Audibles From the Long Snapper

Is it really time to stop talking about hypothetical talent and start talking about things that might influence the 2010 season?  I think so.

Bears Should Sign Faneca
Alan Faneca is nowhere near the player he once was but the Bears would be foolish to not consider bringing in the veteran to solidify the middle of the offensive line.  Whether one believes the diminished skill argument or not, one thing is clear: everywhere that Faneca has played, the team has shown a dominant ability to run the ball.
Brad Biggs has a few more tidbits on his current contractual status:

The New York Jets, who released the nine-time Pro Bowl performer on Sunday, owe Faneca $5.25 million guaranteed. That money will have no affect on his contract with his next employer because as Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post reported, there is no offset in the contract. That means that the $5.25 million is pocketed by Faneca now instead of it being applied to his next NFL contract and funded by the Jets.

It's similar to the big money quarterback Jake Delhomme collected when he was released by the Carolina Panthers and subsequently signed with the Cleveland Browns. Both Faneca and Delhomme are represented by Chicago-based Priority Sports.

Faneca has Ruben Brown written all over him.  We may not get more than a year or two out of him, but they'll be a good year or two.


Cutler Sees Olsen as Part of Offense
Buried at the end of Vaughn McClure's column about Jay Cutler's expectations for the 2010 season are his comments on the marriage of Martz and Olsen:

With rumors swirling about the possible trade of tight end Greg Olsen, Cutler talked up his good friend's role in the new offense, too.

"One of (Martz's) specialties is trying to find ways to create matchups for guys, and Greg is the ultimate matchup guy," Cutler said. "You can put him on corners, safeties, linebackers. Once we get into this, and (Olsen) sees how many different ways we can use him, he's going to be excited."

Sometimes I feel like the lone voice on this issue but I'll write every day that any efforts to deal Greg Olsen are misguided and will ultimately prove disastrous.  


Stay Tuned To DaBearsBlog...
I'll be coming with our second BlogRadio interview with Bears beat writer Brad Biggs in the coming days.  We'll recap the draft picks, talk about Lovie and Jerry's job security and try to pry some good stuff out of the best around.

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  • I don't understand all the hate for a TE who was in the top ten in receptions and yards last year. I know he isn't a good blocker, but that was never an advertised part of his game. How about if Olsen has 1000 recieving yards this year (which I think he very well could), we no longer call him a woman on this site.

    I'm way more upset at the fact we paid a solely blocking TE who not many people really knew about (besides MB being the SD local)a boat load of money. A blocking TE has not and will not see that type of money again. Everyone has seemed to automatically accept him because he fits in the Martz style system, which might not be around next year.

    With that money, we could be first in line for Otogwe, possibly already have Faneca, could have been a player for Marshall, and probably could have locked Boldin in.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Damn... second time in two strings:

    Crown, you and I will have to respectfully agree to disagree on greggie... as we've both proven over the months.

    My deal is that Manu is actually a damn good pass catcher, for a friggin' house - and obviously he's pretty much an extra Tackle on whatever side he lines up on, so we got that going for us

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Respectfully disagree it is MB. We've circled the Olsen wagon enough. I'm looking forward to seeing it all play out on the field.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    I'm with MB on this one.

    Olsen, like it or not, is Brad Muster all over again.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Brad Muster was a magnificent bastard GPL. That comparison is a dook lasagna sandwich.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Speaking of which, where is Jersey these days?

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Briggs is a solid reporter, so its ok Jeff if you kiss ass a bit. He gets out there and reports the hard news. I put him in the Brad Palmer good-guy camp.

    Please don't ever interview Steve Rosenfool though. And, it goes without saying: The Blogfather would never chit-chat with Larry M. to do so, it would break the omerta of DBB, I think we all understand that...

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    I like messing around with some of the bloggers that I either diasgree with want to throw off their game. I try not to be offensive, but I might pass the line sometimes. I wanted to see how the two soccer mom posters would react. Sometimes people love my shit and sometimes they don't. I had some good banter on one anti-cattle call blog last week about picking up girls on the street and in car's by yelling/hollering at them. I took a pro cattle-call stance. It's a good time during lulz in the day.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Dude, repost some of that shit here please.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Cattle-call posts:

    Damn, now I can't even try and connect with females from my car? What's the difference between my car and the deli line or the pet food aisle? What makes flirting while driving so offensive to you? One could be more rude approaching women at the doctor's office as opposed to while riding dirty. Meeting new women while driving has worked for me. Last summer I pulled over at a red light, introduced myself to a buetiful girl and took her to a concert at Ravinia the very same night. We still date, sometimes. A couple days ago, while at a four-way stop, I politely encouraged a lovely woman runner to tuck her elbows in to her sides to improve her gait. She actually thanked me and asked if I'd like to run with her sometime. We are doing a spring weekend 5k fun run on Saturday. Some people are so closed off to meeting new people in certain situations, that they really limit their opportunities of making great connections.

    Women love it as long as it's done in a non-offensive way; they just don't want to admit it. I bet you glared at the guy who talked about you, walked 20 feet, and then became flattered and cracked a smile while no one was looking. Seen it many times before. I still don't understand why women stigmatize these types of interactions when done in a respectful way, regardless if they occur on the street, in a car, or on a boat. Don't limit your options people, you can meet great people anywhere at any time. Good luck to all!

    You can approach someone you are attracted to on the street or from your car without yelling, that's all I'm saying. I don't yell at women unless they deserve it; this never includes when I meet someone for the first time while walking, driving or taking the train, unless they get in my commuter path. As long as your're not being disrespected, be open-minded people. It's hard enough for people to meet companions now a days, don't shut yourself off. Good luck to all the single peeps. As Jim Valvano said, "Don't give up, don't ever give up."

    Suggesting styles for your man post:

    If you feel you need to change your man's style or want to "suggest" him to wear certain cloths when you go out, then you are extremely insecure and have a skewed world view. If he allows you to change up his style, then he is a puss rather than a nice guy. Eventually, you will resent him for allowing you to throw him in tight ass jeans, a snapped flannel, and a pair of chucks. And he will resent you for making him uncomfortable. Such a couple was truley meant to be.

    My woman likes my style and allows me to stay fresh to death: bengaled jammers, an old navy shirt with an eagle and the number 777 on it, pair of fake DJ Jazzy Jeff shades I got out of a Pops cereal box in '93, and knitted mittens with the finger cut-offs. My woman never tries to change my identity.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    So you stay fresh because she allows it? Just saying.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Good one Trac. You're on your game.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    You taught me well Crown.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    I just can't help thinking that the Bears might be more than a little GUN-SHY with regards to signing the likes of an Alan Faneca after the Orlando Pace experience (dare we say "debacle") last season.

    On a related tangent...

    If I were a Jets fan, I think I would be a more than a tad concerned at what they have JETtisoned this off season.
    Subtracting Thomas Jones AND Leon Washington, in addition to Alan Faneca, sounds like a pretty drastic overhaul to what was a pretty effective ground game.

    "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" comes to mind.

    As for Olson, I remain in the Blogfather's choir on that issue.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Yes and no Albert. The Jets are making their move to be better for the future. This teams stock is on the rise and Garrett Wolfe would have an all pro year behind their o-line. Thats how the good teams do it. Replace players starting to get long in the tooth with new fresh talent. They went to the AFC Championship game and darn near went to the SB. They're looking for an edge to climb a top their division. Maybe if this gang of Bozo's we had weren't so sentimental with keeping mediocre long in the tooth talent we would be looking to win the Superbowl next year not just make it to the playoffs.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Not as much as JA wants to keep his job Albert. If they can convince the top Brass to part with 10 or 11 million for a 2 year contract which if I was Faneca I would be demanding, then JA would do it in a heart beat. If Faneca asks for too much the Bears will pay it if they really want him.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Went to a party at a die hard Jets fan house this last weekend Al. As soon as talk turned to football (which was almost right away), the guy's face lit up like it was Christmas morning the next day.

    I can just tell you that Jets fans are so damn excited about the ballsy and smart moves their org has made over and over again this off season that words can't describe - the guy seemed like he was on crack talking about it. I think the words "overly giddy" came to mind.

    ...and you know what, they have a whole lot to feel excited and optimistic about.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'll take my man Jay over Sanchez any old day of the week MB! But absolutely everywhere else they look outstanding. Garret Wolfe would be a 1200 yard rusher behind that line. Doug Flutie might hit a lot of guys in the back of the head though.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Faneca's agent talkin to arizona JA should cockblock those fuckers and sign him already!

  • In reply to pankster:

    Texans too, and the Texans haven't done shit - they've got some dollars for a dude like Faneca ..

  • In reply to pankster:

    Have to say I'm wondering who the five offensive "skill" players on the field will be. We haven't got a lot in the way of superstars, but we do have theories about a couple of unusual set ups.

    We have plenty of permutations for some 2 tight end sets (currently 6 TEs on the roster), obviously Olsen and Big Mannu makes Olsen essentially a reciever, but what about Kellen/Olsen or Kellen/Manu or some other new combos. While the ideas are interesting, I tend to think we'll stick with one tight end. As long as Martz can get Olsen to at least threaten to block and Mannu to be a legitimate recieving threat once or twice a game, one TE is enough.

    As to the RBs. We have Matty and Calvin. I imagine that they'll alternate, with Calvin running 3rd downs mostly, but there is a possiblity of both of them playing in a double RB set. Probably won't see it much, but Martz could do worse.

    And then there's wideout. We've got no less than 10 WRs on the roster right now. Legitimate candidates for playing 1 & 2 are Bennett, Hester, Shaba, and Knox. Igglesias could emerge as a decent contributor after a year on the bench just as Bennett did too. But with Cutler under center and at least five guys who will be competitive for playing time, we could have as many as five recievers on the field at once.

    GPLDan says we go two tight ends. I say we'll mainly see a traditional one RB and one TE with Taylor/Forte and Mannu/Olsen each alternating with the plays called. Forte and Olsen will be the starters. The three wideouts will be Hester (unfortunately... I really wish this was Bennett), Shaba (who will hopefully emerge as the clear #1 by the break), and Knox/Igglesias/Bennett filling in at three.

    I'm hoping as the season goes on that Lovie realizes Hester is not the #1 or even #2 reciever... not because he plays worse, but because the other guys play better. I would love to see Hester back to kick returns and burning it up as an occassional vertical threat. I also hope that our bunch of small speedy guys all look great so that we can trade somebody at the end of the year. I rather like Knox and Bennett and Shaba, but I would part with one of them for an extra top 45 pick in the 2011 draft. Depending on what our recievers look like, I'd even part with two of them to get some flexibility back in the draft.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Calvin? Did we just sign someone while I was in the toilet chugging down the red Bull?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Brain freeze... Chester, not Calvin.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    I thought we got really desperate and signed Calvin Thomas out of retirement ...

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Newb (see how I did that), I think it would be silly NOT to have a 2-TE set a lot with this crew. Manu is basically another Tackle on whichever side he lines up AND the dude can catch (I

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Pretty effective? The Jets were the number one rushing team int he NFL by some way ... letting TJ and Leon go is astounding. Both are special players.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    On the flipside, how 'bout them 'Hawks? If they had a QB they'd be dangerous. Is there a big rapist in their near future?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    ["We're going to use a lot of receivers this year,'' Cutler said. "They're learning the system, just like I am. It's a little bit different than what they're used to, a little bit more Z cuts. D.A. has looked good so far. I'm definitely excited for him."]

    He has spoken. Cutler puts the boot into T.O., then tells us that just like last year, Shabba is the only receiver getting the picture. Same OL members (-Orlando + a blocking TE - Turner + Martz) and the same challenged receivers ... and we're expecting different results? Ok, so maybe we'll be the #20 offense ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Adjustments at the LOS :

    ["We'll look at Faneca," Angelo said. "We're looking at several players. He's one. There is some (money left), but I don't want to create any notion that we'll be as free-spending now with these players that come up that we were before. We can't."]

    Pursuing excellence 'by looking'....

    ["Coach Lovie Smith called Wright the Tim Tebow of the defense for the Gators"]

    - I hope he doesn't turn out to be Tim Tebow of the Broncos ...

    ["Former Bears quarterback Mike Tomczak faces a hearing on assault charges after a domestic dispute at his home in suburban Pittsburgh, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Tomczak, who also played for the Steelers, was arrested Monday afternoon after his wife called police and was charged with two counts of simple assault, Bell Acres police chief Brian Brown said. According to KDKA-TV, Tomczak reportedly lunged at his wife and stepped on her foot but did not hit her."]

    What has our society come to? A former Bear makes a sudden forward motion towards his wife? How many sudden movements is one too many? Her little toe could have a very prominent bruise today, people. And we hold these brutal, heartless, vicious bastards up as heroes ... I'm sure I speak for all the blog members when I say that our thoughts are with Mike's wife's little toe and the one beside it ... with a little luck and our fervent prayers, Mrs. Tomczak will pull through. Apparently this is not the first example of domestic abuse the monster Tomczak has subjected his wife to. According to sources, in 2002 he allegedly farted in her general direction. Former Bear Jim McMahon has urged Tomczak to seek professional help. The punky QB offered his advice to the erstwhile Bears backup, and subsequent starter, at a recent white-power rally. 'Yeah, I was at his house back in '87, we got somewhat overserved ... and I heard him suggest to his wife that she wore a different jacket with the skirt she had on. That's where it starts. Little color co-ordination comments ... and before you know it you're cutting her head off and jumping in the White Bronco ..."

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I think you're hitting the Red Bull a little too hard these days.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Tomczak still doesn't listen to Iron Mike.

    DON'T FLUSH AT HALFTIME! YOUR WIFE WILL LEAVE YOU!

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8439421313260237557#

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Be responsible America! Don't use toilet paper at all, just use your bare left hand like all other pink-eyed nations! This is a Public Service Announcement brought to you by Conjuncti-gone - "Your shit is cleaner than you think!"

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    On Faneca:

    We aren't "out of money". It's a non cap year. We can pay him what we want, what the McCaskey's can afford. JA should give up his own salary to pay Faneca.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Non-capped doesn't mean 'unlimited budget'. If there was no strings to the purse we'd have Sharper and T.O in camp, Brandon Marshall, Justin Smiley, Faneca, you name it ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Oh, jebus, can you imagine?

    Fuck, can you imagine if Jerry wouldn't have traded our 2nd for Gains Adams, wouldn't have picked up Manu and instead spent the money and some picks on getting us Marshall AND Bolding, Otogwe, sharper, and 3-4 of these vet Olinemen?

    Can you even fathom that shit? Holy cripes.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Couldn't deal with that kind of optimism MB, then we'd be talking about that thing that happens when the regular season is over and the AFC champs play the NFC champs ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Indeed Irish, indeed.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Ok, so not to be a wet blanket after a nice, and at the same time sad, move to get CH today, but I couldn't let this squeak by without comment.

    From cb.com: http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?story_id=6722

    So basically, what we've been saying about JA all along is 100% accurate.

    JA's master strateegery is to:

    1. Wait till all the smart guys have made strategic maneuvers and complex deals to get the guys they think are the best thing to make their team better

    2. Do nothing while that

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Draft strateegery. sorry.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He is his "Tweet"

    Breaking News- I will be traded to Chicago Bears. Carolina u have been great and deeply missed. I have a special place in my heart for you

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    PFT reports Chris Harris for a vet LB... Please be Hunter.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    RT @ZachZaidman: Multiple NFL sources confirm to me that S Chris Harris has been traded to the Bears from the Panthers for LB Jamar Williams

    nope....but i can't say i'm mad a/b it. Chris Harris is a beast; him and Major back there? this team got much better VERY quickly. now address the O-Line and we might have something here ppl

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Keep hitting the RB then Irish, very funny. That was GP-esque in it's creativity.

    GP, how about a song for us... it's been a while?

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Ok, hold the fuck up...

    "A couple days ago, while at a four-way stop, I politely encouraged a lovely woman runner to tuck her elbows in to her sides to improve her gait."

    ... dude, that has got to be one of the funniest things I've ever fucking read Crown. Seriously, I now truly understand why and how you get blow jobs on demand at halftime my man.

    My hat is off to you today sir, you are a warrior and a gentlemen.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    I envy you Crown. I used to want to be you in a sense. I think that's why people drink or drug - they want to get past that shyness/confidence barrier, but unfortunately the window between reaching that place and becoming a walking or prostrate zombie is a short one. And you're dead right - people shut themselves off from meeting people in random situations. I think back on all those hotties I walked by in my life, you look back, they look back ...and nothing ...keep on walking. There's no need for that, and women do respond to confidence - but it is a fine line between being Burt Reynolds and being Campbell Scott in Rodger Dodger ...

    I think the media has a lot to answer for - that image of a guy approaching a girl and she gives off the as-if-whateverrr look. Any bitch who does that to someone who's not being offensive to them deserves to grow old alone. I think women respect that guys have to do the hard work and the 'hard walk' and stick their head up above the crowd. Women totally want to be noticed and feel that they look good - their appearance is all they fucking think about. Every reflective surface gets checked at every possible moment when they think no one's looking, and even when people *are* looking. They're programmed to look good. Men ? I like the Daddy bull story.

    Daddy bull and his son are sitting on top of the hill one day looking down over the lush green pastures laden with beautiful young cows. Baby bull says : "Daddy, daddy, I'm gonna run done there and fuck me one o' them there cows!". Daddy bull nods and says, "You do that son. I'm gonna stroll down and fuck 'em all ..."

    Anyway, respect.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Damn Crown, you need your own blog, man ... and it's not football related either. But you could still Call it 'Crown Their Ass' though ...

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Come to think of it, if a woman is out jogging on a 4-way intersection when she could be jogging up and down her stairs ... she's basically on heat and looking for it. Cattle calls are totally justified. Just sayin'...

    Go Bears!!

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    If Chicago doesn't make a strong attempt to sign Faneca I will be disappointed to say the least. All will not be lost as I can only hopee there are other options/scenario's that may play out. Olsen can and will be used more effectively than Turner used him and that's all I will say on the matter.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    I just watched the Peppy LePew video highlights on the Bears website. Out of a dozen or so passes they showed, the guy telegraphed every throw but one by my count. Didn't ever see him survey the field, practically every time he looked straight to the receiver he threw the ball to. Jumped out after the first 3 throws.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Juice Fever! Not Favor!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Pepe is the worst and most inexplicable signing in recent memory for me. This is not Tom Brady or Joe Montana that slipped down through the rounds for whatever reason ...I don't think LeFlower walked up to Ginnie and said "Granma, you did a smart thing in signing me..", he just can't believe he's in the NFL ... and neither can I.

    'But it's too early ... you can't evalua -' Fuck off.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Define respectfully.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +1

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    .. and judging by the draft, not only does Jerry Asshat think we're good at receiver, but that we're set on the offensive line too! The receiver thing is debatable on this board, size matters to some, but I don't think the health of the OL is debatable. Zero depth unless John Asiata is from Krypton.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    LMAO MB if you think that Cutler threw the ball to Olsen a ridiculous amount of times because they're buddies and not because he got open more, you may as well sit your ass down on your Bears couch and take a nap for the next ten years because this team has way more problems than a TE who struggles with blocking.

  • In reply to A7Xthebest:

    This argument has been done and done and done

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    "We'll be in the playoffs,'' Cutler answered one fan.

    holy shit....THAT'S what i want to hear from the franchise QB (and this isn't some Jon Kitna shit either). and totally agree a/b Olsen....why trade him?

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I like to hear that too FQ but he said a lot of positive things last year and didn't keep his word.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    The bears will do

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    what we know they will

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    ...which is nothing.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Fuck it, let's just resign Tom Thayer to a one year deal.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    His chest started at his neck and ended at his feet.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    I couldn't resist taking a peek either Crown (great minds I guess)... but your post was fucking hilarious dude:

    "I thought the cold issue only affects man shrinkage. What happens to women when it gets cold? Are you just referring to nips hardening or something else? The "observer" in the last photo is definitely eye banging that young dude hard. He's all up in his business. If that was me I'd tell him to step off. He probably walked by him just to get a penis graze."

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    The chances of Olsen getting a 1000 yards in Martz's offense is about 10 to the power of -50. If Doc is any kind of a Mathmatician he can translate for you.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    +1

    Can't happen. You don't pay one guy 12 times the other guy's salary and then put the pther guy out on the field more. Manu is a lineman basically and we need him on the field more often than we'll need Olsen.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    10^ (-50) = Really fucking small.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    RIP Heyward

    on another note, FORGOT about Freddie Barnes (whom the Bears signed). trust, this kid is a S-T-U-D. led D-1 in everything receiver-wise (catches, touchdowns, YAC, yards, etc). matter of fact, from Da Site:

    "Last season the 6-foot, 212-pounder set an NCAA single-season record with 155 receptions and led the nation in receiving touchdowns with 19."

    here's his highlight tape: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw0a-5xV--w

    say what you want, but if this dude makes an immediate impact, he could push some players for a roster spot (hello Juaqin Iglesias) & just in case somebody gets hurt. REALLY surprised he didn't get drafted (maybe b/c of height), but damn....155 catches? that's nuts.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I am currently constructing a Freddie Barnes bandwagon in my garage. If he doesn't make the team over Rashied Davis this year, I will go on a massacre at Halas Hall and blame it on my nieghbors talking dog who I thought was Satan who told me to do it.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    i'll join you.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Ok, the blog, it was getting very SATC there for a minute girls.

    *** Faneca

    As I see it, our backup center is playing LG. Kreutz goes down, follow that through to its logical conclusion and we're in trouble. *Anyone* goes down and we're in trouble. Faneca has undoubtedly dis-improved, the Jets are paying him 5.25 to just pack his bags remember. In a world where money grows on trees we could just say 'sign him'. We had a chance to push this offense over the top with Marshall, but the cash wasn't there. It doesn't seem to have sunk into this blog that we're out of money ladies and gentlemen. That's obvious I would have thought - the kitty went on 3 players. 3 good players no doubt, but they maybe have enough for one more signing. I'd like to see them sign Faneca AND Justin Smiley. A proven pro bowler and a young buck who can play. Ndomukong Suh is coming. Twice a year. If we get that running game going then all of our iffy receivers and Shabba start to shine ... and Jay Cutler lives ... and we go to the playoffs.

    *** Gregory Olsen

    "..any efforts to deal Greg Olsen are misguided and will ultimately prove disastrous."

    Where to start? 'Unintelligent' now becomes 'misguided'. Well let's see. No efforts to deal *anyone* are misguided, it depends on what you're trading them for and what you get in return.

    Cutler will be our boy for years to come, there's a pretty good chance he'll hone his game to where he is a serious weapon and not a serious drawback. Just throw it away four times a game, son. Start with that. Get the team to buy him a steak dinner every time he throws it away, with a 5 steak cut-off point per game. Problem solved. But offer up 4 number 1s and 4 number 2s and I'd say trade his ass. I love the man. I have a man-crush on Cutler and I don't hide it - but every man has his price. Replacing Cutler would be hit and miss, we know all about that! To say that losing Olsen would be disastrous is just not true. Look at his actual contribution to the Bears game by game. Across various blogs I've written more on Greg Olsen than is probably sane to do so. I'm done with that. Suffice it to say - look at *each* game individually and see how he impacted the Bears. His contribution 'overall' rates in the top ten, yes. But look at *each* game. It was as if he wasn't there for half of them. "Oh but he was double covered all the time!" Was he? Who was covering him? The guy is 6'5. When you're 6'5 YOU'RE ALWAYS OPEN! Linebackers are supposed to be a mismatch. Corners and safeties are supposed to be a mismatch. How can you be targeted 14 times in one game and come up with it twice? I'm sorry, but Jay is an accurate passer compared with Orton. Somebody hears footsteps and doesn't like getting his nice white pants dirty. Olsen leaves, Kellen Davis starts. perfect. He's 6'7 AND he can block. Sweet! Clearly we tried to shop Olsen and couldn't even get a second rounder for him. No, it's not disastrous if he leaves. There isn't anything he can do that someone else can't do better. If you're not prepared to leave your feet and you hear footsteps, then you're not even a polished receiver in my book. Give me a Cap Boso any day over that shit. But for anything less than a second, then no, he's not worth trading. And there's no way his stats can go up in this offense. Not when somebody is getting paid 12 times his salary. Actually, Olsen is the TE we need *least*. Angulo is Manu's backup.

    *** Brad Biggs

    ?? That's some drop-off from Devin Hester. Listening to Devin was interesting because you can read between the lines based on his reactions. For Brad Biggs' reactions we can just read his columns can't we? He doesn't have to pander to anyone ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Thank you Irish. It's painfull to have to explain why I think Olsen isn't the golden boy so many proffer him to be. I'm over it anyway, let's see what happens this year.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    I'm getting a Brandon Rideau revival thing happening in a hedge near my house. Anyone? Hello? Bueller?

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    That was an effing truck load of cash for Manu in retrospect.

  • Good Luck with Briggs! I hope he does not propaganda us to death.
    I also agree about Olsen, he will be just fine. For some reason though, this blog hates him nowadays.

  • Allow Frank OMG to play his natural position.

    Allow....

    We need to outbid the Texans to ALLOW Frank OMG to play tackle.

    After the draft, after the free agency bonanza and camp signings, it's come down to waiver wire BS to get Frank OMG out of the left guard spot.

    I have no words.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    "Allow Frank OMG to play his natural position"

    Which is starting Bench Warmer.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    A full square behind you +1!

    Name a guy who was *embarrassing* at guard and turned out to be a great tackle ...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    It will be a fun year, though.

    Pepper - Butter - Adams - Izzy

    Roach - Child Support - Pisa

    Peanut - Afalava - Major Major - Bowman

    ---

    Williams - Faneca (let's pretend) - Kreutz - Garza - Shaffer
    Olsen - Manumaleuna - Knox - Shabba
    Cutler - Chester T

    That's a wild bunch of starters.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    agree except:

    Harrison for Adams
    Briggs for Roach (lol how could you miss this)
    if Faneca doesn't sign, either Ohmigod or that Webb kid (i'm serious....i think this kid might have something
    Matty for CT

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Just call him Bigfoot FQ.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    FQ, your boy going to be ready to come in and kcik some ass this year? Have you talked to him about everything.

    Damn man, the only one of us with a spy in the hen house and you never hit his ass up for some inside 411?!?! Hook it up man!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    he's off f-book now & i lost his number. maybe if he's around in the summertime, i'll holla at him, but hell who knows.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Briggs. You mean that guy Blogfather is talking to?

    (ok, i know. shame)

  • In reply to gpldan:

    lol

    and why do y'all keep on screwing up his name. it's BRAD BIGGS!!!!! lol

  • In reply to gpldan:

    DBB Depressing Irony Fact of the Day:

    Ironhead Heyward died at the age of 39 from a brain tumor.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    R.I.P. Craig.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    As Jim Valvano said, "Don't give up, don't ever give up."

    - LMFAO

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    JW in for Roach - except we'll airlock a future pro bowler cos that's how we roll ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    +1

  • No, but GP does a fabulous ASCII penis.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'd do it again too, but Max would just lick his monitor.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Where's Noah BF#16 these days ?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/players/8289/

    and

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/football/nfl/04/26/bucs.hovan.ap/index.html

    Bucks just released him. He didn't play all year for non-football-illness reasons. Whatever the fuck that means? He was a round 2 pick in 07, started almost every game till last year. Does the guy have the clap? Aids? Mono?

    If he's healthy, fucking sign his ass Jerry.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If it was depression I don't think they would have released him. Drugs/alcohol? Lawrence Taylor was pretty good.

    Also released...CB Stoney Woodson !! Come on! Just for the name alone!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hey guys, encouraging news. The draft is over and we just made our final ballon payment for Jay Cutler. We have a new start and our Football teams bills concerning draft picks are paid in full.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    So... are you saying we have to wait till next year to be good.. sigh.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    No, but next year we won't be handicapped. I think this team can win now. The million dollar question is will they?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    So was this guy: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/players/8887/

    Any of these guards any good?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    fuck it. sign them to TC tryouts....what could it hurt?

  • Standing O.
    ???

  • That's what I'm afraid of Bam.

  • Did you see this video on him? I'm pulling for the guy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtfBc1uSl-g

  • Nice, so basically he's the anti-olsen... right A7X?

  • Wow. Hindsight is always 20/20, I know, I know. Just for fun and all of that ... shits and giggles ... but look at this guy's chart of Bear's draft picks since 1993 - including best players available at the position, and best players available period. You've got to Ctrl++ it because the text is so small but it's worth a look. Guys who could have been Bears, we could have drafted ALL these guys. Reads like a who's who of NFL legends:

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_TPXXj5a8bPE/S84p0D92qpI/AAAAAAAAAV8/BLEQxKgyVjU/s1600/Chart.jpg

    I picked out a few names you might recognize and left off plenty that are ballers. Remember they could ALL have been Bears unless an 'OR' comes between two names :

    Michael Strahan, Rodney Harrison, Ray Lewis, Jerome Bettis, lorenzo Neal, T.O., Brian Dawkins, Marvin Harrison,Derrick Brooks,Tony Gonzalez(we traded the pick for Rick Mirer), Darren Sharper, Ronde Barber ...

    1998 alone, get this, we coulda had ... Faneca OR Randy Moss, Flozell Adams, Hines Ward and Matt Birk!

    Champ Bailey, Dre Bly, Donald Driver, Shaun Alexander, some guy named Tom Brady, Troy Polamalu, Jason Witten, Osi Umeniyora OR Anquan Boldin OR Larry Johnson,Steve Hutchinson OR Reggie Wayne, (The)Steve Smith, Rudi Johnson, Vince Wilfork (instead of Tommie H), Darnell Docket, Bob Sanders, Jared Allen, Brian Westbrook ..

    Instead of Ced ? Aaron Rodgers OR Demarcus Ware OR Shawn Merriman.

    Nnamdi Asomugha (miss out on Lance Briggs), Vincent Jackson OR Frank Gore, Justin Tuck ... DeSean Jackson OR Ray Rice (miss out on Forte), Brandon Marshall (miss out on Dusty Dvoracek), Greg Jennings (miss out on Devin Hester)

    Instead of Danieal Manning ? Wait for it ... Demeco Ryans OR DeAngelo Williams OR Joseph Addai.

    Chris Johnson (miss out on Chris Williams), Phil Loadholt, Shonn Greene.

    Just goes to show that the most important position on the team is GM not QB. And we have the Ryan Leaf/Rick Mirer of GMs. Thanks Jerry!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Just for fun, kids! And Child Support would have been universally drafted ....

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    David Terrell and Curtis Enis. Ugh.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Shout out to the mainstream press from the wigga's at DBB... yeah

    Yeah... yeah!
    Biggs -- you know how we do it

    West Side
    Comin from the West Side
    Nothin but the West Side

    Ain't nuttin goin on but the Bear-ass rap song
    Hittin all night long
    Just like me on the black and white ivory
    Gettin six on artillery, you don't want to see a G
    Break yo' ass like dishes
    Buster-ass cheesehead, sleep with the fishes
    Runnin from Halas Hall, aint talkin Tennis
    They wanna have us in stripes, like Dennis the Menace
    But that ain't poppin, ain't no stoppin
    Fo'-hoppin, ass droppin, Coupe DeVille
    My truth can, ill - Biggs we got skills
    So, back on up 'fore I check that chin
    Down as fuck when Angelo spends
    You gets no love and I thought you knew it
    Fool, you know how we do it

    Comin from the West Side
    West Side, comin from the West Side

    Chillin with the blogfather, smellin the bud
    Double parked and I'm talkin about Hub
    about who got a plan, who got a plot
    whom got got, and who got shot
    Cause everybody knows that he got the info
    Crazy Larry iz hangin out the window
    Fool I got them bomb-ass tapes
    Super Bowl Shuffle and _Planet of the Apes_
    We ain't down with Lovie, and Tice Up
    Butter is solo, has he got nuts?
    When Crown writes a sentence
    I want "The Bomb," just like George Clinton
    MB30 is down to catch a body
    Respect Sweetness, we'll turn out your party
    You gets no love and I thought you knew it
    Fool, you know how we do it

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Brilliant GP! Brilliant.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Fack. We needs a rapper layin' that down on Youtube man! Spread the pain of the fans to the kool aid brigade and beyond! Crown needs his own rhyme too after he laid that shit on us .. I can see his ride at the stop light now with the pimped up hydraulics and the Payton-esque 'Never ever give up, give in , or die easy'. "Hey Shawty where you goin' girl? I like those pumps you got on...can I take 'em off .. with ma teeth?"

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Wish we could be this confident about our season: http://detroit4lyfe.com/articles/detroit-lions/lions-linebacker-zack-follett-buys-his-opponents-some-playtex-sport-and-barbie-bandaids-for-the-2010-season.html

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    BTW, the guys is a complete douche, but I like his confidence.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Did you read what Shwartz said about Best? He said " some people get aroused by watching stuff online. I get aroused watching youtube video's of Best." That is some funny stuff lol

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Yeah, funny, but disturbing at the same time.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Wow! That is awesome, but why cou;dn't it be huner as willie said. Fucken a man, I really wanted to see Jamar play more this year. Love having Harris back though.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    to get something, you have to give something. Hunter will probably retire a Bear (and i'm MORE than comfortable with that). he's a guy that can step in if a starter is out/buffer until a playmaker comes. but now we have 2 starting safeties that will make immediate impacts. now if JA can get this OL straightened out, this will be the equivalent of David Ruffin smoking hookah instead of crack.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I know FQ, I totally get the reality of the situation... but a girl can dream. I really believe Jamar will be a very, very good LB when given the chance, just sorry it won't be with us.

    And I'm totally with you about having 3 (I'm including the 6'4 kid) FSs that can ball or will be able to down the line.

    As you said, if we can justpick up 2 or 3 more fucking Olinemen, this year could actually get interesting. I was surprised that JA/LS made such a reasonable move to get CH back. Shocked is actually more like it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    RT @bynhayes: Bears have let go of director of college scouting Greg Gabriel, according to a source. #bears

    damn....killer tuesday

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I would welcome back Chris Harris, who earned his degree in ball-stripping from Peanut U.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I would welcome back Chris Harris, who earned his degree in ball-stripping from Peanut U.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That's depressing MB. Now I really wish I'd moved to Chicago when I was 13 ...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Welcome back Mr. Harris...

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/04/27/chris-harris-says-hes-headed-back-to-the-bears/

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Full marks for the first line! See the player's favorite cuss words? Jared Allen's was a killer. His favorite word is 'fuck'. Ladies and gentlemen, the comedic stylings of Jared Allen ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Wouldn't you just know what Eli Manning's favorite cuss word is .. I believe him too. What a frakkin gimp ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I saw how you did that Irish... Ryan Leaf. Bonus!

  • Apparently the Bears have NOT been in touch with the Jets ...

  • Ahem. Just for fun, kids!

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