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Postseason Positional Analysis Part VII: Linebackers

| January 19th, 2016

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We start on the inside.

The Bears had five inside linebackers this season but only three are worthy of discussion. LaRoy Reynolds & Jonathan Anderson are the type of bottom-roster boys an organization needs but there’s also about 125 players like them circulating across the league. Whether they return or not in 2016 won’t make the teapot whistle.

Three questions about the others.

How Much Do the Coaches Really Like Shea McClellin?

Shea is a smart player and the coaches went out of their way throughout 2015 to applaud his impact on the defense. He also, once again, struggled to remain healthy for any substantial period of time and his level of play dropped precipitously once returning to the field.

Here’s how I’d summarize McClellin. He is constantly in position to make plays but rarely makes them. Is that a lack of physical ability? Maybe. Is that a lack of instincts? Definitely. Were his struggles this season more the result of a change to ANOTHER new position? Possibly.

Unlike many who’d like to see the Bears cut the Shea line, I’d like to see him return and continue to develop at middle linebacker. He won’t be expensive or require a lengthy deal so why not? At worst he’s a third linebacker off the bench who can also call signals.

How Much Stake Do the Coaches Put Into John Timu’s Finish?

Adrian Peterson had 18 rushes for 63 yards. Doug Martin had 17 carries for 49 yards. Ameer Abdullah had a more respectable 10 carries for 44 yards. This was a poor rush defense all season long that turned into a solid unit once Timu ascended into the starting lineup. Does this mean the Bears should move forward with Timu cemented in the middle? Of course not. But barring a big splurge in free agency, Timu should come to Bourbonnais with confidence.

Is Christian Jones Really That Bad?

So I’m sitting in a nice seat at Soldier Field for the finale. And, annoying though it may be to my friends, I like to point out mismatches when I see them before the snap. In the fourth quarter, on a second down I believe, the Lions put Theo Riddick in motion. Christian Jones followed him outside. I turn to my buddy Brian and say, “Jones on Riddick. Not good.” Stafford sees it. Snap. No hesitation. Throws to Riddick. A dozen yards. Jones never had a chance.

This proved to me two things. (1) Jones just isn’t good enough to cover backs at this level and (2) the Lions knew that from looking at film. That play was designed by Jim Bob Cooter to isolate Jones on a back and exploit the mismatch. Jones isn’t good enough to start in this league.

Verdict: Defensive line lacks talent but middle linebacker may be the team’s biggest positional need this offseason. But if you’re taking one with the eleventh pick, he better be special. 

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We move to the outside.

In two sentences…

Pernell McPhee, Willie Young and Lamarr Houston are all valuable playmakers and should be part of this team in 2016. Sam Acho is a middle of the road player whose highest value this season came on specials.

The Bears recorded only thirty-five sacks this year and their lack of consistent pressure left the secondary exposed. (Both the low interception total and high opposing pass rating can be attributed to this lack of pressure.) In the type of defense Fox and Fangio run, outside linebacker is the position where they should have their most explosive players. McPhee is one. Bears desperately need to add another.

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  • Irish Sweetness

    Firstness, like greatness, is a habit.

    1. We draft Reggie. Sign Danny. Draft another OLB. LBs sorted.

    http://www.nfl.com/draft/2016/profiles/reggie-ragland?id=2555169

    2. Stat of the week for anyone who fancies the Broncs:

    PM has thrown 1 TD and 8 INTs at home this season.

    • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

      and bring back TERRYY FUCKING WILLIAMS!!!! XD

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

    NFL linebackers need to have three traits: athleticism, instincts, and the natural ability to attack/flow to the ball.

    Shea McClellin has played 4 years in the NFL and only has one of those (athleticism). He’s been a LB for the last 2 and never shown any of the other 2.

    I’m fine with him on the team as a backup, but he’s never going to be a plus starter.

    • willbest

      Backups play special teams, does Shea?

      • MB30SD

        I think he meant back up to the 2nd best water boy.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I wouldn’t want him on ST or on the field generally, does anyone ? Give him a year as backup, but if there’s no improvement …. be gone.

        • SC Dave

          Only if he is the best alternative at the time. Sign him cheap, and see if he can make the team. If he can’t make the 53, then the story is over.

          • CanadaBear

            Really cheap. Vet minimum cheap. Nothing personal with CD just tired of him not being effective.

          • Doc Nitty

            CD can choke on a chicken bone found in his Chicken Dinner. One-Play Shae can’t stay.

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

      Agree. No instincts, no aggression. I think he’s made like ONE play where he looked like a good LB (outside of the Rodgers break). It got everyone’s panties a lil wet, but then that was it. Back to chasing TEs, dragging HBs and swatting air.

  • Trac

    I’ve been telling you guys for months, it’s a foregone conclusion, Myles Jack was born to be a Bear.

    http://m.bleacherreport.com/articles/2608676-nfl-draft-2016-selection-order-and-mock-draft-post-divisional-round

    • Irish Sweetness

      No way he’s there at 11. Seen him mocked as high as 3, but if he’s there, sure.

  • CanadaBear

    Oddly enough I saw a stat that said Peyton and Tommy Boy are 2-2 when facing each other in the playoffs. That surprised me.

    I’m not buying CD being in the right place all the time. If he was, he would be making contact close to the LOS (on running plays). Usually it’s more like 5 yds beyond the LOS. Vet min or nothing for that guy.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Recent stats are more pertinent to a sagging Peyton – 1 TD and 8 INTs at Mile High this season is a huge one. 3/15 3rd down conversions against the Steelers is another.

      • CanadaBear

        Totally agree. I was just shocked they were 2-2 vs each other in the playoffs. Thought Brady would have the better record.

        • Irish Sweetness

          He’s 2-5 in Denver, but that looks to be about 3-5 this weekend.

          Both CAR and NE are -3 faves.

  • Irish Sweetness

    The lack of pressure lies at Fangio’s feet BTW. I think only the Pats blitzed less. Can’t blame the DEs … can’t polish turds.

    No love for Jonathan Anderson? He had 3 starts and averaged 12 tackles a game – probably our most productive LB.

    • Trac

      Myles Jack!

    • The GP

      often got washed out, quick but can’t shed blocks

      • Irish Sweetness

        He is kinda small – nothing an off-season of roids and weight rooms can’t fix ….

    • willbest

      Our DBs and LBs were awful, the lack of pressure was there to limit the 20+ yard plays. And it didn’t help that we had to scuttle our plan A D-line before training camp. So really Pace was instrumental in that as well.
      For all your ragging on Alshon, at least he played half the season (and he was making less than White to do it).

      We were 2 of 9 against playoff teams, 4 of 7 against the rest, but 1 of 5 in the division, and 1 of 8 at home. I expect more out of Pox in year two, but I don’t expect the season to look a whole lot more than this year with 2 more games going our way. I will note that anything less than 9 wins and Pox will have failed big time.
      I don’t care what Jeff says, Houston, Willie, McPhee are all that #2 guy, we need that #1 pass rusher.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Given that with a different kicker we could have been 9-7, I’d be expecting 11-5 next season.

        • CanadaBear

          Not that it makes any difference but do you suppose just any old kicker would have made that 50 yarder in the rain at Soldier Field? Not to mention, all that would have done is tie it up. Hardly a guarantee for a win.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            that possibly explains one game. what about the 36 and 40 yarders that he missed against SF? cut him!

          • CanadaBear

            I’m only arguing Irish’s point about it being a foregone conclusion the Bears win that game in OT.

  • MB30SD

    “Here’s how I’d summarize McClellin. He is constantly in position to make plays but rarely makes them”

    https://vine.co/v/eUWEHZELLJv

    You sir, are smoking fucking crack. Seriously jeff… Put. The. Pipe. Doooown.

    • MB30SD

      Here, let me help you by playing editor a bit jeff…

      ‘Here’s how I’d summarize McClellin. He is sometimes in position not to make any plays… and rarely does. He has more than earned his ignominious nickname, ‘One Play Shae’.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I didn’t know chasing 5 yards behind the runner/tight end/slow moving QB was a “position to make a play”?

      • MB30SD

        Hahahaha… exactly!

    • BearDown100393

      “constantly in position to make plays” – I agree if the definition of being in position constitutes simply being on the football field.

  • MB30SD

    Irish wants raglan, trac wants jack (hee hee)

    What say you if they’re both there at our pick?

    • Irish Sweetness

      Only because Ragland is thereabouts – Nkemdiche could be useful. Jaylon Smith? Buckner at DE? Jalen Ramsey at CB?

      I want who POX want. I haven’t seen any of these guys outside of highlight reels – haven’t even looked at the DBs yet.

      • MB30SD

        Jaylon blew out his entire knee like 10 days ago. He done for at least a year. I saw tape and the kid is absolutely ridiculous. So sad.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Wow – you think the writers on NFL.COM would know that …

    • Sactowns#1

      No, no , no. We draft linemen and get LB’s in FA. A LB being drafted and making an immediate impact is fairly rare. Give me an Aaron Donald or Leonard Williams type player instead. I want immediate impact and a monster D line!

      • MB30SD

        Ok, so come down from the sacramento soapbox (hee hee) and tell me who you take.

        Both in the draft (Chi-Shaq won’t be there me thinks), and who you want in FA.

        I’m trying to teach you to fish here my son. Don’t make me come up there and board wit… oh, wait.

        • Sactowns#1

          Lawson, Buckner, Robinson, hell Id even take “Irish” Jack Conklin or Taylor Decker on the other side of the ball.
          In FA I dream of getting Von Miller but it most likely wont happen. I don’t think KC will be able to resign everyone so Derick Johnson or Tamba Hali would be nice (although older) combined with an Aldon Smith or Rolando McClain. We can easily get someone like Joshua Perry in the 3rd round to build on.

          • MB30SD

            I hear Jarred “Awareness” Allen might be available… interested?

  • Irish Sweetness

    Just about to watch ‘Spotlight’, y’know, for some light entertainment.

    • CanadaBear

      My sister said it’s great. You know how recovering catholics can be!!!!

      • AlbertInTucson

        Look up “Lapsed Catholic” and you’ll probably see my picture.

  • The GP

    Pernell McPhee, Willie Young and Lamarr Houston are all valuable playmakers and should be part of this team in 2016

    Young and Houston will be shipped out in favor of true 3-4 players.

    • Big Mike

      I don’t think so, for a couple reasons. They made plays and there are too many other problems.

    • CanadaBear

      You’ve been saying that all year and both guys stepped up in the second half of the season. Gotta agree with Big Mike, too many other spots need more attention.

      • The GP

        They both barely hide their contempt for being made into 3-4 rushers. They can be traded – they have value.

        • Big Mike

          Trades rarely bring back value to the team initiating the trade.

        • CanadaBear

          Young’s on a very team friendly deal.

        • SC Dave

          Bah… that’s something easily solved by winning, say, 11 games next rgular season.

        • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

          Schwartz is back in Philly with that lame 9wide you can run a draw through for 10 yards every play.

          If they have some 3-4 personnel worth swapping, wouldn’t mind.

          Young is our version of Bruce Irvin. A situational pass rusher who seems like a liability when trying to cover or stop the run.

          Houston from what I’ve read likes playing OLB, better than putting his hand in the dirt at 300.

  • The GP

    Broncos will dial up all manner of exotic blitzes to throw at Brady – Manning will need to shoot up with cow HGH to be ready to play. Looks like Vegas is taking the Pats even though this is in Denver.

    I like Arizona to throw many many deep balls against everyone not named Josh Norman. The way to rattle Carolina is to score early and beat the safeties. The interior Cards lineman should be forced to watch the 1Q of the Seahawks game 5 times, at least. Not being ready to handle the inside rush killed Seattle and Wilson. They got it figured out 2nd half but it was too late.

    • Bender McLugh

      Beating Carolina’s safeties is no easy feat.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Edelman is open virtually at will.

      I’d have somebody send him a not-so-subtle message about running across the middle of the defense.

      He’s an excellent receiver but he’s also a little squirt who is constantly running his mouth.

      Same for Amedola. Another little guy who happily takes a VERY cheap shot when presented with the opportunity.

      • MB30SD

        Like I’ve said, that little stud is the engine of that offense. They literally can make erra 3rd down if brady sees him and doesn’t get sacked, and he doesn’t drop it. Stud.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Disagree in that he DOES have his share of drops.

          • MB30SD

            sure, that’s the NFL. without him there’s no way they’re where they are right now.

      • willbest

        Amendola should be serving a 1 game suspension for his headhunting against the chiefs returner. But then they don’t really care about head injuries.

    • willbest

      Query.

      Wouldn’t it be Bovine Growth Hormone (BGH)?

      Alternatively,

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPAB7WDziS4

  • The GP

    (1) Jones just isn’t good enough to cover backs at this level and (2) the Lions knew that from looking at film.

    Jones wasn’t an ILB at FSU. He was an edge guy. He’s a go sack the QB guy. I think he could play OLB where Acho played with some work.

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

      In Jone’s defense, NONE of our LBs can cover anyone.
      Shea theoretically should be able to, but he doesn’t.

    • willbest

      But you can find guys around the league to play there you don’t need to develop. We already have 3 OLB, and you figure we are going to draft another. So he is going to have a tough road ahead of him.

  • The GP

    Blogfather notes that the Pack pocketed $16m being under the cap. Refusing FAs means wasting Vadgers best years.

    • BearDown100393

      Good.

    • Big Mike

      Did not know that. Sorry GB.

    • AlbertInTucson

      And they were still basically a coin flip away from the NFC Championship game.

    • BillW

      Gotta be fiscally responsible to all those “shareholders”.

      GB fans will constantly tell you how great their team is – while someone else with a lesser QB wins the SB year after year.

      The fans are content with being better than the Bears/Vikes/Lions. And having won 13 titles (11 of them before most fans were born.)

      And then this year when the didn’t win the division suddenly that was a hollow claim. they went one more game than the Vikings and 2 more than the Bears/Lions, so they are happy.

      • BillW

        I’ve pointed this out before – and it’s simply a statement of fact and not a criticism of either the Bears or GB:

        The only SB Rodgers ever got to he had to beat the Bears twice in order to do it. Once at the end of the year to even get into the playoffs, and then in the NFCC.

      • BerwynBomber

        I would be surprised by that. Much as we bash the Cheese here, they seem a fuck of lot less concerned with us than we are with them. I get the impression they hold themselves up to the best in league, especially while they have Rodgers.

        I did hear once — maybe this year or last year — that McCarthy starts with a half-dozen goals each year, two of which include winning ten games and making the playoffs. But the others are more challenging with that, and of course the toughest is winning the SB.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “How Much Do the Coaches Really Like Shea McClellin?”

    More than I do if they plan on hanging on to him.

    I think if ILB was his true home we’d have seen more evidence of that by now.

    I DO think the Statute of Limitations on his “First Rounder Pick” status, as well as the “I fractured A-Rod’s collarbone” play has expired in both cases.

    • DaBearsBlog

      I don’t have a direct link to anybody on this coaching staff but those I know who do truly believe they like him and want him back.

      • AlbertInTucson

        In that case, they DEFINITELY like him more than I do. I’ve rooted for him to succeed, but I have found him too often a disappointment.

        • SC Dave

          Pretty much where I am, Al.

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

        Unfortunately, I think you’re right. One play Shae is their pet project.
        This will end as other pet projects like WebbNation at LT, and Hester as a #1, and who can forget the Kellen Davis experiment?

        • Johnnywad

          Dunno about that. I’m not sure Fox is going to take on projects. He’s already proven he’ll just cut your ass and move on to the next guy.

        • DaBearsBlog

          Except these coaches have track records of success developing players, specifically on defense. The previous regimes developed nobody. Players REGRESSED more often under Lovie (Vasher, Mark Anderson…etc.)

          • MB30SD

            Stop that right now. Just stop it. He is a poor man’s Hunter Hilly, who was a MUCH better LB than this cardboard cutout could ever wish to be.

            Please stop the madness, please god.

      • Sactowns#1

        Are you providing more strikes against this coaching staff?

        • MB30SD

          exactly. jesoos christo and st. thomas’s yacht club.

  • MB30SD
    • Sactowns#1

      A V6 MB? I mean, really?

      • MB30SD

        They could have gone all prius on it maings. I live my pathfinder V6. It just works. You go up from there and it’s guzzling gas like murph at an Italian beef convention.

        • The GP

          Nissan GTR – Turbo V6. Enough said.

          A TT V6 is the new V8.

          • Sactowns#1

            Not in a truck or any serious SUV, that’s for sure.

  • MB30SD

    think we’ll ever ‘beat’ these savages: http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/18/asia/pakistan-teen-cuts-hand-blasphemy/index.html

    my god man.

    • beninnorcal

      Pretty hard when these people are willing to CUT THEIR OWN HANDS OFF! Wtf? Wow.

      • SC Dave

        I’ll start worrying when they cut their dicks off. Or not… at least then they wouldn’t breed

    • Sactowns#1

      Oh we have plenty of our own crazies. He at least kept one hand. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaven%27s_Gate_(religious_group)

      • MB30SD

        They live RIGHT down the street from my ex inlaws… coincidence, I think not sir.

        And yeah, sure we do but those freaks offer themselves they blow up innocents.

        Besides, apples to oranges maings… we’re talking about many thousands of a religious ‘sect’ that believes in the death and destruction of everone not like them vs one-off crazies.

        • Cormonster

          A couple of my Dad’s uncles and their families were members of Jim Jones’ People’s Temple in San Fransisco. They sold their houses and everything to be part of his cult. Lucky for them, they got out before Jonestown.

          That was one strange, fucked up group. A mixture of Chistianity and Marxism. What’s even crazier is that Jones and the Temple were very influential and powerful in Democrat politics. He was buddies with Governor Moonbeam and Willie Brown. They were definitely drinking the cool-aid, although not literally.

    • willbest

      People that do not fear death can never be defeated, they can only be destroyed.

    • SC Dave

      Bfd… one loser wants to cut his hand off.

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

    Ugh, I love football, but I can’t seem to get into these playoffs.
    Pats? Bore. This must’ve been how every other team not the Jordan Bulls felt like.
    Broncos with a beat up Peyton as his D carries him like a team of Scherpas? Meh.
    Cards I love, while the Panthers def have personality, but they also exude a sorta douchiness. Now that Peanut is down, I guess I wouldn’t mind Chico and Greg getting a ring, but not exactly rooting for them, but better them the then AFC retreads.

    • BillW

      I still say (in general) it’s too much of a QB league. Someone posted the stat on how the last umpteen AFC SB QBs were Ben, Peyton, or Brady.

      If GB actually had a team instead of a one man show, the same would be true in the NFC between Rodgers, Wilson, and Eli.

      Parity driven from FA and the cap rotates the most of the playoff participants – but it’s still tough to break through in the AFC at least.

      This year though there will be one new SB QB. Who will likely lose if my theory holds.

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

        Dunno. Wilson won a SB, SHOULD have won another. Drove his team down, and all they had to do was run it from the 2.

        Palmer and Newton is probably a notch above Wilson, and a notch below Brady. If they win, will that prove NFL is too QB-driven? Dunno.

        Also, the Broncos have gotten this far IN SPITE of their QB situation (Peyton was god awful when in, Brock is a backup).

        Bengals also could’ve had a chance if they didn’t completely self-destructive and that was also with a backup.

        I agree in general this league does everything to protect the QB to ensure more scoring, but SB QBs don’t have to be Hofers. Eli is case and point from recent SBs.

        • BillW

          No – they don’t have to be HOFers. Flacco proves that. But still there are too many teams in the championship games with true franchise QBs. and while it’s true Manning was a shell of himself and his defense played a bigger role, his reading defenses and cat/mouse games at the line gave them an edge hat Brock would not have had.

        • BerwynBomber

          Yeah, but you either need an elite or near-elite-level guy or you need a guy who plays likes a HoFer in the post-season. Look at Flacco and Eli. The year that Flacco won the SB he recorded the highest post-season passer rating in league history. And in the Giants’ two recent SB season, Eli not only played well in the playoffs he out-performed Brady each time in the ultimate game.

          Oh, and in terms of Wilson, well he is damn near elite already. His career efficiency #s are pretty damn gaudy, he led the league in PR this past year, and every year he finishes in the top 6 or 7 in the league. In short, he is FAR from some Trent Dilfer type being carried by a badass D. The kid’s a stud.

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

            I think that’s conventional thinking, and it SHOULD be the case, but Peyton won the SB and played like shit that entire playoffs.

            I think someone cited he had 7 INTs and 5 TDs that postseason.

            Flacco, Eli give hope for teams like the Bears.

            I would include Chiefs and Bengals, but I always argued that a true SB contender needs a QB with an arm. Whether he uses it or not is one thing, but that’s been my theory. Keeps Ds honest and from teeing off and sitting on everything short.

            And eventually, as the Chiefs found out, a team needs to mount a comeback or make big plays in chunks.

            Why I doubt the Daltons and even Alex Smiths of the NFL will ever win a SB.

          • BerwynBomber

            Actually, Peyton played worse than that — 3 TDs/7 INTs during their lone SB-winning run. (I posted that, btw.) But remember, Peyton is an all-timer. Hence, he still fits the bill despite his crap performance.

            There really hasn’t been a Trent Dilfer since, well, Trent Dilfer.

            And yeah I hear ya about Flacco and Eli giving hope. But we’ll see. Cutler definitely had his best year as a Bear but he has enough disappointing to middling years behind him to have earned “Show Me” doubt heading into next year.

          • Cormonster

            In Wilson’s final year in college at Wisconsin he posted the highest QB rating in college history. Not sure if it still stands.

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

            Wilson can be very good, but then he threw like 4INTs vs the Pack in ONE game.
            Kinda odd that one. One day he can look better than Rodgers, other days it’s like he doesn’t bother to show up, throws for 150 and calls it a day.

        • BerwynBomber

          Btw, just a nit, but Eli finished top ten in both PR and QBR — had a heckuva year despite the GMen’s crap record. My bet is if he can keep trending that way in the regular seasons, he may have a shot at the HoF … at least in terms of late selection after a few years of eligibility … but yeah, he’s gotta lift his overall reg season stats first.

    • SC Dave

      Definitely agree on the retread remark. So if AZ wins (second choice) they need to win the Bowl. ESPECIALLY if its the Cheatriots.

    • BerwynBomber

      I’m not a fan of any of the remaining teams even if I respect them. I’m pretty much on the Anyone But NE train. After that, I will board the Anyone But DEN train. So basically, I’m fine with ARI or CAR winning it, though I hope to see neither near the SB for some time after that.

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

    So, the Donkeys extended Wolfe, so that means Malik Jackson should be free.

    So, I’m all for B-side players like DE/DT Malik and ILB Trevathan. Both 26ish and ascending.

    IF OG Osemele and S Weddle aren’t asking for the moon, get them. Weddle is a lil older, but we do need experience in the backfield, which was the reason Rolle was brought in for.

    Some other Dline prospects which peak my interest, NT Damon “snacks” Harrison and NT Ian Williams from the 9ers. Both run-stuffers, but since we need to improve on that, why not? Goldman is no lock, and the lines always get ravaged with injuries. We need proven bodies in there.

    http://walterfootball.com/freeagents2016all.php

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

    In other news, the sky is blue.

    New Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said he will be a more aggressive play caller in 2016.

    Koetter said ex-coach Lovie Smith did not specifically tellhim to play it conservatively, but he was not as aggressive as he wanted to be while serving as the offensive coordinator. “When you’re
    the head coach and you’re the play caller, you have a license to be a little bit more aggressive,” Koetter said. “You don’t have to worry about the head coach second guessing you; you are the head coach. So youmake your game plan and you stick to your game plan.” Despite having a big-armed quarterback and several deep threats, the Bucs were middle of the pack in deep shot attempts according to Pro Football Focus. That could change next season. Roto

    • willbest

      Either Smith restricted his play calling, or he is admitting that Smith and he had communication and trust issues.

      • The GP

        #LoviesLastStop

        • MB30SD

          Thank god. I wish he’d take guys like Conte and OPS with him so I’d never have to hear their names again.

        • BearDown100393

          The lawn in Big Sandy needs a mow.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Last Stop? You don’t think he can latch on as a DC again down the line?

  • BillW

    I love Jeff’s tweet ridiculing the Packers for dumping their RB coach.

    Defense gives up 75 yard pass to the best receiver the Cards have – who was uncovered. Will any defense coach be fired?

    And who is charge of calling the coin flip? Fire him/her next!

    But make sure you keep the Hail Mary coach.

  • The GP

    Lacy likes the KFC. Can you blame him? Everything that Taco Bell/KFC/Pizza Hut makes is delicious.

    • MB30SD

      I loves me 5 plain mcyd’s cheeseburgers, then one packet of catchup on each side and down the hatch in 2 bites each.

      So good, fuck in n out

      • Trac

        In n out blows. Some hot young dynamic broad owns the Company though. You should track her down.

        • Cormonster

          How about a Whataburger?

          • Trac

            Now you’re talking. My son loves that place.

          • Cormonster

            I’ve only ate there a few times when I was in Texas. I thought it was tasty, but then I was pretty lit up each time I ate there.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Buffalo ranch chick strip ….

            (Homer Simpson salivation)

            http://whataburger.com/food

            Bastards.

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

            That gave me the runs. Whatadrag.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I haven’t had a Big Mac in about 35 years because of that effect.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Never head of it until I came to Tucson. There was one near where I worked and I LOVED Whataburgers.

          • Irish Sweetness

            That looks GOOD.

    • BearDown100393

      He’d rather have a Big Kahuna Burger + Sprite.

      • MB30SD

        that iiiiis a tasty burger

        • BearDown100393

          Preferred burger of choice for those stuck with vegetarians.

        • Irish Sweetness

          His face when he’s drinking the sprite is classic.
          Just watching a THR roundtable now with Samuel L, Micahel Caine, Jowel Edgerton, Will Smith, Del Toro, Mark Ruffalo. Samuel talks about how QT wanted him to wear a big afro, and got a runner to go out and buy a big afro wig. Runner comes back with the jerry curl wig and QT rips into them. Samuel said “no, hold on”, put on the wig and walked into catering and nobody recognised him.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Packers are dumping position coaches. Yea, that was the issue. Did Sam Gash drive Eddie Lacy to Burger King four times a day?”

    LMAO.

    Good, one, Blogfather!

    • MB30SD

      It’s good to be (eating the) king.

      Speaking of, let’s see your rankings. Here’s mine:

      1. Carl’s jr. (Hardy’s for you guys?)
      2. McDonalds
      3. Burger King
      4. Taco smell
      5. El Pollo loco

      • AlbertInTucson

        Sadly, I will eat any and all of that.

        • MB30SD

          hahahahaha… as will says, they all make burgers with the secret ingredient: crack.

      • willbest

        In my early 20s it was all over Chicago at all kinds of pubs, if I touched a chain it was potbelly’s although at the time it was only a handful of stores in Chicago. In my late 20s/early 30s we settle up near Ravenswood and it was a place called Rockwell’s Neighborhood Grill that we were at all the time. Burger was laced with crack or something. Now in my late 30s its usually just McD’s, Fridays or Ruby Tuesdays, because of the kids. We don’t do that all that often, McD’s once a month and one of the others about the same.

        I always make it a point to hit up IN & Out if I am out West. Burger King is probably my favorite of the big 3 burgers but nobody really likes the fries. Five Guys is solid, but there are far better burgers in that price point.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          I live in the only town in the United States where Burger King can not have a franchise within 30 miles of it. A local created a burger joint called “Burger King” a year before the chain Burger King. The big chain tried suing him and he won and part of the settlement was that Burger King could not be within 30 miles. dammit now i want a whopper.

          • CanadaBear

            That restaurant has done you a huge favor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • MB30SD

            hahahaha

          • MB30SD
          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            yep that’s it. the place sucks, got sicker than hell the last time I went there.

          • willbest

            I used to have extended family in Tuscola and my dad and his parents are buried in Arcola. So I have actually eaten at that Burger King.

          • SC Dave

            Where the fuck are you, Texas? 25 years ago, or more, there was a chain in san antonio called a Whopper Burger. So BK could not use the name. Used to crave real Whoppers and would stop at one every time i went to Houston. .. ah, youth!!

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

            Same thing happened in Queens with MdDs.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrwZORNA-k0

        • Irish Sweetness

          BK really needs to change their fries – to crinkle-cut if Mr. BK is reading.
          Nobody, I mean NOBODY goes to BK for the fries.

      • CanadaBear

        Went to Carls once. Hideous. McDonalds in a pinch. Last time at BK’s was about 7-8 years ago and it gave me an upset stomach. Haven’t been to Taco Hell in at least 20 years and I’ve never been to the last one.

        In Canada if I’m going that route it’s an A&W bacon cheddar uncle burger. One third pound sirloin burger. I rarely even see an A&W in the States. I always thought A&W was the worst of the bunch until my brother-in-law told me about this burger.

        • MB30SD

          Carl’s is the shit canada… maybe literally in your case. You have to try errathing at least twice my maings.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AdViveJYD0

          OMFG I would eat that for a week straight.

          • CanadaBear

            No kidding. I would eat at Carls if KU was there.

          • Irish Sweetness

            See that? I’ll bet she hasn’t eaten a burger, ever.

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

        1. In’N’Out
        2. I don’t eat any other fast food.

        • MB30SD

          Dude, data. So not impressed ever. Don’t get it maings.

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

            How could you NOT like Inn-n-out?
            You’re Cali license should be revoked!

            1. Agree.
            2. McD. The breakfast. Only took them 50 years to extend it.
            3. BurgerKing. Like the whopper. Grilled.
            4. TacosSmell. I like trying out their new hybrids. Currently, I think it’s quesedarillia?
            5. Agree. Their beans and rice are pretty authentic too for a fast food joint.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Yes on #2.

            I saw in MB’s post ‘Taco Smells’. Can there be a franchise called that?

          • MB30SD

            Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha….

            Taco Bell: https://www.tacobell.com/

          • Irish Sweetness

            Ah, okay :o)

            They do have places like this though:

            http://www.fatburger.com/

          • MB30SD

            But I’m fly at Fatburger when he’s I’m way out west

        • AlbertInTucson

          I have never had an IN N OUT burger even though they have now been in Arizona for several years.

          Not sure why.

          I’ve never had 5 GUYS or SMASH BURGER either.

          • Irish Sweetness

            (googles 5 Guys)
            Their fries look disgusting. In general, USA fast food looks disgusting/unhealthy.

          • MB30SD

            because it is my maings. It’s horror story stuff.

            Check this out though: http://www.yelp.com/biz/robertos-mexican-food-solana-beach

            Their Carne asada burrito (CAB) is the shizz. so good

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

            I’ve had one in Ariz, for some reason, taste a lil diff. Maybe it was psychological or something.

            5 guys is pretty good too, I must admit. I think they’re originally from Philly.

            Never even heard of Smash Burger.

            I think all chicagoans like WhiteCastle for nostalgic reasons.

          • BerwynBomber

            Portillo’s.

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

            I can’t stand 5 Guys. It’s so greasy it makes me literally sick.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I’m fascinated with burger Americana.

          But this is disgusting, their deep-fried burger.

          http://cookingwithjanica.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/fried-in-n-out-burger-recipe.jpg

          Are you a portly man, Johnathan with two Hs?

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

            I’m 6’2″, 150.

            I live in Chicago, and In’N’Out is only on the West Coast, so I only get it when I’m out in Cali visiting my in laws.

      • SC Dave

        Chick fil a kicks the shit out of those places. And is still barely worth patronizing.

      • AlbertInTucson

        No love for “The Box”? In my Chicago Suburb youth, J-I-B was the only thing open after midnight.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I have eaten one Carl’s Jr in my life- that’s a treat – and I liked it a lot.
        My main beef with McDonald’s (eh!) is that they don’t do quarter pounders over here. My favorite thing back home was to order a Q-pounder with NO cheese. After the person taking the order got over the fact that someone had ordered it with NO cheese, the freshly made burger that would then arrive with only gherkins and red sauce was to die for.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Quarter Pounder with Cheese. maybe you need to ask for a “Royale With Cheese”/

          • Irish Sweetness

            The Brains on Brad !

    • BearDown100393

      The irony of Grimace labeling Hamburglar fat.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Who drives McCarthy there?

  • AlbertInTucson

    Ed Hochuli named to referee one of the championship games.

    Who in hell is grading THAT preening S.O.B?

  • BerwynBomber

    Iggles hire Gym Shorts as their DC.

    • MB30SD

      my god. the NFL is a bastion of absurd cronyism.

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

        be fair: he’s a good DC. Bad HC.

        BUF D replaced him with Rex Ryan and got exponentially worse.

        • MB30SD

          he’s a turd no matter where you smear him. smh.

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

            Turderrefic.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Just like a lot of other big businesses and,especially, politics.

        • MB30SD

          Exactly

    • Irish Sweetness

      That’s a solid move. Buffalo were a defensive force under him, and turned to shite under Ryan

  • willbest

    I have been following Presidential elections since 1992 and this one promises to be the most enjoyable one to date.

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

      1992 was Perot in that?
      Gotta say, at least I respected him more than the latest wild card that is trump.

      Footnote. Ross Perot played a hand in trying to rescue the Iran Hostages way back when. It’s a bizarre story, that’s for sure.

      • willbest

        92 was Perot’s first, and most serious, attempt at a third party candidacy.

        • MB30SD

          Nothing else to do with all his money

        • The GP

          John Anderson got more votes.

      • MB30SD

        Compensating for a small head and massive ears. He looks like something out of a LTR movie.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Although it’s lose-lose no matter who wins.

      • willbest

        Optimist.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I remember seeing the LBJ “A-BOMB” anti-Goldwater ad run on TV before it was yanked off the air in 1964.

  • The GP
    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

      Done some prelim scout reading. Scouts love him. I guess cuz he can also play S.

      Would HoneyBadger be worth a top 10 pick in retrospect?

      Some others in that might be in that mold, Jimmie Ward

      http://www.nfl.com/draft/2014/profiles/jimmie-ward?id=2543741

      College no longer produces “true” safeties much like they no longer produce true TEs.

      You either got your S/LB Hybrid (like Buchanon) who can’t cover, and now is in the box.
      Or you got your S/CB hybrid who can’t really tackle but can cover (Honeybadger can do a bit of both even if undersized).

      I guess the main question is having a plan, a scheme, a defensive vision to put the right pieces in place.

      It’s always nice having an all-around player, but these days, it’s much more about sub-packages

      • The GP

        Buchanan is in the box for the Cards because they are out of linebackers. It’s pretty wild watching a guy the size of Major Wright play ILB and run stuff the point of attack.

        I’d like to see a guy with Champ Bailey like ability if we’re going #1, a lanky shutdown corner at a big name school like Neon was.

        We need somebody back there to go with Amos. But spend your high draft picks on the big horses. We need an impact interior DL. A skill guy better impress.

        • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

          I’m with you. Build the lines.
          Our Dline REALLY went to shit this year in different ways.
          McDonald convict punang cray-cray.
          Ratliff went full retard
          Washington and a few others got hurt.
          Dline was gutted.

          But we need a Dline who can rush and not just hold the LOS, esp where we’re at.

          We can pick up run pluggers anywhere in the first two rounds as we saw Goldman probably have a better year than Shelton, and might be a better player going forward.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Absolutely. As we always say, our DBs will all look a lot better if we can just get a few guys in the trenches causing mayhem and collapsing lines, to the point that even Amos/Quartey-Jones could look like PBers. A monster tackle and an unblockable DE, to improve our pass defense … a studly ILB to help with the run.

            Three players. DE / DT / ILB. We can probably afford one of those in FA – Danny Trevathan? This is a good article on him: http://www.milehighreport.com/2015/6/6/8072125/scouting-the-broncos-vets-linebacker-danny-trevathan

            Thing is, he really is your #2 ILB – he’s not your Urlacher-computer-type. We really need to draft a stud in the first. We have Timu to spell either guy. Young and McPhee are on the outside, so no urgent need to spend a high pick or splash out in FA there.

            EddieG should improve inside, but other than a flash or two from Gaston and Williams (Unrein?) .. .there is a distinct lack of studliness on the line and nothing of spectacle on the ends.

            So I hope they draft two from the DE / DT / ILB (priority on the ILB), and maybe go with a corner in the 3rd, leaving us with the need to sign an OT/OG, and a vet WR. Grab a TE with the 5th or 6th. Maybe package the 4th and two other 6ths to move up in the 4th and grab another front 7 guy.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Not to denigrate him but, the Cards can get away with a guy Buchanon at LB because of guys like man-beast, Calais Campbell, playing in front of him.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I’d love to see us draft an experiment. Kam Chancellors don’t fall out of the sky. We need to draft a rangy linebacker and convert him to a super safety, someone who can go up against a big TE, but still get back for the bombs.

        • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

          The lanky CB was supposed to be Fuller.
          Emery specifically pointed out his “versatility” and how he could line up vs elite TEs.

          TBC…

        • MB30SD

          Jaylon was that guy… but he gone.

          That kid’s tape was the most impressive I’ve seen in a while. Such a massive athlete

        • SC Dave

          Brian Urlachers dont fall out of the sky.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Is Porter gone? Maybe we should be looking at corner, but try and hit gold in the second round.
      Pass rush / inside linebacker is first up.

      • BerwynBomber

        CB is supposed to be the deepest position in this year’s draft. Or so went the story a couple of weeks ago.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I say “No. thank you.”

    • MB30SD

      WTF?!?! That person didn’t watch a single down of Bears football this year.

  • The GP
    • Irish Sweetness

      Damn, I have those symptoms already. I wonder when all this hits the MMA world? I hit a bag sometimes in the gym and those gloves only protect your knuckles. Serious concussions happening there. 5 round battles do not bode well for the Robbie Lawlers of this world.

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

      That’s scary shit to anyone who played football around his age.

      And for the younger, “How could you ole dudes NOT know concussions were dangerous?”

      Same as with every generation. You trust the “experts” for the most part. Who’s gonna know better? Some scawny 14 year old kid, or doctors from Harvard?

      So no one really questioned it at the lower levels.

      Seems like common sense now, although even now with all the advanced tech we still don’t really know the extent of concussions or why it affects some more than others.

    • Trac

      Football is a blood sport(an accurate premise). Growing up as a kid trying to figure out who I was, football was my true joy in life when I had my youth and my strength. I excelled at it. Should we deny young men the experience of HS football because a few glory hunters suffer from terrible consequences? Lots more people die or are maimed in car accidents. Should we ban the automobile? Put the risks and info out there for future generations, make them sign a waiver and let the chips fall where they may. I do believe monetary compensation should be provided by the league to cover medical costs to ex players prior to concussiongate.

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

        It’s a tough question, esp when kids are involved, but would you rather walk with a cane or suffer from all the brain trauma from clashing helmets?

        Cars in most cases are a necessity . Gotta drive to work to pay rent, buy food, clothing, education, etc.

        Football is a “luxury” and perhaps not the only, nor best, way to build character.

        Sucks though cuz I loved nothing better than to watch NFLs greatest hits! Bone jarring knockout blows that you can feel at home.

        No mas.

        • MB30SD

          Did you play in HS? Not being a dick, just asking.

          Trac sounds like I do. A man who was forged through football. It was one of the biggest impacts in my life (see how I did that).

          I am totally torn. My son is supposedly going to be 6’2″ish (yes Murph, ALL from my ex’s side of the fam), but if he is 6’2″ and has my build, he’ll be about 240. He’ll be a friggin beast. But there’s no way in hell I’m letting him play until they figure the concussion thing out.

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

            Yeah, I played football pretty much my whole life in one form or another.
            On the streets. Wherever there was green (tackle). Pop warner. JR High. HS (but my senior year I wanted to focus on Varsity Bball. Blame Jordan for that).

            I also played other team sports like Basketball and Baseball. I was actually probably best at baseball, but I just didn’t like it as much in my teens (blame it on Jordan).

            So I think I have a decent background about the benefits and negatives of team sports growing up.

            I do remember the last football game in HS, and to my surprise, I got a little misty eyed. You sacrifice so much for it (including all the damn workouts and two-a-days), that it does forge something in a young man. But it also has its negatives beyond just the injuries. Baseball seemed more family oriented, and Bball was just fucking fun.

            Never played soccer. Merica! (just kidding. Kinda wish I had now)

            http://www.totalsportek.com/list/hottest-wags-football-2015/

          • MB30SD

            So basically you’re a pussy. Got it.

            I keeed, I keeed.

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

            If I really wanted to, I prolly could’ve played JUCO, but what I wanted more in college was…poon. Hot college drunk shaved big boobed lacy no strings poon.

            And beer, which would’ve affected my football career.

            Once I realized I wasn’t 6’5 250, I kinda stopped putting my body through hell.

            Now, the dude abides…

          • MB30SD

            yep, get it.

          • Trac

            See, I’m kinda with you but for different reasons. Here in Texas, it’s outta wack. Thug sport.

          • Johnnywad

            There is no figuring it out MB. You can’t stop it if you’re playing football. I crazy over this three years ago because my son was playing and I was worried as hell. He doesn’t play anymore, but of his own accord. He plays lacrosse virtually year round because he loves the shit out of it.

            The bottom line from my perspective is this…….

            It’s got nothing at all to do with neck strength, helmet design, or even concussions for that matter. It’s really only about out inability to apply a braking system inside the skull. Every time a collision occurs, doesn’t even have to be head to head, the body stops suddenly, the skull stops suddenly, and the brain doesn’t. It bumps, in varying degrees of severity, into the skull. For one reason or another, Tau is released inside the brain. The more football you play, the more Tau you accumulate. The more Tau, the more fucked you are.

            All that said, had my son wanted to continue playing, I would have reluctantly allowed him to do so. The US is absolutely full of men that played HS ball and are perfectly fine. Same goes for most college player. Hell, its estimated around 1/3 of all NFL players will suffer from it. That’s a huge chunk of the league, but a tiny sliver of people that play when they’re kids.

            Additionally, they are finding as we speak, varying degrees of concern for hockey, soccer, rugby, basketball, and even rock musicians dealing with it.

            So my .02. Gotta decide if the life experiences that come with playing offset the long term risk of CTE factoring in the likelihood of your son developing symptoms. Mathematically, its extraordinarily unlikely he’d have a problem. Emotionally, any decent parent would have a VERY difficult time wrestling with that calculation and accepting the risk. I know I did.

      • Irish Sweetness

        They can certainly stop calling the USA a free country if football gets banned.

        Smoking is legal. Horse riding is legal. Paragliding is legal. Car racing is legal.

        My dream job would be football, and I probably have CTE from other reasons anyway ….

  • AlbertInTucson
    • MB30SD

      jesus. why the fuck would you want a little humanoid who isn’t potty trained and doesn’t have any social graces or ability to communicate clearly.

      It’s like living with a packer fan

      • AlbertInTucson

        Maybe he was a big FRIENDS fan when”Marcel” was on the show?

      • Irish Sweetness

        Or owning a chimp.

        Five times the strength of a man, and their preferred method of attack is to bite your nose and rip your testicles off.

  • BerwynBomber

    Florio suggesting McCarthy will be at the top of the list of “hot seat” HCs in ’16. Makes a valid point: GB has had the best 1-2 QB punch in Favre and Rodgers since Montana and Young and yet after ten years McCarthy only has one SB appearance to show for it.

    http://www.nbcsports.com/video/mike-mccarthy-hot-seat-after-another-green-bay-packers-playoff-failure

  • BerwynBomber
  • T’Challa

    I hate to say it but McClellin is not much of an ILB. I see him more as a OLB like a young Clay Mathews and Aldon Smith. The experience and knowledge he gained while playing inside is invaluable and should help him see things clearer on the outside. Last year when Fox was first asked about Shea, he said that they believe he can play inside and outside LB but will try him inside first because it is a tougher position to learn.

    While I am convinced McPhee and Houston should be the starting OLBs, Shea and a mid round draft pick could be reserves. Given Young’s desire to play DE in a 4-3 scheme, as well as his age, cheap contract, and production, he should be able to generate a 4th round pick in a trade. Acho is good enough to have around as a fifth OLB.

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