GM, Passing Game Candidate(s) Step Into View

GM, Passing Game Candidate(s) Step Into View

First, the Bears are set to interview former Bucs OC and former Bears quarterbacks coach (under Jauron) Greg Olson for their vacant QB coach/passing game coordinator position. Olson has a great deal of NFL pedigree and would be a solid choice. But one need only watch Tom Thayer's interview with Mike Tice below to recognize this position is not a primary coaching role. Tice knows what he wants from both the run and pass game. And he's going to get it.

As for the GM candidates, Brad Biggs does a terrific job summarizing them in the Trib. So good, in fact, I am just copying a bulk of his article for you here. (Side note on article: my full support continues to be behind the Giants' Marc Ross. I love the Giants scouting department, love how they draft and just quite simply have faith in their organization to promote the right people.)

Eight days after general manager Jerry Angelo was fired, the club announced Chiefs college scouting director Phil Emery, Patriots director of pro personnel Jason Licht, Chargers director of player personnel Jimmy Raye III and Giants college scouting director Marc Ross will interview for the position.

Emery is a known commodity at Halas Hall. He joined the team as an area scout when Mark Hatley was in charge of personnel and covered the Southeast from 1998-2004. He was the scout who endorsed Rex Grossman as a first-round draft pick in 2003. Emery spent six seasons with the Falcons, five as their director of college scouting, and has been with the Chiefs for three years under general manager Scott Pioli.

Licht, an all-conference defensive tackle at Nebraska Wesleyan, has worked for five organizations, serving as a vice president of player personnel for the Eaglesand as a personnel executive for the Cardinals when they reached the Super Bowl in the 2008 season. He's in his second stint with the Patriots and can be credited with key moves such as the addition of guardBrian Waters and running back Danny Woodhead. He started as a college scout.

Raye, who played wide receiver briefly for the Rams, oversees the college and pro scouting departments for the Chargers and was the team's director of college scouting from 2000-2007. He gets a lot of credit for drafts that included center Nick Hardwick, linebacker Shaun Phillips and running backMichael Turner in Rounds 3 through 5 in 2004 and in subsequent years Shawne MerrimanLuis CastilloVincent JacksonDarren Sproles,Marcus McNeill and Eric Weddle. Raye's father, Jimmy Raye II, was a longtime NFL assistant.

Ross, an All-Ivy receiver for Princeton, has been Giants director of college scouting for five seasons. Like Licht, he came up through the Eagles, for whom he was a regional scout before becoming the NFL's youngest college scouting director at 27 in 2000. The Eagles drafted longtime standouts Brian Westbrook, Lito Sheppard and Derrick Burgess and he has continued to acquire top talent during his run in New York, including Jason Pierre-Paul,Hakeem NicksKenny Phillips and Terrell Thomas.

Filed under: Uncategorized

Comments

Leave a comment
  • We better be First to get Ross.

  • Morrissey is solid at the Sun Times. In fact, he nails it in today's column which is online for everyone:

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/9955096-419/how-can-this-be-bears-considering-jerry-angelos-buddy-tim-ruskell-for-gm-job.html

    Guys, we're getting Ruskell. The waiting game is a PR play to minimize the inevitable backlash from fans and the press. The McCaskeys don't care. Period. I wish Jeff would address this hard when it happens, but I fear his fanboi gene will activate and he will equivocate instead.

    Firing Ruskell means revamping all the scouts on the team. It's just like the scene in Moneyball with all the old scouts who do things the way they are done, and have clearly lost an eye for spotting new talent. But they all send Ginny Christmas cards and have their pictures on the wall in Lake Forest and wouldn't it be a shame if they had to move to new cities? They like it here.

    So, we get Ruskell and the status quo. Martz went because he is an egomaniac and couldn't stomach reporting to the man he let in the league. I get that.

    Glitchy embarassed the Bears in last year's draft: that was the last straw for him. Hanie's play just gave management the reason they were looking for.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I hope you're wrong on Russ"Kill". I think as jaded Bears fans, we still have the right to bask in wishful thinking GP. Stop being such a buzz kill.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTKXpZhG6IQ

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    YEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp6-wG5LLqE

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Don't get your love of Morrisey. He writes about the rumors of Ruskell being the man. Who starts the rumors? The same guys writing pieces commenting on the rumors. Morrisey whines about the GM not being able to fire Lovie. If we suck next year Lovie will most likely get fired. He states McKenzie fired Jackson in Oakland as an example of a real GM. If Al was still around and he liked Jackson, he wouldn't have been fired. If we end up with Ruskell, Morrisey will pound his chest and say I told you so. If we go in another direction, all you'll hear from him is crickets.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Also, I'd argue with you about the McCaskey's don't care. Yeah, they do care. They just aren't football people and have no idea what they're doing. Why do you think a new GM would fire all the scouts? I'm sure he will bring in some of his guys but I doubt every scout gets fired. I still see Ruskell hanging onto his job in some capacity after the new guy is in place to help with the transition just not in a position of real power. Hope I'm right.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Theres no fucking way they're gong to promote Ruskell. It would literally make no sense.

  • I'm too busy fantasizing the Giants D-line tearing Rodgers a new one to think about the new GM. As long as he's not internal and has drafted some good talent. Let's pass on the Seattle guy.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    I think I'll take all the spread underdogs this week and ignore the Saints game. It'll be too close on grass. NYG, HOU and DEN have all got decent head starts and are in the top 4 defenses in the NFL.

  • I like what Tice says, I just hope with his lack of experience he can back it up. Sure hope all the talk on Ruskell is wrong. Let's get one of the young and talented people available. Its a new day, lets get some new blood.

  • I think a lot of people forget that Martz was a QB in college. He will be a big improvement over Martz, no doubt in my mind at all. I got my wish in getting rid of Martz, MB got his wish in getting rid of Angelo.

    Game on!

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Doesn't make him a co-coordinator. Just ask Zorn.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    No, you're right Murph. I guess I just was so down on Martz that I can't see Tice as anything but an upgrade. I don't think he'll win OC of the year, but I really think he will know how to utilize the skill players we have. Way better than the mad hatter.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Swish. Three points.

  • Gents, we may have a mole in here.

    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2012/01/homeland-security-monitoring-drudge-report-new-york-times/47300/

  • Oh and by the way, I "won't be denied". My "Big Lou's" pizza's will arrive today or tomorrow.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Let us know how you like it.

  • Quote gpldan:
    "The McCaskeys don't care. Period."
    This!

  • In reply to Scala:

    I guess I should qualify somewhat:

    The McCaskeys care enormously about:

    - Their reputation among other NFL owners. They want to go to the ice cream socials and stand with Jerry Joneses and not be the weird team that nobody likes. Yet they kind of are, many owners snicker about Bears ownership behind their backs.

    - Profitability. This is why Ted is large and in charge. As a corollary, they care about team valuation and staying top 10 in that, and of course cash flow is always king when talking about sports team valuation.

    What they don't care about:

    - Hoisting a Super Bowl trophy up. Frankly, it's a lot of work for them to attend ticker tape parades and the City of Chicago is kind of a PITA about it anyhow.

    - The reputation of marquee players.

    - A coach who will be a PITA to deal with, they had one of those and nobody liked that.

    Winning matters only insofar as it keeps the stands filled and the skybox luxury suites optioned. We need to be .500 or above each year regular season and beating the Packers is really important to Ginny so we need to try and do that. But not if it's really, really expensive, they don't want to be anywhere near the top 10 in payroll.

    With these priorities in place, you will get Ruskell. This has become a franchise that's really hard to be a fan of lately, because of ownership, and Chicago sports writers seem to know this, which is why guys like Haugh are on the outs with this blog. It's never fun telling people things they don't want to hear.

    Make no mistake, this is bothersome to me. Alot. I have had it with the Lovie salad days, this is become as bad as the Wannstedt era. I wish there was change. But there isn't.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    If we hire Ruskel, i'll change my name to "Da Coaches Fuzzy Taint". Why would they fire Jerry and hire Jerry II ? It doesn't make any sense at all. And to say they don't care about winning a championship is just assinine.

  • It's an asinine truth, repeated by many fools, including Hub Arkish and Mike Ditka and, if he wasn't angling for the line coach job, Tom Thayer would say it out loud as well.

    This team sat $18M under, Coach. They fed us the "we're happy with our guys line."

    Meanwhile, Daniael Manning had a near Pro-Bowl season with the Texans this year. We didn't want to pay him, just as he was emerging.

    Don't talk to me about Asinine. Being a Bears fan in a town that has given way to Packers scarves everywhere is asinine. I have a Bears scarf. Got it for Christmas. I have had about a dozen comments, which go "it's a nice scarf, but are you really a fan?" This is IN Chicago.

    I kid you not. I am the last person wearing swag.

  • Off topic big time but I thought some of you guys might get a kick out of this. And no, they aren't lip syncing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DadQcI3vK0

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    That's the whitest group of kids I've ever seen singing an African folk song.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    It kinda also showed up with their dancing buts isn't amazing how it sounded without any musical instruments? I'm trying to pull MB back into the family.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPw-3e_pzqU

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Yeah, that dancing looked familiar. Esp, when I look in a mirror.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    +1 for a Pacino Youtube link. Out of character for you.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    You mean, "Out of character for the picture you've painted of me in your mind".

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSPgbarALU0

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I'm more like this guy:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dH4LNHm_O10&feature=related

  • Phil Emery's biggest thing was endorsing Rex Grossman as a 1st rounder? Shouldn't that eliminate him from consideration?

    I'll take any of those other guys though, they all sound promising, especially the San Diego guy.

  • In reply to Perno:

    Have we really fallen so far, as to not acknowledge that every single person on that list is NOT currently a GM. All scouts or head of scouting.

    If the Bears are really the elite organization we like to think they are, if we really are a step above the Chiefs or the Saints, then shouldn't actual experience as a General Manager be an absolute crucial aspect of the hire? Because being a GM and being a head scout - those are very different jobs.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    because if anyone w/ GM experience were any good, do you think a team would give Bears permission to talk to them? c'mon man...this is how most of GMs come in place (it's a promotion...not a lateral move).

    on that note, I want Ross.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    because if anyone w/ GM experience were any good, do you think a team would give Bears permission to talk to them?

    Yes. If DeCosta really wanted to move back to the Midwest, if it was important to him and his family and he wanted the job, the Ravens would have no reason to block it. The Bears are not division or even conference rivals to the Ravens, so they would have had no reason not to.

    I would much, much rather grab a current GM than a head of scouting. Some head of scouting may love his idea of talent, but have no idea of how to deal with a guy like Cliff Stein, which is the real guy who gets the Peppers and Cutler deals done.

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2009-07-31/news/0907310182_1_negotiator-contract-bears-offices

  • In reply to gpldan:

    "Some head of scouting may love his idea of talent, but have no idea of how to deal with a guy like Cliff Stein, which is the real guy who gets the Peppers and Cutler deals done."

    I'm assuming this is an assumption of yours, so you shouldn't assume the candidates above won't know how to deal with Cliff. looking at the SD guys' track record & Ross' track record, i don't anticipate a problem w/ the accountant.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I think Stein is much more important than an accountant. We have a former account as President.

    Established agents like Rosenhaus (I know a personal favorite of Al's) like to work with Stein, because he puts together good deals, a foundation of keeping the cap in line, something the Bears are very good at.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GPL. I don't know why you're so damn dour but you're wrong on a lot of stuff.

    1. GMs don't leave successful organization during successful runs. They are literally not allowed to by letter of law without team approval.

    2. DeCosta has been approached by about a dozen teams for the last 5 years. He genuinely loves Baltimore, their owner and is going to be their next GM.

    3. Ruskell is not getting hired. Most actual beat writers don't think he's even in consideration.

    4. Cliff Stein, to all reports, is staying.

    5. And of course the GM is going to put his own scouts in. But Ruskell can easily be re-assigned within the organization and - to be perfectly honest- most GMs could easily find a role for him in their organization.

    Saying the McCaskeys don't care doesn't hold water any more. And that 18 million under the cap is not just money you spend every year. If you're at the cap every year you'll soon go flying over. If they were NOT under the cap, most of you who clamor for Forte could not have him.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    There's a lot to rebut, so let me do Reader's Digest here:

    1. I know that. But we didn't get CONSIDERED by Reggie McKenzie. Despite his having a balck head coach in place, he didn't bat an eye on his way to Oakland.

    2. DeCosta lives in Baltimore because his wife is from there. He started out of Chicago. There was a case to be made. Isn't it weird that being the GM of the greatest football organization in the NFL (isn't that what the BEars are?) doesn't trump waiting to be the GM for the fucking Ravens, the team that used to be the Browns? Come on.

    3. Let's bet a Lou's pizza on that.

    4, I know.

    5. That won't happen, he's getting the GM nod.

    $18M is way under and is cheap, and at the least, we coulda kept Manning instead of paying for VIP on the Swole. Admit that.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Whatchu talking bout gp. Evra one knows that Bill wasn't the commander in chief, Hilary was. Most successful GM's live off the backs of the people they get their information and advice from. GM is just a title in quite a few cases it's the people they assemble around them that brings success. A crucial aspect of Ross or whoever else gets the job, will be whether or not they'll be able to bring enough scouts and advisers with him..

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I tend to believe what I read in established mags about NFL organizations and how they are made/run. I think that if Ross was to get the nod, he's going to want to flush the current group at Halas Hall of scouts and put in his own team.

    I don't agree that a GM is just a guy who sits there and takes advice and doesn't wheel and deal himself. I think the best GMs in the NFL are integral parts of the organization and understand what makes good coaching and what kind of team they are trying to build.

    I think that we won't get a current GM, because any good one knows that:

    -It's not his ship, it's Teddy Ballgame's ship and don't forget it

    -No matter what they think of Lovie, Lovie is considered brilliant by the right people and they are stuck with him.

    No good GM comes to this organization under those constraints, which is WHY the list is made up of head scouts looking for their big break. And pay raise.

    Getting to that next rung of the ladder is what a lot of people care about, despite how it might go. This egocentric logic is what prompted Bill O'Brien to nuke his career by leaving the OC job with the Patties, where he was well liked by Bellicheat and could have stayed, to grab that brass ring and take the Head Coaching job at the most poisoned university in America, where his hire is universally reviled by the Penn State insiders. Nobody understands that one except O'Brien himself.

    Same with dysfunctional Halas Hall. We get guys applying who just want that GM title, and I would much rather get proven GM talent in there.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm just saying that GM have to look at the big picture first and leave the details to their subs. I think the reason Jerra had no clue was because the scouts he has assembled are bunk.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    No organization will let a good GM go to the Bears in a lateral move. To get a GM with experience he had to shit the bed somewhere else or get crosswise with the owners. The only GM with experience I've read about recently is Ruskell. YIKES! Please tell me about the guys out there with GM experience on their resume that you would like to see running the Bears.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Kevin Colbert might have been swayed away from the Steelers.

    I'd rather have a Director of Player Personnel like DeCosta than a head of scouting.

    Look, Lovie is the new GM of the Bears. They don't want a GM, they want a head of scouting. So that's what they are going to go get, if they don't just push Ruskell into the role, which is what I think will happen.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    And here's Bernstein, just killing it and saying it better than I do:

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/01/11/bernstein-what-are-the-bears-doing/

    That bit on the "passing coordinator" for Tice was pure fucking genius.

    Here's what a joke the Bears are in the NFL: We are getting turned down to interview for jobs which we MADE UP.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Jeez, GP. Can I have my Cheerios back if you're done peeing in them?

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    As long as Tice, Lovie and Maranelli have a big say in who gets drafted or signed I could care less who the next suit is. The ten year cancer is gone. So I agree with GP on Ruskell, like it or not he's probably it. It's the Bear thing to do. It's such a CF move, it's bound to be the one.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    If it may please the court, I strongly suggest most GM's looking for jobs got fired, ergo, they were someone else's problem.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Oh, and you may really enjoy the recently departed Hitchens' book "Nobody left to lie to."

    http://www.amazon.com/No-One-Left-Lie-Values/dp/1859842844

    It's only about a 100 pages. You could get through it taking a long dump. Which would be appropriate for the text within.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I liked Clinton about as much as any politician I guess. I have morphed into apolitical for the most part.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    As have I.

    Irish taught me the way. It's all about the Fed. Everything else is a circus. What Baron Von Rothchild said about 'not caring a whit who makes the laws.' and all of that.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Goddamit, GPL - I had gone something like 3 weeks between hearing about the Rothschilds...and you ruined it.

    Thanks a bunch.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Things were running so smooth in this country when Congress and the President were focusing on cum stains, blow jobs, and flavored cigars.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I do declare, there is a tear in my eye ...

  • In reply to Perno:

    Little harsh there Perno. Now if you were talkin JaMarcus Russell, or Ryan Leaf.

  • In reply to Perno:

    No, selecting Grossman should absolutely not disqualify Emery.

    Phil was not responsible for bad luck (two season ending injuries that affected Rex' mobility and confidence running the ball), nitwit coaches unable to develop a quarterback, a pedestrian and incredibly predictable offensive coordinator, and about half a million "fans" riding his ass when shit went wrong.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Sexy Rexy gets the 'John Shoop memorial get out of jail free' card.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I had forgotten Shoop, Hope it doesnt take too long to forget him again.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Amen SC

  • Jay Cutler is lobbying hard for a Brandon Marshall trade on twitter.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iJe_Z6MCTY

    This is how MB felt about Jerry.

  • If Teddy's running the show, and Stein is staying, aren't the Bears really just looking for a Head of Player Personnel with a loftier title of GM?

  • My favorite quote from the Tice interview.

    "We're gonna be an intense offense".

    I likery. I also think we can be one with the right players on the field.

  • I literally liked everything about that Tice interview.

    He's the Anti-Lovie. From now on, Tice should do all postgame interviews and media announcements.

    He's also the Anti-Martz.

    Adapt to personnel, on the sidelines, intensity...

    Man Crush!

    One thing to keep in mind though. Tice will be judged against the 30 points/game avg during that 5 game win steak under Martz.

    Also, I forget the exact #, but Martz' record with Jay under center was something like 24-14...

    Like it or not, those are going to be the benchmark Tice is judged on.

  • He better fare better at this than he did as a head coach.

  • Totally agree about Tice. If nothing else there shouldn't be all those wasted time outs and penalties because time ran out. Martz should have been kicked in the ass every time that happened. You could see Cutler's frustration building every time it happened. It's great to hear about matchups and Cutler being comfortable in the pocket. Tice talking to Cutler to see what he likes. All of this is so simple but totally foreign to the "The Genius". Not to mention, Cutler will be calling audibles. Tice knows exactly what the OL can and more importantly, can't do.

  • I disagree - I think he's going to be judged based on W's.

    No one is going to give two shits about our PPG average if we're 7-3 again next year.

  • Also, Angelo is getting paid like 5 mil even though he's no longer working.

    Why are GM contracts guaranteed, while player's aren't?

    Seems unfair to me. GM contracts should be like the players, see if that "motivates" them.

  • I read somewhere after he was canned that he was getting $1mil/yr. Have no idea if that is accurate.

    Also, GM's are part of mgmt. For more info see parachutes/golden.

    I agree it's not fair but to make things fair they would need to guarantee the players contracts (like every other sport).

  • MB? MB? Come out come out where ever you are.

  • I'm definitely leaning more towards the gpldan side of these arguments. It may seem a bit pessimistic, but it's closer to the reality of the situation.

    The job opening at Halas Hall comes with limitations and these names all make sense. From the Bears perspective, these candidates are the only ones who might actually be willing to take the job.

    The best thing the Bears have going for them right now is Jay Cutler, the legacy of Jerry Angelo. (I'm Sorry) Jay Cutler is the piece managers look at when putting together the pieces to the puzzle and having consistant success in the league. He's the most valuable assets on the books and they need to Maximize your roi, even Teddy can figure out that equation.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Beautiful ending to that one.

  • In reply to Shady:

    The quarterback is like the queen in chess, when used properly.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Chess trivia:

    Besides the pawn, was is the only other chess piece you can use on the first move?

  • In reply to Shady:

    I'm going to sound retarded, but isn't it the Knight?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Yes its the knight, but there are actually two pieces.

    You can move the knight or a pawn. Or you can knock your king over to resign :)

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Very good, it's the only piece that can move over other pieces.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Chess trivia: What's the quickest number of moves the white player can make to checkmate his opponent?

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I'll guess 9.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I'll say four. Move the pawn in front of the King. Move the bishop out, then two moves by the queen.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    The opponent would have to move the pawn protecting the king's flank.

    White would have to move the pawn. Then the bishop. Check.

    The king would be trapped by his own pawns, and his knight and queen would have to be out of position.

    Bishop comes down. Check mate.

    So 3 moves, theoretically (actually, I have done this to my drunk impatient buddy).

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    2

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Oops! *Black* can mate in two

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    In what sense? Because he's really important?

    The linemen are like pawns in that they shape the lines of attack and defense.

    The recievers are like bishops or rooks, they provide the long range attack, but are easy to shut down on their own.

    The running back is like a knight. Creates a constant threat if you don't protect holes in your position, but can be "embarassed" if placed improperly.

    Linebackers are like rooks, they form the battering ram once the pawns/linemen create an open lane for attack. And linebackers can stay behind the action and look for position while play develops.

    I would say the queen is most like roving strong safety (which is more of a college position). Wasted if you commit too early, but has the potential for long range threats as well as stunning mobility in the tighter situations.

    The QB is like the king. A versatile piece, but stays within the safety of his pawn/line protection. Occasionally becomes an attacking piece himself if the majority of other pieces are disposed of. Can outmanuever a lot of attackers 1 on 1 (pawns, bishops, knights), but can be pinned by rooks/LBs and queens/blitzing safeties if he gets out too open.

    The only difference is that knights/RBs and bishops/WRs don't need the king to help them attack.

    Wow, that went better than I thought it would...

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I see the coach as the king, QB as the queen, WR as the knight, RBs like the rook, CBs like the bishop and while I think lineman are far more valuable than pawns, sure we'll call them pawns.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I love your analysis NewBear, but I'm sticking with the Queen as the QB, because they can do the most damage when used properly. There is so many ways to compare a chess game to a football game. I like Shady's analogy of the king as the coach. If your kicking ass early, you don't worry about your king. But if it starts becoming a close game, you need to castle or find other ways to protect the king, especially if it's a defensive game.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I can't believe I got roped into this.

    The only piece weaker than the King in chess is the pawn. Both move only one square at a time, but the King can move in any direction. Lose the king and the game is over - so he's weak, but also the most important piece on the board at the same time. The Queen is the next most important piece on the board, but also the most powerful. Ergo, Cutler is most similar to the Queen in that respect ... yet he's clearly the most important piece on our board - more important than Lovie, or George or Ted, or any other player with the possible exception of Urlacher We have a paradox. Cutler is both the King and the Queen.

    Cutler & Urlacher equate to the King, Queen, one rook and one bishop combined...and we don't have a quality backup for either one. The right heads have rolled and Ginny has shown she does give a damn about winning.

    Tice knows the score. He's been there and done that as a player. He'll see us through and make smart plays that play to our strengths. He knows the line intimately. He'll protect Cutler and get him doing the things he does best. He'll be more Ditka-esque if people fuck up. He can get in their grills because he's played at the top level, unlike Martz up in his skybox. We'll easily be a top five offense if we get a good, tall receiver and either swing Lance to LT or draft a stud or sign a stud.

    Maranelli is the Sideline Yoda. Nuff said. He needs that pass rush though.

    None of those pieces can necessarily be drafted and have an immediate impact - we need to have a windfall in FA - but if we can do that then there isn't another team in the NFL that can touch us next year.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Hanie would make a good King.

  • OK this girl has some serious onions.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/video/84172180/

    Please hold strong glass barrier, please hold strong!

  • Fool's mate. Two moves.

    Are we on any consensus about drafting a Mike with the #1?

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-bears-analysis-time-will-tell-with-vintage-lbs-20120112,0,5429404.story

  • I think the Bears will probably draft a LB in the 3rd Irish. I just don't see one of the Elite LB's falling to them in the 1st round, thanks to a win on the last game of the season. More than likely, the Bears will pick whoever falls to them that was a top ten slated player(best value pick). It could be a LB but I doubt it.

    http://www.walterfootball.com/draft2012ILB.php

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    And how do we feel about that? IS BRian Urlacher's replacement ever going to found in the third round. No Sir, it is not. So what then? We need to move up and make sure we get Burfict (or whoever). ANgelo's not here so we don't have to worry about that.

  • Gotta love the Judge.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-ReoVYilCs&feature=related

  • http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/grizzly-detail/Ranking-the-Bears-GM-Candidates-137193008.html

  • In reply to Artoo:

    My vote still goes out to Marc Ross.

    I liked the part where it said, "Ross has extensive experience RUNNING drafts".

    Not to poo poo Jimmy Raye, but my patience is wearing thin for drafting hidden talent, if you get my drift.

  • Did anyone post this already?

    I am excited to see Mike Tice as the new offensive coordinator. Do you know if he plans on allowing Jay Cutler to call audibles at the line of scrimmage? I think Jay has seen enough defensive looks to be able to successfully audible.

    Matt C.
    Amsterdam

    Yes, I do believe that with Mike Tice becoming the Bears offensive coordinator, the quarterback will have the ability to audible out of some potentially bad plays based on what he sees from the defense.

  • Floyd in the last few weeks has shot up the boards.

    Drafttek has him now as 7, leaving us with Crimer.

    http://www.drafttek.com/CMDRound1_17-32.asp

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fPxHkVcLV0&feature=related

    This guy seems like Earl the Pearl Part 2 to me.

    I would much rather do as the Falcons did, and try and move up for Floyd. 7 may be unreachable, but we have 4 picks in the first 3 rounds, I'd like us to emerge with a talent like Floyd.

  • Rotty on the couch.

    I think that was another one of Meriweather's tunes.

    Either way, I am for giving Braylon a shot to bring his career back as a Bear.

    http://www.braylonedwards.com/

  • In reply to gpldan:

    10 blog points to anyone who can find ANYTHING footbal related on Braylon's website. Pets for life. Jebus.

  • But yeah, why not? We should try out a bunch of 6'4+ guys and see waht shakes. If we go into next season without a decnt, maly man-sized receiver I will a throw a season-long mickey-fit.

Leave a comment