Bears Face Most Important Off-Season in More Than a Generation

Bears Face Most Important Off-Season in More Than a Generation

The Bears, beginning this week, will make the decisions to shape their football operations for the next decade. They do so from an uncommon position. Normally a team conducting the final round of GM interviews is coming off a dismal season; ready to rebuild without a corp of winning NFL players. The Bears are coming off a season that at 7-3 looked to have potential for a deep playoff run but suffered the slings and arrows of Caleb Hanie's unprofessional understudy work. (If this were the olden days of theatre fans would have been permitted to hurl tomatoes or other vegetables at Hanie during his grotesque performance against the Kansas City Chiefs.) The Bears, right now, are a good team. So why is this the most important off-season in more than a generations?

  • 2012 is on the table. Look at what's happened this postseason and it is more evident than ever that getting into the tournament gives you a legitimate chance to win the Super Bowl. The Bears were a broken thumb from having a shot at the big prize in 2011 and they could have an even better shot in '12 with a few savvy moves. (Wide receiver, anyone?)
  • Success in 2012, especially postseason success, will also lead to another extension of Lovie Smith's contract. One can criticize Lovie's game management (clock, challenges, timeouts) but it is difficult to argue Lovie does not get quite a bit out of his roster. And for all the criticism of Lovie as game manager, it is hard to criticize his actual management skills. He has been unafraid to populate his coaching staff with other head coaches and subsequently the Bears have a top tier defensive coordinator, the best special teams coach in the world and an offensive coordinator finally in-tune with Lovie's (and Chicago's) preferred run-first approach. Tom Coughlin won the Super Bowl with the Giants in 2007. He didn't win another playoff game until three weeks ago. The Giants and Steelers have proven stability is the model for prolonged success.
  • The defensive talent of the Chicago Bears may not be old but it is aging. And for the first time in what feels like a century the Bears have draft picks over the first couple rounds. With Urlacher, Briggs, Peppers and Tillman moving into the twilight of their professional careers the new GM is tasked with re-inserting youth into the defensive roster.
  • If Ted Phillips gets this GM hire wrong, it is not a reach to believe the McCaskey family might reassign their money-making CEO to a non-football role within the organization and move to overhaul the whole of football operations. Would they look to emulate the Jets and promote a man like cap superstar Cliff Stein? Would they look to emulate the Dolphins (Parcells) and Browns (Holmgren) and bring in a prominent football man to rebuild things? Failure by Phillips to hire the right man this week might lead to a new powers structure at Halas Hall.

There is no element of the Bears organization not at stake this offseason. The present and the future will converge as free agency opens in March and the new GM prepares for the draft in April. If Phillips hires the right man, the Bears could find themselves deep in next season's tournament with a roster of young players ready to contribute in years to come. If Phillips hires the wrong man, the dominos may begin to fall with Lovie next January but the last domino will eventually be Phillips himself.

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  • Firing Angelo was most important thing they've done in a generation.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I would argue, with jeff, that it was the second most important thing. who they choose to replace him is the most important.

    But, in all narcissism... it was one of the best bday presents I've ever received.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Ab-so-frakking-lutely Trac-man. Hallelujah.

  • Great piece. Time will tell.

  • Last night I was on twitter talking to "yourboyroy" and he brought up a good trade senario.

    Yes, everyone has talked about it under the sun, Marshall to Chicago, but he brought up something cool.

    Instead of trying to sign a big free agent WR, because VJ and D.Bowe are going to be asking for Holmes kind of money, trade a 3rd rounder for Marshall. The majority of his deal is paid for and he would be insanely cheaper at WR and be just as good.

    Marshall and Bennett is a great combination. Hester can fill the slot or we can hope for Davis to step or a FA tight end. Either way, the trade with Marshall comes with two important things.

    One. He had a lot of drops.

    Two. He is only one strike away from being banned from the NFL.

  • Yikes! read through your last 3 paragraphs. I would submit that any smart FA deal for marshall would include a fuck you clause, whereby if he struck three we don't pay money.

    Also, I have an even bigger man-crush on Anquan after this season. Is there a deal that can be done for him?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I can't see them letting go of Boldin unless we offer up some big picks.

    To be honest, I don't believe he is worth a second or third round pick. TO be very honest, he is a bad ass wide receiver and is a tough sob.

  • erik erik erik....

    Ask Flacco if he thinks boldin is worth a 3...

    he is much more so than marshall in my mind. Marshall is a gamble off the field and you KNOW I would LOVE to have the dude on our team.

    One more strike, for a bipolar dude? That's a dodgy prospect.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I know Flacco depends on him and I know his coach loves him.

    Now, do you think the Ravens would give up their best WR for a 3rd pick?

    Same goes for Marshall but I think the Dolphins are tired of him.

  • no, I don't... I said it more to reaffirm my man crush than actually expect it to happen.

  • Where are you getting that a 3rd round pick would get us Marshall? Seems a bit low. What did Miami give up to get him?

  • They gave second round pick for him. Most people report a Second would do it and a high third might.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    FY clause in Marshall's contract would be mandatory. Nothing against Boldin whatsoever, but unless we sign a tall receiver also, then no. We need a bigger target to stretch the field and give Cutty a jump-ball guy more than we need another talented six-footer. N'est pas?

  • Irish.... He's fucking 6'3" 230 maing!!!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Really?! I thought he was like 6'0/ 6'1 !

  • Yup, he's 6'1 according to his profile page on NFL.COM. Plus next year will be his 10th season, so his best days are behind him methinks. Not worth the likely outlay anyway.

    Marshall will be entering his sixth year and is three inches taller. BM, KD and Spaeth would be an awesome group of big targets, mixed in with Bennett and Forte. Stick a run game, a bootlegging audible-making Cutty and re-tooled Oline behind that and I could care less what happens on defense.

  • Re drops - Roddy White only had Wes Welker ahead of him in receptions this year ... but dropped more balls than anyone in the NFL.

    I'd call Marshall a must-look-see target for the Bears. He caught 100+ balls a season with Cutty - and we've got two 3rd round picks, right?

    Absolutely against drafting a WR in the first though. Looking at the top 50 receivers this year, the only rookies to make an appearance were AJ Green (7 TDs) and Greg Little (2 TDs). Need an immediate impact at the position, no schoolboy projects please. Men only need apply. 6'4/6'5. Full stop. period.

  • New #Bears GM will have options. 9 college & pro scouts at Halas Hall coming out of contract after draft.

  • https://docs.google.com/a/ut.utm.edu/spreadsheet/lv?key=0AszIdKrzoFQgdHpSTFRPeHlFSnp4ZlZBQ1ljYzdJd3c&pli=1

    MB, promise you will love this.

  • pretty impressive.

    I did see this nugget:
    58 FALCONS 2005 5 163 Frank Omiyale T Tennessee Tech

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    See, told you lol bwhahaaa

  • How has he drafted half of our players past and present? Was Angelo not drafting pre-2005? Looks like a decent judge of talent.

  • wow, scary: http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/01/24/headhunting-giants-boast-of-targeting-punt-returner-raise-questions-about-concussions/?hpt=hp_c3

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://cnn.com/video/?/video/sports/2011/11/11/gupta-big-hits-broken-dreams-trailer.cnn

  • Holy Shit: http://www.totalprosports.com/2012/01/23/15-nasty-hockey-injuries/#13

    Glad I've never plaid this barbaric sport.

  • Another Mock Draft: http://www.draftcountdown.com/sub/Mock-Draft-B.php

    19 CHICAGO BEARS: ALSHON JEFFERY, WR, SOUTH CAROLINA

    Scouting Report
    Now that Mike Martz has moved on the Bears offense will be undergoing a makeover and one order of business is to find a true go-to wide receiver. Sorry Roy Williams. Just a few months ago most felt that South Carolina WR Alshon Jeffery was destined for the top ten overall but a disappointing junior campaign took its toll on his draft stock. However, Jeffery is a king-sized pass catcher with terrific athleticism who has proven to be an impact performer against top-notch competition. Even though Jeffery isn’t the elite prospect that many envisioned at one point he should still fit into the first round somewhere, but just how early he is selected will depend on how he performs in pre-draft workouts. Despite using their first round pick on a blocker last year the Bears still have issues up front so don’t rule out Ohio St. OT Mike Adams or Stanford OG David DeCastro either. Chicago could also stand to upgrade at cornerback opposite Charles Tillman so that is something to watch out for as well. Defensive end could be a darkhorse too because there really isn’t much to get excited about from a pass rushing standpoint beyond Julius Peppers.

    Dude is 6'4" 230, and runs a 4.5 40 (drooooooooooool)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I've been advocating Jeffery for a while now. I like this kid. While I've not watched him horrifically intensely, he does play here in Columbia and most Gamecocks games have be in front of a TV. My opinion is that he is a better receiver than Sidney Rice.

    For whatever that is worth :-)

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    you had me at 6'4" 230 dave

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    But what if he runs a 5.5 forty?

    I'm not going to say size is everything (that's what she said)...

    I have seen Jeffery as our pick in a ton of mock drafts lately. How much of that is due to cut-n-paste journalism, who knows.

    What I do know is that if you don't like farts, don't buy a french bulldog. Oh my lord does my office stink.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Speed isn't as important in your jump-ball guy as it gets peddled for in the media. Stafford had some fancy numbers this year, but I saw him time and again put it up into triple coverage and CJ just went up and took it away from people. Make the catch, move the chains. First down.

    If we can find a MLB in the second, then okay, but wouldn't we be better off with Marshall and a Lombardi next year, than a guy who *might* be a good WR in the NFL at some point in the future?

  • I'm pretty sure that's what most of us have been advocating for, for a long, long time now...
    Marshall for a 2nd. Do it.

    I was being a little facetious about the 40 speed.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Knox (if he returns) and Hester have plenty enough speed. Earl can move the chains. We need the guy that can get the high pass in traffic. Jeffrey can do that.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I don't want Knox on the field unless he's fielding kicks or backing up the guy that does the returns. The man is just not a good receiver. Speed is over-rated, methinks - if guys run good routes, then blown coverages are enough to move the chains, you don't need to be faster than the guy covering you. Gault was fast, but he was a good receiver. They could just flat cut Knox and it would make us a better team - give his spot to a baller. Hester on PR/KR and occasional route one go patterns on offense.

  • Chicago Bears receivers, 2011:

    Forte 52 490
    Knox 37 727
    Williams 33 447
    Hester 25 355
    Sanz 25 249
    Earl 21 350
    Davis 18 206
    Bell 14 105
    Hurd 8 109
    Clutts 8 48
    Spaeth 7 50
    Barber 5 50

    We need Knox until we get someone better. Yes, I know that's the point, but still, Johnny led the team in receiving yards by a significant margin.

    The saddest part of reviewing those stats is that the TEAM had a total of 17 TD receptions, led by Kellen Davis with 5. Eeek

  • Who exactly do you think we'd trot out there instead of Knox if we were to just cut him?
    His numbers so far completely obliterate what Berrian did in his first three years, and that guy got huge free agent dollars.
    And no, speed is not over-rated. Speed kills if you have complementary pieces. THAT is the issue with this receiving corps. They are missing, and for large pieces of this year when Bennett was out and/or Hanie was QB'ing, guys who could demand double coverage and allow Knox to get single looks. When he DID, good things happened.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    see my reply above...

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Smoke a Jeffrey and stroke the fuzzy wall.

  • http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82646f8d/article/manning-not-in-good-place-for-healing-amid-colts-overhaul?module=HP11_headline_stack

    The Colts are releasing him. Why get rid of his rehab guy?

  • wait wait...

    "Manning has thrived in a consistent setting during his epic run with the Colts, but now it's new faces, new names, new ideas, and it's weighing down on the quarterback's rehab. Strength and conditioning coach Jon Torine was released from his duties last week, leaving Manning to fend for himself in the team's eerily quiet practice facility.

    "I'm not in a very good place for healing, let's say that," Manning told the newspaper. "It's not a real good environment down there right now, to say the least. Everybody's walking around on eggshells. I don't recognize our building right now. There's such complete and total change."

    So this guy has how much money? He can't retai the dude privately? And if I were him and wanted to stay I would NOT being saying that kind of shit in a fucking interview. Is he trying to get canned? yuslike!

  • https://twitter.com/#!/thekapman/media/slideshow?url=pic.twitter.com%2FN1piKswe

    Tebow's GF.

  • They look pretty good. Are they built for speed or comfort? Did you play the motorboat?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuHkDT7q6Gg

  • my GOD man... her cup runeth over!

    So do they have sex or are they saving themselves for after marriage? jebus I love boobies.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    To be honest.. I think he broke up with her because I remember him saying that he can't focus on anything else but football. Thus, why he hasn't been married yet.

    To be really honest.. I don't know how he controls himself. Does he toraldol to numb the blue balls? To be really really honest, I don't want to know.

  • That's funny, when I look at that picture I can't focus on anything else either.

  • to be insanely honest erik... I think he's gay.

    ...and there is nothing wrong with that.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He would rock the Baptist and christian world.

    Whoever called it on a couple of threads back would get credit.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I think not MB. I think he is a man with convictions, hard to believe in this day and age but it's really as simple as that.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    He's just a nice guy and people don't know how to handle that. After some play in the Bears game, He gets up and asks Urlacher if he'd been back to Florida, just shooting the breeze like they're at the golf course. I like that. No heirs or graces or false bullshit like that.

  • I think, as has been stated by many others before me, that most of his so-called detractors are really much more offended by the nuts within his fanbase and don't have an issue with the guy personally.
    I don't dislike Tebow per se. He does good works and seems like a pretty nice guy, from all indications. I just think the odd persecution complex that certain aspects of his fan-base express because he is a Christian are completely overblown and creates a feedback loop of negativity surrounding him. That in turn overshadows the game and we end up talking about his religious views rather than his performance on the field.
    If he were a devout Muslim, Mormon, Sikh, etc, the blistering that he would receive for celebrating his religion on the field would be pretty rough; the media coverage would hardly be as coddling if he were of another faith.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Refreshing, isn't it?

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    BS. The truth is, religious kids today think blow jobs and hand jobs don't count against virginity. That's why Tebow chose plain Jane Megajugs for his GF. He wanted a woman who could turn a hooter-head-hand triple play. That takes bigguns.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Very well played buttsteak.

    Hooterheadhand triple play!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB really? You've never mentioned it before. I saw Kate Upton somewhere in cyberland the other day and thought of you. Damn!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Ha!

  • Put your hand over the boobies, imagine that face at 6 in the morning ... the garlic breath .... the 90 IQ ..... now tell me you would sell your soul to the devil for that.

  • Meh. She's a fourth round pick at best. Those big sloppy boobs will be hanging down to her knees in five years.

    If I was Tebow, I'd trade up for a nice Jewish girl from Hollywood, like Mila or Scarlett. Look at those lips.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Oy vey.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    lol... perfect gp

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Yeesh! I'm a little verklempt ... does her mother know she's dressed like that? She's barely dressed. She's wearing a handkerchief. Honestly, she used to be such a nice girl (etc.)

  • You must be talking about Tebow's girl. Scarlett is always fully clothed, except in those semi-nude self-photos that recently turned up on the intertubes (NSFW).

    She's a sexy Jew no matter what she's wearing, imo. Ah-woooooo, <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dEbZ6wDZ1Ko/TabGu3E2wrI/AAAAAAAACX4/7NxknJ4fjqI/s1600/Scarlett_Johansson_new_look%2B%25289%2529.jpg"<little red riding hood...

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Let's try that again:
    Little red riding hood.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    What's messed up and shocking to me, is how those pictures got on the web.

    She was sending them to her BF and it was Ryan Reynolds at the time.

    A guy was able to hack into her phone or message and get the photos. Might not sound that amazing to you guys but damn, its getting easier and easier to hack things.

  • And Ryan left that for Sandra.

  • sanrda is NOT at all even close to hot. Jennifer anniston in terrible bosses IS indeed smoking hot.

  • I heard her say on Letterman or something that she sent the good one's out. Apparently, the two that surfaced were the ones she rejected but didn't delete.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Even wearing excessive eye shadow?

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I Googled photos of Scarlett Johansson for the first time yesterday, after seeing this magazine ad . It resembles a 1950's era pin-up, complete with the illusion of flatness. I didn't know the model was Johansson until I saw her name in the fine print.

    I saved the digital version for my 13 y.o. niece, who is interested in photography. Then I found about 25 others, all very professionally done. Johansson obviously works with some of the best photographers and make-up artists in the world. She looks like twenty-five different people in those ads. Maybe there are models that can do that without a lot of make-up, I don't know.

    I do know that in the past 24 hours I have viewed enough fashion ads to be be considered gay by Google AdSense. Yet I'm nowhere near the point that I could look at a picture of Scarlett Johansson and think, "girl, you need to ease up on the eye shadow." Not that there's anything wrong with you :)

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I Googled photos of Scarlett Johansson for the first time yesterday, after seeing this magazine ad . It resembles a 1950's era pin-up, complete with the illusion of flatness. I didn't know the model was Johansson until I saw her name in the fine print.

    I saved the digital version for my 13 y.o. niece, who is interested in photography. Then I found about 25 others, all very professionally done. Johansson obviously works with some of the best photographers and make-up artists in the world. She looks like twenty-five different people in those ads. Maybe there are models that can do that without a lot of make-up, I don't know.

    I do know that in the past 24 hours I have viewed enough fashion ads to be be considered gay by Google AdSense. Yet I'm nowhere near the point that I could look at a picture of Scarlett Johansson and think, "girl, you need to ease up on the eye shadow." Not that there's anything wrong with you :-)

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    boobies.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Am I the only one having problems with this bleg today? I had to block Google to stop the comment wheel spinning in it's tracks. I refreshed, and the comment wasn't posted, so I posted it again, and now it's double posted.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    boobies and DSLs... hot chicks are awesome.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Saw this yesterday. Made me think of you, you selfish, inconsiderate, no-class, lowlife prick.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    very nice buttsteak. This line made me chuckle: "That's "dick-sucking lips," for all you queers who don't know"

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4674936/lichts-resume-worthy-of-real-consideration

    damn, erik's and my blog today I guess.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You got everyone hooked on MW3.

    Why else are we the only ones on here?

  • No MW3 for me. I'm around, just lurking. Don't worry about Tebow being gay. The fundamentalists would slough it off somehow and they would be OK with it. Just look at the lengthy list of people they have embraced that were closet cases and got exposed (so to speak).

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Stay away from MW3...it is crack.

    I blame MB30 for cutting way into my personal reading time.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Shady's fault rabbit.

    Commoooown cletus!

  • I couldn't remember today who our Asst Head Coach was and I asked Jeff " who is it and why isn't Toub"

    Did you guys remember? It is Rod Marinelli. Odd?

  • rebutall to alshon jeffrey's 2011 season
    seems to make sense
    programs priorities
    decreased his stats

    http://www.garnetandblackattack.com/2012/1/20/2720987/kiper-on-alshon-struggled-in-2011

  • In reply to The Void:

    So if Jeffrey, Konz and Burfict are all there at 19 ... what say you boys ?

  • I'd be fine with Jeffrey or Konz.

  • here he is
    alshon vs. alabama

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bpHPzu_wEM

  • Sorry to be completely off topic, but found out today that I will be moving to the Chicagoland area, thanks to my wife. That said anyone know of jobs in the area? Ill be completely new to the area, kind of looking forward to it.

  • In reply to do53:

    I don't live there but Good luck and I hope some of our regs who live here can help you.

  • In reply to do53:

    what field of employment are you looking at?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    My undergrad degree is in Accounting, and Im working on a masters degree in secondary education. That said, Im not really that picky. Been coaching football for the past year so I might be qualified for that GM position afterall.

  • In reply to do53:

    Dude, you could make a fortune in Thailand with a MSC in Education. I mean live like a high level drug dealer. Do you have kids? You could break up with the wife first, rather than do it once you'd moved, that would be kinder. The land of milk and honey ... you'd be a St. Bernard who hadn't seen a square meal in days.

  • Lol. Sounds perfect to me!

  • In reply to do53:

    I've heard through the grape vine that the Chicago school system budget office cleaned house recently and is looking for analysts. Should be able to track something down via the city careers site: http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/city/en/depts/dhr/provdrs/emp/svcs/city_of_chicago_jobopportunities.html

  • In reply to do53:

    I understand the Bears are still looking for a GM.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    If he reads these comments, he's already ahead of the curve...good suggestion, Al.

  • Regarding Tom Coughlin..

    How many times has the All-Knowing, we're SO smart, New York Media fired the guy? Three, maybe 4?

  • Everyone remember when we got Peppers? It was the uncapped year... hence how we were able to throw the big dollar signs in front of him.

    That being said, I don't see how we pick up players that are demanding all of our cap space pretty much. Unless we get a bargain.

  • Not sure what you're saying, Artoo.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    How are we going to pick up someone like Mario, Avril, V.Jackson, and other high profile players?

    We might have a decent shot at one but then that is it. One player and nothing else.

    I could be overexagerating the price of these players but if Holmes got a lot of money last year and Carolina's Dend got paid a lot then I don't see how we can flash that much money.

  • There's alot of FA WR's available this year - supply and demand will drive the relative price down.
    Don't forget how much cap space we have.
    We're not the Lions.

  • Have you been snorting cryptonite son?

  • Nah lol Just look at how much Forte will cost us, Briggs getting his deal reworked and then signing a big wideout. I know it is per year but look at how much the other FA's demanded money.

    Look at the Jets situtation and Steelers. They have major problems right now.

  • There is no way they pay Briggs a dime over what his current contact is. We'll end up paying a big wideout, and then we'll tag Forte.

  • http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/chicago-bears/salary/67040?q=chicago-bears

    The Raiders salaries are $25 million greater than ours.

  • Chris "The Bird Man" Conte made the All Rookie Team for PFW

    http://www.profootballweekly.com/2012/01/18/2011-all-rookie-team

    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?STORY_ID=8589

    Not too shabby for a 3rd rounder some had doubts about.

    Too bad BearJew got hurt, or else I think he could have seriously contended.

    The only guy that we seemingly missed on was Seattle CB Sherman who was a 5th round pick. Not too familiar with him though.

  • Congrats to Chris.

  • Alshon Jeffrey's stock will rise and fall dramatically depending on his 40 time and scout combine (much like Burfict).

    Many experts think he's a slow unpolished Megatron, but if he runs in the 4.45 range, his stock will rise.

    Other non-WRs projected to be drafted by the Bears that I've seen.

    OT Mike Adams

    CB Dre Kirkpatrick

    DE Melvin Ingram

    SS Mark Barron

  • There's a valid argument for many of the prognostications.

    1) WR Jeffrey. God knows we need a big bodied chain moving redzone threat. No need to beat a dead horse.

    2) OT Adams. LT Webb got manhandled by Mullet and BearJew ended the season on IR.

    3) CB Kirkpatrick. He's a 6'3 185 pound zone beast, right out of the Lovie CB cookie cutter mold. No secret that Peanut needs a heir.

    4) DE Ingram. Peppers is no spring chicken, and he has worn down the last two seasons because of all the double and even triple teams. Izzy is too inconsistent and Melton unproven. Ingram can help put pressure on Rodgers and Stafford and can chase down Ponder.

    5) SS Barron. Rated as the top safety, Barron is a hammer and displays good coverage skills. Barron can finally settle the revolving door at S since Mike Brown.

    6) Wild-card. LB. Burfict. LB is not an immediate need, and some even have him going in the second round do to his issues and drop in production. At 19, he might be a little high, but it's no secret that 'Lach also needs an heir.

  • The Gamecocks fans here would certainly be more tolerant of my "the only team that ever matters in anything is da Bears" p.o.v. if we got Jeffery *and* Ingram!

  • Mayock's early draft rankings :

    LB : I don't know how you replace Lac, but I guess you have to start by drafting the best Mike available. Out of Mayock's 5 only one is a MLB and the man for me. He seems to take good lines and reacts quickly. 6'3 250. Plays mean.

    Some Burfict highlights.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7achvXsy3Q&feature=related

    DE :

    How about trying one of these guys as the new Lac? A two-for-one dealie.

    Quinton Coples - 6'6 275. Pep II? Can play inside and beat double-teams also.

    Whitney Mercilus. MERCILUS? The name alone! At least we'd have a nickname straightaway. Ming. He'd fit right in. 6'4 265

  • Sorry, Mayock's rankings :

    http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/09000d5d82648f38/article/early-positionbyposition-rankings-for-2012-nfl-draft?module=HP11_hot_topics

  • Mayock molests Collies.

  • I've been touting Mercilus for awhile. The guy would be a great, great fit. If he's available, I'd love to get him.

  • How much top talent has Burfict played against?

  • You guys have the jump on me there, I don't watch college ball - but he looks to be the top Mike, mean to boot. Mean-ness.

    Is there a top prospect that's due to come out in the 2013 that might be worth waiting for? Then we could grab Konz.

  • WR - Will he hit round 2?

    Michael Floyd. 6'3 - 16 st. Look at the hands on this dude (mute the sound).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9u9htfFUDjo&feature=related

  • Very talented guy. The only think that bothers me about WR's being signed early in that draft is that the NFL game is so much faster than college. I saw Floyd catch a lot of floaters on this video but not many ropes were thrown to him in the video. I really am having a hard time justifying the Bears going for a WR in the first round. I'd much rather see them wait until the 3rd round than pass up on an impact LB or corner in the 1st or 2nd. What if a stud defensive lineman falls to them in the 1st? A good GM will find good value in the 3rd round along with a veteran FA. That's my preference Irish.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Two things Trac.

    One. This specific WR class is considered deep, so it's entirely possible to get a solid one in the 2nd round. However, I think most Bears fans are just tired of getting questionable talent at the position and just want to get a sure fire target for Cutler, whether it be in the first round or paying for it in FA.

    Two. The problem is, that while deep, this WR class (outside of Blackmon) is enigmatic. I've scanned over a bunch of mock drafts and nearly all of them have the Bears picking a different WR.

    Some like Kendall Wright, some think Floyd, some claim Ashlon, some have Sanu, Dwight Jones or Joe Adams ranked higher. Heck, PFW just predicted we take Ruben Randle. Who?

    The scouting combine will probably sort most of this current ambiguity, but chances are, a solid WR might be available in the 2nd round, if we're so willing to trade up a bit, kinda like what we did for Paea.

  • Nick Toon and Marvin McNutt I've also seen graded as good WR prospects...

  • Neither have Jefferies size.

    Big difference between Earl the Pearl and Megatron.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Smoke a Jefferey and stroke the fuzzy wall

  • Nice refrence Coach! Still..was that movie effed up or was it effed up?

    The threesome mind fucked me lol

  • Russel Brand cracks my shit up.

  • speaking of wasted beautiful titties.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Nick Toon is 6'3 220 pounds.

    If he falls to the 2nd round, we'd be lucky to get him.

    http://youtu.be/nV5w8abju1Y

  • I watched most of his games at WI, but still not sure how he will pan out in the pros. He definitely comes from good genes, with Al Toon as his Dad. Seemed to have nagging injuries almost every year. Good hands, fights for the ball, and is more of a possession type receiver. He could be good in the red zone, but I don't see him as a deep threat. He reminds me a lot of Earl Bennett, which isn't a bad thing. I think Cutler would be happy with 3 Earl Bennett types on the roster.

  • Looking at last years draft, it definitely makes sense that more of an emphasis may be put on the Offensive side of the ball than last year but our D needs to be addressed in some key area's as well. If I was GM I don't think I'd go WR until the 3rd round. We still need to address the backup QB position for the future. I wouldn't be surprised if the Bears use one of their 3rd round picks on a QB.

  • No way we go WR in the first, hacks are just that ... hacks. They know the BEars have no depth at WR and figure "Gee ... they'll draft a WR first". No, we won't. We're not the Raiders/Falcons.

  • Paea's salary = $375K. Second round picks. Who'd be one, eh?

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Yep.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Yeah, I'd rather see us fill LB, OL, DE with our first three picks - if he fell to the 3rd then yeah, we've got 4 picks anyway. Not likely to happen though.

  • ESPN Radio had Polian on this morning, to talk about that Peyton Manning interview.

    Basically, it comes down to Peyton himself. Irsay will probably say - retire now as a Colt and we'll take care of you in the front office and down the line. Peyton will probably want to play one more year, and both the Skins and the Fish will pay equal coin to the Colts bonus for his services on 3-year deals, with some frontloading.

    I don't think Danny Boy Snyder is looking for another Sexy Rexy season. He needs to fill skyboxes too.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Mike Golic also baited Polian several times to bash his former organization, and Polian didn't rise to the bait.

    There is some animosity there, however, for sure.

    I can't see a guy like Polian would come to work for a knob like Teddy Ballgame, even if he could bring his son in tow.

  • With CB and yes (sigh) safety needs - it will be hard to justify going after more than one big name WR in FA.

    I think it should be Mario Manningham. I think BoyRoy is right, Marshall could be had for one of our 3rd rounders and we just have to pay his contract as it stands. Those two plus Jefferys, add in Bennett and you just made a massive upgrade over RoyStoneHands-Giraffe Legs, and Johnny Brokeback and Hester.

    Then 2nd round goes to capturing Burfict if he falls that far, and use FA again to get another OL. 3rd round goes to CB, and basically all remaining rounds go to secondary.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Johnny Brokeback...haha.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Dude - Marshall, M'ham AND Jeffereys? That would be overkill if anything. If we got Marshall and M'ham (or any two guys of worth) that would be some offense to deal with.

    Burfict has been called a top-ten talent that will probably be drafted top 20. I don't see how we could pass on the guy if there's there at 19.

    Seriously, who goes in for Brian if he gets injured? Why do we wait to get his heir onboard? We lose either Cutty or Brian and the season is over.

  • Repost from end of last thread, because this is hard news:

    Big Bird tweets that Bears have spent a lot of time at Senior Bowl talking to this guy:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boy0tkwcv-A&feature=related

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Looks like a Bennett type to take over the #81 jersey from Scrappy-Doo and Sammy "We need a bigger trunk" Hurd.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Jones definitely has soft hand from what I could see in this video. What are his physical numbers?

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    6-3, 202

  • I'm curious if there are any articles covering why Ross is no longer in consideration for the GM position. I'd like to know if it was a qualification decision not to pursue him or if Ross wanted too much control? Has anyone seen something on this?

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Only this:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-giants-ross-disappointed-after-indepth-bears-interview-20120125,0,6412020.story

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I have a feeling it was because he's used to winning.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I have a feeling he floated a question like,

    "If Lovie doesn't perform well this season, I'd like the flexibility to eat that last year and make a change."

    And Ginny didn't like that.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    And Bingo was his name-O!

  • Off topic, but I love that picture of Cutler and Hester. Can I buy a poster of that anywhere?

  • In reply to danlab21:

    They look like they got the special effects team from 300 to make that for them.

  • In reply to danlab21:

    Yeah, you can find it on the Tribune's back page under "Missed Connections" in the classifieds.

    Ba-da-bing!

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    cheese. Yes, much like rodgers and every single receiver on the team last game huh?

    But yes, to your point, hester should return kicks and nothing else.

  • Is everybody drinking the kool-aid...

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/01/25/roger-goodell-gets-five-year-contract-extension-through-2019/

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    He escaped the lockout with the league in tact, a giant new TV contract, way more money for the owners - the players essentially lost save for a few throwaway concessions - and this year's playoffs have record ratings.

    He's doing exactly what the owners want him to do. Line their pockets.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Roger-Roger, good buddy.

  • All in good fun gents, thought this was pretty funny. Just so you know, I'm not a dem or publican so this is purely for entertainment purposes.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHK-ioV8UE8

  • Gah!

    http://www.zimbio.com/Tim+Tebow's+Girlfriend

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2ALsvU50wQ

  • In reply to gpldan:

    yeah, bigtime. Does he even fucking use those things? Oh the irony.

  • Question for my techie friends. I need a new laptop but don't want to get ass-raped by buying at some retail store. What is the best way to get cheap new laptops? I don't need much in terms of ram or anything, I just use it for pictures, movies, internet, bill paying, and math writing.

    Please help your friendly neighborhood Nitty.

  • Which is closest to you for desk delivery?

    A.
    http://www.frys.com/search?sqxts=1&cat=/Outpost/Notebooks+[+Tablets/&search_type=regular&query_string=Lenovo&site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

    B.
    http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.phtml?Ntx=AllPartial&Ntt=lenovo&Ntk=all&N=0+4294965544&Ns=&Nso=&sht=Any&prt=NewProduct&web_group=

    C.
    http://www.pcmall.com/n/Notebooks/mainMenu-2254

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I don't consider this retail, btw. I think of Best Buy and Gregg's and the places with prices up 20% from these as retail.

    Beyond this - which is discount warehouse - you need to know somebody whose school or business is dispensing and selling. Beyond that there is the Craigslist laptop, full of crusty body fluids. I avoid that.

  • I'm guessing you're a proponent of Lenovo?

  • Lenovo does a good job with Linux. You can burn the standard Ubuntu image as ISO and install the DVD and it will load every crazy driver they have: the camera, the driver that dims the screen depending on the light coming into the camera lens, the fingerprint reader, the soundcard, NIC, bluetooth, wireless chipset, sleepmode, basically everything works after the O/S is installed and no driver fussing needs to be done.

    If you just want a Win7 laptop, then anything will do.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I don't understand any of the shit you just spouted. Which, crazily enough, makes your theories even more intriguing to me and thankful that I've already subscribed to your newsletter.

  • Doc, I don't know shit about computers, but my local friendly computer guy hooked me up with a Lenovo Thinkpad R61i a few years ago, and it has treated me well. Going to a local guy is nice also because your not buying a computer loaded with bullshit. I paid a little extra to have him download the software I wanted set up my security. It's worth the extra money to have a guy like that around.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    BTW, why all the sticks in your yard? Wind storm?

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    snow then rain and wind. Power lines down everywhere. It's cool now though, other than the cleanup.

  • big fan too.

  • ASUS are pretty cheap over here, but my DVD drive went kaput inside two years.

    Does it need to be a laptop? You can build them (or get someone to build one) for next to nothing, top specs too.

  • Well, I know you can, theoretically build one. But I can't and don't know anyone who could.

  • I've had an Asus for a couple of years and it has performed flawlessly. But I guess I better get my backup updated :-)

  • Noticed Jeff's tweet about Ross. Funny, I was thinking the exact same thing early this morning. Jim Finks came to mind and I thought, I sure hope Ross doesn't turn out to be Finks re-incarnate with some other team.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    My opinion of Finks has changed a bit after reading Sweetness.

    Did you know that Finks chose Neil Armstrong over Bill Walsh to coach the Bears?

  • and now for something completely different...or all you new parents..very bad examples...tee hee hee......btw...at 2:13 hits home...love the response has about a certain jersey.

    http://www.nesn.com/2012/01/young-bears-fan-crying-over-packers-jersey-highlights-jimmy-kimmels-i-gave-my-kids-a-terrible-presen.html

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Hey just one moment, I thought children were supposed to be innocent little angels?

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I posted this a couple weeks ago. I said I would adopt that girl.

  • Sac1BF...didn't mean to step on you...just saw it and had to send it out..wish I would of seen this when you posted

  • http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-bears-job-could-be-tough-sell-for-miamis-fisch-20120125,0,3929025.story

    last sentence is interesting the way it was just placed all by itself.

    more between the lines?...

  • http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/10214158-606/phil-emery-gets-ringing-endorsement-for-bears-gm-position.html

    in the article:

    Licht is known for his affable personality, his ability to assess players and his versatility, given his experience as both a college and pro scout.

    Emery was described by several sources as “a grinder” because of his unrelenting passion to find players, as well as for his resourcefulness.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIX38VdL-tU

    Grinding dog.. grinding! Thats what I like to hear!

  • Sac....and I thought maybe this grind'n

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWis5f1ZQqE

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Affable, that's important. Angelo rubbed people up the wrong way apparently.

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears

    Cutty-Marshall reunion? maybe..maybe not

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    this sentence from the article wants me to slap the shit out of Martz

    "We had a lot of freedom in our offense, and we made it work and chemistry was great. It was something special."

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    checkout the pod cast..
    http://espn.go.com/espnradio/chicago/play?id=7502855

  • Now this is pretty awesome!

    http://www.nesn.com/2012/01/taiwanese-animators-preview-super-bowl-with-literal-matchup-of-patriots-and-giants-video.html

  • crazy taiwanese..I think I want to see our congress like this...

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

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    he the guy the grey suit looks like an Asain newt...lol

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    That would make for some good tv. Like the State of the Union address last night. Every time the President lies or makes a deceitful comment, which was about 1 in every 40 seconds, instead of clapping like robots the congress throw tomatoes or boo or start fights.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    If you're Joe Wilson, you already do that.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    He got the previous Liar in Chief good on the whole bunk premise for the Iraq war. The US ain't out of there either yet. 16.000 diplomats probably equals 15.000 troops. The US will be there for another 70 years.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    No we won't. The money will be long gone by then.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    But I thought the oil revenue was going to pay for the whole adventure?

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    This is quite possibly the dumbest comment I've ever seen on this blog, and we have packers fans on here so thats saying a lot.

  • Bring all the troops home, like yesterday. There is absolutely no friggin reason to have one more service member loose his or her life fighting the crazy muslims. Their culture aims to influence ours and they are born into it. No prolonged battle with change their culture or produce the positive results any non muslim seeks. If our president(present or future) can accomplish this, I'll consider their administration a successful one.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    100% trac.

    Did we really learn nothing from Vietnam...

    and more poignantly... Rambo 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETP9kw4JPwo

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Adrianne!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, I just watched Rambo 3 recently.. The way Troutman describes the Soviets could apply to the US today.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    While I disagree with your rationale I whole heartedly agree with your overall sentiment that we need to bring the troops home. This is a huge waste of cash and nothing more than a smokescreen to transfer wealth from US taxpayers to the large contracting corporations involved. Theyve tried to completely privitize the military. Now just wait till they do the same thing with US prisons.

  • Theyve tried to completely privitize the military. Now just wait till they do the same thing with US prisons.

    Survey SAYYYYSSS........

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xStvfbIddM0

  • they just did
    yesterday
    in SWFLA

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I have two cousins currently in the marines, and one no longer in the service, but who was both in Afghanistan and Iraq, not to mention a good friend who was in Iraq, and they definitely have very strong opinions on the subject which would shock the flag-wavers.

    Ironically, Facebook was more effective in "bringing democracy" to the region than the wars.

    How fucked up is that?

  • Butch, there's a reason Ron Paul gets the most donations from active military personnel.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    They think he's Uncle Sam, and feel sorry for him because he can't afford a decent ad?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cF0bfXGH76A

  • Well, it's not practical. One side would always say the other lied, then there'd be a big fight, and nothing would get done, just like now.

    But I'd love to see Harry Reid relive his glory days as a punching bag, and I'm a Democrat. I'd love to see Lieberman get caught in the middle of the melee and get stomped to an empty bag of clammy skin, and I'd like to watch Boehner bawl every time he got slapped by Dorothy. What's wrong with that?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    nice screenplay.

    btw, what the fuck is wrong with that guy? Bawling every time something happened. The man is fucking emotionally unstable.

    Congress is like an amalgam of a circus, a zoo, and a fucking loony bin. Stick the nozzle right in the door and give Washington a full fucking enema. Bunch of self-serving parasites.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Need to get the money out - publicly financed campaigns, free political TV time, no more lobbying. That would take a constitutional amendment, with this court.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Bingo!

    Or do we have any defenders of the recent spate of Super PACs on the blog? It wouldn't shock me.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    congress
    as hunti believes
    is a chicken ranch
    with corporate whores
    some high class corporate whores
    but
    what do you expect
    from the land of capital investment
    gone awry

  • Which comment I made is the dumbest? The blog makes it hard to figure out.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Actually, Da Blog makes it easy to associate replies and comments. Not as easy as sabotaging replies altogether, but you can't have everything.

    Just click the url in any reply, and Da Blog will reset the page with the associated comment at top. In this case, simply scroll (or click) to the offending remark, click in reply to TheFifth, and viola, Sac thinks u r dum for... well I'm not exactly sure.

    Tell TheFifth why he's dumber than a troll, Sac. Trolls don't even know how to sabotage Da Blog. Once they find out, it's all over.

  • Sac, the country is 15 trillion dollars in the hole because :

    1. Every dollar printed in the U.S. comes with debt attached to it and thus spirals said debt further and further out of control. It's an unbreakable cycle until you break the Federal Reserve scam (100 years old next year).

    2. 135 countries have U.S. military installations.

    3. In 2006, 20% of all income tax revenue was spent servicing the interest on the natiional debt. As the debt increases, so will the interest, so too will the chunk of your taxes being pissed away to the Fed.

    Not only will the money be long gone before 70 years ... it disappeared a hundred years ago.

    Ah yes, the off-season is here ...

    END. THE. FED.

  • Do you know the location of a gold mine in Thailand that you're not telling us about, Irish?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Eh ... maybe .....

  • colts hired chuck P (ravens DC) as their HC. Wow, that's a shift from an o-focused team to D.

    Peyton is gone man.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    yep....I guess they can't call Lucas Oil Stadium.."Peyton Place" any longer...

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Period joke! Nice, Lobo, nice.

  • The ESPN guys tried to speculate if RG3 would beat Luck in Indy for the top choice.

    No way that happens.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    yeah, they are a goofy white guy QB team... but maybe they'll shock us and do something crazy. With the new world order and all.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Everyone thought Newton would not go number one and it did.

  • Mort on the four letter network is saying Texans will not Franchise TAG MARIO....GO GET HIM BEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Aha. Whats wrong with him then, why aren't they franchising him? They must know somebody will pay him the dollars. Caveat Emptor.

  • This is why...

    Mario Williams PFW ponders his future with the Texans. Obviously, the Texans want to keep Williams. However, their D was top 5 without him. Moreover, they're 20 mil over the cap and promised to reward Arian Foster.

    http://www.profootballweekly.com/2012/01/22/what-will-texans-do-with-mario-williams

  • They have other guys they want to use the tag on?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    No, but they're about 20 mil OVER the cap, and Foster is still playing on his undrafted FA contract, which is going to get rectified.

    M.Williams is the best DE to hit FA since Peppers and the Minister, so they won't be able to afford him more than likely.

  • It's almost too much to hope for. Pep and MW on the line, Marshall at WR. If we did nothing else in FA I'd be stoked - draft Burfict/Konz and send me to heaven.

  • https://docs.google.com/a/ut.utm.edu/spreadsheet/lv?key=0AszIdKrzoFQgdE9UYTBWYlJ2UFloQ0tYMlpKczNITkE

    This is Licht. @djdurkin That is the guy who has made these two. Pretty cool

  • Wow. Not too many names on that list jump out at you. I think I preferred Emery's list.

  • Same here but once again, we don't know how involved he was and he was more pro scout than college scout.

  • Especially considering that there were 41 picks in four years with the Pats

  • nice piece on tice
    the OC
    like what he says
    half way through
    about play changes
    at the line
    and running a hurry-up O
    to change the MO

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0126-offense-bears-chicago--20120126,0,1623194.story

  • In reply to The Void:

    WTF
    http://aggbot.com/Chicago-Bears-News/article/16001935

  • In reply to The Void:

    Tice, "I am tailoring what I am doing to what I've done, which is common sense," Tice said. "Why run it when they have one more guy than you can block? Why not throw it when you have free access and you have a guy who can beat single coverage?"

    In other words, Tice will ADAPT, AUDIBLE, EXPLOIT.

    Now we know why Martz really left for the box - to escape being choked by Tice.

  • Tice, "Do I think he [Webb] is a guy moving forward? Yes, I do unless some miracle happens and an elite first-round draft pick that we couldn't pass up fell in our lap, which I doubt. Yeah, he's our guy moving forward."

    So much for OT in the first round. I still advocate Carimi and Webb COMPETING for the LT spot, but maybe Tice thinks that would create to much instability.

    I wonder what Tice or the new GM would consider "Elite"...

  • Tice, ""If you're going to take advantage of the box count and you're going to get the ball to that guy [WR} with single coverage, you need a guy who is going to get open more than 90 percent of the time. We don't have a guy who has stepped up, in my opinion, and shown us that ability."

    FUCK, FINALLY, someone at Halas stated the obvious. It only took 20 years. Tice better watch out with talking frankly to the media, or he might be joining Rivera...

  • Earl gets open. They just need to get him the damn ball.

  • Oh Mike Tice, you're so dreamy! <3

  • Ahh Void, didn't mean to re-post but man that article sounded so damn good that I bet a second post wouldn't hurt.

  • if I hadn't f-d up the posting
    you wouldn't have had to
    help me out
    I noticed after you posted it
    it was a different address than mine
    so i slinked back to my post
    and made ammends for
    my stupidity
    I got too excited reading it
    sorta like when I got
    excited in my early teens
    and couldn't keep...
    well ...that is
    better left unsaid

  • In reply to The Void:

    Yes, thanks for leaving that out

  • In reply to The Void:

    Man, that is a must-read for everyone. I'm so pumped. He's going to do it Joe Gibbs style, sweet news. Traps and counter treys, love that shit. No huddle? Yes huddle. Makes you wonder how Martz lasted so long :

    No audibles.
    Tight ends are not offensive targets.
    Crappy protections.

    The Tice era - can't wait.

  • Speaking of awkward: New York Giants college scouting director Marc Ross interviewed with the Bears last week, according to a source who described the process as “a little weird.”

    Ross met with Bears president Ted Phillips, senior director of football administration Cliff Stein and senior director of corporate communications Scott Hagel in one sitting, according the source, and later spoke with Smith.

    Perhaps what the source found “a little weird” was that Ross interviewed with only one “football guy” (Smith) throughout the process.

    Etc: Sportstars has an astounding eight clients playing in the Senior Bowl. ... Shaffer pupil McCants (6-5 1/2, 309 pounds) played the tuba in his high school’s marching band and wasn’t even allowed to play football until his senior year. McCants made a deal with his mother, Birtha, to let him play if he made good grades. McCants delivered on the academics, and Birtha allowed him to play. McCants has already finished a degree in criminal justice.

  • jordan white
    projected 4th round WR
    6' 215lbs
    127 cathches 1,646yds 16 tds
    character
    could be a steal
    surpassed greg jennings records at WMU
    http://www.cleveland.com/sports/college/index.ssf/2011/12/former_north_ridgeville_star_j.html

  • In reply to The Void:

    Sounds like Bennett mold.

  • If we draft a receiver he's got to be a field-stretcher, we've got midgets-a-plenty.

  • Knox and Hester stretched the field as wide as it goes, like a 4'9" Thai woman giving birth to a baby Sumo wrestler.

    Did no good. They couldn't catch the long ball, their routes weren't precise and the timing sucked because they were easily chucked and Cutler only had 3 seconds.

    We need protection and guys who can own the slant-in Greg Jennings style. That's the chain mover in the NFL. That's why the Niners couldn't score on the Giants, because Crabtree is fast but he sucks at the other stuff. And Ginn was hurt and the rest had no impact outside of Davis.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    and Cutler only had 3 seconds.

    This is where I would like to stake my claim. Sure up that fucking oline once and for all please Mr. New GM. No #1 wrs or new runningbacks please, oline in the 1st and in the 3rd again, then get one more brand name for cutty's blindside in FA. the rest is gravy (besides the #1WR in FA and maybe MWilliams)

    Do I ask too much?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Every time I see this, it reminds me of how long a qb has to throw the ball.

    http://nflminds.blogspot.com/2011/07/assessing-qb-to-offensive-line-blame-on.html

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I mean stretch as in vertically from the ground. Jump balls.

    The big receivers stretch the dimensions of the field because they can get up higher and increase the target areas available. A tall corner can get beaten by a Hester going long but can still shield out certain passes depending on ball trajectory. You have a 6'5 WR and they can't get shielded out by anybody.

  • i am all in
    on a biggin'
    I am just busy
    beating the bushes
    for later round stuff
    you have all
    nailed the obvious
    he seemed to be
    an overcomer
    and I liked the way
    he scored
    and walked away
    as if it was
    supposed to happen
    no strip tease
    just business

  • In reply to The Void:

    jordan white video
    1st time ever
    for CMU
    1st concensus all american
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhk7P_PCDOI

  • http://aggbot.com/Chicago-Bears-News/article/16001935

    GREAT ARTICLE. Had to cap all of it.

  • I have a feeling the Bears are going to announce their new GM today. They've had plenty of time to vet the finalists haven't they?

    Enough already, lets get the show on the road.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    nope, they are doing second interviews this week trac Next week earliest.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Teddy Ballgame wants to remind you it's his fucking football, and he makes the trains run on time, as well. Nobody else does. Teddy does.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    fuck teddy abacus. Guy's a full dbag.

  • glad that he turned things around after the murder, guy's a stud: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-locker-room-mvps/09000d5d8264b360/Ray-Lewis-postgame-speech

  • I don't want to get political, as much as just slam one guy.

    The stones on Newt are unbelievable. He's tearing pages out Palin's playbook when he gets slammed by the press and crying liberal media every time he gets a pinching question.

    While he was in the wilderness, he was the ultimate K Street guy, selling access to Freddie Mac to the highest bidder and pocketing cash by the truckload, and actually has the stones to run on a platform as an outsider, talking about how special interests are harming the nation. I mean, there is Orwellian doublespeak, and then there is just brazen criminality, of saying you are not a crook as you walk out of the bank with a bag of stolen cash.

    Lastly, the whole wife thing. This is the guy who led the charge against Clinton's blowjob? This is the guy who put the stooge Ken Starr up to a witch hunt while claiming the high ground? Wow. It's unbelievable.

    Sorry, don't consider this partisan. It's more like commenting how Jerry Jones charges people to tailgate in his parking lot if they don't have tickets, even if they rode in a car with somebody who did.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm not sure why - and this is either completely subjective or non-partisan - but every time I see Gingrich, I get this image a big pasty man-headed baby in a diaper.

    Just my $0.02 (one if it's real copper).

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I don't think it could be considered partisan when so many Republicans clearly despise the guy.
    The whole thing is a trainwreck.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-january-23-2012/indecision-2012---the-gingrich-who-stole-south-carolina

    I love john stewart.

    Shady, MBP... juggernaught... see how he did that?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    In other words GP, he does what every politician does. They're all a bunch of whore's. All of them. No statesman left amongst the lot of em.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    There's a few politicians who still vote based on their principles, but they are all considered kooks for not playing the game.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    As a Dem, I thought Jon Huntsman was kind of like that.

    As a result, nobody liked him. Too normal.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I liked Huntsman's disposition although I disagreed with some of his positions. Of course, he didn't play to the crowd so the circus threw him out on his keister.

    It is pretty sad though, that merely expressing a worldview that includes "science" is enough to get you lots of street cred as a moderate...seriously, that's all it takes?

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I don't dig his approach to health-care because it's "not mentioned in the constitution", but I like Ron Paul's style .. and the fact that he seems to be the only congressman who ever gets in Bernanke's face and says WTF? He never pulls back the curtain like Toto to reveal the great Oz as just a little old man, but at least he points at the curtain.

    What do the Republicans end up with? A fat newt and a guy who believes that God appeared to Joseph Smith and gave him two golden tablets containing information for him and him alone.

  • It's only going to get worse Irish. We are living in highly illogical times.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6C70QRbawN8

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Good God. I wasn't aware of this, but it's strangely very cool.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0O7_3o3BrI

  • I don't like the "let 'em die" approach, myself. Seems a little beneath a first world country.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Doesn't it? And strange that he wouldn't uphold an ideal just because it wasn't in the Constitution, as if they were handing down tablets from Sinai.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I believe a Newt is a type of salamander that changes it's colors to camouflage itself in it's current environment. Sounds like Gingrich. I actually bought into the guy back in 1994, and have his mini-book "The little red, white, and blue book of the Republican Revolution."
    Cut me some slack, I was just out of college and actually believed what politicians told me.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Ha. I just looked it up on Amazon: Quotations from Speaker Newt: The Little Red, White and Blue Book of the Republican Revolution.

    25 used from $0.01.

    Maybe you could regale us with a quote or two. I found two myself, in the comments at Amazon. The first is from the Newt's little red book:
    "People like me are what stand between us and Auschwitz."

    The second is from the commenter:
    Paul Krugman recently called Gingrich "the stupid man's idea of what a smart person sounds like".

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I haven't looked at the book in 16 years, but I decided to check out the opening paragraph of the chapter "Brave New Worlds". The first sentence says, " It's revealing that when Newt Gingrich has chosen his literary collaborators, whether it be fiction or nonfiction works, he has settled on (apart from his current wife) science fiction writers." The paragraph ends with Gingrich calling himself "a conservative futurist." It's too surreal to make this shit up.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    "Conservative Futurist" = "Neocon"...it makes sense, no snark.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I bet he even drives a DeLorean.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    He doesn't mention that he's working the gate.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    And someone cares what Krugman says?

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I do.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    You're right, Dave - Krugman is just another member of the intelligentsia that came from those hotbeds of liberal thinking, MIT and Yale.
    What does he know? Lord knows you can get those PhDs out of a crackerjack box. Besides, I hate it when smart people express opinions on politicians - it really brings down the level of discourse from full-blown retarded to simplistic.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Krugman's line is genius. Newt's line is Walbergian.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    "High Ground"
    WOW
    you said it brother

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Didn't Gingrich leave his wife for another woman when his wife had cancer? Strange how nobody brought that up. If it's true...... ;o)

  • Oh it's true Irish. The guy is a windbag with self serving morals.

  • He left his first wife, the one with cancer, for his second...then when the second one got MS, he revealed that he'd been schtupping one of his aides and wanted them to "share" him (just threw up a little). Oh, and he was at the same time leading the charge to remove Clinton from office on the basis of his schtupping of a White House intern.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    he did not have sexual intercourse with that woman.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Doesn't count if it involves tobacco products.

    Read it in the scriptures.

  • Someone posted Stewart's daily show clip yesterday. He then left the woman he'd left his cancer stricken wife for ... when she developed MS ? You couldn't script a bigger prick. It's like Obama is picking their candidates ... hey ... wait .....

  • Didn't somebody comment or tweet or spew or whatever you do on the interwebz that Emery ran his mouth about the Bears GM job? I thought I read or maybe heard on the Score that he ran his mouth about getting the job.

    It might be why this 2nd round is going on now.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    hunti's gut feeling
    is emory on the board
    at halas hall

    I read somewhere
    he is a work-a-holic
    like thibs of the bulls

    if he can pick 'em
    we will be a
    Big Bitch
    in the division
    I sense our
    death spiral is over
    and the ship is righted
    next stop
    The NFL Stratosphere

  • In reply to The Void:

    Didn't they write a song about that Hunti? Emory and Ivory, I think it was called.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Boom!

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    boom-HAH
    good one

  • I remember. MB posted a link, but I forget the source.

  • yes, twas I who posted the tweet. Can't remember the source, but he was at the senior bowl telling 'everyone' that he's basically getting the job.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Thanks.

    Ginny probably calls Teddy from her ointment bath rub (shudder) and reminds him how little Mikey fucked up the Dave McGinnis hire so badly she had to withhold his favorite cookies for a week.

    It's funny to think that Ginny swears like a Irish dame.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I hate to say this, but I hope all those portly, pasty, wussy little milquetoast sons of hers sell to someone who gives a shit about bears football and our history when she passes.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    ok, so I don't hate to say it... but I don't... hope she dies.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Not a a guy you want to have a beer with. More like the fucker who tells you to get off his lawn...

    http://www.chicagobears.com/userfiles/image/default/McCaskey_inside042110.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    the soft, old-money rich kina make me sick.

    The new work for my millions (or start an interwebs video business filming naked springbreak co-eds) are coolio with me... but I came of age RIGHT in the middle of the dotboom.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    yep. At least mikey's not that soft, flabby, disgusting portly type who makes you think he sits home on the couch all day eating rare steaks with huge sides of Foie gras while drinking Courvoisier out of a gobblet the size of a fruit bowl.
    http://cdn1.sbnation.com/imported_assets/835715/56612_Seahawks_Ruskell_Out_Football.jpg

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    My Wisconsin homer post of the year, after having grilled cheese and tater tots for dinner.
    Peter Konz may not be a bad choice for the first round. Irish and Lobo want their inside push. With Konz and Lance Louis, the Bears could either run up the middle or to the outside. It could solve the short yardage situation, and Forte might become a more explosive runner up the middle. If Forte can get to the next level up the middle, his explosiveness could be twice as good, since he'll have that much more field to work with. Just a thought.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Konz is very solid. Kreutz/Konz has a nice ring to it.

    However, I think the new GM, either Emery or Licht will want to make a sexy pick, DE or WR...

    Plus, they just extended Garza's contract (wasn't he an alternate PB center? Think I read that somewhere...), and are pretty comfortable with Ed Williams and Spencer.

    Whoever gets Konz though is going to be set for the next decade.

    Wish we had 3 picks in the 1st round!

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I'm in corm.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    if konz
    garza is depth
    to the nth degree
    he schools the kid
    and if he is a quick study
    he pops into C
    and garza slides over
    and depth becomes evident
    obviously
    because we will have better
    penetration
    going up the middle
    and when we get to
    week 16
    we shouldn't miss a stroke
    cause we are flush with
    O-linemen
    and omlette stays put
    in the background

  • I was trying to find an old article in PFT about who was going to buy the Bears if the McCaskeys were selling - there was this guy who headed a group of investors that could put up the billion needed.

    Still haven't found it - but I did find this. A great SI article from 1960 on crusty, feisty George and the team and expansion

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1134310/index.htm

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That was an interesting read. Thanks for posting it.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'd love to see somebody put together a package where you had a bunch of wealthy investors, and a John Cusack and a Bill Murray in there, but where there was room to let fans get a little piece of the action something like the Packers have. Just to have a $100 voting share out of $2B or whatever ... that would be sweet.

  • RIP Juan Epstein. Signed, Epstein's mother.

  • Artoo runs amok on Our Boy Roy's new vid.

    http://www.chicagofootballtalk.com/

  • The chance to pick at other peoples brain and learn stuff is always fun to me.

    I kinda wish Jeff would have a live video or chat for all of us to talk at once. Alas, it might be awhile before that happens.

  • I love Roy. Interesting point he made about Ron Turner being the pioneer of the double TE sets that are all the rage now.

  • Can I throw the first almost-off-season curveball ?

    Just an idea, settle down now ...

    We trade Peppers and sign Mario Williams.

    (ducks)

  • A) His contract
    B) we'd never, ever get equal value

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Yep. He nailed it Irish.

  • We'd cut a huge salary out of the equation and get a younger end?

  • No one would take his huge contract.

    That idea is like us trading Briggs. Who would want him ?

  • Hey, while we're at it ....

    Franchise Forte, trade him, cap space out the kazoo .... we could draft Burfict, Konz AND an RB .... and still get Marshall for a third rounder and Knox .....

    (ducks)

  • I thought of that idea. We will not get anything that will equal the value or production he would give us.

    Most people think you can draft one in the second round real cheap.

  • Getting rid of Forte is silly, Irish. Very silly indeed.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    He's had two serious injuries in places you don't want backs having injuries. He'll never be worth more than he is now - you could get two first rounders for him I think.

  • No one will give up a early first rounder for him.

    Maybe a second ?

  • Forte is making threats that he will hold out if he gets tagged.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I do not know how he can afford to hold out unless he has sponsors giving him money.

    Same for Briggs.

  • Real men of Genius...

    http://budlight.whipnet.com/

    Thank you, Mr. Mail Bride Orderer...most people look through catalogs for furniture, you look through them for someone to clean the furniture...

  • hunti thinks
    this is a better
    to a mail order bride
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6V-Uu1Lucds

  • You know, I am really glad we never went after Rice.

    Sheesh.

    http://aggbot.com/Chicago-Bears-News/article/16016222

  • I advocated making a big offer to James Jones last year. He ended up abusing Scotty Bowman in this last game. We need that kind of wideout on our team.

    Blogfather, I believe, was firmly on the Rice bandwagon.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    We need a couple of 'em. Seriously, who've we got? Bennett. That's it. He's the only receiver we have where I'd say "Yeah, guy's a baller."

    Look at the Giants, their top 4 receivers could be #1s on other teams. If we do the unthinkable and piss away a #1 on Jeffreys or Floyd, we should still go after Marshall who's already been there and done that.

  • ouch...I was rooting to get him....obviously I will "NOT" be applying for GM...lol

  • Emery on the clock....!?

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    or will we have a new McGinnigate?

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    McGinnis gate was a case where Cardigan Mikey told the Tribune he was our new head coach, and the papers ran it, the tv ran it - everybody ran with it.

    Then a reporter met up with McGinnis in an airport and apparently that he agreed to terms was news to him, he hadn't inked shit.

    So - he pulled out of the deal - interpreting the whole fiasco as a kind of strongarm move to get him to sign. I don't know exactly what he thought, except he was pissed.

    This is the opposite of that. This, I think, is the Bears punishing Emery and showing him how the Bears roll, for acting the fool and telling people he got the job - as per MB's retweet

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Of course, I reserve the right to be wrong on this one - because who knows what the hell is going on up there - it's such a closed box - we may get the Patties Licht after the Super Bowl.

  • TheFifth -

    Ok, your idea is subversive. It's unpatriotic. It might land you in Guantanamo. And it would be an internet sensation.

    A remake of Rambo 3 with the roles switched. Americans are the occupiers and Rambo is a soviet sent down there to free his general friend who is advising the Taliban but captured and tortured at Abu Garib. OMG.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm pleading the Fifth Amendment on this one.

  • Here's Don Banks mock draft, so you know.... it's probably ALL wrong.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/don_banks/01/26/mock-draft/index.html?sct=nfl_t11_a1

    ...but he thinks Floyd will fall to us... which, again... probably means he won't, but there it is for your viewing pleasure.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm unsold on Floyd.

    At best, I see him having a kind of Hines Wardish career. He's never going to be an over the top Megatron guy.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    he's a huge, fast man GP. Obviously MUCH better than anything we had/have... but like I've said. No #1WRs in the 1st please. Either go OL or if we get gifted again like last year with a MLB or FS/CB.

    Get stevie or bowe or vjax and take out the ?.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'd be okay with Floyd or Jefferys as the 1.

    MB maing - there are NO mock drafts with an OL taken in the first round. This is just not a good draft for lineman. FA is needed on that this year.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I know maing I know. I am just underscoring the need to stablalize the oline.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Then we need to trade up in the second and get Konz. I don't want to see a Mike Brown situation happen at center. Getting Burfict *and* Konz would semi-approach the Cutler-trade happiness factor for me.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Really, MB? Obviously is a little strong a word to use for someone who has yet to make an NFL roster.

  • http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7511012/cleveland-browns-tap-brad-childress-offensive-coordinator-source-says?eleven=twelve

    My god man... the browns just can't stop fucking themselves. It's almost too sad to watch.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    There goes RG3's career.

  • http://youtu.be/cYplvwBvGA4

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Did John C. Reilley just say what I think he said at the one minute mark?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    yes

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Wah!

  • Goddamn, when is Ted Phillips gonna hire somebody?

    That hole that Jerry dug is not gonna get any deeper by itself.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    That's cold.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    You just go worry about your team and it's D that can't stop anybody. AJ Hawk is poor man's Urlacher and Woodson has even less than Peanut left in his tank.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    hey, what's your cap space and FA situation? Oh, sorry.. didn't mean to stir up trouble.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    the dark cloud
    has descended
    and the wisconsin faithful
    will become occupants
    of death spiral fondu
    for a season or two

  • In reply to The Void:

    the packers mantra
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6jwK7d9zZo

  • I really hope we draft Marvin McNutt and he turns out to be a stud WR. I have no idea if he's worth a shit, I just like his name. I can see McNutt in a Bears jersey. Not as good as the name of former Giant's Harry Colon, but not a bad name.

  • In reply to GuinnessPlease:

    I can see it now...

    Either Mcnutt up or shut up.

    See what I did.

  • In reply to GuinnessPlease:

    sounds like a kids fairytale to me. I love the MLB from michigan in the late 80's (or early 90s) Stonebreaker... now THAT is a bears name.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://assets.espn.go.com/abcsports/bcs/s/where/michaelstonebreaker.html

    Holy shit, he actually WAS a bear. I didn't remember.

  • In reply to GuinnessPlease:

    hunti wants to
    make this call
    some sunday for the
    blog faithfull

    McNutt penetrates
    the end-zone
    for six
    after going long

  • In reply to GuinnessPlease:

    Ming the 'Mercilus'. It's almost too good to pass up. I know you shouldn't 'draft for nickname' but it has to be considered.

    Peanut, Pringles, 8-ball, Chili, Izzy, Child Support ... and Ming.

  • I too am unsold on Floyd. As a matter of fact, I'm a little suspicious of this entire WR class, draft or FA. Maybe I'm just paranoid about all WRs not named Fitz or Megatron...

    As I said, this WR draft class looks deep, but no one really stands out. Blackmon is considered the consensus best, receiving comparisons to Hakiim Nicks (how flattering is that?), but those same experts freely admit that he isn't nearly a good a prospect as A.J. Green or J. Jones, or even Dez Bryant, yet alone T. Owens. I see his tape, and I just keep thinking, "Crabtree".

    Floyd looks decent, but is he Roy Williams part deux? Wright might be the next Mike Wallace, but we already have 6 foot speedsters. Jeffrey looks the part, but at best he's a rookie Plax, at worst, Braylon Edwards (when he runs a 4.4 40, then we can talk C. Johnson comparisons).

    Everyone after that (most likely 2nd round material) is a mixed bag ...Sanu, Toon, Dwight Jones, Joe Adams, Ruben Randle. McNutt... and may end up being graded more highly than those other guys by draft time.

    Whoever becomes the new GM will have his work cut out for him, that's for sure.

  • 4E85...this is my simple lucky seven prayer

    Dear Baby Jebus,

    1.In FA...Mario Williams
    2.Trade 3rd or 4th round pic for Brandon Marshall
    3. In FA...VJAK
    4. Sign $$ for Double Deuce
    5. Contract completed w/Brigsy
    6. Bitch slap Fudgepeckers & Lions twice in 2012 Season
    7. Win SB in New Orleans ask 85 team to join so Jimmy Mac can show Cutty all the hot spots

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Great list.

    Alas, the Bears will probably translate it as

    "...and people in hell want ice water."

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    You've got my vote for GM Lobo. I'd just slot the SB down to #8 and at #7 I'd have .... Hire Jimmy Mac as QB coach and passing co-ordinator.

    Qualifications :

    1. Smartest guy Ditka said he ever coached.
    2. The word 'beaten' is not in his vocabulary.
    3. Steve Young said he learned the game of football just by watching him from the bench at BYU. Imagine what he could do actually coaching someone up.
    4. Dude was a frickin' BALLER.
    5. He probably needs the money.

  • With that in mind I'm actually considering a twitter account just to beg him to do exactly that ...

    http://twitter.com/McMahonHeadband

    Anyone verify if this is really him or not. Artoo ?

  • he doesn't have the blue check mark next to his name and no one that I follow follows him.

    My best guess is no.

  • Thanx man. Blue check mark?

    Anyway I bit the bullet and signed up with the Twitterati. Purely Bears-related though. I hate myself.

  • If you check it constantly when something big might be going down, you will usually get it first before anyone else.

    Jeff, Roy, and other writers will talk to you on there. Pretty cool.

  • I listen to NFL radio alot and the best analysts (Kirwan and Ryan) both think the WR class at the Senior Bowl has been mediocre at best.
    I really think we're making a mistake if we go WR in round 1 this year.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    If we do not get a WR in FA then we will draft someone for Jay.

    Otherwise, I do not see us drafting a wideout.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Absolutely. FA is the way to go. If we don't get a Burfict or a Konz or a Ming I will puke up a testicle.

  • Good points man. They look good in college, so what? That's why we should get known goods. Win now.

  • Yup, I agree Irish. I don't want to roll the dice on a WR in the 1st or 2nd round. Just think we need more help in other area's in those two rounds. Unfortunately I think the WR position has become a political decision at Halas Hall and the Bears will probably draft one in the 1st or 2nd round.

  • The top 3 FAs this year also come with some question marks...

    Vjax is strong and fast, but like Rice, always tends to get injured (which is why I was strongly for going after Plax for cheap last year).

    Colston is a monster, but he too came off an injury (a broken collar bone), and isn't the fastest. Also, who doesn't look like a pro-bowler when Brees is chucking it 50 times per game?

    Bowe looks solid, but had his issues with drops. Not to mention that one game when it looked like he just quit.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIr-u-svXZ8

    WR is still a high priority, but last years top WR FAs (Rice, Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, Sims-Walker...) should make us pause.

  • That one game sticks with me but his Highlight reel makes me jealous that we do not have him on our team.

    I have big doubts about Colston. Hell, exception of V.Jax, Colston and any WR from the Colts is a buyer beware. How much did Brees and Manning make them look that good?

  • Plaxico is probably going to be on the market this year. Does he still have the fire in his belly though?

  • I know Al will love this:

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/01/27/st-louis-says-rams-cant-play-in-london/

  • Guess Marshall must not plan on going any where...according to PFT he wants Matt Flynn to come to Miami.

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    MBF..that's just BM being BM...I WANT HIM HERE!!!!!!

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    Only way Marshall stays in Miami is if Manning goes there. Philbin apaprently wants only 'high character' guys which doesn't seem to include BM. Good. Let's throw Knox and a third their way and got to NOLA. 26 years on, beat the Pats again.

  • I know in the
    big leagues
    that size matters
    but
    what about getting a reciever
    who can think with cutler
    like bennet does
    a big guy
    of course
    but with the
    cutler chemistry
    to know what jay is thinking
    when he looks him in the eye
    at the line
    after taking a read on D- coverage
    the page is the same
    in each man's mind
    a smart egoless guy
    who will play to our strenght at QB
    and go....... where
    jay needs him to go
    without a word being spoken
    in short
    brains and braun with
    imposing physicality
    if its a FA
    include cutler in the decision
    if it's a draft pick
    let jay know
    who they have in mind
    so he can become part of that process
    then put them together
    for a whole summer
    and bingo
    we are movin'
    the chains in the fall

  • Just visited the blog, and for a few refreshes I got to see the old version!

    I miss navy and orange.

    And #16...

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Dude that happened to you too?!!!1

    I swear that happened to me and want to know how I know I have been on it?

    MB is the last one to comment on it.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Man, I forgot about that ... the 'before' time ... before we went all Kansas City Chiefs.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Damn!!!!! WWG happened last night too. I thought it was just a bad url that may have been in my system, but then I bounced back into to it. It was the thread that blogfader was saying that he was moving it to Chicago Now. At first I thought these bitches were cutting him off and letting him hang out to dry. But them refreshed and came back. wierd!@$#@$#!$#$!!! sheite!

  • I watched Atlas Shrugs last night. Very surprised Hollywood came out with a movie portraying the importance of individual capitol enterprise vs. the stupidity and futility of red doper diaper baby socialism. I thought the movie was spot on.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Nothing would make me happier than for the 1% to crawl into a self-contained bubble and rapidly realize how dependent they are on the rest of society. Who's going to grow their food, drive their car service, prepare their meals, build their extravagantly planned estates, or maintain the rail lines?

    Most Randians -really- think they could get away with this mental-masturbation because they equate off-shoring with self-reliance.
    Funny stuff.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I'm actually very surprised that's what you got out of that movie Brownie, or maybe I struck a nerve?

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I live very comfortably, Trac - but I come, one generation removed, from immigrants who worked themselves to the bone in factories and farms, and on railroads. I don't forget that my opportunities came about in large part because of their sacrifices; objectivists, in no uncertain terms, have no such moral history. Their story begins and ends with them - pure ego.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    And by the way, government has determined the winners and losers for a long time now Brownie.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    The whole premise of Atlas Shrugged is that society is such a drag on the high-flying intellects and creators...oh, if only there were some way to shed the parasites of the proletariat so that man could reach his pinnacle.
    That's the book in a nutshell; I'm not going to watch a movie based on a book/philosophy that I find morally repugnant and stupid.

    Speaking of which, The Economist had a great special section on the rise of State Capitalism last week - it's successes and gaping pitfalls. If you can find a copy, I think it was worth a read. Trust me, I'm not advocating for statism, but Rand is a hack.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Did you ever read Atlas Shrugged, the Fountainhead, We the Living, or Anthem?

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I read Atlas Shrugged years ago (required reading for one of my AP classes) and thought it was agonizingly dull, alongside the philosophical issues I had with it. You could not pay me to sift through the rest of her novels. I have read some biographical narratives of her and plenty on Objectivism.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I'm sure you would find many of my views to be morally repugnant.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Maybe, maybe not...and vice versa.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Except that capitalism doesn't exist anymore, it got replaced by corporatism. Is that a new movie? Have to check it out.

    By the way, The Ghost Writer is very good if anybody hasn't seen it. Partially based around Tony Blair. Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan. Good thriller.

  • Rand was on Medicare using her husband's name when she (a smoker who scoffed at the idea that smoking was bad for you) died of lung cancer. A real conservative hero.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    Ayn Rand wasn't a conservative. Hell, she didn't believe in God.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Strictly speaking, libertarianism would be more apt.

  • Emery is our GM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Wake up fools.

  • What? Huh? Who did what in the what now?

    I'm going back to sleep.

  • Did everyone have a rough night?

  • It's official, Emery is the Bears new GM. Surprise, surprise. What say you now GP?

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