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Change in Draft Strategy Signals Transition for Ryan Pace’s Chicago Bears

| April 30th, 2018

An NFL franchise does not begin the process of rebuilding until they find their quarterback. They can change coaches and front office personnel. They can turn over their roster; get younger, quicker, more athletic. But until they find the man who will play the most important position in all of sports, they can’t pretend what they are building is a team capable of contending consistently, year in, year out.

Ryan Pace has his quarterback. And he treated the 2018 NFL Draft differently because of it. No longer was the young GM looking for freakish athleticism and under-performing college guys with upside. No longer was he willing to bypass win-now needs for the myth of “best player available”. All but one of the seven players selected by Pace and his staff over three days in Dallas fit a clear and distinct need for this franchise now, today, for the 2018 campaign.

Roquan Smith, James Daniels and Anthony Miller will be in starting roles against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, September 9th. If they’re not, it’s a problem.

The Bears needed a rotational defensive end, edge rusher and more receiving help. They drafted Bilal Nichols, Kylie Fitts and Javon Wims respectively. None of these three are guaranteed contributors – nobody on day three is – but that doesn’t mean the Bears didn’t draft them to be. There are no developmental prospects in this group. These guys are going to be asked to play the positions they played well in college at the next level.

The outlier of the class is Joel Iyegbuniwe – an inside linebacker who will have a difficult time getting on the field this coming season, outside of special teams. But if the correlating move involves Nick Kwiatkoski moving out to the edge – a position of need – then it fits comfortably into this new draft narrative for Pace.



This is a win-now class for a win-now organization. No, it doesn’t mean the Bears should be expected to compete for a championship in 2018. There are too many moving parts, too many new pieces. But it does mean they should be expected to compete. Week-in and week-out. And not only compete but win. If the Bears are not playing meaningful games in the month of December, the late Wellington Mara’s definition of a successful year, this season will be an unmitigated failure.

But this isn’t news to Ryan Pace. He knows the pressure is now on his regime to win games. And he drafted like it. The English poet John Dryden once said, “Beware the fury of a patient man.” Bears fans have been patient with the Pace regime to this point. If the wins don’t come now, the fury surely will.

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  • KentuckyBearsFan

    The new guys all seem to be competitors.

    It’s about time.

    Waiting for the playoffs in 2019. But the sky seems definitely looking up this year.

    • willbest

      Huh, that was true every year

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        Yes. It has been a long time since the playoffs. But I don’t remember drinking the Kool-Aid until this year.

  • SC Dave

    Good article, Jeff. Only one disagreement – I think we should expect them to “compete for the championship”. If Smith is all that, you would think the Bears a Top Ten defense for sure;perhaps a lot better.

    The offense should be significantly better.

    As the GIants showed in 2011, if you can just get to the playoffs, you can compete for a championship. Can Mitch have playoff magic ala Eli? Why not?

  • ButtonShoes

    The only way to know what you’ve got is to see these guys play the games. I’m not giving the Bears the benefit of the doubt until they’ve earned it by consistently:

    1. winning games (double-digit wins every year, I don’t care how)
    2. defeating their division rivals (especially the Fudgies) quite handily
    3. making the playoffs year in, year out, and winning those playoff games

    In the end, the play on the field during the season will tell the tale. It always does. So let’s see some wins, and lots of them.

    (Oh, and it would be nice to stop hearing the constant excuse-making and tired platitudes of the FO. For example, Pace ought to be hit with a taser every time he says he’s ‘fired up.’ Get the fuck out of here with that noise – you’ve been ‘fired up’ for more than 3 years, 4 drafts and FA periods and have 14 wins to show for it. Let’s have some actual, regular accountability from them. I mean, I don’t know if Matt Nagy will be a great coach or a bad one, but it is so refreshing not to constantly hear BS pouring out of his mouth like you do with the rest of the FO/ownership. Pace could learn a thing or two [or twenty] from Nagy in that regard.)

  • willbest

    “And he treated the 2018 NFL Draft differently because of it. No longer was the young GM looking for freakish athleticism and under-performing college guys with upside.”

    The WR they drafted would not have fallen without the concerns of 20 odd GMs if that were the case. Pace can spin it however he likes but this guy was drafted for his upside.

    • ButtonShoes

      Every single pick from 4-7 was drafted for their upside. Jeff may want to pretend that they don’t need development, but they do. And lots of it.

      • And isnt the knock on the WR he used a 2nd and 4rth for is incosistent hands? Can that be taught? ( see Bellamy)

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          The kid caught 90+ passes the last 2 years in college. When you get the ball thrown to you that often you are going to have some drops. (see Brandon Marshall he seemed to always be in the top 5 in drops each year)

        • ButtonShoes

          That’s my big worry about Miller. He does us no good if he can’t catch the ball. From what I can tell Miller’s got big hands, but he tries to catch the ball with his body. He bobbles the catch all the time.

    • DaBearsBlog

      He had 96 catches for 1500 yards last year. That’s drafting a guy for his production.

      • willbest

        And if he did that in the SEC, he would have gone top 10. But he is coming up 2 levels of football. So he was absolutely drafted for his upside

        • Big Mike

          Production on the field, vs projected upside. That’s the point. Not a project. Simple as that. Will he have to adjust to the NFL? Of course all rookies do.

          • willbest

            Yeah I get what you are saying, but outside of Jackson last year who didn’t have the college stats?

            Jeff wants to distinguish this draft from other drafts, and the only real difference was the trade up into the 2nd to fix a problem he created when he didn’t 2nd round tender Meredith. And because he didn’t have a 3rd to offer owing to last year he gave up next years second, giving off a different perception.

            Its silly to think that this draft is a deviation from its predecessors unless you are in possession of Page’s emails to his scouts asking them to focus on different traits this year.

          • BenderMcLugh

            t;s also silly to think “he created a hole” with Meredith. Meredith not being healthy created the hole.

          • willbest

            By that logic he didn’t fill a need when he handed Robinson a pile of money.

          • BenderMcLugh

            okay buddy

          • Big Mike

            Last year, he might have taken Tremain Edmunds, instead of Roquan Smith.

          • Johnnywad

            I think we should talk about Meredith some more. Let’s really drill down into this issue. It doesn’t feel like it’s been sorted out yet.

        • evantonio

          Wasn’t Darnold drafted for his upside? And Allen? And Payton? And Urlacher? And Entman? And Manning?

          Every player – HoFer or bust, is drafted for their upside 🙂

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        Daniel Braverman had 108 catches and 1367 yards his last year in college. Did they draft him for his production in the 7th round a couple years ago? It sure as hell was not for his freakish athleticism .

        • That Guy

          Don’t bad mouth a future HoFer.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Not bad mouthing. Little white boy is still a future HOFer. Previous coaching staff did not know how to use him properly without demoralizing all other players with his greatness. That’s why they cut him.

          • CanadaBear

            Now it all makes sense. I was confused. I thought it was because he sucked moose wang.

      • Irish Sweetness

        His tape speaks for itself. He can catch and run. And he catches it really well. That’ll do.

    • evantonio

      But didn’t you read that article from that guy who said Muller was possibly the best receiver in the class?

      Don’t tell me you don’t believe in that guy’s opinion!

    • That Guy

      Tom Brady would not have fallen without the concerns of 30 odd GMs.
      Aaron Rodgers would have have fallen without the concerns of 20 odd GMs.

      I can go on.

      Just because GMs passed on a guy doesn’t mean they were right. Doesn’t mean he won’t be great at the next level. On the other hand, just because OUR GM snatched a guy others coveted doesn’t mean he won’t suck, either.

      • willbest

        No doubt. But my point is that WR is exactly the athletic freak that Pace likes. And he did in fact under-perform in terms of not demonstrating performance against the best DB’s college had to offer.

        He dominated in the arena he played in though.

  • Joecashflow

    Lol, I just realized, when the Cards picked Rosen @#10, that was the 3rd time Glennon has watched a top 10 QB be drafted, ruining his opportunities.

    • evantonio

      He was surprised in Chicago. If he was shocked in Arizona, he really is smart as a giraffe.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        Agree, considering he was signed as a backup in ARI behind Bradford.

      • willbest

        Lots of people were considering Pace had just guaranteed him $18 million

        • evantonio

          Yeah, but it was 1-year contract. We all spoke about that ’round these parts. A lot of money, but freedom to be cut after year 1.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Glennon can help console Bradford, it’s only his second time dealing with the situation.

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        Glennon and Bradford. That’s bad buddy cop movie that hasn’t been made yet.

    • Bob Doll

      Yes and Glennon wont agree with what I’m about to say but the best way for him to play in the NFL for any length of time is to not play…he might be able to ride the bench as a “veteran backup” for a few more years…once he has to play, he will be exposed as the immobile, slow delivery, slow mentally processing QB he is….the last trait is the one that will keep him from any kind of success…there are many immobile QB’s in the NFL that are excellent and don’t take sacks…Brady come to mind as the best in that regard…he knows football, knows his opponent and dumps the ball off quickly. Very hard for teams to get consistent pressure on him and Glennon just isn’t mentally quick enough to make up for his lack of mobility.

    • That Guy

      AZ has brittlebones and Glennon. Both of them had to die a little inside when Rosen got picked.

      Less brittlebones than Giraffe, because brittlebones has made his career out of picking up big paychecks for spending time injured. But Glennon’s mom should be along shortly, agonizing to the world about how her little Mikey keeps getting disrespected.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        I am sure Glennon’s mom moved onto a Cards blog.

      • Johnnywad

        Glennon is very much used to this by now. First Winston, then Trubisky, and now Rosen. It’s all he knows. But then he checks his balance on his debit card, and he’s cool with it.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    Roquan Smith, is this guy the next Urlacher? Maybe, maybe not, but one thing is certain, this pick will dictate the season on the defensive side of the ball. If this guy is a bust we’re screwed. I like what I saw in his game films but that means squat when you move up to the NFL level. I’m expecting some early mistakes on his part, sure it happens to rookies, but we need some serious performance from this guy and if we get it I’m betting we’ll be in top 5 defenses this year. I know one man does not make a team but this is such a pivotal role in the Bears defensive scheme not just on the field either but in the locker room. We have needed a solid leader on defense and I hope this guy is it.

    • Irish Sweetness

      It took Samurai a long time to get out of Buddy Ryan’s shithouse.

  • Bob Doll

    I really enjoyed seeing this draft…all of the picks made sense, except the 4th round pick of “iggy” when Josh Sweat was still on the board…that one is a head scratcher. Last year, I thought the same thing when Pace select Kwiatoski when Dak Prescott was still on the board too, though that one turned out pretty good, hopefully this one will too.

    • willbest

      Dak was the 2016 draft, and the Bears drafted 2 players after Kwait before Dak. Bush and Hall.

    • Irish Sweetness

      They’re in love with Iggy, Pace is anyway.

      But look at this guy and tell me he couldn’t play outside. Rushes the passer well too. Small but fast. Tell me you want Kwiat out there instead of him.

  • willbest

    I just went back through the last 4 drafts, and there are only 3 players that stand out as being BPA irrespective of need in the first 5 rounds.

    Whitehair (rnd 2, 2016) – At the time Pace drafted him, we still had Slausen on the roster. Meaning that Slausen was considered a viable option. Pace then cut him a couple days later though. This left us rather thin along the interior until Sitton fell into our lap a couple months later.

    Morgan (rnd 5, 2017) – With WH, Long, Sitton, and Kush interior o-line was as a strength. However, Long being injury prone at this point and Sitton’s age implied that this unit would need some infusion sooner rather than later. Still there were far greater needs at other positions.

    Iyiegbuniwe (rnd 4, 2018) – With Trevethan and Smith pretty much inked in as starters and the D-line still having not been addressed, this was a BPA pick

    • That Guy

      I think if anything, Iyeigbuniwe is being considered ILB3, given how injuries piled up at the position last year and Kwiatkoski proved he is not ready (maybe ever) to be the man in the middle.

      Who knows? Maybe Fangio is going to do a 3-man rotation to keep the ILBs fresh, to try to prevent injuries. Trevathan ain’t no spring chicken anymore.

      • willbest

        Kwait, didn’t develop as they hoped, but you still don’t want Hicks taking 85% of the defensive snaps.

  • Irish Sweetness

    #1 Jefferino, Nick Kwiatkowski needs to be sitting on a bench. He is not a monster, he is just a dude with a Bears jersey. Iggy is small but I’d rather see him out at OLB than Kwiat .. .who just needs to sit down.

    • That Guy

      Yeah, the guy is fast. Not big enough for OLB, but he’s much faster than Kwiat. And Kwiatkoski doesn’t have the speed or the build to play OLB.

    • Kwiat is another Shea w out the 1st rd tag

  • That Guy

    Kwiatkoski to OLB makes no sense to me. He doesn’t cover well, isn’t bullish or fast-twitch to get to the QB. He’s a 3-4 ILB or a 4-3 Mike or Will.

    I think Alphabet Soup might challenge for the #1 ILB backup, and eventually start when Trevathan moves on, and until then, he’s pegged to be a ST guru. McMannis isn’t going to last forever, and spent some time injured last year. Bellamy is great on ST, but with the WR additions, there probably isn’t even a roster spot for him (WR corps: 1. Allen 2. Gabriel 3. Miller 4. White 5. Brown 6. Fowler 7. Wims (unless they stash him on PS or IR). Bellamy isn’t even in the Top 7; therefore, not on the roster. Gentry’s getting sent packing for sure.

    • willbest

      Bellamy is better than White until White proves differently. They also guaranteed Bellamy $1.9 million. Sure they can move on from that without a lot of pain, but its a reasonable bet he makes the roster unless one of these later round picks or UDFAs shows amazing talent as a gunner.

      Your analysis on Kwiat is spot on.

      • Johnnywad

        I’m betting Bellamy not only makes this roster but is a contributor this year. He’s going to benefit from having real receivers in front of him that pose threats all over the field. He’s fast, and long. I’m betting he gets a decent number of deep shots this season. Whether he catches them or not, well that’s another matter altogether.

        • evantonio

          i often wonder if he was able to get open because that was the good part of his game, or because other teams didn’t bother covering him tight because they knew there was a 50/50 chance he’d catch it.

          • Johnnywad

            I know he’s fast. So let’s hope it’s that.

            I’d also like to think no self respecting DB wants to get beat for a touchdown by a guy that can’t catch.

          • evantonio
  • Irish Sweetness

    Lookout for Endgame – coming out this month on Netflix. A documentary series talking to people in the last days of their lives. Asking the more important questions It’s about time stuff like this was made. Everyone dies, but nobody wants to talk about it. Weird.

    • Johnnywad

      That’s because it sucks.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Maybe not!

        • Johnnywad

          Maybe not.

    • Johnnywad

      http://youtu.be/fyiEJaf-IzE

      Check out the lyrics in this tune Irish. For a singer/songwriter, this is about as deep and real as it gets on this issue.

      Middle of the song, “What if time running out is the gift?” Right in the feels man. Deep stuff.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Love it!

      • SC Dave

        Damn good song, Johnny. Hits pretty close for me.

        Only got 28 between dating and marriage; I still miss her often.

        • Johnnywad

          Man. I’m convinced this is why “I’m sorry” was invented. And I am.

          • SC Dave

            Thanks, Johnny.

      • Scharfinator

        Beautiful stuff.

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        “If we were vampires and death was a joke
        We’d go out on the sidewalk and smoke”

        I’m more of a werewolf than a vampire. And I can look the part at times.

        Johnny Cash – “Hurt”

        • Johnnywad

          One of my favorites.

        • beninnorcal

          I always have said that if I found out tomorrow that I was immortal, I would become the biggest slacker in the world. Probably run up all kinds of debt too.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            debt is a complete bitch. My folks and I had it high in my 20s. That’s not even counting the bankruptcy in the late 80s. But we came back, went bust almost again, and came back again. America has given us us multiple chances.

            I worked my ass off during the real estate bust. And I can almost relax in a few years with the work I’ve put in the past two years.

            I can’t do a normal day job. But when the stakes are high, I’ve come through.

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      It’s because the West lost it’s spirit. Other cultures are more comfortable about talking about death.

    • DaCoaches Mustache

      This is why this blog is the tits. Serious football discussion one post, then deep existential questions the next. and i’m sure a boob link is around the corner.

  • Jokey

    I like that Pace has a plan (that he’s seen work in NO), and I love the decisive execution, but I think he should have gambled on Edmunds over Smith, due to Edmunds freakish size/skill combo. The youtube breakdowns of Smith show him getting pushed around by OLs, but also having great read & react skills – he’s got his hips turned and is breaking towards the ball while the other LB is still figuring out where the ball is going.

    • Scharfinator

      Yeah, the knock is that he can’t shed blocks very well. He strikes me more as OLB than ILB. But maybe he’ll hulk out and get it going.

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        hard to say. Urlacher was drafted without a specific position in mind.

        • Irish Sweetness

          But he was 6’4 and 250+

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            yeah that’s big to expect him to be in the secondary.

  • In 5 years who will be:

    * Best QB of this class?
    * Biggest QB bust of the class?
    * Biggest bust at any position?
    * Biggest steal of the draft?

    • Scharfinator

      Mayfield is biggest QB bust. The Browns ruin NFL careers

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        I think Rosen will flame out. If the Browns didn’t like Darnold, Allen had upside.

        But they just should have just gone with Barkley and Chubb. Because Tyrod is good enough with some help.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Best QB – Sam Darnold. Josh McCown will mentor him, it will take a couple years but the key will be when Darnold finally sees McCown’s Porn and Pancakes video.

      During a 30 for 30 on ESPN Darnold will announce that this video changed his life and it made him confront his inner porn demons.

      Mayfield will be the biggest bust.

    • SC Dave

      I dunno… Mayfield may end up like Jim McMahon… a winner that can’t keep himself in the field. The spark plug.

      I cannot understand why Cleveland did not take Barkley tho. Would have been my #1, and then take Mayfield at #4. And would have taken tons of pressure off whomever their QB was.

      But like Pace, they wanted to be certain they got their guy.

    • ButtonShoes

      1. Rosen
      2. Allen
      3. Tie between Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson
      4. Smith!

    • BerwynBomber

      I would have said Mayfield would be the best but then the Browns happened.

      Don’t be shocked if it ends up being a guy outside of the five R1 selections. A Randolph or Lauletta. Though odds are it will be one of the R1 guys.

      • Irish Sweetness

        The Steeler’s route to QB was interesting.

    • Irish Sweetness

      1. No idea. Guess Darnold because that’s what the chatter was last year.
      2. Josh Rosen.
      3. Go Tremaine.
      4. Derwin James #17 for the Chargers.

      • Couldn’t believe James fell that far.
        How is it that the Chargers always end up stealing bad ass defenders?

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    from Jeff’s twitter :”Beware the fury of a patient man.”

    Oh that my Pow’r to Saving were confin’d:
    Why am I forc’d, like Heav’n, against my mind,
    To make Examples of another Kind?
    Must I at length the Sword of Justice draw?
    Oh curst Effects of necessary Law!
    How ill my Fear they by my Mercy scan,
    Beware the Fury of a Patient Man.

    Langston Hughes “Dreams” will change my life. And Robert Burns and E.E. Cummings when my nerves calm down in a week. But this week I’m not doing shit.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Dryden liketh the poppy too much methinks. A patient man is not furious, by definition.

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        Sometimes a man has been put to his limits. And fury is natural. But he has to calm down to his normal self to peace.

  • As is apparent, I’m not as excited over the draft as others.
    I liked Edmunds, but I can understand Smith. To me it’s like the debate of Godfather or Godfathger 2 being better. Valid arguments for both .
    I COMPLETLY dont get drafting Daniels over Harold tho.
    Edge rushers w his measurables, bend and 16.5 sacks dont just grow on trees as Angelo would say.
    C-OGs are much less rare. But, hey, maybe Harold flunked the Bears medical cuz if there’s one universal truth it’s that Bears medical staff is top notch.

    Miller will have to be another JuJu to justify that price, or at least replicate what Meredith did b4 the inj.

    The rest are dart throws.

    We saw how the pass rush looked late last yr when Hicks was running on fumes and the best rusher was Houston claimed off the gym

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Ankle, knee, and back issues reported on Landry. If he wasn’t your man crush and Pace drafted someone with the same reports you would throw a shit fit.

      • That Guy

        This!

      • I’m normally for ‘floor’ guys, esp when a team isn’t close to SB contention.
        But I felt Landry’s risk was worth it. The Titans thought so too since they traded up to get him.

        I feel exactly how I felt when Aaron Donald was stolen one pick b4 us.

        I was pretty pissed then that we couldn’t jump to get him (and in REAL time, not hindsight). I I wasn’t alone. I think Waffle wanted him to, and a few other regs.

        Instead, we got Fuller.

        Is Fuller a horrible player?

        No.

        Is he ever going to win DPOY?

        Not bloody likely.

        Smith and Landry would’ve given a 3 week BearBoner.

        Instead, I got a half-chub. Meh.

        • Johnnywad

          I understand where you’re coming from. But who gives a shit what the Titans thought?

          • It proves that the medicals didn’t scare all teams, or not enough to dissuade teams from gambling on him.

            If Landry had fallen to the bottom of the 2nd and beyond, I think it would’ve been more understandable to go elsewhere.

            But as it stands, that wasn’t the case.

          • Johnnywad

            I have a hard time seeing thing through your lens.

            The Titans are no damn good. So what if they weren’t afraid of the Medicals. That doesn’t mean they were right.

            At this point, it just feels like you search for ways to spin negative out of most Bears moves. Even so far as to use the Titans as a benchmark. I just don’t get it.

            I’ve searched, quite a bit in fact, to find somebody writing that this draft wasn’t good for the Bears. Partly because you seem to have a very high football acumen. More than me for sure. But I can’t find it.

            This draft makes a lot of sense. It fits and the players look to be very good. No head scratchers here. I feel like you’re too jaded from the past to realize things are changing when they’re actually changing.

            Damn near every person in Halas Hall is new in the last three years. From the GM on down the the equipment manager. And from the quarterback to the special teamers. But you’re still posting as though it’s same old same old. It’s not. It’s all new.

            Why continue to think as though it’s still Emery and Trestman? It isn’t.

          • BerwynBomber

            “The Titans are no damn good.”

            Compared to whom?

            They earned a WC spot last year and won a playoff game on the road.

            Wanna guess the last time we won a playoff game on the road?

          • EnderWiggin

            ouch

          • Johnnywad

            Put another way: They’re 15 games under .500 the last decade. So I don’t feel their judgement on a particular player should be held as the gold standard against which all teams are measured in this regard.

            There are other teams better suited to that.

          • Wait, so we’re supposed to go by the “experts” and they’re immediate grades, or aren’t we? Cuz last yr they hated our draft, and the fans booed Trub.

            So I don’t necessarily go by the “experts”

            And I never said I hated the draft, simply that it didn’t impress me outside Smith, which as Irish pointed out, could’ve been autodrafted.

            And I’m not jaded. It’s not as if I started of hating Pace, nor that I hate him now.

            I’ll say it again. I think he’s an avg GM (Do I really have to list all his FA busts, or his bit in Fox again?)

            That means I’m gonna like some of his moves, and absolutely hate others.

            “Spinning” it implies conclusions based on predetermined viewpoints.

            I don’t have one. Much like I was with Cutler, I was a believer, than an agnostic, then finally a hardened skeptic.

            I’m about agnostic with Pace now.

            Trub and Nagy could redeem Pace. I’m not counting that out of the realm of possibility because it’s not as if I’m rooting against him, and no one truly knows how these draft picks will pan out.

            But you said it yourself, if they only win 5-6 games, then Pace is on the hot seat.

            While I expect that, I don’t think that will put Pace in the hot seat cuz most everyone will give him a 1st yr pass.

          • Johnnywad

            As I said at the top, I just don’t see this your way. You’ve posted for weeks that he fucked up FA and now “Glennoned” the draft. To me, this appears to be the Bears best off season in ages.

    • SC Dave

      It’s a new medical staff, Butch. Maybe my favorite change of the off-season.

      • Yeah, I read he remade the staff, but who knows what that means?

        Might be like scouts. Takes time to root the ticks out.

    • BerwynBomber

      You make good points and I don’t completely disagree, but on paper we are a much better team than we were last year.

      Yes, we lost Sitton, but he is up there in age, so it could have been a nice Belichickian move of the hoodie’s “always get rid of a guy a year early” philosophy.

      Otherwise, biggest names we lost were Jones, Miller and Freeman. Freeman was a steroid junkie who, given his history, probably would never have been an NFL starter w/out juicing. Miller was the negative epitome of “the best ability is availability” axiom. And Jones was a back-up/solid ST guy but not a ton more.

      The roster and (probably) the coaching staff are notably improved.

      No reason this team shouldn’t be .500 level this year, and as Jeff said, playing meaningful games late in the season.

  • AlbertInTucson

    UDFA Nick Wilson, U of Arizona.

    Talented runner but he had a LOT of trouble staying healthy.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      UDFA Ryan Nall, U of AWESOMENESS.

      • SC Dave

        Out of respect for the alumni, isn’t that THE U of AWESOMENESS?

  • AlbertInTucson

    “I refuse to discuss the 2019 draft.” – DBB’

    Thank you.

    • willbest

      I didn’t even realize that was an option normal people had at this point

    • Missing a 2nd will cool a lot of that talk.

      • CanadaBear

        Getting in your crying early?

  • Johnnywad
  • burntorangenavyblue

    I’m calling Alphabet Soup “ibun”, not typing that out, ain’t nobody got time for dat

    • burntorangenavyblue

      My luck, it’ll be my $1 million dollar sports trivia question and I will have to spell or write it out

    • Johnnywad

      I thought we were calling him “Iggy”.

  • EnderWiggin

    Pretty cool age graphic…

    https://i.redd.it/ege0hvnsm4v01.png

    • Team all made of ‘greenhorns’

      Chase Daniels oldest, and he ain’t even playing.

      Still trips me out that McMannis is our longest tenured Bear.

      • EnderWiggin

        Yeah, not sure where this “all-in-mode” talk is coming from. Can we really be all-in with only two guys over 28? If we are ‘all-in’ now, then we should expect greatness for the next five years or so, right?

        • KentuckyBearsFan

          it’s a young team. there’s time.

        • Yeah, the “all-in” talk is silly.
          Considering what the Vikes, Saints, Rams, etc did this offseason (and let’s not forget the ever lurking Eagles, Puke, Pats), Pace was probably more aggressive in acquiring day 1 impact just to stay afloat and not get embarrassed.

          I still expect 5-6 wins, but a lot of other fans will start damning Pace if the record is Foxish.

          • EnderWiggin

            Well, if the record is ‘Foxish’ then I will be big-time disappointed. If da Bears are doing things right, then we’ll have a playbook that no one has seen before. 3 or 4 wins will have me in a dang fury.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            Well, I’m thinking it’s all about the long-term. A Super Bowl.

            Trubisky might need some time. But he can carry the weight in time.

            The Beatles – “Carry that Weight”

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    The Packers should be shitting their pants in two years.

    It’s still Packer week with Game 1.

    If we don’t do it this year, we’ll do it next. Payback from the Wayback.

    • EnderWiggin

      September 9 is a long ass way away.

      I just looked at the schedule and realized that the Hall of Fame game doesn’t count as an away game?! We have 5 preseason games? What witchcraft is this?

      Edit: I said ‘away’ meant to say ‘preseason’.

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        5 preseason games now? Damn I thought 4 was long enough. It should be only 2 or 3.

        http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000930485/article/which-team-won-the-2018-nfl-draft-broncos-bears-giants-lead-the-pack

        “Chicago Bears continued to improve offense for Mitchell Trubisky
        There are a number of teams that “won” the draft, but I like what the Bears did. They got who I believe will be the Defensive Rookie of the Year in Roquan Smith. Drafting offensive lineman James Daniels in the second round allows them to move Cody Whitehair to his natural position at guard, thus solidifying the inside of the offensive line. In addition, drafting receiver Anthony Miller gives them another weapon for Mitch Trubisky, which has clearly been one of their primary goals this offseason.”

        • EnderWiggin

          I’m not convinced that Daniels will be the center, but either way I am happy with the line.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            your user name….I went through the Orson Scott Card books in audio a few years ago. Love the character. And Bean matures in the later books but with health problems.

          • EnderWiggin

            Wow, most folks don’t make it through the ‘Bean books’. If you made it through the health problems, then you are all caught up – “Shadow Giants” or something like that.
            Just to make sure – you read/listened too Speaker for the Dead and Xenocide, right?

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            yes.

          • It’s usually SOP to play rook olinemen at OGs.

            That being said, we’re installing a brand new O. Not sure how much of an advantage WH has on Daniels. I think Pace said they’re gonna teach Daniels a lil of both, so let’s hope he’s smart.

    • BerwynBomber

      We can certainly compete with them in regard to 52 of their 53 man roster. But if Rodgers is healthy and can stay healthy — no guarantee given his injuries, size and style of play — they will still be a decent threat within the division for a couple/few years.

      Regardless, if we are truly serious about winning a championship one day might be good to start directing our hate toward MIN too. They’re the best team in the division and also have the best HC — by a mile IMO. They also added a B level franchise QB, and with their 1st round selection of Hughes could have one of the best secondaries in the entire league.

      They’re loaded.

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        Rodgers is all world. Went to a small time Cali college I think.

        Nothing but respect for the guy. High character. Incredible player. It also looks the Packers did some decent offseason work so they will be a challenge.

        • EnderWiggin

          I’d agree with all of that ‘cept the ‘high character’ part. Dude doesn’t even talk to his family. Fuck that dude… right in the face. Folks saying he is the best ever… Shit, I’d take seven or eight QBs ahead of him.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            well you never know about family. I didn’t speak to my folks for 3 years in my early 30s before reconnecting.

            I was watching young Joe Montana highlights a few months ago. He was the best.

            (also saw a younger cute woman in the last few days at a bar with a SF logo tattooed .)

          • EnderWiggin

            Yeah Id’ go:

            Brady
            Montana
            Favre
            Young
            Luckman
            Marino
            Unitas
            Elway
            Graham
            Baugh
            and Starr

            before I’d even consider Fuck Head.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            I reluctantly agree that Favre had his moments on the big stage.

          • BerwynBomber

            I’ve never come anywhere NEAR hating Rodgers as much as I despised Favre. That whole era of Packers — Chumra, Winters, Reggie White, etc. Couldn’t stand those shitheads. And even Holmgren could be smug as hell.

            Plus every damn announcer getting verbal woodies over how Favre “just loves the game” … while he’s tossing 200 INTs.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            Smug maybe but I always liked Reggie White of that bunch.

            ESPN announcers always said “Favre is just playing like a kid out there” to excuse his pick 6 interceptions.

          • EnderWiggin

            I’d even put Manning and Manning on the list before ‘him’.

          • Irish Sweetness

            There’s a good YT video of all Montana’s TD passes to Rice. I noticed how many of them, practically all, were just dropped on a dime into Rice’s hands. He’s still the best QB I ever saw. I hated him back then, but he was awesome.

          • BerwynBomber

            I cut him a break on the family stuff. They sounded worse than him.

            And I know of a few toxic family situations in which estrangement might not be the worst option.

            All that said, I find Rodgers a little too smirky, celebrity-obsessed and (although admirable in everyday life) too well-rounded in regard to his interests. Say what you will about the singularly-focused jocks like Brady (and apparently Bisky), it is probably the best way to maximize performance/results in today’s 24/7/365 NFL.

            I have always felt Rodgers was similar to Cutty in terms of personality. Rodgers strikes me as a better leader and (obviously) light years better field general (only Brady and Brees rate with Rodgers there), but personality-wise they seem semi-comparable.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            I mean Bears fans and me love Urlacher….and he seemed to have been with Paris Hilton briefly.

            I mean she has shown little to suggest she’s a bad person. But still a party girl. And that could have been poison.

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    The Beatles – “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

    • EnderWiggin

      Yep. Classic. Check out the Tom Petty version (HoF a decade or so ago) with a Kick Ass guitar solo by the artist formerly known as Prince:

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        I’ve lived in Gainesville for 9 years where Tom Petty grew up.

        His passing felt bad. “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” still sticks with me.

        But the celebrity deaths that really affected me were comedians George Carlin and Robin Williams.

        • EnderWiggin

          Damn, we could use some George Carlin about now…

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    The Amimals – “House of the Rising Sun”

    It’s been a week of high drama. And I’m feeling nostalgic about old songs.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Great toons, man. Why not.

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    Stevie Wonder – “Higher Ground”

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