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A Few League Thoughts

Please scroll down to the post below for the continually updated list of player cuts.  I just don't have the bloodthirst to keep it as the top post through the night.  These are guys losing their jobs. 

Coordinators, Be Gone
Brian Kenny just asked John Clayton why we are seeing - for the first time ever - a rash of offensive coordinators being fired prior to the start of the regular season.  His answer: panic.  His answer: wrong.  The reason offensive coordinators are being fired is because - for the first time ever - fans are focused on these preseason games.  The NFL has become so much the dominant sport in this country that even the fake games are drawing a remarkable amount of attention from thriving fanbases.  When teams are not productive in the summer, they're reading about it in the press and hearing about it in the stands.  As the years pass, and the preseason continues, look for even more scrutiny. (Side note: I can't believe Dick Jauron fired the Turk after spending four seasons in Chicago defending the putrid playcalling of John Shoop.  Can't fucking believe it.)

Cuts Being Rumored

Jeff Garcia in Oakland, Joey Galloway in New England and Jamal Lewis in Cleveland.  If they happen, each one would provide a particular upgrade on the Bears roster.  I'll lobby hard for Garcia, who'd instantly become the only available quarterback capable of saving a Bears season should Cutler face an injury. 

Why Eric Mangini is a Total Turd
My brother is a die-hard Jets fan and I watch all their games so we have something to talk about on Monday mornings (he reciprocates).  Eric Mangini is a dreadful football coach; far more interested in presenting the appearance of a tight-lipped organization than actually earning the trust and respect of his locker room.  Does he really think defenses give a shit whether he starts Derek Anderson or Brady Quinn?  Does either of these piles of stink keep Les Frazier and the Minnesota defense up all night, wiping sweat from their brows.  No.  This is why Mangini will never be as smart as he thinks he is.  

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  • AP does a good job getting short yardage. He played pretty well the last two preseason games.

  • No to Garcia. Everywhere he's gone, he's thought he should be the starter. I'm not a big believer in team chemistry, but Garcia seems to be trouble

  • John (Hidden Ponytail) Clayton?
    ESPN's "Perfesser"?
    Wrong?
    Go figure.

    Jamaal Lewis? Let's DEFINITELY get in THAT line!

    Jeff Garcia? Please, please PLEASE, Mr. Davis.
    Shoot the Raiders in the foot, yet again, and cut him loose!

    Mangenius proved what a MORON he was last season when he kept letting an obviously ineffective "Narcissus" start games down the stretch for the J-E-T-S, Jets! Jets! Jets!

    I cannot tell you how many times I yelled "YOUR FIRED!" at my local watering hole every time they showed Shoop's face.

    FYI: According to Wikipedia, Shoop is the Offensive Coordinator and QB Coach at North Carolina. Somewhere, P.T. Barnum is smiling and thinking "There's STILL sucker born every minute."

  • Albert, he's doing a wonderful job in NC actually. Butch wants that offense to be limited, controlled. That team is turned around.

  • If you say so, Jeff. But he must have honed his "limited" skills with the Bears because they sure were with him calling the shots.

  • Sex Cannon - 9 for 16 197 yards 2 TDs tonight against the Bucs.

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    Rex Appeal!!!

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    Did you see this? http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/09000d5d81264738/Pre-WK-4-Can-t-Miss-Play-Holley-cow

    It is the guy who won Michael Irvins "4th and Long" He was one of my favorites from the first episode.

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    Holy shit, that is the guy.

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    i was watching the game on NFL network tonight and i saw it happen. i knew one of those guys was on the show. I love how the show made it seem like these guys were nobody's trying to make it big. This guy is one of the sickest athletes around to begin with. basketball and football stud, stud in college, undrafted free agent with bengals then in the CFL. Now he gets a shot to be on the cowboys. that return may have helped.

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    I for one am very pleased to see old posters reemerging. Coxy, Duff, Afrocelt, welcome back! Post more often please. Same to you jdawg, and where the f is MikeBDot? What about Animal??? Come out come out wherever you are! Duff, got to get over the logging in issue, not that hard and we need you. I still miss the old fonts, especially on the Jeff postings - there was something very big and dramatic about them. Brilliant design that I've never seen duplicated (that must be kudos to you, Noah Brier!) But on the other hand I get to open up the Trib site and see Da Blog right there! And I get to see our own Jeff with the opening question to Wale! So that's a fair trade for new crappy log on procedures and crappier undramatic fonts!

    I'm okay with the Rideau/Davis deal - and as much as I've said about Davis, don't be surprised if he fixes some of his problems under Cutler. Although my hope is we're going to see Hester/Bennett/Knox out there, and of course I hope Iglesias pans out. If he doesn't, there's a lifetime moratorium (I guess that would just be a ban) on OK wrs.

    Don't blame the coaches on playing Mr. Glass Jones in preseason. The same thing would have happened in Real Game 1, or 2, or whenever. He's done and we wasted time with him. I wouldn't sacrifice AP for an iffy FA waiver RB - but a bonafide backup remains a significant need for us. Don't think that will get solved this year, and we just have to hope Mattay doesn't ever go down. Here's what I WOULD do - if there's a very interesting RB cut out there, I'd take him and give up on the Little Bad Wolfe. He has had plenty of chances to build a role for himself, and while he has succeeded in showing that on ST, that was also a function of our mini-slump in ST where he was essentially playing free safety and cleaning up already long returns. But to me he's shown he can't cut it on the offensive side.

    Remember that Melton, if he makes the team, has scored plenty of touchdowns as a goalline back at Texas. Could he be a huge fullback? Maybe this is how he makes the cut.

    Why did McBride make the team? Is there upside here we're not seeing?

    Appointment at 4:00 cst for Fake Game #4!

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    OK, another reason to be excited about Cutler, via Haugh in todays Trib:

    When Cutler was a kid growing up in Santa Claus, Ind., he would hope every Christmas to find something under the tree with Bears on it. Usually, the man in the red suit delivered. A hat. A coat. A Curtis Conway jersey.

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    I have to take a second to give a tip of the cap to my guy Rex Grossman for his performance last night for Houston. He always handled things with class in Chicago regardless of happened. He's one of the really good guys in the league and I hope he gets a shot down the line in Houston.
    Anyway, I have to say I'm dissapointed in the coaching staff once again at the wide reciever position. Why the hell do they even play these stupid preseason games if every year the recievers who do the best aren't on the final roster? Brandon Rideau should have been on this team. He should have made it last year as a matter of fact. How is this team better with Davis still on the team? In his what 5th or 6th year he suddenly is going to become bigger and learn how to catch the ball? I don't think so. Very annoyed by this.

  • In reply to alott96:

    According to Crist over at Scout.com Davis is one of the best gunners in the league. What he does in that position is more valuable to the Bears than what they need out of the fifth or sixth WR position, hands down. Rideau may be better as a WR than Davis, but whoever is in that 5th or 6th slot isn't going to see a lot of action with the O anyway. However, the gunner is going to see A LOT of action every game on STs. I believe Turner is on record as saying the WRs who make the 5th and 6th slots won't necessarily be the best WRs.

    That's the Bears' philosophy, agree or disagree. BUT, in the past they've relied on D and STs, so in that regard the decision makes a lot of sense.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    Jdawg, that is what is so fucked up about these decisions. How do you know Rideau was going to be the 6th reciever? Who is the 3rd? Aroma? If Rideau had made the team he would have been the 4th or 3rd wide out in those sets. We have two roster spots wasted on rookies who are actually the 5th and 6th wrs on the depth chart. So the choice was really between Rideau and Davis for the 4th spot and that reciever in most offenses plays quite a bit.
    I just think that keeping Davis for special teams only is a luxury move we couldn't afford to make.

  • In reply to alott96:

    My guess would be that the 5h and 6th WRs on the Bears aren't going to be catching many balls anyway, and most of their value will come though special teams play - an area where Rash and Knox have really excelled.

  • In reply to alott96:

    http://www.michiganavemag.com/MA_SP09_100_NEW.html

    Jay Cutler in a cardigan? Too weird.

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    I, too, bear no ill will towards Rex. Glad to see him have some success for Houston. I thought he was a pretty stand-up guy with the Bears. When he sucked against the Packers in the last game of '06 he stood up and admitted he wasn't ready to play and took most of the heat when, in fact, there were a whole FLOCK of other Bears who weren't any more ready to play that night either. I still lay the Super Bowl loss at the feet of the coaching staff. Having Rex throw deep into a driving rain. Taking Thomas Jones out of the game early on when he was really on a roll just to get Benson into the game because it was the 3rd series, etc. etc.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    "there were a whole FLOCK of other Bears who weren't any more ready to play that night either"
    No shit whatsoever, Albert!! The real truth. Thanks for so stating. Actually, I would absolutely *love* to see Rex as the first SB MVP on the *losing* side - this year against the Bears. It would be the perfect slap in the face of all those haters than call themselves Bears fans...

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    G-Ball out?

    Gaines and Lance Louis in?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Here the Bears Final cuts

    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?story_id=6082

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Looks like Mike Brown will be the starting safety for KC next Sunday. I wish him well...

  • Yeah, I heard the Jamal Lewis cut rumors on NFL Network tonight...sounds like the rookie running back (James Davis) is the real deal (at least for Cleveland).
    I for one would feel alot better with J Lewis taking series off of Forte than Wolfe or Peterson.
    The guy's a step slow, and a little more fragile, but any wear he saves on Matt's tires is good.

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