Breaking Down the Atlanta Falcons

Breaking Down the Atlanta Falcons

Several months of nothing.  Not a significant word spoken about the NFL in any sports media circle that did not involve the tedium of labor negotiations.  Now we have arrived.  Finally.  To the first week of the NFL season.  The Bears have an opponent.  And they're good.

  • On the offense, the Bears need to block the edges.  John Abraham has resurrected his career in Atlanta and the Falcons wisely went out this offseason and added Ray Edwards at a hefty price tag.  I don't think Edwards is an elite rusher but he doesn't have to be when teams are so focused on stopping Abraham.
  • If you block those edge guys, there are plays to be made all over the field.  The Falcons are not overly impressive at linebacker and their corner combo of Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes is talented but often take too many chances on the ball.  If the Bears use three and four-receiver sets, they should have a lot of success quick tossing into the slot.
  • The Falcons have a rookie punter and Matt Bryant kicking field goals.  I don't trust either.
  • The Falcons have Eric Weems returning kicks.  I don't fear him.
  • The Falcons offense?  I fear.
  • By the end of the year, hell maybe sooner, we're going to be talking about Roddy White and Julio Jones as the best pair of WRs in the league.  Both of these guys are capable of taking a five-yard slant to the house.
  • Michael Turner is the kind of workhouse back that gets better as the game goes on.  In the past we've seen the Bears rush defense wear down in the fourth quarter if the offense doesn't keep the ball for extended periods.  This is the key to this game.
  • Tony Gonzalez will get his.  Good tight ends always do against the Bears.
  • Matt Ryan can't have a bad season and he knows that.  There might not be a QB with more pressure squarely on his shoulders in the conference.  And outside of Flacco, the whole the league.

Overall I put the Falcons in the conversation as Super Bowl contenders.  Without reservation.  But who knows how far either of these teams will be along in Week One.

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  • What in thee hell is that doll?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    prediction: Bears.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Bears. Dead bird.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I believe that is called an ACTION FIGURE.

  • Atlanta dead

  • prediction: pain

  • How’s this for a prediction Johnny:!

    dude was more queer than a boardinghouse blanket, but god damn could Fred Merc do rock n fucking roll.

  • Current betting line: Atlanta, -3.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    THAT oughta piss'em off.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    First week of the season. Vegas fears the unknown.

  • Nothing like a good team in a real game to resolve or perpetuate doubts.

    - Oline. If Carimi and Webb perform decently against Edwards and Abraham, that would bode well for the season.

    - Turner, Gonzales, Jones, White, AND a solid Oline. Is our defense top 6 again? Our Dline MUST put pressure on Matty Ice, or else it's gonna be a long game.

    - Will Hester bring out the KRs from deep in the endzone? stay tuned.

    - Cutler 2.0, Barber, Spaeth, Davis and the power run. Which WR step up - Hester, Knox, Bennett, Sanzen, Roy?

    Football seasons boys!

    Bear Down!

  • Oh, also, I gotta respectfully disagree with the Blogfather.

    How is Cutler NOT the QB with the most to prove? Unibrow (Flacco) and Ice (Matty) (you can add Sanchez to this list) may be deemed "under-performers" or even "chokers", but they're still relatively young, and you know the only thing worse than those labels? "Quitter" "Crybaby", and that's what Cutler has to disprove. He Will.

    Happy Labor Day you son's of bitches.

    I'm downing some Micheledas and eating some BBQ.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Cutler has no expectations outside Chicago.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Ain't that the sweet truth. I'll see that and raise Peyton Manning. One very unimpressive superbowl victory to his name, an outrageous MVP award, and two chances of winning another. Slim, and none.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Cutler has also defeated the Steelers WITH Big Ben at the helm, something Mr. Flacco has yet to accomplish in several tries.

    Several who jumped on the "Quitter " band wagon have jumped off and apologized including Mr. Golic of "Mike & Mike" who admitted he was wrong, on air, last Thursday.

    Mike Lombardi, in assessing the strength of the NFC North today on NFL Network, showed due respect to Cutty and listed him as one of the reasons he ranked the division as the NFL's toughest.

  • MB if you were my generation he was an G.I. Joe with the Kung Fu grip!!! ............and BTW he was 11 1/2 inches high not that 7 1/2 bullshit the did to him in the 80's.... Eddie Murphy did a commentary on SNL why GI JOE was pissed OFF!!! He was pissed off from going from 11 1/2 to 7 1/2 ............. HYSTERICAL Skit!! not on you tube though..he also showed the lower half of Michael Jackson's Action Figure and said.."look he's anatomically correct"...of course there was nothing there...

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Lobo, I remember with sadness when the mini-Joe dolls hit the stores. I felt sorry for the little ones then... to say nothing of the children I felt I would someday have.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    tee hee hee

  • You know what this post could use? An auction advertisement!

    Password: ditka

    We need 4 more. Draft is in 2 days.... Wednesday @ 8pm CT.

    I'm getting as sick of begging as you are reading, so join up and do your fellow bloggers a favor. Hell, let's get a troll or two to foolishly draft Rodgers Dead.

    Attencion - El auccion necesita cuatro mas personas. Hablemos espanol. Gracias y de nada.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    I joined!
    gracias por poner las instrucciones en español carnal!

    oh and this might be a dumb question, but what an auction draft?

  • In reply to salcantar06:

    Que pasa, mi amigo?

    Soy de Tucson, pero my espanol es muy mal.

    An auction is like a snake draft for people who don't like standing in line... It's like the stock market for fantasy football.

    You get 200 fake dollars to buy players with. You bid against everyone else. You have to fill each position, and the minimum bid is $1. You can blow all your cash on AP, AJ, and CJ.. and fill the roster with $1 picks... or you can have a roster full of mid range guys like Austin, Wayne, DWill, etc... and have a good bench also.

    We draft Wed @ 9pm ET. The computer can auto draft for you if you want, but the draft is half the pleasing point.


    Thanks for joining.

  • prediction: postgame overreactions

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    Yeah, lots of Bears fans will probably predict a SB after we spank the Falcons.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    I know I will mang. And spank them soundly we will.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    Jesus, you people are like fucking bedbugs

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    very clever big cheese and well played:

    if the Bears lose and people are pissed off at an in game failure your post looks witty.
    If the Bears win and people are excited because of what happened it somehow is not seen as a valid indication of possible success since it would just be an overreaction.

  • Once again, this years schedule will come down to timing. I for one am extremely grateful we play the Falcons in week 1. I wouldn't be surprised if the Bears come away from their home opener 1-0, as a matter of fact, I'm counting on it. If this match-up was in week 4 or 5, I would be less inclined to be so confident. The advantage to playing 3 playoff caliber teams out of the gate is that they there won't be a whole lot of game film on us this early in the season which probably works to our advantage. They will be more uncertain of our tendencies than we will be of theirs. If our boys can stay healthy and our line steps up to the plate, I predict a 3-1 start. If we lose a game in the first quarter, it may very well effect tie breakers heading into the playoffs. I would prefer to go 4-0, but I'll take 3-1. Anything short of this may be hard to overcome.

  • Another "what were you thinking" moment.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Thinking? How about "Rules / laws are for OTHER people".?

  • Thank 18 lb. baby Jesus that real real football is finally gonna start this week. Pretend football is over, now the intensity is going to jump at least 50%. I love the first week of the season.
    There are so many thoughts in my head, I can't even begin to describe what will be the key factors in the game without writing an essay. To sum it up, keep a balanced attack on offense, stop the run on D, and play good special teams....and win the turnover battle.
    There is so much parity in the NFL now, especially the NFC, it's hard to predict who will be good. I like the Bears chances this year. Oh, and Jeff is right, Haugh is an idiot. I read a few of his articles, and he makes people dumber by reading his columns, just like most journalists today.
    Happy Union Labor Day everyone! I'm glad we get to pay taxes for government employees to get 10-11 paid holidays a year plus vacations. They deserve it because they serve the people, unlike other "workers".

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Hoffa? Jimmy, is that you?

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    TF...I always imagine baby Jebus as the smallest and favorite of the the jebuse's as about 9lbs... did yours at 18lbs have full football gear on.....hhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    You never heard of giant baby jebus?

  • In reply to Z Bearz:

    I'm thinking of the 3-6 month old baby Jesus in all the Renaissance paintings.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    What did Haugh say?

  • this is for you MB & SC

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Aw...geee... thanks lobo!

  • The Falcons are going to be good this year. But imagine when the Bears start 1-0 and the Pack start 0-1. Then we get to jump even further ahead with a victory over the Saints. Then the third game against the Packers....

    I don't think there has been a more important first couple games in recent memory. Each game has huge implications for the wildcard and the playoffs.

    Balanced run/pass attack and no big plays surrendered early in any game and we go 3-0.

    Martz must refrain from going right to the pass unless they are quick passes. Gotta get the line confidence then branch out from there.

    Bear Down.

  • I see pressure on Matty as the key. The Bears absolutely STUFFED Turner and the Falcon ground game in the infamous "Squib kick game" in 2008 but Ryan dropped back 54 times without a sack and that ultimately cost the game and a playoff spot that year.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Ryan might get sacked 54 times this time 'round and it may ultimately cost THEM a playoff spot. How's about them apples?

  • All I know is the Bears are 6/5 no spread. The Dirty Birds are missing their center. Pile on boys

  • Madden 12 is actually not like previous Maddens. These reviewers are stuffed full of shit and do not know football, or have played the older games.

    It's easily the best Madden, where canned animations don't seem to rule the roost. Where play calling REALLY matters, as do match ups.

    I just won a 10 minute quarter game on All-Pro (I'm no All-Madden, that's for the hardcore geeks) playing the Saints-Pack game at Lambeau. As I'm not a great player, I took the Pack because they are so strong. I logged on with the game code and got updated rosters.

    I won 14-9 in a tough, tough battle. I suck at secondary unlike the good players, so I spent a lot of time as Raji trying to get a push or stuff the run. I shut the Saints running game down, and Colston and crew were'nt going to burn me deep, so the AI made Jimmy Graham his goto guy.

    I played the first game with the Bears-Falcons, but it was accidently on Pro, which is trivially easy now. So that was fun in terms of smashing the Falcons, but not very realistic when Webb gives you 5-6 seconds against Abraham.

    Once I played the Pack game on All-Pro, it was a different game. The LBs will cheat, and no magic DBs anymore. It was fun. The AI simply had no answer for Finley down the seam, it was the goto play. Ryan Grant hit a few holes, but his lack of breakaway speed meant he could never get around a safety.

    It's a pretty darn good game. It would actually be fun to play online as a pure coaching simulation. The playbooks need to be a bit bigger though.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Sorry, I meant the reviewers had NOT played old Maddens if they say this is the same. The momentum physics engine changes the game significantly.

    Also, when I said the LBs cheat, I mean they guess the play and move out of the assigned formation and crowd the running lane if they guess right. They will also do like Briggs and Lack do, and walk up and then drop back, fake the blitz. Rarely did a defensive player ever move in old Maddens except in man shadowing a man in motion.

    Your QB always looks at which wideouts route is highlighted, and you can actually use this to draw the safety over and then go long the other way. Works.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    man, i must REALLY suck at madden gp

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I had the same reaction, 30.

  • As if we needed a reason to smash the blackbirds:

    Peter King's Super Bowl pick

    I would love to rout them in the opener just on that.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Fuck peter king, fuck him right in his fat, boar-like, skunk-striped face.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Followed by serious bukkake, like a 400 guy circle jerk where he has to swallow the lot.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:


  • In reply to gpldan:

    btw, I actually never clicked the link because I knew it would be a waste of my time, but jesus... how in thee fuck does this guy have and keep his job.

    What an absolute, astounding hack. How many fucking years in a row is this ahole going to pick us at slot 3 in the NFCN and put the fucking lions above us.

    Hahahahaha... enjoy that shit sangwich AGAIN this year peter.

  • i'm going to try to call Pisa's agent to find out if the bears have been in contact and also to see how the rehab is going. i'll report back after the restraining order is a done deal.

  • On a non-football note, I had a pretty crazy time Friday, August 26 in Minneapolis. I went to see the Tedeschi Trucks Band at the MN Zoo, fifth row dead center surrounded by all the tapers. They are an incredible band.
    After the show, we ran into some of the band members at our hotel and went and partied with them all night at the bar across the street. It was a raucous time. I won't tell all the details, but some crazy shit happened. Derek Trucks was somewhat quiet, but the rest of them were a lot of fun. Susan Tedeschi hung out with us most of the night, and she was a riot. She's as nice as she seems in interviews. It's hard to believe that sweet little voice of hers can belt out the vocals the way she does. We got really drunk. At last call, me and Susan each did about 4-5 Jameson shots, chugged a beer, and were lobbying the bartender to give us another drink. They invited us back to their party room, but I think everyone was already buzzed enough. All in all it was a great experience, especially since I love their music. Susan told me a few songs she was going to play for me this past Friday in Milwaukee, and they played them, so that was cool. Here's the first song from the Zoo show:

  • Something else is kicking off on Sunday. USA's Rugby World cup adventure. Unfortunately it begins with a solid thumping by Ireland. Sorry about that lads. But not to worry - 12 hours later our beloved Bears will be 1-0 .

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    sorry Irish, but SA's going to win the whole thing lad. They just thumped the All Blacks a couple weeks ago IN New Zealand.

  • Michael - you came back with a question oabout Angelo att the end of the second last thread, sorry I didn't see it at the time. Something about would we have gotten to the NFC championship game without Jerry Angelo.

    I guess the short answer is that we got there in spite of him.

    If we had a roster worth a damn last year we were in the SB. That's my point. I'm actually glad Cutler left the game because he was sucking big style early on. I thought Hanie had a pretty good game by comparison, and why he wasn't in there when Cutler went down is a mystery. But then - as was the problem for us on offense all season - there was nobody open to throw to, because our receivers were terrible, an endemic problem since the Cutler trade. Angela finally gets a QB (overpaying for him in the process) but had neither protection nor targets for him. Not only did we (and still do) lack depth, but our starters just weren't very good. We were really, really, really lucky with injuries last year. If I'm not mistaken we were in fact the healthiest team in the NFL. So the fact that we got to the NFC championship is directly attributable to that very salient point alone.

    We kinda sucked last year. We definitely sucked early in the season on offense. That's just not debatable. If we had an NFL caliber receiver (one that does not resemble a smurf in any way shape or form, sorry Earl) then we're in the SB. We'd get our asses kicked in that SB, granted, but we'd be there at least.

    We got to the Halas trophy game IN SPITE of Jerry Angelo, not because of him. I would further add we may very well have won it all under Kyle Orton, with two well chosen first rounders, and a third rounder beefing up our roster - but I won't pound that pony, I'm glad we have Jay because of the catch 22 implied. Angela makes the draft choices.

    Instead .... we coughed up the Halas trophy AT Soldier Field ... to the Green Bay fkn Packers. And if that ain't a kick in the rocks I don't know what is. Not only do I not like Angelo - I vehemently despise him, and regret the cancer that he is to my team (along with Ted Philips, who must take full responsibility for not firing the man who is pissing away our drafts year after year).

    When I used to frequent the Trib's blog, my raison d'etre was posting the fallacy of this man's continued employment at Halas Hall. I grew weary of it, as it is singularly depressing pointing out the obviousness of his complete failure as a GM.

    This last draft is pretty safely a busted draft. Carimi was a no-brainer pick. He gets picked as the auto-pick even if you're not there if you want to talk fantasy. Paea? Hmmm. Conte? Enderle? Need I go on?

    The 2008 draft gave us Forte and Earl Bennett - a good, but light back, a solid, but not amazing receiver by any standards ... plus a bunch of busts, none more significant than our first round bust in Chris Williams - possibly the weakest link on our line right now, and playing the guard position - not our future left tackle as he should be as our 1st rounder. Look at Angela's drafts from 2009 onwards (due to space, but go back through every draft of Angela's career and it's a similar story) :


    3rd Round: Jarron Gilbert - DT San Jose State BUST
    3rd Round: Juaquin Iglesias - WR Oklahoma BUST
    4th Round: Henry Melton - DE Texas May be something
    4th Round: D.J. Moore - CB Vanderbilt Jury's still out on this boy
    5th Round: Johnny Knox - WR Abilene Christian Jury's still out on this boy
    5th Round: Marcus Freeman - OLB Ohio State BUST
    6th Round: Al Afalava - S Oregon State BUST
    7th Round: Lance Louis - OG San Diego State Jury's out on this boy
    7th Round: Derek Kinder - WR Pittsburgh BUST


    Round: 3, Major Wright, S, Florida - can't tackle
    Round: 4, Corey Wootton, DE May be something
    Round: 5, Joshua Moore, CB, BUST
    Round: 6, Dan LeFevour, QB, BUST
    Round: 7, J'Marcus Webb, OT Jury's out on this boy - worst RT in the NFL last year, and that's official it's not an opinion.

    Even if he were to turn around next year and make a solid draft, it could never make up for the many years of failure at building a solid roster. Case in point - Bellicheat releases a 27 year old two-time pro-bowler because he hasn't got the room on his talent-packed roster to keep him. Either that or we'll find out he's a crack-head who fucked his sister in the near future.

    Defending Jerry Angelo is just pissing into the wind. My $0.02.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    But like you said Michael - let's just enjoy the season, he's in there until at least 2013.

    And the season begins with victory, and the pounding of the Falcons at 6/5 no spread.

    Go Bears.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Well, if you're copying the post to this thread, I guess I'll copy my response too. And BTW, I hadn't asked at all and wasn't speculating on "what if" we didn't have JA -- so you're making a straw-man argument here. I wasn't defending JA either; just stating the facts of what happened on his watch. Ok, copy-paste begin:

    Look, I'm not really going to argue the finer points of JA's resume. This ain't my battle. On that I'll just say that looking back 2 drafts and critiquing a bunch of 3rd and 4th rounders is pretty pointless. No 3rd round pick is a sure thing, or even close, let alone the 5th, 6th, and 7th rounders you're calling busts. Historically 2nd rounders are 50-50 propositions, and it only goes downhill from there.

    As for our shitty roster last year, as you seem to think it was, I think you have to cut some slack on the offense. First year offense, and it's clear Cutler and the rest hadn't mastered it to the level needed. Granted a big part of that was the lack of confidence in the OL. In any case, I think you might be surprised this year by the receivers -- I don't think they are as bad as you say, and I have a feeling they'll show it this year.

    Also while I will grant that Cutler did not play well in the NFC title game, but the injury didn't save him -- the injury is why he was sucking. He played injured almost the entire 2nd quarter -- that's why he missed open receivers for TDs and underthrew that pick to Williams. Roy broke down the exact play where Cutler got injured.

    I will just agree to disagree on a big-time WR being the reason they didn't advance to the SB. Also I disagree that they would have definitely lost. Smith's squads have always played Pittsburgh tough, and the only aspect where they've struggled against them is in defending a big bruising running attack in the elements -- something which PIT did not have last year. So I think a CHI-PIT SB last year would be a game, with maybe even the edge going to the Bears (assuming Cutler was healthy).

  • In reply to Michael L:

    I'm not sure what you're saying. You say you're not arguing the finer points of JA's resume, yet go on to argue in his defence. Okay. If you say that a GM can't hit on lower rounds with regular success then well and good, but where *does* he hit?

    In all likelihhood I won't be surprised by our receivers this year. I expect RW to be good - he's a seasoned pro. I expect Earl Bennett to be good. I expect Hester to make occasional special contributions, ditto from Knox. I'm a huge Kellen Davis fan, I know he'll be good. Forte is a very good receiver, he'll be good. Barber will be good. If Hurd gets his looks I expect him to surprise others.

    If you don't feel our WR corps last year were so bad, then the front office you're defending would tend to disagree. Why was Knox demoted? Why is Hester's role reverting more to ST and why were RW and Sam Hurd brought in if they're so pleased with Hester and Knox as receivers? If you want to continue to defend Angelo's drafts then look where it counts ...the first round. Let's just magically dismiss all picks thereafter like it doesn't matter what happens from round 2 onwards.

    Teams get built from overall drafts, not first round picks.Teams should not whiff in the first round as often as Angelo does. We should not have to resort to a 7th round reach - ranked as the worst RT in all of football last year - protecting Cutler's blindside barely two years removed from drafting our future LT in CW. If Webb works out at LT, then excellent, we dodged a huge bullet. If he doesn't, Cutler is dead. Then so is Hanie, and we have nothing there at 3rd string should that happen ... because our GM can't draft for shit.

    There should be a vet QB on the roster in case Hanie goes down - why doesn't the guy getting paid millions of dollars a year to pick our team get that, but it's as plain as day to the most casual of observers? When Cutler went down against GB - and you couldn't possibly know when he got injured, Michael - why was Todd Collins sent in, more importantly, why was he on the team? Jerry Angelo is ultimately why he was on the team. He may be the worst QB I can remember ever seeing in the NFL.

    Why is the foundation of any team - its offensive line - disregarded with such flagrant ignorance for so long? Why do you sell the farm for Cutler and then do absolutely NOTHING to protect that investment, or give up a second round pick that you perennially piss away anyway to get a bona fide #1 beast like Brandon Marshall?

    We haven't had a couple of decent safeties since Angelo got here. Our corners are always suspect and we have had no depth anywhere except perhaps previously at TE. We are one LB injury away from disaster, as I said the pre-season before Urlacher went down. We had the worst defense in living memory when that happened.

    Our offensive cornerstone - rehabbed from his achilles last year - was back strong as ever by all accounts. We let him walk out the door for 500K. A multi billion dollar enterprise let him walk for 500 lousy K. Who does Angelo bring in to cover his ass? Chris Spencer - one of the worst centers in the NFL. He's so bad, we move our RG over to center, a position he's never played, and move the backup RG into position ... keeping Spencer on the bench. Genius. Meanwhile .... the guy we go all-in on as our future Left Tackle is stinking the joint out at Left Guard beside last year's travesty at Right Tackle, who's our new Left Tackle.

    It may all magically work out Michael, but it's hardly Jim Finks precision planning ....

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    + ∞
    (except for the Olin piece)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    when you use that infinity sign and rub it in my face i feel jealous and my computer is not good enough.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    I agree 100% with Irish except with regards to the Cutler trade and winning the superbowl with Orton and the 2 first rounders. NO way Orton wins us the Jets game and Eagles game, both games I watched in person and NO way Orton survives nor puts up any kinds of numbers behind that line with the same hits Cutler was taking plus some due to his stone like mobility. Although I will concede he wouldn't have thrown 4 picks to DeAngelo Hall... More importantly, NO way would 2 Angelo first round picks have done anything for our team besides eat up huge chunks of wasted cap space if you base it on Angelo's prior 1st round pick success and I have no doubt in my mind the lack of those 2 first round pick salaries is the only reason Angelo was given permission from mom (Virginia) and dad (Phillips) to go out and get Peppers. Peppers+Cutler>>>2 Angelo First Round Pics + Orton. Hell, I'd take Peppers and Cutler over 3 Angelo First Round Picks...

    Angelo and management has been killing me for the better portion of the last decade. By no standards is he a good GM. He may not be the worst GM in the league but does not preclude him from being an awful one nonetheless.

    Micheal L- You state certain percentages regarding draft pick probability of success based on rounds. By accepting your percentages, lets assume that an "average" GM's draft history would equal all of the respective percentages stated per round in terms of draft pick success. I don't even have to look into it to know that Angelo would fall well behind those percentages save for maybe some late round peaks when hitting on a 6th rounder in terms of draft pick success would have a lower success threshold than what a 1st rounders perceived success value (impact starter at the bottom end to ProBowler at the high end) so in the end his "random" (and I emphasize "random" becomes I am a strong believer in the "Even a blind squirrel will eventually find a nut" theory) hits would provide limited benefit in comparison to if he were instead stronger in the earlier rounds by a much smaller percentage.

    And that is essentially what I view Angelo as: A Blind Squirrel (no offense to any blind squirrels) but with LESS instincts. That, is what is most unbearable about Angelo. His instincts are almost always wrong to the point that they almost border on illogical. If he were missing on picks that were due to a talented player that was addressing a crucial need, then that would be far more acceptable. Angelo instead prefers to draft circus freaks who can jump out of pools or bench press baby cattle instead of drafting solid football players (Earl Bennett being an exception). Most of the picks come out of nowhere and have zero chance of helping out the team in addressing a critical current need (the two draft picks wasted on 3rd string QBs in the last 2 years which by simple virtue of being the 3rd QB have very little chance of having any kind of impact on the team's performance). But for this same reason, I cannot fault him wholeheartedly with the Paea pick. Most scouts and evaluators had him rated second round and foresaw him as a solid caliber interior lineman. It's good to have D-Line depth and I could fully accept that miss if it were not for the unbelievably glaring need of OL help after last season's debacle. Because he Carimi landed in his lap, he decided to overlook that need and instead draft other players at positions who have very little chance to actually help the team when even with the lower %success rate of later draft picks simply blindly picking some O lineman or linebackers would have a greater positive benefit potential on the sheer basis that ANYONE could have a chance at being better than some of our starting O-Line.

    Furthering my belief that he suffers from some sort of cognitive dysfunction, Angelo does not learn from his mistakes. He routinely pursues the same course of action, expecting different results when he almost always ends up with similar if not worse outcomes. It blows my mind on how many project safeties and d-linemen he has drafted that haven't panned out and yet he keeps going back to the well.

    The only saving grace for Angelo is his personnell/free agency decisions which I would rank no higher than that of being comparable to an average GM. He has had some hits in free agency, as well as some complete clusterfucks (Manafatass and Chet) but his personnel decisions have been dubious as best usually deviating from logic based reasoning. Letting Thomas Jones go after SB year and promoting Benson who had proven nothing, the painfully unending string of unathletic carpenters posing as quarterbacks, not aquiring proven veteran o-line help when having immense salary cap resources to do so, not marking draft pick compensation boxes on free agency papers (costing us draft pick compensation for lost free agents), the fake out hiring of Dave McGinnis as our coach, somehow offering the 49ers something less than a 2043 7th round draft pick for Taylor Mays (which is only mentioned because I still haven't quite figured out how that is possible and have been racking my brain to figure out what he had indeed offered), letting go of Chris Harris only to bring him back a few years down the road, the draft pick snafu with the Ravens, being directly contradicted by Greg Olsen as to Olsen requesting the trade which necessitated it, converting 90% of drafted players to a position that was not their collegiate position (some of them to several different positions----->further strengthening my blind squirrel analogy), etc etc etc. I could go on forever but I should probably be studying for my board exam on Monday.

    In summation after this overall inglorious rant, I cannot stand Angelo as GM of my favorite football team due to the simple fact that as the GM of a NFL team he is expected to have some type of intellectual capacity (football knowledge is a plus... but I would be happy with anything) as well as being a strong talent evaluaton. I don't see any way to the argue that he meets either of those two criterion. On top of that he comes off as egotistical (by not learning from nor accepting his mistakes) as well as disingenuous. In short a blind squirrel possessing the instincts/mental capacity of the nut he is searching for actually might not be careful of adapting and learning from experience, which would effectively preclude him from ever improving and becoming an average or decent GM.

    And that is the most depressing part of it all.

  • In reply to Babootycall:

    Note: Babootycall is not me disgusing myself so that I can make that very argument for the 1,987th time.

    Well done lad. Ace the boards.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Argh, I give up. I did not "go on to argue in [JA's] defense." I merely pointed out how silly it is to look back at 2 drafts -- players who've had only 1 or 2 years to show anything so far -- to seriously judge any GM.

    Ok, let me re-summarize what I posted, none of which constitutes a so-called "defense":

    - You look silly arguing a GM is bad based on 2009 and 2010 drafts of 3rd round and later picks only.

    - I think that the offensive roster last year (as composed of the "smurfs" and Cutler and O linemen Tice wanted to develop) that you say suck will show us all this year that they ball. (Not because of any faith in JA, but I trust Tice and Jay and my own judgment about the smurfs.)

    - I do not "know" when Jay got injured, but Roy makes a very convincing theory of which play it was. Using my eyes and my own sniff test, I believe most of Jay's poor play in the 2nd quarter was while he was injured.

    - I think you overstate the need and impact of a non-smurf WR.

    - I think if Jay is not injured and the Bears had advanced to the SB last year, they don't get walked over by the Steelers.

    Note that none of those points has anything to do with JA (except, indirectly, the first), but are instead about: you Irish, the smurfs, Jay, a non-smurf WR, and a hypothetical CHI/PIT SB matchup. Yet again, you throw up a straw-man argument and argue against that, ignoring what I actually was talking about... So okay, I give up.

  • Can we get this lot sorted into three groups .... Nailed on wins, should wins, banana skins........ I'll start it off and then we'll see where we end up.

    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


    CHI (H), GB (H), CLE(H), NYG(A), ARI(H), NE(A)


    PHI(A), NYJ(H), DEN(H), SD(H)


  • Mgmt taking a hard line on Briggs

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I know that I for one feel terrible for him, "He has said, at minimum, he'd like the team to flip the salaries he's due in 2011 and 2013, so that he makes $6.25 million this season instead of $3.9 million."

    I mean, that extra $2.34M is necessary to feed himself and his family man. I mean, in these times who can expect to survive on only $4M... for an ENTIRE YEAR!!!

    It's like the people in haiti or somalia man... the dude has to be able to eat for christ's sake. The management are bad, but this... this.... monsters!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB...I hope that your pulling the proverbial chain here. I understand he should be paid what he's worth. Briggsy signed the contract and he knew what he was getting into.

    Could of this been done behind closed doors.Yes. I think management could of quietly given him a bone for 1.2 mil and this would of gone away. But what if you went to your boss after signing a 6 year deal and then about half way threw said...hey I want to change the rules here. He could of had his "F"ING agent put a clause to say after three year we want to revisit it.

    It's called a CONTRACT!!!!! all this should of been done before

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    He threatened to hold out before, go to the Niners, whatever, and then signed *this* deal. He hasn't got a leg to stand on.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yah Briggs can go soak his head.

    A.) While I think he is a good linebacker, he isnt irreplaceable; when we have any real depth at LB, he isn't missed. I remember in 07 and 08 when he was out Jamar Williams stepping in and having amazing games. And Pro-Bowls don't really mean much anymore when you think about it. Now it is a collection of popular names, who had decent to good stats at the half-way point, aren't injured at all, feel like going, and aren't on the best team in the NFC or AFC. So in short, I think he is a bit overrated.
    B.) He is a bit of a diva, wrecks his lambo, always wanting a new contract (even with 3 years remaining). Just shutup and play.
    C.) Not sure I want Brigss post 32 on this team anyway.

  • In reply to Urlacher FTW: yes my man, was being exceedingly factious.

    Here’s my take FTW:

    • Briggs isn’t a good LB, he’s a fucking 6-time consecutive pro-bowler and the true anchor of this D, not lach.
    • Not only is he missed when he’s not out there, but it’s a different D and we lose games… and I personally think it’s all him
    • I was the biggest Jamar fan on this bitch except for Irish, but he had one amazing game (18 tackles… 18!!!). Could he have been that good as a starter? Who knows, but you’re not going to replace 55 without a 1st round top 10 pick
    • Not. Overrated. One. Bit.
    • That all said, I agree 150% with you on B and C. He’s a prick who should have blown out the season and then gone for the season swap, his timing was fucked.
    • All of THAT said, I have a feeling briggsy isn’t the main one behind this ask… I bet it’s mostly rosenpenis laying out the strategy. Fucking jerk.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB...your last was the real crux here

    "All of THAT said, I have a feeling briggsy isn’t the main one behind this ask… I bet it’s mostly rosenpenis laying out the strategy. Fucking jerk."

    This is what chaps my ass..this fucker.....aka agent is looking into his Swiss bank account and playing Briggs'y like a "f"ing fiddle. Let him get his ass out in front of the media and pander to the crowd. Rosenfuck has this word on his brain "Strategery"

    this scrotum had this planned out three years ago....and Briggs'y is swallowing it whole and saying "more please"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    by season swap, I meant after his best season yet this year, he could have gone to them and said, 'look, just swap the next two years of my contract so that I get the extra $2.4 next year... I blew it out for you and I think I deserve a little sumfim sumfim.' All behind closed doors of course.

    I would be 100% on his side with that approach.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +100 agree!

  • In reply to Urlacher FTW:

    Ha hah! And what did Angelo do with Jamar Williams? Traded him away for a guy he let go a few years back. Briggsy is absolutely irreplaceable - who's on the bench? See our run D without Briggs this pre-season? I was looking for it too ....

    Would we draft his replacement next year? What about Urlacher's replacement? What about Kreutz' replacement? Can't do it all. No way known. Angelo is a cancer. I rest my case.

  • In reply to Urlacher FTW:

    He is absolutely irreplaceable 5 days before the season.

  • Briggs needs to take his frustrations out on opposing rb's & wr's. Leave Jerry alone please, he's busy trying to figure out his next "shrewd" move.

  • MB - in case you were getting twitchy!

    3 more spots for the auction!

    Irish, hop in this bitch!

    Password: ditka

    If we don't fill the roster, I'll open it up to the public 2 hours before draft time... Which is Wed @ 9pm ET.

    Get. In. On. It.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    pheeew. thanks willie. Nice way to get the hispanic vote btw. muy bien

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    I'll be at work Willie, no can do mang, sorry. If I joined, can it do an auto-auction? If I wanted to rebuild the team off the waivers do you bid for players off waivers, or just pick like normal? I'll jump in if I can rebuild it and there's an auto-draft.

  • I still think Wayne is a douche

  • Anyone on here that thinks Briggs is over rated hasn't been watching the games. We lost both games he missed last year (Seattle and Wash, our two most gut wrenching losses). If Briggs shuts up and plays the way he always does, I'm guessing they will add a year or two to the contract and give him some extra dough. If he keeps being a pain in the ass, I'm guessing we do nothing. Don't blame this all on Rosendouche. It's like blaming ambulance chasing lawyers for all the BS in courts. Yes they both are to blame but they both have clients that have to sign off on the master plans.

    Irish, I think JA stinks too but you have to give him credit when he does make good picks, good FA signings, etc. If he was as bad as you say, that would make Lovie the greatest coach in history. I acutally think Lovie is a decent coach but he isn't all that!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Agreed, mang, but I rarely see good signings. Something's not right about this Meriweather signing - it feels like a poisoned chalice. We made Peppers the highest paid defensive player in the league, and he's 47. We paid Manu a bunch, Omiyale a bunch, we thought Chester would be an upgrade, we get Spencer in at Center yada yada .... and so it goes. Seriously, if anyone on here has the time, put all of his moves one after the other in a list and see the long brown stain it forms. Peppers, Cutler, Carimi were all default actions once you've got the ammo. Cash and Marinelli got Peppers. Orton got Cutler. The auto-pick on your fantasy draft picks Carimi. All no-brainers, which is particularly helpful when your name is Jerry Angelo.

  • More undrafted free agents tried out for and made it onto the Bears roster than any other team. I wonder how many undrafted FA's made the Steelers or Cheetah's squads(Patsy's)?

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Ask and thou shalt receive TracDaddy.

  • Okay, so I have been pepperring the board with auction draft requests...

    Enough is enough!

    I have stumbled across a song that I think, more so than anything I have heard previously, encompasses the world of a Chicagoan.

    If you have lived in Chicago, check it out... If you haven't lived in Chicago, check it out... If you like yourself some Bears, check it out... If you're a shithead troll.. piss off.

    If you choose to ever listen to anything I ever say, please make it watching this video. I'm on the 4th round of back to back to back to back -

    Serengeti - Dennehy

    Bears, Sox, Hawks, Bulls.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Holy shit - that had so much awesome in it.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:


  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    That's the win, right there.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    + like a freakin million for dropping a Corzine reference in there

  • Oh week 1. How I have longed for thee.

  • In reply to Dmband:


    where in THEE fuck have you been?!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    off season MB. Off season. The important thing is Im back bitches. Glad to see the originals still in tact.

    Editors Note (I also took a hiatus as I have been increasingly displeased with the site in general. Some of the best bloggers have left, although I still voted for this Blog as the best in Chi)

  • In reply to Dmband:

    to clarify, I meant the chicago now site, not this blog. If anything this blog has gotten increasingly better over time.

  • I was @ my folks house over the weekend and I happened upon a great collection. I completely forgot I had these. For those of you born in the early 80's its a collection of 1989 or 90 Starting Lineup Figures:

    Dennis Gentry
    Neil Anderson
    Richard Dent
    Dennis McKinnon

    Pretty hilarious . So happy I found those.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Do they have the Kung Fu grip like Gi Joe does.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Dennis Gentry - like a more complete Devin Hester.

    Neal Anderson - awesomeness.

    Mongo & Dent - fury.

    McKinnon - what a receiver looks like. The reason I was so pissed at our 'receivers' last year.

  • lobo-

    excellent question. They do not. As far as action figures are concerned, they are lacking. As far as nostalgia is concerned, they are top shelf. And by that I mean, they are located on the top shelf.


    Wow, that is one biiiiig gatah. Like nuthin I seen on Swamp People this season.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    BBQ Mama Style about 1:34 in........yummo!

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    exactly lobo

  • PS. Did anyone notice in Madden '12 they misprounounce both Zach Bowman and Izzy's name? I mean come on...they were both starters last year. What the hell is that.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    The announcing is probably the worst part of the game. They got a no-name play by play guy, probably because doing the game requires so much effort. He literally trys to call it play by play, if you dump a short pass, he says "Cutler dumps the short pass" etc.

    Collinsworth probably got paid 8x as much to be the color guy, showed up for 1 day, read off a bunch of stupid trite shit, and left. Which they mix in WAY too much.

    I ran a screen and the the wall set up great and the back caught it and was shoestring tackled, else he was probably going to the house, and Collinsworth goes "if they can't set up their plays any better than that, they don't deserve to be on the field." It's pretty bad, but better than Madden himself in his final years.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Agreed. It sort of reminded me of Joe Montana Sports Talk Football, when they would say, "He drops it....scrambles for the ball" meanwhile you've already picked up the fumble, ran it in for a touchdown and are kicking off.

  • Angelo said last night that the Bears will visit the Briggs issue AFTER the season. He did not say they would never address it. that will be enough for Lance to shut up. He has a chance to play lights out and they will find a way to compensate him.

    As for the age thing i truly feel Lance is one of those dudes who, barring injury, will perform into his mid 30's.

    He will get a bone thrown to him after this year. Angelo said it last night without saying it.


  • In reply to gpldan:

    is your name Michael Diamond...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    i was smiling even before i hit the "paste" button.


  • In reply to gpldan:

    i wish Gucci would make a Bears uniform specifically for Meriweather. Fucking rhinestones, patches of leather, maybe a dragon motif. The possibilities!!
    His cleats would be orange now and later gators with costume jewelry diamonds that could be clipped on top of the shoelace eyelets.


    i need to find a way to make this the ringer on my phone.

  • Gucci shoes on...
    Gucci belt on...
    Gucci shades on...
    Blue Gucci jeans on...
    Black V-neck I got my black diamonds on...
    Marching thru the club "because the VIP on the Swolllllllllee"

  • Early draft?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Our Boy Roy can do that. He just chooses not to.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP...ain't that the truth.

  • But is it worse than the Titan's uniforms?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I thought the helmets were fucking horrid, other than that, the other parts weren't that bad.

  • In reply to gpldan: it half NFL half NASCAR soon to be NFLASCAR get me some sponsors...don't show this to the McCheapsky's...I can see them putting Portillo's logo on the side having the C chomping down on some Vienna meat....

  • In reply to lobotobear:


  • I am now contractually obligated to stop on the way home to get a big beef w/chedder + hot peppers.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    i'm big beef extra peppers. cheddar on a beef is almost blasphemous....almost.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    you guys are killing least Al has a couple of hours to get to Phoenix to get some..I GOT NOTHING HERE in thing I know is that you guys will be sending me a used wrappers in the ex'brother in-law did that ..that FU@#$!$@#%$!#ER!

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    that is AWESOME.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Your brother in law is a cockmeister Lobo.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    ask and you shall receive mainge:

  • #Bears have waived first-year fullback Will Ta'ufo'ou.

    So who's our fucking FB!?!?


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i knew a fullback lead blocking on the goal line was too good to be true. it would have been almost too easy to score behind Ta'ufo'ou, Louis, Carimi and Spaeth on the goal line. You see, a true measure of a team is how much of a disadvantage we can put ourselves in and still win. I mean who wants to win a superbowl running plays that make sense with people "blocking" for the running back and quarterback? i sure as hell don't.


    I asked what shee drankin, she said a shotta Patron

  • Ahhh, our new fullback is Tightend and Undrafted Rookie Free Agent Kyle Adams...which makes sense.

  • swooooooooollleeee

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    What does that mean?

  • Yep, it's Kyle Adams. Although I will say, he had some nice blocks for big gains in the CLE game...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You are abso-fucking-lutely kidding the bejesus out of me. Holy fkn schnikies batman hold the hotsauce. Fuck my life backwards. Jiminy gay bananas. The next fkr that stands up for Jerry Cumguzzler Angelo I will reach through cyberspace and knock you the fuck out.


    Eddie Williams. Gone. Ungabunga. Gone. Robert Hughes. Gone. Hey - at least we still have Tofu right? Wrong. Cock!

    Ommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ..................

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    irish, you are making me laugh in disbelief. Fucking stop including Robert Hughes in any discussion about anything NFL related. Oh my god Robert Hughes fucking sucks. I'll give you williams or ta'ofu'ou but stop including Levi Horn, Asiata or Robert Hughes in your posts as examples of points you are trying to make. hahaha! lunacy!

  • Asiata? That was a suggestion like a year ago about changing things up on the line, and it was Louis too, who is now installed as a starter. We don't have a guy on the roster to bang it in, Hughes would have sufficed. Barber is slightly bigger than Walter Payton.

  • No more Samoan sandwich. Not even a Samoan cracker.

    So... Martz hated the way that Girly Thor was made into a FB, said his style doesn't fit our offense, so we went out and got Kyle Adams and have him playing exactly like a cheaper version of Olsen.

  • new thread

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I'll fucking need it to compose myself Lobo. Jesus H. Christ on a bike .....

  • If the McCheapsky's knew anything about marketing and promotion they could easily make millions without doing a whole lot. They are screwed on naming rights (they'd get killed in the media if it changed from Soldier Field) but they could work out a deal with the Park District to do tours, etc. Not to mention squeezing corps for sponsorships. Oh well.

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