The All-Encompassing 2011 NFL Season Predictothermometer

The All-Encompassing 2011 NFL Season Predictothermometer

Here are a random number of predictions for this year's NFL campaign.  My theory is I'm correct on 50.1% of them, I'm doing okay.  Remember something about predictions: they are dumb.  If the Giants don't blow a 700 point lead to the Eagles last year and the Bucs don't blow a home game to the Lions in December, the Green Bay Packers don't make the playoffs.  Anybody predict that?

  1. Let's start at home.  The Bears will go 10-6 or better.  They'll make the postseason win (at least) one playoff game.
  2. Lance Briggs will play for them all year.
  3. Jay Cutler will be mentioned in the MVP race come November.
  4. Rod Marinelli and Lovie Smith will realize they're starting two strong safeties in Week 2 when Drew Brees beats them deep a few times.  They'll rectify the situation in short order.
  5. The Miami Dolphins have a coach the owner doesn't want and a QB the coach doesn't want.  They'll finish 4-12.
  6. The Bears will injure Matthew Stafford's shoulder.  (You can't even get odds on this in Vegas, it's such a no brainer.)
  7. When Jim Harbaugh is losing a lot of games with the Niners around mid-season, the discussion will be whether he's tanking 2011 intentionally to bring Andrew Luck there in 2012.
  8. This will be the year the Colts miss the playoffs.  (Special advance prediction: they make the playoffs as the #2 seed in 2012.)
  9. The Jets will lose opening night to the Cowboys, causing both camps to overreact to the result.
  10. The Jets will realize the New Meadowlands sucks as they lose prior to reaching the AFC Championship Game.
  11. The Giants won't be able to blame the stadium for finishing 7-9 or worse.  They can blame failing to re-sign the security outlets for a shaky, turnover-prone QB.  I really see this team and making the largest plummet in the league.
  12. Six playoff teams in NFC: Eagles, Saints, Bears, Falcons, Cardinals, Packers.
  13. Six playoff teams in AFC: Jets, Pats, Chargers, Steelers, Ravens, Titans.
  14. My darkhorses.  NFC: Redskins.  AFC: Bills.
  15. No, I didn't pick the Texans.  Because adding Wade Phillips to your staff, signing Danieal Manning and changing the position of your best defensive player don't add up to division titles in my book.
  16. MVP: Phil Rivers.
  17. Tarvaris Jackson will not make it through half the season as the starting QB in Seattle.
  18. Same for Donovan McNabb in Minnesota.
  19. Same for John Beck.  Sexy.  Rexy.
  20. After winning their division narrowly, the Texans will be embarrassed by the Pats in the first round of the playoffs (at home) and Gary Kubiak will find himself unemployed with 24 hours.
  21. Devin Hester will lead the league in kickoffs returned from inside the end zone.  And it won't be close.
  22. Kyle Orton will have a productive half-year at QB and still get benched.  (Another bet Vegas won't even take.)
  23. The Buffalo Bills will allow more sacks than any team in football but also be fun as hell to watch.
  24. Three surprising teams from 2010 will take a step back: Tampa, St. Louis, Kansas City.  All because of slightly regressing QB play.
  25. Steve Smith will realize Cam Newton is not capable of being an NFL starter yet and try to get out of Carolina before the trade deadline.
  26. The Browns will move from 5-11 to 8-8 and become the trendy pick in 2012.
  27. The Raiders will move from 8-8 to 5-11 and no one will be surprised.
  28. More Bears stuff!  The Bears will have a top 6 defense in both yards and points allowed.
  29. Jay Cutler's season numbers: 61%, 3,485 yards, 29 TD, 11 INT
  30. Matt Forte will lead the Bears in reception yards.
  31. I will spend most of the season trying to come up with a good Rookie of the Year joke for Dane Sanzenbacher.  (Rosinbagger!)
  32. The Bears will use three plays to cover early offensive line deficiencies: the quick toss, the screen and the draw.  They'll be effective.
  33. Julio Jones will have been worth it for the Atlanta Falcons.  He's the year's top rookie.
  34. Offensive Player of the Year: Chris Johnson
  35. Defensive Player of the Year: Julius Peppers
  36. The teams I'll be rooting against hardest: (1) Packers (2) Eagles (3) Jets.
  37. The teams I'll be rooting for outside Chicago: none.
  38. I'm already regretting not picking the Colts to make the playoffs.
  39. 38 is enough.  Isn't it?
  40. Oh yeah!  Super Bowl prediction: Chicago Bears 31, New England Patriots 30

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  • First bitches????

    41. Ice Dead
    42. Brees Dead
    43. Rodgers Dead
    44. Lance will get at least 2 more chicks pregnant this year

  • First to Say...

    GO BEARS!!!

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    Damn you Waffle

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    mwa ha ha ha ha ha ha !

    Happy Friday and thank you Lance for showing your true colors you fucking mercenary!

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    +1 and I like that the Eagles made your $#!+ list. They are at the top of mine. I can't wait for eagle blood.

  • "Gentlemen, start your engines!"

  • So, the College football TV season opens with UNLV at Wisconsin in a game that over before it started and that headed an entire SLATE of "Little Sisters Of The Poor vs Goliath" matchups. Thank you, NCAA.

    Meanwhile, the NFL will open with New Orleans at Green Bay.

    Some folks "get it" and some folks don't.

  • Can't believe football is happening next week! My DirecTV guy is installing his stuff tomorrow, can't wait!

    I think Tampa will get better, otherwise I can see where you're coming from on every point.

  • In reply to Perno:

    Don't forget to grease the installer, if you want your shit to work right.

    The rule of thumb is, DirecTV runs like Soviet Russia. Corruption rules the day if you want anything.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That's why DTV got the shaft here in Chatt. TN (with the power Co. giving damn good TV, Phone & Web all fiber optic. DTV is now giving NFL Ticket away for free. Now we just need figure out a way to yank DTV's NFL monopoly.

  • can't believe this fuckin' prick Briggs had the nerve to ask for a raise...

    AND NOW.....

    him and his piece of shit agent RosenTWAT are asking for a trade....
    the worst part about it is the lockerroom is gna support him cuz they all think they DESERVE millions....

  • In reply to SoILBearsFan:

    while i'm not against him asking for more money. I take great exception to the timing of this calculated extortion attempt 9 days before the Atlanta game. it shows he truly cares nothing for the team.
    Briggs and Rosenhaus know that Free Agency is done where we could have picked up someone on par with Briggs' talent level. Now it's a pissing contest. Briggs was "out with a knee injury" read: held out of the preseason so the he could demonstrate the alternative to him at linebacker. He is a mercenary and needs another lump sum cash infusion because of his lifestyle choices and consequences.
    Does Lance actually choose to miss games or does Jerry decide to call Briggs' bluff to make him honor the contract. What kind of dickhead has the nerve to do this at this point in the season?

  • fuck Briggs...
    he pulled this SAME shit 3 years ago and got paid....
    he needs to honor his fuckn contract and stop being a greedy cunt...
    and to do it now, when there are other players that are DUE to get paid what THEY deserve (Forte, Harris) jus goes to show you what kind of selfish fuck he is...

  • In reply to SoILBearsFan:

    Don't forget, Briggs is represented by Drew "Next Question" Rosenmouth who is orchestrating this soap opera. This is the same man (and I use that term LOOSELY) who assured everybody in the NFL that Terrell . (mysteriously-torn-in-the-off-season ACL) Owens would be ready to go to start the season so they should sign him up.

    Of note: The Bears are still just under $20 below the Salary Cap. If you're waiting for them to spend that surplus I believe the "Must use $99% of CAP money" provision of the new CBA does not kick in until 2012.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    agents are like lobyists....thay hide behind fame; which becomes the host they suck off throughout their "work carreers"; turning everything into rot.

    they are always looking for, or contriving leverage
    everything is too crowded and complicated

    I'd like to stick his head in a sewerpipe, and extricate it with a little leverage from the crow bar; a la moe howard

  • In reply to Albertintucson:


  • In reply to SoILBearsFan:

    Briggs needs to get bounced! We're all tired of his "act" and his "sh#@!". He'll wind-up like Wilber Marshall who nobody cares about now. Didn't see him at the 85' reunion. If someone did, please correct me....

  • You said the texans would win the division and lose at home to the pats after you picked the titans to win the South and the texans to miss the playoffs.

    If cutler throws for 3,500 yards, and matt forte is the leading receiver on the team, that means he either has to have over 1000 receiving yards or the Bears have to get about 5 or six receivers over 500 yards. Do you think both of those is possible?

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    or are you just hedging your bets?

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    I predict you fuck at least 1 of your cousins during the football season.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    You fuckwads lose to the Saints on Wednesday and Peter King may stop licking Dom Capers and Ted Thompson's balls in SI. And wouldn't that be a shame?

  • Chris Johnson for MVP? He's going to be too busy counting his money and picking out a new gold encrusted grill. His team sucks, and he weighs 98lbs. I think this is the year he goes to shit.

    I predict Roy E. Williams has a good first game and all is forgiven by week 2.

  • I nominate Chris Johnson as candidate for the season's first Marquee Player injury.

  • ESPN needs a sanity check or a badly needed update on the FF RB ratings:

    Once Forte gets his deal, taking Gore, mcFadden, or McCoy over him constitutes FF idiocy. And CJ needs to fall behind Charles, Foster and Rice. CJ is just a little too Pacman Jones for me. I keep waiting for him to pop a cap in the ass of some Denny's patron; it's just a matter of time.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Foster is a no no.

  • Oh, and please please - Flatbread to the practice squad. Or cut outright.

    Dude was getting rolled over like a dead buffalo in Apache country by 3rd string Cleveland offensive lineman. I think 3rd string offensive line in Cleveland are just the local homeless guys that are fat.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    i think he is damaged and will be a project that will turn out in his favor if he can get the legs back under him.....he does seem weak

  • I'll play GM for a second:

    Call Lance's bluff, pay Forte 14.2 mil and get the deal done today, sign Lofa, call Pisa for health status, move Reed to linebacker and try develop him on the practice squad at both DE and LB and blitz him whenever he is in since he is really a DE or 3-4 LB.
    Sign veteran cover 2 safety that is a victim of roster moves, give Graham time in practice at FS and never, ever let Joshua Moore ever play corner on the Bears ever again.
    Also, call whoever is takes care of the Estate of Michael Jackson and buy the oxygen chamber and stuff Starsky and Hutch in there naked with nothing but veggie juice drinks and a couple of grilled pork tenderloins.

  • No way we go to war with Starsky and Hutch. No way. Angelo will be looking at final cuts on other teams and somebody right now in Halas Hall is watching all the other PS games and putting together a list of safeties who looked passable.

    Reed is a junkyard dog. Dude is 6'1" and 245. That's like a bouncer at Hooters, not an NFL player. All motor, all the time. And his hold on Great Dane's return was BS to boot. Arena league, look out...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    i'm thinking outside the box. Outside Linebacker.

  • It is almost a give that the Packers will win the opening game. Almost every team wins their first game after the superbowl.

    Be nice for a change if the Saints can correct that.

  • First cuts are in:

    Fantuz (back to Canada, dude)
    Onrea Jones
    Asiata (sorry Irish!)
    Deron Minor
    Ryan Jones (who is being treated for a 3rd degree burn)

  • In reply to gpldan:

    i hear aloe is good for that

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Got no ties with Asiata - just thought we might find a guard out of him or Louis. Louis will do. Need Horn over the other side though. CW should play tackle or sit on the bench.

    We tank without Briggsy, plain and simple. No two ways about it.

  • #50something.
    i believe the bears will convert a higher % of third downs
    have more sustained drives
    control time of possession (as of last night we were 2nd in pre- season and I believe 1or 2 in longest drives)
    cross over the "israeli border" more often than a smuggler

  • The other thing that pisses me off about Lambo Lance:

    He's in year 4 of a 5 year. Back when he was UFA (and he was UFA), he demanded a front loaded contract. So he's probably gotten 30 of his 36M. The Bears got a bargain the last two years, he's probably making 3 and 3.

    But hey, you know, Lambos cost money to fix and there are 2 more baby mommas we don't even know about yet, so now - you know - 3M just does not cut it. Where's the love?

    All it does is discourage the Bears to do any more front loaded contracts, and if Lance holds out - then Angelo should fuck him right in the hole by slapping franchise tag on him next year and forcing him to sit and STILL beholden to the Bears.

    Fuck of Lance. Get ready for Atlanta and quit your bitching.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yep. I agree. Eat that franchise tag, Lance. Eat it.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:


  • In reply to gpldan:

    Mr. Peckerhead he has 3 years of a 6 year contract left. You really have to git your facts correct..............lolololololololo....GO BEARS!!!!!

  • In reply to #16 Bears Fan:

    Is that you Jenny Milk?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The Bears don't have to Franchise Briggs this year, next year, or the year after that. He's under contract for 3 more years, so he can sit out (a la Palmer) for the 2011, 2012, and 2013 (if the world doesn't end in the previous year) THEN we can franchise him in 2014. And in 2015, he can hit the FA market at the ripe age of 35 and really make bank.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    We can't afford tolet him sit out though - we need him. Very very badly.

  • regarding the timing on the briggs "bonus"

    maybe he is just bringing it up at this time; using his celebrity, to highlight the plight of the american worker on labor day weekend

    he is somehow relating to the pain of depressed wages in our society and just doin his part for the unknown steel chucker, the hidden miner....

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    and just doin his part for the unknown steel chucker, the hidden miner....

    the unemployed secretary with hot cross buns looking for a payday...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    oh my...thats gotta leave a mark

  • he wants to flip flop this years 3.9 with the last years 6.1
    one can only speculate that in todays world he is short on cash

  • Jeff tweets:

    Hypothetical: Roy Williams catches 6 balls, 80 yards and a TD against Falcons. Does he get to urinate on gathered Chicago media?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Not until he does it all year and in the post season
    that man is on a short leash with me anyway

    too many of chicagos "big hitters" do it all season and in the playoffs its pop goes the weasel

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    I'd settle for him doing it in a f-cking preseason game...
    hell, Roy, do it in a team scrimmage.

    Let's start small and work up to the regular season.

    Wait, we're out of preseason games?
    OK, well, hope he's in "football shape".

  • i am serious about this.... if smartz didn't create some goal line plays for earl b he wasted part of his offseason f'n off
    that man has hands that know the ball
    he just needs a little bit of space

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    Why would Earl be the goal-line guy? A straight drop-back pass scenario sucks. Eddie Williams weighs 245+. Either hand him the ball and let him plough it in between Webb and CW, or let him lead block for Tofu or Barbarian ... or play-action fake and toss it to Davis on the out pattern wide open like they've been drilling all PS.

  • what can devin do?


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oh Shabba. You won our hearts all over again.

    Even Pats fan had to watch that one again on his Storm:

  • If Briggs is short on cash, he should sell some of his goddamn comic books.
    Fuck him. If he doesn't want to play for the Bears, wait out the contract. That's why you signed one.
    The timing of this is just disgusting.
    Go wrap another Lambo around a telephone pole, Lance, then whine about how you aren't getting paid market value.

  • Prediction: Bears go back to the NFC Championship game, at home, and beat the living daylights out of the Saints again.
    Green Bay loses first round on the road against the NFC West champion Arizona Cardinals after a tragic accident involving the steps on the team bus, BJ Raji, too much mustard on his ham snackwich, and Aaron Rodgers knee.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    And then they of course crush the Texans in the Super Bowl.
    Houston will win their division by default.

  • Funny follow-up to Peter King telling the world that the wireless password at Halas Hall was Sweetness34.

    He wasn't joking.

    Bears had to change it when people would drive by and jump on the network, just to see if King was fucking with them.

    King. Hates. Bears.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Because the Bears make him look like what he is. He is a guy that gets paid to give his opinion and predictions about players and teams and the Bears made him look fucking stupid and like he was guessing 2 years in a row hence the 8-8 guess. Fuck that dude.

  • In reply to gpldan:


    Fat asshole.

  • Whoa.

    Hold the fucking phone.

    Did I just read that?

    "I think I can say this now, because it's not going to hurt anybody's feelings, and it's the truth," Vick tells me a few weeks after the commencement ceremony. "I didn't want to come to Philadelphia. Being the third-team quarterback is nothing to smile about. Cincinnati and Buffalo were better options." Those two teams wanted him and would've allowed him to start, but after meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell and other reps from the NFL, Vick was convinced—and granted league approval—to sign with Philly. "And I commend and thank them, because they put me in the right situation."

    So what he's saying is Goodell put him on the Eagles? He wanted to go elsewhere, but the commissioner of football TOLD him where he was going to play?

    Wow - that almost sounds totally and completely illegal. It almost sounds like... league tampering.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    He backed off of that pretty quickly and said he "misremembered" or some such bullshit.

    If you read the quotes, it's pretty clear that the league had a heavy hand in determining where he ended up. I wondered how the rest of the owners must have felt when they read that.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    is andy reid really in charge?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Damn. That's fucked up. Is Goodell from Phili per chance?

  • In reply to gpldan:


    I'm sure the Bungles with Palmer threatening retirement, and the rest playing inbetween parole, will be happy with this.

    Or the Bills who may relocate to L.A. - I'm sure they would send a little thank you to Goodell.

    Or how bout the Raiders or Cards or a number of QB starved teams would also appreciate this. Keep in mind, if Vick never goes to Philly, neither does Cromartie, a draft pick, Asamougha or the rest of the "Dream Team" -

    IF the Eagles win the SB, this will be a more manufactured title than the Pats.

  • In reply to gpldan:


  • naaaaah! he don't call it league tampering
    he calls it business as usual

    tamper.......i don't even know her

  • In reply to huntinbare:


  • I change my stance on Lance Briggs. I said a few days ago the team should give him whatever he wants including weekly Lamborghini's for him to crash. Now he wants a trade? Publicly? NOW?

    Now I say FUCK HIM. Let him sit the remaining two years on his contract if he wants to. Even I don't want a Superbowl that bad. (Do I?). Then, when his contract is up, franchise his ass again! By the time we do let him go, he'll be a shell. Fuck this guy right in his baby spluging dick hole. Fuck him.

    But please, Jerry. Incompetent ass that you are. Please don't give this guy what he wants. Under no circumustances should this guy be given a raise or a trade.

    The funny thing is, I think he deserves one. If my kid becomes better at doing chores and becomes more dependable, I'll give him a bigger allowance. But not if he comes up to me and demands it. Then I'll have him go move the woodpile for nothing. Fuck him.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:


  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    Agree, Doc, Briggs has NO leverage. I was with you - I thought he deserved a bonus or something, but now with this maneuver, fuck him Bungles style.

    But, in small defense of Briggs, after the Bears going cheap again (read my point by point below), would YOU trust J.A. and the McCheapsters to give you more money in good faith?

    It's almost like Briggs is saying, "You motherfuckers want to be cheap and cut Kruetz, Manning, not give a raise to Forte, and sign a bunch of 99cent specials even though you have 20mil, well, FUCK YOU. I'm gonna MAKE you spend."

    I'm disgusted at Briggs, but I'm EQUALLY as disgusted at the J.A. and the McCheapsters.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    I come here for my news first. DBB is my first stop on the interweb.

    I was about to make my own prediction - only one, mind - that we were going to kick Atlanta's ass so hard that it would make a 'BUUNNNNG!' sound that would be heard back in Georgia. 6/5 the home win, no spread. Easy money.

    But Briggsy. My oh my. Excellent positioning and gigantic bargaining chip in one sense .... but mang. Angela doesn't like that and Phillips is a schlong. Too many egos at Halas Hall. We cannot cannot cannot afford to trade this dude, not unless we're getting Patrick WIllis in return.

    Can't we franchise him. He's a franchise type of player. Do it. Whatever.

  • Anybody know anything about Myron Rolle? He's going to hit the market shortly.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    He's the 2nd smartest professional athlete... in the wurhhhld

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Nice reference GP. Loved that one.

  • i'm a little confused why agents don't spend more time behind the public arena trying to make these things work.

    mgmt. should explain there position, but allow them to come back after the final roster is set and negotiate in good faith with what is left of the rest of the pie.....

    has that behind the scene shit already happened?

    the good thing is I don.t think this is going to bother the players. they all have been well schooled in these matters....
    i am sure to them it is 2 separate matters

    as for us the fans; if the player and the agent are going to come into the public to elicit support........then maybe we should start getting our cut of the beef

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    Rosenhaus is a scumbag. This is more about Angela and Phillips and the scum at Halas Hall than it is about Lance. Him and Brian hold that shit together, and that D holds the team together so we need to make this thing work. Yesterday. Pay him, we're nearly 20 million under the cap I don't know what they're waiting for. Pay him. Super Bowl. That's all that matters in football. Fk NFC Championships. Fk lots of wins ever year like a Peyton Manning turd. Super Bowls. Pay the man, let's win one.

    We can win without Matt Forte, we can't win without Lance Briggs.

  • I was listening to The Score today, and one of them (forget who) said they have some ominous uneasy feeling this preseason, and I share the sentiment. As of today (Fri Sep 2), there's just a bunch of off-kilt details that leave me a little off-kilt.

    1) That whole Kreutz debacle which I know left a lot of the core players disgruntled at management.

    2) Forte not signed yet, even though he was a "priority", making the core players pissed at management.

    3) Briggs being a bitch, AGAIN, demanding a trade (though this is the same guy who said he'd never play for the Bears EVER again, ever).

    4) They mysterious cheap signings project retread: Roy, Barber, Gholston, Okoye. 2/4 so far isn't bad, but it must have left the Bears players thinking, "Why ain't they spending?"

    5) No one really talks about this, but esp now with our back-up safeties down, not paying D.Manning after finally stabilizing that position must be lurking in the player's mind. Just one more piece of evidence of the Bears going cheap.

    6) EVERYONE knows that the Bears have 20mil in cap, and can pocket that money, and most everyone believes they will nickel and dime it the rest of the way, which can't be good for player (or fan) morale.

    As the great bard says, "There's something rotten in Denmark"...and it smells worse than a Fudgepacker after a kegger and a gobbling a block of Limburger cheese. If it wasn't for Lovie, I'd think we'd have a full player revolt, storming of the Bastille style.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Oh, not to mention our Oline and Receiving Corp...which are a given. Forgive my typos...

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    now i can't eat dinner.......

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    I feel it too. I am ALWAYS glass half full with this squad...even to a fault. There is a strange armegeddon type rumble in my soul this year. Bear Down?

  • First... I too am (was) a HUGE #55 fan. I always believed that he was one of the unsung heroes of the D and the team. The best linebacker on the field no matter what the hype says about the other dude. Briggs IS a difference make no fucking doubt.

    Now… fuck him, fuck him right in his face. He doesn’t love this team and he can get nothing and fucking like it. Cunt.

    That 'off-kilt' feeling you have 85, THAT is Jerry Angelo sir. Welcome to my world. Good GMs know how to deal with personnel AND owners to get done what needs gittin'. Jerry Angelo is the opposite of that for everything I've seen.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    jesus... typos... terrible... you know what I mean...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yeah, I know he's the cause (I should also put that Draft Day debacle on the list too), but now I think the PLAYERS are feeling like the fans, which is NOT good.

    The Bears always have an us-vs-the world, so maybe they put management into the "world" category, Major League style - prop up a cardboard cut-up of Jerry with his shit-eating grin in the locker room and after every win, they get to gather around and piss on his effigy.

    The brutal start doesn't help either, and if we go 0-3 to start, this is going to crash down hard. Of course, winning heals all wounds too.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Briggs is pissed off because Da Coach called him out. I suggest we draft a LB in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round next year.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Add that to the first round center we need to draft, because Spencer sucks. Also the first round MLB we need to draft, along with the first round OLB we'll need if Lance gets traded.

  • Re #4 Jeff.... How will they rectify that situation? If Wright isn't a FS, then who on the roster is? Or are you saying they will go get someone off the street or make a trade? That doesn't seem likely at all.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    Some veteran Safety is going to get cut, and EVERY Bears fan is going to want to sign him. Money back Guaranteed Michael.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Like our first opponent just did:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    85, I understand fans will want to sign a safety. I'm asking about Jeff's prediction.

    30, Sanders is a SS and Hayden is a CB. I doubt we're likely to see an undisputed FS on the street that will be an obvious rectification to the situation Jeff feels STRONGly (ha, pun intended) about.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    Hmmm, unless Jeff meant something radical like Peanut to FS... but I highly doubt that's going to happen. It'd take a lot more than a burning by Brees to set a course like that into motion.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    But Jeff is saying Lovie and Rod will fix it after Week 2 when the current safeties get torched. How are they going to do that? I'm not sure I understand how that prediction is going to work...

  • In reply to Michael L:

    T.O. will still be available week 2 - we can just convert him to a safety. Who better to recognize WR zones than an ex-wr? (insert sarcasm).

    I'm pretty sure some veteran S will still be available Week 2. I'm not saying he'll be good, but hey, these are the same guys who picked up Archuleta.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    There are very few, if any, veteran safeties that will be on the street that you could call true free safeties (or at least "not strong safeties")... particularly if the bar being set is at "freer" than Major Wright.

    Guys on the street now are all either considered liabilities in coverage, or too frail to hold up to a season of abuse. So okay, maybe somebody from the latter category will become our "solution" to supposedly not having a FS.

  • This is a blip on the radar. Emotional decisions are, more often than not, regrettable decisions.

    With respect to the "cheap" signings, 85, the Bears struggled in the red zone and in short yardage situations last year, and this offseason addressed that shortcoming. Call it the offseason to gain 2 yards on third and 1. Every critical move (save the Williams signing, which was a value signing) this offseason on offense addressed that situation. (Promotion of K. Davis, releease of Manu, trading of Olsen, signings of Spaeth and Barber...) Value should not be mistaken for cheap, especially if it moves the chains, burns some clock, and puts points on the board...

    Tell me one guy in this years FA class that fits our system we didn't go after for big money? I don't believe that guy existed in this class...

    They went hard after one O-Lineman who took a less lucrative deal in Pittsburgh. That's not being cheap. Olin ended up signing a deal for less money than was offered to him.

    Speaking of O-Linemen, our O-Line will be one of the best run-blocking o-lines in the NFL this year.

    Lance is who he is. JA is who he is. I trust Angelo will do what is in the best interest of the team in a level headed manner.

    What if the McCaskey's are in a financial hard spot this year (which they may very well be), and it is their last year to save money before the minimum cap rule applies, then so be it. They know JA is not a low-life that will go to the press to preserve his image.

    Angelo is too easy a target for you guys to hit, but the reality is that we have a team assembled that can beat any one of our opponents this year.

    The arrow is pointing up. Unless you ask a power ranker.


  • In reply to Viva:

    as usual Viva... the proof is in the puddin my man.

    We shall see what happens. I hope I eat crow like a fat guy at an all-you-can-eat buffet line, I just worry about injuries and our lack of depth anywhere but at TE and dline.

    which reminds me, I just saw Quinnten Jammer (charger's corner) at the BofA... pulled up in a silver DB5. Dude is THICK man. I should have asked him if he wants to defect for a year. great name for a corner btw.

  • In reply to Viva:

    I should qualify my points by stating that all these preseasons moved maybe "perceived" as cheap by the players. The front office will say "value", the players may retort "cheap".

    As always, it just depends on whether the players work out or not.

    So for instance. If L. Louis does work out, then that's great "value" - if he doesn't, then "Tell me one guy in this years FA class that fits our system we didn't go after for big money?" Harvey Dahl who signed with the Rams.

    Wright is another "value" gamble. If he doesn't get hurt (like last year) AND if he stops whiffing on plays, then great value. If not, then why the hell let D.Manning walk out the door? D. Manning was an FA that fit our system, I'd say.

    Roy too is another cheap gamble. Works out = value. Doesn't then = cheap - maybe Braylon Edwards would be a nice fit in our system, or even Plax (who I wanted).

    Like I said, all those gambles could work out, but wouldn't it have been nice to have Manning back at Safety, have Wright as a SP team baller and insurance plan? Wouldn't it be nice to have Dahl road grading, and have Lance Louis for depth? Wouldn't you as a Bears fan feel more comfortable as of right now having Braylon Edwards or even Plax over Roy?

    I know I would feel better, but hopefully the gambling on the side of cheap pays off. I also know that J.A. and the McCaskey's would rather have 20 mil in their pockets than give the Bears depth or "expensive" competition.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Braylon Edwards had even lower catch rate than RW did last year... actually maybe it was the last 3 years.

    I don't know that Edwards or Plax fit the system better either. RW obviously fits the system since he's had success in it, but the other guys played in NY which are downfield systems but not the same timing-oriented philosophy that Martz runs.

  • In reply to Viva:

    i like it Viva. Fuck Angelo, fuck King, fuck em all. We are running this bitch and Briggs will bring the heat...and if he doesn't and decides to sit we can pay some DP Polish dude to kill him for a 6pack and some cigs.

  • I know a guy

  • Well, so much for Lance Briggs being a fan favorite.

    My question is do jackasses like Rosenhaus have anti-trust exemptions? How many agents control most of the players in the league? Is the "agent club" really small?

  • It's been over a day since...

    You were reminded about the auction league! (This means you, MB)

    Password: ditka

    4 slots left.

    Draft time - 7th @ 8pm CT


    Bear down. Go Bears.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    I've been holding off on having a normal draft until you fill yours Willie.


    I think Reed will make the team but I really think they should groom him to be an outside linebacker. I also think you will start hearing Pisa's name in about 2 weeks.

  • i'm interested to see who they bring in at safety from the cut pile.

    I also can't believe it but Paea should not make this team. Harrison's fat ass is actually performing now and once AA comes back that is one bad mofo line.

    If the bears ever got rid of Paea then Angelo should just do the right thing and quit.

  • He was a bad pick Waffle. How we pissed in Mikel Leshoure's face I still cannot comprehend.

    Anyway, glad to see Viva's in the house. Yo Viva, I think you were the man at predictions last year, right? Check this shit out and let us know who you're hot for. Value in mind. Bears look very tasty at 6/5 with the Falcons' center out.

    13/8 New Orleans Saints @ Green Bay Packers 1/2
    6/5 Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens 4/6
    evens Detroit Lions @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4/5
    4/6 Atlanta Falcons @ Chicago Bears 6/5
    12/5 Buffalo Bills @ Kansas City Chiefs 1/3
    2/5 Philadelphia Eagles @ St Louis Rams 2/1
    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
    1/3 New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins 12/5
    13/10 Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos 8/13

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Irish - I'll give this serious thought. Come back to this thread for the answer... maybe a day or two.

  • In reply to Viva:

    Oh, I'll be all ears mang! Ta very much.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    I think these are the best two bets:

    Patriots. Packers.

    You can bet 5 to win 2. 40% ROI...

  • Neon goes at it with Sapp - Briggs deal.

  • Eddie Williams got cut. That sucks. Liking Robert Hughes though ...

  • And I think the nickname Child Support needs to be re-assigned to Briggsy. Urlacher can be 'baldy'.

  • Get it? Briggs to nowhere…. Do you guys get it? Get it? Fuck these NFL guys are clever!

    Btw, did you catch at the very end, neon giving a parting shot to cutty for last year? Yeah, nice pocket ‘square’ ahole.

    Bummer about Williams Irish, I thought the dude did a bang up job when I watched him. He was blasting LBs. Oh well, guess we have like 10 FBs now. We’re really keeping unaga over Williams? Help me understand that one Mike.

  • The only reason we're keeping Unga is because we're stashing him on a left the team list. BTW, he doesn't get paid. Makes sense now, doesn't it? I'm guessing if Briggs plays up to his usual standards he will get another year and more money. I don't blame the players for trying to get every nickel they can but it gets old reading about it. If the Molester makes the team I'll scream. Neon is a tired act. Same with about 90% of the opinion douchebags on ESPN and NFL Networks. Have you guys ever watched Michael irvin with the sound off? It's hilarious. He's screaming, yelling, waving his hands around and acts like he's on the verge of stomping out of the bldg on his way to a cheap hotel with hookers and crack. I've never liked that guy.

  • " If the Giants don't blow a 700 point lead to the Eagles last year and the Bucs don't blow a home game to the Lions in December, the Green Bay Packers don't make the playoffs. Anybody predict that? "

    Or if the NFL made the right call in week one regarding the Calvin Johnson CATCH then none of your drivel matters because the Packers beat the bears in 17 & win the division with an identical 10-6 record leaving those overrated fucks out of the playoffs?

    You really are dumb as shit.


    January 23rd 2011


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