Bears Add Meriweather, Solidify Safety Position

Bears Add Meriweather, Solidify Safety Position

It is not a move that will be the difference between winning and not winning he Super Bowl but the Bears signing of Pats safety Brandon Meriweather should not go unheralded. Anyone who watched Conte and Steltz play the position this summer knows the club was an injury away from disaster. Meriweather is not a top tier guy but he is a more than capable professional with a knack for big plays and big hits (sometime illegal ones). The Bears are better with him.

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  • Agree. It was a no brainer move

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, yes, I've been insolent and contemptuous...no excuses. The Browns played the Bears and not one comment, I know. Although I knew we would only be playing 5 starters, still no excuse. Hanie made mincemeat of the Browns secondary, but half those guys are no longer with team. I will be back in rotation after this weekend.

  • In reply to gwill:

    very nice will. Glad ot have you back.

    ..and please, as my HS football coach used to say (often): "excuses are like assholes son... everyone's got one, and they all stink"

  • Gp, go check the cn blog 'love lawyer. Bet you'll have something to say.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You likin the love lawyer MB? Something scary about that woman, yet something incredibly hot!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    naw murph, she should be tortured unceremoniously. Talk about a minus to humanity... jesus, ballbusters like that are simply wrong and frightening.

  • I like the addition, but our depth and dissent(Briggs) at LB really has me worried. While I think the line will continue to gel and be markedly better than last year, I still see Cutler taking too many shots this year. Williams will be what I've said he will be since Genius Inc. decided to bring him on.......an effing disaster. Barber, on the other hand, will get us those 3rd and shorts we haven't gotten for the past 5 years. Runs, screens and the occasional deep ball and that's a wrap. If our D can hold 'em to 19 or less as an avg this year, we should be in the playoffs.

  • In reply to MattySouthside:

    I wouldn't worry about Briggs unless he decides to retire. The Bears aren't going to trade him and he will be subject to the new holdout fines which will penalize the piss out of him if he goes that route. He's got 3 years left on his contract and the Bears will only trade him for a #1 pick and or a player.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    My worry is that our front office don't tend to hold onto disgruntled players who ask for trades e.g. Thomas Jones, who we let go for a packet of fags and some bellybutton lint.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Actually you've got it quite wrong. Yes this front office does eventually trade disgruntled players, but on their own terms. Also they did get full value for TJ (for the time).

    Thomas Jones asked to be traded prior to the 2006 season, when they drafted Benson. JA told him they would not trade him that season, and they didn't. Jones played the good soldier and rode out the season.

    The next off-season though JA honored his request, finding a trading partner. They flip-flopped 2nd round picks with the Jets, which by the trade chart was worth a mid-high 3rd round pick. That was in fact exactly the going rate for high profile RBs at that time, despite how Bears fans/media were characterizing it.

    So JA's history is not letting players get their trade wish while the team still needs them, but then honoring it later when transition or replacement players are in place. Since there is no possible way you can say the Bears are prepared to play a season without Lance, I just don't see JA trading him this offseason... no matter what you claim.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    Thomas Jones was worth much more to the team than a mid/high 3rd round pick regardless of what other RBs were trading for. I understand your point. It just shouldn't have come to that.

  • In reply to Z Bearz:

    It came to it because TJ insisted on leaving town prior to '06, and JA (I believe) agreed to address it next year if TJ plays ball in '06.

    You know how Jones is too -- stubborn and hard-headed. The moment Benson was drafted, he made up his mind that it was either him or Benson... and obviously the Bears weren't going to cut or trade CB after 1 season. So I doubt if it could have come to anything but that. At least JA got a good, mostly happy '06 season out of TJ...

  • In reply to MattySouthside:

    Our piss-poorness at LB after the two lads is indeed very worrying Matty.

    I am also having a hard time believing Webb suddenly won't suck just because he's at LT. But Mike Tice knows a lot more than I do, and I trust him, so fingers crossed. At least we should get the trunning game going which was completely missing between the tackles last year.

    Chris Williams isn't a LG though, and a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

  • Good move by JA. If he can learn the system quickly Major P might find himself on the bench.

    Matty, I keep hearing the coaches talking about what a great camp C. Williams is having. He's looked solid to me this pre-season.

  • Dear blogfader...you image says everything......

    "Glitchy's" word balloon above his head says "Hey I pulled this out of my arse , just like getting Merriweather I lucked out one more time"

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    One of Angelo's strengths is a weakness. If a Coordinator wants a guy, Angelo will get him. A little history:

    Terry Shea wanted a QB familiar with his system. Meet Johnathan Quinn.

    Lovie wanted a safety with experience in the C-2. Meet Arch delux.

    Martz checks in and wants Manu, and Chester, and JA gets em...

    Moral of the story - JA gets the guys his coaching staff want. Imagine the headlines if he didn't.

    Here's to hoping he can entice Al Davis into an ill advised trade for Briggs....

  • In reply to Viva:

    And did Belicheat really just let a relatively young 2-time pro-bowler go because his roster is so chock-a-block full of talent? Or is it a case of Transformers ... 'cause there's more than meets the eye ....

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Spot on lobo. spot on. Another shrewd move disguised as luck.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    please trac.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Just for you MB. Checking to see if you still have a pulse.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    like that fucking picture isn't enough.

  • Meriweather brings baggage, bad attitude and big hits. In the context of being a team player, nobody really knows if this guy will help or hurt the Bears yet. According to the Boston Globe, Bellicheat couldn't get rid of this guy fast enough. I sure hope he's not Randy Moss in disguise. Either way, I wouldn't expect too much from him until midway through the season.

    http://dailyherald.com/article/20110904/sports/709049841/

  • According to this source, Meriweather is ranked as the 8th best Safety in the league.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/tag/_/name/2011-safety-power-rankings

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    I saw a comment that Pro Football Focus had him ranked #79 out of 80-something safeties for 2010, based on play outcomes of throws to him.

    So let's not get too excited by power rankings by a bunch of ESPN bloggers... Sando even admits he doesn't even know how to rank safeties, and I bet most of the others don't either. Most likely they just named guys that had Pro Bowls or otherwise were recognizable names on good teams. Same bullshit as always.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    It doesn't really matter anyhow. Now that Merri's on the Bears, he'll drop to 80th. No love from the pundits.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Fine by me.

    We don't want / need any 'love" from the so-called pundits, ALL of whom whiffed on where Peppers would land last year (anyplace BUTChicago) and MOST of whom predicted the Bears would lose 2 of their last 3 and miss the playoffs last season.

    It's much more satisfying to watch them be wrong.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    Agreed on the source of things re the four letter network. I like his highlight reel though. At least he HAS a highlight reel ....

  • Damn now if they would just get an all pro left tackle my wish list will be complete!
    Just got back from the best of the west rib cook off in Reno. Laid out a few futures on my Bears. Super Bowl odds went down to 32x1 vs the 38x1 it opened at. Oh well I'll still make lots o money!

  • No doubt there is a reason the Patriots ditched him.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    "One man's trash is another man's treasure."?

    "No doubt", true.

    But it's also true that he is better option than Steltz or Conte.

    Maybe this will light a fire under Mr. Wright.

  • Just back from the fantasy draft.

    3rd year running, took Aaron Rodgers with our first pick (#3).

    A.P. went first followed by Chris Johnson in our 8 team league. Originally , I had Arian Foster ranked #1 overall & would have gladly grabbed him at #3 BUT, him tweaking that hammy for a second time in 2 weeks scared me off. Afraid he'll be fighting that all season.

    Bagged Greg Jennings as my first receiver.

    Only Bears selected in our draft Forte, Knox & Robbie.

    Cutler would have been my choice for our back-up QB but I had to pass on him because the Bears and Packers share the same bye week.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Dude... Al... No Jamaal Charles? No Ray Rice? Both, in my semi-amateur opinion, better selections than ARod at the #3 slot. Could have picked up Rivers/Brady in the next round and been just as good.

    Unless of course, faggoty end zone celebrations are worth 6 points... in which case, I'm surprised he didn't go @ #1. Are "I'm so cool because I'm different... Please look at me" mustaches worth points, too? I hate him, and I hope you put the Al's #1 draft pick curse on him this year.

    Rodgers dead.

    TWO PACKERS?!?!!? You're killin me Al.

    I guess that's just how you was raised. (Insert smiley face.)

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    OK, get real. This isn't a "Sign up for free / play for bragging rights" league. This is the "Pony up your $100 entry fee or stay home" brand of fantasy football and everybody knows that betting your emotions/team loyalties is an excellent way to piss away money so spare me the "How dare you draft Packers" nonsense. Blame Foster and his tender hammy. We finished in the money with Rogers last season. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. We don't have a lot of roster movement either so you draft TEAM QBs and Kickers. One ofthe reasons Rogers and rivers are even more attractive in tis kind of league is that they have proven, viable back-ups. If your main guy goes down, you still score whatever his replacement can deliver. Flynn has shown the ability to make plays.
    As for Charles, eh, maybe (he did last until th 11th pick), but I wound up with Michael Turner as my lead dog and Rogers wouldn't have been there for me in round 2 . If I'd gotten Foster I was shooting for Rivers at QB (excellent PLUS a viable back-up in Volek) but he was the second QB taken, 2 slots before my 2nd pick. I would have settled for Brees and Yes, Vick would have been there too but I can't help wondering how long he lasts behind that patchwork offensive line Philly is struggling with. Rice? He went on the next pick & too high for my taste. Yeah, McGahee & McLain aren't there to steal his time but I need to see if he can carry the full load before i make him the #3 pick. Plus, this is a very basic scoring league. Minimal bonus points for yardage gained.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I don't think KC's running game will be what it was without their OC calling clever plays and getting the best out of an OL that was near the bottom (with the same players) the year before ....

  • Speaking of fantasy football!

    4 slots left for the auction, which drafts Wed @ 8PM CT.

    Link: http://games.espn.go.com/ffl/tools/join?leagueId=907245
    Password: ditka

    Irish - you gotta get your draft in ASAP, so don't bother waiting for me to fill this puppy up... It looks like it might not happen.

    It's an auction. It's awesome. Join!

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Ahhhh, thanks willie... I was beginning to have withdrawals

  • "The Bears have opened the season with a new starting safety combination every year since head coach Lovie Smith took over in 2004."

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4671709/meriweathers-addition-no-surprise-to-harris

  • In reply to Z Bearz:

    Fencik and Plank were my all time favorite duo. They weren't the best coverage DB's we've ever had but they brought the wood on every play.

  • In reply to Z Bearz:

    Because you just can't find a Mike Brown that often.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Amen to that, Al.

  • WTF...

    "LAKE FOREST, IL – The Chicago Bears have waived CB Joshua Moore and signed RB Armando Allen to the practice squad.

    Allen was an undrafted free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers out of the University of Notre Dame. The 5-10, 190-pound running back had eight carries for 28 yards (3.5 ypc) this preseason with a 20-yard touchdown reception for the Buccaneers."

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    As I think someone (Al was it?) mentioned in the last thread... Allen was the RB at ND that Hughes backed up.

    Clearly they saw something from college that they liked, and they didn't sign him based on his preseason compared to Hughes's. When you're talking about 4th string RBs that aren't even on the roster, that isn't at all unreasonable.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    Appreciate the credit, Michael, but that wasn't me.

    That said, The Bears have ALWAYS gravitated to Golden Domers, all the way back to QB Johnny Lujack, Hall-of-Fame OT/LB, George "Moose" Connor and Heismann Trophy Winner / NFL Disappointment, John Huarte.

    It hasn't always been pretty, either.

    Case in Point:

    Throwing a way a #1 to trade for the "Already-found-to-be-wanting-as-an-NFL-QB" Rick Mirer.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    From CHICAGO BEARS HISTORY site...

    "Rick Mirer, Notre Dame: Dave Wannstedt's Chicago epitaph says something about trading for Rick Mirer. Mirer's cost was a first-round pick, the 11th in the draft. He lasted one hideous, awful season in Chicago. He didn't even start the season, as Kramer was healed and Mirer looked terrible. Traded for: 1997 Started in: 1997 Released: 1998"

    Among the those The Bears MIGHT have (but probably would have missed anyway) taken with that 11th pick in 1997: Rb-Warrick Dunn, TE-Tony Gonzalez, DL-Trevor Pryce, OL-Tarik Glenn, RB-Tiki barber, QB-Jake Plummer, RB-Corey Dillon, DB-Sam Madison, DL- Marcellus Wiley and S-Darren Sharper. All future pro-bowlers and 1 probable Hall of Famer.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    In case you're wondering, the "Mirier Pick" was traded to Seattle which then used it to trade up and draft future pro-bowl corner, Shawn Springs. Atlanta wound up in the Bear's 11th slot and took DB Michael Booker who played 5 seasons and started for them in in Super Bowll XXXIII.

    If memory serves me correctly (a 50-50 shot these days), Seattle was planning on RELEASING Mirer if they couldn't trade him when the Bears stepped up and gifted them their #1.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    Wasn't Joe Montana a 6th string QB at one point at ND?

  • fuuuck: http://espn.go.com/dallas/nfl/story/_/id/6932963/cowboys-rob-ryan-says-father-buddy-ryan-diagnosed-cancer-again

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Wow that sucks. Though man, he's beaten cancer 3 times already + brain inflammation? That's pretty crazy.... So at least his track record says he'll be okay. Wow.

  • I know exactly what at least 1 response to this will be, but since I know this will be of interest to some of you...

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/44436/rex-grossman-to-start-for-redskins

  • In reply to Michael L:

    This response?

    http://kissingsuzykolber.uproxx.com/2006/11/f-k-it-im-throwing-it-downfield.html

  • Here's your T-shirts for the Falcons game...

    http://s838.photobucket.com/albums/zz306/MikeD-2010/?action=view&current=BM3a.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    nice

  • Just been watching AROUND THE LEAGUE LIVE on NFL Network and a lively debate between Michael Lombardi and Former-Fullback-New-Contributor, Heath Evans, over, among other things, who is buying into the Eagles hype. Lively, yes, but if it were fight it would have stopped it because Mr. Lombardi is taking Mr. Evans to the woodshed.

    Bottom line: Lombardi ain't buyin' the Eagles who, BTW, drafted a tackle #1 who is NOT living up to expectations.

    Hmm...

    Eagles: Offensive line issues.

    Patriots: Offensive line issues.

    Colts: Offensive line issues.

    The Bears seem to be in good company, anyway.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Mr. Lombardi also ranks the NFC North as the NFL's toughest division.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Lombardi is also made of pudding which is a medical miracle in itself.

  • tee hee!

  • Tiki's agent is so mad, he made Tiki in Madden 12 and put him back on the Giants and cranked all his stats to 99, just to show those guys...

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/6932576/agent-flabbergasted-tiki-barber-passed-nfl

  • The Bears are currently at +3 on the betting line hosting Atlanta Sunday at Soldier Field.

  • No spreads on my site. Let me know who jumps out at you, and why.

    13/8 New Orleans Saints @ Green Bay Packers 1/2
    11/10 Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens 8/11
    evens Detroit Lions @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4/5
    4/6 Atlanta Falcons @ Chicago Bears 6/5
    4/9 Philadelphia Eagles @ St Louis Rams 7/4
    11/5 Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns 4/11
    11/8 Tennessee Titans @ Jacksonville Jaguars 4/7
    8/13 New York Giants @ Washington Redskins 13/10
    12/5 Carolina Panthers @ Arizona Cardinals 1/3
    2/1 Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers 2/5
    3/1 Minnesota Vikings @ San Diego Chargers 1/4
    7/4 Dallas Cowboys @ New York Jets 4/9
    3/10 New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins 5/2
    13/10 Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos 8/13

    lety's try and get them into three columns by gameday : Nailed on wins, should wins, banana skin games.

  • Hey actually, if you guys are into this (and judging from the Saturday Show contest last year, most of you are)...

    I've been running a pick'em league the past few years. Last year we moved to a confidence pick'em format, which I thought really amped up the competition. If any of you guys are interested, you can join in this year... or we can run our own DBB league.

    I'll post the league details here if people are interested...

  • In reply to Michael L:

    Oh I should be clear: this is picking against the spread... not some weak-ass straight pick'em league.

    The confidence aspect means that you also assign confidence values to your picks, so you can prove to the world you know your shit...

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