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Five Reasons to be Excited about the 2017 Bears

| September 6th, 2017

The official start of the season should be an exciting time for NFL fans all over the country, but Bears fans are almost unanimously unexcited.

The reason for this is pretty clear. With their present quarterbacking situation, the starting of Mike Glennon, they’ll need perfection from pretty much everyone else on the roster. Have teams done it? Sure. But most teams in this situation end up picking in the top 10 of the draft.

That said, the Bears do have more going for them than a standard three-win team and there are a few reasons to be excited.

Here are five:

5. Return of Dominant Defense

It’s been a minute since the Bears have had even an adequate defense. Under Lovie Smith, they ranked in the top half of the league in scoring defense eight times in nine seasons and in the top five four times.

Since Smith was fired, they haven’t cracked the top twenty and finished in the bottom ten three times.

This year should be different.

John Fox has a long history of building really good defenses. While he didn’t win a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos, he was just as responsible for building that defense as anyone. Vic Fangio is considered among the league’s best defensive coordinators and now they finally have the most important ingredient: players.

Earlier this week, Fox said the Bears front seven is as good as any in the league and he isn’t wrong, especially with Pernell McPhee back in the fold. If McPhee can play even half of the team’s snaps and Eddie Goldman stays healthy, that’s two major players they missed last year. Early indications are that Jon Bullard is going to be a stud too. They don’t really have a weakness in the front seven.

Their secondary still isn’t great, but it should be a lot better than it was last year. They now have at least three competent NFL cornerbacks and two safeties who’ve shown a knack for taking the ball away. If Eddie Jackson is as special as a few people think, this defense could easily steak into the top five in the league. A top-five defense alone pretty much guarantees nine wins. The last team that failed to win at least that many was Cleveland in 2011.

4. Backfield Duo

Tarik Cohen could’ve cracked this list by himself but he’s here to complement the second-leading rusher in the NFL last year.

Jordan Howard’s 2016 season was one that only guys like Marshawn Lynch, Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles have put up in recent years. If the offensive line can stay relatively healthy, there’s no reason to think he can’t repeat his success.

But Cohen gives the offense another dimension. They finally have a guy who can create offense by himself, hence the nickname “Chicken Salad.” I’m eager to see how Dowell Loggains uses Cohen as I suspect he hasn’t even scratched the surface yet.

Last year Loggains spent the bye week studying how to improve the team’s red zone offense and he came out of it saying the key was getting players in space. He was half right.  The key is getting players who can do things in space. Cohen will be hard to tackle in a phone booth. And if teams decide to go small to match up with him, Howard will blow right through them.

3. Leonard Floyd

There were flashes of brilliance last year, but we didn’t see it consistently. Throughout camp and preseason, however, Floyd has looked like a different animal.

He’s gotten bigger, which is important, but not nearly as important as the fact that he’s learned how to use his hands. He got by last year almost entirely on athleticism and now it appears he has developed some moves to go with that. Taylor Lewan, one of the NFL’s better tackles, had a tough time with him in the preseason and it’s a good bet that he won’t be alone.

An elite pass rusher makes everybody else’s job easier. We saw that when the team added Julius Peppers in 2010. Pass rushers have been hard for the Bears to find. Adewale Ogunleye had a couple good years and so did Roosevelt Colvin, but neither were anywhere near the kind of player Floyd can be.

2. Trubisky will get in at some point

Maybe this is just hoping, but I have to believe that at some point Trubisky is going to see the field. A lot of teams don’t plan on playing their young quarterbacks and almost all of them do. At some point, John Fox is going to get sick of seeing Glennon force bad passes and miss wide open guys. Either that, or Ryan Pace is going to get sick of it and force Fox’s hand.

1. We’ll know if they’re headed in the right direction

This is the most important thing. If the Bears don’t show improvement and don’t win at least a few more games, they’ll be forced to make some major changes, most notably with the coach.

While I think everyone underestimated exactly how much Pace had to do, I believe the GM has done a good job bringing good players in and now it’s time to start winning some games.

They should have a top 10 defense and a top 10 rushing team. Those two things alone should produce seven wins. If they can’t win at least seven games — whether that be because of the quarterback or other reasons — it’s a clear sign to me that something is terribly wrong and it needs fixing. Even if injuries are the reason, three straight years of enough injuries that the team can use them as an excuse is a problem that needs fixing.

As fans of a losing team, we want to believe there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We want hope that the team can contend for a Super Bowl in the near future. We want to know that they’re headed in the right direction and, if they’re not, they’ll do what’s necessary to get there.

This year provides us with just that.

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  • “but Bears fans are almost unanimously unexcited.”

    Didn’t know Dannehy Auto Parts spoke for Bear fans.
    Nor that our excitement should be solely invested in bitcoin

    I’m pumped.

    I wanna see Jackson at FS ballhawk
    I wanna see Floyd burn that edge
    I wanna see Howard run fools over.
    I wanna see Hicks bull rush a RT into the QB
    I wanna see Sitton roadgrade some DT
    I wanna see Cohen juke a cokemachine out if his shoes
    I wanna see Freeman dash and smack

    And when the time comes, I wanna see Trub drop lazers into that sorry ass Puke D.

    Bear down. It’s go time, boys.

    Edit. FIRST place

  • Scharfinator

    Certainly agree with point 1, this should be a make or break season for Pox. Or at least Fox – Pace may survive with a new coach who makes Trub good.

    • Bender McLugh

      Pace won’t “survive”, he’s not going anywhere. He’s been good up to this point.

      • Scharfinator

        Yeah agreed, that’s a better way to put it.

    • CanadaBear

      Gotta agree with Bender, the McCaskey’s seem to love Pace.

      • leftcoastdave

        After the rebuild and quality of his draft picks, he deserves it.

        • CanadaBear

          I’m not quite there with Pace but I do think he’s a keeper.

          • leftcoastdave

            Has anybody done better in the last two drafts?

            If Tarik shows to his potential, that makes for one hell of a backfield picked out of the fourth and fifth round.

          • CanadaBear

            Can’t really count this year’s draft until they play some games.

        • SC Dave

          It’s early yet. And hw did acquiesce to kevin white.

          But it seems clear he has a plan. You wont see Fangio calling it a ‘team built for nothing’ now.

      • Being clean cut robotic doesn’t hurt. Not gonna rock the boat like some other GMs

  • Sahr Gborie

    Dominant Defense – Yes

    Backfield Duo – Yes

    Leonard Floyd – Yes

    Trubisky Will Get In At Some Point – No
    Trubisky is no playing not just because Fox wants to go with a veteran but more so because Pace does not want him to play. Pace has always had a plan in place and he has followed it since he took control of this team. Every year we complain about his drafts and talent acquisitions until we start to see results. Let is trust pace that he knows what he is doing: building a long term sustainable championship contender. What is so wrong with letting Trubisky sit on the bench? His development will not be stunted because he held a clipboard for a year in the same way it would be if he was injured while playing or developed poor mechanics. I want to see Trubisky on the field for the next 15+ years not just the 2017 season

    We’ll Know If They’re Headed In The Right Direction – Yes
    Retirement or Pink Slip Fox will not be coaching the Bears next year regardless of the progress we make. He is built to take this team to the next level. He has done his job which was to build a solid foundation and we thank him for his services. Now its time to start looking for a new head coach: Jim Harbaugh

    • Irish Sweetness

      I can’t buy any excitement for the defense. How could you?

      The pass rush had better be good because there’ll only be three or four coming, and occasionally five … courtesy of the Vic Fangio philosophy of NO-BALLS DEFENSE. We’ll have to overcome a complete lack of consistent pressure and let offenses have their way with us regularly making Sunday Superstars out of bum, no-good quarterbacks that nobody’s heard of. Maybe we do good in week one .. .but then that injury comes and that was your guy and all of a sudden a cog is missing and the machine breaks down.

      Has the defensive backfield got a rhythm, a soul, an identity? Who are they? They haven’t played a game together yet. Hall’s gone already.

      Do we have enforcer Mikes? We’ll find out in week one if Devonta and Tevin rip us a new asshole and Julio rubs in the salt. And we can’t leave Floyd with his dick in his hand as he’s accounted for all day long because nobody else is coming. That shit can get closed down real quick.

      McPhee says he’s never been in better shape? Okay Nanny, we’ll see.

      It’s not defense, but Gummo got made one of the team captains ….

      • Sahr Gborie

        McPhee says he’s never been in better shape? Okay Nanny, we’ll see…LoL….too funny Irish

        I see where you are coming from Irish. The defense needs time to meld together. I think this post was based on the potential of the defense. Without a good QB in our corner our defense will be on the field a lot longer and therefore will not be as good as they should be because they will get no rest. That is the worst case scenario.

        Perhaps we will end up with a middle of the road defense. Not good and not bad either.

      • Bender McLugh

        woah, you are NOT excited for the Defense led by Fangio???? Stop the press!

        • Bender McLugh

          all kidding aside, Irish, you will be pleasantly surprised this year. Doesn’t mean there will be wins, but the D will show up

          • Irish Sweetness

            The annual show will eagerly anticipated, as always.

      • leftcoastdave

        Irish, did you watch any of the preseason games? Did you see what the O line did consistently all game long? That we cut Jaye Howard because RRH was such a monster and Bullard even better than RRH in stopping the run? The five we kept are better than any other five in the division, perhaps even the league.

        It all starts in the trenches and they be filled with Big, Bad Uglies.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Rob-Roy, okay, there’s a crack.

      • CanadaBear

        Teams that beat great QB’s do it with a 4-man rush. If they can consistently get there with just 4, whoever that QB is will have a long day. That’s what Fangio has at his disposal this year. Blitz great QB’s a lot and it usually doesn’t end well for the D.

        • SC Dave

          Irish is still living in the 46 years.

          • Yeah, Irish can’t admit that Ds can’t cripple QBs anymore.

            The whole point of the 46 was to take QBs out and intimidate through brute force.

            Ds can no longer do that.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Yup.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    Question: A coworker took a police news report and photoshopped my picture and name into it then sent it to several of my coworkers, including my direct boss and the owner of the company. This report was of a crime that a man exposed himself to 2 teenage girls. This fucker made me look like a god damn pedophile. I am seriously pissed/insulted/offended. I am so mad right now that I haven’t slept all night. What actions would you take if it happened to you? Am I being overly sensitive?

    • Scharfinator

      Wow, fucked up. This is harassment if nothing else.

      Take it to HR if your company is decent at that. If not and your boss is cool, take it to him/her.

      Otherwise, you could seek legal counsel. Consults usually cost pretty little.

      • Irish Sweetness

        HR will bury it if they sniff a lawsuit … question is … up whose ass? Country/culture-dependent. The company might dismiss the individual, but there are no damages. Have to sue for that. Get paid. Make the system work for you for once. It’s fucked, but get paid.

        • Sahr Gborie

          definitely have to sue for this. the company has a responsibility to do right especially when you were falsely accused and if they don’t get the lawyers

    • Sahr Gborie

      take it to the police. get his ass arrested. if the police don’t have an actual report of you then you have nothing to worry about. the police would have had you registered as a sex offender a long time ago

      • Irish Sweetness

        Yeah, if you’ve got previous …. then whistle.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Nope. Sue that guy. Make a bundle off a clear-cut case of defamation – even if you’re a total pervert (and they’d have a field day with your blog handle…) – just … make money off him, and then they can’t fire you down the road either or they could face a second suit from yourself. Fuck him. That’s not cool in any way. Fight the good fight. You can’t lose.

    • Pretty sure that’s the textbook definition of libel, and is also definitely harassment.

      First step is gather all the proof you can that this is fake. Then sue that person and take it to HR. If that person isn’t fired immediately once HR knows this is fake, sue your company too.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Oh yeah, the company, totally. Sue them all. Just find the most expensive lawyers that exist and they’ll think of all the evil for you – you won’t be paying the bill.

    • Bears-4-Ever

      Tell you company what happened and show the evidence. At very least the person who spread the lie should be fired. If the person is not fired then sue the company. Even as a joke this type of thing is very dangerous since it might go beyond the internals of the company. Next thing you know it’s on facebook and your screwed.

    • CanadaBear

      I would gather up the evidence, find the best litigator in the state and have at it. Get the fucker fired at the very least. I would make that SOB’s life miserable from here on out.

    • BearDown100393

      John Wick

    • evantonio

      A question in response to the question. Is this coworker a friend? Do you guys dick around with each other and he just took this one a bit too far? Or is this something that just came out of the blue?

      I’m sure many of the other responders will say that doesn’t matter, and legally it probably doesn’t. But it could explain what was going on in his head, for whatever that’s worth.

  • Bender McLugh

    “but Bears fans are almost unanimously unexcited.”

    sigh.

    • SC Dave

      Da Blog narrative. The instant Trubisky sees a single play, we’ll have “the most energized fan base in foootball.”.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    If the Bears Beat the Falcons I will get excited. Still hoping for a better than.500 season.

    • Sahr Gborie

      if we are 2-2 after the first 4 games i will believe that we can contend this year and get 9+ wins for the season. if not then we will be middle of the road. 2-2 means we were able to contend with playoff teams and that is a sign of improvement

      • leftcoastdave

        2-2 means playoffs and likely winning the division. The Queens and the Kitties should be 4 automatic wins. Da Bears own the trenches in the NFC North.

        • CanadaBear

          I wouldn’t count those as wins just yet. I’m guessing a split is more like it. The Loins have beaten the Beloved 7 of the last 8 meetings.

          • leftcoastdave

            Trenches.

          • Sahr Gborie

            if we split the first 4 games i believe we will spank the fur off the kittens

    • Irish Sweetness

      It’s the season right there on Sunday. If you want playoffs, you have do well in the hardest part of your schedule. Seeding, the whole shebang. Beat Atlanta, or else. Piss or get off the pot.

      • Bears-4-Ever

        +1. I’m with ya Irish. If we can beat the Falcons right outta the gate we can beat just about anyone.

  • chitownproud85

    plenty to agree with here. definitely not “unexcited” though. JACKED UP AND GOOD TO GO! Hoping for the best for Glennon and our boys in navy blue. Lets bring Trubs along, lets see Kevin White turn into the player we always hoped he’d be, and LETS BEAT THE GODDAMNED PACKERS. BEAR DOWN BOYS. The time is nigh

    • leftcoastdave

      The only Bears fans who are “unexcited” are those who did not see what that D line did in preseason “all game long”, or did not understand the importance of it. Cutting Jaye Howard said it all. That dude was one of the best. What we have are five studs who are the best.

      It all starts in the trenches and Pace has built the best foundation in the league.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Wow, Dave, could you repeat the last sentence?

        Long is likely done. I don’t like either of our tackles. Grasu hasn’t exactly shone at Center. On the D-line? We’ll see how they do.

        • leftcoastdave

          Irish, did you watch any of the PS games?

        • leftcoastdave

          You can name a team with a better 5 D linemen?

        • leftcoastdave

          The O line is the same as last year, minus a crippled Long and Kush. The tackles will not be better because they are regressing? Did you see than against AZ with Tarik running? Whitehair at G is not awesome with Grassu playing amazingly adequate? Seriously? It is all that gloomy?

  • King of DBB

    At some point, John Fox is going to get sick of seeing Glennon force bad passes and miss wide open guys. Either that, or Ryan Pace is going to get sick of it and force Fox’s hand.

    Maybe, just maybe, that does not happen. Maybe Glennon plays well.

    • CanadaBear

      Man, I’m hoping!

      • King of DBB

        Is there a wideout that we could get from FA?

        • CanadaBear

          I’m really a terrible one to ask. I don’t follow that at all.

          • King of DBB

            I see we picked up Tre McBride from the Titans.

            But he looks like a minor upgrade or pretty much the same as Tanner Gentry

        • Irish Sweetness

          Anquan Boldin? Dorial-Green Beckham?

    • Sahr Gborie

      Glennon plays well or Glennon plays bad Fox will not play Trubisky and Pace does not want Trubisky to play this year. He wants him to sit and learn. I want to see Mitch play but I don’t want to rush him. We finally have what looks to be a quality QB for the next 15+ years and people want to rush the process. I just don’t get it…the excitement of a few wins is not worth the potential damage that could be done to Trubisky’s confidence, mentally and physically…and some will aruge that if he crumbles under the pressure then he was never any good…wtf….we see the talent…why rush its development? we are not winning the SB this year…not because we are not a good team but because there are teams that are much better than us

      • King of DBB

        Well that is why Butt Fumble is on the roster. He will go in if Glennon falters.

        Expect the fans to boo roundly when that happens. And lots and lots of handoffs to the backs.

        • Sahr Gborie

          im ok with a year of boos if it means 15+ years of cheers with Trubisky under center

  • King of DBB

    Maybe Pernell “Captain Ahab” McPhee has 8 sacks Sunday and is a beast that runs wild.

    • CanadaBear

      Of all the guys on D, McPhee has me the least excited. Whenever they say “So and so is in the best shape of his career” it almost always goes to shit. Not to mention, why wasn’t he in shape all those other years?

      • BearDown100393

        His jaw is always in mid season form

      • Sahr Gborie

        amen Canada. he will released next off season

      • King of DBB

        After his leg injury he needed to drop 30 pounds, he couldnt sustain the weight.

        So they just tried to put a positive spin on that.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’ll take the under.

  • King of DBB

    If Kevin White was ever contemplating stepping up to NFL caliber, now would be a great time.

  • King of DBB

    Bucs-Fish game actually rescheduled to a later date.

    So Cargo gets a bye in Week 1. Adjust your FF accordingly.

    • BearDown100393

      Jay could throw 5 tds easy into a category 5 hurricane

      • CanadaBear

        He might be like Bobby Douglass with a broken wrist!

        • AlbertInTucson

          Only 4 TDs that day for Bobby.

          • AlbertInTucson

            OK, 5, if you include the pick 6 he started the game with.

          • CanadaBear

            His wrist probably wasn’t broken when he threw the pick 6. I was such a homer back then I thought Bobby had turned a corner. When next season started, uh, no.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Butch Byrd picked that off an ran it back.

            I once had all the WGN radio highlights of that game with Brickhouse and Kupcinet on reel to reel tape.

            Alas, gone forever.

            Bobby D. DID have a few moments the made you think “Wow”.

            But they were out numbered, like Custer at Little Big Horn, by more moments of “Why…?”, as in, “Why isn’t this guy playing tight end or linebacker?”.

    • Wow. So they’re playing 16 straight w out bye?
      Seems like a disadvantage.
      Has that ever happened?

      • CanadaBear

        Not that I know of. Not sure what else the league could do. Moving the game to another, safer venue at the last minute would have been a nightmare. Glad it’s not the Beloved’s problem.

    • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

      haha, fuck. Now I have Trubisky and Stafford. Fucking IRMA!!!!

      • Irish Sweetness

        Stafford has ARI this week.

  • King of DBB

    Jeff twats this:

    Some shady shit. No wonder @7BOOMERESIASON looked pissed on air today. Boomer is a straight up class act. Shouldn’t be associated with this.

    What is he talking about?

    • BearDown100393

      At this point, does it even matter?

      • King of DBB

        I just want to know what Boomer is embroiled in.

        • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

          his on air partner ran a Ponzi scheme with some other dude, bilked millions out of several investors to pay off gambling debts and to pay back early investors.

          • King of DBB

            I thought Trump made that legal, though?

            I mean, don’t you run a Ponzi scheme?

            EDIT: Oh, I see he was also scalping tickets. That’s the real crime. Put him in solitary.

          • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

            I’m not smart enough to run a Ponzi scheme.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Can’t be that hard, The Fed have been running one for the last 84 years.

  • King of DBB

    So…. the Ravens were GONNA sign Kap and then Kap’s girlfriend compared Ray Lewis to Sam Jackson’s Uncle Tom in Django Unchained:

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/06/colin-kaepernick-ray-lewis-baltimore-ravens-nessa-diab-nfl

    And, by association, that made Raven’s owner Biscotti into the Plantation Owner. The rumor was he was none too happy with being called a honky cracker.

    • CanadaBear

      It’s always nice when someone that says they love you helps to submarine your career.

      • King of DBB

        She must be righteous in the sack or Kap has no balls.

        • leftcoastdave

          Or maybe he would rather make money the ez way and doesn’t really want to be back on the field where he will continue to fail and take a beating?

          • King of DBB

            How is he making money the ez way now that he is out of the league?

          • leftcoastdave

            He’s a celebrity. A victim hero of the left. Just watch the money roll in.

          • King of DBB

            How? Kickstarter?

            I think Oprah only paid people $1000 for travel to come cry on her couch.

        • CanadaBear

          From the stories I’ve read, she’s the one that sparked all this activism. Every now and then you have to take an inventory of your life when things are going really well or really bad. I think CK might find his life kinda turned to shit when he hooked up with her.

    • Sahr Gborie

      Kap is Good Enough to be the #2 QB on every team

      Kap can be the #1 QB on Some teams:
      Bills – Tyrod Taylor
      Jests – Josh McCowan
      Ravens – Joe Flacco
      Bengals – Andy Dalton
      Brown – DaShone Kizer
      Texans – Tom Savage
      Colts – Scott Tolzien
      Jaguars – Blake Bortles
      Broncos – Trevor Siemian
      Bears – Mike Glennon
      Cardinals – Carson Palmer
      Rams – Jared Goff
      49ers – Da Destroya

      Kap is just as good as all these Qb’s listed and better than some of them.

      Kap is not playing because some people think he is disrespecting the flag. These people who think he is disrespecting the flag think they have a monopoly on what the flag means. The flag means many things to many people.

      In the eyes of some Kap is disrespecting the flag and that is understandable. However his intent was to bring awareness to the unfair treatment of minorities. Mission accomplished

      • CanadaBear

        Flacco, Dalton and Palmer are light years better than CK.

        • Sahr Gborie

          i beg to disagree. simple question: would kap be able to produce the same record with those teams last year that their current Qb did?

          if the answer is yes then they are not better

          • CanadaBear

            The answer is no.

          • Sahr Gborie

            this is crazy to me that people really think Kap is out of the league because he cant play anymore…why did Elway want to sign him but then backed off…Kap was on a bad team last year. everyone forgets what he was like with a good team around him

          • CanadaBear

            Not once did I say that about Kap. Of course, the owners are avoiding him. He’s not worth the headache. Not to mention, unless they play the run option O, he’s not very efficient. I’ve got nothing against CK and I believe he’s very sincere. But if you’re going up against the NFL, you’d better be indispensable or you will get dispensed.

          • Sahr Gborie

            very true. very true sir…its just a shame that other trash QBs that dont even belong on a roster get a shot ahead of him

          • CanadaBear

            Can’t say that I disagree but like my mom always told me, “Life isn’t fair, get over it.” That was always a conversation killer.

        • willbest

          And tyrod

      • BearDown100393

        Jared Goff would be cut in the CFL

        • Sahr Gborie

          ROTFL

      • AlbertInTucson

        He’s not playing because nobody wants his (or his woman’s) noise in their locker room.

        “Mission accomplished”?

        Definitely.

        If flushing one’s career was the mission.

        • Sahr Gborie

          is it really noise or is it that people are intolerant to views that don’t match their own?
          Michael Vick – Dog Fighting/federal Crime/jail Time – rewarded with a $100 million dollar contract

          Ben Roethlisberger – Accused of Sexual Assult Twice

          Ray McDonald – Accused of Rape & Domestic Violence

          Greg Jardey – Nuff Said

          Josh Brown – Kicker for the Giants confessed to abusing his wife

          the list goes on and on and on…

          • Scharfinator

            You’re making a poor assumption in saying that making noise and offending others are mutually exclusive things.

            Kap is making noise that contradicts the views that (a lot of) NFL fans consider sacred. As a result, these fans will end up going after the team who signs him. Even if “going after” means complaining and not buying tickets.

          • AlbertInTucson

            He insists on continuing to beat that drum. In a football locker room, that is noise.

          • Johnnywad

            Vick lost more money than Kap will ever make and was out of the league for years.

            Has Kap missed a game yet?

      • leftcoastdave

        Did you see him when the 9ers played the 3-13 Bears last year when Barkley made him look so sad by comparison?

        Read his stats, then say that again.

        • Sahr Gborie

          you would seriously start Barkley over Kap?

          • leftcoastdave

            In a heartbeat.

          • Sahr Gborie

            I have a disagree. Kap has more upside. More playoff experience. Kap gets you more wins than Barkely

          • Irish Sweetness

            Definitely. Kap and can throw and run, Barkley can only fall apart.

          • SC Dave

            Yes

      • SC Dave

        He’s not good enough to be bears #2

        • Irish Sweetness

          Exactly. I wouldn’t swap Mitch for anyone. Not Tom Brady, not Aaron Rogers.

    • BearDown100393

      Sam Jackson stabbed a guy in Django?

    • He only like house QBs. Yessum

  • King of DBB
  • King of DBB
    • It’s an evil plot to steal Floridian’s meth stashed in that singing Bass

      • leftcoastdave

        Don’t worry, be happy.

    • CanadaBear

      I’m guessing Rush isn’t staying put. It will be interesting to see if Rush literally loses fans over this. There are a lot of people that believe everything he says. Not unlike that nut Alex Jones.

    • BearDown100393

      He’s broadcasting from Osteen’s basement bunker.

    • Corporal Clott

      It’s all fake news boys. Same thing happened last year. My cousin lives in Orlando and while shitpherd Smith on Fox news was telling everyone their children were going to die if they didnt leave, he bought a 6 pack and had a cookout on the beach.

  • Sahr Gborie
  • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

    does anyone else think the all navy blue uniforms are bad ass?

    • King of DBB

      Not a fan. All white is 70s excellent, but the all Blue makes them look weird and unbalanced.

      I do like the change made 2 years ago to put the numbers up on the top of the shoulder pads.

      • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

        I love all navy blue and i’ll never change my mind!

        • King of DBB

          Remember the all orange? That was a travesty.

    • those 40s throwbacks are my absolute favorite uniforms. Wish they’d wear them all the time.

      • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

        makes me think of Pep and then I get sad because we have McPhee.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Don’t like the all blues. Don’t like the all whites.

  • King of DBB

    I know this happens to Butch all the time:

    You pick up a chick on Tinder and invite her back to your place. She has to take a dump and decides to throw it out the window and then gets stuck in the window and then the Fire Department needs to come and pull her out of the window.

    Shit happens. So to speak.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/liam-smyth-toilet-date-tinder_us_59aefdeee4b0b5e53101a36b

  • Sactowns#1

    This whole postponing of the Miami game is total bullshit!! In two of my leagues I have Jay Cutler, my backups are Andrew Luck and Jamis Winston. This is totally crushing my football spirit and killing my Cutty boner.

    • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

      I was just forced to put Mitchell Trubisky in and I am now praying that Glennon dies before sunday.

      • Scharfinator

        And this is why FF is the devil.

        • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

          well maybe like a short term coma…

        • King of DBB

          It’s really shit when you are AT a game, and a coach makes a sound decision – like to sit a back down with a big lead to limit his touches – and some drunk asswipe starts screaming at the top of the lungs because he was playing that back that week.

          That is the fucking worst. In my NFL experience this is actually worse in other cities more than Chicago.

          • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

            they have FF stats at games? wtf?

          • I didn’t play fantasy football last year because I just didn’t have time.

            I didn’t miss it. If anything, the few games I could watch I enjoyed more because I could just focus on the game without worrying about individual performers.

          • But why worry ?

            (unless you had $ riding, but you don’t strike me as the Irish quadruple parlay type)

            Set it and forget it.

            For me, it’s just gravy and invests me in games which I NEVER would otherwise.

            Like, really, Bills-v-Jets?

            Who beside FFers and degenerate gamblers is gonna be watching that game?

            I also think FF analysts are waaaay ahead of the general writer esp when it comes to metrics, stats, and trends. They often present the most in depth rationale on the micro and macro scale which makes a fan much more informed.

            That’s just my take. But I do get FF burn out.
            Then again, by Dec, most get Bear burn out.

          • Because I’m competitive and was always playing against people I knew and interacted with regularly, so I wanted bragging rights (or more didn’t want people having bragging rights over me).

            I agree fantasy can be fun. I just was surprised at how little I missed it after doing it for 10 years straight.

          • Well, I’m competitive too, which is why I won like 2-3 championships in last 4 years (and won 11 weeks in two season I lost), but for me, I kinda like it.

            But yeah, 10 yrs straight, that’s hardcore. I can def see burn out there.

            You should join Da League next yr when you get ur wind back.

            Lots of the old school regs on there and smack talking!

          • AlbertInTucson

            Our league winds up on Yahoo where you can, if you wish, “talk smack”.

            We’ve been on Yahoo for the last few seasons and I don’t recall anyone bothering to use that feature.

          • I mostly played with people I would see in person fairly regularly, and the smack talking would get done then.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I was in a Strat-O-Magic Baseball league for more than 20 years but, eventually, it began to feel more like a chore than a hobby and I gave it up.
            I miss the guys I played with but don’t miss participating.

            An aside to this, most my time in that league, which I believe is still active, was pre-internet and we played by mail.

            One of the guys in the league worked at the US Embassy in Moscow.

            I recently learned he was actually CIA station Chief there.

            He would call every so often to propose trades.

            Wonder if the Russkies listening in thought we were speaking in some sort of code?

          • AlbertInTucson

            “Competitive”

            I can remember some very HEATED arguments/ discussions with some of my very best buddies over softball games, miniature golf tournaments and several board games, notably, RISK.

            I look back now at that behavior and am truly embarrassed.

          • AlbertInTucson

            My interest in other games iS raised by FF.

            On the other hand, I’m not interested in even a SECOND FF team, or even a league that requires scanning the waiver wire and roster shuffling every week or one that needs a calculator to figure out the scores.

          • Corporal Clott

            Nope, the facking worst is weedeating too close to dogshit. It’s the shits.

        • Sactowns#1
    • Should’ve drafted Hoyer.
      He’s starting for me this week and im gonna say he’s a top 7 play
      #daDestoya
      #$1

    • Irish Sweetness

      Jameis could have a nice day.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Wow. Even the “Team QB” wouldn’t help your predicament.

  • King of DBB

    Scalping old queens on Streisand tickets? Man, low class. Low class.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/breaking/ct-craig-carton-arrested-sports-radio-20170906-story.html

    He was into the sharks for millions. He is going to be found floating face down somewhere. Probably bet on McGregor, the fool.

    • CanadaBear

      Adele, Babs, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry. Pretty sure he didn’t make any money off of me!!!!!

      • Sactowns#1

        I want to know how you get people to invest $5mil in a resale ticket scheme. So this guy pitched the idea that he had something better than stubhub and Craigslist and people gave him millions?! Wtf?

        • willbest

          You would be surprised at the really excited clients I had to play killjoy for when my due diligence turns up shady shit.

          I was even fired over it once, because I asked for documentation didn’t get it and wouldn’t give it my blessing. 18 months later client was back asking if I would help him get his money back.

          I declined telling him he would likely need someone with debt collection and bankruptcy experience and I don’t do either.

  • WP4Life

    QB depth chart:
    #1 Glennon
    #2 Trub
    #3 Sanchez

    • EnderWiggin

      Don’t get your hopes up. Let’s say Giraffe goes down week one and Trubs has to finish. Then week two Dirty Sanchez gets the start while Trubs continues riding pine.
      This also explains why Sanchez and Trubisky are splitting second team reps – They want Trubs to get as much experience as possible, while maintaining his slow curve to stardom.
      I know it doesn’t seem to make sense, but I think this is why Sanchez had very few preseason snaps – they know exactly who and what Sanchez is, and believe it or not, they are happy with him.
      Its just my opinion, but the only way Trubs gets significant snaps this year is 1) Glennon and Sanchez get hurt. 2) Glennon starts dropping 50 burgers in 3 quarters.

      • WP4Life

        I think what we all want is Trub to be our 10+ year starter winning a few SB’s!

        For me, whatever it takes to make that happen. I think some of what you said is accurate. I dont think Trub is completely ready for NFL defenses. Trub has some great physical tools that helps balance things out. IMO they gave him #2 spot to partially reward him, and also so Trub is setup to come in if Glennon is dropping those 25 burgers. I would rather have Trub coming off the bench in spots for Glennon and Sanchez rather than Trub getting pulled.

  • Birdcage talking shop. First thing he mentions about Trub is working under C . 2nd thing he brings up is him learning schemes vand protections. Those were the 2 biggest ‘flaws’ i saw from his NC tape. Nice to hear Birdcage on it.

    https://youtu.be/4BRguMq-J7E

    • King of DBB

      How about those dolphins?

      https://youtu.be/SfrhCvDLlCg?t=321

      • Sactowns#1

        Great movie, great team!

    • leftcoastdave

      Got a kick out of the comment about his snuffling, suggesting he is using Booger Sugar.

      Funny, but his face does not show funny, as in the use of BS. Just ask Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, etc., etc., etc., ie. most anybody making money in comedy in the last fifty years.

  • King of DBB
    • Sahr Gborie

      Damn

    • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

      everyone knows nurses love the Dizz.

    • Sactowns#1

      Ah he’s in Africa right now. He’s little fish over there. haha

    • Didn’t we just recommend nurses a few weeks ago.
      They LOVE the D!
      D for deceased.
      Talk about a stiff.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Girls are always talking about stiffies.

    • leftcoastdave

      I’d investigate further to find the Dr. Frankenstein those girls were scouting for.

  • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In
    • BearDown100393

      Might as well just issue him Bennett’s old jersey.

      • King of DBB

        ha

    • King of DBB

      Man, is he talking shit or what?

      Are they seriously going to put him out there on possessions against the Falcons having one fucking leg? Having not played all pre-season?

      He says he has no pain – but so what? Anybody can shoot up so the leg doesn’t hurt – but can it operate?

      Foxy said “he’s in the best shape of his life”. Uh… ok…. maybe on a stationary bike.

      • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

        I can’t get that vision of him running a few weeks ago and how he was lugging his leg around. It looked like it really fucking hurt.

  • BearDown100393

    How many quarterbacks does Fox start this season?
    A. 1
    B. 2
    C. 3
    D. 4 or more

    • AlbertInTucson

      Well, 4 OR MORE is pretty much a Bears’ tradition.

      • BearDown100393

        Connor scrambling with a crutch……

    • Irish Sweetness

      Got to be D. One less than last season.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Bears run shotgun more than 60% of time and the ideas of college/pro “styles” are antiquated. Concepts overlap now.”

    If that were true, would not there be more QBs coming out of college who are “NFL ready” and not in need of tutoring in calling plays, taking snaps from under center and footwork?

    Not to mention offensive tackles who are “NFL ready” being more scarce because they, too, grew up in college spread offenses.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Did you not still need training when you got out of college? College gives a foundation, admittedly some college systems are give a little better foundation than others.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Just seems to me to be more “less ready” players than more.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Oh, and thanks for assuming I that went to college!

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          yeah but aren’t you old enough to have been a fan before the advent of the forward pass? so guys coming out of college back then would seem far more ready since there wasn’t much to learn.

        • I think part of that is more guys leaving after 3 years, plus limits on practice time and live situations in practice.

    • Even IF Bears do run 60% shotgun going forward, those shotgun plays are not the same as college shotgun concepts.

      For instance, in college there’s a lot of read-option and one side of the field 2 read progression.

      So, typical play. Shotgun. Hb next to QB. He sticks it in the gut of the HB while scanning one side where WRs usual run a bubble, slant, etc boom.

      THAT does not fly in the NFL.

      (and eventually, it gets the QB murdered)

      And in college I don’t recall any QB calling out protections out of shotgun. A lot of that is already built in as the plays come from the sideline on ridicules big ass cards that you’ll NEVER see in the NFL (not even Chip used them)

      https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/9124261/Screen_Shot_2017_08_27_at_3.04.34_PM.png

      That’s not even counting for recognizing more complex Ds, audibling, or getting everyone aligned properly.

      There’s a big difference between Colts Peyton and NC Trub shotgun

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Bears run shotgun more than 60% of time and the ideas of college/pro “styles” are antiquated. Concepts overlap now.”

    If that were true, would not there be more QBs coming out of college who are “NFL ready” and not in need of tutoring in calling plays, taking snaps from under center and footwork?

    Not to mention offensive tackles who are “NFL ready” being more scarce because they, too, grew up in college spread offenses.

    • willbest

      Exactly, how is it that 32 HC and OC get it wrong? Why does Kelly not have a lombadri?

      They all employ statisticians. If they were seeing more success from the shotgun they would use it more.

  • Sandor Clegane

    The biggest threat they have on offense is on the practice squad ( Tanner Gentry )

    • the biggest threat they have on offense finished 2nd in the NFL in rushing last year and will get to carry the rock about 20 times per game when healthy.

      • leftcoastdave

        Data, be honest. Does Jeff say stoopid things just to keep people coming to this site to call him out? Or does he really believe all those things he twits out?

        • Corporal Clott

          Calling Pollyana…calling pollyanna….

          • leftcoastdave

            Yea, it might be Polyanaish for me to think he really means what he says, rather than just posting crap to get clicks. I guess the tell is that he does not really back any of it up, or should I say, can’t back any of it up. “Yada, yada, yada” then whatever happens he says he was right.

            Nice work if you can get it, I guess, depending upon what you see as your calling in life.

        • Scharfinator

          In a world of hot takes, you gotta keep your tweets crazy.

    • leftcoastdave

      Tanner Gentry was such an offensive threat, he was grabbed by . . . . . . . .

      Oh, wait, that’s right. He cleared waivers because everybody knows his route tree is a single up arrow.

      Not that the kid can’t be trained up, but there is a reason why nobody drafted him and there is a reason why he cleared waivers and is on the practice team.

    • Irish Sweetness

      He’ll produce more than Howard? I think not. Deonte showed more than anyone this PS, too.

  • Sandor Clegane

    Can’t wait to see mud foot Glennon stinking out out the house and the Bears fans demanding Trubisky given the number one job by game five.

    • BearDown100393

      Giraffes get muddy but don’t freeze up when confronted by fire.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Giraffes can fight and kill Lions. Lions are cats. Falcons are cats. Ergo we can beat the Falcons. Flawless logic.

        Blog: Uhhhhhhh……

        • Corporal Clott

          Oh how the mighty have fallen. Chicago Browns/Cleveland Bears… take your pick?

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          unless it’s raining. Giraffes hate the rain.

  • Trub pick looking a lil better for now. Myles Garrett to miss “weeks”

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/09/06/report-browns-fear-myles-garrett-could-miss-weeks/

    • AlbertInTucson

      And Browns fans, collectively, think “That figures.”

    • BearDown100393

      He got Browned.

      Poor kid.

    • evantonio

      meh. would’ve shattered his kneecap if he were a Bear.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Malik Hooker in the wars too.

      • King of DBB

        we all but said that Hooker was a guarantee to start the season as PUP during the draft in the Spring. He was that fragile.

    • Johnnywad

      It’s looked fine the whole time. If Trubisky ends up being the Truth, you’d never trade him for any defensive player.

  • Corporal Clott

    The Bears can only beat the Falcons if Glennon turns in a good game. Also, Bears fans don’t have the luxury of being able to piss and moan over Mike Glennon starting on Sunday. The Bears will either win or lose with Glennon, capiche pisano’s?

    How do you like dem apples MB?

  • King of DBB

    The guy the blog wanted is stepping up to be a new Mike Brown for the Jets

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/2017-jets-stink-rookie-safeties-adams-maye-won-article-1.3474201

    • Corporal Clott

      What’s the odds of the Bears getting one favorable cover story like that all season? Sigh…

      • King of DBB

        I watched Bears preview with big Dan Jiggets (O.B. or original Biggsy) and they were pretty darn favorable on CSN.

  • Corporal Clott

    The calm before the storm? Wowza what a bleak outlook this team has prior to starting the season. Even the Jauron years seem optimistic compared to my outlook right now. Does anybody really have any idea what kind of a team the Bears are? Oh budda!

    • King of DBB

      Here’s what I do know:

      You would need a Russian AN-124 to fly Jim Miller, Dan Jiggets, Gaines Adams and Biggsy on the same flight to Atlanta if this were an away game.

      • Corporal Clott

        Lol.

    • Johnnywad

      Why so down?

      Defense looks improved.
      Run game should be strong.

      I think we’ll see obvious improvement.

      • Corporal Clott

        It must be the antibiotics. Sorry, I feel like shit. I feel like a bucket of rusty nails right now.

        • leftcoastdave

          Dude, just think. We cut a pro bowl DL to keep the studs we’ve got.

          This is the best D line Da Bears have had in many, many years.

          • Corporal Clott

            A girl can dream…

          • Irish Sweetness

            Hope you’re right, Dave. But I’ll believe it when I see it in a real game.

        • Johnnywad

          Better than dyin.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      16-0 kinda team.

  • Corporal Clott

    https://dawindycity.com/2017/05/22/chicago-bears-news-bears-surprise-team-nfl-2017/

    Peter King likes the Bears? This piece reads like a Chinese hand book. Talk about conflicting opinions, lol.

  • beninnorcal

    MB, I know you’re lurking around here. Come back, brother.

    • Corporal Clott

      Jess, he’s now just another deadbeat dad to the blog. Sniff…

  • beninnorcal

    Here’s to hoping Mike Glennon puts on a show Sunday and even fires one over them mountains over there for uncle Rico. Bear down, boys, whether you like it or not, football is back. We need to savor the flavor as our seasons tend to end earlier than most other teams. I’m pretty excited to see them take the field.

  • Corporal Clott

    “The real question is, “Is Mike Glennon worthy of a roster spot?” Jeff

    Do any backup QB’s really warrant a roster spot? The dirty little secret in the NFL is that half the starting QB’s in the league don’t warrant roster spots.

    • AlbertInTucson

      The fact that the NFL does not have, nor basically EVER has, enough qualified QBs, starting or otherwise, hardly qualifies as a “dirty little secret”.

      It is CERTAINLY no secret to fans of teams like the Browns and, of course, the Bears.

      • Johnnywad

        It’s funny we describe it that way.

        There are only maybe 16-18 guys in the whole world we’d describe as “qualified”. It would seem the bar has been set too high.

        • AlbertInTucson

          The proof is in the performance , or lack thereof.

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