Emery Must Act Decisively as Free Agency Opens

Emery Must Act Decisively as Free Agency Opens

One weekend remains until GM Phil Emery embarks upon this all-too-important 2012 free agency period. How does he add the pieces necessary to elevate a very good 2011 Bears team (with healthy quarterback) to full blown championship contender? How does he do so while also beginning to construct depth at aging positions across the roster? How will he spend the nearly $30 million in cap promised to the roster by McCaskey/Phillips as they announced a hike in ticket sales?

Here's one thing Emery can't do if he hopes to gain favor in the court of public Bears fan opinion: wait. No Chicago Bears season has ever ended quite the way 2011 did. Anticipation reached a feverish pitch as the Bears reached 7-3 but the guidos left the beach as Roy Williams dropped a ball at the goal line, Marion Barber ran out of bounds and Caleb Hanie did a whole bunch of Caleb Hanie things. (This will hopefully be the last mention of Hanie in this column.) Bears fans wanted the 2012 season to start before the 2011 season ended.

Emery must act decisively. If Bears fans are forced to sit silently in front of their televisions as Vincent Jackson signs in New England and Mario Williams moves to the Meadowlands, they will grow impatient. If Bears fans are forced to hear carefully-worded rationales as to why Kamerion Wimbley and Pierre Garcon actually make the Bears better (at cost) they will grow impatient. Fans know where the roster holes are in Chicago and they want those holes filled. They know the Chicago Bears have money and they want that money spent. (Especially in the absence of a long term Matt Forte contract.)

Just imagine the clock striking midnight on Tuesday March 13th. You've put your kids to bed hours ago. The wife is snoring on the couch. You jump on the old Twitter feed or check ESPN News one more time before lights out and read, "Bears, Mario Williams Finalizing Contract." Talk about playing the remainder of the offseason with the house's money.

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  • First to hope that happens.

    Mario Williams.. Lovie better be going to his house like he did Peppers.

  • I still think Mario Williams in FA and Mercilus in Round 1 would be absolute insanity, but if that happens Emery better have a lot of good WR prospects in mind for the later rounds.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    If the Bears go after Mario Williams. Phil will be making a safe FA pick up for his first time at GM.

    A few years back, the Bears were rumored to be going after Peppers but nothing was concrete, till on twitter Adam Schefter reported that Lovie Smith was at Julius Peppers house.

    I don't know if it's because we are under Phil Emery now and that he doesn't let a word out "like every gm should be like" or if it's because we have no interest in him.

    Tuesday will reveal all I guess. Just last year we were going after Jason Babin till he got a huge contract from the Eagles. Hope.

  • I'm still singing the praises of Regie Wayne. And after a sub par season last year, at least by his standards, he should be a relative bargain. You add a free agent DB and TE and a backup QB our cap money is just about spent. You pick up another WR or two in the draft as well as a LB and I think the Bears have a real shot at taking it all.

  • Wayne will go somewhere with Manning. Guarantee it.

    The dude has been in the league for years, and isn't hurting for cash. I could see him turning down a few extra million to play with his homeslice again.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Don't be surprised Garcon doesn't go follow either.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    isn't the dude like 48 and a half?

  • riding home from work this evening
    listening to miller and moulten
    espn radio jocks in Naples fla.
    interviewing a reporter mfrom Miami
    reporter said manning will be talking to denver tonight
    arizona tomorrow and his last stop will be Miami
    says W U of Miami standout
    and has been with manning
    workingout in their off season hometown
    both will be Dolphins
    he said owner will pony up
    and buy them both
    Miami's D and marshal and bush on O
    make for the best fit
    of the three teams he has chosen to visit
    this has been the talk since tues.
    and it is getting legs
    as the days pass

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    W had a great history in SWFLA
    as a college student
    manning may help him
    put some lightning back in the bott;e
    down here
    even Marino is on board with this

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    He is not getting away until he talks with Tenn. Myself the best place Peyton could go is Houston

  • Ok I read this article and had to laugh


    "Orton's chances of ever seeing the field in Chicago would not be good, given Cutler's durability over his career."
    Bwahahahaha! Hhahahahahaa! Oh man I cant breath!

  • Dude, do you ride the short bus to work everyday? Read the question and sound out the words out loud if it helps.

    Didn't miss one game in 3yrs of starting in highschool (45 games+)
    Didn't miss one game in 45 games at Vandy (a school record) (45)
    -multiple concussions during his time at Vandy and played through them all.
    2006 - played all started and played 5 games
    2007 - played all 16
    2008 - played all 16 and went to pro bowl
    2009 - played all 16
    2010 - played in 15 games and missed 1 game because he was sacked an NFL RECORD 9 fucking times in one half and had his head thrown off of the ground. Tore his MCL in the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME and missed the 2nd half.
    2011 - Played 10 games and missed the last 6 because of broken thumb and torn ligaments on HIS THROWING HAND.

    Sac, you truly are a huge dbag.
    2011 -

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Wow- I didnt realize my HS and College activities counted as part of my career. I'll have to start beefing up my resume!

  • Like I've said before.. he finishes this season I'll get off his back. Until then i'm gonna bust his balls for getting injured in 100% of the seasons he's played for the Bears because those are the only seasons I care about. Now dont you have video games to play against some preteens or something?

  • He didn't get injured in 2009. He toughed out a 2010 season that saw us in the NFC Championship game with almost no offensive weapons besides himself and Forte. He had people talking Super Bowl until he got hurt trying to make a play that made everyone realize why he IS the qb we need on this team.

    Also, I only play video games against pre-teens after 1030pm because they get tired easily and their skills erode.

  • HEY! I'm not a fucking pre-teen.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    not that I know of

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:


  • it's relevant because it speaks directly to your thoughts on his durability.

    Sac, I don't get you man, you have a quality comment like the Reggie Wayne,DB,backup QB post and then you have ones where you sound like the stereotypical Yahoo Sports poster.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    +1 he broke his thumb saving a TD because Knox fell down.

    Sac if you're laughing because you think Cutty is a pussy then you sir are trolling. The only angle I would allow is the dark humor from how horribly bad JA let this situation develop.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Sac is a single-issue troll. I'm sure we all remember his many "Mr. Glass" comments. He made similar statements about Knox after the back injury.

    He always gets bashed for those comments. He knows he will when he posts them. It's what he wants. Give it to him, or don't.

    Sac, if they stop feeding you, there are places you can go for a good spanking when you need one.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Need I post the obligatory SC Dave thing about feeding?

  • Out of curiosity. The past 10 years of Superbowl winners. How many of them made a big FA splash in the off-season or two before they won the big game?

    Every year I see a team bet it all on "the missing piece." But those teams usually underperform. Take Atlanta as an example - they bet their draft on a top tier WR, and he's great, but they lost in the playoffs. Why did they lose in the playoffs? Because they have so many holes in their roster... probably because they over-committed to one position.

    I know the Saints and Patriots have a ton of money invested in basically an elite passing attack. But it seems to me that they built those attacks over time rather than making bold off-season plays.

    Am I wrong?

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Over-committed to one side of the ball. Everyone knows they need a pass rush, corners, and some safeties. Instead, they traded a lot of picks for a WR and now have no pass rush.

    Abraham is leaving the Falcons.

    Eagles did it last year, The Bears managed to do decent the year we went all in for JP, the Vikings sucked it up, and that's all my memory will let me go back before googleing.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    TIME is something Urlacher, Peppers, Peanut, Briggs, Garza DON'T have.

    So we gotta buy time through FA and insure ourselves through the draft.

    This fa/draft is the most important one in the last 4 years I think.

    Just jubilant JA isn't there to fuck it up, so I'm actually excited this year, as opposed to being resigned to trading down or voiding the first two picks under JA.

  • + so much I can't even tell you

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I know, this offseason I feel like MJ making "The Shot"


    Having Angelo drafting was like going out with a hot chick with herpes. BuzzKill.

  • More like a troglodyte with super AIDS and a fat bank account.

    She might break the bank for your birthday, but you still feel so dirty.

  • Yeah. Nothing will make me happier than seeing Garza (cough) get his ring.

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    Last years draft wasn't messed up. Gabe Carimi is a find. He's going to be a stud. Agreed that this is the most important draft in the last 4 years. Agreed, glad that Angelo is gone.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    talk about setting yourself up for dissapointment.

    I hope like hell it's not the case mike, but those guys don't just 'get forgotten and get found' by a lucky soul like angelo in a draft.

    Shithead took a risky shot and we had him for only 2 games last year as a result. Whatever the outcome, we need another option at tackle just in case.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    speaking of atlanta
    I heard this a.m.
    on espn that atlanta
    will make a big play for mario

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    In reply to huntinbare:

    Here's hoping the Bears go big and Mario wants to play with a couple HOF defensive teammates.

  • http://blogs.nfl.com/2012/03/08/de-motivational-posters-for-the-2012-nfl-draft-class/?module=HP11_content_stream

  • http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/18362/free-agent-preview-mike-wallace

    Last time I post this.

  • Only two receivers in the past 30 years have gained more receiving yards and scored more touchdowns during their first three years than Wallace, and they make for pretty good company: Randy Moss and Jerry Rice.

  • Production is production, unless you're a sports writer who wants to shit on fans that don't agree. Then production only counts if it's a guy you like.

  • That's some pretty solid form in the book right there. If we got ourselves a 6.4/6'5 guy in the draft/FA too ... why not? He's only 25 and already one of the most productive receivers in the league. Top 3. Rather than reach for someone in the first, it might be spent better on this guy. I've come around on him.

    Yes to Wallace and sign Plax to give us the tall guy.

  • his production is compelling
    how much will he cost

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    A first and a big contract or enough to where the steelers can't counter

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    Going after restricted free agents is a sure way to get your heart broken. If the Bears got Wallace, don't they still need "the big receiver Cutler covets"?

  • mario williams in the meadowlands? have you seen anything linking him to the giants/jets, or are you just making things up?

    cause seriously, if the giants trot out tuck, jpp, osi, mario, i will shit a brick. an actual brick.

  • Sac's post was so fucking dumb I feel that I can't post the rest of the day. I actually am fucking dumbfounded at this point.

    It is quite amusing and infuriating to read bloggers opinions on how tough an NFL player is when that very same blogger if driven into the ground by BJ Rajii even one time would in fact die on the field. What a fucking idiot.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    one of my favorite things about technology is that it allows me to rewind and watch big hits. i enjoy pointing them out to my girlfriend and saying at the point of impact, "right there! that's where i would've shit myself."

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Some of us have actually played football Johnny and remarkably I didnt die when playing in HS or at JC. I know all of your football experience was gained through Madden so let me put this in terms you can understand. There's an "atribute" called toughness in your lil video game. I would go in there and look at what Cutlers rankings were... just so you can confirm that i'm not the only one with these whacky ideas. Apparently when you get injured multiple seasons in a row it makes it hard for you to truly be a "franchise QB"

  • cutler has a toughness rating of 72. but i dunno how true that is. the same game gives todd collins a rating of 70 and nathan "i look good with a clipboard" a 76.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Collins was plenty tough...like a piece of chicken left out in the summer sun for a couple of weeks.

    And just as mobile.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    It's debatable whether the piece of chicken has the faster 40 time.

    But Collins would probably have the edge in accuracy.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    remember when mic
    put rocky in the ring
    and asked him to
    chase that chicken down
    chickens are quick off the line
    but, can they finish

  • To settle the argument, I propose the blog take up a collection to pay BJ Raji to tackle Sac one time, if full gear and at full speed. If Sac survives, he wins the argument.

  • ...to be fair Johnny plaid DB in HS and college too Sac. He broke his neck playing. From what I know about him from here, he knows what toughness is.

    But he was pretty harsh re: your post.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    played. jesus.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I broke my neck because I was playing with a broken wrist and thumb and torn ligaments, played with a club that went up to my elbow and had to be shaved down by my brother to allow my elbow to bend and faked a doctors note that said I could participate in physical education type activities and instead of tackling turned myself into a human missle.

    Then after I recovered from a broken neck I played against Div 3 opponents after walking on to the team. It by no means was D1 competition but I know what it means to tough it out.

    I was too harsh on Sac only because he was acting like a douchebag and his comment was fucking ludircrous. Anyone that has played hurt, really hurt against guys that could really hurt you shouldn't make comments about a competitor like he's some pussy off the street. I'm defensive about that and it's weird I know but I respect that about athletes and can't stand when people make bullshit remarks about it. I'd rather have them slander the pope than talk shit about a true warrior.

    My mom used to say I wasn't a little asshole but was just acting like one. However, if you act like a little asshole over 30% of the time you are in fact a little asshole.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Fuck the Pope. Feel better now?

  • i do, i'm now over it and enjoying a triple IPA.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Waffle. It's a classic example of a guy who let's pride keep him from changing his "cutler is pussy" stance that he hastily made when emotions ruled the moment after the NFC Championship game. Some people like to cling to an opinion that they know is wrong because they think changing their minds is some sign weakness. It's pretty infuriating, I agree. And it's pervasive on the interwebs.

  • the part that really was illogical was the part about since he got hurt he can't be a franchise qb. Do you think alot of these qb's would chase down that guy and lay the fuck out to tackle a guy while he is being blocked?

    If the "franchise qb's" in this league were on the Bears they would have left the field in a fucking body bag. The only qb that I feel could have handled the fucking consistent heat that was brought on Cutler and survived is Rodgers.

  • No kidding. Fres was forever calling Cutler, Cuntler and carrying on about Jay being a pussy. After that Giants game where Jay played most of the first half in a concussed state and was mauled, how anyone could call him a pussy is beyond me.

  • Sorry Jeff, I guess there's no way to let you down gently. Emery is not going after Mario or VJax. Get over it and come on back down to earth. Angelo was an anomaly and he made the big signing's to save his job cause he had proven that he was a sucky GM relying strictly on the draft. Emery will not pay too much for anyone this year. I look to see him make solid moves, not risky or gaudy/expensive ones. Emery is going to be decisively methodical and consistent. Don't, I repeat don't, expect him to wow you with flashy signings. Not this year anyhow's.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    hey now. remember - the bears weren't trading for cutler or signing peppers, either.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Don't forget, we have a new McCaskey running things now, Trac. George may be the type that tells his GM, "win now, at any cost". It's probably more likely that monkeys will fly out of my butt, but a girl can dream.

  • OK inglorious bastards, I'm back from Big Bear. All in all, it was pretty cool. Summer's coming in L.A., so I decided to chill in a jacuzzi downing some brews while it snows outside watching "Plane, Trains and Autos" .

    Only obstacle was the god damn fog on the way up. I literally couldn't see 10 feet ahead of me. I had to follow the yellow lines, and then when that disappeared, the white line on the outside of the road, you know, the one right next to 6,000 foot drop.

    The gal I was with wanted to turn back, and even though a part of me wanted to too, I - just - couldn't - do it. So there I was driving blind up a windy mountain side.

    Why we men do such bonehead things will forever be a mystery.

  • pussy, glory, or both $.

    (am I right?)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You know it! lol

    'If it wasn't for beautiful women, men wouldn't accomplish anything.'

    Aristotle Onasiss

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I've made the journey from the new Mexicali border crossing to San Diego International in 1 hour and 33 minutes through fog so thick that my lights could only penetrate 100 feet or so. Made my flight; however, I don't think that rental car lived.

  • I won't repost my cap figures (if you guys want, feel free to paste it from the last thread). Long story short, I calculate we'll have $5-$10M for an FA if...

    We resign Okoye, Bell, McCown, Steltz, Jennings, Davis.

    We'll have even less if we also resign Izzy, Roy and another vet QB.

    As such, I don't expect The Scout Emery to go Brewste'r Million crazy.

    I think a WR like Meachem on the first day would be a solid pick up.

    Then, a LB/CB/T to add depth in the second/third wave of FAs.

  • Artoo, I've officially now annoyed Mike Wright even more than you on the Wallace thing.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Dude.. you like Wallace?

  • I now know who you are lol I was only saying to go after him if we are going to draft a WR

    He has a better chance than the WR's we will draft.

  • You should check all of his responses to me...pretty funny.

    So, I'm supposed to believe that Meachem, Brandon Lloyd are realistic #1 options, or that Wayne won't go where Peyton goes, or that V-Jackson will be a lesser cap hit than Wallace.


  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:


    Brandon Lloyd?

    The only thing that would scare me about Wallace is he only does good with Big Ben and he is only 6'0

    How much does Ben factor into him looking that good?

  • Not like Ben is Aaron Rodgers - he's just good at getting his ass kicked and getting back up.
    I've never been impressed at his touch relative to guys like Rodgers, Brees, Manning, Brady, etc...he's just capable of surviving the beatings that his O-line exposes him to.

    It's laughable for Wright to say he's not the best WR on his team. Who does he think is drawing double coverage away from Antonio Brown, who I like but is a pure speed guy?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Fucking Brandon Lloyd by the way? And -I- am the one not watching tape? The dude is a walking IR roster unto himself - that was fucking asinine.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    He did say it. Brandon Fucking Lloyd is a number one.

    Production is Production. I still say he is a safer route than drafting a WR.

    It will hurt us though. We won't be able to draft DE and we will not be able to go after Mario Williams.
    We would have to try to pick up decent dends or draft really, really, well.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    This brings up a bigger underlying issue.

    How can we even ponder reaching for Hill at #19 with our WRs coach?

    Who have they ever developed? "Chicago is where WRs go to die" is not that far from the truth with our WR coaches.

    If Martz needs a job, I would actually be ok with him developing WRs. Can't be worse than Drake.

    Emery needs to get on this b4 FA opens.

  • Affirmative, he's guaranteed to produce, the other aren't.

  • Where Emery really has to make his mark is the 2nd/3rd rounds.

    I fully expect Floyd to be gone by #19, hence we'll draft Mercilus or some other quality starter in the 1st.

    The 2nd rd is where Emery will have to put his skills to the test because he's going to have to discern which of these WRs is better: Jeffries, Sanu, Joe Adams, Toon, McNutt, Randle, Marvin Jones or some other dark horse receiver.

    In the 3rd, Emery will have two shots to draft players who will actually add depth to our CBs, S, LBs or maybe even pick up a pass catching TE. These guys will be our prime SP teamers, and maybe even have to step up if injuries occur, all of which could determine if we win 11 or 9.

  • 4E85....E-Train is going to have to do better than that..that's the sheite !!!!! "Glitchy" was known for....2nd and 3rd round ........."F" YOU GLITCHY!!!!

    he needs to prove to the fans that "Glitchy" is no longer running the show...trade up if need be but don't fuck the first rounds like capn' ass-goblin did for ten years here................ F-that Sheite!!!

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    With the depth at WR in this draft class (and with Mercilus, Keuchly, Adams, Barron, etc projected to be around at #19), I just don't see Emery trading up for Floyd. And who else would be worth trading up for realistically?

    Also, why would they give up picks when, if all else fails, Emery can give up #19 for Mike Wallace?

    I trust E-train (unlike JA) will draft a solid 1st rounder, but the other WR he drafts in the later rounds is going to be very important.

    Everyone is scavenging for the next Victor Cruz; I just hope Emery is the one who discovers him.

  • 4E85...I agree on the depth and this kid Hill is interesting, I just don't want E-Train sitting on the sidelines hoping for things to fall to 2nd & 3rd rnder's as what has been our past. Take a swing big guy and go for it..is my attitude...

    yes. no way is FLlyd a t#19 not after the combine

  • I'd go with McNutt. Simply to have a guy named McNutt on the team. What a name!

  • with a name like that
    he should be on D
    sounds like a free safety
    Fistcrunch Mcnutt on the tackle

  • That was the name of my dorm at IU.

  • In reply to Shady:


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Otherwise known as Mcslutt, man I miss college.

  • In reply to Shady:


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Bad link?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    nm got it. nice.

  • I love the fact that Wikipedia has Vincent Jackson's teams as
    2005-2011 Chargers
    2012 - ? Buffalo Bills

    Buffalo fans are eternally optimistic.

  • Blogfader +100 on all counts..especially:

    Just imagine the clock striking midnight on Tuesday March 13th. You've put your kids to bed hours ago. The wife is snoring on the couch. You jump on the old Twitter feed or check ESPN News one more time before lights out and read, "Bears, Mario Williams Finalizing Contract." Talk about playing the remainder of the offseason with the house's money.

    If that's the case I can tell the wife will be woken up and she is going to be sore the next day..maybe not even able to walk..lol....did I say to much!? hahahahahahahahahaha!!

    BEAR DOWN!!!!!

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    One question: Will you call you your wife Mario wilst tappin dat?

  • Coach... only coming in for the strategic strike these days huh? Common maings, stay a while.

  • From the "F" me file:

    Tell me our Oline doesn't SUCK!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!


    #27..sheite I would of put it more like #32.....

  • In reply to lobotobear:



    #28 WTF!!!!!!!!!!!! sheite I was going for sub-basement

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Dumping OmyGod and Martz automatically improves us about 5 spots Lobo.

    Not having Hanie hold onto the football like it was a baby, and the new Tice protections will move us up another 2 spots, which should bump us from HORRENDOUS to Mediocre theoretically.

  • yeah I get that 4E85 but damn brah...do we really want to be Mediocre?

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    With Webb at LT and JewBear with a bum knee, yeah, I am lowering my expectations so that I won't give myself a heart attack when Mullet blows by our line in 2012.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I guess they're not looking at the 10 teams who have backups better than our starters.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    WWG...what would that put us at -30? hahahahahaha

  • Also, how BADLY do you think ole horse teeth Elway wants Peyton?

    Petyon Manning annual conctract: 17M
    A chance to jettison Tebus and his annoying cult: PRICELESS

  • tee hee hee

  • manning is in denver tonight
    telling Tebus
    to throw himself over the edge
    of the rocky mountains
    but wait
    on the third day
    Tebus would rise again

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    hee hee

  • Non football related Butch sidenote...

    Diogenes popped up in the last thread, to my pleasant surprise.

    Diogenes was a very interesting dude with great anecdotes attached to him.

    Diogenes was an ancient GK philosopher who reportedly lived in a tub and acted like a dog. He had no qualms about pissing and masturbating in public. He shunned all worldly possessions and disdained most Greek ideals such as wealth, glory, victory.

    Ancient Greeks derisively called him "The Dog", and as such his philosophy was associated with Dog... " The term "Cynic" itself derives from the Greek word κυνικός, kynikos, "dog-like" and that from κύων, kyôn, "dog" (genitive: kynos)"

    One infamous story goes that Alexander the Great heard of this philosopher and wanted to test his resolve.

    So, Alexander the Great visited Diogenes in his tub (talk about a scene) and offered him anything he wished. Women, Boys, Jewels, a Court appointment... Alexander offered him the world.

    Diogenes after listening to Alexander propose, looked up and responded, "Actually, there is one favor I would want. Stand out of my sunlight." To which Alexander proclaimed, "If I were not Alexander, then I would wish to be Diogenes."

  • Good stuff, 85.

  • Diogenes bopped the hoplite in public much less than Plato.

  • http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/03/09/addai-clark-bullitt-out-in-indianapolis-too/

    What are your thoughts about Dallas Clark?

  • "What's the point?"

    1. I wouldn't doubt that he makes the trip to Miami with Peyton.

    2. I'll take Kellen Davis. For some reason, I hold out hope that he's actually going to be good.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Decent tight end and I like the safety bullit

  • He's FUBAR.

  • I had to google that. I didn't think he was that bad. He will most likely follow Peyton like Willie said.

  • It's his scrambled noggin that would have me worried.

  • Why is everyone convinced that Floyd will be gone at 19?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    It's threefold GP.

    1) Everyone questioned his speed, but he ran a really good 40. Also, he fessed up to his "off field" issues at the combine.

    2) Kendall Wright (deemed the #2 WR) ran a slow 40, which bumped him down behind Floyd.

    3) A few teams ahead of us will be eying a WR in the 1st. Jax at 7, Sea at 12, Jets at 16 and if SD loses Vjax, them at 18 (a few other teams who choose ahead of us wouldn't mind Floyd either, teams like CIN or ARIZ)

    That's not even accounting for other WR deprived teams like TEN, CLE, NE trading up to jump us.

  • Anyone else dying their pubes green for saint paddys day?


  • Ah this time last year I was in New Orleans for Mardi Gras and then went to Chicago for St Pattys. I'm not sure the pub crawl in Sac can live up to St Patty's night in Wrigleyville but I guess we'll have to try.

  • My severely alcoholic father (may he RIP) used to dye his flat top green every year when he was tending bar. Once he started working an office job it was only occasionally. Pretty sure he didn't dye his pubes but I don't really know that for a fact.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:


  • Nope. Damn, who's got pubes in 2012?

  • that is funny

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Holy shit lmao

  • Boom!

    Manscape that shit y'alls

  • Call me crazy (you're crazy) but I think the better use of cap space would be to sign Pierre Garçon and Kamerion Wimbley instead of Mario Williams and Vincent Jackson.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Garcon is Bennett if Indy played the same offense as the Bears. With that being said having Bennett and Garcon out there with a young big bodied guy and Kellen Davis at TE is not a bad combo. 6'0 205 and 6'0 210 athletic guys that catch the shit out the ball fired from a fucking Cutty flesh cannon would result in a lot of 2nd and 3rd down conversions and also TD's in the red zone.

  • Preliminary Report from Pro Football Weekly:

    Julius Peppers buying Mario Williams an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to come to the Bears and promising "a shitload of slutty cheerleaders" this season.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Johnny you're on a roll today! I'm with ya when people call NFL'ers pussies. Other than punters and kickers, it takes big brass balls to walk out onto that field.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I just want FA to start so we can stop pussyfooting around. I'm sick of bullshit politics, 99% talk, gas price outrage and Peyton Manning watch 2012. I just want to find out what awesome presents are going to be under our Bears tree this year. Hopefully someone with anger and aggression in their hearts and hgh in their system and who want to stomp quarterbacks into the turf.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    We lose an hour tomorrow. Woo-hoo!

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    That's a big 10-4, Good Buddy! Sorry, I had a flashback to the early '70's and thought I was Jerry Reed.

  • one thing that I look forward to
    after FA and the draft
    whoever we get will not
    and I mean Will Not
    show up out of shape
    that is another side
    of the Emery hire
    that makes me smile
    He will have these boys
    working out
    till they puke
    and then call them
    pussies for not
    licking it up

  • Redskins traded their 6thfirst overall and two other first for the rams second overall pick.

    RG3 and Luck will have a lot to live up to

  • Wow, they got their 3 one's after all. Redskins could lose another to bountygate, right? RG3 could be the biggest bust in NFL history.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    They could but I doubt it now... They gave it to the Rams.

  • Great deal for the Rams. But if the NFL wants a first, they'll take it from 2015.

  • Wow. Luck especially. But Steve Young did a pretty good job. Luck looks legit, I think he can do it.

  • Jets just resigned Mark Sanchez to a 3 year deal...A lot of money for a number 2 qb.

    I guess Holmes better kiss and make up with him.

  • jason La Canfora ‏ @JasonLaCanfora Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    Including escalation, Sanchez could make $68.25M over the next 5 total years left on his deal. On, and he'd hit market at just 30yrs old

  • holy fuck... AND he's banging upton.

    Some people have all the luck.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Just imagine if he was an elite QB instead of just so-so.

  • So the redskins and jets went overboard in my opinion for their qbs

  • Correct. Oversized, impulsive over-reactions to being rejected by Manning. It's the psychotic girlfriend slashing your suits after you dump her. Rex will wake up tomorrow and think "Fuck, we gave Mark $70M."

  • Ho-leeee fuck.

    "...The Washington Redskins acquired the No. 2 overall pick in April's NFL Draft on Friday from the St. Louis Rams by sending first rounders in 2012, '13 and '14 and a second-round pick this year to the Rams."

    Now that is insane, even if he turns out to be really good. We got Cutty cheap.

  • Somewhere, P.T. "There's a sucker born every minute" Barnum is smiling.

  • How much would Michael Bush cost us in salary hit ?

  • A lot. He would want to start.

  • How much do Chris Meyers or Scot Wells cost us ?

  • In the scenario where we don't make a move for Mario/V-Jack and trade Forte for two seconds or a first .... we can sign

    Jared Gaither. LT problem solved.
    Scott Wells or Chris Meyers at C.
    Trade a first to Pitt for Wallace.
    Sign Plax.

    Attempt to trade up to get Richardson using our first and one of our thirds.
    Draft a tall, good value receiver - Hill if he falls to the second.

    That sorts out the offense and still allow us to sign a pass rusher that isn't called Mario.

  • ... and sign Carlos Rodgers to play opposite Peanut?

    That's a pretty bangin' team.

    Bennett, Wallace and Plax at receiver?

    CW/LL/ Wells or Meyers / RG / GC for a line ?

    Trent Richardson, Barber/Bell and Clutts.

    Cutty with time to throw and great receivers, and a running game?

  • I LOVE all of that except the part about trading matty for a possible shot at richardson. Oh, and it's totally impossible otherwise. Good try though.

    Here is what I was going to post before I read yours...

    yep. I keep getting yelled at because I keep saying it...

    Our oline still needs a LOT of work guys. Many of you think we're set in the interior (it pains me to include rabbit in that list), and our tackles are suspect at best.

    Here are the guys who COULD be better than just average/bad:
    * LL (at tackle) - he was very strong before his injury late in the year
    * CW (at guard)- Same as above
    * Garza (at center)- He's a placeholder, and not great, but we need a vet to run the line and he's our only option
    * BJ (at LEFT tackle)–IFF his knee doesn’t give in again, but I am very dubious about that possibility unfortunately

    Here are the guys that COULD be backups if necessary:
    - C.Spencer – center or guard
    - E.Williams – center or guard

    Here are the guys who suck and should ride pine as an emergency or be cut to free us cap space:
    ~ Webb
    ~ OMG – cut… yay!
    ~ Who did I miss? I know there’s one more

    So in reality, here’s what we need (this in no way means we’ll get anything even close to it, but a girl can dream… right doc?):
    • FA Tackle… probably Left if there is one – Gaither or McNiel (if he doesn’t retire) or the other guy, can’t remember his name now
    • Carl. Fucking. Nicks.
    • A 2nd/3rd tier FA or drafted center – if one’s available

    Here’s my thinking, as always. Cutty will still have trouble throwing the ball when he’s on the ground with a broken collarbone. This line was MUCH more effective when cutty was on the move using rollouts and a moving pocket. Now, will tice enhance that with even more motion AND audibles? We all think so, and if so, that will greatly help… BUT, as lobo pointed out, as individuals in their positions, most of our line was bottom of the barrel.

    So, does it make sense to spend HUGE amounts on the only guys left at WR in FA that could make a difference and hope our shoddy line gets better with a scheme change and no upgrades, or do we spend some cash on the core of our unit in FA and let emery do his thing in the draft and prove he’s a bad ass scout? It’s a tough decision I know, but we HAVE to make sure the core of the offense is strong otherwise it won’t matter which skilled guys we have running/throwing/catching behind them. We have to fix that line once and for all. My $.02.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    What's Tice been up to lately? Anybody know? Scouting offensive lineman like his life depended on it, you'd think, because if Cutler gets his ass kicked again this season, Tice is a joke in this league. He will have no excuse, except that he was a yes man.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    It's hard to judge him. I'll grade him harder this season though.

  • I'm not judging him. I assume there wasn't much he could do under Martz, Angelo, and Lovie except try to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. But now the offense is his. If it's not, he needs to make it his, because it's his ass on the line. Cutler gets beaten down and dragged out, Tice's debut as OC will likely be a disaster, and he's low man on the totem pole.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    The flip side is, if he protects Cutler, every fan and critic in the city will recognize and be grateful for it, because the image of Cutler being harassed is burned into our brains like the layout of our homes. If we see a consistent, stable pocket and a coordinated line punching holes, those images will register just as strongly by contrast. Emery and Tice will get the credit.

    I believe we could see a turnaround that sharp. All we really need are some dependable receivers and a well chosen and well coached offensive line. Cutler will feel like time has slowed for him. A little help, and he's Joe Montana. I really believe that.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    very well put buttsteak. 100% my man.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:


    I "AM" still waiting on two Mauling Guards!!! and CW is not one of him...If he get's hurt again this year..take him out back and shoot his arse!!!

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I'll be the first to admit I have the rose-colored glasses on most of the time but I totally agree. I know Dave thinks I'm being too optimistic but I truly believe Tice will make the OL look way better by calling fewer 5 and 7-step drops, calling more running plays, using the TE's, giving guys help when they're having a bad game or facing a great talent across the line and mostly because Cutler will be moving the pocket and calling audibles.

    Martz's system always got QB's killed, even with a good OL. His system was more important than giving the players the best chance to succeed. The game had caught up to him and passed him. He was unable or unwilling to adjust. Tice strikes me as a total players coach who has enough sense to do what's best for the players (and team). He doesn't seem to have that monstrous ego that lets pride make an ass of you.

  • You know what else will help? Utilizing the TE position more. Marz wasn't a fan of it but I think if that position is used more, offensively, Cutler will be upright more. Another outlet or seam routes up the middle could be huge for this team.

  • btw...Nicks & Colston?...not a band addition to Da Bears!!!


  • .....and for those who said we paid dearly for Cutty..."F" you...the shit for brains "Reddies" gave THREE!!! 1st rndr's for a kid who isn't proven sheite! and hasn't played a down in the NFL... remember Ryan Leaf!!!

    at least we knew what we were getting with Cutty..it's just the last three years the Bears have "'F" his arse with sheite receivers and a piss poor excuse for an O-line...that line is sheite and should be embarrassed to say they play in the NFL.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Our Oline was crappy, but I blame that more on Angelo and Martz (and now they're both gone).

    When a team has a 7th rounder playing LT and a 1st round LT playing LG (the easiest line position to play), a RG playing C, a RG playing RT and a C playing G, something in the evaluating process is wacky.

    JA and Martz gave Tice a pile of shit then said, "Make it taste like fillet mignon." There's only so many spices one can use.

    With Emery, hopefully, our Oline will be rebuilt, starting with LT.

  • As far as the TE position goes, the Bears NEED to ink Martellus Bennett in free agency, work on Kellen Davis' game, and draft another prospect. That would give them 3 potential options, hoping at least 2 work out. I definitely think Martellus Bennett is one of those guys.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    John Carlson would be another TE we should kick the tires on.

    He's only 28, and although he was inj last season, he looked really good the year before, both blocking and catching.

    However, Lovie launched a preemptive strike on any TE speculation by proclaiming Davis to be the best TE since Ditka.

    I'm beginning to suspect Lovie's not as dumb as he looks, or sounds...

  • Waffle,

    Sorry for the confusion on MW3 last night. I was waiting for rabbit so he could host the party, because I don't like hosting. By the time he and I hooked up, you were gone. Plus, when I went to use my bluetooth, the goddamn speaker wasn't working. Rabbit could hear me but I couldn't hear him. Fucking kids. I had that thing for a week, they got home from their trip and I couldn't find it. Next week I found it in the couch cushions and now it doesn't work. The worst part about it is, the wife is out of town with the kids again, and now I have no bluetooth and no car to use to go exchange it. I walk and bus nearly everywhere.

    Anyway, I'll be on there all weekend. I'm judging a science fair right now but will be back on this afternoon. I'll just be deaf.

  • Was it just me that you couldn't hear? Could you hear the in-game sound? It's entirely possible I just muted my mic and didn't realize it. We can check it again later. I've done way dumber things in my time.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    You bastards, I read about you guys all the time playin COD on PS3, and here I am always on BF3 on 360. I'm telling you guys, I know won't convince you to switch consoles, but you're on the wrong game. BF3 is way better, just wish I could join dabearsblog posse, I'll bet the converstaions are endless and classic. Have fun anyways, fuckers.

  • In reply to ben in norcal:

    Hey Ben, I don't have BF3 but if you ever want to play MW3 let me know.

    Tag, Bears85Payton23

  • That on 360 Artoo? I have PS3 but do all my gaming on 360, might be willing to score a copy of MW3 for PS3 just to meet up with everyone. But if that tag is 360 I'll definately friend you, mine is leddpoison on 360

  • In reply to ben in norcal:

    Sweet and yes, I have a 360. Do you happen to play madden my friend?

  • In reply to ben in norcal:

    C'mon Ben - you know you want to....

  • In reply to ben in norcal:

    Heck I'll throw out my gamertag as well for you 360 players. I can take you on at MW3 or Madden or even NBA2k12. Bring it!!


  • Well, my qb predictions are becoming reality.

    If anyone remembers my mock draft, they'd know that I had the Skins giving up everything for RGIII.

    You know what's funny? FIVE 1st rounders and a few 2nd/3rd rounders have been given up because teams could no longer stand Rex Grossman as their starting qbs.

    This may affect FA because the Skins have about 40M, and since they no longer can really draft an impact player, they may go balls to the wall to sign a WR through FA.

  • "You know what's funny? FIVE 1st rounders and a few 2nd/3rd rounders have been given up because teams could no longer stand Rex Grossman as their starting qbs."

    That made me laugh. I actually don't have anything against the Sex Cannon (other than he shits the bed under pressure) but that was classic. Keen observation Butch!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    It's crazy Canada, isn't it?

    Rex Grossman is like "the moment of clarity" for drunken organizations thinking they can get by with a subpar qb.

  • Spot On!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Three 1st rounders for any college QB seems like a little much to me. If you had asked me to pick a team who would actually pull that off I would have told you either the Raiders or the Redskins.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Gotta agree. Except the Raiders are already fucked due to the megalomania of the recently fired HC. That guy was daffy. When I read that he was going behind Cable's back to give Anheuser Al blowjobs to get the HCing job, I knew they were fucked. You just can't have the HC be a back stabbing weasel and expect good results.

  • Regarding free agency, I agree with Trac up above. I'd be ecstatic if I learned we got Mario or V-jax, I'd shit myself. But I think we're gonna stay sober in FA and hopefully Emery shows his true colors in the draft.

  • In reply to ben in norcal:

    Yeah, I've got to subscribe to Trac's analysis as well. I can't see Emery getting into the big sweepstakes thing right out of the gate. As he pointed out, Angelo had to get into it because of his draft record. I'm pretty sure Emery will be a "bang for the buck" kind of guy. We should start looking at the second tier FAs. I think those are the ones who are most likely to be signed

  • Since this has been a QB weekend, barring surprising developments, I still fully expect.

    1) Peyton goes to MIA
    2) Colts draft Luck
    3) Skins draft RGIII
    4) Flynn goes to SEA or some other QB needy team.

    What I'm really wondering is who will be the 3rd QB drafted? Tannenhill, Weeden, Cousins...? It always happens. Some team is going to trade-up, trade back in, or reach for that 3rd QB in the first round, I just wonder which team and which qb...

  • Here's some outside perspective on the Bears from a favorite site of mine:


  • In reply to tobijohn:

    good read tobi.

    Thank fucking you...

    "As for offensive linemen, all Bears fans should think back to the mid-80’s “Shufflin’ Crew” edition of the team. The foundation of that team was put together by Hall of Fame general manager Jim Finks who had a simple formula for building a team that was meant to win over the long haul. In the first round of his drafts Finks drafted linemen, on offense and defense, with the occasional linebacker or safety thrown in, and he rarely missed on an early round pick. He built the 70’s Vikings the same way. It works and it’s how the Bears and Phil Emery should approach the upcoming draft."

    Olinemen please.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    oh, but bullshit on 8-8. they say that about us every year. We'll go to the playoffs if emery does what we think he can/should do. Then it's anybody's shot... ask the gints.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yeah, it was a good read, but 8-8?

    Did that writer realize that we went 8-8 with a HS QB, two back-up HBs, no WRs, a glued together offensive line, and a bat shit crazy OC?

    Makes me question the rest of his logic.

    We're going to CRUSH opponents next year. Mark my words.

  • For sure, very good points Butch but I don't know if I could disagree with the author saying "unless the Bears stay completely healthy and don't lose key players to injury" 8-8 was about the best we could hope for, especially if we have the same depth issues going forward.

    Last year we did exactly that - we lost key players (two very key players). Although he had plenty of help losing them, if the backup QB (whose name shall never again be uttered) had won two of those four games he started, we would have most likely been in the playoffs with Cutler back. However. what if Cutler been hurt in game 5 instead of game 10? Then where do you think we would have finished? That's on the offensive side. How do you think we'd do without Urlacher or Peppers for any extended period of time?

    That being said, with the defense intact, and a decent #2 QB who has previously won real NFL games under pressure, call me naive but I could still see us in the playoffs, even if we lost Cutler early in the season...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yes. Build the trenches in the early rounds. No 1st round WR.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Here's the dilemma MB.

    Most GMs take over a team that really sucked and given carte blanche. They clean house, fire all the coaches, bring in new coaches, new system, trade or cut any player who doesn't fit the new scheme, then use (typically) early draft picks to build the lines, so that 3 years down the line, the team will be a contender. See OAK, INDY this year for reference.

    That's not the team Emery took over. Emery took over a play-off caliber team with middle round picks and the same HC, system and players who can win a SB now.

    WR is not just a hole, it's a galactic black hole on the Bears roster, esp in a passing league. We literally need a #1 AND a #2 WR which would cost an arm and a leg through FA.

    That is why I would understand if Emery drafts a WR at #19. I wouldn't mind Mercilus or Adams at those picks either, but if Floyd, Mercilus or Adams are all on the board when we're on the clock, I think we must go WR THIS year...

  • Honestly I feel it's a bit silly to argue over the position of the player drafted. If the player selected can contribute significantly and immediately, it was a good pick regardless of his position. RIght?

  • In reply to Shady:

    Yeah, it's silly to argue over POTENTIAL draft picks, esp since I don't even think Floyd will be available at #19.

    But I'm just trying to make the case that if he is, and Emery drafts him, that MB shouldn't shoot his tv with his MW3 custom shotgun lol

    I usually subscribe to the "build through the trenches" philosophy, but we really just need an LT right now, and they tend not to drop out of the top 10.

  • You're dead on Deadlift.

  • I disagree that we only need a left tackle. The offensive line is, basically, substandard at virtually every position.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Not sure about that SC. I think we have a solid interior Oline (they did clear the way for Forte, Barber AND Bell to rush for 100 yds a game). They can improve on pass protection, but how much of that was due to Hanie and 7step drop Martz?...

    Chris Williams is a mediocre LT at best, but he's by far the most athletic G on our team. He did an excellent job of pulling for Forte and is big enough to handle the DTs.

    Lance Louis is a mauler at G, and b4 he got dinged up, wasn't too shabby at RT.

    Garza played admirably for his 1st year under C. We can upgrade here, but it's not a pressing need IMO.


    Spencer began to really turn in it on at the end of the season. He looks solid at G and can fill in at C if Garza under performs or gets inj.

    Ed Williams seemed to hold his own as well at G, and I think they're grooming him to be a C.

    There's other guys, but they'll be batting for roster spots during training camp.

    The BIGGEST question mark for us are at T. Can Webb improve in his 3rd year as LT and can Carimi's knee hold up?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    well.well.well..she can check out any cavity if she would like....Is she a part of the Slutty Cheerleaders we are getting?...please baby jebus..my favorite of all the jebuses..hahahaha

    The New HoneyWall Cheerleaders

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Holy shit, tobi. Where has this site been all my life?

  • I really like their irreverence and dark humor (and they know their stats, that's for sure). I don't have the time or inclination for more than a couple sports sites and other than DBB, CHFF and a couple others are it....

  • +1

  • What a free for all this year:


  • Posse,

    Definitely not you. It's my bluetooth for sure.

  • how can i best say this
    without insulting some of the best
    football minds on the blog-o-sphere
    it is evident I shy away from strategizing
    but, I do have desires for the 2012 Bears
    FREE AGENCY $---- should be spent giving
    the warrior Jay C (no not Tebus)
    the best possible wide reciever available
    he has earned it
    so has bennet
    he will only get better
    when defenses have to shift to our power
    if this does not happen on tuesday
    Sadness will prevail in this bodies Bear Mind

    This is my first round desire
    I found some games that show multiple plays
    I will post the links below
    could you critique him for me please
    I want to make Pep more effective
    He has given his all and deserves the help
    a better D keeping teams under 20
    will win alot of games with 3 studs on O
    Jay C --Matty---and F.A. #1 reciever

  • In reply to huntinbare:


  • In reply to huntinbare:


  • In reply to huntinbare:


  • In reply to huntinbare:


  • In reply to huntinbare:

    so have you had enough football
    the kid was good at the combine
    he is only a junior
    and he will get bigger and NFL conditioned
    Marinelli will correct his pad level
    and add his expertise
    how about it
    or maybe i should just
    go back to my corner and
    stay out of the re-tooling
    and just enjoy the ride
    thanks for watching and helping my
    troubled mind

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    taking this one desire further
    buy courtland finnegan
    in honor of St. Patty's day

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    Doc this ones for you
    draft the kid "McNutt"
    from Iowa


  • Hunti wins the award for most posts consecutively ever on any blog ever created.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    show him what he won, johnny

  • so if we draft Cox and McNutt
    then 2012 will be known as
    The Body Parts Draft
    and if we buy Finnegan
    then I will surely
    have to dye the short hairs
    just to highlight the picks

  • http://www.footballnation.com/content/bold-predictions-chicago-bears/13657/2/

    Tobi, funny ass site.

    So Vincent, if you see a strange car parked outside your house all night Monday March 12th and hear a knock on your door Tuesday morning of the 13th, it’ll likely be Lovie Smith or Mike Tice or Jay Cutler, or maybe all three looking to take you to breakfast. Go with them. It might be the only time no one asks you to pick up the check. Have a good breakfast and we’ll see you in Chicago.

  • Same author as the CHFF story I posted the link to earlier. In fact, pretty much the same story...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I didn't mean to re-post it. My bad if I did.

  • I guess there's a lot of freelancers out there working for different sites. This guy just provided Footballl Nation and CHFF with different versions of basically the same piece. Interesting....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I actually applied there and wrote a piece to see if I could get a spot.

    To sum it up real quick...

    The Best kept secrets in the NFL

    The Bear with no one besides Jay and Forte, averaged 26.8 pts per game. If this team gets a WR, watch out.

    A receiver that has only Jerry Rice and Randy Moss ahead of him in his first three years, in receiving and touchdowns, is available for a 1st round pick. Mike Wallace.

  • Agree with dave above about the linemen

    See, that's the thing. I think that all the pieces are out there this year.

    • There are 2 LT available in FA – McNiel and Gaither
    • There is one of the best guards in the sport available in FA – Nicks (and others like the two vikings released today)
    • There are still a couple options for a #1 (or .8) WRs available in FAQ – Vjax, Wallace, and the second tier that would be worlds better than what we have now – Colston, Meachum, Plax, etc…
    • There are a number of very good, young IMLBs available in FA – Curtis lofton would be my #1 choice, but there are plenty blue chip guys available (like tuloch from the lions)
    • There are going to be a nuber of FA backup QBs available for cheap too – Geurard, etc…

    So how about this plan (can someone else do the cap space math pls? NB? $?):
    • Get gaither or McNiel for LT
    • Get one of the available guards, maybe one or both Vikings cause they’ll be cheaper
    • Get Plax and/or Meachum, plus another second or third tier guy
    • Pick up a very good back up ILB to share time with roach, and back up lach… lofton would be sweeeet, but tuloch or any of the top of this list would be fine (http://walterfootball.com/freeagents2012ILB.php)

    I honestly think that we shouldn’t spend on another huge DE or WR this year, but go value. Look to te draft for a DE, like merciless in the first if he’s there, if not, go Dre k at CB. Then build the rest of D through the draft, and pick up another olinemen of value with one of our two thirds. So for the draft, we go:

    1. DE or DB (best available)
    2. DB or DE (best available)
    3. ILB and then OL
    4. Best value for a position of need
    5. Best value for a position of need
    6. Best value for a position of need
    7. Best value for a position of need

    Thus, we patch all of our serious, immediate gaps through FA, make the offense much more solid and potent than it was last year, PLUS we have tice who won’t go apeshit on cutty, AND we’ve built the rest of the D through the draft… so that we can do the same with the O next year, while patching any D gaps in FA that have shown up next year. That way we’re young AND patched on both sides of the ball in 2 years.

    Ok, go ahead and punch holes. Let’s see if this plan holds water.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Gaither or McNiel - $5 million
    Hutchinson - $2.5 million
    Plax - $2.5 million
    Robert Meachum - $2 million
    Laurent Robinson (3rd tier guy) - $1.5 million
    Tulloch or Lofton - $6 million (or more)
    Draft Class - $3.5 million
    Existing FAs - $4 million
    Backup QB - $1 million
    Total: $28 million

    Problems with your plan:
    1) If we don't pick up either of the linebackers, we could probably get by just under the cap. With a big FA like Tulloch or Lofton, we go over.

    The truth is, between Briggs, Lach, Peppers and Peanut we've probably committed

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Stupid computer, wasn't finished with the post.

    Between Briggs, Lach, Peppers and Peanut we've probably commited as much big money as we can on D. Its fun to think about signing Mario, but we'd be maxing out the cap without: (1) Any big money WRs; (2) Any big money on O-line; (3) A relatively modest contract for our franchise QB; (4) No contract for our franchise RB.

    We can maybe sell out on D by picking up Mario with big money, but we certainly can't spend it on a backup LB.

    2) You are bringing three middling FA WRs to training camp for a $7-8 million cap hit. Its possible none of them plays well. Its possible one or two plays well. But you are eating three roster spots and a lot of cap space for not a huge upgrade. The Bears office has to be thinking that our offense must win now, before the D's age really does show. With some better luck on injuries and another WR to match Earl. That's the way to win. Better to spend the $8 million on fewer, better players.

    Other than that, its not a bad plan. My #2 could probably be argued away, but my comment about the LBs stands.

    The nice thing about this plan is we probably could cut at least one of these FAs after this year, thus freeing up some of the committed cap space.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I didn't type this, but you need to assume a $20 million cap, not a $28 million because we're paying Forte the franchise tag price.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I don't know anything about McNeil. From what I've read, Jared Gaither is the best FA OT available, but he's injury prone.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    They're both injury prone. But both have the potential to be solid at LT if they stay healthy.

    I would take either for $4 million, neither for $8 million. Question is what their asking price is.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Low supply + high demand = $$$.

    Anybody know anything about Georgia's Cordy Glenn? He's listed as a Guard, but plays both Guard and LT, and (from what I've read) could play RT. Apparently a very good but overweight athlete and very durable.


    I assume Carimi is toast, btw.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Gordy Glenn moved up a lot of boards and is projected to go late in the 1st.

    I just don't see us drafting another Lance Louis type at #19.

    Why do you think Carimi is toast? You think his knees will only get worse?

  • It's just my gut feeling, based on the way he went down in the NO game, and pure pessimism. I hope I'm wrong, of course.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Exactly NB. McNeil by most reports is the LT set to be let go.

    $4M yah. $8M. Nay.

    Worst case scenario, McNeil helps us keep Cutler upright for about 10 games, then if he gets inj, a fresh Webb steps in until McNeill can hopefully heal again for the playoffs.

    Tice will a little input about going after a LT in FA I would think.

    How important is the Qb in the NFL? "If you don't have a QB," said Rams asst Dave McGinnis, "then what you've got is a rugby team."

    @kentsomers Kent Somers

  • How important is the OL in the NFL? "If U don't have an OL," said Crunch Buttsteak @ DaBearsBlog, "what U have is a rugby team that sux."

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:


  • Latest FA list from the NFLPA:


    Boy, a ton of name QBs, how many resign with their current team, who knows but definitely competition for the Bears' #2 spot.

    Also a lot of defensive ends. I wonder if any who might be currently considered pedestrian would blossom if the had Peppers on the other side?

    Bunches of WRs too but Artoo will have to let me know which are tall enough and talanted enough to suffice for a Bear version (the bar is much lower) of a #1 and/or #2 assuming the two or three FA top dogs WRs are overpriced....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Plaxico Burress, New York Jets

    Laurent Robinson, Dallas

    Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh 3

    Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis

    Randy Moss, retired

    Any one else is just kicking really dead old tires.

  • If V-Jax wants too much (let's say north of $13 million), Mike Wallace starts to look really good.

  • Thanks, anyone have an opinion on available DEs other than Mario?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    There really isn't too many options available through FA (and the draft is thin this yr at that position to boot).

    Avril got franchised. Anthony Bennett, Mathis and Spencer were resigned.

    That leaves the market with John "grandpa" Abraham (who reportedly wants as much as M. Williams), and possibly Mark Anderson (who wants to resign with the Pats).

    All the other DEs aren't all that much more of an upgrade over Izzy, IMO.

    Here's a link to check out FA DEs available.


  • Had a look at some odds and the bears are again 33/1 to win it all.

    20/1 on winning the conference. No divisional odds on my usual site as yet.

  • It's only took us until early March to get to the masturbating Greek philosopher portion of the off-season.

    Thank tebus that Free Agency is only 33 hours away.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    and dying pubes green for St Patties, don't forget about that...

  • And Dixon Balls.

  • Looks like Kevin Kolb will be on the market soon...

  • In reply to gpldan:


  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    It will be Miami or the Broncos. He doesnt want to miss out on brother vs brother in a superbowl

  • Yeah. Marshall Faulk (I think) tweeted that the Manning clan hopes for a glorious Manning S Bowl. Idk if that was inside info or a hunch.

    Besides, Layyyyyla, the fans are on their knees. Miami and Tebow fans, that is. It's impossible to resist, although Larry Fitzgerald must look pretty good to an aging QB with nerve damage.

  • What would Tebow bring in a Trade? It will be hilarious to see teams scramble to outbid each other.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    He would get a second or third round pick.

    Not kidding. He would fill the stadiums up in any city in FL.

  • That's sad, but true.

  • He would get a first, and then some.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    No. I know there are some stupid people that run teams but he will not be traded for a first.

    No team is that desperate at qb to give it up like a virgin prom girl.

  • I'm positive there's a true believer or beancounter out there that wants Tebow more than a 1st round pick.

  • I watched the Denver/Bears game at a sports bar in Ft Myers Beach. Judging by the patrons (admittedly they were hammered) at least half of them would give Tebus a BJ (and most of them were men). Jacksonville would pony up a pick or two for sure. Possibly Miami. Not sure about the Bucs.

  • Lofa Tatupu signed by the Falcons.


    Eh. He's solid, but his knees are more worn than a Thai Hooker's.

    At some point we must go younger at LB too.

  • if it leads to Curtis Lofton being release I say we snap him up. Good LB.

  • johnny is going to be PIIIIISSED

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    ha! I'm a little disappointed that Lofa is gone but after reviewing all of the posts of the cap numbers we have to be pretty thrifty with most positions this year. Strong Side LB is a position that can't use up cash I guess.

  • Hey, does anyone know whether a team can snag Wallace during the draft, or must the trade take place during free agency?

    If we can still ship a 1st for Wallace during the draft, then we could make some maneuvers.

    For example, let's say M. Barron is on the board and that the Pats want to snag him b4 GB.

    Well, we can trade down. They get our #19; we get their #31 and some 2nd/3rd rounder.

    Then, we can send that #31 to the Steelers and pick up the tab for Wallace AND have an extra 2nd/3rd rounder.

    How awesome would it be to pick up Wallace with a #31st pick AND have an extra draft choice to rebuild!?

  • I likery

  • On twitter retweeted the rules of that from la Canfora

  • YOU are my twitter Artoo!

    So does a team have to give the Steelers a 1st prior to the draft, or can a team make a move for Wallace even during the draft?

  • According to that article we have the summer time to give that pick up.

  • http://nflcommunications.com/2012/03/11/2012-nfl-free-agency-questions-answers/

    Doesn't make sense when I know someone said that it has to be this drafts first rounder.. IDK

  • found it.

    Restricted free agency (RFA) signing period from 3/13 - 4/20, meaning Steelers can't exhale re Mike Wallace until April 20th.

  • Ha, I see what you did there, 4/20, exhale, nice!

  • FA does not begin till March 13 at 4 pm eastern time

  • A very good case for M. Williams by Pompei (surprisingly):

    "If the Bears are thinking of casting a line for one big fish, the decision facing general manager Phil Emery is this: Williams or Jackson?

    Defense or offense?

    Sacks or touchdowns?

    Signing Jackson, or even Colston, would be a coup for the Bears. But pass rushers like Williams hardly ever are available. If Williams is within the Bears' grasp, he should be their man.

    Williams is Julius Peppers all over again, except he's three years younger than Peppers was when the Bears signed him. At 27, Williams also is two years younger than Jackson.

    Those years could be significant when the price to sign Williams may be a $30 million signing bonus and about $14 million a year...

    There will be competition for Williams. Teams that could be in the running are the Bills, Buccaneers, Chargers, Cowboys, Jaguars, Patriots, Seahawks, Titans and Texans. But that shouldn't prevent the Bears from trying."


  • The Titans are now reaching out for Manning.

    Damn, play his former team twice a year..still play in the same division? He might just do it.

  • Per @jwyattsports, #Titans owner Bud Adams: "I want Mr. Manning with the #Titans and I will be disappointed if it doesn’t happen.”

  • Good game Artoo.

    In Madden it all went downhill after I missed that FG. The teams morale got Cundiff-ed. Still 'gratz on the W. I certainly have to practive MW3 more....no guns and no map knowledge is a bitch.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Drop zone will help with that. Plus, it will help you go up in rank quicker. It will start to suck as you get closer to prestige but you have a while to go. Waffle gave some secrets to the game and I have been using it since.

    PPM90 gun, you will see the gun and just get marksmen or reduce coil and just hold the trigger button. Half the time you don't have to aim.

    Dude, when you missed the field goal, I was like eh you know it's the internet. The goal line stands though? I was in my element lol You love those corner blitzs and trust Polamalu a lot. I still can't get over the goal line stands.. You moved up and down the field well till you got in the ten yard line.

  • It's more familiarisation I think, used to be fine on the older games but I haven't really bothered with MW3. MP5 sprint classes on MW1 were amazing.

    Yeah the connection was a bit sticky for me when I was making kicks, but like you said you nailed it with the stands. I wasn't confident running with Mendenhall and it put me in bad places. You got a lotta picks as well but I think one of them was on a desparation heave. When you broke that massive run off with Foster....man, I was unhappy with that. Next time....we'll see.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Can't wait.

  • fucking splinter cell.

    Get your shit together boys and come over to the dark side to play PS with the men.

    Sell your 360 to a 10 year old girl, who will apprecaite that system much more, and come play PS with the big boys.

    I have a haji waiting just for you erik. ALALALALALLA!


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If you guys actually promised to play me in madden and since it's my bday.

    I could prob talk my fiance into letting me get a PS3.

  • Redskins are going to break the bank now to get RG3 a WR.

    The only way V. Jackson turns that deal down is because he wants to go somewhere to win.

  • On the subject of Mark Sanchez.

    1) He will continue to improve next year and in the years after. He's a decent QB and should manage a 10+ season career in the NFL one way or another.

    2) He will not justify the amount of money the Jets are paying him. He just doesn't have the tools to be an elite franchise QB. For that reason, he will continue to be criticized.

    In these two respects, Sanchez is a lot like Kyle Orton. Except that Orton never got the chance to start for 3 years in the same city. But just like Orton, playing in a city with a bad GM makes you look a lot worse than you are.

    3) This inflated contract makes we worried about Jay Cutler's contract in two years' time. In exactly the same way that Forte's contract situation was poisoned by other teams making bad moves at RB.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Sanchez is like Vinny Testaverde of this generation.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Great call!

  • On the subject of the Washington Redskins trade.

    RGIII reminds me of two quarterbacks, both of whom I think are pretty solid guys. One is Cam Newton - they both have great arms and amazing leg speed. The other is Ryan Fitzpatrick - they're both solid QBs who are high character and of above average intelligence.

    The difference is that if RGIII comes out looking like Cam Newton, and continues to grow, the trade will look like a good move.

    If RGIII comes out looking like Ryan Fitzpatrick, the trade will look like a bad move. And that's a shame, because Fitz is a good quarterback.

    If RGIII is a bust, the Rams just gave themselves the keys to the kingdom. They will have top 10 picks the next three years.

    Only time will tell if the Redskins made a good move. But no matter what happens, I think the Rams are the big winners.

  • Official Bears: $22.6 million under.


  • Bengals

    All the teams listed above have more cap space than us and want to get another WR on their team.

    49ers are the only team that has close to the same cap space and the same need at WR.

  • If I'm V-Jax choosing between those three teams for the same money, I really like the Bengals. Competitive division, but the Steelers and Ravens Ds are both on the back side of their primes and Andy Dalton looks to be the real deal. Tampa Bay is all over the place and the Redskins will really suffer from not having those picks.

  • Lions: 11.5M OVER
    Pack: 5.4M under
    Vikes: 7.9M under

    I likery very much. Every Lion's douche thinks that Megatron is going to restructure his contract. Why would he do that?

    Also, how the hell are the Cards planning to sign Peyton? They're 16.9M OVER the cap!

  • The Vikings are actually right there with us in cap space since they cut the guards and whomever else.

  • I think he will if the Lions put more guaranteed money in it up front, but he has them over a barrel.

  • Report: Broncos "95% confident" they'll get Peyton Manning

  • I'm 100% confident that Manning is done. Whoever he signs with will be back to the drawing board before the season is over.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I'm sure Tebow will stick around for his 2nd act.

  • NB, thanks for filling in the money pieces above.

    I would be ok with not picking up lofton or the like to stay under cap, but we would need to pick up a LB in rd2 who could step in and start immediately if roach/briggsy/lach went down.

    I like the plan a lot and dissagree that adding meachem AND plax, 'wouldn't be much of an upgrade over last year'. Meachem, Plax, Earl, and a couple cheap pick ups is vastly better than what we had last year.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I look to see the Bears curtail their FA moves to ones like the LB they are reportedly looking at from Seattle. Not flashy but solid. Emery has about 2-3 years to replenish a thin D-Line and Secondary along with a solid but aging LB Core. Trading down this year makes sense for multiple reasons and I think this year Emery will be very careful with the FA signings. The WR position is one of the easiest to fill and I bet the Bears go with a big target 2nd tier FA. I can see the Bears drafting Floyd if he's available but I think he'll be gone by the 19th spot. The Bears will probably trade down if they think the value isn't there to fill a need in the first.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I stand corrected. Prove me wrong Pappa.


  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    "The WR position is one of the easiest to fill"

    Trac, that's the biggest load of BS I've read in a while. If it's so easy, why have we sucked forever?

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Also, at least half the teams in the league don't have a legit #1 WR. We haven't had one since Johnny Morris. Gault, McKinnon, Graham, Robinson, Booker, Moose were all 2's or 3's. None of those guys could consistently take over a game by themselves. Unfortunately Bennett is a 2-3, same with Knox when healthy. Roy and Devin are 3-5's and Sanz shouldn't be on the roster.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Lets see Canada, oh shall I count the ways.

    #1 The Hester Experiment. The Bears couldn't have tried harder to screw up the position with that one.
    #2 Johnny Knox-5th rounder. The guy has speed but fast does not a WR make if that's all you've got.
    #3 Bennett- Case in point. He was a solid 3rd rounder and was targeted as a slot/possession receiver. He is without question the best receiver the Bears have had since they drafted him. The whole reason the Bears have been lacking at the WR position is because they have not been honest with themselves. They put lipstick on a couple of pigs and tried to convince themselves they were all set.

    If the Bears hadn't had their head up their rear ends when it comes to this position they very easily could have drafted a 1st or 2nd rounder last year or signed one of the multiple free agents that have hit the market in the last several years. The WR position is easy to fill but you have to have a goal in mind that is reasonable when trying to do so. I tell you what Cananda, go ask Gil Brandt which position is the easiest to fill on O and he'll tell you without blinking, the WR.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Fill with 2's and 3's or worse? Try filling it with legit 1's, 2's and 3's. Finding a legit 1 is almost as difficult as finding an elite QB.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Big difference between a warm body at the position and a true threat at the position.

  • A slow-but-sure fixing of all the holes may be the order of the day. If he makes no big moves in FA that might be better for us in the long run. Solid value additions right across the board. I could see them take a flier on Hill though, especially if Mercilus is gone.

  • Target # 1: Mario Williams. Nothing can defeat Aaron Rodgers and Matt Stafford more decisively and consistently than Orange Julius and a lethal #2. We need to make this happen.

  • In reply to Viva:

    I like the nickname Lethal Weapon 2 for Mario after we sign him

  • http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=Ag7fVirV.HB2WyUSw7ZsGExDubYF?slug=pfw-20120311_free_agent_scouting_report_saints_wr_marques_colst

    Nice read.

  • http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2012/03/11/free-agency-2012-bargain-hunting/

    I could see some of these guys if we went the cheap route.

  • Agreed; thanks for posting this Artoo.

    Schwartz, Carr, Vobora, and maybe Collins look like potential fits.

    But I'm afraid the Bears have way, way more emotion/hope invested in the guys they have (inexplicably in the case of Webb) and may fail to address the cavernous needs of the O line. I sure hope I'm wrong.

  • I loved Phillip Wheeler at GA Tech and wanted him on the Bears badly. He still has it and would be a scary trio with Urlacher and Briggs.

    Why am I so hung up on LB's when I should be focusing on O Line and DE?

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    actually, shouldn't i be focusing on work and not free agency for the Chicago Bears?

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    No because I am not even doing my hw or studying

  • Exams are twice a year, free agency is once. Easy decision.

  • Sorry Jeffe, I hope I didn't steal your thunder with my earlier post re:Jackson. The early bird get's the worm.

  • It feels nice to be 22. I hope my wishes come true tomorrow.

  • Artoo, we're getting Williams and I know why.

    Logic Progression (that will be blown apart by anyone that went to lawschool) :

    A. Reviewing Bears tape makes it plain as day that we were most victimized when Peppers was not in the game.
    B. Peppers suffered a knee injury and that freaked the fuck out of every Bears fan to the core.
    C. Mario Williams is a young Julius Peppers.
    D. Peppers affected every game he was in.
    F. Williams draws the same attention as Peppers even playingut of position in a 3-4
    G. If Peppers and Williams are in the same game on the opposite sides of the ball or even on the same side with Williams at DE and Peppers at DT there is in fact no way to stop it.
    H. Having a brutal pass rush makes the DB's better.
    I. We don't have the money to get better DB's.

    Hence we will get Mario Williams because he automatically upgrades our Defensive backfield and Defensive line allowing Melton, Paea and Okoye one on one matchups almost all game. No significant money needs to be spent on DB or DT and Emery can then focus on drating talented players to fill those spots. Cutler could also get decent yardage every year with a pass catching running back and some highschool receivers.

    Hence we will not spend big money on WR in FA and will instead focus on the draft and a 2nd tier pickup/and or trade with draft picks to Miami for Marshall.

    Williams in, Marshall in, Bears Super Bowl, boom.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    that just happened

  • jeff ,If reports are true and Peyton does not want Miami because of Brandon Marshall's presence...I have an easy solution to this problem.

  • Per @AdamSchefter, the #Cowboys lose $10M, #Redskins lose $36M in cap space. Team can split the stripped amount over '12/'13 how theyd like.

    All that money goes to 28 other teams -- $1.6 million each -- except for Saints and Raiders, who don't get any but don't lose any.

  • That should keep them from pusuing VJax I would think. That's a big hit to take.

  • In reply to JAB1:


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