• Viva

    First.

    Chris Ballard for GM.
    Dave Toub for HC.

    I think it’s about time we become a fixture in the playoffs.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Tribune has started their campaign for Toub with the Haugh column yesterday. Have to believe Biggs playing major role in that as he’s VERY well connected to Toub.

      • GPLDAN

        Jeff-

        Did you get David Haugh a Christmas present?

      • Viva

        I like Biggs. Haugh can kiss my ass.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          they’re all the same. they all have friends and agendas.

          Not Rosembloom, though. That’s why he is my favorite.

          • Viva

            Rosenbloom is a populist hack. What he does is in the name of entertainment not journalism. He feeds off emotion not reason.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Great for me. Instead of a serious, pompous dude that swings wherever the profitable position is.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    I’d sign Tom Gamble as GM today. He can then chose his HC, which would be either Vic Fangio, a guy he helped hire in San Francisco or Rex Ryan, who’s an old friend.

    He has an excellent track record and the connections to bring in such high profile HC candidates. I don’t know who else can bring so much swagger at the table. I’m sold. Lets do it.

    http://cdn.bleacherreport.net/images_root/article/media_slots/photos/000/724/030/tom-gamble_original.jpg?1360791263

    • Irish Sweetness

      See if you get this one, Barb.

      Darth Vader: Luke, I know what you got for Christmas.
      Luke Skywalker: Really, how?
      Darth Vader: I felt your presents!

      Oldies are goldies.

      • Butkus

        In Romania, there are a lot of smoke filled rooms with bad lighting.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I don’t because I was too busy reading books instead of watching Star Wars or whatever that movie is called.

        • GPLDAN

          It was called Spaceballs.

          While you were reading Tolstoy, we were watching Ren & Stimpy. And yet…

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            and yet what ? and what’s Ren & Stimpy ?

            PS: I’m a Stendhal type of a reader.

          • Johnnywad

            Stendhal suffered miserable physical disabilities in his final years as he continued to produce some of his most famous work. As he noted in his journal, he was taking iodide of potassium and quicksilver to treat his syphilis, resulting in swollen armpits, difficulty swallowing, pains in his shrunken testicles, sleeplessness, giddiness, roaring in the ears, racing pulse and “tremors so bad he could scarcely hold a fork or a pen.”

    • Irish Sweetness

      Nine 2012 pro-bowlers? That’ll do.

      • John Doe

        But but but Chris Ballard worked for 11 years with Jerry Angelo, Ted Phillips and Phil Emery. Knows Bears loser culture well.

        Never mind he picked pool jumper Jarron Gilbert.

        • dwhnt47

          Agreed! Ballard being tied to Angelo and Emery just stinks to me of a fake “search” for GM with a pre-determined conclusion.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            if it ends up being a final between Ballard and Ross… we’ll know all there is to know about ‘the process’. I hope that doesn’t happen.

    • dwhnt47

      I could not agree more! Gamble is the best out there, having presided over the re-emergence of the 49ers, and just having success everywhere he goes. Give him the keys, and equal ground to Phillips and we are well on our way.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        lets not exaggerate. He didn’t preside over no 49ers re-emergence. But he was part of it and might have an inside track with some kick ass coaches… who might otherwise never accept the Bears gig.

        • dwhnt47

          6 of one-half dozen of the other. Either way you hire the guy.

  • burntorangenavyblue

    I know Toub did a fantastic job while with the Bears, but I hope that the nostalgia of our memories actually does not cloud the upper management’s new direction. Also Toub then may not translate to the Bears now. I’m no expert at this stuff but we need something to shake this team up. If Toub can do it then that’s great.

    • SC Dave

      There is no longer a Devin Hester.

  • Butkus

    Jeff’s picks Steelers, Cowboys, Panthers and Panthers again? What about Colts?

    • DaBearsBlog

      Didnt pick anybody. Just put up former Bears.

      • Butkus

        I know, kinda cool that we have ex players that are doing well in the NFL.

        • burntorangenavyblue

          That picture should be up at Halas Hall as a friendly reminder of what a fuck up management has been. Cheers!

  • John Doe

    1. Fire Angelo, hire Emery, fire Emery, hire Angelo’s apprentice.
    2. Profit with best accountant ever Ted Phillips.
    3. Championship??????

  • CanadaBear

    Hey Al, I answered your question in the previous thread. T.J. Yates won a playoff game for the Texans vs Cincy after the 2011 season.

    • Butkus

      I’m impressed. From memory?

      • CanadaBear

        I remembered the win but had to look up the QB’s name.

  • John Doe

    Jay Cutler to Bills on the horizon??

    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter · 19m19 minutes ago

    Bills also setting up interview with former Broncos and Redskins HC Mike Shanahan that could occur as early as… http://fb.me/9nmSXwjWf

    • burntorangenavyblue

      I know the Bears are rebuilding most likely, but if they move Cutty, then who do you think they will get to replace him? Just don’t see it next season.

      • Scott W.

        Me either. No one in the talent pool to replace Cutler that I know of.

        • CanadaBear

          The only way I could see the trade is if someone blows the Bears away with an offer. Highly unlikely.

          • willbest

            Cutler is one of about 23 starting QBs in a league with 32 teams. There are no less than 4 teams that want him.

          • CanadaBear

            I get there will be a market but I’m guessing nobody is going to offer much for him.

          • willbest

            San Fransisco got two 2nd rounders for Alex Smith. Alex Smith is signed to a 17mi/yr with roughly 31 mil guarantee (technically its only 18 but the dead money precludes cutting him before he has seen 31 mil).

            Any team trading for Cutler is getting a QB for 16 mil/yr with roughly 32 mil in guarantee.

          • CanadaBear

            That’s history. We’ll see.

          • Irish Sweetness

            And look how bad Alex was …. we need a minimum of a first or two seconds.

          • John Doe

            Need to offload his contract >> what can Bears get in return for him

            New coach and GM will want to do things their way and not get stuck and waste a year or two on contract done by the fired GM and coach.

          • CanadaBear

            He’s probably the best we can do at the position in 2015. Don’t see him getting traded unless the GM/HC want him gone at all costs. I just don’t see any teams giving us much for him.

          • John Doe

            Why would any sane GM and HC tie their fate to Jay Cutler even for one year? Especially when they don’t have to.

          • CanadaBear

            Because the alternative might be worse.

          • John Doe

            Perhaps you missed George McCaskeys ringing endorsment of franchise QB Jay Cutler whom he just paid $22.5 million in that Monday press conference.

          • CanadaBear

            No I did not.

          • John Doe

            Then you know he practically told the the new GM/Coach to get rid of Cutler if they want to no matter how worse the alternative might be.

          • CanadaBear

            That’s not how I heard it. He said he was a big fan of Cutler personally and professionally but wouldn’t stand in the way if the new guy wants to move on.

          • Scott W.

            Or, if Favre comes out of retirement. There’s that option….kidding, just trying to make people scream.

        • dwhnt47

          Pickles!

        • Irish Sweetness

          We don’t need to replace him though. It’ll take at least three years to build the defense, could care less who’s taking the snaps.

      • willbest

        There is no such thing as rebuilding in the NFL. The only teams that start the year with no reasonable shot at the playoffs are ones that suffer from systemic dysfunction. A team that suffers from systemic dysfunction is not rebuilding.

        • burntorangenavyblue

          So no such thing as rebuilding? Hmm so all teams either say that they are just going the year hopeless or the other half going with the lightning in a bottle luck?

          • willbest

            Look, you don’t know what is going to happen in the NFL. Its 16 games. Not 80 or 160. Your roster changes over 20% year over year. That is substantial. Teams lose guys who they didn’t think were important but were, and other teams find something that wasn’t there. Perhaps the coach comes up with a new scheme that wins a few extra games. Sometimes your starters stay healthy all year and other times they get injured.

            If you get 5% better and the people you play get 5% worse all of a sudden your 4-12 from last year becomes 10-6.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Our defense needs to get a lot better than a 5% improvement. We need corners, safeties, a whole set of LB, a premier DE, and practically a new OL. That’s a lot of talent to be short.

          • willbest

            The OL could be fixed with a competent RT and the return of Slausen. Mills clearly wasn’t the same since his foot injury, and Bushrod was either hurt or affected by playing next to a revolving door at LG.

            The only thing the D is truly missing is a pro-bowl contending Mike and an above average free safety. Take away teams ability to throw 8-15 yard down the middle at will, and the Bears D would jump 20 spots. Everything else would get better as a result.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Disagree. When you trade your existing vet talent for picks, you’re re-building, you’re saying we will defer winning until we have replenished our roster with talent.

    • willbest

      Bills already don’t have their 1st round pick in 2015. Giving up a pair of seconds will be tough for them.

      • John Doe

        Because Bills don’t have a first round pick in 2015 and because EJ Manuel is no good is exactly the reason why Bills will be interested in Jay Cutler. And more so if Mike Shanahan lands there. Their defense is ready to win.

        A pair of seconds for Jay Cutler is a pipe dream.

        Bears will happily settle for one 3rd round pick.

        • willbest

          Then you are a fool who doesn’t understand economics. See Alex Smith.

          • John Doe

            Alex Smith did not have that onerous contract when he got traded. Alex Smith was not on a team that fired its GM and Head Coach when he got traded. Alex Smith was not on a team that had a new GM and a new Head Coach, as Bears will be in a matter of few days, who will be desperate to get rid of a cancer like Jay Cutler and start their regime afresh on their terms.

            You are the fool who does not understand the situation.

          • Butkus

            Ha! The NFL is a fools paradise.

          • willbest

            What about Jay Cutler’s contract is onerous? For any team acquiring him it is 2-yr, 31.5 million with very friendly team options in years 3 & 4.

          • John Doe

            $15.5 million in 2015 for QB who plays more like a $8 million per year QB.

          • willbest

            There are no more 8 million dollar QBs. That was back when the salary cap was 123 million, not 142 million

          • John Doe

            Anywho, we will see in a few months if Bears hold firm for 2 second rounders or will be happy to get rid of Jay for a 3rd rounder or just plain cut him and recover some cap space and money based on the offset language in the contract or keep him. We will know by March 12, 2015.

          • Irish Sweetness

            A matter of opinion depending on your viewpoint and need for a QB.

          • willbest

            Anyway your attitude where if you don’t personally value something, then it has no objective value is highly beneficial to anybody sitting across the table to you. Anybody doing business with you must be very pleased with the results.

        • TheBigCheesy

          The bills would have no problem trading for cutler because they don’t have a coach for him to kill. There’s no risk!

          • GPLDAN

            He can coach the team!

            (Saunters into locker room with ciggy hanging. “yeah… don’t care”. Leaves)

            It’d be like getting coached by Buttermaker in Bad News Bears.

    • CanadaBear

      Just read that since Elway retired Shanny the Tranny is 2 games over .500.

      • GPLDAN

        In fairness to the sweet transvestite, he did get saddled with RG3.

        • Scott W.

          …and Albert Haynesworth. Don’t forget that empty piano crate.

        • CanadaBear

          No kidding. I don’t hold the Wash years against him. I’m not sure how anyone could consistently win with Napoleon as the owner. I just remember those Denver years after Elway retired just got worse and worse. His D when jay was there was almost as bad as ours.

          • GPLDAN

            Pat Bowlen started to lose his mind long before the Alzie diagnosis came down. He started to get real cheap, and Shanny still put together that Alex Gibbs line and ran Clinton Portis up the chain and traded him for Champ Bailey.

            Brian Griese to Ed McCaffery was never going to be Montana to Rice, but they were competitive teams that played hard.

          • CanadaBear

            Can’t imagine how awkward that must have been when Bowlen was going down. Everything I ever read it seemed like he was a nice guy (for a rich guy).

          • Irish Sweetness

            We should have kept Griese.

        • CanadaBear

          I hope he keeps coaching forever. I just like typing the name! Thanks for that, amigo!

      • BearDown100393

        Jake Plummer was 7-4 when replaced with Cutler by Shanahan. He was 40-18 overall for Denver.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      If the Bears get a 3rd round pick and a 9th round pick in 2081… that means his contract extension wasn’t an error.

    • Hoping we can still get a 2nd for Cutler.
      I mean, C’mon, the Bills can’t possibly roll with EJ Manuel vs Brady.

      Maybe we can get a defensive player from them.

  • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

    i don’t know if it’s a valid thought or not but does anyone else have a gut feeling that the all encompassing presence or illusion of the presence of a meddling McCaskey/Phillips entity will keep certain candidates from interviewing for the HC or GM job…or at the very least, taking it very seriously?

    • CanadaBear

      Not any first-timers that don’t have a deal in place to succeed the present GM (see DeCosta). Can’t imagine any 1st time HC passing up a chance.

      • John Doe

        So you are saying Bears provide a good stepping stone for people who would not get such a chance elsewhere.

        Cases in point:

        1) Scout turned first-time GM : Phil Emery
        2) OC run out of NFL turned first-time NFL HC: Marc Trestman

        • CanadaBear

          I answered Johnny’s question. You can parse it how you want but that’s not what I said. I’m pretty much done with you.

          • pretty much, but not entirely. excited to see where your future interactions lie!

    • GPLDAN

      I think the book on Chicago is that they are stupid not cheap.

      Al Davis was cheap. And insane. The Bills were run by shitbirds. That guy who runs the Jags, Ron Jeremy, he’s an owner you want to avoid.

      Chicago is a peach, a place where if you win and you get on top, the 3rd largest city in America is in your pocket. You win a Super Bowl, and you are set for life.

      I bet Urlacher made more money in endorsements and tv spots or at least equal to his contract money.This town is ripe for big bucks in a way that Oakland will never be.

      • willbest

        A Head coach that wins a Super Bowl in Chicago can slap his name on a restaurant franchise as a form of a pension.

        • Butkus

          And a Rolls Royce for Mamma too!

      • Butkus

        Who wants to be a millionaire for 1000 please Alex!

      • True.
        If I were George, I would ask the interviewee.
        “Do you want money, or do you want immortal glory like Achilles, because here you can have both.”

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      of course there is/was/will be.

      in 2012 the same duo (or the 88 years old owner) forced GM candidates into Lovie. So, the precedent is set on not having true freedom and power on that front. Today the Bears are interviewing HC candidates without a GM.

      I think if you’re a potential GM candidate you’d be smart on using the Bears as leverage and keep them at the back of your options list.

      • DaBearsBlog

        There are two openings. Who are you leveraging them with?

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          It depends on ones situation.

          Example (this is only an example): Jets hire 2 consultants to find their new GM (1 of them is ex Packer GM Ron Wolf). Yesterday the Packers promoted Ron Wolf’s son Eliot to director of player personnel.

          It’s not necessarily about a GM opening. It’s about a better position or more power than you had before.

    • Butkus

      Bears are going to go with proven winners. I’d be willing to bet that both the GM and HC will come from Teams/Organizations that have earned a ring in recent years. Watch.

    • That’s my fear, Waffle. But I’m not sure how “meddling” George is compared to other owners. I mean, we almost never hear from him. The fans were actually begging to hear from him after those blowouts.

      That seems at the other end of the Jerra Jones/Al Davis paradigm.

      But if you mean “decision” making, as in, deciding on football, then yeah, I might raise an eyebrow.

      But SOMEONE has to make those decisions, and the Bears rather go with a part-time football Czar instead of a full-time one.

      We’ll see what happens.

      The Bills hired Polian for that czar position, and Doug Marrone quit. Like they say in “Ronin” there’s no such thing as a coincidence.

      • BearDown100393

        Hard to say if McCaskey’s image is tainted. He has only been around since 2011. IMO if there is hesitancy on the part of quality candidates, I suspect Phillips as the root of the concern.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Jeff… you forgot about Tyler Clutts.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Olsen. Brendanonthebanjo. Corey Graham ….

  • hmmm so that’s what good LBs look like

    • willbest

      I wouldn’t know who you are referring to as the NFL thought it would be a good idea if they put a game on ESPN, but if it is luke kuechly, then yes it is. Sadly for the Bears he won’t be available in FA in 2016 as Carolina would be insane to let him go.

      • Yeah, this espn shit SUCKS. Can’t believe it.
        Anyhow, yeah, Luke and Davis not only covered, but peeled off their coverage, and tackled the dump off guy before the first.
        Haven’t seen that since Lach bears.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Davis was responsible for the RB. Man coverage.

          • Yeah, and he came up in proper angle, solid tackle with Luke backing him up.

            If that were Bostic, he would have came in like a bull and whiffed.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            those 2 are top players.

  • BearDown100393

    Wasn’t aware that Greg Olsen made the Pro Bowl this season. Traded to the Panthers for a 3rd round pick which was flipped to Miami to acquire Marshall. Amazing the end result of transactions.

    • Greg Olsen also had himself a nice playoff game in Bears uni, if I remember correctly.
      Glad he made the PB finally. I always liked him, but a stiff wind could blow him over (hence the nickname, Girly Thor)

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      fucking Lovie.

      • BearDown100393

        I thought it was Martz who wanted Olsen exiled.

        • It was Mike “Monammula” Martz.
          Didn’t believe in TEs like Tresty didn’t believe in FB.

          • olsen was good. olsen is good. but as BD said, without moving Olsen we wouldn’t have Marshall. and Martellus doesn’t stink.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            That’s insane !!!

            The Bears drafted Brandon Hardin in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL draft. Emery would have sent that pick for Marshall.

            So… basically it’s Olsen instead of Hardin. And Bennett-Olsen would have been a killer combination.. together.

            Plus we wouldn’t have been insulted with Kellen Winslow as the Chicago Bears starting TE. That shit you can’t forget.

          • 1. You don’t know if Emery gives up the 3rd without having that extra one.

            1a. If he does, we don’t get Hardin. And that would be tragic.

            2. That’s awful presumptuous of you to think the Bears would have gone after Bennett if they still had Olsen at TE.

            3. When was Kellen Winslow a Chicago Bear? It seems that shit I can forget.

          • willbest

            He meant Kellen Davis.

          • that makes more sense.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            hahhahahah

            I meant Kellen Davis… and it’s a process in forgetting. It seems to be working.

            Emery would have sold his house. He wanted Marshall and he would have gotten him no matter what. It’s how he did shit.

            It’s more likely we would have seen the Olsen-Bennett duo, than not seeing Marshall with the Bears because or a 3rd round Emery didn’t want to lose…or something.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Kellen (not the HOFer) was pretty good once. He had a highlight reel on YT with some circus catches on it. Something happened to his cabesa … his juju went loco … insane in the membrane. Yo no say.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          which tells you all you have to know about bum Lovie.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Also more than one poster on this blog. Martz preferred Brandon Manumaleuna.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I forgot about Mike “Tight ends? Nah.” Martz.
            I heard he wasn’t a fan of Centers either, and favored a leather trebuchet.

  • I feel bad for the Birds. The Rams knocked both of their QBs out, and effectively gave that division/NFC to Seattle.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Hence my boner for a bad-ass DL. No QB can mess with another team’s shit, but even a Corey wooten can retire your legendary old ass.

      #CockShot

  • That’s how visiting teams in the playoffs get back into games.

    • willbest

      Its the only way the Birds have been able to move the ball the last couple weeks

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    They should suspend Charles Johnson. Why is that more acceptable than what Suh did ? Seemed a little more dangerous and equally intentional.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    sloppy game.

    • willbest

      Well the Panthers aren’t good, and the Cardinals don’t have a QB

  • Kerwyn Williams came to play.

  • I was about to say, WHY put in a ROOK at HB in GOALINE in the PLAYOFFS!
    Esp since Williams is running with intensity

    • Then again, it’s not as if Williams is a 5 year vet

    • willbest

      If you don’t demonstrate unpredictability you become easy to defend. 2014 Bears proved that in spades

  • EnderWiggin

    Illini lost a 15 point second half lead at Michigan. Today they manage to run out of timeouts @ Ohio St. with 12 minutes to play!
    I’m starting to wonder about John Groce. Winning in November can only get you so far…

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      what football are you watching, man ?

      • EnderWiggin

        When the Bears are done, I am all in NCAA men’s basketball.

      • EnderWiggin

        There are only a few Illini fans on this site, but there is a shitton of Big10 fans.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          there’s huge market in the States for sports played by teens paid with free snacks.
          for a non-believer it’s baffling.

  • AlbertInTucson

    So, this is, supposedly, a “pick” crew of officials, but Ed Hochuli’s regular season stench seems to have enveloped ALL the zebras present. They’ve already made enough bad calls/non-calls for any game, let alone a playoff game.

    That reversal just proves again that replay should be handled by 1, autonomous, offical in the replay booth AT THE GAME who could have corrected that call in less than 30 seconds with one look at the sideline view. Instead it takes MINUTES for a committee in NY to look at it like it was the damn Zapruder film and then we wait around for Ed Hochuli to run back and forth from “The Hood” and then make his typical, overly wordy explanation. “The ball broke the plane of the goal line before being knocked loose. Touchdown.” Then shaddap, Ed!

    • willbest

      I don’t understand why there isn’t a sensor net capable of establishing the spot of forward progress, and whether the ball breaks the plane. It wouldn’t be bank breaking to set something up.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        got to put those Papa John’s ads somewhere.

    • BearDown100393

      The NHL uses one command center for replays and it works extremely efficient. No idea why the NFL is so slow on its process.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I disappove of the “Command Center” concept. Time waster.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Corruption.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Neither of these teams looks like it will be playing in two weeks.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      The Panthers would have a chance if they stop thinking Newton is elite and simply run the football and play D.

      • BearDown100393

        Cam just needs a “whisperer”. Any available on the market?

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Well… they got rid of him at the beginning of the season. He now plays for the Ravens. And he’s the opposite of the ‘whisperer’.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Cardinal have adjusted. Panther running game stopped.

  • BearDown100393

    The NFL releases a “book” on career development candidates. Dave Toub not listed.

    • BearDown100393
    • Barb UMihai Mar

      they have no clue. It’s only the best ST coordinator in the NFL.

      • BearDown100393

        I guess Dave Toub was not willing to pay for his job wanted posting with the NFL. Nor should he.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          pay or befriend somebody.
          “In case you really get a job, my son might accept a job from you as the assistant of the assistant of video quality control’.

    • Viva

      dooooooooooooooooooooon’t care

  • Shady

    Philly Brown out for the 2nd half. Shoulder.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      brutal sport

  • BearDown100393

    Cam Newton is going to get destroyed if he does not give himself up at the end of those rushes.

  • John Doe

    Ty Youngfelt @TyYoungfelt · 55m55 minutes ago
    One GM candidate for Bears gig had Coach already picked- the coach? Dave Toub. The GM candidate? Not Ballard. McCaskey a Toub fan.

    • willbest

      The only issue with Toub is I would want to know the pedigree of his coordinators.

      • Scott W.

        Toub has been in the league long enough to make good choices there. He’s not Lame Kiffin or Nick Saban.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      I’m afraid to ask… who’s Ty Young Felt ?

      • Irish Sweetness

        Boba’s uncle, Jango’s brother.

    • Shady

      Then who?

  • AlbertInTucson

    Note to Blogfather: Delay of Game call. Yardage walk-off subsequently “declined” by AZ.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      risky move… a false start kills you.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Newton paid in pain for that that second yard for a first.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Son-of-Butthead” not helping the Cardinals, or himself. Hope he has a nice lunch pail because he’ll need it next season.

  • Shady

    That’s some top notch special teams right there.

    #DeCamel

  • BearDown100393

    I’m pretty sick right now but did I really here Tirico scream “Packers”?

  • BearDown100393

    Flag?

    • Shady

      Terrible.

    • Viva

      That was brutal…

  • Fozzy wuzzy was a Bear…
    Actually, I kinda liked the way he ran vs us last year when he was on CLE (in pre-season).
    Was surprised he bounced around teams as much.

  • Viva

    Dave Toub for HC.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    The Cardinals are a disaster on ST and Offense. They seem all over the place.
    Arians would kill for a Cutler right now.

    • I think they were avg like 28 points per game on O when Palmer was in. They also didn’t do too horribly with Stanton. But a 3rd string QB?
      The SP teams are pushing cuz they know the O’s not going to win the game.
      Also, I’m pretty sure Butler is the backup P. Their original P got hurt too.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        they can’t run the ball even if you insult their mothers.

        PS: The Texans won games with a 3rd stringer and the not even the Titans were this bad with their 3rd string QB.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Injuries eventually gutted his offense.

      He HAD been surviving with his #2 QB and runner but ultimately, the “Next Man Up” philosophy is doomed by continued attrition.

      With RARE exception, nobody wins in the playoffs with their #3 QB.

      Lindley was on the practice squad before the Cards activated him

      SAN DIEGO’S practice squad.

      Were down to their 3rd and 4th running backs.

      No running game helps make Ryan Lindley look more like Audra Lindley.

      The Cards started the season with a REAL punter but then Butler was ANOTHER injury replacement and Bear fans well know, punters don’t grow on trees.

  • Cam looks like a grandpa already.

  • “How do you know about Oops I Crapped My Pants?”

    “Because I’m wearing them. And I just did.”

    http://themajors.net/?p=12999

  • In the words of Barb.
    Kuechly is a beast.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      I first saw him in those NFL 1 minute clips before the Draft and knew instantly he’s a ‘beast’.
      Any LB like that in this years Draft ?

      • From my very preliminary draft scouting, there’s some intriguing prospects, but none at that level which match his athleticism, production, toughness and intangibles.

        Shaq Thompson and Denzel Perryman seem to be interesting prospects, but they’re nowhere near Kuechly level.

        Just our luck.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          there might be one that’s not an obvious choice. I mean.. you can hope for it. A Bobby Wagner type.

          PS: Thanks for the answer. I’ll remember Shaq and Denzel. LOL.. See what’s what with them when draft time comes.

  • Shady

    ‘Zona D giving up because they have absolutely no faith in their QB. We’ve seen what that looks like.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Arians has the Trestman bug. He can’t throw a pass to save their lives, but he’s abandoned the run 1 hour ago.

  • BearDown100393

    One of the worst played wild card games I have watched in sometime.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Worst played is still better than a blowout. At least it was close, I guess.

      • It’s like watching bum fights. I’ll watch it, but I don’t have to like it.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          somehow I enjoyed it.

  • BearDown100393

    “I’m going home listening to Cat Scratch Fever tonight” – Gruden. Followed up by ESPN actually playing the song. Ted Nugent. Carolina. Makes sense.

  • Shady

    Luke Kuechly. The Bears could use one or two of those.

    • BearDown100393

      Terrific player.

    • Trade Bmarsh for Keuchly straight up.
      They need more offensive fire power and a WR who can block.
      We need a LB.

      • Shady

        No way does Carolina take that deal.

        • what if we threw in Chicken Dinner? i believe i read somewhere he didn’t miss any tackles in the last 4 minutes of the season.

      • BearDown100393

        Marshall is 30 years old possibly already past his prime. Luke Kuechly is 23 years old with a ton of quality years ahead of him.

      • SC Dave

        Carolina would never take that trade. They would be absolute idiots to take it. Luke was defensive rookie of the year in 2012, defensive player of the year in 2013, and last i knew led the NFL in tackles in 2014.

        If not for JJ Watt, there would be no contest that Keuchly is the best defensive player in the NFL.

        I would not take Marshall, Cutler, Jeffery, and the Bears first round pick for him.

      • AlbertInTucson

        You’re kidding, right?

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Jeff is right. Arians was terrible tonight. He called the game like it was about his ego, not about reality.

  • Shady

    77 net yards for Arizona. Fewest in NFL playoff history.

    • That and Lindlay will be trivia one day.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      they’ll blame the QB… they should blame his superior. It won’t happen… you can’t kill him after you’re exalted him non stop… the ‘guru’.

      • Irish Sweetness

        When you’re down to your 3rd QB, and what, 4th RB …. I think the O is supposed to collapse.

  • BearDown100393

    Tony Dungy opines that Carolina is a good football team. His opinion is insane.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    The Steelers are going to attack Mosley in the passing game. Mosley-Archer (or any other RB) is a big mismatch. Huge.

    The Ravens might play a lot of zone D tonight.

    • Butkus

      Hmm

  • Will Hill Jeff Tweet in 3…2…1….

  • We need one of those Brown/Bryant type WRs.
    And a QB who can hit them in stride.

    • if only johnny knox’s shoulders didn’t touch his ah-noose.

      • AlbertInTucson

        That was a scary image. I was surprised he could walk again and I knew immediately his career was over.

  • John Doe

    NFLTradeRumors.co @nfltrade_rumors · 11h11 hours ago
    #Bears Could Meet With #Broncos DC Jack Del Rio Regarding HC Job http://bit.ly/1HbeWji

    • Johnnywad

      Why would they do that?

      No thanks.

      • Bears Could Also Meet With Brad Muster About Coming Out Of Retirement to be Forte’s Lead Blocker in 2015.

        the world is chock full of could.

  • BerwynBomber

    Steelers are in trouble.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Deeper and deeper…

  • Butkus

    This is a huge relief to me if it’s true. I’d take him as a DC all day long but not a HC.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/01/03/bears-have-no-interest-in-rex-ryan/

    • Funny, could’ve sworn GMs make those choices.

      • John Doe

        Word is Accorsi nixed Ryan.

        Also, Jeff Davis, who wrote Halas biography, said that Accorsi might pull a “Dick Cheney” and recommend himself as GM.

        • Butkus

          I wouldn’t be upset if that happened.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            lol

          • Butkus

            Cheney would have made a great GM. hahahaha

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            A Scott Pioli type of GM with a lot of phony conflicts, wiretapping, terror tactics,…

          • Butkus

            Yes, video taping belicheat would never cross the line would he?

        • Ha!
          “I have examined all possible candidates and have concluded that I am the best option.”

  • BerwynBomber

    Stupid of Tomlin to go for two here. Too early to chase points.

    • BerwynBomber

      Not a fan of rollouts that close to the EZ either unless you have a dynamic running QB. Otherwise, you’re cutting off half the field and space is even more limited vertically.

      • AlbertInTucson

        You add a de facto defender. The Sideline.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I think going for two is something coaches, NFL AND College, get wrong more often than not.

  • Butkus

    Is it too late to ask for some LB’s for Christmas. Sigh!

    • It’s painfully obvious looking at these playoff teams that they have men and we have boys.
      We need to get MEN on the D side, guys who maul and push ppl around, and growl and bring pain, not pansies who hang onto legs and hope for the best.

      • BerwynBomber

        Well Emery decided to build around Cutty and the O. Don’t know how quickly Bears will be able to transition back to a tough D.

        • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

          Dumb comment

          • GPLDAN

            Pleasant demeanor.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            saying the Bears built around “Cutler” is plain dumb. They tried to build an NFL offense somewhat commensurate to what other teams were doing based on the rules. A #1WR marshall instead of a kick returner and some arena dudes? A pass catching TE instead of Kellen davis and matt spaethe? A 1st round selection and a 5th rounder instead of webb and rachal? come on man.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            GP god dammit just agree for once and stop being a contrarian.

          • GPLDAN

            Cutler hated Martz. He gone. Hated Tice. He gone. Wanted big towering wideouts he could jump ball – did that. Needed a OL that did NOT suck. Overpaid Bushrod and picked up Long, went and got Slauson. Drafted Mills.

            Needed a pass catching TE for quick release. Got a beast.

            The team was NOT built around Cutler when he started here. He endured several years of shit, which may have ruined him.

            But the last two years the O was built to his specifications.

          • CanadaBear

            I agree with all of that. What I don’t understand is the general acceptance that PE could either fix the O or D but not both. That’s complete BS. Yes one side of the ball is always going to have more resources dedicated to it. That doesn’t mean you can’t field a decent roster on the other side. There were tons of players on D that PE could have signed that wouldn’t break the bank and were competent players. Not to mention all the ST’ers he sent down the road to save a few bucks and infuse the roster with young talent. The only problem was the rookies sucked ass.

          • But how much of the d choices were influenced by the coaching staff? I’m not gonna sit here and defend Hardin, Shea and co cuz I didn’t fancy those picks either, but’ offensive’ minded teams tend to evaluate that side better in draft and fa, and vice versa dminded teams.
            Even SEA majorly fucked up with Harvin and a few other O choices.

            In fa, it’s a lil harder to get guys because
            1. FAs want to play w sb contenders. It’s pretty well known that emery went after Bennett hard, and even offerred him more $ by most accounts. Allen was a last minute consolation prize.
            2. Defensive players can be scheme specific, so this cuts down on the pool even more.

          • TheBigCheesy

            I’ll never get tired of this. Ever.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            if i can provide you a ray of sunshine to keep you from taking the razor to your arm i am happy to do it.

          • TheBigCheesy

            Are you insinuating that trolling dabearsblog the last step before suicide? Interesting

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            cheese, a simple razor to your arm would never do you in. Insurgents are unstoppable and will be a constant issue to deal with. The only razor i can hope for at this point is yet another one and done and we can talk at that point

      • Butkus

        I agree. This is my knock on Emery, he failed miserably at accomplishing that.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Emphasis on “Painfully”.

  • John Doe

    Adam Schefter5m
    There’s why the Jets and Bears have asked permission to interview Ravens OC Gary Kubiak.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Kubiak turned around the 29th ranked offense in the NFL.

      AND the Ravens have survived despite TWELVE different starters in their defensive backfield.

      • willbest

        Think they also mentioned 18 people on IR

        • AlbertInTucson

          Ray Rice: Addition by subtraction?

          • CanadaBear

            Ray Rice really fucked up, no doubt about it. Before that he was the go to guy in Baltimore for any player appearance. Whenever the team was approached by an organization for a player appearance they always leaned on Ray Rice. The team and the community loved him. If his wife can forgive him, we should be able to forgive him. Never forget but forgive if the person seems genuinely contrite.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Even the Steelers suffer when they lose a talent like Levion Bell.

  • BerwynBomber

    Storyline of this game was the Raven’s D-line and O-lines. Outmanned Steelers on both sides of the ball. Their DBs held up well too.

    • AlbertInTucson

      It all starts in the trenches. That Raven D-Line is how you get away with 12 different guys starting in your defensive backfield.

      • Irish Sweetness

        This. Build it, good things will come.

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog

    “70 yards in a postseason game is unacceptable with me at quarterback. And I’m only half joking.”

    You can’t expect a recent graduate from ANOTHER team’s practice squad to suddenly turn into Jim Hart, Neil Lomax or even Carson Palmer, especially with no running game.

    Hell, you can’t even expect him to be Drew Stanton.

    I give you Caleb Haney replacing Cutler and then losing Matt Forte, not that I am equating Andre Ellington with Forte but you get my drift.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      but he had a great practice.

    • Irish Sweetness

      They lost Stepfan Taylor after Ellington, and some other dude.

  • John Doe

    Joe Flacco is fully deserving of his $120+million contract. He was great in the Superbowl run and is looking good this year.

    Good to see a QB playing up to his contract.

    • BerwynBomber

      His playoff stats would be thru the roof if not for the first couple of stink bombs in his rookie and second seasons. I believe he has seven road playoff wins now.

      • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

        “his stats would be though the roof if not for some seasons where he didn’t do well personally in a couple of years of his career”. Nice.

    • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

      are you fucking joking me? he’s 62% on the night and at least 8-9 passes are wide fucking open crossing routes because the steelers backfield is made up of bears quality backups? Your criteria is very generous.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        you give the Bears DBs too much credit. those DBs are starters are for us.

    • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

      it’s amusing how deserving Flacco is of his contact and how underserving Cutler is of his. Let’s make sure to forget about the other factors involved in a pro football game. Look at the numbers. It’s the difference between the worst D in the league and one is not the worst in the league. Holy shit. I try to give you trashcans the benefit of the doubt but you keep making it easy.

      • TheBigCheesy

        Dude are you seriously trying to throw shade on flacco’s playoff career? It’s impeccable. The dude is Mr. January

        • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

          i’m “throwing shade” on yet another attempt at a “bears fan” acting like the only actions that count on a football field is that of the quarterback. Look at the innuendo and stop yourself. Also, “throw shade” on your own fucking face Cheese and shut the fuck up. You are way too intelligent to back the play of this clown.

          • TheBigCheesy

            Pick your fights wisely. Joe flacco is amazing in the playoffs. And I’m not just talking about his team. He himself has been incredibly productive. You look foolish trying to attribute his success to his supporting cast and quality of opponent. It’s just not the case with flacco

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            Cheese, i will never dispute the final results but will always dispute those who seek to assign complete blame or success to those who are partly to blame or should be partially credited for it.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            haha, that’s right beeeyotch. Argue with an irrefutable point then just apologize later.

          • TheBigCheesy

            Uhh what?

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            Haha, rum….

      • A7Xthebest

        Lmao dude I love you and tbh people hate on you so much but you are one of more analytically sound dudes on this blog.

        • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

          i look back and hate the fact that actual football analysis makes me look like a Cutler apologist. I like his game, i think he gives the team a chance to win no matter what nerd is at the helm and with what pieces. I simply can’t sit back and let dumb comments ride like they are legitimate. They are not and must be addressed.

          • Irish Sweetness

            How can anyone like Cutler’s game? He doesn’t give a fuck about the ball, he’s not accurate, can’t read a defense or audible for shit and he refuses to learn !

          • Other than that, he’s Great.
            With a capital “G”!

        • GPLDAN

          Well, now we know A7Xthebest is Johnny’s alter-ego.

      • Scott W.

        A trashcan that includes benefit of the doubt. Can I get one of those at Lowe’s?
        Awesome.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Joe Flacco is fully deserving of his $120+million contract…as long as he shares 50% of the money with the D players.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Timing is everything:

    The Panthers win a crapweasel division and “earn” a home playoff game just in time to face a limping, offensively impotent, Cardinals team.

    The Steelers lose Levion Bell just as the Ravens get Haloti Ngata back in the lineup.

    • NewBearInTown

      Yeah, so far kind of a flat playoffs. Hopefully things turn around today.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Now on Turner Classics REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT. Heavyweight is right. SEVERAL heavyweight performances. Missed Muhammed Ali’s pre- Sonny Liston cameo in the very beginning as up and coming Cassius Clay.

    Jackie Gleason is great in a VERY unflattering protrayal.

    • huntinbare

      Yepper…why you do that to me?

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog

    “Love Bruce Arians but sometimes his bluster gets best of him. Can’t treat Ryan Lindley like capable QB. He’s not. Have to coach around him.”

    Sorry, you’ll have to explain how you “coach around” your scrap heap QB, scrap heap running game and scrap heap punter.

    Even Lombardi couldn’t.

    Drew Butler looked like he’d finish no better than 3rd in the punt pass & kick competition agains kids.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      first of all you don’t quit on the running game one minute into the 2nd quarter.

      Trestman should know better… I mean Arians.

      • AlbertInTucson

        He had no running game to quit on.

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog “NFL has the perfect playoffs. So of course @nflcommish has plans to ruin it and include more teams.”

    Perfect? I disagree. Not when sub .500 teams not only get in, but get a home playff game.

    Now ,do I think Roger can make it better? No. Only worse.

    I’ll live with the status quo system.

    What IS perfect is the # of NFL teams at 32.

    Two sets of 4 x 4 team divisions.

    Perfect.

    Want a team in L.A? Feel free to move one there.

    Want a team in London. Feel free to go jump off a cliff. The White Cliffs of Dover would be extremely appropriate insuch a case.

    • willbest

      I don’t understand. You say 4 divisions of 4 teams per conference is perfect, but whine that a sub .500 got into the playoffs. So what is the point of the division if it isn’t determinative?

      And lets be honest, the real problem isn’t just that Carolina is in the playoffs. Its that the AFCN has 3 teams in the playoffs because the Chargers and Chiefs didn’t get to pile up the wins against NFCS and AFCS.

      But why stop there? The Cardinals without Palmer/Staton clearly weren’t a top 6 team in the NFC. Should they really have been in the playoffs even with their early season success? They couldn’t even beat Atlanta, which was a feat even the Bears managed.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I whined, but I DID say I could live with it. Would two 8 team Divisions per conference be better? Possibly eliminating sub .500 playoff teams but then do you play 14 division games, 2 non division and eliminate interconference games…?

        I don’t see how adding more teams to the league helps ANYTHING, except further diluting the talent pool. There’s already not enough capable QBs to go around.

        • CanadaBear

          The owners have been beating the drum to add a 17th and 18th game to the regular season. I get the greediness of the owners but where are they going to find healthy rosters by the end of the season? The only way I would be in favor of adding regular season games is if they increase the rosters and get rid of the taxi squad. Also, let teams make trades up until Dec 1st. That way shitty teams can unload some players and the good teams can have some injury replacements.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I hate that concept of adding games. The attrition rate is already horrific.

    • EnderWiggin

      I’ve always wondered why London was the first choice. You’d think that
      Mexico City would be better in every way. More NFL fans, more people,
      and closer travel.

      • NewBearInTown

        London fans have a lot more disposable income.

        • Scott W.

          Yep. This.
          It’s also not run border to border by drug cartels.
          Personally, I’d have considered Canada first.

          • CanadaBear

            I’m sure they analyze the shit out of those Buffalo games in Toronto. If they were going to put a franchise anywhere in Canada it would be there. With 2.75 million people in the city and 5.5 million in the area, the base is definitely there. I’m guessing it wouldn’t take long to build a rabid fan base but you never know how deep those CFL loyalties run. I can’t imagine it would impact the Buffalo fan base.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I stll don’t see how the travel logistics work for London until we get to

        “Scotty, BEAM us to London.”

        • Irish Sweetness

          They would have to leave from the bottom level of S-4/Area 51 Groom Lake, Nevada. Likelihood of getting an NFL team cosmic clearance, negligible.

    • TheBigCheesy

      The nfl playoffs are perfect. I can’t understand why anyone would ever want to change them. The first round byes, the % of teams included in the field…. It’s a beautiful thing, it really is. It’s the perfect mix of fairness, entertainment, and hope.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Bears have no interest in Rex Ryan
    Posted by Mike Florio
    “Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Bears have no interest in Rex.”

    Got to say… the consultant Panel dude that was called in to ‘advice the process’ looks to me like a fucking joke and it’s not a surprise.

    What if the Bears have the chance to hire the best GM in the history of the NFL and that dude has Rex Ryan in his final 3 of potential HCs? He won’t come to the Bears… that’s what it would happen.

    PS: That’s what happens when people ‘buy’ concepts like ‘we’ll hire a lobbyist so this time we’ll do better’. No, man, if you want change you have to change structure and culture from the top…which obviously didn’t happen.

    • BearDown100393

      George McCaskey apparently does not believe his own rhetoric regarding management structure assuming Florio is correct. How can the Bears without a GM already rule out coaching candidates?

      • GPLDAN

        Agreed. This process is already showing it’s true colors.

        McCaskeys need to go if we want to usher in a winning club.

        • huntinbare

          I felt that from the begining…they are the one constant in our years of futility that has yet to be addressed.

        • willbest

          Well you knew that from when George said, their consultant roomed with a former Bear back in college as the reason they hired him.

        • Viva

          Sounds like our best case scenario is a lucky hire, which, of course, I am hoping is Toub.

        • Irish Sweetness

          McCaskey’s I can live with – not that we have any other choice – but Phillips is Dr. Doom, the chief cancer, and he must be cut out. It’s a merry-go-round of madness.

      • Johnnywad

        You’re assuming they would not allow a new GM to hire Ryan. I doubt they would hire the GM with the stipulation he not interview Ryan. They currently have no interest because they have no interest. Why is it more complicat d than that?

        Now if they hire a coach first, then the GM, that’s different. We have to assume the new GM will have his choice of coaches until shown otherwise.

      • willbest

        The coaching candidates the Bears are talking to are the ones that for scheduling purposes they needed to announce. The only risk of losing out on Rex Ryan is that he signs a contract with Atlanta before the new Bear’s GM gets a chance to talk to him. I expect them to have a GM in place within the next 10 days.

  • John Doe

    Most of these things are already decided in advance. The owners just put on a dog and poney show for the fans. Sounds like Woody already had his mind made up.

    Jason La Canfora1h

    Some strong signs pointing to Doug Marrone with the Jets:www.cbssports.com

  • AlbertInTucson

    ESPN’s Stuart Scott.

    July 19, 1965 – January 4, 2015.

    • huntinbare

      Rest peacefully and thank you for your passion SS.

      • AlbertInTucson

        He did bring passion to his work.

    • GPLDAN

      Good sportscaster. Great charisma.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Can’t say I was ever much of a fan. A Generationally thing I’m sure.

        i DID find him easier to take in recent years.

        In any case, 49 is WAY too soon.

        • CanadaBear

          He wasn’t a fave or anything but some of that was probably due to my disenchantment with ESPN. Sounds like he was a good guy.

    • CanadaBear

      On Monday night football (and yesterday’s game), they kept referring to Stuart and from the way they were talking you knew he was in bad shape. Way too young. R.I.P.

      • AlbertInTucson

        They played a piece on Lupica this AM. Sounded bad. Multiple surgeris. Came back on him mutiple times.

      • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

        he fought the good fight Canada. I watched an in depth piece on him a while back. He was just so scared and pissed that he wasn’t going to be there to watch his daughter grow up. He taught her a lot in a little time. He never gave up though and his co-workers said that the things he went through with incredible determination and a smile on his face was unbelievable. RIP S.Scott.

  • huntinbare

    So in order not to spoil the euphoria of bloody monday; I have decided not to look too closely at the press regarding the political wang dang doodling regarding our new braintrust. Why spoil a good vibe; there are plenty of days going forward for that.
    In January of 2004 the Bears signed the man who should become our next head coach.period.
    Dave Toub has been the most successful member of the Bears organization from January 24, 2004 until today; and he hasn’t even been here for a while. I am amazed that the one individual who has stacked up years of winning seasons cannot break through the “popular favorites” noise and become situated as the frontrunner.
    He has done nothing but prove his excellence year in and year out. He knows the system and “ways of all things Halas”; as well as anyone out there. No player has been as successful; retired or active and he is still in the prime of his days.
    If you have been the best that an organization
    has had you should honor that individual by promoting him. This seems like a no brainer; it is staring Ted and George right in the face. Pull the trigger.

    .

  • AlbertInTucson

    Heard the Cards-Panthers game described as “The JV game”. Sounds pretty apt.

  • huntinbare

    From the begining of this hunt to restore our glory days, one thing that should have happened before any future steps were taken , should have transpired and I am afraid that it has not.
    King George and Squire Ted should have gotten into the deep dark womb of Halas Hall and entered into a meditative state.
    They should have gone on an inner search for George Halas senior, the founder, the heart and the soul of all that is the Bears and Football.
    Knowing George Sr. would give them the direction where this organization needed to be steered. They should have studied his letters; watched his tape; and analyzed his team philosophy; because then George’s idea of what this team needs to become would start to materialize.
    We are a team with unparalleled tradition and we should play that role year in and year out.It is our destiny to remain true to our roots; I would say more so than any other club. I do not know if the current braintrust understands Senior; but they should be asking that biggest of questions…”What would GHS do?”…
    He speaks if you go to him and seek his guidance…I hope they are doing just that…we need to get back to where we once belonged.
    I hope George and Ted have put themselves aside and are channelling GEORGE HALAS SENIOR.

    • Scott W.

      I think they a did that when they listened to Virginia. Their statement, “When people plays us, I want them to think they’ve been through hell” reflects that, I think.

      • huntinbare

        It is imperative …we can only be what Senior dreamed the Bears would become; I had a sense we were heading in a different direction and the results were a testiment to our lost way….I hope these 2 do a much more thorough search than the “Acorsi papers” suggest.

  • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

    http://www.sbnation.com/2015/1/4/7490009/stuart-scott-espn-sportscenter-anchor-death
    RIP Stuart Scott. One of a kind and a truly passionate human being.

  • Big Mike

    Time to relax about the Bears. Micro-analyzing tends to result in frustration. Every crumb of info leads to group think. Summary, Bears hired GM, who had an ok, not good draft record, who hired a coach, who started out great, but was over matched by the NFL. Bears gave GM three years, gave coach 2 years. Hired one of the best “football” men available to help line up GM and Coaching candidates. Bears have not yet, kicked President/CFO aside or announced what the new GM’s responsibilities will be. They have kept all options open in terms of order of hire, business structure and so on.

    Everything else is rumors.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Party Pooper.

      • Big Mike

        I know, right. What with real football still being played. Watching those 2 games yesterday was fun. Carolina wasn’t that big of an upset in my book. In the games Cam Newton played, the Panthers were 5-3 or something like that and they were getting better. Cardinals season ended when they lost their QB and then their Backup. Valiant effort. Pittsburgh/Baltimore was a real good game to watch. Strong battles on the line of scrimmage both ways, veteran QBs trying to take over the game. Players making plays on both teams. One team made a few more plays and a few less mistakes.

        No interest really in Colts/Bengals. Can’t decide who I like less in the Lions/Cowboys game. I do know that in all 4 games Cutler was supposed to be as good or better than 7 of them. Based on last year, I’d say that worked about the opposite, with him being worse than 7 of the 8

    • Johnnywad

      Well said Big Mike.

    • CanadaBear

      I’m with ya. They interviewed the two coaches that had the tight window. Nothing wrong with that. It was either that or no interview til after the playoffs. With Seattle that probably means after the SB. I still have some trepidation about George/Ted but why freak out about it?

      • Big Mike

        Didn’t really expect them to make organization structure moves, so unless they fired Ted Philips, he was obviously going to be involved. Listening closely to the press conferencein my opinion, everything was left on the table including appointing a football “czar”.

        • CanadaBear

          My take too. I’m not overly confident George and Ted get it right this time but I’m not going to be negative about it unless they hire a couple of people that I consider stiffs. Can’t imagine who that might be right off but it would certainly mean they hired some retreads.

          • Big Mike

            Can’t even know if they are stiffs until a couple years out. Just like draft picks. Coach maybe, GM hard to say. There was a lot of confidence building here about the Bears right after Emery’s 3rd draft and Trestman’s 1st year.

            As far as all the negativity, all I have to say is we will have more pieces going into next year, than we did this year and everyone was all. 10, 11 wins for the Bears. So there’s my reason for hope.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        My question is : why only 2 “that had the tight window” ? You should interview all of them.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Oh yeah ? 1 playoff appearance in the last 8 years for the Bears.

      Macro analyze that trend.

      • Big Mike

        Your point is what? To be disagreeable? Bears are in a rough patch. It happens. At some point every fan weighs their allegiance, hopes for the best and looks for signs of progress.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          well looking for signs of progress involves analyzing tends and crumbs of info.

          my point is that these trends and info seem to show the same old way of doing things as before…simple as that, not some social psychology theory.

          • Big Mike

            And my point is that it is futile to look at the public crumbs of data at the very beginning of a decision process.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Not in my mind. I think every piece of info in important… before, during and after.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Big Mike… you went to Church today ? Nice sermon ?

          • Big Mike

            I did not. I’ve been working through the weekend. Look my only point was to zoom out a bit. It’s like analyzing a draft class five minutes after its over.

          • Johnnywad

            Its worse than that. Its more like analyzing the scouting process before the picks are made in the draft and incessantly bitching that they’re doing their scouting improperly despite having no possible way of knowing what the hell they’re doing.

            What you see reported in the media, from “sources”, may or may not be real. In fact, at times, I would guess its designed to misinform.

          • Big Mike

            Yeah, that’s about right.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Not this kind: The Bears not interested in Rex Ryan. These are real.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Ok to the zoom out…negative on the ‘lets hope for the best’.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      they are all bums and the system has no culture and the culture needs a system. while the structure is weak and unstable. we need beasts but all NFL front offices are full of morons that make all the mistakes in the world. our panel consultant is a self serving idiot and was strictly a PR move by a system run by bums with a loser culture to placate the ass kissing Chicago media that cant be trusted to give a straight story. Go Patriots!!!

      how do you all like my Barb impression?

      • Johnnywad

        Spot on.

      • Billichick Beast, all Americans are fat lazy nazis.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          fat lazy nazis ?

          That’s an oxymoron, if I’ve ever seen one… in the sense you’re a moron on oxy.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        you’re almost at stalker level. You should open up a fan club, because you’re spot on.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          not quite yet. i think i got the verbiage down, but i just can’t nail the accent down yet.

  • John Doe

    Rumors Of Bears’ Lack Of Jay Cutler Contingencies Are Greatly Exaggerated
    Some options to consider..

    http://sportsmockery.com/2015/01/rumors-bears-lack-jay-cutler-contingencies-greatly-exaggerated/

    • willbest

      Ryan Mallet is not an NFL QB. Nick Foles isn’t going to get traded because the Eagles don’t have anybody lined up next year to replace him. Bryan Hoyer (and Mark Sanchez) are caretaker QBs which would be fine if you had a top 10 defense, but at this point will do nothing more than age your veterans (Slausen, Bushrod, Bennett, Houston, Young, Allen, Marshall, Forte. Jennings).

      All QBs outside of maybe (maybe) Jameis Winston are draft and develop, and he isn’t worth the 2 first rounders and 3rd rounder you would need to give up to move up 5 or 6 spots to draft him.

      The Bears do find themselves in a bit of a pickle. The draft is not deep on QB talent which means you are going to end up overpaying (perhaps as high as mid to late 2nd round but early 3rd for certain) for these draft and develop prospects. This would substantially interfere with their ability to fill other areas of need (Mike, FS, DE, Sam, OT, C). Particularly since its far easier to hit on a mid round defensive talent or o-linemen than it is to on a QB

      • BerwynBomber

        Mostly agree with your write-up. Only things I would quibble with are a) Sanchez, and b) caretakers requiring a top ten defense. In regard to Sanchez, he might be near Cutler’s equal at this point in their careers in terms of efficiency (compare their stats this year). So if he is considerably less bucks, you can buy a couple of defensive players with the money saved. And that feeds into b) the idea of a caretaker requiring a top ten defense. Of course they do. But Cutler might also. Again, you would have to weigh the difference between Hoyer and Cutler in regard to efficiency/productivity and money saved (with which to purchase a couple of D FAs). Mind, I am NOT suggesting Hoyer is near Cutler’s level as a QB but it does become a pluses vs. minuses issue regarding productivity vs. money.

        Though if the Bears did go the trade Cutler/sign a journeyman route that will have to be smart about how they use the money. A Jarred Allen-like miss would pretty much kill the potential benefit.

        • John Doe

          Very well put.

        • willbest

          I think you can watch Sanchez and Cutler and realize they aren’t the same even if their stats are similar. They both have below average football IQs, and neither is much of a leader, but Jay clearly has more tools in his toolbox and to my knowledge he has good professional relationships with most of the offense. I guess you could make the argument that Jay’s skills are in decline (he did under throw quite a few routes this year and I don’t ever recall him doing that in years prior).

          That being said, if trading Cutler and signing Sanchez/Hoyer allows you to get your Defense to do a 180, I won’t mind that approach, but it is a promise that your opponents aren’t going to score more than 20 points a game because your offense certainly won’t be scoring more than 21 points per game.

          • BerwynBomber

            But the offense was pretty anemic this year as it was. And I can’t buy the Jay-has-good-professional-relationships-with-his-offense-Sanchez-doesn’t argument. But yes, agree about superior toolbox of Cutty. But I also think Sanchize has a superior toolbox to a guy like Hoyer.

            Anyway, a lot of the Jay argument comes down to whether you think the Bears can be an SB contender with him the next two years. If you do, you keep him. If you don’t, then you are potentially delaying the rebuild.

          • John Doe

            Bears are not going to be a contender within the division let alone Superbowl contender.

            Packers and Lions clearly are more talented and better balanced teams.

            Even Vikings finished the season strong and looking to make a good start next year.

            Bears are definitely not going anywhere at least in the 2015 season as they are playing NFC West and AFC West (arguably two of the toughest divisions in NFL) and with a likely first-time head coach like Dave Toub and all the learning curve that comes with that. So this would be ideal year to dump Cutler, get a bridge QB and build defense.

            Who knows they may get lucky and land Christian Hackenburg in 2016.

          • BerwynBomber

            Hackenburg’s utter lack of pocket mobility scares me. From what I have seen he does not even have the feet of a Peyton Manning. He is a statue.

          • willbest

            Really? So you know for certain Aaron Rodgers is going to play healthy all 2015? You know for certain the 49ners are going to improve under new HC? You know that the Peyton Manning will return to form? That the Chiefs (who are in a cap bind) won’t have to sacrifice anything? That Detroits D will be able to play at that level next year?

            Nobody saw a division wide implosion in the NFCS coming. If you aren’t competing for a SB every year in the NFL you are wasting time.

      • Irish Sweetness

        What’s wrong with Fales/Clausen? Let’s get real here, we’re not challenging for a superbowl within the next three-five years. It is a re-building phase, there is such a huge lack of talent on board it can seen in no other way – so there is no need for a premier QB right now on a team that is not built to win. I wouldn’t waste a pick on a QB at this point.

        • willbest

          3-5 years? why not just wait for Rodgers to retire? You compete for the playoffs every year. Every M-Fing year. An NFL roster turns over 10-30% annually. 2/3rds of the Bears 2019 team isn’t even in the NFL yet. 15% of them aren’t even in college. And that is true for most NFL teams, you have no idea what the NFL is going to be like next year. Who would have thought the NFCS would have been that awful? You have no idea what next season will bring.

  • BearFanInDE

    Jeff finally says “If Colts protect Andrew Luck there is not a single defense in the sport that can stop him. They didn’t all year and he STILL threw 40 TDs.”

    Completely agree! Thankfully we won’t hear Cutler comparisons with Luck from Jeff…

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      The Patriots blew out the Colts this season and Luck was sacked 1 time.
      It’s not that simple as protecting him. More that protection Luck needs a solid run game. And that’s what the Colts aren’t giving Luck.

      • willbest

        Well, the best way to protect the QB is a credible run game.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Jeff wasn’t talking about that. Actually…he threw 40 TDs because they can’t run the ball.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Bengals DC seems like a guy who has HC quality.

  • Boy, it’s like a Mexican showdown w Luck vs Ginger. Who’ll fall asleep first and choke? U Can almost feel it building up

  • On that note, has a ginger qb won a sb? Esaison?

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      Brad Johnson

      • Irish Sweetness

        When did Brad Johnson or Boomer win a Superbowl?

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          brad johnson was QB for TB. Boomer never won.

    • BerwynBomber

      Is Esaison a ginger? Always thought he was a towhead. But yes, as HBP mentions it would be Brad Johnson.

    • Johnnywad

      http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/File:Syndrome.jpg

      Every time I see Dalton without his helmet, I’m reminded of The Incredibles.

  • EnderWiggin

    I guess we can add Marvin Lewis to the pot…

  • Shady

    Phil Simms is brutal. It’s a shame Nantz has to share a booth with that clown.

    • EnderWiggin

      Simms is one of my favorites. He is more likely to call out a bad safety/corner than polish a QBs knob.

      • Shady

        He’s horrible.

      • Johnnywad

        Is he the one that keeps saying “Bingles” instead of “Bengals”? He says it like Terry Bradshaw.

  • Shady

    Amazing how former 1st round pick Trent Richardson (who the Colts traded another 1st round pick for) gets absolutely NO action in today’s game, while an undrafted rookie named Zurlon Tipton gets close to 10 touches backing up Dan Herron. Crazy.

    • Trich sucks. Every gm has a really bad Shea level goof.

      • willbest

        That may be but only the Bears seem hellbent on keeping him on the field for 80% of the snap count.

    • BerwynBomber

      Richardson is an Ennis-like bust.

  • Shady

    I love how the Bears coaches even get punked by Robbie Gould in TD Ameritrade commercials.

  • BerwynBomber

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog “Source: Bengals have seen enough. Marvin Lewis given 5 year contract extension between 3rd & 4th quarters.”

    Lewis is a tough call. Never won a playoff game but has largely fielded competitive even winning teams. His job security is helped by coaching in a medium-to-small market. Unrest isn’t as intense or widespread in those places as in Chicago.

    • I wonder who’ll the critics blame for this loss more, Marvin or Dalton?

      • BerwynBomber

        In fairness to Dalton, both Green and Gresham were out. But yeah, the beat goes on for both HC and QB.

  • BerwynBomber

    So will DAL/DET deliver our only WC weekend nailbiter? Somewhat blah games thus far, though the Ravens’ performance last night was impressive.

    • willbest

      I suppose it depends on if Detroit’s D can rally.

      I was surprised by the Ravens. I didn’t even think they should have been in the playoffs. They went .500 in their division and conference and only made the playoffs due to the good fortune of getting to play the NFCS and Jags and Titans. They are going to get destroyed by New England though.

      Colts-Broncos should be good if only because Manning has been playing worse than Cutler the last month.

      • BerwynBomber

        Ravens are pretty solid. They only had two bad losses this year — getting pantsed by PITT and HOU, both on the road.

    • Butkus

      Trust me, it hasn’t been a blah weekend for Colts, Ravens and Panthers fans.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    great OL-Dl battles here. I’m so glad Suh is playing. It would have been a boring game without him.

    • BerwynBomber

      Dallas’s much ballyhooed O-line has been getting their ass kicked by Suh and crew. Looks like we could be heading toward a SEA/DET matchup next week.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        it’s a long game

  • John Doe

    Ryan Jensen @MajorJensen33 · 2h2 hours ago
    Chris Ballard New Bears GM per sources.

    • The Angelo protege?

      • John Doe

        Yes, the same guy who had a role in drafting pool jumper Jarron Gilbert.

        • bellichick once traded his 2nd and 3rd round picks to move up and take Chad Jackson. so at least we didn’t trade for pool boy?

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            yeah but Gilbert was our 1st pick of that draft. we had traded away our 1st(Cutler Deal) and 2nd round picks. BTW we traded our 2nd round pick to Seattle for a 3rd and a 4th. so we essentially traded for him.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            It’s not a good example… that Chad Jackson was a bust, but he had college credentials.
            there’s a difference between a common bust (especially a Patriots WR draft) and a pre draft youtube hype pick…which I don’t know if it was the real reason he was picked

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            Gilbert had a decent last year for San Jose- i think he had 10 sacks and 20+ tackles for a loss. not a real stretch for a 3rd round pick.

      • willbest

        Well the return of Toub would be nice

  • RenoBear

    Wtf… Stafford 0-17 on the road against teams with winning records??? Absolutely ridiculous. How is he not crucified for that? That is SAD

    • BerwynBomber

      I doubt most QBs on historically mediocre teams have sterling road records against +.500 teams on the road.

      • RenoBear

        Right, I understand that. Bit 0-17??? C’mon man

  • Think SEA regrets signing Havin and letting Tate walk?

    • willbest

      Tate has carried the carcass that is the Lion’s O into the playoffs

      • BerwynBomber

        Joique Bell has been a solid performer for them, considering he is often spotted by Bush. Looks like a good, tough runner with decent hands the few times I’ve seen him.

    • TheBigCheesy

      I think they admitted regret when they traded harvin to the jets

  • willbest

    Ballsy Detroit. Not revealing your offense until the playoffs.

    • Big Mike

      Great defensive pressures

  • Jack Lacan

    Tony Soma

  • Shady

    A follow up on Doe’s report. Nothing official but there’s smoke.

    http://dawindycity.com/2015/01/04/report-chris-ballard-probably-gets-chicago-bears-gm-job/

    A source told David Kaplan of CSN Chicago on Saturday that Kansas City Chiefs’ director of pro personnel Chris Ballard will probably be the next general manager of the Chicago Bears.

    David Kaplan ✔ @thekapmanFollow
    Tonight same source said: “Chris Ballard probably gets that job & he is phenomenal. If he gets it I think he brings Dave Toub as head coach”

    Get excited Viva, your wish may come true.

    • Big Mike

      I am less than excited by this because of the CHI/KC/Emery connection. His backrground is almost identical. How is he different? Enlighten me.

      • BerwynBomber

        And Toub has the strong Lovie connection, right?

        The Ballard/Toub tandem might be solid but their ceiling might be limited.

        • Big Mike

          Seems consistent with how they have done things. So o don’t know what people are excited about.

          I was hoping they would swing for the fences. This smells like the same old stuff.

          I would live to be Convinced otherwise @viva?

          • John Doe

            Ballard/Toub will be one more roll of the dice and “let’s see how this experiment goes”.

            Both will be getting the role for the first time just like Emery and Trestman.

            Dave Toub is a great ST coach. But I don’t remember any team interviewing him for HC during all the coaching vacancies of 2012, 2013. Even this year, his name is being linked to only Bears. The other 5 teams do not seem to be interested in him at all.

          • Scott W.

            For all we REALLY know, Toub himself has quietly put the word out that he isn’t interested in leaving KC.
            We have no idea what he wants, or where he is willing to go, or even if the Bears want to interview him for the job.
            EVERYTHING is yet TBD.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Bears front office is already interviewing candidates for HC, so I don’t know what that says about the new GM’s role. Gase is too young, but Quinn is interesting.

          • Johnnywad

            I don’t think anybody’s excited Mike. Current reactions seem to be no more excited than “Let’s wait and see.” Then we range on down to John Doe being disappointed and sooner or later Barb will show up and expound on how they’re all dumb losers and how Ballard is set up to fail.

          • Scott W.

            I’m excited, so yer wrong there. But I voted you up anyway because your closing was excellent.

          • Johnnywad

            Thanks. I want to be excited. I’m actually fighting myself here. But I don’t know enough about Ballard to get my.head out over my skis. I want to see what he does first.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            First of all…what are you talking about ?

            What you see reported in the media, from “sources”, may or may not be real. In fact, at times, I would guess its designed to misinform.

          • Johnnywad

            I’m referring to the fact that nobody here, on this blog, except Scott, is excited about the prospect of hiring Ballard. We don’t know enough to be excited or diappointed in my opinion.

          • Irish Sweetness

            12 years of previous failure under Angelo speaks volumes about Ballard. Was he uncovering gems left right and center, and Angelo was poo-poohing them ? Hardly.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            some of his late round picks did make the team and made impact ie Knox, Manning. not rock stars by any means but good late round pickups. so my guess is that Angelo was not using all his suggestions.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Big Mike…zoom out a bit. you’re like analyzing a draft class five minutes after its over.

            Time to relax about the Bears. Micro-analyzing tends to result in frustration

          • Big Mike

            I’m just asking for people’s opinion so I can follow along.

          • Scott W.

            Wow Barb. Very…sensible advice.

          • Johnnywad

            See below

        • Scott W.

          I’m not a Ballard biographer, but if hiring him is the key to putting Toub in at Head Coach, write the check.
          Toub is a known commodity, and a proven genius at coaching. He’s also the opposite of Lovie and Trestman in terms of personality and player expectations/interactions.
          So that’s a change you will see forthwith if we land him.

          • BerwynBomber

            I’m not totally against it. And as you seem to imply it could prove brilliant. But there is a “Bears Family” feel to each.

          • Scott W.

            Set Ballard aside for a moment. Dave Toub has proven he can get players to perform at a very high level, week after week. He’s an excellent strategist and game planner.
            So his past history of being in “the inner circle”, in my opinion, actually makes a better case for him, not against him.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            What does Taub have to do with anything ? Why are you keep talking about him…I’m almost confused.

          • Irish Sweetness

            But we don’t need Ballard to hire Toub, do we?

          • Scott W.

            Nope. Not necessarily. Rumor mills churn with possibilities.

      • Johnnywad

        Its a bit of a logical stretch to assume he isn’t any good because at one time he was under people that weren’t any good. If he’s the guy, he gets an opportunity to succeed or fail on his own merits.

        • John Doe

          But there has to be some objective, concrete proof of him being good. Otherwise, why hire him?

          It is not clear to me how he is good.

          • Johnnywad

            Me neither. But we weren’t in the interviews. We don’t have the info that Ernie Accorsi brings. These hires are not easy. You don’t go out and hire a guy with GM experience. It just doesn’t happen. So you have to hit on the “next” guy. We won’t know if Ballard is that guy until he gets his bite at the apple.

          • Scott W.

            Yer bangin’ it Johnny. Yer bangin’ it.

          • John Doe

            Agree on you have to hit on the “next” guy.

            And that is why I would have more faith in their seach if they interview Ballard and Tom Gamble.

            Tom Gamble too has never been a GM. But most sport writers and observers have said that he has done some good work at 49ers and Eagles. So why not at least bring him in?

          • Johnnywad

            Perhaps they know something we don’t. Or maybe they reached out and he declined. Who knows?

          • Scott W.

            That’s why the invented Al Gore’s internets, John. So people like you and me could suddenly know things.
            Google both of them, John. Research their histories. It’s all out there man.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            i got to agree with John here. I’ve done preliminary searches of the interwebs and nothing really excites me, especially with Toub. Ballard i think could be good but who knows.

          • Scott W.

            Look at his years with us, Mr. Penis. Evaluate what he did with talent ranging from good to medium.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            I understand that, he did great with STs, but for many years he not only had good talent but ALL TIME GREAT HOF talent at returner which makes a big difference. And i understand that there is a lot of history of success of ST coaches making good HCs, but it is hard to get excited about. If it happens i will reserve judgement until i see what type of OC and DC he gets to work with him.

          • Scott W.

            You are spot-on about waiting to see who he’d want for coordinators. That will certainly be interesting, if he’s hired at all, anyway.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I am also in the mystification boat when it comes to Toub. If he’s good in the man-motivation mode then okay, that’s really what it’s all about about anyway.

          • huntinbare

            My passion for Toub stems from the success he demonstrated year in and year out from 2004 on. He is the one employee of this franchise that has excelled ….mgmt .and players. Bring back our most successful employee ….why get rid of someone who was excellent. Get this done.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            this is about Ballard, not Taub.

          • huntinbare

            HBP says nothing excites him about Toub…I gave him some exciting news…plus if Ballard comes I believe Toub does also…This is my #1 package…let’s do this

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I don’t know what makes you think that “if Ballard comes I believe Toub does also”. And even if there’s a chance it could go this way there are more replies about Taub than there are about Ballard.

            The rumor is about Ballard, that’s it. Taub is only a thought.

          • huntinbare

            It also happens to be a good fit. …you are correct about the thought though; everything happens in the mind.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            I am a fan of Toub but he had Devin Hester.

          • BerwynBomber

            He did but the blocking during the “Hester Era” of STs was unmatched too.

          • huntinbare

            Yes; but both sides of his specials excelled for him…he seems to get a bunch from his personnel… They play for him and that smells like a unifying force as HC

        • Scott W.

          YES.

      • Scott W.

        The “Emery Connection” is a figment of a (justifiably) paranoid imagination. Ballard and Toub would be brilliant hires, which is why I remain skeptical we will get that lucky.
        Both would bring a profound culture change, and far better team building skills than we’ve had in at least 4 years.
        You have to accept that some players, regardless of hype or even college skills, aren’t going to translate. Busts there will always be.
        Ballard/Toub? Men. Men who will not brook fools or foolishness.
        We should be so lucky.

        • Big Mike

          How is Ballard different than Emery? Resume is nearly identical. I’m asking, not arguing.

          • Scott W.

            Resumes are similar, but Ballard is more pragmatic. He’s a realist. He won’t hire a head coach from Grenada just because it seems cool.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Resume nearly identical ? You need to study their resumes. Ballard would sell his left nut for Emery’s resume. I mean… he’s musch more younger… how can he have Emery’s resume ?

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        enough with the negativity… “Listening closely to the press conferencein my opinion, everything was left on the table including appointing a football “czar”.”

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          I’m just messing with you… friendly fire.

        • Big Mike

          Not being negative. Trying to understand what people like about Ballard. Big difference than being certain you are right about everything.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            that’s harsh, if not insulting.

            I just find it funny you’ve gone from the ‘lets have hope’ sermon. to being a non believer in Ballard because of Emery’s backrground.

            that’s like going from open minded to obtuse or the other way around in 60 minutes.

          • Big Mike

            You don’t get me at all. I didn’t take a side or start an argument I asked a question.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            “I am less than excited by this…”
            That’s taking sides.

            You’re basically dubious about Ballard because of some connection with Emery.

    • BearDown100393

      Is this really change?

      • GPLDAN

        From Trestman the dweeb? Yes.

        • BearDown100393

          Why won’t the Bears hire from outside their inner circle?

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            its like they are all a part of a secret society. The ‘Order of the Circle Jerk’

          • BearDown100393

            Nothing against Ballard or Toub. I have no idea if either are the answer. But why the chronic allergy to ever hire outside that circle jerk order?

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            do you know how involved the induction rituals are for that Order? very lengthy and messy. they probably don’t want to take the time to induct a new member.

          • BerwynBomber

            Trestman and crew might have scared the shit out of them. The Lovie days suddenly feel safe.

          • Johnnywad

            Don’t get your point. The Bears history of coaches and GM’s is full of people from outside the Bears. The last two, Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith never worked for the Bears prior to their arrival as GM and coach so far as I can remember. I could be wrong there but I sure don’t remember it. Jauron, Wannstedt, Hatley and so on… Finks came over from the Vikings I believe. Correct me if I’m mistaken here.

    • Scott W.

      Good catch man.

  • BearDown100393

    “As always, the folks covering the NFL spend an hour post-Andy Dalton being crappy trying to absolve him of blame.”

    I agree. It really is annoying dealing with those who defend an overpaid chronically unproductive quarterback over and over again.

    • BerwynBomber

      Hah! Well played. Very well played.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    Detroit still making stupid ass penalties.

    • BerwynBomber

      And Romo still trying to create too much in the pocket rather than tossing the ball away and avoiding the sack.

  • RenoBear

    Romo needs to stop trying to be a magician hero and just make a decision or throw it the heck away. Gimme a break man… Losing 20yds on two plays?? Good thing he got Bailey’d out ugh

  • EnderWiggin

    OK Shady. If you are listening to this game, I know you like Simms a little better now.

    • Shady

      I like Aikman, but Buck sucks.

      • RenoBear

        Yeah, I don’t mind Aikman… I just HATE that he’s paired with Buck. He’s a pompous little fucker who serves up far too much verbal fellatio and can’t stand listening to him

  • BerwynBomber

    Bad flag pick-up saved Dallas. Now the fumble-fumble exchange gives DET a final chance.

    • AlbertInTucson

      But the Lions look a gift horse in the mouth and give it back.

      • Johnnywad

        Per Lions protocol.

        • SC Dave

          More importantly, per league protocol, the game is given to “America’s Team”.

          • Cormonster

            The Lions really got shafted on that play. Indefensible.

          • Johnnywad

            Maybe. I still say the better team won the game.

          • SC Dave

            From the (first) three quarters of the game I watched, I have to totally disagree. I had to leave because I knew the refs would find a way to give the game to Dallas, and I’ve seen far too much of that in my life.

          • Johnnywad

            Nah. Dallas was better today.

  • huntinbare

    Mr. Marinelli….proud of you…and happy for your chance to even some scores in GB

    • SC Dave

      Rodgers will murder them. I hope.

      • huntinbare

        I cannot root for GB…I took an oath at birth…plus I am a big fan of Mr.M…Dallas notso much; so I am rooting for a coach and against GB…We have to part ways on this one; but I still love ya…even though I think you need therapy…. rootin fer GB is a bad sign…you may need to get that coconut checked…

  • BerwynBomber

    Good fight back/mental toughness exhibited by Dallas but an otherwise very good WC game will be slightly marred by that flag pickup on PI.

    And gotta give credit where it is due: solid year by Caldwell and the Kittens. Will be interesting to see whither Suh in the off-season.

    • SC Dave

      I assume the flag pickup was to give Dallas the game? (he ask rhetorically)

      • GPLDAN

        Mike Perrara said it was a blown call by the refs. Damning indictment that cost Detroit the game.

        • SC Dave

          Absolutely no surprise to me. Actually, I’ll go further. Exactly what I expected.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Crap “no call” but, Detroit still had time to take that game against a very ordinary defense.

          • BerwynBomber

            Officials cowed by a home crowd in the post-season is nothing new. Doesn’t always happen but when it does it is blatant and embarrassingly bad.

    • Johnnywad

      I thought the flag was weak in the first place. Contact was minimal and the Lions were lucky his head wasn’t turned around as it would have been intercepted if it were. But I can see your take on it as well.

      • BerwynBomber

        By rule it was obvious PI. I am not a huge fan of PI for a D player for merely not turning his head around (and there is otherwise no contact), but the rule is the rule and that was a textbook example of that type of PI.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Apparently there’s no such thing as “Obvious P.I.” I’m sure Alshon Jeffrey doesn’t think there is.

          • BerwynBomber

            Referencing Jeffrey’s O PIs against the Cheese a couple of years ago?

            I’m fine with the officials calling more O PI this year. For years receivers got away with everything while anything remotely touchy on D players was called. At least they are trying to find a balance and allowing the D player a little leeway. Long overdue in my book.

            I would also like to see them re-visit the spot foul stuff on D PI. Never been a fan of it.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I’m on record against 40 and 50 yard penalties.

            Actually I was referencing some recent obvious DPIs vs. Jeffrey but then again, bad teams get bad calls.

  • SC Dave

    It *was* a really good football weekend. Then Dallas won.

    🙁

    • AlbertInTucson

      Dallas or Detroit. SOMEBODY had to win. Can you root for either?

  • GPLDAN

    Watching Chris Christie hug Jerry Jones at the end and then shimmy off with him like a jolly pumpkin was freakin weird.

    Creepiest man-hug ever.

    False Face meet Fat Face.

  • GPLDAN

    Jim Caldwell decision to punt on 4th and 1 will be flamethrown by the Freep in Detroit.

    That is, if they still pay for Sportswriters in Detroit. Or the Freep still runs.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I think THAT decision will be drowned out by the officials decision to pick up that P.I. flag.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      That would be a big mistake. You’re a defensive team, you play field position.
      The 10 yards punt, on the other hand…

      • BerwynBomber

        Agreed. And their D had been giving DAL fits all game. Right decision/wrong execution as the shanked punt gave DAL thirty extra yards of field position.

    • Butkus

      Does this mean the Lions will make the playoffs often only to never win in the post season? & Who’s gonna sign Suh next year?

      • Doc Hamstring

        I would sign him in a heartbeat.

        Don’t think the Bears have the cap space, but I can dream.

        • Trac

          Can anyone afford him?

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            teams with rookie QBs.

        • willbest

          Chicago has about 29 million in cap and will need about 7 million to sign its draft class. Suh will probably run a team around 13 million a year with somewhere around 30-35 million or so in guarantees.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            what ? that’s a blatant example of under rating.

            Gerald McCoy got 16 M/year with 50 M in guarantees… 6 year deal worth 95 M.

            Suh with get at least 15 M with 50+in guarantees.

          • willbest

            No McCoy’s contract extension basically puts him on an 8-year 114 million dollar deal with 14.25 mi/year and while he did get 50+ mil in guarantees, it is escalating so that if they Cut him they only owe him some of it. Like with Cutler if the Bears cut him tomorrow they would only owe him 15.5 mil instead of 26+ mil.

            The other thing of note is that McCoy is a year younger than Suh.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Yeah… but he wasn’t an UFA and he wanted to stay in Tampa. Suh is all in on the best deal he can get wherever it may be. He has all the leverage.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Draft the guy, don’t overpay a Haynesworth type. Can’t think of any FA signings on the Bears 85 team. We need to build the greatness not pay for it. What did Suh, have, 5 sacks this year? Did he even get 5? I’d pay for Watt or Keuchly, but not a time-bomb like Suh. I would have sold my draft for him when he was actually being drafted, but not now. What’s he looking for ? 20M? For a DT? Insane in the membrane.

      • John Doe

        Browns are very interested in Suh per a report out last week.

        Dallas is also interested in Suh.

        And word was that Emery was intereseted too. But now with new GM who knows what Bears will do.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    The playoff experience/swagger was evident.
    X: Ravens, Steelers, Colts
    Y: Panthers, Cardinals, Cowboys, Lions

    Bengals we’re somewhere in the middle. Played like a team with playoff experience, but only losing experience.

    • BerwynBomber

      I’d cut DET a little slack. They were on the road and played a pretty decent game.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        penalties, muffed punts, fumbles, conservative play calling as time passed. They started like a fire bowl…ended up like a snow ball.

        • willbest

          I haven’t watched a lot of Detroit but it seems like every time I do they are having to overcome something stupid special teams did.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            well this year was kicking, exclusively.

  • Butkus

    Dynasty in Dallas? They’re baaaack…..

    • Doc Hamstring

      They’re going to get creaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamed next week.

      • Butkus

        Dallas took a step towards manhood today.

        • Doc Hamstring

          They’ll take a shot in the manhood next week.

          • huntinbare

            Good one two by both of you; but that last shot was a low blow…

          • Butkus

            Hahaha. Not if old sauce can help it Doc.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Old Sauce to Tampa. Book it.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Yup. Got to have the D. And Seattle do.
        Lombardi #2 coming up at the expense of Tom Brady & Co.

  • Doc Hamstring

    According to Biggs:

    “When the Bears made the decision to hire Marc Trestman at about 1 a.m., Arians was holed up in a north suburban hotel not far from Halas Hall. Had GM Phil Emery called Arians and offered him the job, he was going to take it.

    Arians didn’t travel to Arizona and interview for the Cardinals job until after he was informed the Bears had made the decision to hire Trestman. The job Arians wanted was in Chicago.”

    That was reason enough to fire Emery. Fucker.

    • Butkus

      Watch it Doc, Barb has decreed that story to be false. He’s gestalting again.

      • Doc Hamstring

        Doesn’t matter if it’s true. If it is believed by the McCaskeys.

    • John Doe

      Emery never wanted to hire Arians or anyone other than Trestman. It was all an act to show everyone he was thorough.

      Why do I say this?

      Because Jimmy Johnson had already announced on a Fox pregame show before wildcard game 1 that 2 of “his” guys were getting head coaching jobs. Two of his guys – guys who had worked for Jimmy Johnson in the past – were Trestman (who worked for Jimmy at the U) and Rob Chudzinski.

      Jimmy Johnson had the scoop that Bears job was going to Trestman before Emery had interviewed Mike McCoy for first round interview. Remember, McCoy was not short-listed. After the reports, McCoy even asked Emery if he should even bother to interview. Emery of course denied the Johnson scoop but it was true in the end.

      In most of these cases, it was already decided who is getting the job and all the owner/GM do is put on a dog and pony show for the fans.

      Again this year, it is apparent that Woody Johnson has already decided to hire Doug Marrone and he is going through the motions. Nobody will be surprised when Marrone is officially announced in the next day or two.

      Same thing with Chris Ballard for GM. It seem decision was already made and they will announce it after going through the motions.

      • Doc Hamstring

        “Emery of course denied the Johnson scoop but it was true in the end”

        Just because someone says something doesn’t mean it’s true. I could say that the NFL has fixed it for the Patriots to win next weekend. If the Patriots win, does that mean I’ve spoken truly?

        Just because Jimmy Johnson said it doesn’t make it true.

        • John Doe

          How did Jimmy Johnson even know Trestman was under consideration and favorite for the job if Mr. thorough Phil Emery had not even completed the first round interview.

          Some times people spill beans to their mentors like Jimmy Johnson.

          Some times rumors are true.

          Some times people have real sources to get the scoops.

        • Trac

          How about molecules to man Doc? Umm hmm…

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        People just refuse to understand that Arians-Bears was never a real option. For either side.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Q: What would Bruce Arians have done with the dogshit on our roster? How does he win with that trash ? We didn’t suck this year because of play-calling, we just don’t have good players iMHO.

  • Butkus

    Only game I got wrong was the Ravens. Vegas here I come. I will be there for the draft.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=j44nP2J23Jk

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Hawks-Stars… what a spectacular game !!!

  • BerwynBomber

    Wait, face-guarding is not a penalty in the NFL? Never knew that. If that is the case, then the officials were correct in picking up the flag as there was little to no contact on the play in question.

    http://espn.go.com/dallas/nfl/story/_/id/12121292/referee-pete-morelli-explains-overturned-pass-interference-call-dallas-cowboys-detroit-lions-wild-card-game

    • John Doe

      What about Dez Bryant on the field without helmet and arguing with the officials?

      How come that was not unsportsmanlike 15 yard automatic first down penalty?

      • BerwynBomber

        Valid point but on the PI call itself, if face-guarding is allowed (and I wrote below that it should be not knowing it already is) then there was no PI on that play.

        Bryant is another matter.

        • John Doe

          Refs were blatantly favoring the home team.

          Cowboys last TD happened only because of their LT holding that Detroit pass rusher. As clear a holding call as you can call but it was a no call allowing Romo 8-9 seconds to find a guy in the end zone.

          • willbest

            The problem with holding, is it happens on every play.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      It wasn’t face-guarding which I never knew is illegal. The Bears beat the Jets this year and the last play was a case of face-guarding… Brock Verren covering Kirley at the back of the endzone.

      The LB was touching the TE for most of the play. It was a great D play, because just at the end he takes his hands away.

      PS: Everybody should thank Jeff Fisher for pussying the NFL and allowing the referees to decide even more games as before. People should continue hating Belichick who proposed that HC be able to challenge every play, only to be shut down by the other coaches, who didn’t want more pressure on their plate.

  • Just wanted to drop this on here. Fantastic read from DBB friend Adam Jahns about Briggs and Tillman and their relationship on and off the field, as told by Briggs and Tillman.

    http://chicago.suntimes.com/bears-football/7/71/260920/briggs-tillman-came-bears-03-will-go-together

    • CanadaBear

      Great read!

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