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Midseason Marks: Head Coach & GM

| November 3rd, 2017

The DBB team is evaluating the entire organization at this well-placed, exactly midseason bye week. The catch? Each of us is limited to ONE SENTENCE for each position group. Today we move to the men in charge.


Head Coach

Jeff: The Bears are significantly improved from last season, and the coach deserves a bulk of the credit, but their inability to run a modern offense could be the thing that sees him unemployed in January.

Andrew: Huge flaws in game management and preparation, but the Bears have improved drastically from Week One and the rookie quarterback is showing progress weekly and realistically, what more can we ask for? 

Data: John Fox would be a Hall of Famer if his career had started 30 years earlier.

DBB Grade: C+


General Manager

Jeff: Pace is 75% of the way to building the Bears into a legitimate contender but he faces a pivotal off-season in 2018, including a decision on the head coach with massive ramifications.

Andrew: The defense is stacked and it’s hard to blame Ryan Pace for what has happened to his wide receivers but a few bad free agent signings gave come back to bite him.

Data: Ryan Pace has had his hits and misses as GM, but you have to give him credit for building a great young defense from scratch.

DBB Grade: B

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  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    First thing after the season Pace should fire Fox.

  • Scharfinator

    I love Data’s comment on Fox. Spot on.

    • Can you imagine him instead of Ditka with the Bears in the 80s? He’s perfect for that era and earlier.

  • Corn Pop Janitor

    Andrew: The defense is stacked and it’s hard to blame Ryan Pace for what has happened to his wide receivers but a few bad free agent signings gave come back to bite him.

    Mike Glennon is more than enough to give Pace a C.

    • Bear Instincts

      Glennon gets him a C.
      Links for the K.White rumours pls.
      Denote is balling with the Bills. How is that possible? What are we doing wrong?
      TannerG is a rookie.
      Meredith & White are injuries that Pace could not have seen coming.

      The lack of big play WRs gets Pace a C. Fox will always be Fox. Anyone who has ever watched football knows this

      • Corn Pop Janitor

        Thompson is balling for the Bills? Link??

        • Bender McLugh

          7-85, 1td last night, had 1-5, 0td game before, then the first game where he went over 100. Meh.

    • SC Dave

      I wouldn’t drop Pace a whole grade for Glennon. It was a gamble, and it failed. The contract is really no big deal – the money was not important for 2017, and the franchise can get out for next to nothing as early as next season.

      The whiffs at WR are definitely problems. Wright looks okay, but the rest of our group is basically nothing.

      The real question for this season was whether Meredith was a solid #2 at the NFL level. Last year was a good hint, but I was not going to be convinced until the league had a year to figure him out. Unfortunately, we find out pretty much nothing about Meredith this season – only a new question regarding how well he comes back from the injury.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        quit knob slobberin’ Pace. Glennon should get him fired.

  • Corn Pop Janitor

    Corey Feldman now says the man who raped him when he was little was Spacey.

    • It’s all part of the plan

      No fucking way.

      • Corn Pop Janitor

        Are you sure? I heard Spacey raped the entire cast of the Goonies, all at once.

        Can you imagine the people who beat Tom Cruise’s ass up when he was a party boy in his teens at these parties?

        • CanadaBear

          Unlike some of the other young ‘uns, Cruise liked it.

      • Sactowns#1

        Many people posit that the serial killer has largely disappeared due to the interconnectivity of society created by social media. It’s not as easy to just show up in a new town and make up a new identity.

        • willbest

          I don’t think its all that hard to pick up and move and find acceptance in a new area. I guess if you are under 30 it would be pretty F’d up if somebody didn’t have a facebook account, but I am 40 and hundreds of people in my social network don’t engage in social media, including myself (unless you count these quasi anonymous comments).

          What will follow you is your DNA from an unresolved crime 12 states over. And that is where I think we are at. Modern forensics has increased the chances of catching someone before they run up the body count. Now there are some areas where a serial killer could operate. Illegal immigrant communities. Black gang ridden communities. But then a killer operating in those areas would need to fit in.

      • Bender McLugh

        “we live in a magical age.” – Craig Robinson

      • willbest

        Yes and no. Sure it was easier to get away with a child gone missing back then. And nobody much cared if a dead whore turned up occasionally, but before commercial air travel it was a real pain in the ass to get around. And it was harder to build your social network of evil doers when correspondence was by mail courier.

        Plus not too long ago you had to spend a considerable amount of your day working just to keep yourself alive. And this was true for 98% of the population. Which sort of limited opportunity.

        Basically, you couldn’t run an international pedo ring before about 50 years ago. So most of these monsters were forced to shit where they ate. Which limits their options.

        • CanadaBear

          “And nobody much cared if a dead whore turned up occasionally,” Tell that to their families and loved ones. I get you’re a misogynist and don’t give a shit about other people but this is a new low.

          • willbest

            I know that you don’t understand what that word means. I also know that you are incapable of understanding the historical perspective involved here. Or hell, just how things operate where rape victims get stoned to death in the middle east today.

            But this amount of triggering is a bit much for you.

          • CanadaBear

            Your arrogance is showing. Explain away your short comings anyway you want if it makes you feel better.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            you are not being very Canadian C-Bear. Aren’t you supposed to apologize then offer him a donut?

          • CanadaBear

            Not gonna happen.

          • willbest

            My arrogance is showing? You are nothing but a condescending asstwerp when it comes to anybody saying anything bad about any woman. Its your way or no other. What in my statement allows you to claim that I am “a person who dislikes, despises, or is strongly prejudiced against women.” And its important that it be against WOMEN because they are women. Not just SOME women. Like prostitutes that sell sex, whereby their ACTIONS one can make a judgments.

    • CanadaBear

      Love the Frank Underwood dialog. I can hear his voice!

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  • Corn Pop Janitor

    A rogue twitter employee shuts down Drumpf on his last day of work.

    What if instead he sent out a tweet as Drumpf?

    “I’ve decided to send North Korea a little present on top of our own missile for Thanksgiving. Enjoy!”

    • beninnorcal

      I’m glad he didn’t do that, would probably end him up in prison and possibly get people killed in South Korea.

    • willbest

      The question is, was it his last day before or after he went rogue.

  • SC Dave

    Tomorrow we get the coordinators?

    • Already talked about those with the offense and defense.

      • SC Dave

        So this is the end of the series? I’ve enjoyed these.

        • Yep, as far as I know.

          Next week I have 3 articles coming out looking at run and pass O to different zones, run and pass D to different zones, and play calling tendencies based on down and distance. Then we’re into normal game preview/prep.

          • SC Dave

            That sounds interesting. Is it plausible to show how the offense has or has not “evolved” as MT gets more playing time?

            When I looked at last week’s game, I ended up with this for first down plays:

            Play-action roll-out pass; turns into run (4)
            Howard run (1)
            Howard run (9)
            Long pass (45)
            Howard run (7)
            Howard run (-1)
            Cohen run (5)
            Howard run (8)
            Medium pass (0 – incomplete)
            Short pass, play-action (13)
            Howard (0)
            Howard (-1)
            Cohen (-3)
            Howard (-2)
            Howard (50)
            Long pass (0 – incomplete)
            Howard (2)
            Howard (3)
            Long pass (0 – incomplete)
            Long pass (0 – incomplete)
            Short pass (0 – incomplete)
            Trubisky, QB draw (3)
            Cohen (1, TD)
            Medium pass (0 – incomplete)
            Short pass (0)

            Summary

            Howard run:
            11 for 76 yards (4 plays 7+ yards, 6 plays < 3 yards)

            Cohen run:
            3 for 3 yards with one TD.

            Trubisky run:
            1 for 3 yards

            Play-action pass:
            1 for 1 for passing 13 yards
            1 scramble for 4 yds

            Long pass:
            1 for 4, 45 yards

            Medium pass:
            0 for 2, 0 yards

            Short pass:
            1 for 2, 0 yards

  • Thompson Way

    I wish people would stop harping on Pace for the Glennon signing. The rumors say that he tried for Tyrod, and Jimmy G. After that you looking at a shit sandwich or worse. Then you have to get someone to come to a bad team, hence the high and front loaded Glennon contract. I think Pace did a good job with a bad situation.

    • SC Dave

      Interesting perspective. Pace did say he was trying to get the QB position right, and they were wrong on Glennon.

      NFL “brain trusts” are wrong about players often; this is just another case.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DG97dAVZns

    • Corn Pop Janitor

      They gave $18M dollars to a guy who couldn’t last 4 games and who the locker room revolted on.

      They could have kept Hoyer. Matt Barkley would have been better. McCown was let go in favor of signing Cutler. The guy who looked great last night leading the Jets.

      MT10 has the all-time lowest completion percentage of any rookie QB ever after 3 starts. EVER. There are throws he looks to not be able to make, and while I hope he pulls it out, there are structural issues with the guy that Kevin Fishbain outlined in depth in his article that give on pause on him.

      It pisses Bears fans off. Glennon was bullshit.

      • Corn Pop Janitor
      • Bear Instincts

        Revolt is a bit facetious don’t you think?

        Most of our complaints about this team are based on hindsight except the WR position. Overall Pace has done a good job since he got here. Its difficult to see the progress but its there.

        Pace seems like the guy who learns from his mistakes quick. Can’t wait to see how he attacks the WR position this off season and gets us ready to contend for the NFCN, NFCC & SB

        • Corn Pop Janitor

          According to Score and others – including Holmes and his guest show with Acho – the sense that they were busting their ass on D while O was not putting it’s best team on the field was real – and vocal.

    • ButtonShoes

      You should hope they keep piling on Pace for signing Glennon. Pace actually thought Mike Glennon deserved to be this team’s starting QB. He saw Glennon play in Tampa and thought “Yeah, I want that. Let me give me a shitload of cash that no one else is dumb enough to give him so he can play here.” If people continue to give him tons of shit for doing that, then maybe he’ll never do something so stupid again.

      • ThompsonWay

        So, who would have been a better choice? Kap? Not Hoyer, as rumor has it that he wanted out. Barkley was a known commodity (didn’t even make it in San Fan.) So, who?

        • ButtonShoes

          If the plan all along was to draft Trubisky, then just find someone on the cheap. Any dirt-cheap backup QB would do, far as I’m concerned. And then instead of starting the backup, start Trubisky from day 1.

  • leftcoastdave

    Jeff: “The Bears are significantly improved from last
    season, and the coach deserves a bulk of the credit, but their inability
    to run a modern offense could be the thing that sees him (Fox) unemployed in
    January.”

    That would be funny were it not so inane.

    MT has started 12 games in college and 4 in the NFL and Jeff expects him to be able to learn “run a modern offense” when he is having trouble with the basic scheme being run?

    Crawl, walk, run.

    • Sactowns#1

      Lets just work on executing a convincing play action.

      • beninnorcal

        Not sure if you saw my post a few weeks back, but credit where it’s due, you were spot on about Watson. He’s a pretty impressive qb, Sac.

        • willbest

          Until he lost his other knee.

          • Bear Instincts

            shots fired. man down. man down

        • Sactowns#1

          I guess another broken shoulder means Erin is a bust at QB.

          • CanadaBear

            Sac, please. There were a lot of legitimate concerns about Watson’s size vs his style of play. NTM he already had one ACL tear before getting into the NFL. Nobody is saying Watson is a bust, just there were legit health concerns going into the draft. That’s it.

          • SC Dave

            Erin has a few more accomplishments than Watson.

          • beninnorcal

            Huh? I’m just giving you a tip of the hat, Sac

  • CanadaBear

    Just read a quote from Sir Charles “Being a vegetarian isn’t real. Nobody doesn’t like meat.” Gotta love the Round Mound of Sound.

    • willbest

      My thought on vegetarianism is that if you believe in evolution, you know that you are an omnivore. Which is to say that there is no such thing as a secular vegetarian.

      • Cubsnlinux

        By “you” you mean all early humans were omnivores right? Then it was a necessity for survival and now it is a choice.

        • willbest

          Science gave you a body that processes both plant and animal (with a bunch of exceptions ie. hemlock). Science does not have a morality though. It is or isn’t. Possible or not possible. So to the extent that you limit the type of fuel you stick in your body, those restrictions come from some other place. That place is by definition unscientific.

          I will caveat this because there are a bunch of people trying to find morality encoded in DNA. Which seems plausible to the extent that it facilitates reproductive fitness (which is what evolution primarily concerns itself with).

          So for example, the urge to take care of and provide for your offspring could be hard coded into your DNA because otherwise the species would cease. At least the way humans are evolved. However, considering the scarcity of food even today outside of the first world, it would make little sense that evolution would select a trait where there is a desire to limit ones source of food intact.

          Now its possible that this mutation is not particularly strong. In the sense that if you are starving, it is weak, but if you are sated it could operate. This would allow it to propagate through the humans species without negatively impacting reproductive fitness. But all of this is speculation until otherwise proven.

          • Cubsnlinux

            hmm…I didn’t bring morality into this at all. Any particular choice can be triggered by a number of factors and not just morality. It is fundamentally wrong to charectorize eating choices as morally right or wrong because there is no universal or absolute morality to a lot of things. For these things morality has boundaries drawn by race/culture/country/region etc etc.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            ” It is fundamentally wrong to charectorize eating choices as morally right or wrong”

            Not true. For instance, I like to eat my human flesh a little medium rare. I am so glad we are having Steve for dinner, who knew he would be so tender.

          • willbest

            In theory vegetarianism could be cultural without being religious. For example, culturally we don’t eat dogs. There is no reason we couldn’t eat dogs, and if we were hungry enough (ie. Venezuela) we would eat dogs. But all animals? That takes a religion.

            Of course where does religion come from? Is it just the codification of a culture? Rules for a functioning society? Or is it divine? If its the former, then how do you distinguish between a religion and a culture?

            So beyond that what are non-moral reasons for avoiding meat.

            Don’t like the taste. The could be true for some. And you find plenty in this category. I don’t eat cow or pig because greasy, but chicken and fish are fine. But all animals? In all preparation styles? That speaks to a stubbornness, that transcends personal preference.

            It makes you sick. Lactose intolerance, peanut allergies, etc. Declining liver function can make it harder to digest animals. But these aren’t necessarily limitations on your desire just on the practicality of doing so. A declaration of vegetarianism is a declaration of choice. Somebody who cannot digest something, for whatever reason has no choice.

  • Corn Pop Janitor
    • Sactowns#1

      I thought everyone knew about it. I had friends in comedy making jokes about it for years.

  • Bear Instincts
  • beninnorcal

    I know he wasn’t a great wideout, but would someone explain to me why a team so startved of wr’s would send Deonte Thompson packing? I ne er thought he was that bad plus he had some experience with Mitch.

    • ButtonShoes

      We really are desperate if we’re hurting for someone like Deonte Thompson. Losing Thompson would be like losing Tanner Gentry – you basically lose nothing.

  • ButtonShoes

    Ryan Pace: F
    John Fox: F-

    The F in both stands for “Fired,” as in they both need to be.

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  • Jim Wenhart

    They both deserve the door. Fangio is the only one worth keeping. I have no idea why so many give Pace as pass. Look at his transaction history both draft and free agent. Get an offensive coach for Mitch and back up the cash truck for Fangio.

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