New Nickname: Orange Julius

CALLING ALL CAMPERS.  DaBearsBlog is calling for all those who are heading to Bourbonnais to send us your photographs and videos in the coming weeks.  Send them directly to jeff@dabearsblog.com and we'll get them on the site by the end of that day.
ORANGE JULIUS.  (By the way, I'm officially coining that nickname for Peppers).  Orange Julius' impact on the pass rush and pass defense has been written into boredom but Sean Jensen analyzes his possible impact on the special teams units.  The Bears are already pretty darn good at blocking field goals and Peppers is second to only Shaun Rogers in recent memory.

GRADING THE BEARS.  Neil Hayes summarizes the most glaring flaw on this roster with a simply paragraph:

This is the unit that could determine the team's fate. If Chris Harris and, say, rookie Major Wright proved to a capable safety duo and the corners stay healthy, this may still only be a slightly above average secondary. But what happens if one of the safety spots remains unsettled and a cornerback or two goes down to injury? The bottom falls out, that's what happens. I just don't see the top-end talent or the depth here.

Hayes is right.  The best-case scenario for the Bears is adequacy.  


ENTERTAINING (if nothing else).  Brad Biggs does a nice job analyzing what will be needed for the club to adopt Mike Martz' "high-flying act".  The closer we get to camp, I gotta be honest, the more excited I'm getting.  I can't remember the last time the Bears' offense had this much potential.  If Mike Tice can get the guys up front blocking and Jay Cutler throws the ball to the right jersey, this could be the most explosive Bears offense in many-a-moon.  They should be entertaining, if nothing else.

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  • I'm going on Sunday, 3p.m. practice sporting my DBB t-shirt with camcorder in-hand.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    I also bought tickets to the family night extravaganza at Soldier Field on Aug. 6th

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Jeff, not to be overly critical, but it's time to get your game face on man. Camp is 3 days away, how about you start to bring your a-game. Offseason is over, let's fire this thing up with some pithy prose.

    Oh, and Orange Julius? Really? Why? It's not scary, intimidating, awe-inspiring or even football-ish. We've already busted out some good ones in

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    yea Ghost Peppers is actually pretty sick.

    or how about Dr. Peppers b/c of all the bodies he'll lay out on the turf?

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Dr. Ghost Peppers

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Chili. Chili Peppers.

    WTF is Orange Julius ? Am I missing a reference here ?

    On the safety issue - I think it's safe to say we've all been singing from the same hymn sheet there for the last few months. Is Neil Hayes a DBB reader ? No great starting quality or depth in the secondary.

    We're in the same trouble we were at the end of last season. Period. We gave up a promising young linebacker that made 18 tackles (13 on S. Jackson!)and defensed two passes against the Rams .... for Chris Harris - a guy that was about to get cut anyway. As it stands, our starting safeties are Danieal Manning and Chris Harris. This is the pairing that got us spanked in the Superbowl. D Manning might be better now, but Harris is that much older. Sure he'll be a help back there calling out the looks, but he's hardly the Second Coming. Angelo has been drafting bum safeties since he got here. Every. Single. Year. Therefore we can expect jack shit from Major Wright this year.

    Check the maths on this Doc ...

    Jack shit rookie + ageing average safety + no depth in the secondary = one or two injuries away from a very bad season.

    Of course, if, and it's a very big IF ... if the receivers not named Shabba can get with the program and not be embarrassing, *and* if Lovie can bury his loyalty to veterans on the O-Line and get Asiata and Louis in the mix early ... we might have The Greatest Show in Mud.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    http://www.atlantadowntown.com/_files/images/orange-julius.gif

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    There he is, the little cute orange guy with the sun glasses on the home page... isn't he cuuuuute: http://www.orangejulius.com/index.php

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Leave a comment...

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    WTF? I just got sited!! Oh well. Thanks for not using LOL! I did too. You can't beat the Coach for cutting through the bullshit.

    BTW Jeff, love the blog, only so-so on the Orange Julius. Gotta agree that would turn into OJ. Oh well.

    Really looking forward to camp. I can remember how bummed out we were when Mikey blew the hiring of McGuiness. Not that he was a great coach but because we found out later Martz was coming with him. He's kind of damaged goods because he failed in Detroit and S.F. He improved their O's but the teams still lost. There was no talent on the Detroit roster and the QB's in S.F were brutal. If the OL plays well this is going to be fun!

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    had to tear this one guy a new one on an MB. passive aggressive ppl piss me the fuck off:

    http://www.chicitysports.com/forum/chicago-bears-forum/3109-great-read-bears-2.html#post63689

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    the original argument started b/c i stated i'd take Matty over AP any day. anybody feels i'm out of line for saying this, please respond and we'll have a nice discussion on it...

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I still need to see one more year out of Matty before I can jump aboard. AP runs like the fucking Terminator and has similar strength. His only weekness is that he fumbles in key moments of games but sure like watching him play. Jury is still out on Forte in my opinion.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Pretty big frakkin weakness when you turn over the ball like a machine that uh .... turns balls over a lot.

    The jury on Forte after a great rookie season said he had a great rookie season. I just don't know how people give him a hard time for trying to run behind a crappy line with a gammy hamstring and MCL on the same leg. Any one of those three things would mean a reduction in productivity.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    So.. if we had to do it all over again we would have never have considered Matt? Why not AP FQ?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    The original poster was a dickhead, for the record.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    The only player I think we can strongly say that the jury isn't still out on is Devin Hester the returner. The jury is definitely still out on Devin Hester the WR.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    In fairness to Jay, the rest of the world hasn't jumped on his train yet. Jury is still out on him until he learns to put it in the bleachers now and then. Butters still has to put on a show for us, Child support will have his fair share of onlookers waiting to justify their "Urlacher's finished" articles. Ditto Forte. I know he'll be good, but he's been ripped all over the media because his numbers went down and that's all they look at. The world is still in love with Olsen, but those 8 TDs don't mean shit to me. Can he justify a starting position in an offense that requires the TEs to block like men?

    The jury is definitely still out on Johnny Knox and Hester as receivers. How they adapt to a timing offense and a much bigger playbook where everything is called something else now remains to be seen. Jury is out on Kreutz and Garza too. Time marches on. They're a year older. The jury will be out on the secondary, and pretty much everybody in it. That's a lot of juries so far ...

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    T.O.. is a Bengal.

    It's all up to you Aromashodu

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    For a measly 2mil. Dohh

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    $@#$*# !!

    %@$#!**!#&#$@% !!

    !#*&#^!##!%$# !!!!

    Hi. I'm Jerry Angelo. Do you know me ?

    I am a child of Satan, sent here to plague the perfect and holy Bear Nation. I'm not really a child of his, I don't want to blow my own trumpet too much - I blow enough of Ted Phillips' trumpet, tee hee - no, I'm more like the sickliest, most crippled, necrotic sperm of Satan. The absolute weakest sperm of any load the Dark One has ever issued.

    I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing, but by using this smug, arrogant exterior, my employers don't realise that I'm full of evil poison and dog doo-doo. I just keep talking and talking and eventually the weak-minded think I have something intelligent to say because I talk so much. But really, it's just crap, I haven't got a clue, honestly. Talk, talk, talk. And produce nothing, nada. That's what I do. I'm proof that the American dream exists. You too can be a piece of shit and make it in this life. Just keep the bullshit coming thick and fast, that's all it takes. The only reason I'm still in a job is because I signed Jay Cutler. I only signed JC because I had Kyle Orton on my roster, but some people think I deserve kudos for doing the obvious - pulling the trigger on a no-brainer deal. That got me off the hook for signing a bunch of tools like Rex Grossman, ignoring my offensive line and failing year in year out to draft a single decent safety. Hunter Hillenmeyer is my idea of a great middle linebacker, and I think Greg Olsen is the tops. He went to my college after all. LOL ! To tell you the truth, I don't like drafting guys that are taller than me, Nicholas Sarkozy complex I'm afraid, but there you go. If I could find some 5'10 Defensive Tackles we'd have a bunch of 'em, believe you me. I don't draft offensive linemen so that's not an issue.

    I didn't sign this T.O. character because he has issues, or something. That's what they tell me. And as a billion dollar organisation, we certainly can't afford to pay a receiver over TWO MILLION dollars a year. If and when we tank this year, it will all point at me. If we somehow manage to make the playoffs this year(ROTFLMAO!) ... you can bet your sweet little heinies that it will be in spite of me and certainly not because of me.

    Laters, HOLLL-LAAAA !

    J.
    xxx

    Ted, did you put truth serum on your cock again ?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Ahahaha...i almost just peed myself, well done Irish!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    tee hee indeed

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    500 points.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    had a big post typed up, but the dreaded "registration required" thing popped up, so i'll just summarize it:

    AP can barely catch, can't pass block, has fumbilitis, and runs violenty (meaning he won't go down when he needs to.

    Matt seems like he doesn't have elite skills in elusiveness & speed, but is very consistent & has elite hands.

    longevity-wise, i'll take Forte b/c he's shown to do brilliant things w/o an even avg. O-Line. what would AP do w/ a pisspoor line?

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Looks like lefty got taken out with a right hook there FQ, well done.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Lefty is definitely a douchebag. For this season, I'd take AP just because I love his running style. I'd live with the fumbles (Walter fumbled quite a bit too). I get what you're saying about longevity. With RB's it's always a crapshoot. If Forte looks like the same runner he was in the first 10-12 games 2 years ago, I"m a happy camper. If he looks like last year, uh-oh.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    walter also had a shitty line too. barry sanders has the most negative yards than any other running back in the history of the NFL, but reason being is b/c they NEVER had an o-line.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I predict Cincy to not even make the playoffs this year. Wouldn't that be funny?

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Oh, and to add to Hayes spot-on assessment... the two places that are going to define our 2010 season are o-line and the secondary, in that order. You know, the two places we didn't really do anything to directly address (on the personnel side). I just hope that Tice, some very slight body shuffling, and a healthy first team secondary can get us to where we all want to go... but as you guys know, if you don't directly address your biggest gaps in the offseason (FA & the draft), you're probably going to be in for a long onseason. Here

  • In reply to Joseph:

    I start writing when camp starts.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I though a writer never stops writing.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    He doesn't. Fortunately this isn't my only writing responsibility.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Oh, so you just mis-spoke. My bad.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Trac, your new nick name is rufless.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Jeff could write me into oblivion if he wanted to MB. I only take liberties to show everyone what a great guy he is.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    lefty called me an idiot!!! i win!!!!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Our first 4 and our last 4 games are gonna be tough!!

    First 4:

    Lions
    Dallas
    Green bay
    Giants

    Last 4:

    Patriots
    Vikings
    Jets
    Green Bay

  • In reply to Joseph:

    W
    L
    W
    W

    and...

    W
    W
    L
    W

    Boo Yah!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    How's that for optimism?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Peppers destroyed the Vikings and Giants last year and if Green Bay's o-line sucks again, we could win the majority of those games. Plus Flozell is no longer in Dallas. I like our chances.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    With the Cowboy's safety problem.. we might be able to throw all over them.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    If we can contain Ware that is...

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    They are probably saying the same thing about us

  • In reply to Joseph:

    You mean Ware being our Pepeper's or more about our safety problem?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Safety problems, or both. I'm already having nightmares about what this Dez Bryant kid is gonna do to our secondary.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Romo will shit the bed with our front four in his face. Our front seven could deal with the Jets line enough to force Sanchez to shit the bed also. Rodgers will definitely shit the bed with that line, as will Favre (or T-Jack!) when their run blocking falls apart against the Great Wall of Chicago and he's forced to pass.

    That's a lot of brown sheets.

    With a healthy team I think we can go 6-2 against that lineup ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    LMAO!!!.... What about Eli, Brady, or the young but could be good Klob or Moore?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Eli - happy feet
    Brady - happy feet
    Kolb - maybe, but not that much of a threat
    Moore - be serious (Pep & C. Harris are gonna want to stick it to the Panthers for letting them go)

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I can prove this on an Excel spreadsheet, or in a sandbox with a stick. Eli Manning. Sucks. Balls.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Watch this to get pumped up. Just don't get too mad at Lovie and Jerry.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DASwJU9YLys

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Continuing the earlier thoughts on Don Banks and his insipid rankings, how does the 7-9 team add a perennial pro-bowler DE, revamp their OL, add one of the best backup RBs in the league (and only because he was playing behind AP), plug in a 290 lb. behemoth at TE for pass protection, and yet STILL rank behind a 4-11 and two 5-12 teams in ADDITION to the multiple mid-range teams (9-7, 8-8) that changed QBs this offseason. It's f-cking nonsense.

    And FQD, btw, when "Lefty" (wore out his "righty"?) accused you of changing your argument, I went "Hmmm, what a douchebag. That's EXACTLY the original argument that FQD made...Matty is a better long-term investment than AP b/c of his running style."
    To wit: "'ll take Matty over half the RBs in the league right now (including AP). why? b/c he doesn't run upright, meaning he's going to have a longer career."
    Yeah, I tend to think that asshole Lefty was reading what he wanted to read, ergo the dumb fucking comment that "now you're changing the parameters in which your statement was made. Before, you said you would take Forte over AP straight up, with no indication of your eye being on long-term value. " No, you pretentious dipshit, FQDs original argument is "[Forte] is going to have a longer career".
    In short, fuck Lefty.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    The revamped Oline.. where did we do that?

    Btw..let them rank us that low..every year people rank us low, we actually do better than what the expected.. The year Detroit was primed to be better than us and we were suppose to be dead last..turns our we went 9-7 and the Lions went 0-16.

    So, let them think we are a 5-11 team or 7-9..because I hope we prove them wrong.

    We will see more of Mananauala because I have a funny feeling he is going to be playing a lot. He will either help Frank or Williams out, which I think will be the greatest Idea ever..just think about it.

    Olsen.. he might wanna realize soon that his draft pick status is starting to fade because Dez may be old but he has more upside than Olsen.

    If Mananulala helps block for Frank or on Cutler's blind side.. this team will have a legitimate chance at having a decent O-line.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I will start sacrificing human life if Omelette starts this year. How does a blocker as rank as he is, suddenly learn how to block because he's moved to RT ? Reading between the lines, Tice has already said that Shaeffer graded out way above Omelette, and everyyyone else that saw action except Olin. Hell, I'd take James Marten, J'Marcus Webb or that Dirk Diggler guy we just signed (Vince Vance?) over the Omelette. If they insist on continuing with Roberto Garza, okay, but at least have Lance Louis at RT if they've got Asiata at LG. Once they have those two monsters on the same line as Manu, then we are in business girls. We won't have to worry about the receivers blowing routes or Jay putting it up for auction, because all we'll need under center is a guy that can hand it off.

    Still think Kreutz was to blame for a lot of Rex's 'fumbles though, but nobody had the cojones or stupidity to say that in public. And I'd have zero problem with Beekman going in at Center full-time. We'd see exactly how much of a team player Kreutz is then.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    +1 Kreutz demotion

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Our secondary is not THAT thin. Anti-Plank looks good in camp, we have Bullocks and Afalfa and others that have STARTING exp. for us.

    Compared to the Lions secondary that I reviewed in last thread, we're the 85 Bears with Duerson, Fencik, Richardson and Frasier.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Oh man... GP. Illegal procedure, flag on the play, whistle!!!! Two back to back 15 yard penalties and a loss of TWO downs.

    Please don't ever mention Craig Steltze, never mind the Bullocks, and little alfalfa in the same breath, sentence, paragraph or even day as Duerson, Fencik, Richardson and Frasier. Just wrong and wrong.

    Now, I do like those kids (minus fucking

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'll table the FS discussion and give you that point until we see if Major Gator can start.

    Let's just break down corners, because I agree - this is where the problem is.

    Corey Graham. At times a good ST player, but got toasted in several games and just doesn't look like a starting corner no matter how much I liked him in 2009.

    Tim Jennings from the Colts. Eventually replaces peanut, maybe even beats Peanut out for the starting spot as I think Peanut's body just doesn't hold up.

    Joshua Moore. Better than Smurf Moore, and probably backs Manning up at the nickel.

    Woody Turenne. Showed signs of being able to start, but in reality is about at the Graham level.

    As the assassin Jack Tatum died yesterday, I think we must all remind ourselves what a punishing, fast free safety can do for a team. One that can intimidate. We need to see if it's Major Hit or Major Fuckup, but at least we took a crack at developing that guy.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Tim Ewok Jennings - 5'8
    DJ Smurf - 5'9

    Next!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    My suggestion for Peppers, after Ghost and Chili:

    Salt.

    After he makes a sack, we can re-use all those Jolie 'Who is Salt?' signs and people can hold them up in the stadium.

    Not as good as Ghost though.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    And compared to the Packers secondary ... ? We'll have to play old-fashioned Bear football to beat 'em.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I really wanted TO to become a Jet. They were sniffing.

    Braylon Edwards, Santana Holmes, and TO in the same locker room, each bitching and moaning for more catches? yes, please.

    Add in LT, Jason Taylor and the son of Buddy "No Christmas Cards" Ryan and this season of HBO's Hard Knocks already has 6 Emmys lined up.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I'll take an adequate secondary any day, but I agree all it takes is one play to make them below average. Scary.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I consider the O-line revamped due to Omiyale moving to his natural spot, Williams moving to his natural spot, adding Manu-beast-aluma, and at least one new starter at Guard, versus the Keystone Kops starting lineup from game 1 last year.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Tombstone Tommie and the Ghost. I like it.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I prefer Julius Seize-er but I will defer the Blogfather's command.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    That's "defer to" Blogfather's command.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    The Hurt Locker on our beloved, and much maligned Cover-Dos: http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/14015/bbao-brian-urlacher-and-cover-2

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    fyi: posters from CCS are looking at my post a/b that 1 guy from here...funny as hell. good blog tho....shall stick around there for awhile

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    could you find a more pessimistic terd of a writer?

    Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel offers this doomsday scenario for the Green Bay Packers' offensive line: "[Chad] Clifton and [Mark] Tauscher get old in a hurry, and when they are able to line up their level of play dips dramatically. [Bryan] Bulaga struggles at left tackle. T.J. Lang's post-surgical wrist takes a long, long time to heal. Breno Giacomini isn't the answer. No one emerges at left guard. Daryn Colledge proves that he shouldn't even have been brought back. Jason Spitz really is a center. Allen Barbre fails again. Marshall Newhouse can't anchor inside. Lang isn't able to punch and grab. Bulaga finally is moved inside in October, but by then it's too late."

    Well, what if on the night before the first game the Packers bus hits the first roadside bomb ever reported in America? Man, that is one fussy pants piece of shit article i've read in a while.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    thank you. damn shame every Bears fan doesn't have that simple thing called "logic."

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    http://espn.go.com/page2/s/list/footnickname/010614.html

    Funny thing about Nicknames..

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Ah yes. Lester The Molester. Andre 'Bad Moon' Rison. 'Mean' Joe Greene. Broadway Joe Namath. Classics.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Why can't Julius be called the Monster...or Nightmare on Left tackle street..

    Too Corny? lol

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Kolb and Moore? Both of them are going to be peeling the back of their heads off the turf in Rodgers-esque numbers this year.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Trac and MB, thanks for inflicting the OrangeCaesar thing on me...gracias.
    While I like spicy food, "Ghost" Peppers kinda sounds like an allusion to his "alleged" propensity for disappearing in games last year...I'd prefer not to think about that too much.
    Too bad we don't have a nasty white dude at the other DE spot...this would facilitate the "Salt-n-Peppers" Super Bowl XLV posters.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Ha. Well done MBP.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Jeff, I see your Orange Julius and raise you one "Orange Ceasar"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyeFj_qr-J0

    New nickname please.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Oh man, Trac... I thought we agreed that we wouldn't do this again. I'm cowering under my desk right now in the fetal position rocking myself with my thumb in my mouth.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I had to do it MB. Every time I hear Orange Julius I will remember Orange Ceasar. Another example of how dangerous it is to browse youtube.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ohh btw, I am curious about the predictions everyone has made so far. Trac, you said we are going 12-4. Great, I hope your right but what I really want to know.. is who are the four losses to? We can beat just about any team on sunday, so can every team, but what I want to know is who do you think we will lose to?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I didn't come up with 4 losses looking at any team in particular as a team we couldn't beat 85. Back to back road games, let down games and Lovie using up our challenges by the 2nd play of the 2nd half had more to do with the 4 losses.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    RIP Jack Tatum: http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2010/07/27/jack-tatum-dies-of-heart-attack/?ncid=txtlnkusspor00000002

    That sucks.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Or: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5413917

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I think its safe to say that the pundits pretty much guess at who they think will do well. Maybe they don't allow their favorite team to cloud their judgment as much as we do but what this article clearly implies, is that ESPN is not where we should get our preseason prediction information from.

    http://kottke.org/10/01/rating-the-pundits-2009-nfl-preseason-predictions

    If anyone needs help deciphering this, just ask Doc.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Now that's a good idea! Somebody should rank these loons and sort out the wheat from the chaff. These guys get referred to as 'experts' simply because they are employed to talk about football. The guff-talkers are not held accountable.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Orange Julius will turn into OJ faster Orenthal James can stab a white women.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Nice! We thought we lost you Coach.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    How the fuck is that douche Banks going to rate us behind the god damned raiders? Fuck him. Fuck him in the face.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I actually laughed out loud right there.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    :o)

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I like it Coach. A face fuck. Can we organise one for Jerry the Banjo? And Ron Turner for crimes committed previously on our offense ? Oooh, and while we're at it, Mike McCaskey too? Yeah, yeah, yeah! Can we throw in Ted Phillips ?

    And can Satan be the guy handing them out ? Those guys are already chugging his seed down like parched hamsters around a water bottle anyway.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Miami. Bastards.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Why does Miami get so lucky against us?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Artoo, my little Kryptonian shadow ...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I always prefer just shortened names ie Pep or JP, unless they already have a preset one like Peanut. Seems like when they get a nickname, they lose talent.. Nate the interceptor Vasher, and I am not sure if Devin has taken one to the house since we started callin him the skunk and the windy city flier.

    Maybe we can just call him Peppers and that will be good enough.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If our defense is only Mediocre then we are screwed. Our Defense has to improve dramatically in order for us to have any kind of a shot at all. Heck, Lovie may as well quit right now and pass the reins on to Marinelli. Crikey, that's a scary thought.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Neil Hayes believes that Urlacher will be coming back to form but doesn't believe Tommie will. I hope he is right about Urlacher and wrong about Tommie..because this team will need all the help it can get to keep Lovie.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Pepper's nickname in college was Features. And I think that is kinda bad but not nearly as bad as freakin orange julius... wtf.

    Caesar would be better than that if u wanted to use Julius and even that is kinda ghay.

    Anyway, realistically you could say that just about any team out there would be kind of screwed if their 2 starting corners and a safety got injured, um duh. And a slightly above average secondary with the potential of our front 7 would be good e'damn'nough.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    It would be silly to ignore the fact that his last name is 'Peppers' ....

    For me : Chili. Butters. Child support. Izzy. Shabba. Peanut ...and .. uh ... Briggs. Everyone else has to earn their nickname.

    Special Teams : Can't wait to see Pep and Izzy set a record for blocked kicks this season. We get it together on offense and ST and they can kick our ass on defense all they want. Who knows, maybe the front seven get it done so well that no one gets to test out the secondary that often ?

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Fair enough Jeff.

    btw, if any of you don't already think Don Banks is a compete a-hole, here you go: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/don_banks/07/27/precamp.3/index.html

    He ranks us 26th behind the donkies, Jacksonville, Seattle, and wait for it... waaaait for it

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    wait a second. how is Carolina #20 and they just lost Julius Peppers? AND Matt Moore is their starting QB? wow...this idiot is special ed.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Two thousand yard rushers, almost 1000 yard receiver, and a decent defense.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Spanking new linebacker too ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    They are fourth against the pass.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    WERE '85 were.

  • A good all-round running back :

    1. Runs for a lot of yards.
    2. Catches the ball well.
    3. Blocks well.
    4. Doesn't fumble too much.

    AP does one of those four things really well and was the fifth leading rusher in the NFL last season. Fifth. Tired of all the 'greatness' comparisons when he's been in the league ... I don't know ... five minutes ? Do it year in, year out for 13 years like Sweetness and we'll talk. At least get to the the nine year Jim Brown mark. Admittedly, he's surpassed Bo Jackson on a similar length career except in rush average (4.9 to Jackson's 5.6) - but no one has run a faster 40 at the combine than Bo Jackson at 4.12. Let's see if the guy has any kind of a career before we crown his ass. And give Forte three injury free years before comparing them.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    +1. Spot on.

  • Two days is really a little deceiving isn't it?
    Its more than a month away for this Doc.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9T_kBrpb1U

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Man, I can't wait. So excited.

    Johnny (below)... nice. Notice how peanut almost always seems to be be one of the gys blocking for him. Also, did you see that fucking run against detroit... maybe we should call hester the ghost... if lovie ever lets him do KOR again.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    From today's Trib:

    Q: Dan, I don't understand why Kevin Shaffer isn't mentioned more often in terms of taking over the tackle position opposite of Chris Williams. At the end of last season he did a great job holding down the right side. His size at 6-foot-5 is not conducive for a guard spot. I watched Kevin in Cleveland and thought he did a better than average job on a poor team and was excited that the Bears stole him as a free agent. Omiyale is good size but lacks the speed to contain the outside corner. Shaffer has decent foot speed and long wing span to hold off the corner rush. Lars, Worcester, Mass.

    A: When the Bears signed Frank Omiyale last offseason, they signed him to be a starter. When they signed Shaffer last offseason, they signed him to be a backup swing man. It's clear this team thinks Omiyale has more potential than Shaffer. We'll see how it plays out in camp. If Omiyale struggles, Shaffer is capable.

    ----

    OMFG. We SIGNED OMG as a starter, therefore we can't look stupid and therefore MUST PLAY HIM as a starter. Otherwise people will start to doubt our skills on who to give money to and who is a big brown log of crap.

    I hate this response. I hate it from the press, I hate it from the coaches. It's the mentality that rode Thomas Jones out of Chicago. We paid for this other guy, we better use him or we'll look stupid.

    You know, sometimes Football is an inexact science and some guys just aren't who you thought they were. And despite what Dennis Green says, the bears AREN'T always who we think they are. Sometimes, we get brown logs. Like OMG.

    Shaffer is a better RT than OMG, who will prove himself to bethe same turnstyle he was at LG. And, like the reasons that kept Shabba off the field until the end of the season, it will take us to game 4 to make the switch.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    nail on the head, GPL. Nail on the head. That's EXACTLY why they're persisting with Omelette. He was signed to be a starter therefore he shall start. The Bears don't do mistakes, right ? No way Orlando Pace or Omelette were getting benched last year, or Kreutz, or Forte.

    There should be open competition for RT (excluding the scrambled egg). James Marten (6'8 310), Vince Vance/Dirk Diggler 6'8 (325), J'Marcus Webb (6'8 335). In fact there should be open competition at RG too - prove to me on a home computer that Roberto Garza can block multiple targets out of existence at the second level like Lance Louis can, can move as quickly, or just plain dump people out of the way like Louis can. I don't care who gets paid more, the best man for the job should get the start. Politics sucks.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Any advances on Barbre as the worst starting RT in the NFL ? Open season on Rodgers this year. Just stand there to the left a little Julius, thanks.

  • http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/2541244,CST-SPT-bear28.article

    Good story on Asiata, I will be pulling for this guy to start now.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Don't get Irish started... oh, never mind. too late.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    An Asiata Story ! Then there'll be a 'Lance Louis is awesome' rumor rumbling around training camp. Then Kreutz will punch someone out for suggesting he can't cut it any more - shortly followed by a slight injury that gets Beekman back in as starting center, and Kreutz never gets it back. Omelette slips in the shower and gets twelve concussions. Fingers crossed.

    "I just like to hit people -- that's basically it,'' Asiata said of football. ''I don't get arrested for hitting people, so thank God for that."

    Now that's the shit I'm talking about! You see *that* Olsen ?

  • Amen to that Doc. I just can't wait until they suit up for the Lions. 42-10 would give me the confidence I would like to have.

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