On the Brandon Marshall Situation and Free Agency Day 2

On the Brandon Marshall Situation and Free Agency Day 2

So the other night Brandon Marshall and his wife and some entourage-type friends in were in a Manhattan nightclub. They drank, they danced, they did the things folks do. Like tends to be the case in Chelsea, Marshall's wife ended up with her face being smashed by a bottle. Now a New York Post report states a woman in the bar claims Brandon Marshall slugged her in the eye. Marshall denies the claims. The NYPD and NFL will now investigate.

Brandon Marshall is the same guy post-this report he was before the report surfaced. He is a brilliant on-field talent and a questionable off-field man. That's why a player with his numbers is attainable for a pair of third rounders spread over two years. (Even he faces a four-game suspension this season it is still a steal.) It is now on head coach Lovie Smith and quarterback Jay Cutler to make sure Marshall keeps his nose clean and provides the Bears their best wide receiver since Willie Gault.

Other thoughts:

  • Bears fans will like Jason Campbell quite a bit. He's a solid man and a wonderful leader. (I have a soft spot for all the players on the undefeated Tommy Tuberville Auburn team that was denied a chance to play for a national title.) Campbell signing for one-year means the Bears have gone from the worst backup quarterback in the NFL to quite possibly the best.
  • Bears have also strengthened their special teams quickly. Blake Costanzo (49ers) and Eric Weems (Falcons) will provide Dave Toub the types of toys that tend to lead the Bears to the top of the special teams rankings.
  • Bears also re-signed Tim Jennings yesterday. The combination of these three signings (and reports from Brad Biggs) means Corey Graham is not going to return to Chicago this year. A good player and a solid tenure.
  • Reports this morning state CB Kelvin Hayden and G Anthony Herrera are due to visit Halas Hall in coming day or so. Hayden is a no-brainer but Herrera is interesting. Mike Tice coached him as an undrafted player in Minnesota and he would not be bringing him in to ride the pine, would he?

On to day two...

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  • First!!
    Now fix the O-Line!!

  • In reply to Scala:

    If Herrera is signed that could mean a swap at the LT position - Williams back to the spot he was drafted for or the Jew Bear moved from right to left w/ Louis back at RT?

    Webb to the pines?

  • Chris Williams was not a good left tackle the last time we played him there. He finally had a good season as a guard, but pass protection was not his strength even when he played well.

    Williams might be a decent 3rd or 4th tackle if we see injuries, but he's not the answer.

    I think Herrera might signal the Bears looking to cut Williams and save on cap space.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I've been waiting to have this out for a long time but got no takers. Anyone. Please.

    How is J'Marcus Webb a better option at left tackle? How is a man who could only ever dream of being a first round pick, a better option than CW or GC?

    CW shut down Jared Allen - NFL sack leader, Jared Allen - all on his lonesome. Again, Webb might manage that in his dreams, but never in real life. The man cannot pass protect, he's the worst in the NFL at doing what he does!

    How is CW worse ? Please. Anyone.

    Double header. Gabe Carimi has been playing left tackle since shortly after birth. How is our other first round draft pick OT not a better option on the blindside of our Franchise than J'MArcus Webb? Lance is the mother of all right tackles, solves that problem. We signed Edwin and we're paying Spencer 4.5M a year - for some strange reason - guards we have. Damn, guards at center, we have.

    A seventh round sack of shit - who almost single-handedly got Cutler killed - is a better option at left Tackle than either of the two first round left tackles we drafted? Somebody let me in on the joke.

    Answers starting with "Carimi projects to be a better RT..." must do better than regurgitate internet blech they read.

    Why is a sack of shit playing left tackle for a billion Dollar organization, with two first rounders also on the line ?

  • You got me, Irish.

    Perhaps the point was to get Martz out of Chicago?

  • Damn I hope so. Louis at RT, Carimi where God intended. Cutler to Marshall all day long.

  • I wonder if that injury to Williams is worse then they're letting on?

    Is Herrera like 40?

  • I think most of the Mario Williams to the Bears rumors are coming from Williams' agent as he pumps the Bills for more money. We were in the running for Mincey, lost the negotiation to the home team (which is fine, can't sign'em all). We're not in the running for Mario.

  • Jeff, why are you just repeating what we already know. How bout a story? Just sayin.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Yeah Jeff! Come back when you get the exclusive interview with the one who threw the bottle at Marshall's wife.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I don't think you guys realize that you, the commenters, are probably about 5% of the total readership of the site. A lot of people pop on, read quickly what Bears are doing, and move on. You are my loyalists. But if I write for you guys, I'd just post the Twitter feed.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    I'm pretty sure they're just fuckin' with ya, Blogfather.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    5% of the readership, and 95% of the "hits" which advertisers examine before handing out checks lol

  • Interesting thought... I know I accounted for probably 250 individual refreshes yesterday from 5 different devices.

    Though, honestly, I just like a new thread once in a while so I don't have to scroll through 300 previously read comments when I'm taking a dump.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Ha ha! me too!

    I have a little stool for my laptop in my restroom just so I can read while taking a stool!

    Zing!

  • Advertisers actually check "unique" page views. Meaning if an individual returns a page 100 times from a single computer, it counts as 1.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Yeah, otherwise, I promise you would be making millions as much as I refresh the page and come on here with tweets.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    am i doing o/k.
    as shit reading material
    just askin'

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    please
    keep it up
    i am not a twitterer
    maybe when i retire in a year or so
    but, not now
    if it's all twitter
    you may ruin my football life
    plus as you all know
    i can't fit my thoughts
    into that medium
    may i say jeff
    you are one of the best things
    to come along for me
    in quite a while
    many thanks

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Nope, bottom 5th percentile sounds about right.

  • http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-falcons-blog/2012/03/14/atlanta-falcons-eric-weems-headed-to-bears/

  • In reply to JWilson:

    That's crazy, we got Weems? He's Hester-ish as I recall. Good return man, don't know what he's like as a receiver, good little slot guy they say. Bye Sanzy.

  • In reply to JWilson:

    Makes me wonder if Emery intends to shop Hester.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Eric Weems makes me nervous for the future of Hester as a Bear.

    Trading him may get us a lot, but I shutter at the thought of Hester in any other uniform other than a Chicago Bear uniform.

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    well maybe knox is out
    and hester
    seemed
    hampered
    at the end last year
    one article today quoted emery
    as trying to back up each spot
    with quality

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    We might do better without Hester. He hasn't panned out as as a receiver, and teams seem to have finally learned to kick away from him (although he didn't go after the ball as aggressively last season, apparently because of injury).

    But he's still dangerous. I wouldn't want to deal him unless someone is willing to pay through the nose.

  • Even with Weems and Costanzo on the roster (two great moves btw), I would still love to see Corey Graham back as our dimeback.

    He wants to compete for a starting job somewhere... its not like we're super deep at CB, I could see us letting him compete with Jennings and whoever else we bring in for at least the nickel spot. But if another team with a bad secondary wants to give him a shot... thanks for the great effort, you were a solid Bear.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    The Corey Graham situation mirrors the Ayenbadejo situation. If Lovie doesn't want you on defense, you ain't playing on defense. Regardless of your special teams prowess.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    I suppose. As I said, if that's the case, thanks for the great effort Corey. You had a solid Bears tenure.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Devin is very highly paid for a return man, but he wouldn't be worth much in a trade would he? Maybe a third? Weems is likely just backup and ST seeing as Knox is busted up.

  • Yep - we would never get in trade value what he is worth to us.

  • On Kellen Davis. It would be a shame to lose him, especially given the thin field this year. But Jacob Tamme (TE, Colts) could be worth a look if we lose him.

  • Out of curiosity... if we've got a WR spot open after the draft, do we keep Roy Williams or Dane Sanzenbacher?

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Roy Williams led the WR's in catches with Knox. Sanzenbacher lost the only thing he had going for him.....his hands.

    Roy by a mile.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    he better be workin out
    phil don't like wimmps
    if he shows up
    out of shape
    he runs until he pukes
    and then laps it up
    and runs some more

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Roy is tall. He's got that going for him

    Oh, and he does that awesome first down thing when he catches the ball

  • You complete me.

    And may I stand alone in a circle of one ... I like Roy's first down dance.

    Knox and Sanzy be gone. We need room for receivers. Manly man-sized receivers. Men, that if they walked up to you and told you to @#$% off, your response would be "In which direction, Sir?"

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    That's tough. We talked a bit about this in the previous thread. Now that there's a possible suspension in the mix, I think we do carry 6 WR.

    Marshall, Bennett, Hester (locked)

    Knox (I feel he might be IRed)

    Drafted WR

    Leaves us with Roy v Dane.

    I like how Roy looked at the end of the year. And if you forgive Barber for his dum ass mistakes, you gotta forgive Roy. He converted some big 3rd downs, and every WR has some drops (Marshall had more than his share). If he is willing to check his ego at the door and play sp teams, I say keep him.

    Dane, as much as I rooted for him, I think we have to cut and hope we can stash him on practice. Like someone else on Da Blog said, you can't be small, slow AND have bad hands.

    In the end, an undrafted guy will be replaced with a drafted guy.

  • Oh, We signed WR Weems who is a gunner and return kicks/punts.

    This definitely makes me think we're going to Knox and either putting him on IR or cutting him (can't imagine there would be a market for a trade with a dude that sports a back brace).

  • I'd like to see the salesman who's pitching Knox.

    "Look at those wheels mang, look at those puppies! Nasa developed the polymers y'know.....yup, Johnny Knox ..... like Johnny Bravo ....yup ...... great grandfather was decorated during WWII, CMO, right Johnny? yup.......so ....."

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    In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Roy Williams. More upside. Competition with Marshall might light a fire. Sanzebacher is a solid person. But he was only on an NFL roster, because of how terrible the Bears receiving corps was.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    I agree, we keep Roy - but I must graciously disagree with competition "lighting a fire"...

    This guy played with Megatron... no fire was lit. Third best WR on Dallas, playing with Miles Austin and Dez Bryant... not even an ember. Hell, the rookie punked him out and he was STILL unmotivated.

    The guy has no fuel. The guy has no spark. He has an above average height and goofy celebration.. That's it. He'll be good to catch maybe 20 balls.

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    In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Good points Who is Willie Gault. I'm just hopeful that at this stage in his career, he might react differently. Develop a competitive camaraderie. Ughh so much potential. I think he'll get one more chance in the League and this year with the Bears is likely to be it.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Well, one thing that Dane has on Williams is youth.

  • looking at Anthny Herrera visit on #BearsTalk at #CSNChicago.com - a guard coming in says Chris Williams heading back to compete at tackle

  • How late before they would have to give Williams his roster bonus, etc? That might be the key to how long he stays (if he does) or cutting him earlier because Emery is planning on targeting a tackle in the draft (our cap space seems like it's going to limit any FA signings)

  • It's the only sensible solution other than Carimi. I cannot fathom his continued presence at LT.

  • @AdamSchefter Lions reached agreement with WR Calvin Johnson on a seven-year, $132 million extension that includes $60 million guaranteed

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    That's a lot of dough... But he's a beast.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    I think we got just as good a guy a lot cheaper. Surely they're in cap hell right now?

  • I wonder how much cap space that clears for this year?

    They're still stalling the inevitable. CAP HELL. Good luck with Suh, Stafford contracts.

  • As far as I know, Suh and Stafford restructured their contracts last week and that CJ is taking less this year so that they can fit under. They'll be fine next year when the cap celing inflates. However, with that, their draft signings and the tag on Avril, they won't be making any acquisitons this FA IMO

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Yes, but all the Lions did in restructuring Stafford and Suh is defer 12M toward next year, and Megatron's contract is set to go up too.

    This isn't even accounting for Avril or Tulloch, if they get new contracts (or whatever FA they bring in, which I don't think will happen because of said future Cap Hell).

  • If you watch this video of Brandon Marshall at the benefit (same night as recent incident) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXrXGoMaEYA It's hard to imagine why this guy has so many problems off the field. If you watch just skip the first 5 min.

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    Herrera 22nd best free agent guard? Is there some value I don't see? http://walterfootball.com/freeagents2012G.php

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    We don't have the cash for top 10 prospects. And its not like we've got an all-pro line. This would be an incremental improvement.

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    In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I understand the $s. Not sure I see the point. Lance Louis looks good on the inside. Edwin Williams in reserve.. Why spend any $. I guess incremental improvement, Tice likes him That's good enough for me. Glad to see the action. No real stud guards out there at this point. But IMHO it wasn't an area of need for the Bears.
    As others have pointed out, this is sending Chris Williams back to LT. I don't remember him being very good there. Maybe Tice thinks he can "fix him" at LT, after getting all of that playing time and learning better technique on the inside.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    HE was under Harry Hymen when he arrived, so maybe Tice was just thinking WTF? when he arrived too.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    I don't get the love for Lance Louis. Didn't he grade very poorly?

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    In reply to SC Dave:

    Lance Louis was a G, who moved to Tackle. He's extremely athletic for a Guard. He's powerful as well.

    The Bears are so high on the second year offensive lineman who is a converted tight end, he could show up anywhere on the line -- inside or out. Tice assured reporters. "We'll find a place for Lance to play."

    Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/grizzly-detail/Lance-Louis-Returns-to-Bears-But-Where-Does-He-Fit.html#ixzz1p6wJySbI

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Athleticism does not matter to me - guys blocked does.

    These are the same guys that claim Webb is a left tackle. Pass the salt please, I need a few grains.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    By "same guys", I mean the Bears coaching staff...

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Depth. Competition. Another Vet to mold the youngins.

  • Great Day Bears..E-Train keep chugging along the tracks and bring in the players. In one swift day he has us all forgetting about "The one we do not name"..Satan, Beelzebub, Voldermort...pick your poison.

    As for "Beast"..... LDL get your hands together and let's get that boy singing Kumbaya...I know you can calm the off-the-field BEAST down.

    I know, I know the chance of Super Mario is VERY SLIM..but then again everyone thought that bringing #15 here WAS AN "F" ing PIPE DREAM...Well sir's gag the sheite out of that dooddy!

    Keep at it E-Train...you seemed to be the engine who say's "I think I can"..

    BEAR DOWN..spring break here in the southwest and trying to keep one eye on the blog and another on the fam...

  • Carl Nicks anyone?

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Think he signed with the Bucs.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Bucs got 'em. $$$

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    Huge $ 31 million guaranteed. $45 million total over 5 years. That's silly for a G.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    They went all-in on a guard and a 29 year old receiver. I love our GM.

  • You know there was some folk on here that were pining for Emery to make that move.....

    Thank God Emery is a fucking machine and stopped reading da blog after the trading for Marshall part.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    I never wanted Nicks.

    I don't believe in overspending on Guards or RTs.

    They're a dime a dozen, imo.

    Centers and LTs is a different matter.

  • Agreed. I like Nicks last year when the interior was unsettled, but it would have been silly to do that this year after seeing what CW, Louis, Garza, and Spencer can do given PT.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Hah!

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    In reply to Big Mike:

    Tampa is in a death spiral, spending money for stupid stuff.

  • As for Graham and CB...I wish him the best...but it was either Jennings or Graham, and after Bowman showed us how bad it can get, Jennings stepped out of Lovie's dog house.

    I think we gotta hit a home run in the draft with CB.

    I really, really like this guy, who might be available in the 3rd (IF he stays under the radar)

    Trumain Johnson
    6'1 204 4.45 40

    "Looks like a low 4.5/high 4.4 guy and runs well for his size. Showcases the ability to be physical in coverage and when asked to get a bump on receivers down the field in cover two does a nice job adjusting his drop depending on the leverage and getting a good punch on receivers while staying balanced in his drop.

    Impression: A talented kid who physically/athletic reminds me a lot of Jimmy Smith (Baltimore Ravens). Now, he's not as experienced as a pressman as Smith was, but has the same type of upside and can be a similar player if he commits himself fully to the game at the next. "

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/college_player_scouting_report.html&player=100012

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    In FA what about Tracy Porter from NO? IF CB is the big need on Draft Day 1 of the top 3 will be there for the Bears. (Janoris Jenkins or DRE Kirkpatrick)

    Kirkpatrick in particular might slide because of his fondness for the weed, to where the Bears can take him at 19. He's 6'2" all the right tools http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1664145

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    I would take one of them just to spite the Lions. They need a CB bad and if there isn't a decent DE available or Keuchly then I say we pull the trigger.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Hayden visted bear today morning. and can hardly see any change with the first pick. it will be between Mercilus or Perry

  • RT @EaglesInsider: #Eagles have traded OT Winston Justice and a 6th round pick to the #Colts for a 6th round pick.

  • Clearing cap for Eric Winston?

  • Bears sign Josh McCown, giving them three veteran quarterbacks

  • Wow. This is what we wanted, but I'm surprised Emery is willing to pay $4.5 million to players we sincerely hope never see the field.

    But I imagine this is probably because Emery looked at our draft picture this year and does not like our chances of bringing in a good rookie prospect. A good draft this year might allow us to draft as high as the second round next year, and then we can let McCown mentor a young stud while Campbell goes elsewhere to compete and clear our cap.

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    In reply to NewBearInTown:

    You think they are looking to resign and extend one of the backups after the dust settles, looking for trade value down the line, or maybe even at the draft?

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Tough question. If we're 7-3 again with a healthy Jay and someone like Andy Dalton or Tony Romo goes down. Would we trade our security blanket for a draft package?

    The advantage to having McCown around for the season as a #3 I guess means we'll know how confident we should be with our backup when asked for the trade.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I wish Angelo had paid $4.5 million to players we hoped we'd never see .... we might have been at the show last year

    Pick up a LB, CB and a DE and we're set.

  • it's unfair of you to say such things. it's not like JA had $18 million just sitting in the war chest.

    wait. what? what's that you say? he did?

    well. shit.

  • another draft pick wasted in Enderle...what was he, a 5th?

    Maybe the Bengals will swoop in on him too...

  • yeah. a martz-requested fifth. and for good reason, too. apparently, when all is said and done, he'll be better than cam newton.

    what? you don't believe me?

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/587471-2011-nfl-draft-why-nathan-enderle-will-prove-everyone-wrong

  • Listening to The Score. Dez on there.

    Said he'd come back to the NFL, but only for Lovie.

    Come on Dez! We won't ever speak of Martz ever again!

  • He'd bring together strands of Broncos, Bears and Dolphins, might not be a bad dude to have back in the locker room mentoring the kids. Still hope Kellen makes it back though. Two 6'7 TEs playing with Brandon, I want to see that.

  • Dez is too old. I like what Emery is doing so far. I hope he continues to add talent along with youthful talent. We need to start adding youthful talent on the defensive side of the ball too.

  • In reply to JAB1:

    Yeah, I'm just messing. However, if we lose Davis, who's going to be our TE?

  • I wonder what Dallas Clark wants. His head injuries scare me but if he's cheap why not?

  • How come people aren't freaking out more about this Marshall situation? Isn't he on a very short Goodell-rope right now? Seriously, if we lose this guy right after getting him, I'm going to be so so pissed.

  • Guess we got Marshall for a 3rd and the other 3rd was for taking his psycho wife. In all honesty I'm not sure how this'll play out, but at the worst I think it'll be a 4 game suspension. Not sure how that'll play out until I see the schedule but if that's the case let's hope we play Colts/Rams/Vikes/Jags to open.

  • I think because it's still so cloudy on the details and the fact that everyone is still giddy from aquiring Marshall. If details come out with more clear events from the night and maybe witnesses that saw it then I might start to worry.

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    In reply to JAB1:

    Maybe he comes out of this clean...
    If so Goodel can STFU.

  • A) They're investigating it, so no need to freak out until we get more details.
    B) Even though it's been reported that he's had 6 encounters with the law, Marshall doesn't seem to be the main perp (though it can't be a coincedence). I mean, Goodell can't suspend someone for getting shanked by his wife, right? Or for being there when a shooting happened? Raises eyebrows, but not really criminal.
    C) BM's latest fiasco would seem to cross the line to criminal, but given the context, Goodell may be more leniant. Let me say this, in NO WAY do I condone "slugging" a women, but sometimes at a club, after a few drinks, ppl lose judgement. Then, allegedly, imagine some drunk bitch hits your women with a bottle across her face (BMs Personality Disorder doesn't help). He MIGHT have just reacted. Again, not condoning it AT ALL, but maybe Goodell takes this into account.

    I think Goodell will bring Marshall in, and have a long talk with him. I think the result will be a VERY strict warning: ONE more "Johnny wrong spot", and you're suspended.

    If it actually does turn out that Marshall slugged a women (not sure I believe this), he gets suspended for like 4 games, which is almost like an injury.

    However, I am worried about the LONG term reprucussions...but if Lovie, Cutler and the Bears can't straighten him out, NO team can.

  • * woman

  • Oh, I am upset. There is just nothing we can do except hope he suspends him only a few games.

  • maybe the dolphins would not
    have been so willing to move him
    until they found out about
    the last straw
    and started to shop him

  • This is the way I see it.

    All the Emery thus far are for draft flexibility.

    We're adding depth to positions of need, so that when the draft comes around, Emery can be free to select Best Player Available, which is the best philosophy to practice (just ask the Pack, Pats, Ravens).

    We no longer have to reach for a WR at #19.
    Kicking the tires on Mincey was so that we wouldn't have to reach for a DE.
    We get another WR so that we don't have to draft a guy just for SP teams and are free to draft a Line guy instead.
    We got a LB sp teamer so that we're not necessarily forced to draft a LB if at the spot a TE looks better.
    Herrera would allow us to take a flier at G/C much later in the draft.
    QB Campell means we don't have to waste a draft pick on a developmental qb for the 3rd yr in a row (unless someone is really a great value)

    Emery's FA moves are to improve his baby: the draft.

  • But we didn't sign Mincey. Would have been a great pickup, but it didn't happen unfortunately. So we still have a hole opposite Peppers. That could mean we bring back Izzy, or it could mean we're targeting a DE in the first two rounds of the draft.

    But I agree, Emery is using FA to plug holes so we don't have to make any bad reaches in the draft.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Yeah, but Emery gave it the ole college try. We simply ran out of cap for Williams or Mincey.

    But, who knows? Wimbley is still out there unofficially, and maybe Emery makes a few surprise cuts/restructures to sign him.

    If not, then most of us agree that Mercilus will be our #19. But if we do get, say, Wimbley, then again, Emery would be given carte blanche to select prospects like CB Kirkpatrick, LB Keuchly, S Barron, T Adams, etc.

    Can't wait.

  • Interesting analysis; I like it.

    I'd like to see Emery work a little on keeping Kellen Davis, because the more I think about Kuechly, the better I like that choice. With luck, he is the heir apparent to the line of HoF Bears MLBs that started with Bill George. Think about this...

    Years the Bears have had a Pro Bowler at MLB since Bill George:

    1955-1961, 1963, 1965-1972, 1983-1992, 2000-2003, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011

    In the 59 years between Bill George coming into the league and now, a Bears middle linebacker has been in the Pro Bowl for 34 of them, or nearly 58%. Way cool.

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/chi/all-pros.htm

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Didn't Bill George practically invent the position of middle linebacker? Thought I've read that before.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    You have - maybe on the Bears site. It is also my understanding that Bill George was in essence the first middle line backer.

    Ever since I become a fan (Butkus' rookie season and mine coincide), to me the ultimate job in football has been middle linebacker for the Chicago Bears.

  • "Marshall ...provides the Bears their best wide receiver since Willie Gault."

    Huh? What?!

    Off the top of my head, He BARELY cracks the top five!

    Despite World Class Speed, in 5 seasons with the Bears, Gault never caught more than 42 passes, caught fewer than 40 in 3 of those seasons , never even SNIFFED 1,000 yards and averaged less than 6 TDs a season. And yes, we're talking 16 game seasons.

    Who's better?

    Marty Booker (2001-2) 100 and 97 catches and consecutive seasons over 1,000 yards with 8 & 6 TDs. He averaged 70 catches & 5 TDs a year from 2000 to 2003

    Marcus Robinson (1999) 84 for 1400 and 9 TDs.

    Jeff Graham (1995) 82 for 1301 and 4 TDs

    Bobby Engram had better seasons in '98 & '99 and that was opposite Robinson's great season in '99.

    C'mon, Blogfather, that statement was D.O.A.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    clearly you've never played the original Tecmo Bowl.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Irrelevant as Tecmo Vowl predates all but Gault.

    And CEARLY I took the Bears to an undefeated season in TECMO SUPER BOWL but that offense was spearheaded by Neal Anderson.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    well, yes. those other guys weren't in it. but Gault was. and hot damn was he unstoppable!

    i didn't like the drop off from payton to anderson. but i did like that the game kept stats. revolutionary.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    That was the game that started my man crush on Christian Okoye.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Oops. Sorry, Willie, but "After Further Review" you don't even make the top 5.

    Curtis Conway had consecutive 1,000 yard seasons 140+ catches and 19 TDs in '95-96.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    You're going to make "Who'sWIllieGault" sad!

  • WHO CARES!

    BRANDON MARSHALL TO THE BEARS!

  • Bears are retaining Mckown. I wouldn't be surprised if they trade Cambell or Josh to a team that loses a qb midseason. If so, I think it could be a very smart move. Just imagine letting Cambell go to someone for a 2nd rounder. I likery.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Wouldn't it be hillarious if that team was the Raiders.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Sorry, I don't see THAT any more than I see Blogfather's Willie Gault "Coronation".

    They sign the guy to provide a veteran back-up with some actual skill, then trade him after 8 games.

    A) Cutler went down in game 10. That can't happen again?
    How silly would THAT look:
    " OK, it;'s Campbell time..oops, we DUMPED him 2 weeks ago."

    B) If Campbell was worth a #2, wouldn't he be starting someplace?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Repost from higher up in the thread:

    Tough question. If we're 7-3 again with a healthy Jay and someone like Andy Dalton or Tony Romo goes down. Would we trade our security blanket for a draft package?

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    please re-phrase the question.

    if we're 7-3 with a healthy Jay, the trade deadline has already passed.

    if a dalton or a romo goes does, those teams can only improve by signing someone off the scrap heap (like he did McCown) or put in a waiver if someone gets cut (like we tried with Orton).

    That being said, if Romo goes down in game 5 and the 'Boys come calling for Campbell, we at least have to listen. Then we try to convince them that McCown, not Campbell, is the cure what ails them.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    they're fucking crazy, not dumb.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    never underestimate the power of desperation.

    but, unfortunately, this is moot as they now have the neckbeard to step in.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    One year deal? 2nd round pick?

    The trader better be stupid.

  • Redskins

  • Teams can get desperate.

    If Alex Smith goes down, I can easily see Harbaugh giving up a pick for Cambell since they'd be in the play-hunt, and maybe he would like competition at QB the following year anyways.

  • That's actually an intrigueing scenario. Campbell would also go right back to playing in the Bay Area, where his family will probably stay for this year given the short nature of the deal.

  • You never know. Stranger things have happened mid season. I also think that there may be some chance that emery was to create some competition between the two backups. Maybe they cut Josh if he doesn't look good in camp.

  • +1

  • I am sure the Colts are going to cut Freeney and we will pick up him up.

    If that happens. I really like our GM so far.

    Angelo would have traded picks away to get Freeney knowing he couldn't get Mario or Marshall.

    Scratch that, he would have gave up 2 seconds for Marshall.

    I agree that we should watch how the Marshall situation plays out.The deal sounded way too good to be true and I hope it isn't.

  • Also, don't count Wimbley getting cut by the Raiders out of the mix. He's due a big bonus if not cut by Friday (though we'll see if we have any space left by then).

  • I've got to wonder what our cap looks like, especially with the signings made since we were in the mix for Mincey.

    But I'll certainly take him if we can make it happen.

    And at that point I will have absolutely no idea what the Bears are going to do in the draft.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I can see us still getting someone on the line.

    Our dends would be old in that scenario and we still need "for Mb and Cutler" some people to block for Cutler and Forte.

  • Bears blog: Cutler confident Marshall will stay out of trouble

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4675483/cutler-confident-marshall-will-stay-out-of-trouble?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    Keep that number one wideout away from trouble Jay.

  • "Cutler said Bears fans should be confident Marshall will not be involved in any incidents that will keep him off the field.

    "I have no doubt in my mind," Cutler said. "We've remained close, we're going to get even closer now that he's back with us as a Bear. I'm going to keep every eye I have on him, making sure he's doing the right thing.

    "That's not a problem with Brandon right now. He's matured. He wants to do the right thing. It's just a shame that his past still haunts him, but that's what happens, everyone makes mistakes. Brandon is still learning from them and growing, and like I said, we have a heck of a guy, a heck of a player and I think Phil made quite a splash on Day 1 (of free agency)."

    Next year, we restructure Marshall's contract, and under article 1, paragraph 1, this stipulation : Thou shall not club at 4AM!

    Like Chris Rock says, nothing good ever happens after 2am.

  • I hear Andrew Luck is good at handling pressure. He better be.

    He's now following Manning on a gutted Colts team. Good LUCK with that....

  • In reply to gpldan:

    So , if the Colts don't have Andrew Luck, they won't have any luck at all?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Only Dustin Hoffman in the clubhouse

    http://www.hbo.com/luck/index.html

  • In reply to gpldan:

    They shoot horses, don't they?

  • Editorial compares Greg Williams bounties to Mike Vick's dog fights. Both used money and betting that resulted in serious injuries requiring medical attention, Williams just used humans instead of dogs.

    I can see that.

  • Megatron's MegaBucks: $60M in guarantees.

  • I think Blogfather doesn't realize about 80% of his regular lurking readers only come to the site to read Irish's commentary on the Fed.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Or MBs bashing of Angelo (ahh, I shall miss those days). However, I'll settle for his links to Upton.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That and a couple good haikus, what ever happened to those, btw?

  • In reply to ben in norcal:

    Emery thrills us
    Filling holes by bringing studs
    Super Bowl this year?

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    clean, concise and used "filling holes" and "studs" in the same haiku line. you sick puppy.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Why, thank you Waffle.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Thats much better, thanx Dave

  • In reply to ben in norcal:

    A bolt from the blue
    On a Tuesday afternoon
    Boom! Phil Emery.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    F-ck it, gpl - don't encourage him.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    yes
    but does the Fed
    come to read
    Irishe's post
    about the Fed
    excuse me
    there's a knock at the door
    I gotta
    go
    climb out the back window

  • One less TE on the market....

    Adam Schefter ‏ @AdamSchefter
    Vikings reached agreement with former Seahawks tight end John Carslon on a five-year, $25 million deal

  • Dang. We DEF must re-sign Davis now, or else we're going to have to spend an early draft pick on one.

  • i'm ok with this. remember when they got shiancoe from the giants? the guy went from good player to nothing.

    the vikings aren't a tight end team. yes, it sucks we can't get him, but i'm ok with them getting him.

  • RB Bush in Chicago today.

  • Orton to Dallas

    Adam Schefter ‏ @AdamSchefter
    Kyle Orton reached a three-year agreement with the Dallas Cowboys.

  • Good luck Kyle. Dallas is not an easy place to play QB.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Cannot be any worse than Chicago.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Most popular guy in Dallas, much like Chicago, is the backup QB.

    He'll be fine. Dallas has had a boner for him since he was put on waivers last year, so this is really not surprising.

  • Can't get at quality DE with our cap space. Will have to wait for the draft. So lets make sure we:
    1) look into Eddie Royal... Marshall, Royal, Bennett, Williams, Hester, Knox, Draft Pick = Best WR core in Bears History.
    2) Address TE spot. Either re-sign Davis or someone else. Maybe Boss out of Oakland. Don't know what his price is, but he was pretty solid with Eli in NY.

    Fill in some holes in the draft. Might be looking at OL or DE with the 19th overall pick now.

  • In reply to Jimwoww:

    Ming the Merciless

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Robert Middleton's "Ming" or Max Von Sydow's?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Sydow.

    Dude is unassailable. He is in Skyrim for Pete's sake.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Probably my age but I have to go with Robert Middleton. He was Ming in all 3 of the Serials.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I prefer Max as Jobert, the pragmatic assassin, in 3 DAYS OF THE CONDOR.

  • In reply to Jimwoww:

    Boss might be best left avail for the money. Shiancoe's probably asking for way too much money (but I don't know that for certain)

  • In reply to Jimwoww:

    Royal is off the radar. Eric Weems took that spot (which is just fine).

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Ahhhhh!

    Not so fast sir!

    ESPNChiBears Bears blog: Cutler: Bears not done adding, wants Royal es.pn/yc3UXK

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Weems is a GREAT pick-up, he fits the ST/slot role player that I was begging for alongside a true #1...I will miss Corey G, but Emery does not look like he underestimates the value of our ST unit alongside this D.

    So far, I'm stunned at how much has been accomplished this off-season, including a FA period that's only 24 hours old.

  • In reply to Jimwoww:

    here comes
    sheperd cox

  • Not to be a debbie downer, but I don't think we'll get Bush.

    I'd much rather have Tolbert to be honest. He's a bull. Great short yd/td machine who also contributes on specials.

    But Bush would be a better #1 in case Forte gets hurt.

  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dc-sports-bog/post/laron-landry-says-he-hurt-his-achilles-when-he-shot-it-up-for-redskins/2012/03/13/gIQAHsca9R_blog.html

    Absolutely hillarious. And why we will not be talking with Laron Landry.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    hahahah!!!

    "the finer points of your syntax elude me sometimes."

    love it.

  • Jim Rome talking that if Marshall gets stung with an assault charge, he could miss camp or more. That the Fish dealt him Monday morning quickly for what amounts to shit in the wind.

    So, this is less about Emery being brilliant and more about him picking up the damn phone Monday when it rang.

    Emery said that he knew Marshall ran into problems when the deal was done, and that nothing will come from it.

    Reggie Wayne is going to re-up in Indy.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    do
    gold diggers
    have black eyes

  • Looks like E-train could be lookin to dump Forte..bringing in A bruiser RB that played with the Raiders for a look see. If they pull the tag on Forte and let him go how much cap space would we gain. Enuf to get Mario?

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    Releasing Forte for Bush may not create that much more Cap space.

    Forte is costing $7.7M

    Bush would likely cost, say, $5M.

    $2M extra isn't all that much for Mario.

    All the Bears can do now is hope that Mario values winning and greatness more than $

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    Matt is the real deal - consistent production and proven big play ability.

    Trading him makes Emery's talk all bullshit, and I would have to start calling him Angemery

  • Megatron on Rome show now. Listen for free here:

    http://tunein.com/radio/940-WINZ-s29623/

  • True..and if Emery could restructure Peppers..Urlacher and a couple others to get Williams, I honestly think the guys might go for it if it puts them in a strong enuf position to make a run for the ring. Just a crazy thought...but? Could be a give a little get a lot!

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    We'd have to do some radical back loaded restructuring (and like the Lions, rely on the 2014 tv contracts to save our cap).

    However, Mario Williams in their prime hit the market once a decade, so I hope Emery seriously considers slashing and restructuring contracts.

    This would almost certainly mean Forte remains franchised and maybe eventually traded.

  • Given what kind of windfall is coming in 2014, that's not a horrible idea.
    It's a big financial risk depending on the contract guarantees, and the fact that (I'll whisper this -Mario has serious injuries in his past)...however, given that Mario subjected his fiancee to Buffalo on his visit today, that should put the death knell to any serious talks with them. Money is money...but it's Buffalo! Where is she going to spend all that money?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    On shovels and hot sauce?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Like Mario or his fiance would use a shovel...except to move piles of gold coins around.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Now that I think about, $50 million in guaranteed money would probably require alot of shovels, especially if he's a gold bug like our buddy Irish.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    His nickname could be "The Dragon"

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    It would be a HUGE gamble, but I think SuperMario is worth it. Unlike CB, DE (esp in our scheme) impacts games. Just look how improved our D got with Pepp. It was like a different team. Lach called him the best player on the entire team, and the league.

    Also, according to Bleacher Report...
    "
    It remains unclear as to which teams he'll visit, but according to Clayton, the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons and of course the Houston Texans all want him."

    If we're still in the mix, Emery should go all in. I'm sure if you ask 'Lach and a few others that if they restructure their contracts, they can get Mario, the'd jump out of their seats and do it.

  • I agree - his presence would lengthen the careers of some of these guys. With a dominant pass rush, you don't end up with the linebackers having to play in a mug look, getting knocked around by guards and centers, just to get pressure on the QB. And it certainly makes the tackles more effective with that kind of athleticism on the outside.

  • - Bills. Have $, but common, Buffalo?

    - Jags. Just signed Mincey, but still have some $. Again, really?

    - Titans. Another loser team with some $

    - Falcons. They have about as much $ as us, but no Pepp.

    - Texans. Also, have about as much $ as us, but play a 3-4.

  • Oh, and Seattle, but who's their QB again?

    Here's the link

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1104679-nfl-free-agent-rumors-power-ranking-mario-williams-potential-destinations

  • If it wasn't for school, I would be posting as much info as possible.

    One fact that every writer.. Bear writer or not... Is saying that Mario not signing with the Bills or Seahawks.. means he could be considering the Bears.

  • That made me giddy

  • The Bears will not dump Forte. They might be preparing for life without him if he insists on monster FA money next year, but they will use him for what looks to be a major SB push this year.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    can always franchise again in year 2.

    but i'm still hopeful that a deal gets signed this year. just because he manned up and played ball last year doesn't mean he won't cause a stink moving forward. though, to be fair, he's been a class act the whole way, so i just don't think that's how he rolls.

    unlike some lamborghini drivers we know...

  • In reply to evantonio:

    +1

  • Heard a very interesting point on The Score.

    You can pay for an elite QB
    You can pay for an elite HB

    But you CAN'T pay for both.

    Name one team who does?

    It's almost an either/or choice.

    The Ravens have Flacco/Rice, but have also franchised Rice.
    The Eagles have Vick/McCoy but McCoy isn't getting paid big yet.
    Texans have Schaub/Foster, but is Schaub elite?

    AP is on team with a mediocre QB. Same with CJ. Same with MJD.

    Brady, Rodgers, Brees, Peyton (all undeniably elite) never really had an elite hb.

    When Edgerin James demanded $, the Colts let him go to the Cards and invested that $ in Peyton.

    The Pats may do the same with Ben Jarvis (depending on how much he demands).

    Cutler's due for a new contract. The Bears are going to have to make a tough choice in the near future.

  • There are some big contracts that I think will also be up by that time and/or retirements...as much as I hate to think about it, in two years, we have some guys on the D side of the ball that may be hanging up their cleats.

  • speaking of Brees. I just ordered lunch in front of him 10 minutes ago.

    Turned around after giving my order and that mole/birthmark thingy was staring me in the eye. I think he tried to get it removed.

    I almost just blurted out, "damn, sorry man."

    ...Also, I thought he'd be bigger and taller. He just looked like a dude.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Just curious... What did he order?

  • no idea maing. wasn't interested in a saint.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Me either. More interested in what he got to eat.

    What did you get?

    Trapped at work - no food - hence the perverse interest in what other peeps are chowing

  • you're scaring me a little

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He's only six foot, isn't he? That was one of the knocks on him out of SD...too small...that and the bum shoulder.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hey, MB, did you do this?!

    http://youtu.be/MLZZos7_fYo

  • hahahaha... I actually had that scene flash through my mind for a second when he turned around.

    But I swear, I think he tried to get it removed... it looked much lighter/scaby than the usual dark brown.

  • Most of those teams have a lot of money tied up in WRs or Oline.

    Payton Manning's 2011 salary was more than Forte and Cutler combined would want.

    The Pack had $22 million in 2011 cap space dedicated to two tackles and two wide recievers.

    The Pats had more than $15 million of 2011 cap space in the OLine and more than $10 million in WRs.

    The Bears will spend at least $3 million less in Cutler's cap space than either the Pack or the Pats. They also only spent around $10 million at WR and less than that on O-Line.

    We can pay Cutty, Forte and Marshall (plus Bennett). Where it will hurt us is if we find a franchise LT.

    On D, we sell out the skill positions to pay for the line. On O, we'd be selling out the line to pay for the skill positions.

  • John Clayton ‏ @ClaytonESPN
    Buffalo still has Mario Williams locked in at their facility trying to convince him to be a Bill.

    Sounds like he's being held against his will. If he wants to fly out to Chicago to get a hot dog, they should let him...

  • Let's go get him, boys! Who's with me!!!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Haha- that would be epic. Like the movie Celtic Price only we rescue the dude instead of kidnapping him. Ok or we could kidnap him and force him into servitude with the Bears but people might get suspiscious when we have to keep tasing him when he tries to walk off the field.

    Btw BEST St Patricks movie of all time was on last night. State of Grace. Freaking awesome!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tV2xJvh-caw&feature=related

    It was great being in Chicago for St Pats last year but I'm thankful I'm back in Cali where I can get a shot bigger than a thimble and beers for less than $7

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydXojYfCF3I

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Thanks Youtube, for running a hugely negative campaign ad in front of that...smh.

    Much preferred State of Grace...
    Either I:
    1) am a much moodier sonofabitch then I let on
    2) am a liberal with a unrequited man-crush on Sean Penn
    or
    3) thought it was a cinematic trainwreck...and I will never be able to get Willem Dafoe's freaky ass performance out of my head, no matter how many drinks I have. That was disturbing.

    Ed Harris in State of Grace was a cold-blooded m-fer.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    ed harris is a bad ass. So is willem.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Speaking of Irish-American crime films,
    can't leave out:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-cqqZndwCk

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    good one

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    And this one, in spite of Affleck, is pretty good too:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5EV-5JnsxQ

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    And of course the one that gets me misted up every time I watch it:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTcpc1xCfck

    As a dad, this movie always pushed all the buttons.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1416801/

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    All good movies gentlemen... but a good chunk of State of Grace takes place on St Pats so it takes the cake.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Super Fantastic Bears Power Rings - ON!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21IuPJ04gEk&feature=related

  • Another TE gone...

    Adam Schefter ‏ @AdamSchefter
    Former Cowboys TE Martellus Bennett's deal with the New York Giants: 1 year, $2.5 million.

  • Make no mistake, Mr. E is going for the ring this year, and I think we have a damned good chance to make it happen with the moves we made so far. That'd be the sell I'd use to Mario. Along with the prestige, the money will come. And the Bears are positioning themselves very well... Mario...it's the glory in the winning of the battle together with ones fellow warriors...not the struggle and the burden of personal fulfillment leads to "Hall of the Ring"

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    Its also the fat marketing deal Peppers and Mario could sign. Maybe selling SUVs or something.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Mario will not be a Bear. I've come to that sad reality today. I do think Wimbley is going to be cut and the Bears will make a run at him though. If that falls through,the #19 pick will almost surely be used on a d-end. I really want Mario, but at least Emery is addressing areas of need.

  • In reply to JAB1:

    sheperd cox
    and then mcnutt
    we need body parts

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    Sounds like dog and clown parts.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Exchange of the day.

  • Nothing about football, but how fabulous would this have been: http://boingboing.net/2012/03/12/dan-fogelmans-script-for-the.html

    Fabulous!

  • Bought my tickets for my Illinois trip to see family and you guys at the draft party last night. So I'm officially a lock.

    Now, the only thing I ask is that Emery not trade out of the first round, I'd forgive him, but it would take some time - or a pitcher of delicious brews....one or the other.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    He's not Jerry Angelo. That #19 pick will be the Bears. I'm saying it goes D-end or cornerback.

  • In reply to JAB1:

    You know what my vote is.

    Ming, baby, just Ming.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I would be ok with Ming or dre K.

    Pretty much nothing else.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://tinyurl.com/85zmqba

  • In reply to gpldan:

    As quiet as Emery has been. I doubt we will hear any hints or clues on who he will draft.

    Which is great.

  • Wow. According to Clayton...

    "Teams still have plenty of work left. There are 381 remaining free agents."

    College UFAs are gonna be screwed! No Sazensausage this year.

  • If that little dunce would have caught those fucking passes, he might have made it.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    +1

  • @JeffDarlington: Source confirms that NT Paul Soliai is indeed on the brink of re-signing with Dolphins. He's upstairs at the facility.

  • If we do draft the man without Mercy, then it's Woot-Woot on the hot seat. His crushing kill of Farve not withstanding, he's got to show up in camp this year a beast ready to kill.

    Otherwise, I'm jumping off this woot-woot bandwagon.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    ..and chalking that up to another Angelo failure.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I don't know about that. The Bears use a three DE rotation most of the time, plus we need depth at the position. Wootton might not get extended, but he could keep his job for another season.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    he is my favorite bear
    who has yet to make it
    rootin-tootin wooten
    get healthy
    enter rogers inner sanctum
    and farve him

  • I haven't heard anything about Lance Briggs.

    Shocking to me actually.

  • Yeah... isnt he usually crying to the media and anyone else that will listen this time of year about how under paid and over worked he is? The guy is from Sac so I gotta love him but the way he's handled his contract negotiations in the past has sucked!

  • he is locked in his garage
    with a calculator
    and sadly
    watching his possible $
    vanish into free agency's
    thin air
    as he washes his lambo
    with a tear filled sham-wow

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    hunti... THAT was funny.

  • Players we haven't resigned..

    Craig Stelz
    Zach Bowman
    Corey Graham
    Izzy
    Okoye

    Who else am I missing?

  • vxmcclure23about 1 hours ago Sources say DT Amobi Okoye still talking to the Bears but has drawn interest from a few other teams.

    Damn it.

    I am bummbed we're not going to resign CoryG. I think it's a mistake.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm also bummed about it, but he wants a chance to play D. Have to say I also think he's making a mistake, if the Bears don't have a spot for him as a DB (where we are really thin), I don't know who will.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    100% NB.

    I think he's a great option at the #4 CB and proved to be comparable to DJ at nickle. He should without a doubt be our #4 corner and trade time with moore at nickel.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    we never thought we'd be able to replace ayanbedejo. but we did.

    graham is a good player, but if he can get a better opportunity somewhere else i wish him all the luck in the world.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Me too MB. I never got the Jennings love, it's mystifying to me, he sucks in man coverage. If they want to draft a 6'2 CB that's fine by me. CB and DE top two picks, then LB.

    I really hope they get Bush though - regardless of whether they deal Forte - can you imagine that offense?

    We just signed Kellen, so that's 2 x 6'7 TEs, The Beast, Forte, Clutts, Earl, dash of Hester/Weems. Mix in the wonder of audibles, roll-outs, shorter routes, screens/slants, mixed up with brute running and the defense not knowing what's coming next. Damn, throw that all into the no-huddle and let's just order the t-shirts now.

  • Kahlil Bell
    Kellen Davis
    Caleb Hanie (Just kidding)
    Roy Williams (UFA right?)

  • Bell (RFA) was tendered a low offer - meaning no draft pick compensation, just right of first refusal. Worth about $1.2 million.

    Davis is interviewing elsewhere, though Lovie seems to want him back.

    Williams is a UFA, and is a darkhorse to get a roster spot. He's good enough to sign somewhere, but it really hurts that he can't play special teams.

  • Kellen Davis. That's who it was.

  • Stelz is in limbo, but I think he has a good chance of getting resigned.

    Bowman and CG will probably not be back.

    Izzy is still in limbo while we're interviewing other DEs, though it doesn't look like he's interviewing elsewhere.

    Okoye is getting interest elsewhere, so we'll see.

  • Listening to Jay talking up Eddie Royal, you have to know he really doesn't want Roy or Sanz back. Roy is a semi-talented tool and Sanz is Tom Waddle with bad hands. No way Sanz comes back.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    We could pick up Royal, but I think Eric Weems gets that spot.

    Current WR openings:

    Starters - Marshall, Bennett, _________
    ST/Backups - Hester, Weems, __________

    The first blank is probably going to a second or third round pick. The second blank could be Knox, or it could be Royal. Question is what would Royal cost?

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    in my mind... we need to get him. We have him and we're pretty much set at WR at this point. Yeah, we need a franchise TE at some point, but we can do that next year IF we keep kellen.

    Man our O is going to be silly if we can just find some OL help.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    roy is out of shape
    that won't play with Mr. Emery
    shape up roy
    or ship out
    says the naval G.M.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    "Sanz is Tom Waddle with bad hands" Perfect!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Tom Waddle with bad hands. Mwah!

  • More TE news...

    Jason La Canfora ‏ @JasonLaCanfora
    TE Kevin Boss on his way to visit KC.

    Emery must have a plan for the TE postion, 'cause the decents ones are all looking/visiting elsewhere

  • this really goes to show how much grace emery has earned with his first day's performance.

    had JA not filled TE by now, we'd be screaming for his head, saying he didn't know what the eff he was doing. emery isn't paying attention to any of these guys, and we're confident it's because he has a plan.

    man. it's amazing what some new blood will do to a fan base.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    new blood = a GM who's not a complete and absolute fucking monkeyshit buffoon.

    Yes, indeed evan.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Fkn A.

  • Since 2007, Marshall ranks second in the NFL in receptions (474) and fifth in receiving yards (5,938). But teams keep trading him.

  • I keep hearing "2 teams in 3 years have let him go" but I don't even consider that McDaniel debacle a team.

    MIA got a new GM who wants draft picks, and maybe made a push for Manning.

    Both were extenuating circumstances.

  • I've never seen such a CF as McDaniels and that whole debacle. It was almost like walking into the 49ers and going "Montana, Rice, pack up your shit, let's go!"

    Jeff Ireland is insane. No way Manning is touching them.

  • The funnier part of that Irish. That year they started off 6-0 and then went on to become 8-8.

  • Shocking huh: http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/7684431/brandon-marshall-chicago-bears-allegedly-hit-woman-club-fight-sunday-police-say

  • he's home now
    it just took him a while
    to find it
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuRhaDrnlWo

  • Which third round pick did we give up this year? The panthers one or the one we originally had?

  • That's the 1st question I asked when I heard of the news. Still haven't read or heard an answer.

  • The Bears had two third-round picks this year, 74 and 80. It was unclear which of the two the team traded.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I know Shady. That's what I am asking.

  • And I'm telling you it's unclear! Unclear damn it!

  • In reply to Shady:

    Fuck you too! Jackass..jp

    Damn.. go kill someone on MW3 lol

  • According to Mully and Hanley this morning it is Carolina's pick.

  • It would be fitting if it's Girly Thor's.

  • Jacksonville reached agreement with former Dallas free-agent wide receiver Laurent Robinson on a five-year, $32.5 million deal.

  • Good. Less money for Williams, and the only way they get him is by giving him the farm.

    Also means they may not reach for Floyd with their draft pick.

  • MB you ready to get ufcked up two time dood? Five minute, right now!

  • In reply to Shady:

    Hahahaha... deeeeeum gina! You home already?

    At work my man. I'm going to try and get on tonight, but to be honest I didn't see the wife for two weeks and I just jetlag crashed out last night at 8... sooooo, going to try and put my best moves on tonight.

    Were you thinking MW or BF? I gotta believe you're itching to fuck my shit all up in the jets... or just in general in BF.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'll let you decide.

  • In reply to Shady:

    BTW, my wife finally found my copy of Black Ops - in my car that she's been driving for three months.

    ....

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    oh, you're screwed now. Shady's going to be pestering you nightly about playing that terible nazi zombie game with him.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Dude. I loved the Zombie Game..

  • Dood who doesn't? MBs just mad because he can't stay alive past round 5. Hehe

  • In reply to Shady:

    I couldn't stay alive past 5 seconds.

    Creepy fucking game.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Brownie, is this part of the reason you have a man-crush on Sean Penn?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIhuNXUmaAE
    Or this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6J8__fWphE0&feature=endscreen&NR=1

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    this is why
    i have a crush on him
    http://www.democracynow.org/2010/7/13/sean_penn_on_haiti_six_months

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    My man crush on Penn stems from :

    1. Dead Man Walking, I am Sam, Mystic River, Carlito's Way, 21 grams, Thin Red Line, The Assassination of Richard Nixon.

    2. Appearing in only the opening scene of 'Loved' with William Hurt .. .and stealing the whole movie. Here it is :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsT7krLKU34

    3. He tapped Scarlet Johannson recently.

    4. He lived beside Marlon Brando, hung out with him, and no doubt smoked copious amounts of doobage with him.

    5. He tapped Madonna when people wanted her.

    6. He directed 'Into the Wild'.

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    Exactly, hunti, exactly.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    That would f-cking hurt like you wouldn't believe.

  • in Kansas City, RB Peyton Hillis will be reunited with Brian Daboll, the former Browns OC who helped Hillis to his top NFL season.

  • #Bears announce 2-year deal for Kellen Davis

  • DavidHaugh5 minutes agoBears confirm 2-year deal for TE Kellen Davis. The way Lovie talked him up, wonder if he'll split commission with the agent. Now produce.

    See that last part Kellen? Better be listening son. Break out man, break out.

  • Does KC still have Jamaal Charles?

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Yes. He had a big injury last year.

    ....After he got that nice paycheck..

  • Congrats to Kellen and the Bears for getting KD done.

  • Dude, I think I love Emery.

    He's like the diametric opposite of Angelo. My god, if he knocks the draft outta the park I won't know what the fuck to do with myself.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He's the Bizarro Jerry Angelo....

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Mwah! Me too mang, me too. They'll have to make up posters. He can be your avatar!

  • http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/09000d5d8266ef62/Pro-Bowl-Brandon-Marshall-MVP-highlights

    Mmmm yeah, dass nice.

  • According to Cal, WR Michael Calvin ran a 4.32 40 in a heavy rain at the Bears' Pro Day today.

  • Scouting report?

  • What's his draft projection Artoo? As far as round I mean?

  • I would give him at the highest 3rd round..

    He is being compared to Mike Wallace.

  • You love Mike Wallace don't you? I would love to have that in the third wound though. I love that we don't have to rely on a rookie reciever to come in and be a #1. Great start to free agency.

  • In reply to JAB1:

    round not wound. Damn typing speech impediment.

  • In reply to JAB1:

    Ha, love is not a strong enough word...

    Jp. He would be.

  • True Love.

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

    Dedicated to Artoo and Mike Wallace

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    The Princess Bride

    Are you lonely and don't have a lot of moves to lure a girl to your dorm bed?

    Watch that movie. If it fails you then you were talking to lesbian or a guy.

  • Did you watch the video? It's not Princess Bride. It's lovescene concentrate. Gotta be worth a handjob at least.

  • Yes, master. I watched the youtube video. They show the princess bride twice so I brought it up again.

    That's all.

  • That's Master, capitalized, with a "u."

    Mastu.

    Go back in your bottle now.

  • No wait.

    Mastur, with a "u" and an "r."

    Ok, now go back. You will reply, "Yes Mastur."

  • Just teasing, RII, since you're only 22, you probably never saw "I Dream of Jeannie. She always said "Yes Master", "No Master", "Anything you say, Master." She was wasted on Larry Hagman.

  • I have twins with a lesbian.

    So there's that .....

  • Irish.. you made me feel like this kid..smh

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

  • In reply to JAB1:

    He wanks higher than any in Wome ....

  • In reply to JAB1:

    That was a head-scratching moment - lol.

  • Shady... I'm in. First game back... 2/15 ouch.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Just finishing up my brackets, any advice?

  • In reply to Shady:

    Me!?!?! Basketball?!?!?

    Pick teams that always score more point than the other teams?

  • In reply to Shady:

    Florida State, NC State have finished off the season super strong. Alng with Vandy.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Always take at least one 5 seed taking down a 12. Don't count on Syracuse to make a deep run without arguably their best player. Long Beach State has given Kansas and North Carolina all they could handle in the regular season and could do some damage in the tournament.

    I'm hoping your talking about NCAA bracket or I'm a jackass.

  • In reply to JAB1:

    Harvard or Vandy?

  • In reply to Shady:

    Vandy is playing real well right now against SEC talent. I pick Vandy.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    huge update main... downloading now. Be in soon. No idea how to set up online play

  • Jeff, you ever think about doing a Bears Blog App for android or Iphone? Could be cool.

  • Brad Biggs gets the Asshole of the Month award for the photo he chose to use in his Brandon Marshall "Rap Sheet" article.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-brandon-marshalls-rap-sheet-20120314,0,745008.story

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Yesterday Biggs was all on board with this move but today he's bashing the Bears about it. How can he say the Bears now overpaid? I guess these media beat writers need something to write about, and this stuff is great fodder even though their's no proof yet.

  • In reply to JAB1:

    He was on a sugar high yesterday; today the stores are out of cookie dough. I don't know.

    His "Rap Sheet" on Marshall is unworthy of a major newspaper.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    No, I think you're mistaken Crunch. Sometimes it's good to lay it all out there. I think maybe that is the best medicine for Marshall . The guy needs to wake up. Shock therapy I call it. Once he realizes the whole city of Chicago knows his crap list, maybe, just maybe he will grow up. I actually think Briggs has done Marshall and the Bears a valuable service by posting his wrap sheet.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    If Fat Biggs had written an unbiased article, I would have said nothing. He didn't. He didn't stick to the facts. The lede photo was purposely chosen to create the impression that Brandon Marshall is a thug. The title of the piece suggests that Marshall is a career criminal, though virtually every item listed in his so-called "rap sheet" resulted in no criminal charge or a not-guilty verdict.

    Again, I don't have a problem with Biggs listing these items; where there's smoke, there's fire. The problem is in the way he presents them.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Trac, Compare David Haugh's new article on Marshall with the pos Fatt Biggs wrote. Much better, don't you think?

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/columnists/ct-spt-0315-haugh-marshall-bears-chicago--20120315,0,4559551.column

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I think Biggs was laying down the gauntlet at Marshall's feet. That column was for him. Either way, we can only hope Marshall stops the risky behavior. He can do it, all he has to do is believe. I'm hoping Lovie has a few sermon's waiting in the wings.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Oh and let's be clear here. If a "woman" had struck my wife in the face with a bottle, I would have laid her out as well. I can guarantee you that it would not have been at a club though.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    +100

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Cutler made the whole story sound out of portion and that Marshall is not the one in trouble.

  • If memory serves me, didn't someone refer to him as baby T.O. last year?

  • http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=7685921

    Listen to the beginning of this. He sticks up for Emery and Marshall.

    Did he ever stick up for Jerry?

  • Jay Cutler's sole mission is to keep him out of clubs at 4 a.m.

  • I know why writers really don't like to do Mock Drafts for teams..not because they will probaly be wrong on each one. It's just a long process.
    You know how many possibilities there are?

    I am never doing that again.

  • Subtle plug.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Has Jeff ever posted one? I don't think so. I thought it would be fun but after the fourth round, you have way too many possibilities and trade scenarios.

  • I vaguely remember him having a contest one year... something simple, like guess the first three correct and get a T-shirt. I thought it was this blog. It may have been for just bragging rights or a guest column spot.

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    Did anyone win? Crazy.

  • I won the guest column but then my life went into crazy mode; wife got transferred 1500 miles away, sold and bought a house, changed jobs and environments.
    So, yeah, that's why the column never got written.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    And that was for the fantasy playoffs, not mock draft. I don't recall a mock draft contest, although we kicked it around this spring.

  • Hello boys! been a LONG time. had a multitude of health problems. Four back surgeries in 8 months and more to come. For those that dont remember me....I coined the name "Blogfather". Anyways....how bout this Emery guy? Lovin it! Brandon Marshall is a dream pick up I've been telling my friends would happen since I saw Cutty tweeting him up over the winter. Also intriguing is my brother, who lives in Nashville, has been telling me that some sports station down his way is talking a lot about Dwight Freeney being released and Bears are waiting to scoop him up. Anyone else hear this?

  • In reply to BAM46Blitz:

    I did.

  • In reply to BAM46Blitz:

    welcome back BAM, hope you are feeling better. Lift with the legs!

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Thanks Waffle. I WAS lifting with the legs! Just lifting TOO much with the legs and my back said it didnt wanna help no more. ;)

  • In reply to BAM46Blitz:

    and don't forget to breathe.

  • In reply to BAM46Blitz:

    Welcome back!

    Emery looks to be an improvement over Angelo for sure.

    Marshall is obviously a gamble, but maybe a Super Bowl chance will keep his ass at home in the wee hours. Although actually, it's not clear that is a whole lot safer for him than a club given his wife stuck him.

  • say, does anyone know if Vegas has odds goin on the next time Marshall is "in the wrong place at the wrong time" that I could get in on. He's kinda like a tornado...gonna happen...not sure when or where..but it will happen.

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    Marshall's in the right place at the right time now, MaddBearfan.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    zing!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Welcome back, MB. I wanted to say it yesterday, but I was afraid. You seem like you're in a better mood now.

  • I am also glad they got KD back. Been a fan of his since day one. think he was not utilized properly. (Fuckin Martz!) Think KD is gonna have a huge year with Marshall out there drawing coverages. Big target for Jay. No more 3 and outs. Can not wait for kickoff!

  • Bam makes a good point. KD is a pass catcher and not a run blocker. KD showed some nice hands so hopefully he has a breakout year with 30 to 40 catches along with Beast getting 80 or more. Forte is good for 40 and Bennett for 60. Williams, Weems, Hester and other dudes can make up the rest.

    Need OL bruisers now and a nice solid DE that can make a play every so often.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Let me make this clear. On only 18 receptions. He had 5 touchdowns.

    The Beast, Earl the pearl, and Kellen Davis will be a nice building block.

  • I think Davis is an animal, I'm in a small boat it seems. He'll have a semi-huge year on such a talented team. We deserve a dominant season, it's been way too long. Even during the SB year it was just so depressing knowing your QB was Rex Grossman, and you wanted him to sprain an ankle or something so Kyle could get in. Good luck to Kyle in Dallas by the way.

    We have plenty of weapons on offense now, just cement that DE position and all systems are go.

  • Pretty much all the weapons we need. Except a line.

  • Guys, who the fuck do we draft in the first round? A bad ass OL? A badass DL? A badass WR? I have no idea what they are going to do here. If they get a Freeney they'll keep Wootton and go after DT or WR. Okoye outplayed his contract so he may be gone.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Unless someone really good on the o-line falls to us, expect us to not reach for anyone on the o-line.

    D-line
    Safety
    Corner
    Wide receiver

    Even if we Freeney, it would be nice to Whitney Mercilus because he is being compared to JPP. Comparisons are nice but his tape and JPP's are very similar.

    Mark Barron from Alabama would be a nice pickup but very high for a safety.

    Dre Kirkpatrick or Jenkins would be nice but a high pick for a corner that is not important in a cover 2 system.

    Floyd or Hill. I am torn between these guys because both don't have to start and both could become a great compliment to Marshall.

  • I left "get" out twice. Shit..I need to go to sleep.

  • What would you do or think if Mario came to Chicago?

    http://www.footballnation.com/content/mario-williams-to-chicago-bears/13887/

  • If we don't address OL I will have a stroke. They have to address OL don't they? I mean they watched the fucking tape last year right? They tallied the stats? They compared the incompetence to the year before and noticed a pattern right? You don't have to be Matlock to fucking figure it out. It's the OL stupid. Angelo haunting the fuck out of us. They had better bring in some shit kicking bastard O linemen to pave the road.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    There are very few guys available now for LT and I am okay with our guards.

    I guess there is a reason we signed two qbs eh?

  • This year the draft and FA are both thin at tackle. Left tackles are tough to find any year... that's the truth.

    Herrera probably won't be much of an upgrade at guard. I think Emery will try to make something happen in the draft. There are definitely some great guard prospects there.

  • fb_avatar
    In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Best Free Agent LT are :
    Demetrius Bell - Houston (visiting the Cardinals, knee issues)
    Marcus Neil - San Diego (he's visiting detroit, and is a significant injury risk)
    Jeff Backus - Det - (11 penalties and 7 sacks last year and he'll be 35 in Sept)

    So in the Draft OT is the oddest thing. Some mocks have the 2nd best tackle (Riley Reiff - Iowa) going anywhere from 7 to 29. the 3rd best Tackle most mock drafts have the 2nd and 3rd best LTs (Jonathan Marshall - Stanford) going anywhere between 13 and 30. So there is a chance ( I believe it is slim) that one of the top 3 Left Tackles in the Draft is there for us.

    If so, I think that's the call

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Backus is old and injury prone. McNeil is young and injury prone.

    Bell? Reports are he is an average LT and not someone you want to pay a lot of money for.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Cordy Glenn is listed as a guard but played LT for Georgia. He could probably play RT too (from what I've read - never seen him play).

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    I think we need a good DE moreso.

    We're good to go with either of these lines as it stands :

    CW / LL / RG / EW / GC

    GC / CW / RG / EW / LL

    Any OL signing would just be a bonus for depth, but we definitely need somebody opposite Pep because we got zero push last year. We're paying Pep a lot of dollars and getting nothing for it quite frankly. I would have been cool with a Peppers trade, Mario signing and Ming drafted. Angelo was desperate when he moved for Peppers. It was a reach, and it doesn't work out ubnless you've got the guy on the other end to take advantage. How much is Mark Andreson looking for?

  • fb_avatar

    Mark Andersen.. Interesting thought

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    He sucks against the run though. Imagine him and Nick Roach together on the strong side. That could be awful.

  • In reply to JAB1:

    exactly.... he and izzy were separated at birth.

    This is not the DE you're looking for...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, you using the old Jedi mind trick?

  • irish, you maka me crazy!!!

    If NONE of those guys EVER get injured, yes they MIGHTfinally break into the top half of NFL lines. But how likely is that? For the FOURTH year lad, we've had a bottom 3-5 line. Jesus man, it's time to make some moves to get us better... nay, MUCH better at the core of our o.

    I think gaither is the better acquisition option .... younger and much more upside than McNeil. Get him and the best olinemen at either #19 (if there isn't a value at DB or de), or with our second. Then pick up a cheaper tier two guard or two to compete in camp for depth.

    And you can't be serious about steltz and conte... not to play the race card, but show me another Sb contender with two whitebread safeties... this isn't the early fucking 70's any more maings. We need oline or DB in the first, period. My $.02

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Gaither re-signed with the Chargers I believe. It's pretty thin at tackle on the FA market. I almost think we should hold our breath for the draft and pray that Reiff falls to us, but if not, take Mercellis in the first and go OT in the 2nd or third. Find out who's better at LT (Carimi or Williams) and put the rookie or Louis at RT. Carimi is a LT, I don't care how they grade him out. He excelled at Wisconsin, it just sucks we don't know if he can stay healthy.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Without injury I'm confident we can play with the OL we have (minus Webb obviously), but injury cannot be counted out. Konz would be nice, nearly forgot about him. We can't afford any of the guys you mentioned anyway. Some tackle drafted in the third isn't going to do shit this year or break into the lineup so we have to make do. Again.

    Pass rush for me in the first though. Those boys have to be drafted high.

  • "We're paying Pep a lot of dollars and getting nothing for it quite frankly" - IRISH

    Irish, what in theeee fuck are you smoking because I want some.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Our pass rush was non-existent last season Waffle. No point in paying big bucks in that case ... but if you put a good guy opposite Pep, then it all makes sense.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    With you Waffle, with you all the way.

    Kool-aid notwithstanding, Tice is no longer Oline coach and there is not one player on the Bears line that is better than mediocre save perhaps Garza and he is old. Maybe Carimi could be something special, but he has not shown it and I worry about just how much damage he took last year.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Can you imagine what we could do with a top-third in the nfl line dave? We'd be a very very scary team.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The Chiefs went from worst to first (OL) a couple of years ago without any major changes to the line - it was all done through scheming. Bar Webb and Spencer, we have some pretty good guys - just look at the line last year when we were free of injury. Tice had them humming, and that was with J'Marcus Webb too.

    We don't have a line of pro-bowlers, no, but we do have some guys Tice can scheme for. Martz is gone. I think if we take Webb out, we can have a top third line - without even adding anyone.

  • I won't argue that for a 3-5 game stretch they at least kept cutty alive... or was it cutty keeping cutty alive (hmmmmmm...)

    What I'm saying is, don't make me ask lobo to post the link to the individual olinemen grades from last year. I personally never want to see that page again... but if you need a mind job, let lobo know.

    Also too lazy to look it up, but I PROMISE you they made some big personnel changes as well as scheme changes.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    the stats? 18 sacks in the first 5 games. 5 sacks in the next 5 games. i don't count anything that happened with Hanus.

    so looking at the stats, vast improvement once they stopped martz from being a genius.

  • Has anyone noticed that the Bengals didn't do a damn thing in FA?

    They could have gotten Mario Williams and Vincent Jackson. That's how much room they had.

    I guess they are trading for someone or saving money up for next year.

  • Could they be looking to make a move for Wallace? Can't say it would be a bad move for them. Low first rounder, hurt your division rival. I can get behind that move even more than I could for the Bears.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    That's what I was thinking. How lucky could they get if Richardson fell to them?

    Still, if the trade hasn't happen by now, I don't think it will happen.

  • They might snatch Bush away from us, which would suck mightily.

  • F'ing cock blockers.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Yup, cock-blocked while trying to get some Bush.

  • After two days of free agency, we basically have plugged most of the glaring holes. We still need to improve the pass rush, bring in another Y-reciever type and get a true LT. That's not a lot of ugly holes to fill.

    We want competition at a lot of positions though. CB, Safety, LB, OLine, even QB.

    Aside from the immediate need to improve at DE, I think Emery will find he can draft BPA for most of the draft. That's a great place to be for a scout like him.

    I give this off-season an A- so far. Losing Mincey was totally understandable, but a bit of a drag. Failing to sign Forte could become a distraction, but also understandable. If Emery can get the Forte deal done and find us someone to rush opposite Pep *before* the draft, he gets an A+ in the free agency.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Someone probably already mentioned this, but Mincey said he was literally 5 minutes away from signing with the Bears, then the phone rang, and he got an offer he couldn't refuse.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    We signed Forte didn't we? Now trade him.

    I think we should still deal him and use the picks and saved cash to make up for his 3 TD rushing total last year. If we got Michael Bush at 6'1 245 banging through the tackles, we would forget Matt in no time. Draft a smaller faster guy somewhere. We could definitely get at least two second round picks for Forte and have an extra 8M to play with.

    That's a tackle and an LB right there, or a CB. The draft this year would just be building depth for the future, but we'd still have the weapons to win now. Moving Matt helps the whole team, keeping him hinders it a bit. We do not need Matt Forte. We do however need a linebacker, a defensive end, and a cornerback.

  • I would dub Emery Glitchy II if he trades Forte.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I say we take a flier on LT McNeil. A very incentive based offer.

    When healthy, he's a top 10 LT. If anything, he can replace Omiyale as the swing tackle, and if he stays healthy and out performs Webb, well, more power to us.

    This doesn't preclude us drafting a T in draft, just adding depth.

  • IronworkerJeff uploaded a Plank video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C65Z_7FlVGE&feature=g-all-u&context=G2a66c14FAAAAAAAAAAA

  • Hey guys, I've been playing with a Bears mock draft, all 7 rounds, that might be fun.

    As always, I use a mesh of resources, like PFW and National Football Post.

    Most of my FA predictions were somewhat accurate (except, ya know, the Marshall thing which Nostradamus couldn't have predicted).

    I'll post it up once we more or less settle FA since that will influence the mock.

    Man, there's a TON of really good prospects out there. We can get a starting DE, S and CB in the first three rounds, seriously.

    It ought to be fun.

  • I'll cough my nuts up if we draft another safety. Seriously. We've drafted/signed so many I want to just see what we've got with Conte/Steltz and an actual pass rush in front of them. If we don't draft DE/LB/CB in whatever order, we could be in trouble if the injury monster hits. Good to know we have Campbell though.

    That is how you do that, Jerry.

  • We'll be looking for a safety in FA.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    shouldn't it be:

    we'll be looking for a white safety in FA?

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    no, erik seems to think we'll find that in RD 2.

  • While we're dreaming, if only we could mimic the 1983 draft*. Can you imagine? I would be absolutely beside myself.

    Check it here:
    http://www.nfl.com/draft/history/fulldraft?teamId=0810&type=team

    * The Ditka-era's shining moment.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Bears drafted Dick Butkus kid in the 11th round in 1984. I didn't know that. A favor to the old man, I'm sure.

  • From the company man on Da Site. Talk about a blast from the past! His career coincided with Gale Sayers'. That's a long damn time ago.

    "Who was the last Bears wide receiver to make the Pro Bowl?

    Frank H.
    Downers Grove, Illinois

    No Bears receiver has been voted to the Pro Bowl since Dick Gordon following the 1970 season. Here’s hoping that Brandon Marshall ends that 42-year drought this coming season! The last Bears receiver to top 1,000 yards was Marty Booker, who compiled 1,189 yards in 2002."

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    BTW, I love this site for looking over numbers...

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/G/GordDi00.htm

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Marty Booker in 2002. He was the first since Dick Gordon though. 10 years is still way too long.

  • There was a guy on the Score this a.m., an ex-player analyst, Matt Bowen with Mully.

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/matt-bowen.html

    Wow, what a candid guy. Here are some money quotes:

    "Look, all talk about character in the NFL is bull. When Emery says he wants high character guys, it's a throwaway line, it's something everybody says to say it, and absolutely nobody means. Talent wins in the NFL, and if you have it, you get chance after chance in the NFL. If you don't, your leash is short. It's like that in every corporation as well. Marshall can fuck up outside the org all he wants, as long as he doesn't get arrested, they will find some way to treat him and get him back on the field, because he's a threat."

    "When teams Defensive scheme for the Bears, their best wide out will wear a special jersey denoting he is playing Brandon Marshall. That's probably the first time in my memory that teams preparing for the Bears have had to do that since the 1980s."

    "If the Bears can sign Williams, they will create a domino effect. I can guarantee you, if Mario becomes a Bear, suddenly a lot of quality safeties on the market will drop their price to get on the Bears. A good SS will be an easy pickup. They know they will be able to sit down on the square-in and get pics, and move within 18 yards because the QB won't have time, even on the play-action, so they can clock anybody trying the slant-in. It's a dream job to be Bear if Mario and Peppers are the ends. It will extend Peppers career by a full year, at least. It buys Urlacher and Briggs another year, easily. It's like a time machine to sign Mario."

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Bowen is awesome. And he's one of the best writers if you can appreciate some technical jargon. For example, he'll frequently discuss the type of routes (slant, square-in, fade, etc.) to expect a DB to cover or a WR or TE to run when looking at a player.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Kellen-Davis-resigns-but-how-will-Bears-utilize-the-TE.html

    Here's what I'm talking about on Bowen. Good article wondering what whether Tice will use Kellen Davis well enough to justify the contract.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    He didn't say fuck up, he said screw up. I extrapolated that.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Matt Bowen has very good insight. He's on the score and the NFL Network all the time. He was very candid about the bounty scandal and took a beating for it from current and former players. I believe there was actually threats made to him about it. The guy is one of the analysts I actually enjoy listening to.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    But there is no cash left, for Mario, McNeil, nobody. Here, no cash.
    Word seems to be that Forte won't sign his tag. Hello Michael Bush. Ta ta Forte.

    Anyone catch Cutty on Waddle & Silvy ?

    http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=7685921

  • That's not true - as of the moment, we're at $16mil under.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    After we re-sign those that need to be re-signed it amounts to no big FA signings.

  • I think you're going to be surprised.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    You know, we could be like the Bucs and spend a shit-ton of cash on guys that are not going to measurably improve the team, but I like what Emery is doing so far.

    Especially if we get a guy like Landry....oh baby.

  • "If the Bears can sign Williams, they will create a domino effect."

    A domino effect of NFC North QB's getting crushed. Would have loved that.

    Won't say it's over till it's over, but last report I saw still had Mario in Buffalo. Doesn't seem like they are letting him out. I wouldn't be surprised if they closed the airport down to keep him there.

    "Uh, yeah. Airport's closed. Snow"

    "It's sunny out"

    "There's a dead wildebeast on the runway. Very messy. Can't take off"

  • Sean Jensen:

    The #Bears currently are $16 million under the salary cap, according to a league source. They were at about $25.6 million before free ag ...

    How the heck did they do that?

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    You guys are getting good at this twitter posting thing

  • I joined twitter two days ago specifically so I could track free agency. I hate using social media to socialize. But for news... gotta say its a lot of fun.

  • Bears draft now looks like the top 4 rounds will see 2-3 picks on big, scary linemen for both sides of the ball. This actually really plays to our strength as both coordinators used to be line coaches.

    Our O-Line is really getting a first round pick upgrade this year as Carimi will be back. If we were to get Jonathan Martin (not likely) and start him at LT, we could have four former first round picks as starting offensive linemen (Spencer and CW were also first rounders).

    Mercilus is the blog favorite for the #19 pick, but I've also mentioned earlier that Vinny Curry would be a tremendous value pickup at DE in the second round. I've also seen good things said about DT Jerel Worthy.

  • The #Bears currently are $16 million under the salary cap, according to a league source. They were at about $25.6 million before free ag

  • Hah, beat you on that one R2.

    If this news is true, and our 2013-14 cap numbers are being sacrificed, I have even more respect for Emery. He's so far worked some great deals and stayed solidly under cap.

    There's enough money there to pursue another DE, or a LT, or to handle internal business such as Forte or Cutler.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    LEFT TACKLE!!!!

  • $16 million under? So they can STILL get Mario? "So you're telling me there's a chance!"- Dumb n Dumber

  • http://www.footballnation.com/content/chicago-bears-mock-draft/13946/

  • oh christ... at #2, we have another.... whitebread safety.

    I will shoot myself... unless we also get LaRoid.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Lmao... Dude, you make me laugh.

    Harrison is really, really instintictive. When we had Mike Brown..that was a luxury.

    I really liked the tape on Harrison better than paying up in the first round for one and he would be the best one left in the second.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Did you look at page 2 erik?

    Who the fuck is this guy? (hope it's not you)

    3rd Round pick: Zebrie Sanders, Offensive Tackle
    The Bad: He has bad technique and does not finish his blocks well.

    4th round pick: Ben Jones, Center
    The Bad: Ben is not a powerful center or a mauler. He loses his technique at times and does not finish blocks

    5th round pick: Audi Cole, Linebacker
    The Bad: He is slow. The film shows he is not a very consistent tackler.

    ...yeah, those guys sound greeeeeaaaat. Jesus, is the guy who wrote the article a fucking packer fan?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Nope. That's me lol

    You know as well as I do after the 3rd round.. you have to take chances.

    By the way, there is a reason they call it a Mock Draft.. so you can do what you are doing now.. mocking me. lol

  • Hahahaha... fucken a Erik. I'm sorry my mang. It was very well written and took a lot of work, the 'bad' for each player just scared the shit out of me. I think we can do better.

    Excellent job on the article... seriously man. Very impressive. I think you have a nice shot at a fun career ahead of you. Maths isn't fun (sorry doc). Well done.

    Damn it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yep, Artoo is a goddamn plant by Thompson/Jabba to talk us into trading away our Pro-Bowl running back. I knew it - I freaking knew it.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Ahh.. you guys are funny as hell. Mike, I would buy you a beer but you better bring 25 dollars.

  • Hah!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/college_player_scouting_report.html&player=38137

    The lack of speed running with recievers is a bit troubling. Bears safeties are frequently playing very deep specifically to combat the post route (that's what a safety does), but then again, we usually line them up far enough back that we can compensate.

    What sounds nice is the instincts. Steltz is the same way. Neither of these guys has the physical tools of a Major Wright, but they've got great football smarts.

    If we want two smart safeties, we can pair him with Steltz. If we want to get more natural talent back there, we need to look elsewhere.

  • I just think another DE pick, especially in the first, after 11 years of constant Dline pick-ups on a team with crap loads of depth there AND julius peppers… is fucking CRAZY, especially when our oline was again pretty much bottom of the barrel garbage for the 4th year in a row last year. However you want to explain it away, we were second in sacks and hits (or was it first again), every one of our linemen graded our as bottom 5… what are you guys seeing? You want to mortgage the show on carimi’s knee? Really?

    Look, I hate sounding like a broken record for the last three year, and I know that DE makes the secondary better in our scheme, and that we need someone opposite pep for more pressure (irish, btw your assertion that pep was not a value pick up was crazy)…

    …but saying we can fix a less than mediocre secondary (that has no real franchise safety at either spot and no great corner besides peanut) by getting one more DE (and you always gamble on draftees) is like me saying I can fix my root canal by getting a knee brace.

    If the secondary was good or even pretty deep I could buy into that, but not with the guys we have. That’s a risky strategy in my mind.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Here is a more appropriate comparison: If you buy a better pair of shoes, you can fix your sore back.

  • In reply to Viva:

    Viva! there you are.

    I know it's early and the draft will tell a LOT more, but are you still missing your ol pal Angelo?

    Noooo… I thought about that as my first analogy, but it worked too well. there's a scientific link between those two… a shitty Dbackfield WILL lose you a game or two no matter how good your dline. They simply can’t get to the QB every play.

    …just ask the Detroit lions.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    What I've heard Polian and Kirwan say, and I respect the hell out of your opinion, is you never, ever, ever fill a position just to fill the position -especially- in the upper rounds. If LT is that big of a concern, then we probably should be looking to pay for it because by all accounts, this draft is even thinner than usual at top-flight tackle prospects. If we pass on an A+ DE (which IS a need, or we wouldn't be salivating over Super Mario) to pick up a B-/C+ tackle prospect in the first, then we are screwing ourselves.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    totally understand that and agree rabbit. I am a minority on the blog, but I think our need at safety (you and I differ on whoch spot) is almost as critical as oline.

    I get tackle is really thin this year (draft and FA), but it needs to get filled somehow.

    I personally would like to take Dre k or mark barron in rd 1. we can get a DE in Rd 2.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I don't have a huge problem with that, but methinks Lovie's wish list is going to be pressure up front first and CB second...I guess we'll see if Emery buys that.
    And you're right - it's going to be easier to get a top-flight DE in round 2 than it is a top-flight CB, particularly this year.

    I have a feeling that in the second wave of FA, where a lot of cap space gets re-arranged and cleared, we will find more options on the O-line. They may not be grade A now, but a serviceable Tackle at either spot allows Tice (or whoever will be the real coach of the line) maximum flexibility. In fact, the injuries and what that required of the existing guys last year can't hurt, it can only help now.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Bingo! That's all I ask maings.

    btw, played some BF3 with shady last night. Not loving it to be honest. I actually like MW a lot more and think the graphics are better on MW. The vid I posted must have been high def on the PC.

    Will keep trying, but so far not all that excited about it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I can only go off the campaign on BF3 but the environmental effects and the movement of the characters was much smoother on BF3 than MW3, IMHO.

    That being said, I'm now Prestige 2 - level 40+...double XP'd through 20 levels in about 2 hours...bring it!

    When CS - Global Offensive comes out, I will be giving that a shot.

    Side note, was hanging out with my daughter a couple of nights ago and she grabbed my full-size football out of my office and dragged me into her room to play catch.
    She also thinks Julius Peppers must be his nickname because Julius and Peppers are too funny to be real.
    Thank tebus for having a daughter that is growing up to be a Bears fan.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Her self-selected nickname is "meenamoonah". I think that was a shout out to ye old 350 lb TE of yore.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Exactly. If you don't like Carimi or CW, you've done yourself no favors wasting a first rounder on someone who will not win a competition with either of them in camp.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I don't know how you call 12M a year 'value' MB. He can't do it on his own as evidenced by our dismal pass rush last year. Not only do we not have depth at DE, we're short a starter basically. Safeties are an afterthought, safeties we have, and they become very adequate if we get a good DE.
    Conte and Steltz aren't bad safeties. They'll look a lot better when QBs are dumping it as soon as they drop back.

  • Sorry MB but I have to agree with Irish on this one. Also, on Forte, I am starting to get really sick of this guys grumbling. Dude, you voted for the new collective bargaining contract, sign the friggin contract. I hate to say it but Irish is starting to sound like he's had the right approach all along. If Forte hasn't signed with the Bears by the time the draft begins, I'm trading Forte to the Browns, straight up. How do you like dem apple's Matty.

    Hey Matt, go play for the suckiest franchise in the league and get out of my sight, you disgust me!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jbxG2pzQJE

  • 1. you completely devalue what he does on pretty much every ru play, special teams, and his contestant pestering. Yes, he doesn't have crazy sack numbers, but he is HUGELY valuable to that D. Without him you would have seen how bad our secondary really was/is. Which brings me to...

    2. I totally disagree with you maings. Safeties are the QBs of the D, especially the FS. Without a competent duo back there, they are just safety valves for deep bombs.

    Whitey and whitey are NOT good safeties... they are semi-adequate placeholders… at best. It’s just silly to say that a great dline makes up for a bad secondary… again, see my response to viva above. Ask the lions how that worked for them.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Agreed on Peppers; every team we play schemes their entire game plan to avoid the guy. He changes their approach whether he gets sacks or not. And that is why he's getting $12 mil per.

    And a guy like Mike Brown completely changed the big play ability of our D when he was healthy. If you have a guy like that, your corners improve, your linebackers improve...changes everything.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Thank you for echoing what I've been saying all off season. A D line can not wina football game by itself. And if we had some competant safeties then we would be getting a lot more coverage sacks. In fact I cant think of a single coverage sack last year. PLEASE get us a DB!!!

  • BradBiggs42 minutes agoRT @MattBowen41: Just talked to experienced #NFL scout on free agent SS LaRon Landry. Interesting take.... Will post at NFP at 12 EST.

    Yes please! LaRoid Landry on a performance-based 1-yr contract. Today.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That guy is a stud; you and I agree on what he would mean to that backfield. I wanted Tyvon more, but Landry is fucking scary.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Bring on the Roid!

  • Yep, Forte will not get 7.7 million on the open market...just not gonna happen...he ain't no Sweetness.

  • Hope Mario realizes that he ain't goin to the SB with Buffalo. If he signs with them, it's all about the money. C'mon Mario...no guts no glory...give us a chance.

  • That cap space might go to Forte..... and we might use it to get Wimbley or Freeney.

    I know you guys are going to hate me but man..I don't really want to pay Forte and then watch Kahli Bell play..

  • Forte can be turned into picks and cash, and Mr. Emery can go shopping again. Assuming he's worth two seconds .... imagine a first round, three seconds and a third round pick this year. With our first five picks we could rebuild the gaps with young quality players at an affordable price, then just trade our lower picks for a higher one. Or trade everything in for three or four top picks.

    Who do we want catching the ball? Marshall.

    Who do we want running it up the middle? Michael Bush.

    Who do we want running around the sides? Who cares. Really.

  • If you're running Power G, plowing over linebackers with guys like Williams and Louis, and Forte is breaking off 30-40 yard TDs, then yeah, it matters that you can run outside.

    And once more with feeling, give me a valid trading partner that would sacrifice two 2nd rounders this year for a position that both you and Artoo think is so meaningless that you can replace a pro-bowler with a backup and not feel the drop off.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    hee hee

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    How bout trading for Cleveland's 1st pick, straight up?

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Whatever happened to that can't miss Trent Richardson?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Why would I dump "the next Earl Campbell" for a pro-bowler that the Bears gave away so they could start a dude that can't break out of a rotation with DM(edical)C(learance) in four years?

    That's my biggest issue with this, as I've said before...it's just not internally consistent.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    What am I missing Brownie? I can't find my Chinese handbook so speak English my man.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Browns have the 4th pick in the draft. There is no way Richardson is gone at that point.
    Bush is a career backup who can't supplant DMC, in spite of his many medical hiccups.

    So, if I'm the Browns, why would I give up Richardson, or Blackmon, or a host of other offensive weapons they could draft, in order to get a guy that we don't even think is a measurable improvement over a guy that can't beat out McFadden on his own team?

  • And @mortreport reports the Bills will have a 1:30 press conference to announce the signing of Mario Williams.

  • Sucks, but the fact it has dragged out for 3 days has eased the pain a little.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    the Fact we got Brandon Marshall eased the pain a lot.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    The pricetag will ease the pain some more.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    100 mil, inc. 50 mil guaranteed.

  • Well, I was celebrating Brandon Marshall to the Bears, until I realized that Gentle Jones was back -

    Some guy from Delaware rapping it up to some James Brown sample

    Not for the faint of heart.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    I think we found Steven Colbert's next duet partner

  • I disagree with MB on the need for a DE. We have a history of going with DT talent in the first, not DE. Michael Haynes was projected at DT coming out of college, we just moved him to DE before we cut him as a last ditch move.

    DT we've gone with Tommie, Paea, Dusty the Broken Down Wreck, a bunch of draft picks spent on DT.

    We need the Merciless one. Izzy won't get signed, I think the two sides are far off on what he's worth, and Wooten is not ready to take over from him. We tried that kid with the mullet last year, we did everything we could (except retain and coach Mark Anderson) to pick up the rush and stop them from doubling Peppers, who is - frankly - slowing down a bit.

    We need to keep Okeye, others are interested.

    Starting Front 4:
    Pep
    Melton Cheese
    Okeye
    Merciless

    Rotating in:
    Toe
    Flatbread
    Wootz
    Miller

    Gotta do it. The front 4 is the key to this thing. Fuck the Bills, we need Bulls up front. We need to see some return to early season form from the Melted One.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Ahh the mullet guy!

    Nick something?

    He looked like he came right out of a Serengeti video.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    +25 DBB Ka-ching points for the Serengeti shade ref

    http://www.athleticshades.com/sunglasses/serengeti/images/logo-PatDempsy.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Oh, and Nick Reed, ya

    http://www.cheapnfljerseys-onsale.com/Chicago-Bears-Jersey/Chicago-Bears-94-Reed-Nick-Blue-jersey.html

  • Did JT Thomas get out of hick jail for the ganj? He needs to be replacing Roach, not using Roach clips. Come on man.

  • Hah - ol' google eyes just tweeted thanking Super Mario for staying out of his conference. Little worried there, Cheese Nuts?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Fuck the Bills.

    The guy is going to be hailed a savior and expected to carry the D, a role he's not suited for.

    Bad move, Mario. You took the shiny coin and pissed away your bust in Canton, which was probably yours if you teamed with Pep and became a destroyer of worlds. Now, you go into the dustbin of history with the least televised franchise in the NFL. You just went from being the next LT to being the next Simeon Rice. WTG.

    Dwight Freeney, Bears on line 2.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    that dude's a fag.

    If I see him at lunch I'm gonna galooli his ass (I wouldn't really and no dbags were harmed in the making of this post).

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Mario Williams' deal in Buffalo: six years, up to $100 million, including $50 million guaranteed.

  • FREAKING BROKE IT!

  • Who broke the blog...smh

  • Damn it: http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/55360/cowboys-still-filling-needs-sign-pool

  • gp, funny.

  • Fuck, I broke the blog. Sorry gents. I think I may have used the wrong slash.

  • That's what Axl Rose said.

  • new thread please jeff

  • hah @ gpl

  • check this out: http://www.awfulannouncing.com/2012-articles/march/adam-schefter-cant-talk-to-you-really.html

  • btw, I wasn't stummping for one or the other, I was stummping for BOTH. Let's get a LT and FS in FA, and draft a DE and CB or S in the first two rounds. Bingo, we'll all be happy.

  • erik, did you see my post up top about your article?

  • Time will tell Mike. Sounds like Forte is holding out or waiting on his new contract. I don't blame him. Why play like he did last year and then get hurt again?

    I just don't want to pay Forte top 5 back money. Not yet at least.

  • As long as you and Crunch pledge not to use italics or bolding any more, I'll agree to anything.

  • About how it was impressive? Even though you destroyed it like two post above?

    Then yes lol

  • It was a masterpiece of grammar and punctuation, Artoo. I think that's what he was saying.

  • it was me.... I broke the damn blog. I'm sooooorry!

  • awe maaaan, common. don't be like that. I didn't destory the work itself, I destroyed you for what you put in it.

    Right? That makes it better... right? right?

  • replies

  • Keep writing them, Artoo - people slaughter Peter King and he's at the top of the food chain.

  • I did work hard on that article. Imagine thinking what each team would do before your team. Sucks. I will admit. I enjoyed it somehow.

    I will not do another unless it is the First round of the draft or the Bears first and second.

    http://www.footballnation.com/content/chicago-bears-mock-draft/13946/

  • please have replies thank you

  • S Brandon Merriweather agrees to 2yr/$6M deal with Skins

  • Numbers on Mario: $25 million in year one; $53 million in first three years.

  • I don't know if anyone ever reads Larry Mayer's chalk talks where he answers Bears fans questions, but I saw something I did not know.

    "No Bears receiver has been voted to the Pro Bowl since Dick Gordon following the 1970 season. Here’s hoping that Brandon Marshall ends that 42-year drought this coming season! The last Bears receiver to top 1,000 yards was Marty Booker, who compiled 1,189 yards in 2002."

    I knew we hadn't had a 1000 had receiver since booker but not that we haven't had a pro bowl receiver in 42 years. Here's to both of those things coming to an end this season!

  • #Bears are attending Missouri pro day today according to

  • Also, how in DEE FUCK do the Bears still have 16M in cap space? Is everything back loaded? Are we paying them in rubles?

    NB and I estimated that they had between $10-$5M (keeping in mind that the draft class will cost at least $3M).

    Emery is god damn Wizard.

    Emerald City...I don't want to wake up.

    If we have that much, we gotta make a move for Wimbley, McNeil or sign Forte so I can stop hearing "Pay the Man!"

  • Hey, Artoo, did you do a 7 round mock for ALL the teams?

    That's fkn crazy my man. You're only asking for homers saying stuff like, "We need a LT more than a WR!" blah blah

    I did a little draft just for the Bears. I will prob post it in the next thread. You should post yours too so we can compare notes.

  • @4ever85

    No I just did the Bears but I looked at each team. If I had a few a guys that I liked and I knew team would take him before we would.. I factored it in.

    Sure. I will post it on the next thread but I don't know if there will be one for awhile.

  • Btw, Emery and Stein is a great combo. Emery is making great deals and Stein is structuring them wonderfully.

  • So. Bears trade for Marshall and both "Phil Emery" and "Brandon Marshall" are immediately trending across the US on Twitter.

    Mario Williams signs the richest defensive deal in the history of the NFL, but it's with the Bills so no one cares and it doesn't make a dent in the Twitter world.

    Just a small sign of how much people will care about you now that you're in Buffalo. Enjoy.

  • Emery: "I think we have the right position coach in Darryl Drake." Also credits Mike Tice for work previously with Moss & Jeremy Bates.

  • Tennesse and Denver, maybe SEA, waiting for DE Abraham (maybe Wimbley)?

    If we get Wimbley, that would be really sweet. I wanted him over Mincey from the start.

  • Emery says #Bears success last few days was because of the secrecy club had last few months.

  • Ha Ha. We can be DA Bears Blog Kiper and McShay.

    Hey, NewBear, didn't you have a mock draft for Bears a few threads back? Someone did...but FA changes everything.

    You should post yours too.

    BTW...Who broke the blog this time? lol

    Jeff, New Thread, Plz

  • So Mario loves money more than rings? His loss. Bills suck. Im actually a fan of Forte but his whining is getting fucking old quick. Hmmmm Freeney and Colts 2nd round pick for Forte?

  • I am going to say this...Miami fucked up big time.

    Manning is just toying with them and he is looking hard at Titans and Bronco's.

    Have they decided to pursue Flynn yet? No because they are still trying to land Manning. Guess who is offering Flynn a nice contract.. Browns and Seahawks.

  • Bills. I'm an optimist, so I'm glad we at least stayed somewhat sober finacially and have some cap room for the future.

    Remember, we can still roll over what ever we don't use for next year's cap, so we don't have to spend it just to spend it.

    Also, ESPN can blabber on about the Bills (like they did with the Eagles last year) now instead of us, and I'm more than fine with that.

  • Emery: "I think that is getting ahead of the process" when asked if #Bears can be fully confident Brandon Marshall will not be suspended.

  • When asked about his earlier pledge of having Bears with high character, Emery said, "Brandon has high character. His character has a vertical leap of 46", in the back of the endzone his character gets very high indeed."

  • Emery went on to say he has formed a group to quash all leaks at Halas Hall. He's going to call them the "plumbers". A man named Liddy has applied to run the team.

  • Cortland Finnegan went to Fisher and the Rams with 27 of 50M guaranteed.

    Who says dirty play doesn't pay?

  • "Johny Type Lips" Emery

    http://youtu.be/RIGUu0bvpMQ

    http://youtu.be/A8kxdukigfk

  • Emery calls Kellen Davis a "dynamic athlete."

  • You know, I've been listening to some Fin "insider" beat reporters, and they say Marshall never acted up on the field or in the locker room. Sure, he gave the QBs a little lip, but nothing major (also, he never gave Cutler shit at Denver).

    The only "incident" in the locker room with Marshall was that one day a player came in late to practice and his breath smelled like alcohol.

    Marshall threw the football at his face.

    That doesn't sound bad at all - imagine what Kruetz would have done. In fact, that story to me signals how seriously he takes the game.

  • Check it out:

    Shockey the tatted fuckface poor man's Boz and Amani Toomer in each other's face on Twitter, with Shockey saying that Toomer's loafing on plays caused him to break his leg on a play and Toomer firing back

    http://twitter.com/#!/JeremyShockey

  • Emery says don't be surprised if Bears add a few players in the new few days and don't be surprised if they don't.

    Did he just try to mind fuck us?

  • I'm telling you, Emery "Dignam" is awesome lol

    "Maybe I saw something, Maybe I didn't - maybe go fuck yourself."

    http://youtu.be/lTaVxTmB5k4

  • Shockey is by far my least favorite NFL player...maybe my least favorite athlete, and that's saying a lot.

    He's a gigantic used douche. Fk that guy.

  • Did he just try to mind fuck us?

    Orwellian doublespeak and a freaky penchant for secrecy.

    Great.

  • #Bears Emery says the team will look very hard in the draft for offensive linemen.

  • Isn't Brandon Marshall supposed to be introduced at Halas today?

    That ought to make for good tv.

  • Lovie says #Bears are still an option for Corey and that he knows how team feels about him. So, don't rule it out.

  • Phil Emery is holding a presser today March 15,2012 and tomorrow he will introduce Campbell and Marshall.

  • New thread

  • Emery: "I think we have the right position coach in Darryl Drake."

    I beg to differ.

    We hear about Tice being one of the best Oline coaches.
    Marinelli about being one of the best Dline coaches.

    I have yet to hear ANYONE claim Drake is one of the best WR coaches.

  • Constanzo is gonna be a fav of mine - I can feel it.

    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?story_id=8689

    Who knows...maybe he can supplant Roach?

  • Larry Mayer trying to avoid the question...

    Last year the Bears picked up several former first-round draft picks. I was curious as to how many players on the current roster are former first-round picks and who they are.

    Decker
    Indiana

    "Nine Bears players entered the NFL as first-round draft picks, three with Chicago and six with other teams. Middle linebacker Brian Urlacher (2000), offensive lineman Chris Williams (2008) and tackle Gabe Carimi (2011) were selected by Chicago, while defensive end Julius Peppers (Panthers in 2002), receiver Roy Williams (Lions in 2004), center/guard Chris Spencer (Seahawks in 2005) quarterback Jay Cutler (Broncos in 2006), defensive tackle Amobi Okoye (Texans in 2007) and safety Brandon Meriweather (Patriots in 2007) were chosen by other clubs."

    In other words TWO drafted by Angelo, one of which went on IR, and the other plays a position he wasn't drafted for and might be cut.

    Oh, how I love thee Emery...

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    Good try :P

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