Audibles From the Long Snapper

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Pompei on the Williams Move
Dan Pompei does a nice job in the Trib evaluating the Bears decision to move Chris Williams inside to the guard spot, leaving Frank Omiyale as the starting left tackle (and leaving the young right side alone).

So while we can't say Williams is a bust at left tackle, we can say he
might be a better guard than tackle. Guards make their money run
blocking. Tackles earn their money pass blocking.

Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice said Wednesday that in his
opinion, Williams is a great knee bender who is a better run blocker
now than a pass protector. And anyone who saw the Raiders' Kamerion
Wimbley remove Williams' jersey, shoulder pads and uniform pants in an
exhibition would not argue.

I may be in the minority with this opinion but I don't really care where Williams plays on the offensive line, as long as he plays well.  The Bears aren't particularly strong at any of the five positions and if Williams excels at guard, at least that's one spot down.

Networks Buying into Da Bears
Zach Zaidman is reporting that none of the Bears final three home games will be moved into the Flex Sunday night time slot on NBC.  Mike Florio seemed to miss the point of this story when he first reported it on PFT but that didn't last

It's possible that CBS squatted on Pats-Bears and Jets-Bears and FOX
blocked the flexing of Eagles-Bears.  CBS and FOX each may prevent one
game per week, and up to a total of five, from being shipped to Sunday
night.

If the NFL and NBC already know one of their biggest national draws won't be moving, the reason is exactly that.  CBS and Fox are getting tired of losing their best games down the stretch each season.

Trading Desmond Clark Has to Net Something, Doesn't It?
I have always been a fan of Desmond Clark, one of the best tight ends the Bears have started in many-a-moon.  But as Neil Hayes documents in the Sun-Times, Clark simply doesn't have a role in the current system.  Unlike Greg Olsen, whose future in Chicago can far exceed that of the current administration, Clark's time left in the NFL is between 2-3 years at most.  Jerry Angelo should be on the phone with all thirty NFL teams (if he calls the Packers, I'll kill him) and see who wants a solid tight end at a draft-pick discount.

Briggs Questionable?
Lovie Smith is a bit worried about Lance Briggs' ankle.

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  • I'd love Williams to contribute...but isn't it just another indictment that Angelo know nothing when it comes to drafting O? And is, at best, questionable on D.

  • I think the real problem Angelo has had is that the Bears are never awful enough to have top ten, impact picks. The Dolphins had to lose 15 games to get Jake Long. You don't think Jerry wanted him?

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    No offense but that argument doesn't wash with me. The Patriots have been arguably one of the winningest teams over the last decade or so and they always have more draft picks than most teams. It can be done by trading up once a GM starts making solid draft day selections and builds a solid depth chart.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    And by being absolutely cold-blooded in their decision-making process...and lucky enough to have a QB and coaching staff that take alot of so-so talents and make them look pro-bowl.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Be all and end all, brother Trac. Testify!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    The Patriots had 2 picks in each of the first 4 rounds of next years draft before trading one of their 4th rounders for Branch. If the rest of the league is playing chess in the draft, JA is playing tic tac toe. And losing.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    If Angelo had the number one pick in the draft he'd blow it on a kicker. Doesn't matter how high or how low you go, the dude can't draft woth a shit.

    You don't need a top ten pick to get good players. 95% of the players he picks are crap. I've retired from pointing out the immensity of his retardation, but when you look back over the players he *could* have picked over those that he actually did pick, it's mind-boggling. There are no defensive arguments for Angelo supporters anymore. None. Drafting, trading, he sucks. Didn't take a genius to go after Peppers and Cutler. He spent the majority of the cash kitty on one player with Peppers, and only got Cutler because of Orton. Bring me his freshly-severed head on a plate of salt. Are you reading this Angelo? Can you feel the hate? Get thee hence to endless night you fiendish cock-juggler.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    He should not be making personnel decisions about our team. Maybe draft recommendations on Defense for the 4th round and later. Maybe.

  • The only problem with Williams turning into a really great guard is that he's paid like a left tackle. We're going to have to spend a good chunk of change to get the left tackle position settled (and possibly to get a third tackle to protect against injuries) Williams does nothing good for us in terms of cap space.

    As for Dez. I have the same feeling Jeff. We need the roster spot for a true full back. And we need draft picks to address the offensive line, the defensive secondary and the age of certain other starters in the mix. I would love to see Dez get more touches, but this team has 4 tight ends. Manu isn't going anywhere, so the next guy on the list is Dez. Otherwise, there might be the temptation to trade another defensive end or something crazy.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Unfortunately when Dez's number finally got called, he dropped a sure touchdown.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    I was one of the people saying we could probably live without a true FB after last season. I was hoping we could bulk up AP or Bell or somebody and they could maybe do it and be a multi-faceted weapon out there. I wish we had a bruiser. Those 1 yard stuffs on our O are brutal.

  • Bullshit Jeff.

    You have to be kidding me about Dez. He's the ONLY, yes ONLY TE we have on this entire team who can block AND catch very well. Poor, poor personnel decision to keep him off the field, and a terrible decision to trade him... because of that, I assume he'll just be cut soon for nothing. ONLY 2-3 years more? Seriously?

    Deplorable advice. Move that vagina olsen to WR and let Dez help this team the way we all know he can

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, he's not playing. He's not even dressing. Why waste the roster spot?

    And he's 33. Make me a list of 37 year-old tight ends in football.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Dez *is* too old. If we're dropping a TE then I guess it has to be him, although I wouldn't cry if we got a second or a third off somebody for Hairstyle. At least then we could draft, y'know, a man.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB...don't let the vein on you forehead start throbbing!!! It's an opinion...remember opinions are like an AS@!$#!$@#HOLE..everyone has one!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Blogfather...

    1. Don't give a flying ratsass what Pommpei says...problem we are paying him a salary for the Blind Side...again when will we understand our personal..DOH!

    2. "F" the networks and all the pundits...we stay the underdogs and get the "W"'s..we get our shinning light when we are at the SB under the lights!

    3. DEZ..really?

    4. Thank you "O" for having our "D" stay out to long because you couldn't string anything but three and out...you bitches wake the "F"-up and stay on the field, eat the clock and score..THAT"S WHAT YOU GET PAID FOR SO DO IT!

    btw...BEAR DOWN!!!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Lobo, look around the league and you'll find many first-round tackles thriving at guard.

    And I think you misread part two. That's a good thing. That's the daytime networks protecting their best games.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    as long as FOX & CBS show them in my area, no beef here...

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    1. I dont care where williams ends up playing as long as he is good at it. But my thing is if you he does turn out to be a bust i hope our management will not be stubborn and keep playing him.

    2. I love Des but you know this is a bussiness. He doesnt hvae no contribute to where this team is right now and will be going. I wish his the best of luck. I fhe aint playing then lets see what we can get for him.

    3. Lance Briggs should sit out this game. I would treat this injury like they treated Cutlers. Be on the safe side because we need him in our playoff push.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    blogfather..my bad..did miss read that...mea culpa..mea culpa..mea culpa........but seeing I'm not in the area...I will not get the chance to see my beloved Bears..but will stream them with the Homie's TT & JJ on WBBM!

    as for CW...well the jury is still out..and I still question our Management and how they eveluate our gladiators.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    noon games work for me. i can't stand waiting til the night game or for monday night plus i feel like Cutty plays better during the day. Someone please pull up the day and night stats on Cutler! STAT!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Pretty much sucks for us Waffle. I posted some stats recently about his Denver night games in 2008. Basically out of three games he shit the bed once, and was semi-stellar in the other two. So the night-time-diabetes-monster-in-the-closet-theory doesn't appear to hold any weight ... unless the higher pressure at sea-level ... -

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    If we get get some value for him at guard, fine, go for it. We don't need another Stan Thomas.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Dez has been solid MB but his days in Martz's system are numbered. I think he was given a roster spot because the Bears felt he was too good to just cut him and let someone else pick him up. Unfortunately our offense has been so preoccupied with trying to find warm bodies that can block that players like Dez have been put on the back burners. Bigger fish to fry so to speak.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    That's exactly my point Trac... he's the only TE we have that's a rock solid blocker. Hence my frustration with watching Olsen, manu, AND KD consistently whiff critical blocks every single game.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Regarding who stays at TE, I think either Lovie or Martz was saying that it came down to what you can do on ST.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Yep, Martz said that. KD is suiting up because he is making ST plays.
    I hate to see Dez on the bench but it's a numbers game...and Manu weighs alot of numbers.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    And by that, I mean both physically and salary-wise.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Jeff and team. Look I get the age argument. I even get the, when his number was called he dropped the TD. I totally get it.

    My issue is this, he is the most all around TE we have on the roster. Olsen is just a big WR, Manu was brought in to be a road-grader but whether hurt or just not as good as we thought, he hasn't been good consistently at all. I thought KD was going to be the surprise of the season, but after a great camp he

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB +1....... on the personnel

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    KD is more a pass-catcher like Olsen, and is a bit lanky for blocking. He should be our jump-ball guy, I'd just love to see more of him running routes. I mean at 6'7 you're always open, right?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Does Manu play ST? Why isn't Dez getting his reps before we start figuring out who to trade or cut? Dez hasn't gotten much of a chance at all after a history of good to very good TE play in both blocking and catching. Manu made a few good plays last week but also had some pretty bad ones. Is it a size of contract thing on this one too because I am plenty sick of that shit?

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Manu as a 6'2" 300+ lb Kick Returner. Now you're talking!

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    don't know if y'all have seen this, but very interesting from Mr. Schefter (his trade scenerios that should, but probably won't happen)

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=schefter_adam&page=10spot/10week06

    "New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins to the Chicago Bears for defensive tackle Tommie Harris and a fourth-round pick: Chicago gets the help on the offensive line it needs, and New England gets help on the defensive line it needs along with the fourth-round pick it gave up for wide receiver Deion Branch."

    (if JA peruses ESPN, he should definitely look into this. definitely.)

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I'd LOVE Logan Mankins but, on what planet does Tommie Harris "provide help" on anybody's defensive line? Floating that deal is whacked, unless Bill Belicheat had a stroke recently and is no longer in control of some of his faculties.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    hee hee

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    You can go as fast as you want, when you live On Revis Island.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/news/story?id=5688314&campaign=rss&source=NFLHeadlines

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    FQ, the problem is that even though Scheister is a prick, he's an intelligent, creative thinker obviously... neither of those things describe JA. Like you said, our saving grace is that JA seems to get most of his strateegery from the painfully obvious stories posted in the 'papers'. Let's hope he reads this one and gets one of his pattented 'brilliant ideas!' shortly thereafter.

    Also, have you guys seen this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nzbPHDZM7M

    You know you've really made it to pop culture stardom when you get the Taiwanese CGI treatment. Is it wrong that I

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Everyone wants a dominant juggernaut, I get that. We want to be a power house; nationally recognized as the elite team year in and year out. The problem is there really aren't any truely dominant teams anymore. Pitt, Balt and the Jets look like the closest thing; but they have their deficiencies too. Now, I would be in favor of the Mankins Harris trade, but I don't think we should start betting the house for future 2nd, 3rd and 4th rounders. First round picks aren't garauntees (look at those first round safeties everyone was clamoring about. They're not doing much) and you can't trade for one now adays (See Lynch, Moss, etc). The Bears are 4 and 1 and most importantly relatively healthy. Cowher seems to have cooled off on the Chicago idea. As The Dude would say, live in the now mannn.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Said it on draft day and I 'll say it again. Williams is a creampuff until proven tough...Still waiting...

    Dez should have most definitely been given a shot after Olsen's performance in NY. He must have done something to get on the coaches' shit list or something. I don't want to hear about him not catching ONE poorly thrown pass that was behind him. The guy is sure handed, a tough blocker and makes people miss and/or runs right over them after the catch. Give the guy some PT!

    Rest Lance, he has hobbled off the field in what seems to be every game but he keeps fighting through. They need to be careful with him if they plan to compete in the playoffs. Iwuh is a solid backup.

    mmmBearsss

  • In reply to MatthewIsMyForte:

    I wouldn't be disappointed if we didn't see Briggs suit up until after the bye week. We're gonna need him for the second half.

  • In reply to MatthewIsMyForte:

    Pretty fucking acurate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnJX2FiW-ik

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Wow, that was pre Big House renovation so several years ago.

  • In reply to MatthewIsMyForte:

    Don banks: "
    Green Bay Packers (3-2)
    The Packers never seem to overreact to bad news or bad losses, and I believe that serves them very well in the long run. But sometimes the short term dominates 100 percent of the conversation in the NFL, and that makes it seem like almost panic-button time in Green Bay. But it's not. The Packers will hang in there, get quite a bit healthier in the days ahead, and still win the NFC North. Maybe not as comfortably as I previously presumed, however.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/don_banks/10/13/week.6.1/index.html#ixzz12S8NCQ6J"

    This is the part I love: "and still win the NFC North"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm guessing Bonnie Donnie regretted writing that down as soon as the real word on Finley's injury came to light.
    Or he just decided to keep doubling down on a really piss poor prediction.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "Still win the NCF North". Maybe so, Don, but it looks like they'll have enough to do just to win this Sunday.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Today's Trib:

    "Harris showing Positives at practice."

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-1015-bears-tommie-harris-chica20101014,0,2409587.story

    Blah, blah, blah... yada, yada, yada.
    Frankly I don't want to hear it.

    How about showing us something in a game?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    how many times have we heard that bullshit.. CAN EM!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Aaron ROdges has been cleared to play. I still think miami wins this

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    If you watch the Panthers game, Harris spent time backing up Anthony Adams which is not the 3-tackle spot, it's basically NT.

    Tommie might be better suited doing that. At least if he falls down, his job was kinda just to hold his position and clog things up anyway.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    It's amazing what a convincing victory against a winless team can do to this blog community's confidence. Half of the jokers on here were in tears last week.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    i've looked at your history of posts and i am not impressed. Your dumb and dumber reference was good and then.....
    you didn't blow it on the first thrust did you Wrigs?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    after posting my response to Wrigley i clicked on my own history and from my last couple of posts it looks like all i do is ask people if they want to see cell phone pictures of my stick which made me laugh. it also makes me look like an internet predator.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    BAAAAAAHAHAHAhaaa... Johnny, that was very, very funny.

    Wrig. Dude, honestly. Stop being such a douche... or go find a packer blog to hang out on. We have enough trolls coming here. Don't make your avatar pic make more sense than it should.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Dude, you have to admit it's pretty ridiculous. 2 weeks ago, Mike Martz was Bill Walsh. Last week he was Ron Turner. The season was over last week and now we're winning the North?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +1, MB.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    That aint gonna work either attention whore.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4092025

    GP, this is SO you man! Do it!

    Oh, and this too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAe3EhZ60QI

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Just watch it... all 7 and some minutes of it damn it. WATCH TI!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0ktKSRs6a4

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Bring it on 85. You better check the waiver wires for some talent son cause your team is hurting. lol.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Don't feed the #16s

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    On C.Williams...

    As other bloggers have mentioned, I'd be fine with him at G, if he were paid that. However, if dirt-cheap Webb/Williams emerges, that might balance out. Still, it'd be nice to actually draft properly in the first 3 rounds. Here's the problem with the Bears.

    THEY NEVER TRADE UP. EVER! This year being case in point. GB usually drafts pretty well, right? What do they do? They TRADE UP and snatch Burnett b4 we do. Improving themselves, while hurting us (maybe a little revenge for Chester lol). What do Bears ALWAYS say? "We had two or three guys graded the same, and we're happy with our pick." Burnett got injured this year, but another S who I really wanted and eventually got drafted in the 2nd round, Nate Allen, is having in all-pro year.

    Here's another example of me screaming on draft day. It's 2008, we need a left tackle, luckily, Ryan Clady is still available after pick #11. KNOWING that the Broncos, who pick at 12, also need a LT, what do the Bears do? NOTHING. Broncos pick an All-PRO LT for the next decade, and we're "happy with our guy" - Chris Williams, at pick 14.

    How much would it have cost us to move up ONE round, or THREE spots? Too much apparently. And b4 anyone says "hindsight is 20/20" at that time, that's what I would've done, no shitting. Hopefully, Wright won't turn out to be the next C.Williams.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    everyone gives Ted Thompson shit because he actually never trades up, but he did hit homers both times he did (Matthews and Burnett).

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Just a bit early to be calling Burnett a homer, don't you think? Not saying he isn't, but you can't really judge that after 4 games.

    For that matter, Matthews has been great for 1.25 seasons and looks to have a bright future, but even that's probably too short to call a definitive homer just yet. Mark Anderson had 12 sacks as a rookie, and looked dominant as a pass rusher... only to well, you know what.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    True, the jury is obviously still out on Burnett, especially since injury, Put he has played solid in a starting role his rookie year (not too shabby). And Matthews has been pretty unreal. If you can't call that a homer, than I don't know what you can. Would you have argued with everyone who hailed Adrian Peterson as a "homer" after his rookie season?

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Interestingly, after his great rookie year and Cutler leaving, I've heard a lot of the luster has come off of Clady. That he is struggling, and not a lock to be even a perennial Pro-Bowler, let alone an All-Pro. I haven't looked into it, but it's being said out there.

    Cutler took only 18 sacks that year, and that kind of elusiveness will tend to make the OL look really good. I think both Denver's OL and Clady regressed last season...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The most telling part of that paragraph is the last sentence. Like MBP mentions. So tied to his bullshit he can't admit a mistake. Major Douchebag.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm interested to see how Pete Carroll coaches up his team after an early bye week. Lovie and Co. should be expecting anything from a team with nothing to lose coming out of an extra week of preparation for the Bears.

  • In reply to Shady:

    The seahawks are only 1 game out of a wide open west......not exactly nothing to lose.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    half a game, actually

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Who is picking the Seahawks to win anything?

  • In reply to Shady:

    They are +180 to win their division. We are +180 to win the North.

    so......

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    So the NFC West blows and so do the Seahawks. Can you find a more annoying avatar?

  • In reply to Shady:

    The original point is that you said the seahawks have "nothing to lose." They had just as much to lose as we did (their division). Derrrrrr....

  • In reply to Shady:

    I actually find the Bears success kinda a pisser in many ways. It's obvious that Lovie is in 'OMG! My fucking career is on the line, so nobody gets a free pass and win or else!'

    I guess before he wanted to be a player's coach and spent his effort making sure the whirlpool machines were the very best.

    I honestly think Lovie coaches to extend his career. If you drive the whip every year, you turn into Tom Coughlin and the players tune you out and then the owners boot you. So, his strategy was to be loved not respected until he had no choice but to reverse the equation this year.

    I find that weak. I realize the players tuned Ditka out at the end, but the job is to win every year, accountability EVERY year.

    So I'm enjoying Mark Anderson getting the stick, Tommie trying to bust ass to get back in good graces - wish it would happened 2 years ago.

  • In reply to Shady:

    ESPN FF magazine during pre-season said this was Alex Smith's break out year.

    Yeah.... right

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/ann_killion/10/12/alex.smith/

  • In reply to Shady:

    THey have a new feature back. My guess is they try and use him.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    They need to convert Olsen to a slot receiver and be done with it. That's the role he servers anyway, so what the hell is the point of calling him a TE? Just because he CAN get in a three point stance doesn't mean he should...

  • Puck Furdue. Yeah you heard me.

    HOOSIERS!

  • In reply to Shady:

    BULLDOGS! FRESNO STATE!

  • In reply to Shady:

    Best video ever. Farvey getting hit in the junk with a football!

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/09000d5d81b5484f/Rough-week-for-Favre?module=HP_video

  • In reply to Vicp71:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcBcU2PD5Qw&p=CB63A7C9911E4D04&playnext=1&index=58

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Fresno...LOL!!! you had to link that again....again LMAOF and wife wants to know what's so funny!!! THANKS!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    that shit is funny huh.. haha

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Did anyone else end up on Saving Private Remi after that?!?

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Awesome SC, awesome.. It blew the first vid away

  • In reply to Church:

    yea i seen that, funny shit too

  • In reply to Church:

    lingerie football is off the chain

  • In reply to Church:

    Roy with some film breakdown of a couple good blocking plays and a couple not so good.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/sportsfansnetwork

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Manu's lead block as a FB at 10:30 defies explanation. Looks like he's pass blocking. Jebus.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEdfH7zcCdE&feature=sub

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    That was exactly what I thought when I saw that.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    So the question is... you get hired today to replace JA. You need to avoid any moves that slow downt he team's chemistry in this playoff run season, but you also need to address the serious defects in the roster.

    Do you keep the team intact and look to build based on a draft where we will most likely be in the bottom third? Or do you trade one or two players for better position? If the latter (I think most of us would say the Bears need pics) then who do you trade?

    I gotta say Dez is an easy candidate for a trade. We are richer at tight end than any other position. The only other option is Tommie Harris. But I'm not sure one trade will do the job, if we can trade both of those boys for the equivalent of an extra first rounder (more likely a 2 and a 3 or maybe a pair of 2s) then that's what we need to do.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Who would want Tommie? Al Davis maybe. If he wants to swap Michael Bush for Tommie and virtually anybody then okay.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Not trying to be a dick but Dez and Tommie together wouldn't get us a 3rd rounder. Not to mention, what are the chances a team needs both of them? At this point, Tommie looks washed up. Just another journeyman DT. Same with Dez. Tommie is earning too much money for a journeyman and Dez in on the final year of his contract.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Clark and harris for a first round pick? What? are you kidding?

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Z.. we need to talk, I gotta have KO :)

  • In reply to dutsami:

    ??

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    First thing I do is write a lengthy and heartfelt apology to the fans. Then I slit my belly open Japanese style ... oh wait, we're 'replacing' JA ... okay ...

    We know the line needs a couple of studs and not "Whose this guy? Maybe he might be ..." etc.

    We need the high picks, so trading a couple of heads along with our lower picks would be sweet. Draft some quality dudes, not draft quantity as Angelo has done. You want a derby winner? You don't go out and buy a thousand foals. You breed *one*. Breed the best to the best. Why draft 7 jokers when you really just want a pair of aces ? I'm not big on drafting receivers because they take years to develop - picking up a WR off another team after they've been schooled is sweet. It's not like Daryl Drake is the Yoda of wide receivers or anything - I'd fire him today and slap him in the head for good measure. But, for example, we need to be drafting he who shall follow the Hurt Locker. That dude of specialness will needed to be groomed and drafted, like, yesterday - and it'll cost us a high first rounder that we don't have.

    Next year's first rounder just has to be an offensive lineman. And if Frank Omiyale is the future LT of the Chicago Bears then f@#k me pink. He's going into his sixth year and only really started playing NFL football last year. So he's done reasonably well at pass-protection at the LT spot. Wow. Awe-inspiring. He's *it* for the next five years then? How many years has Kreutz got left? Answer? Minus one. Ditto Garza. We nearly need to be thinking linemen 1-2-3 in the next draft. Or we draft our MLB in the first round if someone suitable is there, and use our 2nd and 3rd and whatever high picks we can get from trades, to draft O-linemen chosen by *someone* who knows their elbow from their arsehole.

    But who to let go? Think anybody gives a crap about Dez Clarke outside the Bears? He's not that big. He's no spring chicken either. I daresay he just gets turned loose. The last thing he put on tape wouldn't inspire anyone in a 'what have you done for me lately?'league. Olsen? Somebody might give us a third rounder. We'd still have Mr. 6'7 on the roster, so no loss there. The only dude who might be worth a second rounder is Hester. If it's a choice between having a decent punt returner and an average receiver, or a second round pick, I'll take the pick, sorry. Thanks for the memories Devin, but they screwed you up man.

    C'est la vie.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    I disagree on him calling out Garza on that play where he a Kreutz pull. His block was good enough - if Olin had done as well, that would have been a big gainer.

  • In reply to Church:

    Agreed, ender!

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Sorry, last post on the last thread, wrong place ...

    Remi Gaillard. Legend. This is stealing, yes. But it's useful if you're starving and not financially wedged up : how to get free food from McDonalds drive-thrus. Their system is a complete fail.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27NX_MMIkLY&feature=related

    And if you haven't seen his dead ball skills :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdAOZg12tOE&feature=related

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Good stuff

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    http://www.windycitygridiron.com/2010/10/14/1749630/grading-jmarcus-webb#storyjump

  • In reply to Vicp71:

    Spawn...I love how we all have linked this multiple times of "Brett Girl" on this blog getting a smack down in his VULVA!!!.. lol! It just doesn't get old!!!! you got to love slap stick.

  • wow.

  • Alonzo '2nd hand smoke' Mays.

    Sometimes it ain't yo day.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    From THE Ohio State University, no?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Here are some OLD offensive line picks that were less than stellar.

    Dennis Lick (8th overall pick, Wisconsin 1976).
    Jackie Slater was still sitting around waiting to start HIS Hall-Of-Fame career.

    Lionel Antoine (THIRD overall pick, 1972 SIU)
    Franco Harris wouldn't have helped the Bears.
    They took Craig Cleamons with a 2nd #1 that season right before Franco.

    Both were somewhat serviceable for about 5 full seasons but, considering their draft positions you aren't talking Anthony Munoz or even a John Tait for that matter.

  • I've always been a huge fan of Orton's. They guy knows how to make intelligent throws/unlike Rex. Plus he's won a bunch of FF games for me this season already. Go Kyle.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    lucky bastard. I swear if i would of made the drafts then i would be stomping your asses. I got nobodys and still am making wins.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    lol.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    uhhh...no you wouldn't.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Kyle Orton. Class act all the way.

    He is further evidence of how the 4-Letter wonks HATE the Bears. When joe Flacco and Matt Ryan were rookies, the 4-letter wizards sang their praises like it was second coming of Johnny Unitas or Joe montana. Orton was treated like "chopped liver", despite the fact that his stats were as good or better than either of those too that season! He'd have easily topped 20 TDs but for that bum ankle he picked up in Detroit.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Amazing what a single play like that did to the franchise.
    Had Kyle not gone down, there's no doubt in my mind we would have played our way into the playoffs. Even when he returned, his mobility was shot to hell because of the bum ankle.
    And then there was Jay.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    And amazing what that book did to the world ....

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Until Orton got hurt, his numbers and QB rating were damn near identical to Aaron Rogers, but the media treated Rodgers as the next coming of Bart Farve and Orton as if he was another Trent Dillhole.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Or perhaps more to the point, another Cade McKnown...

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Jeff, on Dez, I disagree for a number of reasons, not least of which is sentimentality.

    Why we SHOULDN'T trade Dez:

    1) First and foremost, he's a team leader. We already got rid of Alex Brown, who was one of the unofficial team leader's, now Dez? No way. They respect him so much that they CREATED the H-back position on the team just to give him the honor of officially starting. His professionalism and experience can greatly help younger wannabes like Olsen. Maybe.

    2) Other teams also are aware of Dez' age, and we won't get a 3rd for him. He'd probably go for a 5th, MAYBE 4th if a team is desperate enough and making a run this year. To me, that's not worth it especially...

    3) Since we can trade KD for prob the same. KD has proven he can block as poorly as Olsen, we already have an Olsen, so trade him to another team that needs a pass catching TE. Since he's younger and shows up-side, we can probably get a 4rth rounder for him. Young + upside = Old and proven.

    4)Olsen is a pass catching TE, Manu a run-blocking TE, Dez is BOTH. Keep him, simple logic. KD to me is the odd-man out.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Exactly 85B. Thanks for putting into words what I was saying with my heart. Keep Dez. Oh, and you might want to get him on the damn field too.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Wrig. I get it man... We all live and die week-by-week around here. Just don't have to be such a jerk about it mang. You want to hang around great, then be one of the boys. Like SD said, don't swoop in every couple weeks to drop a 'you guys are idiots' post.

    You had some good insight and funny comments. Stick with that approach.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Wish I knew what happened with Chris Williams. Just checked some facts on his college days. He played in the SEC, on a bad team (Vandy) yet only allowed 2 sacks in over 1500 snaps. Graded as a top SEC lineman on a regular basis. I know we like to hammer JA on his bad picks, but damn I woulda picked this kid in the first round. We have got to have some of the worst luck with first rounders. Way too many that were not considered stretch picks to anyone looking in from the outside. I still think we need to bring the Honey Bears back. We have been cursed since we sent them packing. "Honey Bears Honey Bears OOOOO AHHHH" The old alcohol fueled cheer when the Bears were playing poorly. Was music to my ears on a chilly Sunday in Soldier Field.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Murph, the guy has a bad bad/neck Murph. He had to have surgery a while back. I have had back issues all my life and it is no fun. He's been injured ever since we drafted him.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/scouting?gameId=301017003&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fnfl%2fscouting%3fgameId%3d301017003

    Wait, wait... so they have better Specials because of one dude... and WE have a better Coach? HAHAHAHAHHAAhahahah.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB...drink the kool-aid..please. hhhhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhheeeeeeeee

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Gah, no way I will ever pay for the insider crap.. they need to make that stuff free..

  • Clark's agent:

    http://g0.gstatic.com/news/screenshots/5_6hSjN2vDLJcM-cropped.png

  • In reply to gpldan:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaiSHcHM0PA

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    If you like slapstick, the last minute is some funny football stooges.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RXLybS49QA&feature=related

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Cor.....Classic brother..classic! nice.

  • That was the most difficult article to read. My god that guy is a terrible writter. Jesus.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Jebus. The Grammar King he is not. Word order, punctuation, everything. Crack-fuelled.

  • Ahhhh... skipped over that pat SD. My bad.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Still, that means that's the way it comes out of his head. He sucks.

    Spare some change Boss?

  • Looks about right for the numbskulls that populate much of journalism today. No doubt half of them need a high school aged intern to fix their punctuation, grammar, and sentence structure.

  • hhhahahahahahah.... classic

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I am not even going to click on the link and I know exactly what it is from Sd's response and I f'ing love it. One of my favorites.

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