Don't Sleep on Mike Tice as a Potential Replacement for Lovie Smith

Don't Sleep on Mike Tice as a Potential Replacement for Lovie Smith

Note: Be sure to make your selections for the Fantasy Playoffs on the previous post. The prize is six delicious Lou Malnati’s pizzas sent to your door.

Mike Tice came to the Chicago Bears as the offensive line coach. Now he’s been promoted to the offensive coordinator position. And if he is able to build a rapport with the soon-to-be appointed General Manager, is it a reach to believe he could one day be Lovie Smith’s replacement as the organization’s head coach?

Tice is the kind of football man the city of Chicago loves. He is a big, hulking figure on the sideline, drawing the eye of every fan at Soldier Field on Sunday. (The eye is usually accompanied by an inquisitive “who is that?”) He talks straight to the media and displays a Ditkaesque humor that hasn’t been seen in the man in charge since, well, Ditka. (Though no coach has ever done anything funnier than Dick Jauron taking four knees against Tampa.) He is also about toughness. About an old school means of playing football that may bore the fans down in New Orleans but still thrills the loyalists on the lake front. For Tice, gaining five yards on a third-and-one dive is just as exciting as hitting a forty-yard throw over the safety.

Tice is a character. He’s a personality. And aside from his in-game mistakes, what’s barred Lovie Smith from gaining fan love is his seemingly detached personality and clear otherness. (No, I don’t mean race.) Lovie is not Chicago. Or Pittsburgh. Or Jersey City. He is not city tough. He is small town Texas calm.

Tice is going to be a head coach again. His firing in Minnesota had little to do with his coaching and much to do with his failed attempt to manage a collection of jerkoffs who had little respect for the game of football or the law. While Tice was hired by Lovie and they share offensive philosophies, he is not a Lovie guy. That distinction might help him in the long run. Because if the Bears disappoint in 2012 but see improved line play and showcase a consistent rush game, Tice deserves to be considered as Smith’s replacement. I know I would firmly support the candidacy.

Especially if he can convince Dave Toub to stay. (Bet you didn’t expect that ending.)

Filed under: Uncategorized

Comments

Leave a comment
  • Well, we know what happened to the last not Lovie guy, Chico.

  • blogfader..interesting story-line.....I have a hard time seeing LDL leaving because I think the McShitsky's like where he's at...under their thumb..

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Now you have me humming...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYYTLJ8YHi4

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Classic bra...classic.....

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    and as for our choices for GM this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2C2W_O9BX4g&feature=related

  • In reply to gpldan:

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_PbVoDEqtcHc/RpV01yP4_oI/AAAAAAAAAPs/swDZdA7der8/s320/dune_lynch_feyd.jpg

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    wow...my eyes..my eyes....damn you MB...lol

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm still trying to get the connection between a picture of Sting in a speedo and a comment about humming to "Under My Thumb" by the Stones.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    The speedo does look like a big blue hummingbird, and Sting appears to be holding it down by his thumbs. Is that it?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I get it now, I think. Cavalerri.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Colin Hay talking about Sting :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIDy46s99nI

    He tells a great story about Paul McCartney the time he did Colin's dishes in his kitchen.

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

  • Prelude to a kiss? Heck, lets promote the guy to GM already.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    no.no.no.no.no.no.........trac

  • fuck man. I think I'm with GP if ruskell gets promoted. I swear, that would be WAY too much of a McKaskey kick in the face and balls for me to take. It would just mean they don't give a shit what they put on the field because they have their revenue deals done and they're just sitting back collecting checks and not giving a shit.

    I'd still come here to hang out with you degenerates, but I wouldn't buy another single stich of bears clothing, glasses, beer mugs, etc...

    Not a single fucking dime and there's NO way I'll buy sunday ticket through the PS next year either. Fuck man… just one god damned year… just fucking one I’d like these assholes to do the right motherfucking thing! FUCK!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    agree MB...sadly agree...it would be a bad B movie called

    "Glitchy II" this time it's personal"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    do you always think
    the worst can happen ?
    hunti thinks
    all these ass wippins'
    by the video youth
    has taken the shine
    off your positive outlook
    on bear-life
    hunti also thinks that
    everything is gonna be all right
    and supports tice as OC
    because
    it was supposed to be this way
    now the GM will be a man
    who can supply the foundation
    with additional ( that's for Doc)
    support for the defensive and offensive
    philosophies of Lovie-Tice
    or as I now see this
    The Blossoming LoTice

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    A clear case of "THE PRICE IS RIGHT".

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm actually expecting them to hire Ruskell. It would be a very Phillips/McCaskey thing to do. Firing Angelo would be a partial tumour-removal.

  • DavidHaugh about 4 hours ago As I suggested over past month I think promoting Tice is smart move. It will look smarter if they can sign potential UFA WR Vincent Jackson.

    ...I like the way he thinks.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    At least until the other half of his personality takes over and says something crazy stooooopid

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I meant this tweet only

  • Ok, so who are our top 'wants' at GM now?

    Eagles director of player personnel Ryan Grigson - this guy sounds like a front runner to me. The sundquist guy sounds old and out of it too much?

    Does anyone know who's still on the table and who's the best pick?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    tom telesco... colts DPP. This guy worth a shit? Colts? Really?

    http://www.theredzone.org/BlogDescription/tabid/61/EntryId/22982/Bears-to-interview-Tom-Telesco-for-GM/Default.aspx

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    smaller and smaller

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4674792/bears-can-cross-decosta-off-gm-list-too

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    that guy Les Snead from Atlanta intrigues me. not because i know anything about him, but because every other team seems to want to talk with him, too.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Dorsey has a pretty nice track record a college scoouting direct for Green Bay.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Dorsey refused to interview with the Colts, iirc. If the Bears were able to take him from the Cheese, it would really sting, much worse than the loss of McKenzie. The cheeseheads seem to think so, at least (those that I've seen comment on it, anyway).

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Angelo's gone. As long as they don't do the unthinkable and promote his minion, I could care less. The more I think about it though, why would they fire Angelo and not Ruskell ... unless they're planning to promote him if no-one better turns up?

  • not much to go on:

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4674796/source-loggains-up-for-bears-qb-coach

  • the guy in the second vid puts angelo's recent career in a nutshell... for all you angelo lovers. He hits the nail on the head.

    http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/7431931/mike-tice-chicago-bears-offensive-coordinator

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    jeff dickerson is the guy

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    for those who question about Tice from that article MB...I LOVE IT!!!

    "There will be a toughness about us. We are going to be a powerful run team and we're going to be able to mix in explosive pass plays," Tice said in a statement. "It will be important for us to utilize the talents of our players and exploit matchups each Sunday.

    Does this mean no seven "F"ing drop back?

  • Tice as our next head coach is a huge stretch. If we get rid of the Lovester, that means we sucked next year. And if we suck next year, Tice will get his share of the blame. Your story line makes no sense whatsover blofadda. I have a better chance of being double blown by Bridget the Midget and Barbara Bush while watching the Cubs win the world series.

  • yeah, that last one makes it pretty much impossible.

  • double blown...bbbbbbbbwwwwwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • Babs wouldn't waste her purdy mouth on something like that. But the Cubs are due.

  • Looks like Les Snead (nice name jesus... wasn't a snead a dr. suess character?) the DPP from atlanta is our #1 target.

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

    and did you catch this part for fuck sake, "sources have also said that Bears coach Lovie Smith -- who will have a hand in this process -- isn't necessarily searching for one of the big-name prospects as much as he's looking for someone he's comfortable with and can trust."

    Jesus, who gives a fuck what lovie is searching for... fuck lovie. Monkey christ mcCaskeys!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB...that's our LDL..holding hands and singing Kumbaya....

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    now now. let's wait and see what happens. we can fuck the McCaskeys up and down lake shore drive once they follow through with this.

    but who among us actually thought george would step up and send jerry packing? it's quite possible these silly writers are making presumptions about lovie having a hand in things.

    i'm of the optimistic hope that george is going to do what is best for george and the bears. not what makes lovie comfortable.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    1. Supposedly George has nothing to do with angelo's canning except the rubber stam

    2. Teddy said as much in his presser

    let's see. If we get someone other than Ruskel, AND who's proven to be a bright up and coming mind, I'll be happy. I like Tice as a coach and think he can do a lot of good on o... we'll see.

  • Well, I'm not surprised. Typical half measure move by the Bears bean counter. WTF... Now NO GOOD GM will want this job! Not only will he not be able to pick his own Head Coach...now He can't even pick an Offensive Coordinator either!?!?!? Sweet Jeebuz! Why not just have ALL the coaching spots filled and let the GM pick the fucking water boy?

    SCREW IT!

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    B4E.....yeah but if he picked this waterboy would you say no:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSulFZ7XJ1U

  • LOL!

    No, I would not refuse THAT water boy.

  • Our GM search is starting to look like the OC search from a couple years back. Martz was always available but no one wanted him (front office included), we got rejected by everyone else and we were forced to settle for Martz. The Polians will be available, no one wants them but if we run out of options it might be there job because we have no one else.

    I have read a few people wanting Casserly, I am not really seeing what the appeal is there.

  • In reply to do53:

    Casserly? I posted a quote by Casserly just yesterday. It's from a WSJ article linked at the Football Educator blog - Ted Sundquist's blog. Sundquist, in case anyone doesn't know, is the ex-Bronco GM who drafted Cutler and is now, supposedly, a candidate for Bears GM.

    Anyway, the article is about the NFL's refusal to broadcast "All-22" game footage (footage that shows the entire field-of-play). This is a re-post:
    -------------------
    "Charley Casserly, a former general manager who was a member of the NFL's competition committee, says he voted against releasing All-22 footage because he worried that if fans had access, it would open players and teams up to a level of criticism far beyond the current hum of talk radio."

    "Lonnie Marts, a former linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars, says there are thousands of former NFL players who could easily pick apart play-calling and player performance if they had access to this film. "If you knew the game, you'd know that sometimes there's a lot of bonehead plays and bonehead coaching going on out there," he says."

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203716204577015903150731054.html
    ------------------
    Casserly can go fuck himself. I want my (I want my) All-Two-Two.

    That's a Sting reference, btw.

  • I posted this at the end of the last thread.

    McKenzie went to Oakland because he played for them. Also, Ron Wolf was the main driver getting McKenzie into the front office in G.B. Wolf is now consulting in Oakland. It's pretty easy to understand it was more about that than avoiding the Bears job. DeCosta isn't going to leave Baltimore. It had nothing to do with avoiding the Bears job. No big deal as far as the coach being in place. If Lovie doesn't win next year the whole gang is gone and the new GM can hire his guy.

    I like the Tice hiring. Lovie was going to have a difficult time filling the job because he's on a short leash. Tice knows exactly what the OL can and can't do and will call plays accordingly. Also, he knows if Cutler gets hurt we're fucked and he's out of a job. One last thing. Cutler can now call audibles. You can bet when he's changing plays at the line and burning the opposing D, they will stop all the 8-9 men-in-the-box crapola.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    you fool. cutler didn't need to call audibles in the martz system because the martz system was infallible. at least 2 receivers are open on every pass play, and there's always a lane for the running back to run through - it doesn't matter if there are 3 men in the box or 10.

    sheesh. clearly you've learned nothing from the mad genius.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    I likery! Can I sign up for your next video conference?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pf_kw_u-E20

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I actually meant to post this one.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Om0IPoqALc&feature=related

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    i like seeing both of them. if anything, he's consistent.

  • Lovie hiring Tice for OC has no impact on the GM job. Lovie has the power to hire any coach he wants. Almost every HC on his second contract has that power. The coaching staff is not usually in the GM's power unless the coach is a newbie.

  • I'm with Canada and his post on the last thread... I wouldn't make too much of what missing out on DeCosta or McKenzie means about the desirability of the Bears GM gig. DeCosta clearly got sweet-talked into staying by Newsome, and McKenzie followed Wolf to the Raiders. BTW the Raiders also have keep-the-HC/hire-a-new-GM situation too with Hue Jackson... so this "fucked up" situation you guys are fretting about certainly wasn't a dissuading factor for that top candidate.

    Also you guys are making way too much hay out of the GM hiring the OC tack -- that was never going to happen anyway. Lovie, like most HCs, has full control of selecting his assistant staff. You guys really think an OC hire is going to be a big deal to a prospective GM candidate? Come on.

    Lastly, like you guys I was a bit scared of falling back onto Ruskell if the best candidates come off the market... until I thought a bit more rationally about this. Who says Ruskell has to be a permanent hire? They can fire him after 1 bad year just as easily as they can fire Lovie and Co. Maybe even more easily if they leave his title as "interim GM"... If the best candidates fall away, this might even actually be the best solution -- keep Ruskell as a stopgap and see which best candidates emerge next year. Anyway, just a thought... Let's not get all doom-n-gloom just yet, guys.

    (P.S. The more I think about the Tice promotion, the more I like it...)

  • In reply to Michael L:

    I agree. At first I thought it was too soon but damn, someone get Jay a legit wideout and we got a ATL offense.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    I like Jefferey's size over Blackmon .... but how do we find a guy to back up Lac if we draft a receiver ?

  • In reply to Michael L:

    sure, but it's going to be abother heavy draft (best in years) pissed away and yet another year off jay's life that's a throw-away.

    To viva's point, we have to install some semblance of consistency at some damn point. Why can't the McCaskey's find good talent that sticks for years and years? THAT is the underlying issue.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Agreed MB, a pissed away draft would not be ideal. However look at the last draft (Ruskell's first with the Bears)... it wasn't all bad. Conte looks like a player, Carimi looks good... even Paea has gotten rated by scouts and personnel execs as a top 30 player in NFC North under 30. So another draft by Ruskell wouldn't necessarily be so terrible.

    100% agreed on establishing stability. You're jumping the gun on condemning the McCaskeys (or at least George) though -- it's been less than a week, and the top two candidates were long shots anyway! You even said yourself I believe (or was it GPL?) that landing DeCosta would have been a major coup. Give them a little time, see who they land, THEN judge.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    I don't know if we can afford another bad year Mike, that's the thing. The places we need fixing need to get fixed very quickly due to the closing window of opportunity this team has - referring to the Golden Oldies of our squad.

    As much as I like Tice, I like him where he is - in control of our line. If Tice takes over as OC could we trust the incoming line coach? Risking regression when we could get a Todd Haley seems rash.

  • I like what I heard out of his mouth though, and apparently he'll keep his hand in with the line as Maranelli did.

  • Gotta agree with the Coach. Can't see Tice getting the big office if Lovie gets canned. Also, part of the reason Tice got canned in Minn. was due to the fact that he got caught scalping his S.B. tix. Very embarrassing.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    canada..we all have to make a little extra money sometimes...lol

  • The only way the Tice promotion works for me is if he is the guy calling plays for the next 7 years while Jay is lighting things up. (Which is more a reason for him to replace Lovie, should the team slide, for reasons not related to offensive ineptitude.) If he is not, and Jay has to learn a new offense, Lovie will follow Tice out of town with my boot in his ass.

  • In reply to Viva:

    With that said, I like Tice. I like 4.6 yards and a cloud of dust. I like watching D-Lines break down in the 4th quarter. It's fucking beautiful. Exepct when it is ours.

  • Don't know if any of you guys saw this but I thought there was some good stuff in it even though its a couple of days old.

    http://boards.chicagobears.com/forums/thread/2979820.aspx

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I would accept Bill Polian as a consultant for a year..not his dipshit son though.

  • One name I haven't heard much is Marc Ross from the Giants. I really like the quality of defensive players he's helped bring on board.

  • Hang with me on this one....

    What if the reason we got rid of Angelo was because he controlled too much of the draft?

    He would just draft what he thought was best for the team regardless of what the coaches told him?

    Lovie had to say something and we all know that Jay and Tice went to Lovie or George and told them about Jerry and Martz.

    So... something tells me we are getting a legit wideout and some good Oline help.

    One thing we do not want to do unless we can defy history again. We do not want to be the Redskins or the Eagles of last year because we could spend top dollar in FA and still get busted.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    I thought the eagles had an awesome offseason in free agency, regardless of how it all turned out. They got Asomugha on a reasonable contract, and they signed Cullen Jenkins to a five year deal but were only on the hook for $4 million in case he flamed out. I don't know what they paid jason babin but I'd bet he proved his worth. They also got rodgers-cromartie AND a second round pick for offloading Kolb. I think they paid Vick too much money but they pretty much had to.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    They did financially and on paper. That did not help them win games though.

    They did get a pretty good player and second round pick but to be honest, Asomugha was not as good as advertised and could have saved them money.

    Btw, if the Eagles secondary is that good, why is the Bears were able to pass on them? Asomugha, Asante, and Cromartie are pretty damn good but somehow our wideouts were getting open? Someone had to be bad...your choice who.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    why is it the bears were able to pass on them

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Cheesy is fucking retarded and obviously didn't watch any Eagles games this year - they're out of market for him; unfortunately, I got stuck with them nearly every week. The most telling remark is "regardless of how it all turned out"...what the fuck does that mean? You like the contracts even though the team was a disaster from week one?
    SMH - you say some dumb shit.

    That secondary was a train wreck all year and you don't pay $12 mil a year to a guy to watch your team get shredded every week.
    DRC will take over Samuel's spot at starting CB next year; see ya, Asante.
    Nnamdi is a class act, but he got exposed this year repeatedly.
    Hey Packer-dick, go back to reading Bleacher Report, you fucking moron.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Tell us how you really feel Brownie.
    And every year we hear about how the Cowboys and Chargers are two of the most talented teams in the league. They just "under perform" EVERY year.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    The NFC East is so over-rated it's sickening.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    that was awesome. Someone must have peed (how in thee fuck do you spell that word) in your fruitloops this morning. love it.

    You missed the smackdown last night... shady worked me in gun game.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That's right. Don't forget about one in the chamber and team death match too. Get some.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I might be around tonight - the wife is back in town for one night only and then she's headed back out to Fort Mead for the rest of the week...

  • Btw, as with all FA of this new year, if they are that good, like Mario Williams good, then most likely they will Franchised.

    Do you guys really think we would let Forte test the FA?

    Do you guys really think we will get a shot at Mario?

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Artoo

    1. no on the FA for Double Duece...I really think the hurdle of Glitchy stopped all movement..We pay forte finally

    2. Yeah we have a shot at Mario..but it's a long shot.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Forte gets franchised.

    If they stepped up for Pep, why not for a guy who's career isn't over?

    Boom!

  • Three letter network is saying there maybe interest in St. Louis for Martzy....Bradford you poor bastard...hahahahahahahahahah

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Great minds think alike Lobo..that's exactly what I thought lol

  • In reply to Artoo:

    he's now asking baby jebus..why? why? what did I do to possibly get that....

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    He asking Jebus to get him Fisher because he knows that Martz will not last with Fisher.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    If Fisher goes to the Rams..no way does he get along with Martzy...he is a run guy..old school....

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    St; Louis?

    Aren't they still clearing wreckage from his LAST stint there?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    They have the talent Al. More importantly they have a franchise QB at the helm which Miami does not. This is a huge determining factor when quality coaches are looking for a job.

  • When Tice was fined by the NFL, it was 100k the biggest fine of a head coach. Then Belichek came and broke the record. Maybe this means the Bears wont just draft choir boys anymore? With the Bears big image thing, it is a little surprising they promoted Tice to that position. I hope he does great, but I would have liked a guy with more experience in running an offense.

  • We should get the ATL guy because he wanted to get his QB a legit wideout lol He gave way too much imo to get him but still.

  • http://nflmocks.com/2012/01/05/2012-nfl-mock-draft-with-trades-wildcard-weekend-update/

    The guy they want us to draft did not do too well against good competition.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1010140-2012-nfl-draft-should-alshon-jeffery-be-the-first-wide-receiver-taken

    Then they say this...

  • In reply to Artoo:

    I didn't look at his stats from the year before. Eh.. I don't know though, FA or him in the first round?

  • In reply to Artoo:

    If we were building for the future I'd be okay drafting a top talent in the first.- thing is we're really building for the right-now. We need an NFL ready receiver to go in straight away and be on the end of those long balls for Cutler. Another three year project doesn't help us in that ever-closing window where we have Lac et al.

  • Do you guys remember the thread(a few months back)when we were debating who should be the halftime show for the SB? I have an idea. Why no go old school football and bring in the top military marching band? Aggressive music, crazy formations, family enjoyment.. and by far way more music talent then anyone the last decade('cept maybe the Heartbreakers)

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    Agree that the Heartbreakers were the best act in the last ten years (my favorite). I liked Prince too. A marching band would definitely be better than Madonna.

  • I took this encouraging quote from a statement Tice made on Da Site.

    "With that said, if we’re going to be like that, we do need a [wide receiver] that when he gets one-on-one coverage he has to win way more than he loses. Moving forward we’re going to evaluate the guys we have and how we’ve used them in the past".

    We will have a #1WR boys. No doubt about it.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    The only part I hate about that article is when they asked him about Hester.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Why did you hate that part R2?

  • In reply to Michael L:

    I wish they would just let him be who he is and not try to make him a receiver.

  • Irish could be sick again guys. That would be the only logical thing or someone he knows is.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    he's posting on the last thread, getting caught up in an empty room.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Excellent analysis my young padawan. Got home to Ireland Christmas Eve, Christmas day got the winter vomiting bug (which they should rename the 'winter vomiting and explosive diahrrea bug). But it's all good.

    My favourite quote recently :


    "I've done a number of (Martz's) games and Mike would go in with 300 plays," said Billick, who won the Super Bowl coaching the Ravens and is now a TV analyst. "I don't how you teach all that. My guess is Mike Tice will consolidate that a little bit.

  • and we call that ..The gift that keeps on giving....lol

  • ...what’s barred Lovie Smith from gaining fan love is his seemingly detached personality and clear otherness. (No, I don’t mean race.)

    You almost pulled a Santorum there, Jeffery.
    "It's not that Lovie's black, it's that he's blah."

    http://crooksandliars.com/diane-sweet/santorum-i-didnt-say-black-people-i-sa

  • I'll say one thing, all this change is breeding a ton of optimism. This will be a great off season for Da Blog. Last off season sucked with the lockout. This year is gonna be sweet!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    great attitude Murph. I need to be a bit more positive, it's just that the bears ownership/org has beaten it out of me for so long, I almost just expect the worst to happen now. Sad, I know.

    As long as we don't settle for ruskell, I will be good.

    Sorry mike, I have zero confidence in his ability to do any better than angelo. He has a proven track record of being terrible... just like jerry.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    No matter who takes the job, the ramifications of whoever gets the job probably won't manifest much until after next year season is over anyhows.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    How do you figure trac?

    Last year's draft directly impacted us all year... for better or worse. This year's will be even more impactful because of our picks. If we get a guy who knows what he's doing, it will immediately make us stronger, and vice versa.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm willing to bet you the Lovie and the gang already have their eye on certain players MB. I don't think a new GM is going to deliver any earth shattering picks this go around.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    unfortunately, you're probably right trac. Whomever teddy and lovie end up choosing probably won't.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    It might take a year or two for most of April's draft picks to make an impact, but the new GM will have plenty of FA decisions that will have an immediate impact on the ballclub. Who to re-sign, who NOT to re-sign. Who to extend, who to cut. Etc. My guess is whoever they hire as the new GM will make a slapsh in free angency. Or that could just be wishful thinking.

  • I can't shake the feeling that the Steeler's are gonna get upset on Sunday. My mind tells me there's absolutely no way the Bronco's win but there is a lingering thought that it could happen. I wonder if the Steeler's will go into this games looking past Denver?

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    yeah, I get the feeling... but it would be shocking.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Does your unshakable feeling have anything do do with a certain quarterback's direct line to god?

  • In reply to Shady:

    http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/tebow/1374394

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    damn that shit is just as funny every time I watch it.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I can't see Tebow out-gunning Rapetheburger Trac. No Mendenhall means heavy on the Antonio Brown and friends. They can run it or pass it as required and have the D to contain the Broncos running and will probably be a safe road win. I don't like the man, but Big Ben is a better all-round QB and he's been there and done that. The Broncos are an 8-8 team just like us at the end of the day

  • I wonder if the Bears will use the 3rd round pick they got for Olson to go get a passing catching TE. Or can Kellen Davis be that guy if given the opportunity? He did have 5 TD's this year.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    in my mind, unless the dude is the next coming of jimmy graham or gronk, we have more pressing needs Corm.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I've been a KD fan, and I know he didn't impress people too much this year, but when you're OC thinks TEs are just linemen ...

    He had as many TDs as Olsen did last year with less looks, I think even if we don't upgrade the position, Tice will get them a lot more ball, just like the other big TEs in the league. One serious receiver and a healthy line puts this offense in Saints territory, I really believe that. Damn, if we got Mario Williams on the other side of Peppers then it really is Lombardi time.

Leave a comment