• catfish44

    NFL’s top upgraded units through free agency
    CHICAGO BEARS PASS-CATCHERS
    Chicago Bears

    WR Allen Robinson, WR Taylor Gabriel, TE Trey Burton

    Second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has a new set of weapons with unique skillsets, from Robinson’s downfield playmaking, to Gabriel’s route-running, to Burton’s ability to create mismatches as a “move” tight end. These were all necessary moves for the Bears who have trotted out one of the worst group of skill position players in recent years, but they’ve overhauled their pass-catchers in an offseason. The hope is that Robinson can recapture his 2015 magic that saw him lead the league with 672 yards on deep passes while averaging 17.5 yards per reception. Gabriel complements Robinson well as a dynamic receiver in the short game as he’s averaged 6.8 yards after the catch during his career and he’ll make the most of his opportunities in the screen game. Burton comes with some risk after playing only 741 career snaps, but he showed the ability to line up in multiple spots last season while providing a red zone threat with five scores on his 24 receptions. These additions allow the Bears to slot their current skill position players into complementary roles rather than featured pieces, making the unit one of the most improved groups in the league.——https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/pro-nfls-top-upgraded-units-through-free-agency

  • BenderMcLugh

    Congas are back!!!!!

  • CanadaBear

    Not that I doubt some Queens fans are popping off but I haven’t heard anyone say Cousins is the best QB in the division. Nothing against Cousins but Rodgers and the formerly Fat Lezbo are better and MT might be in a year or two. I think the Queens are the class of the division (although that Richardson signing seems odd) but a few key injuries and they come back to earth.

    • BenderMcLugh

      I think it was someone on the 4-letter that said/wrote it.

      • CanadaBear

        That would figure! Haven’t missed ESPN much in the last decade and a half. Although some of the staff on TV for the NFL channel are just as bad. When they all start yucking it up and having a bro moment, it’s time to move on. Haven’t seen that channel in a long time, either.

    • AlbertInTucson

      The Vikings better click THIS year. NFL Net said that Cousins’ deal leaves little wiggle room when some important parts of their defense hit FA after this season.

      • Irish Sweetness

        We’ll kick the shit of them this year. Somehow. All of them.

        • SC Dave

          Fuck yeah! ‘murica

        • catfish44

          what are you smoking??

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            Fuck the Vikings.

          • catfish44

            5 year old talk.

    • BerwynBomber

      Cousins is pretty close to Stafford. Put a gun to my head and I’d choose Stafford if I have to win a game in the 4thQ.

      Cousins is a good fit for MIN, and they are the class of the division by a sizable margin. (Last year they finished a whopping four games ahead of second place DET.)

      But a) the Cousins contract could ultimately force them to make tough decisions, and b) I’m not convinced Cousins will play a ton better than Keenum (who played out of his mind for a quality back-up/journeyman).

      To a degree, Cousins signs them up for make-the-SB-or-bust expectations.

      • SC Dave

        I hope not. If he is, the vikings should run away with the divison.

        Well, except there’s fucking Rodgers.

        Edit: can you imagine other NFCN fans soon saying “well, yeah they suck, but there’s Trubisky”?

        • BerwynBomber

          “Well, except there’s fucking Rodgers.”

          Yeah, it’s reached a point where I don’t mention him when talking about the NFCN QBs. Why bother? It’s like a separate species.

          But MIN is definitely the best team. Not close, IMO.

      • CanadaBear

        Hope he’s no better than Keenum. Queens are definitely the class of the division this year.

        • leftcoastdave

          The Viqueen better make the most of it this year. That contract will kill them.

          • catfish44

            vikings. that viqueen stuff is grade school level.

          • leftcoastdave

            That came from Steve Cannon at WCCO from back in the days when I lived in the Twin Cities. He was the top drive time radio announcer on the biggest stick in the upper Midwest. Check him out.

  • Bear Instincts

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/03/22/bucs-add-jpp-in-trade-with-giants/
    Giants trade JPP to Bucs….hopefully that solves the Bucs need for a pass rusher leaving Chubb as an option for us

    • SC Dave

      I doubt it.

    • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

      I could see Bucs going Chubb regardless. They misfired on some D choices and FA’s in the last few years.

      • Let’s put this all out of our system. Bears arn’t getting Chubb, not getting Barkley, not even that OG. Pace is gonna reach for some Rush who will magically climb meteorically in one month’s time. Book it

    • Chubb isn’t getting past IND. He’s a very long shot to even be there for TB at 7.

      • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

        i’m surprised that IND wasn’t a buyer for OL in FA. They have too many picks now and will be able to fill many holes including DE, OL, LB/S

      • evantonio

        one could argue the giants now have a large need for pass rusher.

  • There’s some great stuff in here about the Bears and their efforts to build a good environment for Trubisky to succeed this offseason.

    https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/03/22/sam-darnold-usc-pro-day-draft-cleveland-browns-mmqb

    • beninnorcal

      Took me a minute to scroll down to it on mobile, but that was a good link, JW

      • CanadaBear

        Just because I’m a full service poster, here’s the Bears part of the article to save a bunch of scrolling.

        Ryan Pace didn’t need another reason to be jacked about his
        quarterback’s future. But after a flurry of free-agent activity last
        week, the Bears GM got it from Mitch Trubisky anyway.

        Maybe more meaningful? The incoming talent—receivers
        Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel, and tight end Trey Burton—was just as
        excited as the quarterback.

        “Yeah, you could tell Mitch was excited, just through
        a quick text,” Pace said from his office the other night. “He’s fired
        up, and I know they’re all talking to each other. Today, Taylor was
        walking around the building in a Trubisky jersey. They’re all ready to
        go. It’s cool when you sense from the guys that we signed, how excited
        they are to play with him.

        “And Mitch is equally excited, adding these pieces to what we already have.”

        We keep getting these reminders, and there’s no need
        to overcomplicate it. Even after a year in which three of the final four
        teams left were led by a couple journeymen and a supposed draft bust,
        the lesson is there for everyone: The NFL is more about the quarterback now than it ever has been. Just look at what’s happened over the last six weeks alone …

        • The Niners made Jimmy Garoppolo, he of the eight
        career starts, the highest-paid player in league history, inking him to a
        five-year, $137.5 million deal.

        • The Vikings trumped that, doing a three-year, $84
        million deal with Kirk Cousins, while breaking new ground in fully
        guaranteeing the whole thing.

        • The Chiefs gave Patrick Mahomes a shiny, if
        overpriced, new downfield piece in Sammy Watkins—forking over a
        three-year, $48 million deal for him.

        • The Texans gave multiyear deals to guards Senio
        Kelemete and Zach Fulton and made a run at left tackle Nate Solder (who
        ultimately ended up with the Giants) to better protect Deshaun Watson.

        • The Jets traded three second-round picks to jump from 6 to 3, ensuring they’ll be in position to draft a top-tier quarterback.

        So I asked Pace, is it too simplistic to say 2017 was
        about finding the quarterback for the Bears, and 2018 has been about
        building infrastructure around him?

        “No, that’s accurate,” he quickly answered. “The
        hardest piece of this whole thing is to find the quarterback. We feel
        like we’ve done that. And so now, it’s surrounding your most important
        asset, your quarterback, with weapons so he can be successful and they
        can grow and develop chemistry together. And not just the quarterback
        and those players, but all of them and the new offensive staff. And
        they’re all young.”

        And while Chicago’s actions have been interesting,
        its moves are just a part of a trend we’re seeing everywhere to
        over-invest in getting a quarterback, then over-invest in getting everything around him right.

        Each of the six first-round quarterbacks drafted in
        the past two years were landed as part of a team trading up. The five
        who are starting going into 2018 have head coaches who were hired with
        extensive background working with quarterbacks as assistants. And last
        year, we saw the Eagles give Alshon Jeffrey to Carson Wentz, and the
        Rams give Robert Woods, Watkins and Cooper Kupp to Jared Goff.

        That’s where Houston, Kansas City and Chicago are
        now—stocking the shelves for a sophomore quarterback. And so Pace gave
        us some insight into the steps the Bears took over the last two months
        to make it happen.

        • Finding the coach. Four
        of the six candidates that Pace interviewed had background in coaching
        quarterbacks, something he says now was more just how things lined up
        this year. The priority was, in his words, to hire “the best leader and
        the best man.” He found it in coach Matt Nagy. Pace also concedes that
        the influence of all his years in New Orleans, seeing Sean Payton and
        Drew Brees together, absolutely crept into the search process.

        “I try not to talk about New Orleans so much anymore,
        because it’s all about here now, but we all learn from our previous
        experiences,” Pace said. “When you think about, you look at Drew and
        Sean now, the levels they’re on, all they have to do is look at each
        other. The heights the offense has gone too, because of the cohesion
        between those two guys, that’s something everyone is striving for.

        “It’s gonna be fun to have Mitch and Matt paired
        together long-term. … And a lot of times, if you have a successful
        play-caller, well, he’s gonna get plucked out of there to become a head
        coach elsewhere and then you break up the continuity between him and the
        quarterback. That’ll never happen here. So that’s the attractiveness of
        it.”

        • Building a vision. The
        Bears struck a deal with Nagy in early January in Kansas City, and the
        coach and GM flew together on the McCaskeys’ plan back to Chicago. They
        didn’t necessarily mean for it to be this way, but that’s when the
        groundwork for March really began to take shape.

        “It’s the first time he and I can just exhale and
        talk football,” Pace said. “The very first conversation we had involved
        how much he values the ‘U’ tight end, how productive the offense can be
        for those guys. And we went through it—who are some of those guys in
        free agency. And then all of the sudden, here’s Trey Burton.”

        What stuck out to Pace was how specific Nagy was for
        each skill position. So Burton became the target as the move tight end,
        to pair with the supersized Adam Shaheen. Robinson was the big, smart
        route-runner who could shield defenders. Gabriel was the game-breaker.
        Each would be used to attack another level of the defense. And the
        scheme would work to do that too.

        • Filling the staff. We
        mentioned a couple weeks back what a coup getting line coach Harry
        Hiestand from Notre Dame was. But as Pace explains it, the hire of
        former Oregon coach Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator was a
        priority, too. It’s an addition that the Bears feel will help maximize
        Trubisky and others who worked in spread concepts as collegians.

        “Matt was passionate about Helfrich from the very
        beginning,” Pace said. “They’d been on each other’s radar for a long
        time. Matt likes some of the outside-the-box thoughts he’s gonna bring
        from college. I’ll go down there at night right now, and Matt’s up on
        the board drawing plays with Helfrich and Brad Childress in there, and
        they’re bouncing ideas off each other, coming up with new things. It’s
        neat to see.”

        So the big piece here is the kind of creativity to
        merge college and pro style that we’ve seen from Andy Reid’s Kansas City
        staff of late. What Doug Pederson’s done in Philly is an offshoot of
        it, too. And a side benefit? Pace said that the background Helfrich and
        Heistand have on this year’s draft class, having known a lot of the guys
        since they were 16-year-old recruits, has been invaluable.

        If the Bears get it right with Trubisky, how
        they got there won’t matter much. And with the personnel, the coaches,
        and the scheme, the belief is they’ve given their quarterback every
        chance to make the team look good.

        With that foundation set, the rest is up to him.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Thank you.

        • BenderMcLugh

          “over-invest in getting a quarterback, then over-invest in getting everything around him right.” – I call this simply investing

          • CanadaBear

            You have to admit he’s been pretty relentless this off season.

        • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

          BEARS BONE now achieved.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          “Full Service poster” what does that all entail?

        • ButtonShoes

          I freely admit that Pace has built this thing, and now we have to see if it works. But man…the more I hear Pace talk, the more I just want to punch him in his smug, dumb face. All bluster, bravado, and a complete refusal to be honest with the fans or anyone else. Never taking real responsibility for his failures. Acting like he knows what he’s doing when his results constantly say otherwise. The way he talks, it’s like the 14-34 record he owns never happened, or if it did, he had nothing to do with it. “Nope, pay no attention to my horrible tenure as GM and focus on the shiny toys I bought in FA.” No wonder our terrible ownership likes Pace so much – he’s just like them.

          • catfish44

            he’s doing a great job in free agency this year.

          • ButtonShoes

            On paper, sure. We’ll see how these guys actually play once the season starts.

          • catfish44

            lol. well, of course.

          • CanadaBear

            That’s pretty typical. Most GM’s aren’t going to focus on the negative with the press (esp in the off season).

  • SC Dave

    Looks like Compton going to sign with the Vikings. The OL thins furthers.

  • EnderWiggin

    Props to Blogfather. He’s articulate; there were no “uhh” or “umm’s”, he was quick-witted and kept up with the radio pro’s like he has done it his whole life. Impressive.

    That shit is hard to do, I remember Arto going on a long dialog and when he was done he asked “What do you think, Chet?” And I froze up, I was like “uhhh, about what?”

    • CanadaBear

      You just have to block all that stuff out and concentrate. I’ve been interviewed a bunch of times for TV and radio (promoting festivals) and it’s always nerve wracking. Without fail someone will ask you something off the wall you don’t expect! Good Times!

      • AlbertInTucson

        SOOOO many clients have come in over the years to do their own voice-overs or stand-ups for commercials I have produced and quickly realize there is a REASON other folks get paid to do that.

        • CanadaBear

          100%. I have a nasally, not all that deep of a voice. Not what you’d want for commercials.

    • Bear Instincts

      When you are excited and knowledgeable about a topic your brain does not have room for “uhh” or “umm’s”.

      • EnderWiggin

        Sheesh, are you my 9th grade speech teacher?

        • SC Dave

          Maybe

        • Christine Phillips

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  • Bear Instincts

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/03/22/vikings-expected-to-sign-tom-compton/
    Vikings expected to sign Tom Compton…another hole on the OLine just opened up…here come the calls to draft QNelson

    • evantonio

      we don’t need a line. we have playmakers now.

      • SC Dave

        We have the beat ol coach in the universe, of some of the crowd here are to be believed.

        All we need are a few juco transfers and we’re golden

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

          Meh. I’m not gonna sweat Compton. He’s pretty replaceable. Sitton seemed like a head scratcher, but let’s see what he does this fall. He’s getting up there and finished the year injured.

          • SC Dave

            No argument, Johnny. I just have to counter the argument that the Bears can bring any old body in and Hiestand is going to make him a star.

            At the level of the NFL, you HAVE to have reasonable clay to mold.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

            Yep. I agree. But I’m not worried.

            Pace has been reasonably proficient at putting together serviceable offensive lines in Chicago. Grassu is hot garbage. But outside of that, the protection and run game have been fine to above average. He’ll sort it out.

            And just maybe, you’ll get Nelson. Maybe. I wouldn’t bitch if we did.

      • catfish44

        ”we don’t need a line”?. the 5th rated guard in the league, by PFF, josh sitton is gone. that is a big hole.

  • catfish44

    MOVE UP AND TAKE CHUBB? Chicago Bears meet
    The Chicago Bears met with the top defensive prospect in the 2018 NFL Draft, NC State’s Bradley Chubb.
    By Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.@wiltfongjr Mar 22, 2018, 8:45am CDT

    With the NFL Draft about a month away, we’re sure to start hearing about teams meeting with prospective players. Keep in mind, not every prospect lines up with the draft slot teams are slated to pick in, but teams need to do their due diligence. Take the Chicago Bears recent meeting with North Carolina States’s Bradley Chubb for example (as first reported by Alex Marvez of The Sporting News). Chubb is expected to be the top defensive players taken this April, and with the Bears currently in the eighth spot, the odds on him falling are slim.

    But the only thing we can predict about the draft, is it’s always unpredictable.

    With so many quarterback needy teams shuffling to get into the top of the draft, it’ll push talent down. Chubb could fall, but there’s also the possibility that general manager Ryan Pace may covet Chubb so much that he’ll trade up and get him.

    Some scouts peg the 6’4”, 269 pound Chubb as a fit for a 4-3 defensive end, but he has the speed and athleticism to play outside linebacker for the Bears.

    Last year Pace aggressively went and got his quarterback, moving up to two for Mitchell Trubisky, and two years ago he traded up for outside linebacker Leonard Floyd.

    Maybe Pace believes that his team, with Trubisky, a whole slew of new offensive free agents, and head coach Matt Nagy, will finally bring his vision of the Bears into a reality, and they won’t be drafting in the top ten for a while. If Pace views this as his last chance to pick a top prospect, then maybe he swings a deal and gets Chubb.——–https://www.windycitygridiron.com/2018/3/22/17151176/chicago-bears-meet-with-bradley-chubb-2018-nfl-draft-top-prospect-north-carolina-state-ryan-pace

    • AlbertInTucson

      Moving up is the only way they get HIM.

      • catfish44

        no doubt. i don’t see anyone at #8 as a real difference maker. don’t believe edmunds has the instincts.

  • SC Dave

    Loyola. Again.

    Elite Eight.

  • Irish Sweetness

    What’s the off-field stuff with this guy?

    (Walterfootball.com)

    Arden Key*, DE, LSU
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 260.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
    Projected Round (2018): 1-3.
    2/24/18: Team sources think Key has high first-round talent and that he could be a devastating pass-rusher in the NFL. In a survey of league sources, Key was considered to be among the elite talents of this draft class. However, teams have major off-the-field concerns with Key and think they could cause him to slide in the 2018 NFL Draft. Key’s off-the-field issues are similar to Randy Gregory or Tim Williams. While there are concerns, scouts also say that Key loves football and has worked on his own with pass-rushing guru Chuck Smith to develop his skills. Key has to interview extremely well in order to be a high pick, and team sources feel that Key has a much shot at panning out in the NFL if he goes to a secluded team like Green Bay or Buffalo to help keep him out of trouble.

    Key had a slow start to the 2017 season. He missed two games and had to work himself back into playing shape after shoulder surgery limited his offseason training. Midway through the year, Key started to return to being a dynamic speed rusher off the edge. A late-season knee injury also knocked him out of a few games. In 2017, Key totaled 33 tackles with four sacks and a forced fumble. He put together impressive games against Mississippi State, Auburn and Florida. Key made a sack to clinch the comeback win over Auburn. He was phenomenal against Alabama, and the Crimson Tide couldn’t block him.

    9/1/17: Key was one of the best players in college football in 2016. He recorded 56 tackles with 14.5 for a loss, 12 sacks, three forced fumbles and three passes broken up on the year. He flashed a ton of potential as a freshman for LSU, totaling 41 tackles with 6.5 for a loss, five sacks and one pass broken up. Key is a dangerous pass-rusher with excellent speed and the ability to bend around the corner. He is lightning fast off the edge and has a ton of upside to develop.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      He likes to kick puppies and punch kittens.

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

        Nice. He’s edgy.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Kendall Wright is not a Bear?? Sitton and Wright. Why?

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  • KentuckyBearsFan

    Kyle Fuller will be All World this year.

    He won’t rest this year as long as he is healthy.

    Corners with the instincts have to work their ass off or they get embarrassed.

    And Kyle will be live.

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