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Postseason Positional Analysis Part III: Wide Receivers

| January 12th, 2016

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If the Bears can ever get — and stay — healthy at the wide receiver position, their offense should really take off. Their top four receivers missed a combined 36 games, with the only one playing over half their snaps being Marquess Wilson. Youngers players stepped up and made plays but the position, expected to be a strength, ended up being a weakness.

ALSHON

If you took the numbers Alshon Jeffery put up in 8 1/2 games this season and calculated them out to a 16-game total, you see a star. The numbers are roughly 102 catches, 1,520 yards and eight touchdowns. Looks great, but you can’t give him credit for 16 games when he doesn’t play 16 games. Injuries are his biggest problem and there’s no reason to think they will go away. So how do the Bears assign him a value?

By not signing Jeffery before the season, the Bears made it clear they didn’t view him as an elite receiver. As good as he was at times, it’s hard to say he did anything to increase his value. The Bears can’t let Jeffery hit the open market, however, because someone else will offer him top-tier receiver money and Chicago doesn’t have a replacement. Whether it be with the Franchise Tag or a long-term contract, the Bears need to bring Jeffery back.

WHITE

We don’t know what Kevin White is. We think he’s a stud and when we hear Ryan Pace say he can’t wait to “unleash” him, it makes us believe that even more. Still, he’s going to be raw and nobody has a clue what kind of long-term effects the leg injury might have on him.

EDDIE & FRIENDS

The plan for Eddie Royal was to have him destroy teams underneath while Jeffery and White stretched the field. Instead, Royal ended up being the best wide receiver on the team in most of the games he played. We only got to see what Royal could do in a couple of games (Oakland, Detroit) then injuries limited his explosiveness and availability.

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With Royal’s entire salary guaranteed for next year, he’s almost a lock to make the team.

Although miscast as a second receiver, Marquess Wilson did some good things this year, leading the team with 16.6 yards per catch. He seemed to get open deep quite a few times too but he and Cutler just couldn’t connect. Wilson’s problem? He’s been unavailable nearly as much as he’s been available in his career. Even at 23, next year could be a make or break year.

It can be argued that no Bears receiver made more key catches than Marc Mariani with 19 of his 22 catches going for first downs. When plays broke down, Mariani found open spots and Cutler hit him for big gains. He came into this season with 5 catches. In 2015 he caught 22 for 300 yards.

The problem with keeping both Wilson and Mariani is that the fourth and fifth receivers are expected to play special teams and neither are particularly strong contributors in that phase. Wilson doesn’t have much experience and he lacks the strength to block or tackle. Mariani has been a return specialist in his career but hasn’t been a very good one for the Bears, averaging just 6.6 yards per punt return. He lost his job as a kick returner to Deonte Thompson.

THE REST (OR, BUT…)

Thompson was one of the league leaders in kick return average but doesn’t return punts and doesn’t offer much offensively. Josh Bellamy was a special teams stud but a bad receiver. He’s big and athletic, but raw. Cameron Meredith was a college quarterback with excellent size and physical skills but he’s got a long way to go as a receiver. Receivers coach Mike Groh is considered to be a good coach and did a nice job preparing his players this year but it will be interesting to see how much he can develop Bellamy and Meredith.

MOVING FORWARD…

…this should be a position of strength.

While the injuries hurt the team in 2015, they should help them in 2016 as players like Wilson, Mariani, Bellamy and Meredith got experience against good defenses. The Bears won’t be able to keep all of them, but as long as they keep Jeffery, they won’t need to invest a lot of money or a high draft pick in the position.

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  • Trac

    The wide receiver position is one of the easiest to fix on a roster. Plenty of talent out there to be had if a team is willing to spend the money. You gotta try to keep Alshon but I wouldn’t over pay for him.

    • Jokey

      Is franchise tag $$$ too much?

  • DaMurph

    No matter how good they are, if they arent there when you need them, what good are they? Did he have a string of bad luck or is he just lazy and didnt give a shit about his conditioning? He is gonna be a hard one to put a dollar amount on.

  • BillW

    I turned on the game last night just when Alabama kicked a FG to make it 24 all Including that, I saw 40 points scored in a bit more than 10 minutes of game time.

    How does anyone consider that good football?

    • DaMurph

      If not good, certainly entertaining.

    • SC Dave

      Its funny that you came in right when i left. I was stunned when I loked at the final score this morning.

    • DaBearsBlog

      I get murdered on the Twitter when I criticize college football. It’s not a good sport. But it’s one hell of an entertaining product.

      • burntorangenavyblue

        At least it wasn’t like the semi-finals, that was an awful thing

      • Sactowns#1

        It’s like the NBA all star game, it resembles the pro game just without any defense.

    • BearDown100393

      No

    • SC Dave

      Well, it is the minor leagues.

    • BerwynBomber

      What college football is to the NFL, college basketball and baseball are to, respectively, the NBA and MLB … in terms of quality comparisons.

  • Sactowns#1

    After watching last nights game I am excited to get a D lineman in the draft! Shaq Lawson and DJ Reader please!!

    • Shady

      Yeah 1st round prospect Clemson DE Shaq Lawson had himself a game. Looks the part too.

      Reggie Ragland for Bama looked good too.

      Very excite!

      • Sactowns#1

        Idk if Reader is hitting the draft this year but he looked really good against the run last night and he’ll prob be a 3rd round guy.

        • MB30SD

          #48? Holy fuck that kid isn’t a brick wall, he’s the entire fucking block

          • DaMurph

            Pretty bad ass, he was a backup before this season. He seems to have blossomed!

          • Sactowns#1

            Looks like he was ranked mighty low, maybe due to the fact that he took a year off? But I liked him and if we can get him in the 3rd or 4th I say jump on it! http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/prospectrankings/2016/DT

  • BerwynBomber

    Can’t say I was overly impressed with DBB darling Reggie Ragland last night. Decent run stuffer, I suppose, but the only time he showed up was during a couple of goal line plays, and even there unspectacularly. Otherwise, he disappeared most of the game and ALA pulled him on obvious passing downs.

    One game does not a career make, but I would be worried he is a competent upperclassman who has been feasting behind a dominant D-line. If he has any sort of freakish athleticism he hid it very well last night.

    Anyone have a different take?

    • Shady

      Yes? Dude was all over the place!

      • BerwynBomber

        #19? We must have watched a different game. His fellow LB Foster #10 made a lot of plays but I obviously missed Ragland’s.

    • DaMurph

      He was playing his assignment. Clemsons passing game is dangerous, I would say yes wouldn’t you want more DBs out there than linebackers? Foster was making plays because they were going to him instead of Ragland. Kinda like Briggs Urlacher. Briggs performance wasnt as spectacular when Urlacher wasnt playing.

    • If he’s getting taken out on 3rd downs, no thanks. That’s our biggest liability, LBs who can cover.
      Rather take Jack from.UCLA in tbe 2ND

      • 505 Bears

        Jack is gone early

  • BillW

    Still can’t find any speculation on who might be the next QB coach.

    But I read Mel Tucker is going to Georgia as DC. Way to go Mel! Don’t forget to tell your players to pick up fumbles.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      poor Georgia.

  • willbest

    You are playing fast and loose with the words most and best as it applies to Royal’s 9 games. He average 5.5 targets, 6.4 yards per catch, 26.3 yards per game, scored 1 TD. He also had 1 rush for minus 1 yards.

    He played weeks 1-4, 6, 8, and 14-16. Jeffery skunked him in week 1, 6, 8, and 14. Which gives us the remaining games.

    2. Royal 7 on 8 for 41. But is that appreciably better than Merrideth who was 3 on 4 for 36 or Bellamy who was 1 on 2 for a 48 yard TD?
    3. It doesn’t really seem fair to even count this game, but yes he was the best one out there
    4. Royal 7 on 10 for 54 and a TD. But that wasn’t better than Wilson’s 6 on 9 for 80
    15. 5 on 6 for 31 Royal. Mariani 3 on 4 for 31. Not exactly demonstrating the bona fides. Although if I recall both had critical 3rd down catches at various stages in the game.
    16. Admittedly I was in and out on this game and missed a bunch of plays so I couldn’t tell you if Royals anemic 5 on 6 for 21 yards (only one of which went for more than 4 yards) was more useful than Mariani’s 2 on 3 for 32 yards.

    • Royal will stick cuz off the contract, but I’d prefer a Tyler Lockett type WR to replace Royal, Mariani and maybe Thompson.
      That might be viewed as a luxury tho cuz of aforementioned contract

  • Trac

    Ok all you experts, let’s see how well you can analyze the Big Ben injury based on this article?

    Is his ACL torn or isn’t it?
    Will he play or won’t he?
    Are Bens comments smoke n mirrors or not?

    It’s going to be interesting which one of you brain surgeons are right.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/01/12/roethlisberger-has-torn-ligaments-in-addition-to-sprained-ac-joint/

    • willbest

      I have to believe that the only reason he even looked as good as he did when he came back in was adrenaline and pain killers. He isn’t playing this week, and if it wasn’t for the headhunting penalty, he wouldn’t have had the arm necessary to get the yards he would have needed on the next play.

      • Trac

        I’m leaning towards your take.

    • That Guy

      Not his ACL. The AC joint in his arm. Different body part.

      Apparently he’ll be in a lot of pain, but he can still play.

      • CanadaBear

        It will be interesting to see what he has this week. Tough bastard for sure. Not to mention there will be better living through chemistry all week and esp on game day.

      • MB30SD

        That’s what those huge horrible cortizone shots into the joint are for…

        • CanadaBear

          Temporary miracle.

      • Trac

        Still, it’s unusual for an injured player on a team heading to the 2nd round of playoffs to run his mouth so much about his injury. I’m thinking he’ll either miss the game entirely or he’s sand bagging.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Alshon: Injuries are his biggest problem and there’s no reason to think they will go away. So how do the Bears assign him a value?”

    Yes, he was dinged up this year but, as was pointed out yesterday ,he played 16 games in both 2014 AND 2013.

    • CanadaBear

      Not to mention, it’s not like he came into the year looking to cruise into FA. I’m sure he wanted to have his best year ever and really cash in. Not sure why he kept getting dinged up but I know part of it is due to another muscle group trying to compensate and then that group has issues, etc. When he’s been in there he’s doing whatever he can. He was obviously hurt one game when he was used as a decoy. He’s good to great at contested balls and high pointing balls. Whatever his training regimen was last off season will be highly scrutinized this off season. Hopefully they work out a long term deal with good money up front (but not elite money) and incentives for games played, etc.

      • willbest

        It wasn’t just him though. A lot of Bears were getting hurt in non contact situations this year.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        FYI, last off season he was down in Florida working out with BM just like the year before.

        • CanadaBear

          I had no idea where he trained last year since BMarsh wasn’t telling everyone. I read so many posts about his “fat, lazy ass” last year it was like he spent the previous off season watching Oprah and eating bonbons. In 2014 he was dinged up but still effective. 1133 yds and 10 TD’s.

        • MB30SD

          Exactly this. Without bmarsh he’s sitting on the couch playing his xbox

      • He’ll get TY Hilton $ most likely, which is too much if he’s hurt amd too lil if he’s healthy

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      yes he played all games last year, but how many games should he have sat out. Several games last year he was so hobbled he was ineffective.

  • Trac

    Can we please change the name of “The State of th Union” to “The State of the State” alread? Just sayin.

    Can’t remember that we’ve had a Union in spirit since the Tip O’Neill and Ronoldus days. Back then we did have an America. Oh the dems and libs would hurl insults across the isle at one another but the both really loved this country.

    Ah, please excuse me, I have to go yell at some kids playing on my grass. He he.

    • willbest

      Well you obviously aren’t from the south. They don’t believe there has been a Union since they lost the War of Northern Aggression, and have considered themselves occupied territory for the last 150 years.

      Personally I blame the Internet. The world elite were content to maintaining their own sandboxes with noblesse oblige when it was a pain in the butt interact with each other. Sure they might vacation together and meet up and talk about the most effective ways to pilfer money out of the global economic system, but it wasn’t until they had an effective method for monitoring their assets from anywhere that they really started to go nuts with the whole destroying national borders and pushing towards a unified global control.

      • Trac

        I live in the South and Yes there is a divide but heck, there has always been one but a States Sovereignty was once the strength of the Union. The civil war was over States Sovereignty just as much as it was over slavery as far as the south was concerned back then. With a few more years of lobbying and trade embargo’s the civil war could have been avoided imo. A truly terrible time in this Nations History.

        Have you read anything on Robert E. Lee’s biography? He turned down the offer to run the Unions war dept. because he believed that once the Federal Government was allowed to infringe on a States rights, a terrible precedent would be set. He was an amazing man and chose States rights over the Federal Govt.

      • The GP
  • CanadaBear
  • That Guy

    Bottom line: If drafting purely for need, we should not spend a pick in the first three rounds on a quarterback, running back or wide receiver.

    But if one falls into our laps? If a surefire first round WR or RB drops into the second round the way Alshon did a few years ago? We wouldn’t even need to move up.

    If Lynch or Goff is still there at #11 and nobody wants to give enough value for a trade? Can you really say no to potential successor for Cutler?

    The blog will say to draft defense in the first three rounds. But sometimes the players don’t line up according to your strategy. We’ll have to see what happens.

    • Shady

      Pace already said he was going BPA, if you take his word at face value.

      • willbest

        Yes well you can say BPA, but when you need OL, DL, ILB, OLB, CB, and S… the best one in those categories is going to be arguably better than one not in those categories.

        • Sactowns#1

          THIS!

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        can’t really trust anything a GM says about draft strategies.

    • BerwynBomber

      I would be shocked by an RB or WR. QB? Surprised.

      Remember: Pace said something to the effect that it was his draft strategy to rotate a new QB in every year, and last year he didn’t take one.

    • CanadaBear

      They would really have to fall in love with the QB to take him at 11. Not saying it won’t happen.

      • If it’s Lynch or Goff not too surprising.
        We let one CAL qb slip through our fingers a few yrs back cuz we thought we were set there

        • CanadaBear

          Are they the top 2 QB’s in college this year? Would you guess they will go long before 11?

          • From the preliminary reports I’m reading, yeah, top 10 qbs, most likely top 5.
            I havnt warched Lynch much, but Goff looks like a pro

        • And the way i see it, Cutlers window is 2017/.18 If. Nothing happens by then, it might be time for new blood

          • Sactowns#1

            Sign Garoppolo by then!!

    • Agree. WR was supposed to be a strength this yr and look what happened.
      Foreskins drafted both RG3 and Cousins in same draft. Pats drafted Garappolo in 2nd, Pack Hudly in 4rth.
      It’s been proven by winning organizations that u take the studs and worry about the rest later cuz over time a team can fill needs w out reaching for subpar players.
      It’s Paces job to fill most of the holes in FA so when the draft comes, we’re in the driver’s seat w many options

  • The GP

    Q4 Jeff:

    How does this shitbird make it into the Google News and RSS feeds for the Bears and this blog never does? I mean, this guy – this guy can’t hold Jeff’s Blogfather stained jock and his links are getting picked up

    http://www.chicitysports.com/2016/01/12/2015-chicago-bears-grades-jay-cutler-improves-under-adam-gase/

    • CanadaBear

      Good Point! That guy sucks moose wang.

    • #Algorithms

      • The GP

        #Fertilizer

    • That Guy

      This guy has used nothing to support his conclusions besides Jay’s stat line. I probably wouldn’t be this irritated if he was evaluating someone like Eddie Royal, but there are probably 50-100 articles a week written about Jay Cutler in major media alone. Lazy writing.

    • BerwynBomber

      Well, at least his take on Cutler is measured/balanced. Don’t know if we get that much here.

    • SC Dave

      It always pisses me off when a writer does not know the difference between core and corps. Internet illiteracy… *sigh*

  • AlbertInTucson

    Blackhawks extend Joel Quenneville.

    A no-brainer if there ever was one.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Marvin Lewis’ excusifying for Burfict and Pacman is insulting.

  • Trac

    That El Chapo has to be some kinda idiot to meet with Sean Penn. Hahaha. Nothing like trusting an actor (who’s probably partaking in mass quantities of your product) to keep his mouth shut. It seems like Penn had some serious motor mouth going on. Smh.

    http://pagesix.com/2016/01/11/sean-penn-couldnt-keep-his-mouth-shut-about-el-chapo/?_ga=1.238713735.623718098.1452607711

    • AlbertInTucson

      Wonder if El Chapo sends some “Associates” to give Mr. Penn a message.

      Is Penn still boffing Charlize Theron?

      • The GP

        i think so. but who fucking cares.

        His RS article is not as bad as people make it out to be. His writing is like a freshman journalism student in college. But he’s clearly understanding of what El Chapo is.

        But he softballs questions to him. It’s like sending Dick Cavett to interview Hannibal Lecter. Of course Lecter will control the conversation.

        He also over-describes the shit out of things, and probably exaggerates the dangers faced.

        Also, this narrative that Penn “led” them to Chapo is SO FUCKING STUPID and shows people rather mouth the fuck off rather than read and comprehend. At the time of the interview, the soldiers had already fended off one helicopter raid. They KNEW where Chapo was, it was just a matter of getting to him with enough force. Nobody gave a fuck about Penn in all of this.

        As a document of a time and a meeting, Penn’s article is ok. He goes in with no real set agenda – he doesn’t really know what he’s doing and he even questions himself on why he’s doing it. All of his questions about the war on drugs are stupid.

        What the article illustrates is the weird charismatic disconnect between such a logistical based organization and it’s leader. Chapo comes off as a kind of Tony Soprano type.

        • BerwynBomber

          Penn’s journo career strikes me as similar to, say, Bruce Willis’s singing career.

          • Doc Nitty

            I couldn’t have been more than 10 when Bruno flared his rock n roll feathers but I do remember liking it.

    • Shady

      “You went full retard, man. Never go full retard. You don’t buy that? Ask Sean Penn, 2001, ‘I Am Sam.’ Remember? Went full retard, went home empty handed.”

  • BillW

    Lovies BFF now linebackers coach for the Chargers.

    Wonder what the guy he replaced is doing these days? Oh yeah…

  • Floridians aren’t hot on Gase crew
    “The new TE coach looks like a young
    Rick Moranis. This is one of the weakest staffs ever assembled. You would think a head coach with no experience would surround himself with experienced assistants. The players will not respect this coach and his staff. Gase will last two years at most. He is in over his head.”

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/01/12/dolphins-officially-announce-staff-hires/

    • The GP

      Gozer the Traveller, he will come in one of the pre-chosen forms. During the rectification of the Vuldronaii, the Traveller came as a large and moving Torb! Then, during the third reconciliation of the last of the Meketrex Supplicants they chose a new form for him… that of a Giant Sloar! many Shubs and Zulls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Sloar that day I can tell you.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSp5QwKRwqM

      • Before i clicked on the YouTube link, i thought u converted to scientology

        • The GP

          I would pay you to make a video where you dub Moranis into Cruise saying that.

      • SC Dave

        Kinda wish i was at home to watch it… notworth the effort on phone

    • That Guy

      Interesting. They brough in Shane Day as the tight ends coach. He was quarterbacks coach for the Bears in 2010 and 2011 when Mike Martz was the OC. Not exactly a sterling reputation.

      Yeah, I dunno. Gase has to start somewhere and this will be a good gig for him, but I don’t see this going well for the Dolphins. Compare Gase to Miami with Fox to Chicago. Fox attracts talent, Gase attracts… what? Other young guys.

      • That was my first impression, other young guys?
        That staff ids underwhelming to say the least.
        Wonder why he didn’t take Loggains w him?

        • MB30SD

          whatever dude, you attract young guys and no one’s talking shit. Sexist.

          ps. NTTAWWT

        • Johnnywad

          Loggains probably looked around and said “no thanks”.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Loggains had to figure he was heir apparent as Bears OC. What was Gase going to offer to top THAT?

  • BerwynBomber

    Rams and Chargers heading to LA — approved by owners.

    • Shady

      Sucks for the kids and die hards.

      • BerwynBomber

        The Rams thing I kinda like. They have more of a history with LA than STL.
        The Bolts move not so much.

        • That Guy

          The Bolts move is the fault of the people of San Diego. They don’t cheer for the Chargers when they’re playing well!

          I grew up in Orange County when the Rams and Raiders were there. I like that the Rams are going to be LA’s team again, but I actually think of the three cities, St. Louis was the best one to host a team. St. Louis is a nice city, close to a lot of places that don’t really have allegiance to a specific team, and I recall the Rams stadium was supposed to be pretty top notch when they built it not that long ago.

          As to the Raiders… I think they’re better in LA than Oakland. I also think they were terrible for the LA culture because they were adopted by the gangster rap community (not something that makes me want to take my kids to a game). But 20 years later they could have tried to reinvent themselves. Instead, they’re likely the odd team out.

    • willbest

      Are the going to split an as yet to be built stadium?

    • AlbertInTucson

      Is thatAl Davis I see? Rising from his grave to file a lawsuit?

  • AlbertInTucson

    Rams back to L.A. where they have almost 50 years of NFL history.

    St. Louis now joins Cleveland as a city to lose 2 NFL franchises one of which, in both cities, was The Rams.

    • willbest

      I get moving the Chargers, don’t really understand the St. Louis, unless that is some sort of punishment to the city for not caring enough to publicly finance a new stadium.

      Seems kind of silly to try and build up two brands in the same market at the same time. Particularly given there were reasons those teams left LA to begin with.

      • BerwynBomber

        Rams will be an EASY brand to build in LA. To repeat what Al said, they were there for almost 50 years. In fact, I’m betting within the first year there will be more LA Rams fans than there was ever STL Rams fans.

        It is a no-brainer.

  • willbest

    While the NFL is making changes they really need to have Carolina and Dallas swap divisions.

    I also want to see the Miami moved to the South, the Colts moved to the newly renamed AFC Central, and the Ravens to the East.

    It plays hell on my OCD for those things to be out of place.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Jerra is never going to allow the NFL to bust up the Cowboys traditional division rivals.

      • The GP

        Maybe he wants to get away from Dan Snyder.

      • That Guy

        And why should they? The NFC East gives the best regular season ratings year after year, even when all four teams stink.

  • Cormonster

    A friend just sent me a link to this song. It gave me goosebumps the first couple times I listened.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Dg-g7t2l4

    • The GP

      Look up here, I’m in heaven
      I’ve got scars that can’t be seen
      I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen
      Everybody knows me now

      Look up here, man, I’m in danger
      I’ve got nothing left to lose
      I’m so high, it makes my brain whirl
      Dropped my cell phone down below
      Ain’t that just like me?

      By the time I got to New York
      I was living like a king
      Then I used up all my money
      I was looking for your ass

      This way or no way
      You know I’ll be free
      Just like that bluebird
      Now, ain’t that just like me?

      Oh, I’ll be free
      Just like that bluebird
      Oh, I’ll be free
      Ain’t that just like me?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-JqH1M4Ya8

      • Cormonster

        Is this a new video? Kind of like a farewell, similar to what Johnny Cash did with Hurt.

        • The GP

          Yep. Bowie released it recently.

          He wrote his own elegy. He made dying performance art. If anyone could….

  • willbest

    I will answer my own question. Inglewood has approved of the Walton family plan to build a stadium there, and the NFL has not approved the coordinated Chargers/Raiders proposed stadium in Carson. So the Chargers/Rams will most likely be sharing that new stadium.

    • That Guy

      The Chargers have a tough decision to make this year. They’ll be second class owners of the LA stadium – the Rams own the stadium land and all the surrounding commerical space that is sure to be a great revenue stream. They can either get less than half of a bigger pie in LA or stay in San Diego and try to make 100% of the market there be the better option.

      • BerwynBomber

        A friend of mine who grew up in SoCal predicts the Rams will be the Lakers to the Chargers Clippers, at least in terms of popularity.

  • burntorangenavyblue

    Ha! Of course Jerry Jones was the biggest supporter of getting owners to vote in favor of the Rams relocating! That’s more potential Cowboy fans and bigger market share for him! Doy!

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Every time I see Al Franken at the #SOTU & remember he’s a Senator, I just laugh. How did that happen again?

    Minnesota. The people that made Jesse Ventura Governor.

    • MB30SD
    • Cormonster

      They had some stellar Presidential candidates too in Humphrey and Mondale. I liked some of Jesse’s ideas, but the Democrats and Republicans did everything they could to stymie him. He was a threat to their power.

      • MB30SD

        And he was fucking Blaine man. Blaine!

  • MB30SD

    Hubba Hubba GP: http://uncrate.com/stuff/vlf-force-1-v10/

    Trac!! This is for you. A bigger, better, meaner small penis truck to replace… your current small penis truck: http://uncrate.com/stuff/nissan-titan-warrior-concept/

    • Trac

      The only thing Nissan didn’t copy cat there was the Ford Logo. Nissan makes a paper mache piece of garbage truck but I expect they should sell plenty in “Nut job Cali”(“Blackhawk down” vote). Hee hee.

      P.s. chick’s dig the real thing.

      • MB30SD

        Meh. I’ve had a ford, but I’ve driven a pathfinder now for about 10 years (2 diff models), and it is by far and away a better product than my American piece of shit.

        Now,I had the Ford many moonsago, and the new model pathfinders have been totally changed are are more big mommy car than real suv anymore, so maybe things have flipflopped?

        The teal thing is always best (except for boobies), but it helps to have a bit ‘o girth.

  • BerwynBomber

    Wonder if Fisher receives a more detailed performance review because of this move.

  • Irish Sweetness

    “[Deonte Thompson] … doesn’t offer much offensively. ”

    That one catch in the last game showed he was pretty much the only guy on the team who could do a Willie Gault and get behind people and just go. I’d like to see more of that.

  • That Guy

    Interesting. The WR free agent market this year is anemic. Alshon is really the only guy worthy of a top tier payday that isn’t under contract (not that I’d give it to him, but some team would). The likes of Percy Harvin and Ruben Randle are his competition.

    Meanwhile, Forte enters a crowded field that currently includes Doug Martin, Lamar Miller, Alfred Morris and Ronnie Hilman. Forte is better than at least a couple of those guys, but all four of them are at least 2 years younger than Matt.

    I think the Bears best strategy will be to tag Jeffery and keep him from benefiting from a seller’s market at WR. I think Jeffery will do a deal that gives him some security in case these injuries end his career early, but I also think both sides might need the summer to arrive a fair compromise. Meanwhile, the team can let Forte test the waters. They should make a strong push to keep him (we have the space to make pretty much any offer), but obviously we shouldn’t overspend too much. The nice thing is that we won’t have to tell Forte what he’s worth – the lack of suitors will do that.

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