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Ranking the Bears Positions of Needs as Legal Tampering Begins Monday

| March 4th, 2016

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The Bears have needs. Many needs. So I’ve decided to apply a point value to those needs. 0 points would mean the Bears have absolutely no need to address this position during free agency. 10 points would mean the Bears are in trouble come 2016 if they don’t make a significant move. Here are the rankings, with a single sentence of rationale for each.

9.2 Defensive Line

Yes, Eddie Goldman looked like a long-term contributor for the Bears up front, but this unit was the least explosive on the entirety of the roster in 2015.

8.3 Inside Linebacker

McClellin, Timu and Anderson each had moments last season but the Bears need a true run-stuffing thumper in the middle of their defense.

8.1 Offensive Line

With so much talent available in the middle of the line (Mack, Boone, Incognito) the Bears would be doing their run game in 2016 a tremendous disservice by entering the season with so many question marks along the line.

8.0 Tight End

If Martellus Bennett is truly headed out the door (as the whole world is reporting) the Bears not only need to sign Zach Miller but also pair him with another player to threaten the middle of the field.

7.0 Safety

Normally I would not make safety a point of focal point of free agency but there’s some genuine veteran talent at the available (Weddle, Iloka) and the Bears need it.

6.2 Quarterback

I bitch about the backup quarterback every off-season and am routinely admonished on social media but Cutler will miss a few games next season and the Bears will inevitably lose them if they don’t address depth in the quarterbacks room.

5.o Cornerback 

It is a position of need but the track record of Fangio/Donatell is to coach up lesser talent so I’d be surprised if the Bears committed financial resources to this position.

2.4 Edge Rusher

With McPhee, Young and Houston ready to roll in 2016 this is a position the Bears should have their glare fixed upon come April.

1.1 Running Back

Get a mid-rounder and add to the rotation.

0.6 Wide Receiver

Always been a proponent of the ABAW (Always Be Adding Weapons) philosophy but the Bears will enter 2016 with one of the deepest and most exciting receiving corps in the league without making a move.

0.1 Kicker/Punter

Robbie Gould will undoubtedly see some level of competition come this summer but it sure ain’t coming by way of free agency.

0.0 Fullback

Why the Bears don’t employ one is beyond me but they don’t seem to have the interest.

 

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  • The Yes Guy

    YES

  • Trac

    Jeff, are you saying we “kinda” need an ILB?

    • Ososfan

      Hahahahaha! I’m crying!. Too, too funny! Haha!

  • MB30SD

    Yes jeff, mcclelin had ONE fucking moment, and it was truly juat A fucking MOMENT.

    Jesus what is it with summa you guys and that douche. Except for a really strong back up in timu, we have dog shit at lb

    • Big Mike

      It’s ranked 2nd. Probably a tie. Could come down to availability/contract. Wouldn’t be surprised to see three FAs from top/near top tier. DL/ILB/OL. I can see the DL being the first priority. But ILB must be addressed.

      • MB30SD

        Agree. Ilb and dl… best player available from those two bucket for at least the 1st and 2nd rounds… if not 3rd as well

        • Big Mike

          Out of all the first day (or 2) of FA and the first 3 rounds of the draft, the offense needs 1 lineman. Everything else should be on defense. After the 3rd round, I think big guys are the better bet. DL/OL

    • BC in Tampa

      You don’t think breaking Rodgers’ collarbone earned him a lifetime contract?

      • MB30SD

        BC!!!!! Where you been my maings?!

        That year.

        • BC in Tampa

          I’m adjuncting at the local community college + 3 kids + score meatheads on this blog sometimes = hiatus from dbb

          I’ll be around a little more, I likey the draft and FA. I just can’t quit you maingses!

    • Sactowns#1

      I hate to say it, but McClelin needs to juice if he’s ever going to be an NFL caliber ILB.

      • CanadaBear

        I don’t think that would even help. He doesn’t like to take anyone head on, that’s a problem at ILB.

        • Sactowns#1

          You get enough HGH, test and Dball in your system and you’ll become a homicidal maniac on the field, and possibly off.

          • CanadaBear

            Fair enough.

          • Doc Nitty

            Maybe we should give the guy some Purple Drank.

      • DaMurph

        Shit, whenhe was playing DE and I saw him up close in Jax, half the men checked into that Hyatt were bigger than he was. I stared at him and thought….WTF?

      • MB30SD

        He can’t be even with the juice

    • Doc Nitty

      One Play Shae has tremendous awareness.

      • MB30SD

        Supernatural

  • BillW

    Edge rusher = OLB? I don’t see OLB in here. An OLB I assume is expected to do more than that.

    • DaBearsBlog

      OLB’s in this system are asked to do more but their primary goal is beating the shit out of the other guy throwing the ball.

  • Shady

    There far too much time spent worrying about the position. It’s not about position, it’s about talent. Find a great player no matter what the position and the Bears get better. Rinse, repeat, 7 rounds, 2 years and the Bears will be contenders.

    • Trac

      It’s a flagrant foul to use the word “contender” until the Bears win a playoff game.

      • Shady

        No need to pussy foot around the ultimate goal here Trac, we want the Bears to win another SUPERBOWL. Can’t be afraid to say it.

        Also, using a basketball analogy on a football blog? Now that’s unsportsmanlike conduct right there.

        • Trac

          Glad Shady, gladly. Basketball? What’s that?

  • Martin Bell

    How about an 11.0 for new ownership???

    • Frank Schoenburg

      Why? Leadership with Pace and Fox is a strength. Ownership doesn’t meddle either.

      • Martin Bell

        So you believe that money decisions don’t interfere with personnel decisions on a team that has to divide profits among a family of 80??? The Bears have won 1 championship in 52 years, no problems with management?

      • Martin Bell

        Ownership doesn’t meddle when they have to split the take 80 ways among heirs of Papa George? Don’t be naïve. What 1/2 way decent player is ever overjoyed to be a Bear?

      • Martin Bell

        I forgot” How about the Bear “success” of 1 championship (1985) in 52 years followed by the breakup of one of the best teams ever. If that isn’t an ownership problem, what is???

  • CanadaBear

    As long as they are ballers, I really don’t care who they draft. As far as needs I’m with most of you guys, in order of need; DL, ILB, S, OL, TE, CB, OLB, RB, ST’s.

    • Trac

      Net net, flapping our gums might make us feel better while we’re killing time but until free agency arrives, this is getting very old. Not sure I can stay awake in the film room my man. Yawn….

  • Sactowns#1

    Can we please make the republican debates a reoccurring TV series? Like one a month for 10 months. Its amazingly painful television, like those Japanese game shows.

    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      haha, totally agree but as you watch Hillrod and crazy uncle Bernie discuss you realize how fucking ludicrous the whole thing is. It’s sad that the most qualified person to be president that is being offered to us is Hillary fucking Clinton. Sanders is a joke. Republicans are a joke.
      I think Clinton vs Romney would make for a great race.

      • Trac

        Hillary being the most qualified for what? Can she hit the reset button with Russia again? How’d that turn out. Nay I say, none of these bozo’s are qualified for anything but carrying the bag for the federal reserve.

    • willbest

      You don’t have to watch them, its not like the debates matter. Nothing Hillary says will convince you she is better than Bernie. And nothing the GOP says will ever convince you to vote for them.

      • Sactowns#1

        Actions do speak louder than words. It’s just the Republican debates are so damn entertaining. Its cringe worthy for sure but hilarious at times!

        • Trac

          I’ve got news for you Sac. You’re seeing a one Party political system morphing in front of your eyes and you don’t recognize it. The publicans are now left of JFK by a mile and then some. In one corner wearing the blue trunks you have the liberal heavyweights vs the liberal lightweights wearing the red trunks in the other corner. Like boxing, the fight is fixed my man.

          • Sactowns#1

            Dude if you think the republican (ban Muslims and Mexicans, lower taxes on the rich and gut programs for the poor) party is left of JFK then you’re insane. If anything the Dems have moved to the right. I mean Hillary is basically GWB.

          • Trac

            Dude, watch the other hand.

          • willbest

            As a Bernie supporter you know something is off, but it will become apparent to you probably by 2020 but almost certainly by 2024.

            The primary alignment of this country is shifting. The Dem and GOP parties won’t exist in 10 years. They might keep their names but they won’t look anything like what they do now. There is a reason the NRO/Romney are siding with Hillary over Trump. And its not because he is insane. And it doesn’t even matter to them if Trump is really one of them and is just duping voters to get elected. Trump is showing nationalist that they are not a small group. That they are millions strong. And that is a very very scary thing to people that want to use the American military as their own private security firm to enforce their Globalist agenda around the world

          • Sactowns#1

            I mean JFK decried the berlin wall while the republicans want to build one here.

          • willbest

            The Berlin Wall split a country in two. Are Mexico and the US one country?

          • AlbertInTucson

            They are if you ask Mexico.

          • SC Dave

            And who took down the Berlin Wall? Sure as hell no Democrat.

          • Dale701

            Are you serious? The only comment you could have made that would be more unbelievable, would be to call them north of JFK!

          • Trac

            I know dude, it’s not your fault that history in schools has been shit canned but it’s true, have a look see.

            http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2013/11/22/jfk-a-conservative-12-quotes-from-the-liberal-icon-that-you-wont-believe/

      • AlbertInTucson

        The problem with political jokes is they get elected.
        ~Henry Cate, VII

    • Trac

      Hahaha. It’s unwatchable though.

    • Shady

      Somebody please post the Chris Farely Japanese game show SNL skit.

  • Michael Johnson

    in a 3-4 defense you dont need one ilb you need 2 so totally off the mark. we need the ilb positions upgraded first. our corner was bad so again that is number 2 problem. even if starters are back wr bench in terrible shape so that position along with dt is next. after that fill as needed

    • DaBearsBlog

      Bears have several young ILBs they like. Fans may not. Team does.

      • MB30SD

        stop it. Just…. stop. it. right. now.

        https://vine.co/v/eUWEHZELLJv

        • Scharfinator

          He looks like my dog when I fake throw the tennis ball.

          • Doc Nitty

            Ha ha ha ha!
            Good one.

          • MB30SD

            Exactly

        • Johnnywad

          The Bears announced last spring they would not be picking up his fifth year option. He’s still unsigned as far as I know. Hard to imagine Pace likes him that much.

          • MB30SD

            Oh thank jebus.. I was about to have a fucking aneurysm

          • Sactowns#1

            Don’t get too excited. There aren’t a lot of ILB’s out there. I think he’ll be on the team but I doubt he’ll start.

          • MB30SD

            Stop it. I know what you look like and the overall vicinity of your domicile

        • DaMurph

          Brutal!!

        • AlbertInTucson

          That would be funny if it wasn’t so sad.

          • MB30SD

            Exactly al. Pathetic.

        • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd DaCombine (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

          Does that avi creep you out, or is it just me?

        • Ososfan

          Haha MB give him time.

    • Sactowns#1

      Nope. Linemen, linemen and more linemen. If we have stud linemen on both sides of the ball, every position will look better.

  • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

    scott chandler is walking freely……my 2 cents

  • AlbertInTucson

    No big quibbles but, how many of that list can they realistically expect to address in one off-season?

    • Sactowns#1

      If you add 3 stud linemen on D and one on O the whole team will look much much better. Everything starts in the trenches.

      • Scharfinator

        Amen

  • willbest

    How does RB get a 1.1 score, yet Jeff wants to add them as a mid rounder. Shouldn’t that be a 7th round flier or UFA?

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      not that hard to understand. He ranked the team needs not the players available. Most teams say they utilize a BPA strategy yet they will generally utilize a combination of both BPA and need. If in the middle rounds the BPA available is a RB which outweighs the team needs they probably take the RB.

    • SC Dave

      The article is about free agency, not the draft.

  • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

    Did Mittens mention the Planet Kolob?

    http://www.top10craziestmormonbeliefs.com/a/93

    • Trac

      Did you know that when the Mormons announced they would permit black clergyman in 1978 that Romney was driving in his car and had to pull over because of his uncontrollable tears of joy? Wow!!! Can you imagine the same joy all those Klan members must have been feeling when the civil rights bill was passed as well? One joined the Republican party and the Klan joined the dems. Yup, it’s a beautiful country we live in.

    • Trac

      Did you know that according to Islam, the moons just one giant booger? He he.

      • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

        Glen A. Larson, writer of Battlestar Galactica, was a devout Mormon.

        That’s why all life startes on Kobol, which is just a transposition of Kolob – and the lost colony was Earth. Straight from Mormon text.

        Motherfuckers be cray cray

    • Bender McLugh

      if you haven’t seen this, you should. immediately.

      http://www.echocave.net/plan_10_from_outer_space.html

      • Bender McLugh

        NOIICE, there are clips in that link too. EPIC.

      • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

        oh oh

        i must see this

        • Bender McLugh

          “Rocky Horror meets the Mormons”
          – Cinefantastique Magazine

          hahahha

          • AlbertInTucson

            “The Rocky Mormon Picture Show” …?

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd DaCombine (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

            Dr. Fank-n-Furter wearing magic underwear instead of lingerie.

      • Scharfinator

        $25?! WHOAAAAAA

        • Bender McLugh

          worth erry penny

          • Bender McLugh

            though you gotta love how it says “ONLY $25!!”

          • Scharfinator

            I’m inclined to believe you.

        • Trac

          Hahaha

  • willbest

    Another error in Jeff’s list. Bears don’t have a KR/PR on the roster. In that sense I am a bit surprised Bellamy got the camp invite before Thompson or Mariani.

    • Sactowns#1

      Did you see Mariani returning it last year? He shouldn’t be allowed back there again. And seeing how few kick offs are returnable I think the position has very little impact now.

      • willbest

        Thompson showed some decent moves with his limited duties and had a critical return at one point. And you have to have somebody there to keep the opponents honest. If all you are going to do is fair catch a punt they are going to kick it for max distance rather with zero concern for hang time.

        • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd DaCombine (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

          I thought Thompson flashed too.
          He should def be brought in to compete.

          • CanadaBear

            He was really the only returner that showed any shake and bake.

      • Trac

        It shouldn’t be that dam hard to find a decent return man.

  • Trac
    • Doc Nitty

      If you’re stupid enough to let any of these fools get to you, you deserve whatever ulcers you get.

      Not you in particular. Just whatever ass-hat needs a Trump Massage.

      • Trac

        But it’s been such a long time since I’ve had a reeaally good massage. Hahaha

    • willbest

      I have been shocked by the level of positive coverage has gotten. Look at him. Not even president yet and he is spurring economic growth.

      • Trac

        Lol

    • AlbertInTucson

      Woodward & Bernstein would be so proud.

  • MB30SD
    • Trac

      Hahaha. Dude, that’s pathetic, please don’t tell me this was you. Lol

      • MB30SD

        Please! You know any respectable MB manage decor selection would come with cars, tots, and guns.

        See: dan blazarian

  • AlbertInTucson

    Bears talking with Bennett’s agent….
    ….about finding a trade partner. – CBS Sports Radio

    • willbest

      Biggsy had a twitter story about him on his way out of Chicago this morning.

      • AlbertInTucson

        It was pretty much a foregone conclusion his days as a Bear were done.

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd DaCombine (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

      In other news, the sky is blue.

      We’ll be lucky to reap a 6th for that dickhead.

      • MB30SD

        Hahaha

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd DaCombine (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

    9.3 Dline/Edge. Yes, please! Luckily, that is the deepest position in the draft.
    However, I am adamant that the Dlinemen MUST DISRUPT. At #11, you don’t get run stuffers. You can literally pick up run stuffers off the street. If all the disruptive Dlinemen (and OLB) are gone by #11 you get…

    8.3 ILB. Funny, Jeff or Andy, or Jandy thinks we need a run stuffing ILB, and I think we need a coverage/sack ILB.

    In other words, we need a fucking REAL ILB. Pass on Ragland aka Robocop. Again, 2 down backs are a dime a dozen. Get Trevathan, and pair him up with Jack. BAM, MOFOS.

    8.0 TE BOTH might be gone. Bennets a gigantic douchnozzle, and Miller thinks he’s suddenly worth more than a ham sandwich. Luckily, there’s a few options in FA. Ladarius Green and Dwyan Alan. Get one, even if we keep Miller. Save the draft pick for…

    7.0 Safety. We can def pick up a solid S with first 3 picks. Given POXs history, I think they’ll shore it up. Gipson is a reasonable possibility. But if we get Jack, he can play S too. Crazy, eh?

    6.2, QB? Was jeff going through an existential crisis when he wrote this? Never though he’d ever say QB was a need. I might differ from many here, but if Wentz is there at #11, we take him. The rest, pass. If not, then maybe COrdele Jones in like the 5th. He’ll be our pet project like Hundley for the Pack.

    1.1 RB. I love me some running back, but Carey as much as I detested his college tape, deserves a chance. If we draft a RB, that means Carey is all but gone since he plays no specials. Seems like we should give him a shot first (and not waste a valuable draft pick). If he sucks, plenty of vet HBs for dirt cheap even mid-season, heck, Arian Foster might even be available. Not bad for a rotation. And for the record, I am not on the Henry bandwagon. Brandon Jacobs part deux? Not in the 2nd or 3rd.

    .6 WR. Meh. White and Royal can’t get inj again, right? Marshallow man might though, so maybe like a 6th on some studly developmental prospect. Also, Bellamy and crew didn’t do TOO badly given the circumstance of learning an entirely new system and limited reps with Cutty.

    .01 K/P. I’m on record as using one of our 10 5ths to draft the best mule and call it day. It’s been nice Robbie, but how many games have we lost cuz we couldn’t cover kicks, or shanked FGs when it mattered?

    Too many, that’s how many.

    0.0 FB. Is that still a position in the NFL? Langford better have Forte-ish vision if you’re gonna trust him to find the right holes all by himself.

    • Trac

      I’d like to subscribe to your news letter.

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd DaCombine (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

        MB would be my photographer for my newsletter.

        Boobie fri every day and twice on sun

    • CanadaBear

      It’s going to surprise a lot of people how much money some of these guys are going to get. Lots of teams are loaded and ready to spend. Not saying people are going to go crazy but the second tier guys are going to cash in.

      • Ososfan

        Canada, I think we go the route of getting solid 2nd to 3rd tier guys on a reasonable salary and load up all facets of the team that way and draft BPA. We will save money and have a bunch saved to resign our guys and pick some quality FA NEXT year…

        • CanadaBear

          I totally agree with ya but I think the 2nd and 3rd tier guys are going to get a lot more money than people think. Most teams are loaded with cap space and there aren’t that many elite guys this year. Gonna be interesting.

    • BC in Tampa

      I like Rob Housler who we signed at the end of last year. I think he can perform for us. I don’t think any sane GM is going to give Zach Miller $5MM per tho, he can come back here on an incentive laden deal. You play, you get paid, you don’t, you get a min base salary.

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd DaCombine (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

        Housler is def a redzone threat and a good blocker from what I remember. Wouldn’t mind him at all for that 2nd TE, but Allen and Green are more TE #1s, can stretch the field and block.

        • Ososfan

          Yea, I think Housler was brought as a blocker first and was a project to help him develop into an all around TE.

      • Ososfan

        We also have Khari Lee: who Pace got for a 6th round pick.

    • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

      You can literally pick up run stuffers off the street.

      Not in a 3-4 you can’t. We moved past the Landon Cohen Days.

      The fucking Super Bowl is a god damn 3-4 clinic. Pull it up on the DVR.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMvwpMY3eu0

      Williams, Jackson and Wolfe crushed their guys. All runs start at the NT in a 3-4. The whole Pats D rotated on Vince Wilfork being un-moveable.

      Your down guys gotta be great to have a working 3-4.

      We need to spend Rnd 1 AND 2 on DL this draft.

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd DaCombine (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

        Run stuffers can be got late or cheap off waivers.

        The Broncos Dline could also pass rush. That’s why they were so dominant. Malik Jackson and crew could apply pressure AND run stuff.

        If a Malik Jackson is there at #11, get him, but if a Jarvis Jenkins type is there, no thanks.

        Goldman is supposed to be that immovable object for us in the middle. We got him in the 2nd. Pats got theirs late, as well as a lot of other teams.

        Check out these NTs and where they went in last year’s draft. Except Danny Shelton, most were not close to top 10.

        http://walterfootball.com/draft2015NT.php

        • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

          My guess (and I’ve sucked at this game all 6 years here, so don’t pay attention) is Ashawn Robinson in 1.

          When I read Robinson’s weaknesses on the webz, I think “oh my Gawd, that is so Chicago”

          WEAKNESSES: Pad level is his arch enemy. Plays too upright when asked to move. Looks to have flexibility to drop his pads, but doesn’t do it enough. Should be more consistent against double teams. Doesn’t impose his will as often as he could. Basic pass rusher without a winning, go-­to move or effective counter. Straight-­liner who cranks up initial push as bull-­rusher, but stalls out due to leverage loss. Needs to play with wider base to improve balance and base. Able to get upfield as an edge rusher, but rarely turns corner. Too content to lay on blocks when rush stalls rather than spin underneath or unleash a club move. Doesn’t play with the quickness or forward lean to threaten edges and win in the gaps.

          A highly ranked lineman who seems to lack a bit of a motor? Welcome to Chicago, Mr. Robinson. koo-koo-a-choo.

          I’d then go get Austin Johnson in the 2nd, and Chris Jones in the 3rd.

          yes, that’s right kids – I would take DL the first THREE rounds. I am going full Phil Emery draft retard here.

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd DaCombine (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

            SInce POX covet “speed” and explosion, AND since the Dline is deep in this draft, I don’t think they’re gonna draft Dline in the first

            According to my interpretation of those clues, all signs point to a metric-monster S or ILB (like Jack), even a relatively unknown.

            I’d have to watch some tape on Robinson, but many scouts aren’t all that impressed by him. I heard him compared or Michael Brockers. Is that even good?

          • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeDW4c89gfE

            I think every college draft highlights Youtube video has the same shit rap

            Hub picks him. NFL Mock Draft 3.0 picks him for us.

            He just has that “Michael Haynes” Bears pick about him.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Darnell is the guy.

          • Ososfan

            I really like Robinson too but I hope to god we get Deforest Bucnker!

        • Ososfan

          I read somewhere that Goldman looked like the best of the crop and if they did a re-frat, he’d be top 15.

  • AlbertInTucson

    8.0 Tight End

    “… another player to threaten the middle of the field.”

    Coby Fleener?

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd DaCombine (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

      We got rid of Olsen for the same reason. Girly Thor.

      No thanks. I’d prefer his team mate, Dwayne Allen, actually.

      • BC in Tampa

        I like him and Green, tho Allen scares me from an injury standpoint.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Is Allen a FA?

          • AlbertInTucson

            And I was always an Olsen proponent.

          • BC in Tampa

            He is.

        • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd DaCombine (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

          Yeah, so it would depend on our TE plan which I’m not privvy too.

          Allen and Miller together BOTH can’t get inj, right?

          If Miller goes, maybe like a Allen/Green- Housler combo

          • AlbertInTucson

            Oh?

            “Allen and Miller together BOTH can’t get inj, right?”

            Did you not see our wide receiver corps last season?

          • CanadaBear

            Not to mention that TE must be the most injury-prone position.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Same thing happened with injures to the U of AZ this year. They lost like their top SEVEN or 8 linebackers to injury, including 2014 PAC-12 defensive player of the year, Scooby Wright. It was brutal.

  • Sactowns#1

    Dline- We need more than one immediate impact player so 1st pick in the draft and pick up a proven stud in FA. Nick Farely, BJ Raji, Brandon Meebane. There are a LOT of studly nose tackles out there and if we don’t get one in FA I may throw a giant baby bitch fit.
    I put O-line at #2. I know some of you guys were joking with incognito but I don’t think it’s that bad of an idea. He’s had his hand slapped hard and I doubt he regresses. Russell Okung or Alex Boone would be nice. I like that Alex is a nasty, fiery player. Pick up a 3rd or 4th rounder for depth.
    ILB- Again, I DO NOT want to see us pick ILB in the first round. We need IMEDIATE impact at the position. The market is tough too, with few studs hitting FA and most players who do are older. Pace will have to show his guile in this one. I like James Laurinitis but if he’s not available the drop off would be to someone like Kelvin Sheppard.
    TE_ I don’t think there’s a need at this time, unless we lose both Miller and Uni which I think is highly unlikely.
    Safety- Interchangeable with Ilb except for the fact that we don’t need an immediate impact player here. If We get 2 good D linemen and one stud at ILB Al’s old ass could be back there at Safety and we’d be fine. Draft a guy in the second or third round. There are what, maybe 3 really/pretty good safeties in FA? Draft one early and get a project like Robert Golden.
    I would put corner next, especially if Jennings keeps insisting on eating those “vitamins” and getting bigger and bigger and slower and slower. It’s a really tough market though. Get someone aging that might need a fresh start to get the last out of em like Pacman Jones. Draft someone in later rounds and hope they pan out.
    Don’t draft a QB, go HARD after JIMMY GARRAPOLO!! This is his 3rd year under contract so after this season he could be ripe for the picking.
    Anyways, that’s my 2 cents. Pace, I hope you’re reading my wish list.

    • The GP, Chairman of the Bored
      • BC in Tampa
        • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

          ha!

      • willbest

        What in the world? What has Jimmy done to demonstrate anywhere near that kind of value? I mean other than cause Lamar Houston to tear his ACL

        • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

          Sac advocated the trade. Let him advance the case.

          • Sactowns#1

            As I said above, the chance of a pick panning out, even in the 1st round is 50/50. I think the kid is gonna do big things and sitting behind Brady for 3 years and working with Billacheat couldn’t have hurt.

          • willbest

            But when he played, what convinced you he would be better than Matt Cassel? or Mallet?

        • MB30SD

          Dis

      • Sactowns#1

        Done!

      • Irish Sweetness

        No way known. We paid the Lombardi price for Cutty. The job still has to get done (for all those who rate him above Jimmy Mac). Can’t give up a first for a guy that’s not supposed to see the field.

      • Ososfan

        These Patriots fan are extremely delusional if they think any team is willing to give a fort round pick for a QB who seemingly has potential to be very good but hasn’t played a single damned snap in the NFL. Pre season really does not count because even Fales did well in the few snaps he played.

    • DaMurph

      We werent joking about Richie, he has been a model teammate and one of the top four guards in the NFL last year. He has a nasty streak and would be a great addition to our line. The guy loves the battle, he loves the game. If I want an interior lineman he is my first choice.

      • MB30SD

        This

  • BC in Tampa

    Is it time to explore a 2-3 year extension for Willie Young? I mean in 30 games with the Bears (16 starts) he has 16.5 sacks. I know he only had 6.5 last year but that was coming off of an Achilles injury and he was pretty much benched during the 1st half of the year. Once he got comfy playing OLB, he had 5.5 sacks in the last 7 games of the year. The only negative is that he’ll be 31 at the beginning of the season. If we wait and he has double digit sacks this year, some team is going to throw ridiculous sums of cash in his direction.

    • CanadaBear

      He’s really prone to getting sucked in on misdirection plays. Other than that, I like him.

    • willbest

      I think he is going to be 31 after this year and he has outperformed his contract. So I don’t know what kind of money he would be looking for. Its his last chance to make money

      • AlbertInTucson

        “Outperformed his contract”.

        The most beloved phrase a GM can hear.

        • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd DaCombine (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

          We have a few of those, which is awesome.

          Miller, Slauson, even some rooks like Amos, Langord, or brand names like McPhee.

          Good sign going forward

          So who would be the most overpaid Bear right now?

          • AlbertInTucson

            How about Jeffrey, if they stick with the tag?

          • willbest

            If Jeffery gives you 16 games, he is worth 15 million. But therein lies the question. Because we run the risk of getting Henry Melton’d

          • Irish Sweetness

            If Jeffery gives you 16 games, 12-14 TDs and 1500 yards, he is worth 15 million.
            Y’know, what we were getting off Brandon for a lot less.

          • willbest

            I know he gives you a chubby, but you are discounting that he is a toxic player. You are also misremembering him

            2012: 1500 yard, 11 TDs (and Cutler had nobody else to throw to except Forte)
            2013: 1300 yards from scrimmage, 12 TDs (Jeffery had 1500 yards from scrimage 7 TDs)
            2014: 700 yards and 8 TDs for Marshall (13 games), 1200 yards and 10 TDs for Jeffery

            And if you want to complain about Jeffery’s 4 TDs last year bear in mind only 8 of 34 TDs were thrown to WRs so he caught half of them for his position. Another 8 to TEs, Jay ran one in, and a whopping 17 to RBs (running/passing). In fact, the Bears haven’t used their RBs that effectively in the red zone since the Ditka era.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Martellus? He doesn’t even play. Very possibly Alshon. WE pay end up paying him 2M per game.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Browns’ President is stepping down.

    Well, that’s a START.

    • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

      Johnny Football was an embarrassment. Even for Cleveland.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    oh god I think I am in love! Oh and boobs! SFW

    https://www.instagram.com/helga_model/

    • willbest

      Those Russian gals are stone cold. They will chew you up and spit you out. Nice bum for a white girl.

    • Sactowns#1

      What is that, about $8k worth of boobs?

      • willbest

        One of the plastic surgeon on the radio was saying 3995 about 6 months ago. I have no idea what that would get you though. Plus that is in the US. Probably not looking at more than 3k USD.

        • Sactowns#1

          I’d say that looks like your higher end, under the muscle silicon job vs your cheapo saline over the muscle $4k job I live in California so I’ve become an advanced fakie detector.

          • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

            “Under the Muscle: The MB30 Story”

            Next on 30 for 30

          • MB30SD

            Me too, I’ve found my mouth works best

      • MB30SD

        Yum yum

    • MB30SD

      Yum

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog ‎@dabearsblog

    “Fox and Fangio say these things, not me. And somehow I think they know more about defensive football than all of us. https://twitter.com/kcy30/status/705858717435207680 …”

    I wanted him to succeed.

    I wanted to believe he was initially just out of position.

    In the end, he just does NOT pass the eyeball test, for me, at least.

    • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

      He’s 6’3″. He’s 255 (supposedly, I’ve stood next to him, he looks 6’1″ and 235-240 to me)
      If he’s 6’3″ then suddenly I became 6’6″ for the moment he was there.

      He SHOULD be a Zach Thomas proto inside mike. He’s not.

      His biggest weakness is his total unwillingness to attack the gaps. I have never seen a more passive middle linebacker in a Bears uniform than this guy. He’s not reading the blocks, he is just processing slow. Nobody can convince me otherwise.

      His lowlight reel is full of slow drags and arm tackles low. If you can find a Youtube clip on Shae dropping his shoulder and tagging a guy, I will send you a nickel for each clip. The dime in my pocket is safe.

      Go Mully
      http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/columnists/ct-mulligan-shea-mccellin-bears-spt-1209-20151208-column.html

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd DaCombine (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

        I would argue Shea is the OPPOSITE of Thomas.

        Zach was a maniac. He was also undersized and not an elite athlete. But he made up for it by possessing what Shea does not, as you pointed out. Aggressiveness. Instincts. Plain ole nasty.

        London Fletcher was sorta the same way. Just highly productive players inspite of being combine duds.

        Shea….not so much

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Fox and Fangio have no horse in the race when it comes to Shea. They didn’t draft him. Why praise him erroneously?”

    Valid point.

    But I STILL don’t get their love for him.

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd DaCombine (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

      It is quite baffling, and I hold to my original theory that every regime has a pet project.

      We shall call it the “Hester-effect” or “Webb-nation delirium”

      • CanadaBear

        At least Devin excelled at one thing.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          we haven’t tried CD at KR yet.

    • Trac

      Trade bait?

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd DaCombine (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

        Are bears out of cheetos?

      • AlbertInTucson

        That’s a reasonable assumption but, who’d want him?

      • willbest

        He is a FA. Pace didn’t sign him.

      • CanadaBear

        Nothing to trade. He’s out of contract.

        • Trac

          He was under contract when the staff were plugging him. Maybe they were trying to position Shea for roster spot. Idk.

          • CanadaBear

            Unless he’s back as a backup for min money, I have no idea why they would pursue him. When Timu started playing the D actually had a little jump. It didn’t last long but at least he reminded everyone what a MLB is supposed to look like. Although from what I saw Timu was limited in coverage.

  • Sactowns#1

    Happy Walter Payton day. Have a great weekend gentlemen.

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

  • Irish Sweetness

    We need a QB, Jeff? Erm, no we don’t. If Cutty goes down, we’ve been developing Fales, and they obviously like him.

    We’re good for edge rushers? Are we? One injury away from nothing.

    0.6 for WR?? Does anyone remember AJ injuring every part of his body last season? Then they bracket KW, and we have NO passing game. We have ZERO depth at WR.

    Cornerback should be higher, again – one injury away from disaster.

    1.1 for RB? How many backs did the Cards go through last year?

    • willbest

      But I thought KW was elite and it wouldn’t matter if they bracket him because he was going to be the legit WR#1 and get 1500 yards and 12-14 TDs

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd DaCombine (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

        If KW is the stud we all hope he is, it wont’ matter as much if they double him.
        And if they do, run lola run

        • willbest

          I was going for friendly ribbing since Irish and I have differing views on KW and AJ. Probably doesn’t convey as well in text as it does in my head.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Even if he s elite, he can’t live out there on his own. AJ only produced when Brandon was on the team.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          ??? AJ had 800 yards and 4 TDs in 9 games last year. how is that not producing? yes he was injured but he was producing. Beside elite receivers don’t need a 2nd target to produce. Odell Beckham did pretty damn good without another guy.

          • willbest

            Irish’s biggest hatred of AJ is his pedestrian TD numbers. A stat I don’t generally consider all that relevant due to the fact that he got the double teams which is why the TEs and RBs were getting the TDs.

            And I am convinced because Jeffery isn’t flashy in the Bryant/Marshall manner he gets a knock as not being motivated enough or soft.

        • willbest

          We have that #3. Eddie Royal. We are paying him $5 million this year whether he is on the roster or not.

        • CanadaBear

          “AJ only produced when Brandon was on the team.” I looked up when BM got hurt in 2014. He did not play at all in the last 3 games. In those 3 games AJ had 184 yds on 12 catches and 2 TD’s. The stats say you’re wrong. Those 3 games projected over a season = 981 yds, 64 rcpts, for a 15.3 avg with 11 TD’s. Considering those 3 games were the final nail in Nessman’s coffin, I’d say he did pretty well.

          • willbest

            Pickles threw one of those games too

  • Irish Sweetness

    Okay, pick three players to buy, with your alternate.

  • Irish Sweetness

    LSD on Stephen Colbert’s show.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55ogVu_CQiM

    • Cormonster

      That song has kind of a disco feel to it, and I like it. Getting really pumped up. Gonna see them at a cool, small venue called 1st Avenue in Minneapolis next Thursday. It’s the place where Prince played Purple Rain in the movie. It might be one of my last chances to see them in a really small venue. They are already booking some monster venues for this summer, and most of their shows are selling out pretty quickly. They’ve come a long way since I first seen them a couple years at a free show in the park in Madison, WI. And rightly so. They are super talented, and Rachael’s voice in person is quite something to hear.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Wow. Well jell! That’s a really great song.

        • Cormonster

          If I happen to talk to any of them, I’ll be sure to tell them you’re their biggest fan in Thailand! They were real nice and friendly after the last show I seen. They were touring the country in a van with all their stuff, including boxes of merchandise piled in the back. I’m guessing they’ve moved up to a tour bus by now. Rachael is just a little, petite woman. Hard to believe she has those kinds of chops when you see her in person.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Really?? She looks ….erm … stacked. Are the others quite short?

            I have a paper to work on tomorrow morning, I’m going to spend it listening to TTB.

          • Cormonster

            She’s probably 5’3″-5’5″ but can’t weigh any more than 110 pounds. The others aren’t very tall.

      • Shady

        I don’t know about the disco, but definitely some pop, blues and maybe some Motown. I just listened to few more of their songs and I liked what I heard. You should be in for a good night next Thursday!

        They remind me a bit of a band I like a lot, Tedeschi Trucks Band:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnO6Dxi2qtQ

        • CanadaBear

          Uh-oh. You shouldn’t have said TTB! One of Cor’s faves!

        • Cormonster

          As Canada said, I LOVE TTB! I’ve seen them many times live, including last December in North Carolina. I even had the pleasure of getting drunk with Susan Tedeschi and a few others in the band after a show 3-4 years ago. Me and Susan did about 5 shots of Jameson together, including 3 each at last call They even invited me and a couple friends back to their hotel party room after the bar closed. Quite a memorable night

          Here’s a really early song of theirs that I wish they would put on an album. This show is from right before the band officially formed. My friend Sue recorded this at Wanee Festival in Florida.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9lnM0Qtm4A

        • Cormonster

          Oh, and Lake Street Dive is playing next Friday and Saturday night at the Vic in Chicago. Both nights are sold out, but I’m sure you could get tickets at the show if you wanted to go. No tickets has never stopped me before from going to a show.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Two great bands I found out about on here. Two special singers.

    • Trac

      Meh, wanting. Too bland.

  • bearfacts

    Personally I’d flip flop the needs at ILB and DL and also go on record as saying a 3 down player like Danny Trevathan would be a much better fit than a 2 down “run thumper” in this defense. Timu is actually a guy who fits that “run thumper” type role and reminds me a lot of Chris Borlans who Fangio had at SF. Trevathan has the versatility to play either of the ILB spots to better fit whoever Fangio decides to pair him with.

    That said a 5 tech DE really isn’t all that far behind. It’s more like 1 and 1a than it is one and two but the draft has a pretty good supply of DL whereas it lacks top ILBs now that Jaylon Smith has become a major questions mark. Pace should and probably will pass on Malik Jackons whose becoming more over priced with each passing day and shoot for Jaye Howard instead. He offers far better value and isn’t far behind Jackson in term off talent.

    Then I would look a SS for the defense like Iloka and OL for the offense. Guys like Brandon Brooks/RG or Mitchell Schwartz/RT could be good fits and should be affordable. At CB I’d bring back Tracy Porter and pass on the far more expensive options. What Pace does at TE depends a lot of his decisions relative to Marty Bennett and Zach Miller but Ladaruius Green would be a good signing if Miller moves on.

    The rest can be filled with those of our own FAs he chooses to re-sign, the draft, and some later additions following the draft.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Yeah, he won’t get taken on Malik, but there aare a bunch of lineman out there for the taking. Howard would be nice.

  • Trac

    I’ve been thinking about why the Bears never seem to be able to off load players for a decent trade value on other teams and why we never get the return we expect on difference makers we aquire via trades.

    The way I see it, trades fall in several categories for me but not necessarily in this order:

    1. For serviceable players to fill needs.
    2. For players that can be difference makers.
    3. Cap space casualties that can fall under 1 or 2.
    4. High risk, high reward players.
    5. One hit wonders/washed up players.

    It seems as if the Bears have struck out on players they view as missing pieces/difference makers in recent years and I’m pretty much of the opinion the the only trades worth while are when it’s for serviceable players.

    My feeling is that teams need to stay away from expensive free agents, let them be someone else’s problem.

    Cutler: We got raped on this one. 1 playoff win with Cutler to date wasn’t worth that trade imo. My opinion could change in a year or 2 but the Jury is still out on the Cutler trade.

    Peppers: He left Carolina as a cap casualty and the Bears cut him. I don’t think the Bears got raped by signing him but we never saw the results we all expected from him.

    Marshall: High risk, high reward that payed off but we traded him for less than he was worth.

    I think that a teams chances of getting teams to pay top dollar via picks thru trades is proportional to how good the team is, hence the 3rd rounder we got for Olsen.

    Net net, you better draft well and have a good eye for serviceable players via free agency and trades because costly signing or trades don’t work.

    • willbest

      I think FA is a solid place to find people. But like drafting its going to be hit or miss (past performance isn’t a guarantee) and the money makes the stakes higher. The bigger the name the higher the stakes. Trading in the NFL is relatively rare especially under the new CBA. The rookie wage scale makes the draft lottery your best value economically as a GM. That is why you aren’t going to see a lot of trades involving 1-3rd round picks.

      The Cutler trade would have been fine if we had any of the pieces on offense to support him besides Forte and Olsen. Even Brady fell on his face when his O-line was guys off the street and Edelman/Gronk were out. If Brady can’t make it work with garbage Cutler sure wasn’t going to be able to. And no, we didn’t pay anywhere near for Cutler what Brady would have commanded in say 2003 or 2004.

      The problem was we weren’t just 1 good QB away from a SB. We were 1 top 16 QB, 2 top 40 o-line, and 1 top 20 WR away from the SB.

      The Marshall exit trade was the result of 3 more years of age and shown injury on top of his ravings. I suspect his 45-minute nonsense presser cost the bears the 7th. Otherwise they probably would have gotten a 5th. And really that sounds about right for a aging WR whose body is starting show wear and tear. Look at Andre Johnson. Guy just disappeared.

      • Trac

        Totally agree with you on FA BUT mainly for filling needs, you gotta be careful to shy away from the players on the downward slope trying to cash in.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        We were mostly a top 10 head coach and staff away. Lovie and his revolving door policy at offensive coordinator…..ugh.

  • Johnnywad
    • MB30SD

      Jesus, poor Chicago. Never learn. Well, there goes that program. … right into the ol shitter. Smh

      • Trac

        Hey you know what? This is probably the best thing that could have happened to the kids on that team. Great character coach with NFL ties and connections. Should really help the school out, having Lovie as coach. That team has sucked for way too long and all kidding aside, he’ll be great for that program.

        • MB30SD

          Smh

      • DaMurph

        Been in the shitter for years, probably wont notice the difference.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        I am going to laugh my ass off when the first draft pick that comes out of Lovie’s program is a slow white safety drafted in the 3rd round.

        • MB30SD

          Exactly. Fuck me

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        We were already in the shitter, which is the only upside of firing Cubit and hiring the guy you see in the dictionary when you look up “thousand yard stare”.
        FML – I would like the illini to have either a bball or football program worth a shit this decade. I only have a few of them left.

        • MB30SD

          We huh… didn’t know you were alum.

          Fucking best buy rabbit. TODAY!!

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Not an alum, just grew up watching them (and DePaul basketball) in the 80s and love the place. The athletic department is a mess right now

          • Cormonster

            I was a DePaul basketball fan in the 80s before I ever became a Badgers fan. Terry Cummings, Mark Aguire, Clyde Bradshaw, Tyrone Corbin, Dallas Comegys, etc. After I went to school at Wisconsin, I kind of left DePaul behind and quit following them.

          • MB30SD

            ahhhh. yes seems so.

        • Cormonster

          Switch over to being a Wisconsin fan. You’ll be much happier Big Badger game tonight against Purdue for sole possession of 3rd place.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Cannot do it, corm. Not as distasteful as rooting for the Hoosiers would be, but…

    • Shady

      hahahaha, seriously?

      • Johnnywad

        I’m sure he’ll make a hell of a recruiter with all of that charisma and outgoing personality.

        • That Guy

          Say what you want, his players absolutely love him. Recruiting won’t be the issue.

          And while he didn’t come off as dynamic enough of a coach for the pro game, I actually think his approach of creating one system and finding players to fit it will work really well in college.

          But the question we come right back to is the same one as always. Can Lovie Smith run an effective offense?

          “Run off the bus” works much better in college. But Lovie isn’t in the same universe as someone like Harbaugh or Kelly at creating a winning offense.

          • Johnnywad

            He’s horrible at evaluating talent. That’s the cornerstone of successful college football. Additionally, what truly talented quarterback will he even be able to bring in given his known offensive deficiencies?

          • Irish Sweetness

            I’ll say this for Lovie – he had the GM from hell, who saddled him with a terrible QB, yet was a Tommie Harris/Mike Brown injury away from wining a Lombardi.

          • BC in Tampa

            I still say we abandoned the run way too early in that game, TJ had only 15 carries total and most of those came in the first half, even if you take out his 52 yard run he had 14 carries for 60 yards and we were only down 22-17 when Rex threw the pick 6. Ron Turner’s playcalling cost us as much as anything. To your point though, Tommie Harris and Mike Brown playing in that game would have avoided us getting gashed on the ground and would have avoided that blown coverage that led to the Reggie Wayne TD.

          • CanadaBear

            I think Lovie will be a killer recruiter. He connects with people and people trust him. If he can’t deliver on the field it won’t make any difference. It reminds me of U of Iowa years ago had a BB coach that was a great recruiter but just a so-so coach (George Raveling). He got canned and they hired just the opposite, great coach, mediocre recruiter (Tom Davis). When Davis had Raveling’s recruits they were a top team. Once they got down to Davis’ recruits, uh-oh. For Illinois’ sake, let’s hope the guy that follows Lovie is a great coach.

          • Trac

            I was always high on Lovie the man, until it became obvious to me that he wasn’t gonna stop hitting his head against the wall when it came to the offense and his shallow personnel insight.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse
    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      yep the Bears paid for a jumbotron the year they played there and they just updated it a couple years ago, it should work for Lovie

  • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

    Harbaugh is kind of a fucking psycho

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLgfKq3RgDQ

    • Trac

      Define winner Jim? She’d have to be a pushover to be able to live with him.

    • MB30SD

      Kind of

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd DaCombine (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

      Called 9 times before she called back.
      Isn’t that stalking? Helps to have a nice bank account.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    14 years later, I’m watching “the wire”. Holy shit.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      “Trace lab ain’t gonna have shit on the Bunk…”

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        Fucking love Bunk

        • MB30SD

          blasphemy?

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            Anyone that talks shit about The Wire blasphemes against the TV gods.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I tried to get into that, I only watched about 4 episodes though.

      Just binge-watched ‘Colony’. Earth is colonized by aliens (that you never see). Very much a Nazi-collaborator storyline. Sawyer from ‘Lost’ and Lori from ‘Walking Dead’. Pretty good if unoriginal.

      Watching ‘Shades of Blue’ as well. J-Lo as a promiscuous rat cop who turns Queens on Ray Liotta. Not bad.

      Has anyone seen ‘Baskets’ – Zach Galafanaikis as a trainee clown?

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        Blasphemy

    • willbest

      First season was solid, second was alright, lost interest in the 3rd.

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        Blasphemy.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Wow, what a night in the UFC. Two ‘upsets’ in the two big fights, but both well deserved. Miesha’s ju-jitsu was too good for Holly, and 170 was a bridge too far for Conor. He was landing those lefts, and then he wasn’t … they fell short time after time, Nate can take a punch and he rocked Conor with a nice one and then choked him out when he got gassed. Respect. A slice of humble pie will be the best thing that ever happened to Conor.

    • MB30SD

      Deeeum. Nate is a fucking punk though. Guy’s a thug moron. too bad, but totally agree with you on the humble pie.

      The chicks, meh, who cares kinda

  • Irish Sweetness
  • AlbertInTucson
    • Johnnywad

      Doesn’t seem like so long ago. Perhaps there was far more going on than we ever knew behind the scenes. But just to compare Ronald Reagan and Nancy as President and First Lady, to our current two front runners……..what the hell happened? I’m almost embarrassed for us.

      • Trac

        The innerness happened my brotha.

        • Johnnywad

          Perhaps I was too young or just naive. But I believed in Ronald Reagan. He stood up to the scariest damn thing on the planet and kicked it’s ass. I would have signed on to help and gladly followed. Hillary or Donald? I’d wonder how they’re trying to screw me out of something, or profit from my sacrifice.

          • Trac

            I agree with you. Him and Tip O’Neil knew how to govern. Our last ha’rah as a Nation.

          • willbest

            Looking that way.

  • Trac

    I agree with these recommendations. Lock down a solid Corner(Sean Smith) and DE(Jaye Howard)via FA.

    https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2016/03/04/pro-bold-offseason-moves-for-every-nfc-team/

    • Irish Sweetness

      And with the other 50 million? Do we get brownie points from Alan Greenspan if we enter the season well under cap? What do we do with all this cash?

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd DaCombine (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

        We can always throw $ to extending players like Young, or ya know, Alshon.

      • Trac

        So you want to start printing new money next year? Pace is on the 5 year plan in his mind. I’m all for holding onto some cash until the right players come along.

  • Trac

    In other news, all the little chillins in Pakistan won’t be able to fly their kites for a while. Sniff…

    Due to a safety issue, firing AK 47 ‘ S from the roof tops is being frowned upon as well.

    https://news.google.com.pk/news/story?cf=all&hl=en&ned=en_pk&cf=all&ncl=d6CIV33P0FxiZkMiDXhSxIx_a-GYM&topic=n&scoring=n

    • Johnnywad

      Kite flying, one of the evilest of all the evils, is a gateway activity to other, perhaps more egregious, infidel activities.

      • MB30SD

        just ask charlie brown

      • Irish Sweetness

        Tobogganing is next …. and we know what happens after that.

  • willbest

    Goodbye Peyton. Good luck with the pizza business. Wish I had gotten to seen you play live once.

    • Trac

      I saw Sexy Rexy trip and fall when Peyton lucked into a Super Bowl once. It was a very disturbing event.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Have to admit, classy to A) Text his teammates individually first and B) Ask them to keep mum about it until he let the ailing, Chris Mortensen, break the story.

      http://www.aol.com/article/2016/03/06/peyton-manning-sent-individual-text-messages-to-his-teammates-to/21323561/?icid=maing-grid7%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl4%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D-609675382

      • Trac

        Or C) It’s all about him.

        • AlbertInTucson

          If he holds a presser, it’s all about him.

          If he announces at the SB, it’s all about him.

          If heforces theBroncos to waive him, it’s all about him.

          He tells his teammates first, personally, and he does a solid for a guy battling cancer.

          That’s all about him?

          The guy can’t win.

          • Trac

            I was just remembering the hit piece sexual assault article where it was mentioned that he always wanted to be the center of attention. I really could care less one way or another.

          • AlbertInTucson

            The sludge bubbling up around that trainer is very flattering, either.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Avoid NFL.COM like the plague. Good grief. Peytonpollooza.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Ranking the Bears Positions of Needs as Legal Tampering Begins Monday”

    If it’s legal, it’s not tampering.

  • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

    The Irishman’s mouth was shut

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljvuqY0YGlU

    • Irish Sweetness

      A humbling experience for him I’m sure. 170 was a bridge too far – Nate Diaz is no world-beater. Full respect to him though. He was telling Dana White that he was going to use the money he made to buy a yacht and just sail off.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Lovie would be home run hire for Illinois. Brings immediate respectability & pro pedigree. Would be hit with recruit parents.”

    I don’t disagree.

    Big question: Is dumpster fire that is the Illinois Athletic Department smart enough to figure that out?

  • That Guy

    My Position Ranks for FA

    8.5 – ILB [Ranked this high because we don’t have enough guys to fill the roster right now and we desperately need a solid veteran to run the defense and coach up a rookie playing next to him]

    8.0 – TE [Deceptively high, but with Martellus’s departure we have exactly zero players signed at this position. The team could resign Miller and/or go into the market, but spending $20+ on someone like Dwayne Allen is definitely not out of the question in my estimation even if we do keep Miller].

    7.5 – DT [Agree with Jeff, but we have Ego and Goldman who have both shown enough to merit spots on the team if not future greatness, so we’re in slightly better shape than ILB]

    7.0 – OL [We have to sign somebody. The O-line is short at least one guy if not three on our regular season roster. This would be rated higher, but we have several talented players already on the roster, so we shouldn’t break the bank here].

    7.0 – S [We have to fill the roster out here as well, but I don’t think the team wants to break the bank at safety. Fangio wants serviceable players in the secondary and to spend his big money on the front 7]

    6.5 – QB [If we see a quality backup QB, we absolutely pull the trigger]

    6.0 – CB [We’ve got players that can play if we get stuck, but we could definitely stand to upgrade at corner]

    4.0 – EDGE [Jeff is right, we’ve got some horses on the roster, we need to get younger in the draft rather than spending big. Still, we were not especially productive as a pass rushing team last year, so this is still a possibility for value signings]

    2.0 – WR [We could add the right guy if he’s also a good kick returner]

    1.5 – K/PR [I suspect the team signs somebody to compete with at least one of our specialists, most likely at kick or punt returner, but these are all low priority positions as well]

    1.0 – RB/FB [We need a third guy, but it should come through the draft, even as an UDFA. We could sign a fullback, but yeah… the league is moving past the true FB position in favor of certain types of TE]

    So I did this without looking, but Jeff and I almost agree on everything.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’d have WR and OLB higher. One injury to either side and we’re in trouble.

  • Irish Sweetness

    This just in. Caucasian running backs and wide receivers will be boycotting next year’s combine in protest over their misrepresentation in the NFL.

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd DaCombine (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

    Sometimes I wonder if GMs and coaches really do get the best FAs, or simply the most familiar…

    ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss expects the Bears to pursue impending free agent DT Akiem Hicks.

    Defensive tackle is an area of need for the Bears and Hicks knows GM Ryan Pace from their time together in New Orleans from 2012-14. The Patriots will do their best to keep Hicks, though he might
    be out of the team’s price range. For what it’s worth, coach Bill Belichick told Hicks to keep at least “something” in his locker when he was cleaning it out at the end of the season. – Roto

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd DaCombine (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

      Brooks was here?

      The Texans are “actively trying to retain” free agent RG Brandon Brooks.

      Re-signing Brooks is Houston’s top priority. He’s coming off a down year, but is expected to push for top-10 guard money ($6M-plus annually). 26-year-old Brooks will be in high demand if he reaches the market. – Roto

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd DaCombine (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

      Watson and Crick?

      The Houston Chronicle reports the Texans want to retain impending free agent RE Jared Crick.

      An unsung hero on the defensive line, Crick has been a solid run defender opposite J.J. Watt the last two seasons. “Jared Crick, tough guy, tough football player,” coach Bill O’Brien said. “He plays through injuries, has been a good guy for us the last two years.” With a ton of defensive line talent in the free agent and draft pools, Crick could come at a discount. He will turn 27 in August. – Roto

      • BC in Tampa

        Best case scenario for us getting him is HOU turning all their attention to Brock Osweiler and neglecting their own FA’s

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd DaCombine (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

      long sor long?

      According to ESPN’s Dianna Marie Russini, free agent DE Chris Long “only wants to sign with a Super Bowl contender.”

      Long has already inked two monster NFL contracts, landing asix-year, $56.5 million deal pre-rookie wage scale before signing a four-year, $50 million extension in July of 2012. He shouldn’t need much more money. Russini reports Long is “100 percent” healthy after a knee injury ruined his 2015 season.= Roto

      • BC in Tampa

        Eric Weddle was saying the same thing, so much for that idea too.

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