Alex Brown Says Goodbye

According to PFT, Alex Brown said goodbye to the Chicago Bears on Twitter today.  That the previous sentence can exist is problem enough.  What it states is downright tragic.  From Brown:

"I am extremely grateful for my time as a Chicago Bear and I wish the Bears the best," Brown wrote.  "I am glad that they gave me an opportunity to realize a dream I had had a child. I appreciate the fans but as we all know this is the nature of the business. Bear down!"

I wrote an entire column dedicate to how poor I thought this decision was and I stand by that.  The Chicago Bears had an opportunity to enter the 2010 season without any questions along their defensive line.  Apparently Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith...well...sigh...

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  • First! I agree and disagree about Brown. I love him as a player but he is getting old. Mediocre means mediocre. I just don't see how someone who doesn't start can just start the next year.

  • I agree with the last thread, that he may re-sign with the Bears for a lot less than $5M after it's all over. But waiting to release him until the last moment, to limit his options so he has little choice to re-sign with you - that's fucking classless towards a guy who has played his ass off for you.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP, did you expect anything else from JA/LS?

    Also, a bit off topic, but I found that Pompei making a case for Hester as a FT receiver to be interesting: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0331-pompei-on-bears-chicago--20100330,0,2464674.column?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+chicagosports%2FBears+%28ChicagoSports.com+-+Chicago+Bears%29

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I agree with Pomei 100%. Hester showed me last year he is a legitimate receiver. He's got good hands, actually runs crisp routes, he's now got a full year under his belt, showed he will go and get it in the middle, has the break-away speed, and showed he can take a lick and keep ticking. I don't care what number receiver you want to tag him with (I think we can get it done at WR with all the #2 and #3 we have), I think you see the most improvement out of him and the beloved G-reg this year on O. I'd rather have Skunk on the field all the time on O as compared with just limiting him to returns. Hopefully, all the talk of trading Olsen and moving Hester back to returns will stop soon and we can all move on to the reality of the situation.

    Hester=Hakim
    Olsen=Witten
    Give me Atogwe or give me death.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Do we even know anyone that could fill his shoes?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I don't think anyone liked Alex Brown based purely on personality. The guy is a terrific player.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I think some are missing the point about AB. Sure, he's not a perrenial pro bowl tight end, but, for the amount he was getting, he was a decent value player, and also provided a lot of intangibles.

    Also, he was consistent and stayed, for the most part, healthy. He was a guy you could count on and I think thats why people are upset that he's gone.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I said Tight end and I dont know why. Stupid me.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Before I read this article, MB, I'd just like to say how much I'm looking forward to reading the piercing and original insights of NFL legend - Dan Pompeii. Let's see what we've missed ....

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Wow. He's outdone himself.

    "He is a complete wide receiver with the potential to improve."

    - I'll just leave that as it stands.

    "Asking Hester to win jump balls would be like asking Shaquille O'Neal to dribble. Either way, you are courting turnovers."

    - Ahem. I thought he was the 'complete' wide receiver ... that means jump balls, blocking etc.

    "Hester struggled more with learning how to be a wide receiver than he ever struggled with learning the playbook. But he's past that now."

    - Says who ? Says Dan Pompei, who sees what no other man can see. He has a new, bigger playbook Dan. Join the dots ...

    "Hester is a hard worker who will embrace the challenge of Martz's offense."

    - Unless it's a run play, or a pass play not primarily designed to go to him, anywhere blocking might be involved. That thing receivers are required to do, that thing people like T.O. have no problem with.

    "Martz's offense should bring out the best in Hester the way a grass surface brings out the best in an athletic tennis player."

    - Pfft. Wtf ?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That's why I think AB would rather sit out next year than sign with us for less. The Bears brass has been totally classless with the guy that did everything right during his tenure. The Bears back handed AB like a red-headed step-child and screwed with his bargaining power by releasing him after free agency started but right before the draft. AB deserved better from da Bears.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    This is a business not a popularity contest. It's unfortunate but it's true. All we can do as fans is move on and hope Angelo, Inc. can fill the void of an Alex Brown by bringing in a game changer. My guess is he will. I don't say that with much confidence...

  • In reply to Joseph:

    so you rip a part of the heart & soul of the defense (and great locker room guy) to shave some money and get younger? fuck that noise.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    If AB comes back on a new 1-year deal (because he has no where else to go), and makes $1m instead of $5m - do you think he gives a shit anymore? Goes the extra mile? Plays hurt?

    No, I don't think so either. So I'm beginning to think they won't even bother resigning him, which makes the decision to hold out for a trade they know will never come even more stupid.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    This move is 2 years premature in my eyes. Expecially when Peppers has received some criticism regarding his effort, and we all know Tommie Harris isn't the poster child for heart or motor. You win championships with guys like AB. Baffling

  • In reply to Joseph:

    You also have the one of the worst defenses in the history of the Chicago Bears with guys like AB. Baffling. Truly.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    I really don't understand the love at all. Much the same for TJ when he left. 100% puzzled. This is football, not the fucking prom king.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    Look at it this way...if Peppers is the pie, then Alex Brown is the crust. Idk...just go along with it

  • In reply to Joseph:

    What kind of pie are we talking here because if it's coconut cream this is going to be a loooooong year.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    This pie...

    http://www.blogdownchicagobears.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/jerry_graph.jpg

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    Oh, SUUUURE, Blogfather.

    The "...Horrid Mistake" thread stays up for over FOUR DAYS.

    The thread with MY NAME in it? GONE IN HEARTBEAT!

    LOL. I'm sure the crowd are lovin' it!

    Andy Warhol only promised we'd be famous for 15 minutes so I'm ahead of the game.

    But seriously, folks, I will STIFLE the string of EPITHETS boiling in my brain regardinb THIS thread but SPARE ME the "it's a business" rationale.

    This make no sense at all from a football standpoint!Unless, of course, you've never seen Mark Anderson play since his rookie season,

    Usually, it's the TROLLS who leave a big stinky pile that I make note of but the stench from THIS move is palpable all the way here in the sunny southwest and you'll need a DUMP TRUCK to haul it away as Lovie Smith adds to his ridiculous "Legacy".

    Alex Brown. What a class act and a stand-up guy.
    You mean to tell me HIS kind of character isn't worth $5m a year?

    With Apologies to Alphonso Bedoya in Treasure of Sierra Madre:

    "Character? Wha' CHARACTER? We ain' GOD no CHARACTER!
    I ain' god to cho ju any STEENKIN' CHARACTER!"

    Horse-puckey!

    "I'll take 'Unbelieveably Stupid Lovie Smith Decisions' for 2,000, please, Alex."

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Explain to me how giving Alex Brown away for free was a foregone conclusion before it happened? Did you know this was going to happen when the Bears signed Peppers because I don't think anyone else did.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Haven't you been reading the reports on the wires for the last several days. How many times did AB go to the ProBowl? I liked the guy too. AB just happens to be one of those players that becomes to expensive to keep. Especially since JP is on our team now. Maybe this free's up some money to go after atogwe or sharper. I think this is more of an indication that a new free safety is on the way.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Do you measure players value by pro-bowl appearances?
    Reading recent news is different than stating you knew releasing AB was a foregone conclusion.
    Do you really want old balls Sharper coming off reconstructive knee surgery?
    Do you really think the Bears org weighs the pros and cons before releasing a player? Great insight.
    I'll ignore your stupid ask Jerry and Lovie bullshit, if you ignore me grieving one of my favorite players as well as one of the best players on the Bears.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Based on the comments on this blog over the last 4 days I think its reasonable to say most of us could see the writing on the wall. My pro bowl point was to reiterate that he wasn't a great player. AB made millions. Yes millions, while he was a Bear. The guy has been well compensated and while it's easy for us to rip every decision that this org makes I also believe that from time to time we will lose some players that were Bear fan favorites no matter who the coach is and that's just how it goes.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    And yes, I'll take Sharper over anybody we have on the Roster at FS.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I'm starting to see why Denny Green was fired.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Which time?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Well, I can't get libelled for calling him a molester, it would have to be untrue ...

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Every report has stated that he was one of the Bears most consistent players. He is a leader with Mike Brown mentality when it comes to the politics. He has the numbers that fly in the face of those who call him average or overpaid. Overpaid is Tommie Harris and was Nathan Vasher, but we all had thoughts that maybe Vasher would return to what he showed when he got his money, figuring he had a couple injury issues, the team had injury issues and was not accomplishing anything on the D-line as they did in 05-06. We also have consistently wondered if this staff and their constant musical chair mentality (one of the chairs being in the form of the bench) is a contributing factor.

    As per the usual though, JA has stated we, as a team, reward our own. Free agency in the past has been done within. Examples, TH, LB, BU, DH, RG and maybe others I cant remember. To me he has done what was asked of him and with more consistency than other overpaids. For some reason that philosophy didn't come up this time.

    Mike Brown restructured his contract at least two times to stay with the Bears and ultimately when he was still healthy (though not the same superstar as previously) and a better option than any of the other options on the roster, they held him out of that last game against the Texans that would have put us in the playoffs with a win. They tried to say he wasn't 100%, he stated he was, then they released him. So in Kansas City he makes it through a second season in a row injury free and had a solid year while we needed that very position all season long and still need that position.

    I go into that long description to somewhat compare the AB situation, he watched MB restructure his contract and how they rewarded him, but he currently doesn't want to do that, can he be blamed after watching how Mike Brown was treated?

    Until further notice and it is officially announce I will keep the hope alive that Alex will remain because he can change positions and still be better than the others and so can Peppers with his ability to move around the line. Getting Peppers with AB still on the roster put the D back in position to be considered something to be feared.

    Briggs, Urlacher, Tinoisamoa, Harris (good or better Harris), Peppers, Brown and Izzy is an outstanding D line! Then we are back to our real problems at CB and S that have yet to be resolved. If losing AB gets us an above average safety, maybe, just maybe it will be worth it, but looking at ALL their past decisions does NOT give me the confidence that it will happen.

    On the other side we still need a true #1 Receiver, but at least there is the possibility that the Marts system is wide open enough for that not to be as big a problem, so you definitely need to improve the line. I know I am preaching to the choir, but just wanted to round off my rant with just a little balance.

    I am pleased with the pre-season info that came out stating we will only be playing four games again this year vs five, hate that extra game increasing injury chances prior to the season.

    Until I am proven wrong, I am standing by my statement that K. Bell is the second coming of Mike Alstot and I really want to see him given the chance.

    Jeff, one part of me will be pissed if Vasher shows "suddenly remembered" skills in San Diego, but I would love to see another indictment of this coaching staffs inability to be flexible in the scheme, lameness in maximizing player strengths and stupidity in getting talented players off the bench (or the so-called redshirt problems)when the starters aren't performing consistently. This indictment would create another building block to the primary arguments we have been making for three years now.

    Shon-out, Bear Down!

  • In reply to shonbear:

    Well said Shon. They're basically throwing him bag and baggage out onto the sidewalk though - they aren't making noises like they've been caught secretly shopping him. They came out and said "Thanks Alex, now fuck off. Anyone want to trade for him ? Nah, that's okay you can probably pick him up for free later on." And that was it ! They all climbed back into the clown car and screeched off again. This really a wait and see deal ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Hey Irish, I agree, Brown was literally thrown to the curb, wasnt he? I do not like how this whole situation has been handled by the Bears. Not only did they act disrespectfully to Brown, but they didnt even get anything for him! Because they told the whole league they would release him if they couldnt trade him. Oh, that was real Smart, but why am I not surprised with this management team,LOL(thats for you Crock, I mean Doc)!!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    *ding ding ding*.

    I like Trac.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Now boys. Common. Break it up, walk it off.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I still think AB is undervalued, his stats are misleading, he is a better DE than Izzy and Anderson by far, and will be missed performance wise as much as Mike Brown was after he departed.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Izzy and Anderson are not getting paid $5MM!

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    Actually, now that I say that, holy crap, maybe Izzy is? In '08 his cap number was $2.1MM and in '09 it was $3.5. Not sure what '10 will be?

    Shit, Mark Anderson's ENTIRE contract hasn't been $5MM.

    http://content.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/salaries/playerdetail.aspx?lname=anderson&player=4010

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    By far ? How so ? Izzy is awesome everytime I manage to see him, and he was playing tackle - he hasn't got the weight to play tackle and he did pretty well.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    +1

    If it gets us a safety of worth then it's better than not doing it.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Preseason opponents announced.

    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?story_id=6655

    Hey MB30SD, we should hook up in the lot before the game!

    So glad the boys are comin back to SD! Wish it was regular season though...

  • In reply to MatthewIsMyForte:

    We get the Raiders and the Cards here. Ugh.

    On the bright side, sometimes I can get tickets to these games, and go watch 'Pillsbury' Russell throw a few up and out routes before getting pulled. And maybe a few throws by JC before 3 quarters of Calebisms.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Who knows, maybe I'd get to see McNabb in Black n Silver.

  • In reply to MatthewIsMyForte:

    Matty, I'm in.

    Super fired up our Bears will be in the SD. Good shit. Just wish it was a real game.

  • In reply to MatthewIsMyForte:

    Bear Brothers & Sisters(if any)..including The Blogfather are you really surprised? I can go back in threads remembering us talking about "The Shell Game", "Clown Car" "Douchebags" do I need to go on.

    It just chaps me that we get pr#!@ked teased by these assholes and take it.. inlcuding me. I will not go positive, because this management does not deserve a break any longer, and from this point on I will second guess everything they do and their motives.

    MM.. I hope that fire ants nest in your private regions and infest for years to come.

    TP..I have nothing for you becasue you are not worth it. I am still trying to figure out what.. as DaCoachMustache would say "What sexual Act would you be". I am thinking you are an alley cat getting ganbanged by 15 Pitbulls on the front lawn.

    JA..you my friend remind me why witch hunts were so popular...you are the "DEVIL".

    LDL YOU SUCK!!! your coaching skills remind me of a my college days ..... after a weekend of partying and then starting to stumble out, we find that someone took a dump in the corner..That's you! cold,wet and stains for days to come and lingers even longer..you need to go!

    I was understanding about a possible trade for AB.. But to play this out they was it has been done is just typical BEARS MANAGEMNT. I understand about age, not personal it's just good busienss etc. But look at the pattern of cutting out the heart of this team.

    TJ...Offense...Leader in the huddle and passionate.. Heart

    MB...Defense..Leader in the Back field ..General on the Field. Heart

    NV..Defense..Experience..Ball Hawk..Passion..Heart

    AB..Defense..Motor..Not in LDL's LovieFest BFF..Heart

    I know they all may not be Pro-Bowlers but if you have a TEAM believing in themselves you don't need pro-bowlers. You need gladiators believing in themselves that they can win. This upper Management does not do this. Even one of our most glorious years 1985 they all had heart, may not have been pro-bowlers but had HEART!!!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    +1

  • In reply to Joseph:

    We all knew this was a foregone conclusion didn't we? So why are we back to the same place we were at for the last 5 days? The Bears org. has staff in place that weigh the pro's and con's of letting a player like brown go. Izzy will start in his place and Gilbert, Adams, Harrison will play a bigger role. What's so hard about this guys. It's not like we just cut Walter Payton, it's time to move on.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    If they were going to shop him, shop him. But don't kick him onto the street and say "This guy is homeless." ...

  • He is saying goodbye... I don't think he is coming back.

  • gutting...

  • Doc..I have to tell you that putting that list even though small just makes me sick and realize how bad this managemtn is...ugh..

  • doc...a great image ..Love Seinfeld!!!LOL!! did you see the new thread bro? I re-threaded what I said previously

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