Expectation for 2010

Mini-camps start today.  They don't mean much.  Nothing gets accomplished outside the bare bones integration of rookies and new players into the established system and reports of how impressed the coaching staff is with Jay Cutler's arm, Julius Peppers' speed and Devin Hester's progress.  (By the way, Hester was great on the phone and he now has a fan for life.)
But today, at least symbolically, marks the start of the 2010 season.  A season that for better or worse will go a long way towards shaping the immediate future of the franchise we hold dear.  What are the possible outcomes?  The utter disaster of six wins or less will lead to an organizational house cleaning as the McCaskey Gang will spend next January auditioning new leadership.  The middle ground of 7-9 wins will sound the Ho Hum Alarm and most likely have the same outcome as 0 wins.  A playoff appearance and first-game loss?  Debate will reign.  A playoff appearance and first-game win?  Contract extensions all around?
We all want to win, whether we like the fellas in charge or not.  But how often do we expect to win?  I expected the 2009 Bears to struggle out of the box offensively but hit something of a stride late and find themselves in the thick of the playoff hunt.  I never expected the rampant defensive meltdowns throughout the year or Jay Cutler's frenzy of interceptions. It took my appearance in the building on a cold Monday night in December to realize what the offense could be.  (Most casually disregard the defense's porous effort in allowing Favre and company to move up and down the field at will.)
I expect the 2010 Bears to be good right from the start.  I expect them to register double-digit victories.  I expect them to make a postseason appearance and possibly win a game.  The pressure is everywhere: Angelo, Smith, Martz, Cutler, Peppers, Urlacher...etc.  They've all got to perform at their best to climb out of the NFC North's third position and back into the limelight of the league's elite.  Nevertheless I expect it.  Expect it in a way I haven't in some time.  The money's been spent.  The talent assembled.
The time is now for everybody involved.  With the exception of Cutler, each other name on that shortlist's future in Chicago is entrenched in the success of the 2010 campaign.  The time is now.  That starts the first week of the season.

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  • Who's on 1st?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Dang You!!!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I hope that all of those players are ready for that expectation because it is going to hurt really bad when we find out that we are just the same as last year.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    We can say it gents, as a matter of fact we're supposed to say. This Team Will Win The Superbowl.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    We finally hired Tim Ruskell for Director of Player personel

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    MA just signed his tender: http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?story_id=6736

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I hope he can take his head out of his ass and sack somebody this year.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Look at you Joe. Showing your favor already huh? Let's all hope you're proud to keep and brandish that Avatar come game 2 or 3+

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It's dedicated to the Rookies coming in. I sure hope he's as good as advertised(for Angelos sake).

    I'm looking for a Freddie Barnes Avatar next. Yeah!

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Have you seen this kids stats? 9 games he had over 10 catches and 9 games over 100 yards receiving. Jebus

    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/player/profile?playerId=170533

    Nice knowing ya Rashied

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Reading the Bears website today Rashied Davis is not going anywhere. His special teams value out weigh's an undrafted rookie's status trying out for a team.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    +1 there Trac. I know there's a lot of Rashid bashing here, but you gotta give it up for the kids heart and work ethic.

    And when he's in the game, he's made some impressive catches. Alas, a Marshall or Boldin he's not. I think he deserves a special teams spot, just not a WR spot.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Yeah, joe... but 4.7 in the NFL? As a WR? In a word, ouch. Also check their schedule: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/teams/schedule?teamId=189&year=2009

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Rash is as scrappy as they come. He's gonna just go nuts on special teams and dare the Bears to cut him. Rash would play free safety if you told him to, ala the Pats.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm surprised Lovie hasn't thought of that yet GP.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    O.k...don't make me bust out the Kyle's Mom, What Whatt Whaaaaat!!!

  • In reply to Joseph:

    buuuuuttttt maaaaaaammmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://www.darryl.com/whatwhatwhat.shtml

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Chicagonow banned me for exercising my 1st Amendment rights regarding cattle-calling and naked people art exhibits. I also tried to cyberbang a soccer mom who posted about the commitment of marriage. It was either them or the Nigerians that hacked into my 12 year old hotmail account. I like to keep most my technology old-school. But they can't stop me; they can suck my hind titty.

    Present Bears thoughts and premonitions:
    1. Love C Harris back in a Bears uni. Dude's heart and football acumen make up for not being the most athletic safety. He will start most likely opposite Wright, unless my boy Lava comes back strong from injury and Major isn't ready. Most of us had Jamar above Roach and HH based purely on his athletism. But, Lovie did not. The 20 tackle game had us salivating, but we're deep at LB and he was 6th on the depth chart . Need won over talent/athletism this time and I'm happy with that.

    2. Thank heavens Peanut is staying at corner. The notion of moving him to FS was the dumbest idea I've heard during the off-season. Bowman will be a pro-bowler. He had a couple blown plays last year, but most people seem to have overlooked how solid he was last year. No way does Moore or Jennings start over him.

    3. Getting rid of Payne for a 7th round pick is a waste. Yes, he did take some bad angles but he is a hard hitter and good in the box against the run. I think he can improve in coverage. This kid will figure it out in St. Louis and start opposite of Otogwe if he stays.

    4. Mike Fuckin Furry? Hot damn. 2 years too late and yet another slot guy, bringing the total to 26. We don't need him.

    Have a good weekend fellas.
    Burzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • In reply to Crown:

    3. Exactly...Chris Harris Pt.2 but I don't want to beat a dead horse since the trade is done.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Can someone give me one good reason we should try to get Patrick Crayton from Dallas and leverage maybe 1 out of our 10 DE's we have on the team? Stop kidding yourself, the WR squad is average at best. Its not like we have a probowl WR on our team.

  • In reply to Crown:

    That was supposed be one good reason we SHOULD NOT....

  • In reply to RealityCheck:

    b/c who's to say that he's a #1 receiver? it's a lot different when you're single-covered against LBs....now i agree he's a strong football player, but why not see what we have on the field first (again, cutty threw 27 TDs to this "avg. receiving corp"). why not give them a shot until AT LEAST quarter of the season in?

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Its all about experience. Crayton could add something to these young crew of WRs from his tenure in the league. I heard they might add Furrey, thats ridiculous. 33 yrs old and had 170 yards last year. Now thats a waste of money.

  • In reply to RealityCheck:

    No more six foot receivers please. our roster is literally bursting with unimpressive smurfs.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Oh, and its still sad that year after year, we never really know who is our #1 WR.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I refuse to have ANY expectations until I see who DID NOT suffer some debilitating training camp injury.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Oh, and to the ignorant masses picketing outside Wrigley yesterday, feel free to educate yourselves.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    What were they picketting for?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    People who want everyone to boycott all AZ sports teams because of illegal immigrant laws in AZ. They need to get a life and go back to AZ to complain.

  • In reply to RealityCheck:

    Send in ICE to the demonstrations and make them walk back to Mexico.

  • In reply to RealityCheck:

    Yes Jeff, Yes. this is generally my attitude also, if we get past this first six games with success, look out. In the first game against Detroit, they will not know what to do with what is coming at them. The we can carry that into the second game against Dallas and squeak out an unexpected win to the world and then we just roll. Its my plan and I'm sticking to it.

  • In reply to RealityCheck:

    This has been the most up and down offseason I can remember. A week into the "who's going to be our coordinators" fiasco I would have sworn that we would have double digit losses next year. Adding Peppers, Taylor and that big tight end made me sure of a playoff spot. Releasing Alex Brown reminded me of the ineptitude of management and screamed mediocrity. Now with actual safeties in the backfield I'm hoping for home field advantage through out the postseason. How did the offseason get this exciting?

  • In reply to luftwaffle:

    I don't know if exciting is the word I'd use, but it sure has been one hell of a roller coaster ride. It has been such a depressing train wreck at times I've just had to walk away from it for a while. But I always come back to this blog because all you guys keep me sane at the worst of times. And I always come back to this team because they are Da' Bears and I love them. Win, lose or draw.

  • In reply to mikev:

    +1

  • In reply to RealityCheck:

    If we can get him we should.

  • In reply to RealityCheck:

    Good call Al. I'll hold W/L predictions until we get out of camp; hopefully healthy.

    The Bears hired Jerry's favorite butt-nut Ruskell today. The patronage machine in Chicago will never stop. The guy looks like a hybrid between the principal in Saved By The Bell and Mr. Belvedere.

    I hope Beekman gets that last spot on the line at LG.

    TIM SHAW!

  • In reply to Crown:

    What? What? What? Freedom of speech my ass! Don't make this like WCG! How was the cattle-calling stuff offensive, it was excellent. Political correctness sucks. So what's the dealie Crown, your punishment is losing Dennis Green?

  • In reply to Crown:

    My expectations for this team has changed from fair to high. It's one thing to overhaul a coaching staff but it's a new ball game when a team makes key roster changes at skill positions as well. The Bears have done both and one can argue that no other team has made as many moves as the Bears have this off season. The proof will be in the pudding and whether we win or lose this year it will be a very interesting ride to say the least. Some among us may already be poo pooing the upcoming season but I gaurentee you that every team we play this year will have to give thier best if they hope to add a W to thier record. To me this is what the game of football is all about.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Still short a #1 receiver, a left guard and a starting caliber NFL safety. Any injury to either Bowman and Tillman, or any member of the offensive line and we're screwed. Period.

    Check out the changes other teams have made Trac, and then come back and say the Bears have done the best job. Go look at Seattle, Baltimore, SF. Our needs going into the draft (for me) were LG, S, WR, CB. As far as I'm concerned we didn't address any of those. We drafted a FS that may be capable in a year or two. Maybe. He's not a first tier guy. Still no guards and we got a 7th rd tackle. In the receiving corps we have Shabba. Full stop. People can shout all they want about how Earl Bennett is a great possession guy. But he'll be in the wrong places at the wrong time along with DH, Johnny Knox and the rest of the smurfs. They didn't get with the program last year ... now the name of everything has changed and there's more plays and different concepts at the core of things. That's not good news for the Chicago Bears receivers who struggle. We won't be seeing Juaquin Iglesias this year either. If you didn't see him last year, you won't be seeing him this year either. He stays in the roster closet with the rest of Jerry's skeletons. Guard, receiver, safety, cornerback. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.

    Just sit back and expect nothing, if they win a bunch of games before the injuries kick in ... then sweet. But you don't turn a Jerry Angelo roster around in one off season, especially when he appears to have just made the worst draft ever. No starters there. No guard. Oh MW will start no doubt, Angelo's first pick will start - but don't kid yourselves he's a genuine NFL starting caliber safety come week one. That's crack-pipe thinking. I repeat, we are one injury on the OL, or one injury in the DB area away from a rude lesson in building strong rosters.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I understand the pessimism Irish, but as JA not so eloquently said, "We're not gonna field 22 all-pro players at every starting position." I agree with the point I think he was trying to make in that every team will go into the season with some question marks and holes. It has been an up and down off-season, but you have to be pleased that they were aggressive and filled needs.

    The Bears went to the Superbowl with Moose and Berrian as their WRs. Neither were #1s at that point. I think the party by committee approach at receiver could work in Martz's system. DA can be the big target Jay needs. Hopefully, Lovie doesn't make the same mistake by keeping him on the bench for most of the season.

    Beekman showed me that he can fill that left guard spot nicely by his play in '08. He could be really good at LG.

    They did get a vet safety and drafted another with great speed and instincts. (He's coming in faster than Manning did his rook year.)

    If 6th round Afalava can start the whole season his rookie year, so too can the more NFL ready Wright.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    C'Mon Man, Shabba, Bennett and Knox were basically all rookies last year and they started to look like receivers at some point in the year. Bennett runs routes, gets open and catches anything you throw at him. Is he going to stiff arm a linebacker and go 50 yards for a TD? Probably not but he doesn't just lay down either. If Knox is given the right routes (read: NOT A FUCKING BUBBLE SCREEN) he will continue to get better. He is not Steve Smith so let's cut out the 5 yard in's as well or else he will cause more INT's or just plain die when a LB crushes him. Shabba barely played but showed what he is capable of. Snagging high passes across the middle, laying out for bombs, taking an in route across the field underneath coverage, etc. C'mon man, they were effectively all rookies and they stepped up. They will step up more this year. They aren't Brandon Marshall but almost no one is.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    No doubt with Chester and Matt hopefully getting some blocking up front(hopefully), our smurfs could step up. But we'd surely all love that monster receiver who can grab the desperate jump balls and just run over people fro more yards. I would have given up a first for BM in a heartbeat. No ifs/buts, no projects, a beast-like receiver to end the question marks.

    Manu/Peppers/Taylor - gotta look forward to that shit though, no doubt!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Hey Irish, I agree we are not the most improved team, but I think we are going to be a better team this year. Maybe because where it comes to the Bears I'm a glass half full kind of a guy.

    We sure as hell did not fully address any of the key positions you mention. I'm especially pissed that we spent big bucks and did not get the #1 WR we all think we need. But. That being said, I think our receiver corp will be improved this year. I know "the system" is changed, but I think having a year working with Jay will make a bigger impact than the negative in learning the system will. It will be a much improved system too. Teams are going to have to account for Shabbadoo a lot more which should help the smurfs get open.

    Yeah, injuries will be key for us, but they always are. They are for every team. We've just gotta hope the Football Gods are with us this year.

    You said in an earlier post that a sweep of the fudgies and the queens would be enough for you and anything over that is gravy. I kinda agree there too. Throw in beating up on the cowgirls and I'm there. But I'll root for us to win every one, and at the start of every game I'll believe we can.

    I agree with Jeff that we're a much improved team. The question is are we improved enough. The pressure is on. Some people and teams respond to pressure with heroic effort and greatness. Some fold and slink away with their tails between their legs. It will be interesting to say the least.

  • In reply to mikev:

    Re; beating the queens. Not good enough for me. Sweep the peckerheads too and make it to the playoffs. I set my sights on this every year and anything less is abject failure.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I did say the fudgies and the queens.

    Making it to the playoffs in not enough. Anything less than winning at least one game there is failure. Well, I guess it can't be a total failure if it rids us of LDL and Angelo too.

  • In reply to mikev:

    Improved, yes. That OL still scares me, it all boils down to that. It was nice to see our defense outscoring our offense on occasion in 2005/6, but it's really not what you want to see. If the offense goes 3 and out all season because of our line, the defensive improvement won't count for much it they can't get off the field. Hopefully Manu helps our run game at least. 12 million reasons why he'd better ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    One more point. Is it reasonable to think that a 7-9 team can go all the way? Saints did it. Hell, is it reasonable for a team to win their division after going 1-15? The Dolphins did it. Our high hopes should be there.. because anyone can win on any given sunday

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Aha. The Dolphins have Bill Parcells. The Saints have Sean Payton + Mickey Loomis. We have the three stooges who couldn't organise a piss-up in a brewery.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Don't forget that the receivers don't have to deal with Wrong Turner any more.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Thanks for reminding me Dave. One less tool on the team. Hallelujah.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    What about Defensive Line?!!!! IMO we needed a pass rush WAY more than LG, S, WR,CB. And Jerry brought in a Monster! I will never defend JA, his mistakes are too long to list, in fact right now I'll bet he wishes he had McGowan (Starting at safety for the Pats) back. But you can't say he didn't address need the primary need this offseason.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    I'm just getting a head start. The way I figure things, at least I'll have several more months than you guys picturing a wonderful season and having dreams of glory while pissing my wife off every morning with my bright bubbly disposition whistling a happy tune.

    If we come out sucking hind titty then I'll be where most of you are now which means I get a few more months to don my rosy glasses.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Great attitude Trac. Good for you.

    ...besides, it's probably all worth it anyway just pissing your wife off with the happy face. Ha!

  • In reply to Joseph:

    I thought we'd make a run at the big one last year, and then Green Bay week one changed all that. And Pittsburgh week two changed it all back again. And then the souffle sank and went 'pfft'. So no predictions from me this year, we just don't know what injuries are around the corner. I'll just sit there during unsociable hours, either listening to Jeff Joniak combined with choppy pirate tv feeds, or watch the big ones on dodgy satellite with the sound turned down, listening to Jeff Joniak. Win or lose they're my boys, even Greg. And Mondays mood will be defined by how they did.

    0-16 or 16-0 we love them. Just like every year, it's out of our hands, right? Our blog brethren will be here to pick each other up when we fall down, and feel on top of the world when we kick the living shit out of Minny and the Fudgers for 4 Ws. Yessir. All I ask. 4-12 right there is fine by me, the rest is a bonus.

    Bear down my beautiful Bears and so say all of us. Goodnight Chicago and all whose hearts point in that direction.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I'm with you Irish, no predictions for me either..but.do I feel better about the the personal changes...F..k YES! We got a tougher schedule this year compared to last. So I think that may play a part in the outcome. I'm gonna take a "sit back and enjoy each game" attitude and hope for the best. If we win the NFC title..I will then get excited!

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    Exactamente.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Jeff is right, realistically we can't expect the greatest show on mud week 1. It will probably take a while for the O to hit its stride. The complexity of the Martz offense combined with the inexperience of all of our WR's scares me just a litle.

    Our division is the strongest it has been in a long time. It's going to be a dogfight for it this year, and it would not surprise me to see the winner of our division got the superbowl. Even Detroit looks to have improved quite a bit. Would not surprise me to see them win 5-8 games in 2010. The Purple headed yogurt slingers are going to be tough, and the Fudgepacking cheese eating doucehbags should be a game or two better than last year. Should be an interesting year in the north.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    +1

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    The bottom line, it is hard to be definitive either way until the season starts for multiple reasons. Stll plenty of time to sign a player here and there. We will know if this team can win after the Detroit game. I know, stiill have concerns about this team but with healthy players heading into the season it's a whole different ball game. I'm looking forward not back and trust me, this group of guys want to win just as badly as we do and they have the talent to do it.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    My honest opinion, Chester Taylor is a much better back than Forte. With him being on the roster our running game will not be a joke this year. Peppers gives us a two headed monster on the line and our secondary will be respectable with our recent additions. I think more moves have been made to stenghten our team in one year than any other time in recent memory.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Forte's ACL was seriously f*k'ed last year. Let us see who he is this year.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Don't get me wrong, I love Forte. I just think pound for pound Taylor is the better runner, blocker, receiver and all around RB. We have a great 1, 2 punch now and it will be hard for opposing teams handle them both. Really opens up our options.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Yeah man. I really like the running tandem that Taylor and Forte gives us. The bonus is that a strong running game will help our receivers a bunch too.

  • In reply to mikev:

    Still like to see a bruiser in there though, so we could change it up the way the Saints and Raiders could.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    A couple of last points. I want to see this team win more than I want to see the odd couple fired and I will never hope for a wasted season just to be able see them gone.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Couldn't agree more. I will never wish for a single loss for any reason. Even getting rid of dumb and dumber.

    GO BEARS!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    The thing that is the great unknown is the whole fucking offense. Win or lose, at least we won't be boring. And I think Tice is a huge upgrade over Heistand (sp?).

    Oh, and the protests at Wrigley... read up on that bill in AZ. Lefty or righty, conservative or liberal, progressive or libertarian, it is some fucked up shit. There's plenty of ways to address immigration reform in this country, having the color or your skin be probable cause is not one of them.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    Seriously jdawg, +1

  • In reply to Church:

    I don't think a majority of Arizonan's like the fact that their state has to deal with all the crime/cost related to Illegal's flooding the border towns and escalating crime in the larger cities because the feds will not deal with the situation. My family immigrated to this country from Australia when I was 12. We were on a 2 year waiting list and my father had to prove that he would be able to be a tax paying immigrant with no criminal back ground. Boy have times changed.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    please completely flesh out your argument.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    So how do you think it should work JD?

    And where do you live?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    right... nothing in the bill says anything about skin color, just that the police can stop anyone suspected of being an illegal alien. I'm sure Candadians are quaking in their boots.

    Also, I didn't bring this issue up, but I'm happy to leave it be.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/teams/chicago-bears/gallery/index.html?photoNum=3

    Jumbotron?: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/teams/chicago-bears/gallery/

  • In reply to Church:

    We need a clutch receiver just like this guy. Can D.A. do it?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN3ZRxRv7FI&feature=related

    Here's one of my all time favorites plays from my namesake.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73dW4740ILE&feature=related

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I think Da will be our "Clutch" receiver. I can't think of better way to prove you can play than in Overtime for a win that didn't help you team into playoffs. I love teams who play when it's on the line and when it's not.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I wish all our smurfs had the balls of Tom Waddle.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    That was fucking awesome man.

    Man we need a string of really strong years together. We've waited so long. I can't even fathom what it would feel like to go into every single Sunday thinking we're going to crush these guys... and being shocked and dismayed at any loss.

    I just want it to be our time. To have everyone envy us for being long time, die hard Bears fans. Can we please end the drought, end the curse!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I know I've posted this before, but this is for Crown, hoping he'll put his avatar back to what it was... unless you're trying to go undercover secret agent style Crown: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zLlIdZikDk

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Perhaps he's thinking of this:
    http://tinyurl.com/kkv942

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Classic GP, I love it. Yesterday was yesterday, today is today and tomorrow will be tomorrow. Ditka, you gotta love him.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Who believes Mike Martz is correct about our receivers? He is saying that they are doing good and that they will be the strength of the team. Irish, GP, Trac, MB.. attack this statement lol

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I didn't get this sour on Jerry and Loive on day one B85.

    It's taken years and years of bad decisions to jade me and make me this disillusioned with their management. In general, I

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    sorry, should have reread.

    ...I'm not an animal!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i typed an entire response to Canada's post and then just deleted it because i didn't know why i responded so violently to Olin and Forte being labelled as pattern injury risks.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Jonny, because they pretty much are?

    I mean one year does not a pattern make, so let's hope not. As I've always said, I think it's more the orgs fault than the players. Camp Lovie does not prepare players for 16 games of brutality. We've all listed the names of guys that get good with other programs.

    Anyway, it's good to at least get it all out isn't it?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    First Gaines Adams, now Marcus Freeman? What kind of medicals do they give the guys that they're about to invest millions of dollars in? Checking for enlarged hearts should surely be worth the cost involved?

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0502-marcus-freeman-bears-chicago-20100501,0,60507.story

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    So the Bears signed the guy ... then he goes to the Colts, they check him out and find he has an enlarged heart. Does everything at Halas hall operate in direct contradiction to the way it's supposed to? The Bears in Wonderland!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    The photo in this story tells it all for those that think we're okay for DBs now.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0503-bears-chicago--20100502,0,5262237.story

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    If the Bears can't do better in their strength and conditioning department we will be in heap big trouble again. This has been a concern for our team for several years now. Yes we have smaller quicker players but the Bears have to do a better job or injuries will continue to plague us. I'm tired of our starters going down to injuries year after year.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I think the whole Bears medical and strength and conditioning staff needs serious re-evaluation. Gaines death, Freeman playing with bad heart, injuries all around....

  • In reply to gpldan:

    +1000

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Ok, so call this propaganda if you must, but here is what the aftermath of a smart, aggressive, strong draft sounds like: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/football/nfl/05/01/seattle.rookies.ap/index.html

    Compare and contrast that to: http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/photo/2010-05/53584340.jpg

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB...That may be phot op for the infamous..Fourth Pahse on the Bears Site..
    BBBBBBBBAAAAAAAAAAHAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAA!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    sorry for typos
    photo
    Phase

    crap haven't posted recently and when I do I FU@!$#!@$K IT UP!
    crap

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Damn, Lobo, I loved seeing Da Coach in his prime. Now it looks a jackson Pollock painting!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    We have been talking about a solid backup for at least a month now, good to see the Bears have been paying attention. I say get Bulger.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/news/story?id=5156055

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Trac...I beleive Bulger was one who most thought would be as back up on this team. Then the management goes out and gets one in the draft..jeesh...That's what drives me nuts!! Bulger is at the back end and would be a great player/coach for JC..

    Wish we would just "Do It" and move on.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    I certainly would not have drafted a QB for sure. Having said that, we did not draft a QB to be our back up, but to be a long term project. I think Hanie may be gone as soon as Martz gets a solid backup and we may even keep 4 QB's(Allot of teams do). Don't forget that he is the OC now and Martz is already worried about our back up situation which means they are looking. If Cutty gets hurt and the backup can't handle Martz's system Martz will probably never have the opportunity to coach again.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    agree... on this is Martz "Swan Song" and I do beleive when Bulger was released he probably nudged ..JA & LDL.. but as we have seen in the past they picked each other up in the clown car and then were brought to "The War Room" and as some say "The Rest is History"...

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    It is going to be a rough season. I think it will be similar to last year in the winning some unexpected ones, like vs Dallas and then we'll blow an easy one , but honestly even if we are 8-4 after 12 look at those last 4 games, we could realistically miss the playoffs even if we are 9-3 or 8-4 headed in to that home stretch: Brady comes to town, then we go see Favre and Petersen, come home to face a real defense in the Jets, and then close at Lambeau vs Rodgers. I can already feel the upset stomach of having to watch every second of those last two games praying to grab a playoff spot.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    I think you don't understand Mr. Taylor. Someone wants revenge and he will be pivotal against MN. I think he will blow them up.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    B85S23...well said bro..well said...and he will blow them up at least twice!!love rivalry revenge!!!!!

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I think you and Mr. Taylor don't understand that not only does he no longer have Minnesota's mammoth O-line blocking for him but Taylor is over 30 now and RBs rarely get improved numbers after 30, it was a stupid investment imho, money better spent on Otogwe or any starting FS rather than another backup RB.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    If you know anything about Taylor, He isn't an old running back. He does not have much tread on his tires but he has valuable expreince. The oline helps but sometimes its just how good of a running back you have. Steve Jackson, Thomas Jones, and other running backs that get yards because they are good. Not just beceause of the o-line. Though, it starts there.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    He's 30, but he's been a back-up for AP for several years and has been used sparringly, usually as a 3rd down specialist. Thus, he doesn't have the mileage of a starting 30 yr old RB. All reports have him being as fresh as a daisy with the legs of a mid to late 20s back.
    Talor and Forte will be what Benson and TJ should have been. Taylor was money well spent. I don't think he's a back-up, more like someone who will split time with Forte.

    If Peppers plays anywhere near his potential, he could make someone with as little play-making ability and athleticism as Steltz look like a pro-bowler. The secondary can become pretty irrelevant with a great pass rush.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Thank you crown.. thank you

  • In reply to Crown:

    lobo, that new avatar is brutal.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Age. Schmage. Look at Ricky Williams. By the way, just watched Run, Ricky, Run last night. What a guy. What a cool guy. He's up there now with Michael Oher for me. Never realised he was so smart and perceptive - great documentary. Some things are more important than football. Also, Joe Theismann and Jay Mariotti come across as such tools. Probably because they are...

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Nobody knows how good teams will be this year. Just look back at recent playoffs. I think at least 6 different teams make the playoffs every year. We will be fielding a more talented/experienced team this year and I for one think our defense will be "greatly" improved.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I have one problem with this and I think Jerry might have the same feeling. If you get Bulger, then what happens when Jay Cutler doesn't improve? What happens if he gets worse? If that happens you turn to Bulger but then the two first round picks were a waste on Jay and fucked the pot up again. So...there will come a price with getting Bulger. Is it worth knowing that if Jay can't win, you will be ok with Bulger?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    B85S23...I really don't think the problem was with JC... I think our O-LINE!!!!(damn you JA & LDL w/ no guards) is the problem.. I feel that JC felt he had to carry the team with no WR unitl ..Arrow shows promise..remember DH was hurt and then the offense opened up.

    He heard the footsteps of the opponent and then threw wild...his mechanic became like a rookie..that happens when you feel uncomfortable..and it showed.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    I agree but I think there is so much potential with Cutler and stablity that I don't want to lose him. Especially to Bulger.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    point taken...

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Just win baby. Cutler was given a pass last year and I believe that he has the skills/smarts to succeed. BUT, if he regresses like Rex did, he will get a chance to hold the clipboard at some point in time. If "Rex" was our QB for a year too long, Cuttly will be our QB for 3 years too long should that be the case. I wouldn't worry about that, what I'm worried about is a crappy backup should there be an injury. Cutler is a gamer and he of all people knows competition will only make you better. These coaches will not damage Cutty in that way. Even Jim Miller who gives Cutty allot of love on Sirius spent 10 mins on this subject this morning. He believes that Bulger would be a perfect fit for our backup.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Juice in the Wildcat!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    If they use Shaeffer at LG, then the shit has really gone and hit the proverbial fan.

    That is fucked up football. OMG may have issues bending over (insert prison joke here) so he may do better at LT behind Williams. I have no issues with OMG trying out for backup LT.

    Beekman-Kreutz-Garza - that is major suckage. Beekman is the backup Center. Garza was no domination, but compared to OMG he was all-pro. Kreutz sucked. I mean, he got bitch slapped a few times.

    Tice may be a better line coach than we've seen in awhile: he's not a miracle worker. Personnel changes are BADLY NEEDED HERE.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP..+100

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Actually if you read that article and merge it with an earlier article that said they weren't going to move OMG around this year, they were going to stick him at RT or LG and leave him there throughout, then our line is all penciled in except LG:
    Williams + LG + Kreutz + Garza + Omiyale

    Beekman is pretty much screwed I would say as he won't get any reps there for having to fill in for Kreutz and he lost that war last year to OMG who wasn't good either. So that leaves one guard spot open and a handful of decent RTs to fill it, I assumed when they drafted a big ass bull-dozer RT in round 7 that made OMG the LG, I guess I should know better than to assume the obvious, they simply wanted it to be a fair competition at LG so they wanted to make sure noone had the natural advantage of actually playing Guard before; they are so much smarter than me.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Man, how good would Faneca look next to Williams in that penciled in list, ahhh oh well.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    U.FTW...don't even go there brother... I may pop a blood vessel

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Sorry Lac, I mean where were the Bears going to find over $2.5 Million?

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Beekman will be coming on for Kreutz before you know it .. week one ?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Billy Mays here. I know Beekman is lined up for the backup center spot, but he proved that he can play guard in '08 when he played in all but 5 snaps that year. He did a pretty damn good job too. Beekman's small but he can play.

    When Schaefer got in last year (which was very rare) during the Browns game I believe, I remember thinking that the guy seemed to give us a automatic boost at run blocking. Don't remember seeing much of him in pass protection.

    Still need to obviously add some depth to da o-line.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP...What do you think of my new avatar!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    looks like a Greg Olsen ladyboy pajama strip party.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    It looks like a battle between Schaeffer and Beekman for that last LG spot.

  • In reply to Crown:

    thanks crown..but I can't get the damn pic up... sounds like a personal problem doesn't.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I screwed up working on it. cuss!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Shaeffer looked an okay tackle, but LG? Tice said Shaeffer wasn't good at bending - the dude is 6'5 and over 300lbs ... Oh Jebus, here we go again ...

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I've said Bulger every since the minute he was released, it jst makes waaaay too much sense... which is why we'll pass on him.

    GP, I see you up there... seriously man.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Boys...can I rant again..The vein in my forehead(with it's own zip code)is getting riled again..The rant for those who are new is TWO GUARDS NOW!!! why.... well read this..
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0501-offensive-line-bears-chicago-20100430,0,6675046.story

    the second part of the article is what worry's me..we are placing our gladiator's in non-natural positions...why?

    Get the TWO GUARDS NOW! and we wouldn't have to worry about this.

    ....and U.FTW this will make it difficult for CT to run through Minny, but I bleive MM will have a new look for our offense and it's backs.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    This is another one I'm not sure of everyone's issue with Garza. I understand the NEED for a LG, they are working Schaefer and the 6-8 rookie tackle out there for Christ's sake but Garza has held down RG for a while now and is always a consistent player for us at that spot.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    U...how deep is this line and really how good are they? The proof in the pudding and last year was not the great of "PROOF"

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Last year was last year. Its a new season Gents, new staff. Lets see if they do a better job making hay than the last crew.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    trac..ok.... I will take that, and agree with this is a new year but patterns may define our definition.. What scares me is this definition seems to be us

    Insanity, craziness or madness is a spectrum of behaviors characterized by certain abnormal mental or behavioral patterns. Insanity may manifest as violations of societal norms, including becoming a danger to themselves and others, though not all such acts are considered insanity. In modern usage insanity is most commonly encountered as an informal unscientific term denoting mental instability, or in the narrow legal context of the insanity defense. In the medical profession the term is now avoided in favor of diagnoses of specific mental illness such as schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders.[1] When discussing mental illness in general terms, "psychopathology" is considered a preferred descriptor.[2]

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Demons lobo, demons.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    lol

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Well Boys...New Avatar.... and you should see Topless Tuesday's!!! hhhhhhheeeeeeeeee

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Sorry I missed it.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP..also you missed

    Mammory..Monday
    Wedgie..Wednesday
    Thong...Thursday
    Fickle..Friday
    Suductive..Saturday

    BUT SUNDAY'S BOYS ARE LEFT FOR "DA BEARS"!!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    I like clinical psychiatrist legend R.D. Laing's definition of insanity :"Insanity is a sane response to an insane situation"

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Garza looked better than Olin last year, but started to show his age a bit. I'm still confident in him starting this year.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    So now it is, ostensibly, Omiyale at Right Tackle?
    Why?
    Because of the bang up job he did last year at Left Guard when this blog was mostly calling for his head on a platter?

    I do NOT find that very comforting.

    Memo to Mike Tice:
    Please do not urinate on my leg and tell me "It's raining".

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Hey Al...Is that a Southwest Monsoon or is MT just glad to see me...

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    This is why I don't understand all the rose-tinted spectacles on the board Lobo. We don't have a serviceable OL with depth, ergo the offense doesn't purr.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    That would not be why Bulger is brought in if he joins the team. I look at that as an added bonus to the move should Cutty never graduate to productive QB.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    In other news, it is being reported that the Brett girl told an NFL player that he is 100 % positive he will retire. Couldn't happen to a nicer team. Baaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaa.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    trac..don't hold your breath on the waffler...this is how he feels today. Will see about tommorrow.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    TJ? SR? a Rookie?...hahahahahahahahaha!!! minny may have just dropped below Detriot! damn queens

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    They won't drop that low. It will become a three way race for the NFC north and Peckers will have the advantge considering they are already ranked over us. I said IT FIRST DAMN IT!! I told you all to quote me.. Brett Farve is not coming back. Damn it Trac why didn't you say I was right?!

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    B85S23.. O.K. YOUR RIGHT!!! hahahahahaha and as for the queens in the basement.. It's just wishful thinking bro

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Fucking Clash Lobo. Brilliant. I loves me some clash brother.

    Hey, I thought you guys would really enjoy this: http://twitter.com/shitmydadsays

    It's seriously some of the funniest shit I've ever read. I kneel to this dude's dad. I will strive to be close to that poetic. My favs so far:

    "I lost 20 pounds...How? I drank bear piss and took up fencing. How the fuck you think, son? I exercised."

    "A parent's only as good as their dumbest kid. If one wins a Nobel Prize but the other gets robbed by a hooker, you failed."

    ...and of course my most favoritist of them all, and very apropos to our situation: "No, I'm not a pessimist. At some point the world shits on everybody. Pretending it ain't shit makes you an idiot, not an optimist."

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB.. a buddy turned me on to him some months ago and your right A FU@$!#$!@#ING RIOT!!!!!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    I think I also heard that Comedy Central is thinking about creating a sitcom about him and his dad!!LOL!!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Honestly, the more I read the more I wish this dude was my dad... not really, but you get the point.

    I'm fucking busting up at work every 2 seconds reading that feed. Jebus Cripes.

    Oh, and Lobo, this is for you (was on TV last night): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A0-u85aAYg

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ok, ok, ok... last one....

    BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAhahahahahahahhahahahaa: "I wanted to see Detroit win. I've been there. It's like God took a shit on a parking lot. They deserve some good news."

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB...Don't you just love that Baby Jebus " My Favorite out all the Jebuses" and "Red Hot Smok'n Wife" can be in the same dialogue..LOL!!!!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    That whole movie was a huge surprise. Brilliant... especially if you sat though more than 5 minutes of "Step Brothers" or whatever that piece of shit was.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    the chemistry just wasn't the same..."It's like --- took a shit on a parking lot" and called it "Step Brothers"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Try *not* getting robbed by a hooker when she's a bitch and you're hammered out of your gourd. Just sayin' ...

    Go Bears!!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    After reading two comment from his dad, kudos on the find MB ... after reading more, I've just realised that's how I'll sound to my kids ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I think the Bears (like almost every team in the NFL) would benefit greatly from a top level reciever. But I don't think (and really never did think) that that was their main issue on offense. They need more variety among their recievers' skill sets, and they need to get a consistent #1 and #2 lined up. But otherwise, the recieving corps, together with Cutler, the tight ends and running backs, make for an above average group of skills players.

    The weakness on Offense is the line. Get Cutler a solid line around him and he'll make DA, Bennet, Knox or even Hester into a pro-bowler. Get Forte some blocking and we'll start hearing about the "Forte era" again. Heck, get Olson someone to block for him and he becomes a legitimate recieving threat instead of just another guy who blows his assignments.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9enj55iSwk

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqH21LEmfbQ

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    sorry... for some reason it won't allow this link so I will try it again..this is for you MB

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqH21LEmfbQ

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I'll believe that when it's Christmas time and he hasn't yet come back to an NFL team ...

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    If they were going to sign Bulger they wouldn't have wasted the pick on Pepe. They wasted it anyway IMHO, but why would they spend all that time and money training up Hanie and Bassanez just to cut them both? The signing of Pepe le Peu is one of the bigger brain freezes of Angelo's legacy, we neede Eric Olsen more than we needed a project QB that we hopefully will never need ...

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Cutty won't get hurt. Cutty can't get hurt - he's the Son of God, Trac - get with it bro.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Earl Thomas asked Julius Jones for his autograph at practice? That's pathetic.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Not to be tooting my own horn but Martz had to have read my question about our WR's up above. They check out this site guys, no doubt about it.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    If that's the case all of us so be getting residuals for our caoching skills!! hahahahahahahahahaha!

    Dear Ginni,
    you can wire my referal fee to my bank account it's number is......

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Yeah, I've never been comfortable *knowing* that our players are smaller than a lot of teams. They don't allow it in boxing/Judo/MMA etc.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I read that too 85. Did you read all the haters comments below it? I think it will be very interesting to see the season unfold. Martz has some speed to work with that's for sure. If the guys can study and step it up our offense will surprise allot of teams.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I am more enamored with that fact he said " put it in granite." He is making me believe it to. I just hope for his sake that no one lets him down.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm certain Martz will have more success than Turner. Put that in granite!

    As for this season, either we're going to have great luck with injuries and make the playoffs or we're going to have the usual luck with injuries. Which will include Brigss (because we just traded Jamar), Peanut (always dinged up), Pisa (pattern), Tommie (pattern), Olin (pattern), Forte (new pattern), a couple of TE's and of course, the new/old guy Chris Harris.

    When we avoid injuries to key players for an entire season we usually do well. Otherwise, not so much.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    100% canada. well said.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    +1
    Totally GPL, he didn't turn into a bad player over the off-season. Hope he's good to go.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Couple things:

    Let me go on the record as being in the same camp as Irish. I've been screaming since the first day of FA that JA hasn't gotten the job done, although he has spent huge money and made big press (as usual).

    I also think he had a miserable draft, NOT because of the players he selected, but because he did nothing smart or aggressive to move up and fill the gaps we needed filled most.

    So, basically what I'm saying is that:

    - Yes, JA/LS have been aggressive about getting players on board, and trying to save his job
    - Yes they've bucked the whole 'cheap' thing and have spent like sailors on leave
    - Yes, I think they picked up some good young talent (as good as you can get picking in the mid 3rd) that will be able to make a contribution, if not this year, maybe soon.
    - Yes, there is still a lot of time between now and game 1 to pick up some oline and another FS

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Can anybody honestly say they know what we have in our receiving corp with Martz at the helm?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Nope, not till next year.

    ...But can anyone say that it wouldn't have been exponentially improved with the addition of Boldin or Marshall? Or the scheme of the next guy after next year, or the one after that. Adding one of those guys and the WR discussion simply dissapears for as long as they stay healthy/out of trouble.

    Besides, my big thing isn't WR anyway... it was specific to those two guys. My thing is Guards, a Center, and some viable back up tackles. EVERYTHING starts with the line.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I agree totally MB. Jeff was critizing me one day about worrying about a guard or tackle was not as important as a starting Saftey. Your last sentence summarizes what I have been saying. Thank you.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That's my feeling too, MB. I don't want just *any* receiver coming in here. I wanted BM. I wanted a guy who knows how to pull in 100 balls a year and flatten people after he does it. A guy like that stretches the field - we don't have one. Certainly not Greg Olsen - he does NOT stretch the field. We'll play with some promising smurfs until somebody gets the picture re big-bodied receivers and offensive lines.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I think we may all be forgetting something. We have spent an awful lot of time dwelling on Lovie and JA's shortcoming's and sometimes when you do that(me included)it's easy to lose sight of the players on the field and our success will start with them on the field league winning the battles in the trenches. Once that starts to happen then the coaching staff won't be scratching their heads trying to think outside the box and it will eliminate the need to shuffle our secondary and oline personnel. I do believe that is one of the reasons we acquired Peppers, Taylor, Manu, Jennings and Harris. At least 3 of these guys will see major playing time and that's 3 less area's the coaching staff has to worry about.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Absolutely. It's the players that get it done or not. Head coaches and GMs don't have as much to do with game by game performance as coordinators, position coaches and players do. We've change a bunch of all of the above. We are going to be a much better team in spite of LDL and JA.

    Like Jeff says, I'm more optimistic about this team than I have been in a long time. I can't wait for the season, hell, even the pre-season to start!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    We can say that we don't have smart receivers who run their routes well (Shabba gets a pass on any receiver comments in general). Cutler's frustrations were there for all to see when he walked off the field after another blown route had put him out to seed once more. And whatever the hell Daryl Drake was getting paid to was a mystery to me. Also a mystery is what xerox boy Shane Day is being paid to do. Is he supposed to go and pick out the ladies for Jay? It sure as hell can't be to make him a better QB. What I'd love to see is them pay McMahon a retainer to occasionally work with Cutler, phone him up, whatever, just impart what's in his brain to Cutler. Any help/advice from Jim would be the best thing for Jay. I know Jimmy threw it to the wrong team occasionally, but he knew the game of football inside out long before he got to the NFL. Martz can talk Xs and Os with Cutler - but he wasn't a baller. He doesn't have the T-shirt that says "Been there and done that."

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Damn MD. That's more than a couple of things, but well said all.

  • In reply to mikev:

    Meant MB, sorry.

  • In reply to mikev:

    After an intelligent post like that, he might well be an MD ...

  • In reply to mikev:

    I know Mike. It started as a couple.

  • In reply to mikev:

    ....and if you think Martz is coming out with some weak ass scripted playbook this season you are sorely mistaken. I spent last night drinking whiskey with my 2 brothers in law and one of them grew up in St. Louis and now lives down the street from me in Chicago. He is very excited about the kind of offense that we will have. He said that Martz has to be ecstatic that he has a qb with a cannon that can actually run. Believe it or not he was actually limited in St. Louis with Warner because he was immobile. This is from a sick in the head die hard Rams and Cards fan. He seems to be looking forward to the season just as much as I am. Wait until you see a healthy Forte and Taylor in the backfield.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Wow. You complete me, MB.

    Exactly what you said.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Chester Taylor was talking on a radio show with Forte. Chester said something that I haven't heard in awhile..at least from a bear player. He said he didn't care how he got the ball.. just give it to him. That my friend, is someone with a chip on his shoulder. Look for him to hurt his MN teammates.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Our new free safety?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Irish..don't give Lovie any ideas.. I don't need another project to start.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    I think this is a 9-7 team. Unfortunately, I think Child Support is rickity and won't last the season. His wrist, his neck, his back, it's all too much. I don't want to Jinx it, because he is better than HH in the middle. By quite a bit, which is more an indictment of HH than big praise for a Mike that simply isn't what he used to be. And the drop off has been much larger than what the Ravens suffer with Lewis.

    So - overall - with Jamar gone and Pisa trying out his new knee, I only have confidence in Briggs and he skipped the Pro Bowl with an injury.

    On another note:

    Holmes may never play a down for the Jets if he keeps this up:

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hW0AaFyRIcZ62AOB6Bsj6oC6luXgD9FDHR0G0

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I have a funny feeling Lac will have a great year (touch wood), I mean there was zero wear on his body apart from the wrist. Rehabbing for a year basically. Man, he must be hungry to lay the hurt on people. I'm psyched about our boy coming back. The improvement to our defense this year over the travesty of HH's defense will be spectacular. I expect Pisa to disappear within weeks though, that's when we'll see the hole Jamar left ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Glad we didn't get Santonio (apart from the fact that you don't want receivers that smoke the chronic), but what a doosh. "Turn off my iPod? Don't you know who I am?" Eeesh.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I think 54 comes out strong this year also. It is so funny to read people who talk about how washed up Urlacher is only to praise Briggs in the next sentence. If you look at their numbers from 03-08 only leaving out 09 cuz well Urlacher didn't play last season:
    Tkl Sck PDef Int
    03-08 Briggs 653 06 42 09
    03-08 Urlacher 664 19 43 11

    54 has more tackles, 3x the sacks, more passes defended and more picks in the time Briggs has been here. So how can you say Briggs is great but 54 sucks, it just doesn't add up. Yah 08 was a tough year but 06 and 07 were 2 of his 3 best statistically and after his last injury in 04 when he missed 7 games, he cam back with a vengence in 05 - 07. The difference is, we need him healthy and the line to generate pressure and keep blockers off of him. If that happens his numbers will rise dramatically.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Tice will make the needed moves Lobo.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    trac.. I hope your right brother. I just get the feeling he might have to tow the "company line".

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Feeling's can easily mislead lobo. I see good moves we have made, I like the trend so far.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I actualy trust Tice. The man know's what he is doing and he can make players good. If can't trust him yet just have faith. He is a great oline coach.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    I can deal with losing because of a gutsy call from an opponent, or a last second stab in the heart, but what I can't stomach two years back to back, would be a defense that quits by half time and a coach that breaks the hearts of his own players by doing something stupid to cost us a game or momentum week in and week out. If this team goes out and plays, I mean really plays hard every game then I will be happy and the wins will take care of themselves.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    eloquently said Sir Jeffe

  • I personally think the Bears will steamroll the Division. The fabric of this team is now burlap as opposed to nylon last year. Rough, tough, pissed off player's with an axe to grind and a chip on their shoulders. My prediction, 13-3, Division, NFC, Superbowl Champs. Ooooooooohraaaaah.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    this team is winning the goddamn superbowl. just as sure as Big Ben will rape some other young co-ed or intern in the next couple of years, we will just as assuredly kick ass this year.

  • Re this cup simile thing ..

    I see a cup holding 50% of its capacity as being BOTH half-full AND half-empty at the same time. It's both, seeing it as either or is poor perception.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    So we half both the possibility of doing well, and the possibility our line lets us down and it all goes tits up because of our lack of depth on the OL. Either way, yes, it's up to the players and that's who we support.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Appreciate those MB, thanks.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I knew you'd lke the second one trac. Maybe blow it up, frame it and put it in the livingroom?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I just realized I totally screwed that second one up. You guys were wondering why the Jumbotron title?

    The direct link doesn't work... so I just linked directly to the pic: http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/teamphotos/nfl/20100324/NFL_Meetings_Football.sff_62636_team.jpg

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Lovie Smith thinking "Would Tamapa bay take me back?"

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I wish... we all wish.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    At the North Carolina tourney that Tiger Woods was at, a guy finally heckled him. On his approach shot, Tiger shouted out "get in the hole" and the heckler responded "that's what she said!"

    Good one.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Go on the Rory!

  • Did anyone notice the crowd roaring in the Trailor video above? I think we're gonna have a whole lot of that this year.

  • When you see Richard Dent walk over and chat to a receiver you know you're doing something right ...

  • Missing games is only part of it. The last few years he's been dinged up and that is blamed for his diminished effectiveness. + everyone gives him credit for being a tough guy and playing through it. I'm not trying to give these guys a hard time but the facts bear me out. Forte is a stretch but he ran out of gas his first year (understandably because of the workload) and last year he played but at a sub standard level. Kudos to both of them for playing through it but my point is there is a pattern.

  • Damn Murph. That was roofless!

  • Sharper is a Saint.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    B85S23...crap...I think he would of looked fantastic in Navy Blue and Burnt Orange.

    Cuss you JA & LDL

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    For the right price, I thought so too. I want my guard and ...well we can't get anyone for safety for give me another guard!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Sorry I forgot.. I still have hope that one june 1 The rams will be stupid.. hey.. they took payne!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    RT @NFLTweetz: Schefter: Sharper underwent microfracture surgery this offseason http://bit.ly/aSOFyP #NFL

    idk how serious this is in football, but the minimum amt. of time to get over an injury of htis magnitude in b-ball minimum 18 months (12 if you're on your horse). after finding this out, glad the Bears didn't pick him up (the LAST thing we need is a 38 going on 57 yr. old FS w/ a knee issue back there). our injury year was last year....let's heal up, go to Bourbonnais, and set a foundation to win the NFC North (first things first)

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    My gut was right. I knew something smelled fishy.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Could Olsen play guard?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    the other way Trac.... he needs to move to WR. We should get J Russle on the cheap cheap and stick his fat ass at guard. Lordy knows the dude can't play QB worth a shit.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Can guards be receiver eligible?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I don't know.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    So on Saturday, I'm helping a new female acquaintance in my building move some stuff into her new place. As I'm helping her, I notice our conversation is natural, we're both smiling at each other, checking out each other's bodies; the physical chemistry was there.

    So after flexing my muscles and showing her how easily I can single-handedly carry a love couch, she tells me to have a seat while she gets some ice tea for us.

    I sit at the computer desk she already had set up with her laptop opened up. Her screen saver is a slide show of personal pictures of her with her friends, family, on vacation, road-tripping, etc. So, I keep watching and all of a sudden, there is a full-frontal picture of an African American college age looking man in a dorm room. I'm assuming it was her ex.

    The guy was massive in between the numbers. I mean, the largest unit that I've ever seen. I'm happy with what I got, but I could never compete with this man's girth. The minute I set eyes on the picture, I immediately wanted nothing to do with her sexually. I told her that I had to run and skipped out on beverages. Yesterday I saw her and she asked if everything is ok. I told her yes.

    I'm pretty sure it was Major Wright.

  • In reply to Crown:

    I thought that whole story was inappropriate.. till you said Major Wright.. I almost cried.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Of course it was inappropriate! It was Crown!!

    Why worry about size? You got what you got. Like I always say, "If you can't cut the mustard you can still lick the jar."

  • In reply to Crown:

    Fucking hilarious.

    Crown, you gotta put back your old avatar man.

    And Doc... THAT is why we're all here. Fucken A.

  • In reply to Crown:

    hee hee

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    that shit is also funny Johnny

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    this is cool:

    Here's the top 10 running backs in tackles broken in 2009:

    1. Chris Johnson, Tennessee, 61
    2. Ray Rice, Baltimore, 57
    3. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota, 56.
    4. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville, 52
    5. Steven Jackson, St. Louis, 50
    6. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina, 46
    7. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina, 40
    7. Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh, 40
    9. Fred Jackson, Buffalo, 35
    10. Knowshon Moreno, Denver, 33

    A broken tackle, as defined by Football Outsiders, is either a play in which the defender has the ballcarrier wrapped up -- or a play in which the ballcarrier fakes a defender out of his jock. Subjective, but you get the point. It's a good measure of hard runners and elusive runners, at the same time.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Our backs never got to make it past the hand off last year.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Just had an out there thought. Our coaching staff should have been fired on principal alone for not starting D.A. all season on the basis he has the best initials on the team. "DA".

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Saw a big rookie WR on the roster named Antonio Robinson, so I looked him up and this is what I found on him:

    "A year ago, the Baltimore Ravens found a starting cornerback and kick returner at Nicholls State when they drafted Lardarius Webb in the third round.

    One year later, NFL scouts are headed back to Nicholls State to check out wide receiver Antonio Robinson.

    Robinson ran the 40-yard dash in the low 4.4 range Monday for scouts at Southern University, according to a league source.

    The 6-foot-2, 198-pounder will work out again at Nicholls' campus Pro Day workout, and NFL coaches and scouts are making plans to attend.

    Robinson is regarded as a late-round prospect with upside.

    He has registered a 36-inch vertical leap, 18 repetitions of 225 pounds, a 4.11 short shuttle and a 6.78 three-cone drill."

    So let's hope the guy can tackle so that he makes the roster over Rashied "the midget with brick hands" Davis.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    And again from Peter Kind:

    I think the Bears have a underrated group of receivers, with Devin Aromashodu in particular on the verge of hitting it big. The group doesn't worry me the way it worries some Chicagoans. But Mike Martz sounds a little like Sparky Anderson saying Chris Pittaro is the next Pete Rose (remember?) when he says the receivers will be the strength of the Bears this year, and "you can put that in granite.'' Yikes.

    Martz really should shut the fuck up and just show everyone. Jebus.

  • In reply to Crown:

    I'm tellin ya man, you need to start a blog. Lovin it.

    Next time you're on her laptop, send her tot he fridge for something, then do a quick search for *.*MPG to see if she's got any porn, if you've got time *.*AVI and *.*WMV as well ... might just smooth things along.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Not sure if I should be sharing this. Moved into my new house yesterday. I'd need to be a top-level drug dealer to afford a gaff like this back home - anyways ... I dreamed about you Jeff. I was in the lobby of some building and I was wearing a DBB t-shirt, you had one on too and saw it, we sat down and shot the shit. Weird thing is I don't have a DBB t-shirt and no, this isn't a really pathetic way of trying to get one. But that was weird. Don't remember the conversation, but I'm pretty sure Greg Olsen didn't come up.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Find yourself an Asian chick Crown, then you can be Wesley Pipes every night ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Hahaha. +1. Da Pipes. I've experienced. It was like being in my own Asian porn. Didn't understand a word, didn't want to. The only thing I understood was "American" and "big." It's nice having a cousin in hong kong.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Saw an article yesterday where Drake was talking up Rashied and finding a role for him. Like I believe GPL mentioned, he's probably one of the most scrappy guys on the team, but it's time to move on. Sounds like he is above Inglesias, who has yet to make any splash. They followed the Earl Bennett 1st year benching policy with him. If he can't get on the field on offense or specials, then get rid of him.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    There's nothing wrong with OJ Atogwe though. If we squeezed a few more shekels out of the old bird for him, I'd nearly start chugging the Kool-aid myself ... after we'd signed a left guard of course and a receiver that looks like he could go to the cinema unaccompanied. We'll know in 24 days if this team is serious about winning or not ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Timestamp. Timestamp.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    why would they offer him a sheet now when he's a/b to be released in a month? that's ass-backwards son. and who knows what major wright has to offer? i'm more concerned a/b the line than the defense; win the LOS on both ends....win games. that's football 101

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Is it time to go after T.O.? Has this guy learned to just do his job and settle in as a team player? Does he still have another dimension as a WR that few possess?

    I remember when Dennis Rodman was despised by most Chicago Bulls fans because of his antics with Detroit and I for one grudgingly warmed to him when the Bulls signed him only after it became obvious by his play on the court that he was a what the Bulls needed at power forward. Looking back at that decision I am reminded how important he was to the Jordan era dynasty and maybe it's time to give T.O. some serious consideration. Could bringing on T.O. turn out to be as astute of a move that Rodman was to the Bulls?

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    That was my exact concern when he still had a swollen knee at 6 weeks after the SB. Something didn't sound right. Not to mention the Saints were willing to let him go. Just didn't add up. Watched the rookie highlights and our rookie QB.s better build some arm strength. Hell I can still throw that good and I'm almost 60.

  • Hahahahaha... I was starting to wonder where you were doc.

    The sharper thing isn't surprising. The whole payton/vicodin thing is. Wow.

  • Wow. Gotcha. Kind of makes you wonder what the point of getting a checkup is ... when it's time for the shit to hit the fan ...

  • +1

  • Breastfeeding twins might be a little beyond the cope of my powers Doc - but he got me here :
    "A parent's only as good as their dumbest kid. If one wins a Nobel Prize but the other gets robbed by a hooker, you failed."

    ..I've yet to win a Nobel prize ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    or this one ...

    "Don't mess with him...Trust me, you don't fuck with a man that sleeps next to a woman he never screws. They're unpredictable."

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I love the intro to the book :

    I'm 29. I live with my 74 year old Dad. He is awesome. I just write down the shit that he says.

    Shit My Dad Says: The Book

    After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, twenty-eight-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his seventy-three-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    The final word on Dads by Bill Hicks. Miss you bad, Bill ...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4Vhb3i9MEA

  • Tell me about it Doc. Is there any way we can take this forward without mention LG and FS ... I'll start by trying not to mention 6'4 receivers that weigh over 230.

  • It was hopefully gonna go ice tea, then hook up or bang. But, that picture threw me off center Doc. Like I said Nits, I'm happy with what I got, but this guy was tribal dong'd. Basically, I got Greg Oden'd.

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    Would love to invite you Chicago fans to an all Chicago sports messageboard. We could use more posters so check it out and post some with us! Discussion, news, articles for all Chicago teams...Bears, Bulls, Cubs, Sox, B'hawks.

  • I have to ask, whats the big deal about the Saints Vicodin thing....

    Honestly, I bet 90% of the people in this blog right now have had, or could have had access to vicodin that was not thiers at some point.

    Its the tylenol of today....

    Its evolution really...as time goes on, human beings have become increasingly immune to Tylenol or Advil...it makes sense that sometimes you have to take it up a notch.

    Sounds like a former employee was looking for something on these guys...non story as far as Im concerned..

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