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Postseason Positional Analysis Part I: Quarterbacks

| January 7th, 2016

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Over the next few weeks, we’ll be evaluating each of the position groupings of the 2015 Bears. Today we’ll start with quarterbacks. Monday we’ll address running backs, Tuesday wide receivers, Wednesday tight ends and Thursday the offensive line. Defense will come the following week.

Jay Cutler did everything possible in 2015 to earn the starting quarterback job in 2016. He showed a command of the offense, assumed a serious, vocal leadership role, limited his risk/reward tosses and overcame a myriad of injuries at the skill spots and offensive line to provide Bears fans a season far more entertaining than was expected from their shaky roster.

He’s the guy. Indisputably.

But behind Cutler, what are the Bears doing at the position? Nothing.

Chicago determined David Fales was worth protecting from pilferage, I guess. But the decisions was less a vote of confidence in Fales’ ability and more an extreme willingness to allow James Clausen a one way ticket to Anywhere, USA. And while Matt Blanchard continues to taxi on the Bears runway, the chances of him ever finding Gate 53 are slim.

The quarterbacks room in 2016 MUST include one of the following (and preferably both):

  • A veteran capable of holding down the fort for the weeks Cutler will inevitably be sidelined. If Mike Glennon could be shaken free from the Tampa tree or Josh McCown becomes available, those would be quarterbacks intelligent enough to run this system and talented enough to win games.
  • A young, developmental type who is either a potential starter or long-term answer as backup. This could very well be Fales but is more likely to be drafted somewhere around the fourth round.

The Bears have done the hard part. They have what nearly half the teams in the league don’t have: a top starter. But if the team is serious about making a playoff run in 2016 – and they should be – they can not be a blindside hit on Cutler away from a top five pick in the draft. That means improving the quarterbacks room.

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  • BillW

    “And while Matt Blanchard continues to taxi on the Bears runway, the chances of him ever finding Gate 53 are slim.”

    Great piece of writing Jeff. I’m envisioning a Twilight Zone episode with that line.

    • BearDown100393

      Trestman hanging off the wing and freaking out Lithgow?

      • BillW

        I’m old school. It’s William Shatner I think of

        • DaBearsBlog

          Shatner’s performances on TZone are some of the greatest in TV history.

        • BearDown100393

  • Irish Sweetness
    • Jokey

      They’re not sure where it fits until it’s dated. They’re interesting on their own though, and the cave story is intriguing.

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        haha, where have you been Jokey? Lurking?

    • CanadaBear

      You do know this has to be horseshit. Everything I’ve heard the world is only 6,000 years old!

    • Sactowns#1

      Just a few miles from Johannesburg and just feet from the Makiti Wedding venue where you and your new bride can experience the beauty of matrimony and maybe discover an ancient species or two. http://www.makiti.co.za/

  • Scharfinator

    How much does Josh have left in the tank? He’s old and gets beat up consistently.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Well you need three games out of him. Any more than that from a back up and the season is over anyway.

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        bringing in Josh would be so counterproductive not to mention the fans taking their idiocy to new heights on the first interception or incompletion by Jay.

      • Scharfinator

        Does he last 3 games? HE JUST GOES SO HARD!

  • The GP

    I kinda miss the Madhouse on Madison

    Then again, the medieval dungeon that was old Comiskey was better than the Cell now.

  • BerwynBomber

    Taylor Heinicke? Was anyone else aware MIN carried three QBs on their roster? And that one was a rookie from Old Dominion?

    Can’t disagree with anything major in Blogfather’s post, but I would MUCH rather have Glennon than McCown; in fact, Glennon would have been a nice bridge guy had we shipped out Cutty after last year.

    In terms of a fourth round pick over Fales … hmmmmmm … not so sure. Only the coaches know what we have Fales and even they may not completely know.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Glennon has been hard to get out of there. He costs them nothing.

  • MB30SD

    So check this out.

    Summa ya know my company’s biggest partner is headquartered in Chi. Luckily for me next year… I’m hoping for at least 2 games if not 3.

    Aaaaaanyway. My main contact there who I interface with on the reg is a childhood very old family friend of you know who. Thaaasss riiiiight… the venerable Mr. Gase himself.

    So I asks him last night… I says, ‘Fred (names obfuscated to protect the innocent), I says… have you talked to your boy? Do you have any non-classified poop for me my maings? I needs to know whether we’re maintaining our continuity next year. Help a fellow life-long bears fan outs my brother’ (I’m paraphrasing of course)

    Here was his exact response cut and pasted verbatim from his reply to my email.

    “He’s got a couple offers on the table that are hard to pass up”

    I’m no clairvoyant boys, but sounds like save a miracle, Mr. Gase is pretty much out the door.

    • Trac

      Look at you go boi! Hahaha

    • The GP

      Turns out Fred was a dog. So take all that with a grain…

      https://youtu.be/tdAzm67MLbk?t=18

    • Doc Nitty

      How did Adam Schefter hack MB’s account?

      • Sactowns#1

        How does Adam Sandler keep getting films green lit? The world is a mystery my friend.

        • CanadaBear

          They must make money. Not sure how that’s possible but it’s the only explanation.

          • Sactowns#1

            The scary thing is there are more dumb people out there than there are dumb Americans. If it was just America, his films would be utter failures. Pixels cost $140 mil and made about $80 mil here in America. They made $164 mil in other territories making it very profitable.
            It looks like many of his films do much much better after they leave theaters. Maybe cable deals etc. idk. But I haven’t laughed at a Sandler movie in a really really long time.

          • willbest

            Adam Sandler is an honorary Latino. The love him south of the border.

            http://ntrsctn.com/entertainment/2015/11/adam-sandler-latin-american-icon

        • Scharfinator

          They make a shit ton of money. This coincides with the millions of dimwitted masses commented on above in the political part of the thread.

          • CanadaBear

            The thought of Sandler’s movies making crazy money is just too depressing to comprehend.

        • That Guy

          Sandler movies aren’t expected to be good. Its like the “Scary Movie” franchise and the other stuff the Wayans brothers do. The movies have very predictable box office performances. As long as you keep your budget at the right level, you have a very dependable return.

          Kind of like asking why J-Webb and Gabe Carimi kept getting work when they were terrible on the Bears. Their results are reliable. It makes the budget work.

        • Doc Nitty

          Wow. Apparently I’m the only Adam Sandler fan on da blog. Though I admit, his schtick has worn a little thin.

          • willbest

            I like his earlier work, Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, Waterboy. And his RomComs are on the tolerable side of horrible. I will watch his movies, but won’t go out of my way to find them. I haven’t seen Pixels or Grownups 2, for example, but I caught the Cobbler on netflix a couple months back and couldn’t figure out why it got made.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            pretty sure he has compromising pictures of Studio Execs.

          • Like Jim Carrey, his schtick indeed got old.

            Babbling like a baby shouldn’t be good for 5 films.

          • CanadaBear

            Latter day Jerry Lewis (both of them). Although, I thought Carrey was really funny on In Living Color. Never liked Sandler.

          • Cormonster

            Sandler’s song At a Medium Pace is fucking brilliant.

      • MB30SD

        you like my tie?

  • Sactowns#1

    Lovie Smith coming back as offensive coordinator!

    • CanadaBear

      What could possibly go wrong?

      • Sactowns#1

        *Stares blankly at jumbotron while play clock expires.*

        • BearDown100393

          And then softly tosses his crumpled red flag nicking the front of his right shoe.

          • Scharfinator

            Lol, gotta challenge the delay of game. CLASSIC

    • Trac

      I heard he was gonna head up the Bernie Sanders “get out and vote” campaign in Texas. 🙂 said with a devilish grin. Hee hee.

      • Sactowns#1

        I can only imagine. “We like our candidate. He’s our candidate through this election. The election is 4 quarters and we’re only one quarter the way through. We’ll see how much momentum we get in the second half” Um sir you didn’t tell me anything. “We’re proud of our candidate”

        • Trac

          Hahaha. You’re a good sport Sac. Most of the time.

      • The GP

        Trac is a Trump man.

        • Trac

          No GP. I don’t bow to politics but I’ll say this, if Obama can get elected twice, Trump can get elected once. I think both in their own way have mastered the art of sucking in the mindless masses. 🙂

          • Doc Nitty

            To say nothing of the fact that George W got elected once, let alone twice.

          • Sactowns#1

            Say what you will but at least both of them had held an elected office before and had at least a rudimentary understanding of how the political system functions.

          • willbest

            Well Generals tend to be a group that doesn’t have a lot of experience on that front, they are just as hit or miss as presidents as anybody else. Personally, I think Trump is the sort of President this country deserves irrespective of if its a good idea or not.

          • Sactowns#1

            I don’t think anyone “deserves” to be bombarded with stupid and hateful.

          • willbest

            Been getting it for 7 years. But then I am a bitter clinger who loves me some guns and Jesus.

          • Sactowns#1

            I don’t recall the president ever spewing hateful rhetoric.

          • willbest

            Because he isn’t directing it at you.

          • Sactowns#1

            Please provide us with some examples and who they were directed at.

          • willbest

            I did. You didn’t acknowledge it as hateful. You will similarly excuse all others. So I won’t bother. You have google though.

          • willbest

            Both Gore and Kerry went insane after they loss. As did McCain. Based on that alone you know the right person won those elections.

          • That Guy

            How did Gore go insane? Honest question – the only thing I know of that he did afterward was the climate change documentary.

          • willbest

            A lot of people on the democrat said have said he did not handle the loss well, and got weird afterwards. Chris Mathews, people on his campaign, etc. He then disappears for a while and parlays climate change into hundreds of millions of dollars for himself while living a life of carbon excess. He creates a struggling TV network and sold it to his oil buddies so they could broadcast Al Jazeera into the US.

          • Trac

            Inventing the Internet and giving it away for free? Just sayin.

          • That Guy
          • Trac

            We’ve never found any explanation by Gore as to why he made the claim, but he did have a sense of humor about it.  At a meeting of Democratic leaders, he said, ” I was pretty tired when I made that comment because I had been up very late the night before inventing the camcorder.”

            Al Gorelioni on his statement concerning his claim that he played an important role in the creation of the innerness.

          • BillW

            People say stuff like that when they are an important part in making it happen. I know contractors and tradesmen will say stuff like “I built that shopping center” when obviously they mean they were part of it.

          • Sactowns#1

            Damn you and your intelligent, informed discourse!!

          • BerwynBomber

            When did Kerry go insane? I get (to a degree) Gore. He was kind all over the map during the campaign but Kerry returned to his job in the Senate and did legislative work.

            Btw, I get that you’re a conservative but claiming that GWB was the right person to win both elections is a bit foolish. His was a disastrous administration.

          • willbest

            I don’t like the word conservative, because I am not all that interested in conserving a whole lot. But pretending that the other two guys would have been better its nuts given the positions they have since taken and the damage it would have done. I subscribe to “gaffes” as accidental moments of honesty, and Kerry has had a lot of scary ones since 2004.

          • BerwynBomber

            Most pols have gaffes. And Kerry is far from a Trump or Biden on that level. Plus, by all accounts he was/is a well-respected senator and Secretary of State.

            Again, I can’t see how you would think anyone’s administration could have been worse than GWB’s. That was an unmitigated train wreck.

          • willbest

            He isn’t well respected Sec of State. Even liberal rags like The Nation have heavily criticized his ineptitude. He gets low marks among foreign policy experts in academic circles (not a bastion of conservative thought). He was either appointed because Obama needed a Yes Man, or to make Hillary look good.

            I started to write a book about your last sentence, and though better of it.

          • BerwynBomber

            Oh please. You’re just being a partisan now and not a very bright one at that.
            John Kerry will retire with a political reputation that GWB can only dream of.

            One will be thought of as respected senator/statesman/diplomat (not to mention a decorated soldier); the other will be thought as possibly the worst president in our country’s history.

          • Sactowns#1

            GWB will probably be looked at as the worst in modern history, robbing Hoover of that title. But Hoover was inept where GWB was inept and dangerous.

          • willbest

            Only by your side. Kerry’s favorability rating is averaging over 10 points worse than Hillary, Condi, and Albright. And crazy below Powell who got a rally around the flag bump.

          • BerwynBomber

            Cite? And we were comparing him to GWB. Remember? That’s how this debate started. When you called Kerry “insane” and said that the right man — GWB — had been chosen for the job.

          • willbest

            In July GWB had a 46% favorable, and 47% unfavorable via Gallup. Al Gore (same july poll) had a 44% favorable, 49% unfavorable. John Kerry in that July poll had 41% favorable, 38% unfavorable.

            And of course in sad commentary on our times, garnered 9% never heard of him. He (unlike the others) has another poll in August where he was 48% favorable 38% unfavorable

            http://www.gallup.com/poll/1618/favorability-people-news.aspx

            As for how he compared to other Sec of States

            http://www.gallup.com/poll/184628/secretary-state-john-kerry-image-improves.aspx You have to go all the way back to Clinton’s first SoS to find one with worse favorability.

          • BerwynBomber

            Thanks. Not surprised that Kerry’s unfavorables are much lower than GWB’s — proves my point even if in a roundabout way. The only surprising is that GWB’s favorables are that high. But as they say, Republicans fall in line. Even behind GWB.

          • willbest

            That is Kerry as Sec of State though. As I pointed out 10% of the country doesn’t even know what he is doing and another 10% had no opinion. Even the most clueless get around to forming an opinion on POTUS.

          • Sactowns#1

            Shhhh. He will just use terms like “lots of liberals” and “Everybody thinks”

          • Sactowns#1

            Hu? So trillions on an illegal war is better than Gore as president? On what planet is that true?

          • willbest

            Well if you want to go there, all wars since WW2 have been illegal, why single him out?

          • Imagine what the “insane” version of Trump is after he loses.

          • Trac

            Bingo!!! Both “I spy” presidents got their chance and both did their damage.

          • MB30SD

            jesus, this.

        • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

          it makes me a little uncomfortable that Donald Trump is a presidential candidate….that has millions of followers. We barely respect him in the real estate field.

          • The GP

            I just like his hair. It’s like it was gifted to him from Patrick Swayze’s corpse.

          • BearDown100393

            His “students” filed a class action lawsuit against his real estate “university”.

          • willbest

            In fairness, you aren’t anybody any more unless you have been sued.

          • Trump reminds me of that obnoxious successful uncle who’ll show up Xmas with outrages presents, not because he wants to share his success, but because he wants to make the other parents feel like shit.

          • CanadaBear

            Never had a rich uncle. Not sure I’m missing anything.

          • Have one who went to Stanford. Made a shitload of $, but then the .com bust, and now he’s “only” upper-middle class.

            He’s not as obnoxious as he once was. I suspect a correlation.

        • lol no, say it ain’t so.

          When I meet a Trump supporter, I react as if I just met a leprechaun, “Holy shit, you guys really do exist!”

  • CanadaBear

    Most of you guys know I respected Lovie as a person and wished him well. What I don’t understand is what were TB’s expectations when they hired Lovie? The franchise was a mess after that idiot Schiano was flushed down the toilet. Lovie stabilized the franchise and was launched. Makes no sense to me. They must have someone they are falling all over themselves to hire. Who could feel bad for Lovie? He got a 1-year, $5 mil vacation from the Bears and he’s getting a 2-year, $10 mil vacation from the Bucs. That would buy a lot of salve for that wound!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • DaCoaches Mustache

      They are hiring the O Coordinator. Hilarious. Lovie Dovie get’s fired here because he couldn’t find one. Then he goes to Tampa, finds one and gets replaced by him. I’m sure the Lovester will land on his feet though. Rooney rule and all….

      • BerwynBomber

        I suspect his NFL HC days are done. But he will probably land a DC job. What will be interesting to see if he voluntarily sits out a year as he did last time.

        • BillW

          TV awaits I think. Ten million “buyout”. Why take a step down and run an outmoded defense only to fail again?

          He wouldn’t fit in a lot of the shout fest 5 man panels (too soft spoken) and yet some exec might think his measured Texas drawl would be a refreshing change of pace. A few “Jiminy Crickets” might actually increase the audience. I’d watch.

          • willbest

            Don’t know if it is a buyout. It could be offset. So if he goes and get a DC job at $2 million a year they only need to pay him the difference.

          • BillW

            Yes – offset. Just being lazy calling it a buyout. $10 million left (roughly) for the remaining 2 years. But I’m sure if he gets a coaching job it’s offset.

        • A lot of “experts” are claiming Lovie’s Tampa 2 is obsolete. That he’s too inflexible.

          Maybe. But doesn’t Chico run the same system in CAR?

          • CanadaBear

            Seattle runs a lot of it too. If you’ve got great personnel for it, it can be deadly.

          • BerwynBomber

            And Zimmer in MIN?

            Lovie’s C2 used to give Rodgers fits at times — despite the latter’s W/L record against us. But then again we had, at times, one HoFer in Lach, a potential HoFer in Pep and two guys who would be in a Bears HoF in Briggs and Peanut. Not to mention, we generally had a badass D-line.

          • I wonder if both the Panthers and Vikes adhere to the Tampa 2 as strictly as Lovie, or heck, maybe even more so.

            The Panther’s resemble the 06 Bears most. Stud MLB. Fierce pass rush. Good CB (and one shutdown CB, at that, which allows them to be more aggressive and not stricktly Cover 2)

      • SC Dave

        Perhaps the ‘could not find’ was ‘did not want’ when with Chicago. Perhaps Lovie was cleverer than we thought.

        • CanadaBear

          I like Lovie as much as anyone on the blog but that really doesn’t sound very Lovie-like.

        • MB30SD

          I very seriously doubt that dave. He doesn’t strike me as the consummate strategist.

          • SC Dave

            Southerners i know intentionally exaggerate their accents when dealing with others. They tell me it leads others to underestimate them, to advantage.

            May be bullshit, but I’ve heard it more than a couple of times.

          • Ah. The Colombo strategy.

          • Sactowns#1

            Or the unfrozen caveman lawyer strategy. http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/unfrozen-caveman-lawyer/2862211
            I love you and miss you Phil Hartman!!

          • MB30SD

            sigh

          • burntorangenavyblue

            So they want us to think that they are what? Uneducated hillbillies? What advantage would that even give them? I’m intrigued, seriously!

      • Maybe now we know why Lovie didn’t want to hire a good OC or let Chico go.
        He didn’t want to be replaced!

    • Doc Nitty

      They fired him because he wouldn’t fire one of his assistants like they asked.

      • BillW

        I’ve not heard that angle. Was it Frazier?

        • Doc Nitty

          Not sure.

          • BillW

            I ask because Frazier was fired this morning

      • CanadaBear

        First I’ve heard that. Makes sense. I’m sure Lovie’s contract called for control over the coaching staff.

    • Johnnywad

      Lovie won games because of Brian Urlacher. Nothing else. His bullshit defense only works when your MLB has DB speed. Without Lach, he probably never breaks into the playoffs at all in Chicago.

      • Johnnywad

        Okay. So Tommie Harris, Mike Brown, Peanut and young Briggs didn’t hurt.

        • They say you win games up the middle (that’s what she said!)

          Harris, Lach, Brown, holy trifecta that would’ve got most coaches into the playoffs.

  • The GP

    Isn’t Lovie’s true calling being an astronomer?

    http://tinyurl.com/jrre8gm

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      that’s a stretch. I thought his true calling was more along the lines of a weather girl on a local TV station.

      • BearDown100393

        or sitting on a bench and eating a box of chocolates.

  • TBC

    “Remarkable to me how unabashedly fans will endorse the moves of the organizations they support. But KILL a player at a moment’s notice.”

    Jeff, you are as guilty of this as any fan I’ve ever come across, and you’re a blog writer. The Bears have made so many poor decisions over the last five years and the only ones you’ve dissented from are:

    1. Not signing will hill
    2. Not resigning Charles Tillman

    You’ve applauded almost every single coaching and management change. You were tickled when they hired the last regime, which included the head coach of the Montreal allouettes. You even wrote a post about Mel Tucker in an optimistic tone, ignoring the fact that all of his previous defenses finished at the bottom of the league. You didn’t even raise an eyebrow when mike fucking tice was promoted the OC. Mike Tice!

    I guess you did get really pissed when the Bears benched Jay Cutler. So there’s that.

    • BearDown100393

      I always like the Bears.

      • BillW

        If Cheesy’s commentary came from anyone but a Packer fan I might be inclined to agree and move on without much thought. But instead I did think it through.

        So in defense of Jeff (not that he needs me or anyone defending him) –

        His mission is to foster discussion on the Bears. He can only do so by advocating them. No one would come back so often if he were a Steve Rosenbllom type.

        Further – he said he is annoyed at people who blindly support the organization but jump on players. I don’t recall him jumping on a player untils there is a long history of underperforming. And that’s not “jumping” on them, it’s reflecting an opinion based on what he sees. Which is why we come here.

        Finally – I don’t recall the Bears ever firing anyone without giving them a fair chance, which is clearly what Tampa just did. I agree that I can’t see how anyone can blindly support that move. The best you can say is “I sure hope they know what they are doing because this is at best a head scratcher.”

        (Trestman could not be afforded another year given the direction they went in such a hurry. Just in case Cheesy is planning to make the comparison with 2 year Lovie vs 2 year Marc.)

        • BerwynBomber

          Yeah, but it was kind of a silly comment all the same. All we do on here is hammer the McCaskeys, Angelo, Lovie, Trestman, Emery, etc. And such criticism represents the general fan base more than praise or indifference of such folks.

          In terms of the players? Yeah, they come in for it from time to time but not nearly as consistently as the front office or coaches. And Blogfather obviously cannot stand when one particular player is criticized. (Hint: he wears a number between five and seven.)

          So it just didn’t make any sense. Then again, the randomness and quickness of Twitter doesn’t lend itself to deliberation/judiciousness.

          • TBC

            my comment was directed at Jeff, not the readers.

          • BerwynBomber

            Yeah, I know. I meant Blogfather’s comment was silly, not yours.

          • Johnnywad

            Shouldn’t you be busy fretting about the Packers’ gradual but undeniable, unalterable decline?

          • TBC

            How do you know I’m not fretting about that elsewhere? Can’t a take 30 seconds out of my fretfest to comment on dabearsblog?

          • Johnnywad

            Touché.

          • DaBearsBlog

            Bears fans are rare. They are far more willing to kill the organization.

          • MB30SD

            jeff, see my inside scoop on gase… looks like most likely HeGone!

        • TBC

          “His mission is to foster discussion on the Bears. He can only do so by advocating them.”

          As much as I’d like to imagine Virginia McCaskey as a North Korean Dictator, I can’t quite get on board with that assertion. That assertion is really, really ridiculous actually.

          • BearDown100393

            The second paragraph excited Rodman.

          • BillW

            Well, I guess the ice is broken. We’re friends again, aren’t we?

            By advocate I mean give them the benefit of the doubt. Otherwise he comes across like Rosenbloom and no one would come here to read a blog of doom and gloom.

            Once it’s shown they f’d up with Trestman et al Jeff told it like it was. Some of us saw it sooner than otherts, but no one at the end of year 2 said “give him another year”.

            Lovie – on the other hand – has not f’d up. Supporting that move by Tampa is in fact blind loyalty. Jeff I contend is not blind, just wears orange and blue tinted glasses.

    • DaBearsBlog

      So not writing THIS IS STUPID is endorsing things? By and large I don’t preemptively criticize any moves. I wait until those moves happen and respond to that movement.

      You may remember that the first year under the previous regime was a success and many believed they were a super bowl contender in 2014. I didnt. But I didn’t yell and scream so it didn’t work for you.

      • TBC

        I think it’s wise not to immediately condemn moves made by these teams…because it’s ridiculous to think that we know better than they do.

        You don’t preemptively criticize moves MADE BY THE BEARS. You do it to the other 31 teams regularly.

        The problem You cherry pick the optimism from the moves made by the Bears constantly. Almost as much as a mouthpiece for the team would. The biggest problem with that is the Bears are not one of the handful of teams who are currently run successfully and have earned the benefit of the doubt. They’re the freaking Bears. They’ve been a serious disappointment for most of the super bowl era.

        —–

        Brandon Marshall was your guy when he was wearing navy and orange. None of that bs he pulled last year bothered you… Until the moment he was traded. It wasn’t until he was gone did you start tweeting that he needed to shut up. #mouthpiece.

        2014 Bears super bowl contenders? Who said that? Johnny Waffle? What a crock. That 2013 team let the packers win the division in a year where Aaron Rodgers missed 8 games, and they had the worst defense in NFL history.

        Yeah, you didn’t say that the 2014 Bears would be a Super Bowl contender, but you did say ( in your 50 prognostications) that the Bears would win the NFC north, and they would win a playoff game. Hilarious! Not only that, but you wrote that the 2014 Bears would make the “innocent climb” to a championship caliber team in 2015. Priceless.

        There’s no wrong way to be a fan. Or a blogger. Good for you. As silly as it may make you look at times, I’m sure it’s actually beneficial to your “blogging career”. It’s your angle. Just don’t be surprised when I call you out on it after tweeting what you just did. Or do be surprised. Who cares.

        • burntorangenavyblue

          Why are you on this site again? I’m sure you have better things to do than this if you feel this bothered by this blog….

        • BillW

          The ice just formed again. you are really being an ass about this rather than light-heartedly pointing out a debateable contradiction.

  • willbest

    I said this in the dying last thread, but I will bring it back here.

    My concern with Kyle Long is that I think the reason he was playing hurt the second half of the season was because he was using his raw physical gifts to mask poor technique and that resulted in overexertion. Now hopefully he can learn to play the position better so he doesn’t have to rely on his raw power, because he won’t last long if he does, and I would rather have a pro-bowl guard for a decade and a competent guard for another 4 years than have a good RT for a couple years at the start of the season.

    As has been pointed out, he really doesn’t have much football under his belt so it really is a bit of a question mark in how coachable he is. If the Bears really are intending for him to be the plan A going into camp next year, I hope they have a plan B ready.

    • The GP

      As has been pointed out, he really doesn’t have much football under his belt so it really is a bit of a question mark in how coachable he is.

      Is that a serious sentence? You do know that Howie hired Tony Wise, the ex-Bears OL coach, to work with Kyle exclusively the summer he was drafted to get him ready and Wise remarked how coachable he is. You do know this, yes?

      Is this a joke like saying John Kerry went insane?

      • willbest

        I know that he struggled at offensive tackle. I also know that just because you are good at one thing, and can learn it really well, doesn’t mean you can learn something else and do it really well.

      • willbest

        Just throw some struggles in there.

        Long Holding penalties
        2015 = 4
        2013 + 2014 = 0

        False Starts
        2015 = 4
        2013 + 2014 = 3

        • BillW

          Not to argue, just to point out the point –
          That doesn’t mean is not coachable. Struggled – yes. Especially without a preseason to learn.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          that is still less than a lot of tackles in the league.

        • Johnnywad

          Isn’t holding far more common among tackles than guards to begin with? Long played the position extremely well and consistently for about half a season. He was then up and down thereafter. As a first year tackle, that was still killing the left half of the defensive line on power run plays to his side, while he was struggling in pass pro, he played very well. Thought of moving him back inside now, rather than spending an entire off season channeling his top end athleticism into the tackle position, would be a bit short sided.

      • BearDown100393

        Long is a warrior with awareness. But as a guard.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      For the performance he displayed in the past that gave him pro-bowler status, that right there tells me that he is more than experienced enough to not have excuses for having any set back due to “inexperience” from his college days. I’d rather have a positions player in their right spot and be a pro bowler than another Hester-type fiasco.

  • The GP

    This just in: Gabe Carimi is still out of the NFL

    http://cdn.someecards.com/someecards/usercards/1347322186883_2311084.png

    • BearDown100393

      Meanwhile, in a jar of formaldehyde on a shelf in the Mayo Orthopedic wing, floats the cartilage of his right knee.

      • willbest

        Doctor’s only keep trophy’s of important people they operate on.

        • BearDown100393

          And whatever might be resold on Ebay to Wisconsin boosters.

  • burntorangenavyblue

    There’s an ad/article above this comments section that looks like it’s about Big Foot. Irish, did you click on it? Or did you send the article yourself for us to read? I kid, I kid, haha.

    On a serious note….poor Miranda?

    • BillW

      I don’t even know who Miranda is. All I can gather is she got divorced and lost a lot of weight and now her ex is supposed to be sorry he divorced her.

      Maybe he left her because she’s crazy. Losing weight doesn’t fix that.

      • burntorangenavyblue

        I did not click the article….just from 3 different article/ads alone plastered on here I deduced that whoever Miranda was is a poor sack of soul, apparantly.

        • BillW

          Me too. I have clicked on a couple of those before and realized what they are. A bunch of slow loading slide shows set up for you to accidentally click on another site or ad. Like the “creepy” secrets in Disney movies. They often don’t even have the picture that enticed you to click in the first place.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Or “Check out 15 child stars that are smoking hot today!” I can’t tell you how many times I thought of barfing looking at what’s considered “hot” on those articles. I’m more intrigued by child stars that are dead today. Kids today have it easy….seriously

  • MB30SD

    So my huge backdoor, family-style scoop got fucking whittled down to a discussion about how shitty sandler’s movies are?!

    Siiiiigh.

    Btw, the best work he’s done is Hotel Transylvania and HT2. You know, where he’s not actually acting.

    • That Guy

      I wouldn’t describe “he’s got good offers” as a scoop. The guy is interviewing like everywhere.

      • BillW

        If they are truly offers and not “parameters” then it is. I suspect Rooney Rule or not true offers are given before any sham interviews are done.

      • MB30SD

        I read it as he’s gone. i.e., he HAS offers on the table that are too hard to pass up.

        AKA, HeGone!

    • burntorangenavyblue

      From the looks of it, Effron is this new generation’s “funny man”. That’s not saying much because I don’t know how else you can top some of Sandler’s early years of basic slapstick comedy gold that still hold up to even today’s standard.

      However, the new Effron movie with DeNiro actually might be interesting and funny….bc it’s DeNiro, being a playa

      • MB30SD

        (shudder)

      • BerwynBomber

        I get the impression Effron is the straight man in that movie.

        • burntorangenavyblue

          Define straight………?

    • CanadaBear

      You can’t control the convo on the blog. It has a mind of it’s own.

      • MB30SD

        I was mostly just fucking around. I actually found it fucking hilarious it went there. Who knows if it’s real. I know my source and his relationship are, but who knows.

        And to be honest, I don’t even give a fuck. I trust Fox will have us playing with a good OC next year no matter what his name.

        • willbest

          Wait that was legitimate information? I thought you were just screwing around.

          • Sactowns#1

            See what you get MB. tisk tisk

          • MB30SD

            Nope. Came from a real source who is VERY good life-long family friends with the Gase’. Real deal maings. From his tone (and he is a pretty serious guy), I’d say he’s as good as gone.

          • Sactowns#1

            I hope he takes that god damn smoke screen pass with him.

  • BerwynBomber

    I wonder if DET pulls a TB and fires Caldwell if only to keep/promote Austin.

    • BillW

      Seems to be the thing to do.

      Tomorrow Fox is being fired via Pony Express and Gase gets promoted.

  • MB30SD

    meanwhile in San Diego, people are freaking the fuck out because there’s honest to goodness rain for once

    http://www.mandatory.com/2016/01/07/live-news-report-features-san-diego-man-losing-his-mind-over-his/

  • That Guy

    Regarding Jeff’s article. I will say this. The best backup QBs of the past few years have been Josh McCown (3rd round), Drew Staunton (2nd round) and Matt Hasselback (6th round). So it is possible to get a quality backup without drafting in the first round.

    Beyond that… if you look at starters or allstars I think the quarterback position more than any other is slanted toward the first round.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Exactly…there’s a reason why some are starters and some are backups….the talent level drop off is HUGE and people forget that most backups do decent to pretty well for A FEW GAMES because there’s almost NO TAPE OR SCOUTING done on them. Then they all come back down to earth to hopefully remind people this : If they didn’t start in the league with expectations that they were to be starters some day, they are backups for a reason.

    • BillW

      But were any of them drafted with the intent they be backups? Hasselback in particular was drafted as insurance for Favre (if I recall corretly) and then traded for starter value.

      • burntorangenavyblue

        Ok, but look at the other backups who were rising stars to only crash and burn after they signed to another team. It doesn’t happen enough that a backup qb does so well being thrust into the starter position that I can FEEL confident that on any given day Cutler has a shitty game that the whole world MUST vindicate him and decide that ANY backup will always do better than him.

    • BerwynBomber

      “Beyond that… if you look at starters or allstars I think the quarterback position more than any other is slanted toward the first round.”

      I’m not so sure. If you look at the top 20 guys in QBR this year, eleven of them were first round picks, nine weren’t.

      Also, if you look at first-ballot HoFers still taking snaps this past year (Brady, Brees, PManning and Rodgers) only two were first rounders and one of those (Rodgers) nearly tumbled to the second round. (Though on the flip side, I suppose you could say that Brees was barely a second rounder.)

      Anyway, I’m guessing the QB position is like others. You’re best bet is with a first rounder but competent even above average guys can be found in later rounds.

      • willbest

        Big Ben should go to Canton if he plays 3-4 more years the way he has played the last 3-4. And Eli will go if he wins the SB 1 more time.

        • BerwynBomber

          I wouldn’t disagree. But the four I mentioned are locks (in short, their careers could end tomorrow and they’re in).

          • willbest

            Sure, but I think going from who had a good year this year, to people who have been exceptional for most their career, you are sort of not taking into consideration the crowd of QBs that consistently perform year in and year out for a decade or so.

            For example, are you really going to take Brian Hoyer or Trod Taylor or Ryan Fitzpatrick over Andrew Luck? Hell, I wouldn’t take any of those over Blake Bortles

          • BerwynBomber

            I wouldn’t either, but as I said, I don’t know if other positions slant much differently. Start naming the top 10 receivers in the game — I bet the majority of them are first rounders.

  • MB30SD
    • willbest

      I haven’t ever dated #2, or #7, #8. 7 & 8 mainly because I was married before the internet really got going.

      • MB30SD

        8 sucks. the one I dated was super hot, but sucked to hang out with cause everything was all about the perfect pic. I bailed her because of that alone.

      • Sactowns#1

        Alas my ex was a #7 with a bit of #1 mixed in. Hot mess.

        • MB30SD

          ??? she was a big fat black guy dressed as a chick?!

          • willbest

            I think he means he believed her when she said she wasn’t crazy. I have dated several girls that tried to play themselves as sane, but I knew they were crazy. But when its been a couple months since you had sex, your judgment goes and you start rationalizing that maybe she isn’t on the wrong side of the crazy-hot line.

          • MB30SD

            I know will. I was fucking with him. You guys should have already learned not to take too much I write here too seriously. ; )

          • Sactowns#1

            And yes, she was crazy. Gotta feel bad for them on one hand but on the other you don’t want to get dragged into that hole.

          • Crazy in the head, crazy in the head.

          • Sactowns#1

            lol correction made.

          • MB30SD

            hee hee!

            wait, the one I met?!? She seemed super nice.

          • DaMurph

            Hahahaha!! Poor Sac!

          • MB30SD

            BAZINGA!

    • Sactowns#1

      Seriously rare.

      • MB30SD

        what is…

    • Sactowns#1

      I would like to add to the list
      The broke girl/ compulsive spender
      The Daddy’s girl
      The Rage-aholic/ Drama Queen

  • BearDown100393

    “When you have eight wins, and three home wins, in two years, you’ve been patient enough,” Licht said.

    And this is why Tampa Bay is Cleveland-South.

    If that is the guideline to determine whether or not to retaining a head coach, it is only logical to fire Licht as well. He was hired after Smith (smoking gun right there) but both share the same W-L record.

    • Trac

      Uh no BD. That’s GM speak for “I wanted my guy so the leash was short”.

      • BearDown100393

        You are right. He did not get to hire his own head coach.

  • s0undmind

    My sincerest apologies to anyone reading this other than Mr. Hughes himself.

    MYRIAD INJURIES. Not a myriad of injuries. I expect better from you, NYC.

    • He’ll probably just point out that you have a 0 instead of an ‘o’ in your handle

    • burntorangenavyblue

      I have a Bachelor’s Degree in English….are you really that worried about stuff like this on a sports blog?

      • As do I, good Sir.

        The only thing I gave Jeff shit about was “irregardless”

        THAT will not stand.

        • MB30SD

          bad

        • Cormonster

          Do you still teach? I heard a news report on the radio today that talked about giving medical directions to patients in writing no higher than a 6th grade level. The report said even then, more than half the people didn’t follow directions properly. The parting comment was that just over half of Americans are functionally illiterate. It shocked me when I first heard it, but after thinking about it for a few minutes, that sounds about right.

          I purposely have a 4 page job application, just to see if people can get through it and are willing to put a little time into it. Over half the applicants over the last 20 years never get much farther than half ass filling it out. Most of them get thrown in the trash the minute they leave. I don’t need smart workers for most jobs, but stupid, and most likely lazy, people will always cost you money in the long run.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I literally would not record on the internet the written communicative abilities of students I’ve come across. The irony of ‘smart phones’ ….

        • Irish Sweetness

          Hmmmm …. supposably ….

    • TomC

      According to the OED, “a myriad of…” is the *primary* usage (adjectival is second) and the original sense of the Latin word (myriades, meaning “ten thousand of something”) from which it is derived.

  • Sactowns#1

    Oh I’ve been saying this is coming and I will guarantee its a reality in the next 5 years. http://arstechnica.com/business/2016/01/chinese-company-unveils-worlds-first-passenger-drone-at-ces/

    • The GP

      It’s built by Chinese guys in a garage, who look like kung-fu extras. What could possibly go wrong?

      • Sactowns#1

        If these guys were successful just think what happens when Tesla starts making these.

        • The GP

          Your skeet shotgun needs more shells?

          • Sactowns#1

            It means I can be skiing in Tahoe or seeing a concert in SF in an hour or less.

          • MB30SD

            or crashing into the totally clueless asshole who bought one but has no idea how to fly it.

        • willbest

          The Tesla battery weighs 1200 pounds. good luck

          • Sactowns#1

            That’s to move a giant car hundreds of miles. They can certainly make a smaller battery.

        • You’re going to wake Irish from his Thai slumber with all this Tesla talk.

  • Has this been pointed out? Bears lost 10 games this season. 7 to playoff teams. (Other 3 to Detroit/SF) – Jeff

    And this is why we pick last of the teams with the same record as ours, SOS

  • BerwynBomber

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog “Summing up Gase thoughts. May be great OC but his injured offense produced like an injured offense. Production over that was because of QB.”
    Actually our O-line was much better in comparison to the rest of the division than Cutler was to the other divisional QBs. In fact, I bet our TEs and RBs (pass-catching wise) rated fairly well too.
    The only part of our offense that was truly sub-standard was the wideouts, and even that was “only” for the eight games that Alshon missed.

    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      so you didn’t mind not having Bennett for several games, Royal for half the season and Wilson for multiple games? That was the entire starting lineup except for Alshon…..that is catastrophic to any team. It’s the reason (besides the missed FG’s and the D giving up game winning drives) why we didn’t win at least 3 to 4 more games.

      • MB30SD

        and not using the Urine package on erra single shortyardage and GL sitch.

      • BerwynBomber

        As I said, the wideouts were truly sub-standard.
        Uni is a beast but I’m guessing his and Miller’s production pretty much equaled any TE combination in the divison.

        • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

          My mistake, you said they were only substandard for the 8 games that alshon missed. Typo I guess.

  • MB30SD

    Damn, now even I feel a little bad for the guy: http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/buccaneers-fired-lovie-smith-over-the-phone/ar-AAgu5X3?li=BBnb7Kz

    Ok, not really. sorry I’m not sorry.

    • CanadaBear

      Nothing says class like a phone call. Surprised it wasn’t a text msg.

      • MB30SD

        should have been for that shitbird.

        I keeed, I keeeeed.

        • CanadaBear

          A tweet perhaps?

          • MB30SD

            Hahahaha… you think he knows what that is?

          • If they really wanted to get Lovie’s attention, they’d have put “You’re fired” up on the Jumbotron.

            That would’ve been soooo awesome.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Probably because he’d be staring up at the ceiling the entire time if they did it in person.

      On a serious note, I just don’t see the fire and passion in Smith, and that’s been like that forever. I don’t see him really TRYING to fight for his job. Upper management may have gotten that feeling in a meeting with him a few days ago and figured “Ah, what the hell?”

      • MB30SD

        cronyism runs rampant in most big buzinueses. Dude simply doesn’t seem qualified to be an NFL HC.

        But what the hell do I know, he could be a Rhodesian scholar for all I know (taking dave’s theory into serious consideration)

    • That Guy

      Word is the Glazers were going to fire him in person today, but Jason Licht wanted to give him some “advance warning” by calling him Wednesday night. Lovie didn’t want to bother coming in if it was just to get fired.

      http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/01/07/jason-licht-after-eight-wins-in-two-years-we-were-patient-enough/

      • MB30SD

        interesting. Thanks NB

        If I was that old texas boy, I’d take my $10M vacation and never be seen again.

    • Insert Rick James voice, “Coooold blooded!”

      • MB30SD

        I wish I had more hands, so I could give those titties….

  • The GP

    Lemmy’s funeral live on YouTube this Saturday.

    • CanadaBear

      Rock Star! Everything I’ve ever read about him, people always remark how nice a guy he is/was. Love to read that stuff!

  • MB30SD
    • BerwynBomber

      Interesting. I’d swap Eli and Rivers in terms of where he has them. Eli had the better year.

      • MB30SD

        rivers was pulling that entire bad offense and a turrible OC. Even though I can’t stand the guy, I have to give him props.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Saw this – it’s weird. Carson had a QBR of 84 I thought? Cutty and A-Rod are like 10 points higher?

  • MB30SD
  • The GP

    MB –

    This happened today near your house. Please go beat the shit out of this jerk.

    • MB30SD

      jesus.

      Must be oil money. smfh

  • The GP

    I didn’t know that Chipolte had a norovirus outbreak in California in August.

    http://seekingalpha.com/article/3796726-the-subpoena-makes-chipotle-uninvestable

    That they took steps to cover it up will slam them if the Feds file criminal charges. Maybe it’s time to stop eating there.

    • MB30SD

      that shit ain’t real mexican food anyway. it’s the food of the white devil.

      • Shady

        • MB30SD

          • MB30SD

            fucking hilarious scene

    • BearDown100393

      Recipient of Salmonella poisoning courtesy of Chipotle. Chicken burrito. 4 years ago.

      • MB30SD

        the chicken burrito of 2012. you’re welcome

        • BearDown100393

          It was hell man.

          • MB30SD

            hahahaha… yeah, I bet. Both ends is rough

          • BearDown100393

            Bear down…. Bear down…..

        • Trac

          There was a joint in San Jose that I used to get the best 3 lb beef burritos at. Mmm. Still have dreams about their food.

    • Trac

      There’s one near me and I only ate there twice after it opened a couple of years ago because I’m not into cold burritos which is what they always served me. Tasteless tripe it was, my precious.

      • MB30SD

        this.

        white rice, chopped salad, beans. hmmmm… white fucking rice… on a fucking burrito?!?!

  • MB30SD

    See Sicario. Good flick.

    Del toro and Brolin are fucking badasses.

    • Bender McLugh

      Looking forward to this one

      • MB30SD

        really good. liked it a lot. Little less action that I was expecting more ‘action’, but the action that was in it was badass.

  • Martin Bell

    What good is any QB without a cadre of good receivers? Cutler fights an uphill battle as is, and now Forte is about to go leaving him but a single quality receiver, double up on him……..game over!

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