Enter George McCaskey?

Enter George McCaskey?

Is today the day George McCaskey officially seized control of the Chicago Bears? Is today the day we finally have an answer to the question, "Where does the buck stop at Halas Hall?" Across the Twitter world George McCaskey stories are starting to spread. That he had lunch with Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz and discussed "change". That a Halas Hall photographer commented he's "got a bit of the old man in him." His legend is growing faster than Arthur in the wake of his, and it was his, firing of GM Jerry Angelo. There is a George running the show at Halas and all seems right in the world.

At this afternoon's press conference, McCaskey must take to the throne. We can not be forced to sit through a Ted Phillips show and hear about search committees. I hate making pop culture reference in my sports writing but Phillips reminds me of when Kramer starts going to work for old man Leland. He wears nice suits and talks a good game but ultimately his briefcase is full of crackers.  (As a matter of fact, I'm going to start calling him Crackers.)

Though some won't consider it such, the firing of Jerry Angelo was a bold stroke by the new man at the top. While we're likely to hear phrases like "fresh set of eyes" and "new direction" this afternoon, this decision came to something far simpler: Caleb Hanie. The promising Bears season was derailed because Hanie was an inadequate replacement for Jay Cutler. I and many other believed the Hanie tidal wave would not leave bodies in its wake. We were wrong. If Cutler plays out the season, the Bears would be preparing for a visit to the Meadowlands Sunday. Jerry Angelo would be touting his work with this roster. But Johnny Knox fell down. Cutler chased a corner. Caleb Hanie showed up. And Angelo's out of a job. That's how tenuous life is in the NFL.

This afternoon's press conference is as much about George McCaskey as it is about Jerry Angelo. GMC has an opportunity provide the Bears faithful with something they've not had in many, many years: an owner. A real, true-to-life owner. It is time for him to find his spotlight.

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  • is Polian the best available at this point?
    or do we try and steal someone from the Packers front office? and if so, who?

  • In reply to SoILBearsFan:

    Sorry, but I set the odds that the Bears hire a Bill Polian at slightly higher than the odds that the Sun will not rise tomorrow.

  • In reply to SoILBearsFan:

    It SHOULD be a no-brainer. A market like Chicago should be able to throw a LOT more cash at a Ted Thompson. That said, see my comment regarding odds and Bill Polian.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I'm hearing a little bit about Reggie McKenzie, dir. of football operations for the pack.
    Apparently he's close with Lovie and his track record with the pack seems pretty good.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Bill Polian made his fortune turning around a dismal organization in Buffalo. 4 Super Bowls in a row. Wow. I'd take that in a heartbeat.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    That was also twenty years ago. Would you take Joe Gibbs as head coach too?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    The guys a proven winner.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    He also proved this year that the Colts success was predicated on one thing over the last decade - a healthy Peyton Manning.

    It's a "what have you done for me lately" league, and lately the Polians have done nothing to ensure that franchise could survive an injury to Manning. Their run game has been atrocious, their head coach has an IQ of 80, and their D has been on life support for four years.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Having Peyton Manning as your QB would cause a lot of GM to get caught sleeping at the wheel.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Fair point.

    I don't think Polian will be the pick but I could be, and in many instances have been, wrong.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I could watch treys and traps all day long in our superbowl victory ....

  • Ruskell ?? An unmitigated disaster ... would completely undo whatever positive buzz the firing created.

  • In reply to MoneyBoy:

    Ruskell's track record as GM in Seattle is not encouraging but it was my impression that he was Angelo's choice as successor which would seem to be a lot less likely with Jerry being pushed before he could jump.

  • Polian is a paper tiger.

  • In reply to Viva:

    +1, Viva. I don't think HIS track record, of late, has been very good as he Colts offensive line issues for 2-3 seasons now can attest.
    Unless that's the work of the other Polian that was cashiered.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    4 Superbowls in a row. No other GM has ever done that.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    So what else? You want Ditka back to Coach, too?

    I DID say, "of late", Trac. I also pointed out that the
    Colt's offensive line deteriorate during during HIS watch recently. A decline that he, or son Chris who carried the title of GM, have tried IN VAIN to stem . I also think Chris, started to get some criticism and Daddy Bill didn't want to hear any of that which soured his relationship with Irsay.

    While I bow to Polian's well-established recortd of past achievement, I also believe THAT ship has sailed.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    These days, you don't get Bill Polian without Chris Polian.
    It's my understanding that Chris is the Polian the Colts wanted to divest themselves and Bill wouldn't sign off on it.

    Doesn't sound like a desirable situation to import.

  • Stupid question, but is George McCaskey Halas' grandson?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yes. Mikey's brother.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    But not a pussy like Mike. Mike, who wears cardigan sweaters, and ties them around his waist. When he's at the polo match. Mike, who doesn't even LIKE football, and is happy snapping pictures and doing his photo albums.

    But George is sterner stuff. Yes?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I didn't mean to impune George's character in my post. I don not know enough about the man one way or another. Still, if je's behind this move, I think it's encouraging and there might be a least SOME hope that THIS McCaskey will see the odds I've posted above and say "Oh YEAH, Albert In Tucson...? Well just watch me!"

  • In reply to gpldan:

    There are no stupid questions. Only stupid questioners.
    (Just tuggin' the chain, GP!)

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    "there are no stupid questions, just stupid people"?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    On the other hand, GP, MB's just being MEAN.

  • And do we really believe Blogfather when he says Hanie cost Angelo his job?

    I do know that Martz blasted Hanie behind the scenes, Hub has confirmed this. That he was furious over allowing LaFavor to escape, and that Jerry may have been playing politics with Martz by allowing LaFavor to escape/get claimed.

    I can buy into Hanie being the straw that broke the camel, but I have to figure that Angelo's draft day fuck up with Harbaugh, and his handling of Forte added considerable load to said camel.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The Forte issue should be viewed as prudence. Not overpaying a guy is a good thing. Can't believe that had anything to do with the decision.

    I think it is safe to say that we will not know for sure at the presser today.

  • In reply to Viva:

    +1

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I do not believe Hanie was the "sole" reason for Angelo's pink slip. However it does play a role in it. I would say the failure with having good back ups in place in several positions and the continued "No Forte Contract" cares more weight.

    Does it really matter? No. Angelo, again, was not the worst GM out there BUT is wasn't good either. Perhaps the days of having Mediocre people in KEY places in the Bears organization are over.\

    Long Live King McCaskey!!! OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!!!

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    oh please god to your last couple sentences.

    I wouldn't know what to do with myself.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    He may have been the reason why Jeff would have canned him but it's much deeper than that. Jerry lost control of the locker room. Players were sick and tired of fighting for every last cent on their contracts only to see players like Chester Taylor, Manu and Todd Collins get inked to overpriced contracts only to be cut within a year or so. Also, the City of Chicago was on the verge of rebellion a year and a half ago. Jerry was the status quo as MB so apted tagged him and Georgy boy wants to change the culture.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yeah, Hanie cost Angelo his job. Hanie's just another word the losing streak that cost the Bears the playoff spot that would have saved Angelo's job.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    ...another word for the...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Angelo cost Angelo his job. An he should pay back the money he stole impersonating a GM.

  • I sent this link over to chanie@chicagobears.com

    http://www.glassdoor.com/Salary/McDonald-s-Store-Manager-Salaries-E432_D_KO11,24.htm

  • In reply to gpldan:

    ouch

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That's cold. How many free agent QBs can you name that have done anything in the NFL?

  • In reply to Bumsteer:

    The point is JA should not have been relying on a free agent as the backup QB. Flynn is a 7th rounder that was vetted, coached, and prepped to play on the big stage. Helped beat a playoff team that had something to play for. Yeah...I'm a Packer fan, but am happy for Bear fans that the org is dealing with the root cause of their problems. They desparately need on organizational culture of excellence. JA did NOT provide that. Phillips is merely a cap bean counter. Now if they build something permanent, great for the Bears. Not so good for my Packers, but good for the team who should be able to reclaim the name Monsters of the Midway. A good Bear org is good for the NFL. I hope they succeed in putting something together. I'd like to see them and the Pack as the two true dominant orgs in our division. Bear down, if you will!

  • In reply to jalber9648:

    Bingo!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    oh, and multiple personalities?

  • In reply to jalber9648:

    Is there any truth to the rumour that Harrell is the guy, and they might shop Flynn? Before he threw 12 million TDs in a game that is ...

  • I didn't think Angelo handled the contracts. I thought that was still Ted Phillips domain?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Angelo is in charge of contracts, even if he delegates the role elsewhere the buck stops with the GM.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Well, the Buck is looking for a new place to park.

  • when Cutty got hurt I knew the season was over, and rationalized through the painful end that we simply would not have beaten the Fudge or the Saints anyways if all our studs were healthy. So, as much as I hate the pussy Knox slip that resulted in an avalanche, looking back this was actually a fortunate chain of events. The epic collapse we had forced George to make a move (at least I hope he was behind it, as Blogfather so well summized). Face it lads, the shitfuck that happened will actually turn out to be our best chance for a real change to occur. But, something don't smell right that Rusky still in the picture. Hope the 4:00 Halas talk will shed more light and pray Ted P and Rusky are not near the podium.

  • Lovie was the D Coord on those Warner Rams teams that Mike coached, yes? Greatest show on turf, etc etc.

    Lovie got his "big break" from Mike, yes?

    Now, with Jerry gone, the decision to keep Mike will rest with Lovie, yes? Ted will not be allowed to weigh in.

    Ok... well - given that - expect Martz back next year.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    you were saying?

  • I know that Ozzie Newsome is out of the question but he has to have someone in Baltimore that he has groomed. They seem to have been very good at player evaluation and he runs a team like most Bears fans would love to watch.

    If George makes the decision to fire Angelo, he has to give the new GM the ability to spend money this off season. One of Marques Colston, Dwayne Bowe (I think he is a free agent), Robert Mathis, Mario Williams should be in Chicago next year. We have the cap room to sign both a WR and a DE so hopefully that happens.

  • In reply to do53:

    +1

  • In reply to SoILBearsFan:

    Your handle cracks me up. For some reason, every time I see it, I think soiled not So. Ill.

  • Hester admitted to Melissa Issacson that the Hurd arrest really head fucked the team in the locker room.

    If so, that's a bad sign. Hurd was a role player, at best, it's not like Briggs got arrested.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Hester was referring to just the WR's not the whole team.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    How many of those guys were customers and worried about their reps getting damaged? Might be what he's talking about.

  • In reply to Bumsteer:

    Yikes. But it would explain DJ Moore's motor.

  • great Seinfeld reference

  • I don't think it was any 1 thing that got JA canned. I think it was A LOT of things. We've all listed at least a dozen things he's fucked up in the last few years. Granted any GM can fuck some things up but he can't continually fuck things up, unless he's lights out on draft days and in FA. Needless to say that wasn't the case.

    I read it's Lovie's call on Martz. The 4 PM presser could be enlightening.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    exactly canada. especially the last couple years he's done some ridiculous things that have made the entire org look silly. Caleb was just another strike against.

  • I do think it was Hanie that got Angelo fired. Not saying it was the only things - but his draft records was horrible long before now. Add to that a guy out of football outperforming Hanie (been here FOUR years!) and the trio from Dallas that was Angelo's doing (Barber cost the Bears two games alone maybe). It was finally a case of "enough is enough".

    Curious and scary that there was no word about Ruskell. And curious that the new GM will have to keep Lovie. Which makes you think it might be Ruskell after all. I hope not - but if it is - write me off on this team. Seriously, that will be the LAST straw for me. Been a fan since I was a kid, turning 60 next month. If they are THAT dumb, I've had it.

    I remain cautiously optimistic though.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Did you live anywhere around Naperville Bill?

  • Martz resigned

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Wishful thinking.

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    no he actually resigned

  • In reply to Dmband:

    citing philosophical differences

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Like his QB telling him "FU" ? Actually with the right group of guys he possibly could work...just not our guys.

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    hahahahaha yeah something like that

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Yes, according to Pompei.

    http://twitter.com/#!/danpompei/status/154276632272715776

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Shane Day also out, according to McClure:

    http://twitter.com/#!/vxmcclure23/status/154277885950173184

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    We lost the 49ers ex-xerox boy who stapled the playbooks together? NOOOO!!!

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Oh my...heads are rolling......

  • Was just wonderin how much Cutty's opinion counts in the OC decision. I just don't like the way Martz does not adjust quickly enough to the way the defense is playing them. Cutty made a lot of saves by having to scramble to save his own ass.

  • DavidHaugh about a minute ago Martz resigns, Angelo fired... I know it's Jan. 3 but Bears fans I've heard from think it's Christmas Day again.

    HAHAHAHAHhahahah...

    vxmcclure23 7 minutes ago @danpompei has reported that Mike Martz has resigned as offensive coordinator. Bears also are parting way with QB coach Shane Day, Im told.

    danpompei12 minutes ago BREAKING: Mike Martz resigns from Bears over philosophical differences. Story coming soon at http://t.co/WzLQe5NB

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Philosophical differences. Ha. Like doing the right thing at the right time Mike? Tool.

  • fucken a gents... here we sit... poised.

    George has taken the trash out, he better find a way to bring in the good stuff. Part I complete (or almost complete hopefully... please take hoke, drake, babich, and hienstad with you).

    Fuck it, let's roll this thing and bring in some big hitters george!

  • here's the feed... which is abuzz: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-bears-tweets-20110726-twz,0,945274.htmlpage

  • By special request for MB. Happy Birthday you dirt bag.

    Ahem(taps champagne glass).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iL0Qt7IF8Q4

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I don't know if it's just me but play that song while reading through this thread. Classic, just classic.

  • SO GLAD to see Martz and Day gone. Christ, Hanie got WORSE every game. And Martz f'ed him up in the Oakland game just as surely as he f'ed him up in the NFC championship game.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceZ1_p1PtbY NSFW (unless you got headphones)

    Vid is unrelated, btw. It just makes me happy... Mothafucka are you listening to me Mothafucka time to take it to the streets yeah yeah yeah.

  • Back up two C-5's and one Tonka Truck.

    Fondly -

    Jack

  • Now that Martz is also on the way out who is in the pool to replace him? Any ideas? Who is out there that would take the job & be good at it?

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    Pompei mentions Tice, Billick, and Bates.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-mike-martz-out-as-bears-offensive-coordinator-20120103,0,4029196.story

  • Do not miss the Bears press conference at four today. They will be distributing Boogie Wipes.

    Just hire Bill Cowher away before San Diego (we have a better climate) and let him do it all.

  • Sam Hurd was also a major embarrassment to this organization and played into Angelo's firing. Jerry probably wanted to raid Ginny's lockbox at her 89th birthday party in two days and George probably figured that wouldn't go over very well and decided to spare her any further grief.

  • Please hire someone that would not mess up selling StreetWise.

  • Jeff's gonna be a very busy boy for the next couple of days.

  • Regarding BF3 - fuck no, I'm not dropping another $60 until I get to shoot em up in MW3 for a few weeks.
    Gooooooldarnit - you just talked me into COD. Ain't happening!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Hahahahaha.... I'm down with sticking with MW3 MBP, don't worry my man. Also, Johnny just stayed up for litterally 5 days straight shunning his family to get his current rank.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I just need to resolve the headset situation. It was really bad. Is there a configuration option in MW3 that I'm missing?

  • Holy Crap, I don't check the site for a few hours and all hell breaks loose. Happy Birthday MB! You cant get a better present my man. Martz gone too? Geeez things done gone crazy round here! I just hope whatever direction we go. it turns out great. I'm not sure who I like for GM, not sure who I like for OC.What I do know is MB is one happy mutha frigger, and that he is gonna enjoy his birthday blowjob like none other he's had before!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Yes, and she'll resent him even more for it.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I was just kidding trac. I learnt a long time ago not to expect anything from women. Zing!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    For his sake, I hope he doesn't slip into any pillow talk like, "Tell him I said, Fuck you!".

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Ewww.

  • MB rolling large on Lake Shore Drive.

  • Sex to keep the friendship.

  • Jeremy Bates will be the next OC of the Chicago Bears.
    Bank it.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Please nooooooooo. Thats all we need, an OC fired because he had the 28th ranked offense in the league. We can do better than that. QB coach? Sure. OC, hell no.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    His O put up 41 points on New Orleans in the first round last year, remember?
    And they managed to put some points up on us as well, in January at Soldier Field.
    Their O-line was in tatters that entire season and they had no real receiving threat except for Mike "Big Mac" Williams.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    If he can do a better job of utilizing Cutler then I'm a fan.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Yeah just like us, no receiving threat and an O line in disarray. And he ends up with the 28th ranked offense this year. Plus he was Pete Carrolls buddy and personal choice and still got fired. Ill pass on him Brownie. If by chance they hire him and he does improve us I will be more than happy to eat some crow.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Wouldn't we all?

  • Sex to SAVE the friendship.

  • Did I die last night in my sleep? Did I take the blue pill in some Matrix? Am I in some Vanilla Sky contraption?

    Jerry. Fucking. Gone!!!

    Holy Tebow 10 pound Baby Jesus!

    Sorry, had to rush through 3 threads.

    Happy Bday MB30. This firing almost redeems the season. Lost the battle, but won the war.

    HOWEVER, Ruskell better not get goddamn promoted. As Hub Arkush stated, 'He must go too. Among NFL football circles, Ruskell is not respected. Ruskell makes Jerry Angelo look like Lombardi...'

  • thanks for the bday wished murph and $

  • I can't believe the Chargers are keeping Norv. They get rid of Marty S because he did't get to the Super Bowl and he had more success that Turner. Figure that out.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Yeah, that's crazy Murph.

    I thought for sure Norv was going to be let go. That could have been good news for the Bears as it would be an easy transition with OC.

    Maybe could've had the inside track to Vjax and Floyd too in FA.

  • Does anyone expect McCaskey to announce any replacements today?

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    No way. I expect a hire sooner rather than later, but probably not before the Superbowl. There's got to be at least one playoff staffer that McCasky wants to talk to.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    They also have to find viable minority candidates and interview them, so it's not going to be a matter of anointing someone the same day that Angelo is fired.
    There is going to be a process.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    yeah, this may take a while.

    doesn't help that other organizations are sniffing around for a GM too, although that might have been one huge factor for firing Jerry so fast, lest we be stuck with left overs.

    Is Parcells still working or retired?

  • He's been retired three or four times, so never say never.
    But he would command a LOT of money and I just have a sense that he's not the fit that George is looking for.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Not like I know him, but the situation just doesn't feel like a fit for a guy that would probably blow up the roster on day one to build his own culture.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Yeah, with a guy like Parcells, it becomes a fire sale, and major reconstruction.

    However, if Parcells wants easy lifting, we have a head coach and a core team that is play-off caliber.

    All Parcells would have to do is draft competently, and make a few FA splashes.

    Also, Parcells makes EVERYONE accountable, which is so un-Bears as of late...

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Nah no chance. I just hope it's soon. If our receivers need to learn an new system, they need to get a jump on it. None of our guys did very well on the Wunderlich. I think they will need all the time they can get.

  • Events leading up to Jerry being canned.

    1) Draft day. The clock's ticking. Everyone in NY is looking at each other as the big numbers click down to 0. Who did the Ravens pick? No one. A bungled pick! With whom? Who else. Jerry 'Glitchy' Angelo.

    2) Lots of decent FAs. The Bears fan base is excited. But that thrill is smothered below Jerry's expensive Italian made shoes. Who do the Bears pick-up? Roy Williams, Hurd and Barber. 3 guys who later are DIRECTLY responsible for kicking the Bears out of the playoffs, not to mention embarrassing the organization again with terms like "Drug Lord" and "King Pin" attached to it.

    3) Knox runs another sloppy route and slips. We know the sequence of events which culminates in Hanie who looked like he shouldn't even have been a waterboy. I guess we got our answer as to who was responsible for that.

  • Why do I have the feeling that this is all going to work out very poorly?

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Because that the way it usually goes.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Will you choose.... poorly?

    http://www.holavalencia.net/img/poorly.jpg

  • Did not see this coming at all.

    MB got the best bday present ever.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    booyah erik... booyah

  • Well today sucks

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    Did you come to the realization that Discount Double Check is simply a product of his environment? That maybe his talent level is greatly exaggerated?

    Probably not.. I think that could just be me.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    The discovery that Aaron Rodgers is a "system QB" would theoretically be the greatest realization that a fan could have, considering the organization has - potentially - a much more distant expiration date than that of anyone player.

    Unfortunately I do not subscribe to that belief. However, I do strongly believe in the QB talent evaluation and development program at 1265 Lombardi (as supported by week 17's instant classic), which is carries similar optimism as the first aforementioned scenario

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    Don't be too optimistic, cheese:

    "...Packers director of football operations Reggie McKenzie will draw the most speculation as Angelo's potential successor because of his relationship with Bears coach Lovie Smith."

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4674747/ruskell-not-likely-angelos-replacement

  • I think in addtion to releasing Martz and JA George should also release his mustache.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    He looks like Ted Turner and Scott Brown had a lovechild.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    hahahaha

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Jerry Jones latest pic

    http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20060613192751/marvel_dc/images/thumb/4/41/False_Face.jpg/200px-False_Face.jpg

  • In reply to Dmband:

    +1 on the 'stash.

  • I am big on Pete Carmichael from NO. The question is does Tice stay of line coach or does he want to be a coordinator. If he wants to offensive coordinator position I think it is his for the taking. Lets hope not.

  • In reply to do53:

    how about this for a crazy idea do.

    We get a GM who knows how to build an actual, better than piss-poor oline and we don't NEED a fucking HC-level/genius as our oline. Crazy huh?

    (but yes, I'd love to keep tice if at all possible)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    We goin with Beane?

    http://angels.ocregister.com/files/2009/01/billybeanebyap.jpg

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I think I heard that Tice was a little pissed last year when the Bears refused to allow other teams to interview him for o-coordinator, but don't quote me on that.

    Tice definitely wants to be O-Coordinator. However, is he creative enough to be a good one? He has no experience, and that's a bit risky, but the Bears have a history of hiring guys who have limited to no experience coaching.

    That plus "continuity" might be enough to promote Tice.

  • He has experience as a head coach, though. And his O during his Vikes reign was good.

  • You can't even get the Trib's chat page to load right now...

    ESPN is similarly a circus, but their chat works.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Isn't ESPN ALWAYS a Circus?

  • I think the most fascinating thing Jeff said about staying with the Gnomes (besides the getting paid stuff, we knew that), is that CN isn't drawing much of a Chicago crowd on DBB.

    As far as I can tell, I am maybe the ONLY Bears fan on this blog who actually lives in Chicago.

    I thought about that over the holidays. I don't know why that is. Maybe Ostermann scared them all away, maybe CN is just perceived as a third rate shithole by locals, I do not know. I wonder what Jeff is going to do to reverse that though.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    prety sure johnny, murph, erik, FQ and a bunch of others do too GP.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Born and raised on the southside, but I do live outside the city limits now. So technically I dont live in the city, but I can be inside the limits in 20 minutes or so. johnny does live in the city for sure.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Sorry Murph, I knew you were a Chicago long timer, but I thought you had joined Al down in the southwest. Maybe you're just southwest, like Naperville area.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Actually I'm southeast, just over the stateline...lil bit of hoosier on me now.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm spiritually from Chicago - does that count ? It's my Mecca.

  • Happy Birthday MB!! What a day to have it....wow.

    I go for a nap and then all hell breaks loose. I just hope we get this resolved ASAP so we can focus on the draft.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    thanks DY.

    ...nap?? Must be nice to be the king.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    When people tell you that students are lazy.....

    they are damn right.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    well done. Enjoy it while you can lad.

  • And you cant hear any of the questions being asked.

  • Ted Philips and not McCaskey answering all the questions hu?

  • link? does anyone have a link to the conf?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    here's the transcript: http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?story_id=6467

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    that's the 2010 transscript

  • In reply to gpldan:

    whoops. damn it, sorry. I thought it was a typo when I breezed over it. Ha!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I was like, wtf: This guy doesn't even know that the Bears went to the playoffs last year?

    I'm such an idiot, I didn't realise it was the wrong transcript until "the Cincinnati game" was cited as the low point of the season.

  • http://player.radio.com/player/RadioPlayer.php?version=1.2.13391&station=391

  • I agree with all the reasons people have stated but a big reason nobody has mentioned today is The Molester and ManofMoolah. That cost Ginny about $12 mil with nothing in return. Also, ManofMoolah could have been had for MUCH less. Not sure about the Molester but I'm pretty sure JA was bidding against himself on that one, too. It's one thing to pay $7 mil for Roy, Marion and Tony Montana but quite another to pay the other 2 guys $12. Not to mention that's $19 mil down the drain with very little to show for it.

  • 4ever -

    The Score is lighting up Webb at LT for allowing Allen to 0wn him.

    Also, congrats on winning DBB2 FFL. Your team was the best all year and you served to win it all.

  • No more TO

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Is-this-the-end-for-TO.html

  • If I am not mistaken I beleive I won the DBB Auction League. It was the only one of my fantasy teams that wasnt decimated by injuries.

  • Sac, i didnt know you were in that league. I didnt see a sacremento in there.

  • "we want to close that talent gap with our division rivals." - Teddy Boy

    Good luck with that. It took the Lions 15 years of high picks.

  • Hub on the Score now:

    "If Jerry is going, then I do not understand why Ted isn't going with him. Ted gave us Jerry, their fates should be similar."

  • In reply to gpldan:

    It sounds like Lovie and Ted got together and threw Jerry and Mike under the bus. - Hub

    When I heard them say scouting is in good hands with Ruskell, I said 'whoa' - Hub

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I don't know who is going to want to come in here as GM with Ted in place. - Hub

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I anticipate that Ted will push Cliff Stein out, which is a shame, because he's the best in the league. -Hub

  • Top of Hub's list:

    Bill Polian - as long as he keeps his son away. That is the best candidate. But the son has to not come with. All the Indy shit is his son's fault.

    Reggie McKenzie - choice #2
    Floyd Reese - with Fisher and now with Pats #3
    Omar Khan from Pittsburg - Young Turk

  • listening to the Score. Hub is giving his GM picks:

    1. Bill polian - said the snaffu in indy was on his son
    2. Reggie McKenzie - from GB
    3. Floyd Reece - was with fischer in tenn
    4. Omar Kaan (?) - From pit
    5. Ryan Grigson - He couldn't remember where he is now

    Also said some of the stuff ted said was troubling. Mostly that this move wasn't on George, but on Ted. Also the piece ted said about being happy to have Ruskell here to do drafting in the interim.

    Fuck man, they better not fuck this up now that they've started it. Jesus, it would be SOOOO bears, but I'm praying it won't end up like it usually does.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    sorry GP, you have this covered.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Great minds think alike.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    indeed

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Happy bday MB. Don't forget to thank your mother for making you.
    Listening to the same Score program as you guys.
    Ted Phillips is going to hire a consulting firm for a few million to help him figure out who to hire and for what price.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Agreed. And, after all of that money spent, it will be Polian.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I think hiring Bill Polian will be a lot like hiring Mike Shanahan in Washington. He's definitely got the pedigree, but his best years are behind him. And he'll be pushing too hard to get his family into the business.

    I really like the idea of bringing in someone from GB or from Pit, those are two organizational cultures we would really benefit from.

    I'm sure at least a couple of those names are on the list of candidates, so no hire is getting announced before the Superbowl.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I'm with you NB, I like the guy from GB from the very little I've read on him today. Plus, anything minus GB is good.

    Oh and here's that fight you alluded to earlier: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1007236-alshon-jeffrey-ejection-video-watch-star-wrs-scrap-with-alfonzo-dennard

    (my first thought was, holy shit that WR is HUGE!)

  • MB, happy birthday mainge. Age is just a number if you still hit the weights and go for a jog once in a while as you know. Your balls will continue to drop however and there is no "ball cardio" that you can do to counteract gravity.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    thanks johnny... with you maing. I did a 1/2 mile swim to a 20mi ride today. fucking beautiful day out today. 75 and not a cloud.

    Was good to finally put an actual voice to the handle last night... you and shady. You are real people!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    who was "dead rabbit"? he sounded like Bane from The Dark Knight

  • If Hub is this upset that Ted didn't go with Jerry, then so am I.

    If Ted being king bonehead but still has George's loyalty, then perhaps George is not the transformational figure Blogfather hoped he would be.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    yep, that's what it sounds like to me GP. Fuck man. Same old shit.

    Give stein ted's fucking job.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Ted's job as CEO is to make the McCaskey's a lot of money. And by that measure, he is wildly successful. The Bears are hugely profitable.

    If Cliff Stein leaves, however, problems could arise. Ted is threatened by Stein. The McCaskeys like Stein.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=pasquarelli_len&id=4233743

    This thing is like King Lear. Christ.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The big question is how much Ted has to do with the football decision making. If Ted basically hired the GM and stays out of the football decision in favor of all the other responsibilities he has (marketing, stadium, organizational management, finances, etc etc) then I'm fine. If Ted is involved in the process of choosing player, choosing coaches, etc. then I'm not happy at all with him staying.

  • It's nice to hear that Hub agreed with me:

    After game 2, Enderle needed his shot. No FUCKING WAY should Caleb started the third game, they let the whole thing go WAY TOO LONG, mainly because Jerry's ass was on the line.

    Now I'm torn. I think MB and I should buy Caleb some sort of gift. He, nearly single handedly, got Angelo to stake his reputation on him, and then fucked him royally. Caleb is now kind of my anti-hero, sort of like Nick Cage in Con Air.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    New thread girls.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    i'm in gp.... what does second place get again?

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