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Three Things the Bears Can Learn From the Carolina Panthers

| February 2nd, 2016

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DON’T TRADE GREAT PLAYERS BECAUSE THEY DON’T “FIT”

NFL coaches all think what they do is special. They’re wrong. Football is not a complicated game and winning, by and large, still comes down to which team has the better players.

Greg Olsen is a great player. Anybody with eyes knew he was beginning the process of becoming a great player in Chicago. And trading him away because he didn’t fit the system of an offensive coordinator was asinine then and is even more asinine now. If a coach can’t maximize the ability of a great player then the coach isn’t worth keeping around.

You ESPECIALLY don’t trade players for coordinator fits because coordinators are always a good season away from leaving your organization. Players can only leave if you let them (or if they hate you).

BE PATIENT

Who didn’t look at the Panthers receiving corps at the start of the season, following the injury to Kelvin Benjamin, and expect their offense to struggle?

The answer is Panthers GM Dave Gettleman.

Gettleman didn’t panic. He didn’t get desperate in the trade market. He believed in Ginn and Funchess and Cotchery. And those players rewarded his belief by being the most overachieving unit in the NFL.

SOMETIMES IT’S SIMPLE AS A STAR

There’s one reason the Panthers are in the Super Bowl: Cam Newton.

Sure, the Panthers have a collection of stud defenders (Keuchly, Norman, Short…etc.) but this is not a great defense. Is it championship caliber? Of course. But it has significant vulnerabilities, especially at the back end of its secondary.

Cam is more than a generational talent. He’s playing the most difficult position in sports in a way nobody has seen before. He throws 30-yard lasers with pinpoint accuracy while having no respect for mechanics. He doesn’t just extend plays with his legs. He runs between the tackles, absorbs the contact and bounces to his feet without noticing.

The Panthers have a C+ offensive roster and an A+ quarterback. That’s why they’re favored to win the organization’s first title.

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  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    First to say as a shout out to the crazies out there … the real cause of WWII was aliens anally probed Hitler as a youth causing him to want to rule the world to overcome this embarrassment … the evidence is on youtube … and people just refuse to believe it.

    We return you to your normal programming.

    • DaMurph

      I cant believe you beat Irish with this scoop!!!! Ya had to get up early for that! Job well done!!!

    • Bears-4-Ever

      Link? 😛

    • Bender McLugh

      lolz

    • Irish Sweetness

      In the plain light of day …..

      • MB30SD

        Hahahhahaha… chocolate teapots. Never heard that one, but they sound delicious. I love chocolates at tea time!

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        1. hey I am a dick, and never claimed not to be, hence the giant phallus. also if you are going to reference video of events make sure they don’t show clearly photoshopped images of cruise missiles.

        2. as i wrote on your earlier post:
        “that six foot hole shown in the video is not a hole on the exterior of the pentagon. it is a hole in the 3rd ring of the building. the exterior wall of the pentagon is built out of steel reinforced concrete clad in limestone, while if you see a better quality picture of the hole shown in video you will see that it is a brick wall, which is only used in the interior rings of the building.” to your other “points” there was numerous pieces of debris photographed identified as part of the plane, parts of landing gear, and parts of engines. Also the Pentagon is not anywhere near one of the most protected facilities on Earth.

        3. i got to agree with MB chocolate teapots sound delicious.

        Sure, I will continue to completely ignore my eyes, the eyes of all the witnesses, the pictures, the numerous investigations by many reputable newspapers/television shows/magazines, only to agree with an internet crazy’s youtube video that uses pictures taken out of context as “proof”. That sound logical to me.

        • Irish Sweetness

          On #1 please help us out. Honestly. I want to see a plane, I do.

          I don’t have anything I can analyse that video with

          I don’t even really know if the ‘streak’ video has been verified. If someone can show how they are not real, then please speak up, because if that video is real, then it’s no fkn plane.

  • Big Mike

    I have never disagreed with you more than I do with your statement about coaches. I will agree that scheme over fit is a huge problem. Over time a quality coach has the luxury of both. But coaching matters. From developing a culture, building a coaching staff, teaching technique, putting players in the best possible position for success, essentially getting more out of the sum of the parts you have, that’s coaching.

    Martz had a system and he put it in front of his personnel. Big mistake. He had a plan. It largely worked. Bears offense was productive. Should he have adapted his system, yeah. But your statement about the value of coaches is just garbage.

    • Bender McLugh

      this one?
      “If a coach can’t maximize the ability of a great player then the coach isn’t worth keeping around.”

      or this one?

      “You ESPECIALLY don’t trade players for coordinator fits because
      coordinators are always a good season away from leaving your
      organization.”

      I agree with the first but not the second, and I also agree with you that coaches are important. I must be missing something……..

      • BillW

        This one: NFL coaches think what they do is special. They’re wrong.

        I think what good coaches do is VERY special.

        • Bender McLugh

          ah right right, yeah I disagree wholeheartedly with that. BOO JEFFE BOOOO!!!! (orders more shots for all)

        • BearDown100393

          Kotite was special. So was Trestman. But in a Simple Jack way.

          • MB30SD

            You never go full retard man

          • BearDown100393

            Unless a Bengal.

      • Big Mike

        Maximizing the ability of every player on the roster is what a coach should do. Martz dictating personnel was an abomination. It showed how little Lovie Smith (a man who I have great respect for as Leader, Defensive and Special Teams Coach), cared or knew about Offense. I don’t even like when HC get involved with personnel.

        The greatest compliment I ever heard paid to a coach was from Bum Phillips about Bear Bryant. He said ” He can take his’n and beat your’n and take your’n and beat his’n”

        In context Bum wasn’t referring to scheme. He was referring to how Bear Bryant squeezed every bit of talent out his roster

        • Bender McLugh

          admittedly I blew by that first sentence of Jeffe’s because I immediately attributed it to Martz.

          • Big Mike

            I would like to believe that Jeffe’s post was so focused on Martz that he didn’t really mean it.

          • BillW

            I would like to believe Jeff would have enough respect for the coaching profession that he would be big enough to take those first two sentences back.

    • BillW

      Agree 100% . The issue was Martz himself. To take that and generalize that coaching somehow is not a major part of success dooms you to people like Trestman who feel his job is to grow the man.

  • Irish Sweetness

    1. Greg Olsen is NOT ‘great’. He certainly wasn’t ‘great’ as a Bear. He gets you 5 TDs and 700 yards a year. ‘Great’ tight ends are not this.

    2. Kylo Ren is … Undercover Boss ….

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2oRBykgaw4

    • Bender McLugh

      hahaha love that skit! Gotta disagree with you about Olsen. While he isn’t a Gronk he is still a Top 5 TE in this league and doesn’t that make him great? I guess it might not but to me it does.

      • Irish Sweetness

        But he plays for Carolina. Gary Barnidge had over a 1000 yards and 9 TDs this year for Cleveland. What numbers does he put up in Carolina? It’s a funny position, not really comparable with WRs – you’ve got to do special things to be a great TE.

        (quick look at stats for 2015)

        Gronk has 7.6 YAC, Kelce (7.4) … Olsen is 4.6 …s o no, he’s not really in the same league as the top TEs based on YAC.

        In 2014 he was mid-table for YAC. He is in average TE in above-average conditions.

        • Bender McLugh

          I’d have to argue scheme when comparing Olsen to Gronk. Olsen gets the tough yards and has great hands and run great routes, but those routes aren’t designed the same as they are for Gronk, let alone no one else to stretch the field and get defenders away from Olsen like Gronk has. How many wide open passes does Gronk get? And then Gronk being the BEST TE in history to this point (yes he is kids, don’t make me SMH), he can break tackles better and does basically everything better.

          So to me, Olsen is very good to great, Gronk is superb best of all time great. There is a difference……….and now I’m bored of my own argument.

    • MB30SD

      I am with you here my conspiracy slangin’ irish friend.

      He’s a pretty damn good WR, TEs can block and they don’t fall down when dude’s touch their feet.

      • Irish Sweetness

        This is why it’s ridiculous to say he was great when he was at Chicago to “anybody with eyes”. Jeff loved to say that he was the “key to the offense” … when that’s obviously the QB or some legendary RB. He had 0.7 YAC, only put up stats 1 out of every 3 games, and fell over at the sight of a cornerback. I wouldn’t even ride him for his blocking, few of the stat-TEs are great blockers.

    • BearDown100393

      Can Kylo Ren kick a ball out of the end zone?
      Just asking.

    • Trac

      When it comes to people fawning over Greg Olsen, it reminds me of the scientist that found a fossil of a lizard on one mountain top and a feather on another mountain top who then claims to have found the missing link.

  • Captain Obvious

    Here’s the thing that gets me just a little. Coming out of college, and even in his first couple years in the league, was Newton hailed as being potentially as good as he’s been this year?

    Sure, he was a high first-round pick. And before this year, he had periods where he looked good.

    But damn, this year he’s the MVP of the league (and if he doesn’t get the award, he’s at least top 3, right?). He’s physically gifted–that hasn’t changed in the past 3 years, though.

    So what has gotten him over the top? Coaching? Personal development?

    I think back to Rex, and I wonder if good coaching would have developed him into a shorter Favre.

    In any case, what changed about Newton? How is Newton different from RGIII (other than size, of course)?

    Because identifying and developing a QB who turns out like Newton has this year… that cures a lot of what ails you. Picture the current Bears, with healthy wideouts and Cam Newton under center. Even with a patchwork defense, that team is winning the NFC north and has a serious run into the playoffs.

    • Bender McLugh

      If I remember correctly (prolly not), wasn’t Cam’s first two games in the league for over 400 yards?

      Stats from his rookie season are pretty impressive, albeit a bit high on the INTs
      60.0%,

      4051 yards,

      21 TDs
      , 17 INTs

      I remember thinking this dude was going to be ridiculous good, but that took longer than expected.

    • BearDown100393

      What got Cam Newton over the top?
      Simple – Cam Newton. He decided he wanted to be more. And then worked his tail off in order to accomplish it. He seems to have a great coaching staff that helps him in every way possible. But it began with him.

      • Trac

        Nope, it began with his mama.

  • MB30SD

    That’s right bitches! Tommy Magnum is #1

    http://www.mandatory.com/2016/02/01/the-most-memorable-private-eyes-of-80s-tv/

    Guess what the ringtone on my phone is?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvjzSu9RIcI

    Oh rick, you’re so silly!

    • Bender McLugh

      not sure if you’ve seen this……can’t……WAIT………

      Archer Season 7
      https://amp.twimg.com/v/efeb4107-5775-4041-8970-a760bd583348

      • MB30SD

        Hahahahaha… that’s fucking awesome.

        See that canada… SEE THAT!!!

    • CanadaBear

      Magnum P.U.

      • MB30SD

        how… DAAAAAAARRREEE YOUUUUUUU!

        • CanadaBear

          It’s the age difference. I’m guessing you watched the show when you were a kid. I was almost in my 30’s when it debuted.

          • MB30SD

            still… BLASPHEMMMMY!!!!

    • Sactowns#1

      No Fall Guy with Lee Majors?! This list is obviously crap!

    • Irish Sweetness

      Okay, ringtones. Fess up lads!

      For some reason (I wanted a flip top) I got rid of my Nokia which could play MP3s, so it was Frank Zappa – Uncle Remus. Top to bottom lads, let’s have yours.

      • Sactowns#1

        Basic Apple ringtone. Before that it was the A-team theme song.

  • MB30SD

    GP: http://uncrate.com/stuff/legacy-jeep-scrambler/

    and it’s only a buckten!

    • The GP

      Those old CJ-8s were cool.

      • MB30SD

        I’ve had 3… not at a buckten each, but yeah, the chicks loves dudes in CJs.

        • Trac

          Small ball eh? Hahaha

          • MB30SD

            yes

      • Trac

        Yeah but the front end steering is for the birds.

        • Sactowns#1

          So is that weak ass engine they put in there AND it gets about 8mpg putting out less than 200hp with a top speed of 75mpg (that’s down hill with a strong wind at your back) Theyre a ton of fun for the trail (or driving along the beach like MB) but other than that theyre pretty much garbage.

          • Trac

            My buddy had one in high school. After a few cold ones, it was very difficult to keep on the road. Cool looking though, I’ll give em that.

  • burntorangenavyblue

    Waaat? For realz Jeff? Cam has something no one else has seen before? You just had to go there!

  • The GP

    We got Manumanuloa for Olsen, remember? Because Manu could run block.

    Sure, he was a piece of shit fatty with no skills, but he was supposedly better at run blocking!

    • CanadaBear

      I don’t remember Manofmoolah ever doing anything for the Bears but take up space, eat his way out of the league and cash big checks from the Beloved.

      • The GP

        His training table was at the Burger King.

        • CanadaBear

          He was too big for his frame when he showed up and then he must have added another 25 for good measure.

  • The GP

    Chicago: Where coaches grind and get tossed on the scrap heap, where good players get released to have solid careers elsewhere, where we once hired an undead cryptkeeper from a Canadian crypt to lead grown men, and where we once thought Mike Martz might be an answer

    • CanadaBear

      The Beloved have a history of bad signings. Bryan Cox was a beauty. All of those backup RB’s to spell Forte and then the trade for Gaines.

      • The GP

        I liked that Bryan Cox strapped a pillow to the back of his helmet so he could sleep on the sidelines.

        • CanadaBear

          He was a nice complementary piece for Miami and then the Bears signed him to be the man on D. He was one of the least athletic MLB’s I’ve ever seen in a Bears uniform.

          • The GP

            He looked like a South Side dance club bouncer that somebody gave a uniform to.

            http://www.rcsportscards.com/uploads/6/0/8/7/6087117/s568872814488652156_p1907_i1_w573.jpeg

          • CanadaBear

            Perfect description. Had the same temperament.

          • Doc Nitty

            He was the original Vontaze Burfict.

          • Doc Nitty

            Don’t forget. Hunter Hillenmeyer played in the middle for a spell.

          • CanadaBear

            HH always gave his best. Not overly athletic but smart. I’m not sure he was less athletic than Cox but you make a good point.

    • willbest

      Mike Martz might have been the answer if Jay didn’t break his thumb chasing down his own interception. Bears were 7-3 at that point.

  • The GP

    Jay Hilgy said on the Joniak show Monday night that Wanny did everything in his power to run Chico out of the league. So if Chico wins it all, you won’t see Wannstedt congratulating him and he probably picked the Broncos.

    The more media exposure Wanny gets, the more I hate him. Every other sentence references Jimmy Johnson. You would think he would tire of sucking Jimmy off, but he never does. He seems like the worst of the insider club: lack of brains but all the right friends.

    • Trac

      When you hate on wanny, you’re hatin on our tradition maings. Don’t be hatin.

      • CanadaBear

        Not hatin’, just strong dislikin’!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Trac

          Hahaha. You are a great guy Canada. That made me laugh.

      • MB30SD

        tradition of fucking loosing.

        I’m suck of fucking loosing. I want to win… often. enough traditions of loosing.

        • Trac

          Hahaha. Ah, that was sarcasm.

          • MB30SD

            I know… thass what I was sayin’

            Am I not a great guy too? *sniff*

          • Trac

            You make me cry, Canada makes me laugh. Hee hee

          • MB30SD

            at least I didn’t make you actually buy the biltong.

            Do you remember that I said lovie would be fired in 2 years btw? lucky we didn’t make that bet.

            I’m going home early may. 10 days in Cape Town with my pops and bro, 6 nights in Zimbabwe and Zambia in the bush. Can’t. Fucking. Wait.

          • Trac

            I secretly want to pay that bet, you allowed me to welch. You’re no Russell Wilson, I’ll give you that.

            Seriously though, I hope you have a great trip, my day will come, after I put new tires on the Raptor I will have to start budgeting for a trip back to the homeland.

          • MB30SD

            thanks. despite the fact that I’ve been heaping on the shit lately and kicking your ass (hahaha) I loves you maing. And I know the hard times you give is just thinly veiled jealousy for Murph’s and my mancrush.

            I will thank you. Nothing more that I love than going home… especially when I can get into the bush for a while. there’s nothing quite like african bush.

            You know what I mean track? See what I did there? See it?!

          • MB30SD

            Oh and yeah, keep two tires just a year longer and get back home man, I bet you anything you’ll want to go back yearly after that.

            And don’t stay long in Joburg, get down to capetown… I’ll have my pops show you around.

          • Trac

            I have skin in Pretoria.

          • MB30SD

            Oh and 2 days/one night in the wine country. BOOM!

          • Trac

            Now you’re braggin. Sounds like the perfect way to end the trip.

          • MB30SD

            $50 bottle of 5 star platts-rated wine that are $5 there. SMH

            Zuma is destroying our beautiful country. 18R to the dollar now.

          • Doc Nitty

            When are you leaving?

          • MB30SD

            first week in may

          • Doc Nitty

            Oh good. I still have plenty of time to destroy you.

            Will this be your first time back since your mom passed? How you doin with all that?

          • MB30SD

            hahahaha… bring that shit yo.

            Yeah. I’m ok thanks. it sneaks up on me sometimes. I’m usually too busy to think about it, but when it’s quiet or I catch a glimpse of a picture of her in my place, I get super sad. I miss her a ton. Just so weird she’s not here any more. She was an amazing person. Not disliked by anyone on this planet, literally… unlike her youngest son.

          • Sactowns#1

            Oh thanks for the invite jerk! I just booked a trip to Montanita via Guayaquil.

          • MB30SD

            I would, but this is for my mom’s and brother’s bday, and because my mom passed last year it’s going to be a pretty rough one but amazing.

            Next year I’ll go to just have fun and party, you’re def invited then

        • Tradition of staching.

          That’s right. I made it a verb

    • CanadaBear

      I dislike Wanny more than Nessman. After Wanny got out from under JJ (in many ways) he was an abject failure at every stop. Not to mention he was a paranoid prick. One of the type of people I dislike the most, Kiss up, Kick down. Plus he was totally incompetent in all other phases.

    • MB30SD

      guy’s a fucking meatball tool

    • BearDown100393

      I find it hard to believe Dave Wannstedt would even have had the power to fire a water boy let alone run Rivera out of the NFL.

      • The GP

        I think it was way back in the day, when Rivera was a QC guy just starting out. I think he clashed with Wanny in the locker room, and therefore Wanny tried to block his career into the NFL coaching ranks afterwards.

    • BillW

      Classless John Elway said that the fact they are in the Super Bowl is the reason for firing John Fox.

      First – Fox got them there too.

      Second – they haven’t won yet (or did he get a peek at the script?)

      Third – I never did like John Elway.

      GO PANTHERS!!!

  • BillW

    PFT has a story about a guy who (somehow) has a recording of most of Super Bowl I. It’s missing commercials and a few plays when it came out of commercial and some of the third quarter (coming out of half time presumably).but a LOT more than the league has.

    He is trying to sell it to the league. He asked for $1 million (about 7 seconds of a Super Bowl commerical this year). The league is offering 30,000 – take it or leave it.

    Comments on the site (including me) are encouraging the guy to strike a deal with a TV network (obviously not CBS/NBC/ABC) to broadcast him burning the tapes.

    As a life long Bears fan and long time season ticket holder, I’ve always wondered what I could do to show my disgust with the NFL. I won’t give up going to or watching Bear games. I have given up watching non-Bear regular season games and most playoff games.

    I would donate to a crowd fund site to make the “Middle Finger Salute to Roger Goodell Show” happen.

    • BearDown100393

      Sell it to Trump. He can play excerpts of the game instead of pontificating toward the New Hampshire caucus.

      • BillW

        See – the thing is the NFL still holds the broadcast rights. No one can broadcast his tapes without the NFL giving permission.

        So they are claiming the tapes do not have a huge value to this guy and $30,000 is reasonable since he can’t do anything with them.

        Of course he can sell them to a collector who can hold on to them figuring eventually the NFL will up the offer.

    • Trac

      Technically it’s NFL property and technically, the NFL is exercising their right to say, screw you pal.

      • BillW

        Exactly. well, the tapes are not their property but the broadcast rights are.

        Still, he owns something the NFL doesn’t have and (presumably) should want to have. And it appears he is literally the only one. (I read this story came out 5 years ago. If someone else had something similar it probably would have come out by now.)

        It’s not that the NFL doesn’t want it. They wouldn’t offer $1 if they didn’t.

        $1 million is way too much to expect. I’m sure the guy would take far less. I would guess though that some cable station could offer him say $250,000 to burn it on live TV and force Goodell to deal with the obvious question on why would you not want to pay more than $30,000 for something that should be a treasure for them?

    • willbest

      It my not seem like it but this is a total win for the guy. If the NFL does its job and Football is just as popular 45 years from now, his copy will be worth $10+ million and he could sell it to whoever he wanted to. Meanwhile, he now has a bona fide arms length offer to show the tax man that the video is worth only $30,000 when he has to bequeath it to his kids.

    • And I’m sure some Pack or Chiefs billionaire fanatic can offer him $1M, easily.

      For both, sentimental and financial reasons. Or maybe even some corporation. Put it next to the corporate art.

  • BillW

    The liitle click-bait links DISQUS puts on the site has a new one I saw for the first time just now.

    “The Most Unfaithful NFL Players”

    Who is pictured might you ask? Favre.

    Well done!

  • 505 Bears

    Remember when the Superbowl was about football and not a damn fashion show?! Head injuries my ass…if these guys didn’t want all that bling to flaunt, they wouldn’t play the game and risk injury. But that’s just my 2 cents.

  • Sactowns#1

    Non football question: Anyone here been to Ecuador? I booked my trip for the first 2 weeks of April and want some tips and pointers.

    • Trac

      Yes, don’t drink the water.

    • Bender McLugh

      take a day trip to Aruba, it’s off the coast. Then just stay there.

      • Trac

        I think Bernie is sending him down there to lay low until after the election. Hee hee.

      • Sactowns#1

        Wrong side of the continent. I will be visiting Barbados next winter though. That’s about as close as I’ll get to Aruba this year.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Never been South of Nogales, Mexico.

  • BerwynBomber

    A great player, IMO, is someone who is either a) a sure-fire HoFer, or b) someone whose trajectory, skill set and accomplishments make eventual HoF status plausible. Does Olsen fall in the latter category?

    Seems a bit premature and/or that he would have to be Newton’s permanent go-to guy the next four or five years while CAR snags another SB or two. Plus, I don’t remember him being much of a blocker while here, though I suppose with the new hybrid TEs that might count for less, and if a player is so outstanding in one facet (or multiple facets) his shortcomings in one area can be overlooked. A classic example of that is Dion Sanders who was an other-worldly shutdown CB and PR man but pretty much useless when it came to run support.

    • Trac

      Does the average NFL fan care less about Olsen or Sanders? It’s a close one.

      • SC Dave

        Olsen still plays, so there are a bazillions fantasy players that care.

        Sanders, not so much.

  • willbest

    Sometimes I think these articles get written while stoned.
    1) Olsen is a very good player. He is not irreplaceable. And yes the Bears should have gotten more, but not that much more. He would have been a liability in 2011 because of his blocking ability. And don’t forget the Bears were 7-3 before and well on their way back to the playoffs when Jay decided to take himself out for the rest of the season.

    2) Be patient? Isn’t that easy when your team doesn’t lose its first 13 games? That is more of a “if its not broke don’t fix it”. A be patient moment was after week 4 in 2014 when people were saying “Hey Bill you going to bench Brady?”

    3) Nobody played QB better in 2015 than Cam. Well Palmer did but then he stopped after week 16. This is the first year we are talking about Cam as a top 5 QB talent. A bit premature on the generational thing. And while Cam has elevated his play this year, a lot of what gives Cam that flexibility is the lack of pressure associated with not having to do it all himself. It is the same benefit Russell Wilson has gotten. By contrast, see Andrew Luck or Drew Brees

    • The GP

      Sometimes I think these articles get written while stoned.

      With Jeff, it is probable, yeah.

    • Doc Nitty

      I resent the implication that being stoned prevents quality work.

      I resent it mightily.

      Even if it is true.

      Sometimes.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Maths and weed, Doc. Tell the truth.

  • The GP

    GP’s Top 10 go Carolina Reasons.

    1. Wanny will shit if Chico gets a ring as HC
    2. Elway said they reached the Super Bowl BECAUSE they fired Fox
    3. Fuck Denver. No really – I lived there, FUCK that place.
    4. Fuck Denver some more
    5. People who hate on Newton are just projecting closet racism. If he was white people would love him.
    6. Their tradition is giving TD balls to kids. They get it.
    7. I got no love for Carolina’s ownership, but Jerry WAS and IS the only player ever to own.
    8. Fuck Elway. Bowlen is too wrecked to know anything anyway. Seriously, FUCK those guys.
    9. I am so over Manning and his broken down HGH wife blame, I can’t even tell ya
    10. NFC > AFC.

    • willbest

      On #7 The team is only 20 years old, and Jerry and his family own less than 50% of the team. Over half is owned by a group of nameless money men.

      • The GP

        Ah well, he makes a nice story

    • Trac

      #5 – I don’t get the hate either but even black TV commentators/Ex players have mentioned it would benefit him and the game if he were tone down his on field celebrations. That’s my only knock on the guy.

      • Bender McLugh

        It does irk me, but it used to irk me more. I honestly think he does it for the kids and they love it…..which then irks me again because what’s the lesson there? As long as you are good enough you can act like a douche?

      • The GP

        How did you feel about Mark Gastineau?

        • Trac

          That he was an ass. I have way more respect for newton than that.

        • Cormonster

          I hate loudmouth French dudes with long hair and mustaches, aside from the Three Musketeers of course.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I disliked Gastineau’s sack dance from the get-go.

          ESPECIALLY for the precedent it set.

          The NFL should have slapped him down immediately and declared that crap unsportsmanlike conduct and put and end to it..

          I always disliked Jared Allen’s “rope & tie” BS.

          I am not a fan of Willie Young’s Fly-Fishing nonsense.

    • BerwynBomber

      Were Osweiler still starting I might not mind DEN winning, but the prospect of some BS historical narrative of Manning’s “redemption” story being etched on his career statue? Fuck. No.

      Btw, I tend to think the Newton hate is more complicated than pure racism but it undoubtedly plays a part with some of his more vocal detractors.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      You are calling people closet racist if they hate Newton? That’s a little unfair….just a tad wee bit.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        i haven’t figured that one out either

      • SC Dave

        Well… there is the notion that those poor blacks just cant help themselves, so we would be rascist to expect them to. That whole thing being the embodiment of liberal racism.

        To me, we should expect everyone to meet the same standards. Like MLK said.

        No excuses. No enabling.

    • AlbertInTucson

      #5 DON’T tell me if I dislike him it can only be because he is black. Incredibly weak assertion.

      • The GP

        Many people can’t or won’t acknowledge their own biases.

        • AlbertInTucson

          And many people just can’t can’t WAIT to be “offended”.

          • Trac

            It’s wrong to judge people’s heart motives, but I really think this issue is another example of politics over taking society.

        • Trac

          Yes, the heart is deceitful above all things, who can know it?

  • The GP

    Darn Texans – always banging Brazillian hookers and then sending them home.

    From DCHHS

    DALLAS (Feb. 2, 2016) – Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) has received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the first Zika virus case acquired through sexual transmission in Dallas County in 2016. The patient was infected with the virus after having sexual contact with an ill individual who returned from a country where Zika virus is present. For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, DCHHS does not provide additional identifying information.

    • SC Dave

      Bettter than a Frenchman banging nonhuman primates in africa and bringing us AIDS?

      • SC Dave

        I keed… it just seemed soooo Da Blog

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Greg Olsen is a great player. Anybody with eyes knew he was beginning the process of becoming a great player in Chicago. And trading him away because he didn’t fit the system of an offensive coordinator was asinine then and is even more asinine now. If a coach can’t maximize the ability of a great player then the coach isn’t worth keeping around.”

    Yes.

    Jere Burns couldn’t figure out how to utilize Herschel Walker when he went to the Vikings and there was still plenty of tread left those tires.

    Burns was an idiot.

    • SC Dave

      We were on that bandwagon a long time ago, compadre.

      Like the Forte thing. And they *still* want to ditch him.

      Maybe it takes 40+ years of the shit to get it.

      • Trac

        Dave, I think the opposite is true with Forte. They’ve utilized the heck outta him. I’d much rather move on him before it’s too late because the treads are getting thinner evra year. Totally different situation. Fox will use him as a part of a running back by committee which is as it should be at this point.

        • SC Dave

          Absolutely agree with that last sentence and I hope that is *exactly* what Fox does.

          I believe we could get as many as three solid, productive years from Forte that way. Enough time to get at least one ring per hand, eh?

  • SC Dave

    Was looking at SB records and realized if things were to become truly righteous, the Bears would run off ten in a row starting next year.

    • Doc Nitty

      Dave, Your theories are intriguing to me and I’d like to renew my subscription to your newsletter. Thank you. That is all.

  • MB30SD
  • Doc Nitty

    I really don’t understand the Newton hate. What is he doing that is any different than a hundred other players before him? Neon Deon, Icky Woods, every player whose ever sacked the QB, etc etc. he’s a QB so he gets more chances to celebrate I guess. I really don’t get it. It’s part of today’s game. It’s celebrated on Madden. It’s what the highlights feature. It’s all in good fun and the guy is a straight baller. I don’t get it. He’s confident and brash but he backs it up. But I guess people hated Ali at first too.

    If he starts getting caught with hookers n blow in his hotel room or beats up a woman then I can see it. But the dude seems to be growing up and is having a helluva lot of fun doing it.

    Somebody please esplain this to me.

  • The GP

    Vote for this guy, he will make Dave and Rodger kiss and make up!

    http://radio.com/2016/02/02/john-kasich-promises-to-reunite-pink-floyd-if-elected-president/

    • SC Dave

      Oh gee, that would be like, important.

      • The GP

        Suck it Dave. Floyd is boss.

  • The GP
    • Trac

      Let the whoa is me descent begin. It ain’t gonna be pretty.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog

    While so much media descends on the Super Bowl for a week plus, I find most fans don’t give a shit about the game til it kicks off.”

    Preaching to the Choir, Reverend. personally,

    I watched ZERO of the Monday media day.

    But SOMEBODY tuned in because it did a nice number in the ratings for the 4-letter.

    Our local radio hosts said they enjoyed watching Miss Universe and the Spanish TV (female) reporters ask questions.

  • Irish Sweetness

    “… but this is not a great defense. Is it championship caliber? Of course. But it has significant vulnerabilities, especially at the back end of its secondary.”

    Jesus, Jeff. They have the best secondary.

    > 1st in the league for opposing QB rating (73.5)

    > 1st in the league for interceptions made (24)

    > Tied 1st (with Denver) in the league for fewest yards per pass attempt allowed (6.2)

    > 8th in the league for fewest passing TDs allowed.

    > 10th in the league for lowest passing yardage allowed.

    The Panthers have a C+ offensive roster and an A+ quarterback.

    The Panthers are the #2 rushing team in the NFL based on average, meaning they have a great offensive line, cos their RBs aren’t great. They’re 24th in passing offense (yardage) and Cam is 26th(!) in completion % (59). 6 QBs are rated higher than he is … he’s hardly A+ … accuracy-wise he’s a D.

    “DON’T TRADE GREAT PLAYERS BECAUSE THEY DON’T “FIT””

    Poppycock and balderdash. Happens all the time. But please point out to us, statistically, when Greg Olsen was “great” with the Bears … whilst we stifle our laughter at the “man who heard footsteps” and disappeared for two games after registering stats for one.

    • Trac

      I agree with this statement Irish. It reflects the clarity of a sharp mind.

      • The GP

        Irish sees what others miss.

  • oohhh me likery. All aboard the Trevathan/Malik train, choo choo…

    Broncos ILB Danny Trevathan admitted he could “end up talking” to the Bears as a free agent next month.

    Trevathan was drafted by now-Bears coach John Fox in Denver. “Coach Fox is one of the guys that gave me the opportunity to showcase I can fit within the scheme,” Trevathan said. “I’m sure it’ll be there, I’m sure we’ll end up talking, but right now my main focus is this game. Whatever happens, happens.” Trevathan started every game this season and received strong marks from Pro Football Focus for his run defense and pass coverage. He’ll be 26 next month. – Roto

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