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Bears Need Improved OL Play to Reach Potential

| July 6th, 2016

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The Bears have plenty of weapons at the skill positions and a terrific quarterback, but their offense won’t take a big step if their offensive line isn’t better than it was a year ago.

On paper, the Bears line should be significantly better. They lost Matt Slauson, but Kyle Long moving back to guard, combined with Cody Whitehair or Ted Larsen have to be better than Vlad Ducasse and whoever else they played last year. At his worst Bobby Massie was as good as Long was at tackle last year and, over the last 10 games last year, he was actually pretty good. Charles Leno Jr. and Hroniss Grasu should be better with experience.

But outside of Long, who should be expected to return to his stellar form at guard, there’s the possibility it all goes the other way.

If Massie reverts to being the subpar player he was two years ago, he’ll be a problem.

That player, combined with an unimproved Leno, could lead to severe struggles for the edges of a unit set to face Ansah, Matthews, Griffen…etc.

The edges aren’t the only problem.

Manny Ramirez was supposed to be insurance in case Hroniss Grasu is still Horrendous Grasu. Ramirez retired. Grasu is still a question mark.

Larsen has played center before but moving him over won’t be an option if Whitehair struggles as many rookie do. like Grasu did last year. (Whitehair is considered a better prospect than Grasu, but some still question if he’s strong enough.) If they end up with Larsen playing either spot, it isn’t a good thing.

There is a perception the Bears line wasn’t as bad a year ago. That isn’t true. They threw short passes to hide their line, but still gave up 33 sacks. (If Mike Martz or Mike Tice were calling the plays, they would’ve given up 60 sacks.) Just as importantly, they led the league in holding penalties (35) to go with 19 false starts.

It wasn’t all bad. The Bears were 11th in rushing yardage last year and sixth in attempts. Not a great average, but they were effective. They also scored pretty well in the metrics used by Football Outsiders. The Bears ranked inside the top five in both rushing in short yardage situations and how often their running backs were tackled at or behind the line of scrimmage.

Still, if the Bears are going to score enough points to make a serious playoff push, they need their line to be better.

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  • SC Dave

    The foundation, the first requirement, of a good offense is the line

    • MB30SD

      Agree with the short yardage comment, once the took matty out of those situations and put backs in who weren’t just finesse guys… Viola! More success at power running. I, for one (it seems), am excited about our new running game/strategy/make up this year.

      Viva la revelucion!

      • CanadaBear

        I’m sure some of that success in short yardage is due to Unrein. Even as bad as Forte was at short yardage TD’s, he could have run in 3 or 4 of Langford’s TD’s. The holes were the size of the goalie net in hockey. Gonna be interesting to see how the young guys handle the rock. I think the OL should be better just getting Kyle back to RG and sending Ducasse packing. I’ve read Grasu is up 10-15 lbs and you know his strength has increased. Leno should be better due to experience and the combo of Grasu, Whitehair and Larsen should be able to handle the LG/C positions. Let’s hope anyway!

        • MB30SD

          i was 100% wrapping urine into that mix canada… I am on his bandwaggon.

          Urine, carey, the other bigger back we have in sy/gl and I’m 100% sure that game will get much much better than it every has been (in the last 10 years). Matty was a great back, but he was tuuuurrible in sy/gl

          • Big Mike

            Not only will grasu be stronger, his technique and leverage will be better based on experience. Technique and leverage are at least if not more important than FUNCTIONAL strength. The key technique difference for Grasu will be recognition. Even if your technique is flawless, if you don’t have split second recognition, you’ll be less than effective on the OL.

          • willbest

            I thought we were changing what the OL was doing this year. Wasn’t that the justification for getting rid of Slausen? Won’t he be starting from scratch again?

          • Big Mike

            Not sure. The adjustment to the pro level is bigger than any scheme change. The NFL stunts come at you from every angle, 330lb men move like college linebackers, safeties blitz and hit like college LBs. Grasu’s 2nd offseason will more than make up for any scheme changes. He’s going to be good. Didn’t like getting rid of Slausen. Wish I was a fly on the wall to understand the insight from Pox.

          • SC Dave

            I have an uneasy, and hopefully completely wrong, feeling that several moves have to do with the ego of Ryan Pace. He wants to have *his* picks on the roster.

            But since he lives or dies by the performance of that roster, there is another part of me that cannot blame him for it.

          • I agree. POX def want THEIR guys in. But that’s like every coach even the supposedly “humble” Lovie who almost exclusively got his bucs/rams castaways, and dumped Chico cuz he didn’t want to be a pussy on D, and we all know how that story went.

          • Big Mike

            I’ve got a very experienced eye for evaluating offensive line talent. Grasu will be good. Those visions of getting blown backwards were 50% reaction time because of not being ready to start.

          • But that’s what I don’t get. One of the pluses for him coming out of college was that he was a leader and 4 year starting center in a premier offense.

            Shouldn’t he have been more prepared? I know learning an entirely new NFL level offense is a whole nother ball game, but they didn’t even want to start him at LG, which plenty of rookies can hold their own at.

            Mills came in at RT and started every game while not embarrassing himself or getting benched.

            So Grasu is weak and stupid!?

            Like I say, hope you’re right. Maybe he did totally immerse himself this off-season in improving, but he just doesn’t look like an NFL starter.

            Until he shows otherwise, shine up those skates, Grasu!

          • Big Mike

            First of all he was neither weak or stupid. He got blown up on a couple plays that made Bears’ fans feel less manly. On all three of the plays where he ended up on his ass, he didn’t get set. The Bears short yardage running game was as good it has been in a while. Umrein has been a big part of it, not running Forte was a big part of it, but the entire oline grasu included have to man up one on one. Grasu did fine there. Rookie Center’s struggle.

            Center is an unusual position in the NFL and requires a peculiar
            skillset, especially for young players coming into the league. Much like
            a quarterback needs to be something special just to earn playing time
            because of all that is expected of him, centers are often the
            quarterbacks of the offensive line – responsible for making line calls
            and handling things like the silent count.

          • frank

            Yes–if I’m not mistaken, very few rookies can start at center in the NFL. I think even Olin Kreutz didn’t start till his third year.

          • Big Mike

            Exactly

          • The “rationale” for dumping Slauson was that POX wanted to get more “athletic” and to reach the 2nd lvl.

            Obviously the younger spry Romanian Ice Skater would be a bit faster, agile and athletic, so the reasoning goes.

            One of my concerns is that the NFL eliminated all crack back blocks, which was a huge tool zone Olines used.

            I wonder if zone schemes in general will suffer for this. If so, we might have to switch back to the Tice-ean power block, which is the last thing Grasu can excel at.

            I don’t think it’ll come to that, but either way I just have a hard time envisioning Grasu excelling period.

            Then again, I thought Carey was a total JAG and seemed to be a smidgen better than that. Never know.

          • frank

            I think they’re increasing the zone blocking–which actually should play more to Grasu’s agility and ability to move.

          • CanadaBear

            It certainly wasn’t his strong suit! I don’t believe they used Unrein with Forte in gl situations ever last year. Not once. Do you think that was the coaching staff’s way of greasing the skids for Forte? Nothing against any of these guys or the coaching staff. I hate to see Forte go but totally understand the decision (might not agree, but totally understand). BTW I thought Forte lost a little last year.

          • willbest

            No. Fox would never intentionally sandbag a player in order to pave the way for his exit. Even unintentionally. It would cost too much in the “best chance to win” category. It could have just been a function of the way the reps work between first and second string in practice, and who had the most experience with the schemes. It could have taken player preference into consideration. Forte’s greatest strength was great field of vision, that gets compressed at the goal line, which is why he probably struggled, but its a waste of Matt’s prime talent to say take the rock and follow the guy in front of you.

          • I think a few things worked against Forte in short yd, mainly, he doesn’t have the Marion Barber/Earl Campbell mentality. Some backs got it, some don’t. Can’t just turn it off and on from down to down.

            I also think Forte’s height might have worked against him in short yds. In those situations, gotta get low and thick and just punch through.(that’s what she said!)

            That seemed contrary to Forte’s character. He was always more of a glider.

            Forte’s style will lengthen his career and save his body, but it’ll also cap his short yardage production and likely keep him out of the HOF cuz no one gets into the HOF with a highlight clips of 20 yd runs and dump-off screens.

          • SC Dave

            Depends on the totals in the end, I’d say. If he gets 8,000 more from scrimmage, he should be a shoo-in regardless of highlight reels.

            But that is a tall order to be sure.

          • You’re right. I also think if he has like another 5 years of Fortesque production that his stats would be hard to deny. There’s something to be said for Cal Ripken production and dependability.

            But like you noted. Very tall order, but if any HB can do it, I think Forte can. He treats his body like a temple, trains, eats properly, and doesn’t club it with the homies on the weekends.

            Very dedicated and avoids big hits. It’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility. Darell Green played CB well into his 40s and allegedly still ran like a 4.40 at that age too!

            Never know. Forte could be generational like that.

            I’m def pulling for him, but father time wins all battles, esp vs 30+yr old HBs.

          • SC Dave

            We’re on the same page, man. But if he DOES put in 5 more years of 1,600 plus yards from scrimmage, I’ll just wish it was AS A BEAR.

          • CanadaBear

            He took more big hits under Nessman than he did the rest of his career.

          • MB30SD

            nah, just not forte’s….. forte. hee hee…. heee hee

            We have some young hungry bangers now. Stick urine in front of ’em and let ’em loose. Now all we need are one or three TEs

          • SC Dave

            Pox certainly demonstrate ego about having the guys THEY picked. I’m surprised they’ve kept Cutler, but it’s still early.

          • frank

            Might want to check your editing there . . .

          • MB30SD

            smh

      • I don’t believe the goal-line look with Unrein at FB was stopped short of the end zone/1st down all year, which probably helps with that metric.

        I would have used it every time I needed 2 yards or less.

        • willbest

          Until they prove they can stop it, shove it down their throat.

        • MB30SD

          100% with you there data. I think we can ALL agree on that one thing here.

          Why in god’s name would you not use that line up in every single one of those scenarios. Who cares if they know it’s coming, no one was able to stop it anyway.

          …if it ain’t broke…

          • TomC

            Every. Single. Fucking. Time.

        • SC Dave

          posted some data, but did not see if there was a way to detect whether Unrein was in the game.

    • SC Dave

      Some data on 2015 Chicago Bears regular season, all plays w/o penalties, 3 yards or less for first down

      Rushing

      4th down
      Forte – 2 att, 1 fd plus 1 td

      3rd down
      Forte – 17 att, 9 fd plus 2 td
      Carey – 2 att, 2 fd
      Langford – 5 att, 2 fd plus 2 td
      Rodgers – 2 att, 2 fd

      2nd down
      Forte – 19 att, 13 fd
      Carey – 1 att, 1 fd

      2 pt conversions
      Langford – 2 att, 1 conv

      Passing

      2nd down
      Langford – 1 att

      3rd down
      Langford – 4 att, 1 fd
      Forte – 1 att, 1 fd

      4th down
      Langford – 1 att, 1 fd

      2 pt conversions
      Forte – 2 att, 1 conv

    • Michael Bradbury

      All WHAT alleged breakaway speed last season? Who did we have on the field that was supposed to have breakaway speed? We simply haven’t and that has killed our offense the past 2 seasons. Forte nor Bennett were down the field threats. The Rookie was sitting the season out.
      Teams stacked 8 and 9 in the box and we never could make them pay the price for that.
      This team will be better, maybe a LOT better because we finally have a guy that can pin the safeties BACK where they belong. 😉

      • SC Dave

        The talk here was about Langford. I’m not sold.

        So far as Kevin White is concerned, the guy hasn’t played a snap, and is coming off a season-ending leg injury. Jury is out on pinning anyone anywhere.

        But this *is* the “hope” part of the season, right?

        • frank

          Langford is fast–he was one of the fastest RBs at the combine–but he goes down when he gets hit. His yards after contact were horrendous and his yards per carry were below average. And I’m not convinced he can either block or catch out of the backfield. But I’m hoping some of those thing can be coached.

  • Swing Tackle of Destiny

    Horrendous Grasu?

  • Swing Tackle of Destiny
    • SC Dave

      Progressives must be ecstatic. Demonize the rich white people in a fantasy movie, just in time for the election. Next, will it be white guys eating minority children?

      This series would make Leni Riefenstahl very proud.

      No surprise the vile propaganda rag called huff post would gleefully promote it.

      • Bender McLugh

        hahah Nazi reference.

      • MB30SD

        Oh jesus christ dave. You and trac should start hanging out dude. Wtf happened to you two.

        • Swing Tackle of Destiny

          Corporations own everything; yet they crow about socialism. Ha.

      • Swing Tackle of Destiny

        I don’t think Leni would like it very much. I doubt she would even like the cinematography.

        • SC Dave

          Would you call Jews white?

      • CanadaBear

        Serious question Dave. Are you always this mad or just on this blog?

        • Sactowns#1

          Angry old white guys is the GOP brand. I’m pretty sure they’re going to switch from the elephant to this https://cdn.psychologytoday.com/sites/default/files/blogs/72035/2011/10/76503-67171.jpg

          • SC Dave

            Your Hate Speech is noisome, Sac.

          • Sactowns#1

            Yes, calling someone angry, old and white is now “hate speech” to the right wing. lol I love the victim card.

          • willbest

            Victim cards are the way to special privileges, can’t fault anybody for trying to get one now.

          • SC Dave

            You clearly either:
            1) Have no understanding of sarcasm
            or
            2) are oblivious to the fact that the Left has been branding everything they disagree with, in the press, in speeches, in literature, as Hate Speech for nearly a generation now.

        • MB30SD

          seems to have escalated greatly since the elections started.

          he and trac… trump running causing this or coincidence?

          Trump is like that pink slime under the city in ghostbusters, but it’s only working on old angry white guys.

          • willbest

            point of order. Trump will win the majority of white men under 30. Romney won them 51-44 in 2012. In fact, I might be so bold as to say Trump clears 57% in that category given he is running against a harpy.

          • DaMurph

            Angry old white guys? Hahaha!!! You are very close to joining that fraternity!

          • MB30SD

            tell me about it… but I’m not so angry, more like just mildly annoyed.

          • DaMurph

            Thats how it starts my friend!

        • SC Dave

          Serious question Canada. Why do you believe I’m angry?

          • CanadaBear

            Honestly Dave every time you don’t agree with somebody it seems like a nuclear assault. And I can’t remember the last time you said anything positive. I’m not trying to be an ass it just seems like you are really unhappy.

          • willbest

            He started the thread with some solid analysis of the oline.

      • Sactowns#1

        It’s all a George Soros conspiracy!!!

        • SC Dave

          Condescension is the Progressive Way.

          • And stereotyping is the conservative way.

            ying meet yang

          • SC Dave

            except I’m not a conservative, so you lose.

          • It was supposed to be ironic, in that, I was stereotyping conservatives.

          • Cormonster

            As a racist, misogynistic, homophobic xenophobe, I’m considering voting for Trump this time around because he reflects my values and those of everyone who doesn’t vote for the felon.

          • As I always say, vote your conscience!

    • Cormonster

      Thanks for the laugh.

  • Swing Tackle of Destiny

    Video of a drug dealer in Baton Rouge getting killed at point blank range. He had a gun and cops said he tried to pull it while they had him down, so the one cop up by his head shot him right in his chest at point blank. That ended that.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/la-cops-shoot-kill-man-selling-music-baton-rouge-store-article-1.2700548

    • CanadaBear

      Except he wasn’t selling drugs and he never brandished a weapon. Basically murder.

      • willbest

        Don’t pass a law you aren’t willing to kill someone over. Because if they resist arrest it is a natural consequence.

        • CanadaBear

          That’s a sad statement. True but sad.

          • Sactowns#1

            Sadly, the police in this country (much like our politicians) have become something apart from the rest of society. They feel they are the ruling class and we are the plebes.

          • willbest

            I know dozens of police, this isn’t the case. Due to their constant interaction with people of all stripes they far more integrated into society than the people reporting their actions. The disconnect comes when you realize that their first duty is to self preservation and second is to maintain order. The result is that people with poor impulse control (aka criminals) tend to add a lot of complicated variables to the policeman’s objective that shooting tends to alleviate

          • Sactowns#1

            You’re right. they live in the communities they police and are prosecuted the same as any citizen.

          • SC Dave

            Prosecuted or persecuted? Could be either, although I would expect that prosecuting them would be a little different.

          • Yes but policemen are supposed to be professionals not chicken shits w itchy trigger fingers.

            If they’re so scared and are unwilling to sacrifice their lives for another then they should find another profession preferably one where they can’t legally murder

          • willbest

            I wouldn’t want to sacrifice my life for somebody that thinks I legally get away with murder. Its sort of a chicken and egg problem. Lack of faith in police results in the police having greater concern for their own safety, which results in lower public trust.

            Social trust is a pretty important factor in a well running society but it is decaying at an accelerated rate.

          • Afghanis probably have more safeguards than us citizens , esp those of color.

            At least soldiers try and follow roe .

            Cops shoot first then ask questions later then try to cover up their murders.

            And it shouldn’t matter if the cops like who they’re protecting. I’m certain soldiers don’t like a lot of amwricans and enemy combatants but u still must be professional.

            Then again they’re cops so perhaps I’m expecting too much from them.

    • MB30SD

      Wow, that’s hardcore man.

      If you don’t want to get shot by trigger happy cops, you simply can’t resist arrest and give them any excuse whatsoever. Of course that doesn’t mean you still won’t get ahot, but it probably lessens your chances. There’s good and bad everything, all you have control over is your own actions, make sure you do no matter what.

      • Yeah, but it’s sorta a natural reaction for any MAN to resist when two dudes tackle you out of nowhere, take you to the ground, then put a boots up ur ass and neck.

        It’s just natural instinct, at least initially, esp if it kinda comes out of nowhere.

        In the vid it looked like he was just trying to break his fall, then he looked like he was struggling a bit, but maybe he was just trying to not snap his arm.

        And all this for what? Cuz some “anonymous” caller said he had a gun (which he did, but is legal apparently there)? The cop mics conveniently didn’t catch much.

        Dude had a rap sheet, but selling CDs or whatever isn’t exactly raping and pillaging.

        Guys over here do it all the time. Walk out of a Rite-Aids they’re selling shit from their trunks, but the cops mostly just leave em alone.

        • willbest

          I don’t think his gun was legal. He had a number of felony convictions including violent ones. The police were called on him because he was supposed threatening somebody with a weapon. So it wasn’t a case where they just happened upon him selling stuff. They were primed that he was carrying and that he was in an agitated state.

        • MB30SD

          suuuuure tough guy. if two cops with guns tell me to get on the fucking ground I do so IFUCKINGMMEDIATELY. No questions asked. I just do it… NOW.

          There’s no shame or macho lost in being alive.

  • Bender McLugh

    “Whitehair is considered a better prospect than Grasu, but some still question if he’s strong enough.”

    Anyone have a link to this? I remember reading several sources saying how strong a mauler he is once he gets his hands on people. I’m just surprised his strength is being questioned.

    • CanadaBear

      Me too. Kept hearing about country strong. The journalistic “some” might actually just be Andrew.

      • beninnorcal

        I think ‘country strong’ just means it’s a pudgy white person who doesn’t necessarily have the measurables.

        • CanadaBear

          You’re probably right. I always thought the same thing about the white and pudgy part. Although, all of my relatives on my mother’s side are farmers and when we were young they were all incredibly strong. They worked their asses off and to this day I’m not sure any of them have ever lifted weights. Hard physical labor will do that to ya. Glad I haven’t had to learn that lesson for a few years!

          • Nothn wrong w country strong Canada! I know plenty of country strong ppl who have worked consrtuction, riggs or mines all their lives. They can’t benchpress 300 but the cam carry slabs of sheet rock, bags of cement or wheel barrow motors all day long . to me it’s more functional strength.
            Drawback is country strong eventually breaks down. Back. Arms. Shoulders.
            A country strong vet had a bad back but he said having bad shoulders is worse cuz then u can’t lift shit

          • CanadaBear

            Cormonster has a business and says those farm boys out work the jocks every time.

          • Cormonster

            This is true. The farm boy jocks though are some of the best workers.

          • I have a semi-funny country strong story.

            So I was working with some good ole boys on an 57 chevy. Mostly watching. Dad and son and me.

            So, dad picks up the gatorade bottle, takes a sip, then spits it out.

            We started laughing.

            Dad. “That’s gasoline!”

            Son. “Yeah, we know. You poured it in there like 40 mins ago. I thought you knew and were just doing some country strong shit, tasting the motor and all”

            Dad, “Shit, that shows you how old I’m getting.”

            Son picks up other gatorade bottle, “We have some old oil in here dad”

            And we just give him shit about it the rest of the afternoon.

          • Cormonster

            I blew out my back over 20 years ago but don’t really have any problems today, other than occasional soreness or pulled muscle. But my shoulders do hurt quite often and it can last for months at a time. The worst part is that it’s a nagging dull pain that never goes away. They never really completely heal, even in the winter. That’s my sob story for today.

          • Almost same story with person I know.
            He blew out his back in his 20s. To this day, can’t really sit long or his back will act up, but says it’s manageable, but his shoulders are just shot.

            He can carry stuff below his waist no problem, but if he starts lifting shit, esp over his head, that’s when he feels they’re gonna give out.

            Makes me appreciate my shoulders cuz you never really think about them till you need them I guess lol

          • Cormonster

            Mine aren’t that bad, but I definitely feel it when I run an extension chain saw all day trimming trees. I try not to lift too much over my head, and I can’t throw a baseball or football anymore. Eventually I’ll probably have to get the rotator cuffs fixed, but I’m gonna hold out as long as I can. They’ve been bad for 20 years, maybe they’ll last another 20 before I break down and have surgery.

          • CanadaBear

            If your shoulders are anything like my knees, they will let you know when it’s time. I more or less babied my knees for years and at some point you just can’t take it anymore.

          • frank

            Right–and the bench press is an incredibly inadequate measure of overall, functional strength–especially for O linemen who need leg strength and leverage as much or more than anything else.

        • SC Dave

          Interesting discussion. In football terms, what would be more useful?

          Wresting a squirming sheep, yanking bales of hay onto a cart, or upending a calf – or pushing a barbell. Of course, not having done real weight training I don’t know – do they emphasize explosive movements in weight training for football players?

          Static strength seems less useful than explosive power mostly.

          • Scharfinator

            From my amateur but passionate fitness perspective, you train how you want to perform. So, assuming that there are half qualified people figuring out the workouts for NFL players, there will certainly be explosive style (and probably time under tension) training.

    • frank

      I remember that too. And I remember many saying that he is incredibly strong.

  • Sactowns#1

    MB- I’m headed down your way today and will be there till Sat. then off to Vegas. Lets grab a beer or fifteen.

    • MB30SD

      dude, terrible timing maings. Would have loved to… but in Palm Springs with my dad (here from SA), bro and niece and my babies.

      Come on maings!

      • Sactowns#1

        Guess I’ll just have to go to Ballast Point by myself and cry in all those beautiful beautiful beers they make.

        • MB30SD

          indeed… pour one out for your homie…. ok, maybe just a few drops. Wouldn’t want to waste. I’ll be with you in spirit my brother.

        • SC Dave

          Tragic.

          There are only a couple of mediocre ones here. Almost had a Stone site that would have been directly across the street from work, but the bitches went to Asheville instead.

          • Scharfinator

            And now Asheville is fully of dirty hippies….

            It still has some good spots though 🙂

  • “Terrific qb” whoa there partner.
    We have an avg to above avg qb until further notice.
    If cutty keeps the TOs down again whilst winning some games then wevhave a good qb. If he actually wins some playoff games thru clutch performance then we got ourselves a terrific qb.

    • SC Dave

      In between, if he additionally rallies the team to win a regular season game or two they should have lost, then he’s a Very Good QB.

      • Johnnywad

        He’s done that and then some. There was a time when he was known a fourth quarter QB. Unfortunately it also came with some pretty disappointing collapses and multiple turnover games.

  • Lot of potential on this OL. Kyle Long is actually the old man of the group, so if they work out, it could be a good unit for several years.

    Of course, there are a lot of questions too. The only guy I feel really confident in as of right now is Long, though I’m fairly confident Whitehair will be a quality player by 2017 at the latest.

  • I don’t even count Grasu as a starter so he really can’t disappoint me much. But for some odd reason I’m not terribly worried about the C or LG positions. Historically they’re the least important and often work together.
    Whitehairs tape impresses much more than Grasu’s and he didn’t look weak to me. Plus Whitehair had that extra nasty to him that imo Grasu lacks. Sometimes that nasty makes a diff.
    What worries me more is Massie aT RT.
    He looks the part but has himself admitted he struggles w edge rushers. If we have to keep an inj prone Miller in to help or RB to chip that can cripple our O.
    As dor the run game I’m really excited about that. One of the great advantages pf rbbc is that if one goes down just plug another in. I’m pumped to see what Langford, Howard and even Carey can do now that the S can’t crowd the lines cuz of White and Alshon (if his vag doesn’t strain again)

    • SC Dave

      We could hold out hope, Butch, that nastiness is contagious and that it will spread from Long and Whitehair across the whole line. It worked for the defense 30-odd years ago.

    • frank

      Isn’t the center responsible for calling the blocking schemes? That would make him incredibly important, at least insofar as his knowledge of the offense.

  • I just sent Jeff one more article that will be published on here at some point. It’ll get tweeted, I’ll retweet it, and the trolls will come.

    Let’s all just agree now to stay commenting on the previous post when that one comes out. Then the trolls will get bored really fast and go away.

    • Bender McLugh

      great idea for realz

    • CanadaBear

      Thanks for the heads up. It was a little shocking last time.

    • Sactowns#1

      Here here!

    • What is up with the trolls? Did you piss on their gods or something?

      That was by far the strangest and creepiest thread in the DBB annals…

      • Just some people from a former site I wrote for. That’s their idea of fun.

    • SC Dave

      Gawd I hope sufficient discipline can be maintained to ignore them completely.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Dollar store manager killed by shoplifter he confronted. Guess what City’s South Side?

    • Bender McLugh

      ugh

    • willbest

      Guy loses his life over a bag of chips because thug didn’t think jail would be worth it… When they find him, he needs to be castrated and then hung upside down from a lamp post until the carrion eaters haves picked his bones clean. Maybe future thugs might find prison a pleasant alternative.

      And people wonder why nobody likes to build stores in rough neighborhoods or that when they do they charge 40% more for the same stuff you get elsewhere.

      Anyway, turning the south and west side into murders row by throwing gasoline on communities already hanging on by a thread was by design. Too much prime real estate sitting there for the wealthy.

      http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/the-chas-great-upheaval-a-sun-timesbga-special-report/

      • AlbertInTucson

        Yep, those really strict gun laws in Chicago and Illinois should make everyone feel safer.

        • frank

          Living in Chicago, I can tell you that the gun laws are not as strict as they once were. The handgun ban, for example, was completely overturned. And when someone can drive 20 minutes into Indiana, where there are basically no gun laws, and bring the guns into Chicago without a problem, the strictest gun laws in the world make no difference. But if you look historically, right after the handgun ban was overturned, gun deaths in Chicago increased dramatically. That does not mean that one was caused by the other, but it points at least to a correlation that should be looked into–if the law allowed research into that kind of thing. But it does not.

      • SC Dave

        “What we have here is a story of noble intentions but also unintended consequences.”

        Progressive intervention in a nutshell.

        • willbest

          No that is for the useful idiots. 90% of the unintended consequences make life better for the wealthy. The near west side and gold coast are thriving.

          • SC Dave

            So you are a proponent of progressive intervention, or did I miss your point?

          • willbest

            Not in the least. But then I have no particular desire to exploit poor people for my own economic gain.

            I was implying the intentions weren’t noble, and the consequences weren’t unintended.

          • SC Dave

            After a lifetime of watching “progressives” create dependent group after dependent group (all of whom, not coincidentally, vote overwhelmingly Democratic), I agree with you.

            I quoted the line about “noble intentions” because that must be how the people that vote in favor of interventionist nonsense must see it.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Obamacare: Explained.

  • FQD1911

    Anybody in here live in Denver?

    • Doc Nitty

      I used to live in Boulder. Went to a Jim Rome tour stop in Denver once.

      • FQD1911

        10/4, I’m about to move to Denver and wanted to see if anyone on the board lived there.

        • U hiding from the mob or something?

          • FQD1911

            lol more like job offer

          • beninnorcal

            Where do you currently live?

          • MB30SD

            sheeeeeeiteville. hahaha I keed I keed

          • FQD1911

            Arkansas

          • SC Dave

            I’m guessing a culture change is in store for you. Not that it’s a bad thing; we should all experience at least a couple.

          • SC Dave

            Congratulations!

        • Swing Tackle of Destiny

          I lived in Broomfield for several years.

        • Doc Nitty

          I just realized it’s been 13 years since I lived there. How is that possible?

          • MB30SD

            we’re fucking old yo

          • SC Dave

            Tell me about it.

          • Doc Nitty
          • MB30SD

            hahahaha

          • Johnnywad

            Remember when you were 13? I felt like I had been here forever, and yet, still so young I may never die.

        • CanadaBear

          Get ready for some wild weather. They get chinooks in the winter where the temp will go way up and melt snow/ice, then plunge and everything is a sheet of ice. Chinooks come in on a very strong wind and leave the same way. I lived in Calgary for years and it’s the same thing in Denver. Although Denver is probably 10-15 degrees warmer in the winter. You’re gonna love the mts.

      • Swing Tackle of Destiny

        Ah-Mazing. Ree-diculous.

  • AlbertInTucson
  • Swing Tackle of Destiny

    Ruff-Ro Astro.

    2nd video online:

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/06/new-video-shows-alton-sterling-was-not-holding-a-gun-when-baton-rogue-police-killed-him.html?via=desktop&source=twitter

    This one is way worse. Here you can see the cop actually takes the gun out of his pocket and slides it away THEN once the guy struggles and tries to get up, the cop near the head, who has his Glock pointed right at the guy’s heart – pulls the trigger three times.

    The store owner flinches but then puts his camera back on the victim, who has blood gushing from his chest and twitches his last few twitches.

    I get that he was resisting. He should have lay still and said “lordy lordy, please dunna kill me mastah” – but he didn’t. And three to the heart? Seems excessive.

    • The cops confiscated the store cameras too.
      Nothing to see here…just move along…

      They’ll get suspended. City might get sued. Biz as usual.

      If it weren’t for the cameras, NOTHING would happen, and then white ppl would be llike, “Why do blacks hate cops?”

    • willbest

      I think the police need spider-man webs. Somebody needs to invent that. That way they can web a guy up at range, transport him to the jail cell and then a couple hours later it disolves

    • MB30SD

      whoa dude, that makes me sick. wow.

  • Swing Tackle of Destiny

    Bears Extra is on the Score now

  • BearDown100393

    The Bears didn’t lose Slauson. They cut him. He wasn’t wanted. Huge difference.

    • willbest

      The Bears fanbase lost Slausen.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    day 2 of road trip. think i have a small leak in my radiator from the pig incident last night, got to keep an eye on it. cut drive short by 2 hours today, so i am a couple hours from the badlands. Major storms were forecasted so i grabbed a hotel. storms had hail, 60+mph winds, and a couple tornadoes were spotted, right in the area i was going to be camping. found out my Jeep is not as water tight as i had hoped… my fault only running a bikini top and tonneau cover, most of the time if i park facing the storms it stays fairly dry but this storm was crazy, and entire interior of jeep is soaked. Trip is not panning out as expected but who cares I’m having fun.

    • AlbertInTucson

      There is a reason it’s called “The Badlands” and it is NOT a place to be with an iffy radiator. There’

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        I aint skeeeered.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Right.

          That’ll make a GREAT epitaph.

          “Here Lies HBP. We wasn’t skeeeered.”

          • MB30SD

            many a darwin award winner al

          • AlbertInTucson

            Standard Darwin epitaph:

            “Hey, watch THIS!”

    • Drink. Dance with naked indians like Jim Morrison.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Just watched “When you’re strange” again. Definitely a man not long for this world. He was just visiting.

    • Doc Nitty

      I’m guessing the pig is not having fun.

      Who booked your vacation? Nostradamus?

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        I thought sacrificing animals was a good thing maybe its because I didn’t perform the ceremony.

        • MB30SD

          ALWAYS perform the ceremony!

          Come on man… what do you need a refresher course!?

  • Irish Sweetness

    1. We goosed in two areas this off-season. OL and WR. Ditching Slauson made zero sense, and not upgrading at WR has become even more glaring in light of MW’s injury IMHO.

    2. Jon Jones off the card at UFC. Potential doping concern. Duuuude. Lesnar v Hunt main fight.

  • Jim Wenhart

    Basically….the Bears have Long and a promising rookie. The rest are journeymen and a few young guys that were plain bad. This offense can score points but this line is a problem.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Agreed Jim. Watching Arizona’s documentary series I think we’re lacking some stones in the personnel department. I believe we have failed in (possibly) three areas of personnel recruitment

      Tyrann Mathieu – ‘fell’ in the draft because he tested + for weed. They took a 5’9 safety in the third round, and the kid is taking over team meetings.

      Mike Lupati – they needed to give their line a lift, they gave the man $8M a year.

      Pace traded down away from players lie Jihad and Derrick Henry etc. for a guard. Okay. But then he cuts Slauson when he really didn’t need to. Some second guessing going on there. Are you strengthening the line by taking away? Really? We failed to cement the line by letting him go.

      Cutty could have a Carson Palmer 2015 year … given a little more help in the receiving area. We looked light at the position even before Wilson went down, but did nothing to repair the situation. We could have had Sanu, someone like that. Reached out for a Travis Benjamin or a Sammie Coates.

      The defensive line … the whole defense could look a whole lot different with Wilkerson on board, though admittedly he may be too expensive. But you couldn’t really say that Pace has gone out on a limb anywhere, or done anything remotely brave … unless you’re talking about removing players from the squad e.g. Forte, Brandon Marshall, Martellus Bennett. Slauson. None of those guys sucked. One was a top tier wide receiver. Pace is showing himself to be somebody who won’t draft a Tyrann Mathieu, certainly not a Laremy Tunsil.

      Can you build a super bowl level squad with choirboys and mentaly well-balanced individuals? Looks like Pace thinks you can.

      • SC Dave

        It would be nice to think it’s possible, Irish. But it probably isn’t.

      • beninnorcal

        Won’t know til the end of the season, but my early prediction is that Pace has had a hell of an offseason. Especially on the front 7 of the defense. I think the Bears have improved quite a bit.

      • AlbertInTucson

        “Cutty could have a Carson Palmer 2015 year.”

        I’d take it, except for the part where Palmer injuries his hand late in the season and it really showed after that.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I would go far as to say it’s a concern, not a problem. Yet.

  • Michael Bradbury

    There seems to some reason to HOPE that the line (and thus the team) is better, it’s all conjecture at this point. Whitehair IS a rookie. Grasu was an un-ready rookie last year. Leno is no slam dunk, nor is Massie. IF they are too be better next season it won’t be till playoff time. Too many new faces in new positions and new in the league to expect more than that.
    And that will be if we are very very lucky and 4 OL draft picks ALL work out well.

  • CanadaBear
    • Bender McLugh

      I did not know this:

      “Despite playing each other since 1921, the teams have met only twice in postseason play: the 1941 and 2010 seasons. Each time, the winner went on to win the championship.”

  • You’re about to get Jericho’d

    when does this fucking season start?

    • Bender McLugh

      it’s pool season, which means eating Chesapeake Blue Crabs by the pool sipping down cold ones with friendly half naked ladies. I’m good with the season starting after that.

      • You’re about to get Jericho’d

        I want to be there with you but my Great Grandfathers Will and Trust says I have to get through prep school without raping anyone while a friend films it on his 1,000 phone before I can get any of his money.

      • Belinda January

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  • From one of my fav writers. Some FF emphasis, but as I’ve said before, they tend to be more in-depth for whatever reason. Enjoy.

    Bears Year in Review

    2015 Pass Attempts Rank: 25th (523)
    2015 Rush Attempts Rank: 6th (468)
    2015 Total Offensive Plays Rank: 18th (1,025)
    2015 Yards Per Play Rank: 21st (5.4)

    Projected Starting Lineup

    QB: Jay Cutler
    RB: Jeremy Langford
    WR: Alshon Jeffery
    WR: Kevin White
    WR: Eddie Royal
    TE: Zach Miller
    LT: Charles Leno
    LG: Cody Whitehair
    C: Hroniss Grasu
    RG: Kyle Long
    RT: Bobby Massie

    Passing Game Outlook

    After working feverishly to trade him all offseason, the Bears’ new regime accepted Jay Cutler as its 2015 starter and proceeded to turn him into a game manager. Chicago’s need to play run-first football was enhanced by Alshon Jeffery, Kevin White, Martellus Bennett, and Eddie Royal’s 35 combined missed games. Although Cutler had one of his most efficient seasons by most metrics, he finished 21st in raw quarterback points and 25th in fantasy points per game. Now 33 years old and with his sixth different offensive coordinator since 2009, Cutler has ranked as a top-ten fantasy passer just once in his career (2008) and has gone seven straight years without finishing top 12. With playmakers Jeffery, White, and Royal back and a lot of system carryover transitioning from Adam Gase to close Cutler pal Dowell Loggains, will Chicago consider opening up its offense? As Cutler’s ADP sits in the 14th round, I think it’s worth the cost to find out.

    Alshon Jeffery turned in back-to-back 16-game seasons in 2013 and 2014 before enduring an injury-riddled 2015 contract year. It began with a calf strain suffered midway through training camp that led to an early-season hamstring injury and a midseason groin pull. While the rash of hard-luck injuries cost Jeffery seven games, he maintained elite effectiveness when active, scoring a touchdown and/or topping 75 yards in 8-of-9 appearances and finishing as the WR11 in PPR points per game. Still only 26 years old, Jeffery enters another contract season wearing the franchise tag. Jeffery seems to believe the new Bears regime’s institution of a revised program designed to limit soft-tissue injuries may have played a role in his sudden inability to stay healthy. Jeffery thus limited his exposure this offseason, staying away from voluntary OTAs. Cut safety Antrel Rolle has suggested poor practice field conditions at Halas Hall were to blame. Either way, Jeffery has a 95-1,314-11 receiving line over his last 16 games and a ton to play for this season. Jeffery is worth consideration anywhere in the second round of fantasy drafts.

    Another victim of bad injury luck, 2015 first-round pick Kevin White missed his entire rookie campaign with a stress fracture in his shin suffered last June. White stated this May that he’d felt 100 percent “for months” and participated fully in the offseason program. Commonly compared to Terrell Owens coming out of college, and to Andre Johnson by Bears WRs coach Curtis Johnson, White blazed 4.35 at last year’s Combine after weighing in at 6-foot-3, 215. On college tape, White was a ferocious post-catch tackle breaker who dominated on 50:50 balls and dropped just 5-of-163 targets in his final season at West Virginia. His talent and potential are no secret to fantasy drafters, who are willing to take White in the sixth and seventh rounds. I like White’s chances of flirting with WR3 value and offering WR1 upside if Jeffery goes down. Still, using high picks on players who’ve never played an NFL snap is always risky business.

    Signed to a three-year, $15 million deal by Bears GM Ryan Pace last offseason, Eddie Royal was ticketed for slot duties before back, hip, ankle, and knee injuries kept him out of seven games and limited his effectiveness in others. Royal was one of the NFL’s best slot receivers the year before in San Diego, ranking 16th among 110 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus’ catch-rate metric (72.1%), top 20 in yards-after-catch per reception (5.9), and as the overall fantasy WR30 despite finishing 55th in targets. Now 30 years old, Royal’s fantasy outlook is diminished by White and Jeffery’s return to health and what will probably remain a run-first offense with Cutler being managed and controlled. Royal is still a name to keep in mind, especially at his undrafted ADP.

    An ex-college quarterback and 2009 sixth-round pick of the Jaguars, Zach Miller beat long odds to make the Bears’ 2015 roster behind Martellus Bennett after spending all of 2012-2014 out of football. As Bennett battled broken ribs and clashed with Chicago’s coaching staff, Miller made the most of his opportunities, putting up top-five PPR tight end stats in Weeks 10-16 before missing the final regular season game with a toe injury. The Bears traded Bennett and re-signed Miller to a two-year, $6 million deal. Although he certainly has a shot at 2016 fantasy relevance, keep in mind Miller’s 2015 hot run occurred sans White, and with Jeffery and Royal in and out of the lineup. I’m not willing to bet Miller will see enough targets to become a reliable TE1.

    Running Game Outlook

    A 2015 fourth-round pick out of Michigan State, Jeremy Langford emerged as the 1B back to Matt Forte’s 1A as a rookie, passing Ka’Deem Carey on the depth chart and forming a near-even timeshare with Forte down the stretch. Langford worked as Chicago’s feature back in Forte’s three missed games, finishing as the PPR RB4 in Week 9 at San Diego, RB1 in Week 10 at St. Louis, and RB19 versus Denver in Week 11. While opportunistic DFS players recall his rookie year fondly, Langford’s overall play wasn’t quite as promising. He averaged 3.63 yards per carry, led all running backs in drops (8), ranked 59th among 68 qualified backs in Pro Football Focus’ pass-blocking ratings, and finished dead last among 47 qualified runners in average yards after contact (1.13). With Forte out of the picture, Chicago beat writers expect Langford to get the first crack at the Bears’ lead back role, for which he’ll vie with fifth-round power runner Jordan Howard and holdover Carey. A wildcard fantasy pick, Langford’s ADP is all over the map. He goes in round four in some drafts and lasts deep into the seventh in others.

    Jordan Howard succeeded Tevin Coleman as the Indiana Hoosiers’ bellcow back last season, averaging 6.2 YPC with nine touchdowns after transferring from now-defunct UAB. Howard stands 6-foot, 230 and ran 4.59 at the IU Pro Day. On game tape, Howard was a straight-linish, downhill power back who ran with velocity and a bruising style between the tackles, but managed 24 receptions in his three-year college career. OC Dowell Loggains referred to Howard as a “change-of-pace” back at rookie minicamp. Howard’s shortage of receiving involvement at the college level seemingly caps his long-term fantasy upside, but he could threaten Langford’s early-down carries and projects as a superior option in short-yardage and goal-line situations. In order to get there, Howard will need to outplay coaches pet Ka’Deem Carey this preseason.

    2016 Vegas Win Total

    Coming off a 6-10 debut year under Ryan Pace and John Fox, the Bears moved forward with an aggressive year-two offseason plan. They poured resources into DC Vic Fangio’s defense and quietly have the makings of a disruptive front seven with Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman at inside linebacker, space eaters on the line, and a deep edge-rush rotation keyed by Pernell McPhee, first-round pick Leonard Floyd, and veterans Willie Young and Lamarr Houston. The offense could take a big step forward with better injury luck. The schedule is soft, particularly after a Week 9 bye. Chicago’s Vegas Win Total is only 6.5 games, tied with Tampa Bay for fifth lowest in football. While I don’t anticipate the Bears coming anywhere near the NFC North crown, they are one of my favorite over bets as a team that could easily bang out 7-9 wins.

    – Evan Silva, RotoWorld

    • CanadaBear

      Good overview. I thought the coaches pet comment about Carey was interesting. it reads like someone that actually watches the Bears wrote it. What a concept.

      • That’s what I like about Silva. He actually watches tape. Lots of it. He also uses metrics, but only as a way to contextualize it. He’s one of the most reasonable and insightful writers. Not too much editorial. Just cold hard projections based on facts, tape and eye-test.

        I also found that remark about Carey peculiar. Silva has some connections too (esp w beat writers), so he might know some insider secrets.

        I always thought Shea was a pet-project, but Shea sucked way more than Carey last season, so he gone, thankfully.

        • CanadaBear

          Really enjoyed reading this. It’s not often someone actually has watched the Bears and doesn’t write with a slant or axe to grind.

      • SC Dave

        After eight years with someone else, I have to say looking at the RB slot in the project starting line-up makes me a little sad…

        • Doc Nitty

          The Bears had one player that the other players ranked in the top 100. They let him walk. He happens to have the most yards from scrimmage in the NFL over the last 8 years.

          • willbest

            I don’t know if this list is every year, but I bet Lynch was a top 100 player heading into the 2015 season. When RBs go. They go.

          • CanadaBear

            I was semi-OK with and certainly understood why they were cutting ties with Forte but when he signed for part-time money, ugh.

        • CanadaBear

          My biggest issue is none of the 3 have shown enough in the pass game. If Langford keeps dropping them (22 rec, 8 drops) at that rate, holy moly. I’m sure he will be better but if keeps dropping them he will either get killed by a defender when he’s bobbling one or the D guy takes it the other way.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Grasu in the middle.

      That worries me.

      I submit Slauson would have been a better alternative.

      • Johnnywad

        Let’s see what the kid looks like in year 2. Seems quality centers can blossom a bit later than some other positions on the field.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I just can’t get the images out of my mind of him being steamrolled last season on too many occasions .

          • Johnnywad

            Hopefully his frame will take the weight he needed to add to play the position in the NFL. Not quite the system he thrived in at the college level. I’m not sure it was a smart pick given his body type and style of play, but he’s a hell of an athlete by all accounts. I’m hopeful he can add the weight and power to play the position well.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Our line and receiver depth looks like dogshit right about now, no?

      I’ve done about 12 FF drafts, and I’m the only one drafting Cutler, normally in the last two rounds. He and Carr are a good option if you’re not drafting a Marquee guy like Wilson early.

      Jeffrey is easily the last “#1” on the board from what I can see. Folks don’t want to know. Langford ditto (and Forte the same). Howard and Henry are going undrafted, which is strange for guys that are guaranteed a minimum of 6 TDs and could both end up the #1 back within weeks.

      Having fun in PPR leagues – drafting the shit out of busy receivers in the first four rounds, and then picking up your Riddicks, Woodheads and Sproles later on.

      Jags defense is going undrafted everywhere – didn’t they just buy the

      • willbest

        I legitimately do not understand why you aren’t on the Braverman bandwagon with the rest of us. Kid is legit.

  • BearDown100393
  • Swing Tackle of Destiny

    What I like best about 8 years of Obama is all the racial healing happening.

    #SummerOfLove

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helter_Skelter_(Manson_scenario)

    • RenoBear

      Ha! Oh yeah, I remember ‘he was going to bring our country closer together and break race barriers’ … Oh wait, the exact opposite happened. Oops! Sorry! It’s ridiculous what’s happening in this country on all sides

      • Captain Obvious

        Well, what do you expect when a large segment of society declares racism to be over just because a black man was elected president?

        • SC Dave

          Please… to whom do you refer? People come up with any excuse for this guy… I’d like to think you had some substance here, so please share.

    • CanadaBear

      Not sure that’s on Obama.

      • SC Dave

        Come on, Canada. He had a golden opportunity, and took it nowhere outside two election campaigns.

  • Swing Tackle of Destiny

    For a year or so while I lived in the city in the late 90s, I bought myself as my daily driver a Impala SS. It was the ultimate city of Chicago car, it had a blues brothers vibe to the car that made it good to own where I was at that time. I didn’t keep it long, I traded it in after about a year, but it was fun. Not the beast one might have hoped for.

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/UmeR56gFNFs/maxresdefault.jpg

    Chevy is talking about taking the Zl1’s LT1 and putting it in the new SS:

    http://www.chevrolet.com/ss-sports-sedan.html

    That will boost it from 415/415 to 570/520. That car will live to stalk M5s on the Ike. Yikes.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Shitstorm in Dallas targeting cops. 11 wounded. 4, fatality.

    Brian Williams anchoring coverage for MSNBC.

    Yeah, THAT Brian Williams.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Has Mr. Williams reported that a stray bullet just grazed his desk, yet?

      • beninnorcal

        I thought he counter sniped the last suspect. He didn’t?

        • Joecashflow

          All of the above.

      • Captain Obvious

        Williams reported that he took down and neutralized the 4th shooter himself.

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    “I’m going to miss this President.”

    What will you miss most?

    The stuttering when he can’t use a teleprompter?

    His complete disregard for the U.S Constitution ?

    Or just his overall incompetence as a leader?

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      probably just looking at the choice of replacements and getting a little depressed.

      • beninnorcal

        +1 HBP, I’m no fan of Obama, but even I might consider a 3rd term of him over Clinton or Trump.

        • SC Dave

          Depressed too, but no more Obama. Please.

          • beninnorcal

            It’s going to be Clinton, Dave. Not on my vote, but that’s our next president. What a fucking joke, huh?

          • SC Dave

            That Hillary was our next POTUS is what I’ve been saying here for years. It was preordained by the puppetmasters.

            If Trump gets too far ahead, I would expect him to “commit suicide”. Clinton’s masters are as ruthless as they come, but it’s likely the liberal control of the press will make drastic action unnecessary by relentless slanders of Trump and protection of Clinton.

            Of course, Trump won’t help because he speaks his (quasi stable) mind rather than reading the scripts from the focus groups.

            It’s so sad.

            I think I’ll write in R. Paul. Again.

    • Bender McLugh

      wow

    • Captain Obvious

      Al, I’ve read your posts on this blog (and its ancestor) for years. And I’ve never heard you parrot RW histrionics before.

      I’ll just leave it at that.

      Respectfully,

      Captain Obvious

      • AlbertInTucson

        I posted nothing that is not clearly evident about this President.

        Clearly OBVIOUS about him.

        • CanadaBear

          In your opinion Al.

          • AlbertInTucson

            So be it. Certainly nothing I have not observed over the last 8 years.

          • willbest

            His first and second points are factual.

            This is pretty par for the course when he gets off script https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKXSgB7MEUU#t=15

            And as for his disregard of the constitution, The Obama administration, despite some high profile success, has an unusually bad track record before the Supreme Court. His Administration is currently hovering around 45% win rate. By contrast every other president back to Carter was over 60% and Reagan managed 75% win rate.

            Also as noted it isn’t just the strict constructionalist handing him the loss. It was his own justices. Sotomayor has actually been a pretty big defender of the 4th Amendment.

            http://thefederalist.com/2016/07/06/obama-has-lost-in-the-supreme-court-more-than-any-modern-president/

            His last point is obviously an Opinion, and you would need to know what the objectives were before you could determine how ineffective they were. For example, the last 8 years seem like they have been highly effective for laying the groundwork of a race war.

          • Yeah, cuz I’m sure Obama went around shooting black people.

            THAT’S the cause of the tension. And it’s ALWAYS happened. NWA didn’t sing “Fuck the Police” for no reason. Like someone else noted, nothing has changed, only now there’s more cameras.

            I’m actually surprised more Dallas type ambushes haven’t happened.

            I joked that Afghanis probably have more protections than u.s. citizens, esp those of colors. But really, I don’t think I’m that far off.

            In many communities the police are viewed as hostile occupiers.

            And we should all know since Vietnam what happens once that’s the mentality.

            As for Obama, I didn’t vote for him last term, but he did pretty well cleaning up GWs mess (thanks all you assholes who voted for GW! I’m sure you’ve gained better judgment these past 8 yrs..)

            The U.S. was on the brink of reverting back to the middle ages. Capitalism, as we know it, would’ve been OVER. Renaissance dream. OVER. Mad Max thunder dome, a documentary.

            Only reason all that didn’t happen was cuz the entire world bailed us out and we threw billions (trillions?) to corporations to do the same.

            the U.S. was “too big to fail” or else we would’ve been Argentina, only worse.

            Considering that context and obstructionist Republicans, I’d say he did OK, which is much like saying that so far POX have done OK after the clusterfuck that was the previous regime.

            But personally, I didn’t have any hopes that Obama would be ‘transformational’. Not sure any candidate can with obstructionist republican or a divided country in general.

          • Bender McLugh

            nicely done bringing in the beloved comparison from the old regime to new, agreed.

          • willbest

            Doctors kill more black people seeking medical attention through negligence than police do in any given year. And most the ones the police kill deserve it. As in 80% of them are resisting arrest with a weapon. Its this sensationalizing bullshit. Yes the bad actors need to be found and prosecuted. And that shit in Chicago where they gun down some tripped out guy walking down the middle of the street because he wasn’t listening to them can’t happen. But the guy who died selling loosies when the police followed proper arrest procedures is going to happen. The police can’t be responsible for non-apparent medical conditions. You don’t like, stop passing laws making the sale of loose cigarettes a crime. Oh wait, taxman needs that coin.

            And Michael Brown got what he was supposed to get. But half the country is in-fucking-capable of seeing the difference. Because if the camera isn’t there to push some narrative, you all can’t be bothered to learn about all the facts leading up to what happened. That takes 6 months though and by then everybody is on to the next cop shooting, screaming something needs to be done.

            And for the love of all that is holy stop it with that afghan claptrap. You can be killed in those countries if you are within 100 feet of a HVT and oh well. And those HVT don’t get anything like due process.

            Other nonsense I need to correct you on
            1) The bailout was designed by the Bush team, and implemented by Obama. He added a second stimulus that went to government employees for the most part.
            2) Obama gave ISIS the room it needed to develop, and F’d up Libya. Iraq is in shambles, but he got Bin Ladin, so yeah mission accomplished.
            3) The US is Argentina, its just happening in slow motion because the dollar is the US reserve currency. That is why virtually every benefit of the recovery has accrued to the asset holding class, and not the people that deal with dollars on a day to day.

          • I stopped reading after your first sentence.
            There’s a difference between negligence and malicious intent.

            Maybe I’ll read the rest later, but I’m guessing the same logic will be found through out.

          • willbest

            Yeah I can stop reading anything you write on this subject. Its not malicious intent.

          • SC Dave

            Start with “The U.S. was on the brink of reverting back to the middle ages.”

            Engage in hyperbole much, Butch?

          • Cormonster

            Cops are sexist too. They shoot a disproportionate number of men compared to women in the population.

  • Belinda January

    <<o. ✸✸✸✸✸:✸✸✸✸✸:✸✸✸✸✸:✸✸✸✸✸:✸✸✸✸✸:✸✸✸✸✸:✸✸✸✸✸:✸✸✸✸✸:✸✸✸✸✸:✸✸✸✸✸:::::::!bq134p:….,…

    • Bears-4-Ever

      Your wrong, Amber made her money because she’s a whore….

      Get off our blog wiener!

      • BearDown100393

        Probably a dude. And most likely a Packers fan.

        • Doc Nitty

          An Asian dude with an obvious command of the English language.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    Prayers for the Families! For those who lost their lives over the last few days. Terrible, anyway you slice it.

    • Denise Epstein

      <<o. ✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤✤:::::::!be86p:….,

  • MB30SD

    We need to change the machine not the buffoon of the day propped up as the figurehead. The machine is the thing that’s broken, it doesn’t matter who they put up in front of the press.

    • Machine won’t change cuz that requires ACTUAL change and some risk.

      Sheep are too stupid to see the Wizard behind the curtain, and/or too cowardly to do anything about it.

      That’s the sad truth. Historically, ppl only change when they see themselves as violently oppressed, and even then, it takes a ton of shitsandwhiches before they decide “enough”.

      For all this talk about the revolutionary spirit, Americans (for better or worse), are perhaps the most revolution averse ppl on the planet.

      In other words, nothing will change in our lifetimes, MB

      (Unless the Tall Whites finally land in Vegas and declare party time for all mankind…)

      • Scharfinator

        “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

  • MB30SD

    Wow, the Dallas shooter was 25. That kid doesn’t even understand life yet, just looking for some excuse to kill people. Smh

    • Just pissed and disgruntled as many youngins are.

    • BearDown100393

      Serving the agenda for another hiding the shadows.

    • willbest

      Thats bullshit. And if its not, then the voting, drinking, driving, military service age should be 26. Stop giving 20-something passes. They are adults.

      • Irish Sweetness

        They’re kind-of adults. Adults that don’t know shit.

        • willbest

          Gunning down police? That is a failure in the basic right/wrong mechanics. You learn that when you are 5-6.

    • Bender McLugh

      just read that the dude was killed from a detonated bomb from a police robot hostage negotiators were using to interact with him, trying to get him to surrender. He wouldn’t give up, so they said boom.

  • Just ran across this vid. Symbolic of the current U.S political system.? Of human nature and why Marx was wrong?

    Nah, just cute baby vid…

    http://www.trendfrenzy.net/twin-baby-girls-fight/

    • SC Dave

      Geez… how about buying another pacifier?

  • On Bears notes, Alshon extension not looking good.

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-videos/0ap3000000673593/Garafolo-on-Jeffery-s-contract-negotiations-There-s-not-a-lot-of-confidence?campaign=fb-nn-sf30539992-sf30539992

    So basically, that absolute floor for Alshon is 12M/yr.

    I’m not exactly sure what he’s worth, but he’s def worth that.

    However, when it starts to hover around the 14M+ range, then that’s when I cringe a bit. A HEALTHY Alshon might be worth that, but that’s a big IF.

    • Bender McLugh

      I’d be fine with 14mil compared to 12mil, as long as he stays healthy this season. If he can’t stay healthy he’s gotta be gone after this season.

    • willbest

      The Bears don’t need to pay Alshon $15/mil per year if White is legit. And Alshon doesn’t need to take less than $15 mil a year because he will get it next year from some team if not the Bears as long as he averages 80 yards and 0.5 TDs a game.

      Personally, I think it makes a ton of sense for the Bears to sign Jeffery long term, but Pace’s moves to date show he is risk adverse (or gun shy) with respects to big contracts. The result is they might have to pay Alshon $16 mil a year or more if he goes nuts and White struggles.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Deadline to get a long term deal is next Friday.

      • willbest

        Sure but don’t you think the Agents would be spinning a PR narrative in the media if they were trying to push for a deal?

        • CanadaBear

          The article set the $14 mil vs $12 mil argument. I’m guessing both sides assisted in the writing of that article.

          • AlbertInTucson

            As I recall, Bear management was LESS than pleased with Alshon’s concept of rehab last year, no?

          • CanadaBear

            I think the feeling was mutual about the new staff’s soft tissue injury prevention program. At least that’s what I’ve read was Alshon’s reason for missing the volunteer portion of the off season. Who knows if it’s hooey or not?

      • Joecashflow

        Ain’t gonna happen.

    • Joecashflow

      Fox likes players. That is, tape it up and be there for key games, which he was not. If he plays like he has, missing games, he is getting more than just his worth this year. A year of toughness will win him a contract. I think holding out will be good for both.

  • Jeff informed me my article is going to be published Monday. So remember on Monday… stay here for commenting. Do not engage the trolls.

    • SC Dave

      Rules of Engagement:

      1) Do not.

      • MB30SD

        We don’t talk about fight club

        • beninnorcal

          The first rule of vegan club: tell everyone about vegan club.

      • Johnnywad

        I may just go the other way. Stroll up to the bar, down several shots of tequila and just start swinging bar stools around the joint and throwing hay makers.

        • CanadaBear

          I like your spunk Johnny (not that kinda spunk!) but you might end up getting arm weary. These jagoffs love that stuff.

          • You’re about to get Jericho’d

            you cannot beat a true troll. The more you engage the greater their “high” is. Dorks of that magnitude fucking crave the engagement no matter what the content is.

          • CanadaBear

            Couldn’t possibly agree more.

          • Scharfinator

            They don’t get enough attention elsewhere, I suppose. :[[[[[[[[[

    • beninnorcal

      I’ll try to remember

    • AlbertInTucson

      We look forward to it!

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      thats no fun.

  • willbest

    On the political front Jill Stein offered Bernie a chance to sit down and talk with them about leading their ticket (the Green Party for those that don’t follow politics too closely).

    • EnderWiggin

      Wow, if that happens, maybe we can start taking third parties seriously. I’d vote green, especially if I thought it would make a difference.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Further to my pre-season musings on the lightness of Pace, and the thread in question (Bears Need Improved OL Play to Reach Potential) … I just got finished watching the Cards documentary series. Their pass-blocking was not good and we signed the weak half of their line. Did Pace think signing Massie and Larsen could really improve our line? If they couldn’t do it for Arizona …..

    1. We probably dodged a bullet with Arians. Guy’s a cussin’ blame bunny, fortunate to have worked t the Steelers when they were really good, the Colts Ditto, and walked into a decent roster at the Cardinals. To quote his quote back at him “if it is to be, it’s up to me.” He got to the NFC champs game because of sublime play by Larry Fitz, and had absolutely zero plans for Cam Newton when he got there. I’ll take Foxy.

    2. If I’m a vet in that locker room and I have a young kid like Tyrann Mathieu stand up and talk to me about life, I’ve got my resting bitch face on ….

    3. Are we using VR headsets at Halas? If not, why not?

    4. Stay out of Arian’s wife’s way in the owner’s box, especially if you’re between her and the gin bottle.

    5. Who did we draft instead of David Johnson? Hroniss Grasu. Jus’ sayin.

    • Swing Tackle of Destiny

      Good point on missing Johnson. Arians is the real deal, give him 2 more years before you feed him to the dustbin.

      • MB30SD

        Can’t win em all.

    • beninnorcal

      I noticed that too, Irish, the booziness of his wife. Pretty funny. Kind of agree on Arians, he’s been a journeyman for several decades and seems to have hit his streak.
      Also tends to talk to his players with what Harry Reid would call a ‘negro dialect’, interesting documentary tho.

  • RenoBear

    Need some input guys. So we have a 14 year old miniature dachshund named Badger (get it?). My wife had him when I met her. I was never into little dogs. Then I met the miniature dachshund breed. Namely, Badger. What a great, hilarious breed. So fast forward to today, we’ve been talking about maybe POSSIBLY getting a mini dachshund pup. Well we ended up walking out with two.. Brother and sister, I couldn’t separate em. So now we need awesome name ideas. She’s born in the Bay Area and lifelong raiders fan. Of course I bleed blue and orange. Not necessary to be football related names. Like I kind of like Mork for the boy. She likes Madden a little bit for a girl…. I also like griswold for the boy. Clark too.. Wife doesn’t love regular people names for dogs.. Ideas my maings??

    • BearDown100393

      Payton

    • AlbertInTucson

      Daughter has two of them. Great little hounds.

      You could use “Sweetness” instead of Payton for the female and no one would mistake you for a Manning fan.

      In light of recent events, “Buddy” I think would be appropriate for the male.

      If that’s too conventional for the wife, there’s always “Bronko”, but then you get taken for a Denver fan.

      “Samurai” for Singletary?

      “Danimal” for Hampton?

      • RenoBear

        I like it. Also, my cousin just thought about the bible story of Samson and Delilah to go in a different direction. I like the thought of a mini dachshund bring named after a huge bible strongman!

        • AlbertInTucson

          Along those lines,,,Caesar and Cleopatra

          • AlbertInTucson

            Romeo and Juliette.

            Hamlet and Ophelia.

            Othello and Desdemona.

          • RenoBear

            You are en Fuego good sir

        • AlbertInTucson

          Rhett and Scarlet. (My personal favorite).

          • RenoBear

            Boom. This is a strong strong contender. Wife loves that movie. She’s named Melanie after all too

          • Cormonster

            If she likes that movie, Tara for the female would be another option. That was the name of Scarlet’s plantation.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Bogey and Bacall.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Burton and Taylor.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          Fred and Wilma

          • AlbertInTucson

            Yogi and Boo Boo.

        • CanadaBear

          Ike and Tina.

        • Bears-4-Ever

          If your’e a Republican: Ronnie & Nancy
          If your’e into Norse Mythology: Odin & Freya
          If your’e into Pixar: Wall-E & Eve
          If your’e into StarWars: Han & Leia
          If your’e into Disney: Beast & Bell
          If your’e into X-men: Logan & Jean

          • MB30SD

            Dude def name your kid beast!!!

    • AlbertInTucson

      Thelma and (wait for it)…Louis.

    • Doc Nitty

      Keep it simple.

      Raider and Honeybear

    • Doc Nitty

      I knew a guy with an American bulldog who was so stout and so short legged, he couldn’t jump if you kicked him. The dogs name was Michael Jordan.

      Make it ironical or downright ludicrous.

      Here are a few of my faves.

      Howie Long and Sweetness

      Howie Long and Honey Bear

      Ditka and Ditka-less

      Butkus and Zado

    • Doc Nitty

      Rocky and Adrian?

      Rambo and Co?

      Old Dan and Little Ann?

      Jesus and Mary?

      David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson?

      Innie and Outie?

      Hugh Johnson and Nipples Galore?

    • You’re about to get Jericho’d

      The Captain and Tennille.

    • MB30SD

      Please god don’t get your kid’s asses kicked in 10-14 years reno. Hahaha

      I liked b4’s Beast for the boy! No one will fuck with him.

      • RenoBear

        Ha! I was kinda dense for a minute like why are my kids gonna get their asses kicked because we have a shitload of dachshunds? Then I realized your sayin ‘don’t be that parent (dog or human) naming the kids freakin ‘Twig’ or ‘moon’ or ‘Tortilla ‘ or some weird shit I think

        • MB30SD

          Hahahaha… tortilla

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    “It just ain’t sad when a bull you’re trying to kill…kills you.”

    In case you were wondering about the reference, it happened live on Spanish TV…

    http://thesource.com/2016/07/10/watch-matador-killed-by-bull-in-teruel-spain/

    • Scharfinator

      Agreed, not sad at all.

      • Bears-4-Ever

        sad for the bull though…stupid sport.

        • MB30SD

          It’s part of their culture maings. Been going on forever. Kinda like the way we have lions and shit in pens in Texas.

          • Bears-4-Ever

            “Going on forever” doesn’t make it right. Kinda like Slavery, which was acceptable for 1000s of years. “Lions in pens” or Zoos in general, Some may say is sad also, The difference compared to bull-fighting is we aren’t shooting the lions thru the bars with rifles for sport. Again, stupid sport any way you slice it.

          • AlbertInTucson

            It’s on the decline, even in Spain.

          • MB30SD

            Yes, because all the PC pussies don’t like their cruelty in public… just in every single slaughter house in the country

            Look, it’s brutal and an unfair fight most of the time, but it’s part of the culture and it is art whether you want to admit ot or not. There are entire families/industries built around the whole lifecycle of it all as well.

            Sad when a culture looses such a big part of itself… but we accept things like bombing the fuck out of entire villages in an enemy state.

            I don’t hunt and am definitely against any form of cruelly to animals, but the hypocrisy/myopia here is a bit much for me.

          • AlbertInTucson

            “Part of the Culture”. That was the excuse for Michael Vick.

          • MB30SD

            Apples to oranges

          • CanadaBear

            I hate it but you make fair points. It’s not unlike the First Nations people in Canada and the baby harp seal hunt. It’s hideous but it’s their culture. Not to mention, it’s unlikely most people that go ballistic over it have any idea about their culture or have ever been within 500 miles of the hunt.

          • MB30SD

            Great analogous example canada. Yeah, totally with you.

            My first fight was pretty hard to watch, but the death of the bull was such a small part of what amounts to an entire day of celebration and entire city revelry. Entire generations of family’s make an entire weekend of it, just like we do football or baseball games. The death is just a tiny part… although not for the bull obviously.

            If it’s any consolation, the bulls live a beautiful life up to that point, and they are celebrated and lauded up to their death… and if they fight well, far after. Sometimes they’re even left to live if they fight well enough… it’s rare, but it’s happened.

          • CanadaBear

            Being an old hippie that used to go hunting(!!??!!), I would get shit from all the hippie girls. I was quick to point out that unless you don’t eat meat and don’t own any leather products, you really don’t have a leg to stand on. Oddly enough, that never got me laid!!!!!!!!!

          • MB30SD

            hahhahaha

          • MB30SD

            Sure so is football where you’re killing people. And don’t even get me started on wars for things like oil… which we are the Champions of over and over.

            Pretty ethnocentric view yo. Too much bullshit PC bullshit in the world.

            You think the cows you eat every day have it any better. At least the bull has a chance (as in this case) and goes out fighting his ass off. I’ll take that over a fucking few thousand volts up my ass any day son. Smh a little

          • MB30SD

            Yes they 100% do exactly that in Texas as “legal” hinting… it’s disgusting and it happens every single day (not just in texas and not just lions). At least the bulls have a fighting chance and are used for food, like any other slaughtered cow. Dude, it’s just a cultural difference, we’re no different except ours isn’t part of our national identity. Anyway, I get where you’re coming from and agree it’s brutal and hard to watch (when I lived in span I saw many many fights and also ran with the bulls in pamplona)… and I know it’s hard to understand, but there is a cultural and artistic aspect that you can’t just divorce from the entire equation, no matter how much you want to.

          • beninnorcal

            I agree, MB. Also, anyone who cries about bullfighting better be a vegan or I don’t wanna hear about it.

          • AlbertInTucson

            “At least the bulls have a fighting chance.”

            You really think so?

            First. the Banderillos do so passes and stick the bull show the Matador all the bull’s moves and then the Picadors carve up toro’s neck from horseback.

            Poor bull’s already gone 2 rounds before the Matador steps into the ring.

          • MB30SD

            I get it Al. I’veattended, I don’t know, 30 bullfights all around spain, and yes, by definition.

            And much more so than the cows, pigs, chickens, etc… at every slaughter house in the world, right. At very least they die in the sun,trying to kill everything in front of them. And as we saw yesterday, the do “win” sometimes. If given the choice to die in the ring or in a slaughter house, I’d always pick the ring…. if I was a bull.

  • You’re about to get Jericho’d

    GP, i dont even wanna jinx this. 2003 911 Targa with 51k miles, 1 owner, full records, ims repair complete, newer clutch…….20k. Holy shit, this may happen. Stay tuned.

    • beninnorcal

      That sounds a helluva lot better than a boxter.

  • RenoBear

    Ok guys. Thanks a ton for all the the names! Some great ones out there! So Bogey and Baccall were contenders, Al, but my 4yr old daughter has a hard time saying Baccall and she has a cousin named McCall, so she keeps saying her dog is her cousin. So now the missus is leaning towards Belle. Bogey and Belle. That would make Badger, Bogey, and Belle. Pretty cool. Also really like Howie and Sweetness, Doc. Wife likes it a lot too. All of you guys had great ideas. Liked Bears4ever ideas too. Thanks guys. Any more ideas keep throwing them out there amigos

    • You’re about to get Jericho’d

      So……captain and tennille is a no go?

      • AlbertInTucson

        You know that they just got divorced?

        • You’re about to get Jericho’d

          i thought they were both gay!

          • AlbertInTucson

            Nope. Toni dumped the Captain. Saw them in Vegas in their hey day. They put on a good show.

          • Cormonster

            Tennille sang backing vocals on Pink Floyd’s The Wall album.

      • RenoBear

        Duuuude. I freakin laughed hard at that one I loved it! Wife chuckled, but not as much as me…

    • That Guy

      My thoughts are that you should go with a famous brother and sister rather than lovers. Samson is a fun name, but Delilah was a Phillistean spy that got him killed. Plus, there’s the whole Dachshund/Hot dog parallel to think about. So…

      Mickey and Minnie

      Leah and Luke (over Han)

      He-man and She-ra

      Brat (like bratwurst) and Brewski

      Papa and Honey (last name Bear)

      Papa and Ginney

      Buddy and Blitz

      Hail and Mary

      Jem and Scout (To Kill a Mockingbird reference)

      Roy and Shirley (two great non-alcoholic beverages)

      • RenoBear

        We thought about Luke and Leia.. Mickey and Minnie too… I really like a few of these others you’ve listed here too! Hail and Mary is pretty damn fun. Papa bear and honey bear is great… The kids are pretty adamant about getting their say in too. Thanks man

      • Irish Sweetness

        Starsky and Hutch was my go-to for goldfish.

  • That Guy

    On the subject, two dog stories.

    My closest friend in college was a 70 something named Llloyd, who passed a couple of years ago. He always had a dog by his side and when he was younger he tried his hand at breeding. Once he had a great pair of Manchester Terriers he named Oprah and Winfrey and sold to a nice couple. They saw him later and said they loved the dogs but they had to change the names. “We know Oprah personally and we didn’t think she’d approve.”

    And just this morning I took the family to a nice park near the Des Plaines River trail. We had brunch and let the kids play at a nice park before a woman came up with a leash. “Have you seen a dog running around here?” She looked somewhat concerned and kept searching. 5 minutes later, my eight year old spotted a couple with their two dogs and a third dog that looked a bit too excited. I walked over to see a very lively dog (I think a lab) trying to make friends with the other dogs. The couple wanted to call the police, but I grabbed the dog’s collar and eventually found the woman’s son and her neighbor (both had been enlisted to search). My wife laughed when I got back that I was clearly having a good time.

    So now I want a dog 🙁 I have the house, but I’m never home. One of these days…

    • MB30SD

      Dog’s rule nb. Amazing animals… I never got the cat thing (sorry tj).

      My kids want a new English Bull Terrorist pup for “daddy’s house”, just not sure I can handle a third kid. Haha

      Btw, interested to hear your thoughts re: bullfighting

      • That Guy

        I really like Dobermans. They’re smart, friendly (I know right?) and they don’t shed. The same goes for standard poodles (the big kind). I kind of think a poodle might do better in the Chicago winters, but I dunno. If we pull the trigger, I imagine we’ll hit a shelter. So its kind of whatever you can find. But shelter dogs are often better because they’re past the obnoxious puppy stage and sometimes already partially housebroken.

        • MB30SD

          Not a poodle fan nb, or any “foofy” dog. I get poodles are super smart and are great dogs, just not a fan of the perm look.

          I can get down with a doberman, but don’t you have 3 young kids?

          • That Guy

            I do. The right doberman would be wonderful with kids. The bigger concern is really just the “I don’t know my own strength” issue of knocking them over. A larger manchester terrier is a good compromise on that front.

          • MB30SD

            Right… min pin

          • Doc Nitty

            Labs are tried and true. Gentle, loyal, loves playing catch and swimming but also content to lay around all day. Good happy low maintenance dogs.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            Labs are really rambunctious until the get to be 2-3 years old. i have had a couple and each one would get into all kinds of shit and tear things up a bit till about 2 years old then they calm way down.

          • Cormonster

            Hey Doc, check this out. Thought you would really like this if you haven’t seen it.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jutfB5HohE

          • Doc Nitty

            That’s too awesome for words. The kids got heart!

        • AlbertInTucson

          I understand that while being extremely intelligent, it’s tough to find a standard poodle.

          • MB30SD

            Tough to be seen walking one at least. Hahahaha

          • CanadaBear

            Standards are cool. I get why you aren’t crazy about them but they are so smart it’s nuts. Of course, I’ve got an 11-pound female Havanese so there’s that!

          • MB30SD

            yikes!

      • Irish Sweetness

        Got love an animal who’s not fussy about who’s faeces it eats !!!!

    • AlbertInTucson

      Good call. Not fair to have one and then be gone all the time.

  • burntorangenavyblue

    Blogfather’s twitter rage on golf, brace yourselves

    • MB30SD

      In the immortal words of Jay Christopher cutler. …

      DOOOOONNNNN’T CAAAAAARRRRREEE!

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    so since the topic of “dogs” has come up. Today i was driving in the Devils Tower area, and got to an area where everyone was pulling over to take pics and there was a prairie dog “town” so a lot of little kids around. I was getting ready to pull over and a prairie dog appeared to want to commit suicide and bolted in front of my jeep. Poor little guy did not have a chance. Unfortunately all the kids saw it and started screaming/crying I felt awful, luckily there was a Park Ranger there answering questions for the tourists, and he was able to get the kids calmed down. One week down in the road trip and 2 deaths on my hands.

    • Doc Nitty

      Shit man. Well, deaths come in threes. My money’s on possum for number three.

      • MB30SD

        Hopefully it’s not an elk.

        Wouldn’t it be ironic if it turned out to be a bear…. with a huge penis?

    • RenoBear

      Oh crap man, that sucks. Granted there’s like a billion of those little fuckers, but right in front of the kids? That freakin sucks man

    • MB30SD

      Hahaha, you monster!!!

  • RenoBear

    So… Howie and Sweetness are gaining serious traction.. Who had that one?

    • Doc Nitty

      I did. But it’s better if you call him Howie Long cause you know, wiener dogs are long.

      • MB30SD

        Wieners are long. Hee hee

  • Irish Sweetness

    New thread … tee-hee! Ehh … first?! Frank didn’t get the memo.

    How to end your career in three minutes :

    http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2016/07/first_black_miss_alabama_says.html

    • MB30SD

      It’s data’s thread…. the trolls will come. All regs just stay here is the plan yo… you new or something?

  • Bender McLugh

    Nice article Data, puts numbers on what a lot of us have been saying for a while now on this here blog. Cutler ain’t the issue as long as we have a solid to great D.

    I do wonder what the correlation of O-Line efficency (??) to win percentage would show as well.

    • That’s a good question. I could probably look into it sometime, though I don’t think the OL rankings out there (mainly the Football Outsiders one, unless somebody knows of a better metric) are as good as the offense/defense metrics as a whole.

      • Bender McLugh

        yeah, not sure what could be used as the metric that would be considered accurate.

      • MB30SD

        Do it… come up with your own maings. Your nickname if data afterall

  • willbest

    So basically data showed that Emery’s theory was wrong to put it all on the offense. Especially, when it was called in such a manner that my 6 year old was guessing what they would do half the time.

    • CanadaBear

      I think Nessman knew offense so Emery went that way. I understand that rationale but you just can’t ignore one side of the ball. Esp if your DC is Mel Tucker.

      • MB30SD

        Jesus canada, I thought we agreed that name would never be mentioned here again. That guy was so fucking brutal… I’m sure buddy is turning in his grave today because that name was written in type

        • CanadaBear

          Sorry about that!

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