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Bears Defense Should Take a Big Step in 2017

| May 8th, 2017

While they didn’t attack that side of the ball the way many people thought they should in the draft, the Bears defense should still be significantly improved in 2017.

Just last week the Bears made a significant addition to their front seven adding Jaye Howard from Kansas City. Howard is a bull against the run and has shown some ability to rush the passer, finishing with 5.5 sacks in 2015. He missed half of the 2016 season, but passed a physical and appears to be ready to go. Howard will start for the Bears and has the ability to play in their nickel packages, rotating with Eddie Goldman and Akiem Hicks, representing a significant upgrade over Mitch Unrein.

Howard will also push second-year player Jonathan Bullard. Bullard has the potential to be a stud but was terrible as a rookie. If the Bears — with one of the best defensive line coaches in the league in Jay Rodgers — can develop Bullard, they might have the best front seven in the league.

In the pre-draft process, a lot of people convinced the Bears they had needs that weren’t really there. In reality, the Bears really didn’t lack talent, especially in the front seven.

Pernell McPhee’s knee may never be fully healthy, but he showed last year he can still make a significant impact, notching four sacks and 12 quarterback hits despite playing over half the team’s snaps in just four games.

Leonard Floyd is a legitimate stud, while Willie Young has 24 sacks over the last three years and Lamarr Houston had a team-best eight in 2015. Very few teams have that kind of talent and depth at such a premium position.

We don’t know if or when Danny Trevathan can play in 2017 or what level he’ll be playing at, but Jerrell Freeman and Nick Kwiatkoski should be good enough to get the job done.

The secondary was a problem, but the Bears replaced the entire unit. DeVante Bausby, Jacoby Glenn and Tracy Porter are gone. They can’t hurt us anymore. And Cre’Von LeBlanc likely will be out by the end of training camp.

Prince Amukamara has been a legitimately good starting cornerback in his career, when he’s been healthy. The same can be said about Bryce Callahan. If the Bears can get a combined 16 games out of them, they’ll be in good shape.

The team added Marcus Cooper for the other spot, likely competing with Kyle Fuller. Either player would be a significant upgrade over what they had last year.

At safety, the Bears added players who can take the ball away. Both veteran Quintin Demps and rookie Eddie Jackson have shown the ability to find the ball and that’s something the Bears were sorely lacking last year.

The Bears defense should’ve been better than it was last year, but they had a ton of injuries. That’s not likely to happen again and, even if it does, they’re better equipped to handle it. I fully expect the team to have a top-10 defense in 2017.

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  • Captain Obvious

    As long as it’s not a big step backwards.

    • Dale701

      Ok, this is for all of you still feeling the pain of the draft, starting at 1:15 mark.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNMsPHmcLI0&index=2&list=LLWQ9_39uBpuLNqpWyljtM5Q&t=393s

      • Dale701

        This is why I think the Bears will be very exciting to watch this year.
        Think back to when we had Walter and Dennis Gentry, we would run on 3rd and 10 or 20.
        I have not seen anyone since Barry Sanders that can stop and start like our new scatt back.
        Imagine a 2 back set, they are going to have to respect Howard.
        Imagine if Detroit had Barry Sanders and a Howard in the backfield at he same time.
        Meanwhile the rest of the NFL is loading up on pass rushers and we will be only passing 1/3 of the time. Da Bears

        • CanadaBear

          Dale you forgot to link your clip. Also, the only problem with the 2 back scenario is if the give is to Howard the blocking back is not exactly going to blow anyone up.

          • Dale701

            He will not need to. He will go out for a pass,, that will take care of a blocker.
            If a pass is called, A fake to Howard and he stays to pick up the blitz.
            Our weakness is pass blocking not run blocking.
            Also, we have loaded up on the TE position and the OL.

          • CanadaBear

            I realize that Dale but the D can totally discount the little guy being a lead blocker. Might as well shift him out to the flank.

          • Dale701

            He will not just be a lead blocker, he can carry the rock and H
            oward can block.
            Cohen has great vision and he uses his blockers very well.
            In his highlights he never got the wood laid on him except on the out of bounds hits.

          • CanadaBear

            I know Dale. I’m just saying the D can totally ignore the option of him being a lead blocker so there really is no reason to put him back there. Just flank him out if he isn’t carrying the rock.

          • Dale701

            Do not forget Cohen has great hands. Weather he is on the LOS or in the backfield he will be a passing threat. We will have other running backs for other formations, we will just be passing enough to keep them honest. Of course this will depend on how effective our running game is. I have high hopes for it.

          • Ryan Pace

            He will get the wood laid on him when he’s playing in the NFL against great players and not against Div II players. I like Cohen as well but i think you might wanna pump the brakes on this kid or any kid that hasn’t played a single down in the NFL yet but especially a kid that’s playing RB at his size.

        • JC

          Dying to see Tarik Cohen in action. Small but a Darren Sproles clone. Punt return skills too. Great to draft big defensive monsters but there’s also a place for small shifty speedsters like Cohen.

          • Ryan Pace

            Since when does he have punt return skills? He wasn’t a special teams guy in college and some thought G.Wolfe was gonna be a D.Sproles type as well and……………………………

          • Irish Sweetness

            Eddie Jackson is on punts I thought.

  • Sahr Gborie

    They have the potential to be top10 but lets wait until the first wave of injuries before we start crowing

    • Ososfan

      I like your enthusiasm!

  • willbest

    Lamar Houston has had a season ending knee injury in 2 of the last 3 years. He is set to make $6 million and cost $7 mil against the cap. There is zero reason he should be on the roster this year.

    • evantonio

      why would you cut someone who’s going to break strahan’s sack record?

      • willbest

        Well if that is the case, pay him league min plus $500k a sack and let him earn his paycheck.

      • CanadaBear

        What is going on with those Mets pitchers? I always thought Harvey was an ass but he’s going nuclear with it. Also, when did Syndegaard lose his mind? Not giving you a hard time, just wondering what’s going on. Are the inmates running the asylum?

        • evantonio

          I don’t know what’s happening with the Harvey thing. I’m hoping he was the genius behind this: http://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2017/5/6/15567556/mets-dildo-kevin-plawecki-tj-rivera

          The Syndergaard thing hurts. The team wanted him to go for an MRI, he said he didn’t need it, and the team said OK. Then he leaves his next start with a torn lat. I’m not sure who to blame on this one. On one hand, the player should get an MRI if the team wants him to get an MRI. It would have found any damage that was there.

          On the other hand, the team let him off the hook and said he didn’t need to get it, so whether or not he was hiding an injury, they’re dinks for letting the player dictate the scenario.

          The Mets are a pretty dysfunctional organization. They had a chance to take the city’s mantle, but now it’s looking like the Yankees are going to reclaim the crown and tighten their grip.

          • CanadaBear

            I get not wanting to go for a MRI but that entire scenario blows my mind. Why would the Mets mgmt be such pussies and why would Noah be so cavalier with his health? What a pisser for Mets fans. The Evil Empire just waxed the Cubs so I know they’re on a roll.

    • Sahr Gborie

      restructure his deal to take less money

      • willbest

        If I were him I would retire if I were cut or forced to restructure. Why blow out your knee again for a couple million when its a sure bet you won’t be able to walk right the rest of your life when you have made $20+ million over the last 3 years. But then that is just me.

        • CanadaBear

          I’ve been through 2 knee replacements. They suck ass. But at 30 with a chance to make a few more mil, most people aren’t going to pass on that.

    • Ryan Pace

      With the D.Skuta signing today it might just be bye bye to L.Houston.

  • JC

    On paper without the number of injuries as last year (there still will be injuries) Bears could be top defense. An elite defense is when everything goes right. Bears won’t be that yet with Trevathan still out.

    • willbest

      A top half defense. But last year they had a rather soft schedule through the AFCS. This year is the historically more competent AFCN plus the NFCS which has sent teams to the SB in back to back years now.

  • leftcoast dave
    • beninnorcal

      Yes please..

    • Ososfan

      “Welcome Home!” Haha

  • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

    Injuries will happen. That is a given. The question is have the Bears reduced the talent drop off between the starters and back ups? Yes, Bullard will have to show a big improvement, Willie Young needs to bounce back after a below average last year but the overall defense will be much improved only if the quality of back ups is a few notches higher than last year.

    Lastly, we will need some positive surprises from fringe players. Someone like a Roy Robertson Harris needs to breakthrough. The dude is putting in the work in the offseason. Need to hit on at least one of those late rounders / UDFAs.

    https://twitter.com/camnwosu/status/836023709139881985

  • CanadaBear

    I think Andrew is over estimating the defensive prowess. He’s counting on some decent injury luck and people returning to their former selves. Probably not going to get both, esp the latter. I just read an interesting fact about Foxy. He has not won a game in September as a coach of the Bears. This September schedule doesn’t exactly scream “streak breaker”. YIKES!

    • willbest

      Everybody’s theory seems to be our defense ranked 23rd despite being ranked 31st in takeaways and being injured to hell. The injury bug won’t be as bad, plus the takeaways thing was flukey. Just in regression to the mean in both we should be able to move up 10 spots.

      • CanadaBear

        I hope so. The Beloved have been so injury riddled the last two years I’m to the point where I’m expecting it.

      • Ososfan

        We were ranked 7th, supposedly against the pass.. or whatever.

        • willbest

          Yards allowed is a bullshit stat. You can be great against the pass if everybody runs on you because you are down two scores and can’t stop the run.

          takeaways and points allowed. That is how you measure D

          • Ososfan

            Haha. I hear ya

    • Ososfan

      I’m drinking the kool-aid too, Canada. Haha I’m hoping the trial by fire experience the young dudes got should help them exponentially this year.

      • CanadaBear

        Esp in the second half of the season. I’m pretty sure they will get killed in the first half of the season. Hopefully the staff keeps it together and they play well in the second half of the season.

        • Ososfan

          All I care at the moment is that these guys are getting better on a consistent basis and it helps us end strong. So I agree, with ya.

        • Sahr Gborie

          The second half of the season might be the reason for all the veteran signings (14 overall – most in the league during FA). When the young ones run out of gas the old dogs can pick up the pace

          • willbest

            They have to be on the roster. You only get 53.

          • Sahr Gborie

            Most of our FA signings will stick around including the rookies. Its going to be people (K.Carery to name one) already on the roster that will have to worry about spots.

          • willbest

            If they keep Langford over Carey I will doubt Pace’s competence.

          • Ososfan

            Langford had a bad year, Carey’s NFL career has been mediocre so far… Plus Langford beat him as RB #2 when Forte was still here…

          • Sahr Gborie

            Langord was a Pace pick so hes expected to get more reps. Carery is a bully. Even when he was the backup to Forte they would not give him playing time because they refused to believe they were in a rebuild (pre – pace). Personally I say convert Langford to WR and see what happens.

          • CanadaBear

            The WR room is really crowded already.

          • CanadaBear

            But Langford got his shot last year and under whelmed. Fox has stated a couple of times that he really likes how Carey plays (with his hair on fire). Unless Langford steps up I think he’s the odd man out.

          • SC Dave

            He should be out.

          • SC Dave

            Langford was absolutely last in yards after contact. Worst in the NFL.

            Cut him.

          • CanadaBear

            All the people advocating for Langford remember that screen to the house. Fucker has good speed for sure. Unfortunately that’s about all I’ve ever seen out of him. Carey is limited physically but he gives what he has on every play. Carey for me, please.

          • SC Dave

            It makes more sense to do it the other way around.

  • Ososfan

    Been waiting for the defense to be mentioned. Have y’all see Floyd’s highlights? If he learns how to use his long arms better I believe he’ll be unstoppable he gets way too close to linemen first and then does his thing. needs to not get locked on, Unrein needs to be all the way down the depth chart and I believe Houston will stay and help this team it’s unfortunate with those injuries. Mcphee I’m praying he plays like he did before, LeBlanc was arguably our most consistent secondary player and should ascend this year I’m excited about our safety competition and CB competition let the best players start. Our defense looks good man, wish he got an OLB in the draft but let’s see the guys on the team do for now…BEAR DOWN!

    • CanadaBear

      Pretty sure they released Cravon. I can’t see Houston making the team but you never know. I think McPhee going forward will be McPhee Lite. Not sure how that will play out but I’m not holding my breath. No doubt they improved the DB’s. They had to! Even if the Bears suck this year, I’m looking forward to see if they are rising or falling.

    • leftcoast dave

      D-line best it has been since??? With competition and rotation as well???

      9-7 is the floor. I believe Glenny will be able to use Meridith and the rest of the diverse receiving corp and knows how to dump down to TEs or backs releasing.

      This will be a fun year.

      • DaCoaches Mustache

        9-7 is the floor? I’ll have what you are having please. 2 of them.

    • Malice Halice

      The first quarter of the season will be a big test for our D. Probowl QB,WR n RB in our 1st for games. Great challenge for the guys. We not winning those 4 but I kinda believe if we can take the Chokers by surprise in wk 1. I do know somebody getting fired during the bye, who and for what idk. But this year should be good for one of our units

  • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

    Field Yates‏Verified account @FieldYates 1h1 hour ago
    Jaye Howard’s deal with Chicago has a base salary of $775k, up to $4M with incentives. KC gets up to $3.75M in cap if Howard earns that much
    —-

    This is good incentive-laden contract given his health concerns.

    • Sahr Gborie

      Gotta love the 1 yr deals

      • leftcoast dave

        Oh, yea. Great contract. Love the rotation we will have in the trenches. Great build.

    • willbest

      I love the fact that we are playing with KC’s money.

    • Ososfan

      Wow. Pretty great contract.

  • J. C.

    From your lips to gods ears. The Bears won the Super Bowl with a fantastic D. I don’t think this group compares so we are going to need ball control and a Quarterback that can score in the red zone.

    • Sahr Gborie

      Ball Control – J.Howard, the rookie and the FA from STL. We have the line to make it happen
      Red Zone – We go the D3 TE and the speedy FA WR’s plus K.White God willing hes healthy

      • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

        Tarik Cohen – best on option routes in this draft.

        NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein on Tarik Cohen…

        According to Zierlein, the passing game is where Cohen could make a living in the NFL.

        “You really have to go watch him,” Zierlein said on the podcast. “If you want to talk about a guy who can annihilate people on option routes, Christian McCaffrey is good, Cohen is elite. He’s 5-foot-6 out of North Carolina A&T, nicknamed the human joystick. He has tremendous stop-start quickness, like with a lot of running backs who are small, he’s got just ridiculous acceleration out of his cuts, but he is basically impossible to handle out of the backfield.”

        http://herosports.com/nfl-draft/analyst-lance-zierlein-tarik-cohen-elite-receiving-back-fcs-football-byby

        Remember, Pace was considering Christian McCaffery at #3 if Trubisky was gone or trade up to #2 was not possible.

        • willbest

          He is 5’6″ and weighs 170 pounds. The passing game is the only place for him to make an impact.

          • CanadaBear

            I think I read he was 179. When you’re that little all those pounds count!

          • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

            179 lbs. Don’t short change him like that!

          • Sahr Gborie

            Until a Lineman makes contact with him and we end up the Knox2.0. I hope that will not be the case but im just saying

          • evantonio

            Darrren Sproles was a pretty serviceable returner, no?

          • Johnnywad

            And in the return game. If he’s truly got that elite directional change acceleration, that’s a great start. We’ll see if he’s got any instincts.

        • CanadaBear

          And you know Pace was considering CM how?

          • willbest

            Because Pace leaked it to somebody to give the hard sell away from Trubisky.

          • Sahr Gborie

            If its true Pace had no intention of taking advantage of the defensive talent this draft had to offer. But it matters not because the draft is over and its time to root for the Beloved all the way to the SB

          • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

            Bucky Brooks said it after Tarik Cohen was picked.


            “To put some context on the Tarik Cohen deal, I had heard speculation they really like Christian McCaffrey,” Brooks said. “They were willing to consider Christian McCaffrey at No. 3. They wanted someone on offense who could be a dynamic playmaker out of the backfield that could create mismatches in space.”

            http://chi.247sports.com/Bolt/Bears-reportedly-were-interested-in-Christian-McCaffrey-at-No-3-52593308

          • CanadaBear

            I believe Bucky said it. I don’t believe Pace was considering it for a second.

          • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

            Bucky Brooks worked for John Fox at some point in the past. Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah nailed the 2015 and 2016 first round picks for Bears. So he definitely has a source..may Foxy himself.

            But this year Pace was super secret. Only Pace and McCaskey knew.

          • CanadaBear

            I agree with Wil. Planted story.

          • BearDown100393

            McCaskey quickly forgot and went about with his crossword puzzles.

          • Bender McLugh

            smokescreen, bigtime. No way in hell they were drafting McCaffrey with #3.

          • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

            McCaffrey went #8. So not that big of stretch. Fournette went #4.

            Not saying I agree with it or wanted it but Pace has shown us his ability to surprise.

          • Bender McLugh

            Huge stretch man. That’s how I sleep at night

          • Irish Sweetness

            The difference between #4 and #8 is the difference between Jupiter and Neptune in Astronomical Units.

          • Johnnywad

            Me neither. That would have been his Swan Song.

          • CanadaBear

            Pretty sure Foxy would have had an aneurysm if Pace selected that RB. At least with the QB pick Fox gets a little bit of leeway this year. If he can get the Beloved anywhere near .500 he might get a 1-2 year extension. Teams rarely let a coach go into his lame duck season.

          • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

            My guess is Fox will ride into the sunset after this year due health reasons. I continue to believe one of the main reason Fox came to Bears was because Bears are one of the few teams in the NFL (or for that matter in the country) that provide top quality health care for former employees. Remember,Foxy had heart scare in Denver.

            If Dowell Loggains is handling Trub’s development well, Pace can promote Fangio as HC and not have to make major changes.

          • BearDown100393

            Pace will hire an offense first minded head coach. And I base that presumption on absolutely nothing other than presumption.

          • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

            It all depends on how Trub’s development goes this year. Cutler was already promoting Loggains as HC soon the other day. There is your in-house offensive minded HC candidate. Continuity will be the key. A completely new system with a a new coach might not be ideal for Trub.

          • CanadaBear

            Sounds like an ideal scenario to me (although I’m pretty sure Irish might have something to say about it).

          • Irish Sweetness

            Because Fangio – having achieved NOTHING, except to embarrass this organization’s defensive legacy by being a pussy – is the obvious choice for a HC.

            I am amazed by the support for Fangio on here. Amazed.

            He is terrible at his job. If you don’t have the players, adapt. He can’t adapt, ergo should be nowhere near the top job.

          • Irish Sweetness

            We would have fired him immediately. Announce his sacking along with the pick.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Bucky Brooks …..-……..

          • Ososfan

            @3? Nah, man I would have really lost it! Haha

        • Ososfan

          Saw that the NFL people at the combine loved Cohen and he has the best 40 for all RB.

        • Irish Sweetness

          If Pace drafted McCaffrey instead of Fournette …. just … .wow. The flames on this blog would melt ice in the south pole.

  • George Hotchkiss

    Show me the Money! 55 years as a Bears fan, has been more pain than pleasure. But the pleasure was great. Now, the pain is miserable. I root for the Bears in my sleep. that all being said, at this point, I believe the Bears will have a good defense and monkeys might fly out my butt. thank you Wayne Campbell.

    • SC Dave

      it is regrettable the droughts are so lengthy.

  • willbest

    I am curious as to what would happen if the Browns drafted Trubisky, and San Fran drafted Garrett.

    • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

      SF and Lynch were only interested in extra picks. They were not going to pick Garrett. Lynch said they had planned an instant auction between a few teams should Browns not take Trubisky. One team was ready to give up boatload for Garrett.

    • Sahr Gborie

      Pace goes for an offensive game changer type player or he sells #3

    • BearDown100393

      Pace resigns. George tells Virginia to sell the Bears. Tom Ricketts and investors buy the team. Manning immediately named President and fires Ted Phillips. Belichick quits NE and is hired to be GM and HC. Brady forces trade to Bears.

  • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

    Eddie Lacy meal plan is better! Floyd is still too thin. Here he is at Bears 2017 official photo shoot recently.

    http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/photo-gallery/Behind-the-scenes-photo-shoot-2017/38b315b4-b421-47fc-9915-f96606db973b#92f04529-88a5-4299-966b-ecf55b28bbd7

  • Ososfan

    WTF is taking Pace so long to extend/restructure Hicks’ contract? The dude has been great ever since he got here and is a leader out there and is still young! “Pay da man!”

  • Sahr Gborie

    Would anyone be upset/interested if we converted Langford to WR?

    • SC Dave

      How about uninterested? That fits!

    • BearDown100393

      How about a safety?

    • Johnnywad

      Given that one of his trademark shortcomings is bad hands, I think we should just go with an actual WR.

      • evantonio

        like Josh Bellamy?

        • BearDown100393

          Lock him up before the CFL does.

        • Johnnywad

          With shorter arms

    • Irish Sweetness

      Don’t.

  • DaCoaches Mustache

    How about Cornelius Washington? He looked like our best D lineman at times last year. Is he still on the squad? Didn’t Jeff has a thing for him?

    Why was Bullard so bad last year? Everyone said he was a steel in the 3rd round and then he was a healthy scratch for a bunch of games. What gives?

    • CanadaBear

      They didn’t re-sign CornWash. Totally with ya about Bullard. If the media hadn’t made such a big deal about what a great value he was, I wouldn’t have expected much. He provided even less than not much.

      • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

        They had marked Roy Robertson Harris for that CornWash role is my guess. Paid him top dollars as UDFA last year to beat out Packers and Vikings to sign him.

        • CanadaBear

          Not sure. I always liked CornWash. Always thought he was going to turn the corner. Hope it isn’t with the Loins.

          • AlbertInTucson

            If he does turn the corner, you KNOW it will be against the Bears.

    • Sahr Gborie

      Corn Wash signed with the Lions. Bullard probably found the transition the pros difficult or he didn’t meet the standers of the staff

    • Ososfan

      Bullard mostly wanted to time the snap count and that shot failed on him, HARD. maybe he wasn’t really putting the work in to get better?

  • Bender McLugh
  • AlbertInTucson

    This all seems like a quite “Pollyanna” optimistic assessment to me, Andrew.

    • BearDown100393

      We’re running the table this season. I can feel it.

      • willbest

        You felt it the last couple years too.

        • BearDown100393

          This is the year.

      • AlbertInTucson

        What you’re feeling may be a stroke. I’d get it checked.

    • Johnnywad

      I think he said we could have the best front seven in football.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Talk is cheap.

        Actually, talk is worthless.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Attention Cubs: I don’t need YOU to piss me off with a performance all weekend like that against, of all teams, the Damn Yankees.

    The White Sox already handle that chore nicely for me, thank you.

    • CanadaBear

      Pisser being a Cubs fan. Letting a couple slip through their hands. Esp 18 innings. Oh well. That’s baseball. I’m guessing they play in NY later this year. Hopefully they can help out the Sox then.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Biggest takeaway from last night’s marathon:

        Joe West affirms his status as “Worst Umpire in MLB”.

        2 decades+ in the Majors and he STILL has zero concept of the strike zone.

        • CanadaBear

          We had a show to promote last night so all I saw was the last 4 or 5 outs. West always makes it about him. Was the strike zone huge, minuscule or both.

          • AlbertInTucson

            A record 48 Ks, combined, in the game.

            It’s no coincidence that Joe West was behind the plate.

            He is the poster boy for “Bad Umpires”.

            A mantle he inherited from the equally arrogant & incompetent, Bruce Froemming.

          • CanadaBear

            Amen about Froemming. Both of them are/were a couple of hard asses that were never wrong even once. I’m guessing the strike zone was large and inconsistent. From what I remember about Froemming, his strike zone was about the size of a legal pad.

          • AlbertInTucson

            He squeezed Milt Pappas out of perfect game.

        • BearDown100393

          Joe West doesn’t care.

          • AlbertInTucson

            That was obvious, too.

    • SC Dave

      that alds was the fucking bomb. swept them bitches off the porch

    • Bender McLugh

      Their pitching is finding themselves. Oh and their hitting too. Right.

  • King of DBB

    If I had been God
    I would have rearranged the veins in the face to make them more resistant to alcohol and less prone to ageing
    If I had been God
    I would have sired many sons and I would not have suffered the Romans to kill even one of them
    If I had been God
    With my staff and my rod
    If I had been given the night
    I believe I could have done a better job

    If I was a drone
    Patrolling foreign skies
    With my electronic eyes for guidance
    And the element of surprise
    I would be afraid to find someone home
    Maybe a woman at a stove
    Baking bread, making rice, or just boiling down some bones
    If I were a drone

    The temple’s in ruins
    The bankers get fat
    The buffalo’s gone
    And the mountain top’s flat
    The trout in the streams are all hermaphrodites
    You lean to the left but you vote to the right

    And it feels like déjà vu
    The sun goes down and I’m still missing you
    Counting the cost of love that got lost
    And under my Gulf Stream, in circular pools
    There’s ninety-nine cents worth of drunkards and fools

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gf7kMaurLZk

    • Sactowns#1

      Awesome!

    • Bender McLugh

      Well done

  • Irish Sweetness

    ” If the Bears — with one of the best defensive line coaches in the
    league in Jay Rodgers — can develop Bullard, they might have the best
    front seven in the league.”

    Wow. Okay. Which league?

    Jay is going to hunt Bears. Go figure.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXOfLO-u24U

  • Irish Sweetness

    Pumped for Blade Runner man!

    Check out the Replicant creator, Jared Leto.

    Why does it appear as though Dekkard is not a replicant?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIhdF4T2rMI

    • King of DBB

      Because he isn’t.

      He was NEVER a replicant. Ugh. That fan theory makes me nuts.

      Anyway this is an eloquent diatribe on the fear one has that BR2 might suck:

      http://www.avclub.com/article/what-was-our-blush-response-blade-runner-2049-trai-254974

      • Irish Sweetness

        Here is Ridley Scott himself saying Dekkard is a replicant – as if the Director’s cut wasn’t obvious enough.

        I’m strapped in.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOgq51ldJ2o

        Oh, and here he is again ….

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7o0rvVxU0w

        Surprised you missed the whole twist, but unless you’ve seen the Director’s cut – it wasn’t clear in the previous releases – it’s impossible to see it.

        It’s been years since I’ve seen the first two cuts, so I can’t remember if the unicorn thing was played out. It’s edited better – differently anyway – in the DC.

        Deckard is interviewing Rachael when she tells him of a memory she has of being a kid, and watching a spider’s nest outside her window one summer. She was looking at it when the eggs hatched, and thousands of tiny spiders spewed forth. The memory is actually one of Tyrell’s niece’s (I think). Someone else’s memory was implanted in her core memory.

        Later, Deckard is drunk and imagining a unicorn. Then, in the last scene of the movie (Director’s cut) …. he finds an origami unicorn, and has the flashback. He nods. [i.e. I’m a replicant]. End movie.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-9ZgB6hDW0

        In the original, it’s a bullshit hollywood ending with them driving off into the wilderness, with a cringey voiceover from Ford. No explanation, it’s all in the editing. In the first cut, there’s no suggestion he’s a replicant. In the DC … he is. Clearly.

        That’s why it was driving you nuts. The fanboys were right.

  • A7Xthebest

    Damn. Jeff is still going crybaby cuck on twitter.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Nerds-only beyond this point.

    A good BR2 trailer breakdown.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOfi2gxggDM

  • Irish Sweetness

    This video has 241 views on Youtube.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UL88XwkJqE

    It’s Prof. Mike Brown of Cal Tech presenting his evidence for Planet nine. When you see the orbits of the outer solar system objects, and Uranus, Neptune etc. – it’s visually obvious when you insert the orbit of Planet Nine how it is responsible for the exaggerated oval orbits, and it’s own extremely elongated oval orbit of the sun. It’s 10X the size of the Earth – the most common size of planet – and these planets are always gas giants.

    A planet found not by telescope, but by maths. Fascinating talk.

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