Audibles From the Long Snapper: There's No Off-Season Edition

Audibles From the Long Snapper: There's No Off-Season Edition

Mike Tice Will Interview With the Oakland Raiders Tuesday

Unless you're a devout follower of the bullshit spewed by Steve Rosenbloom almost daily on the Tribune's website, you understand that having your offensive coordinator interviewed for vacant head coaching positions is life in the NFL. And unless you've not checked a football-related website over the last two weeks you would know that Tice now joins a list of almost a dozen potential candidates for the position. Tice is a good football coach, well-respected throughout the league, and I firmly believe he is going to be a head coach again in the league. (I do not, however, believe he will be the next HC of the Raiders.) Tice staying in Chicago is the ideal scenario but if Tice leaves it is far from doomsday. It is not going to take a genius to hand the ball to Matt Forte twenty-five times a game next season.

Bears Interviewing Marc Ross For GM Position Today

He has been DaBearsBlog's officially endorsed candidate for the GM position since before the candidate list was announced and Marc Ross is finally receiving his interview today. Ross is the candidate from the most stable organization and has had the most success on draft day at position the Bears target desperately: WR, DE, OL. I truly believe if Ted Phillips and the McCaskey family make this hire they will have stability in the front office for more than a decade.

Mark Potash: You're Next

I made a mistake this morning I never make: I read a column in a major Chicago newspaper not written by Brad Biggs. That column is written by Mark Potash in the Sun-Times and can be read by clicking here. His premise is simple: Bears fans should not celebrate the loss of the Green Bay Packers because the Packers are better than the Bears. One of the reason the Packers are better than the Bears is because the Packers hire people quickly and the Bears do not. (I shit you not. This is one of the actual points of the column.)

We all know the Bears did not make the postseason but I refuse to join the chorus of revisionist historians who've casually chosen to forget the Bears were 7-3 and one of the best teams in football. And the same columnists who've discounted the Bears surprising appearance in the NFC Championship Game a year ago now want us to celebrate regular season success for Lions and Packers teams that were BLOWN OUT this January.

Newspapers are dying and it is not just because of the digital revolution. It is because they are no longer the destination for the country's best writers and journalists. The Chicago sports columnist is a perfect example.

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  • Oh, shooot, 1st biznitches!

  • I'm glad to see that Toub is sticking around and I think it is a long shot that Tice will be headed to Oakland.

    +1 to Marc Ross as the new GM.

    Bears for life

  • I love it when it snows in Seattle. Whole world stops. They cancel school at the chance of snow.

    "It may snow tonight", they worry "We better cancel evening classes just in case".

    WTF? Snow on the road, and the people act like lunatics. Idiot lunatics. Course, I lived in Colorado for a while and there, people panic at the site of rain. Driving in snow? No problem for them. Driving in rain? Shit gets crazy.

    So today I get the opportunity to play with my boys in the snow. They're getting tougher too, so it may be time for a snowball to the face for the older one. Accidentally of course.

    Wish him luck.

    Oh yeah, the new thing at our house is arm wrestling. Watched Over The Top with the boys and now they're all about it. Hat's backwards, fingers over the top. Tis fun having boys.

    Wish them both luck. Much luck. Today, daddy pummels his boys with snow.

  • Great stuff, Doc. My ex sister-in-law (may she RIP) used to live in Dallas. I was down there once when they had freezing rain. I start going down a long hill (about a mile down) and of course there is a bridge at the bottom. I'm slowing down and everyone else keeps doing 70 MPH. By the time I reach the bridge it's utter chaos with cars slamming into each other and the sides of the bridge. It was like bumper cars. I calmly drove through the wreckage and laughed for at least an hour. Dumb Asses!

  • I love when it snows in Tucson...every TEN YEARS or so...

  • nice doc.

    whomever posted this yesterday... this is the best thing I've EVER seen. Simply awesome: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjvXxwvg8mc

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MAAAAGAN!!!

    dude, I cannot stop watching this and litterally fucking belly laughing out loud. Holy shit. How can I make this my ringtone (ok, maybe not my ringtone, but)?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Crazy funny. If her friend would have kept the video going you could watch that for 10 minutes. Easy. The Bears have some of the dumbest fans on the planet but I can't imagine they could top that.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    canada... it was her sister filming... some of the comments on youtube were hilarious too. jesus, I can't stop laughing.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oh my God that is priceless. We owe Megan big time. We need to send her a thank you gift basket - a Half Acre beer, pizza from Gino's, a McMahon bears jersey...

  • In reply to Jokey:

    I don't think that's a terrible idea - a little gift from Da Bears Nation to her...how about a Nathan Vasher jersey?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I don't know from ringtones (there's no cell service where I live). But you can download the vid and strip the audio easily enough.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That skank is a terrible actress. Pathetic.

  • Moving Tice from Chicago right now, makes next scenario distrub in case of giving continuity to the offensive side. but if it helps to Lovie´s exit from Chicago, so I can deal with that.

  • In reply to elcaney:

    elwhatey?

  • hahahahah yeah!! Slate Fistcrunch.

  • how's the sleep going my doctor?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    sleeps not bad actually. The only problem is that he's almost always fussy when he's awake. Hence, needs to be held constantly. The worst part is life feels a little boring right now, that is all though. Boring but good. Thanks for asking.

  • That means he's going to be a smarty.
    Glad to see you around, Doc.

  • yep, i know the groundhog day phenom. Hang in there.

  • Boring but good. Yup, that's about the size of it. It beats wild and bad I guess.

  • Newspapers are dying and it is not just because of the digital revolution. It is because they are no longer the destination for the country's best writers and journalists. The Chicago sports columnists is a perfect example.

    Ooooooooooh. That's gonna leave a mark.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'd like Jeff to explain that one a little bit - what IS the destination for the country's best writers and journalists?
    The interwebs?
    Comic books?

    Please elucidate, Jeff.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    A few things:

    1. Without question the best sportswriting is now happening on the internet. Outside of a few columnists (Lupica, Albom...etc.) most sportswriters now have the freedom of expression, without hampering word count limits, on the internet. It has been a gradual process but Sports Illustrated (the mag) used to be a bastion of great journalism. Now it's just not. It's all going on line.

    2. For all the magic of the Ted Thompson era, let's keep it in perspective. They won a Super Bowl, yes. One Super Bowl. Can we stop pretending they've dominated the sport for a decade? They hired a quick in McCarthy quickly, yes. And he won a Super Bowl. He also embarrassed himself on national TV Sunday. And Ted Thompson is also responsible for building one of the worst defenses in the league this year.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    I thought it was the worst defense ever. Literally.

  • I don't think you can discount 31 INTs.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Did they not set the record for the most passing yards a defense has ever allowed?

    31 ints is good but it was still horrible.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    I honestly don't think it's a tallen thing. I really don't. I watched those guys play a few games this year and I think it's a scheme/coaching thing.

    Mathews, raji, hawk, Burnett, woodson, collins (when healthy), peprah, and bishop are ALL pro-bowl level players. Yeah, woodson lost a half step near the end of the year, but do you think any of our guys are better than him, save peanut? Hawk is actually a tackle machine. I done seen that guy around the ball on pretty much every single play. Burnett is young, but a 1st rounder with tons of upside. They were also the biggest ballhawk d in the league… by far.

    And you guys know me… far be it for me to give anything packers a blowjob, but you have to give credit where it’s due. So I think part of it was d scheme, letting yard roll up but being super aggressive with their secondary. Not quite sure what to make of hair-boys precipitous drop-off, but he’s still a very bad man (and still gay). Again, I think it was more of a scheme/coaching thing and I think they need to work that out. As far as talent and players… they are stacked. I’d take ted away from them in a heartbeat.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    talent... damn auto-correct.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    to "tallen"? WTF is tallen?
    The editor in my brain wants to know what you possibly could have typed that prompted auto-correct to go, yeah, you mean "Tallen", a corruption of "Talon", a male name, as in the large claw of a bird of pray.

    I hate auto-correct.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    It never works with mistakes like "bird of pray."

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    And I call horse-shit! No praise for that atrocious D!!!

    I think they suffered from Woodson-itis in the secondary and losing Jenkins hurt them more than they wanted to admit.

    Their secondary always takes too many risks - paid off in the regular season and deserted them in the first round. They are not lock-down corners, and Woodson is starting to fall off precipitously in his ball skills. He's still a threat to blitz and not terrible against the run, but the guy is aging fast now.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, Burnett was a 3rd rounder. Thompson jumped in front of JA and picked him. The story goes that was going to be JA's pick but we got sloppy seconds (Major Penis) a couple of picks later.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hmmm.... a defense that allows a ton of yards and lives on the turnover? Just WHERE do you suppose the Packers came up with THAT innovation?

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    There's Gregg Easterbrook ... and then there's everybody else.

    http://espn.go.com/espn/page2/story/_/id/7468174/the-nfl-ratings-continue-surge-dominating-all-programing-path

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I didn't know there were any writers working at newspapers.

  • My takeaway from Potash's story is that the Packers top mgmt acts with a decisiveness and speed we don't normally see here in Bearsland. I can't disagree. You don't hear them announcing head coaches before they're hired.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    Paging Dave McGinnis. McGinnis to the courtesy phone, please.

  • First I am going to say I hate that some sites are blacking out today. I know the SOPA thing is a big deal but come on let me use the internet.

    Anyway, IF Tice leaves any opinions on Toub taking the OC position? I know he has no experience as an OC but he is unbelievable creative and gets a lot out of his players. I know it would never happen but might be fun to see.

  • In reply to do53:

    I brought that up a few weeks ago after Martz quit and before they named Tice. Tice has no experience as an OC so why not Toub.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    I personally like the idea, I think that Toub is one of the best coaches in football and can be successful doing anything.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Tice has called plays hasn't he? I read that somewhere, no? He's also been in the NFL for about 30 years ... coached up our OL and knows them well ... what they're capable of ... and what they're not capable of .. so he's an immediate upgrade on Martz. Clearly he's not going to ignore the fashionable position of TE. He played offense at the top tier for 14 years or whatever, whereas Toub got drafted and then ... what ? Toub has zero credentials to be calling plays in the NFL, other than he played line in college. Tice is the man for the job and woe betide he signs for the Raiders.

  • He has called plays. He did it at MN when the new off. coordinator was hired. He helped ease him into the transition.

  • about the video of Packer´s fan..... I can´t help crying........of laughting

  • In reply to elcaney:

    It was sad, really. Another indictment that that alcohol impedes our development and remains a malignant yet openly acceptable cancer in our society. It was sad.

  • An Irish libertarian prohibitionist?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    It's all about choices, Crunch

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Societies choose booze. It's been around for 9000 years.

  • Jeff - I also agree that it is very unlikely the Raiders are going to hire Tice. Al Davis was known for "interviewing" candidates just to pick thier brain. So McKenzie may want to know how Tice improved the O-line so obviously and dramtically. I think there is a list of 7-10 names for them. Why so many? I think just to get info - my opinion.

    But as much as I hate to admit it - Rosie is right in that the Bears will have a tough time getting a good OC with this being Lovies semi-annual "win or else" year. Promoting Tice was a great situation. Now at the least it slows down their search for a "passing game coordinator/QB coach".

    Agree on Marc Ross.

    Agree on Biggsy.

    I do like Potash, but that column was a major fail for him. But I agree that good writers no longer aspire to be newspaper people..

  • In reply to BillW:

    Paging Bob Greene. Bob Greene to the courtesy phone.

    http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/March-2003/The-Sad-Saga-of-Bob-Greene/

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Loved reading Bob Greene, I was pissed when he got his ass in trouble and left the paper.

  • Does anybody know how long a child can buried in the snow before frostbite sets in?

    Just curious.

  • Did you forget where you put one, Doc?

    I know you have a bunch of them now...maybe you should go to a numbering system instead.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    hahahahahhaa

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +1 It's been a while since I had lol'ed here, but that was one, Posse.

  • Depends on the cold and open sores/wounds.

  • Mel "Hair" Kiper has posted his Mock Draft 1.0 on the site which you all hate. Any of you haters have an insider account and care to copy/past what they slicked one has to say about the bears?

  • In reply to evantonio:

    And catch the eye of Sauron? No, thanks.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Kinect Sauron is kewl

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zxr-4z5iWk0&feature=player_embedded

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Those puffersphere displays are nifty, but I'd like to see one that was the size of a KIA.

  • Kipfer's Mock Draft 1.0 Bears Analysis:

    Chicago Bears - Record: 8-8
    Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame: If the Bears learned anything when Jay Cutler went down this season, it was that the offense wasn't very pretty without him. But Cutler also needs help. Last year, Chicago had to start up front because the offensive line was such a weakness. But as the Bears anticipate getting some healthy bodies back up front to start 2012, they now must find some help for Cutler at wide receiver. The current group has some speed, but he could use a big target, and Floyd can be that guy. He has a big frame, but Floyd actually dropped some weight for the 2011 season, and he managed to look quicker and more explosive in and out of his breaks without giving up much as a physical receiver. He'd be a nice option in this offense and a threat in the red zone.

  • In reply to deemoney23:

    thanks, dee. much appreciated!

    i know some people (hi mb!) are anti-WR in the 1st round, but i'd be happy with floyd.

    floyd + vjax + bennett + knox (if he can run) would be a pretty handsome foursome.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    I'm not necessarily anti-#1 in rd 1 ev...

    I just think that with a pretty wide open FA class of proven #1's this year, our money would be much better spent on a tackle, FS, or even an IMLB if the right one's still available. See, while ‘best value at our spot’ was angelo’s only plan and strategy every year, when applied correctly it can be a very shrewd strateegery.

    As long as it’s not an open-ended equation that applies to every single fucking draftee on the board, and it bounded by critical gap positions that need to be filled… then it’s smart. We need a tackle, a FS, a #1wr, and a DE most… ok, let’s see who’s left at the #19 spot (or is it 18?) and take the best value guy to fill one of those spots of need. Bingo… good sound strategy.

    Taking another fucking 5’8” nickel corner just because he can eat 35 hot dogs with the buns on ‘em in under a minute is NOT a sound draft strategy. Do you hear me fucking angelo?

    Anyway, the net-net is… if Floyd is still available at our spot and all available Olinmen, FSs, DEs and MLBs all project to be later 2nd round talent… then take Floyd by all means. I’m with the party of common sense ev. (wait, does that make me a libertarian?)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +1 on the hot dog eating cornerback.

    even if we sign a #1, i think i'd still go WR over those other positions-of-need.

    while vjax or stevie j. would be awesome to have, i want to give jay as many weapons as possible. when's the last time you heard someone say, "Look at that offense. They have too many good players. What a terrible mistake by the front office."

  • In reply to evantonio:

    "Now starting at cornerback for YOUR..CHICAGO...BEARS...
    Joeeeeeeeeeeeeey CHESTNUT!"

  • In reply to evantonio:

    when you ask ev? Let me tell you...

    ...when jay is on his back with a snapped knee while vjax, stevie, AND our shiny new 1st rd draft pick M.floyd are all still running their routes downfield... without a QB to throw them anything. Sad picture right?

    Protection and oline depth is and should always be our #1 focus. Once we have that all squared away (hint: this doesn't include Jwebb and shouldn't edwin williams in a starting spot), then we can take something else in rd1... so maybe IFF we get a real GM who knows what the fuck he's doing, he can sure up the oline in FA and the 2nd/3rd round this year and then we can focus on replacing our aging stars starting next year.

    Again, we need a new LT who's a bad ass to protect the blindside, we need someone who can step in for BearJew if he busts he knee again (which means he's out of football, not just the season), and at least one stud who can provide back-up depth at potentially all three spots at Center and maybe even at both guard positions. We also need to get us a franchise FS for the next 5-10 years… thems don’t usually come in the later rounds any more (these is different times). My $.02 Ev.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Major Wright's health problems and inability to make a cut scare me way more than Conte's whiteness.

    Hence, it's Strong Safety for me...then cornerback in terms of drafting the defensive secondary spots.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I fear that Pringles' "gift" is somehow throwing off his physiology...imagine, if you will, an ice skater gliding across the rink. Now picture the same ice skater trying to skate with a bank bag full of pennies stuffed down his shorts.
    Injuries are going to haunt him the rest of his career.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I like conte MBP, but he's in no way or shape a landry or burnett. He's a back up that should watch and learn from a real pro for a few years... and then come in once in a while to spell the man.

    We need to get 'the man' in here to be our (injury free) namesake 2.0.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If there is another Mike Brown out there, then hells to the yes, draft the guy...but I think SS is our biggest liability right now. Wright shows no signs of being able to stay on the field, and when he is, he's either magnificent or horrendous.
    Conte is steady.
    Steltz...well, he's been alot better but I still fear he's going to send one of our guys to the ER every time he heads for the ball carrier.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    the bayou scud missle could be an answer at SS... more so than neck-snap-pringles.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Agree definitely on Conte vs Wright. Granted I'm not an expert, but I think CC is a player.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    the line was protecting jay once we got past that nightmare stretch of first few games where we were on pace to triple the record number of sacks given up in a season.

    but then we lost the right side of our line and things went to shit.

    and if we get a "stud," would he really be a backup? you don't really see many stud backups. studs usually start. or pose shirtless for gq.

    in terms of fs for the next 10 years - jay won't be with us for the next ten years. let's get him some weapons for now.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    1. Yes, my point exactly. We WILL lose guys on the line every year. That's what that little thing 'depth' I keep mentioning is for.

    2. No stud back ups... all starters. As far as I'm concerned, BJ, Edwin, and Webb are all backups. We need to replace with starters.

    3. And we can... my argument was we can do that this year in FA. Let's not get greedy. I think getting one Vjax level guy and then another 2nd teir #2 type on the cheap will do us more than perfectly. Again, if M.Floyd is the highest value left at one of our spots of need at the pick, then by all means pick him.

    I think we’re essentially on the same page evo.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB you think Carimi is a backup? Tice said before he got hurt he was the best lineman. I understand the concern about the injury but I wouldn't relegate him to the bench just yet. I thought our interior line was really good this year. Louis was really good at RT and then he either got hurt or exposed. I'm not smart enough to know which one it was. Webb might be a decent LT in about 10 years. He sure isn't now. I think if we get a stud LT we're in pretty good shape.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    canada, I think his knee always going to be an issue most unfortunately. I see an early end to his career.

    It sidelined him in college and now in the pros. It's a brutal, unforgiving game. I hope I'm wrong and he's our starter for years to come... but that knee is very worrisome.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Can't do it. Won't do it. With all that bling in FA we're going to pass up a MLB, LT or a DE? We bust our entire draft and probably our season if we go WR in the first. We can go with Louis/Carimi as our OTs, but we need another top drawer tackle. We need a pass rush. We need the future Urlacher and Kreutz. They have to be drafted at the very top and if we're not making a move for Burfict or a Konz then we're pissing our picks away. We give Cutty the time to throw and he could hit a pig holding a basket, it doesn't make any difference who that guy is ... just as long as it's not Knox. Lots of ready-made receivers in FA. We just need to go and get them. Why draft projects. Win now. Win yesterday.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    The line was protecting Jay once we stopped the 7-step drops, only had a few 5-step drops and Jay started moving around in the pocket + teams with a lesser pass rush. Fucking Martz. All it took was for Jay to complain publicly and tell him to get fucked before the genius got the message. At the end of the year when I heard Lovie say Jay was getting hit too much and that just can't happen, I was pretty sure the genius was gone.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +a whole shitload. Offenses start with the line. Period.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm usually against picking up WRs in the first too, esp for our group who needs an immediate impact, but THIS draft I think it's the best way to go.

    All of us would love Vjax, but keep in mind that Fitz signed for $120 MILLION last year, and he might be looking for that type of mula. That's too much for any receiver, imo.

    We have too many holes to fill.

    However, if a top 2 LT, CB, DE falls to us (entirely possible with the usually reaches for qbs), then I'd have no problem taking one.

    Most likely we will be able to get the top C in Konz, or S in Barron, which is something debate.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    The penny hasn't dropped with Knox. He's not a top WR and he's never going to be. Backup KR is his role on the Bears. PLus, you draft a WR and they're basically unavailable for next year. We don't have the luxury of time with this roster, the clock is ticking ....

  • In reply to deemoney23:

    I don't think that is not a bad call by the Pumpkin Pie man (and HUGE Ravens fan) because the Bears LOVE Domers.

  • In reply to deemoney23:

    Clearly Kiper doesn't know jack about the Chicago Bears. We do not want a first round multi-year project. We want an O-line or D-line starter or at the very least a backup for Urlacher. Too many WRs available in FA to be wasting a top pick on some child.

  • here you go GP: danpompei17 minutes agoMarc Ross interviewing with Bears today. Final two scheduled interviews: Tim Ruskell Thursday; Phil Emery Friday.

    Do you see it in there... tomorrow's the big day. They better not fucking try that shit maing.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ted is going to replace himself with Kinect Sauron during the interviews for maximum effect

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zxr-4z5iWk0

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Tell the truth, GPL; how many of those do you have around the house?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I have one of these on my desk at work...

    http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd48/Olorin1976/SideshowNEW/HelmofSauron.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    If only I still had minions...not only is it grim, it's pointy and practical.

    I guess I could use it to deter home invasion in a pinch.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I use this for that MBP: http://www.spikestactical.com/new/z/st-compressor-sbr-556-nfa-p-491.html

    btw, I can also use that on you if you'd accept invites (I promise not to use more than one predator).

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    So by "cloud" and "collaborative software", you meant "arms smuggling" and "currency rinsing" operations?

    shit that thing looks nasty.

    I was only on for a few last night...was feeling blech and need to get my timing back (hence a few rounds of "survival").

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Oh, you meant to deter home invasion, not keep your minions in check...hah!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    yes, that's exactly what I meant. Have you ever seen the movie gods of war? 'nough said.

    Actually I don't own that one... it's illegal in cali because of the silencer. But it is a damn sexy looking bitch.

    Alright... get your timing down.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    my god that thing is creepy.

  • I think the verdict on Pringles is that he crumbles too easily in his can.

    He'll probably be back next year, but I don't think he's a NFL Strong Safety. The next time he gets Brandon Jacobs will be his last play.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    well, it depends. for about 75% of the season, you or i would've been able to tackle brandon jacobs. he was running with pure bensonian might for a good majority of the year. (bears benson, of course. not bengal benson)

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Gotta agree about Pringles. Always hurt and always in the wrong spot at the wrong time.

  • Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had neither a sack nor quarterback hit. Still, he contributed in a subtle way, repeatedly chucking Finley at the line of scrimmage before redirecting into his rush.

    "Pierre-Paul was pushing me and our offense is timing," Finley said. "Then he'd go rush. I'd say a dozen times. I got pushed on the ground two or three times."

    http://www.jsonline.com/sports/packers/a-giant-thud-t53qao3-137399953.html

    Holy shit, Jerk Mikey. You got the cheese, now with the whine? 'He pushed me! Hard!' Are you kidding me?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWoD2sQ9LiU

  • In reply to gpldan:

    OHHHH, THAT explains all the drops!

  • You heard it here first -

    BAM!

    Vincent Jackson to the Bears!

    (Thanks BleacherReport, for providing spot-on predictions and analysis)

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Link did not work...

  • Wait a min.. I posted that and was told that article was junk!! No claiming that junk!!!

  • It is junk... I was kidding.

    Jeff's right, the best journalists are going online where they can't be bothered by lack of space for their fifty picture slideshows - thanks to BleacherReport...

    America's number one choice for complete bullshit.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Ahh, but it is hope and hope will always attract readers.

    The amazing thing is hope doesn't have to be true to make people follow it. As long as it's hope.

  • Hope brings change. And that change brings more hope, which brings more change, etc. etc. etc.

  • One less person to compete with Tice. McCoy doesn't want to interview and eyes Miami

  • "Newspapers are dying and it is not just because of the digital revolution. It is because they are no longer the destination for the country's best writers and journalists. The Chicago sports columnist is a perfect example."

    Don't you HATE IT when the Blogfather pulls his punches like that?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Hey Al, did you see what Willie posted up above.. he saw exactly what I saw. Hope for Jackson to come here!

  • We'll see, Artoo. As I said, I have saved that article to check back when the signings start see how many hits & misses they score.

  • Jeff you've gone full fanboy.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    Heya Cheese... sorry about the game. You must feel like I did in '86.

    Sometimes football sucks.

  • For you GP....

    Fans(In the stadium seating) rooting for the next GM. This is what it may look like if it was a reality show.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSnLU9nyFSA

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    try this link it's better:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSUAAKFLoL0&feature=related

  • "and you said neowww.... ehhhee."

    "I wanted the peaaackers to win the super bowl..................... meeagan!"

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/even-clay-matthews-blames-loss-megan-sparkles-210936433.html

    hee heeeeee hee.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Damn.. sad but funny. Is that possible?

  • it is erik... it is.

    ...It's called the 2011 greenbay peaackers.

    Oh and on a completely seperate note... am I the only one around here who loves hank hill? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Su3ZFJcYOW0

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +1

  • This is hilarious, even if I did get it from Clay Matthews twitter feed..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eQ3lf1kzf8

  • Dre Kirkpatrick getting arrested will hurt his value somewhat.

    I know the Bears do not like trouble makers but he would be a pretty good 2nd round pick if he drops that low.

  • All I know is they reckon Burfict is top ten talent that will probably drop due to his nastiness. Perfect for us. He's the perfect ball of fire to be cooled by the tutelage of Lovie, Urlacher, Babich and Maranelli. We need a great Mike, and he has just the right size, mean-ness and raw talent to be a Chicago Bear MLB. Surely it's a no-brainer if he falls to us, and we should even trade up to get him ?

  • I dunno. I can't imagine the new GM will be too excited if his first draft pick turns out to be the next Cedric Benson.

    I like Dre Kirkpatrick a lot, he's in my top 10 and Burfict is not, but if the character issues are as bad as they could be (especially in a DB), I don't want that headache on my team.

  • I really like Burfict too. I'd have no problem getting him.

    Most projections that I've seen have him available at 19.

    His 2011 production dropped, as well as his unnecessary roughness penalties, which got some worried that he's only good when he's out of control.

    The only problem I have with choosing a LB is that when we play the Saints, Packers, Pats, Lions...we'll be in more nickel coverage.

    LB is not exactly a short term NEED, but a long term investment.

    Whoever the new GM is, he's going to have to decide rather quickly if he wants to make a SB run now, or 3 years from now...It's actually a very important philosophical decision that will shape the draft and FA signings.

  • Burfict is considered the THIRD BEST ILB right now.

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/college_big_board_rankings.html&position=ilb

    However, if he lights it up at the combine (which I fully expect), he'll climb the boards.

  • Irish, Please don't call me Shirley.

  • Interesting take from an old vet, IMO
    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-jets-tomlinson

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Dude. Can we get Holmes? 6th or 7th rounder for him? I take the risk. Bennent, Some Playmaker, and Holmes?.. I like

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    If Holmes is calling out the Jet's Oline for not protecting Sanchez, what do you think he's going to do in Chi!?

    He'd probably have a heart attack.

    Holmes was never a problem in Pits, but it seems like he is with the Jets.

    If he needs a new sane franchise to start anew, I'd have no problem having him on board for like a 4rth rounder.

  • The Steelers gave him away for 5th Rounder.

    We could get him with a 6 or 7. The only problem is his contract.

  • IT was more Holmes calling out Sanchez.. You think Jay will take some shit from Holmes?

    Didn't think so.

  • "Holmes criticized the offensive line during the season, saying it wasn’t protecting Sanchez enough or giving him enough time to get the ball down the field to the receivers. Right guard Brandon Moore shot back, saying his public comments could have a “fracturing effect” and not the way a team captain— which Holmes was—should conduct business."

    This, along with Holme's contract, worries me a bit. The Steelers did get rid of him for nothing, which they regret now.

    Holme's value would be really hard to determine. On the one hand, he's clutch and a perfect fit for our system. On the other hand, his contract, lack of production and recent prima donna stunts are huge negatives.

  • The Sanchez-Holmes relationship started to fray after a Week 4 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, according to a source. Afterward, Holmes called out Sanchez and the offensive line, criticizing them publicly. The next day, Sanchez spoke to the offense as a group, asking for team unity. Shortly thereafter, Holmes made more critical comments to the media.

    Q: On whether or not Tomlinson would bring both Sanchez and Holmes back:

    Tomlinson: Whew, that is a tough one. I would really have to sit down with them and see if they can co-exist, honestly. I mean, that is a decision that I really have to make. And if I really feel like they can’t, then you have to make a move.

  • The difference is, we didn't hear about how much of a problem he was in Pittsburgh, because Pittsburgh ain't NYC.

    I think he's not worth pursuing.

  • http://richeisen.nfl.com/2012/01/19/the-lowe-down-on-peyton-retirement-tweet/?module=HP11_headline_stack

    Wow.

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