Yesterday...

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Somehow they did it. 
An organization that embarrassed itself for a majority of the 2009 season (and for every minute since that season ended) managed to inspire me for 2010.  An ownership group that has suffered the dreaded "cheap" label for two generations set fire to their own frugality right underneath The Bean in Millenium Park.  A general manager that looked bewildered when proclaiming the roster "pretty well set" now appears to have a bit more cunning and cleverness than I've given him credit for.

The signings of Julius Peppers, Chester Taylor and Brandon Manumaleuna may appear to be the last gasps of a desperate leadership group that knows it has one year to prove they're capable of leading a franchise.  Sure.  I get that.  But it also shows that our leadership is willing to abandon their trademark stubbornness and leave everything on the table in 2010.  As fans, we've gone from an era of complaining about inactivity to consecutive off-seasons of bold, franchise-altering moves.  As a fan and a writer this is far more interesting.   

And today I'm writing to encourage optimism.  For those of you who are incapable of optimism, how about restrained pessimism?  If you haven't watched the press conferences, I recommend you give them a shot.  I did.

Julius Peppers believes, even if incorrectly, that he's stepped on the main stage.  The North Carolina born and raised phenom seemed in awe of Chicago - its history and heritage.  He looked wide-eyed when talking about Soldier Field and playing with "Lach".  Any thoughts that Peppers would appear me-first or above-the-team exited my mind immediately.  Peppers doesn't have Tommie Harris' ocean-sized chip on his shoulders.  And that's refreshing.

Chester Taylor looked angry.  Angry that after a 1,200 yard season in Minnesota he was replaced as the starting running back.  He also looked like he is going to spend the next six months wrestling the starting running back job away from Matt Forte.  He had a lot of Thomas Jones in him. 

Brandon Manumaleuna is gigantic.  (He's a blocking tight end.  What do you want from me?)

Bourbonnais just got exciting again.  September just got exciting.  Somehow they did it.  And I don't have any problem admitting this: I'm really, really glad.    

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  • First!

  • Chris Williams will definitely benefit from this. Going up against Peppers every day in practice will toughen him up.

    Manumaleuna can teach Olsen how to properly block and you know Tice will give Olsen a kick in the pants.

    Chester Taylor can polish up Forte as a complete Running Back. Nice 1-2 punch.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    I think they're wanting to put Peppers on the left side so he would be going up against Kevin Shaffer and a Tight End every day in practice. That seems like it would be the best place...Right Offensive Tackles are generally smaller and not quite as good as Left Tackles, so putting our best edge-rusher against an oppenents weakest Tackle seems like a good idea.

    I think Chester Taylor deserves a starting job just as much as Matt Forte. Let the competition begin! Either way it will be one of the best 1-2 punches in the league right now, akin to Jones-Washington...or hell, Jones-Benson back in the day.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    I think they should put Peppers on the QB's blind side no matter what. This D-line will be a force once again boys!

  • In reply to Joseph:

    I couldnt agree more with this post. For all the bitching and moaning, we cant complain about this....

    Its funny, because I keep hearing (on various outlets, most notably the four letter network) that the Bears didnt necessarily address other holes and should be more in a rebuilding phase. Anyway you slice it, they upgraded 3 major positions in one day. I just dont see how you can complain about that.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    I don't imagine there's not a Bear fan who's not thrilled with the signings so far, DM. All 3 will help make us better this year. But that doesn't change the fact that they'd better not be finished shopping. We're a FS, a guard and a big lanky receiver away from being a playoff team. Detroit will be a lot better next season, we need to step it up everywhere. I'm excited about Peppers. Alex Brown should have a big year with the help of the push he'll get from the Harris-Peppers tandem. The cover 2 just doesn't hold up without a decent free safety. What are they waiting for ?

  • In reply to Joseph:

    i want Taylor to push Forte to his limit. i love the thought of Forte and Taylor as my running backs. As long as Forte is healthy that is.
    Manny sounded like he would be more than happy to help people get acclimated to the Martz system. He knows he is here to move the pile, open holes and protect #6. I like that lineman mentality. No show all go.

    I have had the same shit eating grin on my face ever since yesterday regarding Peppers. I can't be pessimistic after the team makes moves like that. We have others holes to fill and they will get filled. Just don't ignore safety again completely.

    This will be the longest offseason of our lives because we all know next year we have a great chance to get to the playoffs. And we all know that anything can happen in the playoffs.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I really think we have talent at Safety with Afalava, Payne, and Steltz. Big hitters but they clearly lack the experience and ballhawking skills. That will come with more game reps.

    When these guys learn not to missile themselves into people and be more patient and take better angles on balls, I think all three can be good ONE day. That's why it's critical we bring in a guy with experience. If that means overpaying Sharper, well then that's what needs to be done. His experience is worth the cost alone, let alone his play making ability.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Pay Sharper the 5 mill, draft the studliest safety available next year (Taylor Mays build) ... no more safety talk for 8 years.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    What really hurt the secondary was two things:

    Complete lack of a pass-rush put too much pressure on them

    Those HUGE cushions they were ordered to give receivers on 3rd and long (the FIRST thing Marinelli has to get rid of).

    And improved pass-rush helps any secondary.

  • In reply to StarkyLuv:

    The lack of talent at the position doesn't help. If there was a capable guy in the mix they would have come to the surface by now. Bullock is our only true FS. And he sucks ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    See? This is what's wrong with fans. No matter if you had Rod Woodsen AND Ronnie Lott back there, how could the succeed when they had to cover WR for 4-5 seconds and they couldn't jam receivers off the line on 3rd and long? Answer, they couldn't.

    Even mediocre safties can excel when you have pressure up front and a good coverage scheme.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Oh my! On the first official day of the 2010 season the franchise has rallied the fan base. Awesome moves on each of the free agents! I for one am very very excited. Hopefully the players are excited too. That will get them 100% ready for the season. I know Forte will be ready for obvious reasons. If Tommie can get a good perspective on his life situation, he

  • In reply to GoBears:

    Go Bears,I can agree on many points here. The Bears made some Great moves so far. Chester Taylor should push Forte, to be all he can be and I Love the combination here with those two. They can both Run,Catch & block which will help us tremendously. Then adding Manimal as I call him at T.E will help us in protection & blocking schemes, big time. But The Big Prize we landed in Peppers is the Ultimate gift for our Bears on Defense. We finally have a Pure Pass rusher, who is one of the best we could ask for on our Defense! GO BEARS!!

  • In reply to GoBears:

    I CANT WAIT TO GET THAT PEPPERS JERSEY AND ROCK THAT FUCKER WHEN I HEAD UP TO THE CAROLINA BEARS GAME THIS YEAR AND PISS OFF ALL THESE SOUTHERN FUCKS BEAR DOWN AND NOW GO GET A WOOD LAYIN SAFETY/ WIDE RECEIVER!!!

  • In reply to GoBears:

    HUH?? OK, GO BEARS!!

  • In reply to GoBears:

    i saw a kid at a Sports Authority store sporting a dark blue tee shirt with #90 in orange tape and peppers written on the back on it today.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    We will send the Pack back to the 80's and the Brett girl will wish she retired. Oh I can't wait.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Sweet. Bet you wish you thought of that first.

  • In reply to GoBears:

    I am not surprised by the moves yesterday, but I am elated that all three of them were made, and that the players were all willing to come to Chicago. With that said, we still need to pull talent out of this draft.

    Looking forward, I don't think anything is more critical than getting the O together and comfortable with Martz's offense. There are many minds to bend.

    On the positive side, WE BEAT THE VIKINGS IN DECEMBER WHEN THEY NEEDED A WIN LAST YEAR, AND WE JUST GOT BETTER. (Notwithstanding the 30 something second half points we gave up.)

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Viva, can you imagine the quality players we could have signed in the past if we had been willing to pay like some of the other teams in the league?

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    I prefer to look at it like we shut them out in the first half, Viva :o)

  • In reply to Joseph:

    ESPN has a "How long must you work to earn Peppers salary" calculator, right on the main page.

    I have to work 101 years.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm not loaning you any bus fare - I thought I was doing OK!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Blogfather..AGREE!!AGREE!!AGREE!!!on all accounts

    Watching Chile(JP) he looked like a giggling school girl before prom!! In A GREAT WAY! To me it looked like his first signing day as a rookie. What I loved to hear from him was the excitement about the History behind this franchise..HISTRORY BOYS AND GIRLS!!!! I think he didn't have that in Carolina..don't get me wrong.. his was a homeboy playing in front of family..But I am sure Opening Day in Soldier field it will come to him like a Tsunami of emotion..RED GRANGE,SID LUCKMAN,WALTER PAYTON to many to say but I get the feeling he want's to put the NAVY BLUE AND BURNT ORANGE on and hit somebody!TODAY!
    Yes. CT looked pissed and I hope he puts a hurt on the Queens (twice a year)and stands in front of childress and smiles...

    As for Manumaleuna..It's just a FU!@#$!@KING Brick Wall. I guess I didn't relize he was that big DAMN! do we even need a tackle next to him? lol yeah I know we do!!!

    O.K. Blogfather no pessimism..I will try... but I can't stop the sick videos' I will still keep those going.. lol

    We do have more to do but I agree with what has happened.. WOW!~ I really didn't think JA had it in him.. Now no matter how this happened what we need to do is move forward, not back, or to the side FORWARD!!!

    LDL get laid, lap dance, sugar dance I don't care... strap it on and GET SOME PASSION brother and take this team to the SB!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I love the moves the Bears made yesterday, it was certainly a great day for the franchise. But coming off of last year my optimism is still going to be tempered. We all were talking Super Bowl when Cutler got here, and I for one have learned my lesson.
    The Bears are clearly better today then they were three days ago and that's great. But the three biggest problems that doomed the 2009 season remain unsolved. Our shaky offensive line, our pourus secondary, and our green recievers not being able to get where they are supposed to be. There are still miles to go.

  • Sd, I left a Roger McGough poem on the other thread where you were talking about piss. Enjoy.

  • What a Great day for the organization and especially the fans. WOW, I still cant believe their aggressiveness in nailing Peppers, Bravo!! Lovie was at his door minutes after free agency began. I was impressed they got it done so quickly & didnt let him leave Halas Hall without a contract, Well Done!! Peppers instantly improves this defense, even the secondary. Remember how he tore up the Vikes last year? Chester Taylor was a big sign as well & seemed quite reasonable for what we paid for 4 years. He is 30, but still fresh. He only had
    352 carries in the last 3 years! Taylor will help to teach & push Forte and will give us a great 1-2 punch that can run,block & catch. Plus Chester know the Vikes so well, we can gain valuable information as well, just sayin. The T.E signing will help our o-line big time as he is one of the best blocking T.E's. Maybe he can help & work with Olsen on his blocking & learning the system. All this in less than 24 hours, way to go Bears, give credit where credit is due. We harp on them alot but they did good by us today!! Now I hope we can nail down a free safety, I think Atogwe is looking like the best option right now, in my opinion. Sharper does interest me but he apparently is seeking way too much $$. Then the icing on the cake after that would be to sign someone on the O-Line. Am I getting Greedy here? Oh well, you never know they have been full of surprises since the Cutler signing. So I guess anything is possible. BEAR THE FU%%K DOWN!!! GO BEARS!!

  • If Smith can do ONE thing that one thing is persuade pretty good football players to come to Chicago. I still can't believe what I saw....

  • In reply to flobflo2114:

    Chester Taylor, Yeah because he could have gotten more money somewhere else. I think being able to show his stuff against his old team twice a year may have played a role. Manu either looked like a deer in the headlights or not looking forward to the long cold winters in Chicago so it had to be the money(Have any of you guys ever been to S.D.?) Peppers was about the money first and the nostalgia and rich Bears History 2nd.

    Having said all that, I do think any issue's Peppers had with taking plays off had allot to do with wanting out of Carolina. That's what some of these guys do when they want a change of scenery. Play well enough some of the time in order to keep your FA value up but make it hurt just enough to the team that won't trade you. I do believe Chicago Fans will not let him get away with that as long as he's with us. More importantly I strongly believe the rest of the NFL will see his inner manbeast unleashed and this signing will go down as one of the greatest signing's in the History of the sport. Yes you heard right, in the History of the sport. The guy is a freak and you ain' seen nothing yet. I absolutely cannot wait to see him tear the NFC North opponents offensive lines and QB's apart. I just hope Goodell won't make him tie one arm behind his back. Hell even that won't stop him.

  • I have a hard time with the new T.E's name Manumaleuna how about we nick name him "Manimal"?? He is a blocking Beast, like having another lineman. Now how about a Safety for an Encore??

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    Manimal = Dan Hampton's nickname ? Danimal ?

  • A major relief is that these three guys aren't projects. They are proven, experiences, accomplished players. They already get it. Just "add water" type of players.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Joe, what's the new avatar? Am I missing it... it's kinda small.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Lovie Smith back in highschool/college. lol

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Ho-Ly-Sheite! Well done!

    Lovie musta been a chick magnet back in the dizay man. Check out the sweet do.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    I'm trying to find the one were he had a flattop with the Bucs. Priceless!

  • In reply to Joseph:

    DM, totally agree... and the dude can catch believe it or not. He's a MAJOR upgrade (on the line) from the O-girl.

    But I

  • In reply to Joseph:

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  • In reply to Joseph:

    MB-

    Agreed on all counts...

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Look at the 1st 7 letters in our new T.E's name. I say we just call him "Manimal". He is a Beast of a T.E who is like having another O-Lineman. He will make a big difference in blocking,Protection & will help the running game as well. Maybe he can take Olsen under his wing and help him with blocking and help him learn the new system as well. Can we say goodbye to McKie already? The Two biggest needs remaining are F-Safety & O-line especially a talented L-Guard. Move Omiyale to his natural position at R-Tackle to compete with Shaeffer. Mike Tice will help our o-line alot as well. I see F-Safety Atogwe as a good fit for us. Interestingly the Rams put a low tender on him so they get nothing if he signs elsewhere, but they can match the offer. Maybe Lovie should fly to his house,lol.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Hahahahahhaa: http://startelegramsports.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54f7fc4c58833010535e6bf7c970c-450wi

    "They have the Golden Arches, we have the golden archs" HAHAHAHAHA

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    love me some young Eddie.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Guys I know that we have been harping on the O Line, but you hve to also agree that Manamaoualaouamaamaoua is basically a big upgrade on the line...I also anticpate we will draft at least one more O lineman with our picks...

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Ohh yea...he is a bulldozer out there.

    I think Angelo still has something tucked away up his sleeve that slippery little snake.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    I'd much rather fill a need with a good solid position player in the draft than try another Pace experiment. No more of those please.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    MB, Rome wasn't build in a day. If everything goes well and we get into the playoffs next year don't expect miracles. Look to see much improvement on the field next year and hopefully the draft will fill in some of the much needed gaps. I think JA is going through the rest of the free agents with a fine tooth comb hoping another opportunity presents itself but don't expect much more through free agency. I wonder if Mr. Rogers and the Brett girl will throw up before they play us this year?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Trac - when you said that Brett will "girl pee" himself next year i absolutely lost it and spit guinness out of my nose. i hope i read that correctly. Brett will not only pee himself when facing Peppers he will actually pee himself the way a girl pees and then retire. oh god, i hope that is what you meant because if it was then it was the funniest damn thing i've read on this blog ever.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Yes waffle, that's what I said and that's what I meant. Brett girls gonna have yellow socks to go with her purple uniform.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    A tisket a tasket, why would they want Hank Baskett?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Only one reason...OK...two reasons:
    http://beargoggleson.com/files/2009/04/kendrawilkinsonchargers.jpg

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Ye'd eat chips out of her knickers ...

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    27, 6'4, 220. We can airlock Rashied or Juaquin for him in a heartbeat. Do it.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    agreed to both above

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I wonder if Martz will let Pepp run it in from the goal line?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Great 1st day...totally unexpected but like many of you are saying...we still need O lineman and a safety....ANd a big WR. Brandon Marshall is still out there and he could be a HUGE upgrade for us AND he has expierence with Cutler. I would look to trade Olsen for a pick or Olsen and a pick for Marshall.

    Sharper or Clark would also be great pickups for us, we desperately needed a safety last year. And if I were the Bears...i would just draft some big ass dudes to put on my o-line....please no more softies like Chris Williams though. GO get some BADASSES!!!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I don't have any expectations any more trac. Just hopes and hypothesis. Expectations are for people who are about to get let down.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I expect so MB, I expect so.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    ha

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Here's the 'still available' list (safeties):

    Ryan Clark, Steelers. The 30-year-old longtime starter couldn't work out a long-term deal with Pittsburgh. The Cardinals are running their defense in the Pittsburgh mold. Clark could fit.

    Brodney Pool, Browns. Teams generally do not sever ties with productive 25-year-old starters, but the Browns decided against tendering Pool as a restricted free agent after he suffered a series of head injuries last season. Pool picked off four passes in 11 games last season, making 10 starts before his season was ended.

    Darren Sharper, Saints. The 34-year-old Pro Bowl choice would upgrade every secondary in the NFC West, but at what price? Sharper is probably most valuable to the Saints.

    Jermaine Phillips, Bucs. Injuries have severely limited Phillips' contributions recently. It's probably not a great sign that Tampa thought about moving him to linebacker. Still, Phillips is 30 years old, hardly ancient by safety standards, and he has 74 starts.

    Other safeties who are unrestricted free agents: Ware, Russell, Roman, Nick Ferguson, Sean Jones, Will Allen, Todd Johnson, Clinton Hart, Roy Williams, Vernon Fox, Marquand Manuel, Mike Brown, Tyrone Carter and Lawyer Milloy.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Recognize one name at the bottom? Mr. Mike Brown is available.

    Good summary: http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post?id=19428

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hey MB, something about "OrangeJulius" just doesn't sound right.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    By the way Jeff, when you title a thread "Yesterday" its only good for 1 day.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm going on a hunger strike until they sign Otogwe...

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I'll join you for Mike Brown Johnny... we may die of starvation though.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    A year ago I lauded the decision not to re-sign Mike Brown. I did so believing that the Bears were tired of him being injured 7 out of 10 games in his career and that they were planning on bringing in Sharper or someone via the draft.

    I was wrong. The Bears let us all down by depending on football legends such as Danieal Manning and Josh Bullocks. If Mike Brown is free, why NOT bring him back? Does anybody have a good reason why NOT to bring #30 back by Bourbonnais? If that reason is Darren Sharper then maybe you have a point...but other than that...I got nothing.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    100% Ghost. I might be a little biased (see my avatar), but we OWE it to Mike to let him retire a Bear.

    And if he stays uninjured like he did last year at KC (damn, I hate that the second players get here they have injury problems

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I sent a note to Larry asking that he let JA and LS know that us die hard fans want Mike Brown back,a nd its the right thing to do. Probably just get deleted, but you never know I guess. Worth a 2 minute email.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    HILARIOUS!!!

    WOW!!! You realize you have no say whatsoever in anything the bears do, don't you? Snap into reality, bozo!

  • In reply to MadMaxRockatansky:

    No! Whats Hilarious is seeing a pathetic Pecker head like yourself embarrass yourself with your Brainless comment on our Bears blog!! You are a poster child for what a Pathetic Loser is,LOL. You are broiling with Jealousy, the Bears have Peppers, ha,ha. Listen Party Boy, your Pansy Assz Rodgers will be crying for his life,lol. You are a Low Life and hardly in a position to call a fellow Bear fan a Bozo. Have you looked in the mirror lately,LOL. Your girlfriend was telling me last night, you suffer from Penis Envy, How Sad!! BEAR THE F%%K DOWN!! GO BEARS!!!

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    What a moron you are. Reread your comment again & tell me you have a fully functioning brain with a straight face, please.

    Jealous? Clay Matthews is pretty darn good if haven't noticed. He started less games then Peppers last year & matched him sacks I believe. The Packers also had one of the best D's in the whole league last year, you dumb shit.

    Feel free to go punch yourself in the face for posting such nonsensical drivel that dropped the intelligence level of this blog tremendously for having to read it.

  • In reply to MadMaxRockatansky:

    I don't remember what poster said it but... I can see the comparison of the Peppers signing to when the Pack signed The Minister of Defense, but White didn't just add 3-5 wins to the Packers when he signed. The first year they had the same exact record(9-7) as they did the prior year(9-7). Year 2 is where they finally improved(11-5) & 2 wins is hardly 3-5. He was probably the biggest reason for the Packers success in the mid 90's & on, but he DID NOT impact the Packers right away in the win column. Peppers in no Reggie White though. Pepper is really good, but Reggie White is in a league of his own.

    These moves make sense for an uncapped year, but how will it affect your core when next year the cap comes back, and you can't keep some of those core players?

    Desperate moves for a desperate organization that has the makings of an EPIC fail. Second year in a row Angelo made a bold move, but anything less than a playoff appearance & the whole thing gets blown up. Playing catch up to the Vikes & Pack must be a bitch. That's what happens when you trade the farm for an overrated QB that left you with no quality draft picks & no postseason results to show for it. At least this time you got a player that actually is worth hype that surrounds him.

    No more excuses, bear fans. You ALL said last year how you were Super Bowl bound, so what is it now? You should have all the pieces, right? This is going to be awesome to watch as you all eat your words again when the bears finish 3rd & out of the playoffs.

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  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Lest any Viking trolls try to soft-pedal the Taylor signing, I present this from the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

    The Vikings can now begin shopping for an unrestricted free agent, but it took losing VALUABLE backup running back Chester Taylor to unlock the door."

    I'm not saying we got the Vikes BEST running back, but I think it IS fair to say we got their most DEPENDABLE one.

    I don't see who starts between taylor and Forte as an issue.
    There's PLENTY of carries to go around in sixteen games plus, hopefully, playoffs and that soon figures to be EIGHTEEN games. You need 2 solid backs. Call them 1 and 1a if you like but the NFL landscape has changed and running a guy 300+ times is nuts and can only shorten a career.

    Case in point: Jamal Lewis had 400+ touches, including 387 carries for over 200 yards, in 2003. He averaged less than 4 yards a carry in 4 of his next 6 seasons.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    This hurts the Queens way more than Berrian ever could have hurt us.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Regarding all the criticism of the Bears' signings from ESPN, which BTW stands for Endless Self Promotion Network, keep in mind that, as in the case of Narcissus, they completely WHIFFED on the Peppers story.

    I keep hearing them using the term "desperate" and making comparisons to the Redskins. Well, 4-Letter boys, desperate times call for desperate measures.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    This post's off topic AND incorporates a line I threw out just recently but it seems sooo appropriate that after being accused of sexual asault by an apparent gold-digging, skank in Las Vegas and now putting his ass in a sling for the SAME kind of crap with ANOTHER Ho' in ANOTHER city I HAVE to say...

    Ben Rothlisberger, I didn't think you could BE any more stupid BUT...you surprised me.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Whoops. That was 387 for over TWO-THOUSAND yards in '03 for
    J. Lewis.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I hope they haven't spent all their money Trac. Doing it half-assed won't fly. Rome wasn't built in a day but it was sacked in a day. If we don't get interior OL help, Forte and Taylor run into the same walls as last year. Without a reliable free safety that hole still exists in the middle of the field (although Brian is back), we don't have long with a lot of this team, a superbowl has to happen soon or we're in total rebuild. Atogwe is sitting there for free if we want him (Sharper will want to get back to his super bowl ready team). Seems like we shot our load already. Mike Bell is out there for the taking too, we still haven't got a big back ...

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I hope they haven't spent all their money Trac. Doing it half-assed won't fly. Rome wasn't built in a day but it was sacked in a day. If we don't get interior OL help, Forte and Taylor run into the same walls as last year. Without a reliable free safety that hole still exists in the middle of the field (although Brian is back), we don't have long with a lot of this team, a superbowl has to happen soon or we're in total rebuild. Atogwe is sitting there for free if we want him (Sharper will want to get back to his super bowl ready team). Seems like we shot our load already. Mike Bell is out there for the taking too, we still haven't got a big back ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I hope so too Irish. I "expect" the front office to meet somewhere in the middle concerning the rest of the teams needs. I wouldn't be surprised if they dredge the bottom of the pond towards the end of this month.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Peppers "WILL" focus on his role with our team now that the new contract and change of scenery has taken place. Trust me, the only worries about him will be from our opponents. Even if he does take off from time to time our opponents will still have to scheme for him which will create opportunities for the rest of our D. Face it boys, our defense is going to be much improved regardless of what other gaps we fill. OoooHraaah!!!!!!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Just read where Childress had to go up to Hattiesburg to see the Brett girl. Rumor is that ever since Friday she hasn't been able to go to sleep without every light on in the house.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    That pic is awesome by the way

  • Sharper and Clark please. One FS isn't going to do it, and Sharper is considered 'old'. Clark would be a great long term anchor at FS for us... backed up by rookie, TAYLOR MAYS please.

  • Very Funny BaM,lol. I think Bear fans alike are pretty excited today. Just like your name BAM! The Bears hit it hard & fast, give credit where it is do, Great signings. I am still holding out hope for part 2, getting a F-Safety & a O-lineman(L-Guard). This is just for you,lol. BEAR DOWN!! GO BEARS!

  • I recently read that Sharper is being pursued by 3 teams, the Bears,Giants & Dolphins. The Giants just signed Rolle to a huge deal, so I see them out of it. We need to out bid the Dolphins again, like we did with Peppers,lol. Then we can focus on the O-Line. With Peppers aboard, Sharper should see plenty of opportunities to make interceptions,lol. Remember how Peppers Dominated the Vikes last year, oh yeah. Peppers also had 2 sacks on Rodgers & dominated the Pack as well in 08. I do look forward to this year though, all though honestly, I look forward to every season. I am the Ultimate optimist at the start of each New season. Its a new year a new opportunity, anything can happen on any given Sunday. This year has brought on some renewed hope, for sure. GO BEARS!

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    You missed one. The Saints are trying like hell to come to terms with Sharper. They're not going to let him leave easily...it makes me wonder if one of the reasons he hasn't signed with the Saints is that the Bears are interested in him. Perhaps he shares Chet Taylor's attitude about playing against a former team he was one. In Sharper's case he would play four games against teams he has played for.

    The Saints will probably resign him, but you never know.

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    The Bears are interested in Hank Baskett...blah.

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    BF, Sharper actually hasn't done well in the

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    Sorry Ghost good call, Duhhhh how could I forget the Saints, they do want him back? My Bad for sure. I actually think the Bears will end up signing Otogwe from the Rams. After all the Rams tendered him low, which gives them nothing in return if he signs elsewhere. They can match the offer though. He seems to fit in well with the Bears as well!! Sharper is still a possibility, but he apparently wants too much $$. But the Bears have been laying it out so far, so who knows? The Thing with Sharper is he would have a chance to go against his 2 former teams in G-Bay & the Vikes twice a year. That right there is some good motivation in our division. I think that whoever the F-Safety is, Peppers will make their job exciting going forward!

  • In reply to ForeverBears:

    The signings are ingenious. Peppers upgrades the entire defense. Drawing double-teams every play will free up Tommie and Alex on the D-line. getting pressure with the front four will leave BU and Briggs to roam and make plays. The secondary won't have to cover receivers for 4-5 seconds every play like the last couple of season.

    Chester Taylor was the master stroke. 1st, we take away a KEY weapon from Minnesota. Making AP play on 3rd downs will be the downfall of that franchise. 2nd, even if Forte doesn't return to form, he'll still be an above-average #2 back behind Taylor. If he DOES return to form, I daresay the Bears have the best backfield in the NFL.

    And can you imagine Brandon Manumaleuna and Greg Olsen in 2 TE sets?

    And personally, I wouldn't mind trading Olsen for a #2 pick (if that wouldn't upset Jay too much).

    Those 4 games the Bears lost last season after giving up 4th quarter leads that would've made the team 11-5? You can but those in the bank now.

  • A change is as good as a rest Sd (except maybe for the old and incontinent), so Peppers could find rejuvenation here. Reggie White did okay in his twilight years. Would love to see Baskett line up across from Shabba with Hester/Knox in the slots.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Sounds awful good to me, Irish.

  • +1

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    +2

  • Give him a year's contract whether he plays or not. Let him retire a Bear ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    If he can't play, let him slide right over to coaching.

  • As long as he's occupying blockers and causing mayhem with Tommie, the sacks will come from Brown and elsewhere. He's innocent until proven guilty. I can't think of a line with as much depth as ours.

  • I would feel good about a Hank Baskett signing. You know Jay would love the big body to throw to. he plays special teams as well so you could get rid of Rash. Bring back Mike Brown as a backup or at least as competition. Sign Otogwe right now. He is just sitting there waiting for a team like us to call and at least put in a lowball offer.
    I truly believe that the motivated Peppers will show up. No one starts a new job loafing around and not performing. He is rich as balls right now but these guys still have pride and you know he doesn't want to have that lazy tag hung around his neck when others say he could be one of the best ever. at some point pride has to kick in and, voila!!, Peppers just ended Favre's career...

  • You're not tough. Plain & simple. Stop trying to be, ya meathead.

  • Suckatansky, as soon as we see your piss green and diahrea photo we automatically press page down. Just thought I'd let you know. Maybe you can go back to doodling with yourself looking at pics of little Dahmer boys.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Nice try, but every time I post, you little bear minions flock to take first shots at me. You do realize that just proved your own writing to be full of shit, right?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Looks like the Bears signed Tim Jennings today and cut FB Jason Mckie.

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