• The Yes Guy

    ILB, YES

    • The GP

      YES, YES.

      • MB30SD

        Yes yes yes

  • Trac

    Blog offensive Co-Ordinator. You guys are too nice.

  • MB30SD

    Dine because you build from the trenches out…. but I still voted ilb because we have some young strong good dlinesmen, we gots NADA at mlb

    • Big Mike

      Exactly. ILB most pressing need. Drafting 11, I’d bet we have a shot at one of top 3 ILBS. Question is, who else is still on the board. Great confidence in Pace this year. Also depends on free agency. Wouldn’t it be great to come out with Ragland from the draft and pick up Von Miller in FA.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Stop teasing.

        • Big Mike

          I know, right.

    • Cormonster

      Wrong. Cheerleaders. The Bears need cheerleaders with gargantuan breasts. Not small breasts like a Japanese, but gargantuan breasts like a American women.

      • Irish Sweetness

        The Asian and African-American Honey Bears.

        If I come into two billion dollars, that’s what you’re getting.

  • willbest

    15-1 going through the 3 worst divisions in the NFL with only 4 games against playoff teams (as opposed to 9 for the Bears) where two of those playoff games were against 9-7 default division winners (Skins and Texans) is not the resume of best ever. Particularly since they didn’t throat stomp even half the schedule and let some demonstrably inferior teams (Saints, Giants, Colts) push them around.

    • BillW

      No doubt; was about to post something similar. The Panthers are the seventh team to go 15-1 or better, and only the first two to do that (SF and the beloved) went on to win the SB.

      If Carolina does become the third, they are nowhere near that class given their lack of true dominance.

      Put it another way, you usually don’t have to ask or wonder if a team is one of the best ever.

    • Big Mike

      But they won two playoff games to get there.

      • willbest

        I obviously am not saying they aren’t good. They most certainly are. But this year’s Panthers wouldn’t beat last years Seahawks, and would have been curb stomped by the 2013 Seahawks. You would have to be going through an amazing era of football if a team that was getting “best ever” consideration would have problems breaking the top 5 over the last 3 years.

        • Big Mike

          No best ever consideration at all. That wasn’t my point. They are a good squad. They’re now 17-1. Call it what you will, but that’s a lot of wins. They go 18-1 they have to be considered as a top team. (emphasis on considered).

          • SC Dave

            Time will tell. Some teams are just flashes in the pan… others remain forces. Regrettably, Ditkas limited coaching skills relegated the mid 80s bears to the former category.

            Though I suppose the infamous charles martin may have ‘helped.’

        • SC Dave

          The only thing you actually know about this years Panthers is that they beat your chickens twice. Perhaps you, like so many others, picked Seattle. And were wrong.

          Twice.

          And speculation about whether a past team would beat them does not change that.

          • Doc Nitty

            Did the Seahawks players burn your Diana Ross albums or what?

          • SC Dave

            No, they were 8-tracks, damnit!

          • willbest

            That is false. I was an early adopter of the Seahawks weren’t good (week 4 when they should have lost to the lions). And was vocally annoyed when commentators started hyping them as “the team nobody wants to play in the playoffs”.

            To me the most overrated team of 2015 was the Seahawks. For heavens sakes, they didn’t beat anybody of consequence until week 12 while struggling against bad teams (loss to Rams, 13-10 win against lions, 13-12 to Dallas).

            Where I missed on the Panthers is, I felt Arizona was the better team. I was wrong to think Carson Palmer would show up in the playoffs.

          • SC Dave

            Ok. My apologies.

  • CanadaBear

    Watching Denver’s D punish NE yesterday was great. Those guys brought the wood. It was an unpleasant reminder how soft the Bears D is. Once McPhee got so dinged up there was nobody that was flying around trying to inflict punishment.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Carson Palmer and Tom Brady both had real nice seasons.

      But when they ran into defenses that brought the heat, big time, they were both made to look fairly pedestrian (Brady) to downright awful (Palmer).

      • CanadaBear

        Loved watching Brady get pounded. Almost felt bad for Palmer. He was beyond awful.

        • AlbertInTucson

          That end zone pick of palmer at the end of the first half was a killer.

          • SC Dave

            The biggest thing to me was Carolina coming out in the second half and putting the game away. Ten points and nine minutes possession in the third quarter was how you finish a game. Amazingly (to me) , the Panthers scored more points in the second half than the first.

            I’m loving it now. And next season…. until they are on OUR way. Then fuck em sideways.

      • willbest

        Sure but just as often great QBs take down great defenses. Luck and Big Ben didn’t have trouble with Denvers D. Brees and Eli both had no problem with Panthers. I tend to think that the Bengals are the only reason the Broncos are in the SB. If they hadn’t destroyed Big Bens arm and forced Antonio Brown to miss a week that would have been a lot different game.

        • madscout12

          The Steelers were lucky to play the Broncos themselves, and they played just as dirty/hard nosed against the Bengals as the Bengals did to them.

          It wasn’t like the bengals had a hit on Big Ben. It wasn’t like there was a hit out on Brown. Go watch that game again…both teams knew what that game was for and hate each other. Both brought it. One team was flagged after both teams escalated it.

  • BillW

    Question for those who know much more about the 3-4 than I do:
    Why is a middle linebacker more important than an edge rusher? Is that true in general or just given the roster we have?

    My simplistic thought says a pass rush hides other weaknesses. I didn’t think our pass rush was sufficient. Certainly we’re hurting in several positions, but why is ILB more important to fill?

    I’ll hang up and listen to your response(s).

    • CanadaBear

      For me, I’m so sick of watching our ILB’s not attack the LOS, rarely playing downhill, rarely bringing the wood and routinely getting trucked for another 4-5 yds. Timu was the only ILB that brought any of these positive traits.

    • Big Mike

      Bill, from little league football on up, if you can run up the middle you do it. Being weak up the middle is like having internal bleeding. Second, tight ends. Seam routes, slants, dropping deep and side to side tackling. Third it is our roster. If you have great pass rushers, but are soft in the middle it’s like putting lipstick on a pig. We have competent pass rushers. We do not have competent ILBs. At some point you could have 2 HOF DEs, play action would crush the inside every time, quick release throws against a soft middle, even outside runs, because impact plays are made from the ILB getting under the blocking. Lastly, it’s a question of philosophy. In general there are more high quality interior LBs and 3-4 DEs than there are edge rushers, so the price tag is substantially different.

      Mainly, you can’t suck at one position group, ILB and expect an investment in the most expensive position on the defensive side of the ball to pay off optimally.

      • madscout12

        One needs to look no further than to our North. The Cheese suck at ILB and had to bring in Roid Barbie to cover for the wimps they had there. Roid Barbie, their beloved perenial Pro-Bowl roided out pass rusher.

        If you are soft up the middle, you won’t beat anyone good. Anyone.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Cos we don’t have one? Timu is good, but is he a defensive captain play-calling computer like Lac? The shortest route between two points is a straight line, and that’s not good if Jones/Shamus is on that line. We have two passable OLBs, but only one ILB. First pick, absolutely.

  • BillW

    While 49 points in a championship game (a record) is certainly impressive, I will always contend giving up zero points in the two playoff games leading to the SB is the most impressive accomplishment.

    I remember Madden saying that in all the games he did with the Bears that year (I think four), never once did the opponent score a touchdown. Or a FG either I believe. ATL – DAL – NYG – LA: all shutouts.

    • AlbertInTucson

      And the TD allowed in SB XX was a meaningless one against the 2nd team.

      • CanadaBear

        I’ve always maintained if Walter hadn’t fumbled and gave up the easy 3 points early, they would have shut them out too. NE was easily the worst of the 3 teams they played in the playoffs.

        • BerwynBomber

          The Deiter Brock-led Rams would like a word with you.

          • CanadaBear

            They had a good D along with Dickerson. It’s not like NE’s QB’s were all that either. Oh well, my point was the Beloved would have gone O-fer in the playoffs if not for Walter’s fumble.

          • AlbertInTucson

            And the Bears had already put fear into the heart of Tony Eason earlier in the year.

          • Trac

            Aaah, I had forgotten about Champaign Tony.

          • AlbertInTucson

            He actually had a nice year for the Pats the next season before fading out by 1988.

          • SC Dave

            An unbeatable record… like going undefeated. Oh well.

        • hmmm… so maybe that’s why benson fumbled. thought he was following in the great one’s footsteps?

          • CanadaBear

            I think it was mostly because Cedrunk was a bum.

  • Big Mike

    Damn, I want to be Carolina. Exceptional in the trenches, great LB play. Power run game.

    • willbest

      Their power run is the product of Cam. If he wasn’t doing it, it would look a lot more pedestrian.

      • BerwynBomber

        Yeah, Big Mike may have missed the most enviable part of their team. Btw, a shutdown CB in Norman isn’t bad to have either.

        • Big Mike

          Their offensive line is very good. The read option/jet motion aspect of it is all pedestrian without the o-line. Cam Stewart is definitely the real deal and adds to it. With that O-line, Our offense would be as good or better. Cam Stewart didn’t really do anything until the OL play got to where it was. Starting last season.

          • BerwynBomber

            He has had his team in the playoffs three years in a row or three of his five years in the league. He is not a fantastic passer and may never be but he is a competent passer and an absolute beast when you take into account his run production. I have serious doubts he ages as well as traditional drop-back guys like Brady and Manning. But to chalk it up entirely to his O-line seems silly.

            Btw, you do know our O-line, at least in terms of pass protection, was by far the best in the NFCN this year, right?

          • Big Mike

            Comparing our o-line to the nfc north on pass pro is like being named the tallest midget. A good chunk of that OL pass pro rating had to do with our offense not being able to take any shots down the field. I’d wager a hefty sum that the amount of time before Cutler released the ball was less than all three NFC north QBs. Stafford/Rodgers constantly look for the long ball. Bridgewater hangs onto the ball forever, before he throws.

            I’m a Cam Stewart fan. I think he’s a very good QB. MVP of the league type guy. It starts up front. That’s all. Always has, always will.

          • BerwynBomber

            Nonsense. GB threw as many short balls as we did this year. (That was one of their biggest issues as an O — they had NO deep passing game; Rodgers YPA was one of the lowest in the league.) The Cheese was in love with the WR screen as much as Gase was. And Stafford was absolutely getting slaughtered in the beginning of the year, though DET’s line did appear mildly competent by the end of the season.

            All three of those O-lines (GB, DET and MIN) were inferior to ours. The stats bear it out. Cutler had good protection, relative to our division rivals.

          • Big Mike

            With the Bears O-line the panthers are a playoff team that is now watching the games on TV. My opinion is this and shall remain so. Too much time is spent debating the merits of the fantasy football positions. If you upgrade your OL all of those positions are made better. If you are top 5 in the league at each spot from Tackle to Tackle, all of a sudden you’ll have all pros at TE/WR/RB and QB.

          • BerwynBomber

            I mostly agree with you there, BM. I just think sometimes are O-line is treated like officials/referees: we only bring them up when they are bad. Anyway, I hardly think the past season’s unit was all that special, only that it was notably better than those of our division rivals.

          • If we can find a gem OG this draft, that will really go a long way to solidifying our Oline. It’d probably have to be in the 4rth though, cuz usually after that, there’s a drop off.

          • Big Mike

            I like the direction our o-line is going. If Grasu lives up to the promise and gets stronger this offseason, he’ll actually be ahead of where the Bears were counting on him being because he played so much this year. His technique is solid. He has very good feet. But he was 85% of the strength he needed to be. Lower body, torso, all need work. Slauson was a beast and Kyle will have a chance to spend an offseason working drills to build muscle memory to improve his technique. He was regularly beaten by pure speed rushers to the outside, because his hips got locked and he got his head out over his ass.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Yeah, he got some great experience this year. Now he know he needs to bulk up.

          • Irish Sweetness

            This would be my philosophy as a GM. Via the draft and FA focus on both lines. Build the Hogs or Dallas’ ’90s OL, with the Bears ’85 DL on the other side. I don’t care who carries the rock, throws or catches the passes, and I’m not selling out any draft to get that QB or RB when there’s nothing in place to block for them, which is what happened when we got Cutty.

            If the foundations are strong, the house will be strong. It mightn’t be pretty, but it won’t fall over.

          • Big Mike

            it works at every level of football. My best eighth grade teams have been teams with great offensive lines. Kids that wanted to play there, decent athletes, tough, coach-able kids. The surprise on the opposing coaches face when they figure out we are running the same play with multiple blocking formations and their defense is reading the backs, and getting earholed by a different blocking combination every time.

            .

          • willbest

            The Lions O improved and they were a visibly better team after they got rid of the legacy hire and promoted Jim Bob

          • SC Dave

            Who is Cam Stewart? Shorthand?

          • BillW

            Sort of like Jay Forte.

          • Doc Nitty

            I thought it was because he’s the new Cordell Stewart.

          • Big Mike

            Yeah, for their running game..

          • Irish Sweetness

            I’d like to see that Carolina O with Russell Wilson running it ;o)
            And Gronk instead of Girly ….. and Gurley instead of whoever …. stop that.

            Ooooh. RW at QB. Carolina’s line. Gronk. Edelman in the slot. Antonio Brown and Brandon Marshall out wide. Hopkins and Julio on the bench.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Any offense with a solid O-line is going to be productive. And if you match that with a DL, you’e in the SB more often than not. Too much attention is paid to the mouthy ‘skill’ players. Skill in the trenches with a QB who isn’t a complete tool is all I want to see.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Is Will Montgomery the man? Is he a SB center?
            I haven’t bought into Leno yet, but is WM the man?

            Really hoping they move Tayo to RG and he works out, because Omameh and Ducasse are not starters on our SB team.

          • Big Mike

            At this moment, I’m trusting Pace/Fox that Grasu is the man and this year was the equivalent of a red-shirt season. The plan always was to have him add strength before he played. Impossible to do in-season. He shouldn’t have been out there. I think Montgomery was a one year deal. Leno is a place holder. Bears OL is working with Long, Slauson and Grasu. Need to upgrade at 2 spots. Leno is serviceable. If the Bears can add a stud guard, Leno becomes more than serviceable. LTs are near impossible to find.

    • Trac

      I was very upset that Lovie chose Babitch over Chico. Evidently Lovie got rid of him because he didn’t like Lovies D scheme. Babitch was a yes man. Sigh.

      • Big Mike

        This was a failure by Lovie. Although Chico would have left very soon after to be a head coach.

        • BearDown100393

          Or replace Smith. As Smith feared.

          • Trac

            Bingo!!! This!!! Give the man a rubber bisquit!!!

        • really? you sure about “very soon”? because after leaving the bears he was hired as an inside linebacker’s coach. next move from there was to get back to the DC level he had in Chicago. and he was in that role for 3 years before going to Carolina.

          • Trac

            Exactly evan.

          • Big Mike

            In my opinion he was on his way to being a HC. He may have stayed. Maybe not very soon.

      • Doc Nitty

        If I remember correctly, Rivera wanted to try something else against Steve Smith in the 2006 playoff game we lost to the Panthers since Smith was killing the cover 2. Rivera and Smith disagreed and it’s the basis of this disagreement that spurred Chico’s eventual departure. Chico wanted more aggression and LDL had already gone flaccid.

        • Trac

          Yeah Doc, the D was never good to great after Chico left.

  • Sactowns#1

    How much do we all wish we had Von Miller right now?

    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      it was sick watching how physical and aggressive he is. He makes our guys look bad. B-A-D.

    • BerwynBomber

      I’d settle for Jamie Collins.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Did I hear correctly this morning that The Patriots have not won a road playoff game since 2006..?

    • Johnnywad

      I don’t know, but apparently they’re not considering Super Bowls as road playoff games.

      • AlbertInTucson

        SB would be a “Neutral Site”.

  • The GP

    I never saw a QB put themselves out there for injury the way Newton did yesterday. Flipping over piles, leaping, dropping his shoulder into linebackers and SS for yards. He was massively physical, even late when they had it wrapped up.

    It’s the Super Bowl, but Denver will knock him out in the 1Q if he tries some of that stuff in the big game.

    • BearDown100393

      He is strong and young so he gets away it (for now). I agree that might not be the best approach against the Denver defense especially with Von Miller on the field.

      • Johnnywad

        Being strong and young doesn’t apply when a larger, stronger young man folds your ACL in the wrong direction.

        • SC Dave

          Cam is 6’6″ and just north of 250. DBs rarely get the better end of collisions with him.

          Shit, Cutler hammers the shit out of db and he doesnt have newton size.

          But yes,taking on dl and fast lb is ill-advised

    • CanadaBear

      It will be interesting to see how the officials call the SB. Usually they let them play but if Denver really starts unloading on Newton, will they start calling PF’s? Somebody like Erin, would no doubt get the calls, even when he’s become a RB on a play. The only real difference is Newton will lay your ass out while Erin will try to minimize the impact.

    • Scharfinator

      Maybe. He is huge and knows how to run well. He was bigger than most of Arizona’s defensive starters.

  • The GP

    If Panthers win it all they’ll regret letting up vs Seattle in second half. Could have put together historic, “best ever” type resume.

    What they will regret is losing to Atlanta in a game they coulda won. Then they would have had the perfect season and could make legit claim to being one of the best teams of all time.

    • BearDown100393

      They’ll get over it after receiving the bonuses.

      • willbest

        The playoff pay is actually shit for the people that aren’t on league min deals.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I can’t see any regret over “Winning it all.”

    • Irish Sweetness

      In that case, thank you Atlanta.

  • Doc Nitty

    Get me Urlacher’s replacement already.

    Who is the next to join this list? http://www.nfl.com/photoessays/0ap1000000205435

    • SC Dave

      Luke was so that guy… *sniff*

  • BillW

    It’s unanimous (and no surprise); the biggest need is on the defensive side of the ball.

    And near unanimous that help in either the first of second level is more important than the secondary.

    Again, not a surprise.

    What is a surprise to me and Jeff is that ILB leads. Though I do understand the thinking based on responses to my question before, I still would like to see a QB like Rodgers getting nervous in the pocket.

  • Doc Nitty

    MB. I found the PS4 remote! It was hiding in a bag of Sweet Maui Onion potato chips. Guess my 4 year old thought “safe” meant in a bag of chips. I’ll have my PS plus account up and running and be ready to play very soon. Jezebel will be home all week until Thursday or Friday so maybe by then we can play. But certainly by Friday or Saturday night.

    • SC Dave

      Clever! I mean, who would throw away CHIPS!?

  • wow. Kinda surprised that ILB won by that much.
    Maybe being the Bears influenced it.

    To me, Dline is biggest needs. Look at yesterday. That Dline penetrated and made Brady and Palmer look very mortal.

    And who do we have at Dline? A soph Goldman?

    Build the trenches!

  • Shady

    “John Fox might want to find something to keep him busy on Feb. 7, something that’ll distract his eyes from the television. Because that particular Sunday might be an especially painful experience for the Bears’ head coach.

    The two teams that’ll meet in Santa Clara in two weeks, the Broncos and Panthers, are teams that Fox should be incredibly familiar with — you know, because he spent a combined 13 years serving as those franchises’ head coach and took them both to Super Bowls, where he lost … twice.

    Welcome to the John Fox Bowl, also known as Super Bowl 50.”

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/25461574/why-john-fox-might-have-a-tough-time-watching-super-bowl-50

    • The GP

    • Trac

      Does this mean the Bears will have to fire John Fox if they want to win the SB again? Hmmm. I’d take that trade off.

  • BillW

    As Jeff says in his tweets, assistant coaches under contract are not free to sign with another team without permission. So Groh going to the Rams was OK with Fox.

    Curious. He seemed to be doing a very good job, especially considering the receivers he had to work with.

    • So, we now lost Gase and Groh.

      Hopefully we get a WR’s coach with a good resume that can demand respect.
      It’ll be a bonus if he has a program to keep Alshon healthy.

      Also, gotta say, we would be a good spot for any WR coach.

      Who wouldn’t want to work with Alshon and White? It’ll be hard to fuck that up.

      • The GP

        Alshon is soft as hot cocoa marshmallows.

        • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

          and on that note, Waffle shuts down his computer and leaves for the merchandise mart to get a hot chocolate with marshmellows. marshmallows? how the fuck is that spelled?

          • BillW

            Stay-Puft?

          • SC Dave

            Mallow is it

        • BearDown100393

          Leaving the bag open makes those little white bastards toughen up a bit.

          • Doc Nitty

            Ha!

        • AlbertInTucson

          Again, we must point out that he did, in fact, play in all 16 games the previous 2 seasons.

          • He did play ‘decoy’ for about, what, 6 of those games?
            Won’t matter either way. We can’t afford to let talent walk out the door, even marshmallow legged talent.

          • AlbertInTucson

            89 for 1421 and 7 TD in 2013.

            85 for 1133 and 10 TD in 2014.

            Hell of a decoy.

          • He was a pretty good decoy. Even limping he’s still a redzone threat, but just not a vertical one.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Where was Brandon Marshall playing in 13/14 ?

          • Irish Sweetness

            And then immediately reiterate that he missed half of his games THIS season.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Folks are intimating that THIS season has happened over and over again for Alshon and thus, defines him.

            There’s nothing flukey about back-to-back ,1000 yard seasons and 17 TD even WITH Marshall there.

            Jeffrey’s presence also helped Marshall. who’s production tailed off in HIS 3rd season as a Bear because HE battled injuries.

            And you don’t have to be a statistician to know that the Bear offense was markedly better this year when Jeffrey was able to be on the field this year.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Alshon will fuck it up – by being on the bench with a twisted vagina.

        Can anyone name a legendary WR coach, or a great OC who didn’t have top weapons?

    • AlbertInTucson

      Remember, they’re th “L.A. RAMS” again.

    • willbest

      You don’t convince quality position coach candidates to come to your team if you are going to deny them promotions, especially when you don’t promote them internally. Keep in mind that Groh was also up for the Bears QB coach job after Loggains was promoted and didn’t get it.

      It could also be a situation where he wasn’t even under contract. Keep in mind position coaches don’t get 4-5 year deals. Groh was presumably on a 2 year deal with Trestmen, as the Bears extended him last January. I say that because it would be odd for Groh to want an extension and for the Bears to offer him an extension given the change in both front office and coaching staff. So it might have been a 1 year tryout, smooth over the transition because you know the receivers and QB and unlike most every other coach demonstrated competence.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’m curious Bill. Why did he do a good job with our receivers? I thought they were our worst group this season.

      • CanadaBear

        Considering the top 4 WR’s were out or hurt most of the year, he did OK with the 5’s, 6’s and 7’s.

  • BillW

    With all the ProBowl QBs dropping out, maybe Jay will be invited?

    • AlbertInTucson

      To the game that should no longer be played.

      • BerwynBomber

        Agreed, though I would still like if Pro Bowl squads were named. All-Pro is an awfully tough nut to crack, and some of their selections can be questionable too.

        But yeah, the game should be discontinued. I’m of the mindset all All-Star games should, though the NFL’s always seemed the silliest.

        • willbest

          They have All-division teams.

          • AlbertInTucson

            No, thank you.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Agree.

          Name the squads.

          Let the “Madden” finalists play the game for all their marbles.

      • BearDown100393

        Let it be played by free agents and scrubs looking for another crack at the NFL.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Doesn’t it already look like that’s who’s playing?

        • That’s what I always wanted.
          “allstars” from Canada, FAs that want to prove their healthy or still effective.

          Maybe even have 32 teams select one PS player to send over there for exposure (though teams usually like to stash their best PS players).

      • Trac

        Honorary pro bowl mention with a paid trip to Hawai for the players that get voted in and let them ref and coach an all new “Rookie Bowl”. Wa-la, problem solved.

        Think about all the entertainment value.

  • BerwynBomber

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog “Guard and backup quarterback have received none of the 155 votes placed thus far.”

    No surprise. A good back-up QB in this league is a luxury that few teams have. Plus, we still don’t know what we have in Fales.

    In terms of a guard, the O-line was hardly a huge weakness of the team. In fact, they were probably average-to-above average in relation to the rest of the league. We will probably draft an O-lineman but it is not a positional need that rates with some of the D positional groups.

    • If we don’t get a Slauson type FA, I’d gues we’d probably go OG in 4rth-5th unless some top 3 OG lands in our lap in the 3rd.

      • SC Dave

        Sounds about right

      • Irish Sweetness

        Couldn’t we just draft a fat TE in the 5th and convert him to G?
        (looks at MB)

        • MB30SD

          damn you

    • Irish Sweetness

      David Fales is at least a good QB. We’ve seen this, and he looks like a good kid.
      But every team should have a battle-hardened vet around the shop too.

  • AlbertInTucson

    So, FSU is paying out just under $1M to the woman who accused Jameis Winston of rape.

  • AlbertInTucson

    So, Greg Popovich has announced he will sit out Tim Duncan tonight against the Warriors.

    Makes me glad I really don’t give a hang about the NBA anymore.

    • SC Dave

      Pops has been sitting out players for years now. And Duncan is a bit of a geezer.

      Tho maybe he wants to give the Warriors a chance to like, win.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I know this is Pop’s M.O., but here’s plenty of donkey’s on an NBA schedule to sit guys out for.

        Frankly, if I were NBA commissioner, I’d have a private, off-the-record chat along the lines of …

        “Look, our regular season is a big enough joke without you taking a giant DUMP on one of our few marquee match-ups so, If you want to get another call the rest of the year, you better rethink sitting Duncan tonight.”

  • MB30SD
    • Trac

      Yonny almost had enough dough to rent one of those until yesterday. Hahaha

    • SC Dave

      310… fuckin crazy

    • The GP

      Damn,

      Bugatti spaceship anyone? Needs to come with hit detection software so it knows when punk ass Matt Damon fires a shotgun at it.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’d be embarrassed to drive that …. anyone?

      Ford Mustang. Black. Good to go.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Panthers Thomas Davis came out of that game with a broken arm.
    Surgery today to insert a pin.
    Says he’s going to play in SB 50.

    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      It says a lot about the guy that he came back so strong after 3 ACL tears and then breaks his arm yesterday and is going to play in the superbowl knowing full well that he will break it again at some point in the game. Warrior.

      • It’s not as if the Broncos have a power run game anyways, but I wonder if this tempts them to run it up the gut more.

        Davis is the heart-and-soul of that D.

    • BearDown100393

      Such a freak injury to begin with.

    • The GP

      Pin me, Mick! Pin me!

    • Irish Sweetness

      2-3 weeks for bone to knit. Do-able.

  • The GP

    If the Rams are gonna be the LA Rams again, then they need to dump the ENTIRE Royal Blue and Gold livery and go back to deep sea blue and yellow with grey facemasks and keep it that way. Oh yeah, and that big ass number font size on the sleeve, that was killer.

    http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/getty/2011/09000d5d8201f90a_gallery_600.jpg

    • AlbertInTucson

      Why not go ALL the way back. To the days when the Rams rarely wore anything but their white tops/pants with blue numerals and blue helmets with the white ram horns?

      • BerwynBomber

        Agreed. The blue and white look was even better.

  • The GP

    Vintage vs modern Bears away:

    Vintage
    http://tinyurl.com/jfy6f9k

    Now
    http://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Jay+Cutler+Chicago+Bears+v+Detroit+Lions+jcmIHpV-XG-x.jpg

    Looks better now. Numbers on the pads are the way to go, and the v neck collar works.

    • Doc Nitty

      The gaps probably wider than you think. Surely the eye is at least partially deceived by Walter modeling the old one vs Cutler the new one.

  • CanadaBear
    • AlbertInTucson

      Kind of weird on Thompson’s part, considering how successful the Peppers signing has been for them and how successful the Charles Woodson signing was once upon a time.

    • BerwynBomber

      It’s an interesting critique of Thompson. It is all homegrown talent but for the rare ex-All-Pro signing like Woodson or Peppers. There seems to be no middle of the road FA signings in Cheese land. In fact, the name that was first given as an example of an FA failing was none other than Mason Foster. The Cheese ILB issues were nearly as bad as ours and apparently McCarthy wanted Foster bad and Thompson nixed it for Cheese philosophical reasons.

      • I’m glad the Pack are stubbornly sticking to that only draft formula, esp since the last top 10 pick they got was Roidster like in 09.

        They keep filling the cupboard with JAGS, these are the results.

        Palmer and Brady have just proven that great Ds still can carry a team with a competent QB.

        If the Pack ever started to sign good FAs to complement their draft, they’d be a powerhouse like the Pats (in spite of McCarthy).

        • BerwynBomber

          I tend to agree. I’ve never been a huge fan of McCarthy but his criticism of Thompson seems valid. Why ALWAYS play the long game when you have Rodgers on your team and time is running out?

        • Cormonster

          Their last top 10 guy was actually Raji. They traded up to get Matthews late in the first round that same year.

          • BerwynBomber

            Yeah, that’s an enviable first round. Remind me not to look who we took that year.

          • willbest

            In 2009? technically we got Jay Cutler.

          • BerwynBomber

            Nice then. But technically we got half of Jay Cutler as I’m remembering he cost us a little more than a first rounder. I was fearing it was one of our Carimi or Ennis years.

          • willbest

            Yes we also got Cutler in 2010 round 1, and 2009 round 3.

            Could have ended up with Vonte Davis, Mike Wallace, and Earl Thomas. The 2010 Bears would be D would have been ridiculous. But then it would have been Orton-Forte-Wallace-Olsen-Knox behind a turnstile o-line.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Not only two firsts and a third, but a certain neckbeard I was rather fond of.

          • Cormonster

            We traded out of the second and used the picks for Pool Boy in the 3rd and Melton in the 4th. We also took Joaquin Iglesias in the 3rd (supplemental, probably for Orton).

          • Irish Sweetness

            (head-butts wall repeatedly)

    • willbest

      The way I heard it described is that its somewhat difficult to entice FA to spend time up there for 7 months of the year. So they aren’t going to get first shot on those $2-3 million a year FAs unless there is extra money in it for them. Which I suppose works out for Randle Cobb, but doesn’t improve their defense.

      • CanadaBear

        It would be a tough sell to a young guy looking to party but once a guy settles down it might not be that hard to sell them on GB. If they are small town guys it would be OK. If not, I’m sure you’re correct.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Zach Ertz.

    $20M, Guaranteed?

    Zach Ertz?

    • BerwynBomber

      Proof that the Iggles problems might run deeper than Chip Kelly.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog

    Guard and backup quarterback have received none of the 155 votes placed thus far.”

    This poll could have (should have?) been “Middle Linebacker” or “Edge Rusher”.

    • That Guy

      Well, there’s also DT, or DB. But yeah, MLB or Pass Rusher are probably top priorities.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Or “Wide receiver” if AJ walks …..

  • CanadaBear

    Here’s a nice 2-part interview with Matt Suhey. Walter’s son in part of the interview. Nothing ground breaking but good to see Matt.

    http://wgntv.com/2016/01/25/former-bears-fullback-matt-suhey-remembers-super-bowl-xx-on-sports-feed/

  • CanadaBear

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