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Bears Make Roster Moves

If you're one of those guys who is interested in the makeup of the practice squad, then this Sean Jensen piece is the article for you.  I wouldn't read too much into the signing of guard Herman Johnson to the active roster unless you believe Mike Tice is actively (and wisely) looking for reasons to get Chris Williams off the field.  Brad Biggs reports that the Bears lifted Johnson off the Cards practice squad and that he weighs 360 pounds.
Side note: I really like the new layout of the Sun-Times website.  Well done over there.

Lovie Should Return in 2011
From Neil Hayes' column in the Sun-Times:
One more win may not guarantee the Bears their first postseason berth in four years, but it will all but guarantee that coach Lovie Smith will return next season, according to league sources.

Lovie Smith, and more importantly the the rest of the coaching staff, will almost assuredly return for the 2011 season.  How can anyone argue with the work Marinelli has done on the defensive side and Martz on the offensive side?  You can't.  So if we have to deal with a couple errant challenges and poorly used timeouts, we'll deal with it.


Pittsburgh Fires Dave Wannstedt
Hahahahahahahahaha.  The mustache can't win in a conference that is sending UConn to a BCS Bowl.

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  • FIRST to say HOLY SHIT, a 15 pound baby. Big son of a bitch.

  • The 6-foot-7, 360-pounder was 15 pounds, 14 ounces when he was born, making him the largest baby ever born in Louisiana, according to news reports.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    #72?

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Herman Johnson. not sure his number but #72 would fit him.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Oh, and there is no way, short of a Super Bowl win, that the organization should give Smith a contract extension. They should remember the last Super Bowl, and the team's record since then, and see how Lovie does next year before they commit more money to him.

    And let's be honest, barring a Super Bowl appearance, I don't think Lovie has much leverage if he isn't extended until late next year. It's not like a ton of teams in the NFL value him more than they value guys like Gruden, Cowher, Dungy, Edwards or any of the top-flight assistants who are always mentioned for vacancies.

    And if Lovie does decide to walk instead of re-signing with the Bears, that's not a bad thing in any scenario.

  • In reply to IBNO:

    I agree lets see if he can do it again next year, with higher expectations and more pressure. I have to admit, and I never thought that I would, but he's grown on me a lot this year. I can't think of too many coaches around the league i'd swap with. Surrounded by legitimate assistant coaches, he's a pretty good NFL coach. Problem was he had all his lap dogs in his assistant spots before.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    +1 Coach. I feel the same way with this guy.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Angelo is the cancer, not Lovie. With Tice, Maranelli and Martz, we can't frak it up too much, The offense (moreso)and defense will be better next year another year into their systems. I'll hold my tongue on the o-line because the talent just isn't there ... or it's on the bench.

  • In reply to IBNO:

    The thing I have about those guys you listed are that, they are one and done Superbowl coaches. Record wise not that much better than what the Bears have been since Lovie has been here.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    But they're good teachers, and that's what we need. We've already got the best defense out there. The offense takes two years to install anyway. Tice knows the time of day, but he's got shit to work with. Our superbowl window is a year maybe two - we don't have time for new coaches and systems, so maybe Lovie should stay and see if he can finish what he started ...

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Looked it up Coach. Fridge weighed 13.5. Quote from Mama Perry:

    "He just loved making cakes. Chocolate, plain, strawberry, whatever. He would share, but I don't know whether he shared a lot."

    What the fuck is plain cake? I have no idea, but I know Fridge was eating the shit out of it.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Probably what is also know as pound cake. Fridge was probably putting on pounds by pounding the pound cake.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    I shook the fridges hand once outside of Fogo De Chao. He didn't look good, think he had the meat sweats. It was the middle of January and he was outside wearing nothing but khakis (giant khakis) and a bears polo waiting for the valet. Nice guy.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    That's cool.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    so when are our Fantasy Football Leagues going to Playoffs? cause it still says we are in Regular Season.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/don_banks/12/08/nfl-power-rankings-week-14/index.html?eref=sihp

    someone please explain the power rankings to me. Why I let this piss me off IDK.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Well Fres, the beautiful thing about sports journalism in general is that it is entirely based on assumptions and conjecture. And when you write a weekly piece that has no merit and nothing is based on it, you can take even more liberties than that and just basically throw names down on paper.
    There is no BCS ranking here but the sports writers just can't stand the fact that they get zero say in what teams go to the playoffs, the teams decide themselves; what nerve. So you get utter crap lists like this that are purely based on some dude's opinion from an east coast basement who only watches games on sportscenter.

    Or, in summation; that guy is a tool and his list is crap.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    I'd love to see a column or a website where somebody holds all of these 'experts' in the media accountable for their opinions. They're essentially no different to bloggers. All of those predictions followed tabulated, scored. Call out who has a clue and who gets the shoe. Even the Pro-hacks. Deion buying the Jets the other night with such enthusiasm for example. His opinion on how to play the CB position is worth something, but what's his analysis worth? Some guys get it wrong every single week yet they're paid to keep going and talking crap. Goldfish memories.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Don't know why you read them Fres. Especially that tool.

  • I SECOND your thoughts about the Sun-Times looking better, even though it seems to have just ripped the navigation template off from the Trib.

  • Wanny is now off to some steel mill town's High School, so he can make a THIRD of what he used to and turn into Craig T. Nelson from "All the Right Moves"

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Why would a HS even hire him, suck at the highest level ... drop down a notch ... suck at that ... drop down a notch ... do you eventually sink to a level where you're good at what you do ? Water does sink to its own level, but it doesn't suddenly turn to wine at that point. I'd only let him manage my pee-wee team if he could teach good technique well. Even then .... nah.

  • Lovie most likely will be back if there is a next year for football. It's looking more and more like it's possible 2012 might be next year for football. I can't imagine a year without this sport. I hope these greedy assholes get together and remember it's us the fans that keep them in business and put food on their tables not the other way around.

    I would still keep Lovie over Jerry Angelo and that pains me to say but Angelo has failed this team in the draft so many times. His inability to hit in the early rounds of the draft is unacceptable. The one thing i will give Angelo credit for is bringing in Peppers.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    I think Angelo would be a decent GM if he would just turn over rounds 1-3 of the draft to someone competent. Turn them over completely, as in he's not even allowed to talk to the designated drafter. Angelo can handle rounds 4-7, trades and free agency.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    At that point you might as well hand it all over to someone else anyways. The first three rounds should be your money shots. After that you can find valuable picks in later rounds but many more early round picks pan out tha the later ones.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    You're either good at evaluating viable talent, or you're not. It's a fallacy to say he's good at evaluating talent in later rounds. That's just a kind way of saying that he sucks where it counts most. Pro bowls are *exclusively* played out by first round picks.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I hope Tice gets to be the guy who puts the possible names on the draft board. Sadly, he might be like the assistant in NFL Headcoach that I never listen to.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    Say it ain't so JAB. Would we get Sean Payton scab football for the PS3? Howie Long's Scab Bowl on XBOX?

  • I just really.... really hope they don't consider this due diligence in working on improving the Oline so now they can go draft another DT with next years 1st rounder.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    problem is the 2011 draft is supposed to be weak for Oline. Perfect excuse to ignore it, or pick up some guys in the late rounds that get cut by the end of camp.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Most Pats fans are insufferable. Pack every negative New England stereotype together, and you've got 90% of their fan base. For that reason alone, I hope Pretty Boy Floyd gets a face full of Peppers

  • In reply to IBNO:

    +1 good points

  • In reply to IBNO:

    I concur with Crown this day.

  • In reply to IBNO:

    PBF. I remember that band, not very metal. Hair bands blow. Glam rock?

    Gay LA Metal ...

    And the only way I can see to keep Cutler's jersey clean is to sit Webb the fuck down. Shaffer is Tice's #2 Bear - so why isn't he playing?

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Do you really not see the value of having a corral of D-Linemen to rotate in and out of the game?

    I agree we need O-Line help, but the adage "you can never have enough D-Lineman" is true. Especially in the 4th qtr against a guy like Vick...

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    If there's a truly stud DT available, I would find taking him over a O-lineman acceptable. Also, a cant-miss receiver. I don't really follow college ball at all, though, so I have no idea about the likelihood of such players being available when we draft. I'm guessing it's not very likely.

    Otherwise, I'd like to see us go o-line, o-line, o-line.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    When does Urlacher's heir get drafted? He'll need time to be groomed for greatness, and that means watching from the sidelines for a year or two.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    No time to prick around with DT picks. But we have to go O-line twice in the top three rounds. Olin Kreutz is done. We haven't got an OT worth a damn. Y'all can smoke yer crack pipes on Omelette or WWW if you want. Any fans left for Frankie? Is he our LT of the future? Say it loud and say it proud ...

  • Completely unrelated to anything in this post or comments, but I just got done listening to Ndamakong Suh's ESPN radio interview from yesterday. I really liked the guy's play in college, and think he's been great in Detroit, minus the boneheaded UR stuff.

    But after hearing him and his reaction to the penalty from Sunday's game, I've got a full-on football man-crush on him. He took the penalty in stride, was respectful of Hochuli despite knowing the call was wrong, and came across as a great kid--even a little geeky.

    He shows great character, and he looks to be everything the Lions drafted him to be. Barring injury, this kid's gonna have a good career and be a beast to face twice a year. (Since Wayne Fontes left,) I bear no ill-will towards the Lions, and I can see that team getting much better over the next couple years.

  • In reply to IBNO:

    I agree with all of this except that the penalty wasn't deserved. I don't care what anyone says about watching the slow mo replay or about he just got pushed into the ground with his elbow... Suh took a full on, haymaker, george foreman-esque right swing at Cutlers helmet with his other hand that even if it didn't touch Cutler was exactly what Hocculi called it... a non-football move. There was no reason for him to try to punch Cutler in the helmet, and live at the game, that is what it looked like he tried to do. I am actually kind of shocked there was no fine over it.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Absolutely agree with you on this.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Anyone remember the 2006 Bears - Pats game at Foxboro? 17-13 loss. The one play that I remember is when Brady juked Urlacher out of shoes. I can guarantee Urlacher hasn't forgotten that play. Sunday is his day of vengeance!

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    DaCoach I remember Rex Grossman having the ball in his hands with about 2 left on the clock and throw a jump ball to Berrian which of course was picked.
    By the way sjvl, Urlacher NEVER said those words in that article.

  • In reply to A7Xthebest:

    Asante Samuel killed us in that game.

  • In reply to A7Xthebest:

    Rex Ryan compared the Yets loss against the Ravens to the 85 Bears loss against Miami. Just because you were suckin Buddy's teet on the sidelines that year while you waited for your pair to drop doesn't mean you can compare the GOAT D to your cobblestoned makeshift D that is worst than last year.
    Ryan has been eating too much Mangino.

    The more I think about the Pats game, the more I think we're catching them at the perfect spot. If there ever was a time to get em, this week is it. They're coming off what Robert Kraft stated was the most emotional and important regular season game during his tenure, they have a short week, come in a little more secure with their record, we have home field advantage.

    Tim Jennings reportedly has fallen out of favor a bit with Lovie after having a sub-par tackling game. Wouldn't be suprised to see Bowman start to get some work at corner. I love what Jennings has been doing, but I still believe Bowman has more potential to make more plays.

    I'm envisioning DJ "The Turd Burglar" Moore to have a pick six and Matty Forte to have his biggest game of the year. 150+ all purpose yards and 2 Tds. Their D has been playing well above their heads for some time. They're young and inexperienced on that side.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    +1. Rex has no business treading 1985 ground.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Pretty sure the football gods will punish him and the Yets for making such a statement. Now that's blasphemy.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Good points on Forte. Every game I call someone out and say this guy has to be the difference for us in this game. I think this game it has to be Forte. He has to pound and gain yards all day.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Not just pounding the rock. They can't stop #22 on a wheel route Fres.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    tru that

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Why don't they do that more? He rocks at that.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Bears Making Roster Moves gives me good grace. Im happy to see that they are not settling for what we have and are continually trying to improve. Cutting people after a couple of weeks, getting new people the next day. These small moves show me good things.

    I think that Lovie has done a Fair job, But I think the combination of all the coaches we have is what is driving this team. I hopeful it is to perfection and we make it to the big dance. I wouldn't Mind having this same coaching staff for another year or two.

    EVERYBODY WENNSTEDT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    10 degrees, windy, and snowing for Sunday. From what i read from one of you guys. Sounds Like a Bruiser. IM READY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    10 degrees? Man, it's minus 17 in Ireland. Europe is like the North Pole right now ....

  • In reply to Crowned:

    DJ Moore is fast becoming one of my favorites. The guy can straight up play. Not sure I like the Turd Burglar moniker, although it did make me laugh.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    The pigskin is the turd and he likes to steal them for pick 6s. Can't win em all.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Bowman gets interceptions, Jenning doesn't and he's a shitty tackler, so is Chris Harris. Love to see Bowman and Pringles out there. Wan't it Bowman that had the cheeky strip on Ahmad Bradshaw as he ran for a sure TD?

  • In reply to A7Xthebest:

    "Remember, we have them at home

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Myself? I like BESTER

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Its goin down sunday!

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Ten years since Brady played in Soldier field. 3rd string QB? Let's keep him winless in Chi-town.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Ah, it was Champaign he played in, wow ...

  • In reply to dutsami:

    When you see it at normal speed, yeah, it looks like a foul, and anyone in their right mind should throw the flag. However, when you watch the replay, and listen to the kid, it turns out to be a bad call. Suh was pushing Cutler--and yeah, a hard push and a punch can look identical. In the end, he isn't whining about the penalty, and doesn't blame the L on it, the way so many whiny Detroit fans are doing.

    I'm sure there was no fine because of the "review" process.

    In the end, Suh is a beast and doesn't deserve the evil/dirty label some people are trying to pin on him. I'd trade just about anyone on the Chicago roster for him. Mark my words: Detroit and Minny are going different directions over the next few years, and Suh is a huge part of that.

  • In reply to IBNO:

    Agreed. This kid scares me. He eats Olin for breakfast and craps out Chris Williams. His teammates and the national media complained about the call and I don't think I ever heard one word out of him about it.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    the national media also totally agreed that the Eagles would beat the Bears and the Colts would destroy the Cowboys... they are always right.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    That's because for some reason the national media hates the Bears but that conversation goes on here everyday and it's beating a dead horse. It comes down to the fact that as Bears fans we can't even watch dreaded 4 letter network because they're a bunch of homers and bandwagoners who won't ever give this team the credit they deserve.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    I contend that this year's "We Hate Chicago" fest was spawned when the Bears made all the national "pundits/experts /so-called insiders" look absolutely IGNORANT by swooping in and, not only signing Julius Peppers, but signing him on DAY ONE of free agency. NOBODY had THAT called.

    Absolutely WHIFFING on the biggest story in free agency this year made them look BAAAAD so, they've been pouting and basically rooting for the Bears to fail ever since.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    also because we made the media look bad when we shit the bed when people were writing about superbowl last year. peter king was not pleased with us

  • In reply to jbenton:

    Saturday ~35 Rain/Snow mix
    Sunday ~10 Windy with Snow

    That field should be good and ready for some smashmouth football.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Hopefully it's Brady getting his mouth smashed

  • In reply to dutsami:

    OOOO WEEEEEEEEE READYYYYY

  • In reply to jbenton:

    good metaphors. ha

  • In reply to jbenton:

    This goes back to the Cutler deal and the fog lifts a little. We could have traded up for the right to draft Suh (our 1st and 3rd?), and *still* moved for Peppers.

    So ... Orton + Suh + 2010 first round pick - Knox .... or Cutler and no 2010 first round pick ? As much as I like Cutler, he's not worth that. Johnny Knox isn't exactly Jerry Rice either. What if we had used the pick on Urlacher's replacement or a top
    O-lineman?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    We have what we have, just sayin'...

  • In reply to jbenton:

    I posted the Trib link on the last thread. Death-Star Johnson wasn't necessarily signed to play guard, the time is up for your wonder-boy Webb, Jeff. They're professionals, if mere mortals can see the guy SUCKS at pass blocking then his time is short. Tice can't put up with Cutler having to worry about his right side every time he drops back. No way in hell Angelo allows his first round pick to be benched, so he's a backup for Garza/Williams or a replacement for World Wide Webb. Thing is, Fatboy slim's got to be slower than Webb. Please let him be our FB ... Fatboy Fullback.

  • In reply to IBNO:

    I heard that live yesterday, and I thought he sounded pretty reasonable. Likeable even. Thought the MJ glove thing was pretty funny.

  • In reply to IBNO:

    I'm with Brian:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-1208-bears-tom-brady-brian-url20101207,0,12339.story

    "We are the better team." Thassright.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Great article.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Wannstedt should become a poet. He can coach The Poets a new AFC West team +or- 1 - they have ambiguity and are an enigma.

    Suh was "going after" Cutler - the penalty was deserve and Suh is a jerk for raising his arm in a forearm shiver postion from behind. He was doing a Cage Match shot on Cutler. Suh=Douche. Second in the running to Rex Ryan for Wanker of the Year. The list grows exponentially.

    BEAR WEATHER SUNDAY - MONDAY - TUESDAY - HUNKER - get out the Winter Ale.
    "I'm not going out there" "Whoops I think I burned my lip" (on the hot cocoa or coffee) - Commercial where the guy is watching the kids shovel the sidewalk and gives them some cell phone junk.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    I think the reason for SUH not making a big deal about it, is cause he knows that he was really trying to do that. You can see it. The reason his arm opened up was cause cutler slid further away therefore he had to extend his arms and hand. When this happened it look more like a push than a forearm .

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    He just got fined $15K for it anyway ....

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Trac dude WTF. If your playing in our Fantasy football league still then wtf. Come back already. Shit man. Words are Words. Relax buddy

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Yeah stop being a sensitive little bitch trac! Growasack

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Growasacki is the tightend for the Patriots.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    i will throw this out there one more time. Suh went after the top 8 inches of a 6'3 QB and you saw the effect of what he tried to do, Cutty's fucking head bounces off the fake turf like a fucking super pinky ball. That was an attempted killshot. Shot missed.

  • In reply to IBNO:

    Check out our boy roy's film room - link on the last thread. Suh clearly hits him in the back of the head with his right hand. I don't know according to the rules rule if you can do that to a QB after they're declared a runner or not - but he clearly hits him in the back of the helmet.

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