Audibles From the Long Snapper: Monday Morning Edition

Audibles From the Long Snapper: Monday Morning Edition

On Tim Ruskell as the next General Manager

I know this was written about in the Tribune and picked up nationally by ProFootballTalk but I don't believe for one second the Bears will hire Tim Ruskell to be their next GM. Firing Jerry Angelo was a move motivated by public relations as much as it was motivated by narrowing the talent gap in the division. Exiling Angelo was perhaps the first unanimously applauded move by the folks at Halas Hall in more than a few generations. If they were to promote Ruskell they would have a hard time distancing him not from his record in Seattle but from his relationship with Angelo. It is safe to say Bears fans will be satisfied with just about any front office man from around the league as long as he does not come from the current Bears front office. (Either way I expect a lot of movement on this position in the coming days.)

A Note on Towels...

I don't want to hear any more about fan bases that support the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers. If you require a prop, any prop, especially a towel, to show your enthusiasm at a sporting event, I'm done with you. I spent a lot of time in Giants Stadium as a kid and I could not believe what I was seeing in the stands Sunday afternoon. White towels? What's next, a rally monkey?

Fantasy Playoffs Update!

Below are the list of entrants into the wild card round of the Fantasy Playoffs. If your name is in bold you are eligible for the division round. Selections will be accepted on the Friday post.

Blogfather 21

Reverenddave 11

Gpldan 23

SidLuckman42 17

Who is Willie Gault 12

Doc Nitty 34 17

Evantonio 0

Jimmychange 13

FQD1911 17

#76 Mongo Murph 15

do53 35

thebigcheese 17

TheConsummator 15

CanadaBear 15

DYLbear23 35

SC Dave 19

Artoo 12

Tobijohn –8

Jimwoww 19

Crunch Buttsteak 0

Bigrobstunner 12

Nagurski 1

TheFifth 15

MB30SD 11

MikeV in OR 3

TracDaddy 13

Chris Odom 12

JAB1 33

AfroCelt 9

BobbyDouglass –1

BigT 19

Jmcyclone 0

NewBearInTown –3

Elcaney 19

Perno 25

WalterCampsGhost 1

Albertintucson 23

EnderWiggin –9

BearsFan4Life 17

The Void 29

Shannon Pankster 23

Jokey  42

MikeBrownhadaPosse  13

Ufficio 9

Michael L 13

RunC%amp;D 11

Bigbossbear  13

Shady –9

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  • first to be eliminated. that stinks.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    At least you beat my -1. Stupid Falcons offense.

  • as far as ruskell goes, i hope you're right. i don't give a poop if lovie is comfortable with him. it's about damn time we make lovie uncomfortable.

  • I was horribly screwed over by the Falcons. I did not see that coming.

    I really think they are going to hire Ruskell because I am beginning to think no one likes to work with Lovie. I mean, the Bears have a more promising unit than the Rams and Dolphins. Besides, they can fire them all next year and clean house.

    Plus, has anyone notice the number of free agents we have after next year?

  • Jeff, please hear my pizza appeal.

    Please reconsider the cutoff point for those of us that didn't understand the scoring system. As I'm sure you were aware of all the confusion over the weekend by reading our posts, I am pleading with you to reconsider eliminating so many of us this first go around.

    Your's truly, TD.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I'll give you a pizza if I win.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    You better win now Murph!!!

  • In reply to Artoo:

    The pressure is on Murph now...That fricking fumble-that-wasn't-a-fumble yesterday boned me. Big time.



  • In reply to Artoo:


    Don't like any man who has had anything to do with building the Redskins roster, but I do like the name.

  • TD your appeal has been considered by my Vice President in Charge of Blog Rulings. He was a man looking for a job so I hired him. His name is Jerry Angelo. He has declined your appeal.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Ouch lol

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Did Irish not play?

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Wouldn't fancy those pizzas by the time they got to Thailand Mate. Threw some cash on NYG, NO and PIT instead. Doh!

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Well done Jeff, hehehe

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Heh heh...
    Uh, hey Mongo, correct me if I am wrong, but didn't you pick:

    Offense: DET......... +24
    Defense: DEN........ -12
    Special: CIN........... -3

    That gives you 9 points, and ends your season.


    All right.. everyone lets pick who we want.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Cliff Avril intrigues me.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Greg Olsen

    Would you shit a brick if we got him back..Ha!

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Steve Johnson

    Jeff said it best and we should look hard into this guy. He gets open on Revis.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Michael Griffin

    Great Safety when healthy.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    then he promptly drops the ball, and does the hokie pokie for a 15yrd penaltly. No thanks.

  • Better than Mr.Wrong.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Sorry I forgot Carolina signed him to a contract extension.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Cliff Avril, you intrigue me, i would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    I wouldn't mind that Drew Brees guy as an option for backup QB =]

  • In reply to evantonio:


  • Jeff, I posted by picks in the wild card thread. Before kickoff though. Can mine be counted?

  • 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

  • In reply to Artoo:


  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    No idea why the Vikings would let that gem go.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    same reason they let Berrian take his talents to... umm... his couch?

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Was my sarcasm too subtle?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    yes. it seemed like viewed Iglesias as a true #1 option on par with the larry fitzgeralds of the league.

  • In reply to evantonio:


  • In reply to Artoo:

    Artoo, you da man.

    Any love for the Justin Gage or Brandon Lloyd return?

    I'd have Marques Colston, Malcom Kelly, V-Jack, or Chaz Schilens please.

  • Holy crap, I made the cutoff. Must be that blind squirrel thing.

    Gotta agree with Jeff. No way Ruskell gets the job. He's just keeping the seat warm. I really hope we get a good GM that can eventually move into Pres of Football Operations, hire another good GM and get Teddy Bear back to the bean counting where he belongs. Until that happens, we're always going to look like a slipshod operation.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I could be wrong, but I don't think you made it, CB:

    Offense: DET..........+24
    Defense: DEN.........-12
    Special: CIN..............-3


  • I think you made some mistakes, Jeffe. How does Jokey have 42 points?


    Offense: N O.........+36
    Defense: N Y.............0
    Special: ATL............-6

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I thought Jokey answered the question on the meaning of life there for a second.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Ha ha. You saw my 42nd post at the end of the last thread? Here's something even more miraculous: I finished 42nd in the contest (evantonio, jmcyclone and myself each had 0 points, so if I am listed 2nd in that group, I am 42). Coincidence?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

  • In reply to gpldan:

    And it shall be called... Earth.
    Would have worked too, but you know - garbage in, garbage out.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Don't tell me your birthday is between January 10, 1969, and January 9, 1970...

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Yes, it was. It falls between those dates this year too. Coincidence?

  • I hope Marty S. can still coach with the best of em. Too bad we couldn't entice him to come back. I'm guessing he's trying to save his son's career and win some ball games along the way.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Speaking of the big bus of nepotism, I love that video where Rex Ryan says "I don't know what you are, but *I* am not a loser."

    I need to make a music video and loop that.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I'm sure he can still coach, he had a long layoff and then did a great job in San Diego. I woulda kept him instead of taking Turner. They fired him after a 14-2 year, go figure.


    Whoops, sorry about that.

  • Blogfather writes:
    ...but I don't believe for one second the Bears will hire Tim Ruskell to be their next GM. /i>

    Ho ho!

  • God Damn this stupid blog

  • They should've move Ted to focus on the biz and hired a new pres of football ops. Ted brought us Angelo and has overseen a decade of mediocre performance and no championships. Why do you believe this is going to change with a new GM ... that he is going to hire? Why isn't he held accountable? Having said that, I don't believe Ted is a complete ass, so I don't believe he will hire Ruskell. You have to be real stupid to hire Ruskell, completely incompetent in Seattle, as your GM. I don't see any other teams clamoring to interview him.

  • Harsh... right at the cutoff.

    Jeff advanced 23 and cut 25. Couldn't find it in your heart to advance the five of us at 13, Blogfather?

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