the Packers in Green Bay on Thanksgiving night. This will also be #4’s night.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Would be sooo happy to ruin Narcissus’ night instead of my Thanksgiving.

    • Sponsored by Motorolla.

  • Big Mike

    New sign on the door of Halas Hall.
    https://twitter.com/ChicagoBears/status/588740060247384064?s=04
    Old school leadership. None of this rotating captain, be a better version of yourself, crap.

    • BearDown100393

      Also no handguns.

      • Waffle

        credit where credit is due: perfectly timed.

  • John Doe

    Oh no. another INT filled outing for Jake against the Pack on national tv..


    Amanda Kaschube @amandakaschube · 14m14 minutes ago

    Turkey and Jay Cutler.
    #Bears to play Packers at Lambeau on Thanksgiving. http://trib.in/1DdQmem

    • BearDown100393

      Win it for Doug.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Submitted for your consideration: If Jay’s play is not markedly improved from his performance at the end of last season, Fox will have moved on from him as starting QB by Thanksgiving.

      • Wishful thinking, Al.
        Jay is consistently inconsistent. He’ll show just enough to start.
        It’s like watching a soft porn movie on Cinemax one late night. You know the good stuff won’t be shown, but you watch anyways somewhat frustrated.

        • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

          Perfect analogy.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I submit “consistently inconsistent” may have flown for Mark Trestman but will NOT fly for John Fox.

          • do you remember how long it took him to bench Jake Delhomme?

          • AlbertInTucson

            I remember he got the Panthers to a Super Bowl with Jake Delhomme.

      • SC Dave

        I sure as hell hope so, but I’ll believe if I need to see it. Hopefully, we won’t, but I really *cannot* invest any more hope in Jay. I’ll leave that to Yonny.

        • AlbertInTucson

          If John Fox tolerates/settles for the Jay Cutler from last season then he’s NOT the head coach most of us here hope / think he is.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      I’m betting that Jake won’t have any because this person does not exist….are you done yet with this silly attitude you have with what transpired in the past and just try to be more optimistic and enjoy what your favorite team will possibly bring to the table for the 2015 season?

  • Scott W.

    Bears @Packers Thanksgiving. I think they should let Corey Wooten give Favre his send off.

  • Jeff Dickerson just said on Twitter he’s hearing the Bears will only have 2-3 primetime games this year. That will make the Blogfather happy.
    And yes, this is definitely I told you so from my 1st comment in the schedule wishes article.

  • Hey, speaking of Safety Gipson, how about giving the Browns a 2nd to sign him? I think this comes down to risk/reward. Do we trust POX to find us a good safety for cheap in the draft, or do we go with the proven route and hand over a 2nd to the Browns and a major contract to Gipson. He’s only 25 too.

    Browns restricted free agent FS Tashaun Gipson is skipping the beginning of the offseason program.
    Unsigned players sometimes sign waivers that allow them to attend, but Gipson has zero reason to show up for the “voluntary” sessions. Teams have until Friday to sign Gipson to an offer sheet. Still only 25 (in August), Gipson has intercepted 11 passes in 27 games over the past two seasons. – Roto

    • During draft day can we trade down in the 2nd, then give that lower 2nd to Browns?
      That would be ideal. Some team trades up to get our 2nd, gives us an extra 4rth, then we use that to “draft” Gipson from the Browns.

      Bang. Bang.

      • Johnnywad

        Please no Browns DNA in the mix. Even if the kid is free, we risk an outbreak of Brownus Retardimus.

        • There are SOME players that even the Browns can’t taint, like Joe Thomas.

          But yeah, it’s like finding an intact golden kernal in a diarrhea bowl (hope you weren’t eating)

          • Johnnywad

            I finished meatloaf, a baked potato, and yes . . . . . . corn, ten minutes ago. Now I’m queasy.

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