Audibles From the Long Snapper: Forte Signed, Tee Shirts Selling!

Audibles From the Long Snapper: Forte Signed, Tee Shirts Selling!

Really? Is that all?

After a year of grandstanding and a borderline public relations war in the city of Chicago, Matt Forte agreed to stay with the Bears for a rather pedantic 4-years, 32 million. He got nowhere near DeAngelo Williams money. He didn't even get Arian Foster's guaranteed 20.75. Maybe deadlines spur deals like this finally being signed but on first sight this seems a contract that could easily have been signed six months ago. Either way the Bears will now enter training camp relatively drama free.

So we have never had demand like this for either the tee shirts or the koozies. We knew these would be popular this is somewhat ridiculous. We are sticking with the plan, however, and cutting off the first round of sales on July 31st. We'll then process all orders the first week of August and get the product out to everyone.

On a personal note, thanks. We put a lot of time and artistic energy into making this the best possible shirt we could and I'm glad to see those efforts validated by your orders. If you want a tee shirt or koozie guaranteed to you by the start of the regular season you need to get your order in by July 31.

The shirts are pictured above. To see the koozie, CLICK HERE.

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  • First to say...


    I'M FIRST!

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    I second that.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Forte and his agent had to grip reality. It can be hard, just ask Fox News. (TWEEEEEEEET!!!!! FLAG! Encroachment. 5 yards, loss of down.)

  • It's good to see the shirt selling. It is a really good design and I could see it being around like those old ones from the 80's like the Junkyard Dogs poster of the offensive line, the Miami Vice themed one where Mcmahon and Sweetness have fucking uzi's, etc. It really depends on how the dynamic duo hold up this year.

  • Uh oh Jimmy, nothing in this world is free mang:

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Mike Florio is not a fan of our Jimmy Mac it seems.

    " ...And, quite possibly, real consequences that can’t be rectified simply by mooning someone."

    Saucer of milk for table number two please. Meow.

  • I think Haugh had the best take on the Forte deal. Matt stopped listening to his agent and signed the deal. He was definitely getting bad advice. At some point you have to realize when your opponent is not bluffing and holds all the cards.

    Jeff I'm really glad the T's are selling. If I didn't hate the Blues Bros BS so much I'd happily buy one. Don't drink so the Koozie is pointless. Hopefully the next generation of T's is more my style.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Canada - I have a feeling as to why you hate the Blues Brothers hoopla but Matt Spiegel from the score made a good point a couple months ago, one of the few good points he's ever made. He pointed out that yes the Blues Brothers was kind of lame and that the real bad asses of rythym and blues were kind of bit players but in reality all of those legends were going through some tough fucking times and that movie and the subsequent interest in true R&B revitalized the careers of many of those guys and brought them back into the relevant fold.

    Say what you will about the Blues Brothers. It was a great movie, had cool dudes playing the parts and helped some truly great musicians showcase their skills to the public and brought them some extra badly needed cash and recognition. Just my .02

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Ever hear Carrie Fisher talk about the set of the Blues Brothers?

    I guess her and Belushi fucked, did mountains of coke, fucked some more, did more coke, showered and went to set. This was routine.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    method acting?

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Give new meaning to her role as "Princess Lay-yuh."

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Boom! High-five Al!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Han Solo must have been in there.

    But mang oh mang did father time catch up with our Carrie and kick her in the ass.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I liked the first movie (the second one was dreadful). Actually it didn't help out any of the Blues musicians (other than the ones in the movie). I think Belushi and Ackroyd's love of the Blues was genuine but they made a pile of dough from it and left the scraps for the truly talented. Seeing 2 white guys that can't sing, barely dance, one can't play an instrument and the other can barely play one of the simplest instruments on the planet was painful for a Blues fanatic. Watching them rake in a mountain of dough while everyone else not named BB King, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Buddy Guy were scuffling, was beyond frustrating. They basically stole Sam and Dave's show and did a horrible job of it. It's one of those things that I should have gotten over years ago but still pisses me off. Oh well, that's my problem.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    But Canada, it was a movie and the actors got paid to be in the movie because they were the hottest thing on the planet at the time. The musicians were in the movie and were paid to be in it and also their careers got boosted by it as interest was rekindled again or for the first time for thier music.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    character actors, bit part actors, supporting cast, etc never get paid for movie. Why would they? You know these musicians benefitted from the movie one way or another.

    Can we at least agree that Rachel McAdams is one awesome canadian export?

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Gotta agree about Rachel!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Van Gogh only sold one painting during his lifetime then offed himself, destitute, one-eared and half-mad.

    BB King and the rest can't really complain. In fact, I don't feel sorry for any musician because they always have the real possibility of living off their art.

    Try making money as another artist: a sculptor, a poet, a playwright, a dancer, a mime...

    In sum: life is unfair. Blues Brother's is on the bottom of my list of injustices that ruffle my feathers lol

  • You're right, BB King can't complain because he's at the top of the mountain. I get your point and agree that anyone in the arts that can make a living from it is blessed. However your Van Gogh comparison is flawed. If you were a huge fan of Van Gogh during his lifetime and some schmuck did a horrible imitation and got rich from it, would that piss you off? I'm guessing it would. Honestly, I don't give the Blues Bros a thought until I see another version of it for sale. Doesn't keep me awake at night.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    If that Schmuck kicked over some royalties to Gogh so he could live and paint some more, I'd be ok with it.

    It's like when books are made into movies. You know the movies are gonna blow compared to the books, but if it bumps up the book sales because of that movie, hey, if I'm the author I'm not complaining to much (unless it's like Watchmen bad).

    But I get it - I think maybe you're peeved because they sort of made caricatures out of artists...but that's hollywood! They make caricatures, rarely characters.

  • Nah, the comedy part of it never bothered me. I always liked Belushi. Could take or leave Ackroyd. Never thought he was funny. Jim Belushi living off his brother's talent is another story!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    there was a 2nd one?

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Blues Bros 2000. Some of the music is great but the movie is hideous.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    "If you don't drink, your a boring cunt and all your stories suck" - Jim Jeffries...

    Funny line, had to use it. Please don't take offense Candada.

  • No offense taken Coach. Funny line. I used to drink so maybe some of my stories only kinda suck.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    At least we know we're boring Canada. I'd rather be sober and boring than drunk and boring. Having done both, sober and boring is good. There's just less sex happening with strange women. That was the only upside of drinking that I could see.

  • Gotta agree. Some of the best times in my life were drinking and chasing girls. All of the worst stuff that happened to me that could have easily been avoided was because of drinking. I never knew when to go home.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I've fired a lot of hard workers because of that last sentence.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Spot on. I don't even know why half of these guys have agents anyway. Unless you're doing jock commercials every week then there's no reason you need an agent in order to come to an amicable financial agreement without talking a year or two wasting thousands of hours and dollars for no fucking reason. Ultimately, all that time and effort was wasted and Matt's been out of practice in a new system from day one. Michael Bush is a nailed on starter for me week one, and if he's not .... I don't think Matt will be doing us justice as a Bear in the early part of the season - conditioned he might be, but the reps aren't there, the experience that everyone else has gone through together as one isn't there. You weren't there. You weren't part of the team. Michael Bush was - and he can do most of what you can do .......and all the things you can't.

    Fantasy gold in the value department weeks 1-4 methinks.

    Anyone think of any CJ Spiller-might-take-over-the-reins-as-the-season-progresses types? Who are the guys an injury away from becoming studs?

    Anyone think we should have picked up Ryan Torain instead of this Booker guy? Wan't Torain tearing it up for a few weeks last season?

  • +1 Waffle. Canada, you don't like the Blues Brothers? Say it ain't so! That's Un-American! Oh wait, you're Canadian. Never mind.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    Actually I'm both Canadian and American. I've been to the Blues bars in Chicago countless times, wrote a ton of articles about Blues music and was one of the promoters for a 3-day Blues Fest for a few years. Here's a clip of Sam and Dave. It's probably the first song of the set because they aren't drenched in sweat. You tell me how the Blues Bros stack up.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Sounds like you're a big Blues guy and I respect that. I don't think the movie was taking its Blues (or anything else) very seriously.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    That's one of the reasons I was able to enjoy the first movie.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Unfair comparison, Canada! Sam & Dave (geniuses!) compared to a comedy duo bringing R&B to the mainstream (for the time)?

    -1... but +10 for the Sam & Dave vid

  • In reply to Bender McLugh:

    Considering they stole their act, I'm thinking it's a pretty fair comparison.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Imitation is the greatest form of flattery. I think they copied Sam and Dave because they were big fans of their music.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I'm sure there's some truth to that but if they were that big of fans they could have taken Sam on tour with them.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I didn't know they ever toured, aside from maybe a few shows. Too young at the time. I understand the point.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    hey brother bear
    thanks for
    the Sam and Dave infusion
    now some thoughts on the flick
    all the bits were classic Chicago
    the lake country and the girls of summer
    bob's country bunker
    a typical taveronee that youth
    left the dry townships for
    to water their thirsty underage ele-funts
    the penguin and growing up catholic
    shit ...if you grew up catholic
    the hierarchy made it seem
    your whole life was
    on a mission from god
    the nazi's vs. the skokie jews
    c'mon.. that was great entertainment
    you always knew where to show up
    'cause the news press always reported
    the issuing of parade permits
    the gargantuan mall
    and the destruction of squad cars
    the greasy spoons
    the picasso
    i believe the music and musicians
    were the soundtrack
    to all these social encounters
    and the boys just told a story
    about their youth
    and mine as we grew up chicago
    the fact that they gave all these events
    a nod on film
    helps preserve a lifestyle many led during those days
    i consider it a great
    historical documentary

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    I liked the movie, I hated the act.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    two more words
    for you... about this
    cab calloway

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    Love Cab Calloway. Here's a clip from the W.C. Fields movie International House. One of my fave Fields movies and you can't go wrong with Cab singing about "The Reefer Man".

  • I will be at training camp. Let me know if any of you will be there.

  • Erik in Bourbounaiss. Make it a Youtube documentary.

  • Tell us if those reports of so-and-so playing lights out are complete B.S. or not.

  • Only in spirit Artoo. Let them know the Force is with them now. Let Brandon know about the collective Blog Boner we have for him, and for the golden child obviously.

  • I wish they came in XXLarge~

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    That's what she said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111

  • I am a happy camper. Forte signed the deal I thought was fair for both parties. If only Forte had read this blog, he could have signed the deal 2 months ago, but better late than never.

    The Joe Flacco and Matt Schaub contracts should be worth monitoring for Bears fans since they will set the market for Cutler. An NFL analyst made a very astute observation, "The problem signings are the ones where good players think they're great." (see Avril) and that is definitely going to be the case with both of those players. Will their egos accept that they're not as good as Brady, Manning, Brees?

    Cutler's future contract will resemble Flacco/Schaub I predict, even if (when) he wins the SB.

    Also, since we have Forte locked up, we can now use the Franchise Tag on another player next year like Melton, or god forbid, Urlacher.

    But that is for another time.

    For now, I am just basking in the ambient orange glow of Beardom.

    Bear Down!

  • Flacco = Eli = Tomczak.

  • Also, does anyone know how much cap the Bears have after the Forte contract?

    I think I heard that it's between 3-4M, but not sure. If we do have 3-4M, I wonder if we can roll that over to next year? If not, are we saving that just in case an unexpected player wants out of his current team and maybe land with us? Or is Emery saving that left over cap to throw at 'Lach or Melton in a mid-season contract?


  • [Editor's note: Periodically, we post the available cap space for every team. And that's what we're doing right now. As of July 15. Without the Drew Brees and Tyvon Branch deals reflected.]

    Jaguars: $25.11 million.

    Titans: $19.97 million.

    Browns: $17.77 million.

    Chiefs: $16.54 million.

    Bengals: $16.30 million.

    Eagles: $15.74 million.

    Buccaneers: $15.74 million.

    Colts: $14.59 million.

    Broncos: $11.71 million.

    Packers: $11.25 million.

    Patriots: $10.87 million.

    Vikings: $10.52 million.

    Panthers: $8.76 million.

    Seahawks: $8.47 million.

    Bills: $7.36 million.

    Cowboys: $7.18 million.

    Redskins: $6.97 million.

    Jets: $5.86 million.

    Cardinals: $4.55 million.

    Dolphins: $4.45 million.

    Texans: $4.05 million.

    Bears: $3.82 million.

    Lions: $3.77 million.

    Steelers: $3.73 million.

    Rams: $3.60 million.

    49ers: $3.39 million.

    Giants: $3.11 million.

    Chargers: $2.86 million.

    Falcons: $2.75 million.

    Saints: $2.12 million.

    Raiders: $1.34 million.

    Ravens: $606,000.

  • Another pearl of wisdom from Mount Rosenbloom:

    "If Forte stays healthy, great. If not..eww.'

    Well, DUH! I'm sure glad he pointed THAT out.

    Will tomorrow's blog be
    "If Cutler stays healthy, great. If not..eww.'

    Followed by..

    "If Peppers stays healthy, great. If not..eww."

    Ad infinitum.

    And he gets PAID for these "gems"?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    "If Brees stays healthy, great. If not, 40M eww'

    Seriously, how does that douche have his own column in a big newspaper?

    That pisses me off more than the Blues Brothers!

  • Now THAT we can agree on!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    emery schemed the worst scenario in his brain
    you know ....last year
    that;s why he decided to turn the tables
    on the rosenbloom ewwwwww......
    we now have proven backups
    rose-falls off--the bloom has a short memory
    he seems ungrateful for forte's previous effort
    i am not a fan of his schtick

  • Has anyone confirmed the $18mil guaranteed for Forte?

  • In reply to Bender McLugh:

    I keep seeing $17 and change.

  • awesome:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "Crossies"? Never heard that term before, never want to hear (or witness) it ever again.

    Now I'm debating whether it will be Gronk or Tebus who are forced out of the closet lol

  • Fuck no man. Gronk is just a partier man. Fucken A, I would be too if I was young, swole, and dripping in Nana and money.

    Good for him. Go get some lad, you'll be 60 and fat before you know it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I am 60 and fat but dragging some guy into a stall with your 2 brothers for a sword fight is beyond weird.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Now I'm ascared to read the article - wth.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:


  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Not scary, just weird.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yeah, I know. When the Pats tell you to party less, that's some pretty hardcore partying.

    However, his inclination to tear off his shirt at every party, and the "crossies" raises my eye-brow like Spoc whenever he heard something dubious.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Agree with MB. The guy just likes to laugh and have fun. As long as he plays football like Rocky Balboa he's free to be hilarious.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Word. And every one of these young dumb-ass millionaire QBs are falling over themselves in a rush to get married in their early twenties. Did I miss a meeting?

  • Wow! If you were the poor bastard that got dragged into the stall, I'm sure you'd be thinking this is gonna hurt!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    especially if it was with this guy:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    fucking lol:

    "Another guard stopped me and asked me if I had some sort of growth," Falcon said, laughing.

    Indeed he did have a growth.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That's exactly why I avoid airports. Having to tell the screeners, "It's not a bomb, but my 13 inch dick." get's tiresome.

  • awwwww shady, you and your chick look so cute:

    Congrats maings.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    #1. Don't hate on interweb relationships. If I'm not mistaken, you're planning a trip to Chicago to visit a bunch of dudes you met online.

    #2. You think I'd actually get married these days?

    #3. I'm not sure what's worse, Halo or Facebook. Hey, you make it up to 3 Facebook friends yet? Don't forget to poke all of your ex's!

  • In reply to Shady:

    Hahahahahaah! Very funny. well done.

    Dude, I am kinda overwhelmed... I really was kinda expecting to fly under the radar but I'm getting pinged hardcore man. I thought I wasn't viewable to people?!? How did they know I signed up?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Facebook knows all, don't question the Zuckerberg.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Be sure to visit the privacy options. I turned *everything* to "Friends only" - I think :)

  • So Marshawn Lynch celebrated HIS new contract with a DUI...

    Can you say "At least a 4 game suspension " boys and girls?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    There goes that Skittles endorsement.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Aqua Skittles!

  • ooops:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, I'm pumped for October in SD for that bachelor party and you know we'll get some beers. You and MBHP have nothing to worry about here in Chicago. Since I now have two kids I really don't do anything to put myself in harms way. No way some other dude is:
    a. banging my wife ever
    b. raising my kids ever
    You guys are safe with me and I haven't gone to strip clubs really for a couple of years now. I will promise to show you guys a good time though and will help make the game and tailgating portion of your stay very enjoyable.
    Now, hanging with anyone that I hang out with is a completely different story. Those motherfuckers are crazy.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Oh don't worry about me Johnny... I'm down with whatever (well, not whatever, but...). It's my first time in Chi in the winter, first time to an NFL game, first time to a bears game, and first time to soldier... I am super pummped man. Not worried about not making it a memorable time.

    This is a bucket list check for me.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Congrats MB. You must be pumped up. So what's your story on how you became a Bears fan? Don't remember, but I would love hearing it.
    BTW, you technically won't be seeing a Bears game, or the city of Chicago, in the winter. Winter doesn't start until December 21. JK.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    But have they ever gotten into a fight over a cereal box?

    Just keep me safe when I get good and wasted. Stash me in a cab or something - let it circle the city for an hour or two.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    we will keep you safe and warm ..... and in the company of morally pliable women....

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Wow Johnny, given that last inducement, I may have to find a way up to Chi-town for all this.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    mwahahahaha! My plan is coming to fruition. Like the devil himself I will offer promises of treasure and carnal escapades to get the majority of the blog into Chicago. However, upon arrival you will find a pot of spicy chili, 346 chilled beers, a bag game, an old flask of Wild Turkey and a cold gray day. Then Marshall will take a slant to the house and all will be right with the world.

  • And the there's that PILLAR of the community, Dez Bryant ...

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    All together now..

    "Mommas, don't let your babies grow up to be COWBOYS..."

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Given experiences I've had seeing women cuffing their little boys in the grocery store (twice such that I was compelled to say something), I'm surprised more of this does not show up in the news.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I used to shake my head and tut tut at parents that whacked their kids in public. Now I think, man, what has that kid been doing?

  • Damn, I think Ghost died. That just popped into my head. RIP Ghost. In my mind you will always look like GSH.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    ...or just got sick of listening to all of our offseason bullshit.

    Maybe he'll show up when the season starts.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He wasn't around all of last year either, MB.

  • Yesterday, Posse asked what is the next reasonably interesting thing to happen after Forte was signed. I replied:

    The next nightclub altercation, murder, DUI, drug-dealing bust or something of the sort by a current player. Maybe Aaron Rodgers gets caught in a public restroom doing impure things with another man, like George Michael.

    Either I'm smart, or just stating the obvious (Probably the latter). In one day, we got a DUI, a guy attacking his Mom, and a sword fight (didn't read it). Surprisingly, no Bengals were involved.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    You belong in the precrime unit. That was uncanny.
    The Dez Bryant thing is just crazy - what an asshole.

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    Are we done with this shit yet. Longest/Best Offseason ever.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    No shit the waiting is killing me. If we suck on the field though it's going to be 100 times shittier than say, the end of last season, which at least was predictably shitty. Well maybe not - who knew Hanie would suck so bad? I for one was surprised.

  • Wonder what the over & under is on how long the JoPa statue goes unscathed?

    There was already a flyover by a sign-towing plane that said, in effect, "Take it down..or we will".

  • A good compromise for the Joe Paterno statue would be to keep it, but turn it around so he can continue looking the other way.

  • In reply to gpldan:


  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    ..but stay out of "Happy Valley" after that zinger!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    how about a new statue
    a hunti designed and carved

    joe pa is bent over
    picking up a flag from the turf
    and a big referee standing over him

  • In reply to gpldan:

    slow clap.

  • When Marshall got to town, Cutler took him out here. Trendy new place:

    Best hole in the wall:

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm okay with Bayless, I really don't get the fuss over the guy, but his mexican place is here:

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Frontera is legit. I love that weirdo Bayless. He loves the culture and food so much that he became the single greatest authority on Mexican cuisine in the US....and he is white.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Even his fast food place is good.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I like the idea of a Peruvian eatery... not been to one of those yet!

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Is it legal to sell guinea pigs as a food item in the US?
    I know my friend had some when he went to Machu PIcchu (fuck it, I'm not going to try and spell it right today).

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I consider Cesar to be a personal friend. The man is a legend.!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm in if anyone else is...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Back in the day it would have been a motel room, an eight-ball, and a couple of hookers, Sean Penn-stylie.

  • Best Thai:
    Best Ethiopian:
    Best Pizza that you can't get outside of Chicago:
    Best Chicago Dog in the City Limits:
    Best Deli:
    Steakhouse that Cutler and Cavalerri have been seen at, but is a chain so I'm not that down with it, but Jay likes it:
    Best Greektown place for non-townies:
    Greek Islands.
    Best Italian:
    Rosebud on Taylor for the Deniro experience, Mia Franchesca on Taylor for the more modern. Mario's Ice for the legendary Chicago Italian Ice joint on Taylor.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    BOOM! look at you.

    thanks much GP. Well done.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Flemings is, IMHO, shit (particularly for the price) but if it means a possible Cutty sighting....

  • In reply to gpldan:

    do not miss Hot Dougs. They have french fries fried in duck fat on friday and saturdays. They will make your dick hard.

  • Coach, the hotdogs themselves are just average but the fries are really fucking good.

    Hot Dougs makes specialty sausages that can't be beat. My favorite 'hot dog" is the rib eye dog. It's a rib eye steak made into a sausage sandwich and topped with smoked gouda, grilled onions and a cold horseradish cream sauce.

    I'd kill someone in an alley for one.

  • In actual Bears Football News, we signed HB-ScatBack Lorenzo Booker. He seems intriguing as he was once the most touted player coming out of HS, but Lorenzo seems like another Armando Allen who I thought played pretty well last year as a scat-back. I don't know what this says about Bell. Maybe nothing. It's still pre-season.

  • It says that he's earning too much to take the third roster spot at RB, is the conventional wisdom.
    We'll see. I think a few less fumbles last season and he'd be a lock.

  • this is from the trib
    which i despise
    'cause i am not in
    "their article club"
    Webb and Chris Williams split time at left tackle during the Bears mini-camp, but Webb insists he is not feeling any pressure to retain his starting job.

    “One thing that I have emphasized during this off-season is: ‘I’ve got this,’” Webb said. “I feel that all the way through my soul. I don’t think of it as a competition. I think of it as a chance for me to learn and a time for me to take my place as an offensive tackle and dominate this league.”

    A seventh-round draft pick out of West Texas A&M in 2010, the 6-8, 335-pound Webb feels his best is yet to come.

    “I just want to become better with my offensive unit,” he said. “Offensive line-wise, we want to be a strength on this team. I have been working on getting stronger and staying focused. You should definitely see that in training camp.

    “I can’t wait to see Forte and (Michael) Bush and all of the other running backs that we’ve got. Just come out and have some fun and be explosive and help us win. We should have a lot of high-fives and a lot of good photos. I can’t help but be excited for the great things to come for us as an organization. It starts now.”

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    A seventh-round draft pick out of West Texas A&M in 2010, the 6-8, 335-pound Webb feels his best is yet to come.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    this plum could
    be all dried up
    and then his best
    is a prune

  • sleepers for the season
    2 words
    allhands jeffery

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    his hands are exceptional
    i believe he will not be a focus
    of defenses
    they will look to cutler mainstays
    marshal and bennett ...also hester
    this kid will be a big suprise
    and may turn into the best
    signed reciever for our bears
    in a looooonnnnnnggggg time
    i like the way close coverage
    does not seem to effect
    his eye hand coordination to the ball
    he heads for daylight
    when he gets the pigskin
    all of this is possible
    IF....... he puts in the effort
    and is humble in taking instruction/advice
    he will excite the base
    and piss off the enemy
    i will light some insence
    for big results in packer games
    tonight it is my choice
    for the 3 stooges
    see ya

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    Jeffries does look very pro-ready. It should also be noted that now since Martz is gone, the WRs won't be overwhelmed, esp the rookie ones. From everything I've read, Jeffries is working out of the Z for the most part.

    Under the "Genius", Jeffries would probably be learning the Z, X, Y, slot, wild-cat, HB and some H-back just to complete the cluster fuck.

    Tice's more simplified playbook ought to benefit Alshon greatly.

  • I also predict the the 6'5 215 UFA Chris Summer will be the surprise player to make the roster.

    I think the Bears are hoping they can stash him on the practice, but with WR-depleted teams like the Browns circling the league like vultures, I'm not sure they'd be able to get away with it.

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    What about that 6'10" tight end? He made Tice look short in one of the rookie camp videos on the Bears' site? Any word on that guy?

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    His last name was Villanueva. He was a solid guy, just got back from combat and tried out with the Bears. He admitted he wasn't quite in football shape and was rusty. The Bears cut him though. On tape looked like a taller version of Spaeth.

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    In reply to Waffle:

    Ah nuts. I was pulling for that guy.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    me too, i loved the concept of at 6'10 295lb tight end. He seems like a good kid.

  • ... and the o-line, thank God. So fkn pumped to see what this team will look like when it's unleashed.

    DBB league two - open for registration until the 28th ....

    11 spots left.

    Password: childsupport
    Date: Sat, Jul 28, 2012
    Time: 10:00 AM ET

  • I signed up with my team, "Forte Got Paea'd"

  • In reply to gpldan:

    excellent name

  • I'm in. Let's hope it gets filled this time eh?

    Join the DBB Auction league as well please.

  • could you explain the Z
    i never played organized ball
    the terms are like a foreign language
    it's time for me to go to school
    if you don't want to type it out
    maybe some directions to a sight
    so I can catch up on some needed knowledge

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    Sure Huntin, it's kinda simple, but football coaches just like making everything seem more complicated than it really is. Here's a base Offense formation.

    Z (WR) LT-LG-C-RG-RT Y(TE) X(WR)

    The #1 WR is the X (in our case, Marshall). The #2 WR is the Z (in our case, Hester, for now).

    The Y is the TE (K. Davis).

    Sometimes you'll hear "H-back" like in the case of Evan Rodriquez. All that means is that he can line-up as FB or TE or even go into the slot, kind of a hybrid FB-TE.

  • Oh, Huntin, if you want a more "in-depth" break down of the Xs and Os, Matt Bowen does an excellent job of breaking things down. However, he can be a little technical, but at least he shows video clips to help explain schemes, formations, personnel, etc.

    Feel free to browse through Bowen's archives. The Cover 2 stuff might be of more relevance since that's our base D.

    here's a link.

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    I love Matt Bowen's stuff. Like watching film in the coach's room. Which reminds me to be jacked up about the all22 view from the NFL.

    What's not to love about this season? Oh yeah, waiting.

  • I thought Y was the slot receiver?

  • I think the "W" is the third/slot WR if the TE is in (and he's the Y).

    But I did screw up Huntin, Sorry, I had a brain fart. Here's a 3 WR, 1 TE, 1RB formation (one which we're going to be using a lot I think).

    X(Hester)---W(Bennett)---LT-LG-C-RG-RT--Y(Davis)---Z (Marshal)

    So I got the X and Z reversed (the Z is the #1; the X is the #2).

    At least, according to Bowen here.

  • 4ever.....appreciate the cass
    i will put this info on a note card
    by pre season i should have it down
    thanks for taking the tme to help

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    You may recall a couple of years ago me mentioning Jeffrey as a target for the Bears. I watched this kid on TV a fair amount (being here in Gamecock country) and he can play.

    The next guy to is Clowney; but good luck on that - we won't have the draft spot to get him. I'm thinking he'll be a Top-8 pick unless something happens to him.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    6'6 256 DE...I likey.

    Unfortunately, we're going to be picking 32 next year, which is the perfect spot for a quality S, O linemen or strongside LB.

  • #32 pick, precisely. How do we draft Urlacher's replacement if we keep winning the superbowl? Life is hard.

    We can draft our center at 32 I guess.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    what's the SC stand for
    nyuk nyuk

  • Artoo -

    What days are you going?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I will be there on August 12th but I will try to get there earlier than that.

  • Dave, what's "cuffing"?

    Corm, when I started playing football in jr high my best friend was from chicago and he and his family were huge bears fans. It was really my first experience with the NFL since we came from SA and my dad didn't become a fan till after my bro and I started playing it in school.

    It didn't hurt that it was 1984 and we obviously all know what happened the following year. It's been a bit rough since then as you know, but all will be ok this year when we watch our boys bring the trophy home.

    Kind of a boring story, but there is it. Btw, my number all of my early playing days was #34 until I moved from RB to IML in 9th grade and changed it to #44, then to 4 in college as a SS.

    Johnny, please add back in the part about morally pliable women.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The redacted portion has been added back. Morally pliable women are back on the itinerary.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    What I meant by that, and should have just said, was hitting them in the face or head.

    While I am certainly not unfamiliar with corporal punishment, my parents *never* hit me above the shoulders. My brain damage is all self-inflicted.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    My old man clocked me once right across the chops. Kinda got my attention! The nuns and priests in school did it all the time. Beat all the religion right out of me. I agree, there are better ways to get your point across.

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    In reply to CanadaBear:

    The ear pull was the favorite form of torture for my german teacher. I switched seats one day and moved across the aisle. She asked "warum hast du bewegt" or something that asked why I switched seats. I answered "to even out my ears".

    Bad move for Big Mike.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Thanks for filling in the missing pieces MB.

    Two of my favorite college football players are #44 and #4 for Wisconsin. Both are over-achieving walk-ons who are huge contributors and play-makers. Borland at middle linebacker and Abbrederis at WR. I think they are both juniors this year.

  • MB30 - how about PSU gets the death penalty and the players get amnesty to transfer without NCAA penalty (no one year sit-out)...what say you?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I say the US Army evacuates Happy Valley like in War of the Worlds.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    But would anyone leave?

  • Holy shit is the season here yet? I can practically smell the freshly cut grass of training camp.

    As a fan of Forte in the SC Dave mold, I'm very happy that a deal got done. And maybe since it's not super outlandish like CJ2K he won't go in the tank.

    Very disturbed to hear of the Joe Pa involvement in too-happy-valley, but only because I don't like seeing football hero's become human. But fuck him. Take the statue down, or turn it around like GP said (brilliant GP).

    Super excited to hear of Jeffrey's hands and potential. Might Chicago become the place receivers come to flourish?

    Super goddamned excited for the December Chicago trip. Morally pliable women, I cannot touch, but will be rooting MB and Posse on like pornstars. Also very pumped to hear of all the yummy food we'll be eating. Big fan of the eats, I am.

    My wife always complains that they never show male nudity in films. So I put that film containing the 13inch cock-guy on our netflix queue. Does that make me gay? Not that there's anything wrong with that....

  • Not sure who the Big Piston is but it doesn't make you gay. If you watch and start fantasizing about it, then you're pretty much gay.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    "At least that's what my gym teacher told us..."

  • you could be the
    cyrano de bergerac
    of the group
    using your expert eloquence
    to secure the objects
    of affection
    for MB and Posse
    just don't let
    "chicago's finest"
    make fun of your
    bulbous 13" nose
    Oh My!

  • McClellin is undersized for a DE, so teams may run at him and try to overpower him. Maybe if Briggs is behind him, it's not that big a deal. But most of the time, since Peppers will be attacking the blind side and the TE is probably double teaming Peppers, Briggs will be on opposite side.

    This means our smallest and greenest o-lineman is backed by our weakest linebacker. Is this a huge "RUN HERE" sign for the offense?

  • In reply to Jokey:

    Nah because we're most likely only going to insert McClellin on obvious passing downs, much like the 9ers with Aldon Smith last year.

    The rest of the downs, Izzy will be in, and he's excellent against the run.

    Not only that, but we have a top 5 run D, so teams would be a little nuts trying to run into a brick wall.

    And even if they wanted to, are we really worried about the running game of GB, DET, ARIZ, INDY, etc?

    49ers, Seahawks, Panthers and a few other teams might run the ball more, but like I said, we'll just leave 6'7 300 pound Izzy in there to bash it out with the big boys, then when they're tired, we unleash the fresh rook.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    You mean D-lineman. And if they decide to do that then you shift your linebackers to compensate. I think big country will put on a show for us this year. LT was 6-3 240, Shea is 6-3 260 and still mighty quick.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    He's supposed to be fast so if he can get penetration and force the play back inside we're good. 6'3" and 260 is still pretty big.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    The good news is that McClellin will be on the side without a TE. So if he sees the run he'll be in better position to shift outside to seal the edge against a RT (read: slow) that won't have great position against McClellin's feet.

    If the RB tries the B gap, McClellin won't be able to use his speed as much and could get boxed out by a strong RT, but then Lach will be in position to step up and block the hole.

    This will actually be a bigger concern on passing downs as the Bears will be in nickle and there won't be a pure linebacker to help out against the run. In those situations (as described above) we could see Shea 1 on 1 against the RT to get to the running back before he hits positive yardage.

    But if the other team lines up a fullback, or swings the TE away from Briggs, we're much more likely to provide help for Shea with either a true #3 linebacker or even the strong safety.

    And if we're that unconcerned about the run that we do leave Shea alone on that kind of passing down... well hopefully that means the 3-5 yards the play nets aren't enough for a first down anyway.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    is it odd that I have a boner after reading that?

  • In reply to Waffle:


  • In reply to Jokey:

    Don't buy the under-sized bit. John Abrahams? Same size. Brian Orakpo same size. Mark Anderson is even lighter than McClellin, as is Clay Matthews. Elvis Dumervil is 4 inches shorter. Guys like Peppers are rare freaks.

    Maranelli said himself size is over-rated at DE. Speed and technique are what count - we use fast guys in Lovies' D. I'm cool with that. It's a pretty good D once your offense can keep their defense honest. I've seen Pep rush from the middle as well as both sides - he seems to have carte blanche about where he lines up although I don't see how that could be so in a single-gap defense. It's Melton and Paea I'm worried about. Sheamus already has a CV of production. Pep has a better one. Our tackles have to step up to the plate or none of that shit works anyway.

  • I have laid the groundwork down for a DBB Auction League. However, to be able to edit draft time and date and other rules, it has to be an e-mail invite only. There are 9 spaces. Either give me your email address in a comment or, preferrably as the blog is constantly moving, email me at

    when I have your email I will send you a link to join. I will be posting this at least once in every article that Jeff puts up. When the league is full, we can all decide on a date and time to do the draft.

    Currently myself, MBP and WhoIsWillieGault are in.

    Get in here!

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    That's what she said.

  • All right.....

    Someone explain what the hell we are doing on fantasy football here.

    Is the one I woke up early for not going to count or are we creating a new one?

  • I think DaBears Blog one is bunk. That's the one that Irish set up with 16 teams, but only like 6 ppl joined.

    DaBears Blog II

    I think this is gonna be the official non-auction one since it is a 12 team one and the draft is on the 28th.

    So Fres, Trac, Willie, Murph, Shady, MB, come one, come all...

  • Only three are in that one lol

  • and if the old one is bunk then Irish should delete it.

  • Nah, league's full dude. It's all good. There's one division which is basically all DBB members, the other division are all members of the public.

    Auction's not my cuppa.

  • and the one I keep pandering is the official Auction League. You will have to email me (see above) or give me your email address here to join.

    Instead of a standard draft, each owner gets to nominate a player on their turn, and then all owners bid on the player. Highest bid wins the player. Each owner is given a set amount with which to bid.

    So, for example, I could blow my entire budget on Megatron, Fitzgerald and Marshall as my WRs, but then I would have to fill the rest of my roster with trash. Its quite different, and it was certainly a great laugh last year when we all tried to get Cutler and Forte. Can only imagine what it'll be like this year....

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    I want to try it but I am sure I will suck at the auction version.

  • is that eringrog or did you mean erikgrog?

  • In reply to DYLbear23:


    The school set it up that way. The "n" is my middle initial.

  • ok I sent an invite, let me know if you don't get it

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    I am a huge fan of this method... everyone gets a shot at the players they want. To me, snake draft is based too much on position. In an auction, everyone starts out even.

    Irish, I know it ain't yo cuppa, but you have nothing to lose (besides auction virginity) - so get in that bitch! As ex-IRA, you might delight in both the strategery and chaos.

    If possible DYL, maybe go with 10 teams... Less joinage to worry about.

    If you jokers have any interest in fantasy football, I implore you to check it out.. It truly is, in my opinion, a better way to do things. You get $200 to fill your roster, and you use it to bid for players to fill your roster. You can boost up the price of a guy to screw someone over, but may get screwed over yourself if you get stuck with him (as I did with ARod last year, though I think he won me the league - still a "kissing your sister" kind of win).

    It's like storage wars for fantasy football. Not this "pick a number out of a hat" snake stuff that's going the way of the dodo.

    It's the chess to snake draft's checkers. It's the poker to snake draft's video blackjack. It's the Upton to snake draft's Paterno (okay, that's a stretch).

    Every league I've been in that went to auction has stuck with auction. While it might feel good to have pulled Gronkowski in the 6th round last year, it felt better to get him for $1 and have some idiot pay Gates $25 (of FAKE money, that is... it is free to play).

    End of rant.

    Please join.


  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    It's the Upton to the snake draft's skanky used-up Farrah Fawcett.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    You in gp?

  • Season's so close I can smell it. This offseason felt so much longer than last year, which was a surprise to me. I think thats because our offseason began early this year(after the SD game). Wish I could join in the fantasy fb chatter, but I just still haven't gotten into fantasy.
    Just want preseason to get here so I can remember how bad it sucks compared to regular season, than I'll be wanting the real games to start. Can't wait for the first Thurs noc game, against the Pack. Cheers, folks.

  • League two - the real league two! - is still registering for DBB members only and plenty of time to do so.....

    Password: childsupport
    Date: Sat, Jul 28, 2012
    Time: 10:00 AM ET

    League one is fully registered already and is all okayArtoo - I think you were wondering about that - poor draft turnout, that was all. All systems are go, and Joe Flacco is your man. There'll be other leagues Erik, there'll be other leagues ;o)

  • I joined your league irish
    team #9....#9.....#9....#9
    is now the emerald triangl
    wakey bakeys

  • JESUS FREAKING CHRIST!!!! Can the season START already?!!!!!

    I am *sick* of WAITING. Let's GOOOOOOOOOO.


    The Chicago Bulls amnesty their fan base.

    Back to football.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Bulls are fuckin up.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    If they're going to tank, at least do it right. I don't want an 8th seed. I want a top 3 draft pick.

  • I'm damn near sure that when all is said and done, McCellin plays the majority of his downs as a Chicago Bear at either the WLB or Mike spots. This is year one, but that guy is slated to move to LB.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm excited to see how he plays. The kid is a football player. He's not going to light you up like James Harrison but he'll get that calf roped up and on the fucking ground right quick ya hear?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I can see that IF Lovie is fired or IF he sucks at DE.

  • WHEN Lovie is fired.

    C'mon insider! We all know this.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Where are you getting that from gp? All of the coaches have said the opposite. Not buying it? I could see him playing lb in a 3-4, but i think end is the better fit for our current defense.

  • From watching this guy on the Toob:

    Between wishing Boise State got the NCAA Death Penalty for raping good taste with that blue turf, I kept thinking "is that Clay Matthews? Zack Thomas perhaps?"

    He reminds me of Woodley, who the Steelers stand up more often than not, and is listed as a LB.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Reading "Captain for Life" by Harry Carson. He played DE in college and got converted to MLB for the Giants when he came to the NFL.

    The only way he was able to come in and make that kind of a change was by spending a month 1 on 1 with Marty Schottenheimer learning the position before camp.

    I know it sounds good to turn the kid into Lach's replacement, but its just not that simple. Especially the Mike spot, there's just too much mental stuff he needs to cover.

    He'll be a rush DE, hopefully a good one for us. If he can't find a good rhythm in our system, he'll probably get a shot on a 3-4 team after being released (or maybe even get traded). But Emery and I are both hoping he's big enough to play DE. He can add 10-15 pounds in the off-season and still bring more speed to the line than we're used to.

    Don't count him out yet.

  • DYL & R2 -

    I sent you both emails. Please re-invite me to the Auction League and CFT leagues but with my other email.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    check you email.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    sent, let me know if you don't get it

  • I wasn't all that thrilled about shelling out for NFL Sunday Ticket, but this may be an option to supplement games that are actually broadcast on TV around here.

    Any thoughts?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    NFL Sunday Ticket is only 200 dollars.. Have one of your brother chip in a 100 or split it three ways.

  • Is that the price for streaming it on the PS3?
    For new subscribers to DirectTV, it's free...except if, like me, they jerk you around on actually installing it for so long that you just give up and go with FiOS instead.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Only $200 for DTV this year...

    I think it's the same for PS3, which is why DTV dropped $100 off the price.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    For $35, you can pay the NFL direct, bypass the middleman - and have an All-22 feed with DVR controls for your favorite team. You only get coaches' chair for select plays unless you pop for the whole deal.

    The feed goes up at the conclusion of the game.

    In contrast, you can pay $340 to DirecTV for Sunday Ticket on the PS3. All for the privilege of watching it live. Which, if you have alot of friends and host parties, is the whole fucking point.

    I keep counting my luck that I went and got a nice RCA digital antenna and ran coax into my attic and now grab HD broadcast feeds of all Chicago stations. Unless it's on ESPN, I got it live for free. I may spend $35 just to have the All-22 rewind, it's kind of a pisser that it's not every play.

    Of course, even if you spend for that, you can't grab the feed on your PC and convert it to a Youtube. Which means, even if Roy paid for this, it wouldn't allow him to do his analysis without some more from the Cease & Desist Predator drones in suits.

    They gotta let us fans off the leash, let us take this feed and mash it. But they won't.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Wasn't the PS3 package $50 last year? I think MB or someone got it, even though the very first game crashed.

    If the NFL streams it live through the PS3 for $50, that's what I'm going with.

    Either that or FirstRowSports, here I come, arrrhh..

  • Hernandez, Gronk AND Shiancoe?

    The Pats are going with the 1-wideout formation in Welker. Billy is going reinvent the game again.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    it's like they are moving back to the days of old but with a cool twist. These tightends that can run and catch are devastating.

    We should put all of our tight ends in the game at various WR positions and and line them up in trips on the right with a split end on the line of scrimmage. Behind that cluster of man meat we should put Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte, Eric Weems or Devin Hester. Then all the way on the other side of the field all by his lonesome lined up as a flanker we should have Matt Forte or Brandon Marshall...covered 1 on 1 by a linebacker....with nothing but a foot race or a pass interference call to stop it the big play.

    Football sex.

    Ruh Roh.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Actually it would have to be Forte if we wanted a LB to cover him and Marshall if we wanted him 1 on 1 with a tiny corner. Lovie, call it in.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Forte's ability to step out and line up on either corner and be a legit threat on the fly route, making the over the shoulder catch - is near unique. AP can't do it, never could. CJ can't do it, he can't make that catch reliably even though he's a huge pass catching threat, it's all in the swing pass and short passing game. Foster doesn't have the speed to get by a corner and not get picked.

    You've got Forte, McCoy of the Eagles, then what? Antonio Brown isn't a threat to run between the tackles. Andre Johnson is a big reverse threat, but he'll never fool anybody with the formation. Turner? No. Rice? Can't beat a corner down the seam, no way. Sproles and Fred Jackson, if they swing wide - they will get the safeties attention. That's it.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I sure am happy we signed that guy.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I got it and I truly laughed.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Under Lovie? Never in a million years! Under Toub or even Martz, maybe, but Tice and Lovie are just gonna set the clock back 50 years.

    You're just gonna have to settle for putting out those formations on Madden Waffle.

  • I don't play Madden so I'll just have to get drunk and rant about it when they don't do it.

    Part of me really believes they have a couple of plays drawn up that will exploit those types of principles though.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That's weird. Didn't the Pats just hire like 7 WR?

    Gotta give Billy credit - he's got major chutzpah, stones, cajones, sand...

  • Chargers released Luis Castillo, DT only 28yrs old. He was a former first round pick and has to be better than Jordan Miller, Nate Collins, etc.

    Although I remember something about John McCargo that interested me. He might have some potential.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Looks like he broke his leg last year and hasn't played since. A couple of teams worked him out before he resigned with SD, and then got cut.

    I'm thinking the leg injury killed his game. He's a 7 year vet - that's a lot of punishment for a DE/DT.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    ahhh, that makes sense.

  • I just got back from watching " The Dark Knight Rises." Great movie. Christopher Nolan is a great director.

  • just got back 20 minutes ago. That was the definition of "epic".

  • And his best work was his first movie.

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