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40-Something Thoughts, Predictions and Various Ramblings on the 2017 NFL Season

| September 3rd, 2017

Much indebted to Mr. Klein. A good and honorable man. And if CK wants to use the word elegancy you let him use it. He’s that kind of guy.

To the league we go! One thought on each NFL franchise, a bunch of thoughts on the Chicago Bears and a Super Bowl prediction!

  • The Bears are going to be a good team with a bad quarterback until they wake up and stop playing the bad quarterback. If Mitch Trubisky doesn’t get 8 or more starts in 2017, then 2017 will be a wasted season. Sadly I’m starting to think he won’t.
  • Think about Brock Osweiler, cut by the Browns at the end of this preseason. He’s 26 years old. He’s made $40 million. And he’s only been sacked 52 times in his entire career! So Osweiler made more than $769,000 per sack taken.
  • Fewest points in a 16-game season is 140 from the 1992 Seattle Seahawks. I say the Jets challenge that. You tell me how the Jets mount a single 80-yard touchdown drive this season.
  • Asked the Official Lady Friend of DaBlog, Ms. Sarah Scully, what she thought about the Los Angeles Rams. She responded, “I don’t.”
  • Andrew Luck is one of the best players in the NFL. And now Chris Ballard has a couple years to rescue Luck from the middle of the ocean, where he was abandoned by a pill-popping owner and the quite possibly insane Ryan Grigson. Colts finish last in the AFC South.
  • Two quarterbacks who have no business being on their current teams: Tyrod Taylor (Buffalo) and A.J. McCarron (Cincinnati). If the Bills hadn’t brought Tyrod back there’s a good chance he’d be on the Chicago Bears right now, sparing the fan base from the nightmare of Glennon. McCarron is better than all of the quarterbacks on the Jet, Jaguar, Colt (sans Luck) and Niner rosters.
  • Defensive Player of the Year: Leonard Floyd, Chicago Bears. (Yep. 12-15 sacks.)

  • For the most part, I’ve stayed quiet on the Jay Cutler/Dolphins story. But I watched their third preseason game against the Eagles and one word kept springing to mind: comfortable. Jay looked comfortable in that offense, comfortable in that uniform, comfortable within himself at the post-game podium. I’ve never hid my affection for Jay Cutler, the man. I like originals and Cutler has never been anything but himself, even when the fans and media in Chicago were begging for him to be cookie cutter. I don’t think this is going to be a one-year fling with Cutty and Gase in Miami. Watch out for these Dolphins.
  • Don’t be surprised if Jordan Howard’s numbers (carries and yards) are down from 2016 for two reasons. (1) Tarik Cohen looks like he’s going to get a steady amount of action in a change-of-pace role. (2) Defenses are going to make Glennon beat them as long as Glennon is on the field. And, you know, he can’t.
  • This column has notoriously expected great things from the Chiefs year-after-year. And in the regular season they have delivered. But even though they’ve won 43 games over the last four seasons, they’ve yet to get by the divisional round of the playoffs. So I’m predicting a down year for Andy Reid and company. This means either (a) they’ll win the Super Bowl or (b) they’ll find themselves middle of the pack mid-season and make the premature move to Patrick Mahomes. Down year. Chiefs.
  • John Elway signing Brock Osweiler means one thing: Paxton Lynch can’t play. But nevertheless I can’t take Denver seriously if they insist on Trevor Siemian as their starting quarterback. (Sorry, Northwestern faithful.) 8-8 max.
  • 2017 MVP: Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
  • From the Los Angeles Times: “It is embarrassing, I think, for both the Chargers and the National Football League, to be playing in a 27,000-seat stadium,” the Hall of Fame quarterback [Dan Fouts] said Monday in an interview with KNX-AM (1070).” Anybody wanna bet the Chargers don’t sell that place out, say, 4 times?
  • Bears leading receiver in 2017: Kendall Wright.
  • The fatal flaw of the 2016 New York Giants was their offensive line play. The fatal flaw of the 2017 New York Giants? Their offensive line play. It’s the same guys! Keep shuffling those deck chairs, Giants, but the Titanic ain’t missing the iceberg. Giants may have the best defense in the NFL this season but they will whiff block their way out of contention.
  • Alshon Jeffery’s season stats with the Eagles: 10 games played, 51 catches, 609 yards, 4 TDs.
  • Offensive Player of the Year: David Johnson, Cardinals
  • Surprise Bears stat of the season: Dion Sims, 9 touchdowns.
  • You know what I find interesting? The whole “Redskins” debate got replaced by the Kaepernick debate. Haven’t read a single word on “Redskins” this off-season. But it’s Kaepernick, Kaepernick, Kaepernick in every newspaper column, on every sports radio show, on all the screaming morning cable programs. Personally I find the word “Redskins” far more offensive than anything Colin Kaepernick has ever done.
  • How the NFC North Will Shake Out This Season:
    • I don’t think this is a particularly good Packers team but who is catching them? They could probably take the NFC North with 9 wins. 10-6.
    • Vikings are too good on the defensive side of the ball to drop below the two spot and Dalvin Cook will be a star if he keeps his head on straight. 9-7.
    • No clue what to make of the Lions year-to-year. Feels like 7-9.
    • Glennon.
  • If Sheldon Richardson is motivated and sane, the Seahawks defense will be a force. An absolute force. 26 year-old star defensive linemen don’t just get dealt to contenders in August every season.
  • Most exciting offensive Bear of 2017: Tarik Cohen. There’s something about this guy. He’s thrilling to watch. 
  • I just have nothing to say about the San Francisco 49ers. So I looked at their coaching staff page and found out DeMeco Ryans is working there. I found that interesting. Do you? (I don’t actually care.)
  • Sneaky good thing about Cowboys in 2016? Defense and turnover differential. 14th in yards allowed, 5th in points allowed, 9th in turnover differential.
  • Most disappointing offensive Bear of 2017: Kevin White. I just get the feeling it’s not going to happen for the kid.
  • Fun fact about the New Orleans Saints. Since the bounty scandal and ridiculous penalties imposed, the Saints have gone 7-9 four of the last five seasons. That’s almost impressive consistency in this league. But seriously, how is that possible? With Drew Brees and his absurd production? Sean Payton might be the most overrated coach in the league. Prediction for this season: 7-9.
  • Offensive Rookie of the Year: Christian McCaffrey, Panthers
  • Pivotal year for Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. Both have had solid starts to their careers. Both are on up-and-coming teams. But neither had any expectations until 2017. Both the Bucs and Titans are expected to be in the playoffs this year and if they make it their quarterbacks will be the reason why. I’m going to ignore Mariota’s wretched preseason performance against the Bears and say both teams are playing in January.
  • Matt Ryan’s interceptions the last five seasons:
    • 2012: 14
    • 2013: 17
    • 2014: 14
    • 2015: 16
    • 2016: 7
    • 2017: I say he returns to the land 14-17 and it keeps the Falcons to the 9-win zone.
  • Bears interception leader this season: Kyle Fuller (5)
  • Blake Bortles was the only option to start the season for the Jags. His prize? The Houston Texans, one of the sport’s best defenses, in Week One. My prediction: Bortles doesn’t make it through the game.
  • I’ve got the Steelers opening 5-0 and coasting to an AFC North division title. Pittsburgh is just quietly going about their business again this off-season. A few contract things here and there, which is what happens when you have terrific players. They’re making a run this year.
  • Sometimes I wonder what it must be like to be a Pats fan. There hasn’t been a single season since 2001 that fan base hasn’t entered September believing they are one of the five best teams in the NFL and – most seasons – the best. They’ve been to six Super Bowls during that period. Six! But they’re not getting there this season. (See Super Bowl prediction below.)
  • Defensive Rookie of the Year: Marlon Humphrey, Ravens
  • Bears defensive rankings this season: Yards – 12th, Points – 10th. (I’m a big believer in this Bears defense but they are still two key players – a top corner and a second pass rusher – from joining the top of the sport.)
  • Remember when Deshaun Watson was “ahead of any rookie quarterback” Bill O’Brien had been around? Well he failed to beat out Tom Savage for the starting job in Houston. The Watson Bandwagon went wandering off the trail after that initial preseason game.
  • Bears record in December: 3-2. (This is operating under the assumption that Trubisky will be playing in December. And no, I’m not convinced that will be the case.)
  • AFC Playoff Teams: Patriots, Raiders, Steelers, Titans, Dolphins, Bengals
  • NFC Playoff Teams: Seahawks, Packers, Cowboys, Bucs, Giants, Cardinals

Chicago Bears Season Prediction

How do you predict this 2017 campaign? Until I know (a) the number of games Mike Glennon will play and (b) the number of games he won’t, how do I accurately appraise the situation?  The Bears have the defense and running game to be 8-8 or better. But I think they’ll stick with their starting quarterback too long.

6-10.

Super Bowl Prediction

Seattle’s move for Sheldon Richardson struck me as the confident stroke of an organization that thinks 2017 is their year. And I don’t see a major challenger in that division so it won’t surprise me if they find themselves with home field throughout the NFC playoffs. If that’s the case, nobody is beating them.

And I firmly believe the Raiders were headed to the Super Bowl last season if Derek Carr were still behind center. So why not pick them not only to get to Minneapolis this year but…

Oakland 23, Seattle 20.

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  • King of DBB

    Am I reading this correctly?

    Calvin Klein sent you a note praising Da Blog? Is that a joke?

    • “elegancy”

    • beninnorcal

      Was trying to figure that out myself. I wish Jeff would explain further. Very interesting.

  • AlbertInTucson

    How many of Sims’ wildly optimistic 9 TDs come from Glennon and how many from Trubisky?

    • SC Dave

      Hahah…love it. Since Jeff assumes Tribisky won’t play, obviously all from Glennon and Sanchez.

      Tho maybe he thinks Tarik is going to throw five of them?

    • If it’s Glennon, it’s 9TDs but he only throws 9TDs the whole season.
      IF it’s Trubisky, he throws all 9 to him against the Packers.

    • Johnnywad

      Trubisky is going to have to throw him 12 to account for Glennon’s negative 3.

  • CanadaBear

    Leonard Floyd will need at least 20 sacks to be DPOY. Those guys almost always come from a playoff team. For a player on a shitty team to win, he has to be head and shoulders above everyone else. Sims = 9 TD’s. Really? Are Kyle Fuller’s 5 INT’s with the Bears? Doubtful. The other Bears predictions seem somewhat reasonable.

    Good on Jeff to get a nice note from CK but it would mean a lot more if it came from a football guy instead of a fashion designer.

    • SC Dave

      I do like his pick for offensive ROY. I’ve been on the McCaffrey bandwagon since the moment the Panthers picked him. It’s a great situation for him.

  • The Chiefs and Texans, both well run organizations, sitting their 1st RD QBs.
    The Browns, a shittily run organization, starting Kizer.

    The Bears….

    I think Glennon gets 2 games. If he goes full Clausen, I don’t think Fox ,like his bud Fischer, will be able to placate the natives.

    • CanadaBear

      I think as soon as MT can read defenses and can call out the protections at the line, he’s starting. Right now he seems to have no clue and a LB flying in without being touched is a recipe for IR.

      • beninnorcal

        I’m still ok with the Bears sitting him for awhile. This isn’t a playoff team. There is value in him watching Glennon blow it for awhile, but that’s just like, my opinion, man.

        • “This isn’t a playoff team”

          I think that’s a premise the sit/start Trub clicks fundamentally disagree on.

          Data and Jeff both think this current squad is ready to make a playoff push. Ergo, play Trub who gives better chance to win.

          The ‘sit trub’ clan don’t believe this roster is good enough even for a WC. Ergo, why rush Trub?

          I think our starters are pretty good, but our depth is shit still recovering from the Angelo/Emery yrs and injuries.

          And I got bad news for bears fans. MORE injuries will further deplete our already thin roster because that’s football. Every team must roll with 2nd /3rd stringers eventually, except our 2nd/3rd stringers are dudes like Timu and McMannis. As a Bear fan, I’m just hoping that isn’t till mid season, and it isn’t a historically inj team again.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            “This isn’t a playoff team”

            My take: Play him. Let him get through the rookie mistakes where it is not costing us a playoff spot.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Duuuuuuuuuude ….

      • Agreed.

        I don’t get Jeff’s distaste for learning from the bench as if it can’t be done.

        Has he never studied for a test?

        Preparation can make a world of difference.

        I understand that a rook might learn just as much or more by trial and error but you don’t get decapitated by a 350 pd lineman when you fill in “D” instead of “C” on the scantron.

        Give the rook a week or 2. Even just going through the NFL motions of prep, opening day, practice, travel, etc will benefit him, get his body accustomed to the new routine.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Chiefs and Texans are already playoff teams. Bears are light years away.

  • Johnnywad

    Color me shocked that the Redskins controversy is dead.

    Nobody outside of a very small handful of Americans gives a shit. And it seems many of that small handful weild a pen for a living.

    There are real problems to deal with in life. The name of a football team, however offensive it may be, just doesn’t raise the needle for most folks.

    As for Kaep, I find the notion that 32 GMs have banded together to effectively black list a starting caliber quarterback pretty suspect. These guys hire players that beat women and children pretty regularly. In a league where it’s increasingly more difficult to find a quarterback that has the athleticism and brains to be an effective starter, there’s no way he’d sit out if he could still play. The guys just isn’t good enough. The secret sauce left with Harbaugh.

    • beninnorcal

      Couldn’t have said it better myself, Johnnywad. Tired of hearing about both. I used to think Kaep was pretty good, that game against our Bears made me re-think it all. He just isn’t any good without Harbaugh.

      • King of DBB

        Aaron Rodgers in his ESPN interview, flat out says the owners are conspiring against Kap to try and quell the racial overtones that is very dangerous to the NFL.

        Brave thing for him to state outright. And he is in a position where his opinion is valuable.

        • Johnnywad

          How the hell would a player know that?

          • willbest

            His warm and fuzzy relationship with Ted Thompson?

          • King of DBB

            How would you, as a fan, know it’s bunk?

          • Johnnywad

            I wouldn’t. But I’m not the one making a claim such as “The owners are conspiring against Kap.”

            I just think it’s a silly notion that a group of 32 billionaire owners (excluding the city of Green Bay) would conspire against a single mediocre player and that Aaron Rodgers, would have evidence of it. Makes no sense.

            And further, how would conspiring against Kap quell racial racial overtones? If true, wouldn’t that make things worse? If that were their hypothetical aim, the best thing they could do is put him on a major market team and let him protest away in broad daylight, release a statement that its his right, and let the whole thing just run out of gas.

            As soon as they realize kneeling during the anthem is doing nothing to stop young black men getting shot by cops, it’ll grow old and fade away.

          • Corporal Clott

            The NFL platform is too big for the Owners to risk one uppity slave throwing a monkey wrench in the works.

          • willbest

            Its an interesting point in our time when 1 uppity slave has the power to halt a $12 billion behemoth.

          • CanadaBear

            I doubt the owners ever talk about it among themselves. I can certainly believe 31 owners (who are pretty conservative by nature) coming to the same conclusion. Unless the guy is very good, why take on the headache. Not to mention he can’t run a typical NFL offense worth a crap. I’ve got nothing against CK but if you’re going to buck the NFL you’d better be really, really good if you want to stay employed.

        • leftcoastdave

          Bunk.

          Look at Kaep’s record.

          Watch the tape of him being smacked down by da Bears last year.

          If he was worth what he was asking, he would be signed. This is a competitive league. If the dude wanted to play, he would lower his price to his perceived value.

    • The question with Kaep isn’t if he’s good. He isn’t, really.

      But is he BETTER than Tolzien? Is he better than Semian? Is he better than Chad Henne, Bortles, McCown?

      Who would give their respective team a better chance to win?

      In the NFL, it’s all relative.

      Fact is, if Kaep didn’t kneel, he’d have a gig.
      No one really denies that.

      NFL teams always try to salvage a bad QB with natural talent (see Cutler, Bortles…)

      • Johnnywad

        Completely agree. The point I’m after here is that there is no larger conspiracy organized against him.

        A backup simply isn’t worth the media baggage that comes with that particular backup QB. That doesn’t take secret back door meetings on the QT to work itself out.

        • leftcoastdave

          The league needs to impose affirmative action thought police upon the owners. They should make Jerry Jones hire Kaep for $20m/year as penance for hiring a woman beater.

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        Kaep reminds me of a Saturday Night Live punchline from Norm MacDonald.

        He’s “Box Office Poison.”

    • AlbertInTucson

      Kaep: Took Much Baggage.

    • leftcoastdave

      I live on a Rez (yes, a nice one) and among Native Americans, the Redskins cap is the most popular of all. It is not offensive to anyone but those playing the victim game.

      There was also a big case at either an appellate court or the Supremes along the lines of “get over it”, but for the life of my I can’t remember which case that was. But it put the legal issue to bed, likely for good.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      If the reporters would quit bringing it up everyone would forget about him by now.

  • I’m trying to think of “surprise” teams that will push for the playoffs coming off a bad season

    I think the Bears and Panthers are the likely candidates in the NFC.

    The AFC I can’t really see a worst to first scenario.

    • SC Dave

      Depends on Luke being able to go. They are not the same team without him.

  • BearDown100393

    Jeff got weird in attempt to go pro.

  • FF alert

    Just wanna thank those who showed up to the draft. Willie, Fres, Waffle, Ender, Artoo, NBIT, 505, Shady, Sac.

    It was a blast!

    Some fun tidbits from Da Blog draft:

    Cutler went for $24 (to take a wild guess)
    Vadgers went for $26 (traitors!)
    Howard for $41 (to moi)
    Trub for $4 (also to Waffle)
    White for $8
    Cohen for $4
    Alshon for $27

    NO ONE bid for Glennon…in a BEAR league

    Edit. I see Shady being all Shady paid $1 for him off the waiver wire this morning

    I got Hoyer for $1 just so I can say I beat all you MOFOs with Da Destroya!

    Highest paid $58 for David Johnson/LeveonBell
    Best bargain (IMO) $1Luck (though who knows how long he’s out for?)

    Just some tidbits.

    That is all. Bear down and carry on.

    – Da Commish

  • Sactowns#1

    Alshon getting less than 1000 yards is just wishful thinking. The Bears screwed up and we all know it.

    • If Alshon is healthy, he clears 1,000

      But as we all know, that’s a BIG if.

      Also, Pace offered him the biggest multi-yr deal. Rumor was $12M/yr

      Would you have offered him more, like $15M per yr?

      • CanadaBear

        I was one of his biggest supporters on the blog (along with Dave) but when he turned down the Bears offer and accepted way less to move on, that tells you all you need to know. Don’t have anything against him and wish him well but he’s just another WR in the NFL after he left the Beloved.

        • I was pragmatic about him.
          Word was that he was lazy and did bare minimum. But I’m not in that locker room. I don’t know that.
          However, after seeing the rest of the league desperate for talent low bal him, I began to give those rumors a bit more credence.

          and $15M/yr for that type of player should never be in the plan.

          Rather give that $ to Hicks or who ever really wants to ball here in Chi.

      • DaBearsBlog

        Prior to 2016 season, Pace offered more than that.

    • leftcoastdave

      AJ needed to go.

      His Tude was not welcomed in the locker room.

  • FA ends not with a bang, but with a whimper

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/09/03/bears-claim-three-including-wr-tre-mcbride/

    Bears scoop up LS Andrew DePaola who just came off a torn ACL cuz Pace won’t sign you unless you’re coming of a devastating inj.

    WR Tre McBride (via Titans) now on board
    HB Taquan Mizzell (via Ravens) to replace Carey, I guess.

    Underwhelming, to say the least.

    • CanadaBear

      Not trying to be a smart ass but what did you expect? Most teams aren’t so stacked they are releasing good players.

      • Was hoping for Ward or some Sheldon RIchardson type deal.
        But, we’re the Bears. Mizzel it is.

        • CanadaBear

          Indeed!

          • leftcoastdave

            Smoke looks to be a nice backup to Tarik on the practice squad.

          • Well, the Bears will see TJ Ward, when we play the Bucs WK 3.

    • leftcoastdave

      I have not heard the Fat Lady warble yet.

      Didn’t McBride light up da Bears third string with a TD in PS? Nice to put on the practice squad.

      Then there’s Taquan Mizzell. He was picked up because of his great nickname, “Smoke”, as well as ability to catch out of the backfield. And big plus was to piss Irish off because he weighs less than 200 lbs.

      • Irish Sweetness

        God protect Jordan, otherwise ….

  • leftcoastdave

    Wow, a very nice article, but I am wondering how Sims gets all those TD’s if Fuller leads in picks(???).

    Another inconsistency (IMHO) is the skepticism about the record, whether Mitchell hits the field, and your belief that he should be starting, which is to say would play better than Mike. If da Bears are losing, Mitchell is starting, no? If Mitchell is not starting, it is because da Bears are winning. What of that logic am I missing?

    On another front, I agree Jordan might not do as well as last year, but only because of Tarik the Freak Human Joystick. Yes, I think the box will be loaded, but I also think that is being gamed for with jumbo and play action with three great big targets at TE, very good play out of the slot and many more targets out of the backfield.

    Finally, I am picking da Bears to have a 9-7 floor. Four wins against the Lions and Viqueen, three from the Browns, 9ers, and Bengels make 7, and at least two more from either the Pack, Steelers, Falcons, Bucks, Ravens, Panthers, Eagles or Aints.

    Just watch the tape on the 9ers Viqueen game and you will see “Da Destroyer” light them up in the first half and their O line suck eggs.

    Da Bears will own the trenches in the NFC North and that is what will win the division.

    • CanadaBear

      If only! Gotta admire your optimism.

      • Leftcoast, Halice, and ironically, SB bound Data win the Larry Mayer Optimism Award, handed out every preseason to the biggest Bear backer regardless of logic, common sense, or history!

        Gotta love it!

        • leftcoastdave

          Wait a minute. This is a rigged game.

          I OWN THAT AWARD!!!

          But then, I also watched the Viqueen v. 9ers game and saw what da Bears D line has been doing.

          Yea, call me a Monkey, I’m a Believer!

          • I dunno. Halice is pretty high on Bear juice and other things.
            Data made the argument that with Trub, the bears are SB bound.

            That’s some potent kool-aid to compete against.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            12-4 with Glennon. – only because of D and ST.
            16-0 with Trubs.

          • leftcoastdave

            For the record:

            I think 12-4 can happen.

            I think Mike will play better than expected and perhaps start 2-2.

            I think Mitchel will get into games early and often.

            And all bets are off if the O line does not get Kyle Long back at 80% and another one of the middle three goes down.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            I wish I shared your optimism about Glennon.

          • leftcoastdave

            I think we saw what is being planned for with that 95 yard drive against the Titans. Three TE’s to go Jumbo and be play action short to intermediate range targets, quick releases to the slot and targets coming out of the backfield. Da Bears are expecting people to load the box. Unless you have a proven arm to make them pay, what is the next best thing to do?
            That was not unveiled in the first two games. It was in number three. See also who they chose to claim off the waiver wire. A proven receiver out of the backfield and a good potential replacement built like Cam Meridith.

            Say what you want about Pace, he has put the pieces together around Mike Glennon which are best designed for him to succeed.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            sorry but I don’t buy it. 1 good drive against a team with a worse secondary than we have. Multiple inaccurate passes (still caught but often off the mark), staring down receivers. His inaccuracy is going to get a WR killed. Good DBs are going to jump routes on him.

          • Irish Sweetness

            We have neither the depth on offense and certainly not on defense to make any SBs. We are a long way from being a SB squad.

          • leftcoastdave

            Who said SB????

            I said 9-7 worst case.

            We beat the queens and the kitties. Do the math. Ok, the arithmetic.

            9 wins minimum.

          • Data said SB bound, so ur now out of contention for the Larry Mayer 19-0 award.

    • EnderWiggin

      Simms is a TE. Not sure what that has to do with Fuller.

      • leftcoastdave

        Brain dead conflation with Demps who will challenge Jackson to lead for ints.

  • King of DBB

    Seahawks waive Kasem Williams despite him not being injured and seemingly playing at a high level.

    Bears might want to consider putting a claim in at 3.

    • madscout12

      Browns got him.

  • Terrell Owens still wants to play.
    Wouldn’t he instantly be the best Bear WR even at 50?

  • King of DBB

    I ask Rodgers what he thinks, and he demurs at first, then says it would be “highly ignorant” to suggest Kaepernick’s stance didn’t play a role in his employment status.

    A few weeks later, he reaffirms his point. “I think he should be on a roster right now,” he says. “I think because of his protests, he’s not. That is why he is not on a roster now.” -ESPN Interview

    Pretty cut and dried.

    • Johnnywad

      I don’t know anybody that disagrees with that statement.

    • BearDown100393

      Jay don’t caaaarrrreeee

    • willbest

      You can in no way, shape, or form infer from those comments the following:

      “Aaron Rodgers in his ESPN interview, flat out says the owners are conspiring against Kap to try and quell the racial overtones that is very dangerous to the NFL.”

      • SC Dave

        Hyperbole requires neither reason nor logic.

  • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

    Langford gone. They will try to sign Braunecker to practice squad.

    Daniel Brown makes it. Not a surprise as they need all the pass catching help they can get and at least he knows the playbook. FB Michael Burton also made it.

    They already waived LS Overbaugh. Not sure why the kid looked good doing longsnapping duties in the final preseason game.

    Brad Biggs‏Verified account @BradBiggs 8m8 minutes ago

    #Bears have waived TE Ben Braunecker and RB Jeremy Langford to make room for waiver claims.

    • Glad Burton on team. Need a real FB since they’re not using Unrein as one.

      Equally curious about Overbaugh. Seemed ok, but I’m no LS expert.

      Brown is a guy. Could do worse. He won’t make wow plays, but he seems to get open and catch, which provides a solid floor in worst case scenario.

      • Bender McLugh

        Burton-Unrein double FB set GO

    • AlbertInTucson

      Colts are holding their breath over Luck.

      • CanadaBear

        Just like with pitchers, shoulder injuries for QB’s is a bad, bad thing.

        • AlbertInTucson

          “Labrum Repair.”

          Bad for anybody, let alone your QB.

          • CanadaBear

            Surgeons can fix elbows and re-attach nerves but when it comes to shoulders everything is pretty iffy. Complete recovery from shoulder surgery for a NFL QB is quite rare. Usually they lose their fastball if nothing else.

          • AlbertInTucson

            SMH.

            Remarkably stupid handling by Indy.

            They tank to get him, then completely whiff on protecting their most important asset.

          • CanadaBear

            The Bears are incompetent but being a fan of the Colts would REALLY try your patience.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Still, been more fun for their fans over the last 20 seasons or so.

          • CanadaBear

            I was trying to cheer us up, Al!

  • Don’t apologize about Siemian, Jeff. I’m a huge Northwestern fan and I 100% agree. He’s better than I thought, but the type of guy who is a quality backup or awful starter.

    • Irish Sweetness

      quality backup / awful starter ? Woodsy ….

    • AlbertInTucson

      My NW QB memory goes back to Maury Daigneau.

      Coached by Alex Agase back when the offense ran thru future Bear, Mike Adamle.

  • The Pats have actually been to 7 Super Bowls in the last 16 years, winning 5 of them. And they’ve made the AFC title game 11x in that span. Not fair.

  • I put the over/under for Trubisky starts at 8.5. I’ll be shocked if he’s not the starting QB coming out of the bye, which would be 8.

    I won’t be surprised if Glennon is benched by the end of the 4th game, though John Fox will stick with him way too long if he can just not turn the ball over, even if he’s not moving the offense or scoring points.

    • SC Dave

      After the bye is very believable, unless Glennon is way far from the expected one direction or another.

    • Much like the Rams last year.
      Except that the Chicago media market is much more vocal.
      I don’t know if Fox can withstand “When are you starting Trubisky” Beyond WK 4 (IF Glennon sucks balls)

      The yokals were already (still are) demanding Trub start.
      The Titan’s game somewhat quieted the mob, but it will only take 1 bad Glennon game before they bring out the pitch fork and torches again, at which point Fox will succumb.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        so after week 1, I can get my pitch fork and torch out?

        • After Glennon throws for 400 and scores 4TDs, sure!

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            that would have only happened if we kept BRAVERMAN.

          • Next time you order pizza and Braverman shows up, give him a tip,

            “don’t be white”

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Jimmy Johns has sandwiches not pizza.

          • Johnnywad

            For now.

      • Irish Sweetness

        If Glennon sucks balls then that’s right back on Pace.

    • Bender McLugh

      I’m on the after 4th game bandwagon, makes sense. If the OL takes an injury dive then I’d be wary.

      Or start him against the pack, let his balls drop a bit

    • Irish Sweetness

      Give him the reprieve of facing the first part of the schedule. Slowly slowly catchy monkey.

  • SC Dave

    Langford, a TE (Braunecker), and LS gone.

    I feel a little better now, although not as much as I would if they had gone with Overbaugh rather than yet another cripple on the mend.

    • Yeah, once they brought in that HB, figured it was only time for Langford.

      Overbaugh seemed to do ok.

      Isn’t continuity important in LS? Did he not run down the field properly?

      Who knows.

      • SC Dave

        They no doubt figured he had not been around long enough to get any continuity… he replaced Scales not long ago.

        • willbest

          Less than a week.

        • Yeah, but I figure he long snapped with the sp teams unit in practice.

          Though I admit, my expertise doesn’t extend to LS.

      • that one makes no sense to me either. Give the 23 year old a chance before bringing in a 30 year old.

        • leftcoastdave

          Why?

          Why not have the proven dude?

    • willbest

      No doubt. How about you give the guy who could be around 15 years a shot at it. I didn’t see him mess up in game, so maybe Barth didn’t like him. Then again, Barth and POD are not exactly long term answers. I will say POD looked better in this PS than he did at any time in his previous 3 years.

  • Hey, Irish, Bills cut Jonathan Williams .
    That’s a bit shocking. He’s pretty good and was slated for #2 behind Shady McCoy.

    Might be worth kicking the tires on

    • Irish Sweetness

      (shrugs)

      Saw that. Tell the GM, he’s just signed another midget!

      • I tell you what, if I wasn’t high on Benny, I’d sign Williams RIGHT away.

        Wherever he goes, he’ll instantly become the #2.

        Bills are seriously trying to bomb this season

        Feel sorry for Shady McCoy. I think they’re gonna ride him till he breaks around wk 7.

        I was thinking about McCoy as my #1 FF back, but it looks like the Bills are tanking and Peterson may take over QBing sooner than anyone thinks.

  • Bender McLugh

    Remember when Deshaun Watson was “ahead of any rookie quarterback” Bill O’Brien had been around? Well he failed to beat out Tom Savage for the starting job in Houston. The Watson Bandwagon went wandering off the trail after that initial preseason game.

    #Trubisky

    • willbest

      When I read that I knew Jeff is playing the long troll on Trubisky.

  • leftcoastdave

    Liking this:

    With the Bears likely to lean on their tight ends and
    running backs in the passing game to compensate for a particularly
    nondescript wide receiver corps, Mizzell’s production as a receiver
    likely intrigued them. Mizzell caught 195 passes for 1,560 yards and
    seven touchdowns at Virginia — the most receptions for a running back in
    ACC history. He caught at least one pass in 45 consecutive games — all
    but his first college game in 2013. He was a bit of a surprise cut by
    the Ravens, who likely had hoped to sign him to their practice squad.

    http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/bears-waive-jeremy-langford-tanner-gentry-signed-to-practice-squad/

    • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

      Taquan Mizzell should be used like NEPatriots used Danny Woodhead and Shane Vereen.

      Bears offense will feature some speed this year.

      • Irish Sweetness

        And when Jordan goes down, who’s his replacement?

        • leftcoastdave

          Mitch Unhrein.

        • Johnnywad

          WTF Irish? There is no replacement for one of the top 5 producers in the NFL last year. If he goes down, you use the next guy. Nobody has two Jordan Howards. Nobody.

          They had guys in camp and preseason just as big as him. None of them as good.

          I just don’t understand why you keep beating this drum. There aren’t ten guys in the whole league as good as Howard. How could we have two?

        • Alex

          Jonathan Williams (released by Buffalo) maybe. He’s quite intriguing. And no there is no direct replacement. I do think Cohen, Mizzell and Cunningham catching out the backfield will be very useful to an OC like Loggains. Glennon will certainly have plenty of options even if they are shallow at WR.

    • Mizzell seems like a Cohen clone. Maybe a backup in case Cohen breaks into a 1,000 pieces.

  • BearDown100393

    Trubisky is better than Dak?

    • willbest

      You have found yourself in Jeff’s mind.

      • BearDown100393

        It is very dark. And lonely. I don’t like it at all.

  • AlbertInTucson

    UCLA getting SPANKED by A & M.

    IN the Rose Bowl.

    Aggies using “Rosen the Chosen” for target practice.

    Hot seat getting hotter for Jim Mora, Jr.

    • I feel Rosen is going to crash this season.

      Maybe it’s my subconscious SC bias, but he reminds me of…Barkley…

      • AlbertInTucson

        Meanwhile, the Bruins are back to within 6 with 2:53 to play. A&M lost their starting QB early in the 2nd half and it has been, mostly, downhill ever since.

        A& M, 3 and out. Punting with 2:45 to play.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Bruins driving.

          3rd And 6 at the AM 20.

          • AlbertInTucson

            4th down.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Fake spike.

            TD pass.

            44-44.

            Kick pending.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Good.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Rosen, 4 TD passes in the 4th Quarter.

          • AlbertInTucson

            A&M is about to be reviewed out of a 4th down make.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Game over.

            UCLA comes back from 44 to 10 2nd half deficit.

          • leftcoastdave

            I hate both University of Spoiled Children Teams.

            Oh, well.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Some iffy wins for the PAC 12 this week.

            USC gave up 31, at home, to Western Michigan.

            Didn’t put that game away until pretty late.

            Oregon State, which lost last week, had to scramble to squeak past Portland State.

            Meanwhile, FSU played giveaway all night but ‘Bama’s offense left a LOT of points on the field.

            Florida had a pair of pick 6s but that only kept the game close for a half as Michigan dominated both sides of the line.

          • I retract my statement!

            Actually, the better he does, the more dudes will fall to us in the 1st, so go chosen rosen!

          • AlbertInTucson

            A&M’s defense ran out of gas when their offense stopped being effective with the Frosh at QB.

            Not convinced Rosen may not still take the same kind of physical beating he took LAST season at UCLA.

          • That’s my biggest fear for Rosen. He just looks frail.

            I felt the same about Goff and RG3 and Watson.

            I’m glad Trub has more meat on him.

            (that’s what she said…)

      • AlbertInTucson

        That interview he gave about his workload screamed “Spoiled Athlete”.

      • AlbertInTucson

        He’s getting better protection and is carving up the Aggie D.

    • leftcoastdave

      Except for the fact that the game was not over.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Heat turned up on Kevin Sumlin.

        Mora was lucky they knocked A & M’s starting QB out.
        Replaced by a true freshman.

        I think he is still in trouble.

  • King of DBB

    Oh you guys should sign up for this alpha.

    In the wake of everything that is happening in the news, this is downright cray-zee.

    It really has the feel of being a Civil War Soldier. Melee sucks but rifle and pistol fightin is a damn hoot

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qjT-tX88gY

    • That looks cool. But not sure if that’s what we need right now. This country is bitterly divided, then, a civil war vid game!

      Or maybe it’s like catharsis.

      Could shoot an electronic northern carpet bagger instead of running into protestors with a car.

      • King of DBB

        It’s exactly what we don’t need. It’s as if Madden implemented concussions. It’s weird people yell when they charge on VOIP and cry out when they die. I know that won’t last but it’s just too wild

        • Sometimes the lil Trac in me feels like the powers that be are preparing us for something.

          Then, I shrug it off and bid $1 dollar for Hoya for my FF team.

          BTW, NB is pulling a you.

          He’s going to stream all the Ds that the Bears are playing.

          Already had Falcons loaded up and ready.

          • King of DBB

            One risks oblivion is one follows the actions of the Dalai Lama exactly.

      • leftcoastdave

        A good catharsis was the Cajun Navy coming to the rescue of all da peeps. Yea, all them cracker redneck nazis if you listen to the lame stream media, coming to the aid of all people of all color.

        The people are not what the establishment media wants to portray for the purpose of division. F them clowns and their elitist establishment dick sucking.

        • Are you telling me some neo nazi/white supremacist/Trumper didn’t ram his car through protestors?

          I agree, not everyone is that extreme, but this country is still divided.

          That was the biggest fear of the founding fathers. That’s why if you look at the quater, there’s an eagle with hay between talons

          e plurbis unum

          Out of many, one.

          The metaphor is that one hay straw is weak, but many bundled together is strong.

          But that doesn’t seem like the landscape as of now, and maybe not going forward.

          Unless of course, Irish’s Alien false flag is nigh.

          • leftcoastdave

            Oh, please. Just like the Bernie wacko took target practice on the Republican baseball team?

            Duh? How stoopid do you want to be?

            The anarchists dressed in black and covering their faces are better than those few neo nazi wack jobs? “No Trump, No wall, No USA?” Wasn’t that their chant in out here in Kalyphonya this week?

            F’ the USA?

            The lame stream media have never been so partisan and never so irrelevant. Objectivity has gone by the wayside.

            They are all partisans now, no pretense of objectivity.

            Journalism is dead.

          • SC Dave

            The media is in fact little more than propaganda, and has been for a looong time now.

          • Cormonster

            Was he a Trumper? The leader of that NAZI rally said he was a Bernie supporter.

    • leftcoastdave

      I’ve read too many good civil war histories to ever think to glorify what went down. The fighters on both sides were heroic and believed in defending their cause. It was not all about slavery for the dudes in the trenches, despite the modern meme. They were all led into battle, ugly, hopeless and silly confrontations of slaughter based upon tactics of a past era. It was sickening and never to be repeated, thank God, at least not until the “great powers” repeated the tragedy in the trenches of France in WWI.

      • Wars seem to be bloody depending on the tech.
        For instance, science was way ahead of conventional warfare during WWI.

        The human psyche was not ready for tanks, machine guns, gas, airplanes, trench warfare.
        That’s why many burnt out. I mean there was still CALVARY units.

        I feel the same kinda happened during the civil war. Guns/cannons were being used more than ever, and they were most effective at close range, and at the time, they were rather ineffective, with many dying in agonizing deaths over days, which was compounded with practically medieval medicine.

        In a strange way, modern warfare is probably less brutal.

        You get gunned down by a 50 caliber or bombed by a predator, you die Immediately.

        • leftcoastdave

          For better or worse, we value our soldiers like never before. No more charges into cannon fire. No more huddling in trenches to be gassed. Rather we have the technology and the trained soldiers to rain down hell upon anyone in their way. That was perfected in close air/ground combat as witnessed in Desert Storm. When we were ready to move, it was like a hot knife through butter. The warthogs took out any semblance of armor and our armored forces went unchecked. Only GHWB decided not to continue shooting the fish in a barrel and let the Iraqi’s retreat to live another day. Question that wisdom as you will, but their retreating forces were set up for the slaughter, but for our restraint.

          That is today’s reality. Us restraining our capabilities, for better or worse. Ask the grunts who were in Vietnam if that was a good thing. Ask the Cambodians. Ask the victims of ISIS who only gained power because Barry O did not want to maintain power in Iraq. Ask the Kurds who were similarly victimized by that political decision of Barry O who pulled out our troops and then chose to rain death down from the sky.

          I guess if you pulled the troops out, you are no longer responsible for the people you kill with drones.

          • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

            I am all for charges into cannon fire if the soldiers include poor black and white kids as well as sons of rich assholes and war-mongering politicians.

            So I thank Barack Obama for saving lives of many kids from poor neighborhoods in Raleigh to farms in Nebraska. So much better things to do than dying in a godforsaken place in Iraq or Afghanistan.

            Much better than Chickenhawk Orange Chimpanzee talking up empty war threats but himself was a draft dodger in Vietnam due to..wait for it.. bone spurs. LOL!
            When everyone goes to war to die – poor, underprivileged to rich assholes like Orange chimpanzee and his litter from 3 wives or well connected assholes like Dick Cheney or Bill Clinton – then we can have endless wars and send charges into cannon.

          • 7source7

            Put down the doobie fat boy…

          • Irish Sweetness

            Unfortunately we’re valuing soldiers and shaming people who don’t, but we’re not valuing citizens at all.

          • Corporal Clott

            If being a citizen is considered a badge of honor, count me out. I’d rather keep my soul intact thank you very much.

          • SC Dave

            Your GHWB comment is not correct, in that the cream of the Iraqi Army was essentially liquidated. The “failure” was to respect the UN supported mandate to kick Iraq out of Kuwait and not “finish the job” by taking out Saddam.

            There was, of course, the practical reality of not leaving Iraq prostrate in the face of a hostile Iran, but that is a story for another day.

            Also, blaming us for Pol Pot seems a stretch, but I will confess ignorance how that all came about. I suppose one could cite that if one believes in the notion that American power is responsible for righting wrongs worldwide. IMO we can no longer afford that, either financially or politically.

          • Corporal Clott

            Hogwash!

            America is the hammer that has brought down the nations through piracy.

            I’ll take outlawed tunes on outlawed pipes for a thousand please Alex!

        • SC Dave

          Mass artillery was the great killer of 20th century warfare, especially WWI.

    • beninnorcal

      Looks pretty damn cool

    • Irish Sweetness

      Looks like medal of honor circa 2000!

    • BearDown100393

      Send the political hacks instead of innocent kids to the line. Or find a dragon.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    Wow I just found out that the Atlanta Falcons have no single game tickets for their new stadium. You must buy a season ticket and also a PSL. The only way to go to a single game is to go through the secondary market. That is fucked up.

    http://jeffschultz.blog.myajc.com/2017/07/21/cheap-food-prices-wont-help-falcons-fans-who-cant-afford-psls/

    • Irish Sweetness

      Look a the fuck-stick that owns them. Dogs are like their owners. Teams are like their owners. Jerrah was a go-getter like Al Davis. They got Lombardis while they still had some juice. The Steelers and Giants. Old school manners and money.

      Our team is a 94 year-old woman that never played a down in her life.

    • BearDown100393

      And that is why stadiums never should be built using tax dollars. Pay your teachers and emergency responders instead.

      • seriously, these are multi-billion dollar businesses that already pay no taxes. They don’t need federal funding to have headquarters.

      • Scharfinator

        A-fucking-men

      • AlbertInTucson

        Municipalities rarely, if ever, make money on those deals.

        Usually, the taxpayers get screwed.

        Tucson is STILL paying off bonds for the spring training facilities built for the White Sox, Dodgers and Rockies who all packed up and moved to Phoenix YEARS ago.

    • willbest

      Considering the only way to get single game tickets to the Bears outside of their $300+ club zone is to win the refresh lottery against the scalper bots that buy them all up in the first 15 minutes, I don’t really give a toss.

      The owners are a bit silly though. They love the predictability and certainty of season ticket holders and the bilking that occurs for the preseason, but they would make substantially more of they ran a blind auction. Sure their preseason sales would take a nose dive, but they could convert those into family service events. Like do all inclusive packages for 4 or 6 people that include parking, food, and drink. If you can get it into the $200-250 range, effectively competing with Medieval Times, you would sell out the stadium.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Let there be beasts that run …. and may they be beastly.

    Thank you 8lb baby Jesus and all the Jesuses! FB ….6’0 tall …. 242lbs ….(squeals)….whateverhisnameis …..

    HE’S A BEAR !!!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Burton_(American_football)

    (…..pulls a single pin from Pace’s effigy…..)

    Thanks Ryan.

    Catches too.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLUBrW0VfT4

    • SC Dave

      2 career rushing yards on 4 carries.
      6 receptions for 39 yards.

      Awesome stats for 2 seasons.

      Don’t expect him banging away with the ball.

      • CanadaBear

        But he’s 242 lbs. That automatically means he’s a banger. Or not.

    • Bender McLugh

      Ramming it down your t’roat smashmouth football. Hell yeah I’m ready

    • About to say, he looks like a FB, then saw it was Burton. Pork chop express!

  • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

    In the spirit of the first week approaching i’m almost prepping my betting schedule. Epic bit coin-esque rates of return are imminent. Irish, ya feels me?

  • Hey, the QB I thought more NFL ready than Watson or Mahomes may start before either. Although, I don’t know if the Bills throwing him out there on a crappy team with no weapons outside McCoy is a good thing.

    “At this point, Taylor’s status for Week 1 is up in the air, but the Bills are still holding out hope. If Taylor can’t go, McDermott has faith in Peterman, who put together an impressive preseason, going
    43-for-79 passing for 453 yards and one touchdown.

    “He is ready,” McDermott said. “When you look at what he’s done throughout the preseason. I’m confident and we’re extremely confident inNathan. I expect that he’s only going to continue to get better, just like all of our young players, all of our players as a matter of fact. That’s what this is about. This about development in terms of a young player.”

    While Peterman impressed in the preseason, this is hardly what the Bills planned for when they drafted him in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. In fact, Peterman started off as the third-string quarterback.”

    http://www.newyorkupstate.com/buffalo-bills/index.ssf/2017/09/is_buffalo_bills_qb_nathan_peterman_ready_to_start_if_tyrod_taylor_cant_play.html

  • Gentry survived waivers. Not sure if that’s a good or bad thing, but glad he returned.

    “In other moves, the Bears have signed wide receiver Tanner Gentry, tackle Brandon Greene, tackle Dieugot Joseph, nose tackle Rashaad Coward, linebacker Jonathan Anderson, linebacker John Timu, linebacker Isaiah Irving, safety DeAndre Houston-Carson and guard Cameron Lee to the practice squad. All were on the Bears roster this offseason except for Lee, who spent time with the Saints and Bengals.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/09/04/bears-sign-john-jenkins-with-deiondre-hall-going-to-injured-reserve/

    • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

      Kwiatkoski could buy John Timu’s life. That’s gotta stick in Timu’s craw.

    • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

      Gentry right now is one trick pony. All he knows is to run go route. It worked against 3rd stringers. But he ain’t running by any NFL CB on a go route. He is simply not fast enough. So he needs to diversify his route tree and refine his moves. That will take time. But he has Meredith’s success to guide him along the path. Likely other teams/scouts saw this as well and so he went unclaimed.

      Austin Carr runs better routes and so got picked by Saints. The guy Pace claimed, Taquan Mizzell, runs some decent routes out of slot.

  • Good short piece on Rob-Roy (or RRH). Holy moly, I didn’t think he was that big.

    6’7 250, and he shot up FORTY pounds to 294. That’s like Peppers mountain.

    “[RRH] put on a little weight in the offseason, still came in with that explosion, that twitch and that raw athleticism that you want up there,”linebacker Danny Trevathan said. “I’ve been pleased with him, I’m
    excited for him.

    “… He’s a playmaker, he’s a guy that plays quick with that twitch and he loves the game of football. You can’t coach that.”

    http://www.csnchicago.com/chicago-bears/roy-robertson-harris-goes-intriguing-prospect-potential-impact-player-bears-defensive

    • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

      He’s going to stephon tuitt huge in a year. 5tech wet dream.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        Irish: “Still not big enough at 6’7 he should be at a playing weight of 450+. I mean if there are 250 pound RBs we are going to need a lot of Man Meat to stop em.”

      • I was surprised he is 6’7 300.
        I thought I heard the announcer say he was a former LB.

        In the words of Han Solo, that’s no moon…

      • Johnnywad

        You can almost hear the ACLs straining from here.

        • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

          Weirdly enough his frame can take it. He’s super tall and lanky.

  • Was bored and scrolling through my Twit feed since it’s football.

    Kinda surprised, but according to PFF pass rush productivity metric, the most productive rook 3-4LB pass rusher was…Isaiha Irving, Bears.

    Does anyone even remember that dude playing?

    He was 14.1 (whatever that means) and 2nd was TJ Watt at 9.4 which isn’t even that close.

    Hmmmm.

  • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

    We all take shots at Pace. But Ballard here makes no sense. What the hell is “training phase”?

    They are all the same and go to same school where they are taught to bullshit reporters and fans.

    Mike Chappell‏Verified account
    @mchappell51
    Colts GM Chris Ballard: Andrew Luck timetable. Still no timetable. In training phase. Will be OUT this week vs. Rams

  • Johnnywad
    • Mmmmm love the smell of napalm in the morning…

      ” Packer fans think they are special…They are not. They’re humps. Frauds. Narcissists. SHITBAGS. They are emblematic of a very specific kind of American reverse dysmorphic
      disorder, where you look in the mirror and see some All-American stud
      instead of the sad, worthless asshole you really are”

      • Johnnywad

        Isn’t that great? I love the fans’ postings to close out the article.

        I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing.

        • That is some Shakespearean level shit talking there.

          • CanadaBear

            The part I liked was how Fudgie fans think it’s their divine right to have back-to-back HOF QB’s.

        • SC Dave

          The fan postings are *very* funny.

          • I love how one fan blasts the GB cadre for dumping on Grimace even though he’s made GB go to the playoffs like 9 yrs straight, then the very next fan “fuck McCarthy!”

            ahhh…foozball’s back…

      • Scharfinator

        “Every fan is a 300-pound troglodyte with an ice block for a head. “

      • Bender McLugh

        Boom.

      • BearDown100393

        Should be chiseled in granite

    • AlbertInTucson

      Some of these are funnier than others.

      I was entertained by this one.

  • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

    Eddie Jackson wins starting safety job. A new era begins. Hope springs eternal for improved safety play.

    Mark Potash‏Verified account @MarkPotash 1h1 hour ago

    Quintin Demps on Eddie Jackson: “Saban has a special thing with DBs. So we trust him. Coaches trust him. He’s earned the right to start.”

    • haha, I told you guys Fox won’t name him “the starter” until PS is over.

      Dude is so predictable, like a cranky grandpa.

      Glad Action Jackson is in.

      His tape was excellent. showing knowledge, instincts and ball skills.

      Let’s just hope he can remain on the field. We haven’t had a true FS patrolling in a loooong time.

      If the front 7 can continue their PS form, the TOs should come.

  • BearDown100393

    I am still weighing in this Calvin Klein bit

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      It’s got to be real, just look at that signature. A four year old just learning their ABC’s could not do better.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Strange one. The ‘handwriting’ is a truetype font. Who uses that to write a letter?

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis
    • CanadaBear

      Hope they can hang on until he gets back.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Breaking my heart.

  • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

    Irish, the house is being bet on:
    3 Game Parlay on the money lines
    Falcons over Bears (Glennon sucks and poses no threat/Not my quarterback)
    Steelers over Browns (this will be a true ass kicking and Kizer is fucked)
    Rams over Colts (without Andrew Luck)

    Usually i don’t bet on one average team beating a shitty one like the Rams but without Luck the Colts will suck even more than usual. I also don’t usually bet my entire bank roll on the first week but this is just one of those weeks.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Bookies LOVE when you play parlays.

      • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

        I employ very strict filters. I may even eliminate the Rams game.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Yah. I was going to just bet straight games this year … if I had any money.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Warning: FF Post to follow:





    Drafted this morning in my 8 team, Oh-So-Basic-Scoring league.

    Settled for the Brady- Gronkowski combo platter.

    • Which TEs are still available.

      Might peak at them for the inevitable Gronk inj.

      • Bender McLugh

        Dion Sims

      • AlbertInTucson

        Our draft was FTF and over in 90 minutes.

        I also have Graham but our league makes no distinction between TEs and WRs.
        They are all just Receivers so it’s a moot point.

        • What’s FTF?

          You know, our auction draft actually went pretty fast. I think everyone got used to it.
          I think ours was over in about 90 mins too.

          The first one was rather brutal, like 2 hrs, cuz none of us knew what we were doing lol

          Also helps when bidders are out of $ 30mins in.

          I picked up Ertz. He’s likely available. I think he’s going to be a target hog. Someone too eye in case Gronk goes down.

          • AlbertInTucson

            FTF=Face to Face.

            All of us at the used car dealership one of them manages.

            The rest of the season plays out on Yahoo.

            No roster changes until mid-season thus, TEAM QBs and Kickers so if Brady goes down, I get Garappolo. I have ELI as another option.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Our first round went AS FOLLOWS:

            1.David Johnson
            2.Le Veon Bell
            3.Antonio Brown
            4.Julio Jones
            5.Green Bay QB
            6. A.J. Green
            7.ODB, Jr.
            8.New England QB

          • AlbertInTucson

            Only Bear drafted was Jordan Howard.

            Round 4.

            26th, overall.

          • Irish Sweetness

            ROUND 4???

          • AlbertInTucson

            Remember. Just an 8 team league.

          • First 4 kinda went the same way for us.

            Johnson and Bell cost most. Followed by Brown, Julio.

            HOWEVER, since we’re a bear league, some wacky stuff happens. Like Cutler going for the same $ as Vadgers and Brady, and guys like Alshon, Forte, Cohen, White, Wright, Trub and Glennon making rosters.

            Weirdly enough, I don’t think anyone picked up Sims, Miller or Shaheen. But I bet they will.

            I got Howard. He can actually see this season, which should help.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I thought that was a tad high to take Green.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Not Vadgers? Watch the duck eggs he puts up in the first seven games (BEars’ game aside).

          • Irish Sweetness

            Vadgers’ schedule is brutal.

  • King of DBB
  • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

    Sebastian Jankowski is about to come lose tomorrow. Raiders tried out 3 kickers today including Nugent. This is no brainer for Pace. Pay him and lock down a top kicker for first 5 years of Trub’s career.

    Polish QB and Polish kicker in Chicago? Are you kiddin me??

    Adam Schefter‏Verified account @AdamSchefter 3h3 hours ago

    Raiders, Sebastian Janikowski at an impasse over contract, per source.
    If Sebastian Janikowski remains on Raiders’ roster by 4 pm EST Saturday, as @FieldYates notes, his $4M deal becomes guaranteed. Sat showdown. If Sebastian Janikowski is on Raiders’ roster at 4 pm Tuesday, $238K on contract – 1/17th of $4.05M – is guaranteed. $4.05M gets gtd Sat.

    • Johnnywad

      He’s 39 and struggling to return from a back injury.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Defensive Player of the Year…”

    I would LOVE to believe Floyd can stay on the field long enough to make that a fact.

    Of course, pessimist that I am, I don’t.

    • CanadaBear

      I’ll be happy if he improved his tackling technique. I do think he can be a big star if he can stay on the field. Really worry about KO’s with him (receiving not delivering).

  • AlbertInTucson

    Tennessee- Georgia Tech.

    Very entertaining.

    • AlbertInTucson

      …and is just headed for O.T.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Vols stuff a Tech 2-point attempt to win it.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “How the NFC North will shake out…”

    Jim Miller picked the same order and same records today on NFL radio.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      I bet Jim is a lurker.

      • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

        Is lurker code for steroid cheater that had one semi decent season and now is somehow the voice of all things QB in Chicago?

        • CanadaBear

          Of all the guys that got popped for steroids Miller was the most unlikely. FFS, I’m built better than he was at the time and I’m nobody’s idea of body beautiful. He’s one of the few that I actually believe when he said it was from a supplement. I like Miller and think he’s a decent analyst.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Stats for Alshon…”

    Less than12 yards per catch?

    Ew.

    • willbest

      Good catch

      15.3, 16.0, 13.3, 14.9, 15.8 are what he has done over his 5 NFL seasons. So apparently the Eagles have no intention of using Jeffery the way the Bears did.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Frankly, I’d take those numbers for Kevin White this season.

        Hopefully, even in more games played.

    • SC Dave

      Jeff just wants to pretend it was Cutler msking Jeffery look good rather than vice versa.

  • AlbertInTucson

    5 picks for Kyle Fuller.

    Or, 3 less than the entire team made last season.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Bears record in December, 3-2.”

    THAT would be refreshing.

    Their first winning December since 2010.

    • Corporal Clott

      No sweat Al, it’s in the bag.

  • Irish Sweetness

    In honor of MB, wherever he may be ….

    Air Afrikaans.

    Beef or cow?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuLL8g8ena0

  • Irish Sweetness

    Bitcoin drops 20%. Somewhere GP is eyeing up a wardrobe with an orange in his mouth ….

  • Irish Sweetness

    Anyone post the Practice Squad yet?
    Here it is, sorry if it’s a double-post somewhere …

    https://twitter.com/ChicagoBears/status/904721085706502144?t=1&cn=ZmxleGlibGVfcmVjcw%3D%3D&refsrc=email&iid=8efd004ac3274f868c28330dbbed7f68&uid=476482816&nid=244+273158145

    Deiondre Hall is on IR ??? WTF?

    Tanner and Isiah Irving, Timu and Jonathan Anderson …. okay.

    Houston-Carson?? Why?

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Hall pulled his hamstring in the last PS game. He can be designated to return.

  • beninnorcal

    I’m a sucker for punishment. Just watched the last ps game in it’s entirety. I’m a sad human, it would turn out.

  • Irish Sweetness

    What’s the under – over on weeks after being benched when Glennon asks for a trade? BOOM!
    Two paychecks, that’s what’s dearest to Mrs. Glennon’s heart.

    Hey Falesy! Has any player ever been signed three times by the Bears after having played for another team the previous season? Trubs – Sanchise – Falesy. Ditch the salary.

  • leftcoastdave

    New #’s blog.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    If Glennon is a bust, which it would seem Jeff thinks so, it would only take a few good sacks/hits to get him knocked out. Maybe the O-line can do us that favor if Glennon starts shitting the bed and leading us down the wrong road. Oops I missed by block..whoops I didn’t pick up that Blitz…

    As I’ve said before, the Bears Owners/Coaches seem to always make the wrong call when the right one is needed most…Perhaps the players themselves can do something about that…Just saying.

    Glennon is starting, but for how long…that is the biggest question. If he does half way decent he’s staying put which means the Bears have a half way decent season but NOT a winning one. I’m hoping the kid gets his chance earlier than that. Hope only goes so far.

    • CanadaBear

      You’re hoping a teammate intentionally takes a dive to get Glennon hurt? Really?

      • Bears-4-Ever

        You don’t think this hasn’t happened in the NFL over the years? NFL Conspiracy 101.

        • CanadaBear

          Don’t have any idea. Don’t really care. My issue is you are advocating for a player to get hurt. Definitely bad juju.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            advocating a player get hurt because of the actions or inactions of a teammate is bad. Wishing he has a non contact injury or a non football related injury is not as bad.

          • CanadaBear

            We’re talking degrees here. Any time you’re hoping someone gets injured, that’s a bad thing. I don’t want Erin to get injured. Would I feel bad if he got injured. Nope.

          • Corporal Clott

            It’s never wise to tempt the cause and effect gods.

          • CanadaBear

            Yeah, I don’t get rooting for an injury to an opponent. It’s a game, FFS. I totally get hoping someone you know personally and hate, has bad shit happen to them.

          • Bender McLugh

            VADGERS

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            what if its a funny injury? Say Glennon hurts his back when a tree branch falls on him while grazing on some leaves of said tree. And as far as Erin, he was trying out his new giant butt plug and it got stuck so it needed to be surgically removed.

          • CanadaBear

            Well, in that case …

      • BearDown100393

        Dallas must have really hated Romo….

    • Bears-4-Ever

      You’re all correct of course. No one should hope someone gets injured. All I really want is Glennon on the bench in some way, shape or form and early in the season. I just don’t see him taking the Bears anywhere but the crapper. I hope I am dead wrong he’s actually a Football Cyborg that leads us to another SB in 2017. Odds are he is as bad as most of us think. But no, I don’t want him spitting up blood or anything, maybe just a broken thumb on the throwing hand. That should be enough.

      • CanadaBear

        Glad you’re coming around!

  • King of DBB

    Jocks on the Score said yesterday that the decision to put Trub on the roster was not John Fox’s to make. That it’s come down from on top that Butt Fumble goes in if Glennon goes down.

    Not to say I told ya so…

    • CanadaBear

      Of course, this means you believe the jocks on the score. I think I’d need to see a little proof before I bought that hook, line and sinker.

      • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

        haha, Canada, you may have misspoke or I misinterpreted GP post! No one on the fucking Score is a jock. Parkins is a fucking nerd ass geek. Spiegel is fucking 400lbs, Goff may be 350, Bernstein is a fucking sock puppet, Boers was an old weirdo, Mully looks like he’s filled with gelatin, Hanley is Buscemi from Lebowski, etc.

    • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

      That is a cold blooded avatar. Hurtful even.

      • King of DBB

        The Pacebot 2000 does not understand butt hurt or feelings. The Pacebot is concerned with maximizing self-preservation. That is it’s prime directive.

        • Johnnywad

          You’re either so much smarter than me that I can’t imagine to think like you……or you’re nuts. I don’t know which.

          How does putting your excellent young QB talent that you stuck your neck and balls out to draft, on the bench, despite everybody already seeing he is, in fact talented, somehow preserve his job? His job isn’t in jeopardy to begin with.

          I just can’t get from A to B here.

          • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

            Because he gets to pull a Fischer and use the kid sitting as the excuse to keep building and biding his time.

          • Johnnywad

            But Pace is actually building and the kid doesn’t suck.

          • Fisher was fired.
            And if Fox loses like that again, he’s gone too no matter who’s at QB.

          • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

            haha, not exactly like Fischer.
            I’ll keep it simple. With the playbook they’re going to be limited to with Glennon there is simply no reason not to have Mitch run the same conservative shit with some spice added in.
            We’re not asking him to run Martz’s system here guys, he’d be dumping it asap like Glennon is told to do anyway.
            I’m done discussing it. Glennon is not a weapon. Trubisky may just be. If the D balls out and we lose because of average O play and no real threats to other teams there will be hell to pay. If the D fucking sucks then it won’t matter what Glennon does and the fans will be less pissed. We’ll see now won’t we?

          • I’m no Fox fan. I think he’s gone regardless cuz Pace just got his QB, and he’s going to want his HC next season.

            I mean, Lovie got fired after winning like 10 games.

            It’ll take Fox and gang some MAJOR overachieving to remain employed.

            Personally, I think Fox is resigned to it, taking one for Pace while Trub sits on the bench until the fan crescendo can’t be ignored anymore, which by then, would be too late anyways.

          • King of DBB

            Playing the kid is a risk. A risk mitigated by Glennon.

            Having the kid gives the faithful hope for the future.

            But if he pushes Glennon aside, and the kid falters – and looks bad – and Glennon has to come BACK – then Pace has hurt himself. He looks like he may have reached for a guy that may not pan out. Not worth risking.

          • Johnnywad

            Ok. I can see how that makes some sense. I just disagree with it.

            Trubisky showed all the tools. We saw enough raw talent to understand why Pace reached. I think if he played this year, made mistakes, and looked raw, all but the dimmest of fans would understand.

            On the other hand, if he sits all year, then comes out next year and sucks, and Glennon sucks on top of that, that’s a bad look.

            My belief is Pace is bullet proof this year. Net net is next year. I don’t think a rough go from Trubisky this season gets him fired. It’s almost expected. But the kid has to show well next year one way or the other. Whether that be on the back of a season of football games, or a year of practice is inconsequential.

            Now if the kid plays this year, say half a season, and looks good……..Pace has a hell of a lot more leash.

    • Irish Sweetness

      They didn’t tell him they were drafting Mitch, he’s not in the picture. This is clear. If Fox really had control, he’d start Mitch in order to save his job.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      FYI since it is not the 1st post on the home blog page, may be the reason people have not migrated over.

      • Scharfinator

        #JEFFPOWERPLAY

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          He was pissed it was not Trubisky related.

    • willbest

      Its a solid post, people should mosey on over and look at it.

  • Corporal Clott

    Catching some of the Georgia Tech game at a restaurant last night made me realize how pathetic college football is. I can’t honestly say I even like the NFL anymore, the thrill is gone for me imo.

    No wonder Jeff drinks so much, it’s almost a requirement nowadays if you want to keep a football interest going. If it wasn’t for this blog, football wouldn’t even be on my radar.

    • willbest

      Well if you decide to head off into the sunset, please let us all know who is really in charge of everything.

      • Corporal Clott

        Almost did last week, came close to getting septic.

        • CanadaBear

          YIKES! Glad you’re OK.

          • Corporal Clott

            Outta the woods anyhow. I’m not gonna be OK until I meet my 77 virgins. Hee hee

        • We’re all awaiting your manifesto, Trac!

          Get to writing dude.

          • Corporal Clott

            It’s not rocket science. A complete reading of history in context spells out clearly what this world is all about. People get confused about what’s really going on because they are not able to accept that the only thing govt. is good at is lying to the people and stealing from them. People don’t want to know the truth because they can’t handle it.

    • BearDown100393

      Alabama looked solid

      • AlbertInTucson

        Defensively, yes. Jalen Hurts didn’t impress at QB.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    TLDR; You were gone? I did not notice.

  • King of DBB
    • Deum DId Putin just troll Trump?

      “It is hard to conduct a dialogue with people who confuse Austria with
      Australia, but there is nothing we can do about this. It seems to be the
      level of political culture in a certain part of the U.S.
      establishment,” Putin said

  • King of DBB

    Except that *is* an interesting story.

    Fox knows the fishing boat is getting warmed up for him. He’s an old school old timer, and say what you will – the guy has some pride. Players like him and I think they *see* he’s being fucked over by the ownership and GM in some ways.

    But also the GM and the family need to show Chicago something, because this team’s ratings are on the rope. Ratings for the pre-season games at Fox32 were down by over 20% in August compared to previous years. So they need to give Foxy and Fangio enough talent to make something happen and try and make it to .500

    So what happens? Does Fox just not care anymore? Or is he going to really be a pisser and coach up a team nobody believes in and try and go 10-6 and make it to the wildcard, such that when they DO shitcan him, there is some blowback?

    And that is why the story is interesting. Pace needs them to not repeat last year, but also wants to set his own agenda in motion. 8-8 does that perfectly. 10-6 and a playoff run actually fucks over Pace’s plan.

  • King of DBB

    Irma going to push the Fish out of Miami for the game. Cutler dooooooon’t care.

    http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/20591399/adam-gase-miami-dolphins-await-nfl-decision-game

  • willbest

    I don’t even know what to make of this

    https://www.gofundme.com/9wvxt9-replacement-window

    • Malice Halice

      Holy shit was that funny!

  • Or maybe Fox genuinely believes that sitting Trub will benefit his development more than throwing him out there week 1.

    Or that Glennon gives the team a better chance to win in the short term.

    Crazy, I know, but just a thought.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      what are doing thinking? you should know better by now that you should not think.

      • I know. Maybe I should take some classes from M. Night Shyamalan and construct a needless labyrinthine plot to explain decisions from HCs with the IQ of gump.

        Fox is no Machiavellian mastermind, I assure fans of that.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Or he doesn’t want him killed in an avalanche of nasty defenses.

  • Malice Halice

    Update on the Duluth trip: Couldn’t do anything I wanted to do because the prices for most activities was expensive( n my lady’s a bitch). However, given the fact I made my frustrations well aware to my girl I was rewarding some fantastic chewy. The best part of the trip was driving the entire North scenic highway to da Canada border. The view in Grand Portage (borderline Canada) was phenomenal!

    • CanadaBear

      It’s a truly beautiful area.

      • Malice Halice

        Yea it is

  • Corporal Clott

    Thanks for the short hand version. Lol

  • Corporal Clott

    “I rooted for Hoyer even though he sucked. Rooted for Barkley hard even though he sucked worse. I will root for sucky Glennon” – Surly Jeff

    Jess Jeff, I know you will suck it up and root hard for whoever is behind center. At the end of the day, there can be no other way.

    • BearDown100393

      “I always hate the Giraffe”
      – Next tweet

      • Corporal Clott

        Lol, Jeff reminds me of Gollum. One day he’s dancing and frollicking beneath the waterfall, ecstatic over his Trubinsky narrative, then the next thread he’s cursing the nasty Glennon hobbits’s.

    • There’s a QB conspicuously missing from that group…hmmmm

      • beninnorcal

        You may not be a fan of Jay, but no way he’s in the same category(‘sucks’) as Hoyer and Barkley.

  • Corporal Clott

    “Fox has never said this. Nobody from Bears has said Trubisky is not ready. If he wasn’t ready, why is he practicing with 1s two weeks ago?” Jeff

    C’mon Jeff, that’s not how it’s done, you know this.

  • Is the NFL slow walking Cowboys with Zeke?

    Seems like they’re dragging it out for maximum damage for this week.

    It’ll be interesting to see how that turns out.

    Go Goodell!

    Sincerely, Darren McFadden FF owner

    • Irish Sweetness

      Some asshole on NFL.COM has McFadden as a hot waiver wire pickup! #$%^!
      Show me the fkn league with McFadden on waivers!

      • haha, maybe SC’s 8 team league. Jump on it SC.

        I got a #1HB for 6 games for $1.

        Sweet.

        • Irish Sweetness

          “I want my two dollars.”

          Name that movie.

    • willbest

      You think Run DMC merits even a flex in a 10 team league?

      • Behind that Oline and Dak, heck yeah. You know how many 3 down back on a run oriented team with the best Oline there are? One. Zeke. Now McFadden.

        “Working behind Dallas’ offensive line in 2015, McFadden accrued 1,417
        yards on 279 touches. Working as the lead back from Weeks 7-17 that
        year, he averaged the same carry share and a slightly larger target
        share than Elliott did in 2016”

  • I don’t know which thread is latest, so I’m posting this in both .Click. Trust me.

    https://twitter.com/SkinnyMcGhee/status/905048942068604930

    • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

      This is the work of a true artist. haha, fucking hilarious.

  • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

    Packers sign Quinton Dial?

  • Zeke 6 game suspension upheld. But still playing NYG?

    Is he still able to appeal it?

    Those 6 games are coming.

    Also, is it 6 games, or 6 weeks, including bye?

  • Irish Sweetness

    Kimmel loves asking the Presidents about the UFOs eh? Never saw this one from Bush, yet it was the most telling. 9:00 in.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ir1hhpkwbo

    Obama and Clinton just deflected with humor, Georgie just denies. Practiced.

  • T.dyon

    Interesting read. However, you are clueless about QBs.

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