Ted Phillips, "X Factor"

When the New York Giants finished their season at 8-8, John Mara addressed the New York media with the ferocity of a rabid wolverine.  "I'm less than 24 hours after the end of the season," he said, "so I'm sure I'll cool down at some point and try to make intelligent decisions going forward. But obviously I'm not very happy right now. And they know that."  "They" were two men responsible for a Super Bowl championship only two years earlier: Tom Coughlin and Jerry Reese.


When the Washington Redskins were winding down another in a series of disappointing campaigns, Daniel Snyder fired his most-trusted personnel man (Vinny Cerato) and brought in Bruce Allen (architect some terrific ballclubs in the last decade).  Within seventy-two hours of season's end, the old coach was out and a Super Bowl champion was in.  Snyder - and nobody else - had had enough.

The Chicago Bears, in my opinion, have no owner.  They have no accountability.  They have Ted Phillips - the CEO & President who until forty-eight hours ago was quite fond of saying he has no influence on the football operations.  Until forty-eight hours ago.  Now Teddy NoGame is going on radio stations and making comments about on-field issues.  And he's getting specific:

"There's no doubt that when a player like (Devin) Aromashodu plays in a few games and shows the kind of talent he had, it makes you wonder why he didn't play earlier. We understand that."

Who does?  You?  Since when are you qualified to comment on the ability of football players?    I guess the answer is...forty-eight hours ago.  Without a word being spoken by someone who bears the name McCaskey, are Bears fans now to assume that Ted Phillips speaks for the ownership of the Chicago Bears? Is Ted Phillips now responsible for everything that happens within the Chicago Bears organization?  If the Bears open next season 0-5, will Ted Phillips have the authority to expel Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith from their offices at Halas Hall?


Fans will be somewhat excited about the announcement of two new coordinators.  They will wait to see what changes are made along the offensive line, defensive line and at safety.  But what this organization requires is a father figure.  A papa.  A guy that fans can turn to each other and say, "Don't worry about it.  X won't stand for this.  X will fix this."

If X is Ted Phillips, he can't disappear at the start of the 2010 season.  He needs to be presently authoritative.  He needs keep the pressure on.  If X is Ted Phillips, I think we're all in an awful lot of trouble.   

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  • FIRST - DAVE TAUB FOR OC

  • GREAT piece Jeff!! Ted Phillips is the ROOT of the problem and he proved it during the press conference a couple days ago. He tried and failed to talk football, something he obviously knows nothing about. No accountability is right! He seems to be OK with skimming by and has given Angelo way too much slack..that's because he's signed until 2014. If the Bears are going to be successful with him at the helm, it will be because Angelo and Lovie redeem themselves and won't have anything to do with him. He's strictly a money guy. Unfortunately, to be successful at that position you have to be a business man and know something about football and evaluating football minds. When he was on that podium, he sounded more lost than Lovie looks on the sidelines. He seems to freeze at critical moments. He looked like a guy that had no idea what he was doing. At least Angelo and Lovie can feign it. I don't know whether it's because he is scared as hell of losing his post or is too busy rubbing Virginia's sore feet.

  • Well, if they're surpassed by the Lions, he'll probably get fired. Other than that I guess we're hoping to get lucky till 2014. Ouch.

  • Ted Phillips has the pink slips in the 1st drawer and contract extensions for Angelo and Lovie in the 2nd.

  • It's easy to talk the talk, but have we seen any evidence that he can/will walk the walk? It would seem that (recent) history says no. If he understands that the lack of DA on the field was a mistake, then why did he give the person/people responsible a pass?

  • In reply to TrystanSpyder:

    Because he actually has no clue about DA or anything else to do with football.

    He's regurgitating what he's heard from everyone else in the NFL, mainly

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    In defense of Virginia, if Papa Bear had left her the whole thing, I highly doubt she'd be putting up with this shit.

  • From "the Observers" previous posts George Halas set this all up. Now, I don't understand S corporations at all, but it sounds like a lousy way to run a team.

    Anyway, I understand why you mentioned Daniel Snyder -- he calls all the shots -- but he's not exactly a good example to prove your point, unless your point is that there's somebody who's definitely in charge, and not that theres somebody that's definitely in charge that knows their ass from third base.

    I'd rather have Ted Phillips than Dan Snyder.

  • Snyder just proved he won't tolerate mediocrity and handed over the football reigns to a proven winner (Shannahan). I'll take Snyder. Phillips would be better served running Dunder Mifflin.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    how long do you think Snyder will keep his hands off?

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Agree about Snyder; I think all he wants is to win; he thought he could do it best by being involved; he was convinced otherwise and quickly changed course to turn it over. Now if it doesn't improve he might step in again, but at least he cares.

    At the risk of being repetitive (like the Toub for OC campaign), I will say again I expect Fewell to take the Giants job over the Bears if he has that choice. Jeff's post is another reason why.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Snyder has had the Redskins for ten years and lost consistently for the duration. He thinks he can apply business principles to a sport and expect success. Ted Phillips proves every single year that you just can't do that. His own ego won't allow him to keep his hands off ...

  • Look guys, I don't know about you but where all this is getting us. Unfortunately we're going to have to sit tight until we find out who the new hires will be. We'll have to then sit tight to see who the Bears draft and what free agents come to Chicago. Then we'll have to sit tight and endure the season.(hope not, but I think it will be a long one). This very well could be the longest year of our lives I'm afraid.

    Whoever the New hires are, they had better be good. I don't think the Bears faithful can take much more of this. Do the "BOZO'S" upstairs realize this?

  • what was that?

  • I didn't say Snyder doesn't want to win. My point is Snyder will fuck this up. Plus, I don't trust Shannahan with that much power. I'm not a Phillips apologist, by at least he knows he doesn't know enough about football to meddle in football decisions, other than cutting a check.

  • Phillips is a $$$ numbers jerkoff who gets paid to make sure nobody is stealing from Mc Cheapskees. You know, like if the kid selling stadium soda is pocketing an extra $5ski here or there. Teddy Ballbag makes sure parking lot clicker machines are working fine so or-gan-izzaation can reap the 46 bucks per car cash-ola. He knows shit about football and should have been fired last week. Now he'll hang around and continue as yes man for Ginn&Juice Mc Cheapskees

  • Phillips is a $$$ numbers jerkoff who gets paid to make sure nobody is stealing from Mc Cheapskees. You know, like if the kid selling stadium soda is pocketing an extra $5ski here or there. Teddy Ballbag makes sure parking lot clicker machines are working fine so or-gan-izzaation can reap the 46 bucks per car cash-ola. He knows shit about football and should have been fired last week. Now he'll hang around and continue as yes man for Ginn&Juice Mc Cheapskees

  • wow -- I don't know why my reply looks so weird.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    JDawg...mine do too, but then after it refreshes it goes back to what it should look like....

    or....

    McCaskey have infiltraited Jeff's Post and have had LDL and his Cover Who take try to mind sweep us.

    DAMN YOU LOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sorry for the double bogey...my bad!

  • Mine too

  • I just had an epiphany.
    Brian Urlacher is gone. He is old, overrated, hurt, declining and the strength of the D right now is LB. He will be traded, with some change (picks/other dude) for Brandon Marshall.
    Mark it. Someone, anyone remember I said it here first when it happens months from now. 54 for 15. Done.

  • In reply to animal:

    Let me have some of what you're smoking

  • In reply to animal:

    One can only hope Animal. A lot of noise was made about how he was strong and unhurt, and how he was going to be back to form. Then he gets a broken wrist the first game of the season. I don't think the problems we have on D will magically be solved with him back in play. If we can get a new toy for our QB, I think we should. The picks wouldn't hurt either. Actually, knowing who's picking, maybe they would....

    On a side note, how do you reply (instead of a general post half way down the page)?

  • In reply to TrystanSpyder:

    It was like almos the first PLAY of the season. Rediculous.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB...Was that a infamous Bubble Screen!?

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    I believe so Lobo

  • In reply to TrystanSpyder:

    Hit reply under the particular post and your'e good to go

  • In reply to TrystanSpyder:

    O.K. Getting back to what Jeff's original Post...As for Phillips and the Conference..

    I am not sure logistically how the room is set up but, the way TP,LDL,and JA kind of paused and looked off in the distance to one side... Hey have they place a mini Jumbotron in the Conference room so LDL can look up and get the answers?

    Almost like Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? Problem is he just sees himself and realizes.."SHIT WHERE ARE FU!@#$!@#ED" but boy do I look good.

  • In reply to TrystanSpyder:

    Look for changes when the old broad dies. Until then we will be orphans.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Mustache...More like the Island of Misfit Toys!!!!!

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Ohhhh, check out the new 'parent/child' arrows for sub posts... that's probably why the site was going apeshit for a while. HUGE improvement.

    And get your heads off your huge cock-shaped pillahs! Damn, makes me laugh every time I say it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB...lol

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Doc - probably because the Bear's offseason started about 8 or 9 weeks ago...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Doc...Theyr'e all line up for the Bears Cruise Ship Coming up..so they can work on their tan lines.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Word, Coach. I guess if Virginia McCaskey was a sexual position she'd be .....

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    EEEHHHHH!!! IS Stop that visual!!!

  • In reply to TrystanSpyder:

    We're "ok" at linebacker, especially if Pisa can stay healthy (what little time he was on the field he was a beast). Despite the recent decline, I'd REALLY hate to see Urlacher go, but if it can help the team overall, trade him. We don't want to have to go through this season again, and either way he can't have a lot of gas left in the tank. Then we'd be where we were this season when the inevitable goes down and we're trying to make up for his absence again.

  • In reply to TrystanSpyder:

    Alabama fakes a punt on the first drive with 3rd and 23 at their own 20. WTF is that? Sounds like something the Bears would do.

  • In reply to TrystanSpyder:

    sorry, 4th and 23.

  • In reply to animal:

    The bears will have to trade value to get value. Look for Briggs to be traded. The front office thinks we are deep at LB.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Mike V...PLEASE NO!!!! Stop drinking the Koolaid they have at Halas Hall ..We are not deep @ LB just look at what happened to us this year.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Hey, that's what they think. If they get a fair trade would you say its worth it. How about a top ten 1st round pick? Or maybe a pro bowl O-lineman and a 2nd round draft pick.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    The interesting thing is management/ownership has basically signed up for a pass/fail grade at the end of next season. Make the playoffs: pass; don't make the playoffs: fail.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    It shows how they're just prepared to fail. MAking the playoffs shouldn't be a goal. That's a loser's mentality. Saying you want to make the playoffs is like saying you want to exit the playoffs. I'm not interested in playoffs, are you ? What happened to winning a Lombardi? Pittsburgh have six. Doesn't that piss you off? Pittsburgh ?! Lovie showed us his low expectations when he first came to chicago .. "My priority is to beat Green Bay."
    WTF ? I couldn't believe he'd say that. It'd better be "To win the superbowl" and you didn't just mean that. My priority is to win two games a year. Jebus ....

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Hey, look on the bright side... There is zero Kool-Aid being served up next season. Unless, of course, you are the eternal optimist - and somehow think new coordinators are going to put is in the playoffs.

    You can only shatter a guy's dream so many times until I stop dreaming. This season was a heartbreaker, but I did learn ONE important thing: The longer you go losing, the easier losing is to digest. Towards the end of the season, each loss became more and more laughable. No more nausea, just plain entertainment.

    Next season - my goal is to not have ANY hope. I won't get mad at Lovie. I expect it. I won't have any expectations from the offense or defense. I will just simply watch. I'll wait for a new coach to make the Bears a "way of life" again. Now - it's just entertainment.

    I'm still a fan. I will always be a fan. But as the wise GW once said: "Fool me once... uh... shame on me.. Uh... CAN'T GET FOOLED AGAIN!"

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    spoken like a true libertarian!

  • In reply to jdawg:

    No, spoken like a true Smithsonian.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    You mean objectivist. (Ayn detested Libertarians.)

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Ugh, Rand, just cut to the chase and read Nietzsche instead.

  • In reply to number1ninja:

    Both are equally awful, but Nietzche had a real intellect. Rand was a poseur.

    Countdown to January 6, 2011...

  • In reply to number1ninja:

    You have to hand it to Jerry - getting the taxpayers to pay for his privately owned stadium. Like putting a black face on the President when the country is about to revolt. Genius ....

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    True JohnGalt, true. It gets easier to deal with losing. Burn the tumbleweed and check out a Lions board. Seems to be a lot of abject misery in the air on here, we go through this every year guys, we can't really say we're surprised. The excitement for me comes from the hope of winning in spite of the McCaskeys/Coaches/Management etc. And then the 'fans' that come on and say boycott the Bears !? Just when your team needs you to show up and root for them ... desert them ? Fickle fickle.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    some guy called into 670 the Score last night and asked if it would be worth trading Robbie Gould since he "has value". Everyone made fun of him.

  • In reply to BTiff:

    What an amazingly stupid thing that would be, eh? They should have laughed the guy off.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    it'll be interesting watching Lovie go down with the ship next year. He's thinking what we already know. He knows his ass is gone after 2010.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Great News, the Bears moved up in the ESPN power rankings after destroying Detroit last week.

    They "jumped" from 23rd to 22nd place. Unfortunately however, they were not the best 7 - 9 team in the League. That honor went to Miami.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    If they shop Briggs I'm bum-rushing Halas Hall. Anyone shakes a top ten first round pick for BU in the air and we bite their hand off ...
    Hell, I'd give Urlacher and Hester to the Rams for their first pick .....Mr. Suh ! How are you ! Here's some deep dish pizza sir ....oh, you'll be in Chicago for the next 8 years running amok and collapsing every O-line you meet ? That's lovely ....

  • In reply to animal:

    Sorry Animal: http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/view/142350-shanahan-eyeing-brandon-marshall

    Who do you think has a better shot at him? Us or Shanny and Snyder's endless pockets?

    We better start hoping for some smart pick ups (I know, I know) like Floyd or Naanee instead.

  • In reply to animal:

    BU has a fat back-ended contract that will make it tough for us to trade him...

  • In reply to animal:

    I like the Beast. A lot. Is it worth having Hunter Hillenmeyer as MLB though ? The Chicago Bears..... Bill George, Doug Buffone, Butkus, Singletary, Urlacher ... Hunter Hillenmeyer ? Brian is 32, not exactly one foot in the grave. Hurt ? He has a problem with his wrist at the moment - that's not his knee, hip, ankle. That will heal. He's had this year to rest basically, plenty more of that to come. Brian should be good to go for a season or two, about the same as Marshall. We'll see.

  • damn. good call.

  • Doc... Across the board my friend, from Mangagement to the some of the players and I agree with Try it happened about 8-9 weeks ago.

  • Mike McC was neutered after the McGinnis fiasco.

  • THAT was awesome. Great find BaM!

  • Trading Urlacher isn't a solution. His trade value is NILL. Even if they gussied it up with second and third round picks. He's still a washed-up 32 year old who hasn't played football in over a year. That needs to be nipped in the bud. If it's a player that the Bears don't want it's a player that nobody else is going to want...especially for a Pro Bowl quality talent like Brandon Marshall or Anquan Boldin.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Jerry Jones gave up the farm to Detroit for Roy Williams, and like him or not, look what we did with Cutler. There's a sucker out there.

  • In reply to number1ninja:

    We haven't started with Cutler yet, he has not received any development from us yet ... we have a Top Qb for the next ten years if we look after him. Follow Denver and see how they do in the coming years without a QB ..

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    IS..No he has received developement caoching from us ...The same lame shit LDL has been serving up for the last seven years.. Complacency and lack of fundementals.

    This is why in my book:
    L(limp)D(dick)L(lovie) fits him so well.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I still think we need better football players than what we have. Say what you want about the Bears' piss poor management structure,the Bears are 5 or 6 players away from being serious S.B. contenders.

    We are stuck with Lovie and the rest for at least another season. A done deal. That fat lady has sung.

    I aint gonna string a noose up in my basement over a bunch of clowns in suits talking nonsense at a press conference.

    Now we need to pay attention to what goes on for the next 4 months or so.

    We need a safety, a pass rusher and a reciever to make the play-offs next year. If nothing happens, if these clowns do nothing then we know nobody is serious.

    I am wait and see on this whole issue, i have never thought that a head coach wins football games-good players do.

  • In reply to Hoosierdaddy:

    Hoos..Good coaches know how to place great players in the best places to get the best out of the team.

    This staff has no forsight and imagination in what they have or had for the last seven years now.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    With the exception of Dave Taub you are correct, Lobo.

    Signed,
    Dave's BFF

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Dave's BFF...lol..point taken and correct

  • In reply to Hoosierdaddy:

    Today's David Haugh article makes me feel like shit. Why is it that the media always feels the need to piss on the fans' parade?

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Because they squat when they piss, and our parade is big enough for them to hit without aiming.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    I read the article. It does reinforce what I have been hoping for and suspect will be the Bears next move. Look to see the Bears hire some coaching talent from one of the teams in the playoffs. I feel very strongly about Carmichael/Saints. Would love to see the Bears go after a proven guy that is doing it now. I don't think the Bears will go second tier on their new hires.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Word on the street is Miami is trying to hire Carmichael as their Offensive Co-ordinator and I really hope the Bears will try to pursue him.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    As I cannot seem to "Reply" to ANY postings... (Is this my version of IE?) let me address a few things previously mentioned:

    Irish,

    I hope you aren't pointing me out as one of the many "fans" who scream 'boycott'. That is not me. I will pony up the incredible mounds of cash for Sunday Ticket, again next year. I will make it to at least one overpriced game, AGAIN, next year. I will buy some overpriced Bears merchandise, AGAIN, next year.

    What I will not do is get my hopes up, AGAIN, next year. The heart can't take it... The couch cushions that I slap so insanely in anger cannot take another 17 rounds of 3 hour beatings. My larynx can't take the screaming, and frankly - neither can the neighbors.

    The goal is to eliminate the false hope. I remember the preseason predictions from every major media outlet... I remember scoffing at anyone who didn't have us winning the NFC North. I remember believing those that said we'd make it to the SB. I guzzled kool-aid for months after finally getting that quarterback we needed so much in the prior 3 seasons. I did kool-aid keg stands for Forte's future. Olsen's future. Hester's future. Pisa - out. Pace - bust.

    Now, I say trade all 3. Get me a pass rusher. Get me some damn defense. Someone I can count on to guard a WR... Someone to rush a QB... Someone to make me forget about Mike Brown.

    Bell runs like he means it - unlike Forte. Dez still has a year or 2, not to mention that Kellen blows Greg away in general. Knox - in my opinion - makes Hester no longer needed. Out with the underperformers and in with the guys who seem to have heart. Sorry Matt, but you were the BIGGEST offensive dissapointment... You're on notice.

    I want Suh. I want a pass rush. I want a safety. Basically, I just want a real defense. I really want Lovie gone, but as that won't happen - get me a defense with some heart, and some ability to keep other OC's from looking like MENSA candidates. I'm sick of making Benson's look like Payton's, Ryan's look like Marino's, etc...

    We don't need to score 30 points a game if we can keep the other team to field goals again... Like the good ol' days.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    I concur.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    Lovie Smith peaked as the DC for St. Louis, and it is by no means a coincidence, that his team had to score 30+ points a game to make him look good.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    here...here..

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Ted Phillips is only an extension of the problem, as you said Jeff, with The utterly INEPT McCaskey's (I can't even call them leaders) above Phillip's, this franchise has NO LEADERSHIP and is run on the same level of ineptitude that the Oakland Raiders are under Al Davis. I am confident that Papa Bear, George Halas is rolling over in his grave daily in disgust of what his family has done to this otherwise proud and iconic sports organization!!!

    Unless the Bears are acquired by new ownership, the hopes of this franchise being a perennial NFL powerhouse organization is futile at best!!!

  • In reply to Hoosierdaddy:

    Ghost...Becuase in the media world..It's about stroking themselves rather than others.

    Also if Haugh was such a genius..wouldn't he be coach and not just a writer?

    Usually those who cannot sit on the sidelines and write about.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    I'll take a banged-up, washed-out, loudmouth, and his mass of muscle that hasn't played football in a year and a half over Hunter Hillenmeyer any old day of the week. Who else needs him ? That's the question ....

  • And there you have it Doc ...

  • I never liked McMahon. He was always about him, an 80's version of TO. Not too mention that he ended up a Packer.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Blasphemy!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I like Mike Brown.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Absolved!

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Irish, it's already friday where you are, have a pint for us.

  • Haha. Jerry Jones doing something isn't going to convince me it's right...

  • Great article Bam ! Nice to see the old team thinks the same way ... nothing changes til the old bird dies and they sell.

    And I do remember Mac telling us ....

    For that matter, I asked, why didn't they keep Rivera in the first place?

    "I have no idea," he said. "I told you guys 30 years ago [sic] what an idiot that owner [Michael McCaskey] is, and maybe you guys have finally realized it."

  • Risking death to play football LOL ! I hadn't thought of it like that Doc. It would take a hard heart to shoot a bus full of kids. I like to think we were part of the peace process back when no one thought there would ever be a peace process. Children of the Bears for peace :o)

  • Found it ! Proof we traded for the right guy ...

    http://www.thebrushback.com/Archives/cutler_full.htm

  • IF ye think ah'm sexy .... AND ye want may bo-day ...

  • you're really equating synder with successful off season tinkering? he is the exact opposite of everything a fan wants out of an owner.

  • I love the fact that Dan Snyder wants to win. This is commendable. He just hasn't found the right formula, and that is laughable.

    I can honestly say that I am not convinced our ownership group has the desire to win. It is much easier to predict the desire of one, then the intentions of many. Groupthink is anti-productive, indecisive, and almost always serves a different end-state then the one it was intended.

  • Our future is our past.

  • Mac=Packer AND viking. How does that happen???

  • Bam..Nice article pick up...but the best for me was to see the pic of MCFU!@$!@#$SKY with that shitass smile.

    He's thinking "MAMA I think I just made boom boom in my shorts"

  • Bam... Management doesn't want that.. For one split second in the History of this franchise in the modern era of the NFL... the Players took this on their own shoulders and willed themselves into the SB.

    Shear forsight and tenacity, incuding the HC and DC realized what they had..that no one else had and that was "FREEDOM". I mean in the sense that they could do anything from blocking,tackling, heaving the ball 70 yards, crushing opponents into the ground etc. From a "SB Shuffle" video to the Junkyard Dogs Poster, to wearing a headband with the name Roselle on it.

    They all knew that after that year their Bravado would be challenged. They all knew this was the time they could throw shit in the faces of the establishment and get away with it. It placed into the fans the last of what I beleive was the essence of the NFL for this franchise.

    I am sure it pissed the MCFU!@!#$SKY to no end..the players thumbing their noses at them, why do you think so many have piss poor words about the management/ownership?

    What we have now (NFL) "It's not personal it's just good business"

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