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Chicago Bears, Lovie Smith
Happy to maintain stability. Happy with the contract length, was worried it'd take another 4 year commitment and end up wasting a bunch of time & money if Lovie and Martz can't build on their success after the bye week.
Happy to be a bachelor for three more days!
Happy for you Doc!
On a side note. Good Luck Doc. If she's "the one" then you'll be happy. If not,you'll find out soon enough.
see, you need to come around more B4E.
Doc's happily married with a couple chilluns... he just has a glorious, envy-inducing, ps3 drunken 9-day hall pass.
Well that's not fair at all. I protest thee Doc.
PS3? I wish. I'll be dusting off the ol' PS2 and my antiquated games, none of which are very interesting.
I hope your memory stick works. Mine died after ten years, that beautiful bastard.
Happy for you too Doc...
whatever... just get angelo out.
Angelo had better take Tice's advice about drafting O-linemen this year. I don't think we should draft a D Tackle. I will be a happy little boy if we draft a couple of linemen and then take out the pocket book for a little free agency. I don't want projects and i don't want trading down. I want 1st, 2nd and 3rd round talent competing like hell for starting jobs for 2011.
I'd be happy with a FA o-lineman and a couple draft picks. I still want Haynesworth. Don't get me wrong the guys a crapbag but he can play football. The trading down will piss me off if there's anyone like pouncey or carimini around. O-line early and often and through FA. I heard Lovie said at the combine that Peanut is probably getting moved to FS. I wonder what that would mean at corner. I'm guessing they might go after Ras I Dowling maybe.
where did you hear that about peanut? I though Nut had a good year at corner, seems a bit premature to put him at safety, considering he had 27 surgeries on his shoulders....
Waddle and Silvy through Jeff Dickerson.
don't think Peanuts body can handle FS. Maybe he can put on a couple of pounds. His shoulders and back are fucked though. the first time he has to tackle a 250lb tightend head on is not going to be pretty.
I hear this a lot about Peanut. If he can't play football, then he shouldn't be on the field. Peanut's bigger than half of our safeties. Weight training, core-strengthening, he'd be a good safety.
I think he'd be a very good FS, in fact I think he'd be better than anything we have or could draft by a long shot... he is one of my favorite players (and I think SJ might back me up on that, just a hunch)... but he's had a lot of injuries.
I'm all for giving him a shot back there, I think he'd have a HUGE INT year if he could stay healthy irish.
Totally MB, I'd be stoked with Peanut at FS, Harris at SS. Bowman, Moore, Graham, we can work something out at CB.
Lovie and JA are tied together for 3 more years. They never throw each other under the bus. The closest I've ever heard was JA getting a little testy and saying the players were good enough a couple of years ago. That really wasn't true but it's not like Lovie was doing great either.
Stability/Continuity is nothing to sneeze at.
I offer Da Raidas and Deadskins as exhibits 1 and 1a.
Al..that's what the Captain of the Titanic felt "Stability and Continuity".
Apples and oranges.
I repeat, observe the effect of contant coaching turmoil on teams like the Raiders and Redskins. The Browns start on their 3rd regime in 4 seasons.
Observe the once promising careers of QBs Alex Smith and Jason Campbell after enduring, basically, a new OC on a yearly basis.
Have to give it to him Lobo, dude had a badass fro man. That thing is sweet.
That's a badass fro, but not as cool as Artis Gilmore. He was like 7'6" with that fro.
very nice Corm.
I saw Artis in the San Antonio airport once. Its rather amazing how big some people get.
The extension is, imo,just about right. Also agree with the consensus on drafting - between four head coaches, we *should* be able to identify talent. Suppose it is safe to assume things will improve?
one would think Dave. Let me ask you this... what should be the outcome if we bomb in the draft again?
we'll find out in a moth or two. Bada-Bing!
Doubt it Irish. Even if he fucking gives up the goods and eats a turd sangwhich for what, the 7th year in a row... I still think the morons up to give the wank another extension. Pathetic.
I think it would be clear that the GM would have to go. Whether or not it is Angelo's "fault" it clearly *is* his responsibility and he should be accountable.
What the Bears need is this generation's Jim Finks.
Hey Doc, want to know just how bad it's become. I was cooking the wife and daughter dinner and I was marinating some chicken in rum... the smell got me all fired up because it took me back to the 'good 'ol day'.
Man two kids under 2 is brutal. I'm living vicariously right now.
Poor bastard. Just for you MB, I'm going to play my music extra loud, whilst blasting sinister bad guys on Max Payne, puffing sheeb all the while. I will break for the occasional fruity pebbles mixed with lucky charms, and continue 'til the wee hours of the morn. When I'm finally exhausted for the night, I'll sleep tight 'til round about high noon, and do it all over again on the morrow. Cheers.
you're a true gentleman Doc.
Sorry, was that to much?
Another cereal mixer! Your my kinda guy Doc.
Yeah, but FP and LC Murph?!?!?!
How can you corrupt the pure fruity perfection of FP with the bland and stale grossness of LC?
Fred Flintstone is rolling over in his sarcophagus.
Yeah that is a little extreme. I kinda go by anything is good with Cheerios. Cocoa Puffs or Cocoa Crispies with Cheerios I'd say is my favorite.
Here's an interesting article from SI;
From what I've ready and heard, after Lovie's first extension he exerted himself more over the draft and may have been responsible for such gems as Buhzine and Okwo, just to name a few. IF you count Cutler as a draft pick, or two halves of consecutive year #1's, we've done OK. Also, and I"ll try to find a link, I think we're #5 among teams in terms of percentage of drafted players starting.
If you can find that link Jdawg that's be great. I wish I could put together a chart on how successful those starters have been. When you count people like Chris Williams and our revolving door at safety and d-line it's hard to find any drafted consistent starters.
yeah, considering Olin, 54, Peanut were here before Angelo. I think the starters he's drafted are:
Olsen, Williams, Webb, Knox, Hester, Bennet, Forte, Briggs, Manning, C Harris. Others who have started would be Roach and Louis.
The first group, contains 2 Pro Bowlers and one DPOY, out of three players. The seconds has 2 PBers (counting Hester) out of 10, although Harris was put on 2nd team all pro for some crazy reason. Also, I'm not counting Tommie, who used to be great before his leg got all fucked up.
Anyway, I'll continue to look. I think GB and Pitt are the top two.
Fruity Pebbles is one of the greatest cereals ever. nothing else needs to be said about it.
I emphatically disagree. Fruity pebbles suck, cocoa pebbles on the other hand...
i think both are pretty damn good... very different moods, but couple of the best.
My childhood favs were Cookie crisp and Pops.
I'm a Pops buy too. All time fav has to be a tie between alpha bits, and sugar crisp!
On the issue of who is most responsible for the draft, I give you, weighted voting. I was going to paraphrase it myself, but I'll just let http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weighted_voting do it. There are many things that use weighted voting, including congress and some NBA teams when considering who to draft. What's interesting is what happens when you tweak the quota or the the particular weights. Examples; a simple majority is required to pass a bill in both houses of congress, 60% is required to stop a filibuster, and 2/3 are required to override a presidential veto. Depending on what the quota is and the way the votes are assigned, it is possible in some cases for one voter to have "veto power", meaning no player is drafted without that persons vote. But it is possible for the person with veto power to not get the player he voted for, unlike in a dictatorship, where the other voters are really just "dummies". It's pretty interesting to play with the many different possible outcomes when a voting system is tweaked. But I won't bore you with that here. I bring this up because, and I don't know this, but it's probable that many sports clubs use a weighted voting system for their draft. If the bears were to use a weighted voting system, obviously Jerry gets the most weight and I suspect he may have veto power, such as the system here, [6: 5, 3, 2]. This is a rather simple example taken from Wikipedia. In this system the quota is 6, meaning 6 yea votes are required to draft a player. Player 1 (Angelo) gets 5, Player 2 (Lovie?) gets 3, and player 3 (director of scouting?) gets 2. You see that Angelo cannot draft a player by himself, he needs at least one other vote. But he does have veto power because Lovie and whoever can't get to 6 without him. Perhaps in the actual draft room, there are more people with input and I could envision Lovie's weight having gone up after the SB. And maybe the O and D coordinators get some weight, like 1 a piece. But I would wager that Angelo has veto power. Anyway, I wasn't sure how many of you have ever heard of it so I thought I'd throw it out there as a possibility.
I doubt that its that explicit, but you are probably correct that different leaders on the team are involved in the decision.
Probably it depends on the position... for example Tice likely has strong influence on the line, some influence on RB, TE and the like, and almost no influence on defensive positions.
Probably it also depends on the issue in question. Conditioning coach will have a lot of say if a player is viewed as a "needs to bulk up" project.
But all of this is typical in any management situation. The leadership (here: Angelo) takes all the information in and has a final say. If he trusts somebody, like Lovie, then he will have a hard time saying no if Smith demands a certain player, especially in the later rounds. Angelo knows that he has the final say, but he also knows that consistently going against Lovie means alienating the head coach.
There are, by the way, voting systems where that is a factor. In shareholder voting, for example, choosing a board of directors. You can't just let each shareholder vote his shares for each position, because then the 51% shareholder could pick 100% of the board. Rather, you have a system that allows the 51% shareholder to vote for 51% of the board, usually by having everyone place all their votes at once.
It's like a society of monkeys. Everyone's banging everyone else on the sly. Just to get along and keep the show on the road. Lower ranking males banging the higher ranking females. Older males banging the kinder. It's one gigantic clusterfuck with Angelo and Phillips sat right in the middle guzzling Stan's goo.
And why in the Camptown Races is Hailee Steinfeld nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar? Who was she supporting? In the film I saw, she was central to every single scene bar the very last, and was practically the only female in the entire film. Acted the pants off the other tenured members of the Academy that's what she did.
That would be Satan's goo ... as in Lucifer, Prince of Darkness and Emperor of the seventh layer of hell ... and not, y'know, the ejaculate belonging to Kyle and Cartman's friend.
Reespect my authoratay!
Screw you guys ... I'm goin' home
How can someone with a fro like that be so bland! Getting old sucks...
Joint resolution 114. 2002? George W. Bush gives himself the sole power to go to war and use nuclear weapons. Now that's weighted voting.
u missed spelled that Irish, it's spelled nu-klee-ee-err.
I refudiate that!
"It's nucular. "
-Homer J, George W.
That is correct Doc. I don't understand why he never corrected himself.
Well bye bye to Rice...seems like ViQueens are going for a long term deal...DAMN for us..
how are they going to pitch that to Sidney?
Frasier: Sidney, we'd like you to be our wide receiver for a long time to come. We have no fucking clue who our QB is and Joe Webb may be throwing to you...whaddya say????
I'm sure they will mention a hefty number of greenbacks in there. I just hope Sid says, I'll take the money AND a franchise that just went to the NFC championship, tyvm.
I like the first comment there. "9-7 and wildcard my prediction."
First of all, in a division with the increasingly tough Lions and the two teams that played for the NFC championship, you think the Vikes are going 9-7?
Second of all, when was the last time a 9-7 team got a wildcard berth?
Rice is NOT taking the offer from the Vikes. Smart guy.
Where are you seeing that MBP?
Sirius NFL broke that this morning. I'll try and find confirmation.
Not saying the Vikes won't win out in the end, but they certainly ain't getting a home team discount.
We still woulda wound up with Chris Williams.
interesting I guess.
Rice krispies mixed in with cornflakes and chopped banana and hot milk.
Freshly-cut strawberries on Special K with cold milk. Kellogs Special K that is.
Damn Irish, all sounds good, but the hot milk thing is as wrong as wrong can be!
COOKIE CRISP. FUCKING GREAT CEREAL.
Roy on 6'4 35 inch armed CFL signing Andy Fantuz.
4.8 forty.. come on!
Only a second slower than Jerry Rice's time at the combine.
Jerry ran a 3.8 forty? Wowzers
Preeeeeeetty sure that Irish made up a number again.
Rice ran a 4.7 forty at the combine.
I'm sure he meant to say one tenth of a second slower. Point being, don't judge a man by his 40 time.
And I would settle for Fanutz being in the Sidney Rice category...Jerry's only the greatest receiver of all time.
I would actually settle for him being on the active roster in September. That would be a step in the right direction.
DT Paea is a strong dude.
I'm of two minds about this. On the one hand, we need an aggressive DT to complete the D-line and put that much more pressure on Rodgers, Stafford, and... well on Rodgers and Stafford.
On the other hand. This stat is a lot like Jauron Gilbert jumping out of a swimming pool. Okay, he's strong, who cares. Can he play? He's getting predicted to land at the end of the 1st. If we think he's a gamer, I'm okay taking him if the worthy O-line prospects all get drafted early.
But I'm also fine to trade down. The guy just had surgery... why not drop 10 spots and try to pick twice in the 2nd or 3rd rounds rather than taking a risk.
Since my kid is going to Oregon State now I've started watching all the Beavers games, and saw every game this season and most last year. Paea was the standout player in my mind. He is fast, strong, and relentless. Seems to have a good sense on where to be. The link below is not the best highlight reel, but it gives you the idea.
Like you said, if the top O-Line guys are gone, this would not be a bad choice.
I've been watching some of the combine, and I'm curious to hear what some of you think about Cam Newton. Would you take him with a top ten pick if you needed a QB? He played in an offense that reminded me more of my peewee league than the pros, and he ran more than he threw. He's definitely one hell of an athlete. Is he gonna be like a Tebow, Couch, or Vince Young, or can he turn into a good pro QB? I don't think he's going to be very good, at least not for 2-4 years.
I want to watch the highlights tonight when wifey is done with the Oscars, but hearing that he barely broke 50%...well, it confirmed the "bust" prediction.
He is one helluva specimen, but maybe he should be playing tight end at the pro level.
my thoughts exactly MBP...
...my statement was going to be, "he's a more athletic, black, non-jesused tebow."
btw... for any other gadget whores on the blog... I can highly recommend the Moto Xoom. Thing is bad ass. Yes, I'm using mine for this post. Loooove it.
Yes, Im a fool... yes, I'll buy V2 when it comes out in a year. Man, I just can't resist... like charlie sheen to hookers, drugs an booze.
I'm too lazy to look up the tech specs at the moment; how much did it run you and what network provider?
$599 with a $20/month 1GB data plan for 2 yrs... or an extra $200 to buy your WiFi freedom. On Verizon.
Here are the straight specs (but you should google Xoom v ipad2 to see a comparison breakdown): http://www.zdnet.com/blog/gadgetreviews/ces-motorola-xoom-tablet-specs/21336
Dual cameras, dual-core processor, and the only tab (so far) with a USB AND HDMI-out port. The apps available are sparse, but that will clear itself up in weeks/months ahead. It will also be upgradable for Flash (weeks) and 4G (months).
Basically, if you're thinking about a tablet MBP, this is the one.
and you can use Skpe so it essentailly can be used as a VoIP phone.
Jesus, it's like they're paying me to be their markeitng fanboi. Sad.
Adios Hunter and Tommie. I am not sad to see either go.
Don't forget Shaffer...someone keep an eye on Irish.
I think it was GP who said it best, when he said:
Hmmmmm.... yeah, let's def hope dude pans out, but... uhhh...
Fitz >>> Fantuz
damn man: http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/02/26/duerson.brain.exam/index.html?hpt=C1
Sounds good. But if you find yourself doin that shit when you're ass is retired, in an empty house ... surrounded by bumming vampires ....
You guys might hate me.. but if Ingram falls to us, I think we need to get him... talk about a one two punch
no hate for you mang. i would vomit a little in my mouth if we picked him though. OL, OL, OL, OL.....
or OL,OL, DL, OL
Never say no to a stud.
unless you need a stud at someother position instead.
...Jerry... is that you?
What if that TE stud was still there when we pick ? He'd be our T.O. down the middle. Looks like a good inline blocker.
Ryan Bartholomew... center 34 reps at the combine
He was using TWO arms though. Cock push-ups Artoo. Cock push-ups.
I have been jetted back in time to the days of having an infant. The 5-week-old Peanut gets up three times per night. Being that this is my first really small puppy, I did not expect this and I am toast.
Yikes! It won't be long until Peanut figures it out.
Say hello on his youtube channel ....
yikes! Reading some of those comments, at least we know where #16 and his family hang out. Thank jebus for this blog and all of you regs.
I love you guuuuuys
Hahahaha... we got our TWO English Bull Terriers at 8 weeks and it was the best thing that could have happened to us, because the following week we found out we were pregnant with our daughter.
I always tell my just married friends it's the best damn baby training they can ask for and get a damn puppy before you get pregnant... it's the closest thing for the first few weeks.
Just don't try it with english bull terrorists... they are X10 with everything they do, even puppyhood.
Welcome back to my world SJ.
I'm just visiting, MB. Getting better already...
Do you have a kennel for the little nut? I've never tried it myself, but it's supposed to work pretty good. Get the little nut a home with a home. He won't do his hourly if he's in his kennel. Puppies are no babies, but they are a tough nut to crack. See how I did that?
Get a new Avatar Sophia Jane, I'm thinking one of the Nut would be nice. You could change the pic as the nut grows. Give us a weekly taste.
And you HAVE to kennel train him. Without it your life will be miserable. Besides, puppies need that security, then need for a den is in the blood.
He is definitely sleeping in a crate. It's hilarious though because it's the crate for our old Rottie, so it's more like an apartment than a crate. Agreed, I would get NO sleep without the crate.
Meet my friend, Peanut.
Next time he'll be sporting the burnt and navy.
That's a good looking puppy. Definitely going to be a big boy.
Thanks Canada! We love him to pieces.
That is one hairy nut! Nice pic sjvl. 5 weeks? How much does he weigh? He is going to be gargantuan.
I haven't put him on a scale yet, but I am estimating 10-12 lbs right now. I will keep changing my avatar so you can watch him grow....
Food donations will be welcome. lol.
I Lovie that 'fro, and I for one vote for its return. His Bears hat would rock that thing hard.
blogfader...why in heavens name would you post the pic? I mean we may dislike him as a coach but DAMN! that's a low blow even for you with that pic..PMP!
Again. He can either play football or he can't, if he's that banged up then he's useless to us anyway. I don't believe it. He can play safety. Lot easier to go from corner to safety than vice versa.
Asomugha. Hear me Angela? Bitch.
Peanut wants to be moved to free safety. Leave him alone.
Or we could just sign Corey Graham already ....
Ditto on the Haynesworth, but you all prob know my stance on that issue.
No trading down, please. As a matter of fact, I would like them to trade UP, package T.Harris, and if we have to, Manu or Chester. Time to trim the fat, and I'm not sentimental about them like Clark.
I have mixed feelings about Peanut at FS. He barely survives the season at CB, imagine when AP puts his head down full speed at Peanut...However, Peanut has great instinct, is a pretty sure tackler, great turnover artist, and is getting a little slower...in other words, do we have another Mike Brown in him?
Tommie Harris is Audi. No way they pick up his tab, there was talk of dealing him instead of AB last year. Thing is we don't really have the guy to play the signature cover 2 position one he's gone - so we do need a good tackle. I thought our DL pretty much sucked overall this year, didn't you guys?
Yep. Cept for pep and flashes of izzy. The young guys also showed flashes but not nearly strong and consistent enough.
Still... OL,OL,OL,OL,OL... Then maybe dl or db. Fix what's broke first, the get the good to great
Getting married Doc or is the wifey gone without you?
Not happy but not depressed either. That's described Lovie's tenure for me. He doesn't ever excite me as he is as bland as my wifes meatloaf. He's had some success and some failures and can be an arrogant douche in his press conferences. He wins and the players seem to love him so I guess it could be worse. We could have McDaniels or someone else like him.
I love my wife's meatloaf. I don't love Lovie, but I think he's a good leader and I'm not horrified at the decision.
McDaniels would destroy this team, even if he didn't have history with Cutler. We don't need a McDaniels, we don't need a Bellichek. We're a lot like Pittsburgh, and Lovie isn't exactly Mike Tomlin, but he does have the right style.
Trust your players. Make them trust you. And work for consistent chances to win, not the flashy blowouts.
I think you may have hit the nail on the head NBIT. I think Lovie with the right players is effective enough. Not great but effective. The problem lyes with the talent evaluation. the difference between us and Pittsburgh,New England and some others is their ability to bring in draft picks and plug them in and have them become successful starters. it just seems that Angelo or Lovie or both continue to ahve these failed projects that they ram down our throats year after year. That needs to stop now.
Yes. But that is more of an Angelo problem than a Lovie problem according to the general blog understanding. Whatever is going on with the team, we do need to improve our talent evaluations.
I guess I have a hard time believing that Lovie has no say so in who the team picks. I think both would have to take a fair share of the blame for that.
Sure, that's fair enough. But the GM is typically the guy with final say on acquisitions. And if it really is all Lovie's fault, we could certainly set up a system where Lovie is less involved in making the picks.
You need the coach to tell you "I can work with this guy. He can play a role in our system. I can teach him and make him play his best." But you don't need the coach to be bringing in names and having a major role in choosing between prospects, etc. My understanding is that Lovie already doesn't do a ton of work on the draft, but I could be wrong.
In no way do I think it's all Lovie's fault. In fact I think it should be mostly on the shoulders of Angelo. It would be nice if that information was divulged so we would know who to blame though. I just think the combination of Lovie and JA is the equivalent of dumb and dumber when it comes to the draft.
Mike Mayock. How much would it cost to rent the guy's opinion around draft time?
Mike Mayock is probably my favorite guy actively doing football commentary.
With that said, there is likely a reason why he's not coaching or working for a team. The salaries tend to be a lot better, but the hours are a lot longer too. He either doesn't want it, or there's something else wrong.
At least we can stop tossing the Lovie log around the fire now. Two more years. Couple linemen, couple receivers, lots of luck, and there might be a super bowl in this bitch yet.
Irish, that's the fucking spirit boyo. I love it. You're damn right we have a shot at this.
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