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Postseason Positional Analysis Part VI: Defensive Line

| January 18th, 2016

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BIG EDDIE

The development and production of Eddie Goldman was one of the best things to happen to the Bears this year. Goldman was billed as a run-plugging nose tackle and a two down player. He proved to be much more. He had 4.5 sacks and was third on the team with nineteen quarterback pressures, according to the official statistics released by the team.

He’s technically listed as a nose tackle, but he’s just as much an end in the Bears defense, lining up over the guard as often as he lined up over the center. Outside of what is considered their base defense, Vic Fangio used Goldman similarly to how he used Justin Smith. Forget about what positions they’re listed at, Smith was Fangio’s anchor in San Francisco and Goldman may be his anchor in Chicago.

THE REST OF THE GUYS…

The Bears have a few players who could be rotational but no other lockdown starters.

Jarvis Jenkins won fans over with a 10-tackle, two-sack performance against Seattle in Week Three but really didn’t do much the rest of the season. He was fourth on the team with 17 pressures, but a major liability against the run.

Will Sutton didn’t seem to make an impact this season, but was voted second at three-technique tackle by the NFC North scouts polled by Bob McGinn, finishing ahead of Sharrif Floyd in what I can only figure was a clerical error. Sutton was OK against the run but managed just three pressures.

Bruce Gaston showed flashes as a pass-rusher, even destroying Evan Mathis to sack Brock Osweiler this season, but he couldn’t hold up against the run. Mitch Unrein was the opposite, stout against the run, but offered nothing on passing downs.

Two young players the Bears were relying upon, Ego Ferguson and Cornelius Washington, missed most of the season with injuries. Ferguson held up well against the run before being injured against Kansas City. Washington was going to be a pass-rush specialist but played just one snap.

MOVING FORWARD…

If Goldman is the Bears version of Smith, they need to find their version of Ray McDonald. Fangio plays more of a 2-4 than a 3-4 and to be at their best they need two defensive linemen who command extra attention against the run and provide pass rush.

This is a good time to be in the market for that kind of defensive linemen. There are expected to be quite a few available in free agency. Assuming he’s given a clean bill of health, Muhammad Wilkerson would be a home run and should be their top target in free agency. If they don’t want to spend so much money, they could go after former Fox draft pick Malik Jackson, who will only be 26 when next year begins.

There are also considered to be a number of players that would fit the bill in the draft, even if they don’t use the 11th pick at the position.

The Bears defensive line ranked as the worst in the league by the metrics used by Football Outsiders. They were 23rd against the run and 26th in yards per attempt. They have one rock in Goldman. They need another. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Bears bring in a free agent and spend a high draft pick at the position.

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  • Irish Sweetness

    Firstness. YES.

    • CanadaBear

      Other than you, most people don’t tout players in the NFL that have never played a down in the league

      • Doc Nitty

        Other than him and draft “experts”

        • CanadaBear

          That’s why I put in “don’t tout players in the NFL” to exclude all the draft hooey.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        come on CBear, you have to see that this dude is awesome. did you not see him in a preseason game make that one play against 4th and 5th stringers? it totally correlates to regular season, just like that no name RB last year.

        • CanadaBear

          I just don’t get it. Irish knows football but he just gets on some unknown guy and touts them like they are sure-fire HOF’ers.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            guess you got to root for an underdog from time to time, but i agree pick someone that might actually see the field.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I backed Anderson, Acho and Timu, all came off the PS and started.

            Terry’s next. Showing ability in PS is not irrelevant. The man is a load.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            Acho spent 4 years in Arizona and started 32 games there

          • CanadaBear

            You’ve backed a lot of guys that never played or went to Canada.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Prices are now available for UFC 197. The Notorious will KO Rafael Dos Anjos in round one at odds of 7/2.

    You’re welcome.

  • http://www.dabearsbeat.com/ Johnathan Wood

    FWIW, I didn’t think Goldman was very good against the run this year. I think he still has a lot of growing to do, though to be fair he’s still very young and has plenty of time to grow.

    Teams ran it right up the middle far too easily this year, and while the tentative ILB play contributes to that, so does the fact that their DL-including Goldman-got blown off the ball regularly.

  • That Guy

    If we spend big in free agency, Wilkerson seems like the logical target. But he might be the #1 target in FA this off-season and players like that get $100M contracts. Not sure if Pace wants to commit that kind of cash to one guy at any position other than QB.

    In the draft, Walterfootball lists quite a few big bodied defensive tackles who would be good selections at the top of the second round. Its hard to say where the team will go at #11 because you need to find a player the team believes is a surefire home run to take so high. But in the second round there are a several good options from the look of things.

    http://walterfootball.com/draft2016DT.php

    There’s no reason, incidentally, that we couldn’t draft and sign DTs. We could take, say, Malik Jackson in FA and then sign a guy like Hassan Ridgeway (Texas) in the second. That would give us two new guys to pair with Goldman and Fergusson for the two DT spots. That’s a good roster set up and a nice foundation to build the D around.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Terry. Fkn. Williams.

      Ferguson hasn’t shown anything. Williams only has to show up at 350lbs to be a run stuffer. Only has to rumble forward to be a pass rusher.

      • CanadaBear

        Williams hasn’t played one down in the NFL and Ferguson hasn’t shown anything? Really?

        • That Guy

          Fergusson has had some good spurts, but I agree he’s done nothing to justify a starter spot. With that said, he’s still got a lot of potential and could turn into something good if he can stay healthy. In the scenario I described, he would be competing with a high draft for the #3 spot (a rotational player) pick while Goldman and Wilkerson/Jackson were #1 and #2.

  • Johnnywad

    http://money.cnn.com/2016/01/18/investing/oil-crash-wall-street-banks-jpmorgan/index.html?iid=hp-toplead-dom

    GP……you’re versed in this stuff. So what happens next? Doesn’t this necessarily have to be followed by a giant bounce with so many producers failing?

    I want to cash in. Help a brother out.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Ooooh look. A massive industry is being intentionally fucked with so that the banking cartels can profit from the defaulted loans. I wonder what’s going on there?

    • willbest

      Here is the way this works. The explored land, well preparations, capital equipment, doesn’t just vanish.

      When a producer defaults the bank then owns the capital equipment, mineral rights, etc. It then sells them to another Producer, who having acquired all that at a “discount” and can then resume drilling at a lower per barrel price point. (ie. It would be profitable at $38/b instead of $44)

      So the reduction in production will be a temporary thing. What JP/Citi are warning about is that a persistently low price per barrel might hurt substantially more long term. The reason for this is that the longer the equipment is idle the less valuable it gets because its not being maintained, and also the labor force that was manning that equipment vanishes to do other things.

      Basically, you aren’t looking at a short term play on this one. Its going to take at least 18 months to play out.

      • The GP

        Exactly so. It will force market consolidation. The BP and the Exxons will survive, the ancillary producers will go into receivership, bankruptcy will cause disposition of assets and the number of producers will drop.

        I was lazy over the Xmas-NYD break. I did not anticipate the hard break down after the new year. January usually has a upswing, but China collapsed right out of the gate.

        We’re in a global deflationary spiral. Everybody needs to devalue their currency, and the dollar keeps climbing.

        Want to cash in now? Take your dollars and travel to Europe. You’re never going to be as much as you are right now. Take your dollars and buy up European assets: paintings, art, stuff like that. That’s your best play right now.

        • MB30SD

          The rand is at like 16:1, my dad is Rollin yo.

        • willbest

          I don’t understand art, so to me I might as well just go to the casino.

          I have enough assets that I never really ever get out of the market, but I am rolling a 35% cash equivalents position on my non real estate assets, which is the largest (by a significant margin) I have ever been solely as an investment strategy.

          I don’t like the Euro, it seems like there is more and more political risk associated with it not being around the way nationalism has been growing rapidly. Was thinking about buying some Australian dollars though.

        • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

          when you talk like this i get tingly down there. show me a graphic and I’ll bust.

    • Trac

      Force banks to go back on the Gold Standard, raise interests rates until it hurts, throw the money printed by the feds over the last 10 years into a dumpster fire over a 20 year time frame and wa-la, your money will be much safer in the markets. It will be painful for about 8 years but it’s the only way.

      • Johnnywad

        I don’t really concern myself with the rules of the game. I decided years ago no to worry about it. It’s completely beyond my control. Best to just figure out how to play within the system as it is. I have no complaints. Business is good for me. I have more money than at any other point in my life. Perhaps one could argue there could/should be more. But I don’t really think that way. System’s working for me.

        • The GP

          And that’s what you must do.

        • Trac

          I hear you but betting the markets is a crap shoot until the wound is lanced.

      • SC Dave

        It wont matter. STOP GOVERNMENT DEFICIT SPENDING.

        • Trac

          YOU CAN’T do it without fixing the private sector. Govt spending is a symptom of a fed gone wild.

    • SC Dave

      Right now, the game is the Saudi royal family clutching to its reign by dumping oil to undermine Iran.

    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      let’s chip in and buy a small oil company!

      • Johnnywad

        Gofundme? Why not?

  • MB30SD

    get 2 good dlinemen and sign danny T and BMarsh2

    @ #11 take the bpa DL or ILB, whichever is the better pick.

    the go get weddle. done deal.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      also don’t forget we still have TERRY FUCKING WILLIAMS!!!!!!! From what I can tell from Irish’s post the dude is 6’1 350lbs, has a 42 inch vertical, runs a 4.5 forty, bench presses busses as a workout

      • MB30SD

        What the what?! Oh shit, we just picked him up didn’t we. Was he injured? Why was he in the street

      • Irish Sweetness

        Don’t forget he can jump out of a pool.

  • willbest

    Love the Erin whining about not being able to recall heads-tails on the reflip. Even more delicious watching them all complain about the OT rules a second year in a row. Fact of the matter is they had a chance to put the game in the hands of their best player at the 2 yard line and decided to gamble in overtime. I can’t believe the odds of that being the favor of the visiting team.

    If Erin were a true competitor he would have said “Yes the coin thing was weird, and as you saw it created a momentary confusion. But it wasn’t particularly relevant. We had our opportunity to win it in regulation and decided to take our chances in OT. We had our chance in OT to make a defensive stop, and we failed.”

    And if asked about the OT rules he should have responded with something along the lines of
    “Those are the rules. We knew them going in. There is nothing fundamentally unfair about them. Would I vote for different rules, perhaps. But why stop at 1 offensive possession each instead of playing the full quarter? In the heat of the moment it really stung, but I can’t say changing things would make the game better. That is why we have the competition committee.”

    • Doc Nitty

      A Packer could never soliloquize with such eloquence.

  • BerwynBomber

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog “Since Aaron Rodgers won the Super Bowl, Peyton Manning is 3-3 in the postseason with a Super Bowl appearance. Yet HE’S the choker?”

    Manning has led his teams to the playoffs 15 times and has 9 one and done appearances, of which 6 of those teams were #1 seeds.

    Rodgers has led his teams to the post-season 7 times and has 3 one and done appearances, of which 1 of his teams was the top seed.

    The other thing about Manning is the one year Indy won it, he played like shit (3 TDs/7 INTs) and was carried by his ground game and a surprising defense that had been mediocre in the reg season. He also beat a Bears team QBed by Rex Grossman and was gifted the SB MVP as a career achievement award.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Can anyone remember a worse SB MVP winner than Manning? I mean that day, that performance.

  • The GP

    Massive spoiler:

    Taco Bell will release the Quesalupa on Super Bowl Sunday.

    http://www.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/201515/rs_600x817-150205112040-1024-2quesalupa-taco-bell.jpg

    • CanadaBear

      You just know that will be healthy, well rounded meal. Taco Hell is known for that!

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        Taco Bell is an essential part of my colon health.
        Night of Drinking + Taco Bell = clean colon next morning.

        • CanadaBear

          I remember those days but Taco Hell wasn’t around. We went to all-night joints and ate things called volcanoes. I went to one of those restaurants sober and it was a bad, bad thing. But you’re right, those meals + copious amounts of alcohol knocks the rust off the pipes!

        • Johnnywad

          Next morning? I gotta eat mine in the bathroom at Taco Bell just so I don’t shit my pants on the drive back home.

    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene
    • AlbertInTucson

      I still miss the Chihuahua.

      • The GP

        This is a beef burrito WRAPPED in a quesadilla. This would make Superman fat. It was a trial balloon done, of all places, New Hampshire. It was such a big hit they are going to announce a national rollout.

        ‘Murica!

    • Doc Nitty

      My mom confesses to gourging on the Bell when I was in utero. Then it became my first teenage job. For two years I worked at the Bell. My first love (and first lay) was my Taco Bell assistant manager. I must’ve ate there 5 nights out of seven back then. And still, with the daily overdose of Taco Bell food and memories of unrequited love, I goddamn love their food to this day.

      Mmmmm Super Bowl Quessalupas…..

      • CanadaBear

        Do you get wood when you drive by a Taco Bell!

        • Doc Nitty

          Are you kidding me? I get wood when I even hear a bell.

  • BerwynBomber

    Cap space for all 32 teams heading into 2016 off-season. We have the second most in the league behind OAK. Our division rivals — GB, MIN, DET — are middle of the pack. Three teams — BUF, NO and MIA — are under water.

    http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/cap/

  • Martin Bell

    If it costs money, you’ll never see it on the Bears

    • BearDown100393

      3….. 2….. 1…….

    • beninnorcal

      Huh?

    • Johnnywad

      I’m currently searching for extra downvotes. Hold please….

      • willbest

        I was pretty sad when Disqus hid down votes. I would probably even let use Zuckerberg’s product and let him track me if they let me down vote.

        But then that would be against FB primary objective of helping emotionally stunted and insecure people feel good about themselves.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      great insight from the grandson of Glen Bell founder of Taco Bell, better stick to the family biz, one of these days you will be able to run the drive thru.

      • Shady

        “And don’t ferget to gimme some of that far sauce fer my kay-so-lupa.”

    • willbest

      You realize the new CBA requires each team to spend 97% of the cap over a 5 year period and if they don’t, there is a payout jubilee to whoever happens to be on the team when its triggered.

      • Johnnywad

        Or barring that knowledge, that they paid Julius Peppers and Jay Cutler giant money. They paid Lovie what, $5M not to coach?

  • The GP

    Hubby Bubby has been stumping for Muhammad Wilkerson. I’d like to go get Wilkerson and Von Miller, but that’s the bank right there

    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      Maybe Mo and BMarsh2 or Trevathan then draft OLB/TE/OL stud whoever BPA is at that spot.

      • SC Dave

        Not even a Fencik?

        • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

          yes, if it was the 80’s.

    • willbest

      Von Miller will either get tagged or he will sign before FA

    • AlbertInTucson

      In his post season presser, Pace didn’t sound like a guy who will be chasing either of those names.

  • BerwynBomber

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog “My belief is Aaron Rodgers is most special QB talent in NFL. But I think The Ted Thompson Packer Way & roster approach is what’s overrated. Pack got lucky, got Rodgers & he covers up talent holes across roster. It’s fine not to spend in FA if you’re the Pats. Packers aren’t Pats.”

    Mostly agree but they do seem to develop talent pretty well. In terms of comparison to the Pats, yeah there is no comparison. Then again, the Pats are akin to some dominant-era Yankees squad. They’re a machine.

    • willbest

      Maybe its just because I am in the NFCN and pay so little attention to the AFC generally, but Brady has never come off as whiny. A cheater perhaps, but that plays into his whole competitor attitude. Rodgers has all of Brady’s ability, but only about half his TWTW.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Not that he isn’t a great one but Brady whines for calls as much as any QB.

      • BerwynBomber

        I don’t get the whole Rodgers isn’t a competitor thing, but Rodgers isn’t in the GOAT discussion. Brady is. And Brady’s a damn robot.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Glenn Frey of The Eagles, dead at 67 ?!

    Damn!

    • AlbertInTucson

      “(CNN)Glenn Frey, a founding member of the rock supergroup the Eagles, has died at 67, a publicist for the band has confirmed.

      “Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia,” reads a post on the band’s official website.”

      • SC Dave

        That was one ill dude. Too many drugs, probably

    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      that sucks man. The Eagles are my favorite band in the world. Many a night sitting on deck on a summers night listening to the Eagles with my buddy, strumming a guitar and talking about life.

    • BearDown100393

      Don Felder now wants his job back. Again.

    • Doc Nitty

      I went through a big Eagles phase in my life. Saw them in their first comeback tour in what, 95? Major bummer.

      This clip notwithstanding http://youtu.be/-JlmvtAHhnc

  • SC Dave

    Go Panthers!
    Go Broncos (thank the gods it was not NE vs Pitt!)

    And if the Panthers don’t win, Go Cardinals!

    Anything but the m’effin Cheatriots

    • MB30SD

      Almost right dave!

      Go AZ!! : )

      • SC Dave

        NFC Champion needs to win the Bowl. Fuck those other guys. Either way, it would be a first time, right?

        • MB30SD

          Meh, the only division/conference team I give a rat’s ass about is us my maings.
          Outside of that I carry no allegiances and wish everyone losses.

          Fuck ’em all and let papa bear sort em out!

          • SC Dave

            Hahaha,.well, yes. But gotta root for the (almost) locals under the circumstances.

          • MB30SD

            understood. also get the chico, peanut, and to a MUCH lesser degree 88… just not my gig.

            To each their own and good luck to you sir

      • AlbertInTucson

        The Cardinals were, in fact, not only an original NFL franchise but were CHICAGO’S orginal NFL franchise.

        • SC Dave

          But have not won a bowl, right? Did they ever win a title?

          Ernie Nevers days?

          • AlbertInTucson

            1947.

            That’s it.

            That’s their list.

          • SC Dave

            Wow… the Cubs of the NFL.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Cards got to the Super Bowl with Warner. Should have won that game.

            I still don’t think Holmes got 2 feet down.

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            I don’t think you and I will ever see eye to eye on what is and what is not a catch 🙂

          • AlbertInTucson

            Well,neither can any 2 NFL zebras so that’s no big deal.

            All the Cardinals needed to come back was a FG but they played like they had to have a TD. They had time to dink & dunk a bit and take a shot to get them into FG range but Warner kept going deep.

            That INT at the have was killer. 10 point swing.

          • http://www.dabearsbeat.com/ Johnathan Wood

            more importantly, the refs missed about 4 blatant blocks in the back on the INT TD return PIT had right before halftime. Should have never had those points.

          • SC Dave

            Warner was the bomb when he came up. Two of the best QB seasons ever. Course, that was the Rams

          • BerwynBomber

            And Martz’s offense 😉

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            amazing how well Martz’s offense looks with an O-Line and HOF receivers.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Won the division in again 1948 then lost to the Eagles in a blizzard in the Championship game.

          • SC Dave

            Thanks for the history, Al…

          • AlbertInTucson

            Thanks for not asking if I was at the game.

            I was not born yet.

          • SC Dave

            Nor I

          • AlbertInTucson

            Dad was originally a Cardinal fan. Southsider. They played at Sox park. He tolf mr the field ran from the first base side on out to right fiield. Regulation End zones, unlike Wrigley.

            Great Cardinals include the aforementioned Paul Chrstman,Qb, RBsCharlie Trippi, and Elmer Angsman, plus FB placekicker Marlon “Pat” Harder. Later on the was Ollie Matson. The predecessor to the like of Gale Sayers. Cardinals traded Matson to the Rams for 9 players.All also rans

  • SC Dave

    Looking at ancient shit, and some dude called Ray Nolting carried the rock 508 times for about 4.5 per carry. ZERO fumbles. Pretty cool… mf musta had strong hands and arms

    • AlbertInTucson

      Beattie Feathers. NFLs first 1,000 back
      Rookie Year – 1934. 119 carries 1004 years in 10 starts.
      6 catches for 129 yards and a TD and 2 TD passes.

      • Johnnywad

        1000 yards in 119 carries? Holy sweetness. How could they have lost a game?

        • AlbertInTucson

          13-0 then lost the famos “Sneakers game’ on a slick filed in NY. Giants equipment borrowed tennies from a local college at half time and Giants blew open a close game in the seceond half on an icy field because they had better footing.

          Same thing basically happened in1956.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Wth a decidedly rounder ball back then.

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