Three Guys Bears Should Look at to Fill General Manager Vacancy

Three Guys Bears Should Look at to Fill General Manager Vacancy

None of us, except those living in the war rooms of the respective organizations, know how involved the non-GM is with particular personnel decisions. But if you're not going to hire a man with GM experience you target the high level executives at organizations run in a way you believe to be analogous with how you want your organization run. Here are three of those guys.

Marc Ross, Director of College Scouting

New York Giants

If Ted Phillips was not lying and this move will be about making the Bears a draft-based organization, hiring an experienced college scout would be a no-brainer move. And for a team that can pinpoint their needs at the WR, OL and pass rushing positions it would make sense to target the man heading a Giants team that continues to nail those positions with ease. (The Giants suffered some terrible injuries on their o-line this year and actually improved when they resorted to a second unit.) Ross is ready to make the leap to the big room and the Bears would be wise to provide him that opportunity.

Les Snead, Director of Player Personnel

Atlanta Falcons

Having watched the Falcons closely these last few years it is clear to me their issue is not talent-based. They have a head coach that seems to lose his mind situationally and a quarterback who shrinks in the big playoff spot. What I like about the Falcons front office is they go after it. They signed Tony Gonzalez when the Hall of Famer was essentially begging the New York Giants to bring him in and they balked. They gave up a boatload of picks to secure Julio Jones - a man they targeted as a verifiable game breaking wide receiver. They build their depth in the draft but they don't fear free agency. I think that's the key to building a championship group in modern NFL. (Many do not share that opinion.)

Rick Reiprish, Director of College Scouting

New Orleans Saints

I don't love the Saints talent on the defensive side of the ball. They rely far too heavily on weird Gregg Williams blitz packages to pressure the passer. But Marques Colston? Lance Moore? These guys were afterthoughts on draft day. He also is at least partly responsible for selecting the best guard tandem in football - Jahri Evans and Carl Nicks - in the fourth and fifth rounds respectively. We all know how good the coach and quarterback are in New Orleans but their draft evaluations have been the unsung hero in their alarming, historic offensive success.

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  • First to agree that the Saints have kicked ass in the draft over the last few years. That plus the deal to get Brees away from the Chargers were top notch moves.

    Anybody remember the Bears thinking about Brees when it was possible? No. Neither do I.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I shouldn't say "deal", because there was no deal with the Chargers to get Brees. They had already tagged him once, they offered him 5-50 and the Saints offered 6-60. He took the Saints deal.

    Worked out well for both of them. Takes guts to put a sheet on the table like that for a guy with the injury he sustained. Shows guts by the Saints.

  • Here's my genius idea of the day (I like to have at least one).

    A shot for shot remake of Diehard starring Elmo as John McClain and the Count in Alan Rickman's role.

    There is no off switch on this stuff, I swear...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    You DO work in finance...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Miss Piggy as McClain's wife?

  • Maybe Kermit as McClain.

    "um... uh.... yippee kay eye you mother effer"

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I think Gonzo would work much better. Camilla the chicken as his wife. Fozzie Bear as the fat cop, Pepe the Prawn as the coke head co-worker guy. Sam Eagle as the Chief of Police, and of course Alan Rickman as Alan Rickman.

  • Alexander Godonov's uber baddie played by Animal.

    We just need a script.

  • Jeff, "IF" the Bears are really still earnestly looking for a new GM, my vote goes to Marc Ross. I think his track record of drafting impressive athletes on all sides of the ball is tremendous. I definitely think he would be a great GM in Chicago. Not so sure about the other guys. If your Atlanta guy had anything to do with the Falcons getting raped for their missing piece of the puzzle in last years draft, you can count me out on him.

  • In reply to TracDaddy: you not remember they said the same thing about what we gave for "Cutty"

    ...Snead I seem to be moving toward.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    WR's do not equate to franchise QB's. Look at Arizona with Fitz. I would never sell out on a draft like Atlanta did for a WR last year. Heck I can't even remember his name. Julio something isn't it? My point exactly.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    trac........ what I was getting at is the ideal of placing the pieces around their core. ATL seemed to realize that they had Gonzales but they needed a true #1 WR and went out and grabbed it, even when others questioned how much you gave up. Something that "Glitchy" never seemed to was always we will turn someone into a #1..aka "The Experiment"- many years has this Frankenstein been brought back from the dead?

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    No offense lobo but that was a major blunder on the falcons part for trading up for Jones. They obviously thought they were better than they are last year, which in my book is the most dangerous thing a GM can do. Please reconsider.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    They have a #1 wide receiver - his name is Roddy White.

    Trading their draft away for another receiver was, IMHO, dumb as rocks.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    MBP....drafted 2005...RW's clock is ticking......27years old

    my gut tells me that they drafted Jones for the future and wanted him to tutelage under RW...gee there's a concept something this blog has been screaming for "Lach" at least two years now

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    lobo, they drafted Jones to win the SB this year and they got the one and done, go home and spank yo momma treatment by the 9-7 Giants. They came up against men, not a bunch of girly boys like they are. I want Ross dam it.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I don't think you need an understudy for a 27 yr old #1.
    Look, I appreciate the boldness of the move. I really do. I wish Angelo had taken some shots like that in the draft vs. the approach he did take.
    And I'm not saying we should damn Snead, if he was actually responsible...but I think the trade was a net failure for the Falcons in that they mortgaged future draft classes for a piece of the puzzle that didn't put them over the top. In fact, they got drilled worse this year by a team that is by all means inferior offensively to the Packers team that whipped them last year.
    That's all I'm saying...

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    To the point about an understudy, if you want a developmental receiver, you don't move heaven and hell to get them. You do like the Bears do and draft your failure in the third or fourth round and relegate them to the practice squad.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    MBP & Trac..I see what your looking and agree on the cost of drafts on that one player was high. I guess the "let's do this now" attitude is what got my spark. We are now third in a four horse race in our division and that just makes me sick with the wasted first rounders and shit "glitchy" has left us with. And most tired of "We are all set" mantra that he spoon feed us with for a decade.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I was about to type that up Mike, they already had one.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Trading two drafts away really ... and interestingly Roddy White was the NFL's leading dropsies man this year but still managed to be 7th leading fantasy receiver.

  • Really? I thought for sure RW got that honor.

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    Rick Reiprish is a win-win scenario for the Bears. He worked to built the Jags roster, rebuild the Saints roster, he has experience playing, coaching, and being a leader in successful NFL front offices. The guy is a diamond in the ruff. Definitely the best selection to take the Bears where they want to go.

  • In reply to FootballFanatic89:

    since when was building the jags' roster something to be proud of? what did i miss?

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    In reply to evantonio:

    The Jags went to the playoffs 5 of their first 7 years - that's definitely something to be proud of.

  • In reply to FootballFanatic89:

    Wow, a non-Fudger ! Welcome, man.

  • Marc Ross or Rick Reiprish. I can understand getting Gonzalez and their FA moves. I do not believe someone like Julio is worth that many draft picks.

    Julio is great and he will be a solid football player for years to come.. I mean, running a insane fast forty with a broken foot? Damn. The reason Atlanta got him were the wrong reasons.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Artoo..are they the wrong reasons? I think blogfader hit the sweet spot on Snead. The problem is not talent based, I think the jinx on this team is the coaching...4th and 1 three times and you go QB sneak when you have a BEAST in Turner..that is a WTF?

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Read this review lobo, you might rethink your position on Snead. The bleacher report dude pretty much sums up what I think about him. Young, iffy results, not seasoned enough for me.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I understand trac...I did look deeper on Reiprish and Snead and what they did with the Jags..I'm working on the timeline they both worked for the Jags together..with TC of the Giants....If thats so the draft's from 1995 with the Jags could be interesting...I understand he's young that maybe the reason for played the game for Auburn..he's been in it for sometime..

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Ted Sundquist seems like a good candidate.

    "Current Job: None

    Last Seen: Broncos GM, 2002-07

    Draft history: 2002-07, here

    The Chicago Tribune confirmed the Bears' interest in him.

    Ted Sundquist, like many of the other GMs on the list, started out as a player and then an assistant coach. In his case, he played for Air Force in college, and, with the NFL not really an option, worked as an assistant head coach for Air Force after his tour was over. He also coached high school for two years before getting a job as an area scout for the Broncos. He moved pretty quickly through the ranks, becoming director of scouting after only two years with Denver. Once he finally got the promotion to the GM position after 2002, his drafting progressively improved over the years - most impressively, he managed to draft six* three future Pro Bowlers with his seven picks in 2006, including a certain Jay Cutler in the first round. He also had good luck with his offensive line picks, finding his starting center and right guard in the fifth rounds, but also sort of missed on a first-round pick on a right tackle. He is also known as a wheel-and-dealer, which means he would be able to match Jerry Angelo's skills in free-agent acquisition. The more I read about Sundquist, the more I like him, but having been out of the league since 2007, is his still "game" ready? Still, I think the Bears would be wise to keep him on their short list if only because of his success finding starting-grade offensive linesmen in the later rounds of the draft."

  • From Trac's link

  • I wonder why he's been out of the game since 2007....

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I can understand the coaching perspective but you do not trade away two draft classes for that one guy.

    Did you hear how much the first round pick this year is going for?

    Three first round picks and two second round picks.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Aye, QB sneak with Meg Ryan.

  • I do not know why but I have a haunting suspicion that Lovie will try to get the guy from Washington.

  • Snead............He also plays a day-to-day role in the analysis and evaluation of the Falcons current roster and provides salary value analysis of all player acquisitions, while aiding in the research on how to acquire future free agents.

    Snead came to Atlanta from Jacksonville, where he worked in the pro scouting department for the Jaguars from 1995-97. Was this the same time Rick Reiprish was with the Jags?

  • Those are 3 solid GM candidates, which means the Bears will promote Ruskell.

    I nominate Hub Arkush!

  • tee hee hee..I second it!

  • None of us really know about these guys. We can look at rosters, FA, etc. but none of us really know how involved these guys were. As long as it isn't Ruskell I'll be hopeful.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Gotta much as I don't like the Jones move, we really don't have an exceptional insight into whether any of those three guys are brilliant.
    I'll take non-Ruskell for $1000, Alex.

  • This type of selection is really when the axe meets the stones because an organization really has to sift through all the behind the scenes NFL action.

    For instance, how much did Snead have to do with the Julio Jones deal?

    How much power did Ross have as Director of Scouting?

    Would Reiprish want to remake the Bears in the model of the Saints eventually?

    These are all details which Ted Phillips, a NON FOOTBALL GUY, has to decide, which doesn't exactly inspire confidence.

    Maybe they should hire an outside consulting firm again to do their job for them.

  • We could play the guessing game all day..

    How good are they without their staff because we all know Lovie is okay with our staff right now.

    Can they comply to Lovie being the head coach/gm?

    How much of their past is the results of others and not them?

    Above all, if we do that, then we must give Jerry Angleo a lesser grade because he too had his ups and downs. Who knows, maybe all the right things he did were because of Lovie.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    agree Artoo..just as long as it isn't Ratshit....

  • The son of Packers OC Joe Philbin found dead today in the Fox River by Oshkosh.
    There's been a lot of that happening in Wisconsin the last 10-15 years, all white males 18-25 years old.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Didn't notice the last sentence on my first read through...6 months for two sexual assault convictions?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    What's the current theory, Corm?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    A while ago, I thought it was a rogue cop, but there have been incidents at other schools along the Mississippi River. ALL of the incidents happen when someone loses their friends and they are totally hammered around or after bar time. Not sure. Maybe a female vigilante type, or they are just that drunk.
    I seen the sexual conviction charge, but it's nowhere to be found in Wisconsin Court records online. Funny how that happens for certain people.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Did he have a butterfly jammed in his throat?

  • In reply to TheFifth:


  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    "it rubs the lotion on its skin ..."

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Now that you mention it, I do seem to recall reading an article about that a year or so ago. Weird. I'll see if I can find it and post.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Ah, this is the site that gave me the that I think about it, you must have been the one that brought this up before. Since I went to college downstate and later lived in the same area as some of these kids (many nights spent whooping it up in downtown St. Cloud), it really creeps me out.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Here's the criminal complaint filed against Michael Philbin (PDF). It's pretty bad. It was forcible rape, according to the victim's. I guess Philbin was 17 at the time. Both victims were 16.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    The age explains why only 6 months. Makes one wonder if family members or friends had something to do with it.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I don't understand. How does age explain it? This wasn't consensual statutory rape, it was rape, at least according to the victim's statements.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I don't agree, but the "Judge" probably gave discretion because the person was under 18 and his father was the OC of the Packers. He probably had a good lawyer. Those charges should have been felonies and incurred state prison time. That rarely happens when your father is a pillar of the community.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I bet it was suicide.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Wisconsin can be a very strange place:

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I watched the Wisconsin Death Trip documentary. Creepy as all fucking get out.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Crazy.. I heard about this "smiley face" killer years ago and its still going on?

  • I think there's been a bunch of them in the last six months.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Luckily I live in Sacramento where there are no serial killers. Oh wait...

  • Yeeeesh.

  • Damn Raider fans...

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I went to Amazon and read a few reviews of the book. I feel both compelled, and terrified, to read it.

    You guys on this blog really are awesome.

  • I know Jeff thinks much ado about nothing but the fact that they're even keeping Ruskell around makes me nervous. The only reason he's here is because of Jerry Angelo. And now that the Angelo era is over, why is he still here? And if he's so good at what he does, why was he even available in the first place?

  • The Falcons blocked for Ryan, it wasn't as if he didn't have time.

    Roddy White and Jones just were not getting that open. The Giants were all over everything the Falcons did, they played like they knew all the calls.

    Jones and White have A-list talent, but it didn't help them. I get the idea: two Calvin J size corners = unstoppable.

    As one of the announcers mentioned when Johnson scored on that slant-in from Dyke-man, the high ball is essentially unstoppable with a super talent like that, because the smaller DBs are no longer allowed to head hunt.

    So a new play is emerging in the NFL, the high slant-in. It's nearly impossible to defend within the 10. QB throws a high line drive above the DBs heads, and the Jones and Johnsons just go get it with no fear of getting their ribs broken or their heads taken off.

    Look, something is OBVIOUSLY going on with respect to the rules. The #1 defense just got knocked out yesterday by a Wildcat QB.

    The two top seeds, Pats and Pack, have the two worst defenses in the NFL.

    The new league is that you score, and then you score again. Having a great D is a nice to have, but the unstoppable O is like holding all trump cards and going alone.

    The final nail will be the Giants game in Lambeau. If they get run 40-10, then we know this the year where all the old rules got tossed.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Agree gp, thats what I was saying about Tice on the previous threads. I hope he is not too old school, because the days of getting off the bus running are done. Its a shoot out league, especially with the rules about hitting receivers and qb's

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    It all depends.

    49ers, Ravens, Texans, Broncos and Giants (sorta D oriented) are still in the hunt for the SB.

    Not exactly high-scoring teams.

    Now, if they all get beat, then it's definitely a changing of the guard.

    That would mean that run/d teams can be competitive in the NFL, but never become champs.

  • Also, I don't think Tice is Ron Turner redux.

    He's going to have to stick with the Martz system as a base. That's the whole reason they promoted him "continuity".

    And ppl sometimes forget that he was actually a TE for 14 yrs, and from a Coryell, not West Coast, background, so he understands the passing game.

    I think a Tice O will simply be trimmed down, more TEs catching, less wildcat/reverse/7step drops, and naturally, a bit more run heavy, which makes perfect sense.

    Play to our strength. We have a top 5 HB. Great FB. We rushed for 2,000 yds with a makeshift Oline, who can't pass block.

    This will open up more play-action as well, so more deep shots will be there for the having, which Tice fancies.

    What I'm curious to see play out is how much Cutler will audible, and how he audibles.

    Don't even remember if he's a good audibler or not...

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Look at the teams still playing:


    Denver-Defense has played well and Tebow did have a pretty good game, I would consider them here because of the defense but there could be an argument either way so I won't categorize them
    Giants-Pretty good overall team, probably lean toward offense but they are not where they are without that amazing d-line (which is the reason I think they beat the Pack this weekend), again I give them a push along with the Broncos

    So you see it is possible to win with defense. You won't be on sportscenter as much but winning is winning.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    It's definitely a passing league now, but I like the old-school Bears football and I'm very much looking forward to Tice's reign. Control the clock, keep the ball away from the opponent, go downtown on the play-action when they've stacked the box. Backed up with smash-mouth defense it's a winner. All cliches, but effective stuff.

    It would be hard to imagine us not getting at least another big receiver and a dude for the OL - at least now that Jerry's gone - I'm psyched again for more Bears' football, only 240+ days to go!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I posted some numbers back about game 7 this season on how out of whack the passing numbers are this year.

    Sad to say, but it appears the NFL is going the route of the NBA, where the game is ruined for the sake of big numbers on the scoreboard...

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Thanks, you should repost that.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The Steelers lost two or three players on defense during that game.

    Not making excuses for them but Tebow is just above a average QB. He can make smart decisions and fool you with his speed.

    Above all, its a team game.

    I agree with that the new calls are making it hard to play defense but I think they will go away. How many personal or unnecessary roughness calls were wrong? Too many. Remember the Detroit game with Urlacher? Those need to stop.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    The Competition Committee MUST review a lot of rules this off-season.

    #1. Make roughing the passer, hitting the helmet/defenseless player penalties challengable. Hell, maybe even make pass interference challengeable.

    #2. Did the new Kick Off rules actually prevent more injuries? If so, how many and is it enough to still deprive the game of one of the most exciting aspects of the NFL.

    #3. Reviewing the whistling policy.

  • Interference calls (or lack of ) should be challenge-able too. Some official making a split-second decision that can swing a game depending on what they thought they saw happen at high speed isn't good enough. If they allow you to challenge shit, then you've got to be able to review important stuff like plays that have massive yardage implications.

  • And that is why they won't open that can of worms.

  • Probably too late to post on this thread, but I totally agree. Reviews must include audio. Was it the Steelers who had a fumbled lateral that was ruled incomplete b/c of a whistle? The correct call that the whistle killed the play, was made, but not b/c of replay.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    What the secondary has to do now, and it seems a little dirty but legal, is to low-bridge and knee hunt receivers.

    Yup. Worried about concussions? OK, if you jump high, I'm not hitting your numbers - I'm going for your calves so that you flip over, or your knees.

    What's the NFL going to do? Ban hitting helmets AND legs? Instead of numbers just put a bullseye as to where it's ok to hit?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yup, Meg Ryan is just an average QB propped up by the roster and organization around him.

    I'd love to see us pick up that CJ type, and then maybe get Justin Gage back on the cheap to give Cutty two big targets with Earl in the middle. CJ was about 40 points clear of the second in fantasy terms (of Jordy Nelson I think?). Hopefully Cutler's tweet-reachouts to Marshall (and Clady) bear fruit.

    Anyone else think Pittsburgh's D just got totally out-schemed? Looked like LeBeau just got caught completely unawares when Tebow went deep on them. Teh fact that the two top seeds have the crappiest defenses in the league will come back to bite them on the ass methinks. The old adage of 'Defense wins championships' has not yet been scotched. Neither GB nor NE can stop the run (and aren't great at pass D either) which adds up for a lot of potential damage at the hands of the G-men and the Broncos.

    8 (GB) and 13.5 (NE) point spreads are a lot to give up when you won't have the ball for a lot of the game.

  • I think LeBeau called a safety blitz on that play, and there was no deep coverage help.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    It was kind of like 2011, game 2 vs. Dallas when Olsen caught a slant and took it for a score. That was a great call by Martz, and made me hopeful he'd continue to make good adjustments. That hope died hard!

  • In reply to Jokey:

    It was first down and the broncos threw that pass out of a run formation. Fox out foxed lebeau by throwing a pass as the Bronco's had run 22 out of 24 plays on first down up till then. Lebeau was thinking gut punch and Foxy delivered a right uppercut instead. Classic x's and o's.

  • I didn't know Ruskell drafted Chris Simms. Yuck.

  • ANY of the Blogfather's 3 suggestions is miles ahead of Tim Ruskell.
    I find he fact that Ruskell's name is STILL being bandied about for the Bears GM job more than a little disturbing.

  • I keep reading the Bears are talking to various front offices about different choices. I'm guessing most of the front offices they are talking to are old school teams with GM's who are straight shooters. I'm also guessing these GM's would give the Bears recommendations and permission to talk to their up and comers. I'm guessing Ross is on their radar because of the relationship between the Mara's and the McCaskey's. That would be good news for us. Ted has zero football knowledge so he has to rely on these other front office types for help. Ruskell is still around to keep the offices clean and to hand over the keys when the new GM arrives.

    My .02.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I hope you're right especially about Ruskell...

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    25 years of mediocrity make me skeptical.

    As G.W. said, "Fool me once, shame on you...fool me fool me can't get fooled again..."

    Hope ur right, though.

  • It's nice to know GWB was a Who fan.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I sure love those little fellas! Because like Horton said, "even though you can’t see or hear them at all, a person’s a per... a person's a... deaf dumb and blind kids sure play a mean pinball."

  • Three letter network talked about how the D is dead in this league..pass..pass..pass...Warren Sapp reluctantly admitted this because of all the rules they have given the old school is really OLD SCHOOL or maybe I should say no school

  • Glad you liked that list Irish. I really want a young legit Wideout because I want to see long term success. One year and one superbowl does not cut it. I want dynasties .....too much hope?

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Mang, I'd settle for a Lombardi, and even if it was Terrell Owens catching the deep stuff I could give a shoot.

  • If he could handle being a second string then maybe I would be okay with it.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Let's start with one ring and go from there. I still have a bottle of 2004 Ditka Cabernet sitting in my wine rack.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    It's not pricey - but it's not going anywhere until we win a championship. Hopefully, it's not vinegar by the time I uncork it.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Ditka Cabernet?

    Is that like 3 penis wine?

  • Do I get bonus points for getting that reference without checking the youtube clip?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Yes, yes you do MB. I've got my entire 401K invested in Taco Corp. stock.

  • In reply to BobbyDouglass:

    Ha Ha! Plus ONE.

    Yes, I spelled it out, like Taco would.

  • If you want to dream about free agents to plug the holes, here's a pretty good site:

    Apologies if it's been posted before...

  • Okay boys, thoughts please ....

    New Orleans -3.5 At San Francisco
    At New England -13.5 Denver
    At Baltimore -7.5 Houston
    At Green Bay -8 NY Giants

    NO -3.5, DEN +13.5, HOU +7.5, NYG +8 ?

  • I don't like your Houston pick at all. Make sure the Giants pick isn't an emotional one but I think they can beat GB if they harass Rogers all day. Denver will not win this game and I don't think they will cover the spread. The Saints aren't a good road playoff team.

    My picks would be, Niners, GB, Baltimore, Pats. I don't think the road teams will fare well this weekend. The Saints are the only Team I would pick to cover the spread on the road this weekend.

  • The Saints will blow the Niners out. New England should beat Denver. IF Baltimore plays like they should then they win by a lot. I cannot figure out Green Bay or the Giants.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Artoo -

    Seriously. the Saints will not beat the Niners in SF.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Ok. That's what you think.

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  • I say sign Vincent Jackson and save the draft pick for our D or O line.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Cutler has a thang for "stick a fork in me" man.

  • Depends if we can just pick him up..funny thing is I think we are going to trade our extra 3rd for him.


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  • In reply to AnishaSham:

    I like this one best. Because I can pronounce it

    "Lezzys for cash."

    Mmmm.... hot lipstick lesbians rolling in cash. I used to make money selling that when I ran a strip club, but now I make money the old fashioned way.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Also, you dumb bitch - if you want to sell people on a scam, then your name should probably not end in "sham".

    Just sayin'

  • In reply to gpldan:



    Also helps to have an Australian accent, apparently.

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  • In reply to AnishaSham:

    Well, the first two times... I thought to myself "nah, to good to be true", but you really got me the third time.

    I'm too lazy to fvisit your website, how about I just give you my SS#, CC#, DOB, and you take it from there?

  • In reply to AnishaSham:

    Your views intrigue me and i would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

  • Good call on Marc Ross, I'd love that. Still looking forward to a visit from Mr. Malnati.

  • Did Jeff really say give up our four picks in this draft for Blackmon? ... wow

  • In reply to Artoo:

    I think Jeff has gone overboard with this WR fantasizing. He wants to believe that the Bears are one piece away from a championship team. He wants to believe that the only thing holding Jay Cutler back from being an Elite (Brady/Brees/Rodgers elite, not Eli Elite) quarterback is a capable target on the other end of his passes. He wants to believe Cutler is the answer at quarterback, because hard truth is that without an elite talent at QB, there is very little hope.

    The Bears WR corp is pretty sorry, that is undeniable. And it is certainly limiting Cutler's productivity to a certain extent. But to pretend that Vincent Jackson is going to turn the Bears passing attack into the patriots passing attack is disturbingly naive. You can look north and clamor all you want about the weapons that #12 has at his disposal, but Tom Brady and Drew Brees have done wonders with utter shit for large stretches of their careers. Devery Henderson and Deion Branch?

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    Any speculation in GB as to whether McKenzie will raid the Packers org. for his new Head Coach? Schefter says he could be looking at Winston Moss.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    I think you are too pessimistic, mainly because you are a fucking Packers troll, but also because you seem to have your head in the sand about how quickly free agency can address issues.

    VJack + Knox = shit. I agree with this. But if we could, say, get BMarshall and a decent deeper threat with over the middle ability (I really wanted James Jones), then put Bennett in the slot and everything changes.

    Forte and Cutler are foundation bits, whether you want to admit it or not. Garza is a serviceable center, Cookie was playing excellent at LG and we hope Bear Jew turns out to hold down the right. Spencer seems good at RG. We have a couple big TEs.

    All we need are wideouts that aren't jokes like Roy and a O play caller who isn't insane. Before the wheels came off from injuries, the team that took the field against the Chargers was a team ready to win deep into the playoff if they only had a single wideout besides Bennett.

    Our secondary sucks, Starsky and Hutch are a joke, and Pringles crumble too easily, but we had a D line and LBs as good as anything in the league (well, not Roach).

    I don't think the puzzle is as far from complete as you might believe, but changes had to come in draft talent spotting and in play calling. Done and done.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    And if a qb is in the same system with great weapons for years, he can score 6 tds against a play-off team even if he's the backup, i.e. Flynn.

    Morale of the story. Get a good OC for years and offensive threats and anything is possible.

    To be honest, The Bears are probably a franchise LT, WR and another solid Dlineman and CB away, but I'll settle for WR for now.

    Cutler is in the same boat Rodgers was a year or two ago. Every "expert" kept skirting away from calling him "Elite". Rodgers was "almost" there, along with Romo and Vick.

    It wasn't until he won it all in the fashion he did that Rodgers became "elite" in analyst's eyes.

    Culter has to do the same. While not racking up the same numbers (see OC, WR, LT...), there's no doubt that if Cutler doesn't get injured, that's two straight years in the playoffs, which means that he should be in that Romo/Vick zone.

    He now just has to take the next step and win in the playoffs. No one can really predict if he will, but all signs point to "yes".

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    The Packers have talent. You cannot say that Flynn is the next Rodgers because as much as it would hurt to say it, your loaded at wideouts.

    Granted the Colts proved to us that one man made a difference for his team. You can also say that Jay made a difference to us.

    That is why Jeff and everyone thinks that if we get that one guy that everyone is scared of or enough guys to where you can't key on one then we would be dangerous.

  • Hey Jeff, did you list your GM preferences in the order that you like them? Who's you #1 choice? Things seem to be very quiet and considering Atlanta is out of the playoffs, I'm guessing the Bears are waiting to talk with Marc Ross when the Giants season is over before we here any more reliable information.

  • Real analysis, good stuff....

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Great read.

    He's a really good writer. I kinda skipped the non-football stuff, but his analysis was spot on.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I liked this quote, especially since I just bitched about the current trends in the NFL by comparing it to the NBA

    "Basketball on grass" is the order of the day in college football.

  • I have another non-Bear related subject for you guys. If you have a decent computer and a decent connection I highly recommended downloading and giving World Of Tanks a try...

  • If they would have waited a little bit longer, we could have had Hue Jackson as our OC. Lot of success and experience on that side of the ball. As a coordinator and position coach Hue has done a great job.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Agree with ya about being a good coordinator but he's a back stabber and a low class guy. He went behind Cable's back to get the HC job at Oakland and then threw the other coaches and players under the bus after this season was over. Really didn't take any responsibility for the choke job at the end of the season or the undisciplined play of his team. Not a big fan.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    No to anything Cowboys.

    No to anything Raiders.

    Rules to live by me boys...

  • Since it's a slow night on the blog, here's a little music. Canada, I think you would like this, along with any jazz fans who like crazy shit. From Warren Hayne's xmas jam, the xmas jam band.
    Jeff Sipe on drums was awesome.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Canada, here's another great tune. The video doesn't do it justice. The musical tone during Dear Prudence was damn near perfect. I was hanging out with some taper friends by the sound board (where I'm always at, unless I;m right up front). I haven't heard many shows live that sounded as good as this one. I could count them on one hand.

  • New Thread.

    Sorry Fifth lol

    Post the link in the new thread.

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    I just don't get how guys with losing records on losing teams get called up for promotion. GMs are guys that represent your team, they should be experienced in ALL aspects of football and actually not still be wet behind the ears. My humble opinion. Also, if you can't evaluate (successfully evaluate) talent, you're dead in the water.

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