Bears Release of Chris Harris Had NOTHING To Do with Business

Bears Release of Chris Harris Had NOTHING To Do with Business

Chris Harris Tweeted about what a crazy business this NFL is these days.  Robbie Gould reiterated this idea, using the same format.  They want us to somehow believe that Chris Harris was released from the Chicago Bears this morning for financial reasons.  They want us to believe this was a decision made by Jerry Angelo and the suits at Halas Hall and not by Lovie Smith and the men who evaluate play on the football field.

This was not a business decision.  This was a decision forced by the actions and play of Harris on the field.  After a disastrous performance against the Lions (and subsequent benching), Harris acted like a petulant child.  He wanted to take his ball and play elsewhere.  He requested a trade.  But nobody wanted him because the other thirty-one teams could clearly see what the one in Chicago could see: Harris was taking terrible angles in run defense and seemed lost when the football was in the air.

Major Wright took his spot and played an excellent ballgame against the Minnesota Vikings.  But as is the cast with Major, injuries marred a worth effort.  Harris was reinstated into the starting lineup.  How did he treat his second chance in 2011?  He was the weak link, CLEARLY the weak link, in an otherwise sturdy defensive effort.  It didn't take much of a reach to notice Harris was mailing it in for sixty minutes in London.

The Bears have a free safety now.  His name is Chris Conte.  That leaves them with three plays - Major, Meriweather, Harris - for one position.  Harris was the weak link.  Releasing Chris Harris was not a business decision by the Chicago Bears.  It was a football decision.  Remember in high school when your biology teacher used to allow you to drop your lowest quiz score at the end of the term?  Lovie Smith just dropped his.

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  • First! Just to tick off MB

  • In reply to Bender McLugh:

    I'm not that much of a curmudgeon... well, maybe.

    Besides, you've been here.

    Oh, did I mention... bugger off!

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • In reply to Bender McLugh:

    my first isn't wrinkled (yet) bender, but I am shaking other another wrinkled appendage at you.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    HA. I meant my wrinkled fist, you nasty bastard

  • In reply to Bender McLugh:


  • In reply to Bender McLugh:

    Again. Awesome name. Thinking seventies cop show, funky theme tune(some crazy early-Chicago/Zappa fusion) - a fifty something, cigarette chuffing, whiskey swilling, not-exactly-play-it-by-the-book, six-shootin' hard-ass who never sees eye to eye with his captain, generally has 24 hours before the DA nails him and somehow ends up in bed with a Farrah Fawcett lookalike every week.

    I'll leave his choice of pet and ride up to you guys.

    Bender McLugh. When rules don't mean a goddamn thing.

  • I am pulling down the NFC contenders piece. This will be story of the day. I will put up contenders piece, revised, Monday morning.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Damn you Jeff, I was "first" to say Chris Harris was cut this morning.
    Harris played well last year, but he deserved to get cut.

  • What is up with the White guys playing Safeties?

    ... I think this will bite us in the ass. Oh well.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Could be another Lynch! Lol

  • I've really liked what I've seen from Conte. To me, what has been so impressive has been his early play on special teams. Watch him and his effort as the gunner on punts, the kid flat out flies and doesn't ever take a play off. He's big, has good speed and instincts and to this point has proven pretty durable. I really hope we can find his compliment at SS in the draft this year so we have youth on the back end of the defense. It could be the difference in getting this team as we know it a ring in their twilight as well as the bedrock for adding youth at LB behind Lance and Brian as well.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Ain't nothing but a Bears thang, baby.

    Two white-bred safeties going crazy.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    The McCaskey's are the honkies that pay me

  • In reply to Crown:

    Fuck, you're just rascists, that's all...

  • While the play of Harris has declined this year I have to say I still really like the guy. I have followed him on Twitter and Facebook for quite some time and he is always accessible and entertaining.

    I especially like his latest tweet "This has turned out to be one hell of a bye week! I feel like Craig on #Friday.........Fired on my day off LOL"

  • Blogfather doesn't even mention Steltz. Poor guy. All he does is ball.

    Little Tommy Nelson will probably back up Conte. Steltz will back up Pringles, who will be given one more shot to play SS, a position he is suited in speed and temperament to play but is not stout enough to hold up for.

    VIP on the Swole is gonna be VIP on the bench. I can't see him adjusting to strong side.

  • How is Taylor Mays playing these days? MB?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    don't bait me GP.

    he's black, so Jerry probably wouldn't be interested... actually, I did read somewhere that he's fucking jewish!! Part of the tribe no less. Who would have guessed?!

    Maybe that will help Jerry. Hey Jerry you renard... Mays is jewish! Go get him!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'll go with a Podlesh, Carimi and Mays mini-tribe.

    As for Mr. Harris, we can finally rate Angelo's move. My man Jamar - who would now be installed as starter with Roach on the bench - is instead out of the world of football after his spinal injury suffered during his time with the Panthers. Although Angelo didn't cause that injury, 99% probability it didn't occur with the Bears, unless you believe in Kismet. So not only did we trade away a very good/promising to excellent LB for a guy that was about to be cut anyway, we just cut that guy into the bargain. Nice one Jerry. No need to call you an asshat anymore, that's pretty much your middle name around here.

    Net net, we have good competition for strong safety. Carry on.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Why are you so racist against white safeties, MB? You REALLY think these jackasses that cannot tackle are such good choices for the position?

  • I don't think Meriweather will play unless Major is hurt. I think the Bears are ready to move Wright, Conte full time.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Agree Jeff. BTW, for those keeping track, Burnett who the Pack jumped to get ahead of us broke his hand.

    I still think Venable who is on the practice squad methinks will get another shot, even though they claim he is more of a hybrid LB/S. He's a great sp teamer and like Clutts, a mentality you want on your team.

    If Harris wouldn't have demanded a trade, he still might have been on the team for his veteran leadership. But since he blew that part by announcing to his team that he wants out, he talked his way out of a job.

    Didn't Harris know he played awful and contributed Zilch to SP teams? Well, he'll have a lot more free time to tweet now.

    Ironically, he might end up with the Texans since D. Manning broke his leg and is out for the season. Although I think he's waaay to slow to play in a 3-4.

    Is it just me, or did the Bears dodge major injury bullets with FAs? Colon from Steelers I think is out for the season too...

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Gotta agree, Jeff.

    Meriweather sucks horribly. Conte, so far, does not suck. The choice is a plain as the fucking noses on your faces, people.

  • How could this be a business decision? His pay is guaranteed for the year. A little surprised by the release but not exactly heartbroken. When the Bears traded him the first time he was guilty of taking bad angles and trailing guys down the field. I thought he was solid last year but not too great this year.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    no, signing bonuses and such are guaranteed money, the rest is only there if you play, this aint the NBA.

  • In reply to Urlacher FTW:

    FTW, Harris is in the last year of his contract. As a vested veteran, if he is on the opening day roster his salary for that year is guaranteed. So yes, Harris's remaining pay for this year is guaranteed.

    (If another team signs him for more, the Bears are off the hook. If they sign him for less, the Bears make up the difference.)

  • What do you kiddos think of Wilbon's T.O. article?

    I must say it definitely intrigues me, but how much would Rosenclown demand for him? Too much money wouldn't be worth it unless T.O. is in good shape, which it doesn't seem like he is.

  • In reply to Bender McLugh:

    I think that Buffalo and Cincinatti have shown that TO is not going to cause locker room problems the way he did earlier in his career. But I do think Waddle has a point about Martz's system and TO coming and needing to learn a lot very fast.

    I'm a big proponent of giving him a workout, perhaps to fills Chris Harris's roster spot. I think at the beginning of the season, TO is probably a better pickup than Roy Williams. But at this point, Roy is starting to find a role in the offense and Cutler is finding his stride. I have my doubts that TO would be worth rocking the boat. The offense is already getting a boost with Bennett getting healthy.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    very true, Bennett coming back is huge.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    NB, how about TO comes in to take harris' roster AND lineup spot. Put him in at FS! He's 6'4 230 and is faster than all of our safeties combined.

    You sir, are brilliant!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    TO starting a new NFL career at 38? Get yo' popcorn ready!

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    hot buttered

  • In reply to MB30SD:


    U guys are crazy.

    I agree with NewBear, if T.O. would've been healthy, I might have taken him over Roy. Too late now. We're already "impacted" with WR...Hester, Knox, Sanzen, Roy, and now Bennett - not to mention Hurd.

    Although GB has proven that a team can never have enough WRs...

  • In reply to Bender McLugh:

    I thought Wilbon made some good points but Angelo, Martz, Lovie and Tice would rather be caught buck naked in a daisy chain than have T.O. on the roster.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:


  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    You say that like they're NOT buck naked in a daisy chain this year.

  • In reply to Bender McLugh:

    Nobody went to his workout, Sarge. That would suggest he's available for league minimum. There was a good cartoon somewhere yesterday that showed T.O. sitting at his desk waiting for the phone to ring. The thought bubble over his head says "You'll have me at 'Hello' ..."

    CH gone = roster spot free.

    How much does the guy behind only Jerry Rice on the all-time receivers list need to learn in order to fall five yards forward into the endzone and grab a ball once a game? How fit does he need to be to run five yards and catch a ball? No one's saying he should be the receiving work horse that Waddle was.

    Are we a worse team if Terrell Owens is on the roster?

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    That totally depends on who else that roster spot gets used on.
    I think he's done. Let's not forget he is 38, coming off a bad knee injury, and is widely recognized as a disruptive me-first influence in the locker room.
    It's not going to happen with the Bears and I highly, highly doubt that it happens with any other team in the NFL.
    I'm willing to entertain the idea that we're collectively wiser than Jerry Angelo.
    I'm not (yet) willing to entertain the idea that we're collectively wiser than all 32 GMs in the NFL.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Yes, we are absolutely a worse team with TO on the roster.

  • Not sure why Angelo isn't pursuing Asante Samuel, he would be an immediate improvement for the secondary.

    Is it because they are only looking at safeties for now?

  • In reply to Bender McLugh:

    Samuel, as far as I understand him, is a man coverage guy. He's also a great cornerback in general, but I'm not sure we'd really be maximizing his potential in our system.

    So with that said, I feel the same way about Samuel that felt about his new teammate Asomugha - probably not a good value trade for us.

    Also, I believe that ship has saled right? The trade deadline expired and Samuel is on a team, so we can't go after him right now.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    yeah, I STILL don't understand how the trade deadline is an actual deadline. Can't trades still happen after the "deadline", but with some caveats? I'm ignorant on this topic for sure...

  • In reply to Bender McLugh:

    Not really. He'd have to be released by his team first, which then makes him a Free Agent and available to sign with any team.

    A trade is exactly that -- the team with rights (and obligations) to a player assigns those rights (and obligations) to another team. So the player's deal stays intact and is transferred to a new team, and the right to negotiate contracts stays exclusive to a single team. No trades can happen after the trade deadline until the end of the league year (in March).

  • In reply to Michael L:

    And for those wondering WHY a trade deadline exists to begin with, it's because the NFL doesn't want a bunch of crappy teams at the end of the season trading away their stars to play-off bound teams that have a hole or two to fill.

    Asante, like NewBear stated, is a bad fit for the cover who. He can't tackle, and our corners NEED to be able to tackle. That's why Peanut usually post Safety numbers every year when it comes to tackling. How many times have our DBs saved TDs?

    Also, he's known to "freelance" and we already have Pimpster sitting on the bench for that.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Agreed - he is the anti-cover 2 cornerback.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I think Lovie said they only play Chicago 2 about 30% of the time. We play lots of man coverage. I don't know how teams can refuse to look at guys because they can cover dudes one on one, I mean that's basic football 101 in my book. Focusing on guys who can 'cover a specific space' ? That just sounds wrong, you have to be able to play football first and foremost - as a DB that means coverage. Of people. He's better than Tim Jennings, most people are, but like you said, the trade deadline expired.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Even Lovie has said they don't downgrade a guy because he has man cover skills -- same thing with size on the DL or at LB. That's why drafted a guy like Josh Moore (primary skills were in man coverage) and pursued a guy like Peppers. Nobody in the FO/staff has said they refuse to look at guys who have skills/attributes outside the system.

    But their system has a bread n butter they want to be 100% confident they can rely on. That means CBs have to be able to tackle, DL have to have speed, and LBs have to have coverage/pass reading skills, etc. Other skills are gravy. That is why NB, 85, and MBP make their points -- that he's lacking in essential skills that Lovie & Co values, and his specialty in secondary skills means he'll command a high salary which makes him the opposite of a bargain value for JA.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    Michael makes the best point; you have finite resources to spend on each position and your team philosophy dictates where that gets expended. You are not going to lock up money in a high-dollar man-cover cornerback (who incidentally avoids contact like the plague) when your primary expectation of them is that they play zone effectively and -tackle-.
    This is essentially the same discussion we had about Asomughua in the pre-season, although Nnamdi seems like an obviously more physical corner, and hence a much more valuable commodity.
    Not to mention, Asante made an ass of himself in publicly criticizing the front-office when they could just as easily have not shown any commitment to him at all with DRC and Nnamdi coming in this year. That, I'm sure, didn't earn him any points with Halas Hall.

  • In reply to Bender McLugh:

    uh no he is old , it would be a waste of time, although he would be good depth.

  • In reply to Sean:

    hi sean.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hey MB30SD, new to this site in blogging been on here for over 2 years and been a Bears fan since I was 15 right when the Bears played the Falcons when we crushed vick and killed the Falcons. but glad to be here blogging, how long have you been a fan?

  • In reply to Bender McLugh:

    Because we need offensive linemen.

  • Jeff, it is a business insofar as it was about health of the business long-term -- not financially but dropping dead-weight and adding a prospect you can train for half a season.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    The point being that financial is not the same thing as business. You're right it was not for financial reasons, but this NFL business is funny as the players say.

    In this case the fund manager reconfigured his portfolio to invest in the future (i.e. to make it more growth-oriented), dropping a more established but low dividend-yielding performer. Now it may also have been a coaches' decision too (that will become clearer over time), but I don't think the players are wrong to see it as a business one.

  • In reply to Michael L:


  • Any of you San Franciscan area fools know of any good spots in the Wharf area?

    I got a business trip next week, and need a place for stick whiskeys at a decent price...

    And maybe a "look the other way at the fact I don't have a membership" dispensary... Shhhhhhhhhhh.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Make that STIFF whiskeys... Rough mornin'.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    There are a ton of places up and down the wharf area. I say you sample as many as possible to guarantee a great trip! Ive been there 4 times in the last 10 years and had a great time very time.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Most of the wharf is tourist shit and sub-par seafood.

    Except one. Old school. Literally. All the wait staff are older men, like, over 55 at least. All wear Tuxes. the bartender is a hot chick. The chefs rock it. It's hidden, but thanks to Interwebz technology, I got it for you right here:


  • In reply to gpldan:

    Nice, I'll check it.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Scomas is A-1 Like the old school waiters and atmosphere. Try on Pier 39 the "Pier Market Restaurant and Seafood Market" The Cioppino is awesome and the view is great!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    This blog has it all. The answers to life, the universe and everything, good restaurants, squirrels with beer bottles up their assholes, and football. I love it.

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    In reply to IrishSweetness:

    And with that, why would you ever need anything else in life? lol

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Don't forget the music, Irish. Ya'll check the Steep Canyon Rangers if you haven't yet.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    I've gone from area to area in SF and each one has something cool to offer. I like Polk Street for food (Swans Oyster Depot is great as is the greek food, and the pizza joint and a chinese place called Bamboo) Sunset is cool (being an Irishman I think they have the best bars) Oh and there's a good Itallian place in little Italy called Bella Tratoria. Have fun!

  • Releasing Harris is a stupid move. He's only under contract until the end of the year and has the most experience at one of our most vulnerable positions. Conte and Wright have one good game and everyone is ready to annoint them the safety tandem of the future. Harris knows where to be on the field and hasn't played as bad as has been portrayed by many. When I heard the Bears were practicing some safeties yesterday, I thought Swole would be the one on his way out. Are you really going to rely on a practice sqaud guy to learn your system mid-season and add safety depth? You know you're going to need that depth with pringles injury history. I'd go with the guy that's played in the system for years. This is about the brass flexing their ego at a player that externally expressed some frustration.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Conte has had two solid games in a row, and Major is making strides again. I'll miss Harris, but I think his lack of motivation, perceived or otherwise, is what did him in.

  • In reply to Bender McLugh:

    Harris was a Bear warrior. I think lack of motivation was never a factor with him.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Crown - With all due respect, you are as wrong as two boys humping.

    The fact that Chris Harris did not play special teams had more to do with his release than the fact that he was routinely out of position on the defensive side of the ball. The bye week is another time of the year Toub has his way with the roster. I'm guessing the guy who takes his spot on the roster will be involved immediately on Special Teams. (I believe Tim Shaw came to us in the buy week a couple years ago...) We need to hope like hell that whoever it is plays, like the Tasmanian Devil on Special Teams...

    The BT will say this was a business decision, because they are not going to impune a guy who gave as much as Harris gave to this team. They only make public their disspleasure with a player when their detrimental behavior has made it to the media (Tank, Cedric)...

  • In reply to Crown:

    I have to admit that's how I felt when I saw the headline he was cut, but I'm willing to give it a chance if Conte can work. If not it could get ugly.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Yep, open your gob at the Bears and you're gone. Angela's ego. The dude was a liability in coverage though, I could care less about how hard he hits guys. If Wright goes down, we've got a guy that made the last two pro bowls to go in for him - I think Lovie is just using the bench as a cooler. Wright's not so hot at open field tackling and run fits by the looks of it.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Bingo! Hitting guys does not matter if you cannot FINISH the fucking tackle, and cannot cover.

  • There is more to this story than we may ever know. Rosenbloom has actually written a few good articles lately and today floats the idea that Harris' tweeting about everyone being accountable is a hint that Lovie felt Harris was becomming an issue. Private arguements most likely where Lovie worried it could become a distraction. So he removes the distraction - who wasn't worth it given his play (as Jeff said). Normally, you keep a player like him for depth - but Harris maybe popped off on the plane ride home or something and Lovie felt he had to step up.

    You know that Lovie NEVER goes public with stuff like this. I REALLY respect him for that, and the players obviously do too. To be honest, I don't mind him as head coach - though if they ever wake up and fire Angelo I realize Lovie will go too.

  • In reply to BillW:

    would he? I still think Lovie should be the D coordinator, with Rod as his trusty sidekick.

    And hey, Tony "Soprano" Sporano is canned food very soon, and he's better than Lovie, right?

  • In reply to Bender McLugh:

    Know what... like bill, I've come around to think, meh... we can keep lovie as long as we shitcan angelo.

    But if that ever does happen, wouldn't you rather just clean house and start over? I would. Of course this necessitates bringing in real, known, proven talent at both spots.

    Wouldn't everyone rather try the theo thing at halas? I was screaming to bring jimmy H home last year, and now look at the 9ers. Man, what we could do with him, a real GM, and a real DC (mari can go back to line... I want a creative guy like capers or williams throwing crazy shit out there. Motherfuck the lovieC2).

    Ahhhh, a girl can wish.

  • In reply to Bender McLugh:

    jesus (pun intended)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ha ha, that's funny. "Tebowing"...btw, did anyone get a glimpse of Tebow's gal? You tell me if Tebow is still a Virgin...

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    I think I just threw up a little in my pants. holy side boob

  • In reply to Bender McLugh:

    Lovie is probably better as a head coach than a D-Coordinator. The year he tried calling plays was less than great. He brings a lot to a defense in terms of his emphasis on generating turnovers and a good overall understanding of the cover-2 system. But I think as a coach he also has a great relationship with his players and an appreciation for special teams. Also, he's given a great ST coach the space to do his job. He's given Martz space as well... I don't think Martz is a long term solution for this team at OC, but the right guy could really flourish working with Lovie, and that says something about Lovie as a leader. Lovie isn't perfect, but we haven't had one terrible year with him at the helm and we've had a couple of impressive playoff runs. Angelo's failure to select solid first round talent is this team's biggest weakness long term, not Lovie.

    As to Tony Sporano... nope.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    The Sporano comment had my tongue firmly planted in my cheek. No thanks to that guy.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I always hear that NB. to be frank I'm tired of it. I would trade in a much better coach for lovie's 'great player relationship' skills any day. Just me.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Maybe in the old days, MB. But in the world where all the kids got trophies whether they sucked or not, it's a little different I suppose.

    Or not. We could get a coach who says f that, and end up with a guys that we can point at and say "we got our second SB because of YX, but did not get our third, fourth, and fith because of YX.

    Sound familiar?

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    NB, Smith was a DC at STL and did more than alright there. Being DC is about more than just playcalling. But it's a moot point -- I have never heard of a (non-interim) HC staying on in a diminished capacity under a new HC... as a coordinator or anything. If there's a new HC, some assistants may stay on but there won't be mass demotions all around.

    I do agree however that there is a lot to like about Smith as a HC. My favorite by far is how much he emphasizes ST excellence institutionally. A new GM may or may not bring in his own guy. Lots of examples of both in the league, although usually the GM does eventually hire a new HC after not long, if not immediately.

  • In reply to BillW:

    wow Bill. a post not from the edge. well done sir.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Agreed, Bill. That is my sense as well -- that we won't get to know the full story behind it. Viva makes a similar point too, and I agree with both of you. The fact that Harris left thanking the organization and the fans also tells me that he knows why but isn't going to spill either.

    Regardless of the why though, I think we are looking at exactly what Viva says -- this is the time to invest in young talent for ST now and possible depth for the future. It is a bit risky, because safety historically needs injury depth and Harris knows the system well... but I guess they feel they have the bodies and can stand to gain something with an addition.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Lovie is a better than average head coach. How he overcomes his terrible in-game clock management, painful challenge attempts and stubborn failure to adjust at halftime I'll have no idea.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Good point. Lovie keeps it well wrapped up. He runs a tight ship, and my only really big gripe with Lovie is game management and adaptation - although that can be the difference between winning and losing a superbowl. See abandonment of TJ versus the Dolts, refusal to cover Steve Smith, red-hankie throwing ... stuff like that.

  • Pro Athletes should come around to the fact that TWITTER is their worst enemy.

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  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    No shit!

  • Harris was let go mid season because of his attitude, period. The guy demanded a trade a few weeks ago after he was benched. I'm not surprised at this move at all and I'm glad the Bears told him not to let the door hit him in the ass. These kind of moves often are done to send a message to the rest of the team and have a way of getting players more focused on doing their jobs. I agree with the decision to send Harris packing.

  • Crown - With all due respect, you are as wrong as two boys humping.

    The fact that Chris Harris did not play special teams had more to do with his release than the fact that he was routinely out of position on the defensive side of the ball. The bye week is another time of the year Toub has his way with the roster. I'm guessing the guy who takes his spot on the roster will be involved immediately on Special Teams. (I believe Tim Shaw came to us in the buy week a couple years ago...) We need to hope like hell that whoever it is plays, like the Tasmanian Devil on Special Teams...

    The BT will say this was a business decision, because they are not going to impune a guy who gave as much as Harris gave to this team. They only make public their disspleasure with a player when their detrimental behavior has made it to the media (Tank, Cedric)...

  • In reply to Viva:

    I know the lack of specials play is a factor Viva, but if I had to pick a safety to cut it would have been Swole. The guy doesn't play specials either, doesn't play well in space, and is a liability with spearing penalties. He seems pretty much useless compared to Harris who knows the sets and where to be after many years of playing in the system.

  • In reply to Crown:

    They may still feel they can coach up Swole. He is still new, but now they've got his attention and they've had a few weeks to fix his problems.

    I wouldn't close the book on Meri yet.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    I don't know if he's coachable or will ever learn to play on the island. I guess one really should not question Bellicheck's judgment on these things.

  • In reply to Crown:

    ahh, the pats let go of Richard Seymour, and he made that Raider's D and Locker room a hell of a lot better, so sometimes even they misjudge, albeit not often.

  • In reply to Crown:

    I hear you crown. Swole wasn't demanding a trade or stirring the pot though. Harris played his punk card and the Bears called his bluff. That kinda distraction mid season can derail a teams focus and Harris never should have gone there.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    It's the cardinal Halas Hall rule:

    Once you take your beef public, you are gone.

    Been true for ages.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    and it's one I pretty much agree with it... unless you're 50% of our offense or a 6-time probowl OLB.

    If you're a slow, bad angle taking twittering foo...


  • In reply to Crown:

    Someone explain to me how Merriweather got handed two pro bowls then. I'm confused. Were they accidents? Politics? One thing's for sure, Harris probably can't spell Pro Bowl. I don't know about Harris knowing where he was supposed to be, he sure didn't seem to know where the ball was going to be.

    I counted three TDs in the Detroit game alone where Harris was directly responsible - it's not a one-man game by any means - but being in the wrong place for three TDs in one game is inexcusable.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    It was partly on reputation, partly on his high number of picks in '09 (I think), and partly just because he was popular player on the Patriots. That last part goes a long way, of course.

    On the flip side though, remember that Harris was a (second-team) All-Pro last year -- that's a way, way bigger honor than 1 or 2 Pro Bowls. But it goes to show you how much BS is involved in determining these awards.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Gotta agree big time, Crown. Meriweather shoulda been dumped before Harris

  • Agreed. C Harris was hurting the Bears on the field. Maybe he isn't healthy but either way Conte is the better option. Good piece.

  • In reply to Tom Loxas:

    hi tom.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I like the new friendly you, MB. You didn't tell him to fuck off or anything :o)

    Hi Tom.

    Yeah, I could get the hang of this ....

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    I hate to burst your bubble Irish... and I actually feel badly because sean was so nice... but I was kidding. I was actually poking fun because I don't get why people would use their real names and photos on a blog.

    So fuck that. I like being the mean guy who hazes new users. This is a man collective, and as much as doc hates it... it is like a frat or new job or new social group of anything. You need to be mindful of you manners and how you enter and you do need to pay your dues to become a regular. And I personally like that.

    So sean, sorry man. You seem like a nice kid… welcome… but please change your fucking handle and pic. You too tom.


  • I think his early departure led up to him simply wanting to be traded. I wanna know if we could of acuately got anything for him? I see it this way, Lovie didnt want to deal with any locker room distractions. Angelo while blowing lovie says " yes daddy, anything you want"

    I dont care that he is gone but i would atleast liked something in return for him.

  • Nobody was going to trade for Chris Harris.

    Note that had we waited two more weeks, we would have picked him for nothing from the Panthers, instead of giving them Jamar WIlliams for him. As it turned out, we got some mileage out of the old Buick while they got stuck with a dud, but it wasn't even needed.

  • Thxs for throwing that image into my psyche Fres!

    BTW, were you able to log into ur FF team account? You kicked ass last Sunday.

  • Another angle to consider about Chris Harris is the age old bad marriage scenario. It's harder to get back with your ex without the bitterness of the past rearing it's ugly head when things don't go so well. Once the thrill is gone, its gone.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Cue Chet Baker ......

  • Stong post Jeff. I like that you stripped away the BS and objectively called it like it is....

    Solid stuff.

  • Am I missing something, Jeff? Is releasing a player based on performance not a business decision? It is absolutely a business decision, and I don't think the players are in any way insinuating the move had anything to do with money. Players like Harris, who once were an integral part of their team's success, e.g., Bears 2010 playoff run, I think are reminded that whatever they may have done in the past is meaningless, because the NFL is a business. And it's in the business of winning now. I think that’s all any of them meant by it.

  • In reply to Adam Oestmann:


  • In reply to Adam Oestmann:

    When a player gets let go and states that it's for "business" reasons, that IMPLIES that the decision was based for financial not performance reasons. Like I stated in a post long ago, implications can always be denied "that's not what I meant" wink wink.

    This is a necessary lie for the new FA/Waiver pick-up because if he admits he stunk it up on the field, that would not help his cause of getting employed again, not just this year, but the next.

    The Bears (and most other teams) let it slide and rarely call out the players, unless it was a really bad fall out like with Plax or old T.O.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    What you may not understand is that Harris will receive his salary for this season based on current CBA. If Harris was trying to "imply" it was for financial reasons, as you've erroneously speculated, he would be stupid to do so. A team is not going to pick-up/pass on Chris based on what he says about his departure. It will be about game film. I'm not trying to argue, but I think this idea is silly.

  • In reply to Adam Oestmann:

    I DO know he's still getting paid, but to the casual fan, the cut might just seem like a long line of management debacles.

    Chris Harris is a very savvy player - he knows that the Forte and to a lesser extent Briggs "controversies" make management seem cheap (or the Draft mess-up, incompetent)

    As a matter of fact, many on here still do believe the McCheapsters, well, you get the idea.

    Harris knew what angle he was playing. I'd respect him a lot more if he wouldn't politic and just admit "I stunk it up. I'm old, injured, and offer nothing for SP teams."

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    you dont have to explain your pov 85

    Hey adam, stop being an aggressive condescending pontifical prick.

    How's that Irish... feel back at home now?

  • In reply to Adam Oestmann:

    The only thing Harris was an integral part of ... was us losing Jamar Williams.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Oh, you mean the Jamar Williams who played three games last season, recorded zero stats and does not currently play in the NFL? Yeah, good point. Meanwhile, Harris had five interceptions for 69 yards in 2010, along with 70 tackles. I can't even believe I'm commenting on this...

  • In reply to Adam Oestmann:

    Dude honestly, who the fuck do you think you are? Fucking jackass.

  • In reply to Adam Oestmann:

    Here's hoping you stop.

  • In reply to Adam Oestmann:

    Neither can we.

    I don't actually disagree with you on this topic, but the "I can't even believe I'm commenting on this" comment (how meta) is kind of a douche thing to say. Really. Are we taking you away from something else more important? Were you going to give us your observations on the Greek bailout agreement? Or the missing KC baby?
    C'mon man.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    His ghost town gets lonely.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Hey guys! You're right, it came out douchey. Wasn't intended that way. I just don't understand the disdain fans seem to have for a player when they depart. I'm not upset Harris is gone, but I don't diminish his value to the team during his two stints here. I wish him well moving forward. Simple as that, really. IrishSweetness has stopped by my blog to comment a few times, so I've had these discussions with him before. I think he knows I didn't mean anything by it.

  • In reply to Adam Oestmann:

    thanks for that adam.

    I get protective… and while I 100% agreed with the basis of your argument, you have to know irish... which we all do.

    Like many of us locals, we try to be funny/interesting by using hyperbole and a bit of drama. Case-in-point, I don't really believe the zombie apocalypse is coming... not this year at least.

    Anyway, there are a bunch of really smart, witty, interesting people here... which is why I come here every day… to read their comments and give my $.02. Newbies are welcome, just be cool man.

  • wow, I've never been so grossed out:

    Hey GP, go post THAT on the mangina site.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I don't even need to copy that link to tell it's disgusting.

  • In reply to Shady:

    My corporate firewall says "no fucking way are you going there"

  • In reply to gpldan:

    it's actually not that gross... it's just a disgusting concept. You HAVE to check it out

  • Here is he guy who will be taking Harris' spot on the roster:,0,7036941.story

    He is a LB with raw talent, athletic ability, and can play Special Teams...hope he is as good as Brandon Ayenbadejo and Tim Shaw,,,

  • In reply to Viva:

    Yeah releasing Harris could be more about this LB's availability more than anything...

    Or so Angelo would have you believe! Hahaha?

    Go Bears! LOL #16

  • In reply to Shady:

    it does seem this way
    and it looks like it was a lovie deal
    angie-low might have been told to stand down on this one

  • In reply to Viva:


    He's a rook, so we got that going for us.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    here comes jabara williams
    good speed, needs to bulk up a little according to his draft profile
    but can use his speed in cover 2; and his ability to go sideline to sideline was touted
    lovie wants youth so there you have it

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    It's almost a sick joke. Jamar Williams = out. Chris Harris = in. Chris Harris = out. Jabara Williams = in.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    lol... SOMEONE had to do it, right Irish?

  • Anyone else hearing Conte on the Score?

    He's a pretty cool guy.

    Get's annoyed when he's compared to Lynch. 'I think it's just cause we're both white, but our games our nothing alike.'

    Sanzensausage 'Oh yeah, every white receiver is Welker-ish' (made that up).

    Reverse Profiling!

    Also, I think if Conte gets 5 ints this year, he should officially change his name to "The Bird Man" like Ochocinco.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Remember, 4ever, racism can NEVER involve a white person as the target.

  • I hope Jabara Williams understands that he needs to unleash all of the fury he can muster on special teams every time his units are called upon.

    I also hope he understands that holding anyone when Hester has the ball in his hands is not a fucking option...

    GET SOME!!

  • welcome to the bears Jabara Williams
    I read a bit about JW; and it is evident why lovie likes him
    he was chosen in the 7th round by the rams
    His high school was in texas, and he was a running back , but also lettered in b-ball and TRACK
    He went to Stephen P. Austin
    and started as a freshman at both linebacker and running back
    he had 128 tackles his soph. yr. at middle linebacker with 3 picks
    he had 113 tackles his junior year and in 2010
    his senior year he had 108 tackles; and was named Southland Conf. defensive player of the year
    he weighs a mere 228 and is 6'2" .....he can run a 4.57 ---40
    he helped Stephen P. Austin win back to back titles for the first time in school history 2009-20010

    very fluid, athletic and FAST
    great sideline to sideline ; he accelerates quickly ....can run and hit....can sink into zone or shadow recievers in man coverage
    He is smart....and a lovie plussssss

    undersized ...average arm lenght
    lacks bulk...needs to get stronger.....can be run at
    not very stout at point of attack....he gets swallowed up by larger blockers

    athletic, slip and avoid; run and hit linebacker
    played inside, but projects best to weak side and
    will pique interest of Tampa-2 , which could best utilize his speed, range, and cover skills......he can contribute initially in sub packages.....and on special teams....he has upside

    good luck fellow bear; we all hope you have a great experience as a bear; and do wish you well
    i like your winning ways; hopefully you will mature into a beast of a linbacker;produce mutiple ints./take-aways and join the ranks of chicago's finest

    eat more beef and hit the weight room

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    lovie got his interest piqued this week

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    good reporting there Huntin.

    Huntin, the Beat reporter for Da Blog.

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    Sounds like ST fodder rather than an LB signing? Who backs up Brian Urlacher? Have we found a roster backup yet? Have we shite.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    hey didn't another be as lb come in as a really fast safety/rover type? What was his name again? Irish, Irish, Irish.

    Hey adam... see that jaggoff... you can't do that to our pledges... only we can do that to our pledges.


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You read my mind. They are looking for the prototype cover-2 MLB. I'm kind of interested to see some film on him but too lazy to youtube him.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I mean, you read the scouting report and think, "Brian?"

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    yep. 100% MBP.

    You gotta wonder though... how many urlachers are out there? Don't know if that's a repeatable result.

    I guess you can't blame him for trying... he is jerry angelo and god knows he's got nothing else in his quiver.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    be as = bears btw

  • maybe harris left because he was not a special teamer
    conte was, and productive
    they saw williams who has 4.57 speed and is a special teamer
    and he has tampa-2 linebacking skills
    someone had to replace conte
    enter jabara" the hut" williams

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    Jabara the Hut!

    Tee Hee!

  • haven't heard much from the wisc. crowd sine the trifecta started to fall apart

  • In reply to huntinbare:


  • btw, are the fucking rams and the fucking panthers the only two damn teams that lovie and angelo know?!?!? Christ sake.

    Why couldn't they know management from two... you know... good teams?!?!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    takes one to know one?

    (see how I did that?)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Or some Texas connection, u forgot that MB.

    That new guy is both, from the Rams and from Texas.

    If only he were over 30, then that would complete the Lovie Tri-fecta.

  • btw, I'm seeing zombies everywhere on tv... litterally on every show they're doing some sort of zombie theme.

    It's not looking good guys. Start stock up. Arm yourselves!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    oh, and Adventure Time is hilarious... and I'm not even high.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Bring on the apocalypse.

    With all of the banking fiascos on this planet, rather than have them milk us all to death (see the eurozone banks just paid themselves another trillion euro out of thin air to lend out at interest!) let's just bring on the nuclear winter and it's every man for himself. The playstation generation will be the first to suffer. Engines. Bleeding radiators. Generators. Survival. No chance.

    Can we start a discussion on the best weapons for the apocalypse? What's good? What's serviceable? I know my Samurai sword will come in handy. Not much argument with one of those. No ammo. No maintenance. Point and slash.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    ar-15, 12 gauge, .40... then when you run out of ammo.... hatori hanzai, chainsaw, then it's back to basics baby... a nice Louisville slugger. Choke up bitches!

  • Re: Chris Harris

    "You got your man and you got your ure. Manure"

    Scrotum that's a funny word. (Or was it "puke?)

  • ...and now, for your rumor-mill coffee break, at least one site is reporting that Harris is going to sign with the aforementioned Rams.

    If true, this will look more like a backroom trade deal than a happy coincidence. Which, I dunno, sorta makes it like a business thingy.

  • In reply to Sdwat52:

    hee hee

  • You staying dry there in Thai Irish?

  • In reply to Shady:

    Mang. The first night out I had in three years, and the heavens started to open when I was drinking my Lipton's iced tea in some crappy girly bar. A message from the Gods. When the water was about up to the kickstart on my bike I said I was off, boys told me I was mad ... get up to the highway and I'm fkn waist deep in no-time. Pushed my dead bike up on to the shop fronts and watched the show with the other stranded souls. Flipping birds at the truck drivers who stormed through and cause big waves that threatened to knock our bikes over, pulling cars that stalled up onto higher ground. Depressing night. I started smoking again. We're okay at the moment in Pattaya, but there are food and water shortages, it's almost like wartime. BKK is under water though.

    Why did I log in again?> Oh yeah ....

    This is what I want to see from Cutty. Rather than curse out the OC, just change the damn play.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Hang in there buddy.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Cheers Shady. You too.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Gotta love Da Coach. Never a bad thing to draw on some piss and vinegar from time to time.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Stay safe.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Stay safe Irish... Hope you and everyone else make it through okay.

  • Stock up?

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    Good afternoon my lovelies,

    I've just read - I may have to download and watch that 6-3 from last week just to feel good about our Offensive Line again.

    Oh, and what's with the three-piece pimp-suit Jay Cutler wore to post-match interviews last week? Was it a London thing? Or a Cutler thing?

  • In reply to Dáithí Ó Mórdha:

    Ain't nothin but a G(Q) thing baby.

  • In reply to Dáithí Ó Mórdha:

    Speaking of London, Forte should never again try to use the word 'blokes'.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Banish him to Clarkson island

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Bwahahahahaha - haven't watched Top Gear in a year but that was f-cking great.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    love topgear

  • In reply to Dáithí Ó Mórdha:

    homie is looking sharp DOM.

    Does anyone have that link to his fashion session?

  • Not really a baseball guy, save for checking out the birds at Wrigley in their short shorts and soaking up the atmosphere.

    The papers are calling last night's WSG6 one of the all time great games, moving up the list. I guess the Cards were down to their last out twice, and came back twice to win and force G7.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    i enjoy the sport
    played alot in my life
    that game was an ugly mess; sloppy
    if the easy plays were made that game ends in nine
    we are starting to lose our focus when exciting late innings turn the ugly in the first seven into a mirage

  • Bears snap count. Interesting.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    irish. get a raft ready maing. Stay above water bud.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Funny, I was literally just about to post this... But then the CN Login Assedness Bug reared its ugly head again...

  • I should post this on that Mangina's lady's website

    "Did you shave your V for vagina?" LMAO.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    do it.

    Dude, the look he gives her when she intros her gay little guinea pig dog is classic.

    btw, I never really got the natalie portman thing. I mean, she's ok... but really?

  • I'm not going to read all the comments above me; I had tried to leave a comment yesterday and it got eaten up by this (crappy) board software.

    My comment yesterday went something like this:

    Jeff, while I agree with you about Harris's decline and his lack of production leading to his release, there is a glaring omission in your take:

    Harris not only made it to the final roster for the regular season, but started, no less recently as this past week. That is, somehow the coaches and administration for the Chicago Bears were all completely oblivious to Harris's actual playing ability, until his release this week.

    Because if they weren't oblivious to his inability to do his job--or, even if we are generous, if the coaches/GM wanted simply to get one final test/appraisal of his ability--they put him on the field as a starter for a critical conference game. When he had previously shit the bed in other big games this season.

    This is unconscionable.

    Harris was either a known quantity (the Bears knew he wasn't up to snuff) or his ability to perform was unknown: in the former case, the Bears kept him on the roster and on the field knowing (or at the very least, suspecting) that he would under-perform; in the latter case they weren't able to evaluate and make a decision about a veteran player who's been on the team for years--for whom they traded last year?

    I'm repeating myself because I find this so totally ridiculous. Anyone with an ounce of football IQ saw that Chris Harris wasn't working this year. His release was overdue. OK, give the Bears some slack for not trading/cutting him earlier, for whatever reason.

    But then why, for the love of Papa Bear, do you start him after the trade deadline has passed, after he's made it clear (via Twitter) that he and the team are on different pages, and after you've determined that he is not a guy who improves your chances of winning the game?

    To JA's & Lovie's (marginal) credit, most of the guys cut loose by the Bears in the JA/Lovie Era have failed to impress in another team's colors (e.g., Berrian). But time and time and time again, the Bears stick with personnel who obviously are incapable of playing good NFL football (e.g., Todd Collins and basically any QB in the past 15-20 years not named Miller, Kramer, Cutler, or Hanie, Archuleta, Omiyale, etc.). When this players are let go, we comfort ourselves in the fact that we (fans) weren't wrong about the players' abilities and capabilities, and that the Bears Braintrust was proven right.

    But they held onto the guys too long--or at all--in the first place.

    Long story short: the upshot isn't about "why Chris Harris was let go" but instead "why the heck he was eating up a roster space this season."

    This is yet another glaring indictment of JA's utter failure at evaluating talent (and Lovie Smith's failure of coaching and developing players), and further evidence of a team that is flailing around, at best treading water while other teams in the division are getting better year by year.

    The safety-go-round continues next week!

  • Bloody hell. Didn't close the bold tag right, and screwed up the board again.

    You know, any board software that allows use of html tags, but doesn't give an interface to idiot-proof them, and then when an idiot (like me) screws up it ends up breaking the board... well, I might be an idiot, but at least I didn't create this comment/board software...

  • Jeebus. How many times do I have to try to close that bold tag before it actually closes?

  • The answer is: twice.

  • Reply is now busted for the rest of the thread, however.

  • yep, I was just about to say that GP. An unfortunate side-effect.

    Nice fucking job bleed. (good post though)

  • I think it's more like this GP:

    Fucking zombies are everywhere.

  • Anyone interested in trying to go 1 for 2?

  • I posted this link to that Mangina man hater, with the caption "oh look, a predator"

    She didn't allow it on the thread. Not shocked as it's two gallons of piss in her little one gallon bowl she has over there.

    I found out she got a law passed making it impossible for men who work in pre-schools to assist with bathroom breaks, because men are almost always the pedophiles.

    I don't know how her husband stands her.

  • I SWEAR I LEARN SO MUCH FROM YOUR BLOG. I love Chris Harris. I know nothing about football but he is a fun dude to kick it with. Im still learning about football this is only my second season actually trying to get into it. GOBEARS and #TeamHarris

  • Comment via Facebook:

    Robert Wrobel Bad, bad, bad topic. It may be inappropriate to dress up like a 'slut' but be real people, there are rapists out there prowling and might view it just that way. Some people DO think like that. Dont blame the guy, he has problems. Maybe he needs help. Being chastised like that doesnt help him see the error of his ways. It perpetuates the problem. I think its disgusting for women to dress like that unless its in the bedroom or a swingers party. Stop dressin like sluts. Easy fix.

  • Comment via Facebook:

    Rebecca Patterson Don't blame the guy!? He may have problems but that's no excuse. How about don't blame the murderer, he couldn't help himself?

  • @Robert

    Is this a bad topic as in a blog post or in general? ITS HALLOWEEN! And youre another guy @Robert taking the side of the dirt bag I see. Thanks. I appreciate it. (sarcasm)

  • Umm, Jessica... I don't see any Robert here.

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