Stop Over-Thinking, Sign Sharper

The Bears trading for Chris Harris yesterday solidified the strong safety position for the 2010 season and and even has Steve "Optimism Ain't Nothin' But a Thang" Rosenbloom admitting the "defense is starting to look like a defense".  The move was both a mea culpa for a deal made in error and an acknowledgement that entering 2010 with the same back line would be tantamount to seasonal suicide.

I ask this.  Why enter the 2010 season with a question mark at free safety when Darren Sharper - still one of the league's five best at that position - is readily available and making the free agency rounds?  Why not reach back into the clearly-open pockets of the McCaskey Gang and shell out the six million a year it'll cost to field our best pair of safeties since Mike Brown and Tony Parrish roamed together.
Sharper's skill set, primarily his ballhawking ability, is perfectly matched to Harris' step-in-the-gap-and-make-a-big-hit mentality.  And if Julius Peppers generates the type of pass rush he's being paid to generate, Sharper should have more than a few opportunities to grab hurried throws downfield.
To me, it's a no-brainer.  Especially for a leadership group living on borrowed time.  The Bears have one glaring hole on defense and the player to fill it is available.  Sign Darren Sharper. 

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  • First. FIRST EVER!

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    Holy shit! Congrats!!!!

    Now how about adding a modocum of fucking value to the blog Dust. Thoughts about the new post? Thoughts about anything?

    Sweet baby Jebus (that was for you lobo)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Sorry, that was a bit harsh... but add some content to your first man!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Wow MB, Dustflo the poor bastard has probably been sitting there for years, finally sees that virgin white space and thought all his Christmases had come at once ... and ye kicked him square in the nuts. Dust, MB hasn't had his coffee yet and he just heard they're cancelling 'Glee', so he's not feeling himself today.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Glee? Is that a funny way to say gay?

    And I was damn well feeling myself. Add value damn it.

  • Jeff, I don't think we have any money left. Plus, We need a guard. Very Bad. I am not saying it's not a great idea but either Sharper or a guard. You pick.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    +1

  • What bottom of the barrel guard is going to make the impact that Sharper will make at safety?

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Excuse me, but isn't Sharper rehabbing? I would have rather raided the 2nd round instead of going after Sharper. Something about him waiting so long before lifting his skirt to teams smells fishy. No pun intended. I think whoever signs him will get burned.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    God, Darren Sharper lifting his skirt ... and a fishy smell ... eeeew.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    That's the thing Jeff, if we could sign Sharper, I think we would have done so already. Major Wright was the fourth out of four safeties the Bears had on their realistic board. Nobody was dreaming about drafting this guy. If we DID sign Sharper, then we just wasted a pick on MW and we should have drafted the best guard available in round 3. Draft a stud next year. Personally I'd just like to cement the position by signing Atogwe June 1st when he becomes a UFA, rather than play around with Major Experiment who is a UFO.

  • What good will it do if you can't or pass the ball?

  • can't run or pass*

  • Well, you can wish in one hand and s--t in the other. It would make entirely too much sense to have someone who could mentor the Major. But...who knows? We've had a few surprises this year so far.

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    Can't Harris can do the mentoring ? He can pass on what Mike Brown told him. Hey MBF, are you a female? I haven't asked you that yet.

  • Not gonna happen. Wish that it would, but there is no way in hell we're going to pay a guy coming off knee surgery top safety dollar. Not when we used our first pick on the Major.

    I'm psyched about the 2010 team. I see a big upgrade over the last 3 seasons. The only thing that really worries me is the Cutler/Martz offense. I think it's either going to be great or horrible. I don't see a lot of middle ground. Hopefully Cutler can stop throwing the ball to the other team so damn much. If that doesn't happen, all of our off season moves will amount to a stinking pyle of shit.

    Bearsssss!

  • First off, he's not going to cost top dollar. Nowhere near it. And the contract won't be longer than a year or two so who cares?

    Second off, if you don't think the Bears can pass the ball - go back and look at last year's numbers. Our quarterback threw too many interceptions. He also had an organizational Top Five season in almost all the major categories.

    Third off, the difference? We stop other people from jumping out to 21 point first quarter leads?

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Yup, our defense can't possibly stink as bad as it did last year. But if Jerry has indeed spent all his money in the one shop, then $5 or $6 Million for Sharper might as well be 50 or 60 Mill.

  • I'm with you Blogmaster, but I wouldn't be terribly disapointed if they stood pat where they are either, which is the most likely scenario. 6 mil a year is pretty close to top dollar.

    http://content.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/salaries/playersbyposition.aspx?pos=152

  • Wright, Harris, Afalava, Bullocks, Payne, Manning, Steltz, Quentin...ugh

    Get rid of a few of these busters and get Sharper!

    Amen brother!

  • I look to see a guard or two via trade or free agency and no more. Harris was the answer to our incessant moaning about a FS so do not waste your breath on Sharper requests.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Thank You Trac.

  • If the Bears intended on spending that kind of money they would have gotten Faneca. The Bears will find a way to plug our o-line with some decent players that won't cost an arm and a leg. One or two more signing's here and there Gents and then it's, "let the games begin".

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    2.5 million for one year was all Faneca was asking for.. I think Sharper wants to be paid more than that.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Exactly 85, Exactly.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    They could have had Faneca for 2.5 million and would have been a huge upgrade at guard and allowed omg to play his natural position and they could have had Otogwe for 6 million, why would they go spend 3+ million dollars on some over the hill FS when they scraped by all year last year with Manning/Bullocks/Steltz there. The saddest part is that, other than the Peanut hit Steltz looked way better than the other two at FS.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Remember, the 2010 season is one that needs to be made the absolute most of because 2011 is in imminent labor peril.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Can you imagine this blog during a lockout year?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    if that happens.. I will be depressed lol there goes the one sport I can watch 24/7 and you know what, I don't want to think about it.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Can we afford one player to go down on that o-line? No. Can we afford to give up points. No. That one player on defense can be made up. That one player on offense can't. If you can't stop pressure from getting to the quarterback or open up running lanes.. You will be behind 21 points, even if the defense is keeping it a 21 point game.. you still need to score.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    As far as I'm concerned after what GPL just said about his own achilles, Kreutz is done. Being a macho man pro footballer he'll be pretending like everything's cool and fucking it up even worse, playing through pain - although probably not, people will see in game one how slow he is.
    If he plays through it, he'll be on crutches within weeks.

    His backup? Oh, you mean the LG. Okay, in at Center you go Beekman. Shit, We need a LG. Hey! Omelette!

    And round the houses we go. Yeah Jerry, Mr. Tice, we're set ...

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I'm pretty sure Angelo's hands are tied and he's not allowed to spend any more money. Adding Sharper would be fantastic, but I'll bet ownership said "No, you got your Cutler and Peppers, now let's see what happens."

    In fact, Angelo probably overspent which is why they had to dump Alex Brown and his contract, so I really think they won't be signing anyone big. How about Bulger at backup QB?

  • In reply to Perno:

    +1

    It's finally sinking in ...

    And yes, we should have signed Bulger and drafted Eric Olsen not Pepe Le Peu. i cannot believe we didn't sign Olsen - does the guy have character issues or what? Can anyone make a case for the Pepe signing ? The 'best player available' line doesn't make sense. A rookie project QB was not a need. Further proof that Angelo is on crack or is hearing voices.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    They're probably looking for a younger, better pass protector than Faneca, which is fair enough - or they're serious about being happy with the OL. Tice said he was happy. I don't see how anyone can be happy with zero depth to a below average line.

  • We should really give the bears credit for doing everything they can this year to improve the team. Yeah they got rid of Alex Brown who was one of my favorites since he joined the team, but overall I give their off season a big shiney A+. I'd be shocked if they don't compete for the division this year. God I hope Favre either retires or breaks his hip week 1...

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I will give them credit after we play like a respectable team on the football field and after our Coach goes the whole season without embarrassing Chicago Bear Fans with bonehead challenges.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    +1

  • Harris roaming the middle of the field at free? Who plays strong? Manning?

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Alfala. I think he did a bang up job for a rook last year and he obviously has great instincts and football acumen. With a year under his belt and a real Saftey taking over the top and deep 1/3rd, I think he'd be able to focus his talents more.

    Don't think sharper will happen, not if his asking price is $$5-6M/season.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The rook did do a decent job. IF not we got Major Wright who I think will step in just nicely. You said so yourself Jeff that he was a good pick.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Completely agree with Jeff. How could you not?

    The only argument, the only card those idiots in Lake Forest can come up with is the price. No, he doesn't cost top dollar, but the Bears and a lot of other pro teams have this WEIRD quirk about spending too much dough in one position or on one side of the ball. The Bears have spent a HUGE amount of money on defense for this upcoming season and they will argue that they want to dispense the Halas fortune equally on both sides of the ball.

    That will keep them from signing Darren Sharper. Look for Sharper to wear that godforsaken blue star on the side of his helmet come September.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Normally I would say "shoot the bitch and put it out of it's misery!" But he's "OUR Bitch" so I say: sung(?) like a true virtuoso.

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    Who cares how he sings Madd... let's just hope he's a clairvoyant.

    Chester

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    We can only hope his crystal ball doesn't have a crack in it like mine! It will however be a fun year to watch. I'm ready anytime they are!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Did you guys see this? Read the last sentence.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/04/28/bears-sniff-around-shawn-andrews/

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Ok, so if this news is accurate, it's very good news Joe. It tells me that at the very least we're due some reasonable due diligence on some damn guards. We may only get what little we can afford, but at least it's not going to be the same ol, 'we're set at guard' story.

    I just hope that Jerry can find a decent deal or two so that the guy(s) we bring in aren't more OMG types.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    No doubt any deal will include tossing a firm fan favorite ... say Dez Clarke? Do we have any promising young linebackers with huge upside we could deal ...? Erm, nope. All gone.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    RT @HalasObserver: Bears also monitoring Shawn Andrews injury progress-Curious to note that Angelo is not making a single move on the OL without Tice's consent

    just a lil' bt to add to that. like the thinking that Tice is controlling the O-Line; if Tice signs him, there everything will start to fall in place (if Tice can get this dude fired up, the line automatically gets better)

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Why is it curious FD? Seeing as he's apparently blind, I'm glad he's asking advice from somebody who actually might know what they're talking about.

    Are you a female FQD? I haven't asked you yet.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Andrews is a nut job. He probably will never put the pads on again. He thinks he's a painter now.

    Come on - really - is this what it has come to?????

  • In reply to Joseph:

    We're not going to outbid Jerry Jones for Sharper, in an uncapped year - when Ginny has spent huge already on FA. Everything else in that pushup is actually kleenex.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    What team in the NFL has a dependable guard to trade for the "best athlete" on the Chicago Bears? Somebody out there must need help on special teams.

    From http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d817d34c1&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true

    Harris' return might leave Danieal Manning as the odd man out in Chicago. Manning has mostly played free safety, where third-round pick Major Wright is expected to start, and Harris might start at strong safety.

    Manning received a second-round tender worth $1.176 million, but he hasn't signed it. He told the Chicago Tribune that doesn't plan to ask for a trade right now.

    "I just play football," Manning said. "If I'm a Chicago Bear, I have to buy into whatever. At end of the day, we just have to all move forward and focus on getting a championship."

  • In reply to mottystone:

    I honestly think Manning, with the right coaching (ha fuckin ha) can be a solid nickel back. We need his speed out there. I would rather part with Hester.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Stop that GP. Hester is bestest football player in the whole wide world times infinity. Seriously, Hester will be back to form soon enough you'll see. And D. Manning blows! You can't teach instinct. He's all foam no beer.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Hester, unlike Manning, is happy with his contract. Happy players play better. Hester is not the answer for #1 reciever, but you can't deny that the guy plays with heart.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Manning's also maybe the fastest blitzer in the NFL. Remember the safety on Aaron Rodgers?

  • In reply to gpldan:
  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    But OMG was a human turnstiles in the pass pro. That's a lot of stats B85S23 .. (okay you're R2D2 from now on) ... I'm not asking you if you're a female ...

    Small rant on stats coming up, nothing to do with you Artoo - I have another twenty minutes before lunch ...

    Do we need stats to tell us we couldn't pass pro or run block for the first 14 weeks? I've seen some crazy stat breakdowns on the net, but the windows to the soul don't lie. If it looks like an Omiyale, revolves and flounders like an Omiyale .. then it's probably an Omelette. Frank Omelette. Or an Orlando No Pace ...

    Williams gets a -18.6? And the answer to Life, The Univers, and Everything ... is 42. How do they get these ratings? How many relevant variables got left out because the statistician that came up with the formula never played football and hasn't got a fucking clue? What Poindexter sits in his cubicle and comes up with this shit? Chris Williams was playing out of position all year. He manhandled Jared Allen and took him completely out of the game single-handed. He's a stud. But some Nigel Normal who never got his hand up a girls's blouse to-date has 'magically arrived' at a number that invalidates his existence? I studied statistics. Stats will tell you exactly what you want them to. Your government lies to you everyday as they rape your future and tells you exactly what you want to hear based on 'figures' from 'smart people' in 'offices'.

    Go Bears!!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Damn. 14 mins left.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    ... Or 70% of the time I had left to kill. Coincidentally, 73.28% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I would change my name for you Irish.. but then I would have to start my life over in dabearsblog and work my way back in.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Your gonna tell me we don't need a guard?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Not at all. We most def. need a guard/guards as well and da Bears will address that. I just addressing the free safety position.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    No. 25 in pass blocking -- Chicago Bears The Bears were one of the teams that had only a couple of guys play well, whilst the others struggled and left their offense dead in the water. The "couple of guys" in this case were center Olin Kreutz and right guard Roberto Garza, with the rest being various shades of poor. None was worse than Orlando Pace and it was a huge mistake believing he had much left in the tank (he didn't). By the time he was benched in Week 13, the Bears were already gasping for air. Amazingly, as poor as a right tackle as Chris Williams was, he may end up being a success story if he can keep up his late-season form. Through the first 10 weeks of the season he was dreadful, giving up five sacks, eight hits and 24 hurries and throwing his hat in the ring as one of the worst pass protectors in the league. However, he did well against the Eagles in Week 11, did a reasonable job the next game (in Minnesota, of all places) and was then moved to left tackle to replace Pace, where he performed very creditably indeed.

    Other players who have to step up their game are Matt Forte, who stayed in to block a league-leading 152 times but was among the top five worst pass-protecting backs last year (two sacks, a hit and 15 pressures); and Greg Olsen, who may be a decent receiver but struggles with all aspects of blocking. That has to be a huge concern considering the offense Mike Martz is expected to implement.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I'm giving Forte a pass due to his MCL. Dude got a lot of grief off people after such a great rookie year. He was hurt. Same as Tommie. TH is the one guy I'm most looking forward to seeing this year. If he's back, NFC North watch out.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Justin Smiley of the Dolphins !! They just dealt Tedd Ginn Jr. Nice one New Bear, now if only Angelo had a brain ...

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Absolutely hilarious. Caught sniffing around the morgue looking for plunder. Only my Bears do these kind of things. Hahahahahahahahah.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    I think getting Sharper is a sucky idea and since JA always consults me first before he makes decisions like this I say to one and all, "NYET".

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    We are comfortable with no left experinced guard? I think getting Sharper is a great idea but how much more are we going to spend on defense when the offense has barely changed. If Sharper comes cheap then Jeff you are correct. I doubt he wants less than 2.5 million.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Sharper? $5Mill +

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    I say sign him. What do we have to lose outside of the games?

  • In reply to scoutout:

    CJ...NICE AVATAR!!!!

    possible HoneyBear?

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Dude.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    My first question before entering into a coversation with CJ would be:

    1) Do you have an Adams Apple?
    2) How much do you really weigh?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Ask Irish how to do the proper check... he knows living in Thailand. I promise you that.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Problem with 1) Trac, females also possess an AA, which could preclude you from getting excited when she says :

    1) Yes
    2) Why don't I sit on you and you can guess my weight?

    nyah!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    irish....hhhhhhhheeeeeehhhhhheeee!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    http://img.moronail.net/img/9/9/2099.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP...why?..why?..why? would you do that imagery to me...you sick son of BI@!$$CH...LOL!!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    damn i thought i was gonna get rick rolled but that was wayyy worse

  • In reply to scoutout:

    Well CJ, no point in asking if you're a female, then again, all carpet-munchers welcome!

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    Hello Gentlemen-

    I went to Vegas for a week and came back to Chris Harris on the Bears and Big Z pitching out of the bullpen?

    What year is this? Where am I? Did I stumble upon a worm hole?

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Holy sheite DM, welcome back man.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    DM...How were the tables to you?

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Like he's really gonna tell you the truth Lobo. Jeez.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    hahahaha...trac

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    :o)

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Leave a comment...

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    +1

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Welcome back DM. It's 1977, Star Wars just came out, there's no HIV/AIDS, plenty of acid going around, the music is cool and everything's just really groovy man. And I like this Payton kid ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Sweet, I have another chance to post one of my favorite clips again... thanks for the opty Irish: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KNpmRH6kKM

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Classic. Check over on the related clips. I've always liked the real thing tested on British troops back in the day.

    True story:
    George Harrison had a brother working at my Auntie's hospital back in Dublin in the 60s(50s?)
    He was researching LSD. Why he was doing this in a maternity hospital I don't know. Anyway, he told her that the other 90% of the brain which shows little or no electrical activity on average was all completely fired up on LSD. Basically you only use ALL of your brain when you're tripping on LSD.

    I guess that's why when you're tripping off oyur nut you're able to see ghosts, connect to the very fabric of the universe and realise that separate-ness is an illusion, and feel at one with god and every living and dead thing, past, present and future?

    Go Bears!!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I should try that sometime.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It took you a while but you finally gave in MB. See how Signing Harris has already bought you off like a cheap slut wearing dirty underwear.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Ewww ...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Afalava = Awfullotta nerve damage

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    The best athlete on the team of course. Everyone knows that.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    That's what Lovie's been saying all off-season and I couldn't get a tickle out of anyone ...

  • What the hell does picking up Sharper and getting a Guard have to do with one another? Um..why can't we just get both? I agree 100% with Jeff. I said it yesterday, Chris Harris is an above average player at best. Sharper would bring that centerfield pressence that we have been missing. A Harris/Sharper combo with Afalava/Steltz/Payne/Major would be a sick backfield!!

  • Agree here Doc. I think they'll plug CH in at FS not SS, since we have like 8 SSs already. If they put Payne and Bullocks at FS last year, I think CH can make a go of it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    So far everyone has said that CH will play SS because that is where he is best at.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Then this move is completely fucking moronic B85. We already fucking have 6 SSs

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oh, and let me cover this item before one of youz guyz tries to get smart with me...

    It's much easier to come in and start outta college at SS because it's as much about run support as pass support, if not more. FS though, is basically the QB of the defensive backfield. That guy needs to be a total and complete stud athlete, AND football mind... oh, and throw in great instincts too. Hence my insistence that we get a proven vet at FS.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I agree.. just saying what everyone is saying.. I mean would expect any less from Lovie?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, I thought you knew. We signed Chris Harris yesterday. Wake up man.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Trac, I knew this... check last string. I just thought we signed him to play FS not SS.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Just bustin your chops buddy.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Damn it. You switch it up between dry, wry sarchasm and straight no bullshit Trac. I can never damn well tell which it is.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I'll bust yours, you fat fuck.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    See that MB? Try it ...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Funny, I automatically assumed we signed him to play FS too, and ranted to that effect. It's good to rant, it's good to cut loose on Angelo. Try it ...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Atogwe. Pass a hat around Chicago. Hey Roy!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Afalava mightn't play football again. Is he at work-outs? Lovie won't say. Dude has serious nerve damage in his shoulder unfortunately.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    People seem to be getting hung up on this FS/SS thing, I was falling into that a bit myself until I remembered we play Cover 2!

    Let me preface this by saying I only saw 6 games last year - I can't see the coverages on the radio. From the games I did see, Lovie doesn't play Cover 2 Man but mostly Cover 2 Zone - there is no distinction between FS/SS in that case. You're on the TE if he threatens your zone whether you're a FS or a SS, there are only safeties. Although I guess he calls variations at some point in the Cover 2 : man/zone/hard/soft/inverted, whatever(he actually played a lot of Cover 1 against Detroit the first time). I'm not sure what Carolina play, it was a lot of Cover 1 according to people on SB Nation? So CH'd be closer to the line and responsible for the TE then, but in the cover 2 it's all the same. We're still short a starting safety either way IMHO. Why?

    The Major Wright pick:

    Tackling is at a premium over coverage skills in Cover 2 and that is not Major Wright's strong suit from what I'm reading. People place way too much emphasis on hitting power. The more this draft pick sinks in, the more I think we drafted the wrong type of safety for our defense. I like the Cover 2, it's the best overall defense if you've got a fast Mike who is good in covering the deep middle where it's weak. It did pretty well for the 70s Steelers and it did pretty good for Lovie and Dungy when they brought it to the Superbowl in 06 and people started to copy them. MW doesn't fit the bill however(*if* reports of his poor tackling are correct) - has anyone seen a lot of this guy or are we all just googling him? But with the 75th pick ... rather than go with a misfit we should have taken the best guard available. We didn't. Now we still need a guard and still need a safety who can hold the high office of Cover 2 safety. Sharper may have rehabbing issues - he's a fucking question mark either way. I had two wishes this off season (post the triumvirate signing). Brandon Marshall and OJ Atogwe (and two guards for Lobo, okay three wishes). We really haven't addressed any of them. Maybe MW turns out to be a great pick. But he most likely doesn't, and certainly won't be ready to play Cover 2 in the NFL week one. Another draft, this perhaps the worst ever - NO needs addressed.

  • Harris is a good tackler and nice presence. He's a starter in this league and we didn't have one. It was a smart trade. But if we stick Danieal Manning or Craig Steltz next to him and allow teams to throw the way they did last year, it won't matter.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    We could have Manning change his last name to Harris and his number to like 48 and maybe the QBs couldn't tell them apart.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Check this shit out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dl7EgHIcaI0

    Breaking news... Chester Taylor is calling a Super Bowl win this year... oh yeah, and absolutely butchering 'take me out to the ball game'

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB...he needs to have a little of Chi-Town Love, some ZA!! a Chicago Style Dog, Roast Beef & Peppers etc.. he's been with the Queens too long and their viqueen ways..

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Danieal Manning is the best athlete on the team. That's who I want.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    +1

    They'll hit the achilles heel, wherever it may be. Speaking of achilles, does anyone else think Kreutz might not come back from this surgery, or come back too soon and just be an absolute liability at center with no one having the balls to tell him so?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I am home from work with a ruptured Achilles at the calf.

    I have never had an injury so debilitating. The idea of pushing off on it is unthinkable.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    So how would you feel about meeting Ndomukong Suh in a few months GPL ?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Irish if you look at Kreutz.. I would rather have him there than Beekman. I think Kreutz has a lot more in the tank than you think. Mike Tice doens't take shit very well.. so I think Jerry can't tell him what to do.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    But it's an achilles injury, dude. Kreutz is no teenager. His achilles tendon is exactly the same size as yours - but how much weight will have to explode off that? I just think it sucks that our backup center is playing LG. You could argue we have 'depth' at RT. But when Omelette is your backup at RT that just sucks even more. I wouldn't be surprised to see Manu forced into guard duty this year when someone goes down. It beggars belief that they have ignored the most important area of the team.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Following surgery, he is expected to return to form, stronger and better. So, why can't we expect a younger Kreutz? I get what your saying but if that is the case. We have a weak Linebacker group, a weak DT group, and a weak DB group.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Jousha Moore got 31 Nathan Vasher's old number, Major Pain got 27, and Peppers got his number. Harrison now has number 99 and Wooten has 98.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    The last decent member of the secondary to wear #27 was Walt Harris. The best? Mike Richardson. Which is a shame, because after football he went to prison.

    Let's hope Major Pain can put some honor back in that number.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Dude, what the hell is with the Walt Harris love I keep seeing. That dude sucked major ass.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    He played solid seasons for the Colts and 49ers. He didn't suck.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    maddBearfan... They had a defense and a monsterous run game. Dirty Sanches does suck.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    He was the toast of the NFL in week 3.5 ! Rookie QB legend ... for a week.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    http://tinyurl.com/23avbsb

    highlights:

    "As for Thayer's opinion on (Chris) Williams, it was the way the highly respected judge of talent presented it that made his bold assertion stand out at the convention of football optimists: '"If you want to argue the point,'' Thayer challenged a group of fans, "I'll stand up here and argue with you.' "
    "Still I couldn't resist, calling Thayer days later with no pro-Bears crowd around for him to pump up to see why he insisted Williams was better after just five NFL starts at the position than the three proven, veteran left tackles in the NFC North.

    "Because he is,'' Thayer repeated Thursday. "I'm not looking at starts. I'm saying in terms of intelligence and athleticism, over the next two, three, four, five years, Chris has an opportunity to be the stud left tackle in the division.''

    "It didn't impress Thayer that Bryant McKinnie of the Vikings, who has started 115 of 116 career games, was coming off his first Pro Bowl season. Instead Thayer wondered about the makeup of a guy sent home from the Pro Bowl in January for skipping practice and partying. 'A reputation guy,' Thayer called McKinnie."

    In 2009, McKinnie gave up nine sacks, Backus 9 1/4 and Clifton 3 3/4. Williams surrendered eight, according to STATS.

    "I'm talking from this moment forward, Chris has the biggest upside of any of them,'' Thayer said. 'For him to make the transition from the right side to the left (after 11 games) when Orlando Pace got hurt, that was a big step.' "

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Sacks given up is another completely misguided stat on its own. How many QB hits does a guy give up? Like when we played Favre, did we sack the guy? But how many QB hits? 10. You could give up more saacks than anyone in your division but give up the lowest QB hits by dozens - what then? Where are those stats? Williams is already a stud as far as I'm concerned. One he was put in his rightful position he rocked. Jared Allen disappeared from the game.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Major Wright played more Cover 1 where he was responsible for playing the deep middle so he didn't have much of chance to make plays on the ball. In the Cover 2 and Cover 3 he will have many chances to make plays on the ball.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Interesting. Thanks man. He won't be responsible for the deep middle with us and will have to make a whole of tackles. I still have him down as a misfit. Keep an eyes on the top 2 safeties in the draft next year. One of those should have become a Bear after we stop-gapped with Sharper/Brown etc. Why do you go with a lower-tier guy as your future FS, when you can wait a year (with vet signing) and draft a stud? Somebody explain it to me pleas. I've never gotten a response to this.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I know a situtaion just like this one. One name. Tom Brady. Drew started over him and was vet, so. Why bring a vet in when you don't know what the rook can do? For all you know, he might be the best thing since speacial K.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Illegal procedure B85.

    TB was a statistical anomaly and a rare case. Betting this year's success on the fact that MW will be the next Tom Brady is paramount to me not saving for college because I

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Tom was about the only stud drafted in the 6th or later? Montana was probably second lowest in the third? Stud Qbs are drafted in the first round. Studs go first generally. I would imagine the same can be said of safeties? Angelo is mostly wrong - he's consistent at that at least. people were raving about Berry, and Thomas to some extent this year. I didn't hear anybody talk about MW in any great fashion before the draft except as a possible later pick.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    There are always going to be anomalies Irish, but in general guys are ranked high in the draft for a reason. Of course there are also plenty of guys like JRussle and BQuinn... but in general....

    BTW, I liked your idea the other day. I think Jamarcus might just be in the wrong spot. He might make a good d-tackle. Big, fat, and lazy... isn't that what Tommie Butter is? Sorry, couldn't resist.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I will challenge that illegal procedure with Unecessary Roughness on the MB. You want Jerry to pick in the first round again? Where he makes the worst decesion?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Listen, we have maybe four positions that would warrant using a top pick before the draft this year. Top two were obviously safety and guard, but we also needed help at reciever and corner back. Aside from that, our aging leaders (BU, Olin, Harris) aren't getting any younger.

    I think the Bears made the best pick they could to fill one of the priority needs - safety. In their minds, there probably wasn't as much value at that point in any of the other pressing spots (particularly at guard). But now that we've done that, we can't use another top of the board pick at safety again, there are too many other holes.

    I doubt we take a top safety next year unless Major is a major flop. If we're serious about bringing in heavy talent to the O-line, we'll need to draft in Round 1 (or early round 2 for a guard). Depending on our draft position, that will be our top pick.

    Then, again, unless the coaches feel we're set at reciever with the guys we've got, we'll need to use the other top-2 pick for a WR. The only reason I see to pick elsewhere based on what we know now (there's a whole season to play first) is if we see a steal at corner or if someone really special falls lower than expected and we grab an heir apparent for one of our leaders.

    If we were at #10 again and the 2011 draft started today, I would trade our first and maybe our third for a spot around #20 in the first and second (giving us two second rounders). Then I'd go guard or center in the first and pick up a WR and a "best value" pick in the secnd.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    But that's my point, NB, we DIDN'T fill a need by picking MW. We *might* have at some point ion the future - but even if we had Eric Berry, there's no guarantee they come in and impact straight away. This is the NFL. I don't bother with college ball for a good reason - they don't know their art yet. They're not the finished article. How does the sixth rated FS in the draft constitute filling a need? Atogwe would fill the need. MW is a hope and a fervent prayer. Best guard available int he third - now that definitely fills a need, because we need a couple of those. CH is an average to okay NFL safety. We still need an NFL safety to do the job NOW. We should have signed a vet and gotten the best FS available in round one next year. I guarantee you we re-draft MW next year or the year after. If you want to play top flight tennis with children's tennis rackets hoping that one of them will turn out to be usable you're just preparing for failure like Angelo does best. Filling a need means getting the best guy available who can help you for years, I'm just saying he should have been picked next year. Nowhere in football is more important than the OL. With our pas rush(?) being better this year, FS was 2nd or 3rd need, not first.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    There's talk on the street; it sounds so familiar
    Great expectations, everybody's watching you
    People you meet, they all seem to know you
    Even your old friends treat you like you're something new

    Johnny come lately, the new bear in town
    Everybody loves you, so don't let them down

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Any ladies on this board? Any ladies reading/occasionally visiting the blog?

    And no, I'm not hitting - I don't live in the States. Just intensely curious. Do you ladies love your Bears or not? Are there ladies out there that care?

    Crown might try and hit on you though, granted. He's probably in your room right now as a matter of fact. Showing you Tantric Yoga that he learned in Indonesia. By the way, Crown was never in Indonesia.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Last Friday on Boers and Bernstein show, Hub Arkush made a startling comment that the coaches have just about given up Jarron Gilbert. Boers agreed with Hub, because his source inside Halas Hall told him the same thing.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Is this the Hub Arkush that said we would have new management this season and he had it on 'good authority' from his sources in Halas Hall? Pinch of salt my friend ..

    So Artoo - are you a lady? Just askin'....

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    You said you were not gonna ask me Irish but no. I am a man. lol

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Don't we have new management? Like Martz, Tice, Rod, and college guy director gone lol

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Ok Artoo, I'll scratch you off ...

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    "Team President Ted Phillips topped that hyperbole by comparing the Bears' quarterback crew of Jay Cutler, Caleb Hanie, Brett Basanez and new sixth-round pick Dan LeFevour to the Packers' late-1990s stockpile of stars in Brett Favre, Mark Brunell and Matt Hasselbeck."

    Jebus H. Apparently Ted also has a crack problem.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    He's looking out the back window Irish and marveling at the wake. Just has no clue the great barrier reef is up ahead on stern.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I have invited a Lady Bear over to the blog, so if she turns up, be nice. Or else.

    Now. Will the real Major Wright please stand up? He CAN tackle?

    From the Trib:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0430-bears-major-wright-chicago--20100429,0,4960762.column

    In their 90-year history, the Bears never have had a safety quite like Wright. Area scout Jeff Shiver, who has been part of the Bears' personnel team for 23 years

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Wow. Just listened to Ditka get interviewed about Ricky Williams, the guys asked him at the end who the smartest player hre ever coached was. He thought for a minute and said Jim McMahon. Of course he had to mention Walter as being the best player he coached, but Jimmy Mac was the smartest. I'd be jazzed if we got him to work with Cutler on a consultancy basis.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    That must be why he gave Ditka such a hard time. Too intelligent for Ditka's old school X's & O's.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Is there a filter we can activate to remove all the sailor talk?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    No such filter here Trac... I think they have those on GB and Viking blogs.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You should hit ctrl-f and find "fuck". Good times.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The filter is you MB, it's you.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Really Trac?

    Tell you what, it's all part of the 'persona' and for emphasis, but if if really bugs you that much I can cut back a bit.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Don't patronize me you........you.......you.......meanie.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Don't tell you it's ok to channel Labowski but it's not ok to channel #16.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I was actually serious Trac. If it really does bug you I'd be happy to cut back. I just don't know if you were serious.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I was being smartassish is all. We all fitler in our own way don't we?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    indeed

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    We're having ladies over?

    Ok, I better stop with all the gross picture posts then...

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Last one...

    http://img.moronail.net/img/8/2/4382.jpg

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Oh, and Favre needs surgery. That's why I stopped by

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gl3rMTzOOByD5HAsnYUHaEdy1NdQD9FDGF9O1

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Damn it GP. Was JUST about to post that all giddy and giggling. I hate to wish pain and suffering on just anyone, but for Farverererer and the Queens, I'm more than willing.

    Awesome! I'm sure he'll still try and come back to get all the pats on the back, but I don't think he'll be the same. At some point you just have to say, damn... I need to be able to play with my kids in a few years... or walk for that matter.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Write it down, call me out when he does it but I am pretty sure Brett is down. All he wanted to prove was that he still had it and he sure did.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I love it for the Queens. Couldn't happen to a nicer team. I personally think he see's Peppers and Suh in his nightmares every night. I guess they were lucky to get him for last year and if he doesn't come back the Queens "WILL" tank. Favre was Childress's trojan horse.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Nice find GP. Look to see it posted on PFT in the next 10 mins or so.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Btw, all I can say is that John Turturro and the Cohen Brothers are pure unadulterated geniuses (along with Buschemi, Goodman, and of course Bridges).

    All the shit about tarentino... I mean don't get me wrong he

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    To illustrate this point: It's in spanish, because I couldn't find an english version, but are you even serious with this shit

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I like Barton Fink. Miller's Crossing is also one of my favorites. I would like Raising Arizona if Nicholas Cage had been aborted.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    I should say I would have liked Raising Arizona more...the movie itself is comedy gold, but I can't freaking stand NC.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    Stop playing with yourselves girls, new thread is here.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I loved kill bill. Watched the both movies and the godfather multiple times when I went through a really tough time once. Helped me get back up and fight.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Btw, all I can say is that John Turturro and the Cohen Brothers are pure unadulterated geniuses (along with Buschemi, Goodman, and of course Bridges).

    All the shit about tarentino... I mean don't get me wrong he

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    What the fuck are you talking about?

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    Quit it mikey. I was making humor at Irish posting his lady friend logging on. Read the posts above to gain proper context when your brain screams out. Save's me allot of back peddling from jumping to conclusions at times. Don't make me slap you back to grade school.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Well, I was actually chanelling the big lebowski.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gU2ZgaQ_H-Y

    For MB.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    These reply arrows do get confusing without calling out handles at times.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    Thanks Mike. That was brilliant.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IONyLZn0pLI

    "Nobody fucks with the Jesus" Mike, nobody.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Patrick Creighton wants out of Dallas. Does Dallas need a TE?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Plus Fucking One Trac.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    OK kids, time out.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Must be a full moon or something?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Richardson?! Really? Did not know that.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Irish-

    I think we are in agreement. My comment was not an indictment on the cover 2 defense, quite frankly, I dont know enough about the details to create a valid case for or against. My comment, and I think yours as well, was that a system, when utilizing the wrong personell isnt going to work. It was Lovie's refusal to adapt or change his system to fit an injury riddled team that frustrated me.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Yeah DM, I forgot to put in that you were right, actually. When the personnel changes due to injury or whatever (Urlacher is the perfect example) you can't just slot someone else in and expect the system to work. The cover 2 works with Urlacher, MB, Parrish etc., but not with HH/Steltz/Manning/Payne or whatever gimp is available and suited up that day. Lovie has showed the ability to adapt on occasion. Playing Cover 1 against Detroit the first time last year and taking Calvin Johnson out of it in the second half. Single high safety! Nice one Lovie, good call! He can do it when he wants to. Why not change things around when dudes get injured and stop expecting people like HH to do what Lac does.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    They've got to be kidding with this Furrey bullshit. You pass on guy like Torry Holt but they are actually kickin' the tires on this piece of shit. The guy had a total of 170 recieveing yards. Get bent. Go Bears.

  • In reply to MatthewIsMyForte:

    You should look at this:

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/cle/2009.htm

    That team was fucking terrible. He was the third leading receiver on the team with 23 receptions. Hahahaha. Wow. Goes to show you how much Braylon Edwards actually meant to the team. That dude is a stud. He's a huge part of the reason the Jets were any good last year. Even with his paltry yardage (as compared to "elite" receivers, anyway). He makes awful QBs look good (yes, Mark Sanchez is fucking awful).

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    They got further than we did!

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    MBF - are you a lady? Just askin' ...

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    Cleveland did not get further than we did! The Jets did because, A, their line was awesome, and B, Braylon Edwards changes game plans. Running the football is easy when your safety is cheating towards Braylon. It turns 7 yard gains into 13 yard gains.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    And Jerry didn't pick up the phone for Braylon cos we were set. Jebus.

  • In reply to MatthewIsMyForte:

    +1

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    And we've got Lovie's and JA's number.

  • I didn't say the Cutler can't throw. When the o-line played well he was awesome. You can't expect him to run around again this year. Seriously Jeff, Would you rather protect Cutler or let him get hurt? Look at the defenses we will face this season. If we can't protect Culter or keep him healthy then we lose a season.

  • I think that's the right call Murph.

    Al?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Dust, that's 15 lollypops. Walk them off.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    ...yes sir. But you'll get my 2 cents soon. Just a little late.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GPL - I miss mac's swimming cap already, man!

  • Thank you. Just bravo BaM..Bravo.

  • MB-

    Thanks man..I wish I could say it was good to be back, but honestly, I had too much fun out west.

    Anyways, man the Bears have really accomplished a lot more than I would have expected. If they indeed are able to add a guard, this would HAVE to go down as the most successful offseason in franchise history. It may have already been that.

    I have to say, for all the complaining we do as fans, this team really stepped up and tried as best they could to address any and all weaknesses.

    No more excuses, the players have to play now.

  • +100

    Also, sharper back on the hunt for a new team and as much money as he can get, bad news for a bottom-basement deal possibility: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5142146

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If he doesn't go to the Jaguars.. he will go to Dallas. Dallas will pay whatever he wants because no one else will fight for him.

  • Haha! Flag him right here!
    www.pnltwear.com

  • Sharper's meeting with the Jags today...

  • The addition, oh..excuse me, RE-addition of Chris Harris was HUGE but can the Bears really say that they are 100% satisfied at the safety positions? Jeff said if perfectly when he said, "Why enter the 2010 season with a question mark at free safety." Why...why stop upgrading the roster in an uncapped year? In a make or break year for ole LDL and JA why not? Get Sharper and get em now for some scrub team scoops him up just by throwing money at him. I mean the Bears have absolutely upgraded the safety positions since last year, no doubt about it, by why stop now when Sharper is right there for the taking? Look at the 06 Superbowl Bears.. What got us to the superbowl that year... A freaking awesome defense thats what!!! And Devin Hester returning kicks but thats a different topic. And can you say that sexy rexy's offensive crew is better than what we have now??? Get Sharper now, stack the defense, and get back to the friggin superbowl! Come on LDL and JA..what do you have to lose? Oh wait...

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    I can say Cutler is better than Rex. I can say the receivers are decent, but I can't say that o-line is anywere near what use to or can be.

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    There ya go MD, Murph, gpldan and BearDown34! May I be unflagged now??

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    Dust, much better. Welcome.

    ...unfortuntately, just like the NFL, you can't get 'unflagged' just because you don't hold on the next play. But clean slate lad. clean slate.

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    Jeff I like the idea but we've spent sooo much money now as it is getting what we have now. Would I like Sharper on the Bears Hell YA! But I just don't think the front office could stomach another 6 Mill+ I'd rather see them get a O-lineman or 2 for half that money.

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    RT @JasonLaCanfora: Ryan Clady tore his patellar tendon playing basketball. Big blow for Denver.

    the gift that keeps on giving. feel really sorry for Clady, but fuck McDaniels. dude is a fuckin' tool....hope he gets the Steve Spurrier/Nick Saban treatment.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Shanny is gonna reform the Hogs and show us all what Clinton Portis can do out in Washington. Denver's running game is washed up since he left...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    ummm gp.. you don't think..just maybe Johnson or Parker.. could to? I bet you they become like Carolina with two 1000 yard rushers on their team.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    "has your mother ever hooked?"
    "just turned a trick for rent?"
    "has she sucked a golf ball through a hose?"
    "do you know who your daddy is? real daddy."
    "are you now, or ever have been, a dirty crackhead?"
    "Tupac or Biggie?"
    "do you toss a mean salad?"

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/28/AR2010042804059.html

  • In reply to gpldan:

    yes.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    And then Jeff Ireland says "No offence was intended." ???
    "Yo, is yo momma a ho?
    "Huh?"
    "Just askin'... din't mean nuthin' by it ...chill brah.."

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Stick a fork in Portis.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I was just about to post FQ. Man, McFuckstain can't catch a break, huh?!

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    FQ...I have to tell you living here in the southwest all I here is "How bout them Boys" and the Donks are going back because of McDipshit and when the trade happened I had one of my bro's here bust my "BALLS" about how McDipshit was able to walk on water...and we suck now that we have JC..

    Well Baby Jebus has shined on my parade he's about to get married to a girl from Chi-Town.... and she not only will have his Balls in a Jar(physically)hahahahaha she is painting them as we speak Navy Blue & Burnt Orange..she is all over his shit on his piss poor team...I really feel sorry for the bastard....wait... NO I DON"T!!!

    Looks like he's going to have to take down his pre-teen McDipshit poster down. hahahahahahahahahaha

    Thank you Baby Jebus....my favorite of all the Jebuses

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Wow. He probably won't get paid either for contract violation.

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    I'm just the back line judge. The stadium is owned by Blogfather.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP..Do we need to have a " Booth Review"....

    Blogfather?

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    I think we need clarification on that. Do we have Challenge Flags for illegal procedure calls? I vote no. One man (or female) one vote and none of this +10000 shit.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    RT @Adam_Schefter: Bears traded S Kevin Payne to the St. Louis Rams for an undisclosed 2011 draft pick.

    well....i'll give it to these fuckers.....they're making great moves & building nicely for the draft. dump a hard-hitter for a draft pick...niiiiiiice

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    FQ..way to be on top of it!!!

    Is this management bi-polar? I mean I don't get it..has Jack Ass started taking his meds?

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    DA FUCK!

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Kevin Payne entered the NFL as a fifth-round selection (167th overall) by Chicago in the 2007 Draft...

    If we didn't get back AT LEAST a 4th rounder for him...I'm gonna be pissed!

  • In reply to Joseph:

    I'm sorry but I'm Fucking Pissed! You keep Daniella "pussy foot" Manning and get rid of Payne?? Seriously..this is gonna take me AWILE to get over!! Manning is NOT a fucking football player. This was a big mistake Angelo you dickhole

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Did Manning sign his papers? I thought he was still waiting to get paid more ?

  • In reply to Joseph:

    From the radio:

    "i guarantee Kevin Payne took the wrong angle on his way to St. Louis"...

    HAHAHAHAHAHA.

    Thats funny.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    HAHAHHAHAHA.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    he hasn't signed any papers yet, so they're looking at him as not on the team (even though he's at voluntary workouts); and unless you have somebody signed, you can't trade them. i like the move actually....get value for next year

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Manning will sign his tender guaranteed. He can't cover or tackle. Nobody wants him and he's barely worth what they are paying him now. What is Lovies obsession with this guy?

  • In reply to Joseph:

    He's what we have left for an awesome returner .. since they cut Devin's balls off anyway ...

  • In reply to Joseph:

    well nevermind....reporters are saying it's a 7th round draft pick IF he makes the squad. wow....that's crazy

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Is that saying that if he doesn't make the team we don't get anything out this trade?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    yes, that's what it means.

    and frankly, we're lucky to get that.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Ginny just sent the Rams Rosenbloom a little kissy-poo there

    http://web.adblade.com/banners/images/100x75/4ba3dc0e3c614.gif

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Test of changed handle.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Test

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Missed a letter.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP/TOC...wow...that's just a wrong image on so many levels.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Who cares, he's gone, we just got better as a team. Green Bay. Week one. Last play. Gone but not forgotten.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    How quickly everyone forgets that while in Minnesota he gave up on about 60% of downs. He said he wasn't comfortable and didn't like working in a Cover-2 while there, which may account for his complete lack of effort, and his past playing shows he doesn't operate effectively in a Cover 2. Unless the Bears plan on changing their defensive scheme to suit him, he's overpriced, struggles tackling in the open field, and misses too many assignments.

  • In reply to Qommie:

    we're talking about Sharper here right?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I think?

  • In reply to Qommie:

    GP, what a mindfuck man. Change back please.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB..."I think I may have logged a sausage right here"

    DA BEARSSS!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    MB..GP could have this as avatar

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtL2_EIkwa8&feature=related

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    And they think I'm bad lobo. You crack me up dude.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    it was worth a trial balloon

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP....nice avatar..

    Did you ever get the chance to see the interview while he is in his leapord thong mowing the lawn..CLASSIC! Jimmy Mac...miss his attitude!!!!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    You know the (site unamed) blog is ok sometimes, but why in holy hell does the NFC North group have to be led by Kevin Sleezedirt, its almost as bad as watching Mark Schlereth give his talking head air time. It's either listening to KS sucking off the Vikings knob or listening to MS on the air bashing Cutler about his opinion that he had a sense of entitlement while trying to slobber all over every thing the Broncos have decided to do with their so called great choices.

    So iritating!

    Well yea, I am not so surea bout Sharper, its my understanding that the difference in the way NO ran defense and the way the Bears run it would make Sharper potentially not as good as he looked in NO. Even if that is true though, he is still another step up for the roster. I am still not opposed to having MB come back for that matter.

    Having Chris Harris come back is awesome except that it just brings home the usual bullshit they have pulled thoughout these years, its not like we needed them to make an apology for what we all new was a mistake when they did it. If they are going to be apologizing, they have a long list to start with before they even get to the Chris Harris trade. I wont even list them, we've done it before.

    You know we only have like what six to ten players left from the 2006 SB team. Last time I looked a team that always states that "we already have the core group" to win right now, should learn to do some math on what a "core" really is.

    SIX FUCKING GUYS ARE YOU KIDDING ME! THREE YEARS ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!

    Next years mock draft already has us as the 10 pick, superb. Bear the Fuck Down and lets get this season rolling and get the guard (or two), SS and maybe even a receiver and get this show on the road!

  • In reply to shonbear:

    shonbear...+100

  • In reply to shonbear:

    Dear NoahBF#16 - Thanks for pointing out that a sentence ends with a period. I'm really sorry for upsetting you with all of my ellipses. You must be fairly well educated at this point. Let me educate you some more as there seem to be some gaps. Namely that the triple-dot punctuation mark is also called a suspension point, points of ellipsis, periods of ellipsis. That is you told, I believe ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    huh?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    never mind, I went to the last string.

    I actually think he was talking about Willie Irish.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Diez y seis and I have a hate-hate relationship.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    "Leave a comment..." - CAN YOU BELIEVE THE IGNORANCE OF THAT TEXT BOX!?!?!? Multiple periods?

    I'm through. Period. Period. Period.

  • In reply to shonbear:

    Now let me take the high road and enjoy my morning blog and all the dots I can muster ...

  • In reply to shonbear:

    bro....me and you are >>>>>>here<<<<<<< on the Schlereth thing. dude was BARELY a name (if one at all) when denver won those 2 SBs and now that Cutler left his team, he wants to talk extra bad about him? fuck his nut-hugging ass +5000 to the rest

  • In reply to shonbear:

    Honestly, I can't stand this blog any more. Pretty much done. Sad thing is, I use to love this blog.
    Now every time I get on, it is nothing but negativity, misery and criticism. Just fucking sad.

  • In reply to animal:

    http://img.moronail.net/img/7/2/3272.jpg

  • In reply to animal:

    Bird in the hand guys, bird in the hand.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I do appreciate the optimism Trac, but facts is facts man. Jerry is just a bumbling idiot when it comes to doing the right thing.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    This crew if successful in producing a winning product this season may get us where we need to go in a year or two, it's going to take some time and some balsy people within the organization to speak up without getting fired in order to fix the shipwreck that has been drifting off course for the last 4 years. Why do the deckhands always see the reefs before the Captian? Because our Captain has been inside his cabin looking out the back window.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Yup. Just a starting FS, LG and non-smurf-like WR to go ...then the bitching stops. Until the season starts and we're back in WTF? mode.

  • In reply to animal:

    I don't get to log in every day so at the risk of being a repeat post. Tickets for the Bears vs Bills in T.O. went on sale on Tuesday. the website to look at is rogerscenter.com and then bills games. Prices are up there and not normally discounted once posted but scalper prices are much better and widely available. No stub hub in Canada. If there is any interest I have plenty of contacts in downtown T.O restaurant world and can set up a restaurant close to the Rogers Center as Bears headquarters (as no tailgating in T.O.) as a rally point pre game. Let me know if any interest exists.

    Bear Down

  • In reply to CanadianBear:

    www.rogerscentre.co gotta use the Canadian spelling of "centre."

    Or just go directly to http://www-billsintoronto-com.rogers-hosting.com/default.aspx which is where the stadium site sends you.

    Tickets start at $65.00 for the nose bleed seats and go to $500+

  • In reply to shonbear:

    REALLY? You stupid fucking cockheads are mad that the Bears won't spend MORE money? After they NEVER opened the wallet, then got Cutler and Peppers in back to back years? REALLY?
    You can't be happy that we drafted a potential badass safety and got Harris back?
    Amazing. Fucking Amazing.

  • In reply to animal:

    Whoever you are animal, I say well said sir. Comedy is one thing but the tone has gone wacky lately. Definitely not the same blog from a year ago.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Good Point but if your dad ignores you, never does the right thing for you, or doesn't pull out all the stops ever. SHould you be happy that he does, just that on one day, after all the years of not doing it? I am thankful Animal but I can't just be ok with this after all these years. Sorry. They are on a good start though.

  • In reply to animal:

    Animal, it's just human nature when your team loses for many years and continues to make bad choices. Frustration builds when you see teams like the lions getting better, much better.

    Anyway, I get what you're saying, but I think a winning season will go a long way to restoring some faith and love in the Bear nation. Let's hope we find out this season. Oh, and why don

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I said that MB.. I used my daddy as an example lol how could not see that.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB...Do we need Charlie and his Magic Mountain to make everone happy? bbbbbaaaaaahhhhhhhaaaaaa

    It's just to friggin' creepy! shiete I think I lost my kidney....

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Hahahahahahahaha.... perfect Lobo, perfect!

    Here you go animal, enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaCCkfjPm0o

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    To all the kool-aid drinking, isn't-life-keen-happy-clappers, I say this. I've been waiting 25 years for a super bowl. We are mis-managed by clowns. Period. And this is a public blog for anyone who cares to share how they feel about that. I love my Bears. I hate the cocks that run the 'organisation'. You'll never see me say "I hope we get trounced this season so that the Clown Car can gas up and get out of town." Or all those 'fans' who wanted us to lose supposedly meaningless games against Detroit and Minny last year. Fans support their team. I support my team and I want them to win every game. What I don't want is Jerry fucking Angelo messing up the draft every year. Chris Harris used to play for us in case you'd forgotten AK - anger and frustration comes from having a tool like Angelo who shopped him in the first place. It took a great young linebacker to get him back! That doesn't make you mad? Major Wright? Angelo has had YEARS to find us a starting FS. HE CAN'T DO HIS JOB!! Of course we're mad, but negative? How is wanting the madness to stop and your team getting better being 'negative'? That's a positive thing surely? Misery? No fucking Lombardis! Pittsburgh have six. SIX !! PITTSBURGH!!

    The kool-aid drinkers are over on CB.COM. If we win this year, then it's about time and it's in spite of JA and TP. I have yet to hear an intelligent defense case for Jerry Angelo's management of the Chicago Bears. I don't know what team he supported growing up, I don't care. JA isn't/wasn't a Bears fan. I am. I care. It's not his team - it's ours. Only a cock would come on here every day and say 'Yay! Go Bears!! We love you Greg!' We're entitled to express our opinions and that's what we do. If you don't like it then good luck.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    How do you think I feel.. my roommate is a Steeler fan.. everyday he puts down Cutler, Urlacher, Hester.. everyday. I have no superbowls to back me up.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    That's what I'm talking about Artoo. Superbowls. All that fucking counts. Tell him at least your QB isn't a multiple rapist. He didn't appeal his NFL suspension after saying in his statement that he didn't do anything wrong. So appeal Ben!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB30SD. Seriously, you're worried about the Lions? The fucking Lions? No way. They're the Lions. Detroit sucks ass. The players don't want to be there.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    Mikebdot... I think you are overreacting..not MB.. I remember a team..not long ago that only won one game.. and then.. the next season won their divison and went 11-5.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    We have no answer to Ndomukong Suh. A triple team of Beekman/Kreutz/Garza won't stop him.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    RT @mikecwright: RT @espn The Chicago Bears have contacted representatives for Michael Furrey - ESPN Chicago http://tinyurl.com/2usqnjx

    this is interesting. if you read the article, it says he knows Martz' system and excelled in it (98 catches 1 year, his career best). could be used as a slot guy, meaning some1 would get pushed out (hopefully rashied davis) and could help the young receivers digest the playbook. thoughts?

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    If we get one more good slot reciever.. I will personally kill JA and LS.. Help the young receivers digest the play book? Trust me. This will hurt us more than help us.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Hester..good in the slot.. Knox..good in the slot.. Rashied Davis..good in the slot.. Iglsisas..good in the slot.. Just one more ? Wtf?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Has anyone seen Iglesias? What are his Bear stats? 1 game 0 catches? Too lazy to open up another window

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    the fact that they keep mentioning "digesting the playbook" means that the receivers are having a problem w/ it (although there are a lot of Vandy players on offense....DA is from Auburm, which isn't shabby, and Devin's from Miami....which is a very high-ranking academic school). but his size? don't agree w/ that....and i think freddie barnes could fit the slot roll (pushing rashied davis to what he's good at.....special teams)

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    FQ.. THEY? Meaning the bears or the news? Because that is two diffrent things.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    the news. haven't heard anything regarding the receivers. but hey....i'd rather have a guard than a reciever (honestly thinking our receivers will be elevated by Cutty's play since all the growing pains are about over).

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Hester/Knox/Bennett/Iglesias had problems with the 'brain' side of football last year. New, bigger playbook arrives. Terminology for EVERYTHING changes ... results will be different this year? Nope. Same blown routes and INTs, why would it be any different, right? Those kids got smarter in the off-season? Shabba is our only #1 type guy, let's give him a friend to play with for the love of God.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    + fucking 1 Artoo

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Totally agree B85, and didn't we just draft the best fucking slot receiver in the NCAA in Barnes???

    What is it with our management and small slot receivers and TEs? Enough already for jebus sake.

    Btw, I couldn't find his 40 time, but he's 6' and 185-195 lbs. He also plays SAFETY... Think they are trying to make another brilliant project acquisition. Wouldn't doubt it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Get this MB.. he is 32 years old. Still want him?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Never did B85, never did.

    I wanted Boldin, then I wanted Marshall. But that would be silly to get either of both of those guys since neither is 5' nothing" and 19nothing... or a TE. Damn it.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    PFT reporting Bears looking at Mike Furrey. Anybody have the scoop on this guy??

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    Here you go...I think we should pass.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/stats?playerId=4939

  • In reply to Joseph:

    He only had one good year.. that was it. Say no Lovie..say no.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    300?

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Ahuh.

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    Dust, look up a few posts.

    FQ already snapped that ball bud. Sorry to have to do this, but that's a false start flag - or maybe illegal procedure?

    ...walk it off baby.

    Doc, look up for my $.02 on your bracket calls.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ope, need to do my homework. Haha and am I going to get flagged on every single ticky tack post??? I guess I'm just a rook and need start cutting down on my penalty yards here..

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    I was just giving you shit man. Trying to keep it light... and it was an underhand toss that I just had to take yard. You know, since you already got flagged.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    In fairness, MB you should have been flagged yourself for Unnecessary roughness. 15 yards. Automatic first down. Late flag?

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    And here's something pepole NEVER do when they bring up the Cover 2 as an 'issue' .. name an alternative please! Our defensive roster is cover 2 personnel - fast, under-sized gang tacklers -can't play any other system with those guys until you draft a new bunch of players. Don't blame the system, blame the execution. Name a better system and explain ...

    Alternatives gentlemen? Answers on that postcard.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    But if your MLB is Hillenmeyer, then yes, you're toast.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Would it be a valid argument to say that it's harder to find players to suit a cover 2 system over a 3-4?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    The problem I see with cover 2 is that most of our players are lighter which cannot help when it comes to injuries playing against bigger stronger guys.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Definitely a drawback, which is why your people need to be solid tacklers - they only have one gap to control but they need to wrap it up. That's why we got killed last year with HH, Brian Urlacher's got about 35lbs on the dude and our DL was out to lunch. I'm excited about the DL this year, I'm glad we'll see more of Izzy - way more upside than AB. Anderson, we'll see.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Just different dudes, that's all - that's a couple of years drafting nothing but linebackers and Linemen. Everything could change next year if Cowher comes in ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I think Cowher wants to come here. He could have went to the Rams, Seahawks, Bills, or the Redskins. For some reason, he didn't go to any of them. That my friend is something obvious. He wanted to come back this year but for some reason he couldn't. Lovie Smith, better play good because Cowher is at your door.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Why are we the last team in the NFL to start OTAs. June? Why? What kind if message is that? Are we set?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I kinda like it.. A lot of people are still healing ya know? You have Kretuz, Tillman, Afalava, Urlacher, and so on. So, why not have them later?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Ah, the old folks, sad but true ...yep, makes sense.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    If you think about it Irish.. Next year, I bet we lose a lot of players. The offense line will lose Garza and Kretuz soon. Julius Peppers, Urlacher, and a lot of players are turning 29 now. Hmm.. I think it's time to draft some good players soon, so we are not fucked when they retire or can't play anymore.

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    I thought you guys would enjoy this, it's done very very well. The song choice was brilliant.

    To Animal's point, at least we're not the fucking raiders. Enjoy:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apsjDl33JgQ

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Watch it quick, I'm sure Big Al will have his lawyers take it down ASAP, having rebroadcast the NFL without written consent and all that claptrap...

    Russell. The new Ryan Leaf.

    These guys make Rick Mirer look not so bad.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    In some nod to fairness for Russell: Although his inability to three step drop and get rid of the ball is laughable, he looks like he's playing sandlot football, such a lazy drop - in SPITE of all that - his tackles suck. They made Pace's play last year look like a return to all-pro form. Those guys are turnstyles.

    That was the most pathetic OL play I've seen in years.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Most of the highlights I saw would put him about 30 or 40 pounds overweight.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    And that's just on one cheek ...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    +1 on the OL

    Worst play action I have ever seen. Didn't realise until now that he has no arm for such a big guy. He's like a weeble in the pocket. The clip of Davis was so sad ...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yup, Montana got allot of ND quarterbacks drafted. Has any QB from N.D. since Montana amounted to anything?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    GPL-

    The underlying theme in your post is the continued stubbornness that has frustrated the hell out of all of us.

    That to me, is the one area that players cannot help. Instead of adapting a system to players skill sets, they try and adapt players to a system.

    Doesnt make much sense to me. Its all or nothing for Lovie this year, he can sink or swim with his Tampa 2.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    It's the best defense there is IMHO DM. I don't want to repeat my post above on the Cover 2, but you can't blame a sound system - it's how it's executed that counts. If you have a fast Mike who can get back and cover the weak spot in the deep middle, it's probably the best defense there is. Last year we had Hunter Hillenmeyer in that role and I'm not going there again.

    Basically the cover 2 was good enough to get the Pittsburgh Steelers four superbowls, it got Dungy and Lovie to the show in 2006 and oviously Tampa. 4 or 5 teams copied the Bears/Colts after 2006. The cover 2 is sound.
    I think we're pretty close to having the personnel apart from the fact that HH should have been shipped, not JW. Mistake in the cover 2, as is MW - not a tackler, when tackling is more important than coverage in Cover 2. If we get an NFL caliber safety to put with CH, then watch out. No depth though.

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    Furry had a very good year in 2006 and that's about it kiddo's. 2007 he had about 700 yds and 1 TD I think. Please get us a WR that will be a game changer Jerry.

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    He would know the offense since he was in DET when Martz was there. But the only reason he had a good year with yards is because the Lions were always down and Roy Williams had 1300 yards receiving. Then in '07 they drafted Calvin Johnson, so they HAD to play him. Then Shaun McDonald sort of came from nowhere.

    In any case, I would bring him in just for the fact that he knows the offense and can teach it to the receiving corps. At least bring him to camp.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    Someone earlier said this and its true. Turner's system.. is just like Martz's System, only he is tougher and more precise. Now, after one year it should be easy for them to figure out. It's like this.. you know how to add.. learning to subtract shouldn't be that hard.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Actually, it seems if you struggle learning to add, then you'll struggle learning to subtract as well...that's the issue.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    Thanks Mike. Sometimes it's all just Fuzzy math when looking at these players I'm not up to snuff on.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Apparently Barnes is crap at separation and he's slow(4.67!). Why all the love?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    The records he broke are pretty good. That's why.. but they don't mean anything .. I know I know

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    We'll have to see on this guy Irish. 4.7 is slow as molasses, but he got open somehow. I was saying we don't need another one of these guys.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Has Malcom Floyd signed back with the Chargers?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Oh no you di'int!

    Dude, you just reminded me of my bent on Floyd. I think he's an RFA this year Irish... the chargers would be retards to let him walk. And jerry's not smart enough to deal with the hawkish AJ Smith. He'll get eaten alive and we'll wind up shipping off Chris Williams, Hurt Locker, Chris Harris, and Matty Forte for Floyd. Frightening.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Three's a point, keep Angelo away from trades at all costs. It's like he goes into a negotiation and says "Okay, I want what you have and this is what I have to the cent, but I'll borrow more and give that to you if it's not enough."

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    So I was just catching up and wanted to make a few points.

    Lobo, I lost my ass at the tables. But I drank enough for a small army....

    As far as the tone of the blog, I am of the opinion that the blame cannot be placed at the feet of the ownership or management ANYMORE. That does not, however, excuse years of terrible decision making. I am willing to look past that because it appears they are finally willing to do WHATEVER it takes to win.

    I mentioned yesterday, its on the players now. They have to perform. For the most part, we have a very good team in place. We are getting back 2 very above average linebackers in addition to the offseason acquisitions.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    We just need 2 decent guards and a real FS (if Harris isn

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I have a theory as to why Lovie is doing what he's doing: loading up on D, while really only changing the RB situation slightly by adding Taylor as a 3rd down back.

    My theory is that Lovie wants to shove it back at the critics of the Tampa-2. Yep - we're running it again, just the same as last year, but this time the front four should provide pressure and that will change a great deal of things. Of all the things that got under Lovie's skin last year, it was the comments from the writers that the Tampa-2 was old and outdated, and Lovie was washed up without any new ideas that bothered the shit out of him.

    So, since he is really in charge of D, with Marinara just being his yes-man, he wants to build on that side of the ball and then re-run last year's scheme with better players to "show us" that we were wrong.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I totally agree. Someone said that Marneli has never been a defensive cordinator and I don't think he is. I think he is gonna just supervise..not run it.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I am possibly the only pro-Marinelli person on here? Is that possible? No love for Rod?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    When your dad gave you, your first car, did he just let you take care of it all by yourself after all those years of owning it himself. NO.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Just to say this.. just read on yahoo.com. Harris is looking to move into the Strong Saftey spot and Free saftey will be Major Pain. SO far, that is where everyone is predicting where he will go. I agree with what you said earlier MB up top but.. I am pretty sure this is how its gonna go down.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yup.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +1

  • In reply to animal:

    Animal, dont give up now, Ive enjoyed your input for several years now and I want you to be along for the ride when we head into this season with heart felt belief that Cutler will at a minimum cut his int's in half, our recievers will step up in the Marts system and our running game will grow above average, that injuries will elude our Defense and that the safety position doesnt even matter because our D line is getting the job done opening the door for BU and whichever safety is there. We get through a tuff first half of the season schedule with Minnesota and Green Bay underperforming all the pundits, all our front office saves their jobs and we are listening to O. B. and Doug Baffone talk about how spectacular our Bears are, make the playoffs and wipe away all our pain. Above all Devin Hester finally breaks a couple TD's this coming season too.

    Dude I want you there, I want all us long time bloggers to be there together. We've suffered together now we can enjoy the fruits of success together too.

  • In reply to animal:

    Are you a female Animal? I haven't asked you yet ..

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Actually, I've seen the tone change around here.

    Everyone knew that if we put the same team back out there, we were 4-12. It's fans like us, led by Blogfather and his outrage, that started openly talking about skipping the year - that the Bears made changes. I'm not a love it or leave it type, I bitch about what are OBVIOUS issues and I think we should discuss the mismanagement.

    When Gaines Adams was picked up, EVERYONE on here rolled their eyes. And for good reason, Tampa pulled the wool over Jerry's eyes. Snowed him. I'm sorry the kid had medical issues, that is horribly sad, but he looked like Scotty Pippen dressed up as Dan Hampton for Halloween and it was obvious the kid was not the answer at pass rush.

    Why the hell did we do that? He didn't contribute squat last year. We coulda kept that 2nd round pick and had Asamoah at LG RIGHT THE FUCK NOW.

    Why shouldn't we point that out?

    I'll tell ya what Animal - when the national press and PFW starts getting high on the Bears and praising the trades and the picks - then so will we.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    +1

    We all want the same thing at the end of the day, and that's more Ws than Ls. We might disagree on how to get there, but that's allowed.

  • In reply to animal:

    Again. Every human being on this planet has 'potential'. MW doesn't fit the cover 2. The premium is on tackling, not coverage, and certainly not hitting ability. We'll see.

  • In reply to shonbear:

    http://www.windycitygridiron.com/2010/4/28/1448691/oss-homecoming?ref=yahoo

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    B85S23..I may make this my new wallpaper for this box!!!!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    it's pretty bad ass. I should have told everyone what it was but I think it's worth the suprise lol

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    While you guys are over there have a laugh at the Kevin Payne page. Dane Noble must be up there 24 hours a day removing comments from fans who know what they're looking at. We'll miss you Kevin! Get bent. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Payne posted over their quite often, actually. I'm sure most of those posters aren't really that sad to see him go...just giving him a found farewell. Not sure what's wrong with that.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    My vote GP - go back to the old pic... classic man, gotta go back.

  • In reply to Qommie:

    Welcome Qommie. Are you a female?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Yes....

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    www.chicitysports.com/forum

    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.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    He did have a catchy name but, "oh well", next.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Wow.. didn't see that coming. They must either love the bears or they know they will be back next year.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    No fkn way! Got to be a seventh rounder, but when AB walks for free I'll take it. We can draft another QB. I knew Payne was in trouble once he started posting on WCG "Wassup guys!" My first question got me banned :o)

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    God, the Rams just got even worse.

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    I don't think there was an illegal procedure in the first place 'Flo. That will have to be referred to the NFL officials' AGM. As there are no replays outside of the two minute mark (no challenge flags), GPL's 15 lollipop walk-off must stand. That's football.

    Are you a female? Just askin'...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I'm a mannnn! And what is a lollipop walk-off? Just askin'...

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    GPL? Clarification on the penalty required here. Apparently there's someone who doesn't know what a 15 lollipop walk-off is ... ok make that two people ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Just sounded like something Da Coach would say.

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    Dust..Yeah we may have gotten to the dance but do we have the ring to prove it? ...NO!! why because our offense was not capable why? we were playing checkers while Indy was playing chess..simple we need to have an offense that can score at any given time..not when "The wall is agains't our backs" that's for you butter! Like we di in the SB run year.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Hmmm... I don't know why both teams were playing board games during the Super Bowl.

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    Dust...nice!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    second ;) lobo thanks brother.

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    Peyton Manning, because he doesn't have any friends. Lovie, just because he likes snakes 'n' ladders.

    By the way - Peyton Manning - worst ever SB MVP award? Bueller?

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    +1

    No point in going to the dance if you come out beaten up and with a sack of blue balls.

  • The only think I can tell you for sure Doc, is that Harris will play for the Bears. Can't give you anymore info than that right now.

  • Nice line Doc.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Crown wouldn't use that line ... c'mon Crown, where you at? Give us a winner ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Can I have your picture? So I can show santa what I want for christmas.

  • Ha! There we have it Doc. I don't think Major Wright starts - he's a rookie. Yeah, sell some cutlery from the McCaskeys map room and slot MB in at free, Harris in at SS and let Major Wright sink into the cracks on the floor where he'll no doubt end up becasue Angelo drafted him. That's a backfield. Of course we're not signing MB (although CH's signing could signal ... nah.), so maybe Lovie gets his wish and DM starts at SS? Lovie could also do a Lovie and put DM at FS and CH at SS. I'm done with initials.

  • +1

  • I here you on that one Doc but they would of released the wrong guy, Chris Harris Part 2?

  • In reply to Joseph:

    *Hear*

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Cedric Benson Part 2? lol

  • Totally Doc. I feel the same way.

  • Sarah Palin is hot

  • George W was trying too Doc. So was Hitler, Pol Pot, Genghis Khan ....

  • Oh Jebus. We just threw away Jamar Williams. There goes my special K.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    That's unbelievable. All JA had to do was read a few blogs and then sit on his hands and pick Harris up for salary alone. That hurts. They probably would have shipped Jamar for a guard, if we were a team looking for a guard, as Angelo would say.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    The Bears were about to throw Jamar under the bus as well. His contract will be up after this season and it is highly unlikely the Bears would have signed him for his asking price next year anyway.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I think it's clear now that the Panthers were going to release Harris.

    Anybody have the last one or two panthers game on DVR? Could you see how Harris played? I wish we could get scouting film.

    ----
    The move, which brought in linebacker Jamar Williams from Chicago, came just before the Panthers convened for minicamp this weekend. According to league sources with knowledge of the talks, Harris was shopped during the draft last weekend, but no deals came close.

    Then on Monday, the Panthers called Harris

  • In reply to gpldan:

    JA took it prison style again. Jamar had much more value than Harris. We coulda waited and picked Harris up after waivers.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    He obviously really likes it prison style GP.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Totally GPL. Angelo screws the pooch again - but that's just being negative and bitchy right? Fuck that, we deserve better - he could have shopped Roach or HH and they would have gone for that. Why Jamar? Apparently, they weren't shopping CH because he stank or anything, they have two up and comers they want to go with. Anyway, as I see it we're set at SS then. But Major Wright is not an NFL starting FS(yet), may never be - so we are still not set at FS (unless they plug Harris in at FS). Afalava is not doing too well with his nerve damaged shoulder. Harris/Steltz - that's still a grand canyon of a hole my friends. Angelo drafted Wright, Lovie didn't, and Lovie doesn't have to start him just to keep Angelo happy. Lovie is probably banging his head off a brick wall right now after losing Jamar, AB, $130 Million and still no starting caliber free safety.

    Hey! Nice Avatar man! And Ditka's head sticking out at the back makes it look like a three-headed monster. Which it was.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    It will be Harris and Major at SS/FS. It won't even matter how well the kid knows the reads, he will go in.

    Backup will be Bullocks and Steltz, if Afalava isn't ready.

    Manning will be the Nickel, Graham will be the 3rd corner in rotation. We hope Peanut is back in form.

    Maybe a rook CB will shock us. I don't think DJ Moore can play his way into rotation. We don't need a smurf trying to cover Bernard Berrian.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    God, Corner I forgot. Still need a FS, LG, WR and ...CB. Still, Mr. Angelo.

  • No, Palin is definitely do-able.

    By the way Doc what was that website where we reduced women to heads-up meat shots? I want to see if I'm going to the GB game ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    http://img.moronail.net/img/2/4/3824.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    THAT shit was funny.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    One for every occasion man, impressive.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP....BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHAAAAAAA...NICE!!!!!!!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Makes me think of what it must be to marry a beautiful women only to find out she has syphilis MB. Such a shame and what a waste. At least Davis won't be able to give it to anyone else since the whole football world knows now.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Well put trac, although syphilis can be cured with a shot these days, unlike Al Davis.

    Speaking of syphilis, I'm sure I'm not the only one who clicked the link above: http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/shots-in-the-dark/2010/04/3rd-annual-chicago-sexcon-excaliburvision-nightclub---wednesday-apr-28.html

    ...kinda grotesque actually. Whoops

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Sweet. No. See, I answered! Somebody asked what sex I was, I answered. How hard is that, people? Thanks for reminding me MB. Poll time ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I'm down Irish. I was hoping that one of the 404, entire fucking site down nights we suffered through would have garnered us a polling feature and at the very least, better overall site performance. Alas, money talks and the only thing that was upgraded was more evasive advertising

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    If you find spectacularly room temp IQs and annoying vernacular hot, then yeah, I guess.

    She's got tankles anyway. Nasty, probably smells worse than what's under sharper's skirt.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That was crass and I apologize to all the ladies on this blog... Irish, what the fuck are you talking about!?!?!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Here's the thing MB. You see a lot of chicks pretend to be into football - but I don't buy it. Do they really care? Where are they? If there are any women contributing to the this blog .. well I'm just curious if there are or not from an anthro point of view. Simple. Why would you hide ladies? Might keep the board cleaner if we knew you were around! Speak up ladies! Who's got the balls? Equality? Let's go! Speak!

    I take it you ain't a chick MB, I haven't asked you. I won't.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Isn't that 'cankles' ? Calf-ankles? Eww.

  • GPLDAN- go over to that Panther's site and save the icon(sweetness4ever), you might want to use it on here. Or not. It's so sweet. Walter and Mac holding each other.

  • MB, I'm impressed. Proves you are truly a thinking man. My humor and mental sparring is often misunderstood.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Don't patronize me you bastard.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Where else will I go?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    i'm here for you trac

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    And I saw how we did that.

  • Doc, here's my deal mang:

    * Brooklyn Decker - Is she really letting that douche Roddick bang her? Watched a couple videos of the guy doing silly shit, he just doesn't seem that cool.

    * Bar Refaeli

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    So Doc, where's this matching thing we did, where we rated all the blonde, white women?

  • Hahahaha... I don't and the wife doesn't watch any of that shit. My parents love tennis so I have to suffer through it when I visit.

    Weather is kinda strange and unsettled and windy. We had a 'system' come through this week... yes, we don't really know what those are here, but a San Diego style system nonetheless. It's ok, she'll be fired up if she's staying for the weekend, it's going to be beautimus. Better than fucking Seattle I imagine. Sorry doc, couldn

  • Totally agree Doc! Angelo has ruined us - that's my point. The cover 2 worked for us when we had the players. That's Angelo's job! Check out the NFL legends that Angelo has passed over the last nine years. 100% incompetent. JW is a prime example, keeping HH is a mind-blower for me. WE have the line and had the linebackers (before we lost JW) to do it. We're still short an NFL caliber safet and depth at DB generally. But Cover 2 is not the problem - it's trendy to blame - Angelo is the problem. I honestly think anybody on this board could do a better job.

  • Indy were only rated 6th best D that year, but the top two Ds were Cover 2. I don't know about requiring stars, re-reading your post though. You certainly don't need shutdown corners or even excellent coverage guys, just good run-stopping corners. Smaller, quicker linebackers - guys that swarm, sure-tackling smart safeties, and that freak Mike to get back and cover the deep middle (Jamar!). No stars required, just smaller, quicker, and sure about what they're doing at the safety position.

  • "Fair play to ye" = "Well done/Congratulations" or "Thank you, I appreciate that in all sincerity."

    If you ever time to kill and want to see what we did to the English language ... all the regional slang of Ireland

    www.slang.ie

    I'm 'Quinny' with a paltry 16 contributions ...

    1. Tossil
    2. Scut
    3. Veras
    4. Root
    5. Rusty Bullet-hole
    6. Busted Couch
    7. Japanese Flag
    8. Storeey
    9. Horse
    10. To 'tear The Handle' Out Of Oneself.
    11. Skip
    12. Lash The Arse Off
    13. To Ride The Box Off
    14. To Finger The Box Off ... (
    15. Ask Me Bollix
    16. Maggots

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    My parents would be so proud ...

  • Doc, Inglourious Basterds was once of the best movies i have seen in a while. Classic Tarantino characters, incredible dialogue and that unique style that his films have...

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