Bears Select Temple FB/TE Evan Rodriguez in Fourth Round

Talk about a selection that signals the offensive philosophy change.

If Rodriguez makes the team he will most likely take Tyler Clutts' roster spot. He can line up at fullback, tight end, H-back...etc. He's a versatile talent but an unconventional type player. I will hopefully have more to say by the end of the weekend once I've made a few calls. (I know his high school football coach in North Bergen, NJ.)

The decision to pass up on Massie here is a simple one: Massie is a right tackle in the NFL. He does not translate at all as a left tackle in the league. And the Bears believe Gabe Carimi will be their right tackle for the next decade.

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  • I'm stunned.

    It's getting more and more difficult to defend Emery's intelligence prior to week 1.

    I believe... I think. I think I believe.

    Go Bulls!

  • Guys - I am seriously moving over to the "Emery is a fucktard" side of the room here. The Cardinals must have spit their coke out when Emery grabbed Rodriquez.

    He passed a unanimous steal up who graded at 85 for a weird tweener on O that grades at 53.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I saw him graded at a 41 on one site

  • I cant make any sense out of this one. Someone help me out? Looking at our team......NO FUCKING SENSE

  • Dont understand it

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Maybe it was a knee jerk reaction after the Chargers pick?

  • The Score guys are totally torching Emery

  • Either Emery is genius, or MB's worst nightmare, Angelo part 2

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    In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    I'm with you. I said it after the last pick. Here's hoping he's a genius

  • Hard enough keeping up with this prick, at least get things to post in the correct order

  • Here, repost from last thread. Bears draft history to peruse while waiting for round 6. Before we all jump off the nearest cliff, check out some of the drafts from the early/mid 90s (or a lot of the previous GM's picks) for perspective:

    In the meantime, I'm going back to painting the living room....

  • Waffle swearing at 2 year olds birthday party

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    So far, that's the best....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    No doubt. I literally laughed out loud over that one!

  • If Clutts is not on this team it would be a fucking tragedy. This pick makes no sense. Clutts can catch out of the backfield, longsnap, block on runs, block 40yards down the field, play special teams, etc.

    We don't need a fullback/tweener TE hybrid. We need some fucking OL help and Massie was a steal in the 4th round. You know we wanted Ladarius Green but San Diego picked the guy we wanted for the 2nd time. The first was Melvin Ingram the second Ladarius Green.

    Fucking Emery.

  • Yep.

    Is there ANYTHING to indicate that Clutts wasn't a fucking steal last year?

    Why blow a draft pick to replace a guy who played his ass off (and who you got for free, draft-wise)?

  • Massie would play RT and never see the field. We got a kid who will help the line, Cutler, or the back he's blocking for. We got a starter, not a benchrider.

    Emery got us Brandon Marshall, Bush and Jason Campbell already. We've made four picks that haven't played a down in the NFL, nobody here ahs a clue how they'll pan out and we're shitbagging Emery already?

    What's the problem with our line? I agree that our center is one of the worst in the NFL, as is his backup - so drafting Molk would have been nice (maybe they have him down as too small, I don't know).

    Gabe is probably a good tackle, I don't know. I believe in Lance Louis and I believe he was playing hurt after running down that interception, he wasn't the same player afterwards - it was obvious. He's our RG, or RT if Gabe goes over to LT.

    Fuck Spencer and his huge salary, I don't buy into him. We'll see. Bench.

    Garza? Meh. He's an aging guard playing a new position.

    Edwin should be the left guard - not much better than CW, but better, stays on his feet for one..

    That leaves us with CW or JW at LT as the most serious question other than center. CW got pushed around a lot at guard. When he managed to corral Jared Allen - the NFL sack leader last season - he did it on his own. To deal with Jared last season took Webb and two TEs on his side. There will be competition in camp at LT, unlike last season when Webb said "It was good having no pressure on me."

    None of us knows anyting about Levi Horn, other than that Tice likes him.

    I'm starting to think if we won the superbowl people would still be on here bitching about something. We are going take the Indianapolis Colts apart in week one, that's all I know. As Lovie says, we'll take it from there.

    Patience gentlemen. Check out the product before you stamp it defective. The Litmus test comes against the Packers.

  • Oh great, Rodriquez has serious character issues.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    It just keeps gettin better.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    LOL and he's supposedly not too bright.... I'm still optimistic he will help out somewhere.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The NFL is full of nutjobs. 20% of them get charged with serious crimes at one point or another, not misdemeanours, serious crimes. Assault, rape, spousal battery. These men are animals, gladiators. Rothlisberger rapes a girl in a toilet while his bouncer stands guard at the door. He's starting for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  • Head scratcher for sure. Since I know nothing about college players, I"ll defer to PE but I have no idea what's going on. I"m guessing he's more of a TE/ST's pick but I thought we already had that pretty well covered. Oh well.

  • Now this blog is posting everything out of order, jeeez

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    A dysfunctional blog for a dysfunctional football org

  • In reply to gpldan:


  • I'm still reserving judgement until the season starts.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Im always hugely optimistic and always think maybe there is a good reason for a certain action. I'm tellin ya, I cant think of 1 thing.

  • We aint fielding a high school team Osos......make us understand this

  • I hope we hear Emery went to take a shit and some other fucker screwed up and thought they were in the 5th or 6th round

  • My cousin played with him in high school and sees him around NB sometimes. Supposedly he's taller than 6'1, like 6'3 ish..... and was nasty in highschool.......

  • In reply to OsosFan:

    List him at 6'2 measure up at 6'1 and 3/4

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    He's physically identical to Aaron Hernandez.

  • We need a TE. Not a sexy position to fill but I can see why Phil went that direction. He's drafting needs all the way.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Besides Davis and Spaeth, don't we already have a couple others on the roster?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Yeah, three of them - Adams, Ross and Smith (but not that this guy won't prove to be better)....

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    ???? Whos logged in on Trac's name? I know thats not you sayin this crazy shit. Needs? we dont need a tight end/fullback/Hback/specialteamer......................GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    We need a productive TE to fit Tices scheme. Roster cuts will come later. Tice is going to methodically weed Martz's blunders out of the lineup. Spaeth is a wasted roster spot. I don't see him making any contributions that we will miss.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Agreed, Trac. Spaeth fit this team like man-o-moolah

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Oh, and Roy Williams!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Obviously we do. We just drafted one in the 4th round.

  • Wasn't Spaeth one of Martz's guys? I suppose he and his salary (+$2mil?) will be gone soon enough...

  • Man I respond to OSOS and it posts three spots above. Anyone tries to read this blog will go fucking nuts......I gotta go.......maybe ill paint a living room, nah fuck it I'll do laundry

  • Blogfather tweets:

    "are we stacked at TE and nobody told me?"

    Come on Jeff. Jesus.

    We got Davis, Spaeth, Kyle Adams, big bodies like Andre Smith.

    At tackle, we got Carmini coming off a smashed kneecap that was a bounty kill from the Saints, and Webb who is the worst LT in the NFL, and NOBODY ELSE. We get Omlette go. Outside of that, we got Lance Louis who is a guard.

    Hub clip on the Score just now. He doesn't like the McCellin pick.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Let's fucking switch to a 3-4 and start running the playbook from the H-back formation.

    (shakes head)

    God dammit.

    Analyst on the score said the REASON we took Shae is just to fuck with the Packers who wanted him.

    Way to build a team, Phil. What is this, 5th grade kickball?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    You will be apologizing somewhere around week 5 GP. This is the 4th round? It sounds like you have some serious blue balls. Phils a good girl GP, just cause he won't go all the way on the first date doesnt mean he doesn't love you. Give him a chance.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    If we're 4-1 or even 3-2 and three of these guys are seeing PT, then yeah, I will STFU. But I don't see the method here, and I am not alone amongst the NFL twitterverse.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    We have 9 guards on the roster. It;s the last position we should draft. I would question Emery's decision making if he drafted our 10th guard.

    No tackle drafted is getting anywhere near the field this year.

    The only OL help we need is at center. If we do get Molk in the 5th then I am declaring Emery a genius.

    9 guards.

  • PFT just report Jake Long might be on way out in Miami- probably just rumor Emery should trade the rest of our picks this year for him

  • In reply to bearfantillend:

    I was just about to post that! lol Lets take J Long from Miami too. Somehow, I wish Emery could make this work, but his contract is the problem

  • In reply to OsosFan:

    No amount of restructuring frees up 11M.

    If you want to trade Forte for Long, then you might have something.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    They drafted Lamar Williams. A younger, cheaper version of MF.

  • Emery seems overwhelmed by the speed of the draft. It appears that in 3 of the first 4 rounds he was caught by surprise what happened in the picks in front of him. SD has similar needs to the Bears. Emery was not able to react on the fly with a plan B. The McCaskeys have given us another unqualified GM who is in way over his head!

  • In reply to Rosemary:

    I'd have to respectfully disagree with all of that. The guy is nothing, if not prepared. Just because he's baffling most of us here doesn't mean that he doesn't have a plan....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Agreed Tj. This is what amazes me.

    Armchair GMs who haven't done a jot of research and don't even have access to the films and countless hours scouts and staff have put in, blasting picks with no knowledge behind them. We were never in a position to draft the future LT of the Chicago Bears. Never at any stage. We have 9 fucking guards. Why waste picks on the line just because we imagine that we need help?

    We cannot fix ten years of neglect by Angela. We'll pull the trigger on a left tackle when the opportunity presents itself, no need to reach in the draft. Reiff's arms are too short. Massie was passed on by everybody in the top half. Why? The professionals know, that's good enough for me.

  • Let me remind you guys that the last time Tice ran an offense, you had to score 30 pts to stay in the game with the Vikings. This Rodriguez kid will be a part of that, don't think he won't.

    Bear Down.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Interesting, sir. I am still highly optimistic! Maybe we have forgotten that with Tice, comes new offensive schemes. I for sure, forgot Bears fired Martz for a sec lol. So, I'm excited to see what Tice has in store for the Bears fans and excited to see him destroy opposing teams expectations. Peace.

  • Oh and MB, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. One of your biggest knocks on angelee was that he made the moves that were no brainers. Phil hasn't done that. If these selections prove to be astute, that would make Emery brilliant instead of angelesc. He is the Anti-Jerra.

  • If we can somehow manage to get Jake Long.... Championship!

  • Trac, Tice never ran an offense!!!!!!! This is his first coordinator job he has ever held. he was head coach in Minny not the the OC. So I dont remember who was responsible for the 30 pts to stay in the game, but it wasn't Tice.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Sorry Murph but I dissagree with you there. When he was with the Queens, he had a lot of say in scheme and philosphy. I'm willing to bet you that the Bears are a top 10 offense this year and will have a top 5 red zone scoring offense. I believe.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    He did call plays though Murph. 30 years in the NFL has to count for soemthing, especially when 14 of those were playing TE at the highest level.

    I'm surprised everyone thinks he's a lost pick when he hasn't played a down. Didn't you guys watch the tape up above? He's not a TE, he's clearly a H-back, and one that didn't miss a single block during the game whilst also catching six passes averaging a first down with each ball.

    Clutts weighs 260lbs. He can't move into the lanes quick enough I'm guessing. Clearly Tice needs a guy to do a certain job and they like this one.

    J'Marcus will most likely start at LT, that's just the way it's shaking up even if CW goes in for the competition, as Edwin looks to be our left guard because he's better than Chris and doesn't get knocked backwards onto his ass as much.

    J'Marcus needs help on passing downs, E-rod will be quick enough to adapt to that. He looks like he has no problem getting into people's way.
    Clearly he was high on the Bear's board, so we'll see how he works out. Remember Jerry pooched the vast mahority of his picks. If this is one of Phil's then so be it. Looks more like Tice's input though.

    I'm with Trac, I'll go furtherand think we'll be a top 6 offense, with depth to boot. Strange pick, but we don't know what they know.

  • Scott Linehan and Steve Loney were OC's during his tenure

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    I seem to remember reading that when he was interim, he took over playcalling and did rather well. As a matter of fact, I remeber seeing him walking down the sidelines with clipboard in hand sending in plays.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Being the OC and being head and calling the plays.....not the same. How the heck you remember some interim coach plying the sidelines, holding a clipboard, on an opposing team, six or seven years ago? I'm callin BULLSHIT on that post.....hehehehe

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    True dat Murph. I'm getting old, but not that old.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Ixnay on the bullshit Murph.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    He called plays"at times" I did not question if he may have called some plays.........I called the bullshit on you remembering some interim coach plying the sidelines with clipboard in hand......I still call bullshit!
    he had a laminated sheet!! LMAO

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Is that all you got Murph? Next. He he.

    Antonio Chatman answered with a 59-yard kickoff return, giving Longwell a chance to make a 42-yard field goal as the half ended. A livid Vikings coach Mike Tice chucked his clipboard and pencil to the turf when an official clock stoppage for a measurement allowed Green Bay time to gather on fourth-and-1 for the kick with four seconds left.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Hardy har har. Seriously though Murph, I'm seeing the Bears faithful folding like cheap suits all around after Phils first 4 picks. I call bullshit on that. This guy's gonna raise the Bears level of play to that of the glory days Murph. I don't mind eating crow if I'm wrong.

  • From the 4 letter network. Have faith gents.

    Chicago Bears: Most notably, the Bears continued to look in places other than their much-discussed offensive line in this draft. Fullback/tight end Evan Rodriguez is a combination blocker/vertical threat who dropped because of character concerns. He was arrested twice in his college career, once in 2007 and again in 2009, and ultimately transferred from West Virginia to Temple. But in a Mike Tice offense, it's important to have multiple tight ends who can block and catch.

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    Emery likes versatile players. OLB/DE in 1st, CB/safety with size in 3rd, TE/ FB/HB in Rodriguez. Give the man a chance, massive is a right tackle. I like Nate potter from Boise
    State, still out there. Or sign forte and trade him for jake long if rumor is true.

  • In reply to Michael Fortier:

    Hear hear Michael.

  • In reply to Michael Fortier:

    Welcome Michael, peace and love.

    Agreed, E-rod needs time to show what he can do. Can anyone say we don't need a blocker in the backfield?

  • Why are we upset that we didn't draft some bum tackle that wouldn't start anyway? Webb goes down and we've got CW, GC or Levi to go in. They know the time of day. Some rookie was never going in for Webb anyway. E-rod can be a situational starter. They didn't pull this guy's name out of a hat.

  • I know Irish. I'm actually more baffled at the lack of love for Phils picks than anything else. Check my post at the end of last thread before the Rodriguez pick. To me, TE / DT in the 4th and 6th are no brainers. I like the fact that Emery is laying it on the line. Anyone could have stuck thier finger in the air and gone with the flow. I think Emery is gonna be a great GM for us. He's displaying the boldness that he expects from the rest of his coaching staff and players. I say good for him.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Drink that Kool-Aid!

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Couldn't have put it better myself.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Absolutely. He showed his mettle getting us MArshall and a solid backuip QB and a bruiser of a back. His Forte, ahem, is the draft. He has proven in the past to be an excellent judge. I trust him.

    Apparently only you, me, Osos, DYL and Monsieur Fortier do also. We'll see.

    I would not have believed this roster possible at the end of last season. Could only have dreamed it. I'm stoked.

    Round 6 pick. We're almost up ....

    If it'sca kicker, I'm sure he's a really good one :o)

  • Count me in too Irish. Sure, I like some picks more than others, but WTF do I know. I'm just a fan.

    I like everything Emery has done so far outside of the draft. I have no real knowlege of the players in the draft. I don't watch college ball, and I'm not a professional evaluater of talent. Emery is. I said before, I'm willing to give the guys the benefit of the doubt and assume he knows exactly what he is doing.

    The fact that he did not do what any of us thinks he should have done is more likely to mean we don't know what we are talking about, than it is he is dead wrong. It's his profession to do this. Let's believe that he's good at it unless he shows that he's not.

    My two cents for what it's worth.

  • Didn't the Dolphins sign Lamar Williams? Regarding Jake Long, don't think they'll be interested in Matt's millions now.

  • Posted April 28, 2012 @ 1:30 p.m. ET
    By Dan Parr
    At a pre-draft press conference, PFW asked Bears GM Phil Emery whether left tackle, a position manned by J’Marcus Webb last season, would be open to competition this year.

    “In reality, (every position) should be open to competition every day,” Emery said.

    For the Bears, however, the reality is they have yet to bring in anyone to push Webb, who allowed 14 sacks and racked up 13 penalties in 2011, this offseason.

    The Bears had an opportunity to add competition for Webb with picks in the first three rounds of the draft, but they did not address offensive tackle or any other position on the offensive line. All indications are the Bears are committed to giving Webb a chance to develop into a reliable protector of Jay Cutler’s blind side.

    “(Webb is) far from a finished product,” one NFL personnel evaluator told PFW. “He’s a decent athlete, but he’s not a good finisher. He gets overextended. They are going to have to get him help.”

  • In reply to Shady:

    I'm relatively convinced the Bears are trying to kill Jay Cutler.

  • In reply to Shady:

    CW and Levi are obviously going to compete with him in camp. This is CW's last year on the Bears if he doesn't make starter.

    Gabe can be moved to LT.

    Tice has options. Webb's holiday is over.

  • Some interesting tweets :

    Biggs: What’s biggest statement made by Phil Emery through first 4 rounds of draft? He believes in the offensive line. Lovie Smith has stated his belief in line and Mike Tice has as well. The team has not selected a lineman after grabbing Temple TE Evan Rodriguez in the 4th round. The Bears are going to succeed or fail with what was largely the unit on the offensive line a year ago. Critics say team has not addressed the line. Belief is there was a big change in switch from Mike Martz to Tice.

    Sean Jensen : I suppose that this selection falls in line with so many others: he's got some serious physical gifts, as evidenced by him having the top performance in several drills at the NFL Combine. He has a 36-inch vertical, but he had just 18 reps on the bench press. He was the top performer at the Combine in 3-cone drill, 20-yard shuttle and 60-yard shuttle

  • Careful Irish, Michael is a Rothschild!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Oh Murrrrph, look up. Hee hee.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Man I hope I'm the one eating crow. I would say when the experts grade the draft we end up with a D, hope I'm wrong

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    The 'experts' normally are, that's why they write for the rags and they aren't gainfully employed in the NFL. Meow.

  • A few threads ago, I was wondering how being arrested would affect CB Alfonzo Dennard's draft status (and paycheck). He was supposed to be gone by the third round. According to the SI site, he has yet to be selected. That will have cost him some serious dough....

  • Here is irish's guy still waiting for the call.

  • If irish was our GM, Vontaze woulda been our first or second

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    No he wouldn't. Every expert in the country had him top ten at one point, remember.

  • Isaih Frey. Okay.

  • CB, never heard of the guy. Anyone?

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    He averaged about two tackles a game, had 6 Ints on the season. The Lions had him in for a pre-draft visit.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    FWIW, SI had him projected as an undrafted free agent...

  • Here we go, Isaiah Fry Cornerback

  • Isaiah Frey CB. Anyone heard of him?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I guess we don't want Alfonzo Denard either...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    LOL, too bad, we could of got him cheap...

  • Fry was projected to not get drafted by SI. What the heck do they know. Go Phil.

  • {Irish ... just go to bed ....}


  • The Bengals think it's the 1980s again they must have 12 players drafted already. Is that Ickey Woods I see tampering with the autocue? Like Mrs. Burfict, he'll suck your cock for a dollar.


  • okay 2 points-

    1) i would bet substantial money that khalil is the ONLY guy, drafted or not, that ends up with a starting job at left tackle. Good LTs hard rare and you cant just develop them like cheap film, so (and i say this with all due respect) WILL YOU $^*%^ BABIES SHUT THE $#*^& UP ABOUT O LINE AND WHO WE DIDNT DRAFT??????

    J effing C, youre all like a broken record, just chill out okay?? you honestly think throwing picks away at potential FAAARRRR down the line projects? Most of which wouldnt end up at LT anyway? just because mel "myhairlookslikealion" kiper has a dude on a chart doesnt mean the guys going to be any better than ANY of the guys we currently have.

    2) have any of you meatballs even looked at the o line stats from last year? they had 4 abysmal games where they gave up 5 sacks or more. (2 of which cutler was not playing) Of those 4 games, two were weeks 1 and 2, when martz was being an idiot AGAIN to start the season, carimi got hurt early in NOLA, and lance louis got hurt week 1 vs ATL. The second 2 games were without cutler. Hanie was one of them, and mccown was the other.

    SERIOUSLY, hanie alone racked up 19 sacks in FOUR (4) games, and mccown got sacked 7 times week 17, parts in thanks to jared allen trying to break a record.

    if you look at the 12 games that were under 5 sacks, they averaged 2 sacks a game, AKA LEAGUE MOTHER $*%#$ AVERAGE! AVERAGE AVERAGE AVERAGE AVERAGEEEEEEE


    they gave up an average of 1 sack a game over the 5 game win streak, including two games with 0 sacks allowed

    SERIOUSLY look at the lumping numbers before you start acting like a fool

    my point is, i liked the moves in the draft, and its OBVIOUS (to me at least) why he didnt waste a pick on o line

  • In reply to Dexitronic:

    you meatballs really rustle my jimmies

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