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Rapid Fire Response To the Year-End Press Conference

| January 4th, 2016

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Brief but interesting conversation between the assembled media and Ryan Pace/John Fox. Here are a few thoughts:

  • Small thing but Pace had a piece of paper in front of him identifying the members of the media. It was a nice touch to be able to say first names with each response and I think it tells you something about Pace’s ability to reach people.
  • Pace’s most telling comment was about his happiness with the makeup of the running backs room. Sure sounded like he viewed Forte as part of the future.
  • Pace had the perfect tone on Cutler. He reiterated the organization’s commitment to him while not ruling out taking a QB if he’s viewed as BPA. (I would be shocked if the Bears considered a QB in the first round.)
  • If Charles Leno Jr. isn’t the starting left tackle next season Pace is a really good actor. Effusive praise.

  • Pace squashed rumors that there are irreconcilable differences between the Bears and Martellus Bennett. But he circumnavigated the question when asked if Bennett fits the culture (he doesn’t). My position continues to be this: make him fit. His skill set is unique and paired with Zach Miller the Bears would have a lethal tight end combination.
  • There was palpable energy obvious. Pace seemed genuinely excited by the direction of the franchise.
  • Pace didn’t sound like a guy looking to cut a $100M check in March.
  • John Fox reiterated, as he seems to do often, the offensive system ain’t changing if Adam Gase leaves. Fox is not a figure head. It is his defense AND his offense. Bears see how this system fits Cutler. It won’t change.

My guess? Forte back. Bennett gone. Mid-round quarterback. If Gase goes, Loggains promoted. Many short-term veterans brought in during free agency.

DBB will begin evaluating the Bears roster, position-by-position, Thursday.

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  • That Guy

    I pretty much agree with all of Jeff’s guesses. Although I would not rule out the Bears taking a QB high if they see someone they view as a future starter.

    The Packers signed Rodgers and stashed him on the bench for 3 years. Its unreasonable to think Cutler will be gone next year. But it is not unreasonable to think he will be gone in 3 years (when he will be 35 years old). If Pace is comfortable enough with the free agency moves to use a first or second round pick on a QB of the future (think Harbaugh and Colin Kaepernick), he’ll pull the trigger.

    I suspect Bennett is easier to work with than Brandon Marshall, but its too early to tell if the relationship can be fixed. Bennett is a hired gun; he sees himself that way and the team will need to see him that way to make this work.

    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      when you brought up Rodgers it tweaked my interest and I looked up the Packers draft classes from 2005 onward and what players they already had on their team. It was sad to see how they added quality pieces in EVERY single draft culminating in the 2009 draft of BJ Raji and Mathews in the first round and then the 2010 draft where I think every single player contributed….. it is embarrassing when compared to what the Bears did and where people laid their blame.

      • MB30SD

        Jerry Angelo
        Phil Emery

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          you should be drawn and quartered for mentioning those names

          • MB30SD

            I know, I know… I dry-heaved a bit, but I wanted to make a point.

        • The GP

          They stand breathless on the clean edge of infamy.

          • MB30SD

            hahaha

          • That Guy

          • MB30SD

          • That Guy

            So is this about the horror of the song or about the kind of players you want the Bears to draft?

          • MB30SD

            Both? ; )

        • DaMurph

          Honestly, I believe Emery was worse than Angelo. Long Alshon, Fuller, thats it! 3 drafts, 3 guys. WTF!!!!

          • Irish Sweetness

            That beats Angelo ….

        • BearDown100393

          Matt Millen…. (this is a list of the Mt. Rushmore of terrible GMs right?)

    • BearDown100393

      Should the Dolphins hire Mike Shanahan, Pace might be getting a phone call.

  • AlbertInTucson

    I don’t see HOW they don’t address this team’s obvious defensive shortcomings early and often in this draft.

    • the best defense is a good offense?

      • MB30SD

        the best offense is a good defense?

        • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

          never let them see you sweat?

          • MB30SD

            like water off a duck’s back?

          • two in the pink one in the stink?

          • MB30SD

            BAAAAHAHAHAHAHA…. winner!

          • Irish Sweetness

            Bumhole sex is for 20 year olds who don’t know any better.

    • Sactowns#1

      I hope we get multiple D studs in the draft. Does anyone know how many picks we get? Do we have any additional picks from trades etc?

      • MB30SD

        so what you’re saying is… you REALLY want the D

      • Irish Sweetness

        I think we have three picks in the 6th?

  • MB30SD
    • That Guy

      Its been coming. Having his whole family at the game yesterday was kind of a dead giveaway.

      Its always sad to go out, especially going out on a losing season, but he had a hell of a career. Its time to hang’em up and the Coughlin and the Giants are doing it in the classiest way possible.

      • MB30SD

        agree NB. def the end of an era

    • Irish Sweetness

      “and I informed them that it is in the best interest of the organization that I step down as head coach.”

      No. No you fucking didn’t.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Pace making nice about Bennett doesn’t tell me they want him back. Bad-mouthing him serves no purpose, trade-value wise for Pace. I, for one, will STILL be surprised if Bennett’s a Bear next season.

    • BearDown100393

      Point taken but when does it ever serve a GM well to bad mouth a player?

  • MB30SD
  • AlbertInTucson

    “Forte back.”

    Hope so.

    “Bennett gone.”

    Yup.

  • AlbertInTucson

    How many draft spots did the Bears move up by losing to the Loins Sunday?

    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      my tradewind-rotted brain is saying at least 3 to 4 spots.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      i think it was 5. I think it was Bill that said if we beat the Loins we would have drafted 16 instead of 11

    • Irish Sweetness

      SShhhssshh.

  • The GP

    My position continues to be this: make him fit. His skill set is unique and paired with Zach Miller the Bears would have a lethal tight end combination.

    Is there a current Bear that Jeff doesn’t advocate keeping? Has there ever been a Bear that Jeff didn’t want to keep, and don’t say Joe Anderson.

    Bennett is a hater. The book is he could have played the last two games but didn’t feel like it. Quitters gonna quit. Fuck that.

    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      Bennett has to fucking go. Head case and a cancer.

      • MB30SD

        Yup, AND I just upvoted my own shit!

    • MB30SD

      100fucking%

      fuck that bitch

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        what a huge bitch that guy turned out to be. Could have been one of the best in the league but is becoming a punchline.

        What team is going to want that guy, even with his skills? He has no heart and is straight up cat shit crazy.

        • MB30SD

          exactly. guy’s a cunt. Him and his whiny ass twin brother. Zero character or class. SMFH.

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            I predict at least 2 more teams before his mercenary career is over.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          Let unite him with his Bro and trade him to Seattle for Graham.

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            I want D and D and more D and a young hungry TE

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            that sounds a little dirty

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            and did I mention we should upgrade our defense!

          • MB30SD

            so what you’re saying is, you really want the D

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            I ache for a strong, aggressive D.

          • MB30SD

            hahahahaha… don’t we all?

          • Irish Sweetness

            We could have the players .. and Fangio won’t turn them loose. Blueballs Vic.

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            Jimmy for Martellus straight up?

          • MB30SD

            Deal!

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            I’d take a rehabbing Graham over Bennett at this point….even with no certainty that Graham would be ready until the middle of the year. that is how much I have come to despise that fucking mercenary weirdo fake ass artist.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I like it.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Told you he was crazy!

  • The GP

    I lost to Butch for the FF championship. Congrats Butch.

    The thing I am most proud of is the foresight to know that this was the year that spending on big name FF backs was a bust. I went with a strategy that picked high value WR1 and WR2 and TE. I picked up value backs nobody else wanted including a FF workhorse in Chris Ivory from the scrap heap late in the auction.

    My best moves were picking Newton, the league MVP. Picking up Taylor on waivers. Picking ODB for another monster season and refusing to trade him when Butch’s sucker offers came around.

    Bad: Jimmy Graham was a bust. Randall Cobb was a FF bust.

    Things that pissed me off: Rex Ryan. I needed to put 3 Bills into play for the championship, Taylor, Karlos W and Watkins, and Ryan can’t coach that game for shit. Team gets routed. Embarrassing end to that season, but fucking Stinky Feet will be back because he spoiled the Jets and you KNOW he wanted that bad.

    The fact that the Seahawks paid dearly for a big name TE1 and then had NO FUCKING IDEA how to deploy the guy. Hint: he’s not a run blocking TE. Jesus Christ, how does a All-Pro like Graham end up looking like Kellen Davis?

    Losing to Waffle who ended up riding the Blake Bortles train to victory. But later in the season I did a Big Red 1 on his Luftwaffle pillbox and all was set right in the world.

    Going 6-0 and then just getting fucked by not being allowed to even come close to the waiver wire. I know the goal of the GM is to bring back balance, but I still vote for a rolling list week to week for the wire. It punishes the hell of fast starters. I missed the waiver on 4-5 players that could have got me there.

    And lastly, the “suggestion”: go back to typical FF scoring. Butch’s formula of death and a 2 Qb league made for some questionable scoring. Taylor in the championship week 2 scored 4 TDs, 2 by running and 2 by passing. He passed for 186 or so. He scored 34 FF points. THere are 28 points in TDs alone, the 186 was only worth 6. But had he gone 300, it was worth another 10 points.

    Great games by QBs got brutally underscored. It over relied on passing yardage.

    I like the using fake $ to spend for the draft. The ESPN tools are the best tools. So thanks again.

    • MB30SD

      FF kills real football.

    • Well, MOST of my offers are fair.

      I traded Waffle Cooks, Rawls and CJ Anderson for essentialy Demariyus Thomas.

      Cooks and Thomas finished almost identically, so he got him plus two RBs he needed esp since his Lynch went down.

      I also made some other deals that were about even.

      I basically ceded my match vs Shady so I could get DeAngelo Williams for the playoffs, which almost back fired.

      Still, Shady scored like 170 that week, but I scored 150ish even without a 2nd QB, so it would’ve been close.

      The QB stuff evens out. Bonus for hitting 200/300 passing/completions, but RBs get bonuses for every 5 carries, so running QBs get theirs. If I gave 6 points to QBs for TDs, then I probably would’ve gone undefeated with Brady and Palmer, so I kept those to 4 points.

      Next year if I do a keeper league, I might change up some stuff.

      For one, no more WK17. I know you were probably sweating it as much as me that Cam/Palmer would get benched if there were blowouts (Palmer indeed was benched). That’s too much randomness all around.

      I’m probably not going to make it 2QB, but the flex could be any player, including QB. That might give ppl more flexibility.

      Still, I like 2 QBs in play personally cuz it forces ppl to pay attention to guys like Bortles or Carr, who most likely would sit in FF purgatory in most leagues. I like FF to complement and somewhat mirror the NFL experience (hence, division winners with suckier records getting higher seating. Thems are the breaks).

      I’m DEF gonna change the waiver priority. Trust me, I know your pain. I had the best record for the 2nd half of the season when both Forsett and Foster went down, and needed to scoop up some guys.

      And in the other league I was in I was 12-1! So I never even came close to picking in the top 6 in that league.

      I did the WR thing last year (ODBJ/JulioJones/AntonioBrown).

      That’s def a strategy.

      But really, almost any strategy works (like in the nfl). I went with HBs, and I won the league.

      In the other league, I got Gronk for like $50, and made the championship there too.

      Some ppl go QB heavy early, which would’ve been murder this season with Luck and Payton, and even Rodgers to a lesser degree.

      I def shied away from Graham for that very reason. That’s what I mean about FF being “holistic”. Can’t just rely on the name. Gotta see the scheme and history.

      Graham didn’t have a history in SEA, and SEAs history is that they’re the most run-heavy team, and I didn’t see that changing (though ironically, it did when Graham went down lol).

      That was enough to scare me away from him.

      But TE is always a ClusterFuck. I got like 5 points from Gronk in that other league, when Eifert who I picked up on the waiver wire got me 11. Go figure.

      Anyhow, it was fun.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Got to ride the WRs with the top picks. Gold dust. RBs appear like manna from heaven, guys nobody knows rise early in the season. You get sold a stumer like Murray or CJ Anderson, then the other guy carries the load. With WRs, you might pick up something on the waiver wire that’s sexy for a week or two, but they don’t have ‘legs’. If you don’t get Gronk, then you wait for a Barnidge or an Eifert or a Reed to emerge and pick them up off the wire. Draft defense and kickers last, stream them week to week based on matchups.

    • Trac

      As soon as the playoffs started, my players tanked for 4 weeks.

      #your’ewelcomebutch

    • AlbertInTucson

      Finished 3rd in my league. Break even money. 2nd place team stayed 1/2 game ahead by beating the first place team by 2 points.

    • Irish Sweetness

      CJ Anderson? Eddie Lacy? Demarco Murray was like #8 in drafts !!! Dudes pulling the trigger on Brady and Rodgers in the first?

      Rocked Big Ben to 6 league wins and he was had in the 5th/6th round. Charcandrick West, David Johnson, Barnidge (early doors). Ride those waivers.

      Had 6 second places and 5 thirds out of 20 … and that just makes me a very, very sad person.

  • Anonymous

    Not much of a Black Monday after all. Hell, Pagano’s still employed.

    • Sactowns#1

      He’s getting too paid to get fired.

      • MB30SD

        I needs to gets me onea thems gigs

      • willbest

        His contract expires at the end of the league year.

      • Too legit to quit?

    • willbest

      Maybe they hate him that much they are going to keep him under contract to block him going elsewhere

  • The GP
    • MB30SD

      exactly. Fuck BPA

    • Sactowns#1

      It’s an easy cop out for not addressing your teams needs adequately.

      • MB30SD

        EXACTLY THIS!

      • willbest

        In that case Pace has already failed because he drafted a wideout, which even without Marshall was a position of relatively low need.

        • Sactowns#1

          That’s a BINGO!

        • Johnnywad

          The season as it unfolded would beg to differ.

          • willbest

            Who was better for most of the year, WRs or LBs? Who could we have drafted?

          • MB30SD

            That’s a total toss up.

        • MB30SD

          you’re going to be eating crow next season I tell you!

          • Trac

            I don’t get the guy. He’s obviously smart but it’s like he thinks a team can go from the Sinai Desert of football to the promised land in 1 year.

            It took Moses 40 years for crying out loud. Smh.

          • Yeah, but Moses never actually set foot in the Promised Land. Nice reward! Bears fans know the feeling.

          • Trac

            Hahaha. I was thinking the same thing when I typed that.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            Moses should have looked at a map or asked for directions.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I’m hoping God calls me this year, Trac. I’m ready.

            I was watching a bunch of Herzog documentaries yesterday. ‘Grizzly man’ was the best, can recommend that on Youtube. Very bear-relevant too. But has anyone seen the 30 minute doc, “Don’t text and drive”?

            Young man is texting his wife when he hits an Amish horse and cart killing the horse and 3, 5 and 17 year old kids. A few weeks later, the father of the deceased wrote him a letter asking how he was doing, and wishing him all the best. I cannot imagine feeling such forgiveness in the same situation, and that is their power. I love the Amish. Good people.

            I want that power though, that freedom from clinging. Having lost your beloved ones … rather than crying yourself to sleep the rest of your life and living through the eyes of anger and hatred, but to instead live only with the eyes of love. I want that kind of power.

            But don’t text and drive.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    Are Blogs considered “legitimate” news organizations, if so I think Jeff should try and get a press pass for the next game he attends. I would love seeing an interview at the Punters locker after the game.

  • The GP
  • Sactowns#1

    My early draft prediction OT in 1st round, DE or ILB in 2nd round. That or ILB/DE in 1st round followed by wildcard offense player we don’t really need/wont use in 2nd.

    • MB30SD

      BOOOOOOOO!

      since when did you become so negative and jaded… stop that RIGHT now.

      I say:

      1. ILB

      2. DE
      3. OL
      4. DB
      5+ who cares

      • Sactowns#1

        Not jaded. I swear these GM’s all want a shiny new toy for Christmas so they’re constantly trying to get a big splash player/ paid gamble instead of building based on strong role players and known commodities.

        • MB30SD

          I get that, and agree that it seems that way a lot. That said, they have a SHIT TON more info on all these guys than us, so who knows right?

          In the end seems like it’s all a total crap shoot anyway.

      • AlbertInTucson

        “5+ who cares?”

        Tell that to guys like Richard Dent, Tom Brady, Antonio Brown, Greg Hardy (ugh), Marcus Colston, Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman, to name a few, all drafted in the 5th round or lower.

        You BETTER be finding some talent “down there”.

        • MB30SD

          sure, but you better not bet your draft on it.

          Those guys are once in a decade al

          • AlbertInTucson

            Once in a decade? The last FIVE are recent.

            Certainly you need to hit early (and a LOT more often than the Chicago Bears have)but 5+ is certainly not “Who cares.”

          • MB30SD

            I meant that we’ll *have* to hit on 1-3 before anything else, everything else is just gravy. I think we’re probably just arguing over semantics

          • Irish Sweetness

            Seeing as you pay the top picks serious wedge, yes, have to hit on those, preferably.

        • Irish Sweetness

          And the undrafted Jay Hilgenberg and Arian Foster!

      • CanadaBear

        I just hope the Bears pick a badass D player. I would prefer in order DE, ILB, OLB, CB, S for the 1st pick. Someone that brings it in a hurry and lays the wood when they arrive. They have some decent players on D but no blue chippers and they desperately need 2-3 of them to kick ass on a regular basis.

      • SC Dave

        Given all the jeans creaming around here over Timu, why ILB with the fIrst pick?

        Gives ya’ll the ‘who cares’ pick too!

        Perfect.

        • MB30SD

          who’s next to him? Your boy? no way Dave.

          • Irish Sweetness

            This. We have Timu, that’s it. Jones is a backup at best. Urlacher must be replaced. Need some size to plug up the middle and Timu isn’t that big.
            But if we draft an OT in the first I won’t cry, it’s been a while – and likely they wouldn’t do that unless they thought they had something special. He can start at RT, and Kyle can go home.

            We can pay Danny Trevathan or someone like that, there’s always the market place.

          • SC Dave

            I was just wondering on the priority, that’s all.

          • MB30SD

            fair point, but he goes down and we’re back to shae and jones. uhhhhggg

            I still think it’s a top 2 need, only a mucurial DL would pull me away from a guy like raglan (i would have wanted jaylon smith but he just blew out his knee)

          • SC Dave

            Ok… understood. I would not look upon a stud lb with our first rounder, but in general i believe that football is won and lost at the line of scrimmage. And we could use some help there, esp. on defense.

          • MB30SD

            I would take the BPA at DL/ILB… whichever is the standout.

  • Sactowns#1

    Thought experiment. If a team, say the Bears, had the 5 best O linemen in the league and the 4 best D linemen in the league and all other players were below average, what would their record be?

    • willbest

      14-2 if they were playing the Bears 2015 schedule. And presuming by below average you mean Sam Bradford and not Colin Kaepernick. Or Run DMC instead of Marshawn Lynch.

      • That Guy

        Depends on the QB position. If you’ve got a solid journeyman at QB (say Josh McCown or even a Tim Tebow type), then you’d do pretty well. That’s similar to the Texans or the Chiefs.

        If you’ve got, say Matt Flynn at QB, you’re still going to struggle. The O-line can only do some much if the QB has 7 seconds to throw and still gives up 2-3 picks a game.

        • willbest

          Well the question is do you have a below average QB or an awful one. Because McCown will tear you up if he has time to throw, and even the Bears week 17 receiver core can get open most the time if they have 7 seconds. On the flipside the Bears DBs and LBs would look elite if you put Watt, Suh, McCoy, whatever up front.

          • That Guy

            There are very few “average” quarterbacks in the league. The dropoff from good to terrible is a pretty sharp cliff.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Give me the lines, and I’ll take Bortles to glory. He’s probably good now. Mike Tomczak?Perhaps Sac just means so-so. You could defintely win a SB with so-so. Dilfer. Manning. Yes, Eli. Eli of the so-so.

    • Having the best Dline alone would’ve got us the division and playoffs.

      • Sactowns#1

        I’ve always been of the belief that linemen are what make a great team. I want to see us consistently draft linemen in the first 2 rounds. Pretty please…

        • I also subscribe to building the trenches. To me, that’s the core, and builds the type of identity I want in a team – basically, mean Mofos that can run you over or hit you so hard, you don’t want to get up again.

        • AlbertInTucson

          You build from the inside out.

        • Irish Sweetness

          The cult of line. Yes, brother Sac.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Houston prove that to be so.

    • That Guy

      Every year there is a team with a truly exemplary position group. The Vikings have had a standout running game for years depending on their O-line’s situation. The Texans, Jets and Rams have had dangerous D-lines. Teams like that make the playoffs in soft divisions. But you can’t win the big game with too many holes. It really depends on how bad “below average” is.

      • The big caveat is having a QB who can win.

        We have that.

        The Texans and Rams do not, and Jets…TBD.

        We have the hardest part out, for now. Got a a QB.

        Now just have to upgrade the lines.

        • That Guy

          Seattle and Carolina are two teams that executed solid rebuilds after finding their QB of the future. Seattle built their D from the outside in (secondary to pass rush to run defense). Carolina built theirs from the inside out (DT/ILB to DE/OLB to secondary). Both teams prized O-line over skill players but leaned on veteran running back talent.

          I’m curious to see how Pace prioritizes fixing our defensive roster. He took Goldman over Henderson in the draft – NT over MLB. Will he take another lineman before getting better at linebacker? Or will follow Carolina’s example and start with the middle before the edge?

      • Irish Sweetness

        (picks up mic)

        It’s a trick question really … if you have the best lines, then those “below average” players look like MVPS …. Timmy Smith. Q.E.D.

        (drops mic)

    • Irish Sweetness

      +10 for a great fuckin’ question.

      I think they would be the perennial superbowl champs.

      (drops mic)

      • Sactowns#1

        I want us to draft line, line, QB, line, line, TE. Get us some mountains of muscle and meanness in the trenches!!

  • willbest

    I don’t trust Arians is telling the truth that the team knew they were pulling Palmer and other starters at half time. Why have them out there at all unless you are worried about having 3 weeks between football games being a bad idea. But if it is true it explains the lack of hustle that seemed to be going on.

  • The GP

    Cousins v Vadgers

    • willbest

      I am already predicting the Skins win. I am hoping the NFCC is ARI @ CAR, but I am getting the feeling its going to be SEA @ ARI

      Fortunately, it doesn’t look like I will need to cheer for the Pats to knock off the Seahawks this year. Its going to be the Steelers or Broncos doing that. Though Kansas City is quietly gotten good since we beat them.

      • AlbertInTucson

        That Packer O-Line is a train wreck and Ryan Kerrigan awaits.

      • SC Dave

        I’m liking KC for the Bowl, actually. Hopefully vs Carolina

      • Irish Sweetness

        Peyton Manning will never beat the Seahawks, or anyone from the NFC in the playoffs. He cannot. Now the reatest choker of all time has a noodlier arm than ever. See him this week ? He had ALL DAY to throw and nobody was open. He stood in there for like seven seconds and just refused point blank to run for a couple of yards. Pussy.

    • The Skins were my darkhorse pick since the PS, so I’m going with them.

      The Skins like to run the ball and eat up clock. But Cousins can also light it up if he has too with Desean/Reed/Garzon/Thompson.

      They’re tough on D. Very under rated.

      They’ll follow the blueprint. Man up on the WR sans fear, and get after Rodgers till he folds like a lawn chair like he always does when it matters.

      • The GP

        I agree here. While Alfred Morris underwhelms, they will pound the ball against that Pack D

      • Irish Sweetness

        Skins are probably the lock of the week.

    • Anonymous

      GB is the worst team in the post-season. Even HOU, and yes, WAS are better. And given that WAS is playing at home, there is no reason they should not advance.

  • Can we even get a 6th for Bennett? That could get us our next K.

    Davis went for a 6th to the Donkeys.

    • CanadaBear

      I think that would be tops. Last year of contract, looking for new paper, huge pain in the ass …

    • willbest

      We best trade him, we cut him and he will end up in GB

      • Irish Sweetness

        Let him not-produce there and piss Rodgers off when he busts up another play by not being on the same page. In fact, we should SEND him there, wrapped up in a pink bow for beat cancer awareness AND pay his salary. Wait, no, not that last bit …

  • If Paxton Lynch, Connor or Goff falls to the Bears, pass?

  • MB30SD

    Check this out! El Nino finally showing himself. Little shit: http://www.aol.com/article/2016/01/04/california-braces-for-series-of-el-nino-storms/21291562/?icid=maing-fluid%7Camp-bon1-t%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D588806462

    You ready for zombie apocalypse style bedlam ’85?

    • haha. I was expecting hell to pour down today. Instead, it was another beautiful cali day. Fresh crisp air, for once.

      http://cdn.meme.am/instances/64516565.jpg

      • MB30SD

        Looked like hell hath arrived around here… crazy dark thunderclouds. a little overnight rain, but nothing too bad.

        Looks like it’s going to piss cats and dogs right now.

      • Blackhawks63

        I HATE people from California that say “Cali.” Fruitcake phrase and guess what most normal people hate the phrase even more than I do. Grow a set of balls and kindly use the full state name when describing.

        • MB30SD

          Talk about fruitcake. Wtf are you talking about… most people from “cali” say cali.

          But thanks for you Chicago opinion about cali. Smh

          • Blackhawks63

            Fruitcakes and nutbags say “Cali.” And people rightfully make fun of it. It’s shit stupid.

          • The GP

            Four Feathers is a charmer. A mother f charmer.

          • MB30SD

            jesus. I call chicago chitown. fruuuuity!

          • Shady

          • MB30SD

            come OOOOWWWWNNNN cleeetuuuus!

          • Sactowns#1

            Fckn Quintana.

          • Irish Sweetness

            It’s clearly not.

        • WTF are you babbling about? Off ur meds? Nearly everyone from Oak town (is that roughneck approved?) to SD refers to Cal as Cali. Shit, even ppl from the Bronx, and yeah, south siders too. (I know cuz my uncles are from the South Side and they have no issue calling it that, though I always found them referring to soda as ‘pop’ a little “fruity”)

          This is for you.

          • CanadaBear

            Not sure how this could possibly be an issue. Some things get under my skin but how people pronounce or shorten the names of states is so low on my list it doesn’t register. Haters gonna hate. Coming from Iowa originally, I was just happy if they knew where it was. Usually people confuse Iowa and Idaho. If you’ve been to both states it’s impossible to confuse them.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Why do people say “Arkinsaw” when it’s spelled “Ar-kan-sas” ?? That’s fucked up, not an abbreviation.

        • Sactowns#1

          I will file this under “old man yells at cloud”

    • CanadaBear

      I liked the weather guy saying it should help with the drought. Damn, I’ll bet he went to school for that!

    • Sactowns#1

      I just keep watching this and checking the accumulation. Going up Saturday and I cant wait! http://www.sierraattahoe.com/mountain/conditions/web-cams

      • MB30SD

        lucky bastard

  • MB30SD

    KC > HOU

    PIT > CIN

    WAS >> GB Garbage

    SEA > MIN

    ARI takes it all. You’re welcome Irish and Sac

    • Shady

      The Packers losing to Kirk Cousins is going to be fantastic.

      • MB30SD

    • Irish Sweetness

      I jumped ship on Arizona, man. Seattle kicked their ass good-style, and Skittles is back. Carson isn’t Russell. Houston can beat KC just with JJ alone, but Big Ben has seen that shit before.

      PIT v SEA at the show, with the Hawks taking it all. They were robbed last year.

  • Blackhawks63

    Predicto meter

    Seattle destroys Minnesota
    Green Bay handily beats Washington
    Houston upsets KC
    Pittsburgh beats Cincinnati and the Marvin Lewis futility streak in the playoffs continues

    • Bender McLugh

      Skins upset in the making perchance

      • Anonymous

        Skins are favored. Here are the lines (as of now):

        KC -3 at HOU
        PIT -2.5 at CIN
        SEA -5.5 at MIN
        WAS -1 vs. GB

        GB is the only road dog.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I’m a new convert to O/U thanks to Sac – w. Washington and Pittsburgh look good.

          That’s a rough head start for SEA to give a home team. JJ might be enough to harass Smith

          • Anonymous

            Of the four HOU looks like the best dog. WAS as the best fave?

          • Sactowns#1

            I really liked that under on last weeks Min vs GB game and hammered it. Neither of those teams wanted to win that game. This week I like the over in the Seattle Minni game. Both teams have a good D but I think the offenses are even better, especially with Wilsons record in the playoffs and Lynch coming back. They should clear 40pts easy.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Kirk Cousins is the hottest QB in the NFL.

      Pittsburgh probably go to the show because of their QB/WRs.

      • Scharfinator

        Do you think their D is that good? I haven’t seen enough of them to know.

        • Anonymous

          Their front seven isn’t bad. Their back four are crap.

  • Blackhawks63

    I get this sinking feeling Forte winds up in New England or Green Bay. And if we lose Forte AND Bennett then we have created a serious gap to the offense that, when most everybody is healthy, is supposed to be a strength. I think you have to make Forte’s return happen. At a minimum. Bennett is a mental midget but losing him will hurt. Banking on Zach Miller to stay healthy is a gamble.

    • Trac

      Fair comments. If Fox wants to keep Bennett, that’s good enough for me, we shall see.

    • SC Dave

      Shut your mouth. Of all teams… fuck, let him come play for the Panthers if he has to go. So i can watch the NFLs yards from scrimmage leader since 2008 continue to play top tier football.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t see it. GB has Starks to fill that all-purpose role and even Fat Eddie doesn’t have bad hands. GB will be in the market for OL and even a WR or TE but not RBs.

      NE would love to have him but Belichick will probably offer him less than the Bears — NE seldom overpays.

      • willbest

        Forte has enough money that he might take a sweet deal for a SB favorite

        • Irish Sweetness

          How much has he made?

          • willbest

            Somewhere around $35-36 million. So figure $18 million after taxes, dues, agency fees, etc.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Losing Bennett is not a loss. He gave us nothing this year. Nothing but bullshit. And there we are with the Zach-Miller-can’t-stay-healthy meme. Seriously, do people not have original thoughts anymore? Everything is regurgitated. Cutty-is-a-whiner. Miller-can’t-stay-healthy. How many games did he miss this year? Alshon has missed half his games the last two fucking seasons. Let’s get that into our systems before throwing 14 million dollars at his lazy ass.

      • CanadaBear

        Alshon has missed half his games the last two fucking seasons. Let’s get that into our systems before throwing 14 million dollars at his lazy ass.

        Bullshit. He played all 16 in 2013 and 2014. If you’re going to rant at least get the facts correct.

        Yes Matty has hands. Is he some kind of awesome runner now? Is he fuck. He’s 30. He’s got a jump-cut and that’s it, I’ve never seen him run trough somebody, not even back in the day. Is there anything he can do running the ball that some Joe we draft in the 4th can’t do?

        Where do you come up with this bullshit? The guy leads the league in yards from scrimmage since he came into the league in 2008. He’s averaged over 1500+ yds from scrimmage over those 8 years. Never broke a tackle? Watch a couple of games would ya? We drafted some joe in the 4th rd 2 years in a row and they were second and third fiddle to Forte.

        • SC Dave

          Irish has hated Forte since day one. All in favor of scrubs and pan flashes who dont deserve to be mentioned in the same paragraph, let alone sentence.

          • CanadaBear

            I just don’t get it.

          • SC Dave

            Does anyone?

      • SC Dave

        Forte has more yards from scrimmage than anyone in the NFL since 2008. Something has been wkrking, Irish.

  • StarkyLuv

    You can’t make someone fit if they don’t want to. Bennett is selfish and quite frankly, sloppy on field and off.

  • DaMurph

    Reggie Ragland ILB Bama, our first rounder! 6’2 258 pounds of nasty! Him and McPhee = a ton of bad intentions!

    • Shady

      Wouldn’t be a bad pick at all. Solid… but unspectacular. There’s more nasty out there like his Bama teammate A’Shawn Robinson. 6’4 320. Google image the guy. Scary as fuck.

      • That Guy

        If you use 2015’s draft as a guide, ILBs are slipping a bit in value. I believe three guys were potential top 20 picks and at least a couple fell to the second round. Pass rushers are in as high demand as ever.

        To take someone in the top 10 at ILB, you’d need to think he was on the level of a Kuechly. We’ll see if anyone fits the bill this year.

        • MB30SD

          perryman has been a STUD in san diego. they love him.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Or need is so great for a stud to put beside Timu that I think you can take the punt. Won’t be there when you pick in the second, so you just pull the trigger and be damned with ‘value’. Fill your need.

          • That Guy

            That’s the thing. We have like 8 needs. We need another reliable pass rusher – maybe at 3-4 DE (like a JJ Watt), maybe at OLB (like a A Smith), but we need someone there.

            We need at least one more cornerback. We need at least one more safety. We need probably one more guy on the offensive line (probably a right tackle). We may need another TE. We need playmakers anywhere on D we can get them.

            When your roster is clearly lacking at one position over many others, you fill your need. When your roster is a deficient everywhere, you draft good players and hope the overall effect improves you at every position.

          • Trade down. get an extra 2nd.

            Win/win.

      • MB30SD

        is he allowed pockets? where’s his carriage?

      • Irish Sweetness

      • DaMurph

        Just lookin at him Id cross the street. He would be solid too! Guess it will be where we have the most need after any free agent signings.

        • Sactowns#1

          Racist

          • MB30SD

            murph is a raging racist. He hates white people from Sacramento. hahaha

          • Sactowns#1

            I knew it!!

          • DaMurph

            Hahahaha!!

    • Irish Sweetness

      • DaMurph

        Great highlight film irish!

      • Big Mike

        the hit at .42 seconds.. makes me feel good.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Nkemdiche? Does he do anything othe than sack people?

          • Big Mike

            I love all of these guys that bring it. But at the same time Bostic had a crushing blow in a pre-season game and everyone thought he would be the answer.

    • Big Mike

      It sounds right. Would he still be there? Man I’d love to have a real LB.

  • Anonymous

    The Colts extend Pagano? Gase might be on the Bears sidelines in 2016 after all.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Blogfather thus predicted.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Why in the name of God did anyone ever think he was HC material? WHY?

        • Johnnywad

          His agent

          • Irish Sweetness

            I concur.

        • Sactowns#1

          The way he masterfully ran the offense and called plays of course. I mean that smoke screen to the outside is genius!

  • Anonymous
    • Irish Sweetness

      I’m feeling a defensive pick …be it DE/LB with an un-pronounceable name (for ignorant non-African white folk like me).

  • Irish Sweetness

    Okay, how can we keep Bennett and kick 14 TD, 109 recs and 1500-yarder BM to the kerb? From a journeyman QB!

    If Pace tags AJ at 14 million dollars then we’ll be paying him about 2 million dollars a game next season.

    We need AJ on the roster, but at 14 million I think we can find 3 quality alternatives for that in FA.

    Some Pace comments :

    On Brandon Marshall, who was traded to the Jets for a fifth-round draft pick (Adrian Amos) and had 109 receptions for 1,502 yards and 14 touchdowns: “We’re happy for him. And I’m happy with the guys we have here, too. I don’t regret any of those decisions. It’s always what’s in the best interests of the club at the time and that’s what we felt was best.”

    On inside linebacker Shea McClellin: “I thought he did well in making that adjustment. He’s kind of moved all around throughout his career. I think he settled into a natural position for him. The things you like about him are his range, his size. He had to battle injuries, which we’ve got to evaluate and assess and we’ll talk about it going forward. But there are some positive things about him and I think you have to take into account that he’s still growing at that position.

    Did you consider shutting down Pernell McPhee, who struggled with a knee injury in the second half of the season? “We talked about it. Credit to him. He battled through that. We leaned on our medical staff … we wouldn’t put anybody out there if they were doing additional harm. It was just something he had to fight through and he showed a lot of toughness in doing that. His production dropped off some, but I still think he was an asset for us.

    On Kyle Fuller: “I thought he got better and better as the season went on and he gained confidence. I think he’ll get even better in this offseason. He really learned how to study his opponent and anticipate things better. That’s part of the growth process. But he’s an ascending player and we have a lot of confidence in him.”

    On the defense getting only 17 takeaways this season, the fifth fewest in the NFL: “It comes down to adding playmakers all over the field on defense. John [Fox] and I talk about this all the time. We have to get better on third downs. We have to improve our pass rush. And I think that comes down to adding playmakers on defense.”

    • Big Mike

      Nice post Irish.

      Brandon Marshall has serious issues. Bennett just wants more money and more balls thrown at him.

      AJ is a rare talent. 3 mediocre guys don’t add up, only 1 is on the field at a time. Bears have a truly unique opportunity to throw AJ, White, Royal Bennet and Miller. Our # 2 receiver from this year Marques Wilson can’t make the field. That is a talented group of receivers. You take AJ out of the equation and that’s another position group you have to look at addressing.

      I’m on the record as a McClellin supporter, but his time as a starter in the NFL is over. Other than having had the advantage of working all offseason at ILB, the Bears plugged just about anybody in there and had the same result.

      RE: McPhee a lot of that has to do with the player. McPhee most likely wanted to ball out. Some players love to play the game.

      Fuller – nothing to add

      More playmakers..

      • Irish Sweetness

        We could definitely add a WR or two in FA – even if AJ sticks around. Competition, depth, greatness.

        We should keep Shea around like Rock keeps Paulie around. He just kind of belongs now. Find him something to do.

        • Big Mike

          Absolutely. on the WR. Not sure how many they keep on the squad. I think 6-7 with a couple of those guys really special teams only.

          Shea should focus on special teams. That’s the only place I’d have him.

  • chitownproud85

    This was the most *not* miserable end to a 6-10 season ever. So much legit hope, it almost feels wrong. These Bears need HEALTH in 2016-2017. That alone would seem to significantly close the gap between 6 wins and 9 or 10. I suppose a lot of teams could say that, but in this case, I actually believe it. Its going to be a long offseason, but optimism be my guide.

    • Big Mike

      Amen. Only felt bad about the team one time (2nd MN loss). Lost a bit of confidence there. As for health, the Bears lack of talent made the injury situation worse. More talent=more depth. I’m feeling truly positive this offseason. Can’t say I did last year, because there was nothing to work with.

      • Irish Sweetness

        And if Minny somehow knock off Seattle? Ha!

        • Big Mike

          I think they have a very good chance. It wasn’t losing to MN, it was how the Bears lost. It looked like a trestman era give up job.

    • Irish Sweetness

      6-10. 10-6. Superbowl. Winner winner chicken dinner.

  • Big Mike

    What a great change from that shit bag trestman. Fox said basically, if Adam leaves I’ll get another one, don’t worry about it, I got this”.

    http://www.chicagofootball.com/2016/01/04/chicago-bears-offensive-coordinator-adam-gase-interviewing-for-head-coaching-jobs/aoy4z76/
    “Fox showed his acumen for bringing in well-established coordinators
    through the hires of Gase and Vic Fangio, and he’s always had impressive
    top lieutenants in Denver and Carolina, which puts Pace at ease knowing
    they may have to find a new coach to run the offense.”

    • Irish Sweetness

      I wonder if Fangio becomes more aggressive with different personnel? I doubt it, but I really hope so. I don’t enjoy flaccid defense.

      • The GP

        Nothing is good flaccid. Spaghetti, defenses, other things….

      • Big Mike

        I think you will. With nothing to lose, they Bears brought 4 corner blitzes against the Lions.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Noted, noted.

          He also seemed to imply that if Gase leaves, that the offense wouldn’t change … meaning ony the play-calling would change, obviously, which is a good thing.

          So it would be a good thing if he goes … he looks a bit First Order-ish to me anyway.

          • Big Mike

            Fox was sort of saying, hey I’m the head coach. Adam Gase is a nice coordinator. But I’m the head man. It’s my offense, my defense. So encouraging to see leadership and talent.

    • Shit, maybe he brings in someone who doesn’t go empty back on first down or go flaccid in the redzone

      • Big Mike

        Personnel not play calling, in my opinion. But certainly room for improvement.

        • We had Forte/Langford/Carrey and Unrein at FB.

          NO reason to go empty back on first down.

          Killed the PA too.

          The redzone I agree had a lot to do with having scrubs once Alshon got hurt.

          • Big Mike

            I’m not going to debate play calling. There was a reason he ran some of that shit. Sometimes it is hard to have any idea what an OC is thinking. But it’s not like he’s not trying to score, and it’s not like they don’t have 100x more information than a fan does. Might be part of the problem. Overthinking it.

            Next guy we have, is going to make some calls that look stupid to us (and very well might be stupid) as well. (Pete Carrol on the goal line in the SB.. WTF, can you imagine if that were the Bears.. Holy fuck).

            The read option on 4th and 1 against Detroit. I’m going QB Sneak behind Slauson. Or anybody behind Umrein, or I’m giving it to Langsford who hits holes faster than any Bears back that I remember.

          • I think I’m just against some things philosophically.

            Empty-backfield on 1st down is one of them. I don’t get what advantage an O gets out of it. It simply telegraphs a pass giving the D an advantage.

            If it’s part of a hurry up, I guess I can understand, but still.

            No OC is perfect, and like I mentioned before, aggressive coaches often make boneheaded calls, but I would like to see a little more of the “duh-offense” to balance us out.

            We have 3 good HBs, use them! or at least PA to free up our subpar WRs.

            Using a FB is another no brainer for me, but maybe I’m just a caveman or something.

          • Big Mike

            I don’t disagree with any of what you said. I love FBs. I thought Forte, Langsford and Carey should have been out there instead of #11 and #14. Empty backfield first down is a head scratcher. Need to watch some other games and pay attention to see if anyone else does that.

          • Other teams def do it, the difference is, the Pats, Cards, Steelers ect actually have the personnell to do it. We did not.

            It’s as if Gase went into the season with this playbook that assumed White/Alshon/Royal/Wilson/Bennett, and didn’t change it when we were trotting out Meredith/Mariani/…

          • Big Mike

            finish the sentence.. Meredith/Mariani???

  • The GP

    http://www.theweek.com/speedreads/597492/bundy-militia-cites-mormon-scripture-oregon-standoff-mormon-church-disagrees

    If these guys were brown, cited some non-Christian religion, and took over a Federal building with guns and militia – they would all be dead right now. An MRAP would have pulled up and blasted the building into rubble. And it would get press on the left and then everyone would forget their ass existed.

    • Scharfinator

      While the government should be responding more than they are, to equate these guys to terrorists is a joke. No public is in danger with these guys sitting in a lodge in the middle of a national park.

      They’re peacefully protesting with a sit in. This is legal. They’re open carrying, that is legal.

      They’re also sad men trying to maintain their own relevance in a world they feel is out of their control. They also aren’t really accomplishing anything.

      It’s a weird situation.

      • Sactowns#1

        It’s the ideas they are advocating that is dangerous and the way they go about trying to get their way. We created governments so that we wouldn’t have to bow to whatever whackjob was the biggest or meanest. If they have a problem go address it in court like the rest of the nation. And to say there’s no racism when it comes to these situations is laughable. Does anyone know what happened to California’s open carry law? Black people started using it and it instantly went away.
        Round these loons up and lock em away for 20+ years.

        • willbest

          The courts don’t work anymore when you are trying to fight the Federal Government unless you have the deep pockets of a Fortune 500 company.

          • Sactowns#1

            Why do the courts not work anymore? Explore that and fix the system. Our economic system is clearly fckd. Do you advocate armed insurrection for that as well? What causes do you support the armed occupation for?

          • willbest

            I would like to fix the court system. I have advocated for such, and have even spent 15 minutes talking to my congresswoman about it. I get the feeling, IL might not be the best place to start. I get the feeling that until somebody really important’s son gets the Aaron Swartz treatment nothing is going to happen though. Much like your BLM activist. Its going to have to be Michael Jordan for there to be a policy change.

            Declaration of Independence is a decent list of grievances for which open rebellion is acceptable.

          • Trac

            The courts don’t work anymore because it’s no longer acceptable to beat some deuchebags ass to teach him a life lesson. Sigh, where have all the good times gone? Hahaha

          • willbest

            The courts have always been deferential to the executive and legislative branches. This wasn’t really an issue even 50 years ago, but these day the government is literally involved in every aspect of your life. There is no help to be found in the courts. They function well enough in private disputes or in government on government battles, but outside of that its not a fair fight.

        • Scharfinator

          For what? Loitering? Breaking and entering? What charges would you level? Not being sarcastic, I’m just wondering what you could put them away for 20 years for.

      • They stated if they must get violent, they will.
        Just imagine a Muslim group making the same veiled threat.
        Historically, when the US government get threatens, it never ends well for the other party, whether it’s Johnny Rebel or Karesh

        • Scharfinator

          Government is being smart. Starving them out seems to be the best way to do it.

    • Trac

      Look, Mormons have a works based system like the catholics that has gone astray because they are blinded by their works. If your lib news outlets want to cover any story, more power to em. I just object to news orgs. covering issues while using their political paint brushes. News as we once knew it, is dead.

      • MB30SD

        please, what new orgs don’t do that?!

        • Sactowns#1

          Christian science monitor used to be good but not theyre so scared of the right wing loons they frame everything as a question. “Is global warming happening?” “Should our justice system be reformed?” “Are illegal wars a bad thing?” It’s a joke. There are things called facts and drawing conclusions from those facts is called journalism.

          • MB30SD

            the innernness has killed this ‘so called journalism’

        • Trac

          Exactly, everything has become political. You can play the game, I wont.

          • willbest

            News has always been political. People were just less aware of it when there was no alternative access. History textbooks are also political. Modern day Presidential campaigns aren’t any more degenerate than they were 200 years ago either.

          • Trac

            Exactly so now that anyone with half a brain that knows this they follow whoever they agree with. Mindless minnies. I don’t have time for TV, just work, family, xbox and you bozos. Hee hee.

          • Cormonster

            My first college class in the fall of 1988 was US History. The professor spent the entire lecture discussing the difference between a capitalist economy and a command and control economy and why the Soviet system was better than the US system. You can guess how the rest of the semester “progressed”. I wonder if he changed his syllabus the next year.

            A few years later I transferred to UW-Madison. At the College of Agriculture orientation / indoctrination the Dean of Student Affairs or whatever starts telling the mostly white students present that we are all racists. I promptly got up and walked out. That was at the height of speech codes on campus, which were eventually overturned by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Now it seems that the cultural Marxists are raising their ugly heads again on campuses across the country.

            Modern liberalism was pervasive on campus ( I consider myself a classical liberal / Libertarian). Even some of my STEM classes were politicized by “activist” students. One of the worst examples was a group of Environmental Studies majors who were protesting a basic Soil Science 301 class they were required to take because it was too hard and too many of them were failing the course. Pressure and intimidation was used against the Professors who taught the course. I don’t know how it got resolved because I graduated right when the protests were starting. Needless to say this was a political major that was not affiliated with any school and is different than an Environmental Sciences major. Sadly, I’m sure many of these graduates end up working in government making rules and regulations that affect people like me, and ideology trumps science when it comes to making decisions.

            Your history textbook comment reminded me of some anecdotes I thought you might find interesting. Plus it gave me an opportunity to bash one of my least favorite religions, Environmentalism.

          • MB30SD

            I don’t even vote my.maings. waste of time… they’re all the same. The machine has been put into motion and it won’t ever stop till it grind to a glad from the fuel shortage

          • Trac

            Jess. I would excel in that kind of landscape. I’d get to revert to my former self. Hee hee. A Crazy South African / New Zealand / Black Dutch blood thirsty half breed.

      • AlbertInTucson

        “News as we once knew it”.

        Cuba 1897-
        Artist, Fredrick Remington: “There will be no war.”
        Newspaper magnate, William Randolph Hearst: “You provide the pictures and I’ll furnish the war.”

    • willbest

      Fewer rapes going on there than in Zucotti park, don’t know what the fuss is about people being some place they aren’t supposed to. Plus we didn’t gun down the Ferguson or Baltimore revolters who were engaged in large scale property damage, so I don’t know why we would start here. And calling it a Federal building is a bit of a stretch. It was an unoccupied shack in the middle of nowhere, not the Dirksen building in downtown Chicago.

      Anyway, what the Feds did is abhorrent. And if you haven’t e-mailed your congressman about resentencing two ranchers who agreed to a plea deal AND ALREADY SERVED THEIR SENTENCE, then you have ZERO right to complain about how people who are standing up to the blatant lawlessness of the Federal Government behave.

      If Obama had any sense of the matter he would pardon the Hammond family, apologize profusely and fire whatever AG thought it a good idea break the contract the government had already entered into with the family. The Hammond family has already disavowed the Bundy group and so this wouldn’t even be rewarding revolters, it would be seeing justice done. It would also remove the moral authority of the revolters, and put nearly everybody on the side of the government if it ends up going full Waco.

      • Sactowns#1

        I think you’re absolutely right. We care if there is property damage and some wealthy individuals (insurance companies) have to pick up the tab. But steal from the common man or destroy something the public owns and it s shrug of the shoulders. This should have been dealt with swiftly and severely in Nevada. Now this is what we have.

        • willbest

          It is a bit hard for us to grasp, because the Bureau of Land Management has virtually no authority on this side of the Mississippi, but they own some 40% of all land on the west side of it. They are a cabal of evil shits doling out resources to favored political loyalists using environmentalism as their justification for kneecapping ordinary people just trying to make a living.

          The ranchers had all bought water rights, and they were all willing to pay for those rights, but the BLM just up and decides that this year there is going to issue half the permits. The result is the rancher can’t support the cattle they were because they aren’t legally allowed to. This would be like the government coming into my office and telling me that due to conservation issues I am only allowed to run electricity in my building for 4.5 hours a day instead of 9.

          First, I would laugh at them, but if the courts didn’t recognize the ridiculous overreach, I would grab my gun. Its why we have the 2nd Amendment after all.

          • Sactowns#1

            Does your office run off of public goods and lands? The govt told the Bundys they cant pollute the creeks on govt land. That’s OUR water and OUR land. Not the Bundys to just destroy in the name of profit. Here’s a primer and we can discuss http://lawschool.unm.edu/nrj/volumes/14/3/03_juergensmeyer_common.pdf

          • willbest

            Of course, everybody’s does. Where do you think your utilities come from?
            Federal government has no business owning so much land. It does a horrible job managing it for the public. The East side of the US is not an ecological disaster

    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      An ex-ATF agent I was at a party with pretty much touched on what Scharfinator said. Right now, they are not posing a threat to the public. He also said it would be foolish to equate this to “white privilege” as BLM would have you think or some sort of religious double standard and he said have no doubt in your mind that the lull in the response time is simply a combo of this militia not pressing the issue and the ATF, FBI and police forces deciding at what point they go in and slaughter these motherfuckers if need be.
      The funny thing is, since they are crazy ass whites, no one will give a shit if they all get decimated. It’s an interesting double standard. I for one would like to see them all killed…today. If they were Muslim, Black, Mexican, etc I’d want the same thing as I’m color blind when it comes to blatant disregard for the law. They should thank god that they are doing this in a forest preserve instead of in a city.

      • willbest

        You mean like the Occupy movement?

        • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

          not really, Occupy was harmless, much different than this situation.

          • willbest

            Except for all the sexual assaults

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            Occupy was harmless to anyone outside of the people living in the camps. They chose it. Occupy has nothing to do with this.

          • willbest

            Who are these people hurting?

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            I am sure I don’t need to point out the differences in this situation to you. Please don’t make me waste page space.

          • willbest

            Well obviously they aren’t. Ranchers are protesting a specific set of grievances out in the middle of nowhere against actions taken by a specific government agency. OWS threw a temper tantrum in the middle of where people conduct their daily business against society at larger with no particular focus or thought to their actions.

          • Sactowns#1

            Hu? Did you hear that from Rush or Oreilly?

          • willbest

            You mean, ABC, CBS, NBC local news?

          • Sactowns#1

            Yeah, it’s been all over the news. If you wanna be frightened of the big scary rapey black people by your chosen news org you go right ahead. I have never heard a single thing about this from people who I know who were actually at some of these protests. But yes we get your point. The govt killing black people is ok, just don’t economically harm old white guys.

          • willbest

            I didn’t realize the government murdered any of the rioters.

          • SC Dave

            Forget it will. At times, ideology blinds people too rational discourse. Youcan tell as soon as they bring out the fox/ rush blather.

    • Sactowns#1

      Exactly! Even if they cited some whacky Christian based cult ala Keresh. But these are some good ol Mormon boys and the Mormons give a LOT in campaign donations. They are also just stealing something from the common person. Go occupy a Walmart and see how long it lasts.

    • BearDown100393

      Wipe them out. All of them.

    • SC Dave

      You are so opposite of reality here.

  • The GP

    Ah well, here’s a web page full of chicks who swallow

    http://tinyurl.com/jqqg7v8

  • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

    anyone else have a sinking feeling that we’re going to get the honor of being the target of Hard Knocks?

    • Irish Sweetness

      Worked out okay for the Texans!

    • beninnorcal

      I was thinking that recently. Fox isn’t a 1st year HC here anymore. That would suck.

    • Scharfinator

      I’m kinda mixed about it. Does it distract the team?

      Probably, but I would watch the shit out of it.

    • Anonymous

      Wouldn’t have much effect on this group. A team with Trestman, Kromer and BMarsh? Different story.

    • willbest

      Right now here are the teams that can be forced:

      Bills, Bears, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Raiders, Chargers, Rams and Saints.

      • Big Mike

        Rex Ryan loves this kind of thing. I’d say the Bills are the front runners. Bears have plenty of story lines. I hate to say it, we might get tagged. Jaguars could use the exposure. Lovie Smith might resign (kidding), but what a non-story. Bears aren’t a great story. Rams/Chargers/Raiders might be moving, seems that takes them out of it.

        • MB30SD

          or puts them in front of everyone else

          • Big Mike

            I’ve never wanted to see the Bears do this reality TV shit. But man would I watch.

        • Anonymous

          Cutler and his rep would draw some eyes, and McPhee would probably make for good TV, but yeah, the second year of the Trestman regime would have been the ideal time to film us. That could have been the best Hard Knocks ever.

          Now? We would probably be a bit of a snooze.

        • That Guy

          There is still a possibility the Saints trade Sean Peyton, which would give them a first year coach and take them off the list.

          I figure the Jaguars and Raiders would be as good a team as the Bears with their young QBs leading improved offenses and roster turnover on D. The Jags have a really interesting character as the owner, so that might be good too.

          But on that list I think a team that relocates to LA would be big news for a bunch of reasons. I’d put the Raiders at the top of the list for that reason more than any other.

          • Big Mike

            I just don’t want it to be the Bears.

        • If the Raiders move to la, it has to be them!
          I would love to see Carr, Murray, Cooper, Mack w sp appearances of former great raiders like Long or even Woodson.
          Also, tge Steelers woodson is on that staff too.
          Add in all the moving intrigue and raider fan characters and it’d be must see tv

    • Sactowns#1

      Watching Fox would be about as exciting as watching paint dry. his interview are almost as bad as Billacheats.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Wait, Myles Jack is a RB too ? Problem solved.

  • beninnorcal

    This was the most interesting 6-10 team I can ever remember watching. A season of ups and downs, I figured we wouldn’t make .500 but we came close a few times.
    Everyone’s nervous about Gase leaving, I’m not caring too much, he’ll get a solid replacement.
    I’m most excited about all these draft picks and cap cash, hopefully our defense is transformed this offseason. Fangio did good things with a bunch of dudes no one heard of, let’s see what’ll happen with some new talent on D plus everyone coming back healthy.

  • beninnorcal

    It’s nice to have hope again.

  • BillW
    • beninnorcal

      That’s awesome, kinda looks a little wierd seeing him with hair tho. Miss that LB

    • CanadaBear

      Gotta love Briggs!

    • Anonymous

      Hair transplants seem to work for guys who are thinning but less so for guys who have lived the majority of their adult lives bald.

    • Sactowns#1

      I think he’s wearing one of Samuel L Jacksons wigs. Btw. Did you know in every film he’s done Sam Jackson has worn a wig.

      • MB30SD

        Got room… fo one mo

      • Scharfinator

        He didn’t have one in Star Wars. Or Avengers.

        I’m starting to think I’m missing a joke….

  • MB30SD
    • The GP

      Urlacher can be Batman!

      He looks like Peyton Manning took Clay Matthews roids.

      • MB30SD

        hahaha… that hair is turrible. Like me getting hair, my friends would freak the fuck out. Shit, my ex and I were together 16 years and she never knew me with hair.

        He looks ridiculous. Your shaved head is your hallmark, why fuck it up with lame hair.

        Oh, and speaking of how to grow your own Frankenstein: http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/64ad9904ef83044a20c1b686cb49ed16/203209272/peyton-manning-forehead.jpg

      • 505 Bears

        Damn, is he hurting for cash that bad he has to promote hair restoration?…Actually, he is looking to partner up and revamp the area around UNM football stadium here in Albuq. Maybe he wants a fall back in case beer and food do not work out…haha

  • The GP

    This letter by British based Nevsky capital, is pretty interesting.

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/294654490/Nevsky-Newsletter-151231

    They are closing shop and liquidating the fund and returning the capital to their investors. They basically say that HFTs have made a mockery of capital markets and pushed it into a near permanent state of equilibrium. This is why there is a mass exodus in growth investing and back to value investing.

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/294654490/Nevsky-Newsletter-151231

    What they say is “expect 0-2% returns on your portfolios for the foreseeable future”

    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      thank you for this GP, very interesting read. I love that you are a finance guy. Please feel free to post more of this stuff when you come across it in your internet travels.

      • The GP

        I like it when they have that South Side Luther South look to them. Like the preferred way to blow you would be wearing nothing but a Hawks jersey.

        • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

          classic

        • I don’t think I ever had a girl blow me in a jersey. Shit, even I don’t own a jersey (outside of my old HS one).

          I did fuck a girl in Star Trek skirt though. That was surreal.

          Beam me up, indeed!

    • willbest

      Recession coming, 2016 or 2017. And of course by recession I mean an asset market downturn, because from metrics that matter to the middle 60% we have been in a depression for 7-8 years now.

      • Sactowns#1

        Just since Obama took office of course. Those Bush years were a major boon!!

        • willbest

          It blew up during the Bush years. It just hasn’t recovered, and even the post dot-com recovery wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.

        • willbest

          If it makes you feel better, it doesn’t matte who gets elected, its not improving any time soon.

          • Sactowns#1

            I think if Bernie Sanders gets elected our economy could change quite quickly and benefit all citizens. Idk how likely it is that the powers that be would allow this but…

          • willbest

            Bernie Sanders math doesn’t work. He is eyeballing $1 trillion a year in new spending and only about $150 billion a year in new taxes.

          • Sactowns#1

            Switching to a single payer healthcare system would save us over $500 billion a year alone.

          • willbest

            I suppose that is correct, but I think most American’s would balk at being given VA level coverage. So I tend to think that those savings wouldn’t happen since politically politicians wouldn’t be able to get away with it.

          • Anonymous

            Medicare is not VA-level coverage. If that were the case it would have been killed off decades ago.

            But Sanders’ single-payer dreams are just that: dreams. Dems could barely pass ACA. Single-payer would be DOA with the current GOP crowd.

          • willbest

            Why do you think universal Medicare won’t turn into the VA? After all when my dad was using the VA decades ago it was Fing amazing. Also how do you think hospitals deal with monopsony pricing? They will merge and close medical centers. Drive up occupancy rates and medical equipment usage rates. Cause delays during unexpected busy times, etc.

            I personally don’t have any skin in the game since I have the resources to jump lines, it just seems like a really bad idea to expand a system that is already projected to have a shortfall in another decade.

          • BerwynBomber

            Because the most costly patients for a proposed universal Medicare are already on Medicare — they’re called the elderly. Heck, universal Medicare might actually help it financially (assuming you roll them under Part B) as it would be gaining millions of young, healthy people currently on corporate insurance and the like.

            Well, the private insurance paradigm is leading to federal debt too. The only one it benefits are the insurance companies themselves, though ACA is, if nothing else, an improvement over the discriminatory industry that preceded it.

          • willbest

            It won’t. It hasn’t been done successfully in any country that doesn’t run an export surplus (and I would imagine findland is probably hurting with the downturn in oil), and the US still has an aging demographic which would further stress it. But this time will be different.

            Plus you have the issue where medicare reimbursement rates are 20-30% less than private insurance. Hospitals, doctors, medical equipment suppliers, and drug companies aren’t just going to eat a 20-30% pay cut. Well I guess it wouldn’t be exactly 20-30%, probably closer 12-20% but you get the idea.

            The other issue you have with single payer is things that aren’t approved don’t get developed, there is nobody except a handful of wealthy people to give it a try on. You could argue about putting up some sort of experimentation board, that becomes a political animal like every other bureaucracy ever created.

        • Trac

          A Boom for Big Govt. The man was a fool to try and beat the lefties at their own game. What a buffoon he was and is. The whole family actually. Reagan ‘ s coat tails were very long.

    • BearDown100393

      This is all George Washington’s fault.

  • AlbertInTucson

    I say it often but it BEARS repeating: Remember, you COULD have been born a Browns fan.

    Talk about your “steamy pile” organizations…

    • willbest

      My brother-in-law is. And he is trying to take my niece down with him. Its a sad state of affairs, and I don’t know what to do about it. He had her in Browns pjs at Christmas.

      • BearDown100393

        A diaper might be a solution.

        • Scharfinator

          Aww the inside is the color, consistency, and scent of the Brown’s organization.

      • Sactowns#1

        Once she gets old enough to care about how she looks she’ll abandon the browns. Who the hell looks good dressed up like a pumpkin?

      • AlbertInTucson

        Poor kid. There ought to be a law.

      • MB30SD

        Oh for Christ’s sake, call cps… isn’t that reckless child endangerment? !

      • Johnnywad

        Call child protective services. That’s very clearly defined as abuse.

  • BillW

    A good read about Cutler, even though it’s by Haugh. Assuming the transcription is accurate and not Haugh trying to bend a message, it shows a real attitude change in Cutler from his first season with the Bears to now.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-haugh-cutler-bears-spt-0106-20160105-column.html#nt=outfit

    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      excellent read. This should be required reading for all trolls.

      • BillW

        Ironically written by a guy who gave the trolls material for years.

        • BillW

          I’ll never get over Haugh calling Cutler “no leader” when he had the “audacity” to get upset at Webb and then Martz on the field for nearly getting him killed.

          And I emphasize “on the field”. None of the selfish crap Rodgers does at press conferences blaming everyone but himself.

    • willbest

      Wife and children force you to grow up. I used to play like 3 hours of video games a night before the kids. Wife was doing evening shifts and I would get back from work, and sit down with the PS2 or the PC and go at it until she got back.

      And then there have been times where a client would really piss me off and I would be like “fuck this, I am firing them” and then I realize that isn’t going to get the braces paid for.

      • MB30SD

        fuuuuck… braces. not looking forward to that shit.

      • BillW

        Been there a few times on the work front myself. One gets a lot more tolerate and adaptable and flexible when there are several others very dependent on you for basic existence.

        Of course with Cutty it’s certainly not money. I think it’s more the family name. He and his wife are very much in the public eye with two very different audiences. The boys are getting old enough to start realizing that.

  • BillW

    Curious what you think – what is a realistic goal for the Bears defense in the next say two years? In terms of past defenses we’ve had?

    Let’s say 1985 era is out of the conversation. What about 2006 or 2010? And how many players away are we from that? I dug up this old article for some perspective.

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-01-13/sports/ct-spt-0114-bears-defense-comparison-20110113_1_peppers-and-israel-idonije-defense-hunter-hillenmeyer

    I ask because I’m aware of how certain players can make others look much better than they are without them..Obvious example is how a pass rush makes your secondary look good. Are we two stud players away from getting back to the 2010/2006 level?

    • Sactowns#1

      You know what it will take. 1 or 2 real stud D linemen. We have a couple good prospects in Young, Goldman and Gaston. We add add one monster D linemen and a LB or 2 monster D linemen and this D is instantly top 5. (They were 14th last year)

      • BillW

        14th is damn good considering the talent level (or lack of). I know we’ve said imagine what Fangio can do with more talent.

        Interesting that you think the secondary is OK. And maybe it is with the 2 added monsters you mention.

        • Sactowns#1

          Well just look at the article you posted. Our D was anchored by MLB and Dline. “In the defensive backfield, the Bears replaced Vasher with Tim Jennings and nickel back Ricky Manning with D.J. Moore.” None of those guys were exactly word beaters. I did like Jennings till he got fat. 🙁 But really the Dline made everyone else look good.

          • Anonymous

            Strangely enough, despite our long national rep for tough D, I don’t know if we have a single secondary guy in Canton. We have had some good ones over the years — Fencik, Peanut, Leslie, etc. — but nothing on the level of, say, Lach. Or am I forgetting someone?

          • Sactowns#1

            You forgot Mike Brown. Solid player.

          • Anonymous

            No I remembered him; he was part of my assumed etc. But no HoFers, right?

          • Sactowns#1

            Peanut will be in the HOF if for nothing other than his sterling reputation around the league. Players love the nut.

          • willbest

            Players don’t vote on HoF. Its like 50 journalists.

          • Sactowns#1

            Yeah but its in large part a popularity contest.

          • Anonymous

            Briggs will get more votes than Peanut and Briggs ain’t getting in either.

            Only lock is Lach … aka … the league laughingstock with the wig. But Hester could get it in too and maybe Pep, though Pep seems more a Panther than a Bear.

          • MB30SD

            man, fuck devin “paycheck” hester. But I do agree that lach is the only one with a shot.

          • willbest

            Pep should go in teamless. Hester should get in, but won’t. Its a shame he couldn’t even demonstrate passable skills at WR. If he could be the best returner of all time plus a competent WR that would have been enough.

          • BillW

            There are two but you have to go back to the days of the 2 way players.

            Red Grange and George McAffee (who had 25 INTS).

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_National_Football_Conference_North_Pro_Football_Hall_of_Fame_inductees#Chicago_Bears

            So you are correct in principle -no one in the more modern era.

          • MB30SD

            Blasphemy for not mentioning my namesake. Bastard

          • Anonymous

            Mea culpa

          • MB30SD

            so are you one of the naysayers or someone different? How about a real handle, speaking of… I’m too old to follow all the puppeteering.

          • BerwynBomber

            It’s me. I got caught in some Disquis vortex for a few weeks and eventually had to create a new account.

          • MB30SD

            that’s better.

            So a naysayer who speaks sense. haha welcome back

          • Sactowns#1

            Now I’m questioning myself and wondering who I would rather have, Jason Pierre Paul or Eric Berry… or Bruce Irvin. Hmm…. I think I would still have to go Dline.

          • willbest

            Think Eric Berry makes it out of KC? I doubt they tag Bruce Irvin.

      • Trac

        Bernie Sanders up the middle for 5 yards please. Can he play football Sac?

    • willbest

      The defense is probably only 1 all-pro front 7 guy, and a good CB away from being a top 5 defense. The Bears were an average defense without being able to shut down the run, protect the middle of the field, or get to the QB. If we could reliably do 1 of those things with our all-pro, and then just not get embarrassed by opposing #1 WRs, the rest of guys be able to elevate their play.
      Of course the trick is to find the next JJ Watt or Kukley

    • TBC

      In my opinion, the 2010 and 2006 teams should be separated from one another. The 2006 team was a lot better than the 2010 team.

      • BillW

        Looking at defense only – trying to pick a top defense to compare to, recognizing that the 1985 one is not realistic (plus they’d all be suspended the way the rules are now).

        So how faraway is the D from the level they were at in 06 or 10.

    • Johnnywad

      An excellent example was the Bears W-L ratio with Urlacher on the field versus off the field while in his prime. It was night and day.

      I miss having a middle linebacker that was faster than the safeties and corners.

  • Doc Nitty

    Vape-cation over 🙁

    • Sactowns#1

      Where did all the time, and nugs go?

      • Doc Nitty

        Up in smoke

  • I don’t think Lach looks that bad w hair! And he no longer redembles uncle Fester!

    http://abc7chicago.com/sports/brian-urlacher-has-hair/1146791/

    • BearDown100393

      Sling Blade Lach Memes coming soon

  • The GP
    • If it’s not da Raiders or an LA team, I have a sneaking suspicion we won’t escape HardKnocks twice.

      HBO isn’t stupid though. They’ve seen Fox interviews, and know he runs a tight ship that won’t make for dramatic tv.

      Only thing the Bears offer right now is their brand, like the Cowboys or Steelers.

  • What I would like to know.

    1. Where do we rank in redzone efficiency?
    2. What’s the % of times we used empty backfield on 1st downs compared to other teams?
    3. What’s the % of times we used PA/bootleg compared to other teams?
    4. What’s the % of times we used a FB compared to other teams?
    5. What’s the % of times we used screens compared to other teams?
    6. Where does our Oline rank in both pressures allowed and sacks?

    • MB30SD

      Data to the RESCUE….

      • He’s been AWOL. Maybe he’s getting upgraded?

        • MB30SD

          maybe, here’s something for your to ponder in the meantime: http://celebsio.com/20-richest-nfl-players-ever/2/

          Not sure how motivated I’d be to get my head smashed in by roidmonsters every week if I had that in the bank either.

          • Wow. Some of those are really surprising.

            Aeneas Williams! He was one of my favs! Stud.

          • willbest

            Doesn’t make sense. Bears have paid Jay Cutler about 90 million for his 7 seasons in Chicago. And then yeah Rivers, Roths and Rodgers have all cleared over 50 million as well. So has Calvin Johnson and Suh bunch of others.

    • TBC

      1. Who cares?
      2. Who cares?
      3. Who cares?
      4. Who cares?
      5. Who cares?
      6. Who cares?

      The 2016 Chicago Bears are going to be much different than the 2015 Chicago Bears. There is a good chance they have a new Offensive Coordinator. There is a good chance their RB is gone, their TE is gone, and their #1 WR is gone. I highly doubt statistics from this year (especially ones of such narrow scope) are going to tell you anything about the future.

      • TBC

        I think you’re much better off looking into the individual performance of players. That might give you an idea of who’s staying and what to expect from them.

        • MB30SD

          right now is DEF the right time to divest yourself of that crumbling dynasty and hitch yourself full-fledged to this ascending star. Welcome aboard.

          You shall heretofore be crowned…. The Tardigrade. Please change your handle accordingly.

          • SC Dave

            Tardigrades are truly awesome. Gotta thank Irish again for that.

          • MB30SD

            I was thinking of something lame like cheesebear, but the my mind fell on the ‘ol waterbear… it’s got bear right in the name. so viola!

      • I’m not entirely sure Gase is gone.

        Gmen might promote Macadoo-do
        Colts already extended Pagano.
        Browns already got rejected by Gase previously.
        9ers want Payton, or Standford HC.
        Chargers likely keeping McCoy
        Loins are the loins. They’ll probably rehire Scwhartz
        Titans are rumored to Kelly, but maybe Gase here.
        Fins are kinda liked to Gase, but they’re snooping about Pats org. I think they’ll poach.

        And other coaches like McDaniels, Haley, McDermott, Hue Jackson, David Shaw ?(Standford) SHOULD be ahead of Gase.

        Still, the rumors are swirling, but I think it’s mostly agent fueled and leverage.

        • BillW

          I’m coming around to that thinking too. It was said by others esp Jeff a few times – essentially saying since when do OCs from 6-10 teams go to the front of the line.

          “Agent fueled” is most likley.

        • MB30SD

          chargers announced yesterday that they are keeping McCoy and that dope of a GM

          • Yeah, it was more of a “gray” monday.

          • MB30SD

            that being said, El Nino is RAGING in SD. We’ve probably had almost a 1/2 inch of rain!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

          • Yeah, it’s fucking POURING over here.

            Ppl might have green lawns again for once this year.

          • MB30SD

            YAAAY green lawns. I loves me some greens

          • Yeah, a lot of the neighborhoods I see landscaped to the southwest motif now. Cacti, stones, red, yellow, etc.

            My neighbor, who’s from the south and takes pride in his lawn, was one of the few still trying to keep his lawn green.

            But even he got yellow patches, which must’ve killed him.

            The city basically said you can only water your lawn twice a week and preferably in ideal hours. It’s based on an honor code, but from what I’ve seen, most indeed are honoring it.

          • MB30SD

            yeah, I don’t buy into that fucking bullshit. Gov’t fucking propaganda maings. Seriously. Fuck them. ton of people on my street doing the same out front, my next door peeps pulled out their backlawn (which I can see from my kitchen) and put in turrible hardscaping. they are nerdz though, so I have to cut them some slack.

            Know why it’s propaganda? We have a state park below my house in the canyon. Huuuuuuuge park with who knows how many acres of just lush green grass. It’s never gone dry or yellow. must be a square fucking mile of it. they drained their duck pond, but their immense fucking lawn is green as the deepest amazon forest.

            So fuck them and their bullshit. I’ll water my lawn erra night for 3 minutes and they can kiss my grass stained ass!

            I pay ridiculous rent basically because of my backyard and view for the kids (I think I texted you a pic once). The house is cool, but nothing special.

          • Cormonster

            I live on the second floor of a HUGE old Victorian house. My rent skyrocketed 44% in the last 10 years. It went from $300 to $432 with heat included. I also have the garage. Since I do all the landscape maintenance and snow removal for the property (1/3 acre lawn plus landscaping), it costs me about $150 bucks a month to live here. Friends keep telling me to buy a house and I say why? That would seriously infringe on my play budget. I’m guessing you pay a little more in San Diego.

          • MB30SD

            hahahaha… how does $4k for an 1800 sf house sound…

            And that’s NOT including SDG&E, water, garbage, OR a gardener to fucking mow and blow (not the good kind) for 15 minutes each week for $100/month.

            How’s that shit?

          • Cormonster

            That is crazy! You pay more for a day than I do for a month! I do hear you have to make some serious coin to live out there. A good friend of mine used to live there and loved it. His company has an office there, but he said in order to keep the same standard of living he has now in Virginia Beach, him and his wife would need to make about double what he makes now. I have about a 12,000 square foot shop that is $1,200 a month.

          • MB30SD

            yep, you pay to open your door and step out into San Diego, not BFFE

          • Doc Nitty

            That’s it!!!! I’m moving to Wisconsin and buying a mower.

          • Cormonster

            The average price for a beer at the bar is $2.25 and a mix drink is $2.50-3.00 for a 3 or 4 finger pour of booze. My friends who live around Chicago are amazed at how cheap it is for booze at the bar or a good meal at a restaurant.

          • MB30SD

            Hmmmm, I imagine that definition of “good” and mine differ greatly corm.

            Good where I come from doesn’t directly translate to shit loads of just stuff. ; )

            Yes, I’m one of those total foodie snob douches.

          • Cormonster

            I think you would be surprised. There’s two major regional hospitals in town, 3 universities, and a booming tourist industry. One of the main attractions for friends who visit is going out to some really good restaurants. My sister is a major food snob, and she loves going out to eat when she visits. There’s obviously not as many choices as a larger metro area, but there is a lot of good eats. I really miss the great Italian and Greek restaurants I grew up with though.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Caught “MOVIN THE CHAINS” on Sirius XM NFL Radio while picking up lunch today.

    Hosts, Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller were discussing the Browns search for a new HC:

    Kirwan: “WHAT are the Browns doing?!
    Do YOU think ANY of those guys (Browns management team) in that room would know who the right guy (to hire) is?”

    Miller: “No”.

    Kirwan went on to say the Browns need to bring in someone like Ron Wolf or Bill Polian to do the hiring or, exactly what the Bears did last year at this time when they hired Ernie Acorsi.

    • BearDown100393

      Send Michael McCaskey

  • Doc Nitty

    Surely this has already been posted:

    http://deadspin.com/brian-urlacher-got-hair-1751126577

    • MB30SD

      yes, and stop calling me Shirley.

      Now, about our COD battle with shady tonight…

      • Doc Nitty

        Sadly, I won’t be able to pay for access until Monday.

        • MB30SD

          for a hamburger today?

          ok, well, get it done. Killing shady, rabbit, Jonny (who’s coming back to us!) on an almost nightly schedule def helped me through the rough part of my divorce. Takes the mind off everything.

          • Doc Nitty

            What about GP? I saw he had PS4.

          • MB30SD

            GP!!!! he and I played a couple times, but he obviously doesn’t like me any more. : (

            GP, can you come out to play again?

            Rabbit, I know you have a new job and a new wife, but WTF maings. Remember where you cames froms! Come back to us for an epic rewind battle royal!

          • GP is still looking over his FF roster wondering what might’ve been…

          • MB30SD

            #fantasyfootballkillsrealfootball

          • The GP

          • Doc Nitty

            New Wife? I can’t even imagine. I’ve now officially tried the wife thing. No mas, no mas!!!

          • MB30SD

            yeah my maings. You and I will converse about this when you’re up and running.

            He and I discussed when it was going down. I did my best to get him to listen to things like “logic” and “Common sense” and even “Reason”, alas, the penis took over and here we are.

            I’m not totally closed off to it, but I already have a girl and a boy and I don’t want or need any more kids so I think I’m done too. why else would you get married?!

            It’s been 3+ years and I am still hyper sensitive to bullshit, drama, chick emotional terrorism, not getting every single thing exactly my way, etc…. At the mere sniff of it, I dump and move on. Slash and burn baby!

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            unbelievably my off the grid stash was discovered after my 4yr old took everything out of my wallet and started running around the house with it. the money fell to the floor and my wife and I looked at each other….and then it was used to pay tuition….

          • MB30SD

            you motherfucker

          • MB30SD

            upvote me rabbit, upfuckingvote me! BWAAAHAHAHA

          • The GP

            I played with you.

            I got COD ghosts for a reasonable $19 from PSN. It was a good game. It had guns of all types and cool stuff like claymores and helo strikes and little portable turrets you could set up if your killstreak got hot, etc.

            But then you and Shady wanted your stupid jetpacks so you could bunny hop all over the maps like kids hopped up on sugar cereal using the trampoline.

            And I wasn’t up for $60 for pogo sticks.

          • MB30SD

            yes, yes you are damn it!

            I know your situation. Spend the fucking $60 please!

          • The GP

            Let’s play GTA5, and then we can stroll down Waffle’s street with baseball bats and issue vaguely threatening innuendos then he go Tony Soprano and chase us with his gold AK, then later we all go throw hookers off a bridge.

          • MB30SD

            that’s pretty much how his hood rolls fo reals right?

    • AlbertInTucson

      Looked like the room got a bit chilly as Coughlin left podium.

  • Sactowns#1
    • MB30SD

      hahaha, they are tearing that dude up. I loves the innernnessess

  • BillW

    Per PFT – Babich fired as JAX DC.

    “Babich was previously a defensive coordinator in Chicago with Lovie Smith, who promoted him to that post after getting rid of some guy named Ron Rivera (who could end up winning another coach of the year award soon).”

    • BearDown100393

      Future Cleveland Head Coach

  • AlbertInTucson

    From Larry Mayer’s article:

    This is the first season since 1997 that a Bears’ defense failed to score a TD.

    As we already know, the Bears pick 11th because their strength of schedule put them behind the other three 6-10 teams but what I didn’t know is that those teams will rotate positions by round after the first so the Bears get the 8th pick of round two, 9th in round 3, etc., etc.

    As far as the Bears picking 11th…

    “…the Bears have drafted eight players in the No. 11 spot, with the last four being tackle Keith Van Horne (1981), linebacker Wilber Marshall (1984), cornerback Donnell Woolford (1989) and defensive end John Thierry (1994). The Bears traded the No. 11 pick in 1997 to the Seahawks in exchange for quarterback Rick Mirer. The No. 11 choice in 2010 ended up being part of the package the Bears used to acquire quarterback Jay Cutler a year earlier in a trade with the Broncos.”

    The 11th pick for Rick Mirer.

    The trade which will live in INFAMY in Chicago.

    Right up there with Lou Brock for Ernie Broglio and letting Bobby Hull to the WHA for $100K.

    The Seahawks took that pick and packaged it to move up to #3 that year and take Ohio State CB, Shawn Springs.

    Atanta drafted Nebraska CB, Michael Booker from the #11 spot.

    Just FYI, RB Warrick Dunn went #12, that year. TE, Tony Gonzalez #13, OT,Tarik Glenn at 19 and DT, Trevor Pryce at #28.

    4 eventual Pro-Bowlers and one future Hall Of Famer.

    That ’97 first round also gave the NFL Jim Druckenmiller (26), who may have actually been WORSE than Mirer and Rae “Killer” Carruth (27).

    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/chalk-talk/article-1/Where-do-Bears-pick-in-2016-draft/acaa0f9b-cf3c-4f40-bd85-f6b99e4c8a50

    • MB30SD

      WTF!?!? Why is it that way and not backwards so that we have #8 in rd 1, and so on and so forth. Bullshit I say!

      • AlbertInTucson

        The Price you pay for being the BEST 6-10 team in the NFL.

        • MB30SD

          sigh

    • BillW

      “First season since 97 without a defensive TD.”

      Lowest number of turnovers on defensive by far in franchise history (goes hand in hand essentially).

      But not yardage and points. Walk first, run next. It did seem the Bears had opportunities through the year for INTs and opted to just knock the ball down. Maybe Fangio wanted them to play conservatively?

      • AlbertInTucson

        I submit THAT is exactly what Pace was referring to when he said “We need more playmakers.”

        Case in Point: That Kirk Cousins “Please Intercept Me” ruptured duck throw.

        • BillW

          A pass rush solves so much.

        • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

          David Haugh: So what would be your reaction if the Bears draft a quarterback at No. 11 next spring?

          Jay Cutler: Twofold. One, I would say I get it, I totally get it. At some point it’s going to happen. They’re going to get somebody else. I’m not going to play until I’m 43. I understand that. But on the flipside, I’d be like, we really could have gotten somebody who can help me right now. So that would be my two reactions. If they do it, I will help whoever they bring in as much as I could and kind of see how it unfolds.

          • willbest

            Are you focusing on the “help ME right now” as in Cutler is saying they should draft a tackle at 11? I suspect that was more inartful than anything else. A stud defensive player also helps Cutler. It helps get him better field position, and prevents him from having to play from behind.

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            no, just that there are so many other needs besides quarterback. Other teams intercept balls, have strip sacks for TD’s, etc and we didn’t score once on D this year. We need D playmakers so badly.

    • Big Mike

      Yes, I was about to post this. 2nd round 10th Pick, 3rd Round 9th, 4th, 8th.

      • BillW

        You and Al have it different. He is saying 8th pick in round 2 (up to the top of the 6-10 teams after picking last of the 6-10 teams) and you are saying they just move up to 10 in round 2, then 9, then 8…

        • Big Mike

          I’m right. it’s yet another penalty for having the toughest schedule in the league. The lowest picking team, goes to the back of the line, everybody else moves up 1.

          “Once the order for the first round is determined as described above, the
          selection order remains the same for subsequent rounds with the
          exception of teams with similar records within their tier. These tied
          teams “cycle” picks in each subsequent round. For example, in the 2014 draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers
          all finished 4–12, and selected in that order in the first round (based
          on the tiebreakers described above). In the second round, Jacksonville
          cycled to the back of the line with the order becoming Cleveland,
          Oakland, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, and Jacksonville. That cycling continued in
          each round”

          • BillW

            Thanks. It could be worse. They could keep the same order for every round.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Mayer has them rotating 11, 8, 9 10, 11, 10.

    • CanadaBear

      I was going to say I wasn’t even upset with the trade for Mirer. I was sure they would have fucked up the pick.

      • AlbertInTucson

        You we KNOW the reason they were hot for Mirer was because he was a Domer.

  • BillW

    Gase set to interview with the Giants too. On the Score this morning Mully/Hanley/Zaidmen were all speculating how another city’s fans would react to Gase as their next HC.

    Would they be excited? Doubtful – esp in NY. While we all know the job he did, most would discount his time in Denver as all on Peyton, then look at 6-10 and Cutler being around the middle of the league in passer rating and think “So?”

    A lot of names being floated all over including Mike Shannahan to the 49ers. And just maybe someone trades a pick for Sean Payton (rumor said the Colts considered).

    • BerwynBomber

      Yeah, Cutty’s PR and QBR are middle of the pack, but his 11 INTs are not. Plus, the context of our wideouts this year heightens his stats/Gase’s perceived miracle-working.

      But any coordinator coming from a team with a losing record can be a tough sell to a fan base.

      • BillW

        11 is low but he missed a game and a half. I didn’t see INT percent numbers so I’m not sure where that really ranks.

        Aaron finished just a bit higher in passer rating and had 8 ints. Of course he threw a lot more passes, but had Cutty sat out Sunday to let Fales play we’d have that misleading stat to talk about. A higher passer rating and same number of INTs as Rodgers.

        • BerwynBomber

          True. “Only” fourteen and a half games for Cutty.

          Rodgers finished higher QBR by about six or seven slots, but yeah he had his worst year ever. (Still managed to keep his INTs low though.)

          Rest of the league PR was up. Only Rodgers and P. Manning took significant nose dives. Otherwise, some elite guys had stellar years (Brady, Brees, Wilson), and there was an abnormal # of guys in the 90s (in terms of PR), Cutler included. In fact, it may have been Cutty’s highest PR season ever but he only finished 16th because so many other guys had decent efficiency ratings. (I believe he was 17th QBR.)

    • willbest

      Colts can’t afford to give away picks, they need to spend their first 3 rounds drafting offensive line for Luck.

      • Big Mike

        I would argue they can’t afford not to. A team cannot compete without an offensive line. Great WR/Great QB multiplied by 0 is what you get.

        • AlbertInTucson

          My gut reaction is to that is “Right!”, but then you look at playoff teams like The Packers and The Seahawks and those are NOT good offensive lines.

          • BerwynBomber

            SEA’s improved significantly over the season though. Actually, DET’s did too.

            Not saying either is that good, but they looked semi-competent by season’s end.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Seattle, GB and KC all gave up in excess of 45 sacks and finished near the bottom of the league in sacks allowed.

            Sounds like a lot but it’s less than 3 per game so, maybe it’s an over rated stat.

          • BerwynBomber

            Not really. It’s just that Rodgers and Wilson can function partly in the pocket with shit O-lines — they probably have the best feet in the pocket in the league (though of course guys like Rothlesiberger and Newton shed sacks via sheer strength).

            But I would agree that a more accurate stat might be some combination of sack, hurries and hits.

          • AlbertInTucson

            The hits seem to be taking a toll on Rodgers. He does not look comfy back there.

          • BerwynBomber

            Nope, not at all. And let’s be honest: Rodgers is probably slowing down. That is why I don’t think he is built to last a’la Brady — too much of Rodgers’ game is built upon athleticism and sandlot stuff. Can make for jaw-dropping highlights but won’t age well in terms of his career.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Wilson is taking a similar pounding but he more than 5 years Rodgers’ junior.
            That’s, what? Another 200+ sacks against Rodgers?

          • Big Mike

            O-line play has an exponential impact on results. A terrible OL will negate all talent. I speculate that a pure pro-bowl Tackle to Tackle OL would make you a SB contender, with average talent every where else.

            Regarding the Packers and Seahawks, first, both are wild card teams at the end of their playoff runs. Packers have a HOF QB. Seattle has (had) an amazing home field advantage and a exceptional defense.

      • AlbertInTucson

        They’ve needed to address their O-Line since they got Luck and instead they sign guys like Frank Gore and Andre Johnson.

        Maybe a lacerated kidney will spark a little more urgency into that O-Line effort.

        • Yeah, that was Martz level baffling.

          Get a franchise Qb, get an Oline to protect him so he won’t get the Carr effect.

          Then again, Cam did ok without a great Oline, but I think he’s pretty unique in that regards.

          • BerwynBomber

            Did I see that Newton already has tied the all-time rushing TD record by a QB held by S. Young? SMH if true.

          • MB30SD

            yes

          • AlbertInTucson

            In our 8 team FF league, he wasn’t originally drafted.

            A team that was 3-4 at the time of our mid-season FF draft, picked him up and won 8 straight to win the league.

          • BerwynBomber

            Remember just last year there were people on this blog saying they would rather have Cutler than Newton.

          • AlbertInTucson

            It’s AS or MORE surprising that the Indy GM was retained.

    • AlbertInTucson

      How bad do you want a job to go to Cleveland or work for Jed York?

      • MB30SD

        you’ve got to be a fool… or like failure.

        • AlbertInTucson

          And now, in Cleveland, you have to want to work for a Baseball guy.

      • BillW

        Right. I can’t see Shanny working for York without full control. But that’s probably what he’d get.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Chip Kelly may have put the Kibosh on “Full Control” for coaches.

          • The GP

            Chip Kelly is a nutbag.

            Shanny the Tranny had full control with Bowlen and didn’t really fuck up, he just had two bad drafts and then was shown the door.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Do the Giants cough up a #2 which is what the Saints are supposed to be asking?

  • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

    I would like whoever the OC of the Bears is next year to watch the Seattle game from this past week. They used crossing routes and made their 3rd string TE look like fucking kellen winslow. It’s not that hard to make a LB run all the way across the field to try to defend a mobile TE or FB….you just have to run the play.

    • And look at us. IMO, our biggest problem on D is defending those crossing routes. Shea and gang are always a step behind or are clueless in zone. That’s why a guy like Jack from UCLA really intrigues me (in the 2nd).

      I also think that Gase became reluctant to make Cutty pass over the middle, esp when it involved Bennett.

      When Miller came in, Gase seemed more comfortable, but still, he seemed to scale the O back a bit.

      Wilson is also more accurate than Cutler IMO, so that plays a factor.

      • MB30SD
      • willbest

        Because there was nobody at WR pulling the safety.

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        also, Seattle ran that goal line pass to the TE and you’ll notice it’s identical to the one the Bears scored on to Carey with Wilson just throwing to the opposite side of the formation from fullback lead pattern. Nicely done by both coordinators.

    • The GP

      Kellen SENIOR, that is.

      Junior was a wash

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        I only recognize the existence of 1 Winslow.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Jr. wasn’t bad until he crashed his motorcycle.

  • AlbertInTucson

    The Indy “Insiders” had Pagano “Definitely gone.”

    Now he re-ups for 4 years?

    Great reporting, guys.

    • I’ve refrained this many times.
      The NFL is conservative by nature. Most anything worth BILLIONS is conservative by nature.

      Shit, even Coughlin almost stuck in NY, and he’ll probably get a gig before Gase.

      As McCarther said, no substitute for experience.

      • AlbertInTucson

        That is actually from the Bible (Proverbs).

        MacArthur said a lot of things including…

        “I shall return.” He did. Yay.

        “Japan will not attack the Philippines.” They did. Whoops.

        “The Chinese will not enter the Korean War” They did. Whoops, again.

        5-Star General Doug got caught with his pants down on Corregidor in 1941 (Even after General George Marshall WARNED him to assume a war footing because Pearl Harbor had been bombed) and again in North Korea at Christmas time in 1950 after he told President Truman on Wake Island that the Korean War was “Won”.

        Awarding him the Congressional Medal of Honor for being able to sneak out of the Philippines is an insult to the award.

        • The GP

          Did you watch MacArthur starring GREGORY PECK as the general?

          Crap film.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I wouldn’t say “Crap”. It suffers by comparison to PATTON, which it wants to be but is not.

            I thought Gregory Peck did a nice job.

            It conveniently picks up AFTER the Japanese have Corregidor under siege.

            To it’s credit, the movie does NOT shy away from portraying his arrogance and the fact that he was completely surprised that China came into the Korean War.

            Favorite scene:

            Soldier, surprised as MacArthur drives up in a Jeep: “Excuse me, General, Sir, but we killed a Jap sniper here not 15 minutes ago.”

            MacArthur: “Good son, that’s the best thing to do with ’em.”

        • AlbertInTucson

          Pearl Harbor’s commanders, General Walter Short and Admiral Husband Kimmel, had their careers ended for getting surprised on December 7th though I believe they were allowed to retire as opposed to facing court martials.

          MacArthur got the CMA.

          To his credit, it was MacArthur who kicked the Russians out of Japan and saw to it that Hirohito didn’t join Tojo on the gallows which is what Truman and Congress were demanding.

          MacArthur realized the killing the Emperor would have made Japan virtually impossible to pacify.

          It was long argued that Pearl harbor did not receive a clear war alert before December 7th but recently released documents place blame directly on Short and even more so on Kimmel for lack of preparation. Gen Marshall told them Japan had to fire the first shot but to take all necessary steps to expect and defend against an attack.

          The report also blames inter-service rivalry saying the Army and the Navy did not share all the intel each had.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I really hate that there’s no accountability from these “insiders” when they whiff.

      What/who was your great source for this WRONG information you foisted on us?

  • The GP
    • BerwynBomber

      Kornheiser said Lach looks like a young Barry Switzer. Hah!

      • MB30SD

        Tony K is a fucking weasel. Can’t stand that dbag. Did that guy ever play a down of football or play ANY sports?! SMFH.

        • BearDown100393

          MNF almost ruined by him and Miller.

          • MB30SD

            miller used to be funny.. USED to be.

          • Johnnywad

            That was before he took himself seriously

          • BearDown100393

            Long jumped the shark before MNF.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I give Urlacher credit. He’s been completely up front and self-deprecating about it.

        • Yeah. He relayed the story how a chick told him he looks like Urlacher, but younger! lol

          Oh…as Aristotle Onasis said…if it wasn’t for beautiful women, men wouldn’t accomplish anything.

  • MB30SD
    • BearDown100393

      “What is the big deal?”
      – Joe Namath

      • MB30SD

        yeah, but manziel is dogshit at NFL football. big difference.

        • AlbertInTucson

          He is one sick puppy. And in the end, Namath had to get dried out, too.

        • Joe Nameth sucked too, except one glorious game!

          He did have nicer legs than Manziel though, and rocked a fur coat and feathered do.

          • MB30SD

            Fuck yes on the fir.

            TJ where aaaareee yooouuu?!?!

          • AlbertInTucson

            If you mean the Super Bowl, he had way better games.

            Matt Snell should have been the MVP of SB III.

    • Johnnywad

      And only a team like the Browns didn’t see it coming. Gotta say though, send me to Cleveland, and I might start partying a bit more than usual too.

  • The GP

    Flash quiz:

    Active QB who started and completed at least 4 games this season with the highest completion %

    • Cousins?

      • AlbertInTucson

        My guess, as well.

        • The GP

          correct

          • AlbertInTucson

            I heard on the radio today that he was the highest rated QB over the 2nd half of the season.

          • Bender McLugh

            And some skins fans still loathe him. smh

          • He was throwing INTs at diabetes Cutty level, so I can empathize.

            But he’s cut down on those. Then again, Fitzy looked decent too until it counted.

            Curious how Cousins will react.

            If he wins the SB, Ka-Ching! He’d pull a Flacco.

    • BerwynBomber

      Cutty

  • The GP

    It could have been funnier save for the fact he didn’t read the really funny ones and he has no comic timing and no sense of how he appears

    http://www.csnchicago.com/bears/brian-urlacher-reads-mean-tweets-about-his-new-hair

    • MB30SD

      wow, he is just fucking…. turrible. BU, please got don’t do comedy.

      That said, seeing it live, I actually like it on him… just doesn’t look like him any more.

  • “Data to the RESCUE….”

    Bringing this to the top so people don’t assume I died or something. Starting a new job as a college professor this week. First day of classes tomorrow. Will hardly be around.

    Hoping to be back in the summer. May the Bears make all the right moves in FA and have a kick-ass draft (but I’ll have no clue since I won’t have time to watch the guys they pick).

    • Shady

      Sounds great my man, best of luck!

    • The GP

      Are you a Ph.D? What are you professor of?

      • AlbertInTucson

        “Ph. D”

        Phootball Doctor?

        • The GP

          Foosball Doctor?

          MB is a Love Doctor.

      • will be officially getting my Ph.D. next summer. Teaching chemistry.

    • BillW

      Full time I assume. Hope you have some time to visit here. Congrats and all the best!

    • AlbertInTucson

      Damn!

      I even like “The Professor” as a better handle than “Data”.

      Congratulations on the position and good luck.

      The Blog will miss your input.

    • CanadaBear

      Congrats and good luck JW. Hope to see ya back here from time to time.

    • MB30SD

      congrats and good luck data! We’ll miss you round here.

    • Make your students “research” this!
      What I would like to know.

      1. Where do Bears rank in redzone efficiency?
      2. What’s the % of times we used empty backfield on 1st downs compared to other teams?
      3. What’s the % of times we used PA/bootleg compared to other teams?
      4. What’s the % of times we used a FB compared to other teams?
      5. What’s the % of times we used screens compared to other teams?
      6. Where does our Oline rank in both pressures allowed and sacks?

      • BerwynBomber

        Cutler was sacked 29 times this year. To put that in perspective, Rodgers was sacked 46 times, which was second in the league. Bortles was sacked most often — 51.

        I thought our O-line pass protected well until the last few weeks of the season.

        In terms of our RZ efficiency, not sure where we finished by end of the year, but through the midway point we were horrible.

  • The GP

    Jack Dorsey said Twitter will be lifting the 140 character limit and going to 10,000.

    Just when Jeff was getting the hang of it….

    • willbest

      Why would they do that

      • The GP

        sagging stock price

  • AlbertInTucson

    Blogfather: “I hope the Bears do Hard Knocks. It’s the only way I’d watch Hard Knocks.”

    Can’t say I HOPE they do it but it WOULD be the only way I’d watch.

    • Trac

      I don’t want to know that 3/4 ‘ s of the Bears players are douche’s. Much prefer to settle for game day performances only.

  • That Guy

    Right: 6 players to start your pre-draft research with for our first round pick:

    – Laremy Tunsil, OT Ole Miss (Putting Long back at guard and hopefully providing an anchor for the O-line for the next 5+ years)
    – Leonard Floyd OLB Georgia (True OLB prospect ideally suited to rush the passer, might be underrated due to size concerns)
    – Shilique Calhoun OLB Michigan State (Slighter bigger bodied pass rusher in the mold of McPhee or Houston)
    – Jalen Ramsey S/CB Florida State (College corner that might not have the footwork to play corner in the NFL, if he has the vision could convert nicely to a free safety)
    – Jaylon Smith MLB Notre Dame (Solid in coverage and against the run, but is he a true run stopping tackling machine?)
    – Reggie Ragland MLB Alabama (True run stuffer pass rusher, but a bit of a tweener, is he Shea McLellin part II?)

    • BerwynBomber

      Tunsil is top 3 on most boards so presumably you can scratch him.
      Seems the year of the CB. Think I saw half dozen in a first round mock last night.

      • That Guy

        Tunsil would need to fall slightly, or rather be passed by one or two other prospects. Its still early enough for that to happen and at the moment there isn’t another name that clearly deserves top 10 consideration (even if we’re picking at 11).

    • Shady

      Jaylon Smith MLB Notre Dame

      Didn’t he just tear his ACL and MCL?

      • That Guy

        You are correct sir. And then there were 5.

        I left Myles Jack off the list as well because he got hurt early in the season.

        • Myles Jack is a bit of headscratcher for me.

          I LOOOVE his game. On tape alone, top 10.

          But size does matter. He’s 6’2 220. Some Safeties are bigger. Kendrick’s dropped for the same reason, and he wasn’t even coming off an inj.

          If we can move up to get him in the top of the 2nd, that’d be awesome

          • BerwynBomber

            But with Kendrick there was no doubt about his natural position, right?

            Jack is obviously versatile but there is that fine line between versatility and tweener (as in tweener that does not fit the pro game).

            P.S. My early guess is he will be a productive pro but I don’t think he will be a top 11 guy in the draft.

          • Some questions about Kendricks. He was a pass rush OLB, but like Jack, undersized. Some scouts liked him as a pass rush OLB, others thought he’d be a better fit as a WLB in a 4-3, and I think that’s where he ended up on the Vikes.

            Jack probably mirrors Shaq Thompson more (Panthers). Shaq 6′ 228. Like Jack, versatile, played S (not CB though!) and RB even.

            Once more, Shaq became the WLB (the Briggs) where the Dline can protect his undersized frame.

            Shaq went #25.

            If Jack checks out medically, then that’s sorta where I expect his range. From 25ish to 45ish (where Kendricks was drafted).

            But some are predicting Jack in the Top 10, but I think that might be too high. We play a 3-4 also, and I think Fangio likes stout ballers.

          • That Guy

            Also not what we’re looking for in a MLB. We’re looking a guy who’s going to step up every play and shut down a team’s up the middle run game. Jack’s game is the opposite of that.

          • Yeah, that’s why I’m not buying top 10. I like my ILBs 6’2 240 +, and NFL does too.

            That’s why I predict he’ll fall in that #25-45 range, and in all likely hood, it’ll be at 4-3 WLB.

            However, Jack at S intrigues me. He’s shown he could cover, and other S like Buchannon are comparable I think.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Jay Cutler and JJ Watt were drafted 11th overall. I expect. We should all expect.

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        That’s just cruel fate. That kid won the lottery, was set for life and tore it up in a meaningless bowl game after a play was over

      • MB30SD

        multi-ligament tear in their bowl game. brutal

    • Irish Sweetness

      At LB Ogbah and Darron Lee are both 6’2, 235 – not so much bang for our buck.

      At DE – Deforest Bruckner is 6’7 and 300. That’s rare size

      I know Nkemdiche is a DT, but at 6’4 300, there’s no reason to think we couldn’t use him outside, or even trim him down and get some bulk in there at Mike.

      Another Mike project could be Shilique Calhoun – 6’5 250.

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        Irish, you can’t just take DT’s and DE’s and make them middle linebackers in the nfl. My head hurts now.

  • That Guy

    If you believe the hype about Gase – brilliant offensive mind, QB fixer, etc. then the New York Giants are the best fit. Eli and Cutler are very close in terms of their career paths.

    If you don’t believe the hype about Gase, but you do believe that a team will convince itself that he’s solid… I’d put him in Cleveland. I don’t know why, just sort of a Browns thing to do.

    • BerwynBomber

      Gase might go to CLE if they agree to let him choose his own QB with their first pick. Or if it is the only HC offer.

      If you believe the hype about NYG, they want Sean Payton. Gase, so far, is the only candidate they have scheduled an interview with outside the current organization. The other two are from Coughlin’s staff (Spagnola and someone else), which tells me they’re slow-walking things because their main interest is negotiating with NO.

      • That Guy

        I think Gase gets interviewed by a lot of teams with underperforming starters to hear his opinion on how to “fix” the QB. Off the top of my head, that’s Detroit, New York, Miami and San Fran (if they want to keep Kaep).

    • Gase already shot down CLE. I highly doubt he goes there. Only desperate HCs will join that franchise, that’s why there’s some rumbling about Shannahan going cuz he’ll wash your car to be an HC again.

  • BerwynBomber

    Did anyone else assume Urlacher was a blonde? I wasn’t expecting him to look like Wes Welker.

  • MB30SD

    Not quite sure what to make of this: http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/cutler-couples-therapy-helped-drive-strong-season/ar-AAgpz9h?li=BBnba9I

    but this made me fucking laugh. If I was a meatball I would buy… and then wear this: https://twitter.com/FreshBrewedTees/status/684409364099260416/photo/1

    • That Guy

      90% of “therapy” these days is teaching communication skills, building empathy and encouraging people to take responsibility for their own actions. Not knocking those things at all, but a lot of more or less healthy couples go to therapy and work on those things.

      Those are both great skills to use when you’re trying to lead a football. I suspect that was a lot of what it was.

    • Trac

      At one point Cutty is asked about the Bears drafting a QB in the first round and he says he get ‘ s it but also opines on how he needs better talent around him to improve the team now.

      All fair comments imo. I think he’s grown up a lot, we may be watching a good player developing and peaking in front of our eyes. I’m banking on a very good year from him next season.

  • Irish Sweetness

    The best thing about the new year is that Charlie Brooker’s review of the previous year comes out.

  • AlbertInTucson

    So, the Bucs torpedo Lovie after 2 years…?

    As Blogfather tweeted, there’s got to be more to this…

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/14519289/tampa-bay-buccaneers-dismiss-coach-lovie-smith-second-season

    “Tampa Bay, the Cleveland of the South!”

  • Irish Sweetness

    Cut and Shoot, Texas. I like that.

    “Where ye from boy?”
    “Cut ‘n’ shoot.”
    “Ayuh.”

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