Why I Think Bears Should Draft Dont'a Hightower

Every mock draft around the league these days seems to have Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower being taken with the twenty-fourth overall selection of the first round by the Pittsburgh Steelers. If the Bears are planning to go defense on Thursday night April 26, he should not make it by the Chicago Bears at nineteen.

Here is what WalterFootball's Charlie Campbell says about Hightower:

Though a season-ending knee injury cost him the majority of the 2009 season, Hightower came back in 2010 to record 69 tackles with 3.5 tackles for a loss. This season, another year removed from the injury, he looked much better. Hightower was a real force in many games in 2011. He shows the ability to rush the passer well on blitzes and is a tough run defender. Hightower has also demonstrated the ability to move to outside linebacker on passing downs and rush off the edge. Thus, he can be a three-down defender in the NFL.

After returning from injury he thrived in Nick Saban's system and proved to be the complete linebacker. He is ferocious getting off blocks in the run game. He excels in coverage, especially with backs in the flat. (See video above) His prime modern NFL value is his ability to rush the perimeter as a 3-4 outside or blitz occasionally in the 4-3. Not just complete. Versatile.

And unfortunately I have to base that opinion on football games. The ones where guys play football. Not Combine statistics calculated while guys run and jump and stuff. As most of you know I hate this time of the NFL season (usually) because I can't stand the league's fixation on numbers that seem to translate about as effectively to the NFL as picking names out of hat. (*Cough*Troy Williamson*Cough) I watch a lot of college football, even though I don't care for the game half the time, and most of the time I'm fixated on those southern ball clubs who live on CBS.  If the NFL has a minor league, it is the SEC.

Hightower feels like a Bear. His brand of football is the Bears brand. It's tough. It's blue collar. (And yes it IS nice to hear that phrase used in relation to a non-white player, isn't it?) And just imagine adding his rushing abilities to Briggs' tackling. Brick. Wall. Imagine being able to save Urlacher's legs by not making him chase backs sideline-to-sideline in the screen game. And imagine the promotional opportunities for a guy named Hightower playing in the American city with the highest tower.

If the Bears are looking offense in the first round - either at wide receiver or along the offensive line - terrific. But looking defense here would not restrict their ability to find an impact wideout this April. Rutgers' wideout Mohamed Sanu is a physical, between-the-numbers type that could serve as a perfect compliment to Brandon Marshall and a consistent, viable red zone target for Cutler. Rated slightly lower is Al Toon's son Nick Toon. Toon was not a dominant player at Wisconsin but it ain't that easy when you play at a school that runs the ball 700 times a game. There are two other WR talents I like. Illinois' AJ Jenkins produced brilliantly last season without the aid of quarterback and Oklahoma's Ryan Browles, coming off injury, is certainly a better player than he's rated.

To insinuate the Bears are old at linebacker is to draw upon the wrath of #54 and on the off chance he reads this (I've been surprised to see who does of late) I will refrain from mentioning his ascending years. There is no arguing the defense, specifically the linebacking corps, is aging. Replenishing the most important position in the history of the Chicago Bears should always be the focus of those in charge at Halas Hall.

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  • If we're going D, I would rather go with hightower's teammate Baron FIRST.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp4wDygL2W4

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    So Jeffe is taking a swing at being GM for the Bears first pick. Risky business these days. The guy definitely is the kinda player Emery is intrigued by. If he's there at 19, he would be tough to pass up.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Finally got around to watching the video on this thread, and there is really little on it that is in any way special.

  • BPA - Best player available, period. No more getting cute like Angela used to do, just pick the best football player available regardless of position.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I fucking hate that. So if there's a great punter available we should take that guy. Silly.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    what? smh mb

  • In reply to Shady:

    I'll give you shaking my head... in the form of a after death haji raping!! Insolence!

    I thought you were going to sleep? I could have fucked you up a few more times maing.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    two times dood

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    that said... if you're a totally stacked team without any glaring deficiencies, and that is building depth for the longterm, then that is the perfect strategy.

    For a team like us who BADLY needs to replenish: OL, DB, DE, LB, WR right now... that strategy sucks ass. You end up with a bunch of peices that can't help you win now... which is where we are this season.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    When are you ever NOT building depth for the long term? Oh yeah, when you're Jerry Angelo. The draft should be used for building depth, Free Agency to fill needs.

  • In reply to Shady:

    yeah, ok. I'm down with that.... but we're not talking fantasy world here, we're talking us... now... this year.

    We didn't fill all our critical gaps maing. We still need a LT, a safety and someone reasonable to fill lach's shoes if that knee doesn't hold up.

    If emery would just have been able to get us a LT and maybe a cheap FS and viable back up LB in FA, I would have been with you.

    With us, we're aging and need to win now maing.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I think our biggest need is O-Line. Just look at their grades from last year. It's a no brainer. 2nd biggest need would be our secondary. Third biggest need, DL. I can easily justify Phil juggling the needs list based on who's available come our turn in the draft.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Can a punter be considered best player available MB? Therein lies the question.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Todd "Big guns" Sauerbrun

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    It's not an all or nothing. You don't draft the best QB available if you have a, for example, Pro Bowler at the position and a capable backup.
    But certainly if punter is a position where you can improve and the guy on the board is a great punter, I don't see why you shouldn't take him if your other options are fair to mediocre.
    Hell, punter is probably one of the easiest positions to scout, like place kicker. So you know what you're getting,

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    In your scenario I would still take the QB if he was the BPA. Even with a quality starter and backup, finding a late round gem of a QB would be an incredible value considering what teams are willing to give up for a starting QB. The Pats did it with Brady and the Eagles with Kolb. BPA every time. When you start drafting for need, you start to reach for players and try to cram a square peg into a round hole. Expecting to draft more than 1 or 2 starters is just unrealiatic. This team, after years of below average drafting by JA, has a serious depth issue. I know the "window" is closing on D, but you can't continue to blow draft picks by reaching for a certain position. That had proven to be a losing strategy.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I agree. I will fkn puke up a lung if we draft another QB.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    sheesh... it was meant as an over exaggerated example, you guys sure took that one and ran with it.

  • First time poster here, but loyal reader for years. I just want to first off say that, as an English major and as an avid writer and reader myself, Jeff, you take the cake on what it means to be a passionate writer and sports fan. I think for what you are doing on here, you deserve a lot of credit for your unique style of observation while educating the masses. Journalism and sports writing went down the toilet....never give up or sell out what you do here for DaBearsBlog.

    Secondly, all of you other posters....you guys are all awesome! Love reading your comments on here, they make me laugh as well as enlighten me on football stuff. Keep it up!

    Great post Jeff, I completely agree that we need to shore up the defense. The Bears have slowly been revamping the offense to where it needs to be, but there would be nothing worse than to see our franchise that is known for defense to bottom-out due to injuries/retirement without plugging in the holes. I grew up only enjoying far and between witnessing the Bears' offense producing brilliant plays, but it is the defense that has made me stay glued and true to the team. Smash mouth defense, that's what it's all about....screw the trend of other teams' direction of being all offense-happy. I want a unique brand of strategy in the NFL to winning games, and the Bears provide that. I do love our offense and Jay Cutler, but I cannot ultimately put my hopes and dreams on an offense that is still several seasons from producing consistency that defines the Bears' brand of football.

  • In reply to burntorangenavyblue:

    burnt, good to have you on the blog!!! now i command you to take your old thoughts of Bears football...that got us a superbowl back when cellphones were as big as briefcases...and replace that shit with a balanced team with small medium and large sized play capability on offense and defense. We will always look to be a bad ass defense but that thinking kept us from winning about 10 to 12 games more over the last 3 years and possibly multiple superbowl appearances.

  • In reply to burntorangenavyblue:

    Welcome. It's a interesting set of regulars here fo' sho'.

    You say:

    I do love our offense and Jay Cutler, but I cannot ultimately put my hopes and dreams on an offense that is still several seasons from producing consistency that defines the Bears' brand of football.

    Few issues with that one:

    1. Consistency has never been associated to the Bears offense, except perhaps when Erik Kramer was QB.

    2. Today's NFL is full of one-year wonder offenses (hello Arizona!). So, I don't get that one either.

  • In reply to burntorangenavyblue:

    Burnt McHuge? Of the Littleton McHuges ? Well shiver my timbers and call me Patsy! Welcome on board lad!

  • 2 words...Marvin McNutt.. He needs to be a bear. Good size and great hands. He more of a possession WR but I have seen just about all of his games and the kids a beast. Not blazing speed but quick and agile and will go up for the jump ball..
    I think maybe third if hes still available...
    What do u guys think????

  • In reply to Darrek:

    Definitely the kind of reciever Cutler likes to throw to. Big body, runs routes well for someone his size. Criticism I'm seeing is lack of speed for deep routes (not sure where this comes from after the 4.43 40 time) and some mental lapses. Mental lapses are a big deal for someone who is supposed to be a hands guy.

    Also, if Bennett and Marshall are our other two big starters, we're not putting a burner in the main 3 WR set, which is the opposite of what we drafted with Angelo. You can't get everything from someone who might go in the third round, but he's a solid possession guy. Question is, is that what we're looking for on the roster?

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Marshall won't always be available, injury or whatever, so having another big/tall receiver is a must. I won't cry if they draft him.

  • In reply to Darrek:

    McNutt would be nice, but so would a lot of guys. Like Hightower, like a few people .... but I don't think there's an answer to our needs. I think we have our five starters on OL already, do we need help? Yes. Do we need a DE ? Yes. Do we need a LB ? Yes. A corner? Yes. We need lots of things thanks to the excremential career of Jerry Angelo. There is no one answer to the question of biggest need. It's a false premise. There are a few.

    I always maintained there would be no quick fixes to the annual botch job that Angela did on the Bears. Ten years of eating the Bears from the inside out like a virulent cancer as he picked up his paychecks with that milk-curdling grin on his face cannot be wiped clean in one draft.

    We can get by at safety if we don't draft one in the first, but it is interesting that we could draft the best at his position in the NFL if we get Barron. Got to consider that. We can pick up a receiver in any round. Gabe can be our LT if needs be so that guy doesn't need to come in the first. I've lost the battle to call for a center, but the guys might find value down the rounds.

    But two starters we need tout suite are a DE and a guy to either play beside LAch and Briggs, or be able to fill in for Lach.

  • I would make a list of guys that I would love to have that probably will be off the board when I pick. When one inevitably slides in the draft, that's who I pick up.

  • This whole draft thing is really tough.

    My opinion is still that we need to get a real left tackle - counting on Carimi, or gods forbid Webb, to protect the blind side of Franchise is extremely poor risk management.

    But if Emery, et al, go with a DE or LB it would not disappoint me. I am more confident in our safeties that some here - are they great? No. Are they bad enough to pass up a DE or LB? Also no. Especially if it is a DE that can get to the passer.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Ah! BSG reference in there Dave? Huh? Eh? Huh?

  • Only by accident; hope that does not disappoint too much :)

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    You lost 3000 nerd credits declining the BSG reference.

    Which is probably a good thing because you can only redeem them for old issues of "Micronauts" comic books in the bargain bin at Dragons Lair.

  • I think the most interesting scenario is Floyd and Hightower both there at 19. Who do you take? The draft has a number of good looking wideouts and Floyd is not a sure thing, but is probably best player available at 19.

    My feeling is Emery has scratched the idea of taking a wideout at 19. Which is too bad, because we're going to lose Zizzenracker, Knox, Roy the Jerry's Kid, 100 pounds of weed man, and I don't believe Lovie when he says expect more Hester on O. That's a need to replace 4 wideouts at least.

    I would take Floyd. Skill positions in the draft.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    And if Kuechly is there? Do we need another receiver over finding a starting DE or LB? I gt your point though, Floyd would be hard to pass over. Like I said, Angela has screwed us for years to come. We'll be playing a lot of ' .... we coulda had this guy here ..' a lot more this draft I think.

  • I don't see us going wide receiver at 19 any more. I've no doubt we'll go after some in the mid-rounds. Jason Peters injury makes it that much more unlikely that a good tackle will be available when we pick (I think the Eagles pick four spots earlier than us).
    Is Kuechly that good?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Looks solid enough.

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

    This was one comment below the vid .....

    "Luke Kuechly: 4.58 in the 40, 27 reps at 225 pounds, and a 38 inch vertical leap. I don't think anyone silenced the doubters more than Kuechly at the combine. "

  • You know my opinion on that :-)

    Keuchly all the way, but it seems real unlikely he will be around. When trying to figure out how to spell the guy's name - I have to look it up every time - I ran across this.

    http://www.bleedinggreennation.com/2012/3/7/2851941/the-case-against-luke-keuchly

  • So who is on the side of Merciless: Kang Destroyer of Worlds and Peppers Padawan

    And who is on the side of 'One year wonder in Big 10, probably be the next Woot Woot?'

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Merciless.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I went off Ming the more I saw of him. Perry looks the part though :

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

  • So every once in a while, the unruly patrons of the bar called DBB decide to head over to another establishment en masse and proceed to stink up the joynt.

    I nominate the CN Blog 'Adventures in Comedy'. The guy's avatar is wearing a Packers shirt, and he's a struggling stand up comic. Hilarity may ensue:

    http://www.chicagonow.com/adventures-in-comedy

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Although Gnome retribution or banning is always a possibility.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    They would have to pay attention to what we do and say on these boards first.
    And I've seen no signs of that yet.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I left him a little gentle guidance. Maybe he'll use my suggestion in his new routine?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Maybe some not-so-gentle guidance. Dude's kind of a dick:

    http://dalezawada.com/post/10447452252/5-days

    Brian Urlacher's mom dies at 51, and he thinks it's funny?

    On the other hand, he is a Cubs/Bulls fan.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Oh man, I saw that shit a week or two back... Didn't notice the packers shirt (selective seeing) but read some of his comics.

    Garbage.

    Then I went to his stand up... Garbage.

    He was wearing a packers shirt.. It went from "Aw poor guy", my typical response to a comic bombing with a crowd full of deer-in-headlights onlookers, to "FUCK THIS FUCKING DOUCHE! THE AUDACITY TO PUT UP YOUR BLOG ON CHICAGONOW!!?!?"

    Yeah, so fuck him.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Okay, re-watched his stand up.

    No Packers shirt - it was the 6 cartoon videos below and his pictures of himself eating the Lambeau grass that made me hate him.

    Second, he wasn't bombing. It was only me who had the deer in headlights chuckle-free stare. His Jurassic 5 bit is hackville, USA. Any grown man who uses the "nom nom nom" sound effect as a humorous device to describe eating is a hack.

    I implore you to visit his website and watch his stand up video - dalezawada.com. If you find something funny that I missed, let me know.

    He makes me angry.

    NOM NOM NOM? Oy vey.

  • I got a semi watching this Mark Barron vid. I think he's my new pick-if-he's there. He's half linebacker/half cornerback. He'd upgrade the run defense and the pass defense at the same time and will be the only guy we can draft where you could say "He's the best at his position in the draft."

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TnM7CIHATw&feature=related

    We'd have to draft a DE in the second, but this dude looks solid for six years. He should still be there at 19.

  • you're welcome lad.

    Agree. I think between one year wonder mercilus and baron, I would have to take baron personally. He reminds me a little of mike brown in college. And he’s a team leader with character.

    Watching the vid, he's obviously green, but looks like he's got the raw skills to pay the bills. Would be awesome having him on board to get tutoring and guidance from our HOF DB coach Jon fucking hoke.

    ...SMH.

  • The curious case of Benjamin Burfict.

    I know what you're thinking. You've read all the articles of people calling him names. But if Burfict is there in the 4th/5th, why not? He's a POS? Well that's all hearsay. The dude can hit. Even it's only on ST, Lovie could mold the guy if anyone can. You can't teach the mean-and-nasty part of linebacking. You can teach the shut-the-fuck-up-and-show-some-respect part though.

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

    You think he'd walk into a Bears locker room that has Urlacher, Briggs and Peppers and start swinging his dick?

    I'd take him over Nick Roach or as STer any old day of the week.

    And look at the anticipation of the snap here in the first minute ! I beg of you. Just the first two plays if you can't sit through the entire two minutes. That's insanely mad skills! That's Troy Polamalu shit

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

  • When I see the intensity shown at 1:35 on the last clip I think this guy is could be a key piece to the Superbowl winning defense of the 2012 Chicago Bears. Yes, I said that out loud. Fuck Nick Roach. Fuck him in the face, Burfict could be, maybe, might be ... Butkus in a bottle.

    Yes he was a dick in college, but no one man is bigger than the Chicago Bears. We have the locker room and the coaching staff to deal with him.

    Tell me that's not worth a 5th round pick.

  • Irish, he's not worth a 5th round pick. Unless you like these:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_jDyvvg4MY&feature=relmfu

  • meh, MAYBE in the late 5th or 6th IFF there isn't BPA (see that shady?)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Bisphenol A? The shit in plastic that makes you grow a second butthole? The stuff that, after buying a new shower curtain from target, makes your eyes start to bleed when you take it out of the packaging?

    Yeah, I'd take him in the 6th if he won't cause harmful side affects.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisphenol_A

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    I hope you weren't smoking when you unfurled it... that shit could blow up your house.

  • {The Board : "That's not worth a fifth round pick."}

    You're hilarious.

  • no way Burfict makes it to the 5th round no matter how much shit is talked about him. Some team that puts a premium on LB's that want to fucking hurt people will take him in late round 3.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    i'd take a flyer on him in round 4 or 5

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    after we draft OL

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    and slutty cheerleaders?????

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Cheerleaders before Burfict

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    saints?

    ..ok, jokes aside... steelers?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I know Roach is a good "athlete" but frankly I'd also like a guy that will blow a dude up or take out someones legs if they try to jump.
    Burfict in rd 4 if he's there please. he only needs to be on the field for 2 plays anyways then nickel comes in.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Draft Burfict in the 7th. Show him the clip of McMahon getting cheap shotted "Clock Work Orange" style.

    Then, go to Lambau and complete Karma.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Like the Saints? Oh, wait...

  • wow, creepy looking chick/dude... looks like a doll: http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/03/world/americas/miss-universe-transgender-contestant/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Shouldn't they consider taking hormones as a performance enhancing drug? Is adding estrogen to be more beautiful any different then adding testosterone to be stronger? I would disqualify him/her based on that without even getting into the is s/he really a woman issue.

  • In reply to Nagurski:

    good point nag... but having a penis (or having had) is somewhat of an extenuating circumstance.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    lol

  • http://www.seahawks.com/videos-photos/photo-gallery/Photos-New-Uniform/d8a6def9-2713-40e2-bc03-3d5846d98dab#51f36e3b-83bb-4c7b-ab24-598aa50d975f

    TERRRRRIBLE.

    But then again, it's the Seachickens.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    MUCH better than the ones they played us in 2 years ago. Vast improvement over these POSes: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://mickelyantz.com/HawksWebPics/2009GreenHm.jpg&imgrefurl=http://mickelyantz.com/HawksUnis.html&h=360&w=346&sz=123&tbnid=TaZ5AGqPctct_M:&tbnh=91&tbnw=87&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dseahawks%2Buniforms%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=seahawks+uniforms&docid=rch8VYaDAelX9M&sa=X&ei=Ih17T5QulNmIAuDkwWM&ved=0CFwQ9QEwBw&dur=312

  • OFF TOPIC, but...

    Has an arrest warrant been issued for THE FRAY?

    Because their "rendition" of the National Anthem prior to last night's NCAA Championship Game was absolutely CRIMINAL.

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    back view http://t.co/BvddcIbp

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    side view - GSH in the stripes http://t.co/a4PCD4Cv #'s moved to shoulder
    back view - stripes still on the pants

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    best angle courtesy of Sean Jensen
    http://t.co/3jZnCtG9

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Urlacher is black?

  • vxmcclure23 16 minutes ago WR Michael Floyd probably not high on Bears' radar anymore with Brandon Marshall. But Bears need a safety

    Ok, ok... so why the FUCK has there been zero talk of Baron @ #19, but they're looking at yet ANOTHER fucking whiteboy safety as a total reach in the 'fringe' 1st (http://www.thephinsider.com/2012/3/3/2841064/2012-nfl-draft-is-harrison-smith-worthy-of-a-first-round-pick)?!?

    Jesus fucking christ lovie, please god go baron instead if you're pushing emery to pick up Smith in the first man.... don't let your fetish get the best of you AGAAAAAIN. We already have two craig stelz’… or two chris conte’.

    Emery better have Baron up his sleeve if the Bears def. want to pick a safety in the first.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I like that he's bigger (6'2" 215), but not overly impressed with anything here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RYHD6dMy7U

    I don't know, maybe I'm crazy.... you decide who looks more impressive and athletic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TnM7CIHATw

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    In reply to MB30SD:

    Not taking a safety. That's why. Cone of Silence. No aiding and giving comfort to the enemy. MB you know the draft will break on who is taken in front of them.
    The real problem is too many days from FA to the draft, no news causes crazy speculation.
    I think you would agree that a defensive pick is more likely (say 70-30). That pick will be a DE, unless a top 10 guy drops to them.

    In my mind, if it's an offensive pick that would be surprising. On offense, there is no telling who the Bears draft. BPA I would imagine.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    While I agree mike, i'm just not convinced with mercilus... didn't watch any illi games last year, but all reports aren't great.

    We need a mike brown for the ages once and for all... I personally think Mark Barron is that guy. I will be ecstatic with barron @ 19, I would be equally so with a OT that fell to us... I will be ok with a DE IFF he's a stud that feel and we didn't expect to get him (coples?)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm with you MB. Get us a safety and lets put an end to those big plays that killed us last year. Look at 7:45 or so

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1dfjK9ZqX0

  • I can't... I won't.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Fuck the Mike Brown idolatry. How can people be soooo enamored with someone who could not stay on the damn field!?

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Somewhere in a Colt's Blog, there is a handle "BobSander#1!" lol

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Yeah, Bo Jackson totally sucked ass.

    The injury against San Diego, at a minimum, was a fluke.
    You sound a little like Sac when you hate on a guy for suffering freak injuries like getting horse collared by an offensive player.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Or even better, Gale Sayers.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I think he's just kidding MBP. Well, I hope he's just kidding. Afterall, we have the ulitmate "what if" in Gale Sayers.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Drafting Barron would give us the compensation for not having a great pass rush. Rather than draft some bum at DE, get the best safety to mop up.

    But what if that OT that falls to us is Mike Adams MB, have you watched that guy's vid? He's the only person I'm really afraid of seeing us draft.

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    In reply to MB30SD:

    Not a big Mercilus fan either. If he's the top DE on the board, I think the math works out that there would be better prospects at T, LB and WR. I'd draft BPA from that group before a safety. Not saying we don't get a safety in the draft, just not in the first round.

  • GP -

    Serengeti just came out with a new album for his "Kenny Dennis" character (of Favorite drink O'Douls fame)

    New video re: Steve Bartman (it's ok, but album should be real good).

    Don't Blame Steve

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Cool, thanks.

  • Pretty cool way to keep up with the Bears signings, salaries, and cap numbers as the draft approaches here:

    http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/chicago-bears/

  • In reply to ginnitti:

    holy shit, there are 5-6 guys on that list that I've never heard of... and they're making great money. Damn.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    $40 million for 4 years of devin hester. best #1 WR in the game!

  • In reply to evantonio:

    I'm with you on Hester, that's waaaay to much money to be paying that cat. He hasn't done anything to warrant that kind of cash for at least 2 years. Sell I tell you, sell!!!!!!!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8H2FIf1oH4

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    We trade Hester and bump Spencer and we've got $14.5M to play with. How does that sound? Weems is a pretty good return guy.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    i only wish the team never had that high-falootin' idea of making hester a "#1 receiver".

    should've just told him, "now listen here, son. you're a return man. perhaps the best there ever was. what say you we give you $5 million a year? not bad for 70-100 touches a year, eh?"

    but, i guess after getting their asses handed to them by steve smith, they thought the key to being a #1 was being under 6 feet tall. too bad they didn't think talent or ability factored into the equation.

  • In reply to ginnitti:

    We still have Nathan Enderle? He's got a 4yr, $2.2 mil contract [507K 2012 cap hit]?

    What for? So he can compete with McCown [875K 2012 cap hit] for the 3rd QB spot? I thought the Bears already decided to keep McCown.

  • Jymee boofee sporting an interesting shirt: http://i2.cdn.turner.com/si/2012/writers/peter_king/04/01/bounty/Jimmy-Buffet.jpg

  • Holy cow... these questions are sooooo simple too! Please do not let this man reproduce.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/draft2012/story/_/id/7770388/2012-nfl-draft-morris-claiborne-top-cb-prospect-scored-4-wonderlic-sources-say

  • In all fairness:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=nfp-20120403_what_you_should_know_about_claibornes_test_score

  • fb_avatar

    The linebackers free agency was the worst (after the RB market) this year. As was last year. Erin Henderson got a 2,5 mln for a one year deal. David Hawthorne is unsigned today. Stephen Tulloch which is one of the best got a 25 mln (11 mln guaranteed) for 5 years... after a 3 mln last year.

    So if it's not an amazing LB like Willis or Mayo it should be an error drafting an Outside LB. The kid from Boston seems like a great pick if he's there.

    I trust Emery in the secondary because of what Kansas have there. Dallas gave the third best Chief CB a 50 mln for 5 years deal.

    So I would like the one of these players: best ILB of the Bears draft board, the second best OT, the first best OG, the second best CB, the second best WR, the best DT or the second DE.

    Mihai (Romania)

  • In reply to Barb Mar:

    Yeah, Kuechly. If he's there.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I agree. Kuechly to me would trump S Barron, DE Mercilus, CB Kirkparick, WR Floyd...on a purely BPA basis.

    I rate him that highly. Keep in mind this is the same Butch who predicted Von Miller would be D Rook of the Year long before the draft.

  • I'd tend to agree with that, good LBs don't grow on trees. Kuechly and then Burfict on a flyer and we'd have the best LB corps in the eleague, with depth. Pass rush from there.

  • Holy crap talking about carrying on the legacy of the Bears LBs.

    If Burfict is acting like an ass, let Briggs drive him to work in his lambo. That'll straighten him out. But seriously, if Urlacher, Briggs, Peppers and Tillman can't straighten him out, then we cut ties. Lost cause. I'd take that for a 5th rounder.

  • Let me see if I ´ll catch all of you up. in short this draft will be in the defensive side provided that the offensive side was the focus in FA.

    sencond, Bears run the cover -2 pressing the QB is the deal in order to success. so how can it be done, in "drafting the best player aviable" mode? I´m agree about DE and like all of u I don´t bite any more "one hit wonder" (Mercilus) unless Couples is aviable.

    about LB´s Luke Kuechly, all we know he is "the man", and Dont'a Hightower, as Jeff posted, can run and press the QB, the last one is the key to contribute right away. who said Rosevelt Colvin? it´s a case.

    I still don´t buy Barron´s case, yes he is solid against the run but they need people who can RUN and cover WR,RB, TE and So on. instincs are fine but not enought, at least for me.

    CB is deep but, if can not press the QB, they are going to kill us. so think about it... Tillman with Dre Kirkpatrick or Stephon Gilmore. 2 over 6´0´´ CB.... Megawho in Detroit, Jennings, Driver, Nelson all they´ll have to fight yard by yard...lets make it not easy at least.

    it´s my opinion.

  • Wow, just.... wow.

    Enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IixQox4rhEw#!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Interesting. Aparently the guy did a weird Carls Jr commercial (I think you guys call it Hardees) as well.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpZvaxwPzz8&feature=relmfu

  • what in thee fuck's name in heavan was that!?!?!?!?

    Holy shit.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Wow.

    I think I've had a little too much internet today.

  • Hmm....

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I swear to god I saw that guy at a club in hollywood! No shitting. I went to this "80s prom" themed night at a club in hollywood, and it was loads of fun. Got out my electric gray overcoat, rolled up the sleaves, cuffed my pants, and slicked my hair like Riley. There were tons of hot girls too.

    Anyhow, some dude who looked JUST LIKE that guy from the vid was jumping around in neon all over the dance floor with one of these...

    http://cdn2.holytaco.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/powerglove.jpg

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He killed it in the freestyle. What the fuck. Was. That.

  • Reading up on all your draft thoughts, and like much in life, the draft is very nuanced.

    For example, even though Barron is rated the #1 safety in this class, that doesn't necessarily mean he should be selected #19. Let's say hypothetically, Eric Berry and Earl Thomas were in this draft too. Then Barron becomes the 3rd best safety, and I don't think anyone is going to pick the 3rd best safety at 19.

    It's all about which prospects will make more of an impact, and that's very hard to determine. Then you mix in team philosophy and need, and it get's very confusing.

    But it's hella fun playing Kiper for a month or two.

  • Exactly!, the point is: who can contribute to make a better team?....... and not what do we need? instead..

  • First, let's check out last year's ranking...

    Mike Mayocks Top 5 by Position (April 12 2011)

    Mike Mayock’s latest update to his rankings of the Top 5 at each position updated April 2011. Several players that I have been writing about have moved up the rankings such as: Rodney Hudson, Casey Matthews, Cam Newton, Ryan Williams, and Marvin Austin. Other players such as Aaron Williams and Dontay Moch might surprise you. To add to the goodness, Mayock just moved Titus Young to 3 and Smith to 5.

    Quarterbacks
    1. Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
    2. Cam Newton, Auburn
    3. Jake Locker, Washington
    4. Ryan Mallett, Arkansas
    T-5. Andy Dalton, TCU
    T-5. Christian Ponder

    Ponder has been added to the list and Cam has leaped Locker in the rankings.

    Running Back

    Mark Ingram, Alabama
    Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech
    Daniel Thomas, Kansas State
    Mikel Leshoure, Illinois
    Kendall Hunter, Okie St.

    Mayock has dropped Leshoure to #4

    Wide Receivers
    1. A.J. Green, Georgia
    2. Julio Jones, Alabama
    3. Titus Young, Boise St.
    4. Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh
    T-5. Torrey Smith, Maryland
    T-5. Randall Cobb

    Tight Ends
    1. Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame
    2. Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin
    3. Luke Stocker, Tennessee
    4. D.J. Williams, Arkansas
    5. Virgil Green, Nevada

    Virgil Green is an intriguing prospect and D.J. Williams’ value is hurt by his h-back future.

    Interior Offensive Line
    1. Mike Pouncey, Florida
    2. Danny Watkins, Baylor
    3. Rodney Hudson, Florida State
    4. Marcus Cannon, TCU
    5. Clint Boling, Georgia

    Rodney Hudson has moved from 5 to 3. He has the makings of a solid interior linemen. Has shown good feet and quickness to go along with solid fundamentals

    Offensive Tackles
    1. Anthony Castonzo, Boston College
    2. Tyron Smith, USC
    3. Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
    4. Nate Solder, Colorado
    T-5. Ben Ijalana, Villanova
    T-5. Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State

    This group remains unchanged, either Castonzo or Smith could be the first OL off the board in the Top 10. I really like Sherrod and believe he’ll be ready from Day One at LT.

    Defensive Ends
    1. Robert Quinn, North Carolina
    2. Cameron Jordan, California
    3. J.J. Watt, Wisconsin
    4. Aldon Smith, Missouri
    5. Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson

    Cameron Jordan has switched places with Bowers as the #2 DE in a very strong class. Watching film of him last week I was amazed at his size and quickness. Might not last till the Patriots first 1st round pick.

    Defensive Tackle
    1. Marcell Dareus, Alabama
    2. Nick Fairley, Auburn
    3. Corey Liuget, Illinois
    4. Marvin Austin, North Carolina
    5. Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple

    Marvin Austin makes his first appearance on Mayock’s list after a strong combine and all-star game. Wilkerson dropped from 3 to 5.

    Outside Linebacker
    1. Von Miller, Texas A&M
    2. Akeem Ayers, UCLA
    3. Bruce Carter, North Carolina
    4. Dontay Moch, Nevada
    5. Justin Houston, Georgia

    Dontay Moch who was timed incredibly fast at the combine makes the list at number four over Justin Houston who dropped from 3.

    Inside Linebackers
    1. Martez Wilson, Illinois
    2. Casey Matthews, Oregon
    3. Colin McCarthy, Miami (FL)
    4. Kelvin Sheppard, LSU
    5. Akeem Dent, Georgia

    Glad to see that Mayock has moved Matthews from #4 to 2, the more I watch him the more impressed I have become.

    Cornerbacks
    1. Patrick Peterson, LSU
    2. Prince Amukamara, Nebraska
    3. Jimmy Smith, Colorado
    4. Ras-I Dowling, Virginia
    5. Brandon Harris, Miami (FL)

    Ras-I is new to the list. He ran a 4.40 forty even though he pulled a hammy with 5 yards to go.

    Safeties

    1. Aaron Williams, Texas
    2. Rahim Moore, UCLA
    3. Marcus Gilchrist, Clemson
    4. Ahmad Black, Florida
    5. Quinton Carter, Oklahoma

  • Here's a look at what a rough draft board might look like. This is Mayock's Top 5 (as of 4-1-12). On the right in parenthesis is the ranking of another well respected scout Nolan Nawroki from PFW. There's some slight variance in how they grade them and who falls into what position, but for the most part, this is likely the consensus for teams.

    2012 Draft Board

    Quarterback

    1. Andrew Luck, Stanford (1)
    2. Robert Griffin III, Baylor (2)
    3. Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M (3)
    4. Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State (6)
    5. Kirk Cousins, Michigan State (4)

    Running Back

    1. Trent Richardson, Alabama (1)
    2. Doug Martin, Boise State (3)
    3. David Wilson, Virginia Tech (2)
    4. Lamar Miller, Miami (Fla.) (4)
    5. LaMichael James, Oregon (5)

    Wide Receiver

    1. Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State (1)
    2. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame (2)
    3. Kendall Wright, Baylor (4)
    4. Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech (5)
    5. Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina (7)

    Tight End

    1. Coby Fleener, Stanford (1)
    2. Dwayne Allen, Clemson (2)
    3. Orson Charles, Georgia (3)
    4. Ladarius Green, Louisiana-Lafayette (4)
    5. James Hanna, Oklahoma (22)
    Baldinger: Mock Draft

    Everyone has Minnesota taking Matt Kalil at No. 3, but Brian Baldinger thinks the Vikes could go in a different direction. More ...

    Offensive Tackle

    1. Matt Kalil, USC (1)
    2. Riley Reiff, Iowa (2)
    3. Mike Adams, Ohio State (3)
    4. Jonathan Martin, Stanford (12)
    5. Cordy Glenn, Georgia (2 as a G)

    Guard

    1. David DeCastro, Stanford (1)
    2. Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin (4)
    3. Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State (3)
    4. Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State (11 as a OT)
    5. Brandon Brooks, Miami (Ohio) (5)

    Center

    1. Peter Konz, Wisconsin (1)
    2. Philip Blake, Baylor (5)
    3. Ben Jones, Georgia (2)
    4. David Molk, Michigan (3)
    5. Michael Brewster, Ohio State (4)
    Casserly: The case for Coples

    Quinton Coples is one of the most hotly debated players in the 2012 NFL Draft. Charley Casserly shares his evaluation. More ...

    Defensive End

    1. Quinton Coples, North Carolina (1)
    2. Courtney Upshaw, Alabama (1 as an OLB)
    3. Nick Perry, USC (4)
    4. Chandler Jones, Syracuse (3)
    5. Vinny Curry, Marshall (6)

    New Entry: Jones
    Out: Jared Crick, Nebraska (5)
    Fall: Curry (4)

    Defensive Tackle

    1. Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State (1)
    2. Jerel Worthy, Michigan State (4)
    3. Michael Brockers, LSU (3)
    4. Dontari Poe, Memphis (2)
    5t. Kendall Reyes, Connecticut (5)
    5t. Devon Still, Penn State (8)

    Rise: Cox (2), Worthy (4)
    Fall: Poe (1)

    Outside Linebacker

    1. Melvin Ingram, South Carolina (2 as a DE)
    2. Shea McClellin, Boise State (14)
    3. Whitney Mercilus, Illinois (5 as a DE)
    4. Andre Branch, Clemson (2)
    5. Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma (4)

    Rise: McClellin (5)
    Fall: Mercilus (2), Branch (3), Lewis (4)

    Inside Linebacker

    1. Luke Kuechly, Boston College (1)
    2. Dont'a Hightower, Alabama (2)
    3. Mychal Kendricks, California (3)
    4. Keenan Robinson, Texas (7 as an OLB)
    5. Sean Spence, Miami (8 as an OLB)

    Cornerback

    1. Morris Claiborne, LSU (1)
    2. Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina (4)
    3. Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama (3)
    4. Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama (2)
    5. Josh Robinson, Central Florida (6)

    Safety

    1. Mark Barron, Alabama (1 as SS)
    2. Harrison Smith, Notre Dame (1 as a FS)
    3. Brandon Taylor, LSU (10 as SS)
    4. DeQuan Menzie, Alabama (9 as SS)
    5. Phillip Thomas, Syracuse (9 as a FS)

  • Also, if you want to see them graded regardless of position, follow this link

    PFW Draft Grades

    Pay particular attention to that area around from 15-25 as those are the players that will likely be targeted at #19.

  • it´s interesting how they arrayed some players like Konz, who falls considerably, and even Mercilus who can be a finding in second round. what might be his true value.

  • In reply to elcaney:

    Yeah, Mercilus is graded as the 49th best player according to PFW, so if one is going strictly by BPA, him at #19 is crazy. However, some view him as the 2nd best DE, so he's a very controversial prospect.

    Kinda like Paea was last year. Some thought he was a 1st rounder, others thought he was a 3rd rounder. I guess the Bears split the difference.

  • " Whitney Mercilus

    Upside:

    • Outstanding athlete
    • Good second-effort production — hustles and works to the ball
    • Great closing burst
    • Versatile — rushes from inside, outside
    • Nation’s leader in sacks, forced fumbles

    Downside:

    • Plays too upright
    • Raw hand technician
    • Stays blocked
    • Average instincts
    • Not dynamic changing direction
    • Limited point-of-attack, base strength
    One-year producer

    The Way We See It:

    Motivated to support his hardworking, Haitian immigrant parents, Mercilus declared early, but is still very much a work in progress. Is a relentless, straight-linish speed rusher capable of disrupting anywhere on a four-man line. Stands out more for his effort than rush skill."

  • So following Jeff´s statement. Hightower could be the best pick. mmmm sounds solid and a second alternative Dre Kirkpatrick. or even Brokers. those three are decent picks.

  • In reply to elcaney:

    The problem with Hightower is that he doesn't seem like an OLB fit for us in our system.

    He's a bit of a "tweener" - 6'2 275, which is why he is projected to go to a 3-4 team.

    If we draft him, he would initially start at strong side, and that requires a LB who can cover TEs like Finley or play zone well (both are seen as knocks on him)

    Hightower's strength is more stopping the run, rushing the QB and leadership. He would make an awesome 3-4 backer, just not sure if he would fit in our system.

  • meanwhile someone rushes the QB, can play in any system.

  • In reply to elcaney:

    Our system doesn't incorporate a lot of LB blitzes. Not saying we can't adjust to fit the players, but we also don't want to undermine what's working well with the current roster and system.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    When we're blitzing our linebackers, we don't look very good.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    We´ll have to find somehow or someone generates rush. can´t depend on 8 to 10 from Peppers and almost 6 from the other side

  • I can't believe that everyone is getting in trouble if they play for the Lion's..oh wait .. I can.

  • From a Lion's fan...

    "McShay new mock draft has us drafting Cheech in the first round!"

  • Don't forget, the Bears had a pretty big shocker last year as well. Kinda makes me wonder why Barber "really" retired. Maybe Sammie put the finger to him huh? Hmm.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Aha. Barber and Hurd get moved out of Dallas. I like it, Trac. Yeah, he was too good and too young to retire. That makes sense.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Also don't forget that the Bears have a potential problem child of their own in Brandon Marshall.

    I hesitate to criticize the Lions, or any team, right now; that's how spooked I am about Marshall.

    Superstitious.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    You and me both, Crunch.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    The 'incident' apparently doesn't involve Marshall in terms of the security video, it was some girl called 'Black China' on Twitter.

    Other than that, I think we'll have good times with Cutty & The Beast, and hopefully with them rolling up and down the field at will, our D gets plenty of rest and we'll be okay. amazingly, we can now lose Cutty and probably still kick ass. Campbell has that link with Bush, and I could probably pass the ball to Marshall.

    This is the year boys. Back to Noo Awlins.

  • Ah, if only we had a real OL, one that attacks instead of one that is attacked, and often overwhelmed. Even when they successfully protect the QB, they're flailing.

    Forte isn't good at busting through a DL, but he can spot and exploit a hole in no time flat. Not if they're not there, though.

    Angela Lansbury, hee hee.

  • Fuck. Hawthorne to Aints.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/04/03/david-hawthorne-signs-with-saints/

    Well, at least the Lions or Vikes didn't get him.

  • Six foot LBs do have their shortcomings. Ouch.

  • I've always been one who thinks that Cs, Gs, LBs can be found in the later rounds.

    Here's a Butch Gem that we can get in Round 3-4.

    OLB Nigel Bradham
    6'2 / 241 / 4.59 (40)

    Upside:

    • Sculpted like Adonis with very long arms
    • Physical, drive-through, punishing tackler
    • Plays the ball well in front of him
    • Intense competitor
    • Aggressive special-teams standout
    Downside:

    • Tight-hipped
    • Average hand use to disengage, control TEs
    • Not instinctual, takes time to sort what sees
    • Overaggressive reacting to play fakes
    • Best with simplified assignments

    The Way We See It:

    Extremely durable, tough, physically imposing, heat-seeking missile who blows up targets when in his sight and can become a star core special-teams performer and rotational backup with eventual starter potential.

    http://www.profootballweekly.com/prospects/player/nigel-bradham-13/

  • it sounds like a Burfic 2.0

  • Is this thing on? hello...

    Hey, for you football fashionistas (or for anyone creating uniforms on Madden), check out these hypothetical Nike unis.

    http://helmetandpadsrequired.com/ranking-the-fake-nike-nfl-uniforms/

  • http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-report-lions-fairley-arrested-on-marijuana-charge-20120403,0,1685680.story

    LMFAO

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Now we know why the 13th player taken in the first round had such a shitty first year. I bet they had some good off time.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    I don't get it. I've made it to the NFL, I can be comfortable for the rest of my life beyond my wildest dreams and look after my family, my extended family and whomsoever I want. I think I'll fuck it up now.

  • What I don't get is, why is marijuana illegal. Alcohol, and every abusable prescription drug out there, is worse.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    You're both right. Marijuana should not be treated like cocaine or heroin when its much closer to alcohol. But it is still an addictive drug. Peope do stupid things when they're addicted.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    NewBear, have you ever imbibed? It's not addictive. Seriously. In fact it's self limiting. At least, that's been my experience.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Abusing it does not require addiction in a clinical sense.
    So, either way, the Lions managed to spend two high draft picks last year on a couple of pot heads that didn't do jackshit on the field. Let's not even discuss Titus Young.
    Where's MB30? I want to talk about how good Detroit's front office is.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Was that directed at me, Rabbit?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Oh, absolutely, Doc.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Marijuana is not addictive.

  • Anything can result in addictive behavior...you just have to have the personality type for it.
    Is it heroin? No. Does it produce long-term brain chemical changes? Absolutely. So do lots of other things we ingest on a regular basis.
    Do I think adults should be able to enjoy it responsibly without facing criminal charges?
    Sure.
    Do I want to use it?
    Not particularly.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I agree with you on the psychological addiction thing, but some drugs are without question addictive in themselves e.g. nicotine, heroin. I never felt any withdrawals from either alcohol (strangely) or marijuana. Then you have things like food, which in itself is not addictive, but clearly a lot of people are addicted to eating.

    Has the season started yet?

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Sugar is addictive. Have you tried having a rationale conversation with someone doing one of those juice cleanses? Goodness gracious!

    Nicotine is addictive. Have you tried to share a laugh with someone who is trying to quit? Goodness gracious!

    Oral sex is addictive. Have you ever tried to cook a steak for a man who hasn't gotten a bloje in months? Goodness gracious!

    Marijuana is as natural as bananas. And less phallic.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    that was truly funny

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    It is considered by most adults that have children as the gateway drug. Focus on the word children and I think it's a no brainer. I love my children.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Please sight your source regarding most adults...

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Alcohol is the most popular gateway drug in the world. I imbibe, and enjoy it, but it's far more available and popular than marijuana. I don't want my kid using either one until they are old enough to pay their own fines, insurance, and rent. And it would still piss me off.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    If it is, then it shows just how ignorant they are Trac. 'Gateway drug', 'conspiracy theorist', 'military intelligence' ........

  • Ok guys, I forgot I was posting to some overly sensitive posters when it comes to this topic. I guess you could infer by my comments that if you disagree with me you don't love your children. I didn't mean to infer "that". I agree with the sentiment that alcohol is a gateway drug as well. If you look at the statistics though, alcohol use among teens is trending down while weed use is trending up amongst teens. I don't promote either when it comes to my children nor do I consume either of them. I'm not saying alcohol destroyed my life but it certainly destroyed my ability to make "profitable" choices when I was a teenager and young adult. My statement referring to loving my children means that I don't want to give my kids mixed signals and I will grieve if they ever have to deal with the negative consequences both these drugs may have on their lives.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I didn't take it poorly - just chiming in with my own thoughts.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    If ALL drugs were legal, including meth, cocaine, and heroin, society would be a better place.
    Police could go back to focusing resources on protecting people from others who may do harm through violence or theft, instead of spending so many resources on protecting people from themselves.
    Self-destruction is not a crime. It's a choice or medical condition such as addiction.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I won't even get started.

  • Doc, c'mon man. We see differently on this topic. Isn't that what honest dialogue is all about. Just so you know, when I replied earlier, you didn't even register on my radar when I responded. This is not personal, I promise. If you're think I'm beggin for a fight, you're mistaken. I didn't bring it up.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Let me clarify my position in the context of my faith. The Bible says that all things are permissible but not all things are profitable and I happen to think this topic falls withing this context. Outside the parameters of the 10 commandments, I try to take this view.

  • As I see it, the good news for us/ Emery is that we have needs at several positions. As long as the first three picks are dynamic playmakers (his words) at any of those positions, who can knock him? The thing is, this team would win a lot of games as currently constructed. If the Bears can move a couple of rookies into starting roles by mid season, you have some immediate depth from the recently benched. Tackle, linebacker, corner, DE. Upgrade a couple of these positions and you have a very good team with a little extra depth. Emery is sitting in a sweet spot right now.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    I don't think there is a position on our roster that will kill us if we don't draft high, and there isn't a position where we couldn't stand to see a solid player drafted.

    Even QB, where the roster is pretty much set, I don't think anyone would criticize Emery for bringing in the right player that could ultimately fill the backup role long term.

    And RB, where we're also pretty set, you can never have too many good RBs, and I could see us bringing in a solid player to either replace Khalil Bell, or else fill a fourth roster spot while we sort out the Forte situation.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Dude, QB? We have four already. Unless it's the 7th round, we've got shit to do. As for RB, might be drafting an RB in the first or second round if Forte gets packed off. Lamar would be a good replacement for him, and then we'd have all kinds of picks. In fact if they cut Spencer and traded Hester as well, we could have an embarrasing amount of picks in the top three rounds with the cash to sign them. Instead of talking about the guys we liek we could package those picks and draft them all. Imagine drafting Kuechly, Perry, Konz/OT of your choice, Barron, some big-ass WR, some great value RB .. .all in the same year.

  • So tell me honestly Irish, if something strange happens and a 2nd round talent QB is still on the board in Round 3, you wouldn't take him? Let's say its your favorite prospect after Luck and RGIII, whoever that is. Enderle probably doesn't make it out of training camp, Campbell is gone after one year, and McKown is certainly upgradeable as a backup. Why not make the pick?

    Do I think QB is a position of need this year? No. Do I think the right circumstances could happen that would mean drafting a QB is smart? Absolutely.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Of course not! Why the hell would we draft a QB in the 3rd round?? OL/DE/LB/CB ... we're looking for starters, not some guy who'll never play a down. Not this year, no way. Now if the guy drops to the 6th ... okay. Too many holes to fill. We're set at QB. We're good.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Who have you got your eye on NBIT? I sense some QB giving you a semi ....

  • Honestly no. First of all I doubt there will be any real talent "falling" this year given the number of teams that need to draft. Probably the opposite is likely to happen. Second of all, I am focused on positions of need like DE, LB and WR.

    But I have to say, if the a guy is sitting on the board in the 4th or 5th round and I think he's got the talent to play as well as a Kyle Orton or Jason Campbell with a year of development... that's a great plan for future. That means in 2013 we again don't *need* a QB, we let Campbell go somewhere to compete and save $3.5M in cap space, and we've got a cost effective starter for 2-3 years.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    As much as I like Bell, I would definately consider replacing him in the draft. IF! If, whoever we drafted was a RB/ST ace. Last year with Barber and Bell not contributing, I honestly believe that is a huge hole for Taub to fill. Especially when you consider we are still used to having an APeterson person in that role.
    Then again, you could find a replacement fore Roach to do the same sort of role.

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    More importantly, Bell is a restricted free agent. We gave him a low tender. He's not coming back next year unless Forte holds out, Bush gets hurt, and he runs for 1600 yards.

    The modern NFL makes it hard to plan too far ahead. But you can certainly plan one year ahead. If the right prospect is on the board, think of it as saving a pick we might have to reach to get the same value for next year.

  • Hmmmm... I liiiike that puffy second from the right: http://uncrate.com/stuff/nike-nfl-gear/

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Wonder if I should buy some Zubaz for the draft party...

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Oh hell yes buy them! Everyone will know its Brownie!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    oooooohhhhhh!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Aaaaaweooooome!

    http://www.goodlookin.tv/news/zubaz_ful.jpg

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    wait... rabbit.... is that an actual picture of you?!?

    I bet you have one of these to go with the pants: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_GLVVBgO9S-Q/TQk9o926IHI/AAAAAAAABLI/SL7QewQB9n8/s1600/il_570xN.186920751.jpg

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    aaaaaaand.... these: http://c-product.images.fansedge.com/25-08/25-08038-J.jpg

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I might actually consider wearing these...http://www.fansedge.com/Zubaz-Shorts-NavyOrange-Zubaz-Zebra-Shorts-_-571394471_PD.html

    and they're available now! Like, as in, they are still being sold today... you don't have to buy some meatball's crusty 1988 used version. Holy cow!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I would never spend $25 for 50% of awesomeness when I can spend $30 and get 110%.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    well said.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    btw, does that mean you'll have to roll them up?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oh man, a sweet take on the old Zubaz (using logo) -

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mens-VTG-Chicago-Bears-Zubaz-Lifter-Worker-Muscle-Pants-Sz-Sm-/180846082551?pt=Other_Sports_Fan_Shop&hash=item2a1b4439f7#ht_500wt_1203

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    size smalls maings... that's the issue with old ebay stuff.

    My 3 year old could probably fit into those. They should have put a baby in the pic to give you a sense of dimension.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    WWG...I have those and btw...WEAR THEM STILL...only on game day..tee hee hee...drives my teenage daughter batcrackers....

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    awesome lobo.. you should trick her into taking a pick with you wearing them and then post it onto her facebook page for all her friends to see. She'd be mortified.

    hee hee...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You get an extra claymore surprise for that one.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    hahahahha. get some.

    Hey Johnny. Nice to have you on WITH mic. If you ever want to chat money raising just let me know and we'll jump into a private match. We're going on another roadshow in the next couple weeks. The VC market is close to the wild wild west of the pre-google 1999's down here. In LA wealthy individuals are frothing at the mouth to put money into any POS that can even relatively be called a tech startup.

    Yipikayah motherfuckers!!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Let me know what tech idea I need to come up with to get in on that action.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Pitch me! hahahaha.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I have beef with the new Zubaz. They lost their NFL license when they initially fell out of favor.

    Now it's a bunch of team colored stripes. The vintage eBay stuff is still the way to go (with logos), but they mark it up to like $90 for a hat.

    If you got the old stuff from 1990, I'm down. Zubaz nuevo es basura.

  • dabearsblog Would fans have interest in sit-down panel-style interview with @alexbrown96, @dezclark88 and @JerryAzumah moderated by me?

    sure.

  • Note to Phil: Tick tock on Okoye...

  • In reply to Viva:

    i know mang, gotta lock him up

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    They're drafting one, I can feel it in me waters lad.

  • http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1124295-br-nfl-1000-top-64-defensive-tackles/page/57

    #49
    #25
    #9 MELTON!!!!

    yep viva....#49 is Okoye...come on E-Train..wrap this up!

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Okoye was 25 and Paea was 49.. thanks for the link Lobo.

  • In reply to Viva:

    my bad viva...brain fart.

  • well R2..I know you not going to like this:

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/04/04/eagles-sign-demetress-bell/

    btw he was high on the list of DT's.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    CRAP!!! I meant OT...sheite I'm going to lay down before I hurt myself.

  • I guess the Lions' Nick Fairly (2011 #1 pick who started ZERO games and registered all of 11 tackles for them) wanted to make sure
    people didn't forget he is a knucklehead.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-report-lions-fairley-arrested-on-marijuana-charge-20120403,0,1685680.story

  • Emery targets Steinbach

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4675667/sources-steinbach-on-bears-radar

    Good move.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    excellent. As you all know, I will applaud almost any reasonably smart move to sure up out pathetic oline.

    Oh and woot begone! Fucking useless pez dispenser…. Your delta chi name is…. Farvrah.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Don't need another guard - especially one coming off a severe back injury.
    Spend that money on a goddamn tackle already, Phil!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    1. Is this a precursor to CW moving to LT?

    2. How do we afford him? Cut Spencer?

  • Didn't CW suck at LT? Why do you keep suggesting he move back there?

  • Ok Al, I need your help.

    Go here and click the link next to the camera icon that says "New Uniforms":

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4675655/urlacher-likes-new-bears-uniforms

    When is the last time the Bears wore their numbers up on the shoulder pads like that? Ever? I don't think it ever happened, but I could be missing a year.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    all that hoopla for almost indiscernible changes to most uniforms. Meh.

    If they're getting all media-fired up on this shit, they can at least go college on us and throw up some super sick new designs... although, for us our unis should always devolv to throwbacks... our unis have always been, and will always be, super bad ass. We have the best colors in the NFL hands down (even though I'm not a huge fan of the whites... I would be happy if we went to a blue home/orange away plan - white is for pussies).

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    So......how about those Lions?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Damn you.

    ok fine, here's my take.

    1. They've gotten MUCH better, no?

    1a. Yes, I know... if we had howevermany years of high draft picks because we sucked bunghole, even jerry fucking angelo could have made a team better. Well, that's a stretch, but you get your point that I am acknowledging

    2. Their coach is a complete fuckwhit… and thus, probably influences some bad picks

    3. The draft is a mystery wrapped in an enigma, smothered in secret sauce. No matter how good a GM and draft team you are, there are going to be misses. It’s just the way it is.

    4. I believe they took a known risk on fairly. Besides his foot, everyone knew the guy was a turd off the field. One marri-ju-ana arrest does not a bust make. Now, he COULD end up a bust (bust… get it?), but the kid was a rookie and who knows. He went where he did in the draft because he’s got the skills.

    5. They’ve got some very strong players…. Whether A) we’d like to admit it or not, and B) they are dirty as sin. Magatron, tuloch, red-eyed-freak, avril, the TE, even the lesbian when not injured is a pretty decent QB (I just threw up a bit in my mouth).

    So yes, I get your point… but if you look at that org historically, you can at least agree that the current regime is taking them to new heights and doing a MUCH better job of player/personnel management than ever before. The mere fact that the fucking Detroit lions are now in NFCN title and playoff discussions is a testament to that. That all said… we are going to fucking destroy them twice this year (along with GB) and take the NFCN back… where it belongs.

    ALALALALAL!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    nothing? you got nothing?

    ...nothing but a lonely little claymore not being tripped. Sad kinda.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Just sitting there with it's little laser triggers sticking out...

    Get some dood.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Had to go pick up the kid and do some grocery shopping....maybe I'll change it up a little tonight and drop some bouncing betties...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I think we sweep the division this year, and the kool-aid hasn't even been cracked open yet.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP...

    http://www.chicagobears.com/tradition/Uniform.asp

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Thanks.

    I see no year in which the numbers move up to the top of the pads.

    Putting numbers up high on the pads was started by the Cowboys I believe. The Bears have never done it.

    Nobody commenting on the new uniforms has seen this.

  • Woot Woot more worried about his upcoming wedding than getting pumped to play.

    I predict this is last year as a Bear

    http://instagr.am/p/JAd_5gPed0/

  • ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME.

    Bears vs. Redskins in week 2 of the Preseason and it's in CHICAGO?

    ($(*%&($*&%)!@(#*)(@#*

    Sunnnnnnuuuuuuuvvvvvvvaaaaaaaaaabittttttch.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    sheite!! wish the pre-me with Manning was in Denver..only a five hour drive....

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    On the plus side - RGIII plays Luck's Colts in DC in one of the preseason games, so I might go just out of curiosity. I'm sure it'll be televised all to hell and back.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Sexy Rexy will probably start.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Well, that's -almost- like getting to see the Bears...

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Almost, Posse, almost.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    We're good for six interceptions then ....

  • now blogfader..did someone whisper in you ear that we might be playing the donkey's. I find it interesting that you use this pick for the previous thread.

  • Eagles get a player that we should have bid on:

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/18294865/eagles-sign-ot-demetress-bell-to-replace-injured-jason-peters

    Even with 3.5 left on the cap, that's all pre-cut money. I'd love to see the real deal on Bell, obviously no way is that honestly a 5-year deal. It's inked with 5 years worth of clauses, I'm sure.

    Either way, there just went a LT we needed, and we're fucking around with a LG/C on Steinbach, who sat out 2011, when we got Spencer last year.

    I dunno, I'm getting somewhat upset about the OL thing. I won't get full upset until I see the draft and see where Bear Jew is on the comeback. We need time to throw the fucking deep ball, peoplez.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP..was it you or R2 that thought we should be looking at this guy? Hell I can't remember and I too am freaking a little about or O-line....

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP...+100

  • In reply to gpldan:

    F you're right.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    yeah, I kinda get tired of being fucking right all the time on this biznasty... despite all the whining and bitching to the contrary from summa youz.

    Mooks.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    If we learned anything from last FA it is that we can't just sign any player because we have a need (can anyone say Sidney Rice?).

    Bell is a mediocre injury prone 7th rounder who just signed a 5 year contract. I know that's not guaranteed, but NO thanks.

    If we're going to take a risk on an LT I'd rather it be over a definite, not questionable, upgrade like McNeil who seems like he'll still be around post draft.

    Just my 2pesos.

  • As I understand it, we're 3.5M under cap which doesn't even get a draft class signed.

  • Eagles getting gamey with Floyd

    http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/moving_the_chains/Eagles-reportedly-to-work-out-WR-Floyd.html

  • In reply to gpldan:

    If we draft floyd, and when he wears Pink for that breast cancer pink uniform thing, he can be Pink Floyd.

    Ok, that's fucking lame, but no more lame than Blogfather saying draft Hightower because of the Willis Tower.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    But if we draft Floyd, and he makes a couple of costly mistakes, BlogFather will start foaming at the mouth again about Floyd the Barber.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    good point

  • Been thinking about the Cutler/Bates/Tice dynamic and I believe it has the potential to get ugly. It's already started off on the wrong foot by the Bears announcing Bates as the "passing coordinator" whatever the fuck that is supposed to mean. Mike Tice turned to Lovie and the front office and probably said, "What the fuck guys?Stop making me look like a dope and just call him the QBs coach already."

    While I believe it could continue to get challenging around Halas hall for Mike, and the O coordinator position on this team is on an immediate hot set, ultimately I think Tice has the experience and leadership ability to handle Cutler, Marshall and even Bates. I mean seriously it can't be that complicated, just don't do anything stupid and don't get Jay Cutler killed.

    Now if only we can get him some damn upgrades at line...

  • 50% off of all Reebok jerseys at the Bears online pro shop right now.
    Thought I'd pass it along.
    Code is "JERSEYS12" at checkout.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    link..brah?

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    http://store.chicagobears.com/chicago-bears-jerseys.aspx

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    thanks!!! may bust the budget on this one..tee hee hee...

    xmas may come early for the lobo clan...

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    You can get #22 jerseys for a dollar .....

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    There sure is a lot of useless stuff in that shop. But I did get a good chuckle out of the title of this particular item.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Grrr... THIS particular item:
    http://store.chicagobears.com/Nike-Womens-NFL-Pro-Bra.aspx

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303302504577324033468419836.html

  • I don't play golf, but holy shit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4PL-DFrgzRs

  • You guys need to look harder at Hester's contract....it was all incentives which he did not reach.

  • Yep - he's not overpriced. And you know what I'm going to say next about trading him.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Don't?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    We would never get back in trade what his value is to this team.
    So, no, don't.

  • My issue isn't how much he makes but rather what kind of value are the Bears receiving for his contract. Is it out of whack? Do you know what his numbers where against the cap for the last 2 years and for this upcoming season?

  • Amobi Okoye will most likely not be back in Chicago.

  • Yea, unfortunately :(
    "Emery said that it appears unlikely the Bears will re-sign free-agent defensive tackle Amobi Okoye.

    “I think Amobi is trying to decide which direction he’s going,” Emery said. “We’ve had conversations with him. So far we haven’t been able to work out a deal. I really believe that Amobi is probably going in a different direction.”
    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?story_id=8722

  • In reply to OsosFan:

    I think that Okoye's value may be inflated strictly from the perspective that Peppers draws so much attention from opposing offenses. It could be that Phil thinks so as well.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Whatever the reason, we need more DTs

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I concur.

  • Saint's audio from Williams pre-SF game... fucking crazy:

    Bounty Audio Evidence

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    "Continue to touch and hit the head" - what a fucker. I wonder if that's what Greg's wife says, too.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Wow! For those of you who say you don't believe in good and evil, I present exhibit A !!!!!!!!!!!

    That guy will never coach again. You heard it hear. Sean Peyton, man up, drotp your appeal. Saint's fans, I feel for you, you didn't deserve this.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Williams was the DC for two years under Shanny the Tranny in Denver during the Jake Plummer era.

    His Defenses were hard hitting and nasty and did very very well, yet Shanny fired him. At the time, Denver sports radio was like "why did he do this?" No explanation from any party.

    Now.... we know.

  • Seifert on Bears balance

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/40294/bears-seeking-offensive-balance-over-time

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I hope the Bears will be balanced and also be able to dominate in the passing and running games as circumstances change throughout a game. I want the Bears to be a pick your poison kinda team.

  • Oh and Doc, I "did" get personal during our go around. If I never apologized for that let me do so now. I'm sorry.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Long forgotten, my friend. Long forgotten.

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