Audibles From the Long Snapper: We Got the Beat Edition

| June 5th, 2017

Lamarr Houston: Forgotten Man?

Many figured Houston would not be part of the Bears plans in 2017. Patrick Finley opines otherwise in the Sun-Times:

The Bears think Houston still can be a pass-rushing threat three seasons after then-general manager Phil Emery signed him to a five-year, $35 million contract. They signaled that by not signing or drafting any significant outside linebackers this offseason.

After rehabbing in New York during the offseason, Houston has participated in OTAs. He said his recovery is on schedule, though he hesitated to predict when he would be at full strength.

‘‘All you can do is work day by day and try to get better,’’ he said. ‘‘I work to be impactful, and I work to be the best at what I do.’’

Outside linebacker Willie Young, for one, can’t imagine how he would have handled tearing both his ACLs in a span of three seasons.

‘‘That says a lot about who he is as a man, and it says a lot about what this game means to him,’’ Young said. ‘‘It doesn’t get any tougher than that. Anything he deals with from this point on is going to be a cakewalk.’’

Healthy, Houston can play. And a team can never have too many good pass rushers.

Jahns on Glennon

Glennon has said and done all the right things since the Bears drafted Mitch Trubisky. He has acted like every bit the high character guy he was said to be when the Bears paid him to be their starting QB in 2017. Adam Jahns does a nice job differentiating the 2017 Bears from the 2016 Eagles in this Sun-Times piece:

Comparisons have been made between the Bears’ situation at quarterback and what transpired last year with the Philadelphia Eagles and quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Carson Wentz. Long story short, Wentz went from the No. 2 pick to third string to the Eagles’ Week 1 starter over a span of several weeks. Bradford, who had signed a lucrative two-year deal with the Eagles, was traded to the Minnesota Vikings.

But there are important differences in the two situations — beyond Wentz benefitting from playing in a pro-style system at North Dakota, whereas Trubisky is coming from a shotgun-centric offense at North Carolina. For starters, Bradford skipped two weeks of organized team activities after Wentz was drafted. Whereas Glennon was merely surprised by Trubisky’s selection, Bradford was irate about Wentz’s arrival. Bradford’s agent, Tom Condon, went on the record saying that Bradford didn’t view himself as a “stopgap-kind of quarterback.” A trade was demanded.

PFF on Pass Rush

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  • willbest

    Anybody pimping Houston at this point is his mother or his agent

  • bearfaninde

    Shea is there too in the PFF pass rush ranking 13.6 versus 13.7 for Floyd

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Makes sense he is Super Bowl winner Shea.

    • Bender McLugh

      if this doesn’t elicit a response from MB I don’t know that anything will…..

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        he is gone for awhile, boobs did not work to get him back so I doubt anything about CD will.

        • Sactowns#1

          So what happened to MB? What did you guys do?

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            He got kind of pissy over the draft and offseason moves, but I think it was mostly did not want to deal with the doldrums of the offseason.

      • BearDown100393

        Mitch wants him back. Mitch needs MB on his wall.

    • So is Mercilus.

  • CanadaBear

    My favorite golfers, my dad, my brother and that’s it. Favorite tennis player, my sister. Other than that, I live for those sports!

    • BerwynBomber

      Hah! I know tennis like the back of my hand having played it four or five times a week for fifteen years.

      Golf I don’t know as well but also don’t have the excuse of having been personally consumed by it in my own life. Anyway, I’ll go Watson and Faldo from back in the day. Norman too but boy was he snakebit.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        got to go with John Daly in golf. smoking, drinking, cursing what more do you want.

        • CanadaBear

          If only he wasn’t such a train wreck.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            saw a video the other day, Daly tee’d the ball up on what appeared to be an unopened bottle of beer, hit it and beer opened with the swing, then he chugged it. all while smoking, Not sure how old that video was I will try to find it again.

          • EnderWiggin

            …the only descriptive word you missed – Barefoot! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmJ2CspoFUw

          • EnderWiggin

            Isn’t it the same story for most rookies that win the big one?

          • CanadaBear

            Honestly I have no idea. I really don’t follow golf at all. I just remember Daly being the Brittany Spears of golf for a while (and not because he can sing or dance).

      • CanadaBear

        I knew you played tennis. Nothing against either sport (needless to say I was terrible at both of them). I can watch tennis for about 5 minutes which is about 4 min 59 seconds longer than I can watch golf.

        • BearDown100393

          The WTA should license out the grunts to the porn industry.

          • CanadaBear

            I can remember Monica Seles was famous for that and everybody teased her about it until that nut attacked and stabbed her.

  • When I look at the Bears’ pass rushers, I look at the flashes they’ve all shown at some point in the last 2 years when healthy.

    McPhee the 1st half of 2015
    Houston the 2nd half of 2015
    Floyd the middle of 2016
    Young moderately consistent throughout 2015-16

    If they could get all 4 of those playing at or near those levels at the same time (or even 3 of them), that’s a damn good pass rush.

    • CanadaBear

      What would you guess the odds are they all return to those levels? 1000-1? I think Floyd is the only one likely to return to his previous level.

      • I think McPhee could be in for a renaissance year as well. He was never healthy last offseason, but now he is and should be ready to roll a la the start of 2015. He and Floyd should be a scary duo.

        • CanadaBear

          I didn’t think McPhee would ever recover his old form. Have you read something to give you hope?

          • he lost 25 pounds this offseason and reportedly is fully healthy.

          • I think the Bears should limit him to 50-60% of snaps in an effort to keep him that way. That’s where having guys like Young and Houston coming off the bench can really help.

          • CanadaBear

            I read about the weight loss and that has to help. The limited snaps sounds like a good idea to me. Hope you’re correct. Being a Bears fan for 55+ years I’m conditioned to expect the worst. DAMN!

          • That’s always my biggest concern about “part timers” taking on full-time roles – if they can handle the rigors of a full season.

            Ravens tend to be pretty good at evaluating talent esp talent already on the team, and they concluded McPhee wasn’t worth the investment.

            I hope the Bears have revised how they see McPhee going forward. Not as an every down franchise pass rusher, but how the Ravens used him.

            Prolly the only reason Houston is still on the roster.

          • They had to let McPhee leave because they had no $$.

          • That’s about the snaps McPhee was playing on the Ravens, right?

            I think he used to spell Suggs, but Suggs got inj a few times too.

        • But that’s the thing. McPhee never seems “fully” healthy.

          I don’t really expect him to last a full season, but hopefully he makes a difference while he’s out there.

          • BearDown100393

            His mouth is always in mid-season form.

    • BearDown100393

      Young has overachieved. Floyd will be better. Mitch already knows how to handle McPhee on the sideline. And Houston is one hell of a dancer.

  • willbest
    • BearDown100393

      On the positive side, at least they are exercising a little.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      I have a sneaky suspicion that the argument was over whether Miller Lite ‘Taste Great’ or is ‘Less Filling’

      • Sactowns#1

        Nah. When they found out the waiter had given them low-fat ranch dressing they lost it.

        • BearDown100393

          Leave the salad. Take the dressing.

          • willbest

            I would presume the ranch dressing was for the deep fried food and the wings, not the greens

    • CanadaBear

      If their old man was willing to take a swing at the OC in the middle of a game …

  • Agree about Bradford not wanting to be on the Eagles. Their GM prolly told him he’d have a fair shot, and that ended with Wentz.
    Pace prolly just told Glennon that THIS is his year, but beyond that, wait and see (and he handed out a contract to reflect that)

    In addition, Bridgewater’s knee came off, and he may never play again, so Bradford wanting out, and the Vikes needing a long term solution perfectly coincided.

    Doubt that sorta scenario occurs two years in a row.

    I for one am curious about Glennon.

    He has an arm. Has size. His accuracy might not be Brees but seems to take care of the ball (I won’t be missing those strip sacks, that’s for sure). Can be aggressive. And thus far, he’s said all the right things.

    We’ll see. Tough opening act, so his “intangibles” will get tested early.

    • BearDown100393

      As long as Giraffe does not turn over the football, Mitch sits. The Bears are going 19-0 anyway so Giraffe plays with house money. However, if Giraffe does pic-6 keeping the games closer than they should be, the Mitch chant will grow.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Hard to see Glennon shitting the bed with the weapons he has now. It’s a great position for us now.

        • He can’t be any worse than rookie Orton, right?

          I dunno. I get this vibe from Glennon, this nerdy-assasin Peyton vibe

          Dude was studying Bears tape BEFORE he came over to see if the scheme would fit him.

          That’s some cerebral shit right there.

          But, alas, I’m a Bears fan, so I can no longer get an erection about ANY QB until they get a few games in them.

  • BearDown100393

    Seahawks bypass Kaep for Austin Davis.

  • Unofficial way too early poll. Hey, it’s the offseason.

    So, which player do you feel will have a break out Hicks kinda year?

    Meredith – Yes, the goat curse visited his thumb apparently, but he did flash last season, and on paper is the #1 target.

    Prince – aside from being inj riddled, he’s not shabby. Do you believe he lasts to make an impact?

    Bullard – sucked moosewang, but dline is never easy for a rook. Does he get his shit together and overcome the sophmore slump?

    Cooper – came from the Cards who produce solid secondary players. At 6’2 195, he’s def got the size. In many ways reminds me of McPhee coming over needing an opportunity. Will he make it happen?

    Eddie Jackson – yeah, he’s a rook, but never know. He was the shot caller at Bama, so he’s not lacking experience. Can he learn the playbook and overcome those INJs fast enough to ball down the stretch?

    Kwiatoski – Tre is likely hobbled early, can the great white hope look better than SuperBowl Shea? Can he tickle our Butkus boners? (NTTAWWT)

    [write in candidates need apply]

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Pat O’Donnell

    • SC Dave

      I don’t suppose I could pick a new guy? I’ll go Shaheen.
      If not, I’ll take Goldman.

      • I was gonna put Goldman in there ,but it seemed like we were expecting him to break out last season, and he never really did.

        I love me some Machine, but I tend to go by history, and history says, rook TEs not in the HOF take time to develop, esp with Sims and Miller still on board.

        Edit. For ref sake, Greg Olsen’s rookie yr

        39 catches, 391 yds, 2 TDs

        • SC Dave

          Your logic is sound, but somehow I think that kid is going to be a Red Zone monster.

          • 6 TDs or more from Sasheen?

          • Malice Halice

            Easily! If that man starts he will compete with the top 5 TE’s EASILY. Our schedule got some huff ass LB’s and putting a cb/S on him is DC-suicide. Shaheen will be the 3rd most productive player for offense after Howard and either Glennon or a WR.

          • CanadaBear

            You do realize he’s not fast by NFL standards? I like him in the RZ too but everything I’ve read his route running is very stiff and he’s getting zero separation. I’m guessing his route running will get better but that lack of speed will have big LB’s hanging all over him. Hope he’s good at boxing them out.

          • He did play basketball and had to eat I don’t know how many burritos from Chipotle to mass up, so I think his boxing out/jump skills are good.

            Whether he can catch or not with a LB/S draped over him is another matter.

            Miller has already proven he can make tough one handed catches over the middle.

            Heck, he even caught one with his bicep with a guy draped over him.

            Sasheen has to show he can make those tough catches cuz that’s the bread and butter of TEs.

          • CanadaBear

            I like the pick but I won’t totally buy in until I see him against NFL competition. For me anyway, just think some people should pump the brakes a little bit. Same with the Cohen pick. I’m hoping he ends up getting 5-10 plays/game. I also hoped the same thing for Garrett Wolfe.

          • I think both Cohen and Sasheen will be brought along slowly.

            The gravy train is going to run through Howard/Glennon on O, and Floyd/Hicks on D.

            I think ppl will want more out of Sasheen because of all the safeties (like Buddha, Marcus Williams, Marcus Mayes, Obi) and cornerbacks (Sydney Jones) we missed out on in the 2nd cuz of him.

          • CanadaBear

            You know Bears fans, they saw the clips of him dominating and expect him to do the same in the NFL.

          • EnderWiggin


          • Irish Sweetness

            Try 0.

          • SC Dave

            Depends on how much playing time he gets. I think he’ll see some snaps.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis


    • CanadaBear

      Cohen (if he can avoid those NFL sizes hits). Some guys are pretty good at not taking a hit at full impact. Hope he’s one of them or he won’t last.

      • You know who was a good little back that avoided those hits?

        Warrick Dunn from back in the day.

        according to wiki, 5’9 187, but he was productive and relatively healthy if I remember correctly.

        So it can be… Dunn

        • CanadaBear

          Forte was pretty good at it until the last year or two in Chicago. I saw him take more nasty hits his last two years in Chicago than in the first 6. Some of that might have been due to slowing down but I think it had more to do with Nessman’s O.

        • SC Dave

          Shit, 2669 carries; 3179 touches including pass receptions. That’s a damn full career. 12 years in the league. A little stud.

      • Malice Halice

        If anything I hope he’s like that one midget that played for the chief in the early 00’s and they never let him on the field except KR/PR

    • BearDown100393

      Mitch Trubisky

    • EnderWiggin

      I know it is unpopular in these parts, but I give a nod to LeBlanc. He’ll never be a #1 corner, but with his speed and hustle – he’ll win the nickle job and make plays there.

      • I was thinking about putting Callahan, but Prince and Cooper are the new boys in town.

        So LeBlanc beats out Callahan for nickle?


        • EnderWiggin

          Maybe, I’ll pull for the guy.
          It sure is refreshing though to see names like Cooper and Nakamura as opposed to Porter and whoevah.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’ve got White. Not expecting him to, but he’s a first rounder and was considered one of the top two receivers of his class coming in.

      He either breaks out (hard to do given the competition we have now) or disappears next season.

      No reason to think he’ll bust out if healthy.

      Hall at Safety. That might be something too.

  • Scharfinator
    • EnderWiggin

      Jeez, his right hand and hips start the throwing motion before he even touches the ball (which happens to take a wild hop off of a flying bat). Awesome.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Moon Mullin argues the most important development for the Bears in 2017 could be the emergence of Kevin White.”

    Mullin must be a big fan of WAITING FOR GODOT.

    • If White wasn’t a top 10 pick, he’d be off the team by now.

      Same for Fuller.

      • BearDown100393

        White and Fuller would be on a team……………….. in the CFL.

  • Can we mix and match?

    “Beyond Heyward-Bey, they have six-foot, four-inch Martavis Bryant, six-foot, four-inch Justin Hunter, six-foot, two-inch Sammie Coates, and six-foot, one-inch JuJu Smith-Schuster. Of course, the five-ten Antonio Brown remains the best of the bunch, which underscores the point made by Ward.

    Roethlisberger still prefers tall receivers, since it increases the margin for error when throwing the ball — and since it gives the quarterback a target that can become an our-guy-catches-it-or-no-one-does option in the red zone. And with cornerbacks getting larger, increased height may become a necessity, not a luxury.


  • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

    Great article linked below that shows how some teams are combating fast defenses by going big.

    Pace loaded up on TEs not only because it was a position of weakness but also because he wants Bears to have some of the successes Patriots and Falcons offenses had using heavy formations (2 Backs +2 TEs and 1 back + 3TEs). Kyle Shanhan did have success from running 3 TE sets in Atlanta and now paid top dollars to FB Kyle Juszczyk in free agency.

    Pace lucked out on a real FB last week (and that UDFA FB from Florida State ain’t bad). One additional advantage for Bears in these these heavy formations – help for their tackles.

    It will be interesting to see those jumbo sets…

    At the annual Offensive Line Clinic held in Cincinnati last month, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz did his best to explain why heavier packages can be a pain to game plan against. “If you don’t know exactly what you’re doing on defense, 13 personnel can wear your ass out,” Schwartz said, referring to offensive sets that feature one back and three tight ends. It’s not about the complexity of the play concepts, he explained. The issue comes from simple core designs that are cloaked in unfamiliar formations. “Guys don’t practice those gap controls very much,” he said, “so I’d say probably, from a preparation standpoint, 22 and 13 are probably the most difficult things because you don’t see very much of it.”


    • SC Dave

      Good find. Thanks.

    • madscout12

      That reminded me of this play from last season: https://youtu.be/91YDDwbXTK0?t=112

      Yeah, it is the Browns vs the Pats, but how do you defend that? Brady had his choice of Bennet or Gronk, and it was just up to Bennet to run over the safety.

    • Good stuff.
      It kinda piggy backs about what I was saying about FBs last thread.

      It gives Os more options, esp in short YD downs.

      Nickle is used practically 50% of the time, and more often than not, even the LBs in nickle are sometimes “hybrid” Safeties in the box, thus shrinking Ds even further.

      In our division, it’s better to road-grade the likes of Clay Matthews/Nick Perry.

      I like how the article pointed out that big personnel also keeps Ds from getting exotic, which def helps the O.

      Teams can’t get in that NASCAR if we trot out Sims and Sasheen with Howard barrelling behind that Oline. They’ll get run over.

      However, this obviously depends on our D actually keeping games close, and our O coming away with TDs after grinding out long drives.

      We’re def bigger (except at WR) on O this season.

      It should be fun to see what Sims, Sasheen, and that new FB do, esp if our Oline stays healthy.

      • SC Dave

        Speaking of our new FB, bring it brother…


        “That’s exactly what Burton did at Rutgers, arriving as a walk on and leaving as a team captain.”

        • That is awesome. 6′ 250. That’s a mini battering ram coming at the O.

          From what I read, he can catch too, and finished top 5 in the last two seasons at his position. Just a “philosophy” causality (like when we idiotically cast off Clutts who automatically made the Cowboys better). I’m not quite sure what they’re doing over there in Detroit. Lesbo has done well under Cooter and w a FB. Maybe Cooter is trusting him more with his O now.

          Hopefully, Burton guy can bring it like Clutts

          • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

            Joe Lombardi was using Burton but once he got fired last October and Jim Bob Cooter was promoted, Burton’s snaps vanished.

            Character-wise, he seems like the guy Pace would have drafted. It is as if Pace found a 5th round draft pick in 2015 draft out of nowhere.

          • Yeah, just seems odd. If aint broke, don’t fix, but maybe it was broke.

            Be nice to see Lesbo’s QBR or their YPA with Burton and w/out

  • willbest

    So Harvard rescinded admission offers to about 10 students over of something they said in a chat group. We are told they were all kind of -ist, but given nothing to make a value judgment for ourselves.


    That punishment seems draconian to be quite honest. One, they are teenagers in a shock and awe pissing contest. This is hardly unusual. Two, at the time it was withdrawn they couldn’t go hit up Cornell or UMich as fall back. They are left with not a lot of options.

    Lastly, I would really like to know the demo of the group. Specifically whether they were legacy or not.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      big deal. say stupid shit suffer consequences.

      • willbest

        Does it bother you that the consequences are arbitrary?

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          why should it? These kids grew up in an overly PC world. They grew up posting everything about their lives online. They also grew up with warnings about what they post online. They messed up and they were punished.

          • willbest

            Except that some kids aren’t punished, and other kids are. For example, it looks like Bill Maher is going to get away with an apology at the moment. And he isn’t a teen.

            Incidentally, we created a situation because its taboo, it becomes “dangerous” and “fun” to do for kids.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            So? We live in a world in which people are held to different standards. If you are one of 5% of applicants that were accepted into Harvard, they are going to hold you to a higher standard than a student at Southwestern Appalachian State. Bill Maher, a comedian, can get away with it and issue an apology but the Flint Michigan water official that used a racial slur lost his job. Some think it’s unfair, but no one ever said life was fair.

          • willbest

            We are in a world where the different standards are applied differently based on whether the mob notices it or not. Its utterly ridiculous. And that is what makes it Orwell. There is no standard to know any more.

        • Scharfinator

          A business should be able to discriminate however it wants…. provided it doesn’t get special treatment from the government.


      • SC Dave

        Make stupid decisions, lose whatever credibility you have as in institution of free thought. Big deal.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          so Harvard loses credibility for rescinding offers for people who made jokes about sexual assault, the Holocaust, deaths of children, and certain ethnic or racial groups?

          • SC Dave

            Where do you draw the line, HBP?

            “For the first time he perceived that if you want to keep a secret you must also hide it from yourself. You must know all the while that it is there, but until it is needed you must never let it emerge into your consciousness in any shape that could be given a name. From now onwards he must not only think right; he must feel right, dream right. And all the while he must keep his hatred locked up inside him like a ball of matter which was part of himself and yet unconnected with the rest of him, a kind of cyst.”
            – George Orwell, 1984

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            I am all for saying whatever the heck you want, but you must realize that there are possible consequences for what is said. Harvard and other universities view their students as representatives of their schools. If students do/say something they feel is against the ethics/values of their university they have the right to take away the privilege of going to that school.

          • willbest

            Harvard takes government money to the tune of tens of millions in student and research grants each year.

          • Scharfinator

            This is my big stink about it. Seems like a government funded university is discriminating against young adults based on their beliefs. Our tax dollars (at least abstractly) pay to allow discrimination against free speech. That stinks to its core.

            If Harvard didn’t receive any government protections, benefits, etc. I would say more power to them as it’s a sovereign business making its own decision.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            while Harvard does get federal money it is a private university.

          • Scharfinator

            Yup, thus my point. Harvard is typically in the top 10 most years in funding.


            Heh, article of Harvard being upset federal funding almost dropped below $600M. http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2015/1/22/federal-funding-decreases-2014/

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            so because the fed gives them money the govt should be able to dictate how they handle situations within their institution.

          • willbest

            In fact, that is exactly what the Supreme Court has said when it upheld the Solomon Act 8-0 in Rumsfeld v. Fair.

            A bunch of snobby schools got it in their head that they were going to bar military recruiters from campus because of the military’s don’t ask don’t tell policy. Bush pulled their money and they screamed bloody murder to get it back. They then got a unanimous bitchslapping over their trouble.

            So the FedGov absolutely has the authority to dictate terms to anybody that takes its money and not even the most liberal of jurists thinks otherwise.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            the Solomon Act relegates conduct not speech.

          • willbest

            And conduct in this instance is withdrawing admissions to already admitted students. It does not prevent the University from condemning the speech by these students.

          • willbest

            Or more generally the conduct being banned is discriminating against customers (because that is what students are) based on speech conducted in their private lives.

          • SC Dave

            Heaven forbid a cake decorator getting away with what Harvard has.

          • Was it “private” though?

            “The Facebook chat group was an offshoot of the official Harvard College
            Class of 2021 Facebook group affiliated with the university, the
            newspaper reported.”

            That’s not like they were shooting the breeze at a party or something.

            I never like ‘thought’ crimes or “immorality’ crimes (like DUI or domestic violence) in corporations or institutions, but a person must understand that when they’re dealing with “prestigious” corporations and institutions the price for entering often is being ultra-pc because in the end it affects their image and as such, bottomline.

            Like I remember a newscaster in L.A. got fired for saying that af americans are better athletes cuz they have an extra calf muscle.

            He said it over a drink at a bar, but someone heard it I guess, and he was fired from the network.

            However, FB chatgroups are almost un-pc. That’s sorta their function. Maybe I’d feel differently if they posted on a private chatgroup that wasn’t at all affiliated with Harvard.

          • Scharfinator

            Sure, or rescind funding. But as Will said, bloody murder yadda yadda yadda.

          • SC Dave

            That Daily Caller article describes obscenities perpetrated on behalf of these institutions far beyond anything the barred students may have said.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            btw Harvard gets hundreds of millions in federal grants. A lot of other companies get federal money too. And like most of those companies, Harvard is a private institution. But the thing is the Federal government does not regulate how a private company/university handles their employees/students in regards to free speech, if they did then it would truly be Orwellian in nature.

          • willbest

            I have zero issues with anyone taking government money being forced to adhere to the same conditions as the government. In fact I insist on it. Otherwise the government could get around the constitution by handing money to somebody and telling them to do it.

          • But part of Harvard’s admission’s policy is based on morality, aka, thought policing.

            “Harvard College reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission under various conditions.”One of those conditions includes “if an admitted student engages or has engaged in behavior that brings into question their honesty, maturity or MORAL character”

            As a perspective student, you gotta understand that Harvard is going to view holocaust jokes (on FB group affiliated with university) as a serious breach of “character”.

            Just like if you were going to enter Notre Dame, it prolly wouldn’t be smart to post pro-satan memes, or if you were an applicant for Nazi U, prolly not a good idea to post pro-Jew memes.

            It does disturb me a little though cuz it makes me feel like western civilization is getting overly monitored and judged – and a repressed citizenry is an oppressed citizenry.

            But then again your avg joe isn’t attending Harvard or playing in the NFL, etc.

          • willbest

            Yes the Puritans are in charge.

          • I remember Jerry Seinfeld first broaching the disconnect 20 odd years ago when he said he hated playing at colleges.

            Humor almost by its definition is offensive, stereotypical, and sophomoric.

            Universities are about promoting harmony, breaking stereotypes, and elevating thought beyond the rabble.

            It was understood by most of humanity that poets and comedians have a certain amount of “license” but hey, if the court jester took it too far, his head was lopped off by the king, so I suppose it only goes so far.

          • willbest

            Universities are supposed to be about the pursuit of knowledge and truth above all else. That is the whole point of tenure. Sometimes the truth is unpleasant, especially to those in power.

            Harmony is at odds with truth, and thus in their quest to instill a social order they are denying their primary purpose.

          • What I mean by harmony is that (modern western) Us want to provide an atmosphere of inclusiveness in which to pursue knowledge.

            And administrators tend to always play a safer than the professors when it comes to that.

          • BearDown100393

            Didn’t they burn witches?

          • BearDown100393

            Harvard and morality?

      • BearDown100393

        #45 disagrees

  • King of DBB

    Modestly Huge Bears penis is paying 120$ per hour to pee on him. !dp126c:
    On Monday I gave a handjob and got a Land Rover. It’s rewarding!


    • beninnorcal

      He only pays me 10$ per hour for handy’s. You must be skilled.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        what can i say, he is lives in Chicago, and is better at handjobs and sucking cock than everybody.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      thanks GP. pretty sweet of you.

    • LMAO

      Didn’t even notice it. You sly bastard.

  • BearDown100393

    Jets release LB David Harris.

    • Hmmm. Is he still any good? Think he might be a coverage liability.

      Either way, I think we’re gonna have to find out if Kwiat is anything more than sp team fodder.

  • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

    Zach Zaidman‏Verified account @ZachZaidman 2h2 hours ago
    Trubisky says he has to improve pre-snap operation, getting line set, getting protection right and just knowing everyone’s job. “I’m getting the same amount of reps, maybe more.” Trubisky says of Sanchez injury impact. “Instead of with the 3s, I’m with the 2s.”

    umm that is pretty much every aspect of quarterbacking except throwing the ball. Keep grinding, kid.

    • willbest

      And yet Jeff wants him to start week 1. If your QB is telling the press he ain’t ready, then he ain’t ready.

      • Jeff received his channuka present – a non-bridge QB to get them clicks.

        But now he doesn’t wanna wait to unwrap it.

  • Ososfan

    Even if it casts a very positive review of our LB’s I wouldn’t trust PFF toooo much. They have Shea in there and he really didn’t do much as an OLB…ANYWAYS….. Hicks, where oh where is his shiny new contract extension?! :/

    • willbest

      Hm… The tag on a 3-4 DE is actually quite substantial. They would probably be better off extending him.

    • beninnorcal

      I noticed that as well and cringed.

  • willbest

    “I wish the Bears would just send Glennon somewhere & play the kid. But instead we will all sit back and wait.” – Jeff

    Other than fan desire, there is no reason to play Trubisky over Glennon. Glennon knows what he is doing, Trubisky doesn’t. He isn’t going to just get it with 4 months of film study and 3000 snaps in OTA/Training camp.

    • AlbertInTucson

      “I wish the Bears would just send Glennon somewhere & play the kid.”


      • AlbertInTucson

        Even Joe Montana SAT behind, the immortal, Steve DeBerg, for most of his rookie season.

      • SC Dave

        Unreal, eh?

    • Irish Sweetness

      Who is Jeff’s backup to Trubs in that scenario? Sanchize? Pfft!

      • Cargo. From the ESPN bench.

        • Irish Sweetness

          A mid-season rescue? Bring it on.

          • SC Dave

            Oh god no.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        your boy Shaw.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I like him for the practice squad, but Glennon/Trubs is a far nicer pairing.

        • fishing florida

          Shaw will never be Cutler.

    • SC Dave

      The Guiness is back in full force it seems. Smh

      • BearDown100393

        The Guiness Awakens

  • willbest

    Putin would have his admission to Harvard rescinded.

    “I am not a woman, so I don’t have bad days,” Putin told Stone as he was giving him a tour of the Kremlin, Bloomberg reports. “I am not trying to insult anyone. That’s just the nature of things. There are certain natural cycles.”


    • In Soviet Russia, you make gay clown cry

      “Russia has banned a picture depicting President Vladimir Putin as a potentially gay clown.”


      The ironic part about modern Russia is that under communism, women, black, white, Vietnamese, gay, etc were all supposed to be equal, but anyone who studies history knows that no amount of “cultural reprogramming” could get the 1,000 year stink out of the provinces.

      Can take the boy out of the hood…

    • Irish Sweetness

      If he identified as a gay woman ….?

    • SC Dave

      Putin is becoming my hero. First, he keeps Hillary out of the White House*. And now…this!?!

      * right?

    • BearDown100393

      Putin is a real Einhorn.

    • AlbertInTucson

      What you get out of an education is directly proportional to what you

      Putin to to it…?

  • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

    First sign of what Loggains and Ragone are changing with Trub – his footwork. A lot of draft experts and coaches like Jon Gruden had dinged Trub for his poor deep ball accuracy. He was a locked front-leg thrower at North Carolina and many said that a locked front leg causes accuracy issues beyond 10-15 yards. You can see Trub’s college tape where several deep balls sailed.

    If he is working on his footwork, he will need lots and lots of rep to build that into muscle memory. He admits that he is relapsing to his old habits at this early stage. Long ways to go. Hope homer fans are patient. Foxy is not going to rush him..that is for sure..

    Besides learning the terminology of a brand-new offense, Trubisky is also trying to change some of the habits he developed at North Carolina, where he passed for 3,748 yards and 30 touchdowns before forgoing his senior year.

    “Sometimes I see myself on film going back to my old footwork at North Carolina, and that’s just muscle memory,” Trubisky said. “So I’m trying to get rid of those habits and just get into the new footwork, because if I do what I’m coached to do here, I’ll be successful, and that’s what I do. I come out here, I try to be as coachable a player as possible, and it’s all going to come within the offense. So if I stay within the offense, do my job, hopefully good things happen.

    “[But] they’re not really messing with [my throwing motion]. It’s more of my footwork. My throwing motion is what it is. I got a quick release and I could throw the ball accurately as long as I bring my feet with me. So that’s what coach says: Do the footwork, bring your feet with you, get through your progression and use your eyes well. So as long as my shoulders are level and I pull through with my hips, the ball should be where it’s supposed to go.”


    • Irish Sweetness

      Bill Walsh said it was all footwork. I thought his footwork was supposed to be on point …

  • AlbertInTucson
    • AlbertInTucson

      Decker just turned 30 in March and is coming off season-ending surgery on a shoulder injury that ended his 2016 season after 3 games.

      Have to figure he, like Maclin, would have little interest in becoming a Bear.

      • BearDown100393

        Every NFL player wants to be a Chicago Bear.

        Many apply. Few make it.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Yeah, everybody is just breaking down the door to be a Bear.

  • “They won 3 games last year because their starting QB got hurt in Week One and the rest of the roster followed suit.” – Guinness Jeff

    Hmmm. Didn’t Hoyer win just as many games as our “starting QB”?

    (and in those games they were more competitive.)

    Heck, even Barkley won as many games as Cutler in 16.


    Now if you want to argue that we lost because ALL our QBs were 2nd and 3rd stingers, and that the “starter” would sit behind an ESPN desk a yr later while his “backup” would start for another team, then I can buy that.

  • BearDown100393

    Eric Decker will be traded or released by the Jets.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Wow. This is ridiculous. We’re short on big targets, we have to get him.

      Could Kevin White be traded? Or should we keep him and ignore the anomalies?

      • SC Dave

        No, we don’t.

        Decker is 6’3″. Barely average (if that) nowadays. And he played three games last year. One quarter of the 6’4″ guy we let walk.

  • Malice Halice


    • BearDown100393

      That would be so unBear.

    • SC Dave

      A couple of old washed-up guys rather than a young, washed up guy?

      Edit: Love it, the reference site shows someone as a “similar career trajectory”…


      • willbest

        I predict both those guys will have better seasons than White, though we want none of them taking up roster space. Well maybe Macklin

        • SC Dave

          We’ll find out about White this season. It seems he understands it is more-or-less now or never for him.

  • BerwynBomber

    The Jets seem to be tanking their ’17 season. The vet cuts, along with signing a guy like McCown over a guy like Cutler, strongly indicate their intention. Will be interesting to see if this becomes more of a trend in the NFL as it has in other sports, specifically the NBA.

    • BearDown100393

      Rehiring Rich Kotite would make it official.

    • SC Dave

      I think signing McCown instead of Cutler makes a lot of sense. Better to have someone that actually wants to play IMO.

      • BerwynBomber

        McCown’s desire to play doesn’t do much for me. And at this point I am wondering how good of a mentor he is.

        That said, I bet he is way less of a dick than a guy like Fitzpatrick.

    • willbest

      Bring Forte back. 1 year 2 million!

      • SC Dave

        If Matt could teach Howard to catch the ball and pick up blitzes as well as Forte (eventually) did, it would be easily worth $2M.

        The harder judgment is would he bring sufficient value for a roster spot. Jordan changed the equation big time for the Bears.

  • BearDown100393

    “I wish the Bears would just send Glennon somewhere & play the kid.”

    Da Shark jumped.

    • AlbertInTucson

      The booze talking…?

  • AlbertInTucson

    R.I.P., Roger Smith of 77 SUNSET STRIP fame and Mr. Ann-Margaret for the last 50 years.

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