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StarCaps Trail Over: Suspensions Unlikely
The entire StarCaps situation, from start to finish, has been an utter disaster for the NFL.  They have all-but begged the legal world to punish the Williams sisters while the Vikings and Minnesota court system has laughed and gone about their business.  Now the jury-less trial is over and Florio at PFT has a nice synopsis of the expected verdict (click here for the full column):

But the biggest question in the case apparently will be resolved by the
middle of May:  whether Vikings defensive tackles Kevin and Pat Williams
will be suspended four games for testing positive for the banned
diuretic that had been secretly placed into StarCaps.  In our view, two
key facts could drive this decision in favor of the players.  First,
others who tested positive for Bumetanide after taking StarCaps were
not suspended.  Second, the league learned that StarCaps contained
Bumetanide -- a potent drug with potentially serious side effects --
but did nothing to warn the players, the FDA, or anyone else of this
discovery.

Here's hoping this won't drag on through another season.

All on Cutler?
Matt Williamson over at ESPN writes a nice breakdown of the pressure on Jay Cutler to perform in 2010.  It goes without saying (but I'll say it anyway): if Jay turns the ball over at the rate he did in 2009, the Bears and their coaching staff will suffer the same fate.   

Chester Taylor Inherits #29
What a strange way for Adrian Peterson to realize he's not going to be on the roster any longer.  (Side note: Funny how Taylor exits the shadow of Adrian Peterson only to enter the jersey of Adrian Peterson.)

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  • Fizzirst Byitches!!!!

  • That would be funny, you never know the Vikes are cheap. It is looking like L.T is going to sign with the Jets. I was happy he left the Vikes without a deal. Larry Johnson also signed a 3 year deal with the Skins. I was most happy that the Vikes & Packers didnt get Thomas Jones glad he went to the Chiefs. As far as the Williamses boys, this whole deal being strictly done in their hometown court systems is a Joke. Others players had to follow the rules and pay the piper, but these losers get special treatment.. I read on another blog where a reporter from Boston said the Patriots could be offering one of their 3- 2nd rd picks to the Bears for Greg Olsen. It seems realistic since the Pats just lost their top T.E to free agency. Stay tuned.

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    +1 about Thomas Jones

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    +2!

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    bye AP. always had liked your effort on plays, and i wont miss the times you cost us big plays with your attitude.

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    Nothing new here Jeff. I guess you're bored too. I Can't wait for the draft. Rumors are starting to surface the Bears are considering trading Nick Roach and Jamar WIlliams. 2nd round tender on Roach, not sure what the tender would be on williams.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Who knows what will actually happen, but jesus are you serious Angelo

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Personally M.B...Roach, H.H, and Williams are undersized and a liability against the run. I would send 2 of 3 of those guys packing. Keep Williams as a back-up/Special Teams duties only. Don't get me wrong, they filled in great when BA and Pisa went down but they don't exactly strike fear in the opponents eyes. Last year teams attacked those guys every time.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Joe, really man? You gots to have backups at the very least. We didn't grab Witherspoon when he was on the table, and from my perspective Roach and Jamar (more so Jamar) could play a much more regular role in our D. The Steelers run a 5 LB scheme once in a while that looks fierce.

    I know it was only one game, and it was against the Rams, but dude has skills. And we all know that Lovie and JA have a habit of letting some of our best talent languish on the bench.

    There's got to be a place for Jamar on our D. And if that wasn

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    100% with you there on Jamar - I'd love to see him on the field with Briggs and Lac. Chili and Butters up front ? Damn ...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    can

  • In reply to Joseph:

    HH certainly got picked on, he was completely useless in all but one game. No one was picking on Williams in the one game he started. He was picking on them. At 6'0, 230 lbs they should see if he's a ball hawk at safety .... if Roach and HH go, it's no loss ...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'll pop a testicle if they trade williams ... you don't give away good linebackers.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    You got that right, Trac. Just don't like nothing up top for more than a couple days in the off-season. And I don't see much point to draft previews when we don't draft till 2019.

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    The Vikes are cheap? Do you pay attention to anything other than those stupid voices in your head? They've paid some big contracts out the past couple of years. You would know that if you payed attention to NFL as a whole.

    The Packers didn't get Thomas Jones because apparently they had ABSOLUTELY NO INTEREST IN HIM YOU PUTZ! They have Ryan Grant, you know the guy that ran for 1200 back to back years despite being on a pass first team & on an average AT BEST run blocking team. Thomas Jones had the best run blocking line in the league the last 2 years. His stats were inflated due to those outstanding lines & overpaying for him would've been a huge mistake. Not to mention that he would have to learn a whole new system. It wasn't worth it in the least bit. The Packers front office isn't as dumb as the bears.

    Now go wipe the drool off your face, party girl & go learn the game better before you open your uninformed mouth!

  • In reply to MadMaxRockatansky:

    That's why your team is targeting a RB in the first round right Douchetasky?

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Are you now a part of the Green Bay front office? How else would you know who they are targeting in the 1st round? Nobody & I mean NOBODY outside of the Green Bay front office knows who their targeting. Keep trying to use mock drafts as your arguing point.

  • In reply to MadMaxRockatansky:

    What RB would the be targeting anyway? C.J. Spiller? Jahvid Best? Ryan Matthews? I'm intrigued to hear your inside info, Packer GM Joseph. Please enlighten me O wise & ever knowledgeable one.

  • In reply to MadMaxRockatansky:

    As a matter of fact I've be promoted to Director of Player Personal for the Green Bay Packers.

  • In reply to MadMaxRockatansky:

    And you clearly don't know shit about Thomas Jones because he put up those kind of numbers with the Bears before he went to the Jets you goon.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    You mean when he had a good run blocking O line on the Super Bowl contending bears? I would've loved to see how he would've done last year on the bears. I bet he would've been All Pro. Give me a break & snap into reality bozo. The Jets let him go for a reason. They think a RB coming off a compound fracture is worth more to them then he is & that should tell you a lot.

  • In reply to MadMaxRockatansky:

    Listen you little insecure serial sheep molester. I know you obviously crave attention so Congratulations you got a response from me little man. But this will be the last time I respond as I will no longer give in to your twisted desires,LOL. It is not the Bears fans fault you are a Loser, were picked on constantly and abused by your uncle. So keep your hatred to yourself Chump!! You are truly a poster child for what a low life piece of shiht really is, LOL! Why dont you use your mouth for what its best for and service your boyfriend! The best way to run off insecure little boys like yourself is to ignore you and not respond, so that is what I Will Do,fom now on! I Hope you enjoyed your moment of twisted glory, but you wont get a response again from me, I will ignore the Troll, I suggest you all do the same. Bye Bye!! GO BEARS!!!!

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    There you again with those bizarre & outrageous comments that only a psychopath would use. For societies sake you need to institutionalized with a straight jacket in a padded room. I feel for your family, I really do. Talk about " twisted "!

  • In reply to MadMaxRockatansky:

    Who let the vermin in? On the count of 3, unleash Hell.

  • In reply to MadMaxRockatansky:

    A team not having *any* interest in TJ - one of the fittest specimens in football ? That's funny.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Are you serious? That's your reasoning? If he is so great, then why did the Jets let him go & why didn't the bears take a look at him? " one of the fittest specimens in football " Now I've heard it all. I take it your a combine warrior too. You probably think Vernon Gholston is a stud too... MORON

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I didn't know that Bullocks signed his offer sheet Thursday.

    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?story_id=6615

    That should solve our... oh wait. Nevermind.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    LT's agent is negotiating with both the Jets and Vikes and he is expected to pick one today. Article says he is leaning towards the Jets. Go Jets!

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4994748

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Bears VS Puke on NFL Network.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    I was at this game...but my vision was blurred by kickoff. I remember the Packer fans behind me getting pissed because I kept calling his cheese hat stupid. Hahaha

  • In reply to Joseph:

    thinking of puke
    http://www.amake.us/images/essays/cheesehead.gif

  • In reply to Joseph:

    J...yeah..."The Beggining of the End" for our season"

    LDL "We are a good football team" NO DIPSHIT you weren't...
    Your season sucked and you suck as a coach..2009

    the only thing that may be great this year is beside you sucking as a coach the players may show up and bitch slap your ass on the sideline and duck tap your ass so you have no coaching ability during games!! I need ACME DUCK TAP PLEASE!!!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    I'd like to drop an Acme Anvil on Lovie's nuts...maybe we could get some emotion out of him. lol

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Speak not ill in that way of our Coach lobo. Wait until he retires or is fired but he is our coach and he has taken our team to the Superbowl. I don't have a problem roasting his schemes, timeouts or decisions but lets try to keep our comments measured somewhat. Has suckatansky been messin with you again?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Trac, fuck Lovie.

    Guy's a moron who refuses to do what's best for this team, and stubbornly sticks to bad strategy and execution just to protect his enormous ego.

    He got to the show on Rivera's D and a Dog-send in #23... he doesn't deserve much of our respect in my mind. Not saying he's the worst coach in the NFL, but he

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Fine, I'll buy that argument and I have no problem with your take. Just getting tired of the below the belt stuff. We all have our opinions, not sensoring, just exercising my opinion is all.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Totally get it Trac, and appreciate your efforts to keep things positive and up beat. Good for you.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    trac..mb.. I will try not to allow my anger get the better of me. yeah right...f!#!#k it!! either I'M in it to win it or not.. a wise man one said' If your not first your last"!!!!

    nah I will be good..
    p.s. his coaching skills need to improve..hows that?lol

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    2nd place is just 1st losers Lobo.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    is that what the line is? shit my memeory is crap!!!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Does Lovie even know that his coaching skills have to improve? Or does he rationalize all the losses and blame it on anything but himself? That would be a big, potentially unfixable problem.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    dang my grammar is shit today..sorry all. I'm Out!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Grossmans skitzo play was not on Lovie. Keeping him the starter as long as he did was. Fair argument there. Injuries killed our prospect at being competitive in '07, the year after our SB. When we went 9-7 the following year the players had opportunities to win 2 games at the end of the year and didn't get it done. We were close to reaching the playoffs and our Defense was to blame(not the coaching)by allowing Atlanta to steal that game. Mike Brown's inability to stay healthy played a major role in our secondary sucking. Last year Cutler's composure and overall decision making was horrible. Can't blame Lovie for that. Instead turner took the hit and Cutty was given a pass. Fair enough as it was his first year in a Bears uniform. Has Lovie made mistakes, yeah no argument here. Does he deserve to be fired next year if we miss the playoffs again, yeah.

    My only disclaimer concerning our play the last 3 years is the fact that injuries have played a major role in effecting the outcome of most of the last 3 years. Lovie can't account for that and has to do the best with the players on the field. Hell, Cahill Bell(our practice squad RB) was playing at the end of the season. I want to win as bad as you guys but I just don't think its right to attack a mans character but rather his decisions. That's all I'm saying.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I get where you're coming from Trac, but it's a HC

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB..your scaring the living SH$!T out of me..while I am posting we are on the same wave..WOW!!!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    yes sir.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    LT signs a 2 year deal with The Jets. Suck it Minnesota.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4994748

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    NCAA Brackets are out

    http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/tournament/bracket

    Let the madness ensue.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    sweet

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    trac. I'm with you bro...

    What I have a hard time with is is is stubborness on choices as a coach..when a n injury comes on with other not all teams your purpose as a coach is to examine all you chances.. He did not do that. not until the end of the year did he put in and change up the o-line..poor coaching as for JC year he d tried to much..and got his you know what caught in the zipper..youch! but he was also running for his life because of RT & LDL being stubborn with our line..

    as for Bell again injuries that's why Bell moved up LDL would of never o.k'ed any of that..His coaching skill are vlasid if no inept..again the fear! once he is in a corner then the choices come from that.

    Also as a coach are you not to understand your personal? That's his JOB..bro..His J.O.B. !!!

    now as for MB yeah but the carosel he played with our personal did not help..he is incapable of evaluating personal..
    He maybe fine as a DC... BUT NOT A HEAD COACH is all I'm saying..

    and I can agree to disagree it's all good..

    I like your line of thinking many of time trac..and it keeps me as a better fan..and many others that's whay I post on this blog with Jeff and all of you..just makes me a better fan of the Bears and of the NFL!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Mb and lobo, that's what I'm talking out and those are the kind of arguments I respect. Well done. If the Bears don't make the playoffs and lovie doesn't redeem himself I'll be right with you telling him not to let the door hit him on the way out.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Agreed except that I think that he has some coaching character flaws but in honor of the push for optimism for this season I will not refer to him as "Chest Dump Lovie" until he calls a TO to decide if he wants to risk a TO to call a challenge.

    And didn't Atlanta only have a chance at that because Lovie decided to kick short and not deep to run off more of the clock. As Our Boy Roy says, "Lovie is playing checkers while the rest of the league is playing chess." He can not adjust in game and I feel we win in spite of him more than anything. But it is mostly on the players by a large margin and he is our coach so Go Lovie.

    As long as we all agree it is playoffs or bust than I won't bitch about him until he gives us a new reason to. Does he get blame for any of the bad personnel decisions? Sorry, Go Lovie.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Head coach is ultimately responsible for the coaches he delegates to which happened to be Dave toub in that situation. Toub blew several situations that backfired this year but he also is arguably the best in the bussiness. Don't forget it was lovie who hired him.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Even a blind squirrel gets a nut once in a while Trac.

    ...and Lovie is most certainly a blind squirrel.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Lovie left Shabba on the bench all year, Trac. Why ? He let Cutler sink into a quagmire seemingly with no help. He had no mentor and is senior QB on the Bears, yet Lovie did not once seem to take issue with it. Bench the guy for a game. Pull him out. Show him what is not acceptable. Mike Singletary did it to Vernon Davis in the middle of a game. Enough. You're done. Come back when you're serious and you want to play football. I do think Lovie gets more than his fair share of blame - it can't all be his fault -although his team selection sucks. I think Ted Philips gets very little off us - he is the chief architect of our woes and deserves a lot more abuse. The buck stops with him. He built the clown car and painted it and that's his screechy voice that comes out of it ...

    The other worrying thing is that the one super bowl he brought us to, he wasn't prepared for it.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    +100%

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    irish..right on target!!!!!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Check the 3rd one down. Fucking Jets making a play for a dynasty in the 2010s: http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/features/rumors?&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fnfl%2ffeatures%2frumors

    Man, that

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yup, Mr. Marshall, the missing piece of the Super Bowl puzzle for me, and half of Lobo's guards ....

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Man, it's gotta suck to be a Browns fan. Not only is your sorry existence relegated to living in Cleveland (anywhere in Ohio really), but your team's management makes Al Davis look like a genius.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP...you just grounded us all...I am glad to be a Bear Fan and not a Brown FanToday !! can we all here and AMEN!!!!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Yeah, no matter how long we wait for another ring, we're not the Browns ...

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Wow. Manu is going to make TWELVE times Olsen's salary this year ? If I was Greg I'd be pissed all right ... looks like we could have some trade bait after all.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    If they're paying this guy $6 Million a year surely that means Olsen is history ...?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Trac, Irish, Doc, MB, lobo. I NEVER SAID LOVIE WAS A ROCKET SCIENTIST OR A FOOTBALL GENIUS. THE MAN IS OUR COACH GOOD OR BAD. AS MANY DEFICIENCIES AS THIS TEAM HAS I WILL NOT ATTACK HIS CHARACTER. THAT'S ALL FOLKS.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    trac...it's all good.... I said it earlier in the thread..I love the agree/disagree... discussion,rants,screams all of it!! Why? Because we all want the same thing..."THE RING" boys "THE RING" and we all have many iseas of how to get it. I just hope that this year Management,Coaching and Players are all on the same page and ..."BELIEVE" the can win!!!

    We all can change..and for the better..hopefully...I find it interesting talking about learning from one's mistakes.The true mistake is when you just keep doind them and not learning from them.

    "Why do we fall? to learn how to get up."

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Right On Lobo. Great response, I couldnt agree more.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Trac, no all-caps necessary my man. You started a discussion and it just went from there. The bad stuff wasn't directed at you, it's directed at lovie. You don

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, this form of communicating really sucks sometimes. The caps only was meant to indicate that I'm on board with mostly all the criticisms the average Bears fans have with this regime. My statement concerning below the belt stuff is totally separate from the criticisms. Everyone thinks that I am dissagreeing with the football side of your arguments, I'm not. The caps were meant to emphasize that.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I actually used to defend Lovie quite a bit. However, the biggest frustration I've had is his stubbornness and unwillingness to adapt/change unless he is absolutely forced to. To a certain extent its a good thing Martz is here, not because Im particularly fond of him, but because he is the type of guy to take control, for better or worse. As we all have, Ive watched football my whole life, and last year I saw a team that was just flat out unprepared to start games. That is 100% on the HC.....

    As I've stated before, we are kind of in a win-win situation, because this season will conclude with only 2 outcomes. We either make the playoffs and make a serious run, or the entire regime is changed.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Or .... we collapse into the playoffs and Lovie gets another year - Angelo is going nowhere next year regardless.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Hey its all good Trac, I thought you made some great points as did the rest of you concerning Lovie. But you know what, at the end of the day, We are ALL Bear fans and we all want to Win! That, I think, we can all agree on! Some of us just see it happening in different ways with different opinions. These blogs would be boring if we all thought the same things, LOL. So GO BEARS!! BEAR THE F%%CK DOWN!!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Well said, and good point. I could have him sticking around if Philips and Angelo weren't such muppets. Winning makes everything better ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    That's the ONE thing about Angelo that is a high point. The dude can negotiate the fuck out of some youngsters. Our picks are ALWAYS signed the fastest. Of course, this year that will be much easier without picks in rounds 1 or 2. Rounds 3-umpteen have no leverage whatsoever.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    Incidentally, I just realized maybe that is why the traded their first round picks in a non-capped year. It's going to be fucking nuts this year. Just avoid that headache completely and sign people that have proven themselves. Peppers, Taylor, and Manu have done so. I can't say I disagree if that is in fact the strategy.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    I seriously, honestly, wholeheartedly doubt that Jerry and Lovie posses that much strategic insight Mike. Serious, serious doubt.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    Go screw yourself Sdwat. Being critical is part of fandom. Stop using the term myopic.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    That last part was really funny.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    Fast, sloppy, and horrendously overpaid. (see Irish's note about manu above).

    BTW, I'm not trying to be overly negative about all of this guys, I do read outside views. I digest it, take it all with a grain, and then try to pull together a cohesive viewpoint.

    I'm not putting it out there as the only truth, just my truth. I do believe that I just calls it as I sees it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Angelo is the one that really gets on my tits ... with his wee beedy eyes ....

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    trac..never have bad mouthed the man.. I may respect the man.... not the coach and his style never have..As my grandfather expressed to me many a years ago.."respect is earned not given" and he hasn't earned from me...not yet.

    I have questions about his coaching skills. By proof of our standings in recent years he was incapabile of being in the moment. That year the team went to the SB that defense would of pretty well kept even the lions in it!.. also if you look back out offense was because of Hester..he was an offensive weapon..and what did we do we created Hester/Jester experiment and how did that go for us? and by the way trac..he was out coached in the SB too! look at the score..Indy has a ring and we don't plain and simple!!

    Now I know I will behave as best I can.

    But when the replay played his podium speech I just realized how dullisional he really is. As his team feel apart in front of him he never once took the blame as the coach and want to change it. Even as we speak I find it hard to beleive he really wanted JC he was backed into a corner and made the move from fear not a level headed place . This year is his fear year.. He and JA are on the hot seat and/or a true Old Fashion Lynching may happen in Soldier Field!!! and it will be JA & LDL swinging from the yeard arm!!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    We all wear masks Lobo, all of us, me included. I'm not talking about respect, or criticizing our teams mistakes or wrongheadedness. Its all fair game. I don't know, just kinda wanting to promote a threshold of evenhandedness on our blog. Great debate under control kinda thing.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    It should definitely make for an entertaining season.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Well said Lobo - if we actually listed the strange things Lovie has done then maybe more people would get it. Devin Hester is pretty close to the top if not *the* top. We took an Olympian and moved him to a supermarket packing groceries. And remember, this guy wanted Kyle Orton - not Jay Cutler - to be the Bears QB. Now, some of you may think we'd be better off with Kyle, and to you gentleman I say ... medication time, Nurse Rex will be a long in a minute. I'll take Jay for ten years, who wants Lovie ..?

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Jebus. I know nothing about his former team or Del-homie himself, except that he sucked so badly it was painful to hear about last year. The Browns are hanging all their hopes on Delhomie and seneca wallace? That can't be good.

    Although I thought Wallace had potential watching him play against our terrible D, just not sure he's even close to an elite level QB. I was actually pretty impressed with the browns in the second half of the season. Should be interesting to see what homgren can make happen.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB..yeah either him (Quinn) or now that Shaun Hill is going to the Lions would of been good "pine sanders".. incase of you know what.. don't want to post it and jinx JC..

  • In reply to Joseph:

    By the way Brady Quin goes to Denver..bye.bye....KO nice guy but Josh McDaniels just gave you papers to "sand the pine" buddy..remember when you were in Chicago under Rex..well welcome to the real world..screw you donkeys!!!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Quinn will be the backup under Orton, period. No way that guy will be able to beat out K.O.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    we will see

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Man, Orton can't catch a break. They nabbed Quin for a bag of Frito Lays.

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    Sign Sharper, sign T.O, we get older but gain experience at the position we need most. They can be mentors to the young while we cut the dead weight and build through the draft. Hopefully Angelo Inc. can find a diamond in the rough. That's my story and I'm sticking with it...

  • In reply to Joseph:

    OK with Sharper (rather have the guy from the Rams). Big NO to T.O. Not that much left in the tank VS the personal drama. He didn't have much drama last year but that was Buffalo. No offense to Buffalo (how can you not love the area?) but the Chicago media would stir him up into a frenzy. Not to mention I've seen no evidence of him mentoring anyone. Maybe he has but I've never read it anywhere.

    Who knows? Maybe the Broncos will get so sick of Marshall the Bears will get him. Now THAT would get me excited. I'm really bummed they could have had Boldin for a #3. Too bad they let that deal slip away.

    The Williams Wall case doesn't surprise me. Sucks they're going to get away with it. Too bad Miller didn't fight it.

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Oh so would I on Atogwe, but no way they will pay that guy what he deserves...he's top 5 talent.

    Trust me...I want the Boldins, I want the Marshalls but they cost WAY to much since they will demand a long term deal and I don't think Angelo Inc. has anymore funny money to give out. T.O is big, runs precise routes, willing to mentor, has 1-2 GOOD years left and is a red zone threat. He's calmed down over the years and played in Buffalo for Christs sake and kept his mouth shut. Signing T.O would be exactly what we need THIS year. And did I mention he can block??

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Your tempting me Joseph

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    T.O. at the right price makes our corps look a lot better. Telling me he can't run a short slant or catch a jump ball on a small back ? Guy's a legend, are we that in love with Rashied Davis or Juaquin ? Sign him. 91 on a DE ... spend $5M on a receiver. And sign Atogwe already Angelo WTF are you waiting for ?

  • In reply to Joseph:

    WHAT on earth is that ODOR?

    Ohhhh, now I see it.

    Sigh, another pathetic pile of rocketansky to clean up.

    I just can't sign off on Sharper OR T.O., Joseph.
    The knee surgery on Sharper is a big concern for me.

    I think adding T.O. to your roster is like playing with live ordinance. I have to think that after a relatively quiet year in '09, the odds of him "going off" in 2010 rise exponentially. Especially in a bigger media market than what Buffalo is.

    I thought L.T was a Vike but I guess he's still shopping around.

    OH THOSE RAIDERS! EVERY time you think they CAN'T get funnier, they surprise you. I understand they gave their "Humanitarian of the year" award to a player who was then CUT before the awards dinner! Talk about "a lovely parting gift".

    Raider employee/apologist/sycophant and Fox radio host J.T. "The Brick" spent an evening trying to rationalize / defend Dracula Davis and the Raider management team on the timing of that move.

    Speaking of which, FoxSports Radio, um, J.T. "The Brick" AND Vic "The Brick" Jacobs? Are these 2 guys related, seperated at birth or am I just uninformed regarding an acute shortage of nicknames for radio personalities these days?

    Albert, "The Brick', signing off for now!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I agree to stay away from T.O, it would be a big mistake to bring him here. As far as Sharper goes, he didnt have a major surgery. He just had Arthroscopic surgery to clean it out. It bothered him last year and he still had a great year. He will be better for it and will be ready by training camp. He had two visits scheduled and I am sure one was with the Bears, there is mutual interest there. Plus he would love to play against his former teams in the Packers and Vikings twice each a year, LOL. We could sign him for 2 years, then draft some youth there to bring along. I thought (or hoped) the Bears would visit with Lilja who was a L.G released from the Colts, but no interest yet, he would really help. We could send Omiyale back to his natural position at R-Tackle. Suprisingly I read that the Bears have had no interest in Otogwe? He seems like such a good fit here to me, just sayin. I also cant wait to see Peppers Wreak Havoc on Aaron Rodgers and Favre or whoever they play this year, LOL!!

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    If the surgery was not major then I say sign him. It will bring his stock down a little and if he can produce 3/4 of what he did last year, he would be a steal.

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    Hey Max..He's the question I have for you troll..who is this
    http://www.amake.us/images/essays/cheesehead.gif

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    Answer for Max..either your Mama or your sister or are they one in the same..

    FudgePackers new fight song..
    I'm my own grandpa.....LOL

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    by they way we all can thank ...crown for this pic that will be burnt into our retina's till the beggining of the season...you sick so and so!!!!!BBBBBBBBBBBBAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHAAAA

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I think our locker room and Lovie can keep keep T.O under control. As much as I think Lovie is a below average coaching talent, I think the players respect him as a coach. Plus I think this city can handle it...we've hosted such guys as Jim McMahon, Dennis Rodman, Carlos Zambrano. One thing we don't tolerate is a trouble maker with the law, and T.O is definitely NOT that.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    T.O. was well behaved in Buffalo I thought ... ?

  • In reply to Joseph:

    So we could have signed Peppers ... or .... Sharper/Atogwe and lock up the backfield there (if just for a year). T.O. would be a Bear for minimal risk. WE could have traded Olsen and traded up for a fancy LG or FS in the draft. I just hope Chili plays really really well this year ...

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Peppers has also blocked 9 kicks in his career (8 FG and 1 XP), 2nd only to Rogers in that time span. We'll take it all.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    You guys have lost your minds about T.O. The only difference in T.O. last year, besides being less productive, was the lack of press in Buffalo. Every other city he's been in has a large press corps. S.F., not a football crazy town but he was just finding his groove, Philly, mad fans and press, ditto Dallas. See a connection? He throws the QB under the bus. Does that sound like something that will go well with Cutler, Martz and especially the Chicago press?

    No thanks!

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    He's a big guy, he'd be a help in the run game and no one is asking him to be the speed machine. He's worth a roster spot over rashied davis ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Agreed...T.O has only missed 10 games in 13years in his career, had 800+ yards last year. He averaged 15.1 yards per. game compared to Hester's 13.3. He would have been our #1 last year. And he didn't have JC throwing him the pigskin. O.k, I'll get off his shnuutz now.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    The Buffalo QB needed to be thrown under a bus along with half his team. He wasn't a problem in Buffalo. They suck, that's all.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    I agree with Canada, no T.O. for me, thank you. Can't wait to see what Cutty does with a proper LT(hopefully more of what we were seeing at the end of 09), and some more OL help. Liked what we saw from devin shaba-daba-doo. I believe. WR is not our biggest need and if it were I'd take almost anyone over Owens, he's done. If your gonna go the 'old vet' route choose Holt, knows the system and won't cause trouble.

    Whatever happened to Rideau? Lets just call Olsen a WR and line him up out wide or in the slot.

    '09 was one of the shittiest years in my 25 as a Bears fan. '10 may not be the best but will most certainly be very interesting. Not cancelling my sunday ticket.

    brrsss

  • In reply to bnjrmyn:

    Rideau was recently signed by the Toronto Argonauts where, no doubt, he will excel ...

  • In reply to bnjrmyn:

    Ben, Where do you see the OL help coming from?

    Maybe we'll do some Omi style pickups as we get closer to camp, and I'm sure we'll do some OL trafficking in the draft, but I don't really see any of that helping us all that much next year.

    You said it almost like it was a foregone conclusion that we're going to get better at oline, where you think that will all come from?

    Oh, and I'm on the fence with TO. I would rather pick up someone else if we had the choice/money... there is still a wealth of veteran #1-ish WR FA talent out there: http://www.footballsfuture.com/2010/fa/wr.html

  • In reply to Joseph:

    P.S. I still read this site religiously(multiple times daily), and have now for the last 3 years.

    I just wanna say I love all you guys. Cept for that T-bagging pack fan mad max. Keep up the great discusssion, makes for a great read.
    Amen. da brrrsssss

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Please don't feed the trolls...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I agree with SC Dave and GP... if we all stop feeding the trolls, maybe they will get bored and go away.

    I know, I've been one of the top offenders in the past, but I'm done... at least with Max.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB..But I like feeding the troll..lol... It's a place were I can focus my...Anger Management Skills... oh shit I failed that !@#$!$#!@$! hahahahahahaha

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    I know Lobo, used to be the exact same way, but it's honestly just a waste of time with Max. We're giving him what he wants, and having a discussion with the guy is totally pointless. Anyone that's willing to spend a whole weekend day on an opposing team's blog antagonizing fans is a sad lost cause in my mind.

    We should all just ignore him.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    So do I! I will try and contain myself

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hold on, hold on... let me put 1 and 1 together here for you

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    damn fat fingers, 'loses'.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Very Funny,way to go to loosen things up around here.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The Rock had this link in an article with some of the 2009 Wonderlic questions

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=wonderlic/090218

    He had a few suggestions for changes.

    http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/rock-report/2010/03/the-new-wonderlic-test-every-nfl-player-should-take.html

    and some weird cougar NCAA bracket style contest.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Wow, something funny from that guy for once. Well done Rock.

    The wonderlick is just your basic run of the mill IQ-format test. Pretty standard stuff. Not too much of a shocker some of these guys bomb it. Since when does the NFL (or their school) put ANY focus on their academic growth?

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    TO is a no go in my book. he truly feels that he is still a top tier receiver and the problem with that is when he doesn't touch the ball enough for his ego. then the fireworks start. f that. I would rather have a Tory Holt as my veteran. Team chemistry goes a long way and TO has a history of banging chemistry into a stinking mess of crap.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I doubt T.O. could make a dent in the Bears locker room, wouldn't be possible. His behaviour was exemplary last year from what I saw - dumb reporters trying to bait him into throwing his QB under the bus and he never bit. Give a dog a bad name. He gets routes and the game of receiving - unlike most of our roster and can only help this team, I don't see how he hurts us. When it comes to blocking - Knox is a little terrier, no opinion on Bennett, and Hester is pure lazy and Olsen-ish. T.O. would at least bring size, experience and a reliable target for Jay when he needs an out. if Hank Baskett or somebody of similiar size is there - get him by all means. I fear Angelo'll draft a receiver - probably his absolute worst position, and we'll have another 'project' we have to hide away on the bench for three years before he gets cut. But we are *not* set at receiver for this season, and we certainly have no depth - not if we're talking playoffs.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Baskett signed with the Eagles.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    i just read my post and freely admit that my old english teacher would be rolling in his grave after noting my abuse of punctuation. i'm going to go back and read my old copy of Strunk and White: The elements of style.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Please "Just Say No" to T.O. Even if he behaves, which I dont believe, because he would be coming to Chicago. He is older and is diminishing talent wise, and he drops alot of passes. With the fans and media in Chi, T.O would definitely be a problem. It would end up just like the Cubs and Bradley, adding Fuel to Fire!! Yikes, We all remember how that turned out. If we go with a veteran receiver which I dont think we need, I would sign Holt, cause he already knows the system & has said he is willing to teach the younglings. This is just my opinion but I like the receivers we have. I really dont want a diminishing veteran taking reps and valuable playing experience from them, it will stunt their growth. We still havent seen Eglesias yet, which according to teammates was looking as good as anyone towards the end of the season in practice. Aromashadu,Bennett,Knox and Hester are a great bunch of young,talented receivers,that will only get better. They have a year under their belt now. I like Martzs suggestion of Hester in the slot and more time on special teams. The receivers should enjoy & thrive in Martz's offense under a resurgent Jay Cutler!! I am more concerned with the Bears getting a Free Safety and some O-Line help right now. I just dont think we need a receiver.

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    Agreed that a #1 WR is our 3rd most pressing need. I just hope that you are right about our WR's. Our D is not young and we can't wait 2-3 years for these guys to get good or we may be in full rebuilding mode. Shabadabadabadoo looks really promising. Knox and Bennett showed potential. Hopefully Hester will go back to putting constant fear into other teams on returns and sparking our team over and over with TD's and be effective in limited use at WR. But Rashied Davis is needed on the team? Really? Letting Holt or TO take his spot and trying to play one of the kids off the field I think might not be that bad of an idea. Competition makes the cream rise to the top. We don't want to be left short at receiver (see how I did that MB?) Trade some future picks and/or a player for Marshall.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Very nice Z. Very nice.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Hey Z: Remember the Bears hardly used Rashied at all last year except mostly on special teams, where he is good. But I would like to see Iglesias get in there and get his shot & take the time away from Rashied, so he can develop as well. He was looking real good the last part of the year but didnt get a chance on game day, yet! Rashied can pack his bags for all I care, there are no more excuses worthy of keeping him. Just because these guys are young doesnt mean they wont succeed. They have a year or more experience now, they have shown the potential, plus they have a great Q.B in Cutler. All these players started out sometime being young. I really see potential in our receivers right now, but hey that is only this fans opinion!! I just want another Championship, as I know the rest of you fellow Bear fans want as well!!

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    Definitely have way more faith in our WR's and their potential than our secondary or O-line.

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    I think we most definitely do need a receiver. How does taking reps away from Earl Bennett or Hester hurt the Bears ? Earl Bennett, Knox and Hester disappear from relevance when it's a jump ball. T.O. going up for a ball is a completely different story. Matchstick men at receiver is okay if you have a couple of big guys also ready to do battle at the position. The fact that we haven't seen Iglesias is bad news not good news - it means he has blown chunks up to this point. Is Devin Hester suddenly going to get a change of heart and become a blocker when it's required ? Can't see why. He is what he is, no rookie receiver excuses now. To be honest, I'd rate Shabba as a receiver and the rest have work to do. Knox is fast - so what. Let's see what else he can/can't do. I'm not getting on the Earl Bennett train until he wins a couple with breakout games. Davis and Iglesias are basically two wasted roster spots - we should have NFL receivers in those spots and at least one of them should have the body of a fully grown man. We know where Devin Should be ...

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    Apart from Knox, they've had a lot more than a year #1BF. Earl Bennett is not the quickest guy mentally at picking stuff up. Ditto Hester (bigtime). Shabba got his learn-on with Reggie Wayne. A lot of fans think these receivers will be fine, well hold up a second. New playbook, lots more plays, and they're all called something different. Might look the same on the whiteboard, but they're all called something different. It's back to school time for the kids, and some of these kids are dumb. I hadn't heard Hester would be spending more time on ST - when did Martz say that ? And what has Martz got to do with personnel on ST?

    No, no, no to Holt. He may have caught over 300 yards in a game, but that was 10 years ago. 6'0 and what have you done for me lately ? He could be a mentor ? Nope. Isaac Bruce mentored him and he promptly gave himself a nickname in return.
    T.O. has a big muscular body at least, age won't take that away. What has Tory Holt got ? 3 TDs in 2 years, that's what. Name one team in the NFL who has too many good receivers on their roster ? Name one who is less experienced at the position.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Found a couple more...

    http://www.vikingsgab.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/fat-packer-fan.jpg

    AND

    http://www.vikingsgab.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/fat-packer-fan.jpg

    AND

    http://beargoggleson.com/files/2009/09/packers-fans-of-the-day.jpg

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Didn't hear about the Raiders fiasco. That's standard operating procedure for those guys. Too bad Al doesn't step aside but those guys are doomed until he's gone.

    Don't know anything about "The Bricks" but I think it works for you!

    Go Bears!

  • Doc..now together brothers OOOOHHHHMMMMM!!!!

  • I knew I could awake the krakken. Welcome to the fray Doc.

  • never said Orton was a stud. Quinn is horrible and will not beat out Orton. I sugested trading cutty for him and a couple of 1_st rounders jokingly cause BQ sucks so bad.

  • http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/2099619,CST-SPT-bearnt13.article

    Saw this from that link. Bowman may have sucked ass, but at least his sucking ass cost us way less than paying the perks of Vasher's contract. I think his escalators to that 2.95MM base salary would have been a huge burden.

    Also, I'm sure Urlacher didn't make as much as he was supposed to.

    These huge contracts that have been signed by some of our players rely on % of snaps, starts, etc. and a lot of money has been saved simply by starting some of the less experienced guys. Or injuries.

    Anyone know of a place to go to see how much a player's contract was "worth" vs. how much of it they actually saw?

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    Precisely Mike. Urlacher and Harris got a lot of BS over getting paid - but they haven't been paid ! X, Y and Z has to happen before the cash shows up. tommie probably has to make a pro bowl and play 70 % of his snaps to get paid in full, something like that.

    Can't understand all the bile with Bowman. I think 4 guys caught more INTs in the NFL this year. Then again, that's like saying Olsen had 8 TDs. Who cares ?

  • You mean a few years ago like when we were going to the SB and winning Division titles and beating the Packers regularly? Hmmm. What could have changed the attitude of the blog? Nope, nothing comes to mind.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Winning solves everything. I never used to think much about Lovie's coaching because we were winning. Yes, losing points a very bright spotlight on every decision everyone in the organization makes. And you know what? That is how it should be. If your winning, I won't question your methods. If not then the criticism should be expected, even encouraged. There is one goal of his job above all others, win a Super Bowl. The only way to do that is to 1st make the playoffs. 3 years in a row without that and you are lucky to have a job much less not expect criticism.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Z..Great points...intersting when we win we are all on board..when it gets dicey all of a sudden we all have opinions including me..

    We all know about opinions and a certain body orafice we all have one. lol

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Might as well chime in. I think Lovie is a crappy coach. I have no idea about him as a person but almost everyone that has played for him, speaks well of him. Peppers said his respect for Lovie was a factor in coming here. I would never attack him personally. His coaching is another matter entirely. I still think JA is more to blame for us stinking than Lovie but it's a close call for me. Teddy Bear is a pencil pusher/yes man for Mikey.

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Lovie is a players coach.

    The upside is that you have a lot of friends (outside management) - the downside is your players underperform and the career is shorter than it should be.

    A hard-ass is good when the parts are aligned. But the act wears thin and a given tenure is shorter than a player's coach.

    Tom Coughlin - NOT a players coach. Giants win when he gets there.

    Ditka - same deal

    Tuna - same deal

    But these coaches don't have Landry or Knox like tenures. Jeffy down in Tennessee, he's a players coach and he stays year in and year out.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Denver released Chris Simms. We could go get him, to play 3rd string behind Caleb.

    The only baggage he brings is his asshole father, who uses his bully pulpit to tell people his son is really a starter, but people won't see that. No Phillip - he's not. Neither were you, you were just the Trent Dilfer of your time.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    If we can't have McNabb as a back up, how about Kolb. I know he wants, and is probably good enough to be a starter, but I'd love to get him.

    He seriously impressed me last year when McSoup was out.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Interesting suggestion MB, but NO-WAY Philly lets Mcnabb or Kolb go in free agency, No Way!! They will both be in Philly this year! Both McNabb and Kolb are under contract this season. It would take a big time pick to pry Mcnabb from Philly, I dont see it happening!! Then Kolb is the eagles future. Just my thoughts though.

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    I agree BF, a man can dream though. I'm not convinced they'll keep McSoup, but if they do release him he'll want to go to a place where he can start and be a star (i.e., Vikes when faaarrrveeeerrrr decides not to risk his life twice against chilli)

    From what I saw last year, Kolb is ready to step out of McNabb's shadow and be the man. He doesn't want to be a back up either. I think we'll be stuck with the Hills and smiths of the world

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I agree, So Dream On Man, I do it alot,lol.. You got my attention talking about the Vikes, though. I would Not want to see McNabb in a Vikes uniform. That could be scary, I dont want to go there. I like Favre better in Purple,lol. You know what I mean?

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    Yep, we'll see. there's no way they stick with rosenrosen or tarvis if farve doesn't come back.

    There have already been rumors about McNabb in purple. We'll see how it all plays out, should be interesting at least.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Sorry, but I think Simms career is over, I sure dont see him as an upgrade in Chicago. Not even as a 3rd stringer! I see how you want a more experienced back-up, but this guy is a Bust!! As far as Basanez & Hanie are concerned, I would take them over Simms anyday, but hey, that is just this fans opinion.

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    I don't think it ever started ...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Chris Simms ? Jebus. Can you imagine it ever got to the point where Chris Simms comes onto the field as our QB ? Never. No. Feel dirty.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Gotta agree about player's coaches vs hardass coaches. Don't agree about Sims. The guy is awful. I'd rather keep Banasez as #3. Totally up for more competition but Sims doesn't have it.

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Both tuna and lovies coaching style can hurt and help the teams performance. I do believe the Bears players played thier guts out for Lovie against the Queens at the end of the season. Dungy had an excellent coaching career and he's the antithisis of Ditka. I'm trying to gear up for the upcoming season and I honestly believe this team can win the division. The players might not voice it but I can gaurentee they'll come out swinging this year.
    If lovie had been fired does anyone think Peppers would be on our team? I don't. I just hope I can make it to the start of the season before I get into the ring with Doc again. baaaahaaaaaa

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Trac, it's going to be a knock down drag out for the NFCN regardless of what happens. And if we don't stay largely healthy, it's going to be a really tough battle.

    As for dungy, he's obviously a great coach, but damn does that guy remind me of Golum. Fucking gremlin

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, I'm right with you on the Gollum thing. Have you seen him lately, kinda eerie. Good point on Peppers, can't wait to see him take the field though. I agree with you about the injury thing. What if Cutty goes down? That would be way worse. The Lions inked a deal with Shaun Hill today I think. The injury bug has been worse with our team than most in my opinion. Are our guys that much smaller than the other NFL players around the league or is it just bad luck? Big strong defensive players hurt the other guy normally, don't they?
    Who's going to be our veteran backup? Please don't suggest Vick.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Trac, I've said this on a few strings before... personally, I think it starts with lovies idea about how to run a football team. There

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    And no tackling !!! WTF !!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    So who do you want for a new G.M and head Coach then? Who do you think makes it happen for the Bears?? I have heard the calls for change, but who do you suggest and what do they bring to the table??

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    Cowher for HC, Pioli for GM.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    ...but have to admit that I really have little to no clue about GMs.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +1

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Who is the guy that was picking for Pittsburgh under Cowher?

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    First thing's first. Ted Philips out of the top window. Who would make a good G.M. ? Haven't got a clue. Just someone who can spot talent and then draft it. Cowher for HC.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Interesting read from the SB year. Could one surmise that being the lightest team in the League means shorter battery life?

    http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070131/SPORTS/701310363

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    trac..nice side note..interesting the three heaviest were playoff bound and all the other light wieghts we not even close..a trend? not a good one for "THE RING"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Dungy is the same as Lovie for me. Passive aggressive player coaches who actually talk out of their A-holes at the end of the day. People mistake their thorazine coaching style for quiet intelligence. Dungy lost in the playoffs a lot. Yes, he got there, but didn't know what to do when he got there. Neither did Lovie. Ok, let's run the ball, good ... now, they won't be expecting us to suddenly drop our run game and pass ! Let's put the game in Rex's hands ! Genius. Both guys tried to throw away the super bowl in 2006.

    It's Cowher or Fisher for me.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Yeah, they actually coach their teams up. Wouldn't that be nice for a change?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I like your thinking Trac, and I agree. The Players obviously played Hard for Lovie. Now that they will be healthy, lets hope they can make a difference this year and get us back to the playoffs!! I also believe we can win the division. The Bears players really seem to be pumped up. Peppers will have a Huge impact on our D-line for sure!! Now we can blitz when we want, not because we have to.. If healthy, we should have a brutal front seven on defense this year.. But I am always the optimist, Go Bears!!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I agree with Angelo being more to blame than Lovie. He has the final say in all signings. Lovie has had to make do with what he has been given!! Lovie says he has the staff he has wanted all along, so we shall see. I definitely see a major upgrade in our coaching staff this year!! GO BEARS!!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Why are we still talking about Lovie?? We are stuck with the wind bag for another season...get over it!! The real topic here is that fanny packs are prohibited at Soldier Field...um Bullshit! That's what I think about that stupid rule. And no Laser Pens!! Talk about LAME.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    No fanny packs ? (Bum bags over the pond)

  • In reply to Joseph:

    I kid you not. A post on WCG ... and he/she didn't get flamed !

    Bears sign new right tackle?

    Anyone know if this is true or just a joke? Adam_Schefter: RT @EricStangel: Oscars - The Chicago Bears just signed Quinton Aaron who played Michael Oher in The Blind Side to 5 yr/$50mil deal. Surely it's a joke, right?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    solo chistes irish, solo chistes.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    BTW, can he play guard?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i visit the blog every day because i want to wake up one morning and see a FS or o-line signing. no more fullbacks, h-backs, blocking tightends, etc. An offensive lineman and a Free Fucking Safety. I will check in from time to time but you guys have pretty much covered any opinion i've ever had so i'm not going to waste your time anymore.
    MB, i just gave away my PS3, it was getting in the way of my life. Wake me up in August.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Agree with Irish.

    Johnny, what makes you think you get off the hook while we hold the fort down? Hell no, get your ass back here on a regular basis. Your attendance is mandatory, we take our offseason program seriously on this tea

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    fucking spell checker... 'conscience'

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Always be Helen Hunt for me (As good as it gets) ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    You mean Helen 'The Forehead' Hunt? Yuck.

    My wife loves her and I can't stand her. Never saw that chick movie Irish, although I've been forced to watch my fair share for the sake of marital peace and happiness.

    In fact, I was forced to watch that pathetic train-wreck of a piece of shit staring that insufferable pommy (the one that got caught with a hooker in his car), and mathew broadrick's annoying fucking wife. Ugggghhh... fucking waste of an hr and a half of my precious life

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Vasher's a goner

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I am also happy McKie is gone, I dont hate the guy, he seems classy throughout all this, but the talent just wasnt there!! He sure seems to think he is great though. Listening to him say that after teams see my video, they will know what a great player they are getting. I am glad he is confident, but I remember always being frustrated cause he couldnt block anybody, he was a goal line turnstyle, just sayin. I wish him good luck, maybe he can re-unite with Grossman & play for the Skins,LOL. Jennings is no superstar he just gives us depth, which we need, plus he knows the defense. He is probably better suited at nickle. Now Manning is all pissed off and wants a new contract or to be traded(we have a 3rd rd draft pick tender on him). He is pissed at the low tender the Bears gave him & plans to hold-out. This is just me, but I dont think Daniel Manning has any leverage here. He doesnt do anything real well and is easily replaceable. He is a good returner, but we have several other guys that can handle those duties just fine. I would be O.K in getting a 3rd rd pick for him in this good draft. I may be crazy here or overly optimistic, but I get the feeling the Bears are waiting to sign Sharper. I remember the Bears saying F-Safety was a priority, but nothing has been done yet. They havent even shown interest in anyone other than Rolle. Sharper also said he had a few interviews scheduled, before he had his knee scoped. I know the Bears are one of a few teams that had mutual interest with him. I cant see the Bears not making a move at F-Safety, when they publicly announced their dire need to fix it. I think the Bears havent shown interest in anyone because I think Sharper was the target all along if they couldnt get Rolle. My hope is the Bears are just waiting for Sharper to heal before offering a contract to get him. It seems like a good fit as well, he knows the division so well. He can face former teams in G-Bay & Minn twice each a year,lol. He also knows our defense. I could just be overwhelmed with wishful thinking here to, it wouldnt be the 1st time, ha,ha. The fact we signed Peppers, should make Sharper or any other free safety happy. I hold onto hope as the Bears have already made some Big moves that surprised me.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    and vasher is gone too
    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?story_id=6627

  • In reply to luftwaffle:

    He was the gone after he let that cheesehead wideout go long on him while looking like his balls were dipped in cement.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP, that sounds like a painful affliction. Similar to Priaprism I imagine.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Rock Jock?

  • In reply to luftwaffle:

    Bring back Willie G!!!!!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    could that free up some money to throw at atogwe

  • In reply to luftwaffle:

    Let's hope so Nag

  • In reply to luftwaffle:

    Also, interesting: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/peter_king/03/16/mail/index.html

    I hate to wish more bad luck on this kid, but I wouldn't mind if he slipped to the 3rd and we picked him up (6

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +1 Nice find MB !

  • In reply to luftwaffle:

    Someone's gonna sign this guy - hurry up already !

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I will always be around but as evidenced by the 224 posts on a 3 day old thread, there is just nothing going on. I'm so pissed that there is no football that all i want to do is to make fun of Roca-wear-skie or the fact that Childress looks like John Waters or your everyday run of the mill pedophile.
    I did not name myself Waffle for nothing, i just go through periods of disgust like when i noticed on Modern Warfare 2 that i had played it for a total period of more than 7 days. That is 168 hrs of my life gone, all after 11pm. There is nothing on Sportscenter because baseball and basketball have lost all of their meaning to me since i have stopped playing them and since Jordan and Pip left. I like the Hawks but i'm not even excited about the prospect of them winning the Stanley Cup.
    All i want to see is Peppers lying on top of Rodgers, Favre, Stafford and whoever else is QB when we play them. I want to see the greatest show on the shittiest turf on earth and i want to see it right now, not in more than 5 months from now.
    This time of year is my personal hell. Rocktastic!!!! you suck!!!! Cathartic....

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    That was Funny, Thanks I needed that. I like your comment of the Greatest show on the shittiest turf on earth,LOL. There were rumblings a few months ago when Martz was being considered that said the Bears could opt for Field Turf. I havent heard anything since. I know Martz's offense would benefit & be quicker on turf. But I am an old fan of 45 years and I just think the game should be played on grass and outdoors! No Domes,No Turf! Football is played in the elements you know rain,snow and Fog! Remember the Fog Bowl,when Da Bears beat Philly? Maybe I am stubborn & old school but thats what I think. I think we should also have SuperBowls played in places like Chicago, outdoor games, like it used to be. They seem to play in domes and warm places anymore. O.K I will shut up now.

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    Agreed that no domes should be allowed by any team. Toughen up Minnesota. You could have the biggest advantage in the NFL you sissy bastards. Oh wait not with slippery ball boy AP as your RB. And they should let more teams have the SB.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    You are so right about the Vikes being Wussies,LOL. They are the first team I think of, thinking why are they indoors, with their elements?? You toughen up and the elements become your friend, an advantage! Oh well, I guess you have figured out by now I like outdoor football in the grass & the elements(weather). I really Hate the Offseason, which seems to last an eternity, Damn it!!

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Daley would love to host the SB in Chicago. Oh wait, we lose every attempt at hosting sports....

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    Just a reminder; Walter Payton never played a home game on real grass.

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?story_id=6625

    F Jason McKie! In the face!

    Jennings? Eh. Whatever.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    Finally McKie is off the team.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    JWC-

    Youre a Marquette grad!!! I was at DePaul when Quentin Richardson was playing and we were actually decent. Clearly we must hate each other now..

    just kidding...DWade was friggin awesome then as he is now. I really hope he at least considers coming to the bulls..

  • In reply to Dmband:

    +1000 to D. Wade coming to the Bulls. And Chris Bosh please.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    Nice, very nice down-lo surprise

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I don't hate McKie, I just hate that he can't block or get push for shit and seems to get in our RBs way more than that of the angry opposing D. Between McKie and Kreutz getting pushed back 4 yards I thought they were going to get credited with tackles some games against our RBs.

    Agreed that FB is almost worthless in our scheme. I always thought if you are going to have a FB, just have a bruiser of a RB gain another 25 lbs of muscle and give us a 2 headed monster on the field.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    ok, +1

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Now I would never want a guy to lose his lively hood but....BAHAHHAHAAHAH!! Sayonara Jason Mckie you Dickstain! I'm really starting to like this Martz fella. You know that wasn't a Lovie move.

    Next on the chopping block...Rashied Davis, please report to my office.

    - Mike Martz

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Yeah Lovie, stay the fuck away from the Offense.

    Unless it's to yell at JA to get some G's for Martz and some FS's for you. If you refuse to get any vet WR's at least get some O-line and secondary competition. If you do, we just might make the playoffs and you just might have a job next season, if there is a season.

    Bear it down!!

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Hahaha...hell yea! Go sit sit in the corner Lovie and STFU!

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Stuttering prick

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Oh Jebus, we just signed a cornerback who's 5'8 ?!!! Is he covering Pee Wee Herman ? WTF is going on ? For the love of Bod get us a free safety. Five foot fucking eight ! Are you kidding me ?! They want to make DJ Moore feel a little taller ?! I know it's St.Paddy's day, a global tribute to alocoholism, but signing a leprechaun at CB is not funny ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    No it is not funny at all, but your response sure is, LOL.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I think most of us just believed he was wasting a roster spot we could have used for Rideau or whomever each of our favorite "why not try this guy" player was.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Exactly SC.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Thank God they cut McKie's worthless ass!!

    But, they can't let us get all happy and think they are coming around; no they go ahead and ink an undersized nickel corner. Bad news, he is tiny, okay news, at least signing a nickel corner with cover two experience may mean that Manning can stick to learning/playing one f'n position this year.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Maybe it also means Vasher's days are numbered? Or has he already earned a fat roster bonus? Maybe they'll trade him for a case of beer or two.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    Just cut his slow ass and his high salary.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    Sexy Rexy signed by the Redskins.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yeah, apparently he is moving up. He went from 3rd string to a back up now in Washington!

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    mmmmmmmmmmmm.... beeeeeeeeeer

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    Yes Vasher is History, released by Da Bears today less than 24 hours after signing Jennings, who is likely to play mostly nickle. I never liked Vasher after he got that Big contract and then disappeared. I give him a pass with some injuries, but in between those he still sucked after getting his pay day. He is a prime example of a player who takes the money and runs. It was never about the game or pride it was always about getting the money, so sad. But hey, thats just my opinion, as I dont know him personally. Lets go get Sharper signed already, so us fans can relax & stop stressing about getting a F-Safety. Atogwe is great & would be my 1st choice with Sharper a close 2nd, but the Bears have shown no interest in Atogwe, which I dont understand, as he seems like a great fit. I think the Bears are waiting on Sharper, which would be fine with me..

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    o.k. lets' package a few of them together..starting with "The one we do not name" from our team (GO)& (DM) and get a trade with Patriots (G) or Saints(S)! you all know who I am talking about..I will stay positive and not mention their names.... but I will tell you that I am screaming thier names at the monitor but you can't here it...

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    In keeping with their long established tradition, the Bears released Mssrs. Vasher and McKie ONE or possibly TWO seasons after they SHOULD have been.

    Still, I AM saddened as I remember the defensive difference-maker that Nathan Vasher once was.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Al..good to here from you..and well said..I think this is the crux of our personal evaluation..we seem not to get it.

    I mean I really don't think they all get job description's when they are hired for this organization..It's Club Med and when we do get it it's almost most blind luck...

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    +1 Al

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB..lobo +1 to you and then ++ to Al...hah....

    ah FRANK!!!! you know what I mean..lol

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Lobo, I want to show you something... it's my shocked face...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB....HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Going into the draft I hope the Bears have a few tricks up their sleeves!! But then again, I always hope alot!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Well that smurf has been signed by the Bears to play nickle for the most part. He did well there with the Colts, he wasnt used much at corner. Manning is bitching for a new contract now, so who knows what will happen here? Manning wants a new contract or a trade, the Bears have a 3rd rd tender on him in free agency. I would take a 3rd round pick for him, since he isnt set in any certain position, or overly great at any certain position. WE have several guys to use in our return game. Plus if Da Bears end up trading Greg Olsen for a 2nd rd pick, that will give us a good position draft wise, with a 2nd round pick & 2-3rd round picks, just sayin. There is still room for improvement here, stay tuned! Plus I think Da Bears are holding out for Sharper at F-Safety!! I am just impatient and hope they make their moves soon!! At least I hope they make some more moves, as we seem to be close, personnel wise anyway, arent we?

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    How much did Manning say he wanted? And was he able to say it with a straight face? If we can get a 3rd rounder for him I wouldn't be able to get the trade done fast enough.

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    Let's see, Derek Anderson to the Cards, Jake Delhomme to the Browns and Rex Grossman to the 'Skins?

    Sheesh! That is one big BOATLOAD of INTs, no?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    That's like sliding hard turds around on the deck of a ship using a broom and calling it shuffleboard.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Maybe we should trade Cutler??? Oops...

    The thing about Delhomme...the dude made Moose look good! Good enough for us to pursue that piece of crap. He almost had 1000 yards last year.

    Last year was a weird year for him. He's not even in the same category as those two.

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/D/DelhJa00.htm

    Anderson and Grossman only had a decent record because they had amazing special teams play and in Anderson's case because Edwards is amazing and so was Winslow. Getting Joe Thomas certainly helped as well. Freaking pro-bowler in his rookie year.

    I'm convinced our super bowl was lost because our O-line was not healthy and has not recovered ever since. Garza and Kreutz are actually weaker links than our damn safeties.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    A ha. This would explain why Delhomme was not so good last year as compared to years past.

    http://www.panthers.com/news/article-1/Gross-placed-on-injured-reserve/c12ce719-0846-48ef-851d-a11117fac0df

    You know, people are so quick to say "oh, you need to plan for injuries". I'm sorry, injuries matter, especially in the trenches. You don't have two high quality left tackles on the team. You just don't. Just like you don't have two high quality QBs. You might have a scheme that can get you into the tournament or close to it year in and year out, but to win crucial games you need your big money players.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    message to MM PROTECT JC!!!

    1.o-line
    2.o-line
    3.o-line
    4.0-line
    5.0-line
    6.0-line

    and ps. O-LINE!!!!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    +1^10

    It's ok Lobo, I've had your 2-guard request beamed into outer space with the new version of Windows and a fork. As soon as they fix those bugs watch the alien responses fly in man ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    irish..they come in peace....

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    They better hope they're right about Vasher. They already have the safety hole, and while I've piled on him as much as the rest of you, they haven't had push on the D-Line since the last time he was good. Maybe it's a coincidence, maybe not.

  • In reply to number1ninja:

    ninja...I not sure about this move either..just as the move with MB...I know they are getting older but heart and experience TRUMP THAT..in my book any day.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Daniel Manning is next. Guys who can't tackle should not be a Chicago Bear. Vasher needed a a good kick in the pants, a little too late for that now..

  • In reply to number1ninja:

    Ninja, I believe they totally did the right thing here with releasing Vasher. Somewhere along the line whether it was purely greed or something that happened to him on the field, but he is clearly not the same player and never will be again!! I find it interesting it seemed to happen just after the big contract, although I do acknowledge the injuries as well. But he seems almost afraid when he plays anymore, he has lost whatever it was he had before! Jennings was not a bad pick up as a free agent, although he is expected to fill the nickle role more often for us. I heard rumors of Manning at Strong Safety now?? What the Hell are these coaches doing?? They seem to force feed Manning into whatever position they can think of. I am sick of these coaches always trying to change these players from their natural positions, no wonder they have struggles.. I mean we draft a Tackle, then we try to make him a Guard? Or draft a C.B then try to make him a safety?? Lets just go get people that naturally play the position we are looking for, gheez. Like Omiyale being forced into the L.G role when he was signed as a good R-Tackle. There have just been some terrible personnel decisions made over the years. But Hey, I am just a fan, what do I know,LOL!!

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    BF...this what I'm saying..is there no one in the "Clown Car" that has an idea who or what we are?

    Dang where is the Personal Evaluation Department? I mean it almost seems they get into LDL's Game Room each get a couple of darts..... look to the board and start the revolving the positions of were the dart lands. $#@!$#!%$#!$#!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    OMG its True! We have the Blind leading the Blind in Chi,LOL. This year is the test of all test's. either way we will see change, we as Bears fans have always strived for greatness!! The Big question is, will we see it this year? I sure as Hell hope so!!

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    As for Manning moving to SS - they're not rumors - that's what Lovie said at the combine. He said Manning was our SS. I remember there was little or no comment on the board regarding that.

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    I know EXACTLY what you mean. You're probably right about the injuries making Vasher play soft. My only point is that Lovie's scheme was leaving him on an island because he can't get push with the front four, so Vasher was screwed from the get-go. I'm not gonna shed a tear for him but the same thing is probably going to happen to Bowman unless Peppers breaks sack records.

  • In reply to number1ninja:

    Yup, I mean the dude made a pro bowl. Must have problems. Coke/booze ... addicted to sex and hasn't got time for work ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I wish I had that problem.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    The blog marathon continues...

    I'm assuming they'll draft a tackle and a guard (2 for Lobo if they're reading) ... although we need a center too. If they grab some lanky 6'4 B-ball player too then I'll be a happy Bear fan.

    The one missing piece that only FA can solve is sitting there waiting for a measly 5 or 6 million a season off someone. Anyone, and the Bears must look pretty good to a safety right now. Atogwe. Sign him already and let's at least not go into the season with our pants around our ankles like last year. Jebus. Can we get a billboard for that ? 'Pay Atogwe' - how much does that cost ? Any Bear fan taggers reading this ?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    In the name of Chaka Khan, whoever posted it ... YES to Demaryius Thomas. Although if we had him there in the third then we need to take him, which means ... we need to be trading He Who Shall Not Be Named But Was Formerly A First Round Pick OR dump someone else for a third rounder and grab a guard. HWSNBNBWFAFRP does have value as a receiver and safely breaks the midget barrier, but if we could transmogrify him into drafting a very good FS .... do it.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I thought you might like that post about thomas Irish.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    From that same Dem Thomas page (SI) :

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  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    nice..pick up irish..

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    mike...YES!!!YES!!!YES!!! this is why I am screaming for two gaurds!!!! I am just a F!$#@!#$ING recording now!! ...... over and over and over...well you get the picture...

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    Trade Cutler? Thats Blasphemy!! No way, not a chance, not happening, at least I sure hope not. He had a bit of a rough start his first year, but I would not count out Cutler by any means. This kid has big time potential and finally has a coach that should be able to help him alot in Martz!! I have No Doubt that Cutler will break the Bears Q.B records this year, it should be exciting for us Bear fans who are not used to having an explosive offense here, lol.

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    A one armed midget with polio could break the Bears passing record. Not much of an accomplishment #1.

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    To be clear, I was making a tongue in cheek joke about interceptions. Nothing more.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    I don't know about this season, but statistically, Garza was rated our best blocker last year ... just sayin'... although this season past our rushing average dropped waaaay down when we ran to the right. Believe it or not, Pace and OMG were apparently clearing bigger holes than Garza/Williams. I don't know if I'd call them holes exactly though ... more disturbances in the force ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Irish...those holes or disturbances were more like cracks..you could not even slip a frog hair in there!!

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    Skinny on Deon Grant
    By
    Sean Jensen
    on March 17, 2010 8:44 AM | Permalink | Comments (10) | TrackBacks (0)

    The Bears have made several upgrades to their roster, but coach Lovie Smith and general Jerry Angelo haven't addressed one position they both stated they wanted to get better at.

    Safety.

    One who became available the other day is Deon Grant.

    The Seattle Seahawks released him on Monday.

    Word is, the new regime (coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider) wanted to dramatically change their roster, and they also didn't want to pay Grant his $4 million base salary for 2010.

    Grant, 31, was a second-round pick in 2001. Remarkably, in 10 NFL seasons, he has started every single game.

    He's had some issues playing in the box, where he was counted on more in run support as a strong safety for the Seahawks. He has forced just two fumbles his entire career.

    But I'm told that Grant would be ideal for a Cover Two based defense like Chicago's.

    Grant is also a bright player capable of getting his teammates lined up in the back end.

    For his career, Grant has 26 interceptions and 74 pass break-ups.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    interesting..I have to find out more about him before a yah or nay

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    I don't Lobo. He's better than anything else we have at FS right now, sign his ass.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +1

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    My man Izzy !! He's my boy!

    Idonije rated among most efficient pass rushing DTs, according to PFF
    By
    Sean Jensen
    on March 16, 2010 3:17 PM | Permalink | Comments (8) | TrackBacks (0)

    Bears defensive tackle Israel Idonije is rated the fourth-most productive pass rushing defensive tackle, according to the website Pro Football Focus.

    The formula PFF developed doesn't necessarily determine best but rather the most effective, based on sacks, hits and pressures. Obviously, though, sacks got the highest value.

    Among all defensive tackles and defensive ends in 3-4 schemes, Idonije was fourth, behind San Francisco's Justin Smith, Cleveland's Shaun Rogers and Tennessee's Tony Brown.

    Dwight Freeney of the Indianapolis Colts was the highest-rated pass rusher, based on PFF's formula.

    New Bears defensive end Julius Peppers was eighth among defensive ends, two spots above Minnesota's Jared Allen and three spots behind Minnesota's Ray Edwards.

    http://www.profootballfocus.com/articles.php?tab=articles&arc=2010-01&id=92

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    Orlando Pace and Chris Williams were both ranked among the league's 10 worst offensive tackles in 2009, according to the website Pro Football Focus.

    Although it's difficult to come up with a way to grade offensive linemen, PFF developed a formula that included sacks, hits and pressures an offensive lineman gave up. The lower the number, the better the linemen.

    Pace was the fifth-worst left tackle while Williams was the eighth-worst right tackle, according to PFF.

    http://www.profootballfocus.com/articles.php?tab=articles&arc=&id=122

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    irish...are you suprised?

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    Vashers returned FG - Urlacher made the last block!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSqaftH9vQ4

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Damn, GP was right, it does look like his nutz were dipped in cement. #54 blazed past him.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    America sleeps off its St. Patrick's day and wakes up beside Rosie O' Donnell... Irish stretches the blog towards the Minny victory comment total ...

    The greatest players never drafted ......

    http://www.nfl.com/draft/story?id=09000d5d816fb4f0&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    St. Pattys was fuckin' nuts...and here's why:

    (taking a little stroll into FQD world)...so i'm in Vegas with a bunch of my fraternity brothers (i came a couple of days early)...it didn't occur that St. Patty's was yesterday...in Vegas, ANY holiday is celebrated with great enthusiasm. I swear I've never seen that much green in my life (on ppl & in my pocket); long (and very crazy story) first, dropped $60, made $230 back (all in about an hr) on the BJ tables...talk a/b a glorious time.

    now for football relevent things: the NFC North has some strongly-diverse fans regionally. from the airport, a security guard said "you have on the wrong jersey" in reference to my Double-Deuce Forte jersey (and later said he was a Packer fan....no wonder that fucker searched me). next, on the connecting flight to America's Playground, the person i sat next to was a Bears fan (didn't know about the big trades that went down, so i informed him....let's say he was very excited about the news). Then, went to a casino where this dude was a Lions fan (couldn't catch a break....he was down $300....would've told him to pick a better team, but why kick a man when he's down). Finally, embarked to Fitzgerald's Resort and sat by a Vikings fan; honest-to-God that dude was one of the coolest strangers i met. He said he was a Bears fan ONLY when the Vikings are not playing & he hated Green Bay with a passion. Also, he's the reason why the table won so much fuckin' money (he made all of us have fun...just kick back, drink, crack jokes, and look at the dealer's tits). $230, a 6-pack, crown & coke, and mudslide later, sitting on the toilet writing you all this to say: if i'm not back by sunday, probably on the strip with my DBB shirt and a "Will work for Bears Super Bowl" sign

    *Sidenote: if you're ever in Vegas, i HIGHLY RECOMMEND going to Fitzgerald's (it's in downtown Vegas, not on the strip). really, downtown is where shit gets poppin' at (and is considered the Vegas of 40-50 years ago w/ the Golden Nugget, Lady Luck casino, etc.)

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    FQD...loved the story up until you told us where you were writing from...wow... please either flush or light a match!!!lol

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    hahahahahahahaha!!!!! yea the damn drink will do that to you. lit a match up just for you sir lol

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    o and for clarification, that was $230 up....didn't lose that lol

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Sexy Rexy will meet the Bears this year ! Yay ! Hey Jules ....

    BTW - can anyone explain to me why the Bears like small linebackers (Urlacher aside) ?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    they think like little school girls..great things come in little packages...

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    Did any of you read the article about Willie Gault saying he can still play in the NFL at 50 & would consider returning to the NFL, but no one has called him. He said he can still run a 4.4 in the 40!! He in great shape apparently like a 35 year old. Theres our veteran Q.B guys, lets sign him up,Lol. I will always remember him, what a great receiver and a great person.

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    BF..Earlier in the post it was mentioned and he like he could smoke "Experiment H/J"..BBBBAAAAAHHHHAAAAAHHHHHAAA!

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    Duh. In my last response I meant to say there is our veteran Receiver(Gault), not Q.B. oops.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Well I want to see a who we should draft in Jeff's opinion post but here is mine.

    Rd 3) Nate Allen, Morgan Burnett, Major Wright
    Rd 4) Mike Johnson, Brandon Carter
    Rd 5) highest rated, big WR on the board.
    Rd 6) highest rated CB on the board over 5'10"
    Rd 7) highest rated OG left.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    whats even worse is I have to take a vacation day on friday to go and watch college basketball/drink.

    Its probably not the most effective use of a vacation day, but then again, it probably is.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Another safety on the reservation. Deon Grant,6'2 210 lbs, released by the Hawks because they don't want to pay him $4 Mill next year (or his knees are gone). He just turned 31 two days ago.

    Have to love Wiki, it says ...

    "He then was sent to Jacksonville, where he played for 3 seasons and was sometimes called a great safety."

    His mom ?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Crap, he would be a SS ...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Call security to Halas Hall ... Tory Holt is like a bum hanging around an ATM machine. Not happening Tory, being six foot nothing is one thing when you're young and quick. Doesn't sound like he was much of a mentor either ...

    But Angelo has had enough of the receiver talk already. He's bought into his own hype and the notion that DA, DH, Bennett & Knox are the weapons of a super bowl team. I hope we have one hell of a running game guys. Angelo looks at squaws and sees a war party.

    From Sun-Times ...

    "Our experience has been, and we learned this a couple years ago when we brought in Brandon Lloyd and Marty Booker, is they are going to take reps. Whose reps are they going take? They are going to take younger guys' reps," Angelo said.

    Translation :
    "Yeah ... we can't really take those reps away from Juaquin, he's as dumb as a box of rocks that kid, but I drafted him ... what am I gonna do ? Can't look like a fuckin' raisin now can I? nah, if we brought T.O. in here lookin like the real thing, big body, jumpin' around catchin' TDs ... now what's that gonna do to Earl Bennett ? Earl Bennett is the future of Bears receiving, we're gonna mess with him ? Nah. We're good. Same line, same receivers, but we'll play a whole lot better this year and things will be completely different. Trust me. I'm the Kid. I'm Jerry Angelo."

    When Shabba goes down, what then ? Throw it to the midget Family Robinson. Great.

    Waffle - wake the fuck up ! You have to go through all this shit with us until it's time for the boat drinks ....

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    We'll call Marty Booker to come out of retirement... one more time!!!!!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Very Funny. But on the other hand knowing the Bears, it could happen! Thats the Scary thing!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    My only advice this time of the year is to get into the tournament...the first round, more specifically.

    Its four straight days of awesomeness, day drinking, and countless good games.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Dm - god i wish i was back at Marquette after reading that post. I was there when Dwayne Wade was tearing it up.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    +1

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    You guys are hilarious.

    Here's the thing...someone could literally tell me to go F** myself and I wouldnt take it seriously. Personally, if someone says something dumb, its actually much more entertaining to verbally abuse them. Also, lets call it like it is...there are a TON of Bears fans that are just football stupid. This blog keeps you honest, and on your toes...because if you say something thats football stupid, ten people are going to light you up.

    It keeps fans educated...Im not saying I dont make terrible, irrational, emotional decisions regarding this team, but I think you have to keep your head.

    I just posted this on the Bulls blog in another discussion, but its relevant. The difference between a "fan" and a "fanatic" is knowing when your team sucks.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    +1

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    +1 on your +1 Z

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Interesting things in the Peppers contract.

    http://beargoggleson.com/2010/03/10/bears-have-outs-in-peppers-contract/

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    I read that as well. I cant believe some of the media is already looking for a way out with Peppers, after this big signing for Da Bears,lol. I think Peppers will be pumped to prove people wrong, he has a new start and will make a big improvement on our D-Line. With Harris supposedly healthy again, plus Urlacher rested and healthy, plus Tinisamoa back healthy. That will give us a very Potent front seven!! Which in turn should help our secondary, although I still hope we sign Sharper or Atogwe for free safety. The key like every team is to stay healthy and we have not had much success lately in that department.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Doc-

    I thought I wouldnt take it personally. I lied.

    I must break you.

  • SD, I think that's a good thing personally. That's really what a blog is... a living breathing community that continuously evolves. While Jeff has provided the environment, we are the organisms that shape and reshape the ecosystem on a daily basis. We are the ones that create and foster the ecosystem that is this blog

  • Also, I couldnt help but notice the Packers fan re surfaced. Lets all remember one thing, no matter how many times we lose to GB in football, they are still from Wisconsin...and thus, are losers in life.

    Im just joking...god you guys are so sensitve.

  • Doc! Shame on you! I love Bon Jove... jovie... jovi

    (how in thee fuck do you spell that... and no, I refuse to look that up)!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Bon Jovi ? DMBand ? Que ?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Right, fue un chiste Irish. Just something dumb my buddies and I have done since college.

    Bob marley will be on and we'll say stupid shit like, man this is good shit, I love Eric Clapton. And the people standing around who didn't know us would be like, 'who in the fuck is that moron.'.

    Old habits die hard.

  • Doc, stop being so sensitive my man. I remember you once mentioning the crew that paid for the billboard should have given the money to charity. I believe in Charity in all things. You may pick and chose which area's you wish to be Charitable in, I will do likewise. That's all. If I said something that you disagree with then fine, but by claiming to be the anti-morality police you now become the anti freedom of speech police. What's the diff.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I have never told anybody what they can't or can say. All I have done is try to get people to think a little deeper about the things that they do say.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    We are All entitled to our own opinions, so you all can Go To Hell, (just kidding). Our differing opinions is what makes us unique. If we all thought & said the same thing there wouldnt be much to blog about,LOL. I have Never cared what people think, I will say what I think. I sure as hell never feel the need to have to try to fit in. I blog and post for the Bears, not for acceptance of the individuals who are posting,LOL. I am a Die Hard fan of the Bears, I have been for 45 years and counting and I always will be. I do enjoy friendly conversation with fellow Bear fans & like all the different opinions, thats what makes this site interesting. I learn something everday from other fans. I dont approve of attacking people or looking to nit pick certain people over their opinions though. I hate ass kissers too, Who just try to fit in & just agree to agree, even when they dont. I like people who arent afraid to say what they really think, I Respect that. Like someone else said on here, Winning cures all, so lets Win this year Damn it!! GO BEARS!

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    Being "entitled" and all, here goes nothing...

    Something about your posts really annoys me.

    Love,

    Willie

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    I dont even know who you are? We are all entitled though,as you say, to our own opinion. What is with the Love Willie stuff,though,yuuk? That makes me a bit uncomfortable, go ahead and call me Homophobic, but you really creep me out!! Maybe you should keep it in the closet, as I dont go there,lol. I have been happily married to my Wife for 22 years now. Dont hate me just because I dont go your way, we all have our right to speak. I have no problem with gays like yourself giving your opinion, you are welcome as a Bear fan as well as the rest of us. Just please leave me alone, as I am straight. GO BEARS!!

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    40 plus years on the planet and sarcasm still seems to go over your head?

    I was hoping you would get the hint... But - for everyone's sake - the guy with no shame will do his best to help you out:

    1) What is with the random capital letters? Typically, these go after periods or in conjunction with proper nouns.
    2) Commas, in every situation, require a space following their presence.
    3) Too many exclamation points makes you look 12. Not 40+
    4) As do the barrage of "LOL" and "lol" that seem to punctuate every statement you make.

    If I do nothing else on this board, let me be the guy who made you tolerable to those who actually read this thing. While you are free to formulate and spread your own ideas, please do so in a manner that doesn't make me want to smash my computer monitor.

    XOXO (in the least gay way possible)

    Willie

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    Willie,

    You might find this site amusing:

    http://patriotboy.blogspot.com/

    It's a liberal blog (sorry for non-bears related substance), but it's freaking hilarious. Sarcasm is his chief export. And he's so not gay he's an 11 on the manly scale of absolute gender.

    XOXO (in an even lesser gay context),

    Mike B (dot)

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I think this is a nice web site though. There are Some interesting people here with some good opinions and Knowledge. I like it as I like to learn and absorb as much Bear Football as I can. Especially during the offseason, which seems to last an eternity. There are some really great Bear fans here, and I like the Fact that there isnt alot of trash talking amongst fans here, just a little,lol.

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    Way less trash on here than other sites.The Trib is DEAD. WCG is full of blind sheep, similar to CB.COM, with a couple of interesting posters that I wish were on here. Fan Nation is disheartening. Should be called Ritalin Nation. Wish Our Boy Roy would post on here - come on man ! I know you're fearing the hate, man, but get over - you're reading ... so post !

  • Sd, thank you for saying what I meant. I sometimes screw up the gist of my intended comments and your dialogue sums it up in a nutshell for me. I hope that any one reading my comments doesn't take it as an insult because I truly didn't mean it that way. We are all brothers as far as I'm concerned and I have learned alot from all of the participants on this blog. Sometimes things said are not received they way they were meant to be. We're all big boys and even though we may disagree from time to time I really think that adds to our experience here. I have no problem with someone telling me they think I'm full of crap or just plain wrong. Bring it on.

  • ...and be nice to DMB!

  • Thanks for the pre-emptive self-copulation Sd, very thoughtful. Could the negativity and hurt be easily explained by our fall from grace ? We got to the show and realised if we went back with a QB we'd be champs. Took us a while to get the QB, but then ... wow. Repeated failure by Angelo in the draft left me perplexed, I know that. Once you whiff on the high picks ... all that comes back and bites you on the ass. I live for the moments when the team lifts themselves above their management and coaching and does something they're not supposed to do, like beat the Vikings....

  • Hahahaha... I know Doc.

    I was fucking with both of you... as for my missing the obvious band name, see above.

  • +1.

    Well done. Welcome back Doc.

  • Doc, quit the self justifying BS. I never took offense but I did think it was time to say something. I'm still half awake, I will finish my response when I think I can articulate one you will be able to understand.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Have you looked around lately Doc. This world is falling apart. People no longer have the personal discipline that once made this nation great. Are we now a "anything goes nation"? I will not go quietly into the night my friend.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I reread your post Doc and I take back the BS comment. I understand your point. When I log onto this site I realize art takes many forms and I respect that. Doest mean I see value in all comments people make here. I'm sure allot of people feel the same way about some of my comments. Sometimes freedom of speech is juxtaposed. Just because I resist a statement made here doesn't mean my comments are any more valid. Balance is a process of give and take.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Based on international behaviour since 1945, eh, yes.

  • Thank god for that, another midget receiver. But I see what Angelo is at - he's clever - if the opposing DBs can't *see* the receiver ... they can't *cover* them ! Genius.

  • D wade is from Milwaukee

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    DWade...grew up in Chicago, went to Marquette University in Milwaukee.

  • In reply to SpawnOfDitka:

    +1 Spawn

  • In reply to SpawnOfDitka:

    The infinite wisom of Bears management... from Mayer:

    "I saw that Mike Brown is an unrestricted free agent. I believe that he managed to stay healthy last year. Is there any chance the Bears will sign him to fill their safety position?

    Al T.
    Tinley Park, Illinois

    Safety Mike Brown was a great player for a number of years in Chicago, but the Bears don

  • Jebus. Has anyone looked this guy up ? Colts fans reckon he's the worst CB in the NFL. He's responsible for Brandon Marshall's NFL single game reception record. Just sayin'. I don't know why they can't find special teamers that could at least contribute elsewhere if needed. Seriously, can these guys reach the shower faucets on their own ? What if Wolfe, Moore and Jaws Jennings are first into the shower ? I guess they could make a human ladder .... no, not that kind Coach !

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Gary Coleman Krew.

    takes a dozen to make a circle jerk.

  • Hilarious over on WCG. We had our racial awareness week here last week ... how about banging your sister ? The Rex and Greg fans duke it out ...

    http://www.windycitygridiron.com/2010/3/16/1368374/bears-draft-weekend-possibilities#storyjump

  • Except that such crap is so boring

  • Amen..Doc..Amen...

  • I am definitely in favor of signing the better replacement before we cut the current slacker. You know, just in case.

  • Okay, right,understood. DMB = Dave Matthews Band = Bon Jovi (Not). I have been educated in all of your wily ways, although placing a sleeping chum's hand into a bowl of warm water has never had a better result in the world of prankdom.

  • :o)

  • Returning that missed field goal for a TD !

  • Uh, Vasher WAS a smurf. Smurf with smurf is push.

  • Irish...Why?.Why?.Why?...do you have to burn that image into our retina's of RO? Especially after an evening of Guinness and Cornbeef and Cabage? I think I may have just thrown up in my mouth...

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Now that was Gross Lobo! Ha,ha,ha.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    I think we seriously need a new subject to discuss on here, it has been awhile. Although there isnt much happening right now. I would love to be discussing our new F-Safety signing right now, but I guess thats not happening! At least not yet.

  • Ouch SD: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBsIcRZBh3A&feature=related

  • 35 Days

  • Good read for those who haven't seen it yet.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/10917/measuring-the-bears-goal-line-failures

  • The Bears are who we thought they were, that's why we took the damn field.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Classic. I heard Dennis Green's voice when I read that post crown.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    the fucking Bills....

    http://deadspin.com/5496097/bills-entice-potential-ticket-buyers-with-punt-from-own-end-zone-shining-moment

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    AAH, one of my all time favorite press conferences, it seems like yesterday. I Loved it, after a miraculous comeback, what a game. I never liked Dennis Green since he was with the Vikes. I know he Hates the Bears with a passion, so it made it that much sweeter, LOL!! He was so frustrated he was freakin out, over losing like that on M.N Football, ha,ha. That was one of my favorite games, what a comeback, with no offensive scoring even. It reminds me of two other games against the Browns and Niners, when Mike Brown intercepted passes for touchdowns in O.T in back to back games for amazing comeback wins. The good old days when Mike Brown was the man, when healthy he was a beast & a great leader out there, I do miss his play. I NEVER turn off a game, cause you never know the outcome, its not over till the fat lady sings. I have suffered through many a game, but I just cant turn it off, I support them till the bitter end. I agree with someone here who suggested renting a billboard to request that the Bears sign a good F-Safety, Atogwe, Sharper?? The Bears cant afford to wait around till they are all gone, cause they are trying to get a deal, or hoping another team wont sign them. I hope they know what they are doing, as a fan I am stressed out about it, as many other fans are as well I am sure.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Very Funny Crown. Thanks for the Memory & the Laugh.

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