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FrontRowTickets.com Game Preview: Bears Finish Season at Home Against Detroit

| January 1st, 2016

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WHY DO I LIKE THE CHICAGO BEARS THIS WEEK?

I always like the Chicago Bears.

GAME POEM

And so the Bears lie their head
Upon the season’s unmade bed

With drool of last night’s revelry
saturating sheets
Fans across Chicago serve up optimistic Tweets

We dare to dream of better days!
(Though dreaming bares the soul)
For glory’s the result of dreams!
(And glory is the goal)

Sleep, dear Bears.
Sleep well.
And rest each coming day.
Remember, Bears
Another year
Is just nine months away.

THOUGHTS ON THE DETROIT LIONS

  • It’s impossible to ignore the tangible influence Jim Bob Cooter has had on the Lions passing game and quarterback Matthew Stafford. Cooter gets it. (A sentence I really enjoyed writing.) His quarterback likes to throw the ball a mile down the field and his star receiver is one of the greatest to ever run a mile down the field and catch the ball in traffic. Stafford has openly rallied for Cooter to be kept on regardless of the head coach’s future. If it doesn’t happen, JBC won’t have to wait long to find future employment.
  • If the Lions retain Jim Caldwell, that would almost be TOO Lions. But the Adam Gase to Detroit rumors strike me as odd for many reasons:

(1) The man who’ll hire the next head coach isn’t in the building yet. So how can there be even an educated guess as to the direction the organization will go?

(2) Gase’s agents are terrific at the promotion game and one need only to look at the way Jay Glazer and Jason La Canfora have championed his head coaching cause over the last two seasons.

(3) How often does the “guy is FROM there so he’ll COACH there” thing work out? Seems to me like a lazy rationale.

(4) From what I’ve seen of Gase’s offensive approach I can’t think of a worse match than he and Stafford. You know who would work with Stafford? Todd Haley. They may not get along but they’ll throw the ball downfield a lot.

THREE BEARS OF INTRIGUE

  • Can John Timu put together three terrific games in a row to finish the year.
  • This is the last real opportunity for Bottom of the Roster guys to impress the coaching staff before the start of the 2016 season. (I won’t get into the importance of camp/preseason debate until they start.) Names like Anderson, Jones-Quartey, Acho, Jenkins, Gaston, Bellamy, Mariani…etc. may never be heard from again around these parts.
  • From Gil Brandt: “Jay Cutler has gone 15 straight games without throwing more than 1 INT, longest active streak in NFL.” So that’s something to keep watching, right?

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#Classy

GAME PREDICTION

Last week was the trailer. This week the Bears use their newfound power run game to dominate in blustery conditions. 205 yards on the ground. Stafford and Johnson watch most of the festivities from the sideline.

Chicago Bears 20, Detroit Lions 13

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  • The Yes Guy

    YES

    • Irish Sweetness

      Happy New Year Yes guy.

  • MB30SD

    Konichiwa in 2016 bitches!

    Can’t wait for a shot at that ol Lombardi this season!

    PS. “Yes” doesn’t count as a first, sorry yes guy

    • MB30SD

      Oh yeah, and fuuuuuck mattricia Stafford and the lions.

    • DaMurph

      Happy New Year!!

      • MB30SD

        Happy new year murph! All my best to you and the fam in 2016 my maings!

      • Trac

        Oh yeah. Explain happiness in a sentence Murph. I dare you. Hahaha

        • MB30SD

          “I like boobies!”

          Boom!

        • Cormonster

          Happiness is an illusion propagated by the capitalist, patriarchal system, man.

          • Trac

            Aaah….yeeeeah. hahaha

        • CanadaBear

          Happiness is all about lowered expectations!

  • BearDown100393

    The Lions are a lame duck team. Win or lose, this is a team about to be blown up. Caldwell and the coaching staff probably have already cleaned out their desks. This was a team never able to get out of its own way from lack of discipline despite its budding talent. Meanwhile the Bears have already re-established a new front office and coaching staff and are a season ahead of its own rebuild. This game is clearly inconsequential in terms of a season already lost for both teams aside from divisional basement dwelling. And it does serve as an audition for players and coaches looking to resume NFL careers. Quitters not not apply for any NFL franchise. The Bears should win this game. They owe it to themselves and fans to win a second home game and not finish last in the NFC North.

  • CanadaBear

    HNY everyone. Hopefully everyone had fun last night and nobody is MIA or too hungover.

  • That Guy

    Adam Gase interviewed with 5 teams last season. He was not offered a job. I wouldn’t be surprised if the same thing happens this year. There’s a great coach in there (and he can hire someone else to call plays), but I don’t know that he’s ready for the big chair just yet. Despite all the love in the local media, coordinators usually don’t get HC positions off a year when their teams miss the playoffs.

    • CanadaBear

      I’ve read there may be 10-11 openings. If that many coaches get fired I’m guessing Gase is gone. Hopefully not Fangio.

      • Trac

        I was noticing how crappy teams were doing during the first half of the season. A lot more subpar teams than normal imo.

      • willbest

        I guess Black Monday will be more interesting this year than most years.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Are we happy with a non-aggressive defense trying to win a Superbowl, C-Bear? Do we want Monsters of the Midway … or a defense that has really-stout-solid-zones making a concerted and conservative bold bid for a Lombardi?

        The Jets’ defense blitzes more frequently than any team except for the Cardinals – they blitz on 41.6 percent of pass plays. Those teams get it done on defense, they don’t sit back and let the offense have at them like we do. Before anyone says “we’re #2 in preventing yards allowed on pass D”, I say “so what?”

        I want a DC that pressurizes an offense and makes life difficult for them, not a passive one that reacts. Nobody remembers those defenses, and if anyone can point one out that was successful, I’ll point out 31 that weren’t.

        • It’s hard to blitz when the CBs never turn their heads.
          All a QB has to do is chuck it deep, and it’s an instant PI.

          I don’t think Fangio blitzed in SF, and that didn’t derail their defense that took them to a few NFCchampionships and SB.

          Once we upgrade the secondary and Dline, the D should improve in most categories.

        • CanadaBear

          Give him some talent on D and see how he does. His last year in SF he had a zillion injuries on D and they still performed at a high level. The guy isn’t blitzing because most of the guys on D aren’t any good at it. The D is way better than last year and the talent level is only marginally better, if at all. You always get fixated on an issue. With Fangio it’s not blitzing. Patience my friend. A great Chicago Bears D is like Rome, it wasn’t built in a day.

    • Bender McLugh

      Status quo going into next season is my hope, all coaches

    • BearDown100393

      Jason Garrett.

      • Trac

        Watch yo mouth boy. No tankie!

    • Trac

      Actually, Chicago offered him a job and Gase accepted. You’re slippin NB, but jess, he ain’t going nowhere!

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      Sorry but there have been quite a few coordinators get HC jobs after missing the playoffs. I will agree that it helps tremendously that a Coordinator comes from a team that was in the playoffs, but coordinators can always put a spin on why they weren’t in the playoffs and what good they did for the team they were coaching for. ie: Gase can say “look what i did with Cutler” Fangio could easily say”look what i did with a bunch of no names” and both can say “We did not win a lot but we were in almost every game with a team that had massive issues”

      Current coaches that got a HC job after a year when they were a coordinator of team that did not make the playoffs: Ron Rivera, Mike Pettine, Jason Garrett, Mike McCarthy, Jon Fox, Marvin Lewis, Mike Tomlin, Sean Payton

      couple pretty good names in the list and that is just current HCs.

  • That Guy

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/01/01/cutler-cant-see-any-reason-he-wouldnt-be-back-in-chicago/

    I am so sick of this story. Cutler was never on the hot seat with Emery. He was never on the hot seat with Pace. The only way Cutler gets cut or traded is if we draft the next Tom Brady (a late round pick that performs well when the starter gets injured). He’s a good quarterback, rookies are a crap shoot, we have better things to do with this roster.

    • CanadaBear

      If you look at the comments it’s pretty obvious Cutler is coming back. Even the commenters know it’s a no brainer. Glad Cutler has finally won over some of the fans. There will always be those fans that blame it all on Cutler but most of those fans only parrot back what the media says and haven’t had an original idea in their lives.

      • MB30SD

        Sportscenter fans. LCD.

    • BearDown100393

      Jay doesn’t care. And neither should you. Relax. He will return.

      • MB30SD

        Yo! I didn’t know you were his agent! That’s super awesome. : )

        • BearDown100393

          LOL, busted. He also agreed to a paycut in order to sign a all pro free agent right tackle.

    • This guy isnt a fan
      “Bears fans are the most delusional fan base in sports. Trade cutler? Couldnโ€™t get a 6th rounder for him before the season. Keep him? Why? Teams needs to bottom out and get a kid in the draft before they go anywhere. But the propaganda machine in lake forest knows if the team is always around 8-8 the idiot fan base will convince themselves they have a chance. Now you are paying top qb money to a guy who has to be reduced to a game manager so his crushing interceptions donโ€™t sink the team. Clown show”

      It’s wrong to call Cutler a game manager now. Game mamagers can’t really come from behind, and Jay has proved he can

      • Johnnywad

        So according to this guy, all you have to do is bottom out, like Detroit, Cleveland, Jacksonville, then pick a once in a generation quarterback, and you’re on your way to the title.

        So where are all these dynamite young QB’s that have joined shittt teams and are magically winning Super Bowls? I can’t think of one. The Seahawks won one with a young QB, but Wilson was a third rounder. That’s as close as I can get.

        It takes real talent at the GM position to even have a chance. And while a great quarterback helps, it takes a stacked team to compete year in and year out. There’s a reason, the top clubs in the league are in it nearly every year. And it damn sure isn’t because they bottomed out.

        • Cormonster

          Here’s a list of Super Bowl winning QB’s over the last 16 years and draft position:

          Kurt Warner – undrafted
          Tom Brady – 6th round
          Brad Johnson – 9th round
          Russell Wilson – 3 round
          Drew Brees – 2nd round
          Payton Manning – 1st overall
          Eli Manning – 1st overall
          Trent Dilfer – 6th overall
          Rothlesburger – 11th overall
          Flacco – 18th overall
          Rodgers – 23rd overall

          8 were won by 1st rounders, 8 by 2nd or lower rounders. There have been 42 QB’s taken in the 1st round over this time frame, and over half have a losing career record. Like Johnnywad said, it takes a great overall team.

          • I think most of those SB winning teams had a great pass rush.

            Those Saint’s and GB teams not a dominant one, but they did produce TOs.

            So, I would say, a dominant pass rush (front four) or opportunistic Ds that create TOs is the real formula

          • Big Mike

            The best way to build a team that contends year after year after year, is to build a stud offensive line. That means two pro-bowl players and an all pro. 3 studs and 2 guys that are way above average. (3 kyle longs and 2 matt slausons)

          • Not sure about that. Look at the Pats this year. You’d be hard pressed to name anyone.
            The Card’s Oline wasn’t great either.

            When the Ravens won, I vaguely remember them plugging in someone at LT in the playoffs that never started there before

            Good QBs can make up for a mediocre Oline.

            But from that list of recent SB winners, I remember most of those teams sporting a fierce pass rush or D which bent but forced TOs.

  • Bender McLugh

    Happy New year’s all! Hoping the days will treat you with kindness & good fortune & boobies, lots of boobies

  • Bender McLugh

    Cyrus Jones seems legit. Anytime got the 411 on him?

    • The GP

      He’s been arrested for domestic violence, so he’s got his NFL stamp of approval all ready.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Yup, got his man card. Kids with multiple women yet? Just want to make sure he’s pro bowl material ….

        • Johnnywad

          I think he has to stop paying child support or at least deny it in the first place for the multiple baby mamas to count in the Pro Bowl balloting

  • Jack Lacan

    Happy New Year — to everyone on this Blog.
    And thank you for your respect and patience with a very old man…
    We will win over all…

  • MB30SD

    Jim. Bob. Cooter.

    I mean, seriously?! Wow, his parents must have been HUGE dukes of hazard fans. you can’t make that shit up maings. smfh.

    also, this: “Chicago Bears: Chicago should set its sights on making the playoffs in 2016. The Bears’ postseason drought is absurd, as they’ve missed out five straight years and eight of the last nine. Since the Bears fired Mike Ditka in 1992 — 23 years ago — the club has been to the playoffs only five times. That’s ridiculous. Even the Chicago Cubs have five playoff appearances over that same span. The difference is the Cubs are now among the favorites to win next year’s World Series. — Jeff Dickerson”

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/page/32for32x151231/new-year-resolutions-every-nfl-team

    Talk about a reality slap in the face. damn man.

    Lastly, for the daddies on the board. Check out the Garafalo (sp?) cartoons for your little ones. they are amazing. There’s also one about a witch. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2484120/)

    • Irish Sweetness

      Thx for the witchy stuff.

      • MB30SD

        Knew you’d be all over it… the twins will love it.

    • Big Mike

      whoa.. has it been that bad? “Even the Chicago Cubs have five playoff appearances over that same span.
      The difference is the Cubs are now among the favorites to win next
      year’s World Series”

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Chicago Bears 20, Detroit Lions 13”.

    While I admire the optimism of that prediction I can’t endorse it since in addition to Jeffrey and Goldman on IR, Royal is “Doubtful”, Miller, McPhee, Grasu and Forte are all’ “Questionable”.

    I don’t think 20 points can win thisSunday and I also don’t see how the Bears even point up THAT many.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Can’t see a win here either. Miller didn’t practice this week. That means a lot more bubble screens than usual and at least one going back the other way for points.

      Not that it matters, the season’s over for us, and it’s been a great one. We finally have one of the best QBs in the league, and POX appear to be able to select talent. The arrow is pointed up, and that’ll do.

      Hope everyone is alive after last night? It’s 2016 – that’s some space-age shit right there!

    • I’d like to see Fuller on Megatron all day. What does it matter if he gets burned? Good practice going forward for when the games actually matter.

      Also, help us see if how high we need to draft a CB

      In fact, put Fuller at S for a series or two. fuck it.

  • Johnnywad

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000613464/article/eric-weddle-sprints-in-practice-after-being-put-on-ir

    Two things……

    I like what Weddle is all about.

    The Chargers appear to be run by some douche bags. Not sure I’m interested in McCoy as OC if Gase leaves.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Staying on the field at half-time to watch his daughter perform?

      OK.

      But staying out of the locker room to watch without so much as a mention to the team was a “jerk” move so sprinting at practice smacks of “Wah, Wah, Wah, they put me on IR and I could play” and he has no right to cry about the Chargers retaliating for HIS “jerk” move with one of their own.

      • Johnnywad

        Don’t you suspect there’s more to it than that? That seems like a very simple way to look at it.

        I read he asked and they denied him the opportunity to watch his daughter. If so, that’s BS. Now if he just did it without mention, that’s a bit different.

        The IR move is dirty pool for a veteran of his caliber. I would be pissed too. And as the article states, the Chargers may be in violation of league rules.

        • AlbertInTucson

          If he asked, I stand corrected.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Nah Al, he’s trying to get paid somewhere else and the Chargers are making that difficult for him, they’re also breaking the rules, you can’t sprint if your groin is done.

    • MB30SD

      They are the fucking worst. Assholes.

      I’d love weddle on this team

      • Big Mike

        He and Amos would look nice at safety. Amos would benefit from having Weddle around. Notice how Amos looked more like a rookie after Rolle went down? Love the kid, but expecting him to be the leader of the secondary in his 5th or 6th start.. nah..

        • willbest

          Shouldn’t that have been Porter. He has been around.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Jets at Bills — 31 degrees / Chance of Snow (35 percent) O/U 42 points

    Steelers at Browns — 32 degrees / Chance of Snow (15 percent) O/U 47 points

    Vikings at Packers (SNF) — 20 degrees O/U 45.5 points

  • CSN Chicago’s John Mullin said the Bears are still “seriously interested” in a long-term deal with impending free agent WR Alshon Jeffery.

    This seemed like a no-brainer before the season, but a myriad of soft-tissue injuries limited Jeffery to just nine games. He also struggled with weight problems in college, and Matt Forte appeared
    to take a veiled shot at Jeffery’s work ethic away from the building last week. The issues are a concern, but the reality is the Bears canno let Brandon Marshall and Jeffery escape in back-to-back offseasons. The smart money is on him signing a long-term extension with the Bears.- Roto

    Do we really want Alshon to mentor White? When Forte is essentially calling you lazy/soft, that’s pretty damning.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      White originally came from a Junior College, he has been fighting to make a name for himself all through college, so i am not worried about any influence Alshon will have, honestly it will probably be the other way around.

      • Scharfinator

        I hope you’re right…

    • Big Mike

      Yes. You sign him. His talent is hard to find. Kevin White has had a year of exposure to NFL life. He’s been out a year. I suspect he will be plenty motivated to kick 2016’s ass.

      • Irish Sweetness

        But do you tag him at 12.8M? He’s been healthy exactly half his games the last two seasons.

        • CanadaBear

          Just to make you even happier, the tagging price for WR’s will be closer to $14 mil.

          • Irish Sweetness

            And thats a firmer ‘no’ on the tag. That’s all-time top drawer receiver money.

        • willbest

          For some perspective, we paid Royal $5.5 million to do what he did this year. Would you rather pay Jeffery $14 million to get his level of production or Royal 5.5 for his?

          • Irish Sweetness

            We need a slot. I’d offer AJ about half the tag. There will be free agent receivers with a better attitude available for a LOT cheaper.

          • willbest

            But with 1/3rd his ability. Have you looked at the FA list at WR? There is nobody on it but way past their prime, and guys off the street.

      • Trac

        Kevin Whites recovery is in no way a foregone conclusion. Dude has a rod in his foot now from what has been reported.

        • Johnnywad

          Thought it was in his shin.

          • Trac

            I read somewhere they put a rod in his foot.

    • Johnnywad

      Makes me miss Thomas Jones. His downtime hobbies were lifting and watching film.

    • Irish Sweetness

      KW was a first round pick likely because he has work ethic. Probably doesn’t need his hand held and I’ll go a pound to a penny he’s ten time the player AJ is. AJ never impressed me. He caught TDs once because Brandon was around.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Just watched ‘Concussion’. Hard to believe Goodell is still employed. That led on to reading this article on Dave Duerson :

    http://www.mensjournal.com/magazine/dave-duerson-the-ferocious-life-and-tragic-death-of-a-super-bowl-star-20121002?page=2

    Which contained the lines:

    Buddy Ryan, the great, brutish coordinator of Chicago’s 46 defense, loathed rookies, especially rookies with more on their mind than earholing Packers. “He knew I’d gone to Notre Dame and asked if I was one of those doctors or lawyers,” Duerson said in an interview he gave last year for a book about Americans turning 50. “I said, ‘Yes, sir.’ He said, ‘Well, you won’t be here long, because I don’t like smart niggers'” โ€“ a comment Ryan has denied making.

    Classy.

    • Big Mike

      I’ve never been a fan of Buddy Ryan as a person. It was proven that his defensive genius had a lot to do with having 4-5 HOF caliber players, a bunch of All Pros and pro-bowlers.

      • CanadaBear

        Buddy always was an ass. I thought he was a great DC but you’re right about the talent level. He was horrid as a HC. Not sure about Buddy using the N word with Duerson. On the surface it seems doubtful because there were so many black players on the Bears and I just can’t see them giving Buddy a pass on that type of behavior. Who knows?

        • Irish Sweetness

          Which would make Duerson a liar? It would be a strange lie to make up. More likely that Ryan was an asshole than Dave would make something like that up. And he’s not going to run to the union with something like that.

          • CanadaBear

            if it was late in Duerson’s life, he had A LOT of issues and alienated family and friends. Not to mention he was so distraught he killed himself. Either way, I don’t know if it’s true or not. Not going to base my feelings about Buddy based on that. However, if Buddy did say that to him, just another example of what a classy guy he was.

          • willbest

            The n-word euphemism did not come into being until the OJ trial. In doing so it dramatically elevated the taboo associated with use of the word over and above all other racial slurs. While it wasn’t particularly classy in the 80s it was not the sign of a degenerate either.

            Culture evolves. I forget which comedian was making the statement but he was saying when he first started out the racial jokes were okay, but you try a sex joke, and you were going to get booed off the stage. Now its the reverse.

          • DaMurph

            Its just what we want to be offended by at any certain point in history.

          • CanadaBear

            I guess Murph but it was taboo when I was growing up unless you were looking to fight.

          • CanadaBear

            Yeah, I guess you guy’s are right but I’m not that much younger than Buddy and growing up, using the N word around a black person just wasn’t going to fly.

        • Johnnywad

          It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if he said it. Not that I knew a damn thing about Buddy Ryan. But I did grow up in Illinois in the 80’s. I heard that word ALL the time.

          • CanadaBear

            No doubt about that. It just seems a little implausible that a white leader of numerous black men would use that slur with one of them. Being an old white guy I’m not exactly an expert on this subject but you would think talking like that would be counter productive.

          • DaMurph

            Different times then. It was used more and people took offense as to the intent when used. Lotta brothers use it all the time with a tone of endearment. I could easily use it with a couple of my lifetime friends because they would know my intent. Most of the time though it is automatically off limits in any but the most closest relationship. I could picture Ryan using it without an evil hurtful intent and being more acceptable to his close players back in the day.

          • Doc Nitty

            Especially since those guys would have run through walls for him. I have a hard time seeing Singletary feel the way he does about Ryan if Ryan was so outwardly racist.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Stockholm syndrome? Buddy’s favorite name for Samurai was ‘Stupid’.

        • Anonymous

          Didn’t Buddy (as HC) guide HOU one year to the best record/top seed. They were knocked off in the divisional round at home by a KC team lead by two graybeards in Montana and Marcus Allen.

          P.S. People often think of Montana’s KC years as failure but they made the playoffs a couple of years and won a couple of post-season games.

          • CanadaBear

            He was DC in Houston. He was a HC in Philly and AZ. No real success as a HC.

          • Anonymous

            Ah ok. Thanks for the correction.

          • DaMurph

            He was 10-6 11-5 10- 6 his last three years in Philly, Not a bad record but got knocked out the first round every playoff game.

        • willbest

          I wouldn’t doubt use of the word with anybody born before 1950. Different times.

  • Irish Sweetness

    “This week the Bears use their newfound power run game to dominate in blustery conditions.”

    I looked up the league stats on rush defense expecting to see Tampa floundering somewhere at the bottom. They’re #2 in the league! 3.4 YPC allowed. Wow.

    We’re tied 5th worst with the Packers.

  • Scharfinator

    Let’s go out on a win! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM

  • Trac

    Just got done dropping of a 200 lb black lab at the vet that I found laying dead in the street. Of course the people who had him registered on his tag claimed he wasn’t theirs. Smh.

    Is it the year of the dog? Just sayin.

    • CanadaBear

      Really sad. Some people really don’t deserve the opportunity to be adopted by a dog. Bastards.

    • AlbertInTucson

      5 will get you 10 he got scared from fireworks, ran off New Year’s Eve and got hit.

      • Trac

        You’re prolly right. That or he fell out of a pickup. I see a lot of people driving around with unsecured dogs in their trucks.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Hate that.

          • MB30SD

            yeah, why would you risk that?! stupid

  • MB30SD

    you guys see Ed McCafferey’s son last night?! Holy shit, talk about Edelman 2.0.

    How about Alshon, White, Edleman 2.0 next year?

    • Cubsnlinux

      I think he remains in college next year.

      • MB30SD

        yeah, wasn’t sure if he was a soph, jr, or sr.

        • Cubsnlinux

          Soph.

          • MB30SD
          • Cubsnlinux

            Yeah he singlehandedly demolished the Hawkeyes yesterday. He will bulk up more in a good way in 1-2 years and will be a sure top 10 pick in 2017…barring injuries. He may remain in college also in 2017 so there is that. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • MB30SD

            I doubt it if he has an equally strong 2016. But there’s a lot of green between that and the here and now

          • Cubsnlinux

            Hear..hear

          • If he’s a small slot guy, those guys usually don’t get drafted in the 1st. Usually they go in the top of the 3rd, but if he’s really good, maybe the 2nd.

            However, if he’s more of an Odell Beckham type, well, that’s diff.

          • MB30SD

            he’s another edleman/welker/amendola

    • Irish Sweetness

      You need two receivers. Is Edelman minus Gronk a thing?

      • MB30SD

        100%

        Dude is their chain mover

  • MB30SD

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000613483/article/anonymous-bills-player-mario-williams-checked-out

    might be a good 2 year DL push solution if the price is right a la rat… before he went apeshit.

    not exactly a singing endorsement, but maybe we get a BMarsh type ‘new team bounce’ outta him?

    • AlbertInTucson

      Teammates saying he’s “All about himself” would seem to be a red flag.

      • CanadaBear

        Makes you wonder about Williams. Everything I’ve ever read or seen about Rex screams “player’s coach”. Not to mention Rex usually has an attacking D that most DL/LB’s love.

        • Yeah. I have huge reservations about his “effort.” He cashed in and checked out. But he did have like 14 sacks last season, though as a DE.

          I think he’ll end up in a 4-3, and most likely in Dallas

          • Irish Sweetness

            Rex sucked the life out of their defense. Lets face it. He’s in the league because his old man – the fat racist – lucked into one of the greatest defensive rosters ever put together. Period. He has daddy’s playbook, and it doesn’t work without a bunch of HOFers and PBers.

          • CanadaBear

            Usually the D brings it for Rex and the O not so much.

        • Irish Sweetness

          They went from first to worst under Rex in sacks.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Maybe if BMarsh bounces again … he can bounce home to Chicago!

  • Cubsnlinux

    Feel bad for Jaylon Smith. That injury didn’t look good.

  • MB30SD

    Irish, it’s the Gruffalo: http://www.gruffalo.com/

  • Doc Nitty

    Had to put down my third dog today. It doesn’t get any easier. She was the sweetest dog with the softest ears. She will be missed.

    RIP Pony.

    • MB30SD

      sorry to hear that doc. rainbow bridge maings. hang in my brother.

    • CanadaBear

      Holy Crap Doc! Condolences. That is some kind of hard. Hang in there Amigo!

    • AlbertInTucson

      Been there.

    • Trac

      Just this morning I was thinking about my old gal I had to put down a few years back. I still remember those big trusting eyes looking at me as she died. Very tough. Cheer up Doc.

  • Trac

    I’ve just had an epiphany. My creative juices have spontaneously inspired me to produce the invention of the century.

    Gents, I give you “The Burgdog”. A burger designed to fit in a hot dog bun. It’s easier to eat in the car and cooks faster on the grill.

    It’s never been done before, can you believe it?

    The potential will be limitless.

    • Doc Nitty

      Sign me up for twenty shares!

      • Trac

        Lol. Done!

    • But all Chicagoans will endlessly debate, “Can you put ketchup on it?”

      • Trac

        Hahaha

      • MB30SD

        FUCK YES

    • The More You Know

      It’s been done in South Asia for centuries. It’s called a seekh kebab.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Isn’t that a minced beef dog …?

  • Fuck. Foreals? Either Gase has the best promoters, or he’s almost gone

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/01/02/eagle-browns-dolphins-all-expected-to-chase-adam-gase/

    • CanadaBear

      Probably both.

      • Fudge. This might mean we promote Loggain to OC, but does anyone have a clue as to whether he’s any good at OC?

        Other more proven options might become available after black monday anyways, and Fox and the Bears are still names coaches will want first dibs on.

        • CanadaBear

          Loggains might be interesting but what a leap of faith. it will be an interesting week or two. I could see the Beloved losing both Gase and Fangio if 10 or 11 get canned.

        • Anonymous

          Some have speculated Fox will give McCoy a ring once the latter is let go by SD. Blogfather also speculated about Whisenhunt.

          • MB30SD

            I’ll take both/either

    • Trac

      Yup. When the Iggles fired Chip Kelly last week, I figured they’d be first in line to interview Gase.

    • Anonymous

      Welcome news for Blogfather and half the DBBers, given how most of them believe Gase’s playcalling is shit and his reputation is being carried by Cutler.

      Anyway, good luck to him if he goes. When was the last time a Bears coordinator or position coach was offered an NFL HC gig straight from the Bears?

      • Trac

        I’m crossing my fingers Fox finds a way to keep him.

      • I find it hilarious that Gase is essentially getting an HC job for cutting Cutty’s INTs down, and making him look like a viable QB.

        Salvaging Cutty apparently was like splitting the atom in NFL circles.

        • Anonymous

          Hah! Apparently he had a hand in Tebow’s playoff year too. But as Florio put it, might come down to the perception of getting the most out of a guy who cared too much (in Peyton) and a guy who cared too little (in Cutty).

          A net positive for the franchise if he lands an HC gig. Plus, Fox will replace him with a proven dude. Or so goes my guess.

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            Jesus Christ, when did Cutler care too little? Goddamn this narrative has been drilled into your heads.

          • Anonymous

            Note the word “perception” …

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            The way it’s typed is that Peyton cares so much and Jay the opposite and Gase could work with both.
            That’s not perceiving Jay as not caring, it’s believing that he doesn’t but perceiving that Gase so
            Show figured it.out. the don’t care narrative has been beaten to death by EVERYONE despite what the actual coaches and players say. It’s tucking dumb.

          • Anonymous

            Well … unintentional by me but I’m not the best writer and often have to correct myself.

            Not the biggest Cutler fan but I never bought the narrative of his indifference or lack of preparation.

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            I know Florio said it not you. I am just tired of it. I had to endure this type of shit at a family party TODAY!!!! as my wife’s cousin is giving me shit about Cutler despite the fact that he lives in Virginia, knows nothing about it and was an RG3 foot soldier. RG3-phile telling me about our QB? TRADE FUCKING WIND.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Gase was a factor, but there’s a long list of things you have to be good at to make a good HC. This all the same guff we heard about Toub .. .”gee his special teams aare good … he must be a great CEO”.

          • Trac

            I believe that’s exactly what his comments are implying. That the narrative in the Football world rightly or wrongly believes Gase can make lemonade out of lemons because of the Cutty narrative that has been OUT THERE for several years about Cutty. Shanny 2.0

  • Shady

    Mrs. Matt Stafford, Kelly Hall vs. Mrs. Jay Cutler, Kristin Cavallari.

    Who ya got?

    • CanadaBear

      Not really too interested in either one but Stafford’s wife has that cheerleader for life look to her so Cutler’s wife wins by default.

    • MB30SD

      Agree with Canada. Shockingly, Christi looks more like a real person. Whodathunk?!

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    Brandon is still whining about this

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/01/02/brandon-marshall-still-angry-about-what-went-down-in-chicago/

    i am going to start calling him BillW Marshall

    • Trac

      I saw that but didn’t bother to read it. If I only I had it so bad. Know what I mean jellybean?

    • Doc Nitty

      I wish I knew details of what he did last year. If his bitching and moaning was about the coaches and Jays pension for T.O.’s then don’t we agree? Maybe he was calling Martellus out? Maybe he was looking for accountability, something that staff knew nothing about. Maybe he was trying to be a leader and due his past, it rubbed people the wrong way. I’m starting to come down on the side of it being a stupid trade. That guy balled out for the beloved and we all know the coaches had the respect of nobody.

      • Irish Sweetness

        My belief is that he called Cutty out – like all of us did. Protect the ball. The brass got antsy with the bromance breakup and went with Cutty.

        • CanadaBear

          Whatever it was Pox didn’t mess around launching him. Nessman wouldn’t deal with him for whatever reason and it seemed like BMarsh got a little bolder all the time. Just wish they would have gotten more for him.

    • BearDown100393

      Marshall is a one year act on multiple teams. He is as much a headcase as a talent.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Further evidence that the guy just can’t help himself.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Damn, what happens when Geno is starting next year after somebody else(hopefully us) signs Fitzy?

  • Trac

    I was reading where a guy called the police to show them his meth so they’d arrest him. I hope he gets the help he needs. It’s a terrible drug to be hooked on. Very cruel world out there.

  • Doc Nitty

    Jon Fox is Lovie Smith 2.0. If Gase gets offered a job, I’d be okay with firing Fox to give the job to Gase. Maybe they can get Fox to retire. Send him on with a nice severance package.

    • MB30SD

      WTF?!?!?

      • Scharfinator

        He’s been vaping a LOT lately. He’ll sort himself out again soon ๐Ÿ™‚

        • MB30SD

          i loves him no matter what

        • CanadaBear

          So have I but I’m not saying that shit!

          • MB30SD

            hahahahaha… canada I never knew!

      • Doc Nitty

        I see Gase as an innovative young vibrant coach with a future. I see Fox as another retread from days gone by. Ideally, I’d keep the status quo. But if I’m forced to choose, I’d keep Gase over Fox. I know it’ll never happen. I’m just sayin is all I’m sayin.

        • MB30SD

          bang bang?

          • Doc Nitty

            ๐Ÿ™

          • MB30SD

            make that shit happen maings! JETPACKS!!

        • AlbertInTucson

          See what you want, Doc, but, for all you know, Gase could also be Josh McDaniels “2.0”.

          Wasn’t McDaniels the “innovative young vibrant coach with a future” when Denver plucked him from the Belicheat tree in 2009?

          8-8, 3-9 and done before the end of the 2010 season.

          And who came in and cleaned up THAT mess in Denver?

          • Yeah, but McDaniels, like Haley, was always a known as a douchaine control freak.

            By all accounts, Gase is much more flexible and has proven he can work in multiple systems.

            There’s a good reason teams were sniffing around him last year, and this year.

            Shit, if the 9ers dumbshits, Gase would’ve been their HC, and Fangio their DC.

            Not sure if Gase will turn into the real deal, but he’s young, flexible, and proven (up to a point). Probably more than Tomlin was when he took over the Steelers.

            I hope we give Gase a major raise and tell him this will be his team in 2017.

        • Irish Sweetness

          What has Gase shown,specifcally, that can make him a HC candidate? I don’t even like his offense. Fox has been to the show, twice.

    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      Docs,most of these guys are just kids. They need a strong head coach during the rebuild. They respect.him. we need that right now.

      • Trac

        Thank you Yonny. Preach it brotha!

    • This is not as crazy as it sounds. I felt the same, but hoped we’d get at least one more year out of Fox/Gase/Fangio before promoting Gase and releasing Fox to pasture.

      But after one year? That’s tough.

      If it works, it’s bold. If not, well, see Trestman over Arians…

    • BearDown100393

      The McCaskeys are not going to eat the 3 years left on John Fox’s contract in order to promote Adam Gase.

    • Trac

      Put away the funny cigarettes Doc, mmmkay. Don’t say such cruel things.

    • CanadaBear

      The difference is Fox always beats Lovie AND he has fabulous contacts for coaches/coordinators. That’s huge. This year we’ve seen these players be horrible and actually improve from coaching. Other than Toub and Old Sauce, you didn’t see much of that with Lovie.

    • AlbertInTucson

      The team is markedly improved, mostly just from a coaching standpoint and you want to fire the guy who put the staff together after 1 season.

      Have to disagree.

    • Johnnywad

      Curious, why not Fangio? I’m all in on Fox, but if somebody’s getting promoted, Fangio has been polishing turds into DB’s all season. The Bears actually defend the pass well with the likes of, Bryce Callahan, Quortey, Prosinski, et al. That’s no small feat. Especially considering it’s done in the absence of a pass rush or blitzing.

      • For some reasons, Fangio keeps getting passed over as HC. in fact, the 9ers offered Gase the HC job, not Fangio.

        And I don’t think Fangio even got interviewed to be HC by another team last season

        Somethings up there, and given that ppl were saying the same thing about Trestman, I’m a lil more willing to believe the NFL clicks on this.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          i read Fangio was a little to rough around the edges personality wise for many teams to consider him for the top spot. sorry don’t know where i read that else i would put a link. I don’t know if it is true or not but would make sense.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Crazy stuff there Doc. Fox is a proven winner, he can get us there. Fangio is not aggressive and I don’t like soft defenses that don’t get after the QB or plug those A gaps up. 5th worst rush D in the league won’t cut it. We’ll see what Gase does when we have some receivers.

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    If you’re in Old Town, hit Marge’s. Oldest bar in Chicago. Cool place.

  • MB30SD

    can we talk about something…

    If you don’t put ketchup on your hotdog, you’re a fucking tard. Sorry I’m not sorry.

    (mustTARD is for pretzels)

    • Trac

      See, you ain’t so bad. Hahaha

      • MB30SD

        Nah, I like the foofy all nat, no nitrates, no preservatives etc… etc… ones.

    • Scharfinator

      In 40+ years you’ve never grown out ketchup.

      You think you know a guy!

      ๐Ÿ™‚

      • MB30SD

        Ketchup is THE best

  • Doc Nitty

    Well fuck. And now 4 agonizing months of draft talk. Congratulations draftnics. You are victorious.

    BALLS

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