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Words of Caution as Free Agency Commences…

| March 8th, 2015

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Tuesday free agency officially opens and the Chicago Bears will have the opportunity to purchase some on-field human talent. They have a dangerous combination when it comes to March in the NFL: money to spend & many roster holes. But for new GM Ryan Pace and head coach John Fox, prudence is the name of the game. (It would also be the name of the worst-selling board game in the history of Toys R Us.)

STAY AWAY FROM THE THIRTY MARK

Teams signing free agents over the age of 30 should be one or two players away from making a realistic run for a championship. The Bears are not one or two players away from making a realistic run to the grocery store. Someone mentioned to me on Twitter that he believed the 2015 Bears have a puncher’s chance to win the NFC North. They do, if the punch is landed squarely on the ACL of Aaron Rodgers.

The Bears have struggled to field two competent safeties since the partnership of Mike Brown and Tony Parrish dissolved. 2014 did not feature many standout performances in the secondary but one promising development was Ryan Mundy looking capable. Does this mean Mundy should be a starter in September? Not necessarily. But it might mean the Bears can win with Mundy on the field. And that is something I never thought I’d write.

Devin McCourty (28 when next season starts) is the crown jewel of this class. In a division with Aaron Rodgers having a safety with McCourty’s cover skills is not only an advantage but a necessity. Rahim Moore (25) is still entrenched in my mind for making one of the worst defensive plays in the history of the sport but he’s turned into a versatile safety who may have his best football ahead of him. (And John Fox would know far better than me.) Da’Norris Searcy (26) plays with the aggression of a box safety and is well-equipped to handle physical tight ends and slot receivers.

With the draft light at safety, look for the Bears to be focused on the position. And none of these men mentioned above would hit the 30 mark until (at earliest) the third year of their four-year contract.

DON’T PAY RUSHERS & RECEIVERS

Listen. Do I want the Bears to sign Jerry Hughes? Of course. I have wanted the Bears to field a player named Hughes since I was two years old. I’d buy the jersey the second the contract ink dried. Hell, I’d probably buy two and frame the second one in my office.

But Jerry Hughes is an edge rusher and I’ve always been wary of signing two positions to big money contracts: edge rusher and wide receiver.

There are many reasons that feels particularly true this off-season. (1) The Bears will be able to select a top tier edge rusher in the first round of the draft. I really think Gregory, Beasely and Ray will all be solid pros. (2) The Bears have some veteran talent on the edge that finished them in the top half of the league in sacks in 2014. I understand the scheme is changing but are we sure Jared Allen can’t get 7-10 sacks as a stand-up rusher? Why can’t Willie Young stand up and be productive? (3) At receiver the Bears have Alshon Jeffery and he’s going to cost a fortune. (4) The wide receiver draft class is talented and deep.

DON’T BE AFRAID TO BE BORING

If the Bears don’t sign a player this week, would that really be a bad thing? Actually, why not make that a poll question?

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  • Could not agree more on Hughes. He was the 4th best guy on his own DL in Buffalo. Unknown how he’ll perform when teams game plan for him.

    • willbest

      Willie Young lit it up when he got out from Suh’s shadow, but then again he is 26 or something.

      • Willie Young signed for $3M a year. That’s a much more reasonable gamble than the $10M+ a year Hughes will get.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Well dammit, I’m claiming the first even if Woodsy won’t. Goddammit Woodsy, never look a gift horse in the mouth.

  • FourFeathers

    Let’s face it, the Bears are in full scale rebuilding mode and it’s going to take a couple seasons to get this thing going. With all the talent gaps on the roster Pace / Fox simply need bodies that they think can fit the system. Don’t expect flashy moves. Silly to recruit and spend on hi end pieces right now when so much is needed.

    • Irish Sweetness

      There’s only one move anyone of us are thinking right now, and it’s not about moving a certain player IN.

      Here’s the thing. Is Tennessee nice? Why does Cutty live there? What’s wrong with Chicago in the off-season? Tennessee, really? Well okay then, let’s just do away with the commute.

      • FourFeathers

        Yeah but reports out of Tennnessee say they aren’t really interested and certainly are not going to swap draft position in a couple of rounds for the privilege of acquiring Cutler. If we could get a can of Simoniz for Cutler right now? Then I take it and run.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Would they really think dropping 5 spots to acquire their starting QB was a lot?

          • willbest

            Because it fits the narrative that Jay Cutler has no value.

          • BerwynBomber

            If he has value they will wait for the best offer and trade him. Unless you have your own sources into the Bears org that say differently from what all reports say.

          • FourFeathers

            It’s indicative of Cutler having very little if any trade value. My impression is that Cutler to the Titans is more fabrication by some who see the connection to Tennessee…versus true interest and reality.

      • NewBearInTown

        I’ve been to Knoxville, Tennessee. I’ve driven the Smoky mountains. Its gorgeous in Tennessee.
        The weather is also much nicer than Chicago. A few years ago they got one inch of snow. Some friends were visiting their kids their and wanted to go to a museum. The museum was closed because of the “blizzard.”
        It could be that Nashville is an ugly city. I’ve personally never been. But Cutler could live very nicely in Tennessee and commute to work.
        And all the national stuff aside, I understand Cutler has a great relationship with the Vandy community. He could probably retire there, do the car dealership thing and let his wife’s career control their schedule.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Ah, that’s where Vanderbilt is? I wondered what the connection was.

        • Bender McLugh

          Knoxville is meh.

        • BerwynBomber

          Yeah, hard to blame Cutty for wanting to escape Chicago winters. Hell, can’t blame him for wanting to escape the traffic, crime and overcrowding either.

          If he and the missus and kids like TENN all the power to them.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Thing is, he works there for the winters anyway, aren’t Chicago springs/summers nice? As hellish as Tennessee?

      • Bender McLugh

        Memphis baby

  • GPLDAN aka Mink Lloyd
    • Irish Sweetness

      We should be signing Fitzy. He’s our guy. Rather than draft some child in the fourth, give it up for for Fitzy. Not that he has anyone to throw it to, though maybe Bennett, Alshon, Miller and Forte will be enough to keep it semi-respectable.

  • FourFeathers

    Cutler to rhe Jets? Oh my would that be great to get him out of here.

    • GPLDAN aka Mink Lloyd

      Wear a surgical mask. You never know what kinds of superbugs will be floating around in the car.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’ll be standing at the gate: :
      “Remember me? Benny Blanco from the Bronx!”

  • Irish Sweetness

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Suh manhandled the best offensive line in the league IN A PLAYOFF GAME ON THE ROAD. He’s a prick but he’s also very, very special.

    I don’t watch the Lions much, but I saw Kyle Long block Suh one on one. I’m not paying 25 gazillion dollars for a guy that gets blocked 1-1. The road to redemption needs to be paved with young players. We could get some quality FAs to plug gaps with that money.

    • BerwynBomber

      Long blocked Suh one-on-one?

      • Irish Sweetness

        Yup. Manhandled him. I couldn’t believe it, and I watch the games sober. So either Kyle is a beast, or Suh ain’t all that.

  • John Doe

    DaBearsBlog 鈥廆dabearsblog 10h10 hours ago
    @ChiBearsAD I think its impossible Bears don’t already know if he’s the guy. And fact they haven’t announced anything might tell the tale.

    Blogfather is exactly right about Cutler. Meanwhile, Texans have strong interest in Brian Hoyer – another patriots alum and worked with Texans HC Bill O’ Brien for 3 years in New England.

    So Ryan Mallet or Ryan Fitzpatrick will be available.

    Both are John Fox type QBs. Remember, Peyton Manning is the only big name QB who has played for John Fox. Fox has worked with tier 2/tier 3 type QBs most of his head coaching career.

    • FourFeathers

      Ideally the Bears dump Cutler, sign a veteran stopgap and draft a QB prospect they think can develop.

      • willbest

        So ideally the Bears just throw away $22-24 million at the starting QB position when they have a perfectly serviceable guy for 16.5 million?

        • Big Mike

          The dump Cutler this year movement is emotional. Logic states you move him next year.

          • BerwynBomber

            Cuts both ways. I tend to think the Cutty defenders run more on emotion than some that want him gone. You have otherwise smart commenters on here refusing to believe that the Bears would love to trade him even if it means settling for a late round pick even though all reports indicate that is the case. So basically you have people denying that all reports are true and that they know better because they see Jay Cutler’s value the right way.

            Also look how Blogfather handled the whole BMarsh/Dan Bernstein stuff. Bernstein was reporting months ago that the Bears wanted to move BMarsh and Blogfather used every opportunity to say Bernstein was a moron and BMarsh would be suiting up as a Bear at the start of the ’15 season.

            That to me wasn’t based on any inside information. It was just a fan expressing his wishes as misguided fact.

          • Big Mike

            I’m not sure I’ve seen much support that Cutler is the long term answer. I’ve seen quite a bit of commentary that Cutler is a good solution for next season. Bernstein/Marshall is the perfect example of the saying “even a stopped clock is right twice a day”. My opinion is that Bernstein spews whatever will get the largest number of least informed Bears fans agitated. I didn’t follow the timeline on that debate of who said what when.

          • BerwynBomber

            Bernstein is a “vindictive asshole” as I believe someone called him here the other day but I generally believe he has good connections and his sources are solid.

          • Big Mike

            All just twitter play when blogfather and the media start tossing accusations and ll that around. Who knew what first, blah, blah. I’m here to find out what informed Bears’ fans think. Jeff’s got good insights. He’s usually open minded to well thought out points of view that differ from his own. Same with most on the blog. When people shut down the possibility of a well thought out, fact based opinion, I skip the thread.

          • willbest

            In fairness, when all that was going on, Marshall hadn’t had his meeting with Fox/Pace yet, and didn’t follow it up by telling the media that he plans on doing what he wants.

            It was a bit out there to think that George was going to dictate personnel terms to Pace/Fox.

          • BerwynBomber

            Bernstein never said the latter, I don’t believe. And his second report never completely invalidated the truth of his first. Merely it was the story moving as they often do.

            Btw, and Bernstein aside, even if Pace was given complete personnel control by McCaskey (and there is no reason to believe he wasn’t) most people would be inclined to get rid of a guy their boss doesn’t like if housecleaning is the order of the day.

          • willbest

            Bernstein was saying Marshall was gone before Pace was even hired, which means his source had to be linked to a McCaskey in order for it to be something other than him blowing smoke.

            And you are right about the latter he never said it was a condition of being hired. I don’t have an issue with George saying something like “Its your choice, and if you tell me he is an important piece I will respect that, but the family doesn’t particularly like having him associated with the Bears, so if you have a game plan that doesn’t involve him that would be super”

            vs.

            “If you want this job, Marshall is gone, If you have to cut him fine, but try and get something for him.”

          • SC Dave

            Or Bernstein made it up, and got lucky.

          • John Doe

            You are the one without logic.

            What will Bears achieve with Cutler in 1 year? Win Super Bowl?

            What is the point of wasting one year on a guy who is not part of the long-term plan?

          • willbest

            It is better for your long term cap to play him a year than it is to cut him.

          • John Doe

            Take your bitter pill now and trade him..even on a bad deal.

            Start working on your future by getting rid of a guy who will only fuel controversy in the media and force the coach to answer a bunch of questions about him every week, is not the best locker room guy and all this before his turnover-prone play.

          • willbest

            The only way you start working on your future is if you have your developmental QB of the future and you have a Josh McCown type that he can learn behind for a year. Otherwise, as I have pointed out. It costs far and away more money to cut him this year. And that money could be used for other areas.

          • Big Mike

            No, here is the logic. Here are the factors
            1) Cutler won’t suck as much next year as he did last
            – statistically not probable
            – scheme may save him from himself
            – defense can’t possibly be worse
            2) His contract is club favorable after next year
            3) The Bears clubhouse will not be a joke next year reducing how “toxic” Cutler is
            4) Because of 1,2 and 3 I believe the Bears will get more after this season for #6.

            You have mistaken me for someone who is jacked up about Cutler. I’m 100% in to the rebuilding effort. Dumping Cutler at all costs is short sighted.

            The best scenario is a contender loses their starter during the season and have to over pay for Cutler. 馃檪

          • SC Dave

            Dash 3 under point 1 is irrelevant to Cutler’s performance, yet it is continually repeated.

          • Big Mike

            I’m not sure I agree. I can see the point. My thinking is that all the negativity around how the Bears behaved last year with the Kromer incident, Marshall spouting off, Cutler getting benched, impacted the market in a way that says, “nah, we’re skipping that hot mess”.

            My post was simply a statement in response to John Doe’s post telling me that keeping Cutler next year was emotional not logical. Quite the contrary. Keeping him next year, I believe gets the Bears more in return.

    • Trac

      I’d rather have Cutler than Mallet and that ain’t sayin much.

      • Irish Sweetness

        There appears to be no love for Fitzy on the blog. I’d love another beard under center, a magnificent one at that. I imagine he could be had for less than 10M a year, and he’s done pretty well on sucky offenses.

  • willbest

    Yes it would be bad if the Bears don’t sign anybody. All the 4 mil+ high end/above average starters are going to go in the first week and you would go into the season with 15+ million in cap space.

    • NewBearInTown

      A week might be an arbitrary number. But there are definitely bigger signings after the initial feeding frenzy dies down. Two big reasons:
      Teams sometimes cut players a bit later down the road (like after the draft).
      Teams sometimes need to create cap space once they’ve signed new guys. So the market takes a few days to reset.
      Most importantly, there will some players who are not seriously pursued because everyone went after someone else. For example, the Buffalo safety might not get any calls because every targets Moore as the “second best” safety option. Once Moore and McCourty get signed in the first 2-3 days, it actually becomes advantageous for Searcy to wait to see who didn’t get their man and wants to throw that money his direction.
      Those scenarios also play out due to cap issues. If a team has set aside money to sign, say Suh, and doesn’t get him, then that same team all of a sudden becomes a player in a lot of other negotiations even at different positions.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I’m feeling Fox brings Rahim Moore to Chicago. Coaches can’t help but gravitate towards guys they know already.

        Willis, Moore, Fitzy. We can build on that.

  • John Doe

    LeSean McCoy got paid..

    Jeff McLane @Jeff_McLane 路 36m36 minutes ago

    LeSean McCoy and #Bills have agreed upon new 5-yr contract once trade w/ #Eagles is finalized on Tues, per NFL sources. Told it’s a whopper.

    Jeff McLane @Jeff_McLane 路 7m7 minutes ago

    Here are some details on LeSean McCoy’s new 5-year contract: He gets $26.5 mil guar, a 1st year $16 mil total with $40 mil overall.

    • willbest

      I don’t think we will have to wait to anoint that the dumbest contract of 2015.

    • NewBearInTown

      The running back market is all over the place right now. Lynch got a big offer in Seattle. Shady getting paid in Buffalo and was traded for DROY candidate on a rookie contract. Forte, who’s contract is much cheaper, is speculated as worth maybe a third round pick?

      • BerwynBomber

        Lynch’s is a one-year deal from what I heard.

      • willbest

        Lynch got a 2 year extension. He was due 7 million in 2015, and now he will get 12 million. With 9 mil in 2016 and 10 mil in 2017. The only part of the contract that is guaranteed is the 12 million.

    • that’s dumb. Incredibly dumb given the miles on his legs.

      • SC Dave

        Dumb until he leads the NFL in yards from scrimmage.

        • might be fine this year. Maybe even 2016. Not after that, and gtd. money runs longer than that given the high amount of it.

  • BerwynBomber

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog Mike Wallace is perfect for Gase offense & perfect complement to Jeffery. If Dolphins cut him, Bears should pounce. Shouldn’t be too $$$”

    All indications are Wallace is a pain in the ass. Can’t say it would be shocking if we picked him up but it would be a little surprising given that we traded BMarsh for essentially the same reasons.

    • willbest

      I kind of got the sense that Hartline was getting looks because he is drama free.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        And white.

        I think time has come for another white Bears WR.

        • willbest

          Welker is a free agent but wasn’t he busted for PEDs or was it pot? I don’t recall.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            Welker is breaking down. no thank you

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Welker ?

            The Broncos, ex Patriots. He’s not a FA.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Can this Prudence guy win a shootout against Aron Rogers ?

    I would have kept the Offense as it was adding some pieces (1 OL, 1 RB) , with a true balanced attack and invested the important cap space and the high draft picks on Defense and bank on Fangio’s superior ability to make them into a real D.

    The fake rebuilding I keep hearing about is a lunacy. I call it ‘we’re going to fuck around for a couple of years and basically wait for Rodgers to slow down’ tactic.

    • BerwynBomber

      Prudence guy?

      Well, the good news is Rodgers career is not likely to last as long as Brady’s or Manning’s. The bad news is we now have more to worry about than the Cheese. In fact, much as we obsess over the latter on here we may want to focus are sights on DET and MINN first, though seeing Suh leave the division makes things a bit easier.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I like the Vikings Bridgewater project. They’ll be the real deal by the time they open their new joint.

        I don’t trust the Lions, but if there’s a position where they have success like few are is the DLine. They find studs there constantly.

        • BerwynBomber

          I don’t entirely trust the Kittens either, but they seem to have stabling influence with Caldwell whereas there was instability under Shorts. Plus, even though Stafford is another version of Cutler, he led them on some big comeback wins last year and could be growing as a leader. If you think about it, their O is close to where ours was at the start of Trestman years. No, they have no Forte or Black Uni, but they have a nice RB combo in Bell and Riddick and maybe Ebron develops into a Greg Olsen type. They also still have a couple of nice players on D in Levy and Quin.

          Who knows. Much as we are relieved Suh left the division it may ultimately prove a smart move by DET not to have ponied up the cash.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Detroit’s offense last was at Bears 2014 level.

            Their Offense was awful last year. Pathetic.

            They had 2013 Bears Offense under Linehan.

          • BerwynBomber

            Wouldn’t argue that, but was more about the pieces/parts of their skilled guys.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            This Sean Payton Offense they were trying to run… th NFL has kind of resolved it.

            I’m suspicious about Lions O under Caldwell.

          • BerwynBomber

            Good point. The other element is of course Stafford. Yes, he had some nice comeback wins last year (even with Megatron sidelined) but he is still a lot like Cutler: a guy with a cannon who will generally toss 2-4 “WTF was that?” throws a game.
            As Brees and Luck have proven, you can get away with a few more mistakes if you are top-of-the-league productive. But if you aren’t, it becomes a big negative at certain points in the season.
            All that said, I still have more faith in Caldwell than Shorts as an HC.

          • willbest

            I am not going to deny Luck is a top 10 probably even top 7 QB in this league, but that guy gets a pretty big pass on his WTFs only because of how soft the AFCS is. He is smart, so I figure there will be less of that going forward as he gets more and more experience diagnosing defenses.

          • BerwynBomber

            Again, it is Luck’s productivity numbers that excuse the mistakes.

            I have been saying for a couple of years now that the best template for Cutler is not as an inferior version of Rodgers or Brady but as an inferior version of Luck or Brees. In other words, Jay Cutler will always be a TO machine — that ain’t changing — but if he could bump his production numbers up to, say, the 35 TD/4400 yard range it would offset his TOs a helluva lot more.

            As frustrating as Cutty’s TOs were last year what was worse, IMV, was the O’s inability to move the ball when games were still in doubt. Yeah, the D was historically bad so we were doomed regardless, but the O was absolutely anemic the majority of first halves of games.

          • Johnnywad

            BB, that is probably the most rational outlook of what Cutler is, could, should be that I’ve read. I wonder if he can do it. Does Gase, Fox help? I believe it does.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Of course, but the Zimmer-Turner duo is way superior. They’re going to be much more difficult to catch and surpass in the coming years.

  • John Doe

    Chris Mortensen @mortreport 路 14m14 minutes ago

    Ndamukong Suh will sign with #Dolphins on Tuesday based off parameters around $114 million and $60 million guaranteed, per sources.

    Chris Mortensen @mortreport 路 8m8 minutes ago

    Suh also will get $60 million in first 3 years of 6-year contract, based on parameters set between #Dolphins and Suh’s agent, Jimmy Sexton.

    • BerwynBomber

      Dolphins will have a beastly line in Suh on the inside and Wake on the outside.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Not only them. Randy Starks is a beast on his own. Koa Misi, Vernon and Dion Whatever should thrive as well.

      • FourFeathers

        But it has been proven year in and year out that mega priced free agent signings very rarely work out in the NFL. Reggie White was rhe last example of this strategy working, and even then Ron Wolf was building Green Bay beautifully thru the draft.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Bills D Line seems to me like one of the best there is.

          Mario Williams signed a huge contract with them.

    • willbest

      That kind of money is nucking futs on a football player. And AFCE is the best of all worlds for the Bears. Next time we see Suh will either be in the SB or 2018

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I agree. But it’s doable in the current NFL if you have a rookie QB on a rookie contract.

        I don’t think it’s a coincidence they have 3 years until they have to decide on whether Tanaheil (!?) is a $20M QB.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Would any of us trust in Suh’s performance after a payday like that?

      The Dolphins had better PRAY that the movie of this is not titled “SON OF ALBERT HAYNESWORTH”.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Glad to see him go to a different conference at least. Can we wrestle Soliai off them or did he just sign a big contract?

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    I keep reading all kinds of bullshit.

    Example: John Fox went to the playoffs with Tebow. Ryan Mallet or Ryan Fitzpatrick are John Fox type QB as he has worked with bad/average QBs most of his head coaching career.

    I agree. And he sucked with them against superior competition.

    ***The 2006 season was disappointing for Fox and the Panthers, as a team that had Super Bowl aspirations finished 8-8 and out of the playoffs.
    The 2007 season saw the team finish with a record of 7-9, before finishing with a 12-4 record in the 2008 season, again heading to the playoffs in which they were routed by the Arizona Cardinals.
    The 2009 season was disappointing to Fox and the Panthers much like 2006. The Panthers finished the season 8-8 and in third place in the NFC South division, missing the playoffs again.
    The 2010 season saw the Panthers finish last in the league, at 2-14.***

    You know what happened in 2006 ? Drew Brees moved to the NFC South.

    He went to the playoffs once in the 5 years he went against an elite QB. He had elite D, elite O players and an awful QB.

    He had last years Panthers Defense, this years Dallas Offense and Delhomme instead of Romo at QB. 2018 NFL season…here we come !!!

    • not to mention the “playoffs with Tebow” was 8-8 while playing in the worst division in the NFL. And getting to play Caleb Hanie.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Yeah.

        I’m not bashing Fox who’s a high level Head Coach. I just can’t stand miss directed and naive optimism.

        • FourFeathers

          Was Pace the GM or head coach in New Orleans?!? I didn’t think so. It is your meathead automatic assumption that he took the promotion in Chicago to exactly 100% follow the exact same blueprint that Micky Loomis, Sean Payton and staff did in New Orleans?!?

    • FourFeathers

      Whatever. Can’t cure the meatheads who think John Fox should come in here, sprinkle pixie dust on Cutler and win a lot of football games. You’re already in full meathead mode ready to tear Fox a new orifice if he can’t win instantly with the woeful roster Pace and he inherited. Lovely stuff.

      • Johnnywad

        One year and one player removed from being a top tier offense. They’re not championship contenders, but I would not be at all surprised if they are at least competitive next year.

        • FourFeathers

          Well good luck with that. One building block on the offensive line, ditto at wide receiver and cornerback. Beyond that? Huge gaping question marks and holes in the defensive line, at linebacker and in the defensive secondary. Nothing special st offensive tackle, and in fact a hole at right tackle. A 30 year old hi mileage running back and one tight end. Meanwhile Cutler is a 32 year old enigma who is entering his 10th year in the league and burned thru or destroyed 4 offensive coordinators in 6 years in Chicago.

          Sorry, but this is NOT a fast turnaround.

          • willbest

            No team has a stud player at every position. Each team can afford 6-10 playmakers and everybody else gels based on that. If the Bears have 3 of those guys already then they only need to find 4-5 more, you can pick a couple up FA and a couple more in the draft.

          • FourFeathers

            Wow. I have no response to that.

          • Irish Sweetness

            We had three studs on offense, now we’ve got two. Anyone want to cll Kyle Fulelr a stud? I don’t see any on defense.

          • Johnnywad

            Turnaround to what? 1985?

        • FourFeathers

          I would say 6 wins in 2015 is about right. So much work to do to rebuild on both sides of the football plus Green Bay, Detroit and Minnesota are all going to be superior on paper next season.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        but the idiots keep saying Fox turns 3rd rate QBs into the next fucking Montana and gets to the playoffs. Barb was just pointing out that those teams Fox brought to the playoffs with crap stains for QBs did shit. Sounds to me like he is just trying to level expectations, but unfortunately a lot of people have a 4th grade reading comprehension, and immediately go off the handle.

        • FourFeathers

          What sane credible person says that about Fox?!? Sounds to me like its a few idiots suggesting that Fox prefers craptacular quarterbacks over outstanding ones!! Good Lord. And people rip Fox because he couldn’t get to the Super Bowl with Tebow as his QB?!?!?

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            its not ripping Fox, its pointing out history. It’s also pointing out the idiocy of people calling for us to get Fitz, Mallet, or any other failure QB. Fox and the Bears will still have the same results, they might get to the playoffs but we won’t do shit. It is not going to solve our problem.

          • BerwynBomber

            Getting rid of Cutler potentially accelerates the rebuild.

          • FourFeathers

            Yep. Nothing good accrues from one more year of Cutler in Chicago.

          • BerwynBomber

            I don’t think so either unless either a) the Bears feel they can contend for a title with Cutler and/or b) he is the long-term answer. But I am skeptical of either.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            There could be a chance. Very,very little, yes. But he did go to the NFC Championship once.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Fitzy is not a failure – he was on a piss poor offense last season and had a 95 QBR. He got 49 out of 50 ion his wonderlic so I don’t think reading defenses will be a problem for him. He threw 6 TDs in one game last season that cannot be written off or explained away. 6 TD passes cannot be a fluke. Its a statement that says “I know what I’m doing”.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            Matt Flynn did it once too. does not make him a good QB.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Thanks mate. Being labeled as a Fox hater is insulting, so I’m glad at least some understood the sense of my post.

          I hate unsubstantiated optimism.

          This idea…we’ll be okay with an average QB because Fox has won with that kind of QB is hugely false.

          When he had to go trough an elite QB his team was average.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            i don’t always agree with your crazy romanian ass, but i got your back.
            i can’t stand these newbies not taking the time to comprehend what someone posts.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Same here american dick.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Went tot he playoffs with Tebow after Orton got him there, yay or nay?

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I remember it as Orton put them in a hole and Tebow got them out.

  • John Doe

    Gore to Eagles, Murray to Jags or Cowboys, AP to Cardinals.

    Will this prompt Colts to go for Forte??

    Matt Clapp @DaBearNecess 路 43m43 minutes ago

    All of this veteran RB interest makes me wonder if the Bears really could get like a 3rd rounder back for 1 (guaranteed) year of Forte.

    • Trac

      To me, the above moves prove that RB’s are still valued if their skill set is upper echelon.

    • willbest

      I don’t know how to make sense of things like the McCoy contract, unless the last 5-6 years of undervaluing RBs has finally trickled all the way down into the college ranks and they aren’t finding NFL ready RBs anymore.

    • FourFeathers

      I don’t think Forte is going anywhere because given his salary and age I doubt Bears can get any draft pick for him. Few contenders can afford adding a 30 year old back making $9 million in 2015. Caponomics.

    • BerwynBomber

      I don’t quite get the Gore to the Iggles thing. An old, high-priced guy after getting rid of Shady?

      AP to the Cards? Really? Do they plan on losing Ellington?

    • SC Dave

      No way in fucking hell is a 3rd rounder worth Forte. I would not trade him for any pick not in the first round. It’s all soooo fucking retarded. There is NO FUCKING WAY that ANYBODY the Bears might get, in FA or trade, will do in the next two of three seasons what Matt Forte will do for Chicago. No. Fucking. Way.

      And for the dimwitted notion of trading him for a FUCKING DRAFT PICK, odds are vastly in favor of anyone they get thereby will be *out of the NFL* before Matt Forte drops *out of the top ten RB in the NFL*.

      • Irish Sweetness

        But we’re not in a position to win anything for at least two years, Dave. By the time we are, then his career is effectively over, and so he’s wasted here. If I was Matt I would want to spend the rest of my years on a team that has a legitimate shot at a superbowl. That’s not the Bears. Given that we drafted him in the second, anyone that offers us a 2nd or a 3rd, you’ve got to bite their hand off at that point.

        1. We should not be throwing 100 passes to the HB, it just tips your hand. And without Brandon at WR, it’s too easy now to double AJ and spy Matt with a LB.

        2. Anyone else can get us the 1100 yards rushing.

  • GPLDAN aka Mink Lloyd
  • John Doe

    Opening for Bears regarding McCourty. Eagles trying to sign Maclin too..can’t possibly have that much cap space after spending big on these two. Bears can beat out Patriots. Need safety who can cover in a division with Rodgers.

    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter 路 5m5 minutes ago

    So now Byron Maxwell and Frank Gore are telling people they’re headed to Philadelphia. Eagles getting busy…

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      hey have tons of cap space. Philly.

      Cut/traded Cary Williams, Trent Cole, Tod Herremans, LeSean McCoy.

      PS: The Bears can’t beat out the Patriots. They have more cap space, but 5 times (at least) more holes to fill.

      Plus… the Bears are talking.

  • John Doe

    Nooooooo..Titans please take Jake.

    NFLTradeRumors.co @nfltrade_rumors 路 9m9 minutes ago

    Titans Showing 鈥淒ecent Interest鈥 In QB Mark Sanchez http://bit.ly/1A9bHE4

    • BerwynBomber

      We’re stuck. We can’t give Cutty away. What is his guaranteed money after the ’15 season?

      • FourFeathers

        That’s exactly right. Pace and Fox don’t want Cutler but he isn’t going anywhere because no other team wants him and cutting him is impractical because of the monster cap hit.

        • BerwynBomber

          So what now? Do you still draft a fourth QB and bring him to camp with Cutty, Pickle and Fales?

          • Trac

            What else can they do? I don’t think our QB of the future can be found in any other arena than the draft. Barb is off by about a year. We are screwed until 2017.

    • FourFeathers

      They don’t want Cutler. The media made the false connection because Cutler played at Vanderbilt and because Tennessee has nothing at QB.

      • BearDown100393

        The Titans would rather have nothing than have Jake Cutler.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          evidently a lot of Bears fans would rather have nothing also.

    • SC Dave

      You guys can’t be serious. Cutler throwing Trestman under the bus was the very-near-end of any chance to get rid of Cutler other than cutting him.

  • Trac

    I still think the new coaching staff will be the Bears best asset. All I want to see this year is a return to smash mouth and a team that will make their opponents respect the Bears again.

    • willbest

      Haven’t had a line for smash mouth in a long time.

  • BerwynBomber

    Sooo … IF we cannot trade Cutler (as it is beginning to appear) what is the point of signing Jimmy Pickle? His only value seems to be either as a) a bridge guy, or b) a veteran back-up for a team intending to contend.

    But if we bring back Cutler with the idea that he is not the long-term answer would it not be better to have Fales and a rookie fight it out for the #2 spot?

    I suppose Pickle could be purely an insurance policy that they could cut before the season starts …

    • FourFeathers

      Jimmy Pickle can either make the roster or be cut in camp. No big deal. David Fales may hold zero interest by Fox, Gase, Pace…we don’t know yet what they think of him.

      • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

        David Fales is not an NFL caliber quarterback. He will never start an NFL game.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Nobody knows this yet. He looked accurate the little I saw of him in the last PS game. We only saw him for a few minutes.

    • Irish Sweetness

      1. Clausen starts once Cutty is benched, and benched he will be, because he should have been benched on more than a few occasions in Chicago. Lovie nor Tresty ever had the cojones to do so. Fox will bench Cutler when he throws three f-you passes in a game, mark my words. Then the sulking will go viral, and he will get shopped prior to the trades deadline when somebody elses QB gets injured and they’ll overpay for him.

      2. Clausen starts when Cutty gets injured.

      Bottom line, Clausen will start.

  • FourFeathers

    Looks like McCourty is working on a deal to stay in New England.

  • John Doe

    This is good news. Depending on Ratliff for 16 games would be dumb. He is best as a high-level back up.

    Chicago Sports News @ChiSportUpdates 路 2h2 hours ago

    A source has told me that Terrance Knighton is leaning towards signing with the #Bears

    • willbest

      I just assumed it would be Ego at nose give Ratliffs injury history

      • John Doe

        Yes, Ego will play NT but he will also play some 5-tech. But need two solid NT. Ego + someone like pot roast. Ratliff too old and too injury-prone to be considered solid.

  • John Doe

    Chicago Sports News @ChiSportUpdates 路 29m29 minutes ago
    ESPN just mentioned the Bears as a possible landing spot for Percy Harvin

    • willbest

      Unless its for 2 million, F that noise.

    • SC Dave

      Fuck him, unless at vet minimum. If he needs incentives, let them be for games played.

  • John Doe

    Titans back in play for Jake???

    NFLTradeRumors.co @nfltrade_rumors 路 2m2 minutes ago

    Eagles Re-Sign QB Mark Sanchez http://bit.ly/1F0XbUw

    • FourFeathers

      Not buying it. This would simply be Brandon Marshall size drama and headache all over again.

  • FourFeathers

    The Titans have never been in play for Cutler according to Rappaport. It’s just media speculation given their need for a QB and rhe Nashville connection for Cutler.

    • willbest

      It never made much sense. The Texans would be a better fit. They are 1 average QB away from the playoffs.

      • FourFeathers

        Except that Cutler’s contract really makes him untradeable. Nobody wants Cutler in my opinion. To include the Bears.

        • willbest

          Cutler is owed 32 million over 2 years, and you can spread that cap hit out over 3 years (if you feel like cutting him). Its a very reasonable contract for the quality of a player you are getting. And you might be all but he isn’t a leader and that is true, but the Texans run through JJ Watt, so he doesn’t need to be. He can go back to being what he was for the Bears in 2009-2012. The guy that moved the offense on Urlacher/Lovie’s team.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Exactly, I don’t know where this idea came from that his contract was untradeable. It looks fairly standard.

        • SC Dave

          Was going to thumbs up this, until I realized you already had. Really? How fucking lame can one be to feel the need to “thumbs up” his own post?

          • John Doe

            Could have been a jumpy mouse.. I have done it myself (unknowingly) a couple of times and then removed the my own up vote to my comment.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            you unknowingly moved your mouse so you pointer was over an area that is about 2 centimeters wide clicked it to validate your shitty point and then blame it on jumpy mouse?

          • FourFeathers

            Lighten up Francis. We aren’t debating the mysteries of the galaxies or curing cancer.

    • John Doe

      Rapoport is not be all and end all of sources. Titans have done their due diligence on Cutler. A Titans beat reporter had said that on twitter after the season. And Jeremy Stoltz of Bear Report had heard from a source 3-4 days about working out a trade. Today, Stotlz reported that his source now says the talks have cooled off but slight possiblity is still there for talks to resume.

      I suspect Titans have a better offer.

      Now that Chip Kelly has locked up Mark Sanchez, he will take Titans #2.

      Nick Foles + #20 + 2016 #1 = Marcus Mariota at #2 for Eagles.

      • BerwynBomber

        The trading Cutler idea is probably dead. Only team that could still be in play is Houston but not a peep seems to be emanating from their nest and that is a franchise that lived through the turnover-filled years of Schaub so who knows what interest they would have in Cutty.
        Jets seem committed to Geno, which is a joke, but in play for at least another year.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Silence often speaks louder than words. When teams are actually in talks then the blogosphere is not invited to the table. We’ll just log in one day and see Jeff’s thread “Jay Cutler traded to ….”, and that will be that.

          1. Titans
          2. Houston
          3. Cards

          Nobody can say that none of those teams are interested. If the price is right, he’s gone. This year. Next week.

          • willbest

            Cards aren’t they owe Palmer 8 figures still. Unless we are swapping QBs

      • FourFeathers

        Why on earth would any team take on Cutler’s contract?!? He’s entering his 10th season and remains a lightning rod. He’s burned thru 4 offensive coordinators in 6 years in Chicago. And his sulky and moody personality is known throughout the league. Oh, and he’s 32 years old. He is what he is and nobody is dumb enough to want to absorb that contract and take on the enormous gamble that is the coach killing Cutler. All the talent in the world. But they used to say that about another pile of crap in Jeff George too. It’s simple. Pace either cuts Cutler and swallows the massive cap hit in a rebuilding year or we live with him for one more season.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Desperation. Desperation and closing windows are why.

    • Trac

      If he’s not traded, I wonder if he’ll be cut? That would be a national media extravaganza feeding frenzy. It could happen. Doubt it but it could.

      • willbest

        I think you over estimate the importance of the NFL off-season on most the country.

        • Trac

          It would be huge.

      • John Doe

        If they don’t want him, they should cut him. That would be the best for both the parties. Dragging it on will not work and will prove draining on Fox and Pace and take a lot out of their first year here in Chicago.

        And because Fox and Pace have refused to say publicly say that he is their guy, it is a pretty good bet that they don’t want him. If anyone believes they are still evaluating Cutler or getting to know Cutler, I have x to sell you in y.

        • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

          it’s all a chess game to land Hill.

          You’ve been given way too much leniency around here you fucking dork. Even though i’m only here for another 10 minutes i’m going to remind you how illegitimate your views are.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Pace’s head on a platter if that happens.
        Like Mike says, you keep him for next season and then shop him depending on other team’s injuries etc. No way you give away the prized golden boy for zilch. He’s not a terrible QB, he’s just pissed off Chicago.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Is Rappaport the Titans’ GM? There are obviously teams interested in Cutler. He’s a quarterback, and there are very few teams in the NFL with good QBs. Everyone has their price.

  • John Doe

    NFL looks silly with this official tampering season. Agents and teams are making a joke out of this whole thing. I have never seen so many deals done before the official league year begins on Tuesday.

    Also surprising, the number of players staying put with their current teams.

  • GPLDAN aka Mink Lloyd

    I needed to buy some dress shirts for work today and a couple new ties. So I go to the place and I pick out my stuff and up at the cashier.

    There is this small, 70-something bald guy, very short very wrinkled. He looks like Billy Crystal in the Princess Bride. He is ahead of me, and he’s buying some dress socks, in black. Because old guys go with black.

    Anyhow, as he’s ringing up and paying, the cashier asks him if there is anything else he can do for him. He says: “yeah. You can make sure that Chicago is rid of Jay Cutler, once and for ALL.” With a big lean on the ALL syllable, as if the word is real punctuation to the remark. The cashier just laughs and says “ok” and gives him his receipt. He waddles to the door and mumbles “I wipe my ass with that guy’s money.”

    Fun times. Fun story.

    • John Doe

      LOL! We should thank Phil Emery…

      Good thing Phil Emery dished out $76.3 million in guarantees to lock up the Jay Cutler-Brandon Marshall duo for the long haul.

    • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

      sounds like a guy that should just fucking die and get it over with.

    • Irish Sweetness

      (sniffs)

      What’s wrong with black socks ?

  • John Doe

    There is your starter after dumping Jake. Hill, Pickles, Garrett Grayson/Bryce Petty, and David Fales can fight for 3 QB spots on 53 man roster..or soon to be 55 man roster for 2015.

    Benjamin Allbright @AllbrightNFL 路 18m18 minutes ago
    Several teams expect Shaun Hill wind up in Chicago.

    • willbest

      He has also been linked to the Vikings.

      • John Doe

        If I am Shaun Hill, I will pick Bears over Vikings. Teddy Bridgewater is the undisputed #1 there and Hill will be a back up.

        Bears signing Shaun Hill means Cutler will be gone one way or another and Hill will have a great chance to be a starter.

        • willbest

          Why do you think Shaun Hill is interested in competing for the starting QB job when he could be locked into the #2 job in Minny. The guy is 35 years old. His best course of action is to spend the next 5 years making 2-2.5 million a year as a backup. Not getting his neck broke at 4 million a year.

        • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

          35yr old shit bag QB with no skills. Sounds like a great selling point to free agents that the Bears want to target with all of their cap space. I can picture it now:

          Fox: Yeah, (name any fucking free agent worthwhile), you should come to Chicago, we’ve got a lot going for us this year. We’re bringing in a lot of talent….and Shaun Hill will tie this thing up and deliver the consistency and W’s that we’re all working hard for.

      • John Doe

        A Lions blogger is confirming above tweet. Shaun Hill played for Lions so some connection is not far fetched..

        Jeff Risdon 鈥廆JeffRisdon 32m32 minutes ago

        @AllbrightNFL I can verify that

      • Johnnywad

        And plenty of bad quarterbacking.

        • willbest

          Its okay, in Chicago we are used to getting competent QB play about once every 20-30 years. Just long as the reason Cutler isn’t on the team is that he was traded. Because otherwise I am going to have to start thinking that inbreeding isn’t just a lifestyle, its a communicable disease.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      oh my god are you an idiot.

  • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

    I’m here to remind the trolls that you simply are not going to be allowed to revise history. The Bears won’t part with one of the QB’s in this league that can actually play the fucking game at a high level unless the compensation is considerable. If the downside is having a real life NFL QB instead of the muppets the Bears have trotted out there for decades then i’m all fucking for it.
    The Bears organization squandered a real playoff window by ignoring QB, WR and offensive coaching for years while fielding an astoundingly effective special teams and defensive unit. Then the Bears squandered Cutler by simply refusing at first and then simply failing to acquire NFL caliber talent on the O line and WR position. Then the braintrust proceeded to man the helm of the team with inept after outclassed after over their heads after clueless when it came to coaching.

    Pace and Fox won’t focus on QB because there are 17 other holes to fill with real talent because of how badly the holes had been filled in the past 9yrs. NINE FUCKING YEARS.

    This is the second time i’ve logged on in a long time and i’m astounded at how bad the trolls have gotten. The Bears have let the best WR in the history of the organization go and they will now certainly not let a real NFL quarterback go as well. A bunch of fucking clowns the lot of ya.

    • BerwynBomber

      Yawn …

      • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

        dude, i’m going to need you to man up and start calling out your boys. Look at his Shaun Hill comment…..Shaun Hill.

        • BerwynBomber

          Shaun Hill? I missed it. Anyway they aren’t my boys. Just guys who don’t agree with you. Happens.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            dude, shaun hill.

    • John Doe

      Go back to Yahoo.

      • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

        Shaun Hill……..

      • beninnorcal

        Refute what’s he’s saying, John (Doh!).

        • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

          he can’t Ben because he realizes that it’s not about Cutler. it’s about the team. The team had so many people underperform at such a historic level that the results on D have been catastrophic. It is fixable but requires skill and a shit load of luck.

          The Bears have fired brass that could not do what brass are required to do and that is to build and maintain a competitive team through competent and consistent drafting and strategic free agents that contribute from day one.

          Fox and Pace have their shot to do it now.

    • FourFeathers

      Squandered Cutler? The same enigmatic prick who has burned through 4 offensive coordinators in 6 years and is indicted as a problem by independent qualified NFL experts across rhe nation?

      • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

        you are not allowed to call Mike Tice an offensive coordinator on this blog. Ron Turner is a fucking wide receivers coach. Martz ran a god damn offense from the fucking 90’s that historically got the QB murdered even with Hall of Famers and Pro Bowlers blocking. Oh, Martz also got Greg Olsen run out of town which was smart. I hate it when the TE is a matchup nightmare and every team in the league tries to go get one.

        Spare me.

        • let’s focus on martz though, shall we? bears are 7-3 with cutler and martz. then cutler gets injured because martz keeps calling 19-step-drops when the bears have a revolving door o-line. we end up missing the playoffs because the backup qb is a back of ball cheese who can’t play the game.

          and that’s what people here are clamoring for again. ball cheese.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            Cutler mastered the “hot route” that year which consisted of him taking the snap and throwing it to Bennett or Olsen instantaneously in one motion as he came up from center…..while still getting hit by a defensive lineman.

      • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

        All Angelo had to do was not blow every fucking pick on offense for the last 6yrs until his firing. They missed on every OL, every WR, every FA running back, every TE……

        • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

          please don’t make me make a list of our OL and WR’s over the last 6yrs. You’ll read it and kill yourself. It’s depressing the Angelo was allowed to operate like that. A talented college kid playing fantasy football had as good of a chance at drafting and acquiring better talent.

          • BerwynBomber

            Your excuse-making, more than anything else, is getting me ready for Cutty’s return to Soldier for the ’15 season.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            I am not opposed to trading Cutler for a ton of value. Getting rid of him just to fucking do it will get a GM fucking canned.

          • BerwynBomber

            No worries. I want him gone. But it won’t ruin my day if he is here.

            In terms of value, forget it. It is the contract they want out from under. My suspicion is they would happily take a late rounder for someone to assume it.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            there are too many holes to fill to give away a hole that is filled with a quality player to acquire a shitty pick that won’t result in real value, just another hole at QB.

            Cutler stays. The OL will be addressed i fucking promise because it fucking sucked last year. Jordan Mills will not start another game at RT. DL will be addressed. Our shitty LB’s will be addressed. The MAC quality safeties we have will be addressed.

          • John Doe

            LOL! A GM just got fucking canned for giving Cutler a stupid contract that he had not earned and did not justify with his play.

            Getting rid of Cutler will actually give the new GM to start building a winning team faster. Cutler ain’t in Pace’s long-term plans. He is not Fox’s and Pace’s guy. New regime always want to win or lose with their guy. They will not have their fate determined by some arrogant sour puss from previous regime who cannot play up to his contract.

          • madscout12

            No, the GM got canned for choosing the wrong coach…instead of one from a winning organization (in the states), he went with the crypt keeper. And the crypt keeper dragged him to his grave.

          • John Doe

            Wake up, they are talking to 49ers.. Kaep trade..

            Jayson Braddock @JaysonBraddock 路 7m7 minutes ago

            Confirmed the NFC team is the Chicago Bears. (Colin Kaepernick trade)

          • John Doe

            Not saying Kaep is the answer..

            The point is Fox and Pace want to get rid of Cutler at any cost.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Kap? Give me a fucking break. One Interception machine to another. Fuck that.

          • John Doe

            Agree. I am just saying to Cutler meatballs that this shows Fox and Pace really, really want Cutler out. Meatballs are having a very hard time believing this.

    • RenoBear

      This is Waffle right? Please come back maing… A couple of these guys are brutal, they take all the fun out of the game… And try to lure MB back, we need that guy (even though he’s prob waist deep in 25yr old poon and DOOOOOON’T CAAAAAAAARRRRE)

      • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

        I’m too busy at work and with the addition to the family. There are too many old guys that don’t show up anymore and the Cutler talk has gotten so far past logic that it’s annoying even to me.
        Tonight was the first night i’ve had to myself in months.
        The good news is that the Bears will address the glaring issues on the team over the next 2 years. It all starts upfront with the trenches and then straight killers at LB and safety that play downhill and deliver pain. The Bears have to do something that they’ve failed to do for a decade and that’s to hit on 3 or more draft picks 2 years in a row and to bring in several mid level FA’s on defense.

        • RenoBear

          This, This is reasonable thinking. I’ve given up posting in rebuttal because all these new cats think they’re the messiah of the Bears draft/FA plans. And the Cutty debate…Ugh. Look, we’re already paying him, no one else wants him, he’s one of the 20 competent QB’s to play in this league, albeit closer to the 20th mark than people like. But Shaun fucking Hill?? Fuck me… I get Cutler isnt the answer, but let him play this year, maybe he’ll play decent and then we trade him this next off-season. Maybe there’s a better crop of QB’s in the draft next year, who fuckin knows? The fact is, I look forward to the team having fight in them, even if there’s not enough talent. And to cut Cutler just to cut him is BEYOND stupid. If he plays like shit after 2-3 weeks, bench him…put Clausen in, who cares?? But unless we get real value in a trade for Cutler, the brass would be retarded to can him… he isn’t a complete cancer. And Fox would have NO problem benching him. Congrats on thenew addition maing, I have a 5yr old boy and 3yr old girl, and they keep me running…but damn if they’re not the best damn thing in the world. I think some of these weirdos on here need kids to straighten the POV out (or maybe them having kids would be a baaad idea)

          • John Doe

            Fortunately Fox and Pace are not Cutler meatballs like you and that Anonymous Yahoo.

            They are not going to hang on to a guy who cannot read defenses, gets easily fooled by pre-snap looks, locks into receivers, cannot lead/inspire the team or offense, and is an arrogant sour puss who is getting paid $18 millon per year to throw INTs to fat DTs.

            Cut his ass.. We can have a $4 million per year guy throw INTs to fat DTs and use the remaining money on defense.

          • Johnnywad

            Anonymous Yahoo was here, bringing content, and a few laughs, when you were an itch in your daddy’s pants son. All you do is cut and paste retweets that align with your view of the team and hatred of Cutler. Show a little respect for your elders.

  • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

    I’ve been fully satisfied with such a short return stint. One of your top voices is calling for Shaun Hill over Jay Cutler. It’s official, my monthly quota of football lunacy has been made and i’m thoroughly entertained and disgusted in you at the same time.

    • FourFeathers

      The Bears are rebuilding and looking for a stopgap QB in 2015. Or in other words a Shaun Hill or Jimmy Pickles type while Pace / Fox spend the next few seasons remaking a pitiful roster AND identify / develop a QB of the future. This isn’t rocket science. Rather it’s meatball lunancy to think the Bears are to be competitive in 2015 and Cutler is integral piece to a Suoer Bowl run.

      • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

        You all forget that rebuilding nearly every defensive position and restocking the line is extremely difficult….and then you think they are going to somehow find the QB of the future during this rebuild? No.
        And you also think that they will acquire these quality free agents while guaranteeing defeat by bringing in sub standard quarterbacks to play in the NFL? No.

        Franchise quarterbacks are not successful with shitty supporting casts and coaching. Football is a team game and it’s certainly not major league baseball so we can stop with the 6 yr rebuild idea. the NFL has nothing to do with that shit. Fox and Pace have to make moves now to be ready in 2 yrs at the most. Adding decent NFL talent at other positions, getting the team solid and then hoping a college player is the answer at QB is crazy. No team is successful doing that.

        • FourFeathers

          Cutler sucks ! He’s a world class jerk who has done nothing but turn off every sane football fan in this city against him. He’s Jeff George. All the talent in the world but a coach killing prick who has accomplished very little in 9 years in the league. The same guy who owns a 1-11 mark against Green Bay and makes the same stupid mistakes week after week because he’s uncoachable. Burned thru 4 offensive coordinators in 6 seasons !!! And two more in Denver. Time to remove the disease, bring in a stopgap QB and rebuild. Let some other team deal with Cutler the enigmatic disappointment.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            you’re right. I’m sorry.

          • that apology is empty and inauthentic. please give mister feathers a real one. he deserves as much for wanting to give the reigns to proven stalwarts like Shaun “Led NFL Europe in passing yards in 2003” Hill and Jimmy “5-10 Career TD-INT Ratio” Clausen. Because that’s the way you build a winner.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            you’re right. I’m sorry.

          • much better. thank you.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            you’re right. I’m truly sorry.

  • John Doe

    Aaron Leming @AaronLemingNFL 路 17m17 minutes ago
    If Odrick really is going to the #Raiders, Knighton to the #Bears becomes much more likely.

  • FourFeathers

    McCourty staying in New England. The pickings in free agency are going to be real thin and this illustrates why we need to be patient so Pace can remake a rotten roster primarily thru the draft the next few years.

    • NewBearInTown

      No. This happens every year. There are a ton of players that might make free agency; a much smaller group that do; and then some notable second wave players after the draft and after cuts in the preseason.
      The best teams have both free agents and draft picks on the roster. You don’t just sit on your hands during free agency – you grab guys that will be leaders to teach your draft picks, and FAs that are young enough to still be around when the draft picks come in.
      There is no such thing as a multi-year rebuild in the NFL. Teams that turn around successfully are fielding competitive playoff rosters within 2 years.

    • most of the Bears’ rumors so far are for smaller guys with upside. I like that.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Rahim Moore will be a Bear. Moore/Mundy, good with that.

  • AlbertInTucson

    STAY AWAY FROM THE THIRTY MARK

    Maurice Jones-Drew hangs it up at age 30.

    BUT the Eagles sign 32 year old Frank Gore.

    • BerwynBomber

      Wasn’t crazy about their Byron Maxwell signing either but by all accounts they’re desperate for DBs.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Dealing from desperation is not a great concept.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’l be Frank looks great for them, he looked okay last season (the game I saw him in anyway).

  • AlbertInTucson

    Just Watched PATH TO THE DRAFT – 1964 NFL Draft. Had seen parts of it but not from start to finish.

    VERY enlightening.

    Super Bowl III was another “Let give the MVP to the winning QB. Yeah, Namath made the bold prdiction but Matt Snell was the game’s MVP. Jet’s owner, Sonny Werblin, felt bad about it and gave Snell a brand new Cadillac.

  • beninnorcal

    Welcome back, Waffle. You were most certainly missed around here. The trolls took over.

    • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

      sorry Ben, it will be short-lived. Work is hectic and the family is growing. I’ll be watching the draft and FA period with interest but will probably keep my posts to every couple of weeks. I’ll be like Troll air support. If it gets too hairy i’ll come in and lay down suppressing fire to keep it bearable and then i have to go refuel.

      • beninnorcal

        Well it was fun while it lasted, Johnny. I get on here regularly to scroll thru but this place has been lacking your fire. Congrats on the new addition to your fam, hope all is well.

        • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

          we’re good man, hope all is well on your end too. I felt like jumping on after the let Brandon go. It’s ironic that he probably would have thrived with a guy like Fox if they tried to make it work. Maybe Brandon is letting his 20yr plan get in the way of the 2yrs in front of him that will fund his 20yr plan.

  • AlbertInTucson

    DeMarco Murray just turned 27 last month.

    However, he carried the ball 392 times this season PLUS 57 receptions.

    Only 6 backs have ever had more carries in one season. Larry Johnson, Jamaal Anderson, James Wilder, Eric Dickerson, Eddie George and Gerald Riggs.

    With the exception of Dickerson, the dropoff in production (and often the DEMISE) of those other 5 backs following those seasons is precipitous.

  • Scott W.

    “John Fox would know way better than me”…
    Been a looooong time since the rarified air that Bears coaches breathe we could say that with confidence.
    I have missed Lovie’s defenses though. Here’s to hoping Fox & Pace can bring it back around, Tuesday be damned.

  • John Doe

    Jayson Braddock @JaysonBraddock 路 8m8 minutes ago

    BREAKING NEWS: 49ers have put Colin Kaepernick on the trading block. Taking offers.

    Chase Snyder @chiefssnyder19 路 4m4 minutes ago

    Wowwwwww RT @VincentFrankNFL: Can confirm through my connections, @JaysonBraddock ‘s report that Kaepernick is indeed on the trade block.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Maybe cheaper for Chip Kelly to after Kapernick than to try and trade up for Mariota…?

      • John Doe

        Yes. there is one more NFC team.. could be Tampa Bay? or Bears? Adam Gase came close to be HC of 49ers.

        Jayson Braddock @JaysonBraddock 路 8m8 minutes ago

        The Eagles are confirmed as one of the two teams in talks and an unnamed NFC team as the other. (Colin Kaepernick trade)

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Mike Wallace is perfect for Gase offense & perfect complement to Jeffery. If Dolphins cut him, Bears should pounce. Shouldn’t be too $$$.”

    Sounds viable BUT…

    Will Wallace want to keep his 60 MINUTES gig?

    Huh? What? Ohh, that one’s a WHITE guy?

    THAT’S very different.

    Never mind.

    #Nevermind@EmilyLitella

  • John Doe

    Bears!!

    Jayson Braddock @JaysonBraddock 路 1m1 minute ago

    Confirmed the NFC team is the Chicago Bears. (Colin Kaepernick trade)

    • John Doe

      Anybody who doubts that Fox and Pace are determined to get rid of Cutler at any cost,
      here is your proof.

      They are willing to trade for Kaep.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I love my Bears and I can never say “I’m done with them if …”

        But FML – I don’t think I can get behind Colin Kap. I would root for Fales/Clausen/Fitzy …
        … but Shaun Hill or Kap …. nah.

        • Johnnywad

          Why not? He’s in his mid 20’s and wins playoff games.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Kaepernick as a Bear…?

        Well, one has to like his record vs. the Packers.

  • John Doe

    Arthur Arkush @ArthurArkush 路 35m35 minutes ago
    Would think Gase/Kaep could make dynamic pairing. Fangio should know him quite well. Believe deal is pay-you-go? 25. Massive upside #Bears

  • John Doe

    Dominique Blanton @NiqueBlanton 路 4m4 minutes ago
    So i guess Pace and Fox like that style of QB… Mariota interest looking quite real.

  • madscout12

    Not shopping him. Can’t say for sure if teams called them. RT @Robert915SCS: can you help out on this dumb rumor going around about kap
    鈥 Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo)

    https://twitter.com/MikeGarafolo/status/574806030405652480

    • John Doe

      Same. Denies shopping but does not deny receiving phone calls.

      Matt Maiocco @MaioccoCSN 路 4m4 minutes ago

      GM Trent Baalke strongly denies the 49ers are shopping Colin Kaepernick.

  • John Doe

    GM Trent Baalke strongly denies the 49ers are shopping Colin Kaepernick.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) March 9, 2015

  • John Doe

    Remember last year when "major outlets" shot down the Mallett trade & front office "strongly denied". Lived w/ that for 3 months.— Jayson Braddock (@JaysonBraddock) March 9, 2015

    @JaysonBraddock You were spot on with that. Basically called everything as the days went by.— Erick Trickel (@Alaskan_Bronco) March 9, 2015

  • John Doe

    I'll say this @JaysonBraddock had Mallett to Houston before anyone else, and Maxwell to Philly before anyone else.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) March 9, 2015

    If only the 49ers brass hadn't been caught lying over and over and over about the Harbaugh situation, they might be believed now….— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) March 9, 2015

  • Irish Sweetness

    MCourty signs with Pats, 9.5M / year … but even better … Sanchez signs a two year contract in Philly

    Cutler to become a Titan is still on the cards.

    Will Fox bring Julius Thomas to Chi-town? If we’ve lost BM … then how about a Uni/Thomas twin TE-set to go to war with?

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Guys, what did I tell you Saturday ?

      I told you that my belief was that McCourty wasn’t franchised not because they didn’t want him or whatnot, but because they were willing to pay him the franchise tag money PER year.

      One could think ‘Why don’t give him the tag this year then?”. Because they want to not be locked with the 9.5 M cap space hit this season, as they’ll try and sign Revis also.

      What’s the franchise tag for the Safeties ? $9,5 M.

      You’re welcomed. And give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar. I really know my shit. Beast !!! Beast !!!

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Guys… there’s a huge misconception about the 2015 Bears Fangio D.

    They’ll play nickel more than 60 % of the snaps.

    They’ll play 2 massive DT and they’ll stop the run with the Front 6. The key piece is an ILB. And not a rookie, because you really can’t bank on a ILB duo of Jones-rookie. In that Defense the ILB are the key.

    Sign Knighton, trade for Patrick Willis and wait for the Bucs to cut Dashon Goldson. Draft Vic Beasley.

    This is my Bears 2015 Defense

    ………………….Mundy………Goldson
    Fuller…………Jones……….Willis………Vereen……Jennings
    …………Beasley….Knighton….Ratliff….Houston

    PS: I guess I disagree with Jeff’s ‘stay away from the thirty mark’ principle.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    hhahahahahhaahah

    According to multiple sources, McCourty signed a five-year deal with $28.5 million guaranteed and a total value of $47.5 million should McCourty play out the life of the deal.

    I predicted that ‘He’ll get a 5 years/47 M/28 M guaranteed’. I’m a cheap bastard.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    If I wanted to read some of these twitter feeds sans any new insight, I’d f-ing log onto twitter.
    Jebus.

    • Trac

      Who pissed in “your” cornflakes brownie?

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        The constant stream of twitter posts. It’s dumb. Full stop.

  • Trac

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