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The 2018 Chicago Bears Draft Class

| April 28th, 2018

Come back Monday morning to read big-picture analysis of the front office’s approach to these three days. For now, here are the newest members of the Chicago Bears with a quick blurb from yours truly.


Round 1 – Roquan Smith, ILB, Georgia

Honestly, ten years from now, fans should be debating where Smith ranks among the great middle linebackers in Bears history. That’s what an organization should expect when drafting a player at this position this high. Ryan Pace needs this to be Roquan’s defense for the next decade plus.


Round 2 – James Daniels, C/G, Iowa

Immediate starter. The Bears now have one of the league’s best interior o-lines (Daniels-Whitehair-Long) and one of the league’s three finest offensive line coaches. If he stays healthy, Jordan Howard may find himself in the MVP conversation this season.


Round 2 – Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis

A text from a friend in the league: “He was the highest wide receiver on our board.” The Bears gave up a lot to get Miller and will put a lot on his shoulders quickly. Expect him to start in the slot in the opener against Green Bay.


Round 4 – Joel Iyegbuniwe, ILB, Western Kentucky

This most interesting pick of the week for Pace. If the Bears intend to play him inside, he’ll have a near-impossible time getting on the field. But he profiles similarly to Brendon Ayanbadejo – a solid defensive depth piece who excels on special teams. (If he sticks I’m sure I’ll need to Google the spelling of his name just as many times as I did Ayanbadejo’s in his career.)


Round 5 – Bilal Nichols, DT, Delaware

Akiem Hicks wore down in 2017. Eddie Goldman has an injury history. Nichols is being drafted to work steadily into the rotation and give these two great players a breather. In 2017 he simply devoured blockers in the middle of a 3-4 line. In 2016, according to Mike Mayock, he showed burst and acceleration getting to the quarterback. Rarely should one have expectations for a fifth-round pick. In this case, have some.


Round 6 – Kylie Fitts, Edge, Utah

Worth the risk for an athlete this impressive at a need position off the edge. Fitts has a terrific chance to be a real contributor to this Bears defense if he stays healthy. The problem? He’s rarely healthy. But it’s the sixth round. Why not? 


Round 7 – Javon Wims, WR, Georgia

A big dude who consistently makes highlight reel catches. Can he separate from pro corners? Doubtful. But with his size and speed, it’s impossible to rule him out of having a plausible chance to make some kind of impact in 2018.

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  • 5 wins.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      You only want to predict the first 5 weeks. I understand the hesitation.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        Or maybe I misunderstood. 5 wins in 7 draft picks, sounds like a pretty good draft to me.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Who the hell said he got 5????

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Just ragging on Butch’s pessimistic view.

    • BenderMcLugh

      Double that shit

    • catfish44

      more.

    • ButtonShoes

      5-6 wins for me. Too many things have to go right with this team, plus you’re implementing an entirely new offense. Add to that a defense with an average secondary and a complete lack of anything resembling a pass rush, with no real depth for either, and 5-6 wins seems optimistic, actually.

      • Johnnywad

        So 5 wins last year. A more seasoned Trubisky. A far better coaching staff. An entirely retooled Wide Receiver corps. A better tight end. The best line backer in the draft. And you got them PERHAPS improving one game?

        • Irish Sweetness

          Retooled receiving corps? Explain. I see two rookies taking 40% of the spots. I see Cam – our best WR – is a saint. How%s Allen%s knee? So good the Jags didn%t want him back.

          • Johnnywad

            Retooled: All projected starters are new to the team and better than the old guys. Allen’s knee is supposedly good. Retooled.

          • Big Mike

            Bitter is ugly on you Irish. So we couldn’t get an edge rusher. Doesn’t negate how much better the offense will be

          • CanadaBear

            NOBODY and I mean nobody on this blog takes your opinion on WR’s with anything more than a grain of salt.

        • ButtonShoes

          Trubisky more seasoned? More like an entirely new offense that he has to learn and execute.

          A better coaching staff? Sure I guess, but to date they have done two things: jack and squat. I’m more comfortable extending a coaching staff the benefit of the doubt when they’ve got a record that merits it.

          Re-tooled WR corps? You bet. Robinson is coming off an ACL tear and 3 seasons removed from his one good season. Kevin White’s a bust. Taylor Gabriel regressed last year from his previous season. Anthony Miller is a guy with a potential case of the dropsies.

          A better tight end? Well you’re paying him like he’s one. And some people believe he might be. Burton’s never actually shown it though, has he?

          Roquan Smith I’ll give you. I like the kid.

          So yeah. 5-6 wins. A possible 1-game improvement. Because I’m being nice.

          • Johnnywad

            Got it. So you’re completely willing to project that everything will likely suck including the staff. But completely unwilling to project any of it will go well. Brilliant.

            Enjoy your summer. The Bears will be good this fall. Whether you like it or not.

          • ButtonShoes

            I doubt everything will go wrong. But too many things have to go right just for the Bears to be average. Some things will go right, and some things will go really, really wrong. And yeah, I’m erring on the side of the Bears fucking things up. That isn’t a stretch. But hey, if I’m completely wrong and the Bears are awesome, kicking the Fudgies’ asses all over the place, going to the playoffs, and contending for the SB, I’ll be more than thrilled. I’d love to be wrong. 100% wrong. Let’s hope I am! But it’s the Bears run by the McCaskey family. Pessimism’s the only smart take when you have that to deal with.

          • Sully the Ragged

            McCaskeys don’t run the team, though.

          • Jeffrey B Rosenstein

            First the Bears were a top ten defense, with players that have their arrow pointing up like. Floyd. Hicks Goldman Amos Jackson and Fuller. Add Smith ,Lynch Fitts Bullard Nichols to thr D. Another year in the system makes them better.

            On offense Adding Daniels and getting a healthy Long gives the Bears a very good OL. We’ve gone from a team with no real Receivers to one as good as anyone. Trubisky has targets galore this year Robinson, Gabriel, Miller, hopefully White, Sims. Cohen, Burton Shaheen.. Howard is one of the top running backs in the league. Trubisky showed enough last year to give faith in his abilities. We also have a kicker.

            I won’t predict a record but we will be competitive in every game. There is no reason to be anything but optimistic.

          • Sully the Ragged

            Egad, I mean, projecting nearly everyone’s worst case scenario is so fucked up.

            I mean, it’s possible everyone dies in a fire (which, you seem to think would be a good thing for win-loss record), too. But it’s hard to say Trubisky isn’t better due to actual reps in an actual season, just like it’s hard to say an RPO-heavy offense won’t be a better fit for him.

            Moving on to other cynical predictions, I guess you could project Miller not being an upgrade to Bellamy, and Robinson (who was catching passes from Blake Bortles in 2016 and, despite takes to the contrary, had a good season.) not being an upgrade to Wright, with Gabriel being worse than Wheaton, but then, why bother with sports, in general, anyway?

            Burton could be a pretty good receiving option and certainly fits Nagy’s offense, but the jury is out on him and it’s fine to be bearish on him.

            Smith, Daniels, Miller are three plug-and-play starters that sure as hell upgrade the team.

            So relax and be optimistic. It’s only spahrts

        • SC Dave

          And dont forget, a boost on the OL and we kept Jordan (effin’) Howard.

          I’m with Jeff on a plausible MVP candidacy for JH. He’s been discounted before, and he does not like it.

          • Big Mike

            Long will be healthy. He has finally had time to heal.

        • KentuckyBearsFan

          I saw enough 1-handed ridiculous catches from Miller to be optimistic.

          But we still need a better pass rush. But that comes next year.

          We have guys that can catch now. Even the idea of that happening 6 months ago seemed impossible.

          HH will need to be a miracle worker with the offensive line though.

          But each time I think about Trubisky, I think of the Bruce Wayne line “I believe in Harvey Dent.” I believe in Trubisky. (unless he becomes a serial killer like Harvey Dent.)

    • Big Mike

      Boo. Your mad about not taking Jarvis

  • Scharfinator

    The narrative of how good Long has run its course for me.

    He’s very good, when healthy.

    I don’t think he can be healthy this season, but they will play him anyway. He will be perennially hurt.

    • Scharfinator

      Also, for future purposes. Iyiegbuniwe (pronounced ee-yay-boo-nee-way)

      • SC Dave

        Ee yay BOOM nee way, you mean.

    • SC Dave

      Yeah, the dude is a train wreck.

  • leftcoastdave

    I wanted Akrum Wadley in the 7th.
    What happened to an RB every draft?

  • That Guy

    Hitting on half your draft (getting starters out of half the picks) is pretty damned good, and not even what Pace has been averaging. Pace hits on 4/7 of these picks, we’re going to be smiling pretty wide this season.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Just woke up in hospital and i see the draft is over. I’ll enjoy the shit out of the last thread now/

    • Pace’s draft put you in a hospital, Irish?

      • That Guy

        Irish went to a Thai hospital because he wants to be a ladyboy and fit in with all the other hookers.

        • SC Dave

          Cruel

  • Irish Sweetness

    Wow. We drafted a DT, whose weakness listed are all required to play the position…. And we didn%t need a DT.

    We drafted a player with an actual girl’s name. Not a twofer. A girl’s name.

    And lo and behold …. Another receiver. Fuck. Ryan. Pace.

    Pace will make other WR corps better when he cuts our vet receivers to make way for rookie dumbass receivers. He’s fucked us. I hope it’s another 5-11 just so we can fire this asshole.

    I liked the first pick. That could have been autopicked though.

    • This was the Pace fuckup makeup draft.

      Didn’t have a hole at OG until he cut Sitton for nothing. He was PFF 4rth graded OG last season.
      But, he isn’t 24, so Pace had to cut him.

      And naturally, Grasu, his 3rd rd fuckup whom I never liked in spite of every homer from day 1 admonishing me to ‘trust the process”

      Then, in spite of arguably a top 20 Edge just there for the picking in the 2nd (who the TItans traded UP for), he drafts a C/OG to make up for the above.

      If Long was never in the plan, then they shoud’ve traded him last yr when he was healthy (like I said). Get ANYTHING for him. Maybe even a 3rd.

      or how about this. Sign Norwell instead of wasting draft picks unnecessarily.

      Then, Pace just lets the Saints rob him for our promising #2WR. Nothing in return.
      White, his 7th overall pick, busts
      And let’s not forget allowing Alshon to walk and win a SB.

      So, naturally, he gives away a 2nd and 4rth for a 5’10 WR who would be lucky to rack up Meredith stats.

      Who’s gonna rush the passer? Floyd? (isn’t exactly Von Miller). Acho? Is he going to make Smith the LOLB and roll out perennial JAG Kwiat at ILB?

      It’s not so much that these new draftees will suck, it’s just that Pace could’ve gone a whole nother route that would’ve netted him far more value for a desperately thin and sucking team (In my humble opinion).

      Word of the day: underwhelmed.

      • That Guy

        Why in the fuck do people treat the Grasu pick like Pace butt-fucked their daughter in front of the family?

        Pace missed on Grasu. Meanwhile, he hit on Howard, Cohen, Jackson. and Amos. Give him a pass for Langford–because he was serviceable until Howard took the job away. And give him an incomplete for Bullard. And a C for Kwiatkoski, because the guy’s a decent backup. Morgan and Tayo are similarly incompletes. Bush, Hall, Grasu, are misses. So for Pace’s 3rd-round-and-later picks, he’s got 4 really good picks, 5 OK-or-we-don’t-know-yets, and 3 whiffs. 1/3 of his 3rd-round-and-later picks are starters or stars.

        So give it a rest on Grasu.

        And give it a fucking rest on judging the draft class 7 hours after it’s done. NO ONE can give a legitimate grade to the class for a couple years yet. The glass is half full, yeah, because some of these guys could really pan out.

        You want to bitch about how Pacebot handles older guys on the roster and FA acquisitions, fine. But his drafting has been pretty favorable, so let’s not shit all over this draft before any of the guys even put on pads.

        • SC Dave

          Yeah, the Grasu shit has been stupid

          • EnderWiggin

            Couldda been Tony Mandarich, eh?

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            Mandarich was on the cover of Sports Illustrated after he was drafted. His NFL career was less glamorous.

        • I use the Grasu pick because “fans” were defending that pick too. Same rational “experts say he’s the 2nd best C” “no one can judge a draftee right away” “he just needs x, y, z”

          And I hated that pick. And said so. If I was wrong, so be it. But that doesn’t mean I can’t be pissed not liking the pick initially. I watch a lot of the tape of these prospects, so I’m not just hating to hate.

          And Pace’s miss on Grasu resulted in us having to draft a C, again, with the 2nd.

          So now Pace has used up a 2nd and 3rd to find a C. That does not seem like great GMing to me.

          I said from the start of the Pace tenure that he needs that SEA type draft that got them over the hump. Still waiting.

          I didn’t dislike Pace at the start, and still don’t. I’ve refrained it before on many occasions. He’s an AVG GM

          The same mind that brought us Hicks, Trub, Howard, Whitehair… also got us Glennon, Royal, Rolle, Demps, Cooper, Sims, DE Howard, Grasu , so it’s a little hard for me to be “glass half full” when it comes to Pace’s judgement.

          • leftcoastdave

            Perfect 20-20 hindsight to trot out whenever you wish.

            But Howard, of course, was just lucky, as was Jackson.

            And was that with his own scouts?

      • DBears

        I see both of you obviously are football experts. I’m curious as to why then all the people that actually have jobs in that industry have been giving the Bears praise for their off season FA and day 1 and day 2 moves? Sure… we can all quibble over some day 3 picks… were either of you two retards excited when they drafted Howard? Jackson?.

        I read these posts fairly regularly to keep up with any bits of info I can cause I support this team and actually think Pace has done a good job by retaining Fangio, hiring what most have said to be a great HC from a fruitful HC tree, and has turn this roster into a young and promising one versus the old ass shit we dealt with in the beloved Lovie days.

        Are you two clowns fans? All I see is you two and a couple of your basement buddies bash the Bears and the organization on a regular basis and every damn move they make. I’m not surprised it tends to be the same 4 or 5 of you jackbags cheering each other on. Honestly…. you’re referencing a 3rd round pick from 3 years ago as evidence to how bad Pace is…… do you expect Pace to hit on every pick? Or wait… he drafts Landry and 2 years from now… Pace is an ass for drafting a player with an injury history…… he cant win with you losers.

        • ButtonShoes

          So now the experts matter? So last year, when they were all dragging Pace through the mud, that wasn’t legitimate, but now that Pace is getting some approval from them, all of a sudden we trust it? Or maybe we come to our own conclusions about who Pace is on our own, experts be damned. The last thing I would ever want to be is a mindless homer when it comes to this team. Because you will get burned if you are one.

          • DBears

            Not sure I gave any endorsements for the analysts last year? But either way….. fine… lets ignore them. As a fan, do you not like getting an ILB which we needed? Or interior OL which we needed? Or WR which we needed? I’d say a pretty solid top 3 picks…. are we really bitching about later rounds?

            Not sure what you think being a fan is but I’m pretty sure somewhere in there is the idea of support…. for you (button) can’t say Ive read a ton of negative… but for some of these ass clowns that’s all they say… then don’t be a fan and shut the hell up. Move on. I’m pretty sure none of the other Bears fans want to hear their crap either.

          • ButtonShoes

            Nah, I’ll keep speaking my mind. Sometimes being a fan means being critical, harshly so every now and then. It doesn’t mean mindless, uncritical support the way you think it does. But if you want to shut up, by all means go ahead.

          • DBears

            Well considering its a Bears blog and I actually support the team, I think I have more of a rightful place here than an ass such as yourself

          • SC Dave

            Ol’ button is on some block lists

            Just sayin’…

          • leftcoastdave

            Including mine.

          • ButtonShoes

            How the hell do you even handle life? Is this your reaction to anyone who dares disagree with you?

          • DBears

            I do fine, thanks for askin

          • DBears

            I think you miss the point. This is a bears blog. People that read about the bears generally like the bears. Not fully, not blindly, but generally.

          • DBears

            I’d suggest you take your lame shit 200 miles north. That’s where people of your caliber generally watch football

          • ButtonShoes

            I’d suggest you stick your head where the sun don’t shine. That’s probably where you pull all your optimism from, too.

          • DBears

            Like I said….. I’ll even buy your bus pass if you promise to behave yourself on the trip to GB

          • ButtonShoes

            And I’ll make sure to book you on the flight out of town Pace takes when he’s fired in a few years. Then you can go to wherever else he ends up and tell people there what an underrated genius he is, too.

          • DBears

            A bit of en exaggeration…. but you’ve clearly shown your flare for the dramatic and are probably a bit unstable… so we should leave things at that

          • SC Dave

            You have the option, of course, of read Larry Mayer, going to the games, and ignoring this blog.

            Just sayin…

          • DBears

            I know i do… In my defense, apparently I was mislead in thinking people that read and posted on this blog were fans

        • And what, were you cheerleading for Angelo and Emery the same way? Were you saying “Well, they can’t hit on EVERY prospect”?
          Where you saying Angelo and Emery can’t “please” fans when they drafted Shea and CedDrunk?

          I also never said Pace hasn’t done any good. Fans, like you, think it’s an either/or proposition, like you can’t hate him signing Glennon, drafting Grasu, cutting Slauson/Sitton AND like some other moves like Hicks, or Trub.

          So who’s the clown incapable of having more than one stupid narrative?

          A fan can feel, and judge however he wants.

          The “experts” are as wrong as most fans. Personally, I only use them as guideposts, not biblical prophets.

          Mayock predicted Gabbert would be better than Newton.

          So, yeah, excuse me if I don’t genuflect to those “experts” .

          I trust what I see with my OWN eyes and judgement. This aint’ my first rodeo.

          • ButtonShoes

            One can never underestimate the power of drinking Bears’ Kool-Aid. Turns otherwise normal folks into mindless goons.

          • DBears

            the more you run your mouth the more of an idiot you seem to be. It’s not mindless to expect fans to be a bit positive about their team and worry a bit less about a 5th round pick.

          • AlbertInTucson

            “..Idiot you seem to be”

            Name calling.

            Doesn’t look any better on the other side of the debate, either.

          • Johnnywad

            And somewhere in the middle, as always, lies the truth.

          • ButtonShoes

            I’m not worry just about 5th round picks. I’m worrying about a whole lot more than that. If it were just a 5th round pick that would be one thing. No, it’s 3+ years and 4 drafts of this shit. So yeah, I’ll run my mouth as I see fit. And you’re free to mute me if you like. But I’m not an idiot just because I don’t buy into Pace the way you unreservedly do.

          • DBears

            4 drafts of crap? Howard is crap? Goldman, Jackson, Whitehair, cohen, Kwiatoski? Not every guy is going to be a pro-bowler…. some are going to be complete misses. What do you expect? We still have a handful we need to give time to make a full assessment on and apparently you’ve written everyone off as a bust.

            Yea, not very reasonable…. is that more gentle than idiot?

          • ButtonShoes

            Oh please. You act like every draft has been a home run. Me? I think that he’s hit on a few guys, but he has way more misses than hits. Lots of question marks. That doesn’t make me an idiot. That makes me a hardline skeptic. And you a complete homer.

          • DBears

            No, that’s the reality. Total hit/miss for a draft is well below .500 you want the guy to draft Joe Montana in the 7th

          • Irish Sweetness

            Day one. A gimme. Day two, we’ll see
            Day three was random picks.

          • ButtonShoes

            Exactly. Lots of question marks, and still plenty of big holes to fill. Ultimately we’ll have to see who these players really are on field.

          • AlbertInTucson

            “Mindless Ggoons”

            Name calling.

            Yeah, that ALWAYS enhances one’s position.

          • ButtonShoes

            I dunno. Being told to shut the hell up doesn’t exactly make me more accommodating.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I think it’s obvious that I certainly don’t endorse that type of nonsense either.

            There was a response from him where he called you an “idiot”.

            I criticized that one, too, although it seems to have disappeared.

          • DBears

            read some of buttons posts… it’ll grow on you

          • AlbertInTucson

            No, it won’t.

          • DBears

            technically the quote was “if you guys are really fans then shut up with…” feel like it was misrepresented a bit…..

            I said far worse…. but in that instance i was misquoted

          • leftcoastdave

            That’s why I blocked him on draft day 1.

          • DBears

            button?

          • leftcoastdave

            Like a fungus.

          • DBears

            be careful…. apparently I am worth of being blocked too!

          • I think ppl come on here and read critique as if it’s just unabashed unbiased unfounded hate.

            If we’re critiquing, it’s because we want the Bears to actually improve, and just because a fan has a different vision going forward, doesn’t mean it’s ‘wrong’ just cause they’re not getting paid millions.

            I seriously believe some more informed fans could’ve done a better job than those GMs.

            Or even some Big Blue supercomputer just spitting out probabilities.

          • DBears

            theres a difference between different view and persistent bashing. I’ve read plenty of these posts without responding… say your piece and move on if your are going to be negative. I think there’s plenty to look forward to with the organization

          • ButtonShoes

            GOOD FOR YOU! We don’t. Accept that and move on yourself.

          • DBears

            except this a Bears blog… not a bears bitch session

          • DBears

            BTW…. your 8400+ posts…. yea, we can all read those… you don’t sound like you are too happy. Go get your cheesehead hat. They deserve someone like you. And make sure your therapists ups the dose…. on everything you take.

          • ButtonShoes

            I’d rather be a skeptic than a homer with blinders on like you.

          • DBears

            you are beyond skeptic

          • SC Dave

            The old regs all hope so, db. Truly.

          • SC Dave

            Maybe Butch. But we’re not coaching them, and that part *is* importamt.

          • No, but as GM, you can pick a coach, the RIGHT one.

            Remember when some “radical” fans wanted to promote Chico to HC and dump Lovie?

            Turns out those “crazy” fans were more right than the guys the McCaskeys paid millions to (and the Lovie defenders)

            We all know the Bears’ future will hinge on Nagy/Trub, and to a certain extent, the rest is nearly academic.

            HOWEVER, I would still like to witness a draft where a Bears GM just gets me super excited. More often than not, Bears’ drafts leave me scratching my head or shrugging my shoulders.

            Pace’s FA got me excited (other than the Sitton/Cam debacles). This draft deflates.

            Just my take, but for some fans to demand all other fans have to be optimistic and cheerful ESP given Pace’s own history is just bonkers.

          • DBears

            Im not demanding you be optimistic…. but Im not expecting to come on a Bears blog and to have group therapy with others on here. Sorry you didn’t like the draft. I liked the first 3 picks. I think Pace has earned my benefit of the doubt with some great 4th round selections from years past. We apparently disagree…. you articulated your stance well….. no issues with that you said.

          • Big Mike

            I’m very excited about this draft class. Drafting the big names isn’t always the right move

          • Irish Sweetness

            This. We get mad because it’s been 30 years of suck, because we care.

          • DBears

            If you don’t block me… I prefer proper syntax and grammar in posts. Thanks.

          • ButtonShoes

            Exactly. There’s been so much bad football for so many years. And we hate it. So we’re critical, because we want the team to be better.

          • leftcoastdave

            “Unabashed, unbiased, unfounded.”

            More like presumptuous.

            Yup, shit happened in the past.

            Today is not yesterday.

            Pace has shown to have a plan for the team. He got Nagy and a shit load of coaching talent. He paid up in FA like never before and he drafted the peeps Nagy and Fangio wanted.

            This draft was all about win for today.

          • DBears

            I think if we take last years roster….. give them this years staff…… we have 2 more wins

          • DBears

            not to mention a potential high ceiling FA class and 3 promising rookies as day 1 starters

          • Big Mike

            Man. You were so pleased with the round 1 pick. Then bears passed on Landry and you did a 180.

          • DBears

            I know this is a pointless argument….I intruded on the Bears Bashing Circle Jerk that is the 4 or 5 of you.

            I think Pace has done a solid job. I like Nagy. I’m excited about the roster moving forward. I think this offseason and the first couple picks this year are something to be excited about.

            Disagree, that’s fine. I’d just rather talk about something positive rather than piss and moan constantly

          • ButtonShoes

            It’s a forum for discussion. Some of us are going to be negative, some positive. For you, I’d say just focus on the positives and you’ll be OK. There’s plenty of positivity to go around now, at least.

          • DBears

            There is a steady stream of negative crap that at some point it just warrants a response. A completely ineffective response Im sure but none the less needed IMO. If you guys are really fans.. then shut up with 90% of the negative crap. These blogs seem to be more a therapy session than a discussion.

          • ButtonShoes

            No. People are going to be negative. LEARN TO LIVE WITH IT. Not everyone has to act like everything is going perfectly.

          • SC Dave

            Positive is good. Surrealistic is not.

            Please don’t take any of this as an accusation of either. We all have our moods. Butch is in a sour one right now.

            You seem to be a lurker for a while. You know us then. Skip the shit you dont like, and avoid trolling (ala “M”HBP… :-P) and life will be what it is here.

            A fair crop of us have been here since before Hester. Bear that in mind when deciding who should and shouldn’t post.

          • DBears

            Didn’t know that posting had a pecking order?!? Not sure I need to show any credentials to be accepted as a bears fan (pretty sure I want a formal interview if I do) but the point being AS a bears fan (new or not) while on a Bears blog, lets discuss and look forward etc…. rather than complaining about the failure of a 3rd round pick 4 years ago. no?

          • Irish Sweetness

            Man, blocked. Goodbye.

          • DBears

            again, still dont care

          • SC Dave

            *You* wrote about who shouldn’t post, not me.

            I merely attempted to give a little friendly advice to not do that.

          • DBears

            *context* more about subject matter on a bears blog….. proponents being likely more welcomed than opponents.

          • leftcoastdave

            Everybody should post. Everybody can piss an moan. And everybody else can say, “quit your damn whining!”

            Anybody got some good cheese to enjoy with all this whine?

          • ButtonShoes

            There’s something we can both agree on.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Oh come on Dave, my trolling is not that bad. 🙂

          • SC Dave

            Yeah, but you know I had to go there, compadre.

          • DBears

            I see you write nothing but negative crap, period! Sure… I didnt like Shea from BSST…. garbage pick. I didn’t go on a perpetual rant about it.

            I didn’t like cutler. I didn’t like Lovie. I didn’t like any of the OC for Lovie but as some point just shut your mouth. No one wants to hear it over and over.

            Analysts aside…. I love the Smith pick. I really like the Daniels pick and I’m optmistic about Miller…… but I’m not going to sit hear and bash the team because I disagree with their 5th round pick… that’s just stupid

          • SC Dave

            I like the Daniels pick a lot. Smith was the safest bet, and could … maybe… join the Bears pantheon at M(I)LB. But that’s a very high bar and at his size, I don’t foresee the staying power to get there.

            And until something changes, a 5th pick is the best player on offense, and if not for Hicks, a shoo-in as best on the team.

          • DBears

            Hell yea he could…. that enough is reason to be excited for the season

          • SC Dave

            Since you’ve lurked, as it seems anyway, you know I love Howard.

            DAMN I was hoping Nelson would fall to us. With those two, and Hicks, to show the locker room about heart…

          • DBears

            dude… dont make me out to be some guy that drives a panel van

          • SC Dave

            Seems you’re sensitive on the panel van thing.

          • DBears

            unfair stereotype for a functional vehicle, thats all

          • DBears

            We still got a good to great upgrade for Int OL AND a potential stud ILB….. not the same as Nelson, true…. but I’ll take Smith and a stout Daniels over Nelson personally

          • SC Dave

            Well, two picks over one? How about Nelson and Landry?

            All hypothetical, ssince Nelson was not available.

          • DBears

            I liked Landry…. in 2016. We have enough injuries on the team recently… makes me very concerned about him moving forward. I would not have been upset at all with him cause he did show that ability… but I think the safer pick(s) were Smith and Daniels. Not to say Nelson wasn’t safe… guy will likely be a stud, but the difference in him and Daniels at that position I don’t think is going to change the W/L columns… but Smith being (presumed) solid and Landry a question I think is the difference maker for me

          • DBears

            we needed ILB. Not much depth and had injuries with Kwiat and Travathan

          • DBears

            points eval for 2nd round trade with NE favors Pace….. you give up next years 2nd round pick for Miller?

          • leftcoastdave

            Daniels will do every bit as much in round two.

          • SC Dave

            Unlikely.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Then don’t. You don’t want to bash, then don’t …. But guess what, you did bash somebody … A regular contributor. So your only contribution …. Was hatred towards a regular. Well done.

          • DBears

            way to defend your own! so proud of you! if can only get you to defend the bears just like that!!!

          • Irish Sweetness

            I love my Bears. So does everyone on here. This is where we come to bitch about no superbowls. You want ra-ra girls then off to WCG with you. In fact, you’re probably Dane Noble.

          • DBears

            not sure what you expect with a poorly managed franchise from before 06′ and on??? Did any of you really expect that winning with an old ass defense or a ST that was ridiculous good was any way to sustain success??? This was coming. We hit a drought, Im not surprised at all…. I do think we have the right staff in place and the beginnings of a roster to have some sustained success… sorry Im now optimistic.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Oh I am so going to enjoy blocking you. That’s all you had to do to Butch, but you called him a loser instead. And we all know who the real loser is with an attitude like that .

          • DBears

            and I care because……..?

      • SC Dave

        “But he isn’t 24, so…”

        Starting to look that way, ain’t it.

        Maybe the older guys are so close in life experience (i.e. age) to Pace that he can’t deal with it.

        • I just don’t know what it is. Everyone already proclaiming HH the best Oline coach ever, and the first thing they do is cut Sitton.

          We lambasted Martz for not being able to keep Olsen because he didn’t fit his “system”, but we’re supposed to be ok with them cutting Sitton for the same reason?

          . And I’m rather certain the hole Pace created himself made him draft an OG/C in the 2nd instead of filling a more pressing need at Edge.

          One step forward, one step back. Last SB, 85…

          • Johnnywad

            Dude. Sitton is old. Old as balls by NFL standards. The only way this team gets better for the long haul, is to stop relying on old free agents. Painful to cut him? Yeah maybe. But a year from now, or two, or three, if Pace continues to cull the old dogs on the verge of limping under the front porch, the Bears will be better for it.

            I just don’t get the attachment here. Nor to Meredith. The Miller kid already has more experience as a wide receiver. And wasn’t due a contract after an as of yet, incomplete injury recovery. Now people will say the same applies to Robinson regarding the knee. But it doesn’t. The knee injuries are nothing alike. One recovers with known regularity. The other does not. And one guy’s already proven he can be one of the best at the position.

            I don’t see how you can be so upset at this draft when the top three players look really good and fill immediate needs. It’s odd that you feel so strongly that your view of the prospects, is the only way to go. Especially so when the draft is something close to a roll of the dice anyway. Seems a vast over reaction you’re having.

          • DBears

            Dont think I’e seen you post much but good luck. Most of these guys apparently hate the Bears….. (im starting to warm up to SC Dave a bit)….. the rest of them, they will piss and moan if Pace drafts Barry Sanders.

            I’m with you. Like the draft. Cut bait with old players before they impact the team.

          • Johnnywad

            Been here holding down this side of the fort a while. Not so much in the off season. I’m optimistic about the Bears near term future.

            Dave’s a good dude. So is Butch. Button Shoes might be but we’ve not chatted all that much.

            You gotta just roll with everybody’s opinion and try to keep it civil. That’s the point of a blog.

            Reality is, Ryan Pace forgot more about football over breakfast than any of us will ever know. It’s just really, really hard to do what he’s trying to do. I’m sure there are people better at it than he is, but I like where he has this team pointed. And my hope, is a decade from now, he’ll have a club built that just plugs and plays kinda like the Patriots without the cheating.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Pace knows more about football than any of us? How old is Al? Did he even play football?

          • Johnnywad

            Al is old. Real old. And no he didn’t play football. They didn’t have it when he was a kid. Or even games. They didn’t have games either.

          • AlbertInTucson

            “Al is old. Real old.”

            The truth hurts.

          • CanadaBear

            I’m feeling your pain!

          • DBears

            Fair enough. I think Pace is a solid GM….. it’s all fluid and I reserve the right to change my mind but at this moment, I think he has the team in a good direction. Button seems like he’s a couple snacks short of a picnic from my perspective.

          • If Pace wants to dump Sitton, why not try to trade him and at least get SOMETHING for him?

            Or, why not keep him till we find out if Kush is actually any good. He looked good to me. Find out.

            Or, if you’re determined to cut Sitton, then why not sign a sure-fire replacement like Norwell instead of risking Trub’s protection on some rook C.

            This also would’ve had the additional benefit of being able to use that 2nd on another dire need of position, like say Rush.

            But OK, maybe the medicals didn’t clear on Landry.

            Fine. With Norwell on board, then Pace could’ve traded down for Miller instead of having to use next’s 2nd.

            This is the diff between a great offseason, and an avg one which keeps us in the gutter.

          • Johnnywad

            Buying the highest paid guard in the league precludes him from making other deals now or in the future.

            In fact, of the starters on offense and defense, a Guard might be the guy I’m least likely to overpay.

          • I agree that I don’t think OGs are THAT important, but if they’re not, why use 2nd (Whitehair), a 3rd (Grasu) and another 2nd (Daniels) on them?

            But OG is obviously important to Pace. If that’s the case, just buy yourself the surest one in FA and save your draft picks for more impact positions like Edge, OT, CB, etc.

          • Johnnywad

            I don’t mind the draft picks used in them. In fact, I like it. They can be both cheap and good at the same time.

            My draft day eve’s wish list was, in order, Pass Rush, OL, WR, in that order. So I got pretty close to what I wanted. And if Smith lives up to the hype, even better.

            If you bring in a solid second rounder every year, you can keep that line both affordable and good by either staggering new deals as they come due, or rolling with occasional rolls up front.

          • DBears

            I think trading Sitton was a no go based on his contract and his age… would you give him… was is 8 mil? at age 32?

          • For a top 5 OG, that’s CHEAP. We’re not hurting in cap, and we’re not winning it all this yr.

            Or, TRADE him, even if it’s for a 5th. There’s plenty of teams hurting for OG, we could’ve gotten something for him.

          • DBears

            dunno if there was a market for an aging G at that price. Not many teams had that cash to throw around. wasnt he a little dinged up too this past season?

          • CanadaBear

            Don’t you think he tried to trade him? Just because we aren’t privy to info doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

          • leftcoastdave

            You can only get so much for old horse flesh. And to the point, what can you get for a guy being paid as much as Sitton compared to showing him the respect of letting him negotiate a new contract elsewhere? Agents remember that stuff.

          • CanadaBear

            I think all GM’s test the waters a little before they release a vet with some tread left.

          • Irish Sweetness

            “The miller kid already has more experience …( than meredith) “…. WTF?

          • Johnnywad

            At playing wide receiver.

            Meredith was a shitty college quarterback.

          • ButtonShoes

            Yeah. But in the NFL, Meredith’s been a WR. He has a season’s worth of decent experience as a pro. Miller’s had none of that. I think pro experience trumps college experience. Not that Miller will be a bad WR or anything (please let them fix his dropping issue), but he’s still a rookie, so you have to play the games to see what he’ll turn out to be. When healthy, we know what Cam is: a good #2 or #3 WR. And given the kind of production he gave you with as shitty an offense as we had, that says something for the guy. It hurts some to lose him.

          • leftcoastdave

            Yup.

          • SC Dave

            I’m not of the everyone on HH, Butch, and you know that.

            I have posted repeatedly about sow’s ears and shitty rock as bad material for silk purses and masterpiece sculpture.

            On the other hand, maybe you could believe he will make a difference? I do.

          • Johnnywad

            Can’t hurt.

          • yeah, I know you’re in the wait and see with HH.
            I feel exactly the same.

            I learned my lesson with Tice whom every week, the “experts” and pundits and even announcers like Bucky kept telling us “Tice, one of the best Oline coaches in the league” as he kept rolling out Jwebb out there…and I began questioning my sanity, like, WTH am I missing? Why do the insiders getting paid “millions” keep saying he’s great while all I see him doing is getting Cutler demolished?

            I think HH will keep the ship going at Oline, but honestly, I sorta liked what the previous regime was doing.

            They made Leno a servicable LT. That is not easy. Plenty of teams would kill for Leno.

            They did a good job of plugging in guys, Slauson, Kush, Massie or evaluating Whithair, (Morgan?).

            That Oline, inspite of being handicapped by the likes of Hoyer, Cutler, Glennon, Barkley, still managed to help Howard get 1,000 yd seasons, and decent job of protecting QB (who didn’t hold on to ball too long).

            IMO, HH has a high bar to meet.

          • leftcoastdave

            What’s this “we lambasted” shit and what relevance does it have to today? Sitton was being paid a kings random. For what? The dude drafted in his stead will be a ten year starter and will be paid a fraction. And be better. If not on day one, then on day two. This O line needs to be rebuilt starting now. Massie will be the next to go because you no longer need to be paying that much money for your O line if you are smart in drafting quality to hold the trenches. That was done with five picks between the (one) O lineman and four in the D seven.

            Do you really think that Pace did not do what he did without serious input from Nagy and Fangio????

          • SC Dave

            “Will be a ten year starter”… and you complain of Bitch’s hyperbole?

          • leftcoastdave

            Ok, check out the record of Iowa O linemen in the NFL. I will bet the kid will be in the Pro Bowl and a ten year starter in the league.

      • SC Dave

        In summary, I will repeat what I wrote you earlier.

        In two years, if (when?) Edmunds and Landry are the two scariest defenders in the NFL, ypu can remind folks that we cpuld have had both of them.

        • Johnnywad

          Holy smokes. Coulda shoulda woulda. Let’s play that draft day game out and see how everybody feels.

          • SC Dave

            I dont care, johnny. It’s just a chance for Butch to say “I told you so”. And everyone loves that, right?

          • leftcoastdave

            Hindsight, if properly sifted through, is always 20-20.

            Reality, however, is making decisions that matter, not whining about what somebody else does.

          • SC Dave

            An inscrutible comment, dude.

      • Johnnywad

        Still beating the drum for Meredith eh?

        • It’s always about options.

          Is Meredith great? Who knows?

          Did he cost us practically nothing? Yes.
          Did he show a lot of promise? Yes
          Is he young and dangerous? yes.

          Is Meredith a option than better giving up a 2nd and 4rth for some 5’10 WR who may not even get 800 yds when Allen and Gabriel (and White, I guess) are on the roster (And Sasheen, Burton and Cohen)?

          Yes.

          What kind of production would Anthony Miller have to get in order for him to justify a 2nd and 4rth?

          Meredith stats most likely.

          • Johnnywad

            Meredith’s knee is likely not going to be right for the upcoming season. And it may never be right again.

            If he signed Meredith, and the guy was never competitive again, you’d be burning Pace in effigy a year from now despite being so hard core Pro Meredith right now.

            The move to part ways is completely understandable.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Who here knows the state of Cam’s or Allen’s knee?

          • Johnnywad

            There has been much posted here about both. Our own Doc Hamstring wrote a rather insightful bit on just how difficult Cam’s road to recovery would be given the various injuries suffered.

            None of us truly knows. But there are people that do. And they’ve made their decisions based on information we can’t get.

            The uproar over Cam Meredith and his four touchdowns in the NFL and his busted knee is a mystery to me.

          • DBears

            the injury at minimum was acl and mcl complete with likely meniscal tear at best… terrible triad.

          • leftcoastdave

            It is all about our common attachment to a dude who was UDFA and made it as a very good receiver. I get it. I loved him. But he is now going to be paid what he is worth in the open market which is great for him if he is good to go but not worth the risk to da Bears who need to reload.

          • ButtonShoes

            Don’t forget that Pace gave Cam the original round tender. Apparently he was worth to bring back at, what, $1.9 million? So the team was willing to bet nearly $2 million that Cam’s knee was fine enough. And then he was let go, and all of a sudden he’s the walking wounded.

          • Johnnywad

            Here we go again.

          • ButtonShoes

            I’m just saying. Not like Cam is some amazing #1 WR or anything, but he was a weapon, and you could’ve brought him back cheap. That’s a hole you don’t need to fill, and you can use the draft to fill a different one. And the team definitely thought he was worth something. I mean, if you really had no faith in the guy’s knee, why tender anything for him?

          • Johnnywad

            Absolutely fair question. And I’d like to know myself. But I doubt we ever will.

            For me, I just want to feel like I can understand, from a reasonable position, why the GM is doing what he’s doing. It’s not hard to understand the move.

            With Emery and Angelo, there were plenty of WTF moments. And Pace has had his own with Glennon and Barth. But I can absolutely see where he has a plan. He’s working without emotional attachment, toward a younger and more athletic roster. Sometimes that will be painful. Perhaps, Meredith will prove to be one of those painful misses. But I doubt it. That guy screams average and replaceable. Mix in a bad knee, and it’s even easier.

          • leftcoastdave

            Not to mention being expensive if he proves to be good.

          • leftcoastdave

            We know if it is good, he will demand, deserve and get multi millions the following year. So, rent him for an uncertain year?

          • leftcoastdave

            IF Meridith (whom I loved) played well this year, THEN he would get a kings ransom to sign again.

            Isn’t “Move-on” a favorite phrase in Chicago.

          • DBears

            DId you see the injury? It was more than just ACL.

          • I thought the same about Trevathan last season, and he came back and was his old self.

            I too worry when I hear “nerve damage” but it didn’t stop the Saints, a SB contending team, to go after him hard.

            And if I have to trust the medical staff of the Bears or the Saints, I trust the latter.

            Like I said, I would trust Dr. Dre over our medical staff at this point.

          • SC Dave

            Our *former* medical staff, you mean?

            Thank the gods they fired all those clowns

          • DBears

            fair point… at least Dre would give Cam some medical marijuana and keep his head ringin

          • Irish Sweetness

            And when does Miller show up? We just drafted 3 years of projects at receiver
            Smh.

          • Johnnywad

            To be fair, you’re still pining for Deonte Thompson.

            You come with asterisks in hand on this one my friend.

          • SC Dave

            Lol… keep fighting the good fight.

          • leftcoastdave

            You know that how?

          • leftcoastdave

            How much would Meredith cost next year? Five times as much as the draft picks?

      • leftcoastdave

        Butch, he was old and overpaid.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I hear that about me, too.

      • CanadaBear

        And, and, and Pace cheated on his SAT’s and stole candy from the local store and he didn’t eat all his vegetables. Did I miss anything?

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          I once saw him club a baby seal.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            …but that seal had it coming.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            I agree but it still does not look good.

  • BerwynBomber

    UDFA activity should be hot and heavy right now. Bears, like all teams, will sign about 15 of those dudes before midnight.

    Crap shoots, of course, but often yields one Bryce Callahan or Cameron Meredith among them. And of course always the chance at the longest of longshots comes in like a Tony Romo or a Malcolm Butler-level type player. AKA the true unicorns.

    • ButtonShoes

      Any potential steals the Bears signed so far? Some DBs would be nice.

      • BerwynBomber

        I heard Tolliver (CB) from LSU who at one time was considered a solid prospect. And also some Edge dude from Notre Dame.

        • ButtonShoes

          Here’s something I don’t know the answer to: has anyone ever found an elite edge rusher in UDFA? Anyone know?

          • Johnnywad

            Man that seems super unlikely. I would think the athletic traits necessary automatically translate to being at least a late rounder. I’ll be interested to see if any names pop up here.

          • A team drafted some 6’8 345 pound rugbee player for OT. Dude looks like he should be in a superhero movie. Guy was just killing it in rugbee. Looked like my nephews trying to tackle me

            http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/0ap3000000924111/Watch-epic-highlight-reel-of-pro-rugby-player-Jordan-Mailata

            Supposedly he had the highest lean muscle mass at 290.

            As Waffle would say, that’s MUCHO man meat.

          • Johnnywad

            This year?

          • Yeah, like in the 7th rd or something. Knows NOTHING about football, but just insane measurables.

          • ButtonShoes

            Eagles took him, it seems. He’ll be fine there. They know what they’re doing.

          • Yeah, that’s right. They asked him if he knew anything about Philly or the Eagles, and he responded, “My agent just told me that they were world champs” lol

          • ButtonShoes

            LOL!

          • Johnnywad

            Wasn’t that Ziggy Ansah’s path as well?

          • ButtonShoes

            Well I’ll be. Yup, he was the same. Grew up playing soccer and basketball and had never heard of football. So there’s some good precedent for that rugby player.

          • But I think Ansah had 1 yr on college football.
            There was actually a guy who projected to be like Ansah this yr, but I sorta zoned out after the 4rth. I’ll see if I can dig him up for future reference.

          • leftcoastdave

            I am totally with you there. Draft that mofo and find a place for him somewhere.

          • SC Dave

            Punt returner

          • CanadaBear

            i saw a piece on him yesterday. Not sure if he can play in the NFL but he’s a bad, bad man.

          • BerwynBomber

            James Harrison was a UDFA.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Didn’t know that.

          • ButtonShoes

            Well, it at least happened once. That’s something I guess.

          • Irish Sweetness

            John Randle wasn’t edge exactly ….

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Cameron Wake

          • ButtonShoes

            So there are a couple of examples. Which means it can happen. Let’s hope it happens with one of the guys we signed.

    • leftcoastdave

      I hope they get the Memphis QB as well as Akrum Wadley from Iowa.

      Two dudes who I wanted picked in the later rounds.

      • BerwynBomber

        Riley Ferguson. Yeah, I caught him when he and Memphis beat Rosen and UCLA one Saturday last fall.

        My guess is Wadley will eventually make a roster. Was surprised he was not a 6th or 7th rounder.

    • UFDA is almost always about opportunity. Since we have a gigantic hole at OLB/EDGE, I would imagine we can land the top ones because it provides them the best chance to make the club.

      If it were up to me, I would always sign a UFDA

      1. That is a white and “underisized” LB from some LB school like Ohio St
      2. In similar vein, some white undersized Olinemen from Wisc and the like
      3. On flip side, just crazy athletic guys from wherever.
      4. a P/K, EVERY season until those are locked up.
      5. A HB from a small school who runs hills

      • Cormonster

        Wisconsin almost never has undersized offensive lineman. Even when loaded with underclassmen, they are usually bigger than most pro lines. They usually average around 320 lbs. Just being a pedant.

        • Actually, was thinking about that and and edit it to “unathletic” .

          Regardless, they always seem to churn em out.

          • Cormonster

            Too late, you choked.

            Wisconsin should have 2 or 3 OL guys getting drafted pretty high in the next year or two. They got their old OL coach and recruiter back and he’s getting some studs.

          • The only thing, and maybe you can correct me, is that they’ve been running a power blocking scheme since forever, right?

            They don’t really run zone scheme I don’t think.

            I guess that matters to some Oline coaches in the NFL.

          • Cormonster

            Pretty sure it’s mostly zone blocking with some power blocking mixed in. They also use a ton of TE movement and run multiple plays out of the same formation to keep teams off-balance.

          • Ah, for some reason, I thought they were a power-blocking team a la Tice, but maybe I’m remembering from their glory days.

            Would figure with TE movements they would produce more TEs. Though maybe they use them as Ys more than H-backs type.

          • Cormonster

            They use a fullback on a large percentage of plays, and usually have the TE block on an edge after motion or go into a route on play action rollouts. They always have one or two productive receiving TE’s, but I guess not usually big enough for fast enough to excel in the pros. They’ve had a few in the NFL, with Lance Kendricks and Owen Daniels being the best of them.

      • BerwynBomber

        Yeah, I would be interested to know how the process works actually.
        Take Tolliver, who the Bears signed. He was considered a decent prospect, I believe had a Combine invite, and maybe even an all-star bowl game.
        So I gotta believe a few teams came a’knockin. So how does he choose us? What all goes into the calculation? Is the money all a standard rate for every UDFA contract?

      • SC Dave

        SO in on #4

      • leftcoastdave

        Akram Wadley?

        Thousand yard runner into zone blocking who always gets the extra two or three like Jordan Howard?

        • BerwynBomber

          Wadley just signed with the TEN.

          • leftcoastdave

            F that.

          • SC Dave

            Not what you wanted, but in a sense a vindication since the TItans obviously were interested.

          • Irish Sweetness

            see? You got Kylie Monogue instead.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I’m all over #5.

  • leftcoastdave

    Wow. What a bunch of whining bitches tonight. All the armchair GM’s have their favorite hits from the past to whine about. It’s all gloom and doom. Coulda, shoulda, woulda . . . blah, blah, blah.

    The sad thing is that some, if not all of these whiners, are true fans who know what they are talking about and really “feel” for da Bears. A few others are just trolls.

    Cannot wait for the tale of the tape to see who performs, who does not, and whether these nattering nabobs of negativity have any credence after the coming season.

    • Juan Stone
      • leftcoastdave

        So, what’s the point of it?

        I just like the story.

    • BerwynBomber

      Fans come in all shapes and sizes and their attitudes, opinions and likes/dislikes veer all over the map.

      In terms of those being critical, that is fine. They can make good points too. And given this franchise’s “recent” history, they’re probably more right than wrong when compared with the cheerleaders.

      • SC Dave

        This. Some are comical on the cheerleading side.

        • leftcoastdave

          Half full, half empty?

          No, 90% full for a change!

          Is that comically cheer-leading or hopeful anticipation?

          • SC Dave

            The former. 70% would get you the latter 😉

      • leftcoastdave

        No, now probably anything other than rightfully jaded.

        They will all be fine and they will all get over it.

        Hopefully da Bears will make them all happier again.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Very well put, Ber. I hope everyone we drafted is brilliant and I would imagine – if you want to win – most fans hope the same thing.

        We can certainly shit on Pace if we feel like it, and commend him on something when he does it right. If Allen Robinson’s knee is okay then kudos. I wasn’t expecting that. But until he IS okay ….

        When Bilal becomes a fan favorite I’ll cheer him as much as anything. Or Kylie Minogue.

        Not holding my breath for those two.

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    Seems like a good draft.

    “Wayne’s World” – Delaware

    • ButtonShoes

      26 years ago that movie premiered.

      That’s…fairly depressing.

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        Party time. Excellent.

        It’s where i first heard Bohemian Rhapsody.

        • Irish Sweetness

          (falls over and dies in shock)

      • Irish Sweetness

        Wow. (dies inside)

        I was in Germany that summer and the only two cassettes I remember playing were Chicago’s (natch) and the Wayne’s World OST. When the Chilli Peppers were a hardcore band. Ha.

  • leftcoastdave

    “Irish Sweetness Trubisky Business (Butch) • an hour ago
    This. We get mad because it’s been 30 years of suck, because we care.”

    Yup. We all do and that’s why we can all keep it civil and bitch and moan until we’ve had enough adult beverage and its time for bed.

    Goodnight, all.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Indeed. Goodnight, Dave.

  • BerwynBomber
    • I feel like the Bears missed a gigantic opportunity here.

      Smith was a Butkus Award Winner.

      This may be the last time Butkus can announce a Butkus Award Winner to the Beloved.

      • BerwynBomber

        Goodell, I believe, makes all the R1 announcements. The ex-player announcements don’t commence until R2.

        Btw, I thought Jerry’s World was a bit tame as a venue. Probably just too large of one. IMO, Philly has been the best. And we earned the silver.

        • ah yeah, pretty sure you’re right. Why he keeps going up and getting booed is pure boggle me.

          Kinda kills the vibes a bit. It’s not as if the fan’s aren’t gonna boo for their division rivals, so we’re still gonna get booing.

          Yeah, I didn’t really like it either. Kinda felt like it was in a convention center.

          Philly def #1 venue.

          Would love to see it in Oakland b4 the Raiders leave.

          • BerwynBomber

            PHI was insane. Was like a cross between a rock concert and a European soccer match.

            David Stern, ex-NBA commish, used to have a lot of fun with the booing during their draft. He’d encourage it and usually make a smirky comment or two along the way.

            Guess I kinda like the commish booing. In fact, it sounded muted in Jerrys’ World. Was one of the first things I noticed.

            Anyway, I doubt Goodell (or any commish) wants to give up that limelight. And let’s be honest, it’s probably a kick for the young draftees to go up there and get the traditional man hug from the league’s CEO.

          • Irish Sweetness

            David Akers was LOADED.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          Jerry’s world would have probably been better if they let more people in. From reports I read only 20k people got in the door 80k were outside. Just seems like a waste. to me.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Def player of the year in his conference too I see.

  • Malice Halice

    Damn, am I the only guy here who’s feeling orgasmic about this season?! We got SOOO much speed on the field! Both receivers we drafted are catching balls with a defender’s arm included! The window these receivers will provide MT10 is unfathomable! Our D didn’t need too much polish but a high IQ LB that can own his D. I’m very impressed with our draft I can’t complain at all.

    • Malice Halice

      Does Halas Hall have a boner for Bulldogs or something?

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        I don’t think anyone in Halas Hall has had a boner in years.

        Without Viagra.

        The last Playoffs were a long time ago.

  • Irish Sweetness

    From the thread piece it looks like Jeff is behind every piece … because he has to …. or he becomes persona non grata with Halas Hall (for what that would be worth).

    The dust settles and that’s our crew for the season (bar any starters or finds we pick up as the cuts and undrafted walk the earth). Let’s do it. The die have been rolled. We as Bear fans stubb our cigarettes out and shuffle into Soldier Field under a cloud of 30 years of nothing much. I do not expect to win. We cannot expect that. Ever. Until the tide turns. Is this it? He’s certainly given MT some love. Cutty never got that. They never built the wall or splashed out on receivers for Cutty. Maybe this kid will have a chance …

    But homes here is all about the D. I fell in love with Sweetness, but I never wanted to be a running back. Snot-knocking, clock-cleaning, brain-shaking hits. And what a model to shape your imago on. Violence at a consistent and intended high-rate. The will to model yourself as a defense on the bull shark and not the minnow.

    What did we get out of this draft (and what the fuck happened to Arden Key?)
    Pace, pull the trigger now and then on a ‘character-issue’ guy – this is FOOTBALL. The ‘experts’ just reel that off the tongue now as they disparage another draft hopeful, “…but he’s got character issues …” …so …and … what ? Do they investigate those character issues (that most people have anyway)? Do they look past the fact that some guy was busted as an 18 year old for weed … and maybe he’s a stone cold killer linebacker? Nah. Fuck that guy. Red flag. How many players in the HOF have character issues? I have books full of them. Hundreds of them. Does Conrad Dobler even get drafted today?

    What did we get for our D out of the draft? Let’s sit back, breathe deeply, and just see.

    Roquan. Auto-pick at 8 for us. Great. Probably a walk-off home run.

    Joel Nigeria. Who knows. He’s a linebacker, that’s a start after ditching CJ for some reason …

    Bilal Nichols. The list of weaknesses in his report was everything you would require a DT to do. At least the list on NFL.COM.

    And then the icing on the cake. Kylie. Preface- I have never seen ‘Kylie’ play, not watched a video yet. But I guarantee you with all the goodness of creamed cheese that no pro-bowler or mark-maker will ever have a solely-for-females name. Maybe there has been a Sue. Europeans find it funny as hell when they see a guy named Tracy. But no way known will that guy ever pan out with a first name like Kylie. So fuck that pick in a royal manner.

    Still no DE.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Elisha Manning, Shannon Sharpe, Leslie Frazier, Dana Stubblefield, or my favorite Vonnie Miller.

    • leftcoastdave

      Two words for you Irish, the guy you loved last year:

      REUBEN FOSTER.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    As I have stated before I am a wait and see type guy. Drafts normally don’t excite me much, however I really liked the first several picks we made. I am not going to really question picks until I see how the team decides to use them and use them properly.

    A lot of people last year were upset about picks like Trubs, and a couple no names from small schools like Cohen and Shaheen. To me the verdict is still out on Trubs and Shaheen but that is only because I don’t believe our former coaches used them or coached them properly, but Cohen looks like a stud. But I am optimistic on the other two.

    I just don’t understand how people can be so negative about a draft where we got highly rated players in positions of need. I get the why cut Sitton talk, however he was expensive and old. And as most of you know I am not that emotional about players we cut, whether it be a kicker that seemed to lose it, or an aging veteran RB. (Note: I do enjoy ‘trolling’ those that were pissed about those guys) Go ahead and voice your concerns it’s a free world, but I don’t get the down right negativity towards players that have not stepped on the field, or towards Pace over a some draft picks that haven’t stepped on the field. Boo Hoo, who cares if the Bears did not draft your favorite player.

    I also don’t understand the obsessive behaviour over mid and late round draft picks. Mid and late rounders are important, but they usually are not game changers, chances are we are not missing out on much by not having a 3rd round pick or later.

    The only concern I have about this draft was trading next years 2nd round pick, for a short receiver. However I am not going to obsess over it. There have been a lot of successful short WR, and from what I have read about Miller could be pretty good. A lot of ‘experts’ had him rated very high, so lets see what he can do on the field.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’ve just watched a reel on Miller. He looks like a baller in fairness.

      • leftcoastdave

        Miller breaks ankles. He knows how to separate.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Anyone post this already? Pace and Nagy on their picks.

    They liked ‘Iggy’s intelligence. Pace sounds really into this guy. Apparently the DT will be a DE.

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    Peanut!

    announcing the Miller pick

    “NFLN reacts to Miller selection”

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    maybe this has been posted already, but a 10 minute highlight reel of Anthony Miller.

    “Most Underrated WR in College Football”

    • Irish Sweetness

      He looks explosive. Like almost worth throwing him in at the deep end, or at least have some looks for him. Give him a chance for early coronation. The kid can catch the shit out of the football.

      Can he get the timing patterns of the WCO down is the question. Since his routes look good .. why not? Bellamy is solid … but he’s Bellamy, and that cat ain’t changin’. Letting Kendall Wright walk is weird though. He could ball.

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        He looks like a game changer.

    • BenderMcLugh

      Boldin-Smith

    • SC Dave

      Too late to look at the Ferguson guy. Wonder if he’ll make the Bucs roster…

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    So our offense was beyond awful last year. In FA and Draft we made some huge upgrades to it. Our D was pretty good, not great but pretty good. We got a stud LB and a few rotational guys. So it seems to me we should be looking up. It would have been nice to get some help on the pass rush, however we were still 7th in sacks last year. As long as the Offense does not shit the bed we should be a decent team.

    • beninnorcal

      I like your optimism, MBP, and I tend to agree. Our biggest problem these last few years has been injuries. After 3 freakishly injury-ridden seasons, something’s gotta give.
      And as you said, our offense can’t possibly be worse than last year’s. Even a small improvement on that side of the ball will help out the defense.
      But at the end of the day, as a reader of this blog for a long time, I’ve always noticed that the sky tends to fall a lot around these parts.

      • Irish Sweetness

        30 years of no Lombardis does that to a man, Ben. There’s always a shit-fest at draft time, and then we get over it.

        We have to go and play the games now. I’m certainly looking forward to this year’s offense – and like you say, a bit more ball-control will help out the defense getting a breather.

        The pressure is definitely on MT – he has been given the kind of support never got. No excuses now, he has to go at it. What a way to start by beating Green Bay at Lambeau week one.

        • Johnnywad

          Didn’t Cutler have Marshall, Jeffrey, Forte and Bennett all at the same time?

          • Pretty Boy Assassin

            That line was still bad and the D fell off a cliff.

          • Johnnywad

            Mostly yes. Cutler had the same line in 2016 that Trubisky had last year. But he didn’t have Marshall, Bennet and Forte. Though Miller and Howard are not exactly slouches. Plus he had Cameron the Great.

            But to say Cutler didn’t get support is just wrong. Some of the best positional offensive players I’ve seen in a Bears Uni were playing with Cutler.

            How would he have done with Trubisky’s receivers from last year? That was close to the worst if not the worst group I can remember.

            It’s just an awkward argument. I’m glad Pace refit the Receiver group. It was badly needed. And if the Daniels kid is any good, the O line will be solid. Mitch has zero excuses.

          • beninnorcal

            I still contend that the D really took a shit after Lovie left and his players aged. Jay had a decent run from ‘10-‘12. He never had all those weapons on O until his D was the terrible.
            And I was/am a Cutler fan, but I understand his limitations. I thought he was a pretty good qb with some serious flaws. But anything could happen when he was healthy.
            I’m ready for Mitch to be the guy, certainly a more likeable character than Cutler was.

          • CanadaBear

            “I thought he was a pretty good qb with some serious flaws.” That’s about the best brief description of Cutler I’ve read.

          • Irish Sweetness

            And Mitch is much more of an obvious ra-ra ‘team player’ …. you’d let him take your daughter out. After the ‘Den of Thieves’ style garage prelude to the prom, obviously.

          • BerwynBomber

            I prefer average. The whole “pretty good” thing connotes that he was actually that, pretty good. He wasn’t. He was average. With as many assets as liabilities.

            And average might even be a hair generous.

          • CanadaBear

            Semantics. We both saw the same guy and feel about the same.

          • leftcoastdave

            What do you mean?

            He was great, until he threw another pick six.

          • BerwynBomber

            Kidding aside, my biggest issue with Cutler weren’t his flaws — I soon took them for granted and expected them — it was that his ceiling wasn’t as high as I hoped.

            I thought his best career arc could have been as a Phlip Rivers Lite guy. In other words, a dude who will toss 18 INTs a year but also pitch you 33 TDs and put up 3,600 yards. But he just never produced positively like that.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            ….damn there were a lot of those.

            Is it possible to find the all-time leaders in pick 6’s?

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis
          • KentuckyBearsFan

            I was hoping it was Favre!

          • Johnnywad

            Pretty much my take too

          • Irish Sweetness

            He’s supposed to retire tomorrow.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Man, they’ve drafted and played free agency well for MT. Other than Brandon, I can’t see a thing they did for Cutty. He got his ass kicked in Chicago.

          • Johnnywad

            Weren’t Kyle Long, Charles Leno, Cody Whitehair and Josh Sitton all brought in to play in front of Cutty? They drafted Grassu while he was here. Albeit a mistake it, it was still an effort. Marshall, Jeffrey and Bennett all brought in while Cutler was here.

            They just never put all the pieces together at the same time. But to say he didn’t get any help isn’t really fair.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            Cutler had the living crap beat out of him his first two years in Chicago.

          • Johnnywad

            Sure did. Listen. I’m a Cutler fan. They never really had it all clicking for him. But he got plenty of help over the years. Just never all at the same time. But who does?

          • AlbertInTucson

            The one year it all seemed to be clicking, he broke his thumb in game 10.

          • SC Dave

            The most important injury by far was not finishing the NFC Championship, resulting in the worst game in Chicago Bears history.

          • Big Mike

            over the course of Cutler’s career he had all the pieces. But never at the same time 🙂 Plus his play was so inconsistent. Great, Horrible, Great Horrible

          • Pretty Boy Assassin

            Mitch has zero excuses. Top D, lots of weapons. The line could be better, especially if there are injuries.

            And I gave that D too much credit. In 13 they were 30th in scoring and we almost went to the playoffs. In 14, they were 31st. They were hot abject garbage for those two years. If they were middle of the road, that 13 team is a playoff team.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Alshon got looks from Brandon’s doubles – Brandon arrived in 2012. That’s 3 seasons where he had a duff line and receivers. And then he just had a duff line and no defense. God, the clowns we had at tackle for years ….

          • BerwynBomber

            Cutler also had top of the league D’s and ST’s the first half of his Bears career. Those can be every bit a QB’s friend as PB-level receivers or Olinemen.

            Cuter was one of the top 5 QBs in our history, arguably even as high as #2.

            But he is also what he was: an average QB who was as flawed as he was talented.

            He was pretty much the same guy no matter the surrounding talent or uniform. See CHI, DEN and MIA.

          • Johnnywad

            That’s it in a nutshell.

          • Big Mike

            Cutler being average is so true. But the PROBLEM was that his average was made up of extreme highs and lows. Some of those years consistent “average” game would have been all we needed.

          • BerwynBomber

            True but weirdly his season-by-season passer ratings didn’t have any huge outliers. One above 90 season with Gase here. And two seasons in the high 70s (and only one of which was a full season).

          • Big Mike

            Game, by game, not season by season. His inconsistency was week to week. Look at the week by week ratings inside a season. Ughhh

          • BerwynBomber

            Oh, I agree. I was only saying that it was weird how, by the end of the year, he was pretty much the same guy despite the weekly fluctuations.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            It was almost as if he had a disease that affected his decision making and physical capabilities.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            I thought it was PTSD from the first two years in Chicago.

            Was he the same player early on in Denver?

          • BerwynBomber

            He turned the ball over at high rate in DEN too.

            And IIRC, he was a bit of a TO machine even at Vanderbilt.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            Trubisky seems to have a higher ceiling since he had few turnovers in college then.

          • leftcoastdave

            I think what da Bears have been through is too many years of using duck tape and bubble gum to try to stay competitive when a complete rebuild was in order. Compare it with the 9ers descent into the cellar and likely quicker return to competitiveness.
            Fox was hired to oversee that transition with the D being the first area of focus, then the acquisition of good to adequate pieces in the trenches, getting lucky with Jordan Howard. Last years draft was the acquisition of more key parts for the future offense which comes in this year. Ergo the FA signings this year and “deficit spending” draft (giving up next year’s 2nd) to acquire great talent.
            The future’s so bright . . .

          • Big Mike

            But then we had the tresticle debacle on defense. Worst seasons of my life.

          • CanadaBear

            The Wanny years are in there, too.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            Wanny got the best out of his limited talent…but then again his defensive philosophy seemed to be having the entire secondary 15-30 yards back.

            Like playing prevent defense for entire seasons.

          • CanadaBear

            I just hated all the negative energy around the team during the Wanny years. After he was canned and it was revealed he was spying on the players, it made sense.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Never heard he was spying on players, although I was in my teens when he was coach so my focus was a little distracted by girls.

          • CanadaBear

            Yeah, I’m pretty sure it was Olin that broke the story after Wanny got canned. He had coaches spying on the players and reporting back to him. Fuck, I was glad to see that asshole get fired.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            spying on players? what? I didn’t know. He didn’t seem like a paranoid guy.

            …But then there was the bad mustache.

          • CanadaBear

            Yep. I think it was Olin that broke the story after he was fired.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Don’t forget Dick Jaurong.

        • beninnorcal

          I think this season will have some ups and downs but I also think we can win 7 or 8 games pending the implementation of Nagy’s system and injuries.

          But as you said, as a Bears fan, we could easily end up 4-12. I just hold out hope that things will turn around. The law of averages would indicate that they have to win some games at some point. Just like GB will inevitably suck at some point.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Thing is to enjoy it. Folks get antsy we we start going ‘tank it!’ (joking) but if you can at least enjoy the football (say the offense is great this year) and lose a bunch of games, you get better picks. It must be fun to be the Browns in a way. There’s always hope with high picks – though they could have had Barkley and Chubb this season and the Browns will be Browns.

            Or … you go to the playoffs … and if you have a defense … that’s exciting.

          • Big Mike

            Shoot me if we become the Browns and the highlight of the season is 10 picks in the first 3 rounds. And they still might have f’d up this draft.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            might?

          • SC Dave

            I’d be fine if we had the last pick in the draft for the next ten years straight

      • Big Mike

        7 to 9 wins with a couple of shockers and a couple of stinkers.

    • Big Mike

      And we might have upgraded our coaching staff a bit, no? Might be able to have an actual game plan based on the opponent, not based on “we didn’t teach our knew guys shit, so that’s why we only have 5 plays”.

      • leftcoastdave

        Might have, to be sure. Freaky crazy Oregon stuff mixed into WC spread.

        Anybody see the tape on Anthony Miller breaking ankles?
        I watched the Pace/Nagy interview from yesterday after the draft and Pace was talking about more acquisitions and trades still to come.
        Also check out the UDFAs already signed including a bunch of CBs and Dejon Allen, 6’3″ 290 out of Hawaii who will add even more depth in the middle of the OL.

        http://www.chicagonow.com/bears-backer/2018/04/undrafted-free-agent-tracker-chicago-bears-edition/

        • Big Mike

          I’m actually watching the press conference on youtube now. Coaching staff on Offense is 10x better. Defense is the same. Meaningful games in Dec. That’s what I’m hoping for. The UDFAs are always my favorites. I pull so hard for some of those guys to make the practice squad or even the 53.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Anyone see Fedor v Mir? It doesn’t take long:
    (try not to look at the title)

    • CanadaBear

      Are you shitting me? A tiny left hook and he’s all done. Fuck that shit.

      • beninnorcal

        A tiny left from a big dude. Always exciting to see heavyweights actually fighting like that as opposed to hugging or grappling.

        • CanadaBear

          Fair enough but it was hardly a punch for the ages. He must be the Floyd Patterson of MMA (the guy who had the lights turned off).

          • Irish Sweetness

            Floyd is training for the Octagon. For real. He reckons it’ll take him 8 months and then I guess it’s Conor for payday #2. Now that’s a fight that will be over quickly.

          • CanadaBear

            I don’t think you read Floyd’s last name correctly.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I stand corrected. I forgot about Floyd. Although I remember Floyd Mayweather Snr’s career better. I don’t think I was watching boxing anymore when Junior grew up.

            Anyway, Floyd Money will get his legs kicked off and he’ll probably tap to those before he gets strangled. Or Conor might drag it out for a round and put some real punishment in before sending him to sleep. You have to hand it to them, they can come up with another spectacle.

          • CanadaBear

            I seriously doubt Mayweather will do a MMA bout.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            he’s crazy good. at his age he might do something even crazier. Because he’s bored.

          • CanadaBear

            It would have to be for an insane amount of money and even then I don’t think so.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            what would “insane” money be considering what he made for fighting Conor Mcgregor? Another 100 million?

            He’s 41. He should try Hollywood and acting for a challenge. Only the rare old heavyweights like George Foreman age well.

          • CanadaBear

            I have no idea but I just don’t see any incentive for him to do that unless the money is crazy.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Knock out mechanism. Three pounds of pressure on the old button is all it takes. And Fedor had more than three pounds in there. I’m glad for him. He’s a good dude.

        • CanadaBear

          Glass jaw is more like it.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Nah. Frank is a monster. Can’t take one straight on the button.

  • beninnorcal

    Not sure if I’ve mentioned it on here yet, but exciting times are ahead for me.
    Some of you may recall that I became a dad 2.5 years ago to a crazy and cute little girl.
    Well, she’ll have a brother by mid July and I’ll have a new fishing/football partner for the rest of my days. Cheers, fellas. Looking forward to watching the ‘18 Bears with my boy.

    • CanadaBear

      Congrats Ben! Hope mom and the soon to be born baby boy are doing well. If he turns into a Fudgie fan, we will not be amused!

      • beninnorcal

        No way he’ll be into that bullshit, lol. And thanks, Canada, they’re doing well.

        • CanadaBear

          I’ve got a lot of faith in ya Ben!!!!!!!!!!

    • Irish Sweetness

      Congrats, dad. Nothing like it. Even when they were babies they were lying on my chest watching the Packers. Later on when they can talk a bit but not be able to say ‘Chicago Bears’ and it comes out ‘jingle bells’ you could die from the cuteness!

      • Big Mike

        I moved from Chicago before my kids were born. When they were of age (4 or 5), I told them they were Bears fans. It was not a choice. They didn’t have to root for the Cubs, Hawks or Bulls they could be fans of their hometown Nats. But they were Bears fans. It took.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I approve this message.

          Being a South Sider, my Dad was originally a Cardinals fan but when they skipped town, he had no problem following the Bears. The Cardinals were long gone before the NFL got onto my radar.

        • beninnorcal

          That sounds like the approach I’ll be taking.

    • Big Mike

      You need to train him to – nap for 3 hours on Sunday afternoon. Congrats.

    • evantonio

      Congrats! We’re having sex around the same time, for opposite effect. My boy is 2.5, and we have a girl due in June.

      • CanadaBear

        Congrats Evan!

      • beninnorcal

        Congrats man, and good luck to ya

  • Irish Sweetness

    For all the madness of draft week, there were things happening elsewhere on Earth.

    The Jags Owner is getting permission to buy Wembley. For the Jags. Bye Jacksonville.

    North and South Korea’s premiers met and shook hands. Peace! Nice one, Trump.

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      Wembley? No way. I was born in London. Is it costing a billion dollars?

      That’s sacred ground.

  • Alex

    The Bears didn’t give up a lot to get Miller. They effectively gave up 105 to get their 2019 2nd rounder a year early. Nagy gets to work with a potentially premier talent for an extra year in effect. It was great business by Pace.

    If Robinson stays fit then it may soon be justifiable to say that the Bears have one of the best WR groups in the League.

    Nagy and Trubisky now have an enormous amount of weapons. Other than the time it takes to learn the Nagy system the Bears players on offence have very little excuse. He’s very likely to put them in a position to make plays.

    I think the only thing I would have done differently would have been to take a chance on Sweat in the 4th round to alleviate some concerns about OLB depth. Having said that Iggy looks like he could be a player!

    • Alex

      Outside of EDGE depth the only real concern I have with the Bears roster is at OT. There is nothing behind Leno Jr. and Massie. One of them goes down and we have issues. Given how much salary cap space the Bears have left I am surprised Pace hasn’t got someone else in of at least reasonable quality to compete with Massie.

      EDGE depth can be resolved more than adequately with the signings of Houston and Galette who are both still available. Having drafted Nichols I think that likely puts to bed any hope of signing Hankins. Maybe Eric Reid at safety but he ain’t coming unless he says he won’t kneel. Other than that I think the Bears are well set. Pace has had a fantastic off season.

      • BerwynBomber

        Yeah, but that OT depth is probably the same story of 31 other teams give or take a couple/few.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          yep, it is rare that any team has a starter level backup at the tackle position. With that being said wasn’t Jordan Morgan who we drafted last year a T in college. I know he got injured last year but I am curious to find out what HH thinks about him.

          • leftcoastdave

            He was an “injury” red shirt, ie., put in the weight room for a year. I have expectations Jordan Morgan will be a player, possibly spending some time at RT.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Thanks for the info. I wasn’t sure what happened to him.

          • leftcoastdave

            Same as Roy Rob Harris the year before. If Kyle does not come back to form, we may see the anchor of three, young (and relatively cheap) studs in the middle for years to come, not to mention a potential source of draft capital through trades.

      • leftcoastdave

        Brady Sowell, 6 year journeyman who, if I recall, even played C one or more times last year.

    • BerwynBomber

      Agreed. We are stocked with O skilled guys now: Howard, Cohen, Burton, Robinson, Gabriel, Miller and White. Excluding White, all those guys should be no worse than average.

      And the OL should be decent too.

      If Bisky does not take a big step forward this year, there will be major cause for concern.

      • Johnnywad

        I agree 100%

    • leftcoastdave

      Nagy talked about Iggy’s brains. Dude wants to go to med school from what I read. Won’t take much to school up this kid.

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        Has he taken the MCATs? A lot of young people want to become a doctor but they have no idea what it takes.

        But sounds like he didn’t a fool major in college.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Nope, Pace was taken to the cleaners on that trade, just like every other trade he has done. 🙂

  • BerwynBomber

    One local kid I’m interested in following is Justin Jackson (RB) from Northwestern. Was always impressed with him whenever I caught a Cats game the last few years.

    Chargers took him in the seventh round. Hope he makes their 53.

  • leftcoastdave
    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      No LCD, Just NO. That does not fit the narratives at all. This is FAKE NEWS.

    • BenderMcLugh

      Interesting if he stays healthy

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    Ryan Nall will be our greatest white RB ever!!!!

    • BerwynBomber

      The ghosts of Grange and Nagurski arch a respective eyebrow.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        I don’t blame them Nall will be raising a few eyebrows when people see his greatness.

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    I’m going through all the original Mad Max movies this Sunday. Haven’t seen them in 20 years.

    From Road Warrior.

    “You should look at yourself, Max. You’re a mess.”

    “I’m the best chance you got.”

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/2018-nfl-draft-grades-for-all-32-teams-bears-bucs-ravens-panthers-get-top-marks/

    “Chicago Bears: A
    The Bears knocked it out of the park with their first three picks. They landed linebacker Roquan Smith in the first round, and he will immediately become a big part of their defense. In the second round, they hit on interior lineman James Daniels, who will play left guard for them, and then hit big on receiver Anthony Miller, who has star potential. He might end up being the best receiver in this class. If they get a little out of the rest of the class, it’s a bonus. They had an impressive first two days.”

    That’s a lot of Kool-Aid. Hopefully true.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Thats better than the D grade they gave us last year.

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        last year Pace deserved a B. But because he traded up 1 pick the morons considered it an awful draft overall. Compared to trading something like 3 second round draft picks to move up this year?

        Waiting for Tarik to break out this year or next with Nagy.

        • SC Dave

          I just hope they don’t forget about JH. A monster season from him is a distinct possibility.

      • CanadaBear

        They hated the move up and all the small school picks. Getting kudos around the interwebs would be more than a little disturbing.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Kool-Aid? That’s freaking Dom Perignon!

  • catfish44

    first draft choice i am very excited about. the next two look very good. very disppointed in the rest. all lool like wash outs.

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      Roquan seems to have good football instincts. Induced a safety against Trubisky and North Carolina. And damn he’s fast on the field.

      • catfish44

        all pro soon.

    • ButtonShoes

      Roquan’s going to be real good.

      • catfish44

        he will be an all pro multiple times.

        • ButtonShoes

          Let’s hope!

    • NBIT (Not That Other Guy)

      They’re all boom or bust for the most part.

      4 and 5 might not be able to translate to the pro level due to physical limitations.
      6 has an injury history.
      7 is just a random wide receiver who likely can’t run pro quality routes.

      But if the top 3 are all starters and we get one of those 4 to be a starter, that’s a home run draft by pretty much anybody’s definition.

      Remember, most teams end up cutting 2/3 of their draft picks.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Of all the day three guys Pace sounds like they’re all in love with Iggy (inside).

      • catfish44

        i played football. EVERYONE has an injury history. smith will be an all pro. 4 to 7 choices – none will be with the team next year. horrible picks

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    Baker Mayfield, Welcome to the Browns.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Honetly,ten years from now, fans should be debating where Smith ranks among the great middle linebackers in Bears history.” – DBB on Roquan Smith.

    Can we see him play in the NFL BEFORE we fit him for a gold jacket?

    SMH.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Fans need to temper their emotions on both sides. Be excited, be skeptical, don’t go overboard. Unless they are talking about Ryan Nall, the undrafted GREAT WHITE RB!!! You can fit him for a gold jacket right now.

    • This from the same guys who thinks handing out grades immediately after the draft is moronic.
      At least the graders are not handing out gold jackets!

  • Irish Sweetness

    Just blown away by Westworld Ep 2. Amazing. Jonathan Nolan might be a genius. Writes Memento, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar … and Westworld. Seeing him turned loose on seasonal stuff just shows you the potential of TV with an original writer. Lots off writers have talent, few are original.

    The opening scene alone …. again, hats off.

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