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Five Quick Reflections on the 2018 Schedule

| April 20th, 2018

(1) The Bears close out in Minnesota for the third consecutive season. How is this even possible? It’s understood the league wants division rivalries to keep that weekend relevant but did nobody on Park Avenue think, “You know, maybe we should rotate which of these teams is home on the final Sunday?”

The Bears have every right to formally complain. If they do, they’ll end up home to finish the 2019 campaign. That’s sadly how this league works. (And apparently how the Bears ended up in Green Bay to open THIS season.)


(2) Opening with two consecutive primetime games is a personal nightmare. The first Sunday of NFL football is my favorite day of the year. It’s my Christmas. The whole routine of it – sleep like 2 hours, early rise, pot of coffee, listen to Rick Pearson on WGN, debate subway vs. Lyft, get to Josie Woods for 10:30 AM, first beer at 11 AM…etc. – is gone. I’ve been watching games with the same crew (more or less) for 18 years. And now I won’t see them until Week 3. No team should open with two primetime contests.


(3) As for the Thanksgiving game in Detroit, that’s fine. The early Thanksgiving game is far less annoying than playing the evening game, which requires discipline I simply don’t possess.


(4) Week 5 bye week is brutal. Every GM, coach and player will tell you the ideal bye week is somewhere in the weeks 8-10 range, right in the middle of the season. If it’s going to be earlier than that, you’d want it Week 7, giving the PUP players an extra week to get healthy. This bye week means if the Bears are going to make a run into January, it ain’t going to be physically easy.


(5) Here’s what I would say about the first 8 games: the Bears will be significant underdogs at the Packers and home to the Patriots. The other six games are total coin flips. If the Bears can get to their back-to-back November home games against the Lions and Vikings at 4-4 or better, they have a chance to play football in January.

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  • Irish Sweetness

    Allen Robinson.

    That’s 2018 for me. Dude’s got to compete. Seems Jags fans are pretty pissed that he’s flown the coop. He’s got to be the man for MT. He needs that baller to get him out of a jam. Be good, man. Be great.

    And beating the Packers at Lambeau week one. Absolutely. That sets the tone for your season. Trounce them in their own house and say “This is how it’s gonna be for the next decade, shitheads.”

    Packers. Week one. Yeah.

    • ButtonShoes

      If they run roughshod over the Fudgies in game 1, that’s a real statement. The Bears flatline the Peckers on the day Jordan Rodgers’s brother makes his return? That would warrant some real optimism. I don’t think it will happen, but man do I want it to. I want the Peckers to shit their pants every time they see us. And I want to terrify A-a-ron into early retirement. I also want the offense to ruin Clay Matthews’s life. Let those fuckers know their time at the top is over, done, finished. No more losing to the Peckers. EVER.

      • CanadaBear

        Matthews has been a shell of his former self the last couple of years. I’m surprised they didn’t cut him. Nothing would make me happier than smoking these bastards right out of the chute

      • BerwynBomber

        Personally, I think we should worry more about MIN.

        • CanadaBear

          I think the Iggles, Queens and Lambs will be the odds on favorites to be the best in the NFC and I have no idea which team is better.

        • SC Dave

          And always thought you understood…

        • ButtonShoes

          Technically, yes. But this team hasn’t been able to do jack shit to the Peckers for most of the last 3 decades. Being able to put them down on a regular basis would be a very big, positive change.

    • catfish44

      ”dude”? still in middle school boy?

  • That Guy

    Feels like the league is trying to cash in on the new Bears coaching and MT’s development. They think the Bears will be competitive and bring in early season ratings.

    When the Bears are good, NFL ratings are good.

    If the Bears are competitive late in the season, they’ll have plenty of Sunday games that will get flexed.

    • SC Dave

      Hopefully your feeling gets reflected in reality. Being 4-0 at the bye takes a lot of pressure off the post-bye grind.

    • 2 of their 3 primetime games are right away. That tells me they want to cash in on Chicago’s offseason buzz but are less confident in it panning out than, say, San Francisco, who has a bunch of primetime games later in the season.

    • BerwynBomber

      Exactly. Excluding the orphan-like White Sox, if CHI has any sort of decent team in professional sports it translates to bonkers ratings. Maybe even more than NYC teams.

      Bears, Cubbies, Bulls and Blackhawks comparatively outdraw just about every team in their respective leagues in terms of TV viewership.

      • CanadaBear

        Never really understood why the Sox have such a hard time drawing fans. I get it when they stink but even when they are playing good ball they have trouble drawing. I’m a Cubs fan but I always enjoyed going to Comiskey when Veeck owned them. Gotta admit the new Sox park was underwhelming (I was there once before they changed things around).

        • BerwynBomber

          Location, location, location, and Cubbies, Cubbies, Cubbies.

          Reinsdorf fucked up by not moving their digs to the South Loop. Cellular itself is a nice park. But there is just nothing down there within walking distance. Bridgeport bars are a hike and half and even then ….

          Plus, they are competing against Wrigley which is literally a tourist destination. AKA … lotsa luck.

          • CanadaBear

            I get all that but you would think as big as the area is the Sox would draw better. I always took the L to the games so the location wasn’t a big deal to me. I think Renteria is a pretty good mgr and they definitely have some good players. Would love to see them start winning on a consistent basis.

          • AlbertInTucson

            They drew well over 2 million in 2005.

          • CanadaBear

            I’d love to see them start winning consistently under Renteria. I like him as a manager and the Sox definitely have some talent on the roster and coming up from the minors.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Man, though, they just look AWFUL right now.

          • CanadaBear

            With the insane weather, I’m not getting too worked up about the results. No doubt they aren’t looking too good these days.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Houston took BP against them, again, tonight.

            I THOUGHT they were improving at the end of last season but ever since they blew that game in the 9th against Detroit they have been in a death spiral.

          • CanadaBear

            The only thing I can add is Houston is as good as it gets in the MLB these days so when you catch them when they’re rolling … Yikes!

          • AlbertInTucson

            Having a teammate collapse on the mound from a brain hemorrhage must have a terrible effect.

            Last I heard he was “Critical but stable”.

          • CanadaBear

            Incredibly sad. Hope the young man rebounds but it’s not looking good.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I guess he collapsed in the dugout, not on the mound. Still not good.

          • willbest

            There really is nothing there. Its actually mind boggling to me. You would think somebody could make some money if they were to build something but its probably some catch-22. Nobody wants to invest the capital when there are no fans, and fans don’t want to go because nobody wants to invest the capital.

          • BerwynBomber

            Yeah, the surrounding area is atrocious compared to most parks.

            The neighborhood situation around Wrigley is probably one-of-a-kind and cannot be re-created today. (The traffic/parking logistics alone would scare off most cities and teams.)

            But other cities have been smart to place their parks in downtown areas where restaurants and bars can crop up, buy or rent space, etc., etc.. etc. Hell, even places like CLE and DET offer MUCH better dining and drinking establishments near their parks and stadiums than the White Sox.

            Actually Soldier isn’t all that fantastic either. But the lake is pretty and when you walk a half-mile west you end up at Michigan Ave. Not Bridgeport.

            And I don’t mean to dis Bridgeport itself from any snobbish perspective. Fuck, I’m a resident of Berwyn and am used to being in very urban environments and even being a white minority. But there is just nothing around that park. Like within miles.

          • AlbertInTucson

            TThe Mohr plant Oak Park just closed down. They had a plastic Santa On a tower there since I was a kid.

  • Scharfinator

    “The whole routine of it – sleep like 2 hours,”

    I do not understand your lifestyle, Jeff. I’d feel like dogshit for Christmas.

  • BerwynBomber

    Said this yesterday but looks like a damn favorable schedule, mainly because the AFCE is the worst division in football and the NFCW isn’t quite what it was a couple/few years ago.

    Plus, we get some last place schedule gimmes in TB and NYG.

    • CanadaBear

      The Beloved haven’t beaten Buffalo in NY since Hampton was a rookie. YIKES! Hope they end that streak. When people bitch about it being hard for a last-place schedule, I don’t think they realize it only affects two games. Reading all the positive stories this week really has me excited for the season.

      • BerwynBomber

        Yeah, but two games is an 1/8 of the season, no small thing.

        And I think it’s a notable difference getting NYG (than PHI, DAL or WAS) or TB (than NO, ATL or CAR).

        My early suspicion is that TB and NYG will be cellar-dwellers again.

        • CanadaBear

          Mine too. That’s one thing I really like about the NFL, things change a lot from season to season (unless Foxy or Nessman are your HC).

          • leftcoastdave

            And getting TB in Chicago rather than down in the swamp where the big men all melted.

      • Pretty Boy Assassin

        Cutty beat them in Toronto, which is basically the same thing.

        • CanadaBear

          That’s what makes the stat fun!

    • leftcoastdave

      That early Bye week sucks but the Thanksgiving day game gives a nice respite followed by the Giants three days later making it a little less of a gimme.

      But I’m with you. This is a much nicer schedule than last year.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        I think you need to look at a calendar. Giants is 10 days later.

        • leftcoastdave

          Yup. Saw that later. So it gives more time for the Turkey Bowl Classic which is the Super Bowl for Detroit too many years.

      • I’m OK with the early bye this yr. New crew. Fragile budding identity.
        The early bye could course correct the season before it goes in the dumpster.

        Sure, might pile up INJs later, but just being relevant in NOV would be a major step.

        • BerwynBomber

          Far as I know the bye weeks are rotated equally/fairly throughout the league. That is why I predicted, pre-schedule release, we were due for an early one. Just couldn’t remember — top of my head — the last time we’d drawn that dreaded W5 slot.

          Would be interested to know — maybe JW, willB or HBP could find out — how early byes vs. late byes correlate to reg and post season success. My guess would be not much.

          I know the Saints had a W5 bye last year. And they suffered some key injuries down the stretch and limped into the playoffs. That said, a rookie DB doesn’t make a colossal mistake at MIN, and they’re in the NFCC game at PHI the following week.

          • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

            I still can’t believe he whiffed.

  • leftcoastdave

    Irish has it right. Start the new era by bitch slapping the Pack on the way to four an 0 into the bye. Then win three of the next four before the Lions and Viqueen come to town for Sunday night games.

    Those first eight games look like a cake walk compared to last year with only week three in the desert possibly looking bad compared to last year being down in Tampa Bay on a hot and humid miserable day for the big men in the trenches.

    Now BRING ON THE DRAFT!!!

  • willbest

    I doubt Nagy petitions the NFL to change Chicago finishing the season away from unpredictable Chicago weather. Yes Philly and KC had it, so he knows how to deal with it, but its just a complication that he probably doesn’t need this year. If we were likely to be hosting playoff games then you would want the exposure week 17, but not this year.

    As for the last game being against Minny, that is an interesting choice by the NFL. perhaps they are trying to avoid the week 17 Min-GB game followed by the WC Min-GB game. Personally, I don’t really care. What I am upset by when it comes to the vikings is they are coming off a bye before their week 11 bout at Soldier field and we are coming off a division game with the Lions.

    Oh and then we had to Ford Field 4 days later. 3 division games in 12 days is brutal.

    Opening against GB is outstanding. Fangio when he has a healthy D is pretty solid against Rodgers. And its not going to be any more healthy than week 1.

    • Yeah, Bears aren’t winning the SB (shocked face). Get the early bye and away final games out of the way this yr.

      Bears will also have an advantage week #1.

      NO team has tape on the new crew. Sure, they can glimpse the KC O, but no one really knows how much Nagy will resemble that. Could be a lot more like the Eagle’s O. Or could still be a heavy dose of Howard.

      Bears/Fangio OTOH are all too familiar with Puke and Vadgers.

    • BerwynBomber

      The other element is that Rodgers and the Cheese O often looks rusty the first couple/few games of the season. Maybe because he plays so little in the preseason.

      Brady might be a little like that too.

      • SC Dave

        Or better, Brady might look a little DEAD, ground into the turf at Soldier!

  • beninnorcal

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned about the Bears over that last 7 years, it’s that we won’t be playing in January, Jeff.
    I hope these new Bears prove me wrong but I’m not holding my breath.

  • AB95

    Homer-ism is a bit thick here today. 7-9 is my top hope for this team this year. Show some growth. Win one or two you’re supposed to lose and lose one or two you should win – but show that the Bears are ramping up. I don’t want a flash in the pan, epic season. Give me a foundational season for 2019 and I’ll be a very happy Bears fan. And let’s be honest, I want conference championships too, but I’m happy with wild card births, if it means the Packers losing double digit games for the next twenty years.

    • BerwynBomber

      Winning too much too soon is usually something you need not worry about with this franchise.

      • SC Dave

        Or ANY franchise, for that matter.

        Ill take another 2001 this season. Except with no Steve Smith to kick our ass in the divisional playoff game

        • BerwynBomber

          Peanut and MB got clowned hard that day.

          A huge eyesore on two otherwise superb/excellent careers.

          • Cam Meredith >/= Jerry Rice

            I often wonder how that game plays out if Peanut doesn’t fall down

          • BerwynBomber

            Peanut’s one Achilles’ heel was smaller, speedier receivers. A guy like Smith was just a bad match-up for him.

            Btw, remember the TD they called back on Peppers? I actually thought we got a gift on that play by the home review boys. Looked like a TD to me.

            Poor MB. He didn’t have good playoff memories with us despite his excellent career. The Steve Smith game and then the Hugh Douglas game, in which he got knocked out cold by Brian Mitchell.

        • AlbertInTucson

          2001 was the loss to Philly after they cheap-shooter Jim Miler out of the game.

          2005 was the Steve Smith debacle.

          • SC Dave

            Oh yeah… well, either way, not one of those fuckers!

  • BenderMcLugh

    Deontay Burnett, mocked as a 7th rounder. Love this guy, catches everything.

    https://youtu.be/aoNvMAm6fSI

    Yes please

    • That Guy

      He’s a slower, black Braverman.

      So obviously, future HoFer.

      • Cam Meredith >/= Jerry Rice

        He can’t be slower and black. It’s a rule as set down by Waffledamus the Great. Look it up.

        • SC Dave

          Oh yes, he can, Waffle or no

  • BenderMcLugh

    could they draft both Equanimeous St. Brown & Burnett? I’d love it, Brown is a beast as lcd has pointed out

    https://youtu.be/-8BNzcGBAF8

  • CanadaBear

    I’m sticking to 8-8 this year. With fewer injuries, a modern offense and much better coaching, I think they will improve 3 games. As long as the arrow is pointing up at the end of the season (other than injuries), I’ll be happy with that record.

    • Juan Stone

      Nah, I suggest you re-flex Canada. 10-6 all day baby!

      Ahem… barring late season injuries that is. Cough…

      • CanadaBear

        You know I hope you’re right!

    • SC Dave

      Ye of little faith! No reason to wait… 10-6, a bit of luck, and the NFC Championship is there for the taking!

      • CanadaBear

        As with Trac, you know I hope you’re right.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Yes we hope it.

          We just don’t think it.

          But who expected 13-3 under Dick Jaurong back in the day?

          • CanadaBear

            The Miracle Season.

  • leftcoastdave

    Teams playing against the Bears predict an 0-16 season vs my 10-6 season.

    https://bearswire.usatoday.com/2018/04/20/bears-viewed-as-easy-win-in-nfl-record-predictions/

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      0-16 is a stupid prediction for the AFC North Champions last year.

      • leftcoastdave

        Everybody playing the Bears this year think they will beat the beloved.

        I thought pot was only legal here in Kalyphonya.

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        But I just realized the Bears only had 1 win in the NFC last year, against the Panthers 17-3.

        That’s not good.

        • SC Dave

          Well, we’re looking at 12-0 this year.

    • SC Dave

      Post that horseshit in the locker room, the weight room, next to the jacuzzi – put it in the players’ faces at EVERY opportunity.

  • beninnorcal

    Question for Dablog:
    As some of you may recall, I became a dad about two years ago to a fun little girl. Well, now we’ll be having a boy this July.
    I bring all this up because we have now moved into a bigger unit not far from where I lived. I’ve been a directv customer and sunday ticket holder the last ten years but directv is a no-go in the new building.

    My question is for those of you(if any) who do the streaming-only version of the sunday ticket: How much is it? Can I get it as a stand-alone package without paying for the rest of directv? How to stream it? Do I have to use my laptop or can I do it on my xbox one, roku, or apple tv? I used to dvr games on the ticket to watch later, can I watch games later on it?
    Thanks in advance

    • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

      I got Sunday ticket through my amazon fire TV.
      I was not able to watch DVR games. You need NFL Game pass to watch all old games.
      Im probably not the guy to talk about tv packages though since I barely watched the Bears last year.
      I live in Chicago but since I cut out cable and half the games were on CBS I couldn’t see any of them.

      • SC Dave

        I have bought Gamepass the last two seasons. The big problem is that you cannot watch live games, which means you have to be pretty good at news blackouts if you want to be surprised.

        The best thing is being able to watch every game in the league (again, not live) including the coaches’ film, which is usually available late Tuesdays. Another feature is the “compressed” version, which allows you to watch a game in about 25 minutes, seeing every play (there is really only about 25 minutes of actual play in an American football game). It is very frenetic, but if you are not caring about analyzing a game, its okay.

        Normally, I watch the replay of the live telecast. Commercials are edited out, and there are +10 sec and – 10 sec buttons that allow you to skip the huddles and most of the babbling from the booth. I suppose if the Bears became awesome and the booth couldn’t say anything other than how the Beloved were *dominating* their opponent, I’d be okay with it.

        Anyway, Gamepass is hardly perfect, but for $99 a season, I consider it a reasonable deal.

        • BerwynBomber

          Interesting, thorough write-up, SCD.

          I trialed GamePass a couple of years ago. Kinda liked it for many of the reasons you mentioned (though I never tried the compressed version feature), but I could never get excited enough about watching replays of games to fork over a hondo up for it.

          Keep in mind too I live in the Chicago area so every Bears game is televised here. Which I suspect is not the case for you.

        • Joecashflow

          Actually f you have a VPN and if you buy the Asian game pass.about $150, you can watch live thru VPN Hong Kong link. I do when I’m in the States. The key is using Asian link when buying.

    • evantonio

      Reddit if you’re able to watch the game live. Free dollars.

    • John F

      Why is it a no go? Due to rules or technical reasons (can’t get a signal from a patio or balcony)? If it is a rule thing, you have a right to a dish:

      https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/installing-consumer-owned-antennas-and-satellite-dishes

      • beninnorcal

        I live on the north side of the building and there’s no roof access, also a pitched roof that’s too high for them to safely send a tech up to mount the dish.
        There is an older dish on the back of the building but it would require too much cable to attach it to my unit, thier limit is 150’.
        I was looking for an excuse to leave them anyway, seems like no matter how many times I try to stream-line their service, my bill is never less than 200 clams per MONTH. The stand-alone ticket looks to be about 280 for the season.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      My bro used the streaming only service a couple years ago, he was living in an apt building that direct tv did not service, pretty sure they will only allow you to do it if you are ‘eligible’ and got to go to their website to figure that out. It was $250+, it was stand alone package he used his X-Box to watch it. Not sure if you can dvr the games.

  • SC Dave

    https://bearswire.usatoday.com/2018/04/20/kevin-whites-5th-year-option-would-cost-bears-nearly-14-million/

    Fuck… the bitch better get 120 catches this season to make him worth that.

    Pretty unbelievable what they paid that guy to be nothing.

    • EnderWiggin

      Wow. Only 13 weeks to decide? My guess is we pass.

      I always think, when I hear about a 5th year option, that it is a good idea and a smart move. But it has bit us in the ass – twice now, counting Fuller.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        Don’t give him the option. If he proves himself with a great year and we don’t get a deal done with him then put the transition tag him for about the same as his option. It gives us the option to match any offers.

        One other question would be is he an actual unrestricted FA next year? I don’t know what the rules are to qualify as an “accrued” year. With all his injuries, did he actually accrue time?

        • willbest

          Its full pay status for 6 or more regular season games to accrue 1 season. Being on PUP and IR count for accrued time. Being on the practice squad, the NFI (non football injury) list or the commissioner exempt list (suspension) does not.

          Kevin White will be an unrestricted free agent next year.

          • Cam Meredith >/= Jerry Rice

            If not sooner. There’s no guarantee he makes this roster.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Thanks for looking that up.

    • Cam Meredith >/= Jerry Rice

      He’s not getting that. No way. Never gonna happen.

    • $2M less than what Glennon got. Bargain!

    • Joecashflow

      No brainer. Hjgh risk. No way.

  • FresnoBear88

    7-9

    • EnderWiggin

      I like the 7-9 call. I think our O takes a step up, but defense will struggle.
      I’ve been thinking about our defense. I like our players, but I’m not sure how much I trust Naggy getting his hands on it. In fact, I’m not sure how much I trust Fangio! I hate to say this, and hope I’m wrong, but we may miss Fox’s defense.

      • SC Dave

        ? Fangio is the man.

      • Cam Meredith >/= Jerry Rice

        No

    • FresnoBear88

      I only say 7-9 because I believe we got hosed on the scheduling but who knows. 8-8 or 9-7 look possible as well.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “The Bears close out in Minnesota for the 3rd consecutive season. How is this even possible?”

    As long as the Bears are considered a non-playoff factor, this is how they get treated.

    • FresnoBear88

      Exactly. They play into ratings.

      • AlbertInTucson

        NFL to Bears: “Until you are better than also-rans, you’ll get NOTHING and LIKE it!”

        • CanadaBear

          Reminds me of Humphrey Bogart slapping Peter Lorre around in Maltese Falcon.

  • Joecashflow

    No sports writer picks more than 9 wins for the Beloved. Haugh picks 6. IMHO, I believe they all discount the effect of our D. If we get the edge rush that helps the Dbacks and with some new fire power from the O, we can win 10. Draft the edge, baby! We need instant starters. http://m.chicagobears.com/s/31314/embeddedNewsPath?itemUri=468033685/32138459118338615310843

    • SC Dave

      But Haugh is a douche

      • CanadaBear

        And he’s always looking for a reaction. I’m surprised he’s still around.

      • Joecashflow

        YES!

      • Pretty Boy Assassin

        And a bad writer.

      • Drinks blue moon?

    • Irish Sweetness

      I don’t see how our defense or our team wins without a pass rush. Who is our 2nd DE?

      • CanadaBear

        Bears were 7th in sacks last year. Just sayin’

  • catfish44

    ROQUAN SMITH -BEARS #8 Why the Bears need him: Danny Trevathan and Nick Kwiatkoski have struggled to stay healthy in the last two seasons, and the 49ers’ defense under Fangio was at its best when All-Pro Patrick Willis was in the middle of it. Trevathan and Kwiatkoski form a solid tandem, but Willis’ production, athleticism and tone-setting demeanor significantly changed the 49ers’ defense. Smith (6-1, 236 pounds) has been compared to Willis (6-1, 240) in stature and as a player.

    What they’re saying: ‘‘Roquan Smith is the truth, man. The kid’s a player in every sense of the word, and he should be a Pro Bowler very quickly. Very quickly. He is lightning off the spot, meaning his eyes are where they need to be. His key and diagnosis is exceptional. Very rarely does he take bad paths to the football. He takes on people hat-in-hand, meaning [that] when he’s taking on offensive linemen, you see their heads snap back. He can run. When he gets there, he gets there with bad intentions. He can cover.’’ — Louis Riddick, ESPN analyst

    Why not Virginia Tech’s Tremaine Edmunds? Instincts. Smith has them. Edmunds is a freakish athlete at 6-5 and 253 pounds, but the scouting world sees uncertainty and hesitation in his play. As Riddick said during a recent conference call, Edmunds looks ‘‘unsure’’ at times. Edmunds will turn 20 in May, which makes him more intriguing, but Smith just turned 21 on April 8.——https://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/to-make-a-good-defense-great-bears-must-consider-these-three-draft-prospects/

    • Pretty Boy Assassin

      No thanks on Smith. If we draft him, be prepared to see that dude get run over game after game in the NFL. Do you guys like leg tackles? Roquan does.

      I’ll take Edmunds and put his ass on the edge. He’s got size and speed, and the kid uses his hands well to keep blockers off him. Maybe one day he’ll develop into an all over the field type LB, but for now, let him use his physical gifts while providing the pass rush we need.

      • catfish44

        smith will be an all-pro, edmunds won’t. edmunds doesn’t have the instincts.

        • Pretty Boy Assassin

          Roquan Smith will be an All-Pro if he never ever has to plug a hole in a line and if teams never run at him, and, in short, if he is always is clean. He goes sideline to sideline really really well. We need big fatties up front to make that work. Watch him get manhandled by OLinemen repeatedly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2N0y7pYY-M&t=596s

          I actually want him to go the Packers. I would love to see Jordan Howard truck his ass for TDs two times a year.

          Edmunds has All-Pro athletic traits. All-Pro Size and Speed. And he is still fucking 19. With a good coaching staff who can utilize his athletic traits early and develop his mind, he will be a key contributor early with a shot to be perennially one of the best defensive players in the game.

          • catfish44

            he’ll be an all pro.

        • Irish Sweetness

          You’ve read that. But is it true?
          19 year olds are the finished article?

          • catfish44

            lol. well, it’s my opinion, of course. just like everyones else’s thoughts here are their opinion. no facts at all until these guys actually play in the NFL.

      • Agree. And this is why Smith will go play WILL in a 4-3

      • Irish Sweetness

        Exactly. If his CPU says no to Mike … rush him from the edge or up the middle. All day long.

        Fangio will not do this of course.

        • CanadaBear

          You do realize the Bears were 7th in sacks last year without a pass rushing specialist.

          • leftcoastdave

            Funny how that stat is missed. Also need to credit the DBs who stepped up bigly last year.

          • SC Dave

            Dont quote facts against the Irish Blitz dogma.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Half those sacks were the QBs fault. Our rush gave them so much time the QBs started to day dream in the pocket. They day dreamed about taking off running and rushing 50 yards for an easy TD. Then in celebration they would TEBOW and take a knee. Unfortunately they were just day dreaming and by taking a knee they gave up and hence we got a sack

          • CanadaBear

            I need to see more games.

    • Irish Sweetness

      In what universe is Kwiatkowski ‘solid’ ?

      ‘No’ to a 230lb inside linebacker who will she NO-ONE in a block.

      How anyone can write off Edmunds’ career when he is only 19 I don’t know. He may not have been listening to his instincts thus far, he may have been thinking instead. Singletary was running around like a headless chicken for a while …. if Nelson is gone and Pace drafts anyone else at 8, he wants shooting.

      • catfish44

        not worth talking to a know it all like you pal.

    • Pretty Boy Assassin

      From the quote:

      “He takes on people hat-in-hand, meaning [that] when he’s taking on offensive linemen, you see their heads snap back”

      LOL, that’s exactly what he doesn’t do. Such as here:

      https://youtu.be/qasFqTytkG4?t=81
      https://youtu.be/qasFqTytkG4?t=116
      https://youtu.be/SAzZOvA0kIY?t=106
      https://youtu.be/XcC9QHx1954?t=130
      https://youtu.be/XcC9QHx1954?t=398
      https://youtu.be/qasFqTytkG4?t=150

      That last one, here’s a breakdown of it: https://youtu.be/a2N0y7pYY-M?t=66

      In several of those clips, he’s clearly afraid to get in the shit.

      Instead, here’s a linebacker not afraid of the shit:
      https://youtu.be/wKJ3_Eczxlc?t=467
      https://youtu.be/wKJ3_Eczxlc?t=29
      https://youtu.be/wKJ3_Eczxlc?t=890

      That last one, Roquan dreams of that shit.

      But you’re right…Edmunds has the instincts of a puppy dog. He needs some coaching up. That and his physical gifts scream OLB to me. Let him rush the passer with this:
      https://youtu.be/wKJ3_Eczxlc?t=988

      And he bends:
      https://youtu.be/O_alNNzT1n0?t=21

      And he can cover:
      https://youtu.be/4oTjfbxn3Ng?t=260
      https://youtu.be/4oTjfbxn3Ng?t=289

      We’ll take Roquan if we want a Will LB, are confident we can keep him clean, and feel that our problem was getting beat with speed. We’ll take Edmunds if we want the better athlete and higher ceiling and want some ass whup on D. I’d prefer the latter.

      • catfish44

        who’s we??

        • Pretty Boy Assassin

          The Chicago Bears and set of fans who are interested in their success. Obviously, that set is not inclusive of you. Another set not inclusive of you is that of fans who like to discuss football.

          • catfish44

            lolol. little boy, i have been a bears fan since 1959. i sat in the stands in wrigley field for the ’63 championship game. so, again, you do not know what you are talking about. ”we” does not include you boy. none of the players know you. pace, nagy, nor any of the coaches know you. nor do they give a damn about you.and, never will. i played football. you didn’t. i know the game. you pretend you do here. you want to be a part of a group that never heard of you, and doesn’t care about you. you’re like a mosquito on my hand. smack. now you’re gone.

          • Pretty Boy Assassin

            It is 2018 now, old man. There are days, nay, years of free tape available to one at the stroke of a couple of keys. If you’re so fucking smart, show me the tape where I’m wrong. After all, you played football in 19dickaty2 in your leather helmet and wing-T offense. You know the game. It should take about 5 seconds to show me all that tape that proves I’m an idiot.

            To say it short enough so you can understand: Tape or shut the fuck up.

          • catfish44

            ”Tape or shut the fuck up”. punk talk. that’s all you are.i played the game. i know the game. you didn’t play and don’t know it. watching reruns of the game on mommy’s tv doesn’t count boy. nobody here cares what you think. i certainly don’t. you go on my blocked list for useless little boys. bye. last word is mine.

          • catfish44

            ”Tape or shut the fuck up.”. five year old type of comment. i played football, you didn’t. i understand football. you don’t. you’re just an immature little thing trying to convince people here you know something about the bears and football. you don’t. will your mommy let you watch the bears games this season?

          • catfish44

            are in in middle school, or high school boy? or, lol, did you ever even go?? lolol.

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    I’m hoping Kyle Long is getting at least some treatment like this

    “Joe Rogan on Stem cell gun & getting stem cells himself”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRZdH3TuGFY (5 min)

    “you heal like Wolverine” when Rogan was almost going to get shoulder surgery. His UFC doctor recommended it to him after the doc had undergone the same procedure.

    • Irish Sweetness

      He had Mel Gibson on. Sounds like miracle stuff.

    • BenderMcLugh

      I found out about the stem cell therapy method after I had my shoulder surgery. Wish I would have known

  • Joecashflow

    Remember this. Last year, first Packer game, the series was tied 85-85 and we put up Glennon. That’s some serious crap. We need to take the first step to take back the series. It starts week 1 with the Biscuit. Couldn’t be a better time or a better QB. It starts week 1 ! Bear down Bears !

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Do you really give a crap about the historical series record? I would gladly lose to the Packers in every regular season game for the next 10 years if it meant we be in the playoffs every year.

      • Really? You dont care about the series? I kinda do since it’s tne oldest rivalry (or the Cards?) And comes w some bragging rights.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          No I don’t. It was just the last vestige of respect that fans were clinging on to. It was the only rebuttal left Bears fans had against the Pack fandom. Unfortunately it does not mean anything. We need to win, plain and simple. Right now GB has all the braggin rights it needs. Win the division for multiple years straight, and eventually win a SB. Get back to a respectable and feared team. Like I said we can lose every game against the Packer for the next 10 years as long as it meant we were also in the playoffs.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            “It was just the last vestige of respect that fans were clinging on to. ”

            It’s like thinking of the biggest rivalry in high school which was across town.

            Looking back as an adult, did the games against the biggest rival really matter in terms of defining the season in anything? Almost always no. Maybe once in a Blue Moon.

            Bulls fans care dick about the all-time record between the Bulls against the Pistons.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Wow. That is surprising to hear. I thought it would matter to everyone. Losing the lead last season was a bad day. Of course it matters. Why watch the games if it doesn’t?

        • EnderWiggin

          This is the same dude who thought Virginia didn’t care about winning.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Who me? I don’t think I have ever said that. Pretty sure that is a silly concept that the owner of the team doesn’t care about winning. To much money at stake. I may have said that they don’t know how to put together the right people to win. But never anything about not caring.

          • Irish Sweetness

            How does winning make you more money? Their fat cheque from TV and the NFL isn’t related to winning.

          • CanadaBear

            More merch sales at the very least and higher ticket prices the more you win.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Merchandise. Advertising, Easier to raise ticket prices.

      • Joecashflow

        Yeah it matters big time, if you are a true fan, understand the rivalry, hate the Packers. It matters big time. I will be counting the days until we take back the lead, and win a SB before the Pack. I think most real fans would agree.

        • CanadaBear

          I’ve been a fan for 55+ years. It meant a lot to me as a kid. Now it means nothing to me. The current season is the one that’s important to me. The only thing that stat was good for was to rebut Fudgie fans. If the Bears take back the all-time series record, that’s great because it means they whipped up on them recently. That’s about it for me.

          • Joecashflow

            No disrespect, sir. I too have been a fan that long. My Dad took me to see Butkus play at U of I, so been following Bears ever since he was drafted. I’m sure there are plenty of us fans still around that used to track all stats and it still matters, especially since it’s one, if not the, longest rivalry. It matters.

          • CanadaBear

            To you. The issue I have is your passive-aggressive statement about “true fans”. That is just hooey. You’re trying to puff yourself up about being a “better” fan. Uh, no. If you care about the series record, that’s great. Doesn’t mean you’re a “better” fan, just means you care about the record.

          • Joecashflow

            It matters to true fans. Casting aside an almost 100 year record (1921) and saying it doesn’t, is surprising. We disagree.

          • leftcoastdave

            Now Joe, settle down. It’s one of them either, either, neither, neither things. (Now that don’t exactly work as well in writing as when sung.) I like the record too, but also prefer the “what have ya done lately” for the simple reason of looking forward to the next game and enjoying each game as it happens as opposed to how great Butkus “was.”
            Time to get that W-L record against the Packers back where it belongs.

          • Joecashflow

            So you like the last chapter instead of the first chapter of the unabridged edition.

          • Yeah, i care too. I guess for me since I’m in L.A. i come across bandwagon Puke fans and having that record makes them a lil less annoying.
            Kinda like that spanking we handed the Pats. Pats own us, but always have that SB to throw in annoying Pat fan`s face.
            I happen to like the history of packs and bears though. Think it`s unique and adds a lil more to that game. But that’s just me

          • AlbertInTucson

            “I’m a bigger/better fan than you.”

            What a STUPID concept.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          So I am not a true fan, because I don’t care about what happened the last 100 years against ONE team. That is one of the stupidest statement I have ever heard. Does it matter if we lose to them and still make the playoffs? No. If we win the SB and lose 2x to the Packers, are the “true” fans going to whine and bitch about it? I would hope not.

          But I guess “true” fans would be happy if we only have 4 wins over the next 2 years if they were all against the Packers, because that means we are back in the lead. SMH!

          Why only worry about the Packers record? Why not care about the fact we are 8 games behind the Vikings? Why not have a party because we are 23 up on the Lions?

    • FresnoBear88

      Yea cling to that record since that’s all we have for now. They been stomping our asses out for years.

      • Yeah but under the Trestman-Fox era, which team hasnt beat our ass ( non AFCN)?

        I think Bears lost like 9 straight to the Loins

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          No they only won 9 of the last 10. We beat them once in 2016.

          • Cam Meredith >/= Jerry Rice

            Hell yeah we did.

          • *only

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            *only is better than none

        • Cam Meredith >/= Jerry Rice

          I long for the days when Julius Peppers would just go out there and snap Stafford’s collar bone for him.

  • Just reading Jeff’s tweets. Guess Raquan is his man. I predict Smith falls into the 20s and beyond. He reminds me a lot of Eric Kendricks who fell to the 2nd. Almost identical draft profile and measurables

    http://www.nfl.com/draft/2015/profiles/eric-kendricks?id=2552312

    • That Guy

      And Kendricks is pretty good, right?

      I’m with Jeff. Doesn’t matter if the guy might be available at 15. If he’s there at 8, he won’t be there in the 2nd, and you take him. Like Kyle Long..

      • Yes, but Kendricks plays WILL next to Barr (6’5 250) and behind a nast Dline.
        If Kendricks fell, Smith could fall too because like a 3tech DT he seems scheme specific.

    • leftcoastdave

      I don’t like anyone who will be there at 8. Chubb, Nelson and Barkley will be gone by then. After that, there are about 8-10 good options who can be had down the board.
      Give it up cheap in a trade. Just get another pick close to fair value.

      • My gut tells me Pace will draft CB. Yeah, we extended Fuller and Prince and Callahan is returning but value wise, at #8 CB could be BPA.
        Also, Fuller is far from a sure thing. Prince is an older Chinadoll. Callahan an INJ prone nickle.

        Just a feeling i have

  • willbest

    So instead of joining this true fan landmine bit going on below, I am going to veer off topic to the other thing happening this week in the world of entertainment.

    I prebought Infinity War tickets today for the Thursday soft open. So about the time the Bears selection comes in (assuming they don’t trade one way or the other) I will be sitting down to watch that. This is incidentally the first time I have prebought tickets since Phantom Menace and the I believe is the first time I am seeing a movie opening day since Return of the King.

    Despite my motivation though, I don’t really expect a whole lot from a movie that has something like a 25-person main cast and will be half CGI anyway.

    • One ring to rule them all…

      • willbest

        Its possible, we don’t know where the orange stone is.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      If you were a true fan you would join the true fan conversation. Also if you were a true fan you would not miss the first day of the draft, in fact if you were a true fan you would be in Dallas watching the draft live at Jerry’s world.

    • Joecashflow

      Fan shit is dead to me. Done wit dat. I’ve got my ankles taped for the biggest non-sporting event in the country. The draft. Edge rusher !

      • willbest

        An edge rusher would put me in a good mood. But this is probably the first year in a good decade I have done zero highlight film study, read player profiles, looked at bowl champion clips, etc. So I will have no ability to assess the pick beyond if it fills an area where we are soft. Which is O-line, edge rusher, and wide receiver.

  • leftcoastdave

    9ers looking for a linebacker.

    (Remember those on the board loving Reuben Foster?)

    This article gives the love to Roquan Smith.

    https://www.sfgate.com/49ers/article/49ers-may-draft-linebacker-in-wake-of-Reuben-12855546.php

    • AlbertInTucson

      I keep seeing mocks that have the Bears taking Edmunds and the the 9er taking Smith right behind them.

  • willbest

    Also off topic, between Restore 54 signs, I noticed that Stormy Daniels will be stripping at the Admiral sometime in June. I don’t really understand the appeal of that.

    • That Guy

      The appeal is because she’s now super famous for doinking Trump, guys can justify going to see her strip because she is famous for doinking Trump. Not just because they want to see a ginormously inflated rack bounce around on stage.

      It’s akin to “Playboy has some fantastic interviews and articles!”

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