More Audibles From the Long Snapper: New Springsteen Track Edition

I tweeted about this already but I think Bruce Springsteen's new track, We Take Care of Our Own, has Born in the USA potential. It is a masterfully timely piece of songwriting with a potent and dangerous message. It also has a faux-patriotic hook that will surely be misused by a few candidates over the next 11 months. Give it a listen. (And yes I'm from New Jersey and yes I know.)


The Bears won't make any announcements on the hiring of Bob Bostad, Gabe Carimi's former offensive line coach at Wisconsin, as their OL coach until the Mike Tice situation is settled in Oakland. But Mike Mulligan reported on his radio show this morning that Bostad is indeed heading to Chicago for what would be a massive promotion.

Bostad left Wisconsin for Pittsburgh a few weeks back with offensive Paul Chryst. The news was not taken lightly by the Big Ten power:

Bostad’s departure is a significant loss. The offensive line has been outstanding under his tutelage, especially the last two seasons.

The Badgers had two All-Americans last season in left tackle Gabe Carimi and left guard John Moffitt, and that duo joined Bill Nagy as rookie starters in the NFL this season. The Badgers’ line last season was considered to be one of the best in school history.

He is a young, talented coach. And if Tice stays he'll be coaching under one of the best offensive line coaches in the NFL.


Pompei Does a Nice Job Breaking Down Marc Ross

Dan Pompei spends more time writing about Marc Ross in the Tribune than he's spent on either of the previous two candidates. (Good on ya, Dan) I usually would just post a link for you but I'll just throw the text on here.

Ross is a veteran of three NFL teams even though he's only 38. At 27. he became the NFL's youngest scouting director while working for the Eagles, who gave him his first full-time NFL job.

"He loved sports and knew his stuff," said former Eagles player personnel man John Wooten, who gave Ross his first NFL job. "With the knowledge he had, you knew he was something special. He has shown that in Philadelphia, Buffalo and New York."

Ross also worked for Tom Modrak with the Eagles, and Modrak later hired him to be his national scout for the Bills.

"He has a great feel for what needs to be done," Modrak said. "He's able to see what the job is all the time. He's a really good talent evaluator."

It's almost cliche to say Ross is bright, but everyone says it anyway. He has a bachelor's degree from Princeton in sociology and a master's in sports administration from Massachusetts. At Princeton, he played wide receiver and still holds the school record for average yards per reception in a season with 20.2 in 1993.

But those who know Ross say he isn't one of those brainiacs who doesn't deal well with those around him.

"He is smart about football and people," Modrak said. "He has a feel for the room. He has the ability to pull things together. He draws from everybody around him because he's very aware."

That doesn't mean Ross can't be strong-minded. Modrak said Ross sticks to his convictions even if others disagree.

However, like former Bears general manager Jerry Angelo, Ross is considered a consensus builder.

"Here we do everything together," Reese said. "Wherever Marc goes, he knows everybody's voice is important. I think he'll take that with him. We come to a consensus on guys. We don't necessarily have one guy say this is our guy. If we can't come to a consensus, we'll pick somebody else."

Ross does not have extensive administrative experience, but he has done some contracts and Reese gives him considerable autonomy.

"Reese has him run the draft, very similar to what Ernie Accorsi did with Reese," said Wooten, who endorsed Ross in a phone conversation with Bears coach Lovie Smith. "He's ready. He's ready to run a team."

Reese agrees.

"On draft day he does a tremendous job," Reese said. "He has veteran scouts around him and young scouts around him and he manages those guys really well. He stays out all year long looking for players just like our scouts. He's definitely qualified. Obviously I'm biased, but there's no reason for him not to succeed. He'll do a tremendous job wherever he goes."

He's the guy. It is simple as that. I would not have a terrible problem with Raye or Emery. But Ross just feels like the guy.

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  • first to say i'll be "meh" with any of these guys up until the draft. that's when we'll see if they're worth their salt or if they're drafting oft-injured receivers from Oklahoma way higher than they should be.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    not that i'm not stoked jerry is gone and we're getting fresh blood, mind you, but as none of these candidates have been GMs before i don't think any of us really know how they'll perform.

    i miss leon joe.

  • "WE TAKE CARE...."

    Not bad at all but my favorite track from The Boss is still GLORY DAYS.

    On Ross...
    "He stays out all year long looking for players just like our scouts. "

    Didn't somebody recently write when discussing several candidates that

    "The knock against him is that he's not the hardest worker." ?

    How much harder can a guy work than staying out all year?

  • Today's Blog thread

    Invokes "The Boss"
    And makes the case
    For hiring Marc Ross.
    Burma Shave

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Well executed, Al! You are a gem, my man.

  • The problem with former GM's is they are unemployed for a reason.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Well, sure. But that reason could be the same reason Bill Cowher and Jeff Fischer were unemployed. Sometimes dudes just need to step away.

    And yes, I know Cowher is technically employed as an analyst and Fisher is as-of-now employed as a coach, but I think you're picking up what I'm putting down.

  • Would the Chin like to go to the Colts?

  • would he like to come here and kick lovies ass for the job? I'd PPV to see that... in fact, I'd pay double.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Those southern boys have fight in em.. Be careful lol

  • I think lovie's a lover not a fighter erik. Just my gut,

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He's from Texas. Don't underestimate that. And yeah, I lived there... for 12 years.

  • Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians "might not return in 2012," the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    They do not know if he is retiring or not but it wouldn't hurt to ask if he would like to be our qb coach.;_ylt=AgsP9j3DoOV4kfaMz8DyyXlDubYF

  • bit of a step down from OC to qb coach, no?

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Yeah, but for someone who thinking about retiring.. It would be less work and easier for him.

  • Bruuuuuuuuuuuce!

    Too bad the Big Man is gone. There were rumors that Bruce was going to show up at a tribute concert here in Norfolk last weekend but no dice.

    Darkness on the Edge of Town - pure awesome.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Although - got the live 75/85 set on cassette tape for Christmas when I was ten and I think it's probably the best thing I've ever heard, start to finish. I love the covers on it just as much as the original songs.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Having never seen Springsteen, I never understood the big deal about him. But I have heard and read that you need to see the guy live.


    Craig.. what have you been drinking?

  • I agree... let's get ross in here NOW. Nothing will inspire more confidence in the 'new regime' than bringing in the right guy at the most important management spot for this org right now.

    We get Ross and I think we might just be on our way to the next step. Of course the whole lovie/tice thing still looms, but step 1 - get good smart young aggressive GM in here now... then blow out FA and the draft to patch all of our lingering angelo gaps.

    Then, if lovie doesn't work out next year I'd like to see the new brain trust bring in a guy like cowher and a real OC/DC to change it up... we'll probably be in rebuilding mode with some of our older stars finally slowing down after next year anyway.

    (ok, calm down... one step at a time MB...)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    oh, and I'm a west-coast guy so I don't really get the whole Boss thing. He's kinda like a mix between elton john and Bon Jovi for me. To each their own.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Whaddya listen to, Don Henley?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    slow your roll son, slow your roll.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    So....Glenn Frey then?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Hell yeah man!!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    you trying to convince me of my point or yours?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Oh hell no.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Next time I shank you in MW3, there's going to be a lyric sheet to "Downbound Train" attached to the knife handle.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    can't shank me when you're dying from hot lead being fired from 100 yards away.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Did you get an aimbot or something?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    wow. that hurts.

    Oh it's OWWWWWN.

    btw, quick tip MBP... you have to logon and accept invites in order for any of this to happen. (hee hee)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Thought you'd like that.
    Not tonight - Illini are playing...but tomorrow, yep. It's on.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    John Tesh, baby! (Yes, I'm fucking kidding)

  • In reply to SC Dave:


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Elton Fucking John?!?!


  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    hahahahaha... I knew that would rile a couple of youz guyz up. Yeah man, he's an old dude trying to be relevant again. I don't know... maybe cause I'm a cali guy or maybe I'm just not old enough (shocking I know).

    Let me ask you this my man... would you rather go see his new show live, or fucking Van Hallen live... not Van Haggar, VAN FUCKING HALLEN?!?!? See what I’m saying here?

    Look, bottom line, music is very subjective and personal. I know he's a legend and a great musician who’s beloved by millions and that’s awesome... he's just not for me.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That depends. Bruce and the E Street band live in concert? Hands down. An acoustic set by Bruce alone, or a concert just featuring stuff from the 2000's? I guess I'd take the Van Halen concert.
    I'm not a huge fan of the newer stuff, but the songs from Nebraska, E St Shuffle, Darkness, Born in the USA, are some of the greatest rock/folk/blues songs ever written.
    Even the B-sides are classic.

    I LIKE Van Halen, but I thought anything post-Dave was pretty laughable, and not in the same way as his solo stuff was.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    SMH... you should check out that great glen fry stuff above then... I think you'd really like it maings.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Dear god.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    dude, the heat is on man... the heat is OWN!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, I wouldn't mind having the Chin but go to admit he doesn't really seem to be all that.

    He did however set up an amazing staff and coaches over his time.

  • bingo.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    and as you well know, my first choice to replace lovie before this year was jimy harbaugh in a big way. How'd that whole thing turn out for SF? Fuck man, I would have loved to have gotten him back in Bears gear. He's been insanely, 100% successful at every coaching job he's had over the last 5 years. Guy is a bad ass plain and simple. Angelo missed that boat too... shocking I know.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I want to wait a few years before I agree to that statement.

    I seriously do not see how Mike Singletary screwed that team up and how he has guided them with a qb that everyone said was done.

    If so, then yes, we definitely miss out on a amazing coach. That being said, we missed out on Jeff Fisher if he manages to make the Rams relevant again.

  • Erik, harbaugh went into university of San Diego when they were a gloryfied high school team and turned them into a DII force in 2 years. Then took the job at Stanford, and.... then goes into SF and.....

    Dude's legit. And he does turn arounds in SHORT periods. I don't know what he's got, but he's got it. There's a track record of it.

    jeff fischer.... meh. I don't get this one either. If memory serves Jeff loves him too.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Give it time. One year. I mean, I remember wanting to get Rex Ryan and that was a mistake. Even after he took his teams to two AFC championships.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yeah, Harbaugh has something going for him.
    Pretty ridiculous track record at this point.

    NO one...not one single person on the planet saw the 49ers doing this.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Due credit to you....I wouldn't have guessed he'd have out-of-the-gate success.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Except Harbaugh.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I don't know, Artoo - I'm not even sure he'd have said behind closed doors that he'd have them in the NFC championship in year one.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Since he was a Bear, maybe we could get him eventually.

  • I know how much some of you like mullin, so here's his GM candidate breakdown. I loved the format of this... short and sweet, until I read through and realized he really didn't offer any conclusions or suggestions on any of them one way or another, so it's not so much an analysis of each, as a summary. It’s more data anyway…

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    HA! I read that earlier and I didn't post it on here because of that same reason.

  • I'd really like to see the Marc Ross sign his contract Monday morning. He can either say goodbye to the his team as they end their season, or else celebrate his good news and get out of the way early enough for them go into Superbowl mode. Either way, it'd be good timing for him.

    It would also be good timing for the Bears. They can send him to all of the upcoming college talent exhibitions. They can involve him in the assistant hiring process now that most coaching staffs are out of the playoffs. They can start their non-existent offseason ready to work.

  • Good teams build through the draft. Ross has a proven trac record doing that. We need to build, Ross is the best candidate for the Bears, period. The guy is young and could stick around for a long, long time. I'm all in with this guy. I think lovie will run out of excuses very soon with this guy as our GM.

  • To break the mood a little bit..

    Two movies that I missed watching till I got them on DVD.

    Braveheart and Gladiator.


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    why lol


    Look at Sosa. .Tell me if you recognize him.

  • posterboy for why NEVER to take roids. Dude looks sick.

  • By the way, this interview with Dilfer (by Don Banks just to make sure that it really sucks) is heeeeeeeelarious.

    Yeah, Trent - it must've been really difficult to be talked about as a "game manager"...wait, I think you were talked about as a really shitty QB that they wanted to touch the ball as little as possible. "Game manager" would have been a step up.
    What a turd.
    His career stats are terrible, particularly in comparison to Flacco (who I have no love for).

  • Having worked with 2011 first-round pick Gabe Carimi in the past, Bostad helped Wisconsin consistently field one of the country's best offensive lines. Four of Bostad's players over the past two years (Pete Konz, Kevin Zeitler, John Moffitt and Carimi) earned first team All-American recognition.

    Get this man.

  • + a wholelot... I believe we have the inside track (trac?) since we have tice... and his son plays for wisc.

    IF tice stays, we can prolly get him.

  • Bostad and Chryst are really gonna be missed at Wisconsin. Bostad might stay in college. He was a hell of a recruiter for the Badgers as well. Hope we get him.

  • what the fuck... this is disgusting man:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Unreal. The parents have got to just be hanging their heads.
    If that was my brother, son, nephew getting mobbed, the cops better put those runts in protective custody.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    +awholelot. I thought the exact same thing. If my son ever tries to be a bully, I'll show him how it feels. fucking cowards.

  • I thought the new CBA rules made it to where teams that were cheap or rich could not hoard money and are forced to spend a certain amount. How are the Bears managing to do this?


    His numbers are not bad but he is great in the endzone.


  • Watch it.

  • not big enough for me. We've been wanting a true bigassed #1... I want a dude 6'4"+ and 230

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That's what she said!

  • not sure what to say here... so I won't.

  • For your sake, Artoo, I hope that's not what she said.

  • Woody Johnson just finished 30-min session w/ beat writers. Says Holmes w/b back in '12, calling him "one of the best players we've had."

    oh well

  • Holmes called out the Oline AND Sanchez.

    2011 Stats.

    51 rec 654 yds 8tds

    Those are Knox numbers. Granted, Holmes had Sanchez.

    Scroll down his page a bit, and one sees these little nuggets.

    "Unnamed veterans and team sources on the Jets are taking shots at Holmes, saying he shouldn't return to the team in 2012, the New York Daily News reports. "He's a cancer. It's like dealing with a 10-year-old," a club source said Monday. (Tue Jan 3)"

    "Holmes has a $7.75 million base salary for 2012 that is fully guaranteed, so the Jets don't have an easy way out of this. It should make for an interesting, if crazy, offseason in New Jersey."

    I guess, like Springsteen, NYJ "Take care of their own"...

  • Year before that he lit it up for a wideout who had to miss 4 or 5 games.

    I'm not saying break the bank for him or give up our 1st,2nd, and hell our 5th for him.

    Someone will want him and if he goes where he has a qb, like Marshall, I am sure he would succeed.

  • History has shown though that the Bears under Lovie steer clear of guys with "baggage". Hell, they got rid of C. Harris because he tweeted too much (that's my suspicion). His numbers also fell that's got "Haynesworth effect" written all over it.

    Also, the new GM might not want to start off his new regime that way.

    I wouldn't mind taking a flyer on him, but not for 7 mil/year, and not for anything more than a 4rth. That way, if he keeps his prima donna ways, he can be cut.

    All this is moot most likely anyhow. I think the Jets are stuck with him, much like NJ is stuck with Bon Jovi.

  • Ha! They are stuck with him. He can always restructure and ask to be traded.

    Sounds like Lance Briggs situation right now.

  • The Jets are a huge mess right now, so who knows how it all works out.

    Could be like the Cubs with Zambrano. Just get rid of his ass and swallow the money.

    But since the NFL has stricter Cap, may not be possible. Not even sure how Holmes can restructure his deal.

    Surly, he won't give back the guarantees. Jets are fucked.

  • No fucking way I want his ass.

  • BTW, never got the love for "The Boss". Seems like every 40 year old housewife likes Bon Jovi, while her husband jams The Boss.

    For my money, Nick Cave and Tom Waits are waaaayyy better...

  • Jeff is from Jersey.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Like Jay and Silent Bob?

  • Tom Waits++++++++

    Since you mentioned him, I'll have to check out this Nick Cave guy....

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Hey 4ever, check out Harry Manx. Somehow, I think you'll like him.

    Not my fave, but the first I found....

  • ha, I just saw Jeff's tweet, and I was thinking the same thing last night...

    How if we can get Marshall for our 3rd (or even two 3s), how that would dramatically improve our team.

    that way the Bears can be free to draft a LB like Burfict, S like Barron, or CB like Kirkpatrick...

    Then, we can get M.Williams as our big FA splash.

    Get some second tier WR like Jerome Simpson.

    Then, I fell asleep and dreamed of sugar coated candy lands...


  • For a 3rd, it would be sweet. But if we don't go OL or MLB with first pick, I really like Alshon Jeffery. On the other hand, I'm no pro scout :-)

  • It is a masterfully timely piece of songwriting with a potent and dangerous message.

    That a house divided cannot stand?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The lyrics were very sly

    References to New Orleans and the Superdome (Katrina anyone?)

    Then from sea to shining sea (Manifest destiny, Trail of tears anyone?)

    Coupled with "We take care of our own" are bitterly ironic.

    Still, only slightly better than "Down in a Blaze of Glory" by Bon Jovi lol

  • Young Guns straight-shooters!

  • Gad, speaking of Trail of Tears, since I'm gambling our taste in music is similar, try Battlefield Band's The Road of Tears.

  • Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte suggested Wednesday he wouldn't react favorably if the team places the franchise tag on him this offseason.

    "I wouldn't say 'hold out,' but people probably wouldn't know where I was," Forte told ESPN 1000 in Chicago, via ESPN, regarding what he might do if he receives the franchise tag.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP...I read that also and I 'm hoping that this management is just waiting to get the GM in place and then take care of Double Deuce...

    let's get Ross..get tice back into the fold, bostad done. work a deal to get the magic of Cutty & Marshal again go into the draft with some key notes to play with!!!

    again I am asking Baby Jebus (my favorite of all the Jebus') for some guidance...heck if he can shine down on Te-boner what's the matter with a little light on us for a change.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    We all know it would be sheer idiocy to not make Matt happy. Does Bears management?

  • Noooooo.... not a second!!! our extra 3rd... or even one third and a 4th. We still need spots #1 and 2 for a OL and a DB (FS please).

    @yourboyroy If new GM deals #2 pick to Miami for Marshall and draft WR in first round he'd become a hero in the city of Chicago.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    A second would be high for Marshall. They would get one of their picks back for trading for him.

    I don't get why they would want to get rid of their best WR.

  • I don't think they would McLargeHuge.

    However, Mia is going to have a new coach, and he may want to start reshaping the team with his guys and not players he inherited.

    Two 3rd rounders might be enough to tempt them.

  • Bon Jovi's credo; don't bore us, get to the chorus.

    I try not to give anyone shit about their musical tastes. You like what you like. I might laugh my ass off when you're not around but wouldn't give you any shit about it. Of course, I love Blues so it's not like I'm on the cutting edge of sophistication.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Yeah, I learned long ago that musical taste is highly personalized.

    I go by Immanuel Kant's observation. "Truth is disputable. Taste is not."

    Or like Chris Rock says, "Whatever music you first got laid to is gonna be the same music you die listening to. I'll probably be in some convalescent hospital in a wheel chair bumping 2pac..."

    I was just messing with Jeff and NJ in general about The Boss and JBJ.

    Bet you never thought you'd see Kant and Bon Jovi in the same sentence...

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Bon Jovi has pretty hair, like Fabio on the Packers. Canada, loved your lines about the "awesome" hair flip by Matthews a few threads back. I've used that to piss off a few Packer friends this week.
    I know what you mean about music. When I blather on about Govt Mule and how I've followed them on tour all over the country and to Jamaica, I get strange looks from people.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    hunti asked me
    to pass this along
    you sir
    are pure genious
    govt. mule and jamaica
    what a beeee----u--tiiiiiful way to
    lose all sense of self

  • In reply to The Void:

    Thanks Hunti. Couldn't afford Jamaica this year. A friend and employee, who I got into Mule, proposed to his girlfriend (good friends with her too) during Warren's solo show in Jamaica a few days ago. He's said for years he would never get married again. I think she was blown away.

  • Worst 80s Sports Posters of all time

    Funny Shit. Quite a few Chi town athletes. Like most things 80s, unwittingly gay lol

  • man that rams one is so incredibly gay. wow.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    how about the one with Singletary, Marshall and Wilson?

    "the bermuda triangle. they can go in but they can't come out"


    I remember a lot of those posters, and like He-Man, in retrospect, quite gay.

    Not that there's anything wrong with that...

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