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Four Thoughts on the Eve of John Fox’s Final Game as Bears Head Coach

| December 30th, 2017

John Fox will lead the Bears one more time, tomorrow, in Minneapolis. These will be my final thoughts on the Fox tenure.


(1) People need to stop revisiting how and why Fox was hired. There was no conspiracy. Ownership did not inflict Fox upon Ryan Pace. It was a simple process.

  • When the Bears hired Pace, Ernie Accorsi and ownership believed it would be wise to pair the young GM with a veteran head coach. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
  • Accorsi had known John Fox for thirty years so the coach’s surprising availability was an ideal match.
  • Accorsi and ownership asked Pace to meet Fox.
  • Pace met him. For a long time.
  • Pace decided to hire him. If Pace had called ownership and said no, Fox would not have been hired. Did ownership clearly want him to make this decision? Yes. Did Pace feel pressured to make it? I’ve been told by someone who really knows that Pace didn’t need pressure. He liked Fox a lot.

Everybody. Was. On. Board.


(2) Fox took over the worst defense in the history of the Chicago Bears. That’s not hyperbole. That’s fact. And today that unit is ranked 8th in the NFL, even while suffering a series of debilitating injuries and playing half the season with no pass rushers. There are a lot of factors why but the John Fox is leaving the Bears in far better shape than he found them.


(3) I will forever go back to the decision to start Mike Glennon. John Fox should have acknowledged what was obvious to all on day one in Bourbonnais and said, “Listen, we’re going with Trubisky. There are going to be highs. There are going to be lows. But by the end of this season Bears fans are going to know we’re headed in the right direction because this kid is a franchise quarterback.” If he and the organization had made that decision this summer, I truly believe he’d be the head coach in 2018. But the Bears found themselves in an unwinnable situation by mid-season. If you don’t give a rookie QB first-team reps until Week 5 and need him to win games to save your job, that just ain’t gonna happen.


(4) It didn’t work out. It happens. But remember, Fox had only one season prior to coming to Chicago where he won less than seven games and that was his nightmare final year in Carolina. You can argue that Fox’s career numbers are overrated due to the Peyton Manning years but Fox’s floor was always mediocrity. He never even achieved that here.

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  • ButtonShoes

    “When the Bears hired Pace, Ernie Accorsi and ownership believed it would
    be wise to pair the young GM with a veteran head coach. Makes sense,
    doesn’t it?”

    No. Not a bit. I don’t care if your GM is a rookie. If you trust him enough to be your GM, rookie or not, you let him make his pick without any interference or pressure. There shouldn’t be any question of whether or not Pace was forced to pick Fox. It is a testament to how little trust there is between the fans and the team that a whole lot of people don’t buy for a second that the McCaskeys or Ted Phillips didn’t meddle in this decision.

    “Everybody. Was. On. Board.”

    Yet another reason why everybody. should. be. fired.

    “There are a lot of factors why but the John Fox is leaving the Bears in far better shape than he found them.”

    Oh yeah. 14-33 (34 by tomorrow). That’s far better shape, alright. [/sarcasm]

    “It didn’t work out. It happens.”

    With this team it never works out. “It happens” is not enough of an excuse anymore. Because it keeps happening.

    In any case, sayonara, John Fox. You sucked. Right from the beginning. You never stopped sucking. And you will finish your tenure here continuing to suck. I hope the Peckers hire you so you can fuck up their team with your below-average mediocrity next. I just wish Pace was going with you.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Oh go play your violin somewhere. The Bears were in NFC title game in 2010, 7-3 with their starting QB in 2011 and 10-6 in 2012. They decided that wasn’t good enough and have paid for it for 5 years.

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky

        Don’t forget the Super Bowl in 06 and a 2 seed in 05, (but Charles Tillman slipped and fell down).

        People act like this is the Browns.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I’ll take those ten consecutive championship-game seasons!! Fuck.

          And I’ll take those five picks in the first two rounds of the draft in ’18. As long as they don’t draft Rosen, they’re sweet. Can’t really miss.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            JaMarcus Russell begs to differ.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I’ll swap bank accounts with that MFer.

            His is positive.

            Like the late Louis CK said : I owe money to the bank in order to be broke. When I pay them off my overdraft … then I’m broke.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky
          • Irish Sweetness

            Pass over Jeff’s violin there, I’ll use my shrink-ray on it and Jamarcus can go fkn play on it. Did he blow his 40 million?

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            It sure appears so. How the hell does one do that?

            Spend five minutes and google broke NFL stars. It’ll blow your mind.

          • CanadaBear

            Of all the guys to go tits up Russell just makes you shake your head. I know the guy was successful in college and all that but wouldn’t just a little bit of detective work on Al Davis’ part revealed this stunning lack of motivation and character.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            I guess money changes everything for some. All I can figure. You can’t be as good as he was in college without lots of hard work and quite a bit of give a damn.

          • CanadaBear

            I get your point but I don’t think people change completely over money. When you used to see Ryan Leaf in interviews early in his career and he was such a colossal asshole, I always wondered how teams didn’t see that leading up to the draft.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            You’re probably right. After all, somebody drafted Johnny Manziel.

          • CanadaBear

            You can talk yourself into anything if properly motivated!

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            too much purple drank.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            That’s a lot of purple drank. Probably giving it to his pet tigers and velociraptor he bought with that NFL money too. It’s the only explanation.

          • CanadaBear

            Having a bunch of hangers-on and possibly family bleeding him are usually part of the problem. I was really impressed when I read about Lebron James putting a couple of his friends on the legit payroll. He was still pretty young at the time (under 25). Yes they were making a living off of Lebron but they were actually working for it. Good deal for all of them. If they didn’t pull their weight, c-ya.

          • Cheese

            I think even Buster Douglas has some of his left.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            And if we’re counting the last century or so, we’re doing just fine with the Bears and their Championships.

          • ButtonShoes

            That’s a low bar. In the Super Bowl era, we have been pretty pathetic. Counting the last century for the Bears is like being a Cubs fan prior to Ricketts and Theo, and trying to ride on 1907, 1908, and the pennant wins up to 1945 as a way to argue that the Cubs haven’t really been that terrible. It’s making excuses for the team that they don’t deserve.

          • BearDown100393

            Some idiots here cherish 5 and 10.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Rosen’s mouth is not enhancing his draft status.

        • carlito

          No no one is that bad but the Bears are next lmao!!!!!

          • AlbertInTucson

            The Loins have zero SB appearances.

      • BerwynBomber

        “The Bears were in NFC title game in 2010, 7-3 with their starting QB in 2011 and 10-6 in 2012.”
        Had a TON more to do with the D and STs than the starting QB.

      • DBears

        Can we stop acting like the Bears were great under Lovie Smith, that’s such a hollow argument. Let’s just check in on that great HC, Lovie…. 8-24 as Tampa’s HC and 5-19 at Illinois!

        During those mentioned last few seasons the Bears had a combination of a great defense and special teams which is what kept them relevant. Unfortunately the roster was getting old and you don’t sustain success in the NFL with your best player on special teams!

        Arguably one of the most important players on the Bears D was Tillman…. how many games did he play in the next couple of seasons after Lovie was fired? 10 out of 32. Urlacher was already slowing in 2011, not to mention 2012 and was let to walk after that (shocker, no other team even took a crack at him… he was that slow).

        Bottom line which is why I despise the “10-6 wasn’t good enough” rhetorical babble is simply this team was going to fall apart anyway with or without Lovie. Angelo was terrible as a GM and left the roster old and depleted. Unfortunately they wasted 3 years with Emery and Trestman.

        You could make the argument (and I would) that with the talent for those last few seasons, Lovie under-achieved thanks in part to his total lack of offense. Those last 3 seasons…. offense was bottom 5 in the league twice.

        • CanadaBear

          About the only thing I can argue about is Nessman only lasted 2 years. Also, the OC’s were a revolving door (some would say joke) and let’s be honest Cutler was avg at best.

          • DBears

            just felt like 3 years!!!

          • CanadaBear

            AMEN!

          • Cheese

            But isn’t an average QB above average to us?

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            …bring back Orton!

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            Trubisky broke Orton’s rookie passing record in 11 games. And he hasn’t thrown for much yardage. That’s the territory we live in.

          • CanadaBear

            The bar isn’t extremely high.

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky

          I’d not advocate for Lovie Smith to return. But let’s not pretend he didn’t have the Bears in good shape and contenders for multiple seasons.

          And no coaches make it to the Super Bowl without talent. Those great defenses and special teams were his. You can’t lay the failures at the feet of the HC and not give him the successes.

          He has the exact same number of Conference Championships as Harbaugh and people start touching their nether regions at the thought of a Harbaugh led Bears. And Harbaugh can’t even win anything meaningful at Michigan. And that’s MICHIGAN for Christ’s sake. The name recruits itself.

          Lovie was an above average HC with a special knack for defense and had a golden year where the injuries were limited.

          • CanadaBear

            I would say slightly above avg. Below avg in game day tactics and awareness but above avg in getting the team to buy in and play hard for him.

          • DBears

            I’m not taking away the success that Lovie did have… but I think he should have had more and for that reason I think he was and should have been fired. Raven’s won a SB in 2000 with a great D and Dilfer and Lewis as their offense….. we had Forte who I think was pretty damn special with a great D and game changing ST. We should have had many more deep playoff runs but were hamstrung by terrible offense.

            It’s lazy IMO to sit back and idolize the days of 10-6 simply because that was better than where we are now. Reality is that they should have been consistently better then under Lovie just as we all agree (i think) that they should be consistently better now. Ultimately it will be the same result, Fox will be fired.

            Side note/rant… the organization seems like they are doing something wrong in regards to training. To have this many season ending injuries consistently is beyond bad luck in my opinion…. so along with coaching… I’m hoping the medical/training staff is cycled through as well. For shit sake…. the ravens let McPhee walk for a reason after limiting his playing time and apparently our staff couldn’t identify that??? There is unquestionably some incompetence in Halas Hall outside of the coaching.

            So help me if this team hires Harbaugh I’m going to start reading books on Sundays! (Almost said I’d be a pecker fan but nothing in this world is that bad).

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            I don’t know about the training staff. They’ve cycled through a few since Lovie’s tenure without much of an uptick. I remember the trainer from 06 (Rusty Jones?) being joked about as the Bears MVP because the injuries were so scarce. But then it flipped. Same trainer, more injuries.

            I think maybe it’s as simple as good teams are comprised of superior athletes, and on average, superior athletes gets injured less than inferior ones. And good teams execute everything better. And when everybody is executing better, as a tendency, better things happen. People are in the right places, at the right time, winning their one on ones, and so on…..so fewer injuries.

            Or so that’s my take.

          • DBears

            I certainly can’t argue with that perspective… some players are certainly more injury prone (see Miller and White) than others and the overall quality of the team effects execution which I totally agree. I hope for our sake that is the case… when you think about some of the young talent that we would all like to see stay healthy like Goldman, Floyd, Bullard, Kwiatkoski, etc…. Tough not to be excited about some of these younger guys esp. the Cohen, Jackson, and Howards of the roster! Lets hope they can get healthy, stay healthy… and be led by a solid contemporary coach!

          • I think a good way of thinking about those Lovie teams is how the Chiefs are now.

            They are somewhat stacked, and perennial WC caliber.

            But no one REALLY expects them to win it all.

            Biggest reason – Reid.

            Everyone expects him to somehow fuck it up on gameday.

            Bears never got over that hump because of Lovie.

            Elway recognised this in Fox, which is why he fired him, and they won the SB the next yr.

            If Angelo had maybe done the same, promoted Chico to HC and let Lovie go, is there any doubt the Bears would have had a better chance at a SB ring?

            In retrospect, no doubt.

          • ButtonShoes

            I won’t take away Lovie’s successes on defense and special teams. Those speak for themselves. But in a QB-driven era, he fumbled twice on the most important position in all of football. And he never seemed to give a shit about offense. At all. And we paid for it. All that great defensive and special teams play, and we couldn’t get past being around .500 most of the time. 3 playoff appearances in 9 years with that defense? I mean, it’s criminal that we didn’t do better.

          • DBears

            exactly! I know it puts me in the minority but I had no problems with him being let go. Case in point…. if he was that great of a HC… why don’t we hear his name at all for NFL jobs?

          • ButtonShoes

            Exactly. Lovie’s a great DC who should have stayed a DC.

        • BearDown100393

          The Bears are much worse since Smith left

          • DBears

            Right… but point being is that they were going to go that direction anyhow. Had nothing to do with Lovie being fired. He wasn’t the difference maker.

          • BearDown100393

            You can’t fix stupid.
            The McCaskeys are stupid.

          • DBears

            Ha! I got nothing to say to that.
            Let’s hope they found some dumb luck and landed a GM (Pace) that straightens this shit out.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            You fell off the wagon again I see.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Maybe, but it should be noted that the Bears have as many, or more, Super Bowl wins as 16 other franchises, and as many, or more, SB appearances as 17 other franchises.

        • carlito

          Please don’t forget that Lovie got rid of Ron Rivera and that defense was never the same and Rivera has had success at the Chargers and Panthers, while Lovie’s DC wasn’t any good at all and where is he now and let’s not forget that Lovie failed badly at chosing OC’s period, he was blessed with the best return man in history and special teams coach lmao!!!!!

      • ButtonShoes

        So you think it was good enough? I think that was the one thing they got right. The NFC title game, well…that’s been rehashed enough. It speaks for itself. And yeah, 7-3 with Jay in 2011, and he gets injured running down Antoine Cason off of, you guessed it, a classic Cutler interception, and it’s all over. It’s also the only season he ever managed to look the part of a franchise QB. And 10-6 in 2012? Sure, started the season 7-1. And then managed to lose just enough games to miss out on the playoffs, a constant theme of the Lovie Smith years: always an effort to come so, so close, but never enough to win when it mattered. A trait that he passed down to both of his franchise QBs, Grossman and Cutler.

        So yeah, not good enough. Not even close.

      • BearDown100393

        Go drink some more you delusional loon.

        • AlbertInTucson

          “Delusional Loon”

          The name-calling does not enhance your position.

    • carlito

      I agree and especially about the McCaskeys meddling in that hire of Fox behind the scenes, the reason they hired Pace was because he was a rookie general manager and they could control him and tell him what they wanted to do, they put him on the plane to get Fox, there’s not one experienced general manager who wouldn’t have told the McCaskeys to go f themselves if they tried to get him to hire Fox because let’s face it he has a contract and the power to tell them it’s his way or the highway, this is what the McCaskeys fear the most because they are control freaks and if they were any good we wouldn’t be here now, they need to learn to hire football people to run the operation like real owners do!!!!!

  • Dis Guy Trublinsky

    For most of my adult life, I’ve been amazed at the willingness of folks to sign on to the notion of conspiracy theories.

    Secrets are really hard to keep. Even small secrets in small groups are hard to keep. But big ones? Forget it. I also particularly enjoy the notion that the targets of said conspiracy accusations, by and large, are also considered too stupid to do their job. Can’t have it both ways. You’d have to be super sharp to hold it all together.

    As for the Bears……At the beginning of this season, I would have been willing to bet money Foxy would go at least 8-8, and more likely 9-7. I was wrong. The Bears did win some games because of what he’s been able to build on defense and in the run game. But in the games that were close, and decided by scheme, execution, and situational awareness, Fox lost more than he won.

    Fox has done some good things here. But not enough of them. And more to the point, his tendencies get directly in the way of winning at times. But when he was hired, it was pretty much assumed (known?) by most that he was a bridge. He’s done that. The foundation of the Bears’ offense and defense is once again sound. There are some good young players on both sides of the ball. The locker room is rid of cancers and shitheads as near as I can tell. They have a bright, new, charismatic, and hard working leader in Trubisky. This team is nothing at all like the 2013/2014 Bears. And Fox looked after all of that.

    Fox did his job. Now it’s time to move on. I believe better things are close at hand. I very much look forward to the next hire. I’d bet it’s going to be a good one.

    • Big Mike

      Amen

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    • Bear Instincts

      Bear Down

    • BearDown100393

      Fangio built the defense.

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky

        No he didn’t.

        • BearDown100393

          Yeah okay it was all Hobo. Right.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            Thought you were a buck stops at the top guy. Coordinators don’t “build” anything. They take the players the GM and HC give them and do what they’re told

  • BerwynBomber

    Then again asking any HC to achieve a contract extension after three years of Cutler, Hoyer, Barkley, Glennon and a rookie is a bit tough.

    For better or (often) worse, Fox did a decent Lovie imitation. He just didn’t have the horses on D that the latter did nor the ST superstar (Hester) or ST star (Gould).

    • BearDown100393

      He was terrible. And will be regarded as one of the worst in team history

      • CanadaBear

        Pretty sure Abe’s gonna keep that crown. At least percentage wise he does. I saw both of their regimes and Abe’s was definitely worse. Chaotic only begins to describe it.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I’ve probably mentioned this before.

          On the THE HISTORY OF THE CHICAGO BEARS DVD from NFL Films, there is a “Mike Up” video they produced during Abe’s regime during a game against Denver.

          In the introduction, Steve Sabol explains that they never aired the segment because they thought the chaos on the Bears’ sideline would embarrass George Halas.

          Somehow, despite that chaos, the Bears managed to win the game.

          This film includes the famous, or infamous, shot of Gibron yelling “Douglass! Douglass!” while wiggling his index finger at Bobby to come over to him to be lectured.

          • CanadaBear

            That’s what I think of every time Abe is mentioned.

          • AlbertInTucson

            It does kind of accurately portray the regime.

            The fact that editors of NFL Films caliber could not make cut the material into anything flattering speaks volumes.

  • Irish Sweetness

    I don’t think he gets fired. They’d have to pay two salaries for the one job next year. They’re tight asses.

    Not quite homeless for another year.

    I’ve got my stall out for Barkley, though he’ll be long gone. If they go with the receiver …. I think it nails Pace’s coffin for him. If they go with the Guard, it shows they’re committed to protecting the kid.

    • CanadaBear

      They paid Nessman for 2 years to go away. If Pace doesn’t get canned (and I don’t think he will), why would he go with Foxy for another year? At best, Foxy gets to 8-8 next year. That’s his ceiling. Go back to that 4-week stretch after the bye, ugh. Fudgies, Loins, Phi, 40 whiners. Just when you think maybe Foxy is gonna turn the ship around they go in a coma. He’s gone.

      If Pace keeps him and they suck again next year, he’s going out the door with Foxy. If he cans Foxy, he will get a couple year grace period with the new guy. NTM if he hires the right HC, Pace gets to stay for quite a while.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        they also paid Lovie to go away.

        • Bear Instincts

          That was all Emery. Hate that guy with a passion. Still can’t believe ownership signed off on that

          • ButtonShoes

            Ted Phillips hired the search firm that recommended Emery. And some wonder why a lot of us freak out when we hear Ted’s name associated with anything to do with this team.

          • BearDown100393

            The mere reality that the ceiling on comptency is Pace condemns the Bears

        • CanadaBear

          It’s pretty rare for a coach to leave at the end of the contract. It’s almost always a case like Marvin Lewis in Cincy.

    • Bear Instincts

      Barkley goes to the Colts. Quality WRs are available in other rounds if you trust Pace to find talent in the later rounds. Guard to Tackles says the offense is the priority EDGE says we depend on the defense to help the kids through a potential sophomore slump.

    • BearDown100393

      Hobo is on the 1st train out of town on Black Monday

      • A yr late but better than nothing

        • BearDown100393

          Modern Era Abe

          • AlbertInTucson

            Abe was renowned for his barbeques.

            Fox is renowned for BEING barbequed.

    • evantonio

      dude’s got wheels. https://www.facebook.com/FanWagon/videos/1474029752718337/

      i wish howard had that speed. lots of 30-50 yard runs would be 70-90 yarders.

  • leftcoastdave

    Good write. I only take issue with starting TK (the kid) earlier. Many very good players have been and are being developed for long term stability and that happened under Fox who deserves the credit.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Then we need to take that guard, no? Put our pick where the Kid is, so to speak.

      • Bear Instincts

        Chances are Q.Nelson will be gone before we pick unless Pace trades up which is unlikely to happen since we we lack the picks to do so

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      After seeing Glennon suck so bad, I really wished Tru had started earlier just so the games would have been more entertaining as a fan.

      But really, it’s a toss-up.

      Even with the Bears staff erring towards caution, The Kid still started 11 games and took 30 sacks while throwing 300 passes, 7 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. That’s a decent amount of experience for a rookie year filled with O-line injuries and bad receivers.

    • BearDown100393

      Giraffe is a huge stain on Pace.

  • BerwynBomber

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog Amazing how many Bears fans act like team hasn’t been good in decades.”

    To some degree it is the SB winner or bust mentality. I’m not always a fan of it but I get it.

    It also has do with the team being 19-44 in the last four years. Remembering the good times becomes more of a challenge.

    • ButtonShoes

      Jeff likes to pretend the Bears have been much better than they have been. 5 double-digit win seasons in the past 25 years compared to 10 double-digit loss seasons. And those 5 double-digit win seasons are the only ones we have with playoff appearances. So 5 of those in 25 years. A Super Bowl appearance, yes, where despite Devin Hester spotting us a 7-0 lead, Rex Grossman blew it, same way he always did when it mattered. Because this franchise thought Rex was a franchise QB. Speaking of QBs, no Bears QB has been selected to the Pro Bowl since Jim McMahon back in ’85. Longest drought of its kind in football. I could go on and on and on, but you get the picture.

      Yet Jeff thinks the Bears have been good outside of a season here and there. What pair of rose-colored glasses is he looking through? Good teams don’t look like the Bears have for the past quarter-century.

      • BearDown100393

        8-8 team will be canonized by Jeff.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Watched a great documentary twice it was so good – The Farthest, about the Voyager 1 & 2 missions to photograph the outer giants, on their way to interstellar space and leaving the sun’s gravity. Voyager 1 left our solar system completely in 2012. It will never stop, never be hindered, and will likely travel through space for billions of years, with nothing to stop it. Our greatest achievement. Well worth a watch.

    There was only one rock n roll song chosen for the half hour of music.

    Name that tune.

    • leftcoastdave

      Rocketman.

      • AlbertInTucson

        “…burnin’ out his fuse up here, alone.”

    • willbest

      They had to reorient Voyager 1 a month ago and fired up some thrusters that they hadn’t used since near the time it was launched. The lag time is around 20 hours. Amazing that it worked.

      • Bear Instincts

        Crazy to think we have advanced so far that our smartphones are more powerful than the processor on Voyager yet we have so far to go

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky

          Our phones have jumped the shark. They’re proving to be a drain on productivity and generally bad for society.

          • Bear Instincts

            Phones are just a tool. It’s how you utilize the tool.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            Yep. But it’s a constant battle with my teenagers. And I see it everywhere I go. People don’t even look up anymore.

          • Bear Instincts

            That’s a human thing. We are drifting away from each other and use the phone as excuses. The phone is a tool with the potential to bring us together. A car let’s you go from a to b I. A short amount to of time but can also kill you in an instant. This new generation needs to be taught the value of human connection

          • CanadaBear

            When I’m out riding my bike I worry about people on their phones more than drunks, druggies, assholes, etc. Of course, I have to throw in I’ve never owned a cell phone.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            Wow. Never owned a cell phone. That’s rarified air. Your mind must be so clear. I must say I’m a tad jealous.

            Mine is my lifeline to my business. It has basically created a situation where I’m always working, or about to be, if I’m awake. Good for business. Bad for everything else.

          • CanadaBear

            My old job in a gas pipeline control room could be insane with phones ringing constantly for hours on end. Other days, not so much. It was just nice to get away from the phone. Also, work couldn’t contact me all that readily if someone called in sick. My best bike riding buddy in Calgary was always on call and we would have to stop quite a bit while he would sort out some mess over the phone.

            Besides the safety thing while riding a bike I really hate it when people get together and some of them stare at their phone all night. If you’re gonna do that just stay home.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            My work has been trying for years to get me to put my work email on my cell. Hell it wasn’t until a couple years ago that they even got the number. They tried to tell me that I was required to because they were paying for it, they give me a $100 a month as a “communication” expense. I had to remind them that I negotiated that to pay for internet since I work from home not my phone.

          • CanadaBear

            In the control room if someone doesn’t come in they have to be replaced. I didn’t mind covering most of the time but at some point you have to share the love. It paid great (OT) but if I worked too may days in a row it didn’t make any difference, it was a killer.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I am not able/do access my work email from anywhere but my workplace.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            That’s crazy. How do you function if you can’t look up everything wherever you are? How do you know what the weather is like in Moscow? Time it is? Where your friends are at? Who the 5th guy to walk on the moon was? What the urban dictionary definition of ‘Harry Douglas’? How do you figure out the tip at a restaurant?

          • CanadaBear

            Don’t get me wrong, I’m on a computer all the time and if I had one I know what would happen. Now that I’m retired there really is no compelling reason to have one.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I didn’t have a tablet or such for a long time.

            The Daughter and Son-In-Law got us an IPad Air for our anniversary a couple years back so we could do “Face Time” with the grandson.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I have resisted upgrading from a flip phone.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            A vert good and wise decision.

          • BearDown100393

            Tracking devices

        • AlbertInTucson

          Or set men to the moon.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            All lies. No men on the moon. No rovers on Mars. No space station. No men in space. It is just government conspiracies.

          • AlbertInTucson

            SMH.

    • TomC

      Going on memory without looking it up, I think it was Chuck Berry doing Johnny B Good.

  • BerwynBomber

    If I’m Lamar Jackson’s agent, I’m asking if there is another position he thinks he can convert to.

    Or if he’s okay QBing in the CFL.

    • BearDown100393

      If I am Jackson, I get my degree

      • AlbertInTucson

        Bad night to go 13 of 31.

  • BearDown100393

    This post confirms the worst suspicion.

    Pace is an absolute idiot

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    Raiders are going hard after Gruden with an ownership stake

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/12/30/report-raiders-to-make-a-run-at-jon-gruden/

    • AlbertInTucson

      Interesting.

    • BerwynBomber

      A little surprised Del Rio is not getting one more year. But emphasis on “little”.

      The Gruden/Cowher/Holmgren/Parcells/Dungy type talk always strikes me as a tell. The tell being “we don’t trust ourselves to hire and promote the right assistant.”

      Fox was that type of hire too. But in our case it was more understandable after the outside-the-box hire of Trestman.

      Btw, not meant as a knock on Gruden. He might return and end up being one of the top five HCs in the league. Who knows?

  • BerwynBomber
  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog
    @dabearsblog
    College football people are stupid. Barkley sucked for a month.”

    I don’t get all the love for him as a high first rounder, either.

    170+ yards rushing vs. mighty Akron.

    44 yards rushing vs. Ohio State.

    • BerwynBomber

      In a different era I would. He looks beastly to me. But RBs just don’t have that type of 1st round value as they once did.

      Btw, he had a 95 yard KO return against OSU and (I believe) a lengthy TD reception. And I’m guessing against Akron, PSU took its foot off the gas.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Too many good RBs to be found beyond the first round.

        Even the Bears have found a couple.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Wonder if the Vikings will activate Bradford for Sunday to get him some work as Keenum’s backup in the playoffs?

    • BerwynBomber

      Also wonder if Mayfield were to drop thru the first round if MIN might draft him.

      Don’t know if I’d trust long-term any of the Keenum/Teddy/Bradford trio.

  • AlbertInTucson

    PAC-12.

    9 Bowl teams!

    Nice!

    1-8 Bowl Record.

    Not so nice.

    • BerwynBomber

      Big Ten going the opposite way. 7-0?

      • AlbertInTucson

        Badgers knocked off the Hurricanes tonight.

    • Big Mike

      Meanwhile Big Ten 7-0. Spent the season beating each other up, so no playoff team.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Wow.

    Just saw the video of Miami U’s, HC, Mark Richt, blow a gasket just before halftime of the Orange Bowl.

    Yes, it was over a terrible non-call but, I am surprised he wasn’t excused from the game for manhandling an official.

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  • Michael Bradbury

    Yep. Biggest bunch of WHINER fans I’ve ever been embarrassed to be associated with. Bears fans are the WORST, and I’m a NY Yankee fan too!!!! LOL
    Sorry ass whiners.

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