Audibles From the Long Snapper

Audibles From the Long Snapper

It's the slowest time of the NFL season, unless you get excited about franchise tags and press releases from the mediators of collective bargaining sessions.  In Bearsland, it's no different.  

My Thoughts on the Release of Tommie Harris
I saw the announcement and I did not care and that, that more than anything, tells the story of Tommie Harris' career with the Chicago Bears.  For one short time he was the most dominant player at his position but a series of on-field injuries and in-brain disasters caused the train to not only veer off the track but through the station and into the church across the street.  Tommie Harris has no one to blame for his career decline but himself.  Some guys don't have it together.  Tommie is one of those guys.  And now a man who should have wound up in Canton, having found the perfect system to play in, will finish his disappointing career jumping in-and-out of line rotations, playing a season with the Raiders and disappearing.
Pompei on Ruskell
Without specifics, Dan Pompei writes about the approach of new personnel director Tim Ruskell to this coming off-season - a fascinating one for the Chicago Bears.  As Pompei asks to start the article, "What do you do with a roster that was good enough to get to within one game of the Super Bowl but still has significant holes and is not as young as you would like?"  Pompei then writes:
Some might argue the top half of the Bears' board should be heavy with defensive players, given the age of some of the key defenders. But Ruskell doesn't see it that way.

 Can someone explain to me the essence of this "argument"?  Are the Bears simply content to plod along offensively while focusing all their attention on defensive depth.  They have, right now, in place, a defense that can hold the world champions to three scores or less.  They need to score points.  They need to block.

Roster Decisions Coming This Week
Of the Bears unrestricted free agents (Kreutz, Anthony Adams, Roach, Maynard, Rashied, Corey Graham, Tinoisamoa, Danieal Manning) the only one I would not make a priority is Maynard.  Sure I have no reason to believe Richmond McGee is capable of taking over the full-time punting duties in Chicago but Maynard's inconsistency is simply no longer tolerable.  
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  • First to say that I hope we have football.

  • Your thought on Tommie Harris are spot on. I wanted so much for the guy to succeed and so did everyone around him...2 years ago. As far as Ruskell is concerned he has the right idea unfortunately he was responsible for building the Seahawks roster.
    MB, I find it hard to believe there will be an 11th hour effort to meet the March 3rd deadline. The owners just got hit in the family jewels by the court. The owners are the only party with the ability to take their ball and go home and a nut shot is the quickest way to make that happen temporarily.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Yeah I know Buck... there's always the extension route; it is after all an 'artificially created date'. But yes, you're correct.

    We'll see what happens.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    I don't see any reason to make Rash a priority. As a receiver I find his contributions minimal and as a special teamer I see him as replaceable by someone who can also make greater contributions on offense or defense.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Nice new pic. Rash will always have a special place in my heart. He made the biggest catch of the 2006 postseason run to Miami (in OT against Seattle to setup Robbie's FG). I think if they put him in the slot on slants instead of Know he could be a big contributor, but like you said we can probably find bigger contributors on either side of the ball.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Knox..not Know

  • In reply to buckbear:

    knew not know

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Nick Cole (Eag) is now a man of interest. He seems to fit the bill of "versatility" the Bears covet. Primarily a Right Guard, but has also logged some games at L Guard, Center, Sp teams and even Fullback. Also, he's only 26. Haven't seem much film o him, but on paper he looks like a fit. Here's the link

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4670016/watch-for-cole-to-pop-up-on-bears-radar

    Also, I keep hearing these nagging signs that C.Williams might move back to LT. This troubles me for various reasons. One, I know he's not all that effective at G, but at least when he whiffs on a guy there he doesn't get Cutler beheaded. Two, if the coaches are seriously entertaining moving C.Williams back out to LT, I don't think they draft a LT in the top 2 rounds, which would mean 2010 all over again. C.Williams at LT, he then proves he can't hack it, gets kicked back into G (not benched to save face for Angelo) and we must start Omiyale at LT cuz we didn't draft an LT until the 4rth round or something. Worrisome.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    they need to fucking sit cookie, or get rid of him. He's dung.

    Bust. it's been proven... one miracle game two years ago does not give me hope. We've wasted enough time on him. buh bye.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm not quite there yet on Cookie. I was hoping Tice would put him back at LT after on off season to work with him. Not much hope but a glimmer.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Hey, if it happens and he pans out I'll be very excited, that's just not what I've seen over the last two years. I think all Bears fans are just tired of all the 'project' players, and simply want management to bring in guys who are proven and can contribute right off the bat and for a long time. It seems like all the guys on our team that can and have done that are getting older (Lach, Briggsy, Olin, etc...)

    Where's all the building and creating depth. THAT's why I can't stand JA... he's continuously trying to create optys for one year (this year) and not trying to build a strong team at every key position for years to come. Sad thing is, he's not even a little decent at doing the 'this year' thing.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/don_banks/03/02/nfl-labor-mediation/index.html

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    They're having a two-day owners meeting?

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    On the collective bargaining front, I'm of the mind that nothing gets settled til Sept, may even delay the season a week or two. I don't mean to be a Debbie-Downer, and I would love to be wrong on this, but from everything I've heard and read, the owners have all the leverage, and billionaires can sit on their asses a lot longer than an avg football player, which makes roughly about $770,000/year. The owners are willing to sit it out until the players cave. IF this happens, I seriously think we should nationalize the NFL, cut the owners a paycheck of what their team is worth, and play ball. I don't care how "efficient" teams are run, so long as I'm not stuck watching hockey or basketball in December.

    Two possible wild-cards that can force the owner's hand: One, tv income revenue, which I hear the NFLPA is suing to keep from the owner's greedy grubby hands. I think it's about 4billion, which owners need in order to make certain payments, esp for those teams with new stadiums. Two, Minnesota judge Doty orders an injunction (this is after the March 3 deadline when the NFLPA decertify) on the owners, which is possible, thus forcing the owners to negotiate to some extent.

    For you Libertarians out there, this is a good case to see if "The market will correct itself"...(Although I think this is already incorrect since a federal mediator and soon judge will come into the mix to restore a semblance of sanity and justice).

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    I was surprised to read that Mark Murphy, President of the Packers (community owned), seems to be siding with the other owners in the lockout.
    Nationalize the NFL? Could you imagine Congress and the President running football? They would bastardize the game so much we wouldn't even recognize it.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    And a former player, you would think he could have some sympathy for his brothers.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    A Judge in Minnesota has ruled FOR the NFLPA in that case...

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-02/nfl-improperly-negotiated-4-billion-in-tv-contracts-federal-judge-rules.html

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    just some perspective on some of the slower times you see from WRs... if a totally

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Dude, that was hilarious! Rich Eisen coming in at a smoking 6.18 in the 40! Taking all comers, Bob Costas, Berman! Must wear a suit and tie.

    Funniest comment on his 40 time:

    "Forget the stopwatch, bring out the sundial."

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    lol

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Imagine being slower than every fat bastard at the combine, that's retarded.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Hunter Hillenmeyer, class act.

    Here's an excerpt from his farewell letter, which is illuminating in more ways than one.

    "

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Yeah hes a class act!

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Not surprised. He was a quality linebacker... the fact that we put him on IR for the entire season and then cut him made by suspicious he might have been really hurt.

    I just hope getting away from the game when he did will minimize any long terms effects on his quality of life.

    Hunter - thanks for being a great member of the team.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    He sucked balls as a middle linebacker, that's all I'll remember, that and he was the Bear most women wanted to ball.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Glad to see you sent him some lovely parting gifts. How scientific was your ladies survey?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Free agency my ass. See the tenders these guys are getting? Sidney Rice and Edwards from Minny are both first round picks you have to give up if Minnesota don't want to match your offer. Then there are guys you've never heard of getting second round tenders. I doubt we're doing too much in FA this year - the price tags are too high.

    We went all-in with Cutler.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    And it landed us the most talented QB we'ver ever had. He just finished up his 2nd season and is making all of our past Qb's look pedestrian...which they were. Third year, more improvement. The thing about Chicago that i don't like though is that even if Cutler improves yet again and puts up even better numbers in year 3 people will still find ways to downplay it, bitch about it and act like he is Krenzel. That is the downside of being in a town with some of the worst fans ever. The douchiest of fans are the most vocal and their words the most publicized.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    i will admit that he is not Manning yet and may never be but Manning will go down as one of the best QB's ever to play pro football so when people say that Cutler is no Manning or Brady i tend to laugh because not everyone can just get into the Hall Of Fame like it is some nintendo game.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    You wouldn't give up a first rounder for Sidney Rice?
    Really.
    Are you f-cking serious? Have fun finding a #1 WR this year.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    If we pick up a solid O-line starter and a defensive tackle in FA, then I'd be tempted. But I'm really unhappy with the idea of trading ANOTHER first round pick for a FA pickup.

    Rice was my first choice at reciever, but there is also the issue of injury concerns. Not sure I would draft him in the first round with that history if it was him or Pouncy.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    What will be interesting to see is if the new CBA or whatever they'll call it, will allow a player to get UFA with 4 years experience. Not an expert, but I think last year it was 6 years, so now we have all these additional FAs are on the market now. If they go back to the 4 years for UFA, guys like Rice will be UFA and not cost a 1st round draft pick to sign. They may settle at 5 years for UFA, but who the hell knows, not me for sure. I hear Plax Burress weighs about 98 pounds now, we already have enough splindly and weak receivers. We do need a beast WR.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    If Sidney Rice were available at the 29th spot in the draft, I would draft him in a heartbeat.

    However, I don't disagree with Guinness about the outcome of the CBA being a critical factor. What I was specifically addressing is the claim that a first rounder tender is too high for Rice. It isn't. I happen to think that we have higher priorities than WR with our first round pick - like OL or a DT.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Trading it for someone with proven talent vs betting on JA hitting on a 1st rd pick? Hmmmm. Tough call. The injury concerns are troubling.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Testing testing

    Bold
    Underline
    Italic

    If this doesn't work, how the hell do you do this on here?

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    I know this is Sj's favorite, but can we please ban the phrase "debbie-downer" from the site forever? please?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guv5LUT1AFw

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    BUT... I also like savings the money.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I still remeber the day Harris got his raise and he was on nfl network. I'm not as harsh as some of you are on him but I believe his injuries destroyed him and him thinking he could play injured. He should have took some pay cuts like Mike Brown did.
    We all know Tice likes Williams. That's the only reason I see him moving back to LT but I am positive we are drafting a guard or D tackle. I will cry if Julio Jones falls to us and we don't pick him up.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    +1

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Read this and chuckled a bit. The Bears may trade-up this year!

    "But since a rookie salary cap seems inevitable, the days of paying top picks like Sam Bradford $50 million in guarantees are probably over for owners and general managers across the league. Because the price of high first-round selections is expected to go down, it could encourage teams to be more aggressive and attempt to trade up to grab a player in the upcoming draft.

    Under general manager Jerry Angelo, the Bears have been active on draft day, but they generally trade down and stockpile more picks in the mid to later rounds.

    Although the Bears probably will stay put at No. 29, at least the waters won't be as treacherous from a salary standpoint if Angelo considers moving up the draft board.

    "I think what really hurts those teams in top is that [guaranteed money]," Angelo said over the weekend at the NFL combine, "Nobody wants to get in there [the top 10] for that reason."

    Ahhh, I see, this is why we never traded up - it's not that Angelo was incompetent, but cheap...

    I wouldn't want to draft in the top 10 either when I would pick Cedric Benson at 4, esp when I could've traded down and picked up Demarcus Ware at 11, Roddy White at 27, Logan Mankins at 32, or some guy named Aaron Rodgers at 24.

    GB picked Rodger = SuperBowl
    Bears pick Benson = Beaten at Soldier Field by GB.

    But that's ok Angelo, no one this blog would want you picking in the top 10 either, rounds that is.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Not paying an unproven prospect 50 mil guaranteed is not cheap, it's pragmatic. I agree with J.A. for the most part on this one. This is also part of the reason we were able to go after Peppers last year. We didn't have to pay a #1 pick, so instead we payed a proven player the big bucks instead. This also must be considered when analyzing the Cutler trade. In my eyes, it was Orton, two first rounders, and a second for Cutler, Peppers, and Knox. Good trade.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Cutler is going to fucking tear it up this year. That is my official view for this season just like my view of overall team success last year.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Indeed.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Aside from major studs, it's conventional wisdom that receivers take three years to develop. Knox has put up some pretty good numbers his first two years, especially when you consider he had no talent around him. Yes, he's small and doesn't run the best routes, but I see major improvement this year. He started in the NFL with a big learning curve and wasn't even projected to play the first year until Shabba got injured. He's had two different OC. Give the guy a chance. He could turn into a great receiver. His numbers for the first two years are pretty impressive for any receiver. He does need to get more physical. The Packers shut him down this year by playing physical. I think he has a promising future, and he's only going to get better. Put on 10 lbs of muscle, sacrifice some speed, and become a better route runner.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    To claim Knox had no talent around him, when he could only with greatest charity considered the third best receiver on the roster, is specious.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Off topic. This is for the Otis Redding and blues fans out there, especially Canada. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e27hFNGL8kg&NR=1
    It's not fair that you can have these pipes and still play exceptional guitar.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I'm working night shift and for some reason the sound isn't coming through. I'll check it out tomorrow at home. Love Otis. If you get the chance check out the DVD of the Stax All-Stars in Europe from 67. Otis is the headliner. Sam and Dave play before Otis and are on fire. Watching that DVD, it's obvious Belushi and Akroyd stole their act.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Finally listened to it. He did a really nice job. It looked like Aaron Neville on the Hammond B3. I would definitely go see that show.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I watched some of the stax show on you tube last night. Excellent music. I'll have to see if netflix has it.
    It's Ivan Neville on the B3. The newly created Warren Haynes Band has has an album coming out in May and it's all soul music with many originals. Ian McClagon and Ivan Neville on keys, Ron Halloway on sax, Raymond Weber from Dumpstafunk on drums, Ruthie Foster helping sing, and George Porter, Jr. on bass. The touring band will vary. Looking forward to it.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I was close on the organ player (brother). Ian MacLagen used to play with Faces a million years ago. I thought that might have been Ruthie Foster singing with him but never got a good look at her on the video. I'll look for the CD and go on Pollstar and check his touring schedule when it comes out. Thanks!

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Ireland beat England in the cricket world cup. That's unthinkable if you're from either place. That would be a thousand times more unthinkable than beating the All Blacks at Rugby. I hate cricket. Everybody in Ireland hates cricket, nobody plays cricket in Ireland except five year olds with tennis rackets.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Isn't cricket the special olympics version of baseball?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Must have been some really nice tennis rackets.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Ideal 2011 pre-season for Bears.

    OK, this is my version of what I think should go down for the Bears. After doing some research and soul searching, this is what I came up with, for better or worse.

    My remedy for our oline.

    Step one no more "projects" or injury concerns - sign T Tyson Clabo (Atl). Young pro-bowler who can plug in day one and we don't have to worry about this position for the next decade or so. This would be my Cutler-Peppers FA splash for 2011. Some want to go Sidney Rice, but he has ONE good year, comes off an injury, and we can adress WR in FA in another way.

    Step two Sign FA G Harvey Dahl(Atl). He is solid. A bonus is that he already has played with Clabo, so that "chemistry" is already there. If Dahl is not available, then Davin Joseph(TB) or Colledge(GB) would also enhance competition at that position.

    Step three What say you? You want a top 10 draft pick that is 6'5 230 pounds and has proven clutch in championship games that will only cost us 3rd round money? Plaxico Burress. Yes, he's 34 and shot himself in the leg, but after two years of resting, he should be ready to go. It'll take a while to get back into football form, but he should progress much faster than a draft pick. I would love to select a top WR like Baldwin in the first, but historically WRs take about 3+yrs to develop, and we don't have that time. Get Burress now, and hopefully he will become Vick 2.0 (Who I also advocated for).

    Step four Draft time, surprise surprise - I'm drafting Oline. Who would I like ideally and may fall to us is Gabe Camiri (Wisc). Started almost every game for four years at tackle. No injury history - no project. Just a tough cocky SOB who will plug into either LT or RT from day one.

    I would then in the second round draft who the best c/g that is still on the board, so which should still be able to score a top 10 prospect at that position. These are the consesus top interior linemen for 2011.

    Mike Pouncey
    Danny Watkins
    Clint Boling
    John Motiff
    Rodney Hudson
    Ben Ijalna
    Stefen Wisniewski

    One of them should be available.

    In the third, we pick the best DT still on the board
    In the fourth, we pick the best CB/WR
    In the fifth, we pick the best WR/CB
    In the sixth, maybe a LB, S, HB or even Punter.
    No 7th rounder for us.

    What will all this mean? Well for one, this would be the next possible Oline, depending on how Tice fits the pieces together.

    Clabo - Dahl - Olin - (Ijalana?) - Webb/Camiri

    With Burress, and a more experienced Knox, Hester, Bennett and Forte, the offensive should greatly improve, and our D will should still rock (barring major injuries). Next year, we can think about replacing some of our aging D. After all the hub-bub of FA and draft, we hopefully can pick-up Haynesworth through a trade to further solidify our Dline. All these move would give us, IMO, the best chance to win a SB in the next 2 years. After that, all bets are off.

    Well, that would be my plan, if any teams are interested in hiring a General Manager, hit me up.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    I like the general gist, except if we're going to only make one FA pick up on the oline, I would be tempted to make it the best C/G available to sure up our historically slow, weak, and leaky middle.

    Then draft oline in rds 1 & 2 and then MAYBE a DL in the 3rd if a badass one is still on the board, if not, back to oline in the 3rd AND 4th. We can pick up a WR in FA (there are plenty this year still) and our dline isn't exactly chopped liver so we can live with who we have

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I want us to use the 1st round pick on what will hopefully be the best guard in the draft. Or, on someone we believe can be the starting left tackle this season. But I also don't want to waste a pick (our only 1st rounder in three years) on someone who should have gone in the middle of the second.

    If there isn't anyone great availale at 29, we can trade down or we can look at another position. I think everyone talking DLine is assuming that our favorite O-line picks are already gone.

    As for the "pick 5 out of 6 on the O-line" mentality... it makes for a great soundbite but it doesn't work that way. If we're in round 3 and there's nobody with a grade above round 5 available, perhaps its time to look at another position. Just because other teams are reaching for a left tackle, doesn't mean we have to reach even further.

    Let's be honest. If we draft a guard in round 1, and decent right tackle in round 4, people will be upset. But if Round 2 turns out to be Brian Urlacher's heir apparent, and Round 3 goes to a dependable free safety that starts for the next 5 years, people will feel better pretty quick.

    Meanwhile if we draft 6 O-linemen, shore up the line but have to cut 4 of them after 2 seasons, people will be complaining once again. Just the same as we complain now about having 4 decent tight ends... it sounds great, but its a waste of roster space.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    I get the reality of it NB, but with jerry's track record this is all just kvetching one way or another anyway.

    And thinking Jerry will all of a sudden become a great draft strategist after never having attempted it is naive at best. Who's to say a DL LB or FS pick won't be busts too?

    I did put it in there, but was trying to get my point across so it got lost... there is always a place for draft value at your spot, and of course I would never advocate taking a rd 6 G just because there weren't any other choices in rd 3. What I'm saying is that I'm worried Jerry will pull his usual tricks and take a CB in RD 3 when there's a great RT available still. The essence of my argument (even though a bit tongue in cheek) was, Jerry is terrible at this, so let's just draft all oline and hope at least 2 pan out.

    There SHOULD be a rd 1 value Olineman available at our pick, if not for whatever reason

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Mb, I know your being serious but the fat ass mofo hula packer, cracked my ass up lmao... I almost cried. Sigh.. quick question, if all the decent 1st round offensive line is gone then shouldn't we get at least a 1st round dt?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I know we need o-line but if we draft 4 out of 6 o-lineman were screwing our team even more in the future. We need to address a bunch of positions that are getting old. Including linebacker,corner and defensive line. Our defense was good last year but we need to continue to supplement it with new talent. I would say 2 o-lineman tops would be good and 1 hopefully 2 FA o-lineman. We need to start drafting for the future of all positions or next year we'll be saying "our offensive line is good but fill in the blank sucks",

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Only if burris will play for 3 beans and a carrot...He will most likely be a shell of his former self, and a giant douche.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/being-catholic-really/2011/03/martin-sheens-heartbreak.html#more

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    fucking nice comment! HAHAHAHAHAHAH!

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    you want some of... deez nuts

    chicken nuggets in a blender... with bacon

    Next time... we eat medicine BALLS!

    Hey FQ, on your bday... stop hatin'! blend your own bacon!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3nA2zqeX5Q

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Go Charlie Go! lmao!

    As a catholic, I thought when she typed "I will go down on my knees.." that it was not going to be for prayer...

    Who wins a a bout of debauchery, Sheen or Jack Nicholas? Sheen's burning the midnight oil, but Jack's a marathon hedonists...

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Charlie Sheen is not funny. He has beaten up as many women as he has screwed. He has had so many restraining orders they have assigned him his own judge.

    Charlie Sheen is an asshole.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Agree with coach...

    Did someone suggest we pick up Gholston? Uhhh, no thanks: http://lastangryfan.com/2011/03/vernon-gholstons-terribleness-cost-him-9-million/

    Also, can you say... mediation extension?

    Coach, this one's for you... mark 3:08 & 3:40:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnEAiuo6E64

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I would eat that ass with a spoon and then make her a turkey dinner!

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    yeah man. unbelievable.

    Oh, and this is also for you: http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2011/03/jimmy-fallon-mocks-charlie-sheen-presents-winning-cologne/

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Really disappointed the Kardashian's weren't in bikinis. Those three girls need to milk the media a little more. It's not like you see them 24-7 or anything. They are all so talented. They bang famous people and they ... hmmm ... I guess that's all they really do.

    Gotta admit the models were hot.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Wow, only 24-hrs???

    They might be close, otherwise why not push it out weeks or days?

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=jc-cbadeadlineextended030311

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Based on what I've read. There will either be an extension today or else a lockout or decertification. They aren't close enough for a deal to be done today, but they are still seeing movement, so they're spending today deciding what the issues are moving forward and whether both sides are willing to extend for, say, a week or two to try and work something permanent out.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Anyone interested in Eric Weddle: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/mar/03/weddle-wants-stay-willing-leave/

    He's expensive, but considered one of the top FS in the biz.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yes please!

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Gives instant relief to the secondary. I'd prefer a cornerback to get the big bucks, but you have to work with what you've got.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    So what r the chances that manunalua or whatever his fuckin name is gets released? Will we bring a real FB in this offseason?

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    None

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Booooooooooooooo

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/621879-2011-nfl-mock-draft-matt-millers-post-combine-three-round-mock-draft#page/30

  • In reply to gpldan:

    2nd Round they give us a wideout

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/621879-2011-nfl-mock-draft-matt-millers-post-combine-three-round-mock-draft#page/63

    No way this happens. Also, they have the Steelers taking Pouncey at 31 after we take that Miss. St. guy. I hope we get Pouncey in 1, because that guy will be available in 2. If not, take Moffitt.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    At DT in Round 3

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/621879-2011-nfl-mock-draft-matt-millers-post-combine-three-round-mock-draft#page/66

    93. Chicago Bears
    Jerrell Powe, Defensive Tackle, Mississippi

    Maybe we can go DT in 3.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I we go Pouncy in 1 and still get Sherrod or another LT in 2, I think we can definitely go DT in 3.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Agreed. Pouncey looks to be a stud. The Bears will likely give williams another shot at LT and keep Webb at RT (which scares the hell out of me). The guard position needs to upgraded on both sides to maulers who can run/pass protect. Does anyone know much about Sherrod, he's not really mentioned much that I've seen.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Wow, Gabe Carimi moved up to #17. Can't disagree with the idea of us going Tackle in the 1st, but I am curious if Sherrod is a first round tackle. I'd take Pouncy, as you suggest Dan.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:
  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Angelo - listen to MB. Just pick best player at position of need, not player overall. Because once you got something you don't need - you are the worst horse trader in the fucking nation and nobody will give you what you want for the thing you don't want.

    Capiche you fucktard?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Thank you GP.

    Nice to have you back. I was just about to ask where you've gone.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Winning!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    tiger's blood.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    A couple of my personal favorites.
    On his natural high: "I am on a drug. It's called Charlie Sheen. It's not available. If you try it once, you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body."

    "I'm tired of pretending like I'm not special,". "I'm tired of pretending like I'm not bitching a total freaking rock star from Mars. And people can't figure me out. They can't process me. I don't expect them to. You can't process me with a normal brain."

    The guys classic. Can't help but feel sorry for him though.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    When that expreess train hits 'end of track' at full speed, it's gonna be UGLY, if not fatal.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    The Bears redid Pepper's contract. It freed up 8 mil.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Thank you Mr. Peppers!!

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    I read about this too. Say what you will about other aspect of the Bears management, but they know how to keep the books in order. They know how to sign draft picks early to get them into camp and they know how to keep space under the cap. I feel like another free agency signing is imminent with this move.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Stein does an excellent job with contracts. Overall I think JA is an honorable guy and probably a nice guy. I think the front office deals honestly with the players/agents. They don't have a bunch of smoke and mirrors blockbuster deals. Usually the dough is spread out fairly evenly over the life of the contract. That way there isn't as much incentive to dump a guy.

    If only JA was good in the first 3 rounds of the draft!!!!!!

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Question...if a big free agency move is coming after the new CBA which position/player is most likely to be addressed in FA?

    A. O-Line (God I hope not...we need studs and youth on the O-Line not another Fred Miller & Reuben Brown experiment)

    B. D-Line

    C. D-Secondary

    D. Wide Receiver

    E. Anywhere else

    I just don't see the Bears looking for Linebackers, Running Backs, Tight Ends, or Defensive Ends this offseason, so E. is out for me. I think they will pursue Corner/Safety (there seems to be a few great options there this year) in Free Agency or O-Line. But I hope they pursue Wide Receiver. Wide receivers almost never produce their first season and more often don't blossom until their 3rd (crossing fingers on Knox). O Line and D Line players can be coached up real fast and it just so happens we have two of the best in the business for doing that, so I would be ecstatic with an all O Line & D Line draft IF either the secondary or wide receivers are addressed in Free Agency.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    What about Earl the Pearl

  • In reply to buckbear:

    I could see a fullback coming out of free agency if the right one was available. Nothing for big money, but we really don't need an every down guy... just someone who can play 15 or so snaps and give us more push up the middle.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    TE Jeremy Shockey signs a 1 yr deal with Carolina.

    S Bob Sanders signs a 1 yr deal with San Diego.

    S Oshiomogho Atogwe signs a 5 year, $26 million contract with the Washington Redskins.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Is Atogwe way older than I thought?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Him and sanders have the same problem. Getting on the field.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Chargers are backfilling the inevitable... losing Weddle... would be nice if it was to us.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Bears restructure Julius Peppers contract.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Ahh shucks, Artoo beat me to it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Martz is friggin hard to figure. He's supposed to be this supposed genious, yet he disses Earl Bennett for most of the year, uses Olsen like he should against the Sea Birds [and then totally forgets him against the F Pack, and absolutely brain farts on the Tin Man Collins instead of using Hanie after that horrid Panthers game. I am surprised the so called TV expert commentators are so easy on the guy.

  • In reply to GuinnessPlease:

    They were all too busy giving Cutler shit to waste any time on Martz. Maybe it was because I had such high hopes for the O last year but Martz was a huge disappoinment for me. Hope he is better next year.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Well the nine day vacation from the family turned into 12 with all the snow. I loved every blessed minute of it. But man am I glad my family is back in my loving arms. To all you parents out there, I recommend a once annual vacation by yourself. Either at home, or elsewhere. It's a great way to get your priorities in order. All it takes is a trade. The spouse gets one, and you get one. The time by yourself will make you appreciate your kids more and the blessing that they really are. The time with your spouse gone, where you are the sole caregiver, will make you appreciate your spouse more. Often times, a little perspective is all that you need to rid yourself of the woe-is-me mentality that tends to run amok in parenthood. I loved my time as a semi-bachelor the last 12 days. But now I know I never want that to be permanent again. This ends today's public service announcement. Resume normal witty banter......NOW.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    now?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    i hear ya doc, by day 9 the house was a mess, your weiner was just torn up from overuse, you watched way too much tv, you smoked so much weed you gave yourself lil wayne style chest pains, you ate cereal multiple times per day, etc. We all need a little me time once in a while.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Yes, he's 34 and shot himself in the leg, but after two years of resting, he should be ready to go.

    If by ready to go, you mean back to jail - then okay. Otherwise, he's not your huckleberry. he lost 20 pounds in the slam eating Rocco's gourmet tossed salad. Leave him to dry up and blow away...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Burress weighed 230, so he could spare a few pounds. Plus, didn't they take away weights from prisoners so they wouldn't come out not only more pissed-off, criminally savvy, but also buffer?

    Gaining weight for him shoudn't be a problem. Prison is like boot-camp, everybody loses weight cuz of the horrible food and portions(unless they bulk up out of boredom,) but once a prisoner or boot-campy get out, they return to they're usual weight, so that's the least of my concerns with him.

    I'm actually curious what the market value will be for him...hopefully, we can get him for license-plate making salary, that way, if he's a bust, we can just cut him.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Pack release LB AJ Hawk, TE Donald Lee and S Derrick Martin.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Hawk's hair is gay.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    AJ Hawk sucks. The only reason he started this year is because of injuries. He has no lateral movement and he can't cover.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    See, even the Pack can fuck up first round picks.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Looks like he's re signing with them and with a four or five year deal. I hope it's big money that sucks up some of their cap space because that guy is not a good football player.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?story_id=7616

    I secretly am hoping for a big ticket signing even though I know that consistent teams are built through the draft as well as free agency. Remember boys and girl, the Cutler/Peppers effect is raging through Chicago. This team will NEVER take a step backwards. The administration is well aware of what complacency would result in. We have a short window with this defense as is so let's make a fucking run this year and next. Seacrest motherfucking out.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Too early to evaluate the trade, anything less than a Lombardi and it was a bust. Through the first half of last year Kyle Orton was the top passer in the NFL. Add a first round tackle and a first round guard and a big ass DT and tell me we'd not be a better team or just as good.

    Cutler hasn't proved his stuff yet. The biggest test of his Bear career to date didn't end so well, he gets next year to win the Lombardi and then this team is like an ice cube in a frying pan.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    i know you are Irish and live in Asia but you sound like a typical city worker from Chicago. How is he a bust since we didn't win the superbowl? He has actually caused the team to win games in the last two years instead of managing the game with a sick defense in 05 06. He has made throws that Orton couldn't fucking dream of, for game changing touchdowns. He has used his feet to make plays that Orton NEVER has done in his career. Orton played behind a good line in Chicago not that shit box that we have now Irish. I see what you are saying but you are now assuming that we could have predicted that Williams was going to fucking suck, Omiyale was going to bomb, Tait was going to retire after a good season and that Olin was going to play on 1 leg. Who is to say that we would have picked these linemen you speak of? We talk about that stuff now because that shitty line is the issue now and wasn't when Orton was here.

    I do acknowledge that Orton has put up solid numbers in Denver and thought he did decent when he was here but we actually have a guy that can go out and win. Can he do it consistently with no run game with the tools we have and no upgrades whatsoever? No, but look what happened when the Bears ran a balanced offense. We went 11-5 during the season and would have been 13-3 if Martz didn't assbang our chances with his Playstation 3 offensive gameplan.

    I know it is too early to evaluate all parts of the trade but going into year 3 I feel pretty good about the situation. They know the weaknesses and know they need to be addressed. We have the QB in place. Just get him some support and the Bears will do just fine.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    And who is to say that JA hits on all of those picks? Please don't fuck this draft up JA.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You don't think she's funny?

    You know you know someone like that, MB.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Wait a minute! Debbie Downer is from SNL, not from Office Space.

    This is DD:

    http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/debbie_downer_thanksgiving_dinner/1179438

  • In reply to sjvl:

    that's the Debbie Downer I was thinkg of. Que trombone - Whah-wha...

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    My favorite DD skit is the one at Disney, but I couldn't find a link to the video.

    We call my sister Debbie Downer - she's just like her.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/03/03/pat-williams-no-longer-trusts-the-vikings/

    Interest in Pat Williams for a 2 year deal? There's a lot of talent on that Vikings roster that's going to be leaving in FA the next couple of years. And we could use a stopgap at DT to allow us to focus on other needs for a year or two.

    If we make that deal, DT exits the 1st round discussion. The question then becomes what position do we focus on if the first round quality OL guys are gone? My position is that we probably need to make a trade. It doesn't look like the right WR or CB is going to be available at 29.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    don't know about that NB. He is 38. That is super freakishly old for a D lineman. The roids wore off too.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I wouldn't give the guy a long term deal and he's probably lost a step, but the bottom line is he can still play. If he's able to cover the position for a year or two, that means we can spend the picks on other areas of need.

    The question is what he expects to get paid.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    I thought he was washed up last year when we played the BiQueens. He can clog up the middle but that's all. He will only get worse. Not exactly what you need in a three technique DT.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Where is Trac?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Agreed.
    2 year deal for a 38 year old tackle?
    I don't THINK so, Fat Boy.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I've been as critical of Tommy Harris as anybody but I thought his farewell Ad was pretty classy.

    http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2011/03/tommie-harris-thanks-bears-fan-in-tribune-ad.html

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Have to appreciate the sportsmanship at the end. Chicago fans have been rough on him the last couple of years, though not without good reason. I hope the guy can finish his career and live a good life.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I'm sure no one on this blizog is a Rick Reilly fan after his article ripping Cutler, but he's typically very well written, and usually from a unique perspective. This is a good one...

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=6177574

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    mmmmmmm... submarines.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    sink them

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Now I never grew up with hockey like some of you guys, so it's pretty strange to listen to these announcers talking about that shit like they are... in a hockey game... but I like watching fights, so it's pretty entertaining: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iBh9IJYNP0

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I know we should focus on linemen but if the Bears pick up Floyd will you spontaneously ejaculate?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    It's be cool if they picked up Pink Floyd and then some big defensive lineman we could call "the wall".

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Tiger Blood!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Johnny, without question we need to pick up a solid proven WR in FA, it needs to be one of our top offseason focuses. For me our FA menu should look like this:

    1. OL - Lyle Sendlein from the cards. He

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Didn't San Diego tender Floyd? I thought they did. I guess it all depends on what happens with the CBA to determine what those tenders even mean at this point anyways.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    Never mind I found it. Malcom Floyd (first and third), Eric Weddle (first)were also tendered but have four or five years in the league. It is anticipated those players will all be unrestricted under a new CBA.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    Why not go with Legedu Naanee? He is 6-2 220lbs. He had some great flashes last year. Chargers did not tender him and he will be a UFA. Wouldn't cost us alot due to an arrest in the offseason and it would give us some size in our corp.

  • In reply to Vicp71:

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/09000d5d81215da6/Pre-WK-2-Legedu-Naanee-highlights

  • In reply to Vicp71:

    Didnt the Chargers Franchise Tag Floyd?

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    With all the Vincent Jackson Bullshit from last year I bet they make a push to keep Floyd. He was their #1 receiver last year when he was healthy.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    They didn't franchise him the tendered him. With the new CBA (if it's ever agreed upon)he should be an unrestricted FA though.

  • In reply to Vicp71:

    for what it's worth, looks like he aspires to be VJax on AND off the field.

    I just know the Bears don't do criminals and idiots well (unless you're talking about management).

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, I think it unfair to imply Bears management is criminal...

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Sorry Dave I was being a bit facitious.... I meant criminally negligent.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of creatures Chuck Norris has allowed to live.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    +1

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Legadu Nannee FA this year. Chargers released him. He has good size, and could be a nice addition to our WR corps for cheap money. Any takers?

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    How much of an improvement would he be over Aroma though? Tall receiver that can jump. How are his routes though?

  • In reply to jbenton:

    My wife is a huge Chargers fan so we watched most of their games last year. He has more talent that Aroma. When Floyd went out with his injury Leg was SD's #1 reciever

  • In reply to Vicp71:

    Who would you rather have Floyd or Nanee? I didn't pay much attention to either as I was holding out hope for V Jax.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    Floyd hands down

  • In reply to Vicp71:

    LT Sherrod
    LG Cookie
    C Pouncey
    RG Garza
    RT Webb

    Might get a push with that line, get some Forte magik going.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    It would be an improvement hopefully, but don't we risk running into another Williams at LT. I don't know anything about Sherrod but it scares the crap out of me protecting Cutler's blind side with a rookie.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    Thats what we expected from Williams.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    If owners lock out, I'm done with the game. Not an idle threat, a promise.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/110304

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Why get your panties in such a knot? It's just the ugly business side of the game. It pisses me off too but not enough to stop watching.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I'm calling bullshit GP. What are you going to start following Crouquet?

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Thanks Canada for the Stax Volt reference. I'm not even 1/3 of the way through it, but it's already made my night. The only bummer is I can't find an Otis version of I've got Dreams to Remember.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I know I've got it on either vinyl or CD. If you like Reggae and Ska, try to find Toots in Memphis. Toots Hibbert (Toots and the Maytals) does about a dozen Memphis covers and one of them is Dreams to Remember. Killer. Delbert McClinton does it also. Great Song!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I've heard the Memphis version, it rocks. Warren Haynes does a great solo acoustic version of it as well. Govt Mule and Toots played it together on NYE '06. I just saw Toots and the Maytals play an "in town" show with Mule in Negril, Jamaica on Feb. 1. Mule also played 4 nights at an all-inclusive resort with Eric Krasno and Chapter 2. Some other guests were Trombone Shorty, Ron Holloway (sax), and Mark Karan from Rat Dog. It helped ease the pain from the Championship loss, if only for a week. Here's a video.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CV6emolwBv0

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I need to get out more.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Wow.. everyone is gone

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    OK, i realize the C Sheen quotes are a bit played out, but as I heard a clip of him while I was multi-stouting had to reprise: Q: are you bi-polar? A: I don't know what that means. I'm bi-winning.

  • In reply to GuinnessPlease:

    I'm sick of hearing about the dude too, Guinness. Isn't it obvious that he is either going to end up Dead, in Jail, or in Politics?

  • In reply to Church:

    He belongs in jail, the abusive asshole. I look forward to the day he seeks a restraining order against his 'husband'...

  • In reply to Church:

    Very sad to see The Big O and Sack Man carrying DD's coffin.....

    http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/mar/05/former-players-brain-injuries-finally-getting-atte/

    Dave may be the turning point in this head injury issue. I would like to think his death was not for nothing.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    What if his death came as a result of being depressed over failed businesses, failed marriages and spousal abuse. Dave has been retired for 17 years.

    "Duerson owned three McDonald's restaurants in Louisville, Kentucky for six months, from late 1994 to April 1995. He purchased the majority interest in Fair Oaks Farms (formerly Brooks Sausage Company) in 1995.[4] Duerson grew the company from $24M revenue to over $63.5M in six years. He sold his stake in the company in 2002 and started Duerson Foods, but that company was forced into receivership in 2006 and most of its assets were auctioned off.[5]"

    So basically, he was on NOTRE DAME'S board of trustees for several years, was successfull in business and then sold his stake, decided to risk it all by starting his own business and it subsequently folded. He was also relieved of his duties on the Notre Dame board of trustees after beating his now ex wife. Sometimes when a human beings have nothing but success and then go through a period of years of nothing but failure they can't handle it. Everyone wants his suicide to be as a result of CTE because it would make this story a lot cleaner with a "reason" why he did what he did to his ex wife and to himself. Did the possible CTE cause him to lose his life savings by starting his own company only to see it fail? He bought a majority interest in an EXISTING company and made it better. He then sold his stake, took all of his money and sunk it into a business he needed to start from scratch. That is damn near impossible to do and something that i truly admire about the man. The business failed though and during that time a bunch of other crazy shit went down. He may very well suffer from CTE to a degree but to think that the other parts of his life that resulted in failures didn't influence his decision is naive. It's not like he was some lunatic for the last 17 years and then finally killed himself. He kicked ass for the last 13 years and it all fell apart. maybe that is what drove him over the edge. We will honestly never know. May he rest in peace. If his death results in positive changes that will help others then that is a good thing...whether the disease led him to the suicide or not. Let's look at the whole picture though.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    well, since he donated his brain, we'll at the very least know if he did have CTE... whether that contributed to the suicide who knows.

    I can speak from experience that starting something from scratch with your and other people's money is insanely difficult and even more stressful. Just really brutal - especially in the middle of the second depression. So with you 100% on that note Johnny.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    oh, i've been there MB. Life savings into a startup. stress.

    Bob Probert from the Redwings and Blackhawks found to have CTE as well. He was always a fucking nut bag so it is not that surprising. Duerson having it would be surprising. I wonder if you and I have it from playing for over 10 years? i played like Chuck Cecil which would explain my broken neck but what if we have CTE to some degree as well?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    totally man. I've been forgetting words a lot more lately and that thought has gone through my mind many times. Maybe It

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    My wife said she wouldn't do it but my buddy said he would if it got bad enough. I told him he could have my PS3 if he did me the favor. it's in the will.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    i might will the PS3 to Doc though because he is still rolling with PS2, Max Payne style. One of the most entertaining games to play on PS2 along with the Matrix videogame and all of the Metal Gears. sick.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Thanks Waffle. If you don't forget me by then.

    Sorry, couldn't resist. Seriously though, how many times would you guys say your head hurt at all after hits over the years? And how many of them were from bouncing your heads off the ground?

    I know MB played in the secondary, safety I think, but I don't know what posish you played Waffle. If it won't give away your top secret identity that is. I ask because I watched the Pat Tillman Story yesterday, safety obviously. I had already read most of the stuff in an issue of The Rolling Stone but it was good to see. That guy has my full respect.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    I should add, I didn't play in college. But I played running back through high school and my head probably hurt after every hitting drill. I was fast, but not ultra talented. Late bloomer physically and didn't really get my competitiveness until after high school. I understood the game strateegery-wise easy, but I didn't understand the part about getting yourself mentally ready for a game. I'd see guys getting themselves all pumped up and I just saw that as fake, almost showmanship. I realized much later how real it was, and how necessary it was. So I was always on the hoser-O playing against the #1 D and I'd get pile drived often, with a second string line against the starters on D, to say nothing of my inability to move a pile, or make something out of nothing. Give me a corner and I was gone though. 5 touchdowns and one two point conversion in one game. It was J.V. but it was still my moment of glory. I forget stuff all the time, but then I'm usually stoned.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Strike that. 4 t.d.'s and a 2.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    i was actually the strongside mlb in hs doc... I only moved to ss in college because I was only 5`10" 207.

    I would say HS is where I think I actually sustained the most damage. In college it's more workmanlike and they don't take the risks in practice so the pounding wasn't day in day out. Also you don't try to be the hero in college anymore... 'don't worry about the big hit, just make the fucking tackle son.'

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i think you may be my long lost twin. 5'11 205 over here.
    Read Chuck Cecil's bio if you can. That is a guy who took a tiny frame but a fucking werewolf mindset and turned it into HS, College and NFL success.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Saw that movie recently too, wasn't what I expected at all, as I knew nothing about the guy. Respect.

    'Inside Job' was good too, nice simple look at the who? and the how? of the 2008 crash. Nothing earth-shattering really, but interesting that Obama rode the wave in by employing a lot of the culprits in his cabinet. Some Patsy that boy. Also interesting - they have done NOTHING to stop it from happening again regarding legislation. Obama is turning out to be as colossal a liar as George W.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    i can't believe Geitner is working for the government seeing as how he was one of the main opponents of the regulation of derivatives. Larry Summers too. So obvious the hypocrisy of government no matter who's in charge.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Free Safety but stuck me in the box in running situations because i played at 205lbs. i took plenty of O lineman knees to the head as i pulled a "Pisa" and had to blow up the lead blocking on sweeps and counters, etc

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Exactly... in college we had a tackle who was 6`4", 310 and ran a 4.7... we were friendly, but he loved to come out on lead for a sweep. It sucked.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Nice, good to have strong buddies. The bribe doesn't hurt either.

    Doc, ill donate my wii... that thing blows.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Not forgetting Socom I/II/III and The 'Conflict' series ....

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    how could i forget SOCOM?!?!?!?

    That was a revolutionary series of games as they came up with the ability to order your team around. fucking brilliant. Rainbow 6 tried it in the beginning but it was brutal.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    The crappy implementation in the original Rainbow6 kept me away from that series until Vegas 2...at which point I became hooked like no other.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    i was a huge Tom Clancy fan. Read every book with the Jack Ryan story arc in the exact order. Rainbow 6 was a bad ass book.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Did I link to this already? Looks like it's worth a few late nights: http://www.uncrate.com/men/entertainment/games/killzone-3/

    Btw, the goal in the next quarter is to get my cave set up finally. I'm looking at something bigger than a 64", but I'll have to go with older technology to afford it. Any suggestions?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Go with 65 and spend the extra on the sound system. just my .02 cents. Also, put up a sign that says "no girls allowed".

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    yeah Johnny... twins seperated at birth maybe.

    Next year I'm going to make it out there for a winter home game and a Da Blog meet up. We can swap glory days stories. First beer's on me mang.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    How about shooting for fall and fuck that winter shit!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i will bring the flask

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    My brain is gone, I don't mind saying it. Compared to how it used to work, it's gone. I don't think any of us have been counting concussions - we didn't know there was anything to count - and football is only one way of getting them. I hope they put his brain to good use, but what a sad way for it to happen.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Depression - where you'd rather be dead than alive - is quite different to having financial difficulties and being 'stressed out'. Suicide goes against the strongest drive in the body, self-preservation - something in his brain was badly messed up. People don't shoot themselves over bills, it take s a lot more than financial insolvency for a person to end their own life. All I know is the Duerson thing is huge and just getting bigger everyday. How many concussions does it take to ruin a man?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    i hear ya mang, i was also referring to the domestic battery, being kicked off of the board of trustees, etc. If a guy thinks that he has lost all credibility and feels like his family is better off without him and he loses all his money at the same time that can only make a bad situation worse i would imagine.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Seeing Trombone Shorty at Lincoln Hall in a couple weeks. Looking forward to it. Shorty and his band are the titd.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    So Aroma is gone. OK, that train left the station awhile ago.

    But Caleb Hanie? Now I'm intrigued. Anybody have any thoughts on new backup QB possibilities? We still have Gutierrez under contract, right?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    MBHP - if they tendered an offer to Hanie doesn't that mean they intend to keep him but are just trying to gauge what other teams will pay for his services? if they don't match the offers i know they just lose him for nothing though...i think since he was an undrafted free agent. i personally think the kid has solid backup potential. I like that he is mobile, strong and isn't afraid to chuck the rock around the field if need be.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I don't want to lose him either; what was the tender?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Hold the press, Hanie could walk for zero compensation if the Bears don't match his offer.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0303-bears-chicago--20110302,0,1657754.story?obref=obinsite

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    they'd better have fucking plan in place if they are willing to risk having hanie possibly leave without the Bears even being compensated. If that happens and Basenez or Gutierrez is our backup i will vomit in my sleep, choke and die like Hendrix

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    They can match any offer made to Hanie, or take compensation if they choose not match the offer.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Hanie was undrafted so there is no compensation.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    They should have given him a first round tender IMHO. Nobody is going to offer a first (probably not even a second), but I believe that was the right thing to do for the Bears to say "sorry about the whole Todd Collins thing... you are our backup and we want you here" Guys tend to play better when they feel wanted.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Wow... nice. Agreed.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Exactly. The Raiders have put first AND a third round tender on both Michael Bush and Heath Miller. Nobody is picking up those tabs, the Raiders keep their players.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Zach^^

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I did this to baseball when they had a lockout - never followed it, bought any more merchandise, tickets, nothing. Dumped baseball like a gold-digging needy girl. Shame, since I grew up playing baseball, buying all the tops cards, going to games, but dumping baseball after the strike did save me a lot of heart-ache when the steroids era was blown open. By that time, I didn't give a shit about the game.

    Football, however, would be harder. I'm like an addict to my Bears, and would need some serious rehab and methadone to get off the football high. Maybe we can start a therapy group or something to help us through life after football.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    I didn't lose interest because of the strike, I just lost interest. Part of that is due to being a Cubs fans with no hope of ever winning a WS in my lifetime.

    No way I'd ever quit on the NFL/Bears.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I am a true addict. Bears are my heroin, Cubbies my nicotine.

    No hope for me at all.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    I also quit watching in the early 90's. Combination of the strike / lockout and the shitty way the Cubs dealt with Maddux. I got back into it for about a year recently, then promptly lost all interest again.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP, I don't believe you for a second. Unless you're using that as a cover because you're as concerned about the head injuries as I am....

  • In reply to sjvl:

    With you there, SJ. The picture just gets uglier all the time. Maybe they really need to start going "low tech" on the equipment side. Starting at high school, now. Work the equip and adjusted playing styles up level by level til you get it all the way through.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Meh. Don't make important decisions when you are emotional.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Besides, we'd miss you around here.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Northwestern has some cool after-class activities.
    http://gawker.com/#!5774501

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    That can't be for real can it. If so, I'm guessing that guy is doing a little experiment in tenure. What will it take to lose it?

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    It's real Doc and it's buetiful. But, I wouldn't take that power tool to my woman. The machine used looks to have the power to blow out 5 vaginas in one sitting.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    I was referring to the class, not the toy.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I hope we get a big receiver who will go get the ball in FA, too. Is anyone else concerned with Martz's comments about Hester's improvement and #1 ability? He said opposing DB's shudder just because he steps onto the field. Martz seems to imply that speed is all that matters. We had 2 speed demons on the field at the same time last year, and where did that get us? Our best plays were usually dump-offs to Forte. It's not like we were bombing it 60 yards to Hester and Knox. You'd have to have linemen who can stand in front of someone for more than a second to do that. Martz is seen as a genius by many, but I haven't seen it at all.

  • In reply to bearsfanatic:

    Not disagreeing with ya but if Cutler throws decent passes to Devin in the Championship game, we win. He was wide open on 2 bombs and Cutler missed him by a mile on both of them. Oh well.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Story of the game, IMO

  • In reply to gpldan:

    On another note, I'm cautiously optimistic about the restructured Peppers contract. Hopefully JA will bring in a couple of legit players and not washed-up guys like Pace and Collins. Speaking of Collins, Martz should have been fired on the spot the moment Collins took his first step toward the field in that championship game. Did he suffer a major concussion after that Panthers game and have it erased from his memory somehow? My head almost exploded when I saw him come in for Cutler. A shirtless guy from row 10 with a 2.3 blood alcohol level could have done more than Collins.

  • In reply to bearsfanatic:

    you're a little late to the party bf, that's already been flogged ad nauseum here for over a month.

  • In reply to bearsfanatic:

    I was at the game, and everyone around us was wondering what the hell Collins was doing in the game. Martz stated in an interview recently that he had Collins throw six straight passes so he could "see if Collins could throw the ball"????

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    You're kidding. Link?

  • In reply to bearsfanatic:

    if for nothing else but to stay connected on this bitch GP.

    Besides, where else can you get a link like this: http://www.uncrate.com/men/culture/food/bhut-jolokia-ghost-pepper/

    Let's send some to pep.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://www.uncrate.com/men/gear/misc-gadgets/sword-canes/

    They would say:

    Why is Waffle so confident at the sales meetings. He acts like he has a sword in his cane.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Very nice.

    I almost posted that one when it came up, bt don't want to inundate you guys with cool products. You guys know the url now... go get that fucking sword-cane Johnny.

    I had visions of walking home late one night and some mugers try to get me, unfortunately from them they all end up on the pavement, bleeding, and run-through (or severed body parts).

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    jesus... sorry about the terrible grammar.

  • In reply to bearsfanatic:

    I'm starting to think there' no way there'll be a lockout. the two sides just want to work something out too badly. I think they know what a lockout would mean for the game. Maybe I'm just too hopeful.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/football/nfl/03/04/nfl-labor-friday.ap/index.html?eref=sihp

  • In reply to bearsfanatic:

    We were talking about cereal last thread: http://www.urlesque.com/2011/03/02/54-vintage-cereals/

    Fucking Urkelos!!! HAHAHAHAHHAHAHA!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Anybody remember C3PO's?

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    not a fan doc, but GI Joe's were a fav... as were super honey smacks.

    Still, not much else holds a candle to fucking miniature chocolate chip cookies for breakfast.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Agreed. Fruity Pebbles maybe. Cookie Crisps aren't extinct are they?

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    No but theyre called something else now. Don't know if they taste the same... don't think my heart can take that much sugar in one shot

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Cookie Crisp is still around. I picked it up this weekend as it is my cereal of choice. I've never got into grown up cereals. I'd rather be constipated forever than eat a fiber laced cereal.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    add ground flaxseed meal to your cookie crisp. I brought it up to my doctor. Even he couldn't poke a hole in my idea. He laughed and said he was going to do it himself.
    He looked at the nutrition label, added in the nutrient benefits, fiber and heart benefits of flaxseed and decided that in moderation it was actually a great idea.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    or less of a bad idea

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Spring Break starts on my 21st bday...

    Buh Bye, will be back after midterms,bday, and break. Hang in there and hope we get a NFL season.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Oh man. Have fun on your 21er mang. Have a shot for me. Remember though Supe ol' buddy. Too much alcohol is like kryptonite to your liver. Don't go too crazy. Glass of water every hour or two, and you may even remember it. And good luck on your midterms. Calculus looking better this time?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Happy bday erik. Tear it up man.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Twenty fucking one. Oi Vey! Be a good droid but a bad boy, Artoo ...

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    ohooh....remember, the po-po will not believe you if you say Marlon Brando was your daddy.
    Have a blast, mang!

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    We released a DT and a WR. I'm puttin my money down that we r drafting one of these in one of the first three rounds..

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    I'm really beginning to think we're going to draft a DT in the first round. I think I'd like to sign Cullen Jenkins before drafting a rookie DT. I'm scared.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0307-pompei-bears-chicago--20110306,0,499901.column

  • In reply to jbenton:

    Taking Jenkins off of the Pack and having him make an immediate impact would be rod inducing. I like Melton's motor but honestly thought Marcus Harrison would have stepped up by now with all of the opportunity given to him. He has the talent to be a solid and consistent player. Does he have the will to do it?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    That's the million dollar question though. Is Harrison ever going to live up to is potential? Jenkins had 7 sacks in 11 games plus taking him from a rival would be huge. If were not going after Haynesworth then Jenkins would be my next pick.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    21? damn....take some formula w/ you lol. have fun man...drink hard, but not TOO hard.

  • In reply to bearsfanatic:

    Got to admit the Pep contract redo to clear about $8 mil next year is making my stouts taste much sweeter. Seems Pep is a real team player. Now if can only grab a couple key FAs and not FU the draft. Note to JA and Ruskell: you can put lipstick on a pig, but its still a pig. No more friggin "project" draft picks.

  • In reply to bearsfanatic:

    Got to admit the Pep contract redo to clear about $8 mil next year is making my stouts taste much sweeter. Seems Pep is a real team player. Now if can only grab a couple key FAs and not FU the draft. Note to JA and Ruskell: you can put lipstick on a pig, but its still a pig. No more friggin "project" draft picks.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Swing and a miss, Reilly. Guess what? The owners DO want the extra billion for stadiums because they know that the JIG IS UP on publicly financed facilities. The municipalities have never made a dime on those scams and taxpayers are still paying off (and will be for some time) places like the long-imploded Kingdome and the Meadowlands. Wisconsin, er, I mean the Wisconsin Soviet Socialist Republic, is a big domino about to tumble over and knock over more flat-broke-state dominoes because of public sector pensions and benefits they have no money to cover and are which not sustainable.

    An Idaho COUNTY just declared bankruptcy. Expect THAT parade to get long.

    That self-serving, fat slob, progagandist, Michael Moore, has gone to Wisconsin to Champion the proletariate and cheer the revolution. Well, Wisconsin is already a black hole of state taxes but unlike the Feds, Wisconsin can't just run to the basement and print up some more money. Yo, Mr. Moore what part of "There Is NO MONEY" do you not understand. Hey, what don't YOU write a check Mr. Millionaire Manipulator?

  • In reply to mottystone:

    I've been hearing that Ras I Dowling may fall due to injury concerns(he pulled a hammy during his 40 and still ran a 4.4). He's projected early to mid second but could fall to late second or early third.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2011/03/source-bears-place-tender-of-12m-on-qb-hanie.html

    This makes me very upset. This guy is going to turn out to be good and will leave town before anyone realizes it. We need a quality backup and Hanie is that guy. What happens if Hanie leaves? Do they resign Collins? Ridiculous.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Did Hanie get wasted at the Christmas party and bang Martz's wife?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I think it's because he didn't bang Martz's wife.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    So for $800,000 we would have guaranteed ourselves a 2nd rd pick if we didn't match an offers for him?

  • In reply to mottystone:

    This is a move I cannot understand.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Well... if one of the DTs falls to us at 29 that is a perfect fit for the 3 I'm all for it. With that pick we're kind of at the mercy of the 28 teams in front of us.

    As for Tommie, not ever having had my hamstring ripped off, and never had that followed up by getting my knee blown up by a leg whip, I can't really say how someone should respond. He seems like he's a good human being and maybe didn't try hard enough to rehab. Unfortunately its his and our loss.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    Honestly, with double digit millions in the bank, just how hard do you need to rehab?

    Maybe he's been reading all the stuff on concussions and in the back of his mind it is just not worth it to him.

    And like you jdawg, I've never been subject to anywhere near the rigors of life in the NFL, so I will refrain on passing judgment. Other than to say that the man cannot perform at the level the team needs and should have been cut. Although not a three technique guy, this post recalls my melancholy over the fact that Dusty could not stay healthy...

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Nice picture Murph. I used to have it hanging in my bedroom. Wish I still had it. Actually, I might still have it stashed away somewhere.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Figured it might bring us a starter or two for the O line

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    I need to change my picture. I first posted it when our safety situation looked dire last year. I wish I had an action photo of Bortz flooring a friend of mine at a college party in Platteville, WI in the early 80's. He said he deserved it.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    There was a player! I think he said less than any Bear in history. I think I heard him speak once. He sure spoke with his excellent play and durability. I'll take an order of 2 Bortzes.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    I agree about Tommie Harris. That dude could of made a case for canton one day, if he stayed on course. Without a doubt the injuries killed him.

    With the Release of Harris, I see Angelo drafting a DT in the First or Second Round. Simply because our Defense relies so much on the DLINE.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    i see what you guys are saying but Harris didn't play alot of snaps last year and guys like Melton, Harrison, Adams, Toe filled in on the D line with Pep and Izzy on the edges. We will get a D lineman but definitely not with the 1st pick. Maybe with the 2nd unless a big WR is available or another lineman they have their eye on. I am probably totally wrong and Angelo will take another punter or some shit.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Um.. are you talking about Angelo?.. if a decent D anything lands to us in the first round.. he will take him. Even if its a linebacker

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    check one DL off the FA list:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=AkQyutwzQAe9wZ5BES.dNedDubYF?slug=ap-saints-moves

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Wonder how much input Tice will have on drafting O-line talent, and if he will have more power now that he re-upped his contract. JA should seriously get his input, we know JAs track record for early picks. I'd rather trust Tice's picks anyday.

  • In reply to GuinnessPlease:

    from the last thread... I don't think his reup had any influence on his draft input guinny. JA will either take it and use it, or not.

    As has been reported, supposedly JA's core focus is oline and we can see where that's gotten us. We can only hope he takes ALL of tice's input and none of his own, but history speaks. We'll see.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    When I read that was JA's specialty I almost wet myself. In 10 years we've had a better than avg OL a couple of times (I'm being kind), avg a couple of years (still being kind) and crappy to the worst about 6 years. Wow, what a record!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    yeah Canada, when I read that I was like, you have to be shitting me. Man, even if the dude's specialty was LBs, I STILL would want him gone... but oline? Jesus... let's just hope he doesn't have a huge ego and can let tice do what he does.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Who wrote that anyway, Mayer?

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Yup, the Tommie Obit was spot on ... as was Pompei's perfectly framed question. His departure makes it almost impossible to ignore the signature position in the cover 2 come draft time round one. There's too much talent there and we need a three technique more than we need any single hole fixed on the very leaky OL. First round DT, second round OT, third round G/C, fourth round LB.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Shocking. And wrong.

  • I don't pay any attention to all the "new" stats. Just watch the game. It's readily apparent who can play and who can't. My problem is every time I watch a few innings, I always fall asleep. That never happens with the Bears.

  • fuck i'm still hungover. Aroma got released?

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Stop Hatin' Blend your own bacon.

    Details pls FQ.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    drinking, video games, drinking, doc nitty activity, drinking, bowling, drinking, grillin' out, drinking, poker, drinking, spent the rest of the night hugging my friend's toilet and bathroom floor.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiice!

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I appreciate the love, but if anything, it should be called the Cheech Marin activity. Or the Snoop Dog activity. I don't hold a candle.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Am I missing something?

    ....uuhhhhhh.... girlies?!?!?! Crown you are not FQ.... speaking of, where the fuuuuuuck is crown?!?!

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Happy B-Day, FQD!

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    He just didn't receive a tender, which I guess amounts to the same thing. For a team woefully short of offensive talent on the wings, this is just another ludicrous decision in letting one of our top two receivers walk.

  • It's it that stuff that forms on your teeth when you don't floss properly?

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