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Ranking The Bears: Potential Starters

| July 27th, 2016

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Here are players who could be competing for starting jobs this season.

42. Khari Lee, TE. Most fans didn’t like giving up a 2017 draft pick to acquire Lee, but the Bears like him. He was a solid blocker last year and has potential as a receiver. Most fans underestimate how difficult it is for tight ends to make an impact as rookies but don’t be surprised if he takes a big step up this year.

41. Ego Ferguson, DL. When he played, Ferguson was immovable in the run game, but didn’t provide any pass rush. He was a starter, but they’ve added a lot to the position this year. I wouldn’t be surprised if he started and I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t make the team.

40. Sherrick McManis, CB. Should never play defense again but he’s a terrific special teams player.

39. Ka’Deem Carey, RB. A tough runner who keeps his legs churning. Will need to improve on specials and in pass protection to make the team this year.

38. Joshua Bellamy, WR. Made some big plays in the offense and is a quality special teams player. With Marquess Wilson likely to be out all of camp, Bellamy could have an impact on the outside again this year.

37. Nick Kwiatkoski, LB. I don’t expect the fourth-round pick to play a lot in the defense as a rookie but he should make an impact on special teams. Needs to get stronger, but showed good instincts in college and is an above average athlete.

36. Sam Acho, LB. Doesn’t do anything at a very high level, but he’s OK at everything. A solid defensive player and a quality special teams player. Still might have a hard time making the final roster.

35. Jordan Howard, RB. One of the most powerful runners in the draft. Showed good vision and was productive.

34. Deiondré Hall, CB. The fourth round rookie has a lot of qualities the Bears look for in their defensive players. He’s been compared quite often to Peanut Tillman. I have to see him play in the NFL before I put him on track for the HoF.

33. Hroniss Grasu, C. Maybe his struggles were because he was a rookie? Maybe he just can’t play? We’ll know after this year. The fact that he struggled wasn’t a complete surprise. We saw in preseason that he wasn’t strong enough. He’s supposedly stronger this year but we won’t really know until the pads come on.

32. Harold Jones-Quartey, S. I’m not sure if he has the speed to be a great safety, but he’s an explosive athlete who can hit. Considering the level of college he was coming from he should have redshirted. He did show the ability to make plays late in the year.

31. Deon Bush, S. It shouldn’t be a surprise if the fourth round rookie from Miami starts and, even if he doesn’t, I expect him to play a lot. He’s a terrific athlete who packed a punch in college.

30. Marc Mariani, WR. He was better as a receiver than he was as a return man last year. Mariani has glue hands and consistently made first down catches on third down. Has made the Pro Bowl as a return man, but was horrible in that role for the Bears.

29. Brian Hoyer, QB. If not for a horrendous showing in their playoff game, Hoyer would still be the Texans starting quarterback. He’s one of the better backups in the league, having thrown 31 touchdowns the last two seasons.

28. Bryce Callahan, CB. I’m a bit conservative on Callahan because I want to see more. What we did see last year was an aggressive and athletic player who made the defense better just by being on the field.

27. Ted Larsen, C/OG. Larsen has never been an ideal starter, but he has started a lot of games. At the very least, he won’t kill the Bears if he’s in the game, which is a pretty big upgrade from what they had going on last year.

26. Will Sutton, DL. There have been some who have suggested that an early-season elbow injury was a problem for Sutton all year. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt for now because of how well he played before he injured the elbow.

25. Mitch Unrein, DL. All of the team’s defensive linemen ranked below Unrein have major question marks, but I know what Unrein is. He’s going to hold his spot at the point of attack and can occasionally chase the quarterback, although he’s unlikely to ever actually get his hands on him. He provided the team’s goal line offense with a boost at fullback too.

24. Marquess Wilson, WR. Wilson made a lot of big plays for the Bears when nobody else was available. When the protection broke down and Cutler had to scramble, Wilson was consistently able to find a hole on the defense for a big play. He struggles with the little things like blocking and doesn’t make any exceptional catches, but there was a significant gap between him as a receiver and the guys behind him. But will his latest injury keep him off the roster?

23. Charles Leno Jr., OT. Leno was fine last year. He was better blocking the run than he got credit for and worse in the pass. He had his ups and his downs, but the Bears were confident enough to leave him on an island most of the time.

22. Cody Whitehair, OG. Considered by many to be the best guard in the draft but some had concerns about his strength. I expect him to start at left guard and be a solid player from Day 1.

21. Tracy Porter, CB. Porter played well last year, but after re-watching all of their games, I came away thinking he wasn’t as good as some thought. He got beat quite often and is a bad tackler, but he made more big plays than anyone else in the secondary. He should start this year, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Hall eventually took his job.

20. Jonathan Bullard, DL. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was on the field for every key down by the end of the season for the Bears. It’s hard to know what to expect from rookie defensive linemen but Bullard is a very physical player who tested as a great athlete.

19. Bobby Massie, OT. He was really good in the second half of the season for Arizona. He really shut down the Packers’ pass rushers who went against him twice, but has had his fair share of struggles in the past. A powerful run-blocker, who the Bears need to be just good enough in pass protection.

18. Kyle Fuller, CB. Had an awful start to last year, but got better. Had too many mental mistakes. Terrific tackler and has shown ball skills in the past. It’ll be very interesting to see what the Bears coaching staff can do with Fuller. He could still end up being one of the best corners in the league.

17. Robbie Gould, K. Position value puts him down a little. Missed some big kicks last year, but he made some big ones too. Still one of the more accurate kickers in the league when you factor in extra points.

16. Akiem Hicks, DL. Hicks is a bull against the run, but he hasn’t provided much in terms of pass rush. He was at his best when he played less than 50 percent of his team’s snaps. If the Bears can keep him in a rotation, he’ll have more of an impact.

15. Zach Miller, TE. When he started, Miller made a lot of big plays. He’s very athletic and showed really good hands. Just as importantly, he seems to have the trust of his quarterback. He’s an OK blocker, better than he gets credit for, but not great. Can he stay healthy? That’s the biggest question.

14. Jeremy Langford, RB. The potential to be a star is there. Langford has elite burst and good vision, but he needs to get stronger. It isn’t unreasonable to expect that he did so in his first full offseason as a professional.

13. Leonard Floyd, LB. It’s hard to project how much of an impact Floyd will have as a rookie, but I have to believe the Bears wouldn’t have drafted him so high if they didn’t think he was going to play. Early on, I see him as being a passing-down specialist who gives the Bears a lot of versatility with his ability to get after the quarterback and drop into coverage.

12. Lamarr Houston, LB. Had a rough first year with the Bears after signing a big contract and looked like a sure bust halfway through last year, but he finished strong. While he wasn’t able to generate pressure as well as some other guys higher on this list, Houston led the team with eight sacks.

11. Eddie Royal, WR. He couldn’t stay healthy last year, but made plays when he was on the field. Gives the Bears someone who can destroy defenses after the catch.

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  • SC Dave

    First

    • MB30SD

      I like that dave. Good one… 25.7 blog points

  • Swing Tackle of Destiny

    Receivers: Wilson is gone. They will release him.
    Royal’s put up or retire year.
    Mariani and Bellamy will make the team. Bellamy drifts in and out of relevance. Maybe he should wash Jay’s car more.

    • SC Dave

      As many third down catches as Mariani made, he at least deserves a full chance to make the roster.

      • You’re about to get Jericho’d

        despite his whiteness he actually performed admirably at WR in tough situations and for that reason we unfortunately have to give him a shot to keep performing. Uggghhhh.

        • SC Dave

          I had thought to include a clause at the end ala “, even though he’s white”, but figured it wasn’t necessary. Thanks for reaffirming my faith in Da Blog!

        • Pretty fly for white guy. Ironically competing against slower smaller white guy .
          Whoever loses gets to become manager at Arbys

  • MB30SD

    Urine is all about fb. He should be in on every 3rd down run play under 5 yards, and every single goalline play

  • Swing Tackle of Destiny

    Lena Dunham said at DNC speech that Donald Trump would rate her a two.

    That is generous. She is a -2

    An uglier hag at 25 I haven’t seen since I visited Brown University campus

    • Irish Sweetness

      Dude. That’s the kind of girl that you feel guilty about even thinking of doing when you know you’re hammered.

      • willbest

        If I am hammered enough to consider her my dick wouldn’t physically work.

        • Whiskey dick. Darwinian failsafe.
          Write a thesis on that Data!

          • MB30SD

            Ha!

          • CanadaBear

            This punk song says it all. Love the DK.

      • CanadaBear

        I must have been a worse drunk than you Irish. I would have happily done her when I was drinking.

        • MB30SD

          ewwww

          • CanadaBear

            I told you I was a bad drunk.

          • MB30SD

            yeeesh!

    • MB30SD

      You’re all right. Yuck!

  • Irish Sweetness

    So Jonathan Anderson, Timu and Terry aren’t competing for starting jobs? Wow.

    If I was President/GM/master of the universe right now I’d throw a big chunk of cash at Ryan Fitz and bolster the most important position on the team. Travis Benjamin or Sanu should be Bears right now, but apparently Pace sees something in Bellamy/Royal/Mariani … we’ll see what happens when AJ or Kevin hit the deck for spell.

    • MB30SD

      PSHs!!!!!!

    • You’re about to get Jericho’d

      Irish, I’m about to throw myself into traffic. You’re confused why Jonathan Anderson and John Timu aren’t considered to be competing against Freeman and Trevathan for the starting ILB spots??
      If you were the President of the Bears you’d authorize 11 Million a year for Ryan Fitzpatrick to be your BACKUP quarterback????? Irish, please send me whatever gov’t engineered ultra weed you have been smoking to the following address:
      Mr. Johnny Waffle
      420 Ime So Highway
      Al Raqqah , IL 60643

      • MB30SD

        Hee hee

        Practice Squad Heeeerrrooooooooosssssss!!!!

      • Esp when we already have Cuttys repacement as 2nd string!

    • We should bring in Andre Johnson as an emergency option in case Alshon or White go down
      He’d also show both how to be pros

  • willbest

    Isn’t Wilson on IR? I don’t think Bellamy makes the team.

  • Swing Tackle of Destiny
    • SC Dave

      Yeah, I saw that earlier. The problem with that stuff is that the sample sizes are not very big.

  • willbest

    So after repeatedly getting her ass handed to her, and for likely looking at sanctions for gross proprietorial misconduct, Mosby drops all charges against the remaining police officers in the Freddie Gray case. I suspect that won’t go over well.

  • Sactowns#1

    Well, according to Andrew we have quite a few quality DB’s. My fears are assuaged and I can now go back to sleep.

  • willbest

    So just looking over this, I am pretty sure that makes the top 10 (in no particular order)

    White, Long, Cutler, Jeffery, Young, Amos, Freeman, Trevathan, Gould, and McPhee.

    I know Amos did well for himself as a rookie, but it seems nonsensical to place him over Miller. Miller is going to start unless he gets hurt. Amos could get beat out at camp.

    • MB30SD

      I don’t get the Amos dislike. Dude came in as a brand spanking new 4th rd rook and pretty much had to learn a totally new D AND pick up the nfl speed right away to start all year

      I think the kid takes a MAJOR step with a real line and actual nfl linebackers in front of him.

      I wonder sometimes if I’m fucking crazy because of this here blog and what I see in contrast to what summa you guys see. Maybe I am fucking crazy

      • MB30SD

        Like a motherfuckin’ fox

        • MB30SD

          See what I did there. Fox…. get it

      • willbest

        I like him just fine, but he isn’t one of the top 10 most established players on the team facing no legitimate competition.

        • MB30SD

          I wasn’t actually speaking specifically to this comment will, just the over all grumbling that he’s not very good. Give the kid a shot on a D that isn’t made up of 85% micky Ds fry cooks.

          I liked a lot what I saw in his rook year on an abjectly shit D… he’s got skillz to pay billz maings

          • CanadaBear

            I thought he was OK but the longer the season went on the less effective he was. Totally agree the D was horrid. I’m not down on him at all but i’m not convinced he’s the answer either.

          • MB30SD

            this year will be tell the true tale Canada. Our front 7 SHOULD be beastly if there aren’t a rash of injuries. If he takes a big step up with that front 7, he’ll be solid and our D will be scary

          • CanadaBear

            I could see that happening. Hope it does!

      • Not to mention had to play w lil to no pass rush next to Fuller and dudes like Prosinski!
        Amos and Langford will be solid starters. Whether they’re studs or not is another matter

    • SC Dave

      He has Robbie there at 17, which is why I commented on that. Agree with you on Miller; I think he starts.

      • willbest

        oops, my bad, who did I miss?

    • Gotta predict. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that White turns in an Odell season

      • MB30SD

        BOOM! there’s that cool aide!

        • I don’t think it’s just homerism either. Here’s from Silva’s team previews:

          Another victim of bad injury luck, 2015 first-round pick Kevin White
          missed his entire rookie campaign with a stress fracture in his shin
          suffered last June. White stated this May that he’d felt 100 percent
          “for months” and participated fully in the offseason program. Commonly
          compared to Terrell Owens coming out of college, and to Andre Johnson by Bears WRs coach Curtis Johnson,
          White blazed 4.35 at last year’s Combine after weighing in at 6-foot-3,
          215. On college tape, White was a ferocious post-catch tackle breaker
          who dominated on 50:50 balls and dropped just 5-of-163 targets in his
          final season at West Virginia. – Roto

          He only dropped FIVE balls out of 163! That’s a helluva catch rate. Like George Constanza, he’s got HAND, and that’s something that can’t be taught like route running, blocking or high-pointing.

          In the NFL, 2nd most important talent is to separate whether that’s through BMarsh way of winning contested balls, Odell way of accelerating in routes, or Martavis Bryant way of pure speed.

          From all I’ve seen of his tape, White has ALL of the above!

          Also, I don’t know if this means anything, but when he was in the
          Mooch/Gruden Camp with other WRs, it was obvious White was the Alpha.

          I don’t just like his tape, I LOVE his tape. I don’t think I’ve seen that much dominance and sheer athleticism since Julio Jones, and that’s exactly who White might become (let’s hope without the inj bug).

          A juggernaut that will make Ds pee in their pants!

          • SC Dave

            Actually, 5 out of 114, since he had 109 receptions. Still pretty good, but you cannot count targets where he didn’t touch the ball.

          • True. Figured they used some fancy algorithm or something. But, only dropped 5 and MANY of those were contested – just chucked to him hoping he came down with it and he did, sometimes with 1 hand, sometimes bracketed, sometimes with dudes hanging on him.

            Impressive. If he busts, I would be VERY surprised.

          • SC Dave

            Sounds like Alshon, eh?

          • SC Dave

            But don’t they only count as drops on UNCONTESTED balls? Not trying to pick a fight here, truthfully. If he gets the jump balls as much as Alshon has, I’d be very pleased.

            TWO guys like that would strike some fear into opponents. Me likely… may it be so.

      • willbest

        I don’t have a problem with White facing no competition for a starting job. Royal isn’t playing on the end and everybody else are JAGs

  • AlbertInTucson

    So, apparently, all those Red Flags all over Randy Gregory on draft day last year weren’t just decorations…

    http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/cowboys/post/_/id/4752066/cowboys-risk-in-randy-gregory-producing-no-reward

    • willbest

      I wonder if they were able to shave a couple million off of guarantees on his rookie deal.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Well, it looks for sure like they’ll be shaving 10 games worth off of his pay.

    • During the draft process he looked like he was cracking. Not exactly a good sign of future success.

      Gregory also seems…OFF.

      When I see him interviewed sometimes I suspect he’s a lil “touched”.

  • CanadaBear

    Don’t get the Will Sutton love at all. Also, Fuller could be one of the best corners in the league? What league are we talking about? Not the NFL. Unless he breaks out this year, I’m not sure the Bears bother to re-sign him.

    • Was thinking the same.
      Didn’t nickname him neckbrace for nothing. But if the safeties bomb, Fuller might get shot at S

      • MB30SD

        have one of these, ‘let’s move our shitty corner to S… because even though he’s a shitty corner, he’ll probably be great at a position he hasn’t played since his freshman year in high school.” stories every come to fruition?

        • There’s a few starting S who moved. I think the Pats have one. DeAngelo Hall. Etc.
          Fuller was drafted as a cover 2 corner which tends to transition well to S since a lot skillset can translate theoretically (zone awareness, tackling, etc)

          Not saying that he’ll make a good S only that they might try him there.

          Staffs are loathe to just dump first rdrs (see, Shea)

        • CanadaBear

          But if he’s under contract and isn’t getting it done at CB what’t the harm trying him at S. Even if he gets dinged up, who cares?

          • MB30SD

            #realnflsafetieslivesmatter

          • CanadaBear

            They know the risk/reward calculation. It’s not our decision to play the game.

        • SC Dave

          It’s the Urlacher syndrome. Mildly understandable among Bears fans.

  • Doc Nitty

    If Marques Wilson is our 24th best player, the bears are in for another long year.

  • CanadaBear

    If The Fudge have the same luck as the Bears, this should give the Cheeseheads a butt pucker.

    http://www.si.com/nfl/2016/07/27/green-bay-packers-jordy-nelson-pup-list-minor-injury-knee

    • AlbertInTucson

      “We’re not worried about it”.

      Ranks right up there as a quote with the likes of

      “It’s not about the money.”

      • MB30SD

        …or the oil.

        Right Al? ; )

      • CanadaBear

        It’s the principle! Reading that article as a Bears fan (or Cubs/Sox fan), the first thing that hits you is, uh-oh, this isn’t good. It’s usually followed by more short articles about some set backs and the next thing you know IR and a downward career spiral.

        • MB30SD

          let’s hope for our sake that’s the trajectory.

          for him and his career, no, but for us… yes please.

          • CanadaBear

            Exactly. I’ll never wish injury on another athlete (OK, OK, I made an exception for Charles Martin) but if that happens I won’t be crying.

          • MB30SD

            I wouldn’t cry if that prick rodgers got bent in half, but only cause he seems like a total douchebag (with stories to back that up), and he’s already made more money than he can spend… so wouldn’t be a life-killer for him.

          • BearDown100393

            Sweep the leg.

          • SC Dave

            +many on Charles Martin.

          • AlbertInTucson

            That’s “The late Charles Martin”. Since 2005.

          • SC Dave

            He’s made enough money… let him f-f-f-ade away

        • AlbertInTucson

          Isn’t that how the Kevin White saga started last year…?

          • SC Dave

            Let’s not go there, Al. No Dusty Dvorcek thing here.

            (Yeah, I know he didn’t do much, but I admit I was hoping for another McMichael there. BTW, Mongo still one of my fave Bears)

          • AlbertInTucson

            Had high hopes for him as well.

    • MB30SD

      Ruh Roh!

  • You’re about to get Jericho’d

    PFT reporting that Bears in talks with Devin Hester for possible return to the team.

    • MB30SD

      stop that

      • You’re about to get Jericho’d

        haha, WHEN DOES THE SEASON FUCKING START?

        • MB30SD

          jes

      • SC Dave

        Last thread, I said you’d forgive him after five more returns. Maybe less.

        Edit: and yes, I’m goading you a little. It’s what we do, bro.

        • MB30SD

          I saw, and I commented that even if he gets onto another team that would never ever happen.

          Basically, I like unicorns too!

    • Bender McLugh

      1 day contract to retire a Bear?

      • MB30SD

        please god

      • You’re about to get Jericho’d

        reportedly to compete with Kevin White at the X position.
        When asked for comment, Jay was like “what evs”.

  • You’re about to get Jericho’d

    Irish Bears beat reporter IrishSweetness reporting from Thailand that “being with” a lady boi doesn’t necessarily make you gay and also that quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on the verge of signing record breaking NFL contract NOT to start at quarterback. Reportedly, owner is “so high right now”.

    • Swing Tackle of Destiny

      I made waffles for my kids one Saturday. I put an Iron Cross in maple syrup on one of them and served it. I said “here, this is a Johnny Luft Waffle”

  • Swing Tackle of Destiny
    • “Tom will return as the starting quarterback when he comes back..”

      Unless of course, Jimmy Bledsoes Brady, in which case, we can trade Brady for a few 1st rd picks and keep on trucking.

      • willbest

        Would anybody give even a first for Brady? I know his contract is cheap but he could just retire on his half billion dollars he and his wife have rather than play for you, and even if he likes his new environment you are only getting him for 2, 3 years tops.

        • MB30SD

          Um, it’s MUCH more than that maings.

          His wife alone is worth $360M

          According to google…. “3. His Wife’s Net Worth Is Estimated at $360 Million. A big reason Brady was able to leave so much on the table is because he’s part of a two-income family. Brady’s wife, noted supermodel and world-wide icon Gisele Bundchen, has an estimated net worth of $360 million.Nov 23, 2015”

          • willbest

            yeah I stealth edited to a half billion when I realized how retardedly wealthy she was. I thought he was somewhere around $100 and she was about twice that.

          • MB30SD

            yeah, ridiculously. it’s insane

  • CanadaBear

    I was reading an article by Matt Bowen where he mentioned his oldest son has Downs Syndrome. No wonder Matt seems so well adjusted.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/17150126/what-retire-nfl-matt-bowen

  • You’re about to get Jericho’d

    It’s a great feeling to know that we’re starting camp with :
    1. Alshon in a prove it year (not for just us, just in general)
    2. A healthy top WR prospect in White
    3. A healthy and historically productive slot guy in Royal
    4. No quarterback controversy
    5. A true blocking fullback
    6. A tight end that can make plays and take it to the house if need be
    7. A RB battle that will result in multiple young, hungry guys dying for that TD/yard/1st down/opportunity
    8. A very decent backup QB in case Cutty goes down for a bit
    9. An OL that will be able to at least run block well.
    10. Two badass Inside Linebackers who were tops in the league last year
    11. Playing behind upgraded DL bolstered by FA and the draft.
    12. Next to healthy and aggressive OLB’s in Houston, Young, Floyd
    13. Veteran CB’s being pushed by young hungry bucks
    14. A coaching staff that got a depleted and understaffed O and D to perform at higher levels last year.
    I’m calling 11-5 and playoffs. Cheese falter and end up 2nd and Vikes battle it out with Lions for last place.
    Rodgers dead
    Stafford dead
    Bridgewater dead
    Cutty alive and seeking out steakhouse locations

    • Sactowns#1

      #8- uh who?

      • CanadaBear

        Hoyer. He’s certainly better than any backup the Bears have had since McCown left.

        • Sactowns#1

          He’s like 80 years old and totally capitulated on immunity for telecom companies spying.

    • CanadaBear

      Hope you’re correct. But … #6 nothing behind Miller and injury prone isn’t really his first name. #7 Huge step down from Forte. #13 two JAG’s and a bunch of nothing. Not to mention switching OC’s and the new guy isn’t exactly on everyone’s must-have list.

      I’m sticking with 8-8.

      • You’re about to get Jericho’d

        TE depth is a concern but most teams don’t carry two badass TE’s. Sometimes young guys have to step up and believe me it will be easier if the D is worried about us pounding it up their ass. Remember last year when it was almost a given that we converted 2nd or 3rd and short and goal line? Teams won’t be able to stop our run game this year especially in short yardage. Once the LB’s start cheating any of our TE’s will find it easier getting open.
        Our running backs are fighting for their lives right now. Forte was a consummate pro and we will miss him. The run game will be different. It will feel very good to have young legs out there that know they are playing for their food. No one has a big contract, no one has security yet….it’s like the Grapes of Wrath for RB’s.
        The new OC will see what worked last year, what weapons we have this year and they will find a way to keep things rolling forward. They aren’t changing the system but they will definitely tweak it to make it improve.

        • CanadaBear

          I’ve always admired your optimism. Who knows how it will play out? I think the RB’s will get their yds on the ground but I’m REALLY worried none of them have shown anything in the pass receiving dept. OL is a work in progress. I get not every team has 2 starting TE’s but the Bears have a guy with a lot of potential and a lot of injuries and then almost nothing behind him. I’m not drinking the kool aid on Loggains until I see some proof. Gonna be fun!

          • SC Dave

            With you Canada, although my hopes went up when they drafted Howard. But I have no idea whether he can catch a pass.

          • Supposedly he CAN catch, but he never got that many opportunities.
            He’s not gonna take a screen to the house or run wheel routes anytime soon though.

            That’s supposed to be Langford’s forte.

          • You’re about to get Jericho’d

            ha!

          • You’re about to get Jericho’d

            I could care less if he can. It’s time to jam that rock down throats then open it up when guys start cheating. I don’t want dump offs to my running back, I want underneath routes to my slot guy. Anyone can catch a basic dump off. Forte caught pretty much everything and a lot that WR’s would have trouble with but even that didn’t work out optimally.
            A new offense, a new way of running the ball, a new way of using the WR’s….that’s the key here.

          • MB30SD

            BOOOOM!

            Mind blown dave?

      • Nearly every team has a hole or 2 somewhere Canada.
        And look at the contracts that were given this off-season to TEs (Dwayne Allen 4y 30M costing 8M against cap this yr).

        I think POX kicked the tires on a few and decided to allocate that $ elsewhere, possibly angling for a better HB or in case Alshon came into the fold.

        Plus, I still think POX will sign another after cuts. Hopefully, one of those 4 the Ravens got.

        Pitta wouldn’t look bad in navy blue.

    • SC Dave

      5. Unrein and Howard should result in lots of short yardage TDs.

      7. With Canada… will miss Forte in passing game, unless by someoracle Howard is Mr. Hands.

      9. SHOULD be a good run blocking line.

      13. Not sold.

      14. I’ll optimistically call 10-6 with late season run to lose NFC championship*. To Carolina or Seattle, or since I’m already waaay out on a limb, Minnesota.

      * 1984 reprise, compadres!

    • If Jordy is down, Bears #1, Minny #2, GB #3

      Our Oline might be the biggest question mark, but as Data pointed out, no more than last season, except this season I think there’s more upside (Leno, Whitehair, Long back at natural position, Massie massive).

      On defense, we’re just much more superior in all facets, esp ILB. Just no debating that.

      Only one S spot really needs to be filled, and POX decided to throw #s at it, see what sticks. Considering how they targeted Amos and made him productive, I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt there.

      Not to mention our ultimate Ace up our sleeve. Fangio!

      You know he’s rosterbating masterminding new ways to fuck shit up.

  • Sactowns#1

    Lol I don’t know if I could come up with a better description of San Diego than this. “We’re talking about a city that has all the grace and charm of a Margaritaville chain restaurant on its best day. They took literal paradise and turned it into a paved-over Navy base, filled with aggressive douchebros in pooka shell necklaces grabbing asses outside a bunch of overpriced Gaslamp Quarter fusion restaurants. This place is Colorado Springs on the Pacific. It’s frat finishing school.” http://deadspin.com/why-your-team-sucks-2016-san-diego-chargers-1784386785

    • MB30SD
      • Sactowns#1

        They remind me of Jason Bateman and all his cronies in American Psycho. Sitting around a table trying to out douche one another.

    • MB30SD

      Dude, this is the best comment evah!!

      “Also, let me just end with this: Fuck Brandon Flowers with a huge Voltron dick made of Philip Rivers’ eight kids. Jason Verrett turned into a fucking lockdown corner by halfway through the season and no one even through to his side, Flowers KNEW the ball was coming his way and he was torched on every play all year long. He runs around in the secondary like he’s being chased by a ghost no one else can see.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        lol. “runs around like he’s being chased by a ghost no one else can see.” Maybe ghosts are real because that description sounds a lot like CD playing also.

        • MB30SD
          • You’re about to get Jericho’d

            tough to watch

          • MB30SD

            I’ve gone over to the other side maings…. sooooooo fucking ecstatic watching that… knowing he’ll never wear a bears uni again.

            WOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

          • SC Dave

            Never is a long time, MB. And there are Halloween parties. In fact, maybe I’ll send him to one of yours dressed as a Bears MLB

          • MB30SD

            a chill just ran down my spine.

            Admit it, you miss him already dave. You sentimental fool you!

          • SC Dave

            Hahaha. You win this round, you beautiful bastard.

          • MB30SD

            that’s the only time he should don that uniform

    • BearDown100393

      Whale Vagina

    • SC Dave

      Description or indictment?

  • It’s all about…Girth?

    ESPN’s Adam Caplan reports Jeremy Langford packed on 8-10
    pounds during the offseason in an effort to handle an “increased role”
    in the backfield.

    Langford tipped the scales at 208 at last year’s Combine and is listed at 211 by the Bears. Per Caplan, he’s now in the 219-220 range. It’s conceivable Langford will shed some water weight this
    summer in the heat, but this could be taken as a red flag. It’s hard toget behind running backs putting on this much added weight because it’shard for them to keep their speed. (We saw it happen with Andre Ellington just last year.) Langford is viewing it as a positive so he can handle a larger workload. We’ll see how he looks in the preseason, but Langford already had problems making tacklers miss as a rookie. – roto

    Was Langford dinged up last year? I don’t recall. Maybe he was and didn’t report it.

    It is always an iffy gambit when HBs gain more muscle since it can slow them down, not to mention stress their bodies.

    Usually HBs take the weight right back off to regain speed (like Leveon Bell in his breakout season).

    But, I like that Langford is at least training like a pro already.

    • MB30SD

      meh, whatever. slow summer much.

      • I’m always interested when players change their offseason goals.
        Like Winston decided to lose like 25 pounds and did by not eating after 7 (and other stuff).

        Don’t know if that will translate. I always thought some pudge to QBs protected them a bit more like Roth.

        HBs gaining/losing weight is always interesting.

        Leveon Bell is perhaps the best example of how losing weight improved his running. BIG Time.
        But I think it has more to do with running style. Bell always ran like a smaller back, so finally he’s like “well, make my running style match my weight”.

        Not sure yet what Langford’s running style is. He seems to be more of a slasher, but now he might be trying to be more of a basher. It’ll be interesting to see.

        • CanadaBear

          I think I read he led the league in a dubious category, least yds after contact for RB’s with X number of carries. It had a qualifier in there so you never know but it wasn’t encouraging.

  • willbest

    boo! Nanny is on the PUP.

    • Yeah, saw that

      Bears placed OLB Pernell McPhee (knee) on the active/PUP list.

      McPhee is recovering from an offseason knee scope. He may not play in any preseason games. McPhee was limited much of the second half of last season after signing a big contract and notched just six sacks. – roto

      As long as he’s ready wk 1.

      More reps for Floyd, Young, Houston and some camp body I guess.

  • MB30SD
    • Foles is a head scratcher. Had a PB year under Chip, then sucked ass under Fisher.
      I think his one good season was an outlier.
      Hoyer might be better at this stage.

      • SC Dave

        We have Hoyer and Fales. Seems ok on backup side, at least better than since Orton backed up Rexy.

        • Yeah, I think Hoyer is solid as long as he doesn’t have to win any playoff games.

          Reminds me of the Campbell signing a few years back.

          • MB30SD

            always loved the skunk pick up and was sad to see him go

          • SC Dave

            Assume you mean the non Hester skunk. But Orton is what made the Cutler trade. I remain (probably stupidly) hopeful that that particular trade will someday prove worth it.

            Gotta remember we also gave up TWO firsts for Cutler.

          • You’re about to get Jericho’d

            Franchise leader in……everything. All we had to do was not have Angelo fuck it up that many years in a row with talent acquisition. Sadly, he did fuck up….repeatedly.

          • SC Dave

            Franchise leader is a low bar with the Bears. But everything is wrong. Championships – Luckman 4, Cutler 0

          • You’re about to get Jericho’d

            Luckman played when they thought the forward pass was the work of the devil.

          • MB30SD

            And jews were too. Hahaha

  • I don’t know what’s more absurd, a dude named “Nigel” getting charged for assault, assaulting a cabana boy, or assaulting a cabana boy over an umbrella whilst named Nigel.

    Coach Doug Pederson said he doesn’t foresee the team releasing SLB Nigel Bradham following his assault charge.

    Bradham allegedly got into an altercation with a hotel cabana boy in Miami regarding an umbrella. It’s silly in nature, but a serious charge for Bradham. The Eagles expect Bradham to report to campand practice on Thursday. – Roto

    • willbest

      He said shaken not stirred.

  • Riddle me this, Irish.

    If Fitz is so good, why the hell has NO other team signed him?

    ESPN’s Ed Werder reports the Jets and free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick have had “no recent talks.”

    Werder confirms the sides “remain far apart” with “no resolution expected soon.” It’s a similar report to Ian Rapoport’s on Tuesday. Geno Smith will open training camp as the Jets’ starting quarterback. If Geno practices well and earns respect in the locker room, perhaps the Jets would move on altogether from Fitz. In a Wednesday morning column, ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini predicted that ultimately “cooler heads will prevail” and the Jets will “strike a deal”with Fitzpatrick “before the second preseason game.” – Roto

    • Sactowns#1

      Because everyone else signed their starting QB’s early on in the season. If it was clear he wasn’t going to be playing for NY at that time he would have been swooped up.
      The real QB ass kicker is why did the Bears not pick up Jimmy Garapollo when they could have? He’ll come in guns a blazing and I’ll cry myself to sleep.

      • You’re about to get Jericho’d

        Jimmy G. is under contract with the Patriots and is their starting quarterback for now. Why would the Patriots get rid of him?

        • Sactowns#1

          I meant drafted. See above

      • You mean the Bears should’ve drafted Jimmy?

        Wouldn’t be surprised if Jimmy did hit that G spot.

        I thought he was an interesting prospect, along with the Saints and Gmen’s back-up.

        • Sactowns#1

          Yes, draft him. H was available, a semi local product and a very good QB. It was a known need at the time so not drafting him has been the ultimate head scratcher for me.

    • You’re about to get Jericho’d

      It will be amusing when Fitzy eventually signs with the team and then ….. plays like normal Fitzy. People are going to feel like they let their rapist sleep over.

  • Swing Tackle of Destiny

    Bud Adams has fucked every person who he has dealt with. Reading his list of crimes with the Titans on Deadspin, he is really the worst owner in the league.

    • MB30SD

      I sent my SD buddies the san diego one today, and my really good friend sends me back this joke, “It is pretty classic, I’m still willing to wager we’re going to be better than Da Bears this year though… Lets do it!

      Oh heeeeelllllll naaaaaahhhh! It’s POOOOWNNNN!!!

      • Swing Tackle of Destiny

        The Chargers are a total shit show. Do you remember we almost ended up with their head coach?

        • MB30SD

          exactly. fuck that noise

        • SC Dave

          But we lucked out and got Trestman? Or was this after that?

      • MB30SD

        he responded with, “So am I hearing Super Bowl? Super Bowl Shuffle Part II? hellllllllll no!! You guys will suck as always. Let’s do $20 then the other guy has to wear some garb around for a day.

        I called him a pussy. What a weak ass bet

  • Sactowns#1

    So I’m too lazy to look this up myself. If Joey Bosa doesn’t sign with SD what happens? Can he shop around? Can they trade him with no contract?

    • willbest

      They control the rights on Bosa, I don’t recall how long, but they are also able to trade him.

  • Swing Tackle of Destiny

    I invite you to Google the phrase:

    Russell Wilson Armed and Dangeruss

    As OS (original Sulu) might say….

    Oh my…..

    • MB30SD

      BAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHA

    • Sactowns#1
      • MB30SD

        That was more of a snake plisken thing

      • SC Dave

        Fuck Charles Martin. Forever.

        Without that, dynasty? Even Ditka could not have failed with those teams with McMahon.

        • Sactowns#1

          But her writes such lovely romance novels.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Martin’s been dead for over a decade.

          • Has he?

            Where’s his tomb again?

            (Kidding but not kidding)

          • You’re about to get Jericho’d

            Let’s dig him up and bodyslam him when his eyeless body is facing the other way!!!

          • AlbertInTucson

            “Martin died in 2005 at age 45, due to complications from kidney failure.”-Wiki

          • Cormonster

            Cocaine is a hell of a drug.

    • SC Dave

      You could have made it a link, dude. I’m too many in to bother typing that shit on my phone

      • Swing Tackle of Destiny

        I’m adding blog content from my phone, where it’s not easy to paste links. Content I don’t see you adding.

        So, yeah, I’m gonna need you to kiss my ass.

        • MB30SD

          Hahaha… that maked me laugh

  • You’re about to get Jericho’d
    • MB30SD

      yuuuup!

      Beast season coming up. we’re due damn it!

  • Fitz signed by Jets

    Jets signed QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to a one-year, $12 million contract.

    The deal is fully guaranteed. Fitzpatrick can make another $3 million in incentives “based on team performance.” The Jets and Fitzpatrick played hardball all offseason before ultimately agreeing to a deal on the first day of camp. The Jets were always Fitzpatrick’s only realistic destination. His return locks in Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker as high-floor fantasy picks, whereas they may have been more volatile with Geno Smith under center. Fitzpatrick’s salary puts him at the low end of NFL starters, but he’ll have a chance for an extension if he repeats his 2015 success. – Roto

    ———————–

    Also, Bears sign CB Boykin . Trump voice “Love it”

    Bears signed CB Brandon Boykin.

    Boykin has bounced around since a hot start to his career in Philadelphia, making the rounds in Pittsburgh and Carolina. He has had shaky medicals, but was apparently passed by the Bears. Slot corner
    was a trouble spot in Chicago last season. If healthy, Boykin could emerge as a significant factor.

    • willbest

      team performance means playoff games.

  • willbest

    Its good to be talking football again.

  • SC Dave

    Singing this over the weekend. Wish us luck…

    Despite the talent of the accompanist, it’s a shame we don’t have an orchestra.

    And no, I’m NOT one of the soloists. Just a baritone in the chorus.

    • MB30SD

      good luck dave! I’m sure you guys will sound like angles.

      • SC Dave

        Thanks dude. I think. Not quite sure what an angle sounds like 🙂

        • willbest

          The love child of Fran Drescher and Gilbert Gottfried

  • beninnorcal

    Brandon Boykin anyone? Seems like a nice signing, why is this young fella heading for his third team?

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      bad hip

      • You’re about to get Jericho’d

        Hips are overrated unless you were a defensive back or something.

  • beninnorcal
  • Swing Tackle of Destiny

    You guys watch “All or Nothing” about the Cards? Narrated by the Mad Men guy.

    Arians is a motherfucker. It’s cringe worthy when he “talks black”. Steve Keim, the GM, is one very ugly dude, but he named his kids Carson, Brady and Warner. He worked his way up from scout on the Cards to GM. He seems a little too Dana White for me, but he made 600 roster moves in 3 years. 600.

    Episode 1 is free on Amazon. They use it to entice you to Amazon Prime. I have Prime and think it is good.

    • MB30SD

      Prime is the shit. So worth it.

      I’m already fucking ecstatic maings

    • beninnorcal

      I definately noticed the blackscent, and crimge-worthy it was.

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