Audibles for a Monday Morning

Audibles for a Monday Morning

TICE SETS HIS O-LINE...REALLY?

Apparently Roberto Garza's leadership and performance at the center position, couple with Lance Louis taking strides at right guard, has caused Mike Tice to anoint Webb-Williams-Garza-Louis-Carimi as his starting offensive line.  That is, of course, unless they falter.  Another word for falter?  Stink.  The line has performed well early in camp, especially in the run department, but I don't believe the front office brought Chris Spencer in here to ride the pine and I also don't believe in a magical turnaround for Chris Williams.  I see one more change coming.

A FINAL NOTE ON HAYDEN, TATUPU

If you follow DaBearsBlog on Twitter (@dabearsblog) you'd know I'm quite obsessed on a moment-to-moment basis with the availability of both Kelvin Hayden and Lofa Tatupu.  Hayden would immediately become the starter opposite Peanut and allow the Bears to use Bowman, Jennings for depth at the corner position.  He has half a career's worth experience playing in the exact same system.  Tatupu would not just battle and beat Nick Roach for the starting linebacker spot but also provide the Bears with their first true backup to Brian Urlacher since Urlacher lit the city ablaze with his raw skills a decade ago.  This means do not even seem interesting to me.  They seem obvious.  And a championship club makes them.

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  • First to say, three sacks in game one will be very possible.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    I'll take the over if Cookie is in the starting lineup.
    I think it's a good approach though and it sounds like Spencer needs the extra time w the playbook anyway.
    They are taking the training wheels off of Jay this year.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    It all depends on how well Garza does. Garza spent like the last decade next to Kreutz, so he had to pick up on play calling - if anything, by sheer osmosis.

    If Garza over performs, he's going to be center, and Spencer will bump Busta Williams of the line finally at LG.

    Spencer would perform the role of babysitting Webb at LT, much like Garza did last year, and it's a nice luxury to have an x-center there because he can get Webb into position.

    Lance Louis, who started 4 games last year then was benched, will start at RG. This move is a bit of a mystery to me, but hey, I'm not at practice witnessing his progression.

    Carimi is a lock at RT. Tice is already calling him an elite roadgrader, but hopefully he can pick up those 3-4 rushing LBs unlike Webb.

    SO if I had to bet on a lineup, it would be

    Webb-Spencer-Garza-Louis-Carimi.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    When will it sink in? Cpencer is not our new center - he is one of the very worst centers in the NFL (officially) - he wasn't brought in to start, he was the only guy available to backup Garza, who has never even played center. Obviously they're not in love with Edwin Williams.

    Both Kreutz AND Angela frakked up. Double FUBAR.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    No Irish, a double fupa is a gunt, just ask coach.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    It's the 20 times a game that Cutler will be picking himself up off the ground that I'm worried about. WEbb at left tackle? Good night Cutler, that's what that spells. John Abraham gets 4+ sacks and about the same QB hits in game one.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Everything I've read about Spencer is he's just a terrible pass-blocker, one of the very worst in the NFL. He can't be any worse than Webb, but if those two appear on the same line we are in a huge amount of trouble on offense.

  • I predict a handful of changes to the starting lineup by the time preseason wraps up. At least we know who the preseason favorites are. One things for sure though, Jay needs to have more time and with our running game improving which a think it will, that's a great place to start. Lets give a shout out to all the Bears players and I think I speak for a lot of Bears fans when I say, go out there and beat(Rogers in particular) somebody. Getting more and more stoked boys as the season is right around the corner. I couldn't agree more with you on Hayden and Tatupu Jeff.

    OOOHRAH!!!!!!!!! I love me some Bears football.

  • Bittersweet news gents. Mikel Leshoure just got carted off the field at Lions practice today with a left leg injury. Gotta drop him from a few teams I had him on.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/08/08/mikel-leshoure-carted-off-field/

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Clinton Portis, Detroit on line 1.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    I seen somewhere Leshoure is out for the season. Tough way to start in the pros.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Torn achilles

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Damn, that kid is beast. I know Irish was lobbying for him hard. Maybe we can trade Taylor to them along with a promise "We wont hurt china doll this year" for Suh.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    testing 1-2

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Guess not drafting him was not such a bad decision after all.

  • On another note, I wasn't kidding about my "buy gold" comment last week.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/08/us-markets-precious-idUSTRE7592IU20110808

    Irish, can we have an encore?

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    30-second version:

    Beezelbub Bernake is really Agent Smith from the Matrix and Jay Cutler is Neo. The Rothchilds established the fractional reserve system in the 1800s when they established the Illuminati to suck free will and free jelly beans from the planet. Taxes are a conspiracy. Hoard guns not butter because the zombie revolution is mere hours away.

    There. I think I captured the spirit of it and saved alot of whitespace while doing it.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    very well done GP.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Spot on.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    especially the zombie part.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm most impressed that you found a way to save whitespace on this bastard of a webpage. We're f-cking drowning in it now.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Now that's economics.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    BD - I wish I had the cash to turn into gold ...

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    You and me both.

  • On the Score this morning, Forte's agent was reported as having used the DeAngelo Williams contract "as a reference point".

    DW got 5yr/38M with 21M guaranteed.

    I'm sorry, but the Panthers got absolutely robbed on that deal, and I just don't see Forte getting that deal. Maybe he will, but I can see more like 5yr/25M with 15M guaranteed.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    They're trying to stop the bleeding a little GP. Forte is money in my opinion and I'm confident the Bears will find a way to get it done. They might be waiting to see what happens in the first 3 or 4 games before pulling the trigger on a new deal.

  • I guess the Bears didn't even show up in the stadium for Bears night. Here's another one of those near-post menopausal harpies that pervade CN shrieking about it:

    http://www.chicagonow.com/life-as-i-see-it/2011/08/chicago-bears-offer-refunds-for-everything-but-the-disappointment/

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Man, couldn't get through the 4th paragraph... her pic tells it all. No thanks. I couldn't even muster enough intertest to scroll down to see if you added your $.02, and that's saying a lot.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Look at her picture to the right. It looks like Pippi Longstocking at 50. Pippi goes to dyke camp.

    I knew when she invoked Rex Grossman and Flutie that I was in for a long ride. She closed comments, probably to keep us sharks at bay.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    gp....After looking at her picture I got to thinking, when did that kinder and gentler gp start coming out? Wow thats one homely chick blogger.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Jesus, that was like reading the unibomber's manifesto. I'm not married with children, so I can refrain what Adam Corolla says about female comedians without fear of reprisal 'I don't like chick stand up comedians. They just go up their and whine and bitch, and it just reminds me of my wife nagging' - now just insert "blogger" instead of comedian.

    Yeah, they wisely turned off the comments - they're afraid of Doc! lol

  • I am all for some DB depth, and tatpoo is a badass, but he had DOUBLE knee surgery this offseason right? Dangerous pick up, unless he’ll take a ham samich and a cold beer.

    As for the oline… do I really have to say it for the millionth time? All we did was shuffle and add a promising rookie. That’s pretty much it. Zero real, last-chance-shot efforts to go for the huge revamp and upgrade. So yeah, we’ll see how that all turns out Jerry. Hopefully you already have your office packed up and ready to g… oh wait, this is the McCaskey’s… never mind, you’ll probably get a 5 year extension and raise even after you get Jay killed.

    …and I just had to post one of Peter King's ridiculously useless comments in his column today, about.... what else... fat-guy food. Jesus Peter, try to exercise a modicum of fucking self-control man!

    "JUNK FOOD NOTE OF THE WEEK -- We don't always eat the best food on the road (no!) here in the USO mobile, and so that's why I came across this little (Mc) nugget: In some markets -- I saw it in Gastonia, N.C. -- McDonald's has rolled out the Rolo McFlurry.

    You know Rolos. If you're a proud American, you should. Caramel center, chocolate coating. They come six or seven to a roll. And McDonald's crushes them and embeds them in vanilla ice cream and whirls them around in a McFlurry kind of machine, and here comes the Rolo McFlurry. I just like saying that -- Rolo McFlurry. What's next in a McFlurry? Slim Jims?"

    Dude, peter… you do NOT need any rolo OR slimjim flurry… or any flurry for that matter. OH YEAH!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hey,everybody wanted a new offensive line, and we got a new LT, C, RG and RT! What more could we want? lol

    OK, so what if they're the same guys who were league worst at a new position, and the one guy playing the same position from last year is a bust...

    Cutler's going to be running away from defensive lineman this year as if they were marriage.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    So true. Good luck Cutler...and run!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Haha, Slim Jim McFlurry, love it MB... That's some funny shit there.

    Although... I wonder how a SJMcF would taste... Could it actually be... nah =).

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    My first post from Uni and I know I shouldn't ... but damn .. .Rolos. Chocolate and caramel sex.

  • Hayden is stopping by...

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-freeagent-cb-hayden-to-visit-bears-20110808,0,2162393.story

  • Dear Johnny K:

    If they bring Hayden in, don't let him chuck you into the dirt. Don't let 3rd rate trash talkers like DeAngelo Hall push you all around the field. Show you are team first and accept the 2nd string and catch some damn balls over the middle and compete. Don't whine to the press, it's not cool.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0807-brite-bears-chicago--20110807,0,7853744.story?obref=obinsite

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yup. He's probably tee'd cause he hit the weight room hard this summer thinking he was improving his game. Hopefully we get a good trade for him or he comes in and does a nice job as a B/U or special teams player. I like having the problem of our receivers competing/fighting for a job with real talent as their competition.

    Bottom line Johhny, if the QB doesn't feel comfortable with you running your routes then situations like this will happen. Study, practice your arse off and get better.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    You suck Johnny. That's life. You gone.

  • Oh my fucking god... FOOOOOOTBAAAAALLLLL: http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    sorry, try this one: http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/multimediapopup.asp?mm_file_id=2432&play_clip=Y&rn=5

    ...and this: http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/multimediapopup.asp?mm_file_id=2430&play_clip=Y&rn=2

  • Around July 4th, I really didn't think I'd be watching those videos on August 8th. For awhile, I thought we may get no football this year at all.

    All is back to normal. At least as far as the NFL is concerned.

  • OK lads, this is my rant against the Fudge Pack and hope that we destroy them this year, since they are favored by so many "experts" to win the SB again. First, let's get amped up by hoping Pep, Izzy or Wooten/Melton/whoever gets a chance to sack the bugged-eyed Rodgers and slam his condescending smily-face into some Frozen Tundra, ala Charles Martin vs Bears in 1986 that pretty much ended our chance of a SB repeat. Pay back is hell boys, and I say we do the same to the F Pack this year. I'd like to see the F Pack win it all without Bug-Eyes, like we had to do with Flutie. Really, why don't we have a 3rd stringer grab Bug-Eyes and RIP HIS HEAD OFF. What would the penalty be for actually ripping off his head in a game ? Miss a couple games or so ? I'll take it. In case you need a fix to gather up a lather against the Pack, take a look at the old game video.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTLlaMY_9PM

  • In reply to GuinnessPlease:

    Johnny Morris was the color guy. He was kind of a pussy announcer. Today, Bortz or somebody would go apeshit. A guy like Jeff Joniak would rush the field and take a swing at Charles Martin.

    Ah well. Martin is taking his eternal dirt nap. Just think, right now worms are crawling into his skull. A fitting end for a maggot Packer.

    In fairness, Wayne Laravvee would probably also go apeshit on any Packer who did that.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Sorry I meant Tom Thayer, not Mark Bortz.

  • In reply to GuinnessPlease:

    Wow.

    I never actually saw that footage until now.

    Wow.

    As much as I hate Rodgers though, I wouldn't wish this to happen to him...

    The only reason being that now that Martin is dead, he couldn't do nearly as much damage now that he's just a maggot-filled rotting corpse.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    That is a piece of film every Bears fan needs to see. There are reasons we hate those muthafukahs

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    When I read that it was a clip of Martin doing the thing he should have went to jail for, I couldn't look. Not again. I've never seen anything worse in football. Anyway, karma.

  • In reply to GuinnessPlease:

    Seeing a Bear end Rogers season would be awesome. More so because the fudger fans would all commit Hari Kari

  • In reply to GuinnessPlease:

    This video reminds me of this Chicago crybaby blog. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHf2okq8jZk&NR=1

  • Jeff, I agree completely on Hayden, but I'm not so sure on Tatupu. I lived in Seattle the past few years, and so I've sort of followed goings on with the Hawks.

    The guy is a stud when he is injury-free, but it's almost like the Mike Brown story all over again -- he started every game in college and the first 4 years of the pros, but the past 4 seasons has been injury after injury. This off-season the Hawks asked him to take a paycut, and after a heart to heart with Carroll (his college coach, no less), he asked to be released and they let him walk. This is not a guy you want to bank on as a "true backup" or a long-term answer. He might not even last a full season.

    Plus he had knee surgery this off-season I believe.

    If they can get him cheap, and he is willing to compete for a job, then yeah I think his upside is worth taking a shot on. But it's not a slam dunk, and it's not clear (to me) that Tatupu really would want to play (or excel) in the SAM LB spot. Anyway, just my half-formed opinion (like I said I only sort of followed the Hawks)...

  • In reply to Michael L:

    Thank you for the analysis. I also thought that Tatupu is a true Mike and is probably not what we need over there. I honestly think the Bears are happy with Roach and JT Thomas over there.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    DOUBLE knee-surgery this off-season.

  • I'm fucking sick and tired of hearing about how much Olin Kruetz's leadership will be missed. You know what spurs leadership and morale; fucking winning ball games!!

    I'm so pissed I'm ready to exchange emails with that toothless tard troll who dicktucks in Molena and set up an internet fight. I've been pushing tin like Paella and I'm for real this time!!! I'll bring my fuckin lady to youtube the shit and I'll create my own Kimbo page. When I'm done whoopin dat azz, I'll have my girl say +1 and spit on dat fat bitch.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Yay!!!!!!!!!!

    (Cue the Rocky theme)

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Joking. Internet tough guys are tools!

  • In reply to Crown:

    was damn funy though

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    n

  • Good overview of the Tampa 2

    http://www.scardraft.com/CoverTampa2.html

    Strangely, with Pep and Jennings, nobody is talking about the Tampa 2 as being outdated anymore.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Nice link GP. Good Xs and Os. I still would like to read an in depth article on the nuiassances of the cover-2, like what's the difference between the Colts, Bucs, Bears, Lions, version of the cover-2?

    I think that we blitz more with our LBs than is traditionally called for in a cover-2. I mean, how many times do we see both Lach and Briggs right at the line of scrimmage? I think we're lucky that we have two Pro-bowl LBs who allow us to blitz or pretend to blitz, then have the speed to drop back into coverage.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Like I mention in my response to GPL, check out the 2 sources I gave. Actually I thought the Bucs quit the Tampa 2 under Raheem Morris -- I admit I haven't really paid much attention to them? Also Lions definitely don't run a Tampa 2 defense... Jim Schwartz runs a traditional style of some sort.

    Both of the sources I gave explain how the Tampa 2 differs from the traditional Cover 2 (short version: conceptually it's a pre-snap Cover 2 look that morphs into Cover 3 coverage, but from a technical perspective it's dissimilar to both in what it requires from its personnel). As for the mug look, that's definitely a Lovie Smith twist -- at least to the extent they use it. "Traditional" Tampa 2 never blitzes, but you can use that pre-snap alignment to disguise a variety of zone blitzes, true blitzes, and alternative zone coverages. Bowen goes into a number of these that Smith likes to run.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That link is okay -- it covers the responsibilities, but doesn't present it in a very readable way where you can see how they all fit together. Also he doesn't explain the rationale of why the scheme is the way it is, or how it developed.

    For a much more readable guide plus a bigger perspective, check out the "history of defense" 7 part series that the Fifth Down Blog (NY Times) posted last year... it does a good job of explaining a lot of defenses in a very understandable way, and one segment is devoted entirely to the Tampa 2. If you want I can dig up the link.

    Also Matt Bowen over at the NFP (National Football Post) does a great job (better than this guy) explaining Cover 2/Tampa 2 base defense -- but a word of warning he is much more technical and jargony than the Fifth Down feature. He also has articles covering some of the wrinkles like zone blitzes that Coach Smith likes to add in. He actually played 1 year for Smith in STL, as a safety. He has an entire "playbook" series of articles, with at least 4 covering Bears defensive plays.

    GPL, as for nobody talking about the Tampa 2 being outdated... actually they are... in places like NY, haha. I ran into bloggers at UltimateNYG and they were bitching about Perry Fewell and his "soft coverage" schemes. It reminded me a LOT of a certain city's fanbase only 3-4 years ago, hehe. I tried to explain to them their misconceptions of how coverage really works, but they were too blinded by frustration I guess...

  • In reply to Michael L:

    Hey Michael, would love to have those links and read up on it.

    I didn't think the Lions ran a cover-2 either, but GPs link cited that they do, so I thought they might have switched, or that they run a traditional D with a whole lot of cover-2.

    From memory, I think I read that we don't even run a cover-2 50% of the time, but more like cover-2 that morphs into cover 3, or some linebacker blitzes, or some zone with some man, which all serve to throw off the offense.

    Still, I must admit that I'm a little vague on the difference between The Bears, Colts, Bucs etc so I'd love to read those links you mentioned.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Here's the Fifth Down feature "Guide to NFL Defenses" which covers a lot of ground, but is quite accessible while still being good. Start at the beginning and Part 3 gets to 4-3 defenses...

    http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/author/jene-bramel/

    Here's Bowen's "Inside the Playbook" series, jumped to the last page (articles are in reverse chronological order). After the first few primers, he covers topics randomly as particular interesting upcoming match-ups arise. Just skip to the ones that interest you:

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Inside-the-playbook.html&startrow=60

    These aren't the only decent guides out there, but I thought the Bramel guide was very readable and gives a great big picture context to all these defenses. As for Bowen, you can learn a shit-ton about secondary technique, WR technique, and coverage principles just reading his weekly breakdowns -- although it can be difficult at first cutting through the jargon and unexplained terms. He's a wealth of knowledge and insight into various DCs' heads though...

  • In reply to Michael L:

    thx M.L.

    Will get to reading those a.s.a.p.!

  • I "cut the coax". Sorta. I despise Comcast. I HATE DirecTV, which is perhaps the 2nd most corrupt dish provider only because DishTV/Echostar is practically run by the mafia. I have internet + a digital antenna up in my house (I live 20 miles from the Chicago city limits). VDSL (UVerse) is seriously fast, and the antenna (RCA with inline amp) gets 1080i HD on all the major channels except the CBS affiliate which uses some shit ass VHF frequency that I can't climb the cliff on.

    So, my Bears viewing is limited to CBS/NBC. And now, we have NBC doing free streaming of SNF on NFL.com:
    http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/25885336/

    Now, if I could just get ESPN to support pay-streams for MNF, I would be all set.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Damn it. I'm still screwed. All I get out here is stinkin chargers games. Brutal.

    That doucheyne Rivers lives in my hood and knows my training partner well... next time I see that putz I'm going to tell him that he needs to stop whining until he actually wins something besides a fucking regular season game… and/or one playoff game. Tool.

    Anyway. I either need to get DTV, only see the Monday night games, or watch them on shitty pirate interwebs… not that I would ever consider doing something that is illegal. Mind you.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    uh...yeah...illegal.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    The NBC/NFL partnership for streaming is big. These sites aren't tying you to a provider network - you can be anywhere at any IP address, and watch Sunday Night Football. People in Russia will be asking how that douchebag Collinsworth is allowed on television.

    The NFL made itself into what it is by giving itself away on free tv. Making the streaming model free is very smart, now that they've perfected the embedded players ability to force you to watch the commercials.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    diabolical

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I've had direct Tv for years and love it. I just canceled a few months back and was just mooching off a buddies but now I bit thebullet and signed up. $54 a month for DVR, HD and free Sunday ticket and HBO. Thats a pretty damn good deal.

  • "If you don't grind, you don't shine."

    -Henry Melton

  • In reply to Crown:

    words to live by

  • GP, talk about a cry baby losing his job.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/08/08/tebow-lands-at-no-2-on-broncos-depth-chart/

    Tebow really thought he didn't have to be the better QB to start. I expected more from him. Welcome to the NFL son.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Tebow's just young and impatient, who isn't at that age? He needs to go read Romans or whatever story in the Bible that preaches about patience. What would Jesus do? He would know how to read defenses and show better mechanics lol

    That situation in Denver is a mess. The locker room wants Orton, Elway management wants Tebow (cha-ching), and the fans are split about 50/50. Say what you will about Cutler, but I'm just glad that as a Bears fan, I'm finally seeing OTHER team's qb disasters.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Well said. I understand the patience thing but the guy would have to be blind to think he has beat out Orton.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    I don't think Elway is a Tebow fan.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/01/08/elway-not-a-tebow-fan/

  • In reply to gpldan:

    hee hee, i saw how you did that and it made me laugh. Like an onion article response.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I think Elway is 50/50 too then cuz he initially said he was Tebow's "biggest fan", then said he wasn't all that good, and now says that he's very good and just needs to be more of a pocket guy.

    http://www.aolnews.com/2011/01/08/elway-clarifies-remarks-about-tim-tebows-future-with-broncos/

    Actions speak louder than words though, and the fact that they were trying to dump Orton for Tebow ought to tell us something. But old Horse-Face may end up being the next Millen.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    the best quote is when he said it feels like it had ripped away from him.
    Do you mean you feel cheated that the starting job that was inexplicably being taken from neckbeard and given to you was now being put back in its rightful hands??
    This is the NFL mang that's NO FREE LUNCHES. You gotta earn it. As my man Crown and big ole Hank Melton say, "if you don't grind you don't shine".

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Amen, Waffle, amen. Will Kyle ever get any respect?

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Maybe when he shaves that nasty neck beard.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    you might even say he thought he was.......... ordained to be #1.

    Tee hee...

    …personally, I’ve always thought he was closer to #2.

  • Jeff, I totally agree with you on Hayden. He's got good size (about 6'0-200), has knowledge of the system, and is a playmaker (remember the SB?). He's relatively young and WANTS to play for the Bears since he went to college around the area. THIS MUST HAPPEN. Hayden and Tillman taking out the big boys, and Jennings, Moore against the slots in a midget death match.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-freeagent-cb-hayden-to-visit-bears-20110808,0,2162393.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+chicagosports%2FBears+%28ChicagoSports.com+-+Chicago+Bears%29

    Lofa, however, I'm a little unsure of. He has two surgically repaired knees and he's going to cover TEs with them? I also wouldn't like us telling Roach when we were courting him as an FA that he's going to start, then bring in Lofa to start. Seems a little shady. I wouldn't mind Lofa though as a back, esp for Urlacher, but backup LBs tend to be on SP teams, and I don't see Lofa (see knees) doing that.

  • Sanzenbacher!

    http://www.chicagobears.com/DailyBlogs.asp?DAILY_BLOG_POST_ID=393

    I like that kid. If he makes the roster, I might buy his jersey just for the name.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    I really respected this kid in college, even though I don't like Ohio State. He's undersized and "slow", but he is a tough SOB with great hands who always seems to be open and not afraid to fight for the ball and take a hit. He could be a playmaker if he makes the team.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    summed it up perfectly. He's got character, personality, and toughness. I hope he turns into a Wes Welker.

    Also, he needs to grow a 'stache. With a name like that, it's mandatory.

  • I haven't been a very frequent blogger for the last 6 mos or so but what happened to everyone? For the most part its just MB, Irish, shady, Lobo, Doc, Viva, GP, Brownie, Murph, 85, Waffle and a few others.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    I'll tell you exactly what happened. This place got run over by a Gnome in a golf cart. That's what happened.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Naw, the lockout happened. Only the hardcore were still posting through the doldrums. Don't forget Al, Murph, 85, and Dave. Artoo and the coach showed up quite a bit too. That’s why I’m all for newbie hazing and no free rides. Gotta put your time in mang. This is like any other social group… I know you love that Doc.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    fuck me... and of course crown... my man.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    maybe Son of Crown needs to make a reappearance to rile you old bastards up. Football is in a matter of hours boys.

    Rodgers dead
    Stafford then Hill then Stanton dead
    McNabb dead
    Grant dead
    Peterson dead
    Harvin dead
    Jennings (awesome) but fucking dead nonetheless
    Finley dead
    Best dead

    pretty much just a lot of dead motherfuckers all dying and shit. The irony is the Gholston is the one that is going to end Rodgers season. Bank on it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yeah, the regs not posting as much two fold:

    1) Lock-out.
    2) New format

    While some did change their names because we had to, which is crazy cuz I don't know who else could have had 85bearz4ever. Doc can do the probability on that.

    Most of the lock-out we just discussed economics and the fed - and a little Cutty and Cavelleri...luckily, we won't have to go through that again until 2021, when Cutler retires as the most prolific Bears qb since...wait for it...Sid Luckman.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm still here every damn day reading all this madness, just don't post so much and never have. I'm very hyped about having football back but I'm pretty dizzy from the madness that has been the last two weeks. Just waiting for the roster to settle and I guess still waiting for a FA OL, guess we'll just be grabbing one or two off the scrap heap at the end of preseason.

  • In reply to ben in norcal:

    Also this new format is weird. Something feels different. I'm sure I'll get used to it.

  • In reply to ben in norcal:

    This format ain't new. It's the same turd but with lipstick. It took me 2 days to join the site.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    :o)

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    I guess everyone changed their name.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Quite a shit talker aren't you Crown? No more free bee's from me pal.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Crown is the fucking man. Makes for a very entertaining read.

  • In reply to ben in norcal:

    Yeah well he's started to sound like a broken record.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    easy boys... let's kiss and make up... save all the vitriol for the packer fuck trolls... of which I'm sure there'll be plenty.

    ..unless they aren't living up to the 'experts' visions of SB repeats, then they'll just stay hidden under their rocks.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    We don't like each other MB. Maybe Peppers can feed off all the negative energy and reach out and touch someone.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPw-3e_pzqU

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    NO NO NO!!! Dont feed the fucking trolls! DAMNIT MAN!

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    oohrah little dingy.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Ok, I'll let you off the damn hook crown. How have I hurt your feelings this time? What must I do to make it all better?

    Happy now.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    I've been here, just with nothing to say. Just a passive observer.

    With no #16 around, I have little to add that hasn't been added already. I tend to reserve myself for pointless ranting and hatred...

    I guess I could just let the plus ones fly.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    I was jut figuring cause the season was getting ready to crank up.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    +1

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Oh come on, Willie. We know you can do better than that

  • Like others I read posts most days, but don't post many comments. How sweet it would be if Wooten pile drives bug eyes Rodgers into the IR or concuss land, just like he slammed Favre vs Vi-Queefs. If Hayden can matchup better than our current Smurfs vs F Pack WRs and Megatron let's get him JA, cmon.

  • In reply to GuinnessPlease:

    I can't wait to see what our D line does on the field this year. It could be dynamic. Wooten is supposed to be leaner and quicker than he was last year.

  • Score says that until the rain washed practice out - the standout action was two nice over the shoulder deep ball catches in stride by both Hester and Hurd.

    Nice to see Cutty's timing looking sharp.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    i like deep ball accuracy. Hester, Williams and Knox should be mentioned alot this year in the same sentence as nice over the shoulde deep ball catch in stride.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    thats what she said...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    meee-oww!

  • From Da Site:

    Whispers that the Bears may be interested in free-agent cornerback Kelvin Hayden don’t bother current starters Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings.

    “The ultimate goal is trying to win a championship, so yeah I’ll take all the help I can get,” Tillman said. “Competition brings out the best in everybody. Nobody ever drowned in sweat, so let’s go.” (Peanut)

    And that's why Peanut is so awesome.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    damn right

  • you guys know i love me some Matthews family football madness:

    http://www.nfl.com/trainingcamp/story/09000d5d82151b88/article/eagles-camp-report-rookie-matthews-in-line-to-start-week-1?module=HP11_content_stream

    He was available boys...he was available

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Johnny... so were many many others maings. Fuck man, I can't tell you how I was drooling over adding some of the FA olinemen out there.

    Anyway, I'll stop myself.

    btw... how gay is his hair? Is it more or less gay than the blond version?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i think it is more gay because it's thinner and not as long and he is more awkward looking than Clay and not as cut. Now i'm sounding gay but it alright. You can have any kind of hair you want when you play pro football and get blown by a "dancer" while you control yourself in Madden 2012 and have JD poured down your throat by her friend.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Hallelujah

  • On Sirius NFL today, I heard them saying that 10 guys have already gone out for the season with ruptured Achilles tendons.
    That is rough. I had Achilles tendonitis a couple of years ago and it is beyond painful. I can't imagine what it must feel like when it is in the process of rupturing.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    my brother did it... it's brutal ... utterly brutal. Never get the same flexibility and speed back, ever.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    with that being said, if Kreutz comes back with the Saints now that his bone spurs and achilles is better and does well i will be fucking pissed.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I did it. It took my a year to get back to running. Pain is not the word.

  • btw... where in thee hell has doc been?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    probably off at some conference talking about the nuances of Pi and shit that smart motherfucker.

  • MB, this article looks verrrry familiar.

    http://www.capperspicks.com/blog/nfl/2011-bears-season-win-total-odds-prediction-4811/

    He suggests D will be more than good but O will suck again. He also thinks 0-3 out of the gate is a distinct possibility.

    Bastard

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    this is what happens when all you ever do is try (TRY) to build the D at the expense of the O Trac. As you all know, I simply don't get how totally ignoring the worst unit on our team (and the entire NFL) for the 3rd year running was going to make us better?!?!

    What did Jerry do... deck chairs... titanic... etc... etc.... Just brutal.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    my favorite is when people call Cutler a whiner. It truly shows how little they know about football. He has actually never whined once. Typical 75 IQ statement.

    Bears will just prove everyone wrong yet again barring catastrophic injury.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    I call it the "Forrest Gump IQ" - just smart enough to get by, but overall dim.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    I was going to make this comment, but you already have. So I'll just give it the old +1.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    btw, I'm not buying that lions bullshit. They're are going to battle it out with the vikes for the shit of the NFCN… as usual.

    As for the packers…. fuuuuuuck the packers We have their number and they were handed both games they won last year because lovie’s a complete fucking tard.

    Regardless of our oline woes, I think we go 2-0 on those fuckers this year and keep them out of the playoffs... or at least that is my wet dream scenario.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i honestly think the Lions take both games from the Pack, we split with the Pack and the Vikes split with the Lions. that just means we have to take the Vikes in 2 watch them get worked by the lions and pack and we win the division again...and people whine like little bitches again about bears luck.

    Just get to the playoffs because anything can happen in the playoffs.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    that was a whiskey fueled post riddled with errors like a Don Banks article.

    let me clarify:

    Lions split with Pack
    Bears split with Pack
    Vikes drop 2 to Pack and 1 to Lions
    Bear win both against Vikes
    Bears win both against Lions

    Bears win division. Bears win NFC. Bears win superbowl at 28-1 and my 300.00 bet pays for home brewing system. Then the next Jim Koch is born.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    $8400 ought to pay for some decent brewing hardware.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    how to hide the winnings from the wife? how can i launder the cash so as to not alert her to my scheme?

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    I wouldn't bother. Just promise her 25% of the profits and assure her you'll clean up after yourself. That should do it methinks.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    "Cappers" like these kind of guys are a dime a dozen. Anybody can write bullshit to try and sell picks and predictions -- you just need to know how to appeal to the betting-inclined crowd (which is huge -- almost all of them "square"). They're no smarter or better at predicting than the sports journalists or former player-analysts.

    The ones that actually put skin into it, i.e. make their living risking their own money -- those guys at least potentially have a (little) clue. But you think the ones that actually know something really want to clue other people (i.e. bettors) into some real insight, especially insight that goes against the prevailing sentiment? Fuck no, they can't have squares pushing around the lines and taking away what small edge they have.

    The fact that the majority of "odds" journalists always adds up to a losing set of numbers (i.e. a sportsbook would literally go broke if they laid those odds for bets) tells you everything you need to know... these mathematically-challenged chumps couldn't lay odds to save their life, so why would you buy into their half-baked "analysis"? Heh, sorry for the mini-rant... =)

  • In reply to Michael L:

    There's a few betting anomalies that pop up every year that are winners betting, close to 80% odds. The key is to bet the same amount for each of those games.

  • wife is out to dinner with her sister and aunt. i'm at home with a whiskey in my hand and nothing on. I've been reduced to watching arena football. In case you don't know it's football in a tiny room with whores dancing around being all whory. it's entertaining when you see a guy you watched in college and realize that even though he is just in the arena league he is still 10x the athlete you hoped you could be.
    MBP - watching Maurice Purify tear it up on offense and defense. Cornhusker pride.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    where's the bebe?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    oh shit!

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    hahahaha

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    sleeping like a hungover teenager

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Nothing on? TMI, my man, TMI.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Sweet... what kind of whiskey?

  • In reply to Michael L:

    Powers

  • My first prediction for this season - Hester in Pro Bowl as receiver. So go ahead, tear me a new one.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    what does that mean if your prognostication comes true? RW too?

    I'll buy that for a dollar Dave.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I see RW as Hester's enabler. And also (perhaps wishfully) see RW having matured enough to relish that role, so long as it means TEAM victories.

    P.S. Twice now, after a couple weeks' hiatus, I see the "posting too fast" bullshit again. Is competence really that rare now?

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    exactly

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    yes.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    That would mean we actually run real routes with him and use field spacing to his advantage. i hope it happens. he has the physical skill to score every game.

  • I'm all for deep ball accuracy...is that my Vikings fan wife calling? Hmmm...kind of early tonight.

  • In reply to derekd:

    shiancoe style?

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Hey, bros before shiancoes.

  • I know many of you guys aren't fans, but damn it: http://www.topix.net/nfl/minnesota-vikings/2011/08/nfl-trade-rumors-is-49ers-safety-taylor-mays-headed-to-vikings

  • Now I know what everyone was bitching about regarding lost posts. I had a long, thoughtful post that never made it here. It's really disappointing. I'm not gonna waste my time trying to do it over again. I got some empathy for others who went through the same thing.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I'm seeing a lot of hurt over lost posts. Guys, it takes all of about 1.25 seconds to select all of the text in your post, right-click it and choose 'copy'.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    It would also take some level of attention and detail on the part of the CN technical staff to resolve the issue rather than blaming the user.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I think gnomes eat saltines.

  • Lions are still going to be shit...They keep adding all these "pieces" but it looks like they're still going to have a helluva time protecting 'glass jaw joe' stafford (love some Punch-Out on the ol' NES) their O-line looks brutal right now...wow lost their RT and LT? Plus a back-up? Daaaammn looks like they are in worse shape than us...but i gotta say, for all the negative talk about our O-line, I have a good bit of faith in Tice. He may not be a head coach but I think he'll be able to develop these younguns that we have and coach the crap out of 'em! BEAR the F DOWN!!!!

  • http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Why-the-wide-receivers-stood-out-at-Bears-camp.html

    I totaled my car.. pics later..sigh.

    Seat belts work.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    I just watched a video on the chicagobears.com..

    I am excited for this year. Barber and Roy will help how good Forte and Hester can be. I just hope Jay can hike the ball without being killed within the millisecond.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Artoo! Man, speed kills, arrive alive, don't drink and drive. Or was it some other tool's fault? You have a lot of seed to spread mang. You in one piece?

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Damn good thing to wear them, as you now know better than ever.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Glad you came away unscathed Artoo. Did you have your superman suit on?

  • In reply to Artoo:

    You can thank Ralph Nader for seat belts, and owe him a life debt like Chewbacca with Solo.

    Wow, u found ur Louis Lane
    Might get a new job in a foreign country
    And almost died

    Sounds like an eventful year.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Glad to hear your OK Eric. Seat belts are a great thing. It saved my life before. As long as you have insurance, the rest will work itself out.

  • Knox headed stage left?

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0807-brite-bears-chicago--20110807,0,7853744.story?obref=obnetwork

    "You don't bring a Roy Williams in here to sit on the bench," receivers coach Darryl Drake said. "Johnny has a lot of room to improve, and he's got to improve. Johnny did some real good things last year. He had some nice numbers. But he still has a long ways to go."

    Lower back injury my ass, his agent is shopping around ...

  • I would love to keep knox for at least this year. He definitely gives our team options on the field. How many times have we been able to say that with our receivers? I say keep him. Unless of course we can get a starting guard for him.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    I don't get the Knox hate lately. He is cheap, can play special teams and gives us a legitimate deep threat, and doesn't cart around the 50-lb attitude that, say, Desean Jackson does. Is he a great receiver yet? No - but he's done things for us in the passing game the last two years that we've had an awful tough time getting out of our other receivers. And if you guys are pissed off when Jackass gator arms one, you haven't watched many Cowboys games the last few years.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    100% MBP

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +2. Know will crush Skunk's WR numbers this year.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I concur Brownie. With you 100%. I would only trade him for a starter.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Agree there for sure. Don't agree with Crown tho.

    Letting Knox go would be a big mistake IMO, especially since we have no idea how/if RW will pan out.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Knox had nearly identical numbers compared to Greg Jennings his first two years, except for touchdowns. Knox has played under two coordinators. Give the kid a fucking chance you guys. He's going to get a lot better. Miles Austin "came out of nowhere" in his 4th year. He had numbers last year that were just barely better than Knox.
    I know Knox has had issues fighting for the ball and running the right routes, but he's done fantastic under the circumstances of being a 5th round pick and playing in two completely different offenses with not many other weapons around him. Why do some of you guys want to give up on him? I'm sure some of the same people who want to give up on him have also made the comment that "most receivers don't reach their real potential until their 3rd year".

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I don't know that it's hate, in fact it's definitely not hate.

    Fact is he's now the Bears' fifth best wide receiver at best. Forte is better, KD is better, Dez is better. That's 7 guys I'd throw the ball to before I'd trust Knox to be int he right place. Scratch that. Tofu. Eight. We don't Johnny Knox anymore ... except maybe on ST. I'd have RW and SH on the outside, spelling Hurd with Hester. Earl inside. Lots of double KD/Spaeth sets with RW split wide. Plenty of rushing, plenty of play-action and roll-outs off that. If we can't pass-block, at least we have the size to run it and then pass off the back of any success there. With Barbarian and Tofu we can play a tough brand of hard-nosed offense and the defense to get tehm back out there quickly to tire the other defense. It's all good.

    But Knox is in no way key to our offense, he's just not very good compared to what we have now.

  • The Blogfather will NOT be amused. Neither am I.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-bears-taking-a-pass-on-freeagent-cb-hayden-20110809,0,25767.story

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    god our management is terrible.

    Al, please tell me why we have to suffer through Jerry fucking Angelo year after year... please?!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Guys - before getting said panties wound up - maybe the guy was let go from the Colts for a reason. A legit health reason, like a slip disc in the neck or something serious.

    He seemed to wash out after a physical. I agree that we need another corner, and that corner should come from FA - but we were totally speculating that this guy was an upgrade over Jennings.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    hmmm, that doesn't add up GP. So we're willing to take a shot on barber, RW, and spencer (all injury prone players), but not this dude.

    Meh, ain't buyin it. Jerry's just a fucking tard.

    (I really have to stop using that man: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T549VoLca_Q)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    C'mon folks. If we sign evra free agent how can we groom players via the draft? Remember, Jerra's in the solutions business.
    (yes, tongue in cheek)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If I had the answer for that, I'd sell it and could retire.

  • Erik, I forgot to post about your life changes man. Congrats on the engagement. Think long and hard about the job/school, then follow your heart... you only live once and you won't remember that calculus class on your deathbed (sorry doc).

    Don't worry about the car, that's what insurance is for... any landing you can walk away from is a good one.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    On your deathbed, God whispers you the final digit of Pi. Then gnomes come to carry your soul to the garden of eden. Or something like that.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    awesome. Can't wait.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness... so I got that going for me.... which is nice.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Speaking of total awareness, anyone see Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor's talk? She's a neuro-anatomist who analysed her own stroke in the left-brain hemisphere over the four hours it took to completely overwhelm her and threw her into 8 years of recovery. Great stuff, uplifting and insightful - nothing you can't get from a healthy dose of Psilocybin Cubensis or LSD, but there you go ... if your eyes are not very moist after watching this you are not human.

    It's 20 minutes long by the way but worth watching with family.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyyjU8fzEYU&list=FLn0oEWlYxNJE&index=13

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Pi has a final digit? Wow, I can't wait to die.

    By the way, if any of you haven't seen the movie Pi, you should. The director also made Requiem for a Dream, a very good but fucked up movie.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    Well given that pi is transcendental, perhaps it's fitting that God would give you the final digit...

  • SC Dave -

    I am so sold that this is Hester's breakout year that in DBB2 FF I dropped that useless twit Crabtree and picked up Hester for my bench. Most FF pundits would say that was foolish, but not me. Crabtree is a bust, and Hester is going to come up big for Cutler. Pass me the gallon jug of orange kool-aid, I need a swig.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    If the stories coming out of camp are to be believed, and RW shows out as a legitimate threat, I expect Hester to be open often. Devin Hester, ball in hand, open field? Oh yeah!!

    Bottoms up, gp!!

  • I don't know whether to laugh or call the cops: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-videos/09000d5d821528e4/Illegal-use-of-fans?module=HP11_headline_stack

    I think that might have been Max.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    No way MB that ain't him. Max hasn't been the same since his fall at Lambeau.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGdPBj64yL8

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    I love that video. I want to make it into an animated GIF.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    dude lands on his dome. ouch.

    btw, I found out this morning from a neighbor, that guess fucking who is a golf member in our community (noooo, I am not a fucking golf member, just a home owner)... yes, that's right.... fag-belt fucking rodgers. Can you believe that shit?!

    I swear if I see that dude, I'm going to take a lead pipe to his knee: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6T09XWRkq5M

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I can see it now. Just as Rodgers is about to take his tee shot at the par 9, MB comes out of the bushed in cammo and straight up gilooly's dat ass.

  • In reply to Crown:

    MB30, if you've ever considered taking up golf, now would be the time.

  • Crabtree will never "Bear" fruit for the Niners. Kinda reminds me of Dvorachek but with a tude.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/08/09/crabtree-expected-to-miss-entire-preseason/

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Wow, Harbaugh has to be so stoked that his best downfield wideout is Ted Ginn.

    Whomever has Vernon Davis in FF is going to be pleased.

  • 2011 Self-Fellatio award for a blog:

    Lions fan blog who is clearly high on fumes. 11-5. Child please.

    http://rjlawrence.sportsblog.com/post/51/2011_nfc_north_preview_the.html

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Team play the Packers tough and Detroit did almost beat them twice so they will obviously help us get to the playoffs by beating them at least once.

    People forget that the Bears absolutely trounced the Lions in that first game last year and won the second one. It was an older brother beating up younger brother type game and without 3 red zone turnovers by Olsen and Forte the score would have been silly. Child Please.

    Packers were close in every game last year but at the same time teams played them hard and a handful of teams beat them including the Bears. If Martz doesn't shit the bed with 7 step drops to make Matthews and company look all world on defense expect a split between the Bears and possibly 2 victories by the Bears.

  • Please assign letter grades to NFC North receiving rosters:

    Lions
    Starters: Calvin Johnson,Nate Burleson,Titus Young
    Others: Derrick Williams,Michael Moore, Bryant Johnson, Tim Toone

    Pack
    Starters: Greg Jennings, James Jones, Jordy Nelson, Donald Driver,
    Others: Randall Cobb, Tori Gurley, Diondre Borel, Chastin West

    Vikes
    Starters: Michael Jenkins, Percy Harvin, Bernard Berrian.
    Others: Jaymar Johnson, Greg Camarillo, Andre Holmes, Emmanuel Arceneaux, Juaquin Iglesias, Dominique Johnson, Shabba, Stephen Burton

    Bears
    Starters: Ridiculous Devin Hester, Will BoyRoy, John N. Knox, Earl the Pearl Bennett
    Others: Sammy Hurd, Longshot Fantuz, Kris Adams, Dane Sanzenbacher

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Pack
    Us or Vikes
    Us or Vikes
    Lions

    We need to see what we have before I can rate it GP. I'd like o believe that now rice is gone we edge the vikes out, but we'll see

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Vikes or Us.... you know what I meant.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I don't know anything about anyone's backup receivers except that Sam Hurd is way better than J. Knox. I like that Shabba guy on the Vikes ...

    GB : B+
    CHI: B (if Hurd is#3 or #4 instead of Knox)
    DET B/C+ depending on the quality of everyone from #3 downwards ...
    MIN : C - they don't look so scary without Rice, do they? I know Shabba will shine for them..

  • Haven't been around, cause I got computer issues at home, and I've been camping.

    Any computer geeks want to help me out? Here's the lowdown.

    Dude comes to my house offering me Comcast. I kindly say no thanks, I have Directtv so I can watch my Sunday Football. So he tells me, one can buy The NFL Sunday Ticket without a Direct TV subscription by buying a particular gadget that will allow your computer to broadcast throught the TV. So, one need not have Directtv to get the ticket. He goes on to tell me how much money I'd save and I acquiesce and sign up for his service. Now, my Qwest internet connection is wireless. But how I'll get internet thru comcast. So he sets up the modem and router and we plug my computer in to the router to establish a wireless connection. But it won't work!!!! I can't get on the internet using the ethernet cable or wireless. The installer managed to get his laptop online using the new set up, but it won't work for mine.

    So my questions is two-fold.

    1. Why is this happening and can anybody help me fix this?

    2. Is what this guy is saying about using your computer for Sunday Ticket correct?

    I called Direct TV to cancel and gave them some bullshit line about how I refuse to pay for the NFL now. If they want to fight over billions, they can fight over somebody elses. And since I only have Direct TV so I could order the Ticket, I would like to cancel my subscription. The operator said, "If you stay on with us, I'll give you the Ticket for free this season".

    So now I'm stuck. I would still save money using the other service and paying for The Ticket through the computer. But I can't get my internet to work. Or I could go back to the Direct TV and get the Ticket for free. The problem is, the guy who installed the comcast shit, took down all the direct tv cables and shit. So now, if I do stay with Direct TV so I could get the free Ticket, I'll have to explain to them why my wires are all cut and will probably have to pay to have them fix it. I have about 20 more days to decide.

    I'm not asking for anybody to make the decision for me, but if there are any direct tv subscribers reading this, and you used to buy the ticket but haven't done so yet this year, I suggest you use my strategy.

    And for MB and the others who can't get direct tv, you might want to look into the online option for the Ticket.

    P.S. Knox sucks. 11 of Cutlers 16 interceptions last year came on passes intended for Johnny Knox. Dude can't or won't fight for the ball and gives up on routes. He's frail as a twig and is not long for this league. Trade him now while he has trade value.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    It sounds like his laptop had a static IP, and you couldn't get on because he didn't set the box up for DHCP. That's my guess.

    You may be a math genius, but don't buy any bridges the next time you are in New York. You believed this Comcast twerp about a magic box that streamed the NFL? Were you high on Columbian?

    Go back to DirecTV. Make up a story about how you rented your house to meth freaks or libertarians, who cut the cables on your roof because they thought the CIA was sending brain signals to them via them. If he took the dish down, you may have to pay to have it put back up and aligned. Don't pay comcast.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    It sounds like something I don't understand, but it gives me hope for a solution. Feel free to elaborate on the DHCP shit, as I am mostly a computer idiot.

    Let's also be clear on two things.

    First, I'm no math genius. I got where I got because failure is not an option and I worked my ass of to get there. That's why I teach at a community college and not a University.

    Second, It wasn't the box that was getting the ticket, it was my computer. He told me you can BUY the Sunday Ticket for your computer without having a direct tv account. The magic box is simply some gadget that allows the tv to broadcast what's on the computer. I'm no math genius, but I'm pretty damn far from an idiot. (I think)

  • In reply to gpldan:

    And yes, I WAS high on Columbian.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Great post gp. You described me exactly. I happen to be a libertarian meth addict with no teeth who is deathly afraid of the black helicopters that are constantly flying by my house.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Dude they're over your house too? I cover my body in tin foil so they can't detect my body heat or thoughts.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    LMAO. Sorry Doc, computer woe's are no fun but they way you explained everything is hilarious. Funniest post I've read in a while.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    Jesus Doc... I was told there'd be no math involved.

    Two trains leave the station going opposite directions...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I give up MB, what's the answer? It's the same train, but there's a mirror ..?

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    First off Doc, I thought that "Sunday Ticket" was owned exclusively by DirectTv - so the fact that one can purchase it without DirectTV is news to me. How much was it to purchase it?

    Secondly, you want to make sure you're wireless network is working. Usually a little bars icon is at the bottom right of your computer, right click on it, press "open network and sharing" something along those lines, and check out the status. If you see a big red x across the icon, that means there's something wrong with the wireless network, and will have to get that up and running.

    That would be the easy solution, the next would be what gp suggested about static and DHCP.

    Also, if it does somehow work out, if you have a somewhat new tv, you can connect your laptop to it and watch the Bears on the big screen, but first thing's first. Check the wireless network (which seems obvious, but sometimes the most obvious gets overlooked).

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    Try restoring your system to an earlier date when it worked. Click Start > Run type RESTORE and click Ok. A box should appear containing a RSTRUI shortcut. Double-click it. Look for a date on the little calendar that pops up when you know it was working and click on it and choose to restore your system to that point. Should be sweet after that.

    Myp2p.eu is free internet football ...

  • Hey hey Jerry, you idiot - look at this. Undrafted rooks still out there. You love this shit.

    Inside OL help

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/763162-chicago-bears-11-udfas-the-bears-should-target-post-lockout/page/4

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/763162-chicago-bears-11-udfas-the-bears-should-target-post-lockout/page/7

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/763162-chicago-bears-11-udfas-the-bears-should-target-post-lockout/page/10

    CB Help:

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/763162-chicago-bears-11-udfas-the-bears-should-target-post-lockout/page/5

  • In reply to gpldan:

    It *seems* a forlorn hope that Angela will do anything, but maybe he'll surprise us.

    I like that guy at #10, since he's listed as T and G.

  • Wait, what?

    Maranelli is having Gholston play inside? WTF? Is this true?

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/793053-chicago-bears-2011-predictions-starting-lineups-for-week-1-of-regular-season/page/5

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Hub sounded pretty certain that Gholston will not make the final roster.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Vernon Gholston is an edge rusher and won't be moving inside where we have Big Toe, Melton, Tongan Warrior with knee issue, Okoye and AA.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That entire post looks pretty clueless to me.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    it's the worst blog post ever. the guy thinks Gholston is playing tackle because Marinelli said they are going to put Vernon's hands on the ground. Someone tell the rookie blogger that means he will be playing a traditional 4-3 defensive end role instead of the stand up 3-4 OLB that the Jets had him playing. Gotta love the internet. Everyone is an expert.

  • http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/6844377/ricky-williams-joins-baltimore-ravens-backfield

    I'm inpressed with ozzie man, he makes some intertesting moves each year. Like he has some sort of.... plan... or something.

  • Doc - I'm glad you brought it up...DirectTV is desperately pimping the Sunday ticket right now for FREE (new customers) with packages starting $30 a month and up. I'm strongly considering dropping my TV and phone service with Cox, keeping internet, and adding the $30 DirectTV package. I'd probably save some money in the process.
    What they were probably trying to sell you on was the To-Go package, which is like another $10 a month.
    I agree with GPL, it sounds like they jacked up your router settings or didn't know enough to set up your clients to match the new router or server settings.
    But thanks for inspiring me to dump Cox Cable and watch some f-cking football!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    So what do I do?

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    i don't know mang , just don't ever kiss a chick with an adams apple. that's all i know.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Lola!

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Affirmative.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    ladyboys!

  • Hey Doc: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4Y7GMPJO64

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ah, haven't heard that in a while ....

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    yeah, they put out a couple catchy little tunes. Think they smoke weed at all?

  • Okay so, I just called Direct TV and the guy was indeed full of shit. Why didn't I do that sooner? Fuck me. Apparently, for new customers you can get a package for $30 a month with free NFL ticket. BUT, one cannot buy the Sunday Ticket only, one must purchase a cable package. So the guy was either a hustler or misinformed himself. Damn it. So now I have to figure out how to get Direct TV to reinstall my shit. Christ.

    Never make hasty decisions and if something is too good to be true, it probably is.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    I'm 99% sure that he wasn't completely full of shit - just an incompetent tech.

  • Believe me, if DirecTV offered streaming online of every NFL game:

    A. I would have posted it here.
    B. I would have looked how much they wanted to sell out the NFL contract to non-subscribers.
    C. The NFL's lawyer would have put on his jack boots on for an ass kicking.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yeah, I currently live in L.A., so the only games on the local t.v. are the charger and traider games, neither of which I want to watch, so I'm forced to get up at 9am and go to a sports bar at 10am just to watch Bears games. I like drinking as much as the next man, but damn, that can get expensive.

    If DirectTV is only $30 a month with free Ticket might be worth, although currently when I get too cheap or lazy for a bar @ 10am, I've been told (ehem) to check out the Bears on

    http://atdhenet.tv/index.html

    and get my ESPN fix on

    http://www.seeon.tv/

    The latter site has some other cool channels too, not least of which is 24hr Seinfeld episodes!

    SO I hear.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm pretty sure that the To-Go package does include every game, streamed to your device of choice.
    And it is included in the free "new subscriber" deal now along with Sunday Ticket. I'm about 90% sold. I'm just going to doublecheck the numbers one last time. Hell, if I factor in the sports bar expense when the Bears aren't showing out here on the East Coast, this is probably a no-brainer.
    Please, some current Ticket subscriber, talk me down before I jump.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Streamed to you as long as your IP address is with AT&T?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    ???

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    myp2p.eu > click on American Football - some games may require the installation of StreamTorrent or Veetle, no biggie.

  • All you fools stop procrastinating and the with
    Program. Sunday ticket is this shit! Ask yourself this, how much do
    You really want to
    Watch the bears on Sunday? I signed up for that directv with the free Sunday ticket deal. Well worth it.

  • Best thing about the Sunday Ticket is it comes with the ability to stream from your phone and it's go the fantasy player tracker. I'm getting jacked for football season. Just bought a house and I'm looking forward to pimping out my Bear Den.

  • Happy house and man-cave building, Sac!

  • Jeff - any chance you'll put up a live twitter feed with all of our sports reporters like last year?

    sincerely,
    rodgers fucking dead

  • I'm a little concerned about Paea's knee. He's already sitting on the sidelines like Tommie. Are we sure Angelo knew about the extent of his injury? Are we even sure that Angelo doesn't work for another team? it seems like it sometimes when they don't pick up a FA olineman except for one that is there to replace a guy that they really didn't need to replace now.

    sincerely,
    rodgers fucking dead

  • http://espn.go.com/nfl/powerrankings/_/year/2011/week/0

    I know you all love these... behind the bucs, NY, and the chargers? reeeaally?

    And I love this line, "The loss of longtime center Olin Kreutz will hurt Chicago's running game. (Walker)"

    The guy obviously didn't watch a single game last year and is just regurgitating what everyone else has said.

  • heeeeeeey coooooaaaach: http://www.chicagotribune.com/site/newspaper/sports/ct-spt-0810-dez-clark-bears-chicago--20110810,0,1187308.story

    ...and, get off me you little bitch: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-desmond-clark-chicago-bears-photos,0,3391020.photogallery

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Damn it, I meant: http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/photo/2008-11/43274743.jpg

    oh yeah, and... get off me you little bitch: http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/photo/2008-10/42980388.jpg

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I believe he was good to go this year and we frakked up in a major way. We do not have a center and Spencer sucks. My $0.02

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Dez's role will be "mentor" this year. We have two 6'7 behemoths in front of him. I hope we're not paying more than 3 beans and a carrot for his old wrinkly ass...I thought for sure he'd be at home watching Matlock and 60 minutes this year

  • I know it's rosendouche, but he has an incredibly valid point: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/rosenblog/chi-why-bears-tice-sounds-crazy-20110809,0,7028494.column?page=1

    Maybe I should be a Chi-town sports writer.

    So let's recap:
    * same worst in the nfl linemen just shuffled around... again
    * Zero help brought in through FA even though there were plenty of guys and lots of money
    * Tice towing the company line (see how I did that?)
    * We got our injury-christmas season last year

    I'm still scared for Jay and for us. I honestly wish Jerry wasn’t so terrible and we could have brought in at least two guys on top of spencer. I hope we’re ok up there mangs.

  • at this point there is nothing to fear MB. the simple truth is that deep drops that require extra seconds of pass protection just can't be an option. Longer passes must include a pocket that has been moved or with Cutty bootlegging. If Martz calls a balanced but creative gameplan that includes Forte catching the ball and Hester using the whole field we will easily be 11-5. If we don't we will struggle and will hope that Cutty doesn't get hurt. Martz needs to put Cutler in positions to succeed and Cutler needs to limit the super costly mistakes in the red zone like he limited them last year and we'll be fine.
    I can't wait for Banks to look like a fool again. i put 300.00 on the Bears to win the superbowl. I bet my co-worker 200.00, who is a Packer fan who was born and raised in IL, that the Bears would win the division. Also, if Bears win their first meeting, he has to wear a Bears scarf all winter and if the Packers win their first meeting i have to put a Packers license plate holder on my car for a month.

  • I hope you got good odds on the Bears winning the division and not just even money dude. If you want to bet online but have your IP address appear as though it's from a legally betting country:

    Basically (google what you don't understand)

    1. Install the TOR router/Vidalia.
    2. Edit your browsers proxy settings to log onto localhost:8118
    3. Edit the TOR config file > look for a setting that says Exitnodes{} and put a country code in between the brackets like {ie} for Ireland and set up your online account.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Irish, i'm just a simple caveman and don't understand your boxes with numbers in them. My primitive mind can't grasp these concepts.

    http://listoftheday.blogspot.com/2008/08/classic-snl-clip-of-day-unfrozen.html

  • If Martz calls a balanced but creative gameplan

    That's what scares me.

    U actually got the better of that bet. You can still walk around with your dignity, but if he loses, he's gotta have a Bears scarf - can't get around that!

  • The best way to watch a Bears game isn't on some satellite dish on the TV, it's in person. Who's with me? Which game are we going to this year blog bros? Week1?Week 3? You decide, I'll show - and buy Jeff another round.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Pay my airfare and I'll cover the drinks.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Considering beer prices at Soldier Field, that's a pretty fair deal, Shady.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Oh, I dunno. To cover $300 airfare, you'd have to drink 20 beers at $15 each. And while you might handle 20, I really doubt the staff would let you.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    If split between Shady, myself, and Jeff, I think we could "handle" 7 a piece...mostly. That's what DDs are for.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I'll be in town for the Packers game (week 3), but I don't have tickets, and after dropping a decent chunk of change last year for opening day... I may just be watching at a bar.

    I say it now, but I know - come Sunday - I will be prowling for scalpers.

  • I'll be going to see Cutty's return in Denver. Going up from Albuq. Let me know if anyone wants to tailgate/grab beers/whatever and I'm down!!

  • Good morning Bears fans. Anyone a Fleetwood Mac fan? Here's a great cover. GP, this one's for you and anyone else. Where's Canada, or what's his new name?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A13tUxH09SI

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    If you like the sound of a 12 string Les Paul guitar with the lovely and talented Grace Potter singing, then the above song is for you.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Love me some Mule.

  • Morning F. Classic.

  • Guys.. For real, pick a game and I will wear that suit again and we will watch a Bear's game all together.

    I am open to every game before Thanksgiving.. After that, it gets cold.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Yeah, you can not wear that suit to soldier field after Thanksgiving. That cold, that suit, You would have to add some of that ballet dancer enhancement to not be embarrassed on national T.V.

  • MJD is clearly a tool of the highest order.... [re ripping on Cutler and then refusing to apologize]

    "I knew what I was doing when I tweeted it... I just didn't know that many people were following me at the time."

    Translation :

    That's like a white guy saying : "I know I used the N-word a lot, I just didn't know there were any black people within earshot ..."

    "I wouldn't apologize because I didn't do anything wrong, I don't think. I didn't commit a crime... I didn't kill anyone or rape anyone or anything like that. I mean, I stated my opinion, and it seems like you get more backlash for that than committing a real crime in some sense."

    Translation :

    "I spoke my mind at the time. And now, in posession of the full facts and knowing that I was clearly way off base, I'm not going to do the obvious and correct thing to do at this juncture, which is to apologise unreservedly ... because I am a classless idiot."

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Having listened to that blubber-head spout off on Sirius NFL all off-season, he is just ridiculously full of himself. It would puncture his self-worth to admit that he was wrong, just once.

    Now,remember that this is coming from a guy who was pretty unreservedly on the side of the NFLPA during the work stoppage, I really did not appreciate MJD's comments on why the players' situation was so extraordinary when callers would comment on the lock-out. He came off as smug and entitled.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Yes, he's an ass, but I do think one thing he said is true...

    " I didn't commit a crime... I didn't kill anyone or rape anyone or anything like that. I mean, I stated my opinion, and it seems like you get more backlash for that than committing a real crime in some sense."

    We've become so fucking sensitive and PC these days that you can't say or do anything without having to hold a press conference to publically admit that you're a sex and drug addict and that you'll be going into a 'program' for the next 6 months to cure you of your own, personal, private, perfectly legal choices/decisions/opinions.

    Fucking pathetic. Just put a fucking bounty on his head the next time we play them... like the olden days for fuck sake. Bottom line, dude is entitled to his opinion no matter how douchebaggy. Just settle it on the field the next time the opty comes up.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Big Plus One on that one MB.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    If MJD is going to apologize, he should start with his parents for promoting an image that they did not raise him properly.

  • MJD is a tool of the major order. My only regret is that we don't play against his sorry ass this year. It would be so fitting if he gets injured this year. Unfortunately his way of thinking is pretty normal nowadays.

  • heeeeey iiiiriiiish... tell us a stooooory.... tell us how the rich are manipulating the maaaarkeeeets to become more riiiich and keep the rest of us poooor.

    Fucking ridiculous. Talk about a shell game, jesus.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I take objection with Maurice Jones Tool because he himself got injured and didn't play when his team was fighting for a playoff spot. Being a player that takes a lot of punishment week in and week out should know how difficult it is to perform his job when he's hurt. Now if he had of criticized the Bears for putting in tool Collins instead of Hanie then I would be patting him on the back.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Anyone seen those videos of Forte prank calling MJD?

    Pretty pretty pretty funny.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tL-ifEUM714

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Hilarious Willy.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Please let all sarcasm be identified with italics.

    +1

  • Tomorrow night - first preseason game!!!!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    my god that was fast

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I hope Knox clams up to the reporters about his issues.

    It will be the Nathan Enderle show.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Oh, and K Bell vs. Chester Taylor.

  • Rex rex rex....

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dc-sports-bog/post/evaluating-rex-grossmans-torso/2011/08/08/gIQA7HUi2I_blog.html

    And the there's this: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dc-sports-bog/post/rex-grossman-redskins-ready-to-take-over-nfc-east/2011/08/09/gIQAjk1d5I_blog.html (see the quote about us)

    And finally... this: http://twitpic.com/63x6ie/full

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Between the weight gain, the swelled head and the delusions, WebMD gave me a few options.

    I'm going with Porphyria or possibly cocaine abuse. It's a hell of a drug, Rex.

  • Can you believe it? Here comes the season.
    Henry Melton is ready to cause treason.
    MBP always the football voice of reason.
    Bleacher Report don’t know shit
    GP creatin animated GIFs

    Tongan dancers-Paella and Big Toe
    Hey, always know, bros before shiancoes
    Dez and Harris so old they might get shingles
    Fuck dat, this is the year of the Pringle

    Waffleman spittin truth about adams apples and ladyboys
    Rashaan-Salaam selling all his toys-Heisman rings
    The locusts; they may sing
    About our shitty ass turf
    Fuck, all our receivers are smurfs

    Michael L layin down more knowledge that Hub
    Lets hope Cookie turns into a Bear from a cub
    Irish dropping bombs about the Fed Reserve
    Revolution likely; so is a big season from Sam Hurd

    I said 9-7, naw, more like 14-2
    It all rests with you, Mr. new Bear Jew
    DBB ready to explode on September eleven
    Football is upon us; our personal heaven.

  • In reply to Crown:

    well done crown

  • In reply to Crown:

    Nice!

  • In reply to Crown:

    Very nice.

  • In reply to Crown:

    nice mainge

  • In reply to Crown:

    http://i715.photobucket.com/albums/ww151/puck35/so_much_win_graphic.png

  • Has anyone come across an article by a "respected" sports journalist predicting the Bears will be a playoff caliber team this year? Maybe after we go 3-0.

    One thing is clear though, our success hinges on Cutty and the line. I'm so glad I don't have to include Olsen in that sentence anymore. Not that he is a bad player, just that the Bears need so much more than him to be successful.

  • http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/peter_king/08/10/lions.postcard/index.html?sct=nfl_t11_a0

    Is that a man-girdle you’re wearing peter?

    Chemistry… does that mean they’re dating exclusively?

  • I love this about cutler:

    Cutler does no commerical endorsements and told the magazine that he doesn't intend to until the Bears win a Super Bowl.

    "I was in Denver, not a huge market, came to Chicago and haven't really (sought out) a lot of marketing opportunities because we haven't accomplished what I want to on the field yet," Cutler said. "Until we get to the Super Bowl, win Super Bowls and are successful there, then I don't think it's right for me to go out there and venture into those other markets."
    Copyright © 2011, Chicago Tribune

  • In reply to Norwegian Bear:

    Haters can hate, but I love the guy.

  • In reply to Norwegian Bear:

    this is why he's my favorite QB in the league. say what you want, but that's the talk of a leader right there.

  • In reply to Norwegian Bear:

    Norske, I have zero problem with Jay saying "I'm going to disney world..." as he walks off the field after we shut out the Colts in the super bowl ....

  • Irish - I cannot let you off the hook on this:
    "I don't know that it's hate, in fact it's definitely not hate.
    Fact is he's now the Bears' fifth best wide receiver at best. Forte is better, KD is better, Dez is better." then you go on to say he's not even in the top 8.
    You're f_cking nuts - in an objective sense. KD??? I love the Beast, but he's a better receiver? I'm not even going to ask how you figure Sam Hurd is a better receiver. And we've already covered the fact that Roy Williams has had five consecutive years where his numbers don't come close to touching Knox's numbers in his -second- year in the league, on a team where the QB got knocked on his ass anytime he took a 7-step drop.
    Get real.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Don't get lost in numbers mang, he left Cutty out to dry in this timing offense. A good receiver in Knox's position would have gotten way better numbers last year. Every time KD was on the field he's produced, he's where he's supposed to be and he doesn't frak up - have a look at his highlight reel on YT. The little film I've seen on Hurd, you can tell hands down he's the bomb - he had tough competition at Dallas and I know he'll shine as a Bear. Ditto Williams. I hope our Cowgirl contingent all shine this year, but unless that wall gets built up around Cutler, it's all for nothing.

  • Asiata is 3rd string at Guard...he's almost there, Irish.

    As long as four or five other guys get food poisoning, the Johan "Moobs" Asiata era is set to begin.

  • And Hester is listed as starting KOR and PR...which is not what I thought we were hearing...

  • http://www.chicagobears.com/team/depthchart.asp

  • Hey Fres, Nor Cal, Reno etc.
    I'm picking up tickets for the Bears v Raiders game Sept 1st. (gives me time to round up a posse) I'm looking at either the endzone opposite the black hole or behind the visiting teams sideline. Endzone tix are $100 or so and sideline are $150. http://www.stubhub.com/oakland-raiders-tickets/raiders-vs-bears-oco-coliseum-1068656/
    I have a group of about 7-10 guys going right now but it would be sick to get some of the guys from the blog to go as well as some other local fans. hit me on my email and we can discuss ticket purchases etc. If we all buy on the 1st of sept in the same sectiion it should be easy. jlehr916@gmail.com

  • Looks to be a good running cuts list... not that it means anything to us: http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/6814188/nfl-cuts-roundup

  • The Bears just released their depth chart. Hester is listed as being our KR and PR.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    What a homer I am. I didn't refresh my screen to see I was wasting space. But I'm not gonna apologize because I didn't break the law and what's done is done. At least not many people are logged on right now. What a tool MJD is, I mean I am.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Apology accepted trac

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/29705/bears-is-henry-melton-ready-for-this

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Melton is the d defensive lineman version of Manning ; great athlete and potential, just got jerked around to different positions.

    It seems that there are more than a few victims of coaching indecisions. Manning, Melton, Izzy, Williams, Hester...

  • I sure hope this guy is right. Reading this article has made my day. What if our O-line actually is a strong point on our team this year. Super Bowl anyone?

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Can-the-Bears-offensive-line-be-a-strength-in-2011.html

    If you need a shot in the arm concerning our line, read this article.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Lance Louis and Chris Williams, the most athletic guards in the league? Wow, this guy is definitely drinking the cool aid....I just hope they don't suck copious amounts of dog shit.

  • Yeah, he may be wearing rose colored glasses but I likey.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    "This guy" is Greg Gabriel, the Bears former Director of College Scouting before he got let go last year to make room for Ruskell. So he obviously isn't completely unbiased, catering to the hometown market, as well as 2 of the lineman being drafted under his supervision. However he did prove last year when he took the NFP gig that he wasn't going to be a shill for JA when he called him out over the Starks snafu.

    That said, I am inclined to take him at his word as far as his evaluations go. Scouts tend to be a straightforward, no-bullshit lot. Also I checked his pre-draft eval of Carimi and it was almost exactly the same as what he wrote here, so no rose-colored glasses there.

    I think his eval of Webb and CW could be colored by his faith/esteem of Tice, so that part may need to be taken with a grain of salt if you don't share his view of Tice. Same with Lance Louis.

    I'm choosing to take an optimistic viewpoint though -- I think we might well see a huge step forward by the line this year. I guess we shall soon see...

  • Trivia time:

    Who said, "Remember, tomorrow is promised to no one."?

    Winner gets a ham sammy.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Payton?

  • In reply to Urlacher FTW:

    You got it. Did you google? Whats up Ur. Where ya been?

  • I'm worried about our O-line most of all. Not because of saying bye to Olin but because I have never been impressed with Garza as a guard. Not sure if Center will be an improvement at all.

    Our Oline will dictate this season. If they do well, make holes and most of all protect Jay and give him time in the pocket I think the NFC Championship is once again in our grasp.

    Except this time....if we have a chance to knock GB out let's DO IT EARLY!!! :)

  • In reply to Reichwolff:

    We got all the way to the Champeeinship with a below average line last year. Just imagine what we could do this year with an average line. Heavens to Betsy if it's a good one this year. So far the only thing I can be is optimistic. If Webb and Carimi do their job this year the Bears will be in good shape.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    No shit Trac. That kool-aid tastes damn good.... did you spike it?

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Did I spike it?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFrX1_NvYFA&feature=relmfu

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    But we had a center last year - this line could be worse ....
    J'Marcus Webb will get Cutler killed.

  • In reply to Reichwolff:

    I don't see how our line will be worse than last year. We counted on C Williams to not suck shit at tackle, and it turned out he did, in fact suck shit at tackle. He actually at the peanuts out of shit at tackle. I'm really interested in seeing our first preseason game on saturday. Remember our first one last year? We had to take Cutler out after 1 series because our line was sucking shit instead of blocking people.

  • Hey gang...been a while. How do I post an avatar with my name...I don't see a profile menu anywhere on this thing. :)

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    oh jesus christo!!!

    all this time I thought 85 was you. Man, it's hard to tell who's who these days.

  • Nevermind I figured it out.

    Yeah, the O-line should be better this year but then again I'm not going to be waving the orange flags just yet. If they are better than last year by any degree I'll be happy. Jay can really shine if they can give him the protection he deserves.

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    I smell football in the air B4. Can't wait to see what our boys will do this year. I would love to see Jay torch the Cheese for 3 or 4 td's a game.

  • Queen fans aren't anywhere near as obnoxious as cheese fans so I kinda feel bad for them if Ziggy moves his girls to L.A. Pretty cold to yank a team out from under a fan base.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/08/10/wilf-not-fazed-by-l-a-progress-says-arden-hills-stadium-deal-is-close/

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Like I said, I live in L.A., and I can tell you that most hear DO NOT want the Vikings, Jaguars, Bills or other failed franchise.

    Almost everyone I know wants a NEW franchise, new stadium, new logo, new everything. Almost all the L.A. teams have been imported (Dodgers-The Bronx; Lakers-Minny) and the avg dude wants a homegrown L.A. football team.

    The only other acceptable options are the Chargers and Raiders, and those are from two completely different types of fans.

    But the fans have little say in this - oh well. I can also tell you this. The NFL needs L.A. more than the other way around. That's not a boast, it's just that a lot of local sports fans are into the Lakers, Dodgers or USC/UCLA, not to mention surfing, hiking, biking, skiing, skating, boating...

    And I can't even imagine what traffics gonna be like when/if they built that stadium in Downtown...oy vey!

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    * here

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Disagree with that one. You must not have been on here two years ago when the Queens were in the championship game. They were just as bad as the Fudge fans.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    Then piss on em.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    It's like arguing with a prima donna frat boy with popped collars vs. a cud-chewing 'neck with tobacco stains down their chain...either way, they're really not worth the time.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    chain? chin.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Did you mean zipper?

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    trac...

    Fuck the vikings... and their shitty fans.

    I hope they actually move the team to fucking Tijuana

  • On the Bears front, it seems our DTs are falling like flies.

    Paea knee

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4671173/paea-expects-to-return-to-practice

    Adams foot

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-bears-dt-adams-nursing-injury-in-walking-boot-20110810,0,2034329.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+chicagosports%2FBears+%28ChicagoSports.com+-+Chicago+Bears%29

    Neither seems too serious, so I'm not too worried about it. Also, it would be a good chance to see Okoye, Melton and Harrison (if his fat ass is up to it) duke it out.

    Knox got downgraded to second team behind, you guessed it, Roy Williams. Knox was initially pissed about, but I always viewed him as a slot guy anyways. Nickle cbs tend to be smaller, which should bode will for Jam-me Knox.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    That's something I didn't understand when he was competing with Williams in practice. Knox and Williams are two completely different players. Williams has a bigger body, Knox has more speed. Hester and Knox, on the other hand, have pretty much the same game. They're not the greatest route runners or jump ball guys, but they have dangerous speed and scare teams if left in space.

    Why isn't Knox competing with Hester for the flanker spot? The playbook could stay similar with either guy lined up, and Hester needs some relief so he has fresh legs for returns. If Williams is our #1 guy, Hester and Knox both offer the same deep threat on the flank side that will make it difficult for free safeties to closely double team Williams. Why is Knox second team if he can't play the #1 spot?

    If Williams really does get his skills back, I have high hopes for Martz this year. Bigger bodies at TE and on the line give Jay the extra second to make plays. Forte and the RB crew keep the strong safety close to the line. Hester (or Knox) keeps the free safety from drifting. That means Williams will have space to beat CBs one on one on a regular basis. And if Williams isn't open... the deep ball to the other side looks a lot higher percentage than last season.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    The depth chart has Bennett behind Hester, curiously. I'm not really worried about it. All the WRs will get reps during the season; it will be up to each of them to make something from them.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Thing is, Knox and Hester may be superficially alike, but they have very different skills and traits.

    Knox's best trait may be his route running (Bowen says he's by far the best pure route runner on the team). That's something you absolutely want in your split end, but is (somewhat) wasted in the flanker. Likewise, early comments on training camp have remarked how good and crisp RW's route running has been.

    On the other hand Knox has been relatively poor at handling defenders, by use of hands/leverage or by positioning/leading. That's absolutely a killer for the flanker spot, who needs to rely less on the route and more on technique to create a pass opening. By contrast, while Hester has room to improve on this too, he has agility and explosive cuts and a few moves to take away defenders. Both have blazing speed, but Knox doesn't have the agility or twist-up factor that is Hester's hallmark.

    That in a nutshell is why (I believe) Knox has remained tabbed with RW for split end rather than being tried out at a new position. Of course this is all armchair guesswork at best, but it at least seems logical.

  • http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/6849640/rex-grossman-confident-washington-redskins-win-nfc-east

    the link says it all.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    don't be a hater FQ... blend your own bacon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUKpVz8hRcs

    Murph, that tells you everything you need to know right? That whole, 'extra field and running start' thing tends to give a dude an advantage... oh and this is the NFL.

    Speaking of canada... where has canada been? Probably out on a 200 mi road ride. Makes my grundle hurt just thinking about it.

  • Anybody hear anything about the Canadian? He isn't listed on that depth chart anywhere, not even fourth string.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    I wouldn't be surprised if he pretty much just stays on special teams for now. I want to see how that Sanzedude pans out. Have only heard positive things about him.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Murph, this is from ask Uncle Larry on Da Site.

    How is Andy Fantuz performing at camp? Does it look like he can land a spot on the roster?

    Paul
    Kandahar, Afghanistan

    Andy Fantuz possesses good hands and size, but to be perfectly honest he doesn’t done a whole lot during training camp practices to stand out, good or bad. It’s not like he’s had any bad drops, but he hasn’t made a lot of memorable catches either. Part of the problem is that the Bears are now very deep at the receiver position: Roy Williams and Sam Hurd have joined a group that includes Devin Hester, Johnny Knox and Earl Bennett, and rookie Dane Sanzenbacher is turning a lot of heads with his play in the slot.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Let him sit on the practice squad for a year (probably still pays better than Canada). If we don't get a lot better at WR this yet, he might re-emerge as a potential weapon with another year to show his skills.

  • "Dez's role will be "mentor" this year. We have two 6'7 behemoths in front of him. I hope we're not paying more than 3 beans and a carrot for his old wrinkly ass...I thought for sure he'd be at home watching Matlock and 60 minutes this year"

    HA! You bastard coach... but that shit did made me laugh though.

  • 24 hours until first pre-season game. NFL Network is playing all 64 games and i will endeavor to watch at least 40 of those games. I can't believe it's finally here. Rodgers is fucking dead.

    Sincerely,

    rodgers fucking dead

  • also i think Chad Johnson is going to have a solid year for the Pats

  • The Pats made some moves that were very un-Patsy like this year. I don't think Johnson will amount to much this year. Just a gut feeling.

  • I enjoyed this video from the drunkntailgaiter.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsfq-EVMj3A

  • Our new Scrappy got hurt:

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4671177/bears-wr-hurd-injures-lower-left-leg

  • @#$%&$ !

  • This article should be a reminder as to why teams need to be very careful as to who they bring into the locker room. I'm so glad the Bears have done a solid job in this department.

    Chilly still doesn't get it though, he should have never brought the Girl back out of retirement. Moss was his last gasp of desperation but Favre was his first.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/08/11/childress-says-moss-walked-in-the-locker-room-and-vomited-on-it/

  • I'm showing my age now but this is one of my all time favorites. To all you working stiffs out there who make this country tick.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Joo90ZWrUkU

  • I think I realized my frustration today with the O-line. Listen to the logic.

    1) Webb is a standout at tackle and Carimi is a #1 pick for a reason. We don't know if either of them can play the left side, but they both have enough talent to deserve a shot. Plus, no good value emerged this year at LT.

    2) It was time for Kreutz to go. Garza needed to get a shot to compete for the position or our strategy of grooming him for the last couple years was a waste of time. We brought in a vet to compete, but let's give Garze a chance.

    3) Williams gets a final shot to stay on the roster this year. Lance Louis is a solid young prospect that will develop into a starter. We've got some bodies that can play guard on the team. No anchors, but no great value emerged at guard in the off-season.

    4) There are several good prospects on the line. We just have to see who can play and who needs to be replaced. Building a solid line is a multi-year process. We're taking it in stride.

    All of these arguments make sense - for a rebuilding team. If the Bears went 6-10 last year, I'd be willing to accept that no deals emerged in FA this year that were worth the money. If the Bears were looking at a 3-13 season I would expect to draft a left tackle in the 2012 draft and let Carimi and Webb battle for a year to see where our needs are. If the Bears had just finished in a tie for third in the NFC North, I would accept that this is a rebuilding year on the line.

    But we are not in a rebuilding year. We made it the NFC championship game. We lost that game because our QB got killed by a substandard line (and because our recievers couldn't make plays against a playoff caliber secondary). Our defense was possibly the best in the NFL last year (GB could also make that claim) but those guys are going to start getting old - first the secondary will go and then the LBs. We're already thin on D because we keep having to use our top draft picks to build up the offense, and we're a defense focused team!

    This was the year to make another big move in free agency. I get that we tried for Colon, but that's the only thing it sounds like we came close on. There were at least half a dozen solid starters in free agency on the O-line this year. Why couldn't Angelo get it done.

    Developing the O-line is not acceptable and its an insult to Lach, Briggs, Peppers and the guys on D that are battling every game for this team. We are a playoff caliber team that needs to get over the top now. Win now. Its still not too late. Somebody will get cut. Make a splash Angelo. Now is the time.

  • Wasn't Carimi a LT in college?

    Angela couldn't get it done because he is an arch tool as we have mostly been singing .... forever.

    If Webb is too slow to deal with speed rushers on the right side, will he somehow be able to deal with them on the left?

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