Audibles From the Long Snapper: Enthusiasm, Pass Rush & Much More on the Gambling Front!

| May 21st, 2018

Some General Bears Thoughts

  • The first year of Trestman came with a lot of enthusiasm around the offense but nobody foresaw the defense plummeting to the bottom of the league. (There was also a segment of the fan base that refused to be excited about anything involving Jay Cutler.) This year there is just as much enthusiasm around the offense with an expected top-ten unit on the other side of the ball. There is real excitement around this club right now. They better win games.
  • When DBB started there were like two other Bears bloggers. Now there are about 100. And I honestly don’t follow or read what 99% of them do. But I’d love to see the out-and-out lying stop. Stop pretending you have sources. Stop pretending you’re “told” things. Stop linking the team every seemingly-available player in the league so you can get ten more clicks. It took ten years of me grinding before anybody associated with the Bears (or the league) would even answer an email. Sadly, the lying shit reflects poorly on this site because we got the fucking word “blog” in our title.
  • Nobody should underestimate how little this team has in the pass rush department. It will keep them from being a dominant defense. Leonard Floyd is their only reliable rusher on the roster and he’s (a) inconsistent and (b) averaging 11 games played over his first two seasons. What happens to this defense if Floyd misses five games in 2018?

Finley: Defense Believes in Offense

From his piece this week in the Sun-Times, profiling Prince Amukamara’s decision to return to the Bears:

“I want to win a championship, and having Mitch here, that’s always the start,” he said after the Bears’ second organized-team-activity practice Wednesday. “The quarterback’s always the start, and just having Mitch and seeing his improvement and his effort . . . I’m sure some people saw, but even when Mitch was the backup, Mitch was staying after practice and always working hard. And you love seeing that in a quarterback, especially a backup.

‘‘I’ve always just saw greatness in him ever since then. I think this year he gets to really show it.”

Amukamara isn’t alone. Receivers Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel, who signed this offseason, hope Trubisky can get them a “third contract, or help them get their first ring,” Amukamara said.

“I think if guys came here to win, then, yeah, the quarterback should definitely be the first thing that you look at,” he said.

NFL players want to do two things: make a lot of money and win. And the hierarchy of those two things is a player-by-player thing. For wide receivers choosing where to land in free agency, the quarterback can enable both. That’s why Robinson and Gabriel chose Chicago.

Hoge on the Royal Wedding

I feel like this Tweet perfectly encapsulated conversations in living rooms across America Saturday morning. But I’ll never understand why people get angry about what other people like. If you like to watch fancy people get married, excellent. You like the housewife programs or riding your bicycle super long distances, cool. How is that worse than the thirty hours of golf I watch a week? Lady golf. Senior golf. Web.com Tour golf. I watch more golf than golf journalists.

Everybody should drain every ounce of joy they can from this planet before they die.

Anthony Miller Presser

Two things I thought watching this:

  • My god does he look young. As a matter of fact, all of these rookies look like children. I guess when you start being 15+ years older than those entering the league, it’s noticeable. And I’m now solidly through that wall.
  • Everyone I’ve spoken to about Miller makes lofty comps, including several pointing out that he’s got some Steve Smith in him. Smith is my favorite non-Bears NFL player in league history. He’s Roy Jones Jr. Pound-for-pound I can’t think of any player who got more out of their physical gifts at the position. If Miller is 2/3 what Smith was, the Bears have a star on their hands.

Cat Pic: Chicago Style

Nobody gets more comfortable than my cat, Bear. The pillow comes from Windy Kitty Chicago. 1746 W. North Avenue. Chicago. If you love cats, support them!

Links, Gambling Style!

  • Paddy Power – Ireland’s leading gambling entity – is now in talks to combine with FanDuel in the United States. FanDuel and Draft Kings skirted US law with their bullshit “fantasy is a game of skill” argument, supported by Roger Goodell repeatedly, and are now positioned to dominate the digital market as sports books become a reality in the fifty states. As someone who has used Paddy for years, this is a good thing. They have a wonderful digital offering.
  • People think sports gambling will be a financial windfall across the country. But as this well-written opinion piece from Robert Robb of AZCentral proves, states with tribal gaming monopolies will face complicated, difficult decisions very soon.
  • USA Today compiled a state-by-state gambling guide, breaking down the status of each state’s gambling rules/laws. Worth your time. There is going to be federal oversight of the gaming industry. But this current Congress will never get their act together long enough to do anything meaningful.

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  • SC Dave

    “My god does he look young. As a matter of fact, all of these rookies
    look like children. I guess when you start being 15+ years older than
    those entering the league, it’s noticeable. And I’m now solidly through
    that wall.”

    Boo hoo. These kids make my *children* look mature.

    • CanadaBear

      Gotta laugh when guys in their 40’s start feeling their age. It’s only the beginning!!!!!

      • Juan Stone

        When I turned 50, life just seemed to begin afresh for me. I tell my daughter from time to time, “Every day, i wake up to a new adventure and I feel like I’m the happiest man alive”.

        • SC Dave

          They say memory is the second thing to go.

          • I find it telling we figured out how to make an 70 yr old hard but no blue pill fo memory!

          • Juan Stone

            The borg needs an empty mainframe my man.

          • SC Dave

            It a more difficult problem, methinks.

          • Johnnywad

            I’m coming up on 45 and my memory is shot.

            Now if I could just get my hearing to start failing, I could truly live out my days in peace.

          • Juan Stone

            Jess Dave. Some people go to sleep and never wake up again, and some people never were awake to begin with. Hee hee

      • Thanks for depressing me

  • CanadaBear

    Totally agree with ya Jeff about like what you like and who cares if people approve. When he talks about how young these guys look, try to keep that in mind when they say or do something stupid. Pretty sure most of us said/did some stupid shit when we were that age. At least, I sure did.

    • Jeff is going to turn into Hub Arkush in 20 yrs…

    • AlbertInTucson

      Yes, but wasn’t it Jeff demeaning folks for their choice of brew not too long ago…?

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        …yeah, but he only does that once in a blue moon. To assholes.

        • Johnnywad

          This post was excellent.

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    There is just something calming about big orange male cats.

    Female cats tend to me neurotically crazy though. Like a girlfriend’s cat in college.

    P.S. Stay away from women who name their cat after a communist dictator.

    • CanadaBear

      I had a little orange tabby named Monster. She lived up/down to the name.

      • KentuckyBearsFan


    • That Guy

      Weird. Had cats all my life (grew up on a farm outside Oswego), but I never had an orange tabby until 16 years ago. Male, natch. Greatest cat I ever had. He quickly appointed himself guard cat over my kids. We never had to wonder where he was. If he wasn’t snuggled up with me or my wife, he was in whatever room the kid(s) were in, keeping an eye on what they were doing. The other cats we had died over the years, and after a while of just having the one, we helped out a friend who had adopted a cat and her boys turned out to be allergic to it. So we took in their cat, and our tabby sat in my daughter’s doorway all night the first week we had the new cat. He was guarding her, literally.

      And damn that cat, it was like he trained the new one to take his place, and six months later when we noticed he was losing weight, we found he had a tumor wrapped around the base of his tongue. So we had to put him to sleep. But the new cat took over the guard duties.

      There was a comedian, I think, who had a routine about the cats that people love best act like dogs. I kind of buy that argument, because our orange tabby was as loyal and trustworthy as any good dog.

    • The infamous General Meow

      • Irish Sweetness

        Pol Cat? Muffaweenie?

  • Juan Stone

    Hey Jeff, serious question. Is the blog going to enter into the gambling arena? I’m sure sports blog sites are counting the way’s they could make a buck once this thing takes off.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “FanDuel and Draft Kings skirted US law with their bullshit “fantasy is a game of skill” argument, supported by Roger Goodell repeatedly, and are now positioned to dominate the digital market as sports books become a reality in the fifty states.”

    I agree about bullshit “fantasy is a game of skill” argument.

    So do 9 states, including Arizona, where DSF sites are, currently, NOT legal.

    To me, Fantasy Football is just another form of proposition betting.

    Not condemning the concept, mind you.

    I am in a “play for pay” FFL.

    • willbest

      I thought it was something like the top 10% win 90% of the money or something absurd like that. That seems pretty skill to me.

      • Exactly. And like they say in Rounders, if it’s pure luck, why is it the same group of players at the WSOP…

        • Irish Sweetness

          Anybody can play in the WSOP. You just need 10K.

        • Johnnywad

          One of my favorite movies.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Some poker players are better than others but, poker is still gambling, no?

        • willbest

          Is going to trial gambling? The lawyer you have can greatly affect the outcome. That is why some lawyers make $1500/hr+. What about the stock market? Sure it goes up and down, but if you were a sitting bull over the last 20 years you would still be up 6.5% or so annually.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I don’t know about going to trial but the Stock Market? For sure.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Poker is definitely skill. It doesn’t always matter to a good poker player what’s in their hand. It’s what you think is in their hand is all that counts.

    • FF IS a game of skill, but as much in life, it’s not black and white.

      Is investing in the stock market a game of chance? Is poker a game of chance?

      Of course. Some jabroni could’ve bought bit coin and is a millionaire now.

      Aunt Jodi might luck into a royal flush.

      But if a newb shows up on wall st or strolls into the high stakes table at the Mirage, good luck w that.

      Same with FF.

      If Zach Miller TD is not overturned, Waffle beats me. It didn’t. I won. Def chance.

      However, I kept winning and have won like 3/4 last FF league yrs.

      Not exactly a coin flip.

      The ratio % of chance vs skill though, who knows. Hard to quantify.

      But if something is like 80% skill and 20% chance, would say that’s more skill than luck.

  • “Nobody should underestimate how little this team has in the pass rush department. It will keep them from being a dominant defense. “- Jeff

    IF only there was some 6’4 255 edge rusher who ran a 4.6 and racked up 16 sacks in one season available for Pace in the 2nd…


    “He’s just like (Vic) Beasley coming out with the way he comes off the snap. You remember how Beasley struggled early because he had to learn to be a pass rusher and not just a sprinter? I think Landry might be the same early on. When he puts it together, he’ll do what Beasley did.” — NFC team pro personnel director

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Someone want to bump the jukebox. It’s skipping again.

      • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

        Passing on Landry was a mistake. Not to say our 2nd rounder won’t do well on the OL, just that we’re going to see alot of converted 2nd 3rd downs when D is on the field and it’s going to suck balls.

        • Johnnywad

          This year, the Bears take a big step forward. The offense and special teams in particular will look different. Roquan likely will prove to be a star. The defense will be sound and technical. Efficient but not quite scary. Next year, is the year of the second coming of Julius Peppers. Then it’s Katy Bar the Door.

      • It’s gonna skip a lot more when Floyd limps out by week 11

        • Johnnywad

          Not if we’re 8-2

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          Oh Joy! You know where I stand on this crap. Talking about who we should have drafted is right up their with people talking about players we cut and FA we didn’t sign. It’s done already, we can’t go back and change it, so might as well move on. The only thing you have is the possibility of having an ‘I told you so’ moment. If that does it for you good for you, however don’t expect a pat on the back from me, because quite frankly I moved on a long time ago.

  • I agree with Jeff about the royal wedding.
    The only thing more annoying than royal wedding coverage is higher than thou hipsters complaining about it.
    Who cares either way? We all have our stupid hobbies(typing with no hint of irony)

    I would literally scream at the TV and freak out my exes dog whilst watching the Bears. When they scored, I’d cheer and throw him a snack.

    If you were some alien observing, would conclude our species is bat shit crazy

    She used to watch watch Sex and the City. My mom owns all the Sharknado flicks on DVD.

    And who among us hasnt watched a Paulie Shore, Sandler or Steven Segal movie?

    • Johnnywad

      There was a royal wedding?

      • Crown Royal and The King of Beers had a baby

        • Johnnywad

          Oh. Well that baby would taste terrible.

        • KentuckyBearsFan

          Maker’s Markle?

          • Johnnywad

            KB you were the one that was gonna go dry for a while weren’t you?

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            yeah I made it to my 111 days in early March.

            At the moment I’m on another sobriety streak but only for a month or two this time. Day 12 now.

            I was stressed last month to the point I started smoking on a daily basis for the first time in years. Nicotine withdrawal wasn’t too bad this time because I was mostly smoking cheap cigars instead of the cocktail of drugs they put in American cigarettes to make them more addictive.

            Felt run down, and my cardio felt shot, but seemed to be on the way back after a week without.

            Quitting smoking is a lot easier when also not drinking. Christ.

          • Johnnywad

            I can’t say it emphatically enough. Do all you can to put down the smokes. I’m watching my in laws die of smoking related illnesses as we speak. It is unbelievable what people are willing to trade for smokes. My parents, basically the same age, are living large. They’re active and enjoying a sort of half retirement. My wife’s parents, have basically been dead, or at a minimum, uncomfortable for more than a decade. They can’t get out much, don’t get out of bed some days except to smoke. They shit their pants and don’t do a hell of a lot about it. And they refuse medical assistance most of the time. They’re sick of hearing all doctors tell them to stop smoking. It’s painful to watch.

            Put the smokes down. It’s a brutal exit.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            The daily smoking was a temporary thing last month. Feeling like shit is a great incentive to quit.

            I sometimes smoke when drinking, but last year I only had 12 cigarettes the entire year. So it was an anomaly for me.

          • Johnnywad

            Good. Fuck that stuff man.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            I wish more local bars had coffee. It’s like…well some people eat dinner here even, but no coffee? Quells the nicotine pangs sometimes.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I’m confused. I went for an operation last month and the I was sitting with the surgeon as he went through my tests, then he pulls up the X-Ray of my lungs. Always hesitant seeing those. No problems there, he says, all clear. I look at him as if to say “WTF?”

            I’m 46 and I’ve been smoking since I was 8. Is it possible to condition your lungs to be mistreated?

  • SC Dave
  • Irish Sweetness

    There’s going to be Federal oversight of the gaming industry? Why don’t they do that with the banks??

    • Juan Stone

      Pss.. Irish? We are the resource, not money, not banks, not the gaming industry.

  • ButtonShoes

    “Nobody should underestimate how little this team has in the pass rush department.”

    THANK YOU. People need to stop acting like Aaron Lynch or Kylie Fitts are the second coming of Von Miller. This pass rush doesn’t have much chance of getting fixed until next year’s draft.

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