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Jeffrey on Jeffery: Alshon Returns From Suspension

| December 13th, 2016

Alshon Jeffery is a terrific wide receiver. He is a true number one option on the outside. But he’s not Odell Beckham. He’s not Julio Jones. He’s not a game-changing talent. And that makes his future with the Bears difficult to discern. More thoughts:

  • The ability to use the tag a second time is why I believe Alshon will return to Chicago next year. It allows the Bears, with their copious cap space, to keep a talented a player in the mix while not committing long term financially. It also gives Jeffery another opportunity to prove to the NFL he’s worthy of A.J. Green money. (His attempt to do so in 2016 failed miserably.)
  • PED suspension will have no negative impact on the front office. If anything, Alshon’s absence proved Cam Meredith – while an intriguing talent – is not ready for primetime.
  • If the Bears move on from Jeffery – a mistake in my opinion – wide receiver becomes a focal point of the offseason. Without Jeffery the Bears would be far more reliant on a healthy and productive Kevin White than they want to be. I wouldn’t rule out the team looking at Clemson’s Mike Williams in the first round.
  • Jeffery also has the opportunity to make the case for #barkleytime this week. Barkley’s had one viable excuse for not being 3-0 as Bears starter: his wide receivers don’t belong on a pro football field. Jeffery is such a massive upgrade I wouldn’t be surprised to see Barkley throw a few jump balls to him Cutler-style to take adavtange of his size and hands.
  • But let’s not pretend this is an easy decision for Ryan Pace. I get the sense Pace recognizes Jeffery’s ability but is not enamored with him as a player. GM’s hate spending money out of positional necessity but with the state of the Bears receiving corps, Pace simply may not have a choice.
  • One has to believe Pace has already made the decision on Jeffery’s future and these final three games will have little impact.

One thing is certain. If Jeffery returns in 2017 he needs to be more available. With the power run game in place, Jeffery’s ability to win over the top on play action could provide him the stage for his most productive season. Of course, it depends on who is playing quarterback.

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  • MB30SD

    Konnichiwa bitches

    I swear it was in a protein bar I bought at the gym Rodge!

    Just catch the ball dude.

    #barkleytime!

  • BearDown100393

    I can only think of one word to summarize Alshon’s season to date:
    Disappointing.

    • MB30SD

      Career?

      I mean, no where close to Kevin white disappointing, but still…

      • BearDown100393

        Wouldn’t go that far. Really wanted to see the guy shine this year.

        • MB30SD

          All of us did, and yet…….. Disappointment.

          Like last year. 2 good, 2 bad = disappointment for me

          • BearDown100393

            It is strange. Primary personal concern on the offense was the line. And it has been decent. Had Jay/Alshon/Miller stay healthy along with a pretty good run game provided by Howard, the record would be very different.

          • MB30SD

            Yes, and we’d still be stuck in the mermaid conundrum.

            I’m actually glad this year has happened the way it has, looking back. It’s allowed us to ferret out the depths of our roster to find some gems and build the base of a potentially really solid, really young team.

            …but we’d still be hypnotized by the siren song, only to sleepwalk into the waiting jaws of the beast… Goya-style.

            (That’s what mermaids really do right… Hypnotize you to come after them then drowned you and eat you… Not the hot naked chick eating and entire lobster with her hands thing?!)

          • BearDown100393

            Your statement in parenthesis sounds like the beginning to a new soft porn movie franchise.

          • MB30SD

            If I had some spare time, I’d suggest we try to produce that franchise… Not in front of the camera…. Together.

          • MB30SD

            Btw… Jay and his strip-sack special was the mermaid.

            For those less sharp of us (looking at you butch)

          • Big Mike

            This is the silver lining.

          • willbest

            The last reasonably healthy season we had was 2012. The O was healthy in 2013 but the D broke down, and everybody was hurt in 2014, 2015 and this year.

          • MB30SD

            brutal

          • Big Mike

            And that’s with Long injured/out since nearly the season opener.

          • Big Mike

            I’m so sick and tired of not being able to see what we have. This whole season has been a continuation of the offseason. What if this, what if that. The list of guys who haven’t played is just about every one we wanted to see take steps forward and work together. Even Grasu, what’s he all about. Whitehair stepped in took his job. Or did he? Grasu to Center, Whitehair to G and Long to RT. Alshon, nope, White, nope. Alshon and White at the same time, NOPE, NOPE. Alshon, White (slot), Wilson, NOPE, NOPE, NOPE. Goldman/Hicks with Trevathan and Freeman, Floyd and Mcphee. NOPE, NOPE, NOPE, NOPE. Fuller and Porter, NOPE/NOPE and the list goes on..

    • willbest

      40 on 72 targets for 630 and 1 TD. That is 71 for 1120 yards and 2 TDs on a 16 game season. I don’t know what it is with the Bears and not liking to throw to him in the end zone. He is open plenty of times, even after Marshall and Bennett missed.

  • Make RedZone Conv% Great Again

    uh, i believe it’s spelled Jeffreys

    #longtimefan

    • MB30SD

      #makethebloggreatagain

      #bringbackthestraffing

      #wheeeeeere’syonny?

      • BearDown100393

        #twitterkilledtheblogstar

        • MB30SD

          #letshopenot

          • BearDown100393

            Different election result if there was no Twitter? Hmmm….. maybe.

          • MB30SD

            Nah, I maintain that lost in the reality game shock and awe was the fact that murica was never ready to put a vagina in office.

            Dems got ahead of themselves thinking there’s no fucking way the American public will vote this pathological piece of trash to office, he’s a joke. Forgetting that more than half of Murica is a bunch of redneck hillbillies that think beating their wife is a part of their civic duty.

            Politicians are baaaad mkaaay

          • willbest

            I am just shocked that the popular vote went for a pathological piece of trash. Blew my mind how many snot nosed urban whores willing to bend over a take it up the ass just so they can have the privelege of looking down on people are different than them

            Amazing save by the hillbilly wifebeaters on this one.

          • MB30SD

            sure, saved.

            the dude didn’t do a presidential briefing because, wait for it… he’s too smart.

            Look man, hillary is just as much a POS (just in a dof way). This dude is a fucking joke. I hope it’s not dangerous (see: China, mainland)

          • willbest

            Why you listening to fake news bro? He seems to have a pretty solid handle on things based on what he has actually done.

            And what am I looking with respects to China?

            They are building stationary aircraft carriers all over the south China Sea and him talking to the President of Taiwan scares you? China isn’t going to do shit to us nor we them. Both our economies are
            built on an interlinked house of cards. Capital outflows from China
            into West Coast (including Canada) real estate is driving locals out.
            There is a booming business among area hospitals for wealthy Chinese in
            birth tourism. Our wealthy aren’t hedging like that. I guess their
            wealthy could just be smarter. But its just as likely that economic collapse in China would result in another Cultural Revolution.

            Or do you think that Facebook and Google who have been censoring against Trump are going to roll over and start censoring for him the way they do for the Chinese and German governments?

          • MB30SD

            I like the sound of that. All of it. Let’s just get to the apocalypse already!

          • BillW

            It was anti-Trump. I held my nose and voted for her. Not that it mattered in Illinois. I wanted Rubio or Kasich or Romney or Ryan (I know they didn’t all run). I probably would have voted for any Repub – even Cruz – over her.

            But was Comrade Trump who got nomination. Hopefully will make Russian Vodka cheap. Then have that going for us – would be nice.

          • willbest

            I love how in 4 years time Russian threat went from a crazed fear dream of Romney to the greatest geopolitical threat this country has seen since WW2. Just sort of sneaks up on you I suppose.

            And if you honestly believe Russia is credible threat to US global interests, why would you vote for a woman who as Sec. of State from 2009-2013 had an outsized roll in making that happen. You usually don’t rehire the person that done gone fucked up to fix the problem.

          • SC Dave

            Well, for one, they simply cannot understand WHY Putin would FINALLY put his foot down and stop NATO from conquering the Ukraine.

    • SC Dave

      Jefferies, right?

  • Irish Sweetness

    How can you be a true #1 option at WR if you’re not a game-changer Jeff? He can jump higher than Cam Meredith and that’s it. Anyone paying him 16M next year wants shooting. You pay Julio or Antonio or AJ Green that kind of money … not Mr. Soft PED-user.

    “If anything, Alshon’s absence proved Cam Meredith – while an intriguing talent – is not ready for primetime.”

    WTF? Try watching the games sober, sincerely. That is a ridiculous statement. He had a bad game one week. That’s it. Go check out Larry Fitzgerald’s stats this week. He sucked. Brandon Marshall too. I suppose they’re not ready for the big-time either.

    If Cam wasn’t playing in that game, we’d have been lucky to get a couple of FGs.

    • Big Mike

      Game changer as in All Pro. Jeffery certainly changes the game plan for the Bears and opposing defenses. When he’s healthy Jeffery is the best WR outside of Brandon Marshall to ever put on a Bears’ uniform. (maybe overstating,but maybe not). Bears are likely 3-0 instead of 1-2 with Jeffery on the field the last three games. Think about it. If the spare bears are getting opening, how open do you think Alshon would have been. He’s bigger, as fast, stronger, has better hands, has more experience and runs better routes than every WR we put on the field. I’d put him in the top 10 of WRs..”when he’s healthy”. I don’t think he’s truly been healthy all year.

      The excuse this week had better not be “rust” or “unfamiliarity with Barkley” I expect those two factors will come into play, but it is time for him to step up

      • willbest

        Barkley has had several throws where he has had expected the WR to do something other than the WR did. If I see that with Jeffery, I will believe it is Barkley missing the read and not the WRs. However, if the Ball gets within 8 feet of Jeffery, I will expect a catch.

        • Big Mike

          That’s all I’m saying. Bears beat Tennessee, Bears Beat Detroit with Alshon.

    • willbest

      9-10% of cap on a top 10 WR is normal. 13% of cap on a top 10 QB is normal. I think you need to get used to the new cap situation. Jeffery benefited from 1 year under the cap because it delayed his long term deal another year. Cap goes up. Advantage Jeffery.

      That being said, $16 million is probably pushing it. But he is probably looking at 4-year 60 mil, 30 mil guaranteed that AJ got at this point.

      As for Cam, he isn’t commanding the double team. Jeffery puts up better numbers with the double team. From what I could tell in the last 4 games opponents have mostly zeroed in on Howard.

      Cam should be on the team next year as its #2. Although he will probably be the #3 because White will get another shot.

      • SC Dave

        I agree with all this. Cam has shown enough to stick on the roster, and probably start. He seems a better option that White in any event.

        All he has to do is stop dropping so many passes.

        • Huge Bears Penis

          screw Cam. we need to see more of BRAVERMAN!!!!

          • willbest

            Obviously Braverman is our starting slot receiver, returner, and emergency QB.

      • Irish Sweetness

        But Alshon was best when he was playing opposite Marshall. I agree Cam is the #2, but there’s no way we should pay AJ top money, he’s not in that bracket.

    • CanadaBear

      “He can jump higher than Cam Meredith and that’s it.” Un, no that’s not true. He has much better hands. He is one of the best at high pointing the ball in all of the NFL. He runs better routes and is a better blocker.

      • BerwynBomber

        Yup. And his blocking can be nearly on the level of BMarsh’s. He’s just not as consistent of a blocker as BMarsh. But world’s of difference between him and Meredith blocking.

        • MB30SD

          stop that

          • A Most Excellent Dude (GP)

            noez noez senor, heeeee veerrrry good blocker

          • MB30SD

            worst mexican accent… eeeeeveeer (voice of simpsons comic book guy)

    • SC Dave

      Jeffery is better than Meredith. Period.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Not the point being made, Dave. Jeff was dissing him, when he’s been more productive than Alshon.

  • willbest

    Bears aren’t tagging Alshon again. He would make 17.4 million on it. Jeffery is a 6-12th best WR in the league. He should have gotten his 5-year 14 mil a year, 35 million guaranteed last year. Pace gambled on being able to use White to let Jeffery go. He lost. Jeffery is going to get his 35 million guaranteed on top of the 14.5 million we already got. Its just now he gets to choose which team he plays for.

    • MB30SD

      buh bye

    • Sauron’s right eyeball

      In my humble opinion, a GM should only pay top dollar for ODB/Julio type players.

      • willbest

        Does Jeffery increase your odds of winning more Randell Cobb or Crabtree or Gracon? See these are competent players you can get. But you are limited to 11 players on the field.

        Any WR that consistently commands that a safety be rolled his direction, and makes teams pay when they don’t is going to be a difference maker even if ODB and Julio (or Gronk) can beat even those double teams. Do those guys deserve more? Yes. But that doesn’t mean Jeffery shouldn’t be making right up there with them. Because there are only 5-6 of those players and there are 32 teams. Unless you are awful at cap management the GM’s limiting factor is usually going to be the quality of players he can get on the field at the same time. Mainly because there isn’t enough of them to go around among the 32 teams.

        • Sauron’s right eyeball

          We’re talking about Julio money my man. 12 teams go to the playoffs evra year and you don’t need an Alston on the team for that to happen. Shit me a playoff team, I don’t care how Pace does it, just do it dammit.

          • willbest

            Sure but ODB has never played in a playoff game either. Its a team effort. You got to get enough difference makers in there, and then get a bit of luck avoiding injuries.

          • Big Mike

            You need to have 3 or 4 studs on each side of the ball to be a good team. Top tier guys. Alshon is one. Howard might be one. That’s it. You don’t get rid of them for slightly above average. Those guys you mention work well when they are not expected to be 1 of the studs. Without the studs in place, the next tier of player.. wilts.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Howard MIGHT be a stud? He is most certainly a stud, and a rookie at that. I don’t think AJ is a stud. He was just a guy benefiting from playing with Brandon.

          • Big Mike

            Bears have had other rookie running backs start out great.  But yeah he is looking. Like a +++ player.
            Get Outlook for iOS

      • SC Dave

        I don’t get the ODB love. The guy disappears for weeks on end.

    • Big Mike

      he won’t get that. Franchising him still makes sense. Bears have plenty of cap space. Plus it is only a one year commitment. Those kinds of deals don’t wreck rebuilding teams.

  • CanadaBear

    I really can’t see Pace parting with that much cash for Alshon. I also want to throw up at the thought of drafting another WR with their first pick. Pace and Fox have to know that White will be bucking huge odds to become more than JAG at WR. Lots of intrigue for the off season.

    • Sauron’s right eyeball

      Strike 1 – Emery drafted him.
      Strike 2 – He got busted for PED’s.
      Strike 3 – Emery drafted him.

      He gone.

      • CanadaBear

        I don’t think they care about the PED’s (probably were privately thrilled to save $3+ mil). Emery drafted him but he actually has talent. Something only Kyle Long can say among PE draft picks. I think it just comes down to money and Pace likes bargains. Alshon is not going to be a bargain.

        • willbest

          Don’t forget Leno who might end up being Emery’s best contribution to the Bears if Jeffery leaves and Long keeps getting hurt.

        • Sauron’s right eyeball

          That was tongue in cheek as its common knowledge GM’s prefer the new quard.

  • CanadaBear

    At some point any good news is welcomed. The Bears don’t play in London next year! Gotta take your pleasure where you find it!

    • BerwynBomber

      London games are the worst. Mex or Canada I sorta get (though the “home” team still gets jobbed), but London is more of Goodell’s world ruler nonsense.

      • CanadaBear

        Pretty sure Jacksonville is setting themselves up to be the London team. They volunteered to play a game in London for the next 4 years. Gotta imagine a London franchise would be worth more than a Jax franchise. I’m with ya 100% on how much I hate these games. Although, I gotta admit, getting up at 6:30 AM and watching NFL action is pretty sweet (as long as it isn’t the Beloved).

        • Big Mike

          It’s bullshit..Thursday night games, the ratings dive, the takeover of fantasy football freaks who don’t even have a team they like are beginning to show that less is more.

          • Huge Bears Penis

            Are you blaming the ratings dive on fantasy football?

          • willbest

            The quality of the product generally, I presume. which leads to ratings declines from actual fans. If you are catering to fantasy players though wouldn’t you tend to see more lenient application of rules for elite talent?

          • Big Mike

            Scoring..Scoring, Scoring.. Team Defense ok.. But OL? Garbage time stats are more important than your team winning. Skews the whole perspective on the game.

          • Big Mike

            More on the lack of loyalty to any one team. FF was a huge boom to the NFL for a long time. I think a new breed of fan has been created that is FF only. They don’t even watch the game, They just get their stats.

          • Huge Bears Penis

            I think the bigger issue with ratings is QUALITY, especially on your Thursday/Monday night games. Quality of the play, quality of refs. Quality of play on Thursday night game is horrendous, even the so called good teams play like shit. I have turned off more games this year (not Bears games) than I have ever done in the past decade. One of the biggest issues is how games are officiated. Flags for snow angels, fantom holding and PI calls, missed PI calls, officials fucking up play clocks, refs blatantly favoring one team. It pisses me off.

          • Big Mike

            This past weeks Bears’ game was almost unwatchable because of the penalties.

          • Huge Bears Penis

            I know but it is the Bears so I keep watching. But like most non Bears fans if those type games play on Thursday night, good chance they will be switching the channel.

          • I bet the only ppl who even causally tune in to teams like the Panthers, Bears, Cards are FF players and/or degenerate gamblers/masochists.

          • CanadaBear

            Thursday night games are routinely hideous.

          • Big Mike

            Wouldn’t know. I haven’t watched except for the Bears. I find TH night football to be an abberation. The NFL needs to be on Sunday. With 1 game on Monday night. The end.

    • AlbertInTucson

      But now there are FOUR games over there.

      • CanadaBear

        At some point some team is moving there. My money is on JAX. Not sure how the league works out the logistics but there is a huge market there and you know the NFL rarely leaves any stone unturned looking for more cash.

        • BillW

          Here is a scenario that might work (though I hate the idea). These are parts of things I’ve read in speculation.

          First – the preseason is shortened to 2 games.
          Next – a second bye week

          Now the travel issues can be mitigated to some extent – though the bye weeks would almost have to start rin week 2 and then continue maybe the entire year.

          Another option was not having a team based there yet, but have everyone play there every year. That game would be a 17th regular season game and a home game for no one.

          Intriguing – and yet the real question is “why?” The answer must be there are franchises that can’t pull their weight – like JAX I guess (I don’t follow attendance).

          • BearDown100393

            The London Jaguars. Sponsored by Jaguar. Just send Cleveland every weekend.

          • BillW

            Would they still pronounce it Jag-wires?

            I prefer jag-u-are. Like saying to the blowhard who brags about owning one: What a jag you are.

        • willbest

          Indy proved you don’t need the bye coming back. They looked unaffected. But then Indy is east coast time so its only 5 hours. West coast to London is 8 hours. That is a different ball game for jet lag.

          Logistically it would work fine if they put 2 teams across the ocean from the same division. Then the cross conference opponent or division opponent could fly out and do both games back to back.

          But they would need to find a second city in Europe to base games in.

          • Big Mike

            It’s not about London, or Europe. It’s about the TV ratings for a game that starts at 9: 00 am or some shit.

          • 6am on the West Coast

        • AlbertInTucson

          My distaste for these games is on record.

  • BerwynBomber

    A little follow-up on the La Canfora/Polian stuff yesterday

    The Hubster thought it was nonsense and considered it an insult to Pace, Polian, Ted, the McCaskeys and the Bears organization. Bernstein, OTOH, said his sources confirmed La Canfora’s reporting. Didn’t mean the Bears would go thru with it but hiring another Acorsi-like consultant or even a football czar is something on the table.

    • willbest

      I don’t know what the expert would do exactly. Pace’s draft picks and FA’s when not injured aren’t embarrassing themselves. Its not like he has gone out of his way to sign brittle people. We blame the S&C coaches for all the soft tissue shit, but I am pretty sure Fox hires those guys.

      No he hasn’t found an answer at QB, but its not like he has been ignoring the issue. Its such a valuable position you don’t always have the opportunity. Cutler has been healthy the last 2 years, and he played well enough in 2015 to think he would be able to maintain it, especially with a better defense.

      He missed on Dak? All 32 teams missed on Dak.

      • Big Mike

        They missed on Dak 3x each. I say he’s not what every one is saying and is a product of decent talent and the best OL in football

        • willbest

          Sure but most of those pieces were there last year too and Matt Cassell, Kellen Moore, Brandon Weeden went a collective 1-11. Dak has gone 11-2. And yeah Zeke is legit, and their D is playing better. But Dak is rolling a 102 PR and an 83 QBR. Which is better than anybody in the QB carousel did last year (including Tony Romo)

          • Big Mike

            OL, makes a QB better. We’ve seen it with Barkley. OL is playing lights our right now. Dak has talent. But he’ll regress to a much lower mean.

      • DaCoaches Mustache

        Hot take alert – Dak is not good. He’s been exposed the last 2 weeks, and he’s going to suck next year.

        • SC Dave

          Maybe not suck, but he’ll get knocked down a notch or few. The unknowns usually do.

        • Then everyone will say, “See,that’s why he was a 4rth rounder!”

          GOtta love monday qbs

        • willbest

          Or you know the Vikings and Giants D’s are legit.

  • BerwynBomber

    The other scuttle on Jeffery is that there has been some whispers (for a couple of years now) that he does not like Chicago and would prefer to play in a warm-weather climate. Don’t know how true that is, but if so, it would provide another wrinkle of the decision-making process.

    • willbest

      Jeffery isn’t outspoken on much, but I suspect he had zero problem playing on the tag this year because he knows it gives him all the leverage in the world to leave this year.

      • Big Mike

        Tag his ass again, because he hasn’t earned a new contract, or pay him at the level his stats show.

  • A Most Excellent Dude (GP)

    If the Bears move on from Jeffery – a mistake in my opinion – wide receiver becomes a focal point of the offseason. Without Jeffery the Bears would be far more reliant on a healthy and productive Kevin White than they want to be. – Jeff

    Jeff advocates keeping a player that is on the current roster? Not letting them go?

    (falls off chair) WOW! I’m not sure that has EVER HAPPENED before!!!

    • Kreutz, Hester, Peanut, Briggs, Red Grange…

      • BearDown100393

        Urlacher, Mannelly,

    • That Guy

      Bottom line: The team isn’t winning right now. You can’t keep the same roster and assume radical changes will happen to our record.

      Then again, you can’t cut everyone. I personally think our troubles at WR this year are more due to Kevin White than Alshon Jeffery.

      • willbest

        Yes forfeiting your #7 overall pick from a year ago, does put you at a pretty notable competitive disadvantage.

      • Big Mike

        Alshon is better than White. Alshon is better than 90% of the WR in the league. We forget, because we get so mad at him not being on the field, or when Cutler forgets to throw to him, or gets locked in on him when he shouldn’t. Alshon is legit. The end. Shouldn’t even be a discussion. Alshon + White has potential.

        • At the very least – at the very very least, Alshon keeps safeties honest, can block, and provides a great red zone target.

          What we need to do is sign another sure-handed (and perhaps slow) vet WR that can fill that role when Alshon sprains his vagina again.

          Along the lines of Steve Smith, Boldin (though a lil younger).

          Royal was supposed to be that guy, but he too is made of china.

          • Big Mike

            Any of the older WRs are prone to old man injuries. Soft tissue, achilles, hamstrings, groin pulls

          • Yeah, that’s the risk, but a sturdy type.

            I don’t think Boldin has missed a game since he had his jaw wired shut that one.

            Along those lines, not the Andre Johnson hamstring type.

            Or, we can take another shot at a big WR in the draft, but good lord then we risk becoming the Matt Millen Loins.

          • SC Dave

            Any thoughts on getting Corey Davis from Western Michigan in a later round, or is he a sure first rounder?

          • I haven’t really “scouted” any WRs yet cuz I’m HOPING we can re-sign Alshon (or Terell Pryor from the Browns) in which case, our need at WR is not as urgent.

            But WRs are all over the place. Which rookie WR did anything this year? Or looks even promising? Not sure.

            The one I probably like most from this class so far is Michael Thomas in NO, but how much is that Brees?

            Will have to check out Davis.

            Another wild card? Brandon Marshall? With Cutler likely gone…

            A Alshon/Bmarsh/White/Miller/Howard behind that Oline would be a force to behold.

          • Huge Bears Penis

            rumors were that Cooks would not be resigned in NO. He’d be nice to have.

          • Cooks is probably gone cuz of Thomas.

            Cooks is more of a route guy – like a healthy younger Royal.

            He does have speed though.

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    Jay Mariotti sucks shit through a straw.

    • BearDown100393

      Man????

    • Big Mike

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    • AlbertInTucson

      Long overdue but, like Dracula, he seems to keep returning from the dead.

  • With the power run game in place, Jeffery’s ability to win over the top on play action could provide him the stage for his most productive season-jeff
    Let’s not forget that Alshon blocks pretty well too

    • willbest

      I really like our chances this week. Maybe it Bear goggles, but safeties can’t cheat with Jeffery on the field and that should open up space for Howard.

      • Maybe, but most likely Bears will find a new way to lose. Gotta say, running out of new ways tho. Back to back holding penalties, dropped TD passes, missed FGs, fumbles, CB falling on go ahead TD, WR fumbling on big catch, open guy missed in waning seconds…Fox and co are gonna have to get creative to keep sucking

    • Big Mike

      He’s a beast.

    • SC Dave

      I’ve already seen a handful of plays where any attempt at a block by a WR would have netted Howard 20 or 30 more yards on a run.

  • Huge Bears Penis

    We thought the NFL was the no fun league. Looks like MLB won’t let its players dress up as women. http://mlb.nbcsports.com/2016/12/12/mlb-bans-hazing-rookies-by-dressing-them-as-women-or-female-characters/

    • willbest

      I love the reasoning provided
      “Yeah you should totally humiliate and degrade rookies, its just not humiliating or degrading to make them dress like a girl. Its offensive and insensitive”

      • BearDown100393

        “Nobody tells me how to dress. I quit.”
        – Alex Rodriguez

      • That Guy

        I think this is actually better than either alternative.

        If the league bans hazing, then they’re acting like Goodell and trying to put kiddie gloves on professional athletes.

        If the league doesn’t regulate hazing at all, then the wrong pics get out on instagram and the LGBT (or PETA, or whatever left wing political group) is out in force bring all kinds of negative publicity.

        Whatever your feelings on the practice, you have to admit its an easy target for a smere campaign.

        • Sactowns#1

          How about everyone just act like an adult in the workplace? Crazy idea.

          • willbest

            Is it in the workplace? Do these rituals take place on club property? That shouldn’t be allowed if they do it there. But away from club functions? That is just a social group. You might face social ostracization among your peers if you don’t participate, but that is another matter.

          • Sactowns#1

            Harassment is still harassment even if it occurs outside of the workplace. And yes, the employer can be found liable regardless of where the activities take place.

          • Oh, c’mon Sac.

            Never been on a team? It’s just boys will be boys (though true some take it too far).

            This has been going on since the advent of baseball most likely. Only diff now, cameras everywhere.

          • Huge Bears Penis

            I find it hard to think it was hurting anyone by means of ‘Hazing’ especially since the players that were wearing dresses or outfits are usually the ones that are posting the pictures to their social media accounts. This new rule was probably instituted because a group of middle class middle aged white women needed something to bitch about. And since this “hazing” does not play well with their puritanical beliefs they started bitching.

          • willbest

            Corporations pander too much to non customers for some reason. I am hoping to see more of this in the age of Trump.

            http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/disneys-bob-iger-rogue-one-are-no-political-statements-955047

            The right is finally starting to take cues from the left and making a stink about things. Hopefully I can go back to buying consumer products without having to worry about if the corporation has an official position of claiming I am a bigot.

          • I remember in a Football Life of Rodney Harrison relayed the story that he didn’t buy into rookie hazing and refused to do things like carry pads or sing.

            So, the vets pinned him down, stripped him, taped his ankles/wrists, threw him in an elevator, and pressed all the buttons.

            Now, could u imagine if some chick walked into that elevator? lol

            I thought it was HEElarious, but something like that nowadays would probably get sued, and I’m certain that’s not even the worst hazing that went on.

            I think the 85 bears had some good ones.

          • SC Dave

            If by that you mean “feminists”, you left out the lesbian adjective.

          • Sactowns#1

            For some reason society keeps progressing yet people want to keep some bastion of the past so they can feel like their own behavior is acceptable or perhaps “not that bad”. Everyone grow up, do your job and mind your own business. It really doesn’t seem that complex.

          • It’s called FUN.

            Hazing for the most part is funny, and yes, can build a bond.

            I suppose one can say how it’s primitive, and a relic of our reptilian brain re-enacting tribal rituals..OR one can have FUN.

            (BTW, some argue football falls into that primitive ritual category)

            News flash. Our laws and knowledge are progressing at a much faster rate their our monkey bodies are evolving.

            This might be some of the disconnect between what TV tells us is real and what is.

          • Sactowns#1

            In what profession is hazing allowed? In so many ways we say “Being the QB or WR etc is your job. Do your job. Etc” So lets treat it as such.

          • willbest

            Well as a lawyer you have to sit down for a test that ultimately has not a much of anything to do with what you will do for the rest of your life. It costs a bunch of money, and it tacks another 6 months on before you can practice law from the date you graduate law school. That is a pretty fucking big haze.

          • willbest

            Society keeps progressing? The increase in single parent families and absent fathers is not progress.

          • Huge Bears Penis

            lawyers suing everyone under the sun is not progress either.

          • willbest

            No its not. We aren’t progressing on a lot of fronts.

          • That’s a libelous statement!

          • Sactowns#1

            I was. Looking back on it I’m pretty ashamed of some of the hazing I did to other players. Having been in a fraternity, I actually said “hell nah” to a couple things and most of the guys respected that.

          • SC Dave

            Imagine that.

        • willbest

          But now the league has opened itself up to be conduct police. So every special grievance has to be micro managed and punished.

          • Big Mike

            This. If you don’t take a position, it’s on the team, its players etc. A long time ago, I was on the board of a non-profit that set up a computer center for the community to use. It had some nice systems, printers, scanners etc a T-1 connection (real fast for the time) and a nice suite of software on each computer.

            We had no restrictions on the internet. What we did do is have people walking around and all of the monitors facing outward. If you were looking at porn, it would be known. We had zero issues. When I left the board a while later they instituted a set of restrictions, which grew and grew and became the biggest item of focus. The Board became a censorship committee. The center stopped being used and lost funding.

    • I think this is case in point about a MUCH bigger issue IMO.

      Political correctness.

      As a proud social-democrat, I’m really not for such a high level of it.

      I know this may surprise many “alt-righters” but not all of us can be clumped into that.

      My major objection to such oppressive political correctness is sorta based on ‘repression’

      Freud once argued that the more laws a “civilization” imposes on a citizen, them more repressed, and mentally unstable he might become.

      Some are more “savage” than others. They need “outlets” – away from the prying eyes of social scrutiny.

      That’s why I’m not against all men’s club, or only af am frats, or all women/gay/transgender groups, or whatever.

      IMO, they sorta act like that release valve (as does this blog for mostly male anonymous bloggers)

      But in these days of instant documentation – TMZ, instagram, FB, twitter, etc it’s nearly impossible to “let loose” in perhaps a socially unacceptable but psychological necessary way, esp for those in the lime light.

      I think that’s dangerous and creates robots that eventually crack like Tiger Woods or Alex Rodriguez {or fill in the blank athlete who crashed hard]

      Most men, esp young ones, have base instincts spring up from time to time, which should be able to find an outlet (as long as it’s relatively harmless)

      Just cuz they make $ doesn’t mean they somehow stand outside the imperatives of nature.

      That’s my take at least.

      Rant. Ova.

      • Big Mike

        I like your take. Sometimes fun is just fun. No statements being made. I suspect most of us have been in a situation if not of hazing, or being hazed of having our balls busted, or busting someone else’s balls in good humor. But then there is the one asshole/ drunk friend who pushes it and the group has to shut him down. The problem fires up when the group follows the asshole and shit lights up. Then WAGS and cops get involved and you wish you had stayed home..

        The other problem is without this sort of behavior, You grow up a pussy. (oh wait..) Um..let’s say it like this. You need to build up immunity to this, so the world doesn’t seem to mean and you don’t need your mommy to tell the guys at work to be nice.

        • http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6970151/collegehumor-all-nighter-14-ball-busting-psa

          Yeah, some “hazing” CLEARLY gets out of hand.

          I remember my friend who was on the wrestling team told me a story of them sticking something up the butt of a new guy. I was like, “uh, that seems gay, and pretty sure illegal”.

          So yeah, it can go a bit too far, but for the most part, it’s relatively harmless and DOESN’T perpetuate human misery.

          I think it’s more important to be conscious around children, as I have to often catch myself.

          My 7 yr old nephew began crying (forget why, but nothing major) and I snapped, “Hey, I’m not your mom, don’t cry like a little girl around me.”

          I then realized how I might be guilty of perpetuating misogyny without even realizing it (that’s how I was raised – standard excuse like AP).

          So now I just say, “Don’t cry. Batman doesn’t cry.” I guess better? I’m sure some feminist will preach that crying is ok for lil boys, but like you, I’m more worried about toughening him up for a world run by dickheads.

          Cycle?

          • Big Mike

            Coaching 8th graders. Challenging their manhood is still a necessity. “Man up” is not an insult. It means do what needs to get done. It doesn’t mean that woman are weak, or bad, or anything negative. If it is taken that way, they need to grow up. Man up, is just a sharper, more specific version of “do your best “. Women do cry more then men. I think it’s a fact of nature, not nurture. I’m quite the liberal, but I’m not very PC.

          • willbest

            This is more in the equality myth nonsense. Testosterone has a known impact on emotional regulation. It reduces emotional stimulation which in turn inhibits crying. So you aren’t being a misogynist, because biology. We fundamentally experience emotions differently. You are being anti-science though since a 7 year boy doesn’t have the same level of testosterone as a grown man and thus is missing the same level of emotional control.

            Now that doesn’t mean that children shouldn’t get a grasp on social norms so that they have some structure when they go through the trauma of puberty. So politely reminding them with the “Batman don’t cry” is the polite way to socially condition them to their future biological developments.

            Incidentally, your response is also biochemical.

            “Taken together, these results indicate that, as with a number of other
            biparental species, human fathers are more responsive to infant cues
            than are non-fathers and fathers’ responses to infant cues are related
            to both hormones and to caregiving experience.”

            https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12488107/

      • willbest

        All the political correctness is a means to control thought and oppose that were once part of social custom. You acted different in front of women if you were a gentlemen. Of course that is now sexist. But it will not be denied. Hence the rapid advancement of sexual harassment to include spreading your legs too far apart while sitting on public transit.

        Of course the difference now is the government is a horrible entity to place social customs and controls with. And that is why the fights for control of the government have gotten so vicious of late, and it explain the utter dismay at the loss to Trump that wasn’t present the last time we elected a Hitler in 2000.

    • AlbertInTucson

      And more and more folks these days are just looking for a way to be offended.

  • Sactowns#1

    I didn’t realize that was Shea who pulled off the leap over the line last night. great play and goo athleticism, good enough for one play, ol one play Shea.

    • Jokey

      Gruden was praising Shea’s “resurgence”. Do you need to surge once before you can resurge?

      • Huge Bears Penis

        his “resurgence” is because of HGH and other genetically modified drugs the Patriots force feed their players

      • willbest

        He broke Rodgers collar bone. That was the first surge.

        • BerwynBomber

          The single most productive play in Bears history. Almost singlehandedly won us the division that year.

  • A Most Excellent Dude (GP)

    If the Bears replace Teddy Ballgame with Bill Polian, I quit being a Bears fan.

    http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/bill-polian-has-been-pro-jay-cutler-should-the-bears-hire-him/

    • If they hire him to somehow “build around” Cutler, I’m with you.

      And if Polian wants to bring his kids along, then fuck him in the face.

      But Polian has a good track record of talent evaluation.

      Sure, he’s a prick, but a lot of competent men of power are (Harbs?)

      My only question with him is if the game has passed him by.

      This aint the early 2000s, and who let the dogs out ain’t on the radio anymore.

      • A Most Excellent Dude (GP)

      • Big Mike

        Can’t bring him in. Need to let Fox run his course. This year doesn’t count. Too many injuries. With a reasonable or typical set of injuries bears have 6 – 8 wins right now. They’d be looking to get to 9 or 10, which is well within expectations.

        Until the McCaskey’s sell there is no need for a “High Level” consultant. The only change he could recommend that would make sense is for the McCaskey ‘s to sell the team. Pace is doing a good job. Coaching staff is doing what they can with a JV squad.

        • I should’ve clarified, bring him in AFTER next season if Bears still suck.

          Still, like I stated yesterday – I would headhunt smart proven talent evaluators and Polian def fits that criteria.

          However, my other criteria was within like 6 years, and Polian barely falls into that category.

          I don’t think Polian giving Pace advice could hurt.

          Gotta remember, Pace is the youngest GM.

          Polian’s insight as to why he wanted Manning over Leaf might be worth the price of admission.

          Just so long as it’s made clear that Polian is merely an “advisor” – which may or may not be a problem for a dictator personality like Polian.

          • Big Mike

            Advice from Polian could be done quietly, on a retainer. Pace is doing fine. Unless Fox is bullying him.

            My opinion on most if not all matters impacting the Bears is based on what I think is the best case, shortest path to glory. In this instance it is staying the course, getting a rebate from the karma keepers on injuries and putting together an 11-12 win season next season.

          • BearDown100393

            Pacebot cannot be bullied.

      • BerwynBomber

        “If they hire him to somehow “build around” Cutler, I’m with you.”

        Can you imagine? Good lord …

    • ButtonShoes

      He said that in 2013. If he still has the same opinion, to hell with him. But I don’t think he does.

    • MB30SD

      Really??? He’s a dickbag, but teddy is 1000000000000 X the dickbag… well, anyone… is.

      Fuck that guy. I’d be happy replacing him with my left fucking testicle. It would care more about the bears success.

      Fuck ted phillips right in his fat annoying cunt of a face

  • AlbertInTucson

    The final in one of of FF League’s games this week was 6 to 4.

    I kid you not.

    • willbest

      My derelict team ended up with the most points this week. So had I made the playoffs, I would have advanced to the championship game.

      • AlbertInTucson

        If ODB dosen’t bust that long one on Sunday, I would have lost when Gostkowski kicked zero FGs last night.

        • AlbertInTucson

          10-4. Up 1 game on 2nd, 2 games on 3-4 with 3 to play.

          Still, nothing locked up.

          • willbest

            There i no championship in your league, right? Its just most wins?

          • AlbertInTucson

            Right.

            BUT, we then take the money accrued from teams buying free-agent players at mid-season to adjust their rosters and have a playoff tourney.

            You draft a team of plyaers from all the NFL squads that made the post season.

            Whomever scores the most total points in the playoff games, including the SB wins THAT pot. Payouts for 1st and 2nd for that pool.

            Anybody can draft ANY player and everybody you draft counts towards your score.

            Don’t have to worry about a lineup.

            Trick is drafting guys from teams that will last longest in the NFL playoffs.

            Simple.

  • A Most Excellent Dude (GP)
    • BearDown100393

      This is great.

  • Make RedZone Conv% Great Again
    • BearDown100393

      HESTER SR

      • Huge Bears Penis

        yes SENIOR. because now days he runs like a senior citizen.

        • BearDown100393

          He actually added the SR to his jersey nameplate.

          • Huge Bears Penis

            yeah i know. he still runs like a senior citizen.

          • BearDown100393

            Last night was sad.

          • MB30SD

            very

          • Huge Bears Penis

            unfortunately it was. But he did leave us with some great memories, if he never returns.

        • MB30SD

          hahahaha

    • Sactowns#1

      That’s… say it with me…. RIDICULOUS!

    • CanadaBear

      Got cut today!

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    I think I can define porn pretty succinctly.

    Well, then…?

  • willbest

    We waive Bausby!!! shit just got real.

    • MB30SD

      fuck that guy

    • BearDown100393

      I was just about to order his jersey.

      • MB30SD

        hahaha

  • I think Pace will have his first truly tough decision with Alshon.

    Tagging him was a gimme, but once more, he was battling inj, then didn’t exactly produce even while in taking back seat in games to dudes like Bellamy. Then he got busted for PEDs, which I agree, won’t cost much, but did rob him of some opportunities to show he’s still trying and wants to be on the Bears (and be PAID).

    I get a gut feeling Pace doesn’t like him. Not the type of football player he wants – He wants guys like McPhee, Hicks, Whitehair, Howard – grinders.

    Alshon just doesn’t seem to be that guy, esp for what he’s going to be demanding.

    On the other hand, can’t always get the Xmas gifts you want.

    Letting talent walk on a woefully depleted roster of playmakers creates yet another hole to fill.

    I still say keep him, but I’m not in that training room or contract negotiation

    • BearDown100393

      Alshon don’t CAAAAAAAARRRREEEEE ????

      • willbest

        No FA should. Its about
        1) Money
        2) Money
        3) Money
        4) location
        5) quality of organization

        Now I like Chicago just fine, but I can see how it doesn’t agree with a lot of people, and there is no question that the Bears have a culture problem inside Halas hall. So unless they are delivering on 1, 2, and 3… he is going someplace else.

        • BearDown100393

          The Bears are not perfect. No business (or family) is. However Chicago has paid and treated Alshon fairly since his arrival.

    • willbest

      Alshon was on Pace for 1150 yards which would have been his second best season as a Bear. His TD’s weren’t there but then again that is to be expected when the Bears are averaging 1.1 passing TD’s a game.

      And you seem to be confusing Bellamy with Meredith. Prior to Jeffery’s suspension Bellamy had 4 catches for 50 yards. In the last 4 games he has 13 for 211.

      • Didn’t Bellamy have two 100 yd games with Hoyer?
        Or maybe that was Cam.

        They look the same dropping passes.

        1150 and like 8 TDs isn’t exactly AP, but yes, gotta factor in the QBs, the run-oriented emphasis, or even game script (we weren’t really trailing big time in many games).

        • willbest

          Cam had 2 hundred yard games with Hoyer. Royal had 1 hundred yard game with Hoyer. Jeffery had 1 hundred yard game with Cutler. And almost had a hundred yard game (93) with Hoyer. Even in the Indy game where Hoyer didn’t see him for the win he had 77 yards.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Bellamy’s 93 yards vs. SF is his high water mark. Everything else is under 50.

  • BuddhaJoe

    Ugh, I can just see the Bears dumping Alshon then wasting a high round pick they didn’t need to on another WR. I get the rationale for getting rid of Marshall, I really do. But they dumped the best WR the Bears have EVER had when they had a million holes to fill and then blew the #7 overall on White to replace him. Still one of Pace’s big mistakes, dumping one of the few good pieces we had to get his guy, who is looking like a bust now anyway. That pick could’ve gone to a secondary guy who we desperately need now.

    • BuddhaJoe

      And considering that Marshall is still holding it together despite being on the loser Jets, the whole “locker room cancer” meme may have been overblown.

      • SC Dave

        I believe they gave up Marshall to keep Cutler, figuring they couldn’t have both.

  • MB30SD

    yeeeees jimmy yeeeeeees.

    Esoon… eeeesooooooon. (worst mexican accent eveeeer!)

  • MB30SD

    RIP Jason Seaver

  • MB30SD
    • Make RedZone Conv% Great Again

      “Guns are driving the violence”……..

      • SC Dave

        *sigh*

      • MB30SD

        Noooooo… PEOPLE are driving the violence.

        I’ve never met a bad tempered piece of metal.

    • beninnorcal

      Wow.

    • Big Mike

      The fact is and this is a quote from the Commissioner “”The levels of violence we have seen this year in some of our communities is absolutely unacceptable,” Poor black people shooting each other would be 2/3rds of these. Drugs, Gangs, Pride, Revenge, Poverty and on and on, have the young adult black male population shooting shit like crazy.

      Here’s a map of where the shooting deaths have happened.
      http://crime.chicagotribune.com/chicago/homicides

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