Adding a Complementary Defensive End Key to Bears Success in 2012

Adding a Complementary Defensive End Key to Bears Success in 2012

I don't get too excited about writing those "ten things the Bears need to do this offseason" columns that seem to inundate the internet in the immediate aftermath of every NFL season. We all know what the Bears need: backup quarterback (they'll have options), number one wide receiver (they have great FA options), offensive line health and some depth where they are beginning to age on defense (LB, CB).

The Bears are in a rather wonderful position heading into this offseason. Here is a tweet from Sun-Times beat man Sean Jensen that sums it up:

Yes, it is a huge draft for the #Bears with 4 picks in first 3 rounds. But, they also have most cap space in NFC North.

It is the cap space that intrigues me and it is the cap space that should be used to add not only a wideout but a position of equal importance: situational pass rusher opposite Julius Peppers.

While most NFL analysts out there are yelling and screaming about a team needing seventeen wide receivers and 500 yards passing a week to challenge for the Super Bowl, I have consistently gone the other way. I think you can win the big game running the ball and making plays through the air in the red zone. I think you can win with excellent special teams and disciplined defense. But I think, without question, you can not win a championship without great pass rush. And the Bears pass rush has simply been too inconsistent.

Julius Peppers is great. No question about it. But he is an every down defensive end that tends to understandably wear down as the season progresses. He needs help. Who is out there?

Robert Mathis is 30 years old but has a life of experience playing defensive end in the exact system. You can pencil him in for double-digit sacks in a Bears uniform. Mario Williams is one of the true young stars of the game and while he'll cost a fortune, he'll be worth every dime. Cliff Avril was a revelation for the Lions this year and they will need to open their wallets to keep him. The question facing their organization is how much money can they pump into their defensive line as their secondary continues to get torched for 40 points a week? Osi Umenyiora is not going to be a three-down man on the outside but he's come to earn the nickname "the closer" in a city that understands that position better than anywhere else in the country. When the game is on the line, nobody is better at getting to the QB than Osi.

There is also the draft, of course, and the Bears will have their sights set on pass rushers in the same way the other thirty-one clubs do each April. But the chances of finding a man, even with the 18th overall selection, who'll dominate the edge on Sundays is unlikely. (Especially not in 2012 - his first year.) These guys are the most coveted prize in the post L.T. NFL and the Giants seem to know where they are before the rest of the league does.

Use the cap and get the pass catcher, of course. But remember that if the Bears do not add a legitimate sack man opposite Julius Peppers they will be staring up at big numbers on scoreboard when they face BOTH their rivals to the north. Don't attempt to join the high-flying circus offenses. Not when you've already got one of the most consistent run games in the league. You are the Chicago Bears. Concentrate your efforts on taking the circus tents down. Do it with a pass rush.

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  • First! Story wasn't even coming up on the front page (love you ChicagoNow), but caught it on twitter.

  • 2nd! Damn you NewBear!

    Here's actually a pretty good article describing the Dlines woes...,0,6812880.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&

  • Stupid Trib with their pi-length urls!

  • Blame the blog. It's the only one I know where that happens.

    I wonder what would happen if the line was so long that it ran beyond, not just the comment column, but the page itself? Lets find out.


  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

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  • Mine's bigger.

  • I'm really curious at how the new GM/Bears are going to approach this offseason.

    I think it's almost a consensus that they're going to make a big splash in FA, but who will they target?

    The leading contenders are Vjax and M.Williams (if not tagged).

    I, personally, would go with M.Williams as the big splash, then sign a secondary WR with upside like Garcon.

    Then, in the draft, sign a potential big time WR like Alshon Jeffrey for much cheaper than Vjax.

    The $ saved should allow us to pursue other quality FAs at cb, lb, or even S.

    My Two Cents.

  • Shit, had me thinking: Mike F-cking Williams of the Seahawks???
    Then I calmed down.

    Can we refer to him as Mario in the future to avoid confusion with the fifteen other M. Williams playing in the league?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I DID mean Mike Williams!

    Just kidding lol

    We're going to have to come up with a new nick name 4 Mario Williams.

    "Pepp light"? only 23 calories...

    WR FAs just demand a king's ransom, and if we're gonna spend, might as well do it right.

    What if we could sign Pepp light, Finley and some other 2nd tier WR like Jerome Simpson (that Bengals guy who flipped over a defender for a TD)?

    Then draft Alshon Jefferey, and boom.

    Our starters would be Jeffrey, Simpson, Bennett, Finley, Forte and Cutler.

    While our Dline would rock Pepp, Paea, Melton and Pepp-light!

    That sounds like a championship team to me.

  • I guess Alshon's stock went up a little around this blog after that Hail Mary in the Cap One bowl.

    He may be good enough. I liked Sidney Rice at South Carolina, but I think I like Jeffery better.

  • I don't see how we can go WR in the first round. Firstly, he'd need a couple of years to be productive - a couple of years we don't have IMHO - and secondly, when does Urlacher or Kreutz' replacement get drafted? I don't want us to go down the road Jerry Angelo did for ten years in trying to find a Mike Brown. You want a Mike Brown you draft one in the first round. I like the idea of getting a ready made 6'4/6'5 WR in FA, slot him in and go to work.

    Then again, if Jeffrey drops to you ... what then? I don't watch college ball, all I know is he's 6'4 and Blackmon isn't.

  • Suffice it to say ... if we're getting a mike or a center then we need to do that with first round picks - certainly for a MLB, and even be prepared to trade up for him.

  • Doc, that whole "WR rookies takes 2 years to develop" isn't as true as it used to be, just like the qb.

    I used to think that too, that rookie WRs don't make an immediate impact, but just look at what Julio Jones, AJ Green, and even Torrey Smith did this year.

    They weren't exactly Megatron, but they made big time contributions.

    Besides, I'm always a little skeptical about WR seems once they get paid, they suck.

    VJax is good, but injury prone. Malcom Floyd avg 100 yds/1td in his last 5 games.

    Drew Brees can make anyone a pro-bowl WR, and Colston too is injury.

    I wouldn't mind them, don't get me wrong, but, well, I think I made my case lol

  • +1

  • That is if they are good enough.

    I have not seen Crabtree or Bryant step it up like AJ Green did or Julio " who took awhile to really start to play". Heywardbay for the Oakland Raiders. Hell, even Bowe took forever.

    There are many WR who just take the field and light it up but the majority do not. Same goes for the QB's. This year was a shock. Three, including Tebow, qb's look legitimate for their teams.

  • 100 yards and 1 touchdown per game average is fine by me. I'll take a reciever with a 1600 yard, 16 TD season in FA no problem. That won't lead the league, but those are some solid numbers right there.

    I was a fan of Floyd last year and I like him now as well.

    The bottom line is not to bring a bad attitude into the locker room and not to over-spend.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:


  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Floyd has only ever had 1 year in which he featured in all 16 games. Too unreliable. Maybe if we can get him as a cheap #2, but I don't view him as #1 material.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    I do like the guy, and I would like to see him as our #2....but regarding his numbers, you also have to consider the factor of teams trying to shut down Gates and VJax as well and leaving him 1-on-1. We don't have any viable targets to draw the coverage away from him.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Woah.. only one year where he played all 16 games? Those are Cutler like #'s. haha

  • Re-posting Artoo's WR FA list...

    Wide Receivers:

    Harry Douglas – ATL
    Derrick Mason – BAL
    Brandon Jones – BAL
    Roscoe Parrish – BUF
    Steve Johnson – BUF
    Wallace Wright – CAR
    Andre Caldwell – CIN
    Jerome Simpson – CIN
    Demetrius Williams – CLE
    Kevin Ogletree – DAL (R)
    Brandon Lloyd – DEN
    Eddie Royal – DEN
    Matt Willis – DEN (R)
    Bryant Johnson – DET
    Derrick Williams – DET (R)
    David Anderson - HOU
    Anthony Gonzalez – IND
    Reggie Wayne – IND
    Pierre Garcon – IND
    Tiquan Underwood – JAC (R)
    Jerheme Urban – KC
    Dwayne Bowe - KC
    Greg Camarillo – MIN
    Juaquin Iglesias – MIN
    Deion Branch - NE
    Wes Welker – NE
    Matt Slater – NE
    Marques Colston - NO
    Robert Meachem – NO
    Devin Thomas – NYG
    Mario Manningham - NYG
    Patrick Turner – NYJ (R)
    Chaz Schilens – OAK
    DeSean Jackson – PHI
    Limas Sweed – PIT
    Mike Wallace – PIT (R)
    Patrick Crayton – SD
    Craig Davis – SD
    Vincent Jackson – SD
    Isaiah Stanback – SEA
    Ted Ginn Jr – SF
    Josh Morgan – SF
    Dominique Zeigler – SF
    Donnie Avery – STL
    Justin Gage – TEN
    Lavelle Hawkins – TEN
    Malcolm Kelly – WAS
    Roydell Williams – WAS

  • Reggie Wayne and Pierra Garcon have to be looking for the door after this year and Dwayne Bowe has to be looking for a team that doesnt have such a crummy offense. Manningham, Branch, Colston.. man there are so many great WR's out there we have to get at least ONE!!

  • When Johnny Knox was a starter in 2010, I bet he had more receiving yards than half the people on the list. Hell, he probably had more receiving yards than at least of third of those guys this year, even though he didn't start this year.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    i want to agree with you and say i love knox. because i do think he never should've been demoted when roy came on board. but then all i can think of is "the slip," and i find myself strangely ok with his shoulders having touched his buttocks in the seahawks game.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    and i don't think that list was posted so we could get excited by guys like justin gage (hi buddy!) and isaiah stanback. it's more about the v'jax's and the stevie johnsons of the world.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Hey Cor, caught those 2 vids. I'm not a huge jazz fan but Bela and the boys were really bringing it. I have a couple of friends that make me go to jazz shows. I love the musicianship but after about an hour I want to hear someone sing and be soulful. Warren doing Dear Prudence is awesome. One of my favorite Beatles songs. I'm with ya about the sound. I'm always amazed when people get impatient when they are trying to dial in the sound. It just shows the pride they take in their shows and want it to be right. With shitty sound dynamics go right out the window and that's the stuff that makes your hair stand on end. That's one of the reasons I like Santana so much. The sound and dynamics are always great.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    It's funny you mention hair standing on end. One of my Mulehead friends recently mentioned Warren Haynes and Santana as the only two guitarists who do that for him. I've never had the opportunity to see Santana. For me it's Warren, Derek Trucks, David Gilmore, and Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction) who've got my hair to stand on end. I had good seats at Alpine Valley the night Stevie Ray died, but I sold them to go fishing up north in the UP instead. Never seen him, but I heard he blew Clapton away that night. No regrets, the fishing "trip" was full of adventure.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Apart from Hendrix, Clapton is the only one that does that to me. The hairs definitely go up when Cream's 'White Room' goes on.

  • here is a qrtrs. worth
    of hellfire and brimstone
    from creams timekeeper
    it ain't the geeeee-tar
    but it is the kind of fury
    that hunti wants to see
    when we unveil the 2011
    season opening chicago bears
    football season

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Saw SRV twice (same with Clapton and Santana). All 3 were great each time. When I was 16 I could have seen Hendrix but they wouldn't let me off work (at a stinkin' grocery store). I just got the job and thought I'd get a chance to see him another time. Damn! Had I known, I would have quit the job and gone to the show.

    Oddly enough one of the most "hair raising" experiences was seeing the Blind Boys of Alabama about 15 years ago. They were playing at the Festival where I used to be one of the organizers. I was literally standing next to Jimmy Carter (not that Jimmy Carter, this one is the lead singer of the BBOA) while he was testifying and wailing away. I'm not the least bit religious but when a great gospel group has it going on, it definitely lifts you up.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I love The Allmans in all their incarnations. Here's a nice live version of "Dreams" with Trucks and Haynes:

  • You went 2/3rds of the way Jeff. I agree with everything you said but wished you had added in a larger emphasis on getting a true #1 WR. I get the running the football team thing but a true #1 will only help us not hurt us. We need a guy that has the potential to "dominate" a game like Victor Cruz did against the Cowboys when we face our division opponents.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Best example of that is Denver. Denver is the single most run-focused team in the league right now. But they've Demarius Thomas catching the long ball. The guy had only 4 catches against the Steelers but he picked up more than 200 yards. 200 yards!

    A truly dangerous guy taking advantage of weak corner play or over aggressive run-support will help out Matt Forte more than anyone on the team right now. And this, I think, is what Tice said when he talked about an "explosive passing attack" to compliment the tough run-first offense.

    Draft or FA, WR is a spot that needs to be addressed in the off-season.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    c'mon now. we can't pass judgment based on 1 game. yes, thomas torched the steelers. but what else has he done? he had 32 catches for 551 yards this past season. is that what you want for us?

  • In reply to evantonio:

    I was about to point that out. Decker was playing better than him.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Thomas has 4.3 speed and is strong as hell. His problem has been staying healthy. His talent is no question.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Idk about injuries but Decker still started over him

  • In reply to Artoo:

    roy started over knox. so, ya know, depth chart doesn't always tell the whole story.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Granted, no I do not, but I agree talent wise Thomas has it and I do not see why they start Decker over him. We started Roy because of Martz.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Do not know

  • In reply to evantonio:

    He wasn't featured as much as Tebow and McGahee, that's all. Decker did most of their damage deep this year. I wouldn't say no to Mr. Thomas, I'd absolutely want him on the team. We've got a slot receiver and then zip.

  • Thomas is only in his 2nd year too, Irish.

    It's crazy to think that the Broncos, a laughing stock on multiple levels (McDaniels debacle, Tebow as Qb, AFC West, backing into the playoffs...) are making a legit SB run...

    Fact is stranger than fiction...

  • Sometimes it's not who you play, it's when you play them...the Broncos have had some absolutely unbelievable luck this year. The Steelers literally limped into the wild card round with a gimpy QB who relies on his mobility, along with their stud C (amplified by the need for the QB to take shotgun snaps), and an incredibly talented safety who couldn't play at Mile High due to sickle cell.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Yup, 100%. Johnny and Devin could go long but they couldn't go up. The deep ball beat the Steelers cold.

  • Another one bites the dust. Ryan Grigson will be Indy's GM:!/AdamSchefter/status/157090488082628608

  • Jets throw Sanchez under the bus, call him a whiney bitch

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The Jets are hilarious.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I think a new reality show called "The whinny bitch" NFL QB's would be

  • In reply to gpldan:

    They call him a whiny bitch ... and then call for Peyton Manning?

  • Is anyone else slightly annoyed that Mark "I'll start over Alex even though I'm just a situational pass rusher" Anderson notched double-digit sacks for the Pats this season?

  • In reply to evantonio:


  • In reply to evantonio:

    The Pats know how to use him. The Pats specialize in the tweener, the Teddy Bruchschi mold.

    Bears, OTOH, have no fucking clue on how to make use of a DE not right out of the Richard Dent cookie cutter.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    we knew how to use him his rookie year. used him pretty damned effectively. fuckin' lovie...

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Don't forget, Houston cut Mr. Anderson loose after the Bears did.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    they did. but they have a pretty sick defense - #1 in yards allowed - so he was expendable. how many #3 DE's have we gone through in the last couple of seasons?

  • In reply to evantonio:

    We had Mullet man with the big motor.

    He didn't even last the season and I already forgot his name...

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Seems to be the Bear way. They let people go, and off to other teams where they are very productive. I think this team has had a problem of coaching players up. Its a new season with some new twists......fingers crossed..........

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    well, not always:

    - Mark Bradley
    - Anthony Thomas
    - Olin
    - Bernie Berrian
    - Juan Iglesias
    - Devin Aromashadu
    - Nate Vasher

    Let's just ignore:
    - Thomas Jones
    - Cedric Benson
    - Daniel Manning
    - Billy Joe Tolliver

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Billy Joe!

  • In reply to evantonio:

    No. I'm slightly annoyed that I make peanuts while morons like Jerry Angelo take in millions for being crap at their jobs.

    Okay, I'll let the old fuck R.I.P. now ....

  • {everybody} "Who's the moron Irish?"

    Jerry Angelo.

    {everybody} "LOL!"

  • ESPN radio (Mike & Mike show, available streaming for free) is playing up this whole Jets implosion.

    As bad as the Bears are as an organization, firing their OC and GM and generally having an non-football bean counting idiot in charge with senile out of touch owners behind that - you can always count on the Jets to be worse.

    On ESPN, it's become an entire indictment of not just San-chise, but of BOTH Ryan brothers, even though one of them is a Cowboy. About how they are the nepotism express and their fat asses cash checks their talent can't match.

    So, as bad as Ginny in her wheelchair with her flock of kids, all Fredos no Michaels or even Sonnys, leave it to Robert Wood Johnson the forth, the stiff dick of NFL ownership, to run a bigger more inept circus and keep the national press from calling out our bozos because their bozos are bigger klowns.

  • not sure if this has been posted:

    love to hear this:
    wants to stay on sideline for his energy and the teams energy. I don't think hell get a chubby that will deplete his blood from his the head on his shoulders rather than the one on his shorts.

    going to look back when Cutty is most comfortable to throw..Oh shit there's a concept.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    The score is talking about this as right now..interesting that the saw this vid and are excited about what the possibilities!

  • Speaking of the Nepo Train, Brian Schotty's has come off the rails.

  • a new mock draft..interesting

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Underneath that.. NFL's worthless players.


  • In reply to Artoo:

    I say that too artoo...hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • Loved the closing sentence jefe. We don't need to do what they are doin. We need to play Chicago football and beat what they r doin. I hope the next GM realizes this. I read that Love will have a big say in who is hired as GM. Love is like a cancer to this organization. What good GM wants to come here where they can't hire the coach they want, and will answer to a head coach. This shit is all backwards.Love needs to be fired.

    PS they better not fuck this draft up.

  • Fres, at least we know the this year's draft isn't pre-fucked.

  • wtf? This nightmare scenario is like having the chance to go out with a hottie and instead your a lazy ass and you roll over and do your sister next to you.."F"ing Bears Management

    who might be the hottie? anyone suggestions?

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    from that article


    for "Glitchy II" this time it's personal...coming to a field near you

    • Traded a first-round pick to the Patriots for Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch, then awarded the receiver a contract that included $13 million in guarantees. Branch scored four touchdowns in his first three seasons.

    • Instead of a franchise tag, he put a transition tag on All-Pro guard Steve Hutchinson. The Vikings drafted a contract the Seahawks couldn’t match and signed the future Hall of Famer away.

    • Gave MVP Shaun Alexander a contract that included $13 million in guarantees. But he never topped 1,000 rushing yards after that.

    • Hired Jim Mora Jr. as coach before Holmgren was officially ousted.

    • Selected linebacker Aaron Curry, who had only 5½ sacks, with the fourth overall pick in 2009.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Losing Hutchinson was an embarassment to the Seahawks.

    Ruskell and Glitchy both made their reps converting the inept Bucs into Super Bowl champs.

    The Bears took everything from that Bucs team: The Tampa 2, the GM and the scout.

    All of it needs to go.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    You're right about Glitchy part deux. It's not even Glitchy Light. He's full strength bad. I really think the writers keep talking about Ruskell because they don't have a clue which way the Bears will go. If they wanted Ruskell they would have already promoted him.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I hope your right Canada....

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Lobo sleeps beside his sister. Nice share man.


  • Bear FA's

  • Jets sniffing at Henne

  • In reply to gpldan:

    ladies and gentlemen........

    2011 NFL #1 Implosion Team

    it's like a car wreck that seems to go on forever.....

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Rex is played by Leonardo Dicaprio's fat, drunk uncle in "In-ter-ception", a film that captures the slow descent into layer after layer after layer of idiocy for an NFL team in the country's largest media market.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:


  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    "In-ter-ception" ... This summer .... John Leguizamo plays Johnny Knox - a kick returner in a boy's body who thinks he's a wide receiver ... when he falls over, he starts a chain of events that drags a nation of fans into a nightmare they can't wake up from.

  • In reply to gpldan: in scratch N sniff?

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Let's start a write-in campaign to HBO and BEG them to make this summer's Hard Knocks on the Jets again.

    Because that was quality television.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I just love anyone that cant remember all of their kids names...regardless of the team it makes for great TV! I doubt it will ever be in Chicago.. at least not while Lovie is here. They would need 2 wireless, a boom mic and a parabolic dish mic just to figure out what he's saying to his players in his hushed tones. They'd probably have to subtitle it.

  • Ah yes.... Cromartie.

    He doesn't heed the advice of VIP on the Swole, clearly.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I remember watching that and thinking the coaches were all just a bunch of pricks ...

  • It has been very quiet the past few days on here.

    I know that we all know that we don't know who we will draft.

    We have to see what we get in FA. If we didn't believe in Indonjie last year then this year will be the year we get someone. Mario would be perfect, Osi or Avril would be great ,and Mathis would be ok.

    Lovie has connections to Dungy and I know he will be asking how much does he believe that Wayne and Mathis have left in their tanks.

    Plus, Mike Tice was a pro-tighend for awhile and knows that he has a passblocking/runblocking tightend. Thus, do you think he likes Finley?

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Great minds think alike artoo, and u must be a genius cuz I agree with you.

    It was strange for Lovie to applaud Kellen Davis out of nowhere, and who knows what kind of Machiavellian mechanizations go on through his mind, but maybe he was preemptively trying to end any debate about the Bears now going after a pass catching TE now that Martz is gone and Tice is in.

    But Finley would be a catch, although he has an alarming # of drops, he would force a LB/S on him at all times, which would actually free up the run game.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    "I know that we all know that we don't know who we will draft."

    Comment of the week, Artoo.

    Whatever happens with Finley - and it's always nice to take a decent player off your main rival - I like Spaeth and Davis if we'd just throw them the ball more, which Tice is bound to do. Everyone else (that scores) is using their TEs, and Tice isn't blind. Probably. Because that would totally suck .... being a line coach and being blind.

    Tice: "Hey J'Marcus, I can't see shit .... you doin okay out there ... you doin' what I told you to do son? "

    {The O-line} (sniggering) Tee hee!

    Webb: "Uhhh ... yes coach. Sure."

    Tice: "Attaboy!"

    (Lovie shakes his head and looks down at his feet.)

  • Hub Arkush on the Score right now...

  • Mel Kiper gives the Bears 2011 draft class a "C"

    “Gabe Carimi could pan out at right tackle and had the job coming out of camp, but he was lost after the second game. There's no telling whether he'll be able to move to the left side. Stephen Paea is a player who should continue to develop under Rod Marinelli, but he was a part-timer this season for an improved defensive line. Chris Conte was able to work his way onto the first team at safety, but that was a clear weakness for Chicago, and it accounts for the best production out of this class to this point.

    "Some good need picks, but it's pretty fair to say the ceiling isn't high right now.”

    - Kiper.

  • Here are your official 4 candidates thus far according to Da Bears home page.

    "In their search for a new general manager, the Bears have received permission and will interview four candidates: Chiefs director of college scouting Phil Emery, Patriots director of pro personnel Jason Licht, Chargers director of player personnel Jimmy Raye and Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross."

  • Bears release meat to hungry fans and media:,0,6383800.story

    Blogfader was right on Ross, don't mind any of em really.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I made the Ross call the day before Jeffy did. He he.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Link please.

  • In reply to Shady:

    He he.

    Damn this so-called blog.

  • In reply to Shady:

    It was on Jeffs Tice OC thread(5days 2hrs). You know, the same one with your smart ass response to my Bronco's can beat the Steelers post. He he.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Article says Bears have permission to interview all four. Article also says Tim Ruskell is still a candidate.

    But it's unlikely the Bears would release this list if they were serious about Ruskell. That would be a major PR blunder.

    Here's a little more on each of the candidates, from Jensen:

  • not a prediction
    just an odd reflection
    that may become
    a reality ifffffff
    a #1 receiver and DE
    come to us via free agency
    because of his ties
    to his son's alma mater
    you may see unusual influence
    from the newly crowned OC
    in draft room pick #1
    center Peter Konz
    the badger
    who has come out early
    could be a chosen 1
    hunti's freind
    who's son hangs with young tice
    says... carimi's quick feet
    are under a weak and compromised knee
    he does not expect a long career
    for the sophmore OT
    he says Konz will start
    his NFL rookie season
    healthy and has a great future ahead
    so maybe he becomes the new
    Olin of the O-line

  • with victor cruz
    and paul piere
    defined by marc ross
    as talented players
    it seems he knows his stuff
    so in honor of huntis' uncle ross
    hunti sasys go for the GIANT

  • In reply to The Void:

    Some notable players Marc Ross drafted in New York include: Jason Pierre-Paul, Hakeem Nicks, Ahmad Bradshaw (7th round) and Kevin Boss.

  • The more I think about the draft, the more I think that both of the Stanford guys are bad fits for what Mike Tice does on offense. Tice wants us to have a "toughness" and his two best projects (Lance Louis and J Webb) are both bigger than they are fast. Martin and DeCastro are both great linemen, but they're smaller guys with perfect technique. I think Tice will favor bringing in someone a bit less refined, but with a bigger body.

    I'm curious to hear more about Kelechi Osemele, who could be available in the second round (Walter Football has him as the #3 best guard, drafted two spots below the Bears in round 2 of his mock). The guy is a step slower than DeCastro, but he's 40 pounds heavier and projects well for a power team. I think we could see good things with this pick in Round 2.

    And that means, we have Round 1 available for some other options...

    At CB, we're looking at either Morris Claiborne or Dre Kirkpatrick as the clear top 2. Third choice is Alfonzo Dennard and Walter Football has us picking this guy at #18 (the other two are likely gone in the top 10). If Claiborne or Kirkpatrick are on the board, I would take them over a WR. Dennard is not a quality pick for the simple reason that he is 5'10" and we don't need another short corner. There are no other good value corners at this level (except another 5'10" guy) so I think we'll need to look elsewhere.

    Really like Devon Still (DT, Penn State) if he falls to us. Also like Vontaze Burfict (ILB, Arizona State) and Zach Brown (OLB, North Carolina) as good options - although there may be better values at other positions.

    Not thrilled about the WR class that would reach us. Blackmon would be great, but he won't make it out of the top 10 (possibly the top 5), so its not worth thinking about. In the third round, check out Tommy Streeter (Miami).

    Still reading up, but I would like to play with a draft board for the first round at least.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Burfict for me. Someone to backup/replace Urlacher is about as important as the LT.

    Webb is a big slow useless mofo for sure ... but Lance Louis? He's a mauling wrecking ball. I couldn't find the clip, but he ran that interception down like a leopard - a play on which he hurt himself and caused some people to think he'd suddenly become a bad player over the last few games. He was just playing hurt because there was nobody ready to go in his place.

    Maybe we should try Lance at LT when Carimi is back. CW at LG and Spencer at RG - although if EW improves maybe we should keep Spencer as a backup for Garza. Keep Webb as benchwarming material.

    I don't want to see us draft a guard unless it's late round value.

    WR, QB and DE in FA.

    R1 - MLB
    R2 - C
    R3 - R7 - whatever

  • Here's the Lance Louis clip - at 1:30 of a post game interview with Kamerion Wimbley. Watch the interview though, it's kind of funny. Btw, Kellen Davis looks pretty bad here. He waits on a floater from Hanie, then gets the shit blocked out of him at the 30 yd line.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Nice find, Crunch. One of the many nice things about Cutty is that receivers aren't hanging around waiting for balls to arrive.

  • Yeah, I know I shouldn't blame Davis for Hanie floaters.

  • Louis is faster than Webb, but they're both huge. Louis might be faster than Webb, but nobody is accusing him of being one of these finesse linemen, the guy is a bruiser.

    I understand the position/round charts folks like to make, but I'm looking at the specific guys that are available and seeing where we can get the best value and still fill a need.

  • We absolutely won't spend a second rounder on a Center. Garza has plenty left in the tank and we have much more immediate needs - strong safety, OLB, developmental QB, WR, and especially DE.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I left out corner...we really, really could use a starting cornerback out of this draft.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Do we wait until Garza retires before we draft our franchise center? Shouldn't we draft him ... yesterday? What if Garza goes down in PS or game one? Spencer wasn't a very good center by all accounts, and that's reinforced by his current role. Any guy coming in will need a mentor.

    LT, MLB, C, CB as our top picks in whatever order they're presented to us on a best-player basis.

  • Lance Louis on Jason Babin

  • And so we find once again all the belly-aching and gnashing of teeth by the Chicago media and "fans" is all much ado about nothing.... The Bears front office and the McCaskeys are going about this exactly as they should, as it turns out. We now know this, thanks to great reporting by Sean Jensen (who is quietly demonstrating over and over again to be one of the very few competent and level-headed beat writers in Chicago...).

    The Bears are doing their homework behind closed doors, and leaning on trusted friends league-wide. 1) They aren't missing out on anyone, and 2) they're showing everyone they are serious about finding the right guy.

    "What?!" I hear you say... that's right they aren't missing out on anyone. McKenzie was always going to Oakland -- he and Wolf probably have known this for months. Since Wolf is a "consultant" to OAK he probably can skirt the tampering rules a bit, and anyway McKenzie is a protege of his so probably wouldn't have sold him out anyway. DeCosta was never going to move anyway.

    In the meantime the only other 2 GM openings in the league (IND and STL) wanted guys on the pro personnel side, whereas CHI is by itself looking for a guy who made his bones on the college personnel side. IND already hired Grigson, and STL is only interviewing pro personnel guys. So the Bears are competing with nobody... so taking their time and pre-qualifying and vetting candidates is the right thing to do.

    All the media blow-hards grousing on and on about running out of time and/or looking like fools need to go fuck themselves. As for us fans, we just need a deep breath and a chance to discuss stuff without asshole media figures creating a false sense of urgency and indignation...

  • In reply to Michael L:

    I'm guessing MB has been hired as McCaskey's consultant as I haven't seen a post from him since his and Fifth's food fight.

    I miss your posts mang(yes I said that), well most of them.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:


  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I was wondering the same thing...

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I think Modern Warfare has this thing, I saw my Nephew do it, where you can have a radio controlled car in the game. It comes with C4 attached, and you can "drive" it around while your character is stationary and then explode it when it gets near other players.

    If I could take the 3D object of the RC car and replace it with Ginny in her wheelchair, I would do that and play online with MB, where all we did is run around the level with SAWs and RPGs and blow Ginny up again and again.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Hah - yeah, I remember that...I think it was in MW2.

    I don't know about all that, but Google led me to this...

    And for that, I am thankful to Al Gore.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Yes, the Bears need more MB's. Angelo wouldn't have lasted so long and we wouldn't have missed out on so much.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Trac said Mang.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    I like Brad Biggs at the Trib and Sean Jensen at the Sun-Times. At the Trib, Haugh is bi-polar, McClure is friendly with the players but doesn't add much, Bowen is really technical but worth a read, Rosendouche is worthless and the rest of the columnists are full of shit. At the Sun-Times Potash is about like Haugh and their columnists are full of shit. Dickerson and Wright at ESPN/Chicago are good. Siefert at ESPN is OK. He never has any original ideas. I also like PFW.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Morrissey is not worthless. In fact, he nails it in today's column which is online for everyone:

    Guys, we're getting Ruskell. The waiting game is a PR play to minimize the inevitable backlash from fans and the press. The McCaskeys don't care. Period. I wish Jeff would address this hard when it happens, but I fear his fanboi gene will activate and he will equivocate instead.

    Firing Ruskell means revamping all the scouts on the team. It's just like the scene in Moneyball with all the old scouts who do things the way they are done, and have clearly lost an eye for spotting new talent. But they all send Ginny Christmas cards and have their pictures on the wall in Lake Forest and wouldn't it be a shame if they had to move to new cities? They like it here.

    So, we get Ruskell and the status quo. Martz went because he is an egomaniac and couldn't stomach reporting to the man he let in the league. I get that.

    Glitchy embarassed the Bears in last year's draft: that was the last straw for him. Hanie's play just gave management the reason they were looking for.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm expecting it GP, it's totally the Bears' way of doing things. At least Ginny gave her blessing to the Angelo air-locking though. Respect. Just saw Money ball BTW, loved it.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    No way.

    Sean Jensen is big bird, a low level reporter given the stupid assignments again and again. Unless you ARE Sean Jensen with a pen name, I don't see how you don't see this. You are misreading this. That's the "due diligence" article, where we see that Teddy Ballgame is bringing in a bunch of guys none of whom are above head scout, and making Ruskell look sane by comparison.

    Big Bird's job is to write it up and play it like it's actually serious. When it's not.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    And I don't get how you can say DeCosta was never going to leave. Did you know that for a fact before the Ravens announced he was staying? That gives you a huge scoop over just about every other football press in America.

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